When you start thinking about it, it isn’t that difficult to make money with affiliate marketing. But you need to know the following tips if you want to make some serious money with affiliate marketing.
Affiliate Marketing can be a fantastic way of making money online or from home, but it can be a hard slog if you aren’t on the right strategy. That is why we want to help. Did you know that 99% of Affiliate Marketers fail? That is why we want to help you become part of the 1% that succeed.
If you are still unsure on what exactly affiliate marketing is and how it works, then check out this guide and it will fill in all the blanks…
Let’s get started and talk through our top ten tips to make money with affiliate marketing.
The first tip is around keeping yourself legal. This is an important step for anyone wanting to include affiliate links on theirblog or website. IF your business is based in the US, you will have to disclose that you are using affiliate links. It used to be enough to just have an affiliate disclosure on your site, (see ours here) but it is best practice to include a disclosure at the start of each post. I have used a plugin called Ad Inserter, which automatically includes the first paragraph you saw to tell people there may be affiliate links within the post.
If you are based elsewhere, you will need to check the respective laws for your home country. But as affiliate sales are based off of trust, I would recommend you are open and honest about them and include an affiliate disclosure and an opening paragraph regardless of where you live.
Make Your Affiliate Links Pretty via Pretty Links
I don’t mean make them flowery, or anything like that but when you start looking at affiliate links, they are quite messy and can be off-putting to people who are wary of clicking on links.
We use a fantastic little plugin called Short Links by Pretty Links. It is a free plugin and it gives you the ability to cloak or make your affiliate links pretty.
There is a Pretty Links Pro, but to be honest we have found the free version does everything we need it to do.
What Pretty Links does is take an affiliate link that could look like this – bestaffiliatemarketingtools.org/426wuqa
And make it look like this –
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But back to the affiliate links, which one looks nicer? I write a post about SiteRubix and the benefits and you decide you want to learn more and maybe give it a try, are you more likely to click a link that just includes a jumble of letters and numbers or the one that tells you exactly where you are going??
People are more likely to trust you and click on your affiliate links if you use the Pretty Link plugin to create cloaked affiliate links. That way people will trust that when they click on the link that says SiteRubix that you are showing them how to get to SiteRubix.
Let’s be honest, normal affiliate links do look spammy and can be off-putting for your readers.
Only Recommend Stuff You Would Actually Use
Yeah, we have come across plenty of those when we have been reviewing products that in our opinion are scams or not going to work. There are loads in the make money online world, and these people are profiting of conning people into buying these products. It is not a long-term route to income because people will only be burned once.
We have seen affiliate marketers writing a 100% positive review about products in the Make Money Online Niche and yet, these products haven’t even launched yet. They are just hoping you don’t read too much into that and just buy it, so they earn commission…
Nowadays, it is the difference between profit and being moral.
Some will just choose profit over offering people the truth.
Just because the affiliate commission rate is higher on one product over another, doesn’t mean you should promote that one at any cost.
If you promote and review a cheaper product but is one that will work and offers a fantastic value for money to your readers, you will earn a lot more from that product then choosing a highly expensive one that doesn’t work is in fact a scam.
You could sell 100 of the first one and none of the second – but anyone who is seeing that you are promoting a poor product or even a scam, then your reputation will be tarnished and that is a hard thing to come back from.
Put your readers first and offer helpful content and you will be on a winning strategy.
Include Your Affiliate Links Naturally
There is an art to how you include your affiliate links within your content. If you are going to recommend products, then it needs to be done in a natural and helpful way.
If you just drop links anywhere and everywhere, it will look more like you are selling to them, rather than helping them.
It needs to be done within the context of your post. Think about the way I included the pretty links plugin within the paragraph above. Did they feel like I was offering you advice about how to include cloaked affiliate links or did it feel like I was selling Pretty links to you?
I am hoping that it feels like I was offering advice, and that is how you should go about including all of your affiliate links.
Add Affiliate Links to Your Most Popular Posts
This tip might not actually be including affiliate links into those posts that are the most popular, but rather linking to the posts within other articles. The search engines love to see that you are connecting different posts within your website and if you have a post that is more popular than others but isn’t promoting a product then it might be time to see how you could incorporate one of those links into that post.
It doesn’t have to be complicated or anything, it just needs to be relevant to the current post and helps lead your reader to another article that includes the affiliate link of a product you are promoting.
For example, you might be writing a post about how to make smoothies and you include a sentence like “Do you want to learn how to make great smoothies? Check out our top 10 juicers I recommend in this post!”
As long as it is relevant it will help with the flow and look natural.
Include a Resource Page
This is one we are in the process of putting together, but a resource page listing all of the products that you recommend is a great resource for your readers.
If you are a health blogger, it could be a page that includes some top-rated health products that you think are great.
Make sure you add it to your navigational menu, we will be adding ours shortly…
Know Who You Are Targeting – Target Audience
If you don’t know what your target audience wants help with, then you are onto a losing streak already. If you are getting some traffic, but don’t seem to be getting anywhere with your affiliate offers then you are probably promoting the wrong products or services for that target audience.
If you have a food blog and your audience are interested in different foods, how to prepare them, etc and all you keep going on about is the best website hosting. They aren’t interested in setting up their own food blog, they want to learn from you.
They want to know how you prepare your meal ideas, which food preparation equipment makes it easy and where did you get it from?
Make sure you research your target audience and know what their needs or questions are, so that you can provide the right help and support to boost your affiliate sales.
Don’t Be Afraid to Mix it Up
Some will just include their affiliate links in text format, but people are visual by nature. There are plenty of different ways to promote your affiliate links. These include within the pictures in your posts. Maybe creating some banners, etc. You can create some fantastic banners to use with a fantastic free tool called Canva.com.
We use it to create our featured images and our banners. People are just as inclined to click on a relevant image that includes an affiliate link as a text link.
But images are great, especially if you have an image of the product itself. That way you can drive them to your affiliate links through the image.
Start Capturing Emails
Anyone who tells you email marketing is dead is lying. It is still one of the most effective ways of promoting affiliate links, because they trusted you enough to sign up to your email list.
So, naturally it allows you to promote certain (relevant) products or services to your subscribers.
Again, the advice above applies. Make sure it is relevant and is a natural and helpful sell. Not a hard sell, as it needs to be something, they will find useful to follow your affiliate links.
Think about any newsletters you have signed up for in the past, when they hit your inbox what is it that makes you want to open them?
It needs to pique my interest and then it needs to be something that would add value to me for me to decide to go and buy it. It is the same in the way you apply this tip to your email campaigns.
Include a Freebie
This kind of links in with the email marketing tip. To get people to sign up for your newsletter and for you to benefit from people following your affiliate links, you could include a free gift.
As your subscriber list increases, the more people will see your highly relevant freebie that includes a promotion to an affiliate link.
Summary of Our 10 Tips
Here is a summary of our top 10 tips that will help you make money with affiliate marketing”
- Stay on the right side of the law, make sure you have an affiliate disclosure
- Cloak you affiliate links, so they don’t look as spammy
- Don’t recommend anything that you would not use yourself
- Bring your affiliate links in naturally to your blog
- Add or link your affiliate links to your most popular posts
- Have you got a resource page with your top recommended products?
- Make sure you know your target audience’s needs and their questions
- Mix it up and experiment with different layouts
- Add them to your email marketing campaigns
- Add them to your freebie or lead magnet
Depending on where you are in your affiliate marketing journey, you might find one or all of the following resources helpful to continue your research:
- What’s Affiliate Marketing & How Does it Work?
- What is a Niche for Affiliate Marketing – Top Tips on How to Choose One
- How to Start an Affiliate Marketing Website
- Affiliate Marketing for Dummies
Hopefully you have found our 10 tips to help you make money with affiliate marketing… If you have any further questions, or simply offer your own tips to add to the list, would love to hear from you either way. Just write them in the comments and we will get back to you, just as soon as we can. 😉