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30 Days to a Better Blog: Add Affiliate Links


30 Days to a Better Blog: Add Affiliate Links

Most bloggers have a group of ads along the edges of their website – in the header, sidebar, and footer. Perhaps they have other banners sprinkled throughout their content. But affiliate links embedded directly in your post can lead to a much larger percentage of click-thrus and add another monetization source. Just don’t overdo it! You want your readers to trust your blog, content, and links – so only add links that are applicable and trustworthy. And only one or two per post.

My personal favorite (broad) affiliate sites that I’ve used are:

When should you embed an affiliate link in your post? Any time you’re talking about a product, group of products, or service! Doing a book review? Add a link to Barnes & Noble. Talking about a product launch? Use an affiliate link. Discussing the merits of pedometers? Link to the pedometer page of Amazon. The opportunities are endless. Alli put together a list of the 8 Affiliates Selling in her 12 Days of Blogging series. Check it out!

Do you use affiliate links and how do they work for you?

Nikki Katz is the Managing Editor for the BlogWorld.com. She has been a freelance writer and blogger for over a decade, writing for About.com, iVillage and b5media. Feel free to follow her Twitter @nikki_blogworld and @katzni.


  • Kirsten Wright

    I am not a huge fan of affiliate links – unless I know that they are affiliate links. Personally, I don’t mind someone making a little money off of a product, I just want to know ahead of time.

  • Nikki

    Kirsten, good point – some bloggers will clearly note their affiliate links in the body!

  • Kandi

    Thanks for this tip, I am going to try this in my next blog posting!

  • Spearmintbaby

    I have had a ton of luck with Amazon Associates program!

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