How to Use Affiliate Links: Top Ten {Tuesday}

top ten list

The last few days the only thing I can think about is my new ebook. I have been totally gobsmacked at the positive response that has taken place since I announced it just last week! As of Monday night, we had 706 fans on the Truth in the Tinsel Facebook page! (In comparison, ohAmanda’s page only has 640. And I’ve had it for like 3 years. Ahem.)

ebook advent

As I’ve been editing, updating and writing the book, the facebook page, the website and more, I’ve been coming across a lot of questions about how to be an affiliate of Truth in the Tinsel. And I decided to address it Top Ten style today. This will be applicable to any affiliate program you’re involved in (or may one day be involved in). So, if you’re already a pro at this, just scroll down to the end.

If you’re new to affiliate programs (they are NOT just for bloggers!), keep reading…


1. Sign Up

Affiliate programs are everywhere. I’m an affiliate with Amazon, Groupon, Dayspring, Disney Food Blog, E-Mealz and more. Basically, any company or product I talk about, I try to find their affiliate program. Why? Because if I am going to link to them, I might as well make money off of them, too.

When you use an affiliate link, the affiliate website tracks all the clicks AND purchases made through and because of that link. And they give you a percentage of that sale. It doesn’t cost your readers any more money, it’s just the company’s way of saying “thanks for the free advertisement!”

Of course, affiliate programs are designed for folks with websites, but you can use affiliate links in your email, on Facebook, on twitter and even Pinterest! (I made 2 sales off of something I pinned with an affiliate link!)

For example, any time I mention Mary’s Plan a Fabulous Party {without losing your mind} ebook, I’ll use the affiliate link. Not her website link. It sends you to the same place, it’s just tracking the clicks from my site. (Go ahead, hover over that ebook link above. See the e-junkie link in there? Now click it. It will go straight to Mary’s page. You’ll never even notice the difference.)

2. Find Your Link

There are several affiliate companies that host big big companies but today I’m going to mainly talk about e-junkie because that’s who I’m using for Tinsel in the Truth. So, let’s pretend you wanna be a Truth in the Tinsel affiliate.

First, follow the link from the Truth in the Tinsel affiliate page that says, JOIN OUR AFFILIATE PROGRAM. (Most websites are pretty obvious about this. If not search “affiliate” on their website and it should come up.)

3. Find Your Link Part 2

You’ll have to register. Nothing big. Typical enter-your-info stuff.

Then you’ll click GET AFFILIATE CODE. Now, you’ll see a list of merchants. Here’s my list. Told you I join them all.

affiliate marketing

4. Find Your Link Part 3

After clicking on, you’ll have to click GET AFFILIATE CODE again. Then, you’ll see a dropdown menu at the bottom of the page that says GET PRODUCT SPECIFIC AFFILIATE LINKS. Select which item you’d like to link to.  This will bring up some HTML that looks something like:

<a href=”″ target=”ejejcsingle”>Click here to visit</a>

If you copy and paste that into a blog post or somewhere that accepts HTML, it will look like this:

Click here to visit

I doubt you’re ever going to use that phrase. Instead…

5. Doctor The HTML

You can doctor the HTML by changing the wording, like what I did in red:

<a href=”″ target=”ejejcsingle”>Buy Truth in the Tinsel now!</a>

Anything you write between those two >< will show up. See below…

Buy truth in the Tinsel now!

But you don’t always want to use HTML. In fact, I rarely copy HTML in a blog post. And you can’t even use HTML on Twitter of Facebook. So…

6. Snag the Affiliate Link

Look at your HTML from the affiliate link a little closer. See the part I turned red?

<a href=”” target=”ejejcsingle”>Click here to visit Truth in the Tinsel.</a>

That’s the important part, your affiliate link. You can snag that link and use it in place of a normal link!

So, if you’re in Facebook you can enter it in your status update…

Or on twitter…

Or in a blog post…

7. What about images?

Most of the time affiliates give images or buttons to advertise with. These can make your blog posts and sidebars pop and catch people’s attention.

If you are putting an imagine into a blog post, you’ll link to it the same as you would a piece of text. This is different in every blogging platform. Here’s how I do it in WordPress:

a. Download the image or button from the Truth in the Tinsel website. I save it on my desktop with a normal title so I can find quickly.

b. Upload the image into my media library.

c. Add affiliate code.

d. Insert into post.

8. Adding an Button and Affiliate Link to a Sidebar

Putting a button on the sidebar can be a little trickier because you can’t upload straight into a widget.

In order to get an image into a sidebar, you’ll need some HTML. Here’s how I usually do it:

a. Upload photo to my blog by clicking ADD MEDIA (similar to adding it to a post above).

b. Once it’s uploaded you can click it and get the URL (either in the address bar or directly in the MEDIA LIBRARY).

c. Type up your own HTML to insert into a widget in your sidebar. It will look something like this (just not colorful):

<a href=”“><img src=”“></a>

Now, just as a little HTML lesson for you, if you look above, you’ll see two “sentences” encased by <>. The first “sentence” is where your button is going to when clicked. The second “sentence” is the image code for the button. Put them together and you have a button that will link to you wherever your affiliate code is pointed.

Pat yourself on the back, you just put an ad in your sidebar!

9. Disclose

I don’t know how it works on facebook and twitter. But in a blog post, you have to disclose that you are using an affiliate link. “Have to” like it’s the law.

I personally think it’s a very stupid and ridiculous law. But they didn’t ask my opinion.

Read a better and less bitter explanation of affiliate disclosure by Michael Hyatt.

Also. I used affiliate links in this post. And I am not a lawyer. Or a social-media consultant. Or an expert on affiliate marketing. Use my advice at your own risk. (Think that covers it?)

10. Any questions?

Besides, “Why do you write such long posts, Amanda?”

:: :: ::

Link up your Top Ten list and join in the Top Ten {Tuesday} fun! All you have to do is WRITE a top ten list, PASTE it  below, LINK back to me in your post & then start LOVIN’ on the rest of the participants with facebook likes, stumbles, pins, comments and tweets (#toptentues)! For better and more succinct guidelines see my Top Ten {Tuesday} page!



  1. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Thank you for this! I’ve been wading through the murky affiliate grounds and this is perfect!!

  3. That is the best affiliate how-to I’ve seen! That will help lots of people!

  4. You are so smart! Not just that you know all this, but that you can make it easy to understand – great info!

  5. I’m so excited for your ebook!

    And I thought I knew how to do this whole affiliate thing….but I didn’t know you could tweet/facebook affiliate links like you show above. Thanks! I feel smarter already 🙂

  6. This is fantastic! (especially for newbies like me. :o) ) But my favorite part? “BEST advent book EVER!” This made me smile!

  7. Those are really great tips as always Amanda. Thanks. You were born to teach 🙂

  8. You explained this very well, it such simple terms that even I could follow. 🙂 Thanks!

  9. Joining in today — my first time ever! 😉

  10. I actually love it when the post says “Affiliate used”. I think it’s just common courtesy for the reader.

    • You’re right. I know it’s a good thing. I just feel like I’m a pretty authentic blogger anyway and sometimes I feel like putting the disclosure on every post is like saying, “Hey, just because I used affiliate links doesn’t mean I’m lying just so you’ll click and I’ll make money.” Know what I mean?

      I need to not have a bad attitude about it! 😉

  11. This was great. Thanks so much for the information.

  12. This is a GREAT tutorial for affiliate linking!
    COngrats on your ebook … I LOVE the cover art!

  13. Great list! And ha ha on the long post comment. I wish I had the time to write posts that thorough 🙂

  14. Great post! I love your tutorial-type posts. They are always very helpful. 🙂

  15. Thanks for this! So helpful. I finally read it all and realized I need to change some stuff on a recent post. 🙂

    So glad to have found ur blog. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Appreciate the post…The problem I have is on hover, particularly to the direct purchase page. Sometimes the bottom left corner link looks bad when you have to put a secure link to e-junkie’s pay page.

    I’m unclear if you can “prettylink” those e-junkie buy now link string of characters that goes directly to purchase page? They are long and funny looking. However e-junkie is a good alternative to helping you sell your downloads.

  17. Thanks for sharing your opinions and thoughts this is great article!

  18. Soles through despite a escorts shanghai middle-high and two broken-hearted arc

  19. ?????????????? chatroulette Access denied in Poland.

  20. Hello admin great publish significantly thanks adored this webpage seriously significantly

  21. you will be seriously range 1 admin your running a blog is remarkable i at all times check your webpage i am confident you will be the top

  22. To all intents refers to the words of people talking all shanghai escort the prematurely, consciously or unconsciously put

  23. Presumably refers to the words of people talking all shenzhen massage the prematurely, consciously or unconsciously estimate

  24. Every chieftain had to have in the offing a shanghai massage acknowledgement of the sentences viva voce jargon, otherwise dialect right tied, viva voce lingo of all sum up to the sheerest

  25. With immense pride I wholeheartedly recommend the website to all those who are searching for quality Backlink Diversity that will knock out google panda and penguin crush your competition and catapult your website to the first page of Google search engine. I am extremely happy and impressed with their professional, prompt and dedicated services. So go online and explore the web now.

  26. Just wish to say your article is as surprising. The clearness in your post is just cool and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the rewarding work.

  27. I usually do not leave a ton of remarks, but i did a few searching and wound up here How To Use Affiliate Marketing: Top Ten Tuesday | And I actually do have 2 questions for you if you tend not to mind. Is it just me or does it look as if like a few of the comments appear like they are written by brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are posting at additional social sites, I’d like to keep up with anything new you have to post. Would you list of every one of your social pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  28. I have learn a few excellent stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how a lot effort you place to create the sort of wonderful informative web site.

  29. Thanks for the info! Always pressure to read an awesome post! Thanks again will be back for more!

  30. I’m not sure where you’re getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for great info I was looking for this information for my mission.

  31. Usually I don’t read post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, quite nice article.

  32. Hi, i just thought i’d post and let you know your blogs layout is really messed up on the K-Melon browser. Anyhow keep up the good work.

  33. do you know if you can use affiliate stuff on or is it only on

  34. This is just what I was looking for! Thank you for explaining so clearly! (Enjoyed hanging out with you at the #prayingforboys twitter party this week.)


  1. […] to top ten tuesday ShareTweet(function() { var s = document.createElement('SCRIPT'), s1 = […]

  2. […] linking with Oh Amanda for Top Ten Tuesday […]

  3. […] linked with Top 10 Tuesday, Titus Tuesday, Gratituesday and  Making My Home Sing Monday. *{margin:0; padding:0;} ul{ […]

  4. […] up on Thanksgiving this past week and stumbled upon some great quotes. Inspired by OhAmanda‘s Top Ten Tuesdays, I would love to share the ten Thanksgiving quotes that have affected me the most in one form or […]

  5. […] Todays post is part of Oh Amandas Top Ten Tuesday. […]

  6. […] find this linked up to Tip Me Tuesday, Top Ten Tuesday, and more! Welcome and thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure and check out the most popular […]

  7. How To Use Affiliate Marketing: Top Ten Tuesday |…

    News info…

  8. cialis says:


    be a the the iPod Nano and hybrid Touch the seeing Zune and it I light is Touch of but the rather and Most it Zune unique consider after small and slim how both to people compare qualities combines surprisingly that to…

Leave a Comment