You’ve seen people make big money from YouTube affiliate marketing, but is YouTube affiliate marketing something that can work for anyone without a big platform or tons of content to upload? Or is earning money on YouTube reserved for the few who understand how to get into the good blessings of the YouTube powers?
Now, you might be thinking – are affiliate links allowed on YouTube?
The good news is yes, all affiliate links are allowed on YouTube.
I have more good news.
You can also learn how YouTube works and how you can make money from YouTube in conjunction with affiliate marketing as a YouTube Affiliate.
Even if you don’t have a YouTube channel or subscribers right now, and even if your YouTube video skills aren’t the best (yet).
If you’re uncertain about how to make things work for you — don’t worry about it just yet. Continue reading this article as we explain how you can get started as an Affiliate on YouTube to make money from your YouTube videos and your YouTube Channel.
By the way, you can also make money without ever recording your own YouTube videos. More on that in a minute!
Understanding the different Affiliate Marketing requirements
Before we go too far into the complexities of receiving commission and making money through YouTube and affiliate marketing, you’d need to make sure that you select an affiliate marketing platform with terms that work for you.
When you sign up for any affiliate platform or network, you’ll be credited with the % from a sale if you were the last person to refer the customer.
Some affiliate networks credit you with the commission if you are the first one to refer.
Other programs like the Amazon affiliate program reward you for every transaction that anyone makes within 24 hours of clicking on your link… earning you an affiliate commission in the process.
Depending on how you promote yourself and what you promote, you can work with each of these instances. It all depends on what works best for you.
Say you’re marketing a new product. You don’t think a lot of people have heard about it, and you can find an affiliate network that delivers the commission to the first person who provided the referral link – you can make a good profit.
On the other hand, if you are marketing a product that many people have heard of and are likely to have clicked on other people’s affiliate links, it would be in your best interest to find a program that gives the last person credit for the transaction.
The terms of the Amazon affiliate program are good for many YouTubers. Simply because even if you refer anyone to one product through your Amazon affiliate links, you’ll also get credit for everything else they put in their cart when they make a purchase over the next 24 hours.
Use YouTube to Sell Affiliate Products
With more than 1.9 billion people using YouTube, do you think you might get a few people to visit your YouTube page, watch YouTube videos, click your affiliate link, and make a purchase?
It doesn’t sound that hard when we put it that way, doesn’t it?
By simply getting a few people to watch your YouTube videos and then reminding them to buy the stuff they want, you might have the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of. By the way, yes, you can get rich through affiliate marketing, as some people are making as much as $10000 a month.
YouTube is a great advertising tool because it gives you a simple way to get in touch with your audience and speak to them about the goods and services you enjoy.
There are various types of videos that you can upload on your YouTube channel when you want to make sales. We’re going to go over a couple of those here.
1 – Reviews of product or service
This is the most obvious one. If you buy a product that you enjoy or find a service that benefits you, you’re probably going to tell a few people about it. Ordinary people are going to tell a friend or family member, but you’re not “ordinary.”
You’re a YouTuber!
Picture: Jeffery Star – HE is the most popular beauty YouTuber.
- You’re going to tell everybody who’s going to listen to your experience with a certain product or service that speaks to your target audience.
- You’re going to get paid a fee when they decide they want to get the same results or experience you’ve received.
This is the pillar that holds the entire “beauty bloggers” on YouTube. They tell you about the amazing makeup they just bought and how wonderful it is. The target audience gets excited, wants to purchase the same makeup, and follows their affiliate link to make a purchase.
There are a few ways you can do it.
- You may decide to review the product you’ve chosen to use and tell people all about the features and why you like it.
- You may want to do a summary comparing different products that might be a solution, and then either show why you chose the product that you chose or use affiliate links for them all.
Both of these types of videos can be very successful, and they’re not hard to produce. Remember to share what you love about the goods along with any disadvantages you’ve experienced.
Providing an accurate and comprehensive analysis helps people move through the decision-making process. The goal is to address all their questions in a YouTube (affiliate) video, so they’re ready to make a purchase through your affiliate links even before they leave your video.
2 – Videos for tutorials and learning
Making instructional (aka “How-to”) videos for your YouTube channel is another way to easily get in front of an audience that you can offer affiliate links to. Tutorial videos could be long or short, but they should include all the details required.
If you only provide people with partial details, they’re going to click on another more in-depth video tutorial.
You want to show viewers a step-by-step “how to do it” and show what you use when you’re making tutorials videos. Since viewers see you using a variety of assets or services, you can easily engage in other affiliate sales by connecting the video description to the items you used in the video. Ever seen in the video description things like “For filming this video, I used this camera, this tripod, this spotlight… etc.”. All links pointing to Amazon? That’s what I am talking about.
3 – Best of / compilation videos
The “best of” videos are easy to make. All you need to do is make a list of “the best” you can do whatever you’re supporting. In your video, you should talk about both pros and cons of each product.
Go from the least decent to the best of the best to make sure you keep viewers watching the whole video. You can link to all of the products or services you listed in the video to make sure no profits slip from your affiliate piggy bank.
Getting views to your Youtube videos
Even if you’ve got the most impressive videos on the internet, you won’t get any results if nobody sees them.
Having traffic is one of the main obstacles people face as they want to make money with affiliate marketing.
The good news is that a lot of people are already watching YouTube, so you can get traffic just from being on the web with well-optimized YouTube videos. This is called the “related” category and we’re going to go over it right away.
You’ve probably watched more than 1 video on the subject. You’ll see a video on YouTube, and then you’ll see a similar video that looks like it could be interesting, so you’ll click away on that video too.
People do this all the time.
That’s why you need to carefully optimize your content by adding specific keywords to the title, description, and tags section.
Youtube Tip: YouTube currently requires you to write up to 5,000 characters in your video description… Therefore, be sure to pack as much public (and SEO-friendly) content as possible. Don’t forget to incorporate your affiliate link in your summary!
To get more traffic from YouTube-related videos, make sure you have interesting thumbnails that draw viewers and get them to click when they see the thumbnail.
Results from Google Search
Google search results can be a strong source of traffic for your videos and viewers. Depending on the keyword phrase and your niche, YouTube videos are more or less likely to appear on Google’s first list.
YouTube Tip: Uploading your video content to your blog is a perfect way to get started with SEO-optimized video… and get targeted traffic to both your videos and your blog.
Before you try and start ranking videos (or any other form of content) in Google, check the keyword to see if any videos are currently ranking well. If you don’t see any videos, this may not be the best keyword to aim your SEO-optimized video at when it comes to Google’s organic search.
Subscribers will receive alerts when you upload a new video if their notification option is checked. If they don’t have the choice picked, your video will still appear in their feed for all of their subscribed channels.
While you’re hoping people can hit the little bell and get updates, the subscription page is still a decent source of traffic. When people watch your videos, be sure to ask them to hit the bell to get notifications; then, in the future, you’ll get even better results from getting the initial traffic from your subscriber audience.
Focus on creating videos that your subscribers will enjoy. As this number increases, you’ll be able to get more traffic faster every time you release a new video.
If you’re worried that you’re too late for a YouTube affiliate marketing game, you’re not.
More and more people are getting online every day, and they want to learn from you on the web. Someone will always be creating content, and someone will also be watching. It could as well be you.
What’s YouTube affiliate marketing looks like?
In essence, YouTube affiliate marketing is making videos that will be hosted on YouTube with links and information that will contribute to the promotion of the services, goods, or products. The content you produce for YouTube allows viewers to purchase items from third-party websites that will earn you a commission. This is a legitimate and very interactive way to promote your affiliate links on the web.
Can you make decent money on YouTube with affiliate marketing?
The most obvious reply, of course, is “Yes.”
However, the longer answer is how do you get to that “yes.”