Affiliate marketing. The big daddy.
When I first started to toe the line between sponsored content and affiliate content, I had zero clue what I was doing. It was one big question mark to me.
There was money to be made. Serious money. I knew that. But it wasn’t clear EXACTLY how it worked. Was it like a MLM? Was this a leggings scam situation? Was I about to start a go-nowhere hike up the side of a really, really big triangle? Did signing up for an affiliate program under someone else’s link make me part of THEIR pyramid??
I looked at all these bloggers income reports: 20k, 50k, 500k. All made by affiliate marketing, some even affiliate links to digital products that taught you how to affiliate market. I read their reports, I browsed their posts. But there were things I couldn’t figure out: what affiliate programs did these people belong to? And how were they making so much coin?
That was three years ago. In the time since, I’ve figured this affiliate marketing thing out. I’ve built my funnels, and I’ve joined the programs that make the most sense for me.
In this post, I’ll break down exactly which affiliate programs I belong to. I’ll also detail exactly how much I make per month through each affiliate program, and what posts and content I use to bring in the clicks that net me that money.
Let’s get rid of the knowledge gaps.
Yes, there’s only four! I use every single service I promote through affiliate links, with the exception of ConvertKit. In the interest of full disclosure, I replaced ConvertKit with MailerLite about a year ago. ConvertKit is an AMAZING tool for email marketers. But me? Not great at email marketing. I send out emails maybe once, twice a year. MailerLite suits my needs just fine.
Now I’ll break down each affiliate program I belong to, and how I turn readers into clicks and $$$.
If you’re getting started with affiliate marketing for the first time, there are four things you’ll want to do.
Choose a service that you already use. I absolutely recommend ONLY vouching for things you’ve paid for and enjoy on a regular basis, especially if you’re going to be writing content about it. Once you’ve chosen the service, research their affiliate program (Google: “service name + affiliate program”), and apply/sign up for it.
Write a blog post about your chosen service. You can do a general review “here’s why I like X!” or focus in on one feature of the service “here’s how you do this in X!”
Add your affiliate link in a few places throughout the post. I really recommend NOT going overboard. You don’t have to link every third word, because this is 2019, and we are no longer tricking people into clicking things. I recommend no more than one link per large-ish paragraph. Depending on the type of post you write, you could also put a call to action image or button at the bottom, like, “see for yourself how great X is! Click here to sign up for your own account!”
Post and promote. Share on Pinterest frequently, including Group Boards. The thing you need to be a successful affiliate marketer? Traffic. And it’s the most time-consuming part.