Affiliate Marketing Q&A Series: Do I Need Special Training to Become an Affiliate Marketer?

Welcome back! I’m so happy you’re here again to learn more about this thing called affiliate marketing.

If you’re just now joining us, are new to affiliate marketing and would like to read from the beginning of the series, here are the first two posts where I explain some of the basics of what affiliate marketing is.

Once you’ve caught up, come on back (I’m not going anywhere, promise!) and continue on with today’s post.

Here we go!

Q: Do I need some kind of degree or training certificate or something to become an affiliate marketer?

A: Ok, here’s the thing…the majority of you reading this are trying to say goodbye to the corporate world (or at least lessen the amount of time you have to spend in it), right? I don’t know about you, but if I had to earn a degree (not knocking a degree by any means here – I’m actually considering going BACK to college to finish my degree in psychology), how is that going to lessen the amount of time I have to spend working a J-O-B while I build a passive income on the Internet?

It’s not. Exactly!

In short, no you do not need any special training to become an affiliate marketer. However, understanding how Affiliate Marketing works in order to get started and be successful at it is a plus. We’ve already covered what Affiliate Marketing is in this series so you’ve got that part of the equation covered. I’ve got your back!  ;)

So, what DO you need to be successful as an affiliate marketer on the Internet?

Here are a few things that will help get you started:

  1. Website (or blog) – You’ll want this to promote your affiliate products on. There are ways to be an affiliate marketer without a website and we’ll get to some of those in just a second. 
  2. Understanding of your target market/customer – Your target market/customer is the person(s) you will be promoting the products and services to. The more you know about your target market, the better your chances of being successful as an affiliate. When you can determine what it is your market wants or needs, finding products to fill those will be easier and more profitable for you. 
  3. PayPal account – The most popular form of payment for affiliate program owners is Paypal, but some do offer to send your commissions via regular mail in the form of a check. If you don’t have a Paypal account you can sign up for one for free at www.paypal.com.
  4. Email List – If you’re new to online business this one is not required, but goes a long way in helping to promote products as an affiliate. We won’t go into detail about this one just yet, but it is something you’ll want to consider eventually.

Website Not Required

Affiliate marketing has been around a long time, it’s just been known by aliases. People were recommending products and services long before the Internet made it possible. I’m sure you’re familiar with the term “word of mouth” marketing right? Although the majority of affiliate marketers who do business online have a website, it is not a requirement in order to promote products as an affiliate.

That being said, I highly recommend that you DO have your own website so you can build an ongoing business from your promotional efforts – one that will last well beyond these offline methods. A combination of online and offline promotions, whether for your own product or someone else’s is always a smart marketing move.

Here are a just a few ways you can promote an affiliate product minus a website or email list.

  • Print Products – You can have business cards, brochures, and more printed that direct people to the affiliate program’s website via your affiliate link.
  • Newspaper & Magazine Ads – Place an ad in a magazine or your local newspaper using your affiliate link as the point of contact for those reading.
  • Online Search Engine Listings – Google, Yahoo, and AOL are all great ways to advertise using your affiliate link without owning a website.
  • Car Decals – Have window stickers, bumper stickers, door signs, etc. advertising your affiliate link on them.
  • Radio & Television Commercials – Create a commercial or have one done by a professional that you can submit and have played on air. This can be done online (podcasts, talk radio) or offline (traditional radio or television).
  • Forums & Message Boards – Most message boards allow you to place a link in the signature area of your posts. Check with the rules of the site before posting your affiliate link here because some do not allow advertisements in your posts.
  • Social Media Sites – These sites are constantly growing in popularity and quantity. Sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Squidoo are even free to use for business purposes.
  • Email Signatures – Put an affiliate link in your personal email signature to direct your contacts to products that may be of interest to them.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to marketing affiliate products and services without a website or mailing list. Using your creativity, see what other ways you can come up with. Feel free to share your questions, thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

In my next post, we’ll talk about how to find products to promote as an affiliate. See you soon!

Arika Lewis

If you’d like to learn more about affiliate marketing with the use of PLR content, I invite you to join me at PLRArsenal.com where I share lots of free information on using PLR as an affiliate marketer, including new PLR announcements and sales. See you there!

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