These days it’s like a norm to build websites to make money online and I often see people believe that the only way to make money with affiliate marketing is to build websites and generate traffic.
I don’t blame them because, on the internet, we frequently see tons of bloggers claiming to make money with affiliate marketing just by growing their blogs.
Although those bloggers are legit, it just doesn’t mean that everyone needs to have a website to make money with affiliate marketing.
However you can start a complete affiliate marketing business with no website, but if you want to make a life-size living with it, then running a website is crucial. Although this doesn’t mean that there is no other way around.
To cut-off your thoughts on having a website mandatory for online success. In this article, I will shed some light on how to make money with affiliate marketing without a website.
First of all, let’s talk about the reasons why you don’t want a website?
Nowadays, everyone on the internet has a blog just like me, and daily we see someone talking about how he/she started a blog and grew it within a couple of years.
Even though we mostly see the shiny side of blogging like money and freedom but what we don’t see are the struggles and investment side of blogging.
I will agree with the fact that today, starting a website is way more accessible and straightforward than 10 years ago. But to start a website/blog, there are two kinds of financial investments which you need to aware of, which are:-
- Minimal investment: Set-up costs (Finding a domain, hosting, website theme – approx $250)
- Maximum investment: Creating content and growing the website ( Content creation, Backlink generation, Building social media presence – No limit to this; it could be $1000 or even $10,000)
At this point, everyone can afford the ‘minimal investment’ to start a blog, but it’s only the people who can afford the ‘maximum investment’ that have a real shot at blogging.
Also, besides these financial investments, there are struggles which you need to be aware of too.
Like staying patient for months to rank on Google, consistently continuing the work even while you don’t see any results, and regularly monitoring the process & progress of the blog.
Thus due to such reasons, you might wanna hold back from blogging and in such cases, you can actually learn to promote affiliate products without a website in multiple ways.
But before we dive into those ways, I think you should know what it takes and needs to start affiliate marketing in such a case.
3 Things Which You Need Before Starting Affiliate Marketing Without a Website
In general, to start making money with affiliate marketing, you need three things which will be:-
- Affiliate programs to sign up
- A platform/website to capture your leads
- A traffic source to generate clicks
Since we have decided to remove websites from our equation, hence it is time to replace a website with another alternative. However, firstly let us take it step-by-step.
Join affiliate programs without a website
Right now, there are dozens of affiliate marketing marketplaces that can help you sign for affiliate programs.
But platforms like Commission Junction (CJ) won’t allow us to do affiliate marketing without a website.
Similarly, there will be other affiliate networks similar to CJ that want their affiliates to have a website which means that you have to stick with affiliate networks that don’t ask for a website.
Therefore it’s wise to look at beginner-friendly platforms which don’t have a lengthy approval process and also won’t ask for any website owner.
On top of my head, all I could think of is ClickBank as a potential affiliate network for almost everyone.
9 Ways To Do Affiliate Marketing Without a Website
Till now I assume you’ve followed everything that I said, and if you do so, then by now, you should be on your way to launching your first-ever landing page and should have your affiliate links on it.
Despite doing all that, there is still one big piece of the pie missing from your affiliate system, and that will be a platform to use as your potential ‘traffic source‘.
As an affiliate marketer, you can choose to bring in traffic either from one (or) from multiple traffic sources, and since today the internet is filled with so many potential traffic sources, I would recommend you to only use these nine platforms as they have proven to be good for many affiliate marketers and even for me.
Note: On the internet, I have seen affiliate marketers advising people to do stuff like sharing affiliate links within directories and start commenting on forums. But trust me, those are short-term tactics and in fact, this is not 2010 anymore.
However, I am here only to share long-term ways to do affiliate marketing without a website that would help you make a decent income.
Thus beforehand please understand that you need to do a lot of work on these mentioned platforms for months to see good results.
1) Answer on Quora To Generate Views and Clicks
As we all know, Quora is the platform of ‘Question & Answers’ and since there are always people on Quora searching and reading answers. It makes a good opportunity to share your answers and slide in your landing page/affiliate links well within your content.
Instead of giving examples of other marketers, I want to share some of my recent experiences with Quora. Before writing this article, I opened my new account on Quora and had probably written 7-10 answers in a couple of weeks.
And guess what? For those mere ten answers, I have generated more than 1k views to my content.
2) Create and Engage in Facebook Groups
Facebook groups are probably the simplest way to do affiliate marketing without a website. Today you can find almost a Facebook group for just about anything.
3) Start Pinterest Marketing
Pinterest is considered an excellent platform for images, and indeed, marketers have been using Pinterest for affiliate marketing too. Among all the other saturated and competitive social media platforms, Pinterest is comparatively easier to generate views by sharing your Pins.
Being said that, Pinterest is not all rainbows and unicorns; you will find competition even on Pinterest, and you should know that even on Pinterest, it will take months before you can see any consistent affiliate sales coming in from the platform.
Thus far since Pinterest has the potential and comparatively easier, you can actually use Pinterest to do affiliate marketing without having a website.
Anyways, if you want to start on Pinterest on the right note. You should follow these simple steps:-
- Create a sleek Pinterest profile and insert your landing page/affiliate link in your bio, and create boards for your profile
- Follow a bunch of creators on Pinterest who are popular in your niche
- Join group boards that are relevant to your affiliate niche
- Try to at least pin 20-25 pins of other creators each day
- Design and upload 3-4 pins of your own and also frequently contribute to other group boards as well.
- Use tools like Tailwind and Hootsuite to schedule your Pinterest content
4) Start Writing on Self-publishing Platforms
5) Grow an Instagram account and become an influencer
6) Start a YouTube channel
7) Start PPC Advertising
8) Leverage Facebook and Instagram ads
9) Run native ads
I bet nobody told you this.
But actually, there are only a few affiliate marketers who use native ads for their campaigns, and since most affiliates don’t do this, they won’t recommend native ads to you.
However, if you’re wondering what native ads?
Basically, native ads are the paid ads that are designed to look and feel similar to the content/article in which they are placed. I am sure most of us have visited big media publication sites and clicked on an ad thinking of it as a part of the content.
I am glad if you’re reading this line, and now I would assume that you have probably read most of my content on ‘How to make money with affiliate marketing without a website‘.
Even though I mentioned the best nine ways in which you can start affiliate marketing. But remember, you don’t need to try all nine platforms once.
Instead of trying them all, you can start with one platform at a time, that is more suitable to your affiliate niche and has the potential to generate traffic to your products.
And once you start seeing traction from one platform, for example, Instagram. Later you can hop on to other platforms like Facebook or YouTube or anywhere else which seems more promising.