9 Easy Steps About How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website

How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website

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Affiliate Marketing Is A Great Way To Make Money Online

Everyone would love to make some extra money on-line and Affiliate Marketing is one of the most popular methods to use.  Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing effort (source Wikipedia).

So in English…. Affiliate Marketing is basically when someone (the manufacturer) pays you (the marketer) small percentage that they received for any sales that happened because of your marketing efforts.

  • The best thing about this model is that you DO NOT have to purchase any of the products yourself
  • You DO NOT have to handle any of the payments or
  • Shipping or
  • refunds that might take place.
  • In fact you also don’t have to handle any of the customer questions if you don’t want to either.

How good is that!!

It is not 100% compulsory to have a website in order for you to do Affiliate Marketing, but this is the most common method of being an Affiliate Marketer, so this is the one that we will use here.

If you need to make a WordPress website in under 1 minute, please click here.

So after you have a website up and running and now you are looking to arrange some goods and services that you can promote on your website and hopefully sell to your website visitors and then make a little bit of money off that.

That is great!

Top 9 Steps Needed to Be A Successful Affiliate Marketer

Are you unsure about How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website?

Unsure, source Pixabay, RobinHiggins

Step 1: What is your website all about?

One of the best things you can do is to take a moment and write down EXACTLY what your website is all about.

The reason being is that your best chance of making a sale is to understand the needs of your audience and then match the needs of your audience with a wonderful product or service that will solve their problems.

What problem do you solve for your clients?  What are they looking for when they visit your website?  What topics do you enjoy talking about the most?

This will become the dominate theme of your websites content and hopefully you will be able to find products that match your clients needs.

If you need help deciding what you niche is all about, please click here to watch a video that might be able to help you out.

More training about How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website

Screenshot of Wealthy Affiliate Training, Choosing Your Direction – It Starts With a Niche!

website visitors help you better understand How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website

Website Visitors, Source Pixabay, Geralt

Step 2: Understand your traffic

When you apply, they are going to ask you how much traffic do you have at the moment?  They want to know the size of your company and is it just you who will be working on your website alone or do you have a team behind you?  It’s OK to answer it’s just me at the moment.  LOTS of Affiliate markers work solo so you won’t be punished for giving an honest answer.

How much traffic do you have at the moment?  Even brand new website need a small amount of traffic before most companies will accept them.  It’s OK to have under 50 visitors per day.  Tell the truth about your website numbers.  Mostly this question is for data collection purposes only.

They may ask you “how many visitors do you expect to come to your website in the near future?” they are trying to estimate how much business they can reasonably expect to come from your website.  Again, honest answers are just fine, please don’t feel the need to lie.

They may ask you where your website visitor traffic comes from?  They want to know is it organic search only, is it paid Ad’s is it social media etc, etc.


Step 3: Content on your website

How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website depends a lot on your content

Typing Keyboard, Source PIxabay, StartupStockPhotos

You will definitely be asked about the type of content of your website.

The company is trying to figure out if you are a “match” for their website or not.

The best thing to do is to quickly create and publish ten (10) or more quality posts that are relevant to their niche that you want to sell goods and services in.

EVERYONE wants to see a great match between what your website visitors expect to see when they come to your website, what you are talking about and what the companies are selling.

This is also my #1 tip to successfully selling items on your website.

Content is very, very, very important for a good search engine ranking (SERP). If you want to end up on page 1 of Google and get LOTS of free organic search traffic, then you need to write quality content.

Google search algorithm is changing all the time, but at the time of writing the ideal best practice word length for a blog post is sitting at around 1500 per post.

So that means 1500 words per post x 10 posts – 15000 words of content. Woah!! I know it sounds a lot when you are first getting started, but after a while and when you have some experience up, you will be able to breeze through a post in only 1 or 2 hours (yes really!).


Step 4: Think About Your Customers (fancy word is “User Experience”)

How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website depends on the type of customers that you have

Office, source Pixabay, FirmBee

Make your website visitors WANT to spend time on your site.  There is a lot you can do to help them out.  You can add graphics to your website to make your posts “pretty”.  It is estimated that you need a picture or a video every 150-200 words per post.

If you need help sourcing royalty free images, please click here.

Another way you can help your visitor stay on your site is to add a menu tab with relevant, easy to find topics.  This is a great place to put your most popular articles and keep you audience coming back and wanting more.

Organise your website in a way that makes the visitor want to stay a while and look around and see what else they can learn.  This will really help your Google statistics benchmark of “time on page”. Full details of the total number of pages and also the length of time that a visitor spends on your website can be found at Google Search Console.  For more information about Google Search Console and how you can use it in your business, please click here.

Another thing you can do is to go into Appearance > Side Bar > and then add a text box and add in an option to show your “recent posts” and categories to the sidebar area.

The reason for this is that not everyone will understand how you have organised things via your top (main) menu.  And a lot of people may be interested in one topic that you have developed quite a knack for writing about.  Categories give you a second opportunity to present your website visitor with multiple posts to browse around in and hopefully select one two or three to read about.

Step 5: Have a pretty website

How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website can be quite abstract

Abstract, source Pixabay, Geralt

Website visitors are expecting a website to be “pretty “and simple to use.

At the time of writing this article, best practice for blog post images was a new picture every 150-200 words.

If you are getting low on what images to use, it’s great to see if you can insert a YouTube video (or similar) to keep your website visitor engaged and on your website.

You don’t have to be the video content author, its enough to insert engaging relevant content about your chosen niche and blog post topic that offers value to your audience.


Step 6: How Will You Make Money (Monetize your Website)

Ecommerce is great for How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website

ECommerce, source Pixabay, Stevepb

After all your hard work creating your website and then attracting visitors to your website, you should be looking for ways to monetise your website.

There are lots of way to monetize your website but the #1 way that I like to monetise my website is by offering relevant product reviews for my audience and if my visitor likes the product that I am recommending, then they can click on one of my links and then go off and buy it.

Yeah!! This is a great way to make money as an Affiliate Marketer.

But it is by no means the only way to make money with a website.  You can make money through product placements, advertising, setting up an Email list, doing product reviews…. the list is endless really.


Step 7: Social Media Icons for Sharing

Social Media is great for information about How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website

Social Media Icons, Source PIxabay, LoboStudioHamburg

If you are looking for a great source of organic, FREE traffic then building up a network in social media is a great thing to do.

When you create a new post you can share this via your existing networks and they can be the first group of people to get access to your amazing, quality content or special offer before everyone else does.  This is a great thing to let your audience know about.

For first time visitors I recommend installing a social media share plug-in. This website uses Acurax Social Share plug in, but there are lots of free WordPress plug-ins to choose from.

After you install the plug in, whenever a website visitor comes and reads one of your posts, if they like the post then they can share that information quickly and easily with their family, friends and networks and really help you get the word out about your amazing quality content.

This is a great thing to do and you should really think about installing a social share plug in if you haven’t already done this.

Tipps and tricks really help with How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website

Arrow, source Pixabay, Kalhh

Bonus tip:

After you have installed the plug in, I would only activate the links / icons for any ACTUAL social media platforms that you have AND are prepared to be active on.  I have seen many, many, many website owners offer 10+ social media sharing options simply because they can.  I recommend against this.  Just stick to the platforms that you use daily and are comfortable working in.  Please remember that you just can NOT be all things to all people.




Step 8: Encourage Website Visitor Feedback.

Wordpress comments are nicely stored within How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website

CMS WordPress, Source Pixabay, pixelcreatures

Please make sure that you have turned on you “allow site comments” tick box on your website. That way when you write fabulous, engaging comments that really help people and they feel inspired they can add a few thoughts or comments to your blog post.

Another bonus of this is that all the words used count towards the total word length for the blog post. Another great bonus is that you can insert links to other posts that you have written which might really help your audience.

By engaging with your visitors and then hitting “reply” you prove to your audience that you are a real person and that you actually do exist and that you care about your website visitors.  You are also offering more value to your website visitors by answering their questions in full and helping them with new information.  This is a great way to help make your audience feel welcome and get them to come back and visit your website again.  Perhaps they might even hit one of your social media “share buttons” and help spread the word about your wonderful website.

So it’s a win, win, win for everyone.

How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website can really be a great win for you - Yeah!!

Confetti – source Pixabay, RawPixel

Step 9: Remember the Legal Stuff!

Legal stuff is part of How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website

Legal, source Pixabay, ArtsyBee

Another great tip is that many of these Affiliate companies will screen your website to see if you have a Privacy policy, an Affiliate Disclaimer and in Europe, an EU Cookie Law warning.

You really can’t avoid these sorts of public legal documents, so you are better off just acknowledging this fact and then setting up your website properly with these legal documents attached. It will save you a HEAP of time later on.

You can put these sorts of documents either in the main menu near “contact us” or another great spot that lots of people use is in the footer of the document.

It will really depend on the theme that you pick for your website if they allow you to put it in multiple spots and also the overall “look” and “flow” of your website.  Just remember that you are in control of your website so you decide what’s best.

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12 thoughts on “9 Easy Steps About How To Make An Affiliate Marketing Website”

  1. This all sounds very good but I’ve been scamed by similar programs before. I’m more concerned about traffic. I notice you mention SEO as your main traffic source, do these guys also show you how to use Facebook advertising or Adsense? Or is SEO the better way to go? Cheers

    1. Hi Nigel,

      Thank you for stopping by today.  I really appreciate that.

      Thank you also for sharing a little of your personal experience with us, it is really important that we all share our stories so that we can all grow and learn together.  I am sorry to hear that you have been scammed by different products on the internet before. It is true that there are many sharks out there in the waters. I notice that  you said your #1 concern is traffic – that is a very valid point. Without traffic you simply won’t have a business. That is true in the online world and that is true for any shop keeper in the “real world” as well.

      Thank you for saying how important that point it.

      SEO (search engine optimisation) is a very important free traffic source for all people on the internet. This is especially so if you are unemployed or if you are just starting out and building your business as a “side hustle” until you get enough income to do it full time.  We use SEO as a primary traffic source because it is FREE, the more people Google can send us for FREE the happier we will be – I mean who wouldn’t be happy right?

      Facebook advertising falls under a category widely known as “pay per click”.  This involves you spending your hard earned cash to get a company (perhaps Facebook, perhaps Google) to send you traffic in exchange for your money.

      The short answer is YES, there is training on running Facebook Ad’s and PPC Google Ad campaigns. This training is available VERY late in the program. The reason being is that first you have to build a website, then create enough content to be interesting to your customers, then understand the needs of your niche through trial and error, then find products that convert AND THEN when you know your “numbers” you can then do the training to figure out if you spend $100 dollars of your cold hard cash how many visitors would you get and how many of those visitors would actually buy something from you and how much commission would you make?

      Then, and only then will the PPC formula start working for you and at that point…. woosh, you can start to scale up your business.

      If you think there is a lot of work involved before you can start making $$ from PPC campaigns – yes, you are right.

      That is why we start with the free SEO stuff and then go from there.

      Because traffic matters to you, if you would like to know some ways to help increase your website rankings to get more free traffic please click here Top #3 Ideas of How To Improve Your Website Ranking 

  2. I like the way you’ve broken this process down into 9 steps. Makes it far easier to follow and understand. It sounds so simple in theory. Is it really that easy?

    I’ve been wanting to get into affiliate marketing, but thought I had to be some sort of tech guru to build a website, or spend thousands getting someone to make me one.

    With your process I think I can actually do it myself.

    1. HI Darren,

      Thank you for stopping by today, I really appreciate that.

      Yes, the process really can be that straight forward if you would like it to be. The number one things for me is about deciding what is your website all about? This question sounds so simple but many people take too broad an approach because they think that a broad approach will give them the best outcomes.  This is true if you have a MASSIVE budget, but for most solo website builders this is not true. You really need to have a narrow niche so that you can get a laser like focus in order to get the cut through that you need.

      I agree with you that I also had a fear that if I wanted to build a business online, then I really had to be a “tech guru” in order to make it all happen.  I am glad that I found WordPress and now I know that ANYONE can build a WordPress website in only a few minutes.

      I am glad that you now have the confidence to build it yourself now.

      If you would like some more ideas about how to improve your website rankings, please click here Top #3 Ideas of How To Improve Your Website Ranking

  3. The flow of information was well structured and made for easy reading. I found the relevant topics were designed
    to keep the visitor’s interest in order to keep the time
    spent on the page longer.

    I found the website domain interesting, although it
    could be targeted to any audience. Was that your
    overall intent?

    The content was enhanced through the use of videos
    and photos that provided solid directions.

    Finally, I felt that the overall outline as well researched
    and enticing to a visitor who is looking to find the best
    answers to their questions.

    1. Hi Ken,

      Thank you for visiting my website today. I really appreciate that.

      Thank you also for your critique of my website. I will take your comments, suggestions and recommendations on board. 

      You sound like you might already have a website. If so, please feel free to look at this article I wrote about how to improve your website rankings Top #3 Ideas of How To Improve Your Website Ranking

      Thank you in advance.

  4. I enjoyed reading your article, its easy to understand especially for someone over 50 as I am.

    I wasn’t aware that a website isn’t needed be an Affiliate Marketer, that’s interesting. I like that you added the option to build a free website right away and with all the helpful information you provided it sounds pretty easy! and with your detailed 9 steps you can’t go wrong.

    Thanks for the information 🙂

    1. Hi Patsy,
      Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate that.
      Yes, I tried to make the website information as straight forward as possible. I want the maximum amount of people to read the information and think “yes I can do that”…. because truthfully anyone can do it if they put their mind to it.
      Yes, you can even do this with a free website.
      Do you have a website already? If so, please feel free to read my top tips on how to improve your website rankings thank you

  5. Hi Glynis Being over 50 myself your making money over 50 was the first thing that caught my eye. I love the step by step affiliate marketing and even though I am not a newbie I found it very helpful Adding the tutorials to answer questions is genius overall there is a great deal of information which is why I am bookmarking it right now

    1. Hi Hilary,

      Thank you for stopping by today and sharing some of your obvious experience with us. I really appreciate that.

      Thank you for saying that YES people over 50 can and do make a full time living on the internet.  I think ANYONE can do it.  I think that EVERYONE has the right to work and earn a living at any age, and the internet is a great equalizing tool.  Disability / surgery / sickness doesn’t matter, money doesn’t matter, the country that you live in doesn’t matter.

      The playing field really has been equalized.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience with us today.  If you would like some help and tips about how to get included on Google Alerts, please click here How To Add YOUR Content In Google Alerts For FREE

      Thanks again.

  6. Hi Happy; I have read through your article and I have found out that your nine tips to making an affiliate marketing website are amazing.

    I therefore ask: Which Newbie could apply all of these nine tips to their website, and not succeed?

    On the other hand there are images and videos to enhance your claims.

    Are these videos YouTube videos or WA?


    1. Hi Dorcas,

      Thank you for visiting our website for the first time today, I really appreciate that.

      Thank you also so for your kind words. They really help to inspire me to push on and do better.

      Thank you for saying that you think any new comber (Newbie) could follow this steps and be really successful – that was the aim of the whole article.

      The videos. I always try to embed a video in all of my posts – I feel that it adds more value to may audience. We all learn in different ways, some people can read text based information, some people need to see a video.  

      The article you opened was called 9 Easy steps about how to make an affiliate marketing website and in that post I used a screenshot of information found at Wealthy Affiliate and a hyperlink to jump to that section of the website.

      On other posts such as Google WebMaster Tools For WordPress I embed the video from YouTube.

      Thank you for dropping by today. Kind regards

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