7 Value Adding Affiliate Marketing Strategies for Social Media


The affiliate marketing strategies for social media shared in this post contain some 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 from your affiliate marketing with social media efforts.

1. Create Affiliate Redirect Links

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

That’s why one of the most powerful affiliate marketing tips is to turn raw affiliate links into click friendly redirect links.

Check out the affiliate link below for example:


It really does not look like a friendly link and the uncertainty of where the link goes will deter people from clicking.

If you create a re-direct you can get a much cleaner link that attract more clicks.  This is great to use for social media affiliate marketing, enail marketing, or on any medium you use to share your affiliate links.

Here’s an example of a redirect to my marketing training solution Marketing Income Lab:


The easiest way to set up a redirect if you have a self-hosted WordPress website is to use the Redirection plugin.

The Redirection plugin is super easy to use and I demo how to use it in the video below.



To use the redirection plugin, and indeed any WordPress plugin, you will need a self-hosted WordPress blog.

Here is an article I created showing how you can get setup with a self-hosted WordPress blog in 10 minutes or less.

2. Deliver Excellent Quality Content First

If you are wondering how to promote affiliate marketing offers a great place to start is by producing quality content.

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 of the 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 genuinely recommend and promote 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.

Check out this article for plenty of more great ways to get more leads and grow your email list.

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 the image below is what my Marketing Income Lab training product looks like.MarketingIncomeLab-Website-Preview

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.

And ultimately the best way to go is to buy WordPress web hosting and use a custom domain and the redirection app I recommended in tip #1.

Here’s a post where I show how you can get set up with WordPress in 10 minutes or less.

6. Only Promote High Quality Offers

Affiliate marketing with social media is much better all around when you promote a quality offer.

Promoting a high quality offer is one of the best affiliate marketing strategies because everyone wins.

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

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 Auto-responder Emails

Email auto-responders (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!

Bonus: Learn How To Make Money as An Affiliate

If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing I recommend you check out the #1 Affiliate Marketing training portal Affilorama.

Their founder Mark Ling has made millions online and shares powerful secrets for affiliate marketing success inside Affilorama.



Are you making thousands of dollars from your affiliate marketing with 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 affiliate marketing with social media marketing success story below.

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77 Responses to 7 Value Adding Affiliate Marketing Strategies for Social Media

  1. Ruby Zhang April 30, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

    Thank you for sharing those info. I am super excited to see good results after applying those tips.

  2. Edward Henke April 30, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

    Great affiliate markerting insights! Thank you for sharing. Happy newbie here. 🙂

  3. Jayaraj Chanku March 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

    Hi Garin,
    Impressive article. Excellent tips for creating affiliate marketing in social media. Thanks for sharing this step wise explanations in awesome way of story telling.

  4. Jing Zhang February 27, 2018 at 8:11 am #

    Thanks for the tips. I think niche and relevance is very important in affiliate marketing.

  5. Desmond Barry February 27, 2018 at 7:57 am #

    Thanks for sharing such a great, very informative and useful article to Affiliate marketing tips. Keep it up.

  6. Ron Pearce February 22, 2018 at 9:00 am #

    I must commend you for this very useful article. I have been searching for tips on affiliate marketing to find out if it is a source genuine online business, or something fraudulent. Thanks for the encouragement.

  7. William Blair February 22, 2018 at 8:51 am #

    Thanks so much for the tips, as I am a beginner in affiliate marketing and will take heed to the advice. Less is more for sure in trying to advertise too much and money is time as time is money. Better to be secure and proficient then not.

  8. Milton Babitzke February 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    These are some really good tips to earn money from affiliate marketing, as of now I am displayed only banner ads in my blog, I never included text links to my articles.

  9. iprism January 31, 2018 at 11:39 am #

    Thanks for sharing such a great, very informative and useful article to affiliate marketing strategies tips.
    Keep it up.

    • Garin January 31, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

      Thanks! Subscribe to our email list to be notified when we release new posts!

  10. Harmanpreet singh January 15, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Hmm, the very good list you added in your article and it’s not a small list. All media site is very useful but Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Linkedin and YouTube most of popular site. Thanks for you sharing.

    • Garin January 31, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

      You’re welcome!

  11. Pardhuman Lal January 10, 2018 at 10:40 am #

    Fantastic article – printed out to go through more thoroughly. Got tons of idea forming

    • Garin January 10, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed the article! Let me know if you have any questions.

  12. James January 7, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    Need to say dude that you have an awesome knowledge. Need to follow your blog posts. Bookmarked.

    • Garin January 10, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks for your positive feedback. Cheers!

  13. Neha January 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi Garin. Lots of money making tips that everyone should try and use on their websites. I certainly will be using some of these tips on my blog. Till now only have used adsense and infolinks.

    • Garin January 10, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

      Good luck making money with affiliate marketing on your blog!

  14. sevozaru December 14, 2017 at 11:33 pm #

    You have done an excellent job for letting us know about it. I liked your strategies.

  15. John Baikie December 12, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    A great point you made there though. Too many people try to take on too much at once and end up spreading themselves too thin – trying to conquer all the niches at the same time.

  16. Valerie Ann Knies December 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

    Really great article, a lot of info to make you think where your strategy might be placed, especially if you are just starting with this like I am.

  17. Rati Chan December 12, 2017 at 11:36 am #

    Absolutely great post I loved the last point the you have to do something different rather then promoting affiliate products in traditional matter.

  18. Douglas Thorpe December 12, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    Awesome tips for affiliate marketing.. Thank you so much for sharing.

  19. Alfred Mallory November 30, 2017 at 7:40 am #

    I use a few affiliate programs. But i’m novice at this one. Your advices are really helpful. Now i can go on next level. I will follow up your articles. Thank you so much for your tips!

  20. Klein Steve November 29, 2017 at 7:40 am #

    I was struggling to learn how to make money online and most people are looking me like crazy after i read this post iam start recommend this peoples confidently to read and understand what is affiliate marketing and how wealthy affiliate can help them. Excellent post.

  21. Chris Buys November 29, 2017 at 6:49 am #

    Thanks a lot that you writing about affiliate marting and how to grow your own business. I will definitely use your methods in the future.

  22. Irwin Larrier November 29, 2017 at 6:37 am #

    Rightly information about affiliate marketing, there some pro and cons on everything, if you find targeted customers to your blog then getting succeed in affiliate marketing is a cake walk. thanks for sharing the information on affiliate marketing.

  23. Georges Louis November 29, 2017 at 6:32 am #

    This is a very good overview of affiliate marketing. Also very much enjoyed your SEO series of emails. I am learning more about both areas and appreciate this information.

  24. andrew soon foong November 29, 2017 at 6:26 am #

    Affiliate marketing is the best thing to drive enormous sales and one can enjoy the results with minimum cost. The main thing to consider is to pay only for conversions and not for leads, this way one can eliminate the possibility of getting poor leads.

  25. tali November 29, 2017 at 6:20 am #

    I love the information in this post. I’m just adding affiliate marketing to my business model, and this will be very helpful to me along the way. Thanks.

  26. gary Cox November 29, 2017 at 5:59 am #

    Nice information about growing affiliate marketing for marketers. I am also internet marketer & blogger. I am learning & sharing my information’s with internet users.

  27. Ursula Gerard November 25, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

    I think affiliate marketing is a great way for internet marketers to make money online. The more you make sales, the more you will get pay for.

  28. Nicholas Coburn November 25, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    The good thing about affiliate marketing is that this industry is here to stay and will always be a reliable source of revenue for affiliates and bloggers looking to turn their side hustle into a full time business.

  29. William Monono November 13, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

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  30. Natasha Morgan November 9, 2017 at 11:14 pm #

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  31. Jeff Greene November 2, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    Thanks so much for the tips, as I am a beginner in affiliate marketing and will take heed to the advice. Less is more for sure in trying to advertise too much and money is time as time is money.

  32. Amazigh November 2, 2017 at 5:53 am #

    Thank you very Much For this Nice Post
    I learned a Lot…
    I Love 4. Use Social Media to Grow Your Email List
    I am going to use this for sure

  33. Robert D'Arcy Ryan October 24, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    You need to be very patient with affiliate marketing. It is not an overnight success kind of business model. With enough time you can begin earning consistent commissions and I believe SEO is the best approach.

  34. Kiran Venkataramu October 17, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    I must commend you for this very useful article. I have been searching for tips on affiliate marketing to find out if it is a source genuine online business, or something fraudulent. Thanks for the encouragement.

  35. Brian Olson October 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    Thanks so much for the tips, as I am a beginner in affiliate marketing and will take heed to the advice. Less is more for sure in trying to advertise too much and money is time as time is money.

  36. Carlos Cruzado October 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    First to say thanks for sharing this great article. Affiliated marketing is good way to make money online. I am just start my blog and make my first affiliate with Michael Cheney. Hope I am doing the right thing.

  37. Farah Osman October 6, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    Nice information,. i think this post very good.if we want to be a profesional affiliater, we must struggle for looking opportunity in every moment.

  38. Tim October 5, 2017 at 9:55 am #

    Thanks for the great tips. Sometimes, I have a big image of a product at the top of a post and a smaller image elsewhere.

  39. Randy Robson October 5, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    Thanks for the tips! I think it is very easy to side track these days with so much marketing noise about Affiliate Marketing especially if there’s too much focus on selling the product instead of promoting a second opinion or solid content.

  40. Lloyd Priddle September 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    In order to be successful in any business, one have to put in their 100% or more effort. That is the similarity of all businesses (affiliate marketing, mlm, brick and mortar, etc).

  41. Adherbal Evangelista September 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

    I stumbled upon your site by chance some time ago, and since then, I’ve been reading different posts in your blog and I find them quite interesting .

  42. Zeno September 23, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

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  43. RAHUL RATHORE September 21, 2017 at 8:25 am #

    I wrote all your methods on blank paper and applied for my affilate program for a month.Iwas shocked to see 40% upsales and earning $340 per day.Thank you so much for your tips.

    • RAHUL RATHORE September 21, 2017 at 8:27 am #

      And , i am looking forward from you to get new tips to run affiliate business on autopilot .

  44. Kritchasak Sivasri August 25, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

    I was about to launch my blog and been looking for affiliate marketing ideas and gladly I found your article. It all makes sense and it helped me with my upcoming affiliate niche blog.

  45. John Michael White July 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    Great post! Lots of money making tips that everyone should try and use on their websites. I certainly will be using some of these tips on my blog. Thanks very much!

  46. thierry yamegam June 30, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

    Great and insightful post! You left no stone unturned, great resource post for affiliate marketers.

  47. Graham Derek May 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    You have done an excellent work in passing out the message through affiliate marketing blog, keep up the good work!

  48. Shreya Sarvaiya May 8, 2017 at 10:23 am #

    That was a really good read about affiliate marketing. The tips and techniques listed are very true and I was able to learn about affiliate marketing which made me become well versed with affiliate marketing. Well done!

  49. 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.

  50. 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!

  51. 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 !!

  52. 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!

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

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

    Really good post. i will return and read it again

  59. 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.

  60. 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 …

  61. 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.

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

    Great information! Thanks for posting this!


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