What The Heck Is An Affiliate Link?

Can I be honest? Blogs are hard work.

Brainstorming, writing, editing, proofreading, SEO, brand awareness, brand development, branding your brand’s brand, web hosting and domain, CSS, HTML, java, jpeg, and the list goes on and on.

Affiliate links are normal (aka- totally not scary) links. When you click on them, I may receive some sort of compensation or credit.

Basically, I am referring you to a third party website, brand, etc. In return, if you just-so-happen to purchase anything, I get rewarded in some way. (Trust me, I won’t be buying a Ferrari anytime soon. 😉)

Sometimes, a company will offer a certain percentage of a qualifying sale. Other times, I will receive discounted services, or can add up referrals and redeem for bonuses.

You will never be punished for clicking an affiliate link.

Actually, I try my hardest to find the best deal for you! Rest assured that you will not be charged extra or penalized for choosing to click an affiliate link on ChelseaShootsPeople.com.

You can bet that I only share links to services and resources that I personally use and would never recommend something I have not actually tried or tested, without disclosing one way or the other.

 

Transparency is the new black.

Reviews Disclosure: This space is a website that needs compensation to operate like any other website on the internet. I may receive consideration for an affiliate link but I am totally unbiased and do not accept paid reviews or fake reviews claiming to be something they are not. You will get my opinions, whether positive, negative, or somewhere in between.

Thank you for the support!

Additionally, your support in purchasing through my affiliate link enables me to keep my overhead costs ridiculously low. This also empowers others to blog with less worry and less hassle. Thank you!

Curious on how to use your OWN affiliate link? It’s Easy!

Step 1: Find a product/Service you LOVE! (Be honest, you do NOT want to lose trust from your tribe.)

psst… I use Share-a-Sale because it is my FAVORITE affiliate marketing company I have used. (Trust me, I have tried plenty.) They have a low payent threshold and you can even find campaigns that pay per LEAD, not just per sale!  Try them out and make some moolah with me! (If you click the link, signup & earn commissions, I will be rewarded as well! WIN-WIN!)

Step 2: Locate affiliate link or program for the product/service. Many larger companies have their own affiliate link programs. Typically, you can find a link to the program at the bottom of their website. You can also join affiliate networks, such as Share a Sale, which compile many affiliates companies for you in one place. (Amazon is my favorite for this… they are the BEST at upselling on customers, you just gotta get ’em there!)

Step 3: Provide value to your audience using the chosen affiliate product/service. The ways you can do this are endless! For starters, you could make a How-To video, a long form information-packed blog post, an ultimate list, a Best-of or Top-10 list post, or a review.

Step 4: Properly disclose that the links you are using are affiliate links (similar to this post.)

Step 5: Publish. Social media, your website/blog, or both! Don’t forget to share it with your targeted audience and encourage them to pass it on. 🙂

FTC Guide to Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising (PDF)

If you have any further questions about affiliate links, reach out to me anytime!

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