Despite many websites taking advantage of the simple yet effective wonders of google Adsense, many fail to capitalise on the lucrative affiliate programs that are also available. Many companies are looking for smarter ways to advertise online and affiliates is one of the most effective for your site. The advantage they have over Adsense is that you tailor your links to specific products that are relevant to your content and target audience. You then receive compensation for your efforts when the product is sold in the form of a share of the profits. How much this is varies and in this article I aim to show you some of the best ways you can incorporate these affiliate links into your website.
Amazon is one of the most diverse and widely used associate programs. It is suitable for almost every site due to their endless product range and also provides you with a share of anything added into the consumers basket alongside your product meaning that you quite often get a big cut of a grouped purchase. The also have very easy to use developer tools for creating all your links and you can even just post links onto your sites social media outlets with various relevant/seasonal content.
Most people consider iTunes as purely a music outlet but over time has morphed into a great source of ebooks, movies, documentaries and more. This means that most websites will be able to find relevant content which their audience can relate to. Thanks to the affiliates program you can share in the profits made by iTunes every time you link to content relevant to your site.
Zazzle is the perfect way for your website to sell branded merchandise such as t-shirts mugs posters. You can upload ANY t-shirt design and start selling them without any risk as Zazzle print the tShirts as and when they are required. The best way to capitalise on this revenue stream is to create more than just your brand of t-shirts as this will entice people who are browsing Zazzle to view your store and website. Zazzle also allows for affiliate links to any of the products they sell so you can also make money by linking to other peoples merchandise. This is especially useful for fashion blogs!
LinkShare provides access to affiliate-marketing from a variety of companies, including Buy.com. LinkShare’s site includes an easy-to-read dashboard that keeps you informed of the latest offers from your merchant partners. According to the site, commission rates typically reach up to 20 percent. There are several of these types of generic sites available, others include Commission Junction and ShareASale.
Literally every company you can think of, with a little work, is a potential affiliate. The most successful online companies understand how powerful an advertising space they actually have. I can guarantee if you start emailing companies asking for free or discounted services in exchange for a blog post or feature on your site that you will often get a lot more response that what you may expect. Get pro-active, find sites that your content could benefit, get in touch and negotiate a deal. This is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most lucrative and effective way to profit from affiliate links.
Finally remember two important things when using affiliate links. Firstly, always ensure that your links are relevant to the content on your site. Tailoring your links to your audience means you will get a much higher return. Secondly, remember that without great content affiliate links will be worthless, always focus 90% of your time on creating engaging and original content and then the rest will work itself.