Can Affiliate Marketing Be Done Without A Website?


One of the questions I get a lot on Quora is, can affiliate marketing be done without a website? Now, I know that I always campaign for having your own website in order for you to have total control of your affiliate marketing business, however, some people are not very keen on having a website. But they still want to do affiliate marketing.

So can affiliate marketing be done without a website? the answer is yes. I will show you ways that you can do affiliate marketing without a website. But before we do that, I must insist even if you start affiliate marketing without a website, it’s a great idea to have your website, so you can have a reliable affiliate marketing business.

How Can Affiliate Marketing Be Done Without A Website?

The first option is YouTube. There are many Youtubers, that are doing affiliate marketing on their channels.  So if you are not camera-shy, you can create a Youtube channel and start monetizing it with affiliate links. OK, even if you are camera-shy, you can still create a Youtube channel and create videos without showing your face.

You can show people different things, or use screen captures to teach people a number of things, or you can even start a cooking channel where you show people how to cook, they don’t have to see your face, they just need to follow what you are doing, so they will just see your hands and the food as you prepare it.

You Can Also Use TikTok To Do Affiliate Marketing

Can Affiliate Marketing Be Done Without A Website?

I have seen many TikTok accounts that are doing affiliate marketing. I actually have an affiliate link on my TikTok Bio. The only problem with TikTok, you can only share one link. Of course, you can use tools that allow you to share more than one link. but some of them are flagged as not safe by TikTok.

For example, most Titktok users stoped using Linktree after it started showing a warning when someone tried to leave Tiktok by clicking the Linktree link. So you need to be careful when you use those bio link builder tools, test it out to make sure it does not give a warning, because most people will not proceed when they see a warning.

Affiliate Marketing On Social Media

You can use social media to do affiliate marketing especially FaceBook where you can create a group around your niche. once you earn trust with your audience, then you can start promoting your affiliate links. Although this is not a solid way of doing affiliate marketing, it can generate sales, and help you set up your business properly.

I think this could be a way for you to sort of test the waters.

 Can Affiliate Marketing Be Done Without A Website? Yes, Use  EBooks

If you write an Ebook around a topic that people are really interested in, you can use the ebook to do affiliate marketing by adding your affiliate links. The only challenge with Ebooks it will take time for you to create it and you need to focus on a topic that is trending.

Now even though a trending topic could drive sales, once that topic dies out, so do your sales, so your income will suffer as a result, again not a reliable way of doing affiliate marketing. But you can give it a shot.

Using Medium Or Blogger To Do Affiliate Marketing

Can Affiliate Marketing Be Done Without A Website?

I have talked about this before, yes it is possible to do affiliate marketing on these websites, but remember you are using someone else’s website to do your business, so if for some reason they decide they don’t want your links on their website, then your income is gone, just like that.

That being said, you can create content on Medium and include your affiliate links, just remember you must disclose that your post contains affiliate links. To be honest with you, I don’t know why you won’t want to have your own website. These days it’s so easy to create your own website.

Having your own website gives you total control of your affiliate marketing business. Your affiliate links will stay put as long as you keep your website live and running by paying for your domain each year(which costs $14) and paying for hosting.

You Can Do Affiliate Marketing Using Email List

Email marketing is very powerful. Even though there are some people who believe email marketing has run its course, the truth is it’s helping many affiliate marketers scale their affiliate marketing businesses. In order for you to start using email marketing to promote your affiliate offers, you first need to build an email list.

And the way to do that is to sign up for a program that will help you collect the emails, by providing an option form as well as hosting. The most popular programs are Aweber, ConvertKit, and Getresponse. Now you must remember that people are not going to give you their email addresses for free. There has to be a reason for them to invite you to their inbox.

So You must create a freebie, something of value that you can be used as an exchange for the email. A cheat sheet, a free course, an EBook, etc.

Which Affiliate Programs Can I join Without A Website?

Can Affiliate Marketing Be Done Without A Website?

Although many affiliate programs require that you submit your website when applying to join, You can easily submit your Youtube channel or your Facebook profile URL instead of a website. Some will accept your application, and some will decline. One program that has been very flexible when it comes to applications, is ClickBank.

You don’t need to submit anything to access products on ClickBank, you just need to create an account that is free to create, and then you have access to the website and can easily find products to promote depending on your niche. I have seen people who apply for Amazon Associates and submit their YouTube and even TikTok as their websites, and they’ve been accepted so just find a program you’d like to join and do the same.


Affiliate marketing is a great way of generating income online. Now, even though you might be tempted to do your affiliate marketing business without a website, I just want to remind you that by having your own website, you are creating an online property that you can even sell later for a lot of money.

We witnessed recently an affiliate marketing website called The Pennyhoarder that sold for over a million US Dollars. So if you can build and work on your website, in a few years, your website will be worth a lot of money.

Well, I hope you have found my article helpful, please leave your thoughts below.

Thank you for your time.


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