How to make an AFFILIATE MARKETING BLOG website with WordPress without a Premium Plugin or Theme

How to make an AFFILIATE MARKETING BLOG website with WordPress without a Premium Plugin or Theme

July 12, 2019 32 By Bernardo Ryan



in this video I'm gonna show you how to create an affiliate marketing blog using WordPress the site we're gonna be making looks just like this and it uses one of the free themes that comes with WordPress it's really good-looking it's got a slider on the home page and it's very content focused so allows people to find all your articles and videos and whatever else you're gonna create really easily I'm gonna take you through the entire process step by step from setting up your hosting to installing WordPress configuring the theme adding your content and of course inserting those valuable affiliate links so let's get started hello it's Alex here from WP eagle so yeah in this video we're gonna be creating an affiliate marketing blog using WordPress those of you that aren't familiar with affiliate marketing affiliate marketing is where you promote various products and services within some content you know say an article or a review or a guide and when someone clicks on one of your affiliate links from within that content and then goes off and purchases that product or not necessarily even that product it could just be something else on that site you get paid a commission an example of this is where you sign up as an affiliate for Amazon and you might create a post all around books you know your favorite books to lose weight for example and you include links then to Amazon for those books and then when someone clicks on those and purchases the book you get your commission so it's like we're gonna be making today I'm gonna show you exactly what you need to do starting from absolutely nothing and ending up with a site that you can use as a blog to promote affiliate products I've tried to keep costs to a minimum in this video so I'm not gonna be using any premium WordPress themes or any premium WordPress plugins the only costs you're gonna have to pay out for today are your hosting and I'm gonna show you how to set up hosting with Hostgator and I've got a voucher that gives you a discount and in fact if you only want to go for one month's hosting it's gonna cost a penny so hardly any cost there however I would recommend that you go for something like a 12 months package because there's some great discounts on that and you can get like twelve month hosting for around seventy bucks so you know not a huge investment you know to keep your website online for a full year the other thing you're gonna need is a domain name so that's a core moral code UK net you know whatever if you haven't already got one of them I'll show you how you can purchase one of them through Hostgator as well if you have already got one of them that's fine I'll also show you how you can repoint it and use that domain for your new website now I've tried to keep this tutorial fairly straightforward so I'm not going to go into things like finding a niche to promote or choosing products or any of that stuff you will find videos around those subjects on my channel so be sure to check them out this video is purely about creating the site and getting your content on there it's almost time to get on the computer and start building our affiliate marketing blog if you're brand new to affiliate marketing and to WordPress I wish you the best of luck I'm here to help you if you stuck any point please leave your questions below or head on over to wpeo comm slash forums and post it there and I'll do my best to help you out I know you can do this it's not that hard take your time if you need to re-watch any part of the video just rewind and then watch it again so you get it clear in your head and by the end of it you would have created an affiliate marketing blog now being able to do this is a really valuable skill if you can start creating affiliate marketing sites and the content to go with them you can start to earn some really good money and that's money that's residual income it doesn't require you to be there for you to earn it you're basically earning it in your sleep if you're interested in finding out how some of my viewers have done after watching previous tutorial videos of mine do check out the channel I'll put some links to them in the description below but in those videos you better find out the kind of money people have been making the sort of niches they've been promoting and all that kind of stuff so yeah do check that out if you not already convinced that affiliate marketing is a great way to change your life for the better so that's the end of the introduction I'm gonna get on the laptop now I'm gonna take you through how to build this affiliate marketing blog good luck so the first thing we're gonna do is set up our hosting now the hosting is where your website basically lives on the internet you need hosting in order to create a website and it's gonna be the one cost that you are gonna incur when it comes to setting up the blog that I've already shown you so I've chosen Hostgator I love Hostgator the main reason is they're great value for money I want to keep your costs to an absolute minimum so Hostgator is a great choice on that front but just because they are good ready family doesn't mean that the service suffers in any way in fact it's the opposite Hostgator offer a great service when it comes to hosting their support is excellent and the performance and everything you get from most cater i've never had a problem with it I find their sites for the money to be nice and fast you've got all the features that you'd like so it's very easy to install WordPress and all that kind of thing as already said if you have any problems and they're raised to get hold of via their live chat and there's a few other things that they guarantee for you you get 24/7 support frame six five days a year it's a 45 day money back guarantee so if for whatever reason you're not happy with Hostgator you can just count get your money back get a refund you know move on no worries and they also promise a 99.9% uptime which is great because also you don't want your website to to go down because I mean you know you're going to be missing out on traffic and possibly sales so I love them I'm always recommending them and you know people that have used them based on my recommendation tell me that they've you know always had a good service and nothing to worry about they've won some awards as well so I am highly recommend Hostgator and as a little sweetener I've also got a discount voucher which I'm going to share with you in a few moments which will allow you to get a discount on the already low prices so let's get started we just need the basic web hosting that we find for us if we do need to scale up in the future let's say we get quite a lot of traffic we could then maybe move to the cloud hosting or even dedicate it if we if we get that big but for now web hosting is just fine you don't need the WordPress hosting though we are going to be installed in WordPress you'd actually need to work precisely you can do it with the web hosting so that's a little tip there for you so here's the plans and the plan you're going to choose basically dependent requirements are you just gonna be setting up the one site then the hatchling plan is probably fine for you if you're thinking that maybe you're gonna you know end up having a nice portfolio of different affiliate websites or or web sites in general then maybe the baby plan or the business plan might be better for you because they offer unlimited domains so let's go for the hatchling plan I'm just going to click sign up now it's also free ninety-five a month but I'm going to show you how you can actually get that cost down in a second so we're over at the order form the first question it's asking us is about our domain name now a domain name is a comm order code UK or something similar like that it's basically the address of your website so you're going to need a domain name in order to create a website you need hosting and you need a domain name now if you don't have a domain name already you can just start typing away into this box and what happened is Hostgator will do a search let me just show you weight loss advice that and you pick your extension you know so we were gonna go for two org unfortunately that one's not available but then it's offering these ones that are available so you can choose one on them or you just go back here and start adding some extra words or something to try and find one that is available obviously every domain name needs to be unique for it to work so yeah someone's already registered a domain name you weren't better s to it but there we go we found one that is free weight loss advice blog com so if I wanted that to my name ID then just carry on I've already got a domain name that I've already registered over at GoDaddy so I'm gonna be using that one today if you've already registered the main name what you need to do is not use this box but actually click on this tab over here which says I already own this domain actually just gonna refresh this page because I've confused a little bit there we go yes so if you really got a domain name click on the tab I already own this domain and then enter your domain name in here mine is rapid weight loss loss tools calm we should say it's a domain name that I've already got registered over at GoDaddy if you've already registered my name that's fine as a matter if it's with GoDaddy or someone else I'm gonna show you how you can use that domain name as we go through the tutorial so that's the first bit done so you're gonna register a new domain or you're gonna enter the domain you already own so the next part of the forum is to choose our hosting plan and we've already selected hatchling and hatchling will be fine we selected that on the previous page so the next question is asking is a billing cycle so you can even just have a one month rolling contract if you're not sure of the commitment that you want to give today however I will recommend if you want to get the hosting and a good price and try and commit for as long as possible so the price starts going down when you hit twelve months you're getting a thirty three percent discount and I'm also gonna give you another code it's gonna give you another discount so that's really gonna bring the price down so if you can afford it today do go for the twelve months because it's going to save you money in the long run if you've you know got even more cash and you do want to save and you're committed to the project and you're going to keep the site running for a number of years then you want to go for 24 month for the 36 months but probably twelve months is fine your site's probably not gonna start ranking and generating traffic for the first couple of months anyway while you're building it and adding content so you're gonna need at least three to six months so you might as well you know go for 12 months save yourself some money the next box is for the username this is gonna be the using that you're gonna be using to log in to Hostgator so enter whatever you like in there and then a pin number in the next box and that allows you to contact support they can ask you for that pin if you do ring them I'm not gonna fill in all this form right now I'm gonna do it in a second I'm not gonna bore you with all my billing details and all that kind of stuff and which would be entering into this third section so yeah enter your email your name address all that good stuff and of course your payment information whether you're gonna be using credit card or PayPal section four is the additional services now we're not going to need any of these services so we can just uncheck these boxes and again get the cost down on our hosting I've got other videos and I'm going to show you how to protect your site from hackers and backup your stuff on my channel so yeah be sure to check out my other videos where I can show you how to do this stuff for free so section five very important is the coupon code so if we look at moment our subtotal is seventy one dollars and forty cents if you enter the code eagle free zero and click on validate now it looks like it's gone up but that's actually a little trick because what's happened is Hostgator has ticked this again that's on ticket there we go the price is now down you've got a really be careful with that because Hostgator for some reason try and it seemed a little bit dodgy to me it's one thing that I'm not happy with them about they kind of trying to add these extras without you noticing so be sure before you go on to the next page that you've unpicked all of these and that they haven't tried to retake them again so yeah the code eagle 30 is my code and give you an extra discount if you're going to go for the one month plan it will give you that first month for just a penny if you're gonna go for a longer plan it will give you a 30% discount on top of any other discounts that you're already getting it is an affiliate coupon which means I will receive a small commission if you do use it it's a great way of saying thank you for these videos to me and I really appreciate if you do use the code so if you are using it thank you thank you thank you and now we're ready to go so it's all good we just need to tick this box down here which is that you've read the terms condition which of course we always read all the terms and conditions and then just click checkout now and it's now obviously asking me to fill in all those fields so what I will do is I will fill in these fields and I will sign up myself and then we'll get on installing our WordPress so I completed the form entered my payment information all that kind of stuff it's all done I've got this mess shared that they're gonna be setting up my account so he just wait a few minutes and keep an eye on my inbox because I'm gonna get an email very shortly from Hostgator with all my login details and everything I need to set up my website so as soon as that's here we'll carry on so the email has arrived it in take very long this email contains very important information that we're gonna need regarding our hosting so the first bit is and the billing information so if you want to check your invoices that kind of stuff at just your billing settings with Hostgator you're going to need this first link and then log in with your email address and this password but what we're going to need is the control panel and you can find the link to that just here so I'm gonna give that a click then if we just go back to email we can see that the username is white tools which is the one I actually entered into the order form and it will be the one that you entered into your order form and then the password is just here so I'm just going to copy that into my clipboard by highlighting it and then pressing ctrl C or command C on a Mac and then paste it in with control V or command V on a Mac and then I'm ready to log in I can save that password in my browser got a few messages popping up I can just close those down okay so the control panel may look a little bit overwhelming there's lots of things in here but the good thing is we actually need most of them what we're gonna be doing right now is installing WordPress and there's a link to do that right here at the top build a new WordPress site so it's give it that a click and we've got this wizard that pops up so I'm gonna select my domain which is rapid weight loss tools this directory box you can leave blank let's just click Next let's give the site a name so I'm just going to call it the name of the man which is a rapid weight loss tools and create the admin user just put WP eagle WP as my first name and eagle as my last name then my email address here which is eagle @ WP eagle com leave this box ticked that says automatically create a new database for this installation and then tick the terms of service agreement and click install it's going to take a few moments to install WordPress for us and then it's done now this page is important because it's showing us our WordPress login information so the login information that we just looked at was to do with our hosting control panel this login is to do with our WordPress installation so make a note of this password I'm just going to copy it to my clipboard I'll show you how we can change it in a second so the next thing we're going to do is we're going to repoint our domain name so this is for the guys that have already got a domain registered maybe at GoDaddy or Namecheap or name store or somewhere like that if you just registered domain name with Hostgator you filled in the box that said you know new domain name then you don't need to do this step and you're probably good to go although if your website's not loading up it's because you just need to wait a little longer for the registration and everything to go through so yeah if you've got a new domain name then you can skip forward a little bit you can find a chapter list with timestamps in the description of this video so you can just click forward to the next step if you want to or indeed join us and watch has repoint our DNS so I'm gonna log into GoDaddy go to godaddy.com you would go over to whoever your domain name is registered with I'm already logged in so I can go to manage domains cool it's gonna just ask me login again and that's fine okay I'm just gonna type in a rapid there we go it's found it ok so that's the domain name that we're gonna be using today I just need to adjust the DNS service so to do that I'm gonna click on these little dots and go to manage DNS now they're currently set to this one here TSM host you also be set to probably the domain registrar's servers and we're gonna do is going to click Change I'm just going to take these out and then I'm gonna go back to the email that we got from Hostgator and in here we can see our name service for the first one is this one I'm just going to copy that to my clipboard paste it in there and the next one is just here copy that smart board paste it in there and click Save so if you're not with GoDaddy and what you in order to do is just log into the control panel with whoever your domain is registered with and look for those name server settings they'll be under DNS or name servers and you'll find the box within there that you can paste those Hostgator name servers into that's all done now this change is going to take a few moments you know for it to go around the world and tell all the servers and all that kind of stuff so we just need to wait a little while so in closed GoDaddy now well know it's working when we click on this login button and something appears basically a login screen for WordPress at the moment it's not there because I just updated to the name servers ok that didn't actually take very long and I just waited like a minute or two and now the WordPress login screen is coming up you'll find this login page if you go to your domain name slash WP hi admin now in here we're going to need that username password from just few hours ago when we install WordPress now if you lost the password for whatever reason you lost that page that was open with the password on while you were doing your domain name stuff don't panic you will have received an email like this from Hostgator that says your wordpress is installed and that's got your username password in there so I can just copy that password I know the username WP eagle I'm fast further than you click remember me makes it easy on your app to log in again in the future so here we are we could save the password if you like I've got a little kind of wizard here but we don't need that so I'm just like I don't need help thank you very much and we're good the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to just change the password so that I've got a password that I can actually remember so do that I'm going to go into here and into edit my profile at the top if I scroll down here is the the password we can generate new passwords or we can type one in that we might actually remember I can click confirm use a weak password and there we go now using password that I'll actually remember so the first thing I want to do is actually just clean up this install because host Gator install quite a few plugins and things that we don't really need right now it's better just to install your own plugin so I'm go into plugins and installed plugins and I've got Google Analytics and things which is fine actually that's not a bad plug-in for Google Analytics and let's leave that one there but we don't need this jetpack we don't need jetpack and we don't need Hello Dolly so I'm just gonna tick those and click delete and apply they're gone now we don't need these other ones Eva the Mojo and the optinmonster and WP falls like something to take those go on this drop down down the bottom it and go deactivate then we can take them again and select elite yes I'm sure thank you so I'll leave the Google Analytics it's great way of tracking your traffic I've got lots of videos on my channel about Google Analytics but basically you just go over to Google Analytics create an account and then it's very easy to link it just by doing the settings in there or indeed by clicking up there okay so we're good let's have a look at the site if we click up here on visit site here is our site it's running the basic theme 2016 possibly you might be even 2017 so what we're gonna do next is I'm going to change the theme this theme is nice but I've got another one that I like it's one that comes with WordPress straight at the box if so we're going to change the theme and then we're going to add some content I'm gonna show you how to add some affiliate links and then you're good we're all done I say this is a great quick and easy video if you wanna take a little bit more advanced you add extra themes then do check out some of the other videos on my channel so yeah let's do that thing first of changing the theme I just closed my email don't get that so if we go back into the dashboard then go into appearance and themes so yeah we're on 2017 and a theme that I actually want is 2014 which isn't here so to add it I'm gonna go up to add new type in 20 and it should come up and yeah 2014 that's what I want cuz that's installed and then if we click activate and we're good to go so there are a ton of themes in that libraries all of them are free although I'd recommend if you don't take your sites next level that you go for a premium theme and check out somewhere like theme forest and and get something really nice from there ok so let's have a look at the site now and yeah we're good so what we need to do is add some content I think it's good to get the content on as quick as we can so then we can see what the site looks like and how its laid out and all that kind of stuff now I've got free articles ready to go there in Word and what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna kind of copy and paste them in and then I'm gonna add some images and some links that way okay so I've got some articles ready to go now I'm gonna recommend to you that before you kind of launch you're citing everything ready you're gonna need around ten articles good quality articles even write them yourself or you find a good writer on somewhere like upwork be sure to check out some other videos on my channel especially the ones with Doug Pennington where he talks about this in more detail now I've got free ready so far for this site and for this tutorial I've got this folder on my computer here for free articles and I've also got a few images and getting my images from Shutterstock when you're getting images be sure to pay for them or at least get you know the correct permissions before you start putting images on your site otherwise you could get in trouble and I wouldn't want that so let's start with the first article which is this one here ten ways you can lose weight fast just give it a click here it is so it's quite a nice long article you're gonna want Tony around a thousand words really to make it really work well for you and a few images and that kind of stuff so let's add this to the site as our first one so to do that I'm gonna go back to site link up hearing a new post and we can start entering all the content here so the first thing is the title so I'm just going to copy and paste only go back to the document copy that and chocolate reward-based that ten ways you can lose weight fast and then I'm going to get the rest of this content here I actually do it in chunks because I need to add the images myself ideally it's best not to copy and paste them out of word so let's just take that bit of text and I'm actually gonna switch to the text input just cuz I don't want any of the formatting and stuff to come over from word I want to do it all myself so just paste that in I'm just gonna add a few spaces there between these paragraphs like that and I'll add some text effects in a second I just want to get it on here for now so I want to add an image down here all that bit of steak or whatever it was let's click Add media and then click save files and then we can just browse around on our computer find the right folder out for me always having everything's in the wrong place today rapid weight loss tools articles and yeah so there's some image of some food I'm going to align it center there's some options down here and put it on full size and there we go insert to post that's good we can switch back to visual if you wanna just have a look at how things are going it's looking alright so let's carry on and add the rest of the content at the end we're going to add some affiliate links I hate this layering word just going to one thank you I think I want that little snippet there okay let's copy this bit of text here we go that's point one in fact I'm gonna take these images out of word they're just in the way and I can copy and paste the old lot in one big guy why is number one down there again what's gone on with my article here okay we're good scared of that so I'll just clean up the article depends where you get your articles from how they come up see if you write yourself then you might have a problem but if you bought them or whatever then they may need a little bit of tidying up so it's just copy all this stuff all the way up to number two hey I want you woman go get a copy all that and paste it and there we go we got it all in here so let's go through and add some paragraphs in fact now we can switch to the visual because I've pasted it all in I'm ready to start formatting so that's good let's make this a heading so I'm just going to highlight it go up here and let's go for H free that sounds good this one to H free and a little bit of spacing here oh Anglin that's not right I'm just gonna undo that add a bigger space sometimes that happens there we go oh it's good I think you get the idea so I'm gonna carry on just doing this and formatting everything up I'll do a quick edit on the video so you know after watch painstakingly go through and formatting my content it's something that's worth doing and definitely you know I spend a bit of time getting your content looking as good as you possibly can there's videos on my channel about using the WordPress editor and why stuff but it's pretty straightforward it looks nicely a lot word and if you can use word you'll be just fine you just add headings and buildings and all that kind of stuff it's also a little bit annoying like word it just jumps around a little bit sometimes where you don't want it to but I'm getting there so so yeah let's do a quick edit and then we'll get on to just kind of adding some more images and adding our affiliate links see in a sec okay so I formatted all the content it's all looking good when you finish just click the publish button and we can take a look at the post by clicking here on the view post link so here is our lovely article I say lovely it needs a few extra bits and bobs it needs some affiliate links of course and it needs a few images so let's do that now and we also need to put it into a nice category actually so that everything's organized correctly on our WordPress site so let's do a category if you don't add any categories it's just gonna put them in uncatted which is not very exciting so I'm tick that I'm gonna click add new category and I'm gonna just call it lose weight yeah lose weight is fine I'll maybe have another category on exercise that kind of thing and also you'll choose categories that are suitable for your niche or niche if you're American and yeah make sure that you put everything into relevant category so people can easily find your articles the next thing is tags and the technically useful in terms of grouping stuff together so for this tag we might just put again weight loss diet exercise just words that are about the content allows WordPress to group stuff together again so it's more logical it's optional later after my about tags if you don't want to so let's now set a featured image now a featured image appears around the site and sometimes at the top of the post so it's definitely worth doing so I'm gonna click set featured image upload another file from my computer I've got a lovely one here called belly fat so just a quick tip that I'm inserting into this video after I've actually recorded the bulk of it but I realized as I got to the end of the tutorial that the best size for your featured image is 1038 by 5 7 6 or an aspect ratio of that so you know if you've got a smaller image like this one say for example of a thousand wide then the height needs to be five five five and you can find these values by using an aspect ratio tool let me show you what that is I'm just going to google it ratio calculator will be fine I quite like this one I actually like the old one so let's go to the old on so you type in your original the image size that we need which as I say is 103 8 by 576 and if you type in the current width that you've got on your image and then do calculate we can see that the height we need is five five five buddy if you get it that shape it'll look really nice on the site otherwise there'll be kind of space around it and it will look a bit weird so let's adjust the size of the image now the good thing is is that you can edit images within WordPress so I've selected the belly fat there and if I click Edit image and then if I just highlight its kind of rough the shape and size that I want I could then type in over here where it says selection the actual real height and width 1000 by 5 5 5 then if I take this little tool here which is crop that's all done and then click Save and then set this featured image so now that should look really nice on the site so yeah remember that that size and you'll be fine 1000 a 38 by 576 let's carry on there we go I've got a couple more images that I want to just drop in here I've got an L con night team I don't even know what that is I've got one of them there I've got an image I'm going to add like that you know Center it is very Center that's fine and certain to post here we go I've got another one down here on fish oils let's do that there we go so let's click update and just have a look at the post now see how it looks okay looking good there's a featured image a nice big belly at the top of our post looks really good if we scroll down the post is like really coming together now it's got images that kind of thing so and there's our tags and people can leave a comment at the bottom if they like so the final thing we need to do on this post is add some affiliate links so for this example I'm gonna be using Amazon as my main merchant that I'm going to be promoting but of course you may be promoting many merchants maybe you sign up for Clickbank or affiliate window or Commission Junction any of those guys the principle is basically the same you're gonna be generating a tracking link that allows the merchants to track the clicks from your site over to them and of course then track the sales so that you can earn a commission so as I say yeah the technique is generally the same you go over to the merchants you generate a link and then you copy and paste it into your content so let's do that right now if you're not really signed up with Amazon let me just head over there now as an affiliate all you need to do is go down to the bottom of the Amazon site that you're promoting maybe it's amazon.com or amazon.de or amazon co uk which is the one I'm on right now and you get out to associates program down here and then you just kind of click that button join now for free and off you go you'll have them ready to you know start generating links I'm going to log in and I'm ready to go now I'm just going to manage my tracking IDs this is a kind of Amazon only thing I'm gonna make sure that I've got one for this site which I don't think I have nope so I'm just gonna create one I'm going to click Add tracking ID and I call it rapid rapid weight loss tools and click rate and there we go and now I'm ready to start linking to some products so let's go back to Amazon and let's have a look at our article the first thing I'm gonna promote is one of those supplements the car nighttime there we go so I'm just going to copy that and go to Amazon and paste it in search box find a product that looks good this one looks good car 19 extreme perfect now of course I could just link to this search page that'd be fine and to do that I've got this site stripe across the top and I just click text and I've got a link here which is the tracking link so I can insert that or I could pick a product specifically like this extreme on and again just click on text that there we go or we can even add an image like that sorry that's text an image to click on image to get an image I need to select the right tracking ID which was that one rapidly weight loss tools then I could just copy paste that in and I'd get an image on my site as well but for now I think I'm just gonna go for text and I think I will just link to the search page because you know I don't know which one's best so people can make up their own mind so I'm gonna click on text I'm gonna select the right tracking ID which is this one click get link there we go and then I can just copy this link go back to my content click edit post and then scroll down to here I'm gonna highlight that word there I'm gonna click on the little chain and then paste the link in I'm also going to click on the little cog and just make it open in a new tab I'll click on this image again click on the link insert the link open in a new tab the reason I do that is because I don't them to close my site as if I had just want them you know to go to Amazon but also stay on my site as well maybe highlight that word as well little cog make the link a new window there we go I mean I'm sure I could probably go through this this bit of content and find other opportunities to link off to products here's an obviously another way to do it probably even I can link to its the Megas so let's search for a mega royal wow there's a whole load there that's perfect I'm going to link to the search page again it's got the right tracking ID copy that link back to the post let's link omegas like that in the image – there we go so I think that's fine there's a couple of vote affiliate links in there let's say I'll probably go for an add some more if I really wanted to but that's fine for now let's click update and it's going to take a look at what the site looks like actually one last thing before we do I'm just gonna adjust a date on this post is set to today's date which is the 4th October but I sure want this to appear like it was done a little while back just because I'm gonna be adding another couple of bits of content today and I don't want them all to be on the same date so you can adjust the dates here I set a date in the past back in September if you set a date into the future it will then schedule that post and will automatically publish it when it hits that date okay there's view posts ok there's a big belly and scrolled out so we've got a link then if we get that a click there we go we're off to Amazon and then if anyone makes a purchase and it doesn't necessarily have to be a purchase of these supplements they can purchase anything they could buy a telly or some boots or whatever dog food you still get a commission and there's other ones that's looking good so let's just go back to our home page now the home page has as I think we might need to set up our home page it's just showing post at the moment so we'll do that in a few moments we'll do some pages and kind of tidy this bit up down here as well and that'd be a good thing to do so what I'm gonna do rather than put you through me copying and pasting lots of word content into the site I've got two more posts I'm gonna add them now and once I've done that I'm going to show you what they look like with their affiliate links and their images and all that kind of stuff and then we'll go on adding a few pages and you know just tidying the site up so it's all done not too much more to do thankfully so yeah I'll see you in a few moments okay so I've added some more content now what free posts in total they're slightly different so we've got the nine of the best books to help you lose weight obviously that's an easy one really for linking to Amazon so you know I have lots of books by the way I'll just show you how I did these images I've used the image option over on Amazon when you sign up as an affiliate and you're using the site stripe I selected a large image and then just copy this bit of code down here and pasted it in I'll just show you exactly how that works and a test post here pasted in you will need a short test post you will need to be on the text editor and is paste in the code and I switch to visual there we go we can see the image and it also adds a link so that someone clicks on that image and goes to Amazon it's it's fun of your affiliate links so you're gonna get paid anyway I don't need that post let's move it to trash so the site is coming together nicely I say we've got these free posters this hello world post which is the default WordPress example posts we don't need that so let's click trash if you need to get to this section it's under posts and all posts so ago yeah we've got the free posts looking good the other one sorry is the best gym machines for weight loss so again it's coupon for link into Amazon because I'm linking to expensive things like like this this treadmill which is like a thousand pounds so good Commission on that if you so on and and there we go yes so I bought these images as I said before from Shutterstock they look really nice so I kind of ready to just finish off the site now we need to add a couple of pages I'll show you how to do that I'll show you how you can customize these colors and we'll also set up the the home page so a little bit better maybe add a nice slider or something to the top so let's do that now the first thing I'm gonna show you is the pages so the moment got this thing called sample page it just shows a lot of pages so the page is different to a post because the page is more static it doesn't change as often whereas posts you're gonna be heading on a regular basis hopefully fairly regular or as page aesthetic so pages are great for things like about as contact hours any of those sort of pages where you want to show off some information now what we could do is just simply edit this page that's a good way of kind of starting we can just change this to about as when you change the permalink to about us these are – the permalink is basically the URL and then you can just add some text so we find you all the best products and information on how to lose weight quickly now you probably want to obviously put a bit more text them than that but I think you get the idea you can also set featured image though that doesn't always show on pages so it's not not always necessary so let's have a look at our about Us page there we go and it's changed about us up there I wanted to add another page we go up here a new page this one could be you know contact us if you have a question please get in touch and then you'd maybe add your email address so like contact I'm an actual Eve hell address set up but you know you could enter a real one if you're interested in setting up a forum I'm not gonna go into that right now but you could add a forum to this page where people just fill in the form and then get in touch for you do check out my channel I've got a couple of great videos on how to add forms I say great I think they're okay I mean I'm kind of bigger myself up there a little bit but yeah there's a couple of videos on how to add forms using free plugins all paid for plugins let's say I don't like clutter this video up with all that stuff so if you want to do these extra things like add forms maybe a social media buttons all that kind of stuff check out the channel there's stuff on there about all that stuff that's contact us page set a template if you want so maybe if you own it full width you could do that I mean there's no sidebar entirely up to you okay publish and there we go and it's added it to the menu up there which is nice if you wanted to adjust this menu along here you go to customize and their menus then you click add menu you'd call it main menu create menu and we'll say appear in the top primarily there is obviously another menu section down the left if you need it and then we could add some items we can add the home and the contact hours and the about us and then we can just kind of reorder them like that by dragging them around click Save & publish there's our lovely menu looking good so while we're in here let's go through the customization thing so I came into this section by going into appearance and then customized or like clicking on customize across the top bar the first section is site identity in it's the name of site is rapid weight loss tools and we can change the tagline to helping you lose weight and then quickly a slight icon if we like the site icon is the bit that appears up in your tab I don't have on hand right now so I'll leave that here we've got the colors so you can change the color of the site title there you go you know we can maybe have it red or yellow or green green let's go for green and change the background color that's not doing anything I guess that's only visible on large screens so it has don't worry about that I should save and publish that that we can add a header image if we like so that would fit across the top here again I thought I've want to handle that when you want to use one but if you do you set it in here it gives you a recommended size of 12 65 240 set a background image which may only be visible on widescreen so that was it the site if you wanted to do that menus we've just been in widgets right so the widgets are down here you've got the primary sidebar so what the search the recent posts the recent comments the archives the categories and the meta and you can just kind of drag these around like that you see how they're moving you can add new widgets if you like and there are tons of stuff that you can add here so you want to add an image or some text you know let me just show you the text we could add a bit of text maybe call it about us we're here to help you lose weight fast and easily so that's handed that down there so you can add whatever you like it's just the same as page posts kind of editor and we drag that to the top and there it is very nice then there's a Content sidebar which I'll get to in a minute actually when we do the home page our I'll add something there and then there's a footer widget which I guess would be down here somewhere after you needed it the one widget actually I don't want is the meta that on there's a bit so you don't need that so I'm just gonna click remove and then we're done save and publish so switch its and then we've got static front page and additional CSS which we don't need either of those right now okay so let's get on and do the the home page so let's just have a look at what we've got right I'm just gonna click the cross to come out of this go back so moment the home page is just showing us like all the posts in their full entirety which is fine but I think we can do better better just to show kind of snippy's and maybe utilize the slider which is included with this theme so let's do that slider now the way this line works is on tags remember the tags I showed you earlier on the posts so if we tag post up with a certain tag and they'll be included in the slider so maybe a good tag would be featured I'll just show you we could tag up the posts with the featured tag let's go into the dashboard go in to posts and all posts and then I'm gonna just highlight all of them I'm gonna make all of them featured but I guess you know if you've got a lot of posts you might just pick 3 or 4 and tick those I'm gonna go to poke actions edit and then apply and I'm gonna add the tag and I'm gonna pull the tag slider it's a fairly straightforward you know just add a comma you don't really need to add a comma actually to fear let's just put slider and click update so they're all now tagged up with slider and if we just go back to the site and go to customize while we're on the home page I've got this section here called featured content so you can either have a grid layout and let me show you what that looks like let me just change the tag name to slider okay I don't know if the it's actually gonna preview over here we might have to go and have a look at the actual site so just copy the URL I'm gonna go into this tab just paste that in so we're looking it's like ah there we go so there's the grid kind of layout there's nothing to show here now because the free posts are up there so that's that's good let's have a look at what the actual slider looks like if we go to slider save and publish all that is going to preview go back to stablish refresh refresh that's not doing it I mean it did save okay that could be a do to cash there's a little bit of a caching system on the site so let's just see if we need to clear that I'm just going to go back to the dashboard go to caching and purge all so if you make a change and it doesn't appear to have changed then that could be it let's go back and refresh there we go so there's our nice slider now what I think I'm going to do is and I'm going to take one of the posts out of the slider so that it sits below just to give you guys a bit of a idea of the layout because I've got any more post to ahead right now so I'm just gonna go back in to posts and then all posts and let's go for this one someone's coming a quick edit I'm just going to take out the slider tag like that click update now let's go back to the site okay and there we go so we've got the slider up top and then we've got the the kind of other latest posts below so we're going to do now just to finish off the site I'm gonna add a few other little bits of content I'm going to add a few videos from YouTube and of course ideally you'd be adding your own videos that you've created yourself but if that's not possible it's fine just to add some videos that you've selected by other people that's fine there's no problem doing that and I'm also going to add a few inspirational quotes maybe just one or two of those all around weight loss and then with those posts I'm going to show them down the side here on the sidebar so it pairs on the content it'll become clear in a few moments so let's add a couple of videos first going to do is I'm just gonna head over to YouTube and just do a search for weight loss and see if we get anything good yeah they look good so all we need is the link so let's go back to the site and go new post what's this first one called it's called before-and-after 70 pound weight loss transformation based in the title that all you need to do is get the link I can do that by right clicking and going copy link address paste it into the content the video should just appear like that come down the right-hand side and select video I'm just going to set the date in the past sometime August is fine and put it under a category if you like lose weight and then click publish so I'm just gonna add a couple more of these let's do another one add new well that's what my weight loss journey the honest truth again copy the link address paste it in select video let's change this back to a month ago let's put it under lose weight you can even create a category called videos in fact that might be nice let's do that spell videos videos and put it into categories if you like click publish let's do one more for luck there's good old boogie to 9 9 to 9 8 8 I should watch his channel he's quite an interesting guy but yeah he is a bit overweight if I'm honest yeah he's losing it so that's good not that I'm here to comment on weight loss this just happens to be the subject to the site that I'm creating this tutorial you might be wondering why actually and the reason is is that I've had this domain rapid weight loss tools for years and years and years I bought it yeah what a good while ago or flipper and add a site attached to it that was actually a little bit of money that kind of fell away and I've just kind of been stuck with the domain name so I thought well might as well use it so thus that's why I'm using rapid weight loss tools.com so here's a final video let's just publish this back again September 6th I'll do there we go so next thing I want to add is some inspirational weight loss quotes and it's to a search inspirational weight loss quotes there's someone on Pinterest that's quite do I know though I can't copy and paste for me to say that's no good for me let's try this one these aren't very good line things to say when you fall off the bandwagon that's a good one being defeated is only a temporary condition giving up is what makes opponents I'm just gonna copy this quote again I think quotes are fine to use there's no copyright around quotes if we select quote down here I'm just going to paste that in there we go I'm not quite sure it's gonna look like so we'll there we'll have a look in a second let's just put this back to July so I want no kind of broad range of dates on the content so that's why I'm putting them in the past there we go okay so I think we're ready to go now I don't need any more quotes one will be fine for now let's add them to the sidebar so to do that let's just take a look at this I'll just show you exactly where they're gonna go okay the videos are showing up there I want the this to be the top this poster let's just change the date on this let's put it forward to September 26 but you could see that the videos and that was showing up so yeah I want that one to be the first poster then that's perfect go back to the home page there it is and and then we've got the other videos which is fine so I shot the videos to appear down the right-hand side as well as I said so let's go into widgets up here let's start with the quote so in the content sidebar we need to add the 2014 specialized widget I can't even say that word to Pithom reira whatever that is let's call it inspirational quote and I want to show one cuz I got one and then I'm going to choose the quotes click Save then we're gonna add the widget again below it and for videos I want to show free videos and then select video as the post format click Save let's have a look there is the quote and there are the videos so the site is looking really good now I think personally I think it's okay nothing it looks nicely you could change that to the grid layout if you wanted and you could even add a static page here if you wanted rather than having content but I think context good because you know the site is all about content that's what a blog is is for content so I think we're about done there's one last change I want to do and that is the permalinks now the permalinks are the the URL of the post so this one is slash index dot PHP slash 2017 blah blah date and all that stuff and it's too much I want to simplify it which is good not only for your visitors but also good for search engines so I'm back into the dashboard I'm gonna go to settings come on settings and permalinks and the moment was set to custom structure I'm just good but this is a post name and then I'm actually going to go back into custom structure and I'm just gonna add the word category surrounded by percentage signs and then a slash so what's that what that's going to do is insert the category and then the post name so that's done safe setting then I'll show you what that actually looks like on the front so if we click on one of these posts like this one nine of the best books to help me lose weight URL is now slash books because that's the kateri and then the name off the post and we've got rid of that index and all the other weird stuff so yeah the site I think is ready to go I'm I'm not gonna do any more in this video I think I've got you to a point now where you be able to run with it and add more content and you know customize the site one thing I have actually done between edits is I've changed that background color you remember earlier I changed it to white I didn't like it as white this is the background here this is I'll show you again in the customized just quickly under colors you've got this background color now you can actually see it when you're doing the preview but it is there it's over on the right hand side on my screen as I just showed you and I think a darker color is better and it was white when I was messing around but yeah this is color here I think it looks better as a dark color you can also add an image if you want that's done within that settings area and the customize again if you want to do that but yeah I think let's wrap this video up I hope you've got to this point well done if you have sure to subscribe and check out the channel for more videos I'm gonna be adding a few extra bits to this site going forward uh pretty create some more videos like doing some SEO on it and adding some more plugins to you know jazz it up a bit but for now you've you've probably got this far and you've got a great site and you're ready to add more content and get going and it will get you know it's a foundation that you can you can build on so well done again congratulations these videos you know always longer than I I hope that's free so well done if you got this far you done really well so let's got off the laptop and let's go back to me talking to the camera congratulations well done you made it to the end of the video I hope you've got a lovely sight set up and ready to go and you're in the process of adding content to it the next thing you're gonna want to do is generate some traffic and maybe add a few extra features to the site so be sure to check out my channel I've got loads of videos on that stuff including generating traffic and adding various plugins like social media buttons and forms I'd love to see your site so be sure to leave links in the comments below and I will take a look at those and if they look really good and if you have some success I may even feature them in an upcoming video if you're not already subscribed then please do click on the Eagle up there and click the little bell icon to be notified when I upload here's another video XD from the channel that you might enjoy and I've got a couple other channels yeah check them out until next time bye for now