When you decide to promote, or point traffic to, eBay.com, you’ll use an affiliate link. An affiliate link includes a unique ID given to you by the merchant – at EPN, we call this a Campaign ID. Then, when someone clicks on your affiliate link, the affiliate ID gets stored on that person’s browser within a text file known as a cookie. The EPN cookie contains several pieces of information, called “parameters”, including Campaign ID, to help us track the eBay shopping activity of users after they click on your link to ensure you get paid a commission.affiliate-tracking
For example, automated sales emails that are made to look like genuine emails might be useful once or twice, but as a regular occurrence, they will likely be seen as cheap and inauthentic. Moreover, these types of emails are borderline illegal in Canada due to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which states that it is a violation to send an email (or other electronic communications) to a person unless they have consented to receive it. And automated sales emails may potentially be in violation, as the person who sent an email and the person it was sent on behalf of must be disclosed. Furthermore, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enacted its own standards in 2018 that impact email marketing.
On the other hand, the modestly-priced, regularly updated Super Affiliate Handbook is by far the most comprehensive on the subject of affiliate marketing, which explains why affiliate marketing professioanls, such as affiliate network and independent program managers as well as merchants with affiliate programs also have a copy of the Super Affiliate Handbook.
First of all, BuzzFeed has awesome subject lines and preview text. They are always short and punchy -- which fits in perfectly with the rest of BuzzFeed's content. I especially love how the preview text will accompany the subject line. For example, if the subject line is a question, the preview text is the answer. Or if the subject line is a command (like the one below), the preview text seems like the next logical thought right after it:
Let’s explore several promising PPL affiliate programs. You’ll find these programs listed on the top affiliate networks, for example, FlexOffers, ShareASale, and CJ. ShareASale lists more than 300 PPL programs. I omitted PPL programs for personal finance, investing, trading, debt, insurance, and travel, but many merchants in these categories offer high payouts for leads. For example, Acorns pays $4 per lead, Digit ($10), Ally Invest ($45), Upgrade ($60), and Personal Capital ($100). Merchants typically list their affiliate programs in menus found at the top or bottom of pages.
In some cases, the purchaser arrives at a page where the affiliate cookie gets set, then leaves and makes a purchase via the PPC channel sometime before the affiliate cookie expires. Other times, the purchaser may click a PPC link, fail to make a purchase, but later purchase via an affiliate link. In both scenarios, the affiliate marketing channel played a part in the sale, but the role was different.
This topic is extremely broad; there are countless strategies for increasing visibility (and ultimately click rate) on your affiliate links, ranging from incorporating links into your content to sending emails to your newsletter list. Check out some of the affiliate marketing gurus on our Best Monetization Blogs overview for an extensive supply of tips and tricks for boosting the number of clicks your affiliate links receive.
Take the email below from Paperless Post, for example. I love the header of this email: It provides a clear CTA that includes a sense of urgency. Then, the subheader asks a question that forces recipients to think to themselves, "Wait, when is Mother's Day again? Did I buy Mom a card?" Below this copy, the simple grid design is both easy to scan and quite visually appealing. Each card picture is a CTA in and of itself -- click on any one of them, and you'll be taken to a purchase page.