• 39+ Ways To Experiment And Profit With Affiliate Links

    39 Ways to Experiment and Profit with Affiliate Links

    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.

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  • Affiliate Disclosure DOs and DON’Ts You Need To Know Now

    Affiliate Disclosure DOs and DON'Ts You Need To Know Now

    If you were in the middle of a high stakes Poker game and ran out of cash, would you risk betting your blog or business to keep going?

    Probably not.

    But by failing to blog without a proper affiliate disclosure, you’re gambling with your professional assets every single day.

    That’s why it’s vital that you, with help from this article, create or review your affiliate disclosure today. This will ensure legal actions aren’t taken against you and the blog you work so hard on. Let’s get to work, you little gambler…

    What is an affiliate disclosure?

    An affiliate disclosure is a disclaimer statement that informs consumers or potential buyers that you are in a paid relationship with the company or person you’re linking to as an affiliate.

    Here’s a short-form example from my site:

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  • Here’s How Affiliate Marketing Works for Bloggers

    Here's How Affiliate Marketing Works For Bloggers

    Did you hear that affiliate marketing is a great way to make money from your content?

    Good news: you heard right!

    Unfortunately, you aren’t exactly clear on how affiliate marketing works or how to get started.

    More good news: that’s what today’s post is all about!

    How affiliate marketing works

    The easiest way to explain how affiliate marketing works would be to answer a few primer questions so you know what it is, why you should try it and when to get started.

    What is Affiliate Marketing?

    I like to define affiliate marketing as a partnership between a publisher (i.e. blogger) and a merchant (i.e. retailer). The merchant sells products online and the publisher creates content online.

    When they partner up, the publisher joins the merchant’s affiliate program (either hosted on a pro affiliate network or self-hosted tracking platform) and upon approval, logs into a dashboard to get things like promotional materials, performance reports, and most importantly, their unique affiliate tracking links.

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  • The Crucial Exercise You Must Do When Launching An Affiliate Program

    How To Perform a Competitive Analysis to Choose Your Affiliate Program Commission Structure

    When I speak to potential new clients, a question I usually ask is what commission are you thinking about offering to your affiliates?.

    These are the most common answers:

    well, (COMPETITOR NAME) is offering this, so I’m planning to match that amount

    My competitors don’t have affiliate programs – I’d like to offer (LOW COMMISSION AMOUNT)

    My competitors offer really generous commission rates but I can’t afford to match their insane budgets. I have no idea what to offer.

    On one hand, it’s great that these folks have a pulse on what their competitors are doing…

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