In this session I’m going to show you how to set up a WordPress blog with or without using an Amazon review them… I’ll basically go over some of the main things you’ll want to do with your site. I actually have the tutorial about “choosing the best products to promote” basically done, and then I realized that for anyone out there now or in the future that goes through these tutorials will need to have a site up with a few pages before they can apply to Amazon associates (they can apply but they won’t get approved without a site to show them).
Note: Like I mentioned, I had to decide to either publish this post first, or the one on choosing products to promote, and I chose this. For some of you, it makes sense to choose which products to promote before you setup a site, so I apologize… just wait a couple days and I’ll put up the next tutorial.
Hosting: Get an account with Hostgator. If you’re not willing to spend $10 on hosting, then I wouldn’t even attempt this stuff- you have to have your own hosting account so that you’re in complete control of your sites. Go with Hostgator because with them your hosting plan can grow with your traffic and your sites. Not to mention, if you’re going to really put effort in this and treat it like a business, you need your own hosting account, period. Start with the “baby plan”, because you can have as many sites in your hosting account as you want.
WordPress: Installing WordPress is as easy as clicking a few buttons using either Simple Scripts or Fantastico. You can watch a step-by-step video on installing WordPress in Hostgator specifically here…
There’s also more WordPress tutorials here…
Amazon Review Themes: You need a theme for your WordPress site, and I’ve spent a lot of time going through reviews, trying out themes, and reading hundreds of forums posts of people giving their reasons why they use a certain theme for Amazon sites. The conclusion I’ve come to is that it doesn’t matter what theme you use, as long as it’s a neat and clean design. In my own experience with all types of marketing sites (Amazon, Adsense, my own product sites, etc.), a clean design with a lot of white space converts the best. So, if you don’t have a favorite WP theme, I’m going to again recommend Profits Theme to you. It works great for any type of site you want to make money with, whether that means an Adsense site, Amazon site, and it really excels at Clickbank affiliate-type sites and sites for your own products. I use it on every site I have. Like with anything else, there are thousands of free themes out there that you can use, you don’t need to pay for a premium theme like Profits Theme, it’s just at some point your time will start being more valuable than money to you.
If you’re hellbent on using a theme specifically for Amazon sites, the most popular ones out there are the Flexsqueeze theme, the Review theme, and the Penthesilia theme. Also, here’s a good thread on people’s opinions on different Amazon themes…
Amazon Review Plugins: There are a bunch of these out there, which again, I spent quite a bit of time and money combing through reviews and forums, and bought the ones that looked the best. The selling point of most of these is that they pull content for you from Amazon and will even auto-generate as many pages as you want. Well, this is not what I want, and I don’t think that just duplicating content from Amazon’s product pages will get you anywhere in the search engines. One thing I do like about them, is that it pulls images from Amazon which is faster than getting the image yourself, but in the end there was only one that I think I’ll use. Your content for your Amazon sites needs to be unique and higher quality than just the product description from Amazon.com. I tried ReviewAzon and several others, and while the idea of just publishing multiple pages with the click of a button sounds great, like I said, it won’t get you anywhere in the search engines because it’s just pulling content directly from Amazon.com.
The one that I will keep using on my Amazon sites is a simple WSO that’s just $10. It’s called Affiliate Product Comparison Tables. Here’s a little video review I made about how easy it is to use…
To sum things up, and what to do next:
- First of all, I realize that for some reading this none of this info is new, but I promise I’ll go over more advanced tips that you’ll find more interesting in the upcoming tutorials
- Please take a second to “like” this or share it so other will see it
- If you’re new to Amazon or internet marketing in general, the things you need to do to get started is get a hosting account, install WordPress, install a theme, and put up two or three articles/pages, and then apply for the Amazon Associates program.
- Again, I’ll go into more detail on how to make your site look in a later tutorial, this is just a necessary part if the series is going to be from start to finish.
- Leave any comments or questions below… the comments always bring up I haven’t made clear or forgot to mention.