How To Create An Affiliate Website: If you are new to the internet, you may be wondering what is an affiliate website. An affiliate website is a website that promotes other people’s products. When someone buys that product, you receive a commission. If you sell a clickbank product, you can receive 50% to 75% commission.
How To Create An Affiliate Website
The best way to create an affiliate website is to simplify the process. I generally break it into four easy steps – choose a niche, create a website, drive traffic and promote products. Let’s look at each of these steps in order to understand the process.
1. Choose a Niche
When it comes to creating an affiliate website, you need to choose a niche that you are passionate about – a niche that interests you.
If you are passionate about photography, you could create an affiliate website around the topic of photography. Passion usually leads to success.
If you have thought of something right now, do a little research to see if there is a market available for your interest.
2. Create a Website
I would suggest that you learn how to create an affiliate website with WordPress. WordPress is an online, open source website creation software. It is free and you can download WORDPRESS and upload it to your web-hosting account.
WordPress have free themes and premium themes. I would suggest that you purchase a PREMIUM WORDPRESS THEME because the creators of the theme usually provide in-depth instructions for customization of your website.
Also WordPress has many free plugins to customize your website. These plugins make it easy for your website to function well. If you want your website to rank with Google, Bing or Yahoo, you can use a plugin for SEO. Yoast SEO is the best plugin for this and it is free.
To learn how to create an affiliate website, you will need a web-hosting plan and a domain name. Web-hosting plans are easily sourced and reasonably priced. The domain name will be the name of your website. For example you could us the following name relating to your photography affiliate website – www.bestcamerabuys.com. You will need to register your domain name for a small fee.
3. Drive Traffic to Your Website
There are only two types of website traffic – free traffic and paid traffic.
To get free traffic to your website, you will need to build a content-based affiliate website. That is you create a website around an interest or niche and you provide information that is relevant to that interest or niche. Also the content of an affiliate website uses KEYWORDS to drive free organic traffic via Google, Bing and Yahoo. Whatever your interest or niche is, there are KEYWORDS that you use to build content and these KEYWORDS are what people search for in Google, Bing and Yahoo.
If you create a website about photography, then there are relevant KEYWORDS that people search for which you can use to build content around and drive traffic to your website. For example you can provide information about “how to take sky blue photographs?” or “best Nikon lenses for portrait photography.” The list of keywords are endless.
For example you could create a website around an interest in backyard chicken coops. As you provide information about backyard chicken coops on your website, you could promote Clickbank products like chicken coop plans or you could promote Amazon chicken coop products. When people click on the promotional ads on your website and purchase the products, you will receive a commission from the sale.
Free traffic from Google, Bing and Yahoo usually is the product of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), article marketing (blogging) and social networking (Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Etc. Etc). This is why I suggest creating a WordPress website is the best way to go because you can add plugins to your WordPress website for SEO and social networking. These plugins do the hard yards for you with ease.
You can also place an opt-in form on your affiliate website. The opt-in form is based around a free gift which allows you to build an email list of potential customers. Once your email list grows, you can sent promotional emails to your potential customers with affiliate products that may interest them. You will need to purchase and Email Autoresponder like AWEBER.
Paid traffic is more for those who have mastered converting visitors to customers. If you are new to the internet, I would suggest you start with free traffic and learn the ropes before graduating to paid traffic. If you don’t understand the process of paid traffic, you can easily spent a lot of money for little return.
4. Promote Products
Once you have your affiliate website up and running, you will need to find good affiliate products to promote. I suggest you promote those products that you have tested or use yourself.
This website is basically an information website. However, when I provide information about making money online, there are opportunities to promote affiliate products. For example, in this article I promote a KEYWORD research tool called LONG-TAIL-PRO. The reason I promote this affiliate product is because most internet marketers need a keyword research tool and Long-Tail-Pro is a great keyword research tool.
You need to let your affiliate products be a natural part of your website. If you are writing about creative photography and you have an affiliate product relating to creative photography, then place a link to that product.
To learn how to create an affiliate website is not that difficult. I would suggest that you follow the four steps: choose a niche, create a website, drive traffic and promote products.
The only way you will learn is to start right now. Go purchase a web-hosting plan and register a domain name. Download WORDPRESS and upload to your web-hosting account. Choose a WordPress theme and start building your affiliate website. Remember, enjoy the journey because is can be fun making money online!