We are now going to take the opportunity to talk about affiliate marketing in the blogging world.
After all, while it is true that many of us started our blogs out of a love for the subject matter featured on our blogs, eventually, it would obviously be nice to earn some money from our blogs.
There are many different ways in which a blog can be monetized, but in this article, we are going to concentrate on the act of promoting affiliate products on a blog in order to earn commissions from sales.
Coming up are four effective affiliate marketing tips that will help you to hopefully make your blog’s affiliate marketing venture more lucrative.
Tip 1. Pay close attention to your blog’s design and layout, and do not be afraid to redesign the look of your blog.
When it comes to promoting affiliate products on your blog, the placement of ads and links is very important.
You need to use a blog theme or template that will increase the click thru rate on your ads and links.
While you do need to ensure that affiliate products ads are not hidden away in small text links in your blog’s footer, you do not want to make the ads so bold and flashy that they take over your blog’s main content and turn away readers.
Tip 2. Refrain from using too many different affiliate programs.
While it may be tempting to add ads for products from Amazon Associate, ClickBank, Commission Junction and the eBay Partner Program to your blog, keeping track of ads for hundreds of different products will be tough.
Furthermore, many affiliate marketing programs have minimum monthly payouts, so if you are spreading your earnings over dozens of different programs, it could take several months before you actually get your hands on any of the commission that you earn.
Tip 3. Do not promote products that you have not used yourself. It is important to keep in mind the fact that when you place ads on your blog for certain products, you are in effect giving those products a personal endorsement.
If you promote shady products, you could end up destroying your reputation and integrity, and consequently, you will eventually lose blog readers.
Therefore, it is best to only promote products that you have tried yourself.
Tip 4. Make sure that all of the affiliate links that you place on your blog are “no-follow”.
Having hundreds of outbound affiliate links on your blog can negatively affect your blog’s ranking on search engine results pages.
Therefore, you need to ensure that all of your affiliate links are “no-follow”, rather than “do-follow”.
Presented above are just four basic affiliate marketing tips that should help you to increase your blog’s affiliate marketing earnings.
However, the world of affiliate marketing is constantly changing and evolving, so you need to ensure that you keep up to date with the latest developments in the affiliate marketing industry.
Furthermore, while earning substantial affiliate commissions should be one of the important goals that you have for your blog, you main goal should always be to provide your blog’s readers with valuable content.