If you wish there was another way to sell coffee from home without opening an online store, dropshipping, or buying beans wholesale, then you’ll be glad to learn about affiliate marketing.
Coffee affiliate programs are set up by companies in order to generate leads and sales through affiliate marketers. Affiliates earn a commission for each new sale they refer. Commission rates vary by company. Payments are sent to affiliates usually on a monthly basis via PayPal, check, or wire transfer.
In this post, I am going to explain how affiliate marketing works. I’ll explain how you can start selling all types of coffee products from home without managing an online store.
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How to Sell Coffee From Home Affiliate Marketing Style
First thing we’ll need to do is to go over what affiliate marketing is. Here is a simple definition:
Affiliate marketing is the promotion of another company’s products in exchange for a commission when a sale is made.
There are millions of products that are a part of an affiliate program. This includes various coffee affiliate programs as well. There are some great brands of coffee that have affiliate programs to include:
Commission rates vary from company to company but you can expect anywhere from 4% up to 20% in some cases.
Applying to affiliate programs is free to do. Once you are approved, you will receive special tracking links called “affiliate links”.
These affiliate links track any sales you’ve made and credit your account with commissions. Most affiliate programs pay on a month-to-month basis using PayPal.
You can place your affiliate links in your blog content. When visitors to your website click on your affiliate links and buy products from the merchant’s website, you make a commission.
What to Know About Affiliate Commissions
Each affiliate program offers different commissions. Some companies manage their own affiliate program in-house, while others leave the management to an affiliate network.
Most affiliate programs pay on a monthly basis and some even pay on a bi-weekly basis. Almost all affiliate products I’ve promoted pay commissions using PayPal. Some pay by direct deposit which is even better.
Affiliate Marketing Versus eCommerce
There are pros and cons to affiliate marketing when compared to running an online store. However, the pros may outweigh the cons depending on your own preferences.
Here are some advantages to affiliate marketing to consider:
- You don’t need your own product(s)
- Never have to buy inventory
- No packing or shipping anything
- Unlimited earning potential
- Zero customer service (yay!)
- Work anywhere with a WiFi connection
- Low cost to start and low risk
The cons to affiliate marketing would be that you rely on other companies to pay your commissions. If the company you are an affiliate with closes their affiliate program, you lose your commissions.
While it is never any guarantee, I try to sign up with affiliate programs that have longevity. I also try not to place all of my eggs in one basket. Meaning, I promote multiple affiliate products in case one closes for any reason.
Owning an eCommerce store has some advantages over affiliate marketing. For one thing, you’re likely to make money faster if you use paid advertising to promote your store.
Another benefit of owning an online store is that you have more control over your products and income. When you generate sales, you have immediate access to your funds versus waiting for an affiliate program to send you commissions.
Create a Coffee Niche Website
One steady way to income with affiliate marketing is by creating a niche website (a niche blog.) That is my recommendation for anyone getting started with affiliate marketing.
It is how I got started and it is what I continue to do today. Niche websites are excellent when it comes to making money promoting affiliate products.
Obviously, you’ll want to create a coffee niche website. However, your blog does not need to be a general coffee blog. You can focus on different sub-niches within the coffee niche.
Some sub-niche coffee niches you could consider include:
- Cold brew coffee making
- Coffee roasting at home
- Cooking with coffee
- Enema coffee
- Coffee for beauty
Setting Up Your Niche Blog
Launching your coffee niche blog is easy. I don’t recommend using free blogging services like Tumblr or Wix, etc. Instead, I always suggest getting your own self-hosted WordPress website.
A self-hosted WordPress website simply means that you will register your own domain name, get a web hosting account, and install WordPress using one-click installation.
You can get everything you need to do this with any commercial web hosting provider such as the one I use (WPX Hosting).
If all of that seems a bit much, you can get step-by-step help and training by following the same training program I used when I started niche blogging.
Following that training helped me to progress much faster than if I had tried to learn everything on my own. It is what helped me to go from a newbie affiliate marketer to making a consistent income online.
Selling Coffee With Your Content
The one big difference between selling coffee with a niche blog versus an online store is that you rely on your blog posts to drive traffic to your website.
That means receiving free targeted traffic to your blog posts. When you own an eCommerce business, you often need to use paid advertising to get traffic.
Niche blogs take a bit longer to generate traffic, but once they do, it’s free traffic and traffic equals opportunity for sales.
The key is to write blog posts that are relevant to what your audience is searching for. Therefore, if your coffee niche blog is focusing on cold brewing coffee, do keyword research for that topic.
In essence, you will be using SEO (search engine optimization) to help rank your blog posts in the search engines.
I think many people underestimate the benefits of blogging and also underestimate the what it takes to create an income generating blog.
In terms of blogging tips, I have a few that I always recommend. The first is to blog often. One to two new posts per week is great if you are a busy person. If you can post more, go for it!
The second tip is to write the most helpful content that you can. You do not need to be an expert in the topic but do your best to answer the questions of your audience.
That being said, your blog posts should easily exceed 1,000 words. It sounds intimidating at first, but when you are writing helpful content, hitting 1,000 words is easy.
My last tip is to stay consistent and not to give up. Niche blogs require patience and time. It is a marathon and not a sprint. It pays off if you do not give up on your blog!
Closing Thoughts On How to Sell Coffee From Home as an Affiliate Marketer
Affiliate marketing is a great alternative for selling coffee online. It eliminates having to buy products or even dropshipping coffee.
There is never anything to pack and ship. You also never have to deal with customer service.
Niche websites are how I make a consistent monthly income online with affiliate marketing. They really are awesome when it comes to promoting affiliate products.
If you are ready to be an affiliate marketer and cash in on the coffee niche, I recommend following the same step-by-step training I followed.