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Blogging and Affiliate Marketing Are A Natural Fit

Although I have been in affiliate marketing since 1999, I didn’t start blogging until 2005. But from the moment I did, it became amazing clear to me that blogging was made for affiliate marketing, because product reviews were a natural fit for blogs.

By using affiliate marketing, bloggers don’t need to wait for companies or public relations agencies to approach them to promote a product, and they certainly don’t need the potential earnings to end once the blog post is up.

Unfortunately, the idea of using affiliate links in blogs was frowned on in the early days of blogging. In 2007 I attended my first blogging conference in Las Vegas and my ideas were greeted with dismay and dismissal (and by more than a few sneers)I cry for bloggers who don't monetize their blog by “purist” bloggers that believed blogging was precious and special and only for the written word. They also believed any money made from blogging, should come only from banner advertisements, if at all.

To this day, that still makes me cry a little for them.

This Is Why Affiliate Marketing Is Great For Bloggers

Of course, traditional businesses saw the potential in blogging right away – and in my humble opinion, they have used and abused bloggers in order to support their marketing efforts. Whether PR agencies “hire” bloggers for product promotion and ambassadorships, in-bound links, or as a way to build Facebook and Twitter followings, they are getting absolute bottom dollar pricing on brilliant native advertising and content they don’t even need to create themselves.

Bloggers are constantly telling me that the “requirements” on reviews and sponsored posts are growing as marketers become even more aggressive in their outreach efforts. The idea of bloggers offering up their creative efforts, content development, creative control and access to their readers to these agencies for mere pennies is nutty to me.

Now, I’m not implying that bloggers should stop taking paid posts altogether. That would be silly. I am simply pointing out another source for income — affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing links in blog posts provide bloggers with a continual revenue stream opportunity with little, if any restrictions on content or copy at all. Bloggers control the content, the context, and the choices to support the products they love – and earn money steadily in the process.

The Genesis of “Make Money With Your WordPress Blog

Over the last few years, I’ve spoken extensively at conferences about affiliate marketing. Inevitably I find myself being approached by bloggers with additional questions after my presentations and while I love having the opportunity to help, I can’t always be there for every blogger that has questions (alas!).

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It’s for that reason, that I wrote “Making Money Using Your WordPress Blog”. I designed this book specifically for the established blogger that wants to take back the reins of product placement on their blogs and earn the money their work merits in the process.

While I realize that a book can never replace face-to-face discussions, Skype calls, emails or Facebook messages; it is my sincere hope that by collecting my knowledge into this format I can offer bloggers an essential foundation for launching their own affiliate marketing businesses – and reach many folks that haven’t had the time, money, or opportunity to attend a conference to learn this stuff first hand.

Warning Label

One word of caution: this is NOT a get rich quick scheme. I’m not here to teach you how to quickly set up a blog and start earning a boatload of cash, instantly. There is no secret sauce. Affiliate marketing is just like any other business – it takes time and effort for success.

The truth is, integrating affiliate marketing links into your existing posts is a very achievable way of making extra passive income. For many people, it has become their full-time income. However, it does take time AND you have to do it right.

Any blogger can do this, but only a portion of them will. Those Slactivists’ lack of game provides an enormous opportunity for you.

So, if you’re going to spend money on my book, my advice is to finish reading it, follow the plan that I’ve laid out and just keep on trying. Because it does work!

Of course, if hard work isn’t for you, I get that, too. It’s not for everyone. So, rather than wasting your cash on my book, why don’t you just pick up one of these “Amazon Best Sellers” … they’re about the same price.

[ Yes, of course these —>
are affiliate links. Would you have expected anything less? ]

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Missy Ward has been in affiliate marketing since 1999 and is the author of "Make Money With Your WordPress Blog". She is the Co-Founder of Affiliate Summit, FeedFront Magazine, GeekCast.fm, itsaWAHMthing.com; the Co-Publisher of Revenews.com, Founder of AffiliateMarketersGiveBack.com, and manages many of her own affiliate sites. She is a 2013-2014 PMA Board Member and Marketing Chair. If she's not making money through affiliate links on the post you're currently reading, it's an oversight on her part and it will be corrected soon. Visit her affiliate marketing blog, MissyWard.com.

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1 comment… add one

  • Hi Missy,

    While running any blog even in the starting of the blogging journey most of bloggers think to make money which is not a good approach. Many people start their blogging as their hobby but when they become serious and take it as their business then many things are required to work upon.

    I have seen many newbies who ask about getting more visitors at their blog. Initially I think that they may be serious about blogging but you know most of them don’t even maintain consistency in writing their blog post which can’t be taken in a positive way.

    Money is always the concern but if you are thinking only about money then no one can save you from getting ruined.
    Your readers should be your main focus but if you think only about SEO then it will not bring good results to you.

    Thanks for your wonderful post. 🙂

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