If you maintain blogs and niche sites, one of the best ways to monetize these blogs is through the tactical use of affiliate links. With the downturn in the economy and advertising market, Google AdSense is often not as profitable as most bloggers hope. There are many bloggers and niche site ownerswith product-oriented sites that derive much more revenue from selling products through affiliate links than AdSense. However, many newbies are stumped on how to increase their affiliate link sales and earn significant income through this method of monetization. In truth, good affiliate link placement requires advanced marketing skills and since each niche appeals to a slightly different market, most bloggers must learn their market by trial and error.
However, after years of maintaining a few niche sites and successful and less successful blogs, I have learned that profitable affiliate links have a few things in common. One thing in particular, I noticed a situation in which affiliate links in images can earn much more than affiliate links in the text.
When the affiliate links in the images work
There are many bloggers who simply raise their hands in the air and claim that image affiliate links simply don’t work. They then choose to place all of their affiliate links in the text, but guess what these bloggers generally do not see as high income from affiliate sales. This is because, at least from my experience, the affiliate links in the pictures can work very well if properly presented.
Think about it from the perspective of your readers (and potential buyers)
If you write a somewhat generalized article on anything else in your niche and upload a featured image, your readers have no reason to click on that image. Readers will not even know if this image is clickable, let alone where it leads. For affiliate links to work in images, some criteria must be met;
The article MUST be product oriented.
Articles that do not discuss or review a product have poor affiliate sales in general, text or images.
The affiliate link in the image MUST be transparent.
This means uploading an image of the product with the affiliate site logo, such as Amazon for example, and star rating reviews. In this way, the reader knows that this image leads to a page on Amazon.com , where he can buy the product. Hiding or disguising affiliate links in text or images is useless; Remember, you only get paid if a reader clicks and then buys a product through your link. If they inadvertently access a random product page, there is almost no chance they will buy and your click rate will be biased.
The affiliate link in the image must be a deep link, a direct link to the product in question, not just a general product page.
The article or review must be really helpful, insightful and serve as a real recommendation for the specific product in question.
When all of the above criteria are met, we find that image affiliate links receive significantly more clicks than text affiliate links. When the above criteria are met, you present a convincing recommendation to a buyer with the clear opportunity to buy on your site. This is one of the most effective ways to get both more clicks and most importantly, sales.