In this article we are going to look at how to do affiliate marketing without a website.
This is going to be straight forward, with no corner cutting or dubious techniques involved.
It is a step by step guide that can work if implemented correctly.
Disclosure : Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.
Before we get into how this is done, I want to make a few things very clear.
If you are serious about making money online, then you should aim to build a fully structured website and a promotional infrastructure around it.
Do not get me wrong, what I am about to show you can, and does, work if implemented correctly.
It is NOT, however, a full online business model and should not be regarded as such.
If you are aiming to make a quick bit of money, then sure, if you do this method and modify it to your own satisfaction, you can potentially make some quick money.
But…….If you are looking to set up an online business that creates ongoing income that may last years….This is not the way.
The reason I say this, is very simple.
Making online sales of any noteworthy amount involves building trust with your readers.
A website that has been in operation for a length of time and has a lot of content is how this is achieved.
This method, cannot, and will not, provide that level of trust.
Now, before you think, “Well what’s the point of the method you are going to share then?”
I will repeat, this method can potentially make you some quick money, but it is not a long term business model.
If you are serious about making real amounts of money long term, then I will tell you how at the end of this article.
Make Money Online Without A Website
Step 1 – Research A Niche
The first thing you are going to need to do is to decide upon the type of niche/topic you are going to be promoting in.
There are affiliate programs for pretty much any topic you can think of.
I advise that you select something you know a reasonable amount about.
You should also try to choose either a very broad niche such as “weight loss” or drill down further and go specific, such as “weight loss for women over 40”
The reason for this is very simple.
Unlike having a website full of informational content, you are going to be running with one page.
You are going to have to be able to write enough to make that page informative, but also not end up writing a long rambling page that the reader abandons before finishing.
So, try to choose a topic that you can write concisely about.
*You can of course choose a topic and do some research in order to have a decent grasp of the topic. Unlike a full website, you do not need to have enough knowledge to write dozens of posts.
Once you have chosen a topic you should then move on to step 2.
Step 2 – Find An Affiliate Product.
This can be a sticking point due to the fact that most affiliate programs require you to have a full website for them to review before allowing you to join their program.
However, there are programs out there that do not have such a strict policy and will allow people to join without a website.
You will have to do some research on finding products, there are plenty out there, but not for every topic.
One company that a lot of affiliates use is Clickbank.
This company sells courses via E-books and can be very lucrative.
They have products in all kinds of niches and offer great commission rates.
You should choose a product that pays a decent commission but is priced to sell.
Step 3 – Find A Free Website Platform.
There are plenty of platforms out there that allow you to set up free, and very basic, websites.
I’m not going to name any purely because I’m not going to encourage a horde of people to all start setting up free websites on certain platforms.
You can look for such services, and you will find them.
Once you have found one, you should then set about setting up a basic page framework.
Remember, you may have to add certain features, such as affiliate disclosures etc.
Again, you will have to do your own research on this.
I am purely giving you an overview of the technique, not a full blueprint.
Step 4 – Create Sales Copy.
The next thing, and probably the most crucial to your success, is to write a squeeze page.
A squeeze page is a page that converts a reader into a buyer.
It is also known as sales copy.
Now, before we start this part, I advise you to strongly consider buying the product you are going to be promoting.
Yes, I know this will involve spending money, but, if you want to write authentically and informatively about a product, you should have tried it.
After all, you are trying to promote a product to people, not rip them off by pushing crap upon on them.
So, for the rest of the article we shall assume you have bought and experienced the product and therefore know what you are promoting.
Ok, on to the most crucial part.
When writing the sales copy for your affiliate product, you should write it as a review (See why I said purchase it?).
You should go around the internet and read as many top review pages as you can to see how the successful pages layout their page.
Truth of the matter is, a LOT of review pages on the internet are affiliate sales copy.
I know this may be shocking to some of you, but it is a cold hard truth.
Once you know what to look for, you will spot them easily enough.
I’m not just talking about small affiliate pages either, some major sites do this exact technique.
Look at how they write and try to emulate it in your own style.
DO NOT JUST COPY!
Create your own style and layout.
Remember, the key to selling the product is to make the reader want to buy….Now….Not later…Now.
For this you should learn the following.
People go through stages when buying a product online.
This is where the person first hears about a product.
It can be by word of mouth or written word, a sudden interest caused by need or want, or advertising.
Word of mouth could be a friend telling them or a YouTube video etc.
Written word could be an article somewhere or a friends social media post etc.
A need or want is exactly as it sounds. It could be they need luggage for a trip or want a new computer for example.
Advertising of course is as you would imagine.
The next stage is where the person decides to look into the product and see what people are saying about it.
In other words, they start looking for reviews.
Starting to see how the technique works now?
The next stage, once they are really interested in the product because of reading reviews, is to find where they can purchase the product for the best price.
This is why I said earlier to make sure your affiliate product is competitively priced.
The next stage is where the customer decides if they are going to buy the product.
Is the need or want greater than their desire to keep their money? If the blunt truth be told.
The customer’s need or want is enough to make them purchase.
The key to sales copy is to walk your reader through all of these steps in one place.
Your squeeze page.
First contact is advertising as I mentioned earlier, but we will address that below.
For now we will focus on the rest of the steps.
You want your customer to read your review and become hyped about the product, but also trust your opinion.
Again, this is why I advise you should actually purchase the product.
Review the product honestly, but also enthusiastically.
Point out the features and benefits of the product.
This obviously varies greatly product to product.
Features are things such as how it operates and how well it is built in tech goods for example.
How it smells and how long it lasts for things such as perfume.
Benefits are usually also feature related.
So, you could say “This laptop is very well built (feature) and is well suited for traveling (benefit).
Make sure you tell the truth, but also make the customer want and/or need the product.
Think of all the times you have been sold something, either in person or online, and think of what tipped you over to purchase.
I assure you, it will be because of features and benefits presented to you in the right way.
I know this because I spent over a decade in high ticket sales and I was trained by some expert, and I do mean expert, sales trainers.
Products are always purchased based on need, desire, or both.
I don’t care if it’s toilet paper or a sports car.
If need and/or desire criteria are met, the product will be sold.
You have to write with that in mind.
As I said, spend time reading reviews online, and you will see what I mean.
Your review will fulfill the research step if done correctly.
Next is the price shop step.
This is why I mentioned making sure your affiliate product is competitively priced.
Ideal scenario would be that the only place you can purchase the product from is the same place you are being an affiliate for.
If the product is available from various places, then you could always say, “After looking around online, the best price I found for this item is…”
The next step is the decide step.
Here is the tipping point.
Here is where you have to eliminate any reservations the customer may have and to place a “call to action”.
In other words, tip them over the buying edge.
Again this can vary product to product.
But, and do not tell lies here, a good way is to mention that you have no idea how long the item will stay in stock or remain at the same price.
This creates a sense of urgency in the buyer.
No one wants to miss out on something they want, or end up paying more because they hesitated.
Its a cold truth, but truth nonetheless.
Again, if you look around, you will see that technique used all over.
Ever seen the “While stocks last!” sales pitch used by companies?
I rest my case.
If you have done all of these steps correctly you will have written your sales copy.
All you need to do then is to add the affiliate links and pictures etc at the bottom.
You should also use pictures throughout the article to make it more visually appealing, but don’t go overboard.
It can be wise to add links at various points during the review in case a buyer is ready before the end, but do not go overboard on this either.
Too many and it not only appears, but is, very pushy and puts the reader off because it feels like a sales pitch rather than a review.
As time goes on, you can, and should tweak your page should you learn better ways to optimize your sales copy to convert more effectively.
That comes with experience over time.
Step 5 – Promotion
The next step you need to do is to set up some social media accounts.
If you already have social media accounts, then you could always use those.
I suggest setting up new ones so you do not mix your promotional traffic with your friends and relatives that may be on your personal accounts.
Next, you should then start promoting your page to the masses.
Write posts on your social accounts and include links to your page.
Use hashtags to make sure you reach the most relevant viewers.
Social media marketing is too long and complex a topic to detail here, but if you use social media already, then you already have a decent grasp of the concept.
Consider using classified free ad sites, you can find them with a google search, and post ads linking to your page.
If you are willing to put in the effort, then create Youtube videos and repeat your review there.
You can include links to your page in the video description and tell people in the video “Link in the description”.
You can also do paid advertising via PPC (Pay per click).
I honestly advise against this until you know your page converts well.
Simply because if it doesn’t, then you will end up wasting money.
You can also create an E-book on your chosen niche and include a link back to your page. (Most official E-book sites will not allow books with affiliate links inside, but will allow links to a website)
There are plenty of ways to promote your page.
But stay within all of the platforms terms of service.
Be sure to research who allows what, and adhere to their rules.
If not, you will simply be banned.
That is the basic concept of how to do affiliate marketing without a website.
As I stated, it is not a blueprint, but it is a decent overview to give you ideas.
You can of course find places to just post your affiliate links direct. Some platforms allow this, but without the squeeze page aspect, you are unlikely to have much luck.
My strongest advice, as always, is to do things properly and build a full online business website and promotional infrastructure.
Don’t get me wrong, the above technique can be a decent way to learn the basic concepts of online promotion.
But, if you make any mistakes and break terms of service, you will have lost valuable places to promote should you choose to set up a full business in the future.
In my opinion.
Do it correctly in the first place and build a long term profitable business rather than try to make quick money with the above concept.
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