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On my continuous journey to always increase my cash flow and diversify my income streams, I have come across affiliate marketing many many times. For the first few years of my online business I wrinkled my nose at affiliate marketing and declared it was not for me. I don’t think I’m alone with this.
My disgust with affiliate marketing mainly came from my lack of knowledge about how it worked. I didn’t understand how it would significantly increase my income and I didn’t feel comfortable influencing my audience to purchase specific products or sign up for a service.
5 years ago if you had told me that in order to run a successful business you will need to learn how to sell, I would have socked you in the face. “Sell” used to be a 4 letter word in my book. I’m still working to get over that mind block, but I’ve come along way since then. Which is why I am here to take you by the shoulders and shake you until you realize affiliate marketing is what is going to increase the profits for your online business.
Does not matter what online business you have. If you follow these steps and you earn more money, please share this post with everyone you know. If you loose money, feel free to hunt me down and tell me to f off.
Do you ever recommend products on your blog or within your online business? That is the easier place to start.
Take a look at all of your past blog posts where you recommended a product. Whether it’s a book, a monthly planner, a service or online business tool. Now go to that product’s website and see if they have an affiliate program and apply. Once you’re approved, simple use their link and add it to your post. For books and planners, check out Amazon Affiliate Program (Amazon Associates).
You can also join other affiliate programs such as ShareASale or CJ Affiliates and check out what brands they have available. Are there any brands that fit well with your niche? Add a promo banner on the side of your blog.
Take a look and see if there are any affiliate programs for tools you already recommend to your clients. That will be the most natural way to earn your first affiliate sales.
Again, if you look into CJ Affiliates or ShareASale and see any brands that pair well with your business, add them to you website. Or check them out and see if they are a service you would like to start recommending to you clients. I have found out a lot about companies by researching them after seeing they had an affiliate program.
There are so many ways to make BANK when it comes to affiliate marketing. It may not happen today and it may not happen tomorrow. But adding affiliate links into your website, blog or current business recommendations now will pay off later. Think of it as an investment in your time.
Drop a comment below to let us know how you got started with affiliate marketing!