How to Get More Clicks On Your Affiliate Links + Earn More Money
One of the simplest ways to monetize your blog is through affiliate marketing, it is also the most profitable for a lot of bloggers today. The best thing about affiliate links is you don’t have to have a ton of traffic to get started. You can begin adding affiliate links to your blog post as soon as you set up your blog. You can share your love of writing with the world while earning some extra cash on the side. If you are passionate about a product, why promote it for free?
Although it is easy to begin using affiliate links, and placing them on your blog. In order to earn a profit from your affiliate links the next step is to actually get people to click on them. Many bloggers struggle with actually getting their audience to click on their links. Finding the balance between appearing pushy and promoting your favorite product can be difficult. In today’s post I share with you how you can get more clicks on your affiliate links and in return earn more money.
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Affiliate Marketing? What is it?
Affiliate marketing is when you promote a company’s service or product. You can promote a product through a special text link or through a banner. Each link is tracked via a special link so companies know when to pay you. Every time a reader clicks your link or banner and makes a purchase, you receive a small commission, and sometimes a compensation depending on the company. It is important that you choose an affiliate partnership that is right for you and your audience.
Keep Your Links Visible
Make sure your links are easy to see, and easy to click on. Consider placing your links right at the top of your post or at the bottom a place where your audience is for certain to look first.
Talk About What You Know
If you have a product you absolutely love, don’t be afraid to let your readers know why you love it. The best thing to do is to write a paragraph about your experience with the product, instead of just inserting a single link. Connect with readers by providing a personal experience with the company, or a photo of you using the product! This shows your readers that you actually know what you are talking about. Not only will it show them you previously purchased it, but that you actually use the item. When you write about your personal experience with the product you sound less like a commercial, but more like a friend who is just recommending a product to another fried because you yourself had such a good experience. You want your readers to trust you, not to pull away from you.
A resource page is a great way to make good use of affiliate links. Every niche can create a resource page, a resource page is a place your readers can get resources on a certain topic whether it be blogging, or traveling on a budget. You can monetize your resources page with relevant affiliate links. Here is my resource page if you want an example. Resource Page.
Focus on utilizing text links inside your blog post instead of banner ads. Your audience is less likely to click on banner ads so you should not waste your time putting up banner ads. Banner ads can also be off putting and turn potential readers off of your blog. One banner ad is not bad, but you want to be careful to not throw multiple banners entirely throughout your content. One of the best ways to drive clicks and traffic to your affiliate links is to use text links throughout your content. You can use them to promote products or services that you best recommend. The best way to use text links is to write a paragraph about your personal experience with the product or service.
Always Shorten Your Affiliate Link URLs
Very often the affiliate links you are given are very long and bulky. One way to shorten them and make them look nice is by using a plugin that shortens links. My favorite plugins for this are La petite url, and Pretty Link Lite. Both plugins keep your links nice and pretty to make them easier to click on.
Use Social Media to Promote Links
When it comes to affiliate links you do not only have to use them inside your blog post. As long as you disclose your affiliate links you can post them in Facebook group boards, Facebook fan page, social media accounts (Pinterest, Twitter), and your email campaigns. Sharing your relevant affiliate links not just on your blog increase your clicks and leads to more traffic to your blog. Be careful not to spam your links, and use them only when relevant. Here is an example of me using my SiteGround affiliate link in a Facebook Group.
Finding Your Balance
The last thing you want to do is crowd your content with affiliate links. Blog post that have affiliate links in every sentence is very off putting and distracting to your audience. Your audience will lose trust in your recommendations and lose interest in your content. It is only necessary to include one text link for each product or service that is mentioned. When you include to many affiliate links in your post you run the risk of getting flagged by search engines as spam, and you do not want this for obvious reasons. Before you decide to monetize your blog with affiliate links you should come up with a plan. Decide when, where, and how many affiliate links you will let yourself use. Always keep your audience in mind before your personal income when making this plan.
You will potentially be earning money from what someone buys during their session. So you want to make sure your recommendations are genuine. If you are recommending any old items for the sake of earning money, you may be responsible for someone spending money on a crappy product. A fun way to promote a product is to Show your readers how a product can benefit them by writing a “how-to” guide.
Call to Action
A great way to get more clicks on your affiliate links is to come up with a call to action at the end of each post. Don’t be afraid to ask your audience to click and check out your links. End your blog post with a relevant affiliate link or a call to action to encourage more clicks.
What is your favorite things about affiliate marketing?
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