How to choose the right affiliate marketing program

Learn the attributes of a good affiliate marketing program
Affiliate Marketing for Newbie Bloggers

What is affiliate marketing? it’s a word that may be new to a beginner Blogger, one who just started blogging or is about to start but to veterans, it’s not a new word, In fact, its a word that means earning income for Bloggers.

Affiliate marketing is promoting other peoples products for a commission payment. Affiliate marketing can be a huge source of income for your blog if you have gained a following and people trust your advice or the services you offer. Just like you are likely to trust your medical doctor if he were to prescribe medication for you.

Bloggers use affiliate marketing for making income from their blogs because most times when you are writing a post where you are providing useful information you are likely to point people to products and sites that will help them to achieve their desired results.

By linking to that site via your post, you help your reader to achieve their goals of reading your Blog and you also make income from that referral, I will count affiliate marketing as a referral based business.

After you have learned what affiliate marketing is, the next thing will be how does it work.

In this post, I will be detailing to you, how it works, what affiliate options are open to you and how to choose the right ones.

How to choose the right Affiliate program

When you want to start affiliate marketing the first thing you need to do is to decide to choose the right affiliate link. This is because if you are careful to choose the right affiliate program, you increase your chances of spending your time promoting products that will pay you better and increase your income earning potentials.The right affiliate link has the following attributes

It fits in with your audience type:

You use affiliate marketing links that tie into the overarching message or niche which your blog is all about or what your post is about. It will make no sense for you to choose an affiliate link whose products do not tie into your niche, this is because most affiliate links are tied to your original post while writing, so if you choose the wrong affiliate link which does not fit into your niche, you may find it difficult to slide it into your post.

For instance today I am writing about affiliate marketing, the easiest thing for me to do is to recommend affiliate products that you can sign up for that pays well. One of such affiliate program is Viglink, Viglink is an affiliate marketing program that is a marketplace for a great number of products covering a lot of niches. Signing up with Viglink will give you access to a whole lot of other products.

The good thing about using Viglink for affiliate marketing program is that once their code is inserted in your blog, they do the affiliate linking themselves. They are able to affiliate any word that ties into a link on their platform thereby saving you the stress of inputting their affiliate URL in your posts. To sign up for Viglink you can click on any of the banners shown below.

Note for instance how I used the affiliate link in the above post, I explained briefly how this affiliate link benefits you and pointed you to where you can sign up for it. This example above fits in with my overall post idea today.

Another example, For instance, my Blog that talks about starting home businesses so it will not be out of place for me to encourage you to use a Shopify store to start your online selling business, it ties into my overall niche. But if I started selling to you a product that has to do with baby teething perhaps I saw a baby teething product which has  a good commission and I decided to fit into my post write up today, I will struggle to find a place to fit it into because my post today is not about selling baby items.

Choose Affiliate links with a good commission percentage:

I always love affiliate products that give you up to 40% mark up, of course, it all depends on the final price of the product, for instance, I once made a sale via one of my affiliate links, that link paid me about 45 dollars. It had a 50% commission on it. It was a service based product. I have noticed that the service based product affiliate often pays more. For instance, when you are promoting a course, the course owner is often willing to pay you 30- 50 % of each sale that you make. I believe that intangible based products pay more commission s than tangible products. That’s why people who promote courses and software often make more money from affiliate marketing than those who promote physical goods.


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For example, a digital seller of ebooks or courses may pay you 50% commission while an Amazon will pay you 5% or even 2% of the sales. This is where you need to make a decision, do I promote the products that pay me more? of course, you can as long as it fits into your niche. To know which affiliate networks will accept you as a Newbie blogger, click here

Choose affiliates  programs with a wide range of Products:

There are affiliates that gather a lot of products under them in that once you are signed up with them you have access to a wide range of products and services. Signing up with one of such affiliates saves you the headache of signing up or applying to each of the products one by one. These types of affiliate programs are called affiliate marketplace, this is because they have a lot of products within all kinds of niches signed up for them. Having access to that affiliate marketplace means you can easily;y apply to the ones you like and have them approve you. Examples of such affiliate programs include Viglink, Awin, and Shareasale




Choose affiliate Links that offer extended cookie period:

This is the time it takes for a customer to come back and make a final purchase. Sometimes a person might click through from your blog to a link but may not be ready to make a purchase immediately. Perhaps that person will come back say in two weeks time to make a purchase. If the cookie length is one week, even though that customer made a purchase finally, it may not be accredited to you so you won’t get paid. But if that cookie length was about 30 days, anytime that person comes back to make a purchase without necessarily going through your blog again, you will still get credit for that purchase.

 Choose affiliate links that offer both CPC and CPA:

Most links on affiliate marketing are based on either CPC( Cost per click) or CPA( Cost per action). Cost per click means that as long as someone clicks on your link to the website even if they don’t make a purchase you get paid. Cost per action means that the person who clicked through has to do something, sometimes its a purchase or perhaps fill out a form. Whatever they get to do which was the desired intent of the advertiser, you get paid for such actions. Some advertisers pay for both actions while some will only pay for CPA.

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What to consider before you sign up for an affiliate offer

Minimum Payout: Do they have a have threshold of payout such as requiring that you make up to 500 dollars or 1000 dollars before you are paid, you should pick affiliate programs that will pay you out for as low as 50 dollars. For a blogger starting out, every dollar counts.

Promotional Materials e.g banners, videos, links, affiliate panels are the affiliate program structured enough to provide you with the materials you will need to drive your promotions. This is important as it helps give you more options for promotions. For example, a text link may be great for some promotions perhaps through your Newsletter but the visual banners may be good for online social media channels or Blog posts.

Payment method: What type of payment method do they have? PayPal, check, transfer are they flexible with their payment methods? These are important parameters because it’s not enough to make money from the affiliate marketing efforts, getting the cash in your pocket is important too.

Tax forms: Do you need to fill out a tax form before you collect your payment

Are they popular?  are people recommending that you join them? this is often an indication that people are being paid, beware of affiliate programs that people are not promoting. I will always advise that you search for a review of such programs before you join them.

How to attach affiliate Links to your Blog posts.

People often ask, how do I attach affiliate links to my Blog posts.

Manually Linking

There are various ways to do this, you can do it manually, meaning that if you are writing your post and you get to the place where you need to use your affiliate links you can refer to it by highlighting and then adding your affiliate link.

Remember that for each affiliate Program you sign up for you are given a special link to your account, this special link is to enable the product owners to track your sales. If you link to just the normal website link provided on their website, you will not get paid because they cannot tell that the customer came from you. Therefore be sure that you obtain a product link before you can then link to that product.

Another way to manually add an affiliate link is to insert the code which often represents the advertiser’s banners on your website.

Automated Linking:

You can use a Plugin like Thirstyaffiliate, they help to cloak your links and protect the income you make from your affiliate links.

You can also use WordPress Auto links if you are using WordPress as your content management system: WP auto link helps list your links for web crawlers so that people can easily click on it.

How to Know which Affiliate Programs will accept you.

Various affiliate Programs require some conditions before you can be accepted into their network. There are however some affiliate programs that will accept you as a Newbie blogger as long as your content is not offensive. Please read my post on affiliate networks that will accept you. By reading up that post you will get access to my curated list of affiliate networks that will accept you as a Newbie Blogger.


Do you have you other ideas on how to choose the right affiliate marketing program for a Newbie blogger? Leave your comment below

 

Affiliate Networks that accept a Newbie Blogger

Affiliate Network for Newbie Bloggers

Affiliate incomes are often the easiest way to start earning money on your Blog as a newbie blogger. This is because it is often about promoting other people’s products that you have used before, or you believe in. By promoting these products, you make money by getting a commission once you make a sale. This idea is used by many product creators to get people to market their products, It’s a win-win idea.  For some of the affiliates I mentioned in my checklist, you can make up to 60% of the products price as a commission when you make a sale.

Affiliate marketing is one income avenue you can easily use to start monetizing your blog right from the beginning without creating your own products. if you are good on affiliates, you may even find it earns you a chunk of your Blog income before you start creating your own products.

There is one snag about affiliates though, not all affiliates will accept your application to be an affiliate of their products because they have their own specifications on the type of audience they want and the number of followings you have on social media. While that reason can motivate some people to go work on their numbers, it can also discourage some few people.


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When I started my blogging journey, I thought I will be accepted on every affiliate network I applied to once I had my domain name and a few posts on my blog but it wasn’t so. I wished there was a list that could show me which ones will accept me and which ones will not so I could focus on applying to those ones instead of going through rejects. So I have created a checklist of some affiliate networks that will easily accept a newbie Blogger.

Click here to access it.

Since you are a newbie Blogger, you may want to read my post on the best plugins to use. In that post, I explained the 7 must have Plugins for every new blogger.

 



How to Pay yourself as a stay at home mom

 

How to pay yourself as a stay at home mom

There is a constant debate as to how much a stay at home mom should be paid for the work they do. while some feel it’s a personal choice to get off the career ladder and go take care of the home hence the government should not be burdened by whether they get paid or not. Others feel that the work that they do is a great job so they should be compensated adequately.

Whichever side of the jury you belong to, here is one truth which every one of us must agree to, when a child is well raised, it’s a benefit not only to the parents that raised him but to the whole society. The society is made up of families because every child comes from a family, so when we put our families first, we ensure that the next generation of children grows up to become responsible adults who are able to contribute to their society. This is not to say that when you are not staying home to raise your children they will not turn out well. What we are saying is that if you choose to make that decision to stay home and raise your kids, your career shouldn’t have to suffer because of your choice.

 

There is one thing I have always believed in, that is the fact that you can make your own way if the circumstances don’t allow you to do what you need to do. Having a career fulfills a part of you that nothing else could possibly do because it helps you take control of your own destiny. When you are  a stay at home mom, there are so many things you have got to battle with, from finances to self-confidence and sometimes a feeling that perhaps you did not even make the right choice by giving up your career.



What you need to realize is that even though you have made that sacrifice to stay home, you don’t have to throw away your earning ability. Technology has made it easy to be able to earn an income from home. This is the reason I am writing this piece today to encourage stay at home moms to stand up and launch a business that can sustain you from home. The business will support your lifestyle and give you the ability to live the life you want without feeling like you have lost a lot by leaving your Job to stay home.

Your children will be much more thankful if you can prove that you could stay home to take care of their needs and still provide for them. You are not scrimping and saving just to make it through every month.

I believe that this generation is calling for what Mary Kay Ash did when the corporate world would not allow her rise because she is a woman, she went out and found her own company. Today we see the results of what she did, she inspired a whole generation of women to do something about their own situation.



If you are like most stay at home moms, perhaps you may be confused as to where to start from. How do you start a business online when you are not tech savvy and you have never run a business too, here is my Free Ebook, it will give the needed information to ramp up and start immediately.

If you are confused about choices to make then you need to read my post about business you can do from home to make up to 6 figures, get it Here.

Do you have a life experience you want to share with others, here is how you can monetize that experience and make a ton of money out it. Read my Post How to turn your Life experience into a money Printing online business.

If you already have a business idea but don’t know how to market it to your audience or how to turn it into a real business, then you need to read this post about 7 helpful tips for the home business owner.

So while the Jury is still out on whether you should get paid or not for the Job of raising your kids, you can choose to start a home Business. If you want to know how I did it, then read this story on how I ran my training solutions company from home

 

Here is a list of Home business ideas you can start from home as a stay at home mom.

    • Online Marketing Consultant – If you love helping others promote their business on social media and other online avenues then an online marketing consultant might be something you’d like to do. With the popularity of Facebook and other social sites businesses need a lot of help doing everything from posting memes to helping them develop better profiles.
    • Webinar Expert – Many types of business owners have regular webinars to promote their products and services. They need people who know how to use the platform they choose, how to set up sign up pages, and how to troubleshoot the technology.
    • Online Business Manager –Just like a bricks and mortar business needs a manager, any business online that expects to grow needs a manager too. You can specialize with different niches such as managing a coaching business, an affiliate business or even an online business that sells physical products.
    • Life / Business Coach – If you have a gift for helping people and the expertise to do it you can become a life or business coach. There are coaches that help people start businesses, lose weight, parent better and more.
    • Affiliate Marketing – With affiliate marketing you usually combine blogging or vlogging with promoting other people’s products. You’ll get a special link that you set up to send people to the product and you’ll get a percentage of each sale that you make. Here is a Link to an affiliate marketing site that pays well AWIN:    

  • Online Teacher / Tutor – Today, there are many ways that you can teach people online. You no longer have to be in the same room. You can use live streaming technology to meet with students live or you can set up courses using a platform like Udemy.com for almost any type of subject from learning to be happy to algebra.

Starting an online business simply requires knowledge of using the technology available, knowing who you want to work with, what your skills are and finding a way to match those qualities together to create an amazing online business.

When you work from home, most of the time you don’t have to get child care or buy nice clothing, or even have transportation. You can schedule your work around your children’s schedules and create a very balanced life while earning a full time living.

Power To Convince your Target market.

 

How to convince skeptics of your business idea
10 ways to convince people about your business idea

Hello, thank you for keeping faith with this blog series: the mompreneur a home business owner with a difference, I do hope that you have been having a great time reading it. If you have missed the series, you can get it here. In the concluding part of this series, we will be talking about Power to convince.

 The first thought that comes to mind when you think about the word convince will be; convince who? There are two key people that require conviction before you can succeed as a mompreneur

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Yourself: As a stay at home mom who wants to transition to a business person, you will definitely have self-doubts as to whether you can pull it off. The first person that needs to be convinced of your ability is yourself, your self-conviction will power your ability to convince others.

-Your target market: These are people who will buy into whatever idea you decide to build your business around. When you are able to convince these set of people you are well on your way to making sales.

The big question that will come to your mind will be; do I have what it takes to convince my target market? You unequivocally do, because that’s what you do every day at home. For instance you

-Convince your kids that you have their best interests at heart, therefore, you are making the right decision for them.

-Persuade your hubby to buy into an idea you want to execute so that you can all work together as a family.

-Convince your partners in executing a project to trust your ability to deliver when called to.

-If you have worked before, you had to convince your employer that you were the best person for the job.

With all these in place, you have what it takes, now let’s talk about ways to go about it.

10 Practical steps to build Conviction about your business Idea

-Show practical steps on how it works.

-Highlight the problems that your idea will solve

-Start by giving free trials to friends and family and ask them to share with their friends if they like it.

-Be willing to listen to sincere criticisms about it and use their constructive advice to improve on what you already have.

-Build followership based on your personal credibility as a person then begin selling products to your captive market. This is the type of strategy that affiliate marketers use all the time, it’s a proven technique that people will only buy from whom they trust.

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-Find a competitor product and compare the functionalities, highlighting what value that your idea brings that was not there before.

-Be excited about the prospect of starting a new venture, excitement often stems from passion and gives you the energy to keep going.

-Frame the idea you have from the perspective of the solution seeker.

-When your conviction is in place, it’s easy to sell your ideas, people can smell a phony from afar.

-Be bold enough to start with your closest friends, they will give your sincere advice that will pay off.

Thank you for keeping faith with this post series, I hope you have gotten meaningful ideas on why you qualify to become a mompreneur.

Today is the day for action, so start with taking a step towards realizing your dreams.

 

PS: Watch out for my next post, 10 Tips to make your home business effective, do not miss it.