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Now What Do I Do With the Affiliate Link?

Written by Ryan Ambrose  · July 16, 2007

If you’re a beginning affiliate marketer, this may be among your first questions. You get the links, but then what do you do with them? You have to get them out into cyberspace to get people to click on them, but how?

The obvious answer is that you put them on your web site, but that’s not the half of it. People who are making good money with affiliate marketing aren’t just posting links willy-nilly on their content sites without any thought. So if you’re looking to make a decent income this way, what do you do with your affiliate links?

  • Write entire mini-sites around them: Review pages, landing pages, and pre-sell pages are all examples of this technique. You write a single page centered on the product or service you’re promoting designed to get the reader to click through and then convert.

  • Promote them with ezines: You start your own ezine, collect a list of subscribers, and promote your links in content ads or solo advertisements. While running and successfully promoting an email income of this sort requires it’s own set of skills and knowledge, collecting a list only takes a single web page.

  • Aim pay-per-click ads directly at the link: This is an older method that’s falling out of favor because companies like Google don’t display multiple pay-per-click ads aimed at the same URL at one time. Nowadays, most marketers aim pay-per-click ads at landing pages (which I mentioned above) to get around this and improve on conversions.

  • Write affiliate links into ebooks, free reports, or other ‘.PDF’ products: In this approach, you create your own information product and include affiliate links from related programs. Then you sell the product or give it away as a bonus for doing something else, like an opt-in. Your affiliate links potentially generate back-end commissions, plus you get to add a name to your list for more promotions later.

So if you’re just starting out in affiliate marketing and wondering what exactly you’re supposed to do with your links, you can take some ideas from the methods above. And if any of you more experienced marketers would like to share your ideas for promoting affiliate links, feel free to comment

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My name is Ryan Ambrose, and I’m the co-author of Can I Make Big Money Online.

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4 Responses to “Now What Do I Do With the Affiliate Link?”

  1. George Manty on July 16th, 2007 12:08 pm

    Combine all 4 methods:

    1. Create a landing page that offers a free ebook if you sign up for your free ezine.

    2. Send PPC traffic to the landing page.

    3. When people sign up send them the free ebook with affiliate links inside it.

    4. Continue to send your ezine subscribers reviews of products with your affiliate links inside.

    It’s a business model that has worked for a quite a few people over the years.

  2. mike b on July 17th, 2007 3:47 pm

    Can you show how get going,I’m new to this but know about motorsports. thanks for your site.

  3. George Manty on July 18th, 2007 7:23 am

    mike b,

    Start by reading The Affiliate Masters Course.

  4. Matt Cook on September 13th, 2007 12:49 pm

    Thats a great idea. I like the idea of sending them an ebook or small report with your affiliate links inside.

    This way you can promote a product while actually teaching them something and you give them a product.

    Thanks I am truly learning a lot from reading through your blog posts.