How To Make Money As Affiliate Marketer Or Blogger

How To Make Money As An Affiliate Marketer Or Blogger

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There are people asking about how to make money as an Affiliate Marketer. They may have visions of neophyte “affiliate marketers” spamming affiliate links on social media or through their emails lists. We’ve all done it, or maybe it’s just me, but when you don’t know … you don’t know. I started out with no real skills, but I had a bag full of tricks I had learned from so-called Gurus. Wealthy Affiliates has been training online affiliates for more than ten years. They even have a Free Starter Membership. You are essentially learning to create content via blogging and later video to establish your authority in your niche and offer relevant affiliate products and services.

But I didn’t know about them at the time. I was still chasing the Internet Gurus who talked about making fast money online. I was one of the untrained online marketers who was taught that spamming was a legitimate online marketing technique. Marketing is key to being successful in any online business. It’s a skill that is best learned through some kind of formal training program from people who make money doing it. That rules out going to college to learn real online marketing skills. I have a Masters so I have nothing against higher education. But the world of online marketing is not an academic subject. That’s why Wealthy Affiliate’s training program is so effective. It teaches you to earn as you learn and learn to earn. It if you decide Affiliate Marketing or Blogging is not your cup of tea, that’s cool; but please invest in getting properly trained in online marketing.

Online Marketing Is A Skill You Must Learn To Succeed

Online marketing is a skill that is best learned through some kind of formal training program from people who make money doing it. That rules out going to college to learn real online marketing skills. I have a Masters so I have nothing against higher education. But the world of online marketing is not an academic subject. It’s about learning small skills and immediately applying them to your own business. That’s why Wealthy Affiliate’s training program is so effective. It teaches you to earn as you learn and learn to earn. It if you decide Affiliate Marketing or Blogging is not your cup of tea, that’s cool; but please invest in getting properly trained in online marketing.

Training is essential to get you up and running fast and avoid making costly mistakes. Of course, training is an investment and before you commit to anything, it’s always good to test it out first. and tools and that’s one of the resources I leverage.

Free Starter Membership: Our Review

Wealthy Affiliates has been teaching affiliate marketing skills for over 10 years. The program is comprehensive, includes the web sites, and an engaged community for support. Read our review then get started. It’s free.

The funny thing is, sometimes those random tactics work, but you can’t build a real business like that. Building a business takes real skill and true grit; a willingness to learn to play the game and to start from ground zero when necessary. Here’s something most people don’t get that trips them up … it tripped me up; Affiliate Marketing, as a business, looks like … a business. As a true business model, it is very strategic and not some random act of online activities that periodically deposit money in your Paypal account. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making a few extra dollars on the side, but that’s not what we are talking about, right?

Content Marketing To The Rescue

The Professional Blogger

The Professional Blogger

But the typical Blogger has a different problem altogether, they grow weary creating content that no one is reading. But even if they do manage to build up a handful of dedicated readers, where does the money come from? Not by placing random ads on website real estate hoping someone clicks the ad. Do you know how many random clicks you’d have to get to make a real living?

In both situations the Affiliate Marketer and the Blogger are missing an important piece of the puzzle;  content marketing. The intentional blog becomes the money maker for both the Professional Affiliate and Pro Blogger. Content marketing is used to build trust by providing value first, before attempting to sell anything.

Four Steps To Make The Money

  1. Find a niche that lights you up AND has good affiliate income potential
  2. Find out what people are looking for when they are looking for solutions, products, services, and info within the niche
  3. Create content that helps these people find what they are looking for
  4. Subtly include links to relevant affiliate products that relate to the query and the content

It’s really that simple – only simple is not the same thing as easy. There’s a lot of moving parts behind this 4-step process. For this strategy to work, the content must be found by those who are looking for it. Thus, we arrive at the almighty SEO. If your content is not optimized to be found and easily provided to those looking, the whole strategy falls apart.

The Rules Are According To Google

Google, Bing, Yahoo, and every platform that has a search engine has its own set of rules. You must be aware of SEO basics so that you can follow the rules and play in their ocean of users. Google is the largest search engine, followed by YouTube, so when we talk about SEO, we focus first on Google.

Google Search

Do you want to leave your success to luck?

SEO is not just about throwing keywords into an article and posting it on the Internet. It is far more complicated than that. There’s the search engine side and there’s the user experience side that you have to satisfy. Have you ever searched for something and landed on a site that looked like cousin Pookie created on her day off? There’s so much content on the web that the search engines are trying to avoid ranking junky content.

User experience means people go to your page and find the content useful enough to read. Maybe they even leave comments and click on the links in your articles? Google is watching for user engagement to make sure real people find the information useful.

SEO Is More Than Keywords

There are all kinds of metrics that Google uses and periodically updates to improve the search experience for its users. They are competing with other search engines and the more relevant their results, the more people will use them. There are rules for SEO and then there is the art of content marketing, both are important to online marketing. You can try to learn these things on your own but the chances are you will get frustrated and quit before you figure it all out.

Why try to do this all by yourself? You can shorten your learning curve and eliminate unnecessary setbacks and frustration by plugging into a well-designed training program. But that is not enough, you need the right technology and a reliable road map that is up-to-date. I recommend this system to my clients, my family, and my friends who are interested in building an online business. Every online business needs traffic, paid is great but earned traffic is even better.  But don’t take my word for it, give it a test drive and sign up for the Free Starter Membership. Complete the two free modules, build your first site, then decide if this program is a good fit for you.

Free Starter Membership: Our Review

Wealthy Affiliates has been teaching affiliate marketing skills for over 10 years. The program is comprehensive, includes the web sites, and an engaged community for support. Read the review of the free program and if you think this is a good fit, get started for free.

Branding For Digital Entrepreneurs

Branding For Digital Entrepreneurs: Stand Out From Crowd

Often the race to make money online will lead Digital Marketers, especially Affiliate Marketers, to settle for a generic online presence. Cloned sites or sites that look like something thrown together to make a fast sale do not inspire confidence in visitors. When a visitor lands on one of these pages, they start to make judgments about the legitimacy of the site. The antidote for this is branding. Branding for Digital Entrepreneurs is similar to branding for any person who is setting themselves up as a trusted resource, expert, or seller. When we think of brands like Nike or Coca Cola, many images, songs, and sayings come to mind. But what does it mean for the Affiliate Marketer who is selling the exact same product other affiliates are selling? It’s a way to find your tribe, to stop competing and start attracting those buyers instead. Branding, when done in a very authentic way, sets you up for attraction marketing. People are drawn to you because they relate to you.

The Small Business Advantage Is The Digital Entrepreneurs Advantage, Also

Stand out from the crowding with Branding for Affiliate Marketers

The Generic Marketer easily gets lost in the crowd. Not Balsie, he stands out.

Online, we can lose that sense of human connectedness. Large brands and traditional Internet Marketers all love automation. The less human interaction, the better. In fact, this was one of the hallmarks of Internet marketing. But people have grown weary and leery of look-a-like sites, unresponsive email customer service, and not being able to reach a human when there are questions. The Digital Entrepreneur is the owner of a small business. It is likely to start with no employees and very little overhead but you are competing in an ocean of other online businesses and branding yourself and providing high-quality content is the one advantage you should leverage as you build your business.

We can hide behind user names and profile pictures of avatars, cats, or tiny toon characters. We can edit our words and sound overly-polished and all put-together. We can take ourselves out of the mix and never let people get a real sense of who we are and what we stand for. I almost did that myself. I was afraid to bring my spiritual, quirky, off-brand humor into my business. I turned my business into a job and then I felt uninspired.

The business that you are building needs to do more than give you an income. Your business needs to be deeply satisfying because it’s hard work to grow a business. There are long work days, challenges, and setback to deal with and if your business is impersonal, you will find yourself losing your motivation to do what you need to do to build it. But if the business you are building is YOUR business, the obstacles will not defeat you, they will make you stronger.

What Do You Stand For?

I am an advocate for human potential and I believe that it is our divine right to thrive. My business is part of my epic mission to help others get their gifts out into the world through online businesses.

Take a moment and reflect on who you are as a person; what matters most to you, what causes and passions speak to your heart. Find ways to sprinkle those unique qualities into your content. By the way, it’s nearly impossible to do that with a generic or replicated site. To brand yourself, you need your own site that you can build out to reflect you and your business. In the program I promote, everyone is creating their own unique online presence, and I think it’s j awesome to be a part of a program designed to teach you how to brand yourself as the authority in your niche.

Hey, I have a gift for you. Click the link to get the PDF: Epic Mission Statement – SEO White Hats; it’s about defining your Epic Mission, the basis of how you will live your love and build your business. You may discover that your brand is an expression of your Epic mission.

Best Way To Make Money Online

What Is The Best Way To Make Money Online?

When a person asks, “what is the best way to make money online?” The truthful answer is … it depends. Not all people are suited to make money online. There is a learning curve to any path that leads to substantial income and making money online is no different. Therefore, I will address the question based on a few assumptions about your level of skills and interests:

Assumptions

  • You have reasonable online skills. You can’t be like my sister who can’t remember how to delete her emails.
  • You have to have an up-to-date computer. You can’t be like my friend who is still using Window’s XP.
  • It’s good if you like technology and aren’t like someone I know who refuses to upgrade the old flip phone.
  • Beyond having some basic skills and tools, you need to be willing to learn some new skills.

If you are the kind of person who is willing to learn to earn, then the best way to make money online is find a legitimate training program. Once you find the right program, immerse yourself in the learning process and diligently apply what you are learning. I am a techie and I have been playing on the Internet since the 90’s but I didn’t know how to make the money using these tools. I had to learn. The program I recommend covers A to Z so I am still learning more. You can go slow or you can go fast but if you want to see progress, you need to devote at least 5 hours a week to it.

Learning To Earn Money Online

Sometimes the learning process is a bit overwhelming and that’s the other thing I like about the program, the community is super helpful. There are real people there who are ready to jump in and answer your questions including the seasoned veterans. I help people with technical questions because those are the skills I am already brining to the table. Different people come in with different strengths and we have an community of mutual support. You don’t find that with most online training programs.

Every program will tell you the best case scenario for income potential but there’s always a chance you won’t make anything; that’s true for all businesses. But honestly, if you just want to make a few dollars here and there, you certainly don’t want to invest your time or money in training. However, if you are interested in serious income I want to tell you, there are options.

Recommended For People Who Want To Start Free

How do they they make money

Learn How To Make Money Online

I’m in more than one program but the one I recommend is more suited for the person who wants a step-by-step roadmap. It has the best training and lowest entry point (i.e. Free) and it is called Wealthy Affiliate. It’s basically about learning to create a really good blog and tie affiliate products to your content. You don’t have to be a great writer to make this work, but of course, if you hate writing paragraphs, this probably won’t appeal to you. If you hate to write, skip done to the section on using Youtube videos.

Wealthy Affiliates has a free and premium training program and both include training and includes your websites. Of course,  you can make money with the free program but you won’t get the advanced training which exposes the techniques that are used to create a real online business. Free members get two sites, premium get 50 along with other premium features. The free version is called a Starter Program for a reason; it lets you get started, check out the program and determine if it’s right for you. What I like about this program is the training is exceptional and that compliment is coming from someone with a Master’s in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design.

A Good Investment That Doesn’t Break The Bank

There are some things I don’t like about the program but there is no such thing as a perfect anything. I really like the price point for the premium program; it’s 1/3rd of what I pay for a similar training program. That’s $49 versus $150; a big difference. Plus with the more expensive one, I am paying over $1,500 for the coaching piece of the program. So you can see, I am getting similar features but the price point is way different.

WA is suited for people who want to make money by attaching income to what they already have a passion for. It’s about finding your preferred niche and then discovering affiliate programs that complement it. Some niches are more profitable than others but the program really teaches you how to navigate this and make it work for you. Amazon is one of the largest affiliate programs and they sell literally millions of things. That is one place to explore as an example.

There are some many affiliate programs out there. Doll houses, Harley Davison fanatics, designer fashion, appliances, vacation resorts, and the list goes on and on.

Your Niche + Relevant Affiliate Programs = Income

large Affiliate Brands

Large Affiliate Brands

Many large name brand stores have affiliate programs but there are also small boutique-like programs that you can explore. The reason I think this is the best way for a person to make money online is because you can tie it back to something you already love or are interesting in becoming an expert in. So much of what it takes to thrive as an online marketer of anything is taught in this program.Once you learn the skills you can set up multiple streams of income from multiple niches. I know someone who boasts, “I’m almost at a million a year.” He gave some insider tips and that’s when I realized he was using SEO skills to get his sites ranked in Google from each niche he was promoting. That’s when I set out to learn about SEO and then found this program.

Skills can be learned and with a well-designed program and learning community, it becomes a matter of following the road map that is provided to you.

  • You can learn to create content that attracts buyers
  • You can learn to get your content listed in the first few pages of Google (Search Engine Optimization)
  • You can learn how to accelerate your learning and to scale your business up for more profits

 

Sales Funnel Basics

Marketing funnels are not new but when you build one for online marketing, there are some basic guidelines. The top of the funnel (TOFU) is about awareness. The visitor may or know they have a problem or a need and they don’t know what solutions are out there. They are searching for information and are not necessarily ready to buy anything just yet. Then there is the middle of funnel (MOFU) where the buying is evaluating solutions to see which is the best. You can’t rush them to make a decision but give them the right information so that when they compare your solution to others’ it stands out as the best one. Finally, we get to the bottom of the funnel (BOFU). This is the place where you give them the set of incentives and motivation to click the buy button.

Here’s a common problem, your marketing message or ad is a TOFU ad but you sent them to a MOFU article on your website. The incongruence is experienced by the site visitor and they are likely to leave and go find someone who will provide TOFU information they are looking for. If you have people clicking through and bouncing from your page, check to see if there is for congruence issues. The fix may be as simple as changing the ad or, alternatively, changing where the ad sends the visitor.