7 Powerful Ways to do Affiliate Marketing with Social Media


Affiliate marketing with social media is one of the fastest and most enjoyable ways to get started making money online.

When you find a quality affiliate product to promote you can sidestep the many hours of work involved in creating a compelling product and crafting a sales page that converts.

Simply send traffic to an offer as an affiliate and you get paid every time that traffic converts.

Although affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to get started if you just get an affiliate link and start hustling it around social media you will be missing out on plenty of sales, traffic, and good will with your audience that you could gain by taking a different approach and creating value first.

Facebook is trying to keep sales related posts out of the news feed so if you post an affiliate link directly to Facebook it will not preview properly.

Even on social media sites like Twitter you will get poor results if you don’t promote your affiliate link properly.

Here are 7 ideas to help you get more traffic from social media so you can create more value and make more money with affiliate marketing

1. Create an Affiliate Redirect Link

A raw affiliate URL is easy to spot and since it looks sketchy many people simply won’t click it.


If you create a re-direct you can get a much cleaner link that attract more clicks.

Here’s an example of a .php redirect to my Facebook Marketing website fbPower:


The file that is doing the redirecting is named index.php and is placed in the fbpower folder on my server.

Here is the exact code inside the index.php file that makes this redirect possible.


header( ‘Location: http://fbpower.com/‘ ) ;


2. Deliver Quality Content First

Instead of constantly promoting products and services start by creating and sharing great content that your audience will enjoy.

You can get great results by delivering compelling content and then promoting your affiliate link at the end of your content.

Your content could be any different form:

  • A Blog post
  • A Facebook post
  • An Email Newsletter
  • A YouTube Video
  • An Infographic
  • A Podcast

You should buy and use any product you promote.  If you sell yourself on a product first it becomes much easier to then recommend that product to other people with your affiliate link.

Once someone is on your site they should have the opportunity to join your list.  I recommend using a light-box plugin to capture subscribers.

3. Link Images of the Product You are Promoting

Images attract clicks.

Take a screen grab of the page you are promoting and then link that picture to the page with your affiliate link.

For example this is what my Facebook marketing product fbPower looks like:


4. Use Social Media to Grow Your Email List

The best way to use affiliate marketing with social media is to use social media to build your email list, and then make affiliate promotions via email.

Social media sites are interested in selling advertising and maintaining high quality content on their sites so by promoting affiliate offers directly on social media you are running the risk of having your account banned.

By building your list with social media you mitigate this risk and maximize your conversions.

The bigger and more responsive your email list is the more traffic you can send and the more money you can make.

Give tons of great value for free to gain the trust of your audience and respect that trust by only recommending quality products and services.

If you use Aweber you can also get your broadcast emails to post to your Twitter stream and Facebook page.

If you want idea for growing your email list check out this post about how to get more leads.

5. Be Smart About How You Shorten Your Links

Certain link shortening services do not allow you to use affiliate links.

Bit.ly does not allow clickbank hop links, neither does goo.gl, and several other URL shortening services do not allow this either.

However, the service tinyurl.com does.

6. Only Promote High Quality Offers

By promoting a high quality offer everyone wins.

The customer wins because they are getting an awesome deal on powerful information.

The affiliate wins because they get a healthy commission for sending the traffic and referring the sales.

And the product creator wins by earning money for the hard work they put into producing an awesome product.

7. Set up Evergreen Autoresponder Emails

Autoresponders (I use Aweber) can be a powerful tool for turning your new subscribers into trusting readers who will click the links you recommend and consider the products you recommend.

Set your autoresponder up with 7 emails set to deploy one week day after another for the first 7 days after someone joins your list.

You can even turn these 7 emails into an eCourse and turn them into a lead magnet.

This is a great idea since an eCourse has a high value and this gets people thinking about your emails as highly valuable from the start.

I created a free Twitter tips eCourse and my subscribers love it!


Are you making thousands of dollars with affiliate marketing and social media yet?

The affiliate marketing strategies above help me and my affiliates make sales every day!

How you ever sold a product with social media? Share your social media marketing success story below.

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20 Responses to 7 Powerful Ways to do Affiliate Marketing with Social Media

  1. Michael Rodriquez April 6, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    Very well written article about affiliate marketing. You have described everything about it. I really needed to know about basics of it so that i can work on my site as well, improve it and make sales effectively.

  2. Joshua Sinate April 3, 2017 at 9:18 am #

    That was a really good read about affiliate marketing. The tips and techniques listed are very true. The information shared by you will really inspire many more to take a step towards affiliate marketing. Well done!

  3. Ulises B. March 28, 2017 at 5:01 am #

    Hi Garin, mi name is Ulises, thanks for the tips, I am really happy for knowing the url shortener tip !!

  4. John Reese February 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    Interesting ideas. I am new doing affiliate marketing and hope I can see a difference after trying out some of your ideas. Many Thanks!

  5. Dawn L February 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

    I am new to affilated marketing on social media. I do need some help. I want to do this right way. I don’t want it to look like spam. I have done a website (www.babyonabudget.jimbo.com) using affilating marketing with Wakmart and Amazon.I don’t know if I did it right. Any suggestions on this would be very helpful. Thanks.

  6. Joramir January 10, 2017 at 9:59 pm #

    I did launch my affiliate marketing site and I was having trouble making sales unto it. I do hope that after applying what you said will make my site better. Many thanks to you for sharing those tips.

  7. Ivo Alaraiao November 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

    Hi Garin,
    I found your article interesting, please email me to do further discussion about this. really need your help. Thanks

  8. Amina October 17, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi Garin,
    Without doubt i find in your article what im looking for but i didn’t understand how to apply it, i have affiliate links but i didn’t understand the code of php which you put, how i can do this step.
    Please really i need your help.

    Thanks in advance.

  9. Ellen Chedid October 7, 2016 at 3:51 am #

    This post is super relevant. I personally see a lot of benefit with marketing affiliate products over social media. I think it can be a lot easier and profitable if the right strategies are put in place. thank you for sharing.

  10. colebakerau May 5, 2016 at 6:17 am #

    Really good post. i will return and read it again

  11. Andrew February 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

    This is a really excellent article, I was especially impressed by the range of different tips you explained. This would be so useful to newbie marketers. I have just been working on an ebook which lays out many similar ideas, which may be of interest, its a free guide, which you can pick up from: http://www.homewealthcreator.com – I’d welcome any feedback that you may have on this. Thanks again for sharing the tips.

  12. aforabi February 14, 2016 at 8:10 pm #

    Hi, thanks for sharing your tips here …

    I personally liked the URL redirect as it looks more clean and more user-friendly … which will help generate more clicks!

    In addition to social media, I also think you can also create your own website and promote offers from ClickBank and Amazon.

    The KEY to affiliate marketing success lies in knowing and applying few strategies that I talk about in my own article …

  13. Anna November 10, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    You are right, many url shortening services do not allow afilliate links. I personally use Google’s url shortening link and it works good with facebook. Thanks for this resourceful article.

    • Garin November 10, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

      You’re welcome! Thanks for sharing the link shortener you use. Good to know goo.gl works with affiliate links.

  14. Elisheva August 19, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Great information! Thanks for posting this!


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