The Absolute 99 Best Affiliate Marketing Posts in 2016

1. Why The Google Buy Button is Awesome for Affiliates

If you read the announcement, you’ll see that the Google Buy button is one of Google’s solutions to help close more gaps between mobile to desktop sales which again should help affiliates make more money.

2. How to Create a Clickable Affiliate Ad as a Backup for an AdSense Unit

Sometimes an AdSense unit won’t display an ad to a user for whatever reason. When an AdSense unit doesn’t show an ad, it leaves an odd amount of space within the content, and reduces my ability to monetize those pages – and I find that unacceptable.

3. Affiliate Site Redesign: How to drive qualified traffic to a merchant’s offer

Affiliate marketers have it tough these days. So many affiliates are attracted by the promise of building a business without having to involve themselves in the details of actually filling orders.

4. Are you a Sling TV customer with no local NBC affiliate? On-demand viewing is here

While there are other players in the live TV streaming space, right now Sling TV and PlayStation Vue are the two biggest, with each service constantly trying to one up the other. One of the PlayStation Vue’s biggest advantages has been content from major networks, but Sling is catching up, with on-demand content from NBC coming to the streamer.

5. 25 Ways to Build Better Backlinks to Grow Your Site [Infographic]

Cash is often low or at a premium in most startups.  And since 90% of them often fail, there is no need to dump thousands of dollars on paid advertising right from the get go.  A smarter more intelligent move is to explore the hundreds of free ad options available.

6. Affiliate Marketing – “The Sky is the Limit”

Affiliate Summit is my absolutely favorite conference in the world.  Of course, it’s the premiere Affiliate Marketing Conference, but if you’ve ever attended this conference and compare it to other conferences, it’s hard to argue against my opinion that Affiliate Summit is the best conference ever.

7. eCommerce Affiliate Programs: Fill Your Cart or Go Window Shopping?

If you are a follower of our NOTW (niche of the week), you may have noticed that we cover a LOT of niches with great products that you can sell online. That includes travel (including cruises), food and wine, health and more!

8. Be a Strategist, Not an Opportunist

Last week I came across an awesome presentation titled “Things I will Tell My Kids if They Become Entrepreneurs.” All the slides and points presented are spot on (which is quite a feat considering there are 127 slides on the presentation!).

9. How to make money blogging with these 11 simple steps

What if I could show you how to make money blogging? Even if your site gets less than 500 visits per day. You’d probably say I was selling snake oil. Or, that I had some dodgy product for $200.

10. Tip of the Day: Write What You Love, Use Network Tools to Assist!

When it comes to our blogger and content partners, we always encourage people to create posts about topics that are familiar to them and about something they love. Why? Because it shows and readers seek authenticity.

11. Confused By The Conflicting Information About Affiliate Marketing? Here’s Why.

Affiliate marketing has a lot in common with raising a child. No, bear with me. You’ll understand in a minute! Those of you who are parents will perhaps catch on immediately. For example: “Breast feeding is incredibly easy.

12. The Lead Generation Model

One interesting field of affiliate marketing that I’ve had a lot of success in is the business of lead generation. In this post I’ll explain the pros and the cons of this business model so you can work out if it’s something you want to get into.

13. How To Target Country-Specific Website Traffic

Over time, I have shared many different ways to drive traffic to your website, but as most of us know, traffic from countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. convert better in terms of advertising and affiliate sales. This is because of the "purchasing power" of users from these countries.

14. 7 Social Media Marketing Predictions for the Future

Many of us have long since adopted social media as a part of our lives, and now it seems weird to think about it as something new, a phenomenon, yet it still is. Over the course of just a few years, a dozen of niche sites serving small populations have turned into tons of applications and platforms that link people all around the globe.

15. What to do when your campaign is not profitable!

One of the biggest problems is affiliates are creating landing pages and the majority of people who face failures can’t be bothered to create landing pages.

16. How to be an Affiliate of ActiveTrail

There’s a saying about how marketing may take us about a day to learn, but a lifetime to master. It’s a smart take on the subject, especially when the focus is directed to the world of digital marketing, a multi-faceted discipline that’s becoming more and more important for businesses as time passes by.

17. How To Write An Affiliate Product Review

Affiliate review pages are very important in affiliate marketing, how to write them is an art that requires many skills like copywriting and sales skills. There are many ways you can promote your affiliate product and how you promote it depends on what kind of assets you have.

18. Affiliate Marketing Weekly Roundup: International Traffic

Did you know that AvantLink has three networks? That’s right, we have US, Canadian, and Australian markets where affiliates can thrive. The problem: you may not know how to see if you have international traffic from those markets, or how to produce and tailor content to each of those markets with your solitary website.

19. Amazon Growing Third Party Selling | What Impact Will This Have on Affiliates?

In the “old days”, Amazon directly sold most the items that were purchased on its website. In other words, Amazon owned the items that it sold, and shipped them to the customers that purchased them.

20. My Top Affiliate Marketing Tips

Make sure you let your readers know when you are using affiliate links. Read my post, Are You Disclosing Properly? for more.

21. Shocking Affiliate Stats (And Why They Matter)

Using data and analytics to your advantage is extremely important as an affiliate marketer. Be sure that you are looking at the RIGHT numbers to ensure you are making good business decisions.

22. 10 Commonly Misunderstood Affiliate Marketing Terms (with Examples)

Affiliate marketing industry is already more than twenty years old and, as it is with every professional field, it’s got an array of its own terms and abbreviations. Industry people use them understanding their precise meaning(s). Outsiders, however, can (and do) get easily confused by some of the words and phrases in which we operate.

23. FTC Requirements for Affiliate Marketers

Many affiliate marketers create content around to products that would appear on blogs or consumer reviews sites, with affiliate links to retailers embedded into the content.

24. How To Avoid The Seven Deadly Sins Of Affiliate Marketing

So you want to make some big money with affiliate marketing, after all you’ve heard all the rags to riches stories online about people who were dead broke finding fame and fortune and now it’s your turn to do the same thing right.

25. The 7 Questions To Ask When Evaluating Affiliate Offers

The most important part of any affiliate campaign is the offer. If the offer doesn’t convert, then nothing else matters. You guys know you should always test multiple offers, but how do you know which ones are good?

26. How To Make Your First $1000 As An Affiliate…

When I started as an affiliate online, I was a 20 year old college student at Ohio State.  I had a poker affiliate site running and was making a few dollars here and there.  But I never really broke through and started to make good money until I started to focus on a few specific things…

27. The One Hundred Most Expensive Keywords On Google [Infographic]

When it comes to being ranked at the top of Google, hell even on page one, advertisers are willing to shell out the big bucks to get that first click.

28. 10 Affiliate Marketing Resolutions To Get You Back On Track For 2016

We're well and truly into 2016 now — isn't it a bit late to be making resolutions? Well... how many of your new year resolutions did you stick to? This is your chance to hit reset and start again.

29. Affiliate Marketing – The Best Opportunity for A Home Business

I don’t normally talk much on this topic.  It almost feels like “it’s been done”, and more importantly — I don’t want to come off as some cheesy “get rich in your pajamas” guy who’s “selling” affiliate marketing to people.

30. How to Cloak Affiliate Links (& Why You Should)

Cloaking an affiliate link just means that you are creating URLs on your website that redirect to an affiliate link. There are several affiliate link cloaking plugins on the market, but I use the Pretty Link Pro WordPress plugin to cloak my affiliate links.

31. How to Pitch Affiliates at Affiliate Summit (Networks & Merchants)

This post will help you to figure that out and develop the perfect pitch to evaluate a partner, see if they are a fit and deliver a perfect pitch to get them to want to work with you.

32. The Simple 5-Step Formula to Affiliate Marketing Success

“If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die” – Warren Buffett. Buffet is so right. Poor people work for money while rich people find ways to make money work for them

33. How to Find the Right Products to Promote As An Affiliate?

Within 2 minutes, you’re going to discover few simple ways to find the right affiliate products to promote. Last week, we’ve talked about increasing affiliate sales. Today, we’re going to discuss the most important factor, “how to find the right products to promote?”

34. Best Traffic for Affiliate Marketing: Mobile vs Desktop

When taking up promotion of a new CPA affiliate offer or vertical, how do you decide which traffic to use – mobile or desktop? What is the ratio between desktop and mobile users in each vertical? Should you only work with mobile CPA offersin view of the growing mobile population? Find answers to these questions in the infographic below.

35. The 11 Step Ultimate Guide: How to Build a Niche Website That Can Make $2,985 a Month

If you are learning about building niche websites, then you’ve just landed on the only resource you will need to get started. Today, I am going to give you the ultimate guide that will teach you how to brainstorm, rank in Google, and make very real money from your very own niche site.

36. 13 Advanced Link Building Strategies You (Probably) Haven’t Used

Copyblogger has long been one of the most authoritative blogs on copywriting and content marketing. While they used to reveal their most popular blog posts in their sidebar (sorted by most comments) it seems that is no longer the case.

37. Finding That Affiliate Niche – An Impossible Modern Quest?

Lost gold of the Incas? How about the Ark of the Covenant? All way easier to locate than those ideas for an affiliate niche in the new and shiny world of affiliate marketing. Things have changed. We now have to contend with those large affiliate brands.

38. How I Built A Micro-Niche Site Earning $174/Month from AdSense

The internet is full of opportunities to make money, and blogging is one of the smartest and most ethical ways available. One misconception about blogging is that you need to work day and night to make money. There’s some truth to that if what you’re trying to do is create a name for yourself and/or build a brand.

39. 3 Ways to Earn from Your Photography Blog

My husband was badly bitten by the shutterbug two years ago. He has always been interested in photography and has exhibited a talent for capturing great moments, so he finally decided to pursue it.

40. What to do When an Affiliate Program Closes

Affiliate programs close all the time.  If you’re a content site with a ton of links place and you’re not using a service/tool that can change out links automatically, you’re ready to cry when you get the email.

41. POF Case Study: Jewcier

Plenty of Fish is a great traffic source that a lot of my publishers at PeerFly are really starting to take advantage of. Running a campaign on POF is easy, but getting it profitable isn’t quite as easy.

42. Profit’s Not Everything: The Hidden Power Of Driving More Revenue

An ice cream maker wanted to increase their profit margins, and one of the keys to doing it was to get better pricing from their suppliers. (The less they have to pay for the ice cream ingredients, then the more profit they make).

43. Affiliate Marketer’s Hierarchy of Needs

There are a handful of essentials for affiliate marketers to get started and survive, and they include quality hosting, good domain(s), Wi-Fi, naps, caffeine, foods that won’t ruin a keyboard, and exercise.

44. 2017 Affiliate Marketing Conferences and Events to Consider

It’s that time when the next year’s budgets are being finalized and professionals interested in affiliate marketing are contacting us about the conferences they should consider attending in 2017.

45. Affiliate Marketing Weekly Roundup: Bounce Rate Tips

AvantLink wants you to be ready for the holiday craze, so each week we’re going to throw some pointers your way. We have a couple great tool tutorials, ways to lower your bounce rate, and new merchant programs.

46. Monetize Your Apps in the Right Way – Top 7 Mobile Advertising Networks to Use

Most app developers will use various mobile advertising networks to monetize their apps. The way they make money from their apps is simple.

47. The Best Affiliate Marketing Training: Top 3 Resources

Once you have an engaged audience that trusts you, you can get them to buy almost anything you recommend. But you know what? Learning affiliate marketing takes some time. Especially from nothing.

48. Why You Can’t Buy Affiliate Success – An Ode To Starbucks

One of the reasons that this blog was born was my frustration at the amount of plainly shit products designed to do nothing more than remove cash from the pockets of wannabe online entrepreneurs whilst promising them the earth.

49. 4 Reasons to Befriend Affiliate Program Managers

Life has a way of throwing unexpected curve balls at you and it is in those moments that you reach out to your contacts.  Perhaps you find yourself looking for a new opportunity, in need of a favour or maybe you just need some plain ‘ole good advice for your business.

50. How To Increase Your Page Speed By Over 200%

Ever been to a slow loading website? If so, I bet you didn’t stick around long. Slow loading websites not only convert worse, they also rank lower in search engines, and lose many potential clients.

51. How To Become A Blogger That Matters Today!

What if I could teach you how to become a blogger? And, that learning how to blog, doesn’t need to be hard or expensive. That for every $1000 course, $500 mastermind, $100 coaching session and $5 eBook, there’s a free tutorial online that teaches you everything.

52. PRO Market Research Method for Affiliate Marketers

The PRO Market Research Method is the easiest way for affiliate marketers to research any affiliate offer. This is an easy formula that you can use right now to crack open a niche market and is based on three easy-to-remember data points. Paid, Referrals & Organic.

53. How Affiliate Networks Have Evolved & What You Should Know

While Affiliate Marketing has changed from a Merchant’s and an Affiliate’s perspective with the tools, technologies and promotional methods available, Traditional Affiliate Network models have also begun to evolve into new business models as well.

54. Affiliate Marketing For Dummies [Infographic]

You don’t need me to tell you that the affiliate marketing industry is the place to be if you would like to be in a 4 billion dollar industry.

55. How To Use Affiliate Links on Pinterest

Not too long ago, Pinterest announced that it had lifted its ban on Affiliate links which is great news for anyone in the industry! But, what does that look like? How can you incorporate Affiliate links? There are two options or strategies that you can use when implementing Affiliate links into your Pinterest pins and boards.

56. 4 Lessons The Walking Dead Can Teach Affiliate Marketers

Don’t judge. The “undead” sub-genre, especially zombie-related, has been my favorite since I first watched Dawn of the Dead back in the late ‘70’s.

57. Low on cash? Here are the affiliate tools you need

I know you’re eager to make money, and you want every advantage you can get. The right tool or service can save you time and money. But you have to be careful not to go too crazy with the spending. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you barely have any money left over to run traffic.

58. Using dynamic search ad campaigns for effective keyword mining

Keyword mining can be such a repetitive task. You dive through your website looking for new keywords, you run search query reports, check projections, test, and then repeat the process. When Dynamic Search Ads (DSAs) arrived they became a valuable asset to keyword research.

59. Dog whisperer alert: this AKC affiliated smart collar helps you stay in touch

If you’re a dog lover, here’s possibly the ultimate connectivity accessory. The Link AKC smart collar has four on-board wireless technologies that almost ensure your dog will never be lost.

60. 6 Things All Type-A Bloggers Can Do To Start Monetizing With Affiliate Links

I just returned from my first Type-A Parent Conference and was able to connect with a ton of awesome bloggers. Some of them are well seasoned in affiliate marketing, some have dabbled in it a bit, and some have never used an affiliate link in their life.

61. Affiliate Marketing Weekly Roundup: Holiday Ads & Strategy

With the World Series, Halloween, and the Holidays–the fall is full of big opportunities in affiliate marketing, so pushing out your holiday ads, keeping your ad tools ready to go, and focusing on what’s going on with your content will yield some great results.

62. 6 Step Process for Building Niche Sites as a “Real” Business

The key to success with web assets is to take an approach that turns the building and management of niche sites into a real business. To replace the income from my 9-to-5 job for the long term, I’ve decided that I want to build many sites (instead of just a few) – and that requires a different approach.

63. How to Earn $50-$100 Daily with Affiliate Marketing?

Here’s a remendous post today which will show you the fool-proof plan that works 100% to make money with affiliate marketing. The best thing is that you can start in within minutes and it needs only $20-$30 to start and then daily profit of $50-$100.

64. Best Way to Integrate Affiliate Links in Social Media

Character counting is crucial when it comes to social media posts, which is why almost everyone uses shortened links whenever posting a link. Plus, it just looks WAY prettier. Long URLs are ugly!

65. The Easiest Way To Find Powerful Expired Domains

Are you taking full advantage of expired domains at the moment? Imagine being able to buy a domain that already has an awesome backlink profile and existing targeted traffic for the same price as a brand new domain.

66. How to Speed Up Your Site and Make More Money

Do you have a fast website? If you do, you are probably racing past your competition in the search rankings. If you don’t have a fast website or blog… you are probably missing out and leaving a ton of money on the table in the process!

67. 15 Affiliate Marketing Lessons to Learn from Amazon & Walmart

Amazon.com is the planet’s biggest online store (whose 2015 revenue exceeded $100 Billion). Walmart, on the other hand, is the world’s largest company by revenue ($482.1 Billion in 2015) and also the globe’s largest corporate employer (third only to the U.S. Department of Defense and Chinese Army).

68. Blog Audit: Get Your Blog Ready for Fall & Winter

As you dive deeper into the fall season, you may begin thinking that it is time to get your blog ready for the holidays. But why wait until the last minute this year?

69. Make Money With Reseller Hosting In 2017

I say this every year, but it’s really hard for me to believe 2016 is almost over! They say time flies when you’re having fun, and that’d be an understatement for our last year here at Name Hero!

70. How Can Bloggers Find Merchants?

As an affiliate who has been in the business over 10 years, I have had relationships with thousands of merchants. Some of them were super easy because they came to me and pitched their program to me. Others I had to chase around for months or even years to find and join their programs.

71. Haven’t Found an Effective Affiliate Campaign? Express Revenue will Create a Custom Solution for You

Over the past decade, affiliate marketing has exploded with potential. More and more companies are realizing that there is huge potential in having their products, information, services, or other goods promoted by expert marketers, and only paying for it when sales are made.

72. Dan Anton SEO: Creating Products That Don’t Suck, Affiliates Love

Whether the internet, or real life, people want to use and recommend quality goods and services. So often affiliate marketing is misinterpreted as a way to earn money without adding value to the lives of others, simply mentioning a brand, or service and reaping the monetary rewards. 

73. How Will Google’s “Mobile-Friendly” Algorithm Affect Affiliate Marketing?

If you're a retailer who depends on affiliates to send you traffic, their mobile-geddon is your mobile-geddon. Columnist Melissa Feemster explains how affiliate marketers and affiliates alike should be preparing.

74. Affiliate Marketing And Music

Lately I’ve been focusing a lot of my energy on music. Before I started doing affiliate marketing, music was really all I cared about. I started playing in bands when I was 11 years old. By 14 I was playing clubs and bars.

75. The Google Slap: Affiliate Marketers must stay in compliance with Google and the FTC

One of the most interesting topics this year was around government actions which are threatening many who have profited from this space for many years. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is cracking down on Internet sites that profit from promoting other’s products or services without disclosing within that promotion that they received some sort of compensation from the company.

76. Why bloggers shouldn’t fear affiliate links

Oh, those poor affiliate links. They’re like the money-making misfit in the blogging world. Bloggers know about them but don’t quite understand them. Want to use them but fear them. But fear not!

77. SEO Tips for Affiliate Marketing Websites

So you have a website and want to earn extra revenue with an affiliate network. Well, search engine optimisation (SEO) will be a key element of any successful strategy and it’s not as complicated as you might think.

78. How to Double the Organic Google Traffic to Your Site in Just 3 Months

When I discuss getting traffic from Google with people, they often feel like it’s impossible to see amazing results in a short period of time.  While it’s true that it’s not as “easy” to rank quickly in Google as it used to be, it’s still very possible to see results in a short period of time.

79. Amazon Affiliates Use These Tips For Explosive Growth

I honestly believe the Amazon affiliate program is the best possible choice for physical product affiliates. There is plenty to like about the program and very few downsides.

80. Affiliate Programs: Why You Should Build a ‘Second Audience’ for Your Business

Want to expand the reach of your business and find new audiences for your products and services? An affiliate program could be the answer for you.

81. The Future of Digital Media: Visual Media and Niche Audiences (Report)

The landscape of social marketing and content creation is forever changing. This year, we’ve seen a boom in influencer marketing and a tighter focus on return on investment across the industry.

82. 8 Digital Marketing Trends To Watch Out For In 2016

What does 2016 hold for you and your business? How can you expect the marketing space to change in 2016?

83. The Iconic Google AdSense Check and My 10 Year Journey After

This is the backstory to one of the most epic and iconic pictures in internet marketing.  When I cashed this check it was accompanied by a $350 unemployment check.  My story isn’t rags to riches but I was 50k in credit card debt, 420 lbs, smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day and was on unemployment.

84. Make money online: The complete guide to earning from your site

As the tagline on our website states — Skimlinks helps you make money and gain insights from your commerce-related content — and we mean it, we live for helping publishers make the most of their online journey.

85. Affiliate Marketing – How Focused Are You?

For people starting out, or for people like me returning to a full time career after a hiatus, the most important thing we need to get right is focus. The painful truth about affiliate marketing (or the absolute delight in my opinion) is that there’s not a prescribed method.

86. 20 Awesome Tools for Creating Engaging Visuals for Your Blog & Social Media

Visuals instantly catch the eye, are shared more often, and enhance the overall impact of your post. Creating visuals may seem daunting if you don’t have a professional background in design

87. Are You Creating a Movement or Just a Website?

So what exactly do I mean by ‘creating a movement’? Well essentially I mean creating a following of loyal subscribers and customers that are passionate about your stuff and are often coming back for more.

88. How to Promote Affiliate Products: 24 Pros Share Their Tips

We asked a few dozen pros for their affiliate marketing advice. 24 got back to us with some awesome tips and we've put it all into this roundup post. Let's take a look at what they said.

89. You Need to Know: Affiliate Nexus Tax Legislation

Staying updated about what is new in affiliate marketing is hard, but there are some issues that need to be followed else you might lose your business entirely. The biggest of these right now is the Affiliate Nexus Tax legislation.

90. Why my affiliate campaigns do not convert

A question that often pops up from our clients, right at the beginning of their journey with affiliate marketing, is: “Why are my campaigns not converting?”. We wish we had an immediate answer, but we don’t.

91. Digital Marketing Statistics You Need to Know in 2016

We’ve always found it truly amazing how fast things can change in just 12 months. Nowadays, it’s obvious that businesses that don’t stay as up to date as possible tend to lag their competitors. As digital marketers discover more and more out-of-the-box tactics to grab people’s attention, it’s more important than ever to find new powerful ways to deliver your brand story, explain your value proposition and build strong relationships with your customers.

92. What Separates Winners From Losers In Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is something that everyone can be a winner at, but if it’s not done correctly, you’re just wasting your time and money. There are a lot of misconceptions about affiliate marketing out there that often misguides people and is the cause for their lack of success.

93. How to Make Money Online in 2016: An Unexpected Approach

Let me be totally blunt with you: The rest of this post has as much to do with life in general as it has to do with making money online. It took me far too many of my 11 years building websites to realise this, but the strategies for success in both certainly seem to go hand in hand.

94. 4 Reasons Why Your Content is Struggling

It’s no surprise that upwards of 90% of businesses use content as part of their marketing strategy. For Bloggers and Affiliates, content is the core business proposition and producing quality writing is paramount to their success.

95. How to Get 260.7% More Organic Traffic In 14 Days (New Strategy + Case Study)

Today I’m going to show you a new strategy that boosted my organic traffic by 260.7%. (In 14 days). This strategy also led to a flood of visitors from Twitter, Facebook and blogs.

96. A Primer to Setting Up Your Own Affiliate Marketing Program

Raise your hand if you would like to get extra revenue with an ROI of 1300%, that is for every dollar you invest you get back 14. What if, once the system were set up, it was fairly easy to maintain and continue making more money?

97. How to Use Facebook Custom Audience to Increase Sales on Your Amazon Affiliate Websites

With recent updates from Google it is becoming harder and harder to get posts on my Amazon affiliate websites to get ranked highly in Google. To combat this I started using a tool provided by Facebook to increase my sales on my Amazon Affiliate websites.

98. SEM JOBS: A guide for affiliate marketers

One of the best things about blogging is all the great emails I get from you guys! Lately, several full time affiliate marketers have asked me the question, “What should I do to get my first corporate SEM job? That is a great question, and today I’m thrilled to share a few tips on getting SEM jobs, specifically for affiliate marketers.

99. Affiliate Marketing EXPOSED – The Holy Grail of Making Money Online with a Blog

Many people have tried and failed to make any money online with affiliate marketing… usually because they give up way too quickly. Fact is, affiliate marketing takes some up front effort to get optimized and working right, but when it’s working, life is very, very good.

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