How I Made A $400 Sale On My Very First Blog Post With Affiliate Marketing
Let’s Be honest..
When I first started my blogging journey, it looked VERY different than the blog you see here today.
First off, it had a different name and it was strictly weddings (haha, WHAT!?)
I was the first of my friends to get married and so when they all started to get engaged, I got an overload of questions. Then someone suggested I should start a blog to put everything into one place and I thought hey, thats a great idea!
So, naturally I sat down and started cranking out blog posts before I decided to launch.
Now I will be honest, I had no idea how to make money blogging.
I just randomly stumbled upon a webinar about affiliate marketing (who obviously preached how easy it was and offered some course for $997 at the end) and I thought, “hey, if I’m putting in all this work, I might as well make money from it.”
So you might be reading this and thinking, what in the world is affiliate marketing?
Well, basically affiliate marketing is when you become a marketer for a company and when you promote something from that company and someone purchases something through the link you provided, you get a percentage of that sale.
For example, say I am an affiliate marketer for Target and I post a photo of a dress that I purchased from there and then posted a unique link where my followers/readers can purchase it as well.
Whatever sale I make from that link, I get a percentage. The beauty of it is, I get a percentage of the WHOLE sale. So, say they clicked on the link and the dress was sold out so they decided to add 5 other things to their cart, I STILL get a percentage of that entire sale because my link took them there.
It sounds simple right? ….Well, not exactly!
So, before you go slapping random affiliate links in your blog posts there are a few things you should know. I like to keep it real my readers, so here’s a truth bomb for you!
First, affiliate marketing IS HARD.
When I first signed up for some affiliate programs, I thought I was going to make money right off the bat! WRONG.
Want to know the number one reason why I didn’t make sales right off the bat?
I didn’t have a focus, ideal reader base OR a connection with my readers.
I went into blogging wanting to help people and when I discovered affiliate marketing, it quickly turned ALL about making money. This was my biggest regret.
I wasn’t posting amazing content that stood out from any other blogger. My readers/followers didn’t relate or feel a connection with me, so they never bought anything from me. To be honest, I didn’t even have a loyal reader base.
Think about it, if your best friend and some random person were selling the same thing, you would OBVIOUSLY buy it from your best friend. I wasn’t making my readers/followers my friends. I was trying to turn them into sales and not my tribe.Stop trying to turn your readers & followers into sales instead of your tribe! Click To Tweet
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Second, Don’t Just Promote Anything
To Try & Make Money
Okay, I never really made this mistake, but I saw A TON of other people do it. Let me tell you a little story (because we all know I love to tell stories, haha!)
I followed one blogger on Instagram who was ALL over the place. She was a fashion blogger, beauty blogger, travel blogger, yoga blogger, mommy blogger, DIY blogger, fitness blogger & food blogger.
One day she would post about diapers & then the next day she would post about perfume. There was seriously NOTHING she didn’t post about. She even posted about car tires, one time! I was part of a Facebook group with her and she was constantly asking advice on why she was not making money.
Well, the simple answer, she didn’t have a loyal target audience.
If I followed her for fashion, I would not care to see her post about car tires and would eventually stop following her because I didn’t want to see all those random things. She didn’t hone in on her brand and what her readers/followers wanted.
So, several months ago, I decided to revamp my blog and focus on my brand.
I changed the name of blog and the whole concept behind it. I went through all of my old blog posts and rewrote them with a focus on helping my readers with something or deleted them if they didn’t have anything to do with my brand.
The first blog post I wrote using affiliate links was this blog post about Wedding Invitations from minted.com back when my blog was strictly weddings. I almost deleted this post since I don’t blog about weddings anymore but decided to keep it because I still blog about marriage and I still frequently get asked questions about my wedding.
So I went through this blog post and rewrote it & changed it. I changed my perspective to help and make a connection with my readers. You can see this post here.
Once, I went through and revamped this post and changed my focus, I ended up making a $400 sale in 1 day from affiliate links. I also ONLY had 83 page views on this post all together.
So, I want you to take a few things away from this post. It is possible to make money off Affiliate marketing, I actually blog full-time now and this is the MAJORITY of the way I make money. You don’t need to have a HUGE blog to make money either, you just need to find your target audience and make them your friends. Be genuine, honest and loyal because no one will buy anything from someone if they don’t trust them.
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