Having your own website to promote your affiliate products is the best option, but it is not necessary. Let me show you some simple methods on how to be an affiliate without a website. If you are on a shoe string budget, there are many methods available that can be used to run your affiliate marketing business. The list is long, but the most important methods are email marketing, writing articles for e-zines or directories, and joining online discussions also called forums. I am going to discuss these three methods on how to be an affiliate without a website.
With this method you can promote your affiliate links without your own website, by leveraging other peoples email lists. You can find people who own email lists that are related to your niche and see if they are willing to place an email from you out to their list. This sometimes cost a little money, but the results are amazing. When the email is sent out to their subscribers their users can click on your affiliate links presented in your emails and can go directly to the merchant website to purchase the product, this is called direct linking.
Your email should contain the introduction about the product you are promoting and your affiliate links. Try to make your emails interesting and brief. Give the users something of value in your email soft selling the product you are promoting.
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 and get their email. Your email list should contain a few hundred contacts, at least. But do not 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. The most important part of your email is going to be your subject line so be creative.
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Creating Free Incentives
Writing free e-books goes hand in hand with email marketing. With this method you are going to write an informative and interesting e-book 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 your e-book. This method gives the user a lot of value and makes it much easier to get a sale. 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 and a high alexa rank. You want to make sure there is enough traffic coming to the forum so your posts will be read. Register on these forums and start some discussions inside the forum where the maximum amount of people are involved. Just post your content there or answer some questions of other members. But don’t add any promotional text in the body of your posts. You do not want to be kick out of a forum for blatant selling. You are allowed to put your signature at the end of your post; this is where you can but a little promotional text and your affiliate link. 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 good quality articles and publish them in free article directories or get them published on multi-user blogs or e-zines. You can embed your affiliate links in the text of your articles, but don’t overdo it. If your articles are well formatted, informative, gives value to the user, and the article directory has a large amount of 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. The best place to put your affiliate links is in the resource box of your article. Similar to forum post signatures this is where you can do a little bit of promotion for your affiliate products.
Learning how to be an affiliate without a website is a great aspect to your business. There are many different methods that can be used to promote your affiliate links without a website. The most popular among these methods are email marketing, writing to forums, article writing and offline promotion for example newspaper 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, hosting, and maintenance. As you can see these are pretty simple methods on how to be an affiliate without a website take these and get out there and make some money.