How You Can Get More Clicks On Your Affiliate Links

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Today we are going to talk about the best ways to get clicks on the affiliate links you place on your blog. Monetizing your blog is exciting, but takes a lot of serious planning and organization to get things working to your advantage.

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There are generally two types of affiliate links that bloggers are given when they enroll in an affiliate program. Banner ads are the most common because they are easy to throw up on the site and they work on their own. Text links require a little more structure and thought as you want the links to fit well within the context of your blog post.

What happens when you have done all of the work of placing the ads and links on your site and no one clicks on them? It’s easy to feel defeated when you see the $0 sitting in your affiliate account. But, giving up too early is never a wise choice. There are things you can do today to position your blog and blog posts to receive higher clicks and revenue.

Let’s take a look at a few tips to help you build your affiliate income.

Focus On Text Links

If you spend most of your time throwing banner ads on your site and then wait for people to click on them, you are wasting your time. While they can provide some source of affiliate income, they tend to make readers feel uncomfortable – especially if you throw banners all throughout your content.

Text links work if you build your content up with quality and value. Mixing in text links that promote the products and services that relate to your content is one of the best ways to drive traffic to your affiliate links.

It’s All About Balance

Posts that have affiliate links in every other sentence tend to cause readers to lose interest and confidence. If you are writing a post about a product, it’s not necessary to include the affiliate link every time the word comes up in the content. Putting too many links in your post will get flagged by search engines as spammy content (that’s bad).

Create a plan before you start to monetize your blog and stick to it. Decide how many affiliate links are allowed in each post and make sure the post focuses on your readers’ interests before your desire to earn income. A well-balanced plan of attack will set you up for success down the road.

Place Links Above the Content

Have you ever considered placing your links above your content? It’ll be the first thing readers see, and they won’t have to scroll all the way through the post looking for them. You can dramatically increase your click through rates by placing the links in a spot where your readers are sure to look – the top of your post.

Cloak Those Ugly Affiliate Link URLs

The affiliate links you are given look something like: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=992347&U=1350177&M=50947&urllink=. These links make it easy for your readers to hover over and see that they are affiliate links. There are several ways to get around these ugly links. One way is through a plugin called Pretty Link Lite. Pretty Link Lite is a WordPress plugin that allows you to use your own shortened URLs. Pretty Link also tracks clicks and tells you exactly where the clicks are coming from.

Ask Your Readers

There’s no better way to promote your affiliate links than to simply ask your readers to click on them. If you are writing a product review, ask your readers to click on the affiliate link at the end of the post to learn more about the product. Never end a blog post without a call to action.  If you want affiliate links clicked, your call to action is the perfect opportunity to promote them.

Expand Your Reach

By now, I hope you know that as a blogger, you can’t just write a post, hit publish, and then recline on the couch. While Netflix and chill sounds like a great idea, the fun in blogging is just beginning after you hit publish.  Expanding your reach as a blogger will benefit you in more ways than just clicks on your affiliate links. Posting in group boards, Facebook groups, social media accounts, and sending out emails all lead to more traffic, which in turn leads to higher visibility on your affiliate links. A big rule about promoting your affiliate links in social media is to make sure you are disclosing your affiliate links.

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Write to Persuade

While affiliate marketing isn’t usually face-to-face, there’s still a strong level of sales and persuasiveness needed to encourage readers to click on your links. You can see a major difference in, “I won a million dollars yesterday,” and “how would you like to win a million dollars?”  Asking your readers direct and persuasive questions encourages them to find out more by clicking on your links. Ok, so the million dollar question is a little overboard, but it illustrates the type of marketing to focus on when crafting your posts.

Be careful, though, not to come across too salesy. No one wants to be hassled to buy something. Ever been to a car dealership?  I’m sure you can recall the different types of sales tactics salesmen used to try to push you to buy. You don’t want to do that with affiliate links. Make the link flow naturally in your post and steer clear of the advertising lingo. Readers have no obligation to buy anything from you. It’s your job to encourage them to click on your links.

You Can Do It!

It can be a little overwhelming trying to implement a solid game plan for advertising your affiliate links, but with a little structure, perseverance, and confidence, you’ll be seeing your sales increase in no time.

What’s worked well for you? Are there tips you’d recommend I add to this list? Let’s start a conversation below!

Top 3 Benefits To Keeping Fit Now That You Have Kids

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When you have children, you will understand what an incredible gift they are to have. It’s a mini you that has been created, and now they are your responsibility forever. One of the main responsibilities is keeping them healthy, and this can be done by ensuring you live a healthy lifestyle by the things that you eat, the drinks that you drink, and the way you keep fit.

Here are the benefits, for both you and your kids.

Role Model

When you have children, you know that they watch your every move and make a subconscious note of it, whether they realize it or not. So if they always see you lying on the sofa eating chips and chocolate while chugging down beer – it’s not really the best of looks. Instead, be their positive influence and show them how important it is to look after your body by staying fit and active. Encourage them to go for a run with you, or even just have a game of soccer in the park. That’s fun, and you’re being active at the same time. Make yummy fruit smoothies together so they feel included in your healthy lifestyle. It’s all about getting them involved and showing them how important (and fun) it is to be fit.

Healthy inside and out

Working out doesn’t just cover the physical aspect of your life either, but also the mental side. If ever you’re feeling down, go out for a bike ride and breathe in the fresh air, you are not only getting a great workout, but you’re also stimulating your body to release endorphins in your brain which make you feel fantastic. Fitness and mental health go hand in hand, it relieves stress, creates a feeling of pleasure and euphoria, and it can even help reduce pain.

You can keep up

Most of the time, kids don’t seem to have an off button – or even a pause… Or mute. They could run around the park for hours and hours until you said that it was time to go home.

But wouldn’t you like to be able to keep up with them for a little longer, instead of having to call a timeout after two minutes so you can collapse on the ground, coughing your lungs out? Sure, they have an advantage because they’re younger, but if you look after your body in the right way, you should easily be able to keep up for at least ten minutes. And your children will love it too – being able to have a kick around with you or a game of baseball, in the open air, under the sun. You could even make a picnic out of it, with plenty of healthy snacks and water to keep you energized and hydrated throughout the day.

So if you don’t already live a healthy lifestyle, you should start right now. The sooner you begin, the easier it will be, and your kids will pick up on all the good habits instead of the bad ones. Besides, who doesn’t want to live a long and happy life?

Summer Barbecue Checklist

With summer in full swing and the weather heating up, it’s somewhat inevitable that thoughts begin to turn to the summer tradition of the barbecue. Fun in the sun, surrounded by friends and family, indulging in delicious food that you just don’t get the chance to eat the rest of the year – what more could you possibly want?

If you’re hosting a barbecue soon, then a little planning ahead will guarantee that your event goings off without a hitch. So what four main areas do you need to focus on?

Food (For Everyone)

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So the basic fare for a barbecue is usually pretty simple; it’s meat, and endless amounts of meat. So go wild with your sausages, your steaks, and anything else that catches your eye. It’s always worth adding a salad into your preparation to ensure there’s at least something green to eat, too.

Of course, there is every chance that you won’t just have omnivores attending your ‘do – so you’re going to need to have other options for vegetarians and vegans. There are plenty of substitute recipes, like these vegan burgers, that will allow you to ensure everyone feels included.

Beverages

It doesn’t matter how good the food is; if you don’t have a range of beverages for your guest, then you’re going to be looking at a barbecue failure before you have even begun. Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to cater to the different preferences of your guests. You can buy alcohol online so you don’t have to rush through a grocery store grabbing anything that looks good, and you can even add a few cocktail recipes which your guests might have fun experimenting with.

Tidy Up & Spruce Up

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You’re going to need your backyard to be looking good, so make sure you’ve got enough time in the midst of your preparation for a good old fashioned tidy up. Go through and do the basics of tidying up outdoors; rake up leaves, pull up any errant weeds, and ensure there’s no mud or mess on walkways. You don’t have to spend a huge amount of time on it, but you do want your outdoor space to be welcoming to guests.

To achieve that aim, then use your tidying time as a chance to throw a few decorations around. Lights always work well, especially as they are useful when the night is drawing in. Don’t forget to ensure any kids coming are also provided for by way of a few toys and entertainment options.

Music

Dealing with the need for music at a summer barbecue has never been easier, in an age of iPhones and digital files. Set up a specific playlist on Spotify in the week before your shindig, asking your guests to contribute their own ideas. That way, everyone gets a say in what they want to hear and it’s one less thing for you to do – perfect!

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And there we have it – get the above right and there’s no doubt about it; your barbecue will be a huge success, with an amazing time had by all.

Aquatic Aerobics: Get Fit Using Water As Your Ally

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Every man wants to be fit. Every man wants to be the guy that the ladies adore, and that the men want to be. However, achieving that takes hard work and dedication. Nothing worth having comes for free. For some guys though, spending time in a gym weight room isn’t their idea of a good time. Not everyone can like every sporting activity, and this is perfectly fine. Gaining a trim, chiseled physique is certainly helped by free weights, but it needn’t be limited by it.

Any period of time watching the Olympics will help you realize that it’s perfectly possible to get an amazing, sleek ‘ottermode’ physique by pure, hard cardio alone. This might sound equally as unappealing to someone who doesn’t enjoy exercise. For these cases, we would suggest getting fit in the water. If you have access to a good swimming pool in your area, Olympic, leisure, or even access to the whole ocean from your beach side home, you might just have all the resources you need to become cardiovascularly fit and improve the way your body looks.

Not only does the water lend you the possibility of working out your cardio fitness, but you can bring in water weights and practise stretching, isometric based exercises and the ability to hold your breath for long periods, which can help with your lung capacity to no end.

Here are some of the best exercises and activities you can do in the water. What’s more, they’re simply great fun to do.

Swimming

Of course, swimming is top of the list when it comes to getting cardiovascularly fit. Just like rowing, swimming is one of the best cardio exercises, because it trains your entire body in a proportional way. Muscle endurance is developed throughout all of your limbs, and this is important, because it helps you burn calories much faster than most other sports.

It takes real discipline to time your breaths between strokes and this can lend itself to vastly increased lung capacity. What’s more is that swimming has much less of an impact on your joints. Running on a treadmill for hours can be quite harsh on your knees, but swimmers simply do not experience this phenomena because they are supported by the water.

Ocean Activities

Taking a walk on the wild side with some intensely enjoyable ocean activities is sure to help you get fit, and enjoy yourself in an unforgettable way at the same time. Taking snorkeling classes and choosing the best-recommended equipment with Sportzbits, can give you a vast appreciation for life under the sea as well as helping you figure out how to manoeuvre when submerged. It also makes for wonderful exercise that is sure to never get boring. You might zone out on a treadmill or in the swimming pool, but you never will underwater.

Water Sports

Water polo, water volleyball, even water tag, the list is endless. If beating your swimming distance time limits isn’t your thing, consider goofing around with a water sports community and see how much energy you can apply to the exercise when you’re having great fun at the same time. You’re likely to be surprised.

Taking these steps into consideration, you’re likely to become as fit and graceful as a dolphin. Just keep the cannonballs to a minimum.

Can’t Get Comments On Your Blog? Try These 10 Amazing Tips!

Today's post is all about implementing 10 amazing tips to help generate comments on your well-written blog posts.

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Nothing spells defeat more than spending hours, weeks maybe, on a great blog post idea, and hearing the sounds of crickets chirping. We all want our blogs to succeed, and are doing everything we can to draw in the comments.

I’ve felt the same pain that you feel today – hard work resulted in no comments. It’s disheartening and frustrating. But, it doesn’t have to be that way!  There are steps you can take on your own to increase engagement on your blog posts.

Here are 10 amazing tips that have helped me to help generate more comments on my own blog posts.  I hope that they are helpful for you.

1. Ask Your Readers To Respond

There’s no greater way to generate comments than to simply ask your readers for a response.  Create a dynamic call-to-action at the end of your blog post so that readers know what to do next. It’s easy to write a simple conclusion to your post and move on, but taking the time to craft a clever CTA is worth it because it lays out exactly what you want your readers to do.

Don’t be afraid to jump on to social media and ask your followers to respond to you on Facebook or Twitter. You can always post an updated blog post if someone provides you with information you want to share to your blog subscribers.

2. Lower Your Publishing Frequency

Some bloggers I know churn out 4-5 posts per day, some more. That’s ok, I guess, if you have enough important content to share that often. The reality is though, you would probably be able to get by on 2-3 new posts per week maximum. Once you publish a new post, your existing posts get pushed further and further down the page.

3. Respond To Comments Right Away

If you are getting some comments on your blog posts, RESPOND! Don’t wait!  Readers are engaged enough to provide you with a meaningful comment so do the same for them in your response.  While it can take some time to respond to everyone, it’s time well-spent. Spending more time commenting with your subscribers is a great way to build rapport and develop strong blogging relationships. Even if you are already getting solid comments, it never hurts to network!

4. Write a Controversial Post

If you write a controversial post, it’s sure to generate some feedback. Stirring up the post is a great way to generate comments! Write a post explaining why and you are sure to get some comments (maybe some are heated!). Talk about topics that are important to people and you will hit a nerve strong enough to allow the comments to start rolling in.

5. Host a Giveaway

Hosting giveaways for free products or services is a fantastic way to drive in comments. If you use tools to run your giveaway, such as Rafflecopter, you can set it to require readers to comment on a specific post in exchange for an entry into your giveaway. Just make sure the item you giveaway is something your readers will love.

6. Write Content That Doesn’t Suck

Nothing dampers the comments from rolling in than a blog post that flat-out sucks. You are in control of the content you produce, so take the time to put a new spin or perspective on the content before you post it. Throwing out crap shows you aren’t putting a lot of effort into your writing and it will cause your readers to lose confidence and look elsewhere. Write quality content and you’ll be sure to see comments.

7. Share To The Right Places

You may have read the post I wrote a few days ago, 15 Places to Share Your Blog Post After You Hit Publish.  Read this post before you go any further and start implementing strategies to share your content further than you do today. If you share your posts to the right places, you’ll generate more traffic, which increases the chances someone will comment on them.

8. Ask Readers For Advice

Do you have a problem you are trying solve? Ask your readers to answer in the comments. Make sure to acknowledge your readers for providing the advice, and definitely make sure you are crediting them in future posts where you use their information. It’s also a great way to network and meet other bloggers.

9. Use Your Mailing List

Hopefully by now you have a wonderful mailing list full of thousands of subscribers? If not, read how to build one in 30 days and then put it to your advantage. If you use tools such as Mailchimp, you can monitor how many times your messages are being opened vs how many times they are deleted.  You can focus on those that don’t read the post and create custom email campaigns around them to encourage (not bribe!!) them to respond.

10. Create A Companion Video

Most bloggers I know stick to written communications, but did you know that if you create a video related to one of your blog posts, you can draw in more eyes? YouTube has millions of viewers looking for answers to questions they have. Just the other day, I searched on how to edit settings on a cell phone and found the answer in a video. Take one of your well-performing posts and convert it to a video. Ask questions in the video and push for responses in the video comments. If you do decide to go this route, make sure the video addresses and answers some type of question readers have. I’ll be creating a companion video for this post, and will be updating this post shortly.

Hey, you’re not done yet!

I hope today’s content was very helpful to you. If you are still thinking about the reasons why you should or shouldn’t start a blog, I created a free 7-day email course designed to help you figure it all out and getting it running. Just click on my pretty image below to be taken right to the sign up form.

It’s not impossible to draw in comments on every blog post, but you’ve got to do your part to make those comments naturally come in.

Before you leave, what’s the best way you’ve found to draw in comments? I’d like to update this post in the future, and of course, I’ll feature you in the post (a little promotion never hurt, right?).

Until next time!

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When Tempted To Pick Up That Bottle, Do This Instead

When dealing with alcohol abuse, there are a lot of difficult steps to take. For instance, the step of admitting you have a problem. The step of seeking help. The step of asking for support from your loved ones. But one that catches many in recovery by surprise is the step of adjusting to everyday life without the familiar sensation of taking a drink. One of the best things to help you cope with that day-to-day struggle is a replacement. But rather than picking up a pack of cigarettes or a pack of doughnuts, you can make those changes healthy.

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Sweat

All health is connected. The physical, emotional, and mental sides play off of one another. If issues like stress or depression tie into an alcohol abuse problem, then exercise can genuinely be one of the best things to do. Find a local gym like Burn Fitness and start setting yourself goals. The benefits of the endorphin rush, of a better night’s sleep, and the physical feeling of better health are all good reasons to start exercising seriously. But the fulfillment of setting and reaching exercise goals can be the most emotionally beneficial part of the whole endeavor.

Write

Stress and emotional discomfort adds to the risk of relapse. Writing is a hobby that’s great for getting rid of that stress, whether it’s journaling your own thought processes or simply working to complete a finished product. But it doesn’t have to be writing. There are a lot of great, stress-busting hobbies that also serve as a distraction from those intrusive thoughts.

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Pray

To some, the helpfulness of faith might be a dubious proposition. But for those who believe, having a True North on your moral compass can offer you an emotional and spiritual center that helps you rethink your impulses and make the right choices. It’s why treatment centers that focus on a Christian approach like Beachway are both so common and so successful. Your religion can prove the example you follow, as well as an emotional rock you can hold onto when the emotional waves in your mind are stronger than usual. Redemption is also a powerful theme in all faith, and your connection to that can give you a healthy perspective on your own battle with addiction.

Meditate

You don’t necessarily have to be a faithful person to benefit from spirituality. Whether you’re religious or not, getting in touch with your spirit and the deepest sense of your being through meditation has some huge benefits. For one, it helps you find calm when you’re dealing with turmoil. But it also teaches mindfulness, helping you identify your own thought and behavior patterns. Many recovery centers use mindfulness to identify triggers to harmful behavior, which then go on to inform you on what environments and situations to avoid.

You might not find any of the above are what helps you keep your mind off those invasive impulses. But there are plenty of other options out there. Your project, whatever it is, can be the most helpful tool in your arsenal when it comes to battling addiction.