How to Get Your Affiliate Links
HOW TO GET AFFILIATE LINKS
Before you learning how to promote affiliate links, you must first apply and join an affiliate program.
1. Apply and Join Affiliate Programs
JOIN AN AFFILIATE NETWORK AND AFFILIATE PROGRAMS
There are numerous affiliate programs available to publishers and website owners. Do your research and see which programs are aligned with your marketing goals, content topics, and interests. A few of the top programs include:
- ShareASale – 5%-30% Commission. 4,000+ Merchants & Thousands of Products. Physical & Digital Products
- Clickbank – 40%-75% Commission. 10,000+ Digital Products you can promote.
- Amazon – 5%-10% Commission. Millions of products to promote
When researching the best affiliate programs, look into the merchants available, commission rates, as well as rules for applying. Certain affiliate programs require applicants to meet particular restrictions to qualify as an affiliate marketer. If you’re just starting out, I recommend you join the programs as enumerated above.
2. Login to Your Affiliate Account
LOGIN TO YOUR AFFILIATE DASHBOARD AND LOCATE THE LINKS
After you’ve been approved, log in to your affiliate program to find your affiliate links.
Using this dashboard, you can select which of the advertiser’s text links or banners you’d like to promote on your website. Once you’ve selected the text link, your exclusive affiliate links will be automatically generated for you to promote with embedded HTML or just the link itself.
3. Copy & Paste Your Link Into your Content
COPY AND PASTE THE HTML OR DIRECT LINK INTO YOUR CONTENT
After you’ve found the respective advertiser and selected a type of affiliate link, you’ll need to copy your referral link and embed it in your content [or paste this code and/or link into your blog content or website].
You can also use a WordPress plugin like ThirstyAffiliates to cloak your affiliate links and make them look nicer on your site. For example, something like www.yoursite.com/go/yourlink looks better than a random string of numbers and letters.
4. Track the Success of your Affiliate Links
TRACK THE SUCCESS OF YOUR AFFILIATE LINKS IN THE DASHBOARD
Now that your affiliate links are live, return to your dashboard to track their success. Each platform is slightly different, but you’ll be able to see the number of clicks, sales, and your commissions using this tool.
Affiliate marketing is the process by which an affiliate earns a commission for marketing another person’s or company’s products.