If you want to venture into affiliate marketing, one of your goals – whether you own a website or not – is to build your email list. Statistics show that most people don’t buy the first time they come across a product, so it makes sense to gain your audience’s trust by sending them regular emails, interspersed with affiliate links they can click on to buy, so that voila! You get the dough from the sale.
The usual method would be to own a website that draws traffic and collects email addresses by offering freebies, or newsletters, but this is not cast in stone.
The great news is that you don’t have to own a website to start collecting email addresses, but how on earth do you collect email addresses without an opt-in form on a website?
Easy! Simply create a landing page (this is simple enough even for affiliate marketing newbies) with Instapage or Unbounce, sign up for an autoresponder account with the likes of Mailchimp, Aweber, GetResponse, or any others (there are a whack-load out there and many are free), integrate the two, and Bob’s your uncle!
The trick is going to be how you get people to hand over their email addresses so that you can use your affiliate marketing skills to sell your products at a later date. You could offer free content in the form of an e-book, sample document, or a newsletter. Just think of something that will fit the needs of your target audience.
Now all you have to do, is point traffic towards that page because it’s not likely the page on its own is going to attract much traffic due its limited amount of content.
You can use these mediums to generate traffic to your landing page:
- Social media
Use Facebook and Twitter either to promote your landing page link in order to get email addresses so that you “catch” the visitor on a future date via the emails you send, or you can simply use your affiliate marketing product link to direct traffic to the vendor’s product site, and if they buy the product then and there, you get the commission from the sale.
Whichever social media channel you use, remember to always contribute something that is of value to your audience. Remember, people are fast-paced nowadays. They are only going to click something if they think it’s going to benefit them.
If you fancy yourself a good writer, you can always publish articles on Hubpages and provide links to your landing page. This is a great, free way of generating traffic to your landing page because Hubpages is ranked high on search engines and already gets a ton of traffic. What you need to know to be successful on Hubpages, is to provide quality content, good SEO headings and strategically placed keywords.
- Article submission sites
Just as you would use Hubpages, you can also use the major article submission sites, such as Ezine, GoArticles and InfoBarrel.
With affiliate marketing, there is always a way if you just have the will, with or without a website of your own.