1. Promoting affiliate Links on YouTube
Many affiliates earn from affiliate sales via YouTube by including tracking links in your video description. Just be mindful that the links should relate to the content of the video and be mentioned in the video if it is featured in the description – for example, “click on the link in our description to see this product for yourself”.
You can use our in-house link shortener to shorten the affiliate links. For further instructions on how to create and shorten affiliates links go to the article How can I grab an affiliate link
2. Promoting Affiliate Links on Facebook
Promoting via Facebook can be done in a number of ways.
- You can add affiliate links to your posts. For example, you can take pictures of something related to a brand and post them alongside a comment which includes details about the offer and a shortened version of the tracking link (see this article) to direct people to the brand site.
- You can add buttons containing affiliate links on your page (for example, a ‘shop now’ button)
- Add affiliate links to Facebook groups owned by others (you must be relevant and not spammy when doing this).
There are a number of considerations when using Facebook, which depends on the nature of what you are posting. Deal-focused pages will have lots of links and offers, so your content will be frequently refreshed, whereas content-focused sites will be more subtle and less frequent.
3. Promoting on Instagram
If you use Instagram as your main promotional platform, you may not be able to post clickable links on Instagram pictures.
As a workaround, you can follow some methods used by a number of our affiliates:
- Hashtag or @ mention the brand Instagram page on your post
- Put the link in your bio which directs your Instagram visitors to another channel/ site outside Instagram to make a purchase (and where you can add affiliate links). Examples of those sites are blogs, other social media channels (i.e. YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook) and "link in bio" tools such as Linktree or TapBio.
- Include links in Instagram Stories by using the Link Sticker feature
- Using ShareASale's cookieless technology, creators can use voucher and coupon codes to encourage conversions
4. Promoting affiliate links on Pinterest
There are a variety of ways in which you can publish your affiliate links. The first one is to create a pin of your own and as you supply the URL for that pin, you can simply choose an affiliate link as the URL. Alternatively, you can pin existing products and then using the edit button, you can replace the original link with an affiliate link. The latter being the most common and easy way to use affiliate links on Pinterest.
You can also shorten the affiliate link so it does not look like an affiliate link. See the following article: How to create short links
5. Promoting affiliate links on Twitter
To monetize your Twitter offering, you can add affiliate links to your tweets linking to your website or the product page. Using your Twitter in this way will depend on the reason for having a Twitter account, but more often than not it would be a case of simply selecting an advertiser or product to feature in your tweet.
See below for examples.
6. Promoting affiliate links on TikTok
TikTok does not allow you to add links to videos. However, you can get around this in a number of ways to promote affiliate links:
- Add a shortened affiliate link to your profile bio
- Add your tracking link to your content description
- Redirect traffic to your other social media channels such as Facebook, blogs, and YouTube where affiliate links can be displayed.
- Use a tool, such as LinkTree, to drive traffic to multiple URLs or affiliate offers
- Promote coupon codes/URLs in your videos.
Please note that when working with ShareASale as an Influencer or Social Media Affiliate you are required to follow the advertising guideline in your local region.