The best and easiest and cheapest application which will enable us to build an affiliate site is Word Press which is completely free and is contained within most C-panel of the web hosting providers like host gator.
Building an affiliate website is a huge topic. Hundreds books have been written about it.
So it won’t be possible to teach you every last detail in this article. Instead i will focus on helping on building affiliate website using WordPress.
Before we started designing the site and fill it with content (posts and pages) we must take care a lot for the Affiliate Network.
I will explain what this means :affiliate network acts as an intermediary between publishers (affiliates=you and merchant affiliate programs.
It allows affiliate websites to participate in affiliate programs which are suitable for their website (and thus generate income from those programs), and allows merchants to reach a larger audience by promoting their products to all of the publishers participating in the affiliate network.
So when you participate in affiliate network you can see lot of products (in a form of adds and banners) which you can use by copying the link exists there and paste it in your affiliate site , easy, right!
There are a lot of affiliate networks, here are some of:
ClickBank, shareAsale, CJ, Amazon, Rakuten LinkShare … etc.
It is so easy to participate in , you need only to sign up and give them basic information then you will take a look and see what there are in the marketplace there.
You can Notice that many companies administer their affiliate schemes themselves (without Affiliate Network), so try at looking for links saying “partners” or “affiliates” on company websites so you can reach them directly.
The products you promote on your site are what will make your money, so you need to choose your affiliate networks carefully. Here are few tips:
1. The product you promote must tie in with the content on your site(it´s useless to promote for cosmetics when your site content is about learning a golf !).
2. Look after high commission items only as it is much better than wasting your time in low-profitable products(you will get all related information of each product from the Affiliate Network).
3. Recurring commissions are always a good thing! so you will get money each time the customer buy from this product (some products can become like a gold mine).
4. so back to the Word Press, lets do it from the beginning again!
As mentioned before: firstly you need an address for your website (a domain), and a place to host your website (Web hosting service).
I recommend HostGator as your Web host and will continue describing the site building lesson depending on Host gator c-panel (here you can learn how to sign up and register a domain name in hostgator).
Then you will install WordPress.
Now that WordPress has been installed onto your Web space, we can get down to our main target: building an affiliate site.
Look at the WordPress dashboard where you control all the content and functionality within your website:
First of all, we are going to change the appearance of your site by installing a theme.
Installing a theme:
Now, we need to choose a suitable theme for your affiliate site. For the purposes of this guide, i am going to demonstrate using the “Twenty Thirteen” theme that comes with a standard WordPress installation. This has a wide right-hand sidebar, which is ideal for placing adverts.
However, eventually you will probably want to choose a better theme for your site.
Affiliate websites need plenty of space to insert adverts. You can also place adverts within the content of posts, but sidebars are useful so that you can have ads that appear in a static location on every page.
For now, let’s switch your WordPress site to the “Twenty Thirteen” theme:
c. You will now see a screen showing all the themes available to you, complete with previews:
d. Note that there is also an “Add New Theme” option. This is what you would select if you found or purchased a theme of your own. Usually, you would download the theme as a ZIP file, and upload it after selecting this option.
e. For now, we are just going to switch to the “Twenty Thirteen” theme, so click the “Activate” button that shows when you hover over it:
f. The theme is automatically installed. If you click the “visit site” link, you will immediately see how much your site has changed..
Placing first advertisement
With your theme now installed, let’s put an advert in the sidebar. As stated earlier, you will need to have an affiliate account set up before moving on to this part. With thousands of different affiliate schemes out there, showing you exactly what to do is beyond the scope of this article.
But essentially, each affiliate will give you a choice of adverts, from text links to large banners. They will then provide you with a short snippet of HTML code that you need to insert the advert.
All you then need to do is copy this code into your website to show to ad.
I will now show you how to place it in the sidebar, but you could also place it within a blog post, or anywhere else on the site.
1- From the WordPress dashboard, hover over “Appearance” and click “Widgets.”
2- On the next screen, find the section labelled “secondary widget area”, shown with a green arrow in the screenshot below. The “secondary widget area” in this theme refers to the right hand side bar, but it’s important to note that every theme is different. Once you use a theme of your own, consult the documentation to see which area refers to which part of your site layout.
3- On the same page, locate the “Text” widget from the list of “available widgets.” The text widget allows you to enter free form text or any HTML code. Drag the “Text” widget to the “secondary widget area,” as shown in the screenshot.
4- Next, paste the advertising code you have taken from your Affiliate Network (see above) into the space indicated with the red arrow. Then click the blue “save” icon.
5- Finally click on your domain name in the top left of the dashboard, and select “Visit site.” You should then see your new advert in the sidebar.
You have now placed your first ad, and leaned the basics of how to place affiliate ads on your site.
Before you start to publicise your site, there are some things you will want to do. As you will have seen, WordPress installs some demo content that you’ll want to get rid of, and there are a few other things to think about too. Here is a list of suggestions:
- Delete the “Hello World” post.
- Delete the “Sample Page” page.
- If your theme lets you have a custom home page (not showing blog posts), then create a new page according to the guide for your theme, and then go to Settings > Reading, and set it as your home page.
- Create an “About” page. This is where you should place key information about you or your company.
- Make sure you provide a way for readers or customers to get in touch with you. You may choose to use a contact form plugin for this (Contact Form 7 Plugin).
- From the dashboard, go to Settings > Permalinks, and change the Permalink setting to “Postname.” This makes it easier for the search engines to index your new posts.
Plugins extend the functionality of your site, and you’re sure to find them for anything you want to achieve. However, try not to get too carried away, as an excess of plugins will slow down your site.
Here is a list of a few plugins that you may wish to install them, including a couple that are specifically aimed at affiliate marketers. You can find plugins on the WordPress site here. Most come with full instructions, but essentially all you need to do to install each one is download it to your computer, then go to PLUGINS > ADD NEW on your WordPress dashboard, and point to the plugin’s ZIP file – just like installing a theme!
Akismet. If your site becomes popular, it will become a target for spammers, Akismet is a decent free system to stop some of the spam in its tracks.
Contact Form 7. Surprisingly, WordPress doesn’t come with a contact form function out of the box. Contact Form 7 is well featured and free.
Word press SEO Yoast.which Optimizes your WordPress blog for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
Affilinker. This clever plugin allows you to automatically add affiliate links to post text, based on keywords.
What will do for now is adding more and more content to your site, the more valuable content you have the more attractive site you will get.
You need finally to make as much people as you can visit your site, the more visitors you get the more possible buyers to the products you promote and the more money you will get in your pocket!