In this video, Lori Ballen shows you exactly how she made an affiliate commission this morning from a link, banner ad, or pop up on her niche website build on WordPress.
**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on links on this website. [Affiliate Disclosure]
Video Table of Contents
- 3:00 Screen Share – First Look at the Blog Post [See WP Engine]
- 5:25 Affiliate Disclaimer or Affiliate Disclosure
- 8:23 WordPress Gutenberg Blocks
- 8:55 How to Embed a Video On a WordPress Blog
- 10:25 How Long Should a Blog Post Be and How To Get Your Word Count
- 10:28 What SEO works today to help Rank on Google
- 11:18 How to Hire a Ghost Writer [Crowd Content, Ballen Brands, Hire Writer, Fiverr]
- 17:15 How To Find Affiliate Products
- 23:05 How You Make Money as an Affiliate Marketer
- 23:43 What Is An Affiliate Cookie and How Are Links Tracked?
- 28:00 How To Access Banners, Links, Videos, and Other Affiliate Assets
- 30:06 How To Add Affiliate Links and Banners to a WordPress Website
- 35:25 Thirsty Affiliates Auto Linking
- 37:48 Making Offers with Optinmonster
- 41:10 Wealthy Affiliate Forum
Software Lori Mentions On The Video
- WP Engine and Studio Press for WordPress
- Ballen Brands for Having a WordPress Website Done For You
- Clicky Analytics for seeing which blog posts have traffic
- SEMrush or Spyfu for keyword Research and SEMrush for the content template
- Optinmonster for Making Offers
- Crowd Content, Constant Content, Fiverr or Hire Writers for ghostwriters
- Wealthy Affiliate for learning affiliate marketing and access WordPress Websites
- Ballen Academy for Lori Ballen’s coaching Programs
- PhoneBurner is the affiliate product she talked about in the vide
- Thirsty Affiliates for auto-linking
Affiliate marketing is the act of promoting a 3rd party product and receiving a commission, bounty, or fee when a purchase is made.
Lori Ballen is an entrepreneur with 7 streams of income including a real estate business and a 6-figure affiliate marketing business. She’s a speaker, trainer, and coach with courses and group coaching programs.
There are many places to get a WordPress Website. Ballen Brands, Lori Ballen’s Brothers’ company builds WordPress Websites 702-917-0755. You can follow the steps and do your own WordPress set up through WP Engine, Bluehost, Hostgator, Godaddy, or Wealthy Affiliate. With a website like WP Engine, you can choose from Studio Press themes and access WordPress Gutenberg as Lori features in this video.
First, you need to apply to join an affiliate program offered by the brand. Scroll down to the bottom of the website of the brand and look for the word affiliate, partner, ambassador, or referral. Affiliate is ideal. Access their sitemap and look for these words. If you can’t find one, message them and ask if they offer an affiliate program. You can also use the search engines to research the product name + affiliate as the search term. Some brands are part of an affiliate network. You join the network first and then apply to the program. Affiliate Network examples are CJ.com, ShareASale.com, aWin.com, flexoffers.com and there are many more. You can find more at The7thStream.com, Lori Ballen’s affiliate marketing website.
You can earn rankings on the search engines for a particular search term. You can run social media ads or search ads (Google, Bing, Yahoo etc.). You can send it to your marketing list (email, text, chatbot). You can earn organic shares on Facebook or in social groups where it could go viral. You can link to your blog post through other high performing related blogs on your website. You can pitch it to other blogs to share and earn backlinks. You can syndicate your blog by posting it on other popular blog websites like Medium. Share it with websites like Tumblr.
You could literally make money the same day you write it if you are driving traffic to a quality blog with the right affiliate product. Generally, though, it takes weeks, months, and for some maybe years. How much you produce, your audience, your niche, your influence, your ad spend, your search engine rankings, etc. are all going to play into that timeline.
You should blog as often as you have a great topic and are willing to put in the time, energy, and possibly money to cover the topic properly. In order to rank on the search engines in 2020 and beyond, the quality will be quantity every day. It’s better to create one high-quality blog post in a month than 4 rushed weekly blogs that would be considered thin content by Google.
There is a correlation with top-ranking blogs where it comes to word count. Most are in the thousands. It’s not that google ranks them higher because they have more words. Typically, more words mean that the topic was covered better. More topical paragraphs that include semantically related keywords are going to be very powerful in a long-form blog post designed to rank on the search engines.
Lori Ballen, a 6-figure affiliate marketer, trainer, and coach swears by WordPress as do more than 50% of bloggers and e-commerce websites. This is due to its functionality, ability to grow, no need to learn HTML code, the ability to change the theme any time, the fact that it’s considered SEO friendly and so forth.
A blog doesn’t generally cost much to start. You can choose to blog on a free platform or get a hosted website such as managed WordPress through a few steps. WP engine is a good solution where you can put a WordPress website together, pick a theme, customize your design and begin blogging. Hosting fees with WP Engine or a website like GoDaddy are generally well under $50 per month. Many have free or low-cost options available. If you are having a designer like Ballen Brands (702) 917-0755 build your website, it could be $1500 to even $5000 depending on your tools and integrations.
It’s honestly limitless, but setting a goal of $1000 per month, to begin with is a great goal. This can be done by including ads on your website with a platform like Google Adsense and by including affiliate links from websites like Amazon and other affiliate products. There are affiliate products such as managed WordPress hosting with a platform like WP Engine that can pay you $200 for one sign up. There are others that pay monthly recurring commission and others that pay a percentage of the sale. Getting your blog profitable requires quality content, traffic to your blog (visitors), and the right affiliate product. Lori Ballen earns 6-figures from her blogs along with speaking engagements and coaching as a large part of her influence that leads to these purchases.
In most cases, affiliate marketing is considered taxable income. When you apply for a program, they will ask for your social security number or EIN number, business name, and tax filing classification as they will submit a1099 at the end of the year.
There are lifestyle bloggers who probably do not get a business license to start their blog. You’ll want to check with your state regulations and consider how you are promoting and marketing the website. Generally, brands have some sort of business license, DBA, LLC, or corporation. Lori Ballen, a 6-figure affiliate, author, speaker, and coach has an LLC for her business as well as DBAs for each website. That is an example, not a suggestion. It’s best to seek out legal counsel in a case where your assets could be at risk.
When you include a link you are given by a brand to promote their product, and the visitor clicks the link, a cookie (electronic tracking component) is installed on the visitor’s computer and if they make a purchase within the designated time frame, you, the publisher, get a commission. Most affiliate programs pay monthly, and some instantly, weekly or bi-weekly. They pay via PayPal, electronic bank transfer, or check most often.
Affiliate marketing can become passive income after the proper action is taken first. If you are buying traffic, your affiliate products can sell regardless of where you are or what you are doing. The action will be setting up the ads, landing pages, blog posts, affiliate products, and ad spend. Then it can be passive. Organic search engine rankings earned that send traffic to your affiliate links require much action on the front end: research, writing the blog or hiring writers, on-page SEO, off-page SEO, etc. and probably updating the blog now and then if it’s evergreen content. In addition, some affiliate products like software can pay a recurring commission month over month and year over year as long as the customer stays a subscriber. This can build up passive income and scale.