How to sell online with no inventory

How to sell online with no inventory! Step-by-step!

In this article, I’m going to teach you my exact method of how to sell online with no inventory.  You’ll get the following 100% free:

How to sell online with no inventory
  • You’ll receive 10 free training modules, including instructional videos to show you exactly how to set up a money-making website and start earning money online!
  • You’ll get full access to a community of other marketers to gain knowledge from, ask questions of, and talk with about your new business!
  • You will receive two (2) free websites (WordPress) with free hosting to get your business up and running!
  • You’ll have the exact blueprint I use to make money every single month from the comfort of my own home!

No inventory?

That’s the best part of this business!  NO INVENTORY!  You don’t have to worry about storing products, mailing products, dealing with customers or making returns!  None of it!  You just make money by referring people to merchants who have products and they do the heavy lifting!  You just get paid a commission!

It’s a beautiful business model called “affiliate marketing.”  Here’s the definition:

Affiliate marketing is when one party (affiliate) sets up a website or other marketing means to promote the products and/or services of a second party (merchant). The merchant pays the affiliate a commission to refer people to the merchant's website through a special link for any sales made. The merchant is responsible for all inventory, shipping, customer relations and sales. The agreement between the affiliate and the merchant is called an affiliate agreement.


Affiliate Marketing at a glance

How to sell online with no inventory

Questions this article will !!

  1. How much money does it cost to set up an online business?
  2. Is it hard to find merchants willing to let you become their affiliate?
  3. Do you have to sign a contract with the merchant and is there any cost?
  4. Do I have to have a website to become an affiliate marketer?
  5. Do I need to buy the products I promote myself?
  6. Will the 10 free training modules be enough to be successful?

1. How much money does it cost to set up an online business?

Zero – zip – nada!  That means no money needed, no credit card and no debit card information!  You can set up your entire business with your name, email and a password of your choice. 

This program I’m referring you to is called the Wealthy Affiliate Program which encompasses the Wealthy Affiliate University!

The Wealthy Affiliate program offers a Starter Membership option.  There is absolutely no cost to join their Starter program.  Once you get through the training in starter (ten training modules) and get your site up and running, you will want to opt into the Premium membership.  You have six months to keep your free Starter membership and sites, so no rush, but if you upgrade within the first 7 days, you’ll get your first month of the Premium plan for only $19.

Here’s the two membership levels so you can see what’s all included in each:

2. Is it hard to find merchants willing to allow you to become their affiliate?

This is a great question and one I get often from my readers.  They get concerned to put in so much work on their websites hoping to be able to become an affiliate and make money from their site.  It’s a valid concern, but it’s one you do not have to worry about.  

Let me explain how this works.  What you’re going to do it set up your free website.  Your “niche” website.  You will need to think about your niche.  The subject of your site.  Your niche is what you will focus all your attention on.  You’ll do research in it, write relevant content about it and find products and/or services to market around it.  Your niche!

Writing quality content about your niche is going to be your first step.  This happens before you apply to be an affiliate for any merchants because merchants want to review your website and make sure their products are a good fit with you before they approve you.    It’s not hard to get approved if you are following the proven steps. Wealthy Affiliate and I will mentor and coach you through the process, don’t worry.

Have you thought about what you would like your niche to be?  It’s an important step, and I’ve written a couple of articles about it.  I do suggest that you take a few moments now and read them before you make that decision:

The Best Niche Website Ideas

In this article, you'll receive some help deciding on your niche!

Best Niche Website Ideas

Do you go with the money-makers? What niches are most profitable? Can I choose something I love? Important information in this article!
Read here
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What is a niche and how to choose

Choosing your niche is an important first step, so know what you're doing!

What is a niche and how to choose

Do not skip this step - you will be immersed in your niche so choose it carefully!
Read here

3. Do you have to sign a contract with the merchant and is there any cost?

There is an affiliate agreement with each merchant you affiliate market for.  They all have different requirements and rules, and you want to familiarize yourself with their rules because they can drop you if you break them. has many rules, including how to display their products on your website and the types of links they allow.

Most merchants have no cost associated with becoming an affiliate.  There are some that do charge a processing fee of $5-10 one-time, but that is extremely rare.  You typically fill out an application online, giving reference to your website so they can review it, and then the merchant will send you an approval email or notify you in your back office of approval.

You can ask me anytime if you have questions along the way.  My mentoring is free, and you can email me, too, at


4. Do I have to have a website to become an affiliate marketer?

There are definitely programs out there where you do not have to have a website set up in order to market products.  However, I find that if you really want specific, quality products to market, you’re going to need a website.  Quality merchants care where their products are displayed, and they want to review your website to make sure it meets their standards.

Some people promote programs where you simply place links on social media, but a lot of the social media platforms are getting very strict about what they are allowing as far as those links.  When you have a blog website set up, you can place links to your site and have the affiliate links on your site, not your social media platforms.  It’s just a cleaner way to do things.

I highly recommend you set up your own free blog website and follow the proven steps to make a lot of money online, taking advantage of the free training:

5. Do I need to buy the products I promote myself?

This is a personal choice for you.  The merchants do not require that you purchase the products you promote, but myself, I highly recommend you do purchase and try all products for a few reasons:

  • You will know first-hand how the product works.
  • You will be able to give an honest review because you’ve actually used the product.
  • You can take a video of opening the product and/or using the product to make your review more interesting.
  • You will gain credibility with your readers.

6. Will the 10 free training modules be enough to be successful?

The ten free training modules will get your website completely set up, it will give you all the basic information you need, and you’ll be on your way to success.

However, in order to keep the momentum going and really learn everything you will need to be hugely successful, you will want to continue with the Premium membership.  As you can see from the chart above, you’ll have unlimited keyword searches and unlimited training.

If you’d like to see some of the training that is included in the program (and this is just the tip of the iceburg), take a look here:

The top 10 affiliate programs

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you found this article of value!  Please remember that when you sign up for Wealthy Affiliate, I will reach out to your personally for your free mentoring from me as well!

I’ve been marketing online for many years, and I pride myself in providing you with the most up-to-date, relevant information to start and grow your affiliate marketing business!

Please leave me a comment below, or if you prefer to contact me personally, you can email me at

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Babs Wagner

Born in Texas, raised in upstate New York, I have been marketing for my entire adult life.I have decided to share all the information I have gathered on what works in affiliate marketing, and what doesn't because I want to let the world know that working online gives you the freedom to work from anywhere, and that is exactly what I do!

Starting out can be tough, I know, so I will also be sharing lots of free resources to get you going.I am dedicated to providing this information to my readers, and I hope you always feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks for visiting my page!


  1. This post is lengthy and sure worth every seconds, thank you for sharing your success recipe.

    I joined affiliate marketing through honest posts like this and I have not regret every moments spent on that journey, also everything mentioned here is true and exactly the way it is. You really do not need a capital to join affiliate marketing especially if it is something you are passionate about.


    1. That’s what I loved about this business is you can start with no money!  It’s a beautiful thing!  It makes it easy to see if it’s the right business before you ever spend any money!  ~ Babs

  2. Wished I had found your article sooner Babs!

    My biggest worry when I first started Affiliate Marketing was that I wouldn’t find anyone who would want to take me as an affiliate since I was new and fresh. It got worse when I started learning the ropes too because the first program I came across was an MLM and I instantly got to thinking that all Affiliate Marketers need to pay monthly in order to promote a programme and earn which doesn’t make sense.

    That messed me up and it gave me a bad impression for a long while until I found out about Clickbank where we can promote their products for free but that too was filled with bad rep programmes which made me really down. Eventually, I came across Wealthy Affiliate and I was super happy to find out that they actually have an affiliate program finder and all of them are actually legit too! Best decision evur 😀

    1. Oh, Riaz, your testimonial is why I do this website – to help people avoid these kinds of pitfalls.  Your story and mine are similar in that we had to struggle and search and try things that didn’t work until we found Wealthy Affiliate, a true, legitimate program!  Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.  It is most appreciated!  ~ Babs

  3. Not long ago, I decided to start my own online business and chose affiliate marketing as my business model rather than sell my own products. The reason for that decision is, I’d like to enjoy more freedom with my life, and creating your own products sometimes takes a lot of time and energy. So, I find affiliate marketing as the most ideal among the options available. Making money promoting other people’s stuff online.

    With your #5, I’d like to support your statement that it is no compulsory to buy the products you’re promoting but it will be better if you yourself has tried the products you’re selling in affiliate marketing. This differs from what most network marketing companies are implementing with their sales reps of mandatory requirement to buy products you’re promoting every month. Oftentimes, with that system, you will find yourself jam-packed with products you actually don’t need.

    1. I really don’t like to promote products and services that require a minimum purchase monthly to be an affiliate.  That’s just not good business unless the product is something you would buy anyway for yourself.  I totally agree!  ~ Babs

  4. Thank you. I would have signed up here if I were not already a premium member of wealthy affiliate. I found wealthy affiliate from Reading articles like yours and eventually clicked through to the website. Then I tried the free course and it got me going but I wanted to see what the rest of the course had to offer. So I bought the $20 first month membership and a $14 domain name and did the courses. I was happy with the domain name I got and surprised such a good one was available. Since then I’ve been doing it for 2 weeks and I think everything is coming along nicely. I am really interested in the niche I chose so I enjoy writing about it and researching it.

    1. Great, Charles!  Yes, finding the right fit for your niche is critical.  You need to really enjoy what you do to be successful because it is very time-consuming and does take a lot of work to start!  I’m glad you are doing well, and I wish you much success!  Please stop by often!  ~ Babs

  5. Babs,

    I remember watching an affiliate marketing video a couple of years ago and thought it was a really good idea for a passive income. I wanted to start a side-hustle, but didn’t really know what to do. So, I started selling video games, but quickly got overwhelmed with the inventory, selling, buying, profit margin…etc. So I stopped that. Then I found Wealthy Affiliate and never looked back! I’ve really enjoyed my time at Wealthy Affiliate, so, I’m glad I ran into your site to reaffirm what I’ve been experiencing these past few months. For you, what has made you most successful at Wealthy Affiliate? What is a challenge you had you overcame? Thank you for writing this post! I really enjoyed it.

    1. The education has been invaluable for me.  I’ve been doing this for years, but it wasn’t until I joined the WA program that I found I was not doing everything the right way.  The Jaaxy keyword research tool opened my eyes to search engine optimization and keywords for my posts.  Amazing!

      I guess my biggest challenge was organizing my time.  I’ve come up with several strategies for that, and it’s helped me immensely to focus on the important tasks and not leave anything out.

      Thanks for stopping by, Bobby!  ~ Babs

  6. Well Babs. Before clicking on the links in your previous blog, I just had to take a look at this article. You have provided even more information to me that will help me make a decision. I have already thought about a niche to choose and what products to sell in that niche. I just can’t get over the free websites I can build and the training that is provided. Even the price of the premium joining fee seems reasonable when you take into account the amount of free sites you receive and the extra training provided. I’m really excited about this Wealthy Affiliate platform and I intend to take a good look to see if it’s what I’m after. Thanks . Jim

    1. The Premium is their top plan of two plans – Starter and Premium.  Starter is 100% free and Premium is 49/month if you pay monthly or like $29 a month if you pay yearly.  I mean, are you kidding me?  That’s a literal steal for everything the program gives!  I’m excited for you, Jim!  Let me know how I can help along your journey!  ~ Babs

  7. Thanks for the step-by-step thorough guide to selling online with no inventory. This is another perspective of affiliate marketing that many people do not consider when starting out, and it really lowers the entry bar to getting started with an online business.

    The outlay is negligible compared to most other business start-ups, and the returns can be quite handsome over time as you build up your body of content that niche audiences want to read about and you build your authority and trust with them. Then you can promote products that the audience is looking for and needs and make commissions – no inventory, no shipping, etc.

    The Wealthy Affiliate platform is an excellent platform to get this all up and moving too. I have been a member for 4 years, and I would not consider using any other training site as none has the tools, resources, and community that I get as a member. Great article!

    1. Thanks, Dave!  I appreciate your testimonial about Wealthy Affiliate, especially given that you have been on the platform for four years.  That speaks volumes.  I, personally, cannot even imagine running an affiliate marketing business without WA.  They provide everything and keep me informed and up-to-date!  ~ Babs

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