In this article, I am going to talk about when to start affiliate marketing on a blog. For most people who start blogs out there, you are doing it because you want to earn some money from it. It takes time to build a blog up to a point where it’s earning money.
To earn money you need traffic. A general guideline that you can use is the number of page views that your site receives per month. It’s time to implement affiliate marketing on your blog when you start earning 1,000 page views per month or more. A general average for most niches is about $10 from every 1000 page views that you receive.
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This guideline, as mentioned, really depends on the niche you are in. Some niches will earn much more with the same traffic while others will earn less than that. When we work with this logic, you will earn $100 for every 10,000 monthly page views and $1,000 for every 100,000 page views you get per month.
The figures I am giving you are for a site that isn’t optimized to maximize its earnings. If you optimize your site, you will be able to do much, much more than this. I will show you some of these ways later so keep reading.
When to Start Affiliate Marketing on Your Blog
When you are starting a blog, you have to think about how you will monetize it right at the beginning of the process when you are researching it. Once you have decided on a few ways to monetize it, the next thing you need to be completely focused on is content creation.
You really don’t need to think about anything else except creating content and getting that content to rank in the search engines until you at least have 1,000 monthly page views. At this point, you can start implementing ads on your site.
Apply for the Google Adsense program so your site starts showing ads on it. You can expect to start earning between $3 to $10 per month and sometimes more if you are in a really good niche. As you create more content, you can also start putting some affiliate links in your content.
Now, let’s look at how you can do this in a practical way.
How to Increase Your Affiliate Income by Optimizing Your Site
In today’s internet environment, it is important how you come across to your users. Your visitors are now more sophisticated than ten years ago and how you present your site to hen is really important. I am saying this to stress that don’t be spammy.
Fewer things will push down your income and push up your bounce rate. Try and make your site as clean as possible while offering great value to your visitors.
Have a Resources Page
One great way of keeping your site clean is to have a dedicated resource page where you post your affiliate products. Resource pages are pages where you can fully describe exactly what you are offering to your users.
They give you the time to explain in some detail how what you are promoting will benefit your reader.
Have links directing people to your resources page placed strategically in your most popular posts. This way, you keep your site clean while funneling people to your affiliate offers. When you offer great content, people will be more than willing to support you through your affiliate offers.
Have a Useful Resources Paragraph after Your Article
Another method you can implement which is something I do is to put a small list of resources at the bottom of your most popular articles. I usually do a top 5 resources I recommend section at the bottom of the page where I put my affiliate offers.
Have Calls to Action in Your Content
If you are building an Amazon Affiliate site though, here is a strategy I recommend. Let’s say you are doing a review of refrigerators. Have 5 to 10 low competition, purely informational articles that are anywhere from 500 to 800 words then have one product review article. The smaller articles then all link to the larger review article.
When you do it this way, you get a lot of search engine traffic coming through to the informational article and being funneled to the larger product review.
The product review will then have clearly marked links which say, check the latest price on Amazon. When a visitor clicks through and subsequently buys, you get paid a commission. Simple as that.
This call to action method can also be used to promote any other affiliate offer. Just make sure to clearly state what the user will get when they visit the link.
Use an auto Affiliate Link Plugin
If you run WordPress on your blog, there is a plugin that you can use which turns any text you specify into an affiliate link. For example, I can set it so that every time the word affiliate appears on my blog, it is turned into a hyperlink leading to an affiliate offer.
Build an Email List
The last tip I am going to give so that you optimize your affiliate earnings is to build a mailing list. Most visitors who come to your blog are not going to ever come back again. That’s a fact. You need to make their visit worth it by capturing their emails.
Once you have their email, you will be able to mail them for months or years into the future offering them affiliate products. To understand the power of an email list, each subscriber you have on your list is worth anywhere between $0.50 to $2 per month.
This is actually a conservative figure. There are people who can run email campaigns that will pay them way more than that.
Let’s do the math here. A 1,000 member list will pay $500 to $2,000 per month. A 10,000 member list will give you $5,000 to $20,000 per month.
If this doesn’t convince you to start a mailing list I don’t know what will. A mailing list is a powerful asset that will continue to serve you long into the future even if you were to lose your website by some freak accident.
I hope this article has helped clarify when to start affiliate marketing on blog. If you have any comments or contributions on this topic, I would love to hear from you below.