This post contains affiliate links, which should be no surprise given the topic!
Affiliate links are like the mysterious little money-maker in blogging.
Some bloggers make thousands a month just on affiliate income (I'm more like the hundreds).
Whether or not you use currently affiliate links, today you're going to add and share some!
The 10-Minute Touch Up is a quick, weekly challenge to get you DOING, not just reading about doing. Consider it a way to touch up your blogging just 10 minutes at a time!
Challenge: Add at least one new affiliate link or button to your blog. Plus, share an affiliate link in social!
Why: Adding affiliate links can bring in some passive income, especially from popular posts or resource pages. If the thought of “affiliate marketing” makes you feel like a used-car salesman, it shouldn't. Here's how to get over feeling squeamish about using affiliate links.
How to Do It
If you're just starting out with affiliate links, this will take longer than 10 minutes as you might have to wait to be approved for an affiliate program (and you have to decide which ones to join)! Visit this post for places to sign up for programs. It has some places to join to find affiliates for thousands of companies. You can also join my affiliate program if you want to earn 20% for every sale from my site!
Okay, now for adding and sharing links.
1. Evaluate and switch out any affiliate buttons or ads.
Do you have any affiliate buttons or ads that don't bring you sales? Those are wasted valuable space, friend! Try using another button (either from the same merchant or a different one) or moving the location of the button and see if that changes anything.
2. Go to some popular posts and pages to see if there's a relevant brand you can promote within the posts.
For example, if I casually mention cool blog graphics within a post, I could link to Creative Market. Or if within a post, I say that I use Genesis, then I should link that too. My Resource Page? Scattered with affiliate links.
You can even add an affiliate link or button/banner to the bottom of a post. For example, for a post about creating graphics, I might end with something like “Need better graphics for your blog images? One place I think you'll like is Creative Market.“
3. Share an affiliate link on social.
Don't be scared to do this! I do this often (and build them into my content calendar so I don't forget). Try to add a personal touch and get specific… versus something generic like “Find great fonts here!”
For example, here's a tweet I recently did for a font I purchased.
— Melissa Culbertson (@MelACulbertson) October 22, 2014
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Hey- I'm Melissa! I'm a mom, side hustler, online course instructor, and brand marketer. I run a 6-figure blog helping online biz owners find their a-ha moments with can-do tips, tutorials, and online courses. I also work at Burt's Bees as the Social Media Strategist (yep, it's as cool as it sounds). Jump start your biz productivity with my free worksheet!