How To Earn Money With Affiliate Programs

How to Make Money with a Home Based Business Online Without Spending a Dime!!
By: Kristen Pearce

If you are reading this you must either already be working online or thinking about it. So many people are working online today and making a great deal of money doing so. I’m here to tell you how you can make money…and do it without spending a dime.

First I want to tell you I don’t believe it is possible to “make money fast”, online or off. Any business, online or off, takes time to build and to see profit. I do believe that if you want to make money faster than you need to spend a little, but, as I will show you, you can do it with no cost to you, it will just take longer.

About 95% of the programs out there are scams and many advertise that you can “make money fast”, but first give us your credit card number. This leads me to my first tip:

Never join a program that wants a payment upfront.

I don’t know about you, but I’m much more confident joining a program that tells me I can make money and don’t have to pay for it. It shows me the company is “real.”

Get a Website

You joined. Ok, next step. You now have something to sell or promote. But how? With a website. You need to show people what you are selling or promoting. Some companies give you “gateway” sties and that’s good, but not good enough. You need another avenue to “show” or link to these sites. These sites alone will not make you any money. There are many of free hosts out there that provide free web space and html editors.

When looking for a place to host your free site you have to keep a few things in mind. How much space will they give you, do they put ads on your site, and do they have their own program to help you make your site if you don’t know html. Here are some free sites but there are others:

  • Tripod
  • Geocities
  • Angelfire

Keep in mind that most free sites WILL put ads on yours. Because of limited space you are going to want to upgrade to a better web host…one that you will have to pay for, after you start making money with your business.

Now we will talk about how to advertise your website.

Reciprocal Linking

This is simple but time consuming. Even if you spend money on your business this is something you are going to want to do. This is what helps get your page listed higher in search engines.

The process is simple. You do a search in the top search engines using your keywords and keyword phrases. You are looking for sites with similar content to yours. Let’s use “home based business” as an example. Go to Google and put the keyword phrase “home based business” in the search box. Click the first site listed. Make sure the site contains content similar to yours than scroll looking for something like “add link”, “submit your link”, “link exchange”, etc. Once you find it click on it and fill out the form. Fill in all the information it asks. Usually they will submit there information so you can link back to them. If they link to you, you must link back to them. If you can’t find anything on their site to link to, send the webmaster and email asking to exchange links. You want to include the title of your website, your url, and a brief description of your site.

Now do the same for the first 2-3 pages of search results. Repeat for other search engines such as Yahoo and repeat using different keywords. You will wait anywhere from an hour to a few weeks to hear back from people, you may not hear back at all. But the more links you get on your site the better your search ranking will be.

You are going to want to put links on separate pages from your home page and put no more than 99 on a page. Doing this for 2 hours a day for 2-3 months will get you high on the search engines and a LOT of traffic.

Traffic Exchanges

Many people don’t like traffic exchanges because the traffic directed to your site is not targeted. You may receive 1,000 visitors or more before getting even 1 sign-up or purchase, but if you don’t want to spend money, traffic exchanges won’t hurt.

A traffic exchange is giving you traffic in return for visiting other sites. You will only have to visit these sites for 10-30 seconds. The more you use, the more traffic you will get. Here are some traffic sites to use:

  • CashClicking
  • LoadShark
  • BionicHits
  • nomorehits
  • FastFreeway
  • Raging Bull Traffic
  • FunnyFarmTraffic
  • TrafficG
  • Webmasterquest
  • TrafficSwarm

Classified and Free Ad Sites

Whether you are selling a product or promoting a business opportunity, free ad sites are great tools. You can download AdWizard for free. It will help you keep track of your ads as well as provide you will free ad sites.

Using these simple strategies will help make your business grow. I won’t lie, it will take time, but what good business didn’t take time to grow?

About The Author

Copyright © Kristen Pearce

Kristen Pearce works from her home in Beacon, New York. For more information please visit her site at:

This article was posted on September 12, 2004

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