This is a question that boggles the mind of anyone interested but new to the field of affiliate marketing. Since it’s done virtually, shouldn’t it be proper that you have your own website? We’ll answer that in the next section of this article.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing allows you to gain revenue by marketing other people’s (or company’s) products.
Let’s say you know a friend who produces a not so well-known detergent. You think his creations are good. You ask him if you can help promote the detergents and get a commission for every pack of detergent that sells through your efforts. He says yes. You’re now an affiliate.
Without sales, there’s no revenue, therefore no money for you.
There are basically four parties involved in the affiliate marketing process: merchant/retailer –> network ––> affiliate/publisher ––> consumer
An affiliate gains commission by having products sold through his marketing efforts. By marketing efforts, we mean any channel the affiliate deems fruitful. And by any channels, we mean any methods- even offline.
So the short answer to the very first question is NO, you don’t. If you want to jump into affiliate marketing but don’t want to maintain a website yet- you can. Let me enumerate below how.
Marketing Without a Website
Here are ways you can market your affiliate link to your intended audience. They key is to make your audience click on your affiliate link and make them buy.
Own an account on Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Linkedin or YouTube? Post your affiliate links within your posts. Start joining online communities that fit your target market profile, then slowly build your online presence. If you want to take your efforts a notch higher, say on Facebook, you can create ads, for a minimal fee to increase your reach and traffic.
Another way of landing on your affiliate within inches from your potential customer’s nose is by sending him an email. It’s recommended that you build an authority on the subject of the product, in case several questions flow in. You may send newsletters or other promotional content. A word of advice– build your email lists, not buy, and it helps to have an autoresponder.
Find an online forum that’s related to the products you’re trying to sell, say, a forum about washing machine if you’re marketing detergent soap. Introduce yourself then drop your affiliate links. You can join forums for free. Though this is an outdated method, it might work for you.
eBooks and Guest Writing
If you’ve got enough authority and knowledge on the products, there’s no stopping you from writing about them. Create an eBook and include your affiliate links inside. If you’re more into guest writing, several bloggers on Wix and WordPress actually allow guest writers. Choose sites related to your niche and then post your affiliate link.
Free Sites and Online Classified Ads
Pay Per Click
PPC remains a viable affiliate marketing strategy. Affiliates may use Google Adwords. Make sure that you’re using the right keywords for your campaign to receive traffic and make conversions.
A well-crafted video can go viral. Create your YouTube channel and start promoting your products there. The technique is to build a good following of those who are interested in your niche.
Amazon Affiliates Program
If you’re selling a few of the products listed on Amazon, this is a good program for you to start. Amazon Affiliates Program doesn’t require third party advertiser approvals, their linking tools are fairly simple and all you have to do is join for free.