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Affiliate marketing has been around for a long time. If you haven’t heard of affiliate marketing, it’s a form of marketing where you refer someone to a product online say through a link on your blog or in a social media post or through an email. If that person clicks through and buys the product you receive a commission. Here’s how affiliate marketing works.

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How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

If you own a blog you can make money through it by starting affiliate marketing and signing up for affiliate programs. Then you place links and banners within the blog’s content.

When someone visits your site and clicks on one of these links or banners then goes on to purchase anything, you will earn a commission.

You can even set up a shop filled with affiliate products using the Woocommerce plugin and earn that way. Amazon products can be instantly imported at the click of a button. I own two other sites that make money this way.

Affiliate marketing is one of the ways bloggers monetise and make a passive income through their websites.

How Do I Add Affiliate Links To Posts?

When adding affiliate links, they need to be marked as nofollow and/or sponsored using tags because they are paid links.

If you don’t understand what these tags mean, please read the following posts explaining what these tags do and how to use them.

Nofollow and Dofollow Links Explained

How To Add The Nofollow Tag Manually

The easiest way to add affiliate links to your posts is to make sure you have an SEO plugin like Yoast installed.

When adding links, a pop-up box will appear allowing you to select the required tags for each link.

I always select the option to have my links set to open in a new tab. This is so that the page stays open and the visitor doesn’t go elsewhere when they click on the links and visit other pages.

Affiliate Programs and Tools

Recommended Affiliate Programs

Here is my list of recommended affiliate programs to join. It also contains other products and services that I recommend.

Pretty Links Plugin

Affiliate links often are very long and ugly. Fortunately, there is a plugin called Pretty Links that does what the name says and makes your links look pretty. I’ve written a post about this plugin and you can read all about how it works here.

Contextual Ads

Another way to monetise your website is by using a contextual ad network like media.net and place ads around your website.

It’s definitely worth applying for because they also have an affiliate scheme (known as an Ambassador Program) you can apply for with great benefits.

If someone decides to sign-up with Media. net using your unique referral code, you will earn 10% of their earnings and keep earning for a whole year from the day your referral joins.

Also, your referred publisher receives a BONUS of 10% on their earnings for 3 months. Apply to Media.net  here to receive these benefits.


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