Last Updated on May 13, 2021 by scottkandh
If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you are in the same boat that I’m. You aren’t seeing any affiliate income. If you’ve created affiliate links; and people are clicking on them (because you can see the affiliate clicks in your ThirstyAffiliate Plug-in report). But they aren’t taking the plunge to buy the affiliate product and the rewards aren’t going into your pocket. The next step you should take is to look at your Monetizing Strategy.
This post contains affiliate links, I’ll make a commission at no extra cost to you should you click through and make a purchase.
Hopefully, this post will help turn things around for the both of us to monetize our blogs.
Earlier, I wrote a post called Proven Checklists to Start a Blog, Grow a Blog, or Monetize!
Blogging can be a profitable gig, especially, if you don’t give up. From most of the information that I’ve seen it’s not an instantaneous trek. It appears that most bloggers start making a profit around their 10th – 12th month of blogging because they’ve taken matters into their own hands and took their blogging seriously to begin monetizing it.
Monetizing your blog and using your affiliate links is a lot like the failures of Thomas Edison:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.”
If you’ve already started your blog there’s no need to look at the checklist that pertains to starting your blog and since you’re reading this, more than likely you are concerned with the checklist that pertains to Monetizing your Blog. However, if you’re a new blogger the post above has a lot of useful information to begin starting your blog and growing it!
So that you don’t have to go back and forth between this post and the one that I’ve previously posted, here’s the checklist that “just” pertains to the “Monetizing” aspect of your blog.
Tips to Increase Your Affiliate Income – Monetize it!
If you’ve implemented everything on the checklist below, and are still NOT seeing any affiliate income, it’s time to take a look at your strategy. Here are some tips you can use to help you increase your income.
Update: May 13th, 2021.
When I first wrote this post, I had suggested that you may want to buy a book called the Iceberg Effect: The Untold Secret of Affiliate Marketing Success by Dean Holland for $19.99. I published the post and then did a little more homework and I’ve deleted the link to this book. My advice to you is not to buy this book. It’s a scam that they’ll try to entice you with buying other products and services that you may not even want. The “scam” is that you may see other posts that you can get this book for less than $6 dollars and you just have to pay for shipping and handling.
I’m very sincere that I like to provide you with products that I trust. And my gut is telling me not to trust this product.
I’m leaving the image of the book intact for the sole reason that if you see this book, hopefully, you WON”T buy it (like I mistakenly did because I thought it would be worthwhile). You’re better off investing your money in one of the Affiliate Marketing Courses that were recommended in this post than buying this book.
One thing to realize is that blogs make their income in a variety of ways. What works for one blog may not work for another. The all-important thing that matters above everything else is that you need to be concentrating on growing your blog so that people are reading it. That’s the big-ticket to monetizing and you can’t get there without that traffic. Generating income means that people are reading your blog. It’s that simple. Also, to monetize your site you should be providing solutions (like this checklist) for your readers to help solve their problem.
☐ Are you trying too hard to sell? (your job is to recommend not sell).
☐ Are you using buyer’s keywords that get people to take action?
☐ Ask if you can get an affiliate discount for the products you promote. (people love
☐ Ask questions in Facebook Groups. (just don’t waste a bunch of time in them).
☐ Check to see if the links are actually working.
☐ Consider creating a landing page for your affiliate offers.
☐ Consider publishing blog income reports.
☐ Create a resource page, they can drive big sales.
☐ Create a tutorial or share a personal experience of yours with the product.
☐ Did you choose a relevant product and know enough about it?
☐ Diversify your affiliate marketing programs and income streams.
☐ Don’t promote more than 2 products per post (you’ll just confuse your readers).
☐ E-mail list – it’s imperative that in order to be profitable that you increase your blog’s traffic and grow your e-mail list. Why? Because the only people that you’re regularly going to be able to reach on a consistent basis that you determine, are the people that have subscribed to your blog.
☐ Explain to your audience why they need to have this product to help solve a problem
that they might be encountering.
☐ Find your top posts every 30 days and make sure they are monetized properly.
☐ Focus on building trust with your visitors and subscribers.
☐ Give it time, success doesn’t happen overnight.
☐ Improve your blog design to increase sales.
☐ Learn how to write faster and create do a content blitz.
☐ Make the most out of special days. (promote when the program is running an
exclusive bonuses and discounts).
☐ Monetizing Courses – There’s a right way and a wrong way that you should be using Affiliate links. These courses are a good resource to help navigate that hurdle.
- Affiliate Marketing for New Bloggers
- My Affiliate Marketing Course
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
The two courses that I’ve taken are Carly’s Affiliate Marketing for New Bloggers and WealthyAffiliates. Both of these have provided me with a ton of different ways to promote my affiliate links.
☐ Participate in a yearly blogging ritual called Blogtober (one blog post per day for the entire month of October). Place your affiliate links that are relevant to the product that you are blogging about in the posts because these Blogtober events generate a lot of traffic to your blog.
☐ Piggyback off your successful blog posts. (if that content worked once, it may work
☐ Place your affiliate links at the top of your post, in the middle, and at the end.
☐ Sign up for the affiliate program email (this is the only way to know about exclusive offers). When you take paid courses look to see if they have an affiliate program offer. Sign up for their offer and write a blog post to promote the new Affiliate program.
☐ Stop selling and start helping.
☐ Track your affiliate results every month to see what’s working and what isn’t.
☐ Use an affiliate plugin like ThirstyAffiliates to cloak (disguise/shorten) your links.
☐ Use different methods to promote your products (social media, blog post, email and
☐ Work on improving your Blog’s SEO
☐ Write case studies to show people your results with the product you’re promoting.
☐ Write more tutorials and product reviews.
☐ Write seasonal posts. The winter holidays like Christmas can drive huge sales.
☐ Do some research to see how other blogs are making money on their blog. Try to stay blogs that are within your own niche.
☐ Consider signing up for Google AdSense.
☐ Sign up for Affiliate Marketing. My number one Affiliate Marketing program is called ShareASale and there are many more Affiliate programs. If someone comes to your post, clicks on one of your ads and buys something you get a small cut of the proceeds. It’s that simple.
☐ Create your own digital products or products and promote those.
☐ Last big step – Time to Launch your Blog! A lot of want to have perfect blogs and it’s never going to be perfect. You’re always going to be doing updates so get ‘er done.
☐ Work on promoting your Pinterest SEO.
☐ If one of your affiliate link methods doesn’t work, move on to another method. Attitude is everything and don’t give up. Affiliate marketing is hard work and doesn’t come overnight.
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