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Crafty Ways to Earn Affiliate Commissions in Everyday Life


When I first started putting together this post I wanted to use the word “sly” to describe the techniques you could use in everyday life to earn affiliate commissions. However, sly is cunning but also has the connotation of being deceitful and that’s not what we’re going for with these tactics.

You know affiliate marketing so naturally you are aware of the online retailers that offer products and services; these are products people buy or subscribe to but often do so through physical locations because many still don’t know how to search the Web effectively for great deals.

When you go through your normal routine and really start to tune in you will notice that there are opportunities all around you to pitch an affiliate offer which brings me to the very tactics you could use to bump those commissions:


Offer to help find them better deals online

This one is easy because you already know how to dig around the Web and use search engines to your advantage.

Hop on over to an affiliate program or marketplace that has affiliate options whenever someone brings up the idea of buying a product or subscribing to a service so that you may find coupons and give them the direct link right before they make the purchase.


Encourage shopping through your links

Think about how many friends, family members, and acquaintances you know that are probably out there buying stuff through Amazon. Whenever they’re ready they’ll just type in (or find an Amazon page in search) and go through the checkout process.

A crafty way to earn easy commissions is to encourage them to set the default link to Amazon as your affiliate link so each time they do go to the marketplace you will automatically get the affiliate cookie (and the best part is that it doesn’t disrupt anything on their end).


Make a point to mention items with your hobby

We all have hobbies like photography, train sets, sports, or whatever. When we share pictures and video of our hobbies we normally just record it through our phone (or a dedicated video camera) and share it on social networks.

All you need to do, next time, is to keep affiliate marketing in mind so when you are showing off your hobby you could make mention of the camera you used, online site where you purchase trains, where you buy your sporting equipment, and the like. You could do a quick edit to throw in an affiliate link on the video and in the description this way if anyone asks you can just point them to the link.


Host a club or get together

Maybe you have a weekly trivia night, monthly sewing circle, quarterly book club, or whatever you’ve got going on. If you’re hosting these events you normally would pass out information to those attending (such as the books on the list).

Instead of just going with the basic information consider including links to where people can find these resources and then do a follow-up email with all that info after the event. Everyone will be interested since you’re talking about it during the event and once they get home they’re probably ready to go over to a site and buy something mentioned – that could be through your affiliate link which means $$$.


You don’t need to be sleazy with it. Casually mention the places where they can find items and just give them your link. Hell, tell them straight up that you will receive a cut and would be willing to share it with them – what are they going to say? No? Of course not.

There are opportunities all around us when we keep that affiliate mindset during our everyday routine. Put it to good work and you’ll create new revenue streams from activities you’re already doing.


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