Website / Website Builder
The first item you need is a website that is fully customizable and gives YOU total control of EVERY aspect of your site. That includes changing the theme, adding plugins that enhance the functionality and appearance of your site and, most importantly, lets you decide where your site is being hosted.
Wealthy Affiliate provides its SiteRubix site builder that will create the framework of your site in less than 2 minutes. Watch how it works!
You now have a fully functioning website, no matter if you created the site for a domain you own, or if it is a SiteRubix sub domain.
The use of the Wealthy Affiliate Website Builder is FREE of Charge!
Domain Name & Website Hosting
Purchasing your own domain name is pretty simple. Once you settled on the name you wish to use, check for availability and price.
Preferably, the domain name should be equal or related to the niche/product you decided to do business in. For example, if you want to promote Fishing Kayaks, a domain (URL) of fishingkayaks.com would be perfect. Right?
Often times you will find that he most logical domain names, especially with the .com, .net, ,org extensions are either taken, or immensely expensive.
Having said that, compromises must be made and you will come up with a name that fits AND is affordable.
Regular domain names are allocated and managed by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and cost between $13.99 and $19.99 per year (includes WHO IS protection).
If you are new to the game and looking for the most affordable hosting, you will find a bunch of offers that sound great. But beware, these $1.99 per year, or ONE PENNY per month ads are nothing but teaser offers and before you know it, you will be charged $15 or more per month.
The Wealthy Affiliate Hosting Plan includes many items other hosting providers will charge you extra, like additional email accounts, and offers a feature that lets you TURN ON/OFF the FREE Site SSL & Spam Blocker, and lets YOU choose between Accelerated and Extreme Site Speed!
Keyword Research Tool
Keyword ~ A keyword, in the context of search engine optimization, is a particular word or phrase that describes the contents of a Web page. Keywords are intended to act as shortcuts that sum up an entire page. Keywords form part of a Web page’s metadata and help search engines match a page to with an appropriate search query.
Keywords and keyword phrases are important, if not the most important criteria of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) that will determine the ranking of your site and the individual pages & posts.
Keyword tools will show you...
The image below shows you the result of a keyword search for a review post I published over 4 years ago.
What do the numbers mean?
Well, I published this article on February 15 of 2015, got Page 1 ranking just 2 days later and still is on page 1 just below 3 ranked videos
There it is, on Page One in Google searches, but also when you search with Bing or Yahoo. The article draws an average of 200 visitors per day.
JAAXY Lite is FREE for Wealthy Affiliate Premium Members, Starter Members have 30 free searches.
Free Alternative: Google Keyword Tool
In order to use this free tool, you need to sign up for Google AdSense to get access to the tool that is located within your AdSense Account
Affiliate Networks or Merchants
As soon as you decided on your NICHE and start creating your website, you should also start to find products to promote AND connect with either the Merchant of the products or relevant Affiliate Networks.
The easiest way to find out WHO is going to pay your commissions is to do an internet search:
'product + affiliate program'
Then fill out the applications. It may take 3 to 14 days before you hear back, or you find out details on their website.
I recommend the following Affiliate Networks:
Note: If you apply at Amazon and don't make a sale within 90 days, they will cancel your account. But don't worry, just re-apply and your account will be re-instated.
Affiliate Marketing Training & Support
Nobody is born an Affiliate Marketer and as with any other profession or trade, proper training and support is necessary to become successful.
Here is a summary of what you can expect from a Wealthy Affiliate Membership (for all the details see my extensive review).
1) Online Entrepreneur Certification
The Online Entrepreneur Certification (OEC) training is a 5 Level (50 Video lessons) series of courses walking you through the process of creating and growing a business within absolutely ANY Niche that you want.
2) Affiliate Bootcamp
The Affiliate Bootcamp training is a 7 Level (70 Video lessons) series of courses walking you through the process of creating and establishing a business in a niche related to the promotion of Wealthy Affiliate.
3) Weekly Live Webinars
An expert Marketers covers EVERY object related to Affiliate Marketing in live events, including case studies on how to make money with small niche websites
4) Website Hosting
Described in detail above
5) Live Chat
Get immediate support from member in a live chat setting. Co-founders Kyle & Carson participate every day
6) Free Keyword Tool
Described in detail above
7) All Website Services
Described in detail above
8) Website Support 24/7/365
Website and general Wealthy Affiliate Support will respond in less than 5 minutes, even on weekends and holidays. You will never receive an email, or Personal Message saying...'sorry, we are closed for the weekend...'
9) 12 Classroom Settings
Specialized to address different subjects or problems to provide immediate support
Minimum Budget Requirements
Wealthy Affiliate Starter Membership: FREE
Described in detail above: 10 video lessons of both courses, 2 FREE Websites on SiteRubix subdomains.
Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership:
$49 per month / $1.50 per day or
$359 per year / $0.98 per day
One Domain Name: max $19.99
Keyword Tool: FREE
The WA membership fee and cost for 1 domain name will get you going. Depending on your niche, products and the time and effort you will be able to invest, you should see monetary returns after 3 to 5 months;
Useful Additional Tools Or Gadgets
Early man didn't have many tools and it comes as no surprise that it took many thousands of years to evolve into what we are today.
Luckily, there are many tools available for aspiring affiliate marketers that help speed up the process of growing your online business.
Let me give you a short list of useful tools:
~ Autoresponders are simply a sequence of automated emails that are sent to a subscriber, based on a trigger event.
I am sure you heard the sayings 'build your list' or 'the money is in the list'. What that means is quite simple. The content attracts visitors to your site, they read your post, but only 1 out of one hundred is actually ready to buy the product you promote.
Once they leave your site, there is no guarantee that they will come back to your site whenever they decide to finally buy that darn thing.
Some clever folks came up with a solution to that problem...
Offer the visitors something that entices them to 'trust you with their email address'. You offer doesn't have to be something with monetary value, it can be the promise of 'valued information' .
You now have the opportunity to send them an email, reminding them of their interest in the particular product(s) they were reading about on your site, in the hope that they have reached the point sere they are actually ready to spend their money and make a buy.
This is where Autoresponder systems comes into play. They collect the email address, send out a 'thank you' note, and automatically send emails at a specified schedule.
My advise: Consider to integrate an autoresponder system as soon as your site gets traffic. The sooner the better. You can start out with a FREE system, and upgrade once you see money come in.
MailChimp: FREE up to 2,000 subscribers
Optin Monster: $9 per month and up/billed yearly
GetResponse: $15 per month (List size to 1,000)/billed monthly
AWeber: $19 per month (List size to 500)/ billed monthly
~ WordPress plugins are add-on software that can be uploaded to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site. Most plugins are FREE of Charge but offer a paid version with added functionality
Jing is a FREE tool to capture screenshots and record simple videos
Bitly is a URL shortening service that replacesGoogle 's goo.gl. You can save the shortened url's and use Bitly to track 'clicks'
You will be in need of images for your content. Wealthy Affiliate provides a library of over 1 Million FREE Stock photos
Canva is a FREE graphic design tool which allows you to create your own graphics for your website.
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