This is a guest blogpost by Anna Bredava, Marketing Specialist at Awario, a social media listening tool, which brings instant brand mentions from everywhere online. Anna has several years of experience and has managed around 20 social media profiles for several companies. She specializes in affiliate marketing and social selling. Find her on Twitter and on LinkedIn.
Your Facebook page is your “face” (pun not intended, I promise). Of all your accounts, people will probably look up your Facebook the most. So what you share here is extremely important. It’s better to be quite mean with promotional content (of course, this doesn’t apply if you have a coupon website). The common ratio is 80/20 – that means that out of eight posts, two can be promotional. Compared with your other social media, you should be sharing the least amount of affiliate links there.
An alternative form form of paid ads to consider is display network advertising. Here, text and image ads are shown on a network of affiliate sites. Affiliates can range from mobile apps, and high traffic sites like wikiHow, to the most niche and local of news sites. The idea is that it is tied to any content that your target audience is consuming every single day.
Go ahead and set up your Twitter profile if you don’t have one already. Practice tweeting with captivating headlines for your best chances at getting click-throughs when you post links. Try using the AffiloTools social module to schedule tweets to keep them regular, and to make sure your followers know when you have new content or juicy deals coming up.
The tool LiketoKnow.it (owned by rewardStyle) capitalized on just that, and has created a pretty neat affiliate marketing program for Instagram. It’s application/invite-only, meaning you have to apply and be accepted for their program (which can take months), but if you get in, it is well worth it. It was originally created for fashion bloggers, but now has branched out to several different types of content:
You can gain tons of potential traffic if you know exactly how to start affiliate marketing. Collaborating with the right affiliates can make your brand visible you larger audiences and drive quality leads to you risk-free. On the other hand, you can ask your existing clients to promote your products in exchange for a reward. In this way, such an affiliate-marketing model can boost engagement and make customers return to your store.
I managed a client account once that wanted a percentage of each of their pins each day to be affiliate links. They kept a spreadsheet of all of their affiliates so I could easily go through and pick a few products to pin each day with their affiliate link. I highly recommend you come up with a similar strategy because the more you pin on Pinterest, the higher your pin quality becomes. And this can most definitely include affiliate links.
In recent years, Instagram became The Place for affiliate marketing. You may believe that Instagram is only meant for visual products like clothes and make-up, but you’ll be surprised to learn that the biggest Instagram influencer is @dailydose – an account that mostly posts inspirational and motivational quotes. Not the most visually rich content, huh? So even if you have a website dedicated to startups, you can post anything as long as it’s somehow related to business and technology. The general advice would be to post twice a day, and post Instagram Stories 8-10 times a day.
Hi Tasha and Abby, very intersting post . Tasha, I’ve noticed that you’re using Amazon links too. Doesn’t Amazon only allow affiliate links on your own website? No social networks, no emails, no ebooks, no nothing else… I’m not a native English speaker, so maybe I misunderstood the terms (they are complicated as hell for me). But good to know that with a less strict company it’s possible to use affiliate links on Pinterest too. Thank you for the info!
When you first get started on Twitter, whether for your own personal use or for business use, it can feel a bit intimidating. You’re like the new kid at school and like it or not, the only way to make friends is to start approaching people and saying hello. YOU must take the initiative. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier and way more fun to do this online using Twitter than it is being the new kid at school.
An Amazon Associates account. This is your affiliate network that will give you the products to promote on your videos. Anyone is allowed to sign up, but there is a review process. I was approved almost immediately, but it can take a couple of days sometimes. You probably don't need to worry about this just yet; without any video content, you have nowhere to place adverts on. If you don't want to use Amazon, check out these other affiliate networks too.
If I were a member of a group board called “Beautiful Home Decor” that was created for bloggers to share their blog posts, I would feel free to pin an image from a post of mine called “10 Beautiful Couches that Won’t Break the Bank.” Of course, that blog post would contain affiliate links. But, I would never pin an image of a couch with my affiliate to a group board called “Beautiful Home Decor” that I am a member of, since that is not the purpose of the board.
Cloaking affiliate links means you’re pointing people to a URL on your website, but it redirects somewhere else. For example, this cloaked affiliate link points to /go/maxcdn but it redirects to the MaxCDN website. You must do this because Youtube video annotations only allow you to use URLs for YOUR associated website – cloaking them is what allows you to redirect them to the affiliate link!
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.
Become a Groupon Affiliate. The Groupon affiliate program also lends itself to Twitter, where many users are interested in finding out about timely, local opportunities. Groupon affiliate marketers can earn up to 10% commissions for sales generated. Groupon is arguably one of affiliate marketing’s greatest success stories, and there are some good resources out there for those looking to get started. (Daily deals competitor Living Social also has an affiliate program that can be used through Twitter.)
Amazon Affiliates typically pays between 3-5% commission for each product sold. What will really determine how much you earn however is your conversion rate. This number is based on the amount of people that watch your videos and then go on to purchase a product you're advertising. This can be as low as 1% but others have reported around 8%. It really depends on your niche and the products your advertising.
Jumping into too many market niches will surely hurt your reputation as an influencer on Twitter, or any other social media platform for that matter. Your followers know about market niches in which you have got expertise and if you wander away from that, it may create a bad impression in their eyes. Promoting something that you do not normally write about is not a good strategy. In fact, it will seem as if you are just selling. Make sure that you stay moderate when it comes to affiliate marketing.
Recent corporate changes and folding 2Checkout into a larger company that is involved in payment processing and e-commerce means that the affiliate program can sometimes feel somewhat neglected. But the ability to generate custom coupon codes and the comprehensive knowledge base make 2Checkout a good option for experienced affiliates with an established user base. But if you’re just entering the affiliate field for the first time, 2Checkout might not be where you want to start.
This is so exciting! As a blogger, I’m always looking for ways to maximize my revenue streams. Thank you, Tasha (and Abby) for sharing this valuable info. BTW – I am taking Tasha’s Blog Boost Bundle courses AND Abby’s Book Boss course and both are excellent and full of valuable advise! Thanks to you both for taking the time to create these incredible courses!
Better yet, Tailwind offers an affiliate marketing program that offers 15% commission on every sale. When you sign up as a Tailwind affiliate you get a cookie for your website that tracks all referral transactions for 90-days giving you 15% on all sales. In addition, the program offers dozens of pre-made creative assets that you can use to sell on your website.
I want you to remember too that affiliates don’t have to only be products or digital goods, they can also be courses and services from people you respect and want to promote. If you’re like me and your ideal clients are business owners, maybe you’ve worked with a web designer that simply knocked your socks off, reach out and establish an affiliate relationship if one is not already setup.
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.
Unfortunately, many people in charge of affiliate programs believe that they do have to be some sort of Facebook whiz or Twitter wizard, and as a result end up ignoring the platforms completely. Luckily, with how things are set up at LeadDyno, you don’t have to know very much at all about social media in order to get your affiliates up and running on the most popular platforms of today.
I do quite a bit of successful affiliate marketing on my websites. But other than marketing indirectly through my posts that go up through twitterfeed, I’m just not going there on twitter. I see twitter as a way to network, socialize with friends, and stay more in touch with readers. I don’t want to start trying to turn it into a directly monetized venture. I think the risks of alienating people is too high and the potential monetary gain not all great.
Social media is one of the most powerful tools we’ve gained in today’s modern technological age, and this goes for marketing and beyond. With mindful use, social media for affiliate marketing can be an invaluable tool to your affiliate marketing success, as well as your networking with other fellow affiliate marketers. In such a socially driven business, this networking aspect is an important one, and one that isn’t often thought of but is benefitted from greatly.