Everybody loves FREE, right? Well, there’s no better way to make money than to do it for free! Today, I will teach you just how to earn money online without an investment. Not a dollar to try, nothing… and no credit cards needed! Bonus, right?
I will teach you that it’s possible to make money online without paying a dollar because I’ve done so and it’s through two ways:
- Affiliate Marketing with a website
- Affiliate Marketing without a website
But either way you choose, you’ll need a website. HUH?!
If you’re confused, just hear me out: You need a website because most of the time when you sign up with affiliate networks like Amazon Associates, Commission Junction, etc, they usually require you to have a website. Affiliate networks are sites that lists many companies that offer their products or services for you to promote. Affiliate marketing is the promotion of other people’s products through your own marketing efforts and when someone buys those products or services through your affiliate links, then you earn a commission, for more details on this read this post here.
Let’s jump right in to learn how to do the first option!
AFFILIATE MARKETING WITH A WEBSITE
The first thing you’ll need is a website so you must pick a niche for your website, what is your website going to be about? What do you want to promote?
To find the best niche, follow this post HERE.
So where do you sign up for a website that is for FREE? Right here below:
When you sign up with Wealthy Affiliate as a Starter Member, you can have TWO FREE websites using the siterubix.com sub-domains, meaning your website will have an URL that looks like this: yourname.siterubix.com. If you just need a website and don’t want to pay for it, this is best bet as your hosting of these sites are free as well.
You know what else is FREE when you join Wealthy Affiliate? Training and an affiliate program! So if you want to earn money online without an investment using this option, you’ll want to use this training as well so you can learn how to build out your website properly and earn money using affiliate marketing on it.
Once you have your website, what do you do?
Next, you build it. You write and you write about the products you promote providing lots of quality, helpful content to your audience. This will create free traffic for your website in about three to six months by using SEO in your posts.
This means using great keywords: those that have more than 50 searches on Google a month and a low QSR of below 100. Where can you find keyword searches using these parameters? Inside Wealthy Affiliate, there’s a keyword tool that’s included, or you can also try jaaxy.com for free as well! QSR means how competitive that keyword is, not competitive as in how much it costs for that keyword but how many sites that use that keyword phrase.
When you write your posts, you will need affiliate links. Affiliate links track people going from your website to the website where they will buy something. If they buy something, you’ll earn a commission. You get these affiliate links from the affiliate programs you join.
For example, if you join Wealthy Affiliate, you automatically have an affiliate program to promote, by promoting Wealthy Affiliate itself. In the image below, you can see that I can grab my affiliate link that’s circled in red and put it in this post like HERE. When you click on it and join, I will get credit for that referral and if you upgrade to a Premium membership, then I’ll get paid.
Remember, a FREE Starter membership is available to everyone and you do NOT have to upgrade to a Premium membership in order to earn money from the affiliate program. However, you do want the people who you refer to Wealthy Affiliate to upgrade to Premium because that’s when you start making money!
How much can you earn? If you see the image below, in the text below the blue boxes a Starter member can earn $4 for the first month their referral goes Premium and then $11.50 monthly after that, and if they go yearly, you get $87.50 in annual commissions.
The commissions in the blue boxes above are earned by people who are Premium members: $8 for the first month, then $23.50/mo thereafter, and $175 if your referral goes annually. Therefore, you can earn double the commissions as a Premium member, sign up HERE to earn more.
Here’s a projection of how much you can earn if you start to get a lot of traffic coming to your website:
So even if you only get 2 referrals a day and conversion rate is 12% (which is high in the industry) with a retention rate of 6 months, you can earn more than $1,000/month as a Premium member or $500/month as a Starter member, and as a Starter member, you still haven’t paid a penny to start this business!
Every affiliate program offers affiliate links for the products or services you want to promote but each program differ in how much you can earn, so you must read about each program before you sign up.
The key to having an affiliate marketing business with a website is writing: the more posts you write, the better it is for your website to rank, the more commissions you can make. This is definitely a long term solution to making a passive income and you can start this with no investment! If you want to learn more about Wealthy Affiliate and see why it’s worth it, read this post HERE.
Another way to attract more people to your website is social media. That’s just free marketing but it does take work because you have to connect with others and gain followers to get exposure. Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram can boost your traffic if you can build a presence there.
AFFILIATE MARKETING WITHOUT A WEBSITE
Now I have this as a second option because I don’t believe this is a long term solution to making money online but it’s sure a way to try to make money faster than the above option or in conjunction to it.
I learned this from a member at Wealthy Affiliate, just another benefit as the community there is big, helpful, and amazing!
- Sign up an affiliate program or do it my way and use Amazon Associates (you do need a website just to sign up though, so just get your free website above and then sign up).
- Go to Today’s Deals
- Get affiliate links for the products you want to promote
- Sign up for Facebook
- Find Facebook Groups in that niche for the products and join them
- Once you’ve joined, post a question asking the group if it’s a good deal
I did this in October and quickly earned $12.72 for a product I promoted and posted maybe 3 posts in total in the Facebook Groups.
1) Find groups in your niche that has over 10,000 members (the more the better) – you need traffic quickly because the deals are only good for that day.
2) Read the group’s rules – usually it’s in a pinned post, you’ll have to see if you’re allowed to post affiliate links or not.
3) Don’t sell directly to them, that’s usually not allowed and not as effective. Instead, ask them if it’s a good deal or not.
One of the things I promoted was a starter kit for a craft machine and what I posted to the groups was “I’m new at this and was wondering if I’ll need all the things in this starter kit and since it’s a good deal on Amazon today, I want to get it if it is.” I didn’t even get a lot of responses but people went to check it out => 152 clicks on my affiliate link and 2 bought!
You can do this with any affiliate product you want but make sure the product you are introducing to the Facebook Group is highly in demand or fixes a problem for people in that niche. The more you can do this, the more people will click on your links.
You can also do this with other social media platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter, these all allow links in your posts or in your bio. However, I like using Facebook Groups because they are highly targeted for your niche, everyone in that group are totally interested in that particular special interest.
If you can build a following in the other social media platforms for a particular niche, then that will certainly work as well. I’ve done this with my My Mickey Life Instagram account for the Disney niche. It has a blog link on there now, but I’ve tried it with just an affiliate link from Amazon that was related to a post for a particular night and I got sales from it as well.
I’m sure there are many other ways you can earn money online without an investment, but these two ways above are a sure hit, reliable, and honest ways to making money online! Especially if you want to create an online income passively, the first option is the best long term solution. The second option is a good compliment to the first option as you build your website.
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