Affiliate marketing is among the most straightforward methods to start earning money online.
But how can you get compensated for your marketing efforts?
Simply direct potential clients and buyers to your affiliate link. You can optimise the performance of affiliate links and earn more per click.
In this article, you’ll discover how to create affiliate links, how to promote them and attract potential customers, and how to become a successful affiliate marketer.
What exactly is an affiliate link?
An affiliate link is a unique URL that is allocated to a certain affiliate. The affiliate link includes and saves the affiliate’s ID or username, allowing the affiliate to be credited for traffic directed to the advertiser’s website. If a visitor clicks on the affiliate link and completes the activity for which an advertiser pays a commission, the affiliate is compensated.
As a full-time affiliate marketer, I’ve made a good income by delivering visitors to other people’s websites.
In fact, affiliate marketing programs account for 15% of all online revenue produced by digital media and are expected to rise 10% each year through 2021.
This guide will teach you how to get affiliate links, how to promote your links and drive website traffic, and how to become a successful affiliate marketing blogger.
How to generate your affiliate links
Before you even start to promote your links, you need to learn where to generate them from.
1. Become a member of an affiliate network and participate in affiliate programmes
Publishers and website owners can participate in a variety of affiliate schemes. Investigate whether programmes are compatible with your marketing objectives, content subjects, and hobbies. Among the most popular programmes are:
When looking for the best affiliate programmes, consider the merchants that are offered, the commission rates, and the application restrictions. To become an affiliate marketer, certain affiliate programmes require candidates to complete specific requirements.
2. Sign up and go to your dashboard
Sign in to your partner program after you’ve been accepted to find your affiliate links.
You can choose which of the advertiser’s text links or banners you want to promote on your website using this dashboard. Your exclusive affiliate links will be automatically created for you to market with embedded HTML or just the link itself once you’ve picked the text link.
3. Copy and paste your links into your content
You’ll need to copy the HTML code or direct link when you’ve discovered the appropriate sponsor and chosen an affiliate link type. Then, copy and paste this html and/or connect into your blog or website’s copy.
Strategies to market your affiliate links
1. Product reviews
The most obvious and also the most profitable way to earn from your affiliate links is adding them to your product reviews.
For example, I have written many software reviews, where I add my affiliate links. I use this opportunity to write honest and detailed reviews of all of the tools affiliates and SEO alike need to be successful in their jobs.
If written correctly, with engaging and useful content, these reviews can rank high on search engines and drive traffic to your affiliate links, which when clicked, drive the user to the product you have reviewed and get you a commission.
In April 2021, Google updated their algorithm. The update is meant to reward “product reviews that share in-depth research, rather than thin content that simply summarises a bunch of products,” according to Google.
This means that your reviews should check these boxes:
- How to get started or purchase the product.
- The most important benefits and drawbacks of utilising the product.
- Use others who have had success with the product as examples.
- Tips on how to be effective with your audience’s brand.
- In depth comparisons of two products, for example my Fiverr vs Upwork comparison.
2. Promote your affiliate links on Scoop.it
A great place to promote your affiliate links is Scoop.it via your personal profile.
Scoop is a place where marketers go to find relevant content that other marketers upload. Make sure you don’t spam your profile with affiliate links and articles.
3. LinkedIn affiliate links
You can also share your affiliate links on LinkedIn, either through your personal profile or a business page.
Make sure you’re not sending affiliate links to your followers’ LinkedIn feed. Your goal is to persuade someone to buy anything through your affiliate links. Post engaging, educational, and intriguing content using affiliate links to do this.
4. Quora affiliate links
Use parts of your blog post to answer one of those existing questions with a good number of followers (more than 10 is a solid start).
Use quotations from your own post, link to it, and direct Quora readers to other related publications while you’re doing it. You can sign off with a conclusion that includes an affiliate link to your product review.
5. Email affiliate links
Building a strong community as an affiliate marketer and blogger is critical to results of long term success. Email marketing is a powerful tool for attracting visitors to your website, disseminating content, and maintaining relationships with readers.
Send an automated welcome email series to people who subscribe to your site. Use affiliate links in this email by sharing related content. However, avoid spamming your links.
If your 5-part welcome email series is on how to become an affiliate marketer, for example, don’t automatically stuff email 1 with affiliate links. Build trust with your readers by sharing a unique angle, and then deliver information.
6. Creating tools on your website
If you want people to use the products you are recommending, it’s a good idea to build a mock product that your audience can use for free.
As part of the lead generation strategy, creating new tools on your website can be fun and challenging at the same time. Fiverr, for example, offers his affiliates the Fiverr search box to look for freelancers, which embeds your affiliate link:
When users search for a freelancer, my affiliate links takes them to the right place on Fiverr.
7. In-depth product tutorials
You could market affiliate links by generating in-depth product demonstrations, in addition to developing product reviews. This is similar to reviews, only that you’re diving deep into “expertise” stuff. If you sign up to SE Ranking, for example, use the tool and produce content about it:
- What is the best way to use the tool?
- How to open an account.
- The tool’s advantages and disadvantages.
- What is the price of the tool?
- Product recommendations from the inside
- Main uses and most relevant features
How to Make Your Affiliate Links Public
As an affiliate marketer, you must declare your participation in affiliate programmes. At the introduction of their posts and content and on a dedicated page of their website, most content creators will include a short statement outlining the relationship between the content and the affiliate programme sponsor.
A appropriate affiliate link declaration at the top of a blog post would look like this:
As a blogger, I may use affiliate links from advertisers in my writing. I may be compensated if readers take action on these links, such as clicking, purchasing, or subscribing. However, these are the things that I wholeheartedly suggest and that have greatly aided my blog.
You risk violating FTC standards and perhaps incurring a fine if you don’t include an affiliate link disclaimer. Furthermore, affiliate advertisers have the authority to remove you from their programmes if you do not properly declare your participation online.
Now that you know all about how affiliate links work, where to promote them, and how to fully disclose your participation in affiliate programs, it’s time to put your newfound knowledge to use.