- If someone does happen to bother clicking your link, it makes your affiliate stats look good. Yay!
- ...and if they bother to buy something through your link, you get a few pence. Not pounds. Pence. (Unless they buy a lot. In which case, cha-ching, although it's still a tiny amount in comparison to what they've spent. For example, someone spent £99 on Amazon through me the other day and I got a fiver. Not bad, but not great, either...)
- With most affiliate programs, you will have to pay some money to actually join in the first place. For example, I had to pay Waterstones £5 before I could join their program.
- You won't get that money back until you have made a high amount of money through your link. As I said before, you get a couple of pence for each purchase, and most people don't bother to buy things on affiliate links. Unless you're like Zoella, it'll take you a looooong time to build up enough money in your account to actually withdraw some.
- People might get the wrong idea about your blog/website suddenly having affiliate links and adverts. I introduced affiliate links on to my blog before I got a job when I had absolutely no income. Each year I have to buy a ton of school books and this usually comes to over £100, so that's why I started with affiliate links.
- Affiliate links aren't likely to make you a lot of money.
My mother's blog is in the art niche, and she actually makes quite a nice amount of money through her affiliate links each month. Then again, she's affiliated with lots of different programs. I'm thinking the reason book blogs don't make much money from being affiliates is because book blogs aren't a typical niche to be in, and, let's face it: they're not as popular. I bet people in well-known niches make much more money through affiliate links!
Affiliate links won't bring in loads of cash, and definitely not in book blogging. Personally I am going to keep the links because even though I don't make much money through them, they do get a lot of clicks so they must be pretty useful to some people, and there's no chance of earning any money through affiliate links if you don't actually have any, right?