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How to build an affiliate website FREE – The steps

How to build an affiliate website free
What you need to know

You can build an affiliate website for free. Of course you know that your going to need a website and have it hosted. That is usually the cost, or out of pocket expense that you have. But before I show you where to go to get your free site and have it hosted free, you need to have a few things planned out.

First, do you have a business plan? We plan ahead for so many things in our lives, why not something as important as going into business. Time will be the first part you should plan. When can you spare the time to build your site? How much time can you devote to your business?

You need to define your niche. What is it your thinking of marketing? Are you passionate about it? Your going to be writing a lot of content, articles and reviews about this niche and related products, make sure your not going to get bored or discouraged. Lets get into how to build an affiliate website using your niche. 

It has to be a focused niche. If your thinking coffee makers, good direction but not focused enough. 1 cup coffee makers is getting focused. There are many types, makes, models and brands of them so maybe choose a particular brand.

One cup espresso makers, now that is a focused niche. You may choose to focus on a particular brand that is going to be releasing a new improved machine. Now you can write reviews of the one your promoting against a different brand. Reviews are big in affiliate marketing. A review outline is below.

Now, once you have your business plan and have a focused niche, you will need to create a name for your business. Your name is important as it is your identity online, but its not going to be as important as your page titles. You name should be relevant to your business, have a keyword in it.

Before you throw any name into the field below and get a free site, use the free keyword link below this paragraph and you’ll get 30 free keyword searches. Put your idea name into it in different ways and see the results. When you find something you like, then go to the free website host below and see if your name is available.

Before you register your name, get it worded right
Search your domain name IDEA here first
You’ll get 30 searches FREE

 

Once you have searched your name idea for free, its time to create your domain name. Make sure your idea is grammatically correct, is relevant to your business idea. You should have 2-3 ideas for a name before you try them in the link below.

If your name is available, you will be brought to a dashboard of the hosting site and I would suggest 2 things that you should do.

  1. Write a small profile: There is a Hugh community of like minded individuals there with a live chat room running along the right side. You may have a quick question to ask, so if you jump into the chat room, people will know who you are. Just say hello, tell them your new and have a question. You will then see how eager everyone there is willing to help.
  2. Click on the Affiliate Bootcamp tab: Its along the left side of the dashboard and start your lessons. Watch the introductory video and learn your way around, start building pages for your site and get focused on the direction your headed.

Once your signed up and have your name, you
will get all the information and training you need.
The following is just for reference

Now you have to add some pages to your site and start writing some content. It usually at this point people get a little panicky wondering what kind of pages they can build. Don’t worry, once you let your mind wonder about your idea (niche), you will come up with a lot of page ideas.

The most important part of a page is the title. Think of a previous search you did for something on line. When you see the listed results of your search, the headers (top lines) of those results, are page titles and not the website name. Take a look at the image below, the blue underlined headers are page titles. The website (domain) names are in green

   Lets build some pages to sell a new coffee maker

The niche (idea) here is a one cup espresso maker. That is your niche and you already have your domain name and its hosted. Your a coffee lover, and a new single cup espresso coffee maker has just come out and you want to build an affiliate site to sell them.

So you:
1. Have your niche (sell coffee makers)
2. Have your domain name (website name)
3. Have your site hosted (all for free)

Now to the pages I’m just going to brainstorm here:

1. Home page (landing page)
2. Privacy page (provided by hosting site)
3. About me page (give your site personality)
4. Review pages (4 or 5 pages, maybe more)
5. #1 recommended page (page dedicated to the coffee maker your promoting)
6. Top coffee picks page (2/3 pages to sell the coffee to use in the coffee maker)
7. Coffee cup page (cups and mugs, travel mugs, thermos, etc.)
8. Visitor interactive page (where your visitors can exchange ideas of coffee’s)
9. Recipe’s page (1/2 pages of Hot and cold coffee recipe’s)

Please understand the importance of page titles

Within 5 minutes of writing here, we have come up with a total of 16 pages already and you can add to that maybe selling some regular coffee makers, cappuccino makers, etc. Everything you want to sell should have a review page or comparison page. You will find more and more page ideas will pop into your head as you go along.

Each page idea should be searched with a keyword search platform. You want your page title to be grammatically correct and include a keyword or keyword phrase. Whatever keyword you use, you want to include it in the first paragraph of your content on that page. Better for ratings.

When you write reviews on products, there are certain things you need to have. I have a list I put together on the most important parts of a review.

  • Product name – self explanatory
  • Website – Provide the name
  • owners – Their names and how long in business
  • price – You want to provide the best price here with a link to your affiliate
  • overall ranking –  Based on your review (0-100)
  • General overview – 2-3 paragraphs about the product, Feature/function/benifits
  • Pro’s – Con’s – 4/5 of each or mostly Pro’s
  • Who is product for
  • Who would benefit
  • Competitive product * see below
  • My opinion – your take on how you personally feel about the product.

If your doing a comparison review, include about the same information on that product as well. You also want to include a link for someone to buy that competitive product in case they want it instead of what your promoting. Don’t leave money on the table as they say.

When your going to write a review, before you name the page (title it), make sure you do keyword searches to find out what would be the best page title for that review. You want a title that is being searched for in google and Bing.  

The content you write on each of these pages, should be informative, helpful and interesting to your visitor. Make sure you read “know your customer” (there are 2 parts to that) which will help you in writing the content on your pages. Write your content like your standing right in front of your visitor speaking to them. Don’t try to be perfect the first time your writing, you will be going over it many times and fine tuning it. 

The Affiliate programs

Just about any item you can think of will have an affiliate program attached to it. Some of the programs are direct, meaning you have to go directly to the company (like amazon, Walmart) to sign up for their program. As you may have heard, Amazon has one of the best affiliate programs today. You can sign up for the Amazon affiliate program here.

The links below are where you can sign up for other affiliate programs. I am not affiliated with any of them even though I do belong to a few. This is where you find other companies that offer affiliate programs. At each one of these you’ll find tens of thousands of companies that offer affiliate programs.

(1) Commission Junction
(2) Affiliate Window
(3) Clickbank
(4) ShareASale
(5) LinkShare

Some other steps to understand

Understand the use of internal and external links. Your going to using external links to sell your products your promoting and they should not be on every page. Most of your external links should be on your review pages. I’m not saying you can’t have external links on a lot or all your pages, but they should be limited. Read through my information on links so you’ll understand how search engines rate them.

You’ll want to add social media icons to your site and sign up to each of them. This is also going to get you more exposure, website recognition and more traffic. [Read More]

When your at this stage, you’ll want to get an email campaign set up.Here you’ll be capturing email addresses through the use of a sign-up form on your site. [Read More]

Your going to need some final tests for your site. Make sure all your links (internal and external) are working properly. Any prices your quoting are up to date and accurate. [Read More

Make sure the comment sections on each page are active and working right. You want interaction on your site, its good for the SEO’s and you also want to know what your visitors are thinking. Answer any questions they might have right away.

There are full details of every step you need to take while building a website of any kind on my site. The pages listed along the top and the right side should give you more than enough details about building your new Affiliate website.

I hope this information was useful,
I wish you all the best to your success

Doug

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