There are many ways to do affiliate marketing without showing your face. You can start a blog or website, start a faceless YouTube channel, be active on social media, start a podcast, create an ebook or course, or even join forums.
In this article, I’m going to show you nine different ways that you can do affiliate marketing anonymously.
I personally have used all of these methods myself and have done quite well with them. There’s no reason why you can't either.
Affiliate marketing takes a lot of work and dedication but it is possible to do - even without revealing your true identity!
Let's jump right in.
9 Ways to Do Affiliate Marketing Without Showing Your Face
1. Start a Blog / Website
I always tell everyone that the best way to make money with affiliate marketing is by starting a blog or website. If you don’t want to show your face with a blog, you could use a stock image of someone else or even get Ai to create an image of a person that will be your persona.
The focus should be the content in your blog posts. Whether you include a picture of yourself or not is not that important. Having a picture of a person can help people identify with your blog on a more personal level but it’s not always that important.
You can connect with them by providing a lot of valuable and helpful content. You will be able to build up trust this way even if you don’t have a picture of yourself.
Of course, a picture does help, so if you don’t want to use your picture you could use a stock image photo or just get Ai to create one for you.
Now that you know you can start a blog without showing your face the next step is to create one.
2. Social Media
Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest can be used for affiliate marketing. As a faceless affiliate marketer, these platforms can be used to make affiliate commissions. You don’t need to have a picture of your face on these profiles and can just create some type of logo to use instead.
Each of the social media platforms is quite different and you’ll need to approach affiliate marketing with each of them differently. Here are some ways and how to use each of the social media platforms for affiliate marketing:
- Facebook: create a Facebook page that is dedicated to your niche and share useful content. Sprinkle in affiliate links from time to time but don’t make it too overly promotional.
- Instagram: the focus here will be the quality of photos in to get people to visit your Bio. You can only have one clickable link with Instagram that is in your Bio so you’ll need to drive traffic to that page. Your Bio link can be an affiliate link but it’s always better to send that traffic to a landing page or your blog or website.
- Twitter: build your Twitter following by providing a lot of entertaining and informational tweets. From time to time share your affiliate links on products that you believe in that are targeted to your audience.
- LinkedIn: Utilize LinkedIn to network with professionals and business owners within your niche. Share industry-specific articles and content that includes your affiliate links.
- Pinterest: when you affiliate marketing on Pinterest, you don’t need to show your face, just some great-looking images of products that you believe in – and make sure to include affiliate links!
To be honest with you, affiliate marketing on social media posts isn’t the greatest way to do it because engagement is low, and getting people to click on your affiliate links may be difficult.
In order to be successful you would need a large and existing following. If you are building this from scratch is going to take a very long time and you may get discouraged. However, you can do this type of marketing for free and you don’t need to reveal your identity.
I am sure you have seen many Youtube channels without the channel owners actually going on camera. But how does this tie in with affiliate marketing without showing your face?
Many YouTubers will tell you to click the link in the description below because these are normally affiliate links. If you can create a Youtube channel that gets a lot of traffic and you can find a product with an affiliate program that ties and with your content and is something that people actually need, then you could make quite a bit of money with affiliate marketing on Youtube.
You will need to show your face either because you can create channels that piece together other videos to create one longer video. This is what is called fair use and many channels incorporate this strategy. You can also just talk on camera while filming everything in front of you.
For example, I have seen videos on how to fix things where you are shown step-by-step. An example of this is an automotive channel showing you how to change brake pads. While you may need to speak on camera you don’t need to show your face because people will just be interested in seeing what you’re doing.
You make money by linking all the products that you used in the video in the description below. Many YouTubers will use Amazon for this but there are other affiliate offers as well outside of Amazon. Just do your research to see which products would fit best for your channel.
If you’re interested in creating a Youtube channel without going on camera then check out my article on how to create a Youtube channel without showing your face.
4. Start a Podcast
Podcasts are a great way to the money with affiliate marketing without showing your face. When you think of podcasts you might think of popular ones like Joe Rogan, The Authority Hacker Podcast, Niche Pursuits Podcast, or even Pat Flynn. Granted, they all go on camera but you won’t have to. In this case, you will create an audio-only Podcast.
You can monetize your podcasts with affiliate links. You can do this by talking about a particular subject where you find a solution to a problem. Find a product that solves a particular problem that has an affiliate program and link these in your Podcast.
It can take time to build up your following so focus on a lot of informational content at first. The commercial content with your affiliate links can always come later after you build up an audience.
Optimize your podcasts for higher visibility on podcast search engines by including keyword-rich titles and descriptions for your episodes. This will help your podcasts rank higher in search results, leading to more organic traffic and clicks on your affiliate links.
5. Email Marketing
Email marketing is another way to make affiliate commissions without having to show your face or reveal your identity. To be successful in email marketing you will need subscribers.
To get subscribers, you will need to incorporate some of the methods listed in this article.
For example, if you’re starting a blog or website, you can build your email list by offering some type of free download in exchange for an email address. You will then send out emails to your list that include your affiliate links.
Don’t be too Salesy though, make sure that you put in a good mix of informational content as opposed to commercial content.
You can build your email list through other methods including landing pages with Pay-Per-Click ads which I will talk about next. To get started with email marketing you will need an autoresponder. I’ve tried many autoresponders in my affiliate marketing business and here are some of the best ones.
6. Pay-Per-Click Marketing (PPC)
Pay-Per-Click Marketing is another way to make money with affiliate marketing without having to show your face. It involves placing ads on search engines like Google and also on social media programs like Facebook.
You only pay when someone clicks on your advertisement. Normally these clicks will go to either a website page or some type of landing page. You can promote a product on that page with your affiliate link, or this page can be a free download to collect an email address where you can market products to people through your email list.
One of the main advantages of Pay-Per-Click advertising is that you’re able to generate results very quickly. And of course, it doesn’t require a “face” because the focus is on the product.
7. Create an Ebook
Creating an Ebook is another way to do affiliate marketing without showing your face. With this strategy, you will share valuable information in your content that will include affiliate links. It is advisable to create any book that is for free because most of the money will be made through your affiliate links.
The focus of your ebook will be based on the subject whenever it might be. Just be sure that you can monetize it with affiliate links. Since you are focusing on a particular niche, there’s no need to reveal your identity through photos. The focus will be on the product or services that you will be recommending in your ebook.
You can promote your ebook on your blog, social media channels, or even to your email list. Since it’s a free download, you should get quite a bit of interest because people will not have to pay for it.
8. Create an Online Course With Affiliate Links
If you want to go one step further from an ebook, you can create an online course. And as you can guess, you don’t need to show your face here either. You have two options with your course.
You can either give it away for free or you can sell it for a price. You can make affiliate commissions from your course by including links to products or services that complement what you are teaching.
For example, if you have a course on email marketing, you could include links to an autoresponder that has an affiliate program. People will likely buy from you because they trust your content and your suggestion.
Another approach is to provide a resource list of products that you recommend that the end of each module or at the end of your course.
To ensure that your course is effective and that people will buy from your affiliate links, consider the following:
- Quality content – focus on creating high-quality content that genuinely helps your students. The info you provide should be well-researched, presented in an engaging way, and easy to digest.
- Relevant affiliate products – ensure that you only choose affiliate products that are closely related to what you are teaching. Including irrelevant products can lead to distrust and reduce your credibility.
- Disclosure – make sure you are transparent with your affiliate links. That your students know that you may receive a commission when purchasing products from your links
Creating a course is a lot of work and it all will suggest you do this if you already have a sizable following. If you don’t, you could experiment with a free course and Pay-Per-Click ads but there’s no guarantee that people will buy from your affiliate links. Trust is the number one factor and that takes some time to build.
9. Forums and Online Communities
Another approach to affiliate marketing without showing your face is through forums and online communities. Your first step here is to choose a niche and find a forum within that niche.
Engage with others in discussions by sharing useful information and tips. Answer a lot of questions and provide value. This will show your expertise. In time, you will build up trust and rapport with your readers which could lead to them clicking on your affiliate links and making a purchase.
The downside to doing affiliate marketing and forums and online communities is that a lot of these places do not allow affiliate links. However, some will allow this after you’ve established yourself as a worthy number after a period of time.
They may let you post links but it's not a guarantee. I suggest that you read the forum rules about posting links before joining. You could end up wasting your time because if links are not allowed then what’s the whole point right?
This is one of my least favorite ways of making money with affiliate commissions but it can work with a lot of patience and choosing forums that allow it.
It's possible to be a successful affiliate marketer without revealing your identity by showing your face. I’ve shown you nine different ways on how to do this.
In my opinion, the most effective way is to start a blog. You can create a persona, instead of using your real name or picture. I like blogging because you are building a business that over time allows you to bring in passive income through affiliate commissions.
You could be running a business that’s very profitable anonymously. Nobody will have a clue what you’re doing unless you actually tell them.
The main reason why I like Blogging is because you own 100% of this business. You can never be shut down because you own all your content.
When you upload your content to social media, it can be removed at any time. So do keep that in mind. However, I understand that Blogging isn’t for everyone. That is why I included nine different ways how to make money with affiliate marketing without showing your face.
All of these strategies do work, but success will depend on how much work you put into it.
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