Are you interested in affiliate marketing but you worry that you need loads of money to get into this kind of business? If this is the question you have right now then we can help you with that. Even if you don’t have money, you can definitely join the industry but with a few important tips of course. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Affiliate Marketing All About?
Affiliate marketing gives you the chance to make money by promoting products and services by referring them to a site. You are then given the commission once the visitor purchases something or completed an action like signing up for a service or enlisting in the email list. This marketing technique is both favorable for the advertiser and affiliate. Why you ask? This is because the affiliate gets paid while the seller makes the sales they may have not received so all in all it’s a win for both parties.
Bloggers Use Affiliate Marketing
These days a good number of bloggers are using affiliate marketing to earn money. And if you are one of the best bloggers out there, you can make around $40K each month on your affiliate sales alone. Of course you have to be someone with a good amount of loyal audiences to make it work. But what if you don’t have that kind of followers? Let alone a blog big enough to be followed by an audience? Can you still join as an affiliate?
We all know that one must have a good blog or website to start as an affiliate. Starting a website or blog alone can be expensive as you may have to invest money in them (truth be told) but what if you don’t have that? Does this mean you can’t be an affiliate? Of course not, in fact, you can be as good as any blogger even if you don’t have the money. All you need is the opportunity so you can make money online as an affiliate marketer. But the question is, how?
No Money, No Worries!
Money is often the key to start a business and in this case, a blog or website to be an affiliate marketer. However you can become one even if you have no money as there are so many ways to do so. Here’s what we found out:
Create Social Media Presence
Being an affiliate doesn’t mean that you really have to become a blogger right away instead, you can monetize your online presence in social media. You can do this by placing affiliate links within your posts, updates, profiles etc. Social media like Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and so on are packed with millions of users. You can easily integrate links on your posts and see results. Just make sure to follow the rules and restrictions of these sites as you technically don’t own your account there.
Be on Facebook
A lot of people, in fact, billions of people are in Facebook these days which makes it as one of the largest social media platform. If you have an account, you can always promote affiliate products in your page even if you are not really a blogger. Of course you need to have a subject or interest in there too. It could be about health, money, fitness, relationship etc. From there you can build an audience and share posts that are relevant to people. Once this starts growing, you can use it to start an affiliate program where you can promote products that you and your followers can enjoy.
Be a YouTube Star
Have you ever considered starting a YouTube channel? If not yet then this is the best time to do so! YouTube is another great platform to use as it has millions of users. The most successful YouTubers are getting paid by the millions each year just by promoting products of their choice. This is perhaps one of the best ways to become an affiliate without investing money. Of course you may not have as much followers as you hoped for on your first few months but if you keep posting interesting and useful videos then you will surely get the following you need. You can then link those products to your sellers and if it makes a sale then you can eventually get paid.
Join an Affiliate Program
The affiliate market is a wide place for opportunity and with places like Shareasale, Rakuten etc., you have the option of joining their program as they are constantly seeking for publishers who can promote well. To join these programs, you need to qualify first and if you don’t have enough content, not sharing relevant posts or you don’t have an established platform then you may not be qualified to apply at all. So it is important that you have quality content (from your accounts) in order to be considered as a good source.
What Should You Do Then?
Now if you have set your mind on becoming an affiliate then there’s no way to go but up. And if you are truly determined to become one then you should always do it with the best practices and strategies in mind. It doesn’t really matter if you don’t have money or blog to promote affiliate links; all you need is opportunity to do it. This means you have to provide valuable content, one that makes sense and is useful of course and use affiliate links occasionally (and not flood your content with it).
Building an audience is important too so you need to follow the rules of the trade that is in accordance to the trade commission especially if you are working with important advertisers. Following their rules along with good content will earn you a reputation of being someone that people can trust. And when you do become a good source of information, people will no doubt recommend the products you have written about. Your opinion becomes gold in the end.
So to answer the question, can you do affiliate marketing without money? Of course, it just takes time, patience, opportunity and determination; the rest is history, act on it today. It is never too late to become one.