If you’re a product creator, you’ve probably thought about putting affiliate links in your ebooks. This article is going to discuss this practice and offer some advice on the subject. I think you will find this information useful.
Let me start off by saying that there are definite pros and cons to putting affiliate links in your ebooks. I know you’re probably scratching your head wondering what could be bad about putting a link in an eBook that helps make us money. Well, consider this.
Your eBook is passing yourself off as an authority on a certain subject. That is, after all, why you wrote it. You know the subject better than anybody. So doesn’t it seem a little odd that inside this book, one that’s supposed to answer all the customer’s questions, has got a link to somebody else’s product? If you’re the expert, why isn’t the link going to one of YOUR products? Don’t you have something similar that is just as good, if not better than whatever that affiliate link is pointing to? Think about it.
Okay, let’s move on to what’s good about affiliate links in ebooks. They provide us an income off of a product that WE don’t have to support. The product creator supports that sale. So this is pretty much found money for us without much effort. However, if you’re going to splash affiliate links throughout your ebook, there are some things you’re going to want to do.
At the top of the list is what I call subtlety. You don’t want to hit prospects over the head with these links. You don’t want large neon signs pointing to each one. You want to mention these links in passing mixed in with the actual content you’ve written. If that method doesn’t work for you, you can simply list some resources in the appendix with your affiliate links sprinkled throughout. Whatever you do, you want to be subtle. Remember, you’ve already sold these people YOUR ebook. You don’t want to come off as selling again.
Beyond subtlety, you don’t want to have so many affiliate links in your eBook that it looks like a classified ad section. A few links throughout is fine. Again, you’ve already sold these people. You don’t want to make it look like you’re trying to soak every last dime out of them.
There is no question that affiliate links in ebooks can bring you a significant income. Just make sure that you use them wisely.