Affiliate marketing can be a big source of revenue, and this is what ALL the top bloggers use to generate income from their blogs. The key to maximizing your earnings is engaging your readers as soon as possible. Unlike PPC ads where you are paid for impressions or clicks, affiliates are only paid when/if a specific action is performed. The action might be a purchase or signing up for a newsletter, but regardless, you are not paid until you’ve compelled your readers to act.

In my one of previous article I mentioned affiliate marketing as one of the ways to make money from your blog in 2011, so this article will focus on affiliate marketing and how you can make money with these great tips.

Here are 8 GREAT and EFFECTIVE affiliate marketing tips…

Effective Affiliate Marketing Tips

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  • Know Your Audience
  • The most successful way to use affiliate programs is to anticipate and meet the needs of your readers. Consider why they are coming to your blog. What are you providing that they are looking for? Make sure the affiliate products you are promoting provide a solution to your audience’s problems.

    If you are writing about sports, don’t put up affiliate ads for printer toner just because everyone has a printer and those programs have a high payout. The people who are coming to read commentary or get stats for their favorite teams aren’t thinking about those things when they’re on your blog.

    The more relevant the ads are to your readers, the more likely they will use them. So be sure to market products that are related to your blog niche.

  • Be Trustworthy To Your Blog Readers
  • Your readers aren’t stupid. They know an affiliate link when they see one. If you break their trust by promoting a product you don’t believe in or take advantage of their visit with too many ads, they will leave and never come back.

    It is your repeat visitors that will drive traffic. They are the ones who will give you linkbacks, spread the word, and recommend your blog as the go-to place for valuable content. You need to build a relationship based on genuine content.

    If your visitors don’t think you’re being honest, they won’t read anything else you have to say.

  • Be Helpful To Your Audience
  • Think of affiliate ads as additional resources that complement your content. Give value to your content by making it helpful, useful, and informative.

    Don’t put up a list of your favorite books, hoping people will click on the affiliate link, purchase the books (just because you listed them), so you can cash in on a sale. Take some time to write a detailed review, and use affiliate ads to point them in the right direction if they decide to act on your information. That’s what affiliate ads are for. If you write a great review recommending a book and readers buy the book because of it, you should get something for that.

    But just throwing out links to products with no rhyme or reason will result in a quick exit by visitors.

  • Select Products Carefully
  • Take the time to go through all the different options for products or services available through the programs. Put some thought into which products or services your readers may need or like. Also, change the ads around often, try different ones, and use different graphics and text to see which are the most effective.

    It may take some time before you figure out the best formula, and you may also find that you need to continually rotate ads to attract more attention.

  • Be Patient For Sales
  • Affiliate revenue grows and builds up with time. Remember that some programs offer lifetime payouts. If you refer a visitor, you may continue to make money from that one visitor even if he doesn’t come back to your blog. Also, as long as you have referral links still active in your old posts, they may still payout for you.

    Affiliate programs aren’t a get rich quick plan, but it provides opportunity to make passive income in the future.

  • Stay Relevant
  • Keep up to date on the latest offerings of your affiliate programs. New ad units, advertisers, and tools are constantly being added to improve usability and be more visually appealing. Small changes go a long way in motivating action by readers. You may be left out in the dust by being complacent with your strategy.

    Don’t get lazy about monitoring trends and exploring new opportunities.

  • Content Comes First
  • Above all else, your content must be your highest priority.

    Your content is your foundation, the life blood on which your blog exists. Without valuable and helpful content, readers won’t come. Focus on providing excellent content, and the monetizing strategies will work out.

    Once you start compromising your content to cater to the affiliate programs or any other money-making venture, you will lose your readers. Once that happens, you will lose the opportunity to receive any earnings from any of your ads, be they CPM, CPC, or referral based.

  • Use Discount Coupons
  • Every customer loves getting discount, so why not create a discount coupon.

    If you’re not using coupons in your marketing, you’re definitely leaving money on the table. Go to a search engine, type in the product or service you’re selling followed by the word “coupon” and you might get a shock as to how many of your competitors are using them.

    The availability of a coupon can really make or break a sale.

    Aside from the money saving aspect, people enjoy the feeling of gaining a bargain and being treated as special – it’s part of the thrill of the hunt of online shopping as much as any financial benefit.

    Group Discussion

    If you are new to affiliate marketing then I hope you find these tips very useful.

  • What other strategies for effective affiliate marketing do you have? Please share it with us…

    1. Walter Williams


      Thanks for this post. I really like the tips and tricks for affiliate marketing. Glad I have read this post.

    2. Ralph


      I was going to highlight a few things in your list, Kharim but I quickly realised I’d just be cutting and pasting the entire list. You’ve highlighted so many of the essential features of affiliate marketing here! I’ll be tweeting this out shortly.

      It’s vital to engage visitors but most importantly to offer value and establish a reputation of being trustworth through promoting high-quality brands that you genuinely believe in. The difference between a dodgy affiliate and a great one is the rapport that he or she builds with their visitors and the value they offer on their sites!

      A really brilliant article, buddy. You’ve covered each and every aspect perfectly!

      • Reply

        Hey Ralph,

        Well I try my very best to cover each point when it comes to writing on a particular topic.

        Thanks again pal.

    3. Preety



      Can you help me with this question?
      Is there any SEO for youtube videos? if yes then please help me

      • Dinesh


        Hi Preety, Its sounds easy to promote a video on YouTube by sharing it to your channels and social media updates, try to share video on other youtube profiles and video sharing websites..
        For more help make a reply to me…

    4. DT - mass cash espionage review


      To really make money from affiliate marketing, sign up for top notch affiliate networks such Commission Junction, Clickbank and Amazon Associates to name a few. Usually, big name merchants are the best paying so try to stick with promoting their products. Also aim to provide quality, relevant, valuable and engaging content to your visitors. That valuable content will encourage your visitors to take action and convert them into buyers.

    5. Jacob


      I love this useful tip on affiliate marketing technique. But in my case I am not yet ready for it cos I am still on the process of choosing the best and the right item.

    6. Marketing Philosophy


      Affiliate marketing it’s a great way to make money online but it’s not easy and requires hard work to get to a level of making a living, thanks for sharing those tips they can be very helpful for someone who wants to succeed as an affiliate marketer

    7. armil


      Being true to yourself is really important when writing articles. Write only what you feel and think. It’s like you the presenting yourself to the readers but through writing article.

      Think of something else to write. Think what interests people most that you find also interests you. In this way conversations between you and the readers follow.

      Great tips you have here by the way.:)

    8. Reply


      I have not have luck with affiliate marketing yet, but i guess its easier to promote the products than CPA 🙁

      You are right, we have to gain trust first..

      Thanks for sharing!

      • Reply

        Thanks for the comment Kimi.

        You have to build up relationships with your blog readers or show proof that the products work for you before you can promote it with success.

    9. DUI


      Your post is very interesting. Those are really great tips and conceivable ones as well. I’d like to agree that you’ve mentioned about the essence of having great content in a certain blog site. Adding to that, the content of any blog carries the name of the entire blog page. The more relevant the content is, the more interest it gets from the readers. So, it should not be disregarded.

    10. Praveen


      i really want to get into affiliate marketing again but there is no time for me at this moment, though i was doing it before

      There are two things,

      1. you must choose the correct product which is really important.

      2. if you want to succeed in AM then you need targeted traffic

      Anyway this is a good article which speaks about AM

    11. Reply

      Thank you Kharim for this useful tip on affiliate marketing strategy. All you have suggested were perfectly tailored for a responsible blogger who wants to make money online. Keep up the good works.

    12. Reply

      Trust is the key to success for bloggers. I make sure that I promote a product that I’m very familiar with because of research or something I’m already using. I don’t want to take the risk of promoting a crappy product. You’ll lose your readers trust faster that way. Great post Kharim! Thanks for the gift again bro 🙂

    13. Robert Dempsey


      Great points and all the reasons why the only products I am an affiliate for on my site are those that I use myself. Makes it a much easier “sell” as well when you can show how something really works in a business.

    14. Lisa


      Hi Kharim:

      Excellent tips and I have to say…patience and content rank right at the top for me. If people realized that all this hard work needs to be coupled with patience, more would be successful rather than giving up.

      All the best,

    15. Brankica


      Hey Kharim, I am so glad I followed you from my blog. I love the way you analyzed the affiliate marketing.
      Choosing the right one, testing it and being patient is a sure way to make money.
      Also, creating a following of people who trust you cause you helped them is the best way to do it. I think Lisa Irby is a great example for that, I keep buying and buying through her links cause I know I can’t go wrong.

      • Reply

        Hey Brankica, thanks for the comment.

        I think me and you both like Lisa Irby alot, because once you follow her then you can’t go wrong.

        Thanks for stopping by.

    16. Anne Sales


      Nice article, Karim. As always, you hit the nail in the head. This is one article I definitely need as I have moved from neo to above neo. 😀 Hope to learn more from your articles.

      By the way, it is always a smart move to look for coupon codes when one is shopping online. Cheers!

      • Reply

        Thanks for the comment Anne. I like getting straight to the point when I’m blogging. Thats right, coupons can save you a great deal of money 🙂

        Another point is that you can promote great products that are having sales, that will surely boost your earnings.

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