How to Start an Affiliate Marketing Website – The Free Way
Being an affiliate marketer for a while now, I’ve made mistakes and learned a lot. In this article I’m going to tell you how to start an affiliate marketing website. And I’m going to show you the way to do it for free. No money, no credit cart info, nothing, nada.
First things first you are going to need a website. If you already have one, then great. But if you don’t then this is for you. You can create a free website at SiteRubix.com after you create a free account.
At Site Rubix you get up to 2 free wordpress powered websites. And these websites are fully functional, meaning that they are very customizable and they are search engine friendly. They rank in search engines just like any other website and this is important for getting search traffic and making money.
Building a website at Site Rubix is about as simple as it could possibly get.
- Name you website (must choose a name that isn’t being used)
- Give your website a title.
- Pick a website theme (different themes have different setups and looks)
- Then just click the “Build” button
You can check for available website names right here
Once you have your website built you can begin to create content for your site.
How to Create Content
To create content you don’t just go out there and start writing whatever you want. The overall key is to get your content to rank high in search engines like Google. If you rank high you get more traffic, a lot more. For example, the first three results in Google get close to 60% of the search traffic.
So how do you increase your chances of ranking?
You need a keyword research tool. With a keyword research tool you can find keywords with less competition that are easier to rank for. So lets say you want to write an article about “the best football cleats”, but this particular search term has a lot of other website competition. With a keyword research tool you can find related terms. So maybe you find that the search term “What are the best football cleats?” has low competition.
By using this suggestion from the keyword research tool you can greatly increase your chances of ranking high. And you could still write the article about the same thing. Keyword competition is all about word play. You switch up your words to find less competition with still keeping the same meaning.
What are some good Keyword Research Tools?
Two keyword research tools that I recommend are Keyword Optimizer Pro and Jaaxy.
Keyword Optimizer Pro is absolutely free and is great for a free software.
The main statistic it gives you is the OKR (optimized keyword rank) which it bases on the keyword position and the search engine market share. Once you type in a keyword your suggestions will load below along with an OKR for each. The lower the OKR the better.
The Keyword Optimizer Pro gives you a lot of suggestions but they may differ from your original keyword more than you like. But it does give you good ideas to write content about that are currently trending on search engines and have a lot of traffic opportunity.
Jaaxy is what I currently use and it can be used free for your first 30 searches. Using Jaaxy definitely has some advantages because it gives you a lot more statistics on the keyword you want to use as well as more closely related suggestions.
Jaaxy gives you the for any keyword you type in: the average search traffic per month (Avg), the amount of traffic you can expect if you get ranked on the first page with it (Traffic), the number of competitor websites using the same keyword (QSR), and a statistic based on the traffic and competition combined (SEO).
Basically what you want to find is a keyword with a lot of traffic and low competition.
As you can see below I typed in the keyword “cheapest protein powders” and it loads a bunch of similar suggestions. Lower on the page you can see that “cheapest protein powder online” gets a lot more traffic and has lower competition. It is all around a better keyword and has a better SEO statistic because of that (closer to 100 the better). This is a great suggestion because I could write my article just as I wanted to.
I almost never use the same keyword that I originally type in. Most of the time I go through the suggestions and find much better ones.
Once you have found a good keyword to write an article about you need to know where to put this keyword.
You want to incorporate your keyword in 2 places, the title and within the first 160 characters of the article.
You want it in the title because when people search this keyword they are more likely to click on your website if they see that you have an entire article focused on it. And the reason you want to include it in the first 160 characters is so that it comes up in the brief description of the article in the search results.
If you place your keyword in both of these spots it will increase the chance of people going to your website.
Now you are ready to sign up for some affiliate programs
Join an affiliate program
There are a thousand different affiliate programs that you can sign up for and every one I have come across is free. You earn your money on a commission basis but it they vary in the amount they pay you. It ranges anywhere from 5% to 50% of the sale price generally.
The Amazon Associates program is the biggest affiliate program in the world by far. They sell over 200 million different products in the USA and there are a ton of opportunities for your affiliate marketing business. No matter what your website is based on the chances are Amazon will have products that are related and that you can promote.
To sign up for Amazon Associates account just go to Amazon.com and go to the very bottom of the page. There you will find “become an affiliate”. Click and create your free account.Once you have an Amazon Associates account it is very easy to get your affiliate link for any product on Amazon. You can be on any page and there is a toolbar where you can get the link for the page.
After you sign up your account will be opened, however it will not be verified until you have referred your first customer. After referral Amazon will take a look at your website and see if they think it is up to their standards.
I advise you to create a good bit of content before you sign up because if your website doesn’t have much to offer they will reject you (happened to me when I first signed up). The good thing is that you can always re-apply.
There is a lot more to affiliate marketing than what I can write in one article. This is just an overview of how to start an affiliate marketing website.
If you want more help you should read my review on Wealthy Affiliate. Its an online community where you can get all the training you need to start a successful online business in affiliate marketing. And its free so there is no reason for you not to sign up and become a member.
If you have any questions about this article please leave them below and I will get back to you within 48 hours. Thank you 🙂