6 Best Places to Add Affiliate Links (to Make More Money) in 2020
With so many different platforms to build an audience (and add affiliate links), there’s never been a better time to be an affiliate.
I’m a pretty new affiliate marketer myself.
I launched my blog AdamEnfroy.com in 2019 and now make over $80k/month, mostly from affiliate revenue.
How did I do it?
It didn’t just add affiliate links. Instead, I mastered:
- How to rank for the right keywords to generate affiliate revenue.
- How to strategically place affiliate links to maximize earnings.
In this guide, I cover the 6 best places to add your affiliate links, some helpful tips on how to strategically place them, and showcase some examples of well-placed affiliate links.
Let’s get started.
What Are the Best Places to Add Affiliate Links?
Here are the top six places to add affiliate links.
1. Within Blog Content
The number one place to add affiliate links is within your blog posts.
These text links are easy to add to any CMS like WordPress or website builder. If you’re using WordPress, I recommend you use a WordPress plugin like ThirstyAffiliates to cloak your affiliate links and organize them in one place.
So how do you strategically add affiliate links within your blog posts?
When you’re first starting a blog, do keyword research and identify keywords that you want to rank for that have affiliate revenue potential.
What’s the key?
Go after “best” keywords and “how-to” keywords.
“Best” keywords include the word “best” in them and are ideal for affiliate list posts. And these work in almost any niche:
- Marketing: Best graphic design services (perfect for Fiverr!)
- Finance: Best credit cards
- Travel: Best travel insurance
- Tech: Best laptops of 2020
- Home: Best smart home devices
These “best” keywords are great for affiliates because the searcher is looking for long-form, helpful review content featuring different options. These should be formatted as list posts with multiple brands and affiliate links added to your page. Any time you mention the brand by name, add your affiliate text link.
Once you start looking up these “best” keywords, you’ll notice that almost all of them have affiliate bloggers holding the top 10 Google positions.
Bonus Tip: In a list post, your affiliate link should be added 2-3 times in one company’s review section. For example, if you write an article on the “10 best logo design services” and put Fiverr at #1, you can add your affiliate text links to:
- The heading: 1. Fiverr
- Any mention of Fiverr in your review’s paragraph text.
- At the bottom of the review section: “Check out Fiverr’s logo design services.” Note: make sure you deep link to the correct page on Fiverr logo design for higher conversion rates.
The second type of keyword to target is “how-to” keywords.
These are keywords that include “how-to” in them and are perfect for long-form tutorials. These work in any niche too:
- Marketing: How to create a landing page (another good one for recommending Fiverr)
- Lifestyle: How to decorate your kitchen
- Travel: How to travel the world on a budget
“How-to” blog posts are also long-form, helpful guides that take readers down a path and teach them something new. Depending on your exact keyword, there are usually always product recommendations you can add and place your affiliate links.
For example, in a post about “how to create a landing page”, you could add some Fiverr deep links and recommend their landing page design services.
Bonus Tip: In lengthy “how-to” posts, you can earn more affiliate revenue by reminding readers of your product recommendations.
For example, in Nomadic Matt’s ultimate guide to traveling with no money, he adds the following content box as a reminder of what to do, with some of his affiliate links:
How to Disclose: Add an affiliate disclaimer on your blog posts and link to your privacy page that includes your full affiliate disclosure. If your content is lengthy, you should include multiple disclaimers near any affiliate link.
2. Inside of Emails
Another great place you can add affiliate links is inside of emails you send to your list. These can be added just like your in-content links: highlight the text in your email marketing provider and paste in your affiliate link.
These work well within automated welcome emails too, but make sure not to be too overly promotional. You should blend a good amount of free content without affiliate links and some promotional affiliate links inside of your emails.
Here’s an example of how BookTube added a few affiliate links to one of their emails:
How to Disclose: Add an affiliate disclosure near any affiliate links in your emails.
3. On a Resources Page
Bloggers that have a dedicated page for their favorite resources should add affiliate links here. A resources page should be added to your website’s menu navigation so that readers can easily access it.
You can also direct traffic to this page so that more people see your affiliate links and you’ll get more clicks (and earnings).
How to Disclose: Write your affiliate disclosure at the top of your resources page. I like how Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income writes out a clear disclosure on his resources page.
YouTube is one of the best places to generate revenue. By adding your affiliate links within your video descriptions, you can earn money from any potential video viewer.
Many top affiliates use this method to create product tutorials or comparative content videos (Company A vs. Company B), then link to them in the description.
Check out how Lucas Tech adds his affiliate links to YouTube in his video on ExpressVPN vs. NordVPN:
How to Disclose: Put an affiliate disclaimer in the video description.
5. Inside of Lead Magnets and Digital Products
If you sell ebooks, online courses, or online toolkits, you can add affiliate links inside of your products. For example, one of my lead magnets is a free WordPress blog launch checklist.
Inside of this PDF file, I add affiliate links to products you need to start a blog, like web hosting:
6. Social Media
If you have a social following, you can share your affiliate links on platforms like Facebook and earn commissions that way. Since having a blog or YouTube following is different than having a large following on social media, it’s another avenue to recommend products and generate affiliate revenue.
Check out this helpful guide from Lovely Blog Academy on how to add affiliate links on Facebook. She shows how you can even add affiliate links as the URL inside of your Facebook Ads:
Start Earning More Today
That’s my list of the best places to add affiliate links. You’ll see that the main focus was on blog post content and finding the right keywords to write about. I covered that in detail as that’s the best long term strategy to master if you want to become a successful affiliate.
With so many different platforms to build an audience and add affiliate links, it’s a great time to be an affiliate and start generating some passive income.
About the author – Adam Enfroy writes about how to blog like a startup to 450,000 monthly readers at www.adamenfroy.com.