The easiest way to think about affiliate marketing is, it’s a referral program. So if you have a blog, let’s say you like to talk about shoes. You write about a product and link to buy a great pair of shoes from Amazon for example. What affiliate marketing is, if someone clicks on that link and make a purchase, usually within the next 30 days, Amazon will you around 5 to 10 percent commission on the sale.
So, it’s a great way for you to be rewarded for the role that their content plays in creating awareness and creating a sale for products. It’s been around for a very long time, Amazon has an affiliate program for over 15 years now as have many other websites. But historically the kind of websites that do affiliate marketing tend to be your price comparison sites or deal or coupon sites. It’s only been a few years since affiliate marketing has become a more ubiquitous mainstream way for bloggers, newspapers, and user-generated content sites to monetize their content.
Things to avoid with affiliate marketing
The best approach to content creation for affiliate marketing is like you are trying to explain something to a friend. Don’t sound like a salesperson who is pitching to sell their product.
But the fact remains that you are selling something, but if your blog tone sounds like you are blatantly selling then it might put off some customers which are not good for you. The best way to explain to them is how a product is beneficial to you while being related to the topic of the blog. The introduction to the product, you are affiliated, in your article must be seamlessly integrated.
This gives your blog a unique advantage and look and the users would relate to your content.
Making money as an affiliate marketer
Affiliate marketing for money making could be the most profitable business you’ve come across. It’s hard to believe but it is, set it up correctly and you’ll be rewarded very handsomely.
You could sign up for various affiliate programs once you’ve created a perfect blog where people come to listen to your opinions and read what you write. You’ll get unique codes from the affiliates which will track how many sales you have influenced through your content and how much you’ve made in the process.