Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a way of promoting a business, products or services through a business partner. For instance you can have an affiliate link on your site, that leads to an affiliate website. When this affiliate sells products or services or acquires new customers because of this link, usually you’ll receive a percentage of the earnings. This is a way to monetize your blog.

When linking to affiliates it’s important to cloak your affiliate links.

   

Must read articles about Affiliate Marketing

Ask Yoast: Should I redirect my affiliate links?

6 February 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

Ask Yoast stopwords in focus keywords

There are several reasons for cloaking or redirecting affiliate links. For instance, it’s easier to work with affiliate links when you redirect them, plus you can make them look prettier. But do you know how to cloak affiliate links? We explained how the process works in one of our previous posts. This Ask Yoast is »

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How to cloak your affiliate links

24 January 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 11 Comments

We regularly consult for sites that monetize, in part, with affiliate links. We usually advise people to redirect affiliate links. In the past, we noticed that there wasn’t a proper script available online that could handle this for us, so we created one to tackle this problem. In this post, I explain how you can get »

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Monetizing your blog (part 2)

10 February 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 9 Comments

Monetizing your blog 2

For lots of bloggers, their biggest dream is to eventually live from the money they make with their blog. Once your audience is getting a bit bigger, you can start making money with your blog. I already discussed selling your own products and advertising as ways to monetize your blog. In this post, I will »

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Tracking Outbound / Affiliate Links with getClicky

26 January 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 17 Comments

Clicky web analytics

I use Clicky for most of my day-to-day tracking and analysis, only using Google Analytics for the harder analyses. One of the things Clicky can do most wonderfully is track outbound clicks. There’s an issue however when you start routing your affiliate links through a script or on-site redirect. I redirect mine through /out/ here »

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Event tracking, bounce rate and affiliate marketing

17 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 36 Comments

Apparently, the way event tracking tracking works in Analytics, and how it impacts bounce rate, is still not understood as widely as I expected it to be, and I’m not the only one to think that. So let me explain to you how bounce rate is influenced by (properly set up) event tracking, and how to »

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Affiliate Links and SEO

29 September 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 53 Comments

Update: I’ve switched away from using WordPress plugins for redirects, as a non-WordPress solution turns out to be much faster. More details here: how to cloak your affiliate links. The bit about Analytics below is still relevant though. Google will always say they won’t penalize you for affiliate links per se, but for thin content »

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