How I Made My First Affiliate Sale
(with zero followers)
Hello! Vanessa with MomBlogFromHome here! I can’t wait to share with you how I made my first affiliate sale with zero followers! I know that is a huge hurdle for new bloggers. Everyone wants to know how to make money right away. I was surprised at how fast I was able to make some money with my new blog!
When you first start a blog you have to sign up for hosting and I chose to go with SiteGround. They came highly recommended and I really liked them so I signed up to be an affiliate for them and that’s who my first sale was through!
If you want to learn more about SiteGround and see if they are right for you, check out my post Why You Should Use SiteGround As Your Hosting.
I have always dreamt of having a successful profitable blog. I knew it was going to be hard and it was going to take time. I also knew that even if I made some sales it would take time for those sales to become consistent. The results I am going to share with you are not 100% consistent.
However, I am going to share with you how to make sales more consistently than a sporadic sale here and there though!
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*Update: I ended up making 3 affiliate sales with ZERO followers!
Starting a 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.
Even if you did start your blog for fun I am sure that it has crossed your mind on how you could make money with your blog at some point.
There are several different ways to make money with your blog but one of the most common ways is affiliate marketing. That is what I am going to be sharing with you today is how I made my first affiliate sale with zero followers!
If you haven’t started your blog yet then no worries! Just take my 30-Day Challenge to Start a Blog and get on your way! You could have your blog set up in one day if you wanted to! But for those of us who have kids and other priorities, that may not give us much free time, I have broken it down into 30-day steps.
Again, you can go faster if you would like!
What is Affiliate Marketing?
So what is affiliate marketing anyways? In a nutshell affiliate marketing is promoting someone else’s product(s) or service(s) in exchange for a percent of the sale.
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 any of them I just prefer SiteGround.
SiteGround was recommended to me by two different bloggers that I follow and I trust them. So since I use and trust them I recommend them to my readers with my affiliate links. This link has a “cookie” attached to it or a code that tells SiteGround that person that came to their site was sent there by me through my affiliate link.
So if you use my link and purchase SiteGround’s services as your hosting provider then I would get paid for that! Pretty cool!
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 a link that says something along the lines of “Become an Affiliate” and then 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, if 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!
There are also affiliate networks like Commission Junction and Share a Sale that maintains many companies affiliate programs. This way all you have to do is sign up with them and you now have access to a bunch of companies that offer affiliate marketing programs. You just have to choose which one you want and apply for that certain company.
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.
Like I said if they purchase a product you make a “commission” off of their purchase. It is a way for you to make a little extra money and the company to get new sales as well! If you have more questions about affiliate marketing I suggest Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
This course goes very in-depth into affiliate marketing. It is easy to follow and implement but it is jam-packed with great information!
In this course Michelle goes over every detail you need to know about affiliate marketing such as:
– What affiliate marketing is and how it works
– How to properly and legally use affiliate marketing to make an income
– How affiliate marketing makes her over $50,000 a month!
– The many places to sign up to become an affiliate for different companies
– How to get your readers to convert
– Strategies and ways to promote affiliate links
– Things you DO NOT want to do with affiliate marketing
– Bonuses and worksheets
– Guest speakers that share:
– How to guarantee acceptance into affiliate programs
– How to legally disclose that you are an affiliate
– How to market your affiliate links on all social media platforms
– How to drive thousands of readers to your blog and your affiliate links
As you can see this course is full of amazing information that will set you up for success in affiliate marketing!
Another option is this Amazon ebook by Suzi Whitford who I have been following and she has taught me SO MUCH about blogging!
I haven’t had a chance to read that particular ebook yet because I have already purchased so many of her others I have to finish those! She is well known for her course Blog By Number that walks you through how to start a mom blog. It is the reason I even have a blog so I, of course, recommend that one!
All of the ebooks and courses I have taken of Suzi’s 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!
I decided to start a blog in the summer of 2017….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 I 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 had been prepping my site and working on getting it ready to launch. There was a landing page that was live with a countdown to my actual launch time but that was 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 had people ask me what I was doing now that I was home and so I told them!
And 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 if I used SiteGround because the people she had 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 hadn’t even launched my blog yet, and I had zero followers, and yet I made my first affiliate sale! I was 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 share 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!
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! Check out my strategy here
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