10 No Brainer Tips for Making Money with Affiliate Marketing

Mitz Pantic
My name is Milica Pantic (aka Mitz) and I am a serial full-time blogger. I started out with one website many years ago and it went so well, I sold my businesses and began living the internet dream. Since then I have been perfecting the system of blogging and building Wordpress websites to earn money online. This is an ever changing business and I love the challenge. Please feel free to download my favorite FREE REPORTS if you are interested in improving your blogging business or starting one from scratch.
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I know how hard it is to make money with affiliate marketing and I am always looking for an easy way. In theory affiliate marketing is quite simple; you place an affiliate link on the Internet, people click on it and purchase the product, and then you get a commission. If only it were that simple?

Most people think it is that simple and are extremely disappointed when they cannot make money with affiliate marketing. I know that people also say that it is easy to make money with Google AdSense, and even I am guilty of this, but we all know that everything takes work.

I cannot give you a magic bullet to make money with affiliate marketing, but I can give you a few tips.

#1.  Focus on a clear subject

If your website is about dogs then please have content about dogs. When people start veering off their subject they start to lose sales. Just think about it, why would a dog lover want to read about a cat? Or why would a person with a German Sheppard want to read about a Bullterrier?

It is even better to have a more precise topic. By now we all know how important it is to researching a niche topic to blog about.

It is also great to focus on one goal per page. Do not give people too many options as you will only confuse them.

#2.  Choose the right products to sell

Just as you have focused on a clear subject, you also need to match your products with that subject. Often people find a particular product and try selling it because they like it. This will not get you sales. The people that are visiting your blog must want to buy the product that you sell. You should ask yourself a few questions when choosing the right product to sell.

  • Do they need the product?
  • Is the product going to solve a problem for them?
  • Has it got a recurring income so you can make one sale and get multiple commissions? (Not necessary but nice)

You must have these first two steps figured out before you move on.

#3.  Limiting affiliate marketing

When searching for affiliate marketing products to sell, never limit your possibilities by only searching the companies you know and are familiar with. For example most people seem to stick to Commission junction and Clickbank products when there are so many other options out there. You can use any number of affiliate marketing companies in one website as there are no rules stopping you from doing so.

I urge you to explore more affiliate marketing companies as they all offer different products to sell. What about Shareasale.com, Regnow.com, Ebay.com, Paydot.com, Neverblue.com, Linkshare.com, Amazon.com, Onenetworkdirect.com? Need I mention more. Always strive to get out of your comfort zone and spread your affiliate marketing wings. Some programs require you prove an established income on the internet, but others are free to join, without any qualifications.

#4.  Gain Trust

Are you in it for the money or do you have a genuine passion for your topic? Did you know that people will trust you more if they can see your passion? Maybe if you show some personality or the real you they also might trust you more. There are probably 1000 ways to gain trust but it helps if you are genuine in the first place.

#5.  Build backlinks to your content

Again I have to talk about focusing on your topic and the right keywords. Anchor text in a back link pointing to a particular article is very important and the details do count. For example if you have a review for an Apple laptop and your anchor text says Apple Macbook pro, but when people click the link they find a review for a HP laptop. This is deceiving and people will be disappointed with what they see and your page will be less likely to convert. The same applies if your anchor text is Apple Macbook and you send them to a page about an Apple Macbook mouse. This is similar and you

might get lucky with affiliate marketing, but wouldn’t it be better to let the anchor text sort out the targeted traffic for you?

Lets be clear here. It is not how much traffic you can get to an affiliate sales page, it is how much targeted traffic you can get that makes the sales.

#6.  Get your visitors to sign up

You cannot always expect a sale from your visitors but you must expect them to sign up for your list. You need to impress them with the free gift because you will only get one chance with most people. If you are letting the visitors go without giving them a chance to sign up to your list, you are seriously wasting your time.

Just think, if you get people to sign up to a list you have a few more chances to communicate with them and wave your affiliate marketing links in front of them.

#7.  Give them a gift

That is so nice of you to give gifts away for free, but we all know that you have an ulterior motive. Giving away a free report is a perfect tool to use to make money with affiliate marketing. Especially if you give away a report that people find extremely valuable and hang on to or share with their friends. Have your affiliate links in a free report along with links back to your website. If you do not do this you are wasting a great resource for making money with affiliate marketing. Take a good look at my gift I give to my subscribers when they sign up for my list about Building a WordPress Website from scratch. Let me just say it is not the most perfectly formed giveaway but I am still improving on this.

#8.  Write all about it

Investigate, research, and then write about affiliate products on your blog. People actually want to know other people’s opinions about stuff before they buy them. Don’t think you can just slap something together though. People are not stupid and can feel when something is not genuine.

#9.  Show proof

Use the products that you recommend on your blog. I have a blog about building WordPress websites and I only recommend the products that I use on that blog. The products all relate to WordPress and I am using them all which makes these products very targeted for my niche.

For another example I have a computer related website and if I recommend a computer maintenance program that I use myself, I definitely sell more. “The proof is in the pudding.”

Sometimes people see me using a product or doing something on my blog and ask me what it is. It is usually a product that I sell and make money with affiliate marketing. Surround yourself with what you sell and people will know that you believe in that product.

#10. Connect with an affiliate marketing manager

Did you know that you can contact an affiliate marketing manager for either an affiliate company like Neverblue or the product owner themselves. Many people neglect to communicate with the “people in the know” and lose out on sales because of this.

I have constant contact with product owners as they help me to sell their products. They also give me freebies to give away which the website visitors love. Get closer to the products you sell and get some inside help. There is no doubt you will make more money this way.

See my latest affiliate marketing guide for beginners.

Conclusion to affiliate marketing

One of the main keys to make money with affiliate marketing is to focus on a topic. Focus, focus, focus. Then when you know what your topic is and what keywords you need to use, you can then create content and then build backlinks to it. Match the people to the products and you will have a winning combination. Affiliate marketing is not rocket science but some people can make it look difficult.

If you are not making sales please check out how I make money online because it just shows how I have progressed from mastering Adsense to now conquering affiliating marketing.

Please share your secret “no brainer” affiliate marketing tips below.

 

Comments


  1. Twitter:
    And make sure that you link to affiliate products only specific to your niche. Having any product will not make you enough money.
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  2. Twitter:
    Well hello Mitz thanks for sharing your experience in this area. I am now getting my house in order when it comes to affiliate marketing, after all if you want to make money then you have to promote some long term solutions rather than just jumping at the latest launch or inbox killers.

    As you point out by selecting solutions to promote for the long term you can develop a reputation for knowledge in that area and thus increase your ability to realize higher affiliate incomes just by sharing your knowledge of the solution.

    igor
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  3. Very well written and insightful post that will help me grow my online business. Great post…thanks!


  4. Twitter:
    Hi Mitz,

    Really amazing points, I know many people says that affiliate marketing is very difficult but after reading your post it doesn’t seem so difficult. However you must know how to target right audience with right product, and that will provide the result.
    Pankaj recently posted..IT FreelancingMy Profile

  5. Helo Mitz,
    These are some nice and simple ways to follow if one wants to make money doing affiliate.
    I joined the affiliate business last year November and i must confess that it is going well for me. The one reason that is making my affiliate a success is, because my audience trust me and what i offer to them :)

    Trust is a big game that we bloggers should learn.
    Thanks for the lovely post and do have a great weekend ahead
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  6. Certainly success in affiliate marketing depends on targeted audience, relevant product and applying innovative strategy. The other very important element is trust from customer. If they do not trust me they never listen me.


  7. Twitter:
    Yes before even start to think about selling or money you need to create great content about product you want to sell. The content must be good enough for those who want to read 2000 word before deciding to buy but also for those who want to read less, So you must to make post of your product that will not chase visitors. When you make good content you can start do anything else.
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  8. Charan Pammi says:

    Really a good post for newbies. Those who are dying for adsense approval they have to focus on affiliate marketing and start earning wisely


  9. Twitter:
    Hi Milica,
    You have summed up some nice points here and I liked the idea of giving gift, Everyone loves free stuffs and goodies. I’ll try these tips.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  10. Twitter:
    These are really impressive affiliate marketing tips for the begginers thanks admin for the wonderful post.its really awesome to read your nice post.
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  11. Twitter:
    You can write top notch sales later without traffic you’re going to earn a bunch of nothing from affiliate marketing, one of the main important ranking factor is the link building strategy used, links should be keyword rich and dofollow to pass link juice, but if you have the chance to leave a comment on nofollow websites you should do it because this brings you traffic and brand awareness.
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  12. Twitter:
    Great tips Mitz!
    It takes experience and results to be able to come up with this. Adding to #10, you can always get a unique coupon code from vendors. That in a considerable way will boost sales.

    Trust too is a key factor. That’s why it’s highly recommended to review used products. With proofs how it works for you, you can even double says

    Excellent tips Mitz and do have a wonderful weekend
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  13. Twitter:
    The first part is first getting the right product to promote, the other parts place a major role, however, the last part is very important! You will need to build quality traffic to your website to start ranking on the top of google :D

    Thank you Mitz Pantic for the tips.
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    • Twitter:
      Frank, do you ever leave a real, genuine comment about the article AFTER reading it fully? It seems like your comments are always about – well, leaving a generic comment so that you get a comment on the post. I have yet to see a genuine comment that adds value to the post. Its very obvious and because of it I have you pegged as a guy who wants to get attention and money any way you can, not by genuinely helping out other people.
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  14. Hello Mitz,

    These are some great tips! I think number 4 is very important. Because if people trust you, they will buy from you. If they see you genuinely care about helping them you will gain their trust. It’s always said if you help people get what they want you can get what you want. So, just being helpful is really the key because people are looking for help on various topics. Thanks for sharing this with us!


  15. Twitter:
    Tying in with ‘focus’ I think we can include ‘Do not spread yourself too thin.”
    It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking you can build a dozen websites and retire next week.
    Each and every site needs to be built out and that involves time or money or even both.
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  16. your post about affiliate marketing as you said peoples are investigate the product detail before buy, like if i want to buy any gadget first i search about the product and than compare to other products in pricing, looks and features.But brand value is also important so to write in affiliate marketing first to collect the right information about the product and than write in your post.
    thanks to give really nice share!!
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  17. Twitter:
    Hey Mitz.

    Wow you have complied the really big subject in such a small way. I personally think that Affiliate are and can earn you more money then anything. I really like the actual payout. Currently I am using iTunes affiliate and Amazon Affiliate. Both are pretty good. For getting success in affiliate it is important to have good targeted traffic on your blog. If you are selling tech product it is important to have that kinda response from people. I am surely going to try your methods.

    Keep up the good work and do share more amazing posts like this. I will look forward to hear from you soon.
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  18. Twitter:
    Nice post.

    Gaining trust and building backlinks are very important, as this is the root of success. Also, having the right products to sell is ideal, especially if you’re aiming for high income. Good post.
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  19. Now days I just started a affiliate marketing after earning with Google Adsense and other program. I need one suggestion from your end. Can I start affiliate marketing with micro niche blog or on regular blog.?
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  20. Twitter:
    Affiliate arketing is one of the most difficult way to earn money if you are a beginner. Once if you start getting sales, then you can multiply with your hardwork and patience.
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  21. Twitter:
    Thanks for the tips and advice as I already tried to get on in affiliate marketing and failed. I think affiliate marketing is little tricky to do and like me most of the time those getting into affiliate marketing quit the way very soon. I think affiliate marketer need to attach with it, monitor statistics and watch to see what is making good outcome and what is not and make modifications when required. huge works!!! Anyway … thanks again
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  22. Twitter:
    I like your conclusion for this article. I think it is the part where I failed the most – getting focus to what I wanna do. Thanks for reminding me that. I’ll keep in mind on what I should do next.
    Ismail N recently posted..Pemasaran Affiliate: Teknik Dan PeralatanMy Profile


  23. Twitter:
    It’s great to read such an informative post. Making money out of a blog isn’t that easy. In fact according to a research, about 91% bloggers don’t even make 100$ a month. Taking the alternatives mentioned in your post could surely help a lot of bloggers! :)
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  24. Twitter:
    Affiliate products must be very specific to niche of the website. I was promoting hosting plans to visitor who knew nothing about website hosting and were not interested in making websites. I ended by selling no plans inspire of having large volumes of traffic. Over the years I have also realized that a website should have a very specific niche and that way even the bounce rate of the website will come down.
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