Guide : 10 step guide for starting an Affiliate Business

Step 1 – What is Affiliate Marketing ?

Before staring with affiliate Marketing its important you completely understand and learn about concept of affiliate marketing ,if you are newbie or still have any doubts please check out  these Affiliate marketing FAQ’s for beginners and  Affiliate marketing Glossary – Key Terms, Jargons, Abbreviations ?

Step 2- Think of a affiliate website idea

Its always pays to be first in the market with a new idea.You can pick any niche based on your interest or most probably a niche where their is demand and no competition and create a website for same.

Here is a list of most popular categories for affiliate marketing in India, you could easily find in niche inside these popular categories.

  • Travel ( niche eg. Flight tickets, Hotel Booking, Bus Booking )
  • Retail ( niche e.g. Lifestyle, Home decor, Jewellery )
  • Finance (niche e.g. Insurance, Mutual Funds, Credit Cards, Forex trading )
  • Classified 
  • Dating/Matrimony

Step 3 – In case you don’t have a original idea, no problem  imitate popular affiliate business model.

There is absolutely nothing wrong to be a copycat in affiliate industry or any other industry as long as you know how to play the game and are sure of making things profitable.Bollywood was doing same from last 3 decades.Imitation in itself is a brilliant idea if done in a right manner we have classic examples of Facebook, apple and Rocket Internet.

  • makemytrip,Yatra is india’s expedia
  • Snapdeal was india’s Groupon ( now a complete e-commerce site)
  • Ixigo is India’s Kayak
  • Vouchercodes.in is India’s Vouchercodes.co.uk
  • Coupondunia is India’s Retailmenot 
  • Desidime is India’s slickdeal

You can also imitate one of these brilliant ideas, all you need is to Know about popular affiliate business models.

Step 4 –  Choose a Domain name – For digital marketers a good domain name could be more desirable than riches like silver or gold. In 2010 Escom LLC sold sex.com to Clover Holdings Ltd for a whopping $13 million creating a guinbess book record similarly fund.com was sold for a whopping $10 million. Well you dont need to spend so much, one can register a domain for 5-6 $ (around 300 Rs. ) but the difficult task is choosing the perfect one. Check out our affiliate guide on how to choose your perfect domain to choose your perfect one.

Step 5 – Choose a platform on which you will create a website

In my opinion initially its best to start with wordpress and once you become big develop your in house platform according to your custom requirements. I suggest wordpress because is most popular , loved and used Content Management system and its best to start with because of following.

  • Easy to setup and easy to update
  • Thousands of free plugins by which you can do virtually anything. ( That’s the best part )
  • You can choose from Thousands of themes (both free and premium ). I will suggest you to buy a premium themes like Thesis, Genesis, Elegant etc to make your blog design more appealing also these premium themes are easy to customize and you will also get excellent support for premium themes.You can also go for the free one like i am using for this blog. Themes are also available as per your business model requirements for e.g. Coupon press or clipper  for creating a coupon website.
  • Most bloggers and affiliate marketers use wordpress.
  • Its secure to use you can easily backup your blog using a plugin and since it have the biggest community , support is always available.

Step 5- Choose Right hosting  – For affiliate marketers a bad host is like pain in ass, as a affiliate marketer you can’t afford to have a web host where you are uncertain whether your site is up or down or wondering how long it will take to load. A bad hosting have power to ruin your affiliate business by destroying your search engine ranking, losing traffic Spikes, Missing the key Visitors. The bottom line here is to be careful and only choose a reputed host. It worthy to pay more to a reputed company to get a reliable, fast and efficient hosting for your site. As per my experience paying some extra dollars will help you to earn more as your visitors will find you, the search engines will repay you by sending more traffic and, most importantly you will get good support if you face any problem with hosting.

Some Good Host’s : Hostgator, Bluehost ( Both have excellent support )
Free Hosting : www.000webhost.com

Step 6- Create a website – Once you have finalized a Idea, Bought a Domain Name and Hosting, finalized a platform.  It’s now the time to create your first affiliate website. Let’s create using wordpress only because its a very powerful platform and there are TONS of free WordPress themes and plugins out there to build almost any type of website.and it can be installed on any of hosting with just a few clicks.Let’s assume you have bough hosting of Hostgator as this one is world’s biggest hosting company. See this video below to see how easy it is to install wordpress and get going.

See video : How easy it is to install WordPress
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeyoVxSK1yI

Once  wordpress is installed on your domain , you can choose and install themes for your affiliate website. Affiliate themes are available for almost all type of  affiliate websites like coupon website, shopping website , classified website or any other model. Let’s take a example of creating  a affiliate business using coupon website model.

Step 7 – Create Content 

It’s now time to plan out your websites content. Your website content depends on the affiliate model you are planning to run. To start with its a good idea to write your domain name on a blank paper, and then come up with as many possible content ideas that you can think of.Once you have ideas you can write it yourself or hire a freelancer from platforms like odesk.com , freelancer.com. You could also get content from your competitor’s website but make sure you make it completly unique. Here are some content rewriting Tips,Tricks and Tools that would help you in getting started. Make sure you have some good content on your website before you apply for affiliate network. It will help you in getting approved instantly.

Step 6- Join affiliate networks

Congrats you have created your first affiliate website. Now its time to register with networks. Its good to register with 2-3 affiliate networks but do try to focus on your niche and only join quality affiliate networks. Learn more – What should you look for before joining a Affiliate Network.  Wondering which networks to join, don’t forget to check out  top affiliate networks and their programs in India.

Step 7- Join programs you want to Promote – Once you have joined networks, its time to join affiliate programs you want to promote through these networks. Every network have hundreds of campaigns , don’t join and start promoting all of them focus only quality campaigns or initially only on campaigns where competition is less. You can ask your affiliate manager for information on best converting campaigns.

Step 8 – Put affiliate links on your website 

Step 9 -Get traffic 

Step 10 – earn commissions

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