5 Free Ways to Promote Your Affiliate Schemes

1 Dec

When starting out, a lot of affiliates are keen to use free methods of promoting their chosen affiliate schemes – possibly because they don’t have the funds to pay for traffic, they’re not sure how to create cost-effective advertising campaigns, or simply because they want to test out new offers before they invest in paid-for marketing. There are a number of options for promoting affiliate schemes for free, and even successful affiliates, who can afford expensive advertising campaigns, still use some or all of them. Here are 5 of the most popular ways to generate affiliate commissions without spending any money.

Article Marketing

By writing short articles, and posting them on popular article directory sites like EzineArticles, ArticlesBase, and Buzzle, you can get traffic to your affiliate schemes in a number of ways. Firstly, people will visit these websites looking for information. If they find your article and like what they read, they will click on the links to your affiliate offers. Also, other site owners will use content form these directories on their own website, which they are allowed to do, as long as they don’t remove the links to your affiliate schemes.

This way, the site owner gets great content for their website, and you get more people seeing your article, with could mean more affiliate commissions. Finally, these directories are well-respected by the search engines, so if you write a good, keyword-rich article, you could find it gets onto page one of Google, which will mean a lot of traffic to the affiliate schemes you are promoting. Some directories won’t let you link directly to your affiliate offers, but blogs are a free alternative to having to build your own website


Blogging has become a very popular way to promote offers and earn affiliate commissions, and with platforms like WordPress, Blogger, and Blogspot letting anyone create their own blog for free, they can be a great way for you to promote your affiliate schemes. You do have to be careful however, as these sites aren’t keen on people creating blogs just to promote an offer and generate affiliate commissions. You can link to your affiliate offers, but make sure the content of your blog has some merit in its own right.

Providing useful and informative blog posts will not only keep the site owners happy, it will mean your readers are more likely to click on the links to your affiliate schemes. Again, Google loves these sites too, so if you get your keyword optimization right, you could find your blog getting a high ranking in the search engine, and even more traffic.

Forum Marketing

Marketing your affiliate schemes on forums does take a bit of skill, as a lot of the people who use these forums are wary of individuals who are obviously just using them to try and make Affiliate Commissions. You need to build up your reputation so people start to trust you. Be helpful, offer advice and free information, rather than trying to promote your offers. Sure enough, when you’ve built up a good reputation, people will be interested enough to check out the links in your profile and signature field.

These will will send them to the affiliate schemes you are promoting, where some of them will buy. Of course, you need to make sure you are marketing offers that are relevant to the forum, and as a general rule, the more you give (in terms of information and advice), the more you are likely to get out of forum marketing.

Viral Marketing

Viral marketing is similar to forum marketing in that it relies on you giving something away, in the hope of generating affiliate commission in the long run. Firstly, you create a small report, or mini-ebook on a key topic or issue in your chosen niche, with advice and ideas about how to solve this problem. Amongst all this great information, you also include links to the affiliate schemes you want to promote. You then give this report away on your blog, for free.

This might sound a bit crazy, but if it’s free, more people will want it; and the more people that read it, the more clicks on those affiliate links you are likely to get. Successful affiliates can generate thousands in affiliate commissions using this technique, and you can increase its effectiveness by making people give you their e-mail address to in return for your free report; which means you can then continue to promote your affiliate schemes to them.

Video Marketing

This is one of the most effective methods many affiliates are currently using to promote offers and generate large affiliate commissions. With the popularity of sites like YouTube, anyone can upload a video, and in just a few minutes, they could have people clicking on the link you get to include in the video summary, which sends people to the affiliate offer you are marketing.

Most computers have the capability to create simple videos reviewing a product you want to promote, or offering advice on a particular topic. The more popular the videos are, the more traffic you will get; which should mean more affiliate commissions. YouTube videos also show up in Google’s search results, so affiliates can also benefit from good search engine rankings too.

Promoting your chosen affiliate schemes doesn’t have to be expensive, if you are rich in time but poor in money, these free methods should allow you to generate enough traffic to your offers, so you can start making decent affiliate commissions.


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