Affiliate marketing: how to kill it at being an affiliate Christine Ottoni • April 3, 2018 if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?> endif; ?> Getting started with affiliate marketing It’s likely that eventually in your life, you’ll have to have a job. Look, we can’t all invent something incredible and become overnight millionaires (although, props to you, if you have). Affiliate marketing, where people earn bounties or credit from businesses for every new customer they send the business’ way, is a great side hustle and even full-time gig for savvy self-marketers, promoters and entrepreneurs. You might have some friends who blog and make money reviewing brands and products. Maybe you’ve even given some thought to working as an affiliate yourself. We’ll share some basic tools of the trade for beginners to affiliate marketing. Align yourself with brands you know When you’re looking for a brand, product or service to align yourself with, its best to pick ones you know and love. You’re on the Ting blog and Ting has a pretty sweet affiliate program. Just saying. By choosing brands you love, you’re able to rep them honestly. You’re totally confident and comfortable talking up the finer points, including the features, any technical elements and possible drawbacks (more on possible drawbacks below). Your marketing toolkit Social media, a blog, email marketing and streaming. These are the tools of the affiliate marketer. There are a ton of free social and content services that help you get your message out there. You’ll want to expand your repertoire so you can develop a network of people who might be interested in the products you rep. The more niche your network or community, the better chance of getting your affiliate codes into the hands of people who will use them. For example, if you’re working exclusively with products for new parents, you’ll want to connect with people who are expecting kids. Your elevator pitch There’s something to be said about a great elevator pitch. It’s attention-grabbing, it speaks to a problem you have and it poses a relatively simple solution. An amazing elevator pitch leaves you wanting to hear more. Succinctly pitching a product or service can go a long way when it comes to the world of affiliate marketing and harnessing the power of social media, where every character counts. We asked Ting customers what their sales pitch is when they refer friends to Ting. See what they had to say. Honesty is the best policy The more you like a product, the better you’ll be at pitching it to people. There’s a lot to say about being honest about the positives and drawbacks of whatever you’re promoting. Nothing is perfect, and developing a reputation of honesty in your networks will help your potential bounties make the best decisions for them, and even share your code with others. Work with Ting Have you had some success referring your friends to Ting? Got a platform as a streamer, blogger or on social media? Want to turn your passion into a source of income? Consider working with Ting. Check out our affiliate program and see if we’re right for you. Get started What does it take to be a Ting affiliate? To put it plainly, a website, blog or social media presence that earns you traffic. If you don’t have any of those, don’t worry. You can still earn referral credit with our Refer a Friend program. Check out this article on how to get your referral code out there.