What to Do Before Posting Affiliate Links on Your Website (Part III)
Are You Wanting to Cloak Your Links?
Link cloaking just means you are making URLs that redirect to your affiliate link.
There was recently an excellent post written that covers all you must know about cloaking affiliate links. Here are a few reasons it’s worth doing:
- Track clicks for easy comparisons to your affiliate’s reports.
- Create a noteworthy, short URL for your links.
- Stop other affiliate marketers from changing out your affiliate ID with theirs.
- Revise a single redirect if you change networks.
- Cloak all product links to easily add an affiliate later on.
Make your site more technically distinct than the over 3,000 affiliates using the same data feed, if you’re overseeing an affiliate data feed website.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that Google suggests bloggers use the rel=”no follow” attribute for both paid affiliate links and free product review links.
Where Should You Put Your Affiliate Links?
There’s plenty more to affiliate marketing than just dropping links all in your content and hoping that’s enough to make a sale.
Pro recommends a host of spots where affiliate links might be appropriate:
- An Extension Page
- Sidebar Ads
- Within blog posts
- Within digital products
- Within physical products or while talking live
It’s worth testing to see what resonates with your readers and works best for your blog. Then change your strategy accordingly.
Prioritize Your Website’s On-Page SEO
Is your website as user-friendly and search engine friendly as possible?
Continuing to entice new visitors is imperative if you want to be a good affiliate marketer, and better on-page SEO is vital to your website’s visibility in search. Don’t let technical SEO issues stifle your organic traffic growth. A professional site-auditor can help you identify which problems are most pressing, and regular crawls stop nasty surprises by warning you to critical problems often and early.