Q: If I don’t have a Web site, can I make money in the affiliate business, and if so, how?
A: The short answer is yes. However, there is one basic thing that may trip you up as you get started.
Affiliate managers are conditioned to expect that an affiliate applying to their affiliate program is going to have an active Web site.
In the cases where affiliate managers have their program set to manually approve affiliates, they will likely reject you, because you don’t have a site.
However, one thing you can do is to purchase a domain, and put a brief not on that domain explaining that you will be promoting the company in such and such fashion.
One common reason for not having a Web site is when an affiliate is focused on driving traffic straight through their affiliate link from the pay per click search engines, such as Google and Yahoo.
Also, if you happened to develop an opt-in e-mail list through a Web site you used to run, you could send out newsletters or solo e-mails to that list.
You could also promote affiliate programs offline in various ways (flyers, business cards, etc.).
Be creative about it – but first, run it by the affiliate manager of each affiliate program you wish to promote, so you can be sure you are abiding by their terms and conditions.