Affiliate marketing without a website… Is it really possible?
The short answer is, absolutely! It's totally possible. Affiliate marketing doesn't have to be complicated, and actually, it's one of the easiest ways to earn a dream income online. You can definitely keep things super simple and just promote your affiliate links without having a website, and you can enjoy some decent success as a result.
At the same time, it's not the greatest way to do it, but I’ll touch on why at the end of the article. For now, I want to provide you with 5 sound strategies that can generate good results when it comes to affiliate marketing without a website.
Four of these strategies I've used with much success. There is one that is new for me but shows great potential, so I wanted to be sure to include it. Let's get to it…
Affiliate Advertising With Adwords
This first strategy is probably the easiest way of all to do affiliate marketing without a website, and that is promoting a direct affiliate link using Google Adwords. Now, while it's an easy way to go, there are a couple catches that you need to be sure to check out beforehand:
- Check Each Affiliate Program’s Rules – Some affiliate programs have rules against this kind of strategy and they require you to have a website, but others don't care. Just be sure to read each affiliate program's rules and regulations to ensure you aren't going against them.
- Make Sure Affiliate Links Have the Company's Domain in the Link – Sometimes affiliate programs will use affiliate links that look like a nonsensical stream of letters and numbers. You won't be able to use that kind of a link for this strategy. It needs to have the domain in the link. I will point out that you can create cloaked links using something like ClickMagick, which I will talk about later in this article.
Once you've made sure those things are good to go, all you do is set up Google Adwords that target the people who are looking for the affiliate product you are promoting and then use your affiliate link as the destination.
This affiliate advertising strategy works best with:
- Smaller affiliate programs
- Affiliate programs that don't have as many rules
- Affiliate programs that are not running their own ads
And I should point out that this technique doesn't have to be used solely with Google Adwords. You can try it with Facebook ads, Twitter ads, LinkedIn ads, Instagram ads, or any type of platform that runs ads.
This one is my personal favorite because it provides a way for you to still get paid 6 months or more down the line. I love it when I can put some passive income in my sleeve! I do YouTube product reviews all the time about different products that I use and love. You can check them out to see some examples by going to my YouTube channel.
To do this, you just take products within a certain niche or industry and put together a review video. Then, when you upload it to YouTube, you add your affiliate link in the description. Make sure to point out several times in the video something like, “hey, if you want to get access to this product, go ahead and click the link below.”
Pro Tip – If you decide to do this, a really cool thing you can do to find ideas of products to review is type in “-review” (without the quotation marks) in Google and then in front of that, start going through letters. It's going to show you some of the biggest keywords related to reviews of products that start with that letter.
I didn't find out about this trick until a few months ago and I think it is the coolest little trick! Tell me what you think about it in the comments.
This is another super simple way to do affiliate marketing without a website, especially if social media is your thing. Just work on adding 3000-5000 friends in your target market, which might sound like a lot but it's actually pretty easy to do. Make sure you are adding friends who are interested in your niche, so that they would benefit from your affiliate offers.
Then start posting every day. In 1 out of every 3-4 posts, promote an affiliate product. Make sure it is a high-quality post that provides your Facebook friends with a lot of value. Otherwise, no one is going to want to be your friend anymore!
Here's a guy who knocks it out of the park when he uses this strategy. Check out the quality of this post and then notice what he does at the end:
At the end of the post, he adds a P.S. and then offers a free bonus to anyone who signs up for the product from his affiliate link. That is a great way to add a little more enticement into the post and I'm sure it helped him gain some extra sales.
This method is very quick and easy. I'll be honest – this strategy is very new to me and I am still experimenting with it. But I wanted to include it here because I do believe it is one of the best ways to succeed at affiliate marketing without a website.
One of the reasons this works so well is because Pinterest changed their rules and we can now use affiliate links when we make a post. Previously, they didn't allow affiliate links, so you would have had to have your own website to post a link. Now, that is no longer an issue.
So all you do is create a simple graphic that is compelling and grabs attention, and then add your affiliate link in the description. Here's someone who took it to the next level and is promoting the bonuses she is offering people who purchase ClickFunnels through her link:
Pro Tip – Here's another pro tip for you because even though Pinterest allows affiliate links, there are still some pages that they don't like (they consider them to be spammy for whatever reason) so it's best to use some kind of link forwarding software to cloak the links. Another good reason to do that is because you never know when Pinterest might decide that they don't like that link later on down the line, and then you'll lose any passive income you were making from it.
I use and love ClickMagick to cloak links. It's somewhere around $14/month, and it makes your affiliate links look like they are going to a domain, but then it forwards them to your affiliate link when it is clicked. Plus, it helps me track and get a lot of data on people who are clicking on the links as well.
This one is probably the fastest way to get a few commissions and it also couldn't be simpler. We tend to complicate affiliate marketing, but when it comes down to it, it's really just about sharing things you like with other people, but instead of just telling a friend about something cool that you think will benefit him, you get paid a commission by referring him to it.
And that is the gist of this technique. You simply tell people about a product that will help them do what they are trying to do and then you give them your affiliate link. So for example, if you are talking with a friend, a coworker, a client — whoever — and in doing so, you realize that you are an affiliate of a product that you know will benefit with them, mention it and then text or message them the link.
It can even work if you are conversing with someone over social media. But the key here is that it's all about providing personal value. No one wants someone hounding them with affiliate links to things they don't even care about. Make sure it is highly relevant and beneficial to them before even offering any affiliate links.
Consider Having an Affiliate Website
Not having a website can seem like the easier route to take, and while it might be quicker in the immediate, it can actually be harder because there are stricter rules when promoting an affiliate link as opposed to your own website link.
Plus, many affiliate programs, such as credit cards, do not allow the promotion of their stuff without having a website. Which brings me to my next point…
Always review each affiliate program’s rules and policies. I discussed this above already in reference to posting direct links in Adwords but really, this applies to any affiliate marketing you do.
Lastly, you want to capture email addresses so that you can have an actual affiliate marketing business. Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Adwords, etc. can all ban your account or change their rules, or who knows, they could go away altogether. But if you capture email addresses, those contacts are yours and you can email them forever.
The Easiest Way to Build an Affiliate Website
Now, I know that I'm advocating for building affiliate marketing sites on an article that talks about how to do affiliate marketing without a website. Haha, I know, that's kind of funny. But, here's the thing: you probably don't want a website because you think it's hard.
In many ways, that can be true, but not when you use this amazing option. I mean it, this absolutely could not be any simpler and you can literally have an affiliate website up and running in a matter of minutes.
It's called ClickFunnels Share Page, and it preloads a simple website for you. All you do is replace a few lines of text, and add your affiliate links and photos. It will even capture email addresses for you! Then, it integrates with a ClickFunnels account so that you can build out a whole sales funnel if you'd like (and who wouldn't?).
There is a monthly fee for ClickFunnels, but they do offer a free trial, and hands down, it is one of my favorite marketing tools. I highly, highly recommend it. (Check out my ClickFunnels Review here)
If you are doing affiliate marketing without a website, it certainly can be done as I've demonstrated in this article, but a month or a year down the road, I promise you, you will regret it when one of the accounts you promote your stuff on gets shut down (because let's face it, it just always seems to happen to affiliate marketers when they try to cut corners).
Now, that leads me to this…
Free Training: How to Have a Successful Affiliate Marketing Business
If after reading this, you are realizing you want to actually turn your affiliate marketing dabblings into a real, full-blown affiliate marketing business, I have just the thing for you.
It's a free training that I created which takes you through an inside look at my affiliate marketing business. You'll find out how I won 2 cars and make a 7-figure income with affiliate marketing. I'll show you the strategies I used, which are totally reproduce-able.
So that's it folks. I shared with you some great tips that really do work for affiliate marketing without a website, and I also showed you why I think it's in your best interest to have affiliate marketing sites. Give these tips a try and then take my free training if you think you want to take your affiliate marketing business further.