How to make an AFFILIATE MARKETING BLOG
– In this video, I’m gonna show you how to create an affiliate marketing blog using WordPress. The site we’re gonna be making looks just like this, and it uses one of the free themes that comes with WordPress. It’s really good-looking, it’s got a slider on the home page and it’s very content-focused so it allows people to find all your articles and videos and whatever else you’re gonna create really easily. I’m gonna take you through the entire process step by step. From setting up your hosting to installing WordPress, configuring the theme, adding your content and of course, inserting those valuable affiliate links. So, let’s get started. Hello, it’s Alex here from WPEagle. So yeah, in this video we’re gonna be creating an affiliate marketing blog using WordPress. For those of you that aren’t familiar with affiliate marketing, affiliate marketing is where you promote various products and services within some content, say an article or a review or a guide, and when someone clicks on one of your affiliate links from within that content and then goes off and purchases that product or not necessarily even that product.
It could just be something else on that site, you get paid a commission. An example of this is where you sign up as an affiliate for Amazon and you might create a post all around books, you know, your favourite books to lose weight, for example and you include links then to Amazon for those books. And then when someone clicks on those and purchases the book, you get your commission.
So that’s we’re gonna be making today. I’m gonna show you exactly what you need to do starting from absolutely nothing and ending up with a site that you can use as a blog to promote affiliate products. I’ve tried to keep costs to a minimum in this video so I’m not gonna be using any premium WordPress themes or any premium WordPress plugins. The only costs you’re gonna have to pay out for today are your hosting and I’m gonna show you how to set up hosting with HostGator and I’ve got a voucher that gives you a discount. And in fact, if you only wanna go for one month’s hosting, it’s gonna cost a penny.
So hardly any cost there. However, I would recommend that you go for something like a 12 months package because there’s some great discounts on that and you can get like 12 months hosting for around 70 bucks so you know, not a huge investment to keep your website online for a full year. The other thing you’re gonna need is a domain name. So that’s the .com or co.uk, .net, dot whatever. If you haven’t already got one of them, I’ll show you how you can purchase one of them through HostGator as well. If you have already got one of them, that’s fine. I’ll also show you how you can repoint it and use that domain for your new website. Now I’ve tried to keep this tutorial fairly straightforward so I’m not gonna go into things like finding a niche to promote or choosing products or any of that stuff. You will find videos around those subjects on my channel so be sure to check them out. This video is purely about creating the site and getting your content on there. It’s almost time to get on the computer and start building our affiliate marketing blog.
If you’re brand new to affiliate marketing and to WordPress, I wish you the best of luck. I’m here to help you. If you stuck at any point, please leave your questions below or head on over to wpeagle.com/forums and post it there and I’ll do my best to help you out. Now I know you can do this. It’s not that hard. Take your time. If you need to re-watch any part of the video, just rewind and then watch it again so you get it clear in your head.
By the end of it, you would have created an affiliate marketing blog. Now, being able to do this is a really valuable skill. If you can start creating affiliate marketing sites and the content to go with them, you can start to earn some really good money and that’s money, that’s residual income. It doesn’t require you to be there for you to earn it.
You’re basically earning it in your sleep. If you’re interested in finding out how some of my viewers have done after watching previous tutorial videos of mine, do check out the channel. I’ll put some links to them in the description below but in those videos you better find out the kind of money people have been making, the sort of niches they’ve been promoting and all that kind of stuff.
So yeah, do check that out if you not already convinced that affiliate marketing is a great way to change your life for the better. So that’s the end of the introduction. I’m gonna get on the laptop now. I’m gonna take you through how to build this affiliate marketing blog. Good luck. So the first thing we’re gonna do is set up our hosting. Now, the hosting is where your website basically lives on the internet. You need hosting in order to create a website and it’s gonna be the one cost that you’re gonna incur when it comes to setting up the blog that I’ve already shown you. So I’ve chosen HostGator. I love HostGator. The main reason is they’re great value for money. I wanna keep your costs to an absolute minimum so HostGator is a great choice on that front.
But just because they are good value for money, doesn’t mean that the service suffers in any way. In fact, it’s the opposite. HostGator offer a great service when it comes to hosting. Their support is excellent. And the performance and everything you get from HostGator, I’ve never had a problem with it. I find their sites for the money to be nice and fast. You’ve got all the features that you’d like so it’s very easy to instal WordPress and all that kind of thing. As I already said, if you have any problems and they’re raised, you get hold of via their live chat and there’s a few other things that they guarantee for you.
You get 24/7 support, 365 a year, has a 45-day money-back guarantee. So if for whatever reason, you’re not happy with HostGator, you can just cancel it, get your money back, get a refund, move on, no worries. And they also promise a 99.9% uptime which is great because you don’t want your website to to go down because I mean, you’re gonna be missing out on traffic and possibly sales. So I love them, I’m always recommending them and people that have used them based on my recommendation, tell me that they’ve always had a good service and nothing to worry about. They’ve won some awards as well, so I am highly recommend HostGator. And as a little sweetener, I’ve also got a discount voucher which I’m gonna share with you in a few moments which will allow you to get a discount on the already low prices. So let’s get started. We just need the basic Web Hosting, that’d be fine for us. If we do need to scale up in the future, say we get quite a lot of traffic, we could then maybe move to the Cloud Hosting or even Dedicate if we get that big.
But for now, Web Hosting is just fine. You don’t need the WordPress Hosting. Though we are gonna be installing WordPress, you don’t actually need the WordPress hosting, you can do it with the Web Hosting so that’s a little tip there for you. So here’s the plans and the plan you’re gonna choose basically depends on your requirements. We’re just gonna be setting up the one site then the Hatchling Plan is probably fine for you. If you’re thinking that maybe you’re gonna end up having a nice portfolio of different affiliate websites or web sites in general, then maybe the Baby Plan or the Business Plan might be better for you because they offer unlimited domains.
So let’s go for the Hatchling Plan. I’m just gonna click Sign Up Now! Starting at a month but I’m gonna show you how you can actually get that cost down in a second. So we’re over at the Order Form. The first question it’s asking us is about our domain name. Now a domain name is a .com or .co.uk or something similar to that. It’s basically the address of your website so you’re gonna need a domain name in order to create a website. You need hosting and you need a domain name. Now, if you don’t have a domain name already, you can just start typing away into this box and what’ll happen is HostGator will do a search that’s gonna show you, weightlossadvice. Something like that.
And you pick your extension. So we were gonna go for .org. Unfortunately, that one’s not available but then it’s offering me the ones that are available. So you can choose on them or you just go back here and start adding some extra words or something to try and find one that is available. Obviously every domain name needs to be unique for it to work. So yeah, someone’s already registered a domain name, you better register it.
There we go, we found one that is free, weightlossadviceblog.com. So if I wanted that domain name, I’ll then just carry on. I’ve already got a domain name that I’ve already registered over at GoDaddy. So I’m gonna be using that one today. If you’ve already registered domain name, what you need to do is not use this box but actually click on this tab over here which says I Already Own This Domain. Actually just gonna refresh this page because I’ve confused it a little bit. There we go, yes so, if you really got a domain name, click on the tab I Already Own This Domain and then enter your domain name in here. Mine is rapidweightloss, I’m gonna type, losstools.com. Let’s just say it’s a domain name that I’ve already got registered over at GoDaddy. If you’ve already registered domain name, that’s fine. It doesn’t matter if it’s with GoDaddy or someone else. I’m gonna show you how you can use that domain name as we go through the tutorial.
So that’s the first bit done. So you’re gonna register a new domain or you’re gonna enter the domain you already own. So the next part of the form is to choose our hosting plan. And we’ve already selected Hatchling and Hatchling will be fine. We selected that on the previous page. So the next question it’s asking is a billing cycle. So you can even just have a one month rolling contract if you’re not sure of the commitment that you wanna give today. However, I will recommend if you wanna get the hosting at a good price, try and commit for as long as possible. So the price starts going down when you hit 12 months. You’re getting a 33% discount and I’m also gonna give you another code that’s gonna give you another discount so that’s really gonna bring the price down. So if you can afford it today, do go for the 12 months because it’s gonna save you money in the long run. If you’ve got even more cash and you do wanna save and you’re committed to this project and you’re gonna keep the site running for a number of years, then you wanna go for 24 months or the 36 months, but probably 12 months is fine.
Your site’s probably not gonna start ranking and generating traffic for the first couple of months anyway while you’re building it and adding content. So you’re gonna need at least three to six months, so you might as well go for 12 months, save yourself some money. The next box is for the username. This is gonna be the username that you’re gonna be using to log in to HostGator. So enter whatever you like in there and then a PIN number in the next box and that allows you to contact support. They can ask you for that PIN if you do ring them. I’m not gonna fill in all this form right now. I’m gonna do it in a second. I’m not gonna bore you with all my billing details and all that kind of stuff which would be entering into this third section, so yeah, enter your email, your name, address, all that good stuff and of course, your payment information, whether you’re gonna be using credit card or PayPal. Section four is the additional services. Now, we’re not gonna need any of these services so we can just untick these boxes and again, get the cost down on our hosting.
I’ve got other videos and I’m gonna show you how to protect your site from hackers and backup your stuff on my channel. So yeah, be sure to check out my other videos where I can show you how to do this stuff for free. So section five, very important, is the Coupon Code. So if we look, at moment, our subtotal is $71.40. If you enter the code EAGLE30 and click Validate, now it looks like it’s gone up but that’s actually a little trick because what’s happened is HostGator has ticked this again. Let’s untick it. There we go. The price is now down. You’ve got a really be careful with that because HostGator for some reason, try and it seems a little bit dodgy to me. It’s one thing that I’m not happy with them about. They kinda try to add these extras without you noticing. So be sure before you go on to the next page that you’ve unticked all of these and that they haven’t tried to retick them again. So yeah, the code EAGLE30 is my code and give you an extra discount.
If you’re gonna go for the one month plan, it will give you that first month for just a penny. If you’re gonna go for a longer plan, it will give you a 30% discount on top of any other discounts that you’re already getting. It is an affiliate coupon which means I will receive a small commission if you do use it. It’s a great way of saying thank you for these videos to me and I really appreciate if you do use the code. So if you are using it thank you, thank you, thank you. And now we’re ready to go. So, it’s all good we just need to tick this box down here which is that you’ve read the terms and conditions, which of course we always read all the terms and conditions.
And then just click Checkout Now! and it’s now obviously asking me to fill in all those fields so what I will do is I will fill in these fields and I will sign up myself and then we’ll get on installing our WordPress. So, I completed the form, entered my payment information, all that kind of stuff. It’s all done. I’ve got this message here that they’re gonna be setting up my account so I need just wait a few minutes and keep an eye on my inbox because I’m gonna get an email very shortly from HostGator with all my login details and everything I need to set up my website.
So, as soon as that’s here, we’ll carry on. So the email has arrived. It didn’t take very long. This email contains very important information that we’re gonna need regarding our hosting. So the first bit is the billing information. So if you wanna check your invoices, that kind of stuff, it’s just your billing settings with HostGator. You’re gonna need this first link and log in with your email address and this password. But what we’re gonna need is the control panel and you can find the link to that just here so I’m gonna give that a click. Then if we just go back to email, we can see that the username is weighttools which is the one I actually entered into the order form and it will be the one that you entered into your order form and then the password is just here. So I’m just gonna copy that into my clipboard by highlighting it and then pressing Control C or Command C on a Mac and then paste it in with Control V or Command V on a Mac and then I’m ready to log in.
I click Log In. I can save that password in my browser. Got a few messages popping up, I can just close those down. Okay, so the control panel may look a little bit overwhelming. There’s lots of things in here. But the good thing is we don’t actually need most of them. What we’re gonna be doing right now is installing WordPress and there’s a link to do that right here at the top. Build a New WordPress Site so let’s give it that a click. And we’ve got this wizard that pops up. So I’m gonna select my domain which is rapidweightlosstools. This directory box, you can leave blank, let’s just click Next. Let’s give the site a name so I’m just gonna call it the name of the domain which is a Rapid Weight Loss Tools. Create the admin user. Just put wpeagle. WP as my first name and Eagle as my last name. Then my email address here which is firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave this box ticked that says automatically create a new database for this installation and then tick the terms of service agreement and click Instal.
It’s gonna take a few moments to instal WordPress for us. And then it’s done. Now, this page is important because it’s showing us our WordPress login information. So the login information that we just looked at was to our hosting control panel. This login is to do with our WordPress installation. So make a note of this password. I’m just gonna copy it to my clipboard. I’ll show you how we can change it in a second. So the next thing we’re gonna do is we’re gonna repoint our domain name.
So this is for the guys that have already got a domain registered, maybe at GoDaddy or Namecheap or NameStore or somewhere like that. If you just registered a domain name with HostGator, you filled in the box that said new domain name, then you don’t need to do this step and you’re probably good to go. Although if your website’s not loading up, it’s because you just need to wait a little longer for the registration and everything to go through.
So yeah, if you’ve got a new domain name then you can skip forward a little bit. You can find a chapter list with timestamps in the description of this video so you can just click forward to the next step if you want to or indeed join us and watch as we repoint our DNS. So I’m gonna log into GoDaddy. Go to godaddy.com. You would go over to whoever your domain name is registered with. I’m already logged in so I can go to Manage Domains.
Cool, it’s gonna just ask me to login again, that’s fine. Okay, I’m just gonna type in a rapid. There we go it’s found it. Okay, so that’s the domain name that we’re gonna be using to the site. I just need to adjust the DNS service. So to do that, I’m gonna click on these little dots and go to manage DNS. Now, they’re currently set to this one here Tsohost. You also be set to probably the domain registrar’s servers and we’re gonna do is gonna click Change. I’m just gonna take these out, and then I’m gonna go back to the email that we got from HostGator and in here, we can see our name server.
So the first one is this one. I’m just gonna copy that to my clipboard, paste it in there and the next one is just here. Copy that to my clipboard, paste it in there and click Save. So if you’re not with GoDaddy, what you want to do is just log into the control panel with whoever your domain is registered with and look for those name server settings. They’ll be under DNS or name servers and you’ll find the box within there that you can paste those HostGator name servers into. That’s all done. Now this change is gonna take a few moments for it to go around the world and tell all the servers and all that kind of stuff. So we just need to wait a little while. I’m gonna close GoDaddy. Now, we know it’s working when we click on this login button.
And something appears. Basically a login screen for WordPress. At the moment, it’s not there because I just updated the name servers. Okay, that didn’t actually take very long. I just waited like a minute or two and now the WordPress login screen is coming up. You’ll find this login page if you go to your domain name, /wp-admin. Now in here, we’re gonna need that username and password from just few moments ago when we installed WordPress. Now, if you lost the password, for whatever reason you lost that page that was open with the password on while you were doing your domain name stuff, don’t panic. You will have received an email like this from HostGator that says your WordPress is installed and that’s got your username, password in there. So I can just copy that password. I know the username wpeagle. Password and then you click Remember Me. Makes it easy on your app to log in again in the future. So here we are, we could save the password if you like.
I’ve got a little kind of wizard here but we don’t need that so I’m just click I don’t need help, thank you very much. And we’re good. The first thing I actually gonna do is I’m gonna just change the password so that I’ve got a password that I can actually remember. So do that, I’m gonna go into here and into Edit My Profile at the top. And if I scroll down, here is the the password, we can generate new passwords or we can type one in that we might actually remember. I can click Confirm use of weak password, and there we go. Now I’m using password that I’ll actually remember. So the first thing I wanna do is actually just clean up this instal because HostGator instal quite a few plugins and things that we don’t really need right now.
It’s better just to instal your own plugin. So I’m go into Plugins and Installed Plugins. And I’ve got Google Analytics and things which is fine. Actually that’s not a bad plug-in for Google Analytics and let’s leave that one there. But we don’t need this Jetpack. We don’t need Jetpack and we don’t need Hello Dolly. So I’m just gonna untick those and click Delete and Apply. They’re gone. Now, we don’t need these other ones either. The MOJO and the OptinMonster and WPForms Lite so we untick those. Go on this drop down down the bottom it and go Deactivate. Then we can tick them again and select Delete. Yes I’m sure, thank you. So I’ll leave the Google Analytics. It’s great way of tracking your traffic. I’ve got lots of videos on my channel about Google Analytics but basically you just go over to Google Analytics, create an account and then it’s very easy to link it just by doing the settings in there, or indeed by clicking up there.
Okay, so we’re good. Let’s have a look at the site. If we click up here on Visit Site. Here is our site. It’s running the basic theme, 2016 possibly, might be even 2017. So what we’re gonna do next is I’m gonna change the theme. This theme is nice but I’ve got another one that I like. It’s one that comes with WordPress straight out the box. So we’re gonna change the theme and then we’re gonna add some content. I’m gonna show you how to add some affiliate links and then you’re good, we’re all done. I say this is a great quick and easy video. If you wanna take a little bit more advanced, add the extra themes then do check out some of the other videos on my channel. So yeah, let’s do that thing first of changing the theme. I’ll just close my email, I don’t need that.
So if we go back into the dashboard, then go into Appearance and Themes. So yeah, we’re on 2017. And a theme that I actually want is 2014 which isn’t here. So to add it, I’m gonna go up to Add New. Type in 20, and it should come up. And yeah, 2014, that’s what I want. And that’s installed and then if we click Activate, and we’re good to go. So there are a tonne of themes in that libraries.
All of them are free. Although I’d recommend if you wanna take your sites to the next level that you go for a premium theme and check out somewhere like theme forest and get something really nice from there. Okay, so let’s have a look at the site now. And yeah, we’re good. So what we need to do is add some content. I think it’s good to get the content on as quick as we can so then we can see what the site looks like and how its laid out and all that kind of stuff.
Now I’ve got free articles ready to go. They’re in Word. And what I’m gonna do is I’m just gonna kinda copy and paste them in and then I’m gonna add some images and some links and that way. Okay, so I’ve got some articles ready to go now. I’m gonna recommend to you that before you kinda launch you’re site, get everything ready. You’re gonna need around 10 articles, good quality articles, even write them yourself or you find a good writer on somewhere like Upwork. Be sure to check out some other videos on my channel, especially the ones with Doug Cunnington where he talks about this in more detail. Now I’ve got free ready so far for this site and for this tutorial. I’ve got this folder on my computer here. Some free articles and I’ve also got a few images. I’m getting my images from Shutterstock. When you’re getting images, be sure to pay for them or at least get the correct permissions before you start putting images on your site, otherwise, you could get in trouble and I wouldn’t want that.
So let’s start with the first article which is this one here. 10 Ways you can lose weight FAST. Just give it a click. Here it is. So it’s quite a nice, long article. You’re gonna want probably around a thousand words, really to make it really work well for you. And a few images and that kind of stuff. So let’s add this to the site as our first one. So to do that, I’m gonna go back to site and look up here and go to New, Post. And we can start entering all the content here. So the first thing is the title. So I’m just gonna copy and paste and I’m gonna go back to the document.
Copy that to the clipboard, paste that. 10 Ways you can lose weight FAST. And then I’m gonna get the rest of this content here. I actually do it in chunks because I need to add the images myself, ideally. It’s best not to copy and paste them out of Word. So let’s just take that bit of text, and I’m actually gonna switch to the Text input. Just ’cause I don’t want any of the formatting and stuff to come over from Word, I want to do it all myself.
So just paste that in. I’m just gonna add a few spaces there between these paragraphs like that. And I’ll add some text effects in a second. I just wanna get it on here for now. So I just wanna add an image down here. That bit of steak or whatever it was. Let’s click Add Media and then click Select Files and then we can just browse around on our computer, find the right folder, hopefully. Always having everything’s in the wrong place today. Rapid Weight Loss tools, Articles and yeah, right about there. So that’s some image of some food. I’m gonna align it centre. There’s some options down here. And put it on Full Size, and there we go. Insert into post. That’s good. We can switch back to Visual if you wanna just have a look at how things are going. It’s looking alright. So let’s carry on and add the rest of the content. And at the end, we’re gonna add some affiliate links. I hate this layer on Word, just going to one, thank you.
I think I want that little snippet there. Okay, let’s copy this bit of text. Here we go. That’s part one. In fact I’m gonna take these images out of Word, they’re just in the way. And I can copy and paste the all lot in one big go. Why is number one down there again? What’s going on with my article here? Okay, we’re good. Let’s get rid of that. So I’ll just clean up the article. Depends where you get your articles from and how they come up, see if you write yourself, then I don’t have a problem but if you bought them or whatever then, they may need a little bit of tidying up.
So let’s just copy all this stuff all the way up to number two. Hey, I don’t want you, woman. There we go. Copy all that and paste it and there we go. We got it all in here. So let’s go through and add some paragraphs. In fact, now we can switch to the Visual because I’ve pasted it all in. I’m ready to start formatting. So that’s good. Let’s make this a heading. So I’m just gonna highlight it, go up here and let’s go for Heading 3, that sounds good.
And this one too, Heading 3. And a little bit of spacing here. Oh, hang on, that’s not right. I’m just gonna undo that. Just gonna add a bigger space. Sometimes that happens. There we go. Now it’s good. I think you get the idea. So I’m gonna carry on just doing this and formatting everything up. I’ll do a quick edit on the video so you don’t have me painstakingly go through and formatting my content. It’s something that’s worth doing and definitely spend a bit of time getting your content looking as good as you possibly can. There’s videos on my channel about using the WordPress editor and all that stuff. But it’s pretty straightforward.
It looks basically like Word. And if you can use Word, you’ll be just fine. You just add headings and boldings and all that kind of stuff. It’s also a little bit annoying like Word. It just jumps around a little bit sometimes where you don’t want it to. But I’m getting there so as I said, let’s do a quick edit and then we’ll get on to just kinda adding some more images and adding our affiliate links. See you in a sec. Okay, so I formatted all the content. It’s all looking good. When you finish, just click the Publish button. And we can take a look at the post by clicking here, on the View post link. So here is our lovely article. I say lovely, it needs a few extra bits and bobs, it needs some affiliate links, of course, and it needs a few images. So let’s do that now, and we also need to put it into a nice category actually so that everything’s organised correctly on our WordPress site.
So let’s do a category. If you don’t add any categories, it’s just gonna put them in Uncategorized which is not very exciting. So I’m gonna untick that, I’m gonna click Add New Category and I’m gonna just call it Lose Weight. Yeah, Lose Weight is fine. I’ll maybe have another category on exercise and that kind of thing. And also you’ll choose categories that are suitable for your niche or niche if you’re American. And yeah, make sure that you put everything into relevant category so people can easily find your articles. The next thing is tags. Now, technically they’re useful in terms of grouping stuff together. So for this tag, we might just put again Weight Loss, Diet, Exercise. Just words that are about the content. Allows WordPress to group stuff together again, so it’s more logical. It’s optional, later if you wanna remove tags we don’t want to. So let’s now set a featured image. Now a featured image appears around the site and sometimes at the top of the post. So it’s definitely worth doing. So I’m gonna click set featured image. Upload another file from my computer.
I’ve got a lovely one here called Belly Fat. So just a quick tip though. I’m inserting into this video after I’ve actually recorded the bulk of it but I realised as I got to the end of the tutorial, that the best size for your featured image is 1038 by 576, or an aspect ratio of that. So if you’ve got a smaller image like this one, say for example, a thousand wide, then the height needs to be 555 and you can find these values by using an aspect ratio tool. Let me show you what that is. I’m just gonna Google it. Ratio calculator will be fine. I quite like this one. I actually like the old one, so let’s go to the old one. So you type in your original, the image size that we need which as I say is 1038 by 576, and if you type in the current width that you’ve got on your image and then do calculate, we can see that the height we need is 555.
But usually, if you get it that shape, it’ll look really nice on the site, otherwise, there’ll be kinda space around it and it will look a bit weird. So let’s adjust the size of the image now. The good thing is that you can edit images within WordPress so I’ve selected the belly fat there and if I click Edit Image and then if I just highlight, kinda rough, the shape and size that I want. I could then type in over here, where it says Selection, the actual real height and width, 1000 by 555. Then if I click this little tool here which is Crop, that’s all done and then click Save.
And then set as featured image. So now that should look really nice on the site. So yeah, remember that size and you’ll be fine. 1038 by 576. Let’s carry on. There we go. I’ve got a couple more images that I wanna just drop in here. I’ve got an L-Carnitine. I don’t even know what that is. I’ve got one of them there, I’ve got an image which I’m gonna add. Like that. Gonna centre it, it’s already centred, that’s fine, insert into post. Here we go. I’ve got another one down here on fish oils. Let’s do that. There we go. So let’s click Update and just have a look at the post now. See how it looks. Okay, looking good. There’s a featured image. A nice big belly at the top of our post, looks really good. If we scroll down, the post is like really coming together now. It’s got images, that kinda thing. So and there’s our tags and people can leave a comment at the bottom if they like. So the final thing we need to do on this post is add some affiliate links. So for this example, I’m gonna be using Amazon as my main merchant that I’m gonna be promoting, but of course, you may be promoting many merchants.
Maybe you sign up for ClickBank or Affiliate Window or Commission Junction, any of those guys. The principle is basically the same. You’re gonna be generating a tracking link that allows the merchants to track the clicks from your site over to them and of course then, track the sales so that you can earn a commission. So as I say, yeah, the technique is generally the same. You go over to the merchant, you generate a link and then you copy and paste it into your content. So let’s do that right now. If you’re not really signed up with Amazon, let me just head over there now, as an affiliate, all you need to do is go down to the bottom of the Amazon site that you’re promoting. Maybe it’s amazon.com or amazon.de or amazon.co.uk which is the one I’m on right now.
And you go down to Associates Programme down here, and then you just kinda have to click that button, Join Now For Free and off you go. You’ll have them ready to start generating links. I’m gonna log in. And I’m ready to go. Now, I’m just gonna manage my tracking IDs. This is a kind of Amazon only thing. I’m gonna make sure that I’ve got one for this site, which I don’t think I have.
Nope, so I’m just gonna create one. I’m gonna click Add Tracking ID and I call it rapidweightlosstools and click Create and there we go. And now, I’m ready to start linking to some products. So let’s go back to Amazon. And let’s have a look at our article. The first thing I’m gonna promote is one of those supplements. The carnitine. There we go. So I’m just gonna copy that and go to Amazon and paste it in search box. Find a product that looks good. This one looks good. Carnitine Xtreme. Perfect. Now of course, I could just link to this search page. That’d be fine. And to do that, I’ve got this SiteStripe across the top and I just click Text and I’ve got a link here which is the tracking link so I can insert that or I could pick a product specifically, like this Xtreme one. And again, just click on Text. That, there we go or we can even add an image. Like that. Sorry, that’s Text and Image. So click on Image to get an image. I need to select the right tracking ID which was that one, rapidweightlosstools. Then I could just copy paste that in and I’d get an image on my site as well.
But for now, I think I’m just gonna go for Text and I think I will just link to the search page because I don’t know which one’s best so people can make up their own mind. So I’m gonna click on Text. I’m gonna select the right tracking ID which is this one. Click Get Link. There we go and then I can just copy this link, go back to my content, click Edit Post and then scroll down to here. I’m gonna highlight that word there. I’m gonna click on the little chain and then paste the link in. I’m also gonna click on the little cog and just make it open in a new tab.
I’ll click on this image. Again, click on the link, insert the link, open in a new tab. The reason I do that is because I don’t them to close my site. As if I had just want them to go to Amazon but also stay on my site as well. Maybe highlight that word as well. Little cog. Make the link in a new window. There we go. I mean, I’m sure I could probably go through this bit of content and find other opportunities to link off to products. Here’s an obviously another way to do it. Another product even I can link to. It’s the omegas. So let’s search for a omega oil. Wow, there’s a whole load there.
That’s perfect. I’m gonna link to the search page again. It’s got the right tracking ID. Copy that link back to the post. Let’s link omegas like that. The image too. There we go. So I think that’s fine. There’s a couple of valuable affiliate links in there. Let’s say I’ll probably go and add some more if I really wanted to, but that’s fine for now. Let’s click Update. And it’s gonna take a look at what the site looks like. Actually one last thing before we do.
I’m just gonna adjust the date on this post. It’s set to today’s date which is the 4th October, but I sure want this to appear like it was done a little while back. Just because I’m gonna be adding another couple of bits of content today and I don’t want them all to be on the same date. So you can adjust the dates here. I set a date in the past back in September. If you set a date into the future, it will then schedule that post and will automatically publish it when it hits that date.
Okay. There’s View post. Okay, there’s a big belly, and scroll down. So we’ve got our link there and if we give that a click, there we go, we’re off to Amazon. And then if anyone makes a purchase, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a purchase of these supplements. They can purchase anything. They could buy a telly or some boots or whatever, dog food. You still get a commission. And there’s other ones. That’s looking good. So let’s just go back to our homepage. Now, the homepage has, I think we might need to set up our homepage.
It’s just showing post at the moment, so we’ll do that in a few moments. We’ll do some pages and kinda tidy this bit up down here as well. And that’d be a good thing to do. So what I’m gonna do, rather than put you through me copying and pasting lots of word content into the site, I’ve got two more posts. I’m gonna add them now and once I’ve done that, I’m gonna show you what they look like with their affiliate links and their images and all that kind of stuff and then we’ll go on adding a few pages and just tidying the site up after it’s all done.
Not too much more to do, thankfully. So yeah, I’ll see you in a few moments. Okay, so I’ve added some more content. Now we got three posts in total. They’re slightly different. So we’ve got the nine of the best books to help you lose weight. Obviously that’s an easy one, really, for linking to Amazon. So I have lots of books. By the way, I’ll just show you how I did these images. I’ve used the image option over on Amazon when you sign up as an affiliate and you’re using the SiteStripe. I selected a large image and then just copy this bit of code down here and pasted it in.
I’ll just show you exactly how that works in a test post here. To paste it in, you will need, I’ll just call this Test Post. You will need to be on the text editor and just paste in the code, and I switch to Visual. There we go, we can see the image. And it also adds a link so that someone clicks on that image and goes to Amazon, it’s one of your affiliate links, so you’re gonna get paid. Anyway, I don’t need that post. Let’s move it to trash. So the site is coming together nicely. I say we’ve got these free posts. This Hello World post which is the default WordPress example posts. We don’t need that so let’s click Trash.
If you need to get to this section, it’s under Posts and All Posts. So yeah, we’ve got the free posts looking good. The other one, sorry, is the best gym machines for weight loss. So again, it’s coupon for link into Amazon because I’m linking to expensive things like this this treadmill which is like a thousand pounds. So good commission on that if you sell one. And and there we go, yes. So, I bought these images, as I said before, from Shutterstock. They look really nice. So we’re kinda ready to just finish off the site now. We need to add a couple of pages. I’ll show you how to do that. I’ll show you how you can customise these colours and we’ll also set up the homepage so a little bit better. Maybe add a nice slider or something to the top. So let’s do that now. The first thing I’m gonna show you is the pages.
So, at the moment, we got this thing called sample page. It just shows a lot of pages. So the page is different to a post because the page is more static. It doesn’t change as often whereas posts, you’re gonna be adding on a regular basis. Hopefully, fairly regular. A page is static. So pages are great for things like about, as contact hours, any of those sort of pages where you wanna show off some information. And what we could do is just simply edit this page. That’s a good way of kind of starting. We can just change this to About us. When you change the permalink to about-us, there’s a hyphen. The permalink is basically the URL and then you can just add some text. So we find you all the best products and information on how to lose weight quickly. Now, you probably want to, obviously, put a bit more text than that but I think you get the idea. You can also set featured image though that doesn’t always show on pages so it’s not always necessary. So let’s have a look at our About Us page.
There we go, and it’s changed to About Us up there. If I wanted to add another page, we go up here in New, Page. This one could be Contact us. If you have a question, please get in touch. And then you’d maybe add your email address. So like contact. I actually not have an email address set up but you could enter a real one. If you’re interested in setting up a form, I’m not gonna go into that right now but you could add a form to this page where people just fill in the form and then get in touch for you.
Do check out my channel. I’ve got a couple of great videos on how to add forms. I say great, I think they’re okay. I mean, I’m kinda bigger myself up there a little bit. But yeah, there’s a couple of videos on how to add forms using free plugins or paid for plugins. Let’s say I don’t wanna clutter this video up with all that stuff, so if you wanna do these extra things like add forms, maybe a social media buttons, all that kind of stuff, check out the channel.
There’s stuff on there about all that stuff. That’s Contact us page. Set a template if you want. So maybe if you want it full width, you could do that. And this is no sidebar, entirely up to you. Okay, publish. And there we go. And it’s added it to the menu up there which is nice. If you wanted to adjust this menu along here, you go to Customise. And then Menus, then you click Add Menu, we’d call it Main Menu. Create Menu. And we’ll say appear in the top primary menu. There is obviously another menu section down the left if you need it. And then we could add some items, we can add the Home and the Contact us and the About us, and then we can just kind of reorder them like that by dragging them around.
Click Save & Publish. There’s our lovely menu. Looking good. So while we’re in here, let’s go through the customization thing. So I came into this section by going into Appearance and then Customise or by clicking on Customise across the top bar. The first section is Site Identity and it’s, the name of site is Rapid Weight Loss Tools. And we can change the tagline to helping you lose weight and quickly. A site icon if we like. The site icon is the bit that appears up in your tab. I don’t have on hand right now so I’ll leave that. Here, we’ve got the colours. So you can change the colour of the site title, there you go. We can maybe have it red or yellow or oh, yellow is not bad, is it? Green, green, let’s go for green. Change the background colour. That’s not doing anything, I guess that’s only visible on large screens so let’s not worry about. I should save and publish that. Like that. We can add a header image if we like. So that would fit across the top here.
Again, I don’t have more time if I ever want to use one, but if you do, you set it in here. It gives you a recommended size of 1260 by 240. Set a background image which may only be visible on widescreen so that will sit behind just the site if you wanted to do that. Menus, we’ve just been in. Widgets, right. So the widgets are down here. You’ve got the primary sidebar. So we got the Search, the Recent Posts, the Recent Comments, the Archives, the Categories and the Meta and you can just kinda drag these around like that.
You see how they’re moving. You can add new widgets if you like and there are tonnes of stuff that you can add here. So if you wanna add an image or some text. Let me just show you the Text, we could add a bit of text. Maybe call it About us. We’re here to help you lose weight fast and easily. So that’s handed that down there so you can add whatever you like. It’s just the same as page posts kind of editor and we drag that to the top and there it is, very nice. Then there’s the Content Sidebar which I’ll get to in a minute, actually, when we do the homepage, I’ll add something there. And then there’s a Footer Widget which I guess would be down here somewhere if you needed it. The one widget actually I don’t want is the Meta, that one there’s a bit, so you don’t need that, so I’m just gonna click Remove and then we’re done.
Save & Publish. So that’s the widgets and then we’ve got static front page and additional CSS which we don’t need either of those right now. Okay, so let’s get on and do the the homepage. So let’s just have a look at what we’ve got. I’m just gonna click the cross to come out of this. Go back. So, the moment, the homepage is just showing us like all the posts in their full entirety which is fine but I think we can do better. Be better just to show kind of snippets and maybe utilise the slider which is included with this theme. So let’s do that slider. Now, the way slider works is on tags. Remember the tags I showed you earlier on the posts? So if we tag, post up with a certain tag, they’ll be included in the slider.
So, maybe a good tag would be featured. I’ll just show you we could tag up the posts with the featured tag. Let’s go into the dashboard. Go in to Posts and All Posts. And then I’m gonna just highlight all of them. I’m gonna make all of them featured but I guess if you’ve got a lot of posts, you might just pick three or four. Tick those. I’m gonna go to Bulk Actions, Edit and then Apply. And I’m gonna add the tag, and I’m gonna call the tag slider. It’s fairly straightforward. You know, just add a comma. You don’t really need to add a comma, actually. Too fairly, let’s just put slider and click Update. So they’re all now tagged up with slider. And if we just go back to the site, and go to Customise while we’re on the homepage.
I’ve got this section here called Featured Content, So you can either have a grid layout. And let me show you what that looks like. Let me just change the tag name to slider. Okay, I don’t know if it’s actually gonna preview over here. We might have to go and have a look at the actual site. So just copy the URL. I’m gonna go into this tab, just paste that in. So we look in the site, ah, there we go. So there’s the grid kinda layout. There’s nothing to show here now because the free posts are up there. So that’s good. Let’s have a look at what the actual slider looks like. If we go to Slider, Save & Publish. All that is gonna preview. Go back to this tab, just refresh. Refresh. That’s not doing it, I mean. It did save. Okay, that could be a do to cache.
There’s a little bit of a caching system on the site so let’s just see if we need to clear that. I’m just gonna go back to the dashboard. Go to Caching, Purge All. So if you make a change and it doesn’t appear to have changed then that could be it. Let’s go back and refresh. There we go. So there’s our nice slider. Now, what I think I’m gonna do is I’m gonna take one of the posts out of the slider so that it sits below just to give you guys a bit of a idea of the layout, because I haven’t got any more post. So ahead right now. So I’m just gonna go back in to Posts and then All Posts.
And let’s go for this one. So I’m just gonna click Quick Edit and I’m just gonna take out the slider tag like that. Click Update. Now let’s go back to the site. Okay and there we go. So we’ve got the slider up top and then we’ve got the kind of other latest posts below. So what we’re gonna do now just to finish off the site, I’m gonna add a few other little bits of content.
I’m gonna add a few videos from YouTube. And of course ideally you’d be adding your own videos that you’ve created yourself but if that’s not possible, it’s fine just to add some videos that you’ve selected by other people. That’s fine, there’s no problem doing that. And I’m also gonna add a few inspirational quotes. Maybe just one or two of those all around weight loss and then with those posts, I’m gonna show them down the side here on the sidebar, so it appears on the content. It’ll become clear in a few moments. So let’s add a couple of videos. First I’m gonna do is I’m just gonna head over to YouTube and just do a search for weight loss and see if we get anything good. Yeah, they look good. So all we need is the link. So let’s go back to the site and go New, Post. What’s this first one called? It’s called Before & After 70 Pound Weight Loss Transformation. Based in the title, that all you need to do is get the link.
I can do that by right clicking and going Copy Link Address, paste it into the content and the video should just appear like that. Come down the right-hand side and select Video. I’m just gonna set the date in the past sometime, August is fine. And put it under a category if you like. Lose Weight. And then click Publish. So I’m just gonna add a couple more of these. Let’s do another one, Add New. Well that’s what? My Weight Loss Journey… The Honest Truth. Again, copy the link address, paste it in, select Video. Let’s change this back to a month ago. Let’s put it under Lose Weight. You can even create a category called videos, in fact, that might be nice. Let’s do that. If I could just spell videos, videos. And put it into categories if you like. Click Publish. Let’s do one more for luck. There’s good old boogie2988. I actually watch his channel. He’s quite an interesting guy. But yeah, he is a bit overweight if I’m honest.
Yeah, he’s losing it so that’s good. Not that I’m here to comment on weight loss, it just happens to be the subject to the site that I’m creating for this tutorial. You might be wondering why actually and the reason is that I’ve had this domain rapid weight loss tools for years and years and years. I bought it, yeah, a good while ago off Flippa and add a site attached to it. That was actually a little bit of money. That kind of fell away and I’ve just kind of been stuck with the domain name so I thought, well, might as well use it. So that’s why I’m using rapidweightlosstools.com. So here’s a final video. Let’s just publish this back, again September 6th. That’ll do. There we go. So next thing I wanna add is some inspirational weight loss quotes. So let’s do a search inspirational weight loss quotes. There’s some on Pinterest. That’s quite, I don’t know though, I can’t copy and paste. So for sure, that’s no good for me.
Let’s try this one. These aren’t very good. Nine things to say when you fall off the bandwagon. That’s a good one. Being defeated is only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. I’m just gonna copy this quote. Again, I think quotes are fine to use. There’s no copyright around quotes. If we select quote down here, I’m just gonna paste that in. There we go. I’m not quite sure what it’s gonna look like so we’ll have a look in a second. Let’s just put this back to July. So I want a kinda broad range of dates on the content so that’s why I’m putting them in the past. There we go. Okay so, I think we’re ready to go now. I don’t need any more quotes. One will be fine for now. Let’s add them to the sidebar. So to do that, let’s just take a look at the site. I’ll just show you exactly where they’re gonna go.
Okay, the videos are showing up there. I want this to be the top, this poster. Let’s just change the date on this. Let’s put it forward to September 26th. But you could see that the videos and that was showing up. So yeah, I want that one to be the first poster then that’s perfect. Go back to the homepage. There it is and then we’ve got the other videos which is fine. So I actually put the videos to appear down the right-hand side as well as I said. So let’s go into Widgets up here. Let’s start with the quote. So in the content sidebar, we need to add the 2014 specialised widget. I can’t even say that word. The ephemera, whatever that is. Let’s call it Inspirational Quote and I wanna show one ’cause I only got one and then I’m gonna choose the quotes, click Save then we’re gonna add the widget again, below it and for videos, I wanna show three videos and then select Video as the post format, click Save.
Let’s have a look. There is the quote. And there are the videos. So the site is looking really good now. I think, personally, I think it’s okay. I think it looks nice. See, you could change that to the grid layout if you wanted and you could even add a static page here if you want to rather than having content, but I think context good because the site is all about content.
That’s what a blog is for, content. So I think we’re about done. There’s one last change I want to do and that is the permalinks. Now the permalinks are the URL of the post. So this one is /index.php/2017 blah, blah, date and all that stuff, it is too much. I wanna simplify it, which is good, not only for your visitors but also good for search engines. So I’m back into the Dashboard. I’m gonna go to Settings, come on, Settings and Permalinks. In a moment, we set to Custom Structure. I’m just gonna put this to post name and then I’m actually gonna go back into Custom Structure and I’m just gonna add the word category, surrounded by percentage signs and then a slash. So what that’s gonna do is insert the category and then the post name. So that’s done, same setting then I’ll show you what that actually looks like on the front. So if we click on one of these posts.
Like this one, Nine Of The Best Books To Help You Lose Weight. URL is now /books because that’s the category and then the name of the post and we’ve got rid of that index and all the other weird stuff, so. Yeah, the site I think is ready to go. I’m not gonna do any more in this video. I think I’ve got you to a point now where you be able to run with it and add more content and customise the site.
One thing I have actually done between edits is I’ve changed that background colour. You remember earlier I changed it to white. I didn’t like it as white. This is the background here. I’ll show you again in the Customise just quickly. Under Colours, you’ve got this Background Colour. Now, you can actually see it when you’re doing the preview but it is there. It’s over on the right hand side on my screen as I just showed you.
And I think a darker colour is better. And it was white when I was messing around but yeah, this is colour here. I think it looks better as a dark colour. You can also add an image if you want. That’s done within that settings area and the customise again if you wanna do that. But yeah, I think let’s wrap this video up. I hope you’ve got to this point. Well done if you have. Sure to subscribe and check out the channel for more videos. I’m gonna be adding a few extra bits to this site going forward. I will create some more videos. Like doing some SEO on it and adding some more plugins to jazz it up a bit. But for now, you’ve you’ve probably got this far and you’ve got a great site and you’re ready to add more content and get going and it will get, you know, it’s a foundation that you can you can build on.
So, well done. Again, congratulations. These videos are always longer than I hoped it to be so well done if you got this far. You’ve done really well. So let’s got off the laptop and let’s go back to me talking to the camera. Congratulations. Well done, you made it to the end of the video. I hope you’ve got a lovely site set up and ready to go and you’re in the process of adding content to it. The next thing you’re gonna wanna do is generate some traffic and maybe add a few extra features to the site so be sure to check out my channel. I’ve got loads of videos on that stuff including generating traffic and adding various plugins like social media buttons and forms. I’d love to see your site so be sure to leave links in the comments below and I will take a look at those.
And if they look really good and if you have some success, I may even feature them in an upcoming video. If you’re not already subscribed, then please do click on the eagle up there and click the little bell icon to be notified when I upload. Here’s another video actually, from the channel that you might enjoy and I’ve got a couple other channels. Yeah, check them out. Until next time. Bye for now..
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