Turning a successful blog into substantial income can be surprisingly easy. Yet countless website owners, even people who receive millions of monthly visitors, are failing to take advantage of the opportunity that is staring them right in the face. That opportunity? Affiliate marketing.

In today’s lesson, we will discuss three important affiliate marketing topics: how affiliate marketing works, why many websites miss out on affiliate marketing, and how to get started participating in affiliate marketing and earning money today.

How Affiliate Marketing Works

Affiliate marketing is a system that online merchants use to increase their sales by teaming up with other online “influencers.” In return for the help of an influencer, affiliate marketers pay a commision for each successful transaction that happens thanks to the work of the influencer. These conversions are tracked carefully through sophisticated software that ensures that all of this happens in a fair and timely manner.

All you have to do to become an influencer is to get in touch with companies that have affiliate marketing programs. They will then give you instructions for setting up a tracking system, and guide you through any company-specific policies on affiliate marketing. From there, you can begin promoting their brand using your online presence and earning commissions.

Common Objections to Affiliate Marketing Explained

As we mentioned earlier, one of the biggest reasons why so many successful bloggers are not participating in affiliate marketing programs is because they simply don’t realize how much money is actually on the table. However, there is one other important misconception that prevent bloggers like you from earning the money that they could be making: the matter of credibility.

One of the biggest fears that bloggers have when considering affiliate marketing programs is the notion that their readers will view them as “sellouts” for promoting a product that earns them money. However, this problem can be easily countered through simple transparency, i.e. a conspicuous place disclosure saying something like this:

“This site participates in affiliate marketing. This means that, if you like the products we are mentioning and decide to make a purchase, we earn a small commission at no cost to you. We do want to mention that we only work with companies and products that we truly believe in and would probably be writing about anyway!”

How to Get Started Making Money On Your Blog

The sample disclaimer we placed above should be more than just talk. If you’re ready to start finding affiliates to work with, our recommendation is to seek out services that you use, products you’ve found useful, or companies that you admire and inquire as to whether or not they have affiliate marketing programs. From there, the companies that do will provide more specific instructions for setting up a campaign with them.

One last piece of advice: if you have read this far, built a site, and are beginning an affiliate marketing plan of your own, then Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to take their affiliate marketing earnings to the next level. It has helped us tremendously here at MD Creekmore, and we believe it can help you too!