A lot of people don’t want to invest in a website when they start affiliate marketing. They look at it as an additional expense. And let’s be honest, when we are starting something from scratch and working with a tight budget, we do look at all the expenses which can be avoided.
Here are the 5 ways to do affiliate marketing without a website.
- Social Media
- Email Marketing
- YouTube Channel
- Paid Advertising
You may leverage your influence by promoting products or services that are of relevance to your fans and followers. You may make money from affiliate links without having a website, be it on Twitter or Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.
You need to start sharing valuable information about your domain or products on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest. Create a community/group on Facebook page and invite people to join. Share information on that page and discuss all Q&A of your group.
Cross-promote the valuable information on different social media platforms and ask them to follow you on all your platforms. You don’t need to invest in these platforms unless you are stepping into Paid Advertising on Facebook and Instagram.
One of the oldest approaches in digital marketing is Email Marketing. You can set up a campaign with follow up emails by providing information, reviews, features on the affiliate products. In addition to that also sending valuable information which is again related to your affiliate product.
Gary Vee, a renowned influencer in the stream of online/social media marketing states in his book “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook”, provide valuable information to your customer and warm him up, and then send him the affiliate link to buy the product.
You will have to spend on this approach. Autoresponders like Getresponse, Aweber, Convertkit, Mailchimp are good options to start with. They do provide free trial versions and a plethora of learning resources to reduce your learning curve.
YouTube is the second-largest search engine in the world, and it’s a great place to earn affiliate commissions without a website.
Whenever you see a YouTuber reviewing products or asking you to “click on the link in the description,” that’s affiliate marketing in action.
No expenses to be incurred to start your channel from scratch. You can start creating videos from your smartphones, laptop, desktop. Free and trial version software’s are available for screen recording options, if you are making, “how-to” videos.
Although this is considered a bit difficult option, a successful e-book can have long-lasting results if done correctly. When writing an e-book, you must choose a topic that you know of.
Provide your audience with useful information and add the links.
“NOTE – Remember that you don’t just write an e-book for the sake of writing but provide your readers with helpful information.”
Once your readers approve and like your work, trust in the information you have provided, and promote you as a legit source, then your affiliate links can help in getting commissions in your pocket.
If you are not creative to compile all your information and make an ebook then you can try software like Canva, which helps you in creating an ebook with ready-made templates. You can also outsource the work on Fiverr for an economical cost.
Solo ads enable you to reach new audiences by paying to leverage other people’s email lists to promote your affiliate offers.
How do solo ads work?
Let’s say that you have started your affiliate career focusing on the fitness niche. You have signed up to an affiliate program and started to promote your affiliate offer on social media and online forums.
You’ve made a few sales, but you want to expand your reach and find a new audience to target with your offer.
You can research influencers in the fitness niche that provide a solo ad service using websites like Udimi.
If the solo ads provider thinks that your offer is a good fit for their email list, they will send your offer to their subscribers for a fee – charged at a rate per click
However, not all solo ads providers are equal. Some will send poor quality traffic to your offer that doesn’t convert. You need to carefully assess the reputation of a solo ads provider before you invest your money, and you need to track every campaign to measure your results.
I found quite an interesting article that provides you step by step guidance on how to run a solo ad.
A big, fat warning
There is a risk involved because some solo ad lists were built with less-than-ideal methods. In a best-case scenario, the list might have been built by converting traffic from a website that’s in your niche. Or maybe the list owner bought advertising and converted it with a squeeze page. But it’s also possible the email addresses on the list you’re about to use were acquired with “scraping” software.
Do share your thoughts and experience in using any of these methods in the comments section.