You should put AFFILIATE Links in Every eBook you write!

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Why?

Simple.

Every eBook you write will be swiped and shared with every single free file hosting or document hosting site online - in the world.

If everything you write is going to "go viral" and be put out there for anyone to get for free - you'd better have some links in there that can make you some money.

Amazingly enough - sometimes you can sell an eBook for a week and BOOM - it's offered free everywhere.

Just a word to the wise.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    There's some ugly truth to that, but in most cases I'd rather link to my own products.
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    • Profile picture of the author winebuddy
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      There's some ugly truth to that, but in most cases I'd rather link to my own products.
      Well yeah - that works too
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      There's some ugly truth to that, but in most cases I'd rather link to my own products.

      Yeah...

      I was going to say link to affiliate offers or your own products, so long as you are including "links that could pay you..."
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  • Profile picture of the author Clint Butler
    That's a great suggestion, rather than getting bent out of shape that your ebook is being given away free, take solice in knowing that your ebook is out there generating you some cash one way or another., I like it
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  • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
    Just as a side note...

    If you're going to put affiliate links in a product, be sure to redirect those links via your own domain first. In other words, don't use direct affiliate links. That way, if the affiliate program goes kaput or the product gets taken off the market, you don't have thousands of dead links floating around. All you have to do is redirect the link to a similar product.

    Cheers,
    Becky
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    • Profile picture of the author winebuddy
      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      Just as a side note...

      If you're going to put affiliate links in a product, be sure to redirect those links via your own domain first. In other words, don't use direct affiliate links. That way, if the affiliate program goes kaput or the product gets taken off the market, you don't have thousands of dead links floating around. All you have to do is redirect the link to a similar product.

      Cheers,
      Becky
      Becky! Excellent suggestion! I'm on it on my next project. Good stuff.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      Just as a side note...

      If you're going to put affiliate links in a product, be sure to redirect those links via your own domain first. In other words, don't use direct affiliate links. That way, if the affiliate program goes kaput or the product gets taken off the market, you don't have thousands of dead links floating around. All you have to do is redirect the link to a similar product.

      Cheers,
      Becky
      Smart lady. If you later create your own similar product you can redirect the link to your product instead of an affiliate product. If your product is similarly priced you make more money.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matthew Duggan
      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      Just as a side note...

      If you're going to put affiliate links in a product, be sure to redirect those links via your own domain first. In other words, don't use direct affiliate links. That way, if the affiliate program goes kaput or the product gets taken off the market, you don't have thousands of dead links floating around. All you have to do is redirect the link to a similar product.

      Cheers,
      Becky
      Thanks for this Becky. That's a very good idea indeed. I'm on it for my next e-book/report.
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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      Precisely what I always do - I have never written an ebook till now (well, written but not published yet) but even when I backlink to some Squidoo lenses I pass the link through my domain and a redirect. That way, I am free to migrate back to my domain any day without losing any link or link juice.

      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      Just as a side note...

      If you're going to put affiliate links in a product, be sure to redirect those links via your own domain first. In other words, don't use direct affiliate links. That way, if the affiliate program goes kaput or the product gets taken off the market, you don't have thousands of dead links floating around. All you have to do is redirect the link to a similar product.

      Cheers,
      Becky
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  • Profile picture of the author wjtyoung
    You should also include a link in the footer of every page to your site. This is also a good thing to do if you ever do a print book that sells on Amazon, so if they put up some pages to view then people will see your URL even if they don't buy the book.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Atkins
    Yeah, it's sad but it's the truth. Pretty much every e-book that I wrote
    was shared for free somewhere, and some of them are still being shared.

    I almost always include links to other products (affiliate or mine)... at least
    I get something in return when those thieves share it for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author CurtisN
    Don't you think people "smart" enough to download your stuff instead of buying would go the extra 1.6K to make sure you don't get paid for whatever you're trying to sell? (i.e. buying through naked link instead of affiliate link)

    Just sayin...
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    • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
      Originally Posted by CurtisN View Post

      Don't you think people "smart" enough to download your stuff instead of buying would go the extra 1.6K to make sure you don't get paid for whatever you're trying to sell? (i.e. buying through naked link instead of affiliate link)

      Just sayin...

      That assumes that everyone who gets their hands on your book knows they have an illegal copy and/or that everyone who gets their hands on the product is dishonest.

      I once had someone sharing one of my paid books on a niche forum (not IM). Not some black hat forum or something -- just a regular niche forum. The people there thought the person had the right to share it. I doubt it even really occurred to many of them that this was a paid product that couldn't be shared.

      Anyway, one of the people who downloaded a copy contacted me. After he discovered (to his horror) that he had a pirated copy, he promptly sent the $47. And about two days later he purchased an upsell in the book for $500.

      That's just one example. Point is, even people who didn't get the book legally DO buy through the links.

      Cheers,
      Becky
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  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    Or just use secure ebook compiling software and you don't have to worry about your ebooks being stolen at all.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matthew Duggan
      Originally Posted by Christophe Young View Post

      Or just use secure ebook compiling software and you don't have to worry about your ebooks being stolen at all.
      Good thinking Christophe. What software do you use for that?
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      • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
        Originally Posted by Matthew Duggan View Post

        Good thinking Christophe. What software do you use for that?
        I use Ebook Pro and have never had any complaints. In fact, I'm starting another Ebook and I'm going to use the same software.
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        • Profile picture of the author Arcana Media
          Another thing you can do is offer a 'bonus chapter' and free subscription to a your related newsletter (with the very latest tips & tricks) by having them subscribe with their email address.

          Be sure that offer is PROMINENTLY displayed in the ebook - a few places - with a url for the sign-up page.

          "The money is in the list" and even if 99% of your ebook readers get their copy for free, at least you should be able to get a good chunk of those people's email addresses to send related offers to in the future. Again and again.

          ...and/or you could set up a password protected discussion forum, and provide that url and the password inside the ebook.

          Joining up would also require registering with an email address and (surprise surprise) they too will get a free subscription to your newsletter featuring tips, tricks, and incredible offers.
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        • Profile picture of the author Matthew Duggan
          Originally Posted by Christophe Young View Post

          I use Ebook Pro and have never had any complaints. In fact, I'm starting another Ebook and I'm going to use the same software.
          Thank you Christophe. I'll look into this for my next e-books.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mao Flynn
    I use affiliate links in all my ebooks and agree with all the points made, I do think that affilate links realy annoy some people however. I had 1 guy request a refund for my e-book because he said I had affiliate links in there linking to products other than my own :-)

    Re: ebook pro software I have it and used it.... I liked the ability to disable an ebook if someone requests a refund, but didnt like the fact it was HTML based. Plus having to generate new passwords for new users was a pain.

    I no use Adobe Acrobat Pro which seems to be the industry standard... I wish they'd add the abaility to disable the ebook from remotely like ebook pro though
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  • Profile picture of the author Pete Fuller
    I agree with that 100%! The more affiliates you have the more money you'll make and the more money you'll make is the better off you'll be. So with that being said I agree with this method.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    It's a really great advice and shockingly enough I hadn't done that with my ebooks before. I'll do that right now
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  • Profile picture of the author Aj Wilson
    I think it would also be wise to add your affiliate links,
    through a redirection system also...

    I use GoTryThis (1).
    But you can just as easily add a "php re-direct"
    on your server, to your affiliate program.

    So if the product you are referring to ceases to exist,
    you can easily redirect the traffic by changing ONE link.

    Instead of having your links, turn dead.

    You can also monitor the amount of traffic
    while the links are live and kicking... and if it starts taking off...

    you could further develop products,
    re-driect that traffic to a squeeze page for even more sales etc.

    - aj
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  • Profile picture of the author smplylvn
    Great post, I am in the process of putting together an e-book and I was not even thinking about putting links to my affiliate programs. Great advise and I will take this to heart.
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  • Profile picture of the author World Marketing
    Really good post...makes a ton of sense!
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