Whenever you’re linking to products on your blog, there’s an opportunity to make commission. Using affiliate links means that whenever someone buys something by clicking through from your blog, you get a percentage of the sale. Want to get started? Here’s how to add them easily to your website…
What is an affiliate link?
In simple terms, an affiliate link is a trackable link that lets a website know how many sales have come directly from you. By including them in your blog posts you’re making sure that you are rewarded for any sales that come directly from your content. When people click on affiliate links they are taken to the brand’s website (or a shoppable page) where they can then buy the item.
You can create affiliate links through a variety of affiliate programmes. Some of the most popular ones for bloggers and Instagrammers include RewardStyle, 21 Buttons and Skimlinks. Some of them require approval of your profile before you can use them (RewardStyle, for example) but others allow you to sign up and get started right away.
Some platforms only allow you to create affiliate links for approved partners (RewardStyle operates like this) but others will allow you to create affiliate links for whichever brands you like. Some big online retailers, like Amazon, have their own affiliate programmes. So if there’s a website you predominantly shop on lookout for these.
How can I add affiliate links to my blog?
Once you’re set up on the best platform for you, creating affiliate links is quite simple. For platforms like RewardStyle and 21 Buttons all you’ll have to do is upload an image and then tag the items you want to link to. You’ll then be able to select the correct links for each item to transform them into affiliate links.
Some platforms offer tutorials on how to make the most of the platform, so make sure you watch those if you’re feeling a bit lost.
For platforms like Skimlinks, you can just paste the relevant link into their converter for it to be made into an affiliate link. You can then use these links across social media and your blog.
If your blog is on WordPress, they also offer affiliate link plugins that will automatically transform the links on your blog into affiliate links. This can be the easiest way to add affiliate links to your blog as you won’t have to do much more than what you’re already doing.
How can I make money from my affiliate links?
So, how do you actually make money from the affiliate links you’ve shared on your blog and social media? Once you’ve added them there’s not much else for you to do, the affiliate platforms do the rest!
Any sales that come through your links will be tracked by the platforms and you will earn commission. This isn’t just on the item you linked to, it’s on anything that person orders via the link. They could just order what you linked, or order a few things at the same time which will boost your commission.
The commission you earn will depend on the affiliate platform and the brand. It tends to range from 5-15%, but can fluctuate. You’ll be able to see how many times your links have been clicked, and any commission you’ve made, via the affiliate platform you’re using.
Once you reach their pay out limit (this could be anything from £20-100) you’ll be able to request the money and it will land in your account within 3-5 working days.
Depending on how much you make from your affiliate links, you might want to request the money be deposited monthly, or weekly, so you can have a steady stream of income from your links.
How should I disclose my affiliate links?
As you make money from affiliate links, it is important they are disclosed to your audience in a way that makes it clear that you are incentivised to use them. You can clearly mark affiliate links by following the ASA guidelines. They recommend that were affiliate links are used, they are marked with ‘AD’. You could also include a disclaimer on your blog where you explain in detail how affiliate links work and how you earn money from them. This would provide full transparency for your audience, which may be helpful for them.
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