How to Create an Affiliate Site

The first thing an affiliate does to create a website has nothing to do with technology.

Success does not come from picking a webhost or web-design layout.

In fact, the first step has very little to do with technology.

The first step is by far the most important for a person learning how to create an affiliate site.

An affiliate first must plan to succeed.

No matter how “perfect” an idea can be for an affiliate site, the best affiliate marketers create a blueprint to follow.

By creating a plan and analyzing the success factors, an affiliate sets themselves up for long-term success.

Learning how to create an affiliate site by laying out a high-level plan is the first step to profitable online income.

There are four critical items affiliates need to consider ;

1) Passion

The best affiliate marketers are very good at tapping into their passion.

By creating a website about something they know (or are willing to learn), they bring a tremendous level of credibility to their articles.

People can sense how well an affiliate marketer knows their topic.

When an affiliate gives a “been there done that” feel to an article, the result is a much higher click-through rate to the recommended product.

The direct result of more click-throughs, is more affiliate sales.

Affiliates that know how to create an affiliate site with passion have a leg up on their competitors.

2) Supply and Demand

How many people are looking for information within a niche (demand)? How many websites are already providing information for that niche (supply)?

The best way to assess supply and demand is to analyze the “keyword phrases” people are searching for.

A keyword phrase is the search phrase people type into the search engines while they are looking for something online.

Examples of keywords for the fishing niche could include; how to catch fish, how to fillet fish, best fishing equipment, where to catch fish and fly fishing strategies.

The Google Keyword Tool shows affiliates exactly what phrases people are searching for on the internet every day.

By using the Google Keyword Tool, an affiliate enters the “top of the niche” phrase into the tool.

Google then brings back hundreds of keywords related to that niche.

Each keyword could become the core of an article on their “soon to be website”.

(Note: top of the niche is the most general term used to describe a niche. Example; “Fishing” would be the top of the fishing niche. “Bass fishing” drills down a second layer. “Bass fishing equipment” a third layer – and so on).

You can sort by global monthly searches, local monthly searches and competition.

If a keyword phrase that Google came back with has a very high search number, enter that phrase into the search box and search that secondary phrase.

It will bring back even more words the first search didn’’t come up with. Continue to do this with other high demand phrases.

Look at the example below on the Fishing niche.

By typing “fishing” into the search box, Google comes back with hundreds of keywords related to fishing.

This is a reflection of what the most common search items on the internet are by people looking for information on fishing. By looking at each phrase, affiliates can assume what the person is looking for – and provides an article to satisfy the person’s needs.

Our job as affiliate marketers is to provide an answer to the information they are seeking – one keyword phrase at a time.

Each affiliate article is designed to “intercept” the people searching for information.

Once intercepted, affiliates can provide information and then send them off to a vendor website (in search of a commission).

Generally speaking, longer tail keywords (3 words in the phrase or more) are much easier to win and easier to estimate what the person is searching for.

By focusing on “answering the question” the person is looking for, your conversion rate will be higher.

For example it is much easier to assume what a person is searching for if they type “fishing boats for sale” versus just “fishing”.

Finding long tail keywords with searches over 1000 are usually a solid formula for success.

What Programs to Promote

It is critical for an affiliate marketer to select programs that match their niche.

There are thousands of different affiliate programs to be promoted.

Make sure you do your diligence before you select a program.

You want to make sure it provides value to not only you, but to your visitors as well.

Look at competitors

One good way to learn how to create an affiliate site is to look at other websites in the same niche.

An affiliate can learn a lot by taking a few moments to analyze what a would-be competitor has done.

Things to look at are;

The key thing affiliates need to remember is they are not creating just a website.

They are creating a small business – something that will ultimately drive revenue for them.

The most shrewd business owners put a plan together before they put a shovel in the ground.

Affiliate marketing is no different.


How To Create Unique High Quality Content For Your Blog Quickly

How To Write For Blogs

Whether you are writing for a blog, writing a book or writing for social media, you can use the same general writing plan.

I think what is most important is you write about a topic you’re passionate about, I love writing to share ways to help you with your business.

This is what motivate me to keep writing one article after another, I just wish there were more hours in the day and I had more energy to write more often than I do.

Here is the basic writing plan most writers use, follow this as a guide and you can not go wrong.

Make Your Content Personal

Give your writing and blog a personality, I like to experiment until I find the right writing style.

The more unique you can make your articles, the longer your readers will remember your blog.

How will you know when you find the right unique style, all you have to do is research how many people are visiting your blog regularly.

When people are returning over and over, that is a very good sign you have something special going on.

Keeping Your List

I use to be  a photographer, I never went any place without my trusty Canon camera.

Today I am a writer, not a photographer, so I never am without a pad and pen to write any ideas which jump out at me on my daily travels.

You will be surprised some of your best ideas will be when your not really thinking about writing, after a while, it just become a habit when an idea hits you to write it down.

If you’re doing a good job brainstorming you will fill a notebook with ideas very quickly, I usually go through on the average two- three subject notebooks per month.

Of course, many of my ideas do not ever get used. You just never know which ideas might be right for your blog at that time, I also do a lot of researching online on search engines to find out what people are searching for.

Introduction And Body

I do my very best to write a nice descriptive introduction to give my readers an idea what is in store for them in my post, many times this will determine whether a reader continues to read your post or moves on to a new blog.

People today are not into reading long paragraphs of content, I try to keep my paragraphs short and to the point to keep them interested.

Your body should provide your reader’s information which helps them solve a problem, such as this article is my intention to help you write for your blog.  I feel short paragraphs on several topics is less overwhelming for my readers, too much information in one paragraph can overload your reader with too much information.

Images And Closing

As you can see today I am using image quotes to break up my paragraphs, I hope this is appealing enough for you.

I am using writer quotes for my images, they are free to use and most people enjoy reading inspirational quotes.

This is just my new style I am trying out right now, you can experiment with many different styles or looks until you find the one which works best for you.

Your closing can be pretty much anything you desire, I usually try to make mine friendly and invite you to leave  comments at the bottom of my post page.

Product Of The Day

Another crazy idea I am fiddling with right now, I am sharing with my readers one product in each of my articles.

Since my website is not an advertising page, I figure one product is not going to offend too many people.

I also try to find a product which related to the article I wrote, something which will  benefit my readers.

What Is On My Mind Today

Since I am experimenting with a writing style, I would appreciate very much if some of your would leave me comments on how you like or dislike this article and how I put it together for you.

Feedback from your readers is the best method to give them what you wish to read, I am all for supplying my readers with whatever they are interested in me writing about.