How To Get Unlimited Free App Downloads Using Affiliate Marketing

Stop wasting time and money paying for app installs!
There are other ways to get traffic and scale your app business.
Like…
Letting others market your app for free in return for paying them a percentage of all sales made.
Who are these magical traffic minions? They’re called affiliates.
Affiliates are influencers, brands, and everyday people who promote your app in exchange for a small commission.  And they’re ready and willing to partner with you!
Using affiliates, I’ve increased my apps exposure by more than 100X and made thousands of dollars. 
An affiliate can be anyone:

  • an indie blogger
  • an ecommerce website
  • an email list
  • any instagram//youtube//facebook/snapchat//twitter accounts
  • even your next door neighbor

Here’s how to manage affiliates within your app business:

Using unique tracking hyperlinks, you can track an app’s Impressions, DownloadsSales and Sessions.

Here’s an example of what an affiliate link looks like:

https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1202710119?pt=118543279&ct=TestAffiliate1&mt=8

With the unique tracking link above, a blogger can paste the link in their article.  A Facebook influencer can pin a video post to the top of their feed and embed the affiliate link.  Even your old college roommate can post their link in Snapchat!

If the visitor actually buys the app, the sale will be attributed to the affiliate.

Here’s the coolest part…
There are NO LIMITS to how many affiliate campaigns you can run!  You can have dozens, even HUNDREDS of affiliates all promoting your app.
That means unlimited traffic.
Keep reading to create your own affiliate powerhouse!

I’m Ready to Scale My Business!

Creating affiliate links for iOS requires ZERO code work and takes less than 10 seconds.
Here are the steps:

STEP 1: Log Into iTunes Connect

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STEP 2: Click App Analytics

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STEP 3: Select Your App

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STEP 4: Click Sources

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STEP 5: Select Campaigns

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STEP 6: Click Generate A Campaign Link

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STEP 7: Name Your Campaign

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STEP 8: Copy The Generated Link

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STEP 9: Send The Generated Link To Your Affiliate

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STEP 10: Record & Create More!

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Click Here to download the tracking Google Sheet above.
NOTE: Analytics from your Generated Link will become available after 24 hours and after at least 1 install has been recorded

For Android…

As of now, you cannot generate affiliate links directly in the Google Play and Amazon developer portals.
But the good news is, it’s easy to manually create unique tracking links.    Here are a few tracking services I’ve used:

NOTE: tracking Clicks does not require any code work, but if you want to track app Installs, you need to add a few lines of code to your project.

Next Steps

Moving along!
After you’ve created unique tracking links, start sending them out.
To who?
EVERYONE!
Creating an affiliate program has helped scale my app business.  I’ve used affiliates to scale my apps to bring in consistent traffic.  From there, I optimize and find new affiliates to take my apps to the NEXT milestone.
Click Here for the 5 steps I use to find affiliates to promote my apps.
Let’s do this!
-Mark
 
PS: Have a question about affiliates? Leave a comment below and I’ll send you a personal response 🙂

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