Making Money on the Web with Affiliate Marketing - Part 1

December 13, 2018

I'm here to tell you how to earn $13,000 per day from home working only 2 hours per week!  

Just kidding...  I'd love to show you pictures of my Ferrari in the garage, but I don't have one.  This is going to be a series of posts about affiliate marketing, something I actually know nothing about.  So why am I writing a post about something I can't teach?

This is going to be an experiment that I am going to be running through 2019.  I've broken down my plan here in just a few steps:

Step 1: Create a Site

Okay, this one is easy since I'm a web developer.  I've recently fell in love with OxygenBuilder for building WordPress websites.  It is what I used to re-design and launch this version of my personal website.  

I've already purchased a domain for the new site.  I'm not going to share it quite yet, but here is the idea:  I've picked a niche, and I'm going to sell Amazon products on the site.  I'll let Amazon actually handle all the payments, shipping, refunds, etc.  The purpose of this site is to get traffic, and get people to click on items they want to buy.  This takes the user to Amazon, with an affiliate link.  If they purchase something from Amazon, I receive a commission.  

Step 2: Get Traffic

This one is a bit trickier.  I'd prefer to do this as cheaply as possible.  In my experience, running small ad campaigns on Instagram and Facebook have been a complete waste of money.  I'm going to focus on SEO, and keeping the site updated as often as possible (hopefully daily) in order to drive traffic.  I don't post on my personal blog very often, yet it gets ~100 visitors per week.  It has been around for a few years which helps, but I think posting often will help drive some search engine traffic my way.

Another way to get traffic is posting regularly on social media.  I plan on targeting Twitter and Instagram the most, as I've seen the most engagements from those two platforms in the past.

Step 3: ???

We will see how the traffic goes, and if I get any clicks through to Amazon.  This is all experimental, so I will probably change the site quite a bit and see how the changes affect how the users move through the site.  Google Analytics will be crucial here.

Step 4: Profit

I'm going to be as transparent as possible on this project.  I will release monthly posts on where the project is and how much money it has (or hasn't) made.  At the end of 2019, I will release a 1-year summary and discuss what worked, what didn't, and if we should just kill the site at that point.  My goal is to reach $100/mo of income from this site.

Even if this is a complete failure, I will learn a lot from just doing it.  I hope what I learn and share will be helpful in your own projects.  Stay tuned...

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