Affiliate 101 - Your Own Website

Create Your Own Website

An affiliate marketer doesn’t just build a presence on the internet without knowing what audience to target or what to offer visitors who come to their website. If you’re serious about promoting the Pick The Gender of Your Baby program or any affiliate product for that matter in a professional manner and making long term income, then you must have your own website, any type of website. You need your own website so you could capture email addresses, presell the program to your prospects (I will speak more about preselling later on) and have a landing page where you could send prospects to from your pay per click campaigns.

You need a website not only to generate sales from the product you’re promoting but you also need to gain control and benefit from the traffic you’re generating in terms of building your subscriber’s list and monazite it long term.

To increase your conversions and sales, you also need to presell the program and you can’t pre-sell your prospects without a website.

Additionally, Google has recently instituted a policy change, which prohibits affiliates from linking directly to a merchant's site. So there you have another reason why you need to have your own website.

To build your own website you need two things: a domain name and web hosting service.

Choosing Your Domain Name

This name is important and will be a huge part of your online presence. It may take time to settle on a domain simply because so many are already taken either because they are being used or have been previously purchased and are being held for later sale.

You will have to choose whether to buy the domain name from a third party or extend your research to find one that is available through the domain registrars. You can find cheap domains at: http://www.namecheap.com Or visit: http://www.godaddy.com/

Choosing Your Hosting Service

The next step is to choose a hosting service, also known as an ISP (Internet Service Provider). Many hosting companies offer hosting service plans in addition to domain name registration but you should first know or have a good idea of what your particular needs will be so you can choose the plan best suited to your website. One of the very few trustworthy, reliable and professional hosting companies that we have personally worked with is HostGator. With this hosting company you can rest assured that you are given the most up to date and professional service which allows you to safely and quietly grow your business without any technical hassle or worries and with a very small monthly investment.

If you're really serious about your online business go for the best hosting company there is. You'll thank me for it: Host Gator

Whatever you decide, don’t go for the free hosting solutions. It’s not worth the headaches or the ads displayed on your account (this is how they cover costs). Additionally, it will make you look extremely unprofessional in the eyes of your prospects. Note: If you’re struggling for money, then you can always choose a free blogging solution like blogger (blogger.com) or wordpress (wordpress.org).

Now that you have your own website up and running, you got to know how to place content on your pages, format and edit it. For this you must either have basic HTML knowledge (you can find numerous html resources on the internet such as htmlprimer.com), you can choose a web hosting solution that offers free html editors or you can go for the professional top-of-the-line software for creating affiliate pages quickly and easily.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me personally.

Sincerely,

Mark,

Affiliate Manager of Pick The Gender of Your Baby™