In in this video, we’re going
to be setting up an affiliate marketing website using WordPress. I’m going to show you what
that looks like now on the screen. It’s a really great looking site. Uh, but you’ll
be able to obviously change the colors and, uh, logo and everything to fit your needs.
It’s got great product reviews so that you can, you know, review products and add your
affiliate link that way. And it’s got a blog, and it’s got pages, and it’s basically got
everything you need in order to create a great looking affiliate marketing website. Now don’t
worry if you’re completely new to this subject. Um, maybe you’re thinking about earning some
extra money. That sort of thing and you’ve heard about it through your marketing and
you want to get something set up, I’m going to hold your hand. I’m going to to take you
through it step by step in terms of what affiliate marketing actually is and, um, and where to
sign up as an affiliate through to creating, um, the website and, and everything in between.
So, um, I hope you’re going to come with me on this journey and create a website, and
remember, I’m here if you get stuck, or if you get any questions, please just post in
the comments below and I will do my best to answer and help you out, and, you know, get
you where you need to be. So, um, well … let’s get started.
Hello. It’s Alex here from WPEagle. So, affiliate marketing. That’s what this video’s all about.
I’m an affiliate marketer. I have been for, uh, quite a few years now and, uh, it’s a
great way to earn some money, uh, basically (chuckle). Uh, and the way affiliate marketing
works is, um, you basically ad links to your website, or on your social media profiles
to other websites on the internet. So shops, and merchants, and that sort of thing.
And when someone clicks on your link and goes through tot that shop and makes a purchase,
you earn a commission. Uh, it really is as simple as that. Now, in order to become an
affiliate, um, you basically just have to go and, uh, to the merchant site and if you
look generally down towards the bottom, uh, of the website, so say on, you know, Amazon
if you scroll down to the bottom, you’ll find their associates program.
Um, and generally on most web stores that you come across, if you go the bottom, you’ll
find, um, an, and affiliates section and if you go into there, you can then sign up and
become and affiliate, and they will then give you your special tracking links that you can
then use on your social media, on your website, and all that sort of thing.
There are also a few, um, kind of affiliate networks that are, uh, also a great place
to sign up and find products to promote. So, uh, these include places like Clickbank. Uh,
which is full of sort of e-type products. You know, e-books, and uh … podcasts, and
all that sort of stuff that’s for sale. Uh, and again, you can promote those products
and get a really good commission. Uh, there’s Commission Junction, which is
a, another large affiliate network full of merchants, uh, from all sorts of places. Uh,
again, you sign up once on there and then you can apply to become an affiliate to many
many different merchants. Now, in this video, we’re going to be creating
an affiliate marketing website and it’s going to be based around doing product reviews.
Um, because I found this a really good way of earning some commission because people
when they’re looking to buy something, they’re going to be looking for reviews just before
they make that purchase. So they’re, they’re thinking about what they
want to buy and they’re about to buy it, and they just want to kind of double check whether
it’s any good. That sort of thing. So a review site basically puts you towards the end of
their buying cycle just before they make a purchase so they can come to your website,
read your review, or watch your review if it’s a video. They then can click your link
and then go through and, uh, you know, provided you’ve offered a good review and said it’s
worth buying, hopefully they’ll then make that purchase and you can earn your commission.
Now, I know all this information probably sounds a bit overwhelming and you’re thinking,
“God, this sounds like a lot of work.” Hopefully I’m going to be able to break it down to you
into little bits, uh, as we go through the video and, um, you’re going to be able to
kind of take it step by step. Um, before you know it, you’ll have an affiliate marketing
website and you’ll understand what affiliate marketing is, and how you can earn some money
from it. So, before we get started and jump in in terms
of, uh, creating a website, the first thing you want to think about is what you’re actually
going to, um, make your website about. Now I’ve, uh, in this video, I’m making a website
all about WordPress funnily enough because that’s what I know and that’s what I love.
Um, so yeah, the website we’re going to be making today is reviewing kind of WordPress
themes and stuff to do with WordPress, but obviously you’re going to make your website
about what you’re into and I suggest that when you’re choosing an affiliate subject
that you do go for something that you’re quite passionate about because you are going to
need to create some content in order for this to work well.
And when I say content, I’m talking about videos, and articles, and obviously reviews,
and blog posts, and all that sort of stuff and if you’re not into something, uh, that
can be quite tricky, so you know, if you choose to promote … I don’t know, building materials,
and you’ve got nothing. Uh, not interest in building or anything like that, you’re going
to struggle to, to, to make it work. So, my first piece of advice would be to try
and choose something that you are into, um, and, and go from there. Now in terms of marketing
the website and getting traffic, and all that sort of stuff, what I’ve decided to do is
after this video goes up, I’m going to create some more videos around this subject in terms
of how to get traffic to your website, how to do SEO, social media, and all that sort
of thing. So, um, this is the first video in what will
be a series and then afterwards, uh, make sure you subscribe by, by the way too, so
you don’t miss out on those. Um, it will be a series of videos all about promotion, and
marketing, and, and all that sort of stuff to get people coming to your review website,
but I’ve left that out of this video, which I didn’t want this video to drag on forever
and ever. Talking about dragging on, um, I’m talking
a bit too much now, so let’s get going. I’m going to go through, um, what you need in
order to get, uh, your website set up because there is going to be a couple of things you’re
going to need to purchase today just to get your website online, but don’t worry. Um,
they’re not huge costs and, uh, hopefully it’ll be a worthwhile investment once you
start to earn some money through your marketing. The first thing we’re going to need today
is, um, some website hosting and a domain name. Now, a domain name is a .com or a .net,
.info, .buis, .whatever. There’s a whole load of dots at the moment. If you’ve already got
one of those, great. If you haven’t, then I’m going to show you how you can register
one today and the cost of that domain name does vary depending on where you get it and
what domain name you get, but you’re looking at roughly ten, twelve dollars. Um, maybe
tops twenty dollars a year. Not a huge expense. Um, so you need to start thinking about what
.coms and, and, or .nets, or whatever you, you’re going to want. The next thing we’re
going to need, uh, to go to the domain is the hosting. Now, hosting is basically where
your website lives on the internet, um, so, uh, especially a company and they look after
your website and they make sure that it’s online for you and I’m going to recommend
a company called Host Gator today and I’ve got a voucher for you which allows you to
get your first month’s hosting for just a penny, so not a huge investment there on the
hosting. Um, just a penny for the first month. Uh, it comes with a money back guarantee as
well, so if, for whatever reason, you’re not happy, then you can, you can if you need to
just cancel that. Move on. Try something else. Finally thing we’re going to need today is,
um, uh, our WordPress theme and it’s a premium theme and basically what that is is it gives
us the functionality that we need on our website and it gives us the look and feel.
I’ve chosen a great theme today, which is to say is aimed at making a review site so
it’s really good at, um, allowing you to create some great reviews and have, uh, little star
ratings, and allow other users to add reviews to your site as well, so you can get a real
cool review site going on. Um, whilst at the same time sending people off on your affiliate
links. There is a small cost to this theme. Uh, it’s
just $49, and for that you get free updates to the theme, you get support from the theme
developers. Um, and you get a really great theme. Um, which as I say, give you the functionality
and makes, uh, the website do what you want it to do. So it is essential. So in terms
of your investment today, you’re going to need the $49 for the theme and you’re going
to need a penny for the hosting, and then your domain cost is going to vary depending
on what sort of domain you get, but it’s not going to be a huge amount.
So hopefully that’s not going to break the bank for you and you’ve got a, a small bit
of, uh, money that you can invest today to get this website up and running. Now, if you
get stuck at any point, uh, during this video, I am here to help you, so please leave a message
in the comments below. A question or whatever if you get stuck. Or you can email me over
at [email protected] and I will do my best to help you out that way.
But that’s enough chit chat from me. Um, let’s get on to the computer and get this website
up and running. So, I just want to let you know what you’re getting yourself in for in
terms of the steps that we’re going to be going through in order to get this website
up and running. The first thing is going to be setting up our website hosting and our
sorting out our domain name. Either buying one or, uh, repointing one that you may have
already registered. The next thing we’re going to be doing is
installing WordPress and that’s what’s going to be paring our website and, you know, makes
it easy to set up and all that sort of stuff. Um, the next thing we’re going to do is, um,
purchase and install our theme and that’s what gives it its look and feel and all the
functionality that we need. We’re then going to be configuring the theme
and adding some content. Obviously I’m not going to add tons and tons of content. I’m
just going to add enough to give you the idea of, of what needs to be done so that you can
go on and add as many, uh, videos, or reviews, or blog posts as you’d like. We’ll then do
some final tweaks. Make sure that’s it’s all, uh, looking okay and straightened out, et
cetera. And, uh, yeah. And then we’ll go live. Now you’ve seen the length of the video. It
is, uh, pretty long. Um, but as I say, I’m going to be here, um, to answer your questions
if you like via the comments so, uh, just drop me a message if you get stuck. So, let’s
get started with the first thing and set up our hosting.
So hosting is basically, uh, where your website lives on the internet. You hire a little bit
of a server, which is basically just a big computer, uh, with a company and they put
your, um, website online for you and they give you all the tools and that that you need
to, to get up and running. I’m going to recommend a company called Host Gator. Um, which is
a company I’ve used many time before. Uh, they’re really great value for money,
um, with really low prices, um, but they don’t compromise on service, um, just because they’ve
got low prices. So, um, you get a really good, nice, fast website, and you get great up time.
Basically your website doesn’t go down, um, and you get some good support.
Uh, I love their live chat system, which allows you to just log in, and then you can just
send a message and they can get back to you really quickly. All the websites that I build,
uh, in these tutorials I use Host Gator and they all work fine and then you can go check
them out if you’ve got any doubts, but, uh, you get the money back guarantee anyway. A
forty-five day money back guarantee so if it doesn’t work out for whatever reason, you
can just quit, walk away, get your money back, no questions asked.
Um, so that’s great, so anyway, let’s get started. Um, we’ve already got a domain name.
If you want to register a domain name with another provider like Go Daddy or whatever,
that’s fine. If you haven’t got a domain name, uh, a domain name is a .com or a .net, or
a .info, or a .co/uk, a dot whatever. Uh, don’t worry. We can register one when we,
uh, set up our hosting, so let’s go and take a look.
I’m going to click and get started now. If we scroll down on this page, we’re on the
hosting plans. Uh, we can see they offer, a, a number of different plans. Now when choosing
a plan, you just need to keep in mind how many websites, uh, you think you’re going
to end up setting up going forward. Probably if it’s your first on, then you’re just going
to do the one for now, then the hatchling plan over here is fine, but if you’ve got
some aspirations to have, you know, those websites and you’re going to get loads of
traffic, and all sorts of stuff, then, um, one of these plans is probably, uh, for you.
Now, you can change your plan at any time, so, um … don’t worry if you, uh, can’t decide
right now. Just go for the hatchling and then you can scale up as you go forward. Now I’ve
got a voucher which I’m going to show you in, in a second, which will allow you to take
your first month for just one penny, um, which means you can kind of check these, uh, plans
out. Try out setting up a website, and, uh, without having to spend too much cash today.
So let’s click now on the hatchling plan and we’re presented with, um, the order form.
So the first box is to do with your domain and let’s say a domain name is your .com or
your .net, or you know, whatever. If you don’t have a domain name, you can just type it into
this box here and Host Gator will go off and see if your domain name is available. You
can select the extension here. The .com, .club, .net, whatever you like.
Um, so you know, you type in my domain name et cetera. Whatever you’re looking to register.
Then you select .com. And there you go and it shows you, um, that it’s available and
it’s added it to the [inaudible 00:12:01] and then you can tic some others, um, if you
… if you’d like them as well. Now I … I’ve already registered a domain
name over at Go Daddy, which is, uh, another company that I use, uh, for registering domain
names. Uh, I’ve got some at Host Gator. I’ve got some that are all over the places, but
yeah, depending on what, what I’m thinking at the time, it depends basically what I’m
logged into depends on where I’m registered, so if you’ve already got a domain name, uh,
day with Go Daddy, or Name Cheap, or some other domain registrar, what you need to do
is click on, uh, this tab here where it says, “I already own this domain,” and type in the
domain, um, that’ you’ve already registered at that other registrar.
So the one I’ve already registered is bestwpthemes.info. Because the website we’re going to be creating.
Uh, well I’m going to be creating today, is all about WordPress themes and all that sort
of stuff. So, uh, then I can just tab and it says that’s fine, and there we go. So it’s
already selected the hatchling package, which is what we, uh, selected on the previous page.
You can select your billing cycle. You get a great discount if you go for the, um … Oh,
some more domains just popped up. Um, if you go for a long period of like thirty-six months,
um, (lips smack) that gives you a really good price, which is 3.95 a month. So yeah, even
the twelve months gives you a better price. So I would recommend, yeah, going for a longer
period if you can afford it today, but if you don’t know, uh, how long you’re going
to have your website. Hopefully more than one month or three months,
or even six months, but if you’re not sure, then you might want to go for this kind of
billing cycle. I’ll select one month for now so just so that I can show you the code working
in a second. Here you can register your user name and a password. Now I’m not going to
fill in all these forms just, uh, now. I don’t want to, you know, hold up this video with
you watching me filling in forms. I’ll do them in a second.
Here you enter all your billing info. So your name, and your address, and obviously your
payment type, and card number, and all that sort of stuff, or you can pay with Paypal
if you prefer. Section four is all about additional services, which I don’t think we need, so
I’m just going to untic those. Okay, so if we scroll down, the next section
is the coupon code. Now, my coupon, uh, gives you the first month for just a penny, so,
uh, in terms of what you have to pay today, it kind of significantly reduces it. The code
is EagleOne and if we click validate, you’ll see it’s down to a penny. There may be a coupon
code that’s already in there. Uh, my coupon codes should be better value
than whatever’s in there to start with. So, um, yeah if you want to use it, that’s great.
It is an affiliate coupon, um, so that means that I do add a very small commission, um,
if you use it. Um, so thanks very much if you do use it, uh, I really appreciate it.
(inhale) Oh, hang on. The amount due has gone up to
three dollars. Let me just scroll up. I unticed that. How dare it tic it again? So make sure
nothing’s been reticed for whatever reason. And let me see, we’re down to a penny. So
yeah, the code is EagleOne. Click validate and then the last box is this terms and conditions
that, um, we just need to tic, uh, and then we can click check out now.
So I’m going to fill in this form now. I’m going to get my hosting set up and then what
we’ll do is we’ll get WordPress installed and start setting up, uh, our affiliate marketing
website. So I will see you in a sec. Okay, so I completed all the signup and I’ve got
my hosting now and I’ve just had an email come in. Here it is, um, so you should hopefully
receive one as well and it’s got all the details I need. Um, in order to log into my hosting,
and, and all that sort of stuff, so the first one is kind of your billing, login, and then
this one here is the control panel login. Now, as I had already registered a domain
name, I do need to update my name service at my domain registrar. Now, if you register
a domain with Host Gator, you don’t need to do this step. Um, but just bear with me for
one minute while, um, I show you how to update your name so, so if you’ve already got a domain
name let’s say with Go Daddy or some other registrar, you’re going to need to do this
step. So let me just go over to Go Daddy where I’ve
got my domain name. And then if I just, uh, sign in and go to my products, and then into
my domains. Then if I find the domain which is … Uh, there it is. Best WP Themes.info
and click through there. Now obviously it’s going to be slightly different depending on
which domain registrar you’re with. If it’s Go Daddy, it’ll be the same as this, but it
… what you’re going to be looking for is the name service.
So if you’re logged into your control panel with your domain registrar, look for reference
to name servers and if I click manage, what this’ll do is it’ll just change these two
names here, so I’m going to select custom. Click enter custom name servers and I’m just
going to copy and paste from the email these two name servers. First one and the second
one. Oh, that’s it. Don’t need a third one. And click okay.
Uh, and then save now. This change may take a … uh, a few minutes to take effect, so,
um, just leave that a little while if it doesn’t look like you’re, um, domain is pointing to
Host Gator, but that should be all done. So I’m just going to close Go Daddy for now and
then I’m going to go back to my email and I’m going to log into my Host Gator control
panel. So I’m going to click this link, and then
I’m just going to copy and paste the user name and the password. I think … Okay, and
now I’m going to show you how to change that password so that you can, uh, set up some
some of the … That you can remember a bit more easily. That’s the first thing that we’ll
do. So we’re now logged into our control panel. Let’s close these, um, pop-ups.
So the first thing we’ll do is change password so that’s this button here. Don’t worry about
all these buttons. Um, it looks a bit overwhelming, but we’re not going to use half of them. Just,
um, just a couple of them, so don’t worry too much. So I’m just going to put the old
password in, which I’ve got in my clipboard. Then I’m going to set a new password that
I can remember. Click change password. And then that’s all
done. Click go back. I’m going to click on home up at the top here, go back to the main
section of the control panel. The next thing we’re going to do is install WordPress, so
let’s just close that pop-up again. I’m going to click this w button here, which is let’s
get started with WordPress today. Click okay on that pop-up and then what I’m
looking for is this button here. This big install WordPress. Let’s click that. Then
we need to just fill in this form. Select your domain, which is obviously my domain
is bestwpthemes.info. Leave that install path blank, put your email address in, give it
a title, and set up an admin user. Let’s go for WPEagle … and then click install WordPress.
Click no thanks, I’m a web designer on that pop-up (clears throat) and it’s just at the
top here running the install. That takes just a few seconds. There we go. It’s done. Now
over here this little arrow is very important. These are our login credentials, uh, so I’m
just going to copy that password. Again, we can change that in a second. This is the WordPress
username and password. So I click this link. It should take me through
to the admin area. Now, the uh … domain servers still haven’t updated, which is why
I’m getting this screen, so I’m just going to wait a few minutes and, um, hopefully our
login screen should appear. So, uh, let’s wait and see.
Okay, so I waited a few minutes, and I refreshed page, and here we go. Here’s our WordPress
login screen. So these ones use WPEagle. The password I’ve got my clipboard. I pasted it
from here, remember? Let’s put that in. There we go. Login. And here we are. We’re into
our WordPress dashboard. Let’s just close these little bits. Don’t need that.
Um, now the first thing we’ll do is just change that password again so I can remember it.
I forgot to here where it says howdy and my name. If I go to edit my profile, and then
scroll down and there is a new password section here. I’ll click generate password. It generates
another one that we can’t remember. So I’m just going to click hide and then I’m
going to have to delete that and type in the new password that I can’t remember. The reason
I clicked hide just so that you guys can’t see it that was all. Tick the confirm use
of weak password even though it’s not that weak really. And then click update profile.
So now I’ve changed my password and got WordPress installed. If I go, uh, to the top here and
click visit site, you can see that the domain name is now working. WordPress is installed
in here is our basic WordPress sight. So we’re now ready to start, um, creating with Word
Press and, um, we can install our theme and start, you know, adding content and really
making the site our own, so let’s go and do that.
Okay, so the next thing we have to do is install our theme. I’m over at Theme Forest now which
is where we’re going to get our theme from. It’s called reviews and as the name suggests,
it’s a custom made theme ready for our products and services reviews, so that’s perfect for
an affiliate marketing website. Um, I always recommend premium themes, um,
because they are of generally much higher quality than free themes. Uh, you get regular
updates , uh, which is good for security and for adding extra features and functionality
as we go forward. And you also get ongoing support from the theme developers, so if you
get stuck, or anything like that, uh, and you have any problems, you can just drop them
a line and they will help you out which is obviously really useful.
Now, I’ve really purchased this theme. It’s $49, uh, from [inaudible 00:21:48] but not
a huge investment. Um, I’ve put a link up on the screen, um, as I say for the, uh, theme.
That is an affiliate link, so that you very much for using it. I work on a small commission,
uh, but I do really recommend the products and things that I actually use myself. Um,
[inaudible 00:22:04] name. Two, so the, um, I forget payment is just
a little bit of a bonus, but anyway, uh, let’s download it. Um, you’ll need to obviously
sign up for a theme first if you’re not ready and, and deposit some money and, and download
it. Already done that, so I’m just going to download this. Now I’m just going to create
a folder where I can find stuff. So I’m going to download that zip file.
So that’s downloaded. And if I just show you that on my computer, we’ll see that it’s here.
And what we’re going to do is we’re just going to extract that zip file and have a look at
what’s inside. Follicle reviews, and then there’s some more folders in there, and then
there’s the first one there. It’s just the theme a zip file, so I’m going to need an
and [inaudible 00:22:52] the theme there, which we’ll also need, uh, possibly, but for
now we’ll just install the, uh, review theme, which is there.
So I’m going to go back to, um, the website …
and once I get back to the website, we can
install the theme. So I’m already logged in. I’m going to go to the dashboard. Go to appearance
and then themes and I’m going to click add new, and then upload theme, and this box opens
here. Okay, then choose the file on my computer which is in here. Click open and then click
install now and that should upload and install that for me.
That’s all done. Now we can click activate. And that’s done. Now we’ve got a lot of messages
up at the top here. I’m just looking at this. It’s getting a bit messy, so let me just close
that one there. We’ve got to remember that we’ve got the [inaudible 00:24:16] page. That’s
fine. Uh, let’s dismiss that message. This is an important message.
This theme requires some plug-ins blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, so we need to install them.
So I’m going to click begin installing plug-ins and tick this box at the very top to tick
all of them. Then I’m going to install. They’re all installed, so then we can go back to the
plug-in installer. Then we just need to activate them, so I’m just going to again, tick at
the top and go to activate. And that’s done. So let’s go and have a look at the website
and see what’s happened. And we can see that it’s now, uh, the colors have changed, that
it’s got a slightly different layout. Obviously there’s plenty more to do. Uh, because it’s
not looking like it should just yet. Uh, but we know what our theme is until we’re ready
to start setting it all up. Okay, so what we need to do now, um, actually
what I recommend that you do now is install the demo content. Now, the demo content is
some example stuff that comes with the theme. It’s a good way of seeing how stuff, uh, is
put together, how you lay stuff out. And then you can also just change it, um, or, you know,
delete it and then add your own, but it’s a great way to, to get the site up and running
so it looks a bit like the demo site and then you can kind of just tweak it and, um, make
it your own. I find it’s the easiest way to work, so it’s
quite easy to install direct content. If we just go, um, back into the dashboard, and
then go to appearance, and then import demo data. Click import demo data. Might take a
couple minutes. Okay, I think that’s all done. Um, said some things already. You can kind
of get stuck halfway through, uh, but it … I don’t know. It seems to work.
Let’s have a look. So if we’re going to, um, there’s a couple of things actually we need
to do now just before we check it. The first is to go into permalinks, which is in settings
and permalinks and then we just need to set that to post name and click save changes.
Uh, then we need to just set the home page, which if we go into general … Oh nope. Sorry,
into reading under settings and then for front page displays we need to, uh, select a static
page and then for front page, let’s select home, and for post page, let’s select blogs.
And this will all become clear in a second. Basically these are the pages that have been
imported and you know, we’re just configuring them all up. So now let’s really go back and
have a look at the website. We see that it’s now starting to come together quite nicely.
You’ve got the search boxes, imported some of the categories, and there’s some demo,
demo reviews here as well. Looking to play around with some banners, so now we can go
through and start, um, making this our own. Okay, so I’ve got a couple of images that
I’ve already prepared for the website. The first is a logo. Um, let me just find them
now. Uh, here it is. Just a simple bit of white text that I created in my graphics editor.
If you don’t have a logo, um, do check out my channel. I’ve got a couple of videos on
there in terms of making a logo. Um, one’s a guest video, um, by, uh, Marty.
So again, do check that out. It shows you how to make a logo for free. Uh, I’ll just
cover a simple text, uh, theme. So upload that in a second. And the next thing I’ve
also put together is an image for this background area here behind the search, um, box thing.
Um, that’s just like a little collage that I knocked together of loads of WordPress themes
which I thought would be good. So let’s add those now. I’m still logged into
the website. Uh, so let’s go to, um, the dashboard and then we’ll go down to reviews WP, uh,
into overall. And here we’ve got our options for our logo and for the search image background.
Um, so let’s change them. Let’s change the logo first. So I’m going to go to upload and
then select files, and it brings up, uh, the files on my computer. I’ve just got to find
my logo. It’s actually in here. Okay. And click select. Demo data save changes.
[inaudible 00:28:41] open the sites in another tab so that we can have a look at it as it
changes. So there’s my logo. Uh, looking good. And then the next one, we’re going to change
is this one here, so I’m just going to remove that and then click upload. Upload files,
and again select the file on my computer. And then select and save. So let’s refresh.
There we go. Now, it’s got a slider thing going on there, I just noticed it’s, um, [inaudible
00:29:28] so I think if we just remove these extra because obviously you can have as many
as you like. I just want the ones. I’m just going to remove
those other ones and click refresh. And hopefully that will just stay put as it is and it has
so next thing we’ll change is this bit of text. Uh, find the best WordPress themes.
Uh, quickly find … Quickly find a theme for your next project. Something like that
will do. Let’s save the changes. Refresh. Okay, so that’s looking quite nice.
Uh, obviously we’ve got some other bits and bobs to do down here, but this top bit is
now coming together very nicely indeed. So I quite like this blue color, um, which is
around the site, so [inaudible 30:36] this header. And i’m sure it’s in other places
too. Um, but if you want to change it, let’s go back here and I’ll show you how we can
do that. So if you go into appearance you’ see that we’ve got the blue.
It says [inaudible 00:30:54] background actually, so it probably is, uh, just that top bit,
but say we wanted to go for, uh, any colors. Let’s pick a nice color. Maybe not brown.
So like orangey because what particularly is kind of orangey. Let’s save changes and
then if we, uh, refresh … There we go. Ooh, that’s quite garish, isn’t it? But, um, I
think it’ll do for now. Okay, so as you can see, in here, there are
loads of, uh, settings so in terms of, uh, we can set fonts. Uh, we can set font sizes.
It’s to do again with the navigation again this, this bit here is the navigation. Obviously
where all the links to the different pages are and we will go around customizing this
in a second. I actually have to change that. Um, and then down here you’ve got some more
colors, so, uh, the breadcrumbs, background color, the buttons. All sorts of things.
Um, I won’t go through and change all of these, uh, right now. I probably won’t to because
a lot of them are find as they are, but just so you know, they’re all in here and it’s
very very easy just to change the copyrights back and kind of that’s the, uh, bit right
down the bottom here. You can change that. Uh, basically you can change all the colors
and font sizes that you like in here which is in, uh, appearance.
Okay, so the next thing I want to change is these categories and obviously you’ve imported
some categories with the demo content. Um, they’re easy to change, or delete and add
your own, but I see every review that you’re going to put on your website. It’s going to
fall into a category and they’ll end up nicely here. So, to find them, if you go to the back
end, if you go under reviews, funnily enough, and then category, you see we’ve got all our
categories here, so, um, you might want to change this computer electronics one.
Then click edit. I can change this to, um, how many [inaudible 00:32:47] get, but I’m
just going to guess a few, um, business themes. I’m going to change the slope to be something
that’s quite Ceo friendly, so I’m goi9ng to include key words that people are searching
for. Um, which I’d imagine would be, uh, business and then I’m going to use hyphens. WordPress
themes, and this one doesn’t have a parent, but we’ll show you … I’ll show you how that
works in a second. Uh, let me go for and icon or anything right
now. And then we’ve got some criteria, so let’s have a look at, uh … I see. We’ll
come back to that in a second. So, uh, let’s carry on. I’m just going to click update.
Then if I click refresh it’s changed to business themes. Now these are clickable, so if you
go through, it’ll show you all the posts, uh, within that category. And so you’ve got
the nice filters. We’re going to change some of these reviews and add a new one in a second.
So what I’ll do now is just go back to categories. I’m going to add a new one under business
themes and we’re going to need a, an inspiration, so, um, let me just have a think. How about
consultants? If I can spell it. Consult-ants. There we go. Consultants. Uh, and then I’m
going to add a parent, which will be obviously, uh, business themes and then click add new
category and that’s appeared here so I know if I go back and have a look at our home page
again, there it is. So what I’m going to do is I will just quickly
do my categories. I won’t let you .. Sorry, I won’t make you watch me do that cus that’s
going to take a few minutes. So we’ve got all these categories and all the categories
are all the categories I want from my reviews that I can think of and, and I won’t go back
and we’ll start adding a couple of reviews to those categories. See how they look and
see how we can do that. Um, so, let’s do a quick edit.
Okay, so I’ve added all the categories. Um, I renamed a few and then the rest I just kind
of deleted the ones that were on, on the demos. Deleted all them and then created my own (inhale)
uh, main categories then I obviously added the [inaudible 00:35:05] categories, but,
oh, so you can see here I’ve got my blog themes. My WordPress themes, [inaudible 00:35:10]
themes. Um, and yeah, lots of themes basically. You’ll have to do quite a lot of reviews to
fill all these categories, but hey, that’s, that’s what you want to do in order to get
these sites working. They do need to have lots of content on them. And to get my idea,
cus one of the sites I’m going to be promoting is Theme Forest. Um, and also you need to
check out the kind of products you’re going to be promoting and have a look at their websites
and whatnot. Um, I came in here and obviously they’ve already
got some categories and stuff going on so I basically use that for inspiration and selected
a category and then … , uh, had a look at the tags to break it down into sub-categories
and that’s how I came up with all these. obviously you can have as many categories as few categories
as you need and obviously you can add categories as you go forward and you come across new
products or whatever else you need to review then just add some more categories.
That’s fine. So, um, before we go on to actually doing a review, um, there’s a couple of things
on this homepage I just need to tweak. So this text here is doesn’t quite match, um,
this, uh, this is fine, but yeah, I want to just change this text. So to edit this page
from the [inaudible 00:36:08] we just go to the top here. Edit page. Now it looks a little
bit scary because it’s got, uh, what are called short codes, um, to build a page, but don’t
worry too much about that. Um, what you need to do is look down from
what you need to change. So … Here’s that title you see here it’s got a title, then
there’s that text that I want to change. Choose your … Choose your categories to start browsing products and services.
I’m going to go with choose categories to start browsing WordPress themes. You can even
add the best Word Press themes on the web. That sounds good, doesn’t it? Then when you’ve
finished editing and everything, always click the update or the save button.
And then if we go back and view the page … over here, the text has changed. Okay, so next
thing I want to do is actually take you through a review. Um, there’s obviously a few demo
reviews here, so they’re a good place to start. Um, let’s have a look at this one. It’s called
Gate Total 1. Obviously I’m going to delete or edit these to suit my own needs, but it’s
great to kind of see how they’re laid out and then, you know, it’s easy to do your own.
So they’ve got really nice layout on the front. You’ve got this place at the top where you
can have lots of images. These are all the same, um, I think … Yeah, um, but you can
have as many images as you like. Over here, you’ve got this little panel with the star
ratings, and user reviews, and when it was created, and a read more button, which you
can change. Uh, and in fact, let’s change that now. Um, and I show you how to do it.
So to do that, we would go, um, back into the dashboard. We’ll come back to this page
in a sec. I’m going to appear, sorry, into reviews WP and appearance. Oh, when I say
appearance, I mean reviews. So yeah, uh, reviews on repeat, and then reviews, and then here
is the call to action. So we could say, um, something like that. Get this theme and there’s
more settings here in terms of you can show the, uh, author if you want to approve, uh,
reviews. If you want people to add their own, uh, user
reviews, you can approve them. Uh, but I’ll leave those for now. For now, let’s go back
and have a look at that review and that, that button’s obviously going to apply to all reviews
on the site. There’s our button. Um, and below here, we’ve got some other links to where
to buy so if you had a product, say a tv or something and it was available in many stores,
you can link off with all the different links to all of these. As many sources as you want.
You might have, you know, Best Buy, or Amazon, or whatever you like. There are other outfitted
programs. Here we’ve got the bulk of the review. Kind of the main bit. Then you’ve got some,
uh, nice graphy things, which are good, and you can add a video, or of course, you could
add a video at the top if you like. It’s very flexible. Then a bit more text. You’ve got
pros and cons add-on here, which is very easy to change.
You’ve got your scores, and then the users as well down here can add their own reviews
here and then it tops out the scores, so, um, let’s have a look at this review. If I
click edit post, this is what it looks like at the back end. So here’s that bit of text
at the top. Um, here’s the categories. Obviously down the side here all the categories are
right there and then you just tick the box to put it into a category .
Now here is, uh, again some, uh, short codes. Again, you can kind of see what they are so
here’s the, uh, iframe link to the YouTube videos. If you want to change that video,
you just update the URL there and here we’ve got the progress bars which are the, um, kind
of little things that come out. I’m going to show you on the front so I can … You
see the front and the back at the same time. It’s kind of handy. See here the progress
bars, um, which kind of are good for doing reviews. Um, so you can change the label on
them and the values has obviously the top Amazon 80 as we can see 80 and it’s got comfort.
There’s the comfort you see there. We’ll change that word between the speech marks and we
change that value. Here’s the color again. It’s the kind of hex color coded.
You can get that from if you’re in like a graphics package or whatever, you see like
this. There’s the hex codes. You just copy and paste that. Ooh, from your graphics package
or whatever and then we’ve got the other, um, progress bars here, price, availability,
support, so I’m just going to, when I do the review, I’m just going to go through and change
that so that it’s … uh, matches up with what I want.
Then we’ve got a bit more text here at the bottom, which is this text here. So again,
I’ll just change that, so okay. If we scroll down, here’s the comments, which are like
these reviews. Here’s all the images, so we can, uh, remove them and add our own images,
which again, I’ll do in a second. Now here are some tabs. Now, this review doesn’t have
tabs at the moment, but basically what I’ll jut do is I think we’ve just got this one
bit of text, but you could have more bits of text kind of below the text, so below tabs,
so I might add a tab like …. more information. Then you’d add your contact here. Like that
and that’s obviously the same and the [inaudible 00:41:24] editor’s up here so you can format
it and all sorts of stuff. It’s a bit like Word. Um, let me just show you what that looks
like. If I update, then refresh the, uh, review post, you can see that we’ve got there’s actually
more information tab here, so uh, there’s the content, so you can have loads and loads
of information by tabbing it if you like. Obviously you don’t have to. Um, I’m probably
not going to use that feature, uh, right now. Um, matter of fact, I’ll leave that on for
now and we’ll see. I can always put some technical information or something in there. Scrolling
down, uh, here are the product pros and the product cons, which appear here so, again,
quite easy to change. You can just go through and you can change
these and you can add new ones or remove them, they can come across. Very easy. Here are
the scores. Up to five again, these are the stars, so again you can change the what they’re
actually called. You know, freshness, price, you can change that to whatever you like .this
is the button link. So this is the button that we just changed
[inaudible 00:42:27] again so that’s where you would put your affiliate link. Um, so
yeah, that’s pretty cool. And what I’m going to do, I, I’ll show you in a second when I
create some content how to, um, mask your affiliate links so they look a bit cooler
than, um, you know, having a really long link. Um, just using your URL shortener and every
direct thing, but I’ll show you that in a second when we go to add content and add our
affiliate links. Here are the stores so that’s this bit here
where this is where to but and you’d add an image, logos, whatever. Again, we’ll do that
in a second and there are a lot of themes that I’m going to be reviewing are only going
to be available from the one shop, but I’ll obviously add that there as well. As well
as adding the one or two links. Uh, get that link. Get that affiliate link. Then you’ve
got your pricing and yada yada. It’s quite straightforward.
Uh, that’s it and then there’s the featured image which is the image that appears around
the site. We’re looking at these themes so it’s the I think probably the top one and
it will also be this image here. So let’s get on and add a review. What I’m going to
do is I’ve got a few reviews on my website wpeagle.com and on YouTube. I’m just going
to kind of repurpose them just for this demonstration. Uh, drop my video in, add a little bit of
text and scores, the affiliate links, and all that sort of stuff. So, uh, yeah, let’s
get on and add a review. Okay, so over at wpeagle, this is where I’ve got some reviews
I’m going to use. Obviously you would create your own reviews for your review site.
Ideally I shouldn’t be copying and pasting from an existing site because that’s kind
of duplicate content, so I’m going to try and rewrite them a little bit so that they
are different. I don’t want the same review across all of my sites for the sake of Google
doesn’t like duplicate content. It doesn’t like the same pieces, same information on
different websites. But anyways, just for the kind of speed and
easy rather than me trying to write the reviews from scratch during this demonstration, I’m
going to use what I’ve already got. So, I’ve got it here. Obviously check out wpeagle.com
for all those good WordPress stuff. Uh, that’s a little plug, but hey, why, why not while
I’m here? Okay, so let’s get back to this Colgate one. I’m just going to change this
for now. Um, so it’s often the easy way to get started
and then what I’m going to show you how to do is duplicate this, uh, the one that we’ve
changed so that we can go forward and edit, and I find it an easy way of working. You
might want to create stuff from scratch. Uh, that’s up to you.
Okay, so let’s change the name of it first off and let’s call it Free Clicks, which is
the name of the theme. Um, I really don’t think I need anything else there. What I’m
going to do is I’m going to delete this bit of text at the top here. I’m going to leave
these rows with the bars and stuff because I’m going to need those.
Now I’ve got a little bit of text here, so I’m just going to copy that. And that’s an
affiliate link, which I will leave there for now. Um, but I’m going to show you how to
add more affiliate links in a second. Um, let’s go down to this, uh, bit here where
the video is so I can get my own video here. Just need to go off to YouTube and get the
actual (advertisement playing) … Ah. Videos playing everywhere. Stop. Okay, so I just
need the YouTube URL. Obviously you may not have videos. If you
do, that’s a good thing. I would definitely recommend it if you can, but, um, obviously
not essential and if you don’t, then you would probably want to take that column, um, out.
Just have the, uh, the progress bar. Okay, so that’s in there. Um, let’s do our progress
bars. So let’s go. Uh, let’s think of what we want for look and feel. And leave that
at 80. Um, price. Yeah, why not? Support. Actually,
price I don’t think’s a particularly good one. I’m going to go for features and ease
of use. And again, obviously you’re going to think of things that you want to have,
uh, depending on the products that you’re reviewing. [inaudible 00:46:25] You can change
the color of the bars there if you’d like, so going to find that orange. Where’s my orange?
This is WPEagle orange. I’ll get my color code just there. FF8700.
I’m just going to paste that in here. Ooh. You’ve just got to paste and matcH because
it’s bringing in a weird something. Okay. Looks good