How to Make Money Online With Affiliate Programs and No Money

by Contributor; Updated September 26, 2017

Learn how to make money online with affiliate programs without spending any money on marketing or a website.

Step 1

In this article I'm going to show you how to make money online with affiliate programs without spending any money on marketing or a website. If you've ever tried marketing an affiliate program before,you know that it usually takes a lot of traffic in order for them to work. I will be teaching you how to use the powerful SEO capabilities of blogs combined with the awesome domino effects of social bookmarking sites to generate the necessary traffic to your blog pages in order to get affiliate sales and hence make money online without spending any money.

Step 2

The first thing you'll want to do is setup a blog which you can do for free at Blogger.com,Wordpress.com,Livejournel.com. There's actually tons of free blog hosting websites. If I had to recommend one it would be wordpress,but that's because its the one I personally use for my blog. You can also do a Google search on "Free Blog" and you'll definitely find what you need. After that you'll just follow the instructions from the blog host you choose, in order to get it setup. I know Wordpress offers a lot of free templates that you can immediately use,and have your blog up in just minutes.

Step 3

The next thing you'll want to do is find some good paying affiliate programs. You can find a ton of them at affiliatescout.com for any industry that you like or you can do a good ole Google search for them as well.For those of you who don't know what affiliate programs are. Affiliate programs are put together by companies in order to help promote whatever it is they're selling and when you sign up for them they give you what is called an affiliate link that's coded with your information so when somebody clicks on it and purchases a product or service from that site,you the affiliate get a certain percentage of that sale.

Step 4

Once you find an affiliate program you like, the trick is to write a good informative,keyword rich article on the product or service you're trying to promote with your affiliate links placed within it. You can place it in the middle of your article copy, in certain spots or at the end. Whichever you feel comfortable with.Just make sure its in there somewhere. The reason you want to do it this way is so that Google will rank it high for the keywords you're wanting it to come up in. In other words you want your blog entry that you just wrote to end up on the front page or as close to it as possible for what ever it is you're writing about to get the most traffic. For example let's say you've signed up with an affiliate program that rents movies out online. A good idea would be to write about the benefits of renting movies online and then at the end point out how the particular company that you're promoting would be the best one to go with and then provide your affiliate links at the end.

Step 5

Now, for the promotion part of it. You 'll first want to go to blogsearch.google.com/ping and submit your blog URL address. Do this everytime you write a new post. This will help you get it indexed in Google very quickly in order to get free traffic. The next promotional tactic is to submit your blogpost to social bookmark sites - Digg.com,Mixx.com,Reddit.com,and Propellar.com because Google crawls these sites 24 hours a day. It will go though there and pick up your blog post.If it's keyword rich and informative it will get indexed within 24 hours conservatively speaking,but usually within a couple of hours. Not just indexed though,but indexed on the first or second page for the keyword searches of your post which will generate a ton of free traffic back to your site. I will admit this doesn't work everytime,but it has worked more times than it has not, and that's usually because I didn't get it right on point. For the most part if you write a good informative,keyword rich post it will get indexed to the first or second page of Google under your keywords. Because Google is an information provider,and if you provide it with good information it will reward you by ranking your post to the top or front of it's page index because it will think that your post is the best solution to the person's query or search request. Then this will likely lead to a ton of targeted traffic to your site for the article post you just wrote and increase the likelyhood that your affiliate links will get clicked on, and then them purchasing from your affilate site thus making you money.

Step 6

This doesn't always work perfectly,but it works most of the time and is the best way I know to make money online with affiliate programs without spending any of your own money. Also there are a ton more social bookmarking sites,and they can be found at socialmarker.com. You can submit to all of them and increase your exposure. The ones I listed above are the ones I've found to be the most effective for quick results,though. I also chose the blog method because they are very search engine friendly and help to give you good page rankings on Google and other search engines.