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Suggested Change for 2016 – Affiliate Referral Links

OK. Others have spoken about this topic before. Just throwing in my two cents or providing back up and moral support. :)

We have proved our loyalty to Persona Paper and so this request is not unreasonable. We should be allowed to include one link in our posts. generated from posting at the site is fine but ...

What could be wrong with letting loyal members have an additional income stream?

One link couldn't possibly hurt the search engine rankings or have an adverse SEO impact.

Plus, it might be an incentive for others to sign up and thus, grow the community.

2015 is almost over and a brand new year is right around the corner.

This should definitely be an item on the 2016 To Do List .

It's a very easy change to implement. All the site owners have to do is edit their , under the section and state: “Members are allowed to include one referral/affiliate link in their posts.”

This social community is awesome!

Why not make it awesome-ER. Follow my logic?

What do you say good people?

What do you say MaeLou ? elitecodex ?

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VinceSummers wrote on December 22, 2015, 2:11 PM

With the mountain of money we are being paid, how can we suggest we be allowed to receive additional income via affiliate links? YEAH, RIGHT. I think it would be courteous to allow members to do so.

grandma20121 wrote on December 22, 2015, 2:56 PM

I think it would be an awesome idea , hopefully it will happen some day

MegL wrote on December 22, 2015, 4:24 PM

Thing is, the site's income comes from THEIR affiliate links. It is already possible to add a link into your post taking someone to a page on your site. You can have affiliate links on THAT site, ok. For instance, if you were writing about awesome chocolate brownies, you could include a link to "my awesome chocolate brownies" page. You can have whatever affiliate links you like on that page.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 22, 2015, 5:56 PM

That would be a good idea. We shall see what happens in the New Year here.

markgraham wrote on December 22, 2015, 5:58 PM

You will just have to wait and see what happens. You never know what will happen.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 22, 2015, 7:22 PM

I am not all that familiar with affiliate links. Can you give me a reference to it so I can learn more about this? The only thing I know is, from my own experience is, there may be more spammers but then I am merely speculating on this.

Last Edited: December 22, 2015, 7:26 PM

Brenda wrote on December 22, 2015, 8:53 PM

Well it is a great idea for sure maybe they can. But, I sure don't know enough about. Don't have a clue as to what it involves.

cmoneyspinner wrote on December 22, 2015, 9:25 PM

Amazon has an affiliate program. Any Amazon sales resulting from people clicking on banner or product links from your site will earn you commissions. Lots of vendors market their products via affiliates. Some vendors have their own separate program and you sign up at their site. (AllPosters used to have their program. But now they are a merchant with Commission Junction advertisers.) Lots of merchants offer their affiliate program through a company like ShareASale or Commission Junction. You apply to be an affiliate (usually it's free to sign up). The merchant application usually asks how you will market their products. I say I will put their banners and product links on my websites or blogs. When somebody visits your site, clicks on a link that results in a sale for that vendor, you earn a commission or referral fee. You can Google “affiliate advertising” to learn more. That's it in a nutshell.

cmoneyspinner wrote on December 22, 2015, 10:00 PM

MegL - In your response I think you may have just explained why it might NOT be such a good idea to include our own affiliate links. The VigLink script at this site might override them.
This site uses VigLink which automatically converts links for merchants in the VG program. Merchants such as Amazon. Anybody clicking on the link from here that has been converted by the VG script may not earn their commission.
Well … technically, they will earn it, but only indirectly. Income earned from resulting sales will go into the revenue bucket for the whole site. (I think.) That might in the future increase the exchange rate from .0015 to a higher rate. (It could happen!)
When I typed up this post, the suggestion to include affiliate links seemed like a good idea. But now I'm not so sure. The way Wizzley is set up, members share revenue in the VigLink program because they are included under the umbrella of Wizzley's VG campaign. It's not set that way at PersonaPaper. (I don't think it is. But I could be wrong.)

It's complicated. Never mind. Best to leave well enough alone. Scratch this post.

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VinceSummers - grandma20121 - LeaPea2417 - markgraham - lookatdesktop - Brenda

OK. Did y'all get that? The change would be a little bit more complex than just revising the wording of the FAQ.

CC: MaeLou elitecodex ~ Am I right??

AliCanary wrote on December 25, 2015, 12:08 PM

I'm sure there is a reason they don't allow them; most sites don't. As MegL said, they are not opposed to your directing people to your own site or blog where links can be posted, so that would probably be the best practice.

cmoneyspinner wrote on December 26, 2015, 3:02 PM

No biggie! I already talked myself out of it. :)