Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to make some extra income from your blog! Yet many bloggers are still hesitant to give it a go. All you need to do is remember the number one rule of affiliate marketing: be authentic. Share products with your audience that you really love.
In this post we’ll tell you exactly where to share those affiliate links so you can start making an income from the products and services you already use and love.
First things first, you’ll want to sign up for an affiliate program (or two…or ten!) Here’s a couple of the affiliate programs we love to get you started. Once you’re signed up you’ll be given a special link. ✨ You’ll use this link to make a commission every time someone clicks to make a purchase. Easy!
Ready to get started? Here are some of our favorite ways to start making affiliate income!
Note: Before you share any affiliate links, make sure you read through that specific affiliate program’s policies. Some programs, like Amazon, have very specific policies you must follow (i.e. you aren’t allowed to share affiliate links in emails.)
1. Create a resource page
Whether you have readers interested in starting their own food blog or wanting to take up a food photography hobby, this is the perfect opportunity for you to create a resource page.
A resource page is a great place to share the equipment, products, and services you use and love for your own blog. Let your readers know why you love these companies and why they should purchase from them.
Pinch of Yum has some great examples of resource pages if you're looking for inspiration.
2. Create an email newsletter
The options are endless when it comes to sharing your affiliate links through email. Do you have readers interested in starting a food blog, planting an edible garden, or learning how to make pasta? Create an email flow to teach them how and don't forget to include your affiliate links. Emails are an easy way to reach your audience, so start sending them!
3. Create a shop page
Do you have kitchen tools you can’t live without? Share links to all of your favorite tools on a “shop page.” This page is so easy to create, and it’s a great way to make some revenue from the things you love.
Here’s a great example of a Shop page from Love and Lemons.
4. Post on Facebook and Instagram
Social is a great way to share the products you love with your audience. There are a few ways you can use Facebook or Instagram to promote your affiliate links:
- Share a photo of yourself using the product you’re promoting, let your followers know why you love it.
- Create a video story or reel that reviews or shows how to use the product and include your affiliate link (if you have 10k+ followers) or tell your followers to head to your bio or DM you for the link.
5. Create a gift guide
No matter what event or holiday is coming up (i.e. Mother's Day, Birthday, etc.), gift guides are the perfect way to share your affiliate links in a genuine way.
Cut out the stress of gift shopping for your readers by providing them with a gift guide full of gift ideas for their friends and family.
6. Respond to blog comments
Have you ever received blog comments about where to find the tools or ingredients you shared in your recipe? Respond to the commenter and include an affiliate link!
7. Share links in your blog posts
Your blog posts are perhaps one of the easiest places to share your affiliate links! If you mention products and tools you use in a recipe post, Tasty Links can automatically add affiliate links to your Tasty Links keywords across your site. Easy peasy!
8. Add a “shop the recipe” section
Do your readers need to use specific tools or ingredients in the recipe you shared? Include an affiliate link for them! If readers are in a pinch, they’ll love having easy access to purchase the necessary supplies to make the recipe without leaving the comfort of their couch.
You can add this section directly to your recipe card when you use the Tasty Recipes and Tasty Links power combo! The perfect integration for effortlessly adding beautiful equipment blocks to all your recipes.
Pro tip: If you're not sure where to start, head into Google Analytics, find your highest traffic posts and start there!
9. Write a product review or tutorial
Are you obsessed with your new Instant Pot or KitchenAid Mixer? Why not share a review or tutorial about it with your readers! Let them know all of the magical uses for it, why you love it, and why it would benefit them to have one. You may just convince them to add one to their kitchen collection. 🙌
10. Add links in your YouTube descriptions
If you have a YouTube channel include the links to the products you used in the video in the video description. This makes it simple for your followers to find the products you mentioned in the video.
11. Add banners to your blog
A lot of affiliate programs will provide you with pre-designed banners you can include on your blog or in email newsletters. Some popular places to share these include your blog’s sidebar, header or footer, and embedded in your blog posts.
12. Share links on Pinterest
Share affiliate links on Pinterest by creating a pin that links to your affiliate link instead of your blog. You’ll want to do this sparingly so as not to spam your followers, but it doesn’t hurt to share links to things that you know your audience would find helpful.
It would be worth testing direct affiliate links versus links to your review posts, gift guide posts, etc. to see what your audience responds better to.
13. Create an eBook
Create an ebook that includes your most popular recipes, tips for starting a food blog, etc. and include affiliate links to the products you mention. This makes a great email opt-in in addition to helping you earn affiliate revenue!
14. Send your links to family and friends
This one’s an easy one! If you ever have a friend or family member ask where you purchased something send them an affiliate link! They’ll be able to support your blog just by making a purchase through your link.
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