For the structure of these articles I like to target a frequently searched keyword such as “Cyber Monday (My Niche) Discounts” etc. because I know people search for “Cyber Monday” and “Black Friday” millions of times each year but they also search a longer form version like “Cyber Monday (My Niche) Discounts” as evidenced by the above traffic graph from one of my Amazon sites
How may niche sites do you have vs. authority sites? What would you estimate is your earings for each catagory on average. I would ecpect that the revenue does varry quite a bit through out the year. Just trying to establish a benchmark to measure against.
Another survey from VigLink offers a closer look at just how much income affiliate marketers are bringing in. According to the survey, 9% generated more than $50,000 in affiliate income in 2016. The majority, 65%, said they were making between 5% and 20% of their annual revenue from affiliate programs. The survey also showed a link between time frame and revenues. Among the publishers with the largest revenues, 60% had been utilizing affiliate-marketing strategies for five years or more.
Mark, WordPress isn’t just for blogging. You can build a static site using WordPress and have your blog integrated so users just need to click on a tab to see your latest posts. That works better than setting up a redirect or sending them to another site or having to cobble something together yourself. There are tons of additional plug-ins for WordPress to enhance its features and capabilities.
The Sharesale network is my favorite affiliate network. On top of having a ton of awesome merchants spanning across multiple categories, they’re small publisher friendly and always have their affiliates best interests in mind. You can sign up to become a Shareasale affiliate for free here.
With affiliate marketing, I started out just writing on Quora and sharing my experiences with no intentions of making any money. Pretty soon, my e-commerce answers caught some serious traction and there were obvious opportunities to provide more value to my readers.
If you haven’t already, it’s always a good idea to set up social media accounts. These are great platforms to promote your content as well as implement an affiliate marketing strategy. This gives you a chance to connect with your audience, share your videos, and promote relevant affiliate products/services.
Using Facebook as part of your overall marketing strategy makes smart business sense: it’s cost-effective, responsive, measurable, and puts you in direct contact with targeted consumers and prospects.
Find and work with affiliates. Affiliates will help grow your business help you tap into web traffic. There are many ways to meet and engage with affiliates, but the best way to access desirable affiliates is by building a reputation for yourself. You can do this by developing a popular blog or otherwise earning a large online following, or by becoming a published author of a book or article. There are other ways of meeting affiliates, of course, and each method will vary in its success and required effort. Generally speaking, the basic course of action for acquiring affiliates typically involves one of the following methods:
I’ve been using Amazon’s affiliate program for a little over two years and during that time I’ve had a lot of success with it. In fact, this income source was the second largest chunk of my total $150k+ 2010 income. If I hadn’t sold one of my larger Amazon focused sites last year for six figures this income source would have easily eclipsed $100,000 by now.
If you’re trying to post an Amazon link on FB and you want to use your affiliate link, don’t paste the link. Instead, go to the page on Amazon of the product you want to share. Look in the gray Amazon Associates bar at the top of your screen for the “Share” link. You’ll be able to pull down a menu and opt to share on Twitter or on Facebook. Makes it really simple.
You don’t have to partner with the big guys though. No matter what niche you’re in, you can find a wide variety of affiliate programs that may be smaller but still offer great commissions. Try doing a google search of “(Your niche) + affiliate programs” to find some that fit your needs.
Yah EPN is pretty good in certain niches I’ve found as well. Niche wise I bet it’d be an easy transition for you to incorporate Amazon into your websites as well. At the very least you should be split testing it so that you can see which one will make you the most money.
Choose affiliate items that match your niche or the content on your home business website or blog. For example, if you write about figure skating, affiliate links to motorcycles or a new set of saddlebags won’t do well.
Also, don’t feel hesitant about relying on others. I know you can do some things better than everyone else but remember — sometimes better is the enemy of the good. So, if you notice that some research or analysis-related tasks tend to loom over you, just delegate it and have it finally done.
You want to convince the reader to investigate their purchase options by the time they finish reading an article, which is why I’ll always include links to all of the products mentioned in a review at the end of the article. That way it’s an easy transition from learning about the product during your review and then at the end it’s time to make a purchase.
Is it a blog or website? If it’s just a blog, I usually don’t like a homepage blogroll – I prefer an actual page telling you what the website is about (eg. for me it’s just listing all my tutorials). But ya, StudioPress is where I’d go.
That brings me to an important point. Tracking your results is an essential part of determining which product or niche is successful. For your marketing campaigns, track what elements bring in the most prospects and what efforts drive the most traffic to your e-commerce platform. You want to know what specific website copy, and which particular offer is most effective in grabbing the attention of your prospects and compelling them to buy.
Hey Sue, I can’t disclose the amount of money that the website was earning when I sold it, but as I admitted at the onset of the article my income from Amazon would have surpassed $100,000 had I not sold the site. I already have several other authority style websites I’m building up as well as my network of smaller niche sites that earn good money as well.