I’m a big Dan Bilzarian fan. I’m also a Neil Patel fan. But when the “who is Neil Patel” photos were shared with me I was disappointed. I felt cheated. Because what I was seeing was completely different than the brand I thought Neil Patel was. I was confused and didn’t trust what I was seeing. Rather than an educated marketing expert I saw a pig. First person I thought of was Dan Bilzarian, but that wasn’t s good thing only because it was against your brand. I didn’t trust what I saw. I then forwarded the photos to the person who referred me to your program, and she had the same reaction and said “That’s disgusting. I lost respect.” I’m glad you wrote this post to clarify the intention and restore your brand. Conclusion, your bread and butter know you as a marketing expert here to help them grow their business with your expertise and experience. You’ve built loyalty and respect in this way – protect your brand.


Immer haarscharf an der Kante zur Schleichwerbung: Einige Influencer auf Instagram leben gefährlich. Wer nämlich Werbung und Produktplatzierungen in sozialen Medien nicht richtig kennzeichnet, kann dafür abgemahnt werden. Das gilt jedoch nicht nur für die Instagramer selbst. Auch die Unternehmen und Agenturen, die Influencer beauftragen, stehen in der Pflicht. Dabei ist die richtige Auszeichnung gar nicht so schwierig. Wir geben praktische Tipps.

Die Entwicklung kennen wir von Facebook. Aus einem sozialen Netzwerk, in dem man vor allem Bilder und Status-Updates von Freunden sehen konnte, wurde schnell ein Medien-Hub. Das nutzten viele Publisher, um mit „viralen“ Posts Fans zu sammeln. Die kann man dann über Links zu den eigenen Seiten oder zu Partnern schicken und so mit der Reichweite verdienen. Doch das Geschäft ist schwierig geworden. Die organische Reichweite sinkt, auch weil Facebook mit seinem Algorithmus den Newsfeed der Nutzer bestimmt. Bei Instagram dagegen ist der Feed noch nicht durch einen Algorithmus gefiltert, es macht deshalb gerade den Eindruck, als würden Facebook-Publisher weiterziehen, um bei Instagram das Geschäftsmodell weiterzuführen. Dort häufen sich in letzter Zeit Accounts, die die gleiche Strategie verfolgen, wie erfolgreiche Facebook-Publisher: Witzige Beiträge für 14 bis 24 Jährige, um viele Follower einzusammeln.
First, you must recognize that there are much better social media networks than Instagram for affiliate marketing, for example, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Therefore, you might abandon IG altogether. Secondly, if you want to play on IG, you must accept its limitations and focus on what is available (the bio section). Four strategies accompany the all-important bio link.
Beyonce fell from the second spot to the fourth on the list of Instagram accounts with the most followers. The extremely popular American singer currently has 109 million followers. Her posts have high engagement, with most posts bringing in over a million likes and countless comments. Beyonce normally posts pictures of herself, also including her family at times. She famously used her Instagram platform to reveal that she was pregnant with twins with husband Jay Z, which made headlines worldwide.

As for Instagram, having a business account makes it even easier for brands to contact you but I would personally shy away from switching since there’s a lot of whisper in the blogging world that Instagram will soon make business accounts pay to get their content seen by anyone. If you’re interested in reading more of my thoughts, check out my Instagram growth blog post – point #10).


Innerhalb der Story-Funktion selbst gibt es noch weitere Features, die die Reichweite deiner Story erhöhen. Da Instagram ähnlich wie die Muttergesellschaft Facebook von Usern dazu genutzt wird, um nach Brands, Shops und anderen professionellen Accounts zu suchen und neue relevante Kanäle zu entdecken, solltest du die zur Verfügung stehenden Features innerhalb deiner Story nutzen. Dadurch erhöhst die deine Reichweite und erreichst mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit Instagrammer, die bislang noch nicht auf deinen Account aufmerksam geworden sind. Dazu gehören:
Website advertising is probably already very familiar to you. You’ve seen an ad, you’ve clicked on an ad, heck you may have even purchased something as a direct result of clicking on that ad. There are essentially two ways of creating ads on your website. The first is getting brands to pay you for advertising space and in turn you post their ad (banner) somewhere on your website (usually in the sidebar). You can reach out to brands directly to try and sell your ad space or, if brands reach out to you, you can offer that as an option.
Customers love promotions and deals. Instagrammers are no exception. What’s the point to paying the full price if you can get a couple percent off? Offering coupon codes is a good way to increase your following and generate more sales. There’s good news for affiliates who want to run exclusive coupons without providing a specific link. Some coupon codes don’t require a click to be tracked by affiliate networks.  
For affiliate marketers, this means you can create a post with an image incorporating an affiliate product, with the affiliate link added as text overlay, or in the caption. This post will then be shared on an influencers Instagram account, exposing your affiliate link to a new audience, as well as finding you potential new Instagram followers for your own account.
Swipe up! Verlinke Produkte und Infos: Stories sind eine wahre Bühne für Marketer, Firmen und jegliche Art von Promotion. Wenn du ein Produkt oder etwas Anderes in deiner Story per Video oder Foto anpreist, kannst du die dazugehörige Website verlinken. So können die Nutzer, wenn sie die Story anschauen, nach oben wischen und gelangen direkt zu dem Produkt. Also swipe up!

der Instagram Blogger y verweist unter dem geposteten Bild auf den Link in der Biografie, beispielsweise, dass das Kleidungsstück der Firma y auf seinem Online Blog zu finden ist. Klickt der User auf den Link in der Biografie, sieht anschließend das Kleidungsstück auf dem Online Blog, klickt erneut das Bild an, wird er direkt zum Online Shop der Firma y weitergeleitet. An dieser Stelle bindet der Blogger y einen Affiliate-Link ein. Kauft der Besucher das zuerst auf Instagram gesichtete Kleidungsstück, erhält der Blogger als Affiliate von der Firma x eine Provision für die Vermittlung.
Social media - can you remember life before Facebook and Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn? No longer just a place to meet your friends, social media is big business when it comes to advertising and marketing. Ten years ago, social media marketing did not exist; now it has become one of the largest marketing methods to both small and large businesses. As a form of media, it has many different marketing strings to its bow , and one of these is the use of influencers.
On Instagram, hashtags are your best friend. They’ll put your post in front of thousands more people. That will earn you more followers, and, hopefully, more sales. Make sure you add relevant hashtags to all posts promoting the product or service. Going back to our health food blogger example, she might add hashtags like #healthyliving and #cleaneating to her affiliate posts.
Affiliate marketing can be a great way to earn money through your blog, especially once your traffic picks up. If you’re new to this concept, it’s essentially a custom URL with a unique tracking code in it. If someone purchases something through your affiliate link, you’ll earn a commission (typically between 5-15%). And it usually doesn’t have to be the specific item you linked. Most of these affiliate programs will give you a commission if someone purchased anything from a particular site within a specific time window after the click through. The great thing about programs such as Amazon Associates, Reward Style, Shop Style and Link Share, is they’re easy to setup and start using and there is no risk involved – worst case scenario you don’t make any money but best case you’ll make a nice chunk of change without anything other than creating a custom link for the product you’re planning on linking anyway. Most will also accept all bloggers regardless of page views. I’m not going to go into too much detail about affiliate marketing, since there’s a ton of good information online already. You can read a great in-depth article about affiliate marketing for bloggers here.
On Instagram, hashtags are your best friend. They’ll put your post in front of thousands more people. That will earn you more followers, and, hopefully, more sales. Make sure you add relevant hashtags to all posts promoting the product or service. Going back to our health food blogger example, she might add hashtags like #healthyliving and #cleaneating to her affiliate posts.

Of course, there is always an exception, and that exception is YouTube, Google’s social media darling. While I still prefer to work with influencers who have both a website AND a social media channel, I will take YouTube-only influencers. The in-depth content, high engagement and optimization potential for videos allow them to be an excellent standalone for affiliate marketing. The influencer below does not have a blog but remains a top performer due to niche and high-quality content.
Well… You got me! I am an entrepreneur and found you on Instagram through a model’s post. I own an Internet marketing agency and I think this is absolutely genius what you are doing. I was wondering what models were getting paid to promote on their profiles. I have been reading your blog for the past week and a half and I can already tell you that you will have a loyal follower here already. I may not be your $57,000 ROI but will definitely refer you to other digital marketers. If you are still taking entries for the giveaway, I’d like to get the university course! Haha!
Wichtig ist dabei noch, dass man die Angabe „* = Affiliatelinks/Werbelinks“ sowohl in der Desktop-Version, als auch in der mobilen Version der Website finden kann. Die Sidebar wird ja in der Regel ausgeblendet in der mobilen Ansicht. Deshalb habe ich diesen Punkt in der mobile Navigation aufgenommen. Damit ist diese Erklärung nicht sofort sichtbar, aber immerhin schnell auffindbar.
Es gibt unterschiedliche Möglichkeiten, wie die Affiliates vergütet werden: Pay per Click (PPC), Pay per Sale (PPS), Pay per Lead (PPL), Pay per View (PPV), Pay per SignUp, Pay per Link, Pay per Clickout. Überlegen Sie deshalb vor der Schaltung Ihrer Anzeige, welches Ziel Sie verfolgen. Möchten Sie den allgemeinen Bekanntheitsgrad Ihrer Website erhöhen, möchten Sie ein bestimmtes Produkt fördern oder möchten Sie Ihren Affiliate z.B. nur bei einem erfolgreichen Verkaufsabschluss bezahlen? Je nachdem muss Ihre Anzeige konzipiert und die Zahlungsmöglichkeit eingestellt werden. Im Idealfall machen Sie aus jedem Euro, den Sie in eine Anzeige stecken sprichwörtlich zwei Euro Umsatz. Seien Sie in dieser Phase sehr gründlich - denn sind Ihre Anzeigenkampagnen nicht gut konzipiert und eingestellt, werfen Sie das Geld sprichwörtlich aus dem Fenster.
Earnings are what matter to most affiliates. Our commissions indicate how we are performing, which is why affiliate marketing is also called performance and commissioned-based marketing. You can monitor traffic to your website in which case Google Analytics will do the trick. To learn more about your audience, measure reach, and track engagement, check out Instagram Insights (for business profiles), Hootsuite Analytics, and Iconosquare.
Engage with your followers: You cannot expect all interaction to come directly to you. Make time every single day to engage with your followers or anyone involved in your industry by commenting on and liking images. If you communicate with authentic content, people will be drawn to check out your account and, hopefully, join your loyal rank of followers.

Great insight! Big brands are now into micro-influencers as they have more real engagement with real followers which they can market effectively. You can use a tool like an engagement rate calculator from Phlanx.com to know the interaction activity of a micro-influencer. You can also use an influencer directory to speed up the process in looking for the right influencers to work with.
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