I’ll be honest. I’m no online marketing genius. But after combing over notes, I wanted to write about affiliate marketing for beginners and the one rule you should follow when starting out.
While researching new opportunities and programs this January, I started thinking about what products are easy to sell as an affiliate and which ones aren’t. I looked back on where I’d made money on 5+ websites and where things didn’t pan out.
Some stuff stood out. I started to see a pattern with what sells and what doesn’t. It was a simple trend.
Hell, the answer was obvious. Smack dab right in front of my face. If it was a snake, it would have bit me.
It’s so blatantly obvious, yet I see dozens of rookie bloggers and niche site operators making the same mistake I did – over and over, again!
See, it’s an easy mistake to make. But once you know what you’re looking for, you’ll never make it, again.
What is it? What’s the secret rule to success? Well, we’re getting to that. See, I just got to the point where I’m confident enough to give out this advice.
I couldn’t have wrote an affiliate marketing for beginners article six months ago because I was still a rookie, too.
Just one year ago, my passive income from affiliate marketing was $0 USD.
I was making nothing. No money coming in from my websites. All my income came from freelance copywriting.
But, I knew that wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted to make passive income. I wanted my writing to make me money month after month. Freelancing is fine, but I didn’t want a one-time payment. I wanted to get paid every single month.
So, I got to work and luckily, things have changed a little bit. I’ve got multiple affiliate programs hitting on multiple websites. I’m making some passive income.
Money is flowing in. It’s not where I want it, but I’m not stressing over rent in third-world countries any longer.
This is one of the programs I affiliate for:
It’s certainly not shilling shitcoins on Binance money, but it’s not too bad.
I’m currently enrolled and linking to over two dozen of these type programs throughout my different sites. About a dozen of them are doing well, although the one above is certainly one of my bigger earners.
I only share this because there’s good money in affiliate marketing. If you have four programs earning like the one above, you’re sitting at nearly $50K USD a year.
While it’s much easier said than done, you’ll shorten your learning curve considerably by following this one rule…
The “Walmart” Rule
Walmart. Target. Your local mall. It doesn’t matter what you want to call it, it’s simple. The rule really couldn’t be any simpler. If you’re curious about affiliate marketing for beginners, then you must follow it.
What is it? This magical rule all noob bloggers and niche site creators should follow…
Only promote items you can’t buy in stores like Walmart, Target, or at your local mall.
That’s it. If you can buy it locally, then there’s no reason to promote it on your sites. You’ll simply be wasting your time putting effort into affiliate content about items people can buy locally.
The reasoning is two-fold:
If someone can buy an item locally for a similar price, then there’s no incentive for them to purchase it online. They can purchase it locally and get it now. Why wait an extra 2-5 days for it?
You want potential customers with incentive. You want to be the “only” source for a product. Half the battle is getting a desperate customer on your site looking for a place to buy and then clicking your link.
Now, some people will argue with me about this rule. They’ll say the best niches are items you can buy locally because they have the biggest markets. And they’re right. But…
I’m writing about affiliate marketing for beginners. I want to help people looking to monetize their first websites.
If you don’t know how to test click through rates, create sub-IDs, find out which comparison table plugins are best, where to buy backlinks, and more – then you won’t be able to compete in these niches.
…And it’s not a bad thing! I can’t compete with a lot of affiliate marketing “whales” either. The good news? There’s millions of products you can only buy online.
That means we have more niches to work with than we could ever write about. There’s gold in them there hills!
One niche or product I’ve recently started selling is traveling yoga mats, which honestly, was a bit of a surprise.
Sure, you can buy yoga mats everywhere these days. However, most of them won’t fit well in a carry-on backpack. They’re simply too big.
Most yoga mats can’t fold up. Most yoga mats have to be rolled up. So the mats are hard to travel with, especially if you’re traveling light.
My early to mid-20s have been spent travel around Latin America, living cheaply, and enjoying life to the fullest. I’ve had experiences I never thought imaginable and did things I never expected.
But I was never frugal. Every penny counts? Nah, fam. We ’bout to buy a bottle tonight. Weekend trips to the beach? Let’s goooo.
I made enough to live off and then spent it. I had the mentality of a mid-2,000s rapper. It was fantastic at times and stressful at others.
But I’ve changed. I suppose that’s expected. The only constant in life is change, and change.
Recently, I’ve started to focus on my finances more than ever before. I’ve set financial goals and began diligently working towards them. One of my biggest changes? Realizing every penny counts.
It’s time for a change.
Now, often people talk about earning more instead of spending less. I wholeheartedly agree that earning more is the only way to earn and save the type of cash I’d like to, but every penny still counts. Why?
Well, I began looking around me at the people who’ve had financial success. None of these people are blowing big bucks frivolously. In fact, the majority of individuals I’ve met who make tons of cash don’t act like mid-2,000s rappers. They’re more than frugal.
For example, the wealthiest person I personally have met and know has hundreds of millions. This individual is richer than anyone reading this will ever become.
Yet, he’s still frugal. Incredibly frugal. I heard a story about the guy. He didn’t want to cook ever again. He had no desire to have a live-in chef. Going out to 5-star restaurants was never his thing. So, what does he do for food?
He researches meal delivery services in his city. Instead of going with the premier offering or even the one that looks best to him, he tests out the two cheapest options in the city (out of dozens).
After concluding the quality levels were acceptable and similar, he went with the cheapest option. A man with hundreds of millions of dollars in net worth, orders his food from the absolute cheapest meal delivery service he could find. Every penny counts.
The cheapest place I’ve ever lived. And it had a beach!
Does Every Penny Count?
This wasn’t the only example of frugality among individuals who I know personally that have achieved their financial goals.
Some of my wealthiest family members are also incredibly frugal. Despite saving and investing more than they’d ever need, they haven’t made a big purchase in nearly a decade.
No lake house. No beach vacations. Just frugal living, cooking their own meals (95% of the time), and a simple life. Zero waste. They still cut coupons from the paper every single week and eat at the horrid fast food chain known as KFC on occasion.
One of my best friends is looking to buy an apartment complex. He’s under 30 years old. His savings allows him to put a down payment on a multi-million dollar building. Despite making six-figures, he lives with three roommates and hasn’t even bought a new car.
Maturity and stuff.
What Can You Do?
The reality of the situation is some of us have the ability, mindset, and skills to make millions of dollars each year. Other do not. There’s nothing wrong with that.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I simply don’t have the skill set to make millions of dollars right now. It could happen in the future, but currently, I don’t have it.
If you don’t, then saving and adopting a frugal mindset can be incredibly beneficial to your bank account, crypto-currency wallet, and 401K portfolio.
And that’s nothing to be ashamed of!
Personally, I’ve made a few minor changes that have allowed me to earn and save more the last few months.
The key here is that I’m focusing on earning and saving. These changes allow me to make more money while saving more, too. The focus isn’t just on saving.
So, here are a few of my favorites:
+ Custom Sidebar Widgets & Exit Intent
I’m still working on this one, but by the end of 2018, I plan to make every click and visitor on my website count. How? By attacking exit intent and optimizing sidebar widgets.
First attempt at exit intent popups. New PDF popup coming soon.
Not that many people click on sidebar widgets. I know this. But every penny counts. If you can get a few people to click, that’ll add up overtime.
By using popups to attack exit intent, I hope to increase my email list. I’ll offer free giveaways and PDFs to entice signs up. All PDFs will have affiliate links, too.
Thus, I’ll increase sales and add to my email list with this simple change. The traffic is already there. Why not optimize it?
If my site get 30K viewers per month by the end of the year and I can convert around 0.3% of viewers to email subscribers, that’s nearly 100 extra subscribers a month. Not a ton, but definitely worth the effort.
But the biggest benefit? That’s 100 extra people each month that have a PDF filled with affiliate links, too. If you create something of value, those people will continually use that PDF as a guide when researching the subject matter.
+ Every Affiliate Program Counts
The little stuff adds up quickly. While we know which affiliate programs and products will make us the big bucks, sometimes we forget to max out the smaller stuff.
Personally, I have a number of products on this site and other that I recommend that are not affiliate links. Why not switch those to affiliate links?
I always figured a few clicks a month wouldn’t do anything, but I decided to switch things up and add a few affiliate links. Just to see what happens.
Within a month, I’d made an extra $55 from one program and an extra $30 from another. $85 a month isn’t much, but I have no doubt once I add all links that number could be over $200 a month.
Stop leaving money on the table. Every penny counts. Don’t promote a product without adding an affiliate link. It’s 2017, there’s no reason not to.
+ Cancel All Memberships
I couldn’t believe how much money I was wasting on monthly charges and memberships for stuff I didn’t even use any more.
I looked through my credit card bills from the past six months and noticed I was wasting way too much cash.
In total, I was spending nearly $140 a month on stuff I programs and memberships I never used. Reoccurring billing. Month after month. Over the course of a year, that’s $2,100 flushed down the toilet.
In reality, that’s living expenses for a whole month of fun in Colombia.
I canceled them all and cleared up my monthly billing. Now, I’m only paying for things I use each and every month. A simple fix, yet something that often slips through the cracks.
But I ain’t got Netflix no more 😉
+ Sell Your Old Stuff
Finally, I’ve been home for a few months due to a illness and minor surgery. I had time to go through my old things. I had tons of stuff I hadn’t used for years.
Old smartphones, GoPro camera, clothing, unopened supplements, luggage, and more.
I sold it all. No need to let it sit at home and depreciate any longer. Just throw it on eBay and the items will nearly sell themselves.
I pocketed a quick $500 after fees and shipping. Nothing to sneeze at! While I wouldn’t have made the effort to sell these items had I not been home, the extra cash certainly doesn’t hurt.
Every Penny Counts…Right?
People preach about earning more. They’re right. You must make more money. I must make more money. I’m striving to make more each and every day.
But in the quest to earn more and more, I sometimes let small stuff slip through the cracks. Optimizing existing content, paying for things I don’t use, and the like.
By paying attention to details and optimizing, you can earn and save more cash. With the minor tweaks I’ve made thus far, I should add an extra $500-600 to my bank account each month.
While that’s chump change to some, that’s rent to me. What small details are you letting slip through the cracks? How can you optimize your business to make just a little more each and every month? How can you add a little more income to your business this month?
After using the theme for almost a year now, I felt it time to create an honest Marketer’s Delight review.
See, I’ve been blogging for awhile now. Nomadic Hustle isn’t my first rodeo, or website. As such, I’ve tried out a number of themes. Thrive, Genesis, Avada, and more. I’ve even tried the built-in ones from WordPress.
As of writing, Marketer’s Delight is by far the best theme I’ve used. While I may be biased, I’d say my site looks pretty damn good.
So, let’s dive into the specifics of this Marketer’s Delight review and see if the theme is tailor-made to help you build an online business.
Stunning sales page created in minutes!
What is Marketer’s Delight?
Marketer’s Delight is a WordPress theme designed to help hustler’s build better online businesses.
Created by Alex Mangini, the themes was initially built to be an all-in-one WordPress theme. What does this mean? It means Alex created Marketer’s Delight to help online hustlers build any and every type of website they’d need to – without the need to code much.
With Marketer’s Delight, you can build:
Alex had the idea to create one theme that could handle every single type of site. You buy Marketer’s Delight and you can build any and every website you’d ever want to on the Internet.
A true professional marketing tool for online hustlers, Marketer’s Delight will help you build smarter businesses – faster!
The Benefits of Marketer’s Delight
I wouldn’t be writing this Marketer’s Delight review if I didn’t love this theme. But what makes the theme so fantastic? Well…
I’m a huge fan of the Marketer’s Design styling. In fact, it’s the best I’ve seen for bloggers. But don’t take my word for it. A picture is worth a thousands words:
Ideal layouts for blogging!
Marketer’s Delight offers a smooth styling that’s simple, yet still looks good. For traditional bloggers, the formatting showcases your new posts with ample widget space and headings superimposed over the featured image.
It didn’t take much to customize Marketer’s Delight when I first installed the theme. Instead of worrying about customizing every little thing, the WordPress theme came nearly ready out-of-the-box.
If you’re new to blogging or creating websites, this is incredibly important. You don’t want to spend three days trying to figure out how to configure your new theme. You want to install the theme, activate it, and start publishing.
Marketer’s Delight allows you to do just that.
Now, when it’s time to customized and create the perfect website for you, Marketer’s Delight offers numerous customization options. Many of them are easy to use and only require minimal installation.
The “MD Tool Kit” is impressive and offers options like:
Simple Email Integration
Unique Layout Options
What does all this mean? Instead of wasting time coding or installing a million plugins, Marketer’s Delight comes with built-in customization options.
Need to capture email address and manage your list? MD makes that easy with simple integration tools.
Want to create stunning landing pages? That’s never been easier with Marketer’s Delight and the Page Leads feature.
Put simply, MD can create any type of web page or lead page that you’d ever need to. That’s why the theme is a truly all-in-one solution for hustlers and entrepreneurs.
Not “Cookie Cutter”
Back in the day, everybody and their mamas’ were creating blogs and websites using the Genesis Theme. A few years later and Thrive Themes has popped on the scene. Many a small business website is built with Avada today.
What happens when too many people use the same theme? Every single website starts to look the same way.
Don’t be that blogger! With MD’s simple customization options, your blog or website never has to look like someone else.
Marketer’s Delight ensures you create a stunning website that doesn’t have to look anything like competitors. Your website will never look “cookie cutter” when working with MD!
Tons of Features
If you like features, then MD is sure to please. Just look at some of the unique additions:
Built-in after post call-to-action
MD-only WordPress widgets
Featured image covers
MD Pro Share for social media
Mangini truly thought of everything when designing MD. That’s why I’m writing this Marketer’s Delight review – because the theme works for beginners and advanced web designers, bloggers, and business owners.
Last, but certainly not least – MD is fully responsive. What does this mean? Marketer’s Delight is 100% mobile-friendly upon installation.
As mobile traffic will account for at least 40% of your traffic, this is incredibly important these days. You won’t have to worry about it with MD. The theme ensures your site looks great on a desktop, smartphone, and tablet – without any customization on your part.
Marketer’s Delight Review: Downsides?
Now, no WordPress theme is perfect. MD is no different. Here are a few downsides I noted:
Paid Theme: MD does cost money. There are many free WordPress themes. If money is super tight, you can try one of them out. However, I wouldn’t recommend it. If you’re dedicated to making money online, then investing in a theme is essential. You need a fully-responsive and easily customized theme. That’s exactly what Marketer’s Delight is.
Fewer Options Than Thrive: Now, Thrive Theme tends to have more theme options available. I believe they have nearly a dozen. If you’re working a dozen or more websites, then Thrive could be a better choice. Personally, I’ve found you can customize MD in any way you’d want to. So this downside doesn’t really affect me.
Marketer’s Delight Review: The Best WordPress Theme For Blogging?
So, is Marketer’s Delight the best WordPress theme for blogging? The best theme for your needs?
I believe so. MD was exactly what I needed. Since installing Marketer’s Delight, my site has exploded from 30 hits a day to nearly 700 unique viewers each day.
While I’ve published a lot, I must say the stunning design and smooth look of my site has contributed to the rapid growth, too. There’s no doubt in my mind MD has helped my site grow.
If you’re looking to grow your web presence, I can’t recommend Marketer’s Delight enough.
How to grow your blog fast? Everybody and they mama has different advice.
Write this style of content. Do X, Y and Z. Get links. Become a guest posting slut. Research keywords. Suck off Google. Make YouTube videos. Blah, blah, blah.
In fact, all of that stuff helps, sans the whole fondling big daddy Google thing. But the fact of the matter is these things alone won’t ensure your blog sees explosive growth.
The Exponential Nature of Blogging
Blogging, like nearly every form of online business, is exponential. You type away for months on end with little results.
Then you see things pick up. One month you make a few extra sales. The next month traffic nearly doubles. Before you know it, your little blog starts bringing in some cash due to solid traffic.
But it’s never linear. You may publish 30-40 articles over a few months and then see traffic skyrocket six months down the road. It just doesn’t happen immediately.
You need time and consistent effort. But what’s the secret sauce? Well…
What Happened to Nomadic Hustle?
Why listen to me? In February of 2017, this little site was getting absolutely no love, traffic, or attention. None.
The whole month Nomadic Hustle saw 1,605 visitors. A little over 50 sets of eyes grazed this site each day. Not much, especially when you consider billions of people have access to the Internet.
I was discouraged. I had published roughly 70-80 articles by then. Maybe my writing blew. Maybe my voice wasn’t strong. Maybe I wasn’t connecting.
Doubts filled my head. I began thinking about giving up on the site. Maybe I should move on to niche sites or YouTube.
Nomadic Hustle exponential growth. July will make it curve upwards.
I almost did. But I decided to give the site a true effort one last time. In April of 2017, I published 11 articles. In May, I kicked things up a notch. I told myself that if July rolls around and the site still isn’t doing much, I’d move on. But for the next few months, I’d give a great effort.
If you’re ready to publish like a mad man, then there’s still a few more things to consider, including:
Don’t think you can just scribble some text on your site and Google will dig it. You have to play the SEO game, too.
You must do keyword research and optimize your site for the search engines. Without a little SEO, you’re leaving views on the table – and lots of them!.
Now, I’m not going to get into the details of keyword research in this piece. To start, make sure you have the Yoast plugin installed on your site. Next, check out Keyword Eye – it’s a great free keyword research tool.
And yes, backlinks lives matter. You need to get more backlinks to your site. This means two things. First, write content people actually like. If your writing connects with someone, then there’s a solid chance they’ll find a way to link to it sometime.
Next, you’ll end up having to do some guest posting. This is a good thing. Guest posting not only gives you some link juice, but you get to build a relationship with a fellow writer and expose your ideas to a new fan base. A true win-win.
How to Grow Your Blog Fast
If you came here looking for a “hack” or some other Internet marketing bullshit, then you’ll be disappointed. That’s fine. I’m here to tell you how to grow your blog quickly and honestly.
Do SEO. Write More. Publish Every Day. Have Patience.
If you follow that plan, your blog will grow quickly – eventually. Point. Blank. Period.
Life is filled with choices. Do this and you can’t do that. Every choice you make comes with consequences. Some are good others are bad. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
With regards to blogging, many a blogger finds themselves at a crossroad. Do you write money making posts or do you grow your audience?
While product reviews can pay the bills, most aren’t created with an audience in mind. The majority of reviews are created with big daddy Google in mind. You hit the right buying keywords and people looking to spend money end up on your site. Then you earn some affiliate bucks.
The Blogger’s Dilemma
Using buying keywords, product reviews, and a few other tactics – you can start to make money from your blog or niche site rather quickly. In theory, this is a great thing. However, it’s still not the perfect situation for bloggers…
The issue revolves around building a brand, growing your audience, and making money in the long term. Your “fans” or audience doesn’t give a flying fuck about some ebook you read and reviewed – if the product doesn’t pertain to their current situation.
So, the vast majority of any regular readers you have aren’t going to read, retweet, like, or comment on a product review article.
On the other hand, when you write content that readers can relate to, you’ll end up with an engaged audience who comments, retweets, and genuinely enjoys the content you put out.
Sounds great, right? Hold on a second. The issue comes down to monetization. When you’re writing for your audience, the content is typically hard to monetize. Hell, sometimes it’s hard to even find a keyword that fits your article.
So you have content that people enjoy and engage with, but big daddy Google gives it no love and you’re unlikely to make any money from it.
What’s a Blogger to Do?
To illustrate this point, let’s look at a few of my articles. I have articles that make money on this site, but there’s a number of pieces that’ll never make more than a dollar or two – no matter the traffic.
Let’s start with a piece that won’t make me any cash:
This article talks about the pitfalls of having too much fun while traveling, why freelancing isn’t something you want to do for the rest of your life, and why I’m focusing on my own websites.
People found the content engaging. Over 150 people have viewed the article within 24 hours, which is a lot for me. There were tons of retweets for the piece and I got three comments immediately after release.
While the article helped me relate to an audience, it didn’t bring in a single penny. I doubt it will make any cash in the future, either. There’s not much SEO going on in the piece.
Now, let’s take a look at an article that makes money and will continue doing so:
There are zero comments on this article. I don’t think a single person retweeted it when I published. The people who like my travel and digital nomad content typically don’t give a flying fuck about supplement reviews. And that’s fine.
Still, the article makes me money. I sold 10 bottles of cherry juice since the piece has been released, along with a number of other items.
Realistically, this one article that took me two hours to write will make me $20-30 every month for the next year or two. SEO is on point and the product solves a problem for many people.
Can You Combine the Two?
Now, some bloggers out there have found the balance. They’ve learned how to engage with an audience, solve people’s problems, hit buying keywords, and earn more money.
If you can do this on a consistent basis, you’ll end up making a decent amount of cash from your blog.
The issue with this style of content? Well, first off – it’s competitive. The best bloggers and websites have typically found these keywords and problems. They solved problems for people already.
For example, I wrote this piece in an attempt to help people and make money. I thought the content was engaging, useful, and potentially profitable:
I got a few comments, a retweet here and there, along with a few sales trickling in. The issue? The piece may never get any Google love. Men’s Health, WikiHow, and a plethora of other publications have targeted similar keywords. Unless my site gets authority from Google, this piece is bound to get little organic traffic.
Some people go to one extreme or the other. For example, my friends Kyle and Dylan both strive to write engaging content that their fans love with nearly every post.
On the other hand, my boy James writes killer product reviews that make a lot of cash. His content is 85% reviews written for Google.
Personally, I’m going a different route. I’m striving to hit things 50/50. I write one post for an audience I’m striving to build and then the next one will be a post I’ll make money from for months on end.
That’s the short-term strategy I’m going with…
Once my site is big enough and I’m making decent cash, I plan to focus on building my audience and brand while offering solutions that help people.
But until my income is where I want it to be, I’ll write product reviews and focus on making money.
Don’t let your blogging ego get in the way of building a profitable brand. Focus on building your brand and your income at the same time. It’s possible with a proper content strategy and consistent work.
Are you a blogger? How are you growing your audience while making more money?