Affiliate Marketing: Already Have A Blog Or Website? Monetize It!
Remember back in the 90′s when Amazon first started affiliate marketing schemes and we all had dreams that by putting a link on our horrible text-based webpages, we’d be able to sit back and watch the dough roll in? And if you made that link flash or marquee across the screen, there would be no way your visitors would not click it – as though Internet users are all actually cats and can’t resist attacking small moving objects. Fortunately affiliate marketing has come a long way since the burst of the dot-com bubble. And the financial bubble. And the housing bubble.
And since pretty much everyone these days have access to high-speed internet, a little extra income through affiliate marketing on your already existing blog or website is once again an attractive – and turns out not impractical – idea. It’s not a get rich quick scheme; it takes a lot of hard work and investment, and you must accept that the work may not pay off. But it can come through if you dedicate yourself to it, and here is a good place to start.
Think about how you use the internet. The first basic concept of any monetization strategy should be to consider if you would actually click on the links you are trying to get others to click on, or purchase the products you want others to purchase. If not, no one else will either, and you probably won’t make money.
This is important because Google now uses an algorithm called Panda that categorizes webpages on various qualities based on human preferences. And you can bet Google’s algorithm (and Yahoo’s) will only get better. If a human wouldn’t like your site, Google probably won’t either.
Choose a strategy
There are a few ways you can monetize your website from a practical perspective. Common methods are automated targeted advertisements provided by a program like Google’s AdSense, or participating in an affiliate program like that from Amazon. Other affiliates include CommissionJunction, Share a Sale, or ClickBank. A final option is VigLink.com, a company that does a lot of the work in determining links for you based on the content of your individual pages.
Maintain your integrity
Your integrity as a human is about the best thing anyone has going for them if they want to be both successful and happy. Michael Hyatt talks about how you can monetize your blog without selling your soul, mostly saying that if it’s not a product you use and like, don’t sell it. If you are being paid when a user clicks a link on your website, you should include a disclosure that this is the case. This is also required by the US Federal Trade Commission’s Guide to Endorsements, and is simply good netiquette!
Learn more or go pro!
After you’ve monetized a personal blog, you might consider ramping up your efforts and raking in some more money, or even researching and writing on a dedicated niche to sell specific products at a higher commission. Bill McIntosh offers some advice for beginners in affiliate marketing in terms of niche selection, content delivery and background research. It’s worth a read if you’re looking to go big.
However it is you choose to dive into making money online, the first step is committing to it. Set up your affiliate or advertising account and think about the best ways to link to them on your blog or website. Experiment with what works for you and your readers, and you will begin bringing in some extra cash soon.
Kate Simmons is a tech writer and blogger on tech-related topics. Kate is currently representing CLEAR high speed internet.
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