Six Easy Steps To Get Started
Wix is better if you’re building a website for the first time.
Wix makes website building seem like child’s play! With its simple drag-and-drop editor and over 800 designer-made templates to choose from, Wix is the full package, letting you go from zero to website hero in no time!
Weebly is better if you want a cost-effective builder.
Weebly’s main selling point is its free plan and cheap prices. If you need a functional and decent-looking website built for nothing, Weebly should be your go-to! While it can’t boast the features of Wix, Weebly still shines from the crowd by being cost-effective and perfect for small projects.
WordPress is better if you want complete creative control (and don’t mind the extra work)
For time efficiency, this is the worst option but it also frees you from the sometimes restrictive design and feature options of website builders. With WordPress, if you can dream it you can do it! As long as you don’t mind the hard work. Basically, WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System), used by coding pros who want more creative control.
I have used Weebly for the past 14 years. It has changed over time and has many great features now that make building and maintaining a website super easy. It also integrates and works well across all social media platforms.
Once you have picked your platform, sign up, get logged in and start snooping around! Figure out how to use it and check out what featured are available. Once you are familiar with your platform, you can start to build a website, page by page, or just keep a landing page with a blog. Either way, secondly write your first blog.
Wait... what do I write about...
You write about whatever you want to write about! Do you have a hobby you enjoy? Do you have a niche? A niche like... cooking, making smoothies, knitting, painting, reading, fitness, weight lifting, or anything else? What is it you like to do that you are good at? Everyone has special gifts and talents, whether they know it or not, that others could benefit from learning from them. Even if your first post is a book review or even a review of a Netflix series you watched, just write something and get started. Maybe your blog is personal, maybe it's professional, maybe it's a new business of yours... write a blog post surrounding your interest and save it!
Now that you have a blog post written, you have areas to work with surrounding your landing page and blog. These areas are where you will post affiliate links.
Sign Up With Affiliates
Third, you will need to sign up with affiliates to start making money! There are many, many programs out there to sign up with. I have spent years researching and using different affiliate programs. These are my top choices.
Both Commission Junction, Rakuten and FlexOffers have hundreds, if not thousands, of advertisers affiliate programs are ran through these three affiliate sites.
Amazon has a great affiliate program that allows you to link to specific products or to multiple products/items at once. Amazon products are pretty popular with the masses too.
Augusta Precious Metals has a great affiliate program if you know any high-rollers in your life. Investors serious about investing in Gold and Silver are paired with a great company and any leads you bring in that turn into business, earns you residuals.
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Post Affiliate Links Around Blog And Landing Page Of Website
Fourth, once you are signed up as an affiliate, grab the html codes for the advertisers your working with, and place the codes throughout your website/blog.
I'm not sure how this works with the other programs, but with Weebly this is fairly easy. Weebly has a drag and drop platform, so you will need to find the Embed Code button on the left and drag it to where you want to place the ad. Copy the HTML code from your affiliate site and paste it into the code box on your website.
I post different affiliate links through my website and I post affiliate links that are similar to the topic I'm blogging about around my blog. For instance, my health blog has healthy groceries, supplements, farmers market delivery, toxin-free makeup and beauty products, etc. affiliate links posted. If someone is visiting your blog to learn about finance, an affiliate link to a loan company or tax preparer, might be more appropriate than say, organic makeup. Get the drift?
SEO So Random People On The Interwebs Can Find You
Fifth, you will need to update your SEO settings!
First of all, header and footer codes need to be placed. These codes are used to display the website's title, logo, navigation, and other information in the header, and to display copyright information and links in the footer.
If you're verifying your site with Google you'll paste a meta tag into the Header Code field, or if you're including Google Analytics there will be script code that you paste there. Here are a couple of videos to show you how to do the header code and footer code.
With Weebly, you will need to go into Settings and click on SEO. Here you will enter the site description, which shows up in search engine results, and enter Meta Keywords, which help search engines find your site.
To finish up SEO, you will need to go to each page of your website, and each blog post because they all have their own individual SEO settings. In Weebly, you will click on the Pages tab at top, then click on each individual page, and click on SEO settings for that page. Here you will enter the Page Title, Page Description, Page Permalink, Meta Keywords and the Header and Footer Codes again.
This will complete the SEO setup for your website/blog, once each page has it's SEO settings finished. This is important to set up so that when people search the internet for topics you post about they will be able to find your page and click on your links!
Spread Your Wings & Fly Around The Metaverse
And sixth, now that you are all set up- your blog is up, your links are posted, your SEO is set and ready to holla, and now you are ready to leave the nest.
Publish your website/blog and start posting links to your blog around the internet. You can post your website to social media profiles, in social media posts, in response to other peoples questions, etc.
I like to search for content that's popular or trending, find the post or blog about it and post my links to my website in the comments below. I will post my blog link in comments on posts across social media. I post links to my blog on other blogs that are popular- in the comment section again.
If you already have a following on social media, it shouldn't be too hard to start getting some hits. If you are still trying to build your social media presence, I have a blog for that too.
Affiliate marketing is something that takes a little time to build momentum, but the more you focus on it - keeping affiliate links up to date, different promotions going on, or posting a new blog to share, the better off you'll be. The more attention you give it, the more it will grow!