How I Made My First Affiliate Sale
(with zero followers)
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*Update: I ended up making 3 affiliate sales with ZERO followers!
Hello! Vanessa with MomBlogFromHome here! I can’t wait to tell you how I made my first affiliate sale with zero followers!
I have always dreamed of having a successful profitable blog.
Some people start blogging for fun but I would say that most (or at least the ones I follow) do it to make money.
They may have started out for fun but eventually, they turned to making money with their blogs.
There are several different ways to make money on your blog but one of the most common ways is affiliate marketing.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
In a nutshell affiliate marketing is promoting someone else’s product(s) in exchange for a percent of the profit.
Of course, you want to make sure the product you are promoting is something you yourself use and can recommend.
Your readers are trusting you and your recommendation so you want to help them find the perfect product for them!
For example, I use SiteGround for my hosting for my blog and I highly recommend them to my readers!
I have tried other hosting sites and although I never had a bad experience with them I just prefer SiteGround.
SiteGround was recommended to me by two different bloggers that I follow and I trust them.
I gave it a try and I have loved it so far!
All you have to do to become an affiliate of a company is go to their site and usually at the very bottom there will be an affiliate link and just go through the process.
It is usually very quick and easy! You can also google a product you want to be an affiliate for and add +affiliate in the search.
For example, you want to be an affiliate for shampoo you put in shampoo +affiliate and all the shampoo companies that offer affiliate marketing programs will come up!
How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?
After you are approved and you have your affiliate link you can then link words throughout your blog post. Then when your readers click on it, it will take them to the site where they can make a purchase.
If they purchase a product you make a cut off of their purchase.
It is a way for you to make a little extra money and the company to get new customers!
If you have more questions about affiliate marketing I suggest this ebook.
It is by my friend Suzi who I have been following and she has taught me SO MUCH about blogging! That is her ebook on Amazon affiliate marketing.
Those two have been amazing so I can only assume so is her ebook on Amazon affiliate marketing!
What about traffic to your blog?
One important fact you will need to make money with affiliate marketing is traffic to your blog!
But wait, isn’t this post about making money with zero followers?
Yes! Yes, it is! Right now as I am writing this post I currently have zero followers on my blog.
I decided to start a blog about a month ago….well this blog anyways. I have attempted this road many times but I have never fully committed and started writing posts.
Ya know…the most important part of having a blog.
Then I was given an amazing opportunity to stay home with my daughter over the summer and decided I was going to do it this time!
That’s when I found Suzi’s course on blogging and it changed everything for me!
I felt like I actually knew what I was doing this time!
So again here I am at zero followers and yet I made my first affiliate sale!
I have been prepping my site and working on getting it ready to launch.
There is a landing page that is live with a countdown to my actual launch time but that is all.
The secret is that I didn’t get my first affiliate sale from my blog. I got it by talking about my blog to everyone.
I have had people ask me what I am doing now that I am home and so I have told them!
One person who follows my passion for blogging is my sister!
She wants to start her own cooking blog!
I have been begging her to so I can’t wait for her to get started! She is a very good cook!
Her and her husband both! What’s more awesome is they live down the street so I get to eat it all the time! Yay!
She had asked me the other day if I used SiteGround because the people she has been following recommended it too.
I told her yes and how much I loved it! She said she was going to sign up then and I thought for a second and said: “Well if you do then use my affiliate link”!
She understood that it wasn’t going to change the cost for her so why not let me make a little bit off of her purchase?
That day I sent her my link and here we are a couple days later and I got an email congratulating me on my first affiliate sale! Whoo Hoo!
I haven’t even launched my blog yet, and I have zero followers, and yet I made my first affiliate sale! I am so excited!
No traffic? No problem!
My point is that if you are starting a blogging business then why not share it with everyone you know!
If you were starting up any other kind of business you would be telling everyone! So why is blogging any different? It’s not! You can do it!
I am so excited to start my blogging journey! And making that first affiliate sale makes me feel like I am getting started in the right direction!
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you on your journey! I would love to hear from you!
Thank you, I hope you enjoyed hearing How I Made My First Affiliate Sale (with zero followers)!
*My other two sales were from a friend and a fellow new blogger I met in a Facebook Group! They each bought Suzi’s course! So 3 sales before I had any real traffic!
After the first of the year (2018) I implemented a Pinterest strategy I had learned to gain traffic and I went from 39 views on Monday, January 8th to 645 views Tuesday, January 9th! I gained over 600 views overnight! It continued and in less that one week I have had over 1500 views!
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