Monetising a website is not that difficult, and the concept of affiliate marketing is a simple one. Getting the traffic to your site is the harder part, but that’s another post in itself. This post will be dealing with the basics of monetising your site so you can earn revenue from your traffic, and you can learn more about it by joining the training at Wealthy Affiliate for FREE.
Affiliate Marketing Explained
Affiliate marketing is like being a sales representative in the online world. Being a sales rep in the real world usually means you are employed by a company and marketing only their products. With affiliate marketing you can promote products for many companies, offering you a multitude of product lines to earn money.
Basically you choose your niche or topic for your website (if you haven’t already done so), you write quality content on subjects relevant to your niche. From there it’s simply a matter of finding affiliate vendors who have products that suit your website and its content. You receive a unique identifier link for every product you wish to promote for your chosen vendor.
That way, when a lead or sale is generated from a link on your website, the company knows where it came from and who to pay. You promote Company A’s products, they make a sale through a link or banner on your site and you receive a commission for referring that sale.
That’s basically how affiliate marketing works.
Traffic Leads To Revenue
As I said earlier, talking about all the various ways to get traffic could easily be a few long posts in itself. If you have pages of quality, relevant content, then that will go a long way towards you getting good rankings in Google and other search engines. And the best way to achieve good rankings is by basing your content on quality keyword selection.
Essentially, the more traffic you have, the more chances and opportunities you have of making a sale, or generating leads and click throughs that lead to sales. People come to your website either through a search, a referral via social media or other sources, or through directly typing your URL into their browser. Learn how to generate traffic to your affiliate site with the training at Wealthy Affiliate.
They’ve arrived at your website because of the content there that interests them. They read your quality content, see your recommendation for Product A or B that will help solve their particular problem, they click through on your link and arrive at the product’s landing page. And once there, hopefully they make a purchase and you get paid. That's how websites make money.
Below is a graphic illustrating how the affiliate marketing process works. The retailer in the example is Amazon, and the infographic was provided by Wealthy Affiliate.
Popular Ways To Monetise
- Affiliate links
- Banner ads
- Google AdSense ads
- Lease advertising space on your site
Getting Started Online
To get started online you really need to learn the right ways to go about setting up a website that you can monetize. In my opinion the best starting point is to join Wealthy Affiliate. It’s free to sign up and get started with all the comprehensive training they offer. In a step-by-step process you will learn everything there is to know about setting up a niche website, how to fill it with quality content and, the most exciting part, how to monetise that content. Best of all you get 2 free websites to get you started.
The community there is also very active and helpful and will come to your aid if you have any problems or don’t understand something. Many of the members have even uploaded their own training resources that they have created, adding even further value to the learning you receive there.
Basically Wealthy Affiliate will shortcut the process and you will get started that much quicker. You will feel confident about the website you are creating, knowing that you are doing things the right way from the very start, and not wasting time going in the wrong direction.
Below is a link to one of their training videos that is part of the starter training. It’s only a short 8 minute video that describes the process of how you can generate an income from your website or blog. Well worth checking out.
It really isn’t that hard to set up a site and monetise it to earn revenue. It won’t happen overnight, but in time you will begin to see the fruits of your efforts. Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment below, or to share this post if you found it helpful.
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