Why You Should Start Adding Affiliate Links to Your Blog on Day 1

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The question I’ve heard most frequently since launching this site is “when should I start adding affiliate links to my blog?” People generally want to know if they should wait a few months until they have more posts built up to dive into affiliate marketing and my response is always the same: No! You should start adding affiliate links to your blog on Day 1!

I know that may be overwhelming to hear, especially if you are a new blogger who is already learning the ropes of blogging, whichever platform you’re using, social media, and everything else that comes with being a blogger. While you probably just want to launch already, here are a couple of key reasons why you should take some time to learn how to start adding affiliate links to your blog immediately.

Google juice

It’s no secret that Google (and other search engines) rewards longevity, which means that over time your older posts may do better in search engines than newer posts. Let’s say you wrote a post a year ago and suddenly that post is doing really well in search engines and bringing a lot of organic traffic your way. You’re going to wish you had affiliate links in that post because otherwise you’ll be missing out on the commissions that a spike in traffic may yield. Now that’s just one post. Imagine if you had an entire year or two worth of posts that needed to be updated with affiliate links? You’re really going to wish that you had started adding affiliate links earlier in the life of your blog because that level of updating will be incredibly time-consuming.

There’s no need to wait

It may take a long time for advertisers and sponsors to find you or accept you into campaigns, but with affiliate marketing YOU are in control and you can literally make money on your blog from day one.

This may not be a big deal if blogging is just a hobby for you, but chances are you found this website because you want to make money blogging. If you want to monetize your blog, there’s no need to wait. Get started now and enjoy the perks!

Practice makes perfect

Just like blogging isn’t something you can learn overnight, neither is affiliate marketing. You’ll need to figure out what works for you – and your readers – to start making money. Even if your first posts aren’t among the best on your site, they do give you the opportunity to experiment with the type of posts you want to write, your voice, and the information you are going to present. Adding affiliate marketing into the mix will help you do the same. You will be able to see what types of posts and products your readers respond to and figure out a system that works for you.

Now, while I think you should start adding affiliate links to your blog immediately, what you absolutely don’t want to do is create a blog that seems spammy and is nothing but a wall of affiliate links. So, if there’s no natural way to add affiliate links to your first post, don’t do it. I don’t recommend ever adding links just to add them. However, if the content you are writing is conducive to adding affiliate links in a natural manner, don’t wait!

One thing that you may find difficult is that not all advertisers want to work with new bloggers. When I first started out I wanted to be in Old Navy’s affiliate program but they rejected me. I kept applying week after week until they finally let me in about six months later. Rejection is normal and try not to take it personally, especially if you’re a new blogger. My recommendation is to start with Amazon Associates, as they accept pretty much anyone and they sell pretty much everything, and also register for Shareasale and look into some of their advertisers. Shareasale is a huge affiliate network, but they tend to work with a lot of smaller advertisers. Smaller advertisers are often willing to take a chance on new bloggers. Check out this list of the best affiliate networks for new bloggers for more ideas.

If you’re new to blogging and the idea of figuring out affiliate marketing right now is too much, I encourage you to check out my six-part e-course, Affiliate Marketing 101. It will teach you the basics you will need to get started with affiliate marketing.

If time is a factor – as it is for many of us – then I encourage you to use a site like VigLink or Skimlinks, which will AUTOMATICALLY add affiliate links to your posts. All you have to do is install the script from one of those sites and any regular link you place on your site will be turned into an affiliate link without you needing to do anything else. You’ll benefit from having affiliate links on your site immediately, although both of those companies do keep a cut of your earnings. Some bloggers like the convenience and only use VigLink or Skimlinks on their blogs, and that’s OK! Money is money and there’s no harm in using an easier system.


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  • YES YES YES! Plus, you may just surprise yourself! I’ve started doing this and to my surprise, made a few dollars from affiliates the other month!

  • Wow!! This is SO helpful. I keep waiting for…. I don’t know what, to start with Amazon associates. Your post has inspired me to go for it. Thank you!

  • As a soon to be blogging newbie, I was curious about affiliate advertising but thought I would need to have a track record before being accepted. With your encouragement I’m going to square my shoulders, hold my head up, and make the contacts. Thanks!

  • Thanks for this info Lisa! I am very new to blogging and I never thought I could add affiliate links on day one. Can’t wait to try it out

  • Unfortunately I am still confused on how to go about getting started adding affiliate links as well as getting setup to receive funds, I live in a state that Amazon doesn’t partner with.. Any additional tips would be appreciated. 🙂 Thanks

  • Great information, thanks!
    A side note- please give some thought to changing your main body font. I bring this information to you as a retired commercial artist. As some of your readers are mature or senior, the aging eyes have more difficultly in reading fonts similar to your choice. People suffering astigmatism, like myself, also have a difficult time. In this case, the strong vertical presence can cause the horizontal to have vibrating movement or disappear. I could only pick up the jest of the post because reading the font was quite uncomfortable…and I am really interested. I’m sharing with you because of my professional experience and to cheer on the success of your blog.
    I’m looking forward to adding affiliates to my soap blog.
    Thanks again, Cheers!

  • Hi Lisa,

    I agree, I started affiliate links to my blog. It does take time to start seeing a return on those links, but why wait. I didn’t want to take the time to go back and add affiliate links to older posts.

    Although now I use Thirsty Affiliates to auto-link specific words to affiliate products. This makes it easier for me, in case anything ever happens to the affiliate program. I won’t have to hunt down hundreds of links and change them out.

    If you’re putting out great content and naturally linking to helpful affiliate products, I don’t see an issue with it.

    Like you, I feel it’s important to link out sparingly. You don’t want to add a ton of links in hopes of just trying to get people to click on your links.

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us, I hope you have a great day 🙂


  • Thanks for this post Lisa – just what we needed as final to go forward with affiliates.

    Btw, love the responsive design of your site on iphone. May I know what theme you use? The social media icons are awesome in placed. Love the whole look of your site!

  • My blog, mommysmuddledmusings.com, should be up and running within a few days (picking a theme is hard! lol) and I wasn’t even looking for information on affiliate links just yet when I was drawn to your title. I think you have me convinced! Signing up is the next thing on my to-do list! Thanks 🙂

  • Nicely explained about affiliate. I appreciate your content written on this topic. I started blogging six months back. I put affiliate links on my blog after approx 10 posts. But still not gaining any clicks which I am fed up off. Thanks for sharing this information.

    • I’m sorry. It can be so frustrating when people aren’t clicking and buying! Have you spent a lot of time promoting those posts? Promotion, primarily via social media, is one of the biggest ways to get your posts in front of people and increase the likelihood that they’ll purchase something from one of your links.

  • Hi there! Loved this post! I do have one question though. Since I am still working on parts of my blog before I launch it, can I sign up for affiliate links before I launch? Or does my site have to be up and running first?


    • You can sign up for affiliate programs before you launch, although most do check to see that you have an actual site. I would probably wait until right after your site launches so that the advertisers can take a look.