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6 Steps To Affiliate Blogging

http://davidmerrill101.comI always give these “6 Steps To Affiliate Blogging” when a client wants to start Affiliate Blogging.

And many do, because Affiliate Blogging may just be the fastest way to make money blogging.

It’s certainly one of the best.

As an Affiliate Blogger, you’ll be selling someone else’s product or idea, so you don’t have to take the time to create your own.

That means you can just set up a blog and start making money.

What can you sell?

There is an endless supply of products out there for you to choose from.

While someone else has to struggle through the process of creating a product, you will be positioned to start making money almost immediately just by marketing it.

And you won’t have to worry about things like customer complaints, access issues, refunds, or tracking credit card and Paypal payments.

No need to constantly monitor the download links, to be sure the product gets delivered properly.

All of these creative and processing issues are handled by the vendor of the product.

All you need to do is write a good blog post telling your readers all about the product you’re affiliating, and then drive some traffic to the blog post.

People will be able to click your affiliate link right from your blog post.

This takes them to the vendor’s sales page. Any time a visitor to your blog decides to buy a product you are writing about in your blog post, you make a commission.

Meanwhile, all the really hard work and customer service follow up is done by the product owner, not by you.

You simply get a commission paid into your Paypal or bank account.

That’s the beauty of affiliate blogging.

Sounds pretty simple, right?

But “simple” doesn’t mean that it doesn’t take work.

Here’s the 6 Step process I generally recommend for people interested in pursuing affiliate blogging.

6 Steps To Affiliate Blogging

1. Define Your Niche

Affiliate bloggers usually have multiple sites, each one devoted to a different product or niche.

Your first site should be something you’re pretty passionate about.

The big niches that have been proven time and again to be the biggest profit makers, are
Money, Health and Relationships.

It’s a good idea to choose a sub-niche within one of those 3 categories.

So, if you like Health, your particular interest might be “juicing” or “organic growing” or “hypnotism.”

There are tons of sub-niches to choose from, but if you’re choosing one from within the big 3 categories I mentioned, you should be on firm ground.

2. Pick The Right Affiliate Products

People always ask me “what should I sell?”

Don’t pick a product just because it has a high commission rate.

Choose one that you’re interested in and most important of all, one that is relevant to your readers.

I always tell clients to actually buy and use products before trying to sell them in a blog post.

This will make the information you present more interesting and believable.

People can tell if you’re just copying text from a sales page as opposed to infusing your own opinion and experience with the product you’re reviewing.

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3. Know Your Audience

Now, in order to pick the right affiliate products, you’ll have to know what your audience wants.

If you’re writing about hypnotism, the people who find your site will be coming there to find information about self development in general, and hypnotism more specifically.

Make sure that you’re trying to sell them good affiliate products that will help them.

The only way you can do this is to thoroughly understand what your audience needs and is
looking for.

Only then can provide them with the information and product offers that will help them solve their problems, answer their questions and improve their lives.

4. Create a Content-Rich Website

Write detailed review blog posts containing all the information anybody could ever need about your product.

Demonstrate how it works.

Show them how it will benefit them.

It is best if a product review is in your own words, not just copied from sales pages.

Your visitors will see right through that sales jargon approach, and click off your site in a heartbeat.

They came to your blog to read a review, not a sales page.

If they’re interested in your presentation of the product, they’ll click the affiliate link you give them and THEN they’ll get the sales page.

But then, they’ll be expecting it, and wanting it because they’re pretty much ready to buy the product from what you’ve already told them..

Don’t get stuck on textual content.

Use images, screen shots, infographics, videos, photos, and even audio tracks in your articles.

The more interesting your presentation, the longer people will keep reading your post, and the more likely they are to end up buying the product.

The more passionate you are about your topic, and about the product you’re reviewing, the more convincing you will be.

Also, always give your personal testimonial, and those of other people that you can find.

5. Don’t Sell, “Pre-Sell” Your Product

There’s a big difference between selling and PRE-selling.

The product vendor will take care of the selling.

Your mission is to pre-sell.

You don’t do that by trying to convince people to buy the product.

Do it by writing information about the product, and more importantly, how you’ve benefited from using it.

Testimonials from others will show how they, too, have benefited from buying the product.

Every now and then, invite them to buy it with a soft approach like this… “If you’d like more information, click here.”

Then, let the vendor do the selling (via the official sales page)!

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6. Build A Relationship With Your Visitors

It amazes me how many people delve into affiliate blogging with no concept at all of building a business.

Making a sales commission is one thing. Building a business is another.

If you get a sales commission from somebody that you have no way of contacting again, then you are not building a business.

You may be making some money, but as soon as you stop promoting and marketing, the money stops.

You need to “capture” your customers onto an email list so you can follow up with them in the future.

When you’re promoting a new affiliate product, it’s much easier to pitch it to past customers sitting on your email list than to try to find new people to promote to.

Your past customers already know who you are, and if you do things right, you’ve been emailing them fairly regularly with helpful information.

That way, they’ll trust your opinion about the new product you’re promoting.

They should be more likely to buy it from you than from somebody they never heard of before.

So, put an optin box on your blog asking people to join your list.

Offer buyers a bonus after their purchase if they join your list.

Keep in close contact with them, in order to develop a relationship.

Answer their questions, respond to their emails, reply to them in their comments on your blog posts.

This establishes you as a person who really cares about your readers and customers, and goes a long way to building trust and credibility.

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Have you tried affiliate blogging?

Have you thought you might like to try it?

I hope these “6 Steps To Affiliate Blogging” have helped you along the way.

I’d love to have your questions and comments below.

David Merrill 101
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48 Responses to 6 Steps To Affiliate Blogging

  1. BG Jenkins July 4, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

    Hi David, I’ve done a few affiliate blogging articles, but recently had delved into it a bit more. I agree that it’s a great idea because they do most of the copy or presentation for you, and you don’t have to worry implementation problems, or payment issues. Honestly, I’ve not made much with it and will have to refer back to your tips. Thanks so much for you insight.
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    • David Merrill 101 July 23, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

      As you suggest, BG, affiliate review articles require less original research and writing than a regular blog post. And the sales presentation is already done for you, once somebody clicks the link to learn more about the product you are reviewing.

      You do need to be mindful, though, that while the sales promos give you all the language for describing the product, the more important aspect of an affiliate post is to let your readers know you personal experience with the product and your unique perspective of its strengths and weaknesses. This is the real power of the affiliate review post.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Mentoring For Online Success

  2. Jacs Henderson July 5, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    Fantastic tips David…

    Like many things Online, Affiliate Marketing is not as easy as it sounds, the process is simple as you say, but there is much work involved to identify your niche, products, audience, to use, describe and illustrate the product, and to perfect your content copywriting for pre-selling.

    Having said that, you have laid these out as a blueprint for us all to follow!

    I think it is a good thing for any business bloggers to incorporate affiliate product reviews into their blogging schedule, because any tools or trainings useful to you, which you buy and use, may well be a fit for your audience too. So why not share them!!

    It is good as a reader to see how a product works before the sales page, a buyer may have a different perspective, and provide some results, and perhaps pitfalls!

    Sometimes, when marketing a product, but not usually from a blog post, I will pop in a quick capture page before the sales page to capture the email onto my list before I forward them to the sales page.
    I do like to stay in touch with my affiliate buyers and enquirers 🙂

    Diamond info in each of your Steps, thanks!

    ~Jacs
    Jacs Henderson´s last blog post ..Your Attraction Marketing Business Blueprint…

    • David Merrill 101 July 23, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

      Thanks for your insights here, Jacs.

      Inserting a capture page before the sales page is a wonderful way to build your list of qualified prospects. They are clearly interested in the topic, or they would not have clicked on the affiliate link. The problem is, even if they buy the product, they won’t be on your prospect list unless you force them through a squeeze page or capture page first.

      Great idea, and really important to get the most out of your affiliate promotions.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..6 Steps To Affiliate Blogging

  3. Monna Ellithorpe July 5, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    Hi David,

    As said before, great post and good advice you have given. I started affiliate marketing way back when it was no problem to set up a site and load in your products and off to the next one.

    Things aren’t that way anymore and I do admit I have had a hard time getting away from that train of thought.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and advice. I do learn quite a bit from you and Donna.
    Monna Ellithorpe´s last blog post ..Join A Community That Is Your One-Stop Place

    • David Merrill 101 July 23, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

      Affiliate blogging has gone through many changes in the last few years, Monna, and you need to keep adjusting your game accordingly.

      But the underlying premise remains constant: provide valuable information, show people you really care about them, and work hard to improve their lives. This will build sincere relationships with your prospects, a loyal following and a repeat customer base.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..6 Steps To Affiliate Blogging

  4. Lillian De Jesus July 5, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

    Hi David,

    You have some really excellent points here! I especially like #5 – presell. You don’t have to be a shark and sell the product like crazy. Writing reviews about the product is the best thing to do.

    Have a great day and take care,
    Lillian
    Lillian De Jesus´s last blog post ..Are Emojis Part Of Your Visual Marketing Strategy

    • David Merrill 101 July 23, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

      It’s not even about selling all the time, Lillian.

      When you pre-sell a product, you’re building authority and expertise in your niche. This gives you an opportunity to sell a product, of course, but it also gives you a chance to get prospects to join your email list, and to deepen your relationship with them.

      So the immediate sale is not necessary for your affiliate blogging to help you build a solid online business.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..6 Steps To Affiliate Blogging

  5. Sherman Smith July 6, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Hey David,

    Just through my own experience you are definitely right on point with this. It does take work to sell affiliate products, but also there’s a formula to it. Without that formula then it will be difficult for anyone to get sales conversions.

    This list right here is a great formula to follow. I believe the most important step out of this formula is building relationships. I would say 90% of the sell is through the relationships you build as well as the recommendations from those rekationships.

    When it cone’s down to it people will do business with people they know, like, and trust. Also from my experience they have to be really familiar with the product. Without them have great awareness of you, the product or both then you’ll just be a sitting duck.

    Thanks for the share David! Have a great week ahead!

    • David Merrill 101 July 24, 2015 at 12:22 am #

      You make some excellent points here, Sherman.

      The real essence of all our online efforts is always to build relationships with prospects and customers.

      We try to sell products we are affiliating, but even more importantly, we want to brand ourselves as being trustworthy and sincere so folks want to do business with us. This is really the bigger picture in affiliate blogging, as you’ve suggested. And it’s really so much more important than scoring a sale.

      Unfortunately, far too many bloggers think the sale is primary, and often abandon their affiliate blogging because the front end sales are meager.

      It’s unfortunate because they simply don’t understand that making the front end sale may be the obvious purpose for affiliate blogging, but it’s not necessary or even primary to the process of building a profitable affiliate business.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Mentoring For Online Success

  6. Erika Mohssen-Beyk July 12, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    Hi David
    When I started ,I was taught differently and a lot changed in between,
    I think to better for the customers . Now they can find somebody they trust
    and can connect . I think to start and find the right way takes work experience
    and maybe a mentor who knows how to do ,It is not easy for beginners.
    Your post gives the right directions and good advice.
    Thank you
    Erika
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    • David Merrill 101 July 25, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

      I appreciate your comment, Erika.

      You’re so right about things changing with affiliate blogging over the last year or two. And I do agree that it’s been for the better for consumers, but also for bloggers.

      The emphasis has clearly moved in the direction of relationship building rather than cold, hard selling. That’s good for bloggers because far too many of them had been focused purely on selling and earning commissions rather than building a long-term business. In other words, giving consistent value to prospects and customers instead of just “sell and run.”
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Membership Site Communities

  7. Joy Healey July 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    Hi David

    That’s (as usual) the post I wish I’d read before I did it “all wrong”.

    One of the mistakes I made when I first started affiliate marketing was failing to realize that if a prospect didn’t buy on first contact, follow-up emails from the the product author often did NOT include my affiliate ID.

    There may have been a cookie to pick up the pieces, but I got into the habit of doing a test product purchase from the emails sent out by the author a day or so after the first one. It was quite depressing how many did NOT include my ID.

    To some extent building up a relationship with a prospect via your blog will combat this – but the average prospect isn’t aware of affiliate marketing and just sees a well crafted email about the product that triggers some need to press the Buy button, without even thinking about the affiliate’s commission.

    Obviously many affiliate products are fine in this respect, but I learned by experience to check it out.

    That said, affiliate marketing has been one of the more successful ventures from my blog and for all the reasons you mention, it is one of my preferred ways to monetize my blog.

    Your tips are excellent – wish I’d read them a couple of years ago LOL

    Joy
    Joy Healey´s last blog post ..Solving the Problems of Network Marketing

    • David Merrill 101 July 26, 2015 at 12:12 am #

      Bloggers do need to be diligent in tracking their affiliate links, as you have. Part of that process is choosing affiliate programs with good reputations and histories of payouts.

      But as you point out, affiliate marketing is certainly one of the best, if not the best, monetization strategies for bloggers.

      There are many good ways to do affiliate blogging, and I’ve tried to outline a proven outline here. But it really requires consistent effort, always educating your readers, and following up with them on an ongoing basis through social media and email broadcasting.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Mentoring For Online Success

  8. Mary Sloane July 17, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    David absolutely superlative content and truly the “formula” you need to make money blogging online.

    I fear it may scare a lot of people away because of the four letter word “Work” which is clearly required.

    But this is like a printable plan for anyone who is serious about taking this on. Roadmaps are truly invaluable on the Internet and this is a fine one!
    Mary Sloane´s last blog post ..Top 10 Rules for Success of Warren Buffett vs Jack Ma

    • David Merrill 101 July 31, 2015 at 10:26 pm #

      Thanks for pitching in, Mary.

      I’m glad you the roadmap outlined here resonates with you, and especially glad to hear you’re not afraid of work.

      For some strange reason, people think making money online shouldn’t involve work, or even investment. But, of course, it does.

      If you’re willing to take the 6 steps I’ve given you here, you’ll certainly have a good chance for building a business online. But the steps all require work, and once you do have a good business, you’ll need to keep working hard to maintain it.

      I think each step I’ve given you requires work, some steps more than others. Plans and strategies may be simple, but simple doesn’t mean easy.

      If you want to run a marathon, you need to train, get some good equipment, eat well and then just do it.

      Simple strategy, and it works. Probably every marathon runner adheres to this strategy, but trust me, it’s not easy.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Membership Site Communities

  9. Kathryn Maclean July 23, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

    David A fabulous article on affiliate marketing.
    I do enjoy reading your posts.
    I agree with you and have saved out the points that really stood out to me.

    “I always tell clients to actually buy and use products before trying to sell them in a blog post.
    This will make the information you present more interesting and believable.
    They came to your blog to read a review, not a sales page.
    The more interesting your presentation, the longer people will keep reading your post, and the more likely they are to end up buying the product
    Your mission is to pre-sell.
    Do it by writing information about the product, and more importantly, how you’ve benefited from using it.
    Build a relationship You need to “capture” your customers onto an email list so you can follow up with them in the future.
    People can tell if you’re just copying text from a sales page as opposed to infusing your own opinion and experience with the product you’re reviewing.
    So, put an optin box on your blog asking people to join your list.
    Keep in close contact with them, in order to develop a relationship.” Visiting from PAC Rotator

    • David Merrill 101 July 31, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

      You’ve got it, Kathryn.

      Any product you are reviewing will have a sales page. Ultimately, that’s where you’ll send your readers, via your affiliate link.

      When they click that link, they get the sales page… the “closer.’

      As an affiliate blogger, your main focus must be on getting them interested enough to click the link to the sales page, not to actually sell it yourself.

      You’re not selling, you’re reviewing.

      If you do this right, people should trust you to the extent that they’d love to join your email list in order to see more of your great reviews.

      That’s the way to build a sustainable business at the same time that you promote affiliate products for immediate commission.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Blogging To Make Money

  10. Lesly Federici July 25, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

    Hi David,
    You always present the best info, thank you. Really important to stay within your interests and what your audience wants. I’d like to add one … purchase the product so you know it and can answer more questions …
    Lesly Federici´s last blog post ..My Biggest Pothole

    • David Merrill 101 July 31, 2015 at 11:06 pm #

      Absolutely important to purchase AND use products you are promoting, as you point out Lesly.

      I always like to emphasize that people work toward building a long-term business.

      That means, develop a relationship with your readers, get them on your email list or Facebook fan page, and drip feed them continual content (including product reviews) that will help them move closer to attaining their goals.

      When they do that, when they trust your advice and leadership, then you’ve moved beyond hawking fast commissions, and instead, have build a reliable business with a loyal following and repeat customers.

      It’s ALWAYS easier and more profitable to work with your existing customer base, than to always hunting down new prospects.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Keep It Short Stupid

  11. Mark August 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your proven blueprint David!

    Your six proven steps are incredibly practical and
    non techie to implement!

    And that really helps!I like how yo point out, not to confuse making some
    sales with actually having a running a successful online business!

    Because those two activities are definitely not the same! Thanks for sharing
    some extremely crucial and often overlooked points!
    Mark´s last blog post ..Asset Management:How Far Too Many Savvy Entrepreneurs Accidentally Shoot Themselves In The Foot!

    • David Merrill 101 August 15, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

      You picked out a key point, here, Mark.

      The internet is full of people who want to make money, and make it fast.

      You can hardly blame them, especially when so many of the biggest internet marketers are telling them to just buy this one thing and you’ll be on easy street.

      That’s why plugins and software sell so well.

      People think if they just buy a great optin plugin, for instance, tons of people will sign up to their list and buy their stuff.

      That’s a big hurdle!

      You really need to Build A Business model before any of that will happen, even IF you get a lot of people on your list.

      Grab a quick commission here and there? Yeah, that’s possible and folks who hardly know what they’re doing are making that happen every day.

      But building a sustainable, growing business? That’s a whole different thing and there’s no plugin or software in the world that can do that for you (although the sales pages will tell you otherwise, lol)
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Blogging To Make Money

  12. Enstine Muki August 6, 2015 at 4:04 am #

    What a thorough post on the subject David!

    I have been doing affiliate product reviews and these points are just on top. Initially, I erred a lot but with time, I got the trick figured out.

    I love when you said “Show them how it will benefit them” This is where most of us go wrong. We focus on features rather than benefits. It’s good to underline features but the question is how beneficial are they?

    Now, I’ve seen some really terrible reviews when bloggers just copy sales copies. They try to sell which is not the right approach.

    You’ve made it clear – pre-selling is what we have to do and the best way is sharing personal experience.

    I remember some of my readers have bought some products I reviewed simply because I endorsed them. That’s a direct result of building a relationship and trust.

    One of my readers actually wrote to me and said she bought a product because I wrote about it. She didn’t even bother to read my review. She was in need of such a product and as soon as she read a bit about it on my blog, she went straight and hit the order button.

    And you know what? She was thanking me for selecting the best for her. I love that buddy 😉

    My review on CommentLuv did well too because I approached it from my practical experience. Just like you mentioned, use a product and tell your readers how it works for you. They’ll buy and you’ll make the commission.

    A lot of meat here buddy. Quite shareable post so thanks for educating us
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    • David Merrill 101 August 15, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

      It’s so nice to hear your “in the trenches” perspective, Enstine.

      You’ve got a wonderful blog and it works the way affiliate blogging should.

      It’s funny you mentioned that people often buy things you endorse, because they trust you. They don’t even need to read your review, they simply tell themselves that if you think it’s good, then just push the button and buy it.

      I can actually advance that story a step or two.

      About a year ago, I was looking into some membership and vendor sites to put some of my products on.

      I head about one thing or another, and eventually got interested in Zaxaa.

      It sounded like a good platform, but it was a bit pricey and I wasn’t sure if it was worth it.

      One of the review blogs I happened on, had a comment from YOU, about how much you like using Zaxaa.

      I contacted you on Facebook PM (not sure if you remember), and asked you if you were an affiliate and to send me your link if so.

      You sent it, I bought it, still using and truly loving it!

      Now, this is affiliate blogging at its best.

      I knew you were a reputable internet marketer. I knew you had a lot of product reviews on your blog, but had no idea if you had one about Zaxaa.

      But the very fact that you endorsed it in a COMMENT, on somebody else’s review blog, was good enough for me.

      But not only did it convince me to buy, but I went out of my way to make sure YOU got the commission and not somebody I didn’t even know, or maybe just buy it direct from the company.

      I did that because I trust you #1, and I wanted to be sure you got compensated for the sale because it was, in fact, you… who pushed me off the fence and into the customer column.

      Isn’t affiliate blogging intesting?

      This is fun.

      Thanks for chatting it up, Enstine.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..How Do Bloggers Make Big Bucks?

  13. issac paul August 7, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    hey David Merrill,
    This post is just showering me some more motivation to make some real money $$$$. Loved this well crafted post were you have shared some practical working strategies. I really appreciate it thanks for sharing your knowledge with me 🙂

    Thanks for giving me a chance to drop a comment 🙂

    Warm regards,
    Issac paul
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    • David Merrill 101 August 15, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

      Nice to have you here, Issac.

      I’m glad you find this motivational. Some people don’t.

      Once I tell them that there’s work involved (as I always do), they head for the exits.

      Only people truly committed to turning the corner in their business, and doing the work required and staying on task, find this motivational.

      So, I’m so glad to hear you say that.

      Thanks again, stay motivated and move forward ===>
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..How To Get A Job

  14. Donna Merrill August 7, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

    Hey David,

    Awesome advice on affiliate marketing. As we do work together, I couldn’t have written this as well as you have.

    You sure are leading people the best way! I love affiliate marketing, but as you well know, I do like to lead in with my own product and use affiliate to enhance the context.

    It’s a win win!

    -Donna
    Donna Merrill´s last blog post ..Boost Your Blog With Social Media

    • Enstine Muki August 8, 2015 at 7:04 am #

      Hey Donna,
      I highly would have loved anyone entering into affiliate Marketing to read this post. These are excellent points brought out by David.

      You both are doing wonderfully well in educating your readers
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      • David Merrill 101 August 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

        Hey Enstine, thanks for your kind words, and yes… Donna and I consider ourselves “educators” first and foremost.

        Secondly, we are info product creators, and occasionally, affiliate marketers.

        It’s all pieces in the same puzzle.

        Thanks for the acknowledgment.
        David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Blogging To Make Money

    • David Merrill 101 August 15, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

      Well, now you’ve brought up another great point, Donna.

      Creating your own products is a great way to do affiliate marketing.

      When we tell our clients this, they get cross-eyed.

      “We want to do affiliate marketing,” they protest, “not product creation.”

      But how much easier it is to be the authority in your niche (building trust) when you’re a proven leader (product creator).

      Not only that, but as people consume your training (your digital product), you’ll be offering them affiliate products and tools that can help them achieve the things you’re teaching them to do!

      Now, that’s POWER affiliate marketing… but certainly not for the faint of heart 🙂
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Membership Site Communities

  15. Atish Ranjan August 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    Hello David,

    Great write up.

    choosing the right product, building relationship, creating quality content are the things that help you become a good affiliate. Apart from this, knowing your audience is crucial, if you don’t know them, then how you can offer products of their choice?

    Glad you have putted everything in this single blog post. Nothing left!

    Great.
    Atish Ranjan´s last blog post ..Link Building Strategies to Boost Off-Page SEO of your site

    • David Merrill 101 August 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

      Another thing, Atish, that affiliate marketers struggle with is something you pointed out in your comment.

      That’s the whole process of knowing your audience well enough to offer them products that they’ll want.

      Finding the right affiliate products for YOUR audience is not as simple a matter as it might sound.

      I think that one of the most common issues we hear about from our clients, is how to find “high-converting” affiliate products for their blogs and email lists. What to sell, how to sell them, how often to sell them, how many emails to send out about it, how often to blog about… these are real stumbling blocks for many people, and an issue I’d like to pursue in a future blog post.

      Thanks for your input!
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Keep It Short Stupid

  16. Alyson August 9, 2015 at 3:10 am #

    Yes, I’ve been dabbling in Affiliate schemes for years and I make almost nothing from it. I’m looking for ways to lift my game. I guess I need to write posts specific to the affiliate product I’m promoting…lightbulb moment!
    Alyson´s last blog post ..Location Independent, Solopreneur, Diginomad….Freedom!

    • David Merrill 101 August 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      Dabbling never gets anyone too far, Alyson.

      Only when you become totally immersed in pursing your dream… only then will you be likely to start seeing results.

      We teach clients a method for achieving goals in their business and one of the first things we emphasize is to pick ONLY ONE goal, and work on it with blinders on until it’s accomplished.

      That’s a real light-bulb moment for most folks… not so much knowing they SHOULD do that, but in learning how to ACTUALLY DO IT.

      The process is truly life changing.

      Good luck with your progress!
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..How To Get A Job

  17. Emi August 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    Hi David,
    Great article, lots of very helpful tips. Affiliate marketing is not as easy as you will hear but with good guidance that simplifies all the steps is so much better.
    Thank you for sharing!
    ~Emi
    Emi´s last blog post ..Start Tracking And Split Testing

    • David Merrill 101 August 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

      Nothing is as easy as we usually hear, Emi, especially from folks trying to sell us “easy” things to do.

      But, with work and dedication PLUS dogged consistency of effort… Anyone CAN do this.

      Q. who wants to, though, when it requires work?

      A. people who are ready to do anything to make a major shift in their lives.

      Thanks for stopping by.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..How To Get A Job

  18. Kurt Kummerer August 12, 2015 at 5:52 am #

    Hi David,

    First time here on your blog. My good friend Enstine recommended your blog as one to check out in one of his recent posts. Here I am.

    I love the topic. Scrolling down through the comments and reading them briefly I noticed Sherman stole my thunder as I was going to touch on relationships and why they are the key to business and selling anything. Online or offline.

    I will touch on something that is just as important as relationships and that is time. It takes a long time for someone to buy from you. Even though you can start a blog in mere minutes, pick an affiliate product and write a review people don’t automatically show up and buy from you. Even if they do read your review and the product satisfies a need for them they may not buy for months or years from that point.

    Why?

    People buy when they are ready to buy. Sure you may be able to entice some with a bonus offer or promotion, but chances are if they are not ready to buy that bonus won’t help. Other reasons are money, timing, and desire to see how said product performs for others before taking the plunge. Only exception here would be if you have a relationship with someone, then you can get them to pretty much buy from you when you ask them to, provided your product solves a problem or satisfies a need.

    Thanks for sharing David.

    Kurt
    Kurt Kummerer´s last blog post ..Can’t Make a Sale If Your Life Depended on It? Here’s Why

    • David Merrill 101 August 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

      Happy to have over here from Enstine’s tribe, Kurt.

      Any friend of Enstine is pre-qualified as a serious student and marketer, in my book 🙂

      Love friends of friends.

      It’s the magic in all of this, isn’t it?

      Anyway, getting to your interesting comment, I’d say this.

      Building relationships is key, of course. But also, as you point out, is multiple and repeat exposure of your affiliate products to your audience.

      Now, that’s one of the reasons that I spend a lot of time creating my own digital info products.

      When you create an info product, you have the liberty to introduce (right within the training), affiliate products that “make sense” to the consumer of your training or info.

      When you do it that way, the product is the vehicle for promoting affiliate products that can be woven into them seamlessly, so that your prospect is not on the fence wondering if they need the product. They already KNOW they do because the promotion appear with the context of the training.

      “If you want to accomplish XYZ, here’s how to do it.”

      “If you want to do it better, faster, easier… here’s an affiliate product that will help!”

      You can do this within your blog posts, too, of course. Introduce affiliate offers that fit into the context of something you’re teaching.

      This is a bit different than doing a review blog, because that’s intended solely to address the features and (as Enstine pointed out above) the benefits of the product. But in a “training post” you are teaching your reader how to do something and then, “BTW” (by the way)… here’s a product that can certainly help things work better and faster and easier.

      Lots of angles to consider when putting together a good affiliate marketing strategy.

      They ALL work, but you need to pick the ONE that resonates best with you and pursue it with the passion of a panther (a hungry panther, that is).
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..How Do Bloggers Make Big Bucks?

  19. Lawrence Bousquet August 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    Love all the detail in this six step plan. There is so much to go on about and each step could be its’ own sub post. The planning is key and reviewing and tweaking that plan for the changes that will come.

    I think my favourite point is about rewriting sales pages. Sure you can play with it a bit but without really seeing it and using something you can’t really write about it from experience.
    Lawrence Bousquet´s last blog post ..Facebook Automation Tip

    • David Merrill 101 August 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

      There is a lot of detail involved, Lawrence, and that’s why I always like to underscore the fact that this is a business, not a playground.

      People think they’ll grab some affiliate links, shoot them out all over Facebook and Twitter, and make big money.

      They’ll probably make a few dollars that way, at least until their Facebook and Twitter accounts get shut down for spamming, but it’s a real short sighted way of proceeding.

      I know a lot of people don’t know any better way of doing this, especially when they’re new, and especially when they’ve been fed a lot of misinformation so they’ll buy stuff. But at some point, it becomes clear that you either approach affiliate blogging as a business, or you choose to do something else, which by the way, is fine. It’s not about finding the “right” business model, but the one that dovetails best with your passion and skill-sets.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..How Do Bloggers Make Big Bucks?

  20. Justin Linden August 13, 2015 at 6:21 am #

    It looks easy on a page but difficult to execute.. so proper plan is very important otherwise you will lost in this affiliate marketing world.

  21. David Merrill 101 August 15, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    It’s all about planning, and getting all your steps into place before undertaking any execution.

    Nice to see you here Justin.
    David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Sounds Green Morphability

  22. vinton samms August 23, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

    Hi David, thanks for this post on affiliate blogging. it really opens one’s eye to the real nitty-gritty of affiliate marketing and in particular list building. Many persons I am sure you would have heard by now are in affiliate marketing but not earning anything from it. You may have also heard them complaining about the ‘competition’. However,competition will always be there and what one has to do is something different by thinking outside the box.

    Your post will go a long way in helping many struggling affiliate marketers but they would need to take their businesses seriously, be consistent and dedicated.
    Thanks
    Vinton
    vinton samms´s last blog post ..Guidelines for participation in FB Challenges, Groups, ETC

    • David Merrill 101 August 28, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

      Thanks for that insight, Vinton.

      I agree, that many affiliate bloggers don’t really take the business seriously.

      They see it as a quick skip to commissions.

      And it can be that.

      Or, it can be a solid business with a growth structure built into it.

      That takes work, not good luck.

      Thanks again, Vinton.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Keep It Short Stupid

  23. Hai Tran August 28, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    This is really a good way to affiliate blogging. I’m working as an affiliate and sometime maybe… I “sell” a lot and forgot about “pre-sell”. You opened my eyes. I modified and I’m waiting for the results. Thank you. It helped me a lot

  24. Theodore Nwangene August 31, 2015 at 12:22 am #

    Great post David,
    Affiliate marketing is surely one of the best ways to make money from the internet if you really know how to do it.

    And all the tips you shared here are indeed the most effective means to succeed in affiliate marketing.

    Defining your niche is very important because it will enable you to know what you should be promoting.

    Also, you must know your audience very well because, this is the only way you will be able to know exactly what they want and how to give it to them.
    Theodore Nwangene´s last blog post ..Newsjacking – 21 Ways to Be Sure You’re Doing it Right

  25. Glen Sickemore September 16, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    Thanks for this great post David! These are certainly the six pillars to affiliate marketing successfully. I particularly like the part on pre selling. You’ve got a new fan here! I’ll be starting some new ventures soon and will be implementing these.

  26. Nirmala July 30, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    Hi David,

    I feel really good that I found your blog while searching the data to learn Affiliate Marketing.

    I have been blogging since 2013 and earning through Adsense ads, sponsored posts and paid reviews.

    But my bad time, I didn’t try affiliate marketing till now. I have recently understood that the bloggers could make a huge income with affiliate marketing.

    The way you described the details in this post is really impressive and precise as well. I understand that the choosing the niche is more important and the products that we are recommending as well.

    Sure, I will learn to understand the needs of audience and yes, I’m familiar with the benefit of crafting the rich content.

    Thanks for revealing the essential details to earn a passive income with AM, I’ll implement your helpful strategies.

    Have a good day, everyday!
    Nirmala´s last blog post ..How E-Learning Can Be Made Easy With WordPress?

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