My policy with affiliate marketing is to only recommend products that I have used or have had someone close to me who I trust use and recommend. This is again something that will add weight to your recommendation and increase conversion – but it’ll also help your reputation and stop you from promoting products that are rubbish. Recommend a product that doesn’t work and your own reputation and any trust you’ve built up with those who follow your advice will suffer. Don’t sacrifice your own brand for the sake of a few quick dollars.
Let’s start by discussing a common point of confusion: the difference between buying ads and influencer marketing. Influencer marketing relies on the utilization of brand advocates to drive your message to the larger market in an organic way. It zeroes in on those people with the largest social followings who have “influence” over your intended target audience, shaping marketing strategy involving those key influencers. Paid social, unlike free social such as a brand’s internal Facebook page or a Twitter account, involves paid banner, pop-up, and sidebar ads to boost your website presence across third party platforms. By targeting the specific audience the campaign seeks to reach using a range of tools broken down by audience “categories” (gender, region, age, preferences, and other demographics), paid social delivers your product’s message into the hands of your customers or potential customers in an effective and efficient manner. Here is a breakdown of the types of paid ads you should be aware of, with a focus on the benefits of social media advertising:
Leadpages also offers an option for affiliates to send referrals to attend a Leadpages webinar with standard commissions paid for any sale generated from the webinar. However, Leadpages requires you to get at least 150 people to sign up (but not necessarily attend) each webinar. Leadpages also offers affiliates the ability to view blog posts and videos on Leadpages’s site, again with the standard commission paid for any sales.

Though a large following doesn’t guarantee a profitable experience, it generally holds true that the larger an audience the greater your revenue potential on Twitter. Unless you’re a well known figure or enjoying your 15 minutes of fame–like these guys–growing the number of followers will take a lot of hard work. Here are some tips to make it easier:


The tricky thing with Instagram is that it doesn’t allow links in your posts. I mean, you can put a link in your post, it just won’t work. Of course, you can tell your audience to copy and paste, but that would mean they have to copy the link, close Instagram, go to their browser… Too much work! It’s much easier to click a link and be done with it.

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.

VigLink is an intermediary platform, so it can serve as a backdoor for affiliates who have previously been banned/suspended from working with other affiliate programs like Amazon. And while you can choose specific merchants or offers, VigLink can be set up to work automatically by scanning your published content and dynamically generating affiliate links, making it a great choice for established content producers who are looking for a simpler way to generate revenue via an affiliate program.
Blend planned campaign posts with engagement. Schedule your branded and content posts at least one week ahead. Use scheduler tools to pre-post and then dictate the publishing time. Schedule time each day to check “mentions” of your account so you can respond quickly. Make some time to also interact with people sharing other topics related to your business.

Early on in my stay, I was assigned the Affiliate Marketing beat, and I found that one of the best ways to familiarize myself with the industry in an efficient manner was through social media, specifically Twitter. I had bookmarked a ton of blogs and affiliate network websites, but it was the simple act of following various Twitter accounts (and occasionally talking with them through direct messages) that really helped me get a feel for the world of performance marketing.
Michael, Great article. I was eagerly awaiting this one as I’ve always found Twitter to be the top social media platform for audience dev and to support business goals (like lead generation). I have NOT found the same with Facebook. Given that, perhaps we could publish a follow-up: Top 0 Ways to Make Money with Facebook. Or, 101 Ways to Waste Your Ad Budget & Man-Hours at Facebook! 😉
So instead of paying all this overhead up-front, you tell your mom who has a weekly book club that if she mentions your lemonade to her friends and sells a cup, you’ll give her 5 cents for each 25 cents you earn. This way, there is less risk (since there are less up-front costs), and you only pay out the commission if and when your mom actually sells a cup.
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Become an iTunes Affiliate. Apple has an affiliate program that allows affiliate marketers to earn 4% to 5% commission of the sale of songs on iTunes that come from their affiliate links. iTunes has historically accounted for a significant portion of affiliate marketing activity on Twitter, and a number of individuals have had success with this affiliate program across various platforms.
The bulk of the offers that I promote pay around $20-$40 per lead, but there are others that pay more and less. However, you don't want to get caught up solely on what an offer pays because how well it converts is just as important. For example, if you have an offer that pays $9, but if it converts at 2X or more of a $20 offer, then it will perform about the same and possibly better. At the same time, if you have an offer that pays $90 and it converts poorly, it may not even be worth promoting.
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