AFFILIATE MARKETING WEBSITE TUTORIAL for Beginners – Clickbank, Amazon, CJ & More
AFFILIATE MARKETING WEBSITE TUTORIAL for Beginners – Clickbank, Amazon, CJ & More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. And then obviously we can have some more of a review here. Like more information
and then whatever. It's going to be entirely up to you. All right let's put top features.
Then I'm just going to copy and paste the first few bits.
There we go. What I'm going to do is actually scroll down and here's the exit. So … I'm
not sure if we used the exit last time, but that sometimes appears around the website,
so I'm just going to use the first paragraph in there. Okay. You can leave those reviews
just for this example. For this demo website. Here are the images, so I'm going to need
to get some screenshots, uh, from this theme, so, uh, you could just do that. Hang on a
sec. Okay, so I quickly, um, in the background there went over there and got some screenshots,
uh, from Free Clicks, so I'm just going to remove these images that we've got. And I
want to use dunk. There we go. The first one I'm going to set is the featured image, uh,
which I've actually just taken from Theme Forest.
Uh, in here I think Theme Forest. There you go. Free Clicks. Okay, and then we can add
the rest of the images here. Click add image. Not sure if you can do it in bulk. Let's see
what happens if I just select all of those. They weren't uploading. I'm not sure if it's
going to let me insert them all in one go. Let's see. No. It can only do one at a time.
That's fine. So add new. Luckily it will upload now so I can just select
them. Thunk. One more. That's it. Obviously you can have as many as you like. Now more
information is that extra tab and what I'm going to do for that is I'm just going to
put all of these loads of stuff, which I actually took again from Theme Forest. Which you can
get a lot of information for your, uh, merchant sites, but again, I would recommend if you
can rewrite it. That would be beneficial for you in terms of SEO.
Here's our product service pros, so a good thing about this is full of features, uh,
easy to use, regular updates, and friend, friendly and helpful support. The cons can
be quirky, um … can't think of any other pros, cons either. Let's just delete these.
Okay. And here's the scores. Again, these are the scores. You actually use the ones
that you used in the box [inaudible 00:50:34]. You might not even want the the columns actually
in the main review. It's up to you because you've got the bottom, so what was it? Uh,
was it look and feel? So I'm going to scroll down. Oh yeah, I can remember them. It was
look and feel which we gave 80 to and that's four. What was it again? That's, uh, features.
Give it a four. And again, you can add as many as you like. You might want to add more,
you might want to have less. [inaudible 00:51:04] will add up here. Um, [inaudible 00:51:07]
interviews. Reviews and support. Okay. We can add one more.
Okay, so now we're down to the link, so let me just quickly talk. What I'm going to do
actually is I'm just going to update this. Uh, there's some [inaudible 00:51:37] where
we've got … Oh, and I need to add it to a category. Let's do that as well. So it is
a what sort of theme is Free Clicks? I'm going to go for a business theme. [inaudible 00:51:52]
because you'll probably do that as you add reviews and you think of new categories that
you need, but that'll do for now, so let's just have a quick look.
Uh, okay, so uh, that image is not big enough, um, so I'm not going to use that. I'll choose
something else in a second. Let's scroll down and see if they have anything else. Oh, and
it changed the color. Uh, the video's not working and these icons are wrong as well,
so, uh, a little bit more to do. Those icons are looking good. Uh, stars are looking good
too. So I think …. Oh, and the tags are wrong as well.
So a couple …. A couple things to tweak, so let's go back into this post. (inhales)
Let's see what's happens and like what's not working. Um, okay, so the color there off
that bar is wrong. It needs to be, uh, I missed that top one. It needs to be my orange color.
The icons, well they're tricky to change. I … because you need to know what the list
of icons are, so, um, which will be in here. They're all here you see.
Um, so …. to be fair, I'm not going to change it now, but that's to change it what you need
to do is just find out the words and that first one it's, uh, a little feel. Uh, what
could that possibly be? Have we got some glasses or something like that? There's a glass or
an eye. Is there an eye? There is an eye. There we go. That's what we want. So the word
is just eye so I can change this, uh, where is it? (ticking sound) Uh, I can't see. I
can't even anymore. Where's my … I'm losing it. Oh there it is, the icon. Got the word
eye in it. There we go. The rest of them had good so I can close.
Oh yeah, the video. I think the reason why that's not working is it's cus I actually
need the watch URL. Let's go over to this. I need the embed URL, so to find that, let
me pause that. It's going to share, embed, and it's this bit here, so if you need to
put videos in, that, from YouTube, that's the beginning up to the URL equals 0. Copy
and paste that bit and put that in here. That should fix that. Um, okay, what else did I
say that was not quite right? And this image is not quite right. Let's remove
that and set. And we're going to us one of these screenshots right here. I uploaded that
one. That's fine. And that's good. And the tags are here, so let's … Oh, that one looks
fine actually. We can have clean, clean responsive, um, visual editor. Any old words you can think
of to do with the product. Three is fine for now. So let's have a look at that.
We can get on duty with the affiliate links, which obviously are the most important thing
when it comes to doing these reviews because that's what's going to earn you your money.
Okay, that picture's better. It's bigger. Got a lot more pictures here, which is great.
Oh yeah, they're good. The video's now working. Looking nice. Got the features, got the pros
and cons, got the tags, and we're winning. Good, so let's do, um, our affiliate links.
So, when you go to a merchant and, um, when you install it on the [inaudible 00:55:09]
I'm going to use Theme Forest and let me go into Theme Forest. And again, it's going to
depend on your merchant and login to your affiliate dashboard and you should be able
to start generating links with Amazon. For example, let me show you how Amazon would
work. I'm obviously an Amazon affiliate. Um, and what you do is you find the product,
say, uh, it's Kindle and then when you've … You've got this tool bar that's of course
because I'm an Amazon affiliate. You can then just say get link, click text, and it give
you a link. That's your affiliate link that you would then copy and paste into your website.
With Theme Forest, that's quite similar. Again. It's going to depend on your merchant, but
they are all very similar. This one I can get now. Well, let's find the right theme,
actually. I want Free Clicks there so, Here it is. 59
and and if I want a link to this, what I need to do is just copy this, uh, link up here,
go to affiliates, and then paste a page in there and then here is my throwing link in
here so then I can just copy and paste this into my website so I could paste that straight
in, which is fine, and you might want to do that.
It's, um, it's a good way of doing it, so, uh, I've come down here and go to the, um
… comment section and just paste that in like that. Which is fine. This is a good way
of doing it. Um, but there is a couple of rules because people could remove your [inaudible
00:56:46] id, which would be a problem, which means you wouldn't get your commission. And
if you use this link in a lot of places around the site. If you don't [inaudible 00:56:53]
my YouTube videos, if I need to change them, I can't because they're in a video or, or
it could be not able to work because I've got more on the way.
What I like to do is use a redirection plug-in so that you can create your own affiliate
links and then if you need to change them for whatever reason in the future, that's
very easy to do that. So, you're going to need a plug-in to do that, so let's go to
plug-ins and add new. 9lip smack) Now, the plug-in that I've been using hasn't actually
been, um …. and I'm sorry. I've just gone to plug-ins and I do it, and then we type
in affiliate link cloaking. Yeah, the plug-ins on wpeagle.com hasn't been updated for a a
little while. This one here. Um, but it still works fine
so let's go for it and, uh, it'll be fine. So I'm just going to click install. Now that's
installed, and it also tracks the number of clicks and stuff you get on your, um, affiliate
links, so that's kind of handy. Kind of cool too. So that's installed [inaudible 00:57:49]
over here with this new option called link cloaking and if I go to add new link, I get
a very nice, friendly link. Um, now somebody who would like to do the
go slash thing, um, I don't know why. I don't buy all that. Well, actually, I think I'm
going to go with that actually because I think it's good for us actually. So let's just go
slash and then Free Clicks, and then here we're going to place in that affiliate link
which is here. I'm just going to put it, make sure it's going
to click board. And obviously you'd put a place on your Amazon link or whatever other
affiliate link you've got and give it a name. Free Clicks. And you can tic this box basically
what that means is that if it finds it anywhere on the site, it'll actually shorten it for
you. So there's the first one. As I say, you can see the, uh, hits and stuff here.
Whatever. So I'm just going to copy this link now. And I'm going to go back to that, uh,
theme. Uh, sorry, the review, um, that we're editing. This is this one, which is starting
to look quite nice with the picture now. And then we're just going to edit post and let's
go down to our call to action which is down here. Is there any way …?
Well let me just see. No, it must be down here. Excuse me. Uh, here we go. Paste that
in there, so that's going to be out affiliate link like that and we'll test that out in
a second and then we need to add our store. Again, the store is going to be in there,
dd link and it's Theme Forest. Theme Forest is the only place I think you can get that
so, (inhale) let's remove these other ones. Let's get the price up.
I'm just going to test that link because I just pasted it in. It works. Whohoo! Um, and
it's … How much is it? $59. There's no sale price. I'm going to put that link in there
too. We just need the logo so I can probably just, I can probably just Google it. Uh, Theme
Forest logo. Go to the image search. Oh, there are loads.
Um, I guess that'll be fine. Let's save that. Save image as Theme Forest logo. [inaudible
01:00:21] if I'm going too quick, obviously, as I said, uh, previously, if you've got any
questions or get stuck at any point, do drop me a line and, and I'll come flying down.
We're going quite fast, but hopefully you're, you're keeping up with me. Let's remove the
store logo and then add the Theme Forest one that I just saved to my computer.
And there we go. Now let's pick up [inaudible 01:00:49] there. I see. I think we nearly
finished this review, so let's take a look. So you do want to spend quite a bit of time
on these and make sure they're really good because if, uh, you add value, that's the
best way of getting good traffic and then obviously then, in turn, the best way of getting
commission rather than just copying and pasting maybe [inaudible 01:01:03] and looking at
it that way, the place that's not going to work as well if you spend some time writing
some reviews. Even make a video, that sort of thin, and
you'll really be flying. Okay, so here's our review. You've got our stars, um … Oh, I'm
not sure why category's not showing. Um, let me check that in a second. Then we've got
the words as well. There's our theme Forest. Um, perfect. We've got our video. Got our
bars. And yeah, it's basically all done. And then obviously if we click this button, it
goes to our affiliate, which is set up for the redirection plug-in over here.
All tracked nicely. Ready to go, and if someone buys it through that link, we'll get our commission,
uh, which is all good. So what we need to do, uh, finally before, um, I only got to
add a few more reviews just to fill out the site, uh, and the way I'm going to do that
is I'm going to basically, um, copy this, um, review and edit it, um, so I'm going to
show you how I do that, but actually before I do that.
There's a couple other, other edits I've just noticed. The first is this URL, which is still
[inaudible 01:02:07] so let's just change that. Free Clicks. Uh, I'm not sure why that
category wasn't showing. Is it something down here that I've missed? Actually, it might
be because it's not in a parent category, so let's put existing themes to, um, see if
that makes a difference to [inaudible 01:02:33]. And view the post. Yeah. It's better now.
It's because I didn't have it a, um, a parent category [inaudible 01:02:48] so that's there.
URL 's looking good. See, as I was saying, what
I'm going to do is I'm going to [inaudible 01:02:52] protect this now and, um, edit it
to create another post. That way I keep all the layout stuff, I've just got to change
the text. Again, you may or may not want to want to do this. You might want to go from
scratch, but just to show you just in case you do. So what we're going to need is another
plug-in, so let's go back to the dashboard. Go to plug-ins, add new. At the top duplicate
post it I remembered it because I'm always installing it. [inaudible 01:03:20] because
there was a lot of other people around too. Let's install now. It's a very simple light
weight plug-in. What it does is if we go back to our review, our lovely Free Clicks review,
what I can do now is if we go up to, um, edit the post, up here there's a copy to new draft
button, and also I'm on the edit screen within, uh, WordPress in here.
There's a copy to new draft button here. So if I click that, it then creates a new review
and then you post whatever using exactly what we've got there and then all we need to do
is go through and change your name, change your [inaudible 01:04:02] categories, everything
else that was just done. As I said, what I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and add
a few reviews just to fill out the site so that it looks nice and it looks like it's
got some decent content on it. Um, and then we can just go through and, you know, do the
finishing touches and we're about done. Uh, well-done for getting this far. So I'll
do a quick edit, and, um, hopefully we'll have a website with a few more reviews on
it. See you in a sec. Okay, so I've been, uh, adding some content, and, um, I removed
some of the demo content posts, um, I don't need all of them, so uh, very easy to just
go into posts and then you can just tic the boxes on the side and delete them all in bulk.
So I've cleared all them out and if we scroll down and have a look at the homepage now,
here's some, um, theme reviews that I've … I obviously kind of had some content anyway
because of the WordPress channel. That sort of stuff. So I just kind of added
them here. Added some nice thumb nails. Um, so yeah, they're all updated and they're all
being kind of populated into these sections that were already here, so you just pick.
So, I did change a few of the existing demo posts just for this, um, demo that I'm doing
now. Um, because some of them had user reviews and stuff on them like getting and like things
up. Ooh, excuse me. An example, comments and stuff
like that, so edited and I added and, um, yeah, here where we are. I've got some nice
posts. Probably not enough just yet. If you look at my categories up here. There's still
quite a lot which I haven't got, um, and anything, so that's, uh … I've got loads of content
I need to add. But anyway, um, let's move on and let's get, uh, doing some more things
on the site and get it ready, um, to go live. So, um, just below, uh, um, on the home page,
just below these [inaudible 01:05:38] reviews, there's these two blocks here which are for
banners. Um, whatever you like, so, um I'm now putting up a couple of banners, uh, in
the background. Um, if you check out whoever you're going to be, uh, uh, sending traffic
to, I, you know, your merchants when you're an affiliate. A lot of them will supply you
with banners that you can easily just add, um …
They'll kind of design them up and I've actually got one that I'm going to add right now from
Theme Forest. Um, again that they supply to me. Um, once your site is an affiliate, you
can download a zip file full of all the banners and stuff that you need. So let's add a couple
of banners now. Um … let's just edit this page.
Okay, so again, you know we've got the short codes going on here. it's a bit of a shame
this theme doesn't have a visual editor, but hey, we're fine. We can get away for a sec.
I'm just scrolling down because see this is the banner here and that's the link. And that
… Uh, where is the, uh, it's got BG image [inaudible 01:06:40] id I believe.
So I'll show you how that works. So let's upload one of my new banners, which I've got
here. Uh, on my computer and let's start with this one, which is one for the x team review.
Okay. Now, to get the image id, it's not always shown, which is, uh, interesting. I'm just
going to have a bit of fun with it, [inaudible 01:07:16] but hey, it's fine. If I hover over
the edit image here, and I look down at the bottom lefthand corner, um, on my browser.
Ooh, it's gone. You get a bit down there with that little kind of url shows up. It shows
where I'm going to go if that fits there. I can see in there there is a post equals
366. So that 366 is the id of this image. Uh, hopefully that makes sense so I can just
close this window. If I change this too 366 let's … Then update and have a look and
see what's happened. I'm just going to open the site in a new tab just so that I can easily
switch between and then there's my image. Image 366 has appeared. Now obviously, I need
to link this through to, um, the actual x theme review which I've got here, so I'm just
going to copy this link. Copy the link. Copy the link address to the right over there.
Copy the link address. Go back to where we're editing the page, and I'm just going to take
this banner link to go through to my x theme review. Obviously you could make internal
stuff, ie your reviews, whatever, or you could just link straight out to affiliate websites
so you're just having this kind of ads. Um, okay, I've got another banner for the
other half so let's upload that as well. Uh, this one here for the retailer. I literally
put these together in just two seconds. Did a Google search for some images related to
the theme and then added buttons. Whatever. Quite straightforward and that was 368. So
on the screen you don't have to insert or anything like that.
You just want to upload and then see what the number is. 368. Going to go here and find
this one and change that to 368 so just go back for that. I've got to actually get the
link. Uh, where are you? The retailer. There they are. Click the link address, and there
we go. Let's update. And if we have a look, oh, I need to re-click that. I can just go
back over here and refresh. There we go. We've got our two banners. So,
um, easy as that . So, let's scroll down. There is another unit here and obviously you
can remove these. If you don't want to use them, you can just, um, delete them off. You
don't have to have all these banners. I'm just going to go with it because I like this
layout and I'm just going to kind of fill them in as we go. I've got another banner
here, which I got from Theme Forest. I've got a link straight off the Theme Forest
with this one. So, um, let's just go back. Here we go. On the edit. Uh, I'm just going
to refresh that because that looks outdated. And you'll see, when you watch my videos,
I don't do too much editing. If … I like to just show you everything that I'm doing
and I'm, you know, not always … These things aren't always going to plan, so I like to
keep most of that stuff in so hopefully you can learn from, from my mistakes.
So here's the other banner here. I can see it here by now by the link and what I do is
I've got another image. There's one Theme Forest which I, which I got from Theme Forest
and I just actually adjusted it slightly so that it was wide enough in my graphics package,
but this one is, uh, 371. So let's put 371 in there. and then I'm just going to link
straight off to Theme Forest, which I have … I think I've set up. Uh, I … and I'm
not sure. Let's have a look. I know what the link's
going to be anyway even if I have set it up so we'll add it in a second. Um, actually
I think if we scroll down, here is our affiliate, uh, link cloaking thing that I showed you
earlier in terms of setting up your affiliate links. You can actually do it right within
the post, so I'm going to … Hang on, I accidentally pressed enter there … Ooh dear. What was
I saying about it's easy without making mistakes? Anyway, let's add another link. Oh, now what's
been going on? No. So, I'm going to call it go/theme. Tag to there and it'll be fine.
And the affiliate link is … Let me just pop over this theme first and get it. Um,
I think it's, as I said, I think you'll get your links from whoever you're promoting.
Just that. It's simply that. I thought it might be and there we go. Call
that one Theme Forest. And then that should add when I add that post, so let me just go
back up here. Where's that banner? That saved. Very good. So let's update again. Hopefully
that'll add that, that cloaked link. Let's have a look. Yup, there it is.
So if you just refresh this page, the homepage … [inaudible 01:12:49] banner. Click on
the link. Go through, go through the affiliate link. Perfect. So that's some good and this
website is really starting to come together now really nicely. So obviously it's a few
bobs and bits we need to do just to get it ready for launch. Um, so let's scroll down.
So the next section here is the blog. And there's obviously a few blog posts here. We're
going to blog here. We can see there's all these posts, which are the demo posts. Um,
which, to be fair, I don't think we really need, so, um, let's delete these and add a
couple of our own posts. They're going to go into the dashboard and just close these
other tabs just to keep it tidy and then go into posts.
So next we're going to dip into reviews. We do all the blog posts within the post section.
What I'm going to do is I'm just going to delete all of these in one go so just tic
this box at the top, click, move to trash. There, all gone, and now we can start adding
our own posts. Now what I want to do, and I've got a couple of blog posts on WPEagle,
which I'm just going to kind of add rather than me sitting here thinking of new content
and all that kind of stuff, which would be quite boring, and but also you need to create
some content, or maybe you've already got content if you have.
So I'm just going to click anywhere and I'm going to fire up WPEagle over here. Uh, which
has got a new look, by the way. Check it out, by anyway, let's go to themes. I've got a
couple of posts on where I've got lists of themes which I think will work. I've got my
six favorite WordPress themes for 2005. We're going to repurpose this and just call it My
6 Favorite WordPress Themes, so that it's not quite so out of date.
Um, that's all capitals and I don't want capitals so here's another little tool that you might
like. It's called convert case.net it's got nothing to do with WordPress or anything,
but it's great if you need to adjust the case of stuff, so I can change that to like that,
or that, or that. I quite like that. Let's just do that.
No. Nothing, but as I've been told of before, for, for writing WordPress writer, I know
that P has to be capital so let's just change that. So there we go. My Favorite WordPress
Themes and what I'm going to do is I'm just going to copy and paste this. Um, Uh, the
whole lot. I don't know if it'll bring all the images as well, but we'll see. Yeah, we're
good. Okay. Yeah, we're good. Perfect. And these
have all got links. I think they have and they kind of offered links that will go from
WP to [inaudible 01:15:47] so I'm not too worried about changing them. As I said, I'll
just read it when it comes up just as an example for you guys so that's there. I'm going change
this to a video post and … obviously, um, scroll down and find the … the video.
Hmm? There we go and then we can add the video URL in here. Let's go and get the code. I
remember we might need just this bit here. Edit. Place that in there. Okay, and here's
some categories. [inaudible 01:16:47] categories. Again, these are the ones that the demo, um,
content for and so I'm going to add my own one and call it theme collects. Something
like that I think. Perfect. Then publish. And if you're going
to have a look at this blog post. Okay, that's not working. I'm going to have a look at that.
All the content looks good and if we go back to, um, to the home page. If we just scroll
down to the bottom we see that the [inaudible 01:17:34] Of course, what I'm going to do
is I'm going to get a couple more blog posts. Um, I'll do backgrounds, um, so that you don't
have to watch me copy and pasting stuff. I don't know why this video's not working. Let
me just check another post. It might be that …. I'm working with certain themes and they're
always different. I've already placed the wrong bit of code. I hope this one does work.
Do, do, do. Uh, here's a review. Okay, now this one got a user [inaudible 01:18:03] code,
so that's not right. Let's just go back and see if I can fix it
before I add these other ones because it's obviously important that you get your videos
working properly. So. Uh … Maybe it just wants to basically you, you know, URL sites.
Copy that. Cluck. See how that does. Okay. So yeah it just needs, uh, your standard YouTube
URL, which you'll find enlisted in the bar up there. It's up there.
So, there's our blog post and, um, I'll add a couple more. I notice that we've got these,
um, widgets down at the side which are good, I'll show you how you can play around with
them. Um, well I've provided these, these blog post, so I'll see you in sec. Well, I'll
see you in a … It'll be an instant for you because I'm going to edit it, but yeah. Off
again, I suppose. Okay, so uh, I've added a couple of … there
was a couple of points that I noticed when I was adding those which I just want to share
with you if you're not too familiar with WordPress, the first is over on the right side, you've
got an ape so you can actually set things to either publish in the future if you set
a future date, or if you set a date in the past, it'll then obviously just give it that
date. So that's for if you've got older stuff that
you want to add. Um, and the other thing that I didn't mention just a minute ago was the
featured image, which is very useful to set. Um, I guess I'll just go with this image here.
I'll just save that one from this post. It's good to set … I mean, generally, if it's
a video post, um, the video will show, but there's areas on the website where it leaves
like a small thumbnail type picture and so it's useful to set that here by so if you
hit view image and it's essential for post like this one, which doesn't actually have
a video. They're just text posts, so, um, just copy
all this stuff. There we go. (grunts) Let's see what it looks like. [inaudible 01:20:29].
There is, um, a bit here where … See, that one I didn't set as free because that's what
I did a second ago. [inaudible 01:20:33] image and it just kind of shows that kind of video,
um, icon there. Actually, it isn't too bad there, but it's sometimes nice to have the
featured images. So let's go back to the homepage. We've got
… I've added three blog posts now and it should all be appearing nicely on here. There
we go. Oh, I didn't put this one in a category. Let's just edit that one. See it's got its
own category up. [inaudible 01:20:57] uncategorized just like the default WordPress category.
And let's just put it into theme collections. Okay, so, um, we're really making some progress
here. Let's have a nice look at our homepage. Yeah, I've got the news. I've got a lot of
stuff now. So, as I said earlier, let's have a look at the widgets and the widgets are
appear on a sidebar, which is down this side. As the name suggests funny enough and we can
change these. If we go into, um, widgets up here, we can see our sidebars here. So you've
got a bottom sidebar, or four bottom sidebars, which I'll show you if I just open this in
another tab. Let me close these …. The ones. The bottom
sidebars are here so at the moment we've got the latest reviews, top overall reviews, top
viewed reviews, most reviewed. Blah, blah, blah. And you can change these. These are
just like drag and drop things. Um, if you want to add a new one, you can just find one
over here. So say we wanted to change, um, one of these.
Let's get rid of … Uh, most reviewed for now. You see these widgets, they've got a
bit of options here if you want to change them you can sort it by category or whatever,
uh, prefects you want, but let's just review that and I'll show you how to add a new one
so. If [inaudible 01:22:30] for recent posts and just do that and give it a title, uh,
from the blog. I'm going to change that to Free click save.
And you see this [inaudible 01:22:44] the review sidebars and search sidebars. The page
left sidebar, the page right sidebar. So you'll as you're creating pages and whatnot, you'll
see these, but it … What we're looking at at the moment is forgot to add one on these
news posts. Here's the blog one. So you can see we forgot to blog the first is search.
I think this share is going to appear anyway, so it start, it kind of starts here, so there's
the search. See search. Recent posts, recent comments, archives, [inaudible 01:23:15],
meta search, et cetera. There's two searches for some reason. That's a bit silly. So we
can remove one of those searches. So to remove it, just kind of click on that
arrow and then click delete. So these are widgets, so you can just kind of drag them.
Do whatever you like. I don't like the meta one. I'm going to get rid of that. Um, you
know, you might want to put categories up a bit higher like that. Then if you go back
here and refresh. [inaudible 01:23:45] up here, so that's how you work with your sidebars.
I think if you're going to have a look at a review , uh, I like this one. Uh, you can
see let's go back into the widgets, or [inaudible 01:24:10]. There's nothing there right now,
so it's kind of got the default one, which is actually, um, pretty good. Right now I'm
not going to mess with that, but you know, we could add something else, so like, uh,
let's see what we've got. Uh, recent comments. Now if we have a look,
there's some recent comments. So it's going to keep all these bits at the top there and
you can add more, which is probably, which is pretty cool. Um, I've just been thinking
actually, when you look at these in terms of adding the, uh, the video header, that's
fine, but if you wanted to, you could actually add the video up at the top.
I think it works pretty good with these images. Just a thought. Okay, so that sidebar's done,
and there's a few other little bits and bob that I want to tweak. Um, so I'm going to
pull this line here. I want to change and I want to, um, change this footer here and
we need to obviously adjust this, um, this menu as well and you can put whatever you
want back there. So, so let's do that now. So, if we go back into the, uh, the dashboard.
I'm just going to close this tab so here we are. Down to the theme settings and let's
just look through here and see what we need to, to change. Ah, there it is! So this is
that text at the top. RE: find the best WordPress themes for you.
Save changes. and I think we've done all the rest of stuff in here so we can have a look
at the rest of the options. Let's go through the reviews. Um, we've kind of already looked
in here and that's, that's fine. These are the slots. Again, you probably aren't going
to need to change these to be fair unless you really know what you're doing. Like all
the Facebook sharing. So, this is, um, if you want to set up your
mail chain subscription. You would go to [inaudible 01:26:20] and then put your list id in that
and then you can add the description, which I think we just saw, and, and you know, that's,
that's pretty easy to sign up to your newsletter. It's go into appearance. Uh, again, I think
we were in here earlier with all the colors. Um, this allows them to register and create
their own stuff, so I need to change this. Um, call it Info at Best.
And obviously you can probably put your email address in there or whatever. Some people
can, um, sign up and add reviews as well for you, which is pretty cool. This is for the
contact page. Um … So and it's got my email address in it, and then you can have a map
as well. I'll leave it that there. It's obviously the wrong map, but … When people look at
it, they might use a but the copyrights, which, um, which if you ever look at the bottom of
a page … It's these things here. So you would add to your own … It says designed
by WPEagle. Then you put your Facebook link in here, which I'm trying to remember off
the top of my head. (chuckle) Is it that or is it …? I don't know. Let me have a look
at it. I should probably remember my own social; media profiles, but … Uh, you know what
it's like. Yeah, I'm just … I'm just going to copy
these and it's easier (chuckling). If I can copy and paste, I'll always copy and paste.
Typing is, you know, so last year. (chuckle) Let's just put these in here. Oh, there's
no YouTube! Oh, no. But anyway, you get the idea. Okay, so, um, there are the options.
Let's just get back to the site and, um, have a look so we can get a good look at message
now and all the essential links. It's all good. So, let's adjust this menu
here. Um, don't need all them so to do that we're going to menus. Um, use this to open
up the site so we can know where these links actually go. Search page. That's good like
that. Blogs is fine. The categories is, uh, good as well. I just want to get rid of these
short codes and extra pages. Putting on the add the content page because that's good.
So we'll keep that. So the menu is in here so this is all drag
and drops, so, um, so I want to remove …Um, let's have a look at their categories actually.
It might be a nice page. Yeah, we'll keep that. Not going to rename it just leave it
categories. like that. Um, I don't want short codes, so I'm going to remove that. These
are all … You know, they came into the demo stuff. I want to keep the content page.
I'm just going to drag that up to here and I, I'll show you pages in a second. They're
very similar to the blog posts and the reviews in terms of how you work with them. And then
save them and that contact page, that sounds funny. Let's call that contact us, or even
just contact. Short and sweet. Let's just refresh. There we go.
Some very … Uh, very small menus in here. I can probably make it a bit bigger in terms
of the text, so let's do that. Um, just cus I haven't got any things on it. It looks a
bit small. You remember that was in appearance. We'll put this up to 18. Let's have a look.
That'll do. So, it's really coming together nicely now. So yeah, pages. Um, let's have
a look. If you go into the dashboard, and you go into
pages, there's going to be some demo pages in here that you're probably just going to
end up deleting. Um, if we don't nee them. So I can have a look at that contact page.
I'm just going to … It looks like [inaudible 01:31:18] blog post face has changed. I'm
just going to change that so that we can keep contact.
Um, this one kind of hasn't got anything in it by the look of it because the use of the
template page compacts. So again, you don't need to really mess with this. I'll just show
you how to add a new page. Obviously you have to click add new. Go up to their new page.
Uh, about us and then you can just add text as you like. Um, we find the best themes for
you. Four themes are reviewed by WPEagle. Yada, yada, yada. You'll obviously fill it
out. You can add images, et cetera. Very much the
same as the blog posts. You can publish that. Let's have a look. There's our theme. So there's
our, our page. And here is the sidebar again, um, which is the page sidebar. Which again
you can change within the widgets. I might do that right now. I will add this page to,
uh, the menu though. So to do that, we go back into menus and then the pages appear
here. If you wanted to add things like categories, they're here.
There are the blog categories. If you wanted to add the review categories, you might need
to just adjust your screen options, which you'll find at the top right here. And you
can just like tic reviews and then there's your reviews if you'll add reviews and … There's
that category that's there. That must be the review categories.
There we go, so then you can just tic and add, but I'm going to add that page. The about
us. I'm just going to tic it, click add to menu, and then you can just drag it about
like that. So let's have a look at our website. I think we're nearly there. Now, I was thinking
about whether to do kind of SEO and all that sort of stuff within this figurehead, but
what I think I'm going to do is I will do separate videos around that, um, as kind of
like a part of playlist and we'll do some SEO stuff.
Now we've got one last thing to do, um, and that's just getting your website live because
when you install, um, um, Host Gator, uh, it puts maintenance mode on so that only you
can see the website until it's all finished. So when I just turn it on, I'll just go back
into the dashboard. Then once you're at the dashboard you'll see this message that basically
says your site is current displaying a coming soon.
Clear here. Once you're ready to go on, we click there, and now we're live! So, any [inaudible
01:33:50] just logged in people. So we're all good. Well done if you made it to this
point in the video. Not many people get this far. I hope you've created something that
you're happy with and now you're ready to upload more content, go out and do some more
product reviews, sign up for more merchants, and you know, generally build a great site.
I'm here if you need me, so, um, leave questions, and stuff in the comments below. Uh, I'd really
love to hear from you. If you made a site, post a link. It'll be great to see it and
all that kind of stuff. Really appreciate it if you could click like on the video and
if you would subscribe to my channel. That's that's really helpful for me and yeah
… I'd love to hear from you. So, um, until next time, I will, uh, wish you the best of
lucky with your site and yeah, that's bye for now. See you around.