Five Quick Tips on How to Use Affiliate Marketing for Your Blog

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Wondering how to monetize your blog with affiliate marketing? Here are five quick tips on how to use affiliate marketing for your blog today.

Brand Deals vs.  Affiliate Marketing

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Although brand deals are great, affiliate marketing can be a game-changer!

First, the difference between the two is that brand deals come with parameters. There are restrictions in terms of the content you're going to create and the products you need to feature.

Therefore, although you might really love a brand, they may give you an item for content that you are not into! In contrast, there is so much freedom with affiliate marketing. 

In  contrast, there is so much freedom with affiliate marketing. Once you find some programs (LTK, Collective Voice, Amazon) that resonate with you, you are good to go! Here are five tips to jumpstart affiliate marketing for your blog:

Link What You Truly Love and Wear A Lot

First, link what you love and matches your lifestyle. Here is why - you already have a connection to the items you're sharing. Therefore, it will make you an authority on the item.  

As a result, people feel like you know what you're talking about. I think it makes a huge difference in terms of the conversion rate (the percentage of links vs purchases) and people actually purchasing from you.  Like a cute outfit you wore this weekend. 

Consider Your Audience and What Problem Can You Solve

Second, consider your audience. My consideration for my audience has grown since I started affiliate marketing.  I think about what are people looking for and the problems I can solve for them. For example, what to wear to the gym!

Be Picky With What You Share

Likewise, the next thing you want to do with affiliate marketing is be picky with what you share.  Do not promote junk! I am careful about what I share for a few reasons.  I treat audience like they're my friends.

For example,  you wouldn't recommend junk to a friend, right? Similarly, you don't want to recommend trash because when they return it you get the commission deducted.  Additionally, they're not going to trust your recommendations. You will seem inconsistent.

You Gotta Promote, Promote, Promote

Also, don't be shy about what you are linking on your blog. This is why it is called affiliate "marketing".  You should be creating content that serves people. It informs them and it happens to have links for the items.

Therefore,  it's about "learn about this" and "hey, I found this, I really like it, this is why". If you shift to  trying to solve the problem your audience might have you won't feel so salesy.  I got over it! Now, most of my content is has all kinds of statements on where to find items.

Thank Your Audience If They Do Make a Purchase

Lastly, thank your audience! For example, whenever I get feedback on a purchase during an Amazon live I am so grateful! Here's the thing - they don't have to buy from me.  

Unlike blogging to just share your life and score brand deals, the purchases matter! Therefore, I am grateful for every purchase my audience makes! I keep in mind that they didn't have to listen to me. Also, when they do purchase something I thank them as this is how I can continue my business.

Are You Ready to Add Those Links?

I'm telling you it's a game changer, and it's not that hard once you get a workflow going.

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