Are you looking for the easiest way to do affiliate marketing without a website?

Unfortunately that secret method just doesn’t exist…

Yes there are other platforms that work with affiliate marketing, but if you’re a beginner, a website is the best option for starting your journey, in my opinion.

Below I’ll quickly discuss some other options, and I will recommend one alternative that is worth doing, but I’ll also explain why I feel a website is the best platform for you to start with.

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3 Platforms That People Will Recommend You Use for Affiliate Marketing

  1. Social Media
  2. Google Ads
  3. YouTube

Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Others)


  • Should be secondary
  • Can't scale and grow
  • Not your own business
  • Consider using these to promote your website

There is definitely a place for social media and affiliate marketing, but it should be secondary.

Why spend all your time posting images on Pinterest? Sounds like a super crappy business model. If your niche has the potential to do well with images and Pinterest then obviously consider using it, but don't make it your business foundation.

If you're reading this you probably don't have an established brand, and you're not an "influencer", therefore Instagram is probably not the best place to start.

Another popular recommendation is a Facebook Group. Again, this is something you should potentially use as a secondary platform. This should not be your sole focus when starting affiliate marketing. You can’t scale this method, and again you’re not building your own content.

Facebook owns the content in your group, and it’s just not a secure platform to build a real business on.

Google Ads


  • Not as easy as it looks
  • You need a starting budget
  • Hard to get a ROI with affiliate commissions

Marketers make Google Ads seem way easier than they are.

I’m not saying things are not worth doing because they’re hard. In most cases it’s the opposite, you should do hard things because few people want to put in the work. But in this case, it’s just not a good use of your time as a beginner in my opinion.

If you’re looking to do affiliate marketing without a website, chances are you don’t have a budget to run ads with.

And trust me, you will burn through some cash running ads before you make any type of profit.

Lastly, it will really depend on your affiliate commission rate whether this strategy will work. If you're recommending products that are say $100, and you earn 5% commissions, then you only get $5 per sale. This means if you spend $100 in advertising, you need to make 20 sales.

Certain commission rates and product prices will work better with ads. But it's just not as simple as spending $100 and earning $101. It's doable, but maybe not the best strategy for beginners.



YouTube is really the only platform I would personally recommend for affiliate marketing, if you absolutely don't want to use a website.

YouTube is much more of a legitimate way to build a business, and you will have way more success as opposed to the other options above.

So if you really don’t want to have a website, then consider going all in on YouTube. There are tons of tutorials on how to be successful with YouTube.

But mastering YouTube is like starting any other type of business. It requires a lot of work, and you definitely need to do some research to see if your niche will work on YouTube.

Personally, even if you did want to do YouTube, I would make that a secondary platform as well.

So you start with a website, and if your niche is something that would work well on YouTube, then consider doing YouTube as you build your affiliate marketing business.

Final Thoughts and Your Next Step

In my opinion, as a beginner these methods are not going to put you on the best path to creating a full time income online, and a real business.

Some require you to be constantly active with the method, and offer no option to building a business that grows and snowballs into true passive income.

You might make a few commissions from hustling on Facebook, but it’s just not scalable.

All the recommendations are for strategies that work on platforms that you don’t own, or on platforms that are not sustainable.

If you just took the effort required to do these suggestions and put it towards your own business website, you can be on a path to success with affiliate marketing.

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Tyler Stokes
Tyler Stokes

Hey I'm Tyler Stokes and I'm the creator of Affiliate Marketing That WORKS. I have been doing affiliate marketing for well over 10 years and have built several online businesses. These days my passion is helping others get started through this blog and my YouTube channel. The best way to contact me is on Twitter.