Most people know that the key to Internet marketing success is learning to use the various social media sites effectively. This is true whether you are an Internet marketer making your living selling products online, or a business professional, such as an attorney, a dentist or even a car dealer.
Blogging is one way of getting your brand known. By making effective use of your blog site, you are able to establish a rapport with your followers. You can even build a network of followers who look forward to your blogs. This is done by establishing a reputation for presenting useful and interesting information in your blogs and NOT making readers feel you are blatantly hawking your products whenever you blog.
Your blog can direct people's attention to your product, but readers need to feel that is not your main purpose. There is a need for a trust to be established between blogger and reader. Then the reader will not mind in the least if you occasionally draw attention to a product or provide a link to that product. No one begrudges a blogger an opportunity to earn a commission, so long as they, the readers, are not feeling used.
Many bloggers are even upfront about this fact, stating that they too need to make a living and they do receive a small commission if a sale is made through your link. In fact, some loyal readers go out of their way to accommodate their favorite bloggers in this regard.
To draw readers to your blog pages and ultimately to your product pages, a good blogger will have already established connections with people through social media sites, such as Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and such. They will post a simple message to their Facebook "friends," including a short link to their latest blog.
They can also do this on Twitter and Tumbler. Even Pinterest is a useful tool in directing people to your blog page. The blog doesn't always have to be about a product. Just get them to the page. Let them enjoy the blog article and sometimes just leave it at that. But occasionally you can tie a link into the narrative of your blog if it fits, or even into a photograph used on your blog. This link, when double clicked, will take the reader to the product, such as an item on Amazon. If someone purchases the product through your link, Amazon pays you a commission on that item. It's as easy as that!
But to be effective, this cannot happen overnight. It takes time to build that needed rapport and trust and to develop loyal followers. It helps if you can build up a subscription list of people who follow your blogs and are notified if and when you post a new blog.
Using social media and blogging to sell your products is a skill that takes some time to develop. But the end result can be very lucrative if you have managed to master the skill effectively.