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Do I need a website for my affiliate marketing business?

Postby Damon_ » Mon May 05, 2008 7:39 am

I am new to this and have not yet signed up with any affiliate programs.

I noticed today that a lot of affiliate networks require a website address.
I am intending to set up websites soon, but do not have any established yet.

So my question is this...

For an affiliate marketing business is it necessary to host a separate website for my business that I can use in application forms like this? Or will any niche website do the job? If the latter would a business page be a good idea anyway?

Also, CJ does not seem to allow me to browse any products until I have signed up. Is there a way around this?
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Postby Jeff Casmer » Wed May 07, 2008 11:33 pm

Hi,

You dont HAVE to have a website but it certainly helps...most affiliate programs give you a link and some give you websites but in the long run you will want your own domain name to sell other's affiliate products...

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Postby Damon_ » Thu May 08, 2008 9:40 am

Thanks for the reply Jeff :D

I do intend to register domains and build actual websites.
What I mean is I need to provide a website URL in the sign-up form which seems to be required by many affiliate directories like Commission Junction.

I could provide one of my own affiliate websites (tricky right now since I don't yet have any ;)) or alternatively I could design a simple company website for my affiliate business?
Is this necessary or should I wait until I get an affiliate website off the ground?

I am also in the dark about what products CJ offers as they don't seem to allow you to browse their directories until you have signed up.

Makes it tricky to do any serious product research :P
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Postby clubJWP » Fri May 09, 2008 11:53 pm

yes, if you have a web site it definitely helps. you can create a free web-site (many free web-site making directory's are available on net). or you can create a blog. if you have a professional web-site it definitely helps.

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Postby Harrison » Sat May 10, 2008 6:41 am

For a better pick up on your sales or service you have to keep your own website, rather than depending on other people website.
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Postby JosephRatliff » Sun May 11, 2008 11:41 am

Plus...

Marketing affiliate programs is much easier when you have your own site...because you can gain SEO traffic, you can promote via Ezinearticles, you can build a list (most important), there are just too many reasons TO have a site...I would say you do HAVE to have one.
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Postby bthurman » Thu May 15, 2008 1:19 pm

Damon,

What a great question this is. If you surf other boards related to affiliate marketing you see this question in many different formats. I myself have posted this very question on other boards.

I really do wish we could get some people to weigh in on this topic. If I understand your question correctly, it is the same question I have. It is not that I do not intend on building websites to promote products, I am just trying to figure out the best way to answer the question on the affiliate network applications concerning a web site.

Based on the fact that I do not have a website at this time:
Do I leave this information blank?
Do I create a personal blog and use that as my site?
Do I create a personal web page and use that?

Would someone please help with detailed information on how they have handled this process. I would greatly appreciate it and know others would as well.

Thanks,

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Postby tvanslooten » Thu May 15, 2008 10:39 pm

Hey guys! My name is Travis and I'm the new moderator here. I look forward to interacting with you all. It should be an excellent opportunity for all of us to learn and grow our businesses.

At any rate, I'll throw my two cents in here...

Not having a website when applying for merchants can be an obstacle but it isn't always required. Keep in mind, there are thousands of merchants that have affiliate programs so if you get rejected - move on.

Having said that, I know what it's like when you have your sights set on a specific merchant and you absolutely MUST get approved :D There are a couple things you can do - both of which have worked flawlessly for me. Here they are:

1. Email and/or call the affiliate manager. This is the first thing you should do. Most of these merchants get hundreds of applications everyday. They don't have the time to manually look through every application. If you contact them personally and state your case, this alone will work 90% of the time!

2. If you try option #1 and they either don't respond or they flat out tell you they need to see a site first, then build one! Put together a simple 10-20 page site - even if it's a blog. Just get something up. You could also add eBay or Amazon merchandise if it's applicable. These two merchants approve just about everyone instantly. Then reapply for the merchant program or better yet, contact the manager again and tell them you now have a website up and running! Tell them you are currently promoting eBay and/or Amazon but you'd rather be promoting them...blah, blah, blah.

If those two don't work, then you're dealing with a very particular merchant and you'll just have to find out why they are still rejecting you. At that point you'll have the option to meet their requirements OR move on, but rarely will it come to this - especially if you do option #2!

One more thing...you can also create a simple one page "affiliate resume." This is basically a description of who you are (from a business perspective) and what you do as an affiliate. You basically explain how you go about promoting merchants. Then you can use this domain in your initial applications. It's also nice to have when you contact the affiliate managers. Just point them to your "resume."

Hope this helps!

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Postby Li Weng » Sun Nov 09, 2008 7:05 am

You can definitely start off without a website and earn quite good money. But websites will convert a lot more since they add value. Even something as small as product reviews will add value and help you convert. So eventually you do want to have your own websites.
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