Use A Content Management System
The first thing you’re going to want to do is get set up with a content management system. These systems are the “backend” of your website, and handle everything for you.
Content Management Systems are so ridiculously powerful these days that you can have an excellent website with a variety of features up and running within minutes, then you can sit back and focus on content. And don’t worry – the CMS can dynamically manage your content too, adding it to the correct navigational menus etc.
There may be a slight learning curve, however don’t worry it is VERY easy to pick up.
As for what CMS to use? WordPress. Install WordPress. Unless you’re building some ridiculously custom built website, WordPress will suit your needs, and I estimate it will suit the needs of 99.9% of the people reading this article. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s just so simple to use. It’s what I use for 99% of my websites.
Even more importantly, it has a strong community which creates literally thousands of plugins and designs for it, so by using WordPress you will be saving yourself a bundle on custom coding and web designs.
You can download WordPress for free here. If you use Intraserver as a host, you can even use the “Fantastico” application in your cpanel to install it, or even ask support to do it for you.
If you want to try a WordPress demo for yourself first, head on over to this WordPress Demo website where you can mess around with the main page and admin page no problem and get a feel for it.
Get Your Website Designed
This is the quick guide to affiliate marketing and hopefully you’re following along so far – now we’re going to get you a website design without having to spend thousands of dollars with a custom designer.
Hopefully you’ve listened my advice and are using WordPress. Now you can get yourself a “WordPress Theme” which is a whole new design for your website.
I’ll tell you right now: don’t bother googling “free WordPress themes”. They’re out there, but for the most part they are absolute crap. You can get a top quality web design theme for a lot cheaper than that, and some of these designs are absolutely sick.
WordPress Design Resources:
Thesis: The Thesis WordPress theme is more than just a design. It’s a very powerful framework that adds in a whole lot of new features within WordPress, and is built with “airtight SEO” in mind. This is currently the top choice for affiliate marketers it seems, and you can purchase it here.
What I really like about Thesis is that it’s so simple, structured very well, and really does allow you to sit back, relax and just start writing content.