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.”
Like titles, one of the first images we see for your videos are thumbnails. Creating a good thumbnail is a delicate skill- you want to try and make the thumbnail stand out from the crowd but you don't want it to appear amateurish. Different niches have different standards for thumbnails. Gaming thumbnails will usually be very bright, big bubbly text and attempt to give off an "awe" factor. But informational videos will usually have simple thumbnails with elegant text so that they appear professional.
I know, too many posts, but something I can’t stand is Word Press. I had a word press site some time ago and I had it completely automated. But then one of the plugins quit working and I never could get the creator to continue updating it. It made me feel like I really had no control over the theme, and because of that it completely ruined my site and I had to abandon it, it was a vlog, automated to pull in YouTube channels of whatever channel I wanted, it was the coolest, but I had no control over it.

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!
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.
After this, you’ll have to fill in some extra information, which will be the key to your success. Facebook clicks and fans can be cheap if done right. But do it wrong and you’ll end up paying a lot for them. So you need to be careful and select the right things in order to make it worth it. Usually, you’ll see that Facebook offers you an average price for fans. This is the box that appears on one of my fanpages:

This may be so, but it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a place for you somewhere in it. Additionally, as with most industries, the landscape is constantly shifting and changing. If you go about affiliate marketing today with the mindset people had five years ago, then you might run into issues. But if you know today’s trends and can forecast what’s coming up in the industry, you’ll have a much better chance of success.


Average Commission Rate:  Ebay’s program differs from Amazon, in that the commission is a percentage of the eBay fee that is charged to sellers.  They pay between 40-80% of the eBay fee, not the final sales price of the product.  You can also earn a bonus of 200% for bringing in new or re-activated customers to make a purchase.  Re-activated users would be someone that hasn’t made an eBay purchase in the last 12 months.
Marketing automation adds another wrinkle to the conversation. Some affiliates automate their posts with software like Hootsuite, but I don’t. I’ve tried automating on Facebook and was unimpressed with my results. I prefer to post natively and schedule content to meet my objectives. Still, using a third-party automation application could work for you.

Link types: Rakuten Marketing Affiliate Network offers advertisers a variety of link types to use in their programs. These links contain the affiliate code and other information that will ensure that you receive proper commissions for any sales generated when one of your site visitors clicks through to the advertisers’ website. Learn more about the behind the scenes tracking technology in this video tutorial. Advertisers may choose to provide one or more of the following link types for your use:
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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. :-)
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.
Hey, great article. It must have taken you a while to type out. So this is a cool case study, but do you know how to create ads in the make money niche? I wish there was a good video tutorial on this but I can’t find one. And how do you target people in the make money niche? It’s very hard to make ads in this niche without making income claims. Your thoughts would be appreciated. If you have any video tutorials or posts on this I would appreciate it.
They are often the moderators of groups or the ones with the top comments. They’ll almost always have business pages of their own since personal pages on Facebook have a 5,000 friend limit (and these days, that’s a drop in the bucket for even a micro-influencer). Unless there are hardly any influencers in your niche, you should be able to find a bunch in just a few clicks.
Creating a blog is also a great idea to along with your products. Not only does it give you the ability to showcase your products, but it keeps your readers up to date with upcoming products, promotions, descriptive posts, social media sharing, email list building, etc. Here is a FREE 7-Day email course on how to start a profitable blog if you are interested.

For this new test, I was really careful to select an affiliate that would give me good results and that could offer an all in one solution to my leads. I wanted to try something relatively expensive, but good enough to be worth it – a la Apple style – and so I went for Squarespace. Squarespace now pays $100 per affiliate registration but for the services they offer and the public they’re targeted for, I thought it was worth a try.

To apply to an advertiser's program, select the radio button next to the offer you want to join and click Update at the bottom of the page. To apply to several advertiser programs at once, return to the listing of advertiser programs, click the check-boxes next to the programs you wish to join, and click Apply at the bottom of the page. By applying to the advertiser's program you are agreeing to the advertiser's terms and conditions (these vary from advertiser to advertiser), so be sure to read and understand them thoroughly.
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.
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.
Kate Ahl is the owner of Simple Pin Media. She helps bloggers and business owners manage their Pinterest page while teaching bloggers and online entrepreneurs how to use Pinterest to market their business. Her philosophy is simple, actionable and uses data based decisions to create the best Pinterest marketing strategy. She runs Simple Pin Media out of a She Shed in her garden, loves good cheese, great friends, and sparkly drinks.
Hi Zev! If you sent unsolicited messages to all owners of related Facebook pages/groups, that would be spam, so I don't believe there's any legitimate affiliate network that would allow you to do that. There's also a lot of red tape involved in setting up an affiliate program, and you'd have to go through a ton of work with taxes before getting set up.
It is worth noting that you can also build unique URLs with your affiliate code that don't take readers directly to a product. Instead, it could take them to a collection of products, a content page, or some other intermediate step in the purchase funnel. The Creative Market Partner Program, for example, rewards you with a 10% cut of everything your referred customers buy for a full year. This means that regardless of whether they made a purchase immediately, or signed up and bought later, you will still get your cut.
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.

After this, you’ll have to fill in some extra information, which will be the key to your success. Facebook clicks and fans can be cheap if done right. But do it wrong and you’ll end up paying a lot for them. So you need to be careful and select the right things in order to make it worth it. Usually, you’ll see that Facebook offers you an average price for fans. This is the box that appears on one of my fanpages:


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With the focus on simplicity and automation, Shopify is a robust platform that allows creating an affiliate program in a couple of clicks. It is easy to find new partners, contact them and expand your affiliate network while focusing on other business processes. You can track your success, modify commission rates, and grow your partnership network with minimum effort.
As opposed to referral marketing, any affiliate marketing should be incentivized by an attractive commission rate and transparent rules. It is especially relevant to eCommerce newcomers: a solid monetary base can act as a means of building trust among prospective affiliates. If you want to prove the credibility of your new business, be generous when considering the reward.

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.
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I recommend that you start with affiliate marketing first in order to identify the vertical/product that you want to pursue. You will want to use native advertising as it is the best and most efficient way to drive traffic to your landing pages. There are many native advertising networks each with their own strengths, though I recommend finding a platform which allows you to aggregate your media buy under one account. These aggregator platforms also offer CPA optimization tools and also offer much better personal support.

I’m very happy that I come across to your site. I would like to start working from home using Pinterest and affiliate marketing and your text here is really supportive. I also have the same issue like Jelena, related to the country where are you from. Actually, not all programs are available to all countries, and that is a huge problem. As an example, today I have tried to get an affiliate link of an adobe cut pro program but my country is not on their list. But nevertheless, I think that we should be persistent and follow good and successful as you are. Thanks for the text.
The death of Facebook has been greatly exaggerated. Worldwide, the social networking platform saw a 14% increase in Daily Average Users (DAU) and Monthly Average Users (MAU) quarter-over-quarter worldwide. And even though usage dropped in North America, as was widely-reported recently, that actual drop amounted to just 1 million DAU. When the site is averaging 184 million DAU, that’s barely a blip on the radar.
2. From what I can tell Facebook doesn't like affiliate marketing through advertising anymore. In these recent a few days I've tried every possible method and Facebook doesn't seem to accept it, I tried doing through squeeze page, I tried cloaking the URL, directly sending people to merchant etc... but none seems to fly with Facebook, they give me this lame "unusual activity" error that makes no sense. Do you guys have ever had similar issues with Facebook?

Edit the Youtube video you want to add affiliate link(s) to. Click the Annotations tab and “Add Annotation.” Fill out the required info including the time you want that annotation to appear (obviously it should be when you recommend the affiliate product). Near the bottom, add your cloaked affiliate link. Apply changes, then watch the video and test your link.
Link types: Rakuten Marketing Affiliate Network offers advertisers a variety of link types to use in their programs. These links contain the affiliate code and other information that will ensure that you receive proper commissions for any sales generated when one of your site visitors clicks through to the advertisers’ website. Learn more about the behind the scenes tracking technology in this video tutorial. Advertisers may choose to provide one or more of the following link types for your use:
Be sure not to make your page or profile scammy, though. If you post these frequently, your Facebook reach can suffer, and you could risk losing followers who don’t prefer to see so many promotional posts. For the benefit of your Facebook followers and reach, it’s a good idea for you to post a variety of text and text plus image posts to your page or profile.

Before I really get into the meat and potatoes of this subject, I want to remind you that my YouTube channel is business-focused and I have a business outside of the YouTube channel and affiliates so I have to tread a fine line between promoting affiliates and promoting my own products and/or services. If you’re reading this and you have a blog or a YouTube channel and you’re considering the possibility of making affiliate income your main source of income, you can absolutely do this on a higher level.
Financial services provider, Wells Fargo, launched their affiliate marketing program with the goal of expanding credit card acquisition beyond current customers of the bank. Rakuten Marketing designed an affiliate prospecting program that focused on building strong relationships with publishers and educating them on the products offered. This approach was aligned with creating compelling consumer-facing offers that would appeal to a publisher’s audience.
Just like in our lemonade example, a good affiliate marketing program reduces overhead costs and reduces risk. Since it can be quite expensive to hire sales & marketing employees, having an army of affiliate partners can give you the reach and sales you’re looking for, without the staffing investment that many e-commerce businesses can’t afford in the first place.
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.
The first step to creating a successful group is choosing your niche. I talk a lot about niches because it’s an incredibly effective way to attract the right kind of audience! If you’re going to put in the effort into well-made posts, you want to make sure they will resonate with your ideal client. Know the demographics of the people you’re targeting so that you can promote the right kinds of products and services to them.
The solution: don’t sell. Or rather, do it, but in a way that doesn’t feel overly promotional or sales-focused. Try out writing different types of updates and see what sticks and what doesn’t. Examine the wording you use, the links you post, and what types of posts get the most interaction. This is a great way to try out Facebook affiliate marketing before you try the next more professional suggestion.
When it comes to savings accounts, it’s thought of a place to stash money away and never touch it. With an app like Digit you’ll be able to save, but for things, you’d want to save for, like a trip to Disney World. Digit will analyze your spending habits and determine the best ways to save for the vacation that wouldn’t impact your daily and weekly routine.
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.

With affiliate marketing, your goal is to get people to buy something you post a link to. There’s a lot of nuance to it, of course, but I’m not here to tell you about the basics of affiliate marketing. Today, we’re discussing specific strategies you can use with social media, specifically Facebook, that can earn you some money via affiliate marketing.

Many students in my Facebook ads and Facebook marketing course on Skillshare have asked me what are the best ways to drive traffic to their affiliate links with Facebook ads.  I have answered this question so much that I thought I just should write a blog post here with it that includes all of the answers! You can see the basics of each question asked below and then my entire answer with suggestions.  Hopefully you will find one of these answers helpful in using Facebook to drive traffic to your affiliate links.
Facebook groups can, in some cases, receive a lot more engagement than pages. Although it’s important for your business to have a Facebook page, you can create a group for additional engagement from followers who are invested in your business. Groups are perfect for having conversations with your followers and, as the admin of the group, you can establish yourself as an authority figure.
The only issue with Pretty Links is that some amazon.com affiliates have been banned using Pretty Links. The affiliate agreement prohibits cloaking links. In other words, the person who visits your site has to know you are an amazon.com affiliate and that by clicking the link you will be brought to amazon.com. There is some discussion whether Pretty Links is okay as long as you are clear about being an affiliate.
Amazon’s obviously a really big one. It’s an easy one that a lot of people like to use. So I would start with Amazon if you’re new to affiliate links. The other places I would check would be CJ.com, LinkShare.com, ShareASale.com, and ImpactRadius.com. They’re like the affiliate networks or the houses that house all the different brands inside. So you can find the Wal-Marts and the Targets or whatever inside those networks. So once you get approved for their service, you can just start applying to all those different ones.

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Thanks for the list. Its frustrating to get approved to some affiliate networks. Here’s another affiliate program you can add to the list. It’s a PLR membership site. You get paid even if your customer signs up only for free trial. If they pay, you get 20-50%. To be honest, I earn more from the Free trial signups than the paid ones. Join here – http://marketingboo.com/joinplraffiliate/
One last thing to consider: even if your product listings point to reputable retailers, visitors might be confused or freaked out when they’re sent to other sites when trying to purchase your curated products. By being upfront about your affiliate relationship and how the site works, you’ll increase trust and remove any doubts they have about shopping with you.
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.
You will first need to learn which products/merchants are best to refer your audience too. Most websites have an “Affiliates” tab at the top or bottom of their website where you can sign up. You can also Google “_____ affiliate program” to see it it shows up here. There are many affiliate hubs which have thousands of products/merchants. Try out Amazon, ShareASale, or CJ. Once signed up and approved, you can start creating your affiliate links:
The direct affiliate marketing approach aims to promote products and services in posts. For example, you create a Facebook post about a book that you read and include an affiliate link from Amazon.com. Whoever clicks on the link will go straight to Amazon. By contrast, the indirect approach aims to direct traffic offsite where affiliate links are present. For instance, you create a Facebook post about the best marketing tools and add a link to your blog.
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?
Linkshare is the affiliate service provider of Walmart.com. Linkshare provides a simple interface and this single interface is responsible for tracking all the affiliates, purchases, commissions, impressions and sales. Private information like credit card data, transaction passwords remain secure only to the customer and it isn't tracked by the link share.

I would almost always rather send traffic to a reputable mid-sized merchant than a big-box merchant like Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy or others. The commissions are usually better, the customer service is usually better, and the cookie duration is almost always better. When Walmart told me that blogs weren’t allowed in their program, I was at first surprised and a little offended, but I quickly shrugged it off. Joining Walmart’s program hadn’t even crossed my mind until they approached me at Affiliate Summit and asked what I did.
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