In this post, I am going to guide you on how to make money in affiliate marketing without a website. It seems to be a vogue these days to be an affiliate marketer and live the life of a Starbucks millionaire. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful life, free from the constraints of 9-5 jobs, the hassle of office politics and the ass-kissing of someone you don’t like?
Affiliate marketing gives you that opportunity and If your objective is in creating a sustainable long-term online business building a website is the most common approach which over time can turn your website brandable.
When I say brandable, just think of brands like Apple, Twitter, Facebook, E Harmony, Uber, Quicken Loans and so on– they are on everybody’s lips. That’s what the website can do.
A website is about more than being found on the internet. It’s about being remembered. It’s about making your online business or venture ‘stand out from the rest’ with a catchy, memorable and brandable domain name that will keep your website’s name where it should be…on the tip of your customer’s tongue!
However, many wanna-be online entrepreneurs found that building a website can be daunting if they are not tech savvy (actually it is much simpler than they thought.) or they are simply not interested in building a website. Nevertheless, they still are able to get their affiliate links out there, and I am going to show you the ways on how to make money in affiliate marketing without a website.
The most important thing to remember with affiliate marketing is to place your affiliate link in front of an interested audience – this is called EXPOSURE. Without exposure, you won’t get traffic and without traffic, you won’t get sales, no sales equal no commissions. That said, how you go about in getting this exposure is completely up to you!
With that in mind, here are a few methods you could gain exposure:
There are over 1.9 billion YouTube users every month and counting. Every day people watch over a billion hours of video and generate billions of views. This is a great opportunity for you to capitalize and monetize your affiliate links.
Creating a UTube is easy, all it takes is a webcam and some quirky or informative ideas to get a channel going. Once you created a video you can add affiliate links into your description, or over your video, and convert some of that fan base into affiliate profits.
UTube has two main rules that you MUST abide :
1. YouTube policies. You are violating YouTube’s policies if your video content and the links are unrelated to each other, simply said they are misleading. A No, No under YouTube’s policies.
2. Value to viewers first, Financial gain second. Your video should not focus mainly on making money online and little on providing value to viewers. If it is, your video may be listed as spam, and your efforts will become useless. You will be more successful in producing something worthwhile, that way you get more attention and respect from your potential customers.
Before you create a video series, the first thing you need to do is to choose a niche with related affiliate promotion. Your niche should be very targeted preferably something you are passionate about. For example, you may choose a niche in weight loss.
Well, that’s a very broad niche. Narrow it down. This is how you narrow it down.
As you can see below if I typed the phrase ” lose weight ” Google gives me 10 additional ideas, And if I typed the phrase ” best exercise to lose weight “ Google again gives me 10 additional ideas. You can further narrow your niche into ” best exercise to lose weight for men “. By typing the words/phrase in google search engine, Google will generate tons of ideas letting you know what people are searching for online.
That way, the viewers you get will be a lot more likely to be interested in the affiliate product, as they already have some interest to be watching the video in the first place.
2. Post On Blogs And Forums.
Once you found a niche product you’d like to promote for affiliate marketing – all you have to do is start posting on blogs and forums with your affiliate link in your signature.
There are literally thousands of forums you can join where you can blog and promote your affiliate links. By joining affiliate forums, you get the opportunity to access the biggest source of information out there.
You can get to know new affiliate marketing techniques, even new methods and the motivational support that are so essential for being successful in affiliate marketing.
Here are a few affiliate forums you could join.
. Affilorama. At this time of writing Affiloram has over 300,000 members. Free, then charges $ 67/monthly.
. AffiliateFix. No information on subscription fees.
. Warrior Forum. $8.08/month paid annually. Very little support.
. Aff Playbook, You need to subscribe to gain access to this forum. $67/month and that includes marketing forum and Aff Playbook.
Robot tools. Over 3,600 members
. Wealthy Affiliate. Free as a Starter member with 10 free lessons. If you decide to go premium there is a fee of $19 for the first month and thereafter $49/month or $39/month paid semi-annually or $29/month paid annually. Over 1.5 Millions members worldwide. Strong community support. Newbie friendly
. Stack That Money. $99/month. Kinda pricey to me. The number of members is unknown. Not newbie friendly.
. AffLift. $20/month. Over 11,000 registered users.
3. Write Ads Or Reviews for Classifieds Ads Website.
You have heard of Craiglist to look for jobs, to buy used cars, to rent an apartment, etc, but you can use Craigslist classifieds sites to promote affiliate products. Consider writing ads or reviews for affiliate products and posting them with your affiliate link.
Some sites you might want to try are:
4. Write A viral eBook.
You can produce a short 30-35 page eBook or a “special report” on a particular subject, insert links to affiliate products into it, then distribute your book through whatever means you like – you could tell people that they’re welcome to give it away, sell it or put it on their websites.
You can market the ebooks by selling them on eBay for a small amount. If your book is informative and useful, rather than simply laden with affiliate ads, you might find that it spreads quite well.
5. Build a “Hub”.
Building A ” Hub ” is a fantastic way of starting as an affiliate marketer without needing to build your own website. What is a Hub? A Hub is like a 1-page mini website where you can talk about your niche product (example, your affiliate market and associated products!), insert ads, reviews, and other content as you please, all without having to write any HTML. It’s hosted on the HubPages site, and you don’t need to know anything about web design to make it look professional.
The best part, though, is that HubPages is also a part social-networking site, so simply by being on HubPages, you will begin to attract traffic interested in your topic and looking for recommendations. HubPages is especially easy to monetize, and Hubs have tended in the past to do pretty well in the search engines.
Pinterest is an online pinboard, a visual take on the social bookmarking site. Pinterest is driven entirely by visuals. In the past, no links were allowed, but Pinterest has gotten rid of their ban on affiliate links. We can now put our affiliate links as the sources of images we post on Pinterest so we can earn commissions straight from social media.
LeadPages makes it to where we can actually have squeeze pages that collect leads without having to host them on our websites. It’s also known as a “lead capture page”, “static page” or a “lander”, or a “destination page”, It is a single web page that appears in response to clicking on a search engine optimized search result or on an online advertisement .
Linkedin allows you to publish blog posts directly on your profile without your own website ever needing to be involved. Instead of starting a WordPress website, you could just post articles with affiliate links on Linkedin.
A podcast is an episodic series of digital audio or video file which a user can download in order to listen to it. It is often available for subscription so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user’s own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player ( Wikipedia’s definition ), Having your own podcast is another way you could get traffic to your affiliate links.
- The Tim Ferriss Show
- iTunes podcast info
Slide Share is a popular presentation and document sharing platform owned by LinkedIn. It tends to focus on business. At the time this tutorial was written, SlideShare’s own statistics put the number of users at 80 million. Slideshare gives us another content marketing medium that leverages presentations like power points. You can also embed links within the slides to your applicable affiliate links.
- Google Slides
11. Email Campaigns.
Email campaigns are among the best way to know if people are responding to your affiliate links or not. Writing an email campaign is almost similar to writing a blog. The only difference is that you are sending these emails to them directly. When writing an email, make sure that it is going to engage your readers. A good subject is a great way for your consumers to read your emails. So always think of a good subject, great email content and include your affiliate links. This can help maximize your potential earnings in the future.
12. Solo Ad Email Marketing.
Solo ads are a form of email marketing, but instead of sending the offer to your own list, you’re sending it to someone else’s list. You buy this list from sellers who have a huge list of targeted subscribers. This makes it easier to promote your offer to the right people.
One example of a website that offers solo ad service is Udimi and they charge anywhere from $25 -$250 depending on the number of visitors you wish to receive, and the cost per visitor that the solo ad seller charges.
13. Pay-Per-Click Advertisements
Quite frankly, not recommended for a newbie. This method involves creating pay-per-click campaigns through search engines like Google and Bing and promoting the merchant website directly through your affiliate link.
So instead of using PPC to promote your own website, you send them straight to the merchant.
There are a number of downsides to this method.
- First, with Google’s AdWords in particular, there will only be one paid listing for a particular website displayed at any given time. This means that instead of competing against other advertisers for one of eight spots on the page, you’re competing for just one spot. If you bid a large amount and write an attractive and then you might see your ad displayed, otherwise you can forget it.
- Secondly, you have no control over the quality of the merchant page. Increasingly the search engines are looking at the page you’re promoting and deciding whether this offers a good experience for their users. If the merchant site has little content or poor quality content, you could end up paying a much higher amount for your advertisements.
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Ahearst is an author & creator of Affiliate Wizard, a website design to help online entrepreneurs & affiliate marketers to create a successful affiliate marketing business. Ahearst is currently in college majoring in business administration.