Can I Do Affiliate Marketing Without a Website?

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There’s a certain stigma about affiliate marketing that has led people to believe they can’t do it without a website. Though operating a website or blog is the most surefire way to succeed at affiliate marketing, you actually can become an affiliate marketer without them.

That’s because the key to affiliate marketing is knowing how to send targets to an affiliate vendor’s site, and that can be accomplished a number of ways. As long as you know how to get leads to click on links and make a purchase on your affiliate merchant’s site, you’re good to go.

4 Ways to Do Affiliate Marketing Without a Website

If you’re interested in affiliate marketing but hesitant because you don’t have a website or blog, we’ve got some good news for you. Just check out the following four simple solutions. Keep in mind, though, that the best way to succeed is through a combination of platforms, including a website and blog. Consider the following methods great ways to get started!

Promote through social media

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While becoming an affiliate marketer doesn’t require you to own a blog or website, it does require that you have an online presence. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts can be a good start.

As long as you have friends or followers, you have an audience who may be inclined to click on affiliate links you post. The key is to create posts that will have an impact on your audience and inspire them to click.

Above all, make sure your social media posts contain useful content. And make use of images, as visual elements are proven to attract readers.

Also make sure the content you post is relevant to your niche. Posting something irrelevant to your niche may drive away potential customers. You need to earn your audience’s trust, so it’s vital that the posts you create are meaningful and attractive to them.

Create an e-book

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Another good option for promoting affiliate links is through an e-book (promoted on social media or forums). Although this option is more involved, a successful e-book can have long lasting results if done correctly.

Most importantly, when putting together an e-book, you should choose a topic you’re knowledgeable about. You never want to write an e-book simply for the sake of plugging in some affiliate links. Your readers will see right through it.

The point is to provide your readers with helpful information. That is, the goal is to gain your readers’ trust in the information you’ve provided. If they perceive value in the information you’ve presented, they should be willing to click on your affiliate links.

Promote through forums or online communities

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Online forums and communities are all over the internet these days, and they’re great places to promote affiliate links. To get started, search for a forum that discusses topics around the product you want to promote.

Also, make sure to check the community or forum guidelines so you understand what, if any, types of affiliate link posts are allowed. Once you find a good forum or community, become an active member. Your active engagement will help you gain the trust of other forum members.

Active engagement includes interacting with people, providing helpful answers to questions, and offering solutions to problems. In the context of these interactions, you can include your affiliate links. Over time, community members will grow to trust you and be willing to click on the links you provide.

Use YouTube videos

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YouTube is one of the most effective platforms for promoting affiliate links. And all you need is a YouTube account to get started. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a YouTube star with thousands of followers to be successful with affiliate marketing on the platform.

As long as the videos you produce and post are informative, useful, and creative, you should have no trouble achieving success.

Just make sure your videos are relevant to the products or services you’re promoting, and place your links in the description section. Keep in mind, though, that YouTube requires you to provide disclosures letting viewers know you’re promoting affiliate links.

The takeaway

There are plenty of ways to achieve success as an affiliate marketer without a website. As we discussed, four of the best ways are:

  1. Through social media
  2. By creating an e-book
  3. Through forums or online communities
  4. Via YouTube

Whichever way you choose to go, be consistent with your posts, and provide your readers, viewers, or followers with fresh and useful content. Also, make sure to analyze your progress, be patient, and work toward eventually operating a website and blog. Affiliate marketing takes time and hard work, but it’s certainly worth it in the end!

37 thoughts on “Can I Do Affiliate Marketing Without a Website?

  1. Thanks for posting this information. Affiliate marketing is gaining pace and anyone can take advantage of it and earn some extra money. It is important to know some secrets and to be well motivated.

    1. Join any website like Amazon or ClickBank…
      When you fill the form, instead of putting website URL, use your Facebook page’s URL or you can also use YouTube page URL.
      JUST COPY THE URL AND PASTE THE LINK IN FORM…!

      1. Please how do I get an account with amazon and start selling their products
        Second
        I tried sending clickbank a direct email seeking access they refused
        Please any other means to get in?
        Thanks

      1. Is it better to open a dedicated business page to promote your product or service with affiliate marketing? or use personal account?

  2. I have a YouTube channel & our subs are asking for links to all of the clothing we feature. How do we get affiliate links? It seems like in order to apply you need to have a blog site?

    1. Hi Kelli,

      You should be able to provide your channel URL as the website URL for most affiliate program signup forms.

      It will vary program to program though, best to reach out to the ones you’re hoping to work with and explain.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Hi. Thank you so much for this post. I really love the affiliate marketing idea. However, I’m a fairly late bloomer so, This is a bit overwhelming. I am a complete beginer. So much so, that even after reading this post I still don’t know where to start. I am inspired though. I’ve been researching this for a few months now, & still can’t figure out what step one is. For those of us that are new to all of this, what would you suggest as step 1-5 for the ” forums and online communities” option.
    I will continue to search your site in hopes of finding the answer. Thanks again for your time, patience, generousity and service.

  4. Hi. Thanks for the post. I really wanted to do affiliate marketing. Can we promote our marketing in twitter without followers. While searching about this I found a video that we can promote affiliate marketing without any followers also. is it correct.

    1. Sounds dodgy to me Bhagya, you could maybe go paid acquisition on twitter, but I’d love to hear how one would organically do this without any followers without spamming the crap out of people. Call me a pessimist but doesn’t sound like a very good business model.

  5. A good post …..but you really left us all thirsty not mentioning the affiliate programs that offer the shit without a website…… reply as you replied the others with a good answer.

  6. I get asked this same question from a lot of the customers that come to my page on FB and I tell them yes it is possible but only if you grow your audience accordingly. I also use myself as an example of how I started, Jumping around but I had to learn the hard way. Awesome blog post man.

  7. Hi Josh. Thanks for such a superbly written article.
    I want to add that although it is not required to have your own website for doing affiliate marketing, it definitely helps to have one.
    I think every affiliate marketer should strive to get his own website as soon as possible.

  8. I want to add something here from my experience that guys if you are doing affiliate marketing without any website. I highly recommend you to be as consistent as possible. FREE methods just take some time to produce results. Though these tips are really good as explained here.
    Peace!

  9. I can’t find any affiliate programs that let you become an affiliate without a website. Do you know of any affiliate programs that let you join without a website?

  10. Hi Josh, thank you for your article. I have a website which has a program of Visual Guided Meditations (created so the hard of hearing can experience guided meditations). Is there a way that I can offer someone the opportunity to be an affiliate if they don’t have a website? The first 5 meditations are what she can put on social media (they are little movies) and could she put a link on that to receive the benefit of an affiliate? I would love to hear your advice.

    1. Hey Robyn, yes you could. You would be the one running the affiliate program. That’s not what ThirstyAffiliates does though (our tool is for the affiliate), so I’d recommend AffiliateWP for that job. It’s up to you as the program manager to say what your affiliates can/can’t do to promote you.

  11. Really very good explanation about affiliate marketing and i read your complete blog i found something new here so thank you again and keep posting and update with new things.
    and please can you share some more about affiliate earning.

  12. Thanks for the very informative post. I really want to be an affiliate marketer. But i dont have website or blog yet. Right now while im still studying about affiliate i do it has great potential specially when you upgrade to gold membership.
    I hope next time you will write about companies that accept affiliate without website. God bless.

  13. I completely agree 100% with this! You ABSOLUTELTY don’t need a website to get started in the affiliate marketing industry. I started with Click Bank and you don’t need a website to start with them, JVZOO also. So yeah I second this post! If you want to become an affiliate marketer don’t be discouraged when applying to all these programs that require a website such as Pepper Jam, Commission Junction, Rakuten/LinkShare just to name a few. There are plenty affiliate programs out there that require only a social media account(almost everyone has those) or NO WEBSITE at all! You just have to be willing to do some digging and be patient. Although I always recommend you create a website because best way I describe it is, its like a piece of real estate that can appreciate in value , sometimes DRAMATICALLY. So always be open to that. Other than that if you want to get started in affiliate marketing without a website I say get out there and start digging!

  14. I just got a new Facebook account, created a page on brand and products
    And am stock
    What or where do I go from here?
    I tried clickbank but was denied access
    Please where else and what do I do

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