How Many Affiliate Links Should You Use Per Post

Last Update: April 26, 2019

I often see members asking, how many affiliate links should I use per post? Then I have seen a wide range of responses, some reasonable and others a bit too much. I have never seen a response that was too little with the amount.

HOW MANY SHOULD YOU USE?

It really depends on the type and length of the post. The Google Guidelines for Affiliate Marketing says that affiliate content and thus affiliate links, should only be a MINOR portion of your overall content.

The reason why Google is so critical about affiliate websites is because people tend to use too many affiliate links. Websites like these make their posts look like sales pages and not helpful information.

If you want to have an affiliate link appear on every page and post, put it into your sidebar or footer. These areas, depending on theme, will appear on every page and post. But do not put affiliate links in the content of every page and post.

Generally I use one affiliate link per every 600 words, especially since my content tends to be 2000+ words long. Sometimes I will even use less when I would rather provide more information than getting someone to convert.

HOW MANY AFFILIATE LINKS CAN YOU FIND?

NOTE: The below link is to a post on my Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp Website. I am posting this for informational use only! I CANNOT benefit financially from this link because the only affiliate links it contains are WA affiliate links and you are already members.

I want you to skim through the 4,000+ word review post (my biggest ever) and look for how many Wealthy Affiliate affiliate links I used in the content (including images). TIP: Five of the visible links are Internal Links, a good SEO tactic, going to other content on my website.

Is Shaqir Hussyin a Scam or Not

I use certain links that can help gain WA referrals that ALL of you can do too. Can you guess what that is? And not counting the 5 Internal Links, how many affiliate links going to Wealthy Affiliate did you find? Post your answers below along with any comments or questions.

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PeteWeaver Premium
Hi Rob,

Nice blog about "How many affiliate links should you use per post"

I only see two affiliate links.

My strategy would be to create two articles in one post ranging around 1000 words per article (2000 words or more in total. The first article will have at least two inbound links

The second article will have two outbound links to my favorite blogs that are ranking with the same keyword.

These blogs, I visited weekly, leaving comments and linking them back to my website.

Finally, an inbound link to my Wealthy Affiliate Review post or page.

I would create my own video to upload to my YouTube channel and then I would embed it on my website with the link going back to YouTube.

If I'm using someone else's video, I would do the same for courteous reasons. Years ago, before Google bought out YouTube, this was a common practice.

I created a blog roll (it's not the same thing what people call it now). This is when you place a list of your favorite blogs on your front page. WordPress omitted it from all the latest themes since 2012. I still place a blog roll on my website using an HTML Text Widget. It works great.

I only do this with my favorite Websites. No black hats in this arena. These are websites I visit regularly, for learning and commenting.

This will put me on the radar of the owners of the website because I'm giving them a back link.

Doing this is like walking down the block and seeing your neighbors having a party. You're interested right? It's the same way on your website. I've always let others play in my yard. Remember, it's the World Wide Web.

It was a great review rob. I used to be a member of Empower Network years ago and believe it or not, I was trained by Shaqir Hussyin.

His training is much more advanced than any other training (at the time) except for Wealthy Affiliate of course. Needless to say, I spent thousands of dollars.

Thanks for this post Rob! There's a lot of good stuff on your site.

Pete Weaver
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Pete and good approach.

You are correct. I used only 2 WA affiliate links.

However I did use two other links coming to WA, a link to my WA profile page and to a WA blog I had written.

Both, though not affiliate links, can still earn me referrals should someone join from within those two pages.
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PeteWeaver Premium
Okay, does that mean you can still earn referral commission even though you didn't use your affiliate links?
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes I can because I am the author of both of those pieces of content. As the author I do not need to use an affiliate ID number to get a referral.
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PeteWeaver Premium
Cool, that's good to know. Thanks Rob
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure Pete.
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suzieq Premium
A great example, Robert!
I rarely use affiliate links in my blogs. I'll send them to my "bridge" page which further explains WA, and that one will have my affiliate link.
When we write many product reviews, we can have too many blogs with affiliate links. The "bridge" idea can save you from that!
Cheers,
Suzanne
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, I agree Suzanne. And that is pretty much what Kyle teaches when he tells us to centralize our affiliate links to one page or post and then link to that page or post from elsewhere within your website.
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Cdp4jc Premium
Robert,
Your writing is very informative and you do a great job of illustrating that there are more wolfs than sheep on the other side of the screen. Thank you for caring more for people than profit, it shows in what you do. My wife and I are of the same mindset with our CBD oil we have developed and want to help people live a better life through health. Be well my freind!
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ERichardson1 Premium
Good morning my friend , I'm very interested in selling you oil on my website, please reach out to me if you're interested in me selling your oil on my website , may you have a wonderful weekend and successful day
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Chris. Helping people first will always bring about earning money in the end, and even more so than if you tried selling directly to them from the start. This is because by helping first you gain trust and trust eventually leads to money.

You and your wife have actually developed your own brand of CBD Oil? If yes, may you be blessed in your endeavors. I am currently writing up content for my forth coming Hemp website promoting CBD Hemp Oil, Hemp Fabrics and Hemp Foods.
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Cdp4jc Premium
If you would be interested, I could send you a sample as well as the information on it, if you would like to do an article on it. If you check my bio there is a link to read up on it. My wife has suffered for over 20 years from immunity disorders and we found a hemp oil that worked, but they changed manufacturers to save money. That is when we decided to have our own custom blend made, all organic, THC free, proprietor process that does not use chemicals for extraction that would reduce the benefits of a natural product. We are all about bringing people to a healthier state so they can get the most out of life. Check out the website and let me know if you would be interested in doing an article about it’s benefits, I am sure my wife would be open to talking to you about our product.
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boomergp08 Premium
I too use CBD Hemp Oil for a couple of different problems that have gone away since using it. It is amazing, which is the main reason why I am starting a Hemp website.

The oil I am using comes from GMO-free organic Industrial Hemp and is extracted using supercritical CO2

If you have information on it send me a PM with a link. When the time comes for me to do reviews on different CBD oils, I could perhaps do a review of yours.
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BobMargroff Premium
I want to say I found three...but this was a great post. Full of helpful info.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks. Happy you found it helpful.

I used only 2 WA affiliate links. However I did use two other links coming to WA, a link to my WA profile page and to a WA blog I had written. Both, though not affiliate links, can still earn me referrals should someone join from within those two pages.
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BobMargroff Premium
Ahh, I must have counted one of the other two...LOL! Cool still brings visitors to WA!

Great example of ways to bring in referrals. I need to pay attention to more of your posts.
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boomergp08 Premium
Even if you do not have a Boot Camp website you could always work into the content of your About Me page a bit of content explaining how you were able to build your website by yourself with help from WA. Then you could place a link to your WA profile and invite your readers to check it out. Once they do, if they join, they become your referral.
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BobMargroff Premium
Interesting...I definitely have a lot to learn here. I do have a Boot Camp website and see that this is still a useful method to use. I can link to my WA review and my profile here. Either way, it should help me with referrals. Thanks for the advice.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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Mick18 Premium
Great info. Thanks Rob, appreciate it.
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure Mick.
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carolbinger Premium
Got it Rob. Great!
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks!
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JKaobata1 Premium
Thank you for this helpful post.It help me !!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Happy to help.
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Navi18 Premium
I found 2. Thanks for your post!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome and CORRECT! I used only 2 WA affiliate links. However I did use two other links coming to WA, a link to my WA profile page and to a WA blog I had written.

Though neither of these are affiliate links, because I am the author / creator of these two pages, I can still get referral credit should someone join WA from within these pages. :)
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Navi18 Premium
Really good work @boomergp08!
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you.
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PMindra Premium
Hi, Robert.

As you might know, I have always taken your posted work and contributions here very seriously. Your efforts in leading based on experience and willingness to share have served me well so far on my journey here at Wealthy Affiliate.

With that being said, Boomer...I'm going to get back to you on this one because I think it is going to very important.

I can't wait to read every single word of your 4,000 word review,

Is Shaquir Hussyin a Scam or not?

Anik Singal & Ankur Aggarwal are two names that just jumped to my mind before even responding to you.

I will read and respond back as soon as I can.
In the alternative, I will leave my comments where they will have more impact.

Thank you for posting, Robert.
This is good stuff.

Paul.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Paul.

Yes, Ankur Agarwal and Anik Singal have certain things in common with Shakir Hussyin.

WA members in Bootcamp could write great reviews after doing some research on these so-called internet marketing gurus of MLMs.
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PMindra Premium
What are the things they have in common...

Don't hold back, Robert.

These guys are not 'Internet Marketing Gurus of MLM.'

They are 'Ponzi' Pimps.

How far does the rabbit hole go?

Paul.
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boomergp08 Premium
Like Shaqir they "claim" to be internet marketing gurus but all three also made a lot of money as top earners in Empower Network.

Like I expose in my review of Shakir, he makes no mention of the two MLMs, possibly more, where he has made the millions of dollars that people are going to him to learn.

Problem with that is of the two I reported on, both are now shutdown for various reasons. I even have a video of Shaqir explaining how he got his Ferrari.

I bet he will not expose these truths to his students in his Wealth Academy training.
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LLettau1 Premium
Thank you for the insight. You are right Google is very picky about content not looking like solicitation pages.
Larry
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Larry. So many people get down on Google for being too picky with affiliate websites. But all they want is for affiliate sites to provide great content and not be too spammy. I suppose if they really didn't care they would not have created the Guidelines for Affiliate Marketing.
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Chris181 Premium
Great article Boomerang. I'm still very early days in building my website but understand what you're saying. It's quality content that will drive the sales or customers to your website.... I hope 😊.

I have one question if you don't mind?

I'm writing a travel blog website targeting Martial Arts. I understand what you're saying about links on each blog post but how many actual affiliate programs should I sign up for? Should I keep it to 3 or 4? More maybe?

Thanks
Chris
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boomergp08 Premium
That depends on what it is you are actually promoting. I would think 2 affiliate programs would be enough.

First off, how does a travel blog tie into Martial Arts? And what products or services do you intend to promote?
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ERichardson1 Premium
Good afternoon my friend Kyle taught us in training not to use a lot of affiliate links so everyone should be aware of this may you have a successful day my friend
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, Kyle has taught us this in the training...several times. But yet many members seem to forget that affiliate marketing websites should be mostly about helping people and not trying to sell to them.
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sminman7 Premium
Great post and information! Thank you for sharing! I am at this point in my training!
Michael Inman
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Just remember that you should be focusing more on building trust with your website audience and that trust comes from information that helps them and not sells to them.
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