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Promoting affiliate links can be a little tricky for some people. It may feel like you are just sending traffic, but not getting any sales. Others may find it hard to find ways to promote their affiliate links.
So, today I wanted to show you 40 different ways that you can promote affiliate links. Now, there is no excuse not to start!
What Are Affiliate Links?
Affiliate links are the special links that affiliates use.
Each affiliate has a unique link and when a sale is made through that link, the affiliate will be credited a commission. This model is called affiliate marketing.
Anyone can get started with affiliate marketing, as there are tons of affiliate programs, that don’t even require any sort of approval.
Now, that we know what affiliate links are, let’s have a look at how we can promote our affiliate links!
How To Promote Affiliate Links
Below are 40 different methods that you can use to promote your affiliate links. If you like any of the ideas inside of this list, make sure to research them thoroughly and learn how to use the method effectively.
Also, most of these methods will cross over into referring the traffic into your email list, YouTube channel, blog or presell page as direct linking is not effective anymore. Additionally, it’s also not allowed on most advertising networks.
1. In Article Links
The first way that we can promote affiliate links is by adding them inside of our written articles.
Adding our affiliate links inside of our articles is a very effective way of promoting them, especially if our content is very helpful for the reader.
This is a strategy that works extremely well, especially with content such as:
Building these links into “how to”
Product A vs Product B
We can write these posts on our blog and then promote them using other methods such as social media. As time goes on, if we create well-optimized content, we will also start to gain some traffic from search engines such as Google or Bing.
If you would like to start this method, you need web hosting, in which case I would recommend heading over to Bluehost, as they have a special hosting deal on at the moment for around $5 per month. Bluehost will also allow you to install WordPress (the software needed for blogging) in 1 click.
The next way you can promote affiliate links is through banners on your website.
Most affiliate programs come with some sort of banners that you can put on your website. If the product you want to promote doesn’t, you can just add images with a clickable link to your affiliate product.
As these banners are linked to your affiliate links when a sale is made you earn a commission. Usually, displaying affiliate banners will earn you more money than putting advertising network banners on your site.
This is because, if people are advertising on your site that means they are profitable, so you should rather get a bigger commission than take pennies for impressions.
You can also pay other sites to display your affiliate banner ads.
The next way you can promote affiliate links is through YouTube.
Promoting your links on YouTube works pretty similar to blogging. All you have to do is create content around your links (reviews, how to’s, A vs B, etc).
In the description, you leave an affiliate link. However, you should also note that all free traffic methods take some effort and consistency.
Once, you have grown a little to get some consistent views and traffic, then it will definitely be worth it though.
4. Email List
Another way that you can promote your links is your email list.
Email marketing is huge, each lead on your list is roughly worth $1 per month, so if you can get 2000 people on a list, you should be making $2000. In fact, I know that my lead value is almost double that, so $1 is in the low end.
You can also promote your links on your Facebook profile, or a separate on that you make specifically for your affiliate marketing business.
Facebook is great for finding people that are interested in your product, as you can just search for profiles related to your product and add everyone that is connected to their account.
If you do choose to use Facebook for affiliate marketing, I recommend that you don’t be spammy. In fact, I recommend transferring these users over to an email list, as it will be a lot easier to sell in your emails!
6. Google ads
The next way that you can promote your affiliate links is through Google ads.
However, you can’t link to your links directly, you must have a bridge page in between. Google does not allow affiliate links.
This is better anyway, as we can collect emails and then increase the lifetime value of a visitor. What’s great about Google ads is that if we are targeting our audience well, we can actually target users who are searching for our product or related ones.
So, google ads are definitely a method that you could consider.
7. YouTube ads
Next, we have YouTube ads, which are actually managed inside of Google ads (because Google owns YouTube).
However, they are a little different from Google search ads, as we will be advertising on YouTube. This means that we will need a video ad.
We can target by keywords, topics and even by exact video ads. Again you will need a bridge page.
8. Members area
The next place you can promote your affiliate links is in your members’ area.
Of course, you will need some sort of product to do this, but this works great if you do have one. Inside your members’ area, you will only have people who have already bought from you.
That means, you know they buy products. So, you can put affiliate links inside these areas with discounts, needed software, etc. and when your members click on these links and purchase, you earn a commission.
It’s a pretty good way to make more money out of your product, especially if your product is quite a low-ticket product.
9. Facebook ads
Another way that you can promote your links is Facebook ads.
Although Facebook ads are very competitive, they have great interest-based targeting.
So, you can find the right audience for almost any product. Again, you can also not link directly and you will need a bridge page.
If you are a beginner, I wouldn’t recommend Facebook ads, as they are very competitive and high priced.
Pinterest is also a great way to promote our affiliate links.
Each pin has a clickable URL, so what we can do is add a link to our article that contains affiliate links.
I believe you are also allowed to add affiliate links directly into Pinterest, however, you would see lower conversions as you can’t describe how the product would help the readers.
Either way, Pinterest is a good place to get free traffic to your affiliate products.
11. Inside a lead magnet
In case, you don’t know what a lead magnet is, it’s something that you give away for free in order to collect somebody’s email address.
This has two advantages, the first one being we build our email list. However, we can also have affiliate links inside the actual lead magnet. For example, let’s say I give away a course that explains how to create a sales funnel. Inside this course, I can then add a link to the software that I use to create the sales funnel.
You can do the same with PDF guides, E-books or courses as I mentioned. It’s great as you are being paid to give away free information.
12. Native ads
Next, we have native ads such as Taboola or Outbrain.
These work really well for some people and they are the sponsored article ads that you see inside of other blogs (see example below).
On some networks, you are allowed to link directly and on others, you aren’t. So, just do some research on using different native ad networks.
Native ads work really well for some people, but for others, they don’t work at all. So, make sure to do your research.
13. Guest posting
You can also guest post on different blogs that are already getting traffic to promote your links.
Often, the blog owners won’t allow you to add your affiliate links, however, they will allow you to leave a link back to your site, which can contain affiliate links.
So, you can use yourself as a source, or a post with more information and benefit from other bloggers’ traffic. Sometimes, if you ask the blog owner, you may even be allowed to use affiliate links.
To find guest posting opportunities, just type in (your niche) + guest posting or (your niche) + write for us in google.
Quora is the biggest question & answer network in the world.
However, it doesn’t allow affiliate links, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use Quora to promote our blog posts which contain affiliate links.
We can use our own posts as a more information link, source or link to it in any other way. However, we must aim to help the users that we answer to and not just spam our link. For more information, read the affiliate marketing on quora guide.
15. Blog comments
You can also use blog comments to drive traffic to your affiliate products.
However, you shouldn’t link directly to an affiliate link, you should always link to an article of yours that contains affiliate links. There is a right way to do this as if you just do it normally, your comments will not be accepted anywhere (even if you link to an article).
Blog comments are a great way to get free traffic, so you could consider them too.
Next on our list is Snip.ly.
Snip.ly allows you to create a snip of another site, so it just copies it. However, the difference is that you can add a call to action in the bottom left corner. So, you can share other people’s articles, and in the bottom corner, you can have a link to your site or even your affiliate product.
Additionally, you could also have a call to action to your email opt-in and build your list. Basically, you can get paid to share other people’s articles. Have a look at the example below.
The call to action in the bottom right corner is what you can add to any page that you copy.
17. Pinterest ads
Next, you can also use Pinterest ads to drive traffic.
Pinterest allows affiliate links on normal posts, but there is no information on whether it’s the same for ads. However, I recommend that you send traffic to a blog post or landing page first anyway, as this will give you better results.
Pinterest ads are great, as they have decent keyword targeting and they are extremely cheap, starting at $0.10 per click. So, if you have a good campaign it’s pretty easy to be profitable, even by advertising blog posts that contain affiliate links.
Next on our list is Snapchat, which can also work really well if your target audience is on Snapchat.
What’s great about Snapchat is that once you have added a couple of people that are interested in another Snapchat account, you get all of their friends suggested.
So, you can probably build up a Snapchat account pretty quickly. However, from my experience, Snapchat works a lot better with more general niches such as memes, simply due to the age group of users on Snapchat.
19. Messenger bot
This is the new email marketing, except it’s not with emails.
So, you know Facebook pages, right?
They can now install a messenger bot that works the same as email marketing software, just with messages inside Facebook. Some businesses that use messenger bots, report higher open rates and click-through rates. However, this is heavily dependant on your audience and it varies.
I know that I unsubscribe instantly as soon as connected to a messenger bot, as I just find them annoying. With that being said, there are also tons of people who report great success from messenger bots.
20. Facebook groups
Next, we have Facebook groups.
You can also use these to post about your lead magnet or your blog posts that contain affiliate links and email opt-ins.
Just find relevant groups that will let you post inside of them and do it. You can also use Facebook groups to connect with people who are interested in your product and transfer them to your email list.
It’s simple, just search for your niche and filter to “groups”, join as many as possible and get started!
The next way you can promote affiliate links is through pop-ups on your website.
Now, I am not talking about those really spammy pop-ups that just pop up randomly, I am talking about relevant pop-ups. So, let’s say for example somebody is having a look at a part of your website that is about a certain funnel builder, you can then have a pop up that tells them about the free trial (with your affiliate link).
There are tons of different ways that you could do this and it’s really up to you. But if you do have a website, then I would definitely recommend pop-ups!
22. Snapchat ads
Snapchat ads can also be used to promote affiliate links, although as with most ads, you will need a bridge page in-between.
Also, Snapchat is very strict on its platform with ads, so make sure that you read the guidelines. Also, most users on Snapchat are probably young adults and younger.
So, if that is your target audience, it’s definitely something you can have a look at. Especially, since their ads are very cheap starting from 10 cents per click!
23. Influencers & Publishers
Another way that you can promote your affiliate link, is by directly contacting Influencers and publishers.
Often, especially in unusual niches, a lot of publishers and Influencers have no idea how to monetize their audience, apart from maybe Google Adsense. So, what you can do is look for these Influencers and Publishers and ask them whether they will promote your landing page (or even your affiliate link), for a very cheap price.
24. Coupons & Deals
The next way that you can drive traffic to your affiliate link is through offering coupons & deals of deals that your affiliate program is already offering.
You can do this on your website or even on your social media accounts and just add your affiliate link. When somebody purchases your affiliate product, you earn a commission.
This is a great strategy, as it can often lead to increased conversions and if you can rank in Google or run Google ads on these kind of discount/deal keywords, you will be very profitable.
If somebody is searching google for a discount, they already have the intention to buy.
25. Solo ads
The next way that you can promote your links is through solo ads.
Solo ads are basically just email ads, so you buy ads from somebody with a large email list in your niche.
A great place to buy solo ads is from Udimi. Again, I would at no point recommend direct linking and very few vendors would allow you too.
They can work well if you do them correctly though, so I recommend that you try them, but do your research first!
You can also use Reddit to drive traffic.
However, in order to make sure that you don’t get banned, I would recommend sending people from Reddit to a blog page or YouTube video that contains affiliate links.
Otherwise, you will probably just getting banned and everybody will hate you. So, always use something in between the platform and the affiliate link.
This way, you won’t annoy people and you won’t get banned.
Twitter is another social media platform you can use.
You can easily follow profiles related to your niche, engage in related conversations and build a following.
As always, I then recommend transferring this following over to an email list, so that it will be easier for you to generate sales. Of course, using Twitter is free so it’s a quick, easy and free way to build an email list.
If you are a beginner, you could definitely consider using Twitter to build your email list and then promoting your affiliate links.
Instagram is also a great social media platform to use for affiliate marketing.
It’s quite similar to Twitter in the sense that you can engage with other accounts that are related to your niche. This allows you to grow quickly which is always great for any sort of online business.
Again, you can then use your following to build your email list, or even promote your affiliate links directly, however, that is not very efficient.
29. Bonus marketing
Bonus marketing is ethical bribing.
So, how it works is that in your review or wherever you are promoting your affiliate links, you offer bonuses if the lead or visitor purchases through your affiliate link.
This works well, especially if you have good bonuses. I have even witnessed people buy products just for the bonuses. For example, in the Invi$ible review that I made.
Also, if nobody else is offering bonuses, 90% of the buyers that see your bonuses will buy through you. So, offering bonuses is always a good idea.
Another social network that you can use is LinkedIn.
As always, I recommend sending your leads to an email list but it’s up to you. I’m sure you must be getting bored of me repeating this.
However, it’s important that I do, so you know that it’s more efficient. LinkedIn probably works best for more professional-based niches, so just have a look if there is a lot of accounts in your target audience before jumping in.
Apart from that, it’s the usual, connect with people and leave links in your content and bio.
Another way you can promote affiliate links is through a webinar.
There are a couple of ways that you can do this, firstly, you can create the webinar yourself with a buy now button to your affiliate product at the end. You can also combine this with bonus marketing and offer bonuses, especially if you are selling a high-ticket course.
Bonuses such as free calls, mini-coaching, etc. would work well on high ticket coaching programs, as it gives a little more security to the buyer.
Also, some affiliate programs even offer pre-recorded webinars for affiliates, so that also is an option that you may like to consider.
32. SMS Bot
We talked about email marketing, messenger bots but we haven’t spoken about SMS bots yet.
As you can imagine, it’s pretty similar just you are sending automatic text messages to your leads. In terms of open rates, I am pretty sure this is the winner of all messaging or email bots. According to smsbot.uk, are above 90%.
It makes sense, everybody checks their text messages and listens out for the notification. Of course, this is something that can be very beneficial for promoting affiliate links.
33. Push Notification Ads
Push notification ads are also pretty new compared to most of the other types of ads.
Personally, I have never used them, as I have been on the receiving end of these ads a couple of times and found them to be very annoying & spammy.
Of course, not all push notification networks will be like this. Also, they must be profitable, otherwise, people would not run them, so you could give those a try if you wanted to.
34. Bing Ads
Bing ads are pretty much the same as Google ads, the difference being that they run on Bing instead of Google.
Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
The main difference between the two is that bing ads are cheaper, while Google has more users, so there is a higher search volume for just about any keyword, you can think of. That’s not to say that either of them is bad, it really depends on the keywords that you are targeting to chose the best one.
Oh and guess what?
You can’t link directly to an affiliate link again.
35. Offer Recommended Resources
Another way to promote your affiliate links is through recommended resources.
You can do this on your blog, in your membership area, on your YouTube channel, in your lead magnet or just about anywhere you have access to.
Just leave links to affiliate resources that you recommend, this could be software, it could be training, etc. when a sale is made, you make a commission.
36. Thank You page
Another method that I love. When you are sending traffic to your lead magnet opt-in page, after your visitors have opted in, you send them to a thank you page.
On this page, you can already start selling and you will see some conversions. I recommend doing this with a video that explains who you are, what you do, etc. then at the end, you can offer your leads your affiliate product with a button below.
This is a great way to drive some additional early sales.
Craigslist is another way that you can promote your affiliate links. This can work especially well with amazon affiliate links.
However, it can also work with digital products, there are tons of different ways you can do this. If you have a physical product, for example, let’s say you are promoting a gaming console that costs $400.
You can put it up for sale and when people contact you about it, you can say that it’s not available anymore, but this one is and then link to your affiliate product on amazon. You can do this for 100+ products and there is a high chance of you getting quite a few sales.
This also works the same for any other site similar to craigslist.
38. Direct Outreach
Another way to promote affiliate links is through direct outreach.
However, to do this effectively, I would recommend combining this with bonus marketing.
For example, you can reach out to local businesses and offer to help them start building funnels if they join your funnel builder through your affiliate link.
The benefit of doing this is that you can usually get recurring commissions. So, your income will snowball and you will start earning a big passive income as time goes on.
Next, we have TikTok, the trending music video app.
If you can get a lot of views through TikTok and transfer your views over to YouTube and turn them into subscribers, you can then also promote your affiliate links on YouTube.
While TikTok does not offer the option to include links yet, you can still use it to grow your following on another platform such as YouTube that has more value anyway. So, you use TikTok for quick growth and many eyeballs, but then transfer them over to somewhere like YouTube that has more value.
40. Inside Other Peoples Members Areas
Lastly, we have promoting your affiliate links through adding your lead magnets to other people’s members’ area.
I actually wrote a book about this method in-depth once, so here’s how it works.
Basically, you can create a very good lead magnet that will help it’s readers/users a lot. Then you reach out to other vendors and ask them if you can put the opt-in page into their members’ area after they have a look at the lead magnet.
In exchange, they will help their buyers even more and they can use it as part of their bonus marketing strategy. So, you will both benefit from this.
You get free leads and the vendor helps his buyers more by giving them more value and he has an added bonus for his sales page that will increase conversions.
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