If you have a blog or social media, you may have wondered how you can use it to make money. One way that many people make their living online is through affiliate referral links. Basically, you recommend products and services to your audience, and when they buy – YOU get a cut of the profits!
This can be a great way to make some extra spending money, but some people have mastered the art of affiliate marketing and are able to travel the world just off the money they make from their social media accounts!
Sound like a good idea? Read on!
(This article contains affiliate links, and if you sign up after clicking on them, I get a cut of the sale)
Once you’ve got your account set up, you can browse my shop (RageOn.com & Society6.com) for items that really jump out and scream “BUY ME”! Then, SHARE the item on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or wherever else you have people’s eyes on you by copying your referral link for the item you want to share (or simply add your code at the end: ?curator=UserName on Society6, and ?aff=YourCode on RageOn). Be careful! RageOn includes your affiliate code in the social media share links, but Society6 gives you a curator url to copy, as shown here:
Some good places to share include Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and your blog (like Tumblr, WordPress, or Blogger). All these services allow you to add images and links to your posts. Instagram is not a good option unless you have a business profile or only want to promote one item; standard accounts cannot put clickable links in their posts, and can only have one link in their profile.
Make sure to add an image of the product! This works especially well if you have an image of YOU wearing or holding the item, as your testimony is a valuable selling point, but you can also use the stock images from my shops. Write a short blurb about why you love the item, and you’re all set to earn your percent commission!
Although I style my brand as products for the “EDM Lifestyle,” my designs are versatile, and can be targeted to many different markets. You may choose to focus on categories, such as tech accessories like cases for phones and laptops, tote bags and backpacks, beachwear, home decor, streetwear, art prints, or specific designs that would resonate with your audience.
You should also check out the sites that you love to shop on, and see whether they have an affiliate program. You can usually find this link at the bottom of the site page, or in your account settings (some sites really hide it!). Genuinely recommending the brands you already know, love, and trust will get you the best results.
Check out my Pinterest to see a selection of my products organized by theme and design.
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Some handy links:
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Ready to kick your referral game up a notch?
Check out this follow-up post I wrote “The Power of Referrals” and learn how to target your suggestions to people most likely to make a purchase, how to find an affiliate program that’s right for you, and how to create engaging content.