Who doesn’t want to escape from the cooperative world and start earning passive income with affiliate marketing?
While most of the sources on the internet will tell you to set up your website to be a successful affiliate marketer but the question is here, “can I do affiliate marketing without a website?”
The real key is here to get people to click on your affiliate links and send people to the vendor’s site and make the purchase.
You don’t need an office, you don’t need capital and you don’t even need a website to promote affiliate products.
As long as you generate the traffic and make people purchase from your links, you can still do affiliate marketing without a website.
Now the next question comes to your mind is, If it’s possible to do without a website, why people create affiliate sites, invest in hosting and resources?
What is the difference between Affiliate Marketing with the Site and without the Site?
When you do promote affiliate links without a site, you will be actually using third-party resources be it either Medium, reedit, or social media.
Now think of your affiliate marketing as your real-life business, if you take someone else to shop on rent to open your store, they keep the power to ask you to close the shop because they are the owner.
Similarly, if you create your audience base on third party sites by doing hard work, you are helpless against their policies and condition, they might ban your site at any moment if it violates their terms and conditions.
But if you don’t want to get into building a website then I am going to show you…
5 different ways to do Affiliate Marketing without a Website.
Use Social Media
While doing affiliate marketing doesn’t require you to have a website but it does require you to have an online presence.
Social media is the best platform to engage with the audience and promote your affiliate links.
With the increasing popularity of technology like 5G, new social media platforms like tik tok, are rapidly growing.
Instagram has also noted the huge growth over the past few years, it’s the best platform to promote your affiliate offers but Instagram doesn’t allow you to post links directly within your post.
Your profile is the only place where you can put the link and offer one product at a time, you can draw the users to your profile and ask them to click the link in your bio.
Instagram influencers can also help you to get huge exposure in front of the right audience.
If you find a profile with a huge fan base that is related to your niche, you can reach them directly through email and ask them to promote your offer in exchange for money.
Facebook is also dominating affiliate marketing but it has reduced the organic reach and became pay to play platform.
If you are skilled in running effective Facebook ad campaigns, you get the most out of ROI. (Return on investment)
Facebook is a favorite platform among affiliate marketers due to its huge audience targeting options such as interest, behavior, age, location, gender, etc.
The key is here to design attractive social media posts be it either organic post or paid ads, designing decent looking graphics will attract the attention of your audience quickly scrolling through their social media feed.
Creating a free eBook
Creating your free eBook that contains your affiliate links is a great way to do affiliate marketing but creating an eBook is no easy task.
You can’t create an e-book on a topic without having tremendous knowledge just for the sake of including your affiliate links.
You should only write about the topic you love and keep knowledge of it.
Your knowledge and experience about the subject will reflect in your e-book and make trust in your audience.
Finding the proven and trending topic to create an e-book is necessary to attract a huge audience.
You can use google trends to find trending topics.
The more value you provide in your eBook, the more your audience will like to click on your affiliate links and make a purchase, you will have to educate them about the problem and how the product you are promoting, can solve their problem.
Once you finish creating your eBook you can promote it through social media ads by targeting the right audience.
The people who keep interested in the subject won’t mind receiving and reading eBooks about the subject and if you do your job correctly you will get tons of people ready to buy from your affiliate links.
Do you know only 3% of visitors make purchases the first time from the total number of people who click the ads and fortunately you can retarget those visitors again?
The chance of getting clicks and generating sales on retargeting ads is much higher than the normal display ads.
When someone visits a website and clicks on an ad, their cookies are recorded with tracking pixels and later it can be used to run retargeting ad campaigns via Facebook ads or google ads.
Retargeting campaigns follow people across the web and show them the same ads repeatedly to keep their interest alive in the product and service they have recently visited.
These ads are not only limited to the Google ad network but they can also be used through Facebook ad campaigns.
YouTube is the second largest search engine and one of the biggest video publishing platforms across the world. If you have a channel with a good amount of subscribers you can utilize it to promote your affiliate offers.
Producing quality video content is key to successful YouTube affiliate marketing but it doesn’t mean you will have to create videos similar to studios and big companies’ marketing campaigns, you can record short review and tutorial videos as well.
Learning and utilizing keyword research in your video’s description will ensure your reach to the right audience.
You can send them affiliate vendors an email containing the link of your YouTube channel as a publishing platform instead of a website to get approval as an affiliate.
Your video description must be enriched with relevant keywords that tell YouTube what your video is about, after describing your videos in a few words you can include the link of your affiliate products.
YouTube video description can also be used to capture email followed by the link of your subscription form.
Once someone subscribes to your email list, you can send affiliate offers directly into their email inbox
In addition, you can also sign up for a YouTube partner program to show ads on your videos and earn money on it but first, you have to complete the 1K subscriber and 4K watching hours to be eligible for the program.
The only drawback of this platform is, YouTube can disable your channel under the flagship of not following the guideline but it happened in very rare case especially if follow the guidelines properly and produce quality content.
You may have noticed the offers emails from the blog you follow, that’s called email marketing.
If you have an email list of your targeted audience, you own the empire. You have a direct connection with the people who are interested in your services.
However, first, you need to capture the email of your audience by offering them free value on any social media platform and YouTube.
You can’t directly ask people to provide their emails as they hate to see tons of marketing emails spamming into their inbox.
That’s where the lead magnet comes into existence.
You can create a short lead magnet related to your niche or offer such as a PDF checklist, free short EBook, Template and calendar, etc.
The people who are deeply passionate about the niche will definitely exchange their emails with your lead magnet.
Email marketing is a cost-effective and reliable source of direct communication with your audience.
It is not necessary to have a website to start with affiliate marketing, the only thing you need is to generate the traffic and redirect it to the vendor’s offer that can be done by following ways I have mentioned in the article above.
However, having your own website enables you to make affiliate marketing on the advanced level and it enables you to generate organic traffic directly from the search engines.
Having your own website allows you to keep full control over the content you publish meanwhile if you choose to promote affiliate offers on other platforms you are helpless against their terms and conditions.
I hope this article satisfied your query, “How to do affiliate marketing without a website?”
So what is your takeaway from this article? Which way you are going to promote your affiliate links?
Tell me in the comment section below.