Affiliate Links

22 Aug

In my research for the 30 Day Challenge, I’ve read many, many Terms of Service agreements for a variety of web and blog platforms. And quite a lot of them state that there are to be no affiliate links on your site or blog. Now, if you’re an internet marketer or even someone who is just hoping to make a few dollars here and there, that could be a problem.

But here is what I have found in my 4+ years of blogging.

It’s often not that they don’t want you to have affiliate links at all. The problem is when that’s ALL you have and all you do with your site. If you carry on a normal, daily conversation with readers and discuss normal, daily things in your personal and professional life, an affiliate link now and then isn’t so bad. And most of those hosts – there are a few exceptions – will be ok with that.

On the other hand, when you blatently use the site for the sole purpose of selling a product, it becomes a problem and you’re likely to violate the TOS. Your site may even be pulled or suspended. And they will tell you that your site is spam. Nobody wants that.

So the best advice I can give is to make sure your site is not “salesy” and doesn’t smack of useless info that turns people off. Because you can bet that if it violates the TOS and the host calls it spam, readers won’t find much value in it, either.

~Annie (lsandrsn on the forum)
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2 Responses to “Affiliate Links”

  1. Remowill August 22, 2007 at 10:10 am #

    Hi Annie,

    I am also a 30 day challenger, and I’m here to help.

    I’m glad you’re blogging it. What Lesson are you on?

  2. Annie August 22, 2007 at 10:18 am #

    I am right on target – Lesson/Day 22.

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