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One does not simply walk into LTK (previously RewardStyle), that’s for sure! If you’re wary of joining this super exclusive affiliates program for fear of being denied, try these tips!
If you're big on blogging, then you probably heard of LTK. It's an affiliate program that offers bloggers small commissions off products bought using their links. LTK is like the Hermes of affiliates program, it's very exclusive, and your request to join could be denied without a clear reason. Sure, the platform has become more lenient over the years, but for the most part, it's still tricky to get in.
But once you get accepted, you can earn money every time a reader uses your affiliate links. The commission isn't that big, it’s just a few cents, but hey, it's better than nothing right? You might be a shoo-in, but there's no saying when you'll be accepted to this notoriously fickle platform, so I'm here to help you. Here are a few tips that speed up your request to join LTK.
It's not called LTK for nothing, you know. To get in, your website should look the part. Your visuals should be tastefully styled, clean, bright, and eye-catching. Avoid pictures that add visual weight to your website, and choose images that look uncluttered.
Consistency is key; your blog site should look clean, organized, and bright as well. Your blog site should have at least 3 blogs before applying. Your Instagram should also be updated with new blogs to boost organic traffic.
Having an Instagram account is a must if you want to be accepted by LIKEtoKNOW.it, the platform that powers LTK. This is the place where you can market yourself as an aspiring influencer as well as the affiliate program. If you don’t have an IG account, now’s the best time to create one and start establishing a following.
How many followers do you have on Instagram? You don’t need to have millions of followers on IG, but you should have a decent number of followers. This way, every post gets more likes and follows. I highly suggest adding hashtags to every post just so the images you put out will be seen by many people who use the same hashtags.
LIKEtoKNOW.it is fashion and design-driven so your IG feed should look the part. First, your IG feed should be updated daily with fresh content. And not just ANY content, it should be consistent with your website and your brand.
Creating cohesiveness is easy, you need to be very particular with the kind of content you are putting out there, such as the colour scheme, your personal style, the way that the elements were put together in a frame, and so on.
Your images should look polished. No, you don’t need to hire a professional, but care should be taken with every shot. Be sure that you have lots of white spaces in each image. Clean doesn't mean boring, so don't forget to play with different themes and images to create a striking IG feed.
It won't hurt if you tag LIKEtoKNOW.it with every IG photo even if you aren't part of the club just yet. Tagging LIKEtoKNOW.it and major retailers on IG could increase your chances of getting accepted.
There are so many affiliates programs out there, including ShopStyle, Magic Links, and Amazon Associates. These affiliate programs are quite popular but less exclusive. I highly suggest joining other affiliates program first before joining LTK to boost your chances of being accepted by LIKEtoKNOW.it.
Suppose you know people who are LIKEtoKNOW.it members, don't be afraid to ask for a referral. People who are referred by other members are more likely to be accepted by LIKEtoKNOW.it. The more influential the referrer is, the higher the chances of getting the green light to become a LIKEtoKNOW.it member.
It's best to ask for a referral before your application; otherwise, this strategy won't work. And if you're denied, you have to wait for at least 3 to 6 months to resend your application, so you must do all the tips above before sending your application. Otherwise, there’s a long wait after being denied membership.
And there you have it, some tips to help you get accepted into LTK! It’s a lot to take in, I know, but it’s an exclusive membership so once you’re in, you can start earning right away.
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