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Hello Friends! 🙂
Today one of my friends shared with me that she wished she could purchase some of the products I write about here at Loving the Home Life. She loves my ideas and articles but is unable to get some of the products I write about at our local stores.
Wow! It looks like I’ve taken for granted that my friends and readers know how to use a blog as a resource for great products and deals as well as ideas.
Please forgive the boldness of this post’s headline. I want to be very clear about how to get the products my friend wants and thinks she can’t get. If one of my friends is struggling with this, others probably are too and haven’t said anything.
In this article, I’ll explain how to get the products you read about here, what affiliate marketing is and how it benefits both readers and the publisher of a blog.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is simply when a publisher of a blog is given the opportunity (the publisher has to apply and be accepted) to provide access to a company’s products through affiliate links in the blog’s articles. Blog publishers also use banner advertising for an affiliate company’s products can be placed in the sidebar, top, and bottom of the blog page, or directly in an article. These images can be clicked on to go to an affiliate company’s website.
Affiliate Links: What They Are and How They Work
Here is an example of an affiliate link for Iowa State Cyclones gear that is available at Fanatics.com: Iowa State Cyclones Team Gear.
See how the wording is purple and changes color when you hover the cursor over it, and the arrow turns into a hand pointing a finger?
That indicates a link you can click on to go to Fanatics.com and shop for deals for Iowa State Cyclones sweatshirts, jackets, caps and other gear that shows your love for the Cyclones. Just move your cursor over the link on your laptop or tap it with your finger on your phone or tablet and the link will take you to Fanatics.com.
You’re not limited to shopping for and purchasing just Iowa State Cyclones gear that is on sale through that affiliate link. The link takes you to that page, but if you’re a Hawkeye fan and want to shop for and purchase University of Iowa Hawkeyes gear, you can do that.
Just type “Iowa Hawkeyes” in the search bar and click enter. Then you can find all the Hawkeye gear you want to show your support for the University of Iowa. I promise I won’t hold it against you. 😛
In fact, I’ll even make it easier for you by providing a direct affiliate link to University of Iowa Hawkeyes gear. See how that works? Cool, huh? 🙂
You can shop for gear for all your sports favorite teams, college and professional, through that one blue Fanatics.com link in the post. As an affiliate with Fanatics.com, the sale of any purchases made through that link in the blog article allows me to receive a commission because that link contains code that is unique to Loving the Home Life.
Amazon Affiliate Links
Links to products on Amazon work exactly the same way. Here is an example of a link to a product to help you clean your kitchen without chemicals: Persik Nano-Knockout Ultra-Microfiber Kitchen Cleaning Scrubbing Pads. This link takes you straight to the product on Amazon where you can easily purchase it. You can even shop for other items while you’re there and get several things at once if you like.
One click on an affiliate link allows you to get the products you read about at Loving the Home Life. It’s so convenient! You don’t have to open a new window and search for the items you read about. Just click or tap the blue word that is the link that goes right to where you can get that product.
Banner Ads and How They Work
Banner advertisements function almost exactly like affiliate text links except you’re clicking an image advertisement at the top, bottom, in the sidebar of a website, or in the article you’re reading. Right now, I keep my banner ads on the right side column of this website.
One of the banner ads is for Erin Condren, a company that specializes in planners, calendars, and other items to help you get organized as well as adorable gift items.
Here is a banner ad for Erin Condren:
Just click on the image and find an adorable planner you can personalize as well as some great Mother’s Day gifts. Or click on the ad on the right side of the website. Either way works.
Affiliate Images in Blog Articles
You’ve probably seen images of products placed throughout the articles I write, like the image of the Hoover Carpet Cleaner in the article Chemical-Free Spring Cleaning Part 2.
I’m in the middle of creating some pretty Mother’s Day and Graduation Cards for you to download and print for free in my next post. Readers will probably need envelopes for those cards. What I’m going to do is put this image of the envelopes that will fit with the cards into the article like this:
Clicking on the image of the envelopes in the article will take you to Amazon to learn more about them and to purchase them if you like.
A Blog is a Little Like a Magazine
I hope this helps you understand how a blog works and how to shop for the products that you see here and like. I hate that someone thinks the products I write about are not available to her.
I think of blogging as being something like publishing a magazine. You get useful and entertaining articles that give you good ideas and tell you about products that make your life as a homemaker easier. But instead of this magazine being published by a large publishing corporation showcasing that Arts and Crafts Bungalow in the suburb of Seattle and the fruits of the homeowner’s favorite decorator, you get a more personal and approachable publication.
Here, it’s just me sharing what I’ve learned and am still learning with you, my friends. I write all the articles, do all the photography (except where stock photographs are needed. Like the tornado. No way will I photograph a tornado) and all the design and tech work to make this site function.
Loving the Home Life is set up so that the three most recent posts show at the top, or “above the fold” if the newspaper term helps. You can scroll down for a larger image of the most recent article and you’ll see the ads, a subscription form, link icons to my social media pages, a search bar, and farther down recent posts and archives listed by the month and year.
Readers who subscribe get the free 13-page month-by-month Home Living Kit that you can print off to help you organize your life at home. Being a subscriber also allows you to receive a weekly email with a fun personal message and links to the newest articles so you don’t miss a thing.
Thank You, Thank You 🙂
I still have a lot to learn, and there is expense involved in publishing a blog. This is my business. I love doing this, and my goal is to be a help, resource and a blessing to you through Loving the Home Life. I don’t want anything to get in the way of my friends here benefitting fully from this blog.
Thank you SO MUCH for reading Loving the Home Life.
All the Best,
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