Can You Do Affiliate Marketing Without a Website?
What are the essentials that you need before you can start your affiliate marketing campaign? Most folks will say that you need some good keywords and a website. But while it helps to have your own site with a landing page, it’s not a necessity. You can make money with affiliate marketing even if you don’t have your own website. Here are some ways to do it.
Article Directory Marketing
Article directory marketing means writing short articles in your niche and submitting them to article directories. At the bottom of your article is a resource box that tells the reader where they can find more information and gives them a link to your site.
Instead of putting a link to your site in the resource box, you can place your affiliate link there. When a reader clicks on the link, they’re sent to the merchant’s site where they can buy. Rather than using your resource box to build your expertise, use it to pre-sell the product and tell them, ‘click here.’
Before you start submitting articles, however, be sure to read the directory’s TOS. Some directories don’t allow DTM (direct to merchant) links in their resource boxes while others do.
Facebook Fan Pages
Why create a website when you can set up a Facebook fan page? This is a free platform that you can use to create a niche site or a site about the product you’re promoting. Create the page, get fans, and start making money. You can embed your affiliate link directly on your fan page in wall postings and profile information.
You can also use your fan page for building a list of subscribers, and then use email marketing to sell them products. In general, people aren’t on Facebook to buy; they’re there to socialize and enjoy their hobbies and interests. Although you can sell directly through a fan page, most people find that it’s easier to use for list building, and then sell through email.
Starting your own YouTube channel is another great way to do affiliate marketing without a website. Create short videos that solve problems for your audience or pre-sell them on your affiliate product. You can then put affiliate links in video descriptions and on your channel’s profile page.
Using an info-product to promote affiliate products is another alternative to a website. Create a free eBook or report and put your affiliate link at the bottom of every page. Encourage your readers to give the report to anyone they like so that it’ll go viral. A great strategy for writing an eBook for this purpose is to teach them how to solve their problem using the product you’re promoting.
With a website landing page, your mission is to sell. With each of the above ideas, it’s a little different. What you need to do is provide useful information, solve problems, answer questions and teach your audience how to do things. At the same time, your content should pre-sell the product you’re promoting. Focus on providing value rather than hard selling, and you can create a wildly successful affiliate marketing campaign without a website.