Many people ask us if you really need a website to make money from affiliate marketing.
In this article, I’m going to explore the opportunities and limitations of being an affiliate without a website.
Basically, there are already ways to earn money with affiliate marketing without a website. After all, it is particularly important that enough internet users see the affiliate link and that as many as possible click on it, e.g. to buy something.
However, it is not possible without reach, so you do not need a website, but other marketing channels to reach your audience and promote the affiliate marketing links.
Social networks are a good way to bring affiliate links to many users. If you have a profile with many fans, you can always add a well-suited affiliate link. But of course, you shouldn’t overdo it and mark the link accordingly.
Whether affiliate links are allowed or forbidden on a particular social network varies. However, I keep seeing affiliate links on well-known networks.
It’s similar on Twitter. If you have a lot of followers, you can definitely be successful with an affiliate link. But here, too, it must be clear that it is an affiliate link. Also, don’t overdo it here.
Forums are in themselves a very good way to find the right target group, but you have to be particularly careful here. The forum rules should allow affiliate links and even then you should only very rarely and only if it really fits, build an affiliate link. Otherwise, forum users can react very angrily.
A paid option is advertising on other blogs/websites. The advertising banner has the affiliate link as the URL. Of course, you have to measure that you earn more with the affiliate link than the banner costs. In addition, not all affiliate programs allow this method.
It looks even more critical with AdWords. There are different statements even in the Google forums. Some say it’s legal to include an affiliate link as a destination URL in AdWords. Others see this as forbidden. In addition, many affiliate program providers prohibit such distribution of affiliate links. So, bottom line, I would advise against it.
It is very difficult to make a general statement here. You should take a close look at the desired partner programs and read the regulations about what is allowed and what is not.
In principle, however, it is rather difficult, since when you register with most partner programs and affiliate networks, you have to specify a website on which you want to place the banner. Without a website, you are usually not activated for a partner program.
Amazon offers the possibility of publishing an affiliate link directly on Twitter or its YouTube channel, but when registering with Amazon PartnerNet you must specify at least one website or channel. For example, you can enter your Twitter channel name or your YouTube channel here.
Clickbank is supposed to work well without a website, although I haven’t had much experience with it so far.
So there are basically a few ways to earn money with affiliate marketing without a website. However, these are rather rare and of course, you still need a certain range to get enough clicks and then conversions on your affiliate links.
Nowadays it has become relatively easy to create your own website and integrate your affiliate links there via content marketing. For example, there are many website builders that allow beginners to create their own websites, such as Wix, Squarespace, WordPress.com, or Blogger.
But there is also the possibility to create a self-hosted WordPress website. The barriers are no longer so high and you will find many practical instructions on how to create your own WordPress website yourself. > Instructions Here <
The bottom line is, in my experience, it’s easier and safer to build your own affiliate website. It does take some time, but you have a lot more options there and you own the site and you’re not dependent on a social network or anything like that.
Working as an affiliate without a website has the following advantages:
From the advantages, you can see that you can save a lot of time and work by not having a website in order to earn money as an affiliate as quickly as possible. You’re just taking the resources the internet has to offer and trying to convert those resources into commissions.
Of course, there are also some disadvantages of not having a website as an affiliate, these would be:
The disadvantages are mainly related to the fact that you don’t have a solid basis as an affiliate to make money in the long term. You’re forever dependent on others accepting your ads and helping you attract and monetize prospects.
If you decide to work without a website to make money as an affiliate, I have a few ideas for you on how to get started – but you can already expect a lot of work and a long learning curve:
If you don’t want to build your own websites, you’ll need to use other websites to tap into their visitors. You depend on other websites and will need to “use” them to convert their visitors into commissions.
You can do without a website and still earn money as an affiliate. You even have some advantages, for example, you don’t have to work on the site for years, fill it with fresh content every week and give it a lot of attention.
However, if you plan to earn money as an affiliate in the long term, like many other affiliates and myself, you will have to use one or more websites as a basis to build up a high and stable affiliate income – there are hardly any better options.
I have been using my own websites for years and these days I mostly create niche sites or blogs with a lot of information content, which in addition to information also recommend paid affiliate products. Such sites work best for me and should work well for other affiliates as well.