Updated July 2019
A Website Or No Website…That’s The Question
Do you want to make money through the Internet but you don’t have enough experience or capital to start your own online business? You don’t have to worry, because a lot of online marketing options exist for you to start. One of these options, and shall I say the best, is affiliate marketing – a great opportunity for you to run your own online business from home.
Affiliate marketing provides first time online marketers like you the chance to market something online even without having your own product to sell. 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. As an affiliate, you are paid by the merchant for your services on a commission basis, that is 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. One of the reasons why a lot of people remain hesitant is the lack of a website to start marketing their affiliate products with. This now leads us to the question of whether a website is required or necessary in affiliate marketing or not.
Many people say that you can do affiliate marketing even without a website to start with. Actually, you can really start promoting and marketing affiliate products even without a website; and there exists a lot of ways on how this can be done. In fact, many affiliate marketing strategies that leads to success can exist without actually needing a website. Among these strategies are email marketing, offline promotions, writing e-books, writing ezines and engaging in online discussions like forums, chats, message boards and others.
Email marketing, or maintaining email lists, is actually the most popular affiliate marketing strategy that doesn’t require the affiliate to maintain a website. 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. Articles that you provide your contacts with need not always be promotional, for many individuals find such types of email annoying. Rather, it would be better if you provide them with something informative and just add small text ads that link to your merchant’s site.
There are many ways on how you can promote your affiliate products offline. Among the common medium used for such promotions are classified ads, brochures and flyers. Classified ads would generally work better compared to the other two because classified ads in periodicals often get a wider audience.
Writing Free e-books
If you have a knack in writing, writing an e-book can be the best way for you to promote your affiliate products in the absence of an actual website. Just like in emails and newsletters, your readers would better appreciate your e-book if it is not too promotional but rather informative. Be sure, however, to make the contents of your e-books relative to the actual affiliate products you are promoting. And just like in email marketing, you can just place text ads or banners somewhere near the end of your e-book that links to the merchant’s site.
Writing Free Ezines
Ezines are publications or articles that aim to inform individuals about a particular topic. If you don’t have a website and but want to be an affiliate, you can use ezines to promote your affiliate products or to insert links to your merchant’s site. If you have a website, your ezine article may actually work well as content for your site. 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, Chat Rooms etc)
With or without a website, you just can’t ignore online discussions because they are great venues for marketing your affiliate products. In chat rooms, forums, message boards and discussion boards with topics related to your products, you can easily find people who may be interested in 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 affiliate products and promoting affiliate programs. Well, starting in an affiliate program without a website may be easy, but getting successful in affiliate marketing without a website is another thing. While one can actually gain enormous success in affiliate marketing even without a website, it is a rare instance that “newbies” can reach the same levels of success. Therefore one of the first things you should do is build your own website to your own specifications for your affiliate marketing promotions or sales.
Having a website is not really a pre-requisite in entering into an affiliate program, unless otherwise the program owner would require you to have one. But while this is so, as said above I would still recommend that you have yourself a website, if not now, then maybe at a later time. Having a website creates a lot of advantages in affiliate marketing. For one, it provides you a place where you can creatively promote not only one of your affiliate products but all of your affiliate products. With a website, you can also advertise your affiliate products to a wider market.
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.
This website you are browsing at the moment belongs to me and no one can tell me what to do with it, they can’t tell me what to sell or promote on it and in fact it’s my very own online real estate that I alone have total control over.
The most important aspect of owning your own website is of course the revenue it generates and as I said previously. My Website, My Revenue and nobody gets their hands on any money I make from it but me. A pretty nice situation to be in, wouldn’t you say?
Now wouldn’t you like to be in my shoes? Wouldn’t you like to have your own money making website? Wouldn’t you like to earn an income from the internet without leaving your home?
Well, you can and it’s easier than you think to get started, and I’m going to tell you exactly how you can achieve all three of the above in a very short time indeed.
First of all even if you have some experience of selling/promoting in a previous or current employment or you are a complete ‘Newbie’ you are going to need some guidance and basic training to get started as an online affiliate and with your own website.
A website wont build itself. Of course you can hire someone to do this for you and you can be sure this wont come cheap. You could also hire an online company to ‘Host’ your website on the internet, and again this could cost you a fair bit of money.
So what’s the solution?
The solution is Wealthy Affiliate. This is an online company with a platform from which to launch your affiliate marketing career. And you know that bit where I said you have to pay for a website and hosting. Forget that because as soon as you join wealthy affiliate you will receive, not one but two free websites and they will be hosted for you on wealthy affiliate’s Cloud Hosting Service completely free of charge as well. Seems like a great deal so far, doesn’t it? It gets better.
Wealthy Affiliate has a training program that is second to none. Check it on the internet and you will find it has rave reviews as a money maker for experienced and newbie affiliates alike. This is no fly-by-night scam folks. This truly is the ‘Real Deal’ for you to earn an income from the internet from the comfort of your own home.
As soon as you join you can get stuck into the Starter Membership program which the two co-owners devised based on their own marketing methods that they used to start their own internet careers a few years ago.
They have put together a training program with 500+ video’s, a bootcamp, online classrooms, a live chat room, private messaging to them personally, a keyword tool, access to thousands of fellow members and the list just goes on and on.
If you are still reading this article then I have to take it for granted that you do indeed want the financial freedom that an internet income can give you so I’m going to ask you two questions again.
Do you want your own money making website?
Wouldn’t you like to earn an income from the internet from your home?
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Thank you for reading my article and if you have the time please leave a comment below or anywhere else on this site’s pages and I will get back to you.