How to Promote Affiliate Products Without a Website
Okay, you want to promote affiliate programs. You have one or two that you
are very interested in. But - you don't have your website created yet and you
don't even have your own optin-in list. What do you do? Here are a few things
you can do before you get your website created.
1. Write articles. Yes, I know. It's like being in school again and
learning something for the first time. It's really not all that difficult. Think
about the affiliate product that you want to promote. How does that product help
the person using it? Now, think of a story of someone who is struggling (with
whatever task they're trying to do without the product) and then provide the
solution to that problem.
You must be careful, though. If the story sounds like a sales pitch, your
article won't be published.
Let's take as an example: Autoresponders. Tell the story about a person trying
to send out a message every week manually. Talk about the frustrations. Then,
provide the solution by explaining how autoresponders work and why they should
be used for that task. But don't mention the autoresponder product you are
promoting in the article. That's what the article's Resource Box is for! The
resource box will contain a "mini" ad of sorts with a link to your affiliate
Submit your completed article to article announcement lists, article directories
and newsletter publishers.
2. Start your own opt-in list.
The gurus tell you that you must have your own list. Is that difficult? Well,
yes and no. There are lists and there are Lists. It's easy to find names and
email addresses to add to your list - just buy them from a list broker. However,
to get a "responsive" list there are some tasks that must be done.
Before your actually create your own website, you can have a list. Simply use
one of the free autoresponder or list server companies that are available.
One of these will get you started until you start making some money and can
afford to go "pro." Most free autoresponder options will have ads on top of each
message you send out.
When you have your website finished, put a subscription box on every page. You
never know where your site visitor will be coming from so you'll want to cover
all the bases.
3. Submit free and paid solo, top sponsor, and classified ads to newsletters
that are in your affiliate product's niche. Most affiliate marketers are
doing this already but are making two major mistakes:
1. They use the "canned" ads that the affiliate program company provides.
Re-write the ad in your own style. Make the ad different and unique. For a few
minutes of work you will get a much better response.
2. They don't mask the affiliate link. I would say that 90% of the ads that get
submitted to my newsletter still have the affiliate ID showing. I have preached
this many times but it bears repeating. Mask Your Link! Even if you just use a
service like http://tinyurl.com
or http://snipurl.com, it will
save you from having your affiliate ID ripped off by someone else. Besides, your
link will look a lot more professional and will meet the line length guidelines
that most publishers require.
The best affiliate marketers have their own domain name and website. But these
tips should help you get your start in affiliate marketing.
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