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Affiliate Marketing in Nepal

A lot of youths in Nepal are actively indulging in affiliate marketing. With access to the internet, many of them are trying their way out through blogging, YouTube monetization, and affiliate marketing to earn revenue. E-commerce companies like Daraz, Sasto Deal, etc., are successfully executing affiliate marketing in Nepal, and inspiring the youth to work on earning some passive income by using the methods of digital marketing.

With affiliate marketing, it becomes super easy to earn respectable revenue while never getting out of your comfort corner.

Let’s move ahead to understand more about Affiliate Marketing.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is not that difficult to understand. It includes a company or a person who wants to sell their products, a middleman (affiliate), and consumers.

This type of marketing happens when a middleman or an affiliate helps a company to sell its products by promoting them to a larger audience and converting the audience into customers and consumers. With every purchase that happens through the process, the affiliate earns a commission out of it.

Let’s understand the roles of different parties involved in the process.

The Seller

Any person or a company who has a product or a service to sell can be called a seller. For example, it could be a new entrepreneur who just started the business of selling handmade candles, or a tutor providing educational tutorials.

The seller is the one who owns the product/service and select the affiliate marketers to increase their sales by offering small amount of commissions to the affiliates.

The Affiliate

A person who acts as a middleman to promote the seller’s product or service and gains revenue out of it is known as an affiliate.

People like bloggers, social media influencers, YouTubers, etc., are the affiliates while promoting a product that fits well with their niche, and earn revenue with every purchase that takes place in the process.

The Consumer

Consumers are the most important part of the process of affiliate marketing as they are the ones who make drive the whole concept of this type of marketing by clicking on the ads and affiliate links on different blogs and websites, to different products, knowingly or unknowingly, and purchasing the products. The purchases then profit the affiliate with a commission.

Now that you have gained basic knowledge of affiliate marketing, it is time to learn some of the amazing affiliate marketing tactics and strategies used by Daraz. Daraz is one of the most successful e-commerce companies in Nepal.

Daraz’s Affiliate Marketing Strategies

Daraz is Nepal’s most popular and successful online shopping destination. It controls over 60% of Nepal’s online market. It is presently Nepal’s best online shopping destination thanks to its services and assistance.

Daraz runs an active affiliate marketing network that allows website/blog owners to profit from their visitors. The Daraz Affiliate Program is the best available option for everyone to start affiliate marketing from Nepal.

Content creators, bloggers, etc., use the Daraz affiliate marketing program, which allows them to create customized affiliate links for different products, that direct their audience to land on Daraz’s e-commerce website where the products are available. With every successful purchase, the affiliates end up earning revenue.

Daraz Affiliate Program requires you to have at least 10K followers on social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) and the ability to send VAT/PAN invoices. To become a part of the program, sign up for the Daraz Affiliate programme from the website. If you meet the eligibility requirements, your application will be reviewed and approved.

To sign-up for the program –

  1. Visit https://www.daraz.com.np/wow/i/np/help-pages/daraz-affiliate-program
  2. Click the “Affiliate Program” option at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click on “Sign up for now”
  4. Fill in all your detail in the form that pops up.

How to start affiliate marketing in Nepal?

Affiliate Marketing is getting quite popular among many in Nepal. The number of affiliate marketers who are looking to make money is growing every day. Certainly, the fever of affiliate marketing in Nepal shows no signs of abating. The scope of this type of marketing is on the rise in Nepal.

To start affiliate marketing in Nepal, you first need to make sure that your blog and website is optimized rightly and ranked higher on the search engine result page if you are a blogger. This will provide you with a large number of visitors and hence, increased revenue through affiliate marketing. Similarly, if you are an influencer, your following must be high.

You can execute affiliate marketing in numerous ways if you have a well-established blog. Some of the ways include using banner or display ads on the sidebar or header, creating a high-quality product review on the blog, and gathering an email list with a variety of mailing plugins.

To start affiliate marketing,                            

Select your niche

It is important to select a category of products or services that you would like to promote. For example, if you write reviews on trending electronic items, it would be preferable to market electronic products through affiliate marketing, as that would be more relevant for your audience. This will also enhance the quality of your content, which will eventually gain you a higher chance of Click-through-rate (CTR), and hence, higher revenue.

For example: GadgetByteNepal

Check user reviews

After you’ve decided on a niche and products, you should pay attention to user reviews. More sales can be generated by a product having a maximum of 4 or 5-star reviews.

You should see the details of an organization or a company, product price, shipment time, and discounts in addition to the reviews and sales counter.

Payment Method

You will have various troubles cashing out your hard-earned money if you do not have a suitable payment method. As you may be aware, Nepal lacks PayPal or any other international payment gateway provider. That is the reason I recommended you to go for Daraz’s affiliate programme instead of big international companies like Amazon.

If you did affiliate marketing of Nepal based companies you can easily withdraw your hard earned money (commission) that too legally.

How to Promote Affiliate Marketing?

SEO

One of the simplest ways is to drive maximum organic traffic to your blog, website, or YouTube channel through SEO techniques. If you want to know more about SEO and its techniques read my SEO Blog posts and follow the techniques to rank higher. Or you can hire an SEO Expert for this.

Email Marketing

Email marketing is the practice of sending all appropriate affiliate products via email. This strategy is currently being used by several prominent bloggers to increase sales. This is why it’s critical to create an email list. The more email lists you can amass, the more customers you’ll be able to meet.

Social Media

Share your affiliate product link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Linked In, and other social media platforms. This strategy is appropriate for apparel, gadgets, food items, and everyday necessities.

FAQ about Affiliate Marketing in Nepal

Can I earn money from Affiliate Marketing in Nepal?

Yes, as discussed above, you can easily earn money from Affiliate Marketing, given, that you have a noticeable following and recognition on the internet, social media, etc. and that you follow the right technique to execute affiliate marketing with all your dedication and passion.

Which Affiliate Marketing you will recommend?

If you are a beginner and want to earn a good amount of money, there are a few options that you can consider to get started with affiliate marketing. I talked only about Daraz in above, But this is not the only option you have.

Few of other popular Nepali companies like SastoDeal, Durbarmart are also offering affiliate marketing in Nepal.

If you have international payment gateway then you can consider choosing Amazon, Flipkart, eBay, Commission Junction,  ClickBank,  themeforest etc. Amazon Affiliate Marketing is more popular among them.

Conclusion

Affiliate marketing can be a great opportunity for content creators or anyone looking for a way to make money on the side. In Nepal, the scope of this sort of marketing is expanding and showing no signs of slowing down. Being a competent affiliate marketer, on the other hand, requires a great deal of knowledge. I hope that this post has provided you with some basic information about affiliate marketing in Nepal and has encouraged you to get started with and earn money from it.

How To Start a Blog in Nepal?

Are you someone looking forward to sharing your thoughts, opinions, or knowledge about a topic, or any POVs in general with the world, but don’t know where to start it from Nepal? If this is the case, then kudos! You’ve landed on the right page. This article explains a step-by-step process of how to start a blog in Nepal.

With tons of information on how to start a blog available online, it could get a little daunting for newbies to get started with a blog.

This article will help you understand the term ‘blogging’ and how to get started with it in the simplest and easiest ways.

Before getting into the steps to create a blog, let’s first understand what does the term ‘blogging’ mean.

Back in the ’90s, people began to put up their journals and diary entries online to share their thoughts and opinions with the world in a rather informal manner. Gradually, people started seeing the practice of putting up thoughts and information about different topics online as an opportunity to communicate with people online on a large scale. In today’s time, sharing a variety of information through write-ups, graphics, videos, to a larger audience, and communication with them has gained popularity. This practice has come to be known as what we call it today, BLOGGING.

Blogging is one of the most popular content formats in the last few years with a mix of video, image, and audio content.

In this blog post, you will get an easy guide to follow a few simple steps that will help you get started with blogging.

 Research and Mind Make-up

Before starting with a blog, you will have to answer a few questions.

Why do you want to start a blog in the first place?

To start a blog, you need to understand the purpose behind the blog. Finding the purpose will keep you motivated as well as help you maintain consistency in keeping your audiences updated with the topic of your blog regularly.

What should be your niche?

To answer this, you need to list down YOUR topics of interest and cut it down to those topics that you have the most information about. You can further shorten down the list by analysing which of the topics in the list have the least competition. The topics with lesser competition and your expertise in them will definitely give you an upper hand.

For example, if your interest lies in topics like lifestyle, food, etc., it is a must for you to have in-depth knowledge and experience in such topics, which will, in turn, help you create unique and engaging content. This is because, topics like food, travel, lifestyle, etc., are a few of the most popular and trending topics. Many a time, people with superficial knowledge on these topics end up copying from other popular blogs that decrease the quality and authenticity of their blog posts. On the other hand, topics like wildlife, culinary arts, Robotics, etc., which are not as widely popular as the ones listed above, will help you create unique, engaging, and qualitative content for your blog post. Such content will ultimately bring traction to your blog by building trust and authenticity.

Such research before starting a blog can narrow down your focus on the niche you selected and push you into following the next step, which is, making a website.

Make a website

To create a successful website, there are a few points that you need to keep in mind and a few steps you need to follow.

At the beginning of your blogging career, you might feel attracted to creating an extremely professional website and you might end up buying some memberships or paying a lot of money before even publishing your first blog post.

To avoid spending so much money, we will try to create a successful website for free. Yes, that is possible!

Start by choosing the right platform to publish your blog posts. Try not to choose website builders. Instead, go for platforms like WordPress, Blogspot, etc. These platforms do not charge a single penny. They also help you establish a successful website.

To use WordPress,

  • Buy your desired domain name and connect it with a hosting provider.
  • Select one of the many interesting themes available on WordPress for free, that suits your website the best.
  • Proceed by customising the theme selected and altering the look of your website according to your needs and requirements.
  • Once you have arranged the look and feel of your website, start adding posts and pages to the website and customising it further.
  • To bring attention to your website organically, optimise it.
  • Once the website is made, move to the next step, which is, creating high-quality content for your website.

Video Tutorial to make a website using WordPress

Create high-quality content

No matter how good and aesthetic your website looks, you cannot gain traction on your website if the content is not good. To attract the audience to your blogs, the content needs to be relevant, authentic and should appeal to the audiences’ wants.

To create quality content, you can use a few key points, tips and tricks –

  • Understand and figure out what you want to convey to your audience.
  • Try to make your content unique, authentic, and engaging by maintaining coherence between topic and sub-topics.
  • Keep the content true to the theme of your blog or website.
  • Try to give more information about the topic in the simplest forms. For example, avoid using highly advanced vocabulary in your content and instead, keep it simple and easy to read at your audiences’ convenience.
  • Add value to the content by performing in-depth research of the topic and giving the correct information to your audience.

Now, you have learnt to create quality content, it’s time to optimise your content that will gain traction toward your website.

Promote your content

There are a lot of ways to promote your content, which include both paid and unpaid methods. Let us start with one of the most popular unpaid methods –

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

It is a part of digital marketing. It is a technique used to optimize content, such as blogs, graphics, videos, etc., based on relevancy and quality of the content to satisfy consumers’ needs more organically.

To create SEO friendly content, you can use tools like Surfer SEO. SEO has its own rules that you need to follow to rank your blog higher on the SERP. Use proper primary and secondary keywords, add relevant images to your blog post, use the keywords appropriately in your blog, give a meta-description and headline to your blog, etc.

If you need any help regarding SEO, I am always here to assist you.

Social media marketing

In today’s time, social media platforms play an important role in spreading awareness regarding various issues of the world as well as connecting and communicating with millions of people at the same time. Various brands and start-ups use social media to establish their brand promise, connect with the audience, and spread brand awareness by creating useful and valuable content that appeals to the brand promise as well as the audiences’ needs.

A lot of brands and organizations also use podcasts and reel videos to create audio and video content respectively, apart from the written blog content.

To promote your blog post by using a paid method, Search engine marketing (SEM) is an effective way. You can use Google ads for the same.

Publish New Content and update old content regularly

Once you have successfully established your blog or website, it is very important to keep up the buzz at all times. Try to publish new content at regular intervals of time. With the changing trends among people, it is also very important to keep the older content updated as per the latest trends and requirements to attract more audiences to your blog.

Monetize your blog

Finally, it is time to earn money out of your hard work and high-quality content on your website or blog post. This can be done in many ways. One of the ways to earn money is through Ad networks.

Ad Networks

You can earn money by selling ad space on your blogs. For example, when you visit a food blog, you might come across display ads advertising some food or cooking items, or, while scrolling Instagram feed, you might come across a hair straightener ad that you just checked on the Internet. To add similar adverts to your blog, you can join an advertising programme with ad networks such as Google AdSense.

Ad networks like Google AdSense and Adsterra choose relevant ads that go well with your blog content and also provide you with ad formats that suit your blog’s design the best.

Paid advertising, like any other form of advertising, has its own set of rules. One of them is Cost-Per-Click (CPC). Every time a user clicks on any of the ads on your blog, you will get paid.

Affiliate Marketing

In affiliate marketing, you play the role of a middleman in the sales process in exchange for a commission. The advertiser like Amazon gives you a custom link to their products that you can put on your website. You have the option of doing it your way or negotiating: banner advertisements or content format. The seller keeps track of the customer journey of the leaders who made a purchase and sends you the transaction commission. Because of your unique affiliate code embedded in the advertiser’s link, it is easy and simple to trace.

Paid Reviews

It is also a form of promotion where you review somebody else product or service in your website. Businesses pays good amount of money if you have a huge following. So, before approaching them, for paid reviews make sure you have a good quantity of readers.

There are many other ways to monetise your blog but all these strategies would be useless without quality content. So before thinking about how to monetise your blog, it is better to think about how you can make your content qualitative which would attract the audience organically.

FAQs about blogging in Nepal

Is blogging difficult in Nepal?

To be honest, blogging is not hard in Nepal because of low competition.  Blogging has a big potential in Nepal. And by using the right strategies, you can easily make your blog successful, in Nepal!

How much does it cost to start a blog in Nepal?

Be it Nepal or any other country, you can easily start a blog for free or in very less amount (less than Rs. 2000 including both domain & hosting) as mentioned above.

Conclusion

It is simple to start a blog. Hard work, devotion, and tenacity are required to create one that will be successful and profitable. The benefits, however, significantly exceed the hazards.

Today, blogs are more economical and accessible than they have ever been. Obstacles will try to throw you off track, just as they will in any other aspect of life. However, I encourage you to pursue your interest and publish it on your site.

Be yourself. Take a chance. Always be truthful and open.

15 ways to make money online in Nepal

Everyone wants to use their part time to make some pocket money. With easy access to the internet and computer/laptop, it has made the globe connected as a whole. Remote work, work from home are now as usual as 10-5 offices used to be. Today, I’ll list out to you the 15 ways to make money online in Nepal.

Let’s make this clear, the term ‘make money online’ sounds much easier than it is. This is 2021 and none will pay you unless you do something valuable for them. On the other hand, there will be thousands of similar people looking to make money online, which makes it a bit harder to get work or make a good amount of money. Nevertheless, this won’t be hard as well, with some practice and study, you’ll be able to do some of these works that’ll obviously help you make money online in Nepal.

SEO

SEO, standing for Search Engine Optimization is a technique of maintaining and managing websites that makes them appear higher in search results. SEO Specialists can work as a freelancer as well as a full time job with average pay of Rs. 20, 000 per month but not limited to.

If you love spending much time online, have good knowledge of websites and website CMS, this might be a good option for you to choose. However, SEO Specialists follow a series of steps, techniques and procedures for which you might have to train yourself. You can get free online resources to learn.

I am a SEO freelancer and I am earning my living providing SEO services in Nepal and to other clients as well.

If you want to learn Search Engine Optimization, You can start from ahrefs SEO for beginners course.

Web/App Development

If you are good with coding or have good designing skills, you should choose this way to make money online in Nepal. Web/App development is one of the good paying job/freelancing opportunities.

If you can build scalable applications with good designing skills, you will pretty much get clients on freelancing sites. On the other hand, you can develop applications and raise funds to scale them or sell them online.

Dinesh Neupane from Nepal recently earned more than 85 lakhs Nepali rupees by selling his “Fonts Aa” application.

Resources to learn Web Design & Development

WordPress For Beginners

Content Writing

How expressive are you? How good is your writing skill? If you can answer these answers with a positive attitude, content writing can be a good option for you. Companies and individuals hire and pay people to write content for their business/website/social media.

Content writing is a flexible job and has a good pay. So you can start with content writing as well and get clients through freelancing sites or creating your own portfolio website.

Tutorial to get started with Content Writing

Social Media Optimization

Social Media optimization is a technique of creating good content for social media pages of business or celebrities. If you have good graphic designing skills, and can create engaging posts for clients and also are good with social media, this can be a good option for you. Create a profile in freelancing platforms like Fiverr, UpWork, Freelancer to get started.

For More information about social media optimization, watch this video:

Graphics Designing

People with artistic nature are able to create engaging and attractive graphics. Graphics can be used for website, social media promotion or for various purposes like offline advertisements.

Graphic designers get paid pretty good. Learning graphic designing is not that tough if you can get easy with designing tools and have a decent working PC.

Canva is another popular tool to get started to graphics design. 

Video Editing

Video editing is one of the good paying job. Video editing is done using tools like FinalCutPro or Adobe Premier for premium use and other free softwares are also available.

Clients hire people to make and edit promotional videos, vlogs or other informative videos. With video editing, you can earn a pretty decent amount working online in Nepal.

Adove premier Pro Beginners Tutorial

Online Assistant

Most businesses these days require to give online support to clients regarding their services. Businesses hire individuals to provide online assistants. In such cases, businesses give training for a certain period about their services or products. After a certain interval of training, you will be paid for interacting with their clients and providing support online.

Watch this video to know more about Virtual Assistant Job and to get started

Youtuber

YouTube has been one of the good sources for people to make money online in Nepal. Making YouTube videos is not an easy task. But if you are a good storyteller, and can create good content, you will get a large audience on youtube. YouTube pays it’s creator with money for displaying ads on videos.

YouTube has a variety of audiences looking for entertainment, knowledge, training, information, and many more. Different creators like Sisan Baniya, Ming Sherap, James Shrestha, Iamsega and many more earn making YouTube videos.

YouTube has also helped many rappers and musicians like VTEN, UNIQ Poet, Lil Buddha, Pashupati Sharma, Almoda Uprety monetize their music as well. If you can make videos on any of these topics, you will be able to acquire a good audience in time and make money by letting YouTube play ads on your video.

Intro to Making Money on YouTube by YouTube

Google Adsense

Google adsense is a platform for creators and individuals to earn money by displaying google ads on their website. Google Adsense pays a good amount of money for displaying it’s ads. Google is a large company and millions of advertisers use this platform to display ads across the web.

Popular websites like Hamrobazaar in Nepal have enabled google adsense on their website. If you can create and maintain a website with good content and decent followers, you will eventually start making a very good amount of money online.

Adsense Tutorial for Beginners

Facebook Instant Articles

Similar to Google Adsense, Facebook lets it’s creators earn money by displaying ads on their content. If you have a Facebook page with a large amount of followers, this will be very easy. You will need to get a website and get approval from Facebook for displaying ads. After you successfully approve your website, Facebook will pay you for displaying ads.

I have experience with Facebook Instant Articles and I earn a decent amount every month from it.

Nepal’s major news portals like OnlineKhabar, Ratopati as well use Instant Articles to monetize their website content on Facebook. If you need consulting regarding setting up Facebook Instant Articles, you can contact me from my contact details.

Create a Facebook page, engage your audience and get started with Fb Instant Articles

Bug Bounty

We frequently hear news about people earning money through bug bounty online. Bug bounty is a technique of finding bugs on websites and the website owners pay you for finding these bugs and notifying them about the bug. Large companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Intel etc. provide good money for its bug testers.

Many people have earned a good amount of money online in Nepal using bug bounty. Recently, Saugat Pokhrel has earned more than 20 lakhs in one year using bug bounty.

How to start Bug Bounty in Nepal? by Saugat Pokharel

Affiliate Marketing

Online stores like Amazon, Daraz etc. pay a good commission for people who work with them as an affiliate marketer. Affiliate marketing is referring people from your website to buy and shop on their website. Amazon Affiliate is a good example of this.

If you want to earn as an affiliate marketer, you will need a good online presence. I can help you set up a good website with proper search engine optimization that can help you gain a good amount of organic visitors on your website.

Affiliate Marketing Tutorial For Beginners 2021 (Step by Step)

Gaming

How fond are you of playing games? If you play a lot of games online, then you might be able to monetize it as well. Gamers like 4k Gaming, DRS Gaming stream live gaming videos.

You might have heard of “4k Gaming” donating an appreciable amount of money he earns from live streaming his games. If you love playing games, then you can as well make money online in Nepal by steaming live games.

More Information about Steaming live games and earning money

Tiktoker

You might have heard TikTok users like Ansh Verma earning over one crore rupees using Tiktok. Tiktok is one of the engaging platforms and it’s currently expanding. As of 2021, tiktok has more than 1000 million active users. If you have a good tiktok profile with a large reach, brands will pay you for promoting their products.

Tiktok Users earn a good amount of money by doing live videos as well. So if you can create engaging content, Tiktok can be a good choice to make money online in Nepal.

Earn Money from Tiktok Live

Referral Earning

Referral Earning is something that’s filled with a lot of scammers. But with a legit platform you tend to make a satisfactory amount of money. Referral means simply referring someone to use a product or platform.

Different platforms pay users for referrals. For example, eSewa, ImePay give you certain rewards for referrals as well. You will not earn a large lump sum of money from referrals but on the other hand you won’t have to experience something for it. So referral earning can also be a good choice to earn online in Nepal.

Here is the example of Referral Campaigns 

esewa refer and earn

Conclusion

In summary, you will earn a good amount of money if you have experience and knowledge of a specific field. Talking about me, I have been providing SEO services in Nepal for the past few years and I am earning good money online. The works like referrals, captcha etc. do not require much knowledge but have a very low pay. If you want to earn from affiliate marketing, google adsense or facebook instant articles, I can help you setup your website and do a full SEO audit for your website.

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