Starting in affiliate marketing with a free website is a popular way to start an online business. Affiliate programs give their affiliates free websites to promote and training on how to do it. However, it is worth considering whether this is the best way to do affiliate marketing. Let’s talk about it in this article.
There are many ways to promote products for free. Let’s name some. You can write articles, write reviews (yes – it is possible to do a thorough review of a product and earn money out of it), create videos (you can make very convincing videos using screen graphics software like Camtasia, Dreamweaver and JUICE), write e-books, do search engine optimization, write articles, make PPC ads and so on.
I have used each of the above and I’m sure you have too. But each of these is time consuming, frustrating and requires a lot of work. And it may not be the best option for you if you are just starting out.
So, why not take affiliate marketing one step further and create a free website or a mini site or just a blog?
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this free option:
1. You don’t need a website of your own.
It can be quite daunting to start an online business without your own website (unless you are planning to sell your own product), but you don’t have to. You can easily build an affiliate business in a matter of minutes with a free webpage or mini site or blog. All your links are already set up for you. You just need to insert your affiliate links and you’re ready to go.
2. You can add affiliate products quickly and easily.
It’s easy to add affiliate products to your webpage or mini site. All your products are already selected and ready to be inserted. The entire process takes less than 10 minutes. You can insert an affiliate product using a hyperlink, a text link or a combination. In order to get maximum exposure, the more unique and targeted your visitors are, the more revenue you will make.
3. You can make money even when you are asleep.
If you decide to host your site on Google’s servers, you may have heard that Google takes Google’s cut. But what you may not know is that a web host may sometimes take Google’s cut as well. Don’t worry your webpage will still bring you money even while you are asleep. Your web hosting company will take Google’s cut and pay you, while you sleep.
How do I create an affiliate marketing website for free?
This is a very common question, and the answer is simple… it is possible! It is just one of the benefits of working online from home. There are many different ways of doing this, but for those who are new to internet marketing you can get started very easily with a blog.
Bizzy Seniors uses our blog to add content and monetize that content with affiliate marketing. Primarily we use display ads and selling a membership to Wealthy Affiliate.
What kind of website do I need for affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing involves advertising in favor of a particular website. Be an affiliate for any website and earn money from that website for every visitor, subscriber or sale that passes through your site.
You can get a free affiliate site, but it can be subject to a set of conditions like not being allowed to promote non-food related items and etc. You Use the replicated affiliate websites that are coded with your affiliate id number.
The main problem with that is you cannot make any changes to your replicated affiliate site. This means your site is like every other affiliate using it.
It also does not give you a chance to presell your affiliate product. When you talk about your product from a point of personal use you enhance your credibility.
You can’t do that when you send traffic directly to your affiliate website. A replicated website is controlled by the owner of that affiliate program which takes you out of the picture on preselling.
How do I create an affiliate link for my website?
This is a very frequently asked question, and the short answer is… you will need to sign up for an affiliate program or launch a campaign to create an affiliate link. Of course, the affiliate program will give you affiliate sites to promote that have your affiliate site url.
These are often bulky in appearance and not something you want to promote directly as it. So, what can you do?
One-way affiliates hide their bulky unattractive affiliate website url is to use an affiliate url shortener. There are many shorteners available, and they are easy to use and set up.
Select the affiliate url shortener that is right for your campaign. You want a url shortener that has a good reputation, is professional and has good search engine results. It needs to be able to handle large numbers of url’s, a great url shortener will help in delivering you great conversions.
The shortener will help your affiliate marketing and affiliate link exposure in one way or another. It does not have to be complex, but it should be effective. If your website url is too long, then there is always the risk that someone might delete your affiliate link and your money supply is compromised.
Protect from Hijackers
Using a shortener also protects your affiliate links from hijackers. This is a problem in some of the other niches where some people will use your link in their own blog or website and then not allow you to contact them because you no longer are the owner.
This shortener may even allow you to contact your former affiliate if you have exchanged emails. A shortener that you use might even allow you to forward your link to new affiliates or it might even allow you to edit the shortener in the event you have any ideas about how it could be improved.
You may even be able to ask the affiliate url shortener to show you how many clicks it has received and what portion of visitors clicked on it. This type of data will be very useful to you in determining what kind of advertising is best suited to your website and your budget. You want to be sure that the affiliate url shortened has all the features you are looking for and that it has good search engine results.
Easy To Use
Finally, a good affiliate url shortened should be easy to use and should look professional to the casual observer, even if they are not using any image enhancement software. Some of the most popular url shorteners are:
– Tiny url
Use A Redirect Domain
A redirect domain is another way to hide bulky affiliate websites. Buy a domain name and redirect is to your affiliate websites. This is easy to do and does not cost much.
It is always easier to get a business partner to sell a product or service that they are comfortable with rather than to find a product that they are sure about. This will ensure that you are dealing with a company that is going to provide the best customer service.
One of the most important decisions we made when we started using Affiliate Product Marketing was the selection of a Domain Name. In this type of internet marketing, there is almost a rule in place that a newbie must get a domain name when starting in Affiliate Product Marketing, as it is the first impression a visitor will make of you when they land on your site.
A website address that is different from your site name and site content will be a major turn off to the visitor.
Dot Info URL
Some like to use the .info domain extension rather than .info, .cc or .net when setting up my sites. This is because .info is easier to remember and also is the extension that is used on many domain name registrars, so it is easy to remember.
Another reason is that .info is the extension of the internet, and it is how many of the web pages that you see are powered.
Dot info websites are few and far in between, but the ones that are there are the ones that are popular, and the pages are the ones with the best content and are also ones that have the best conversion rates. So, as you can see, this is important and if your landing page does not get a good domain name you will not rank high and you will most likely not make any sales.
Now as far as buying a domain name is concerned so I’m not going to discuss that here.
You can register your own domain name and use it for your affiliate site.
You can register your own and use it for the affiliate business, but here is the catch, you have to purchase web hosting.
As you can see in the above example, I have used the same site for both my affiliate site and also the affiliate business. This is not recommended so this is not recommended so if you want to start as an affiliate marketer you need to have your own web hosting. If you want to set up your own site then go for it.
It is important to get your own web hosting, so before you decide on a domain name you need to see if you can handle the responsibility of hosting it yourself.
Summary: Affiliate Marketing with A Free Website
So, should you use the free website or websites that come with affiliate programs? Not directly!
It is better to start a blog and create content about the affiliate product or services you are promoting. This gives you the chance to presell your product.
When you buy your product, you can tell your audience everything good and bad about it. This makes you more credible. You cannot do affiliate marketing with a free website when the affiliate merchant controls where it is hosted.
Finally affiliate marketing with the free affiliate marketer website is just not professional looking. You are better off to buy a domain name and redirect it. Or just use a url shortener such as Bitly or Tiny Url and hide the bulking looking affiliate url.