Hello and welcome to my affiliate marketing journey update. Last week, I wrote about being a freelance writer in the Weekly Update: My Freelance Writing Journey So Far. I quite enjoyed it because it allowed me to take a step back and evaluate how I was getting on.
I also got some nice emails from people who thanked me for showing them that the vast majority of freelancers are not making thousands but are just getting by.
My Affiliate Marketing Journey So Far
So, let me tell you how I started this blog. A few years ago, I was doing affiliate marketing but I was really taking it seriously. I didn’t do any real marketing for it. Only wrote a couple of posts a month, had no real aim, and it was doing nothing.
Anyhoo, long story short, I was running low on funds and couldn’t afford the hosting so I said to myself, “Screw it. Blogging is boring anyway.” and just gave up. Well, that was one of the stupidest decision I made that week.
Life Without Blogging Is No Life At All
Hahaha. Is that the most overblown subtitle you ever read? Okay, maybe it is a bit hyperbolic but in a way, it’s true. I found myself missing blogging more and more each day. I enjoyed writing about stuff like I’m doing here and enjoyed writing about how to make money online.
But I also like that I feel I am talking to people. Being an online hustler is a lonely business and I can go days without talking to anyone. Writing on a blog, even if it’s to promote a product or talk about a way to make money, it always feels like I’m talking to someone.
So, about three months ago, I decided to get a new domain and start blogging again, with an idea to do affiliate marketing.
Re-starting My Blogging Affiliate Marketing Journey
I started Sskillz Online as a way to promote online e-learning course and you can still see them in the menu above, but I decided that was way too boring. Since Sskillz Online is a pretty generic name that can mean pretty much anything, I decided I would alter the direction I was going in and return to my forte, hustling for money online.
And that is where I am now. Hustling, hustling, hustling.
Affiliate Marketing Tactics
Now, the basics of affiliate marketing are pretty er… basic. You buy a domain name and hosting, set up a website, and get blogging. That really is it. Way too many people make it as complicated as hell when all you need to do is:
– Buy a domain name
– Get some hosting
– Set up a website
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Sorry, I know that was repetition but it’s important to understand that there is nothing complicated about blogging. Sure, earning money from blogging is a bit more complicated, writing articles that are SE optimised is a lesson you never stop taking, and you need to understand that you can’t give up just because you’re not making millions by the end of your third month.
Objectives of Weekly Updates
I intend to write on different subjects that show you how I have been building my blog but since I’m not making millions, I don’t think me telling you what to do when I’m not making tons of money myself is a little ‘scammy’.
However, a lot of bloggers fail not because they don’t know what to do but because they try to do everything at the same time. If you follow what I do, you should succeed without all the complicated stuff.
Marketing My Blog
I’m not great at marketing my blogs, as you probably guessed from the fact that my first blog was a bit of a failure. So, for this blog, I’m making much more of an effort. Firstly, I’m on Quora a lot. Many people ask questions about how to make money online, so I tell them. If they think I’m not talking crap, they look at my bio (because I ask them to) and click the links I put in it.
I’ve also started marketing on Pinterest. I’m not a Pinterest expert by any means so all I’m doing is going to Canva and choosing the Pinterest template. Then, I add a background, some text and pin it with the link that sends people to the post I’m promoting. I’m also following about 10 people a day. Slowly, slowly is the key to Pinterest.
I had a Facebook page but it got unpublished because I was breaking some BS rule or other. To be honest, I’m a bit over the whole FB things as they seem to be trying to make life as difficult as possible. Still, you can set up a FB page as well if you want to.
Measuring the Success of My Affiliate Marketing Journey
The best way to measure the success of your affiliate marketing journey is to see how many visitors you get. You can use two different Google Apps for this. One is Google Analytics, which I think most people have heard of. The other is Google’s Search Console. This is my favourite one as you can see your website inching up the search table. It’s quite fun.
The other more obvious way to measure success is through your blog’s earnings. I am happy to report that I earned my first commission last week, so that’s obviously good news. However, try not to focus on your earnings too much. If your website is moving up the search rankings, then you’re doing something right. If you end up getting 500 visitors a week and you’re not earning any money, you should look at your funnel, but don’t think about that now. The ONLY thing you’re interested in is getting visitors.
Getting People to Your Site
Okay, I realise I haven’t talked too much about blogging itself, so I’ll quickly tell you what you need to do.
– Set Up a Plan
– Write good headlines
– Create good content
– Stick to the plan
That’s all you need to do. The amount of content you create should be based on how much free time you have. However, I would aim for about three new blog posts a week. The more regular content you post, the more quickly you’ll get out of Google’s infamous sandbox, that may or may not exist. I write every day which is why I earned my first commission in three months.
Keep Doing What You’re Doing
The trick about posting content is not the amount you publish, although that certainly helps. The trick is to do whatever you decide to do regularly. Google has to recognise that your website is active and that there is a real person publishing good stuff on it every day, three times a week, or just once a month if that’s all you can manage.
I can’t stress how much you need to keep going. If you’re not prepared to work on your blog for a minimum of six months, especially if you want to make money from it, then don’t think of it as a way to make money. Don’t get me wrong, you could make money, but if you’re not going to post a fair amount on a regular basis, it’s going to take a long time.
Affiliate Marketing Journey Takeaway
This went on a bit longer than I expected but I hope you get the point of everything above. Just follow the basics I told you about and you’ll do great. When I have written my next update, I’ll link to it here. Oh and feel free to share my affiliate marketing journey with others if you like.