Let’s be honest, it’s nice when things are easy.
We can’t always expect things to be easy, and a lot of the best things in life can’t be had without going through more difficult things first. Growing, learning, advancing… forward motion in general comes with effort. Starting a business, which is something that Young Retiree is completely centered around, comes with a lot of work. People who go into thiings like affiliate marketing expecting it to be easy never survive. Most burn out before they make their first dollar, let alone go full time or cross their first $100,000.
But good gracious is it nice when, for once in a million years, some things are easy.
That’s why I picked out these affiliate programs. These are the easiest affiliate programs to promote!
Why Are They Easy?
A lot of the things that we promote as affiliate marketers are really great products. Honestly, if you know that they AREN’T great products, or if you haven’t at least tested them to prove that they’re good products for yourself, you probably shouldn’t be promoting them in the first place.
But no matter how good a product is, it’s VERY hard to convince people to part with their money. No matter how good the investment is, no matter how many options and opportunities the investment offers, as soon as it’s time to sign on the dotted line or get out their debit cards, even the most interested readers, store visitors, and customers will quickly run for the hills.
When I first launched my Shopify store, and landed over $500 in sales within the first 10 hours of business, I was beyond excited to start promoting Shopify as an affiliate marketer. And with a minimum commission of $60 per sale (and a maxmium of over $2,000 per sale), it was a great opportunity.
Now I’m not saying Shopify promotion was bad, but it was rough. A dozen affiliate referrals came in the blink of an eye, and I just watched one free trial after another expire. Every referral gave up their store, and never continued to paid membership.
That’s why the easiest affiliate programs for promotion are the ones that offer something good completely free.
Ok, this is Ebates in a nutshell. If you EVER shop online, and don’t use Ebates while doing it, you are literally throwing money away. You mind as well be taking a pile of cash, take out a lighter, and burn the whole thing in a heap in your backyard. Shopping online without Ebates is completely ridiculous.
The reason for this is because it’s a free attachment to your browser bar, and every time you shop online (from Amazon to hotel bookings), they send you a check with a little bonus money back. While this is only small amounts of money on Amazon, some of these cash back offers have paid me 50% OF THE ENTIRE COST OF MY PURCHASE in cash back, and I would have gotten none of it if I just… you know… bought it without the Ebates attachment.
Ebates is free because Ebates gets a commission from every webstore they associate with when you shop online. They get a bonus for recommending you to the store, and then they share their bonus with you.
Ebates pays you $25 every time you refer someone to them. Get just 4 signups and there’s $100. Get 40, and there’s a cool $1,000. A grand. The reason this is so easy to promote is probably pretty obvious. You’re recommending that people get something that they don’t even have to pay for. And it PAYS THEM! Even for people who don’t do much online shopping, they have nothing to lose by getting it, and the next time they buy a last minute Christmas present online, a check will show up in the mail and make their day.
Join Ebates and text a few friends the link. It’s the fastest and easiest $100 there is.
Ibotta is like Ebates in many ways. It’s a cash back app that’s super easy to use, totally free, and it pays you for groceries that YOU’RE ALREADY BUYING ANYWAY.
Ibotta pays between $5 and $25 depending on the time for referring them. And you don’t even have to bother using it to promote them. Just join it, and download the app, to start sending your link out or promoting on your social media and/or blog. I have friends who have made over $20,000 by promoting Ibotta in the last couple years.
Ibotta isn’t quite as passive as Ebates, but it pays great on even more regular expenses. I get paid cash every single week by my own Ibotta app, just by scanning a few receipts and a few barcodes of my groceries. I’ve gotten $0.25 for buying my milk, $1.00 for buying my cereal, and $2.50 just for buying my usual hair gel and migraine medication. If I’m regularly using it I can regularly put an extra $20 in my pocket every month.
It’s an even easier sell than it is to use. Your Mom, your Aunts, your friends, and whoever follows your social media and affiliate marketing platforms could all make use of it. All they need to do is need food. Non grocery shoppers need not apply.
Join the program and try it out! It’s an easy sell.
Paid survey sites make people very skeptical. I get that, they make me skeptical too. In fact, I’ve wasted hours and hours on survey sites only to be paid pennies.
But after trying one horrible survey site after another, I DID eventually find a few that really paid. PaidViewpoint is one of those sites. It’s one of the few survey sites that never screens you out of surveys. So you will never run the risk of starting a survey, only to be told you don’t qualify and get no pay for your wasted time.
If you have friends or people that you promote to as an affiliate marketer, chances are that hundreds of them are looking for some ways to make a little extra cash easy. PaidVewpoint is one of the highest paying survey sites on the entire internet for referrals (possibly the highest paying of all). You can make up to $25 for every referral (as long as they actually use it). Like Ebates, only 4 referrals will get you an easy $100.
Swagbucks is one of those money earning sites that you never stop hearing about. It seems like everyone is using it. Once you get the hang of using Swagbucks you can make a lot of money with it! Instead of doing the surveys, you can try free trials of things like Hulu and get paid for it.
Within a month of trying Swagbucks (which is always free), I was sent over $120 through PayPal just for trying a few free trials. If you use it right, it really pays!
Swagbucks is also one of the best sites to refer. I know several bloggers who make full time, 6 figure incomes just for promoting Swagbucks on their blogs. Though Swagbucks technically just pays $3 up front for each referral, they also pay you a 10% bonus on everything that your referrals make… forever.
So say each person you refer to Swagbucks brings in about $30 every month (which is easy to do, I do it myself and that’s not including referrals). You get $3 every month. The more people you refer the more it adds up. My fellow bloggers who have over 5,000 referrals to Swagbucks, for example, would be doing around $15,000 a month just on their referrals passive micro earning.
5,000 referrals might be a lofty goal, but don’t undervalue these little referral programs. Swagbucks is a stupid easy sell.
Changing The Way We Think About Marketing
Many affiliate marketers think that they’re wasting their time and efforts if they’re not promoting high ticket affiliate programs. They’re missing out on enormous earning opportunities! Many of the most successful bloggers in the world of affiliate marketing are promoting nothing EXCEPT Swagbucks and Ebates. This is because it’s extremely easy to turn the majority of your readers into sign ups. It costs them nothing. It costs you nothing. Everyone’s making money. Everyone’s happy.
Selling higher ticket items essentially requires having an emailing list. If you don’t have a solid following on email, Pinterest, and everywhere else, higher ticket sales with almost never happen. Hoping to get a high cost/high pay sale from someone just visitng your page off a Google search is like asking someone to marry you on your first date. Unless you’re watching a 50’s era Disney movie those things don’t tend to work out. And that goes for marketing too.
Try these out! You may find some easy sales coming your way. One of my business mentors told me once, if you want to make a million dollars, you just need $1 from a million people. With 3.75 billion people on the internet, there are easy sales waiting for you.