Setting up an affiliate website is easy and can be done in under two hours once you know which steps to follow. These are the steps we use to set up our high earning affiliate programs, also known as, 500 step by step checklist to skyrocket your new passive income affiliate marketing website from zero to hero. This is an article that we will update daily as we decide on what to do and remember what we forgot to do. Most importantly, we may review it often as we realize what works and what doesn’t because everything is a learning process. Be sure to bookmark and return often so you don’t miss out on any steps.
Choose a Niche
Choose your niche. Niche here means the area of your specialty. What are you good at? Or where do you think you could be most useful at. This is both a search your soul decision and also a hard look at what people currently need. Does the world need another Facebook? Or would you rather revive MySpace? Or would you rather talk about pets and stuff that pets like? Remember, that everyone is talented in something and has knowledge in something. If you aren’t going to blog about things that you know, ensure that it is something that you wan’t to learn about, because you will have to read a lot in order to give sound advice on that topic.
Choosing a Domain Name
Now that you have decided on the niche you want to specialize in, and yes we know it took a long time to decide where you are going to make that passive income from, you decide to take the first step and register a domain name… Yes, lots of excitement in the air. Since you are going to be in the beauty industry, you want to register beauty.com or something equally cute. Alas!! With a sinking feeling in your stomach, you soon discover that all the good names are already registered by other people. Some of these people, who were speculators in the rush for domain names want to sell that domain name to you at $50,000. Because that’s their business. Not so fast! You don’t have to buy that domain name or give up on your affiliate marketing passive income dream just because the perfect name is gone. You can choose and register a different domain name using these tips below…
Choosing a domain name for your affiliate blog can be a headache… Use one of these 10 tips
Top Level Domain
Think about a different top level domain. In the industry, this refers to choosing .org or .biz or .co etcetera. Learn what the other top level domains mean and perhaps you can get your perfect name using .biz or something else.
Do some keyword research and in the end you might decide to go with a longer name. Still using the above example of beauty, say you searched for beauty for tall girls, beauty for shorter girls, you will soon come up with a more targeted niche. Maybe not as broad as you originally intended but broad isn’t always the best.
Try looking for synonyms of the English word that you originally intended to use. Which other word means beauty? Is it available? If it isn’t, keep trying… Try longer phrases such as lovely and more lovely…
Now that you found all the English words have been taken, have you tried other languages? What is beauty in Spanish? How about in French? Might your blog be better and more fetching with the introduction of a different language name? Don’t be stuck on English. There are thousands of other languages out there. Use an online translation tool to search for that name.
Consider using related words for your domain name. This again implies using your dictionary and being able to research. What about that old word that is no longer used? Can you revive it and make it popular? Have you gone through the works of Shakespeare? Be among the movers and shakers of the world who bring back that beautiful language. You may have to explain the name to a few people but pretty soon they will get it.
Adjectives and Adverbs
If you are still lost at this point and haven’t come up with the perfect domain name for the passive income blog that is going to make you a millionaire, I think I should give up on you. However, there are still a few more tricks and tips… Have you added adjectives or adverbs or other descriptive words to the perfect unavailable name? Have you tried visible beauty? Or aggressive beauty? How about beauty in your face simply? There’s no end to the adverbs and adjectives that you can use. And you are not limited to one adjective. You could use two or three together. Just try and make them memorable.
Now from here we are going to go very fast because you already know the conventions of naming your domain. We don’t want you to get stuck on choosing a name. Have you tried misspelling that name that you so adore? Did you for example know that Oprah was a misspelling of the name Orpha? Hey we say to you now, take any English word, spell it wrong and brand it. In due time, it will be synonymous with you. Do you see that millionaire income now?
Use geographical locations for the names for your domain name. How about Florida beauty? Montana beauty? Or the name of the little one street town where you were born and brought up and escaped from at age 18? Let’s put that town on the map.
Make it up!
We are done. The above tips should give you a great name to make your own domain names for your passive income affiliate blogs. Just choose something, anything and move on. Unless you have a product that you already made and branded using millions of dollars, at which point you may be forced to buy the name from the current owner, we say, go for it! Be as innovative as you can get. Also, is this a good time to mention that we are looking for the perfect name for a sports niche affiliate blog and we are stuck? Didn’t think so… In the comments below, help us out with catchy sports names. Sigh… What’s in a name? A rose by any other name smells as sweet… Shakespeare, I believe
Register the Domain Name
Whichever registrar you choose to go with, you should already have decided on the perfect name for you. Here is an article we wrote on how to choose the perfect domain name for your affiliate marketing website or blog.Now that you have decided on the perfect domain name for your website, where should you register the domain name? Yes you do have to register the name and pay an annual fee, so nobody else can use it for the period you have paid for it. On a side note, be sure to remember when it’s up for renewal so you don’t lose it.
These are the top 23 registrars for your affiliate website domain name. By top, we mean that they are the largest in the field. We are not recommending any of them at this moment. We are merely listing them and then as we edit this post, we may add notes. This list is not in any order.
There are less than 9 registrars in the world that have over 3 million active domains. But there are over 900 registrars through the world so it can get very confusing when choosing whom to go with. On a different post we shall discuss what you expect from a good registrar. Here’s a list of the largest registrars, in no particular order… This is a list of the top 23 registrars for domain names.
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Choosing a Host for your website
Set up Web Hosting to Host Your passive income affiliate Blog Content. Once you have a domain name in mind, it’s time to move forward with the process and to set up your web hosting. A web host is a company or service that will store all of your site data and make it accessible to anyone in the world. In short, that’s all you really need to know about the technicalities of running a site, but you can always read up on this later if you like.
Web hosting can range from a few dollars per month to thousands of dollars per month depending on the type of site they are hosting. The good news is that most websites and blogs will be absolutely fine with shared hosting, which usually costs under $10 per month.
Choosing a host for your website is crucial. Choose a hosting partner. This is where your money making empire will reside. It is of course a monumental decision because the stability of your host affects the stability of your empire. If they are down for even a minute, then your websites are also down. Too stressful to think about but you should read up on what makes a good host. Note to self: what makes a good host?
A good host will give you more than other hosts, value for your money. As a new business, you are stretching your money and should avoid paying for certain things which you can get free. For example, some hosts such as Siteground will not charge you for installing the applications, will give you a free SSL certificate and will enforce SSL free for you. Others like Godaddy will charge you even for the CPanel which is really crucial for running your websites. When you have a good host, all the above actions are done from your free panel or dashboard as the more progressive hosts refer to them. We are happy with Siteground for the moment.
Installing a Web Application
We like WordPress! A lot! WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world. It’s super versatile and can be used for blogs, business sites, portfolios and a lot more. WordPress is open-source and build and updated by thousands of volunteers around the world. It’s free, but priceless.
Why you need an SSL Manager
Take care of the security issues. According to our host, Siteground, using SSL is crucial for the security of your website. The SSL certificate encrypts all traffic that goes through your website and ensures that sensitive information like login credentials and credit card details remains protected. Use the SSL Manager to easily install different SSL certificates, import existing ones, and manage all active certificates for your site in one place. Siteground does not charge extra for this service. Using SSL is crucial for the security of your website. The SSL certificate encrypts all traffic that goes through your website and ensures that sensitive information like login credentials and credit card details remains protected. Use the SSL Manager to easily install different SSL certificates, import existing ones, and manage all active certificates for your site in one place.
Use this tool to enforce your website to work over an encrypted and secure HTTPS connection. The HTTPS redirect is performed on a server level and works for any website with active SSL. Configure the SSL In order to make your website work correctly with your SSL certificate, you need to make additional configuration so that all the site traffic goes through HTTPS. This is done with one click at Siteground.
Working on the Website
The next step is going to work on the actual website, assuming you have already installed WordPress successfully. If you got to this point, continue to the next step. If not, there are very good books on WordPress over at Amazon. We had written a post on “11 things that scream “NEWBIE!” on your Passive Income Affiliate Website! Get rid of them today!” which we are incorporating here. YES! Absolutely we get it! Like us, you are trying to learn how to use WordPress, a little HTML and perhaps even being so brave as to try some CSS… Good for you! You have saved yourself some money, perhaps a lot of money since website designers can charge as much as $10,000 for a WordPress website! I was following the progress of someone over at Reddit who asked around for some designers and was charged $3,000. He later showed off his website to the rest of us, and asked for a review of his website from other Redditors. Oh the comments were brutal. The “expert designer” had made a few mistakes which we shall hereby save you from making:
Delete the two sample posts, pages and comments which come preinstalled with WordPress. Treat them as examples for you to learn from and get rid of them. We mentioned this in the article we did about newbie and rookie mistakes for affiliate marketing bloggers. Forgetting to delete that “Hallo World! This is your first post!” is a no-no.
Add some categories
Change your theme
Write your first blogpost
Change your settings. WordPress will literally guide you through this if you go from one setting to the next without skipping any.
Delete or change tagline
Not deleting that “Just another WordPress Site” tagline! Hallo??? What the hell? Everyone knows that you should delete that. Either insert your own custom line or just leave it blank.
Delete the Widgets
The Sidebar comes populated with several widgets, the Meta widget, the tag cloud and Archives and Recent Posts. We can totally understand the need to leave well alone the Recent Posts… Actually yes, that Recent Posts is essential. But do you need the Meta widget?
Add a Logo and change the Favicon
If you don’t have a logo yet, well remember to delete the icon! Yes, we finally deleted the WordPress icons on our websites yesterday! We can confidently say that we now rank in the halfway place, between expert and newbie. And we learned that it is also called a Favicon! And is a great opportunity to brand yourself.
Customize the permalinks so that each post is saved with a title that is searchable and easy to remember. So many people forget to change the permalinks. Do we need to do a tutorial for this? It is the easiest thing to do! From your dashboard, scroll down to “Settings”. Hover there and select Permalinks, then set the format to Post Name!
Customize your footer by changing the copyright notice to reflect your own brand. Many of the free templates will not allow you to change the copyright notice until you pay them their $59 but if you don’t have this money, look around for a theme which will let you edit the footer copyright notice. As users of free templates we have had to reject some beautiful themes because they made it really difficult to change the footer notice and added several links back to their websites. What was even more annoying was that these links do not open in another tab! We are cool with links that open in another tab to thank the creators of the themes! But a link that takes your client completely away from your website, never to be found again? That’s another think!!
Install plugins. What are plugins?
In this section, we will discuss the plugins that we consider essential to the automation of our websites. Keep in mind that this venture is supposed to become an avenue of passive income after you put in enough work. Not overnight, but certainly in two years, it should become passive, that is, you put in an hour of work daily. Here are the plugins that we like and recommend.
It seems lately we are just handing out a list of things that you should do for your passive income affiliate blog without pausing to take a break. Yes, the business won’t run itself. Be super aggressive. At this point we are thinking, note to self, to write a list of a million things that you need to do to make money on your affiliate blog. We know you don’t have too much time to read, so just go ahead and do this… Install the Google Analytics app. It is called Site Kit by Google and is free. You will find it on www.wordpress.org According to Google and other experts, this plugin by www.google.com will analyze all the traffic to your website and in addition it also gives you valuable information about the traffic on your website, where they are coming from and the sources, such that you would know which of your efforts are paying off. Imagine the power of all this information in your hands. If you realize that your traffic is from www.twitter.com then you would put in more manpower over there. If the advertisements you have on www.faceboo.com are bringing in nothing, you could quickly cut off your losses and move on. We leave you to it. You can thank us now for helping you improve your passive income affiliate blog by leaving a comment below. In any case if you use this plugin and don’t like it, let us know in the comments below.
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