A quick introduction to Affiliate Marketing
How people with an online brand make money
There are a lot of people that make money online like YouTubers, Bloggers… But how do they do it? Affiliate Marketing is something I got introduced to by Kraig Adams. He’s a YouTuber here in Brooklyn with about a 100,000 subscribers spread out over 2 channels. But his main revenue stream is not the Add money you get from YouTube but his commission from affiliate marketing (as he explains in this video). I do not have any experience using affiliate programs but I just wanted to introduce you guys to it.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate Marketing is a way for a company to sell its products by signing up individuals or companies (“affiliates”) who market the company’s products for a commission .
I want to use Amazons Affiliate Program as an example. It is one of the most popular. And let’s just use Kraig Adams as an example here to. Kraig makes Wedding movies, vlogs, tutorials on how to shoot or edit videos, how to use certain gear… In the description of all of his videos, you can find Amazon links. When you click on them and buy any product on amazon within 24 hours of clicking that link, he will get a commission. The commission goes anywhere from 4 to 10% depending on the product and on how many people click on your link.
Win, win, win for everybody
What’s great about any affiliate program is that no one loses. Amazon sells more, the content creator gets his commission and the consumer can support his favorite creator, get a product he knows will be good and does not need to spend any extra money.
5 good affiliate programs
- Amazon affiliate Program. This one is cool because you can link to almost all articles you can think off as long as the amazon library has it. You can find more information here: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/
- eBay Partner Program (EPM) https://partnernetwork.ebay.com/
- Clickbank affiliate Program https://accounts.clickbank.com/marketplace.htm
- Itunes affiliate Program https://www.apple.com/itunes/affiliates/
- One more tip is just to Google a brand and add affiliate program behind it. Pretty much all online brands have there own affiliate program just because of the ease of use and the win win for everyone.
How to start?
So first you start by finding a good affiliate program. Most of them are free to sign up for. After that you make links to products you think people that are watching your videos or people that are reading your blog would find interesting. Once you know what products you want to add to your content, you create a link true the affiliate program and add it to your article, description… Make sure you let people know that the links you’re promoting by telling them you get a small commission if they click on the links, this for legal reasons.
And that’s basically it! It’s super easy and can make you a good amount of money once you have a bit of followers that trust you and would buy from you. That’s the tip I’ve heard from a lot of affiliate program users, is to not try and sell stuff but just to add the links and tell your audience you have them every once in a while. Don’t try to scam people, it will hurt you more than it would help you.
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