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Affiliate Marketing Without a Website

Want to get a taste for affiliate marketing but don't want to build a website just yet? Here are ways to get started without having to build a single page.

Building a website is the most common way affiliates launch themselves into the affiliate marketing world, and if you're interested in creating a long-term business you'll inevitably need to put together a website.

However, if you're still learning about web design or you're simply not interested in building a website, there are other ways to get your affiliate links out there, so this lesson will teach you Affiliate Marketing Without a Website.

Remember: the key with affiliate marketing is get your affiliate link in front of an interested audience - how you choose to do that is completely up to you! With that in mind, here are a few methods you could try:

#1: Post on blogs and forums

This is a really simple way of getting a taste for affiliate marketing - all you have to do is find a product you'd like to promote, then start posting on blogs and forums with your affiliate link in your signature.

Here's an example from our very own forum: you can see that this member has an affiliate link in their signature. He's also made himself an active and respected members of the forum.


Of course you should only post on blogs and forums where people would be interested in the product - you're not going to get many bites for a dog training affiliate product when you're posting on a classic car enthusiast forum.

Similarly, you’ll find that you have a lot more success if you're making useful and interesting posts and if you become a regular on the site. Once you have established yourself people will begin to respect your opinion and will be more inclined to click on your link. If you simply spam a blog or forum with useless posts you’re likely to be banned and your posts deleted.

#2: Write a viral eBook or some other "viral" product

A “viral” product is one that is designed to spread (often quickly) to a great many people - this can be a great way of getting your affiliate links out there without ever having to create a website. You can produce a short 30-page eBook or a "special report" on a particular subject, insert links to affiliate products into it, then distribute your book through whatever means you like – you could tell people that they're welcome to give it away, sell it or put it on their websites. You can kick it off yourself by selling the eBook on eBay for a small amount.

If your book is informative and useful, rather than simply laden with affiliate ads, you might find that it spreads quite well.

#3: Create a YouTube series

YouTube has taken the world by storm with one billion unique visitors per month. You can use this to your advantage. It doesn’t take much more than a webcam and some quirky or informative ideas to get a channel going. That way you can add affiliate links into your description, or over your video, and convert some of that fan base into affiliate profits.


Just pick a niche and create a video series related to that topic, with a related affiliate promotion. That way, the viewers you get will be a lot more likely to be interested in the affiliate product, as they already have some interest to be watching the video in the first place. 

There are two main rules for doing this, however, that you MUST abide by: 

  1. The content has to be full of value for viewers. Financial gain has to be secondary to this. 
    If your video is obviously just there for you to make money from a link, you will get listed as spam, and your efforts will become useless. Producing something worthwhile is a lot more successful, and you get the attention and respect of potential customers that way.
  2. Don’t be misleading! 
    If your video is unrelated to your link, or your title or description claims something that isn’t in the video, you are violating YouTube’s policies. This is also something to avoid.

Basically, video marketing on YouTube can be a risk, because affiliate links can get listed as spam, but the best way to avoid this is just to be up front, honest, and useful. Avoid spammy behaviours. Some quality content options could include:

  • Honest, informative product reviews
  • Instructional videos (e.g., if your niche was food and nutrition, you could do cooking demos)
  • Topical discussions (e.g., tips for keeping food fresh, or interesting nutritional facts)

Just have one link in the description, and possibly one over the video if it’s extremely relevant (such as a product review video). If you want to be especially careful, note somewhere that you’re an affiliate or that the link is an affiliate link, and contact YouTube to check that you’ll be in the clear. If your videos have value for the viewer, and that stands out more than your money making efforts, this shouldn’t be a problem. 

#4: Write ads or reviews for classifieds websites

You're probably already familiar with using sites like Craigslist to look for old furniture or car parts, but you can also use classifieds sites to promote affiliate products. Consider writing ads or reviews for affiliate products and posting them with your affiliate link.

Some sites you might want to try are:

#5: Build a "Hub"

Building a "Hub" is a great way of getting started as an affiliate without needing to build your own website from scratch. A Hub is like a 1-page mini website where you can talk about a subject you're passionate about (eg, your affiliate market and associated products!). It's hosted on the HubPages site, and you don't need to know anything about web design to make it look fairly professional.

A Hub allows you to build a page on a topic, insert ads, reviews and other content as you please, all without having to write any HTML.

The best part, though, is that HubPages is also part social-networking site, so simply by being on HubPages you will begin to attract traffic interested in your topic and looking for recommendations. HubPages is especially easy to monetize, and Hubs have tended in the past to do pretty well in the search engines.

To sign up and start creating your Hub, visit HubPages.

#6: Promote affiliate products directly through pay-per-click advertisements

We've left this method for last because, quite frankly, it's not one we recommend. This method involves creating pay-per-click campaigns through search engines like Google and Bing, and promoting the merchant website directly through your affiliate link.

So instead of using PPC to promote your own website, you send them straight to the merchant.

There are a number of downsides to this method.

  1. First, with Google's AdWords in particular, there will only be one paid listing for a particular website displayed at any given time. This means that instead of competing against other advertisers for one of eight spots on the page, you're competing for just one spot. If you bid a large amount and write an attractive ad then you might see your ad displayed, otherwise you can forget it.
  2. Secondly, you have no control over the quality of the merchant page. Increasingly the search engines are looking at the page you're promoting and deciding whether this offers a good experience for their users. If the merchant site has little content, or poor quality content, you could end up paying a much higher amount for your advertisements.

There are always new affiliates who see this as a fast and easy way to get started, but we really recommend that you try the other methods we've introduced first.

Lesson Summary:

In this lesson you’ve learned some ways of getting your affiliate link out in front of an audience without having to build a website, such as...

  • Posting on blogs and forums
  • Writing a viral eBook or some other "viral" product
  • Creating a YouTube video series
  • Writing ads or reviews for classifieds websites
  • Building a "Hub"
  • Promoting affiliate products directly through pay-per-click advertisements


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Reply Heather Robinson320 days ago
Is Squido still a valid option? You don'the hear much about it anymore.
Melissa Johnson319 days ago
Hi, Heather!

Squidoo and Hubpages merged in the latter part of 2014, so it's just Hubpages now.
Reply Dave 311 days ago
Is it proper for an affiliate to write an ebook on an affiliate product.Won't the merchant frown at it
Gina Broom310 days ago
The idea is to create an eBook on a similar topic to the product you're promoting, rather than the product itself. Then to link to that product within.

For example, if your product was a weight loss one, you'd write an eBook on a weight loss topic like, "How to Lose Fat Without Exercise" or something like that, and then in the footer of the eBook you'd have a link, as well as one or two relevant places in the content.

"As diet is the most important factor for weight loss without excessive, you'll need a good one like the "X diet"."

So the book isn't about the affiliate product, just mentions it. Hope this helps! :)
Reply 230 days ago
How do I get started writing an eBook?
Melissa Johnson228 days ago
Hi, Lisa!

There are a lot of ways to handle writing. First, you obviously need a topic and content. You can write it yourself or outsource it to someone on a platform like oDesk or Elance, or find another writer -- you might know someone in person, for example. Once the book is written, you can either turn it into a PDF and distribute it yourself, or you can use something like Amazon's self publishing platform on Kindle to release your e-book.

Hope that helps!
Reply Patrick 137 days ago
Interesting article.

However, I noticed most networks don't register affiliates until they show a clear website in the niche they intend to work in. I do believe SMM and SEM to be very effective and flexible to work on multiple products in a variety of niches (if merchants' landing pages are good).

Can you recommend any leading networks that accept affiliates without insisting on a pre-existing marketing website or blog?
Gina Broom130 days ago
Hi Patrick,

Clickbank is pretty easy and straightforward so I'd suggest that first. Then you could check out these alternatives to Clickbank:

I know that some require a website to get started but the best thing to do in that case is contact their affiliate manager, preferably by phone. Explain your promotional methods, and you might find that they'll accept you.

Hope that helps. :)
- Gina
Reply Steven Lucas114 days ago
I enjoy writing but keep forgetting that I should include affiliate links within my ebooks.

I have found though the the best looking ebooks only have a few links rather than being stuffed full on every page. However, if they're kept short this isn't usually a problem. A 6 to 10 page book (400-500 words per page or less with images) with one link per page isn't too bad.

I've got to get more into making my own videos too. So far I've only done cartoon presentation ones. And i've got to make them less 'salesy' too. LOL.

Loving what I'm seeing on Afilorama. Gonna be my new favourite place!


Steven Lucas
Reply andrea 58 days ago
Thank you Melissa! This information is super useful and expertly presented!
Reply florah 48 days ago
I am as broke as a church mouse , where do I begin the journey of affiliate marketing. I am strongly believing that I will make it with the help of affilorama. but I have $0.00 funds to begin with, is there at her way that can help me raise little funds?
Melissa Johnson45 days ago
Hi, Florah!

You're in the right place. I strongly recommend that you go through our free training courses. While, as this lesson points out, you can market without a website, it's a lot easier to be an affiliate with a great web presence and a website at its heart. Fortunately, the costs for that are minimal. You need a domain (which you can purchase for several years at a time) and hosting (which you can pay yearly or month to month in a lot of cases).

I do recommend brushing up on a few skills, though. Namely, I suggest teaching yourself a little bit about design and how to make a web page look attractive. It doesn't have to be fancy, but it does have to look professional. Wix, Weebly, WordPress, and most other website builders have templates to choose from that will make it attractive and you just have to tweak a few details. Knowing the basics and choosing an easy-to-use website builder will save you the costs of having to hire a designer. Apps like Canva and Fotor can also help you create beautiful images with text and decorative elements, and they're inexpensive, if not free.

I also suggest brushing up on your writing skills. Content is absolutely crucial to affiliate marketing -- you need to be turning out good information. You can curate some of it, but you need some original works to establish yourself. Outsourcing is an option, but you've said that your budget is currently $0.00, so it's not a good one. =) You can also ask a friend who is good at writing for help, and maybe negotiate some sort of alternative payment -- maybe even a share of profits. Fortunately, we have resources to help you with content creation, and there are plenty of other great tools online to help you master everything from the mechanics of writing to figuring out the kinds of content you should make.

People have turned to all sorts of interesting ways to make some side cash, from selling things on eBay (a lot start with items they have around the house that they don't use) to freelancing or selling arts and crafts. Sites like let you work on your own time for a bit of side money, so if you have a really strong skill set you can use to help others, that's one way. If you're crafty, you could start selling your wares from home -- tap your network of friends and associates. For example, a friend of mine makes diaper wreaths for baby showers. they're super cute and make great gifts. If you can get the person buying the item to get the materials, or pay in advance, you don't need to shell out much up front, if any.

Then, it's just a matter of SAVE, SAVE, SAVE until you have what you need to cover start-up expenses.

Those are just my thoughts on some ways to make some cash. you can also talk to other affiliates and our support staff if you visit the forums:

I hope this helps! Good luck!
Reply Peaches 9 days ago
Hi. Is there a way that I can affiliate market without having a website?
I have software where I auto dial leads and direct them to the link. I have an affiliate link. How would that work> I am basically calling them and directing them to a link. Do I need a website for this or could they just go to the link? How can I make this work? Help.
GOD bless you for your help.
Melissa Johnson8 days ago
Hi there!

Autodialing leads is not an approach we recommend for affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is all about building trust, and content is key to that. Which means you really need a website to serve as a hub for everything you create, and as a place to build your email list.

However, we do have a couple products that will make getting started much, much easier! There's AffiloBlueprint, which will show you step by step what to do ( and AffiloJetpack, which gives you the roadmap plus everything else you need.
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