Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing and WordPress

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Learn the basics of how affiliate marketing works and follow our step by step guide to setting up your own WordPress site. Learn how to find affiliate programs that fit your niche and what it takes to get started.

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Understanding affiliate marketing and setting up your website.Affiliate Marketing 101www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial Publishers

What is affiliate marketing?www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial Publishers

Getting paid each time you refer a customer to a business and they complete an action or sale.www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial Publisherswww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersDifferent ways to get paid!Cost Per ActionGet paid when someone completes an action, such as installing a toolbar or submitting their zip code.

Cost Per LeadGet paid when someone completes a lead capture form

Cost Per SaleGet paid a commission when someone makes a purchasewww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersUsers click an ad or text link on your websiteUser goes to advertisers website and opens bank accountThe transaction is recorded by the affiliate networkAffiliate network sends you a check each monthStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Affiliate Marketingwww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersGetting StartedBuilding your affiliate marketing strategywww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersWhich type of affiliate do you want to be?Dating, education, business opportunity, retail, gaming, business services, financial services, travel, local lead gen, books, and more.www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersResearch which offers are available to your nicheMost affiliate networks list the offers that they have on their website. This will also help you determine which networks you want to work with.www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial Publishers

www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersMost networks wont approve you without an active websiteWait to apply to any affiliate networks until you have your website up. So far weve just ensured that there are relevant offers for us when were ready to start promoting.Pro TipSo, lets build a websitewww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersBuilding a WebsitePart Two:Dont worry, its actually pretty easywww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersStep One:Set Up Your HostingWeve got you coveredwww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersSpecial Bonus:Promotion Code:BAMARKETING101Weve teamed up with Dreamhost to provide you with 15% off your hosting plan and a free domain registration! Use the promotion code below to get these freebies.www.dreamhost.com

Disclosure: We are compensated by Dreamhost when you sign up. After all, this is an affiliate marketing guide isnt it?www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersStep Two:Buying Your DomainOwning your piece of the internetwww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersThings you should avoid when youre buying domain nameswww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial Publishers1. Really Long Nameshttp://www.awesomepersonalfinanceonlineblogsite.comhttp://www.sallysamazingcouponblog.comBad Names:Good Names:http://www.familyfinances.comhttp://www.buildingabudget.comwww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial Publishers2. Filler WordsOnlineBestMyBlogFiller words arent great for SEO. Avoid them where possible.www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial Publishers3. Uncommon ExtensionsStick with the more popular top level domain (TLD) extensions. These include .com, .org, and .net.

www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersThings you should do when youre buying domain nameswww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial Publishers1. Find Keyword Oriented DomainsFind domain names that have your most important keywords in them. Google puts significant value on domain relevancy.

https://adwords.google.com/o/KeywordToolhttps://www.wordstream.com/ppc-free-trial-moneywww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial Publishers2. Consider Premium DomainsYou can buy a premium domain using sites like snapnames.com and buydomains.com. Not recommended if youve never bought domain names before.

www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersOnce you set up a hosting account, point your domains by updating the DNS.http://wiki.dreamhost.com/DNS

Feeling stuck? Dreamhost also has free 24/7 live chat to help customers!www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersStep Three:WordPressThe most used framework on the Internetwww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersWordPress is free web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.Yep, we said free!www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersDownload WordPress:http://wordpress.org/latest.zip

www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersFollow these guides for help setting up WordPress.http://wiki.dreamhost.com/WordPress

www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersNext, find a theme

http://bankaffiliates.com/publisher-resources/elegantthemes

Disclosure: We are compensated by ElegantThemeswww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersAnother Good Theme Resourcehttp://bankaffiliates.com/publisher-resources/themeforest

Disclosure: We are compensated by ThemeForestwww.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersNow, lets add some plugins to finish things up!

Plugins are (usually) free extensions you can add to wordpress to increase functionality, improve SEO, and much more.

On the next page well list out our favorites but you can browse on your own by visiting this link:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/

www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersEasily Adding Plugins

In your WordPress dashboard hover over the Plugins tab and click Add New.Step One:www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersEasily Adding PluginsSearch by the name of the plugin to view a list of closest matches.

Step Two:www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersEasily Adding PluginsClick Install now to add the plugin. If prompted, click OK to continue with the installation.Step Three:

www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersEasily Adding PluginsActivate your plugin to turn it on and start using it!Step Four:

www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersAdd these pluginsAll-in-One SEOGoogle XML SitemapsWP Contact From 7Ultimate Google AnalyticsW3 Total CacheDigg Digg AlternativeVM Backups

There are many others that we will recommend in other guides but these are the best to get started with for your base configuration.

www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial PublishersBOOM!You just built your first website! www.bankaffiliates.com/publishersThe Affiliate Network for Financial Publishers

http://www.bankaffiliates.com/signup