How to Do Affiliate Marketing With No Money?

This article is a sequel to my first article entitled “Affiliate Marketing: How To Start And Succeed To Make Money Online”. My purpose in writing this second article is to expose and correct the single most destructive misconception about making money online with affiliate marketing. A misconception which is being peddled online by so called experts or “gurus” as gospel truth and which unfortunately many beginners swallow hook, line and sinker leading to financial losses and a lot of frustration. Instead of making money online, most beginners end up losing their hard earned money to these unscrupulous marketers who promise heaven and earth when selling their money machine software.

The biggest misconception!

Affiliate Marketing is quick and easy. Work from home, spend a few hours a day on your computer, dish out a few emails and then watch your money machine roll in the cash. No website, no skills, no list needed.

The truth!

Affiliate Marketing is NOT quick and easy. It is not a get rich quick scheme. You cannot be a millionaire overnight. There is no such thing as a money machine which can automatically produce tons of money for you daily, weekly and monthly while you go sunbathing on an exotic beach. The only reason these experts tell you how easy it is to make money with affiliate marketing – is because they are selling you a product which very often is a dud.

Making money online with affiliate marketing requires some new skills which must be learned first. There is a system, a process, a method, a road map to making money online which must be learned and understood. Many fail because they do not understand what they are doing. Eager to make money online quick, they fall victims to information overload, gorging as much information as they get their hand on… going through hundreds of emails every day. The end result – CONFUSED! FRUSTRATED!

Making money online is not just having a web site or a product to sell. There are millions of websites and many people with great products but not making any money. The CUSTOMER is the business. You need to build and develop a network, a LIST of customers. Your income will come from your list of customers. You cannot make money by just driving traffic to a sales page. You must build a network of customers, develop a relationship with them and thence after, market related products to them.

To make money on line with affiliate marketing, you must therefore know what exactly to do and in what order. You must have a “structure”, a step-by-step plan of what to do and in what order.

I highly recommend that you join a reliable, honest-to-goodness affiliate marketing membership site which can take you by the hand step-by-step through the whole making money online process and along the way learn the necessary new skills. There are many membership sites out there, some good, some not so good, and some bad ones. At the end of this article, is a link to a membership site I highly recommend, this is where I started and until now am still a member of, learning new skills every time – like creating a fantastic fan page for Facebook.

Yes, you can have a successful online business and make good money as an affiliate marketer but you must start on the right foot.

So you discovered affiliate marketing. Being able to make money without the hassle of processing orders, accepting payment, customer support, yet, checks comes flying to your mailbox every month. How great!

The idea is simple, you get traffic and send them to the vendor you are promoting. If any sale occur, you get a commission.

But I guess you are wondering how can you get started without having to spend any money.

People look for money when they don’t have much. That could be you. Or maybe you just don’t want to spend any without at least testing it first, checking it out if affiliate marketing is a real deal.

Either, whatever reason it is you refuse to spend money on your affiliate marketing business, that is up to you. But later when you are making some money, you may want to start spending some and scaling up your affiliate marketing business.

Anyway, here’s how you get started with affiliate marketing with no money.

First you want to pick a product you want to promote. Since you are probably new at this, I want to give you a tip to selecting a product. Popular products may sell well but are stiff in competitions. Too many other affiliates are already promoting it.

You can go to that helps vendors sell digital products like ebook and software. You can sign up as an affiliate there. Through their Marketplace, you can select which product you want to promote. If you are not into digital products, you can join Amazon Associate Program and later send traffic to

For traffic generation, I can only recommend article marketing for beginners. Aritlce marketing is great for generating traffic. This is where you write related articles and submit them to article directories. I recommend that you submit your articles to,, and

But since article directories do not allow you to promote your affiliate product within your article, you need to build yourself a website. Your website is the one that will be promoting your affiliate product.

Let’s talk about building your website. We’ll get back to article marketing in a bit.

Don’t worry about building a website, it’s easy. With Web 2.0, Ajax, everything is just point and click. No coding and programming needed.

Since you don’t want to spend any money, you can use services like, or A single page website is enough where you write something about the product you are promoting. I recommend either a product review where your pour your heart out, or you write a tutorial on how to use the product. Though you don’t want to spend money, I would recommend that you at least buy the product you are promoting, so you can promote better.

Don’t forget to use your affiliate link when you link to your affiliate product. You can get the right link from the control panel of your affiliate program.

Now you have your website ready, we need to make sure that people who are reading your articles at article directories can get to your website.

When writing an article, you are allowed to write a bio for the author.

This is where you link back to your website. Most people simply write something that builds up the author. But I wouldn’t recommend that because does not get people to click to see your website. Instead write something like, “If you want to know how you can help dogs with arthritis, click over to my website.”

Alright, in summary, people will find your articles at article directories. And from there people will find your website from your bio. At your website, they will read your review or your tutorial. Then they will click on your affiliate link and get the vendor that is selling the product.

Maybe you think that this is too much work. Maybe you think that the process is too long. Don’t worry about it, this works. Maybe it won’t work right away. But it does.

And another thing that you should remember is that ONE article is not going to get you far. If you are really going to test this out, write at least 3 articles per day for a whole month. And then submit them to article directories.

If you really do this, I bet you should be able to see some results within that first month. When you do, don’t forget to reinvest it.

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