Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn a little extra money each month. However, many "super affiliates" turn this hobby into a furious river of cash flow.
With a little hard work and determination, you could be the next Super Affiliate. And you can get started today for free.
Of course you'll need to join an affiliate program first and pick one or two great products to sell. That's really the first step to affiliate marketing, but everyone knows that.
You've got a product? Great! Here are the # 3 reasons you need an affiliate marketing website:
# 1 Your website can have any kind of content you want.
Like writing reviews? Perfect! You can write insightful reviews (of products you've used) that other people will enjoy reading. Then you can include your affiliate link somewhere in the review. The reader "loves" your creative, helpful writing style and clicks your affiliate link to buy the product. Simple!
# 2 Build an email list
Another reason to build an affiliate marketing website is to grab email addresses. When you've got a website, you've got the perfect vehicle start building your email list right away. No, you do not have to start a newsletter just yet (unless you're ready). But, you can immediately start collecting email addresses by adding a simple, free, form to your website.
Maybe you're not ready to launch a full-featured affiliate newsletter just yet, but it's a good idea to grab email addresses right now because in the future you'll realize that a great email list is like a pot of gold!
More good news! Email marketing companies like CampaignMonitor.com will give you free code to put on your site. The code will collect the email addresses of all your visitors and save them to a list you can download later. You can even setup an "autoresponder" message too. An autoresponder is the message you get immediately after signing up for a newsletter. Many times it's just to confirm your subscription or to welcome you to the group. An added bonus, autoresponder messages do not cost you anything to send.
Insider Tip! A great idea is to insert one of your affiliate links into the autoresponder message! Why? Because it's another free opportunity for to make money!
# 3 Free Traffic!
The most important element to affiliate marketing success: Traffic.
Let me ask you a question: If nobody clicks your affiliate link, will you make any money?
Of course not.
The truth is you need to get lots of people to click your affiliate links, right? So you've got two ways to get traffic. You can pay a boat load of money to run banner ads ads on Google or you can get free traffic. Let's stick with the free way.
Basically, every affiliate marketing website has the ability to turn into a 24-hour per day, 365 day per year "people magnet." With a little bit of research on how to use "keywords" and write text that search engines will love, you're site will attract visitors for a lifetime. Again, all free.
Sure, it will take some time to make your affiliate marketing website rank high in the search engines, but it will happen. In fact, websites like http://www.MyAffiliateTips.com pull visitors "out of the sky" day and night and your website will too.
Having your very own affiliate marketing website is an extremely powerful tool because it gives you all kinds of ways to "cash in" on affiliate programs. And you can build one for free today.
# 4 Bonus – Where can I build a free affiliate marketing website?
You've got lots of options here. My top two free spots for websites are Blogger (www.blogger.com) and WordPress (www.wordpress.com) Both of these sites are typically used for blogging, but do not let that fool you. Even if you're not interested in writing a "blog", it really does not make a difference what you call it. Blog or not, you've still got to create the content (by writing reviews), add your affiliate links, setup a way to capture email addresses and write in a way the search engines will love you. You can do all these things with a blog. For free, today!
Next, you can try Squidoo.com – Squidoo is a new way to build websites for people who do not know HTML. What's really nice is Squidoo automatically includes your Amazon.com and Google AdSense affiliate links because they want you to use the system AND make money. The typical Squidoo website is not very pretty looking but, it's really easy to get started right away.
Thanks for reading and good luck!