The best way for beginners to do affiliate marketing is with a website.
A website is the ultimate foundation for your affiliate marketing business.
Depending your topic, you might be able to venture into other online avenues like Social Media and video (Facebook, YouTube).
But for the most part, affiliate marketing can be done with just a website, and it’s the best starting point for beginners.
I’m going to outline the easiest and most efficient way to set up your website for affiliate marketing.
Bonus: Please enroll in my free course on affiliate marketing for beginners. You will get access to the 5 Step Blueprint plus a 5 part video series which outlines all the steps you need to build a successful affiliate marketing business. Download the Free Blueprint and get access to the training here.
The 3 Main Components to Building a Website
There are 3 important components to creating a website. These are:
- Domain Name
- Hosting Provider
The Perfect Domain Name
A domain name is basically the address of your website on the internet.
For example, my domain name is: AffiliateMarketingThatWorks.com
You may have come across the term: Top Level Domain (TLD).
This refers to the letters after the dot in your domain name. These can be .com, .net, .org and so on.
It's recommended that you choose a domain name with the .com extension if you can.
Choosing your domain name for affiliate marketing is actually super important.
You ultimately want a brandable name which relates to your business topic.
Something that has your main topic (keyword) in it, but is also brandable. That would be ideal.
This is actually so important that I have a whole separate guide on choosing a domain name.
There are several places where you can buy your domain name, but I would recommend you stick with 2 popular choices:
These are called Domain Name Registrars.
You buy and register your new domain at these websites. It costs around 10 dollars per year to own a domain name.
At the registrar you will connect your domain name to your website hosting provider.
Read More: How to choose a domain name
The Best Hosting Provider
Your hosting provider is what keeps your website up and running on the internet.
Think of it as a landlord you pay rent to each month to keep your website up and running.
One simple Google search for the "best website hosing provider" will give you a list of dozens of companies.
Here's the truth:
Some are very good, but some are very bad.
What I mean by very good is that your website will be up and running without any problems or downtime, and you will have access to support if you run into any problems.
What I mean by very bad is that your website will be slow, will be susceptible to hacking, and your support calls will go unanswered.
I can't be any more clear about this:
You really want to choose a reliable host for your website.
This will help you avoid potential headaches in the future.
After dealing with dozens of website hosting companies there are a few I like more than others.
The company I like the best for affiliate marketing right now is SiteGround.
I host many affiliate websites with this company, and many other very successful entrepreneurs use this company as well.
So it's an option I highly recommend and actually use myself.
Another great option would be a company called WPX Hosting.
The only downfall with WPX Hosting is their price.
They are more expensive, so they're not ideal for beginners.
What I recommend, is that you start with SiteGround, and as your business grows and starts making money, you can consider switching if you want. This company will transfer everything over for free, in 24 hours.
So I would recommend you start with the more affordable option in SiteGround. You probably won't ever need to change, but if you do, you have another great choice in WPX Hosting.
Stick With WordPress
A lot of the websites online use WordPress.
In my opinion it's the best set up for building an affiliate website.
WordPress is a content management system. You use it to create and publish your content on the web.
It's free to use, and allows you to customize your website as your business grows.
Avoid products like Wix and other "website builders".
I don't think I know any successful affiliate marketers out there who don't use WordPress. I'm sure there are some, but I'm even more sure that affiliate marketing should be done with WordPress.
Wix, and other website builders have a purpose, and have happy customers.
But in my opinion, for affiliate marketing, you will have much more success if you stick with WordPress.
When you build a website with WordPress you open yourself up to so many other possibilities. Sure there are a few things you need to learn, but then you'll have access to so much more potential.
If you build a site with a website builder, you don't really learn anything. You can really only build other sites with the same builder. It's not a good use of your time.
Here's some basic info about WordPress:
The WordPress software is free and open-source. You can download it and load it to your web server from WordPress.org, or you can install it through your web hosting provider.
Don't get confused with WordPress.com. This allows you to use WordPress but it also hosts your website.
We want to get our own web hosting, then install WordPress. So avoid getting set up with WordPress.com.
- Tons of features
- Design options are endless
- Best platform for blogging
- It's the most popular
A key reason why WordPress is best for your business is that you can get help in the future.
If you ever need to hire someone to create a custom design, or manage your website as it grows, having it built on WordPress is ideal.
The only downside is that you need to learn a few things.
But on the flip side, if you can use WordPress, you've instantly made yourself valuable to many businesses out there.
And don't worry, there are many tutorials on using WordPress, and almost every question you will have has been answered somewhere online.
If you run into any issues, you can find a solution by searching on Google.
Read More: How to make a WordPress website
Websites Are NOT Going Anywhere
The foundation of so many successful affiliate marketing businesses is a website.
Think about it:
Where do people actually buy things online?
They shop and order from websites.
All legitimate businesses have a website. They aren't going anywhere.
The internet is made up of websites.
Thousands and thousands of businesses rely on affiliate marketers who operate their own websites. This is where you need to be!
Yes, there are other powerful tools like Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
But websites work for affiliate marketing, and they aren't going anywhere.
It's by far the best starting point for all beginners, and even experienced marketers like me continue to build affiliate marketing businesses with just websites.
You need to build one.
Here's Your Next Step:
This blueprint along with a 5 part video series will show you how to get started with affiliate marketing, and why building a website is so important.
It will explain the easiest way for beginners to make money with affiliate marketing.
I would also encourage you to join my Private Facebook Group.
You can ask any questions you want and I'll be happy to help you out there. Join the Affiliate Marketing That WORKS Private Facebook Group here.