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Saturday, June 27, 2009

How to Setup an Affiliate Marketing Site for Under $15

If passive income is the name of the game, then having an affiliate marketing website can make you an active player in the online world of making money. Now I am not going to sugar coat anything but rather tell it like is based on my experience.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Basically, affiliate marketing is when you establish a website which sells many products from certain vendors such as Amazon or any other website which has an affiliate marketing program. All you need to do is set up a website (or have the company do it for you) and promote the product. If someone purchases a product from your website, you then become eligible for a commission. The rates vary from site to site depending on the product but they are usually in the range of 4-15%. No need for inventory, upfront merchandise cost, warehouse space and all that other stuff which comes from your typical online store model.

What You Need To Do!

All you need is a customized website domain, some Microsoft word art skills, and a creative mind of an elementary school kid!
If you want to setup a customized affiliate marketing website for under $15 all you need to do is follow the steps below.

1) Choose a vendor that has a product, or range of products you are interested in selling and promoting. For example let’s choose’s affiliate program called Amazon associates. I personally have created a website selling hookah pipes through them.

2) Now choose a website name that is customized and describes your product or something that is catchy and has a ring to it. You can check domain availability at For example I selected for the affiliate marketing website I have setup.

3) All you need to do is just register the domain name, DO NOT GET hosting because I will show you to get the company to provide the hosting for you. The cost of domain name registration will run you about $10-12 dollars and will be valid for 1 year. This will be the only cost you will incur before setting up your website.

4) Now that you have your own custom domain name, go to your vendor’s associate website. In Amazon’s case its

5) In Amazon’s associate program they have a new feature that enables you to create your own customized Amazon “astore.” This essentially creates a website for you while you can choose the products you want to have.

6) All you have to do is sign up to their associate program and click create an Amazon “astore” and then the website will walk you through on how you want to create a website.

7) If you want a complete custom website with a logo, you will need to click “custom CSS” under the “color & design” option and play around with the code in order to get the look you want. If you want some pre-established amazon templates go to A bunch of people have posted custom codes which you can cut and paste into the CSS template to get a more professional look.

8) If you want to make a custom logo you can use Microsoft word art or Paint to create a logo you want to put together. My logo can be viewed on

9) After you have customized your website and added the products you want you will get a custom amazon URL.

10) Now all you need to do is re-direct your purchased domain website to your Amazon “astore” link. When you sign in to your godaddy account, click the domain you purchased and then click on “forward” which should be on the domain manager task bar.

11) After that you will get a pop up, and you should enter your Amazon astore website link into the “forward to” box and then click “302 move to permanently” this will redirect all your hits to your Amazon astore.

12) After you do this it will take a couple minutes to update. To test if it works, just enter the custom domain name and see if it redirects you to your Amazon astore. By using this method you don’t have to pay a monthly hosting fee which will save you about $10 a month.

And there you have it. Now all you need to do is market the website and get the hits flowing. Stay tuned for those and other great tips soon!

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