If you are planning to do affiliate marketing online, it pays to have your own website. Having your own website allow you to control the content and advertisements you want to show your visitors as well as collect your visitors name and email address for future backend promotions.
Here are a few ways you can build your own website easily:
1. Hire a website designer
This is the best option if you have deep pockets. It is not cheap to hire a website designer. A plain, single page website can set you back at least fifty dollars. If you want more pages and professional looking graphics, you may have to fork out a few hundreds to over a thousand dollars.
While this option is expensive, its main advantage is that you can have a professional looking site up and running quickly without having to know all the technical details. And it is designed according to your specifications.
2. Do It Yourself
If you are technically inclined and have no problem using an HTML editor or graphical website building tool such as Dreamweaver or FrontPage, this option is for you. However, make sure you have considerable amount of free time available, as this option can be very time consuming, depending on how complicated your site is.
To get your site up quickly and easily, you should use a website template as a starting point. You can modify the template right within the tool itself. To help you with the design, you can check some successful online stores to get an idea on how you can make your site look better. Make sure you do not place too many banner ads since these could distract some site users. Instead of clicking your ad, they might just leave your site and go look for other interesting websites.
3. Use a page generation tool
A page generation tool is not quite the same as a website building tool. It provides you with a form where you fill in essential information such as website title, keywords, content and other fields. Once you are done and click the start button, the tool will use a built-in template and generate a website for you based on the information you provided.
This is a very quick way to build a no frill website. Some page generation tools allow you to import templates so that you can build website with different look and feel. If this feature is available, you should take full advantage of it and create new templates. You can create template yourself or buy pre-made templates that you can customize. Customization should be done before you start to import the templates into the page generation tool. Most of the time, these tools do not allow you to modify the source code from their interface.
4. Use a blog
In a nutshell, a blog is a website with content management capability. It is probably the easiest way to start a website. You can get a free account at blogger.com or wordpress.com. Your primary tasks are posting fresh content on your blog and drive traffic to it. You do not even need to have a web host or domain name to get started. Just remember to add the appropriate affiliate link in your post if you are promoting any product.
In the long run, it is a good idea to have the blog hosted in your own web host and link it to a domain name. This will build your credibility and make you look professional. Furthermore, you have total control over the look and feel of your blog layout. Most hosting service providers include a tool called Fantastico, which enable you to easily install a WordPress blog at the click of a button.
Once you have your website or blog up and running, you need to provide good content on a regular basis. In addition, you should try to promote your website or blog in as many places as possible. Your content should be useful to your website visitors and not just blatant advertisements. With useful content, your website visitors will trust you and likely purchase products that you recommend on your website or blog.