What is affiliate Marketing

 

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways people make money online. It is a strategy where an individual partners with a business in order to make a commission by referring readers or visitors to a business’s particular product or service. But that really is quite a simple explanation. To be really successful at making money with affiliate marketing there is a little more to it.

In the case of blogging, a blogger will become an affiliate of a selected company and make money from being an affiliate by placing a link, button or banner within a blog post that will lead the readers to that product or service.

Affiliate Marketing Examples and Strategies

What does affiliate marketing look like when you’re a blogger? An example of this could be blatantly creating a post that is actually about the company you are affiliated with or you could deftly weave the product or service into a post that is on a related topic.

An example of going the blatant root? Let’s say you are a food blogger and one of the companies you are an affiliate of sells food processors. You can write an entire post about that food processor including:

  • Benefits

  • Capabilities

  • Recipes where the food processor could be utilized

  • Cost

  • Care instructions and more
     

Then you could include a button, link or banner ad that would take the reader directly to that product and they could order it based on your recommendations.

If you would like to take a more subtle approach, include a product or service from your company that relates into your blog post. For example, let’s say that you are a wine connoisseur and that is what your blog is based around. In any post that is enticing your readers to open up a good bottle of Merlot or what have you, it would be wise to embed an ad for a quality, easy-to-use wine opener, wine glasses or stoppers that keep the wine fresh.

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