When the World Wide Web for the general public came about in the early 90’s, millions of people discovered that they really loved to write. And, more importantly, they now had an outlet to share their writing with the rest of the world.
Twenty five years later the opportunities to earn money online with your writing have never been more abundant or easier. Affiliate marketing on your website or blog is a way you can write AND earn money.
Get Paid to Work Online (But it’s Not Really Work)
We’re sure you’ve heard of the book, “Do What You Love And The Money Will Follow.” It was a bestseller that was published in 1989 and drove the behavior of many, many people to pursue their “passion.”
It’s debatable if many of those people actually achieved their goal of making money doing what they loved. After all, we loved to sit around and eat cookies and read books but could never figure out a way to make money doing so. But that’s neither here nor there, so nevermind.
However, if you do like to write and share your opinions with others affiliate marketing on your website or blog is an excellent way to earn money while you do it.
With this post we may have some overlapping content and we don’t want to repeat ourselves, but it’s a very important point to internalize: If you want to be successful in affiliate marketing with a blog or website you had better love to write.
Content is King!
Lots of fresh content is what gets your site ranked in Google, Bing and other search engines. If you look at a successful website you’ll see that it is up to date, with lots of informative content and interesting articles that create tons of followers and traffic.
Google in particular is looking for activity within a website and rewards busy sites with higher rankings within the first couple of pages if you’ve used the right keywords.
You’ll also stumble upon inactive affiliate websites that haven’t been maintained or added to in months or even years. Some of these are amazingly still making their creators passive income, but it’s probably safe to say that if they had added more content to their site and kept it up to date they would have made a more money. These websites are great examples of how SEO and clever keyword use helped these old websites to still rank fairly high on the search engines.
When you are first starting out though, you’ll need to get many posts and other content out there on your site.
Interest in Your Niche Makes it Easy
When you choose a niche that truly interests you it’s easier to write about the topic. This is where writing for yourself really pays off, because when you’re writing about a subject you’re involved in and know inside out the writing is not like work at all.
You’re the boss of your blog or website and you call the shots and the deadlines. You don’t have to write about anything you don’t want to write about, ever. It’s just one of the advantages of having an affiliate website.
Plus, if you have a hobby or interest that you’ve been active in for years you’ve accumulated a lot of knowledge on the subject. Probably more than you even realize. You’ll most likely never run out of things to write about.
What’s interesting, too, is that you don’t even have to have affiliate links on your site to make money. We know of one gentleman who has a political blog and he has no affiliate links, but he does have a credit card option on his site and he humbly asks for a donation to keep his blog going. He has thousands of followers on Facebook as well as his blog (over 25,000), and if even half of those followers give him $10 he’s going to make six figures – just for writing about what interests him!
Now, we don’t know exactly how much he makes or doesn’t make. We’re making some grand assumptions here. But the point is that he has a blog he loves writing on and he can make money with it, too. It helps that he’s a charismatic and humorous guy and can write like crazy. That’s how he got so many loyal followers.
How Much Writing Will You Have to Do?
In the beginning you’ll need to write 2 to 3 articles or posts a week in order to get the search engines’ attention and generate some organic traffic. And they should be substantial posts and not just a couple of paragraphs because we are trying to impart some knowledge and help people, not just write something for the sake of writing something.
This is a factor that really impressed me about Wealthy Affiliate: One of their core beliefs is that when you help people with your writing you are building trust with your audience. And when you build trust with your audience they will be more likely to click through on your links and buy from your affiliates.
I had not seen this in any other online marketing programs, ever. Wealthy Affiliate’s proven method of building trust and never forgetting that you are communicating with people and not just numbers really struck a chord within me, and that helped me make the decision to join the group very easily.
Also, they never, ever tell you that you are going to make money hand over fist within a few weeks. They are down to earth with expectations and emphasize that you are building a business and that takes time – this is not a get-rich-overnight scheme.
Let’s Do Talk About Numbers Though
Because this really is why we’re here, to be honest. Once you build traffic and trust is when the numbers start becoming more fun!
And we’re going to have to save that for another day because it’s dinner time and we gotta go! But we promise to play the numbers game with you in the next post. This is where it gets interesting and motivating.
We’ll leave you with this quote from William Arthur Ward: “If you can imagine it . . . you can achieve it. If you can dream it . . . you can become it.”
Thank you for sticking around and reading our blog!