Having your own website to promote affiliate products is usually where most people start to make money with affiliate marketing for the sake of website monetization. Having a website makes it more sustainable and almost works as a foundation for your promotions and content. But it is not vitally necessary to start your affiliate marketing off.
Indeed, this article was written to show that there are actually many alternative ways to do your affiliate marketing business without a website or blog. The ways to make a way to a successful affiliate marketing would be literally unlimited; traffic, leads, sales streams can be created as creatively as you might think of in your head, however, in this article, we will mainly focus on what are the general ways of affiliate marketing funnels that can work without a website or blog.
That said, the fact that you can start affiliate marketing without a website doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have to work hard. There’s no free lunch in the world and you would need to put your effort into establishing your lead funnels, consistently over time.
Let’s go ahead with the list: what channels you can utilize to do affiliate marketing without a website or blog!
- 1 What Are The Best Ways To Do Affiliate Marketing Without a Website?
- 1.1 Email Marketing – As The Power Source For Affiliate Marketing
- 1.2 Classified Ads: This Can Be a Way To Do Affiliate Marketing Without a Website
- 1.3 Social Media Groups – To Make Affiliate Sales Without a Website or Blog
- 1.4 Writing Free E-books – For Promoting Affiliate Links Without a Website
- 1.5 Promoting Through Forums – To Make Affiliate Sales Without a Website
- 1.6 Submit Guest Posts To Blogs or Article Directories
- 1.7 Using Pay Per Click (PPC) – To Promote Your Affiliate Links
- 1.8 Currently, Youtube Seems The King For Affiliate Promotion
What Are The Best Ways To Do Affiliate Marketing Without a Website?
Email Marketing – As The Power Source For Affiliate Marketing
Pretty possibly, the first word that comes to your head when you’re hearing about ‘affiliate marketing, would be ‘Email List’. An email list is a well-known powerful way for affiliate success. This method can also be utilized in many forms in digital marketing, apart from affiliate marketing, for branding, content marketing, client acquisition, and name a few.
Normally, how emails work associated with Affiliate Marketing is below as most simply explained.
How Affiliate Marketing Works With Email Marketing:
- Build an email list of a niche targeted audience
- Email them routinely with content that contains your affiliate links.
- When people click on the links cookies are generated on their internet browser, that can be trackable for thier action afterwards (such as signup, installs, form submission, purchases etc)
- When somone finally puchases something via your affiliate link(s), commission is given as a reward for your promotion.
The process itself is rather simple. No rocket science involved.
That said, how to build an email list and convert your audience into actual purchasers (so you get paid commission) is a different matter.
Take This Note When Writing Email Content:
- Don’t spam. Yet, create content inside your email that can really help the people you’re emailing
- Don’t try to be a sales person, rather to be a helper for your audience problems.
- No sales pitches from the outright first email unless you ruin the promotion channel
- Keep your email to make sense in content. No giberrish or nonsensical.
- Make it crisp and clear to your point especially at your opening email and before it dives into the topic deep.
- Place your affiliate link naturallly and contextually.
- Usually, it works a lot better if you have a ladning page or squeeze page rather than directly placing a raw affiliate link(s).
Those who are new to affiliate or digital marketing tend to think that whatever content they send, leads and sales are made. They make lots of spam content that is useless or even irritating to the audience. Simply containing an affiliate link into gibberish content isn’t a solution that makes your marketing work.
Your emails definitely have to have ‘content’ that is readable and interesting or any form that adds some value to your readers. The first thing is well-made copywriting that can pull the readers’ attention to engage. And the art of conversions comes from affiliate links placed contextually and naturally. The priority should never be the link itself, rather it be the content that makes people read seriously.
Classified Ads: This Can Be a Way To Do Affiliate Marketing Without a Website
The rule of thumb is that classified ads aren’t efficient for affiliate marketing though, if you don’t have a website to start your affiliate marketing, classified ads can be a way to cope with.
There are classified ads websites that allow you to place affiliate links. With them, some kind of exposure can be made for you and your links are possibly clicked.
Below are the sites where you can promote your links:
- US Free Ads
- EPage Classifieds
Social Media Groups – To Make Affiliate Sales Without a Website or Blog
Your affiliate stream on social media can be a gold mine if you use it right for your affiliate marketing. There is a handful of social media you can use to do affiliate marketing without a website, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linked In, or many more.
Using community groups on Facebook, Pinterest, or Linked In is a great way to sell your affiliate products. But before you start to sell, the ultimate truth is that you need a community with trust for you and your expertise in some niche. In the sense of content and trust, social media works similarly as what I emphasize in the previous section ‘Email Marketing’; conversion is hardly made without you being an expert, authoritative, and consistently providing valuable content to make the audience trust you and be loyal for your expertise.
As a matter of fact, building your own community group is the best way because you have full control of your activities made for promotion. But in reality, yes, it is, for sure, to take time, a lot of time to build a large audience of a community group on a social media site.
So, if you think you’re one wanting a quicker result, yes, there is a way much easier: join other groups in your affiliate niche. It’s rather a faster way to start off your marketing based on an already built community and eyeballs of the fit interests. That being said, it’s safe to check on their community rules and comply with them in order to keep your membership safe and not to be blacklisted or banned.
Writing Free E-books – For Promoting Affiliate Links Without a Website
A well-written E-book can do a lot for your affiliate marketing. This is a widely used method for generating leads in digital marketing. Often used as an encouragement for signups, subscriptions, or strengthening a brand authority of businesses.
How to do affiliate marketing with free E-books are as simple: Place a link(s) into an e-book content in which it is naturally fit to be placed or somewhere that produces the best performance of clicks.
These e-books can be emailed to people on your list for free or as a free incentive to nurture new email subscribers. These e-books should be easy to read and helpful for the reader. The topics should be relevant to your affiliate products so that you can recommend the products and/or services in the body of the content.
Needless to say, having relevant content is most important in order to keep the reader engaged and removes the possibility of them losing interest. Read more about content marketing strategy here.
Alternatively, you can add a brief disclaimer about the involvement of your affiliate links. If the readers find your e-book really worthy and appreciate the value, they may want to help you by using your affiliate links and make a purchase. The point is to make them appreciate you providing valuable content to make their lives easier, not spam content that annoys the pants off them.
Promoting Through Forums – To Make Affiliate Sales Without a Website
Find some forums that are closest to your affiliate niche and start promoting your links through them.
No countless forums are needed. However, just a couple or not exceeding a few. The focus here is to find places that work the best, not quantity.
There are probably a hundred or thousand threads made where you can engage in over a topic. Again, the topic should be as relevant as being able to cast your links naturally. If not, it’s called ‘spam’ generally.
Creating your own thread to pull interest is a good way to do too. Having some scenario of how the conversation will flow in mind is necessary. In other words, strategical topic creation.
That being said, you might want to make yourself primarily focus on the conversation itself so the conversation becomes meaningful. You might want yourself labeled as a talker, not a spammer that is always watching for a chance to dump your links meaninglessly. It’s all about timing and your best timing is just when your affiliate link can help advance the topic or suggest what their trouble lies. So it’s a game of context to determine whether spam or useful content.
As another way to promote your affiliate links through forums is, as widely known, to use your forum signature to include your links. A forum signature is supposed to appear whenever your posts are seen. That’s a way of naturally promoting your affiliate links of which it’s an opportunity granted by forum admins as a reward for the contribution of content for their forums.
Submit Guest Posts To Blogs or Article Directories
To clarify, this can be another power source other than E-Mail marketing.
Now, you don’t have a website to publish promotional content for your affiliate links, and then? Is there really no way for you to reach out to the eyeballs?
This way can be the most realistic way to promote your affiliate links without your website that you can share other’s traffic and audience to turn their attention to your affiliate products.
This is really easy to initiate. All you need is a good piece of content that you wrote or someone else did for you. Then list out all the blogs that are fit to your potential target audience or niche, then submit content to those who accept your content for publication on their websites.
Importantly, there are some things that you should take note of before your outreach:
- The content you made have to meet the requirement of the publisher you reach out to.
- You have to check whether the publisher allows affiliate links inside the content.
- The topic of your content should be fit to the publisher’s categories.
If your content is published on a good site, the traffic to your links is almost guaranteed and you may enjoy fruitful sales out of someone else’s audience. Try to submit your content to blogs that accept guest posts. It’s easy to make a list of a number of blogs available — Google searches.
P.S. Type on Google “allintitle:Write for us (your niche/keyword)” or “allintitle:become a contributor (your keyword)” or “submit guestpost (your niche)” and many more as a query to find blogs accepting contributors content.
Using Pay Per Click (PPC) – To Promote Your Affiliate Links
This is maybe the easiest way to make exposure for your links. Yet, “it charges you”.
PPC is only the method that costs you money (paid ads) despite all the others in this listing are organic promotion friendly.
However, if you’re not a dissenter to spend money to earn money (of course, risk involved), this method can be considerable.
Probably, folks will think of Facebook, Instagram, or any popular social media platforms when it comes to initiating PPC ads.
Yes, they are good and can work as thousands of affiliates make money via PPC on famous social platforms. But the common pitfall behind the sweet results is.. the mainstreamed social media ads are costly relatively compared to other smaller PPC channels.
Off of our personal experience, micro narrow niche-focused PPC channels worked better, considering ROI and efficiency. Definitely, Facebook, IG, Twitter, or Linked In aren’t only the place to take on your ads — there might be alternative places that carry your advertisement to a meaningful amount of traffic at a cheaper rate and at an efficient Pay Per Sale performance.
Currently, Youtube Seems The King For Affiliate Promotion
Last not least, Youtube.
Youtube is actually the most recommended channel for promoting affiliate products as many seasoned affiliates enjoy the results.
As reliable sources claim, video content has the highest average conversion rate and it increases sales 49% faster than those who don’t use video content.
Furthermore, Youtube is being proven as one of the most efficient promotion channels by affiliates out there — Youtube has an average conversion rate from 2% – 5% for affiliate links while the average number is deep down 0.5% to 0.8% on other general channels.
It seems like the actual matter is how to grow an audience that trusts and is loyal to your Youtube channel, not how to sell them your links. Never enough to emphasize the point that the game changer is your audience building and consistency of your quality content provision, rather than some instant sales if you take this as a long term view: This applies to all the areas of digital marketing to be honest.