Prerequisites: Affiliate Marketing 101 Course (free!)
Yesterday, we had our first ‘meat and potatoes’ lesson where I showed you how to write content that Google would love, and gave you a bunch of keywords to use in your articles…
But I didn’t tell you what to do with that article once it was written :0) There was a reason for that! See, right now, you’re in one of three places… And I don’t mean to freak you out, I’ve just been doing this a long time and I know this is where most folks get hung up.
- You’re brand new to affiliate marketing and writing content, or…
- You’ve been around for a little but you don’t have your own blog or website, or…
- You’ve got your own website that you can do whatever you want with (or are completely capable of building one on your own!).
Therein, lies the problem. I want this course to be as complete as possible for everyone, and knowing that everyone reading is in a different place doesn’t make my job any easier…
Building a website today is super easy compared to what it used to be. You used to have to know HTML and PHP and programming languages and all of that other stuff. That’s no longer the case.
With WordPress, it’s really a walk in the park, especially after you’ve done it a few times…
NOTE: The old model we used to employ was to write and article and then put it in an article directory. Because of all the Google Updates, we’ve found it is MUCH more beneficial to actually post the article to as website you control… Not to mention, you can build links and monetize it for the long term!
So, let’s start right at the top.
If You Want To Make A Lot Of Money Online…
With your own website, you can:
- Generate leads for affiliate products
- Publish reviews of products without having to go through some stupid editorial process
- Put banner ads up or monetize your content through Text Link Ads
- Build links to your articles, ensuring that they rank well in Google
- And so much more… Those are the big ones.
Can you do some of this stuff with free blog network sites or Youtube videos? You bet. But you’re future is still in the hands of someone else…
If you aren’t comfortable registering a domain name or setting WordPress up, there are free blog networks that you can create a site on, but you don’t have free reign in terms of what you can do with them…
And finally, publishing your articles in article directories. We like article directories, but not to publish our ‘money articles.’ (Money articles = articles that make us money.)
So that’s the overall goal. To get you fixed up with your own domain name and web hosting. And the most rewarding way to do that is to do it yourself, so that’s where we’re going to get started.
NOTE: If you’re really not comfortable with building your own site or can’t afford the $4/month for a web server, that’s ok. Just move to the next section about blog networks.
Creating Your Own Website (recommended)
The next step after getting some content written is to post it on your website, if you have one that fits… For instance, if you have a personal blog that contains your own musings or random articles, that’ll work.
We like to create niche websites for specific topics. For example, weight loss, jumping higher, or going green… There are hundreds of different articles that can be written about any one of those topics, and Google likes to see a lot of content.
How To Pick The Right Domain Name For An Affiliate Site
Now, the project for the 30-Day Challenge is promoting the Good Grades Guide. So what I’d do is register a domain name and build a website for the keyword we’re targeting. In other words, I use my keyword list as inspiration…
- Best Speed Reading turns into BestSpeedReading.com
- Getting Good Grades turns into GettingGoodGradesBlog.com
- How To Learn For An Exam turns into HowToLearnForAnExam.com
This has been a pretty popular strategy for a while, because it works. As such, you’ll find that you might have to do some digging to find a good domain name.
I, personally, always choose the .com if it’s available. My second choice is .org. And third is .net.
We don’t ever use .biz or .info or any of the other extensions. Nor, do we use hyphens in our domain names (although some people do to great success). It’s really about finding what works for you.
An alternate method you could consider is just keeping it super general… True, having a keyword in the domain name will give you a bump in the search rankings, but we like to create sites that have lots of content and articles… So sometimes, you need to register something like:
That’ll make sure that you always have a place to publish your education articles without feeling like you have to create a new site because your article doesn’t ‘fit.’
How To Build Your Niche Blog
Building your own website is way easier now than it ever has been. Because WordPress is so widely adopted and has such a fan following, it’s really revolutionized the game in terms of personal publishing.
This is actually best taught through videos or a step-by-step screenshot tutorial because you’ll have to go through multiple screens.
Here are some training resources we created for you:
- Step-by-step text based tutorial on how to create a website or blog – with screenshots
- Video training on creating a website or blog in Affiliate Marketing 101 (signup for free here!)
After your website is set up, you’re ready to post your article! There’s training for that in the Affiliate 101 Course too, right on that same page…
Now, if you’re not familiar building your own website, then you can start one on a free blog network. We’ll talk about that next.
Building A Website On A Blog Network (optional)
Even though you don’t own the domain name or the server that the website sits on, there are still quite a few advantages over just posting your article in an article directory.
- It’s free! You don’t have to pay for domain registration or website hosting.
- They’re easy to set up… Fill out a couple short forms and you’re done. It’s about as hard as messing around on Facebook.
- Someone else takes care of making sure that your site is live… Not you.
- You can only use approved plugins and themes, which greatly limits what you can do with your site…
- You’re at the mercy of someone else. Your site could get blacklisted or turned off or whatever.
- You can’t put banner ads or text links wherever you want. You’re playing by someone else’s rules.
In short, a free blog is great for someone getting started, but isn’t an end solution. Eventually, you’ll want to move your site to your own domain… And even then, will Google find it?
Now that we’ve talked about pluses and minuses, let’s find out where to set a free website up…
Where To Create A Free Blog
There are really only two places we’d suggest. They’re places we’ve worked with in the past (for linkbuilding reasons rather than building something we were monetizing…)
Both blog networks are pretty simple to get started with. Once your site is set up, publish your article. We’ll pick up there tomorrow!
Publishing Your Articles On Article Directories (optional)
Article marketing STILL works. It works like gangbusters. You can publish and article on EzineArticles, rank it, and make money from it for a long time… If you do it right.
Things have changed a little bit in the last year or so. Article directories aren’t given the Google points like they used to. It used to be that if you published an article to an article directory, you would be at least Page 2 or 3 of Google in a few days. That’s not the case anymore.
Now, the search results are dominated by websites that feature multiple articles on the topic you’re righting about because people have been spamming articles out there for years, and Google finally wised up! That’s why we recommend building a website.
Not to worry though. If article marketing is all you have time for, or all you can do… That’s totally fine! We’ll show you exactly how to nail it out of the park (hint: It involves backlinks!)
Ok. The first thing you need is an article. You’ve got that.
Now, we need to find a place to publish it.
Here are our top picks for article directories:
- ezinearticles.com (this one is our favorite to start with)
Each have a slightly different process for posting articles, and different editorial approval times. We’ve always had the most success with EzineArticles in terms of getting ranked.
After your article is published, then, it’s time to move on to tomorrow’s lesson!
Tomorrow, I’m going to take it easy on you… Yesterday and today’s lesson’s were HUGE! Plus, I’m sure you’re going to have questions we can answer down in the comment box.
So tomorrow, we’re going to get into themes and plugins that you should be using on your WordPress sites… For those of you who have sites set up, awesome! If you don’t, no worries. You can use it as reference later!
Today was HUGE. It’s the absolute biggest module that we’ll have during this entire 30-day Challenge, but it really had to all be presented on the same day. There wasn’t really another way to do it.
So, tell me. What do you think? What do you need help with? Do you have a website (or did you build one)? If so, list the URL so we can all check it out!