For all you writers who aspire to become future bloggers and make waves on the internet, listen up! Blogging alone will not get you anything. The ones who gets recognized are those who lead in website rankings and that is done through search engine optimization or SEO. It will not hurt to learn SEO, but it will take some time before you master it and that’s why some people just prefer paying a freelance SEO Specialist to do the dirty work and they try to break even with the profits. Still that’s not very advisable if you have little to no idea about what you’re getting yourself into and you could lose a lot of money instead of breaking even or get a huge return on your investment.
The secret to success is to work in the middle ground called, affiliate marketing.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
According to a website called, Smart Passive Income.com, the definition of affiliate marketing is this:
“the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others, and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.”
In this case, you’re like the third party salesperson who gets a commission for every time you help the seller make a sale. Whether you’re willing to learn SEO or pay to get SEO services, you will make a profit from this type of blogging – and make it faster than other options available right now. You can make a realistic income of about $40 – $150 per month in your first 3 months of doing affiliate marketing.
What is SEO and how does it help Me make Money?
Good question! SEO is a very broad internet marketing strategy that gets your website well connected across the web and using it to your advantage in order to rank to the top spots, if not THE No. 1 spot, in search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. The purpose of SEO is to help your website/company be visible to as many web users as possible, so that they become subscribers, fans and/or customers; thus increasing your product/service sales and profits. So, let’s do a quick recap:
1. Do you have an affiliate marketing website? (Yes)
2. Did you sign up for an affiliate program? (Yes)
3. Do you use SEO in your content? (Yes)
4. Are you selling products or services? (Yes)
However, in affiliate marketing you only need to apply minimal SEO strategy in order to make sales. For example, you include a good, low monthly searched keywords in your content, then embed links to it to authority sites or your own sites (if you have more than 1); and you also share your blog posts in social media sites, use high resolution images and tags, and constantly pinging your articles will have good results.
How do I Start?
It’s a simple process and anyone can do it; however, choosing a niche to work on could take some time. So, the first thing that you need to do is to choose a niche or a product to sell. It could be anything! An electric self-rocking baby cradle, or a wireless battery-powered shaver, or kid’s toys, drones, luxury yacht rentals, etc. etc. Just make sure that the products are fairly or very salable on the market. Then check if you get higher commissions on sales, aim for the most salable and profitable products to advertise on your affiliate marketing website or blog. Step 3 is to sign up to an affiliate marketing program and I recommend that you choose from among these legit networks. After this you create your website through any website creation programs that are available online like WordPress and iPage, then you’ll also need to buy a domain name (i.e. www.mywebsite.com) as well as web hosting (i.e. Go Daddy, Host Gator, Blue Host etc.).
The next step is to do keyword research and choose the most relevant keywords with the product you’ll be marketing as well as low search volume, so you can fight for search engine rankings effectively with SEO. Choose between 10 – 25 different keywords and another 10 longtail keywords just to be sure. Then the last step is to write the content and fill them with the keywords you’ve selected.
Other things that I Should Know about Affiliate Marketing
Create a PayPal account so the sellers can send your commissions earned automatically, make sure to follow Google Guidelines and Best SEO Practices, submit your website/blog to Google and other search engines for indexing, submit your website to affiliate marketing review sites to get reviewed, use RSS feeds to get more people to visit your website and make sure to write high quality and engaging content.