Blogs, or weblogs, are one of the most effective affiliate marketing tools available. If you are a blogger or would like to become one, the following tips and advice can help you make the most of your affiliate blogging.

Affiliate Blogging 101

So how do bloggers make money through affiliate marketing? By joining affiliate programs and adding links to merchant products and service, you can earn money every time a user buys something via your affiliate links. Sometimes affiliate programs pay a flat fee for each customer referral, but most offer some type of percentage of every successful sale. Payments can range from mere pennies per referral to over $100 for a single sale.

Many merchant and retailers want to increase their online sales and affiliate programs offer the perfect option for expanding their online audience, attracting new customers, and generating revenue. How do these programs work? When you join an affiliate program, you will be give a unique affiliate ID that will be used to identify the sales you have referred.  Your unique identifier will be embedded in the affiliate links you add to your blog.  Every time a user signs up for an offer or buys an item through your links, you will be credited.

Joining Affiliate Programs

Which affiliate programs should you join? With thousands to choose from, finding the programs that are right for your blog can be difficult. The best affiliate programs are those that offer products and services that your readers need or are interested in learning more about. By understanding what your readers want, you will be better able to choose the best affiliate programs and products.

Choose a Blogging Service

Once you have decided to become an affiliate blogger, you need to choose the right blogging tools for your needs. Some bloggers have had success with free blogs, but you should also consider purchasing your own domain name and paid Web hosting. Some services offer hosting starting at as little as $30 a year, which makes this a very affordable option for affiliate bloggers.

Typepad, WordPress and Blogger are some of the most popular options for many affiliate marketers. All three offer an option for free hosting, but you can also add your blog to your own website. Consider your needs as a blogger before choosing the option that is right for you.

Affiliate Blogging

In order to become a successful affiliate blogger, you need to learn a few important affiliate marketing techniques before you begin. Successful affiliate marketers always strive to match their offers to their topics. For example, if you are blogging about career advice, you should showcase career-related affiliate links. If you were to start a blog about the latest fashion trends, you would want to feature clothing and other fashion-items on your blog.

While some bloggers have success with banner ads, text links are usually the preferred choice. Add affiliate links to every relevant blog post, but always strive to integrate the link into your actual content. Product reviews, shopping guides, tutorials and other advice are great ways to prominently feature your affiliate links.

If you plan to monetize your site by becoming an affiliate blogger, always take that time to carefully plan your marketing strategy. Choose a niche topic for your blog and join top-notch affiliate programs. Whatever programs and products you choose to promote, always be sure to diversify your approach. Join at least two or three programs in order to ensure multiple streams of income and always be on the lookout for new ways to publicize and promote your affiliate blog.