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.
The easiest thing to do is to sign up for an affiliate marketing network like Commission Junction. They provide a marketplace where your affiliate program will be advertised to other affiliate marketers. They also provide the tracking software for your affiliates so you don’t have to build your own tracking system. In some ways this is better because it takes care of the trust issues. Affiliates are always suspicious of whether or not they’re getting credited for the sales they generate. By having an intermediary take care of transaction tracking and payments, the fear of being cheated is alleviated.
I had that experience as well. Getting high monthly page views doesn’t necessarily translate to more traffic. You also need to focus on the conversion rate of your pins. For each pin, divide the number of clicks by the number of close ups. That gives you the conversation rate. You want that number to be at least 50%. Make a note of the pins that have the highest conversation rates and see what design elements they have in common. They create more pins like them. Hope that helps.
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!
Very useful info, and thanks for the heads-up about Etsy not allowing affiliate links on Pinterest! Have you ever tried advertising on Pinterest, i.e. paying Pinterest to promote your pins? I was wondering if that could be lucrative with affiliate marketing, where the margins are always lower than when you have your own product to sell. I’m also wondering if it would be lucrative to advertise on Google, Facebook and Youtube (found this guy who supposedly made a lot of money that way – https://moneytestimonials.com/crestani-free-webinar/ ). I’ll probably do my own experiments with this but if you have experience in this area I’d be very interested to hear about it!
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.
Hi Dominic! Facebook does indeed reject advertising for the vast majority of dating sites, so you're better off looking at other forms of paid advertising. However, to the best of my knowledge, all the info on this page related to getting engagement, interacting with fans, etc. is still completely accurate, so the training is still good for using Facebook to drive traffic naturally, at the very least. :-)
Let’s say I save the affiliate pin for my favorite Pinterest affiliate marketing course to a general group board called ‘Bloggers Share Your Best Pins.’ In the group board, there are pins about parenting, DIY, recipes, fashion, weight loss, and all sorts of topics. Because the board is a free-for-all, there are no relevant keywords for, well, any topic. How is the Pinterest algorithm supposed to determine that my pin is about affiliate marketing? Sometimes you have to put yourself in the Pinterest algorithm’s shoes, as strange as that sounds. How can you make its job easier? Signal exactly what your pin is about by using the right keywords and posting ONLY to relevant boards.
Many youtubers are already signed up to large affiliate programs like Amazons affiliate program, but don't realize how much more they could be making. There are hundreds of different affiliate programs out there, so it's worth shopping around for the right ones, but if you're looking for a place to start, here are the 10 best affiliate programs for youtubers.
How will you track and assess your activities? I use Google Analytics to monitor traffic from Facebook to my site. It gives me an understanding of how I’m doing and enables me to compare my Facebook traffic to other sources like Twitter, YouTube, organic search, and email marketing. Facebook provides social media analytics/insights to page and group owners. Also, there are many third-party Facebook marketing tools.
Sure, you can sell to passerbys as you physically man the stand yourself, but you realize that you can sell more if you have some help. So you could hire a salesperson to sell some lemonade at another stand you own down the street. It’s a good idea, but there’s a lot of additional costs: the extra stand, the salary for your new employee, and a batch of lemonade that might not even sell.
For example, I have a post featuring 10 Affordable Headboards on my blog. Now, instead of just pinning the “pinnable graphic” you see below, I pin that PLUS individual images of each headboard featured within the post. That exponentially increases the chance that people will click on the pin and through to my blog post, which in turn increases my chance of making affiliate sales from that post. Plus, it also boosts traffic to that post, which translates to more ad revenue as well–it’s a win-win!
Second, it’s a good idea to create a few new personal boards that are used solely for the purpose of pinning products that are for sale (using your affiliate links of course). For example, I have created a personal board called “Gorgeous Throw Pillows and Bedding.” The description for the board is “This board is full of gorgeous throw pillows, accent pillows, decorative pillows, duvet covers, sheets and bedding. Changing your throw pillows and bedding is such an easy way to refresh any room on a budget!” I pin beautiful products to it and edit the urls of the pin to my affiliate links, using the process described above.
Everyone wants to be a youtuber nowadays, so everyone watching your videos will likely be eyeing them up and wondering what kind of camera equipment you use. You can profit off of this curiosity by jointing the canon affiliate program. Although the commission rate is only up to 6%, you will get full support from their advertising team and 30 day tracking of your links (making it more likely that you will actually make a commission). Plus, they will provide you with banners, text link and more creatives ways to advertise their products.
“ShareASale is solid. Been using them since 2013. Biggest problems with them is the interface is a little dated / wonky. It’s also difficult to deal directly with the advertisers. You think you’re speaking to an advertiser rep, but it’s really just someone from SAS. You have to use a special (hard to find) contact form to contact the advertiser….and it’s rare you get a direct response from them.”
When you are setting up your account, you will want to be pay particular attention to selecting your payment method so you can receive your commissions. Rakuten Marketing Affiliate Network offers various methods of publisher payment, depending on your location. By default, all US publishers are initially paid by check. Once you cash your first consolidated Rakuten Marketing Affiliate Network check, your mailing address will be validated in our system making you eligible for direct deposit. Publishers who are in countries where we support direct deposit can set up direct deposit payments for those networks before receiving a check from the US Network. Those publishers who can set up direct deposit payments earlier will still have to cash one US Network check before direct deposit payments begin for the US Network. Learn more about setting up direct deposit.
Amazon is the staple affiliate program for any youtuber, and generally the first one every new youtuber with any traction signs up for, so of course it has to be included on the list. It's super easy and free to join, and requires little to no approval. You can then choose for yourself from the amazon database what products to advertise to your audients and then earn up to 10% in advertising fees. A lot of youtubers put Amazon affiliate links in for their camera and setup equipment, as well as any makeup, clothes or gadgets they may be wearing in the video, without ever having to mention the products themselves.
Yeah. The concern from an SEO perspective is that YouTube, their goal is to keep people on YouTube for as long as possible, watching as much content as possible, engaging with as many videos as possible, seeing as many ads as possible. And so if your video ends the viewing session for a viewer, like they watch your video, then they click on that link and go to that company’s website and buy the product, that’s great for you, but your video could potentially not perform. If everyone who watches the video took you up on that offer, your video could potentially not perform as well as it otherwise might.
To build on that last point about commissions in the previous section of this post, it’s important to offer generous commission rates, especially if you’re just starting out. For example, proven top fashion sites offer commissions of up to 10%, and some early-stage stores would benefit from offering even more. When it comes to affiliate marketing for beginners, providing great monetary incentives is a key way to build trust and scale up your advertising efforts by scoring great affiliates.
Depending on what you want to achieve from the ad, choose a goal from Awareness, Consideration or Conversion. For instance, if you want to increase your page likes, Engagement should be your choice. On the other hand, if your goal is to direct people to your Squeeze page for collecting opt-in email addresses, Conversion would be a more suitable choice.
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.”
I know many designers and photographers want to create their portfolios online and some of them pay A LOT. I mean, really. It’s like getting all of their work exposed into a beautiful website they can showcase and add into their business cards. I won’t be revealing the exact interests I targeted to reach these people but you get the idea. Many of them don’t even want to mess up with HTML and they just want stunning portfolios. So Squarespace was a great product for them for a relatively low price.
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.
Some of the opportunity in this niche is going to be referring people to luxury brands that have higher order values than we might seen on Amazon. I can’t disclose the person or the site, but one of my colleagues is in one of these niches and reported significant revenue increases from testing other affiliate programs against Amazon–before Amazongeddon.
However, Facebook further explains that branded content “features or is influenced by a business partner for an exchange of value,” which affiliate marketing is not. Facebook does require any businesses or individuals that post branded content to tag the third-party’s page and disclose their relationship. To err on the side of caution, it’s a good idea for affiliate marketers to adopt this practice on Facebook, too.
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