How To Generate Affiliate Revenue From Your WordPress Blog24th Feb 2012 | Posted by Eko S. | 3 Comments
It’s no secret that WordPress has emerged as the most blogger-friendly CMS out there. Drupal and Joomla have been utilized by a wide variety of notable clients and have their share of accolades. But for the run-of-the-mill working class blogger, other content management systems can’t compete with the feature-rich, user-friendly interface offered by WP. At no time is this more evident than when you look at the incredible array of plugins, extensions, and widgets they provide to their users.
WP boasts approximately 15,000 such tools, and they cover every nook and cranny of online functionality, from social media to search engine optimization to visual aesthetics. The WordPress themes alone are often enough to satisfy the blogger’s demands, offering extremely adaptable layouts and customizable widgets that allow you transform a garden variety blog into a fully fleshed monetized website.
Syphon Off The Revenues Of Others
Think of your CMS as a pipeline connecting your blog to the revenue sources of much larger affiliates. It is in this capacity that many bloggers are finding the newest financial value in WordPress—specifically, using affiliate marketing plugins to optimize their blogs and earn money from online merchants. The social network Pinterest recently disclosed that they were utilizing a service called Skimlinks in order to generate revenue off of user links that direct traffic to e-commerce sites like Amazon and eBay. This is not a reinvention of the wheel. Affiliate marketing has been a common online practice for years, allowing both bloggers and site managers to earn passive incomes off the value of the internal traffic and link building.
Take Advantage of Affiliate Marketing Plugins
WordPress offers several inexpensive, top notch affiliate marketing plugins, why not take advantage of them? Ninja Affiliate, Pretty Link, WPMarketer, WP Affiliate Pro, and WP Affiliate Elite all provide bloggers with the tools necessary to integrate affiliate marketing into their blogs by converting keywords into masked affiliate links. Another plugin that helps with this is WPSkimlinks itself, which brings Skimlinks to the CMS world in full glory. The Skimlinks plugin works by streamlining and simplifying the process by which bloggers earn commissions on affiliate links in their blogs. In other words, minimal customization or work is needed on the part of the user.
Create Numerous Valuable Affiliate Links With Skimlinks
You can do what Pinterest did. Anyone can make money off affiliate revenue using Skimlinks. The plugin advertises itself as needing very little admin control and it pulls users in to a network of 8,000 online merchants from whom bloggers can earn money. All you have to do is download the extension and it will show up in your WP Dashboard. From there, you can approve or decline keywords to use as affiliate links. It’s that simple. You can also leverage your RSS feed to affiliates.
What’s the future of affiliate marketing? Ubiquity, efficiency, and integrated features. WordPress is leading the way in the CMS world by making this revenue-generating practice easy and fun for bloggers.
- Written by Bre Carter -