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Do I need to blog to do affiliate marketing?

Yes, you can make money with affiliate marketing without a blog or website.

Here are 9 alternative models to affiliate marketing without a blog:

  1. Social Media Channels: This option has the most choices for affiliate marketers looking to make money online without a website or blog. Social media channels include Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, Vine Camera, Ask and Answer - ASKfm, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr, Flickr, Meetup and Classmates. Several of these platforms allow you to place your own affiliate links on your posts, comments, and profiles. The key to this option is to know the rules of marketing on each platform (by reading the guidelines and policies on each) and following them to avoid ticking off the other users and worse yet getting outright banned from them. Remember that you don’t own your social media accounts, you’re simply a visitor. It’s OK to sell on some of these channels but focus on being contributor first and adding value to the community before asking for anything in return. And that’s where to hard work comes in. Only the best contributors make the big affiliate marketing bucks when it comes to social media channels.
  2. Email Marketing: You don’t need a website to sell products and services via email. Although having one does make it easier to collect subscribers to your list. Regardless, if you have a list of customers, prospects and fans you can pre-sell and send them to a third party affiliate partner landing page that closes the deal for you. If done right, email marketing will provide you with the highest return on your investment.
  3. Create A Video Channel On Sites Such As YouTube: Making your own videos is simple today and if you can create instruction videos, tutorials, lessons and/or entertainment that your target audience would find valuable they will find you. You can then post your affiliate links on those platforms underneath the videos. It’s important to note that, depending upon your market, you’ll likely find a lot of competitors that are trying to accomplish the same thing.
  4. Revenue Sharing Social Networks: The revenue sharing content model started with sites like HubPages, but have grown beyond just text-based-content since then to include Daily TwoCents, Techulator, Tsu, GetGems, BonzoMe, Bubblews, RedGage and Persona Paper. This model is not without controversy since many content contributors complain about constantly changing payment models, payments lower than expected and problems with late payments. Do your due diligence and read reviews and opinions from users.
  5. Promoting Affiliate Products Directly Via Paid Advertisements: Some Pay-Per-Click ad platforms allow you to create advertisements that land directly on affiliate marketing websites. While on the surface this sounds like the easiest way to make money online with the least amount of effort that’s not necessarily true. The PPC game is extremely competitive and requires near constant testing, tracking and tweaking to make it profitable. But if you can find a winning combination of conversions and income vs expense you can make a lot of money using this method.
  6. Blog Comments And Forums: This old-school method can still work but with all of the other options available is tough road to online success. It involves simply posting comments and feedback on third-party blogs and forums and using your affiliate link in your signature. It’s far from effective and not a very good option today. Especially because most website owners will quickly identify and delete any third party affiliate links since they can cut into their own income.
  7. Create Your Own Information Product And Promote From Other Platforms: Creating a simple ebook that offers valuable information on a topic is still a great way to make money online. The key to success is to choose a hot topic that people are eager to learn more about then create compelling original content that sets you apart. You can embed your own affiliate links into the ebook and even use it to start building your own private list on your topic. You can sell your ebook on platforms such as Clickbank and eBay or offer it as a gift or bonus on social media platforms or topic-related third-party sites. If you’re lucky, and the information is very good, it could go ‘viral’ and find its way all over the web in a relatively short amount of time.
  8. Write Reviews Or Snippets On Classifieds Websites: Classifieds websites allow you to sell virtually anything online. The most well known is Craigslist. But there’s also Yakaz, eBay Classifieds, Geebo, Recycler and Backpage to name a few. Consider writing short information snippets and reviews for affiliate products and posting them with your affiliate link. But like everything else, make sure you know the rules in advance to avoid getting banned from these sites.
  9. Retargeting: You’ve probably heard of retargeting before if you’ve been part of the online marketing community for any length of time. Retargeting, sometimes referred to as remarketing, is a type of online advertising that allows you to keep your offers in front of ‘bounced’ traffic after they leave a particular website. This is a very effective strategy since 97% of people who visit a website for the first time, leave without making a purchase.