Internet marketing has had its advantages from day one. These advantages have continued to increase as the state of the internet has improved. Everybody enjoys the instant access that is afforded from online digital products and services. The popularity of ebooks is growing daily. There is no indication that this will ever change, and so the number of online customers, as well as the number of advantages, for online marketers will continue to grow.

One of the undisputed advantages of the internet is its convenience. If you have a computer and internet access, you can conduct business anytime and anywhere you please. Now that many people have laptop computers, this becomes even truer. Information and digital products are only a mouse click away.

online-marketingFor the product marketer, advertising costs are greatly reduced with the number of methods available. One of these methods would be email marketing campaigns. You can send costly postcards to thousands of people and may recognize some success a week or two later. With email, however, you can send out emails to the same thousand people and notice an increase in sales an hour from now-all for no cost.

Suppose your business runs with no online marketing, and you just found out one of your products will be discontinued. You want to run a sale to clear your stock, but it will take a few days to reach your customers with the news. Now, the guy down the street also has this product and has gotten the same news. Suppose your competitor does his marketing online. Your competitor can send one mass mailing out to customers and have them at his store that same evening. You will most likely end up being stuck with the product while your competitor has moved onto the new, improved model.

Yet another advantage of the internet is you have the world at your fingertips ready to become your next customer. Starting a business, you have the people who can physically travel to your store as customers. This number is limited to the people willing to make that trip. The internet reaches just about every nook and cranny of the world. If you open your store online, your customer base is anyone with internet access-a growth of millions. Each and every day, more people join the online community. As they are added to the internet, they are also added to your customer database. You can’t beat this advantage.

The advantages to marketing online are numerous. It is great to interact with people personally and have these people shop in your store, but you cannot beat the added customer base the internet allows you. Not to mention the instant availability of information, products and services. Online marketing is here to stay.

It has often been stated that Internet marketers need their own website to have a successful business. Your own website is certainly a place where you can direct potential customers and sell your affiliate product, but, it is not absolutely essential. Many of today’s article directories will not accept affiliate links, but, this is something that can be worked around. Yes, it is possible to make a living online in affiliate marketing even if you do not have the benefit of your own website.

I will show how this is possible. Continue to read and I will show you alternative strategies that will allow you to make the most out of your affiliate marketing campaigns without having your own webpage on the Internet.

Affiliate marketing is a program whereby the affiliate can earn some generous commissions for every sale they manage to refer to the affiliate merchant. The affiliate’s role is to simply pre-sell the affiliate merchant’s goods. All of the mechanics of the actual sale are the responsibility of the affiliate merchant, for instance, online payments, the digital delivery of the product, and customer service.

The role of affiliate marketing is only to direct people to the affiliate merchant’s sales page. The affiliate marketer needs to convince people to click on the provided affiliate hyperlinks. These affiliate links are crucial since they indicate to the affiliate merchant what affiliate directed a particular customer to the website. Each affiliate link will uniquely identify the affiliate to the merchant.

Marketing the affiliate merchant’s goods without having a website means marketing the affiliate links in a variety of different ways. This can be done through utilizing the following techniques:

Article Marketing

It has long been recognised how powerful affiliate marketing can be in link building campaigns. Instead of providing links to your own website, the affiliate provides their unique affiliate links instead. Article directories allow you a resource box per submission, where you can provide a brief biography of yourself as well as leave your affiliate link. What you must remember is that some article directories do not allow affiliate links in the bodies of the articles themselves, and even restrict their usage in the resource box of the article. It is possible to use a redirect page in some instances. Some terrific directories to start your article marketing campaign are www.squidoo.com, www.searchwarp.com and www.isnare.com.

Your article marketing will also be improved greatly by incorporating the recent development called Social Bookmarking.

Forum Marketing

Online communities, or forums, are another great means by which you could promote your affiliate links. Membership to most forums will allow you to include a signature box and in this area you can also include your affiliate link. Every message that you post to the forum will include your signature and affiliate link, so if you post one hundred messages then that is one hundred times your link is being advertised for free. If you want to know which forums are relevant to your affiliate product then you can use the tool at www.link-advantage.com/search The other alternative is to type your niche area into Google (or an equivalent search engine) enclosed in talking marks with the word forums beside it enclosed in talking marks, for example: “Christmas Cross Stitching” “forums”.

Advertise in eZines

Some eZines will have an advertising cost that you will have to pay. Dependant onyour financial situation, this could promote your affiliate links to highly targeted prospects. Consider an eZine that has a list of 5,000 people. You could immediately be able to reach 5,000 quality leads with one advertisement. In your advertisement include your affiliate link to direct people to the affiliate merchant’s website.

There are many more possibilities that allow affiliate marketers to be very successful without a website. Most of the strategies I have discussed here can be achieved without spending a single cent. If you do not have the financial resources to register a domain or to subscribe to a web hosting service, you can still achieve success with affiliate marketing. As I have shown joining affiliate program and promoting affiliate links is free so make a plan and go out and make a start.