I Tried & I Failed. Why I’m Using Affiliate Links On LayerWP.

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:

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.

*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.


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2 thoughts on “I Tried & I Failed. Why I’m Using Affiliate Links On LayerWP.”

  1. Hi, again Ben 🙂

    I liked your idea to put a non-affiliate link button next to the affiliate button. In fact, I wanted to ask you about the results of this experiment.

    However, as you’ve mentioned in this post, you’ve got zero sales. It’s okay, at least you’ve tried something new and it didn’t perform well.

    I know it’s kind of hard to run a single author blog, and it takes a lot of time to review all these WordPress products. Without any earning, it gets even harder to focus on creating new content.

    Ben, just stay consistent and keep on experimenting with your content.

    In the future, you can surely charge for writing reviews or promotion of plugins/themes/service but for now, affiliate links seem to be the only way to monetize.

    Stay honest with your words, things will get better 🙂

    Regards

    Reply
    • Hey again Pranjal,

      Yup tried and failed, it’s a shame really. That being said, better to try and fail than never try at all.

      You are right on how hard it is as a single author, it’s tough and without a team of writers working with you it’s an uphill battle.

      I’ll keep on doing what I do and over time I’m sure things will change. The one thing I will say is I won’t stop being honest about products, people need to know if it works or not!

      Reply

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