So, Your looking to start an affiliate website without breaking the bank.
You want the option to try your hand in the online world of affiliate marketing without all the risk.
I understand that mindset, and I’m here to help you out. I’ll show you how I got started with my own Free Affiliate Marketing Website and How You Can Too.
Before I get started, let me explain how I got here.
How I Got Started With Affiliate Marketing:
Broke and struggling to make ends meet, I was getting tired of slaving away at a dead end job.
Not that I hated my job entirely, but like everybody else doing something they don’t love, I wasn’t really happy with it. I wanted more, I knew that I could do better, and I knew that I deserved it.
Staring down the long barrel of debt that was blasting holes in my families future. I became determined to find an alternative solution to the near financial crisis that we were in.
I started digging, questioning, and researching. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was reading books about self-help, starting a business, and managing debt.
I read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert T. Kiyosaki. This one book got my gears turning and completely changed my way of thinking about money, how it was earned, and how to use it properly. The difference between assets and liabilities and why most people remain broke. I learned how to get out of that poor person’s mindset and start asking the right questions.
After reading the book, it was clear to me, that I needed to find a way to build wealth for myself. I didn’t want to slave away at a typical job my whole life, making someone else rich, and relying on a retirement plan that I may never see, or social security that I fully expect to disappear before I’m of age to use it.
I wanted more, and I needed to find a way to secure the future of myself and my family. I doubled down and continued the research.
There are a ton of options available, but I was looking for something cost effective. Something that I could work on at my own pace with proven methods for achieving success and preferably from home.
I have a growing family and responsibilities as a father and husband to provide for them, so I can’t afford to take huge risks with our finances and I still need to spend time with them. I don’t want to miss out on my children growing up and I still want to have quality time with my wife.
After pouring huge amounts of time into that research, and reading a lot of other related business books. I came to the conclusion that, for me, creating an affiliate marketing website would be the ideal path to start my own business and work toward all the goals that I had set out for myself.
You may have been in a similar situation, and if you have come to the same conclusion, then you may have asked yourself this question…
What Kind of Website Do I Need for Affiliate Marketing?
In general, you really just need a website and affiliate products to earn money online as an affiliate. The overall design of your website will come down to you and your preference, but the most common type of website that you will see offering affiliate goods or services is a blog.
Most affiliate opportunities will require a website but there are some methods that don’t. I’ll have an example of this in another post soon.
Blogs have been growing in popularity over the years and they will likely continue to do so. In the early stages, they were meant as a diary or journal, usually just for an individual and sometimes a group, posted online for everyone to see and follow.
They are updated on a regular basis and typically written in a conversational style, and in reverse chronological order, meaning that the latest post will be the first post you see when visiting their site.
More often today, you will see blogs written as more of an informative post based on the writers opinions of certain products or services. As you can see, this is the style of my website.
In both scenarios, it’s possible to offer affiliate products through your recommendations contained within the blog content.
Maintaining and growing a profitable blog series is a simple process, but it’s not easy. As with all options for starting your own online business, or any business, it will require a ton of work.
There is no get-rich-quick fast lane here. You must treat it as a business and put in the time. Stay dedicated and know that you will not receive instant gratification with the affiliate business model.
Time, patience, and persistence is the only proven path to make money online with any business. That coupled with offering quality and helpful content for your users.
The content that you’re offering should solve the need of your Niche Market and provide exceptional value on a consistent basis. Be sure that you are helping people, and it will help you in the future.
Now that you know what type of site you need, and have some idea of the level of commitment that will be required, lets discuss the next question.
How Do I Create An Affiliate Website?
There are many steps involved with this one, but I’ll try to keep it as simple as possible. No need to be an Einstein. The following steps could be done in whatever order you like, but they will all be necessary at some point.
Decide On A Niche.
A Niche is a narrow subset of a particular market.
Example 1: Physical Product
- RC cars would be a particular market
- Drifting RC cars would be a more narrow category or niche of the market
Example 2: Digital Service
- Make money online is the market
- Affiliate marketing is the niche
It’s really that simple. The same applies if it’s a digital product/service or a physical product/service.
Think of any market you like and then narrow that down to a particular category or problem to be solved within that market. Now you have your niche.
Pretty easy right?
The more you can narrow this down, the more likely you will see success, and the less competition you will have.
Don’t avoid competition, but know that certain markets with more competition will require even more effort and dedication to see favorable results.
Find your affiliate products.
Whatever niche you decide on, you will need a related product with an affiliate program. There are millions of products that have these programs all over the web. It’s just a matter of doing the research and finding them.
The easiest way to find these, is by doing a google search.
Using the Drifting RC cars as the example phrase here, I would search Drifting RC cars Affiliate, and then follow the results.
If you have any problems finding an affiliate program for your chosen niche, please let me know, and I would be happy to help.
You can post in the comments or reach out to my personal email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do the Keyword Research and Know Your Product.
This could be the make it or break it part to building your free affiliate site.
Any successful website, is likely only successful because of the focus put on proper keyword research.
Keywords will be how people find your site thru the search engine results page (SERPS).
A quality keyword research tool will give you some idea of the competition involved with the chosen keyword(s), the level of traffic, and average searches.
You will have access to one of the best keyword tools when you get access to the free websites and training.
Choosing the proper keywords before writing your content will increase the likelihood of your site attracting traffic, and quality content will increase the chances for conversions.
Know Your Product:
Do Not promote a product if you know nothing about. This will only hurt your reputation and it won’t help you or your audience. I believe its good practice to only promote affiliate products that you personally believe in and have a working knowledge of.
You should choose products that you can be passionate about and offer them, only because, you genuinely believe that they will help your audience. The path to lasting success is thru helping others. Don’t lose sight of this.
Find A Web Hosting Service.
You will need somewhere to host your website if you ever plan to get that business off the ground.
Your 2 free sites will come with hosting and all sites come standard equipped with SSL certificate.
You want to be sure that your site has this level of security to protect your visitors, and this will also help your rankings within google SERPs.
Write Quality, Helpful Content.
If you are still reading my content, it’s because you find it helpful. Sub par content will drive readers away from your site resulting in poor ratings and possible damage to your reputation.
Quality content should be informative, solve a problem within the marketplace, keep readers engaged, and be genuinely helpful.
Super Simple right?
Not so much. I struggled with many of these steps at first and the entire process will seem to be a constant learning curve. Eventually, persistence will pay off and your affiliate business will flourish.
There are so many aspects to writing quality copy that it can be overwhelming at first. I will have my own related post soon but until then, watch this video about writing quality copy without any experience.
Finally, The Free Affiliate Marketing Website, As Promised
Now that you have a better understanding of the type of site you need to run an affiliate business, and how to create it.
Let me show you where you can create your own affiliate marketing website for free.
Wealthy Affiliate has everything you need to get started as an affiliate marketer, and you can get two free websites just by joining their free membership.
Here is What You Get For Sighning Up To A Free Wealthy Affiliate Membership.
- Two free websites that can literally be created in around 30 seconds.
- Hours of affiliate training
- Free keyword research tool
- Access to one of the greatest content creation tools for your site
- 7 days of full access to everything that WA has to offer their premium members, plus a discount if you decide to upgrade within those first 7 days.
WA has a huge community of aspiring and accomplished online entrepreneurs that are always there to answer any questions.
You will have access to the first series of two separate affiliate training programs.
This is enough to give you a solid foundation to stand on and get your affiliate site up and running.
Enter the classrooms to experience some more in depth training on a specific topic of choice.
When you sign up, they will give you 7 days of unrestricted access to the entire platform, so take advantage of this and experience as much as you can within this time frame. You can become a premium member for only $19 for the first month and then $49 a month after.
A paid membership is not necessary, but the value is well worth the price.
You can learn some more in depth knowledge about their platform by checking out my Ultimate Wealthy Affiliate Review.
If you have already decided, then sign up to gain access to your free affiliate websites, training, and so much more.
As a bonus, you will have direct access to me thru the WA platform, and I will help and guide you all along the way.
Free Wealth of Knowledge:
Have you ever heard of Miles Beckler?
This guy is offering tons of content for free, all over YouTube. He has put in the work for sure, and now he’s giving away mountain loads of info for Free!!
He shows exactly what it means to offer extreme value to your audience time and time again.
The Wealthy Affiliate platform, coupled with the massive knowledge bombs that Miles is dropping, will make for a very versatile knowledge pool to grow from.
Miles and many members of WA are a great inspiration for those of us looking to pave our financial freeway.
I recommend that you check out his video on How To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing, if you have the time.
He always goes into great detail with his videos and while this one is nearly 2 hours long, it’s worth a watch if your just getting started and have the time.
He has a ton of other videos as well and I would suggest watching as many as you need to get a better understanding of all things online business related.
You can watch it here.
Don’t Miss Out:
If you are tired of that day job, you have some time, and a lot of dedication, You Need To Take A Chance On Yourself.
There is no good reason to deny yourself the chance at a better lifestyle. You will have to earn it, but imagine the difference that a successful affiliate marketing business could make for you or your family.
It’s Free and there is no obligation to go premium, you don’t even need credit card info to sign up.
What have you got to lose? Work at your own pace, do something that you enjoy, fire your boss and make yourself wealthy.
The results depend on you but if your like me, then you won’t stop until you’re successful.
You will miss 100% of the shots you never take.
To Your Success