Is it possible to start affiliate marketing without a website?
Yes, it certainly is!
While starting an affiliate website is a great way to earn from affiliate marketing, many people look to skip this step.
The main goal as an affiliate is to drive targeted traffic and get people to click on your affiliate links. This can be done in many ways which we’ll discuss in this article.
You may be on the fence about whether affiliate marketing is right for you? Or maybe you just don’t want to risk any money starting an affiliate website yet?
Whatever your situation, this article shows you how to get started with zero startup cost and minimal tech skills required.
Search Affiliate Programs That Don’t Require a Website
Many affiliate programs require you to have a website to sign up and promote them. This is because in the past some affiliate marketers got a bad name using shady tactics.
You’ve probably experienced it – someone spamming you links on social media, without even saying hello. Or getting caught up in a solo ads list where your email has been sold and you suddenly get an influx of promotional messages.
But as time has moved on, affiliate marketing without a website has become less spammy, with many marketers doing it the right way and making a full-time living from it.
Make sure you check the terms and conditions when you research affiliate programs. This should tell you what is required from affiliates.
Otherwise, you may get asked straight away where you intend to promote the vendor’s product. Some will accept no website, some won’t. Don’t get disheartened if you get refused. Just move on and find another product.
5 Ways to Start Affiliate Marketing Without a Website
When you start affiliate marketing, it’s best to focus on one platform to really master it, before moving onto the next. It can be quite overwhelming in the beginning and you need to use your time well.
Whichever platform you choose; it can take some time to start seeing results. Make a plan and stick to it for the long term. Consider investing in your knowledge to learn from those who’ve achieved what you want.
1. Social Media
One of the best ways to start affiliate marketing is on social media. You may have a large following on one or more social sites which can be used to your advantage.
If you don’t have a large following, the first thing to work on is – building your audience.
To make money on social as an affiliate, stop thinking of your accounts as social and start thinking business. Start posting helpful, thoughtful content. Not posts about what you had for dinner or the latest cute cat meme.
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tik-Tok, LinkedIn and Quora can be gold mines for affiliate marketing if done the right way.
Build up trust and authority by posting relevant content that solves problems. Once people start to see you as an expert, they’ll want to buy what you recommend. Only post links to a product every 3-4 helpful/tip posts. And make sure you read your chosen social accounts rules on affiliate marketing.
Related read: Affiliate Marketing on Twitter: Make Money Tweeting
2. Email Marketing
To make money affiliate marketing through email, you need to build up an email list first. You can do this via your social sites, offering a free lead magnet in exchange for an email address.
How-to guides, short EBooks or PDFs, a video tutorial, cheat sheets, checklist or bundle of useful tools like digital planners or stock photos work well.
Make sure your freebie is niche-specific, easy to consume and it solves a problem.
For example, if you’re in the blogging niche, you could offer a free blog post checklist. This will be helpful to new bloggers, allowing them to check off each step as they write a new post.
Once you get email subscribers, start an email marketing campaign.
Again, try to be helpful and educational with your email content, don’t just spam links every time. Tell stories, help solve problems and promote products and services your subscribers will love through your affiliate links.
3. YouTube Channel
Affiliate marketing on YouTube can be extremely profitable. Some of the top YouTubers earn millions each year from a mix of advertising, brand sponsorships, selling their own products and by promoting products as an affiliate.
It’s hard to believe, but a 9-year old still holds the top spot in 2020 as the highest-earning YouTuber! Ryan Kaji reviews toys and earned a reported $29.5 million with his channel Ryan’s World. A close second was Jimmy Donaldson (Mr. Beast) who earned $24 million on his channel which is a mix of stunts and humor.
So you can see the possibilities there.
You can start a niche channel without even showing your face if you don’t want to. Make sure the videos are high quality, relevant to your audience, engaging and informative (or entertaining) depending on your niche.
Work to build up your subscribers with a regular video post schedule.
Once you start gaining traction, put affiliate links in the description of your videos to the products you talk about or promote.
4. Write an EBook
An easy way to start affiliate marketing without a website is writing an E-book. This doesn’t have to take months to write and be 100’s of pages long.
Some of the most successful E-books I’ve seen have been 50-60 pages long.
Make sure your E-book is niche specific and it solves a problem. If you can do this, you’ll gain a reader’s trust which may lead to them clicking on affiliate links you place in the E-book.
E-books can be a brilliant source of passive income also.
If you price your E-book affordably at $20 and get five sales a day. That’s an extra $100 a day and you may even make those sales while you’re sleeping!
5. Content Publishing Platforms
Popular free content publishing platforms are Medium, LinkedIn Articles and Scoop.It. Anyone can set up an account on these and start writing their own articles.
In your articles, you can add affiliate links to products you promote. Always disclose you’re using affiliate links as per the platform’s rules and regulations.
Medium gets over 100 million readers monthly and can be a great place to hone your writing skills, before investing in your own blog. Its huge amount of traffic means you should get your articles ranked in Google, even on the first page with authority websites.
While it does seem too good to be true – a ready-made platform to make you money from immediately, right?
It is important to remember, you don’t own the platform and are at the mercy of decisions made by Medium and the other platforms.
If they shut down or decide to delete your account, you could lose all your content and hard-earned followers.
Affiliate Marketing Without a Website – Final Thoughts
As you can see, there are many ways to make money affiliate marketing without a website.
Choose one that aligns with your skills and likes the most then work on it till you get success. After you start making money, you can add another to your repertoire.
Remember – whichever method you use, building traffic is the number one key to success. Without it, you won’t make many affiliate sales.
Focus on posting helpful, informative content daily to build up trust and authority with your followers.
Analyze your results each month to work out what you did right and what you need to change. Get an accountability partner if you can, to ensure you hit content deadlines and stay on your posting schedules.
Be patient – success with affiliate marketing takes time, hard work and consistency.
Work towards owning and running your own affiliate website. Having a piece of digital real estate is a valuable asset that can make you a lucrative income for years to come.
Do you have any questions about affiliate marketing? Let me know in the comments, I’m always happy to help.
*Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are our own. This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission.