04 Jul How I Earned My First $200 Travel Blogging
You might have seen bloggers posting a post about how much they earned last month etc. I could never understand how people can earn up to $100.000 a month blogging. I soon realised it is not impossible but it requires a lot of work.
You will not get rich right away but in this post, I will help you how you can get started with a small amount each month.
I started to get into affiliate marketing only a few months after blogging. After doing a lot of research of bloggers in my niche I decided to try Amazon affiliate as they didn’t have that high requirement to get accepted to their partner program.
It is very simple. You get a code embedded in the link with Amazon. When you post a banner or a product link on your website and someone clicks that link and buy anything on Amazon, you get a commission. The commission( percentage of how much the product costs) is varying in different areas on Amazon. See image below.
How to get started with Amazon affiliate – Step By Step
- Simply click the join for free button
2. Choose I am a new customer
3. Put in your name, email address and the password you wish to use
4. Follow rest of the steps
5. When you get accepted you need to fill in tax- information on account settings
6. When you have completed the tax information you can start using the program.
Using Amazon Affiliate – Blogging
- After logging in you will see this on the home screen. Click product linking and product links
2. You can click on a specific product that you are looking for and you can also search within different stations.
3. When you have found the product you want, click get link
4. You will then see something like this. You can choose between image only, text only or both
5. Highlight the HTML and copy it.
6. Paste it into your blog post in the TEXT section. Save the text section and go to Visual and save again.
It will then look like this. I suggest writing about the products and why you liked it.
You can look more of my first post that got successful. I created a Pinterest pin and shared it on Pinterest. And I did that a few months before Christmas when people were looking for Christmas presents. Many people use Pinterest to find something to buy so use it for what it is worth.
Native Shopping Ads
If you want to have more ad looking links and I recommend Native Shopping Ads
To use click on Native Shopping Ads and Create Ad Unit. You will have three options: Recommendation Ads, Search Ads or Custom Ads.
With Search Ads, you can search anything and the most relevant products will show up. If you use custom ads, you can use any products that are not related to each other. With Recommendation ad, you can choose any category and it will use the recommended products as the ad.
You can see my example on how I use the native shopping ads here.
I personally don’t like the banners to Amazon that much. But it is great for putting it in on for example the sidebar or within the post.
Click on product link and then banners. You can choose from all categories on Amazon.
You can choose from different sizes and you do the same as the product links where you just copy and paste the HTML code and you can put it in as a widget in the sidebar or in the post, etc.
Note that you can not buy products from your own account using the affiliate links and you can not use a direct pin using the image on Amazon. Create a Pinterest pin instead it looks a lot better. The rules are different in every country, but I recommend to disclose that you are using affiliate links on your blog. I usually write: “This post contains affiliate links” and it is linked to my disclosure policy. You can find templates if you don’t know what to write. Remember to read the program policies to Amazon. People have been kicked out for not using it right.
I really hope you got an idea how to use Amazon affiliate. You won’t get super rich right away and remember it won’t happen by itself, you also need to promote and promote. Let me know how it goes and good luck!