Are you planning to monetize your blog with affiliate links? But, you have no idea where to promote your affiliate links to drive the most sales?
If yes, then you’re at the right place where I’m going to show you different places to promote your affiliate links & generate the most possible revenue. Keep reading…
Affiliate Marketing is one of the best ways to monetize a blog because –
- It accounts for 65-75% of the total revenue generated by most of the bloggers
- You don’t have to worry about creating the products
- No need to worry about writing sales pages etc.
- Most of the products are already trusted by thousands of people & thus have a lot of social proof
- You make money even while you sleep
Isn’t it awesome?
But the question here is…
What is affiliate marketing and How do affiliate links work?
Affiliate marketing is nothing but just a process by which an affiliate earns a commission by promoting someone else’s product.
The interesting thing here is that the customer gets the product at the usual price. So, basically, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
The affiliate or blogger signs up for an affiliate program & receives the affiliate links to promote the products.
I have created a list of top affiliate programs that I recommend every blogger to join. You can grab it from below –
Each affiliate gets a different link, which contains specific identifiers/trackers such as a randomized series of numbers and letters, your username, or any other means of identification.
Here’s an infographic to show you how affiliate links actually work –
Did you get the idea?
Now since you know how affiliate links work, the next thing to worry about is choosing the affiliate products.
Choosing the RIGHT affiliate products will not only increase your revenue but also save you from a lot of trouble.
Here’s a post to help you in choosing the right affiliate products – 9 Tips for choosing the Right Affiliate Products
After choosing the right affiliate products & getting the unique affiliate links the last thing left to do is to put those links at the right places.
So, here are the 9+ clever places where you can promote your affiliate links to increase your revenue –
“Really RC? what’s so damn clever about this? Everyone does that..”
That’s what most of you must be thinking right now!
Yes, every blogging creature does that but most of them don’t really know how to do it right. That’s why 99% of them never make a single sale in their life.
You wanna be one of them or you wanna make a good amount of sales & generate passive income even while you sleep?
I’m sure that you want the latter…
To make that possible, you really need to take care of these things –
- Most importantly create content that provides value to the readers. Teach them something great & tell them that they can learn more through this product
- Don’t just copy and paste the link in the post, Put them behind the text or keywords to make it look like a part of the content
- Use the link just 2-3 times in a single post – in the middle of the post & in the end, don’t spill it out everywhere throughout your post
- Don’t use banners or just use one per post (that too horizontal banner)
Just take care of these 4 things and you’re already halfway there. The strategy to promote affiliate links in a blog is to place them naturally within the content.
Note – Make sure you have the appropriate disclosures in place to comply with FTC laws so your readers know that some of your links could be affiliate links.
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Your sidebar can be one of the best places to promote your affiliate links if you do it rightly.
Using your sidebar properly is really important because it is shown in all of your blog posts + you only have to set it up once.
That doesn’t mean you are going to fill it with affiliate links only. That’s not the way to do it.
Put all the important stuff at the top first & then put a custom image at the bottom of the sidebar referring to the affiliate product.
One of the best ways to promote your affiliate links is through a resources page on your blog.
You can put all of your freebies along with the affiliate products there and promote it on your social media.
You just need to create it once & you’re done.
Podcasts can really make you a lot of money in many ways. Some of the top bloggers make most of their affiliate income from their podcasts.
If you host your own podcast, you just have to suggest products and tools that you already use.
There’s really a big difference in suggesting the products you already use vs. pushing a product you’ve never used.
You can build a story around the product to make the affiliate promotion look more organic instead of “salesy”.
Videos are really a great marketing tool and they work really really well.
As an affiliate marketer, Talking about a product vs. showing them how to use it can go a long way.
But the biggest mistake you can make is to create a video simply for selling your product. Please don’t do that.
There are two main ways to promote your affiliate links with your YouTube videos –
- The easiest way to do that is by including them in your video description. If you use this method, make sure to use the proper call to action with the link.
- The second method is to use annotations. These are nothing but transparent boxes that pop up at preselected times and places within a YouTube video, often with a call-to-action. Each box can be hyperlinked with the affiliate links.
I’d suggest that you use both of these methods for better results.
A forum is nothing but a website where some people ask questions while some answer them. (just like Quora)
Forums can be really useful in generating some good affiliate income if you place the links rightly.
What you have to do it to look for questions related to your affiliate product, write a good descriptive answer and place your link cleverly within the text.
For example, when someone asks “which is the best hosting provider for bloggers?”, All you have to do it to mention your own hosting provider, write some features, tell that you use the provider yourself & highly recommend it, and then place the link.
Writing just 2-3 answers per week will be more than enough for you to generate some good affiliate revenue.
Note: Make sure that you read the affiliate terms and always disclose before promoting affiliate links on forums.
Free products + Course
Free products like ebooks + courses are a great way to offer value, build your list, and insert links wherever it’s necessary.
For example, if you had a free email 5-day course about starting a blog or something, you could include links for your hosting provider or e-mail marketing service.
How many times have you heard that an email list is your most valuable asset? I guess many times…
Your subscribers are a part of your inner circle. And because they opted in for your emails in their inbox, it means they trust you.
Emailing your list about products and tools that you use or the courses you have taken is another great way to get your affiliate links in front of an engaged audience.
Keep these few things in mind while promoting affiliate links to your list –
- Don’t force or oversell them
- Keep segmenting your email list on the basis of open rates & click rates
- Clean your list often to reduce your cost
- Keep tweaking your subject lines & content to see what works better than the others.
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Selecting the best products to promote is important but promoting them effectively to reach a wider target audience is equally important as well.
Your affiliate sales majorly depend on your promotion or marketing strategy.
Social media can play a key role in your promotion strategy when it comes to getting more affiliate sales.
Here are a few ways to promote your affiliate links on the major social media platforms –
A great place to promote your affiliate links is on Facebook via your personal profile or your Business page.
Just make sure that you’re not spamming your followers’ feeds with affiliate link posts.
Your only goal is to convince your followers to make a purchase through your affiliate links.
Do so by providing entertaining, educational, and/or tempting content and cleverly include affiliate links within them.
Note – Make sure to join my Facebook group to network with other bloggers + marketers, ask questions and share ideas.
Promoting your affiliate links on Twitter can be a little tricky as you can only use a few characters.
What you can do is use short text mixed with images/videos to create tempting content to make your followers click on your affiliate links.
You can also use giveaways as they are quite popular and are shared easily and go viral.
A huge problem with Instagram is that they don’t allow links in their posts as it is primarily a photo-sharing platform.
But you can still generate affiliate revenue by putting the link in the Instagram bio and driving your audience to that link using your posts with a strong call to action.
Another solution to this problem is to include links in your Instagram Stories. Once you gain more than 10k followers, you can add links to your Instagram Stories content using the “swipe-up” feature.
As I say often that Pinterest is more of a visual search engine than a social media platform, it gives you a great opportunity to promote your affiliate links.
All you have to is to create beautiful pins and link them to the affiliate products + write a catchy title with a great/tempting description.
You can create multiple pins for one product and spread them across your boards on the same topic.
Always put your audience first and never look at affiliate marketing as a get rich quick scheme.
If you do everything as mentioned above in the right manner, I guarantee you that you’ll be making enough passive income from affiliate marketing.
Promoting affiliate links requires commitment, perseverance and most importantly TRUST.
You need to provide value and build trust with your audience first in order to drive affiliate sales.
Without trust and value, affiliate marketing is nothing but just a waste of time.
Tell me in the comments how do you promote your affiliate links?
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