In this article I will be showing you how to start an affiliate marketing website step by step. All you have to do is take action by following all the steps outlined in this article.
I will also give a brief description of where you can find free affiliate marketing software to help you even more!
You Will Only Succeed If You Take Action
In order to succeed at affiliate marketing you must take action, you can’t wait around for affiliate marketing to happen to you. So let’s make a deal:
I will teach you how to begin building an affiliate marketing site and you take action by following along to the steps. Do we have a deal?
To many people who hear the words ‘affiliate marketing’ 2 common questions come to mind:
- ‘What is affiliate marketing?’
- ‘How does it work?’
Wait, I Have More Questions
There is more are questions that come to mind then those two, so in this article I will going over the most common questions and concerns when it comes to affiliate marketing. I will also be going over examples of affiliate marketing programs, the steps involved and more.
So get ready to learn how to make money online with affiliate marketing.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
The answer to this question is very important so let’s see what Business Dictionary says regarding ‘Affiliate Marketing‘:
“In electronic commerce, means of achieving greater market penetration through websites who target specific groups of internet users. For example, Amazon.com (which sells books, electronics, pharmaceuticals, toys, and many other items) has thousands of affiliated interest specific websites from where the visitors can reach products offered by Amazon. The entire sales transaction takes place at Amazon’s website which is equipped to handle the complete online payment acceptance process. Amazon passes on a percentage of the sold item’s price as commission to the affiliate website from where the sale originated.”
How Does It Work?
Just look at the diagram to the right and let’s go through the process together.
- Step 1: Customer
- -A person is looking for something rather informational (PDF, self-help) or physical (PS4) goods. They go to your website because you are the..
- Step 2: Affiliate
- -You have set up a website around PS4’s for example. You provide excellent content in the form of reviews, tips, tricks etc.
- Let’s say the customer wants to buy a PS4 you recommend, and they click on a link in your review. Well that link takes them to the..
- Step 3: Brand/Seller Site
- The link takes the customer to the Brand or Seller’s Site. Once there the customer makes a purchase. After that purchase is done you receive a percentage of the purchase price aka a ‘Commission’.
Is Affiliate Marketing A Scam?
Most people think that affiliate marketing is scam due to several reasons. These reasons range from lack of examples of affiliate marketing to supposed affiliate marketing costs that come with being an affiliate.
Since there are affiliate marketing scams out there it is important to have examples of affiliate marketing programs to show people who are curious about affiliate marketing.
Examples Of Affiliate Marketing
Below are examples of affiliate marketing programs that are LEGIT and free to join.
- Amazon Affiliate Program
- Walmart Affiliate Program
- Best Buy Affiliate Program
- Target Affiliate Program
- iTunes Affiliate Program
Search Google For More Legit Programs
There are more out there and an easy way to find more is google search “‘product, service, or company’ + Affiliate Program”.
Beginner Affiliate Programs
Many beginner affiliate marketers start out using Amazon Associates, however there are other programs to consider when starting out. To learn more click on my article, Affiliate Programs For Beginners.
How To Make Money Affiliate Marketing
Now that we know what affiliate marketing is and how it works let’s answer the next big question:
‘How do you make money with affiliate marketing?’
As we know you make money or a ‘commission’ every time someone clicks on your link and buys something. Think back to the PS4 example, so let’s say you get 5% of the sale price of the PS4. Well if your affiliate sells it for $300 you get $15.
Now that’s $15 a person, so you would need to get 7-9 a day to make as much as a person receiving the ‘$15 wage’.
People Come To You
The best part of affiliate marketing is that people come to your site and read your content. You don’t have to ‘leave your house’ to work so to speak. The more people that come to your site the more potential for income you have and we are not even talking about if the income is one time or reoccurring.
One-Time Or Reoccurring?
Another thing to consider: Is that ‘5%’ a one time purchase or reoccurring? There is a big difference between the two and it is one of the affiliate marketing secrets.
If the income is one time you would receive the $15 only once. However if the income was reoccurring; like some affiliate programs; then you would make $15 PLUS $15 every month after!
See the difference, and you could potentially earn all that just having a website.
Wait, I Can Do That With Just A Website?
If you put in the work and always choose QUALITY over quantity. You can easily make $1,000s a month. However how much you make and how often you make it depends on you.
Easy Way vs. The Right Way
Some ‘GURU’s out there want you to ‘outsource’ your content to sites like ‘Fiverr’ and have it done for you ‘the easy way’.
The Easy Way
I started out doing things the ‘easy way’ outsourcing my content and yes it still generates income, but only low hundreds for three sites (less then $400) combined.
That will yield results and may generate an income, but TRUE Affiliate Marketers are entrepreneurs and would rather do it ‘the right way’.
The Right Way
The right way is from professionals and people actually going through the affiliate marketing process and not some ‘guru’ who only sends you ’emails’ offering more ‘products and services’. The right way is a process.
It is a process that everyone is capable of doing, it just requires you to take action and work hard.
Affiliate Marketing: Website Design
Creating a website is very fast and easy to do in today’s world. However if you are an affiliate marketer you need to know how to properly start designing your website so you can make money.
Affiliate Marketing website design is often overlooked by most beginners who think they can ‘wing it’. You can try that method, but the method outlined in this article will get you more results.
How To Start An Affiliate Marketing Website
In order to start a website you must get 4 things done:
- Pick A Niche
- Pick A Domain Name
- Get Web Hosting
- Building Your Website
I will briefly go over each of these. If you have not done these 4 things please click on the links provided and you be shown how to complete them.
Step 1: Pick A Niche aka ‘Choose Your Direction
In this step you have to choose your niche aka ‘choose your direction’. So first ask yourself some of the following questions:
- Who do you want to help?
- Who do you want to market to?
- What ‘help’ do you want to offer?
- What products/services do you want to tell people about?
You’re In Control
What niche you choose is completely up to you, you in control of this process from beginning to end. The direction you decide to go in will impact how much success you have in the long run.
Since I want to help people learn how to earn money online I have decided to create a site called earnawayyourdebt.com. Where you ‘Learn & Earn Your Way To Online Success’.
Overtime this site will become an authority site in How to learn & earn your way to online success.
If you need help on picking a niche you can read my article ‘How To Find A Niche‘.
Now it’s your turn, pick a direction and pick a niche. I know you can do it, but you have to actually pick a direction and a niche.
Step 2: Create your Website
In this step you create your website and with 1 program you can do all the following:
- Pick A Domain Name
- Get Web Hosting
- Build Your Website
The program I am talking about is called SiteRubix. SiteRubix takes all the guesswork out of creating and building a website.
To learn More & Create Your Site
To learn more about SiteRubix please read my FULL REVIEW.
To see a detailed step by step tutorial of SiteRubix and begin using it to build your site click HERE.
Ready To Start Building Your Site?
Now that you know that one program can do it all what are you waiting for? Start using SiteRubix to build your affiliate marketing site!
Once you have built your site it is time to start organizing and add content to your site.
Deleting ‘Sample Content’ & Updating Your Site
Step 1: Delete The ‘Sample’ Content
Comes Standard On Every Website
The following comes standard on every new website that is created:
- Sample Page
- Sample Comment
- Sample Post
Delete The ‘Dummy’ Stuff
Since these three things are just ‘samples’ they are useless and must be deleted. I am going to show right now how to delete these 3 things.
Deleting The Sample Page
In your WordPress Dashboard click on the ‘Pages’ icon and you will be taken a place where all of your pages (either complete or drafts) are. Bring the mouse over to the ‘sample page’ and a menu will come up.
Click on the ‘trash’ link and your sample page will be deleted.
Now let’s do the same type of steps for the ‘sample post’ and ‘sample comment’.
Deleting The Sample Post
Click on the ‘posts’ icon and you will be taken to the place where all your posts are. Bring the mouse over to the same page and a menu will come up.
Click on the ‘trash’ link and your sample post will be deleted.
Deleting The Sample Comment
Click on the ‘comments’ icon and you will be taken to a place where all of the comments your site receives are stored.
Move the mouse over to the ‘sample comment’ and just like the last two click on the ‘trash’ icon.
Let The Deleting Begin
Take action and let the deleting begin. Get rid of all of the ‘sample content’ and get ready to check for updates.
Step 2: Check For Updates, Update Accordingly
Check For Updates
It is important that once you delete you ‘sample’ content that you check for updates to your theme, plugins, wordpress, etc.
If you see updates that are needed just click on them and click on ‘update’ and the siftware will be updated.
If there is no updates then you can move on to the next part of how to start an affiliate marketing website: Activating Plugins!
Activate Your Plugins
Step 1: Activate The 2 Pre-installed Plugins On Your Site
SiteRubix Already Installed Them
Since you just used SiteRubix you will have two plugins already installed & they are:
- EWWW Image Optimizer
- All-In-One SEO
Let’s Activate Those Plugins!
To activate these two plugins you first click on the ‘plugins’ icon on your side menu dashboard in WordPress.
You will be taken to these plugins. Once there ‘check’ both of them in their boxes and click ‘activate’.
After you have clicked ‘activate’ a button will come that says ‘apply’, click that and you’re done!
Now it’s time to set up your All-In-One SEO plugin and get your site ready for the visitors and Google.
Step 2: Set Up Your All-In-One SEO Plugin
In the last step you activated both of the plugins and now we are going to further set up the All-In-One SEO plugin. This plugin will help you achieve success in terms of traffic and rankings, so it is important that it be set up right.
Setting it Up
- First scroll over ‘All in One SEO’ and click ‘General Settings’
- Scroll down to the ‘Home Page Settings’
Add Your Title
This is where you will add your website title and a description of your site.
The ideal length of the title should be between 45-60 characters. The description should be 140-160 characters long.
To learn why the title and descriptions shouldn’t be more then that, please read my article SEO Guide: Beginners.
- Next you scroll down to ‘Keyword Settings’ and click ‘Enabled’
- Finally scroll down to ‘Update Options’ and click on it.
No Need To Update To ‘Pro’
The All-In-One SEO plugin has an option to upgrade to ‘Pro’, but I don’t recommend that. The FREE version will do just fine and sometimes the free version is simply the best.
Update Your All-In-One SEO Plugin
Now it’s time for you to update you All-In-One SEO plugin and follow the steps I have just outline. Doing these simple steps will pay off BIG TIME in the future. So just do it.
Now it’s time for the final section of this article: Creating Your First 3 Pieces Of Content!
Create Your First 2 Pieces Of Content!
Step 1: Create A ‘About Me’ Post
In this first step I will be showing you how to create your first piece of content; the ‘About Me’ post. This post is to inform your visitors who you are and what your site is all about.
Some Advice To Follow
The length of this post can be as long as you want it to be. However here are a few pieces of advice to follow when creating this page:
- Minimum of 90-100 words
- Give a brief description of yourself
- Give a brief description of why you set up your site.
- Tell in a few words how the website will you the visitor.
Review Your Work
After you have created you first post make sure to spell check it for mistakes and grammar. After you do that just click ‘publish’.
Get To Work
Now it’s time for you to get to work creating your first piece of content the ‘About Me’ post. Once you have created this piece of content the next step will be to….
This required to be created and posted within your site. How and where you want to have it up to you.
Have It In Plain Sight
Now It’s Your Turn
Congratulations on your new site that you have built by following along to this tutorial! Your website is on it’s way to making you money, but you must continue to add new pieces of content frequently.
Remember the more content that you add that is unique, engaging & relevant the more your site will gain traffic and traffic equals money.
I hope this article has helped you to learn how to start an affiliate marketing website using this free affiliate marketing website design layout I have provided.
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