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A Beginner’s Guide to Building an Affiliate Niche Site

 

Building an Affiliate Niche Site

Today, we are gonna build our new websites (blogs) for our affiliate marketing business. And building a website is pretty easy these days with something called WordPress, and you don’t have to pay all but $10ish.

So, I am going to assume that you have already chosen your niche. So if you haven’t yet, then you might wanna check out another guide on just how to do that.

Here is what we will be doing:

  • Choosing your domain name,
  • building the site,
  • setting up the site (WordPress),
  • and building out your first pages

So, why don’t we get started? OK!

Choosing a Domain Name

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when choosing domain names. Some of the more “popular” tips include:

  1. Make it easy to remember
  2. Make it keyword-rich OR brandable
  3. Keep it short
  4. Make it easy to spell, read, and say
  5. .com, .net, .org
  6. Avoid hypens and numbers

Now here’s my take on the 5:

  1. Having a domain name that is easy to remember is a must. What if someone forgets and ends at another site with a somewhat similar name? Bad!
  2. You can go either way with this one. I’ve seen successful keyword-rich domain names and the same with brandables. A keyword-rich domain name would look something like this, HowToMakeChocolateCake.com. As for a brandable domain name, ChocolateCakeMan.com or SuperCakes.com or even CakesWithJulian.com.
  3. Keeping it short is a good way to keep it memorable. Simple.
  4. Yeah, I know this is pretty much the same as making it easy to remember. So do it.
  5. My first choice would always be a .com because people tend to think that way. Like, if someone is told to go to a website they immediately think “somewebsite.com” right? But if it’s not available, go for a .net and a .org.
  6. Hyphens and numbers could be easy to forget. They can also make it easy to read. But, I think they make it more confusing. For example, how2-cre8cakes.com. You can easily forget where the hyphen and numbers are, right?

So, your main focus should be to make it easy to remember. And if I were to choose a domain name today, I would try to think of something brandable.

Building an Affiliate Marketing Website

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OK, now that you have chosen a niche and a domain name, it is time to register it. You can either choose to use a free website builder (recommended), or go straight to purchasing your domain name.

A few free site builders are:

  • SiteRubix
  • Weebly
  • Wix

There’s a bunch of them. . .

But in this post, I will be using SiteRubix as an example.

Anyway. . .

Here’s what to do:

Go to SiteRubix and type in your domain name and hit enter. It should then bring you to a page where you will create a free account and then you will:

  1. Select “free website”
  2. enter your domain name (again)
  3. Enter the NAME of your site
  4. Choose a THEME (layout/template)
  5. And click on the “build my website” button

And in less than a minute it will direct you to a page where you will have to log in. All you do here is click the “log me in” button. Then it will bring you to your wp-admin area (your back office).

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Setting up Your Site

OK, now it is time to set it up. The next thing you are gonna do is activate your plugins. To do this you are gonna go to your main menu (left side) and click on Plugins. Then activate each one of them.

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After you do that you are gonna delete all of the default stuff, the comment, the post (Hello World!), and the page (Sample Page). So, now you go over to your main menu and select “Pages,” and then you delete the sample page. Then you do the same with “Posts” and “Comments.”

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Building Out Your First Pages

After setting up the plugins and deleting the default stuff, you can now write your About page and your Privacy Policy page.

To create a new page you simply go over to your main menu, click (or hover over) “Pages,” then “Add New.”

Then you write your title (About Me/Privacy Policy). After that, you can start writing. The publish button is on the right and so is the “save draft” button if you wanna save it first.

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For your privacy policy page, you can search for examples on Google.

Write Your Very First Article (post)

Now that you have your About and Privacy Policy pages, write your first article (using a post) targeting your main keyword. Writing your first “official” article can be kinda intimidating for some people at first. I used to have the hardest writing a 300 word page and now I can write 1,000+ words no problem.

How? Well, first of all, before every post or page I write I come up with around 5 to 10 subheadings/subtopics. For example, say I wanna write an article on “top 5 places to get strollers for small dogs.” And I would do it like this:

Title – Top 5 places to get strollers for small dogs

Introduction – 50-100+ words

” Place #1″ – 100-300+ words

Pros vs. Cons, Pricing, Customer Reviews, The Shipping, etc.

“Place #2” – 100-300+ words

“Place #3” – 100-300+ words

“Place #4” – 100-300+ words

“place #5” – 100-300+ words

My Recommendation (and why?) – 100-200 words

The more information you write, the better. I always try to go into insane detail, and that way my readers will appreciate it more. Also, write as if you are talking to your friend. People love that!

So, here’s what I suggest you do (or at least try to do) when you’re creating content for your website:

  1. TRY to write a 2,000+ POST for your MAIN TARGETED KEYWORD
  2. TRY to write a 1,000+ POST for your OTHER KEYWORDS
  3. Add at least 1 image in every post or page you publish
  4. Always write in your own words
  5. Publish only unique, quality content

There are certain things you can not do too. Things like:

  • DO NOT (ever!) copy other people’s articles because Google will never put your stuff in their SERPS (search engine results page)
  • DO NOT use images from Google
  • DO NOT use the logos of any business/company

Start writing!

Conclusion

So now you’ve got your very own affiliate niche site set up.

So what now?

I’d recommend 2 things:

If you have questions or comments on building an affiliate marketing website, leave me a comment below or you can contact me directly.

Later days!

Julian
 

Julian is a blogger, an affiliate, and a niche explorer. He loves everything in internet marketing. He also runs other blogs, such as Blogging Aid, where you can go to learn how to take your blog to the next level. You can also find him sharing tips and resources on Twitter. So check him out.

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