6 Core Strategies for Making Money on YouTube with Affiliate Marketing

– Hey what’s up, Sean Cannell
here, rhymes with channel, and this is Think Media bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence
with online video. But I’m so excited
because I was recently on the Creative Disruption Podcast with Derral Eves and Ricky Ray Butler and we talked all about
affiliate marketing and specifically how to get to started. Now, I’ve been doing affiliate
marketing for years now but when I think back
to when I got started, man, I was super frustrated. I wasn’t really getting
clicks on my links, I wasn’t making sales
and I didn’t really know what I was doing wrong and
so I think you’re going to love this video and
some of the insights that are going to help you get more views on your content and
ultimately make more money with affiliate marketing
even if you’re just starting so let’s dive into it. (rhythmic music) – Moving back to you, I mean
you’ve helped a lot of people, a lot of creators go from
the mindset mentality of oh, it’s just ad revenue to these types of opportunities. Like, what are some tips
that you would give both to the brand and also to
the creator when it comes to making money as an affiliate? – Yes, I mean, for
affiliate marketing I liked how you said you need
to know how to convert. I think that it’s so important to really think about,
essentially, customer journey. There’s actually a really good article to look at by Think With Google, they go deep and they studied
one, like, SUV purchase and they studied how many
touch points this woman made and it was over 400. And of course, that was a
much more expensive purchase, like $35,000 or something
but I really like to think about, you know,
all the way from what is the psychology of the person
that’s searching the internet? What is it they’re looking for? And so even for the creator
and then a brand working for a creator just because
you include a product in a video or even review a product, there’s some like very
important, just, maybe subtle and small, like call to actions that are important but they’re critical. Like if you’re missing that
thing and I think that’s that verbal call to action,
that verbal education of hey if you wanna check out links to these resources it’s
in the description below. Like if the creator
misses the call to action, then there’s a disconnect to that affiliate marketing
probably even being profitable. Furthermore, this is
you know, you’re inside of my mind here if I think about kind of even why should someone click the link. If you can layer on on a reason why to say but hey don’t just take my word for it, if you wanna check out
the links to this camera in the description below, read the reviews on the other side. And one of the things I’ve thought about where I actually,
whether it’s good or bad, I avoid products, I just
don’t even make the video in the first place if it
doesn’t have good reviews. That’s customer journey. If I’m like it’s great but
then they click through and they land there and
they’re like wait a minute, well then your integrity seems
like, it’s just confusing why does it have two and a half stars? – And it might have a good product but horrible service
and horrible logistics and then that destroys
your credibility still. – So that’s literally
thinking past your video and of course that’s
also another tip I’d give to creators is that to
really have integrity in the whole process, to of course always be transparent, to be
authentic, to review products or to be open with what’s
good and what’s bad about them and so it is funny, I
actually just avoid product, I end up not making the video at all. I only like, because why
start the process unless, lets talk about something
that’s really going to help people. I know maybe people need
the reviews of stuff that isn’t bad but a
lot of time I just like to find, and our promise is
like, what’s the best camera for YouTube, we really want
to narrow down like what are the three best options, really do our due diligence and then make those recommendations
and then think through that like, entire kind of
customer journey past our video because a great way to kill your brand is to recommend something,
same thing with your product, to sell some products that
once people receive them, they’re like this sucks. – Yes this doesn’t work very well. Why did somebody tell me to buy this? – You have no longevity if, if
everyone that is interacting with your stuff doesn’t see that the stuff you recommend is actually good and then I think the other
thing is having, being a true practitioner. I think where we broke
through in affiliates is a lot of people in the
industry especially back when I started were preaching to other, their peers,
who were really fancy, had a lot of technical knowledge and who, of course people that get into cameras and tech are usually
kind of snobby about it, they’re whatever and so
I kind of went the route of I’m not, I don’t
know the best you know, filmmaking camera with the
best, all of these details and color grading and, but what I know is that
these beauty gurus, we went straight to YouTubers,
people who did not want to be camera specialists but people that just were looking
for tools that were easy to use, so it’s like empathy for the creator that’s like
the flip screen matters, to be able to touch your screen and have it stay in focus matters, the mic input matters, user friendliness matters. And so it was interesting, I had to in the middle there endure some criticism from people like oh well
it’s not the best camera and you’re like you don’t understand, you’re not my audience,
like if you’re already off in this fancy world, that’s cool, but we really blew up
by almost making it kind of like cameras made
friendly, cameras made simple. – Cameras made for
YouTubers that’s what it is. – Cameras made for YouTubers that’s right. So I hope you got value out of that video and if you did can you
hit the like button. And if you actually want to
check out our jump start series with affiliate marketing,
these were just a few kind of overview insights and
tips that’ll serve you but it you are looking for
a more step-by-step approach of exactly how to use YouTube
and affiliate marketing to generate sales, make
money and build really a life and a business on your own terms, then I’ll link to that free
series on the YouTube card and I’ll put a link to it in
the description below as well. Question of the day, what is
your YouTube channel about? Like what niche are you in? You know, I’m in the tech niche right, we talk all about cameras
and gear and that’s a lot of what we talk about
with affiliate marketing but I’d love to hear from you. What is your channel about,
what topics are you covering? Tell me in the comments section below. And also, if you do want
to see this full interview that I did on the Creative
Disruption Podcast, I’ll link to that as well on the YouTube card. There’s a lot of other
insights about all kinds of things YouTube related
and some of the story and history of Think Media
and video influencers and the different projects
that we work on here. So check that out as well. Appreciate you so much, keep crushing it and I will see you in the next video. Police. Police? Peace. (rhythm music)

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100 thoughts on “6 Core Strategies for Making Money on YouTube with Affiliate Marketing

  1. YouTube affiliate marketing is huge! I've also been doing it for years, and still recommend it to my students who are newbies in Internet Marketing, as it is super easy to get started. Thanks for the tips!

  2. That's really awesome. Love your tips and tricks to build our channel
    I make Photoshop tutorials. and my channel si now growing

  3. #ChallengeTheBuild is all about working on projects that make you say "you're gonna do what?" or challenge the phrase "I wouldn't do it that way"…( fabrication, welding, cars, trucks, boats, ect. )

  4. Thank you so much for all the tips.^^
    Anyone who is interested in Japanese or Chinese, please come visit my channel.💕

  5. Thank you so much for all the tips.^^
    Anyone who is interested in Japanese or Chinese, Please come visit me.^^

  6. Thank Sean, I'm in the gaming nich (Minecraft in paticular) I've had a few channeps in the past, but I haven't really gotten into them, or they just failed dramatically. So I'm trying to fully set up this channel before I post.

  7. Thank you so much for the tips and for the free class…Im in cooking niche and I really love what Im doing,but still struggling in views..

  8. Notification squad:

    My YouTube channel is about a life of a single mother who works 40 hours a week while going to school. In stead of posting every day I'm posting once a week with my main episode from Life as a single mother. And then I'm posting smaller videos like planning and class assignment videos.

  9. My YouTube channel is a very unique niche. It’s all about a very very rare chromosome disorder that both myself and my daughter have,15Q11.2 AKA Burnside-Butler syndrome. It is also inclusive of the comorbid conditions (eg my daughter also has Dysmorphia, autism, extreme anxiety, selective mutism, learning disability, Childhood Disintegration Disorder (AKA Dementia Infintalis), as well as sensory processing disorder.

    There are only a few thousand on the planet with the genetic condition, but it is likely that she is the only one of those with this combination of conditions.

    Medical expertise in this area of genetic deletion is slim to non, and accessing the little bit of information is almost impossible for many due to the scant availability, and when it is available it’s shrouded in academic medical jargon that then makes it not accessible to many. I try to uncover the research, and deliver it in such a way that it removes technical jargon and leaves a base level of understanding . I have only a few video’s on the channel, and as you would expect very few subscribers and views. This is not for profit in any way what so ever, so any guidance that you may have for me would be much appreciated.

    My day job is an online teacher of mathematics for a large private school with an international cohort of students. All lessons are live, and recorded, so a little like making YouTube videos but without the opportunity to go back, watch, or edit in any way (can be stressful and is not for those easily daunted).

    But as I said if you can spare any time to look over the channel, or indeed the website (I’ll post a link below) with the understanding that I’m a single dad, working full time, with a disabled child, and limited income, I would hugely appreciate it.


    Kindest regards
    Darren a Coleman from a very rainy wet North Yorkshire (UK)

  10. Great video! I have a channel all about solving everyday problems with plant based solutions like CBD and Moringa! 🌱

  11. I teach guitar and do product reviews for musicians.😁👊
    Question… I would like to maximize this next Black Friday by live streaming with affiliate links… Could you possibly do a video about how you do it? You're AWESOME! Thanks!😃👊

  12. All I can say is thanks. You do an incredible job guiding us to success!

    I am focusing on tech tutorials and reviews with an emphasis on covering the common tech gap so many people have. (My family inspired me because I kept getting asked the same thing over and over again by them. Figured I'd document it!)

  13. Hi Sean! Apart from the Google statistics, can you say how this affiliate marketing is affected by the legislation of each country? Actually let's take it to the bank accounts because I have been unable to use PayPal and no Greek bank has never even heard the notion. Besides, internet is global right??

  14. I'm trying to make my channel a gaming stream to play better but make peoples happy but not having enough money to save to buy equipment

  15. We're making video's about the journey to the end of animal slavery in the Dutch language with a lot of humor🤗 Doubting whether we should film in English or stay Dutchies.

  16. Great advice. I post tips on baseball training and workouts and have seen great growth in the last 6 months when I started.

  17. YouTube is one of the most powerful ways to make money with affiliate marketing, do it right and you can make a 6-figure income doing it with a small following. It’s possible, I’m doing it

  18. Amazing. I feel like kicking my sefl. I started my Chanel 11years ago when nobody was doing it and was never serious and was all over the place. Did not know about affiliate marketing but now I do. I could have done so many things since but did not. Recently I started my Amazon affiliate account and already made $3.5, not much at all but it's a start. Thank you for all your videos. I understand I have to niche down and will do well. Thank you again.

  19. I posted my first video yesterday called How NOT to start a Youtube channel. I look forward to making proper videos like this in the near future thanks for the tips!
    P.S dig the sweater

  20. When I first started my channel I got excited about affiliate marketing specifically through Amazon but after my initial trial they discontinued my account since my channel wasn't big enough. How big does my channel need to be before I should try for it again? My channel focuses on giving practical and accurate medical information for your home and family so you can make better health decisions. Thanks, love your tips!!

  21. Your videos were instrumental in making me believe that I could learn to make the videos I wanted to make. With very limited resources, and no previous experience in videography or film, I thought YouTube was never going to be possible for me. Yet I had this burning desire to make videos for my grandchildren to know me by. You showed me how it could be done and helped giving me the confidence to get in front of the camera!

    I'm so glad I found your channel when I did because I had just about given up by then what with all the fancy YouTubers talking about "must have gear" that cost a fortune and seemed far too complicated to use anyway. Thanks to your (and Benji's) input, not only have I been making videos for the grandkids, but I've also started to make videos with my grandson (who's 6 🙂). On top of that, I've discovered that I really like making videos, so now I am considering turning my vast teaching resource archive into educational videos and maybe even making a series about excuses and disability. 🤗

    None of this would have been possible without the early encouragement and ongoing support your channels are providing for people like me who "just" want to (learn to) make better videos. Thank you!

  22. Hey Sean man you've been changing my life. I wish I had the cash to join VRA. I MAKE 750 EVERY 2 weeks at my current job and I know I can do that through online video easy. I just need some coaching I feel. I will Join VRA one day! No matter what it takes! I want to live a life of purpose passion and fulfillment. My channel is about finding happiness through spirituality and positive psychology. Also my other channel is CLCPAINT where I do tips and Techniques for people new to landscape oil painting. Thanks again Sean

  23. Great info. One day I’ll put it to use. Still building my channel origin right now. But your strategies have definitely promoted my slow growth so far. Thanks 🙏🏾

  24. . 🥕🥕🔴🔴What would be your advice if someone has difficulty maintaining I contact with the camera for some medical reason??? Please reply. . .

  25. Hey Think Media, i watch you guys already for a few months and couse of ur influnce i punched fear in the face and started AND THANK YOU! But please, i searched both of ur channels and never found out the video about : Should we start channel without showing our face but only like desktop, or how hard is it to be successful with that kind of a videos, can you maybe make that kind of a video. Like Shooting vs without shooting ourselves, videos with our faces on vs video without  our faces on video , i think u get my point. THANKS YOU ARE AWESOME!

  26. Loved the video Sean! I am in the food review niche and am doing both restaurants and limited time food products. I’m not sure how I will turn what I do into a business, but I love doing it currently and that’s all I can ask for.

  27. My channel is about making yarn and making things from yarn. I'm planning a challenge for 2019 to convert my entire wardrobe to a made from scratch wardrobe either by me or through fair trade. Affiliate linking is a little difficult in my niche, I have to get creative a lot, but I really appreciate your info!

  28. Awesome tips! I especially loved the tip about mentioning it in the video. I am in the sewing, knitting DIY niche with a bit of focus on sustainability and living a low waste lifestyle. Looking forward to recommending supplies & materials people can use with affiliate marketing later down the line.

  29. Hi think media. I was wondering why I can’t get many views on my youtube video and I was hoping you could help. Thank you and very good content

  30. Another awesome video. Thanks for posting. My niche is home decor, organization, and planning & productivity.

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  33. I AM SORRY BUT I NEED TO POST THIS PLEASE READ. I have swifted from YouTube to Intagram and Pinterest as my main platform because well.. it was easier doing it entirely alone. I am based in a country where enterpreneurship spirit does not really exist and I don't think it will be visiting us here anytime soon for Christmas! (Athens, Greece by the way)😋😋😋 Especially if you are woman. I am trying to make money by selling some clothes as an ambassador for brands. The thing is that the companies that I want to collaborate with mostly use PayPal for their transactions and I have asked in banks that are here in Greece and they did not provide any information at all! I mostly want to collaborate with American companies with worldwide shipping. The result is that I cannot even buy the products online! I couldn't even participate to free giveaways of clothes that I liked. Can you believe it? Could you make a video regarding financial details? Noone provides me with information. .Thank you in advance.

  34. My channel is all about ice hockey goaltending and hockey specific videos that are great for young and older goaltenders, as well as mainstream hockey. A lot of what I do and the success thanks to you Sean! Thank you for all the awesome tips.

  35. Thanks for sharing your tips Sean! Affiliate marketing is frown upon within the game dev community due to bad practices and I intend to change that by providing useful and genuine recommendations through tutorials & reviews.

  36. This was great! Im trying to help promote some music talent, they need hep i mean hep with getting the word out. Check out this HOTT New music video dropped on youtube by deezy da paperboy ft jayy wills & cornbread217 "Angels"

  37. So we are running into entire communities, nearly all of them, claiming that YouTube is targeting their channels for demonetization. Are you aware of any troubles YouTube itself might be having that would account for such a massive cutback?

  38. Hey Sean, love your work! My niche is teaching tech to the people who are nervous around it. Ido a lot of hand-holding step by step tutorials to empower those people (usually over 40) who didn't grow up with technology.

  39. Great tips as always, really appreciate these videos. I'm a small channel and I've made $3k on YouTube my first year using your tips 👊

  40. My channel is about all aspects of filmmaking and gear reviews. Talking about shooting, editing, and some advanced things for creating videos. At least that’s my goal, I just started my channel and am trying to get consistent with it.

  41. I'm starting a Magic channel. My target market is people that are interested in magic as a hobby and not people that want to become full time professional magicians.

  42. Thanks Sean for always sharing great tips for relatively small youtubers like me. I've been subscribing to your channel for years now, and I'm actually one of your VRA students! I finally started my channel about a month ago. I think it's doing great so far 🙂 I review each steps almost everyday and the course has really helped me a lot! Thank you!

  43. Thank you for what you are doing. You got me to first take action. Now we are loading lots of music content. Then we will go back and add the marketing. You rock man. If anyone cares to listen to some light music please give us a look.

  44. I've asked this question before,and no one seemed to answer. Hopefully someone will be able to answer this time. Does one need to be part of the YPP (YouTube Partner Program) to post affiliate links? Because I tried to post an affiliate link to one of my YouTube videos and the video was taken down shortly after.

  45. Another awesome video!! I’m just at the beginning of my YouTube journey- I have an artist channel all about how to live a happy, creative life! Excited to be here!

  46. Sean………I'm in the teaching/information sharing niche, but my efforts are getting off to a very slow start. (although I know you say that this happens) Using some affiliate links, but I don't think anyone is seeing them yet. Thanks for your great content.

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