There are lots of gurus that would tell their proteges that affiliate marketing doesnt require websites. If that is the case, why do they have websites themselves? Are you sure that anybody that tells you this actually doesnt do his or her affiliate promotion through well designed and optimized websites? There is absolutely no need to argue the fact that affiliate marketing requires website, blog or forum for it to be effective in todays ever evolving internet market.
One of the important reasons you should have a website for your affiliate campaign is so that you would have a platform where you can adequately review such products for the reading benefits of your prospects. Having your website even serves more purpose than just trying to make one time affiliate sale. You can add some incentives on your sites that would make your web visitors to drop their email address for you before being redirected to the affiliate site. This serves two purpose, you can contact such visitor on a later date t remind him or her of the product he or she wanted to buy. You may also contact the visitor even if he or she bought at first, to intimate him or her of the latest development in the niche. You can even get in touch with such visitor to introduce other related products you feel he or she may need. Without having your own website, blog or forum, there is absolutely no way you could have been able to reach back to those that click on your affiliate link. If you dont get your visitors contact details, all your efforts become nil if they dont buy at the first visit.
Just go ahead and research the niche you want to start your affiliate campaign in right away, get the keywords or phrases, registers a domain name that would include any of the major keywords you have got and move from there. Some may start wondering how they would go about getting the keywords in any niche. This shouldnt be any problem because there are quite a good number of keywords research tool available on the internet now. Majority of them are really good, effective and comes absolutely free of any charge. These keywords would be you live line in the long run and ensure that they are part of the domain name you are registering for that particular promotion.
Some people may even decide that they dont need to build any website but just forward the keyword=rich domain straight to their affiliate merchants website. This works very too with reasonable results. But personally, I prefer creating simply website just to get the information of any visiting lead before sending such lead to the affiliate main site. This will ensure that your efforts arent in vain because most of the people that visit, may nit make any purchase the first day. It is true that the affiliate merchants have cookies that track the sales for as long as one year in some cases but what if such visitor uses another computer why purchasing? You have avoid this by ensuring that you get the visitors email to enable you contact them later.