How to Start Affiliate Marketing Q&A with Sean Cannell

– This may be the most comprehensive affiliate marketing video that you’ll find on YouTube ’cause in this video, we’re gonna be going through systematically the top questions people have about affiliate marketing, whether how to get started, how to get your account approved, how to actually make more sales, as well as doing some Q&A live, as well But if you’re here on the replay and we’re just meeting, my name’s Sean, and my passion is bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence with online video We do a lot of tech gear and camera reviews, and then we also do a lot of strategy videos like this one to help you make money online, build you influence online, and ultimately go faster than ever before building your brand But just wanna say what’s up to Heather, Sassy, Zombies are Real, Vera, good to see you on Boxing Critic Thanks so much for being here, and let’s dive straight into it What we’re doing is an affiliate marketing Q&A, and we’re actually gonna be giving away a couple of copies of “YouTube Secrets,” and so we recently launched “YouTube Secrets,” Benji Travis and I co-wrote this book, and we were blessed to have it hit number one in Social Media and Business on Amazon And if you wanna be entered to win a copy of “YouTube Secrets,” all you gotta do is just make sure you Like this video, make sure you’re subscribed here on THiNK Media, and leave a comment below with the question, “Have you started affiliate marketing yet?” Where are you at? Have you started making some money? Are you still trying to figure out on your journey, let me know if you’ve started affiliate marketing, and that’ll get you entered to win Now (clears throat), this video you’re watching, excuse me, is Part Four in our affiliate marketing series And so I hope you’ve been enjoying on THiNK Media If you haven’t, we’re not gonna really do review I’m sure we’ll touch on some of the concepts But that whole series is free on YouTube for you to watch at any time So down below, you can see that in the comments or the description, there’s a link to this playlist Watch this whole series, that’ll really help you But in this video, we’re actually gonna be talking about some general affiliate marketing marketing questions that we’ve been capturing during the series We’re gonna talk about some Amazon affiliate marketing questions as well as social media, share some the results from people in our community, and we’ve got a lot more going on, as well If you have a question, post it in the LiveChat, and Melissa on the THiNK Media team is gonna try, will answer those at the end, and she’ll deconflict them with all the questions that have been coming in from you in the THiNK Media community so far during this series So Part One, let’s dive straight into some general affiliate marketing questions So before we do, check this out, this is the THiNK Media crushing, you guys, THiNK Media community crushing some results So let’s see what people have been doing with affiliate marketing Lester, “Affiliate marketing is definitely “the way to go on YouTube “I have achieved close to $300 a day “with affiliate marketing using Facebook and now YouTube.” Great job, Lester Joshua, “I’m so pumped for this video “I’ve already made my first sale “Can’t wait to scale to $100 daily.” Great job, Joshua Megan, “I made my first 88 cents on Amazon affiliate links “thanks to your tips.” Great job, Megan And you know, that’s so funny because if you remember in the three-part series, I mentioned my first affiliate commission, which was $1.60 or so from Amazon And no matter where you are on your journey, I wanna encourage you, it’s proof of concept if you make 88 cents Because once you’ve made 88 cents, that’s 88 cents more than your neighbor made on affiliate marketing last night You know, that’s 88 cents more than your brother, who doesn’t even believe this stuff is real, you know, that’s 88 cents, that’s proof of concept Your next question, Megan, is how do I scale? How do I increase my sales, my profits, and the money I’m making, and that’s what this Q&A is all about So let’s dive into the first couple of questions “How many subscribers would you recommend “before trying to use affiliate marketing?” And, “Do you have to have a certain amount “of subscribers to become an affiliate?” Great question, and doesn’t have an exact answer, but here’s a few tips Number one, you do wanna establish a professional online presence So affiliate marketing with most companies is most probably being reviewed by a human Now, another tip is that a lot of times to get approved for an affiliate program, it’s best to have a website or a blog And so you’re like, “Well, Sean, how would I do that?” Figure it out, Charlie I’m just making that up, I don’t know who Charlie is You know, figure it out, Sarah Like, just Google it But think about, you could use Wix, you could use Squarespace, you could use WordPress But a lot of times, affiliate programs are more into approving you if you have a website and not just a YouTube channel Now, I’ve noticed YouTube has evolved, and they approve YouTube channels, but they just love it if you have a website or a blog, and when I say a professional online presence, what I mean is one of the things you wanna think about is if someone lands on your channel Now, let me give you an example If someone lands on this channel, clearly, this channel is established

But if we were to go to, like, Growing Your Greens, even when it was just starting, John Kohler, now his photography and video quality is not super fancy That’s not what I’m talking about I’m talking about a professional online presence that’s like, okay, yeah, this is, like, a gardening channel Okay, this makes sense, he’s consistent He’s got some videos up And when I land on this page, you want the person reviewing your site to be, like, “Okay, this looks legit, it’s professional.” I don’t mean it needs to be fancy, but it’s a little bit of like when I was doing tech early on, which is how I got started, you saw four videos, Best Lighting, Best Camera, How to Use a DSLR And so Amazon approved me early on So that’s just one tip first and foremost, and that is professional online presence Number two is you wanna have some momentum I will give you a figure, this is kinda arbitrary, but it’s a good target I’d recommend 500 subscribers and 50 to 100 views per video That’s just kind of a range for a baseline to apply for an affiliate program But the bigger point is momentum If you’re already getting views, then that way, you know you can drive some sales, you already have some traffic And so at some level, even though we’re talking about affiliate marketing and making money right now, you still may be a month, two months, three months away where you should focus on getting views, growing your channel, getting people to your blog, or whatever it is first, momentum And then you can scale after that Okay, Million Reflections, “What are the pros and cons “of affiliate marketing through your YouTube channel?” Pros, you can make money, that’s a good one Help people find good stuff That’s what I love about affiliate marketing is a lot of people do it sketchy online, I’ll admit that And there’s a lot of, you know, kinda internet marketing types that give it kind of a bad name But affiliate marketing done right is a very awesome setup You are essentially meeting somebody at a point where they have a question, they’re trying to decide between two products And you’re hopefully bringing them wisdom because you’ve tested it Like look, I need my friend Techno Dad to tell me which TV to buy, ’cause I’m not gonna test 40 TVs He’s a home theater guy, he can lead me right to the best information, and then, when I click his link, it’s not like the price is higher on the product He just gets a cut from Amazon that goes to him, and I’m glad it does because we need content creators that are supported in their craft So a pro is you make money, you can help people find good stuff, it’s free This is why if I think affiliate marketing’s the best way to get started making money, I mentioned it might take a while to build some momentum, but YouTube ads, gotta get approved first, you gotta get those a thousand subscribers, 4,000 hours of watch time If you create your own product, which you should do, but that’s gonna take energy and time Affiliate marketing you can start immediately, it doesn’t cost you anything, you don’t have to have any inventory, you don’t have to deal with customer service, you don’t have to do, you know, and you’re able to monetize by basically being a middleman or a middlewoman in the equation It’s the easiest way to start making money online It’s the way that not only I was able to completely go full time doing this, but even early on, it was the way that I made the most money, 50 extra dollars a month, 150 extra dollars a month Let’s talk about the cons Some people may not like it Like, look, some people might critique you for doing it or say weird stuff, but that’s life, man You’re never gonna make everybody happy So you just have to make a decision, like, hopefully do your best to add value and put out good videos, but sometimes people will be like, “Oh, here comes the affiliate marketing guy.” Whatever, man, not everyone’s gonna like you anyways, so who even cares? You know, like, just gotta do it Some people may not like it, but I think if you build your brand with integrity, I don’t see that as a big issue It’s not as fast as other income streams So what I mean is, it’s not as fast to generating $50,000 a year or $100,000 a year It definitely can start making you money quickly, but a lot of times, you need a high volume of traffic, a lot of views, to make, like, pay-the-rent money So sometimes in a lot of our courses in our community, if you wanna go full time faster, affiliate income might just be one of your income streams But it might be hard to build it up to, like, a river that’ll support you and your family So it could take some time And you are potentially sending people off of YouTube or wherever, and so that’s the thing If there is a link in your YouTube description, we’ll talk more about this later, and someone clicks it, they leave YouTube YouTube never wants people to leave YouTube Makes sense, YouTube’s goal is to keep people on platform because they get more advertisers, people stay there longer So we’ll address that later, but that’d be some of the cons Those are some pros and cons At the end of the day, though, to me, it’s all pros

I think it’s totally worth exploring if it fits well with your niche Jeremy, “Hey, Sean, question, at one point, “do you recommend starting affiliate marketing “for someone who’s just starting out, “less than 100 subs, and trying to build an audience “and community in their niche? “I don’t my audience to get the wrong idea “that I have those affiliate links in the description “just to,” and then it gets cut off So again, I don’t think your audience will get the wrong idea You also don’t have to make a huge commotion about it Like, you could put affiliate links in the description A lot of people do just in case there’s that one curious person that’s wondering what camera you use 101 that anybody can include in their description is My Gear What gear do you use on your YouTube channel? Put affiliate links to that and make sure to disclose somewhere in your description, put a disclaimer And so I think that your audience would only get the wrong idea if you’re oddly pushy to the link, if you got a weird vibe And again, that one troll or this guy over, like, who cares about that guy, you know, that’s trolling or being weird I think just always do it with integrity, and there’s no reason why you couldn’t start right from the beginning But another way to put when you should start is, you know, the tagline of our channel Video Influencers is helping you build your influence, your income, and your impact with YouTube and online video There’s a reason they’re in that order They go in that order Look, you can’t make money if you don’t have influence, if you don’t have views, if no one’s following you, if no one’s watching your videos, it doesn’t matter what income stream you have You’re not gonna make money You gotta build your influence first And even if it’s a little bit of influence, you need that first because there’s no way to get income You’re not gonna get AdSense if you don’t have views You’re not gonna get affiliate income if no one’s watching You’re not gonna sell products if nobody knows it exists, whatever it is So then income comes next, and then, ultimately, impact, because we believe that life is more than followers and fame and fortune We believe it’s about making a difference Besides impacting the lives of your community and the people watching your content, making impact for us, we really, the tribe we’re kinda building is, like, purpose-driven entrepreneurs So we care about giving to causes, to nonprofits we support, to giving to our church, to making a difference in the world Our company, THiNK Media, partners with Compassion International to support 15 kids right now, and we’re trying to move that up to 20 That’s impact, but again, look, if I can’t pay my rent, and I’m starving today, it’s gonna be hard for me to impact others So that’s why we wanna encourage you on this workflow, focus on building your influence Get views, get subscribers, hone your craft Put out that good content You know, study YouTube, master the best practices Start generating some income, and then ultimately, you can make a greater impact So at what point, I mentioned the 500 subs, get some momentum, but that’s definitely the workflow at first And one other thing I’d say is, you know, on Video Influencers, we were blessed to be in a position where it was a side project, and we already had THiNK Media, and Benji already had his other YouTube channels So we were in a good position to not need to monetize right away But I’ll tell you this, even though we could turn on YouTube ads, we didn’t for, I think, two years Talked to my friend Lewis Howes, School of Greatness podcast He did two years of episodes, valuable content, building an audience, building his influence, serving people before he started getting show sponsors So I don’t know how long that is for you, but I just know this The longer you hold out on any kind of aggressive monetization, the better You wanna build trust first You want people to know you’re, that’s what you care about first You have to pay the bills If you wanna do this full time, you need money So never apologize for that, but if you can hold out and focus on influence first, influence will serve you for life, and impact and income will flow from it So always just, you know, you got 98 subscribers, Jeremy, at least at this screenshot Keep building, keep hustling, and again, if you put some affiliate links in your description, it’s not like you’re selling hard core You can scale it up, and then maybe the right video pops up where you’re like, “Man, this is really synergistic “for affiliate marketing, “and that’s the video that you do.” Neal Fox, “Great video series, one question “Obviously, when you review a product, “do you need to have the product in your possession? “This can get quite expensive “When you’re reviewing cameras, for instance, “did you have to buy ’em, or do you get loaners? “How does that work, thanks.” Great question, number one, I started with the gear I had 2010, 2009, I start a company called Clear Vision Media, and actually, one of my kind of first YouTube channels, it was actually my second or third The first YouTube channel I ever managed was for my church in 2007 Talk about a progressive, early adoption church, since churches are usually behind But this is my Clear Vision Media channel, so I shot this video for Phil Smart Mercedes I was doing different stuff with YouTubers This is back when I met Benji and Judy, so I produced a whole series for them, and I covered events And so when I started my media company,

I was working at Red Robin to pay the bills, and I actually took out a loan of about $10,000 so I could invest in a Canon 7D camera, the DSLR revolution So when I started, this is actually one of the biggest pieces of advice, if you’re a freelancer, a photographer or videographer or a YouTuber, you should be making videos about your setup regardless because it’s just another opportunity to add other income streams So I started with what I had, and it was real organic because I just had bought a bunch of gear, and then what I realized was I’m either gonna pay that off through doing video production work, or I’ll just pay it off through waiting tables, and I’ll chip away at that loan because I had a vision that I was in this thing, man Come on, let’s grow this, let’s, this isn’t overnight success This is brick by brick, patience, perseverance, and persistence And so that’s where I started Secondly, though, is then as I went, I started leveling out my gear as I went, you know, invested more But I’ll give you another tip You don’t need to own the product You really actually don’t I’ve seen some great channels that, take around Black Friday They will go to the leak sites, the sites that have the list of what’s gonna be on Amazon or Newegg, lots of different affiliate programs, Best Buy online has an affiliate program BH, B&H Photo, Newegg, Amazon They go to those sites, and maybe they list the top five sales coming up on Black Friday And all you did was sit here like this Maybe you could share your screen, show the website, and then put the links in the description below So if you get creative, you don’t have to own the product Now, I wouldn’t bank on that forever because at some point, they’d be like, “Okay, well, are you ever gonna test it out?” But if it’s pure information or if it’s, it’s pure deal spotting, pew, pew, pew, you’re good Just go straight to the deals, so that is one way There’s, you know, I reviewed the Canon M50 or I did a video about it from the Canon Rumors website before I had the camera in my possession, and it wasn’t out to link to, but I could definitely link to it in the description, or link to other videos, as well So technically, no, you don’t need to own the product Number three, you could rent stuff, borrow stuff, or resell stuff My friend Dave at Kinetika, he actually just has built up enough of a little bankroll to buy every new camera that comes out, I mean, a couple grand, use it, review it, test it, and then flip it So if you wanted this to be, like, a system, you could buy it if you have the margin to do that, use it for a while, and then flip it on eBay Now, I would never recommend you do something that is sketchy Some people, I don’t agree with this, some people actually just buy stuff on Amazon and return it I don’t suggest you do it, but they also just do that, it’s return it after using it Borrow it, you know, who can you get around that has other stuff? I’ve learned because I’ve done interview shows that I’ve done whole, like, walkthroughs of someone’s setup, like, you know, show me through your setup on my channel with my affiliate links the description about their gear So you can collab with somebody and ask ’em what gear they’re using, but then it’s your channel Link to it with your affiliate links, and then you could also rent the gear, and this is just for tech, but ask yourself how you can get your hands on anything And then one other deal is, Neal, I even see you got 7,000 subscribers So once you get going, you should start getting some free stuff Like even at your size, I think whatever your niche is, I see a piano, I think a lot of companies would probably wanna give you software I have a friend who has a music site, music YouTube channel He reviews Ableton Live software He’s done, like, MIDI keyboards And it’s also his hobby, so he spends a lot of his own money on his own home studio and monetizes it by doing videos and tips around affiliate marketing But he’s also got a ton of free software, and sometimes, like, Ableton is $500 on Amazon So I don’t know what the commission is It could be as high as 10% because it’s software, it’s digital, and there’s no reason it needs to be as low as tech But, like, if someone watches his video, clicks through, and buys this, boom, that’s a $50 commission at 10% on software or whatever it is So he could get software and plug-ins for free, so that’s another thing, that once you start building some influence, products can start flowing to you And that’s definitely the case here at THiNK Media You know, we just borrowed, or we got a loaner of the a6400 I’m gonna buy it with my own money for those who watch the content here But we did get our hands on it, we got to borrow it for a while Some companies send us free gear to keep, sometimes we have to send it back, sometimes we just get to borrow it We buy a lot of gear It’s kind of a mix of all the above So I think that should help Next question, “What types of affiliate “can someone do in their niche “that doesn’t involve a lot of products? “I’m running a voice acting channel, “and I wish to do affiliate marketing to earn income,

“but I’m not sure what I can look for “that relates to my niche.” So number one, affiliate marketing may not be an ideal income stream for you You’re on this training, you’re like, “I’m ready “Come on, Sean, give me some good news.” You may not be in an ideal niche for affiliate marketing I gotta disclaimer after that, but, like, it’s not all things that work the same I’m in a perfect niche for affiliate marketing Tech couldn’t be better, highly searched, expensive stuff Beauty lifestyle, perfect niche Pets, you know, anything, there’s different things where maybe people are looking for different products You have to determine that for yourself And on a macro of your vision for your company, your brand, your personal brand, you’re a hobby YouTuber, you can’t, like, force something into a niche that just doesn’t fit there You might be better off if you really care about this repositioning yourself into an ideal position for maximizing affiliate marketing However, every niche and industry has tools So the other thing is not every video needs to be about affiliate marketing We’re not talking about, like, every upload needs to be about it It might only be one a month, one a quarter So you might be helping with voice acting, and you do weekly videos two months You got eight videos out, but your ninth video is like, hey, people been wondering, “What webcam do I use, what mic do I use, “or what software do I use to improve my,” you know, I don’t know, for voice stuff And so you either might not be in a, a completely irrelevant niche for affiliate marketing, which is very unlikely, there’s always probably something Or it just might not be, like, a major focus of yours, and you need other income streams We teach on 10 different ones here in “YouTube Secrets” and in some of our training So you always wanna pick the best monetization strategies for your individual niche when you’re building out your brand “As a vlogger, what type of products would you link? “I don’t see big family vloggers doing this,” Teddy asks Andrew, “Do you have any strategies or ideas “on how vloggers can make use of affiliate marketing, “maybe a different technique “or a different way of going about it “I would love to hear your opinion “in regards to vloggers.” So similarly, it’s not perfect for every niche You don’t see big family vloggers doing because it doesn’t necessarily work that great, why? Here’s the word I want you to write down if you’re taking notes Intent, audience intent And make sure to watch the three-part series if you haven’t because we touch on that When someone’s watching a vlog, typically, it’s for entertainment The reason we watch a daily vlog or a weekly vlog from somebody is we sit down, and we love that person, we love their family, we are there for entertainment When I go to the search bar and I say, I just did this the other day In fact, I’ll just show you So I bought the Viper It’s a roller that just vibrates, man, weird It’s like crazy, (Viper humming) listen to that So it’s a roller for, I use it for my arms ’cause I have RSI, repetitive stress injury I use it for different things This thing was also super expensive So when I go and I go best, let’s just see, completely on the fly here Best roller for workout, so it’d be, like, best workout roller, maybe Ab roller, so kinda the same thing, right? But if someone heads out to look for the best ab roller workout, they’re not in entertainment mode They’re in wait, what was that device that that person asked, and I learn about this from a friend Your goal with YouTube is to be someone’s friend online to help them find the Viper roller review, boom Now, let’s look at this, using a little plug-in tool here You know how many people wanna see the Viper roller review? Well, let’s see, 10 people a month Viper roller, 210 searches a month Viper foam roller, 260 searches a month So if you rank for this, two years old, this homie right here reviews it, here’s his affiliate links Boom, he’s got some Geniuslinks in there, takes you over, this is a 200 frickin’ dollar roller, man You gotta be Paul Lynde to have this (laughing) It really works, though And so but nevertheless, that guy, then, is that ranked video, and he’s making money off of whatever it is This is all related to vlogging I’m on a mission to find a roller I’m on a mission to find a camera I’m on a mission to find which is the best-tasting flavor of a protein shake or some health food Whatever it is, a million things you can do And so the key thing is that, number one, it might not be the best thing to do for you as a vlogger However, the way I would do it is not all the time, but occasionally, if I’ve got a devoted audience,

I might be vlogging, and one day, I’m, like, in my kitchen with my wife, Sonia I’m like, “Hey, guys, we’re trying to get healthier “It’s a new year, new me, you know, come on “And we just bought a new blender “And we’re lovin’ it, it’s actually, “we’ve been using it for two weeks now “If you’re thinking about getting a blender, “couldn’t recommend this enough “We actually sent two back that we tried out “They sucked, they broke “I’ll link to it in the description below “if you wanna check it out.” But anyways, what we’ve been using with the blender, so what we’re talking about is native integrations with intentional calls to action periodically in your vlogs Hey, if you’re curious what I’m using, or maybe in one episode, we’ve been getting a ton of questions about what camera we use, I’ll always link to it in the description below Educate your audience about it What you might learn is that that’s never gonna probably produce life-changing money because the intent is not aligned But it could create a trickle On the flip side, if you really wanna crush it with affiliate marketing, you wanna reverse engineer your whole plan Like, are you in a good niche? Can you have consistent content? That’s why product review videos, product review channels, are inherently stacked to perform very, very well as it pertains to affiliate marketing Hey, if you’re enjoying this live stream, can you smash Like? We are just getting started, friends, and just wanna say hello, thanks for being here And let’s keep jiving right in All right, “What are a few basic companies “you suggest for starting out? “Thanks again, Sean, for your assistance.” Let’s dive in Okay, so I took a little screenshot here from a different training, and here’s just a couple You could go Target Affiliates, did you know that Target has an affiliate program, Nordstrom, I just Googled these things The Home Depot Affiliate Program, Cabela’s Affiliate Program In the middle here, you could be a reseller of Dropbox, that’s software, come on, somebody You could be a ButcherBox affiliate A friend of mine is making over six figures a year with bacon, ButcherBox As an affiliate, he is profiting, he’s got a big audience, but he’s profiting selling bacon through ButcherBox, over six figures profit a year, it’s insane So your question is there’s probably an affiliate marketing program for everything The Adobe Affiliate Program, I use Creative Cloud That one’s been good for us because I use Adobe Photoshop and so I think in the description of this video, a lot of times you’ll see, it’ll say, “This video was edited on Premiere,” and that’s an affiliate link to Adobe, right? But then there’s also networks There’s places like rewardStyle or ClickBank or FlexOffers And what those are is, there’s kinda both You could have the direct affiliate program, or you could go to, like, a FlexOffers, and what you do is you sign up and you get approved for them And then you would be a publisher So there’s 1200 advertise, you’d be an advertiser I don’t know which one you’d be And let’s see if we can get some screenshots Nike, eBags, Happy Socks Look, careers, consumer electronics, business Friends, it’s a deep rabbit hole, it really is Right now, we are active in about 20 different profitable affiliate programs It doesn’t happen overnight Little by little, we built up ranked videos, built up other programs, thought about what’s aligned with our audience Some do better than others Whatever it is, but those are a couple of different ones that you could get started out with Here’s a tip, if you wanna go look to see what brands might have affiliate programs, here’s the equation Brand name plus affiliate marketing program or ambassador program or partner program or referral program, and so what I would do is you might say the Nike affiliate program Now, what we just learned was that it was a FlexOffers thing Click this, there’s VigLink, and then here’s all the details, like sign up, which countries, Austria, Italy, view the project And VigLink is another network See, we just typed in brand name plus affiliate marketing Now, let me see what else we use We use Slack for internal communications So maybe, in fact, mark my words we will probably do this in the future And I would say that we’ll, if we did a series here on THiNK Media to serve our entrepreneurial audience about all the tools we use in our business, Slack, Dropbox, Google Docs, not really for sale, or, you know, whatever things, so then let’s just look Is SlackSocial what it’s called? I don’t know if this is actually what it is This is different, yeah So by the way, it might not have an affiliate program or I just might wanna keep looking Oh, here it is So Let’s Work Together Slack partners, this could be the start of it

Apply to be a partner And so then you just start filling out this detail I’ve never even thought about being an affiliate for Slack We just have been loving it over the last couple of months, and it’s how our internal team communicates So use that equation, and then, here’s Part Two, is then also maybe search in the website footer for where to sign up to be an affiliate So you could say Walmart Affiliate Program, and Google that, boom,, sign up Or if you were to just go to, a lot of times you could scroll to the bottom of the page, insert brand, product you love, software you love, subscription box you love Scroll to the bottom, and you might be able to find the affiliates tab, may or may not be able to find it here And so I’m not seeing it And I think actually things like subscription boxes are great, I mentioned that So we’re gonna keep going in this video with some crazy ideas, but there’s so many different things that you may not have even considered yet And so use those equations to go search out if it has an affiliate program “So when you start getting ad revenue “and affiliate marketing sales, “do you need a business entity officially “in order to file taxes? “Can someone explain how that works? “It’s a huge barrier in my mind “I wanna get the idea of how it works.” “Do you need to make a separate bank account on PayPal “when reviving or receiving your money “from my products that I’m selling “from affiliate marketing and other sources of income?” All right, couple of things Number one, you don’t necessarily need a business entity Typically, they’re gonna ask for a Social Security Number or an EIN Second disclaimer, I’m here in Vegas, I live in the United States Wherever you are watching from the world, in fact, let’s do a roll call Let me know in the comments or the LiveChat Where are you watching in the world? Shout me out, I’ll try to say hello And so you gotta look at your local laws The general answer is this, though, that a lot of times, you just make it as a sole proprietor You will get 1099’d by Amazon, 1099’d by Adobe if you’ve made a certain amount of money Even if you haven’t made a certain amount of money, technically, the IRS here in America, if you make $300 under the table, they want you to disclose that So if you made $100 on Amazon, I think 600 is the limit for getting a 1099 officially You’re still technically on the hook for claiming that I’m not a lawyer, I’m not a tax professional But just a couple of things, it’s income All it is is income Like if Amazon sends you a check for $100, it doesn’t matter if shot photography for them, it doesn’t matter if you spoke at their event It is because it’s income, so it’s the same as anything else But in the back end, they should hold your hand and walk you through that process What’s up, Atlanta Toasty, what’s up Canada Half Bricked What’s up, Hex Vision, Fish in Tokyo, William in Taiwan Thanks for being here Fortunate Adventures, Huntington Beach, super great seeing you Thanks for being here Tien in California, appreciate you Do you need a separate bank account, no The answer is no Now, some companies only pay out in PayPal So I think PayPal is just a modern account Like, if you’re doing online business in 2019 or 2020, you need a PayPal account (laughing) I mean, I just, a PayPal is something that is integrated into a lot of different things And some companies, that’s just the easiest way We actually have an affiliate program for our own digital courses We pay people through PayPal And so but a lot of times on the back end, you’re either gonna connect a bank account, connect a PayPal account, or they’ll mail you checks, or you’ll get gift cards or something And so this is, we’re not gonna go super deep in this stuff, but pretty much dive in and read the fine print I understand that some of that stuff might be intimidating, and it’s the stuff I hate the most As a creative, I just wanna make videos I don’t wanna set up all the back end stuff, but I did it, I did the discipline of making sure I crossed my T’s and dotted my I’s because I wanted these income streams to be set up right and because our passion here is helping you rank videos, helping you get videos showing up in search and suggested videos so you get views while you snooze So I just wanted this income to be passive, so I wanted to make that all the accounts are set up And I’ve got a big list, so I can always go through and kinda do maintenance on making sure everything is set up And you know, ’cause we’ve moved, we’ve moved over the years So you gotta change the back end address and, you know, eventually, we moved from a Social Security Number to a business EIN Just cross your T’s and dot your I’s on the back end, and you should do great Online Outdoorsman, “Driving people away from YouTube “seems to hurt video performance “So how should I balance that “if you’re more focused on building an audience? “Or should I put affiliate on pause “until I get a larger base?” Two tips, you don’t need to do affiliate marketing in every video So you’re right, but it’s not like every single video

should be, like, “So right now, click the affiliate link, “leave YouTube.” Like, you might do four videos that have nothing to do with affiliate marketing, and then that fifth one sends people away, that’s fine, whatever, it’s up to you Two, second tip, don’t worry too much, because most people won’t leave anyways Isn’t that the case? I mean, how many, it’s always the same spiel from all of us on YouTube “Hey, by the way, there’s links in the description.” And I’m like, “Cool, well, I’m not actually shopping today, “so, like, thanks for the tip.” And I watch the video and consume the content So I’ve learned that, like, it’s not like you must mention links in the description, and everybody leaves, you know, like, there they go, you know So maybe just don’t worry about it too much Don’t give calls to action away from the platform in every video, and you should be fine The last thing I would say is that it’s up to you I would acknowledge that maybe my YouTube strategy and my business model is different than somebody who just kind of is purely about algorithm subscribers and growth But I’m also about business, I’m also about, like, other projects we have and live events and things we’re doing So it’s a trade off Yes, if you can keep people on YouTube forever, that is the best strategy if all you care about is YouTube And if all you care about is YouTube and YouTube views and maybe brand deals, then that might be a good idea Never send people away It’s my belief, though, that I also don’t want all my eggs in one basket, so we try to grow our email list That’s one reason why we give away a lot of free, valuable stuff like a YouTube checklist, ’cause we also send out a valuable newsletter And here’s the thing, if we, if YouTube’s algorithm just crashes, you know, just no longer is favorable, maybe if subscribers no longer see videos, I hope you’re on the THiNK Media email list so we can stay in touch So I do like to send people away I do want people to be on our website, I do want people to be able to watch trainings elsewhere That is a strategic decision, and all of us need to make that decision for ourselves But you ultimately don’t need to affiliate market in every video, and I wouldn’t worry too much because people, when they leave, they’re leaving ’cause they’re on a mission They’re like, “Thank you, good video “You mention the link, “I wanna make sure I get the exact right thing, “appreciate it, I’m going now.” But that’s probably only like one out of 100 people, one out of 1,000, who knows Let me know what you think in the comments “What opportunities are there for channels “without tangible, purchasable goods to promote, “like movie facts in my case?” Well, if I had a movie facts channel, I would look up the MoviePass Affiliate Program, which I did So look, MoviePass Affiliate Program, one-day cookie duration, what’s a cookie duration? That means when someone clicks on the link, your affiliate link, for 24 hours if they make a purchase, it’s credited to you Some people have 365 day cookies They click on a link one time, and if someone buys anything on that website from the same device that year, it’d be credited back to you And Amazon is 24 hours, as well It’s a one-day cookie duration One day meaning they click on your link, they saw the yoga mat you recommended in your video, but they waited four days and they bought it four days later, you wouldn’t get credit So it’s within the cookie duration But if I had a movie channel, I might look into MoviePass I might look into Netflix This is older, I’m not sure if they still allow you to do this, but of course the Netflix affiliate program, I would look at stuff like My Geek Box You could do an affiliate there Or Loot Crate, if it’s related to kinda like the movies, and so subscription boxes, and almost like adjacent, write this down, adjacent aligned products So don’t think so literal You’re not talking about cameras, but what are the things that your audience are into? Cool, geeky stuff, figurines, movie paraphernalia, posters, a movie pass, subscription boxes, you know Or if it ever turns into physical goods, maybe they want physical 4K Blu-rays So around Black Friday this next year, you’re like the top five 4K Blu-ray deals, and then again, your channel might not be perfect for affiliate marketing at the highest levels, but I think this should help, showing that there’s definitely some things you could do, and this is how I want you to be thinking Now, one thing to, this is one thing to remember, is affiliate marketing does not work if you don’t get views And so all of this stuff is good for optimizing and helping, but if you’re actually not getting traffic to your YouTube videos or to wherever your social media is, you’re never gonna get that high of sales So I just wanted to take a moment here to remind you that we just uploaded our viral video checklist That’s at It’s totally free You enter your name and email, and we email to you, along with the three-part video series that includes how to get more views on your videos so you can get more traffic, how to monetize in a few different ways And I actually take you with me in the other room here

to do a deep dive training I just wanna put this on your radar,, link in the description below because again, all the affiliate marketing strategies in the world, without views, are not gonna help That is our transition from Part One into Part Two, so let’s do some community love David, “I just signed up for Audible on Amazon “Gonna begin using them on my podcast,” great job “I started two weeks ago, and I already made 81 cents, “ooh, yeah,” way to go, Sarah Come on, let’s scale that Josh, “Thanks for this video “I’ve been already making side income “with affiliate marketing, “but this video pushed me to want to do more “through my content to build up everything I possibly can.” So thank you, hey, if you’re getting value, we just covered Part One of this Q&A where we did some general questions We’re gonna go into some Amazon questions next, so smash Like to keep my energy high Water break for Part Two All right, you ready, I’m ready Like button smashed, and also, we’re giving away a couple of copies of “YouTube Secrets.” I’ll put the, I forgot to put the deadline I think this’ll go for about two weeks, and then we’ll send these out All you have to do is just make sure you’re subscribed, Like the video, and answer the comment “Have you started affiliate marketing yet?” And we will hit you up, you’ll be entered to win a copy of “YouTube Secrets.” Part Two, Amazon Affiliate Questions Here we go “How to actually get the money off of Amazon, “’cause I see the money in there, “but I don’t know how to claim it.” So you’re making money with affiliate marketing, but you want to get it out of the account Number one, most affiliate programs want you to verify your identity So typically, when you sign up these days, they might send you a text message Come on, you know the spiel You sign up, verify you’re you, they send you a text, you enter the five-digit code, whatever That’ll help Make sure you fill out your mailing address They typically want some sort of a mailing address Make sure you fill out your tax info, your EIN or a Social Security Number, and then select your payment type, check, PayPal, direct deposit, or gift cards Heather Torres, on our team here, she’s making, I feel like 100 to 150 every month or every couple of months just from her homeschool channel The way she gets her money is Amazon Gift Cards ’cause she knows she’s gonna invest back in books and more homeschool supplies So you can pick different methods, but what I would encourage you is just go in your back end, make sure everything is filled out The dots are connected to how you’re gonna receive payment, and they have all the information And most affiliate accounts have, like, a big red thing, like information needed in order for you to get payment So just do your due diligence on the back end, and you should be good to go Camera sample, “How many subscribers or views per video “should I try to register specifically for Amazon “to get approved because if I get approved, “how many sales do I need to have “because I heard they can cancel affiliate, “your account if you don’t make it.” So I went into our Video Ranking Academy private Facebook group, and Dennis said this “When I first applied last year, I got rejected “I reapplied three months ago, and was recently approved “It took me one month to get my first three sales.” This is kind of always changing, but that’s what they want You sign up, you gotta get three sales Hugh said this, “When I joined back in August, “I had to drive three sales in my first 180 days “to stay an affiliate.” So it’s usually something like that And let me tie that to a strategy This is why I want you to establish a professional online presence, one, and two, get momentum Because if you’ve got a baseline of your channel, some decent branding, people like, “Okay, cool, “this is, like, a fitness channel, so it looks legit.” And then I want you to get some subscribers and some views, have some momentum, and then maybe think about, all right, over this next 180 days or this next couple of months, I’m gonna release at least four videos related to affiliate marketing I’m gonna review the hyper Viper roller I’m gonna review some exercise bands, and I’m gonna review this vegan protein powder that I love Maybe not every video, but maybe like over the next couple of days So then, then you pull the trigger, you’re ready to go You apply for the Amazon program, and you get to work Start hustling to get those views, start hustling to promote it out there ’cause you wanna get those three sales so that your account gets locked in And one other thing I would say, and do this, of course, with integrity But, like, just like putting out a YouTube video and linking to it in the description and saying, “Hey, if you wanna buy this thing, “link in the description below.” And that could drive some sales You know what else could drive some sales? (imitates phone ringing), Hey, mom, yeah So I’m, like, trying to get this affiliate account started, and I know you shop on Amazon all the time, yeah So before you ever buy anything on Amazon, could you just do me a favor and stop by one of my YouTube videos? Here, actually, come over, come over to my house

She walks in, hey, Mom, let me show you Just open up the description, see these links? Just click one of those before you buy something Or ’cause affiliate marketing, you need to disclose it So a friend of yours needs to buy some gear So you go, “Hey, friend, I’ll recommend you some gear,” and you send them links When I used to work for a church, and I would totally disclose this, people would hit me up all the time “What camera should I buy, what microphone should I buy “for our church news?” I made ’em a list of affiliate links, and then I sent it to ’em and said, “This is exactly what I’d recommend.” It was almost like hand-to-hand affiliate marketing So when you start thinking out of the box, if you just need to drive sales, you could do it, just be scrappy, and don’t ever be deceptive, you know, just be transparent Like, you’re doing the work of putting together, it’s kinda like a consultant I was, I was a consultant of a list of video gear from the person who had tested the stuff, sent directly to another church that was ready to buy that list, and looking for a shortcut, looking for a friend to help lead them to the right products So you start thinking this way, you could send out an email, put it in your P.S., you could send it out on social We’ll talk about it later, but be careful on social because you just wanna make sure you have disclaimers So I typically like to send out social links to YouTube videos with affiliate links in the description and a disclaimer in the description because if you put it on social, you could always put parentheses, affiliate or something, and that’s what you would do But I think it’s cleaner, in my personal opinion, to just go social to YouTube to affiliate link with disclaimer And we will do some live Q&A as we get through this, so please keep posting your questions, Mel is capturing them while you post them “What happens when someone clicks “on a bunch of different people’s Amazon affiliate links “and buys something, who gets the commission? “I also like to know any affiliate suggestions “you may have for people focused on film and filmmaking.” Cool, so I did a couple of the recommendations early for the MoviePass stuff If it is film and filmmaking, it’s kind of a lot like THiNK Media, although we’re more for like YouTube creators We don’t call ourselves filmmakers because we’re like, look, man, this is about you making money, you growing your small business, you growing your hobby channel It’s less about color grading for six hours, and we’re into that, too But, like, most people don’t need that But in filmmaking, you could sell LUTs, recommend LUTs and color grading and software and cameras and lenses, if that’s what you’re doing But as far as if someone clicks a bunch of links, I think the most important term to know in affiliate marketing is last click, last click Most affiliate programs work by giving credit to whoever, whatever link was the last link they clicked So when someone clicks a bunch of different affiliate links, it doesn’t matter, who did they click on last before they made their purchase? That’s typically the biggest thing And then you can go deep in the affiliate marketing world, and sometimes, there’s, like, sticky clicks where the first click is the thing they get That’s not Amazon, though, and so it depends on the program you’re a part of “Hi, Sean, I started affiliate marketing “after watching your videos, it’s been a month “Luckily, 11 items sold,” great job “My question is, does OneLink work for YouTube videos, too? “I mean, if I add the link in the description “for, “do I have to have UK and CA?” So first of all, what is OneLink? Well, OneLink is cool, but on Amazon, you can now apply for Canada, Mexico, Japan, UK, I believe Amazon Australia You get approved, Italy, Germany You get those affiliated accounts set up, and then you get them connected through OneLink Link up your accounts, link your U.S. account with your international Associate account, click there to link Then you get one code, and then, you’re right, if you put that OneLink, doesn’t matter if it’s on YouTube, your blog, social media, they click the OneLink, but then Amazon is smart enough to say, “Oh, that person’s in Japan, “we’re gonna take them to the Japan Amazon site.” And this works pretty good, but the thing I’ve learned is that it’s very rare that products are aligned Like, a lot of times, that exact SKU, that exact product, isn’t in Japan, or it is, but it’s overpriced However, we get checks We get checks from Canada, UK, because it’s a little bit different They’re not even direct deposit, they go through, you know, whatever, so they just come in the mail That’s the way we have it set up And so OneLink is really cool, and I highly recommend it It just allows you to potentially make a little bit of extra income when doing that “I get a lot of clicks, but not a lot of sales “Also, how do you manage items that go off Amazon “One day, they’re available, next day, they aren’t.” Good question, so if you’re getting a lot of clicks, hey, first order of business is great job, you know? Secondly, I would ask, you know,

what is your actual percentage of income? And so, you know, on any given day, my click-through rate is around two, and if it’s awesome, it’s at 4% We’ll look at yesterday on THiNK Media, 7,500 clicks, 239 items Here’s the conversion rate, 3.9%, okay? I made 476.38 yesterday off Amazon, cool So the conversion rate is 3.9% So what I would first tell you, getting back to the question on how to, is you need to get 100 clicks based on my math to get three sales So I’m not sure how many clicks you’re getting, but that’s pretty typical Most online conversion, one, 2% is great, 5% is, like, legendary And if you’re climbing up to like six, 7%, you are epic So get more clicks, and if you’re, but if you’re getting 1,000 clicks and no sales, then you got a problem So that would be the thing I would manage first Second thing is I don’t know what you’re recommending, but if it’s available one day on Amazon and the next day it’s gone, it happens quite a bit on THiNK Media where, again, we put up a SKU to some lights, video’s out for three months, and then, I’m like, crap, they changed it around, and now this says product’s no longer available ’cause they rebuilt their store What that means is I think you gotta stay on your game This is, I hope your ambition, in fact, let me know if one of your ambitions is to be a full-time content creator because that’s part of our mission We are here at THiNK Media, we wanna help 10,000 people create a full-time living doing what they love and make a difference with online video So if you wanna be a full-time content creator, and I just wanna encourage you, you gotta stay on your game, man Eventually, you’d be doing this full-time, you know what I mean? So, like, keep your links updated, and if you’re a side hustle right now, then on the weekends, I’d go back, and some weekends, all I’d do is just go re-optimize old videos to make sure that the product’s still linked up Because again, that’s gonna stop conversions If someone clicks through, and they’re like, you can’t even buy it, clearly, it’s not gonna make a sale So you wanna make sure you’re fixing it, you’re working it King of Yorkie, “Thanks so much for the super chat.” And so that’s what I would recommend And then one other thing, and just because as I was preparing for this deck, I just am here to answer questions in the Q&A, but we do have an affiliate marketing course It’s called Video Product Review Profits You can get access to it at It’s actually on sale right now, and so it is normally 67, but we have it on sale for 27 And that goes into the five elements of how to make the perfect product review video At 27 bucks, great investment Not even trying to, like, push it hard I just wanted to put that on your radar because that’s probably the best information for how to actually get more sales, and here’s what I mean A couple of things that I’ve learned If you do the best video ever and people trust you and you’ve tested the product, but they click through, and for some reason, the link on Amazon, the product on Amazon, has three and a half or less stars, something’s wrong And it’ll hurt conversion Now, you might, it’s just, it’s human nature You gotta think about the whole workflow They search for it, they found you, and you’re like, “It’s good,” but then they click through, and who knows if they got trolled Does that make sense, though? Once they land on Amazon, what do they see next? Does it have positive reviews? Does it have, it is congruent all the way through the funnel? That’ll hurt conversion if, for some reason, even if you discover that it wasn’t as bad as people thought it was, they’re not gonna buy it if there’s a whole bunch of negative reviews So I like to audit, before I even press record, I like to think things through I don’t even wanna start shooting a video if I don’t think that it can make it all the way to the end of that funnel, unless there’s some reason that I want you guys to know about it anyways But you know what I’m saying? So that would be a tip to increase conversions Another tip to increase actual conversions is actually encouraging people to go read the reviews So what you might say is, towards the end of your video, your product review, you might say: So you saw the pros, you saw the cons I love this product, but actually, don’t just take my word for it A lot of other people who are using it in different ways love it, too And if you click in the link in the description below, it’ll take you over to Amazon, and read the reviews Because don’t just take my word for it This product’s truly great, and a lot of people love it See what I did there? You then are sending people over, reinforcing the social proof of the product being legit I like to only review products that are legit unless they’re so bad I want you to know not to get them, you know? And so those are a couple of things, and that’s a little bit, we actually just go through a whole framework to basically stack your product review videos

If you wanna figure out how to make profitable product reviews, that could be comparisons, how-tos, we cover that in Product Review Profits, link in the description below, just in case you wanna check out that training All right, “I’ve tried Amazon links in the description, “but I’m also using something like Kit, is it effective? “Should I actually link to everything in the description?” So a couple of things here Number one, if you link in the description, it’s linking the description to Amazon, so it’s a shorter funnel, basically I like that, excuse me Link in the description to Amazon If you link to Kit, there’s a link on YouTube to to Amazon I like both, and I’ll show you what is for those that are new to it So I just mixed it up for a couple of reasons One, sometimes when I do a whole, like, list video, as you’ve seen, one Kit link is much better because there’s like seven things in the whole Kit I’m talking about If I’m ever talking about one product, I don’t need to just go to Kit I like to just do the one link directly to Amazon Additionally, remember when we talked about the cookie You click the link, it’s valid for 24 hours, so one of the best things you could have going for you is people clicking links, period What I’ve learned, and you just saw some of our numbers, you know that we’re doing multiple six figures in affiliate marketing a year, is I’ve learned that when you just have more clicks, links, out in the world, and if you start building now, like, it’s good you’re watching this training, you start positioning, ranking videos now, leveling up your game now, you get ready for fourth quarter, and you’ve got ranked videos with affiliate links in the description What ends up happening is people are just researching, they’re looking online They’re watching videos, they’re clicking links, and then what they end up doing is just buying other stuff completely unrelated to what you recommended About 50% of the income we make, it’s not because of a camera I recommended It’s like someone bought some, like, Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and a shawl, and they bought, like, a grill, and then they bought some candy and some digital music It’s all over the place They just happened to have clicked on one of my links in the last 24 hours So therefore, my personal favorite is just, Christopher Now, I love Kit. Let me just take you guys over to Kit It’s a great resource, too, if you ever wanna see my Kit ’cause we’ve done, we’ve gone to a lot of work to put together great Kits that are, like, for instance, our recent drone video So we just did best drones with Aldrin, and he, I don’t know as much as he does, so it was really more about, like, his expertise And then there’s all the drones to it, and people can say View on Amazon, and it takes them over to it Now, one cool thing that I think you kinda need, like, a level of a pro Kit account, but watch this If I go to Edit Pro File and I go to Monetize, input your affiliate codes, Amazon, BH, Newegg, eBay What’s cool is sometimes, when you link up the other sites, I got my BH, B&H, I got multiple countries, United Kingdom, U.S., Canada Kit gives you one link, and it potentially takes you either to the right country, or even a different site like B&H or Newegg So there are some advantages to Kit By the way, you keep 100% of the money You just insert your affiliate codes here At the same time, I trust Kit at the highest levels, but I’ll tell you what I trust more, not sending people to Kit So I do both, that’s kinda the answer, right? So I like them, you know, our 4K Kit It’s organized right here, you can watch the video It’s a great way And for some people, by the way, this will happen Sometimes a professional business owner, somebody calls us, they’re like, “Look, man, “just tell me what to get.” What’s cool is, check this out You could just click one button, Buy All on Amazon, boom, that’s a gnarly cart right there And so this complete kit right here, if you were to literally buy this, would be $7,885 But it’s nice having it out there ’cause maybe someone’s like, “I want the exact THiNK Media setup “that you guys are using,” and that’s All in One button on Kit, and it could be even international sites, or maybe they do it on BH or somewhere, B&H or somewhere else Are you getting some value, man? Are you having fun, I hope that you’re seeing some great value, good to see you, Eric, good to see you, Fish Visions Youth Man, always great to have you on the stream Let’s keep going All right, we’re talking about Like and Share, hey If you’re getting value, sharing is caring, thank you so much If you haven’t smashed Like yet, I hope you’re, I hope, I’m trying to bring some fire, so if you got that gratitude, that’s the best attitude, click Like Viral Video Checklist, if you wanna scale those views Community crushing, and we’ll go into Part Three here We covered general affiliate marketing questions We covered some Amazon questions

We’re getting to your live questions, as many as we can, but we still got Part Three, and then in Part Four, we’ll answer your questions But let’s see how the community’s doing TJ, “Sean, this rings true “I made a video last holiday season for Cyber Monday “It wasn’t even that good, “but I knew that I needed it to be out there “before Cyber Monday “I made $570 in ad revenue in three hours,” that’s sick, “with 36,000 views, “and over $14,000 of product revenue “from my Amazon affiliate links “This year, I’m definitely planning on more content.” TJ, I love it I wanna encourage you, and one of the reasons we’re sharing this is ’cause one, they were shared by you guys in the THiNK Media community But two, I want you to see this as possible It’s not that it’s easy, it’s not that it’s gonna be a walk in the park But when you’ve got a good strategy, you’ve got a good plan, you’ve got the right information, you level up your content game, and you keep workin’ this, it works if you work it And it’s not just us at THiNK Media People around the world are crushing it with affiliate marketing So TJ, thanks for sharing your story Freeley, “I made my first $16 through affiliate marketing “And I’m super pumped to see that number grow.” I also wanna encourage you that not everyone’s gonna make a million dollars in affiliate marketing, but would it change your life if you just had an extra $100 a month coming in in passive income, around your hobby, in something you love to do and you’re getting free stuff? Of course, it would Make an extra $1,000 of income a month This has practicality at a lot of levels THiNK Media’s not a get-rich website It’s not a get-rich-quick brand It is a website, we believe in hard work, but we do believe in modern marketing in this new era of entrepreneurship This is not a joke, this is not a scam if you can do this with integrity But when you put in the work and work it, it’s happening globally, right? It’s a real deal So I do wanna encourage you, you know, I can relate to years, you know, I had a side hustle And I’d upload a video, and I’d hope it did better, and I hoped I made more, but I was making 50 bucks and 25 bucks There’s a lot of persistence that comes along with this But keep workin’ it, keep posting, keep grinding, and keep learning about the little nuances that’ll help you go further faster, ’cause it all definitely matters Which brings us to Part Three, Social Media Affiliate Marketing Questions Here we go, “What’s the easiest way “to do affiliate marketing on Instagram? “And I would like to know it “because I have an Instagram account “with a high amount of followers, “and I’m thinking about starting affiliate marketing, “and I’d really appreciate if you answered my question.” Well, The Trailers Factory, happy to Number one, not every social media platform is good for affiliate marketing The easiest way to do it on Instagram is link in bio And you do wanna make sure that there’s some level of disclosure What I like, is that’s why I like YouTube the best because you have a description, and you can always put that disclaimer in your Instagram caption But not a lot of people wanna leave Instagram, you know Going to link in bio’s kind of hard to do You could always do a swipe-up on Stories But what I would recommend, to be honest, is I actually would recommend you build an email list or some kind of an insider’s community where you could share content more directly with them So friends of mine have done favorites lists Like, “Do you just wanna be on my insider’s favorite list?” So if you use your Instagram to build an email list, then from time to time, one author I like, Ryan Holiday, he built up an email list of just his favorite books He’s a great author, and he’s a reader, and massive people wanna hear the books he recommends It’s an email newsletter, you only get it through email And he recommends usually five books at a time And they’re just Amazon affiliate links But he’s got, like, I think, 100,000 or plus people on his email list So I might try to build an audience somewhere else with a better, more aligned way of monetizing it YouTube is the best, in my opinion And then also realizing that on Instagram, brand deals, kind of sponsored posts, or using your influence there to send people somewhere else But the hardest thing is I’m on my phone and I see your post, but my intent, I’m just not there, you know, or I see Here’s the problem I see a product you recommend on Instagram, and I’m like, “Cool, set my phone down, “go over to my computer and type it in “’cause I’d prefer to shop that way.” So that’s not trying to discourage you, but it’s just the reality of it That’s why you wanna reverse engineer your whole strategy, right, about which platforms you’re choosing to leverage But a couple of things, link in bio, build an email list, send traffic elsewhere And then look at other monetization If you got a big audience, a high amount of followers, you could be selling sponsored posts, as well That might be more profitable than affiliate marketing is for you Kevin, “Look forward to your next video “My question is, what drives the most traffic “and conversion for a sale? “Is it YouTube or other social media or a website?” YouTube and blogs are the best So I’ve just learned, you know, yes, you could tweet here and there I prefer to tweet a YouTube video A lot of people have good blog followings

Podcast is another one because you could do your show notes But again, not a lot of people are going from listening, and “Hey, I’ll list everything in the show notes.” Well, how often do you go to the show notes? I’ve gone a couple of times I just don’t go all the time If you have an avid, blogs are huge because blogs, you can have embedded, it’s even better because blogs and websites can be hyperlinked YouTube is the actual link The blog can say, “My favorite mascara,” and the affiliate link is embedded in that link Always do your disclaimers above and below or wherever And we have a video out with my friend Tim Schmoyer in our affiliate marketing playlist that goes into a lot of the FTC disclaimers and things like that if you haven’t read that Even that video, you need to do your own due diligence But here’s one of the things I like to look at If you just go to somebody like a Casey Neistat, a lot of times in the olden days, Casey, MKBHD, they didn’t disclose nothin’, man, and because it was maybe the early Wild West to some of this stuff, but now, you can just check Like, you go to Casey’s website or the YouTube channel and look at him talking about, like, the OSMO, and then, of course, he links to it Here’s some stuff, a couple of Amazon links These are affiliate links And then he says, “Above are affiliate links “So if you click and buy, I get a small commission “This video was not sponsored by DJI or GoPro.” And I’ve actually adopted some of that language because I want our community to know a couple of things These are affiliate links, and people say this sometimes in the comments “Oh, man, I bet Sony paid you a lot of money “for our latest M50 versus a6400.” Well, Frank, I don’t know who the person was, they didn’t pay us nothin’, bro We, you know, we care about our integrity, and so, but I get it, people just, they just searched and found it They don’t know us, so they don’t know our brand So I like to put in the disclaimer These are affiliate links This video is not sponsored And if it is, this video is sponsored, but all of our opinions are our own But yeah, take it from Casey, you can see a disclaimer right there in his description If you wanna go over the MKBHD, a lot of times what he’ll do is maybe not even disclose an affiliate link, but what he’ll do is link to his gear So let’s check it out, completely raw and spontaneous Video gear I use, boom,, he’s using Kit So when you get here, you don’t need to disclose because Kit is taking care of that for you They probably say it somewhere, I don’t know where, but you’re safe because it’s kinda third party So that’s a link there, and then check this out Tech I’m using right now, this is his Amazon Influencers page Depending on, and look, “MKBHD earns money “from this storefront,” that’s a disclaimer “If you click on the link and buy something, “I’ll earn money.” You know, like, you just wanna make sure that’s out there And if you have some influence, apply for the Amazon Influencer program, and you can actually make your own store You don’t even need a You can sign up here, create a storefront, share products, and then that’s cleaner because again, they’re doing the disclaimer for you That disclaimer is right there on the page Plus the person’s already on Amazon, so it might make sense that, you know, it’s commerce or whatever else That’s a couple of tips that I think could help you But saying that, YouTube, blogs are the best And you can definitely do this on other social platforms, but I recommend, I think YouTube’s the best, period, for a lot of reasons, but it’s the second largest search engine, so many advantages, we’ll talk about that We talk about it all the time All right, the community crushing it “I’m making $50 a week with affiliate marketing “This is the best way to make money,” great job, Amy Handsome Gadgets, “I’m gonna make it rain “with affiliate marketing “But honestly, passive income is where it’s at “I just made $50 this month “for products that I reviewed last year “The reviews work for me “even when I’m not working on reviews.” That’s what I love to hear The reviews are working for me even when I’m not posting new ones If you want to learn how to set that up and learn how we’ve done that, check out the Viral Video Checklist If you’ve known our spiel for a while, we believe in ranked videos YouTube’s a search engine Some people critique us Look at the numbers, man Like, it’s working, it’s working in 2019 I just got done with the Stream My Video Influencers showing it working three days ago So if you wanna learn at the highest levels how to rank videos, get in search and suggested, Viral Video Checklist, it’s gonna be a free checklist, link in the description, that’s gonna help you crush Three free videos that you’re absolutely gonna love, and then, “Sean, is there something for sale at the end?” Yes, our product called Video Ranking Academy, and I stand behind it because it’s absolutely the best training on how to rank videos on YouTube It’s world class, but here’s the cool thing, man If you go through the whole training and whatever else, you don’t gotta buy anything There’s zero pressure in our brand Zero coercion or manipulation

We give a lot of free value here on YouTube We give even more free value in our master classes and our checklists Then there’s also products and programs that you can be a part of so that you have a proven guide with results, so that you have a step-by-step roadmap to follow You’re never gonna try to go through the jungle without a map At least, a GPS on your phone Our courses are just a GPS to help you get to your destination faster You can go the route of trying to look for free information and digging around over here and looking at a lot of untested stuff by people you don’t really know if they’re fronting or they’re lying or whatever it is they’re doing Or you just go through having a mentor, having a community ’cause we have private Facebook groups and stuff, so you have a higher level of support, support from our whole team I’m just laying out our whole business model for you, so you can just know that, like, we’re completely transparent We are unapologetically proud of the educational courses that we make available because we put our heart and soul into them, and they are just the right steps in the right order that you can follow along, that anybody can do And our students, in fact, let us know in the LiveChat or the comments below if you’re part of one of our programs We’ve got this stellar reputation online because we have all these testimonials, all these success stories And that’s also not to say that that’s the only way to do it. Look, to each his own Like, we hope you watch this training, and you go take action right now Download the free checklist, watch the free video series, take action, and go make 50, 100, $1,000, and then if you wanna reinvest because you’re grateful and you wanna even go faster, then do it, or don’t Completely up to you, we give without expectation Love of the Pets, “I do Amazon affiliates, “and it’s going okay “My channel is a pet channel, “and one time, someone bought a $700 mattress “through my link.” Cool, so they have a pet channel, but they sold a mattress Proof that I mentioned, right, a lot of times, just by having links out there, you’ll end up getting sales It reminds me of the $1600 gold coin I didn’t know Amazon sold gold coins Back in the day, I woke up in a tough season of my life I mean, waiting tables at Red Robin, trying to pay the bills, my wife was going through some health challenges, we’re losing our house I’m trying to make side money, and I remember I would wake up and I would look at what affiliate transactions we’ve made And I was talking about, like, a point and shoot Canon camera It was about the only video I had out there, just a few videos, like gift ideas videos And I remember I saw this $1600 gold coin, and I was like, “What, Amazon sells gold coins?”, first thought Second thought, “My commission was $186?” I’m like, come on, somebody I was asleep all night, woke up $186 richer because of doing this consistently, doing it, applying the best practices, and doing it over time and putting out patience ’cause then, you’ll sell mattresses, man You’ll sell gold coins, you’ll sell, who knows, you know? You just gotta jump out there and do it All right, we’re at Q&A, Part Four Melissa’s been pulling the most relevant questions that we haven’t covered Depending on when you’re joining this, and smash Like if you’re having a good time Re-watch it because we’re not gonna repeat any of these She’s filtering these for me, and so I’ll tackle these one by one right now Kat, “I’ve seen you talk about Google Trends and tent poles “I’m curious about how much earlier “you would post an affiliate marketing video “before it happens?” So let’s look for it Number one, don’t overthink it I remember a couple of years ago, I would be, like, man, Black Friday’s one of the best ways to make money with affiliate marketing And then it’d be, like, Thanksgiving, you know? And I’d be with my family, and I’d be, like, “Can I, shoot,” I’d be, like, “I gotta make a video, Black Friday’s tomorrow “I should make a video.” And then sometimes, I’d set up a light kit, and I shot it, like, after Thanksgiving dinner Bad idea, tryptophan, you’re like sleepin’ Or I’d get up in the morning of, and I’d try to go live There’s a good way to do things, you know I a lot of times will go live just like this because it’s real-time content, and I might build out the links ahead of time So what I actually did this last, here’s a great strategy This last year, I built out a deck just like this one, organized my best Black Friday deals This is a good example of not needing to own the stuff Now, I do, so or some of the things, so I could speak to it authoritatively But all I actually did here was show my screen I guess I held up a few cameras and recommended And then, what I did was I had the links in the description around Black Friday, okay? So if you ever are late, late is better than never And always do your best to get ahead and, you know, with timing But if you use Google Trends, go in like this, go to Google Trends, type in Black Friday, and then here is when I would say,

whatever the search term is, what, when I would recommend doing it, okay So it starts ramping up, Black Friday, this next year, will probably start ramping up around October, the last week in October But it’s a little too early, okay? Even November 4th through the 10th, it’s still too gradual Here is, right here, though, you can see the 10th, look, boom, then it shoots up So right at the shoot-up point, so then here’s the answer The week of November 11th through the 17th would be the ideal time to maximize your Black Friday traffic and views Now, you might not have enough information by then, but that’s when I would say it’d be a hybrid So if I didn’t have anything else going on and I wanted to capitalize on Black Friday, I would jump on this week and say, “Okay, is there enough leaked sales, “is there enough information? “What can I put together to help people?” And then I would try to publish that between the 11th and the 17th But here’s the answer, too, you know I guess that’s only one week’s time, and then it’s at its peak on the week of The 18th, it’d still be fine, too You’re still gonna be, like, seven days before it, and then there is too late, though Too late would be, you know, December 1st, like, that ship has sailed, or whatever And then you could jump on Cyber Monday next And so this is generally true, too, for not even affiliate marketing-related stuff, or maybe affiliate marketing Maybe there’s a cool site that sells Halloween costumes, and so you go Halloween costume, here’s what we’re gonna be able to do We’re gonna be able to see when people are shopping for their affiliate marketing, or for their costume So as early as September or kind of in here, and then it definitely drops here So I might wanna be even like mid-September, being like, “Okay, cool, five Halloween costume ideas.” And if you did that, you also might recommend thrifting, you recommend this, but then, you recommend a couple of things You’re like, “Dude, I found these freaking glasses “They shoot lasers.” And by the way, if you wanna, these are, I know, everyone needs a pair of these glasses, link in the description So maybe like the majority of your video is not even about, it’s not all products But there’s two or three things that you’re like, “Dude, everybody, these sick glow sticks “that you should wear at your Halloween parties.” I’m just making stuff up, right? But that would be what I would say related to maximizing the tent pole of when it blows up, and that website right there is How To Automotive, “Thanks for the super chat “I’m getting a lot of free products “from companies to review “What is your tips to get them to pay me “to review their products?” I think once you get more traffic, I mean, how many subscribers do you have? If you’ve got 5,000, you could jump straight into And is a good way to start And then you could also just go direct to companies The other thing is, I’ll give you two answers Base it on busyness So here, let’s quick go into FameBit If you’re in, and you are in how-to automotive, we could go to Other We’re gonna go, hey, look at this, there we go All right, so this is a coat that will last on your car 25 days, up to $10,000, and that’s up to So depending on the size of your channel, though, you might say, “Look, I mean, I’m only gonna charge you “like 300 bucks ’cause I’m just growing.” But that is right here inside of, F-A-M-E-B-I-T, you need 5,000 subscribers to get an account there, but then you can get direct, it connects brands with creators And they’re gonna give you that actual product for free They’re gonna give you money, and then maybe in your video, you’ll probably have a trackable link that you’d have to link to for them But I like to put that link right up top to serve the brand, collect my money, collect my YouTube ads, put that link right at the top, lower in the description, put the Amazon link to that exact product And you got free product, that’s the four levels of monetization when you do, like, a FameBit video YouTube ads, paid by the brand, free product if you count that as an income stream, but it’s cool to get a free product And then affiliate marketing for other links in the description related to that So I think that would help The second tip is generally is just raise your standards and raise your prices as your brand elevates So this has happened for us to where, in the past, we are inundated now Like, we’re busier, we’ve got our Live Event coming up I hope you can make it, it’s coming up later this year Grow With Video Live here in Las Vegas We’re planning that We’ve got, you know, a team, we’ve got other things to do So our prices have had to go up And it’s a decision, How To Automotive, how busy are you, how much bandwidth do you have? Right now, it’s almost like, and I say this contextually, but it’s almost like time is more valuable than money,

depending on, that’s, you either have one of two things, time or money If you got a lot of time on your hands, hustle to do a lot of free work and whatever, but then eventually, you have way less time on your hands, but hopefully more money So we’ll just say, it’s like, hey, brand, yeah, to do a video And by the way, I also don’t like doing paid product reviews It’s something I personally avoid doing I like doing tutorial videos, this video is brought to you by Canon I’m gonna show you how to use a camera You won’t see a sponsored Canon video on THiNK Media You’ll see Canon sponsored, like, five of our videos, but they were all about how to shoot photos, how to use the G7X Just a personal tweak because a paid product review insinuates bias You can say you’re not biased, but you’re literally being paid just to review it So my preference is to do a tutorial, and I like to do product reviews I’m fine to get the product free, then I just say, “Hey, Rode sent us out the podcast, “the RODECaster, and we’re reviewing it.” No strings attached, they didn’t send us a letter, they didn’t give us any, we’re gonna say whatever we want about it And we’ll link to it as an affiliate because you might wanna check it out, good or bad But I don’t like doing paid product reviews But as you get busier, raise your prices Therefore, someone’s like, “Can we do, get a video on THiNK Media?” We just might be like, “Five grand, 10 grand, no.” Okay, well, we got plenty to do anyway, so we don’t even, but then if they’re like, “Yeah, we can do five,” you know, and we’ll be like, “Does that fit in our wheelhouse, “okay, cool.” And then maybe, though, it’s a season that’s not as busy I’m super pumped, and I wanna get my hands on the product anyways, and we do this all the time We just got a MOZA Air 2 Gimbal They didn’t pay us any money, but they did hook us up with the Gimbal for free Huge blessing, but it ties into some of the projects we’re working on right now And not to, I don’t want this to come from an entitled place, but, you know, you get, it’s a blessing to be a YouTuber You know, right now, technically, us covering a product on our channel, it has real value I mean, it does for a brand So if all they give you is a free product, here’s what I’m trying to say You need to know your worth If you’re just starting, you need to hustle and build your credibility, build your worth and build your brand But once you’re further along, you need to know your worth and know that, like, dang, MOZA’s getting a good deal even if they gave us the product for free I don’t wanna diminish the fact that a $600 gimbal is a huge blessing, but how much marketing dollars would it cost them? It didn’t cost them $600 to make that gimbal So it’s a case-by-case basis I hope some of that adds some value about making those decisions for yourself based on where you are 30 Day Reviews, “Thanks for the super chat “Can you talk about disclosure when you’re not paid “but you get a product from a company?” Disclosure 101 is simply disclosing the material relationship with the company, whatever it is So technically, and actually probably one of the best things to study is the UK right now in Europe ’cause it’s mayhem Article 13, influencers are getting cracked down on Their standards are way higher, right now, than the U.S., but I think it’s a picture of where things could be going And they just want you to disclose everything including, you might say, like here’s what happened two weeks ago I couldn’t go ’cause I was speaking at an event, so we sent Omar to a Sony event Nobody got paid, that we know of, to go to that event But it was, they flew out Omar, gave him a hotel room, and they let him use the Canon, the Sony a6400 for a day along with the other creators, and you may have seen some of that coverage So technically, a couple of things One, you would probably be able to say, “I’m just trying out this product today.” Here’s what Europe would say you need to say right now You need to say, like, “Sony flew us out here “They’re not paying us, “and we’re just gonna be sharing our honest opinion, “but it is really cool that they gave us this trip.” And here’s why, because, that again, if they’re wining and dining you, and they didn’t, really, but you know what I mean Like, it’s sick, they flew him out They just wanna know, what is the material relationship with the company? So a lot of times, I’ll just say, “Rode sent out this product for us to review,” and so I could probably do a better job, ’cause what Europe, that’s good enough, it seems these days And I’ll put it in the video, “This video’s not sponsored” in the description But Rode did give us a complimentary review unit In Europe, you need to say, “Rode sent me this product for free, “and I don’t have to send it back, “and I did get to keep it.” But you know what I, like, they want you to literally say exactly what the relationship is So as this industry evolves, I think the key is to just include it in your culture One of my favorite things that I love is Phil DeFranco I love his show He’s, like, “This episode, ‘Today and Awesome,’ “is brought to you by SeatGeek.” He discloses that there’s that relationship,

or he’ll disclose if there’s not a relationship And that’s kinda what it is At the end of the day, you just wanna be transparent and open I realize some people, I don’t actually think most influencers or YouTube creators, I don’t think they’re malicious, I don’t think they’re, I don’t they know this stuff It’s hard to friggin’ keep up with it all You know what I’m saying? So at the end of the day, it’s just disclosing the material relationship And then the flip side is kinda weird because a lot of stuff, if we don’t say anything, we bought it, you know? And then someone’s like, “I bet somebody paid you,” and you’re like, “No, we bought the camera, bro “We bought the lenses, we invested in the stuff.” And so it’s hard to really know what’s happening out there, but here’s the punchline Being transparent and open and literally just doing your best ’cause I don’t even think, I know you guys, you don’t expect perfection, you don’t expect me or anybody else not to make a mistake But you do want us to be transparent, honest, and open to also let you know if the review could be colored or biased in any way Our commitment to you and what we want and strive to do here on THiNK Media is always give you the real truth, the raw truth, the full truth And frankly, it doesn’t matter if we get paid, not paid, if we got the product free, we just want you to get the information We’re gonna do our best to continue to evolve And let me tell you this If you wanna be a professional content creator, a full-time influencer, a full-time content creator, you need to commit to studying this continuously Not like every day, but you have to stay current That’s why you should come to Grow With Video, go to conferences like VidSummit or VidCon Because this is your industry, so you should know about the nuances of your, if you’re just chilling and this is a hobby, cool But like, makes sense right? It’s like knowing compliance My dad does electrical contracting He’s gotta read guides and compliance books and get his newest certification to do installs in California and new licenses and all that kind of stuff For us as influencers, we’re responsible for that, as well, to stay updated in our industry The Boston Gamer, “What’s the biggest risk involved “with affiliate marketing?” You know, the biggest risk could be, the FDC is, like, that’s here in America, is like “You’re doing it wrong.” And here’s probably what could happen Take the video down Or your affiliate account gets shut down If you were doing something sketchy and black hat, and that does happen, my friend Roberto Blake got his account shut down, and I’ll tell you one of the things that I’ve learned Why, and actually, Video Influencers got their affiliate, our Video Influencers got our affiliate account shut down Here’s one of the reasons why You are not allowed to say that if someone clicks on your links, it supports you Like, hey, these are affiliate links, and if you click on ’em, you’ll support the channel Real weak, dicey, but in the past, I would say, here’s my disclaimer “This video and description contain affiliate links, “which means if you click on one of the product links, “I’ll receive a small commission.” I used to say, “This helps support the channel “and helps us keep making videos like this.” It was never a problem for me on THiNK Media, but language kind of like that is where it broke down, and then Roberto got his account shut down Same thing happened on Video Influencers And maybe it was the age of the account So what they actually want it to be is a little more cold, like, this is my understanding “If you click on the link, I get a small commission.” Not “And it’ll support us and help us.” It’s just, “I get paid if you click on the link.” Let’s, you know, if we look at MKBHD’s thing, it was like, “MKBHD makes money from this storefront.” So it’s being literal, and what Amazon apparently, and it gets, I know it’s kinda nerveracking, but like, “Shoot, am I doing it right?” And I wish they were even clearer with us, quite frankly, because it was hard to get information But they don’t want you, here’s the punchline, kind of trying to incentivize, that’s the language They don’t want you to incentivize viewers to click You can just educate, “There are affiliate links.” There are links in the description, there are affiliate links in the description of this video I don’t know if there is, but there’s, for sure, a Kit link There are affiliate links in the description of this video That’s it, not, “Go look at it now, “and if you, that’s, how you get in the giveaway “of the book,” you know what I mean? So if I incentivize you, somehow push you, not just educate you and make you aware of So that’s a couple of things I don’t wanna cause worry with that, but you gotta stay on your game Other than that, though, as far as risks, I don’t think you need to be, have, like, fear, things that could happen It happened to us, it’s frustrating Affiliate Video Influencers, affiliate account got shut down We gotta start a new one We need to optimize and update our videos It’s the name of the game, man, it’s the kind of stuff that potentially happens, and always do your best And evolve, I’m evolving as I go So now my description, I’m trying to do it perfect, according to what they would want And if you wanna use that, just go to a recent THiNK Media video, look at that,

go to Casey’s videos about a product, use his And by the way, nothing in this video is legal advice It’s pretty good advice from someone deeply experienced, but I’m not a lawyer, I’m not a legal expert So always do your due diligence And so Casey probably doesn’t have the perfect legal copy, nor do I know if I do, either However, here’s one reason why I mentioned Casey ’cause dude, if you got 10 million subs, you are in the limelight of being a target So I like to look at the big guys to say, hey, if they’re cool, and if what they’re doing, not that they are the gold standard Don’t get me wrong what I’m saying here I’m not saying they’re right I’m just saying if someone, when I think risk, if they’re gonna go after somebody, they’re gonna probably go after somebody big and probably not you I don’t think they’re gonna go after me I feel like MKBHD and Casey are gonna get in trouble before I get in trouble, and that helps me sleep at night So then I say, what are they doing? I wanna be doing it at least as good as the big guys, or better, as far as in my due diligence Brain in a Box, “Does Amazon OneLink work in YouTube descriptions,” it does It’s only one link It’s in the back end of Amazon, so you still only have one link, if you’re in the U.S But in the back end, it’s connected to the OneLink So it doesn’t matter if it’s on a blog, a YouTube channel, or anywhere else Happy Mad Scientist, “Does Amazon only count links “from sites when you apply? “Like if you put YouTube as my site “but links to another site that Amazon knows nothing about, “does it count the links?” Yes, so for instance, one of the original accounts I got approved, back in the day, was actually our blog for Think International, an old project we used to work on We got approved, that’s why I said, professional presence and establish a blog first, or a website, if you can, ’cause it really helps with getting approved for affiliate programs, especially as you move into other sites Impact Radius, that’s an affiliate network A lot of times, they want a website and not a URL, so somewhere in your content creator journey, be thinking about creating a home base There’s other reasons to do it, too That should probably be a future Think video But be thinking about having a blog or a website But then once you have that affiliate link, I didn’t establish multiple accounts In our blog posts, we used the affiliate links If they were relevant on social media, we used the affiliate links In YouTube videos, we used the affiliate links If someone asked me directly for a list of products, I sent them the affiliate links, got it? So I only had the one account I DJ it out, I had my personal Tumblr at the time But it got approved for the Think site Please do your due diligence You know, I think, my idea, that’s all under the same brand And what I say is due diligence is, I don’t know if that was actually right or wrong, but it was the entity, is what I’m trying to say Like, our overall entity was approved, based off a website, and then the brand, though, distributes content on multiple places When you sign up for an affiliate account, a lot times, it’ll say, “How are you gonna get traffic?” Like, if you sign up for FlexOffers, they’ll say, “How do you get traffic?” And there’s usually a huge list Paid ads, email marketing, content marketing, whatever So that’s based on one strategy The point is, usually, all of those things are okay They’re just curious, which way are you doing it? You know what I’m saying, ’cause there could be, like, 30 different ways to get traffic to an affiliate link YouTube just happens to be one of them Okay, we’re gonna take, like, a couple more questions, just a few other things to know about here Some resources to help you go further, faster with affiliate marketing Here’s the recap, if you wanna check out our program Video Review Profits, you’ll love that Huge discount right now, and that’s just a great jump start course if you’re like, “Okay, I’m loving this, I wanna invest in my future, “invest in my learning.” For the price of a meal at Red Robin, you could, I worked at Red Robin for 10 years, by the way Come on, Bottomless Fries, mm, that mud pie, Royal Burger with the egg on it Sorry, vegans (laughing) Things you say And so but, great deal if you wanna take your affiliate marketing learning, I encourage you, dive into that,, link in the description below And then specifically, this is all about how to make that ideal product review video There’s some tips in there about getting free products It’s worth far more than you’ll invest in it And then, of course, everything’s backed by a good return policy, so everything investing with us is risk free because you could dive into it and see if you enjoy it or not, but I know you’ll love it If you feel like this is something you really wanna go deeper on, so that’s one resource And then Viral Video Checklist, again, cool, you got a blog, cool, you got YouTube channels, optimizing everything, let’s get the views, though You gotta build your influence first, and then the income can flow after, so let’s grow your audience, let’s get more views This is new, updated, fresh for 2019 I know you’ll love it, and so it’s totally free,, enter your name and email And then report back to us because we’ll send you the download, and you’ll get access to a free video series, and it’s gonna help you, 100% People are loving it, and then at the end of it, you’ll learn more about some of our other things, but even if that’s not right for you, let’s get you some views, man Let’s get you some, let’s grow your channel right now, come on, 2019, we’re not sleeping, we’re not resting here We’re ready to crush it because we’re living through an era of massive opportunity with this stuff, right? This is life changing I am a small-town kid from Arlington, Washington, an hour north of Seattle I grew up with goats, and my horse Little who I hated and never asked for from my parents One day, they’re like, “We got you a horse.” “What, I didn’t ask for a horse “I don’t wanna be ungrateful, Mom, “but why did you get me a horse? “Meanwhile, why did you get me a discount horse?” Little’s purpose in life was trying to bite me, A, and B, we had a crab apple tree, trunk, tree branches, those tree branches were at the perfect height of me sitting on the back of Little So Little could run right under the tree, but I would get clipped off by the tree branches That happened, one day, I’m losing control, the bridle falls off, and Little just clips me underneath the crab apple tree Small-town kid from Arlington, Washington, right? Boom, I hit the ground Years later, I don’t have anybody in Hollywood, I don’t have any connections in media I don’t know anything about anybody in, even to make money online or, like, really even much of entrepreneurship I mean, my dad is definitely a business owner and entrepreneur, stepdad What’s my point? Dude, you can make videos from your bedroom with a webcam and a smartphone, and you can monetize them for free (laughs) Like, through affiliate marketing for products you don’t even necessarily have or touch? Dude, we’re living in a crazy time And if that doesn’t make, if that doesn’t light a fire that says, I’m gonna go all-in on this, to learn everything, to practice, to level up my game, and to figure this thing out, for the guarantee of it working? Maybe not, for the chance? Like, past generations, our grandparents would kill to be sitting in front of as much opportunity as we have right now And you might be like, “Oh, Sean, “but like, I’m in this situation or that situation.” I get it, you maybe aren’t starting with as many advantages that somebody else has, but what is, what can you do about that? Complain about it? You can’t change it, you only have with what, all you have is what you have right now But you also have the internet You also have, “Well, I can’t afford the internet.” Then go to the library, I’m not even kidding Guess what I just learned LinkedIn Learning, bought LinkedIn Learning, and a lot of libraries have it for free All right, so there’s that excuse You could go to the library, you could upload videos that you edit at Starbucks or somewhere else or at home on a laptop “Where am I gonna get the laptop?” I don’t know, Joe Get a job, make the money waiting tables like I did making tips, and invest it in your business as an entrepreneur, as a creative, as someone who’s taking this thing seriously And then grow your frickin’ thing until you can pay for the internet, or pay to finally buy that laptop or get that hand-me-down laptop from some other family member Edit that video, go to the library and upload it, watch a couple of hours of LinkedIn Learning to learn the skills of graphic design and video editing to level up your craft Watch all of our free videos, and never spend any money with us, doesn’t matter You could get really far that way Or make more money, take the fast track, invest in some of our courses and whatever else There’s so many different ways to go about it I think the necessary thing is the mindset, is the relentless spirit that says, “I’m goin’ all in, man, come hell or high water, “I’m gonna figure out how to do this “I’m gonna study it, I’m gonna, “Well, I don’t have the on-camera skills.” Neither did I I started making videos in 2003, Tim (laughing), sorry All these people’s names Like, I started Affiliate Watch I started, you know, making videos years ago, and your first videos are your worst videos, but I committed to the process I’ve uploaded over 2,000 videos online right now, and the first 1,600 were probably pretty bad They were for my church and other people and whatever else But the last few hundred have been better ’cause I practiced a lot, I put in the work I know I’m ranting, but I just wanna encourage you, now is the time to hustle, go all in with this stuff And Unique or Enrique said it best right here “The best investment is to invest in yourself.” So keep hustlin’, keep growin’, make sure to get the Viral Video Checklist And make sure to enter this contest, too, ’cause hey, we wanna hook you up with some free books to help you go further, faster

So this contest to be entered, if you love this Q&A, by the way, can you smash Like? What niche or topic is your channel about? You’ve probably answered that in LiveChat But come back and put it in the real comments, and that’ll help us enter, but Mel will see your LiveChat, as well And we are gonna answer, like, a couple more questions Dave, “OneLink is a script, how does it work on YouTube?” OneLink can be a script, but it is connected in the back end of your account, and here’s what I mean When you get a link from Amazon, you can get the full link, which is, like, a gnarly link, or you can get a short link, got it? So when you connect it on the back end, this, that’s your shortened affiliate link, is connected to OneLink The reason I know that works is ’cause I get checks from Canada and UK, and I’ve only ever used those links, or our affiliate code on other sites I’m willing to be wrong, though, so let me know, Dave, if you find out something else But that’s my understanding of OneLink “Does Amazon only count clicks for sites “where you apply?” Okay, Youth Man, it’s my understanding that you cannot email affiliate links and get credit for them So who knows, maybe that’s true I don’t believe it’s true, but it depends on the email provider I used to be on Mailchimp In a day gone by, a friend of mine created a course, put it on I signed up for it as an affiliate, I wanted to educate my email list about his course I sent an email, and Mailchimp was like, “Yo, we’re about to blacklist your account.” I was like, “What?” And they said, “Because you’re sending out spammy “or promotional type of stuff.” And I was like, “Frig, I’m just trying “to promote my friend’s course, it’s not spammy at all “It’s amazing, it’s helpful.” So I changed email providers So it might depend on the email provider, A B, again, this is why I love YouTube the most because you could send a link to a YouTube video, and then the YouTube video is the affiliate link But see, when we’re sending out email newsletters, we’ll link to it, and we’ll either put a disclaimer right next to the link, or in the footer below So we have a footer on all my emails that’s like, look, if we recommend something, either from Amazon or even from somebody else, it’s highly likely that we’ll receive an affiliate commission It’s kinda just like a general blanket to just say, look, assume in our emails that if we’re promoting something, and we actually very rarely do It usually just links directly to YouTube videos But if we are, it just says, like, assume So from my experience, that has, you’re right, I have seen that happen with my past issues But I think some email service providers are okay with it And what I’ve also learned is it depends on the site Amazon’s pretty chill Like, not a lot of people are trippin’ about Amazon links And I don’t even know if most, like, correct me if I’m wrong, if most email providers or social media platforms know the difference between an Amazon link and an Amazon affiliate link ‘Cause one is just longer and has your code in it, and one is just the product page regardless, as well But maybe you’re thinking about kinda what I was doing, ClickBank, to be fair, is known for having some weird, sketchy internet marketing type of products So Mailchimp was probably taking a conservative stance by not letting people email those links, and so I would dive into that and just definitely do your due diligence Well hey, we’ve had some great time hanging out, I hope Really appreciate you being here LeAya, already got the book, thank you so much Red Dread Redemption, love that I wish I was further, I’m only 60% in the Red Dead Redemption 2 I plan on completing it during Christmas And 2019 started, man, and it’s just, we’ve been hustling, and not that you’re even talking about that, but I like your name “Right now, I’m in a dreadlock channel, “but eventually in gaming “Saving up for the PC,” love it Thank you so much for being here, really, really appreciate you 30 Day Reviews, Youth Man, and Youth Man said, “I sent the email to my church “with some affiliate links “because they were wanting to buy some new camera gear “Amazon didn’t pay.” So a couple things could have happened, though Do you know they clicked on it and bought it from the same device? ‘Cause they might have been, like, “Oh, cool,” and they printed it and walked to another computer You’re like, “Ah,” you’re like, “Come on, man “You need to actually click the link.” That could have happened Let me know what email provider you use And they said you can’t send via email By the way, I’m glad you said that, and this is why you’ve always gotta be learning So Amazon doesn’t want you to send links via email So that’s something we’ll take note of But again, nine out of 10 times, my favorite thing to do is turn it into an email or turn it into a YouTube video and send people to the YouTube video Secondly, would have solved that problem, Youth Man

You could have said, “Here’s the kit “that I want you to buy,” and you could have sent them the link to that I like that we’re kind of talking about this at the end of this stream because those are the nuances As you learn this stuff, you might be like, okay, cool Well, I can’t send an email link through Amazon, but I could do a link, or maybe I’ll just create a Google doc, and I’ll put the affiliate links in the Google doc and send them one link to the Google doc ’cause you live and you learn Trust me, let me give you a couple of painful stories to end We had a blog and a YouTube channel for over a year where what I was doing was I didn’t understand that you needed your code in the link So I thought that if you went to this Peak Design bag, I thought that, like, if you could just go to this link right here, which, look, it still works, and I don’t know what I was doing, but I would put the link in all of our stuff, all of our descriptions And I just did something wrong with some weird formatting issue So I saw, saw we got some traffic, but I was like, “Dude, no traffic, no sales.” Friends, I did my links wrong for a year and a half And I probably would have, I only missed out on 100 bucks, a few hundred But I was devastated And you probably would be, too You know, you did all that work to send that list to a church, maybe they bought $2,000 of gear, and you’re like, “Dude.” I wanna encourage you, the future is forward, you know? The master has failed more times than the amateur has even tried You know what I’m saying? I’ve not made money on affiliate marketing on more videos probably than you’ve maybe even put affiliate links on videos total in your career My goal and our goal of our company is to always help you with the fast track I want you to learn from my pain so you can go further, faster I want you to get a shortcut, I want you to be subscribed here so you don’t have to go through some of the same mistakes I’ve made But I hope that also encourages you Look, fail forward, you know? Like, you’re probably not doing everything right right now Small tweaks lead to giant peaks You live and you learn, this is a great call, Youth Man And it’ll never happen again, you know what I’m saying? Like, now there’s times where I’m like, okay, we triple check links, I look in the back end You always just get sharper by aggressively diving into whatever challenge is in front of you and learning as you go And so hey, I saw Justin Dow, I see your question Check out the replay, man, we answered that And so there’s a lot of value It’s pretty rapid fire ’cause we went through a lot of past questions as well as recent questions I’m headed to dinner with my wife It’s 8:22 in Las Vegas Wherever you are, I hope you’re doing well Smash Like to make sure you’re entered for “YouTube Secrets.” Our contest will end in about two weeks, and we’ll reach out on the YouTube comments to get the winners Definitely check out the resources that we talked about right now If you want to, check out Video Review Profits, link in the description below You could research that a little bit if you wanna invest in that limited discount that we have on it right now We’ve been running a special on that course And then also our free Viral Video Checklist Let’s get some views That’s kinda one of your next things I hope you got a lot of value out of affiliate marketing, but download the checklist so you can get more views, more impact Youth Man, really appreciate the love Modern Antifederalist, thanks for being here Enjoy your night, Tracy Enjoy your night, The Catalyst, or your morning, wherever you are watching around the world Appreciate you, Stacy, thanks for being here Keep crushing it, keep smashing it, and remember, this channel is all about bringing you really the best tips and tools for building your influence with online video And so subscribe if you’re not subscribed Check out the whole affiliate marketing series with the first three parts as well as some other great videos on affiliate marketing here on THiNK Media And if you wanna check out another video from THiNK Media, click or tap the screen right there Until next time, this channel’s all about bringing you the best tips and tools for building an influence with online video Keep crushing it, and we will talk soon