I received first revenue of my blog on August 2014. While it was only $125, it represents a small amount but significant step to making money in a way that is completely independent of my time.
I started my blogging journey with Woblogger on August 2014. Within two weeks, I made my first sale, I received a commission of $65 and in total I made $125 at the end of the month. Making money passively has been something that I’ve been wanting to do for several months, but have never really made a start. Last August, I put my first step.
Ambition is the first step to SUCCESS. The second step is ACTION.
At that time, I do not have a good knowledge about blogging and monetization. Therefore, before I start my journey, I studied about top blogs and how did they become top. That was an interesting experiment, which helps to build a strong foundation of my blog.
If you want to make real money with these giant affiliate networks, then you have to build a reputable blog. This is the backbone of my first sentence from which I start writing this guide. I am writing this guide and this does not mean that I am expert in making real money with affiliate marketing. I do experiments and get some good results. That is what I am going to share today.
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My Stepping Stone to First Revenue of My Blog
Do grab a cup of coffee as, this is going to be a lengthy detailed blue-print, but one thing which I can promise is; if you read it thoroughly and follow all the mentioned steps , you might be making more than what I did in my first 30 days.
Before I start my blogging journey, I become a fan of few top blogs. I studied and learned about blogging from them. At the beginning, I have no idea about domain names and web hosting. First, I learned about them.
After my experiment, I decided to start a blog. Therefore, I made a good plan. Blog without a good plan like a garbage. These are the main five questions, which I consider before build my blog.
Question 01: Why am I starting a blog?
Question 02: What is my niche?
Question 03: What is the platform?
Question 04: Design of my blog?
Question 05: How to build traffic?
Time to grab a tea. This is going to be too long..
Why am I starting a blog?
My main goal is blogging is making money. In the blogosphere, there are millions of blogs with different purpose. I chose my purpose. How do I make money from a blog? Simple plan. I chose Affiliate marketing and Google AdSense to earn money from my blog.
How to implement my plan? If I want to make money from my blog, it should give something to readers. It should solve readers’ problems. I identified that point. I implemented it and I published posts, which helps readers to solve their problems. As a result, the engagement of readers was increased. That is why I made my first affiliate sale within first two weeks. I made it with a low traffic such as 20 visitors per day.
What was the niche of my blog?
Starting a Blog is fun but the tough part is sticking to a Topic. Many of us, who are new to Blogging, ends up writing on one topic and then jumping to another one. By niche, I meant finding the topic for your blog. Even from search engine point of view, a blog/website dedicated on single topic ranks higher.
I find a topic that I know better than anyone else does. Therefore, I chose blogging and internet marketing as my niche. I can comfortably talk about it for hours. Another reason is there are many popular products to promote related to blogging and internet marketing. Here are few guides which you should read to learn about selecting niche:
Which blogging platform I used?
There are many blogging platform out there, and people have different opinion about it. Most of the top bloggers use self-hosted WordPress as their blogging platform. I identified the advantages of self-hosted WordPress blog than other platforms.
A self-hosted WordPress blog (WordPress.org) is what I need. It means I will be installing WordPress on my own hosting and getting a domain. I chose iPage as my hosting provider and I have very positive experience with them now.
I planned my domain name. I wrote list of domain names and check the availability for them. Finally, I chose Woblogger.com as my domain name. It is very simple and easy to remember. I can use my domain name as a unique keyword. When I type Woblogger on Google, my blog simply come as the first result.
Which WordPress theme I used?
I planned the design of my blog. I want to catch and retain visitors more time on my blog. It will increase the average time duration and decrease the bounce rate. For this, I need clean and mild WordPress theme. Therefore, I decided and purchased Eleven40 Pro from StudioPress. I got comments and thoughts about my design from visitors. Many of them are loved my blog’s design.
As a result, the average time duration per visitors is more than 4 minutes and the bounce rate decreased to a very low value : 12.5%.
How I build traffic to my new blog?
Traffic is the most important aspect of blogging. At the core, though, blogging means I want our voices to be heard by others. I want an audience.
Most people quit blogging because of lack of traffic. I know how it hurts when no one reads your blog. When I made my first affiliate sale, amount of my visitors is about 30 visitors per day. It is very low. Therefore, I could not success with Google AdSense. At last, affiliate marketing was my last choice.
The most imported one is I planned and targeted my visitors. I tried to get more visitors from US, UK, Canada. I could success with it. I chose a few forum sites (only 3 sites), which are popular in US, UK, and Canada. I wrote quality post on them. Users love them and they visit my blog. In my blog, I publish quality posts that increase the average duration decrease the bounce rate of my blog.
I know that content is not the king. “Quality content is the King”
For me, these two technique helped me to earn my first $125 in 30 days of starting my blog.
- First one: Quality content of my blog
- Second one: Link Building
Talking about link building and the content is work, which needs lot of time. Therefore, I will talk about them descriptively in my next posts.
How to Become a Successful Affiliate?
Here is the definition of “Affiliate marketing”. I think everyone know it. Nevertheless, I write it here keep the completeness of my post.
“Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others, and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make”.
How does one become a successful affiliate? Can anyone do it? Successful affiliates have common tactics that they embrace and put into place. Anyone can become a successful affiliate marketer, but it will not come without blood, sweat, and a hefty time commitment. The typical successful affiliate possesses the following traits:
- Thirst for Knowledge
These are three traits combined with a “successful” affiliate. I implement following strategies to become and successful affiliate. These strategies made a first sale about $65 within two weeks for me. At the end of month, I made $125 from affiliate marketing.
Target a niche
I chose my blog as the promotion channel and I build my blog related to blogging and internet marketing. Therefore, I should promote products, which related to blogging and internet marketing. If someone promote a t-shirt on his food related blog, definitely he will be unsuccessful with affiliate marketing. I understood that. I do not scatter my efforts, focus on my niche, promote it, and sell it well.
Finding an affiliate marketplace
According to my experiences, the best place to start hunting for affiliate products is marketplace like Clickbank, ShareASale, and Commission junction. Now depending upon your niche, you can find best of the affiliate products to promote. For niche marketer, ShareASale, CJ and Clickbank are highly recommended. I made my first affiliate sale from ShareASale. (It’s free to join).
Join Affiliate program individually
Most of the online products have their own affiliate program such as WP Engine affiliate program, Dreamhost affiliate program. All you need to do is, find the hottest selling products in your niche. For example, if you run a blog about Dogs, you can try to find affiliate program related to dog food or dog care.
Choose the best selling products to promote:
A product, which is trusted by the most customers, will more easily lead to sales for you than other products. It proves that the product is attractive to people and you will have more chance to get people buy the product from your affiliate link.
In my experiment, I studied the products that are promoted by top bloggers and why they chose them. I always tried to promote the products with a coupon code. Coupon codes, benefit packages are an important influencer of customers buying decision.
Choose the most expensive products
Higher prices may result in fewer sales but they bring you the highest commission per referral sale. Nevertheless, you need to demonstrate the value of the products to customers:
- What do they can get?
- Is it the best price?
- What will happen if this package is not suitable for them?
Build an audience through trust
The most successful affiliate marketers build compelling content first, and affiliate revenue later. Chris Brogan has said, “When there’s an opportunity to bring something of value to your community and make some money for your efforts, then you’re looking at what I think of as a great opportunity.”
Create a resource. By taking the time to learn about the products and/or services that you are offering you can create information that builds your credibility. That credibility builds trust. If your viewers do not have trust in you more than likely, they will not purchase from your storehouse.
How I gain credibility of readers? In this point, content is the most powerful weapon. Nothing beats better than a killer review post about the product. A review post introduce the product to your blog readers, and at the same time your opinion, guides will help them to understand, why they should be buying it. Sometimes, even if you post a link here and there, you will gain nothing out of it except make your viewers leave. To effectively increase affiliate sales, you have to tell your viewers what to do next.
Don’t Give Up
It is hard to do, and most of the time those dabbling in affiliate marketing give up way too soon. Monitor your statistics; watch to see what is working and what is not. Make changes when necessary. Do one thing daily to promote your storehouse and be patient. Before you know it, you will start getting payments.
Keeping your eye on the statistics is very important to make changes. Some people select hundreds of products to promote. They publish a post with link of one product and publish another product in the next post. According to my experiences, it is not working. After I chose right product or services to promote, I promote them and I analyse them in the next step. What are the products that are working for me? I chose them and I updated that post often and publish tutorials about them.
Can You Earn $125 in a Month with a New Blog?
Many of bloggers have a dream, which is to become a successful affiliate marketer. I started my blogging journey with affiliate marketing to achieve that dream. Within the first month, I got the first result of my experiment. Every bloggers who have a dream to make money with affiliate marketing should have an effective plan how I do this. Before start the journey, he should look at the top giants in affiliate marketing and how they become top.
Building a reputable, clean blog is the first step. Finding the affiliate marketplace and selecting the right products is next step. Getting target traffic, building credibility are the key points of making conversions. That is the way, which I made my first affiliate income within first two weeks.
I would love to hear your thoughts on my first month achievement and your suggestion to further improve my sales. Also if you enjoyed reading this, don’t forget to share it with others on Facebook and Google plus.