In order to make money as a writer, you should seriously consider getting involved with affiliate marketing online. Why might affiliate marketing be a great way for you to go if you want to become a wealthy Web writer? It’s because the modern writer’s lifestyle, which is quite dependent on, or at least strongly attached to, the Internet, lends itself beautifully to making money with affiliate marketing.
Like today’s writer, an affiliate marketer is able to:
- Work from any location as long as he has a computer and high-speed Internet access.
- Work independently.
- Set all of his own hours.
- Only work when he personally desires or feels the need to.
- Choose to do the work that he really wants to do.
- Give himself a raise without pleading or politics.
- Have money coming in even when he is not actually working.
- Use his communications talent to make his money.
That last point above is salient. Doing affiliate marketing for profits and becoming a wealthy Web writer have their crossing point at leveraging strong, clear communication to make money. As if that’s not enough, highly effective writing is one of the most highly effective tools that the affiliate marketer can use as a means to a profitable end.
So, How Do You Find Something to Market?
As a rule of thumb, you should never choose an affiliate marketing position that you need to buy into. That is, a legitimate affiliate marketing position should not cost you any “sign up money”. With over 10,000 affiliate marketing offers to be found on the Internet (and sometimes in printed newspapers’ classifieds) today, that’s important to remember.
The people who are utilizing affiliate marketers like the one you want to be are already saving themselves buckets of money by making use of people like you. They aren’t even going to pay you anything except pure commissions on sales that you directly bring in for them. They do not have any need of charging you a sign-up fee in order for them to “cover overhead expenses”.
The easiest way to find legitimate affiliate offers is to go to the ClickBank website and click the “Promote Products” tab. Once you have done this, just sign up for a free ClickBank membership and follow their clear instructions about how to become an affiliate marketer of any products that you find at their website. I also recommend becoming an affiliate with “Market Health” or “TQ”.
When you choose a product or service to market as an affiliate, it needs to be one that you believe in, and preferably one that you have a passion for. It’s in your best interests to own the product or use the service yourself, too, so that you get to know it inside and out and can communicate about it with an unforced feeling of authenticity. The next best thing is to choose something that comes under the heading of a subject matter that you know well. For instance, as a writer you may sign up to be an affiliate marketer of a downloadable software program or e-course which teaches people how to write better or how to write for profits, even if you don’t own and have never used the software or e-course yourself.
You would be wise to come up with and purchase a domain name for your affiliate link . You see, when you sign up as an affiliate marketer, you will be assigned a unique affiliate link, so that when sales are made through your site you can be credited and paid for them. However, those affiliate links are, well, “ugly”, and they make your affiliate status painfully obvious to all of those online prospects who are cynical about marketers like you and who won’t want you to get credit. So if you register a domain name with a place like GoDaddy, you can have an authentic-looking link address that won’t put people off. You just redirect your affiliate link to that registered domain name (it’s easy to follow the simple process for doing this) and you will still get full credit for any sales made through you.
How You Can Use Your Writing to Further Your Affiliate Marketing Campaign
Alright, you love writing and you’re really good at it, so how do you make profitable use of it for affiliate marketing campaigns? I will tell you from my cold, hard, rough experience that you do not want to do the whole “Ezine Articles” and other articles directories gig that you will hear about all over the place. Too many people do it, there are too many readers having their attention divided between you and other writers far too much, and you will just never enough visitors directed to your affiliate domain to make any money.
The insider’s secret to making affiliate marketing profits with writing is to syndicate your articles at sites like Wealthy Web Writer. All you need to do is spend approximately 30 minutes per day, on a daily basis (when you’re not on vacation), finding a new appropriate website or two where you might submit your articles and soon start getting mass exposure.
It is best if you sign up for such sites that will also pay you if they accept an article of yours, so that you can pay yourself to do your own marketing! But whatever websites you sign up for need to publish articles relevant to what your affiliate product is, and they must allow you to endorse your site such as by having a link to it in your byline.
How do you find these websites? In your chosen Web browser, type in, in quotation marks, the phrase “Write for us” and then add a search topic phrase relevant to your affiliate site. So, if you have chosen to market a men’s health supplement product, type in something like “men’s health products” (but don’t use the quotation marks for that part of your search phrase). You will be aghast at how many juicy websites come up asking you to write for them!
Over time you will build up your published articles and your list of “write for us” syndication websites to use. It’s important to continually expand your syndication list so that when one website turns down an article you have others that will publish it. You will build your reputation as a trusted, honest expert in your field, your online presence, and thus your affiliate site visitor numbers. The more visitors you get, the more sales and the more money you will make. It takes time and persistence to get the money flowing to you, but otherwise it’s really as simple as that.
A Few Final Notes
Other ways in which you can use writing to make money as an affiliate marketer include keeping your own blog or Lens (Squidoo) where you maintain links to your affiliate sites, and publishing press releases about your affiliate marketing products (I recommend using PR Web for distribution). The things to keep in mind with these methods are:
- While blogging will give you the most freedom and guaranteed publication, it must be done daily and it’s the slowest way to profits.
- PR writing will probably cost you some money (you can use free PR distribution sites but you will find that distribution on a paid PR website is more efficient).
I have found article syndication to be the strongest singular method of using writing for affiliate marketing profits. You have nothing to lose by trying it.