Website Or No Website…That’s The Question

If Making Money on the internet is your desire, but you don’t have enough experience or capital to start your own online business, other Marketing options exist for you online, so you don’t have to be worried. And shall I say the best of these options, is affiliate marketing.

Even without having your own product to sell, affiliate marketing provides first time online marketers  the chance to market something. 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. You are paid by the merchant for your services on a commission basis, as an affiliate, 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. The lack of a website to start marketing his affiliate products with is one of the reasons why a lot of people remain hesitant. We are now led to the question in affiliate marketing weather having a website is required or necessary.

Even without a website to start with, many people say that one can get involved in affiliate marketing. Even without a website, one can actually start promoting and marketing his affiliate products; and there exists a lot of ways on how this can be done. Without actually needing a website, many affiliate marketing strategies, in fact, lead to success. For example, email marketing, offline promotions, writing e-books, writing ezines, and engaging in online discussion like forums, chats, message board, and others, are among these strategies.

Email Marketing

The most popular affiliate marketing strategy if you don’t maintain a website is Email marketing or maintain email lists. 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. Since many people find promoting emails annoying, there is no need to send them all the time. Consider providing them with informative information, and then adding small text ads that link to your merchant’s site.

Offline Promotion

There are many ways on how you can promote your affiliate products offline. Among the common medium used for such promotions as brochures, flyers, and classified ads. Often getting a wider audience from periodicals, classified ads would generally work better compared to other classified ads.

Writing Free e-books

The best way for you to promote your affiliate products in the absence of an actual website, is an e-book, if you have a knack for writing. Just like in emails and newsletters, your readers would better appreciate your e-book if it is not too promotional but rather informative. Make the contents of your e-books relative, however, to the actual affiliate products you are promoting. You can just place text ads or banners, just like in email, somewhere near the end of your e-book that links to the merchant’s site.

Writing Free Ezines

Ezines inform individuals about a particular topic as publications. 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. Your ezine article may actually work well as content for your site, if you have a website. 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.

Online discussions (Forums, Chats, Message Boards, etc.)

As great venues for marketing your affiliate products, you just can’t ignore online discussions with or without a website. In chats, forums, message boards and 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 it’s entirely another thing to be successful without on. 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.

It is not usually a pre-requisite, unless the program owner would require having a website. If not now, I would still recommend that you get yourself a website, if not now maybe later. In affiliate marketing, having a website creates a lot of advantages. With the ability to promote not just one but all of your affiliate products creatively is one reason to a have a website. You can also advertise your affiliate products to a wider market, with a website.

Again, 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.

stevewhitton.com


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