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