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6 Steps To Earning Money With Affiliate Marketing Using A Blog

David Sharpe bio

Affiliate marketing is the process of promoting a product or service and connecting a buyer with a seller. If you are looking for a side hustle or a way to make some extra money online, keep reading. In this step by step guide I am going to walk you through the process of becoming an affiliate marketer using a free blogging platform.

Step one- create a blog

When creating a blog to use for affiliate marketing, a great blogging platform is WordPress. These blogs are free to start. You can customize your blog with background images, themes, different layouts, and widgets to add onto your blog. 

When creating your wordpress blog, you’ll first sign up with email, choose a domain name and from there you’re able to choose what type of blog you want, such as .org, .com, .blog, or you can choose .wordpress.com which is the free option. Make your domain name something short and memorable. You want your viewers to remember your domain name when discussing the products they buy with other people so they can tell others to check out your blog. From there name your site and launch it. 

Once you launch your site and begin customizing it, you want to choose a theme that will help you stand out and be pleasing to your viewers. Don’t choose too vibrant of colors, and choose a font for your site that is easy to read. You do want your blog to be pleasing to look at, but not distracting so that your readers are focused on your content.

Step two- Choosing a product and researching it

When you make your blog, it’s good to pick a theme. Your blog can be about anything you want. From laundry hacks to cooking recipes, you name it. Once you’ve chosen your theme, next is choosing your product. Choose a product you are passionate about. You will have to have a lot of knowledge on your product which will require research. The point of this is to talk about something you enjoy in your blog posts because you want someone else to enjoy it too. It is even better if you can obtain the product yourself and try it out to have an easier recommendation of it. You want your blog viewers to trust you and the product you are telling them to buy. If your viewers are not happy with the product you are recommending they likely won’t be back to visit your blog. 

You need to identify your target audience. These are the people who are going to be reading your blog posts and purchasing the products based on your recommendations. Researching and finding other content creators who talk about topics similar to the ones you have chosen will help to give you a good idea on who the audience is and what type of products they will be looking for as well as what information will be useful to them.

A great way to promote your affiliate products is through comparison posts. You can use this in almost any blog theme. Examples are cooking with two different types of brands of food, two different recipes for the same food dish, two different brands of the same cleaning products, two different gaming consoles, etc. Comparing and contrasting products helps your audience make a decision on what product to purchase. Just make sure you include those affiliate links to each of the products in your posts.

When writing about your products you want to try to solve a problem with them. When a customer finds that a product will bring a solution for their problem, they tend to want to buy it more. If they know that the product you’re recommending helped solve a problem you had in some way, it’s likely they’ve had the same problem. For example, if you’re reviewing a window cleaning product, explain how the product really got the dirt that other products couldn’t get off of your windows.

Step three-  Finding affiliate links

In order to get an affiliate link you need to sign up for an affiliate program like Amazon associates. From there you get the affiliate link for your product and that’s what you will use to link your customers and blog viewers to the products you want to talk about. Once they purchase the product from the link, you receive a small commission and make money from it.

If there is already a product you have in mind to purchase you can simply go to google and search the product name and “affiliate programs” and if there is an affiliate program linked to your product, it will usually pop up. If not, find the contact for the company and ask if there is an affiliate program for your product.

When inserting your affiliate links into your texts make sure that they are hyperlinked to words or phrases that pertain to your product. Add only one or two affiliate links per blog post to not clutter your posts. Add visuals to your content that will make it more appealing to your viewers. Adding photos and videos about the product will help keep your readers interested. 

Step 4- Creating an email list

One important part of creating an affiliate marketing blog is your email list. This is where your readers will input their email addresses so that they can be notified about content you post. You always want to invite your readers back for more. There are a few strategies for doing this.

The first strategy is to offer them a free product. For example, if your blog is about cooking and recipes, you may want to offer them a free recipe for putting their email address in. The next strategy is to have an email pop-up where you add a tag line that says something along the lines of “want to stay up to date with my latest posts? Input your email here to never miss a post from me!”. A great way to do this is through a widget from WordPress called Mail Chimp. This plugin for your blog will help you collect email addresses through newsletter subscription offers.

Step 5- creating a newsletter for your email list

When sending out your newsletters for your blog, you want to keep it short and interesting. You don’t want to give away your entire blog post in your newsletter email. You want your reader to want to go to your website to read more about what you have to offer. 

It’s great to start sending a newsletter about once a week. Do this whenever you publish a blog post and use it as an opportunity to really hype up your post.  When you start your newsletter, establish the goals you want to meet. This has to do with the amount of traffic you want to your blog, the engagement you want with your readers, and how you want to send out your content. The more readers are interested, the more traffic you're going to have coming into your blog. 

Write your newsletter with care. Regardless of whether your newsletter is going to new or existing readers you want it to be well-crafted and comprehensive. Check your letter for typos and use a conversational tone when speaking to your audience. Make sure you include your call to action. Ask your reader to click a button that says “click here for more information” or something along those lines. Your call to action is how you are going to get your readers to come back to your website and become customers.

Step 6- Repeat the process

Once you find a niche and content that works for you and starts to bring you sales, repeat your process. The more dedication you put into your work, the better. Making sure your newsletter is going out to people often, and readers are staying up to date with your content makes all the difference in the world. When first creating your blog, it’s normal to not get a lot of viewers straight away. Don’t give up. The more you promote your blog through other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, the easier it is for other people to find your blog.

WordPress has a lot of tools to help you begin your affiliate marketing blog and run it without a struggle. Even if you’ve never worked with any free blogging platform and are just a beginner you can easily create a blog page for yourself that will be efficient and simple to run. 

If you’ve enjoyed this step-by-step guide on creating an affiliate marketing blog consider checking out this free webclass to learn more strategies to apply to your business including how to make multiple high-ticket affiliate commissions each month marketing valuable products people already want to buy.

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7 Habits That Will Make You Successful

You've probably heard it a thousand times – your success ultimately depends on your habits.

There are certain things that 99.9% of all successful people do. Habits they develop that make them effective.

I came up with this list of 7 Important Habits that you need to develop to be successful.

Make sure you check out my YouTube channel for more on this topic.

1. Win The Morning

It all starts here. If you can win the morning, you can win the day.

What does it take to ‘win the morning'?

You need to wake up early. Set your alarm the night before – and NEVER hit the snooze button. We're all guilty of doing this from time to time – sometimes you just don't want to get out of bed at 5 a.m. STOP. It takes discipline to become successful, and waking up with your alarm is the first step towards that.

Have (and keep) a solid morning routine. What does that look like?

Make your bed as soon as you get up. Take a shower, brush your teeth, eat a healthy breakfast, go for a run.

It all depends on you – what tasks are important to have in your routine? What are some new things you haven't tried yet, but want to give a shot? Try them out and see if they fit with your morning routine.

2. Plan Your Day

This is a bit different from having a routine. You need to have a solid plan and a schedule for yourself every day.

A good idea is to start planning your day the night before. Think about what tasks you need to complete the next day and list them out. Make sure you review that list each morning and block off time in your schedule to complete those tasks.

Make sure you schedule everything. It helps you to avoid wasting time and being ineffective. If something isn't on your schedule and it's not absolutely imperative that you get it done ASAP, don't deviate to get it done. Add it to your list of tasks for the next day, and schedule it then.

Don't forget to schedule breaks for yourself! You don't want to get burned out because you have a packed schedule that leaves no time for self-care.

3. Read (or Learn) Every Single Day

Successful people keep their minds active. You should always make a point to read for at least 10 minutes a day.

“But Dave, I'm terrible at reading!”

Then LEARN SOMETHING. Sure, reading isn't for everyone, but you can still make an effort to learn something new. Study. Expand your mind.

TAKE NOTES. A lot of times when we read or learn, we come across something that jumps out at us, something we want to remember. But then it just slips our mind, we move on to something else, we forget about it. Keep a highlighter and some post-its handy. Write down the words or ideas that make an impact on you. You could even keep a separate journal for taking notes on what you're reading or learning.

Each night before you go to bed, look over those notes. Remind yourself what you learned that day. This way, it will stick with you.

4. Exercise

Now I know you've all heard this one before. Exercising is such an important habit to keep as a part of your daily routine. It's not just about keeping a healthy body, but a healthy mind. Exercising for just 20 minutes a day can improve your memory as well as your brain's ability to process information.

Exercise can also stimulate your brain's plasticity, which as we know, is an important part of rewiring your brain for success. Research shows that exercise increases growth factors in the brain, which makes it easier for your brain to grow new neural connections.

Physical exercise is great. It has tons of benefits. But when you couple that with mental exercise, something amazing happens. Which is why it's important to also…

5. Clear Your Mind

Throughout the day, our heads can get cluttered with all sorts of thoughts and ideas that might not be beneficial to us. You should take time every day to clear your head.

That can mean making meditation a part of your daily routine. It can also mean practicing mindfulness throughout the day.

 

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Meditation has a ton of proven health benefits. Most people know that meditation helps to reduce stress and anxiety, but did you know it can actually lower your blood pressure? Meditation can also lengthen your attention span and reduce memory loss as you get older.

Meditation also helps you to be more mindful, which is a great trick to keep distracting thoughts away and focus on being effective with your time.

Another benefit of meditation that can really improve your level of success is that it promotes healthy sleep. A good night's sleep makes all the difference.

6. Take Care Of You

Self-care is hugely important. You need to be taking care of yourself.

For some people, it can be simple things like getting enough sleep, getting a massage or a manicure, or relaxing through meditation. For others, self-care can mean focusing on your mental and emotional health – getting therapy, joining a support group, spending quality time with your family.

Spirituality can also tie into this. Staying grounded in your spirituality can have a profound effect on your mental health. Now, I'm not just talking about religion and faith here – everyone has a different meaning for spirituality. I'm just saying it's important to keep strong ties to that part of your life. Taking care of your mind, body, and spirit is essential.

Another way you might take care of yourself is to stay off social media. Did you know that using social media actually makes us less happy? It increases feelings of social isolation keeps us comparing our lives to others. It's also a huge time-suck. You can waste so much time scrolling through various social media apps – time that could have been better spent.

I'm not saying to go and deactivate your Facebook account. Start by trying to limit your social media time. Make it a goal to spend less time scrolling and more time focusing on what's important.

Speaking of goals…

7. Set and Track Progress Towards Your Goals

Keeping goals is a huge part of success. If you want to accomplish anything, you need to be setting goals.

If you're not used to setting (and reaching) goals for yourself, start small and be specific.

Make sure you set SMART goals – goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. When you use this filter to set a new goal, it makes that goal so much easier to achieve.

It's good to have both short-term and long-term goals. Set several smaller goals you can focus on while working towards your big goal. A big goal is like a trophy at the finish line – it's there to motivate you to keep going for the long-haul. The smaller goals on the way help you to feel like you've actually accomplished something, which will keep you from losing the drive to keep pushing forward.

Even after you hit your big goal, keep setting goals for yourself. Successful people don't stop pushing themselves after they become successful – they keep moving forward. Of course, your goals will start to change as you progress on your journey. As you grow and change, so will your goals. That's okay – just keep striving to achieve something more.

 

Are you committed to developing better habits to help you succeed? Making big changes takes a lot of work, but in the end, it is so worth it. If you continue to develop healthy habits like these, your life can look completely different in 6 months.

Don't limit yourself to just this list! While I consider these some of the most essential habits for success, there are many others that can help you on your path. It's about finding what's right for you. 

Can you think of any healthy habits necessary for success that I might have missed? Let me know in the comments below!

How To Set An Effective Follow Up Call

One thing I get asked all the time is how to set up an effective followup call.

The key is to not leave the ball in their court. Don't tell them to call you back when they're ready.

You need to book and schedule the appointment and confirm it when you're on the phone with them. Right there on the spot.

Your prospect needs to have realistic expectations. Setting the proper expectation is important.

In my new video, I'll show you a real example of how I set expectations and schedule a followup. Watch it below:

What I Wish I Knew Earlier In My Career

What is the one piece of advice I wish I had been given earlier in my career?

Detach from outcomes. Everything you do is a test.

When I first started as an entrepreneur, I was so attached to results. If I didn't get the results I wanted, it was crushing.

Once I started viewing every opportunity as a test, it was like night and day.

What do I mean? Watch my new video to find out:

How to Deal with Negative Comments

One of our members asked me how I respond to negative comments.

Even though you might look at me as someone who has success, I still deal with negative comments to this day.

Over the years, people have seen me build businesses, launch businesses, and succeed with businesses, but they still want to criticize.

It can be especially hurtful if those negative comments come from people you view as personal friends and family.

When a negative comment is out there for the world to see, it can be embarrassing and frustrating.

What can you do in that situation? Watch this video the learn more:

Do You Have The Guts To Share Your Gift?

Your product or service is a gift.

Do you have the guts to sell it?

I believe, if your product or opportunity actually helps people, you have a moral obligation to get it out there.

When you start to see your product or service as the gift that it is, you gain the emotional conviction that you need to succeed.

Own the fact that what you have is a gift and you're here to give it to the world.

Watch this video to learn more: