When you start a blog with the intention of earning money with it through affiliate marketing, the process does not start right away.
It is a long road of making a blog, writing posts, marketing it properly and getting a lot of traffic. That is when you will be able to make money from your blog by being an affiliate!
But for the purpose of this article, let us assume that you are already at the stage where you have a blog and are in the process of marketing it, and might even have some following.
Now, how do you decide what affiliate program to choose? How do you find a legitimate affiliate program that will actually pay you enough? How do you make sure you are getting the best?
Here are a few tips I would suggest to find the best affiliate program in your niche.
What do your visitors want?
Remember that there is no ‘perfect’ affiliate product out there, but you can make a certain product perfect for you.
By analyzing what your visitors want!
See their activity on your blog. Check the posts that get the best comments and those that are ignored. This will help you identify a niche that your readers will read the most about, meaning that they trust you with that niche and will be more likely to buy related products from you.
You can then move on to the next steps.
Use known directories
Join internet forums where affiliate marketers interact with each other. These can tell you a great deal about the best directories and about those that don’t have great listings.
Remember that the web is a place where you need contacts and need to be in on the market. Joining these forums will keep you updated on the best legitimate affiliate programs that come in!
You can absolutely not make use of a legitimate affiliate program if you don’t even know if people want it or not!
My suggestion here is to go to popular e-commerce websites like Amazon, and search products related to your niche. Then, find out which products are the most coveted and the ones people are looking for an writing good reviews about.
Then, check if you can become an affiliate for the product, or a similar one. Writing useful reviews on products that people are looking for can go a long way, and will help you find a legitimate affiliate program as well!
Look at other successful blogs that are earning through affiliate marketing. Naturally, it means that theirs is a legitimate affiliate program. This can give you an idea of what you are looking for, what you should model after and what you should beat!
Do your research
To make sure you get a legitimate affiliate program, do your research. There are programs that are listed on a website and all you do it click on them and get an affiliate link with little information.
And then there are those that are backed up with more information and might even have social media pages or other ways for you to contact them. Make sure you find a company that comes clear about what it wants, what it pays and how!