In this video, I’m going to be discussing affiliate marketing on youtube…

More specifically i’ll be addressing a question I get all the time, which is… Are affiliate links allowed on youtube?

Stay tuned for the answer to that and more about using affiliate links for affiliate marketing…

Ok so many people just getting started with affiliate marketing often ask me if they are allowed to put affiliate links on their youtube channel.  The simple answer to that is YES…

However, you should always use a link shortener to generate your link… And a link shortener does exactly that.. it just shortens the length of your affiliate link. The reason this is important is because if you leave the affiliate link “as is”, it will usually be really long, not easy to remember and can look spammy.

Also if you use a link shortener, you can create custom branded URLs with the right shortener. Another benefit of using a link shortener is that you can track engagement with. your links and make improvements to your marketing campaign.

There are lots of link shorteners on the market and Ill be showing you 2 of the most popular link shorteners you can use….

But for now, I want to talk about Amazon affiliate program because they actually make this very simple for you because they have a link shortener built right into their affiliate program.

There are actually 2 methods to accomplish this.

#1. Using a WordPress plug in

#2. Use link shortener websites.

As i mentioned, there are many link shorteners you can use for both of these methods, and today I’m going to show you an example of each…

OK so the example I want to show you for a wordpress plugin is called pretty links. So if have a wordpress website, you might want to use pretty links… this is great because it automatically shrinks your link with your custom domain.

Ok so the second method is using online sites that generate short links for you…. The example i want to show you is… Bit.ly

This is one of the most popular because you don’t even need an account to use it and you can create as many short links that. you want.

Also, all the links you create with Bit.ly is encrypted with HTTPS to protect agains any third party hacking.

In other words, you don’t need to worry about having your short links hacked and taking your visitors somewhere else. So as an example I will put in this really long amazon link and shorten it….

As i mentioned, you can brand your custom domain as well. So that’s what you need to know about using affiliate links in youtube or any other platform.

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