Build An Online Store
Affiliate Blueprint – Build An Online Store – As an affiliate, you can build a store or join a program where a store is provided for you. There are a number of Clickbank-ready stores that are pre-set up.
You only need to pay a one-time fee and the store will be activated in your name with your affiliate ID.
So, instead of promoting just 10 products, you can promote the entire Clickbank host of vendors. There are ups and downs to this.
Pros: All the work is done for you. There is a Featured section to these stores where you can highlight the 10 products that you are actively promoting.
It also gives you a quick web presence and if you don’t have website building experience, everything is done for you.
Cons: Your store looks just like every other person who bought the store package. Because it is built for you, it is a standardized template, so there can be hundreds, even thousands of other stores out there that are just like yours.
Set Up A Blog on a Free Site
Take a short bit of time to set up a blog on one of the free sites, or build a site and get webhosting. Whichever you decide, having a small site that is yours will go a long way towards building your credibility for the long term.
Using PPC (pay per click) is fine up to a point. However, to expand and grow with products and services, having a site is essential.
WordPress: www.wordpress.com – You can get a blog started in less time than it takes you to read this sentence. All you need is an email address. You’ll get your own WordPress.com address (like you.wordpress.com), a selection of great free and customizable designs for your blog (called themes) and 3 gigabytes of file storage.
There is a great deal of help and instruction to show you what to do and how to get started. Your website address would be something like http://product.wordpress.com and you can build as many of these free sites as you like.
The positives of using the WordPress.com system is that you are in a domain that has a very high page rank, lots of visitors and tons of help. Even if you’ve never set up a blog before, it’s so easy that you can get started and not feel overwhelmed.
Blogger: Another free platform that is owned by Google is great to set up a blog on. Again, you will be a subdomain like http://product.blogspot.com, but it’s free, there’s no webhosting fees involved and you can set it up without any HTML, programming or web design experience. You simply pick from one of the many themes presented, and your blog is ready to go.
Having a Blogger blog gets you listed in Google (since they own it), and makes it easy to get your message out there.
Joomla: Although Joomla is free, they don’t have a free site where you can build on a subdomain. Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications.
Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open-source solution that is freely available to everyone.
With that said, Joomla has a ton of online help just like WordPress; however, you will have to get webhosting and a domain name to use it.
Consider Setting Up Your Own Website
Whichever platform you decide on – WordPress or Joomla – you will need webhosting; a domain name and it will take a bit of time to get things set up.
Most affiliate marketers tend to go with either Blogger or a WordPress blog and self-hosting. Joomla is an option, but the learning curve is a little bit longer.
So, if you’re looking to get going, you might want to consider either the free services or WordPress.
Once you decide on getting your own blog, select inexpensive webhosting. Remember, webhosting should have cPanel or One-Click setup attached to it.
HostGator has cPanel and Fantastico! and Dream Host has One-Click. Both perform the same function – set up of WordPress with no knowledge of MySQL, WordPress or FTP.
This is the quickest way to get started with your blog.
Once it’s set up, you will need to look at article writing. If you’re not a writer, check out the freelancers at Elance, Guru.com and Rentacoder.
Getting Traffic to Your Site
Write down and plan the methods you are going to use to drive traffic to your website: Pay-Per-Click, Squidoo and Hubpages, article marketing, social networking and the like. Then schedule when you will be posting to your site, and posting to social networking sites.
In the end, if you follow this entire checklist and don’t give up, you will begin to see sales for the products that you are promoting.
You can also add more products over time to promote, build more than one website, put up Squidoo and Hubpages highlighting your various products and services and add things like AdSense to further monetize your site.
To your affiliate success,