A Guide to Start an Affiliate Blog



u/techyn
Need a Guide for Self Starting Affiliate blog! I was actually looking for a webmaster forum for advice/tips/guides for starting a new affiliate marketing journey. I have been a designer and WordPress developer for the last 10 years with basic knowledge of SE optimization but never really started my own blog or something but now I am looking into blogging/vlogging and eCommerce (dropshipping) and would like advice from SEO pros, which is better where should I step.

Also, I am not much of a writer but to no pain no gain right, so I am thinking of writing short articles (4-500 words each) and promoting stuff that I personally like from Amazon/CJ/Shareasale. So, do you guys have any tips for me or any ideas that you would like to share?

I appreciate any help in advance!
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r3dt4rget

Also, I am not much of a writer but to no pain no gain right, so I am thinking of writing short articles (4-500 words each) and promoting stuff that I personally like from Amazon/CJ/Shareasale

You can't just pick products, write about them, and expect traffic. You have to have a content plan. And that really starts with niche. You can buy a broad domain name, but on a new blog, focus your content on a micro niche. This will help you establish some authority early on, and you can eventually branch out from there.

Once you've picked a niche, you need to so keyword research. You need to target search terms that are related to your niche AND that you can actually rank for. For example, if your niche was home audio, you wouldn't want to write the article, "Best Speakers of < year > because you would never rank a new site for the keyword "best speakers". Instead, focus on long tail keywords that are usually more specific. For example you could write the article, "Most Colorful and Unique Looking Bluetooth Speakers of < year >" or something instead. A lot less people are searching for colorful, wild, unique looking Bluetooth speakers. You'll encounter less competition, and it will be easier to rank and actually get traffic from that keyword.

For these lower volume, lower competition keywords, you're banking on writing a ton of articles to get decent traffic and revenue. And it will take months and years to build up slowly.

Only after you find keywords do you pick products to promote. If you pick products first, you'll have a more difficult time finding keywords that you can rank your blog for.

techyn ✍️
TBH I have tried practicing SEO and always failed never was able to rank any of my websites for whatever keywords I selected, maybe I was selecting the wrong keywords. Can you tell me what volume should I go for when picking my keywords? I look for the lowest competition obviously given I have no experience with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) but I never choose keywords higher than medium competition (as per Google keyword tool)

r3dt4rget
The Google keyword tool is just based on ad competition, it's not useful for determining which keywords you can rank for. What you should do instead is manually check the Google search page and see what the results are. Pick keywords where the question isn't fully answered, or where you think you can write a better article than one of the top 3 results.

The best way to find keywords is to use Google. Type in your niche, followed by the letter A, and see what suggestions pop up. Delete the A, and then type B. So on and so forth. Google search suggestions and People Also Ask are great sources of long tail keywords. Go really deep with it. For example, you may find an auto suggest keyword, and then do the auto suggest method on that auto suggest. You'll find even longer tail keywords. Same with People Also Ask. Keep on clicking open the answers, and more and more pop up.

As a new blog, you are trying to target the keywords that nobody else is targeting. You want some wins. You just want any traffic, any rankings. You'll slowly build authority as you post more and more content, and can eventually go after more competitive keywords.

If you are looking at Google keyword planner and other tools like SEMrush to find keywords, don't be afraid of the 0 volume keywords. They are never actually 0 volume, and are often not targeted by any other page. The results tend to be someone related and can be forums or quora answers. These are easy targets if you can write an article addressing the query when nobody else has yet.
techyn ✍️
that sounds promising!

So, is there any timeframe from posting the article to seeing the actual traffic on the blog page? and also, as per my knowledge, I need to include the keyword that I am targeting into the headings (1x H1, 2-3x H2s), in image alt tag and 3-5 times within the body of the article is this correct?
r3dt4rget

So, is there any timeframe from posting the article to seeing the actual traffic on the blog page?

Most new sites will experience the Google sandbox for 4-8 months. Meaning, you won't really rank on the front page for anything during that time. It's important to post and post articles during this time so that Google can learn what your site is about, and trust it before ranking your articles. I would say be prepared to spend about 6 months writing articles and seeing absolutely nothing happen as far as traffic goes.

and also, as per my knowledge, I need to include the keyword that I am targeting into the headings (1x H1, 2-3x H2s), in image alt tag and 3-5 times within the body of the article is this correct?

No, not really correct. I would say outdated. DO NOT write articles for Google. Write them for people. Every Google update is designed to penalize pages that are trying to game the rankings with these kinds of strategies. If a keyword or a variation of the keyword makes sense to a human in the headings, then put it there. But simply stuffing your keyword in your heading tags when it doesn't make sense is actually more likely to hurt you than help you.

For example, if your article is targeting "Best Headphones Under $100" keyword, it's appropriate for that keyword or a variation of it to be contained in the title H1 tag. But I wouldn't use anything but variations and paraphrasing throughout the rest of the article. Adding that exact keyword into 2-3 H2's would look like you are writing for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and it's not human friendly to read. Same with adding keywords to the article text. You don't need to literally copy and paste the exact keyword in your text multiple times to reach some magical keyword density. Image alt tags are pretty much worthless in < year >.

Google is smart enough to know what your article is about. It's smart enough to analyze your text and figure out the keywords and queries that you are answering. If I were writing the, "Best Headphones Under $100" article, that exact keyword would appear just once in the H1. Maybe not even ever if it doesn't make human sense in the title. For example a lot of keywords are typed short hand. Like "best speakers logitech". Proper human structured content would never use that exact phrase anywhere in the article or title. But you use variations of those three words, and similar terms in your article, and Google can figure out what you are trying to do. If I was targeting that keyword, I might have an H1 title of "Here are Logitech's best speakers for PC". You don't have to specifically have the keyword phrase contained in your content to target said keyword.

Write for humans, not for Google.

I pay no attention to keyword density. I write for humans, and reference the keywords only as required and appropriate based on what I'm writing about.
techyn ✍️
Man, I really appreciate you for taking the time out to write detailed instructions for me πŸ™‚ that's really very kind of you πŸ™‚

I also, made another comment with the above one, "Also, do I really need backlinks to get ranked for the targetted keywords or does the content itself can do the trick? because TBH building backlinks is the biggest nightmare of mine lol" may be you missed the notification but can you guide me on this too?
r3dt4rget
Building backlinks is only necessary when you need to beat competing pages with similar quality content, or if you want to start targeting harder keywords with more competition. If you Google something competitive like "best running shoes", there are hundreds, maybe thousands of websites trying to write content to grab this keyword. What's the difference? Why do some land in the top spots? It's backlinks. Authority. Trust. Google trusts the big huge sites way more than a nobody blog. That's why PCMag or CNET can write about virtually anything and land a top spot almost immediately, even over a better article from a smaller website. Building backlinks helps give your site more authority and trust with Google, and they are willing to rank you better for competitive terms.

Using the beginner strategy I've outlined above, building links manually is not necessary. As long as you pick keywords that you can rank for (mainly, none of the top results satisfy the search intent fully), you can start to rank for those low comp terms without any links, just based on content alone.

Backlinks can come naturally as you get more and more traffic. If your content is useful, eventually it will be shared somewhere, and it will create a backlink naturally. I've never manually built a single backlink on my blog, yet I have hundreds and a decent authority score, and can rank on some competitive keywords. It takes a lot of time and grinding the low volume keywords, and it takes a focus on quality content, but manually building links is optional for sure.
techyn ✍️
Awesome, so I have a domain for the last 9 months that I never used and I am thinking on starting a blog on that, which I will later use for affiliate marketing and Adsense, but I would still have to wait for the 4-8 months period as you mentioned above right to does the age of the domain helps?
r3dt4rget
If there was nothing hosted on the domain for that 9 months, it's essentially like a new domain to Google.
techyn ✍️
Okay so bascially it's the life of the website rather than life of the domain that counts. Also, do I really need backlinks to get ranked for the targetted keywords or does the content itself can do the trick? because TBH building backlinks is the biggest nightmare of mine lol

vampire
It's possible to make money with your blog and affiliate marketing in a few different methods.One option is to join an affiliate network and begin pushing items that you believe would be of interest to or useful to your audience.Another option is to market items through affiliate programmes, which can be located on the retailer's website (for example, Raycon or Ridge Wallet).Choosing items that you are passionate about and that are useful to your audience is crucial to the success of any affiliate marketing campaign.

Establishing rapport with your target audience is crucial if you want them to take your advice seriously.

I really really hope this is useful!.

It's possible to make money with your blog and affiliate marketing in a few different methods.One option is to join an affiliate network and begin pushing items that you believe would be of interest to or useful to your audience.Another option is to market items through affiliate programs, which can be located on the retailer's website (for example, Raycon or Ridge Wallet).Choosing items that you are passionate about and that are useful to your audience is crucial to the success of any affiliate marketing campaign.Establishing rapport with your target audience is crucial if you want them to take your advice seriously.I really really hope this is useful!.

I have over 100+ affiliate marketing blogs. If you need more idea just inbox me, i can share more of my experience πŸ™‚

techyn ✍️
I sent you a DM yesterday but haven't gotten any response yet…



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