Affiliate marketing is a buzz word that trends from time to time. The possibility of making money online through their website, YouTube or Social Media has always attracted users. But what is affiliate marketing? Is it possible to do in South Africa?
While affiliate marketing in South Africa is possible, you need to take a different approach as it can be difficult to work with Amazon due to the importing issues. While it is possible, and many have made a success of it, we have found it to be difficult.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate Marketing is basically a referral program. You send people to an affiliates website and they pay you a commission. This commission could be a percentage of the sale or a fixed fee for the referral. For people with big audiences like YouTubers and Bloggers, this can make up a large portion of their income.
Affiliate marketing is popular especially in the US. But is it possible to make a success of it in South Africa?
Affiliate Marketing South Africa
Affiliate Marketing in South Africa is possible thanks to new suppliers popping up every month. We have yet to find a mass retailer besides Loot.co.za who offers an affiliate program, but we are hoping this will change with time.
One of our favourite Affiliate Marketing Marketplaces is Affiliate.co.za. They have a wide array of deals from Insurance Leads to Net Florist. This can help you find the right deal for your business or blog to suit your audience.
How do you make Money off Affiliate Marketing?
There are a number of ways to make money with affiliate marketing. If you have a YouTube channel you could mention a product during your video and add the link below. This way when a person uses your link you could earn a commission.
Another way is using a blog where you can mention a product you are using. For example, we use 1-Grid to do all our website hosting. As you can see, we added an affiliate link to the keyword that allows you to check out their product and can pay us a commission if you make a purchase. This is a less invasive way to make money with affiliate marketing.
The hardest part of affiliate marketing is getting the traffic. This can take time and skill to create value that people want to read/ watch before looking at your affiliate links.
Affiliate Marketing in South Africa is a great way to making some extra income from your blog or YouTube channel. It also can help you to avoid having to use ads as a source of revenue. Check out Affiliate.co.za and see if there is a deal that suits you!
Brad is the Founder and CEO of BRBD Marketing. He is passionate about growing small businesses through ethical value marketing. Brad’s specialities lie in Writing, SEO and Digital Marketing.