Affiliate marketing is a way to make money by promoting other people’s products, receiving a percentage of the revenue as a payment for the redirected traffic and the new customers.
But how can you drive traffic (or even better, drive targeted traffic) to your offer or products that will then pay you for your advertisement?
One of the first thing that comes to mind is a website, where we talk about the product and then redirect to the landing page of the offer, but a website isn’t the only option for the affiliate landscape.
In this article we’ll see other options that won’t require a domain name and a hosting for a personal site, and other alternative platforms as well, for promoting your affiliate links, may them be from Clickbanck, ShareASale, other platforms and also Amazon affiliate links as well without any website and without a landing page.
How to Market Your Products Online Without a Website
Marketing your products online without a website is not as difficult as you may think. There are many ways to market your products without a website, such as using social media, blogging, and email marketing.
The most popular types of platforms where you can generate targeted traffic can be divided in:
- social platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Youtube);
- Forums and discussion boards;
- paid traffic (PPC);
- alternative blogging platforms
Let’s start with the social media
1. YOUTUBE CHANNEL
A Youtube Channel can be a good place for a marketer, because it can be less crowded than the search results for blogs but can still drive a huge amount of traffic.
If you decide to make directly a review, or even if you want to talk broadly about a topic in a video and then redirect to other videos with the reviews in them , it’s important to analyze the competition and see if there already are lots of channels covering them: if you’re just starting with a fresh youtube channel it’s better to choose a (relatively) non crowded topic or keyword.
Some tools for the keyword research and competition analysis are Vidiq and TubeBuddy, that offer keyword research tools and also have browser extensions that you can use for free, as well as Keywords Everywhere, that is designed for a broader usage but also has a specific Youtube section.
2. NICHE FORUMS AND REDDIT
You can also engage with your potential customers in the same places where they gather and talk, and they are mostly forums and online communities (and obviously the huge and extensive Reddit), where you can try to promote your product but only after some engagement with the community and days (or weeks) of activity on that forums in order to not be marked (and often banned) as a spammer.
If you don’t know a lot about the niche, or also if you want more opportunities, you can easily find the most popular and big forums doing a simple Google search, for example “Best [niche name] forums”, and this operation alone will almost always give you lots of different niche forums and boards.
In this area we also have Reddit, that have almost any possible thing that you can think about as a subreddit and therefore can be potentially a good option, but advertising on this platform must be done in a very subtle way, and with some trust factors as well (for example accounts with some karma, aged accounts, and promotions made in a very personal way, for example talking of an offer and how it helped us personally).
If you’re willing to try, anyway, you can search if there’ s a specific subreddit for you on Reddit List.
3. PAID TRAFFIC (PPC)
Pay-Per-Click (PPC) traffic is based on the advertisements that you seen on the search engines, in the first results where you can see “advertised” writing on the Google search engines, or also the banner and ads that you can see in Facebook.
If you don’t know how to use this channel you can find lots of courses on Udemy and other learning platforms, as well as withing Youtube, but for Google Ads you can also see the official academy of Google, Skillshop with Google (and finishing the Google Ads course, as well as any other learning path in fact, can also give you an official certification).
This alternative is more for higher budgets, but can give great results (beyond Google Ads and Facebook ads you can try with Microsoft advertisement, that are the ads that you can see on Bing.
4. SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media marketing will require you to create an account and a page, but beyond the first steps the main thing that you’ll need is to engage with similar communities in your niche and similar pages/groups/people.
On Facebook you can directly post your links in your pages and groups (or in other people’s groups and pages as well), while on Instagram the links will be in your bio (if you need more links and don’t want to spam lots of different links in bio, that can actually look quite ugly, you can use services like linktr.ee).
On Twitter you’ll have to use hashtags (even more than on Twitter), and on Linkedin some big helpers are groups and connections with other people.
Other great platforms, newer and for this reason less saturated with competition, are TikTok and Snapchat.
Another great tool that you can use in social media’s promotion campaigns is the influencer marketing: asking for a niche-related influencer that will promote in one of his posts with your affiliate link, or also advertising your page, will give you a great boost and drive a lot of targeted traffic to your offers.
You can find influencers in your niche using hashtags in the social media (where you’ll usually see the first posts made by influential people in your niche), using tools like Buzzsumo and also dedicated services like TapInfluence and Influencity, that can greatly help you in doing affiliate marketing without followers if you’re just started on the platform and trying to get into the public sphere and in the influential pages on the social media.
5. BLOG WITHOUT WEBSITES: CONTENT DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS
If you don’t have a blog but still want to be a blogger you can use a Content Distribution Network: the most famous ones are Medium.com and, if you’re interest in crypto, also Steemit, where you will be paid with their own criptocurrency, the Steem.
Another website, less popular but on the rise, is Vocal.media, that will pay you with Stripe if you become a writer (so you can earn for views beyond the earnings for your affiliate products).
On these platform you should always disclose that some links are affiliate links: if you don’t reveal this, you can often get your article deleted, and in some cases banned.
6. TEACH SOMETHING AND PUT YOUR AFFILIATE LINKS AS RESOURCES
Another way for promoting a product is to teach something related to its area/niche and use it as a resource, or even do a book/course about how to use it (depending on the type of your product).
You can promote your courses on Udemy and the lots of other learning platforms that you can find online, and the book can be promoted in Amazon.
Both can also be promoted in niche forums as well, adding them as references and providing a useful and targeted information when you help someone solving a problem, and getting some new customers on the road while sharing your digital media.
CONCLUSION: PROMOTING YOUR PRODUCTS WITHOUT A WEBSITE
As you can see, there’s no need for an hosting and a domain name for your digital marketing activities, as there are lots of opportunities for you that can be great options for advertisement and letting other people discover your awesome products.
The only thing that separates you from an online income is choosing one of these channels and experiment, and often experiment a lot (there isn’t a get-rich-scheme that works out there, you’ll need to invest some time in this activities to see an income, unless you get really lucky), but don’t be scared, the biggest steps that you can make is to simply start with anything: doing something with some mistakes is a lot, A LOT better than not doing anything in a perfect way.
If you’re searching for some affiliate programs that won’t require lots of experience you can also see our FIVERR Affiliate Program guide for beginners, with their 6 modes of earning and also sales and their great marketing assets and tools for your advertisement efforts.