One of the best ways to make money blogging is with high paying affiliate programs, especially if you have a relatively small blog. Fruitful Blogging from Kayla Aimee is a low cost, high value online course that teaches you how to do it.
What affiliate marketing means to us at Blog 2.0
As a food blogger, I have both a ton of experience with affiliate marketing—yet still almost none. I’ve been a member of the affiliate program through Amazon.com for many years, but I’ve never been very intentional about including affiliate links on my blog. And I’ve certainly never used my email list to sell someone else’s product. I make most of my blogging income through display advertisements. Pageviews had always been the name of my blogging game.
Here at Blog 2.0, we don’t have display advertising at all. We’re a brand new blog and we’d be making a pittance from display advertising. And we’re also experimenting with a different format since display ads are a big part of our income on our “regular” blogs. It’s kind of nice to be ad-free, but to be honest, the experience is not nearly as liberating as we thought it might be. I guess we really do just ignore ads in general.
Most of the reviews both Amy and I have done so far for Blog 2.0 have been of products and courses that each of us had already purchased for use in our other blogs (for Amy, crafts; for me, food). This, the Affiliate Acceleration course, is one of the first that I purchased primarily for Blog 2.0—both to learn more about affiliate marketing since we’re now doing it here on Blog 2.0, and because I wanted to be able to review it for you in this post.
The Bottom Line
I like the Affiliate Acceleration Course. The creator of the course, Kayla Aimee is likable and thorough. She’s been blogging for longer than I have (that’s rare!) so she’s experienced enough for me to trust her perspective. At $39, the price is significantly lower than any other course I can even imagine, and it covers what I’ve come to understand are all the basics of making affiliate income as a blogger. It gets the (coveted?) Blog 2.0 Seal of Approval.
What’s in the Affiliate Acceleration Course?
The course is divided into 4 modules: affiliate foundations, strategies to level up, promotion strategies that work and logistics related to using affiliate codes. There are 8 videos in total, plus a printable workbook that prompts you to take action as you go through the course and brainstorm how you can make it all work for you.
The first two modules are really the meat of the course. The remaining two modules weren’t very useful to me, but if you’re new to Pinterest or just the process of obtaining affiliate codes and inserting them into your blog, this is really valuable. Maybe I’ve just been around the block too many times?
In the first module, Affiliate Foundations, she covers what makes a good affiliate partner (hint: it’s not Amazon.com!) and the 5 basic types of affiliate posts you can create. She calls them:
- Simple Link Integration;
- Evergreen Content;
- Brand Partnerships;
- Content Upgrade Strategy; and
- Email Funnels.
She provides detailed examples of each of the different types of posts. For someone who is relatively uninitiated in the ways of affiliate marketing on a blog, the concrete examples were very helpful. I finally feel like I can conceptualize how this might apply on either Blog 2.0 or on Gluten Free on a Shoestring, my food blog.
Strategies To Level Up
This is where Kayla discusses what she considers to be “next level” affiliate marketing. To me, this just seemed like a further explanation of the foundations, but it was useful all the same. Kayla discusses:
- Creating profitable partnership campaigns with individual sponsors. This seems to me like when you see a whole bunch of bloggers promoting the same deal related to one particular product at the same time.
- Using content upgrades with affiliate promotions. This strategy involves creating a downloadable bonus related to some of your blog content that readers receive in exchange for entering their email address. It ties into affiliate marketing because once the reader enters her email address, she’s immediately redirected to a “special offer” that’s related to a product for which you’re an affiliate.
- The email funnel affiliate sequence. This is very similar to the content upgrade affiliate promotion, but instead of taking you directly to an affiliate offer, the upgrade is an email sequence that teaches the reader something related to the blog post—and then ultimately makes an offer for an affiliate product on the same topic.
In this module, Kayla walks you through how to use social media (especially Pinterest, but also Instagram) to generate more traffic to those blog posts that are connected to affiliate offers that you’re promoting. You may have a pin for your blog post in general, and pin that, but you can also create a pin that relates to the content upgrade that leads to your affiliate offer. She explains everything in detail in the course.
Important Information For Using Affiliates
The most valuable part of this module is the list of 50 affiliate partners that Kayla recommends in different niches. I definitely learned a few new ones. She also includes information on the proper disclosures that are required in the U.S. by the Federal Trade Commission. If you want to stay out of trouble, that’s a must! For reference, you can check out our disclosure policy here on Blog 2.0.
As part of the $39 bundle, Kayla includes her Must Have Guide To Blogging ebook, which teaches all the fundamentals of blogging. It would have been nice to have something like that way back when I started and hired a designer from Mumbai, India for $65 to design a website header for me. 🙂
It should be noted, though, that this guide to blogging book wasn’t necessary for me. I did page through it to make sure I wasn’t doing anything horribly wrong, but luckily I’m fine.
If you purchase this course, Affiliate Acceleration, using our affiliate link, we will earn a 40% commission on the sale, at no extra cost to you. As always, since our only source of income on this blog is affiliate links, we ask that you use our link if you decide to purchase after reading our review. It’s a win-win!