Not too hard, right? Aside from the equipment you need, which at the beginning will be pretty minimal anyway, you’re not going to need to invest any money. It will only take a little bit of time to make great videos and start growing your following. Heck, if you’re super shy and don’t want your face on camera, you can just use a PowerPoint presentation and narrate a presentation for your audience. The only one stopping you from promoting affiliate products on YouTube is YOU!
Great post Perrin! I think one of the biggest problems that rarely gets talked about are the nexus laws that restrict certain states from being accepted into an affiliate program. Currently, those states are Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia.
If you haven’t heard of Optimize Press you have not been in the IM world long enough. Version 1.0 was a theme that allowed you to create landing pages, sales pages, squeeze pages and all related, including membership sites. However, it was a theme, and I didn’t like it just because of that. You’d need to buy an special domain just to create all your landing pages.
From our chat with an Amazon Associates customer service representative, Amazon says that their position on the use of Amazon Associates links in YouTube content is “not public information”. Therefore, we cannot present you with what exactly we were told. You also cannot find their rules, specific to the use of Amazon Associate links, documented anywhere on their website despite the fact that they have “guidelines.”

So no, you can’t just ignore Facebook altogether if you want the most eyeballs on your business. Especially if your products or services cater well to the 35+ audience, and also caters to the global market, Facebook remains a fantastic platform to engage in an affiliate marketing strategy. Let’s dive into how your business can leverage Facebook to find and manage your partners.

Since Squarespace recently changed their affiliate program and tracking tools, I’m having a hard time to know if I got more conversions after 2 weeks (when the 14 days free trial expires). I registered another conversion ($100 extra) but I can’t tell if that was because of one of my campaigns or just traffic coming from my affiliate links here at Stream SEO. So I’ll leave it on $100 overall.
Affiliate marketing with cards and end screens is tricky because you can only promote your website(s) and sites approved by YouTube. Instead, many affiliates use cards and end screens to direct viewers to their sites, which contain affiliate links. Secondly, YouTube supports many websites that have affiliate programs including Shopify, Etsy, Ticketmaster, and Microsoft (it’s too bad Amazon is not authorized). Therefore, it’s possible to add affiliate links from these sites.

Digital Camera. If you want to make your own real life footage, you'll need to invest in a digital camera. The cost of this item depends on the quality of footage you want to take; these days you can buy cameras which shoot 4k footage, but you may only want standard HD. If your budget is tight, an iPhone camera can do a good job these days, especially if you have one of the newer models.
Besides your images, keywords are the other major make or break factor for your pins. Spend some time to identify 2-3 relevant keywords that people would use to search for the problem you’re solving. Focus on just one target keyword phrase that you absolutely want to rank for. Then add one or two other related keywords. To figure out what keywords to choose, put yourself in the shoes of your target audience. What would they search in order to find a solution to the problem your affiliate product solves?

The process for Plus merchants and referrals is different than for regular referred Shopify plans, so your referral credit is not immediate. The Plus approval process can take a long time and will only show up on your account after the deal is closed. To learn more about the revenue that you're entitled to as a Shopify Affiliate, see Shopify Partner revenue share.

Typically the landing page for your affiliate program that your affiliates are referring people to is your Shopify store’s home page, however, we also give you the ability for your affiliates to link to any page of your site which could be  a specific product or category page or any page of your web site.  This is known as deep linking. To set this up, please follow the instructions below:
EPC: Earnings per Click are obtained by dividing the commissions earned by the number of clicks (click-throughs) that generated these commissions. Rakuten Marketing Affiliate Network uses Earnings per Hundred Clicks as it is easier to read. EPC is useful for measuring the revenue potential and conversion of your links. For example, if a link received 1000 clicks and generated $5.00 in commissions, EPC would be shown as $0.50.
Before we can adequately explain how to start affiliate marketing, however, let’s first examine the concept in more detail. What is affiliate marketing? Affiliate marketing involves partnering up with a more established ecommerce entrepreneur in your niche and asking them to promote your products to his or her audience. In return, you’d give the affiliate a percentage of revenue from each sale he or she generates. Affiliate marketing can be a great channel for first time ecommerce entrepreneurs because it’s one of the only marketing channels where you can get a 100% return on investment, every time.
Regardless of the content you choose to pin or your motivations, successful pinners adhere to Pinterest CEO Ben Silberman’s guiding principle: make (and keep) the site “beautiful”. Simply put, the best pinners find the best of the web, regardless of subject matter, and there are some simple tactics from a presentation standpoint that you can use to help improve the performance of your pins.
You can get lots of organic traffic by having your video rank in google search engine listings. If this is going to be your strategy, I recommend going after a niche product, because the competition will be considerably lower than if you went after a product that everyone is trying to sell. You might have a chance of ranking high for a makeup product no one has heard of but you will have zero chance of ranking for an Apple iPhone due to competition.
The beauty guru's are not to be left out, you too can cash in with the Sigma Beauty Affiliate Program. All you need to do is sign up with the sigma beauty affiliates program, receive your affiliate code and read through their instructions for how to maximize your income through their program. Sigma prefers that you include the links in your about section and youtube video descriptions as well as mentioning each brush that you use by name, so the audience know which link to click. How much you receive is dependent on what kind of marketing you do and how heavy you sell the products.

A decent computer. Making videos can consume your computer's processing power and RAM. If you're making long videos, doing lots of editing and recording, your computer will need a good CPU and a decent amount of ram. A good idea is to test your current computer out and see how you get on. If you find video capturing to be sluggish or video editing software keeps crashing, it's usually a sign that you need a better computer. Upgrading RAM is very easy and cheap to do; but a good high-end CPU can cost north of $200 these days.


Now that you know what rules you need to follow to use Amazon affiliate links in your Facebook posts, you need to know what to do with them! There are several ways to use these links effectively that can garner more attention than simply placing a link on your page or profile with a few words about the product. Instead, try one of these five tips:   
This is insanely helpful, thank you! I’m so excited to read the e-book guide on affiliate programs. My blog is still a baby so I’m working so hard to learn as much as I possibly can as consistently as I can. Abby, you have given so much advice in your posts that I have turned to while getting my blog going. Thank you so much for the advice, for exposing your readers to new bloggers with guest posts, and for always producing great content and great resources. You are AWESOMENESS!

I hope this guide helps you with starting your own YouTube Affiliate Channel. There is a lot of information here, so feel free to take in bits and pieces over time. Most YouTubers don't have instant success- it takes months of hard graft and constantly refining their technique. But if it's something you're really passionate about, now is a great time to start making videos and earning money.
Start your own Facebook Group. If your brand lends itself to a social element/community, you can create your own group which will give you more liberties to (gently) push your agenda. Moreso than just a tool to gain affiliates, a successful Facebook Group that you moderate is an amazing business move in general… which is why it’s difficult to do. Peruse the groups in your niche and you’ll probably find most of them with just a handful of members.
Just to clarify – for which state allows amazon.com affiliates it’s not whether the state allows it, it is a matter of which states allow amazon.com to collect sales tax. If the state does not allow them to collect sales tax amazon.com does not allow affiliates in that state. This is rapidly changing – several states that weren’t allowed before have changed their laws and as soon as that happens the affiliate program opens up to residents in that state.
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.
You now have a fully functional WordPress website with a great hosting company! That wasn't so hard, was it!? From this point on, your main task is to publish as much content as possible. This site has tons of tutorials and articles on how to grow your affilaite marketing business, but in order for you to fully understand how to publish content and make money with your affiliate marketing blog, check out this article. Best of luck to you as you grow your business! :) Want even more help? Check out this incredible affiliate marketer training program and community of people growing an affiliate business just like you!
Since we’re now directing Facebook users to an external page and you can’t directly promote an affiliate link I created 2 pages with Optimize press 2.0. Both landing pages had similar title/content and a video showing the power Squarespace. I really highlighted the option to get a free 14 day trial with some big arrows and that, and the only difference is that one page had a button to start the trial directly, while the other one had an opt-in form to get their email. After getting their email, they were redirected to a third landing page which was basically the same as the one with the button so they could start their trial right away, but I had already gotten their email to contact them in the future.

Instead, what many affiliate marketers do is use Facebook Ads to promote the content on their websites that use their Amazon affiliate links. This technique is acceptable because you aren’t promoting direct affiliate links. But, direct linking to a product on Amazon and using Facebook Ads to promote it can get you booted from the Amazon Associates Program.
Can I ask, how would you go about promoting a photography course via facebook ads? The course is like $90. Would you create an email sequence (like a free mini course) and then recommend the real course? (but maybe this will decrease my conversion rate); or would you send facebook traffic directly to the course sales page? (but Facebook traffic might be too cold to just click and spend $90 just like that). Any insight would be appreciated 🙂

We back these apps on a more personal level! We’ve tried most of them and found them to be risk-free and safe to use. For some apps, you will be using your personal and other sensitive information that could be hacked in some sort of way down the road. We don’t think this will happen but if you are ultra-paranoid, perhaps living under a rock best suits you.
14. Policies on TM-Centric URLs: Amazon turns down affiliates that “include any trademark of Amazon or its affiliates, or a variant of misspelling of a trademark… in any domain name” [source]. Walmart similarly warns affiliates against the use of “trademarks, or any variation or misspelling thereof, in metatags, hidden text or source code” or in their “domain name or any other part” of the URL [source].
Playlists are a great way for linking related videos together. When one video is finished, the next video in the playlist will automatically start, which is great if you're creating a series of videos. Annotations allow you to create links within the video- so you can link to your previous videos in your newer content, helping spread traffic to your other videos if one does well.
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!)
A 30-day cookie is good, but a 45 to 60-day cookie would be much better. A person must signup for a free trial within 30 days of clicking your link for you to receive credit. However, store/business planning can take a while in which case the referral period might expire before the user signs up. A longer conversion window would benefit affiliates.

No matter where you’re at with your business - whether you're a newbie or seasoned expert - it’s always beneficial to drive more traffic to your store. More traffic means more leads, more leads usually mean more conversions, and more conversions means more sales. The bottom line? Affiliate marketing done right can dramatically increase your sales and revenue.
Once you start getting a bit of traction and you're spending many hours a week doing this, that's when I'd recommend to start building affiliate links into your videos. It's the same case as making a new website- there's no point in adding ads to your page when you don't have any page views. Work on content first, then once you have a decent traffic stream, then start to work on monetization.
I’m afraid, NO. I tested a lot combinations of countries & interests. As soon you target territories of the “western” world, you make max. between 5-20 LIKEs/clicks per 5 €/$. If you target at “3rd world” territories, you can make 50-150 for the same options. But usually they are not the typical buyers, a marketer would expect much engagement for obvious reasons. So, getting 1000 LIKEs nowadays is not cheap anymore. But in case Servando has some magic hints re this issue, I’m happy to hear of them!!! 🙂

I hope this guide helps you with starting your own YouTube Affiliate Channel. There is a lot of information here, so feel free to take in bits and pieces over time. Most YouTubers don't have instant success- it takes months of hard graft and constantly refining their technique. But if it's something you're really passionate about, now is a great time to start making videos and earning money.
Amazon: This is the most common affiliate site on the market right now, but I think the biggest difference is that with Walmart if you want to see something you can always head to the store and check it out. Also Amazon has a limited variety of grocery items. With Walmart you have the full range of grocery items available including milk and meats. Don't forget though, there are many ways to make money with Amazon.
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