Affiliate links in WordPress posts, I get why people use them, I’m not saying they’re a terrible thing. For me, I’m not a massive fan of them if I’m brutally honest.
I understand the need to have affiliate links in WordPress posts/reviews after all bloggers can’t run on thin air and pipe dreams. They need revenue to keep on going, creating content, and sharing their wisdom.
I do, however, take exception to a wealth of WordPress blogs about WordPress, pumping affiliate links in for the hell of it.
My WordPress theme buying guide covers a multitude of things to look out for when it comes to purchasing WordPress products, and affiliate links are one of those.
I spent the day changing LayerWP
Just now, as I type, I’ve recently changed all the content on LayerWP to a new way of doing things in terms of affiliate links. Look, I’m not going to B.S. you; what I will do is tell it like it is.
More on this later. But first.
I’d like to make money from affiliate links.
There, that was easy. Straight up, unequivocally. Not to pay for a life-changing operation, you understand, nothing that grandiose.
I spend a lot of time creating content for LayerWP; I mean a lot. A theme/plugin review can run into hours upon hours, if not days.
So I need to make a little coin if you’ve valued my opinion. It helps me afford to purchase products to help with LayerWP, whether it’s a new plugin, marketing .etc the money goes back into the blog.
Whatever’s left over? Well that pays for the shopping.
I asked a question on Twitter, got a response.
I asked if my new approach would work, tweeted a video file of what I was thinking of doing:
Some thought it wouldn’t be an issue to show inline affiliate links in WordPress posts, others liked the idea and would be more inclined to show support for a blog if they had the option, to show support or not.
See below for an in post example of what I mean.
Did this tutorial help you?
Please take a moment to support LayerWP, two buttons. One is an affiliate link, the other isn’t it. If my tutorial on XYZ has helped you, please consider the affiliate link. If not? Well feel free to use the other.Visit XYZ & Support MeVisit XYZ
*The affiliate link does not affect your rights, nor will you pay any more for the product mentioned. Revenue goes back into LayerWP and helps me keep the site running.
Why did I decide to do this?
There are a couple of reasons in truth, and it comes down to trust and time.
I don’t write reviews to make money, and I don’t create content to make money. Despite me saying I’d like to earn through affiliate links.
Making money through blogging is a by-product of your labor. It’s what comes naturally once trust and branding get established.
I don’t sit here, write a review, and spot faults/give praise (where applicable) in a WordPress theme/plugin to make money. It’s not a goal to make money through affiliate links.
If it was a goal, I mean burning in the back of my mind, I’d be doing you a disservice and be like a large portion of other blogs about WordPress.
Plus, in truth? If making money through affiliate links was the be-all and end-all, faults in WordPress products would never get mentioned, leaving you out of pocket.
Nah f&*k that.
The other reason is time.
I like to go in-depth with reviews, take a great deal of time, and use a step by step approach. Remember this; I’m learning as I write the review, and so are you.
I don’t have the time to go through and place affiliate links in cunning places to make money from your visit to my blog.
Adding the support me block makes sense to me. You have a choice. Either support me by clicking on the affiliate link. Or don’t.
I can’t be any fairer than that. It’s a win for me in terms of time, probably not so much for affiliate revenue.
Will it work? Hell, I don’t know. Personally I feel a lot better about working this way from a mental perspective.
It’s great for me as a writer. Keeps me objective, focusing on the task at hand, not worrying about where I should place an affiliate link to make money from the post/review.
I’ve stopped using this approach, find out why in this post.