Using Twitter for Affiliate Marketing

Twitter is a great site for people to communicate with each other about their lives, but you can also use it for affiliate marketing. The weird thing is, 99% of people that attempt to make some money from affiliate marketing on Twitter don’t do it right, which means that if you’re willing to put some time into learning how to do it the right way then you could start earning some money from it. Before I start going through how you can use Twitter to sell products using your own affiliate links, I’ll quickly mention some things that you should never do:

  • Putting random twitter profiles in your tweets to try get more attention.
  • Sending thousands of DM’s (Direct Messages) to random Twitter accounts by using software (try to stay away from software altogether).
  • Just tweeting affiliate links and no other useful content.

So, how do you make money by selling products using Twitter? Here are some things to keep in mind before you start trying to sell things to people on Twitter:

Respect your Followers

Don’t assume that your followers won’t unfollow you if you annoy them, they can and they more than likely will if they don’t get any value from your tweets. By this, I mean don’t stick an affiliate link in every single tweet that you make (or even every couple of tweets). If you do this people will realise that you just want to sell something and get sick and tired of whatever you’re saying to them. So, what can you do? The answer is simple, use Twitter the way that it’s supposed to be used, tweet some useful (non affiliate) links, reply to people, retweet good tweets and so on. Its fine to throw in an affiliate link every now and again, but don’t overdo it.

Don’t be too Persuasive

When you are tweeting some affiliate links, don’t tweet something like “Buy this today {link here}”. That comes across as spammy which means that people won’t want to click on the link, something like “Now this gadget is cool {link here}” will work a lot better. By doing this, there’s a higher chance that people will click on the link and if they think it’s a good product then they’ll buy it. Don’t try to fool people into thinking that they aren’t affiliate links though, since this won’t go down too well with a lot of people.

Friends / Family

Ask your friends or family to help you out at the beginning to get the word around about your Twitter page. A RT (retweet) literally takes a couple of seconds to do, so it’s not as if they’ll be spending a lot of time trying to promote your page or anything. Twitter is all about being social, so the more people talking about your page or tweets the better. When people see that others are retweeting your tweets, they are more likely to do the same.

Pitching the Product

Remember, you can only fit 140 characters in a tweet so you’ll have a really hard time trying to sell a product within this character limit. Because of this, try to link people to your own website where there is a lot more content about the product that you’re trying to sell. If you’re trying to sell mobile phone accessories, you could tweet about “Cool mobile phone accessories” and then put a few affiliate links within your post about these cool phone accessories, rather than tweeting an affiliate link to Amazon where people can purchase mobile phone accessories.