5 Ways To Make Money Online Without A Website In 2020


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Making money online is a fabulous way to enhance your financial goals and earning potential, traditional wisdom says you need a website to set up shop and make money online. Not true, there are many ways to make money online without a website, I have a list of 5 options for you that will get you on the path to making money online.”

Normally I advocate having a website and using that to drive your revenue online. That being said having a website is not an easy task as it takes work to constantly stay current with the latest trends as well as creating quality content on a regular basis. I love it and it works for me, but it may not work for you so having other options available to you really helps make the online commerce less scary

Let me walk you through a few options that may get your interest bit, and see if they make sense. There are many ways to make money online, but for now, let’s keep it to five that I share with you today,

The income potential online can vary depending on what you choose to do, let’s look at a few choices

Make Money Online Freelancing

You may have some skills that can be very useful to bloggers or website owners and you can potentially make a good living from freelancing. Using your skills like writing content, creating logos, advertising on social media, There are many ways to freelance for others online.

Freelancing Online
Sites Like

Have entire networks of individuals all offering up skills to anyone who is willing to let them help. There are many website owners looking for someone to help them out with daily tasks, You charge a fee for your service and make your money that way.

I have used the services on Fiverr before and I was happy with the results

Make Money With YouTube


The video world is massive and the options are plenty to promote or share information. If you have a desire to make videos then you could do well on YouTube. People are searching for answers to a vast array of situations that they need an answer for. A bit of research on how to get your YouTube Chanel setup and monetize it, will bring this one home for you.

Set up your YouTube channel and set it for monetization then connect with Google adds and related affiliate programs and promote or mention or just display them in your video and you can make money

Sites like

Animoto– Video creation, animation and other services available. 30-second videos free, there is a fee of about $8 a month for a paid version.

JingGood screen capture software and videos under 5 minutes are free


Affiliate Marketing

Ah yes, my favorite option and what I currently do today. Affiliate marketing allows you to receive percentage-based commissions for referring someone to a product or service that results in a sale. Most affiliate marketers have websites or blogs that really help bring home their message, but it is not necessary for you to have a website to make this option work for you.

Read the Beginners Guide to Affiliate Marketing Here


You setup affiliate relationships with a supplier or retailer and receive your affiliate link which you then can share by any legitimate promotional means at your disposal in order to share your information. Read the rules for each program before marketing. Some Affiliate programs have strict usage policies or do not allow there brand to be mentioned or various other requirements. Most are pretty easy and simple but I suggest you read the terms of service for each one you set up.

There are companies that allow you to promote only their products and there are also affiliate networks which have a wide variety of products and services you can promote.

  • Clickbank– an affiliate network with many types of products to promote
  • ShareASale– Another affiliate network that partners with many online retailers which allows you many options to choose from
  • Commission junction– Another affiliate network with many retailers associated. Easy to use, great customer service
  • Amazon– Just promoting Amazon products alone can be a full-time income source. They have some specific rules about sales required in order to remain an affiliate so read the terms of service before signing up

This list above should get you started. There are many more available. When you are on a site like Zappos or Walmart or pretty much any online retailer, look at the footer bar of the website and see if they have an affiliate program and you can start that way with an individual retailer.

You can also just do a search on Google, add the product or company you are thinking of promoting and add “affiliate program” to the end of the search. You will find many great programs just waiting to be used.

Your Own Products Can Make You Money Online

If you have products of your own you can do very well for yourself online. Especially with digital products like Tutorials and E-books or Guides.

Think about it. Create one E-book that really helps out a specific market publish it and sell it. You need no inventory nor overhead and it can pay you for years

many of the successful online business owners use this method to have another income stream coming in for them. It can certainly work for you as well, and it is easier than you may think to create your own products.

Make a training tutorial or guide about something you know well and you can use that in many ways, like a giveaway for email sign ups and in the guide you have your links to your affiliate programs. Or sell it, either way works

Auction Sites


Sites that sell goods by auction are in high demand. eBay, for example, is probably the most well-known

You do not need a website to sell here. You can choose to have an online store using their tools and builders but you really only need the ability to have something people want and the ability to set up an add or auction for that and you are rolling.

This works well with self-created items like listed above, Ebooks, for example, are huge on eBay. Bang out a few of your own products which cover the market you are promoting to and go.

You can expand this anytime and grow your business and still not need a website, you can find a supplier for products and sell as a drop shipper.

Drop shipping is the process of making you the middleman between buyer and seller. They purchase directly from you on your auction add and you use that money to purchase the item at a reduced cost from a supplier and the supplier then ships the item to your customer with your brand on it. You keep the difference in the cost of purchase and cost of the item.

I did drop shipping for a while and it works well. You do, however, still have to put in the time to handle customer orders and answer questions, so it is not a launch and go type deal. You can do very well with this option, you just need to know it requires a bit more hands on.

Bonus tips

Use your social media to help. This may not sound like a way to make money online by using social media but it really is. The online world has evolved into the quest for instant gratification and information. Learning to leverage the power of social media can be a massive success.

Here is an example- Using one of the affiliate networks in the section above you could simply promote on social media by sharing your link and valuable information with it and drive traffic to sites that end up providing you a commission.

So you may not have a huge following with your social accounts and that is OK, this can still work for you. There are apps available that help you grow your followers’ list and manage your promotions with huge increases in the number of followers for you. The key is to be relevant with what you share. provide value for someone and they will likely share it on to their followers, which gives you an instant social media boost.

The Site I recommend to grow your social media presence

Crowdfire app

Crowdfire-Take your social media to a whole new level. You can connect all your accounts and manage them all at once. They have a free option available and also a fee for a membership. Very affordable and you can expand your social accounts very quickly. It is worth a look



Design Wizard

Design Wizard

DesignWizard.com is an excellent graphic design software which allows you to personalize an image or video in seconds. It holds 1 million high-quality images and thousands of video and image templates. The standout feature here is the magic resize button, which allows you to change the size of an image while you are creating a design. Design Wizard also has integration with Hubspot, Marketo, Buffer, and Intercom.

You will certainly be able to create stunning graphics and videos that will attract buyers and followers to your site. They do have an affiliate program so you can make a nice residual income referring people to design wizard.


Now that we have listed a few options for you, dive in and research these options and find what works for you. There are well over 2 Billion people online today and that number grows constantly, so your options are there to find an audience that is looking for what you can provide them.

You really can make money online without a website, you just have to dive in and go for it. As you expand you may consider setting up a website or blog to take the next step, but I will leave that up to you.

Thanks for spending time with me today. I hope I helped answer your questions.

Please comment below if you enjoyed this information, I will answer any questions you have and will respond to all approved comments.

Take care


I have been in the online world since 2004 I have the experience to know how to help you succeed. The best decision I ever made is becoming an affiliate marketer as my business is flowing well. I can help you do the same, and get that online business going. Please see my About Todd Page for more information

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12 Responses

  1. Barb says:

    Hi Todd!
    Thank you for a fantastic article!
    Regarding YouTube – I am increasing my YouTube presence for 2018 – when I attempted to setup the Monetization portion it indicates that you need 4,000 hours of YouTube content or over a huge number of Subscribers before they will monetize. I take it this has changed?
    If you could elaborate a little more how you connect YouTube with Google Adsense and Affiliate Promos on YouTube I would appreciate it!
    Great & real content!

    • Todd says:


      Thanks for the perspective. I do not believe those rules have changed, at least not that I am aware of. I listed this as an option to make money online without a website because it is possible. If you have a good video channel and can verify the numbers you certainly can monetize your channel. Sure it may take a bit to get there but the point is, it can be done. I still advise that having a website would be way easier in my opinion, but not everyone wants to take on that responsibility and still have a chance to make money online. Using the Crowdfire option I listed can help get the subscribers numbers up as they have youtube as one of the networks they connect to. I jumped my social media presence by more than 65% in less than a week after using Crowdfire, it could help anyone looking to jump the Youtube numbers. That is one option

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


  2. Sherman says:


    This is very interesting considering how, when I think about internet business, the first thing that come to mind is…a website. As you pointed out in the article, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case!

    I wonder how many other people had/have that initial opinion. I’m willing to guess, it’s the majority. On that note, a lot of eyes could be opened by reading this post!



    • Todd says:


      There are many more benefits possible by having your own site in my opinion. I shared this information in an effort to help individuals who may be looking to make money online and do not yet want to deal with having a website. With all the opportunities that are available online I try and share what can help people succeed.

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


  3. Hi Todd
    It is great to know that one does not have to own a website to earn a living on the web, although tradition dictates that you should and that it is better.
    I will look into your recommendations mentioned here and see if I can enhance my online presents with some of it,
    Thanks for the comprehensive and helpful information

    All the best to you in 2018


    • Todd says:


      Some people who are starting out online may get a bit intimidated with the thought of creating a website. So I wrote this post to show that online money can be made from many sources. There are even more not listed in the article. I agree that the standard is to have a website as I think for long-term success it is way more efficient. But I would not want someone to give up by thinking they have to have a website to make money online.

      Thanks for your comment and your insight

      Take Care


  4. Dave says:


    Thank you, such a nice view of things I truly appreciate your honesty, personally I have no website and I understand that it is going to be a difficult task majing money but I have no knowledge of making a website and prefer to start without it and get one later.

    So thanks again

    • Todd says:


      You have the right perspective on being a bit tough at first, If you are not comfortabble with a website yet, that is fine. As shown in this article you can make some money without one. At anytime if you decide you want a website I can certainly help you out. You are smart to wait until you are ready. 

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care


  5. Melinda says:

    There is a huge downside to not having a website. If you are creating youtube videos that YouTube doesn’t like, they will shut down your channel. I recently watched that happen as I viewed a bunch of Parkland shooting videos that called into question the media narrative. Within a week, they were taken down. So, don’t let all your hard work go to waste. Understand the platform that you are using and don’t try to promote an agenda they don’t like!

    • Todd says:


      I agree with you 100% and am a huge advocate for having a website if you are wanting to make money online. Heck, today anyone can have a site online in less than a minute, and with the Wealthy Affiliate site builder you can create and own a website easily and receive the training to go with it. I added the Youtube option to this for people who may be a bit intimidated by having a website. I appreciate your perspective it is great advice about having content Youtube likes, very good information to bring forward. All the more reason to just take a few more minutes in your day and open a website and use the Youtube videos on your site as embedded videos.

      Great Comment

      Thanks for the comment

      Take Care

  6. Tons of great information that will really give person hope who do not have a website but has a desire to make money in the online world.It is just so amazing how the traditional way of making money has changed and persons can now make money from the comfort of their homes.

    • Todd says:


      Very true, that the traditional way of making money is being replaced by online options. So many choices that work, I only listed 5, yet there are many more. I do advise folks to try the website route first if they find a good program that teaches them what to do with it. But some folks do not want to be bothered with a website and just want to make some passive income. This post is for them to show that it is possible to do and what options are available to them

      Thanks for your comment

      Take Care


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