Once upon a time, my blog earned me 18 cents, and for weeks, I felt like the coolest, most successful blogger in the entire world. 18 cents was all it took for me to feel like I had succeeded. I mean, just hand me a crown and call me Queen of the Internet, right? It seems nowadays many bloggers are obsessed with this monetization stream, clamouring to find out how they, too, can make money off blogging through affiliate sales. This popularity has led to one very negative consequence: information overload, and not enough answers. So here it is: an absolute beginner’s guide on this whole affiliate marketing deal. Today, friends, we’re going back to the basics.
If you’re a blogger of any kind, you’re gonna want to read this. The truth is that affiliate marketing is awesome, but also very complicated, and not many guides touch on the weird, confusing details. This post will cover all that. And in case you think it’s too soon for you to even think about affiliate marketing, let me quickly shake you. Affiliate marketing success requires a strategic mindset that is best learned at the very start, even if you don’t have loads of pageviews or anything else.
I promise, you’ll learn something of value. This post is gonna be a doozy, so feel free to pre-crawl into fetal position. If someone out there buys something through your link, it rains money. Affiliate marketing as a monetization stream is perfect for bloggers, because we recommend things on a daily basis. It’s also a largely passive way to make money, which frees up your time to do other cool things, like travel and eat your weight in pie. Long story short: affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to monetize your blog, so you should read on to learn all about it! Basic affiliate marketing vocabulary that you should know Here are some words that you’ll encounter a lot with affiliate marketing.
The merchant: AKA the retailer, the brand. This is the person who is selling the thing that you’re promoting. I’m promoting an Amazon wafflemaker, Amazon would be the merchant. I wanted to recommend a swanky hotel. A deep link would lead the reader to a specific hotel’s page, rather than the general Booking.