5 Simple Ways To Promote Your
Affiliate Programs - Without Spending A Fortune On
by: Kris Bickell
So, you want to make money online, but you’re having
trouble getting visitors to your website? If so, you’re
not alone. Many people think that running an online busy
is easy – just build a website, and in no time you’ll be
Well, running an online business is no different than
running any business – you need to find ways to reach
people who want and need (and are willing to pay for)
your product or service.
Affiliate marketing (selling other people’s products)
is a great way to make money online.
Yet, it is still a business, and the same rules apply
to affiliate marketing – you need to find people who
need what you are selling.
The best way to be a successful affiliate is to
create your own website, provide information to get
people ready to buy, and then encourage them visit the
programs you are representing.
How do you do this, without spending a fortune on
1) Learn how to get free traffic from search engines
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) means getting the
search engines (like and Yahoo) to place your
website at the top of the rankings. Getting “free
advertising” from the search engines is great. However,
it is not easy, and it does take some time. The key is
make your site the best possible site for your theme –
tricks and scams may provide you with an instant “boost”
but this rarely lasts (and sometimes even gets you
banned permanently!) Over the past few years, I’ve made
lots of money by having high rankings – and I’ve lost
money when my rankings have fallen. It’s part of the
process, so you shouldn’t count only on free traffic
from the search engines.
2) Create your own newsletter
By creating your own newsletter, you can contact each
person who signs up more than once, increasing your
chance for a sale. Don’t have any ideas for a
newsletter? How about a free course. Or monthly tips
about the topic of your website. Sign up for a few
newsletters in your industry to get an idea of how other
websites maintain this important relationship with their
current – and future – customers!
3) Write articles
Writing articles provides you with several benefits
at the same time – by writing an article you are
positioning yourself as an expert; when your article is
published, you get a link back to your site (which helps
SEO; you can promote your newsletter so you can contact
readers more than once. You don’t need to have your
article published in USA Today to get these benefits. In
fact, getting your articles listed in an article
directory (such as
EzineArticles.com), can help you get listed in more
specialized websites, newsletters, and magazines,
helping you reach the right people!
4) Place newsletter, magazine, & newspaper ads
When spending money on ads, especially for the first
time, start out small. It’s very easy to spend a ton of
money, without getting any responses (a tough lesson
many advertisers learn the hard way!) Email newsletters
or ezines are a great way to start (start with the ones
in your industry that you subscribed to in order to get
ideas for your newsletter above). Make sure you offer
something valuable – like your newsletter – to get as
many people to respond as possible.
5) Watch out for scams!
Buying 10,000 visitors for only $29.95. Submitting
your website to 150 search engines for $19.99. Getting
your site listed #1 on all the search engines for just
$50. Most of these sound very tempting, especially when
you are just starting out. Unfortunately, most of these
are great ways to drain your bank account very quickly –
and make other people rich.
So learn from the real experts how to build your
online business: sign up for newsletters (HighRankings.com
is a great resource), read the forums (IHelpYouServices.com
WebmasterWorld.com), read articles (EzineArticles.com).
Yes, you can make money online. So, get started, keep
learning and trying, and don’t ever give up!