Now that you've got things set with your site, you're producing content, and driving some traffic, it's time to find some affiliate programs to monetize your site.
In the 2011 Affiliate Summit AffStat Report, where over fourteen-hundred affiliates were surveyed, we asked, “How do you most often find out about an affiliate program and then join?”
The affiliates responded with a wide variety of methods for finding affiliate programs to promote, including affiliate directories, search engines, and being contacted by affiliate managers.
I will go through all of the ways mentioned by affiliates, so you can experiment and find out which is most useful for you.
Before you start trying to find affiliate programs, be sure to focus on those that are relevant to the topic of your site.
Don't be seduced by high commissions. You will want to test ads for products and services that make sense for your audience.
Here are the most popular methods for affiliates to find affiliate programs:
- Advertising in print publications
- Affiliate directory
- Affiliate network
- Affiliate Manager contacts you
- Affiliate marketing blogs
- Affiliate Manager is active on message boards
- Affiliate Manager is on Twitter
- Affiliate Marketing Conferences
- Search Engines
In addition to focusing on relevance for your affiliate ads, you don't want to put too many ads up on your site. Less is more!