• How to Use Pretty Link Pro to Make Blog Monetization Easier

    Every blogger I know has tools they live and die by. My No. 1 ride-or-die tool is Pretty Link Pro. When bloggers use affiliate marketing for monetization, Pretty Link Pro comes in super handy to streamline the process. I often see bloggers using other link shorteners, like bit.ly, to share their affiliate links. I would highly suggest

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  • 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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  • 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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  • What To Do When You Get Radio Silence from Affiliate Managers

    It’s frustrating as hell. You’ve emailed at least a couple of times trying to pry an answer out of your affiliate manager, only to be met with total radio silence. You’re not really sure how to proceed, and in the meantime you’ve been racking up mad clicks and conversions for their merchant. You’re starting to feel like just another cog in the wheel, and it’s a pretty shitty way to feel. 

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  • Frequently Asked Blogger Questions About Affiliate Marketing

    I work with a number of bloggers, mostly in the wedding space, who are just starting to get their feet wet in affiliate marketing. And they have questions. Lots of ’em. Which, I totally get because it wasn’t that long ago that I had all the same damn questions. Hell, I still have questions and ask them of my AMs or friends in the industry without abandon. So, I thought I’d answer a few of these FAQs for you, because it’s better to know than not know, right?

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