How to launch your first affiliate website from scratch

How to launch your first affiliate website from scratch
One of the best ways to earn reasonable amount of money from the internet is by selling products and services to people who are interested in buying them.

But What if you don't have a product of your own to sell?

With affiliate marketing, marketers who have no product of their own can easily sell other people's products and services either on their website or on the social media and earn v a commission per sale.

Setting up websites for an affiliate purpose can be a little bit challenging, especially for someone who just started blogging, or someone with little or no idea on how online earnings work.

In this guide, I will walk you through the process of setting up an affiliate website from the planning, to the finishing.

What is affiliate marketing?

According to Wikipedia,

"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 efforts."

To break it down a little, when you(an affiliate) sells a product that belongs to a company, the company pays you a commission - usually 3% to 10% depending on your agreement with them.

That's means, if you agree on 10% commission per sale, you will be making $250 anytime you help them sale a product worth $2500. If you sell 10 products, you will earn $250 x 10 = $25000. The more sales you generate, the more money you will be making.

Why should you start affiliate marketing?

There are undoubtedly hundreds of ways to earn on the Internet. Among  them, affiliate marketing rocks!

Affiliate marketing is a start-up you can start with no capital. In fact, everyone including secondary school students can start making money through affiliate marketing without investing a dime.

If you can't find any reason to start affiliate marketing, At least consider these:

1. It is very easy to start, and it doesn't require capital
2. You will be your own boss
3. You will be selling what you want

Setting up an affiliate website

You may have a website or a blog for helping people solve their problems but trust me, it's far from what we are about to start right now!

Read on...

Niche selection: what kind of products will you promote on your website? 

In this step, you are going to learn the importance of niche selection, how to choose a niche that will bring you fortune.

In marketing, a niche is a portion of market that one can decide to concentrate on.

Choosing a niche will help you concentrate on a particular area of an open market and make you thoroughly understand who your audience are, where they are and what they want so as to serve them better.

Niche selection is the first step of every small business, including affiliate marketing. One mistake most startups make is trying to sell to everyone on the internet. Don't think because Jumia made it selling all kind of products to all kind of people, you are going to make it! That's a fat lie.

As an affiliate, you need some level of trust from the people who you are trying to sell to. And they can only trust you if you are kind enough to concentrate on a particular niche.

How to choose a niche


Domain name and a web host:

Second step to creating an affiliate website is getting a domain name and a web host. Let's talk about this...

A domain name is a name by which your website can be reached. It usually takes form of two main elements, "the website name" and the "domain extension". For example, the domain name "tonexseo.com" has "tonexseo - website name" and ".com - domain extensions".

Domain names only cost from $9.99 and if you are a new timer, you can get it as low as $0.99 for the first year! Thanks to godaddy.

Coming to web host, I wouldn't want you to spend too much money on hosting your website yet. Besides, I promised you ZERO investment.!

But if you have money to invest in hosting your website, that's cool! I can proudly refer you to bluehost. They have a great plan for WordPress.

So, let's continue with free hosting...

Google has a free platform called "blogger". With it, you can host as many sites as you like!

To create a website on blogger, follow the steps below ;

  • log in to Blogger using your Gmail account
  • Click "create new blog"
  • type in website name and desired url (note: blogger will give you a free sub domain that looks like this: "tonexseo.blogspot.com" but you can change it with your own domain)
  • Click "create blog" and you are okay!

Next is to replace the sub domain with your custom domain.

  • Navigate to "Settings" > "Basics" and locate "Blog Address" then click on "+ Set up a third-party URL for your blog"
  • type in your custom domain and follow this instructions on how to point blogger to a custom domains.

If the steps are confusing, you can + contact us to help you set up an affiliate website free.

Now, your site is like every other blogspot sites... What differentiates it from other website is the theme and   kind of posts you publish!

To make it look professional, head over to themeforest.net and get a premium template. I prefer to use Magone blogger template.

Finding products to promote

Here is the most important part of the journey, Finding products to sell?

Affiliate marketing is a commission based earning program, if you don't sell, you are not going to earn a dime. For you to skyrocket your chances of earning, it is important you choose the right product for the right people!

But, how do you even find the products?

First of all, you have to register an account with top affiliate programs out there.. Here we have list the top companies you can partner with

  • Amazon
  • Clickbank  
  • Rakuten
  • Shareasale
  • Ebay
  • Commissions Junction(CJ) 
  • Jumia (Africa) 

Finding the best product:

Reviewing the Merchant's affiliate offer..

Commission percentage differs from one store to another. So before you choose a store to work with, you should be sure to understand what they can offer affiliates.

Does their offer worth your hard labour? If you think it does, you can can consider working with them.

Choosing the right product..

By now, you must have known your niche market and what they want.

Look for products that sells so fast around your niche and start with them. You can always find them on the merchants store.

The idea is; if its selling well on merchant's store, there is a higher chance that your customers will buy them.

Conclusion: Affiliate marketing Rocks!

There is no limit in affiliate earnings. You can make as much money as you can provided you are able to write promotional articles on any product.

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