If you have ever been to a blog that had advertisements in the sidebar or links within the posts advertising specific products, those are called affiliate links. Affiliate links are basically ways for companies to get more customers. For example, if I buy the Cash Donator plugin and use it on my blog, I can also download the affiliate banners to display in the sidebar of my blog. Then when my readers are astounded by how much money I am making, they will click on the Cash Donator banner, purchase the plugin, and then I will earn a commission for referring them to the company.

Always Buy Digital Products With An Affiliate LinkWhen I buy digital products such as software and WordPress plugins, I try to always buy with an affiliate link. First I will ask my friends if they are a registered affiliate for that company and if none of them are, I will find someone who is and purchase through them… Is it really worth the trouble? Why do I do this?

It Helps The Person Advertising The Product

As we all know, money doesn’t grow on trees, and if you are trying to make money online, it barely grows at all. Buying through a blogger’s affiliate link earns them some extra money and it gets you the same product that you were going to buy anyway.

Sometimes Bloggers Include Special Bonuses

It doesn’t occur very often, but sometimes you can find bloggers who reward their customers by purchasing through their affiliate links. The reward could be anything from a free plugin to a free eBook, but either way you’re getting something for free… Take advantage of this opportunity if it is given to you.

Some Affiliates Offer Discounts

In addition to offering free products or services, some affiliates give discounts to customers that buy through them. The best example of this would be my Host Gator campaign. If you enter the coupon code “OMEGAWEB25” into Host Gator at checkout, you will get 25% off any web hosting plan.

The Company Already Has Enough Money

In the case of a web hosting company, they are already banking money left and right. According to the 2011 estimates, GoDaddy pulled in $1.14 billion in revenue in just one year. In the case of GoDaddy’s affiliate program, they pay out 30% of the order price, which is actually kind-of low for a web hosting company. I know that Host Gator pays out at least $50 per sale and FatCow and iPage pay out $100 per sale. Please allow these large companies to share some of their revenue and help the economy go ’round.

Buy Now!

If this post has inspired you to purchase something through an affiliate link, you can always purchase one of the services I recommend. You can find these services in the sidebar of this blog or in the list below:

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10 Responses to Always Buy Digital Products With An Affiliate Link

  • Hey Ian,
    Good to see someone doing what I used to do. Before I buy any digital product online, I often find out from friends if they have affiliate links, that way, I help them make some commissions.

    I also recently wrote about CommentLuv plugin and offer CashDonator as bonus to those who buy using my link. I’m making CashDonator a constant bonus for every product I review on my blog. That always works well.

    Thanks for also mentioning CashDonator in th post 😉

    • That’s a great idea to include Cash Donator with your affiliate sales. The best affiliate programs to get into are for web hosting because like I mentioned in this post, FatCow, iPage and many other hosts offer $100+ commission per sale.

  • There aren’t many things I buy online that have affiliate programs associated with them, but when I do I try to look for people who have affiliate links.

    • This is true of things like upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8, but most blogging plugins and website development tools have affiliate programs… As an affiliate marketer, I wish Adobe had a program to earn 30% of the sales from their Master Collection 😛

  • Hi Ian,
    There are many benefits when you buy virtual products that have an affiliated link with them. I agree that Commentluv Premium and HostGator are common services that are known to have affiliate links. Great to know that FatCow and iPage also have the best affiliate programs out there. Thanks for sharing!

  • I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, everything here is so great and so true. As someone who’s originally from the area, I get a chuckle out of many things here.

  • I agree and frankly I don’t understand why some people are suspicious of affiliate links. On some boards, people will look down on posting affiliate link and sometimes it’s even against their rules. Especially in the case of products and services with recurring payments (like hosting services), it would make no sense for someone to recommend a service (and thus post his affiliate link), if he didn’t think the service met the needs of the people he’s recommending it to. The only way the affiliate makes money is if the buyer likes the service the affiliate recommend en if the buyer keeps renewing his account or membership. So it’s in the affiliate’s own best interest to recommend quality products and services.

  • This is very very helpful & informative. I was always confused how affiliate program works at first .

    When I started it anyhow, I realized that its easy to start this business by just putting hard work & time in it.

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