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You hear it so often, everybody wants to start affiliate marketing with no website.
Why this is the case, I do not know. However, today I will be showing you how you can actually get started with affiliate marketing, despite not having a website.
Before I go into how you can start, we will also be discussing the potential problems with not using a website. This will allow you to see whether or not you do want to use a website.
Should You Use A Website For Affiliate Marketing?
The truth is, you should definitely be using a website. However, I will still guide you in starting affiliate marketing without a website. A website will allow you to get free visitors from Google daily, alongside free email leads and sales.
It will allow you to grow steadily. Additionally, you kind of need a website to collect email leads. If we can’t collect emails, we can’t sell to our leads in the future, so we make less money.
No Website? No free high-quality traffic from Google. Again, we make less money. The final reason why you should have a website is that it shows that you have an online presence and it builds trust.
Well, if writing articles is too much effort for you, maybe affiliate marketing is not for you. Also, affiliate marketing with no website will probably be a similar amount of effort if not more than writing articles.
Now that you know the pain of not using a website if you still want to continue without a website feel free to move onto the next. However, if you want to do it the more profitable way then I recommend reading my affiliate marketing blog with $100 guide.
How To Start Affiliate Marketing With No Website
So, you chose to start affiliate marketing with no website.
Of course, that’s fine. Now, what I actually have prepared for you is two different methods.
Both are hard work but they are worth it. For one of the methods you will be required to build a landing page, however, I will show you how to do so for free. Don’t worry, there are no articles involved, just emails.
The second method is to build an audience on a platform of your choice. Using this method, you will build an audience and then sell them your affiliate products. As you can imagine, this will obviously take some time, effort and consistency.
To make it worth it, I will show you which specific platform has the most value and the biggest earning potential. Starting any business was never going to be easy and when you don’t do it the most efficient way, it will just get harder.
The Choice In Methods
Each choice below is explained so that you can make the right choice for you. Even if you pick one of these, I still recommend to eventually build yourself a website, as it will help you grow in the long term. However, it’s up to you. So, do whatever you think is best for you.
Choice One – Email Marketing Method
The first choice is the email marketing method. It works through collecting email addresses and selling your affiliate products in the emails that you send.
This method has the benefit of building a valuable email list. On average each email you collect will be worth $1 per month. If this does sound like something you want to do, I have a complete step-by-step guide on this method, so feel free to check that out.
Choice Two – Building An Audience
The second method is to build an audience on a platform of your choice.
If you build an audience on the right platform, this can be extremely lucrative too. Of course, you can do this on any platform that you want, however, all platforms have their own benefits. One in particular beats all the other platforms by a mile.
So, we build an audience, then we sell them something or we can also collect emails and sell in our emails too. That’s the easy bit, building up the audience is the more complicated part. However, once we have built up our audience it will be worth it due to the easy commissions.
Platforms That You Can Build An Audience On
1. YouTube (Recommended)
The first option is YouTube which I recommend for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, you are constantly bringing in new search traffic, which are people searching for you. This means the traffic quality is extremely high and it will be free too.
The second reason I recommend building an audience on YouTube over other platforms such as social media is the content format. For example, let’s say you want to create a review of a product with your affiliate link. It’s going to be hard for you to do this and nobody will search for it on social media anyway. Let’s say you would try to do this on Instagram, you would have to write a long review that very little people are going to read, then send them to the link in your bio, it just doesn’t work.
The content format also plays a big role in other pieces of content. If you would produce a piece of “how to” content with an affiliate link, it would be hard to upload it to social media. Again, nobody would be searching for it on social media.
Don’t get me wrong social media does have it’s use cases, but for affiliate marketing, it has so little value compared to blogging or YouTube.
On YouTube, you can create the kind of format that converts such as reviews, how-to guides, etc and people are searching for it too. This is not the case on any social media platform. See the difference?
Yes, some of you may argue that Pinterest is somewhat of a search engine, but Pinterest users are usually looking for ideas. Ideas are not necessarily what you have to offer.
2. Any Social Media Platform
The second option is to build your audience on a social media platform.
As for the reasons I mentioned above, if you are going to do this on a social media platform, you should at least eventually collect emails.
In fact, I recommend even creating a website or YouTube channel eventually, so that you can make more commissions and grow faster.
Of course, it’s up to you, however, I do want to show you some statistics about social media. According to Neil Patel, an average social media account generates 2 organic visitors per 100 visitors.
Let’s say you are direct linking to a sales page with a 2% conversion. That would mean, you would need 5000 followers for 2 organic sales. Of course, you might get a few more through posting a lot and engaging in tons of conversations, but it’s still not efficient at all.
So, just be warned that it will be hard to drive a lot of sales with social media without collecting emails. Even with collecting emails, you will find it harder than if you were to start a blog or YouTube channel.
Also, if you think I have some sort of agenda to stop you from using social media and making you start a blog or YouTube channel, I don’t. I am here on blogging too and I have had practically 0 success from social media. Every time I have tried growing a social media account, it dies in a matter of months.
Focusing on search traffic from Google, Bing, YouTube, etc is the key to building a successful affiliate marketing
Now that we have discussed platforms, let’s have a look at what kind of content we need to create to attract an audience.
This really depends on the niche you are in as each niche defines value in a different way. For some niches, it may be funny content, for other niches it may be content that helps your audience in a certain way, for example, tips on a certain topic.
You really need to take a moment and think about what kind of content helps your target audience.
Once you have figured that out, you need to create as much of that content as possible. By creating this sort of content, your audience will stick around for the future.
Next, we need to talk about how you will grow, a very important part of the process. The key to growth from 0 is engaging in relevant posts & conversations to make others find you as soon as possible.
Of course, it will be a little different on every platform, but each platform has its own way of engaging with others.
YouTube: Comment on others’ videos
Instagram: Comment on others’ pictures
Twitter: Reply to tweets from others, engage in relevant conversations.
Facebook: Engage in groups and other posts
By doing this daily, you will get more and more relevant eyes on your content (assuming that you are in engaging in relevant content).
More relevant eyes on your content will mean they stick around for more, as I said earlier. This is how you slowly, but steadily grow from 0 followers.
It’s the snowball effect, as your old subscribers will return for more content.
Monetization & Sales
Now, that we know how to grow and how to create content, we need to talk about monetization and sales.
If you did go with YouTube (or blogging), this is really easy.
Whenever your piece of content offers the opportunity to add affiliate links, just do it. Additionally, you can also use Google AdSense if you are on YouTube. If you are blogging, then I recommend using affiliate banners instead.
Now, if you chose to use a social media platform, things get a little more tricky.
Of course, you could now and again go for the direct linking approach. However, if you don’t get any sales by doing this, you should probably notice that it doesn’t work. In this scenario, you should collect emails and sell your affiliate products in emails.
Also, note that if you keep promoting products on social media, your followers will probably get annoyed. If you do want to just go with direct linking, keep a close eye on your views/clicks, etc.
This will allow you to see how many clicks you are generating with a post. Once, you have this figure, I recommend going by the guideline of 1-2% conversion on your sales page. You will then be able to get a rough idea of whether you have enough views to make sales or not.
Although, you shouldn’t rely on these figures, as there is no guarantee, especially with a small sample of clicks such as 100. So, just test out what works for you. If it’s not working, collect emails and sell inside of them, you will get more sales.
The main thing is that you grow your audience to a number where it will be easier to sell.
Each niche and each platform will require different types of content to grow and make sales.
It’s impossible to tell you exactly what you need to do, but I hope that this guide has helped you to go in the right direction.
Sometimes, you just need to get started and once you get started, it all get’s a lot easier. Whatever method you choose, just remember that consistency is key.
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