Monday, 1 October 2018

How To Make Money Online With Google AdWords Without A Website

Affiliate Marketing is an internet marketing channel in which advertisers (or companies who offer a product or service) pay publishers on a pay-for-performance basis. Unlike Google AdSense you don’t need a website to get started although it’s recommended. You’re only paid for results (and not for clicks) which could be a sale or a lead (user fill a form and complete registration).

1. Join Affiliate Network(s)

The first step to making money online without a website is to join few affiliate programs via an affiliate network. I personally recommend Commission Junction (widely known as CJ) as it’s the most popular affiliate network and is the preferred affiliate platform of Apple, Dell, Yahoo!, HP, Lenovo, AT&T, E*Trade, Mint, Western Union and other top brands. Join Commission Junction for free as a Publisher.

2. Apply For Various Affiliate Programs

Okay. Now you have joined Commission Junction. Right? Let’s say you want to promote few of the “payday loans” affiliate programs on Commission Junction (there are tons of payday loans affiliate programs on CJ offering anywhere between $30 to $100 per approved lead).

Just log on to CJ Account Manger (your welcome page) and navigate to “Get Links“. Enter “payday loans” in the search field and review all the programs listed there and apply for the one which have the maximum EPC. Let’s say you have applied for “PaydayLoans Pay Big” affiliate program which pays up to $70 per approved lead. If they denied your application then you can contact their affiliate team via CJ Mail or by sending a direct e-mail to their affiliate manager (CJ displays the contact information of all advertisers in “Advertiser Detail” window).

3. Promote The Affiliate Program With Maximum Benefit

I have selected “PaydayLoans Pay Big” affiliate program since it offers good commission with high EPC. That’s not all they offer commissions for new as well as previous customers. Also, they represents three of the top converting payday lenders so a single application gives access to more programs and options.

Once you join an affiliate program you will get the affiliate links (tracking links) from CJ which you have to promote by various means – Google AdWords, Microsoft adCenter, Banner ads, Text Link Ads, Blogs etc.

4. Sign Up For Google AdWords (Or Microsoft adCenter)

Now, sign up for Google AdWords and/or Microsoft adCenter. You can get started for free as both Google and Bing offers free coupons to its advertisers. Sign up for adCenter here and get coupon credits worth up to $50 free which you can use to advertise on Bing and Yahoo! You can contact me for free AdWords coupon (limited number only).

How To Setup An AdWords Account

Watch the above video to setup an AdWords account and check out the official Microsoft Advertising Help for adCenter video tutorials.

5. Start Your Campaign(s)

I assume that you have created an AdWords or an adCenter account. Now, it’s time to create your first ad campaign. Let’s say you’re promoting the advertiser “PaydayLoans Pay Big”.

It basically involves 5 steps:

(a). Choose your target locations, networks (search or display network) and devices (desktops, mobiles, tablets)

Use your common sense while choosing these options. If you’re promoting payday loans then your target country must be U.S only since the product which you’re promoting is for U.S citizens only. And the devices should be desktop and laptop computers. Why? Because those affiliate networks usually don’t track sales via mobile devices or tablets and hence you won’t get a commission for that.

(b). Choose your budget per day and maximum cost per click you’re willing to pay

Make sure that you split your monthly budget wisely. I suggest you to try automatic bidding at first so that you get an idea about what others are paying top placements.

(c). Create your ads (write an effective ad copy that sells)

I used the following ad copy to promote the affiliate program of payday loans provider (a CJ advertiser) which worked well for me on adCenter. 

(d). Select keywords that match your ads to potential customers

Keyword selection is the most important part in a pay-per-click advertising campaigns. If your campaign is about “Payday Loans” then most people go for the top keywords like “payday loans” or “payday loans online” itself. Of course there are the most important keywords one should focus but it doesn’t mean that they will convert like other long tail keywords do. If a person is searching for “Payday Loans” then he/she may be looking something else as well. But if someone is searching for “cash advance payday loans in one hour” then most probably he/she is looking for a loan in one hour. So your focus should be to target those customers. 

(e). Enter your billing information

Finally, enter your billing information like your name, address, credit card information etc. You can sign up for an AdWords account even without a Credit Card by choosing the manual payment option and can run your campaigns by applying a coupon code.

AdWords don’t accept PayPal but adCenter advertisers in the U.S. have the option to use PayPal as the payment method. Others have the option to pay via Credit Cards or Debit Cards or Virtual Cards (Prepaid).

6. Your Ads Appear On Google

Once you start your campaign and created your ads Google’s bots will review the ads and will approve or deny in minutes. If your campaign is approved then your ad will appear on Google’s search results page.

7. Customers Click Your Ad

Customers search for keywords (related to payday loans) that you have selected and your ad will be shown to them. They click your ad and it leads them to the advertiser’s website where they may apply for payday a loan.

8. You Earn A Commission

Once the payday loan application submitted by the customer is approved by the advertiser you get a commission. Most of the payday loan affiliate programs pay only for approved loans. But I guess there are others which pays for leads as well. It means you get paid even if the loan application is denied.

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