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How a Musician Can Make Money #2 Affiliate Marketing (Part 1)

In the last post, we talked about monetization through merchandising and how on-demand printing in particular allows an artist to enter the t-shirt game with very little effort and sell their own branded merchandise without having to invest money upfront or deal with order fulfillment and shipping.

I revealed that Printful was my print on-demand provider of choice and that I had become an affiliate with them because they impressed me with their commitment to my success.

I promised to explain affiliate marketing in this post because it is an effective passive stream of income that musicians and other passion-based entrepreneurs are using to make dough from scratch just by talking about things that they use and pointing other people to a link.

Like so:

Now let's talk about what happens if anyone clicks one of your links and decides to create their own Printful store on your recommendation. You earn a 10% commission on all sales for 9 months once a customer signs up through your affiliate link. That seems pretty good to me.

Now you don’t get credited for sample orders. Also, commissions are credited after the order is fully shipped, not right after the sale and if the item is refunded then your commission is refunded as well. If the order includes taxes, these are excluded from the calculations, but discounts are included.

For example, let's say an affiliated customer’s order came in with the following breakdown:

SUBTOTAL: $15.00 DISCOUNT: -$3.00 ($12.00) SHIPPING & HANDLING: $5.00 TAX: $3.10 TOTAL: $20.10

In this example, your commission would be 10% of $12 ($1.20) rather than $20.10 ($2.01)


But you literally made money for nothing! Only thing left now is getting your clicks for free.

One way to accomplish that is to piece out your blog into bite-sized chunks and promise to reveal more in the next post. I will give some more examples of the affiliate programs I'm involved with that seem even even more approachable to the consumer and how to create content around the consumer you know the most about: yourself.

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