For a U.S. based affiliate marketer, the taxes on affiliate marketers can be daunting and time consuming to navigate. Many affiliate marketers fail to understand what the taxes on affiliate marketers are, and how to pay them in a legal and compliant manner. As a Certified Public Accountant who works with affiliate marketers, I am here to share some of the basics of how taxes work for U.S. based affiliate marketers.
Let’s say you have a promotions page where you’re promoting a product via affiliate links. If you currently get 5,000 visits/month at a 2% conversion rate, you have 100 referrals. To get to 200 referrals, you can either focus on getting 5,000 more visitors, or simply increasing the conversion rate to 4%. Which sounds easier? Instead of spending months building domain authority with blogging and guest posts to get more organic traffic, you just have to increase the conversion rate by 2%. This can include landing page optimization, testing your calls-to-action, and having a conversion rate optimization strategy in place. By testing and optimizing your site, you’ll get far better results with much less effort.
Education occurs most often in "real life" by becoming involved and learning the details as time progresses. Although there are several books on the topic, some so-called "how-to" or "silver bullet" books instruct readers to manipulate holes in the Google algorithm, which can quickly become out of date, or suggest strategies no longer endorsed or permitted by advertisers.
I clicked on a number of products to see where it took me. It does appear that the products are connected to Amazon but one would never know it since the product that shows is not the same as the listing on Amazon.. I have started a site using Amazon Affiliate products and when a visitor clicks on a product on my site it takes them to the product listing on Amazon which looks totally differenet than the Gear Patrol listings.
Wall says to start with an easily understandable privacy agreement in plain English, instead of official legally binding jargon that readers will glaze over. Make sure the information is made clear to mobile users as well, and any other platform in which you capture information. Finally, your company is responsible for safeguarding all user data that you collect. This means using the information in the limited parameters your user agreement stated, and keeping your client data private.
If affiliate marketing is simply a “side hustle” or something you do for fun in addition to a full time job, you most likely haven’t filed any paperwork to form a legal entity for your business. If so, you are deemed as operating a Sole Proprietorship for tax purposes, with all income from your affiliate marketing activities flowing through to your personal tax return on your Schedule C. This effectively means that any earnings from affiliate marketing are treated as earnings by you as an individual, and you’ll pay taxes on these earnings on your personal tax return.
It’s free to join the SellHealth affiliate program, though you do have to apply and be accepted before you can start promoting their products. Once you’re accepted, you’ll have access to a number of tools, graphics, banners and more that you can use to promote SellHealth products. The sales are actually made at company-owned Websites, which look professional and handle all of the selling. Commissions vary, but the base rate is 30% of all sales and upsells, and SellHealth says you can earn up to $350 per sale.