I know that not everyone is cut out to create their own products. Some people simply don’t have the time, while others don’t think they have information to make a worthwhile product. Sadly, some people know they have the information, but are just lazy. Whatever the reason may be for not wanting to create your own product, I’m sure most of you know that you have the option of simply skipping that step and selling other people’s products as an affiliate instead, earning a commission for each sale that you drive. Heck – sometimes you don’t even have to create a sales page or worry about closing the deal, you just have to drive traffic to a certain page, and it takes care of the rest through affiliate Marketing.
On top of that, there’s no need to worry about customer service, which is the one thing that can take some time away from an entirely passive income lifestyle if you’re earning money with your own products.
I use multiple strategies to build up my affiliate income. Here is a majority of them, which I’m happy to share with you in case you were looking at some new and creative ways to boost your affiliate income by Where To Put Affiliate Links.
A Resource Page
It just lists a number of resources that I recommend, along with a brief description of each. It helps people who are looking for solutions, and it helps me because some of those resources are affiliate links. It’s an entirely amicable way of earning an income and building authority and trust with your readers. A win-win for all.
An “Extension” – Page
An extension page is similar to a resource page, however you do a little bit more to make it feel like what their looking at is related to your brand.
For example, on my GreenExamAcademy.com website where I sell study guides that I created for the LEED exam, I have a page for practice exams.On this page (which is still on the greenexamacademy.com domain), I describe a number of various practice exams that people can purchase. It is only then when people click on the affiliate link (which is a call to action) that they are taken to a product page on a third-party website.
To make this process flow even better, I should probably include some imagery on my own site that may also be seen on the third-party website, so there is even more cohesiveness in the buying process between both sites.
Sidebar Banner Ads
If you do end up experimenting with this method, make sure you test, test, and test! If the banner ads you put up aren’t getting any clicks, or you’re getting clicks but absolutely no sales as a result, dump them and try another. Unless you’re driving traffic and making a commission, it’s just wasted space on your site.
Within Blog Posts
On occasion, I’ll embed an affiliate link into a blog post. This is usually done when I’m already talking about a certain niche or product I’m involved in, and there just happens to be a specific product that I use and recommend that has an affiliate program tied into it. I never write blog posts just to make money by placing an affiliate link in it. I think people are too smart for that and can read right through those types of posts.
I also embed affiliate links in the products that I create and sell. This is the nice part about creating an electronic product, because you can’t really embed an affiliate link into a physical book.
Lastly, Always track your affiliate links. Know how many clicks are going through, and how many sales are coming as a result. If you don’t, you’re just trying to get lucky. Make your own luck and figure out what works and what doesn’t. as more time goes by, and the more of the above strategies you implement, the more potential affiliate income streams you create for yourself, because you never know when someone random will stumble upon your blog.