Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Hi, I know you have a lot of questions as a beginning. I also notice that some of you are asking these questions on the Facebook group is exploding with new members and I’m starting to see a lot of the same or very similar questions asked very frequently.
So, I thought it would be easier to create this frequently asked questions page where I can simply link to the answer instead of writing it over and over.
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✅ What Is Affiliate marketing
✅ I'm new..how do I get started?
One tip though: Don’t try and learn everything at once. Only take in what you can and make sure you take massive action on what you learn.
I do have a free affiliate marketing crash course here – http://www.howtoretireat55.com/affiliate-marketing-course/ and I highly recommend downloading my affiliate marketing cheat sheet.
This will bring you up to speed and I show you exactly how I create niche websites that bring me passive income. So, if you learn something – try or test it out.
✅ Where can I buy a domain name and hosting?
I have a step by step walkthrough and video guide on how to register a domain name here –
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- Link to Siteground: https://www.siteground.com/go/halfprice
- Link to Bluehost: https://www.bluehost.com/track/cheapestdeal/
This will cost you money and the price will depend on where you register it. You can buy a domain name for as little as $9 per year, even cheaper if you use a coupon.
Before you rush out and buy a domain name – some website hosting companies give you a free domain with your hosting plan.
I recommend registering them both together to make the whole process easier, but that is up to you.
For the niche sites I will be teaching, I recommend signing up at Siteground because they are the fastest hosts I’ve found with amazing customer support.
For only $4.95 per month you get a free SSL certificate, it has one-click WordPress install and much more.
So, you could have your website online for WELL under $100 for a whole year! (Paying yearly is better because you won’t have any monthly bills)
I also find their hosting to be very fast and good for these types of niche sites.
Other hosting providers with affordable hosting plans:
- Godaddy WordPress hosting – Good for domains but their hosting is garbage.
- Bluehost – They’re cheap and very popular. Even WordPress.org recommend using them.
- Hostgator.com – Cheap, good customer support but not as fast as SiteGround.
✅ How do I find a profitable niche?
I always recommend creating a site around something you have a passion or interest in. You don’t have to be an expert but it does help if you’re at least interested in the niche.
Refer to this page if you want to learn all about niche research – http://www.howtoretireat55.com/affiliate-marketing-course/#finding-profitable-niches
I go over everything I look at before creating a website.
✅ Where can I sign up as an affiliate?
Never pay to sign up as an affiliate – they’re free to join and you should never have to pay. They are the ones that pay you for referring new customers.
✅ What WordPress theme should I use?
I personally like simple, clean and responsive themes and you can definitely use a free theme –
I use free themes a lot.
This website runs on GeneratePress, which is a free theme.
You can go all out and buy a premium theme, that is all up to you.
If you’re after some good premium themes try themeforest.net or ThriveThemes.com << I use their Rise theme for some of my sites.
✅ What WordPress plugins should I install?
The main plugins that I install on my websites are:
- Shortcodes Ultimate
- SEO Yoast
- All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets
- EWWW Image Optimizer
- Pretty Link
- WP Content Copy Protection & No Right Click
- Wordfence Security
- No Category Base (WPML)
- AddToAny Share Buttons WP Super Cache Optin NInja/Bloom/thrive leads – similar plugins for Optin and landing pages.
- Optin Popup
There are lots of really good plugins but for these niche websites, you honestly don’t really need all the bells and whistles.
✅ WordPress: Posts or Pages?
I always use posts on my affiliate sites.
I will have a few ‘pages’ which are my home page, contact, disclaimer, privacy and about page. Everything else I put as posts.
The reason I like using posts is that when you add them as posts, WordPress organizes them into your categories which helps keep your site organized.
But, it all depends on what your preference is. If you want to use pages – use pages. If you want to use posts – use posts.
✅ How can I build backlinks?
Basically, a backlink is like a vote. The more votes your website has the more popular it is and the more chance you have of being ranked higher in the search engines.
However, not all links/votes are created equal. You need to focus on quality over quantity.
Here’s a video I put together on how to get backlinks:
✅ What is on-page SEO?
Here’s a video I put together talking about on-page SEO:
More info here: https://amninjas.com/on-page-seo-checklist/
✅ Should I get an SSL Certificate and where can I get one?
This could be collecting emails, credit cards, or any kind of form that collects a users data in some way.
Do you need one? Well, in my opinion, yes.
For one it prevents Google showing the message saying your site isn’t secure, secondly it makes your site look more trusted and lastly they say it is a Google ranking factor.
So, yes you should get one.
These days you can get one from letsencrypt.org or if your hosting provider has them you can easily install from your control panel.
This is why I recommend SiteGround for hosting your affiliate sites. They have free SSL and an easy to use a plugin to install it.
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