5 Essential Affiliate Marketing Tips for Bloggers

Here are some cool affiliate marketing tips for you bloggers - When it comes to making money online, affiliate marketing is definitely in my list of top three blog monetization methods. My other two favourite monetization methods, just in case you’re wondering, are Google AdSense and in-text advertising i.e. Infolinks, although I know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea.

Today I want to talk to you about promoting affiliate products on your blog, or more appropriately,  I want to share with you 5 essential tips that will help you to promote affiliate products on your blog more effectively, and as a result, help you to make more money online through affiliate marketing. So grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee and we’ll begin…

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Affiliate Marketing Tips for Bloggers: 1 – First, look at your current blog theme aka design…

Ok so the first thing we’re going to look at is the theme of your blog… Regardless of what blog publishing software you’re using, take a step back and look at your current theme… If you’re using WordPress, ask yourself, is your theme effectively optimized the best it can be for promoting your affiliate links, ads and products?

If the answer is no, then find one that is…

One of the best optimized theme’s I’ve found to be very powerful is the News Child theme from StudioPress, which runs on Genesis, which is also the theme this blog is currently using. If your theme isn’t up to scratch for ensuring that you have as much success as possible of promoting your affiliate products, then consider changing it to a more suitable one.

Affiliate Marketing Tips for Bloggers: 2 – Don’t use too many affiliate programs all in one hit…

One of the easiest mistakes you can do when promoting affiliate products on your blog is thinking that you’ve got to promote everything and anything. This is an absolute no, no… I’d personally recommend that you choose your affiliate programs very carefully. If you’re just starting out, take a look at the main biggies such as ClickBank, Amazon Associates, the eBay Partner Program and Commission Junction.

You can always add a few more other low profile ones as you start to make some income from the ones above.

Affiliate Marketing Tips for Bloggers: 3 – Avoid promoting products you haven’t tried out yourself

I’ve said this many times before, especially if you’re using Amazon or ClickBank to promote products on your blog, give an honest account of the products yourself, and the best way to do this is to try it out yourself before reviewing it.

Avoid trying to promote shady products which you haven’t tried and tested yourself, it’s the best way to loose trust and confidence from your readers…

Affiliate Marketing Tips for Bloggers: 4 – Make all your affiliate links

Avoid having tons of dofollow affiliate links on your blog, in fact avoid having any completely. You don’t want to appear as if you’re selling tons of outbound self-beneficial links from your blog, you’ll only end up ringing alarm bells in the search engines and you don’t really want that.

For example, if you have 300 posts on your blog and each one of them has two Amazon affiliate links, you’ll make money eventually for sure… but that’s a lot of outbound link juice! So unless you DO want to loose search engine rankings, which I highly doubt that you do, then ensure you make your affiliate links ‘’.

To make a link in WordPress editor, just add your affiliate links as normal, then hit view HTML and find the URL code and enter the short code rel=”” into the tag. Here’s an example where you can see the tag in the URL tag:

[crayon attributes]affiliate product name[/crayon]

If you’re promoting Amazon products on your blog then you’ve got to check out the EasyAzon plugin for WordPress users. It makes the whole process of finding and placing Amazon affiliate links and products to your blog a complete joy. You can even check out our review here:

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Affiliate Marketing Tips for Bloggers: 5 – Don’t steal or rip off content from other sites…

Yep I know what you’re thinking, this is a pretty obvious one right? But needless to say there are still lots of people doing this… If you’re going to create a great product review or write about promoting an affiliate product on your blog in any way, ensure that the content is 100% unique and exclusive for your blog; from the copy, to the title, to the permalink to the Meta description… unique, unique, unique…

Don’t copy and paste someone else’s review into your blog and change the affiliate links, just because it’s the easiest thing to do; not only is it pure plagiarism, but you’ll only hugely increase the chances of your site being ‘arse kicked’ by the search engines, and also who’s to say that the content you’ve just ripped off hasn’t already been ripped off someone else’s site?

Well that’s my 5 affiliate marketing tips for today folks, let me know your thoughts and reactions, perhaps you have some of your own tips you might want to add and share with us, as always I’d love to hear them so please add your comments below.

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  • http://outingsforless.com Loc

    I totally agree with you on tip # 3, “Avoid promoting products you haven’t tried out yourself”. When I just started out with Affiliate marketing, I would promote health products that I figure would be easy to sell but would NOT try it myself.

    I have a baby girl on the way and I vow to earn my living the honest way. I don’t want her to find out someday that her father is a shady character. So now I only sell products that I am confident will work cause I’ve tried it already. It is amazing how a kid can change you.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hey Loc thanks for stopping by and commenting :) First of all congratulations on your forthcoming arrival, I too am going to be a father in less than three months, so I know where you’re coming from. This is one of the mistakes I did many years ago and I had to do it to learn that hard way, so now I always advise any newbie affiliate marketer; ‘try before you promote’ is the best policy if you do nothing else right. Visit us again soon, have a great day my friend.

  • http://www.comptalks.com Bishwajeet @Comptalks

    Also, Having a good relationship with the readers will help you in increasing sales.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Thanks for the additional tip Bishwajeet :)

  • http://www.guldkit.se Sälj Guld

    Good list. I’d also add transparency. It’s fairly easy to see the difference between an affiliate link and a normal link when you hover over it, so when a blogger discloses that their link is an affiliate one, it gives me more trust for them.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      I absolutely agree, I also think some kind of disclosure is also important to have on an affiliate blog too.

  • http://www.theinternetlaboratory.com Paul Waters @ How to Make Money Blogging

    You delivered 5 substantial points, but the last is oh so significant. Don’t steal, just don’t do it. I can speak from experience – when I first started out, I ripped the content of an entire site and needless to say, I was banned from all of my affiliate programs and Google was also disgusted (my website ranked terribly, I’m not implying that a search engine has emotions).

    If you don’t have the ability to write the content yourself, there is always the option to buy content. If you look in the right places, you can attain high quality content for low prices.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Thanks for your story Paul, I think others will appreciate where you’re coming from and hopefull learn from our mistakes so they don’t have to do the same :) All the best.

  • http://elkmba.blogspot.in Arvind

    Hi Fabrizio,

    I think I visited here at right time, I’m actually looking to start my new site by next month for affiliate marketing. Currently I’m working on its content plus looking for relevant theme as well. Once I complete these stuff then I’ll focus on your suggestions.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hey Aarvind, thanks for dropping by, the very best of luck with your affiliate website venture, I’m so pleased you could take something away from my suggestions :) Keep in touch.

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    Hi Fabrizio,
    It was really a worth reading this article. Well written with brilliant tips. I should definitely follow these to achieve success. I found your site is very informative with brilliant articles. Thanks for sharing and providing information. Overall, great job.

  • http://www.dometag.com Domed Labels

    Great tips for affiliate marketers, if these tips are followed completely, I’m sure they can produce amazing results. Thanks for sharing.