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Like most folks who are getting started with blogging, I started my very first blog at Blogger.
And so, like every one of them, I was grasping at straws when my AdSense request got denied. That’s when I found out there are more ways to monetize your blog than placing ads on your site.
(Enter Affiliate Marketing)
But, when I got all excited and started researching about promoting affiliate products at my ‘blogspot.com’ blog, almost all the topics I could find on Google were pertaining to WordPress hosted blogs.
So, can you actually use Blogger for Affiliate Marketing?
The answer is Yes, you can use Blogger for Affiliate Marketing. Promoting Affiliate products in Blogger is no different than promoting them on any other platform. You just have to add your affiliate links where you want to, and your readers can use the links to purchase the product. Simple as that.
If you already have a Blogger website, to get started with Affiliate Marketing, you’ll have to first sign up to an Affiliate Network (ShareASale, Amazon Associates, ClickBank, et cetera).
Or if you already know which product you’re going to promote, you can directly join their affiliate program (from their website) if they have one.
For example, let’s say you want to promote Canva (A graphic design platform). You just have to Google search “Canva Affiliate”:
As you see, the very first result is a sign-up page for Canva’s Affiliate program. You just have to sign up for their program and start promoting.
But, if you’re not sure about which product you’re going to promote, as mentioned earlier, you will have to join an Affiliate Network and get Affiliate links for the products of your choice.
Note: Some of the Affiliate Networks and Programs won’t accept new blogs with only a few posts. So, instead of applying early and getting rejected, I suggest writing at least 10-15 posts before you get started with Affiliate Marketing. Also, some affiliate programs might deactivate your account if you don’t make a certain number of sales within a certain period of time. For example, Amazon Associates will deactivate your account, if you don’t make 3 sales within the first 180 days. So, make sure you’re getting enough traffic to complete that initial number of sales as soon as possible without worrying about getting your account deactivated.
Signing up for an Affiliate Network
I’ll show you an example of how to sign-up for Amazon Associates since it’s one of the most popular networks.
1. Google search “Amazon Affiliate”
Now, depending on the country you reside in, your search result may vary. But, the first result usually is the correct one. Click on that.
2. Click on “Sign Up”
Now, you’ll be asked to either login using your Amazon account or create a new account. Choose whichever you see fit. You will have to fill in your personal information and payment details to get started.
3. After submitting all the required information, you’ll be taken to the Amazon Associates Dashboard. Now, click “Browse for Product”.
4. Now, you’ll have to select the category of the product you want to promote in your blog.
5. After selecting your category, you will be shown a list of products you can promote. Choose the one you’d like to promote and click “Get Link”.
6. Now, you’ll be given a link which you are supposed to copy and paste in your blog to promote the product.
Adding Affiliate Links to your Blog
Now that you got the links to promote the products on your blog, let’s find out how to add those links to your Blogger Blog.
Normally, you can place your Affiliate Ads either in the sidebar of your blog or inside your content.
I’ll show the exact steps on how to do both below:
Adding Affiliate Links on the Sidebar
1. Open your Blogger account and head to the “Layout” section.
2. Look for the sidebar section and click on “Add a Gadget”.
4. Here, under the “Content” section, paste the affiliate link that you got from your Affiliate Network (You may add a Title or skip it)
Now visit your blog and you’ll see the Affiliate Ad appearing on your sidebar.
Adding Affiliate Links inside the content
Adding the link inside your post content is easy.
1. Get into your post and change the view to “HTML view”.
2. Now, you’ll see the HTML version of your content. You have to find where you want to insert your Affiliate Ad (in my case, after the first paragraph).
3. Insert the Affiliate link you got from your Affiliate Network where you want it to be shown and click “Update”.
4. That’s it. Go visit your blog now and you’ll see the Affiliate Ad where you have inserted the link.
Now that you know how to get the Affiliate links and how to add them to your Blogger blog, it’s time to know how to drive traffic to your website so that you can improve your chances of making a sale.
Getting traffic to the Blogger blog
Relying solely on organic traffic is not a good idea for many reasons.
If you’re just monetizing your blog with Affiliate products, chances are you don’t have a significant amount of followers on any Social Media either.
In that case, promoting your blog on the likes of Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter won’t work. So, is there any other way to promote your blog?
You bet! Most of the forums like Quora are great platforms to drive free traffic to your website.
How to use quora for Affiliate Marketing
Click here to learn the secret “Crown Jewel Questions” method to skyrocket your Quora answer views.
Here’s a gist of how promoting your blog on Quora looks like:
- Find a question related to your blog post topic.
- Provide the best answer you could.
- Link back to your blog to let the readers know that they can read more like this on your blog.
For example, let’s say you have written a post about the best headphones. The process of promoting your blog post looks like this:
1. Visit Quora and search for the keyword “best headphones”.
2. You’ll get the results of the questions related to the keyword you have searched for. Pick a question which has the most follows and answer the question. (Answer as much questions as you can)
3. At the end of your answer, add a link to your blog post mentioning “Read more here”. That’s it. You now just have to wait for people to read your answer and visit your blog post. To give you an idea, the below-shown answer contains less than 300 words but has a whopping 7.2k views!
That’s potentially 7200 people visiting your people from ONE answer.
Now, now, not everyone will click through your link to your blog post, but even if 5% of the total viewers do click, that’s almost 300+ visitors from ONE answer.
The number may vary depending on the number of follows of the question but hey, it’s free traffic. Who doesn’t want that? After all, you’re just copy-pasting the same answer to all the questions.
Affiliate Marketing doesn’t need any kind of special website.
You can promote the affiliate links however you want (Social media, Email, et cetera) as long as it doesn’t go against the Terms & Conditions of the Affiliate Network or the Affiliate product you are using.
So, if you have any doubts, let me know in the comments section below.