Do You Need a Website for Affiliate Marketing? Nope! You can do affiliate marketing without a website and this simply means you do not need to have a website as part of your affiliate marketing strategies. You can also take this to mean as not having a blog.
Diagrammatically, this unique method can be shown as:
So in effect you generate traffic and direct it straight to the merchants’ site. And pocket the affiliate marketing commissions. Obviously after choosing an affiliate product and ensuring that you cannot get scammed.
Advantages of Affiliate Marketing Without a Website
The biggest advantage is no site required. This leaves you more time to concentrate on building traffic through many promotion methods. In this manner you save on hosting and to a certain extent a domain name.
Since you do not have a site of your own, you do not have a place where to show your knowledge and products (whether your own or affiliate products). You also forsake the use of other powerful ways to make money online such as email marketing, blogging, selling advertising and so on.
You also don’t have the benefit of free traffic through search engines because you do not own a site. It is not an easy way – you must constantly drive traffic to the merchants’ site or your income dries up the minute you stop. And you have virtually no chance of recurring visitors or repeat customers because you have no way of knowing your visitors, so upselling and cross-selling are non-existent.
Ways to use Affiliate Marketing Without a Website
One of the simplest ways to make money online is to use offline advertising. Offline advertising methods such as newspaper ads and flyers can be very successful methods to drive traffic. In the first case, just pop down to your local newspaper and take out an ad with a link to your merchants’ site. On the other hand, flyers are simple to create and print. Or get a printing company to print out your flyers in a professional manner. Then just hire a distribution firm to distribute them to households.
Another way of using affiliate marketing without a website of your own is to use Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising. You create an ad, sign up for Google Adwords, deposit money in your newly set up account and start to bid for the keywords you wish to rank highly for. Your ad should appear in the right hand column of Google’s search engine rankings. Ranking highly depends on a number of factors: the competition, your choice of keywords, and the amount of visitors clicking on your ad (the more, the cheaper your ad becomes). If your ad ranks highly, you are likely to get a good number of visitors and hopefully a good number of sales.
Similar to PPC above, you can approach high ranking websites for a niche you like. A simple Google search will reveal such sites. You could email the webmaster and ask for the advertising rates. If acceptable, you pay for your ad (whether graphic or text) which includes your affiliate link. Like this you are using classified ads. You could also seek out e-zine publishers and pay for an ad that will be seen by their subscribers. Or you could use sites such as Craigslist.
You can start using affiliate marketing without a website by owning your hub or lens. I am referring to HubPages and Squidoo. These allow you to create a hub and lens respectively which are mini-sites but without having to pay for hosting and a domain. You can build a site, advertise affiliate products and pocket the profits. You can also display advertising like Google Adsense or Kontera and share in revenue generated by such ads with HubPages and Squidoo.
I don’t recall mentioning this method before but if it works you could really make big affiliate money without a website. Create ebooks with affiliate links and upload them to sites like eBookBay – you make money by selling ebooks and also if people buy through your affiliate links.
Use your facebook and twitter account to sell to friends and followers. Want to go one step further? Advertise on Facebook and send people to your merchant site.
If you are allowed to leave an affiliate link then all is well. If you cannot leave an affiliate link, then you need to set up a domain redirect to the merchant’s site.
These are some of the most popular strategies using affiliate marketing without a website. Obviously this list is not and will never be complete given the number of creative ways internet marketers constantly develop. Please check this page from time to time as I will be adding more new ways to earn money online through affiliate marketing without a website.
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