If you’ve been dabbling in the online space for any amount of time, you probably know what affiliate marketing is. If you don’t, then you will probably be surprised to find out that it’s probably the best way to make money online as a beginner.
That’s because you don’t need to create your own product. You can literally make thousands of dollars every month by promoting other people’s products and make sweet commissions for your troubles.
Although it sounds very easy on paper, affiliate marketing became more and more popular in the last couple of years. Meaning that the competition is not be something that you should neglect.
However, that shouldn’t stop you from starting your first affiliate business. With the right training, you have a very good chance of succeeding in this industry and start making passive income (more on that later).
Facebook is one of the most popular platforms for affiliate marketers, simply because they know more about their users than their own families. Think about it: Facebook literally knows everything about you.
They track absolutely every scroll and click you perform on their platform. That’s amazing for people like you and me, because we can target the exact people who are the most likely to purchase what we offer them.
As a side note, Facebook ads are my favorite way to make money online and I’ve been doing it for more than 7 years. If you’re asking yourself whether or not you can too, than the answer is yes. Facebook isn’t going anywhere and you should at least consider giving it a try.
If that already got you excited, then you’re in the right place! By the end of this guide, you will be familiar with affiliate marketing on Facebook, as well as what steps you will need to take in order to start making money as an affiliate.
Affiliate Marketing On Facebook: How To Start
In order to get to the point of making commissions on autopilot, you first need to become familiar with the steps required to get there. There’s no reason to rush and spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on your first campaign hoping it will pay off (trust me, I know).
If this is not the first affiliate marketing guide you read, then you are probably familiar with some of the things you are about to read. If not, then you should have an overview of the things you need to do to get started.(1)
Choose a Niche
You’ve probably heard this a million times, but I will do my duty and tell you again. You need to choose a niche in order to be successful at ANY business.
We all want everyone to be our target market and make as much money as possible. The truth is that you must establish who will be the most interested in the products you recommend.
For example, you can’t sell dog training products to people who are interested in fitness. I mean you can do whatever you want, but as you can probably guess, you will not make much money in that specific scenario.
The most popular niches are health, wealth and relationships. However, that doesn’t mean that these are the only profitable niches.
The possibilities are endless and you shouldn’t choose a niche just because it seems profitable. With the right training, you can have success in any niche.
- Try choosing a niche that you are a bit interested in. You don’t need to absolutely love it or be married with it. It’s just that if you choose something that you at least mildly like, you will be more likely to continue and not give up. Sometimes (especially in the beginning) it can be a bit discouraging when you don’t see money immediately rolling into your account.
- The niche should have good products. Don’t think too much about this, but there should be at least a couple of decent products that you can recommend. If the niche is full of crappy products, then you will have a hard time selling them.
- If there are a lot of people searching for products in that niche, this is a good sign. Traffic is one of the most important aspects of any online business.
Create a Facebook Page
After you choose your niche, the next step you need to take is to create a Facebook page. It should be focused around that niche and you should constantly post new content and promote your offers.
Once your page will start growing, the Facebook algorithm will naturally push your page towards the top. Keep in mind you need to have some sort of engagement from your audience, meaning that people should be active on your page.(4)
You might be tempted to create your own Facebook group. Keep in mind that these don’t perform very well when it comes to making sales, so you it’s better to stick with pages.
Try creating polls, asking questions and posting nice pictures. You will be surprised how easy it is once you start getting a hang of it.
Don’t Spam Your Offers
One of the most common mistakes all beginners make once they start their affiliate business is spamming their links. Keep in mind that this is not the way to grow a legitimate business.
This principle is valid even in the real world. Imagine going into a clothing store and having an employee harassing you to buy a T-shirt every 5 minutes. There’s no need to say that you will not be returning to that store anytime soon.(5)
So, yeah. Don’t annoy people with your offers. In stead, you should do your best to provide useful content and every once in a while you can post an ad. In my experience, out of every 5 posts, only 1 should be an ad.
However, don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun!
Don’t Link Directly To An Offer
Another important aspect of affiliate marketing on Facebook is that they will probably ban you if you post directly to an offer. Also, your conversion rates will suffer if you do so.(6)
In stead, you should create a sales funnel or a landing page for your customers. You will be surprised on how well these perform. You will make much more sales, and therefore your business will grow faster.
If you were to start your own affiliate blog and post content over there, you shouldn’t worry about rules and regulations too much. However, it will take significantly longer to start getting results as opposed to Facebook.
Remember that Facebook has a ton of rules in regards to affiliate marketing. Try your best not to break them and you will be fine.
Use Facebook Ads To Grow Your Page
As you found out in the beginning of the article, Facebook ads are my favorite way to make money with affiliate marketing. This is simply because you can make money quite fast and once you start getting good at it, you will need to work less and less.
If you get anything out of this guide, remember this: Facebook ads are very quick and profitable in terms of growing an affiliate business. You can pay Mark Zuckerberg to give you traffic so you don’t have to wait a century to grow your business.
Keep in mind that you will need to get good at this in order to consistently make money. If you see that your ad doesn’t work, just close it and try another one.(7)
If you have a decent budget, I highly recommend investing in Facebook ads. Not only you can be very profitable, but it’s also a skill that will stay with you for your entire life.
Do Facebook Ads Allow Affiliate Links?
Yes, Facebook allows people to post their affiliate links in their ads. There has been a lot of misinformation regarding this subject and that’s why I decided to address this topic.
You are allowed to post your links in your ads. However, Facebook doesn’t suggest you do so if you link to inappropriate pages, such as pornography and other obscure stuff like that (I hope it’s not your case).
Also, you shouldn’t pour money into a post that contains an ad with your link. I did this before and I got banned. So yeah … don’t do that.
Facebook ads are so profitable that you don’t want to make the admins upset and ban you. If you exceedingly post your affiliate links in your ads, you will probably make good money for a short period of time. But I suggest you capture those leads in your email list so that you can sell them more products in the future.(8)
Don’t neglect email marketing, as it’s one of the best ways to promote your affiliate offers (not better than Facebook ads, but still an option to keep in mind).
Once you capture that email, you will be able to sell them products for as long as they stay on your list. If you pay for Facebook ads, then it makes sense to get something more long term out of it, apart from 1 sale, right?
Facebook Affiliate Marketing Rules
Ask anyone that has been running Facebook ads about the rules and they will immediately get angry. Their rules are so vague that it’s irritating.
Sometimes they will suspend your account and you need to email them in order to get it back. Not such a big deal, but it can get quite annoying.(9)
On the other hand, you should always state that a link is an affiliate link if that’s the case. There’s no need to get into legal trouble.
Again, Facebook rules can get quite annoying, but you shouldn’t care too much because the ads are very profitable (if you have the right training).
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money on the internet. And Facebook is a great platform to do it on.
Not only because it can be really profitable, but also because Facebook is not going anywhere. Which means that once you learn how to do it (it will maybe take a couple of weeks or months), you will have transferable skills that will stay with you forever.
If you want to learn how to become a profitable affiliate marketer on Facebook, I highly suggest investing in Robby Blanchard’s Commission Hero. It will teach you everything you need to create a profitable affiliate business. You can thank me later.