One of the biggest things that a blogger wants is money. No, I am saying the truth!
A blogger, though he says that he is passionate about blogging, will be thinking of ways to monetize his content.
It’s not a bad thing if you want money in return of all the efforts that you are putting in. But sometimes though you make sufficient efforts, you are unable to generate the expected money.
There are many ways to generate a decent income out of a blog : Google Adsense, affiliate marketing, paid reviews, advertising etc.
The best method to earn money is Affiliate marketing, simply because you earn money based on the efforts that you put in. If you work hard, you get more revenue; less work means less revenue or no revenue.
But sometimes, you take care of everything, like you write a superb review post of the product, you add affiliate banners and links at the most visible places; still you are unable to make sales. (It happens to me too).
I have done everything, as I said above and failed to generate even a single dime.
So where was I wrong?
Why I see Zero Affiliate Commissions?
I am a member of almost every top affiliate platform out there – Clickbank, ClickSure, JVZoo etc.
Most of the products are sold through this platform. Although, being a member of the platform that deals with the best products, I fail to produce some figures in my account.
I am wrong somewhere, at some point I am making mistakes. Where am I going wrong?
I finally found the reason.
The Product Selection was Pathetic
Till date whatever product that I chose, were completely irrelevant to the niche of my blog. My visitors come to my blog to eat something and I serve them completely different dishes.
I did generate 2 sales for a product but that too were from the videos I uploaded on YouTube.
So basically no sales from my blog and thus no affiliate commissions. Seriously pathetic!!!
Writing a Review without actually using the product
The BIGGEST mistake from my side.
You tell me, how can I write a review without actually using the product? I don’t have any answer for this.
I searched for the product on Google and read 2-3 posts that appeared in results and published a review, expecting some huge affiliate commissions.
And the result was a BIG zero.
Placing Links wherever I liked
“This is a good place to put my link, let me put it here. Oh let me put the link more number of times to get more affiliate commissions.”
No don’t put the links here and there, as you feel. I committed this mistake, you must not.
If I give you the link to my posts, you will find at least 5-6 affiliate links plus at least 2 banners in my post. I hoped that by doing this, my readers will buy the product. I was foolish.
I understood afterwards that a single affiliate link at proper place brings many sales compared to tons of links here and there.
You must be able to provide a proper CTA, and a single link can convert more.
What’s Next with Affiliate marketing?
Though I have failed big time in affiliate marketing, I have not left it.
I will continue doing affiliate marketing, now with a proper planning. No more blog posts, no irrelevant products, no link placements : just a better approach.
I will be sharing my new way to do affiliate marketing once I get to see some results, and I am quite sure that I will get the expected results with this method and surely I will end up seeing some good affiliate commissions.
Why did I share my experience with you?
I shared because I wanted to relieve myself from all the frustration of not generating enough bucks.
I wanted someone to scold me for my stupidity. That’s the reason, I shared this post.
So now it’s your turn to scold me, abuse me (don’t do that), criticize me.
I am totally worth it!!!
This is a guest post by Arbaz Khan who is a passionate blogger and blogs at TinyBlogger. He has written some great articles related to unique blogging tips, blogging gameplan and SEO. You can check out his blog to learn more about him.
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