Will my target audience realistically buy this now, or at a different time? Be sensitive to sales cycles and seasons. Maybe you should avoid holidays (when people are away from their computers, like July 4 in the U.S.) or maybe you should target holidays (like the day after Thanksgiving), but know the difference. Again, know your audience. Plan your content accordingly.

Once you start getting a bit of traction and you're spending many hours a week doing this, that's when I'd recommend to start building affiliate links into your videos. It's the same case as making a new website- there's no point in adding ads to your page when you don't have any page views. Work on content first, then once you have a decent traffic stream, then start to work on monetization.


A best practice is to use a URL shortener to shorten links. Otherwise, links might appear unnecessarily long, unappealing, complicated, and spammy. A word to a few words should precede your link for context. For example, “I use Grammarly to check my grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Install their browser app for free: ow.ly/VWwi3055f25” “Install their browser app for free” is a call-to-action. A call-to-action (CTA) consists of words that urge an individual to take a specific action, for example, buy now, learn more, and click here. Use CTAs in your descriptions to get people clicking.

This plugin is designed to be straightforward and easy to use for the site owner and affiliates. New affiliates spend only minutes setting up their accounts and adding PayPal commissions payment information. They aren’t required to spend a significant amount of time learning a new platform and can begin to promote your content and products in just a few minutes.
Amazon’s obviously a really big one. It’s an easy one that a lot of people like to use. So I would start with Amazon if you’re new to affiliate links. The other places I would check would be CJ.com, LinkShare.com, ShareASale.com, and ImpactRadius.com. They’re like the affiliate networks or the houses that house all the different brands inside. So you can find the Wal-Marts and the Targets or whatever inside those networks. So once you get approved for their service, you can just start applying to all those different ones.
Thank you! This is really helpful. I have Amazon Affiliates, but I want to get more intentional with how I use it. The only negative thing I have about the program is that since I live outside of US the only way I can get paid is by amazon gift card, or expensive checks mailed to me. I mean, I can use the money I earn now on Amazon on things I actually need, but I don’t know if it’s worth putting a lot of effort into earning more when I can only use the money on Amazon 😛

Here’s the Affiliate Marketing for Dummies introduction: on the face of it, affiliate marketing works much the same as standard ads, which usually pay a tiny amount per click or a minuscule amount per view. With affiliate marketing, you can also choose certain ads to run on a website you build yourself, but instead of paying per click or per view, the affiliated company pays you a small commission per sale.

You may have noticed in my overview of the Amazon Associates site that I left out the mention of the plugin they built for WordPress. That’s because the plugin doesn’t work (at least not well). Luckily, the Amazon Auto Links plugin will simplify the process of finding new and relevant products to promote and creating affiliate links to them--all from within WordPress.


So glad you wrote this up. After going to Type A i decided to have some paid advertising in some form on my blog after always having zero, and decided affiliate links were the way to go but i had no idea what to do with them. Thanks for summing up the session. I already starting signing up for some by looking at the places i purchase most of my stuff from and many use a affiliate provider that covers many. I never even though about banners and graphics. I read almost every blog in a reader so links seems like the only way to go.
I've never written a review for a course before, but I had to give praise to the instructor for this one. I followed the course step-by-step, did exactly as the instructor said, and it worked! In my first 24 hours of starting my Clickbank campaign, I have already made 2 sales, for a total commission of $64! My investment to make these sales was only $7. $57 profit in only 24 hours! This is easily the best course I have bought on Udemy." – Gary Bush
Here’s the Affiliate Marketing for Dummies introduction: on the face of it, affiliate marketing works much the same as standard ads, which usually pay a tiny amount per click or a minuscule amount per view. With affiliate marketing, you can also choose certain ads to run on a website you build yourself, but instead of paying per click or per view, the affiliated company pays you a small commission per sale.
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Affiliate marketing is fully a part of this advertising landscape. It’s not inherently better or worse than any other form of advertising, but you may find that the format and the side benefits of becoming an affiliate marketer are just what you need to start making money online and to eventually do the things you want to do and make a living from doing it. Getting to that point won’t be easy and it won’t happen overnight, but with enough skill and enough hard work it’s at least possible.
"Reading Michelle's income reports each month made me realize the huge potential there is to make more money online. Even as a blogger with an established site over 8 years old, I knew that there was so much that I could learn from Michelle because she's had such incredible success! Watching her income climb each month has really motivated me to change up my affiliate strategy and be more intentional with my efforts." - Jessica Bishop, TheBudgetSavvyBride.com
ThemeForest – horrible affiliate program. You only get 30% of each new person’s first purchase. If they’re already an Envato/ThemeForest customer, you get jack shit. This affiliate program is horrible and I only included it here as a warning to stay away. Unless you’re promoting a reliable theme like Avada, stay away especially since all ThemeForest themes are created by independent developers who may or may not be reliable. You don’t know the code quality, whether they will come out with updates, etc. That’s why I use StudioPress for all my WordPress sites (and so do top WordPress people like Yoast and Matt Cutts from Google).
From our chat with an Amazon Associates customer service representative, Amazon says that their position on the use of Amazon Associates links in YouTube content is “not public information”. Therefore, we cannot present you with what exactly we were told. You also cannot find their rules, specific to the use of Amazon Associate links, documented anywhere on their website despite the fact that they have “guidelines.”

Affiliate Royale is a simple, user-friendly choice for an affiliate management plugin that gives entrepreneurs, marketing departments, or product creators total control. It’s a complete solution for WordPress and provides plenty of specific details about your marketing efforts including total clicks referred per affiliate, total sales and marketing activity. Offline sales tracking capabilities set this plugin apart from the others on the list.
This is EXACTLY why I love you so! {dramatic, but sorta true} I’ve learned so much from you, Mel. I can’t even tell you how much you’ve taught me in the past year {tomorrow is my one year blogiversary!} and I’m so thankful. I’ve been in online marketing for about 6 years now, but it feels like the bloggy marketing world is slightly different, which is why I love your blogs so much. You break things down so that marketers, like myself, can learn more than what they think they know.
Whether you’ve been looking for a way to earn a bit of money on the side or earn a full-time income with a bit more flexibility, it’s time to look into affiliate marketing programs for beginners. That’s how many of your favorite bloggers earn a regular income. The best part is that it’s relatively simple to get started, even with a basic “affiliate marketing for dummies”-level of knowledge. Affiliate marketing is easy to understand but does require you to invest either time or money. Is it right for you? Read on to find out.
As for me, I ran a bloggy b-card series where I tackled everything from what to put on a business card to a giant showcase of awesome cards I received at Type A. On that showcase, I listed a few places you can buy cards and a few of those links were affiliates. Based on what I learned from this session, I went back to the other four posts and added those links there too. Since then, I’ve also created a hub page with all the posts and places to buy cards in one place.

I try to personally just err on the side of being as transparent as possible about my relationship with the brand. So if they gave me a free product, and I’m not getting compensated for it, I’ll just say that. If it’s an affiliate relationship, like they have no idea who I am, that I’m even talking about it, but I do get a small percentage of the sale, thank you. I just try personally just to be– because trust is the main thing, like currency with your viewers that is most important. And anything that could kind of potentially violate that, personally I’m just like, I want to be completely up front with you guys about everything, whatever’s going on, so there’s no questions. And you guys can always feel like you can trust what I’m saying.

Once you start getting a bit of traction and you're spending many hours a week doing this, that's when I'd recommend to start building affiliate links into your videos. It's the same case as making a new website- there's no point in adding ads to your page when you don't have any page views. Work on content first, then once you have a decent traffic stream, then start to work on monetization.

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