Instagram Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

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In this post, I'm going to talk about anything you need to know to get started with affiliate marketing directly from your Instagram account. Instagram affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online. In fact anyone can do this right from their smartphone!

What is Instagram Affiliate Marketing?

Instagram affiliate marketing is a way to promote other people's products or services and, in return, get paid a commission from those companies for every sale that you make.

Do I need a Blog or Website?

While it's beneficial to have a blog or website (as I mentioned in this post here), it's not always necessary in every case. However, a lot of affiliate marketing programs and companies do require that you have a website in order to become a member of their affiliate program.

Whether you actually use that website is totally up to you. I do tell a lot of Instagram Influencers to start a blog even if it's just a one page website.

You may not be blogging every week or even actually writing articles but you should have one page on your website that talks about who you are and what you do. Then, you can use that website to get accepted into affiliate programs. In saying that, you won't have to necessarily drive people to your website in order to benefit from Instagram Affiliate Marketing.

Strategies for Affiliate Marketing

How does Instagram Affiliate Marketing Work?

Instagram Affiliate Marketing works by using custom affiliated links to drive traffic to your affiliate company's store, then, when someone makes a purchase, the company pays you a commission from that purchase.

However, you have to remember that Instagram is not designed for many links. And you're not gonna make any money unless people click on a link to go to a website. As of right now, there are only two ways that you can post a website link on Instagram.

Using Your Bio For Links

The first way to post your links is by posting in your bio. Now, remember you have limited space in you bio. The strategy that I use is called Link Tree. It's a free program or software that allows you to link to multiple websites. If you were to click on my Link Tree link from my Instagram Bio a web page of all my links would pop up. These links will direct my followers to my newest video, my podcast, my Learn How blog, and my Facebook group.

Because you can only post one link in your Instagram Bio, Link Tree offers  a great way to maximize the use of that limited space. I'm able to give my followers options of what they want to see. This allows me to do a variety of posts on my Instagram account.

For example, I can do a post that says “Hey, new podcast episode is out! Go check out the link in my bio.” Then, when they click the link on my bio, they would see the link to the podcast option right away.

Or, I can do another post that says “Hey, I've got a new video out on my YouTube channel. Go check it out, link is in my bio.” Then, when they click the link on my bio, they would see the link to watch my newest video option right away.¬†

So, if you're an affiliate for different products or brands and you want to promote all of them at the same time, you can just create a Link Tree and have links to different products. Your Link Tree can give your followers options like My Favorite Cleaning Solution, My Favorite Eye Robot Vacuum, or whatever it is you're promoting. 

Using Instagram Story For Links

The second place you can put an affiliated link only applies if you have 10,000 followers on Instagram. If you have 10,000 followers or more you can use Instagram story to post your links.

Posting an Instagram Story:

  • Click on Instagram story and take a picture or video for your Instagram Story.
  • Then, in the top, right of your screen you will see a little chain link tool icon that you click on to add a web link to the post.
  • You can then enter the link of your choice and post the story.
  • Then, everyone will be able to see the swipe up feature at the bottom so when people tap or swipe up it will direct them to go to the link that you used.

So, if you're going to post an affiliate link, you would tell people what you are promoting, such as, a new vacuum, blow dryer or whatever. For example, “Hey, I got a new hair dryer! Swipe up the link and check it out!” Then, people swipe up and it takes them directly to the brand's website through your affiliate link. Plus, if they buy the blow dryer you'll then get affiliate commission.

Grow Your Instagram Followers 

I always recommend to everyone who's serious about becoming an Instagram affiliate or influencer is to do everything you can to grow your account to over 10,000 followers.

Once you get there, you'll be able to utilize those Instagram story links which are very, very valuable. You can head over to my post here to learn how to grow your Instagram audience. I also have videos here to help you grow your Instagram account.

The Power of Instagram Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing on Instagram is super simple. First, you just need to find some brands or even companies that you are already currently using. It can be as simple as promoting an item from Amazon.

A lot of people already buy a lot of stuff from Amazon and signing up for an associate account through Amazon is a great and easy start. You can just be an everyday person and say things like, “Guys, I found the coolest elephant on Amazon.

I've actually got a link in my bio that would take you to it and it's on sale right now for only $8.99!” It's super simple to just recommend something. A lot of people actually really appreciate it and especially if it's a sale item. That's the power of affiliate marketing on Instagram.

Show that it's something you have, you use, you enjoy, or it's on sale. Plus, by being an affiliate, when you post the link, recommend it to your friends, make a sale and actually get paid for it.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below. Let me know what questions you have about becoming an Instragram Influencer and/or beginning Instragram Affiliate Marketing. I'm always happy to help in anyway that I can.

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