The first step to starting your affiliate marketing business is setting up your website. This is where you will publish content to attract your niche audience and also publish your affiliate link. Building a website is a daunting task to many, but it need not be. Following this step by step guide will help you create a good website for you to get started.
1. Choose the platform
Today, you do not have to learn HTML (code), CSS or Flash to build a website. Platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla enable you to create a website even if you don’t have an IT background. It is estimated that almost half the sites on the internet run on the WordPress platform. This is because it is easy to use, free, works well on mobile as well as tablets, ideal for both small and big sites, and most importantly, it has a huge developer community and support. The Drupal platform is popular with experienced coders and web developers while online stores prefer Joomla. If you cannot write code, use WordPress. It is flexible and easy to use.
2. Find a host and a domain name
The domain name is your site’s address while the host is a service which will connect the site to the internet. While platforms are free, you will be required to pay for the domain name. The rate for WordPress is about $3 – $5 a month. Having your domain will make your affiliate marketing business look more professional. It also boosts your pages’ load speed as well as reduce instances of the page going down for long. Some web hosting providers offer packages where you can get a free domain for choosing their web hosting services. When selecting a domain name, use the name of your website hosting company. Ensure that it is memorable, catchy and it can be branded.
3. Set up and customize your site
After getting a domain name and host, install WordPress to the domain. One way to do that is by using the WordPress 1-click-installation. This can be found on the control panel. If you cannot see the WordPress icon on the control panel, contact your host, and they will assist you. You can also install manually but in most cases, this is not necessary.
Again, your web host will help you with the installation. After installing WordPress, your website is live. All that is left now is for you to customize. Start by choosing the template or theme. WordPress has numerous free themes for you to choose from. Add and edit pages and then add them on the home page. Add taglines, set up static front page, edit sidebars, and install plugins. Make the site your own. Do not be intimidated; WordPress is very user-friendly, and there is a lot of material online to guide you.
While many people will hire somebody to design their website, these steps show that you can do it too. It is a simple process, and if you are tight on cash, you can do it yourself and save some buck. You just have to choose your website platform, the web address and then customize. You do not need to have studied computer science to do it.