What Are Affiliate Links and Programs
It’s pretty simple to spot an affiliate link or an affiliate website. I don’t want to go in-depth on all different types of affiliate products, services and schemes and will talk only about water ionizers and related affiliate programs.
Basically, people who are looking for a business opportunity can register and become an affiliate for some of the water ionizer companies out there. I will not be listing any of them here, but can tell you for a fact that you cannot be an affiliate for Enagic unless you are a customer.
Here’s an example for one of the companies who’s looking for affiliates (blue’d out company name):
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s go into spotting affiliate links.
How To Spot An Affiliate Link?
Affiliate marketing is a huge space and companies like Amazon and Best Buy are just a few giant with huge affiliate networks.
For example, when you’re reading a review of a product simply hover over links with your mouse (in on a PC or MAC) or press and hold on a link (on mobile devices) and see where that link leads you.
In Google Chrome, link address will display at the bottom left corner of the browser (see below). In this particular case the Title, Buy Now button and Image are all pointing to an Amazon Affiliate Link, where if you purchase the product, the affiliate entity makes a commission.
It’s important to do your due diligence on each product you’re thinking about buying, but it’s also important to be aware of the source that’s providing the information and the intent.
Ask yourself, what’s in it for them? Why would this person, group of people or company spend their time writing about this subject?
That’s a very simple breakdown, but there’s a lot more to it.