5 Affiliate Marketing Lessons I Learned from Blogging
Blogging can sometimes be a rough journey, and something beyond what we initially expect it to be. When I started blogging almost 3 years ago, I had a lot of plans for it; most of those plans I thought were really great ones, but, over time, I came to realize things arenâ€™t exactly as easy as they seemed.
My blog is in the weight loss niche, and initially, when I started I had a lot of plans to make money from it, over time I came to discover the potential of being an affiliate for other peopleâ€™s product and why it is an easy and smart approach to making money online. I have built my blog to a stage Iâ€™m really proud of, and my affiliate income is growing every day. While Iâ€™m currently satisfied, the journey wasnâ€™t as easy when I started. You would have heard the saying, that, Rome wasnâ€™t built in a day. Most of the things that have the most impact on how much I make from affiliate marketing arenâ€™t those things I expected will be a great dealâ€”in fact, I never really thought about most of them initially, but, over time, I have been able to learn a lot of lessons and Iâ€™ll be sharing some of them with you below.
1. A Brand Can Influence Online Income
I didnâ€™t learn this lesson by reading books, and I didnâ€™t learn it because I made a mistake that affected my brand, or anything of that nature, it was simply a matter of time and experience. If youâ€™re reading Zacâ€™s blog now, there is every probability youâ€™ve been following him for months, or years, now and that you follow him because you see him as a go to expert as far as blogging and affiliate marketing is concerned–that doesnâ€™t mean he is the only one talking about affiliate marketing online, and that doesnâ€™t mean there arenâ€™t other affiliate marketing blogs. Itâ€™s really simple; Zac has built a brand and has been able to gain your trust. If Zac should recommend a product now and a brand new blogger to the affiliate marketing space does the same, Iâ€™m pretty sure that for every one person that buys through that new blogger, five will buy through Zac â€“ itâ€™s that simple, thereâ€™s no magic formula, itâ€™s only a matter of time.
This isnâ€™t something you should obsess over, as a brand is associated with trust, and trust is built over time. Donâ€™t expect to have the same level of trust as a blogger who started five years ago when you only started last month.
Building a solid and respected brand is a game of time, and we all have to wait for that time. For me, it was 3 years, for you it might be more. The only way to accelerate the process, and ensure your brand is appreciated, is to give great value. Donâ€™t compromise your value, or integrity, no matter what, and always put your readers first.
2. Coupons Can Make a Huge Difference
This was one lesson that took me some time to figure out, but it is also one of the best affiliate marketing lessons I have ever learned from my blog. It might be stressful asking product creators for coupons, or to be looking for discount codes for products you promote, but truth be told, using coupons to promote affiliate products might mean the difference in you making $100 or $1,000. I used to find it difficult to make product sales even after spending a lot of time trying to write the perfect review. I just couldnâ€™t figure out what was wrong, until one day, I accidentally promoted a product with a coupon, and I saw sales go through the roof. I used this technique to promote medifast products on my blog, and it worked. I used this same technique to promote nutrisystem products, and it worked. I also use coupons to promote a lot of other products on my blog, and the results have been stunning.
It might take some time to get a coupon for a particular affiliate product, but even if it only gives people a 10% discount you will be able to make a lot more sales compared to not having used the coupon.
3. Your Best Sales Might Not be Made the Same Week a Product is Reviewed
I used to be someone who reviewed products with the hope of making a lot of sales the same week I reviewed the product. I poured all my efforts into promoting a particular product, and it is sometimes saddening to only make a sale or two after all those efforts. What I didnâ€™t know was that those reviews were a long time investment â€“ those reviews I did months, or years, ago that nobody found started bringing in traffic from search engines, and I now make more sales in a week than I made in the month I reviewed them.
Whenever you are trying to review affiliate products on your blog, donâ€™t expect to make all the sales just at once. Sometimes, it might take a few months to make real sales, and sometimes, it might take a year. Either ways, donâ€™t ever stop promoting that review, and donâ€™t stop working on driving traffic to it â€“ you will love yourself for doing that on the long run.
4. Search Engines Provide the Best Traffic for Affiliate Marketers
This lesson was also learned as a result of the 3rd lesson above. Not that I initially expected to get a boatload of traffic to my review page a few months after doing the review â€“ in fact, I have even stopped thinking about some reviews I did, only to start noticing traffic come in day by day, months after the product was reviewed. After taking a look at my analytics to see where the traffic was coming from, it was one major source I saw: Google!
I was stunned! Those reviews I did months ago have now been picked by Google, and Iâ€™m now making a lot of sales for doing nothing.
Search engine traffic is currently the best source of traffic for affiliate marketers because people only use the search engines when they need a solution to a problem.
5. Traffic Isnâ€™t the Only Factor
I keep on hearing misconceptions from new bloggers about how making money from affiliate marketing works. A lot of them will say they only need to get a lot of traffic to their site and, boom; they are already making tons of affiliate cash. I used to think the same way, but time proved me wrong.
So many factors come into place and decide how much you will make from an affiliate product. Some of those factors include the demand for that product, the manufacturer of that product, the competition for that product and the audience the product is promoted to. By focusing on promoting affiliate products that provide great value to my readers, and are in high demand in my field, I have noticed a significant increase in how much sales I make.
John has been blogging and learning how affiliate marketing works for years now. He has tested a lot of options ranging from simple reviews to using coupons on his weight loss blog and he shares his journey on WeightLossTriumph.com.
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