So back in May, I put this article together Affiliate Links In WordPress Posts. A New Approach.
In the article, I described a new method of doing things, basically giving people a choice to support the blog through purchasing through affiliate links.
See below for an example of the method I was using:
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 Me (aff link) Visit XYZ (no aff link)
*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.
Well, it’s been over a month and guess what? Zero, nothing, zip, sweet FA.
Despite my best efforts to give people the choice of supporting the blog by purchasing through an affiliate link or not, many have chosen not to.
I get that, and not everyone likes affiliate links, including myself, but unfortunately, they are a necessary evil. I’ve made no income from the blog, despite some decent traffic numbers in June.
I write for other blogs, so income is generated through these methods; however, I’d like LayerWP to be an additional income source.
It’s not me money-grabbing, I spend a hell of a lot of time reviewing WordPress products (think days), and if the vendor has an affiliate scheme, I’m going to use it.
As I don’t charge for reviews (yet, maybe in the future), I need the review posts to pay for themselves, so I’m going to have to use affiliate links.
Any money accrued through affiliate links helps me keep things going on LayerWP; I don’t write to generate revenue; however, it would be nice to make some.
So, to that end, I’m using affiliate links. I tried an experiment, and I failed, I’ve learned something, and above all else, that’s what matters.
In fairness, I think most people (the select few who read my blog, thank you BTW!) know that I don’t mince my words, don’t B.S, and give honest accounts of products I review.
Nothing will change, I’ll still be as honest as the day is long, and will not write reviews to mislead but educate possible consumers.
Message ends. I hope this doesn’t put you off reading LayerWP, till next time, stay classy.