Add affiliate links
STEP 6: Add affiliate links
As you write the articles for your site, weave affiliate links into them. Always have a typical visitor in mind as you write the articles. Speak to that visitor.
Your task as an affiliate is to help your visitor decide what to buy.
One successful technique is to gradually lead your visitor towards a purchase. Start by outlining a problem, discuss a good solution that has worked for you, and end the article with a link that is a call to action, such as a link that says, “Find out more here.”
Your task as an affiliate is NOT to sell (that's the merchant's job) but to presell, to warm up your visitors. You want your visitors in a ready-to-buy mood when they arrive at the merchant's site.
For superb advice on preselling, I strongly recommend you join Ken Evoy's affiliate program. It's free to join. Just by being an affiliate, getting the newsletters, studying the affiliate section of the website, and receiving all the free training, you'll receive a really good education in affiliate marketing.
For example, you'll learn that you can go beyond AdSense and affiliate programs – there are many more ways to generate revenue from your affiliate website.
Ken is an absolute whiz at preselling and he's renowned for working extremely hard to help his affiliates succeed. His affiliate program has been my No.1 earner for many years. I earn four-figure monthly commissions and have earned five-figure commissions from this affiliate program. So I recommend you make it part of your affiliate marketing education.
When you've joined Ken's free affiliate program, login and read the excellent advice in 5 Pillar Marketing Guide Tips & Strategies and the vitally important tips in Powerful Practical PREselling. Take notes. This will help you avoid a LOT of costly mistakes. (Ken's advice is aimed at affiliates promoting his products, but you can apply it to ANY products.)
STEP 7: Place AdSense ads on your site
If you have a good, popular site, it's remarkably easy to make good money with Google AdSense. AdSense is free to join.
Many books have been written about how to use AdSense, but some of the best advice you can get is free. To get it, all you have to do is go to Google's AdSense section and explore everything you find there.
Take your time. This is important. AdSense may provide most of the revenue your site earns, at least to start with.
Keep exploring – you'll be amazed how much useful information Google has published to help you use AdSense successfully… Demos and Guides, Newbie Central, Success Stories, Policies, Optimization Tips, Troubleshooting, etc.
If anything, the site seems to have TOO much information on AdSense. If you're an SBI user, you don't have to worry about that – the SBI Action Guide takes you through everything step by step, telling you what you need to know when you need to know it.