How to Create an Affiliate Marketing Website in WordPress

In this second video in our make money online playlist, you’ll learn how to add affiliate marketing to your site so you can start earning money with your blog. Including how to set up Amazon Associates and how to properly add their links to your site.

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Video Sections:

0:00:00 Introduction
0:00:53 What is Hosting
0:01:38 Get Domain Name, Hosting, and WordPress Installed
0:04:10 Clean up dashboard
0:05:17 Install SSL Certificate
0:07:50 Install Astra
0:09:08 Install Astra Starter Sites
0:13:06 Customize Theme
0:22:19 Keyword Research for Affiliate Marketing
0:24:55 How to Find Affiliate Programs for Your Niche
0:27:07 Set up Amazon Associates account
0:30:35 How to add Amazon affiliate link to blog
0:34:17 How to check Amazon earnings report
0:35:07 Plugin for affiliate marketing
0:36:48 How to install MonsterInsights for affiliate marketing
0:41:18 Thank You!

To begin this guide we will be setting up the site using BlueHost who we have negotiated a coupon that you can use by clicking the link below:

Once you’ve installed the site on BlueHost if it wasn’t set up with the SSL certificate you can update the URL using the Really Simple SSL plugin from the repository here:

The plugin will work with your SSL certificate to ensure anyone visiting the site will have the padlock icon next to your URL which confirms the site is secure and using https.

For setting up this site we will be using the Astra theme found here:

As well as the Beaver Builder page builder to help customize it. If you use a different theme then you may have different customization options available to you. Design the site how you would like it to display for your visitors, with the Astra theme and Beaver Builder you can create almost any design you’re looking to add to your site.

Once your design is how you want it you’ll want to look into adding the right keywords to have your posts rank on Google’s search. If you’re new to keyword research, we have a video guiding you on the steps to do keyword research here:

The keywords will also give you ideas for what content to write about for your site to keep giving value to your site’s visitors. To begin getting revenue from your content you will want to sign up for affiliate programs. Some places to start looking for these programs are searching for the brands you use and add an affiliate program to your search. There are also sites such as ShareASale,, and Click Bank.

For this tutorial we’ll be using the Amazon Associates affiliate program here:

Once you sign up to be a part of the affiliate program we recommend activating your Associates SiteStripe to give you an easy ability to get the approved images and links to use for Amazon.

Reminder: Do not cloak Amazon Affiliate links due to their current limitations for affiliates.

To make displaying Amazon content easier, we would recommend taking a look at the AAWP plugin that uses Amazon’s own API to pull in product information without having any trouble with the affiliate agreement.

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38 thoughts on “How to Create an Affiliate Marketing Website in WordPress

  1. What if I have my own product from a company other than amazon? Do you have a video for that? Also I saw on the themes a landing page theme. Do you have a video that shows us how to use that? Also do you have a video explaining how to use this for a product that can be a monthly subscription? Like a razor blade product for example (DSC)? Thanks. Great video by the way. Easy to follow

  2. If you are looking for someone to do this for you go to my website: "Gabadesigns . com" i have 7 years experience and over 150 happy clients. I can make a design from scratch or copy your own design or design ideas

  3. Thank you so much for this clear and concise video. I have zero experience with this topic, and already feel more comfortable with it after just one video. Can't wait to view and learn more.

  4. Thank you so much! How many affiliate blog websites do you own? It sounds like a wonderful business model. Alot of back end work creating all the blog posts to rank on google, but when up and running it sounds really passive.

  5. Great video! Clear & concise, I have a question…if one is building a site as localhost, when making pages and adding content, when can affiliate links be added? do affiliate sources need to view the site up & running, or will "Print Screen Shots" & presentation be considered? SORRY! If this is a dumb question, I'm completely new to all this and I really wanted to Not use a Template but wanted to build from the ground up with a particular idea floating inside my empty head & it's also a learning curve for me. Again! Many Thanks and Kind Regards 😉
    P.S Can I make the pages & content with all products I wish to include, get my domain and then organize affiliates?? Oh! Can amazon & eBay be used on the one site?

  6. It has inspired me to have my own Website of my dream. To-day Live and I could not believe it. I am Not a Computer or IT Literate. I just followed this Video and set up my Website. Now some more polishing need to be done and hope to search for it from some other WpBeginner Videos, which I am confident to get and to polish my Website and make it more appealing… Thank you, Wp for this Tutorial Video inter alia.

  7. Good video…WordPress is still my preferred platform because of the flexbility. But you have to keep it *secure*…alot of newbies build a site and forget about it and then get into trouble

  8. Amazing video. Thank you so much! Just one thing mam, when you copy your licence key, the copy dialogue box that opens shows the entire key as 'open followed by your key'. Just noticed that and people can use it without your permission so wanted to notify you. Have a nice day!

  9. Fantastic video. Thank you for sharing it for free. I love when people are on point and don't just wonder around. You really are technically awsome.

  10. Hi, thank you for this informative video. When signing up for blue host, can I list it under my husband's name or does it have to be under my name? Will that make any difference in anything?

  11. With these steps can we have people log in? I wanted to make a website for my partnerships with people and they can log in with a number and see how many people have used their discount codes and i can see that as well. Can this video help with that?

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