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.
The most important rule you need to remember when adding affiliate links is to mention that it is an affiliate link. In your pin descriptions, Pinterest urges you to always disclose that it is an affiliate link and affiliate networks require it. You can write this within your description or use #affiliate at the end of your description. This needs to be done in order to follow affiliate networks rules and abide by FTC regulations.
Yes! You may be confused because affiliate links were effectively banned from Pinterest back in 2015. But on May 12, 2016 Pinterest announced that affiliate links are once again allowed on Pinterest. Pinterest said in part, “In the past, we removed affiliate links from Pinterest because spammers were abusing them. Now that our spam detection system is so much stronger, we’re ready to allow affiliate links again. To make way for these changes, we’re making minor updates to our acceptable use policy. We’ll start rolling out all affiliate networks today and over the coming weeks.”
Hi Ally, You don’t need anything like Leadpages or autoresponders to use affiliate links on Pinterest. All you need are to be a part of some affiliate programs and a Pinterest account as I mentioned above! I pay for neither Leadpages nor an autoresponder, I’m not sure why they would be necessary for affiliate marketing? Maybe I have misunderstood. Gemma
By creating a favorite things page, you can direct interested parties from all of your social platforms to this page when they ask about anything you love or use. AND you can include that link in your YouTube description knowing that it can continually be updated and improved so present and future viewers of your videos will be able to see the updated version at all times.
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.
So I’d love for you guys to think about using affiliate marketing as a way of selling other people’s stuff. And if you’re going to talk about it anyway for free, you might as well use the affiliate link, which is usually the situation which I use it. But you can also make maybe a dedicated a channel about product reviews and things also. Or just consider making your own stuff that you’re going to sell as well.

Further, you can use affiliate networks or free tools for affiliate marketing with Shopify in order to tailor the best affiliate programs to fit your needs.  You can even set-up your own ecommerce affiliate program which can bring high quality affiliates on board who will sell your products for you. No matter which approach you choose to take, when it comes to the best affiliate programs available for your business, top results always come from the amount of effort you put in to ensure your affiliates have the resources they need to succeed.

Second, you need to nurture your email list. Michelle didn’t even start an email list until she had been blogging for 2-3 years and only began focusing heavily on it last year. Those email subscribers are your loyal followers, your tribe. They are the ones who want what you have to offer and will become your customers when you are ready to sell something, whether that’s through creating a product or through affiliates.

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.
Correct, Jeff, every affiliate’s EPC is in direct correlation with the commission level they get to. In my research, however, the exact commission level is somewhat irrelevant to know. What I was analyzing were (a) loyalty affiliates and (b) “affiliate using more diverse methods”, and based on what they reported, quoted averages of their averages (e.g.: if one reports a $30 EPC, another – $34, and yet another – $38, our average EPC for the group is $34). So, in a way, the EPC that I’m quoting above is similar to an overall program’s EPC, only split into two “types of marketing methods” used.

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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.


I was wondering if there is an affiliate network that connects relevant pages/groups to people looking to promote their product or site? Meaning if I have a sports related product, even team related lets say, I would want to get in touch with all page/group admins in order to give them affiliate commissions to post my product on their page/group. What would be the best way to go about this?
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You want to get those viewers who are searching through hundreds of videos to click on your video and a good title can be the key to this. Make sure your title is captivating and also true to your video content. Creating simply clickbait videos will cause your video to get disliked and the bounce rate will skyrocket. This two negative signals will cause your video to be pushed further down into the oblivion of search.

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Understanding the effectiveness of your affiliate program is crucial for sustainable success. Identifying your top-performing affiliate marketers, for example, can help you double-down on what’s working. Why are they so effective? Were they very loyal to your brand before becoming an affiliate? If yes, then maybe you need to contact your most frequent shoppers about joining the program.
Additionally, it happens to be that I am trying to do this with a two tier affiliate program. Meaning A group admin would post a link to my site on the FB group/page and then the user would click through to my site and then from my site I would be providing value and referring them to the actual site where they would make the purchase. Do you have any recommendations for how to best do this?
Hey Servando, thx for your feedback. I wouldnt mind to spend 20 bucks, if I only would find out what do I wrong at the moment. Aside from an appealing banner, I only have INTERESTS and TERRITORY as the main parameters. Whatever I changed along with them had only small influence on the global result. For example Male/Female/All – Behavior and so on. It seems to me, once you set the “foundation” with interests and territory, every other parameter has less than 5% influence on the result.
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9. Attracting Mobile App and Game Developers: We’ve been talking about mobile being “the next big thing” for years, but it’s already here and it’s already big (with as much as half of affiliate-referred transactions originating from mobile devices). However, Amazon is one of very few advertisers that offers something like their Mobile Associates API for game and app developers to sell their products within the mobile apps.
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.
Amazon has a wide-range of products for you to promote, and you can always create affiliate links for those products. Don’t skip this step, because this is what will make you money. If you forget to promote the products using your affiliate links, but instead, you are promoting the product directly using the product link, then you will not get the percentage of any sales that come from your link. So, be sure that before promoting any products, you should create affiliate links for it. Only then will you be able to make money from your promotion.

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.”


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.

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“Such disclosure tools are a step in the right direction, however it is unlikely that such blanket disclosures will cover all marketing strategies,” the researchers wrote. “Future work could investigate what kind of affordances should be designed into social media platforms to enable affiliates to disclose clearly.” The researchers said companies paying content publishers to post sponsored content should also be held accountable for better disclosure practices.
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Correct, Jeff, every affiliate’s EPC is in direct correlation with the commission level they get to. In my research, however, the exact commission level is somewhat irrelevant to know. What I was analyzing were (a) loyalty affiliates and (b) “affiliate using more diverse methods”, and based on what they reported, quoted averages of their averages (e.g.: if one reports a $30 EPC, another – $34, and yet another – $38, our average EPC for the group is $34). So, in a way, the EPC that I’m quoting above is similar to an overall program’s EPC, only split into two “types of marketing methods” used.
First, let me emphasize that I feel strongly that bloggers should not go overboard when sharing affiliate links on Pinterest. Think about it… When you scroll through your Pinterest feed, do you want to only see products for sale? Probably not. So exercise your judgment and make sure that affiliate links are a small percentage of the content that you share on Pinterest.
Time really is money at Amazon. If the user decides not to make a purchase within 24 hours of clicking your trackable link, you get nothing because the cookie code has already expired. On big ticket items like TV’s and refrigerators, this is very common. Additionally, if they don’t trust your site, they may simply exit the browsing session and go to Amazon directly, which also means you miss out.
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