Great overall look at the current state of things. Was a little surprised to see a “possibly sleazy” mention for CJ, but NOT Clickbank… there are TONS of fairly sleazy products on Clickbank from my last look compared to CJ. Commissions are super high on CB (digital/info) products, of course, but the quality on offer there can be far lower than most items on CJ and others.
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.
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Facebook’s Branded Content Policy is a bit unclear when it comes to Amazon affiliate marketing on Facebook and marketing with other affiliate networks. The policy mentions that only verified pages and profiles – those with the blue verified badge – can post branded content, which is content that talks about other brands and products from third parties. This sounds a lot like affiliate marketing.
You don’t need to buy an expensive camera or drone. You can produce top notch quality videos using just your smartphone. One thing that you do need to work on though, is the editing. Get very good at editing or pay somebody to do it for you. It would be great if you took the trouble to learn to edit well. it’s a useful skill that will pay off very well in the long term. Psst…it’s not that hard – really!
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.

Plan your video before you make it. Rambling is one way to make a long, over-saturated video that can cause your bounce rate to sky rocket (people clicking off the video). Make a script to follow (but give yourself for some improvisation) and also don't be afraid to cut out content you think is uninteresting or not relevant. No one wants to hear about your Gran's sixtieth birthday bash on a video unboxing the latest sneakers.
Always select highly targeted fans. If your site talks about iPhones and iPads, then select people that follow Apple products, Apps, and similar. Don’t go and try for a larger audience who love all technology in general because you’ll receive less clicks and low quality fans. Even with a very targeted selection, you’ll have at least some hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of fans to promote.
When you place an affiliate link on Facebook, you need to be clear that you’ll get paid if someone clicks on your link and purchases the product. There’s no specific terminology you need to use, but it does have to be clear that your link is an affiliate link. Even saying something as simple as “This is an affiliate link” before you place the link can suffice.
But be CAREFUL!  There are a couple of considerations when you decide to promote affiliate products.  Number one, don’t promote crap!  Make sure it’s a good product that fits your audience.  Your Facebook Page is not an ATM.  If you oversell your audience, they will leave.  You have worked hard to build up your Facebook audience and you want to be providing value first and foremost.  So when you find something good that you believe in and will help them, then you can share it with your community.
If doing an entire ad campaign sounds a little daunting, consider promoting selects of what you post. When you see something is performing well, you can give it a bit of a boost to increase sales even more. This is a great middle ground for people interested in increasing their affiliate marketing game on Facebook but don’t have the time, energy, or desire to create strong images for an ad campaign.
It seems like everyone is on Facebook these days, and it’s not just for keeping up with college friends or your crazy Aunt Sally either. There is a lot of business that happens on Facebook as well. You may even be considering using Facebook Ads as part of your next affiliate promotion. If so, this article is for you. Below I’ll share with you 9 tips for running Facebook Ads for affiliate promotions.

For most people, it’s either Target or Walmart when you go out to shop for household essentials. Sure you can buy online for the most part, even get your groceries delivered, but to save a few bucks and get stuff instantly, you’ll need to venture out to a superstore. Target has multiple ways of saving including through their popular smartphone app.
Concerningly, our results show that the overall prevalence of affiliate disclosures is low, and that the disclosures are largely of the variety the FTC specifically advocates against: the Affiliate Link disclosures. In fact, Explanation disclosures—which the FTC recommends—only appear in 1.82% and 2.43% of affiliate content on YouTube and Pinterest respectively.
Anyway, the point here is that I made some very good friends in some forums and I had access to 10 million Facebook Fans in separated Facebook Fanpages (everything between 200k to 2 million fans each). So I decided to make a little FREE campaign with those fans and see if I could filter at least 500 leads in a week. It should be easy to get 500 fans interested on making money online and SEO from 10 millions overall, right?
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When other Facebook users like what they see, they have a simple and easy way of showing it. By clicking “Like”, they are showing on their feed that it’s there and that they approve. They can even click “Share” to re-post it on their timeline or even a friend’s. This can then be seen by their friends, and if their friends like it, the same process happens again. Ultimately, you end up with a ripple effect, which starts at your page and spreads, reaching a multitude of relevant people.

Facebook can be tricky. Its terms change frequently regarding promoted and branded content, especially as the new forms of branded and sponsored content become popular, which affects the way in which you can use Amazon affiliate links without getting into trouble with Facebook. Your understanding of the process and the important steps to take to stay within Facebook and Amazon guidelines will help your money-making abilities.

Yet, if you are still not sold on the payoffs of offering high commissions, remember that your affiliates are not just bringing you sales, they’re bringing you customers. You’ll have access to people who you can re-market to time and time again. Repeat customers have a 60-70% higher chance of buying from you compared to a first time customer, and they also give your store more word of mouth marketing. Thus, it’s best to do what you can to foster a strong, mutually beneficial business relationship with them.
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.

It’s no secret that consumers are now spending the majority of their digital time on their mobile devices, and 80% of Pinterest’s traffic is generated through its mobile app. This means that when users click on affiliate pins, they will most often be taken to the mobile version of advertisers’ sites. An engaging, user-friendly mobile experience, with simple checkout options will help increase conversions.
Let’s take a look at a real-life example. I’ll show you how I did keyword research to promote my affiliate pin for the Pin To Profits – Affiliate Marketing Course. The course teaches beginners how to make money on Pinterest using affiliate links. Before I put myself in my audience’s shoes, I make a note of the key information about the course that I need to convey.
Deep linking is available, but a bit disorganized. Deep linking is the practice by which an affiliate creates a link to a specific page on the merchant’s site. For example, instead of using a generic homepage affiliate link, I deep link to an article that relates to my post. Deep linking increases conversion and sales potential. Shopify affiliates can deep link by adding their IDs to URLs and blog posts, for example, www.shopify.com/pricing?ref=[ID/Your_Unique_Referral_Handle].

1. If you want your affiliates to link to any product or category page, you first need to make sure our landing page code is on all product and category pages. This can be easily done by adding our landing page code to the product and category template files that are used to control the layout for these pages. Most shopping carts have one controlling file for these pages. To get the landing page code, login to your admin area and go to Getting Started -> Set Up Software, and then in the pop-up window, click the link that says:
It used to be that you’d scan the Yellow Pages and look for a fellow handyman to swing by and fix your gutters or leak. With the Thumbtack app you can enter in the type of project you need someone to work on, whether that’s a Wedding DJ or a Handyman, Thumbtack has the most extensive database of available workers on your project willing to bid on it.
Hi, Steve! Thank you for sharing this. You’re right, I shy away from making videos because I don’t believe I can make one. I enjoyed watching the video that you have prepared; it was very explanatory. I also visited Animoto and I liked it very much. I want to start making my own video now and I hope I will be successful in creating and promoting it.
While there are many different affiliate programs out there, I've put together this list of programs that I'm currently approved for and use for Pinterest affiliate marketing.  I do also have two blogs, but when I applied to most of these, I specifically listed Pinterest as my “website” and specified that Pinterest would be my primary marketing channel.  A few of them declined me, however, I called/emailed to inquire why.  Once they understood why I didn't list a blog, they went ahead and approved me.  If you apply and get denied – don't get discouraged!  Send them an email or call them and find out exactly why.  Also, be sure to review the TOS (terms of service) to see if Pinterest is an allowable platform for promoting their content.  And remember, what you pin isn't about what YOU like or want!  You have to really keep tabs on your analytics to find out what your AUDIENCE is wanting more of and find affiliate programs for those products!
Give your audience the tools to be successful on Shopify. As a way to attract referrals, offer your audience resources and bonuses to equip them with the tools to be a successful entrepreneurs. Some ideas include: a consultation session over video chat, a store audit, supplementary educational materials, or showcasing their Shopify story on your own platforms.
Side note – If you do have a blog, just about any and everything that you use on your blog (hosting, themes, plugins, etc) has an affiliate program so apply to them!  You can also check out my List of Awesome Affiliate Programs which includes everything I use on my own blogs and more!  Even if you don't “blog” about those things, you can use them for Pinterest!
After you create posts with affiliate links on your business page, you should get into the habit of sharing them on your personal profile. Your friends and family will usually help you get more engagement out of your posts, which directly affects your post reach, by commenting, liking, or sharing them. You can also encourage your friends and family to help support your business endeavor by sharing at least one of your Facebook posts weekly.

Sign into Youtube and go to “Creator Studio.” Now go to Channel –> Status And Features –> External Annotations. Add your website and go through the verification process. You may need to add your website to Google Search Console. Now go to the “Advanced” tab under Channel and add your website as an Associated Website. Full instructions are found here.


The popularity of affiliate programs has a huge impact on how online brands spend their money on the development of their business. This approach proves to be working, as it is cost-effective: you only pay when you reach a sale. In fact, 81% of brands already leverage affiliate marketing using third-party entrepreneurs and influencers. That is why almost every online store has to consider this when trying to compete in the world of eCommerce.
Arguably the field that needs more neat apps is Real Estate. If you’ve ever done home shopping or selling you’ll know it’s a stressful and extremely time-consuming process. As a buyer, you want the best house for the money, and as a seller, you want the most money for your home. But one thing is for sure is that you’ll massive amounts of time shopping and selling.

I was interested in joining the Amazon associate program but the update rolled out. I haven’t started work as an Amazon affiliate so I was just curious to ask that is it fine if we send traffic only from social media platforms? Does Amazon allow only social traffic like Pinterest, Instagram? Will it result in a ban if we don’t add much content rather make it look like an e-commerce store?
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Facebook can be tricky. Its terms change frequently regarding promoted and branded content, especially as the new forms of branded and sponsored content become popular, which affects the way in which you can use Amazon affiliate links without getting into trouble with Facebook. Your understanding of the process and the important steps to take to stay within Facebook and Amazon guidelines will help your money-making abilities.
When providing affiliate links, you want to do is discreetly but also so that the user will actually see it. You can place links in your description (mention this in your video) or even put annotations in your videos for people to click. I wouldn't spam your videos with links, otherwise people will just see you videos as pushy and trying to sell something. The best way is to appear genuine and honest.
You’ll need a few things though. Since you’re now promoting a direct link to your website, you want to get the most out of it because you won’t get new fans using this method. So either you create something to make them follow you to a twitter/Facebook/whatever account, or you turn them into email subscribers. So that’s what we’re doing here. Building a list for a selected niche.
My next target was to rinse and repeat this, now using a better image, description and setting a low spending limit. So I prepared 3 different images and 3 different campaigns. All of them had the same description and were targeted to the same countries, ages and interests. The only thing that changed was the image, were I used a computer with a graph, a beautiful lady and a computer with money instead of just my cover image.
You'll probably have heard of other YouTuber's mentioning a schedule of when they upload- it's because viewers tend to look for the next video added and want to know when. If your channel has a lot of subscribers, they will often by checking their subscription boxes for new videos. Having regular uploaded content helps keep your viewers onboard with your brand.
Hi Tim! I’ve talked to Amazon about this as well, as have many other bloggers I know personally. Each one of us is getting different answers. It’s VERY frustrating. Many have been told as long as their Pinterest account is listed in their profile, it’s fine. For those that haven’t, I’ve pointed out during my calls to Amazon that you can pin Amazon affiliate products directly to Pinterest from the rewardStyle interface, so it’s silly for them to tell anyone that they can’t do it directly from their Amazon Associates account. But of course, with Amazon giving different bloggers different answers, you have to do what you are comfortable with. Or, if in doubt, pin Amazon products via rewardStyle if you are a member 🙂 Hope that helps.
It used to be that you’d scan the Yellow Pages and look for a fellow handyman to swing by and fix your gutters or leak. With the Thumbtack app you can enter in the type of project you need someone to work on, whether that’s a Wedding DJ or a Handyman, Thumbtack has the most extensive database of available workers on your project willing to bid on it.

Through our global affiliate network, we empower marketers to engage shoppers across the entire consumer journey. Affiliate success comes down to partnerships — we connect advertisers with publishers to reach new audiences and influence repeat purchases. Our solutions create a holistic strategy that delivers proven incremental revenue and is continually optimized for performance.
In this area, Walmart may not be as optimized as Amazon Prime’s 2-day delivery promise, but we expect it will improve. As of June 2017, it was doing everything it could to match Amazon, scrapping the old “ShippingPass” membership, testing an app-based employee delivery service, and offering pick-up discounts on up to 1 million of its online-only products.  
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