How I Made My First Affiliate Sale? – [Without Increasing Traffic]

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 2015 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 2015, 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 2016) 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 this awesome looking theme.

How I Made My First Affiliate Sale?

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.

Screenshot of My First Affiliate Sale

As you can see in image below, I have made the first affiliate sale in May 2017. I got 35 net click and luckily one signup occur.

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

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Screenshot of My Second Affiliate Sale

Again on 1 July 2017, 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 realised 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.

1. 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.

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.

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.

4. 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 sale

5. 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:

6. 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 Professional Content Writer from ContentMart.

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

7. 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.

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.

Final Words

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.

All The Best!

how i made my first affiliate sale

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that if you click on one of the links and purchase an item, we may receive a commission (at no additional cost to you). All opinions are our own and we do not accept payments for positive reviews.

Sumit is a full-time blogger and affiliate marketer from India who has more than 5 years of experience in blogging, SEO and affiliate marketing. His Facebook group "Blogging Lift" is joined by 40,000+ bloggers all around the world. Follow Sumit to get some proven blogging advice from him.

51 thoughts on “How I Made My First Affiliate Sale? – [Without Increasing Traffic]”

  1. Pro affiliate marketing tip: Add an exit intent pop up promoting the product in order to increase conversion and reduce the bounce rate of your website.

    However, you shouldn’t do it in Amazon affiliate as they don’t allow their affiliate to do it.

  2. Hello Sumit Rao Sir, I would like to say big thanks for sharing your own strategy to inspire us. Definitely, I will use these techniques to make money from my blog. Thanks Again..!

  3. Hi Sumit

    Congrats on how you made your first affiliate, I remember mine too, it was such an amazing feeling. Just that day I thought to myself, if I can make one sale, I can make many and it was proof to me that it is possible to earn online as an affiliate marketer. The true secret in my opinion is to offer solutions to your audience problems in form of an affiliate product/offer. If you help your audience solve their problems, they will happily buy through your links and thank you for the recommendation. Great post! Enjoyed reading it 🙂


  4. Hi Sumit,

    I know this post is from a long ago, but congratulations still!

    I saw your update on Facebook where you show how you made $600 from one affiliate program, so things have exploded for you.

    I’m really glad for you and now I know whose strategies are working and where to find value:)

  5. Hey Sumit

    Great tips for a beginner to start with affiliate marketing.

    It’s been almost three months for me, I have not earned even a single penny from my blog.

    Will be implementing these tips.

    Hoping for the best.

    Thanks for sharing such a good post.

  6. Hi Sumit,
    Thanks for the inspirational article. Such information is great in boosting the morale of other affiliate marketers.

    Can you advise me and probably others why am getting clicks with no conversations? I get about 60 clicks per month (Amazon and Linkshare combined) but no sale. These are for different products. What could be wrong?

  7. Amazing post, Sumit. Seeing as you made this blog a success after 2 failed attempts, what made those blogs fail and what metric apart from no sales could you advise someone to drop their niche?

    You’ve shared amazing tips on how one can go about making their first affiliate sale. And while on that subject, was the traffic from Google or from your social media promotional efforts?

    And in regard to your end of the post, FYI summary box. Does the tactic work and something you’d recommend in bringing in those affiliate commissions?

    Thanks in advance. Enjoyed the post.

  8. Awesome! Adding up to your ‘detailed review article’ point, I believe posts that affiliate market as a third person observer sells more!

    Write the review for the links. as if you’re one of its customers.

  9. Hey Sumit,

    Just sent a request to join in your FB community. My goodness you approved in less than a minute. Your blogging journey seems to be inspiration yet I know the feel how hard it is for anyone whenever it’s time to quit blog. I experienced the same. Now you survived and came a long way here. I found you from a comment section via one of the Master Blogging by Ankit bhai posts. Glad that I found you and will check out your posts. Cheers Buddy!!

    Many Congratulations on your affiliate success.

  10. Lovely, mesmerizing article Sumit brother. It is the reason I love reading your content. Your Blog has simplicity and really helpful information. #cheers

  11. Hi Sumit,

    Congratulations on your first affiliate sale and I wish good luck in your future sales. Btw, there’s a typo in the sentence “And I am using Focus Blog Theme Provided by Thirve Themes.”

    Shouldn’t it be Thrive?

    Wish you all the best and sharing this post 🙂


    • Thanks Shafi for stopping by and leaving your comment here.

      Yes, you are right. It’s Thrive (not thirve).

      Thank you very much for informing me about it.

      I hope you visit this blog again.


  12. Hello Sumit,

    I know How its feel when we make our first income online. I am also earned my first income by promoting hosting affiliate program. I had made two sales from ipage affiliate program and earned $300 commission after 3 months of launching my blog. Its really motivates me towards affiliate marketing. Now affiliate marketing is one of my primary ways to monetize my blog.

    Have a great day 🙂

    • Thanks Vishwajeet for sharing your success story with me.

      I hope you’ll make thousands of dollar every month with affiliate marketing.

      and thanks again for stopping by and sharing your story with me.

  13. Hi Sumit, congratulations on making your first affiliate commission. I know how you feel like. I once had a dedicated bluehost affiliate site and it made me one sale in an entire year the site was up.

    Don’t stop with the first step. Go on making more money blogging.


  14. You have shared an Inspiring Post here!
    Affiliate programs help you to earn money by marketing or selling products in online. You can promote any type of product on your web/Blog if you own one.



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