How to Use Blogs in Successful Affiliate Marketing – A 3-Step Guide

1. Map Out Your Target Audience

One of the most important aspects of affiliate marketing is to know who you are trying to sell to. So depending on what product you are trying to sell, carefully think about the people you think will buy your product. For an ab-building product you might write down “male,” “under 40,” “students,” “single,” “interested in weight-training.”

Next, about the type of blogs your audience will likely be reading. Continuing the ad-building example, you might think of:

“Men’s Style”
“Bodybuilding Blogs”
“Sports Blogs”
“Health & Fitness Blogs”

Once you have mapped out your target audience and thought of a few types of blogs they might visit, you can move on to finding the specific blogs that will be most successful in selling your product.

2. Use Blog Finder Tools

To find these blogs, you have several online tools at your disposal. One is the Google Blog Search tool. Using it, you type in the keywords of phrases that you mapped out for your target audience. So you would type in “men’s style” (Use quotation marks, especially with phrases, to make your search more specific), and the tool returns you a list of blog posts that have discussed the topic.

Now you need to narrow your search so that you find the blogs that are the busiest. Narrow it down to blogs that have been posted to within the last day or week. Then visit these blogs to see which ones get a lot of traffic. Better blogs will have subscriber counters, while others will have to be judged by the number of posts and comments left on those posts. (NOTE: Blogs whose URL includes “blogspot,” are sponsored by Google and are somewhat limited in their advertising potential.) Once you decide on the blogs you are interested in, you can continue to actually advertising on them.

3. Target Blogs With Advertising Spots

At this point, you should contact the owners of the blogs and inquire about advertising on them. There are 2 ways to go about this are either to purchase a banner ad on the site, or to ask about having a sponsored post made on the behalf of your product (you can make sponsored posts on Blogspot blogs). These are questions bloggers are used to, and they should be able to give you a price quickly.

Depending on how busy the chosen blog is, this method could expose your product to thousands of potential buyers for a minimal cost.

Blog Yourself Thin!

Losing it on the web: easy how-to steps to create your own private, online support group to achieve your weight loss and fitness goals.

Let’s face it, dieting and achieving weight loss goals has never been easy, and, in today’s media rich world, is probably harder than ever. But why not use technology and the web to your advantage? In just a few minutes you can create your own private weight loss and diet support area on the web – all for free! You can invite whomever you want into your web support area. Your friends can then provide you with feedback, encouragement and, after you slip up, just the right positive chastisement to get you back on track.

The key to achieving successful diet and fitness goals is to reform and reshape your daily habits towards healthier lifestyle and food choice habits. As you progress on improving your habitual food and exercise choices, you’ll naturally make permanent and healthy progress towards your goals.

You might respond, “Change my habits? Easy to say, but hard to do!” Of course it’s hard, but this is where web technology can provide a key supporting role. The key to any habit re-formation process is to have positive feedback at hundreds of tiny steps along the way. Another key is to be accountable to yourself and your goals. Imagine, if only you could have your best friends or closest and most supportive family members with you all day long – if they could be by your side, wouldn’t they ensure that you stuck by your goals, whether it’s a 45 minute power walk, or choosing the salad over the pizza? Yes it would!

So bring your close friends and family online with you in your own private food & fitness blog site. It’s easy to set up, and it can be completely private, requiring password log in, so you can be as honest and frank about your setbacks as well as celebrating your successes.

There are many public blog sites out there that can work as a form of daily food log, but they typically are fully public – namely, you’ve got to be willing to expose yourself to the estimated 1 Billion web surfers of the world. So you might want to consider using a free private website, such as KeepandShare, where you can create a private account complete with daily text calendar and photos and discussions, and then invite your friends to have access to your account.

In KeepandShare, the calendar application is unique and easier to use than a blog site, because the KeepandShare calendar provides free text entry in each day. You don’t place appointments in the days, you just click and type! That makes it ideal for online food journals, diet diaries, weekly printable food diary, printable weight watchers journal, exercise logs and the like.

With private group sharing sites like KeepandShare, you can truly bare your soul to your support group with nary a worry of strangers viewing or commenting. Private group sharing sites allow you to always control who sees what in your account. Just set the ‘share with’ to give Suzy and Sally access and they’ll be automatically notified every time you post into your account.

So there you have it. Use the new power of the web’s private group sharing sites to post your own true diet diary, but to do so privately. Then receive the comments of cheers and chastisements of your friends, helping you to steadily form your new habits and achieve your weight loss, diet and fitness goals.