Improve your Affiliate Marketing on Instagram
Just as a blogger can promote an affiliate product on his or her blog, an Instagrammer can promote an affiliate product on Instagram. Unlike an influencer, an affiliate is more invested in making sales for the partner brand—not just generating awareness—in exchange for a commission. In fact, affiliate marketing means working on commission. Broken down to its easiest form, it means that you promote a brand’s product with the help of a personal link (that can be tracked), and then when a sale is made as a result of your promotions, you get a commission! Sure, you will make a smaller cut than if you’re selling your own products. However, you will be free from a ton of responsibilities.
Because Instagram is highly limiting the places where you can share clickable links on the platform, affiliate marketing on Instagram is more difficult than on other social platforms. However, that is not to say that it is impossible. Before Instagram Stories, the only place to share a clickable link on Instagram was through Direct message and in your profile bio. You cannot include clickable links in your posts, however, you can now include “clickable” (they’re slidable) links in your Stories and in that way get your link seen by your followers. All you need to do on affiliate marketing is sign up to an affiliate program and start promoting a product. Quite a big contrast, right? If you do less work and have less responsibilities, the reward will be smaller. That’s how it works!
There are tons of affiliate marketplaces where you can sign up and join an affiliate program belonging to a brand of your choice. The most common ones are:
- ClickBank: Clickbank is an affiliate platform open to everyone that lets you sign up to affiliate programs that you find interesting.
- RewardStyle: This is an invitation-only fashion and lifestyle influencer network that gives 20% commissions to their affiliates/influencers.
- Amazon’s Affiliate Program: This is a highly popular affiliate program that gives you a 10% commission.
- CJ (Commission Junction) offers a ton of different affiliate programs no matter what type of products you want to promote.
If you don’t want to sign up to an affiliate market place, you can approach a brand directly and ask if they accept affiliate marketing. Most brands do because they have nothing to lose in doing so. They’ll increase their sales and get free marketing! When this type of affiliate marketing is done on social media, personal discount codes or personalised links are used to track the sales driven by you. Though it sounds like a numbers game, affiliate marketing is also an art, and you’ll have a better chance at success if you have a plan going into it and expand your online presence to include a website and other marketing channels. Tip: Affiliate links can be long and ugly, so we recommend a URL shortener like bit.ly, especially if they’re going to your Instagram bio. You can find examples of sponsored posts and how Instagrammers integrate brands into their story by searching up #sponsored on Instagram.
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