The popularity of the World Wide Web has exploded in recent years. In fact, there are estimates that there are over a million websites online as of today! As you can imagine, there are plenty of people that go online and browse these websites.
It’s a well-known fact that only popular websites get the most visitors each day. Some of those websites are blogs run by individuals and companies. But did you know that many of those blogs are self-monetizing? In other words, they pay for themselves!
Affiliate linking is big business. In case you wondered, it refers to a process where bloggers get a cut of any sales made from affiliate links.
Let’s say that you have an affiliate link to an electronics store website. If one of your blog visitors clicks (or taps) that link, a cookie gets stored on their device. If they happen to buy something on that website, you will get a commission from the electronics store.
If you like the sound of making money by blogging and using affiliate links, this handy guide is for you. Here is a crash course on how you can set up an affiliate linking blog.
The first step is to register a domain name for your blog. At the same time, you will have to think about the name of your blog. Some people use domain names that are the same as the blog content.
Others might use a random domain name. Whatever you choose, make sure you buy a domain name from a reputable domain registrar.
Now that you have bought your domain name, the next step is to find somewhere to host your website. The host or server that you use links together your website with your chosen domain name.
Steer clear of those $2/month hosting providers. Your website will be unavailable more than it is online, and security on the server will likely be lax too. Do some online research and go with a trusted host.
At this point, things will start to come together! Once your domain name and hosting gets organized, you should now use a good publishing platform for your blog. I recommend WordPress. It powers over 75 million websites around the world, and it’s free!
Many hosting providers offer a one-click install of WordPress so that you can set up your website in minutes. You should consider using a premium WordPress “theme” from somewhere like ThemeForest. The free WordPress ones are OK, but the premium ones offer the highest impact to visitors.
Now is the time to start posting up some content! Make sure that it’s relevant to the theme of your website. So if your blog is about tech gadgets, it would be pointless writing about vacation destinations in the Far East!
At this stage, you should also sign up to affiliate link companies like AffiliateWindow. Insert your affiliate links into your blog content so that they are natural-looking and not “spammy”!
Search engine optimization
If you feel that you aren’t getting enough traffic to your website, you should consider hiring an SEO expert. Are you unsure of how to outsource your SEO? If that’s the case, there are plenty of guides online that will show you what questions you need to ask before you hire anyone.
Good luck with your affiliate link blog empire!
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