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I have created and promoted thousands of ads with my classified ad posting service at www.classifiedsubmissions.com. Many people are beginning with marketing online and they will simply give me an affiliate link like this one:
How tempted are you to click on that link? Probably not. Even if you are promoting just an affiliate link you should get your own domain name. Here are a few reasons why.
When you look at the example above it almost looks like a virus of some kind. Many people will not click on the link just because it looks long complicated and scary. What link are you most likely to click on www.marysfriendlyfunnywebsite.com or
I am going for marysfriendlywebsite.com big time. It just looks better. You might not even consciously decide to click on it. You probably will give it a pass without a seconds thought. You want people to feel good about clicking on your link and going to your website. You can reserve your own domain name here for less than $10. per year.
When you promote a direct affiliate link you are building somebody else’s business. All that hard work and money that you spent on promotion will benefit the website owner not you if you are no longer affiliated for whatever reason with that program.
However, if you promote your own domain name and change your mind and want to promote something else you can just change a few settings in your registrar’s control panel and voila you are promoting a new program.
I have an affiliate for my classified ad submission program who was promoting another marketing program that went out of business. Good for him he was promoting his own domain name rather than a direct affiliate link because he re-directed all the traffic to his affiliate link for my classified ad submission program.
He gets sales every month for my service from promotion he did for another program. If you did not have his own domain name then he might have lost all that business.
Back to the them of promoting your business rather than the owner of the affiliate website. A domain name just looks more professional and tells people you are invested in your image and business. You can then create your own YouTube and social media pages around your brand so you can build your own audience.
Rather than promoting an affiliate url have you considered starting a blog around your topic and starting to build your own mailing list? This is a longer term approach but a smarter one. If you start building your own community and list you can promote multiple affiliate programs not just one. Try thinking more long term and start promoting your own brand, blog and list. No need to worry about the tech stuff. We will even set up your own blog for you for free. See here for details.
Site like Backpage and Facebook often block popular short links like tinyurl.com or affiliate links from major affiliate networks like Clickbank. If you have your own domain name often you can bypass these blocks (not always.) You will find that your ads will get accepted in many more places if you actually have your own domain name.
You can get your own domain name for less than $10. per year so really it is a no brainer. It is well worth it to invest in your own domain name even if you are doing affiliate marketing. I always re-direct my affiliate links using my own domain names. See here to register your own domain name now.