Affiliate Website 101

Build a New Affiliate Website in 20 (or so) Easy Steps

As someone who greatly enjoys the challenge of operating several high-quality websites simultaneously, I quickly realized that the early steps involved in opening up a new website are highly repetitive, and it is easy for one or two details to slip your mind. So, since opening The Affluent Blogger, one of my goals has been to create a checklist that new and repeat webmasters can refer to for a step-by-step guide to starting a new affiliate or other website. Affiliate Website 101 is that checklist. Click any step on the checklist to view detailed instructions and get your new website running.

  1. Register a domain
  2. Add the domain to your Web host
  3. Create a new email address and forward it to your primary address
  4. Install WordPress
  5. Install a WordPress theme
  6. Configure the WordPress theme
    1. Remove the WordPress link
    2. Add a logo
    3. Add a Favicon
    4. Enable meta tags for description and keywords
  7. Change the WordPress slogan
  8. Change the permalink structure
  9. Edit the About page
  10. Create the Contact page
  11. Create the Privacy Policy
  12. Create a Robots.txt file
  13. Generate a Sitemap
  14. Add the site to Google Analytics
  15. Add the site to Google Webmaster Tools
  16. Add the site to Bing Webmaster Tools
  17. Disable WordPress Post Revisions
  18. Connect the site to social networks
    1. Social bookmarking (Digg, Twitter, Reddit, etc)
    2. Facebook Like button
    3. Facebook page for website
  19. Post Content
  20. Add advertisements or affiliate links
  21. Syndicate your website
    1. Add your RSS feed to FeedBurner
    2. Monetize FeedBurner content with AdSense
    3. Add a FeedBurner “Subscribe” widget to your website
  22. Promote your website
    1. The Basics of Article Marketing