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Affiliate Marketing – Website Or No Website

April 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Affiliate Marketing

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. One of the reasons why a lot of people remain hesitant is the lack of a website to start marketing his affiliate products with. This now leads us to the question of whether a website is required or necessary in affiliate marketing or not.

Some people say that one can do affiliate marketing even without a website to start with. Actually, one can really start promoting and marketing affiliate products without a website. In fact, many affiliate marketing strategies that lead to success can exist without a website. Among these strategies is email marketing, offline promotions, writing e-books, writing ezines and engaging in online discussions like forums, chats, message boards and others.

Email marketing is actually the most popular affiliate marketing strategy that doesn’t require the affiliate to maintain a website. An affiliate marketer basically 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 they are promoting. The articles provided to the contacts need not always be promotional. Many individuals find such types of email annoying. Often it is better to provide the contact with something informative and just add small text ads that link to the merchant’s site.

Promote your affiliate products offline can be done in numerous ways. Among these are classified ads, brochures and flyers. Classified ads generally work better compared to the other two because classified ads in periodicals can be promoted to a wider audience.

If you like to write you could write an e-book as a way to promote your affiliate products. No website is required. Like with emails marketing readers will generally appreciate and e-book more if it is not too promotional and is more informative. Make sure the content of your e-books are relative to the actual affiliate products you are promoting. Like with email marketing you can place text ads or banners somewhere near the end of the e-book that links to the merchant’s site.

Ezines are publications or articles that inform individuals about a particular topic. Again no website is needed to promote your affiliate products. Links can be inserted into the articles to promote the merchant’s site. If you have a website your ezine articles can work well as content on your site. Even without a website, submitting your free ezine articles to various websites that hosts ezines is a viable way to promote your affiliate products.

With or without a website, you just can’t ignore online discussion venues as a great way to market your affiliate products. Chat-rooms, forums, and on message and discussion boards with topics related to your products are an easy way for people to find out about your affiliate products.

With all these strategies it may appear that one really doesn’t need to have a website. While running an affiliate program without a website may be easy its often difficult to be successful without a website. While one can actually gain enormous success in affiliate marketing without a website it is a rare for “newbies” to reach the same levels of success as experienced marketers.

Generally having a website is not a pre-requisite for entering into an affiliate program. However sometimes program owner require affiliates to have one. I highly recommend that you get yourself a website if you are serious about affiliate marketing. Having a website has a lot of advantages such as providing you a place to creatively promote not only one of your affiliate products but all of your affiliate products. By having a website you can advertise to a wider market. Websites are not a requirement in affiliate marketing but the advantages are great. Having one often makes affiliate marketing a lot easier.

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