How to Start Your Online Business

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Where to get Affiliate links

I was recently asked, “how many affiliate links can I have”. From what I have learned, affiliate links should be a minor part of your site. The content of the site has to be the major part.

Affiliate links throughout each page is not good for rankings. With that said, you don’t want to leave money on the table, so to say.

If your reviewing products, whether good or bad,  adding a text link to the site name is fine. Text links are better for google and the other search engines, and statistic’s show, they are clicked on more often than banners.

Here are some of the affiliate sites you could join. These sites are connected to thousands of merchants. You would choose which merchant you want to add to your site, and apply to them.

Most have a quick reply, but others may take a week. (I am not an affiliate with any of them, they are just direct links. I do belong to some, but I am not promoting them.

(1) Commission Junction
(2) Affiliate Window
(3) Clickbank
(4) ShareASale
(5) LinkShare

You should join at least 2 of them to be able to give your site some flexibility. One site may have merchants that the other does not.
There are also direct affiliations with sites like Amazon. You have to apply to them directly. The platform at Amazon for the affiliate program sign up is here. Again its a direct link to sign up, no affiliation with me.

Information on How Affiliate programs work can be found here.

The image below will show some of the different affiliations that are available. All you have to do is do a search of any company you’d like to have an affiliation with and at the end of your search term, include “affiliate program”.

Below is a search for Best Buy Affiliate Program

Companies know the type of business they can get through affiliate’s and more and more of them are offering some nice affiliate programs. 

Your website should be offering information, reviews and other important information, that will help your visitors make an informed decision about their purchase.

Also, if your offering a product review on a particular brand, you should also have affiliate connections with all the competing brands. 

Some of your visitors will not be buying the product your promoting and reviewing, they may choose to buy the competing product because of price or features. You should also have an affiliation with that product. Don’t throw business away. 

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Hope that help’s others with similar questions.
All my best to your success,   Doug

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