Have you thought about recommending affiliate products, but still wondering how to make money with affiliate marketing. For me, earning affiliate commissions helps support my blog and my family.
But . . . most readers do not want to read blogs with a lot of hype about buying a bunch of products. They want to know more about you & read stories about your life or your niche.
So, how do you make money with affiliate marketing … without a lot of hype?
In a nutshell, I recommend writing posts that are helpful to your readers. Show them you care about them and want to let them know what is working for you & your family. Here are 3 ways I’ve included affiliate links that are very natural.
Hyperlink Products in a List
One of my favorite type blog posts are lists. Lists of our favorite books to read aloud. Lists of my favorite resources in my niche. Lists of our favorite activities.
Each list includes items that are available on Amazon. I hyperlink those items with my Amazon affiliate link. To be honest, I haven’t made a lot of money. But a few clicks here & there add up over time.
My list is in the homeschool niche, but you can adapt this strategy to any niche.
Tell Your Story
When you review a product, tell your story. Include ways you are personally use that product. Here are a few tips from my homeschool niche. Adapt them to your niche.
• When I review a curriculum, I show how it helped my family in your homeschool.
• When I review a book, I tell stories about the impact the book had on my life.
• When I use a product, I tell stories how I’ve used the product.
As you tell your story, be sure to include images that “show” your story. Hyperlink each photo with your affiliate code.
I used some of these techniques in this blog post about Bible Study Methods with Bible Journaling which has driven traffic to my site.
Or, click here to see how I told my story about the Easter Countdown Puzzle that had an affiliate program.
Your Videos Share Affiliate Links
Videos work like a charm for me. Recently, I had a homeschool mom message me from eBay about a writing resource. She mentioned Bryan, Texas and I replied saying we used to have a curriculum store in Bryan. A few hours later, she left a phone message asking about more writing resources.
I called her back and shared my thoughts about the three resources. During our conversation, she told me she had been watching this lady on youtube talk about the writing resources. In the middle of watching the videos, she realized it was me.
The videos on my website are also on youtube. I earn money when people buy from those videos. It doesn’t matter if they are on my site or on youtube or on Facebook. I still get paid. Click here for an example of how I use videos in my blog post.
Best Affiliate Marketing Tip Ever
In closing, let me share one tip I was given when I first started blogging.
I call my affiliate products, resources. Resources sounds like an item that will help you. Products sound like an item to be sold. It is a subtle difference, but people are more accepting of resources than products.
As you plan your next blog post to promote an affiliate item, remember to be natural & encouraging. Your readers will be glad & you’ll make more affiliate commissions.
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