Here at ShoutMeLoud, I always focused on teaching about Affiliate marketing. Earlier, when I shared how I make money with ShoutMeLoud, I mentioned a big chunk of money comes from affiliate marketing. Getting success in affiliate marketing is not easy, and you need to be persistent, consistency and have a proper marketing plan for the same. For example, what affiliate products you are selecting, what medium you are using to promote it. For example, I usually select product that I use for my day-to-day blogging, and write tutorials, guides, which also helps in promoting the product I’m pitching. We have already talked about how to start with affiliate marketing and affiliate marketing vs AdSense. The most common problem face by any blogger is selecting the best affiliate product for the niche. A niche affiliate product is always better and conversion rate will be high.
Start with Affiliate Marketplace:
The best place to start hunting for affiliate products is marketplace like Clickbank, ShareASale, Commission junction. Now depending upon your niche, you can find best of the affiliate products to promote. For niche marketer, CJ and Clickbank, are highly recommended. Now, start joining hottest paying affiliate product in your niche from these marketplace. If you are using WordPress, you can use plugin like Gocodes to mask your links. For Webhosting niche, I would recommend you to read our earlier guide on start with WebHosting affiliates.
Join Affiliate program individually:
Most of the online products have their own affiliate program. For example, Dreamhost affiliate program. All you need to do is, find the hottest selling products in your niche. For example, if you run a blog about Dogs, you can try to find affiliate program related to dog food or dog care. Find the products which are selling such products online, and on their Website you will find the links to affiliate program. Else you can simple google “site:domain.com affiliate”. It’s manual work, but it works in most of the cases, and specially when you are in a niche where it’s hard to find an affiliate product. For ex: Tattoo designs.
What do you mean by Niche affiliate product?
A niche affiliate product means, you select the product based on your blog topics and your blog readers. Suppose you write a blog on health niche and you try to sell product based in twitter or computers. This will ensure guaranteed failure.
My advice would be select the hot-selling product in your niche and start writing about it. This will help you to boost your conversion rate. Difference between successful and failed affiliate campaign is determined by it’s conversion rate. If you getting 100 odd clicks on your affiliate campaign but 0 or 1 conversion rate. You need to start over again with your strategy.
Now something important about selecting affiliate product is , try before your refer. This is the most common mistake done by any blogger. I have seen blogger referring for Thesis theme, without even trying it. Writing review based on Other bloggers and pitching it like it’s the best wordpress theme ever made. Will you ever believe in any such review? Atleast I will not. Giving an honest review will increase your credibility and reliability. Never forget we blog for knowledge, money is secondary. If you think vice versa, you need to rethink again, how and why you started blogging. Now getting into the point. Now suppose you have selected a product, make sure you read its TOS and also there are many things you need to look for , some of them are :
- Available banners
- Promotional matters
- Affiliate control panel
- Minimum Payout
- Payment method
- Tax form required or not
Such things will help you to decide, if you are ready to promote this stuff or now. Suppose you select a seasonal product and its minimum payout is 1000$. Are you sure , you going to get that much conversions in that particular season? Bonus tip : Associating with popular brand will be added advantage to your affiliate marketing campaign. Small questions and you can decide which product is good for you and for your readers. Are you into affiliate marketing? How do you judge which product is good for your blog and which one is bad?