Affiliate Marketing - Establishing Your Affiliate Website

The field of affiliate marketing is a lucrative one, but you won't get very far if you don't have a website. No website, no affiliate marketing business. Now, don't panic, you can make a straight forward and simple website. It does not need to be loaded with fancy graphics or text, in fact simpler is better. Here are some useful tips to help you get your own affiliate website up and running:

First things first

1. Purchase a Domain Name. If you are going to have a website you need to buy your domain name or URL from one of the name registrar providers. GoDaddy.com and NameCheap.com are two reliable sources. Just remember, when purchasing the domain name, try to choose a name that contains the main keywords that relate to what your website will be about.

2. Purchase Hosting. Next you need to pay for hosting service. This is basically an offsite location that stores your website content on their servers for a certain price each month. SuperGreen Hosting and HostGator are two great hosting companies.

Website Design

This is where it gets a bit tricky. Your website can make you or break you. A great website is critical to your success as an affiliate marketer. Well-designed websites don't only bring you business, but they bring it to you faster. That said, the thought of creating or building your own website can be a scary one. It can be a daunting, confusing and overwhelming task. Here are some tips to help ease the process:

• Hire a Designer If you have a little money to spare, hire a designer to handle your website for you. Tell them to keep it clean and simple. There are many freelance sites like Elance where you can find someone to help you for a fee.

• Use a Free Template You don't have to pay anyone to design your website if you don't want to. Use a free website template. It is easy to find these free templates by doing a simple search for them. There are others who offer templates for a reasonable fee too. Just browse around and find what you like. Once you have your template, add your personal content and then get it loaded to your server.

• Build It Yourself Another option is to build your website yourself. There are many programs and applications out there to help you do this, things like Dreamweaver by Adobe and Microsoft Expression. CoffeeCup software also offers a great HTML editor and most all companies offer free trials of their software these days.

• K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple Stupid Simple and easy to navigate designs are highly effective. Arriving at your website is like having a new customer open the doors to your business and walk you're your store or lobby for the first time. First impressions are important. Your website must look professional. Don't overload it heavy graphics and flashy banners. Try to use light colors. Headers should be simple and straight forward, clearly stating what each webpage is about. Site navigation must be simple and easy. People should not have difficulty searching for a specific page or information. If they can't find what they are looking for easily or think your website to too flashy and cluttered or hard to navigate, they will leave and not come back.

The quality of your affiliate website plays a key role in your success as an affiliate marketer. The overall look and feel of your website should be attractive and clear so that visitors to your site know exactly what it's about and how to navigate it while here. Keeping these things in mind will help your keep your customers coming back and make your affiliate business grow.

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