Pretty Link Lite is the free version of the Pretty Link Pro plugin that was mentioned earlier. The Lite version will meet the needs of many bloggers and marketers. With this free plugin you can easily shorten links using your own domain name and re-direct them to long and ugly affiliate links. The free version will even track the number of clicks and unique clicks of each shortened link, giving you some valuable information about how many people are clicking through on your affiliate links. You can create 307 (temporary) or 301 (permanent) re-directs, and you also have control over whether or not the links should use nofollow tags.

Edit the Youtube video you want to add affiliate link(s) to. Click the Annotations tab and “Add Annotation.” Fill out the required info including the time you want that annotation to appear (obviously it should be when you recommend the affiliate product). Near the bottom, add your cloaked affiliate link. Apply changes, then watch the video and test your link.
The only downfall is you can only use an affiliate link on the Freelancer homepage. So instead of linking to someone’s profile directly, you will need to tell people to sign up through the homepage (using your affiliate link) then search the freelancer’s username. But if you show their portfolio on your website like I do (these WordPress speed projects), people will do it.

WP Affiliate Manager is another premium WordPress plugin that can help you create and manage an affiliate marketing program. You can manage, track and pay your affiliates directly from your WordPress website using this plugin! It fully integrates with WooCommerce, Simple WP Shopping Cart, WP eCommerce, WP eStore, Easy Digital Downloads, iThemes Exchange, Paid Membership Pro, Sell Digital Downloads and S2Member.


Glad it was helpful, Kimberly! Yes, from what I understand they use an affiliate program for 1-2 links in some cases. For example, I use scrapbook.com’s affiliate program for that one bunting how-to but I don’t really blog about my scrapbooking so that’ll probably be all I used it for. I was also concerned about having so many, but for old posts that still get a lot of traffic, it’s a good idea!
Make sure you're excited about the video as much as you want your audience to be. If you show no enthusiasm for your video, talk in dull voice or slow monotone style, how do you expect your audience to feel influenced by you? The best Affiliate Youtubers are masters of this craft; they make you want to buy the product but they are also entertaining and provide information in an attention grabbing way.

Affiliate Disclaimer – if you sign up for SiteGround using my affiliate link I will donate a good chunk at no expense to you. This year I donated $3,000 to feed the homeless in Denver. In 2017, I donated $3,000 to American Red Cross at Hurricane Harvey. Your support helps and I genuinely appreciate it. I try to make my reviews unbiased and backed by evidence in the form of Facebook polls, tweets, and real conversations. If you don’t want to use it, here’s a non-affiliate link to SiteGround. Either way I truly believe they’re the best host and that your site will run faster/smoother… do your research on Google and Facebook groups and you’ll find most people say the same.
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Let’s do a little reality check here, I highly doubt you can buy traffic on Fiverr and have it convert on any ClickBank offer. Quality traffic is not acquired on Fiverr (that’s for sure). Focus on building a value adding funnel like described in the post rather than looking for a shortcut. You can’t just spend 5 bucks to make 40 in 5 minutes, I’d be a billionaire otherwise :).
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.
Make mutual connections with other bloggers by reaching out and engaging with them on social media, email, or face-to-face communication if possible. Share or comment on their social posts. Leave comments on their blogs. The key is to provide value! If you can, help with link building, guest posts contributions, or social shares. If you can show that you're a valuable resource, they may help you in the future.

Don’t exhaust all the information about the product with your link. Offer enough information to your readers so they know what the link is, but I don’t recommend giving too much detail on your own site for a two reasons. First, product information, like price, often changes. If you mention the price on your site and someone clicks over and finds a different price, it’s confusing. Second, many times, the product details and features are better explained by the makers of the product. It’s best to stick to your own experience on your site.
For all the growth in affiliate marketing, the researchers found that less than 1% of videos and pins in their random sample had affiliate links attached to them. Some categories had a significantly higher percentage of affiliate links though, such as science and technology videos on YouTube which averaged 3.61% and women’s fashion on Pinterest, which had a rate of 4.62%.
I’m running an in-house Partner Program here at LiveChat so I’m probably the right person to reach out to if you have any questions or doubts. Feel free to do so anytime via email or Twitter. From my posts on this blog you’ll learn how our project is progressing and how you can leverage various features and business opportunities we provide. Expect me to share valuable insights and partners’ success stories you can benchmark or - at least - get inspired by. Happy marketing!
These are, however, very much solvable problems. If authenticity is extremely important to you, then only promote products which you use and would recommend even without the affiliate link. If you authenticity is important to you but you want to make some money, consider switching to the products you’re planning to promote. If you want to err on the side of money, then go for the products with the highest commissions. Do whatever you’re comfortable with.

Clickbank, huh… now that’s a name I haven’t heard in a while! I remember messing around with them back in 2011 when I was a newbie. Never did make any money with them, haha, but I’ve seen plenty of people who have! I’ve just never been any good at pushing the weight loss stuff, which I’m pretty sure is where most people make their money with Clickbank.
Hey, thanks for the great post. I’ve been following Pat Flynn and love his “give and it shall be given unto you” attitude..my perception anyway. At 50, with a high school education, I’m trying to learn affiliate marketing from information online. What I’ve gleened so far is to focus on giving the best, most honest information, like your Parents would give you. In exchange for your efforts rewards will come.
eBay’s Partner Program is similar to Amazon’s, you just select the products you want to promote from their catalog and post the links. The program even has link generators, making it easier to insert them in your YouTube content. You can earn as much up to 70% of the total revenue for each transaction, and there are trackers for viewing your earnings.
The site has certain requirements for you to be eligible. You need to first register at least 1000 subscribers and have an accumulated 4000 watch hours in the last 12 months. Once you meet these requirements, the site will review and approve your channel. If you can’t meet those numbers, we suggest at least buying enough views to get you there so that you can start earning with affiliate marketing.
SEO optimization is important to rank high on Google and draw attention of potential customers. However, the content you fill your website with has to maintain this attention and turn website visitors into customers of products/services you sell as an affiliate. Popular ways of promoting affiliate offers include writing honest product reviews, using in-text content links, email marketing activities and offering unique discounts and special offers.
Always fill out the comment box to “sell” your platform. If you are given the opportunity to explain why you are interested in a program, do it! Use the space to highlight why you would be an asset to the program. Talk about how your audience is their audience. Talk about the size of your mailing list (if it’s significant). Talk about your success with similar programs. Talk about where and how you will promote (hopefully you’ve done a bit of research so you know what they’re hoping for). Don’t sound desperate and certainly don’t lie about anything, but be upfront and honest about how this will be a win for them.
Not much has changed here since we last chatted, but when the issue of using affiliate links in YouTube was brought up most recently, we got in touch with Amazon to see if we could find any answers. Even over chat, this topic evoked mysterious responses. However, the overall sense we got was that it is acceptable to use Amazon affiliate links on YouTube.
Great article as it gets me thinking about the various ways to monetize my sites. With that said, my biggest hurdle has been how to get started building traffic. You see articles all over the net talking about massive traffic techniques, but I’ve never really found a guide for a fresh blog/website and how to get to their first 100, 500, or 1,000 daily uniques. Of course writing consistent quality content is key, but writing alone an audience does not make. Any tips or articles to point us to? Thanks again Sean!
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While free is sometimes good, it’s worth noting that the plugins featured in this post are all affordable. In this plugins case, for $39, single site users can add premium technical support. Developers should opt for the $97 package to install the plugin across an unlimited number of sites. I’m not sure if this business model is the most sustainable or likely to result in a plugin that continually introduces new features.
On the site they listed at the very top bluehost, gatorhost, dreamhost, all the big names. Bluehost mentioned : unlimited everything, etc, etc for something like $4/month. I thought wow 4 bucks and it must be good since it’s been endorsed by and Australian site. I know bluehost have multiple different plans with better performance, but the site advertised it’s $4/m shared hosting. So i went with that. At that time i had no idea different hosting types: shared, cloud, vps, etc, but i know better now.
Buy a domain name that fits your niche. Names that have keywords in them can help you rank in the search engines. For instance “SaltwaterFishTanks101.com” might be a better choice than “SaltyTanks.com,” even though the later has a better “ring” to it. Often, hosting companies will offer a free domain when you sign up for a year of hosting, so look out for offers like that.
That’s a great tip Sean, thanks! I was thinking about what you said in your post about some companies not putting that they have affiliate links and you having to do some digging and there are couple of companies/authors who made products I love and keep using, but I’m not sure how to go ahead and ask about the affiliate link. I read the post you linked below about asking for guest blogging, which I thought was a must-read, and so, if you think of doing a follow-up on this one, would love to read some of your tips and do’s and don’t about this. Thanks again, Sean, you’re doing some very inspiring work here!
By picking the right products and services to sell on your blog, you build your readers’ trust. Your audience gets used to the idea of taking your advice and buying the products you recommend. As we touched on earlier, your relationship with your audience is the most important asset you can bring to the table as an affiliate. While your content will get people to your site, your community will get them to stay.
If you check out the demo of the Rethink theme, you can quickly see how it handles products reviews. Each listing on your site can include a price comparison feature that makes it easy for your visitors to quickly find the best deal for the product they are interested in. This saves them the trouble of visiting each site individually to get the latest pricing, while also increasing your chances of earning a referral commission from their purchase.

By picking the right products and services to sell on your blog, you build your readers’ trust. Your audience gets used to the idea of taking your advice and buying the products you recommend. As we touched on earlier, your relationship with your audience is the most important asset you can bring to the table as an affiliate. While your content will get people to your site, your community will get them to stay.
My audience is entrepreneurs, people who own their own business and want to use video to better market that business. It would make ZERO sense for me to randomly speak about a kitchen organizer and link an affiliate link to that on my channel – but – it would make #allthesense for me to include a small testimonial for a new app I’m loving for business and include an affiliate link.
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