Do you HAVE to have a blog for affiliate marketing?

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I'm an affiliate marketer and I would like to know if it's crucial to have a blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author theDarkKnightMarketer
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    The idea is to build a list before you do anything else.

    Then you can build relationships by sending that traffic to your blog, youtube or any other platform that you have valuable content so they can watch it or read it.

    Then you occasionally promote an affiliate product to them.

    But because you've taught them to open your emails, click on those emails and because you provide massive value upfront - they will know that the product you're promoting is of great value as well (and hopefully it is).

    That's how you make those sales.

    So is having a blog important?

    It is.

    But only if you know what you need it for.

    Posting just a few outsourced articles from a writer in India and hoping you'll get some free traffic from Google to make money from your ads is not the best blogging strategy.

    At least, that isn't how I would use one.
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    • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
      Originally Posted by theDarkKnightMarketer View Post

      The idea is to build a list before you do anything else.

      Then you can build relationships by sending that traffic to your blog, youtube or any other platform that you have valuable content so they can watch it or read it.

      Then you occasionally promote an affiliate product to them.

      But because you've taught them to open your emails, click on those emails and because you provide massive value upfront - they will know that the product you're promoting is of great value as well (and hopefully it is).

      That's how you make those sales.

      So is having a blog important?

      It is.

      But only if you know what you need it for.

      Posting just a few outsourced articles from a writer in India and hoping you'll get some free traffic from Google to make money from your ads is not the best blogging strategy.

      At least, that isn't how I would use one.
      there are some successful WF here managed to earn from blog and allifate without building list. ( well no doubt a lot will claim they leave another pile of money on the table ) but anyway i believe ....is up to individual ...way of marketing

      as long managed to earn ....who care what methods ...be it white hat or black hat way.....

      of course black hat way will have some pit fall as like a " time bomb " you don't know when it will get Red alert.....but anyway up to individual preference.
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    • Profile picture of the author salegurus
      Originally Posted by kabbomoy View Post

      I want to know
      What is the different between digital marketing and affiliate marketing?
      Honestly, is Google not available to you guys from the sub-continent that you have to ask such silly questions?
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      • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
        Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

        Honestly, is Google not available to you guys from the sub-continent that you have to ask such silly questions?
        The same can be said for 99% of the questions asked around here or anywhere else. There's really no point anymore to allow people to post questions and answers, because it's all out there somewhere on the Web. Why do we need sites like this?

        oh wait... that whole "community" thing... yes....
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        • Profile picture of the author Ellac
          Originally Posted by Joel Young View Post

          The same can be said for 99% of the questions asked around here or anywhere else. There's really no point anymore to allow people to post questions and answers, because it's all out there somewhere on the Web. Why do we need sites like this?

          oh wait... that whole "community" thing... yes....
          You are absolutely right. Those who like to jump on members who ask "silly" questions should just learn to live and let live.
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        • Profile picture of the author schaschwin
          Originally Posted by Joel Young View Post

          The same can be said for 99% of the questions asked around here or anywhere else. There's really no point anymore to allow people to post questions and answers, because it's all out there somewhere on the Web. Why do we need sites like this?

          oh wait... that whole "community" thing... yes....
          Yes, of course, most of the answer are already out there, BUT like you said it is mainly about the COMMUNITY.

          Believe it or not, i think it's important because it is like family.

          Getting an answer from a newspaper or from people who you can interact with I would choose people all day long.

          The way of communication is different
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    • Profile picture of the author khansaccounts
      Originally Posted by kabbomoy View Post

      I want to know
      What is the different between digital marketing and affiliate marketing?
      Digital Marketing is a way to promote your affiliate products or offers. Here are some basic Tips to get success in Marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author danieldesai
    Originally Posted by schaschwin View Post

    I'm an affiliate marketer and I would like to know if it's crucial to have a blog.
    Is it absolutely crucial or necessary to have a blog as an affiliate marketer?

    No.

    However, depending on the niche, a blog can certainly help a lot.

    It can be a place to publicly showcase your expertise, brand yourself as the go-to-person in that niche, help establish networking opportunities, and generate organic traffic from search engines and social shares.

    Regards,
    Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author schaschwin
    Alright, thank you for your information

    It would be great if you or some other people could answer me this question:

    what's the difference between a website and a blog because I thought that they are nearly the same thing...
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    • Profile picture of the author florenceki
      Originally Posted by schaschwin View Post

      Alright, thank you for your information

      It would be great if you or some other people could answer me this question:

      what's the difference between a website and a blog because I thought that they are nearly the same thing...
      To me personally, a blog will be more personal, casual and can creates more "humane" touch. It has personality, expression and attitude of a person or entity. Whereas a website is more commercially-driven and product/services-driven.
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    • Profile picture of the author t2b010
      Hi schaschwin,

      There is not much difference between website and blog.Blogs are considered as a website as well.But if you really must get an answer for this let's take an example.

      A website is something which will represent your entire niche or product.For example, you can have a website about internet marketing.Now within your website you write something about a specific niche or topic let's say it will be considered as a blog.

      That is more or less a difference between them.But as I said before,blogs are considered also.People use this term interchangeably.
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  • Profile picture of the author pradeep3120
    Yes, if you want extra income with online and traffic should use affiliate marketing because this is better for your blog organic traffic . Because now a day mostly SEO EXPERT always looking affiliate related blogs .​
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    A blog helps people do business with you and not just some random affiliate pitching his/her link all over the place. People like to do business with people they know, like and trust. A blog will help do that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert999
    Having your own blog is not "crucial" or "compulsory" for an affiliate marketing. You can create many money making niche websites to earn money without having your own blog with your real name.

    But having a blog helps to gain trust and make direct and useful connections with real people. People only buy high ticket items from real people only.
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  • Profile picture of the author schaschwin
    I was talking with my friend the other day and he told me that if you want to do online marketing you need to have a degree in marketing.
    Now I didn't study, but I did A LOT of research in the internet.

    I want to know from you online marketers, do you need a degree to do this?
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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
      Originally Posted by schaschwin View Post

      I was talking with my friend the other day and he told me that if you want to do online marketing you need to have a degree in marketing.
      Now I didn't study, but I did A LOT of research in the internet.

      I want to know from you online marketers, do you need a degree to do this?
      Yes. It's a very important, specialized degree - Master of Bullshitoligy.
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  • Profile picture of the author kazimuhith
    A blog can help you scale up your affiliate marketing earning if you can get enough traffic and lot of followers. Of course, you can do without it..
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  • Profile picture of the author weblinks99
    Not necessary but it is better have one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by schaschwin View Post

    I'm an affiliate marketer and I would like to know if it's crucial to have a blog.
    It's not crucial to have a blog. It is crucial that you have an email list though to continually market to. What made you think that you *needed* a blog? Blogging can be used for relationship building, but the same can be said about forums and social media sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Originally Posted by schaschwin View Post

    I'm an affiliate marketer and I would like to know if it's crucial to have a blog.
    It's not crucial but it can only help your Business. For some of my Niches ( like MMO I am in) I use a Blog as a "dumping ground" to syndicate all my original content from my Broadcasts and Follow Ups.

    Ben Settle does the same thing. Limited work and limited Focus on it. But it works well


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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    Nope. But you need some type of traffic method. I think email marketing + affiliate marketing is a great combination.

    That being said, if you conduct email marketing, you may as well have a blog too, right?

    ;]
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  • Profile picture of the author TheGMa
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    IMO, no. A blog platform is not necessary. All that is needed is an online presence of some sort.

    I'm not into WP 'cause I started out in HTML, so I go the standard web site route to build my presence, and load it with articles. I used to write 2 - 3 articles a week. That was before the blog platform was invented for frequent writers.

    There is some selling I will be doing with nothing more than a Fan Page and FB store - and of course, the opt-in because, again IMO, email marketing is incredibly lucrative.

    However, there are those who do phenomenally well using only the small screen social media. It's not for everybody, mind you, but if you have the genes and stamina to do it, go for it.

    Recently a Warrior friend of mine, Verena Ho of Journey to 10,000 Visitors Per Month fame, wrote to me about a woman named Mari Smith.

    Mari is drop dead amazing. She started on Facebook, but did eventually start a blog. Her main claim to fame is her Twitter following of more than 500K. She is what is known as an Influencer. Mari Smith does not worry about paying the electric bill.

    Dark Knight, it boils down to what you feel you can take to the moon and back. If blogging isn't for you, don't do it. There are a ton of other methods to use that will net you a freedom lifestyle.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jasmine Carter
    I agree with Danieldesai comment. It is not necessary but it can definitely help you eventually brand yourself as an expert. Really you want to ask yourself... " Do I always want to sell for other people and make them money" or "Do I want to become an expert and have other people sell for me". That is what a blog will do for you because as you post your experiences on you blog people will start to ask you questions and these questions can give you ideas for an info product you can create and have other people drive traffic for you. Affiliate marketing is great but it takes a lot of time on your part but if you can transition to becoming the expert yourself you can just sit back and watch the dollars roll in.
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  • Profile picture of the author ikank268
    I will wait for the best comment on it . I also have a blog and affiliate program
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  • Profile picture of the author Dale Ziskoff
    As others have said above, a blog is necessary if you know what you want it for.

    Consider your marketing business as a quiver, your customers as a target, and your marketing efforts as the arrows in your quiver. The more arrows you have, the more chances you have of hitting the target. The more targets you hit, the more money you make.

    Your blog is another arrow in your quiver
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  • Profile picture of the author mrhmamun
    For Me Blogging is everything!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Jackman
    you have to build a blog system to enhance your backllink.
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  • Profile picture of the author fredi
    I don't think it is really important that you should have a blog for affiliate marketing. If you have a blog that could be a great advantage but not mandatory. You can bring targeted traffic from Facebook. You can also use Facebook Ads to bring targeted traffic. When you are trying to promote through Facebook, I suggest you to customize your Ads.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    You don't need a blog to make money with affiliate marketing but I highly suggest you get one so you have a web property you own and control. If you have a free blog on Blogger.com they can shut you down for any reason. If you're marketing with a Facebook page the powers that be over at Facebook can shut you down...you get the point. Get yourself a self-hosted wordpress blog setup for $50. Spend $10 a month on some hosting plus $20 for an email service provider like Aweber and you're officially in business.
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  • Profile picture of the author schaschwin
    Thank you for all of your response guys.

    I really appreciate it!!
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  • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
    Well, it depends on what kind of business model you want to do and what you want to accomplish with your blog. However, there's no harm creating a blog so that on and off you can get traffic from it and even direct traffic to your blog for valuable content. However, maintaining the blog and coming with content might be challenging.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
    One thing I have always liked about tying blogging and affiliate marketing together is your ability to create credibility through pre-selling.

    The way to do that is...

    1. Buy the product.
    2. Use it and learn everything about it.
    3. Write reviews that include both the good and bad things about the product.
    4. Publish them in a blog post.
    5. Link to your affiliate link sales page, or to a landing page for list building.

    If you don't want to go that route consider building a niche email list for your product and do some email marketing. I call this TOMA which is short for "top of mind awareness" advertising.

    This way you are in front of your prospect when they are ready to buy whether it is today, 6 months from now, or longer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Edwin Torres
    I personally have a blog to post tips, advice, videos that I send my list too. It's a great way to put all your content in one hub, and brand yourself as an expert.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    I've been promoting CPA and affiliate offers for a long time and never had a blog, but I have never used much in the way of mainstream methods to begin with.

    To be successful, It's all about developing a consistent way to generate cost effective quality traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author T S Chan
    My humble opinion -> yes

    It's a great way to build list, relationship and authority.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    It's certainly not needed, but at the same time some people tend to struggle to get into affiliate networks and struggle with lack of a website, if you have something like a blog, it makes it a little easier
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    I can sell you a premade one.
    Contact me for more information!
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  • Profile picture of the author GetPLRhere
    Blogging is perhaps the most cost-effective way to promote affiliate marketing, but it takes time.

    There's also PPC but costly, and classified ads, which are hits and misses.
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  • Profile picture of the author seanalexm
    It's not necessary but it will definitely help you a lot. That's how I gain more clients for my business, through blogging.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicheblogger75
    I don't think you have to have a blog, but I believe it's crucial if you want to brand yourself and your business.

    I look at it as my "base of operations," so to speak. I use it to post relevant articles, product reviews, my videos, etc.

    It's also a fantastic way to build a list of really targeted and quality leads. If somebody subscribes to your list because they were truly impressed with your content, that's a high quality lead IMO.

    I would say that if you are serious about starting a real Affiliate Marketing business and carving out a reputation for yourself in the industry, you will definitely want to have your own blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caitlinz
    From my point of view, yes it is. A blog can make money while you sleep if you have the best content in it.
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  • Profile picture of the author schaschwin
    Guys, everyday i log in to this site and i see more and more people answering my question.

    I really can't believe it because I'm truly fascinated and amazed how helpful you are.

    Thank you again so so much.

    Having a family in your niche is always a good thing

    I have come to the conclusion that I WILL have my own site.

    Once it's ready, I will give you guys the heads up so you can go check it out and tell me what needs to be improved and what not

    Love you guys honestly and thnx again.
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  • Profile picture of the author JuliaStein
    You can create many money making niche websites to earn money without having your own blog with your real name.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardwarker
    If you want to do the affiliate programing for long time, you can need to have a blog. Without having a blog, you will not be able to do this business for a long time. You may do this business for short period of time without any blog site. Even you can use the free service of Blogger or, Wordpress. There is no problem. But it is better to have a site to be more success in the affiliate programing. Best of luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author ANDREIS
    Originally Posted by schaschwin View Post

    I'm an affiliate marketer and I would like to know if it's crucial to have a blog.
    No, you don't need a blog. You can have a website or a Facebook page or a Twitter account, even pinterest, or just a highly responsive email list or whatever channel you want. What you need is a good offer and a way of getting people interested in what you're offering through whatever online channel you want.
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