Can I Do Affiliate Marketing Without A Website?
Have you been asking yourself the question…
“Can I do affiliate marketing without a website?”…
The answer is YES
Having a website to promote your affiliate products is by far the best method but a website is not absolutely necessary.
Some of the alternative methods to creating a website are:
- Email marketing
- Off-line promotion
- Networking Meetings
- Forum marketing
- Guest Blogging
- Social Media marketing
Let’s look at each of these methods to see which one will suit you best.
I have already written about the benefits of email marketing in relation to your website but you can promote products by using your affiliate link within your emails to your list. Your link will take your list members straight to the merchant website and the relevant page. If a sale is made you’ll receive the commission in the same way as with a website.
Your emails should not be just about ‘selling the product’. You should still be earning the trust of your list so consider helping out in any way possible. Then you can introduce the product you are promoting and say how it can solve any issues your customer is having. Your email should contain the introduction about the product you are promoting and your affiliate links. Try to make your emails interesting and engaging.
Without a website you’ll need to expand your list by using as many methods as possible. Join relevant forums and once you’ve gained a reputation as someone who is trustworthy and an authority you can over the product you are promoting.
One of the most important points in email marketing, whether with or without a website is not to ‘spam’ your list. Only send quality information and only to those who have willingly joined your list.
Having an online business doesn’t mean you can’t use off-line techniques to promote your products.
The classified ads in a newspaper could be used. Contemplate whether your target market are likely to be reading a newspaper or magazine before you spend out on expensive advertising campaigns.
If you have a local service, try flyers through letter boxes. It may be a bit time-consuming but if you are targeting a certain area then it may be the best way to get potential customers.
There are always network meetings being held in your area and beyond. Keep a look out in the press for dates and venues.
Eventbrite has a database of events all over the world. Just enter the topic and destination and they’ll come up with all the events in that area.
Don’t forget, if you attending an event, take a bucket load of business cards. It isn’t always possible to give out flyers or other promotional sheets but business cards are fine. Another tip here is to add your affiliate link to your business card. Don’t forget, there is a back and front to a business card to make use of both sides.
Writing in Forums
Search for forums by adding ‘(your topic) + forums in the search engines. I have added the term
‘quilting + forums’ and found 3 million results.
Choose three or four forums that are related to your topic and also have a high page rank.
Once registered and accepted, take some time to look at what is happening and the tone of the forum. Then start to become involved in some of the threads. When you have answered a few questions you can start some discussions where you can see the most number of people are involved and where engagement is high.
On most forums promotional text is not allowed in the body of the text but you are allowed to add a signature and you can sign your name with an affiliate link here.
It takes time to build trust within forums but once you have become an authority you’ll begin to see some traffic through your affiliate link and eventually sales.
In its most simplest terms, guest posting is simply writing an article to post on another website. This is a great way to earn some authority in your niche and grow your following.
There are some things you need to remember when starting out blogging on other people’s sites:
- Choose the website carefully? Check for site quality.
- Is the website in your niche? Obvious really!
- Review the website’s guidelines for guest posting eg word count, linking policy etc.
- Always, always write content of the highest quality and super targeted to the niche.
You can add you affiliate links to your content (check for blog guidelines) so it is worth finding a website for your guest blogging which has an increasing number of visitors.
It is now possible to add affiliate links as the source for images within Pinterest. This has opened up the platform for affiliate marketers. If you are an avid Pinterest Pinner then this could be a very lucrative platform for you affiliate marketing campaigns.
If posting on Facebook, make sure your are publishing a variety of posts, ie, images, videos, stories, and quotes. If you are only posting affiliate links they are likely to shut you down.
If writing fills you with dread, try using YouTube to make videos. Offer advice and tips which can help your audience and add your affiliate links within the video or in the description.
So, you can do affiliate marketing without a website. As with any long term business, it isn’t an easy or quick process but if you stick with it can become a very lucrative business.
I still recommend a website and if you’d like to learn how to create a free website for your affiliate marketing business click here.
If you have questions about anything to do with internet marketing or need help to set up your online business I’d be delighted to lend a hand. Add a comment in the box below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org