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Blogger Beginnings – Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

So you have your blog up and running and you’re tapping yourself on the back for implementing SEO. Now you’re thinking, let’s try and make some money, right? Okay, so lets talk affiliate marketing.

So first things first,

What is affiliate marketing?

Basically, affiliate marketing is when someone (the affiliate) recommends a product/service in exchange for a commission on the sale of that product or service.

How does affilliate marketing work?

Step 1: You created and own your blog.

Step 2: You like a product or service. For example, I love MRP so getting to affiliate anything of their brand is great for me! In fact, they have a competition at the moment (Get a new wardrobe, with a R1000 fashion voucher) Check it out here!

Step 3: Sign up for their affiliate program. Some might be able to sign up directly, like with Bluehost, or you may have to apply through other programs like, offerforge & admarula(south africans).

Step 4: Recommend those products/services that you signed up to be an affiliate for.

Step 5: Based on your amazing recommendations, people purchase the product/services through your web site.

Step 6: Earn your commission!


Affiliate Marketing Tips

  1. Sell a product that you ACTUALLY believe in – Choose products that you have actually used or that you actually use. Choose the products that you feel are useful and are worth it.
  2. Sell products that are related to your audience – My blog is about blogging and motherhood as well as parenting, don’t you think it would be weird to start selling stuff from mantality when my blog is clearly aimed at women?
  3. Incorporate your affiliate links NATURALLY into your posts – The types of posts you should publish include:
    1. Product Reviews – Here, you will be honest about your experience with the product. You should honest about the pros and cons of the product and whether you can honestly recommend it to your readers
    2. Tutorials that focus on the products that you promote – For example, How to make money with amazon affiliates
    3. Work affiliate links into your posts – As you are writing your new posts look for opportunites to mention the products that you promote as an affiliate
    4. Promote your key posts that include affiliate links – Promote your affiliate posts through social media, automated media sharing apps etc.
  4. Be transparent – If your post contains affiliate links, please mention that.
  5. Be patient – Blogging is NOT a get rich quick scheme. You have to be patient because these things take time, especially if you’re just a start up.

A few affiliates that you should start with:

I believe the secret of success with affiliates is good content about a good product that you believe in and then promoting that content EVERYWHERE.

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This post does contain affiliate links.

Simone Gobin is a 24 year old, it graduate, wife to Avi and mother to Yash & Ralee Gobin. She spends her days being a mother and a wife. She has decided to start a blog as a creative outlet as well as connect with other parents. Her belief is that there is a lot to learn from other parents out there and she welcomes all advice possible.


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