So, you’ve decided that you want to make money online, but the thought of creating your own website is too much. Well, you can make money online without a website. It may not be the most effective method, but it can be done. Here’s one way to do it.
You’ll need a few things. First, you need something to sell. If you don’t plan on building your own website, then you can promote someone else’s product and receive a commission in exchange. That’s commonly called affiliate marketing. You promote someone else’s product and you receive a percentage of the sales price when your referral buys something.
Where can you find affiliate products? They’re everywhere. In fact, a product or service that you use every day might have an affiliate program. If you pay for a product or service online, check their website. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for a link that might say “affiliate program,” or “referral program.” If not, you have plenty of other choices.
There are lots of websites that specialize in managing affiliate programs. A few of the popular websites you can check out are Click Bank, Commission Junction and Link Share. You can join these websites and browse their marketplace for a product or service to promote.
Once you choose a product to promote, they’ll issue you a “referral link” or a “hoplink.” This referral link is unique to you and it’s used to identify you as the referral source. When someone clicks on your referral link, and buys the product or service that you’re promoting, you earn a commission. It’s that simple.
After you’ve chosen your product, and received your referral link for that product, now you need to get a domain name. You can buy a domain name on websites like Go Daddy, Just Host, or any number of other websites. You don’t need website hosting, you just need to buy a domain name.
Choose a domain name that’s related to the product you’re promoting. If you’re selling an eBook that teaches you how to build muscle fast, you might want to buy buildmusclefast.com, or something similar. A domain name with related keywords can help pique interest when you promote that domain name across the internet.
The next step is to redirect the domain name you just purchased. When you “redirect,” or “forward” a domain, you simply direct the website to another location. In our case, that location will be to the website of the product you’re promoting, via your referral link.
Go to the Control Panel of the website where you purchased your domain name. Look for “domain redirect” or “domain forwarding.” Click on it and enter your referral link. That means that you want to forward your new domain name to your referral link, or hoplink. This way, when someone clicks on your new domain name, it will redirect them directly to the seller’s website and it will identify you as the referral source. If that visitor buys anything, you make money.
Of course, you still need to get your domain name out there so people can click on it and you can make money. You are only limited by your imagination in the ways you can promote your new domain. You can write articles and include your domain in the footer section. You can post your domain in comments on related websites. You can make blog posts, you can buy advertising, you can use pay-per-click advertising, you can do anything that will entice visitors to click on your link and earn you money.
For those curious souls wondering why not just use the referral link and post that all over the place. There are two main reasons. First, many web resources do not permit you to use affiliate links when you promote your domain. Second, a referral link is usually long, ugly and most people would be hesitant to click on a domain name in that format.
Although this is a short, simplified version of how to make money online without a website, people from all walks of life use this method and make money every day. Now that you have the know-how, you can too.