So, you want to learn how to build a website for affiliate marketing and start making money online? Good for you! It’s never been so easy to make money online than it is today. If you’ve never built a website before, it can seem pretty daunting, but don’t worry! You’re not going to have to learn any programming languages or pay anyone else to build it for you. You can do everything by yourself and it can all be set up pretty quickly. Let’s start with getting a domain name and a hosting plan.
“What’s a domain name and a hosting plan?!” I hear you ask. A domain name is simply the URL for your website. For example, the domain name for this website is “TurboMonty.net”. A hosting plan is required for your affiliate marketing website to be accessible to the internet. Think of your domain name like being your house and your hosting plan like being the street your house is on.
Getting a domain name and a hosting plan set up can be done very quickly and easily. There’s plenty of hosting services out there but I recommend you use bluehost.com. With this link, you get a free domain name for your first year, free SSL certificate and discounted hosting service for 36 months so it’s a very good hosting service to go for if you’re on a budget. You can also install WordPress with a single click, which means it’s super easy to get your affiliate marketing website up and running and start adding content. They offer 24/7 live chat support too, just in case you run into any issues.
Here’s a quick step by step guide on how to build a website for affiliate marketing with Bluehost and how to get WordPress installed:
Once you have your basic WordPress site set up, congrats! You have your very first affiliate marketing website live on the web! Now you can start thinking about themes for your new site. WordPress has hundreds of free templates you can use but I recommend looking online for some others because the default ones tend to be quite slow. I’d recommend taking a look at mythemeshop.com, they have a bunch of great themes to choose from and if you have a bit of spare cash, you can buy one of the premium ones but the free ones work just fine too. Just make sure your chosen theme suits the content that you’re planning on providing on your website.
Once you’ve chosen your theme, download it and upload it to your WordPress site under Appearance > Themes. Now you can start providing content relevant to your niche that you’ve chosen to promote products in!
You’ll probably want to start with adding a page or a post to your site. Pages are for things like your homepage or an about me page, they’re not essential if you just want to write blog articles but they work as awesome landing pages for your site. Posts are articles in your blog, just like this one. It’s where most of your content will be written.
To add a page, hover over “Pages” in your WordPress dashboard and click “Add New”:
To add a post, hover over “Posts” in your WordPress dashboard and click “Add New”:
I hope you enjoyed and learned from this step-by-step guide on how to build a website for affiliate marketing. If you’d like to learn more about how to build a website for affiliate marketing and starting an online affiliate marketing business, I have a free e-book you can sign up for here. It reveals the 7 steps you can take to turn your passion into a profitable online business, starting with finding your niche.
Check back here soon for more articles on building your online business, including building an email list and how to drive traffic to your blog so stay tuned!