Build a useful, interesting website on your theme
STEP 5: Build a useful, interesting website on your theme
Here's a very important step. Many newcomer affiliates who fail do so because they have overlooked its importance.
Don't just build a website. Build a useful, interesting website on your theme.
One of the best ways is to build a site which solves people's problems. USEFUL sites also often help their visitors decide which products to buy.
Create a content rich, keyword-rich site, designed to be found in search engines.
Show your personality. Have a bit of fun. Be memorable. You need to connect with your visitors. Remember that people like buying from people they like.
There's no space in this affiliate program tutorial to describe how to build a website. For that, you'll need a good instruction manual.
If you're short of money, you can hunt for free information on sites such as HTMLGoodies (for tips on HTML).
Much more important than the tool you choose is the INSTRUCTOR you choose.
You'll save yourself an enormous amount of time and frustration if you take the plunge and get a good instruction manual.
Here are the two best options:
(1) If you want to use WordPress, I recommend Rosalind Gardner's Affiliate Blogger Pro.
WordPress began as a blogging tool, but these days it can be used to build blogs or websites.
While WordPress is very nicely designed and easy to use, the major challenge you face with it is that there are many thousands of Internet pages of conflicting advice on how to best use it and which of the 24,000+ (I'm not joking!) plugins to use. If you choose the WordPress route, be aware that, to be successful, you need MUCH MORE than that tool. If you choose WordPress, you also need to buy reliable web hosting, and find reliable advice on choosing a profitable niche, keyword research, attracting visitors, and monetization.
Rosalind, who's a real been-there-done-that super affiliate, does a fantastic job of leading you neatly through this maze, in a logical, methodically organized manner.
Her tutorials, videos and screenshots show you how she builds very successful affiliate sites. She takes you right inside some of her own successful sites and explains why they're designed they way they are, and why they are effective sellers.
She starts right at the beginning, discussing topics such as myths about doing business online, mistakes to avoid, how to choose the best topic, how to choose the right domain name, how to get traffic, etc.
Her “Academy”, updated regularly, takes you step-by-step through the whole process.
One particularly useful feature is her explanation of how she achieves high conversion rates (visitor-to-sales ratios), achieving conversion rates of 4% or 6% while most affiliates are happy with 1%.
Another of the strengths of her training is her descriptions of a wide variety of ways to attract visitors to your site. This is important – too many affiliates rely on just one or two traffic-generating methods. The more traffic-generating methods you have, the safer your business is.
Rosalind is genuinely successful, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. She's also a very successful author, with sales of more $1 million from her affiliate handbook. (Affiliate Blogger Pro is an updated, much extended version of her affiliate handbook.)
When you learn from her, you're learning from a winner.
Learn more about Rosalind's Affiliate Blogger Pro here.
(2) For affiliates who want to simplify things as much as possible and automate the tedious techie stuff, I strongly recommend Ken Evoy's SBI system.
SBI is a brainstorming, researching, site-building, site-hosting, site-promoting suite of tools, all in one place.
Once you have SBI, you don't have to go scurrying all over the Net adding more tools and software. You have all you'll ever need in one package, so you can concentrate on the fun part – creating useful, interesting, profitable content.
I strongly recommend you build your first site with SBI, which has tens of thousands of users.
Watch this short video…
SBI comes with a newly updated, truly comprehensive instruction manual (and videos), a step-by-step Action Guide, and a truly superb private forum where SBI users and coaches share information and help each other.
SBI is the tool I give my assistants. Take the free Video Tour and you'll understand why.
You could build a site without SBI, but using it saves you time and effort by simplifying the process. It provides a recipe for business success.
SBI teaches you how to optimize your web pages so they'll be found in search engines. After building a page, you click the “Analyze It” button and it tells you what you need to do to improve it.
The SBI process really works. Two of the SBI sites that my former assistant, Rupert, built are included in the case studies on the SBI site.
SBI comes with a risk-free, 90-day satisfaction and success guarantee.
So… what's stopping YOU from trying SBI?
If something is, I strongly recommend you watch this new 35-second YouTube video. It will make everything a lot clearer…