How to Earn Money by Blogging

how to earn money by blogging

This post contains affiliate links, to find out more information, please read my affiliate disclosure

Working from home has many benefits. Thankfully, in 2019 there are more opportunities available than ever. In this article I will be looking at how to earn money by blogging, and more specifically affiliate marketing. If you are unfamiliar with this popular digital marketing strategy, you may well be wondering what is affiliate marketing and does it actually work? 

In this article I will not only to ‘lift the lid’ on affiliate marketing, but show you that anyone regardless of age, experience, gender or physical ability can make money online from this business model. I will also be providing step by step advice on the best ways to get started in affiliate marketing.

With the spend on affiliate marketing predicted to rise to over $6.8 billion in the USA alone, 2019 is a great year to start. All you need to do is find your niche, build your platform and attract your audience!

Contents

Introduction

What is Affiliate Marketing and does it work?

How to get started in Affiliate Marketing

Best Affiliate Marketing programs for Beginners

Promote affiliate products without a Website

Essential affiliate marketing tools for beginners


Introduction

The changing face of retail has seen many big household names fall by the wayside. The way we buy things has been changing rapidly since the new millennium, and it is predicted that by 2021 over 2 billion people will be buying goods and services online.

In 2018 the total global annual spend on digital advertising exceeded $250 billion and in 2019 it is predicted to break-through the $300 billion mark. The current trend is likely to continue, and by 2021 digital media will eventually surpass all traditional forms of advertising.
upward trend for affiliate marketing
So where do affiliate marketers fit into all of this? Well you may be interested to know that US retailers spent over $4.7 billion on affiliate marketing in 2016 – this is predicted to rise to over $6.8 billion by 2020. That equates to a 10.1% annual growth in the industry.

This trend is not unique to the U.S. For example, the total UK spend on affiliate marketing in the same year was roughly $2 billion, and it is estimated the total global spend on affiliate marketing was $16 billion.

These figures are truly staggering, and emphasise the very real earning potential that comes with being a successful affiliate. In a nutshell, there is a very large cake and there is more than enough to go round. It just boils down to you finding your slice… It’s there, you just need to go and get it!


What is Affiliate Marketing and does it work?

The short answer is a resounding yes!  When done properly affiliate marketing is a fantastic way to make money online. The earning potential is only limited by your time, patience and faith in the business model. Do you know why 99% of people fail in affiliate marketing? It is because they quit too easily. You need to be totally committed, even a little obsessive to succeed.

Affiliate Marketing Definition

The definition of Affiliate marketing is the process whereby an affiliate promotes a product or service to an audience (the customers) with the ultimate aim of generating sales for their client. For this service, the affiliate is paid a commission – this can be anywhere between 3% for a physical product like a bicycle through to 50% or even 70% for a digital product.
how does affiliate marketing work chart
Most successful affiliate marketers will choose a particular niche. This could could be anything from Fishing through to Health and fitness.

The most profitable niches tend to be tried and tested and have a broad appeal. Then there are new or emerging niches, that may not be particularly popular at the moment, but have a good potential for growth in future.

Most of the popular niches solve a problem, like how to lose weight fast or how to make money online. I would personally go for a niche that has a broad appeal and hence a larger audience.

Affiliate Links

When you join an affiliate program you will be able to generate tracking links for the products you are promoting. A tracking link will contain your own unique affiliate id, so when a sale is made through that link, it will be credited to you.

You can place your affiliate links either in the form of a hyperlink within the text of your product review, and also in product photographs. It can also be used in a ‘call to action’, for example: “Find out more” or “Buy here”.

The great thing about these links, is once they are ‘clicked on’ and your visitor is redirected to the destination website, tracking cookies are placed on their computer.  This means, if your referral doesn’t make a purchase straight away, but they return to the website at a later stage and make a purchase. You will still be credited with the commission (even if they purchase a different product or multiple products).

Some affiliate programs like Amazon associates only have 24 hour cookies,  Aliexpress affiliate cookies are 3 days, and some affiliate networks even have cookies that last for up to 30 days. I have earned lots of commission on products totally unrelated to my niche before, which is a great bonus!

What is Passive Income?

The idea behind passive income is you’re earning enough money on autopilot to have more free time to do the things you enjoy.

But true passive income can only achieved after you have put in many months or even years of hard work. Your blog can be thought of as a piece of digital real estate. Once you have consistent traffic that is regularly earning you a decent living. Your website or blog can run on autopilot, making you money as you sleep, while taking the kids to school or spending time on the beach and so on.

a passive income will give you more time to spend with your family

As time goes by you will still need to by active on your blog by adding regular content, engaging with your audience and updating older posts to keep your blog relevant. But once you have a good well-established blog, your earnings will allow you more time to do the things you enjoy – no more monotonous 9-5, spending time stuck in traffic on your way to work, or being crammed into public transport on your daily commute.

Once your website is earning you a good income, you can start thinking about outsourcing work, and having other contributors write articles for you. You could even build multiple blogs and these in turn will earn you even more money  – the possibilities are endless!


How to get started in Affiliate Marketing

#1 Choose your Platform

First things first. In order to promote a product or service successfully, you will need a platform. Thankfully there are a multitude of ways to promote an affiliate offer, but it is worth noting that most affiliate networks will require you to have an active website.  Your website is important as it gives credibility to you and your unique brand.

The other important thing you will need is a consistent stream of good quality traffic (website visitors). There are many ways to get traffic to a new website, some are free, others are paid (like Facebook ads). The best type of traffic comes from search engines like Google, but it can take a number of months for a new site to start ranking high.

The methods I have listed below are all tried and tested ways on how to make money in affiliate marketing:

  1. Blogging
  2. Direct Email marketing 
  3. Social Media for Affiliate Marketing
  4. YouTube for Affiliate Marketing

#2 Choose a niche

Before you begin your journey, one of the most important things you will need to do is choose a niche. This is particularly important, because your choice of niche will have a big impact on your future earning potential.

question mark what niche should i choose

In the beginning, it can be a bit overwhelming deciding which niche to choose. If it is too obscure, then you may not get enough traffic to generate any meaningful income, if it is very popular then there will be a lot of competition, usually from well-established affiliates that have been in the game for many years.

This shouldn’t put you off, because the great thing about affiliate marketing and the internet in general, is that it is an incredibly dynamic entity – there is always room for someone new with a different perspective on things.

The most popular niches solve problems, whether someone is looking for a suitable diet program or a Golf player is looking for a new set of clubs. The reason people search the internet is because they are looking for answers.

problem solving is at the core of affiliate marketing

The process goes something like this:

  1. Buyer intent – an individual is thinking about purchasing a particular product or service.
  2. They will perform a search relating to that product – e.g. “what are the best {product} available in 2019”
  3. If your site is ranking on the 1st page of Google for that particular keyword, there is a good chance that person will read your article.
  4. If you have provided an honest and balanced appraisal of the product or service, there is a good chance the person may click on one of your affiliate links – if a purchase is made you will receive the commission for it.

In order to succeed will need to build your audience, and gain their trust by providing valuable content and advice relating to your chosen niche.

keep your audience happy and you will succeed

Try looking at it from the point of view of the customer. If you went on a review site for a particular product or service and the content was vague and and poorly written, it is unlikely you would make a purchase.

If, however the content was well-written, concise and provided value, you would be much more likely to purchase through a link on that site.
cpontentThere are many success stories, of people starting off from scratch and very rapidly rising up through the ranks to financial freedom in a relatively short time. And although this isn’t typical, it certainly is possible.

Most successful bloggers started off where you are today. They have spent many years building their business through hard work, trial and error, dedication and fine-tuning their methods in order to get the kind of results that we all dream of.


Blog Engagement

This is another important aspect of being a successful blogger. Engaging with your audience is a proven way to gain trust and authority within a niche.

So what is engagement?

Engagement, means several things – you can write engaging articles that communicate directly to your target audience. The other form of engagement is actually interacting with your blog visitors through the comments section. Most blog themes will have a comments section, and it is important that this feature is enabled, as it gives your audience a means of expressing their opinions or asking a question relating to a particular subject.

blog engagement

Comments are usually held in moderation, so you can filter out spam or inappropriate content. Most of your blog visitors who leave a comment will be looking for an answer to a question, or they may be looking for a solution to a problem related to a product you have reviewed.

Either way, it is not only polite to reply, but highly beneficial for your blog. Comments are a ranking factor and are usually assigned their own URL. The content of the question and reply will also add to the keyword count of your website.

blog engagement will increase audience trust

By engaging with your audience, you engender trust. If you have trust, people are more likely to buy through your affiliate links.


Niche Research

Spend time doing some research – Google Trends is a fantastic free analytics tool, and will give you lots of data regarding searches performed and the location these searches were performed. It is important to know the demographics of your target audience, it is also crucial to know where in the world you are most likely to make the most sales.

As a rule of thumb, the top tier countries are the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union.

You will need to narrow down your audience geographically and make sure you sign up for affiliate programs in those locales.

google trends screenshot

google trends screenshot geographical data

A keyword research tool is also a good idea. I use two, the first one is a free Chrome extension called Keywords everywhere the other is Jaaxy. When you are researching niches, it is useful to know what particular keywords people are searching for within those niches and which keywords are yielding high monthly hits (but have low competition).

The screenshot below shows search results for ‘best exercise bike’. Avg is the average monthly searches performed on Google, Traffic is the approximate number of visitors to your site if you manage to rank on the first page of search results. QSR is your competition score (the lower the better). KQI is Keyword quality indicator and SEO is based on traffic and competition, the higher the score, the more likely you are to rank higher in the search engines.
jaaxy keyword research tool

As you can see from the above results the keywords: best exercise bike weight loss, best exercise bikes for weight loss and best exercise bike knee problems have a reasonable search volume, but a very low competition score and high SEO score. The keyword best exercise bike has a high monthly search volume but also a high competition score, making it more difficult to rank high on Google.

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When doing your research on Jaaxy, you can save these keywords to a list and then export the list to a spreadsheet. Very handy for referencing when you are building your site / blog. Below is a list of some of the 10 most popular niches for 2019.


10 Popular Niches for 2019

#1 Diet and weight loss. The Diet industry will always been very lucrative. It has been around for decades – long before the internet came along! and it is more popular than ever.
Diet and weight loss niche
There are an overwhelming array of diet programs available, and plenty of sub-niches within the diet industry to explore. To be an authority in this niche it would be ideal to have a good understanding of nutrition. Maybe you have been on a weight-loss journey yourself and wish to share your experiences with others.


#2 Pregnancy and new mothers. Another very popular niche, that will always have massive demand (for obvious reasons!). Raising a child can be difficult at the best of times, and we are seeing a trend of more parents having children later on in life.
pregnancy and new mothers niche
There are so many different sub-niches within this, that there seems to be a never-ending supply of different products to promote to your audience. If you are a parent yourself you may be able to share your experiences with others, and offer valuable help or advice in the form of a blog.


#3 Mental Health (particularly depression). It is a sad, but unfortunate fact that more and more people are suffering from depression, brought about by the stresses and strains of modern living.
mental health and depression
Depression falls into many categories, and a lot of us can offer some experience on the subject, particularly if you are battling depression yourself. You could start a blog and use it as a creative outlet to offer help, inspiration and hope to others in your situation.

Things like Yoga, exercise, healthy eating and natural supplements can all help with depression and anxiety.


#4 Make Money Online. As job security goes out the window and wages stagnate, there are a lot of people looking to escape the monotony of a 9 to 5 job that offers little satisfaction and barely pays the bills.
make money online
There are so many ways you can start a productive business from the comfort of your own home and start to earn money online. This could be doing what I am doing and promoting affiliate marketing, starting an e-commerce store or selling on Amazon or eBay.


#5 Dating. The way we date has been completely changed by the internet and now there are a multitude of free and paid platforms designed to help individuals meet their perfect partner.
dating niche
The dating industry is worth over $2.5 billion in the U.S. alone, so has a huge potential for affiliate marketers.


#6 Pets. If you have a Dog, Cat or other pet, you will understand that there is a huge market for pet products online, ranging from Nutrition, toys, tracking devices and digital products on training etc.
woman and dalmation dog
People are always passionate and caring when their pets are concerned and promoting particular products within this niche is always going to yield results.


#7 Hobbies. Golf, Fishing, Sports… The list goes on and on. If you have a passion for a particular activity, then it may be worth turning that passion into a living.
,an fishing in the sunset
Imagine being a keen golfer, and being able to promote and review products that you use. The other benefit of this, is you probably already have a circle of friends within your hobby, who you could promote products to.


#8 Gaming. The gaming industry is continuing to grow steadily. E-sports have been growing steadily in popularity for years but recently have become a global phenomena, where people compete professionally.
gaming niche
The are opportunities to make money playing video games, as well as promoting all the hardware and gaming guides. If this is something you have a passion for it is certainly worth looking in to as the earning potential within the gaming niche is massive.


#9 Survival. Another popular niche that has a huge following, as well as many sub-niches to explore. This includes hunting, basic survival skills, camping equipment, outdoor clothes etc.
man shooting a longbow


#10 Nootropics. Are a really hot topic at the moment. They are a range of supplements (some synthetic and some natural) that may promote increased brain function and help with memory, productivity, focus, anxiety etc.
smart drugs
Some of these supplements are backed up by solid scientific evidence, and some are not. But there is a growing number of people, particularly in the tech industry and students who swear by their efficacy.


So what exactly is Blogging?

If you’ve ever wondered how to earn money by blogging, the idea is relatively simple – you build a website based around your chosen niche and create unique content that visitors will find helpful. This may come in the form of a product review or comparison.

When you write about a particular product or service you add your affiliate link and If a visitor to your site clicks on one of these links and then goes on to make a purchase, you receive a commission for the referral.

Having a brand that is unique to you is incredibly important. Building a brand will help you to stand out from the crowd and is something that will distinguish you from your competition.

Promote affiliate products through a blog / website

This tried and tested method has been used for over twenty years now, and continues to be a great way to promote products. The main difference between now and then, is not only the amount of competition, but also the vast array of affiliate offers to promote (and earning potential!).

blogging is a great way to promote affiliate offers

Thankfully, it has never been easier (or cheaper) to start your own blog. You can in fact do it for free, via one of the most widely used platforms on earth – WordPress.


How to start a blog by using WordPress

WordPress websites, currently account for nearly 30% of all websites globally. The reason for this is that WordPress is an incredibly versatile and user-friendly website designing platform that can be used by anyone from beginner to expert.

Another great thing about WordPress, is that if you are on a tight budget you can start off with a free trial. You will be able to register a free WordPress domain e.g. www.{yoursitename}.wordpress.com. sign up for a FREE trial here.

It should be noted that the free trial is great for beginners to get started, but is very limited for long-term potential. After you have familiarised yourself with the platform and written some content, I would highly recommend signing up for the premium package which will include your own domain name, hosting and a whole bunch of other features. Having said that, it is possible to rank a free WordPress site high in Google, if the content is well written and search optimised.

wordpress website builder pricing plans

As a premium member you will have access to over 50’000 WordPress plug-ins. These can range from simple customer contact forms through to review widgets, price comparison tables, Amazon affiliate tools and landing page builders and so much more!

If you are a complete novice, don’t worry. WordPress has an excellent learning resources section especially aimed at new users.

wordpress tutorial screenshot

Website Hosting

WordPress recommends Bluehost as their preferred site hosting serviceBluehost is one of the most popular website hosting services on the internet and offers its clients a whole range of excellent services. Bluehost features a suite full of tools, built-in security, fast web pages and 24/7 expert support. Click here to find out more.

Another popular host services is A2 Hosting, this is another great website hosting service recommended for WordPress and other sites. One of the main benefits of A2 hosting is they specialise in super fast hosting – website speed is an important ranking factor with all search engines, particularly Google. Find out more HERE.

Conclusion

WordPress is one of the best blogging platforms available, and it’s great for beginners.  You can start today with no financial commitment whatsoever! It is a great place to start out your affiliate marketing journey as it is very blogger focused.

There is another way to enjoy the benefits of WordPress within a fully supported affiliate community, this affiliate learning program and community is called Wealthy Affiliate.


What is Wealthy Affiliate About?

I have been using Wealthy Affiliate as my primary platform ever since I started my first blog at the end of 2018. The aim of this review is to give you an honest and balanced opinion based on my own personal experiences within the Wealthy Affiliate program.

So what is Wealthy Affiliate about? It is basically an all-in-one platform specifically designed to help people become successful in affiliate marketing. The program doesn’t just provide website hosting and free WordPress sites, it is so much more than that.screenshot of the wealthy affiliate sign up pageWealthy Affiliate has a whole online community of tens of thousands of members, many of whom are experienced affiliate marketers that can offer help and support as and when you need it.

There is also a social element to the site, where you can hook up with like-minded individuals all over the globe, and share knowledge and experiences. This really is a unique and special aspect of the Wealthy Affiliate program.

wealthy affiliate social networking

The Canadian founders Kyle and Carson are both seasoned veterans in the world of affiliate marketing and started Wealthy Affiliate 11 years ago as a way to help people looking to carve a successful career in digital marketing. In that time over 1.5 million people have passed through the program, and there are many success stories to prove this.

Why did I join Wealthy Affiliate?

After my business ran into cash-flow problems in the summer of 2018, I was desperately looking for an alternative way to earn money. I had always been seduced by the idea of making money online, and had previously had some degree of success selling on eBay.

From September through to November, I briefly experimented with e-commerce, but quickly realised it wasn’t for me.

Affiliate marketing had always appealed to me and when I was introduced to Wealthy Affiliate by a successful entrepreneur,  I decided to sign up for the free starter program and give it a try. I was instantly overwhelmed by the support on offer from Kyle, Carson and the members of the community and I quickly realised this was the place for me!

wealthy affiliate bootcamp

Here is what you get with the FREE Wealthy Affiliate Membership:

The free membership option gives you limited access to the Wealthy Affiliate dashboard. Some of that access lasts indefinitely, such as the 2 x free site.rubix.com WordPress-based websites and other community features, other features only last for 7 days, such as the live chat feature.

  • Live Help – First 7 Days
  • 2 Websites
  • Website Backup
  • Beginner Training Course
  • Personal Affiliate Blog
  • Affiliate Bootcamp Training – Phase 1 Only
  • Video Walk-Throughs
  • Keyword Research Tool – 30 Searches
  • Training Classrooms – 2
  • Affiliate Program
  • 1-on-1 Coaching – First 7 Days

Can you run a successful business by only using the free membership option at Wealthy Affiliate? Just as with WordPress, it is possible, but if you are serious about making money online the premium membership offers incredible value for money.

I would recommend that you sign up for the free Wealthy Affiliate membership to start with, and see what it’s all about. You can then make an informed decision based on your experience and decide from there whether it is worth signing up for premium membership. Ultimately, it’s your choice, and you are under no obligation to upgrade to premium, you can stay a free member indefinitely, if you wish.

What You Get With The PREMIUM Wealthy Affiliate Membership Option

The premium Wealthy Affiliate membership is where you get access to everything. If you’re serious about creating an online business, Wealthy Affiliate is an amazing community packed full of all the tools, training and resources you will ever need.

wealthy affiliate review

When I started my journey in 2018, I researched quite a few different platforms, and I can say that Wealthy Affiliate is head and shoulders above the rest.

One of the great things about being a Wealthy Affiliate premium member, is that you have access to constantly updated  training that is added on a daily basis, plus weekly live video training sessions. You can also search the archives and browse previous training content and videos.

With premium membership, you also get unlimited access to community features which is one of the best aspects of Wealthy Affiliate. Here you have a community of like-minded individuals who can all offer you their own unique perspective on their successes and failures. When I first joined, I was overwhelmed by the warm welcome I received from other members.

Benefits of the Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership:

  • Live Help – Unlimited
  • Private Messaging – Unlimited
  • 50 Websites – 25 site.rubix.com and 25 with your own domain name
  • Website Security Package
  • Website Backup
  • Beginner Training Course – Full Access
  • Personal Affiliate Blog
  • Affiliate Bootcamp Training – All Phases (7)
  • Live Video Classes
  • Video Walk-Throughs
  • Keyword Research Tool – Unlimited Searches
  • Training Classrooms – 2
  • Affiliate Program – 2 x Higher Payout
  • Earn While You Learn
  • 1-on-1 Coaching – Unlimited
  • Private Access to Webinars
  • 24/7/365 Website Support
  • Website Feedback Platform
  • Website Comment Platform
  • Website Analysis

When you add up all the services you get with premium membership, it soon becomes apparent what an incredibly good platform Wealthy Affiliate is. For example,  they include unlimited keyword research with premium membership. Some paid keyword research tools sell for $49 or more just by themselves. Add website hosting, and there’s another $10 per month. Add the website security package, and that’s another $10 a month. And that is just scraping the surface!

affiliate marketing has a lot of earning potential

Wealthy Affiliate offers exceptional value, with all of the resources and tools you will ever need, all in one convenient place. Not to mention the extensive training, tutorials, and support that is included.

With Wealthy Affiliate Premium you are literally getting all you will need to start a successful business online. From the training to the web building tools to the website hosting, backup, security, and support – it’s all there in one place and at a very reasonable price.

Another great thing is you are automatically signed up to the Wealthy Affiliate, affiliate program. Which means, you can promote Wealthy Affiliate via your, blog, social media, YouTube and other channels. Their affiliate program pays a recurring commission based on whether your referral pays the monthly subscription fee or annually.

Does the Wealthy Affiliate Training work?

If you follow the training to the letter, and implement what you have been taught, then you will get results. For example, I have been with Wealthy Affiliate since November 2018, I am writing this updated review in August 2019. My first site was published at the beginning of December. In nine months I have gone from zero to over 29k visitors a month. And that is all FREE traffic. I haven’t had to pay for Google Adwords, or Facebook ads.

Wealthy affiliate training results

As you can see from this screenshot of my Google analytics, I have gone from being a complete novice to having a blog, that is getting over 29k unique visitors a month from all over the globe.

By following the training at Wealthy Affiliate most of my posts are regularly ranking on the first page of Google search results.

It has been just nine months since I started at Wealthy Affiliate and I am already seeing very encouraging results.The training definitely works!

My conclusion of Wealthy Affiliate

My experience with Wealthy Affiliate has been a very positive one. When I started this journey last year, I knew very little about blogging, SEO, content creation and affiliate marketing.

The main thing to be aware of, is blogging can be a long journey, and it can take a lot of time to get to a position where you are earning enough money to give up your regular 9-5 job. But as a long-term strategy it is proven to work.

break free from the shackles of a 9-5 job

If you can start a blog, and implement all the training on offer at Wealthy Affiliate, then your time and patience will be rewarded. If you are looking for a ‘get rich quick‘ scheme, this is NOT for you.

Thanks to the training and support at Wealthy Affiliate, I am now in a position where I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am blogging about something that I am passionate about, and enjoying the whole experience in the process!

I am learning new things on a daily basis and implementing this new-found knowledge with success.

I really can’t recommend Wealthy Affiliate enough for anyone who wants to start earning money in affiliate marketing. It is one of the best blogging platforms for beginners and experienced alike. If you decide to join, you will receive a warm welcome and you will feel like part of an extended family.

If you decide to join through my affiliate links on this post, I will personally message you and offer you help and support, as and when you need it.

Below is a comparison table for the basic paid WordPress program vs Wealthy Affiliate premium membership.


What is AMP?

AMP stands for accelerated mobile pages, and is an open source project created by Google to make browsing using mobile devices smoother, faster, and less data intensive.

More and more people are browsing the internet using smartphones and in fact the most recent data I can find suggests that 51.65% use mobile phones, 44.6% desktop computers and 3.75% tablets – source: Statcounter Global Stats.

what is amp

If I check my Google analytics data, I can see that nearly 50% of all my traffic comes from smartphone users. Having AMP installed on your website or blog will help you with your Google rankings, as your site will load much faster and be more responsive on mobile devices.

I can see, by browsing certain keywords on my mobile phone, my AMP pages will often rank slightly higher, than non-AMP pages when I search on my Laptop. So in my experience it is definitely worth having. For more information of accelerated mobile pages click here.


Importance of multilingual websites

multilingual websites

At the end of May 2019, I started researching multilingual plug-ins for my blog. At this stage my blog traffic was increasing at a steady rate, but in some countries I just wasn’t getting a lot (if any traffic).

I decided on a plug-in call GTranslate  – this plug-in didn’t just translate automatically based on the IP address location of the visitor, it did so much more. It translated my URL’s into native languages and even added a geographical extension to my URL’s, for example: /fr /de /ru and so on.

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Not only did this plug in do all the above, but all the keywords my site was ranking for were also being translated, so if someone search for a particular keyword related to my blog, in their native language, my site was coming up 1st page!

Below is a screenshot of my Google analytics, and you can clearly see the jump in traffic, shortly after installing this plug-in.

multilingual website analytics

This plug-in may not be for everyone, particularly if your website is aimed at English speaking countries, but for me it not only increased my traffic, but had a positive effect on my affiliate earnings. GTranslate is available as a free WordPress plug-in – I use the paid version which at $25 a month is well worth the money. The free version is useful, but it doesn’t have all the features of the paid version, like URL and keyword translation.

If you are hoping for a truly global audience, I believe that GTranslate is the best language translation plugin for wordpress!


Outsourcing work

One of the great things about the internet in today’s day and age, is the fact that it is so easy to outsource work. There are a whole host of websites available, the most popular of which is Fiverr. Here is an online marketplace of experienced freelancers from all over the globe who are able to help you with a multitude of tasks.

Fiverr screenshot

Check out Fiverr HERE

On Fiverr you can hire people to write content for your blog, design logo’s, create videos or whiteboard animations, professional voice-overs and so much more. A lot of people ask me is Fiverr legit? And I can honestly say it really is a great resource to have available, and the general quality of work is second to none. It is, after all, a very competitive industry, so anyone doing a poor job isn’t going to last long. 


Best Affiliate Marketing Programs for beginners

Below is a small selection of some of the best affiliate marketing programs available. These programs are suitable for beginners, because they are well-established and will have something for everyone.

When you have decided on your niche, it would be worthwhile making a list of the potential products that you would like to promote and finding relevant affiliate programs. You can do this by performing a search on Google by typing ‘{PRODUCT} affiliate program’.

#1 Amazon Associates

amazon associates affiliate program
One of the best and longest running affiliate programs is Amazon associates. There are literally millions of products to promote in practically every niche you can think of.

It is quick and easy to join, but you will need to familiarise yourself with their terms and conditions first. Amazon pay commission rate of 6% per purchase, so you would need to make a lot of referrals in order to earn a living.

Ideally you want to promote ‘high ticket items’ – these are products with a higher sale value. There are plenty of people out there earning five figure monthly commissions just by using this method.

amazon associates homepage screenshot

The great thing about promoting products from Amazon, is that it is a global household name, and as such has a certain degree of trust amongst consumers. Customers are more likely to purchase from Amazon, as opposed to a relatively obscure company that they have never heard of.

If you are starting off from scratch, it would be worth making sure you have a decent amount of traffic coming to your website as you will need to make at least three confirmed sales within a 180 day period, or your account may be suspended.

Remember – commission rates are relatively low, so you will need to be promoting ‘high ticket items’ in order to make a decent living.

What is Amazon OneLink and how many countries are supported?

amazon onelink supported countries

Amazon OneLink enables users of multiple associates accounts to better monetise their international traffic. It works by sending your customers to their local Amazon website when they click on an Amazon.com link. At the moment it only works with text links and you will need to have an Amazon US account to enable this feature.

When and how do I get paid?

Products ordered through you Amazon associates affiliate links need to be confirmed delivered – there is a 60-day period, and as long as the customer does not return the product you will be credited with the commission.

Amazon earning dashboard

I earned my first commissions in March and received my first payment at the end of June. Payment is made through direct bank transfer, if you sign-up for Amazon locales in different countries you can be paid by cheque or international bank transfer – your bank will charge you a fee for the currency conversion.


#2 Clickbank

clickbank affiliate network
Clickbank specialise in promoting digital products. There are literally thousands of products to promote, with the most popular niches being Health and fitness, make money online, cooking and DIY.

The great thing about Clickbank is that commission rates can be as high as 70%. There are a lot of people making a very nice living promoting digital products, and I would seriously give it a go.

There are some great resources available to affiliates from some of the product vendors, including promotional material, banner ads, free eBooks, videos, email swipes, landing pages and more.

clickbank homepage screenshot

Another other big plus is they are one of the best established and longest running affiliate networks out there. You will always get paid on time.

There are a couple of downsides to Clickbank. The first one is the more popular digital products have very high competition, so you will have your work cut out for you in order to promote them successfully. The second thing to watch out for are some of the products come across as very ‘scammy’. Thankfully though Clickbank offer all or their customers a 60 day money back guarantee.

Clickbank like to look after their affiliates and offer some excellent courses for beginners. The best one is Clickbank University. If you are serious about affiliate marketing, there is some excellent information on their course. Another great course which specifically focuses on promoting Clickbank products is John Crestani’s Super Affiliate – this program consistently gets amazing results for its students.


#3 JVZOO Affiliates

jvzoo affiliates

JVZOO, like Clickbank specialise in the promotion of digital products, primarily relating to software, health and fitness, e-commerce and affiliate marketing. If you are in the ‘make money online’ niche, then JVZOO is probably one of the first affiliate programs you should join.

jvzoo affiliates page

One great thing about JVZOO, is the free training and resources available to affiliates. Ultimately, if you do well, then so do they. There is also an excellent diversity of good quality products available to promote, and as these are exclusively digital products the commission rates are usually very high.

There are plenty of affiliate marketers earning 5 figures a month just off JVZOO – if you are prepared to put the work in, the earning potential is fantastic!


#4 eBay affiliate

ebay partner network

The eBay partner network is another popular affiliate program. You can promote pretty much anything for sale on eBay including fixed price listings and auctions for used products. Let’s say for example your niche was vintage motorcycle parts, and there was an auction listing for a 1969 Triumph Bonneville engine. You could promote this auction within your blog and if one of your referrals went on to be the winning bidder, then you would receive a small commission.eBay Partner network homepage

As with Amazon, eBay is a household name used by hundreds of millions on people worldwide. There are very few people who haven’t heard of them. They also have a lot of trust as their platform is very biased towards buyer.


#5 Aliexpress Affiliate Program

aliexpress portals affiliate program

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Aliexpress, it is a Chinese online market place where you can buy practically anything from a bracelet through to an electric bike. They have millions of products available from various Chinese-based sellers and suppliers.

Aliexpress affiliate dashboard screenshot

Buying on Aliexpress is generally cheaper than other sites, as you are dealing direct with the manufacturer or supplier. This is one of the reasons it is the platform of choice for small e-commerce stores who use dropshipping as their method of order fulfilment.

The Aliexpress affiliate program is my primary source of income for my niche blog, but I also use Amazon associates and a couple of other affiliate programs. As you can see from the screenshot below, there is great earning potential with the Aliexpress affiliate program.

Aliexpress affiliate earnings

The great thing with Aliexpress, is that it is one platform that ships globally. And supports multiple languages. Some suppliers even have regional distribution centres in the US, EU, Russia and Australia making for much quicker delivery without any customs charges.

Their general commission rates at 7% are slightly higher than eBay and Amazon’s affiliate programs, but the big downside is the $50 maximum commission you can earn off a single item. Because of this commission cap, it isn’t really worth promoting items much above $800, as your commission will stay fixed at $50, even if you sell something for $2000.

On the plus side, their tracking cookies last 3 days compared to Amazon’s 24 hrs. You also earn an extra $4 for every new user you refer (depending on country).

When and how do I get paid?

The payment duration with Aliexpress is similar to Amazon. You will need to set up your international bank payment details in your account settings. Aliexpress pay in US dollars through their Alipay system, and you can withdraw your earnings on or before the 20th of each month.

You do not have to withdraw the full amount. You get charged $15 per withdrawal by Aliexpress and you will also pay a currency conversion fee if your local currency is not in US dollars.

The Aliexpress affiliate program has great earning potential if you have an international audience, with the only real caveat being that some customers may be reluctant to purchase direct from China.

I build all my own links, but if you are looking for a quick and easy way to integrate Aliexpress products into your website, it is worth trying the Aliplugin .

Get the AliPlugin HERE

It should be noted, that Aliexpress no longer gives out their API to affiliates, so if you use this plug-in you will need to join a third party affiliate program that works with Aliexpress – this means your commissions will be marginally lower, but you will be able to integrate products, images and descriptions very quickly indeed.


#6 Market Health Affiliate Program

market health affiliate program

If you are in the very popular health and beauty niche, then Market Health would be a good place to start for some fantastic affiliate offers.

market health affiliate homepage screenshot

Like Clickbank, a lot of these products offer a much higher commission than you would find on other affiliate networks. They also have some very respectable brands as clients. There are usually some affiliate resources available from the vendors, which always helps.

I know for a fact some affiliates are making silly money promoting these products, and as long as you can drive good traffic to these offers, then you can’t go wrong.


Promote Affiliate products without a Website

This method works well for a lot of people, and there are a multitude of ways you can promote affiliate products without a website. It should be noted that many affiliate programs will require you to have a working website in order to be accepted onto their program.

the power of social media marketing

There are many ways to promote affiliate products without a website, but for the benefit of this article I will concentrate on the most tried and tested methods currently being used by successful affiliates.


Sales Funnels – What is an online Sales Funnel and how does it work?

A sales funnel is simply the process of turning your potential customers (leads) into conversions (sales).

Below is a diagram of a Sales Funnel so you can better visualise the process

diagram showing what is an online sales funnel

Creating Brand awareness

This can be approached in a number of ways, however the most effective method is by using a ‘lead magnet’ – A lead magnet is an incentive that marketers can offer potential buyers in exchange for their email address, or other contact information.

High street shops and large department stores have been using this tactic for years. A Sale is a classic lead magnet – Imagine a busy high street with lots of very similar shops, selling similar products. The ones that stand out usually have some kind of sale or offer on.

Most of the large retail companies have a sale on permanently – A good example of this would be DFS – the British sofa chain.

high street sale offer

The next tactic used is scarcity. Usually, on the high street, this takes the form of ‘hurry sale must end soon‘ or ‘Limited time offer‘.

To implement this proven sales tactic as an affiliate marketer you will need an offer (product to promote), an opt-in or landing page an email autoresponder and most importantly leads.

A sample of an opt-in page with lead magnet

screenshot of a get response capture page template

The most effective kinds of lead magnets are usually free downloadable eBooks, Webinars, video courses or introductory discounts.

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Create a FREE landing page

You have made a list of numerous affiliate products you would like to promote, but do not want to spend a lot of time and effort writing pages and pages of content. The short video below shows you how easy it is to create professional looking landing pages using templates and a drag-and-drop editor in a matter of minutes.

GetResponse email autoresponder and landing page builder

GetResponse is a complete online marketing solution. It provides turnkey newsletter publishing and hosting features, as well as unlimited follow-up autoresponders, landing pages, webinars, marketing automation, and CRM to deliver information to your contacts and convert them to paying customers. Through responsible and fully automated list hygiene, anti-spam practices, and established relationships with major Internet service providers and email service providers, GetResponse prides itself on the highest possible email deliverability to ensure that your messages get through to your prospective customers.

This platform delivers over 5 billion emails each year in 172 countries. GetResponse can be fully scaled and is capable of handling both small and very large email lists (1+ million subscribers).

GetResponse 30-Day FREE Trial 

GetResponse highlights:

  • Over 100,000 active accounts
  • 30-day free trial
  • Deliverability of up to 68% higher than our competitors
  • Unlimited emails
  • Powerful, automatic message personalization
  • Smart tracking features

What benefits does it bring?

  • Catches lost sales and jolts your leads into profitable action
  • Boosts your lead generation and business-building results
  • Chops away tedious and repetitious email marketing tasks

When you sign up for an account with GetResponse, you will be supported every step of the way by their excellent customer support and materials (context help, user guides, FAQs, and video tutorials). You will benefit from industry-leading email deliverability, which GetResponse consistently maintains through their solid relationships with ISPs, proactive delivery initiatives, and strong anti-spam commitment. Try GetResponse with a 30 day FREE trial today and find out how you can instantly get tangible, measurable results without wasting your time or investing a lot of money.


Domain Names

When you create a landing page, it is always worth assigning a Google-friendly domain name  e.g www.{your-brand}.com / .net / .org / .co.uk and so on. This will give your landing page a certain degree of credibility and trust. Domain names can be purchased from a number of providers. I tend to use Namecheap as they always provide an excellent service and make the whole process easy to understand for a beginner, plus their prices are very competitive.

Find your cheap .com Domain HERE

If you are an affiliate for a digital product, and an eBook has been provided for you by your client to promote, there will usually be links within that eBook for the paid end product and any upsells that go with it. It is simply a case of inserting your affiliate tracking id within that link, so if a purchase is made then you will receive the commission. I use PDF escape editor which is FREE to use.

pdf escape screenshot

Driving traffic to your offer.

This is the last and most challenging step to take. If you have some money to invest, then it will make your life a little easier, but if you are on a very tight budget like I was, there are plenty of FREE traffic sources available.


Paid Traffic

Paid traffic sources are where you pay a company such as Google or Facebook to advertise your blog or affiliate offer, via a landing page.

There are several important things you need to do before going down this route, as it can be costly if it isn’t done correctly:

  • Do your market research thoroughly – demographics, keywords, geo-targeting.
  • Make sure you have a good landing page or website.
  • Have a good email autoresponder in place.
  • Set a budget and stick to it – do not spend more than you can afford to loose.
  • Split test – try different variations and see what works best – it is likely you will need to fine tune your ad campaign.

I use Google Trends to analyse market data and narrow down my targeting to user interests, geographical locations and user demographics. It really is an invaluable free to use analytics tool.

Facebook Ads

Facebook ads are an excellent way to drive traffic to an offer. I have used Facebook ads with some degree of success, but it can prove costly if it isn’t done correctly. Another issue is Facebook seems to be clamping down on affiliate marketers, by employing punitive measures like removing ads, or suspending accounts. You will need to do ensure your advertisement complies with their policies. A landing page or website is essential as Facebook will not usually allow affiliate links in their advertisements.

Google Adwords

Google Adwords is another excellent way to promote your offer, but again you cannot promote affiliate links directly. You will need a landing page or website, and you will need to make sure your ads are targeted at the right demographics in order to run a successful campaign, otherwise you will just be flushing money down the toilet.


Direct Email Marketing

Direct email marketing is where you promote an affiliate offer using the medium of email. This can be very difficult for a beginner, as it is unlikely you will have a substantial email list to promote your offer to.

Building an email list can take a long time, and your email recipients will need to be receptive to the kind of offer you will be promoting, for example: You would not promote a home mechanic course to someone who is interested in diet and fitness.

direct email marketing

There are several ways to build your email list. The most obvious way would be to have an opt-in page on your blog, but people will usually only give up their email address for something in return… A lead magnet.


What is a lead magnet?

Leads are the mainstay of any business, whether you are a shop owner, a car salesman or an affiliate marketer, without leads, you do not have a business.

In email marketing, a lead magnet is something of value you offer a prospective lead in exchange for their email address. This should be something related to the end product you will be promoting. Lets say for example you are promoting a diet and fitness program – you could offer a free eBook.

a typical lead magnet can be a free ebook

Thankfully there are loads of places you can go to get these free eBooks and videos, in fact a lot of affiliate programs will offer you lead magnets as promotional material. At the end of the day, if it helps you make a load of sales, everyone’s happy!

There is a short-cut to building an email list quickly, but it does cost money. First of all you will need a good email autoresponder provider – most of these service providers offer a 30-day free trial, but after that prices start from about $30 per month for a basic package.

Next you will need a way of getting your offer to lots of potential leads – one of the most tried and tested ways of doing this quickly is by using Solo Ads.


What are Solo Ads?

Solo ads are basically email ads – You promote a product (usually digital) by using email as the medium for reaching an audience.

One of the most well-know and trusted suppliers of Solo Ads is Udimi. This is a tried and tested method to promote affiliate offers. It works like this – First you need to find a good digital product to promote, for example a new piece of software or diet program (Clickbank or JVZOO are good places to find popular digital products). Then you create a capture page with a lead magnet (such as a free eBook, video or webinar).

A capture page is where you offer the email recipient something of value in return for their email address (lead magnet). Remember, no one will just give up their email address unless they are interested in what you have to offer. Once the recipient has received their free eBook , video or webinar, they will then at some stage be offered the full ‘paid’ product. If they decide to purchase this product you will make a commission. If they don’t, you have added to your email list, where at a later date you can promote other similar offers.

So where does Udimi fit into all of this?

udimi is a great way to promote affiliate products without a website

If you are just starting out, it is unlikely you will have an email list, so you won’t have an audience to promote an affiliate offer to.

Udimi has an ever increasing portfolio of accredited email marketers that have large email lists within different niches. These are experienced email marketers that are often promoting to ‘fresh’ email lists.

The great thing about this platform is you can view the profile of each vendor and decide which one is best suited to the offer you are promoting.  Prices vary between vendors – the more experienced ones are generally more expensive.

Another important thing to remember when promoting solo ads, is you want to be targeting ‘top tier’ countries – these are usually the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

With Udimi and solo ads you simply provide the vendor with the URL of the landing page you have created and they do the rest. You can grow your email list quickly this way, but it does cost money and you will need to have a good offer to promote along with a decent landing page, lead magnet and a follow up email autoresponder sequence in place.

If you choose a vendor on Udimi who charges 40c per click with a minimum of 100 clicks, it is going to cost you $40. I would recommend starting with at least 200 clicks at $80 (if you can afford it).

Lets just say you’ve created a captivating offer and out of the 200 clicks, you get 30 sign ups to your mailing list, but only make a couple of sales. If the product you are promoting costs $50 and pays 50% commission per sale you will earn $50, this may seem disappointing to be $30 down, but you have to remember that you now have 30 people on your email list.

Now assuming you have set up your email autoresponder sequence correctly, there is a good chance you will make sales further down the line. But remember… You always need to be promoting a good product and offering your email recipients relevant, interesting and valuable lead magnets. If you just bombard them with spammy emails every day, they will just get fed up and either ignore your emails or unsubscribe from your list.

Visit Udimi HERE

Using Solo ads does work, but be prepared to spend a bit of money upfront. Just like any business, It can take a while before you start making a decent profit, but if you persevere, do things right and promote the right products to the right people, eventually you will start making profit. And the more you grow your list, the greater the earning potential.


Free Traffic Sources

If you’re on a tight budget and willing to put the work in, there is are abundance of free traffic sources available. All the traffic sources below have consistently worked for affiliate marketers for years. Some work better than others, depending on what niche you are in.

social media can be great for free traffic for affiliate links


Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

SEO or search engine optimisation is a word that strikes fear into a lot of bloggers. It is a well-known fact that most users will not go beyond the 1st page of Google when performing a search. Ranking well on Google and getting good quality, free organic traffic is still one the best ways to get results.

SEO is important – if you’re article is poorly written and structured then it will languish in the forgotten backwaters of Google’s search engine, never to be seen by anyone!

SEO can take a lot of trial and error

It can take a lot of practice and trial and error to start ranking articles higher up in Google’s rankings. Generally speaking a new website, no matter how well written or structured will take a good few months before getting decent positions on Google.

As Google’s search algorithm is constantly being updated, it can be difficult to stay ahead of the game. That is why I always recommend beginners to join a program like Wealthy Affiliate in order to learn tried and tested techniques for SEO.


Facebook

Facebook As of 2018 Facebook had 2.27 billion users per month. The best way to promote affiliate offers through Facebook is to start with your friends and acquaintances. Then it would be a good idea to set-up a Facebook page based around your niche, and then request all your friends to like and share the page.

facebook is a great way to promote affiliate offers

Another great idea is to join as many Facebook groups as possible relating to your niche, or even start a group yourself. This can be a great way to build your audience fast and in turn boost your referral potential.


Twitter

Twitter  is another incredibly popular social media platform, although it is not one I have had much experience with, it is still a great way to organically grow a large audience. twitter can be a good source of trafficIt isn’t recommended to spam affiliate links in your posts though as this has become frowned upon, and may get your account shut down. Make sure you have a good landing page or website.


Instagram

Instagram Instagram had on average over 100 million users per month in 2018 and that figure is increasing daily. You can only use one external link in your bio, and this could be a link to your landing page or website. I have had reasonable results with Instagram, but you do have to post regularly and engage with your audience. You will also need to make sure the hashtags used are relevant to your photo / video clip.

instagram is gaining in popularity

Another thing to consider is when you start posting, you will get a lot of random people start following you. Most of these are using the follow / unfollow method in order to grow their audience. I didn’t realise this in the beginning and followed them back, out of courtesy, only to find I had been unfollowed a day or so later.

It is always worth finding trending posts within your niche and use an app like Reposta, by re-posting viral photos or video clips you can quickly grow your audience. Just remember to credit the original post creator in your re-post. Reposta is available from Google Play or Apple Store.


Pinterest

Pinterest is one of the best platforms to promote affiliate offers, and although you can’t post pins with direct affiliate links (with the exception of Amazon, Zazzle and some others), you can add your landing page or website URL no problem at all.

 

pinterest is an excellent source of traffic

I managed to grow my monthly unique viewer count to over 8.5k within a relatively short space of time, and as a traffic source it is very effective indeed. Another great thing with Pinterest is that your pins will rank on Google – providing you have entered the relevant keywords in your pin description.

Ideally you will want to make your pins stand out from the crowd. You will need to get a little creative in order to catch peoples attention. The best app to design pins is Canva. It is a really an incredibly useful piece of software to use and it’s totally FREE! 


Tailwind App

Tailwind is a desktop application that can really help boost your Pinterest and Instagram profiles. The main problem with  Pinterest and Instagram is you have to be very active in posting or pinning on a regular basis. The great thing about Tailwind is it takes care of this for you.

tailwind is ideal for pinterest and instagram

I only use this app for Pinterest, so I will explain how it works from that perspective (and assuming you know how Pinterest works). What you do is schedule a load of popular pins that are related to your particular niche (between 20-30 pins), and then you go and create maybe 10-15 of your own pins – making sure they are eye-catching and have SEO related keywords in the description.

You then schedule all the pins, and shuffle them (using the shuffle pins feature). Tailwind will then do the rest. It will post all the pins you have scheduled at certain times of the day – these are not random times, but are particular times when people are most active on Pinterest.

Tailwind is a really useful tool for increasing your presence on Pinterest (and Instagram) and I can highly recommend it.

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Quora

Quora is basically a Q & A platform, but it has an absolutely massive audience. The latest estimates suggest it has up to 300 million unique visitors every month covering approximately 400,000 topics. I use it myself, and there is something there for any niche you can think of.

quora can be a great source of traffic if you are an authority on a subject

The key to using Quora with success is don’t just go in there spamming your affiliate link, that will not work and you will get a poor reputation. What you need to do is provide detailed, clear and concise answers to people’s questions, then and only then should you strategically place your landing page or website URL. Make sure you provide a valuable and useful answer and make sure your link fits in with the general flow of the content.

If you spend some time on Quora and look at some of the answers, they are like blog posts, with quality content, photos and well-placed website links.

Quora definitely works, but you need to make sure you are confident answering questions relating to the subject matter.


Reddit

Reddit  is another remarkable platform with 542 million monthly visitors (February 2018) and approximately 234 million unique monthly users. Reddit is basically a forum that covers everything. So again, like Quora, it is a great platform on which to promote affiliate offers, but a similar code of etiquette should be followed.

reddit for affiliate marketing

If you are jumping in on a thread, make sure you provide value, and offer the best advice you can within your chosen niche. Sometimes it is not always prudent to put your affiliate link in straight away, see how the flow of the thread goes. A lot of successful affiliate marketers use Reddit as an excellent free traffic source, plus the more quality backlinks your website or landing page have, the better!


YouTube

YouTube  gets a staggering 30 million plus, users per day! Out of all the traffic sources mentioned above, this is one of the best. I only recent got into YouTube, and now I totally understand why it is so popular with affiliate marketers.

youtube is one of the most powerful tools in the affiliates toolbox

There are several ways to monetise a YouTube channel:
  • Affiliate marketing – Make a video review of a product or do a product comparison. You can include your affiliate link and website / landing page link in the description.
  • YouTube Ads – Once your subscriber list reaches 1000 subs, and your total viewing hours reach 4000 you become eligible for the YouTube partner program.

YouTube videos rank on Google, so if your video is popular, the chances are it will show on the 1st page of Google amongst search results.

Video is King!

Humans are very visual creatures, we like to see things in action! A lot of people looking for a review of a particular product would rather watch a video, than read a load of text.

If you have ever gone on to YouTube to check out a review of something you are thinking of buying. The chances are the person making the video will have an affiliate link to the product in the description.

As with writing a blog post, there certain things you need to do when making a YouTube video in order for it to be seen by your target audience. There are many tools available – I use VidiQ which is an incredibly powerful analytics tool used by successful YouTubers the world over.

Search engine optimisation applies to YouTube as with anything else on the internet. YouTube uses a complex algorithm that will recognise:

  • Keywords in the Audio (words spoken on your video)
  • Keywords in the title and description
  • Keywords in the tags.

Everything above should, ideally tie in with the description, I usually use about 200 – 500 words in the description, and make sure I include keywords that match tags, and keywords used in the audio (or if no audio words, the text accompanying the video).

Engagement is also an important ranking factor – comments, likes, dislikes etc. All help to contribute to a video’s ranking. If a viewer makes a comment or asks for advice relating to your video, do your best to give them a good answer.

If you get any constructive criticism, take it on the chin, and use it to improve on future videos. If you get anyone being downright rude or offensive (trolls) just treat them with the contempt they deserve and ignore them.

For a more detailed study of YouTube SEO checkout out the excellent free eBook below.

Download the FREE Ultimate YouTube Cheat Sheet

Making YouTube videos, used to be a bit of a chore, but nowadays there are a lot of video creation tools available that make creating professional looking video’s easy.

The short promotional video below took me less than twenty minutes to produce.

This is all thanks to a great piece of software called Content Samurai.


What is Content Samurai?

Content Samurai is the worlds fastest, most intelligent video creation tool. I have been using it for a month now and it really takes the hassle out of producing good quality viewer-focused YouTube videos. Please watch the video below for a demonstration on its effectiveness.

As you can see from the video, Content Samurai really is a great tool. It is so good, in fact, you could set up a sideline as a freelancer, making Facebook marketing videos for customers on somewhere like Fiverr or Upwork.

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You have nothing to loose, if after the 7-day trial is finished you decide not to carry on, you get to keep all the videos you make during that time.


Essential affiliate marketing tools for beginners

I am now at the end of this rather long post, THANK YOU for taking the time out to read this, and I sincerely hope you have found the information here useful. I thought I would end with a list of some essential affiliate marketing tools that beginners should find helpful. Remember to TAKE ACTION and get the ball rolling, I wish you the very best on your journey!


Training


Affiliate tools

  • AliPlugin – Import Aliexpress affiliate products direct to your website
  • Affiliate Bots – 37 different software tools in one bundle ***HIGHLY RECOMMENDED***

Website, Domains and hosting (free and paid)


Email Autoreponders


Outsourcing Work

  • Fiverr – 1000’s of freelancers available for anything from logo creation through to content
  • Udimi – Solo Ads provided by accredited email marketers

Social Media tools

  • Tailwind – the perfect application for increasing your Pinterest or Instagram presence

Ebook and Video resources


Video creation tools and resources


 

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37 Comments

  1. Affiliate marketing is a growing market with expansive potentials. I believe in no time, most families will start sourcing for almost all their needs online. This will further broaden the horizon of affiliate marketers. For this reason, I do advise my friends to tap into this earning stream, and create viable structures while we are still young. I hope that when I’m older, I can quit work as a whole and depend on my affiliate income.

    1. Hi Louis,

      Thank you for your comments. I believe the potential for affiliate marketing will just keep on growing, and as a long-term, sustainable business model it is excellent. I first discovered it in 2009, but I never did anything about it until 2018! 

      I feel that 2019 is going to be a great year for affiliate marketers in general as there is just so much earning potential out there. I have 5 daughters, and I am already teaching my eldest daughter who is 11, about affiliate marketing. University education has become way too expensive now in the UK, and traditional careers do not have job security anymore.

      I wish you well for the future!

      Tony

  2. I have never thought of choosing a niche that has a broad appeal until you just mentioned it in your article. I always went for what I feel comfortable with and what I have a passion for, but now I’ll give going with a broadly appealing niche a serious consideration. Because, if we want to make big money, we’d have to go with the flow. 

    I’d sure use the Google Trends analytic tool, now that I want to adopt a trending niche. 

    Thanks for the list of 10 popular niches for 2019, because, it has opened my eyes to the fact that my present niche is not a top 10 popular niche. 

    Can I change the niche of my website or do I have to start a new website? 

    I’m just an 8 day old premium member at Wealthy Affiliate and I highly recommend it for any body that wants an all in one package of making money online. 

    1. Hi,

      Thank you for your comments, and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.

      You can always change your niche, in fact it is far better to change it early on. I did the exact same thing. I started off with a general health and fitness blog and ended up being primarily focused on electric bikes.

      Google trends really is a fantastic tool, I ran a Facebook ads promotion at the end of last year for a Clickbank product. I did my research on Google trends and narrowed my target audience down to 4 States in the USA (I live in the UK) and the results were excellent.

      I wish you all the best on your journey!

      Tony

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    1. Hi,

      Thank you for your comments. I’m glad you found the information useful. 

      Wealthy affiliate is a truly amazing place to learn and grow your internet marketing skills. I can’t think of another platform that has all the resources, website hosting, affiliate tools and training all in one place. Plus the added bonus of a friendly and helpful community.

      If you ever need any help or advice, please feel free to contact me.

      All the best

      Tony

  4. Dear Admin,

    Great article you got here. Can consider it as complete ebook and unique. You done it well compiling all the necessary data and topics. All topics related to Affiliate in one page. I really like the arrangement. Starting from “What is Affiliate”, “Where to learn and join Affiliate community”, finally ” How to use Affiliate tools” and lots more. I frequently used Jaxxy for keywords research. But till now I haven’t use the “Alphabet Soup”. What is it for? How to relate with my search keywords? Anyway thanks for sharing this awesome knowledge with me.

    Zammil 

    1. Hi Zammil,

      Thank you for your positive comments.

      I very rarely use the ‘Alphabet Soup’ feature myself, but it is quite useful at times. 

      Let’s say for example you are researching keywords for a fitness equipment blog post relating to ‘exercise bikes’, you would type in ‘exercise bikes’ into the Alphabet soup section and it will give you a list of long-tail keywords and search phrases like: Best exercise bikes, exercise bikes review, what are the best cheap exercise bikes, and so on. You would then click on the phrase to get the search data, QSR etc. along with a list of similar keywords. 

      It is quite a handy tool if you are struggling to find suitable keywords in your niche.

      All the best

      Tony

  5. Thanks for writing this article on how to work from home and earn money. I must thank you for writing this article because the article comes at the right time for me. I have been brainstorming on the right niches to write about for somedays now until I read the best 10 niches for 2019 in the article, I gave me all the answer I need about what to write.

    this is my first time of creating a website and writing any content,i want my content to be professional as much as possible even if is not perfect 

    1. Hi,

      Thank you for your positive feedback, I’m glad you found the article helpful. 

      I wish you all the success in your journey. 

      Tony

  6. Dear Tony,

    Wow, what an extensive guide indeed! I thoroughly appreciate the research you must have done to gather & compile so much information.

    Thanks for the article I enjoyed it and I must say I found your post highly uplifting and educational.

    How to work from Home and earn Money Online? Is the question which 1000’s of people are asking/having and searching for the answers in search engines. You have provided a great guide and answered everything in this helpful guide.

    I am a full-time blogger and making money online since 2008 so I can say that… Your guide can be used as a blueprint on earning money online. You left no stone up-turned in explaining how it all works and you covered all the aspects and answered every possible questions one might get.

    For me, Popular niches for 2019 is very helpful and I got great insights for my second blog. Through your research you have saved me a lot of time.

    For newbies this guide is going to be a greater help.

    Much Success!

    Paul

    1. Hi Paul,

      Thank you for you comments, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

      My primary goal is to earn a full-time living by blogging, while providing people with the knowledge and inspiration to help improve their quality of life. I have spent the last four months doing so much research and the opportunities for earning money online are almost limitless!

      I’m glad you found the information useful, and I will be aiming to add 2-3 new posts weekly.

      All the best for 2019!

      Tony

  7. Really very happy to say, your post is very interesting to read, that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Man,Keep it up. Marketing affiliate is one of the best way to earn from home in few years and still on the front line, only with right niche as you can then be an influencer in your niche. There are many ways, but the one I can recommend with the the knowledge of the article and my experience so far is Online retail websites and social media ads which are inexpensive ways for starter to start e-commerce stores and market their goods and services. And Wealth Affiliate is there to help you from starter and make you a giant earners online. Wealthy Affiliate is a large community of like-minded people who have the desire to create an online business and make money from home. A community of affiliate marketers who work together to help each other every day and to learn everything there is to know about affiliate marketing. Training is one of the key aspects of Wealthy Affiliate. It’s premium is the best with lower subsidized price of $19 currently for first timer, and bear it in mind that this is not a get quick rich scheme

    1. Hi,

      Thank you for your positive comments. 

      Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the best online community and platform to help guide people to a better life. The main thing a lot of people don’t realise, is that it takes a long term commitment (and a little bit of trial and error) to succeed. We live in a society where everyone expects results instantly and that is not going to happen unless you have lots of money to invest in paid advertising. 

      I have had some degree of success with fb ads, the key is to advertise smart, and do thorough research beforehand. 

      If you have an E-commerce store, having a blog is a fantastic way to get customers to that store. When I tried E-commerce last year, I didn’t have the knowledge I have now, so I’m going to give it another go. 

      All the best for the future. 

      Tony

  8. Thanks for writing out this lovely article and I must say its a must for every one looking for how to make money online  to read and digest.Am an affiliate marketer with wealthy affiliate program, this article gave me an insight to search a niche and create a blog or website for my affiliate marketing business. Affiliate marketing has been the best industry to make money online working from Home.this article has been helpful to me. Best regards 

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for your positive comments. I’m really glad to have been able to share some valuable ideas. 

      Affiliate marketing is a really great business model, and as long as you are focused and persistent, you will succeed. 

      Best wishes for the future. 

      Tony

  9. Hi there,

    Great article, I really enjoyed the reading!

    I am a Wealthy Affiliate member for over three years now, and all I can say is that this platform is the best place to build a thriving business online. I do have a website, which I am working on it a lot. My niche is about sailing holidays and sailing gear, but I feel that it’s way too broad. Do you think it’s possible to narrow it down and then expand it in the future? Or should I change my niche? I ask this because I don’t see a very good result at this moment.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Daniella,

      Joining Wealthy affiliate was the best decision I made, and it provides excellent value for money. 

      Regarding your niche, I believe sailing holidays and sailing gear is an excellent niche to be in, although I can imagine it is quite competitive. It may be worth refining your niche further by doing some further keyword / market research. ‘Similar web’ is a good tool to analyse the competition. I would have thought possibly sailing-related clothing, safety gear and tech (gps etc.). 

      Have you joined any fb groups relating to sailing? You could even start your own fb group. YouTube videos are also a great way to increase brand awareness. 

      If you need any further help or advice, please feel free to contact me. 

      I wish you all the success in the future. 

      Tony

  10. This is a wonderful post for me to begin working with right away, to monetise my blog and put a little extra money back into my business.I just started blogging so this is a big step for me because you’ve shed enough spotlight for me to know all I needed to know and understand about blogging, great work putting this out. 

    1. Thank you for your feedback, your comments are very much appreciated. Stick with it and you will succeed. Earning money from blogging can be a long and arduous journey. Patience and persistence is the key. 

      All the best with your journey to success. 

      Tony

  11. I like that you mention being a little bit obsessive to succeed. I wasn’t committed when I first tried out the model in 2012. However, when I joined Wealthy Affiliate a second time in 2017, I was much more committed and actually did get a fantastic return on investment. I’m still working at it because there are things that I need to learn. I got a bit sidetracked with freelance writing, but I like the passive income that affiliate marketing can provide. My website still earns me money whether I promote it or not, it just earns me less when I have to focus on a copywriting client. The great thing about learning about affiliate marketing is that the skills can be applied to writing blog posts for companies and that tends to pay well. 

    1. Hi Melinda,

      It definitely helps to be obsessive! Since I joined WA, Blogging become a big part of my life, but ultimately i’m doing it to provide my children with a good future.

      I totally agree with you about developing writing skills through affiliate marketing. I am getting approached by lots of people who want me to write content or help them with their websites. There aren’t enough hours in the day!

      I wish you all the success for the future.

      Tony

  12. Wow, this is a very detailed view about blogging and how to start your own blogging business and more. I really liked this article you made because this can be used for some help for anyone who needs some knowledge about the online business. I will definitely share this with my friends and family. Bye

    1. Hi Barbara,

      Thank you for your positive comments, Glad you enjoyed my article. 

      Blogging will continue to be a good business model for years to come,and the potential to make money online with affiliate marketing will just keep getting better.

      Wishing you all the success.

      Tony

  13. Wow such an informative article! I will have to bookmark this! I am new to the blogging world but want to get right into it as I want more freedom with my life. I do know affiliate marketing is a great job to have I have also saw success stories. What are your thoughts on solo ads? Do you believe it helps your business?

    1. Hi Nikki,

      Thanks for your positive comments.

      In answer to your question regarding Solo Ads, they can be very lucrative, but getting it right is incredibly important as it can end up costing a lot of money, without generating any sales. Having a great landing page with a good lead magnet is crucial, and setting up an email autoresponder sequence is essential. 

      Look up Franklin Hatchet on YouTube, he has some of the best videos on using Solo Ads to promote Clickbank products successfully.

      I wish you all the success at WA.

      Tony

  14. Thanks for this really wonderful post. There are lots of people out there who are into blogging but are not conversant with how they can make money from their blogs and this makes them see the idea of blogging not profitable where as they are the ones who are not aware of it. 

    Affiliate marketing through ones blog have been one of the best way to amen money from blogging if not the best. I love the detailed description on how one can make money from their blog which you have given here. And the steps you gave to going into affiliate marketing is indeed beneficial.I’ll inform others about this wonderful post. Thanks for sharing 

    1. Hi Chloe,

      Thanks for your positive feedback, glad you enjoyed the article. 

      Blogging has changed so many lives for the better, and it is great to be able to offer people help and advice on different subjects.

      Affiliate marketing is predicted to keep growing in the next ten years, I’m starting to pass the knowledge on to my older daughters, who are still at school. So hopefully they, themselves can blog about something they have a passion for and earn money through affiliate marketing.

      Wishing you all the best success!

      Tony

  15. I just loved this easy to understand guide on how to earn money by blogging. I have come across many articles that try to explain all the intricacies of the concept, but often they get so caught up in the many nuances of the tricks of the trade that they lose the audience.

    You have done no such thing with this article, The images and graphics helped get the points across well and complemented them at each step of the guide, as they were intended to. It is refreshing to know that we will be able to earn money using blogging as a base for years to come.

    Not only have you explained the concept, but you also added in training and tool platforms to help get started, the process to plan for and deploy the blog, and even suggested niches to pursue. Overall, one of the best laydowns that I have had the pleasure to read. Readers would be well advised to follow your suggestions, as they are a path to success with making money online. 

    1. Hi Dave,

      Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I have been working on this post on and off for a few months now, fine tuning it and adding to it. 

      Since joining WA, I have experienced first hand, what can be achieved with persistence. There’s a lot of hard work and long hours involved, but eventually things have payed off.

      Now my main niche website is running on autopilot, i’m going to be adding more content to this site over the coming months.

      Wishing you all the success in the future.

      Cheers,

      Tony

  16. Wow, this is really nice to know. I am planning on quitting my day job and going into blogging but i have had doubt’s about making money through blogging. Although I know of a few people who are earning some cool money from blogging but looking at it alone I think it will be a hard Considering  the the fact that I’d be new in it. 

    I would love to try blogging through affiliate marketing now because your post gives me so much assurance it would be something I wouldn’t regret. I’ll take my time to think about a good niche and then follow the steps. Best regards. 

    1. Hi Dane,

      I started out as a complete novice 10 months ago, and I had some reservations to start with. The best advice I can give is blog about something you are passionate about. For me it was cycling and electric bikes.

      I was struggling financially when I first started this, but now i’m starting to earn a decent living from blogging.

      Stick with it, take your time, be patient and you can achieve your goals.

      All the best,

      Tony

  17. Oh My Gosh! There is so much wealth of knowledge to take in from this article.

    You’ve literally transformed me from a total novice to someone with a grasp about starting a blog and signing up for affiliate programs.

    I never even made it past knowing what a niche is let alone how it fits into all this, your article has just gotten me ready on how the whole thing fits in.

    there is so much here I have to bookmark this and come back to it over and over again to learn more as I progress.

    There is si much to learn here, I think I will just sign up with your recommendation of Wealthy Affiliate first and follow the steps gradually.

    I really love the idea of this GTranslate for a global audience, sounds like a worthwhile investment which I will definitely look into with time.

    Thanks, so much for taking the time to compile this guide for us.

    Cheers..

    1. Hi Queen,

      I’m really happy you got so much from this post. It has always been my intention to help others and share my own personal perspective on how we can achieve our goals.

      GTranslate really did make a massive difference to my website traffic, and I really enjoy chatting with people from all over the world and giving advice.

      If you ever need any help or advice, let me know.

      Wishing you all the success for the future.

      Tony

  18. Affiliate marketing is a really growing and trending form of making money online lately. It expands and requires a lot if hard work,patience and time. This is the most comprehensive and fully packaged review I have read in a long while. There are a lot of tools and strategies here that are so straightforward and well structured in a way that good be easily understood and utilized without confusion. I have been reading on owning a site and this is the best I have read. 

    1. Hi Willy,

      Thanks for the positive feedback, glad you enjoyed my post. Because I have been concentrating on my primary website, this post has taken quite a few months to get where it is today. I’m now in a position where I can concentrate more on this site, and start adding more content on ways to earn money online.

      Wishing you all the success in the future.

      Cheers,

      Tony

  19. Wow! What a comprehensive article you have here!

    There is so much wealth of knowledge to obtain in all you have written that I have literally gone from one confused beginner to having a basic knowledge of how this all ties together.

    I have always been confused about lead magnets, landing pages, and email marketing in general, but your article has done justice to that, and now I have a clear idea what and how each one works.

    Wow! There is so much potential in blogging and becoming an affiliate. I will check out your recommended platform and see what it has to offer.

    Thank you for also providing us with so many resources that can help one achieve better success.

    Cheers..

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