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How to Use Twitter for Affiliate Marketing

Mark Apletree

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Twitter is a powerful force to be reckoned with.

It boasts 192 million active users daily and 500 million tweets per day. Twitter is a great place to find celebrities, politicians, and even well-known scientists.

You could have access to millions of people, even if only a fraction clicks on your link or visits your blog.

This could provide a solid boost in your commissions. Which platform should you use? You can choose from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Are you thinking about how you can use social media to promote your affiliate marketing campaigns?

Twitter works differently from other platforms, which can make it challenging using Twitter for affiliate tasks. I’ll show you how easy it is using Twitter for affiliate marketing, and I’ll explain why.

Let’s get to it.

What is Twitter?

Twitter marketing is a great way to get the most out of it. You need to be concise and answer followers’ questions immediately.

Twitter on a light blue bannerTwitter is different from other social media platforms in that it has a limit to how many characters you can use per post.

It allows you using 280 characters instead of the 140 you get in a Facebook post.

This makes sense, as Twitter was initially intended to be a platform for sharing news. Twitter’s short tweets are the perfect length to describe an event and then publish it immediately quickly.

It boasts around 330 million monthly active users. This means that Twitter has the potential for millions of people to post, read, and share tweets every day.

It is a great place to promote affiliate products or find new followers.

How do you get people to visit your blog and click the affiliate link since any link, even a shorter one, eats up all the characters?

The Intricacies of Affiliate Marketing on Twitter

Just write your first post and include an affiliate link. Then wait for people who follow you.

No matter what platform you use, a profile that contains only affiliate links will be deemed spam.

You should spend time creating your profile and building up a follower base. You may be wondering how you can do this. These are six things that you need to do to start marketing on Twitter.

1. Use Hashtags to Your Advantage

If you want people to find your posts quickly, it is essential to learn how using hashtags correctly.

# twitter bannerBut how do you find the most relevant hashtags? It’s simple. Look at the words and phrases that are used frequently by people in your niche.

Also, you can search for terms that are commonly used in your niche and alter them to make it easier for your followers to find your posts.

You are probably familiar with how Twitter hashtags work.

For example #wealthyaffilite would take you to my Wealthy Affiliate review post.

Clicking on one of the hashtags will instantly bring up a list of posts that include that hashtag. You can then sort these posts in any order you like. You can easily find posts on a specific topic by using hashtags.

How many of you have seen posts with ten or more hashtags that aren’t related. Your content shouldn’t feel spammy, so limit the number of hashtags you use in a single post.

2. Keep an Eye out for Your Competition

Analyzing your competitors’ posts will allow you to determine what works for them and how you can modify these ideas to suit your profile.

What hashtags do they use? What are their methods of promoting their posts? What number of comments or retweets do they have? What’s the other great thing about Twitter?

You can use Twitter to find out what your competitors are doing, and you can learn from their successes and failures. To see their posts, search for them and follow them.

3. Participate in Relevant Groups and Discuss Important Topics

Once you have more followers, start to interact with them. For example, if someone tweets about your post, you can reply or like it.

Find chats and threads relevant to your company’s goals and get involved by responding to tweets, asking questions, and sharing posts from others.

It is also an excellent idea to follow similar users and reply to them often. This will increase your profile’s visibility to their followers and even lead them to visit your profile.

Twitter’s primary advantage is the ability to see anyone’s profile and send messages to anyone without having to be “friends.” However, this doesn’t allow you to spam people with affiliate links.

Like all social media channels, it is essential to establish relationships with Twitter users in your industry. Being active and helpful is the best way to do this.

4. Complete Your Twitter Bio

When someone clicks on your profile, they will see your photo and bio. This is the only way they can decide if they want to follow or not.

People will be wary of blank profiles without a description or photo, as bots are now suspected to account for almost half of Twitter accounts.

You’ll need to think about showing your personality to encourage others to follow you within the 160 character limit.

You should also include a link to a blog or website you wish other people to visit in your bio. But be cautious. This will make your character limit more limited, so you should be careful about what you tell your followers when they meet you.

5. Build Your Follower Base

You might be tempted to purchase “packs” of followers to improve your account’s look. But that’s not a good idea.

crowd of people with hands in the airMany fake or inactive accounts are common among “packs of followers,” and Twitter users can easily spot them. If you have 20k followers but no one replies to your messages, it is clear that your “followers” are not real.

You need to have an audience that can tell you about your new product or service to get affiliate sales via Twitter.

You could post “into the space,” but it is unlikely you will see any clicks. Your post will likely be lost among the many other tweets.

Twitter users are often interested in how many followers a profile has and whether someone they know follows it.

There is no shortcut. Followers who interact with your posts will click on your affiliate links. This is why you should put in the effort.

6. Tweet Ads

Promoted tweets can be likened, shared, and replied to just like regular tweets.

They will be labeled “Promoted” in the upper left corner. Promoted tweets cost between $0.50 and $2.00 per the first action. You need to consider this if you want to increase the number of people who find your posts.

You can use Twitter Ads to promote your posts, drive traffic to your profile, and make a small amount of money if you have some spare cash.

Your tweets will appear in search results and the Twitter feeds of people following you or who have searched for specific hashtags recently.

However, your efforts should not be limited to just promoting your posts. You can create campaigns within the Twitter Ads settings that focus on video promotion, increasing downloads, and building brand awareness.


Although it may not be as effective as Instagram or Facebook, you can find new followers and promote your channel or blog on Twitter. This will help you get more sales.

It may take quite a long time to master the art of creating short but powerful tweets for your audience, but once you do, reaching out to the right people, increasing brand awareness, and keeping your followers updated will be easy.

If you want to tweet your own website, then read about Wealthy Affiliate and how you can create a website for free in just 30 seconds along with the free 7-day trial to see if this is for you.

Did you find this article useful? Feel free to share your thoughts. We would be happy to hear from you!

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CEO and Founder of The Retired Affiliates

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12 thoughts on “How to Use Twitter for Affiliate Marketing”

  1. I have used Twitter in order to promote my website content, I love never really thought of it as a direct promotion tool for affiliate marketing. I really appreciate the details given in this article, because it will not only enhance how I currently use Twitter, but I recognize that I can use it more effectively in my affiliate marketing. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hi Mark. Twitter is a good tool to promote our business. I have only been using Instagram so far. But currently, competition is fierce on Twitter. So, there is less potential On Twitter. But there is also less competition. I will pay close attention to hashtags and learn from my competitor’s experience.

  3. Twitter how little I used it
    , how much use it can bring, with this article, how much experience means!
    I need to form a fully automated habit of using TWitter, with the tips here.
    Efficiency with Twitter I see now that it comes through hard work, not by chance.
    Useful article, but I must admit that I was superficial in this area, I did not do research for the effective use of Twitter.
    I once went on Twitter and asked for my password, which he had forgotten so I got hurt,

  4. Thank you for the very comprehensive discussion of Twitter and how to use it effectively. I am not a huge fan of social media at all and have never figured out how to properly use it to for promotion purposes. I know I’ve got to start getting more social and this is a great way to get started. 

  5. Hi Mark, Twitter does offer an opportunity to reach larger audiences. Affiliate marketing with Twitter is a different ball game altogether. Affiliate marketing on Twitter requires understanding the Twitter platform, understanding the audience’s needs, requirements and etiquettes.

    I think creating engaging tweets that make use of images and videos is a great way to promote affiliate products or services on Twitter. In my opinion, Affiliate marketing on Twitter is a different challenge but one that can be very worthwhile.

    Thanks a lot for sharing six helpful tips to start marketing on Twitter. Much appreciated.

  6. Hi Mark, this is a very helpful post on using Twitter for affiliate marketing and I learnt from it that it is possible. I am not currently using Twitter, mainly Pinterest and a bit of Instagram and Facebook. Competition is very fierce on these social media platforms. I will have a closer look at Twitter and finish setting up my bio. Interesting about the use of hashtags and not to have too many. Thanks for sharing. 

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