Can you really make money with affiliate marketing and not have an actual website?
The short answer, yes.
The long answer, no but…
Affiliate marketing is one of the most simplest but complicated things out there.
Just like the answers that come with such a question.
Without trying to confuse you more than you already are, I want to show you the best explanation you can possibly get.
So to elaborate on the answers provided above, let me start off things with why you don’t need a website to make money with affiliate marketing.
Affiliate Marketing: Making Money Without a Website
Some marketers may argue that you do need a website to make money in the affiliate marketing space, but you definitely don’t need one.
I have done it and so have many others.
Not to say that I recommend it as I do believe that you should own a few but I do want to show you how it can be done without one.
So how do you do it?
That’s exactly what I am about to show you.
But first, let me explain how it is even possible.
How to Make Money In Affiliate Marketing Without a Website
If you’ve ever heard of the Amazon Associates program, you might already know that they do in fact require you to own a website.
Without one and you will not get approved.
This goes with other big named affiliate networks but that’s not always the case.
There are several sites that could not care less about how you promote their products.
They will approve you in a heartbeat and you can literally start telling others about these products.
The problem with this is that a lot of the sites that will approve you don’t have as much trust with sites like Amazon.
No trust factor = Not many sales
Other than that, you can very much make money without owning an actual website and here’s how.
If you have never heard of YouTube then you might just be living under a rock.
YouTube is one of the most popular sites out there that provides videos of all sorts.
What some don’t know is that there are people (just like you and me) that are making millions of dollars every single year.
They make this money through ads, sponsorships, and you guessed it.
This is one way that you can go about things not owning a site but it will require a nice audience that you can promote to.
This is another social media outlet that a bunch of marketers are promoting their affiliate links.
You can straight up post it on your wall or you can use their advertising program.
What is very common nowadays is promoting affiliate offers through messenger.
People will send you a friend request, tell you a little about themselves, and start promoting various products to you.
Then again, some start promoting without even saying hi.
Similar to Facebook, you can promote your affiliate links within this platform.
However, this time you will be doing it in the form of pictures.
Instead of posting an awesome pic of some cool hack, you will post some kind of pic designed to sell something.
The most common ones are make money offers, with promotions like Swagbucks and other free to join sites.
This is the most popular form of marketing these days and you can bet that affiliate offers are promoted a lot.
If you have a nice following, you can promote affiliate products directly to those that follow you.
And if you don’t, you can advertise on other popular accounts, which is what a lot of marketers are doing.
This is just one of the many ways that social media is utilized with something so amazing as affiliate marketing.
4. Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising
This is your best bet when it comes to making money without owning an actual website.
With PPC, you will need quite the budget but this can also be the best way to make the most money.
Rather than advertising and sending your audience to a website you own, you can send them straight to the affiliate offer instead.
As long as the affiliate network you are dealing with allows you to do so.
Good old advertising worked before and it will always work now.
5. Cost Per Action (CPA)
I absolutely love doing CPA.
There is no better way to make money than by providing others with value that costs $0.
By simply having someone signup to some kind of affiliate offer, you can make money.
There is no spending on their part, which is a win/win for everyone.
Some CPA sites do require you to have a website but there are those that don’t really care.
6. Native Ads
Have you ever read an article on one of your favorite news websites and come to the bottom where you see a bunch of interesting articles?
In most cases, this is actually what online marketers know as native advertising.
Rather than doing the traditional advertising through PPC and whatnot, native ads is very different.
This time you simply create an ad with some affiliate offer that you will then submit to a native ad provider, who will then feature this ad on different websites.
Instead of using a website you own, you will send them directly to an affiliate offer.
If you can find an affiliate product that can give you a decent return of investment (ROI), this method can be very lucrative.
This is the oldest trick in the book and one that I learned in the early days of my online career.
There were all kinds of forums out there that had no filter whatsoever.
This allowed for anyone and everyone to promote anything and everything.
These people would skip the whole website deal and send you straight to nothing but affiliate offers.
Some of you might be familiar with the Warrior Forum, which was probably where the most spamming of affiliate links happened.
8. Product Reviews
Who would’ve thought that you can make money on craigslist without even owning a product?
Well that is possible as they allow you to post almost anything on there.
Instead of posting a product that you actually own, you can give a quick review on why you think a product is so awesome.
From there, you simply drop your affiliate link and hope that someone actually buys what you have to offer.
Probably not your most favorite way to make money with affiliate marketing as some of you are on this post for the fact that you don’t care about blogging.
However, if you still have a thing for writing, you can create a short e-book and sell affiliate products that way.
Place affiliate links where deemed necessary and voila!
You just made money without even owning a website.
This landed last on this list for the sole reason of you having to know people.
If you know some family and friends that would love to help you make money, you can send some affiliate links directly to them via messenger.
Whatsapp allows you to communicate with anyone in the world, so this would be a great way to market your affiliate links.
So when someone tells you that you can’t make money without a website, here are 10 ways that you can show them.
Why Someone Might Say You Need a Website?
There are several reasons as to why anyone would tell you that you need a website to make money with affiliate marketing.
I can agree with them but only to a certain extent.
For the most part, a good majority of affiliate network sites REQUIRE you to own a website.
Don’t own one and well, they will not entertain you.
It’s mostly because they want to control what happens and no one wants to be known as a spammer.
Why I Think You SHOULD Own a Website
I actually did an entire post on what I think is the best way to make money online and it very much goes over what I am about to tell you.
So you can check that out as well but let me give you a summary of what is in that post and why I think you actually need or should own a website if you do plan on doing affiliate marketing.
As an online marketer, you will dip your toes in all kinds of strategies until you eventually find the one that fits you best.
What you will learn is that websites (although not needed), will be your biggest asset when it comes to making money online.
Every single big time affiliate marketer owns a website and it is these same websites that are making them the big bucks.
Go about affiliate marketing without one and you probably won’t get that far.
Websites Are 10x Easier to Build
Welcome to 2019.
A time where the internet is a huge part of our daily lives.
Being that it has been around for decades now, you can bet that evolving is something that has happened in even just a year’s time.
It isn’t any different when it comes to websites.
Back in the day (less than 10 years ago), websites were not that easy to build.
Not only were they not easy to build but you actually need to possess the skills to create one.
These days, not so much.
Forget about any crazy coding that once was needed and welcome to building a website with just a couple of clicks.
So if you think that creating a website is beyond your pay grade, think again.
Building a website is way too easy and you can have one up and running in less than 30 seconds.
Conclusion – Pick What Works For You
Rather than sitting here talking about what works and what doesn’t work, you know that anything can work as long as you work at it.
Take at lest one method from this post and I can promise you that you can make some money.
Now if you are looking to do more than just make a few bucks, you might want to consider getting your very own piece of online real estate.
Well there you have it.
The same exact way I made money with affiliate marketing that didn’t require me to own a website.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Until next time, get out there and make some money.