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Pro Tips For Starting an Affiliate Blog

Tips For Starting an Affiliate Blog

The affiliate marketing industry is at its peak right now. People choose affiliate marketing over other income streams for many reasons. Passive income opportunity is one of them; you can generate passive income with affiliate marketing, creating a review blog / YouTube channel. Review blogs are not easy to start with because of the competition. But if you are already familiar with the blogging industry, it should not be difficult for you.

 

Creating an affiliate marketing blog can be really profitable or a total loss if you fail to do it properly. The number of review affiliate blogs are increasing every day, creating more competition in the market. There are different marketplaces that works good with website and niche blogs such as an Amazon Affiliate, share a sale, CJ. 

 

I prefer amazon for niche blogs, Amazon is one of the world’s largest e-com sites. Amazon affiliate is the most popular choice for niche websites.  In this article, I will share some pro tips that will help you create a successful affiliate blog.

 

Everything falls into these three parts:

 

 

Market Research

If you can do market research properly your 80% work is done! Because it will decide if you are going to win or lose. Marketers use tools like SEM Rush, Ahrefs, keyword planners for market research, and kw research. 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating a blog 

 

Creating a blog requires you to buy a domain, hosting, and setting up your site. In this part, I will share what type of domain name to go for and how buying quality hosting matters.

 

 

In 2019 google is giving more ranking boosts to branding sites. You should go for a brandable domain name in 2019. 

 

 

 

Keep your website design simple, and make sure it looks good. Use a theme that is customizable and nicely goes with your ideas. Install all the necessary plugins. Google is more cautious about user experience. Make sure it is mobile-friendly. 

 

Here is a theme you can use: Exopress | Multipurpose Personal Blog WordPress Theme . Create all the necessary pages (About us, Contact Us, Privacy policy, Affiliate Disclosure). 

 

 

Aim for at least 40,000 words in total for 20 articles, average article length 1,500 words to 2,500 words. Aim for min 6,000 words for your home page article. 

 

Your home page article is where you write a big content or pillar content combining top 10 product reviews in your niche. Example: “Top 10 Kitchen Knife Review 2019” Do not only post review articles, share guides and tips too. 

Search Engine Optimization:

 

There have been some significant updates in SEO for the last few years. There was a time when only posting quality articles on a website were enough for first-page ranking. Because of the competition, only posting quality articles is not enough. 

 

SEO Tactics For 2019 That Works: 

 

Strong On-Page SEO: 

You may already know some of these on-page SEO tactics. These tactics may be old but still works to this day: 

 

Not Friendly: yourblog.com/p=15

Not Friendly: yourblog.com/2019-2-6/category/post/kitchen-knife-review-2019

 

Friendly: yourblog.com/kitchen-knife-review-2019

Friendly: yourblog.com/best-laptops-under-500

 

 

Post Quality and Long Articles:

According to a 2016 study, the average content length for first page 1 results is around 1,900 words. It was not always like this back in 2011 everyone used to post 300-500 words and 800 words max. Now people publish crazy long articles. I have seen 8,000 words article ranking in the first place while doing keyword research. Posting long SEO friendly articles is the go-to strategy in 2019.

 

Maintaining EAT: 

EAT stands for (Expertise, Authority, and Trust). This is a recent update from Google. Now EAT plays an essential role in ranking. Here are a few tips to boost EAT: 

 

 

Build strong backlinks: 

After the Google Penguin update, spam and weak backlinks do not work anymore. Penguin makes sure if a backlink has quality or not. Forget about all old days spammy backlinks techniques: 

 

Guest Posting: Create backlinks from your niche relevant sites. Free guest posting is tough nowadays, and you may have to spend some money. Must avoid sites that are not related. 

 

Blog Commenting: Blog commenting is an old day tactic, but experts claim it works still to this day but only do it form relevant sites. Keep this in mind it’s a no-follow link building tactic, and you have to keep a balance between do-follow and no-follow links.

 

Web Directory Links: Building links from only quality web directories. Nowadays, there are only a limited number of quality web directory sites available. Before posting to any directory, check the spam score, keep it below 5%.

 

Forums: Forums are great to get free links, forums like Quora, Reddit also can drive good traffic to your website. You have to be active in the forums before you share your blog link. Complete your profile and share engaging.

 

Link Exchange: Link exchange is when 2 similar sites exchange links. Link exchange is only powerful when you can get a link from a higher DA site than you. Not everyone will give you a link for free; you might need to pay. Paying for a link goes against google’s rule, but people are doing it.

 

There are other advanced techniques like broken link building, infographic link building, Edu Resource Backlinks, Testimonials.

 

To Sum it up: 2019 is all about quality. The more quality work you can do the higher you will rank. Proper market research and competitor research is a must. Creating a successful affiliate blog takes time. You have to post regularly and work hard.

 

Affiliate Marketing Ideas For Business Owners: If you are a business owner, you can run your own affiliate program to generate traffic and leads. If you have a budget, I prefer hiring an affiliate marketing agency like MonsterClaw to build a successful affiliate program for you. Doing all the work by yourself will take a lot of time, And if you fail to do it properly, you are going to lose money. 

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