Should affiliate marketing newbies start with a website or without a website is a common question. Most newbie affiliate marketers want to jump right in. In the beginning they are caught up in the hype and excited by all the possibility. It’s normal, but starting with a website when you are brand new to affiliate marketing is not something I would highly recommend. I made my first dollar and thousands and thousands more with no website at all. I also learned a lot using those free sites that serves me well down the road.
A website is not a place to use for your learning curve in my experience. Especially if you are a newbie affiliate marketer. Trust me, there is a lot that you simply don’t know yet. It’s best to use free sites as your trial and error and testing grounds before you commit to a real piece of real estate such as a website. I would wait for a website after you are no longer a affiliate marketer newbie. Rome was not build in a day and affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick kind of thing.
I wrote about 5 reasons affiliate marketers don’t make money here and reason number two is why affiliate marking newbies should not start with a website. The reason is usually you haven’t narrowed down your niche or perhaps you haven’t even researched it enough to know if it’s even a money maker. Most new affiliate marketers that start out right away with a website get frustrated. The problem is they are usually too broad or just writing with no thoughts of if they will actually be found in Google. It doesn’t usually happen by accident.
My first dollar came from a free article site called Ezine. I had no website, all I had was an affiliate product that I had a cheap domain forwarded to. I made some money like that but most of all I got to see what ranked and what didn’t. I got to test different methods for higher conversions. Later when I did create my website, all I had to do was change the links in those articles to go to the site. Ta da, I had instant back links already in place for my website. It’s not wasted time, believe me.
There is so much to learn as a newbie affiliate marketing newbie so don’t feel you have to rush. This is not an overnight thing. It takes work and skill to build a good strong authoritative site, so practice on free sites first so you won’t just be spitting in the wind.
In my Pajama Affiliate Course, I take you through all the basics and it is geared specifically for affiliate marketing newbies. If you already have a site and it’s not producing, I also offer coaching. Usually I can shine a light on what you are doing wrong and what you are doing right pretty quickly and you can find that here on my Mentor Page.