Affiliate marketing is one of the most proven ways to make passive income online. This marketing model has existed for centuries. However, the internet has made it even easier for the everyday person who doesn’t have pro-level sales and marketing skills. If you are searching for an online business that you can start with zero capital, affiliate marketing is one of the first ideas you should try out.
Most of what you need to understand regarding affiliate marketing will be covered in this post, along with the top 7 techniques for promoting affiliate links. Let’s get this show on the road right now.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
This refers to a marketing model where a business rewards affiliates (call them agents) for referring visitors or paying customers to their website. Each agent is given a unique link (affiliate link) to each product that they can share with their audience on various platforms, including social media, blogs, YouTube, and many more.
When a person clicks on one of these product links and buys the product, the affiliate marketer gets a commission for the sale. One of the most popular affiliates programs is Amazon’s affiliate program that rewards its affiliates with up to 10% of the amount someone purchased a given product through their link.
Many other brands, including online casinos, also have affiliate programs, each with its own rules. Before joining any affiliates program, it is very necessary to read through its rules to avoid surprises and disappointments along the way. To some people, affiliate marketing can be intimidating, more so if they don’t know where to start from.
However, becoming an affiliate marketer is not that difficult if you can market your links creatively and make it more natural for your prospects to click them. Let me share some of the most tested means for sharing affiliate links for conversions.
1. Share Your Affiliate Links On Social Networks
If you are reading this article, I am pretty sure you are already signed up on one or more social media platforms. Social media has a lot of business potential thanks to the billions of people that use these platforms every day. For instance, Facebook alone has over 1.9 billion daily active users. Instagram has 500 million, and Twitter has 206 million.
You just need a fraction of these people to start earning substantially with affiliate marketing. All you have to do is create an account on any of these platforms (if you don’t have one) and then start sharing content in the niche of the brands you want to promote. For instance, if you are an affiliate to a casino website, you need to create content related to gambling so that you attract an audience that loves casinos.
You should then add some links to the different casino products within the content and at the bottom. For example, you can share a brief write-up talking about your best tips for playing poker, and then towards the end, share a link where those interested in poker can find it. The objective is to increase the number of individuals who click on the link as much as possible.
Achieving this is only possible when you frequently share information that gamblers find interesting to consume and share.
2. Promote An Affiliate Link On Your Website
If you have a website, you can also add some affiliate links to the content. One of the most effective ways of promoting these links is creating articles within the niche of the brands you want to promote. This will need the creation and maintenance of a blog area on your website.
If you want to get results faster, you will have to write 3 or more compelling articles and share them on your blog section every week. Once you’ve done that, between one and several of your publications should have affiliate links attached. Always make sure you add them in relevant positions to avoid appearing pushy because this is a turn-off to many people that could become your potential clients.
3. Invest In Paid Advertising
Selling products on the internet is challenging initially, especially if you don’t have a big audience to share your links with. So, in the beginning, it is inevitable not to use paid Ads because you will need that audience to start with. Some of the platforms you can use to market your affiliate links through paid Ads include Google search, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
These platforms will usually charge for every 1000 impressions or per click. While creating the Ad, you need to make sure you target an audience that will most likely click the link you shared and go ahead to purchase or sign up for the product. For instance, if you are marketing affiliate links for an online casino, you will have to target people interested in gambling, online gaming, and other interests related to casinos.
Targeting the wrong audience will just consume your budget without bringing you tangible results. So, you will need to spend a couple of hours researching your target audience so that you get it right. The good news is that advertising on most of these sites isn’t prohibitively costly. So, you could start with a small budget and use it for experimenting with your target market.
4. Use Email Marketing
Email marketing was among the first marketing models used during the internet generation. Before giant social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube came into existence, businesses were already using emails to communicate with their target customers. Even in 2021/2021, email marketing is still a reliable method for promoting businesses and affiliate links, for that matter.
There are currently over 4 billion email users in the world today. Just like social media, you only need a fraction of these to grow your affiliate marketing business. The message/information you put in your emails before the links make a difference between successful affiliate marketers and those who eventually fail.
5. Write A Blog Post
If you are good at writing, you can consider writing articles and publish them on blogging platforms or your websites. Some of the popular platforms that you can use to publish your blogs include Medium, Weebly, Blogger.com, etc. All these platforms allow adding links to the content that people can click and be redirected to the web page with the product you are marketing.
If you want to continue earning for longer, consider creating evergreen content that will stay valid and needed for a couple of years. You may also once in a while write articles about trending topics to capture massive traffic when the topic still has attention. Just like social media, you need to regulate the number of articles in which you add these affiliate links to avoid looking pushy.
6. Affiliate Banners
Another intelligent way of sharing your affiliate links is through using banners. Affiliate banners are simply images with text (infographics) talking about a specific topic or product. You can then attach a link to the banner to redirect whoever clicks it to the web page whose product you are marketing.
The fact that banners are visual makes them very catchy when compared to plain text. These banners can be shared on Instagram stories and other platforms that allow adding links to your images. The goal is to make the banners informative and appealing to your target audience to make it more natural for them to click and visit the website you are trying to promote.
7. YouTube Affiliate Links
YouTube is by far the most powerful video social platform with over 2.29 billion users. The good news is anyone can create a YouTube channel to share their thoughts and ideas about any topic. If you are an affiliate marketer, you can create a YouTube channel to discuss topics within the niche of products that you are promoting.
For example, if you intend to promote a sports gambling website, you can create a channel that discusses sports. This way, you will attract many sports fans and, in the end, a good number of them could use your links whenever they want to place bets. The links should always be included in the video’s description section.
Don’t be shy to tell your viewers to click these links as a way of supporting your channel. However, don’t make the videos all about the links you are sharing. Check to see whether your videos are adding value to the lives of your subscribers. That way, it will be much easier for them to use the links you shared whenever they want to bet.
When it comes to promoting affiliate links, you have a few options. The 7 we have shared above are not the only ones, but they are the most reliable and tested. You can choose about 2 or 3 out of the 7 and give them your maximum attention. After a couple of months, you should start seeing some positive results. Your aim should be providing value to your audience; the rest of the things will fall into place naturally.
Check out this if you don’t have your own website – 5 Proven Ways To Do Affiliate Marketing Without A Website In 2022