How to build an Affiliate Shop in 5 easy steps TODAY!

Would you like to build your own online shop without inventory and a lot of tedious work? Read on, because I have the perfect solution for you: Affiliate Shops!

You will find out how to build an affiliate shop in 5 easy steps! I will show you which hosting service, theme and plug-ins you need for a smooth shop setup. At the end, I will give you an exclusive tip to get fast, high-quality and targeted traffic to your shop, so you can start earning money fast!

What is an Affiliate Shop?

This type of shop looks like any other online shop at first glance. The crucial difference, however, is that customers do not buy from you, but are redirected to an external shop, e.g. Amazon. Through your built-in affiliate links you will receive commission for every purchase you make. 

Affiliate Shop
Investoom´s Guide: Affiliate Shop – source: PhotoMIX Ltd., Pexels.com

Why build an Affiliate Shop?

There are many advantages to starting an affiliate shop. But here are two main reasons:

  • All the logistical effort is eliminated. You only have to focus on generating traffic. In this article you will also learn how to do this.
  • You don’t have to worry about bookkeeping or product development.

You should also follow the general rule of affiliate marketing: Only promote products whose quality you are convinced of.

Now we have clarified what an affiliate shop is and what the benefits are. In the following we will look step by step at what you need for an affiliate shop and how to build it.

Step 1: Get Webhosting and domain

In order to build your affiliate shop, you need two things in step 1:

Webhosting and domain name.

A Webhoster is where you are hosting your website.

Normally a domain costs about $15 per year, hosting costs about $7 per month and the SSL certificate costs about $50 per year.

Since it costs a lot to get started, I have a better offer for you: Bluehost!

In the first year the domain and the SSL certificate are free, and you get a discount for hosting!
Also, the WordPress installation is very easy, as you can see in the following video.

Get started with Bluehost and register your domain name. Think of a name which is easy to remember and relates to the products you are promoting in your shop.

Check the availability of your domain name here:

Step 2: Install the necessary Plug-ins: WooCommerce

In the next step you need the WooCommerce Plugin for your shop. First go to WordPress and search for the WooCommerce plugin:

WooCommercePlugin
How to install the WooCommerce Plugin for building an Affiliate Shop / source: screenshot WordPress

Click on install now and start adding products to your Shop like the instructions show in the following video:

WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates Plugin

WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates
WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates WordPress Plugin screenshot from https://codecanyon.net

If you have some budget at your fingertips, I recommend you the WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates WordPress Plugin.

With this plugin, you can import lots of products from Amazon into your shop without having to take annoying screenshots and copying all product details for every product setup or update. It also lets you automatically synchronize your product offering with Amazon availability. This minimizes your time expenditure and saves you a lot of stress.

You should also note that products that are no longer offered on Amazon should be removed from your website within 24 hours.

Step 3: Choose the right theme for your affiliate e-commerce store

In the next step you have to choose a theme, so to speak the predefined structure of your website. There are many Affiliate Themes, a very good one is the Kingdom Theme. In the following video you can see a tutorial for the setup of the theme.

Here you can have a closer look at the theme and buy it.

You can also find other Affiliate themes here.

Step 4: Become a member of Affiliate Programs

A good affiliate program to start, especially if you want to promote physical products, is Amazon Associates.

Screenshot from https://affiliate-program.amazon.com

This is how the Amazon Affiliate Program works:

For each product that customers add to their shopping cart through your affiliate link within the next 24 hours and buy within the next 90 days, you receive a commission of up to 10%!

Here you find the Amazon Associates Operating Agreement.

Your application will be reviewed after the first 3 successful promotions, the approval will last about 24 hours.

Step 5: Start generating Traffic to your shop

Even if your website looks good and you promote good products, without traffic you won’t make money! That’s why I’d like to share with you below an insider tip on how to generate a lot of targeted traffic in a short period of time.

Of course it makes sense to promote your website via Facebook and Instagram. However, there is still a better platform to generate traffic: Pinterest!

Here are the two main reasons:

  • the traffic is longer lasting
  • potential customers get to your website with only one click

You can find out how to set up your Pinterest account here.

5 tips for a successful Affiliate Shop

  • Check out the Amazon Affiliate Agreements to avoid being banned from the Affiliate Program
  • add a blog to sell your products better
  • add also your own products in the long run
  • choose an appealing shop name and shop design
  • Choose products with a minimum price of $30

In Conclusion

In this article you learned how to build your own affiliate shop in 5 easy steps. You have learned which plug-ins, theme, which webhoster and which affiliate program you need to have for a smooth start.

Do you still have open questions? Comment below!

If you need professional advice or already build affiliate shop, write us an email. Thank you!


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