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.

While the world of Instagram influencers and how we utilize them to market our products is still very young, we have been able to cover several great ways to get the most out of these powerful players within your affiliate program. Good luck with all your affiliate marketing efforts and feel free to email us or comment below with any ideas or questions.

Sponsored Posts wurden 2013 in den USA eingeführt. Zu den ersten bekannten Marken gehörten damals, unter anderem, Michael Kors, Levis und General Electric. Seit dem 20. April 2015 gibt es Instagram Werbung und Sponsored Posts auch in Deutschland. Zunächst sollen die Werbeanzeigen nur von ausgewählten Unternehmen geschaltet werden, die bereits auf der Plattform aktiv sind. Damit will Instagram sicherstellen, dass die Unternehmen viele Follower haben und die Werbung “kreativ und interessant” sei.
Zeigt ein Influencer auf seinem Instagram-Account ein Produkt, das er oder sie selbst gekauft hat und schwärmt davon, ist das normalerweise keine Werbung, sondern eine persönliche Empfehlung. Ein Instagram-Post mit oder über ein bestimmtes Produkt gilt erst dann als Werbung, wenn der Influencer dafür „belohnt“ wird, indem er also für die Produktvorstellung bezahlt oder anderweitig entlohnt wird. Ein Hinweis, dass es sich um ein selbstgekauftes Produkt handelt, vermeidet Missverständnisse.

Tip #3 is to consistently post valuable content to your followers. Now valuable content will be different in each niche, but a good rule of thumb is to post inspiring, helpful, informative or motivational pictures and videos at least once a day. If you’re struggling to come with ideas on what to post just go look at what other influencers in your niche are posting, and post similar content. Of course you’ll want to make it unique, but looking at other accounts is a good way to figure out what type of posts the people in your niche respond to the most. An important thing for to mention here is to avoid making your account a pitch fest. Of course your goal is to get people to click the links in your bio, but if you make every other post about an offer or a link all your going to do is piss people off, and ultimately lose followers. I’ve found that one promotional post per week is the sweet spot to not piss off your followers, but make sure they know you have an offer out there.
Monetizing a blog or social media platform is a pretty hot and oftentimes polarizing topic. There are some people who are absolutely fascinated by the fact that bloggers and social media influencers can earn money (and sometimes lots of it!) for merely posting photos of themselves and their life. Others think that posting sponsored content somehow “taints” your online presence. Personally, I’m of the camp that nobody should work for free. Growing a blog and Instagram takes a lot of time and effort, so you should absolutely be paid for your effort. If you’re interested in turning your blog or Instagram into a money-making business, read on for my comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to monetize these platforms.

Als weitere Möglichkeit kannst Du die Kosten-Abrechnung für Instagram Werbung als CPM (Cost per Mille) auswählen. Bei dieser Strategie entstehen Dir pro 1.000 Werbeimpressionen Kosten. Dies bedeutet, dass die Anzeigen nur auf dem Bildschirm der Nutzer erscheinen müssen. Einmal ansehen bedeutet eine Impression. Klicks spielen bei dieser Berechnung keine Rolle. Laut diversen Experten liegt die durchschnittliche Cost per Mille bei Instagram zwischen 5 und 6 Euro. Für eine Impression zahlt man bereits, nachdem diese nur Millisekunden dem User angezeigt wird. Seit 2015 kann man die Impressionen auch für 100% sichtbare Anzeigen zahlen. Das bedeutet konkret, dass die gesamte Werbeanzeige von oben bis unten im News-Feed des Users durchläuft.
Do your due diligence and research your potential partner. Do any red flags pop up when you Google their name? Is there bad buzz around them in their specific niche? Do they play well with other Influencers and/or brands? This is important because the minute you attach your brand to a bad Influencer, it may take a long time for your reputation to recover.

Of course, you could continuously change that link every time you post about a new affiliate product, but how annoying + time-consuming is that?! Plus, changing the link in your bio to a new affiliate link every time you post won’t allow you to drive traffic to any previously posted links, so this method isn’t super effective at increasing commissions.
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