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How To Start An Affiliate Marketing Website

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Step 1: You first need to decide on a platform to build your site on. There are many choices out there including some free website builders that you can use. If you have to go the free route I completely understand but just know that you will inevitably meet with limitations to what you can do with a free website – which is why it’s free in the first place. These limitations can include: 

  • sharing your domain name with the platform’s extension such as yourdomain.tumblr.com
  • a limited number of pages or space on your site
  • advertisements on your site that you don’t control and pay them and not you 
  • limited features or functionality
  • forced upgrades down the road

I recommend you avoid these limitations by not using any of the free site builders if at all possible. The best option in my opinion is to use WordPress on a self-hosted platform. Why WordPress?  Because it’s the easiest to use self-hosted website creator in the world. A complete newbie can set up a beautiful website quickly and easily without being intimidated or overwhelmed with complexity. In fact, you’re looking at a WordPress site. All of my websites were created using WordPress. 

OK, so what about hosting? What is hosting?

Website hosting is simply the physical location of your website including the storage of your web pages, data, and files. There are tons of hosting companies to choose from but I like Bluehost* the best. Why Bluehost? Because it rocks! In my experience I’ve had the fewest problems, least downtime, and the easiest-to-reach customer service when I needed help with anything.bluehost-logo

(*Yes this is my affiliate link for Bluehost. You don’t have to go with Bluehost but its the company I recommend because its the best and easiest to use from my own experience with them.)


Step 2: To start with Bluehost click here nowOnce you arrive at Bluehost click on the big green Sign Up Now button.  The next page will ask you if you have your own domain. If you already have a domain name plug it in. If you need a domain name this is where you can get one. Click through to the next page and sign up for your account. By the way, if you still haven’t selected a domain name yet I have a nine tip tutorial on domain names here


Step 3:  Now you’re ready to set up your website using WordPress. For this I have posted 7 step-by-step tutorial videos for you below. And please don’t freak… each video is only a few minutes long and will walk you thru setting up your website in just a few minutes. In fact, you can have your website customized with your theme of choice and your first post created in under 5 minutes.  Not bad!


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34 Responses to “How To Start An Affiliate Marketing Website”

  1. I live in japan and want to become a super affiliate, teach tennis and trying to take my whole business online, any tips?

    Posted by thomas | November 12, 2014, 12:08 pm
  2. I’m looking to get into to this line of work. But I’m really worried that I will not make enough money or honestly ANY money at all. I really need to start bringing in an income soon. Is this a good route to go?

    Posted by Maria Dolphin | October 15, 2014, 8:06 pm
    • Hi Maria. It’s certainly not a get rich quick model but you can make a full time income with it. The people who make good money in affiliate marketing have patience since it does take a while to start making consistent reliable income. You may want to start part-time while you have a steady paycheck job first and use as many free tools as you can. Sincerely – Bill

      Posted by bill | October 15, 2014, 8:18 pm
  3. Bill! You may have very well changed my life by pointing me in the right direction and giving me all of these great tools!

    Thank you so much!

    Posted by Bria J | October 4, 2014, 3:30 am
  4. Hey Bill,

    very nice collection of data here for us newly starting affiliates, i have a question for managing the emails and quite frankly sometimes emails are being alot, even if created facebook page etc the notifications emails etc, question is, can i have multiple e-mail IDs for management? like separate for amazon, separate for other affiliate programs and separate for my website??

    Posted by daniel | October 2, 2014, 1:22 pm
  5. Hello Bill,

    I just wanted let you know that I really appreciate the time you have taken to put up this site. The information here is great!! Thanks for you selfless sharing :)


    Posted by Gwendolyn | July 29, 2014, 3:14 pm
  6. Good info there.Am coming up shortly and i would wish you help so that i make informed choice

    Posted by Paul | July 7, 2014, 7:33 am
  7. Hey, Bill! My name is Shannon and I want to make money with AM. I have two days a week I can dedicated at least 6 hours each day. If I work hard and use only those hours of those days to build my site and generate traffic, would that be enough to grow my business? Or is it futile at that point?

    I like your site. It is extremely informative. Thanks for the info!

    Posted by Shannon Edwards | July 1, 2014, 7:29 pm
    • Hi Shannon: Thats more than enough time to build a passive income with AM. Start small, make some money, and build it out. Let me know what I can do to help. Sincerely – Bill

      Posted by bill | July 2, 2014, 3:53 pm
  8. Everyone loves what you guys tend to be up too. This type of clever work and coverage!
    Keep up the excelolent works guys I’ve added you guys to our blogroll.

    Posted by Search Engine Optimisation St Albans | June 19, 2014, 4:07 pm
  9. Just read through it, its really good Im going to try this out with the affiliate program you have listed here. I got 3 squeeze pages up and 2 sites, but im going test this out on one to see.

    Posted by Jay | June 12, 2014, 8:38 pm
  10. Thanks, Bill, for your kick in the butt! I just got started and was in a accident and my right side numb and gash on the head put me back somewhat. I don’t give up..never!
    I have 3 websites going for affiliate products and am using the woocommrce as a plate form. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    Posted by ron | June 3, 2014, 2:54 am
    • Thanks Ron. Where were the airbags? lol
      Woo(anything) is great in my opinion. I use Woo almost exclusively for all my site. It’s clean and easy to work with.
      Shoot me an email and I’ll be glad to offer my suggestions on what you have going. (beachroulette@gmail.com)
      Sincerely – Bill

      Posted by bill | June 3, 2014, 7:01 am
  11. Hi, my name is Snezha and I am a newbie at affiliate marketing. I found very helpfully info,but i cant choice the right website. I am not sure witch will be good for the products that i want promote.

    Posted by snezha stefanova | May 5, 2014, 6:36 pm
  12. My approach is local website loyalty and since my brick and mortar just opened we are spreading the word.

    Any advice on what companies I should join from an affiliate standpoint?

    Posted by Michael Delaney | April 30, 2014, 5:48 pm
    • Your brick and mortar store is in St. Louis? Start collecting email addresses from your customers and store visitors to keep them informed of sales and other special events. You may have to give them an incentive to do so. (see my post on Ethical Bribes). You can also send affiliate offers to them once they’re on your list. Join affiliate programs that tie in nicely with your own products and services. Good luck Michael. Bill

      Posted by bill | April 30, 2014, 7:34 pm
  13. I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This piece
    of writing posted at this web site is genuinely fastidious.

    Posted by make money with clickbank and youtube | March 28, 2014, 5:21 pm
  14. Building an affiliate ready website is really an easy job if you will compare with getting traffic for profit.

    If anyone want to work with me in generating traffic at my site please contact me via my site.

    Posted by Robinsh Kumar | March 24, 2014, 1:37 pm
  15. Hey Bill,

    As a guy that has taught AM for nearly 20 years, all of this is academic. Ultimately, I would teach people to “eat the frog”.

    That is, teach them the hardest part FIRST. If they cannot overcome traffic generation, the rest is pretty much a waste of time.

    We have consulted to Fortune 500 companies that have been trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to get their minds around a valuable online presence, and this is always where they fall down.

    So many IM experts, nearly all of whom are trying to learn what they are teaching. Interesting really.

    Just telling people to “put up a niche site, squeeze the traffic” etc., wont create a wake of successful followers.

    If you can’t move the biggest stone in the path (quality traffic), then there is really no point moving any of the other stones.

    Great site!


    Posted by R Michael Davies | February 18, 2014, 3:09 pm
    • Hi Ron: Nicely put. I couldn’t agree more with you. The bottom line in AM is a steady (and reliable) stream of relevant traffic and conversions. Without it, nothing else we do matters. I plan to dedicate a large portion of this site to the topics of traffic, tracking, and conversions.

      Thanks again Ron – Bill

      Posted by bill | February 18, 2014, 4:01 pm
  16. I would like to add affiliate sites to my website.

    Posted by Yababa | February 15, 2014, 9:46 pm
  17. Thanks for the info. As a true “newbie” I can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed by the options. A complete, easy to use guide is exactly what I need. Well, that and what ever income I can make from this venture.

    Posted by Dusty | February 13, 2014, 10:39 pm
  18. Hello, my name is Frank and I am a newbie at affiliate marketing. I enjoyed the videos on how to build a website. Paul makes it very easy to understand and explained things well. My question is, Is the website he showed in the video good enough to do affiliate marketing? He didn’t have any product or service to sell. Do I need a product or service to sell online to do affiliate marketing?

    Thank you,
    Frank Docchio

    Posted by Frank Docchio | December 16, 2013, 3:37 pm
    • Hello Frank: Great question. The videos simply help you lay the foundation of your website to get started and are more than good enough to use for affiliate marketing. In fact, in my opinion WordPress is the best type of affiliate website to use since its easy to learn, easy to update, constantly evolving, and best of all it’s a very search-engine-friendly platform.

      The product or service you offer depends upon what niche you would like your website theme to be about. I.E. If you choose dog training then you start writing about dog training and everything else dog-related. Then you choose some relevent dog products and/or services to offer as an affiliate to monetize your site. You can write simple tutorials or reviews, aggregate content, or present a unique twist on your topic. What ever you choose to do make it compelling and start building your site out.

      If you need a course on how to best do that please let me know and I can point you in the right direction.

      Sincerely – Bill

      Posted by bill | December 16, 2013, 4:13 pm


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