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How to Make Money Blogging with Affiliate Programs

Obaidul Haque October 26, 2011

A high-traffic blog can be monetized in a number of ways. Though many people will just be happy not advertising online, there are others who think blogs offer a great opportunity to make some extra money and they must be utilized for the very purpose. And one of the best ideas to earn an additional income from a blog is by running affiliate programs on it.

Since there are so many affiliate programs (featuring thousands of products) to choose from, making the right decision can prove to be a difficult one. If you take a look around, affiliate advertising programs are fetching a good amount of money to bloggers. Well, you too can earn by participating at such programs.

The point is you need to choose affiliate programs which best suit your blog requirements. If you are confused about what kind of affiliate ads you should run on your blog, given below are some key tips that you can use.

Step into Your Readers’ Shoes
You might be receiving plenty of traffic to your blog. They visit the pages on your blog on a regular basis. While browsing, they may also be interested in finding some specific products, according to their requirements. It is, therefore, important to identify what type of products they will want to purchase. In addition, you need to use some key ‘triggers’ that could compel them to purchase products they are looking for. So, always choose to advertise those products which fulfill the requirements of your audience.

Advertise Only Reputed Products
In an effort to make money quickly, it’s quite easy to get desperate with advertising products which you may not like yourself. On the other hand, advertising products which are cheap can also do a lot of harm to your blog’s reputation. It’s important to choose only those products which you really believe in. If you want to make money through affiliate programs, you need to help people with their problems. Advertise only the best products or companies that have a good reputation in the market.

Don’t Ignore the Price Range of Products
Apart from the quality of products that you advertise on your blog, the price range also matters a lot. In order to monetize your blog, you should always choose a price range which matches the type of audience you attract. If you choose a product with a high price, people may not buy. On the other hand, low-priced products will not fetch you a decent income.

Location of Ads Plays a Vital Role
While using affiliate advertising to earn some extra cash from your blog, you need to pay careful attention to the positioning of ads. Bloggers should place links or ads in places where they have the maximum chances of being clicked. The top section of the sidebar (preferably left) is always the best place to put your ads on. Positioning links right where a blog post ends is yet another good idea to grab the attention of readers quickly.

Measure Your Progress
Though affiliate programs offer an excellent opportunity to make money from your blog, you may not always be successful in your first attempts. Unless you go knee-deep into it, you won’t find what actually works and what doesn’t. Therefore, always use those affiliate programs that offer a sophisticated measurement system to track growth. If you keep a regular watch on the results, you can fine-tune the strategy according to your specific requirements.

Are you running affiliate programs on your blog? Please feel free to share your views and experiences in the comment section below.

About Author

Obaidul Haque

Obaidul Haque works as an SEO manager handling client projects. He focuses heavily on Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Social Media Marketing. He shares his insightful views regularly on HelloBloggerz . He has been successfully helping clients, hailing from various industries, achieve higher rankings in search engines and increase their online sales. You can also follow him on Twitter. View all posts by Obaidul Haque →

12 comments
Taran
Taran

Great article.You have shared very informative article.Thanks for sharing such useful info.

Obaidul Haque
Obaidul Haque

Definitely, it's important to understand a target audience's requirements. In fact, you should always choose only those affiliate products that enrich the overall value of your blog's content. Thanks for your comment, Jurgen! My recent post Free Blog Tools & Resources for Bloggers

Jeff Gross
Jeff Gross

Nice article. If I can note before you start earning online you must have blog and decent amount of traffic. After you succeeded in this, just follow tips from this post and you can't miss.

Dennis
Dennis

Thanks for sharing. I know that there are lots of affiliate programs out there that I can use to monetize my blog. The best thing to do it to choose the ones that is fit for you. My recent post Back Together: Hands-on Healing for Couples (Paperback)

Julie
Julie

The price is really important factor on how you can affect the purchase of products. Although you have to match your products to your audience, I think you can still sell products that are a bit more expensive as long as you do great in marketing it. You may be able to create a "need" for it. My recent post Guide til virksomheder: Alt om brug af vikarer og vikarbureauer

Richard
Richard

One of the best ways to find the right affiliate program is to use the items yourself first. So you find a need that you have and you find a product that solves your problem. You use it and try out all the features, and now you have a more personal basis for promoting that product to others because it worked for you. My recent post nRelate Review: A Better Related Post Plugin

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Extreme John

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David Garcia

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