Updated: April 18, 2019
Affiliate marketing with a website is a great way to make money online.
This is a simple business model that anyone can learn to take full advantage of. Not only is the income potential high, but the freedom you get from working anywhere in the world is priceless.
In this article, I’ll show you how to start a profitable affiliate website for free.
Affiliate Marketing With a Website Explained13
The concept of affiliate marketing is very simple when you break it down.
Unlike other methods of affiliate marketing, the website approach allows you to generate high quality, targeted visitors to your site without spending a cent on advertising.
Hands down, this is one of the best ways to bootstrap an online business. Following this process can lead to a steady flow of commissions without ever needing an ad budget.
Here’s an overview of the process:
- Choose a niche
- Build a website
- Get free organic traffic through Google and Bing
- Make money promoting relevant affiliate offers
Most people are only concerned with step four, but making money with a website is very much a process. Each step counts.
This is a proven way to build a successful business in pretty much any niche you can think of. And it’s relatively easy once you know how.
Despite this, many people assume it’s difficult to build a website. They fear they don’t have the right technical skills’ to make it happen. While others believe you need to be an ‘expert’ to rank in search engines like Google.
This is simply not true.
Building a website is stupid simple, and getting free organic traffic to your site is something anyone can do. Yes, I mean you!
Can You Simply ‘Plugin’ and Profit Overnight?
Making money with a website (either as an affiliate or selling your own products) is not as simple as ‘plugging in’. This is often something ‘gurus’ tell people when they are looking to make money off of you.
The reason is simple.
You need to create useful and relevant content in order to get free traffic to your website.
Without traffic, you will not make any money. Regardless of how nice your website is, or what you promote. Period.
It’s also much better to learn the skills you need so you are not relying on someone else’s ‘system’. This way you are building your own business, your own money making asset. Not someone else’s.
How To Start a Free Money Making Affiliate Website
There are many ways to build a website, some better than others.
I personally prefer using WordPress because it’s powerful, customisable, simple. This is used by over 10 millions websites around the globe, and for good reason.
But it’s also tricky learning how to get started with WordPress as a beginner.
Why? For starters, you need to buy a domain name and web hosting first from a separate company/s, and then install WordPress on that hosting. This is where many people get lost and give up.
Thankfully, there’s a WAY simpler and more effective way to do this using a platform called SiteRubix.
The SiteRubix website builder was created by the team at Wealthy Affiliate who specialise in helping everyday people turn their passion into profit.
It’s a platform created by affiliates, for affiliates. Over a million people across the globe have joined as of writing this, so they must be doing something right.
Ok! Time to get into the nuts and bolts of this guide…
Step 1) Choose a Domain Name
The first step is to choose a domain name as shown on this screenshot:
Click the link below to get started:
Simply choose whatever comes to mind for now, try not to overthink this! Even if you have no idea what your niche is going to be, just pick something. This is a free website, so by all means use it as a ‘test website’.
To be clear, this option is giving you a free subdomain, not a top level domain. This means that instead of paying for www.example.com you get www.example.siterubix.com for free.
It’s ok to use a subdomain to get started, but as you progress a top level domain name is the way to go. These are only $10-$15 per year though, and you can even purchase those inside WA easily if you want.
Step 2) Create a Free Account
After you choose your custom domain name, you need to create your free account which only takes a few seconds.
You do not need a credit card or anything like that. Type in your name and email, and choose a username and password.
Step 3) Build Your Free Website
The last step is to build your site. This (literally) involves naming your new website and choosing a WordPress theme.
That’s it! Your site is built and launched automatically at that point.
Still think building a website is hard? Didn’t think so 🙂 I can quite literally complete all of the above in less well under 60 seconds and I created a quick video to show you over the shoulder.
There are over 2,500 themes to choose from and if you pick something you don’t like, it’s easy to change it later.
Anyways, once you’ve built your new site, all you need to do is login to your new website and begin working on it.
Of course, ‘begin working on it’ is a bit vague and by no means enough to get you into profit! You need to know what to do from this point forward if you want to actually make money.
That’s why I included this next section to help you…
Accessing The Free Step-By-Step Affiliate Training
Having a website is one thing, but making money from it is quite another.
There are tons of free resources available to help you online. Some helpful, some not.
But the cool thing about WA, is the training is specifically designed to help you make money with a website as an affiliate.
Rather than reading a bunch of ‘good articles’ and not really knowing where to start, you can follow a proven path. There is nothing left to chance.
How much money you make is entirely up to you. But by follow this training carefully, you will get results.
Anyways, to access your free training, click on the green ‘getting started’ tab as shown below:
As a free member, you get 10 lessons that walk you through the process of building your site, setting everything up properly and actually making money from your site as an affiliate.
This is the exact training program I used to get started online, so I know it works. There’s no ‘filler’ or BS, it’s straight up high value content.
The other cool thing about this training is you can tick each task off as you progress so you know what you’ve accomplished thus far, and what you need to do next. This ensures you are never ‘lost’ about what you need to do next.
But even with all of this it can still be a little overwhelming. This is why the support and mentoring you receive as a free starter member is super helpful.
There are many ways you can get help throughout the platform such as messaging, live chat and you can ask questions at the end of each lesson as shown below…
It’s a very active community full of people who actually help one another. Depending on the time of day, you can normally expect a response within minutes.
So, What’s The Catch?
Creating your starter account, building your websites and accessing your training is 100% free of charge. No credit card required. And you can keep your sites for life. Pretty cool right? Yep.
That being said, there is a Premium option for $49 per month.
I personally believe that this is well and truly worth the money, and encourage everyone to go for this. But this is not required or pushed by any means.
Here’s a chart to show you what you get as a Premium member:
There’s a ton of extra goodness on offer here. But again, it’s totally optional.
Building a money making website for free and promoting affiliate offers is not only a great way to build an online business, you now know it’s free and easy to get rolling.
It does take time to get to the point of making a job quitting income, and how much you make depends entirely on you. Yes.
But you absolutely can create a solid income as an affiliate with a website. So the effort you put in now can pay off in spades in due course.
The truth is, most people fail to make money online.
Because despite the wealth of opportunity that currently exists, there's too many fake "gurus" selling bunk programs that over promise and under deliver. It's a wild west.
The good news is, it IS possible for the average person to create a successful business online. I know because I've done it myself. Here's how I went from zero to $8K plus per month online.