How to Build an Affiliate Marketing Website using WordPress

How to Build an Affiliate Marketing Website using WordPress

If you are looking for how to build an affiliate marketing website using WordPress, then you have definitely found the right guide to help.  Affiliate Marketing is a great way of earning money from an online business and WordPress is by far the easiest content management system to use.

When starting out there is plenty to learn, but you don’t want to have to learn how to use a complicated CMS too.  In this guide, we will be covering what exactly is affiliate marketing, how WordPress can help you keep it simple, how you can actually have your own affiliate marketing WordPress website up and running in a few minutes.  I will also share with you some advice around getting a great start to your affiliate marketing business with some expert help and support at hand for you to get the best start you can think of.

Let’s start by clarifying your understanding of what exactly is Affiliate Marketing…

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is a great way for businesses to promote their products or services without having to invest in a huge marketing budget.  You as an affiliate promote their products and services via your blog/website and receive a commission if one of your readers goes and buys that product or service.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Really Work?

Many affiliate marketers earn a full-time wage from this online business model and there is still a huge opportunity out there for people wanting to get started.

Whilst it is a simple premise, there is a little more to it than most people expect when they first get started, but I will delve into those a little later.

Related Post: How to Make Money Online with Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

Let’s get into why WordPress is a great choice to get started with.

WordPress Helps Keep it Simple…

I like WordPress a lot, the main reason is it was so simple to learn how to work with and with a huge plugin library available to customise your website it really is the best content management system you could choose.  Before these types of CMS, you had to learn coding and spend weeks or months building a website.  Now you could get your very own WordPress website within minutes.

With over 50% of the websites out there choosing to run via WordPress, the numbers show how popular it is and that reason is the ease of use.

As a blogger, the more time spent on creating content will lead to future success, if you are having to learn how to code a website then you are losing out on that time and this might mean you do not succeed.

WordPress has some great theme designs giving your website the look you are after.  With some great plugins you can also ensure you get exactly what you want from your website with ease.

Related Post: How to Become an Affiliate Marketer

WordPress.com Vs WordPress.org

One thing I will point out at this point is, you do not want to go with a free WordPress.com website.  The main reason is,WordPress Website

you will not have overall control of the website, you will not be able to utilise any plugins and you will not have your own domain.

You want to make sure you get a WordPress.org website.  This way you can have your own domain, this will be the foundation of your business.

Let’s show you how you can get your own website up and running in minutes.

Build Your Own Affiliate Marketing WordPress Website Within Minutes…

WordPress operates a one-button install and means that other than thinking about your domain name, you can have your website up and running in minutes.

Follow these steps below to get started.

Step 1 – Choose a Domain Name.  The box below will let you know if it is available.

Step Two – Complete your free sign up with Site Rubix.

SiteRubix Website Sign Up

Step Three – Name your Website and Choose a Theme.

Complete your website design

Step Four – Click Here to Build This Site!

Build Your Affiliate Marketing WordPress website

That’s it, you will have your very own website up and running within seconds.  But the awesome bonuses you receive from a SiteRubix account do not just stop there…  but before we describe that, what else will it take you to become successful.

What Else Do You Need to Succeed?

Get Help to SucceedHaving your own website does not mean that you will automatically become successful… It is sometimes hard to hear but most affiliate marketers fail, and it is down to a simple thing… Unrealistic goals and timescales.

We are all in this to make money, that isn’t being unrealistic – but expecting it to happen overnight or after just a few weeks is where most fail.

Think about where you are at the moment.  Are you looking to get out of your day job? Are you struggling with debt? Would you like some extra money to pay for holidays?

Whatever the reason you are exploring ways to earn money online, we have all been somewhere where we could do with the money now…

So, when we have put a lot of work into a website for a couple of weeks, we expect it to start paying out.  It doesn’t work out like that.

Don’t get me wrong you are more than capable of achieving the success you want but expecting it to pay straightaway is where it goes wrong.

But think about the potential – You could be sitting there in a couple of year’s time earning a 6-figure salary from affiliate marketing.  So, all the time you invest in the early stages you will get paid for, just not when you expect it to.

Related Post: 5 Qualities for Success with Affiliate Marketing

Back to what you need to succeed:

Constant Quality Content

If you can provide high-quality content, you will find it easier to succeed.  Google is constantly looking for high-quality content to give to its users.  You provide that content and you will be a step closer to page one rankings.  Page one is where you want to be, otherwise your chances of getting any traffic is reduced dramatically.

Remember to Help, Not Sell

One of the things that affiliate marketers get wrong is just selling a product to people.  But a page that is too ‘salesy’ without answering the specific question that the person was after will just turn them off.

Every time someone hits your website you should be answering the questions they asked.  Not everyone is in a ‘buying’ mood, they might be just researching a topic, might be wary after finding a post that did not help them at all.

One of the key things I have learned is helping people will earn you more than selling to people.  But it is a common mistake affiliate marketer make.

Keep Going…Even When it Feels Tough

One of the hardest things to do is to create content, without it getting you any results in the initial stages.  Writing article after article without any traffic can be quite down heartening.  Without engagement on your site it feels like nobody is listening to your voice or opinions.  It is like having a conversation just with yourself, it can get hard to keep it going.

But you have to push through this stage to realise your potential.  Once you start getting real traffic and engagement you will be kept really busy and will require a lot of time to manage your business – but as you are hopefully earning money at this point it becomes easier.

You have to keep going, push through… But one thing I want to offer to you is my help and support during those initial stages.

If you followed the steps above and created your very own affiliate marketing website using WordPress, you do not only gain a free website… but you also gain access to me as your personal guide and some expert help and support via Wealthy Affiliate!

Get Expert Help & Support Every Step of the Way!

I would not have been able to keep going if I had not received the same help and support, I am offering to you.  A free Help & Support - Wealthy Affiliate AccountStarter Membership with Wealthy Affiliate offers you 2 free websites, training on how to get your affiliate marketing website up to a great running start but you also gain access to a community of like-minded affiliate marketers all working on their own affiliate marketing business.  You also gain access to 2 industry experts in the owners of Wealthy Affiliate.  Kyle & Carson are the owners and are fully engaged with helping anyone willing to put the time and effort into getting their affiliate marketing business up and running and seeing it turn into a profitable online business.

That help is available to you.  I will also always be there to give you a helping hand if you ever get stuck, or you can ask the ever-growing community where an answer to your question can be answered within minutes.

Don’t feel like you are alone in those initial stages, feel like you are working alongside people and a community who cares and will provide some vital support until you reach those traffic levels.

I always think that you should be fully informed to be able to make a decision, so here is a link to my full Wealthy Affiliate review.  That way you can fully understand what is on offer with a Wealthy Affiliate account.

Hopefully now you know how to build an affiliate marketing website using WordPress, but I also hope to think that you may actually know a little more about how to make that affiliate marketing website successful.

If you have any questions or want to share any experiences that are relevant, please write them in the comments below and I will definitely respond to you as soon as I can.

How to Use Google Search Console like a Pro!

How to Use Google Search Console like a Pro!

Google webmaster tools has been a key tool for website owners for years, but it has always been a little complicated to understand.  Now, they have released a newer version called Google Search Console.  Hands down, it is much easier to navigate and understand and it means website owners can really understand where their website is ranking, be able to submit your posts to get ranked and also see where the opportunities lie.  In this post we will be going through exactly how to use google search console and throw in a few tips too.

Let’s start with how to add google search console to your website.

How to Add Google Search Console to Your Website

The first thing you will need is a google account.  You will require this to be able to sign into Google Search Console and Google Analytics and as both are essential to your website and business, it is important you get set up now.

From your search engine, search for google search console and follow the link. For ease it is also here.

How to use Google Search Console

When you click Start Now, you will be asked to either sign in or log into a google account.

Google Acccount - Google Search Console

Now whilst the new Search Console is a great platform, you will still require the old version to be able to add a property.  In webmaster tools or search console, your website will be referred to as ‘a property’.

In the old version, you will see a screen similar to the one below, but you will not have any properties yet.

Add Property to Search Console

You will want to click the red button ‘Add a Property’.  Then you will want to add your website URL to the box that has appeared.

Add a property (website)

Make sure the box is selected as Website and you use the full URL for your website.  Once you have added your new property (website).

After you have completed this step, you will need to verify that you own the property you are going to add to Google Search Console.

You will see at this point there are two tabs in your options.  The recommended method is uploading a html file into your website.  But that is a little more complicated, unless you know what you are doing so at this point, I would not suggest it.

If you have already set up Google Analytics, then that is the easiest way as you will just need to select it and click verify (Make sure you select you are not a robot). AS your google account already has been set up with Google Analytics, then it will be that easy.

If you haven’t already set up Google Analytics, then I suggest you do set this up first and here is a guide I created for doing just that.

If you do not want to set up Google Analytics yet, let’s explore the other ways to verify your website ownership.

The best alternative to going through Google Analytics is to add a html tag to the header of your WordPress website.

Select this option and it will display a code to add.  Make sure you select all of the code, before you get ready to copy and paste it into the header of your website.

Then you can go to your WordPress editor, select appearance and editor.

From the right-hand side menu, you need to select header.  The verification meta tag must be within the section of the page.  Here is the guide that Google provide to help with this.

I would say at this point, I would not suggest this method and here is why.  Any time that you change your website theme, or your theme has an update, it will remove this code and you will need to add it again.

You will be missing out on a lot of useful information if you do not add Google Analytics, so why not add them both at the same time.  It will take you a few minutes to add Google Analytics to your website, and then another couple of minutes to add the Google Search Console.

Once you have completed these steps, you know that Google is aware of your website and you can start to use the tools and reports that Google provides you to get better results for your website.

You will also be able to switch between the old and the new version of Search Console at any time, depending on what you want to achieve, but the first thing you will want to do is submit a sitemap for your website, so Google can explore your website regularly.

How to Submit a Sitemap to Google Search Console

The new way to submit a sitemap to Google Search Console is much easier, so we will go through that method now.  If you are still in the old version, press the blue button ‘Use new Search Console’.

Use new Search Console

You will see the following screen when you are in the new version.  It might look a little blank at the moment, but it will look similar to this.  This is the Overview report, which we will describe shortly – but back to submitting a sitemap.  From the left-hand menu, select sitemaps.

Submit a sitemap to google search console

IN the image, you will see that I have already submitted a sitemap.  All you will want to do is add the URL of where your sitemap is.  If you are using the All-in-One SEO plugin, then it will be simply sitemap.xml to the end of your website URL.

Once you have typed it in, click submit.  You will then see it displayed underneath, like mine is.

In my example, it shows that I last submitted it on the 15th December, Google last read it on the 25th December.  It was successful and they discovered 483 URLS or links.

Whilst you don’t need to do anything more with your sitemap after this, I do suggest that if you make a lot of changes to your posts, links or website.  you come back and resubmit your sitemap using the method we just went through.

The next step that I suggest you take advantage of is the cool tool called ‘URL Inspection’.

URL Inspection – The new Fetch as Google

You can use this tool to actually request Google to search for it and add it to their search results.  Any time you create a new post or edit an existing post, come back to this tool to tell Google about it.  Many would still refer to this as ‘fetch as google’.

You can get to it via 2 ways.  From the menu on the left, or just copy and pasting your URL to the search bar at the top.

If you inspect a URL that is already on Google, then you will see the image below:

Fetch as Google

It shows that it has already been indexed into the search results on Google. But if you have gone and added any additional content to that post, say a video, then come back and see how it says, ‘Page Changed?’ – just click request indexing.

This will take a couple of minutes to do.  I have found that it doesn’t always work first time, but just try again a few minutes later.

It also tells you whether there are any issues with the coverage and AMP version, which we will cover in the report’s descriptions.

You don’t have to do this, as Google is very good at finding new content.  But I found by doing this every post when I first started doing this website, it got ranked quicker and now I don’t always need to do it, as Google is keeping an eye out for it.  I posted an article yesterday and didn’t submit it and yet it is already ranked in Google.  I posted it at 18.29 and Google crawled the post at 20.52.  Not bad, eh?

The more content you create, the more Google will want to check out your sitemap.

The Amp report is one to keep an eye out for.  Most searches online are now coming from a smart phone, so Google actually searches for mobile friendly websites and potential ranks them better than non-mobile friendly websites.

For your URL, it will not be indexed yet, so you will see the image below:

URL Inspection - Google Search Console

Just select, request indexing.  I would do this on your main home-page, and any posts that you have already written.

A couple of points to consider, when you submit your URL and it has been added to the index queue, do not keep doing it.  It will not speed up the process, so is a waste of time.  Once it has been added you will see the box below.

URL Inspection

Overview Report

Once you have submitted your sitemap and started to get some date, your main Overview page will give you an overview of your website performance, coverage issues and enhancement information.

Performance Report

Your Performance Report gives you an insight into how you are faring with the audience out there.  The pre-sets are set at last 3 months, but you can change the timeframes that the data shows you.

Performance Report -Google Search Console

Total Clicks – How many clicks you have had from the search results

Total Impressions – This shows you how many times your link has been seen by someone searching for that keyword

Average CTR – the percentage click through from those impressions

Average Position – Is your average position in the search results.

The next table down displays some more specific data.  You have a number of different ways of seeing the data.  But if you are just starting out, I would focus on the pages tab.

Select the pages tab in the bottom table and select average position in the top table.

This will add the position column to the bottom table and mean you can see what position you are ranking for with your post.

Just click the boxes in the top table, so they are all coloured.  This will display that data in the table below.

If you click the position column, it will sort high to low or low to high.  Can give you an insight into your rankings.

When your website is relatively new, you aren’t really getting the traffic to accurately decipher the information but it is a good to know where you are ranking, as the higher you rank for a keyword the better your chances of getting traffic.

Coverage Report

The coverage report tells you if you have issues with your website.  But I wouldn’t worry too much about some of the errors that come up.  If you select a URL to not be indexed by Google (your privacy policy for example), then it will show as an error.  But you know that.

You will also see that some affiliate links will appear in the excluded section, again you will see I have a high number, but as this is by link and not post it does seem high.  But it isn’t really a problem.  So, I do take the coverage page with a pinch of salt to a degree.

If you do see errors, you can see the detail in the bottom table and follow the correct action depending on what the error is.

Coverage report - Google Search Console

Error – Pages that couldn’t be indexed

Valid with Warnings – Is a valid page, but it has issues you need to deal with

Valid – Pages that have been indexed

Excluded – These pages were intentionally not indexed.

Mobile Usability Report

The mobile usability report is useful to understand how mobile friendly your website is, it will also detail any errors that you need to resolve to avoid anyone getting to your site and finding a problem.

Error – This is a critical error in the structured data

Valid – Have no errors.

AMP Report

Get to see if there are any AMP errors within your website. Amp was launched as a way of having a condensed mobile friendly version of your website running for ease of use.  If you are running an AMP plugin, then this report will let you know if you have any issues to fix.

AMP Report - Google Search Console

Error – This is a critical error in the structured data

Valid with Warnings – Are valid, but are missing some data

Valid – have no errors.

Links Report

Who is linking to your website, which pages are linking to each other?  At the end of the day, Google loves you linking to other pages or posts on your website.  My homepage shows links of 609, yet there are no even than many pages on my website.  Internal and external links are important, and you can get an insight into the information on this tab.

Conclusion – Google Search Console

Getting ranked onto the first page of Google is where any aspiring website owner wants to be.  They hold the most users and getting to rank number one is the pinnacle and often the trigger for getting a load of traffic.

But if you do not use google search console or google analytics, how do you know how you are ranking or even tell google about your website.

Submit your sitemap to Google, use the URL inspection to get your posts ranked quicker.  Check out any errors and see whether they require you to do something about it and watch your rankings.

You can also identify some keyword opportunities within the search results.  You will soon notice that you are ranking for keywords that you were not targeting and so it could be an chance to explore that keyword in detail with a post.

If you are relatively new, I wouldn’t also advise that you do not spend a lot of time on it… I say the same for Analytics.

Until you are getting a real chunk of traffic, then the data can be misleading, and you end up wasting your time reviewing it.  As a new website owner, your focus should be on creating content.  Once you are getting thousands of visits to your website, then it is worth checking it out regularly.  Otherwise, use the URL inspection toll every time you create a post and then leave and work on the next post.

Check it monthly, like you should with Analytics and hopefully you will see an upward trend.
Hopefully now you have a grasp of how to use Google Search Console.

If you still have any questions, then please write them in the comments below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  John

Where Can I get Free SSL Certificates for my Website?

Where Can I get Free SSL Certificates for my Website_

If you haven’t realised the need for an SSL Certificate on your website, then now is the time to learn why you need one and more importantly how you can get SSL Certificates for your website without breaking the bank.

Typically, you will find it an expensive option with most web hosting services, but we have a recommendation that will not only give you SSL certificates for your websites – but also a lot of other features that will also benefit your website/business included.

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer; it establishes an encrypted (safe) link between an internet browser and a web server.What is an SSL Certificate

  Anyone who is searching the internet through a browser and see the padlock in the address bar knows that the website they are on is safe and secure. It also means that your personal data is safe.

An SSL Certificate is key to the security of a website and with the importance of protecting personal information nowadays, it is something that a lot of website owners are researching and deciding whether it is time to install it.  An SSL Certificate can be quite expensive if you are a small business owner who wants to take payments through their website, but in this article, I will be going through what an SSL certificate is, why your website might need it and more importantly how you can genuinely get it for free.

Any data that passes between the two is safe and secure.  You will notice that we have the padlock too.  We want to ensure we are all safe when browsing the internet.

Related Post: What is the Best Web Hosting Service for Small Business

Why Does It Matter?

Think about the number of times that you are out and about on your smartphone and using a free Wi-Fi hotspot?  If no website had an SSL certificate, it could mean that you are more vulnerable to hackers getting your personal data.

As most of our web use is done via our phones nowadays, it makes it even more important that your website has an SSL Certificate

Why Does Your Website Need it?

As a business or website owner, there are some reasons why it is essential to have an SSL certificate.

1.E-Commerce

Any website that handles products or services to be bought from a visitor will need an SSL certificate to be able to handle payments.  If the person loves your products, but sees that you haven’t got a padlock, then they will probably not buy it.  You will also soon realise some payment handlers require SSL.

2.Capturing any Data

Building an email list, or even the comments section on your website captures personal data.  With the recent GDPR laws introduced in Europe, it is essential we comply with all the legalities of having an online business.  including the handling personal data.

3.Better Search Engine Results

Google owns two thirds of the overall search traffic and they have stated they are going to give website with an SSL certificates higher ranking than websites without one.  That could make a big difference to a business.  If you cannot get to page one of the search results, you will find it so much harder to have a profitable business.

4.Builds Trust

One of the key vibes of anything I learn about online business is that anything that builds your trust with the customer will lead to a better conversion rate.  An SSL certificate goes a long way to building trust online.Building Trust

Whether you are blogging, selling your own products or looking to build an online business – being able to get an SSL certificate is paramount.

But there are plenty of options out there, but many do not include an SSL certificate in their hosting.  Some are actually charging $100 per website, per year.  As you are searching for a free SSL certificate, the likelihood you will be able to afford that much are remote.

You have to pay for web hosting, we all know that.  Free Websites do not tend to allow you actually hard to do anything with it. But most web hosting does not include the SSL certificates as standard.  Our recommendation does.

Web Hosting with a Difference

Most web hosting service providers charge you based on how many visitors you get to your website, the more visitors you get the more you pay.  Not, with my web host.  I pay the same now as I did when I first launched my website.  I could get up to 500k visitors a month and not pay anything else.

Free websites do not have the ability or tools to actually make any money with it.  For example, a free website cannot have ads on them.  So, if you are just starting out, you will soon realise that you need a paid website.

If you are an established business, you will find that your web hosting is a key decision to moving forward and scaling your business.

I highly recommend WordPress to anyone, it is so versatile, and it accounts for over 50% of all websites online.  That says how popular it is.  I have can have up to 50 WordPress websites hosted at SiteRubix, all with an SSL certificate and they also benefit from the things below:

Security Features – Several layers of security to protect your website.  With over 27,000 hacking attempts thwarted last year

Safe & Secure Hosting

Daily Back-ups – Every 24 hours your website will be backed up, so you never have to worry about your website.  this is typically a premium option with most web hosts

Daily Backups

Double Hosting – Never worry about your website being down to your customers. If there is ever a problem, the second copy that runs all the time is swapped in within seconds to ensure your customer will never notice.  Again, this is something that few offers.

Double Hosting

Site Speed – Site speed is an important factor to your online business, if your customers have a slow experience on it, they will likely more on to another business.  Not great.  But SiteRubix offer a fantastic site speed, with fast hosting.

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Mobile Friendly – More and more people are surfing online on their phones.  Is your current hosting keeping up and offering mobile friendly websites?  SiteRubix ensure that all of their sites are good to go.

Like I said, your web hosting is an important decision, but you will only benefit from the best options out there.  You will also find that most hosting does not offer as much as SiteRubix does.

SiteRubix Hosting

I will also state that whilst you will be paying for web hosting, like you would for any decent hosting you will also get a Free SSL certificate for any website you host on their servers.

SiteRubix is from web hosting available from Wealthy Affiliate.

You might be asking why would I need to sign up with Wealthy Affiliate?  That’s only to do with Affiliate Marketing…  But that isn’t so not true.

Wealthy Affiliate offers its premium members 25 WordPress Hosted websites with SSL and all of the features above.  Which would benefit anyone online.

They specialise in training for online business:

  • Everything to do with WordPress
  • Getting Your Website Ranked
  • Getting Traffic
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Creating Engaging Content
  • Webinar Series (just a sample list)
    • Selling Your Own Products
    • Drop Shipping
    • How to Promote Your Ecommerce Business
    • Advancing Your Authority in Any Niche
  • Web Design

Along with training on affiliate marketing.  I know that at first glance it may seem like it is only for people who are looking for a way to earn from affiliate marketing.  But their web hosting is a fantastic feature for any business.  And can any business owner really say they don’t need to know how to get the best out of website ranking, WordPress, Social Media Marketing?  I found that even though Gem’s wedding stationary business isn’t affiliate marketing.  I used many of the things I learned from Wealthy Affiliate to great benefit.

There is More…

There are also some more benefits to a website owner with Wealthy Affiliate and SiteRubix.

A keyword research tool is essential to website rankings and creating content, included in a premium membership is Jaaxy.  A premium keyword research tool with some fantastic tools to help you with your business.

If you are looking to give your audience the best experience ever, that will also include an SSL Certificate, with a website that will never let you down – You can definitely benefit from Wealthy Affiliate.

  • Awesome Website Hosting
  • Awesome Business Training
  • Awesome Business Tools

You will also gain access to a community of other Internet Entrepreneurs for help and support at any point with your online business.  This is a great feature for beginners, but if consider yourself experienced.  What is your current hosting like?

Do you get all the features that are listed above?  Can you get help if you need ideas or advice?

If you would like to learn more about the website hosting at SiteRubix & Wealthy Affiliate, then I suggest you read my post What is the Best Web Hosting for WordPress.

If you would like to learn more about the whole Wealthy Affiliate platform, I recommend you read my Wealthy Affiliate Review.

I would say any small business owner would really benefit from the partnership of both and you would also learn how much you would gain from the platform.

How Much Does It All Cost?

This is the bit that you will really be interested in… Whilst the SSL Certificate is free for Premium Members, there is a need to invest in your business to get the best out of it going forward.  Free websites will not let you scale your business the way you need.  You will find that most will not even have an SSL Certificate.

Wealthy Affiliate combines training, website tools, website hosting, a keyword research tool and expert help and support.

All of these great features are included in their premium membership – which is $49/month or $359/year.

Not per website, but in total!  You can have up to 50 websites with SSL included for $49/month.  I have seen this be a $100 investment for each website – that would be $5k to just have an SSL certificate on them.

Many business owners start to scale their business, and some bloggers have 3 or 4 websites.  To have this many would mean most website owners couldn’t afford it.  But the benefits from Wealthy Affiliate will easily outweigh the initial investment.

But my ethos has always been around researching a product, before making a decision.  That is why I love the free starter membership.  You will gain access to the premium features for 7 days to take Wealthy Affiliate on a test drive.  You can have 2 free websites on the starter membership, which gives you ample time to test their hosting out.  See if it lives up to your expectations.

Can I Get Free SSL Certificates for my Website?

Free SSL with Wealthy Affiliate

You will find that any free website will not typically be able to get free ssl certificates.  But most paid web hosting services will offer it for a price.

SiteRubix from Wealthy Affiliate offers it freely with their Premium Membership.  25 full domains with an SSL certificate.  25 subdomains with an SSL certificate.  Awesome Training and Tools that can help you scale your business to the next level.

I personally feel that makes SiteRubix a number one choice for small website owners and bloggers.


If you have any further questions or comments about SSL certificates, Web Hosting or SiteRubix, then please write them in the comments.  I will respond as soon as I can. I would love to also hear about any experiences you may have had with Web Hosting and SSL certificates.  Are they now common place, or elsewhere too high a price?

What is the Best Web Hosting Service for Small Business?

What is the Best Web Hosting Service for Small Business_

Getting the right web hosting service for your website is a really big decision.  Ensuring your website is protected from security risks and ensures your readers gets the best experience from it.

But then you also see that there are often strings attached to some web hosting and means that you end up having to pay over the odds to get the experience that was advertised with upsells.

But there is more to think about than just the features that are on offer, you need to consider whether you can trust the hosting and that they will ensure you experience no issues with your website.

What is Web Hosting & Why Does it Matter?

A web host is a service that allows to you put a website onto the internet.  They host your domain (your website) providing all of the technology and systems needed to make this happen.

Think of it as the foundation that you build a house on.  The better the foundation, the better the house will stand.

Picking a web host is an important decision, if you just pick the first one you see as it is free, could have a big impact on your business.  Some web hosts start free, but then as you start to grow your business, you find that the prices start to drastically go up as you grow.  Email addresses can sometimes be an additional product and SSL certificates are really important these days, but most still charge you an additional charge for this too.

You will also find that many will charge you per website for hosting, so if you have a couple of websites that are getting high traffic levels and need SSL certificates (you cannot do e-commerce without it) then you will easily see the prices shoot up.

What I want to share with you is the web hosting service I use, why they are a great partner to have for WordPress hosted websites.  I will also share the fact of how you can host 25 WordPress websites on their hosting platform for less than a dollar a day.

The WordPress web hosting service I recommend is SiteRubix.  It is a cloud-based web hosting platform with plenty of reasons why you can not only trust them, but really push your online business forward with them.

SiteRubix WordPress Web Hosting

Here are the features available with SiteRubix hosting.  They focus on implementing a lot of the features at the server end, which means it will not affect your website.  Whilst they take security seriously, it will not slow your site down.

Security Features

There is no compromise when it comes to security.  Websites become targets for hackers in the hope they can steal your information.  But you have nothing to worry about with SiteRubix.  They use their extensive knowledge of WordPress to prevent attacks, they prevented over 27 million hacking attempts last year, alone.  You never have to worry about your website.

SiteRubix Security

Backups Are Standard

What if you had an issues with a plugin, or you do something that ends up crashing your website… Would you be able to retrieve your information?  With SiteRubix, they realise that everyone can make mistakes.  But with your website backed up every 24 hours, you can remain calm and get it resolved easily and quickly.

Website Backups - SiteRubix

This is typically a paid advanced option with some hosting services but comes as standard with SiteRubix.

Double Hosting

You might be wondering what double hosting means, but first think about the fact that anytime your website is down, you are losing money.  If a customer cannot reach your website, they cannot make a purchase.

SO, double hosting means they always run a second copy of your site.  Which they can swap in anytime that your website is down.

SiteRubix - Double Hosting

Again, there are few hosting services who offer this included as standard.

Site Speed – SiteRubix will not slow you down

If you don’t realise the impact a slow website can have, then think about anytime you have logged into a website that takes ages to load… Most will not wait and will find an alternative.  SiteRubix ensures all of the hard graft is done at the server end, so you get a website that loads quicker than websites on other hosting.  Their average Site Speed score is 1.3 seconds.

Is Your WordPress Hosting Mobile Friendly?

Google has made the switch to monitor mobile friendly sites over desktop sites.  If your website is not mobile friendly, it will impact your rankings and your potential.  All websites hosted on SiteRubix optimised for any medium.  No need for additional plugins or anything to ensure your readers get the best experience.

SSL Certificates as Standard

A recent survey showed that only 51% of websites online have an SSL certificate.  Why is that an important figure.  Everyone is very conscious of the need to keep their personal data secure, but most people will not trust a website without it.  If you are planning on having an e-commerce business or want people to trust you – having an SSL certificate is paramount.  Google has also stated that it will rank a website with SSL on over a non-SSL website.

But many choose not to pay the high price most hosting services charge.  SiteRubix offer SSL certificates on any WordPress website you host on it within the premium membership.

Some charge over $100 per website for this.

Reasonable Priced

SiteRubix is offered from the guys who run Wealthy Affiliate.  A training platform that helps people with aspirations of an online business.  Even experience internet marketers will benefit from the training, but the key element that is great is the fact that you can host 25 full domains with all of the features above and 25 subdomains on their hosting with SSL included on each for the low monthly price of $49 or an annual price of $359.

That is the cost for up to 50 websites!! You could spend $300 dollars on one website with SSL for one year with some hosting services.

Web Hosting - SiteRubix

SiteRubix - Web Hosting

Other Cool Features

SiteHealth is a great feature that allows you to see how your website is getting on with regards to the search engines.

SiteComments is a great feature for getting high-quality comments to your posts, this can be a key factor in improving your rankings in the search engines.

SiteFeedback, this allows you to get some quality feedback on your website to help you improve your business.

Get Access to extensive training and classrooms via Wealthy Affiliate

You might think that by joining Wealthy Affiliate you would get access to a lot of training that isn’t relevant to you… But you would be so wrong.

Whether you are blogging, wanting an e-commerce platform or looking to build a business empire – the training available is second to none.

I have used the techniques I have learned from Wealthy Affiliate to grow both my affiliate marketing business, but also grow Gem’s Wedding Stationary e-commerce business.  Both our websites are hosted on SiteRubix and I have never had an issue.

Related Post: My Wealthy Affiliate Review

What is the Support Like?

There will inevitable be a moment where you need to contact support about something to do with your website, and the support at Wealthy Affiliate is second to none.  Send a support ticket to them and within a matter of minutes, they have typically fixed the problem and replied to tell you what to do or that everything is sorted.  Their support is awesome.

Final Word on SiteRubix & Wealthy Affiliate

If you are looking for the Best Web Hosting Service for WordPress, then you will find no better place than with Wealthy Affiliate.  There is enough hard work to do with an online business, without having to worry about your web hosting going down.  If you are new to the online world, you will find no better training platform than that on offer at Wealthy Affiliate.

But even if you are experienced, but have had enough of your current web hosting, then you will find that WA will offer you a high-quality website experience allowing you to scale your business effectively.

Their WordPress classroom will ensure you have all the knowledge you need to know about WordPress and get the best out of your WordPress website.

You don’t need to make any decisions, at this point.  Wealthy Affiliate offers you a free starter membership where you can experience the premium membership for 7 days without any commitment.  It gives you the chance to experience what you would benefit from with a premium membership.  If you already have a WordPress website, transferring it to the SiteRubix hosting is really simple to do with a premium membership.


If you have any further questions about Wealthy Affiliate or SiteRubix, then please leave them in the comments below. I will respond as soon as possible.  If you have any experience about the hosting, I would love to hear what your opinion is.

How to Update a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step Guide

How to Update a WordPress Plugin

Keeping your WordPress plugins up-to-date is key to ensuring your website stays functional and your readers do not experience any problems when accessing your website.

The last thing you want is for a reader to choose to leave your website without any action due to the form they are supposed to use doesn’t work or your email capture form doesn’t work.

Keeping your website up-to-date also stops any potential security risks that might have been exposed and is the reason the plugin developer has upgraded their program.

Let’s start with what exactly is a WordPress Plugin and then I will guide you through the steps to updating them.

What Exactly is a WordPress Plugin?

WordPress plugins are essential to your WordPress website.  They add many different functions to your website to allow you to achieve pretty much anything with your website.  Want a picture gallery, want to use a capture form, adding an author box, you name it there is a plugin for it.  One of the most essential plugins is your SEO plugin.  Whether you use the All-in-One SEO or choose Yoast.  These are essential to ensuring your WordPress website is SEO friendly and found easily by the Search Engines.

Related Post: How to Install a WordPress Plugin

SO, Why Is it Important to Keep WordPress Plugins Up-to-Date?

The number one reason why developers release updates – to keep you and your website safe.  Security updates are one of the reasons, but also added functionality is also one.  Whenever WordPress itself updates to the newest version, your plugins will typically have to update to remain functional with the latest release.

One of the key tips I will share at this stage, is backing up your WordPress website is a worthwhile step before installing the latest WordPress update and keeping weekly backups just in case.

How to Update WordPress Plugins

There are reasons why you may choose to install the updates individually rather than in bulk, so I will describe to you both ways.

If you have used the plugin for a while and have experience no problems installing updates in the past, then you could typically use the bulk option.  You kind of build up a trust factor with plugins the same way you might with websites.

But if it is a new plugin for you, then I would highly suggest you install it individually until you build up that trust with the developer.

Step One – Login to your WordPress Editor

You will know straightaway if you have any updates available when you first log in.  ON your left-hand menu, you will notice that the plugin menu item has a red circle with a number on it indicating how many plugins require an update.

If you hover over your dashboard menu item, you will notice that the same indicator is there, however the number may be different.  Don’t worry, it just means that there are other updates that are available, such as your theme has an update or WordPress itself is ready for an update.

In the image below, you can see that there is one update ready for this WordPress website

How to Update a WordPress Plugin

There is a difference depending on which one you click.  If you click plugins, it will take you to page displaying all of your plugins, including those that do not require a plugin.

If you follow the updates menu item, it will take you to page where only the items that require an update is listed.  This is my preferred method, as it will also show other items (such as themes) that need updating and I can manage it all in one session.

From the image below, you can see that on the updates page, I have one plugin requiring an update and it is “WP Product Review Lite”.

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Step 2 – Selecting & Updating the WordPress Plugin

Now there are a couple of things I check prior to actually updating a plugin, especially if it is the first time, I am updating a plugin.

How compatible is it with your current WordPress version?  I like to check this, because if it is 100%, I am more inclined to include it in a bulk update.  If the answer is not 100%, I would choose to update it on its own or maybe wait a couple of days to see if they include a newer update.

If you are choosing to update all the plugins that are listed, use the ‘Select All’ option, if you are choosing which plugins to install individually, use the check box at the left hand side of each plugin:

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Once you are ready to update, press the button saying ‘Update’.  This will take a few seconds, depending on how many are being updated and then will return a completed screen.

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That is it!  You have now completed the update on your WordPress Plugins. If you have been using the plugin for a while and have never had problems with it, then I cannot see why you wouldn’t install an update straightaway.  Some will advise you wait a week just in case, but I would tend to do this with a new plugin that I haven’t had a lot of experience with.  It is prudent to read what the actual update is for.

There is a way of setting your WordPress plugins to automatically update, find the related post here.  Whilst, personally I wouldn’t recommend it as if it breaks your website, you won’t know until you next log in and could be missing a lot of traffic.  But still it might be useful to at least know how to do it.

Want to Know More about WordPress?

WordPress is becoming the most popular website content manager online.  With over 50% of websites now using the platform it shows the versatility WordPress brings with it, and plugins is how this is achieved.  There is so much to learn about WordPress, so if you would like to learn everything there is to know about WordPress you might consider learning from the best.

Whatever the reason you have a WordPress website, you need the best support there is the industry to improve your knowledge and internet marketing skills.  Wealthy Affiliate offers top-quality training materials on WordPress and Internet Marketing Skills with some awesome features for WordPress websites all included in its membership.  If you would like to learn more, check out my Wealthy Affiliate review, it is not all just about Affiliate Marketing.

If you have any questions about WordPress, WordPress plugins or anything else please write them in the comments below and I will come back to you ASAP with an answer.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step Guide

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

WordPress’s versatility comes from the number of plugins that are available. Plugins are an integral part of the appeal of WordPress so knowing how to install them is a key step.

We will be exploring what a WordPress plugin is and show you a step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

What is a WordPress Plugin?

WordPress plugins are essential to your WordPress website.  They add so many different functions to your website and they allow you to achieve pretty much anything with your website.  Want a picture gallery, want to use a capture form, adding an author box, or even adding social share functions, you name it there is a plugin for it.  One of the most essential plugins is your SEO plugin.  Whether you use the All-in-One SEO or choose Yoast.  These are essential to ensuring your WordPress website is SEO friendly and found easily by the Search Engines.

Related Post: How to Update a WordPress Plugin

There are also a few checks you want to do before installing a plugin, which we will discuss before we go through how to install one.

Plugins on WordPress.com Websites

Just a note about if you have a WordPress.com website, whilst these are free websites you will have to have a paid site to install any plugins. WordPress.org sites have much more functionality.  Our No.1 Recommended hosting site for WordPress.org sites is SiteRubix, learn more here.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Before I describe to you the couple of different ways to install a plugin, there are a couple of watch outs before you do…

There are many free plugins out there, and many of them are great.  But doing a few checks before installing one will help you avoid installing one that breaks your website.

I highly recommend you backup your website before installing a new plugin.

There are a couple of checks I always do when checking out whether to install the plugin.

  1. How many downloads the plugin has had
  2. When was the last time the plugin was updated?

The reason I check these is, if a plugin hasn’t been updated in a while, it means the developer may have given up on the plugin – it hasn’t, been kept up-to-date with any WordPress updates and more importantly hasn’t been updated to keep up with security.

The number will determine how many sites it is installed on, if it is on a lot it is less likely to break a site.  If it isn’t that popular, there may be an underlying reason.

Let’s get down to the ways to install a WordPress plugin.

Using the Search Function (From the WordPress Directory)

This is the way you will install free plugins, First you will need to go to your WordPress editor.

From your menu, hover over Plugins and you will see the option for a “Add New”. Select this.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

This will take you to the Plugin Directory.  If you know the name of the plugin you want to install, type it into the search bar. If you are looking in general, you can search in the same way and see the options that come up.  In my example, I am going to install ‘AMP for WP” By searching for this, it has come up where I can see the details around the plugin and see if it has been updated recently and is the right one for me.  You will also see the install button. Once you are happy with your selection, choose to install.

How to Install a Plugin 2

Once you have installed it, you need to activate the plugin.  There are a couple of ways of doing this.  In the image below, you will see the box that said ‘Install’ has now been replaced with ‘Activate’.  This is the easier way of activating the plugin.

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But there are times that you are wanting to activate it at a later date. (there are times when you notice one of your plugins might be the issue, but not sure which one is causing the issue.  So, you spend some time activating each one at a time to identify it). I will show you the other way of activating a plugin too.

If you go to your plugin list, you will see all of the plugins you have installed listed there.

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If all of your plugins are activated you will only notice a deactivate option, but if you have a plugin that is not activated you will see the option to ‘activate’ the plugin.

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This the other way of activating a plugin.

Uploading a Downloaded Plugin

There are also a number of paid plugins that are available, but typically you will need to buy them at another place than the directory and you will need to ‘upload’ these plugins.

Go back to the ‘Add New’ Plugin page and you will see at the top an ‘Upload Plugin’ button.

How to Install a Plugin

Once you click this button it will allow you to select a file from your computer.

How to Install a Plugin

The plugin you have downloaded will be a zip file.  Select the file and click install now.  Once you have installed the plugin, you will need to activate the plugin from your plugin list.

Now that you know how to install a WordPress plugin, let’s just also show you how to uninstall a WordPress plugin.

How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin

Go to your WordPress Editor and go to your Plugin List. This will show all of your installed plugins.

How to Uninstall a Plugin

Under each of your installed plugins you will see several options, please note that you must first deactivate a plugin before being able to uninstall it.

One of the options will be ‘deactivate’

How to Uninstall a Plugin

Click deactivate and let your website do the work, shortly it will return you back to your list and now the options for the plugin will change and there will be the option to delete it.

How to Uninstall a Plugin

You have now successfully uninstalled your WordPress plugin.

Plugins allow you to get the right look and feel on your website to ensure it gives the readers exactly the what you want them to when they hit your website. Now you know how to install and uninstall WordPress plugins, you can get started on creating the website you want.

There are many different factors to consider with a WordPress website and if you feel like you could benefit from more in-depth tutorials around WordPress and the wider Internet Marketing field, I highly suggest you check out where I learned everything there was to know about both.  Read my Wealthy Affiliate Review to see how they could transform your online business, it isn’t just about Affiliate Marketing.  I learned so much that helped with Gem’s Wedding Stationary Business too.

If you have any questions about WordPress or WordPress plugins, please write them in the comments below and I promise to get back to you ASAP.

What is the Best Web Hosting Service for WordPress?

What is the Best Web Hosting Service for WordPress

WordPress is a fantastic website builder, with over 50% of the websites out there utilising it shows how good the platform is.  But it is actually only as good as the foundation underneath it, which is the web hosting.

There are many different providers out there, and many are advertised as free – but when you really dig into it as soon asWhat is the Best Web Hosting Service for WordPress

you start growing your business you will end up paying through the nose with upsells.  There are enough worries with your online business then worrying about escalating costs.

I want to recommend to you a platform that offers top-end web hosting for those just starting out with WordPress, including training to get your online business off to a great start.

But I also want to share with you why a Premium Membership will end your worries on upsells for web hosting. With the ability of hosting 25 WordPress websites on their hosting, you will have a website that can handle high levels of traffic with free SSL and the price doesn’t change.

The key things you will want to know is what features are included and also why they are a platform you can trust.

What is Web Hosting?

If you think of your website as a house, the web hosting is the land you are building that house onto.

Web Host is short for a Hosting Service Provider.  It has all the technology and systems needed to house your website.

Why Does It Matter Which Web Hosting I Use?

Go back to the house analogy, if you build the house on marshy land or a flood plain – will the house be sturdy?

That is why, you will find loads of web hosting providers out there, but many will have a massive impact on your website and ultimately your customers.  If they cannot access your website, because the server is down, you will lose sales.

When choosing a web hosting for your WordPress website, there are plenty of things to think about before signing up with them.

My recommended web hosting is SiteRubix.  It is provided by the guys behind Wealthy Affiliate.

Related Post: My Wealthy Affiliate Review

SiteRubix is a cloud-based web hosting platform, which focuses on what is right for its website owners and not a profit margin.  With over 1 million members benefitting from both the training available at Wealthy Affiliate and the web hosting provided by SiteRubix, it shows that this number trusts them and there are a number of reasons why.

SiteRubix Features Included as Standard

SiteRubix Features

The main difference between SiteRubix and other hosting providers, is all of these features are installed at the server end, rather than your end.

Why does this matter?  Anything you install at your end, can end up giving your readers a slow response.  We all know a slow website will put them off.  But security is really important, but if you install all the features you need as plugins, you will end up with a slow website.

SiteRubix has thwarted 27 million attempts in the last year, they take extra steps to prevent spam or hacking.

All SiteRubix websites come with the All-In-SEO plugin which will make it much easier to rank your website.

Each of your website will benefit from the below too, this is from the Premium membership.

Premium SiteRubix Hosting

Daily Backups & Double Hosting

Every 24 hours, WA backs up your website just in case, if you ever find that there is a problem with your website, the Support Team are great at getting you back up and running within minutes.  But they take this one step further by Double Hosting your website.

It means that there is a second website always running in the background, in case there is an issue with the actual site, it will swap it over within seconds, so your audience won’t even notice.

Won’t Slow You Down

A slow loading website has all kind of negative impacts for a website owner – the search engines penalise you on rankings, your audience will leave your site, etc.

SiteRubix utilises a tool called the Site Speed, with their score of 1.3seconds standard load time.

Mobile Friendly

Google has recently announced that it is prioritising mobile friendly sites in their search results. More and more people are using their smart phone to search online, Google is just keeping up with the flow.  SiteRubix websites are mobile friendly as a standard. They are optimised for both desktop and mobile.

Free SSL Certificates for Premium Members

You might think this is selling something, but anyone looking at having a website will need to consider a couple of things.  There will be a point where you need to invest.  Any website can be free to begin with, but when you are starting to build up traffic, you will need to start paying for hosting to continue using them.

But this can be an expensive subscription or one that hasn’t changed in 13 years and comes complete with Free SSL certificates for 25 full domains and 25 subdomains.

I have found web hosting that has a price of $100 for an SSL certificate for a year.

Google has also changed its algorithm to prioritise websites with SSL, as it protects people’s personal data.

But Wealthy Affiliate & SiteRubix offer a Premium membership for $49/month or $359/year.

Affordable Web Hosting & Training for Your Online Business

Not everyone will be ready to start with a premium membership, and I totally understand that – but consider the fact that with other web hosting sites when you start hitting certain traffic limits or wanting SSL.

But Wealthy Affiliate offers a lot of other features on top of its web hosting that will help you achieve your financial or personal goals with a WordPress website.

You can also join for free with a starter membership where you will have 2 free websites – this gives you a good chance to take SiteRubix for a free ride and see if it is for you.

You will also benefit from their awesome training for starting an online business.

Wealthy Affiliate Training Benefits Any Website Owner

Let’s be honest, the number one reason why people are looking to build a website is to make money. But there are many factors to consider achieving that, and training is the key one.

If you are just starting out, you could benefit a lot from the training that Wealthy Affiliate offers.  It covers the following, all in a step-by-step guide that anyone can follow:

  • Everything WordPress
  • Authoring & Writing Content
  • Getting Started Online
  • Social Engagement & Marketing
  • Keyword, Niche & Market Research
  • Video Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Par Per Click Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Website Development & Programming
  • Local Marketing

You will totally benefit from the training whatever the goal of your website is.

But then you need to consider that, regardless of your experience you can also benefit from the tools available for your business and website within the platform for a premium member.

  • Keyword Research Tool – if you do not understand the importance of keyword research, check out my post on it here
  • Website Builder & Site Domains – build your WordPress website in just a few minutes and register your domain all from the Wealthy Affiliate platform.
  • Site Content – an awesome platform for creating content for your website, including access to over 1 million stock images.
  • Engagement Tools – New websites struggle to rank without comments on them, but you cannot get them until you get traffic.  Get high quality comments from members of WA in a Pay-It-Forward method.
  • Access to a Community of Internet Entrepreneurs all there to offer their help and support – there are some experienced people out there eager to help anyone move forward in their business.
  • Personal Access to Me – If you do decide to join Wealthy Affiliate & SiteRubix, you will gain access to me. I will be there to help you any step of the way to achieve your goals with your website and your online business.

I appreciate that not everyone will be ready to join the premium membership and I wouldn’t want someone to join who isn’t entirely convinced.  But one of the key differences you will find with Wealthy Affiliate is, they want you to be happy too.  That is why their starter membership is free.  You will not need a credit card and you can get started with a free website and upgrade if and when you are free.

I joined about 2 years ago and upgraded due to knowing it would benefit me and my family. But when you do the math compared to other website builders and the fact I didn’t have a clue about an online business – that annual subscription is nothing compared to what I would have spent elsewhere.

Get Started with a WordPress Website on Awesome Web Hosting

If you want to benefit from the awesome features that SiteRubix offers and couple it with the awesome training that Wealthy Affiliate offers, then I do suggest a couple of things:

Check out my Wealthy Affiliate Review, this way you will know more about why I recommend them.

I also suggest you try a free starter account.  There is no catch, there is no time limit on the free starter membership. But ifFree Starter Membership you are serious about earning money online, then I do recommend the Premium Membership which is discounted to $19 for the first month, within the first 7 days.  But the starter membership is your chance to experience it and make up your own decisions.

If you have any further questions about SiteRubix, Wealthy Affiliate or WordPress, please leave them in the comments below.  I will definitely get back to you as soon as I can.

Have you any experience with the web hosting offered by Wealthy Affiliate, please let me know.

Create Your Own Blog Website for Free – Step by Step

Create Your Own Blog Website for Free

Creating your own blog is a great way of expressing yourself and sharing your story with others who have a similar interest to yourself.  In this post we will be exploring a blog in more detail and showing you how easy it is to get yourself a website to house your blog, how to scale it to reach more people and also how to monetise your blog if you so desire.

What is a Blog?

In short, a blog is defined as informal or conversational updates on a website.  But in reality, a blog is so much more.

What is a Blog

It is a way of exploring the subject you enjoy in more depth, allowing others to join in and learn from you and get ideas.  You will regularly land on a blog site when exploring different subjects, such as a food blog – these are great at checking out new recipes, new ideas and the health benefits of a certain diet.

Or if you are into the outdoors, you will find a blog where they explore certain parts of the country you are thinking of checking out.  Why go somewhere to find it isn’t what you expected, check it out from someone who has been there before.

Blogs are so useful nowadays, when most people buy online they want to check out other people’s opinions on products, activities, etc.  That is where a blog is really useful.

Why Does Your Blog Need a Website?

Some will argue that you don’t need a website to blog or earn money online. I will take a moment to argue that you need a foundation for your blog.  Many people start a blog to share their story but actually decide to move it into an online business and earn enough money to work from home.  This is why you need a website. A foundation to an online business where you can share your content across multiple channels including social media.

You Blog Website also needs the right content management system and hosting.

WordPress + SiteRubix = Awesome Blog WebsiteWordpress +SiteRubix

WordPress is an ideal base for a blog website.  It is a great content management system with great functionality that is really easy to use.  But your hosting is just as important.  Think of your website being the house and the hosting is the land the house is built on.  You cannot have one without the other.

SiteRubix is a fantastic hosting provider, it is part of the Wealthy Affiliate family and with a free starter membership you can get 2 free websites using WordPress on their SiteRubix hosting.

How to Create Your Own Blog Website

Let’s get down to how you can create your own blog website in 5 easy steps for free

Step 1 – Choose a relevant website URL.  Use the tool below to check whether your preferred URL (website address) is available.

Step 2Complete Your Free Account Setup. Create Your Account to Continue onto the Website Builder.

Create a Free Website

Step 3 & 4Choose a Title for Your Website & Choose a Theme.  In the example I have chosen My Dog Training Site

Step 5 – Click Build Your Site.

Build Your Site

There, you now have your very own free WordPress website up and running in a matter of seconds.

There is much more to a Wealthy Affiliate membership, and you can learn more about it at my Wealthy Affiliate Review.

How to Grow Your Blog Website

Having a blog website is all well and good, but what you really want is to know how to grow your blog website and increase the number of people it reaches.

One of the great things about having a blog is getting people to engage with your website, ask you questions, share their experiences and creating a relationship with you as the website owner and the readers.  But if no one can find your blog, then that is a big stumbling blog.

Wealthy Affiliate offers much more than a website for you to start blog with, they have specific training on subjects such as:

  • Search Engine Optimisation for Your Website – If the search engines do not find your website, no one will find it
  • Content Creation – Creating content for your blog that actually works and engages with the audience.
  • Training on WordPress – Learn How to Get the Most out of WordPress
  • Growing Traffic – How to get people to visit your blog
  • Mastering Social Engagement – Social Media can play a huge part, get the most out of it for your blog.

How to Monetise Your Blog Website

Whilst there are a number of bloggers who are not looking to monetise their site, most are looking for ways to bring some money in from their online pursuits.  Affiliate Marketing is a great way of monetising your blog and is less complicated than you might think.

There are 3 parties involved in Affiliate Marketing.  You (blog owner), the Owner of the Product/Service and the Buyer (Visitor to Blog).  You introduce the buyer to said product/service and they choose to buy it, and you get a commission for the introduction.

How Affiliate Marketing Works

It is a simple premise, by including product reviews in amongst all of your other content with an affiliate link it can lead to you earning money through your blog.

Amazon is one of the biggest marketplaces online and it has its own affiliate program called Amazon Associates.  Their commission rate is lower than other programs but has more customers than most, so it evens out.

More and more people are researching products and services online before they buy – there is the opportunity to earn money.

Now there are some things that will help you succeed:

  • Only pick Products and Services that your readers would benefit from
  • Don’t Sell to them, helping them decide will yield better results
  • Don’t flood your content with affiliate links, there are strict guidelines on this stuff

If you truly want to benefit from Affiliate Marketing with your blog website, my biggest recommendation is Learn Affiliate Marketing the right way.  Wealthy Affiliate has some fantastic training that will take you through building a website, understanding affiliate marketing correctly, adding affiliate marketing to your blog, growing your blog the right way and leaving you with a business that can earn you a living from home.

If you would like to ask any questions about creating a blog, affiliate marketing or Wealthy Affiliate – please leave them in the comments below.  I am here to help anyone get started online and I promise to come back to you with an answer to your questions.

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