A lot of people who start working in affiliate marketing are wondering where to post affiliate links… I know when I got started 10 years ago, I was!
After all, affiliate marketing and figuring out where to post affiliate links online is, at least what we think is, a fast and easy way to make money online. They start searching for shortcuts and quick ways to get a fast income from affiliate products.
That strategy is wrong on so many levels and you shouldn’t follow it at all. Don’t go searching for secrets to make money with little to no effort because that’s not going to happen. You’re just going to help someone else to build email lists without getting anything done.
Instead of looking for the easy way, start putting in the work and learn from the people who know what they talk about. Make sure you don’t overlook anything as it may make the difference between a one-time commission and a steady income. Now, if you’re convinced that you have to work hard and there aren’t any shortcuts in affiliate marketing, you’re ready to discover where to post affiliate links… At least some overlooked places you can promote your links!
The following information isn’t something you didn’t think about but it’s often overlooked because people search only for affiliate marketing secrets and not focus on building their strategy.
4 Overlooked Places Where You Can Post Affiliate Links
Looking for where to post affiliate links? Or wondering if there are a few secret places to share your links and get amazing conversion rates? You’re looking in the wrong place. The main affiliate activity should be massed around your website(s) or blogs. Since that’s not the only efficient way to get more clicks on your affiliate links, try doing the following:
1. Your affiliate website
We’re not talking here about people who create websites for the sole purpose of creating a cash cow from affiliate marketing. Some so many bloggers use email lists or newsletter services to send updates and blogs to their readers but don’t even take advantage of this powerful tool to make extra income. If you own your website and want to make some extra money by using affiliate links you can do the following:
- Add affiliate links within your blog posts.
- Create targeted pages on your website and use Scriptly’s affiliate marketing sequence on your email list to sell affiliate products.
- Use affiliate links in your email signature for automated emails. Maybe you have some lead pages or free eBooks? You’ll be sending your readers a few emails so why not use affiliate links there?
2. Look For Youtube Videos Where You Can Post Affiliate Links In The Comments
Since everybody is focused on using Facebook and other social networks when it comes to where to post affiliate links… They tend to overlook the obvious choice – using the amazing variety of content you can find on Youtube. It’s not something new but most people are promoting affiliate links the wrong way on Youtube. You’ll need to be smart about it and follow these guidelines:
- Don’t SPAM
- Be honest about your links.
- Provide quality to the people you interact with.
You can create your videos showcasing affiliate products or leave comments with your information – adding value to those who click on your links. Don’t post spammy links in Youtube comments but link people to resource pages where they can learn more about that product.
3. Follow the money trail on Pinterest
Affiliate links on Pinterest aren’t a new thing but if you take a look at all the people who post them, you’ll see on thing in common – they don’t have any followers. Before going on a social network and sharing your affiliate links, first, you must understand how that network works and how its users behave. To have a successful affiliate marketing strategy on Pinterest you’ll need to:
- Start by adding a mix of content (affiliate and other pins).
- Search for boards relevant to the niche of your affiliate links.
- Follow the top contributors and interact with them in the hope that they will follow back.
- Continue adding the mix of content and get repins on your boards.
4. Podcast episodes
Social media “experts,” said that podcasting would be dead a few years ago. You can see that’s not the case by going to iTunes or Android audio services and look for podcasts. You’ll find broadcasts in every niche you could think of – and if you don’t find any podcast for your niche – that’s a good place to start.
Let’s say you want to sell virtual affiliate products such as eBooks or audiobooks. How can you use a podcast to your advantage? Simple – under each podcast episode, you can add show notes. These are links to the information you talked about in your podcast. So, if you start a podcast and build an audience from that niche, you can easily add affiliate links on those pages.
The awesome thing about podcasts is that people trust a message if it’s audio or video. That’s how our brains are built and we behave.
GSDdaily Episode 26
Today we are not broadcasting on Facebook because over the weekend for whatever reason they decided they didn't like me. I had to verify my account and it's probably because I'm using it a whole lot more than I ever have before. Besides just posting ads, I've always posted ads, but typically, you just kind of go right into the Facebook ad dashboard. You can do whatever you need to do as opposed to going to the public side of Facebook, which is not something I did a whole lot until two or three weeks ago when we started doing a lot of these live streams.
Now, Friday I published three live streams. There was the GSD Daily, there was The Accelerate live stream, and then there was a podcast. I think by and large it was just an unusual activity. They locked me out for a little bit. I had to upload my photo and get verified and all that other crazy stuff.
Anyway, we're going to talk about something. I originally had planned on doing Facebook advertising, which we still could have done. Something has happened over the last three or four days that I wanted to kind of bring you into and address, and then show you kind of some of the stuff that I was doing to make it a little bit more viable and start generating revenue with it. Basically, what happened was, is about this time last year I decided to put together a YouTube channel called the DIY Builds.
Now, one of my favorite things to do, and for those of you who have been on my email list for a while, you know that I love putting up just building shit on the weekends. Whether it's a chair or a table or redoing rooms or whatever, I enjoy the hell out of making stuff.
The other side of it is putting together a YouTube channel and doing videos means that I can write off those tools, it becomes an extension kind of brand to the stuff that we're doing. That is a bonus as well. I can create stuff and write off things that I'm doing around the house. All of those things are reasons why I created this DIY Builds channel.
I didn't necessarily expect that it was going to do anything, although I had aspirations that it would, because I talked to people who are generating crazy traffic and revenue off of YouTube, whether it's ads or affiliate income or whatever, you hear stories about these YouTube influencers.
Not that I will ever be a YouTube influencer. I'm just kind of, it's a side hustle. It's a project, just to kind of play around with. It originally started just messing around with video because the new video was going to be so needed from a marketing standpoint in the future that I just started recording stuff, that way I didn't have to spend a bunch of money on stock footage and then edit it and mix it and all that other stuff. Just documenting family stuff and documenting builds and whatever. Anyway, last week, I log in to this DIY Builds channel, and typically, we get an hour or two hours worth of watches a month, not a big deal. It's usually 100 views like 100 people watch the videos, they find it on YouTube or whatever.
I log in last weekend, beginning of the last week and I'm looking at my graphs and stuff, and all of a sudden I see that there are eight hours watched. I'm like, well shit, that's kind of crazy. So then I log in the next day and it's 12 hours. Then the next day, and it's 18 hours, and the views are racking up. It's like, what is going on? So then I investigate a little further and I see that there's one video that we put up last Fall that somebody linked to and all of a sudden it's showing up in YouTube searches. This weekend, I said to myself I've got to get more content up there because I have so much video, so many kinds of projects that are done.
I took the video, I didn't complete it, I didn't finish the video because it's just been busy as shit. So a little side hustle video project just doesn't matter until something like this happens. Over the weekend I put two or three videos up, but where today's video, today's training comes in is when it comes to monetizing assets, monetizing views, monetizing traffic, there are lots of different ways to do it.
This whole week we're going to talk about how to monetize traffic without selling something. That's going to be the topic of this week's GSD Dailies.
Today we're going to talk about affiliate links. So there was an opportunity, I'm just going to log into my Facebook account here, kind of show you.
We're going to go through this, my YouTube account. If we go into our studio, this is the DIY Builds channel. I didn't have a logo on this thing. I mean it's still a D. The cash must not have updated. I didn't do anything with the channel, the page. I added this graphic over the weekend.
We only have 12 subscribers, but, as of last week, we only had four, or four, or five or something. You can see here we have a total of 12. We have five in the last 28 days we've added, which I'm not worried about from a subscriber standpoint. But the thing, the interesting part about this is if you look at analytics then, here check this out, so you can see that overall views are up. We've got 942 views in the last 28 days. But look at the numbers here, like 13 views on Tuesday, March 31st. And if we go back a full month, so we go back to the beginning, eight views on March 23rd. We got 87 views yesterday. 77, 96 on Friday. So, I mean just pretty explosive. Then we have the watch time.
Watch time is the metric that YouTube cares about. For you to qualify for it to be a YouTube partner where you get to take a share of advertising that's on your page, you have to have 4,000 hours of watch time in a year, which is a big number for them. On March 23rd, 0.3 hours. About 20 minutes was spent watching our videos. Yesterday, 4.6 hours were spent on our videos.
You can see this Monday, right here, is when I like kind of clock in and said, "There's something weird going on." And then it's just kind of gone up again. This isn't crazy, crazy video growth, but at the same time, this is a stupid little five, six-minute video that was me helping our friend build a playset. Do you know what I mean?
In terms of leverage and opportunity costs, pretty good. So over the weekend, I added a couple of other videos. There was this wainscotting, we did our entryway wainscotting, we stained a picnic table, I added a DIY trench digging with the Kubota, and I added a media room build here. So that one was a pretty big, 17-minute long video. So all in all though, from a stat standpoint, pretty awesome.
If we go to the engagement piece, we can see where our traffic source is coming from. We have a YouTube search here, DIY Play Set comprises 10% of our searches. DIY playground, DIY, swing set, DIY playsets. So all pretty solid stuff.
We get some traffic from suggested videos for one of our other videos, which is how to build rock speakers out of fiberglass, which is kind of, it was a cool project. All in all, these are the analytics of the channel and they are only going up, which is advantageous. Now, if we go into the videos themselves, you're going to see where our affiliate opportunity came from. So if we look at the video right there, I didn't even have a cover photo for this thing, so I just added that this weekend.
The comments said, "Can I ask where you bought the plans from? I'd love to do this for my daughter's two-year birthday party next week. The only thing that looks weird to me is the board." Blah, blah, blah, whatever. So I replied, "We got them from here." So this right here, I mean he asked for a link to the plans.
Now, the plans were $529. They have an affiliate program. If you scroll down to the bottom, they have an affiliate program. Become an affiliate. At the end of the day, I mean, that's literally how easy it is. I mean, so the affiliate program pays out 10%, that link is broken, but I did find it so applied for the affiliate program, pays out 10%. If somebody buys this plan, we make $52. It is crazy because it's a video that hangs out on YouTube and that's it.
Here, let me look up something different. So I want to talk about some different places you can post your affiliate links. And then I think tomorrow we'll talk about some of the different affiliate links, where you can go to get a bunch of affiliate links. So here we go. Right. Now, YouTube videos are the first ones. So at the end of the day ... YouTube is a great way of posting affiliate links. You don't necessarily have to create the videos, although it's beneficial if you create the videos, because then you can post whatever you want, wherever you want, and you can make money from the video forever.
In this particular one, not only did I post the link in the comments. The link will be there forever. Whenever somebody goes, visits this website, then they see the video link in the description or the affiliate link in the description. So we'll be making money from that forever for as long as we get people coming straight there.
Now, here is the description I went through and kind of dropped some of the keyword phrases that people are searching for in hopes to rank them higher in YouTube's algorithms. Ranking with Google is ranking with Google. I mean at the end of the day, people, keyword phrases are going to be the winner.
I'm getting that video transcribed too, which is something I do for the Done For You stuff. But, I haven't done it too much or at all for any of the DIY stuff. But it makes a lot of sense that it would work that way. So this is an old blog post that we wrote a while ago, but four overlooked places for you to put your affiliate links. So the first is your affiliate website.
Now, this might go without saying, but your affiliate website is still going to be where your hub needs to be. We've created many, many, many affiliate websites. I don't have a solid affiliate website right now. We do generate some revenue from affiliate links on, Done For You through articles, but I used to have these affiliated sites all over. So I built an affiliate site for wireless Lavalier mics.
I built an affiliate site for Amazon wireless cell phones. I had audible reviews, I had so many affiliate sites that were ranking with Google traffic, organic Google traffic. Then Google updated their algorithms and all of a sudden no more. The deep indexed half of the blog posts and then the blog wasn't getting the thousands of visitors it was every month.
We ended up taking a huge dive in terms of revenue. So we moved it to paid traffic. But, it's funny because now that this pandemic has happened, then there is a renewed interest in affiliate marketing in side hustles. One of the reasons I put this together this week is to introduce people to affiliate marketing.
Now, I just literally read an article this morning, Amazon reduced their affiliate payout. And apparently, there are quite a few retailers who are reducing their affiliate payout. They're not paying affiliates as well as they used to, which is bad, but still, it's money that you can generate without necessarily needing to sell anything. And for physical products, there are increased costs of goods sold from suppliers, from shipping, from all of that stuff.
You can understand it, but digital products still pay out just as well. A ClickBank, 50% affiliate commission on ClickBank or on commission junction or anything like that still works well. There are so many different ways of skinning a cat. The important thing is to find somewhere whether you're creating something that you can post affiliate links with, like a website or a YouTube video. Or you're kind of trolling and posting YouTube links where it makes the most sense. One of the things that I've always loved about affiliate marketing is you're acting like glue. You have this group of buyers who want this thing and then you just simply glue them.
You make this group of people aware of this thing and then you take your money in the middle and that's it.
That's what affiliate marketing is. If you can keep that in mind and create content, build websites, generate leads, run email marketing, then you're going to make a ton of money as an affiliate without a doubt.
That thing, the thing you build, might be an affiliate website where you are collecting leads. Sending emails out to a list, and then dripping out to the affiliate programs through those emails. It might be a YouTube video like what we have here for DIY Builds. So we posted a YouTube video, the YouTube video is picking up, getting views, and we dropped an affiliate link in the description and also in the comments, you don't even have to create the video.
By and large, I mean there's a couple of guys I think that are trolling our DIY Builds videos and they keep posting comments on stuff, like just weird, you deserve more views and blah, blah. I'm not real sure what the angle is, but they might just be looking for me to subscribe to them. I don't know. But you can post comments on other people's YouTube videos, including your affiliate links.
You can create videos showcasing affiliate products. You can do video reviews. I just bought it, so this machine that I'm on is a 2000 MacPro, still a badass machine. It boots up quickly and it's got dual graphics or it's got, dual processors. It can handle it, it's still a workhorse. But, I just discovered that if I can upgrade the graphics card, I can upgrade the software, which means I can run Final Cut Pro and a bunch of other video stuff on it.
I grabbed a new graphics card for it so I can upgrade everything. I was like, well I could do a review of the graphics card. Then that could be a video. You can always do product reviews and unboxings. You can also go through digital products. All of those kinds of things are great material for dropping your affiliate links. You don't even have to sell anything on them.
Pinterest is another way. I know this might sound weird, but a physical thing, you can't take a photograph of a digital product. You can, like a box shot or whatever, but Pinterest lends itself to physical product affiliate stuff or things that are sold and delivered in the real world.
You can be a Pinterest affiliate, you can have an article that is 24 things you can do with two-by-fours. In that 24 things that you can do with two by fours articles, you post affiliate links for all the tools you need to make that DIY gallery shelf or whatever. There are lots of ways that you can make money as an affiliate with Pinterest, Facebook, and with YouTube. You just kind of have to think outside the box.
What do I have to do to create a piece of content? What do I have to do to get my affiliate link in front of somebody so that when they click it, buy something, and I make money? That's the whole game of affiliate marketing. And then the last example here's podcast episodes.
Podcast episodes are a little bit rough because there's generally, well, there's some video. So you can do video reviews in a podcast episode, but by and large podcast episodes are not ... a lot of them are audio, so you have to have an audible call to action. Go to domainname.com/free to download my thing and then you're going to download it and then you're going to get a shit load of affiliate links in an email or something like that. So you can still absolutely do it that way.
You can be a guest on somebody's podcast. Furthermore, you can drop a link, somebody goes, grabs your freebie, your lead magnet, which you're talking about last week, grabs your lead magnet, opts in for your list, and then they get a bunch of affiliate offers. You can do that.
You can do video reviews if your podcast is video-based. And then encourage them to go buy, hit the link below the video. The bad thing about podcasts is you need a link that's in the video and it won't change because the podcasts are syndicated through Apple iTunes and Google Play. Typically I just tell clients, have one link that doesn't change. It's always like forward slash free, or forward slash start, or grab a domain name that is exclusive to this offer that you're trying to promote or this affiliate thing you're trying to do.
You can generate leads forever with that link as long as you renew it or whatever. So that's always kind of been the idea with podcasts, monetizing podcasts. So that my friends, those I should say are four ways to generate revenue with affiliate links. But, since this is an affiliate marketing week, we're going to talk, I think we're going to talk tomorrow about the places that you can go to find affiliate links. So ClickBank is a big one. JVZoo for biz-op offers.
We're going to talk about some of those things, private affiliate programs. And then maybe on Wednesday, we talk about building an affiliate marketing list or sequencing emails so that you can send them out to the list.
For Questions and Guide
I think this is a pretty good track for this week. And my fricking videos all weird. But, by and large, it's how to make money without selling anything week. And that's it. So if you have any questions at all, go to doneforyou/GSD.
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