Affiliate Profiles

An interview with Whitney Bonds

Who are you and what are you currently working on?

My name is Whitney Bonds and I’m the founder of the award-winning website Tried and True Mom Jobs where we help moms find legitimate ways to make money from home.

I’m currently working on brand awareness for our company so when moms are looking for ways to make money from home they will automatically think of Tried and True Mom Jobs.

How did you get started in affiliate marketing? What keeps you excited you about it?

I discovered affiliate marketing when I started writing articles for my website. I recommend many different things to my readers and when I learned I could be paid for it, I was all in. It’s a win-win for me because I only recommend products I use myself or others I know have used the product/service.

What keeps me excited about Affiliate Marketing is the infinite growth and unlimited earning potential. If you have an audience that trusts you, listens to you then you’ll always have a way to generate income if, you do things the right way.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to a newbie affiliate marketer? And what is one piece of advice they should ignore?

One piece of advice I’d give to a newbie affiliate marketer is to use your competition as a guide. Competition will guide you to the types of products/services that may have an affiliate program, what your audience would want you to promote. Pro Tip: if you take a close look at the url they are using, you can usually tell if it is an affiliate link. Check and see if the url has the words “ref” somewhere in it or if it looks funny it usually is an affiliate/referral link.

You do not need to take a course to learn affiliate marketing, by looking at your competition and other websites you can easily see how they promote their affiliate links and learn that way.

What has been your favorite mistake? A mistake that in retrospect led to a great lesson and progress in your affiliate marketing?

Sometimes affiliate programs require you to have a certain amount of traffic before you can apply for their program. I was waiting until I hit the necessary traffic threshold before I applied to this particular program. I met the affiliate manager for this program at a conference and told her I’d like to join her program but I don’t meet their traffic requirements but I still get a nice amount of people coming to my website that would be interested in her service. She said “Oh, that’s fine it’s just something we put up there you can still apply and we’ll accept you” if I had asked a long time ago I would have made a lot more money.

So I’m saying if you have the right audience and you’re getting traffic to your website even though it’s not the required amount for a particular program it never hurts to contact the affiliate manager and ask to be considered.

What is one piece of software or a web service that allows you to be more effective as an affiliate marketer?

Strike Out No Follow Links is a free Google Chrome extension that helps you figure out what Affiliate links your competition is using (or that’s at least why I use it) by automatically crossing out any link that is a no-follow link.

Typically you always want your affiliate links to appear as “no follow” because you don’t want the search engines to crawl those urls. It could appear that you’re being ‘salesy’ with affiliate links throughout your article and the search engines do not want to promote that. No follow links are your way to get around it.

How do you continue to educate yourself as an affiliate marketer? What are some of your favorite resources for learning?

I love being engaged in blogging Facebook groups, as long as you’re disciplined and don’t stay in them too long it’s a great way to learn from each other. It’s also great to stay updated on what’s going on in the blogging/affiliate world in real-time. When GDPR came out I wouldn’t have had a clue that I had to do anything if I wasn’t engaged in FB groups.

I attended FinCon a conference where media and money meet and I plan to go every year now because I learned so much about blogging and affiliate marketing just from talking to people in the halls. Networking with like-minded people has really been beneficial in learning about affiliate marketing.

If people wanted to connect with you, where should we point them to?

You can visit my website if you’d like to connect and stay in touch on ways to make money from home, save and invest.