How to Make Money as an Affiliate Marketer in South Africa
Affiliate marketing is a huge worldwide industry and is probably the second biggest revenue platform on the Internet, second only to online advertising, which is predominantly dominated by Google, Facebook and a few other mega online publishing portals.
However, a large percentage of affiliate marketers make most of their money on these platforms too.
Right now the most lucrative strategy in this space relies on great content marketing and promoting your site and content on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and others through sending visitors to your site from these platforms, and then relying on them clicking on your Google Adsense adverts, at a cheaper cost per click than what Google pays you.
Starting out in affiliate marketing is hard and it will take you years to learn how to do it correctly. My best suggestion for someone starting out is to join up with an affiliate marketing and community that will help you get started by providing the right tools and tuition whilst providing a community of experience and successful affiliate marketers to lean on and provide mentorship.
There are two of these platforms that stand out head and shoulders above anything else and my recommendation is to not buy any tools or courses until you have looked at these two. They both have free and paid offerings, here is the link to Affilorama free and paid programme portal. The second option is the hugely successful Wealthy Affiliate, get your free account here.
If I had to recommend one of the two, it would be Wealthy Affiliate.
They provide you with 2 websites, affiliate boot camp training, 1 on 1 coaching and more in the free plan.
Getting back to South African affiliate marketing, we are way behind the rest of the big online commerce countries, like the United States, China, The United Kingdom, Australia and the rest of Europe.
What most people don’t realise is that Amazon is the world biggest affiliate marketing site. Even though they don’t deliver to South Africa, you can still cash in on being an affiliate, you just need to sell products to markets they do deliver to. Thus, you probably need to have a .com site.
In short, how it works is, if you have a blog, for example a DIY site and you publish a post on “How to build a treehouse”, you can have actual relevant Amazon products in your sidebar (eg. drills, treehouse plans, prepackaged wood kits etc) that your site visitors can click on and if they buy the product, you make a commission of around 3 to 4%.
That is only the start of it though, many Internet marketers, do sign-up deals with manufacturers and sell the manufacturer’s products on a drop ship basis and make huge profits.
They do not have to keep stock but make money on each sale, the reason that the manufacturer works with the affiliate marketer is that the affiliate marketer is much better at optimising the products exposure on Amazon and brings in a lot more sales than the manufacturers can do themselves.
You can also start your own online store in South Africa and find products to dropship.
In South Africa affiliate marketing has been very slow to take off, many online retailers have not woken up to the fact that affiliate marketers can mean huge business to them. For example, Takealot.com, South Africa’s largest online retailer does not offer a Takealot affiliate program in the same manner that Amazon does, perhaps that will change now that they have had a huge cash injection from Naspers, we will keep you posted.
There is some glimmer of hope, www.mantality.co.za, SA’s number 1 online store for men has an amazing affiliate program offering 12% for starters and going up to 15%. Get in there if you are active in this space. You may also want to give Loot a try here is the info on their affiliate program.
There is one affiliate network in South Africa that does offer some lucrative affiliate commissions. Give OfferForge a try. For the others, it’s too soon to recommend them.
Making money as an affiliate marketer in South Africa is about a lot more than just these options though.
By definition affiliate marketing or online business systems include, ebooks, online courses, webinars, teleseminars,, digital products, information products, eCommerce, blogging, affiliate product re-sales, cost per action, cost per click, membership sites/ subscriptions, audio programs, podcasts, coaching, certifications, masterminds, mobile apps and tools.
The most lucrative method is to design your own information product, that you launch via affiliate marketing networks such as JVZoo, Clickbank, CJ affiliates and many others.
The idea is to have a core product plus upsells and down sells that maximise your profit. You then utilise other affiliate marketers networks to sell your product, usually at a 50% profit share ratio.
This is where the real money gets made because you are leveraging the client lists of other affiliate marketers and if you get the right ones to promote your product, you are in for a big payday.