12 Affiliate Marketing Secrets

12 Affiliate Marketing Secrets

Affiliate marketing is a powerful tool and a great way to make money online, but it also comes with many challenges. This guide will help you overcome those challenges by giving you the tips and tricks that we’ve learned over the years as affiliate marketers. Nowadays, everyone wants to work with freedom, without having someone telling them what to do. So, what do most of us end up doing? Starting our own affiliate marketing business, but there are some things that no one tells you when you’re first starting out. Here are 12 affiliate marketing secrets that I’ve learned along my journey.

12 Affiliate Marketing Secrets: What No One Tells You About This Business

The affiliate marketing industry is a $13 billion business in the United States alone. It’s growing every year, and it won’t be slowing down any time soon. This is, of course, according to outside sources.

That being said, many people who get into affiliate marketing don’t actually succeed with it.

Why? Because they don’t know what they’re doing, or maybe they do. They just don’t know how to do it correctly, in a manner that will be profitable for them, without wasting so much money.

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It’s true: if you want to make money from your blog or website through affiliate marketing – you need the right tools and strategies in place so that your efforts are highly targeted and effective.


1. You’re Not Selling Your Product

You are not selling your product.

You are selling other people’s products.

What is the difference between these two statements? In one, you are in control of the sales process for your own product and can delegate responsibility to others if necessary; in the other, you must rely on someone else to handle sales for you and do it without any input from yourself whatsoever.

When it comes down to it, affiliate marketing is all about trust—in this case trusting that if a customer likes what they see on your website and clicks through to make a purchase then there will be no hiccups or problems along the way. Trusting that when people do click through they’ll receive exactly what was promised them at checkout time (no surprises!). And most importantly: trusting that those people will become repeat customers – individuals coming back to your website because they like your content and they trust your word about a certain product that you’ve promoted -because they’re happy with their initial experience with a particular brand/product/whatever has brought them back again!

2. Create an Online Presence

In order to market yourself as an affiliate and attract buyers, you need to create a website or social media presence for yourself. You can start by putting up a simple site with your name, contact information, and links to your blog, newsletter and email list. Social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter are also great places to get started building a following because they’re easy-to-use platforms where people are already hanging out online. You can also set up a blog so that your followers can stay up-to-date on everything you do in the affiliate marketing world.

3. Start Posting on Social Media

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A great way to reach new customers is by posting on social media. When you post on social media, you can build relationships with your customers, share content that will add value to their lives and businesses, promote your business and ask for feedback.

Before you jump right into posting on all major platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it’s important to consider which platform serves the best purpose for your business at this time. Most affiliate marketers choose to focus primarily on Facebook because it has more than 2 billion active users worldwide, but you have to think about your audience. Is your audience more active on Facebook, maybe they use Twitter more. Research is key!

4. Create a Content Calendar

If you want to make affiliate marketing work for you, then you need to create a content calendar.

The reason why this is important is because if you don’t keep track of what you post, then it will be hard for people to find your content. You can use Google Analytics or another similar tool to see which articles are getting the most traffic and engagement.

A content calendar will also help you stay on track of your works schedule, because do keep in mind that affiliate marketing is like any other job. You need to be present, stay updated, and create.

You also want to make sure that when people do come across one of your articles they are able to find more related content easily such as another article on the same topic or an infographic based on the same subject matter etc.

5. Include Special Offers and Promotions

To help your customers save money and increase their loyalty to your brand you should consider including special offers in your email marketing, social media posts, blog posts, videos and podcasts. Who doesn’t love a good offer, right?

You can offer discounts or freebies to your customers by promoting a special deal on one product each week for example. You could also run competitions where people can win prizes such as free products from you or from other companies that sell similar items.

Offering these types of promotions will encourage more people to buy from you because they are getting great deals that cannot be found anywhere else.

6. Track Results in Real-Time With Reporting Tools

  • Use a reporting tool to track your results.
  • Track your affiliate links.
  • Track your keywords. Here’s a helpful tool – you can thank me later!
  • Track your campaigns and see what’s working and what needs improvement as you go along.

7. Be Transparent About Your Affiliate Relationships

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You should disclose your affiliate relationships on your website and make it easy for consumers to find out what you’re promoting, and how much money you get paid if they click through one of those links and buy something. You should also be able to prove that you are an affiliate by providing a report from the affiliate network (such as Commission Junction) showing that they have tracked your sales and sent them payment for them. If someone has an issue with something that’s going on in your business, it helps when they know exactly where to go look for all the ways in which their privacy is protected or not protected by you! Honesty is important. Just like you and I, we don’t like when we’re lied to, or when something is not disclosed. Be transparent with your readers and reassure them that by purchasing from your affiliate link they won’t be paying any extra money and you will only be getting a small commission if they do proceed with the purchase.

8. Use Affiliate Links Every Time, Everywhere

It’s easy to forget about affiliate links in some of your marketing efforts. But don’t leave them out of the loop!

You should use affiliate links on your website, in email marketing, social media posts and more. Just don’t overuse them. Don’t paste 10 affiliate links on one single post; you can be punished by Google and your rankings may decrease.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to boost sales (and profit) for you and your business partners. It also helps you grow an audience organically by providing content that appeals to their interests—and therefore increases engagement and brand loyalty over time.

9. It’s Not Easy And It’s Time Consuming

Affiliate marketing is not an task. It’s actually quite difficult and more so when you’re not earning commissions as soon as you start. Let’s face it; you will not earn a commission as soon as your start your business. You can start earning commissions in between 3-6 months, and who knows, maybe it can take a whole year.

Good news is that you will eventually start earning and you can earn anywhere from a few cents to hundreds of dollars in just one single sale.

10. Use Email Marketing to Connect and Engage Current Customers, Prospects And Influencers Alike

Email marketing is an important part of any affiliate marketing strategy. Email is an effective way to reach your customers, and it can be used to build relationships with them, too.

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Email also helps you build relationships with influencers who might be able to promote your products in their own newsletters. These are people who have a large number of followers on social media—they often have thousands or even tens of thousands of subscribers on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Just remember to not overdo it. You don’t want to be sending hundreds of different emails in just one day. People are more likely to take that as spam and unsubscribe from your newsletter.

11. Develop Effective Influencer Marketing Strategies For Maximum Reach (And Sales!)

Influencer marketing is one of the most effective ways to promote your product or service. The key to successful influencer marketing is choosing the right influencers for your business and being able to engage with them on a regular basis.

You can find influencers through social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Once you have these profiles in place, follow these steps:

  • Follow their content regularly
  • Engage with them by liking or commenting on their posts once every few weeks
  • When appropriate for your brand/product/service (i.e., if it’s relevant), send them direct messages asking if they would be interested in receiving a sample of what you’re selling in exchange for an honest review and testimonial

This will most likely come in handy if your business is E-commerce related.

12. Offer Great Customer Service All The Time

Regardless of your business just being centered around affiliate marketing, it’s important to always have a good customer service (this will help you gain trust between potential customers and their relationship with your brand). Remember that you want to have your readers to come back for more of the content that you offer and they will most likely purchase a product or service that you’re promoting if they see value in it.

Affiliate Marketing is a Powerful Tool When You Know How To Use It Successfully

Affiliate marketing is a powerful tool when you know how to use it successfully.

It’s no wonder so many people are flocking to affiliate marketing as a way to make money online, with the ability to earn up to 75% commissions on sales.

Affiliate marketing is used by bloggers and entrepreneurs alike who want an extra source of income or want to build their personal brand by promoting products they use or recommend. It can be used for many different purposes: promoting physical products, digital downloads, services and even other affiliate marketers’ offers!


So, what’s the takeaway? Your success as an affiliate marketer depends on how well you can implement the techniques described above. Affiliate marketing is a powerful tool when you know how to use it successfully, but without proper planning, training and execution, it won’t work for you. The key is to start small with one or two products and test them out before adding more products to your line-up. Ensure that these products are relevant (in terms of topic or audience) so that they can generate good sales results quickly!

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  1. Thank you for all these tips for successful affiliate marketing. I think that I am on the right track, but I need to build social networks and engage in email campaigns. My site has been built and I have many articles and now is the time to build these other areas. I would be interested in receiving more help and tips for these areas and appreciate your easy to follow article on affiliate marketing secrets. Thank you for your quality comments.

    1. Thank you for giving me a chance on such an important topic. Hope you can follow up alongside me towards better affiliate marketing strategies. 

  2. HI, Stephanie, Thank you very much for sharing the steps you have found useful in growing your Affiliate Marketing business. It is true, as is with any other business, personal touch with customers/potential customers is very important. Unfortunately, many, a people, who promote Affiliate marketing paint a picture of a business whereby, an affiliate simply writes a few descriptive contents about a product and adds a link to it, and then waits for a commission!! I think this kind of picture is misleading and is causing many of us to fail! I loved your approach, for it does not leave anything to chance. Thank you very much for these principles you lay down.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to analyze and see the bigger picture. I’m glad I’m able to bring some awareness to these affiliate marketing secrets that not many people are speaking up about. Better to have the honest truth than an inevitable lie. 

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