Is owning your own website absolutely essential for affiliate marketing success? This article takes a look at some possible loopholes you may be able to expose in order to make your first sales online without spending a dime of your own money.
Affiliate marketing is perhaps the single most powerful method of generating a respectable online income with little or no overhead, no product of your own, and not a whole lot of responsibility (refunds, customer support, payment processing, etc) required on your part.
In fact, you don’t even need to know how to sell, as the product vendor will be handling all that for you, as well!
Still, the questions that arise time and time again amongst new affiliate marketers all have to do with the same thing. Can this be done with absolutely no website and at absolutely zero cost?
The answer, in short, is yes.
However, you will definitely want to have your own web properties online generating income for you in the future. But for starters, this isn’t entirely necessary.
How to Do Affiliate Marketing Without a Website:
There are actually countless methods of effectively generating an online affiliate income without investing in your own site. Right now, we’re going to focus on 3 specific strategies which have been proven time and time again, and have stood the test of time, even in the face of the most recent Google updates.
I hope you’ll find them valuable.
1. Facebook Fan Page – There’s nothing else quite like it. And these days, having your own Facebook Fan Page is nearly just as good as having your own web site. In fact, countless businesses use their fan pages AS their websites!
Here, you can add an opt-in form and build an email list, you can promote affiliate offers directly, and you can even grow your business in-house by getting people to like and share your content. Yes, you can go viral!
2. Video Marketing – Create videos and submit them to YouTube, Meta Cafe, Google Video, etc. Use your target keyword in the title and description of each video. You can either do face videos, screen capture PowerPoint videos, or even just a video with images and music.
You can create these videos for free or pay someone at Fiverr.com five bucks to create each video for you.
3. Forum Marketing – Here, you will simply participate in forums related to your niche. And when I say “participate,” I don’t mean to spam your offer. I mean leave thoughtful, relevant comments and include the affiliate offer in your signature file.
This way, you can provide real value within the forum and earn people’s trust. Believe me, by doing this the clicks will come naturally and frequently!
Now when implementing these methods, you may or may not be able to promote your affiliate product or service using the raw affiliate link.
This problem can easily be solved, however, by creating a simple free Blogger blog and dressing it up with a few affiliate banners, an opt-in form, and some really good free content. Link to that page and reap the rewards!
Or if you’d rather, you can always link to your Facebook fan page. 🙂