Only recently, I found out that you can actually make money with visitors to your website. For us, Marthas Vine Yard has been nothing but a simple and fun project. We never thought much of it, except a handy way to stay in touch and to spread interesting information for anyone interested. The upstream of what we could now call “success”, has been very slow and gradual. As a matter in fact, we hardly even noticed that anything like that happened. Just one morning I happened to install the Piwik web statistic program to see how many visitors are visiting the site.
And I have been astonished, with hundreds of daily visitors on a best day. All of them interested in Fiber Farms? Possibly yes! I mentioned this to a good friend of mine who is far from anything that would be related to words like farming, natural, agriculture etc. His more of a city guy who keeps me updated on the things us country side folk should know about. It has been a fruitful relationship over the years, but what I learned about affiliate marketing simply struct me as something that would be hard to believe.
You see, running WordPress was a huge change for us already. I just knew, that if someone like me could run a website and blog in a few simple steps.. there was some nerdy magic going on! Heh, heh. Either way, turns out that I can just sign up with affiliate programs and recommend them to the readers of my blog. Something that is a lot of responsibility, but gives huge possibilities at the same time! He recommended to me a popular method, to localize affiliate links with WordPress, because I have visitors from all over the world. One person from the United States would purchase a particular product from the US Amazon store for example. But if that person happens to be from Canada, it’s again a different story and a different affiliate program I need to not only sign up for, but to link to as well.
All this doesn’t sound very difficult to me. But seems like something you need to constantly learn about, develop, optimize and localize of course. It’s kind of like having local food, and products to have less of a negative impact on nature. So in a similar way, I could be actually doing a good thing. Just need to be faithful to my believes and only recommend products that I truly believe that are well made, and can help the planet. In one way or another of course.
It’s going to be an interesting road down the farm, let’s see where it develops!