The beauty of blogging is that even if you don’t have your own products to sell, you can refer your followers to other people’s products and receive a percentage of the sales. This is what is called affiliate marketing, and there are plenty of affiliate networks you can sign up to and start browsing products.
In this post you’ll learn about:
#1 Types of affiliate products: The two main types of products you can market via your blog
#2 Affiliate networks: How to sign up to affiliate networks and start monetising your blog without having your own product to sell
Info VS Physical Products
There are two main types of products:
#1 Information products e.g. ebooks, e-courses etc.
#2 Physical products e.g. clothing, supplements etc.
When it comes to recommending products via your blog, it’s best to do a combination of the two.
Start by having a brainstorm about what products or services would add value to those interested in your blog’s topic.
It always works best if they’re products you know well and are passionate about, as that way you can wholeheartedly recommend them to your followers. If however a product is super relevant to your content but you haven’t yet tried it yourself, there is no reason why you can’t reccommend it anyway.
Signing Up To Affiliate Networks
Signing up to networks and getting affiliate links set up may sound like a nightmare, but it’s actually super simple and can be down in minutes!
Here are a few of our favourite networks. They’re all FREE and all you’ll need is your email address, your website url and a paypal account, as some networks require one, otherwise you can use your business or personal bank account.
Here’s the three networks we use the most often, but if you have a specific product in mind that you cannot find on these platforms, just google search “(name of product) affiliate scheme” and if it does have an affiliate scheme, Mr. Google will surely direct you to the right place.
#1 Awin: Mainly physical products with many big/well know brands (p.s. my favourite feature is their link creator that also shortens links!)
#2 Clickbank: Mainly info products with high commissions.
#3 Amazon: Even though commissions are low, there’s no reason not so sign up as there’s something for every niche.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll have to verify your website by pasting a snippet of code into the header area – each platform goes about this in a slightly different way so follow their step by step instructions. And boom, you’re ready to start referring products to your followers!
But first, you’ll need a website. Then followers/traffic. Click on the respective links for a step by step guide to setting up your platform (blog/website), or to learn how to drive traffic (so paying customers) to your posts.