When it comes to free traffic for affiliate marketing, social media is without a doubt, one of the best ways to get it.
However, I understand that not everyone wants to rely on social media for free traffic. Social media is time-consuming and in most cases, requires you to put yourself out there.
Meaning, sharing your identity in the form of photos or videos. If social media isn’t your thing but you still want to do affiliate marketing without running paid ads, then a niche website is for you.
How to Do Affiliate Marketing Without Social Media
I didn’t begin using social media until a year or two after creating my first niche website.
Even now, I don’t depend on social media for the bulk of my traffic. I’ve come across many affiliate marketers who have said their accounts have been closed on one platform or another.
A social media platform can close down user accounts for any reason. Your content could be reported as spam by malicious users.
In some cases, you cannot recover your account once it is closed. This is why having an asset that you can control is a necessity.
A niche website is your asset. You have full control of your content and no worries about it being shut down.
What is a Niche Website?
There are many affiliate marketers that earn a full-time income from their niche websites.
Some may use social media but only to supplement, not as their primary way of earning affiliate commissions.
A niche website is essentially a blog that focuses on one specific topic. There all kinds of niches that you can choose from.
Here are some common niches:
- Personal finance
- Relationship advice
- Health and wellness
- Real estate
A niche can be a hobby, a passion, or something that you’re interested in learning. You can create a niche website in any niche that you want and promote affiliate products.
What You Need for a Niche Website
Fortunately, there isn’t much that you need to get your website up. The three things you’ll need include a domain name, web hosting, and WordPress.
Almost any web hosting provider can set you up with all three. Most web hosts offer domain registration and one-click installation of WordPress.
In most cases, you can launch your first niche website for under $50 depending on the web hosting provider that you choose.
How to Choose a Niche
There are two ways to choose a niche. The first way is to choose a niche that you have a genuine interest in. The second way is to base it on the income potential and do market research.
Choosing a niche based on interest is the way that I recommend based on my own experience. Any time that I’ve chosen a niche based solely on income potential, I quit on my website.
There are some good benefits to choosing a niche that you actually like. For one thing, it will be more fun creating content for your website.
You won’t burn out from boredom or lack of interest. Your enthusiasm will shine through in the content that you create, thus resulting in more trust and conversions from your audience.
Choosing a niche based on income potential can work too as long as you are disciplined and stick with it.
Otherwise, you may give up after a couple of months.
How to Get Free Traffic From Your Website
Getting free traffic is going to require consistent content creation (writing blog posts.) It is your blog posts that are eventually indexed and ranked in the search results such as Google.
The more content that you create, the more chances that you’ll rank well in the search engines.
When I started my first niche website, I wrote a new blog post 2 to 3 times per week and that was while holding down a full-time job.
My hard work paid off. A year and a half after starting a retail job, I was able to quit and transition into working on my niche website full-time.
Of course, I didn’t know how to get this free traffic when I started out. I knew that I didn’t want to waste time learning everything on my own.
Instead, I searched for an online training program and found this one.
I followed the training and applied everything I learned to my website. By doing so, I was able to transition out of a full-time retail job to work on my website full-time.
Writing for Your Audience
Another important factor for attracting your target audience is by writing articles related to what they search for.
You can find out what your niche audience is searching for by using a keyword tool. There are free and paid tools out there.
One of the best free keyword tools is Google Search. You can type in a keyword phrase related to your niche and Google’s autosuggest feature will return keyword phrases people are typing into Google.
Use these keyword phrases as guides for topics to write about. The more you help your target audience, the more targeted traffic you will receive.
How Long Before Your Website Gets Traffic
There is no definite answer for this as every website falls under a different niche and every person has varying schedules/time constraints/work ethic, etc.
I can only speak from my own experience. Whenever I’ve started a new niche website, it has ranged between 3 to 6 months before my website began receiving small amounts of traffic.
Keep in mind that even small amounts of traffic can generate affiliate sales. The more content that I create leads to more traffic over time.
What I can recommend is more aggressive content creation at the beginning of creating your website.
Writing one to two posts per week is sufficient. However, I try to write two to three posts per week for a new niche website.
Do what works for you. Consistency is really the key. If you can only post once per week then stay consistent with that.
Closing Thoughts On Affiliate Marketing Without Social Media
I hope this post has helped demonstrate that it isn’t required to use social media in order to make steady affiliate commissions.
A niche website can provide you with the free traffic and sales that you need. It will take some time and patience starting out, but it is well worth it in the long term.
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