You built a great following through authentic content. How you are ready to monetize your efforts through affiliate marketing. You share a relevant product with your followers.  They love the product as much as you do!. They even take that final step to buy it! But your affiliate report doesn’t reflect the sale. This issue is one of the most frustrating issues that affiliate marketers run into. However, there are steps you can take to ensure you receive your affiliate marketing commissions!

Top Things You Can Do To Make Sure Your Order Is Tracked

  • Always test your link before sharing. Do you see your unique code appearing in the results?
  • Make sure your link is properly formatted. Here is a video of the most common issue when formatting a link. 
  • Use the FTC Required Affiliate Disclosure as an opportunity to support you by clicking on your link. This is a double win since affiliate disclosures are also legally required.
  • Promote a custom discount code that exclusively tracks to as an option. This provides an extra layer of tracking
  • Include a clear call to action with a sense of urgency
  • Use a URL shortening tool on your Instagram such as or
  • Send followers to your blog post if you are promoting on social media. Your followers are more likely to click if there is additional information and on a website.
  • Use your Swipe Up functionality on Instagram if that is an option (you have over 10k followers)
  • Add a free tool for linking such as Milkshake or Linktree
  • Collect email addresses. Having an email list allows you to communicate directly with your followers without relying on an algorithm. In addition, your followers are more likely to click from an email vs social media.

Additional Pointers

Education: Your audience has already shown that they want to support you through the simple act of following you. Help them understand that by clicking on your affiliate link or using your code, you receive a small commission which allows you to continue producing the content they love. ! 

Convenience: Make it easy for them. Make sure your link is working first and foremost with a quick test. If someone doesn’t want to buy the product right away. Make it easy for them to find your post with the affiliate link or your code. This way they can think it over and come back to use it later. You can do this by creating a page on your blog with all your affiliate links. With social media platforms making a permanent post will help them find it later. On YouTube, include your affiliate links in the description. On Instagram add a permanent story shortcut with all your affiliate links and/or a option.

Exposure: Cross-promote! Use all of your social channels, blog, and email list  to promote your affiliate code. This goes hand-in-hand with making it convenient for your followers. The more they see how much you like the product and the affiliate link, 

If you try all these tips and still have concerns about tracking, reach out to your affiliate manager. At Robbins Interactive, we manually apply missed commissions if you know the customer’s name.

Casey Brown, Robbins Interactive Affiliate Manager

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