As I mentioned before, there are two main assets that you will need to have in place in order to operate your affiliate marketing business…
A Website (Blog) and a List
Today we’re going to setup a website with a blog. Even if you’re not technically inclined, don’t worry, I’m going to lay everything out in a simple way that is virtually done-for-you.
As we get into this, I also want you to know that as you get busier, and have lots of projects going it may be more beneficial for you to get others to do some of your repetitive tasks for you. At that point, your time will be too valuable to waste on certain tedious tasks and you'll want to outsource.
For now, I want you to learn how to do everything yourself. You really need to understand the how and why so that you can tell the outsourcer exactly what you want and need. So, please read through the entire post.
In case you don’t know what a “blog” is, let me quickly offer you a definition.
DEFINITION: A blog is an online personal journal or diary that’s updated frequently. It’s a place to express yourself to everyone. It’s a place to share your thoughts and your passions. Really, it’s anything you want it to be. A blog is your website that you are going to revise on an continuing basis. The word Blog is a short form for the word weblog and the two words can be used interchangeably.
A blog is basically a website where you provide content and advertisements to an audience. For us, it’s going to be dedicated to making money for you as an affiliate in whatever program you selected during my last post.
Please Note: At this point, please don’t think about your “content” or “advertisements” or what you’ll be posting to your website. I’ll explain it all to you in simple steps when the time comes. We are going to take things one step at a time. Today’s task is to get your website and blog up and running. That’s it, nothing more.
The website and blog that we are going to create is different than a “typical” website because…
Building your site is going to be easy and fun. Instead of developing webpages, designing the layout, uploading the files, linking everything together and on and on, with your blog this is all going to be done effortlessly where you basically click your mouse a few times.
So, let’s get to it and get your website and blog set up.
Here’s my step-by-step strategy you can use to setup your website easily:
1) CHOOSE a Platform
2) CUSTOMIZE Your Blog
3) CREATE Your Posts
Let’s look at each of these steps in more detail.
1) CHOOSE a Platform
When I say platform, I’m referring to the software used to run your website and blog. You can research the best platforms available, but let me save you some time: Use WordPress (WP). I always use WP. WP is a powerful engine, has a large user community, and the developers are constantly updating it.
And while WP is pretty simple and easy to learn, there are hundreds of different themes and plugins you can install to make WP look and function exactly the way you want it.
There are a couple ways you can use WP:
1. You can go to WordPress.com and get a blog hosted on their servers.
2. You can install WP on your own domain name and host it yourself. Please don’t worry, I’ll show you how to get WP auto-installed.
Of course, going to WordPress.com is fast and easy, all you need to do is fill out a short form and you’ll be ready to blog in just a couple minutes.
BUT, there’s a couple downsides to using this, or any other third-party “hosting” option: 1) You need to follow their Terms of Service (TOS) and rules about what you can put on your blog. 2) You’ll have the third-party extension in your website address, i.e., YourSite.WordPress.com (unless you upgrade to a premium option).
So, let’s avoid the headaches and create your blog on your own domain and web service. In this way, you have complete control over your blog and no one can shut you down for violating any of their rules.
Fortunately, getting a WordPress blog up and running on your own domain name is super easy.
Simply follow these steps:
1. Register a domain name at WA Domains, where I promise you won’t ever be over-charged, it usually cost around $15 per year, a little more than a dollar a month. Choose a domain name that clearly reflects what your blog is about. We talked about this in-depth in my last post.
2. Go to WA Hosting to get free hosting for your domain. Yes, I said FREE (with your Premium membership to WA). Hosting typically costs about $100 a year for each website, but at WA you can host up to 25 websites for free, that’s a $2,500 value. And this is just the beginning of the benefits that you'll have available to you in WA.
If you bought your domain name from a different registrar, you can go back to that registrar and change the Domain Name Servers (DNS) to ns1.mywahosting.com and ns1.mywahosting.com (this connects your domain to your hosting account) or you can transfer your domain to WA at https://retireelifestyle.com/domains.
Here is a video on how to transfer your domain name: How to Transfer Your Domain Name
The video above showing you how to transfer your domain name to WA is just a sample of the hundreds of videos available to you in WA. I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the multitude of training resources that will be available to you.
Note: It may take from a few minutes up to 24 hours for the new DNS servers to propagate across the web so that you and others can see your website when you type in your domain name.
3. You’re now ready to build your website. Go back to WA Hosting and follow their four simple steps. 1) choose the domain, 2) choose a name for your website, 3) choose a theme, and 4) build my website now. Once Step 4 is complete your new website and blog are ready for you to start adding content. It’s that simple!
In Step 3 you’ll choose the theme, or look of your website. WA gives you over 2,000 free templates to choose from and you can always choose a third party theme if you’d like.
Obviously, you can choose any other hosting company that you’d like. In the event you decide to go this route, you’ll need to follow that company’s instructions for setting up your website and blog. There are dozens of hosting options out there, so it’s really impossible for me to give you instructions for all of them.
I’ve recommend WA because it’s a very simple and affordable option, and it’s where I've personally built many websites.
Once your website and blog are installed, we’ll move on to the next step.
2) CUSTOMIZE Your Blog. I’ll discuss customizing your website and tweaking your blog in my next post.
3) CREATE Your Posts. We’ll talk about this at length in a future post where I’ll have an in-depth lesson on populating your blog with content and sales materials to produce orders.
All you need to do this week is SETUP YOUR WEBSITE AND BLOG!
You can be up and running literally just minutes from now, especially if you use WA. I urge you to take ACTION RIGHT NOW and setup your website and blog. Because the faster you get them setup and running, the faster you’ll be able to start enjoying those affiliate commissions!
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