I’ve been fiddling around with WordPress for quite some time now. I’ve had a few months to really have a good play around with it. Having recently completed a truly impressive Google compliant Adwords landing page with a WordPress blog skin, I think it’s time to provide a one-stop guide to getting up off your affiliate bums and launching yourself into the world of WordPress!!
The beauty of WordPress is that its totally free, comes with a great and easy to use content management system, and has plugins that can do just about anything you can think of at the touch of a button.
Well, that’s easy for you to say Kirsts but it’s all been sounding complicated to me, so where the buggery do we start?
Well, let’s try the beginning shall we chaps? First off… you will need….
A Proper Domain
No fiddling around with WordPress hosted efforts. Lets invest a tiny bit of time and money in buying a proper domain. A .co.uk costs about a fiver. When you are looking for a domain registrar make sure that they allow you to change name servers without any hassles. Personally speaking, I’ve always used Fasthosts for my domain registration but I’m not linking to them here because sometimes they are the most frustrating shower of arses to deal with (that’ll teach ’em!).
A Web Host That Provides SQL Databases
Kinda got a bit technical all of a sudden? Now don’t you panic boys and girls, it’s nice and easy to set up a SQL database with a host and once you’ve pressed a few buttons within your hosting control panel, WordPress does the rest.
Unclear? Don’t worry. There are incredibly Detailed Instructions On How To Install WordPress Here. The chaps behind this platform really have worked very hard to make it as simple as possible.
OK, so you’ve got your site all ready to go. What now?
A Decent Looking WordPress Theme Design
It’s really amazing just how many really cool free WordPress Themes there are knocking about at the moment. You can create a really, really professional looking site without having to have a shred of design ability.
You can search through loads of free themes at themes.wordpress.net/, however James Little kindly uploaded a really neat WordPress Pack to his blog a while back which included loads of great themes and some essential plugins. A great time saver.
If you’ve something particular in mind it’s really easy to search for great free themes in Google. Just search for “wordpress theme + site type” I’ve found some total crackers recently by searching on terms such as: –
Wordpress Beauty Theme
WordPress Magazine Theme (these are great for creating sites with static home pages and a magazine or news site feel.)
WordPress Fashion Theme
I just love the way you can change the look of your whole WordPress site just by logging into the admin section and selecting another site from your “Presentation” menu.
OK, so you’ve got your site looking smashing, what next?
Right. First off, you’ll be needing a few of the plugins that make WordPress sites a lot more effective in search engine terms. Chris Frost wrote a really interesting post about this on his blog a few days ago, so you don’t just have to take my word for it!
In no particular order, here are a few of the plugins I make use of regularly: –
Akismet – Helps keep those nasty, nasty comment spammers away.
SEO Title Tag – Lets you define the title content for every blog post and category. Hugely powerful as good titles make a huge difference to your SEO efforts.
Comment Relish -For adding feed subscription buttons to your blog.
Google Sitemaps – Adds a Google compliant sitemap of your blog.
Related Posts – Lists a a few related posts.
Some Good Posts About WordPress Plugins
Christ Frost came up trumps again with his Blogging Necessities list. Some great plugins here.
Also, I found this one at The Blog Joint.
Finally…. Some Content!
Cover your topic thoroughly. Write a couple of posts each day on individual products or niche… it doesn’t have to be much, just a couple of hundred words or so.
I recently started this blog: – Natural Beauty Tips. It very quickly started getting traffic from long tail search terms. I still have a lot to do on this one, but it should give you a bit of an idea.
Also, Rob at Monetise This recently posted about a merchant he liked and gave an example of a Personalised Gifts Site he’s created using a WordPress theme. As you’ll see, Rob has been able to create a nice Xmas feel using a suitably festive blog skin which he’ll be able to change at the touch of a button once Santa has returned to Lapland.
What more can I say? Give WordPress a go. It’s a delightfully easy way to create affiliate content. I absolutely love it!!