Affiliate Marketing is an extremely popular and effective way to earn a residual, online income and more and more people are turning to this type of business, and yes, it is a business. So when I talk about The Truth About A Free Affiliate Marketing Website, I am talking about real business.
There are some things you need to become aware of and to consider carefully before you decide yes or no, but if you need an income or want to build a pension, read on.
Do You Need A Website
This is really a trick question….. or is it? Technically, No you don’t need a website. There are a lot of ways to do affiliate marketing and using a free affiliate marketing website is just one of them. I happen to believe that it is the best way if you want to develop a sustainable online business.
Affiliate marketing has been around for decades, since before the internet. An Affiliate marketer would hand out fliers, place adds or mail marketing material out to get people to phone a specific number which had a prerecorded message and could be tracked. If that call made a purchase, the advertiser (affiliate marketer) would be paid.
Another method would be to get your affiliate link from the affiliate program, buy a domain name, have the domain redirected to your affiliate link and the visitors to your domain will do directly to the company’s website. If the visitor makes a purchase, it will be tracked via your affiliate link and you will be paid.
So, do you need a website? Simple answer, No. Will a website benefit you? Absolutely yes.
Does A Free Affiliate Marketing Website Work
Now the first concern is usually ” I don’t know how to build a website”. Well, building a website has progressed and is now very simple and, using WordPress, The worlds most popular platform with about 80% of the market, It is now very simple and extremely quick.
You do not need to know any code (which takes years to study) and the training is freely available on the internet. You can create an effective and beautify website in minutes with WordPress. All you then need to do is to add your content which, by the way, is the real work part of the process. It is what attracts your visitors, who buy goods and earn you a commission.
The question here is, do free websites work. Well yes, and yes again. You just need to ensure you are not getting into a scam where you are trapped into paying monthly fees for hidden costs. So how do you avoid the scams, Don’t go for shiny things!
Free Affiliate Marketing Website Cons
While I know that certain free affiliate marketing websites really work, there are definitely some scams and some drawbacks to free websites. So let’s start with three of the scams;
- The website is no longer free after 30, 60, or 90 days. you have to start paying an exorbitant monthly fee. If you don’t pay the fee, you lose all the time and effort that you have put into the development of the site
- The website is free but you have to pay for the hosting!
- No free training. You must pay a consultant for advice.
I could go on but it is just too depressing. Luckily there is a ray of sunshine ahead.
Now let us deal with the disadvantages of a free website;
- With a free website, you will be getting a full and efficient website but you will not be getting any of the advanced features and services until you upgrade, which is not a must but a personal choice. You can definitely earn an income on a free website.
- You will get enough training and help to build your website but the premium memberships have all the top-notch training and advice
- your free website does not have your domain name but is usually a subdomain of the host platform. For example “yourdomain.siterubix.com”.
- You cannot have a domain email address, i.e. you will have to use a google mail or yahoo type account.
- If you leave it unused for a month or three it is terminated. This is understandable as it costs money for servers and if the space is not being used, it will be optimised.
Do I Need My Own Domain
It is not a must to have your own registered domain name but it does have definite advantages. If you are selling Torches and your domain name is torches.com, and I have torches.siterubix.com and we have the same content, the chances are that torches.com will rank higher.
Luckily, we cannot have the same content as the Search Engines will penalise us and our rankings will be poor. My torches.siterubix.com could still outrank and outperform your torches.com if I place higher quality content and more content on my site.
So yes, a Domain name is advantageous but is definitely not a must. A subdomain like 33333.siterubix.com can perform just as well and even better than a domain.com
What About Training
Training is extremely important. Not only that you receive training but the quality of the training really counts. Now there are a lot, if not all platforms that give you training. The question is what does it cost and is it any good? I have paid for training and I have received free training from different programs and it has been absolutely useless. In some training, the language was so poor that I could not understand what the trainer was trying to put across.
On the flip side, I have had some outstanding training, such as the training I have received on the program that I use. Usually, with the free program, you get basic training, and I am happy with that as long as it is enough to teach me how to do the program completely. It should not stop halfway through and then demand fees for further training.
Like you and I, the program owner wants to make money and that is cool. So if he has advanced training at a premium, I am good with that, With my free membership and website, I got great training and even got premium training for 7 days. It got me off to a great start.
How Much Do The Extras Cost
There is only 1 extra with Wealthy Affiliates and that is not a must. If you wish to upgrade to the premium membership, it will cost you $359 a year or $49 a month. The features and the training that comes with this package are unbelievable and worth every cent.
How Long Before I make Money
This is like asking how long is a piece of string. The norm is about 6 months but some people get it right in a month BUT this is unusual. These people usually just have the gift for it or were lucky enough to stumble upon a great Niche or product. Then there are those that take years and this could be for various reasons;
- Insufficient time spent working on the website
- not following the training
- choosing the wrong niche
- not understanding the concepts
- not reaching out to others for help
Affiliate Marketing is not an overnight miracle! It takes time and effort to make money with a Free Affiliate Marketing Website. The same is true for any premium affiliate program. It all depends on the effort one puts into it.
Of course, you can achieve your aim faster by going the premium route straight away and investing in paid advertising etc and it could cut down your lead time to your earnings but you would still need to do the training and the work to make it happen.
This is where a lot of people stumble and fall. It is not because they can’t do it but because they fear it. Anyone can write articles and yes, in the beginning, it will probably not be very long nor very good, but you need to start. I used to battle to write 300 words. It was a nightmare. How was I ever to write a 1000 word article.
Well, Wealthy Affiliates has training on that too and now I write 2000 words without thinking and my visitor numbers keep growing. All you need to do is the keyword research and the planning and the training teaches you everything.
How Do I Start
I would suggest that you start with a free account. The reason for my suggesting this is that if you have any concerns, you can test this system without outlaying a cent and once you have confidence in Affiliate Marketing and you want to have more web pages, you can upgrade to premium. It took me 3 days to realise that I wanted to do this but you can take as long as you like before deciding.
Where Will I Get Help
Help is immediately available in the groups and if you have a free site, you can contact me by email and I will be glad to assist you with any questions you might have.
If you have questions before you sign up for the Free membership it 1 free website, you can contact me here