A lot of beginners who want to start making money on the Internet have limited resources.
Since I’ve been there too, I want to give you a quick guide to making money with affiliate marketing with almost no money. You could do this with nothing, but if you can come up with $20 (check couch cushions – or ask friends), then you can make money faster and set yourself up to succeed long term.
First thing you need to do is find yourself a product you want to promote. The key is to find a popular product that people are already searching for by name. One easy way is to go to a site like Clickbank and check out the gravity (grav) of a product. If it’s over 80, then you’ve got yourself a very popular product and a good candidate for this system.
The next thing you want to do is review the product. While it’s possible to write a serviceable review of a product just by reading the salesletter, you’re going to do an exponentially better job of writing a review of the product if you’re actually read it. If you’re tight on cash, you can sometimes get yourself a complimentary copy of the product by emailing the owner and telling them you want to promote the product as an affiliate – it won’t always work, but it’s worth a try.
Okay, you’ve read the product and you’re convinced that it’s a good product? Great. Now it’s time to get yourself a domain name (about $9) related to the product. For example if the product is called Widget Secrets, then you’d want to get a domain like WidgetSecretsReview.com. If it’s a popular product, that domain probably won’t be available, but use your imagination and you can always find a good domain.
Have your domain? Good, now get yourself some web hosting – which costs about $3/month. Okay, now it’s time to write a review of the product and put it on your new web page. If you don’t have an HTML editor, you can get a free one like CoffeeCup which will be just fine for your needs.
Now here’s where the fun comes in. It’s time to start promoting your website because nobody is going to come visit your site if you don’t start promoting it.
At this point a lot of gurus out there will recommend you start driving traffic via Pay Per Click or other paid advertising methods, but since we’re doing this on a very tight budget, I’m going to show you how are going to get traffic to your site for free.
The first thing you’re going to do is go out and find three or four forums and register to start posting in those forums. Make sure that the forums allow you to have a link in your signature line. A lot of forums allow this, but some don’t so make sure. Once you’ve registered, start posting in each one everyday. Answer questions that you can and contribute to discussions. Try to be helpful. You won’t be doing anything to promote your new website except in your signature line. Don’t think this means that you have to spam forums because that’s absolutely not true.
The next thing you’re going to do is start writing everyday. Everyday you should write 1-3 articles related to the topic your website is on and submit these articles to at least 3 different article directories. Use the about the author section to promote your new website.
Finally, start posting on free classified sites like Craigslist and start promoting your website that way as well. Do this everyday as well.
At first you may find that you’re not getting a lot of traffic, but as you keep at this everyday (and the key is do ALL these things EVERY single day) you’ll start seeing a snowball effect and you’re be making affiliate sales in no time.
Gary Ruplinger is the owner of MarketingEffects.com . For more affiliate advice, I'd recommend that you purchase both Affiliate Project X and the more advanced Day Job Killer . Follow the advice in those programs and you could be making a few hundred dollars a day in no time.