Since the late 1990s, affiliate marketing has been a buzzword on the internet. This potential money-maker is often the source when you hear about those incredible, if not common “I made a fortune $$$ blogging!” stories.
1. Publish Outstanding Content.
It’s very simple – if your content isn’t that good or can be found somewhere else, your blog will not be successful. Period. Do not simply post an article because it’s Wednesday and some “guru” says you should blog mid-week. Say something valuable. Give your readers something they can use so they leave your blog feeling more enlightened than when they arrived. To stay relevant with your readers:
- Monitor trending content. By staying at the forefront of what’s being discussed and searched online, you can write to the demand of online users.
- Use Google Alerts as a tool that indicates what people are searching and consuming.
- Rely on tools like Buzzsumo to know who and what is making an impact in your niche.
2. Engage with Other Bloggers.
Make the most of your decision to create a website and begin blogging—forge mutual connections with other bloggers by reaching out and engaging with them on social media, email, or face-to-face communication if possible. Share or comment on their social posts. Leave comments on their blogs. The key is to provide value! If you can, help with link building, guest posts contributions, door social shares. If you can show that you’re a valuable resource, they may help you in the future.
3. Become a Contributor.
Find the top blogs in your niche and submit your pieces to be posted as a guest blogger. If possible, introduce yourself and get to know the blogger before sending your pitch to increase your likelihood of being picked up. There are a number of cold email templates you can use to start the conversation. Guest blogging will help increase awareness about your blog, but you also need to include an author bio (typically positioned at the bottom of the blog) with a link connecting readers to your website or an opt-in page to receive an email when you post new blogs.
4. Perform Keyword Research.
Ah keyword research. Although your blog posts should focus on a very specific niche and web of related topics, you need to know how well these articles can potentially rank on Google. Use tool like Google Keyword Planner to view your target keyword’s monthly search volume and competitive metrics when deciding on blog titles. Remember, the target keyword should be used in your META title and throughout your body copy.
A great SEO tactic is to do create one “featured article” where you send all guest post and link building traffic. This post will be the cornerstone of your website and you should focus on getting as many links as possible to this URL. Aim for a target keyword here with 25,000+ searches/month on Google and make sure to shorten the blog URL to only include the focus keyword. For example, Ryan’s amazing post “10 Steps: How to Start a Blog on the Side and Make Money in 2018 (The Ultimate Guide)” simply has the URL ending in /how-start-blog/ (and is dominating search engines).
5. Get Social.
Make it easy for readers to share your content directly from your blog with social media share icons. If you’re a social media star and your content is highly shared, use the shared number tool, so readers will know when 1K+ others have shared your content to Facebook, LinkedIn, or other platforms. Place the buttons before, after, or floating to the side of your content for the most use.
Once you build a solid audience through your blog and social content, you have more validity with advertisers and will be able to join more affiliate programs.