Simon’s Guide to creating successful affiliate blogs is an internal learning material of Simon’s Online Marketing Kft..
This guide will teach you how to create a successful affiliate blog with which you are guaranteed to make money.
Quite a lot of money actually.
This was written by me (Simon) exclusively for my new employees, to be used as a learning material.
However, I’ve decided to share it online, to help people who are trying to make money online with their affiliate blogs.
Feel free to use it as long as you don’t charge people money for it, don’t claim it as your own, give me credit and link to the original source of the material if you mention it on your website (or on social media).
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If you follow this guide and practice you too will be able create successful affiliate blogs from scratch. Just like I did.
Keep in mind, that even if you do everything in this guide, it will take approximately two years till your blog start to generate a substantial amount of money (more than $3000 per month). If you are just starting.
This is definitely not a quick rich scheme (e.g.: it took me 1.5 years working on my blog on the weekends to be able to quit my job and do it full time). But it works.
Question – What makes you think you can give good advice on how to create a successful affiliate blog?
Good question! And very easy to answer. Apart from working as an online marketing professional in various positions for 4 years I’m now an independent online entrepreneur for 2 years.
I’m creating and maintaining affiliate blogs full time since I quit my job in 2014.
I’m at a point financially, where I can hire three full time employees and an intern. All this from the revenue of my affiliate blogs.
I think I have the necessary experience to give useful and valuable advice for those who are thinking about making money online this way.
First of all, I’m very fortunate to be able to do professionally what has been my dream since my teenage years.
Coming from a poor family I did not have access to the internet at home till I was 18.
But as soon as I had, I knew I wanted to make a living online.
At that time, I did not know how it will happen, and how long will it take.
It’s been a bumpy ride, to say the least. But I’m forever grateful for being able to do what I dreamed of doing.
And now, I’m a financially stable, debt-free online entrepreneur and I’m writing this sitting in the office of my small business.
I hope you will find this guide useful. Perhaps one day you too will be able to quit your day job to pursue your dreams.
If you follow this guide and put in the necessary amount of work, you too will be able to create successful affiliate websites from scratch.
Affiliate websites with the potential to generate a significant amount of money. I wish you good luck!
How to create a successful affiliate blog
In this guide I will focus only on affiliate blogs, with a special focus on difficult niches*. Because that’s my specialty.
And as I mentioned, this will be used as the learning material by my newly recruited employees.
/* Difficult niches: I define difficult niches as the following. Difficult niches are niches barred from many forms of online marketing activity. E.g.: a porn blog is not welcome on most PPC networks (ergo, limited referral traffic potential) and not welcome on most social network (ergo, limited opportunities to increase social traffic) and even when it is allowed to advertise it is unwelcome and often charged extra (e.g.: Facebook’s policy on gambling ads). Other difficult niches are: gambling, binary options, Forex, legal highs, Viagra etc…/
Creating successful affiliate blogs is easier than most people think.
It’s certainly not rocket science. However, it’s a lot of work.
So if you shy away from hard work, you might as well leave this webpage right now.
If you do decide to give it a shot, start practicing right away after reading this guide. Start your own website, practice and practice some more.
This guide is very practical. You will find actionable steps and instructions in every section.
The following is the suggested reading order.
They are called basics, but even if you think you know the basics you should read them. I put plenty of practical and useful advice in these sections as well.
It’s best not to skip any of the sections.
Online marketing basics – Types of traffic and their roles are explained in this section. By reading this part you will know which is the best traffic source for an affiliate blog and you will partially understand online marketing jargon.
Also, in this section I explain the difference between a real online marketing professional and a phoney (performance & ROI tracking).
SEO basics – In this section I explain the most commonly used SEO technical terms. And I introduce you to the basics of the search engine market.
Website structure – In this section I show you the proper website structure of an affiliate blog. And I explain why and how to create multi-niche websites.
Affiliate marketing basics and ethical affiliate marketing – What is the role of an affiliate blog? What value does an affiliate blog create? Are affiliate blogs unethical by nature? If you want to know the answer to any of these questions read this section.
These are the processes you will repeat over-and-over again as a webmaster. Most of your time will be divided among these tasks.
This is the most important part of the guide.
Keyword research – This is the keyword research process, with advanced keyword research techniques and competitor analysis.
Content creation process – This is the full content creation process.
Don’t forget to have the on-page optimization guide open at the same time as this one!
On-page optimization process – This is the on-page optimization process you need to repeat every time you create a new webpage. Additionally, you will also find advanced on-page optimization techniques in this section.
Don’t forget to have the content creation process open at the same time as this one!
Everything else that’s important.
Link building and link earning – In this section I explain why you should avoid link building and focus on link earning instead.
Google Plus and social search – In this section I explain the concept of social search and how Google Plus can help tremendously with non-paid search traffic.
Links, redirects – This section is dedicated to the different types of links and redirects an affiliate blogger should know about.
Technical SEO – Technical SEO essentials for affiliate bloggers using WordPress.
And that’s it. If you have read all these sections you only need to create your first website and practice till you know the ropes.
After that, it’s “only” hard work.
The guide will be here, helping you along the way. Good luck,
Last updated: 2015 July 30