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How to Promote Affiliates Without Hype

Over the next few weeks, my wife – Kerry, is going to share some ideas to make money with a blog. She’s been doing just that for the past 5+ years.

Let’s face it, earning affiliate commissions helps support your blog and your family. But, most readers do not want to read blogs with a lot of hype about buying products. They want to know more about you & read stories about your life or your niche.

So, how can you include affiliate links without a lot of hype?

Basically, I recommend writing posts that are helpful to your readers. Show them you care about them and want to let them know what is working for you & your family. Here are 3 ways I’ve included affiliate links that are very natural.

Hyperlink Products in a List

One of my favorite type blog posts are lists. Lists of our favorite books to read aloud. Lists of my favorite homeschooling books. Lists of our favorite activities.

Each list includes items that are available on Amazon. I hyperlink those items with my Amazon affiliate link. To be honest, I haven’t made a lot of money. But a few clicks here & there add up over time.

Tell Your Story

When you review a product, tell your story. Include ways you are personally using that product.

• If you are reviewing a curriculum, show how it helped your family in your homeschool.
• If you are reviewing a book, tell stories about the impact the book had on your life.
• If you use the product, tell stories how you’ve used the product.

As you tell your story, be sure to include images that “show” your story. Hyperlink each photo with your affiliate code.

The Advent Calendar, Table Runner & Flip Chart worked well for me during the holidays. You’ll see the advent calendar on our refrigerator and the flipchart next to our centerpiece. Click on the image to see how I shared ways to use these items.

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Or, click here to see how I told my story about the Easter Countdown Puzzle that had an affiliate program.

Videos Share Affiliate Links

Videos work like a charm for me. Yesterday, I had a homeschool mom message me from eBay about a writing resource. She mentioned Bryan, Texas and I replied saying we used to have a curriculum store in Bryan. A few hours later, she left a phone message asking about more writing resources.

I called her back and shared my thoughts about the three resources. During our conversation, she told me she had been watching this lady on youtube talk about the writing resources. In the middle of watching the videos, she realized it was me.

The videos on my website are also on youtube. I earn money when people buy from those videos. It doesn’t matter if they are on my site or on youtube. I still get paid. Here’s an example of one of my video reviews:

Best Affiliate Marketing Tip Ever

In closing, let me share one tip. I try to call my affiliate products, resources. Resources sounds like an item that will help you. Products sound like an item to be sold. It is a subtle difference, but people are more accepting of resources than products.

As you plan your next blog post to promote an affiliate item, remember to be natural & encouraging. Your readers will be glad & you’ll make more affiliate commissions.

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.Question: What is your best affiliate marketing tip? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

 

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