where to advertise affiliate links

Where To Advertise Affiliate Links

When it comes to affiliate marketing, one of the biggest points of confusion is where to advertise affiliate links. 

I know that it seems like there are a million places where you can advertise, but the real “question behind the question” is knowing where it is effective to advertise affiliate links, because not every advertising medium is created equal.

First, you may already know that not every advertising medium out there is affiliate friendly.

If you’ve ever done pay-per-click advertising and competed with the person who owns the product you are trying to promote (or some super affiliate) you have experienced firsthand how unfriendly pay-per-click can be towards affiliates.

In addition, Google often seems to penalize affiliate marketers by having very tight restrictions on ad copy and penalizing squeeze pages that affiliates like to use.

What I’ll do today is share three tips with you about places proven effective when you are wondering where to advertise affiliate links.

The first place to advertise your affiliate links is on Facebook. 

Facebook is a tremendously powerful advertising medium for affiliate marketers and one of the first places to go when wondering where to advertise affiliate links.

There are two ways to use Facebook when wondering where to advertise affiliate links.

  1. Your own Facebook page.
  2. Buying Facebook ads.

Placing your affiliate links on your own Facebook page takes moments but can really pay off.

The people who visit your Facebook page are interested in you. They want to keep up with you, share news and information, and are interested in what you like and don’t like.

Doesn’t it make sense some of them might become curious about how you are making money online?

It does, and they will click. When they do, you could make a sale!

This is totally passive advertising that costs you nothing but a few moments of time. Yet most miss this idea.

When it comes to buying advertising, Facebook is actually very affiliate friendly. Although technically it is a form of pay-per-click, they are unique in being effective for affiliates.

The beautiful thing about Facebook is that their advertising is super targeted when it comes to the ads you buy, and the ads are not very expensive.

Here’s an inside tip: Draw up an imaginary profile, some people call it an “avatar”, of the person that you want to reach before you start buying ads from Facebook.

Get really specific.

  • Is this a man or a woman?
  • What age range are they in?
  • What part of the country, perhaps, do they live in?
  • What are their interests?
  • What type of things do they read?

The better a profile you can draw of your ideal prospect, the better a job Facebook can do in helping you match up to that prospect.

Facebook’s ads are so targeted that you could practically reach any 30-year-old women named “Mary” who like the color orange if you wanted to (not that you’d want to limit it quite that much!).

They do a better job than anybody I’ve seen at helping you match their audience to what you’re promoting.

So take a strong look at Facebook advertising and get really specific about who you want to reach, let them help you reach that person.

And be sure to post links to your affiliate offers on your own Facebook page as well.

The second place to advertise affiliate links is via solo ads. 

Solo ads are ads in ezines that go out as a single blast, alone. That’s why they’re named “solo,” because they go out by themselves.

Solo ads can be highly targeted and highly effective.

  • You can send solo ads to a list of buyers only.
  • You can send solo ads to a list of people who only read articles about a particular topic.
  • You can send solo ads to lists of people who have registered to receive something free.
  • You can cast a wide net or a very, very targeted net.

It just depends upon how you want to approach it.

The beautiful thing about solo ads is that your ad stands completely alone. It gets the full attention of the audience who opens the email.

Solo ads are 100% affiliate friendly.

Your ad stands alone, it doesn’t compete with anybody else’s ad, and ezine publishers who sell solo ads (and other list owners who sell solo ads) just love to promote affiliate offers.

They love for you to promote your affiliate offer through their list, because it’s profitable for them with minimal effort.

It’s kind of like “renting” a list for a day because you make up an ad, you pay a small fee and your ad goes by itself via email to that person’s mailing list.

One word of caution: when buying solo ads be sure you know how and when the person selling the ads built their list. There are many shady solo ad sellers today, so be sure to ask questions up front.

I would be remiss if I didn’t share that the #1 resource for solo ads is the Directory of Ezines.

We’ve been helping members succeed with solo ads since 1997!

Another way to advertise affiliate links is to place ads on websites and blogs. 

These could appear as banner ads, or text ads, or little buttons on sidebars.

When you are wondering where to advertising affiliate links, and you look at how many sites are out there, it’s easy to become confused.

So let me share one of my favorite sources with you.

The source that I really like for this is a website called BuySellAds.com

BuySellAds is a marketplace of people who own blogs and own websites that get traffic and are willing to sell advertising to the general public.

They’ve taken that inventory of available advertising space, and they’ve categorized and catalogued it so that if you’re interested in placing your ad on a blog that gets 20,000 visitors a month and it’s about recipes, you can do that.

If you want to place your ad on a blog that gets a million visitors a month and it’s about health, you can do that too.

So whether your budget is big or small, whether your niche is wide or narrow, it doesn’t really matter.

If you want to advertise affiliate links, BuySellAds.com can help you find places to advertise that you might not normally find.

If you go to the owner of a big website that gets a million visitors a month or more and you try to buy advertising from them directly, sometimes you might get the cold shoulder.

But if you go to a place like BuySellAds, where that website owner has registered and made his or her advertising available to the public for a fee, then you’ll get placement very, very quickly.

Knowing where to advertise affiliate links can be a little bit of a challenge sometimes, especially when you don’t have much experience or a big budget.

But let me tell you, there are some great places to advertise affiliate links, with reasonable costs where you can get results without busting your budget.

Try the sources listed here, and don’t forget to use that Facebook trick today.

I love affiliate marketing, and love my own affiliates too. That’s why I am committed to sharing what works in the real world with you and helping you find more and more places to advertise your affiliate links.

Because when you discover reliable places to advertise affiliate links you will have found a beautiful thing indeed!

Charlie Page Sig

44 thoughts on “Where To Advertise Affiliate Links”

    1. It can be hard to get clicks. I visited your blog but did not see anything being offered. A blog can be a powerful way to sell products online.


  1. Ohanasiobi Maureen Ijeoma

    Very nice article, I have been wondering on how to place my affiliate link on some sites but now I can relax and apply what you outlined below on how to go about it. Thanks a lot.

    1. Tanya,

      I’ve not advertised for my own products using traditional radio. I have been on BlogTalkRadio, which is slightly different. The reason I stay away from radio is reach. I don’t need to reach a local audience and reaching a national audience is too expensive in my view. I used to sell radio ads so I’m a fan but not for my products.



  2. So theoretically, I should be able to build a website with various affiliate links to products and accessories to that product, run this site and do everything in my power to bring in the most traffic and sales, and that will be a correct way to practice affiliate marketing? Right? Or should a different approach be taken. This is what I’m seeing, any feedback is greatly appreciated

    1. Hi Chris,

      That is basically correct but omits two important factors.

      1. The site needs to provide value, not just selling information. Without content marketing such as site will not succeed long-term.
      2. The focus must be on building your mailing list. Direct linking to the affiliate programs will be a mistake because you will not be building an asset of your own (your list) or be able to follow up. Many times more sales are made in follow up than on the first visit.

      Hope this helps.


  3. Hello Charlie,

    I jumped on board the Affiliate marketing platform, without having my own website I began to research on how I could market and advertise my affiliate links and then I stumble upon your article.

    My question is, without having my personal website is it possible to promote my affiliate link using Facebook’s paid advertising; that is, I will be using the link that originates directly from the the company that I am an affiliate of.
    Thank you

    1. Gabriel,

      It is possible but not advisable. The #1 job we all have is building our list. The success is in the follow up. Do what you can to get a page of your own online and send traffic there first would be my advice.


  4. Hello Charlie

    I am brand, spankin’ new to affiliate marketing (haven’t posted a link yet). Main reason I have not posted a link is because I don’t know how. Now, that may sound silly. I know how to copy/paste it, BUT when I get to a website, where on the page does one paste the link?


    1. You don’t really post a link to a website unless you own that website. To put your links on a website generally means buying ad space on that site (such as a banner ad) and then submitting an image and your link.


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  7. Hi Howard, I like to do what you have done put an affiliate link to my FB, can you give me your FB link please I like to learn from you too. Thank you

  8. so glad end up in your article while I was searching how to promote my link. Yes I’ve been thinking about FB but one of my mate saidyou can’t put your link I your own FB, because it against FB law, but yes you can pay FB to do that. So my question Charlie, can I go to my FB and write my status with my link? Thank you Charlie

    1. That should be no problem. Facebook does limit some programs when it comes to advertising but you should be able to put almost any link you want in your status update.


  9. bpreciousmetal

    I have been on Charlie list forever and he always shares great information with his followers..l keep the good work dude!

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  15. Thanks for the helpful info. I’ve been trying to decide how, where and when to post and advertise my affiliate links for six months now. It’s been pretty much hit or miss. Thanks for the clear direction.

  16. Hi Charlie, I went to the site too ,but there is such an visual overload of information its hard to determine what the process is to get started could you put together a short “How to” video on signing up ,choosing a typical site for marketing an affiliate product by way of an example etc on BuySellAds,?


  17. Thank you for the information. I was actually looking at Facebook last night. Trying to figure it out.

  18. Charlie, great article. I went to BuySellAds and got overwhelmed. I searched for affiliate marketers and was even more confused about how I could place an affiliate ad. Probably just my inexperience. You make info clear and understandable.

    1. Larry,

      What you want to do is search for sites where the readers would be a good fit for the product you are promoting.

      So, if you are promoting a health-related product then you want health blogs.


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