10 Steps to Being the Worst Blogger-Affiliate on the Planet
Being the best at something is highly overrated. And too mainstream, actually. Why not trying to be the worst, right?
But hold on, being the worst at something won’t necessarily be any easier than going the opposite direction … and that’s why I’m writing this guide. So here goes, 10 steps to being the worst blogger-affiliate on the planet.
Just to make sure we’re on the same page. A blogger-affiliate is someone who’s trying to make money blogging through affiliate marketing.
1. Don’t have an actual copy of the products you review
Being honest when reviewing stuff is just not worth the effort. You’d have to somehow get the product, play a while with it, test it thoroughly, and then write the review. That’s for beginners.
“The PROs” can review something just by looking at the promotional material.
Simply write a couple of words of encouragement, call it a “review,” and remember to include your affiliate link.
Also, if you’re using a star system to rate the products you review, give it around 4.7 on a 5 star scale. It’ll make it look real.
2. Buy every “make money blogging” product
This is simply a must. How else would you know what are the best ways of making money with a blog?
Here are some of the characteristics of a good “make money blogging” product:
- Says it doesn’t promise overnight riches, but it does so anyway.
- Says you don’t have to have any skills whatsoever.
- Says it’s suitable for beginners.
- Says you have to act now, or the sales page won’t be available next time you try to visit it.
- Mentions an exact amount of money someone made with the product (this makes it real). Something like: You can make $159,124.45 with this thing.
- Is delivered as a membership program, so you can spend money over and over again until the rest of your life.
Oh, feel free to spend anything from $50 to $1000 a month on such things.
3. Don’t build an email list
Only shady marketers and scam artists use email lists. First they convince people to join it by offering a nice gift, and then they send a ton of promotion every day.
You’re a blogger. You’re above all this. You can make your money just by mentioning some products on your site. Additional marketing methods like email lists are not fitting for a blogger!
Which brings me to…
4. Promote a different product every other day
The only way you’re going to make money as a blogger-affiliate is if you’re willing to promote a different product every other day (hell, even every day).
Simply go to Clickbank, PayDotCom and other networks, check what’s going on, and promote everything that pays well and has high gravity.
Also, go around the blogosphere and search for people selling their own stuff, who have in-house affiliate programs. Remember, don’t actually review anything, just use standard promotional materials. This will work just fine.
5. Use stock promotional materials
Here’s how to promote something as a blogger-affiliate.
First of all, don’t get the actual products you promote (already mentioned here).
Secondly, don’t write any promotional materials of your own. Whatever you promote, always take the materials from the merchant. If the merchant is a big player, they will have some template tweets, email messages and stuff.
Remember, zero-effort approach is what works for bloggers-affiliates.
6. Don’t focus on one niche, promote everything
Your blog is probably loosely related to a given niche (well, you have to write about something, right?). However, don’t pay much attention to this when selecting products to promote.
As I said multiple times here, you shouldn’t worry about doing any real job. Simply go to an affiliate marketplace and select whatever product seems to have a good affiliate program, regardless of any compatibility with your specific niche.
If the promotion is good, people will buy.
7. Don’t approve uncomfortable comments
Now, since you’re publishing some reviews that are created out of thin air, and since you’re using stock promotional materials, and considering the fact that everything gets published as standard blog posts, you WILL receive some negative comments.
Thankfully, you can ignore them completely. Whenever someone mentions that the product you’re promoting is actually crappy, just ignore the comment or mark it as spam.
8. Blast your blog with ads
Ads are the easiest way to monetize a blog. They are simple to use and don’t require much work on your part.
You can join ad networks like AdSense, Chitika and others, and include as many ad blocks in your site as possible.
A cool trick is to show an AdSense block styled exactly like a navigational menu. This way people will click it by accident, but you’re still earning your commissions, so there’s no problem.
The more ad blocks you feature on your site, the more money you’ll make.
9. Remain anonymous
Being transparent is just too mainstream. The less contact data you publish on your site the better. Here’s what to do:
- Choose a nickname and use it everywhere. Call yourself something cool, like: the blog giant.
- Show no contact data. No email, no contact forms. Actually, don’t create a contact page at all.
- This one is tricky. Write a post explaining why you’re anonymous. In it, say that you simply want to stay underground and not get any mainstream publicity for your great results and personality. This will make you look sooooo cool.
10. Complain you’re not getting any results
If something doesn’t go well, it’s not your fault!
Blame Google for not ranking your site well. Blame Facebook for banning your campaign. Blame the merchants for not providing marketing materials that convert well. Blame your niche for not being ready to spend money. Blame your dog for distracting you from working. And so on…
This closes the list. These are my 10 steps, but I’m sure there are many more things one could do to become the worst blogger-affiliate on the planet. What’s your take on this? Any suggestions?
—- Back to the real world —-
Okay, time to switch back to reality again. Of course, I don’t want you to implement any of the advice in this post. I just wanted to remind you that there are actually people doing business that way.
Be wary of them, and focus on the important stuff (learning how to build a site, getting the essential knowledge before starting an internet business, preparing your marketing campaigns, disclosing your affiliations, and providing something of value to your niche in general).
This guest post was written by Karol K, who would love to connect with you on Twitter for some more insights (@carlosinho).
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