One of my favorite ways to make money blogging is by using affiliate links!
Using and promoting affiliate links effectively is a huge way to make an income from blog. Some months I have made over 3000+ with just affiliate income. It may not sound like a lot, but for me, it’s been huge.
I mean, who doesn’t love affiliate marketing. You can earn a commission by promoting goods and services from someone without having to create your own product.
But if you’ve been blogging for any time at all, you know that throwing affiliate links into a post willy nilly doesn’t produce the best results. Promoting affiliate products and be a bit tricky.
After all, you want to remain authentic and you certainly don’t want to spam your readers. (That’s why you should only promote affiliate products you truly believe in.
When you have products you love, it becomes really easy to promote them. But knowing where to put your affiliate links is a huge part of making affiliate marketing effective.
Here are five ways to work your affiliate link into your blog content that will help get more clicks and more sales!
Reviewing the Product
One of the most effective types of posts for affiliate marketing are product reviews! It’s an easy way to talk up the product and what you love most about it.
Product reviews work because of reader intent. Think about, if someone is reading a review post about an organic mattress, they are probably wanting to buy an organic mattress!
I certainly wouldn’t waste my time reading a review post if I wasn’t looking to buy the product.
That means your reader is already in the right market, they are probably just looking for the right one. And if it’s a mattress you love, it’ll be easy to explain all the reasons someone should buy that mattress.
If the reader is convinced their search is over, they’ll be happy to buy the mattress, and glad you helped them fix their problem (lack of a fantastic organic mattress.)
When creating a review post, talk about how the product will benefit your reader or demonstrate how to use it.
Make sure to list both the pros and cons. Let your folks know what your favorite thing is about it and why you recommend the product.
Make sure to include your affiliate link several times throughout the post so your reader can click on it without too much searching. A good rule of thumb is once when introducing it, once at the bottom with a call to action, and a few times sprinkled within the post.
One of the biggest mistakes bloggers make with affiliate marketing is ignoring their list!
One thing you’ll hear over and over again is the phrase “It’s all in the list.”
After all, your subscribers are on your list because they care about what you have to say. They already trust you.
Chances are so many of your readers are probably already eager to learn more about your recommendations and will make purchases based on what you have to say.
Again, authenticity is key. If your subscriber buys something from you and it’s not what you’ve described you risk losing someone who values you and your business.
A product roundup is a post where you can talk about several products at the same time.
You can turn the post into a comparison where all the items are similar, but you get a chance to compare them. You can list out all of the pros and cons of each item and make a suggestion as to which one is best and under what circumstances.
Or you could make it a “best of” list where you share your favorite products. This can help your reader find out about products they haven’t even thought of purchasing yet.
Even gift guides can fall under this category. Putting together curated lists is a thoughtful and effective way to include your affiliate links within your blog.
Your Blogs Resources Page
If your blog doesn’t have a resource page yet, consider putting it high on your to-do list.
A resource page is an excellent page to list all of the most common products, services, and sites you use and love.
You can fill it with loads of affiliate links and explain why you think they are so great.
Generally, you should make the items relevant to your niche, but you do have a bit of leeway to get creative.
Plus its makes a great post to link to often within your content when you’re talking about a product you love.
This is one of my favorite tips that I got from the course making sense of affilate marketing.
Your Own Products
Finally, if you have your own digital products, make sure you are putting your affiliate links within the content!
I see so many missed opportunities amongst bloggers out there where they don’t put any links in their ebooks or courses.
As long as the affiliate program allows you to put your links in your products, you should do so. The only common affiliate program that does not allow this is Amazon.
Any Amazon link you have must be accessible by Amazon. But I haven’t come across another affiliate program that doesn’t allow this.
When you are referencing helpful items, programs or services, include your link. Your readers want an easy way to access these things.
They expect to receive your wisdom and expertise about these products. They would likely welcome any suggestions you might have that would make their lives easier.
You can even include a resource page at the end of your products to list everything relevant all in one place.
Now that we’ve gone through everywhere you should be including your link, take a look back at these places within your own blog and see if there are any missed opportunities.
Keep these ways of working affiliate links into your content in mind as you move forward. Affiliate marketing doesn’t have to feel spammy or icky. It can be a useful and rewarding way to make money blogging.