Affiliate marketing can be a powerful way to make money blogging, but it won’t work unless you experiment with your affiliate links.

When I got approved to my first affiliate program, I used my affiliate links in a couple different ways and made a whopping zero dollars. I considered walking away right then and there – and sadly many bloggers do just that.

But I kept at it. Within a few months of trying new tactics using my affiliate links, I earned 5 figures. Nearly a decade later, I continue to use this experimental approach with my own content and recommend it to the lovely affiliates I interact with as affiliate manager for companies like FreshBooks and Gusto.

Now if experimenting with affiliate links sounds daunting, don’t worry – I’m going to make things simple.

Here’s what you will learn in this guide:

What is Affiliate Marketing?

What are Affiliate Links?

39 Ways to Experiment and Profit With Affiliate Links


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Before we jump into the link tactics, let’s cover some basics.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

I like to define affiliate marketing as a partnership between publishers (think bloggers and content creators) and merchants (think product companies, course creators). The merchant has products for sale and the publisher creates content for their audience.

As the content creator, you’ll promote the merchant’s products to your audience using affiliate links and earn a commission anytime someone clicks on one of those affiliate links and completes a transaction. Most merchants pay on sale transactions but some pay for leads (think free trials or email subscriptions).



Affiliate Links - How it Works

The Parties Involved in Affiliate Marketing

As you can see from the graphic above, there are three main parties involved in the affiliate relationship:

  • Merchant – that’s the company you want to partner with
  • Publisher – that’s you, magoo
  • Customer – that’s someone in your audience

There are also two other parties you should know about, the affiliate network and the affiliate aggregator.

What’s an affiliate network?

An affiliate network is a platform that many merchants choose to run their programs on. As an affiliate, you would register with one of these networks and be able to apply to any affiliate program they host on their network.

The reason merchants choose an affiliate network over simpler tracking software (like AffiliateWP or LeadDyno) is they boast things like automated affiliate and advanced affiliate features (like deep linking, two-tier commissions, etc.) that newer or simpler platforms don’t have. Plus they handle tax paperwork and have a huge base of affiliates already joined – meaning the merchant is able to get their program in front of you anytime you’re logged into the network.

What’s great about affiliate networks is that for affiliates, they are free to join, rarely require a traffic minimum and best of all – consolidate minimum payouts. That means if the network requires you to earn $50 in affiliate commissions before you receive a payment, those commissions could come from a bunch of different programs in their network so it won’t take you as long to hit the minimum.

Popular affiliate networks include ShareASale, AWin, Commission Junction and LinkShare. I’ve launched and managed affiliate programs on almost all of the top affiliate networks, and I’m an affiliate with all of them as well.

My absolute favourite affiliate network is ShareASale because they have exceptional customer service for both merchants and affiliates, a wonderful blog filled with resources to help you rock affiliate marketing and have thousands of affiliate programs to join (including FreshBooks, Spanx, CreativeLive, Cricut and Dresslily).

Here’s a look at their platform:

39 Ways to Experiment and Profit with Affiliate Links

Sign up to ShareASale


What’s an affiliate aggregator?

An affiliate aggregator is sort of like a middleman in the affiliate world. As a publisher, you would apply to join their site and once approved, be able to promote any affiliate program they are affiliated with – usually thousands across every major affiliate network. The most popular ones are Skimlinks, Viglink and FlexOffers. There are niche specific ones like rewardStyle (invite-only) and ShopStyle.

Here are the pros and cons of working with an affiliate aggregator:

PROS

  • Once the aggregator approves you, you can usually start promoting any affiliate program they represent without doing individual applications
  • Many offer unique tools for bloggers – like a piece of code you can stick on your site that automatically turns words into affiliate links
  • If you’re planning to share a huge variety of affiliate products on your blog, working with an aggregator will save you the hassle of managing all the affiliate links and logins you’d deal with working 1:1 with merchants.

CONS

  • Aggregators usually take a percentage of your commission so for certain programs they represent, you’ll earn less than if you worked with merchants directly.
  • There are some merchants who refuse to work with aggregators so you’d have to go direct anyway to work with them.
  • Some aggregators require a minimum traffic level or social media following to approve you.
  • You won’t be able to make friends with your affiliate managers using a middleman aggregator, making it hard to get perks like higher commissions, co-branded pages and more.

I personally prefer going direct but Skimlinks is one aggregator I really like because they offer really innovative features and their CEO Alicia Navarro is an inspiration for women in tech. Here’s a look at their platform:

39 Ways to Experiment and Profit with Affiliate Links

Sign up to Skimlinks


Why Become An Affiliate?

  • No audience minimums. If your blog doesn’t have a lot of traffic yet, affiliate marketing is a great way to start monetizing your content. It only takes one visitor to earn you a commission but you need like a gazillion visitors to get a sponsor. It’s a myth (here are more myths I’ve debunked) that you need a high traffic blog to get started.
  • Great way to diversify your income. It’s risky to rely on one source of income, especially when you want to go from blog to biz. By adding affiliate marketing into your monetization mix, you’ll wisely be diversifying things until you have a product of your own for sale, or in case another income source dries up.
  • It’s free. There is literally no cost to becoming an affiliate, even when you start making money. It’s actually the merchants who do the spending, by paying your commissions, plus paying various fees their affiliate tracking platform charges them to host the program.

You can learn more about how affiliate marketing works in this post.


Affiliate links are unique tracking links provided to you by merchants when you become approved to their affiliate programs. Without them, merchants won’t be able to tell which sales are coming from you vs. another affiliate or marketing channel.

When you’re approved to a new affiliate program, you’ll get a welcome email containing a login and password to your new affiliate dashboard, which is where you’ll find all your affiliate links. Each merchant typically provides a variety of affiliate links so you can choose which landing pages and products you want to promote.

Here’s me getting a link inside my ShareASale dashboard:

affiliate links - shareasale dashboard

Every merchant provides collateral to make it easy for you to promote their products. This can be things like a datafeed, banners, social media graphics, copy and text links. The most common offerings are banners and text links.

If you want to add a banner to your site, you will grab the HTML code provided by the affiliate program. This code contains the affiliate tracking and gives you a quick way to add the banner to your site without you having to download the image, upload it and then hyperlink it.

The text links usually have two options. The first is the HTML code, where the merchant has chosen the words you’ll insert into your content. For example, in ShareASale if I wanted to promote CreativeLive’s gift card, I could choose this HTML code to quickly add those words to my site:

39 Ways to Experiment and Profit With Affiliate Links

The other option is getting the URL only – in ShareASale that is the little gray button above that says “Select URL Only”. When you click that, you get this:

39 Ways to Experiment and Profit With Affiliate Links

It’s useful to grab only the URL for social media platforms. Although I could use the HTML code on my site and in email, I prefer to just have the URL and link it to the words of my choosing without tweaking code.

It would be amazing if merchants all used the same affiliate platform to run their affiliate program on. Then we could all get our affiliate links in one place. Unfortunately that’s not the reality haha. For example, let’s say you get approved to 10 affiliate programs. If 5 of them are on ShareASale’s affiliate network and the other 5 are hosted on other platforms, you’ll have to login to 6 different places to get your affiliate links for those 10 programs.

That’s why I use Pretty Link to manage most of my affiliate links – it keeps things easy, peasy. However, if you want to be an affiliate but see the link management as an issue, you can certainly go the affiliate aggregator route I outlined above by signing up and working exclusively with Skimlinks.


If you’re using the URL only, you add affiliate links to your website the same way you add any link to your site. Usually this is done in your text editor by highlighting the words you want linked, inserting a hyperlink and pasting the URL you pulled from your affiliate dashboard.

If you’re using the HTML code for a banner or text link, you’d need to insert that using the HTML editor of your blogging platform.

A Quick Word on Nofollow Affiliate Links:

Google and other search engines use links to help them determine what content is relevant on the internet. The more (quality) links you have, the higher you’ll rank for different keywords you blog about – growing your traffic and increasing your domain authority.

When you link to other sites, you give search engines a thumbs up that “yes, this site matters” – which helps them increase traffic and domain authority too.

However, Google recommends you use a “no follow” tag when linking to affiliate products (or anytime you get a product for review or are doing a sponsorship) since they don’t want paid relationships to influence search results.

In a moment, I’ll show you how to add the “no follow” tag with WordPress. If you’re using a different blogging platform, you can add the tag rel=”nofollow” in the HTML editor when inserting affiliate / paid links. Here’s what that looks like:

39 ways to experiment and profit with affiliate links

How to Add Affiliate Links to WordPress

When you’re using the URL only:

Step 1: In the visual editor of any post or page, highlight the words you want to link and click the little link icon.

39 Ways to Experiment and Profit with Affiliate Links

Step 2: Click on the gear icon to the right of the blue arrow icon.

39 Ways to Experiment and Profit with Affiliate Links

Step 3: Paste in your affiliate link and hit Add Link. I always check off the box “Open link in a new tab” but that’s up to you.

39 Ways to Experiment and Profit with Affiliate Links

If you’re not using Prettylink to automatically append the nofollow tag to your affiliate links, you can use the manual method I shared above. An automated option is the Rel Nofollow Checkbox plugin, which will give you that extra checkbox Add rel=”nofollow” to link you see above.


Is an Affiliate Link Disclosure Necessary?

Yes. A million times yes. It’s so freakin’ important to put a disclaimer for affiliate links everywhere and everytime you use them. Otherwise, you’re at risk of:

  • Being fined by the FTC for not properly disclosing your paid relationship with the companies you’re an affiliate of (or being sponsored by, are an ambassador for, etc.).
  • Getting removed from the programs you love since merchants are often faulted for disclosure mistakes their affiliates make.
  • Losing the trust of anyone in your community who sees you using affiliate links without proper disclosures present.

It’s unfortunate but the majority of affiliate promos I come across are not FTC compliant. Although it does drive me a little crazy, I know that the majority of bloggers just don’t realize what’s required of them. That’s why I wrote the post Affiliate Disclosure Dos and Don’ts You Need To Know Now. Hop over there to read the blogger-friendly version of the FTC’s affiliate guidelines.


The idea of earning passive income through affiliate marketing sounds pretty sweet, right?

And it really is. But the truth is many bloggers struggle with how to use their affiliate links, which affects their earnings and motivation to continue experimenting with it as they monetize their content.

Time and time again, I come across comments on affiliate marketing related blog posts that look like this:

I have been putting links into my site with no rhyme or reason to them, help!?

I’ve put many affiliate banners on my site and I’ve made no money at all. Probably going to give up on the whole thing.

I have the WORST luck with affiliate marketing – I promote products on my blog all the time but no one is buying.

Have you ever felt the same way?

Now being a total Nosy Nellie, I hop over to these commenter’s sites to investigate and discover that they have at least one of the following three problems in common:

Affiliate Links Issue #1 – Not Linking Enough… Or At All!

Let’s go out on a limb and guess that most links on your blog aren’t affiliate links. Maybe you didn’t know about affiliate marketing when you wrote a post, or there was no program at the time. Maybe you forgot to add links (forgivable) or perhaps you lazily skipped them (less forgivable ha).

Regardless of the why, using your affiliate links consistently is an important piece of the make money blogging puzzle because you never know what content is going to take off.

Affiliate Links Issue #2 – Promoting Too Few Products or Companies

Careful curation is wonderful and responsible. You want to promote products and companies you can feel good about and build trust with your readers. However, not all products will resonate with all readers, no matter how much YOU may love them.

To diversify, try promoting 1 new product (use my best affiliate programs list to find new options) each quarter to gauge interest. Take notes. If there’s a bump in commissions, keep that product in your rotation to maximize your overall earnings. If you’re not seeing traction, swap those affiliate links out for other products.

Affiliate Links Issue #3 – Sticking with 1 or 2 Affiliate Promotions Types

In addition to diversifying your product roster, you need to mix up how you use your links. That’s the whole experimental approach thing discussed earlier.

Joining a program and throwing up a banner isn’t enough, even with a high traffic site. Affiliate income streams take time to grow.

You wouldn’t sign up to Twitter, send out a tweet, and call it a day, now would you? Heck no! You’d take time to cultivate your following. The same applies with affiliate marketing.



39 Ways to Experiment and Profit with Affiliate Links

Get ready to make experimental your middle name because today we’ll tackle this problem head on with 39 different ways to use your affiliate links.

The best part is, practically every affiliate link tactic listed is backed up with smart examples from real affiliates. These folks don’t mess around when it comes to creating stellar content so it’s no wonder their affiliate game is the cat’s pajamas.

While reading through each link tactic, notice how every example listed has at least one (usually many) of these positive traits:

  • Goes the extra mile
  • Infuses their personality
  • Takes a unique approach
  • Works with what they have
  • Has fun with their promos
  • Puts their audience first

Let’s get started…




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INSTRUCTIONAL TUTORIALS


1. Show How To Use The Affiliate Product In Multiple Ways

Instead of showing readers one use for the digital or physical product you’re promoting, this link tactic requires you to get creative. Through brainstorming and research, try to come up with multiple uses so you can develop more rich and unique content.

Would you rather read yet another mascara tutorial or a blog post that details 5 Crazy Uses for Mascara You Won’t Believe?

Smart Affiliate

Audrey from Putting Me Together does a fabulous job showing her audience how to use a product in multiple ways. In this post, she uses her RewardStyle affiliate link to promote a flowy blouse. Instead of just wearing the blouse as part of one outfit, she gives her content more depth by showing readers how to wear the blouse in a few different ways.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links


2. Record A Screencast To Demo the Affiliate Product

A screencast sounds complicated but it’s simply a digital recording of your computer screen. Once you master the software, they’re super fun and easy to create. If you don’t love writing or radiate toward promoting digital products and software, this is the perfect link tactic for you.

In your screencasts, you can walk people through key features of the product (like this Google Keep tutorial by Jenna Soard) or teach people how to do something nifty using the product (like Megan Minns’ tutorial for changing the Convertkit button color).

Be sure to inject some personality into your videos to differentiate yourself. Many companies offer training videos so it’s important to show how you use the product and why you think it’s amazing for your audience.

Smart Affiliate

At the moment, this is my go-to way of using affiliate links because I use a lot of tools for client work. Recording a quick screencast at the same time allows me to create content for my blog while getting paid to work – awesome, right?

Here’s a screencast I did about Ninja Outreach – a nifty blogger outreach tool I use for affiliate recruitment.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links


3. Explain How To Accomplish Something With The Affiliate Product

This is another fun way to develop content (think webinars, blog posts and videos) where you show people how to accomplish something with the product. This works well in virtually every niche, for both B2C (i.e. 15 yummy smoothie recipes using a Vitamix, how to clean a Casper mattress) and B2B (i.e. eBook creation using Adobe Illustrator, how to drive loads of Pinterest traffic using Tailwind).

Smart Affiliate

Michelle from Making Sense of Cents earns 5-6 figures every month from affiliate income (like woah!) and the majority comes from her promotion of web host Bluehost. Here’s a great example of her using this link tactic, where she shows you how to create a WordPress website in 15 minutes using Bluehost.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links

On the physical product side, Tamara at Moogly developed a free one skein crochet cowl pattern and uses her Amazon affiliate link to point readers to the exact crochet hook she used to create the finished product. Smart, right?

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links


4. Create Something Digital Starring the Affiliate Product

Some products you promote will be more complex than others. So instead of offering a single tutorial (a la link tactics #2 or #6), consider creating an eCourse, eBook, or some other digital offering that gives your audience a deeper training experience. You could make this training free and use affiliate earnings to pay for your time. This earns trust and favor with readers. Or if it’s crazy valuable, earn from it in two ways (score!) by charging for the course.

Smart Affiliate

John Meese offers an affordable ConvertKit Quickstart course to show new users how to get started with the email platform in one hour or less. Though the company offers videos and email support, John saw a need in the market to provide new users with a more thorough onboarding experience – and he delivers that with his course.

In addition to course sales and commissions generated by affiliate links on his sales page, John also earns by offering his students an exclusive 30-day free trial to the software, again using his affiliate link.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links


5. Link To Affiliate Products Within Your Own Digital Products

This is similar to the previous link tactic, except you don’t have to dedicate your entire digital offering to the affiliate product. If you already have some info products, think about where it might make sense to incorporate affiliate links. For example, you could add a learning section or PDF to an existing course with recommended tools. Or if you’re getting ready to launch a new offering, include a bonus module with tech tutorials and sprinkle affiliate links throughout.

Smart Affiliate

I’m a ByRegina fan girl. So it makes me so happy to see her using this link tactic in her Free Blog School, which shows students how to launch a WordPress or Squarespace blog from scratch. Since many lessons are step-by-step video tutorials, it only makes sense that she would include affiliate links to the blog launch software and tools she recommends.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links


6. Write A Step-by-Step Affiliate Product Tutorial

This one is similar to link tactic #2, but instead of recording your computer screen, you write out step-by-step instructions instead. This one is awesome for a few reasons:

  • It will appeal to readers who prefer written content to video content
  • It works well for physical products (i.e. 3 step process for cleaning burnt pots and pans)
  • All that text will contain keywords that will help you get search engine traffic

Smart Affiliate

Melyssa Griffin’s May 2016 income report showed she earned a whopping $22K as an affiliate – and she credits this link tactic for those huge earnings. Here’s a Mailchimp tutorial she created that’s the exact calibre you want to aim for when creating affiliate product tutorials of your very own.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links


CURATED ROUNDUPS


7. Roundup Affiliate Products that Help You Succeed

You’re considered an expert in your industry, and you’ve used many tools and resources to help you get there. So if you feel compelled (or your audience is begging for it), go ahead and roundup your favourite business tools.

People are naturally drawn to success stories so anything you’ve used to achieve that success will be extremely enticing. Don’t be afraid to reveal your secret sauce, either. You’ll set yourself apart from more secretive competitors and gain even more authority in the eyes of your audience.

Smart Affiliate

Ryan Robinson crushes this link tactic in his epic post 79 Essential Tools I’ve Used to Start a Profitable Online Business. Every single tool included in Ryan’s roundup is described in great detail based on his personal experience – with both natural and affiliate links sprinkled throughout the content.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links

Another fine example of someone leveraging this link tactic is Allison at Wonderlass. In her Best Resources to Grow Your Blog + Biz post, she gave her audience the goods by sharing over 50 helpful tools.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links

8. Rally Expert Advice to Curate Affiliate Products

Here you will email experts in your niche and ask for quotes to compile a roundup around the affiliate products you want to recommend. I love this tactic because:

  • It’s a great reason to start making connections with influencers in your niche
  • Besides the intro and conclusion, you don’t have to do much writing for this type of post
  • The variety of insights you get from these experts will benefit both you and those in your audience

To create yours, check out SmartBlogger’s Ultimate Guide to Creating an Expert Roundup.

Smart Affiliate

Matthew Woodward knows his stuff when it comes to affiliate marketing – his income reports show that his affiliate experiments net him $10-$14K per month. Which is why it’s no surprise that he’s tested this tactic with an expert roundup on link building tools:

39 Ways to Experiment and Profit with Affiliate Marketing

Looking for a B2C example? I’ve got you covered. Here’s Crystal at Happily Uncluttered curating the best organizing products thanks to the 14 experts she interviewed.

39 Ways to Experiment and Profit with Affiliate Links


9. Roundup Affiliate Products Based On A Theme

This method is just like the last, except you roundup a list of resources centered around any theme you’d like. The most popular version of this would be gift guides centered around special occasions and holidays.

Just keep in mind it needs to be relevant to your audience. So if you’re a food blogger, you could recommend baking tools. If you’re a pet blogger, you could recommend dog gear.

To make your themed roundups stand out, think about:

  • Incorporating visuals, video, or a slideshare
  • Choosing a narrow focus (floral Mother’s Day gifts vs. Mother’s Day gifts)
  • Using Google Adwords Planner to target keywords for search traffic
  • Going deep by providing more tools and details than competitors

Smart Affiliate

When Chaitra from It’s Pink Pot got multiple reader emails asking her to recommend photography tools, she utilized this link tactic by writing The Complete Guide to Photography Equipment for Bloggers.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links

Joy Cho of Oh Joy demonstrates the gift guide version of this tactic in her 10 mother’s day gifts post, which contains several Amazon affiliate links. What’s more, she combines this tactic with #10 by creating beautiful visual collages to go with her picks.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links


10. Create Visuals to Showcase The Affiliate Products

Get creative with your roundups by developing beautiful visuals to sell different physical products you’re promoting.

Keep in mind, this link tactic is absolutely vital if your blog normally creates such images – otherwise your affiliate posts will stick out like a sore thumb.

Here’s a couple of visual variations you could try:

  • If you’re using company photos, create a beautiful collage. You can go minimal by simply laying out the pieces in an attractive way, or dress your collage up with little embellishments. All depends on your blog aesthetic.
  • If you’re showcasing products in real life, get those angles. Fashion bloggers of all shapes and sizes have this style locked up. Those drool-worthy walking down the street looking hot photos will sell products faster than any written post could.

If you’re design savvy, creating these visuals will be a cakewalk. If not, free tools like PicMonkey and Canva are here to save the day! They make it simple to create pretty graphics that compliment your roundups so give either of them a whirl.

Smart Affiliate

Mattie James slays the whole walking down the street looking hot thing in this post. After getting through all those images, don’t you just want to click and buy (via her RewardStyle affiliate links) without thinking twice? I sure do.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links

Here’s Gabrielle from Design Mom doing the collage style visual. Instead of grabbing company photos and throwing them up, she invests time into creating several collages to keep the post on-brand with the rest of her content.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links


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11. Use Video to Show Off Affiliate Products

Did you know around 63% of businesses use video for marketing? Get in on the game now by using video to showcase products in real life. People often do written roundups or visual collages, but not many take that one step further and foray into video.

Folks will love seeing you holding different items, explaining their benefits and sharing how you personally use each one. Plus you can leverage sites like YouTube to distribute your content further. Go you!

Smart Affiliate

Holistic Nutritionist Joy McCarthy does a great job showcasing multiple products in her video What’s in my Bathroom Cabinet. Though she doesn’t use affiliate links with the video, the content quality is exactly what you should aim for when trying this link tactic.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links


REVIEW CONTENT


12. Write a Detailed Review of the Affiliate Product

67% of consumers are influenced by online reviews. If you have deep experience with a product, write an honest, in-depth review to help consumers make important buying decisions.

If you’re doing this tactic with physical products (think beauty, fashion, gadgets, toys, etc.), consider adding an unboxing video to your review to demonstrate what it looks like before and after you open the packaging.

Pro tip: If you plan on using this link tactic often, stay consistent with a unique rating system or set of categories to build trust with readers.

Smart Affiliate

Carrie from Careful Cents is a master at creating in-depth and engaging affiliate review posts. Here’s a recent one she created for Cinch that explains what it is and how to get started before diving into key features.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links
39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links

Word to the wise: the format of your review post can be anything you like. Go against the norm by trying a list style post, similar to the one Caressa Lenae does in her 20 Reasons Why ConvertKit is the Best Email Marketing Platform post.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links


13. Compare Affiliate Products In The Same Category

When diligent shoppers are in the market for a product – especially high end items like a DSLR camera, premium software or a fancy stroller, you can bet your bottom dollar they’re reading multiple reviews of different models before a decision gets made.

Capitalize on that by comparing multiple products within the same category, in either digital or physical product categories.

You can even add a visual comparison charts to help people decide at a glance which product is right for them. If you don’t have personal experience with every product, you have options:

  • If you have a large following, many companies will gladly lend or gift products to test.
  • If you’re just starting out, borrow products from friends or test them out in stores without buying.
  • If you don’t like either of the above, crowdsource information from real product users like Sarah Morgan does here.

Smart Affiliate

Here’s an eCommerce comparison example from Sam at Aeolidia. Instead of taking a broader approach, she angled the article to focus on platform fees, which helped her make a strong argument in favor of the platform her team preferred, and is an affiliate of.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links


14. Share a Personal Story of How The Affiliate Product Helped You

The golden rule of affiliate marketing is to promote only products you have personal experience with. With that in mind, share a story about how a particular product helped you, changed your business, or changed your life.

Or share a story about how it saved you time and money in the long run. This will appeal to those who want to be where you are, and to those who are influenced by storytelling. Or ‘story-selling’ as some might call it.

Smart Affiliate

Here’s a stellar example of this link tactic from Pat Flynn, king of authentic affiliate marketing. When he made the switch from established email marketing systems to lesser known (at the time) Convertkit, he got extremely personal by writing an epic 6,000+ word blog post explaining why.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links

I also like how Sarah Morgan implemented this tactic while promoting multiple products in a post called 7 Things I Did To Double My Blog Traffic and Hit 100K Monthly Pageviews. She keeps the content focused on her overall business transformation, but you still feel compelled to check out the affiliate tools she sprinkles in along the way.

39 Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links


15. Leverage The Power of Case Studies to Highlight Affiliate Products

This tactic is sort of a mashup of several different link tactics and could easily be categorized under joint venture or instructional tutorials. Unlike the previous tactic where you shared a personal story of how the product helped you, what you will do here is tap into the amazing results of someone else (such as your client, personal friend, merchant’s customer, etc.) to demonstrate the benefit of the affiliate product you’re promoting.

Did they get exceptional results or experience a transformation while using the product? That’s the juicy stuff you want to include in your affiliate case study! Go ahead and develop the case study from scratch or get permission to cite, expand on or re-purpose an existing one. Many people will be thrilled to share their story and be featured on your site.

To get your creative juices flowing and see examples of how they’re structured, peruse case studies from companies like FreshBooks, Gusto and Shopify.

39 Ways to Experiment and Profit with Affiliate Links

Smart Affiliate

Technically this is not an affiliate example, so let’s call Summer Tannhauser a smart cookie instead. In this case study, Summer does an excellent job highlighting how she helped Mariah Coz generate 197 daily clicks to her site from Pinterest, which ties into her free eCourse being promoted in the post. Simply swap out the free eCourse for an affiliate product and you’ve got yourself an affiliate case study.

39 Ways to Experiment and Profit with Affiliate Links




39 Ways to Experiment and Profit with Affiliate Links

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WEBSITE WONDERS


16. Add an Affiliate Product Banner to Your Site

People are visual. So although affiliate banners are not as lucrative as other link methods, they still have their place for a few reasons:

  • They’re the fastest way to get started as an affiliate because they only take a few minutes to add to your site.
  • They also offer a form of social proof. Even with a proper disclosure in place, some visitors will mistakenly think a brand is paying you for that precious real estate, making your site seem high traffic and trustworthy.
  • Studies show people need exposure to a brand multiple times before they consider buying – banners help you increase that exposure.

To maximize this tactic, I recommend combining it with others. For example, link the banner to a review post or tutorial on your own site instead of the company’s website.

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Mandee uses this link tactic by placing various affiliate banners on her blog Designs By Miss Mandee.

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Alexis Grant from The Write Life promotes FreshBooks with a sidebar banner:

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17. Use Your Blog Footer to Promote Affiliate Products

Footers are a great place to maximize your site real estate. When it makes sense, add product mentions into your footer navigation links, or make them stand out by using a creative logo or graphic.

Typically these products are site related, such as the hosting or website theme you use, but you certainly don’t have to confine yourself to those types of products. You can also combine this tactic with others like roundups, such as highlighting your favorite products in a little linked list.

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Here’s a visual example from Tina Roth of Swiss Miss fame. In the footer of her popular Tattly website, there’s an affiliate linked graphic pointing people to Shopify – the eCommerce platform running her online shop.

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18. Create Dedicated Landing Pages For Your Affiliate Products

You can really maximize clicks and conversions on your affiliate links by creating dedicated landing pages for affiliate products you want to promote. That’s because landing pages offer a distraction-free zone for visitors thanks to their minimal design that eliminates extra links and content from your website’s navigation bar, sidebar and footer.

Here are a handful of elements to include in your dedicated affiliate landing page:

  • A minimal design that eliminates copy and links unrelated to your affiliate promo
  • Direct response copy that will encourage your reader to buy the affiliate product
  • A proper affiliate disclosure so you can stay on the FTC’s nice list
  • Call-to-actions statements and buttons using your affiliate links
  • Images that showcase the product you’re promoting and/or result they’ll get from it

Since landing pages take more time to create than other projects involving affiliate links, choose higher paying affiliate products such as courses, software and/or high-end items to showcase.

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Check out the snazzy affiliate landing page Brittany Berger created for Paul Jarvis’ Chimp Essentials course:

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19. Use Merchant Tools to Promote Affiliate Products

Most companies want to help you sell their stuff. Some will provide special tools like data feeds and embeddable widgets, making it easy to integrate their products on your site in lieu of unique content. You’ve probably seen a widget like this before – such as a cooking shop on a food blog filled with Amazon affiliate products.

Many of these tools will provide an interactive experience (check hotel rates, browse clothing, search for information, etc.) that lead visitors to the merchant’s site to purchase.

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In the first link tactic, you met Audrey at Putting Me Together. Here she is again, this time using a RewardStyle affiliate widget in her sidebar to promote clothing she hand-picked based on her personal taste.

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Here’s a B2B example from my affiliate marketing hero Rae, of SugarRae. At the bottom of every blog post, Rae includes an SEMRush search widget that’s connected to her affiliate link. When people search using her widget, they get redirected to the company’s site and if any decide to purchase, she gets the commission.

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20. Create a Resources Page on Your Site to Share Affiliate Products

People love to emulate success. One of the most popular ways to earn with affiliate links is to share your ‘little black book’ of fab tools and products. Think product roundup post (a la link tactic #7), except a dedicated site page, linked in your navigation to draw regular eyeballs. Some people go all out here, adding logos and product descriptions.

Pro tip: Consider putting some of those tools behind an email subscription box to gain subscribers in exchange for sharing your secrets.

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Amber Hurdle does a great job of implementing this link tactic. On her resources page, she showcases over 30 tools in great detail – even incorporating her personal experience with many of them.

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Another great example is Lindsay at Pinch Of Yum, who takes a visual approach to her resources page by including images and logos for each product and service she recommends.

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Okay, one last example. On my resources page, I list all general business tools but ask people to subscribe for the list of 18 affiliate tools I use and love:



21. Launch an Affiliate Store to Showcase Affiliate Products

An affiliate store looks similar to an eCommerce store. Instead of stocking your virtual shelves with products you make or manufacture, you’d use affiliate products and redirect visitors to your merchant’s sites using affiliate links. When visitors complete their purchase, the retailer pays you a commission and handles product fulfillment directly with that visitor.

Setting up an affiliate store isn’t as time-consuming or tech-scary as you might think. You can learn more about how to create your own in this post I wrote for A Better Lemonade Stand.

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A fantastic example of an affiliate store is Canopy, a community-powered website that curates beautiful and functional products from Amazon.

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22. Add Affiliate Products to Pre-Existing Content

Put old content to work for you. Chances are you’ve published a lot of content before joining your first affiliate program so go ahead and add affiliate links to them. When editing the content, you could even go all out and revamp the post entirely, giving you bonus SEO points.

Here are two ways to choose which posts to tweak:

  • Start with your most popular posts – this can increase your income overnight
  • Search content for keywords related to the product – read the mini tutorial below for how to do that super fast

Mini Tutorial

You can use this quick trick to find old blog posts to add affiliate links to. Go to Google and enter site:yoursite.com KEYWORD

The keyword should be related to the company or types of products you’re going to incorporate into the post.

For example, if you write about business and you recently joined the Studiopress affiliate program, you might use keywords like:

  • WordPress themes
  • Website design
  • Studiopress
  • Plugins

Google will display every post from your site that mentions any of these keywords so you can quickly identify which ones are good choices to add your Studiopress link into.

Nifty, right?


23. Feature Affiliate Products In Between Blog Posts and Comments

Chances are, visitors that make it to the end of a blog post are highly engaged and thus extremely valuable. Capture their attention between the end of the post and the beginning of your comments section by inserting a graphic or widget showcasing your chosen affiliate product. I find this tactic particularly useful when I don’t have a content upgrade available.

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Rae from link tactic #19 is back (I told you she was my hero!) to demonstrate this one too. As you can see below, she uses a blue highlighted area in between her blog posts and comments section to promote ShareASale using her affiliate link.

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EMAIL TACTICS


24. Dedicate a Series of Emails to The Affiliate Product

Create a series of emails dedicated to promoting one product. This tactic can be used for physical / evergreen products, but more often is used when there’s a short buying window (1 week only! Once per year!). That’s because when scarcity is involved, your audience will be more patient with multiple emails. This one is great for supplementing income between your own product and service promotions so take a look at your yearly calendar and earmark a slower week to test it out.

To avoid exhausting your list with multiple promo emails in a row, use a tool like ConvertKit to tag people clicking on the topic / product you’re promoting so only they get subsequent emails. Here’s an example:

  • Email One >> Send to entire base with a tag for those who click to learn more about topic / product
  • Email Two >> Only send to those who clicked to learn more about topic / product in email one
  • Email Three >> Only send to those who clicked to learn more about topic / product in email two
  • Email Four >> Only send to those who clicked to learn more about topic / product in email three

Smart Affiliate

Jon Morrow is one of the smartest bloggers out there. So it’s no wonder he sent a series of emails recommending Ryan Levesque’s free resources using his affiliate link. Once Ryan opened the doors to his Ask Method Masterclass, Jon earned a commission anytime someone he sent through the freebies made a purchase.

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25. Share Affiliate Products In Your Newsletter

Perhaps you’re not ready to devote an entire series of emails to one affiliate product. I get it.

Try a less aggressive approach by featuring your chosen product in a small part of your newsletter instead. The best placement would be your welcome email, as they yield the highest open rates, but regular broadcast emails and drips work well too.

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Here’s an example of a regular broadcast email with affiliate links, courtesy of Amy Lynn Andrews’ (ahh-mazing!) Useletter:

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The way Caitlin Bacher approaches this link tactic in her welcome email is MY JAM. First, she explains how people can spot her affiliate links (that’s her disclosure) and then she goes on to promote her email platform Convertkit – knowing the majority of her infopreneur audience will need this awesome software if they haven’t started building their list yet.

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26. Use Your Email Signature to Mention Affiliate Products

Some of us (All of us? Ha) spend a lot of time processing emails. Try including an affiliate mention in your email signature. This is a quick and easy tactic to implement that will see a lot of action.

You could link to the product itself, or even better, link to an in-depth review on your site. Just make sure the product you offer makes sense for the majority of people you interact with.

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I combed through my multiple inboxes several times to get a stellar example for ya, but could not find one. Then, as if by fate, I got an email from Cori at Big Girl Branding and jumped for joy realizing her signature had a great FYI note with affiliate link in it. Thanks Cori!

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27. Bundle an Affiliate Product With Your Product

For this particular tactic to work, you need to have a product for sale.

What you will do is bundle yours with another seller’s product, being sure they appeal to both audiences and are complementary to one another. You become an affiliate of their product and they become an affiliate of yours and all sales are split 50/50.

To maximize sales, go to town promoting your special offer on social media, via webinars and email. Make sure your bundle is discounted and better yet – available only for a limited time (scarcity for the win!).

A variation of this tactic is an online summit, where teachers contribute a lesson for the event and then get an even cut of sales when the lesson bundle is sold.

Smart Affiliate

This link tactic example features two smart Affiliates – Mariah from Femtrepreneur + Halley Gray from Evolve and Succeed. These lovely ladies partnered to deliver an awesome free webinar and at the end promoted a bundle of their online courses, where one was an affiliate of the other.

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28. Offer a Bonus to Entice People to Purchase the Affiliate Product

Ethical bribe anyone? Stand out from affiliate competitors by using your own products as gift incentives for people to purchase through your link. This tactic can be done to promote all sorts of products, but is more often used when stakes (aka affiliate commissions and prizes) are high.

No product? No problem! You could offer consulting time, a group coaching call or an exclusive Facebook group – like Rachel Luna did when promoting Todd Herman’s 90 Day Year.

Just make sure the company allows this tactic by looking through affiliate terms (search for words like incent, loyalty, rewards, cashback) or contacting your affiliate manager to confirm.

Smart Affiliate

Amy Porterfield used this link tactic to promote Marie Forleo’s B-School. Knowing the affiliate competition was steep, Amy offered 4 different bonuses as a neat package called B-School Extra Credit Accelerator, which set her apart from others in her niche promoting the same program.

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29. Host a Webinar to Demo The Affiliate Product

Like #24, this is a great tactic for infopreneurs who want to bring in consistent income in between their own product launches, or who would like to bring in some extra cha-ching while creating their product line.

How this works: Come up with a learning topic loosely related to the affiliate product or company. For example, if you’re a fashion blogger promoting high end retailer Nordstrom, you might do a “Fall Wardrobe Buying Guide” class. During the webinar, Nordstrom would naturally come up a few times (since you’d be featuring their pieces, right?!) and then at the end, encourage viewers to shop Nordstrom with an affiliate linked CTA button.

Some companies, like Leadpages and ConvertKit, will even co-host the webinar if your audience is large enough. If you’ve never seen this done in your niche, think glass half full by contacting a company to see if they’ll team up with you. There’s a first time for everything so be a trailblazer!

Smart Affiliate

Maya Elious used this link tactic when she partnered with Ryan at Teachable to help her audience launch an online course in 30 days. Though Maya still had to write the webinar emails and support her audience live, Ryan did the heavy lifting by creating and presenting the webinar. At the end, Maya earned affiliate commissions by inviting her audience to sign up to 1 year of Teachable through her affiliate link.

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30. Share an Affiliate Product Coupon Code

Using coupon codes in your affiliate promotions are win / win – your audience is rewarded and you still make great commissions. Most affiliates know when companies have public coupon codes available – you can find them in your affiliate dashboard or inbox (welcome email, recent newsletter from your affiliate manager). For example, here’s an affiliate coupon email I got from the HostGator team in August:

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But did you know some companies go a step further and by request, give out unique coupon codes specifically for your peeps? Ask and you shall receive!

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Lauren at Elle & Co scored a unique coupon code and shared it in her 12 reasons I fell in love with Crowdcast post. Notice how she combines tactics by incorporating a review and personal story into the piece.

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My friend Richard at A Better Lemonade Stand regularly shares free trials and coupon codes in his newsletter and on his blog using the WPCoupons plugin:

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31. Interview Someone from the Affiliate Product Company

This affiliate tactic produces a rich piece of content that takes almost no time to put together. All you have to do is prepare a handful of questions and use them in an interview with someone at the product company.

Since the content you create will lead to brand awareness and sales, companies of all sizes have people (think publicists, marketers and support people) willing to answer questions by phone, email or even video. At a small company, you may even get access to the head honcho!

Remember, the worst thing they could say is “not right now”. As an affiliate manager, I’ve had to say it a few times because of bad timing but I would never close the door completely. If the response you get from the company is “no, never”, they might not be the type of company you want to promote!

Smart Affiliate

As part of her affiliate promotion of Chimp Essentials, Kathleen Shannon interviewed course creator Paul Jarvis on the Being Boss blog.

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SOCIAL MEDIA



When promoting affiliate products, you aren’t limited to only your website or blog. Several social media sites allow them – including Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. What makes social affiliate linking spectacular is:

  • It’s an easy way to get started as an affiliate
  • It’s one of the fastest promo tactics on this list
  • You can reach different people since no one is following you everywhere
  • It increases brand exposure that people need before taking action

Just remember you are not exempt from using a proper affiliate disclosure when conducting affiliate experiments on social media.


32. Use Pinterest Affiliate Links to Share Affiliate Products

At this moment, using affiliate links on Pinterest is allowed. I say at this moment because in February 2015 they stopped allowing them, then said they were okay to use again in May 2016. Let’s hope they don’t change their mind again hehe.

Here’s how to create pins with your affiliate links on Pinterest:

If you are uploading the image manually

Step 1 – Login to Pinterest, hover over the red plus button and click Upload image.

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Step 2 – Choose your pin image (upload from your computer) and enter your affiliate link in the Destination URL space. Then click continue.

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Step 3 – Click the little pencil tool to tell people what your pin is about. Then choose the board you’ll be placing this pin on. That’s it – you now have an affiliate pin 🙂

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If you are pinning a found image

Step 1 – Find the image you want to pin and click on the Pinterest Save button (Chrome) to save it.

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Step 2 – Click the little pencil tool to edit the description of your affiliate pin. Then choose the board you’ll be placing this pin on.

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Step 3 – A popup will appear – click on “see it now” to go to the pin. Click the pencil tool at the top left of the pin. Replace the website URL with your affiliate link. Hit save and your affiliate pin is ready!

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Here’s Jacki from Crazy Life With Littles pinning an Valentine’s Day sweater with her affiliate link on Pinterest (I want it!):

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Another example comes from Mary Jane at Home for the Harvest. Here she is using Pinterest affiliate links to share a Kitchenaid Mixer she loves:

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33. Highlight Affiliate Products With Instagram Affiliate Links

If you’ve been wondering how to post affiliate links on Instagram, let me give you the scoop. Although Instagram only allows one clickable link (in your bio) there are several fun ways you can experiment with affiliate marketing on the platform.

  • Use short links or vanity URLs in your post captions to make it easier for people to quickly copy and paste or even remember them on the go.
  • Incorporate the product into your Instagram photo, whether that’s by showing it in action (i.e. wearing it), using company provided images or even creating a custom visual for it.
  • Use hashtags (and lots of ‘em) to increase eyeballs to your affiliate posts.

And of course, you can add affiliate links to your clickable bio link every time you add a new affiliate post. If there’s a product (or few) you recommend constantly, consider using a service like Linktree to showcase a handful of links on a dedicated landing page. Here’s how it looks in action (courtesy of Lauren @ Elle & Co’s Instagram):

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You can find loads of B2C examples with the hashtag #affiliatelink so I wanted to showcase a B2B example. Check out Ashley Brown recommending Dubsado in this Instagram post:

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34. Use YouTube Affiliate Links to Promote Affiliate Products

Using affiliate links on YouTube is a really creative experience because you get to use video as part of your experiments. As mentioned in link tactic #10, video is the future of internet traffic and YouTube is the perfect place to distribute them.

Here are a few ways to use affiliate links on YouTube:

  • Use annotations to display clickable links while your video is playing
  • Include affiliate links in the description of your video
  • Verbally and visually incorporate affiliate links in your video
  • Use your channel’s description area to include affiliate links

Pro tip: Don’t forget to check off the box “video contains paid promotion” when uploading your video. You’ll also want to have a proper affiliate disclosure in both your video (verbally / visually) and in your description!

Smart Affiliate

Here’s Lindsey Hazel using a stellar affiliate video to promote SmarterQueue, her (and my) favourite social media scheduling tool:

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Another fine YouTube affiliate links example comes from Hailey Page, who uses video to share affiliate links regularly. Check out this video’s description:

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35. Curate Affiliate Products with Facebook Affiliate Links

If you’ve ever wondered, “Can I put affiliate links on Facebook?”, I have good news for you. Yes, you can. Here are some places on Facebook you can post affiliate products:

Your Facebook profile – just be sure it’s relevant to the people you’re friends with. You can even automate this by hooking your Facebook profile up to another platform where you’re already posting affiliate links. Here’s an example of that:

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Your Facebook page – if your blog or business has a Facebook page, it’s the perfect place to promote relevant affiliate products to your audience. Here’s an example from Little Coffee Fox:

Your Facebook group – If you’re the admin of a Facebook group, consider adding affiliate links on occasion. The frequency you choose is up to you but I only do this once every quarter. Here’s a recent example from Affiliate Ace’s Facebook group (come join us!):

Other Facebook groups – Important: be sure to read the rules of the Facebook groups you’re part of before doing this because not all Facebook groups allow affiliate links. If they do allow them, it’ll usually be in a specific thread or on a particular day of the week.


36. Share Affiliate Products Using Twitter Affiliate Links

With only 280 characters available, using affiliate links on Twitter is probably the quickest tactic on this list of 39 ways to use affiliate links. I actually planned to include a tutorial on how to create an affiliate tweet but it was literally a 1-step process hah. Simply compose your tweet – including your message, CTA, image (optional) and affiliate link – and hit tweet 🙂

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I love how Indigo Colton uses a question, revolved around a common freelancer pain point, to develop this affiliate tweet:

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Here’s another Twitter example from Cristina at One Woman Shop. To increase the popularity of her tweet, she uses #legal and #smallbiz hashtags (along with her disclosure hashtag) to promote Small Business Bodyguard. Go Cristina!

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37. Use Paid Ads to Promote the Affiliate Product

Warning: advanced marketers only.

This is a paid tactic so if you don’t have money to play with, there are literally 30 other tactics requiring zero financial investment you can try instead.

If you have some dough AND (ideally successful) experience using Google Adwords, Facebook ads, or similar services then consider testing advertisements for your affiliate products.

While most companies allow paid promo methods, be sure you follow their terms of service to the letter. If you don’t, you risk losing your upfront investment should they decide to deny commission based on their terms.

Smart Affiliate

Check out Rohit from Life Self Mastery promoting Melyssa Griffin’s Pinfinite Growth course via Facebook Ads:

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38. Mention the Affiliate Product on Your Podcast

Run a podcast? Go ahead and make mention of a favored product to drive affiliate commissions.

If you’re more laid-back in style, simply talk about the product conversationally.

Gung-ho type? Highlight the product ad-style and use a CTA to direct listeners to sign up / purchase. Just be sure to use a pretty vanity URL (tutorial links below!) to make it easy for listeners to take action.

Regardless of style, don’t forget to link the product in your show notes.

Pro tip: Some podcasters make the mistake of positioning their affiliate mentions as a sponsorship, using the ol’ “this episode is sponsored by…” line. Some companies won’t appreciate the false representation so don’t do it unless you have permission in writing.

Smart Affiliate

Stacy Tuschl used this link tactic on her former podcast, Business Rescue Roadmap. In this episode, her guest mentioned FreshBooks and since Stacy is an avid user of the software as well, she happily used her affiliate link in the episode’s show notes.

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39. Promote the Affiliate Product in Real Life Using a Vanity URL

Just like the previous tactic, you’ll want to create a pretty vanity URL for this one – either pointing to a single product or post/page with every product you promote. Opt for a memorable link because long, hard to remember ones will spoil everything.

Then when you interact with folks in real life who might benefit from a product you’re an affiliate for, you can market them in real life too. Think in-person workshops, conferences, promo events, or even sharing your special link with friends and family. Consider including affiliate links in a printed book too if you have one.

Creating Vanity URLs

If you’re using WordPress, check out my Pretty Link tutorial to create your vanity URLs:

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If you’re using Squarespace, check out Megan Minns’ Branded Short Links tutorial:

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Final Thoughts

Using affiliate links to make money from your blog is not a pipe dream, but you need to be consistent, diversify and experiment to grow your earnings each month. That $7 in your affiliate account may seem like a far cry from passive income success, but if you think strategically and continue to test new methods, you will achieve your affiliate marketing goals.


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Which of the above tactics have you found success with?

Don’t be shy – I’d love to hear about your affiliate experiments in the comments below. And if you come across or have tried something not on this list, share away so we can learn from you!

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