• 10 Steps to Monetize Your Blog with Affiliate Marketing

    Affiliate marketing is a great way to increase your revenue stream as a blogger, but in order to do it effectively, you need to do it right. There are specific steps any blogger needs to take in order to successfully monetize their blog using the affiliate channel, but taking these steps ensures you’ll be set

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  • Storytelling Doesn’t Pay the Bills: Write to Convert

    Are you looking to convert your affiliate links at a higher rate while still maintaining the original, organic content that drew your readers in the first place? Then you need to look at how, exactly, you’re writing those blog posts. Storytelling is great, but it doesn’t pay the bills. If you’re serious about making money

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  • Pimp Your Profile for the Best Results

    It’s obvious that on social media and on your website, your profile should be fully decked out. You have all the information front ‘n’ center for the biggest, brightest and best brands to be able to reach out and get what they need to work with you. Your profile in the affiliate networks should get

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  • To Follow Or Nofollow: That Is the Link Question

    One of the reasons I often recommend the PrettyLink Pro WordPress plugin to bloggers is because you can set it to automatically nofollow the links you create. All too often, when I’m explaining this functionality, I get asked what the big deal is with creating a nofollow link. So, obviously, it’s time to lay it out. And

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  • Affiliate Marketing: The Dark Side of Blogging?

    I recently read a post by a blogger who was writing about online hate (such a real thing), and in her comment section she got some hate — but not the kind she was originally addressing. She was getting torn down for her use of affiliate links. And it got kind of dark. Like, what?

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  • Blogger’s Guide to Affiliate Summit East ’17

    Affiliate Summit East is almost here, and I’m thrilled that I get to make my Summit return after taking the last year off. ASE is one of my favorite conferences, and I dare say I enjoy it more than Affiliate Summit West — ASW is like a party, ASE is a bit more business-focused, in

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  • From the Mouths of Bloggers: But How Can I Get Free Shit?

    Look, I totally see the value of personally experiencing a merchant’s product so you can speak to it in the most natural way. But there’s a process — and more importantly a relationship — that needs to be recognized and respected. You know how we get all pissy about those pitches that ask us to promote their company or product without any sort of compensation? It’s kind of like that.

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  • Blogger’s Guide to Affiliate Summit East ’16

    Affiliate Summit East is almost here, and I’m so, so sad I won’t be attending this year (thanks, #babything). ASE is one of my favorite conferences, and I dare say I enjoy it more than Affiliate Summit West — ASW is like a party, ASE is a bit more business-focused, in my opinion. My very first speaking gig was at ASE ’14, and my first solo session was at ASE ’15. I also love New York, and the energy of the city really helps the vibe of the conference.

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