In this article, I will be discussing with you how to become an affiliate marketer without a website. Now, why would anyone want to market without a website? There may be many reasons behind not creating a website.
Through direct linking, you can join various affiliate programs just like you do when you have your own website, create ads for their products, and send those clicks straight to the merchant’s site.
Google AdWords does not allow this; however, MSN adCenter and Yahoo Search Marketing do.
Without further delay, I will outline the necessary steps for you to become an affiliate marketer without building your own website.
- 1. Keyword Research For Affiliate Marketers
- 2. Find Affiliate Programs To Join
- 3. Post on Forums and Blogs
- 4. Promote Your Product By Writing an Ebook
- 5. Write Reviews or Ads on Classified Websites
- 6. Promote Affiliate Links On Social Media
- 7. Affiliate Marketing On YouTube
- 8. Build Free Landing Pages
- 9. Quora
1. Keyword Research For Affiliate Marketers
The very first thing that beginner affiliate marketers should do is to perform Keyword Research. This will help you complete two very important tasks:
- You will be able to find your niche.
- Easily find products and services to target.
You must do the research first, it is necessary. The only fact to consider is that you must be sure that the keywords you choose to target have a lot of traffic with low competition. You can choose long-tail keywords with buying intent.
I highly recommend the Semrush Keyword Research Tool. Not only will this tool help you target the specific niche, but it will also help drill down to those keywords that have low competition and high search volume. You can read my Sermush Review and opt for its 14-day free trial.
You want to search for keywords that have high traffic and a low QSR. QSR stands for Quoted Search Results. The QSR is the number of websites on the web that are competing for the same keyword.
You must master your keyword research strategy to be successful. Since you will not be using your own website and be driving traffic directly to the merchant your keywords are the life-blood of your campaign.
2. Find Affiliate Programs To Join
After doing proper keyword research it's time to join affiliate programs and get that golden link to share so that you get paid for every sale.
Finding awesome affiliate programs is difficult, but if you go with the popular affiliate programs you can enjoy various benefits.
Personally, I prefer:
The reason behind choosing these affiliate programs is that you get access to thousands of products/services running on one platform. And of course, they are free to join! You need not pay for them.
If you are looking for different affiliate programs in your niche, you can search on Google for the best affiliate programs to join.
3. Post on Forums and Blogs
Now that you have got your affiliate link you need to share it as much as possible in order to generate sales. Since you don't have your own website you need to post and share your links on different platforms.
So the next step after you have been accepted to an affiliate program would be to start promoting your affiliate products. You should probably start following blogs and forums that are relevant to the products and services that you are promoting.
One thing is very important; don’t just start dropping your affiliate link with comments that add no value to the discussion. Chances are that you will get banned for spam.
You will want to be a regular, trusted visitor or member. Trust is usually not built overnight, it takes time. I always say in my affiliate sessions “Trust is the very expensive thing which cheap people can't afford”. So make sure while sharing or posting your review you don't spam.
With this method, you would leave the affiliate link in the conclusion. If you are a respected member of the forum people will be more inclined to click on your link.
Be sure to review the member policies to be sure that you can leave affiliate links. Some forums do not allow it.
However, there are some forums or discussion groups that allow you to leave affiliate links in the signature box. This signature box is displayed each time you write or reply to a post.
4. Promote Your Product By Writing an Ebook
Yes, I know it's not an easy task, but worth doing to gain success in the long run.
To write an eBook you have to choose a topic that you are comfortable and knowledgeable about. The eBook should have at least 30 pages and ensure that the content is valuable to your readers.
You will add your affiliate product links to the eBook. The next step is to distribute the eBook using various platforms like Amazon. You can publish your ebook on Amazon for free. Or else you can give it away, sell it on eBay for a small charge, or contact someone else put it on their website.
It is crucial that your book is helpful and informative or else no one will pay attention to what you are promoting. You must also build trust with this eBook.
5. Write Reviews or Ads on Classified Websites
Another strategy that you can use is to write reviews or ads on classified websites. I’m sure you are familiar with websites like Craigslist.
Consider placing ads and reviews for the affiliate products that you’re promoting with your affiliate link.
A couple of sites you might want to try are:
- Epage Classifieds
You can also write your product reviews on Medium.com. Medium has a huge audience interested in various niches. The fact is that Medium article ranks faster since Medium has higher domain authority.
6. Promote Affiliate Links On Social Media
A great strategy that you can use to promote your affiliate products without a website is to create a social media page and share your affiliate links. You can create Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube channel to share your content containing your affiliate link.
The awesome thing about this is that you can promote your affiliate products and leave your links right there in your post without any restrictions.
You can create informative product reviews, posts, discussions, and instructional videos to promote your products; while leaving your affiliate links along with whatever method of your choosing.
Thankfully, it is extremely easy to build friends and join groups with Facebook, but the rest is upon your Social Media Marketing skills. Social media is a powerful tool use it smartly to bring those leads and generate sales.
7. Affiliate Marketing On YouTube
Affiliate marketing is a way for YouTubers to make money. Most of the time, when they promote products or services on their videos, they are doing it because they get paid for doing so.
A lot of times, when you see Amazon products in YouTube videos, it is because the host has an affiliate account with Amazon and earns money every time someone views or clicks on their Amazon link in the video description box.
Affiliate marketing is different than sponsorships in that YouTubers can make money without any restrictions on what they say in the video. They only have to mention their sponsor (Amazon) in the video description box and Amazon pays them a commission for each click or view.
You can create YouTube videos reviewing your product and put the affiliate link in the description. The secret tip to get more clicks is to give offers to your audience.
8. Build Free Landing Pages
A Landing Page is like a one-page mini-website. You can write a small review of the product mention all features and pricing.
The Landing Pages websites take care of the hosting, you don’t need to know web development and all that stuff. You can make your Landing Page look professional by creating a welcome page answering a few questions. Then you can insert reviews, ads, and any other content that you wish.
This is as close as you can get to have a website without having to deal with driving all your own traffic to it. I highly recommend promoting your affiliate programs with the use of this method.
Quora is a platform where you people ask questions that you answer; only if it is a topic that you are familiar with. This would be the perfect place to drop your affiliate link.
I personally use Quora to drive traffic to my website and get conversions and clicks to my affiliate links.
Here, you are held to a high standard so definitely do not spam here or you will be banned out of the community. It is important that you become a respected member of this community by answering as many questions as you can.
Build out your profile thoroughly and answer that makes sense and is useful to your audience. Be sure to post high-quality answers and truly try to help others.
I would recommend not posting any links until you have over 50 unique visitors and 30k views and you are an established member.
Well, that sums up my recommendations on how to become an affiliate marketer without a website. As you can see, most of the above strategies are not those that you can implement overnight.
Make sure you join reputed Affiliate Programs. For beginners, without a website, I would suggest you go with ShareASale since the chances of getting approval are high.
Affiliate marketing is not hard work, it's all about smart work. If you have any further questions or comments please leave them below. If you have anything that you would like to add please comment below. I would be happy to read it.