How to start using affiliate tools

You have joined the Travelpayouts platform, but what to do next? How to start using affiliate tools and earn rewards?

The answer depends on what you have to work with. Let’s take a look at the three most common scenarios.

Remember that to start using tools, you need to sign up for the Travelpayouts, create a Project, and connect to at least one program. Find out more in our Step-by-Step guide.

You don’t have a website and don’t want to create one

Even if you don’t have a website, you can still earn money with Travelpayouts.

The Affiliate Links tool is the way to make this happen. You can find links in the Links section in the programs on your affiliate dashboard page. You can configure these links there as well. Note that the end of the link contains your partner ID, which is specified in the bottom left corner of your account:

Where can I post my affiliate links?

There are many places where one can post affiliate links — we will be listing only some of them. However, keep in mind that it is not enough to simply place a link somewhere on the Internet. After all, your earnings are based not on the number of clicks you get, but on the number of tickets that are booked. Thus, it is very important to choose the right places for posting them.

  • Forums on travel, vacations, and recreation

You can put links in the text of your messages, but do this smartly and sparingly; otherwise, you risk being banned by forum moderators.

Another method is to put a link in your signature on a forum so that the link is automatically added to each post you write. Usually, you can simply access your forum profile and add a signature (or change it).

One possible way of wording your link is "When looking for plane tickets, I use Aviasales".

  • Relevant blogs

Just like forums, travel blogs often have discussions after articles. If comments are allowed to contain links, you can express your own opinion about an article or take part in a discussion while including your affiliate link in your comment.

However, do not write comments that consist only of your affiliate link. Keep your answers on-topic and make sure your comments are helpful for other blog readers. This substantially reduces the risk that your posts will be removed.

  • Social networks

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other social networks offer an enormous number of pages dedicated to various countries and to travel. The same advice applies here: make your comments interesting and useful and include your affiliate link.

  • Email distributions

You can create your own mailings to talk about various countries and locations around the globe. In these emails, you can also share information about how to quickly find cheap tickets with the help of

If you already have a website or another channel

If you already have your own website or blog, you have the following additional options for bringing visitors to the brand’s websites:

Place links in the text of relevant articles or at the end of publications. These links will be popular with visitors when you write articles about travel or foreign countries.

You can post interactive widgets on your own website. This means visitors to your website can start looking for travel products without having to leave your page. For example, it can be a hotel search form. You can customize the design and content of the widget to match your website better.

White Label is used when search results must be displayed on the same website that hosts the search form. Unlike Widgets where users are redirected to the brand’s website after performing the search, White Label is basically your own website that allows performing all actions without leaving the page. 

Search results are hidden from search crawlers, so it is better to host results on a subdomain and perform SEO for the domain itself.

For partners who are used to putting both articles and banners on their websites, banners (in the form of search windows) are available. In addition to banners, partners can install map widgets, which allow visitors to view and choose flight routes.

If your blog is powered by WordPress, install our special plugin to help visitors look for tickets.

Our affiliate API allows for the obtaining of data on ticket prices, airports, cities, and countries.

Learn about these and other affiliate tools on our website in the Affiliate tools section.

You don’t have a website but are ready to create and promote one

The website creation process consists of several stages:

  1. Get good with HTML and CSS.
  2. After you learn the basics, register a domain name and buy hosting for your website.
  3. Figure out the type of website you want to create: a cozy WordPress blog or a website powered by another content system.
  4. Upload your website to your host, fill it with content, and keep going!

For your website to grow and attract new visitors (as well as keep old visitors coming back), you need unique content. Write interesting articles and upload photos/videos.

Optimally, all of your content should be on the topic of travel, foreign countries, etc. This attracts the kind of visitors you want — the ones who will click your links, use the search form, and book tickets.

You can learn about all the stages of creating your own website by downloading the instructions 10 easy steps to create a website.

Where can I get content?

You can create your own content for your website. Share stories about your travels and experiences in other countries/locations (your site does not actually have to be a "travel website"; any topic will work). If you aren’t traveling a lot or don’t love to write, contract with professional copywriters for article-writing services. You can find these wordsmiths on freelancer websites and specialized online markets.

Before ordering the first article, check out the author’s portfolio. It’s important that you like what they write! Do not create text for the sake of text. If your articles aren’t interesting, visitors will not come back to your website. (Some say that search engines bump to the top of those websites that have good retention of visitors.)

With that in mind, it’s better to gradually add content to your website, with high-quality, interesting articles. Put photos in your articles and break them up with subject headings. This improves the flow of reading for visitors and makes your article more attractive to search engines.

More information about perfect content can be found in our guide.

We hope this information will help you find a convenient, effective way of working with our affiliate network. Good luck!

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