Disclosure (full version here): Some of the links you’ll encounter are affiliate links. If you click and buy something, I may get a commission. Thank you!
In this post on my incredibly awesome website 😀 you will learn:
how to promote affiliate links on Twitter;
what to do;
what not to do;
and much more.
Come a newbie- leave a pro;
Table of Contents
Before Anything Else, Does Twitter Allow Affiliate Links on Their Platform?
Yes, yes they do. There’s no specific rule that forbids adding affiliate links to your tweets.So you can use affiliate links on your Twitter posts and you won’t encounter any problem from the platform itself.
As for the people…
That’s a whole different story
Read on to find out more.
6 Quick Reasons Why Promoting Affiliate Links on Twitter is a Very Bad Idea
#1- You Will Become Just Another Spammer
Twitter is a place to encounter new people and new ideas. It is not a place to pitch products and services.
Pitching your affiliate offer makes you look like a spammer even though it’s technically not against Twitter guidelines.
#2- You Will Lose Friends and Followers
If you’ve already built up a following on Twitter, I’m willing to bet you didn’t do it by pitching products non-stop; no, you did it by sending out valuable tweets into the stratosphere, and by retweeting other people’s content generously.
You also participated in a quite a few Twitter chats and were more that keen to respond to other people’s comments on your tweets.
Yes, you’ve dug deep and dug out a strong Twitter foothold, a following.
Well, you can lose all of that brand trust 100X faster by being a self-absorbed, self-serving douchebag
#3- You Will Look Self-Absorbed and Like You’re Taking Advantage of People
So when you add affiliate links to your Twitter posts you reek of desperation, and it’s really easy to imagine you counting seconds that someone has not clicked and giving of a disappointed groan when you realize no one ever will.
This makes you give out a desperation vibe and successful people will want to stay away from you.
#5- People on Twitter Don’t Buy; They read, Learn and Engage
It’s a mentality thing really.
Folks who come on Twitter aren’t there to purchase anything. They have their Amazon and Google to buy stuff.
Instead, they’re there to engage with their friends, discover new content, or just chill and have some fun.
So your affiliate link has virtually no chance of getting hits.
#6- But I Can Disguise My Affiliate Links!
Yeah, you can.
Here’s what my affiliate link to Missinglettr looks like.
Yes,you could cloak your affiliate links and place thme as regular ones but if someone does click and then they recognize they’re been duped (because they’re suddenly on a sales or landing page) they will know your game and will start to hate your guts and with passion too.
Do it often and you will build a whole tribe of haters ready to throw rocks on you.
It’s an amateur blogging mistake to push ugly affiliate links directly on Twitter.
Instead of promoting raw or cloaked affiliate links, promote links that lead to your articles on your affiliate website.
This can be really effective strategy, but for it to work, your posts need to:
be relevant to the audience you’re promoting them to;
solve a specific problem;
And each post will have your affiliate links for the products you love and use to run your online business.
That is the best way to make affiliate commissions from Twitter.
Pro tip- Use Twitter Advanced Search
Twitter advanced search is this wonderful feature that let’ you measure the pulse of the public near-instantly You can discover hot topics (before they become hot on Google) so you can rank for them easily with no competitors to be found in your way.
Here’ how (example “toothbrush”)
Step #1– go to Twitter and search for “toothbrush”
Step #2– click on “advanced search”
Step #3– Add in data
Two important fields are:
This exact phrase
Step #4– search for anything that is a question or that can be turned into one.
Step #5– record these keyword ideas in a Google spreadsheet.
Step #6– go through them one by one, create corresponding articles and then promote them.
Here’ an example spreadsheet I made just for this post
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