If you have been doing online business for some time you might hear people telling you that blogging is dead, let me tell you that it is not true, they are just trying to sell you something.
In this post, I am going to highlight the importance of blogging for affiliate marketers and how to start an affiliate marketing blog.
Importance of blogging for affiliate marketers
Blogs are an essential part of your affiliate strategy. You can use them to promote your own products or to promote other people’s products i.e. affiliate marketing.
If you post quality content on your blog, search engines, such as Google and Bing, will reward your blog with some of the highest quality prospects for free.
When people start reading and sharing your content, your blog authority will increase with time.
That means when you put content on a blog it shows up quickly in search engines and people will find your blog posts and you’ll start to build up a relationship with prospects.
Each post on your blog is actually a separate webpage – so you can create huge content and a keyword-rich “website” by blogging frequency.
How To Start An Affiliate Marketing Blog
I use WordPress for all my blogs and if you’re just starting out I will recommend that you do the same as it is very easy to start a WordPress blog.
Here is one of my blog traffic after three months of posting one or two articles per week and then posting it on Facebook.
Not bad for blogging two times per week and an investment of a few dollars for domain name and hosting.
Blogs are not an expensive investment and can help bring you an online second paycheck very quickly. Here are the steps to get it set up.
Step #1 – Pick a niche
A niche is a market you want to get in, and your blog should target a specific group of people, for example, if weight loss is a niche but weight loss for women is more specific, you can start a blog about weight loss for women and post tips and recommendations about this topic to your audience.
Also, you can target a certain hobby, for example, you can start a blog about football (soccer) or you can go a little bit deep and start a blog about Arsenal football club and target their fan base as your prospect.
When it comes to choosing a niche you should make sure that you have an interest in it, this is very important because it is not fun to write about something you don’t like or enjoy and people can actually spend money on it (this is how you will make sales).
Step #2 – Buy a domain name
You must have your own domain name if you want to promote affiliate products using a WordPress blog.
However, if you don’t have money to spend, you can buy a domain name for just $1 at GoDaddy, just google ‘GoDaddy one dollar domains’, but if you have $10 I will recommend buying your domains at namecheap.com
NOTE: You want to pick a title that has some type of related keyword in the title. If possible go for a .com.
Unfortunately, a lot of the best domain names are gone, so you’ll need to be creative. Keep it short and snappy if possible.
Read how to pick a domain name here.
Step #3 – Host Your Blog
Pick a good company to host your WordPress blog. Blogs hosted for free on the WordPress.com servers are not allowed to have any type of advertising (including affiliate links) so that’s why you need to buy your own domain name and find a hosting provider to put your blog on.
If you are new and this is your first blog, I will recommend that you host your blog at Cloudways. This is because there are cheap and they can handle a low-traffic site.
But when you start having some traffic to your blog and making some money (for me I will say if you get more than 1000 page views per day) you will need to get more reliable web hosting, my highest recommendation when it comes to web hosting is WpxHosting.
If you have some extra cash, you can skip Hostgator and start with WpxHosting from day one.
Step #4 – Install your blog
Installing a WordPress blog is very easy, you can just go to your hosting dashboard and find a WordPress icon, click it follow the instructions and in 1 minute you will have WordPress installed on your servers.
But I know this is not easy for everyone so my recommendation to you is to go to fiverr.com and for $5 you can get someone to install and configure your blogger.
If you want a really nice design and premium themes there are a lot of guys that can do that for you on fiverr.com for less than $100.
Read on how to set up your WordPress blog here.
Step #5 – Add WordPress Plug-Ins to Your Blog
WordPress plug-ins enhance the effectiveness of your blog. Some plug-ins help with SEO, others help arrange comments, and others help you track stats with Google Analytics. Even without any plug-ins, WordPress is great, but adding a bunch of these free plug-ins will “soup up” your blog and make it work even better.
You can find the plugins at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/. Some of the plugins that I use on this blog are:
Akismet – A comment spam manager that is part of the base WordPress install. You really need to enable this plugin otherwise you’ll get all types of spam on your blog.
Rank Math SEO– This plugin really helps improve your Google ranking. The higher your rankings, the more traffic you get. The more traffic you get, the more opportunities to make some money and gain some readers.
UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore– This plugin with help you to back up your blog automatically, you set it once and it will perform the backups for you. You can backup to Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, (S)FTP, WebDAV & email, on automatic schedules.
W3 Total Cache– The highest-rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site.
Pretty Links – There is a free version of this plugin, which allows you to mask and shorten affiliate links you might be promoting on your website.
Site Kit by Google– Displays Google Analytics Reports and Real-Time Statistics in your Dashboard. Automatically inserts the tracking code on every page of your website.
Easy Table of Contents-This plugin adds a user-friendly and fully automatic way to create and display a table of contents generated from the page content. A table of content will make your content easy to digest.
Smush-Reduce image file sizes, improve performance, and boost your SEO.
Wordfence Security – Anti-virus, Firewall, and Malware Scan.
Step #6– Get a Google Account & Use Analytics to Track Your Blog Stats
I really recommend getting a Google Account – https://www.google.com/accounts/. Use Google Analytics to provide statistics on your blog traffic (use Google Analytics Dashboard for WP for WordPress if you use this service).
Step #7 –Get an Autoresponder
You need to build your email list if you want long-term success with your affiliate marketing career.
In simple words list building is the process of collecting email addresses from your prospects, you give them something valuable to them, and they give you their email address in exchange., then you send them emails with tips and recommendations, and you may include your affiliate links in those if they buy you make money.
To get started you need to create an account with aweber.com and then create a form that will integrate with your blog, there is a plugin for that and again if you don’t know how to do this you can get someone to do it for you for just $5 in fiverr.com
To get the sign-up form on your blog, you’ll simply need to get the HTML code for the sign-up box to your blog/website developer and they’ll know what to do next.
Reay my 7 reasons why Aweber is the best autoresponder for beginners
Step #8 – Start writing/posting to your blog
As soon as you’ve set up your blog, write an introductory post welcoming your readers, introducing yourself, and describing the purpose of your blog. After that, be sure to post consistently. At the very least, you should post twice per week.
Read How to Create a Word Press Blog Post
Step #9 Get traffic to your blog
This might sound cliché, but do you remember I said that we use a blog to drive traffic to our affiliate offer? That is true but when you have a new blog no one knows about it, it will take you forever to get traffic to it, you need to drive some traffic to it.
There are many ways to drive traffic to your blog but this is my favorite.
How to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog
I just added this method to my traffic arsenal, if you do this in the right way you will get an unlimited amount of traffic to your blog.
This is how you get traffic from pinterest.com
Create a business profile, this is simple just go to Pinterest and create a business profile if by accident you created a personal profile you can change it to business and follow the instructions.
Verify your blog
In order to get access to Pinterest analytics, you will need to verify that you own a blog, there is a plugin that can help you to verify your blog on Pinterest, and you can use that.
Create 5 to 10 boards and add some pins to them.
You need to create 5 to 10 boards in your Pinterest profile, I will recommend using categories on your blog as board names and on each board add some related pins, you need to do this so that if someone visits your profile can see that it is an active profile and has some content in it.
Find the influencers in your niche and follow their followers
This is the crucial point, you need to find some influencers in your niche, (for me anyone with more than 10k followers is an influencer) and follow their followers.
This is important, if these people are following someone who has content similar to yours there is a good possibility that they will like your content.
20 to 40 percent of these people you follow will follow you back, I will recommend following at least 100 people per day and if you do this daily in a month you will have more than 500 followers, those are people who have shown interest in content like yours and if you write good content for sure they will visit your blog.
Join group boards
This is when things get serious when you get more than 100 followers you can start asking to join group boards.
This is how it works:
There are some large boards on Pinterest that has many contributors and many followers, all you need to do is to ask the moderator for that board to let you in as a contributor, and once you’re in you can start posting your content in those board and get an insane amount of free traffic.
How to identify a group board
The trick I use is to go to the profiles in my niche with a lot of followers and I start to examine their boards, if you see a board with more than one image on it (like in the red circle in the image above), it is a group board, most of the time if you click to that board you will find instructions on how to join it, just follow the instructions and they will let you in.
This is how you can drive an insane amount of traffic from Pinterest.
This is how to start an affiliate marketing blog and drive traffic to it, I know it sounds like a lot of work and to be honest with you it is (and it is a good thing because most people won’t do it and this reduces the competition).
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