Friday, February 6, 2009

Tips For Starting Online With Affiliate Marketing

by Cynthia Minnaar

Affiliate Marketing has become so popular mainly due to the fact that you do not need to create a product of your own and using the promotional materials provided by the merchant means you can get started online straight away.

Once you sign up as an affiliate you are usually given a website but one has to question whether this is sufficient to start and build a successful affiliate marketing business on the internet.

You are more likely to achieve success in affiliate marketing on the internet by starting your own website due to the fact that you cannot make any changes to the website provided by the merchant in order to optimize it for the search engines to gain organic traffic.

There are so many advantages to having your own website such as being able to pre-sell the products on your website by showcasing them with your own reviews, which is a highly effective way of selling. There are several ways that are open to you if you want to do affiliate marketing without your own website if building and running a website does not appeal to you. Here are some ideas.

Email marketing is something you can do without having a website of your own. If you choose this method you would direct your leads straight to your affiliate sales page from your links in the email message.

Another way is to set up an auto-responder with a series of pre-written messages about the product you are promoting, purchase leads and import them directly into your auto-responder and promote your auto-responder email address.

A link in your signature in the online forums, starting a blog and posting it there or using article marketing are some ways to promote your auto-responder email address.

If you are feeling creative you can write an e-book. Choose a specific theme and provide useful information and include your affiliate links throughout the e-book to generate sales. You want to write an e-book that is going to be read so stay focused on your theme and provide 20 - 30 pages of relevant interesting information rather than rambling on for 100 pages or so.

Do make sure you read the guidelines before posting in forums, specifically those relating to your signature, as many do not allow affiliate links. However, they do allow you to place a link to a blog or website. You could always start a free blog if you do not want to run your own website.

Reviews are very popular so you could write and post one on your blog giving the benefits and features of the product along with your link and image of the product. You could also provide a sign-up form for your auto-responder. Then participate in relevant forums and provide the web address to your blog post in your forum signature.

Article marketing is a very effective way to do affiliate marketing on the internet without a website and you can provide the link to your blog post in your resource box or in some cases your affiliate page. Again be sure to check the article submission guidelines as some directories do not allow affiliate links. Surfers who find your article informative and interesting will click on the links in the resource box to your affiliate page or blog post.

Although there are various ways to do affiliate marketing on the internet without a website the best way is to start an online affiliate home business with your own website. However, if that is not something you feel comfortable with then you can promote your links in the ways suggested above.

About the Author

Cynthia Minnaar runs her own successful Online Affiliate Marketing Businessstart an online affiliate home business of your own. full-time from home. She invites you to find out how you can