Shareasale’s Product Discovery Tool Instructions

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Affiliate Posts | 0 comments

This week, Shareasale launched the new affiliate interface. In addition to a more user-friendly interface, the new interface highlights an often overlooked tool, the Product Discovery Tool. This look allows affiliates to browse their merchants sites and create links on the fly. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that. See below for steps on how to download the tool and use it. STEP ONE – Log In Log into Shareasale here      STEP THREE- Download the Bookmarklet This amazing Chrome add-on allows you to easily create links directly to the products you are talking about WITHOUT having to log into your Shareasale. Here is the great news, it is for ALL Shareasale merchants. Click on the Download Bookmarklet icon on the right-hand side of the page. You will see a page from a blue square that says Shareasale Product Discovery Tool. STEP FOUR- Put It On Chrome Drag this box to your bookmark. When it is complete your Bookmark bar will have the Shareasale tool within it.   Now when you go to www.aunaturalecosmetics.com navigate and find the product you are promoting. Click on the Shareasale Product Discovery Tool. You see several amazing options. Option 1- Easiest Link Access – If you want a quick and short affiliate url, go to the right-hand side and click on the Create button next to the License Plate Link. It is denoted in the picture above with the number 1. A shortened url will appear for you once you click on Create. Copy this url and paste as a hyperlink in your blog post or as a link for your social media shout out. This type of link works great for YouTube, Facebook and on your Instagram profile. #2 and #3 – Get the image and the link. Click on the green arrows (#2) and select the image you would like to display. Click on #3/Click to view and copy HTML. Copy and paste the enter code. It is already highlighted for you and defaults to creative which means image. Click on Raw HTML. Copy this code and paste into your blog post. This is not for social media but for blog posts only. You will want to add via Text option in WordPress. Below is an example of what it will look like. Note, the sizes of the images are displayed on the gallery so be sure to select an image size that works for your blog. Zero Gravity C2P Foundation...

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Au Naturale Selects Robbins Interactive

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Affiliate Posts | 0 comments

Au Naturale, an organic and vegan cosmetic line, selects Robbins Interactive to manage its affiliate program. This addition to the Robbins Interactive client list fits perfectly with its wellness and eco-friendly strategy. We are looking forward to connecting our influencers and affiliates with this amazing brand. Below are just a couple of the reasons we LOVE this brand Brand and Product Details All the Nos are there. It is free of everything we don’t want in our makeup – no parabens, toxins or gluten in any of their high performing products It is vegan. We love working with our passionate, vegan influencers. Knowing that this brand is 100% vegan makes it easier for us to work with these influencers versus only select products being vegan. And of course, it is also cruelty-free. High performance. Everything from the lipsticks to the foundations is nourishing, beautiful and effective. Activism. Au Naturale is passionate about lobbying for proper labeling on all cosmetics. Just the way we like it. We get to run this program with only content and influencer affiliates. This means there is no risk of our affiliates losing commissions to a toolbar or coupon affiliate. Au Naturale Affiliate Program Details 10% commission Aggressive bonus opportunities Converting and fresh creatives Affiliate resource center for brand, product and affiliate marketing instruction No parasite program Dedicated affiliate management team   Ready to sign up? Au Naturale proudly works with the Shareasale network. Click here to sign up. –...

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Increasing Affiliate Commissions with Facebook Boosts

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Affiliate Posts | 0 comments

You’ve worked hard to develop a Facebook Business Page that is engaging and well followed. However, your engagement seems to be in a slump. Don’t beat yourself up. Most likely it’s the Facebook algorithm bringing you down, not your content. The good news is there is an easy way to get back into your followers’ feed. If you’re serious about earning affiliate income, it’s time to use Facebook Boosts. While boosting posts on Facebook does cost money, this marketing method provides a solid ROI when done correctly. This post walks you through the four steps to creating a profitable Facebook Boost for affiliate marketing. Step One: Write a blog post and/or create a video Your first step is to write a compelling blog post detailing your personal reasons for recommending a particular product or service. Not sure how to write a converting affiliate post? Check out my article on the differences between sponsored posts and affiliate marketing. It has great tips including creating links that convert and finding selling points that compel a follower to click. According to a study by Brightcove, 74 percent of consumers say they can make a direct connection between watching a video on social media and their buying decisions. I highly recommend including video in your blog posts. However, do not boost your video as a stand-alone unless you have an easy to remember landing page, such as yourdomain.com/merchant, with your affiliate links or a coupon code that also tracks your commissions. If you do decide to include video in your affiliate marketing, remember, most affiliate Facebook boosts work best when the video is embedded in the post. Step Two:  Write Your Status Update Definitely, craft a convincing Facebook status update for the product/service, but keep in mind the most important goal, which is to compel your followers to click through to your blog post. When does it make sense to include your affiliate link directly on your update? When you’re promoting a simple sale such as a lipstick or item of clothing. If your affiliate promotion doesn’t need a lot of convincing, you can include the affiliate link right in your update. For all others, send your followers to your blog post or landing page. Your update should include why you love the product. Your call to action should clearly state why your follower should click versus opening up a new browser window and going directly to the merchant’s domain name. Keep your Facebook update simple, short and direct. Remember your call to action is to send the follower to your blog post with more information. Logical Harmony and Organic Bunny both do a great job of this.     Step Three:  Boost...

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How To Choose An Affiliate Network

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Affiliate Posts | 0 comments

When bringing on a client who is new to affiliate marketing, one of the first steps is to choose an affiliate network to partner with. An affiliate network provides the backend technology to support your affiliate management strategy. The network is responsible for tracking and payment for your affiliates as well as providing tools to build your commission strategy. In addition, the network hosts creatives such as banners and videos as well as providing educational tools to make affiliate marketing accessible. You and your affiliates interact with the network daily so the selection process should be taken seriously. This article serves as a guideline of the five criteria I follow when choosing an affiliate network.   Go Where the Affiliates Are This probably seems obvious but it must be said: select a network that already has your targeted affiliates signed up. Most influencers belong to multiple networks. However, they usually have a favorite. If you have a ‘dream’ affiliate in mind, reach out and ask which are their favorite networks. Most merchants lean towards a one, or at the most two, network strategy. So, how do you find out where your affiliates are? A great place to start is by looking at your competition. Which influencers are representing their products? A word of caution when looking towards your competitors. Since your program may have different strategies for different types of affiliates, you want to ask the network which affiliates perform best in the network and why. If the network’s Best Affiliate Award regularly goes to a toolbar affiliate and toolbar affiliates are not part of your strategy, the network is not the right fit for you. Lastly, don’t simply look for the number of affiliates in the network but find out the quality of those affiliates. What are the network’s vetting processes for affiliate applications? How is fraud handled? Is there an affiliate feedback system in place? Ease of Use My agency, Robbins Interactive, focuses on influencers and other content affiliates. Many affiliates I work with are new to affiliate marketing. As such, a user-friendly affiliate interface is a top priority. I especially look for networks that invest in tools and education that appeal to content affiliates. Below are some of my favorites. Shareasale’s Gift Guide blog posts that appear before the holidays make creating a profitable holiday gift guide a breeze. In addition, their Gift Cards Database makes last-minute holiday posts easy to create.   Avantlink’s SnapVisi was designed with fashion influencers in mind. This fashion blogger tool is invaluable as it allows you to tag multiple items in a single image with affiliate links.   Attribution First, let me define what attribution is. Attribution allows you to...

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Affiliate Marketing For Podcasts

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Affiliate Posts, Blog | 0 comments

According to a 2017 report by Edison Research, 65 million Americans listen to podcasts MONTHLY! Of those, 18% say they listen to most, if not all, of an episode. Which means that, not only are they listening, but they are also listening intently. Podcasts represent an amazing, though many times overlooked, opportunity for affiliate marketing. Both advertisers and affiliates alike ponder if those listeners can successfully be converted into buyers. Based on my experience as an affiliate manager, my answer is a resounding yes. Podcast affiliate marketing generates amazing commissions and ROI when used with the following 10 tactics. 10 Tips for Monetizing Podcasts with Affiliate Marketing 1. Don’t count your eggs before they hatch People listen to podcasts for knowledge and value. Be sure to build your audience prior to implementing affiliate marketing campaigns. I recommend a minimum of 20 episodes before testing affiliate marketing. My top performing podcast affiliates have completed 50+ episodes of their show before launching one of our affiliate campaigns. Here are four general tips about how to start your podcast: Be passionate about your subject Be sure you’ve already earned your audiences’ trust through previously shared expertise Invest in a good microphone. A quick way to lose credibility is to have bad sound quality Here is a great article on The Best USB Microphones Do your research and seek out recommendations from the experts. The Podcast Host is a great place for beginners to start. This curated article from The Marketing Experts provides quick tips on everything from creation to rankings to promotion. 2. Know your audience Similar to other affiliate marketing tactics, a niche audience translates to higher conversions for affiliate marketing. It is important to take the time to get to know your audience and what they are interested in. A barometer for interest would be the popularity of specific episodes.  For example, one of my TeloYears affiliates, who is successful with affiliate marketing, saw an interest in at home tests with his audience. It was no surprise then that his subsequent campaign generated sizable commissions for him. 3. Make it personal Do not promote what you have not personally used. Your podcast listeners are there for your advice. A successful podcast affiliate campaign will include personal experience with pros and cons of the product. To further create a connection with your audience, ask your merchant if they are available for an interview on your show. This creates a personal experience between the audience and brand as well. Podcasts generate great exposure for brands so this is a good option for creating evergreen content that will keep generating revenue. 4. Simple Calls to Action 18% of people typically listen to podcasts...

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