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Affiliate Marketing Through Social Media Outlets

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Affiliate Marketing Through Social Media Outlets

Today, social media and social networking is the name of the game. People want to connect, they want streamlined information and they want it as quick and convenient as possible. The nature of social media causes events and information to spread at an extremely fast rate, and in the last few years this has created a huge opportunity for affiliate marketers to cash in on the self-sustained power of social networking influence among the buying public.

There are several different social media outlets which you can leverage to promote and profit from affiliate offers. It is important to note that each of these social networks have unique features which set them apart from each other. Equally enough, they also have similarities such as creating profiles; adding friends and private messaging/message board functions.

Below is a list of the most popular social networks and how affiliates use them to generate traffic:

  • Twitter – Probably the most popular and profitable social networking platform available for affiliate marketers. Having a tightly knit network of followers, sometimes across multiple Twitter accounts, can generate massive leads when used correctly. As an affiliate marketer you can blast useful links via your Twitter account to your followers, who will then click the link and hopefully head to the affiliate offer page.
  • Facebook – In a very close second place, Facebook is used by affiliate marketers to create networks focused around a particular niche or interest. With the ability to create groups and even promote events, Facebook has a lot more options, but also requires a bit more work to get the traffic heading in the right direction. Once mastered, it can be quite lucrative.
  • Forums – While some wouldn’t consider forums to be social networks, I beg to differ. In actuality, they are the original social network. Becoming and authority in a niche related forum can bring laser-targeted traffic to your links; which would typically be placed in the “signature” or footer of your individual publically viewed profile and threads.

While many top earning affiliate marketers will stick to more immediate methods of generating traffic, such as Google Adwords, The risks with social media marketing are much less harmful. By integrated social networking into your affiliate promotions, you will be up to date and on point with the latest and greatest source of traffic and prospective leads. Be patient and it will pay off.

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