How Do You Promote Your Affiliate Links?

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I’ve noticed that many different bloggers promote their affiliate products in different ways.

Some bloggers place banners in their blog’s sidebars, in their headers, or even in their content. Others write articles featuring products that they’ve used and enjoyed. Still others sprinkle affiliate links throughout the context of all their articles.

Which method do you use?  Which method do you find most successful?  Which affiliate products do you sell the most? Let’s brainstorm together as a community and develop the most successful way to promote our affiliate products.

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  1. November 28, 2009

    King Sidharth said:

    I usually write a post about them on my blog. Or simply mention it in one of the regular posts.
    Like if I am talking about Cakes and I learned a recipe from a book and developed it. So I will makes sure that if they buy the book, then it;s my affiliate links.

    I also write guest posts on different blogs and include affiliate links. If owner allows me to, obv!

  2. November 28, 2009

    Robomaster said:

    I either have banners or write about it. Using a few colorful banners advertising relevant products to what you write about can be a great way to monetize a blog.

    Also, writing a post aboout a product you use and enjoy is also very effective.
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  3. November 28, 2009

    izzat aziz said:

    for now i still not use much of affiliate link because my blog still new and i find it inappropriate to do it just yet. But before this in my older blog, i use it in two ways, which is banner and also in post link, and from my observation banner is better that in post link.
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  4. November 28, 2009

    Fran Civile said:

    I have 4 small banners plus an Amazon Best Buys feed… When I blog about a
    product I believe in I include a link
    to it… I view this as a fair exchange: a time-saving recommendation from someone they trust for the aff/commission I might be getting (built into the price they pay

    Fran 🙂
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  5. November 28, 2009

    Dana @ Online Knowledge said:

    I prefer do some review post and put the affiliate link in there but yeah, a side wide banner also look okay for me.
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  6. November 29, 2009

    chandan said:

    First I want to inform you that I never earn from selling affiliate products. Ad dana said, I also agree with him First we have to write series of article about the products so that we can attract visitor attention to the affiliate products and then just we have to put affiliate link.

    I think text link is better than banner link.
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  7. November 29, 2009

    Andrew said:

    I’m actually starting to reconsider the value of banner ads. For low traffic sites I’m finding more often that they can be a source of discomfort to the visitors. I’ve also found that even though in content links only have a limited life span that they tend to convert at much higher rates. The big winner for me has been my stripe ad. It gets more clicks, and sales conversions than any other method I use on any of my sites.
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  8. November 29, 2009

    Phaoloo said:

    Not use any affiliate links now but I believe writing review posts will make more conversion than just placing buttons on the sidebar.
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  9. November 29, 2009

    Lee Ka Hoong said:

    I used to place banner and write a review for the affiliate product. As for hosting affiliate program, I used different way to promote it. Says I’m promoting Hostgator affiliate program, I’ll catch up with few friends which don’t have any web hosting or website, I will tell them the advantage of blogging and it could bring in big money.

    If they like to start one, then I’ll request them to sign up under my affiliate link, if they do so and I’ll help them setup everything.

    I’ve received 3 hostgator signups this month, would be good, right? 🙂

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  10. November 29, 2009

    Melvin said:

    I think most people would answer they put it in posts. I think the idea of putting affiliate banners at the sidebar is already obsolete.

    The idea now to get an affiliate referral is to be reputed so that people would buy something under you w/no hesitation.

  11. November 29, 2009

    Simon | Teenius said:

    Hi Nicolas.

    Personally, I’m about unsure about affiliate links nowadays. I’ve promoted them via my sidebar, by linking to them in my posts AND by writing posts, but so far they’ve underperformed, and aren’t even worth the effort 🙁

    However, one way I do like to promote your links is the one used by Michael Dunlop on IncomeDiary. He’s set up a page with lots of different links, but the way he’s set them up is very impressive.

    See the page here:
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  12. November 29, 2009

    Josh said:

    Like some of the other posters have already mentioned I promote affiliate links through side bar links and blog posts.

    Sometimes when I have time in my hands, I like to do customised illustrations – comic strips which somehow relate to the affiliate service/product.

  13. November 29, 2009

    Ryhen Satch said:

    Oh, I have tried everything mentioned on this post. It’s really hard to make anyone buy anything from your blog unless you establish some credibility and search engine traffic. I guess the most harmful meme inside every newbie blogger is that you can create money from your blog in just a few months. These are probably the same people who purchase stuff from popular bloggers who sell affiliate products. lol
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  14. November 29, 2009

    Chris said:

    I find that text links of any kind work much better than banners. I like to put links throughout my context but I always try to make sure that the link is relevantt to the article subject. Readers don’t like to click on a link and be brought to a page with subject matter that has nothing to do with what they are reading.

    Doing product reviews is also much better than using banners. There have been several studies done that indicate that 90% of all readers don’t even notice banners on the websites they visit.
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  15. November 30, 2009

    Web Hosting UK said:

    I usually promote through review posts and site wide links. I believe text links are good for SEO benefit and banners are good for building brand awareness!
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    • December 4, 2009

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Web Hosting UK –> Those are good tips. I’m becoming more and more convinced that review posts are extremely powerful. They’ve been working great for me.

  16. November 30, 2009

    Gabe | said:

    The most successful affiliate links are the ones that I write articles about. I would bet that most other bloggers have similar results.
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    • December 4, 2009

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Gabe | –> I’ve been encountering that same thing. When I write about something, it tends to sell a lot more than just posting a random link.

  17. December 1, 2009

    David | said:

    I promote affiliate links through posts and sidebar links. I especially like a banner linked to an amazon store.

    • December 4, 2009

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      David | –> Those are good ideas. I’m finding that posts really work the best and the other options are great to support the posts.

  18. December 11, 2009

    scheng1 said:

    interesting question. I prefer hyperlink within text, since I hate to have so many banners or whatever to slow down the loading
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    • December 14, 2009

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      scheng1 –> That’s a valid point. I hadn’t even calculated that into it yet.

  19. March 22, 2010

    food recipes said:

    i am new blogger. And not yet try affiliate marketing. I hope after read this article, i can use in my small business. thanks a lot
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  21. January 27, 2012

    Tuwaze said:

    I prefer make a specific landing page for each of my affiliate link and upload it to my website.

    Thanks for the ideas.

  22. April 1, 2012

    Shalu Sharma said:

    Article writing is a good one. you can write and article and submit to article directories with links in i t.

  23. June 17, 2012

    theme said:

    i create a similar to original author’s site.put reviews about every affiliate products.