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you want to make money through the Internet but 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 & shall I say the best,
is affiliate marketing.
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, that
is whenever you have directed a visitor to the merchant's site and the
visitor actually buys something.
Becoming an affiliate in an affiliate marketing program is often quick
and easy, and for most affiliate programs, signing up is also free. But
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.
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.
Email marketing, or maintaining email lists, is actually the most
popular affiliate marketing strategy that doesn't require the affiliate
to maintain a website. In this affiliate marketing strategy, what you
basically do is maintain a list of the email ads of your prospective
customers and 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, for many
individuals find such types of email annoying. Rather, it would be
better if you provide them with something informative and just add
small text ads that link to your merchant's site.
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 & flyers. Classified ads would
work better compared to the other two because classified ads in
periodicals often get a wider audience.
If you have a knack in writing, writing an e-book can be the best way
for you to promote your affiliate products in the absence of an actual
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. And 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
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
goarticles.com, ezinearticles.com and others.
discussions (Forums, Chats, Message Boards, etc.)
With or without a website, you just can't ignore online discussions
because they are great venues for marketing your affiliate products. In
chats, forums, message boards & discussion boards with topics
related to your products, you can easily find people who may be
interested with the products you are promoting.
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, but 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.
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
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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