Building a Website – Start Affiliate Marketing Today II

In this article we are going to examine building a website. There are many ways to do this: write your own code, use any of hundreds of proprietary site building softwares, hire it done. I am going to discuss the most common solution, it is also the easiest.

I am talking about WordPress. If you would like more information on WP in general I recommend that you read the overview on Wikipedia. Do it later… Right now, let’s get your site up and running.

You will choose the way your site looks with themes, and set how it does things with plugins. Don’t worry about all of the terms and techno-babble, you will pick up what you need as we progress. This is the reason you should use WordPress, it is easily done by anyone with basic computer skills.

Here are the basic expenses:

Number 1Domain Name – approximately $14 per year. Always deals here, stay with GoDaddy if your are new, You can also usually get a domain name from your hosting provider, but GoDaddy is easier to find new names and is helpful in the process.

Number 2Hosting – approximately $5 per month (only use cPanel based hosting, again the most common). There are many options out there for hosting, there’s cheap and there’s cheap, if you know what I mean. Shop around. Two great options (I host sites with both): HostGator and KVC

HostGator - Penny Hosting To Build A Website

Number 3That’s it… really that’s all you need to get started in building a website. That’s the beauty of WordPress based sites. You will find hundreds if not thousands of themes and plug ins for sale, but there are so very many that are free, and very effective. You do not have to spend more money here. I will be covering useful plugins later so stay in touch.

The actual steps involved in building a website will be as follows:

  • Have your content ready in folders you can easily find. If you are new to this I would suggest making a folder on your desktop with your domain name as the folder name. Inside that folder make three other folders: Images, Articles, Links
    • Images obviously will contain the visual elements you want on your site. Stay with .jpg , .jpeg , .gif , and .png  file types.
    • Articles will have the text you wish to have on site. Have a minimum of three good articles ready, five is better, and ten would be best!
    • Links in this you will keep the links and codes you wind up with, advertising banners, autoresponder forms, Google Adsense, FaceBook… etc. Don’t be concerned about the sound of that, you will be glad to have everything concerning your site in one location, and you will know the reason for what things you file here.
  • Now let’s put the domain name and hosting together and get our site up. Once your hosting is set up, Log into your cPanel.

cPanel-Log-In

It will look something like this.

  • After logging in you will be at your main control panel.  Scroll to the bottom until you find Softaculus Apps Installer then find and click the little WordPress icon –

WordPress logo

  • You will find yourself here, just click the install now button in the lower right part of the screen.

WordPress Install

  • You will be taken to a screen to put in the basic set up and naming for your site. It will look something like the following:

WordPress Install

The most important thing here is to consider when building a website here is what directory you want your blog to be in. For instance, if you wish your blog to be on the main directory you would leave the “in directory” field empty. So your blog would show up in “http://mydomain.com”.

Use this option for now and we will cover other options later.

Under Site Settings put in the site name and a short description using keywords if possible. If unsure about keywords do not let that slow you down. This can be changed later and SEO (search engine optimization) will be covered in following articles.

Softaculous WP Site Name and AdminIn the Admin Account put in your username and password – do better than “admin” for the user name and keep in mind that the better the password the better the security. Remember, this will be your log in information for the site so write it down.

You will also want to put in an email address using the username you decided on.  You will have to set up this email address through your c-panel and don’t forget to check it regularly!

Now pick a theme as shown in the photo below, you can change it later!

Softaculous WP Install Finish

Now scroll down and click the final Install button and you are done!

An installation confirmation window will show up next to verify your new site and it is time to log in and start affiliate marketing!

Softaculous WP Install Confirmation

Hope this is helpful. Keep in mind, different browsers can show things differently and you may find a different path to install WordPress on your particular c-panel. Read your screen carefully and you will find it actually is click through easy to build a website.

If you have any questions just leave them in the comment section.

So Let’s Start Affiliate Marketing Today

Let me just say before we start – you can do this. It may seem confusing if you are totally new to online marketing, but that is just because it is new.

There are three simple strategies you need to focus on.

  1. Find affiliate products.

  2. Send targeted traffic.

  3. Make affiliate cash on the run.

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Let’s break it down a little further.

Step #1: Choosing a profitable niche.

People bog down on this being the first step. Do not let this be a stumbling block. All it means is you need to narrow your focus so that when you start on the following steps you have an actionable direction. By way of example – this blog in in the online marketing niche > digital products > affiliate marketing > how to be an affiliate marketer.

It could be anything, online marketing > digital products > pets > dogs > dog training  –  This now gives you some idea on how to proceed with the next step.

  • Considerations:
    1. Do a little checking to make sure it is a profitable niche.
    2. Going with a niche you have a real interest in always makes things easier, just make sure the first consideration holds. Snail breeding may be a passion of yours, it may be somewhat difficult to make money from it however.
    3. Don’t let this slow you down. Don’t feel you know enough to determine this? Fine, pick online marketing – always money there, and you can follow along easier and let’s get you to making money with affiliate products.

Step #2: Website set-up.

Don’t skip this. Yes, you can market online without one, but you need to be better at marketing in general. Having your own online real estate will make things so much easier. Even a free Blogger blog or free WordPress blog is better than nothing, but be careful to stay within the rules.

Power Tip: Use the Blogger platform and concentrate on good content….Google loves their own blogs!

Still, if you can, get your own domain name and hosting to start. Then there are no rules, and this will make so many things easier. As in having a place to host your advertising images, that’s just one example by the way.

As a great low cost hosting solution, c-panel based (which you very much want), with great support try HostGatorthat link will get you a 1 penny first month.

You will also be able to get your domain name there. Or you can get the domain name at GoDaddy, the giant in the industry and they make the domain search process much easier. You can also get professional hosting there.

You must get an autoresponder. The solutions for this are legion so I am going to suggest two possibilities that I use. The first is a total package that can be a primary business for you – get autoresponder, hosting, domain in one fell swoop and have a total business to promote that has full support and marketing training/tools, GVO. The second is a low cost solution: European Safelist – take the Pro upgrade and you will have an easy to use autoresponder for around 10 bucks a month.

Step #3: Choosing the right affiliate products.

This is easier than you might think. Go to the big dog in affiliate marketing marketplaces: Clickbank.comLook for what they call high gravity products within your chosen niche.

Step #4: Follow-up messages

This will be the messages you load into your autoresponder to help automate the marketing process to those folks that have signed up to your burgeoning list! Way to much information to cover effectively cover in a short blog post – Here is a very low cost tutorial that will more than get you started with your list building efforts: List Building Fire

Step #5: Drive targeted traffic to your squeeze page.

Another topic too complex to describe in a sound bite. Here’s a free 3 volume set that will give you an excellent grounding in what you need to do in order to get eyes on your offers/squeeze pages: http://funnel.startaffiliatemarketing.org/

Step #6: Sell affiliate products.

And start making online income – you will if do the work.

Step #7: Build a relationship with your audience.

This is the way you keep people interested in your offers that have opted in to you mailing list. This is very important to your long term success.

I will flesh out this topic more in future posts

Affiliate Marketing will work for you if you do the work! This is the lowest cost way to start your own business and can easily give you the means to an independent income online. Good luck and leave any questions you have in the comment section. I will respond!

Three Effective Strategies Every Affiliate Marketer Should Use

Everyone who starts affiliate marketing is looking for the successful
market that will return the most money. Many of them think there is
some magic formula involved that will lead to success for them. 'Tis
much more mundane than that. It is just good marketing practices
that have been proven to work over years of hard work and
dedication.

There are three strategies that have worked before with online
marketing and will continue to work for the foreseeable future. Here
are three such marketing strategies, which will be able to increase
your sales and make it possible for you to survive as an affiliate
marketer.

1. Use separate, unique web pages to promote each product you are
marketing. Do not lump all of it together just to save some money on
web hosting. While I know it can be daunting to think you should
spend more money when first starting out... keep it in mind, it is best
to have a site focusing on each and every product and nothing more.

Power Tip: Use sub-domains around a more generic domain
name when you are first starting out. Get a WordPress blog
set up on the domain, using it as your main web site and use
sub-domains around it to promote your products. Such as –
xyz.com is your domain and you set up a sales funnel on
abc.xyz.com .

Build Your Own Funnel Empire!

Done for you solution to start affiliate Marketing.

Product reviews on your website will give visitors an initial
understanding what the product can do for those that buy them. Also
include testimonials from those who have tried the product. Be sure
that these customers are willing to allow you to use their info, photos
and such on your site. 

Write a few articles highlighting the uses of the product and make
additional pages on the website. Take some care to make the pages
attractive and compelling and always include calls to action on the
page. Your headlines should attract the readers to read more, or
even contactyou. Offset and/or highlight your main points. This will
help your readers to learn what the page is about and will titillate
them to find out more.

2. Targeted traffic is best and to that end... get traffic that is targeted
to your product! Look, if you send a million random people to a sales
page you will make sales. But if you send a hundred thousand people
who were looking for that product to that same page, you will make a
lot more sales. And a great way to help that along is to write articles
for publication in e-zines and e-reports. Then you can locate
publications that are focused on your target customers and your
articles will send them to your site.

Try to write a minimum of 2 articles per week, with at least 300-600
words in length. By continuously writing and maintaining these
articles you can generate as many as 100 targeted readers to your
site in a day. 

Keep in mind that only 1 out of 100 people are likely to buy your
product or get your services. If you can generate 1,000 targeted
hits for your website in a day, you can made 10 sales based on the
average statistic. 

This is a cheap way to generate targeted traffic to your offer.

3. Offer free reports to set up lead capture boxes for your readers.
Position them at the very top side of your page if possible so they
simply cannot be missed. Create autoresponder messages that will
be mailed to those who input their personal information into your
lead capture box. Research shows, a sale is usually closed on the
fifth to seventh contact with a prospect.

This gives you multiple opportunities to close the sale instead having
only the page visit to accomplish the task.

In your emails focus on important points like how your product can
make life easier and more enjoyable. Include compelling subject
lines in the email. Avoid using the word “free” because there many
spam filters that dumps those kind of contents into the junk
before anyone ever sees them. Convince those who signed up for
your free reports that they will be missing something big if they do
not avail themselves of your products and services.

These strategies are not difficult to do, if you think about it. It just
requires a little time and an action plan on your part. 

Use these tips for several affiliate marketing programs. You will
maintain a good source of income and survive the jungle.
Most affiliate marketers don't.

Affiliate Marketing Tools Of The Trade

Ok, let’s get started. I’m going to recommend a few affiliate marketing tools. Software tools that are basic to an online business. There are other choices to almost every suggestion made here, but these are the things I use. Most are free open-source giants familiar to many a geek. So… if you want to start affiliate marketing, go and download and install these programs at the links provided and I’ll give you a few reasons why below.

Affiliate Marketing Tools

  1.  You’re not going to like this unless you’re already using it… go get a gmail.com email account. This one I strongly urge. Doesn’t matter what you already have…. keep it and use it as you will but get a google account and use it for your business. Lots of reasons for this one. Mail sending and receiving interference, social site integration for your marketing efforts, multiple accounts, the list goes on. Make your life easier from the start, get the google account.
  2. You will want to get OpenOffice for your main office software. Powerful, handles nearly any documents including Microsoft and more. You can get it at https://www.openoffice.org/download/ .
  3. Nvu will be your best bet for what is commonly called a WYSIWYG (wi-see-wig) HTML editor. It is the acronym for “what you see is what you get”.  Easy to learn, great documentation, free, just can’t beat it. You will need it to manipulate html pages easily. Do not concern yourself… it is easy to do what you will need to use it for. You will find a good download here: http://download.cnet.com/Nvu/3000-10247_4-10412423.html .
  4. Last of the core four as it were is GIMP. Probably the most versatile photo manipulation software out. Open source and free, you will want this for its ability handle Photoshop files and vector images. No, I won’t let you get lost in a big learning curve. You will easily learn the few things you will want to do with it. Grab it here: https://www.gimp.org/downloads/ .

Learning To Use Them

 

Affiliate Marketing With Free Traffic

When you start affiliate marketing, marketing is the key word. You must get eyes on the offer you have or no one can buy it. This is called traffic and if you want to be making any money online, you are going to need a lot of it. This is where most people bog down, you must put the marketing into affiliate marketing and advertise the link of the product or services you are offering. You can pay for traffic ,it’s fast; or you can generate free traffic, it’s slow – but free! Free marketing can be quite effective, you are trading money for time here. Here is a list of the most popular methods for getting traffic for free.

Article marketing  – Old school maybe, but still very much worth doing . Over time good back links will appear adding organic traffic to your site. This may seem obvious but I shall say the words just in case – You need to know more about the topic you are writing about than do the people you are trying to target. If you do not know much about it, then pick another topic. Write in a conversational tone that is easy to read, you will have more readers. Don’t make your article too long, remember it’s an article you’re writing not a book. A length of 400-700 words is a good target. The article needs to be informative and relate to the product link you are trying to drive traffic to. A quality article, easy to read and informative, will get traffic to your site. A crappy one will get ignored.

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Blogging  Blogs have taken on a business dimension, they were originally used as online diaries, and still are by many folks. I will be encouraging this model often. It is the easiest and best way for any online marketer to stake out their own piece of web real estate, and there are many good reasons to have this property. List building being one the most important things to use a blog. WordPress has made blogging very reachable for any skill level. Be sure to check out the Video page.

Forums  Forum discussions are another great way to generate traffic and interest while getting your URL out there on every post you make. You should join forums related to the niche you are targeting or the product you are selling. When you sign up for a forum you have the option of adding a signature. This signature will show up at the bottom of every post you make in the forum and should be used to promote your website links and products. Whenever you make posts you will then be creating links back to your site, and generating traffic with the forum readers.

Social Bookmarking  Do not ignore social bookmarking and exposure,this is a valuable and reliable way to get traffic and backlinks to your site. There are many social bookmarking sites such as Facebook and del.icio.us. These sites allow you to share your bookmarks  descriptions with the public hence the term social bookmarking. The main purpose used to be to  put your links in front of people who would hopefully also bookmark your site giving you more backlinks, and it still is. But nowadays they are marketing engines in themselves. Ignore at your peril.

 

Start Affiliate Marketing The Right Way

 

Affiliate marketing being one of the easiest methods to enhance an existing brick and mortar business or begin your own web based business, it will still require the diligence and attention any other work would require. On the plus side, low entry costs and no product handling make it a hands down winner for anyone wishing to start a business of their own.

Keep in mind though, it is a job like any other. Albeit one of the easiest methods of earning additional income, it still requires effort, perseverance, and a clear plan of action from your starting point up to the finish line.

Keys to successfull affiliate marketingYou might want to consider these things when starting in affiliate marketing:

 

    • Get yourself a comfortable place to work. This will help motivate you, which you will see reflected in productivity and profits.

 

    • Start setting aside some of the time you use to work for training. There are things you will need to learn and the sooner you do the sooner you will be in profit. Watch some videos on list building, read a PDF on traffic generations, find out how to put social media to work for you. There is a lot of good free training out there, In fact, there will be more and more available here on this blog site. If you have a little kitty to kick start your business, there are some great paid learning sources. Two I highly recommend would be Affiliorama, An A to Z course of excellent quality. And, lower cost, RealGuys NCIS – No Cost Income Stream – a great place to start if you are on a very limited budget.

 

  • Set goals, $1,000 a month is easily attainable even if you are a first time affiliate marketer. Plan out steps to achieve those goals. Then do the work daily that will help you accomplish those goals.

Pick Your Fight Then Stay With It

There are many, many, many affiliate programs out there. A little forethought will go a long way, especially when starting out.Choose one with reputation, great selection of products, and carved in stone payment policies. That way you will be able to concentrate on your end of the business, which will be to get people to take a look at the offer – drive traffic.

Begin building your own list of email subscribers from the start. It is easy to do once you know the steps, and it will not be long before you see the reasons for it in your pocketbook. We will cover all those steps in other articles.