Affiliate Marketing Without a Website
Many marketers succeeded in affiliate marketing without a website, so having your own website to promote your affiliate products is a good option, but it is not necessary. There are many methods available that can be used to do your affiliate marketing business. The list is long, but the most important methods are email marketing, writing articles to e-groups, and joining online discussions. Let us discuss some important methods that can be used to promote your affiliate products without having your own website.
In this method you can promote your affiliate links and you don’t need your own website. People can click on your affiliate links present in your emails and can go directly to the merchant website to purchase the products.
Your email should contain the introduction about the product you are promoting and your affiliate links. Try to make your emails interesting and brief.
Try to expand your contact list. Use as many methods as you can to grab the email addresses of new people. Use online forums, chat forums etc to make new friends. Your email list must contain a few hundred contacts, at least. But don’t spam. Don’t send emails to the people who don’t know about you or who don’t want to receive your emails. Otherwise they will just block your emails and you will lose your contacts. As I said, your emails should be interesting to get the reader’s attention.
You can use the offline methods of promotion, like the classified ads, and flyers. The best choice is the classified ads because its exposure is largest.
Writing free e-books
It is similar to email marketing. But in this method you will write the informative and interesting e-books and will send to the people via their email address. These e-books should be easy to read and helpful for their readers. The topics should be related to your affiliate products so that you can recommend the products in the body of e-books. Alternatively you can add a brief note about your affiliate products and affiliate links for promotion. If the readers like your e-book, they may visit the merchant website and make a purchase.
Writing in Forums
Search for some forums, at least three, that are related to your product and have high page rank. Register on these forums and start some discussion in the forum where maximum people are involved. Just post your questions there or answer some questions of other members. But don’t add any promotion text in the body of your posts. You are allowed to put your signature at the end of your post. Here you can write you name and your affiliate links.
When you become an active member of this forum then you may get some traffic from these forums to your merchant website through your affiliate links. This will ultimately result in more sales of the products you are promoting.
You can write articles and publish them in the free article directories. You can embed your affiliate links in the text of your articles. If your articles are well formatted, informative and the article directory has large traffic then you can expect some good traffic to your affiliate links. And you know that more traffic on your affiliate links will result in more sales through your affiliate links.
Newsletters and Affiliate Marketing
Newsletters are a very good way of driving traffic to your affiliate website, advertising your affiliate products and increasing your sales. Usually affiliates build their mailing list by grabbing the emails of their site visitors. Weekly or monthly newsletters are sent to all the members of this mailing list.
If you search on the internet, you will find thousands of email newsletters. But you will find that most of them are not earning any reasonable money. On the other hand, the secret of most of the successful affiliates is their newsletters.
It means that if you can create an effective newsletter, it can really boost your affiliate business. Here I am giving you some quick tips to create and run your newsletter successfully
- Should be specific to your niche
If you want your newsletter to have good results and you are looking to get a decent profit from it, then your newsletter articles should be specific to your niche. If your niche is scuba divers, avoid publishing articles on web marketing. Simply, give the information to the users for which they are looking.
- Write articles yourself
Your mission in this field must be to prove your own reputation and expertise. If you just copy and paste the work of others at your site, then it means that you are promoting others instead of yourself. Anyone that will come to your site will not see your work. So if he appreciates the articles at your site, then he is actually appreciating the person who is the creator of the articles, not you. So you must be creative and try to put your original articles there. If you are willing to put someone else’s article there on the site, then you must give your own introduction in the beginning of the article and also give the reason why you are adding the article.
What if you can’t write?
In this case you can get lots of people who will be ready to provide their services and write the articles for you. So in this way they will do the writing work, but you will be the one who will get all the credit of their work.
- Publish NO MORE than weekly
You should publish your newsletter once every two weeks at least. The monthly newsletters are not very effective. The best practice is to publish a weekly newsletter. But don’t publish more than once a week, because people want to listen to you but not so often.
- Write Short Articles
An ideal length for articles is 150-750 words. If you have more lengthy articles, you can split those articles into two or more. Short articles are easy to read and are more effective.
- Focus on one product/offer per month
Every month you should select one affiliate product that you want to promote during that particular month. Focus on topics related to that particular product. This way your users will also focus on one product at a time and they may turn into buyers.
- Offer Incentives
You can set up a downloadable incentive for your visitors when they return on a predetermined day to ensure more traffic and get possible sales
Following these six steps can create a growing affiliate income from your newsletter. Just try to be focused, to the point and send your newsletters at least two times in a month.
The use of a website to promote your affiliate products is a good idea but it is not necessary. You can use the alternate methods to promote your affiliate products and links. The most popular among these methods are email marketing, writing to forums, article writing and offline promotion like classified ads. The main idea is that instead of promoting your website you will directly promote your affiliate links and people will directly go to the merchant website by clicking your affiliate links to purchase the products. This way you do not have to pay extra for your website creation and maintenance.
I will cover more interesting articles in a couple of days so stay tuned. Have a great evening.