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The Dangers of Affiliate Marketing And How to Avoid Them


Different social media platforms might have different regulations about affiliate marketing.

I’m curious about the legal side of it. There seems to be a lot of rules with what you should post when you post their links and whether it qualifies you to actually make any money off it. I had a sale through my link, but it didn’t qualify. I’m not quite sure why? Or is there a simplified version of the legality so that we know what we have to post to include, to make the link valid? Yeah, really good question. When it comes to the Amazon associates program in particular and affiliate marketing in particular, here’s a list of things to know as it pertains to compliance with affiliate marketing.

First is need to be familiar with the FTC, the Federal Trade Center guidelines they’re based in Canada, but you probably have viewers in Canada, internationally, and then also in the US, and YouTube is a US company. So no matter where you’re watching, you do want to be thinking about the US regulations of something like affiliate marketing. And one of those is disclosures.

And what we would typically do is have a disclosure, a disclaimer in the YouTube description above the affiliate links. And in most Think media, Think marketing videos on YouTube. It’ll say, this video is not sponsored to let people know that it’s not sponsored. Assume links below are affiliate links, which means if you click them, we earn a small commission. And we have that disclaimer usually there, and there is usually another one lower that’s even more detailed.

One of the things that FTC expects is that the disclaimer is actually above, it’s not buried at the bottom of your website, in some corner. But it’s actually ahead of what people can see if they’re gonna click those links. Secondly, it actually is best to verbally disclose in the video, if a link is an affiliate link. That is another thing. Now, Amazon is probably not gonna actually be measuring those things. I’ll get exactly to your question, but those are some of the best practices.

YouTube also gives you a box you can check that says, includes paid promotion. Some people think, do I need to check that? Or you don’t, you’re not actually getting paid to promote anything. You may earn a commission if somebody clicks the link, but you should be fine there. And then across the board, depending on the website, depending on, it could be a blog, other websites like Facebook, different social media platforms might have different regulations about affiliate marketing.

And what can happen, is sometimes, especially when the channel is newer, sometimes it runs into issues. We’re maybe so established and we just have a good reputation with YouTube. And I don’t even know anyone, just their bots there.

The media has not had copyright strikes lately. They’re a healthy channel. We may be “get away with things” that maybe sometimes new channels, I don’t know. There are issues because of YouTube “Bots” and assumes this about other social media platforms. If a channel is brand new, sometimes it’s what they don’t want.

They don’t want black hat marketers, which simply means people with a scammy or spammy agenda, is to create a new channel, stuff links, try to rank videos, try to siphon dollars out of. You want to think about compliance and usually, if you’ve got a channel like crafting and custom cards and you’re creating good valuable content, you also should be fine in regards to those types of things. Now. Where Amazon gives you that open window of time, for those that want to sign up for the Amazon associates program, right? You sign up and a lot of times you’ll get approved quickly these days, but they say you have to make a certain number of qualified sales within a certain window of time.

It’s hard to say what those qualified sales are, for some, sometimes maybe what they try to do is, someone clicks. You click your own links to buy things. Maybe you don’t even mean to, or maybe somebody that is on your IP address or a similar IP address. And Amazon’s paying attention to those sales and does not qualify. The other thing is that it is very frustrating, when you are just starting out, it seems like you will see, okay, I made four sales, I made one sale. I made five sales and Amazon seems to, this is just kind of my opinion. I’m kind of going from conjecture here. If you don’t hit a critical mass of sales, maybe from a diverse source of buyers, meaning more than just a handful, then they don’t start crediting you yet. Like if you only make a couple of sales, they’re like, it’s not enough to hit qualification yet.

We have so many people that are making sales, like in our video Regular Academy program, and kind of running into this, I see there’s like six sales, but they say they’re not qualified. And of course, Amazon is always updating its terms of service and whatnot and they can say what a qualified sale is. That could also be, is sometimes you might make a sale but actually, it doesn’t relate to earning any money with affiliate marketing.

It could be someone who clicks your link, purchases, an Amazon prime movie rental for $499 and it’s a sale, but it’s actually not something that you earn anything from. That’s just another example. There’s a couple of things happening in the middle there. My final advice is to establish your channel, think about your disclaimers, always be above board. What we call “white hat online marketing” Which just means ethical, transparent versus black hat, and then just put out good content, but really grow your influence first.

Influence comes first, income comes second. In our video record Academy program, we talk about hitting around, making it a goal to have around 200 to 300 views of the video and to be making videos that directly lead to sales so that you’re not just making like a sale here or there, but you actually hit a tipping point of having some momentum on the channel and having videos that lead to sales, meaning videos that if you reviewed the best scissors for creating crafts and that actually had some serious traffic and interest around it.

That video is kinda like Jennifer from the sewing report in our community, she did a review of one of the best budget sewing machines. That video has like 80,000 views. And a lot of people are looking for it.

A lot of people want to know the budget machine. They find that it’s his brother’s machine, she teaches how to use it.

And she’s selling like a lot of sewing machines. She hit a tipping point of generating qualified sales and there is some sort of a tipping point that kicks your account over to Amazon’s like, okay, you’re good. And from there you just scale up – Are you curious about the programs and services here at Think?

Learn The 10 Legit Ways To Make Money And Passive Income Online


Did you know you can actually make money online? That’s absolutely right, and all you need is a computer or phone with internet access.

On the internet, there are two distinct ways of making money. The first way is active income. With active income, it’s like your normal 9 -5 job. You only get paid for the work you do. If you do not work, you don’t make money, as simple as that.

The second way is through passive income. This is my favorite method because, with active income, all you do is put in the work once, and the money, in theory, should keep rolling in, without you having to do any more work other than maybe promoting what you have made, or in some cases what other people have made.

1. Upworks.

Upworks is a website for freelancers. With upworks you are making active income. businesses and individuals post services on upworks that they would like to outsource such as article writing, video editing, app development, coding, there are tons of jobs and services being outsourced on upworks… The beauty of all this is its low barrier of entry, you just have to be good at something. If there is something that you are good at maybe graphic design or coding or just about any skill, head over to upworks and start making some money. Here’s a tip if you are considering working on upworks, have a robust profile that looks good.

This will drastically increase your likelihood of ever receiving job offers, from potential clients. Displaying your best work or highlighting specific experiences can and will help you stand out.

2. YouTube. Not a lot of people know this but, you can actually make money with YouTube.

If you are considering getting into YouTube to make money, make sure you understand one thing clearly. Thanks to the new rules, if you are planning on starting a brand new channel from scratch, you first have to reach the YouTube minimum threshold to get monetized. You will need 4000 watch hours, and 1000 subscribers in the last 12 months. Once you have reached that, you can get monetized, how much can you make on YouTube? Honestly, as much as you want!

As long as you keep uploading good content that people are willing to watch your golden, and the longer the video the more money you can expect to make… you can make anywhere from 1$ to thousands even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The more views you are getting, the more money you can expect to make, and also you get more subscribers! With YouTube, what you are earning is passive income, make a few videos and they should keep making you money consistently.

You can also make money with YouTube through paid sponsorships, but with paid sponsorships, you will need a large audience, usually a minimum of 10k subs to do that. You can also make money through affiliates, but we will get to that later…

3. Amazon.

Although Jeff Bazos, did start off the company selling books, amazon now sells almost anything you can think of. It’s not just a site for buying your favorite toys though, you can actually make money with amazon. And here’s three ways you how… The first way is Amazon Mturk – Mtruk is kind of like upworks, it’s a place where businesses outsource work that is too difficult for a computer program to do. Such as audio editing and transcribing, translating audio and video from different languages, testing webpages, writing reviews, and a whole lot of other services.

You can make as much as $20, $30 an hour, by working on a few different tasks.

This is a legit way of making money, and they do pay. This is active income though. The second way is Amazon kindle publishing. Turn your ideas into an eBook and make money today.

Every time you buy an ebook from amazon, amazon and the publisher make money, and you can too. The thing with kindle publishing is… you first need a book to sell. You can either write this book yourself or you can hire someone to write it for you. You don’t have to be an established author, or find a publishing company to do this. You can actually do this from the comfort of your home and start earning some passive income.

Sounds awesome right? and the best part is, it’s absolutely free, so sign up and start making some money.

Amazon takes care of the money-handling shenanigans… and you can sit back relax on your couch while making some good old… passive income. If you are really interested in kindle publishing, I highly recommend you do more research on this topic. You can find free videos and tutorials right here on YouTube that will teach you the basics.

If you want expert advice, you might have to first pay for a course.

I will link a really good one in the description if you are interested. Some people make over $100,000 publishing Kindle e-books on Amazon. It’s definitely a market to look into. The third way is Amazon associates program.

This is a very popular and easy way of earning passive income. All you do is sign up to the amazon associates program which is free, then you can pick from thousands of stuff amazon sells on their website and start promoting. Amazon will give you a special link, and every time someone buys through your link, Amazon will give you a commission anywhere from 5 – 10% of the sale. Amazon will pay you 60 days after a purchase and you can choose to be paid either through amazon gift cards, wire transfer to a bank account – although this is currently only available in the US but if you live outside America you can be paid via cheques, or you can have the money transferred to your amazon account and start buying stuff with it.

4. clickbank.

Clickbank is a marketplace for product creators and affiliates to make money online by selling their courses or services to the world. Clickbank only sells digital products, but the beauty about clickbank is that the commission payout is so much higher than that of Amazon. Some affiliates pay you as much as 75%, for selling their services, while others pays as low as 5%, so keep that in mind. But with that said, you can make some really good money on clickbank, hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Simply head over to clickbank, pick something to sale and start making money.

5. flippa.com

Flippa is the number one marketplace for buying and selling online businesses. It attracts a huge audience, and it offers great tools to increase visibility, it’s an auction site really much like eBay, for those selling and buying digital assets, such as websites, apps, domains, shopify stores, and amazon FBA accounts.

If you are good at making apps or even websites… you can actually sell it online and make some money. Or better yet, if you have some money lying around and you are interested in buying either websites, apps, or ecommerce stores… that are already making money, you can do so with flippa.

What happens is, you place a bid, much like eBay and if your bid is the highest, then congratulations because you just bought yourself an online business. You can also make money by selling online businesses. So that’s flippa for you.

6. Shutter stock. Basically shutter stock is a platform where you can buy or sell digital media. Such as pictures, music, and video clips. Mainly created by freelancers and third parties, so if you might be particularly good at photography taking amazing pictures and videos.

Or really good at making sick beats, you can monetize your talent on shutter stock. The way you make money with shutter stock is every time some purchases one of your pictures, you get paid a commission, usually a couple of cents to a few dollars, if you are lucky. The trick to making a lot of money with shutter stock is to consistently keep uploading high-quality images.

7. Rover.

Do you like pets? Dog in particular? If so, then you should probably check out rover. Rover is a dog sitting service, but this is currently only available in the US and Canada.

So if you live in any of those two countries then you can register as a dog sitter, and get paid for babysitting dogs.

You can make anywhere between 80 – $100 a night, just by watching someone’s dog! You can literally make hundreds of dollars a week by just babysitting someone’s pet. Now how about that for a deal?!

8. Takelessons.com

Take lessons is a website where you can teach any skill. Everyone has a skill, that they can teach, whether that might be, teaching someone a language, how to cook, how to play a musical instrument, how to solve complex math equations… and so much more. Anything that you think someone else might not know, you can teach people on takelessons, and start making money.

9. Fiverr.

You have probably heard of fivver mentioned a lot of times, because it’s a simple and easy site to start making money. But if you haven’t, basically it’s a freelance website where you can literally outsource anything and I mean anything… as long as its legal, for as little as $5 There are so many different ways to make money on fiverr, just to name a few.

You can do animations, Logo Design, Packaging Design, Web & Mobile Design, Social Media Design, Photoshop Editing, Architecture & Floor Planning, 3D Models & Product Design, T-Shirts & Merchandising, SEO and so much more. If there is anything that can be outsourced, you can most likely find it on fiver.

Head over and check out fiverr guys, it is a legit of making money.

10. Dropshipping.

With drop shipping, what you are basically doing is selling someone else stuff for a small or large profit without having to deal with the shipping. So basically you are acting like a broker or a middle man.

You can do this by opening up a shopify store and then linking it up with oberlo. Oberlo is basically an app that integrates with shopify, and it is what a lot of people use to source for stuff that they would like to sell in their stores. The basic principle of dropshipping is, you create a store or any channel where people can buy stuff from you. Then once they buy something from you, you pay the manufacturer, usually for a lot less than what you got it for, and then have the manufacturer ship it to the customer.

All without you ever seeing or touching the product.

The best part of dropshipping is that you set your own price of the product you want to sell, then take the profits and pay the manufacturer the rest. So yeah that’s dropshipping in a nutshell. If you are interested in drop shipping, there are a ton of tutorials here on YouTube, that will show you the step-by-step guide of creating your store, finding products, advertising, finding influencers, and finally shipping and getting paid. It’s a bit complicated to start, especially in the beginning, but you can make a ton of money… with drop shipping. With that said, thank you for watching guys, please subscribe, enable notification and I will see you on the next one.