How To Set Up Wordpress For Affiliate Marketing

Step By Step Instructions For Setting up Wordpress Site ✙ Tweaking Wordpress Settings To Optimize Your Wordpress Site For Affiliate Marketing, Seo, And Making Money Online.

How to Set Up Wordpress for Affiliate Marketing

This web page is designed to be a step by step tutorial for new affiliate marketers on how to set up and tweak Wordpress settings for affiliate marketing.

This tutorial assumes you have already installed Wordpress to your domain web host. If not, visit how to install Wordpress on domain web host.

For best results follow the tutorial in order starting with #1 then proceed to #2, etc. If you have any questions about setting up and tweaking your Wordpress site settings then contact affiliate switchblade by email or call us (860)733-5441.

Choosing the right Wordpress Theme for Affiliate Marketing

A theme for Wordpress is the overall look and feel of your affiliate website which includes the layout, images, fonts, etc. The BEST Wordpress themes for affiliate marketing are:

  • Uncluttered.
  • Simple
  • Minimal distractions
  • Fast loading
  • Straightforward, easy to read fonts
  • Has one column on the right side (or no column) and NOT the left. The reason this is important is usually a theme with the column on the left the html code for that column appears ABOVE your content column. You want the content column to be higher up in the page (closest to the top) which will help with SEO and your websites pages showing up higher in Google search results.

Don't make the mistake of choosing a theme that is flashy, bright, and Las Vegassy. Themes like this are slower for your sites visitors because there is more crap that has to load to render the web page and they distract the visitor from your objective which is CLICKING YOUR AFFILIATE LINKS and purchasing so you make a commission.

Image of example of really bad Wordpress theme for affiliate sales online.
Flashy, complicated Wordpress themes look
great but are not good for affiliate sales.

Frankly, most Wordpress themes suck and should be avoided. Remember you goal is not to impressed everyone about how great your site is.

There are plenty of Wordpress themes that are 100% free that fit the bill. They are listed below. Most Wordpress themes that are marketed SPECIFICALLY for affiliate marketing cost a few dollars. Most of them meet the above qualifications as well. I will list them below also.

Wordpress themes that are simple, uncluttered, fast, with easy to read fonts and with minimal distractions for your website visitors.

Image of example of great Wordpress theme for affiliate marketing.
Acme Wordpress theme meets all criteria
for the perfect Affiliate Wordpress theme.

Themes specifically marketed for Affiliate Marketing and making money online as an affiliate

How to Install/Change a Wordpress Theme

Changing your Wordpress theme is extremely easy. You can also refer to the Video tutorial on how to change Wordpress Theme.

If you wish to preview the look and feel any of the Wordpress themes listed below go to

  1. Log in to your Wordpress admin by going to
  2. Select menu items Appearance > Themes.
  3. Click the Add New button/link.
  4. Type the name of one of the recommended affiliate Wordpress themes above into the search box.
  5. Search results may include other themes. Look for the theme with the exact name which is usually the first result.
  6. Click Install button/link.
  7. Click Activate button/link.

Video Tutorial How to Install a Wordpress Theme

Setting up and Tweaking Wordpress for Affiliate Marketing

A critical part of tweaking your Wordpress for affiliate marketing also involves the install of a few Wordpress plugins. A plugin is just a pre packaged piece of code that adds functionality and features to your Wordpress site. The Wordpress plugins we are interested in:

  • Plugins that make our site more inline with search engine demands for better ranking of content and more visitor traffic.
  • Plugins that make it easier for visitors to share us and spread the word.
  • Plugins that make creating affiliate links a lot faster easier (for content you post off your Wordpress site at third party content creation sites like Weebly and Wix have a look at Instant Links Inserter)

Must Have Wordpress Plugins for Affiliate Marketing

Must have Wordpress Plugins

The following Wordpress plugins are necessary to optimize your site for making money online as an affiliate marketer.

  1. Wordpress SEO by Yoast: this plug in optimizes your pages for search engines a variety of ways including letting your know, as you are writing, if important seo elements are missing such as proper length title tag and description, if image alt tags are missing, keyword density, etc.
  2. Broken Link Checker: checks your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.
  3. Wordpress Ping Optimizer: pinging is the process of background code notifying search engines and content aggregators you have posted a new page and to index it for site visitors. This plug corrects an error built into Wordpress in which Wordpress, by default, over pings which is not good. This plug makes sure your new content sends out a ping only once when your first publish new content and not if you make edits to the content.
  4. Floating Social Buttons: makes a nice, floating, social share panel that aligns just to the left or right of your content and allows visitors to easily share your content.
  5. Disqus Comments: Wordpress has a comment system already built in but Disqus is much better and more feature rich. The Disqus comment system encourages visitors to become interactive with you content which makes them stay on your site longer which means a greater chance of a sale.
  6. WP Auto Affiliate Links: scans your content and automatically inserts your affiliate links from Amazon, Clickbank, Shareasale, Ebay, Walmart, Commission Junction, BestBuy and Envato Marketplace so you don't forget and saves you the time of having to manually make a urls out of keywords.
  7. SEO Auto Linker: scans your content and automatically creates links to other pages and posts you have created. This automated interlinking makes it so you don't have to remember pages you have already created and avoids the task of having to manually create links to content you have already created.

Optional Wordpress Plugins

The following plugins are optional. They are NOT required to optimize your site for making money online. You can have a look at them and decide for yourself if they are for you or not. My personal recommendation is skip these FOR NOW until you have finished everything else to set up and tweak your Wordpress. You can always come back later and decide if you wish to install any of these Wordpress plug ins.

  1. WP Super Cache: claims to increase your sites speed by serving static html pages to site visitors instead of the default php however I have used this plug in on a few sites and have not noticed a difference. Beware some users report the plug in has crashed their site.
  2. Contact Form: allows you to easily add a contact form to your site. I personally use allForms. Having a contact form can be a good idea in case a visitor has a question about a product you are an affiliate for.
  3. Social Author Bio: adds a mini resume of you, the author, to each of your posts. This adds the human touch and can help establish rapport and trust with your sites visitors.
  4. Related Posts by Zemanta: places recommendation and links to other pages on your site similar to the current page they are reading.

How to Install Wordpress Plugin

The procedure for installing a Wordpress plugin is almost identical to installing a Wordpress Theme.

  1. Log in to your Wordpress admin by going to
  2. Click on the menu items Plugins > Add New.
  3. In the search box enter the name of the plug in you are looking for or you can enter general keywords to browse plugs that may be of interest to you.
  4. To install a plug in that comes up in search results click the Install Now button/link.
  5. Click the link Activate Plugin.
  6. Check to see if your plug has settings you can specify by going to Plugins > Installed Plugins. Look for a link under the plug in labeled Settings.

Video Tutorial How to Install a Wordpress Plugin

Step by Step Success Action Plan

Below is a checklist or action plan. Nothing happens until you take action. Complete each of the items below starting with the first. Check them off as you complete them.

  1. Select and install a Wordpress theme from the list of recommended Wordpress themes for affiliates.
  2. Install the recommended Wordpress plugins for affiliates.

Congratulations!! you now have tweaked and fine tuned your Wordpress site to make it a fine tuned money making machine. Your website is now optimized for affiliate marketing and making money online!! The fact you have proceeded this far in the tutorial on affiliate marketing for beginnners means you are a doer and not a talker and I can guarantee you will be successful. Move on to the next lesson Find Content to Create for your Affiliate Website

DO NOT PROCEED TO THE NEXT STEP UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETE THIS STEP FIRST!! What counts in life is action. Its all about taking action and taking action NOW! Do step #1 homework assignment right now and get it done.

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