Do You Need a Website Or Not With Affiliate Marketing?

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Do you need a website? Do you want to make money through the Internet? However, you don’t have enough experience or capital to start your own online business? You don’t have to worry, for a lot of online marketing options exist for you to start with. One of these options, and shall I say the best, is affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Marketing- What is it?

Affiliate marketing provides first time online marketers like you the chance to market something online. Even without having your own product to sell. All you have to do is to sign up with an affiliate marketing program. Which is usually owned by an online merchant or retailer, and start picking the products you want to promote. As an affiliate, you are paid by the merchant for your services on a commission basis. Basically whenever you have directed a visitor to the merchant’s site and the visitor actually buys something.

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How do you sign up, do you need a website?

Becoming an affiliate in an affiliate marketing program is often quick and easy. In most cases, signing up for an affiliate program is also free. Despite these and all the benefits being promised by affiliate programs, many people are still hesitant to get into affiliate marketing. One of the reasons why a lot of people remain hesitant is the lack of a website to start marketing his affiliate products with. This now leads us to the question of whether a website is required or necessary in affiliate marketing or not.

A few affiliate programs include vendors like ClickBank, and Commission Junction to name a few.

Here are some strategies that don’t need websites

Many people say that one can do affiliate marketing even without a website to start with. Actually, one can really start promoting and marketing his affiliate products even without a website; and there exist a lot of ways on how this can be done. In fact, many affiliate marketing strategies that leads to success can exist without actually needing a website. Among these strategies are: email marketing, offline promotions, writing e-books, writing ezines and engaging in online discussions like forums, chats, message boards and others.

Do You Need a Website Or Not With Affiliate Marketing?- Email marketing

Email Marketing

Email marketing, or maintaining email lists, is actually the most popular affiliate marketing strategy. This doesn’t require the affiliate to maintain a website. What you basically do is maintain a list of the email ads of your prospective customers. You then provide them with articles that are relevant with the affiliate products and programs you are promoting. Articles that you provide your contacts with need not always be promotional. Many individuals find such types of email annoying. Rather, it would be better if you provide them with something informative. Then just add small text ads that link to your merchant’s site.

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If you are looking for email platforms, I would recommend either Mailchimp, Constant Contact or Aweber.

Offline Promotion

There are many ways on how you can promote your affiliate products offline. Among the common medium used for such promotions are classified ads, brochures and flyers. Classified ads would generally work better compared to the other two. Usually because classified ads in periodicals often get a wider audience.

Writing Free e-books

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If you have a knack in writing, writing an e-book can be the best way for you to promote your affiliate products without a website. Just like in emails and newsletters, your readers would better appreciate your e-book if it is not too promotional but rather informative. Be sure, however, to make the contents of your e-books relative to the actual affiliate products you are promoting. Just like in email marketing, you can just place text ads or banners somewhere near the end of your e-book that links to the merchant’s site.

Writing Free Ezines

Ezines are publications or articles that aim to inform individuals about a particular topic. If you don’t have a website and yet want to be an affiliate, you can well use ezines to promote your affiliate products or to insert links to your merchant’s site. If you have a website, your ezine article may actually work well as content for your site. But since you have no website, you can just submit your free ezine articles to various websites that hosts ezines, like ezinearticles.com and others.

Online discussions (Forums, Chats, Message Boards, etc.)

With or without a website, you just can’t ignore online discussions. They are great venues for marketing your affiliate products. In chats, forums, message boards and discussion boards with topics related to your products. Here you can easily find people who may be interested with the products you are promoting. Reddit is a great one, as well as Tumblr.

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You don’t need a website, however it would make it easier

With all these strategies, it may appear that one really doesn’t need to have a website to start marketing his affiliate products and promoting his affiliate programs. Well, starting in an affiliate program without a website may be easy. Getting successful in affiliate marketing without a website is another thing. While one can actually gain enormous success in affiliate marketing even without a website. It is a rare instance that “newbies” like you can reach the same levels of success.

What are the advantages of having a website?

Having a website is not really a pre-requisite in entering into an affiliate program, unless otherwise the program owner would require you to have one. But while this is so, I would still recommend that you have for yourself a website. If not now, then maybe at a later time. Having a website creates a lot of advantages in affiliate marketing. For one, it provides you a place where you can creatively promote not only one of your affiliate products but all of your affiliate products. With a website, you can also advertise your affiliate products to a wider market.

If you are interested in starting a website and domain hosting, I would recommend either GoDaddy or Bluehost. Both have great customer service and very reasonable prices.

Again, having a website is not a requirement in affiliate marketing. But with the advantages that a website can provide, I’d rather have one for myself and make affiliate marketing a lot easier for me.

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