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  1. #1
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    Do I need a website to sign up?
    Hi,

    I've been trying to sign up as an affiliate with a few affiliate programs, but most of them require me to enter my website address. I plan of focusing on advertising through google adwords (search engine marketing) and I didn't think I would need a website for that. Maybe I was wrong. I can set one up if necessary, but I'm just confused as to why I would need one.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated

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    Having a site will help. You're more legit with one, even if it's just about your business.

    If you have no site, merchants have no idea about you really are. Give yourself a (web) face to go with your name and application.
    [url=http://www.drastictactics.com/]Drastic Tactics[/url] - Performance Marketing Since 1998

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    Most merchants would require you to send your visitors to your own site, and not directly to the merchant site. So a website is vital in this business. It costs so little, why would you not get your own website?

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    Thanks for your replies. I'll go get myself a webpage The reason why I've been hesitant in doing so, is that I don't really know how to set one up. I'm really quite an internet idiot. But I guess it's just one more thing I need to learn. This whole business has really been a steep learning curve for me. Difficult but interesting.

    Just bouncing off Julian's post... is there a market at all for people like me who want to focus on PPC and link direct to merchant's sites?

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    There are 100's, if not 1000's of merchants which allow direct-to-merchant PPC. Just check their terms of service for any restrictions they may have.

    But even these merchants (or the networks they belong to) may require you to have a website to sign up in some cases...

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    Thank you Simcat I'm going to create a generic website and try direct-to-merchant first and see how that goes. Glad to know I haven't been barking up the wrong tree!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlswu
    Thanks for your replies. I'll go get myself a webpage The reason why I've been hesitant in doing so, is that I don't really know how to set one up. I'm really quite an internet idiot. But I guess it's just one more thing I need to learn. This whole business has really been a steep learning curve for me. Difficult but interesting...
    dlswu, I'm sure you'll have no big problems setting up your own website. It's not that hard, really. But if for any reason you're faced with any kind of problem just hit us with your questions and we'll try to give you our best help.

    Good luck!
    Hector

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