If you are looking to make a few dollars at home but your budget won’t allow you to spend any money, this article is for you. I outline a simple four step process that can get you up and running within an hour for no cost outlay.
Find a niche that you are interested in promoting, better still, make sure that it’s a popular one by doing some research on your own. Then promote the products for free.
1) Find out what people are searching for.
The free Google Toolbar can be loaded on to the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers. This little tool is handy and here’s how you can use it. Let’s say that you are interested in golfing as a niche but you want to know what specific golf items people are searching for. Type the word golf into the Google Toolbar and it will immediately provide you with suggestions for your search term based on current searches. So now you can get a picture of what specific golf information people are looking for. You can also use free keyword software to help you understand how popular a specific search term is from Good Keywords.
2) Sign Up with ClickBank or PayDotCom.
Now you need a product to sell. ClickBank and PayDotCom are two reliable sources on the Internet to look for products to sell as an affiliate. All of the urls you need are at the end of this article. . If you are interested in PayDotCom you will also need to sign up with PayPal signing up is also free. There are other sites that are free as well such as Kolimbo, Shareasale, or the Google Affiliate Network. For the time being try the ClickBank and PayDotCom first then you can progress on to the others.
3) Get a free Blog.
It’s important to have your own website when you are promoting affiliate products because it gives you an opportunity to “pre-sell” the product before your customer goes to the official product website. Additionally it’s important because in step 4 (below) you will want to submit your articles to the most popular article directories and the top directories will not allow you to have a “self-serving” type link that does not directly go to a site that you own or manage. You can get your free blog at Blogger which is owned by, guess who, Google. You also have the WordPress option which is also a free blog with a lot more flexibility in design. Neither of these requires you to have a website or domain.
4) Start Promoting.
Some people may tell you that promotion is the biggest and most important issue in making any money on the Internet. I would agree and I will also add that it’s by far the most costly issue you have in promoting a product, however I’m going to share a simple concept with you that will get you on the road to making money as an affiliate. It’s called article marketing and it’s very easy to do. Once you have picked a product or products to sell based on your research above you can promote it/them by writing articles. One of the best ways to do this is to write a “lite” review about the product. You can get research information on the product by going to the product site or just Googling the product. Make sure you put at least 300 to 500 coherent words together about your product. Remember that you should not hard-sell your product because it’s a turn-off to the reader. Your article should be informative such as “did you know that product A has the following features and that many users have found that they can now do X.” The more you can entice people to look beyond your article and click on your site for more information the better off you will be in making a sale. Once you get the reader to click on your blog link now you have a targeted potential buyer. Use this opportunity to create excitement about your product and why the reader needs it and should buy it.
I am sure that your next question is where should you list your articles. My first answer is simple, the article directory that you are currently reading this on should be your first choice. However if you are interested in other directories I have a suggestion sign up for the free VRE toolbar. This is an extremely handy tool for the Internet Marketer as it provides number of highly useful tools including the top listing of article directories rated by Alexa and Google. Since all of this has cost you $0 you can start to promote more than one product at a time. Remember that picking products to sell requires some work on your part. The more research and targeting you can do the better off you will be and the more successful you will be as well. Once you have started to make some money you can slowly start to acquire more advanced tools to help you.