6 Things you can do to Increase your Affiliate Income

6 Things you can do to Increase your Affiliate Income

This week I have a run of amazing take over bloggers, to kick the week off I have a post from Emma at EmmaDrew.info. She is someone who has managed to turn her blog into a thriving business and she now earns a marvellous amount. So I am thrilled to be able to host some tips from her on using affiliate marketing to earn some precious pennies.  

Affiliate marketing is one of the many ways that bloggers can make money. Bloggers promote a product or service, and when a reader clicks through and makes a purchase or signs up, the blogger will receive a commission. The money they receive depends on a number of factors, but it can add up to a substantial amount of money. A lot of bloggers are earning serious money from affiliate marketing, whilst others are banging their heads against a brick wall, trying to increase their affiliate sales. Here are some tips for increasing your affiliate income from your blog.

Find out what your readers want

Your readers will only purchase from you, or your affiliate links, if you are providing them with something useful. For example, are you a parent blogger who has found an amazing product to make bedtimes easier? That is the sort of product your audience will probably like to hear about.

There are a few ways to find out what your readers want. The easiest way is to find out your top five to ten posts of all time to see what they are about. You can also take a look at your existing affiliate income and see if something is out performing the rest.

Use affiliate links with images

If you are promoting a product and you have a photo of that product within your blog post, be sure to link the image using your affiliate link.

To do this, in most platforms you can select the image and then an edit button will appear, and you can add your link there.

As internet users, we love to click on images, and I find that I get more affiliate sales when I link the images to the product.

Grow your traffic

Growing your traffic should always be on your mind, and this can really help to increase your affiliate income. The average conversion rate is 2%, meaning that for every 100 people landing on a particular blog post, 2 of them will click through and make a purchase. There are plenty of ways to increase this conversion rate, however you should see your affiliate income increase as your traffic increases.

6 Things you can do to Increase your Affiliate Income

Create a tutorial

Tutorials are great for driving traffic to your blog, especially with SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and Pinterest, but they are also fantastic for increasing your affiliate income.

You can create a tutorial for anything that your readers would find useful. If you are blogging about blogging then a tutorial on setting up your own blog would not only be useful to your readers, it would help you to earn more affiliate income by promoting your web hosting provider. If you are writing a blog post about a craft activity, you can link to the products you have use for the activity.

There are plenty of ideas for tutorials that your readers will love, and that will earn you affiliate commission.

Don’t stick to one affiliate program

Amazon is probably one of the easiest affiliate programs to use, however, if you are just using the Amazon Associates program then you aren’t going to earn too much in affiliate commission.

You can also register for Awin (previously Affiliate Window) who have lots of big names on there, or install something like Skimlinks which will automatically turn your existing links into affiliate links. If you are struggling to reach your first payment with Awin then here are some ideas for you.

Make sure that you have the correct affiliate marketing disclosure

In the United Kingdom, affiliate disclosure isn’t law, however there are guidelines provided by the Advertising Standards Agency about how affiliate links are disclosed, both on websites and on social media.

Within blog posts, there are a few things you can do. You can use “ad” at the start of a blog post, or within the title or entry meta, or state that anything with an asterisks (“*”) is an affiliate link. I actually have “this post may contain affiliate links” built into my theme for the avoidance of doubt.

When an affiliate link is shared on social media, you should be using some sort of disclosure such as “ad” or “aff”.

Click here to read more about the ASA’s guidelines on affiliate marketing disclosure.

Whilst their guidelines aren’t law, they give your readers transparency, and if you are providing them with useful content then they usually won’t mind that you are making some money out of it.

I hope that you have found these affiliate marketing tips useful, and you have some ideas of things you can do to increase your affiliate income.

This article has 41 comments

  1. Nolu

    I am still new to blogging so I am still learning about things like affiliate marketing, it’s like the more I learn there more I find there is so much I don’t know. I thought Amazon was the only way to get paid for affiliate links *sigh

  2. Cassie

    Excellent tips here! Navigating the world of affiliate income can be tricky so this is super helpful for new bloggers (and old bloggers) alike!

  3. corinne & kirsty

    These are great tips! I don’t know much about affiliate programs but i was thinking about joining one for the blog! xx corinne

  4. Margaret gallagher

    Interesting reading
    Good to find out how it all works

  5. Shannon

    I fully agree with all of these tips! It’s so important to diversify affiliate sources and images do make all the difference. People want to see what you are talking about.

  6. Heather

    This is great advice! I have always struggled with affiliate links. But maybe surveying my audience to see what they are interested in would help a lot. Thanks for the tips!

  7. Anosa

    Since internet is very common to this generation, it is one of the target media/social media. Advertisers are now giving this kind of affiliations to encourage writers/bloggers to spread the news.

  8. Tara Pittman

    I love that there are so many ways to earn money with blogging. I need to look into this.

  9. Heidi

    Thanks for the tips. I definitely need to do more affiliate marketing. I mostly rely on income from ads, and I know I could do so much more.

  10. Jenn JG

    This is all great info. I have not looked into affiliate marking yet but it is on my list! Thanks for the tips!

  11. Jen Temcio

    I am struggling with affiliate earnings and need all the advice I can get. I am going to go look at Awin and see what I can do with them.

  12. Jessica Taylor

    Growing my traffic is so important! Tips for increasing my conversion rate would be amazing!

  13. Joely Smith

    Thanks for the tips. I am working on this right now. I am also adding a Shop My Site page with links from my affiliates on RewardStyle. Excited to get it going!

  14. Amber Myers

    Thank you for this. I never know quite what I’m doing with affiliate links. I only am signed up for a few at the moment.

  15. Heather Johnson

    I need to re-evaluate my affiliate side bar. I need to take out the unpopular links and keep only the ones that my readers use.

  16. Cynthia Nicoletti

    Great tips for affiliate links. There is a lot to know can you do have to find out what your audience likes best.

  17. Blair villanueva

    Thanks for your valuable tips! Affiliate marketing is not yet part of my blog source of income, however I am willing to incorporate this asap to my blog. Thanks again!

  18. Sincerely Ophelia

    These are some great tips. Every blogger would love to learn more about this!


  19. Sondra

    I agree that we should always be thinking about attracting more of an audience. I like the idea of the tutorials.

  20. Gloria

    You made some excellent points there. What worked the best for me so far was indeed tutorials and seamlessly blending products into my blog posts. There is nothing worse for me than someone making a picnic post and then saying “Hey, look at that candy. That candy is the best. Go buy that candy”. Nope. Anything of that kind is annoying. I don’t think anyone is falling for that anymore.

  21. Ana De- Jesus

    I am registered with Awin although I have not used it yet. I use Like To Know it but it has a high threshold for payout. It is great that there are so many ways to make money through affiliate marketing!

  22. Ashley - Forking Up

    I haven’t done affiliate in foreverrr but really need to monetize. Thanks for the tips!

  23. Cindy Gordon

    Reader demographics and stats is something I rely on a lot. It’s very handy when it comes to upping something like this.

  24. Aimee Geroux

    Those are some great tips for beginners. Affiliate marketing is a huge chunk of my income, Amazon actually happens to be the largest earning affiliate program for me. All my other smaller individual affiliate programs earn much less than Amazon but still add up. Affiliate marketing is something I think every blogger should entertain, it is a great way to monetize your posts.

  25. anvita

    We just made a few changes to our blogging regime and our affiliate income has gone up. These are great tips you have shared here.

  26. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    I’m definitely not doing enough to boost my affiliate income. I am definitely going to put into effect some of these tips.

  27. Echo

    This is great information. Very helpful for those of us that are trying to support our blog and make an income.

  28. Amila Wickramarachchi

    These are great tips for anyone who is onto the affiliate marketing.I found a new idea for me to practice.That is use of affiliate links on images.That is a new idea for me and I will use it on my posts.Thanks..

  29. stacey

    I know its important to find out what your readers want. I have been working on making affiliate links more integral to each post.

  30. Devajani

    Nice post especially for someone new blogger like me. Thank you for sharing and all helpful tips ?

  31. fashionmommy

    Great point about using a picture with your affiliate marketing. People really do need to see what they are buying so these work much better.

  32. GiGi Eats

    I only use AMAZON because as you said – it’s the easiest. I should look into SKIM LINKS.

  33. Nicole M Caudle

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve been looking for ways to improve my affiliate income. This is so helpful.

  34. Rebecca Swenor

    These are great tips for bloggers to increase their affiliate income. Images are so important when you are trying to sell anything especially online. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  35. Emily Morton

    This is great info! Something all new bloggers need to read!

  36. lex

    thanks for the tip, i am gaining more knowledge on this to put it into practise at the right time.

  37. Hey Sharonoox

    Thanks for the tips! Agree that images are important when working with affiliates. I’ll be looking into SkimLinks. It sounds promising.

  38. Lalia Frolick

    A lot of great things to consider here! I know the Amazon affiliate program is very popular, but I’ve heard many bad things from it so I stay away. Love this advice!

  39. Oyinkan Ogunleye

    Images are always more attractive to people! Its easier to understand… especially for those who do more skimming than reading.

  40. Susan Mann

    Great tips. I’ve never used these before. May give it a go x

  41. Lisa Mcalley

    What an interesting read, gives me a reality check on a few things thank u

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