Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways of monetization for bloggers. It has also proven to be one of the best ways to make money online.
SEO is the top traffic source for affiliate marketers, followed by social networks, blogging, and email marketing. And as an affiliate marketer, you must know that more traffic = more chances of affiliate commissions.
If you are reading this article, you must be trying to understand how to promote affiliate links so that you can earn a decent income from your affiliate program.
There are many ways to promote your affiliate links, like blogging, email marketing, running ads, creating your own digital product, promoting an affiliate offer through your video content, through your podcast, and through social media.
If you’re wondering:
“How to promote affiliate links without a website?”
“How can I promote affiliate links for free?”
“Can you advertise affiliate links?”
“How do I get more traffic to my affiliate links?”
“How do I promote affiliate links on social media?”
You’re in the right place.
Whether you own a website or not, this article will help you find ways to promote affiliate products to your audience and earn money from affiliate sales.
Are you ready for this?
Let’s get started!
Disclaimer: If you buy something using the links in this article, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Know that I only promote stuff that I use and trust for the sake of my readers and the reputation of this website.
What Are Affiliate Links And How Do They Work?
Affiliate links are special, unique links assigned to you when you sign up for affiliate programs.
These text links are given to you to promote them in different places on the internet so that people can buy the products or services you recommend, and you can earn a commission for every purchase made through your link.
Here’s how affiliate links work:
If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing and how you can make a decent income by promoting affiliate links, check out this blog post:
If you are an affiliate marketer looking for better ways to keep track of your income from various affiliate programs, you can check out this blog post:
Once you’ve joined your favorite affiliate programs and got your affiliate links, it’s time to promote them to your audience.
In the next section of this article, we will talk about the different ways you can promote affiliate links so that you can earn money while helping your audience find the best products to purchase online.
How To Promote Affiliate Links – A Beginner’s Guide
In this guide on how to promote affiliate links, I will show you the many ways you can promote your affiliate links no matter if you’re a beginner or have been doing affiliate marketing for some time now.
You can promote affiliate links through many different channels, even if you don’t own a website. Many of these channels are free. For example, you could promote an affiliate link through social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
If you want a few advanced methods of promoting an affiliate program, you could try setting up a website or blog with a web hosting company and display ads or publish a blog post containing affiliate links.
You can also promote affiliate links through your YouTube channel if you have one with a ton of YouTube views.
The key is to create useful content for your audience so that you help people who look to your business for information or tutorials.
Let us now look at 11 ways you can promote affiliate products online.
11 Ways To Promote Affiliate Links Online
1. Promote Affiliate Links By Blogging
Promoting affiliate links through a website or blog is one of the most lucrative ways to make an income online with your affiliate programs.
If you have a website or a blog, there are many ways you can use it to promote your affiliate links.
If you don’t have a blog yet, you could skip this section and move on to the other ways to promote affiliate links in this article.
Or you could learn how to start a blog of your own by signing up for my FREE ‘Blogging Amateur’ Email Course.
It is fairly easy to get a blog up and running, and with a little hard work and patience, you’ll find that the rewards are definitely worth it.
Once you’ve set up your blog, here’s how you can use it to promote your affiliate products:
Affiliate Banner Ads
One of the ways you can advertise affiliate products is by using banner ads on your websites.
Banner ads are a part of your affiliate inventory that you can display anywhere on your site so that when a person clicks on them and makes a purchase, you will earn an income.
Here’s an example of an affiliate banner ad:
Bluehost allows you to select one of their standard affiliate banner designs and place it on your website by copy-pasting a bit of code on your site.
Product Review Articles
If you run an affiliate blog, the main method of monetization for you must be your blog posts. There are many types of blog posts you can write to advertise your affiliate products, and one of them is product review articles.
Write a detailed review of the product or company you want to promote. Include all specifications that your audience will be interested in, along with the pros and cons.
Remember to give an unbiased opinion about the product you are promoting. Do not try to talk all good about the product just because you want your audience to buy it. The more authentic your content is, the more your audience will trust you.
Here is an example of a product review article with affiliate links:
Remember to include a disclaimer before you insert your affiliate links so that your audience is well aware that you are an affiliate for the products you recommend.
Another great way to sell your affiliate products is by writing in-depth product tutorials on your blog.
You can write a tutorial on how to do a specific task or how to use a certain product.
Include your affiliate links within the content and disclose them to your audience with a disclaimer so that you do not mislead them.
Here is an example of a tutorial with affiliate links:
Resources or Tools Pages
Another clever way to advertise your affiliate product is by creating a tools or resources page on your blog.
On this page, you can list down all the resources you use for your business and insert your affiliate links for each product.
Of course, you need to mention that the links are affiliate links in a disclaimer or disclosure page.
2. Promote Affiliate Links On YouTube
Video content has gained popularity in recent years due to the abundance of screens and gadgets available to us.
If you plan to start a YouTube channel (or if you already have one), you can use it to place your affiliate links.
There are two ways to do this:
- Add your affiliate links in the video description box and tell viewers in your video to click on hose links if they want to buy or try out a product you’ve mentioned.
Here’s an example:
- Insert your link in YouTube annotations, which are transparent boxes that appear at certain points in your YouTube video when you want your viewers to click on them.
3. Promote Affiliate Links On Instagram
If you have a sizeable following on Instagram, it can be pretty simple to make money from your affiliate programs.
Affiliates can include one link in their bio. To make this link count, you can direct your followers to “click the link in your bio” every time you post something related to your affiliate product.
You can also use a tool like LinkTree to insert more than one link in your bio.
Here is an example of an affiliate link in your Instagram bio:
When you click the link in the image above, LinkTree redirects users to this page with affiliate links:
You can also insert links in your Instagram stories. Instagram allows you to add links in your stories once you cross 10k followers.
This tactic works especially if you have a larger loyal audience, as they are more likely to click on your links in your stories and make a purchase.
4. Promote Affiliate Links On LinkedIn
The key to successful marketing on LinkedIn is to keep in mind that LinkedIn is a professional network.
Build connections with people in your niche by offering useful information in your posts. You can also write articles on the LinkedIn platform. Add your affiliate links in your LinkedIn articles or promote blog posts on your website from your LinkedIn profile.
Make meaningful connections on LinkedIn by engaging with other people’s content (liking, sharing, commenting).
But never use comments as a way to promote yourself or your links.
5. Promote Affiliate Links On Facebook
You can promote links on Facebook as long you comply with their terms and conditions.
You can promote links directly by adding the link of the affiliate product in the Facebook post.
Promoting links indirectly means adding a link to your website or blog on the Facebook post, which contains all your affiliate links.
You can use either method to promote links on Facebook or a mixture of both.
Facebook groups are also a great place to promote your affiliate links, depending on the objectives of the group. If the group is run by you, then you can add as many links as you like. However, if the group is someone else’s and they have a no-links policy, then you risk getting kicked out of the group.
6. Promote Affiliate Links On Pinterest
Pinterest is a visual search engine that acts as a social platform as well. There are many ways you can use Pinterest to advertise links.
Compared to blogging and running a YouTube channel, Pinterest requires less effort and is free to set up and use.
That is why many affiliates choose Pinterest to advertise their affiliate links online.
The advantage of Pinterest is that you can create pins to promote your affiliate links directly. All you need to do is upload the pin image and add the affiliate link in the destination link section.
Add 2-3 relevant keywords in the description so that users can find your pin when they look for those keywords.
You can use hashtags like “#ad”, “#affiliatelink”, etc. to disclose your links on Pinterest.
7. Promote Affiliate Links Through Email Marketing
You may have heard of email marketing.
Email marketing is when you send regular emails (or a series of emails) to a group of people after you have taken their permission.
That means people have to opt to be on your email list for you to be able to send them emails. Once you have an email list and have built trust with your readers, you can insert affiliate links in your emails.
Affiliate marketing is easy when you have a highly engaged email list.
Just as with blog post links, you have to disclose your affiliate link so that your readers are not kept in the dark.
8. Promote Affiliate Links Through Your Digital Products
Affiliate marketing can be done by selling your own digital products to your audience.
Digital products can be in the form of eBooks, online courses, pdf downloads, or printables. You can insert your affiliate links into these products so that when people click on those links and buy something, you earn an affiliate commission.
For instance, if you have an online course on how to set up a home gym, you could add links to affiliate products such as exercise equipment, protein supplements, etc.
9. Promote Affiliate Links On Your Podcast
Since you host your own podcast program, it can be easy to create an advertisement for your affiliate product and leave an affiliate link for people to click on and purchase the product.
You most likely have a loyal audience for your podcast, so they are more likely to trust your recommendations and purchase the products you feel will help them.
10. Promote Affiliate Links On Forums Like Quora
Quora is basically a website where people can ask questions, and other people can answer those questions for them. Over the years, Quora has grown to be a solid source of information and can help you drive traffic to your blog or affiliate programs.
You can NOT promote your affiliate links directly on Quora in response to someone else’s question. Posting direct affiliate links in your Quora responses can be considered spam, and your account could get suspended if you do this.
However, you can indirectly promote your affiliate marketing links on Quora by linking to your blog, which contains your affiliate links.
Affiliate marketing on Quora can bring you some targeted traffic since people are searching for exactly what you are offering them.
One good and popular answer on Quora can lead to years and years of organic traffic to your website, and thus, an increase in your affiliate income.
11. Promote Affiliate Links On Medium
Do you write articles on Medium? Maybe you do not yet want to commit to your own website. You just want to test out blogging before you sign up with a web hosting company. That’s great.
But can you promote your affiliate links in Medium?
The answer is yes!
Here’s is Medium’s policy:
“You must disclose affiliate links or payment for a post. Affiliate links, such as link out to Amazon with your code, or any other link out where you will receive a commission or other value, are allowed in posts. But, you must disclose somewhere in the post that it includes affiliate links. If you have received payment, goods or services, or something else of value in exchange for writing a post, you must still disclose this fact in writing within your post.”
You can write articles on Medium and insert links in them. However, you need to disclose these affiliate links before they appear in the article or risk being banned from the platform.
If you want to gain popularity on Medium, make sure you do not overdo it with your affiliate links.
Remember that people look for and love great quality content, so keep that in mind when crafting your articles for Medium.
And those are my top ways of promoting your affiliate links online.
Remember that you should never sell to your audience without giving them any value first.
Good quality content is the way to build audiences and gain a good reputation on the internet.
Always disclose your affiliate links so that you are not violating the terms and conditions of whichever platform you are using.
What methods do you use as an affiliate marketer? Have any of these methods worked for you and your business?
Leave a comment below – I’d love to hear from you!