Monetize your blog through affiliate marketing seminar for beginners
Workshop dates : August 30 – Sept. 13, 2017 only. All WP training by appointment.
Workshop locations : Irvine, Tustin, Laguna Hills
Workshop fee : $ 250 for the 5 hour Crash Course
Who should attend
- Professional bloggers who have a lot of useful content and big audience. If you have hundreds or thousands of followers through your social media links, then this seminar is for you.
- Beginner bloggers who want to know how to create or find content for their WordPress blogs. Or blogger who have a specialized skills and want to learn how to monetize their knowledge through affiliate marketing
1. Choose Relevant Affiliate Programs
Affiliate ads pay per action, which means that readers will need to click on the ad and then either sign up or register for something, or make a purchase before you get paid for the action. The more relevant the ad is to your content, the higher the likelihood visitors will click on the ad and perform the desired action.
So, what type of affiliate program will provide the most relevant ads for your blog? If you’re focused on a particular topic, you will want to join affiliates specifically associated with your content. For example, if you have a photography site, you might apply to be an affiliate with a camera equipment dealer.
Many bloggers start with Amazon Associates since Amazon sells millions of diverse products that are likely to be a fit for most bloggers. Amazon pays commissions of 4% to 15%, depending on volume and product type.
To find other targeted affiliate programs, check out popular affiliate clearinghouse sites such as Commission Junction, LinkShare, and ShareASale. All three offer access to thousands of affiliate programs, but you must apply separately to each one.
2. Consider an Affiliate Aggregator Service
If your blog topics are more diverse, you might consider a program such as VigLink, which automates access to more than 30,000 affiliate programs and monetizes the links on your site for you.
For example, if a blogger is writing about a new pair of shoes they found on Zappos, instead of having to sign up with the Zappos affiliate program directly, they can work with VigLink, which will automatically append the affiliate code to the link and pay the blogger their earned commissions. While VigLink typically keeps 25% for this service, the company claims that because of their size, they “often negotiate higher commissions that more than cover our share,” says Oliver Deighton, vice president of marketing at VigLink.
3. Create content That Sells
Many bloggers will actually write reviews of products with affiliate marketing in mind.
“The power of a blog is that it’s easy to aggregate a lot of loyal fans for niche topics. This lends itself to making recommendations and providing affiliate links to those recommendations,” says Chris Conrey, a partner at digital marketing company Vuurr.com. But just throwing out links to products with no rhyme or reason will result in a quick exit by visitors,writes Lynn Truong, Editor-in-Chief of Wise Bread, a popular personal finance site.
4. Integrate Affiliate Links Appropriately
If you do add affiliate links to your site, make sure you maintain a balance between monetization and user experience, suggests web designer Kevin Spence.
One way to do this is to keep the majority of your content ad-free.