If I put links in my post to take a reader to view certains products, that coincide with my article, but not an affiliate yet for any of these sites, does it matter?

Planning to apply, but testing the waters first.

Also can this backfire in anyway?

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Nuggetz Premium Plus
You can post links on your content whether it is an affiliate link or not.
When we write content, we all want to make money from our efforts. That's natural, and sharing affiliate links is a great way to convert our traffic into revenue.
But, be careful not to go overboard with affiliate links. Google can pick up on this, and if EVERY post has an affiliate link attached, then they will soon mark your site down as a spam site.
Google crawlers look for the best content in that niche. They want sites that are most informative. So, if you find that sharing a link, even if not an affiliate link, is worth value to your readers, then share it. Afterall, you cant get penalised for NOT making money.

When adding links though, you should always try and stick to the "One in, One out" formula. This means that you have at least One Internal link ( to another page within your site) and an External link (to somewhere else on the Internet). This is what Google fin the most valuable and is most likely to get you ranked.

Personally, what i like to do is have a handful of review pages where i am reviewing a product and post an affiliate link on that page or post. This keeps my affiliate links centralised. Then when i am writing content, i will link back to these posts where relevant. If i find linking to something else online helps the reader and adds quality to the site, then i'll do that too.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting you go out promoting products and get no revenue. Obviously, if you are going to promote something that involves a sale, then naturally you want something for your efforts. But it also doesnt mean that you shouldnt mention that product at all just because theres nothin in it for you.
Do what you thin is best for the reader. Thats what is most important, because your readers really dont care if you are making money or not from your posts. They are just looking for content that best helps them. Google, Yahoo, Bing and the rest of the search engines also look for the same, so good content will bring you good rankings.

If you see a product that is useful to your readers but not yet one of your affiliates, then why not share it anyway. If it's useful to your readers, then it's good. Then you can apply to the companty in question to join their affiliate program. This is actually more likely to get you accepted as they will be able to see exactly how you are already promoting it and not just how you say you intend to promote it. If they knock you back, then maybe you will want to reconsider an alter it. But not neccessarily. Remember, if it helps your readers, then ultimately it helps your site and helps YOU.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
I learned a couple of things in the answers to your question, Julia!

Jeff
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YvonneBray Premium
Me too Jeffrey.
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Julia39 Premium
Glad it helped 👍
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JeffreyBrown Premium
It did, Julia! Thanks again!

Jeff
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Albin10 Premium
You can put links to any site you want to. But if you are not an affiliate for that site you will not be compensated when someone joins from your link. I suggest you take a few minutes and join the program and get an affiliate link and use that on your site. No use leaving money on the table.
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Julia39 Premium
You are right so when applying should we mention we are training with WA?
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Albin10 Premium
First join the program. Sign up, create a log in user name and password and verify your email. Usually that is all you need to do to sign up. Then, somewhere in the member's area, you will find information on their referral program and the link you should use to promote. Sometimes you have access to banners or other ad tools. The company does not care where you use them, so you do not need to tell them you are a WA member. Much success to you.
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Julia39 Premium
Thanks Albin, appreciate the information. :-)
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JoeRebisz Premium
You really shouldn't until you're an affiliate with that particular program.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi no I wouldn't unless you have applied and got approved.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
You would have written 20 - 30 posts and have some traffic to be able apply for affiliate programs as typically they will check your site for relevance and traffic prior approval.

For Amazon it is 15 - 20 posts.

Once accepted, they've give you material and special tracking code links you can share on your site.

Essentially you are writing informational and review posts for your visitors to let them make an informed decision whether to go click your links and go purchase the focused item you proposed to solve their issue.

I would always adhere to your affiliate program terms and conditions not to render my affiliation void.
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Julia39 Premium
Thanks Abie, I have kind of covered most of what you mention, though is there any point in writing reviews on products if I am not an affiliate yet?
So for now I should remove all links from post, but maybe just suggest where reader can get these items?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Yes absolutely.

You can write but obviously cannot add images or links. At a later when you get approved and I am sure you will, you can do.
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Julia39 Premium
OK that's good, at least I have had good practice in applying links and know they work for when I can apply them lol
Appreciate your quick response and honestly. :-)
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
So very welcome.
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