What is an Affiliate?
An affiliate is someone who tells their friends, their email lists, their Twitter followers and Facebook friends about someone else’s videos, articles, products or services. Guess what? Most of you are already doing this! When you click Like or Share… When you re-post something or re-Tweet… You’re ostensibly being an affiliate for someone else’s stuff.
The twist (the kinky part, if you will) is that, as a “true” affiliate, you share things of mine you think are valuable/useful using a special link –your own, personal affiliate link– which my Affiliate Program can track. When any of your friends and followers click on your personal affiliate link (or when one of them sends YOUR affiliate link someone they know), that click is tracked and if they buy something from me (assuming your link is the first link they use to get to my product or site), YOU get credit for telling them and YOU get paid. Edgy, right?
This Sounds Super Complicated!
LOL! It’s not actually. The computer geeks of the world have already done all the work for us! And we promise to make it super easy on you. I will walk you through it all, and even send you your affiliate links after you sign up. Just breathe. We got’cha.
Why Should I Bother?
In addition to making it really simple for you, it’s totally worth it because you can make some money doing what you’re already doing, which is sharing valuable information with your communities, friends, and peers!
I used to think affiliate programs were sketchy, but that was because I was running into people who were sketchy affiliate marketers, people who were out to make a quick dollar off a pushy salesy, hard-sell approach rather than take the time to improve the value and quality of people’s lives… Once I met people who were creating kick-ass content and products, people who stood behind their products and services 100% and who would rather have a customer not buy from them rather than resort to weird sales tactics… Well, that’s when I was able to see the value in affiliate programs.
For those of you who believe in the stuff I create SO much that you’re willing to recommend it to YOUR friends, to essentially risk your reputation, well, I feel like the least I can do it repay you somehow! And guess what? Affiliate programs allow me to do that in an easy and powerful way!
Interesting geeky factoid: Some people make more being an affiliate than they do selling their own products. Cathy of TheIntimacyDojo (my original affiliate manager who launched my 1st affilate program back in 2012—Thank you, Cathy!), gave me permission to share that she made over $1600 by including one of Brendan Burchard’s links with a couple of sentences at the top of her newsletter. That doesn’t mean you should quit your day job- just that this can be worth doing!
here are affiliate training interviews and ideas for those who are interested in such things put them HERE. So, if you’re geeky and want to learn more, you can.
To become an affiliate, signup up at ENTER LINK OR FORM
You’ll need to enter your full name, mailing address, PayPal address* and EIN* number (see the info at the bottom of this post if you want to know more). If you need help, you can send your questions on the contact us page.
That’s it! Easy!
To set up your affiliate account, you’ll need 3 things:
1) Your full name and address
2) The email you use for PayPal payments*
If you don’t have one, you can set one up at no cost in 5 minutes at PayPal.com
Advice from Reid Mihalko: Regarding PayPal… If you have the word “sex” in your email URL like I do, since PayPal’s been known to shut down accounts of a sexual nature, do what Richard Anton Diaz of SexySpirits.com advised me of doing, which is using a “safer” email addy, one without the word sex in it. I ended up using [email protected] rather than my standard ReidAboutSex.com addy. Just sound advice.
For this affiliate program, you must have a verifiable PayPal account. If you don’t, the system won’t let you become an affiliate.
y 3) Your EIN or Social Security number. Affiliate forms require this. (For non-US citizens or green-card holders, you may leave this blank)*
We strongly recommend you use an EIN Number to protect your Social Security number. You could get one at no charge, immediately, at https://sa2.www4.irs.gov/modiein/individual/index.jsp
We’re excited to have you as an affiliate. Welcome.