One More Task To Give Your Outsourcer or Virtual Assistant And Save Heaps Of Time

outsource affiliate linking - one more task that someone else can do and save you timeSo I have just spent the morning and a half creating a document and a file of affiliate links so that a Virtual Assistant can add affiliate links to my websites.

Although it seems like a lot of time to spend creating the document, I won’t have to spend much time adding affiliate links from now on. All I have to do in future is get the links and pass them on.

Adding affiliate links was taking a huge amount of my time and it just didn’t stack up as an activity worth my time. If I want to run my endeavors as a business, I need to move away from doing the vital but repetitive tasks. The best way to do this is to turn the steps into a documented process and hand it onto someone else.

With that out of the way, I can think about the strategic decisions needed to take the business forward.  These are higher value tasks and something that shouldn’t be outsourced.

Many people might think that it is risky to let an outsourcer do this kind of work as it is essentially the “money link”. If they screw it up the link so that it doesn’t work then you are out of the loop as far a getting paid. My answer to this is to provide detailed instructions and check some of the links once the work has been done.

Another objection to letting an outsourcer do this kind of work is that they could switch your link for their own or a friends link. Clickbank links are fairly easy to spot if this was to occur. Amazon and Commission Junction links are a bit harder. However, provided you have a tracking mechanism on your links, it should be easy to run a test to see if the links are working.

In the end, it comes down to trust. I let my VA add posts so she could mess with the links without me ever knowing, but I trust her.

Adding Affiliate links

This kind of work is only doable for wordpress sites.

The first thing you need to do is get your affiliate link. This is something you have to do yourself. I don’t recommend letting anyone else look behind the scenes in your affiliate accounts.

Actually, outsourcers could get a clickbank affiliate link but in most cases, there isn’t many of these needed. I’m talking about Amazon and Commission Junction affiliate links where you have 50 or more at a time. This scale makes outsourcing the task more worthwhile or rather worth your time.

So you will have a link like

http://www.tkqlhce.com/click…..

I create a file of the link and the link description. The link description is something like /getproductname
So an entry line in the file will be

/getproductname http://www.tkqlhce.com/click…..

Once you have your list of affiliate links together, pass them over to an outsourcer along with instructions on how to add the links.

I use a link cloaking plugin on my websites.

The one I use is http://ilikewp.com/simple-link-cloaker/

One more thing to give your outsourcer and save time
It’s nothing special and many people probably have better ones, but regardless of the plugin the process is still the same.

To fill in the link cloaker entry, you add the link description and the link location, which is given in the affiliate links file.

Document how to do this and let the outsourcer add all the cloaked links.

Once all the cloaked links are added, it’s just a case of adding links in the specific posts.

I like to have a text call to action link at the top of the post and one at the bottom. I try to have a picture of the product I am reviewing, so I also like to have an affiliate link on the picture.

Explain how to add the cloaked links to the post in these three instances. It’s pretty easy with the chain icons to add a link in a wordpress post. The only thing is that you are creating a link to the cloaked link, which is just a redirect really.

So the links in the post would be something like

http://websitename.com/getproductname

Summary

And that’s pretty much it. If you don’t have many affiliate links that need to be added, then ask your outsourcer to add the link as part of the overall job of writing and adding a post to your website. They can also add the picture too.

In this way, all you have to do is say write a post or review on this product. Give them an image of the product and the affiliate link. Ask them to social bookmark the post when it done and you have quite a bit of work done for you.

You are now really leveraging the time of other people and getting far more done.

4 Responses to “One More Task To Give Your Outsourcer or Virtual Assistant And Save Heaps Of Time”

  • Dee Kumar on June 18, 2012

    I don;t outsource anything that directly affects the income I can gain from my blog – that is just personal preference, but I am with you on learning to outsource repetitive tasks.

    It saves you a lot of time, so that you can concentrate on the tasks that make you more money.

    Put your time where it is most valuable and outsource the rest. If you are not working on what you are best at, then you are working on the wrong things.

    Good post Ade.

    Dee

    • admin on June 19, 2012

      Hi Dee, thanks for the comment. I have hesitated doing this for similar reasons that you give but I think it will work out.

  • Brad Lees on June 21, 2012

    Hi Ade
    I’m actually with Dee on this. Some years ago I was quite naive and gave too much information to an outsourced tech service. Long story short I had my site stolen by one of their (former) employees, including the domain name.
    As the outsourcer was in a different country it wasn’t really practical to pursue.
    We live and learn :-(
    Brad

    • admin on June 21, 2012

      Hey Brad….yes, I wouldn’t give out important information to a third party supplier but I think a dedicated, full time VA that has been with you for a while is a slightly different story. But you are both right that it is more risk than doing it yourself.

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