How to Create an Affiliate Site
Affiliate marketing is one of the simplest internet based business you can start. As an affiliate marketer you'll be promoting products and services for other people. Typically you'll receive a percentage of the sale price for any products purchased through a link on your site. What's great about affiliate marketing is that the marketer only has to send traffic to the products landing page. The affiliate marketer does not have to worry about processing orders, shipping the products, billing or handling customer service issues. All of those details are handled by the retailer. In the article I'll try to show you how to create an affiliate site or at least show you the steps you'll need to take in order to get started.
First select a niche. Your niche is a subject that your site will be about. One of the best ways to market affiliate products is to build a "content" site around a subject that you are interested in (say Golf) then promote affiliate products that are related to that niche (say instructional golf videos). When deciding on your niche, you should select a subject that you are familiar with or (at least) interested in.
Once you've decided on a niche you need to establish your web presence. The first thing you'll need is a domain name. The domain name is the web address of your site (for example instructional-golf-videosDOTcom), you'll need to purchase this name from a domain name registrar (GoDaddy is one). The cost to purchase a .com domain name is under ten dollars (US) per year.
Once you have your domain name, you'll need to decide what kind of site you'll want and where it will be hosted. I recommend using a WordPress Blog for your site. WordPress blogs are extremely versatile and provide a great platform for your site. You'll need to purchase web hosting to house your site. Your blog can be hosted for under twenty dollars (US) per month at many quality hosts. Some hosting companies will even install you blog for you.
Once you blog is up and running, it's time to start posting content to it. Posting content to a WordPress blog is very similar to using a word processing program (like MS-Word), so this should not be a stumbling block for most people. You'll want to write topical articles about your niche and update your site frequently. Some experts recommend updating your blog at least five days per week for the first few months.
Now that you have a blog and are starting to post content to it, you'll want to find products to promote. You should start out by promoting products that are related to your blogs niche. To find such programs do a Google search for you niche with the word "affiliate program" at the end of it (example: golfing videos affiliate programs), this will most likely return a big selection of sites. You'll need to sign up to the programs that interest you and follow their directions for putting your affiliate links on your site.
At this point you should start seeing some traffic to your site and (hopefully) start making some sales. However, do not get frustrated if you do not make any sales at first, it can take several months to really start going. But, persistence pays off. Good luck!