[Affiliate Links Present]
It wasn’t until 2020 came that I really started to pay attention to affiliate links and how they really worked. If you’re thinking about doing blogging full time however affiliate links are something you’re going to want to look into, some bloggers only earn from their blog through affiliate links and don’t use any advertising.
It’s important to know what affiliate platforms to use and how to actually use them though. There is no point throwing links all over the place with no rhyme or reason. You’ll need to find all the affiliate links for bloggers out there and use them well. Hopefully, this post will give you some insight and help.
Why Should You Use Affiliate Links?
There are many reasons why you should be using affiliate links in your blog posts, some more obvious than others of course. If you’re looking at how to use affiliate links then you’re wanting to make money, pure and simple. Making money is the number one reason people use affiliate links and it’s never too early to start.
When Should You Use Affiliate Links?
Amazon Affiliate Program
You can use affiliate links every time you link to a product if you wanted to. The only thing is you might not be able to find a link. Most people find their affiliate links from Amazon, through the Amazon affiliate program. You might think that being an Amazon affiliate is easy, it’s not that straight forward I’m afraid.
How many times have you read a post and see a link for a product, but not clicked on it? The amount of people that actually click an Amazon affiliate link is small, which is why you should be using them whenever you get the chance, otherwise, you’ll miss out on revenue. To be an Amazon affiliate UK member you’ll need to add them everywhere. I’d tell every blogger to make sure they’re part of the Amazon affiliate marketing program, you can never be too early!
Awin Affiliate Program
The Awin affiliate program is another that a lot of bloggers tend to use. The Awin website has a whole network of companies that you can work with, spread their affiliate links and make yourself some extra money. That being said I’ve not had the most luck on Awin myself but it all depends on the audience. If you fancy signing up, just click on this little Awin sign up link (it’s an affiliate link, it’s as easy as that!).
There are of course other platforms that you can get affiliate links from, some websites use their own and don’t go for third party websites like Awin. I use a Pop In A Box affiliate link that gives people 20% off their first purchase of over £30, I earn £2.50 and everyone’s happy. If you want to promote a brand, see if they have an affiliate program!
Declaring Affiliate Links!
I hear a lot of people asking, how to disclose affiliate links and quite simply put, make sure you tell everyone, every time! The rules are always changing but one thing that remains the same is whenever there’s an affiliate link present, make sure your audience knows. At the top of this post, you’ll see I’ve made it clear that there are affiliate links present.
This goes the same for social media posts, make sure you declare that affiliate links are being used. Affiliate marketing can be lucrative, however, you don’t want to get stung with a fine or warning from the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) because you’ve broken the rules.
If you want to make it as a blogger and turn it into a full-time job, advertising standards are something you’re going to need to know about. It also matters with other bloggers, if a blogger can see you’re not even trying to make an effort to follow the rules, they’re not going to go near, or share your content! I won’t lie, I’m still learning myself but it’s worth it.
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Affiliate Links On Social Media
It’s much easier to use affiliate links on social media, I use affiliate links on Facebook all the time. You’ll find that Facebook and Instagram tend to be the best place to use affiliate links, normally as the posts get higher engagements and I find that posts on Twitter just get lost.
As you can see below I’ve posted an affiliate on my Facebook page and made sure to mark it as an affiliate link, some people put this at the start of the post, others at the end and some put it next to the link itself; either way you do it, make sure it’s clear!
So remember, if you’re going to put any affiliate links in your posts or on social media, they must be disclosed. Affiliate marketing is great for generating a passive income. The one thing I will say is that you need to make sure you do a monthly check for any broken links, most times you’ll find they’re affiliate links where the product has been removed.
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