Affiliate links have become easy to spot, and this may turn off potential traffic within your audience by way of feeling “sketchy” or like you’re pulling one over on them. Rather than using just your affiliate link, create a redirect link that looks a bit simpler and cleaner, and therefore more attractive for those clicks. A clean and simple link is a link that will be more enticing to click.
According to Drew Hendricks of Inc.com, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have proven to be high converting channels of social media selling. But not every channel connects with every audience. They each have their own character and each demand a tailored approach. With over a billion active monthly users, Facebook is the largest social media network. If you want to get in front of the largest social media audience, Facebook is your destination. Twitter is great for learning about consumers’ likes, interests and online activity. So to educate the market about your brand and to learn more about your own customers, establish a Twitter presence. Whereas LinkedIn attracts people engaged in business and thought leaders from different industries. Target LinkedIn to reach B2B prospects.
Computer scientists Arunesh Mathur, Arvind Narayanan, and Marshini Chetty compiled a random sample of hundreds of thousands of videos on YouTube and millions of pins on Pinterest. They then used text extraction and frequency analysis to investigate URLs located in the descriptions of these items to determine whether the URL or any redirects behind it connected to an affiliate network.
You can benefit from social media in two ways: by promoting the content which you create or putting links directly in your social media posts. Chances are you already use social media to promote your blog or website (if not — what are you waiting for?) But let’s face it – in this day and age people don’t always want to click a link to go to a website where you have to click more links. Nearly 50% of affiliate-referred traffic originates from a mobile device. And you know better than me, most of the time on your phone you’re checking Twitter or Instagram, not reading lengthy blog posts.
Of course, Twitter has its own peculiarities. I assume you are aware that Twitter limits you in the number of characters you can use – right now the limit is 280 characters. You have to find a way to be natural and genuine and fit in your affiliate link. That’s where URL shorteners come into play. Besides, more often than not, affiliate links are long and contain different numbers and random letters which makes them look less trustworthy. URL shorteners can make your link look more appealing. If you’re an Amazon affiliate, they have an inbuilt link shortener, so you’re good. If not, use TinyURL – it’s one of the few shorteners that allow affiliate links.
“If your using some other Affiliate Software your just wasting your time, trust me I know. LeadDyno is intuitive, innovative, constantly being updated, ascetically pleasing, easy to integrate while exceptionally motivating to affiliates since they can track their individual progress across all major social networks in real time! “Other software are cumbersome and discouraging and this includes the big names. Most of these software’s function like your Amway and have the dough to through on programmers who need to write special scripts to create common sense functionality that the software should be doing out of the box anyway.”
Tweetdeck is useful if you have more than one Twitter account, and also features a scheduling feature (albeit it's a bit more fiddly than those of Buffer and Hootsuite). You can easily view your timeline, notifications and direct messages for all accounts side-by-side, in an arrangement that's far better than logging into or out of personal and work accounts all the time.
The easiest way is to recommend products (mentioned in your video) using affiliate links. When someone purchases a product through your affiliate link, you get a commission from the sale. You’re basically promoting someone else’s product for a commission. I make $1,000/month doing this and it’s my second largest source of income next to SEO consulting.
Tweets are short and crisp but they need to hit the sweet spot. A tweet that seems cold is not likely to make any conversions. Make sure you personalize the message each time you are promoting a product. How is it relevant to your followers? What will it help them do? Why should they buy it? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you create a message that your audience is willing to buy into. As previously mentioned, you may also add a link to your blog.
Target's affiliate program is fairly new to the market, and only features up to 8% commission, which turns some people away but considering targets huge range of products and itst popularity as a store, it's worthwhile signing up to their affiliate program, especially if you're planning any "Target Haul" videos in the future. One of the main appeals of the target affiliate programs is it's ability to track your links. While Amazon seems to do a poor job tracking the clicks and purchases from the links you insert, Target does a great job of keeping tabs on your links for a full week, meaning that you're much more likely to earn commission for your links. They also offer some creative advertising options such as banners and widgets for creators to use in conjunction with their affiliate links.
They want to ensure that anytime you share something you want your followers to buy, they’re aware that you may have other motives than simply being helpful (i.e., making money). Although most of us only share affiliate links for products we believe in, this is not always the case. Which is why it’s important (read: required) to let your followers know you will receive a commission if they purchase through your link.
My name is Tim Sharp and I've been a successful online entrepreneur since 2004 and I'm one of the most successful ecommerce lecturers here on Udemy. Over the years, I've built successful businesses in eCommerce, WordPress, Affiliate Marketing and Web and Database Development. I have extensive knowledge of the complete business cycle and a wealth of real world experience. But the best part is I've been able to live the Internet lifestyle, making great money working from anywhere and having the flexibility to do what I want when I want. And that's what I'm going to teach you !
I love working with Tasha! She came up with some great logo ideas for my virtual assistant business and patiently worked through my indecisiveness, offering multiple options and revisions until we decided on just the right design. Tasha also put together a beautiful branding board with my colors and style that I can reference any time. Now I’m having her work on graphics for my social media to go with my new brand. She does terrific work and I’m so glad I found her!
As I thought about it a bit more, a few more names came to mind. All these marketers are people I trust enough to educate someone I know and like, and they’ve all got awesome Twitter feeds. If you aren’t following these people already, start now. Oh – and there’s this thing called Google +, too. Most of them have a presence on that platform as well.
Second, you need to nurture your email list. Michelle didn’t even start an email list until she had been blogging for 2-3 years and only began focusing heavily on it last year. Those email subscribers are your loyal followers, your tribe. They are the ones who want what you have to offer and will become your customers when you are ready to sell something, whether that’s through creating a product or through affiliates.
While you need to be careful about sharing photos under a copyright protection, you can still find many copyright free images. For example, you can go to Google Images, click on the little gear icon in the upper right corner, click on “advanced search” then only show images that are not protected by copyright. In almost every industry, you will be able to find a ton of images you can use or even edit for your own purposes.
Perhaps the first thing that you need to keep in mind to grow your business via Twitter is to connect to as many friends, customers, and people as possible. It is ideal that you follow top leaders or people and companies in your industry. By doing this you will be able to attract your target audience and also have the opportunities to engage within the Twitter community. When following people, make sure to avoid spammy techniques like using automated systems to follow other Twitter members. To connect with your audience in Twitter you want to show that you are not a bot but that you are constantly present and you participate within the community.
It’s also worthwhile to highlight the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) view on making money through Twitter. In short, it’s A-OK as long as certain protocol is followed–specifically, identifying promoted tweets as ads and including the type of fine print that traditionally accompanies other types of ads. A lot of celebs have ignored these rules so far with no consequences, but it seems likely there will be a crackdown eventually.
Review: If you're a do-it-yourselfer running your own Shopify store who doesn't have much website coding experience, are working with a limited budget, or want to test the waters with an affiliate management software that's easy to setup and get running, I recommend checking out Affiliatly. Plans begin at $16/month after a free 30 day trial and every plan offers the full suite of features, limited only by the number of affiliates allowed. Even though I recommend this software for budget-conscious startup stores, it's actually quite feature rich and would be great to run your mid-sized affiliate program too. I use Affiliatly to power the affiliate programs on a couple of my print-on-demand t-shirt stores. Anytime I've needed help, the support team has responded back within a few hours, and I've never had any hangups with the software. Affiliatly is one of the first places I recommend looking for new store owners.
The photo-sharing social network Instagram is a versatile platform for showing ideas and feelings, while promoting the values that your brand has. Because there is no restriction on the amount of text you can write below a photo, you can spend as much time as you want explaining an affiliate program, or perhaps just showing people how much fun it is to be playing poker, or to be trying casino games.
What I love about affiliate marketing is it is so easy to get started! You don’t have to have a huge audience and you don’t have to spend hundreds or thousands of hours creating your own products. Plus, for a lot of people, it is a natural fit. Think of how many times a month you refer a friend to a great place to eat, a life-saving toy, or your favorite new mascara. If you are already doing that, chances are you will rock at affiliate marketing.
Not that long ago, consumers would find a product that looked cool, maybe talk to a salesman, and make a purchase if it appeared to fit their needs. Now, consumers are flocking online, well before they decide to make a purchase, to do in-depth research and find the very best product available. Unboxing videos and product reviews have exploded into the buyer’s journey, and there is a huge opportunity to capitalize on this research phase through your YouTube channel. Consumers are simply looking for reviews that they can trust to help them make the best choice possible on the products they need. It’s incredibly important to find something that you are truly passionate about and provide people with a detailed review of why this is the best product available. Doing this will build trust and foster a community that organically grows in followers.
Instagram tends to be a kinder, gentler social network than Facebook or Twitter, too. This means that, although trolling does exist, it's more likely you will find a specific audience that you want on Instagram. This is partly because it's a visual medium, so a good image can draw in impressed crowds to learn more, and partly because users are accustomed to using hashtags, which are acknowledged and accepted as a way of targeting users with particular interests.
Then I made my very first affiliate sale for my favorite travel blogging course. It was a recurring payment of $38.80 (someone purchased the course on a payment plan.) I was over the moon! I had been promoting that course for 2 months before I finally made a sale. This small win encouraged me to continue trying different strategies to promote affiliate products.
"Social media affiliate marketing often provides a community feel," explains Murphy. "An example of this is mums who publish deals for other mums." Social media has become the new community center, or coffee shop - it's somewhere in which people spend a lot of their spare time, and form friendships sometimes greater than those they have in the offline world.
I know you are seeing dollar signs, but don’t go crazy with pinning a million affiliate links. That will turn off your followers fast! Using affiliate links can be done tastefully! You have to keep with the aesthetic of your brand. If you want to pin with an affiliate link, make sure your images are in the same style, look, and color. Having inconsistent boards and pins will easily make you lose followers and potential clients.
4. Perhaps the most blatant offender is the reply spammer, which is relatively new to the scene. These people reply to popular Twitter users with an affiliate link, and try to trick people into clicking. These reply spammers also try to trick the popular person’s followers, because at first glance, it looks like the Tweet is coming from them. Considering most of these tweets look identical, I simply click the block button and move on. Get blocked often enough and you’ll be suspended. Good luck getting your account back.
Basically, you’re just recommending certain products through your YouTube videos and when people click on your affiliate links and purchase products from the merchant, you get a commission from each of the sales you generate. There are many affiliate programs in which you can participate – for instance, Amazon and Apple Store have affiliate programs that allows you to earn commission by promoting their products.
I would not ever tweet specifically to sell a product, I don’t think there’s enough money to be made to justify that kind of annoying behavior. On the other hand I frequently tweet books I’m reading if I find them interesting. Before I knew about affiliate programs I frequently linked to products just to illustrate what I was talking about, now whenever I do that I use affiliate links. If any traffic does end up coming from my post I figure I deserve a piece of the pie for it, but I certainly wouldn’t go around posting things just trying to make money, that goes back to the best advice I’ve found for twitter newbies, “don’t be a dick.”
If you have limited budget, don't be afraid to use trial versions of software. I used Adobe Premier to make my YouTube intro (the trial is 30 days, it took me less than 5). There's also plenty of free software you can use too. Do you research and hustle as much as possible. When you start earning money, feel free to reinvest it into your venture and buy something with a little more quality.
People don’t want to read, ‘This-product-is-great, you-should-try-it-too’ kind of messages. Trust us, they are plenty on Twitter and nobody bothers to click on that link. A more subtle approach would be to tweet the link of the product review that is on your blog. The review must be balanced and tell readers how the product is ‘useful’. Obviously, you couldn’t have done justice to the product review in 140 characters.
He also says, "social media has a lot of mobile users. This means social media affiliate marketing can be integral in increasing mobile sales and clicks." An increasing percentage of users view all webpages through the screen of a phone or tablet. Make sure your affiliate marketing website is mobile-optimized, but also make sure that all your links from Twitter go to pages that are just as good on a Samsung Galaxy Mini as they are on your Dell XPS or Apple MacBook.
If you think about the shares you see on Facebook and Twitter, they often have a “newsy” component to them. So I like to give our affiliates the inside scoop on what’s new, and update our social sharing content at the same time so that they have something unique to share (and our commission-based public relations team hits the social media streets on our behalf!)
Provide Customer Service. This might not make your company money directly, but there’s a huge opportunity to build goodwill and customer loyalty (and therefore future revenue) by using Twitter as a tool to provide quick customer service. Media Temple is one example of a company that has an active customer support team operating through its Twitter account. Note the impressive response time here:
Writing blog posts (such as reviews, tutorials, and product comparisons) is a great affiliate marketing strategy. But it can be time-consuming. What if I told you there was a quicker way? You can use affiliate links on Pinterest to promote your affiliate products. When I started doing that, my affiliate income climbed faster. Today, I’ll go over how to create affiliate pins and upload them to Pinterest. And the best part? You don’t even need to be a blogger to do this!
Their YouTube channel has some fantastic videos about PC-building and they list all of the parts used in their video descriptions. You can follow a handy link to the full list of components, where you can find out how much they cost and where to get them. The fact that they have over 180k people subscribed to their channel is almost all you need to know.
Yeah. So I used to run a blog that I learned a ton about affiliate marketing with. And I recently sold that blog and came over to YouTube and started a YouTube channel, and realized that nobody was using affiliate links. And I was like, what is going on? Especially the huge channels weren’t using these, and they weren’t using them the right way. And I thought, oh, I’ve got to tell everyone that they can make a lot of money without sponsored videos. So I’ve just come over and started my own channel about helping people live the ultimate life for less, and been incorporating affiliate links and then showing other people how to do it.