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When I started my blog 3 months ago, I did not expect to make my first affiliate sale so fast.
Sure, a lot of bloggers on Pinterest claim they made their way sooner, some even on their first weeks of blogging! I, however, consider 3 months to be a good amount of time to make the first affiliate sale.
For one, my posts have improved dramatically since I started blogging. Every now and then I will go to my older posts to optimize them for SEO and cringe at how they used to be.
I used to think that blogging was just writing. That was a huge misconception of mine.
When I learned about affiliate marketing, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Get paid to promote things and services I love? It sounded great!
However, it’s not that simple.
If you are still trying to figure out affiliate marketing, this post outlines many the high-paying affiliate programs for bloggers. Read that before continuing this post, to have a better idea of how these programs work.
In order to promote something on your blog, you need to sign up for affiliate programs. I, currently, am signed up to 10 different affiliate programs. I apply to many of them. Some of them I have been accepted to, and others declined me for whatever reason.
This post contains affiliate links. I only promote what I have tried and loved, and if you choose to buy anything through my links, I make a small commission at no extra cost to you which lets me continue to produce new content on this blog. You can read my full disclaimer here.
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How to add affiliate links in your posts?
There are a couple of things you need to do.
First, you need to make sure that every post of yours that has affiliate links has a disclaimer. Mine is right above the section, in italics, if you’d like to see how it should look.
The reason for this is that certain countries require affiliates to disclose that they are going to be paid. You also want your readers to know that in them purchasing anything you recommend, you will receive commission.
How to properly promote affiliate links?
To promote affiliate links in a way that will make your readers click on them and actually buy them, you need to be promoting things you use/have used and enjoyed.
When you include an affiliate link in your posts, you will need to explain why you like the product/service you’re recommending. Be convincing! That’s the key to affiliate marketing.
How did I make my first affiliate sale?
I have a post all about how to create a brand new blog. It is titled How To Start A Money Making Blog.
In this post, I explain how to start a blog using Bluehost, which is the platform I use for my blog. I go step-by-step, include screenshots, and explain why I chose Bluehost, and why I stuck around with them.
I joined their affiliate program a month ago, and thankfully, got accepted on my first try. In writing this post, I pasted my affiliate link anywhere that I have mentioned Bluehost, like I’m doing in this post.
The reason why I made the sale is because of how much I promote it on Pinterest.
Pinterest has become my biggest source of traffic ever since I started implementing the strategies from The Pinterest Ninja.
Before reading the ebook, I would pin sporadically here and there, not really generating much traffic to my blog. Most of my traffic then came from Twitter.
Ever since I started taking the advice I read about in The Pinterest Ninja, my pins have been doing SO much better, and finally started generating decent traffic to my blog.
What I’ve been doing with my posts which contain affiliate links is promoting them every week on Pinterest using new pins.
I make new pins for those posts every week, and pin them to all my boards over and over (different pins for the same post). That ensures that many people click on my links, and end up in those affiliate posts.
It’s also worth mentioning that I have Tailwind do all my pinning for me since it’s a little too much to pin 80 pins daily, which is the current number of pins a day I’m on.
If you’re a blogger and want to build up your audience, Tailwind is a great tool for scheduling your pins and reaching a wider audience.
How much did I make with that one sale?
I made $75 from that one blog post which is only not even a month old yet.
Because I want to be specific with you all and help you make sales yourself, the sale happened only 2 weeks after I’d written my post. That, to me, is amazing progress.
If you want to make sales from your affiliate links, promote them constantly using Pinterest. Unlike Twitter and Instagram, the posts you pin will be circulating Pinterest forever, making it super easy for you to get views and eventually, sales.
It also really helps if you specify in your posts why you are recommending whatever your affiliate link is for, in order to build trust with your readers.
I really believe that my sale happened because of how much I gushed about Bluehost. It honestly was genuine gushing, which I think translated in my post.