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❰❰  Creating a Website Without a Budget  ❱❱

Being a newbie affiliate or a season veteran, there are two good reasons for creating a website without a budget. Firstly, your budget is zero or you simply do not want to spend money. Secondly, you have the budget but want to experiment and see if you like the work before you spend any money. Many people believe that it is necessary to spend in order to succeed but usually that simply isn't true. You need to learn, discover, experiment, become creative and of course make some mistakes along the way.

Most significantly, you want to find out if you like the affiliate world and if you see a future in this hard working and competitive environment. If you don't like the affiliate world you can just walk away without any loses and plenty of experience gained, instead of having to walk away after invested money in addition to the time consumed.

Once you have decided to undertake the task of creating a website there is a certain checklist to run through:

  • Domain & Topic
  • Business & Marketing Plan
  • Logo & Design
  • Content Management System (CMS)
  • Content

Domain & Topic

Your domain and topic go hand in hand and should explain what your website does. Whether you are starting a travel affiliate website or a topic outside of the travel industry, this needs to be addressed carefully as this will dictate your content. Of course getting a domain isn't exactly free but the costs are not high. GoDaddy - Offers 1 click wordpress installation. Estimated costs for 1 year: $85

Business & Marketing Plan

Most affiliates, especially new ones, do not have any plan in place and it is advisable to at least outline how you plan to market your website. What research have you done on the topic and market, how would your website stand out to the competition, what is your target market/audience, how much money can you generate from your website.

Logo & Design

Logo can be done for free using free tools that can be found online. A website design can also be done for free but it will depend on your content management system (CMS). The most popular free CMS are blogspot.com and Wordpress.com.

Content Management System (CMS)

As mentioned above, the most popular free CMS are blogspot.com and Wordpress.com.

  • Blogspot.com: If you can write an email, attach images and add a link, then you can start blogging with blogspot.com.
  • Wordpress.com: It should not be confused with wordpress.org which is an open source software. There are many free themes to select from as well as low cost customised themes to make the process of creating your website even easier. With loads of plugins and add-ons also available for free, wordress.com is the preferred choice for a vast number of affiliates.

Content

It is imperative to have content if you want to sell something or at least to ensure that you get traffic coming to your website. It's a simple and straight forward equation: no content = no traffic. The great thing about content is that you can write it and it will only cost you your time. Before you begin the process of writing content, make sure to include your content ideas as part of your business and marketing plan. It is necessary to get your website organized so visitors can easily navigate it.

Summary

We have outlined above a few resources for launching a new website while keeping the costs as low as possible or even completely free. Although there are hundreds of free solutions out there, these are the most user-friendly and easy to use. As a new affiliate or a seasoned veteran that is embarking on a new project, this is the correct time to get your hands dirty and try out new things. And for any further queries or thoughts, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to assist you in any way possible.

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