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What is the secret to making money blogging?

If you follow other blogs and bloggers, everyone is always talking about their income reports and how they make so much money blogging.  It can seem like other bloggers make money so easily and have figured out the “secret sauce” on how to make a full-time income blogging.  But for you, it’s a struggle and you have no idea how to even start the process.   

The number one question I get asked is how do you make money blogging or can you make make money blogging .  Everyone wants to make money blogging but a lot of people don’t know how to do it or what to do first.  They know they should start a blog but should they create a product or a course?  Sell services?  Well if you are just starting out from scratch, here is the #1 thing that I recommend you do – make money with affiliate marketing.  

Affiliate marketing is an ideal way for bloggers to make money because it requires little to no work on their part.  It’s perfect for every type of blog or niche.  And it doesn’t matter if you just started blogging or have been running a successful blog for years, affiliate marketing can work for you.  When I first started blogging, I didn’t really understand affiliate marketing.  I thought it was kinda skeevy and sleazy.  I wanted no parts of affiliate marketing and thought it was a waste of time.   But no more.  Over the years, my mentors impressed upon me the importance of working smarter and not harder.  And who can deny the massive of amount of money mommy bloggers are bringing into their home each month thanks to affiliate marketing?  Who doesn’t want to make money while they sleep?  So keep reading as I break down all the ins and outs of affiliate marketing and why you should start doing it like pronto!

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What is affiliate marketing?  

Affiliate marketing is when you promote someone else’s product or service to your audience.  If someone from your audience buys that product or service you are promoting, you get a cut of the sale.  Easy money, right?  Affiliate marketing is amazing because it is a type of passive income.  Now, lemme just school you for a second on why you should aim to create more passive income for your blog and business.

Passive income is what I call Michael Jackson money.  Michael Jackson created the album Thriller decades ago.  However, he is still getting paid, over and over, for that recording.  The work of creating the album was done once, but his estate and children are getting paid over and over again for it.  Michael Jackson is making passive income from his music recordings.  This is the true definition of worker smarter not harder.  

What we as bloggers want to stay away from is trading dollars for hours.  Think about a regular job where you work 40 hours a week and get paid an hourly rate.  There is a cap to your income because you can only work a certain amount of hours and there are only 24 hours in a day.  And if you don’t work, you don’t get paid.  Plus, if you work too much, you can get burnt out.  So there are all sorts of hazards to trading dollars for hours in the blogging world.  

But bloggers should offer services like consulting where they get paid by the hour.   However, if you want to achieve true financial independence and achieve greater income levels, you must harness the power of passive income and work to implement those types of income strategies to your blog and business.  It is my goal to create more passive income streams to my blog and business.  Therefore, affiliate marketing, which is passive income, is a great income strategy.

Who uses Affiliate marketing?

Many bloggers make money using affiliate marketing.  Some bloggers make their entire living selling affiliate products. A popular financial blogger, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, makes over $50,000 each month in affiliate income.  Yes, you read that correctly.   Imagine making over $50,000 each month in affiliate income.  Last year, Michelle made over $1.5 million in affiliate income.  Michelle has truly mastered the art of affiliate marketing and literally makes money while she sleeps!

Michelle has been blogging for years and her affiliate income has increased over time.  So, making five figures a month in affiliate income may not be realistic for you to achieve right now.   However, many bloggers start out earning $60 or $70 of affiliate income a month and then grow from there.   If you want to learn exactly how Michelle earns $50,000 a month in affiliate income, check out her online course “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing“.  She has taught over 3,000 students in this course which I personally have taken.  This affiliate marketing course teaches you everything you need to know to make money through affiliate marketing from your blog.  Click HERE to enroll today.

Where do I use affiliate marketing?

There are 3 main places where I use affiliate marketing:

  1. Blog
  2. social media feeds
  3. Email newsletter

I use affiliate marketing the most in my blog posts.  It’s actually kinda a natural, organic process to do so.  If I’m telling my readers about a product or service, I just give the affiliate link so they can check it out too.  It’s really easy to do.  Here are some other types of blog posts where you can use your affiliate marketing to make money blogging.  

The Roundup Blog Post – You’ve seen these posts everywhere and they are really, really popular.   In this type of blog post, you talk about a group of similar items.  For instance, “The Top 5 Baby Cribs of 2018”, “10 Bikinis that Flatter Every Body Type” or “My Top 7 Blogging Resources” are examples of roundup posts.  For each item in the roundup, give your affiliate link and if someone likes what they see, they’ll buy it.  Can you say, cha-ching!?

The DIY or Craft Blog Post – The crafting/ DIY space on the internet is huge!  And mommy bloggers that do this create blog posts where they give step-by-step instructions on how they created a certain craft or project.  All of the items in the craft are affiliate links so that readers can buy the products themselves to recreate the craft.

The Recipe Blog Post – Bloggers who specialize in food, diet or cooking blogs often create or give recipes to their readers.  All of the ingredients and utensils used in the recipe are affiliate links.

The Product Review Blog Post – Product reviews are a huge factor in consumer spending.  Many bloggers write reviews on the products they buy and services they use.  Let’s say a natural hair care blogger is talking about a hair dryer she uses that makes her hair silky and shiny.  The link she gives you to buy the product for yourself is an affiliate link where she gets a cut of the profits.

The Product Comparison Blog Post – This when a blogger compare two products and give their opinion on which one they liked better.  The blogger will give affiliate links for both products for you, the reader,  to buy and try as well.  

I often use affiliate marketing when I send out my weekly email newsletters.  I will tell my subscribers of an upcoming sale on a course or service I have used or give them a link to a product I use.  Some people are leery of doing this.  They think that their email subscribers will think that they are scammy if they do this.  But here is something that I want you to consider.  This person signed up for your email newsletter for a reason.  They want to hear what you have to say and think your thoughts and ideas are important.  They think you have something to offer them.  Otherwise, they would not have signed up for your email newsletter.  Why wouldn’t you share with them something that made your life better or worked well for you.  Your subscribers want to hear from you and want to know what you think, so tell them and get paid for it.

For social media, I’ll use similar tactics that I employed when writing blog posts or my email newsletters.  I will tweet out information about upcoming sales to products I use with the affiliate link.  Or I will post a blog post that contains affiliate links on my Facebook page.  There are so many creative things you can do to let your audience know about what you do and how you do it.  And affiliate marketing allows you to add to income while your inform your audience.  It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

You should be able to see the pattern, right?  Talk about a product or service, give an affiliate link and (hopefully!) get paid!

How do I do it?

Here is an example of how I use affiliate marketing in my blog posts.  

For example, I can feature my (favorite!) Snapchat pillow in a blog post and give my affiliate link so that any readers interested in that pillow, can buy it directly from Amazon.  If someone clicks on that link and buys the pillow, Amazon will give me 50% of what you paid for the pillow.  Cool, right?  Lots of bloggers sell affiliate products or become affiliates for a company because it’s no work on their part.  All they have to do is promote someone else’s products and cash their checks when someone buys it.

Why should I do it?

Why not do it?  Really, you’re leaving money on the table if you don’t.  So why not?

How do I get started?

The one thing you must have to start with affiliate marketing is a blog.  If you are interesting in starting your own blog, I can help you do it quickly and cheaply.  I have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a WordPress blog in about 20 minutes.  And for a limited time, you can get web hosting service from Blue Host for as low as $3.95 a month, which is ridiculously cheap.  As an added bonus, you’ll get a free domain name ($15 value) through my Blue Host link if you purchase at least one year of web hosting service.   

It also helps to have steady traffic coming to your blog and an email list of several hundred people.  However, these are NOT absolutes.  You can definitely have success in affiliate marketing if you don’t have a strong blog readership or are just getting started.  I have seen mommy bloggers who have made money using affiliate marketing during the first week of their blog.  However, you’ll see much better and consistent results if you do have these things. 

Next Steps: Just Do It!

In this blog post, I’ve given you everything you need to know to get started with affiliate marketing.  If you are just starting out, you probably don’t have a course or products to sell – and that’s fine.   Because as I have detailed in this blog post, affiliate marketing is a great way to make money off your blog.  

I know it can seem daunting a first to start down this path.  You may be thinking to yourself …

“I just started out, I can’t make any money doing this”

“No one cares what products or services I use.”

“This affiliate marketing thing is fading out and no one really does it”

Well, get out of your head and get to work today because this affiliate marketing thing ain’t going anywhere anytime soon.  In fact, affiliate marketing continues to increase and grow over time.  So, sign up for that affiliate marketing course by Michelle to learn how you too can make $50,000 a month in affiliate income.  Then, work hard to build trust with your audience and write blog posts that promote your affiliate products and services.  And don’t forget to use affiliate marketing to let your email subscribers and social media followers know about what you use and how you do what you do.  You can do it. I know you can!  

BTW leave me a comment letting me know which company you want to become an affiliate for.

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