Leveraging Affiliate Marketing as a Designer: An Ethical Approach

Leveraging Affiliate Marketing as a Designer: An Ethical Approach

In today’s digital age, designers have more opportunities than ever to diversify their income streams. One avenue that’s gaining traction is affiliate marketing. For those unfamiliar with the term, affiliate marketing involves promoting other people’s products and earning a commission for every sale made through your referral link. But how can designers specifically benefit from this? And more importantly, how can they do it ethically?
Because, after all, we need to keep in mind that the product we promote is not our own. Therefore it’s best if you just promote what you have used or use yourself. My rule here is: I just post products on my 

Affiliate marketing is essentially a partnership between a product creator and a promoter (the affiliate). The affiliate promotes the product, and for every sale made through their unique referral link, they earn a commission. This model is beneficial for both parties: the product creator gets more visibility and sales, and the affiliate earns a passive income.
But it’s also beneficial for the customer. They can have a look at the product and learn more about the ins and outs bevor they purchase it. And while they get all the information purchasing over the affiliate link doesn’t cost them a single cent!

Affiliate marketing sometimes gets a bad rap due to affiliates who promote products solely for financial gain, regardless of the product’s quality. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s how you can ensure you’re engaging in ethical affiliate marketing:

For many people Affiliate Marketing is their stand-alone business model. And it can be totally. You build trust with your audience by giving them a honest overview of the product they want to purchase and beside that you can design your own products from it because all the products you can purchase on the big sites come with a Commercial Use License. 

You can learn more about this and other business models for designers at the Safari Lounge Designer Classes!

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