20+ Tips on How to Start a Affiliate Marketing Blog
to take the plunge and begin your blogging career? With more and more tools available every day and our helpful tips
to guide you, it’s easier than ever to make a start.
What do you need to know about content and
1. Find the right topic for you
While it’s tempting to
create a blog around a topic like beauty or wellness that will earn an easy
audience, it’s vital that the topic also interests you. Your readers will be
able sense the passion in your writing about your chosen topic.
So even if it might be more of a niche interest, go with it!
2. Choose your domain name carefully
There’s one rule when
it comes to naming your domain: Keep it simple! While it’s helpful to have an
SEO-friendly, on-topic URL, it’s important to avoid over-complicating things.
Adding your own name
is a helpful way of adding a personal touch to the page, but it’s more
important to include the topic itself. For example, Sally’s Baking Addiction is
short and sweet – and establishes the blog’s tone in a simple and clear way!
3. Stay on theme
Keeping a consistent
visual language is key to building an online identity. By creating a general
colour scheme and formatting style – and sticking to it – your content and
posts will become easily recognisable and familiar to your audience.
4. Create a content calendar
Although you’re just
getting started, it’s still important to have a solid framework for your
writing. Creating a content calendar is
a great way to map your potential writing topics and to create a linear story
between your posts. Additionally, it’s essential to keep your work at a
regular, balanced pace. Create a posting schedule, and be as consistent as
5. Understand your audience
Know your topic but
not sure where to begin? Find out what your potential audience wants to read by
checking out forums like Quora and
comment sections on other blogs.
It’s easy to spot
trends and find out which areas of a topic are of particular interest.
6. Select quality images
No matter what you
choose to blog about, remember that visuals are important.
It’s not necessary to pay top dollar for access to stock photos, but make an
effort to integrate hi-res images into your content.
You can do this with
the help of free photo libraries like Unsplash.
7. Maintain a consistent posting schedule
It can be tempting for
most bloggers to hit the ground running, and start churning out post after
post, however, blogger burnout is very real. Avoid it by using something like
the content calendar or integrating a relaxed posting schedule to make sure your
content stays consistent and regular.
8. Take advantage of spell check!
Although it might
sound obvious, spelling and grammar should be a priority when producing a
high-quality blog. Typos and other sloppy errors have an effect on how much
your audience trusts and values your opinion.
This can have long
term consequences if you choose to monetise your content and work with
affiliate programs. If you’re not a strong speller, consider investing in a
plug-in like Grammarly, so you
can leave the proofreading to the experts.
9. Introduce yourself with a detailed “About
A huge element of a
blog’s success is often if readers can identify and relate to you. This is
especially true if you’re blogging about topics like wellness, cooking, or
fashion. To make sure your audience knows your story, create a detailed and
friendly “About Me” page.
What are the key technical aspects of starting
10. Choose the right platform for your content
You’ll need to bear in
mind two key factors when searching for the perfect platform for your blog:
what kind of content you intend to publish and your skill level when it comes
to building a site. For blogging and publishing written pieces, WordPress is a
safe bet. Beginners can take a shortcut, and create their page with a pre-made
11. Avoid unreliable hosts and slow page
There’s only one thing
worse than a slow-loading page and
that’s a page that is completely offline. This is why choosing a host with a
good reputation and proven performance is important. Doing your research pays
off. While you might have to pay for a monthly subscription, it’s worth it to
ensure your content is visible to your audience at all times.
12. Make sure you have a blog- affiliated
Once you have an
audience, your readers will often want to reach and contact you. Using your
personal email address is a no-go. Aside from the possibility of receiving
countless emails, it’s important for your privacy to have a separate,
blog-affiliated email address. This also lends your blog more of a sleek and
professional feel, too!
13. Decide between a hosted page or your own
How much do you want
to invest in your blog? If you are just dipping your toe to test the water,
consider a free hosted page as
an option for you. While your domain name may remain affiliated with the
hosting platform, you can save money paying for your own URL.
However, the market
for self-hosted pages is very competitive now, so it has become a lot cheaper
and accessible to grab your own.
14. Keep it simple when it comes to plug-ins
If you’ve selected a
blogging platform like WordPress, the huge range of plug-ins can
be a great support for beginners. Bear in mind though that some plug-ins don’t
interact well with each other.
to a minimum – at least to begin with – gives you a chance to slowly build your
user know-how, and make sure each plug-in is functioning well.
15. Make the most of Google Analytics
Assessing your blog’s
performance and deciding on your next steps can be difficult without the right tools.
Working with Google Analytics from the start is important in creating an
effective and accurate representation of your blog’s growth.
16. Keep track of your passwords
Getting locked out of
the backend of your blog is a huge hassle. Once you have your blog, analytics
dashboards, and other accounts set up, it’s a good idea to use a password manager.
This will ensure that
you can safely and easily access a backup when you need it.
17. Protect your site’s security
Aside from keeping
track of your passwords, site security should also be maintained in a few other
ways. It’s always good to get into the habit of regularly backing up your page.
Backups will ensure
your page gets back online quickly after security issues or data loss. Try
a secure plug-in, and
store your site’s recovery information in a remote location like Dropbox for
How can you increase your blog’s audience?
18. Take advantage of social media
It’s important to use
every avenue available to spread the word about your blog, so make the most of
social media – especially when you’re working with an affiliate program.
The more people that see your content, the more likely you will receive clicks
on affiliate links.
19. Cover the SEO basics
Ensuring your content
is easy to find for your audience is an important step for anyone creating a
blog. Search engine optimisation is
a vital factor in this – especially ranking on the first page.
For most newcomers,
this can be quite an intimidating topic. It’s always a good idea to look for
support with a plug-in like Yoast SEO.
20. Consider guest blogging
If you feel like
getting a better idea of how your content might be received, reach out to
another blogger and ask if you can create a guest blog for them. This not only
helps you see how your content is received, but also provides a great platform
for you to reach a wider audience.
21. Integrate a newsletter
Starting your site
with a newsletter function is much easier than trying to integrate and build a
subscription list later on. In fact, creating your own newsletter is easier
than ever, as free services like MailChimp offer
plug-ins for popular platforms like WordPress.
How do you earn money from your blog?
22. Start working as an affiliate
Earning a passive
income is a huge attraction for many bloggers, and one of the easiest ways to
go about this is through affiliate marketing.
By simply recommending products and receiving a commision from related sales,
bloggers can earn substantial amounts.
However, choosing the
right affiliate program is fundamental to starting things off on the right
foot. Affiliate networks like Amazon are a
popular choice, as they both provide a great range of products to choose from,
and offer resources like display banners and embedded content.
23. Make money with display ads
Another easy way to
earn from your blog is hosting ads with Google AdSense.
Whether it’s with
header banners or more subtle graphics, allowing other sites to advertise on
your own page is an easy way to get your site generating income from the start.
Let’s get started
Now that you have all
the tips you need to get started on your blog and website, it’s time to hit the
keyboard running! Remember, if you have any questions, you can find even more
advice in our Beginner’s Guide to Blogging.
So what are you waiting for? Start blogging today!
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