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Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to monetize your blog only if you can do it right. You can make a lot of money but to do that, you need to know the right places to include your links to make this happen. Read on.
Affiliate marketing works by linking products that may help your readers in a well-written blog post in order to make money.
Before I go on to list the best places to add your affiliate links, you may want to read the posts listed below to get familiar with affiliate marketing.
Best 7 Places To Add Affiliate Links
1. Between Sentences
Affiliate links convert best when they are naturally placed within your blog. Assuming you have written a very detailed and helpful post discussing a particular topic/problem, include affiliate links when mentioning what product helped you.
Link to products you have only used or researched properly to solve such a problem by mentioning them casually in your post. Appearing too ‘salesy’ may be counter-effective.
Below is a demonstration of how I included an affiliate link (peppermint essential oil) within a post on my 2nd blog in the best natural way. This particular post has made me about $450 so far.
2. Resource Page
A resource page is simply a page on a website that lists helpful links and resource for a particular topic. For example, a food blog about Paleo might have a resource page dedicated to Paleo recipes.
This blog is about blogging tips for beginners, so when you take a look at my resource page, you will find helpful tools and resources that will benefit bloggers and content creators.
All link on my resource page is affiliate links that can potentially generate money.
It is very important to only list products that you have used and trust in their abilities. The quickest way to lose your audience is to recommend products that are not so helpful because you want to earn a commission from them.
3. Email Newsletters
Collecting emails from your audience is a great tactic for having direct contact with them on a more personal level.
Bloggers use their email lists to notify their subscribers about new blog posts, updates about the blog, or promotional items that can be helpful to them. Depending on what you chose to send to your audience in a newsletter, affiliate links can be included in it.
However, make sure you read the terms of service of the affiliate marketing program you are promoting to be sure you are allowed to promote them in your email newsletters. I know most of them to allow this, except Amazon. Just double-check.
If you are looking to start building your email list on an easy platform that allows you up to 2,000 subscribers without charges, try Mailerlite. ***
4. Product Tutorial/Review
Another great way to promote your affiliate links is by creating a blog post that specifically reviews that product or a tutorial of how to use it.
Demonstrate in your post how this product has personally helped you and how useful you find it but note that it is in your interest, to tell the truth about that product. Let your readers know what to expect when they buy it.
Talk about the highlights and the downsides of the product because no product is absolutely perfect but the positive aspect has to outweigh the negatives otherwise don’t promote it to your readers.
A false review of a product is the fastest way to lose trust from your readers and trust me, you will never get it back because people don’t like to waste money. If you promote something they find as described, you will gain a loyal subscriber for life!
5. Inside Digital Products
Digital products are downloadables of e-courses, e-coaching, printables, and others. Selling digital products has been one of the most lucrative ways bloggers make money and you can be on your way to a 6 figure yearly income with that.
Do you know you can make more money from your digital products by including affiliate links?
Take, for example, you buy a Pinterest course from a blogger that maybe uses Tailwind as part of their strategy to auto-schedule their pins on Pinterest. He/She will likely mention the use of this tool and 9 out of 10 times will be affiliate links.
And so it goes for other niches as well. If it’s a digital product about fashion example, you will likely see affiliate links from fashion websites included.
6. Banner/Side Bar
The sidebar is one of the most overlooked places to add affiliate links to. A lot of companies that offer affiliate programs usually provide links and banners to you the affiliate to promote.
Text links are more popular than images/banner links because they convert better in your blog posts. Image links also have a place, your sidebar as a banner ad.
Banners in your post don’t convert well because they appear like ads (‘salesy‘) and people don’t respond well to that. What you can do is utilize your banner ads on your sidebar so its there but not in people’s faces at the same time.
If you don’t like the banner image provided by the company for some reason maybe the colors don’t match your theme, create yours, and add your links.
7. Social Media
There are so many bloggers and influencers that make money from affiliate programs via social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
I am yet to try this method but I know it works so I thought it’s worth a mention if you intend to grow your social media as part of your business strategy.
**Disclose Your Affiliate Links
It is important to disclose your affiliate links wherever you intend to use them as an FTC-mandated practice.
Basically, whenever a link is used on your website that results in a commission, you must disclose this information to site visitors.
This extends beyond affiliate links, and must also be done for endorsements and sponsorships too.
Most affiliate programs want you to disclose this on your blog where everyone can easily see them. Failure to comply can lead to being booted off those programs. Some social media platform like Pinterest requires you to disclose them as well.
There are so many ways to experiment with your affiliate links in order to find what works and what doesn’t. Including your affiliate links in the areas mentioned above seem to covert well for me.
If there is any other place you include your affiliate link with a high conversion rate, please mention in the comment section below.