How to do affiliate Marketing without a website, audience & investment

Hi, there I am Praneeth Kumar.

In this blog post, you will learn what is affiliate marketing, does it works with facts, and how to do affiliate marketing without a website, audience, followers in 2021.

This is the ultimate guide to doing affiliate marketing without a website which explains to you all the things you need to know on how to actually do affiliate marketing without a website in actionable steps.

So without further ado let’s get started.

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What is affiliate marketing?

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Affiliate marketing in short is about generating sales or leads for other people and,

Companies’ products/services through special links called affiliate links and earn a commission out of each sale as a profit whenever somebody buys the product or service within a span of time through the affiliate link.

Does Affiliate Marketing work?

Affiliate marketing is a proven idea to making money that works like magic, read along to better understand why affiliate marketing works.

Affiliate marketing is the best business model to earn money online for the majority of bloggers and internet entrepreneurs.

As a matter of fact,

  • 81% of brands rely on affiliate programs to improve their business.
  • Affiliate marketing worth $12 billion as of now.
  • For marketers and advertisers, affiliate programs generate 15%–30 % of sales
  • Affiliate marketing will hit $6.8 billion by 2020.
  • Companies have allocated 15% of all marketing budgets to affiliate marketing.
  • Around 84% of content publishers monetize their web traffic by leveraging affiliate marketing.
  • 40% of marketers think that affiliate marketing is a crucial skill to have.

These facts clearly mention the fact and the reality that affiliate marketing is a very real, genuine, and true business model not like most others who make money online scams as,

Many people are earning thousands of dollars through this strategy Every month.

If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing you can follow the below guides,

Now let’s see the main thing of how to do affiliate marketing without a blog and website.

How do I become an affiliate marketer without a blog, website, audience, or followers & investment?

Affiliate marketing without a blog is quite easy, below are the possible ways you can do affiliate marketing without a blog.

  1. Social media.
  2. Guest posting,
  3. Emails marketing.
  4. Pinterest.
  5. Forums and online communities.
  6. YouTube.
  7. Podcasts.

Let’s see the ways in detail.

  1. Social media platforms.

One of the best ways you can find to do Affiliate Marketing without a blog is through social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

As a matter of fact, Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world whereas Instagram is one of the top 5 social media platforms.

Regarding affiliate marketing these two social media platforms are considered best, Twitter is sometimes good but not so good for affiliate marketing and people who want to become influencers.

The best strategy to make money affiliate marketing on social media platforms is firstly to select a niche.

For example, if you are interested in talking about business and online marketing,

You can start a Facebook page or a new Instagram account where you can share your tips, techniques, and strategies regarding online marketing, entrepreneurship.

By constantly adding new content on the platform, 

You can easily target a specific group of audiences over a period of time and gain a mass following and credibility.

You can then engage with your target audience through comments and live chats, and build a strong audience.

This way, you can also create a Facebook group of your target audience.

Slowly when you become an influencer to your target audience by keep on adding value to their lives through providing Useful information or through entertaining them,

You can then start recommending affiliate products to your target audience which is highly relevant to the niche,

This increases your sales and conversions of those affiliate products because your audience knows who you are and what you do, they have trust and faith in you, if the product is really good and solves their problem, they will definitely buy it from you.

This strategy is much better than randomly posting affiliate links and posts on your social media platform where nobody knows you but following this strategy is quite a time-consuming process but effective in the long-term.

  1. Guest posting.

Another popular way to do Affiliate marketing without starting a blog is by publishing your blog or content on large content publishing platforms like a Medium that actually gets over 100million monthly users.

As a matter of fact, you can even publish blog posts on social media platforms like LinkedIn and earn money by inserting affiliate links in those blog posts.

Coming back to medium, it is a platform where you can easily sign-up, create an account, and start writing blog posts on the platform within a couple of minutes.

You can easily write blog posts based on product reviews and insert your affiliate links to those posts.

Because of the popularity of medium publishing platform and the number of people who visit the platform every month, and because medium also ranks high on various keywords in Google search,

You can expect to earn a good amount of money doing affiliate marketing on content publishing sites like medium for free.

  1. Email marketing.

Another way to do Affiliate marketing and earn money quickly without ever starting a blog is by email marketing which is about sending emails to people.

You might be wondering, 

How do I collect email addresses before sending them without a blog?

Well, there are several ways to collect and,

Build an email address list without ever starting a blog like using social media platforms, using landing page tools, giving free value resources and things like ebooks, hosting webinars, and many more.

For more information on how to start collecting email addresses without a blog click here.

If you do not know why collecting email addresses are the best, click here to learn more about email marketing power.

When you collect and get email addresses of your target audience with yourself through the help of popular email providers like Mailchimp, 

Instead of pitching your email list audience affiliate products emails right from day one,

Instead try adding a little bit more value by providing more information about the product, building the trust and credibility of the audience upon yourself.

This helps you build better relationships, gain trust with your audience and make you look less spammy.

By doing this initially, 

You can later pitch your audience with affiliate products through emails and earn money without starting a blog.

Just like social media you need to be highly specific in the type of audience you want to target by making sure you have selected a niche that you both have an interest in and knowledge that you can share with other people.

  1. YouTube channel.

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YouTube is not just a social media platform it is also a video search engine, and YouTube is the second largest social media platform after Facebook and the second-largest website after Google.

We don’t need to talk much about how big YouTube is,

But, still for your kind information, here are few facts about YouTube which make it the best. 

  • People watch more than a billion hours of video on YouTube every day.
  • 70% of viewers bought from a brand after seeing it on YouTube.
  • The number of channels that earn $10,000 USD per year or more on YouTube grew by 50%, year over year
  • 68% of YouTube users watch YouTube help make a Purchase Decision.
  • The top four content categories watched by YouTube users are comedy, music, entertainment/pop culture, and “how-to”.

Source: Social blade

After knowing these facts,

YouTube will definitely be an important option for many people who want to earn money through affiliate marketing without a blog.

Just like social media,

In order to grow on YouTube, you need to publish content in a specific niche.

You can start by publishing like 3 videos a week in the initial days and

Keep on uploading quality videos with quality information in that specific niche so that you can gain followers and good engagement.

After sometime when you have a good number of followers and subscribers,

You can start reviewing products and send your audience to affiliate products through links in the YouTube video description.

The bad thing about the social media strategy of earning money through affiliate marketing is it is a quite long term,

You might have to invest a year or two before you start seeing some good results on your efforts on the platform and,

Expect some earnings unless and until if you are in low competition niche,

Affiliate marketing on social media is quite a time-consuming process and there is always a risk involved of losing your account if you don’t follow the terms and conditions properly because you don’t own the platform like Blogging.

  1. Pinterest.

Many people confuse that Pinterest is a social media platform but it is actually a visual search engine at its heart.

Before we learn how to make money affiliate marketing through Pinterest, have a look at some Pinterest stats to know how effective the platform is to make money.

  • The fact is the 48% of Pinterest users use it for shopping purposes
  • 98% of users said they have tried something new that they have found on Pinterest.
  • Pinterest is now expanding to over 247 million monthly users outside the United States.
  • 83% of weekly users have made a purchase of brand content on Pinterest users use it for shopping.
  • According to a study, the majority of Pinterest users earn around $75,000 a year.

Source: Hoostuite

Pinterest can really be a great option for doing affiliate marketing.

For example, you can search any product on Pinterest like let’s say shoes,

You get tons of pins on shoes,


You select and click on any one of the pins it will redirect you to a particular product page of a company, basically it’s an affiliate link.

Now that you have clicked on the pin and landed on the affiliate product,

The cookies of that affiliate link will be stored on your browser for a specific period of time which will vary depending on the affiliate program and

If you buy that product or any other product from that store, the owner of the pin makes money.

This is how people generally do affiliate marketing on Pinterest without using a blog.

Whenever you create and upload a new pin to the platform,

You have the option to choose and attach an external link to that pin.

With that, you can easily attach your affiliate link to your pins,

upload it to the platform and do some basic marketing and follow some best practices of Pinterest and you can earn money through affiliate marketing in Pinterest and it is without you ever having a need for a blog.

You can use free stock images from websites like pixabay and unsplash to pin them on Pinterest.

  1. Forums and online communities.

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There are many popular forums, QnA sites, and online communities like Quora and Reddit.

These are some popular forums where people discuss anything and everything under the sun.

As a matter of fact, here are some facts about Reddit.

  • And it’s the 18th most visited website in the world.
  • There are 52 million daily active Reddit users.
  • 23% of Reddit users are of the 25-29 age group.

Source: Websitebuilder.

Quora is no different than Reddit,

So the question arises of how you can do affiliate Marketing on these forums and online communities.

The answer is again,

Choose a niche or a product you want to sell which is the first step.

You can choose any topic like blogging, online marketing, plumbing.

Now the second step is to find a relevant forum where people discuss on that topic.

You can use Google search like this,

Your target keyword+forum.

For example, if you choose niche something like plumbing,

You can search in Google like,


affiliate marketing

Now that you have a list of results,

You can visit these forums, read and follow the community guidelines and stay engaged on the forum by trying to answer people’s questions and be helpful first.

When you first add value to People’s life by solving their questions, you can later ask them to buy any affiliate product you recommend which can solve their problem.

More often than not people will definitely take your recommendation and buy the product because you added the value first before asking them something in return.

By first answering people’s questions before ever inserting affiliate links into your posts,

You will look more genuine and helpful to users of the platform, which can help you establish more trust, followers, and credibility with the users.

This way down the road you can make money doing affiliate marketing from those forums in the future.

  1. Podcasts.

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Podcasts are another growing trend of content consumption.

Here are some quick facts about podcasts.

  • You see, Around 67 million people listen to podcasts every single month.
  • Those who listen to podcasts spend an average of 105 minutes of audio per day than the American average and spend 25 percent of their total audio time on their devices on listening to these conversations.
  • 1 out of 5 Americans prefers listening to podcasts even in a tight schedule.
  • About 15% of Americans listen to a podcast at least once a month.
  • In mobile users, 58% of Americans have mobiles and one out of four Americans play these podcasts in cars almost every other day.

Source: Smallbizgenius

Starting a podcast is also a great choice to do Affiliate marketing without a blog.

You can easily start a podcast without much investment at all.

All you need to do is to select a niche and start recording podcasts and upload it on popular podcast hosts.

After you start getting some initial Momentum and following of your podcasts,

You can talk about different affiliate products in your podcasts mostly like reviews and how people can use them which is relevant to the niche and solve their problem.

You can also include affiliate links of products in your podcast description.

This is another way to make money through affiliate marketing without a website.

Click here to learn more about podcasts and its pros and cons.

Yes, these are all the seven ways you can make money through affiliate marketing without ever starting a blog, without audience and followers as well.

With that being said let’s conclude the blog post.

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