Have you ever wondered, how to make money with affiliate marketing without a website? If so, I have good news for you, as it can sometimes be even better to start an affiliate marketing business with the podcast, forums, social media and other techniques as I am going to show you in this article. So definitely stay tuned to learn more about how to make money with affiliate marketing without a website.
Why shouldn’t you consider creating a website for affiliate marketing?
Even though I personally recommend creating a website for affiliate marketing, I think it can be hard to manage for those who don’t have any prior experience with the domain, web hosting, WordPress or creating websites at all.
So if you have no idea how to do these technical things, to keep your website alive and you still want to be a successful affiliate marketer then I have very good news for you. You don’t need to have a website because there are other ways you can promote your affiliate products or services. You should only consider not having a website when you do not understand or are not willing to learn the things mentioned down below. Check the bullet list and see what you should know to create an affiliate marketing business without a website:
- Getting a domain name
- Setting up hosting
- Connecticting WordPress
- Connecting theme
- Knowledge of SEO
- Writing skills
- Google analytics knoweledge
- Increasing page speed load times
So if you have no idea how to do any of those things above then you should continue reading and explore other ways you can promote your affiliate links without a website. However, if you are willing to learn I created an academy and article about all of the technical things where you can learn as much detail as possible about each technique, which is very easy to do.
Even if you start your affiliate marketing business without a website later on, once you get a little successful, you should consider learning and getting a website. You can either do it yourself or you can ask someone to help you do that for you. Read my article about affiliate marketing for beginners where you’ll find more information about creating a website for affiliate marketing business.
Start with YouTube
In my opinion, the easiest and best way to start an affiliate marketing business without a website is to start a YouTube channel. It doesn’t cost you anything and the only thing you need is your smartphone which you probably already have.
You simply record videos of the affiliate product or service and then create affiliate links in the description of the video. Millions of people do that and they are making very substantial money.
Another great thing about YouTube is when you get a little successful you turn on the ad revenue and you will get paid also from YouTube based on how many people watch your videos.
That means you are basically getting two streams of income. One from an affiliate marketing and the affiliate links you have in the description of your video. The other income is from the ad revenue that comes from YouTube.
You probably have seen it before, when a video starts you see an ad and every time it plays the creator of the video gets a commission from the ad revenue. The great thing about YouTube is that it is not much saturated as many people are not willing to put themselves on the platform.
YouTube gives you more space to grow and you can expand your affiliate business more rapidly. I’d say creating a YouTube channel is even better than creating a website. You can create a YouTube video and it will probably be ranking within a matter of days or weeks.
On the other side, if you create a website and you publish an article, it might take you several months to get ranked on Google or any other search engine platform. So definitely get into YouTube if you want to make money online with affiliate marketing without the website. There are even kids that made millions of dollars off YouTube. So if small kids can do it, you can do it too. You don’t even have to show your face on camera!
The second and another great example of how to make money with affiliate marketing without a website is to post on forums. You probably heard of them, it can be Quora or even Reddit. Any other forum that would be specific to your affiliate product or service. You simply provide value to other people and by helping them you can put your affiliate link whenever it is appropriate. When someone clicks on your affiliate links you will get a commission.
Nowadays, there is a forum for probably anything you can think of, from computers, IT products, cars and much more. so the importance when using forums is to help others answering their questions and to provide value.
Only then should you use your affiliate links. Don’t just spam forums, because you will get banned. I personally recommend using Quora as it has many visitors and people are constantly asking questions.
Another great way could be Facebook groups. The same apply as to forums where the main principle is to help other people answering their questions using the affiliate links only when appropriate.
Free websites like WordPress.com – Medium – Blogger
If you would like to publish and write an article about your affiliate products or services you can do that using the third party free website like wordpress.com, medium.com and blogger.com. Those are popular forums that will let you create an account and then let you write as many articles as you wish.
The important thing to know is that you should make that article search engine optimized, so it can be found on Google. Once people find your article, you can place the affiliate link there which would bring you a nice commission. Even though you don’t have a website of your own. you are basically using someone else’s website for free, publishing articles or content and then using your affiliate links in order to make revenue.
Social media, especially Instagram can be a great way to promote your affiliate products or services. You simply need to build a following that is big enough that people would be interested in what you have to say. That means you can publish a photo or video with an affiliate link in the description and people would purchase the affiliate product, which can bring you a nice commission.
I think many people are using Instagram anyway so why not make money from it? You simply need to find ways to bring more audience to your Instagram and then promote the product in an effective way that people would be willing to purchase through your affiliate links.
Similar to Instagram, you can use the same technique using Facebook. You simply need to build an audience and then place your affiliate links effectively, so people would click on the link and purchase the affiliate product or service.
Again, it comes to you having a great content on your Facebook page, which means you have to post really interesting things that people care about and would join you and start following you. Only then should you start putting affiliate links around the content. The same technique for Instagram and Facebook can be used for any social platform out there like Pinterest and others.
Another way you can make money with affiliate marketing without a website is to promote affiliate products or services through an email list.
You can even have your own email list or you can purchase one from someone else, who had already built a substantial following and you can use their email contact in order to make money with affiliate marketing.
The importance of an email marketing is to be good with copywriting, which means people need to click on the email, open it and then click on the affiliate link.
The skill required for this to work is at least a basic knowledge of copywriting for knowing how to persuade people in an effective way. Sometimes buying an email list from someone else can be more effective than creating your own one, when you are just starting out.
Paid ads are not allowed in most cases
Some people would tell you to pay for an ad on Facebook or YouTube and use that to link to your affiliate product or service. However, it is forbidden. You can’t link affiliate products directly when it comes to ads.
You can promote your own products for as much as you want and pay as much as you wish but when it comes to affiliate marketing, you are not allowed, in most cases to create an advertisement for the affiliate product or service.
So what should you do instead? The best way is to get people to your email list, which means you create a free offer like a checklist, how-to guide or give away a free ebook.
You offer it for free in order to collect an email from the person viewing the ad. That means you will be generating revenue a little later, once you send out your emails with an affiliate link later on. You are just collecting leads which means you are getting people to sign up to your email list in order to get to them later and try to sell them something they might need later on.
So remember, you create an ad, you offer something for free in exchange for email address and then you would send emails to those people, hoping to get an affiliate commission. This is probably the best way you can make money with paid advertising on social media or YouTube.
Create a podcast
Having a podcast is probably one of the least expected ways you could make money with affiliate marketing without a website. That means it is not as popular as the other options I mentioned above but it can drive a massive load of people and you a nice commission in the end.
Not many people would start their own podcast which gives you the ability to grow faster and build a bigger audience quicker. That means you can make money online by creating a podcast.
You can review the affiliate product, share your tips and advice on whatever topic you are talking about. A great example of this technique is Pat Flynn who has an amazing podcast, where he is interviewing other people and answering questions.
He’s giving advice and helping others to achieve their financial freedom with passive income and by doing that he’s affiliate commission skyrocket whenever he promotes something.
You can check his online income report, which he publishes every month on his website SmartPassiveIncome.com. He is one of the best examples for making affiliate marketing work even without a website. Definitely learn from his podcast and blog and if you are interested take his course about affiliate marketing, where you can learn more.