How I Made My First Affiliate Sale?

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Wow… Affiliate Marketing Really Works!

I made my first affiliate sale without increasing my blog traffic.

Yes, you heard right… without any increase in blog traffic!

Don’t worry! I’ll tell you exact steps which I followed to make my first affiliate sale.

About My Blogging Journey

After 2 unsuccessful blogs, Finally I started this successful blog.

I started my blogging journey with an educational blog in October 2014 in WordPress but even after 2-3 months, I did not make even a single penny from that blog. So I have to leave that blog.

Again in December 2014, I launched another blog on blogging with WordPress. At that time, I am not serious about SEO and as usual, I did not make any money with that blog. So, I disappointed and stop that blog.

Then I think pro bloggers like Harsh Aggarwal (ShoutMeLoud), Anit Singla, Anil Agarwal and many other bloggers are making thousands of dollars every single month. Obviously, they must be using some secret strategies to boost their sale.

So, First I shift my entire blog from WordPress to Blogger (because it’s Free).

My Strategy: After Shifting Blog, I Start visiting every pro bloggers blog to analyze their affiliate marketing strategies. Also, at the same time, I read a lot’s On Page SEO, OFF Page SEO, Link Building, Blogging Tips, WordPress Guide type article.

And Guess What? Within 3 Months (in March 2014) I made my First Affiliate Sale ($65) with Bluehost affiliate program.

So, finally, I shift my blog to WordPress again with new domain name with an awesome looking theme.

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How I Made My First Affiliate Sale?

I know, you are excited to know what Strategies I followed to make my affiliate sale with little traffic. Right?

Don’t Worry, I’ll tell you everything.

But, First I want to tell you that I made this affiliate income with Bluehost Affiliate Program.

As you can see in image above, I have made the first affiliate sale in May 2014. I got 53 net click and luckily one signup occur.

And I made the first affiliate sale of my blogging journey.

Screenshot of My Second Affiliate Sale

Again on 1 July 2014, I got 18 net clicks on my affiliate link and one sign up occurred. So, I earned $65 again.

Believe me, I made this affiliate sale through the tips which are given in this article. When I realize that these tips are working for me. Then I decided to share that tips with all of you.

So, that you can also increase your affiliate sale and make money. If you seriously use the tips given in this article, then believe me you can boost your affiliate sale in little time.

So, are you ready?

Let’s dive in!

Strategies I Followed To Make My First Affiliate Sale

Be ready, because now I am going to share the exact strategies which I followed to make my first affiliate sale.

So, read it carefully and use these strategies on your blog.

These tips can help you to boost i.e. increase your affiliate sales without increasing your blog traffic.

  • Place Banner within Popular Post

If your blog traffic is very less and you want to make affiliate sales then first go to Google Analytics and find your most popular blog post.

After finding it, just go to that blog post and place your affiliate banner within it.

Believe me, it really works…

Not only me but also pro bloggers like Harsh Agarwal also use this method to increase his affiliate sales.

  • Footer link

This is another method to attract users to click on your affiliate links.

Check footer section of my blog. I’ve added affiliate link of GeneratePress theme.

  • Affiliate Link in Menu

I am using the affiliate link in the menu from a long time to increase my CTR rate.

But I have one suggestion for you. Don’t use too many affiliate links in the menu. Just select only one affiliate product you want to promote and place its affiliate link in the menu.

I’m using SiteGround vs Bluehost article link in my menu.

Because it’s my money making blog post.

  • Page Load Time

Google gives priority to the sites whose site load time is less.

Did you know?  Your blog visitor may leave your site if it takes more than 5 seconds to load.

That’s the major reason why nowadays many bloggers move their blog to SiteGround because it provides FREE CDN, Free Supercacher plugin, FREE SG Optimizer plugin and much more to provide you average load time of 1.5 seconds.

In Simple Words,

Less Site Load Time = More organic traffic = More affiliate sales

  • Conversion Focus Theme

According to a research, If you use a responsive and attractive theme in your blog then it can increase your affiliate sales.

That’s why I suggest you use premium theme instead of a Free theme.

Just use this tip and see your conversion rate.

These two themes are best for everyone:

  1. Focus Blog Theme (by Thrive Themes)
  2. GeneratePress Theme
  • Write Detailed Review Article

A detailed review article of more than 1500 words with increases affiliate sales in little time.

Glad to inform you that this method helping me a lot to continuously make my affiliate sales from my blog.

You can also Hire Me as a Professional Content Writer from ContentMart.

If you want the example of detailed review article then check my two best performing review articles:

  1. SEMrush Review – (4000+ Words)
  2. Aweber Review – (3500+ Words)

One of the best ways to publish eye-catching articles on your website is outsourcing your content. This lets you focus on the marketing phase and it saves you A Lot of Time!

  • Find Best Affiliate Program

This is the main factor to increase your affiliate sale.

Suppose you are a food blogger or travel blogger and you join affiliate program of Genesis Theme. Then you can imagine what will happen? You can not make even a single affiliate sale with this affiliate program. Because your blog visitors are not bloggers.

That’s why it’s very necessary step to think which affiliate program will work for your niche.

I think now you understood the importance of selecting the proper affiliate program.

  • Share Affiliate Link in Ebook

If you are providing any eBook to your blog readers, then must include your affiliate link in it.

The main advantage is that whenever users read that eBook. Then there is a possibility that they may click on your affiliate link and purchase that service.

I am also using affiliate links in eBook. So, I suggest you must include affiliate link in your eBook to boost your affiliate sale.

If you don’t have much time or simply can’t do it yourself, you can hire a pro content writer who can write an awesome eBook that your audience love!

Final Words

The point of affiliate marketing and blogging is to serve your audience. Give them a reason to trust you and to actually decide to purchase a product you promote. Do that and you will be able to make your first affiliate sale and continue to make sales.

I heard a quote the other day that’s really helpful, “nobody who bought a drill wanted a drill, they wanted a hole. So if you want to sell drills, advertise information about making holes, not making drills”.

Basically just meaning, your audience has a problem such as wanting to make a hole, use your blog post to tell how to make a hole with a drill and make that drill an affiliate link.

You solved your audience’s problem with your affiliate link. That’s how you make consistent sales regardless of the size of your audience.

I hope you will use all the methods which I’ve mentioned in this article to increase your affiliate sale without increasing your blog traffic.

As, I said you earlier that I use all these tips to made my first affiliate sale.

Is this article helpful for you?? Please let me know via comment below. 🙂

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  1. Hi Ali
    Read your article link on how you made your first wealthy affiliate sale, everything comes to those who persist and believe in self determination, a bit of faith then success must surely follow.

    Well written with lots of relevant and Very Valuable Information indeed.

    Thank you so so much😊👍

  2. As a newcomer to this field Iapped up this information. You obviously know what you are talking about. I will be taking your advice and using your ideas. Thank you Ali.

  3. Hi Ali, thanks for the link to this article, i found very useful tips here. Hopefully i can gain lot more knowledge and guide from you and again thank you so much.

  4. Hey Ali,
    Thanks so much for sharing this info! Your information has been so helpful. I appreciate all your help and support.

  5. Thank you friend Ali
    It’s too enough, that’s the blueprint of how to take the first sale,(All-in-one).

  6. Thank you very much for sharing your invaluable knowledge for those of us who are new in this field

  7. Thank you for showing me this content. It gives me hope that this is possible to do, and to not give up. Honestly, I was starting to feel a little discouraged, but this gives me some hope again. Thank you, it came right on time.

  8. Thanks Ali for the info. I am very new to this so most of the things you mentioned, I did not understand. Hopefully as I progress through the lessons things will become more clear. I will circle back to this article once I know how to apply it.

  9. Thank you Ali for sharing this helpful content. I’m not clear on the meaning of ‘affiliate banner’ in one of your earlier points. e.g Place banner within a popular post. Is this the same as the actual affiliate link?

    I’m also not sure where you attached an affiliate link to your menu, it sounds like a good tactic but I’m not clear on it.
    Also one of your last points was huge, write blogs by offering and focusing on the result and not the product itself! Great post my friend.

    1. Hi Michael, banners are some different than the link you inset inside your articles. They are ads that you normally see around websites. You can put your affiliate in banners as well but mostly affiliates put them inside the articles.


  10. Very Well, That is a great tips my friend. It’s also important issues Contents, Website speed & still we need some more tips for our situation as a starters. bro.

    Thanks very much.

    1. Hello Ali, I just went through your I am not certain of the difference between a Blog & a Post. Is a post from my website. A blog from another platform? I have been informed that I cannot include links to my site in the WA comments section. does that apply to WA posts? If you include content in your blog, should you insert a link or actually enter content into the blog? Thanks, Ali for your continued support and help. Alex Psomas

      1. Hi Alex,

        Blog is where you put your posts. Your blog can be hosted in WA or WordPress. Yes you can’t put link in WA comment section but you can do with when you put it in your own website and it’s better to publish your posts on your own website.

        Hope this helps 🙂


  11. Hi Ali,
    Thank you for the tips, its very useful. I want to start a new blog on siteground and as you know I am very new to blogging so I need your help to help me start. Talk soon

  12. Hello Ali,

    Thank you so much for the content you have provided to the audience. I am following the advice which you share here. Really helps a lot.


  13. Thanks Ali this Post really for me because I am new in affiliate market I’m trying all I can to increase traffic to my website but it’s not been easy thank you very much really I appreciate thanks a lot sir

  14. Hi Ali,
    Thank you so much for your generosity. You’re almost helping me by hand. I am really sick of getting my first sale due to financial struggle I am with right now. Thank you so much for this tips. I will surely follow and implement this on my niche site.

    Be rewarded more in return as you are helping more and more people.

    God bless you and best regards,

  15. Hi Ali!
    Thanks for all the tips that you mentioned in this article.
    You said that you give up the first educational website because you have spent about 3 months but there is no return. However, I’m wondering whether you will give up the educational website if you have all the knowledge of affiliate marketing.
    Is education industry a bad niche? In your other article about what niche is good to sell, there is no educational niche.


    1. Hi Ian, no education is not a bad niche and it’s not in my list, it’s because there are tons of good niches in affiliate marketing that I could not list them all in one article. What you need to do is creating quality content in your niche and post it in your site. There are affiliate programs for all niche and if you stick on it, you’ll definitely get success.


  16. Hello Ali,

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and tips. As usual you are very helpful. May God bless you more.


  17. Thanks a million Ali. This has bee so helpful.
    They say knowledge is wealth. This is indeed true wealth and nobody can pay you sufficiently for this.
    There is a kind of blessing that money cannot buy. I pray that the Lord will provide all your desires. As we succeed. You too will be lifted up higher and higher.
    Thanks again.

  18. Hi Ali,
    Thanks so much, these stuffs are very useful and informative for me. I think I might need to hire someone who can assist me with professional contents that will enable make my first sales, especially during this time that I’m very busy.
    Once again, thanks for sharing various strategies on how you made your first sale.
    All the best.

    1. Thank-you Ali,
      I am still in the beginning stages but I will contact you as soon as I need the writer.
      Your help is so very appreciated. Can you email me as to what you charge for wrighting. Even if you give me a range that will allow me to budget it into my costs.

  19. Hi Ali,
    Thanks a lot for this useful article! As am a new to affiliate marketing am trying to read about others first sale because that what am looking to, My First sale! Here in this article i found some methods that i really didn’t know about but because of you i might get my first sale after start using what you just wrote here!

  20. I love this! Thank you so much for putting this together and sharing it with visuals. This was exactly what I was looking to see. Your article gave such good insight and hope <3! Thank you!

  21. Hi Ali,

    Thanks for such a detailed and informative article.

    I must admit that one of my favourite ways of affiliate marketing is the free e-book method.

    Firstly, I’ll typically ask someone to sign up to my email list in order to receive the e-book. However, I will ensure that the information I provide in the e-book, and indeed the email series, is geared towards helping my readers as much as possible.

    I will always tell them that the e-book contains affiliate links purely for reasons of honesty and transparency.

    The free e-book is something my reader can always dip back into whenever they please and this has brought me affiliate sales many weeks, months, and in some cases years, down the line.

    Thanks again for sharing and well done for your bluehost affiliate sales.

    Keep up you the good work.


    1. Thank you Partha for your comment. You’re definitely on the right direction of affiliate marketing by taking advantage of power of creating and promoting free e-books.

      Wish you best success,

  22. Congratulations on your first sale.

    As a beginner in affiliate marketing, I have not yet become an affiliate of many programs. It makes sense to affiliate with host companies such as Blue Host because we are are in regular contact with them anyway and we can advise on their services etc as we use them.

    Do you have any other affiliate programs in this niche that you would highly recommend?

    1. Hi Lawrence and thanks for your comment. Yes I’m preparing a new article about the best affiliate programs of 2020 so follow the upcoming posts. )


  23. Hi Ali, great post. I like how you tried creating two different blogs but they were unsuccessful. But you didn’t give up and this third blog worked for you. I think focusing on providing detailed informative articles for solving problems is the best thing you can do for getting sales. Thanks for sharing the strategies that helped you get your first affiliate sale!

  24. Excellent content. So many “make Money blogs” post the same review on marginal online opportunities and then shift directly over to… “here’s what I found to be the best online opportunity…”. Your post is personable, you share your failures and then your modest “win” instead of jumping into the… “I went from zero to hero and now you can too…” hype. You showed that 1st sale, then the second… and as a beginner, that’s what you really want and can identify with. As a beginner you can’t internalize making $1,500 a day… it’s too big, but you can relate to getting that 1st sale, because it validates the belief that you had that you could earn money online… as a beginner you can relate and it’s emotional!
    Love the value in this post …following you on Pinterest

    1. Thank you Bob for the comment and your kind words. I try to put people in the right direction of blogging and affiliate marketing and if someone finds my posts helpful then I would be very happy. )

      Wish you best success,

  25. Hi Ali,

    This is an excellent, informative post, that is broken down brilliantly for me to understand.
    I am new to the world of affiliate marketing (only 5 weeks in), so this is a handy tool for me to refer to for future sales. I will be using your article as guidance when looking to make my first sale.
    I will definitely be looking at the other information on your website, and be keeping and eye out for any future posts you make.

    Great work,

  26. Hello Ali

    Many thanks for these simple but really great tips which I will definitely be trying. I also love your analogy about no one buying a drill wanting a drill – they want a hole! Solve the problem and the sales will follow naturally. I look forward to checking out more of your content.

    Many thanks,


    1. You’re welcome Jean and thanks for your comment and kind words. Comments like yours motivates me to keep publishing helpful articles about blogging.


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