So are you interested in trying your hand at Affiliate Marketing but you are not quite sure where to start? Do not worry; I have got you covered! Many may argue that with today’s social media platforms, having a website is not required.
Well, I beg to differ. One of the main criteria for utilizing affiliate programs is that you have a website showcase your content. Only using social media to promote affiliate links doesn’t work. Utilizing and creating content on a website, now that’s where it is at.
Today, I would like to share with you, how to make a free website with one of the leading website platforms out there-SiteRubix.
Not only will I show you how easy it is to make a free website, but I will also show you step-by-step instructions on how to add a photo to the header, as well as creating your first menu and an About Me page.
What is SiteRubix?
There are many options of website platforms out there if you are interested in making a website.
Today, I would like to write about one that I am very familiar with. SiteRubix is Wealthy Affiliate’s exclusive platform for building and hosting WordPress websites.
Ok, What is Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is an instructional and website platform that has been online since 2005.
With over 1.4 million active members from 193 countries, surely there must be something here of value, yes?
Often referred to as a “University,” Wealthy Affiliate offers training in Internet Business as well as Affiliate Marketing.
It must be noted before I start, that with Wealthy Affiliate you can not only produce a formidable website in a matter of minutes, but you are also able to take advantage of hundreds of hours of specialized tutorials, lessons, and webinars.
Not to mention step-by-step instructions on how to get your website off the ground through online certification courses, one-on-one coaching, as well as unlimited amounts of help from a vast community of like-minded individuals.
There are two options here- a Free Version as well as a Premium Version.
For the sake of this article, I am going to show you what you can do with the free version.
Learn How to Build a Website in Minutes!
Let’s go behind the scenes at Wealthy Affiliate to showcase to you just how easy it is to build a website for free.
First let’s head over to SiteRubix, which is the online platform within Wealthy Affiliate, to create our free website. If you like to join in the fun, you too can create a new website at this very moment by clicking on the photo below.
We can do it at the same time!
If not, that is ok, let’s continue, shall we?
So What is Your Niche?
Ok, so here we are on the SiteRubix. What should we name the website? First, you must come up with a niche.
A niche is a narrow focus on a much broader subject. Another way of putting it is a specialized appeal to a specific market.
For example, I love plants. How can I narrow this down? Ok, plants, plants, plants. How about, heirloom seeds? Raised gardens beds? Natural fertilizers? How to take care of plants, and so on and so on.
So what should the name of the website be? Usually, it is a good idea to have the keyword in the address, but not always. For the sake of simplicity, let’s call the website, Colleen’s Garden.
Now I am going to plug that name into the SiteRubix, and it looks like it is available.
Building a Free Website on SiteRubix!
Ok, so next you should plug it into Google Search to make sure that a permanent address is available (such as .com, .org, .net). You should keep this in mind, just in case you would like to upgrade in the future.
Siterubix.Com sites do not rank as high as a .com site. But again, I am here to show you how fast and easy it is to create a website.
So I just checked, and wouldn’t you know it, but Colleen’s Garden.com is taken but not .net or .org.
Meaning, if I would like to take my website to the next level, these two other site addresses are available to purchase in the future. Did you know that it is only $13.99- $15.99 to buy a website for one year?
Ok, so here we are at the next step-
As you can see, in the photo above, I have narrowed down my niche by giving my website the title- How to Grow Native San Diego Plants. In essence, I still have a lot of room to work with concerning a wide variety of affiliate programs and promotions.
After I did a quick Google Search, for plant affiliate programs, I found that there are many to choose from, which again, looks promising.
Tip- It is always a good idea to choose a subject that you are passionate about, seeing that you will be spending countless hours researching and writing on the subject.
Let’s Now Choose a Theme!
On to the next step- I am choosing a theme. When creating a free version, you will only have 12 themes to choose from, while a Premium Membership has over 4000 themes you may use!
As this is your first website, I suggest choosing something basic.
Ok, the Hero theme has been chosen and the website, “Colleen’s Garden” has been built!
Down below are screenshots to show you all that is included. And remember, this is a free website! In fact, at SiteRubix, you may make TWO free websites, so please keep this in mind as we continue.
The following screenshots give you an idea about everything that is included with your FREE website. Let’s take a closer look.
More features are included with the free website, but just for the first seven days. After these seven days, Site Security is still included, which is an essential feature.
And finally, here is what you get if by chance you would like to try out the Premium Wealthy Affiliate membership.
Please keep in mind that I am only showing this to you for comparison. For all intense purposes, I am here to show you what you can do with a FREE website.
(Again, all of this information is given to you, once you create your free website.)
Setting Up Your Free Website
Our next step is to see what our newly made website looks like using the Hero Theme.
Pretty impressive. In no time you can start building up your website! Let’s now take a look at the back office, shall we?
Take note that I have highlighted where you would start to begin writing pages and posts. For the sake of simplicity, I will now show you how to add a photo to your header, which will make your website stand out from all the others.
I will also give you a quick lesson on how to make your very first menu up top.
Adding a Photo to the Header of Your Website
Ok, so we are now in the back office. What we will do first is click on Appearances and choose Customize.
Once choosing Customize, now you look for where you may add a photo to the header. Remember that every theme is different. I can see that for this theme, the only way to add a photo to the header is by adding a widget.
So again the steps are-
- Add Widget
- Scroll Down- click on Find Image
You will then be asked to upload a photo from your computer to the website.
Tip- Make sure that you give this photo a title before uploading it to the website and do not forget to add alt- attributes to the photo as well.
Did you see how simple that was? Let’s now go and make a top menu, shall we?
Making a Menu on a WordPress Website
First, let’s get back to the Customize and scroll down until you see Menu and click on it.
You will be prompt to name the menu. Seeing that this theme has only one menu, label it however you would like.
Once named, choose-add items and then choose Pages.
It is a good idea to have all of your pages set-up in a menu on your website. Seeing that we have not written any fabulous content, this set up procedure is to get the initial framework of your website out of the way.
In essence, we are building a strong foundation, kind of like how an outline is used before writing an essay.
Ok, so this website is about plants, yes? What are some captivating sections that we will be covering on this website then? How about, off the top of my head- Growing Tips, and Native Plants ( you may come up with more pages as your site expands.)
And, one more thing! We must not forget about making an About Me page.
As you can see in the photo above, you have the choice of moving around the sections. I always like to have my About Me page as the first page in the menu. But where you choose to place it, that is up to you.
Ok, once we have a minimal menu, let us now finish setting it up by pressing the Publish Button and see how it looks in a live preview, shall we?
Pretty good, if I say do so myself! But before I leave you, I would like to add one more thing!
Adding an About Me Page to the Menu
An About Me page is essential as it adds a bit of ‘realness’ to the website. You should concentrate on why, what, when, and how you started your business website. I would assume the reason being that you want to help people, right?
In a nutshell, helping others is what affiliate marketing is- reviewing a product and concentrating on why someone would need, such in such. So as a rule, you should try to explain why someone should believe that you have their best interests at heart and that you are not some “spammer” or “computer ‘bot.’
Keeping this in mind, try to write like you are talking to a best friend or relative, as it comes across as more authentic.
Steps to Add an About Me Page
Looking at the photo above, we are now in the back office of our new WordPress site. You must first click on pages, and you will be prompted to this page, which lists all of the previous pages that have been created.
Click on edit underneath the About Me Page, and you will see this-
Now it is your turn to tell us all about yourself and why you should be considered a reliable source when it comes to the information that you will be sharing on your website.
It is also a good idea to add a couple of photos on the page as well. While I still have you here, let me show you just how easy it is. You do recall, from up above how we added a photo to the header.
It is similar, but different, Let me show you now.
Adding a Photo to a Page or Post
First, let’s start by adding a couple of photos to the About Me page.
So this website, again, is a site about plants, and how I can help others learn how to grow San Diego native plants.
Let me see what I can come up with, in terms of subjects to cover. I usually place my primary focus picture up towards the top as I like there to be no confusion as to what the website is touching on.
OK, the first step is to click on Add Media, you will then be prompted to use a photo that you already have in your media library, or you may upload one from your computer. Seeing that there is only one photo in the library (our header image), we will do the latter.
Tip-Again, do not forget to have a title given to each photo before you upload it to the media library. It never hurts if it is a keyword
You have the options when it comes to the placement of the photo, as well as the size. Do you want it to the right, left or centered; large, medium or small?
It is always fun to play around to see what looks best.
So, I have selected two photos to upload unto my About Me page, one in which I placed up top as full-sized, followed by a small thumbnail photo of myself. Remember, it is always a good idea to put a “face” on your website, as it adds more credibility to your business.
Now that we have finished, let’s update the page and click ‘Preview Changes‘ and see how it turned out, shall we?
So is SiteRubix a Good Idea?
What do you think? Speaking for myself, I say unequivocally yes and yes again! But who is it geared toward in terms of service? SiteRubix is geared for those who have minimal experience with computers and computer programming.
I surely can attest to this, as I am part of this very genre myself. When I first started, I was overwhelmed by all of the available information, but I studied and studied some more. And, I have to say that after being a very active member of Wealthy Affiliate for over a year and a half, I have come a long way!
Down below, let’s go over the pro’s and con’s of setting up a free website through StieRubix
The Pro’s and Con’s of a Free SiteRubix Website
- excellent platform for the newbie and those who are not that comfortable to the computer
- the two free SiteRubix websites are free
- you have access to Wealthy Affiliate Level 1 Certification (with 32 lessons)-Affiliate Bootcamp Level 1 (with 31 lessons)
- two Wealthy Affiliate Classrooms- all access to Getting Started and Wealthy Affiliate Program
- access to Live Chat and Ask A Question on Wealthy Affiliate
- you only have 12 themes to choose from (which is not a big deal when first starting)
- website only comes with three plug-ins, and no others are allowed
- due to inactivity for six months, meaning that you do not log in to your site at least once a month- your Free website will be removed from the platform to make way for active members
My Final Take on Producing a Free Website on SiteRubix
In closing, I would like to reiterate why it is a good idea to try out producing a free website on SiteRubix for yourself. In today’s day and age, e-commerce is on the rise, and it is only going to get bigger in 2020.
The best thing that I love about SiteRubix is that it is so fast and easy to make your first website. With all of the training that is provided, you can begin to create a foundation for a business.
I am not going to sugarcoat the fact that starting a business online is easy because that is far from the truth!
When you create your first free website at SiteRubix, you automatically have a free starter membership at Wealthy Affiliate. And with the simplicity of creating a website in minutes, half of the work is already done for you! And let us not forget that you will also have seven days to utilize all of the information that is available on Wealthy Affiliate.
I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it all was. Do you agree with the example and the tutorial I provided you?
With a lot of hard work and dedication, you too can begin ‘dipping your toe’ in the world on online business by creating your free SiteRubix website now!
If you have any comments or questions, please leave them below, as I will answer them as soon as possible.
I wish you all the success in the world!