Ah, the life of a blogger. Writing blog posts, getting traffic to your site, and at some point trying to make money at it.
A common question for those wanting to start a blog; “Can I start a blog that makes money while I’m working a full-time job?” If you’re asking that question, then this article is for you. Well, the making money part is what we’re going to talk about. If you’re interested in growing your blog first, then check out our article on creating a blog post that ranks on page 1 of Google.
The best way to start making passive income with your blog is to sign up for Amazon Affiliate Marketing.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
In blogging, it’s common to hear other bloggers talking about ways to make passive income. One of those ways is by using affiliate links.
An affiliate link is a link with a tracking code; when a person clicks on that link and buys the product you get a small percentage commission on that purchase. Affiliate links are the easiest and fastest way to make passive income off your blog.
Start with Amazon Affiliate Marketing
One of the most popular affiliate programs is Amazon affiliate marketing. It is very easy to sign up and you can start using it on your site right away. I set up my Amazon affiliate account around the same time I launched my blog. I didn’t make much at first, but as my posts started gaining traction on Google, my affiliate income started increasing.
One of the perks of using Amazon affiliate links is that you get a commission from whatever the person buys within the next 24 hours after clicking on your link, which means that most of your income might not even come from products you recommend but from purchases people decide to make once they’re on Amazon.
During my first year of blogging my Amazon affiliate links were only making around $200 a month but towards the end of that first year and into the second I was making around $1000 a month in affiliate income.
You can reach this goal sooner depending on how aggressive you are with your blogging and social media. Continue reading to learn how to get the most out of your affiliate links.
Use Amazon Affiliate Links At Every Opportunity
Use affiliate links wherever it makes sense in your blog articles, not just for the obvious products but for everything you mention that can be found on Amazon. You can link to the actual name of the product or use a phrase such as “I like to use this ” so people actually click on the link to see what it is. I wouldn’t use this method on all links as it can come off as being like your pushing for a sale.
With Amazon affiliate links, you have the option of a text-only link or a text/product photo link. Here is an example of a heavily linked article I ran on my personal website using the text/photo option.
Use it in moderation when it makes sense, otherwise, your anchor text should be the product name. As a regular connoisseur of blogs, I love it when the authors add affiliate links to the products they’re talking about because I don’t have to search for them.
Amazon Pays You Commission On Everything The Reader Purchases for 24 hours
Most of the stuff I see sold on the reporting and analytics is not stuff I’ve recommended, but other random products the reader purchased after clicking on one of my affiliate links.
What this has taught me is that you want people to click on an Amazon link because you have a high chance that they will buy something within the next 24 hours that you will earn commission on.
So your goal is for people to click on your links not necessarily to buy what you’re recommending, but to get them on Amazon so they’ll buy other products while they are on the platform. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used an affiliate link to look at something on Amazon which led me to buy things I had no intention of buying.
Use Your Affiliate Links Strategically
Add the Amazon affiliate links to your blog posts without sounding desperate for sales. I don’t just say buy this or that, I usually write about something useful that happens to mention a product or I write a product review and link to the product on Amazon.
For example, I may say something like “I drain the oil in a round catch pan” – “round catch pan” is the phrase I’m using to link to that product on Amazon. People probably don’t need one, but some might click on the link just to see what I use and that might be just enough to generate a small commission if they buy something else.
I have posts that are heavily linked to Amazon products and some that only have a single Amazon affiliate link for the sole purpose of keeping things balanced out. My heavily linked posts are typically some type of buyers guide or an article that references many different products.
My money-making affiliate links are things I was searching for. If you’re googling about something, chances are your target audience is too, so take advantage of that and make a post out of it.
Don’t Just Use Your Blog For Amazon Affiliate Links
Share affiliate links on your social media channels in moderation. I have to be honest, I don’t do this but maybe 2 times a week in an effort to keep it professional. Here is an example of one I posted on my social media a few days ago.
This is not the bulk of my affiliate income but it does contribute to the overall payout at the end of each month.
Recommend Products You Support and Believe In
Try to write one good post about an expensive product or a list of expensive products that you recommend and actually use. Do your keyword research based on that product category and make sure it has good SEO.
Having personal experience with the product you’re recommending will give your article passion and authenticity that will help boost your commission sales.
Let that post bake for a few months while you continue to add Amazon affiliate links into other articles. In a few months, you’ll start to reap the benefits of your commissions.
And Finally, Update Your Top Posts
If you started using Amazon affiliates after you started your blog go back to your top 20 posts and try to add affiliate links where they fit.
Not only does this monetize your older posts, but as soon as you hit that “update” button (if you’re using WordPress), Google will be notified of an update to that page and re-crawl the page.
Remember to add them where they naturally fit so that they don’t make your article feel like a sales piece. If it’s a post getting good traction where affiliate links don’t fit, put Native ads on it.
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