We’re going to run through our complete guide on how to make money using affiliate marketing without a website, but first, we’re going to touch on the basics.
To understand how to do affiliate marketing without a website, it’s important to understand at it’s core, what is affiliate marketing.
It’s also important to understand why the majority of affiliate marketers use a website or blog to promote affiliate products.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Put simply, affiliate marketing is the promotion of another company or individual’s products or services in exchange for a commission.
As an affiliate marketer, you earn a percentage of the overall product or service cost from the owner.
The commission you receive may range from 5- 50% depending on what product or service you’re recommending.
If you don’t know where to start, I’ve put together an article focusing on the top 10 affiliate marketing programs for beginners.
Why Use a Website for Affiliate Marketing?
Many of the most successful affiliate marketers use websites or blogs to drive their sales. And there’s good reason for this.
People buy from people, and they want to understand the why before they buy a product from you.
If you can explain to a user what it is they’re buying, how they can buy it and most importantly why they should buy the product, you’ve got a very good chance of converting that sale.
As an example, reading a blog post about the benefits of ethically sourced chocolate from company X, which specifically explains what your $5 will do for the local village, whilst getting the great flavours you wanted from a chocolate bar not only educates you as a consumer. It also gives you a reason to click through and buy the product.
On the flipside, if you were to receive an email with a link to a bar of chocolate, linking to a company’s website that you knew nothing about, would you clicking the link?
Probably not? Why? Sure, you’ve been informed about how you can buy that chocolate bar (click this link), but you’ve not been educated on the what (product description and benefits) or why (the difference you’re making when buying this chocolate from company X.
If you’re interested to learn more about affiliate marketing using a website or blog, I’ve written an article here that might help.
However, if you’ve got this far and you still don’t want to build a website or blog, then read on.
There are a number other ways to do make money using affiliate marketing without a website or blog and we’re going to talk through our top 3.
1. Affiliate Marketing Facebook Groups
Facebook groups are a great way to start affiliate marketing without a website. You can promote products and services to an audience, but it’s important that you’re providing value.
Build up an engaged audience within your affiliate Facebook group by writing quality content and contextually building your affiliate links into this content.
Tip: If you’re directly posting affiliate links on Facebook, they may get banned by Facebook administrators. I recommend using a a tool like bit.ly to mask your affiliate links and avoid unwanted attention from Facebook.
1.1 How to Create an Affiliate Marketing Facebook Group
To build your affiliate marketing Facebook group, follow the steps below:
- Create your group. Head on over to Facebook, click create, and then click groups.
- Name your group. Keep it short, snappy and to the point. At the same time, ensure new group members understand what it is you’re offering.
- Invite members to your group. Invite friends, family members and colleagues and personalize your invite so that your invitees will have a reason to join the group.
- Choose your privacy setting. Our goal at this stage is to drive members to the group, so let’s make it a public group.
- Personalize your group. Add a group description, tags, location etc. to help attract new members to your group.
- Get posting. Make your first post engaging and start a dialogue with your group. The goal of a Facebook group is to create a community, so you’ll need to encourage people to comment on your posts.
- Promote your Facebook Group. There a number of free or paid options to promote your affiliate facebook group. Start with the free options, like sharing with friends and other groups before considering paid options.
2. Affiliate Marketing through Youtube
So you want to start making online passive income, but writing isn’t your thing? Well, how about creating video content instead?
Start a Youtube channel and talk about topics and interests that you’re passionate about. If you’re passionate, your users will see this and will want to continue watching your content.
On top of that, people buy from people. What this means is that you can start to talk about products or services you currently use or have used in the past, add an affiliate link in your description to that product or service, and make a commission every time someone purchases.
2.1 How to Choose a Youtube Niche
When you’re looking to choose a Youtube niche, I highly recommend recommend focusing on the problem you’re trying to solve for the user.
For example, if your Youtube channel is focused on fitness, you should start to think about the problems that this subset of users might face.
Since Youtube is owned by google, this makes the whole process of finding these “problems” easy.
As an example, I typed in how to exercise, and before I’d even finished writing the word exercise, there was a list of highly searched keywords:
This tells me that there is a high demand for advice on exercise for kids. Armed with this knowledge, I can start researching products that will appeal to these users. Once I know what products I’m going to market, I can start thinking about what content I’m going to create around it.
Whether you’re creating product reviews, or casually mentioning products in your videos, you’ll always want to let the user know that they can find the (affiliate) link in the description.
This benefits both the user, since they’ll know where to find the product and you as the content creator because you’ll be making a commission when they buy the product.
3. Affiliate Marketing through Online Forums
Posting affiliate links in online forums requires some skill. A number of online forums have banned users for posting affiliate links in comments or on their profiles, so you’ll need to avoid coming across as “spammy”.
If your posts do get flagged as spam, you might receive an email like this one:
Fortunately I wasn’t banned, but I quickly learned my lesson and made sure evert answer I gave was unique and added value.
There are numerous success stories of affiliate marketing done successfully on forums like Quora and Warrior Forum. A big part of this comes down to the answers that they provide and becoming an authority in their subject matter.
To use this strategy well, always provide value in your answers and think about the problem you’re trying to help solve.
3.1 Be the first to answer
To effectively leverage affiliate marketing through online forums, you should try to be the first, or one of the first people to respond to the question being asked.
Why? Because this gives you the most opportunity for exposure. If you post an answer to a trending forum post, you might have thousands of people looking at your answer. That’s thousands of eyeballs in front of your affiliate links.
As you can see there are a number of ways to make money through affiliate marketing without a website.
The examples I’ve listed above are great strategies to dip your toe into affiliate marketing and get a good idea of how it works, however, they’re not designed for the long term.
If you want to become a successful affiliate marketer, ideally you will have a place on the internet where people can find you.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your journey as an affiliate marketer, but eventually, you will need a website to become a successful affiliate marketer.
Check out this article to find out how you can build your affiliate website.