When you’re first starting online it can be quite intimidating. There are so many experts coming at you from all angles. They all claim to know the best way to make money selling other people’s products.
And by the time you learn any one of the many strategies that is thrown at you on a daily basis, they become obsolete.
One thing that is consistent however is affiliate marketing does work.
Affiliate marketing is the simplest way to start earning money online. When you are selling something else’s creation, you don’t need your own product or your own website in order to earn huge commissions.
The concept of affiliate marketing is that you market other people products for a percentage of the return. Depending on the products you choose, percentages can range anywhere from a few percent up to 100% commissions.
That’s not a misprint. Some affiliate vendors will actually pay 100% percent of the profits.
How can they actually do this?
The answer lies in the vendor’s purpose for selling the product. Some vendors sell products just to build their list. Usually their ultimate goal is to sell a higher ticket offer to their list in the future. Usually through email followup. So basically these online business owners are paying you to help them build a huge email list that they can eat off of for a long time.
So by now you must be asking, “Can you really make money without spending money on web design and how much?”.
Well stay tuned because I am going to show you a few solid ways to get paid through affiliate marketing without even the luxury of a free WordPress blog.
But first, let me share with you a list of places to find affiliate products to promote.
These are just a few of the options as to where you can find products to promote. But you don’t have to stop there. You can also find products to promote by emailing the owners and inquiring. You’d be surprise of the companies that do have referral programs.
Now it’s time to list a few options for marketing these products without having to invest in web design. There are several options. And each of them have are unique in their own way. But you’ll have to implement the same basic principles in all of them.
|Find a niche you want to target|
Choose a market that has a huge following. Once you have that you can niche down even deeper. Having a bigger audience means that there is definite interest.
|Locate where they are hanging out at|
In each of the platforms, you’ll have to locate and target your exact audience. This could be in a group or by using targeting tools that the platform provides.
|Find out their main problems and concerns |
Browse the source to find out what your audience is talking about. This will help you understand their lingo as well as other pertinent information.
|Get involved in the conversation|
Make sure you don’t just join these networks without properly introducing yourself. Get involved in the conversation. In fact, you should provide some sort of value for free at first if possible.
|Select a product that that provides the solution|
Based on the conversations you’ve observe, you can now select the product that provides the solution. Your research will make the difference in this step.
|Share your affiliate link |
Sharing your referral link in the network is the last step. While sharing your link, make sure to use a great headline and engaging copy that touches on their pain points.
Social media is probably the quickest way to start earning with other people’s products. To get started you’ll need just a few things.
First of all, you will need a domain. Don’t worry, I am keeping my promise of you not having to maintain a website. This domain will be used to redirect to your affiliate offer—because you don’t want to use those ugly affiliate links.
Once you have a pretty link, then you can start promoting your personalized link on social media.
You can add your link to all your social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram….the list goes on and on. These are just a few of the most popular social media platforms where you can post your links.
Marketing effectively with Facebook does come withsome rules. To be effective your must diversify your posts. That means you cannot post only your affiliate links.
A good Facebook strategy should involve:
You must remember that this is a social network, therefore you should be sociable.
With all the new social media marketing websites popping up, a lot of marketers have started to neglect Twitter. But that has not kept this social media giant from being a great source for creating traffic to your affiliate offers.
Twitter has over 300 million users. And with tools like Buffer, Hootsuite and TweetJukeBox, you can create a buzz by automating your content posting.
The rules for posting is pretty much the same with Twitter as it is on Facebook. You want to make sure you are not just spamming followers with affiliate links.
A good posting strategy can include inspirational quotes, informative blog posts (from influential marketer’s blog feed), and viral content (pictures, videos..etc).
Mix these with your affiliate content to start seeing some results.
One of the hidden treasures of marketing without using a personal website is Instagram. The main objective here is to post pictures that engage people to like, follow and comment. While it may seem like all fun and games, this social media platform is generating a ton of commissions for affiliate marketers.
This marketing platform has been overlooked by many because you are not allowed to include affiliate links within your post.
But you can include your affiliate URL in your bio…
And every now and then you can make a post which include the words “Check out the link in my bio”. Instagram also does not allow raw affiliate links. So I recommend using a real domain name that redirects.
Besides bringing attention to your bio, you can also use “shoutouts” for generating traffic to your product. Shoutouts are basically outreaching to other Instagrammer with huge accounts, then asking them to give you a mention or post your url in their bio.
Of course, they will be a charge for this service. The amount they charge will all depend on the size of their following and what the account owner deems is fair.
I won’t go too deep into how to promote your affiliate products on social media but…
If you don’t know how to market your affiliate products in any of these social media platforms, And you need a more detailed guide, you can invest in a quick course on JVZoo, Warrior forum or just perform a search on Google.
Social media marketing is really NOT that difficult, it can be time consuming however, unless you are using paid methods. Then it’s just a matter of mastering that paid advertising skill.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. This holds true for banner advertising. This type of marketing has been around forever but it is still effective.
Banner advertising is quite simple. You find a high traffic website that is related to your offer. You contact the site owner. And negotiate costs for getting your banner placed on their site.
The good news is, you don’t even have to create your own banners. Most affiliate offers provide marketers with ton of different banner variations.
But if you are like me, you might prefer the done for you systems. In that case, you can just buy banner or popup traffic from PPV, and PPC publishers.
That way, all you have to do is provide the banner or offer url and monitor your traffic. Simple enough? Great!
You can also choose from a ton of other PPC methods including FB Paid ads. keep in mind that just about every social media platform also offers some sort of paid advertising.
Now we are at the third tip on how To promote affiliate products successfully without a website.
And this is also my favorite; Solo ads. With this method you will need a landing page. But we will still be sticking to the script, because we will not be hosting any website whatsoever.
The pages will be hosted by the landing page provider. There are several companies that provide this service such a Lead Pages, Unbounce and my favorite–Online Sales Pro.
Coincidentally…they have solid affiliate program as well.
By using a landing page creator like Online Sales Pro you will be able to create landing pages on the fly. You will also have access to pre-built pages that you can use to re-direct to your affiliate offers— all while building your list.
And you know what they say about building a big list right? If you don’t, the saying is “The money is in the list”.
So once you’ve created a good landing page, all you have to do is locate reputable solo vendors to buy traffic from and voila!—Instant commissions from promoting affiliate products without having to maintain a website.
Why use an Ebook to boost your affiliate sales? Because people love free stuff. And a good ebook can go viral if you offer good content and allow your readers to also give it away for free.
Creating an Ebook is not difficult at all, even if you are not good at writing content. It also does not matter if you are not that knowledgeable in the niche.
The solution is to purchase some good PLR content and re-write it in your own words. Or you can hire a freelance writer to re-write it for you. You can easily find some pretty detailed PLR ebooks for under $50 bucks online.
Once you have your Ebook completed, you can upload it to Google Drive, Dropbox or your favorite cloud storage account. Then just share the pdf on your favorite platform. Make sure to include your affiliates links in several places within your ebook.
Also don’t forget to give your ebook readers full rights to give it away as they please. If your content is good, chances are you will benefit greatly from others sharing it with their followers.
Websites such as Craigslist are popular for selling your personal items. They can also be just as effective for selling digital products and promoting affiliate offers or direct sales programs.
Because of the popularity of affiliate marketers posting direct links in Craigslist, it has become somewhat harder to post affiliate urls. It has also become more difficult to post multiple times daily. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Successful affiliate marketers use proxies to post to hide their IP address. Therefore allowing them the ability to post multiple ads on Craigslist daily. As far as the domain issue, smart marketers replace the “.com” with a “(dot) com”. You can also include a phone number that sends visitors to a voice message which then directs them to your affiliate offer.
As with anything marketing platform, the rules are always changing. You can stay on top of all the changes and solutions by staying active on online marketing forums.
While staying active in the forums, don’t forget to place your affiliate link in your signature; Yet another way to make money with affiliate marketing without a website.
Making a list of ways to Market affiliate products without a website would not be complete without the second largest search engine. In fact I believe that this is the best way to make money with affiliate marketing when you don’t want to invest in a website. Youtube is also a newbie friendly platform that allows beginners to learn how to make money online with affiliate offers.
Youtube video marketing is one of the most effective ways to promote your business. Whether it is affiliate marketing online or promoting a brick and mortar business, Youtube is a proven platform. The second biggest search engine is also much more easier to rank than websites.
In addition, check out these facts about Youtube:
Ranking Youtube videos is not any different than ranking websites. A good formula starts with proper keyword research, proper SEO implementation and writing keyword rich descriptions.
I recommend targeting long tail keywords. Long tail keywords consist of at least 4 words. These are much easier to rank for especially with Youtube. And just like with affiliate marketing with a blog or website, the title, description and content should contain the keyword.
Creating informative, engaging videos with a call to action in the video and video description is important. You should include your affiliate link in the beginning of the description and also throughout the content for better results.
Most marketers create real short descriptions. I have found that longer descriptions of at least 300 words go a long way for ranking Youtube videos.
When you target long tail keywords, this strategy alone can get your video ranked pretty quickly. Sometimes within a few minutes. For more competitive keywords you will require more advance SEO strategies with some good backlinks to rank.
Making money online with affiliate products without the use of a personal website or blog works well. when you are first starting out. But for the long haul, I recommend you eventually create your own space online. After all…You are the brand.
Aside from email marketing all the ways to promote affiliate marketing listed in this post relies on outside sources. And to tell you the truth, it’s not always good to put all your eggs in baskets you do not own. Because if these third party sites shut down or implement an algorithm change, your commissions could all of a sudden be wiped out totally.
Hello my name is Marc Marseille and welcome to my website. I have been marketing online since 2008. My experiences online includes running my own SEO agency, affiliate marketing and getting certified as a Google Adwords partner. In this blog I will be sharing with you all that I have learned online since 2008 and hopefully assist you in your path to success.