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 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 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.
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
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.
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