Affiliate marketing offers the chance for people, regardless of their background, to make a portion of their income from referral programs. But as more and more people get involved with affiliate programs, the question has been asked again and again: can I be an affiliate marketer without having a website?
Your initial reaction might be a resounding, “No.” After all, how do you intend to make money online without actually being online yourself? It doesn’t seem possible.
Actually, though, it’s very possible.
Think about it: tons of people today are online who don’t have websites. Whether it’s a Facebook account, other social media profile, YouTube, or forums, it’s not a requirement to have a website to use the internet. In fact, you can be an affiliate marketer with nothing more than an email account.
No Website, No Problem: 5 Ways To Become An Affiliate Marketer Without A Website
- Social Media
If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, you have an audience of people who may be inclined to click on your affiliate links. Whether you get paid per click or per sale, depending on the size and engagement of your audience, you can easily earn extra money.
It’s helpful to first create an engaged audience who truly cares about what you have to say. If you start to sell products to your followers without gaining their trust first, they’re most likely not going to pay you any attention. So before you start tweeting out affiliate links and sharing services with your Facebook friends, make sure to put out some quality content first. Share articles that relate to what you’re wanting to promote, ask questions, and get your audience engaged.
Additionally, social media affiliate marketing works best when you’re sharing products that make sense for your audience. Just like you would choose a focus for your website, consider choosing a niche for your social media platforms. Promoting products that don’t fit with your audience is a surefire way to repel them.
And last, use images whenever possible. Tweets without images and Facebook posts without images rarely receive any kind of interaction. Images are eye-catching and are worth a thousand words, as the saying goes, which is incredibly valuable when you’re limited to a certain character count.
- Forums Or Online Discussion Communities
Do a search for discussion boards or online forums that includes the subject of what you promote. Before getting too involved, check out their community guidelines so you thoroughly understand what is and is not acceptable to post. Once you’ve found something that you feel is a good fit, become active in the community—again, this is about building trust—while also adding in your affiliate links. With regular interaction, you can have a base of people who value your opinion and will happily click through on the products and services you recommend.
- Write An E-Book
While not the easiest option in the world, a successful e-book can yield higher results overall. For this, choose a topic you’re knowledgeable about and write about it in detail. With the advent of the internet, you don’t need to write hundreds of thousands of words to create a book, but you should include useful content that will help your readers. Within the content of your book, add in affiliate links and even images if you’d like to promote products or services that relate to the topic about which you’re writing.
The trick here is not to simply promote something, but to give readers helpful information. Sales on top of that are an added bonus. An e-book can increase readers’ trust in you and also legitimize you, and affiliate links are the cherry on top.
- Email Campaigns
In the same way that you might write a blog post about a product and include affiliate links, you can send this directly to consumers via email. Again, you are not simply sending links off to people—you want to create something truly engaging that will interest readers, whether they are friends or clients. Include multiple affiliate links for different options to maximize your potential earnings.
- Make YouTube Videos
Video has quickly grown as the most effective form of digital marketing, and you don’t have to be a YouTube star to earn money as an affiliate. To get a channel started, you don’t need a bunch of fancy equipment—a webcam and some clever, quirky, funny, or informative ideas will do. As you continue to add great videos, you’ll grow your YouTube audience, who will in turn become interested in the products you advertise.
The beauty of affiliate marketing on YouTube is that you don’t need to overtly state you’re selling anything. Of course, you must make the disclosure that you’re using affiliate links, but these can simply be placed in your product description. Your video can be about whatever you’d like, and you don’t have to mention the products or services you’re selling at all; instead, simply place these in the description.Of course, this will work best when what you’re selling directly relates to your videos in some way. You can:
- List the equipment that you used to film your video.
- Mention any special products that appeared in the video.
- Add links to products that you review or use in the video.
- Recommend services to help those dealing with a problem you state in your video.
As long as your videos are uploaded regularly and your affiliate links relate in some way to them, you’ll get happy customers reading the descriptions and clicking on what you’re sharing.