It has been over a year since we first asked this question, and even though there still aren’t any definitive answers from YouTube or Amazon, a lot has changed and there are even more examples of people intelligently leveraging affiliate links on their YouTube channels. When used correctly, affiliate links in YouTube are a fantastic way to provide even more value to your viewers as well as earn some extra affiliate revenue. In fact, a recent Quora article we found shows that oftentimes this “extra affiliate revenue” can actually be a very significant amount!
Hi Amy! Question…I am signed up with Google Affiliate Network, and know how to place ads in sidebar. If I write a post referring to the advertiser, can I put link in my post, OR, am I limited to the banner ads in sidebar?
John Souza is founder and chief strategist of SMMU and Social Media Impact, and is a bestselling business author. He won the 2011 Tech Marketing Awards ‘Social Media Marketer of the Year’ and most recently the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Online Education Site. John has appeared on The Michael Gerber Show, and his business has been honored at the Mashable Awards, Forbes Business Awards and The Stevie Awards.
In fact, if you’re being asked for a credit card number just to become an affiliate, you might be getting scammed. Most reputable companies that offer affiliate programs allow people to become affiliates free of charge.
Before we get into details, let’s answer the question from our headline: can a small business benefit from Facebook Video Ads? Definitely! This is the simplest way to explain how the ads function: you upload your video, you set the budget, and you allow Facebook to promote it to your specific audience. You’ll get relevant views that can easily convert.
Banners – after testing them out I decided to take down my banner ads since they looked salesy and weren’t working like my affiliate links did. They’re easy to throw up, but distracting and probably won’t get great results. If you try them, be sure to show specific sidebar banners based on the type of content people are reading on your blog (for posts that fall under my SEO category I would show a banner related to SEO, and for posts under my website speed category I would show a different banner). You can do this using a plugin like Widget Logic.
I do not use my own links unless I have express permission to do so (in writing). This is very important for many networks such as AdSense which will kick you out of the program if you click on the ads on your own site. One of my affiliates indeed did let me use my affiliate link to purchase a second of their products, but only one time. But I was so nervous, I emailed them and asked explicitly if I was reading that right. “So, can I click on my own affiliate link on my own blog and purchase this?” The response was, “Yes, you can use your own link.” And I wrote back again, “So, I will in no way be penalized if I click on my own affiliate link?” (I think I drove them crazy (Hi, can you say anal? 🙂 ) but they assured me it was fine…and it was. All that to say, be very, very careful! I know the fine print is tedious, but being familiar with the TOS (Terms of Service) is really to your benefit.
Online marketers are aware of the fact that they need to present unique value to the users, but they often forget about this element when creating Facebook Video Ads. Why should your target consumer watch your video? Will they learn something new? Will you help them solve a problem? These ads are not meant to be just fun; they need to show how your company is better than the competitive brands.
Disclosure: Please note that links to merchants mentioned within this post might be using an affiliate link which means that – at zero cost to you – I might earn a commission if you buy something through that affiliate link. That said, I never recommend anything I don’t personally use and find to be a valuable asset to my business.
So if you have a course or product that you’ve personally used and seen a lot of success from, check and see if there’s an affiliate program – because if you’re going to recommend it anyway, you might as well get paid for it!
One thing I want to know if I have an affiliate link of a shoe and anyone go through my link on the product site and purchase any other product in place of the shoe, then will i get commission for that purchased product?
The users of the product are the casual marketers who have used the product, liked it and then posted a review about it. Their primary aim is only to earn affiliate income through the product review. Affiliate marketing is one of the ways to earn substantial income by posting other brand’s product reviews or informative videos. For example, sponsored content or niche-based YouTube channels will always use affiliate link of various brands to earn the commission.
It’s easy to implement. You share a link with your readers and that’s it. You don’t have to worry about tracking sales, providing customer service, setting up payments, or anything else. All that support is handled by the merchant.
OMG Chris , this article gives me a boost. I’ve been wanting to get into affiliate marketing since a long time now but never got the confidence. However, after I’ve read your article and done the 10 days course I feel confident to begin.
It’s easy to throw up Google AdSense on your blog – but good luck making decent income from it. It is NOT personalized whereas affiliate links involve people taking YOUR recommendation on very specific things. It also makes your site slower than a turtle. Not good for monetization!
The first point is straightforward enough; affiliates need to identify offers that include ads that will fit easily into their site. For example, if your site has only 300×250 ad units you’ll want to stick only to offers that have a 300×250 ad.
All in all, it takes just a basic strategy to get started with affiliate marketing on YouTube. The goal is to get those first 10 videos done, and up. Then you can start pushing to get views and sales. Make sure that your videos inspire those sales or you won’t get them!
It only makes sense for us to discuss affiliate marketing YouTube strategies. As video becomes more and more prominent, this is a trend that’s just not going away—so the sooner you can hop on board and utilize your YouTube, the better.
I would then get a hosting provider (a place to put the website on the internet) and a domain name (the name for the website), and then install WordPress so I could start playing around with the look of my website. I’d browse some free ‘themes’ (pre-designed ‘looks’ for websites) if I was tight on cash, or I might buy a high-quality one if I had the money.
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For example, you may hope to draw more business to your kitchen store. Instead of just advertising that you have blenders for sale, you might experiment with things that people can make with your blender, such as a demonstration of how to make healthy smoothies or jazzy margaritas. This provides the consumer with more value than if you just say that you have a blender on sale.
In this post I’m going to walk you through everything you need to know to start affiliate marketing on your blog, even if you’ve never made a cent online before, don’t know what affiliate marketing is, or haven’t even started to build your blog.
Good earning tips! But I hope that creating an ebook is not an easy process and some specific skills are required. Anyway, I accept your idea to make huge money daily with it. Thanks for sharing the nice information.
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Remember: Purchasing generic content is NOT an effective method to build your site. While it may be tempting to populate your site this way, in the long run it won’t help you to position yourself as an expert in your niche (and ultimately means less traffic and fewer sales).
Though the glory days may be behind us, affiliate marketing remains a multi-billion dollar industry and a primary source of income for thousands of successful online entrepreneurs. As the number of merchants embracing affiliate marketing strategies has increased, new opportunities have been created for Web publishers able to build an audience and effectively promote affiliate offers.
This is the first time to your site and I am delighted I found you. I am an article writer that has written so much about affiliate marketing, network marketing and all aspects of IM, I decided to start my own website to try and help those who are new to the business.
It is all too common to be working on one thing when all of a sudden, something “shiny” comes through your inbox or is mentioned in a forum you frequent. Then off you go chasing some new idea to make money online.
The content of the video is the most precious one to describe. Choose the story that is unique and interesting from the daily routine video snack of watching. Also, the proper use of audio and video editing software is one of the considering factors. Make sure to deliver the ultimate video by using the advanced video cameras.
Relevant websites that attract the same target audiences as the advertiser but without competing with it are potential affiliate partners as well. Vendors or existing customers can also become recruits if doing so makes sense and does not violate any laws or regulations (such as with pyramid schemes).
DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This help support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support!
Regarding “convincing someone to buy your product is not that easy”, I do agree with you, but at the same time, I remember all those products I’ve bought online. I did not search on Google for those products neither I went to the company websites to get information and buy. They were affiliate people and their blogs that inspired to buy them. PrettyLink Pro, SEO Pressor was recommended by Kimberley, I bought Profits Theme, WP Zon builder because Alex Whaley recommended. Similarly I bought CommentLuv Premium because Ileane, Kavita, Steve and many others were talking good about it.
The final component that completes the affiliate relationship triangle is the consumer. The consumer is the one who actually sees the ad and then makes an action (either by clicking a link or by submitting their information via a form) that takes them from the publisher’s website to the advertiser’s to complete the action, which we call a conversion.
Choose your audience. Like I mentioned before, you have a wealth of targeting options at your disposal. You can also retarget previous website visitors or use any of the Custom Audiences you might already have, like your email list or app users. You can also target the fans of your Facebook page.
I’ve seen affiliate marketing in action, and I know it works. I’ve been paying alot of attention here, and I also know why it doesn’t work. There is most certainly a right way and a wrong way to tackle affiliate marketing to make real money.