Affiliate Marketing is where people sell a variety of products online through their blog, website or social media. They don’t physically handle the product, they just use their online presence to advertise the product and provide a link to purchase the product. The Affiliate marketer then earns a commission when their online marketing results in a sale.
If you are a beginner and want to know how to make money from Affiliate marketing then read on. It takes a little bit to get started but if you already have an established and successful online network then you’ve already done the hard part!
- Set up an online presence
This can be through a blog, an online store, email database or social media channels such as twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Getting an audiences takes work but once you have it, you have a platform for potential customers.
2. Apply to become a member of an Affiliate program
Search and join affiliate programs in your country. Ones I have tried:
I have found Commission Factory to be the best affiliate program for me because they represent Australian brands that I know and buy myself. You can join Commission Factory for free and then once you are a member you can search and apply to be an affiliate marketer for different brands. It isn’t guaranteed that you will be accepted by everyone. I made the mistake of applying to some big brands after publishing a blog with lots of swear words. They rejected me, obviously because they didn’t want to tarnish their brand by being associated with a bogan. Fair call. I plan to change the direction of my blog so I will re-apply to those brands later on. They also have an app which makes it easy to track how your commissions are going. They have lots of banner ads that are easy to use and tracking links you can create from any product on the brand website.
I haven’t had much success with Amazon but I haven’t utilised it very well. If I was consistently producing gift guides with good SEO then I think this would be a good money earner. They have a huge variety of books and products that would definitely be worth while marketing. The products are easy to search and links are very easy to get. I think that in Australia people aren’t that into Amazon so if you were blogging in a country that uses Amazon heavily then you would make good commissions. If you don’t sell anything in the first 90 days then you are automatically unsubscribed from their program so it might be better starting with another program first until you have found out what works best for you.
Biggest waste of time for me. Their website is not user friendly from your phone. Products look cheap and nasty. If you were good with design you would be better off uploading designs and hoping that other people sell them. You can get commissions of 60% though which is pretty amazing.
3. Promote the affiliate links online
If you write a blog post about a product, like a review then include your affiliate link so they can purchase the item. These are the most successful ways of marketing, by not being too obvious. You don’t necessarily need to write a review though, you could do a gift guide with inserted links or use a banner as an advertisement on your sidebar instead of google adsense when there is a promotion on.
If you post about a product on Instagram then put a link in your bio and refer to the link. Put the links directly in your twitter or facebook posts. Remove any previews that will take away from the branding. Talk about a product and then if someone asks where it is from then DM them.
If you have an email database then this is even better, place adverts at the bottom of your emails with inserted links or just email the database your affiliate links direct when there is a promotion.
Using an app like bitly to shorten the links could result in bitly getting the commission as they are now a VigLink Publisher which basically means when you shorten the link through Bitly they search it for money opportunities.
When using affiliate marketing (like the links in this post) ensure that you are making the reader aware that you will receive a commission in exchange for them purchasing through your links. This doesn’t always have to be obvious, it could be fine print at the bottom of a post, you could try and make a joke of it or just use a discreet hashtag like #ad.
Watch videos online about affiliate advertising or download training
Be careful not to catch up on scams! Never give out your credit card or paypal information.