Getting Started With The LTK App

As a creator of beauty content, I’m always looking for ways to monetize my content. Make it work for me.

There are a few different ways you can monetize your content
  • Sponsorships

Personally, I’ve found that using affiliate links is one of the most seamless ways to monetize my beauty content. I’ve tried several, and currently use, different affiliate platforms and programs. One of the ones that have been the easiest for me to use and has brought in the most income is called the app, also known as the LTK app.

woman getting started monetizing her beauty content with ltk.
(This post includes some affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.)

LTK gives content creators and influencers exclusive access to over 5,000 retailers and the ability to earn commission on sales made through their unique links that can be shared on social media or on a blog. The app is free to download and free to use.

As of this post's writing, I have been signed up for the LTK app for two years and made just about half as much as I have during seven years with Amazon Affiliates. It’s exciting to see, especially as my earning potential can continue to increase.

How LTK works

There are two ways and two LTK experiences.

The first experience is the app for shoppers. They can sign up for this app and use it to shop your affiliate links and links from other influencers. There are also opportunities to shop sales from brands that are exclusive only to the LTK app.

The second experience is for the influencers or creators. We have our own app called the LTK Creator App. This is where we can create what is called the LTK shop, post to the shop, and create affiliate links.

How to sign up for LTK

It’s easy to apply for LTK but it’s not always easy to get in. I had a low number of followers, and still do, on my Facebook and Instagram channels but got accepted the first time without having a referral.

The criteria that LTK notes on its website is
  • Having a public social media profile
  • Have an engaged social media following on at least one platform.
  • Regularly post high-quality, shoppable content

There’s no mention of how many followers you need and as I noted I had a small number of followers, just over 1,000 and I got accepted.

How to get started with LTK

Should you get accepted the first thing to do is get your LTK shop set up.

Your LTK shop is where your social followers and LTK shoppers can follow you, search your content, and shop your posts. Once you post content on LTK it is always available for your followers and others to search, shop, and discover.

To set up your LTK shop here’s what you need to do
  • In the LTK Creator App tap your profile icon in the top left corner

  • Tap the three dots by your LTK Shop name

  • Tap Edit in the menu that appears at the bottom of your screen

  • Now you can add your profile image, add a background image, change your LTK Shop name, and write a personal bio

  • Once done make sure you tap Save

getting started with the ltk sign up form

Note: this is what I did in my app and I have an Apple phone. The instructions may vary a bit for an Android phone.

You can learn more about the different features and sections of your LTK shop on the LTK site.

How to post on LTK

Posting in the LTK app is pretty easy. The first step is to determine what product(s) you’ll be posting about and create an image or video about it.

  • Now that you have your content created open up the LTK Creator App

  • Tap the black plus sign in the lower right corner

  • Tap the Add Media icon to upload videos and images from your camera roll

  • After uploading your video or image you have the option to crop your image or trim your video. Tap Next once you’re done

  • For a video post, you can select a cover photo (which is required) by dragging the playhead to select a thumbnail from your video. Tap Next

  • Type in or copy and paste your post caption

  • Select hashtags from the options below or add your hashtags to your caption

  • Tap Add Products. You can link saved products from My Folders, or you can search for new products from retailer websites by tapping Brand Sites. Select the products you want to add. Tap Done

  • Select Exact Products by tapping the products identical to what you are wearing or featuring in your LTK post

  • The last step is to either tap Publish or Schedule

How to share your LTK links on social media

When it comes to sharing your LTK links on social media, LTK recommends you think of doing that as a way to promote your LTK content. So your LTK shop would be your main hub for your LTK affiliate links vs your social media.

This isn’t surprising because it’s beneficial for them but from my experience, I can also see the benefit for us creators. By having your LTK shop be the hub your links can be found and seen by not just your followers but also other users of the LTK shopper app. Plus, it’s a constant place your followers know they can easily visit to find products you promote.

You can share your LTK links in a few different ways. The main ways they are shared are on social and on blogs.

Social media
  • To share on social media, create a post in the LTK app.

  • After posting or scheduling the post you have the option to copy the Post Link, Caption, or Promo Package.

  • If you select the link you can share the link to the post on your social media. I tend to use the post link in my IG stories, Facebook posts, IG link in bio (will touch on this in a bit), or even my YouTube description. I make sure though that I’m talking about the products that I’m sharing the post link for.

If you select the caption it will copy your entire LTK caption, hashtags, and the post link. You can then use that to create a similar post for your Instagram or Facebook feeds, even Pinterest pins. When I do this I include the link in my Instagram post even though it’s not clickable but I also refer people to my link in bio where they can also find the link.

If you’re looking to share your LTK product links on your blog you can go into the LTK Creator App. Once there

  • Select a product that you have saved or searched for
  • Copy the product link
  • Add the link to your blog post

You can also use some of the other tools LTK offers via desktop which are the

  • LTK Widget: It connects your site to your posts in the LTK App. It’s great because once you install this widget on your site, it will instantly pull your LTK content and drop it directly in the desired place on your site. I have a page specifically on the blog that is my LTK page where I use this widget.

  • Shop This Post widget: If you’ve ever seen product carousels within or at the bottom of your favorite blogger's posts they may be the LTK Shop This Post widget. I like to put my Shop This Post widgets at the end of my posts but occasionally, depending on the topic, I will put them throughout the post.

  • Boutique widget: This is another cool one because it helps you create a shop page on your blog of products you like and recommend. You can also use it within your blog posts. I like to use this widget in my gift guide posts. The products are displayed in a collage-like fashion.

  • Lookbook Widget: I haven’t used this one yet. It allows you to showcase shoppable product images on your blog and lets your readers toggle through clickable product images, kind of like flipping through a magazine.

  • Money Spot widget: This tool helps you make clickable product collage images for your blog. This is another widget I haven’t used yet.

Bonus tips for new LTK users

Inform your followers: Let your followers know about your LTK shop and how to use it. You can do this by posting videos on your social feeds, sharing a how-to in your Instagram stories, and writing a post for your blog explaining how your readers can use LTK and it benefits them.

Temper expectations: Don’t expect to make a lot of commission right away. Especially as a beauty content creator. Most commissions on beauty products are on the lower end because beauty products don’t cost 10s or hundreds of dollars unless you’re looking at the higher end of beauty products.

Share products that make sense:
Any products that you share in your LTK store or on social media should relate back to the content you typically share. So if you’re a creator who typically talks about makeup, sharing a pots and pan set may not make sense and cause some confusion for your followers

Add the browser extension: I create a lot of my content on my computer vs. my phone. I’ve found having the LTK browser extension called Link Ninja helps me to quickly save and grab product links that I can quickly drop into my blog posts.

Payments: Once you start earning a commission, don’t expect to get paid every week. Commissions are paid on a two-week payment cycle. And they are only paid out if your Closed Earnings are $25 USD or greater. Closed Earnings are the same as Payment Due which is “the total amount of earnings that have been paid to LTK by the Brand and are eligible to be paid out to the Creator on the next corresponding Creator payday.”

Ready to get started with LTK? Here’s the link to apply!


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