When many people think of affiliate marketing, their first thought is advertising. Placing ads in sidebars and below headers is very common and expected. But there is so much more to affiliate marketing. Here are 15 affiliate marketing examples of posts that work well.
1: Post Reviews
Consumers like to research before they make their purchases, and reviews play a big role in decision making. In “The Best Printers for 2019“, PC Mag independently reviews and describes a variety of printers while using affiliate links.
2: Create a Tool
Tools are a great way for consumers to get quick access to information, especially regarding money. For example, NerdWallet created a tool to help readers figure out their personal loan options. Readers enter some information and then receive a tailored list of options, most of which are affiliate links.
3: Write Guides
Compile lists and guides for your readers to direct them to the best resources. One of these affiliate marketing examples, “The 10 Best Travel Credit Cards,” will provide your consumers with valuable information, and allow you to place affiliate marketing links naturally.
4: Update Key Pages
Guides that do well should be updated to keep the content relevant and timely. One option is to update the keywords for SEO purposes. Another simple update is to add the year or the month to the post, with updated content and links. In the example listed in #3, the post is updated with the month and year so that the post remains relevant.
Similar to tools, a calculator is a bit simpler and more straightforward. It usually has fewer questions to answer than a tool. A post with a loans eligibility calculator is one example. The calculator results then link to affiliates.
6: Coupons and Discounts
Everyone loves a good deal, and coupon sites are very popular. Posts that include coupons and discounts to popular retailers are a great way to embed affiliate links.
7: Lists of Coupon Sites
Many of the large coupon sites offer affiliate programs. Compile lists of the best coupon sites to inform your readers while embedding your affiliate marketing links.
8: Answer Questions
Address a specific question that readers have, such as “what are the best headphones“, and answer it. Include marketing links with your response.
9: Offer Advice
If you have established yourself as a reliable source of information, offer your readers advice on topics within your range of expertise. Whether it’s building, crafting, or technical advice, followers are eager to learn from the pros, and you can seamlessly work affiliate links into your advice.
Similar to guides but with a more personal touch, offer your readers recommendations. Influencers can share their personal picks for the best local restaurant or favorite skincare products, all with affiliate links.
11: “Ask Me” Tool
We talked about tools for finances, but there are ways to be more personal. An “ask me” tool embedded in a post or on your site can help you convert readers into buyers.
12: Offer Fun
People love to laugh, so funny stories in posts or quizzes that produce hilarious results are always popular. A humorous quiz called “Which Fall Pumpkin Am I?” points readers to different paint products, which could include affiliate links.
13: Solve a Problem
Is there an issue in your area of expertise that readers frequently ask about? Present a solution to the problem, and include affiliate marketing links for products or services that help solve the problem.
14: User Guides
Give users a step by step “how-to” guide, and add affiliate links as appropriate. For example, a user guide for “how to start your website” can include affiliate marketing links for hosting and design services.
Choose a topic and compose a “round-up” that centers on the theme. For example, a round-up of the “best gifts for her” would include a wide variety of products, services, and experiences. Affiliate links can be added as appropriate.
With planning, affiliate marketing links can be added to posts in a way that is both natural and which enhances your SEO. These 15 affiliate marketing examples will help you get started. Still struggling with where to start? Contact us for a monetization audit of your site. We will help you make the most money from things you are already doing.