It’s never too late. July 12 was PrimeDay – Amazon Prime’s anniversary where they say they have Black Friday prices. While I was busy filling my shopping cart in preparation for all the great deals I was going to get on PrimeDay, other bloggers were creating blog posts, videos, and social media posts with their Amazon Associates affiliate links. After my husband and I were done with our $400 in purchases, it dawned on me: DUH! I should have been out there promoting great deals for PrimeDay, using my own Amazon Associates (Amazon’s affiliate program) affiliate links! It was 11:00 am. Was it too late?
Here’s what went down:
On July 15, 2016, I logged into my Amazon Associates account to pull some affiliate links to schedule on my social media this week and I saw a HUGE spike in sales!!! I sold over 10 bras for Amazon, in addition to a host of other crazy items. People actually took my recommendations and bought the stuff I recommended! Imagine that.
PrimeDay started at 12:00am on July 12, 2016. I published my blog post and video a full 16 hours later, with only 8 hours left in the day for #PrimeDay shopping. And I tripled my bounties over last month and this month is only half way over.
This solar backpack was one of the items I pitched on PrimeDay on my blog, in a video, and on social media.
Why was I successful, even when I started so late compared to everyone else? There are 4 key components to making affiliate marketing work for you. I’m going to use the example of the bra I shared in the PrimeDay blog post, since I sold the most of that one product over all of the others. Here’s what to remember when sharing affiliate links:
If you are still on the fence about affiliate links and whether or not you can actually make money, this post is proof. You don’t have to have a fancy sale, you don’t have to be the early bird to catch the worm. You just have to show up and start sharing those links. Yes, there is a science to it and I can recommend some great resources when you’re ready for that part. But for now, if you are NOT yet using affiliate links, just start. It doesn’t matter if everyone else is already sharing the best stuff or that you’re late to the party. The time is NOW.
What has stopped you from using affiliate links? Let me know in the comments section!
A craft industry professional for over 14 years, Jennifer Priest has been featured in major publications and online by the likes of Apartment Therapy and MSNBC. Jennifer's digital marketing consulting firm, Smart Creative Social, has a prestigious client list in the craft and hobby industry, connecting influencers with brands, developing digital marketing strategy, and guiding clients in creating a solid social media strategy for their brand.