Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to monetize a blog if you have one. It is, however, an art and science if you want to make as much money as possible from it. I say this because you need to set up things in specific ways in order to optimize your business to make the most out of it.
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In this article, I am going to give you 8 tips to help you get the most out of your affiliate marketing efforts. In order to make the most in affiliate marketing, you need to optimize your website for it. You can have the unfortunate situation where you get significant traffic to your blog or website but fail to monetize it properly.
Here are my 8 top tips to get the most from affiliate marketing:
Optimize Your Website Speed
Optimizing your website so that it’s fast-loading is one of the key things that need to be looked into as far as affiliate marketing is concerned. For starters, site speed is an important Google metric that can affect your position in the search engines.
Google measures user experience or UX as one of the major ranking factors. When your website loads slowly, it affects the overall experience that your user gets on your website. Besides affecting your position in Google, it can also frustrate your website visitors leading to them leaving your site before they have even read your content.
If they don’t see your content, they will not click on your affiliate links meaning you don’t get commissions.
Improve your site speed by removing any unnecessary plugins from your website and optimizing your images. There are plugins that help increase site speed by compressing images as well as optimizing other functions on the site so that speed improves.
Have Calls to Action
A call to action is anytime you ask your reader to perform a specific action on your website. The second paragraph of this article is a call to action. In order to get the most out of affiliate marketing, you need to have specific calls to action all over your website.
Users need to have a specific instruction given to them in order for them to take the action that you desire for them to take. A call to action is a great way for them to click your affiliate link. A good practice is to tell them where the link is taking them.
If it’s leading them to Amazon, for example, your call to action may be View on Amazon or View Price on Amazon. This approach works great for people with Amazon niche sites and pushes up their conversion rate significantly.
Create a Resources Page
If you promote a number of affiliate products as I do here, you can create a resources page where you place all your recommended products and their affiliate links. You can then promote your resources page at the end of your most popular articles.
Have a Mailing List
The money is on the list. Most of the people who visit your blog or website will never come back again. Make the most of their visit by capturing their email and then promoting to them over time through an email list.
Generally speaking, every person on your email list is worth about $1 per month to you. That means that if you have 500 people on your list who you email regularly, you can expect to make $500 each month from them. Build a list as quickly as possible if you do not yet have one.
Create Guide/ How to Tutorials
How-to guides and tutorials are some of the most popular types of content on the web today. If you want to drive traffic to your blog or website, writing helpful how-to guides is a great way of achieving that. Look at the topics that people in your niche are interested in then write on those.
It’s a great way of getting users to your site and then monetizing them through affiliate offers. Your guides can solve a specific part of a bigger problem. You can then recommend a product that takes care of the bigger problem.
Internal Linking to Your Money Pages
Not all the content on your blog is going to be what we call money content. In most cases, the majority of your content is going to be informational posts. These are great for getting a lot of visitors to your site. You can then have links and calls to action which take readers to your monetized posts.
Besides funneling visitors to your paying posts, this internal linking method also helps Google determine the most important posts on your site which helps it rank higher in the search engines as well.
Write Reviews and Buyers Guides
Product Reviews and Buyers Guides are one of the best ways of driving targeted visitors with buyer intent to your site. These types of visitors have a higher inclination to buy because they have already been warmed up and ready to buy. All they need is to be guided to the right product which reviews and buyer guides provide.
Conduct Proper Keyword Research
Before you even write your article, make sure you do the correct research in order to write content which you are able to rank for. Make sure to go for low competition keywords with decent amounts of search volume and your chances of ranking high in the search engines will immediately be higher.
A lot of affiliate marketers make this mistake with their blogs leading to little to no traffic. Learn proper keyword research methods. I suggest that you learn about the Keyword Golden Ratio (KGR) method as well as Income School’s Keyword Analysis. You can find both of these through a simple Google search.
Affiliate marketing is a great way of making a great income through your website or blog. When you follow the steps outlined in this article, you will greatly increase the chances of succeeding