If you are reading this post, you most probably want to know how to build an affiliate marketing website using WordPress.
I believe that one should always try the free options before you jump in and pay, just like you would take a car for a test-drive before you buy it.
WordPress offers a very limited free option, but it is great for beginners.
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Create Your WordPress Account
The first thing you need to do is to create your WordPress account. Once you have created your account, you log in and you are ready to start building.
If you want to make a success of your business, I would advise that you do your research and choose your niche and a name for your business before you start building your site. If you would like to read more about choosing a niche, you can read my blog post “Find A Niche For A Blog And Build A Lasting Online Business”
Creating Your Website
It is really simple to build a website with WordPress.
Step One – Let’s Create A Site
After logging in to your account, you simply select the icon with the + sign on the top menu, which will take you to the “Let’s create a site” page.
On this page, you will need to complete the following:
- The name you chose for your business
• What your site will be about i.e. fashion or travel or internet marketing
• What the primary goal of your website will be – Here you will have to choose out of the following options:
* Share ideas, experiences, updates, reviews, stories, videos or photos
* Promote your business, skills, organization or events
* Offer education, training or mentoring
* Sell products or collect payments
* Showcase your portfolio
Once you have completed the above, you simply click continue, which will take you to the following page where you will have to choose a domain name.
Step Two – Let’s Give Your Site An Address
On this page, you need to fill in the name of your company. Once you have done so, WordPress will do an automatic search to see if your company name is available as a domain name. The system will instantly give you different options, both paid and free. The free options will be generic and look something like thehonestaffiliate618114210.wordpress.com
You are more than welcome to choose a paid option, my preferred paid option is BlueHost, but for the purpose of this post, I chose the free option.
Step Three – Pick A Plan That’s Right For You
WordPress offers 4 different plans to choose from.
- Personal – $4 per month which is billed annually or every two years.
This option is best for personal use. All WordPress advertising can be removed and you get access to high-quality email as well as live chat support.
- Premium – $8 per month which is also billed either annually or every two years.
This option is best for entrepreneurs or freelancers. With this option, you can build a website with advanced tools, CSS editing, lots of space for audio and video and last but definitely not least, the ability to monetize your site with ads.
- Business – $25 per month which is billed annually or every two years. This option is best for small businesses. With this option, you can utilize custom plugins and themes, unlimited theme templates, Google Analytics support, unlimited storage and the ability to remove WordPress.com branding completely.
- Free – $0 for life! This option has a few disadvantages. You only get one WordPress sub-domain name, you cannot choose your domain name, you cannot remove WordPress advertising from your site and you only have access to limited resources. The advantage though is that it is FREE, you get a free website and your site can be ready to start creating content in only a few minutes.
Once you have chosen your plan, WordPress creates your website with an organic theme that you can change if you want to.
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Step Four – Customizing Your Website
Once you have reached the third step, you can customize your website by selecting the WordPress icon on the top left corner of the page.
With the free option, you can do the following:
- You can manage your site pages, blog posts, and media
• You can customize your theme, with limited access to different themes
• You can view your site stats
• You can add people and domains
Setting up a WordPress website literally only takes a few minutes and you do not need any technical expertise.
Once you have set up your website, the real work starts. You need to build out your website in order for the web crawlers of the search engines, Google, in particular, to find your website and index it.
Things To Do To Get Your Website Indexed
In order for your website to show up in the search results on the different search engines, there is a couple of things you need to do.
Firstly, you need to create content and publish new posts on a regular base. The more content you publish, the bigger the chance that Google will index your site.
Secondly, it is important NOT to plaster your posts with affiliate links. The clever thing to do is to create a sales page or post with affiliate links. Then you can add links to your sales page in your other content. This way Google will see that you also find your content valuable.
Thirdly, do NOT publish duplicate content. If Google finds duplicate content on your site, chances are that they will not index your site, so stay original. You are a unique individual with unique views on things, so create content that is unique and shows who you are.
Google also looks at your site health when the web crawlers visit your site. Your site health is determined by how often your post content, how many pages you have and how many posts you have. If you are active on your site and if you get good feedback.
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