How to promote affiliate links
Affiliate marketing is the most popular way to make money online.
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a process whereby you promote someone else’s product with a unique link that is given to you.
All you then have to do is promote the link and you will get a percentage of the sale.
As an affiliate you do not have to worry about getting traffic to your link and making a sale.
How to promote affiliate links
Different social media platforms have different rules for posting affiliate links.
For example, with Twitter you can just post your affiliate links straight to your Twitter feed, but if you if you are wondering how to promote affiliate links on Facebook it is a totally different story.
Here is an extract from .lovelyblogacademy.
- while Facebook allows people to use affiliate links, you are not allowed to use your Facebook for multi-level marketing, get rich quick schemes or to post “other money-making opportunities that offer compensation for little to no investment”.
This means that you cannot post affiliate links for money making opportunities.
You can however post affiliate links for topics such as fitness. But there are certain requirements.
it’s OK to use affiliate links (Amazon or otherwise) in your posts, but you have to have (a) proper disclosure and (b) a tag the company.
It is no good trying to cloak your affiliate link for a money making opportunity, Facebook will still not allow that so do not bother trying.
Hopefully that makes it clearer on how to promote affiliate links on Facebook.
How to promote affiliate links on YouTube.
Affiliate marketing on YouTube is legal just like other social media networks. However, if the primary purpose of your content and activities are to drive people off YouTube and onto other sites, it will likely violate YouTube’s spam policies. This link opens in a new page.
One important thing to notice on the spam policies section is the one that says:
“Scams: Content offering cash gifts, “get rich quick” schemes, or pyramid schemes (sending money without a tangible product in a pyramid structure).”
What happens when content violates this policy?
If your content violates this policy, we’ll remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If this is the first time you’ve posted content that violates our Community Guidelines, you’ll get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it’s not, we’ll issue a strike against your channel. Your channel will be terminated if you receive 3 strikes.
Many YouTubers do not disclose their affiliate links, but they should. The FTC has disclosure guidelines about affiliate marketing to help educate viewers, increase transparency, and reduce conflicts of interest. Standard practice is to disclose affiliate links in description sections and the channel’s about page. For example, “The video and description may contain affiliate links. If you click on a link, I may receive a commission. Money earned helps to support my channel.” There are various ways of saying the same thing so craft a statement to your liking.
Follow the rules in the spam policies section and you will have no problem with YouTube.
How to promote affiliate links on Google?
To promote affiliate links on Google you have to use Google Adwords.
However, here is a word of caution.
People have been banned for promoting affiliate links.
How to promote affiliate links without a website?
Although it is possible to promote affiliate links without a web site, the results are not that good.
The best way to promote your links include:
- Putting comments into posts. Don’t just post your link though as many people seem to do. Tell them what you thought of the post, usually a couple of sentences. Then say something like ” hey, I found this great product that might help you with….” and post your link. Make sure the product you are promoting is relative to the article.
- Create a post on a Facebook page. Again, make sure the link is relative to the page it is being posted on.
- Post your link on one of the many Free Ads Forums.
- If you have a budget then give paid advertising a go.
One of the most annoying thing about people posting affiliate links is that people just spam all the time. They have no regards for where they post their links. They just post them anywhere and everywhere. The links are usually sent from people in Africa or the middle east.
I bet you have seen one of these links sometime in the past year. A majority of people do the sensible thing and just ignore these ads or report them.
I hope you found how to promote affiliate links helpful.