Building a new affiliate niche site is a very fun and exciting process. What many people don’t realize is all the elements that go into creating a successful niche site. That’s why I’ve created this helpful resource guide to help you get all the pieces you need when creating your niche site.
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Here are some great resources to help you find and manage all your domains for your Niche Sites and Link Networks.
Godaddy – it’s a great way to manage and purchase all your domains.
Register Compass – an advanced paid monthly domain tool used to find expired, expiring, and auctions of domains. It’s a great way to find domains with established authority to use for your Niche Sites or site networks.
Expired Domains – A free tool to quickly find expiring domains that can be used for your niche sites and link networks.
TB Solutions – A premium domain brokerage service that specialized in domains best used for building link networks.
Here are my 2 suggested hosting providers for building your Niche Site. I personally use Hostgator for all my niche sites. If you’re site starts to get high volumes of traffic, I suggest moving to a VPS or Cloud based solution. Also make sure you enable site caching to improve speed.
Hostgator – is an affordable hosting solution that will meet all your technical needs for your next Niche Site. They are not the best solution for sites with high volumes of traffic.
Bluehost – is similar to Hostgator and is arguably very similar. There is much debate on which service is the best between the two. In my honest opinion you can’t go wrong with either service.
Check out these useful WordPress resources to help you solve any issues you might face with your Niche Site.
WordPress.org – is a great resource for all your WordPress needs. You can download the latest version of WordPress, browse plugins and themes.
WordPress Forums – is a great way to quickly look for answers to your WordPress questions. It is filled with thousands of threads and others likely with the same questions and problems you will face.
WPBeginner – is a great resource for WordPress tutorials and hacks to make your website better.
iThemes WordPress Tutorials – Here is where you can watch a variety of WordPress tutorial videos to help you build a better WordPress website.
Recommended WordPress Theme Clubs
Here is a list of premium WordPress clubs where you can find great themes at great prices. The reason these companies were selected is because they create well developed themes that get continuous updates. This ensures your website will not break with new versions of WordPress.
WooThemes – has a wide variety of themes that seamlessly work with WooCommerce out of the box. They also have a wide range of themes for business and blogging site types.
StudioPress – are some of the best developed themes you can purchase and run on the Genisis Framework. The are designed for speed and known for their clean looks and lightweight code. These themes are best used for Blogs and Review sites.
Obox Themes – Similar to WooThemes Obox is a compilation of premium WordPress themes that are great for Ecommerce, blogs, and review type sites.
Thesis – Is a premium WordPress theme/framework that is lightweight and built with SEO in mind. These make great blogs and review sites.
ThemeForest – Is a large theme marketplace where 3rd parties sell their themes. It’s great if you need a very niche specific theme or themes with certain visual elements. The biggest downside to these themes are that they are usually loaded with too many features which can affect your sites performance.
Recommended Ecommerce Themes
Here is a list of some of my favorite themes I use for my Amazon Ecommerce Stores.
SuperStore – This is my top recommended theme for WooCommerce Amazon Niche Sites. It’s easy to use and works seamlessly with WooCommerce.
UNO – Is another great clean Ecommerce WordPress theme built by WooThemes which will help you easily create Amazon Niche Sites.
JUMBO – Is a well crafted Ecommerce theme designed by Obox which integrates with WooCommerce.
Department – Is a well crafted Ecommerce theme designed by Obox which integrates with WooCommerce.
Retail Therapy – Is a well crafted Ecommerce theme designed by Obox which integrates with WooCommerce.
CRUX – Is a theme found on Themeforest that creatively displays your content and products.
Recommended Review and Blog Themes
Check out this list of premium themes perfect for creating stunning blog and review sites.
OnTopic – Is a great theme for easily displaying your product reviews. Each page is full width and draws the reader into your content.
The One Pager – Is what i like to call the One hit wonder. Mix this theme on a multisite install and you’ll have a powerful product review page. It’s great for reviewing highly searched and high priced products.
Genesis Framework – This is the backbone of all StudioPress’s themes. It’s one of my favorite go to themes for blogs and review sites.
Generate Pro – This theme is designed to help build your email list while displaying your content in a clean and professional way. It’s a child theme of Genisis from StudioPress.
Sixteen Nine Pro – This is another great theme for blogging and creating reviews. It’s a child theme of Genisis from StudioPress.
The Writer – This theme is all about creatively displaying your content in a magazine format which makes way for creative blog posts and product review opportunities.
Thesis – This premium theme/framework is lightweight and built for SEO optimization. It’s used by some of the most respectable bloggers on the planet and is a sure way to create highly optimized blog posts and reviews.
Recommended WordPress Plugins
Here is a list of my favorite WordPress plugins I use on my Niche Sites. It’s important to remember you want to use as little plugins as possible. This will eliminate
WooCommerce Amazon – This is the must have plugin if you plan on creating an Amazon Ecommerce store. It allows you to turn any WooCommerce site into an Amazon Ecommerce power house.
WooCommerce – This plugin developed by Woo is mandatory if you plan on creating Ecommerce Amazon Niche Sites. It’s free and has over 3 million downloads.
WordPress SEO by Yoast – SEO is the key to having a successful Amazon Niche Site. With this plugin by Yoast you can quickly and easily SEO optimize your site and content.
SEO Smart Links – This plugin will automatically link your content together based on keywords. This is great for easily optimizing your on-page SEO.
Link Juice Keeper – This is a must have plugin for your Link Network sites. It 301 redirects all pre existing pages to the homepage of your site. This will ensure you get the most link juice from your network.
ManageWP – Is an affordable WordPress management tool for all your Amazon Niche Sites. The best part is it’s not self hosted and never have to worry about down time or glitches. I highly recommend this tool.
WooDojo – This handy plugin comes packed with multiple useful tools to make managing and editing your Amazon Niche Site.
WooSidebars – This plugin allows you to create custom sidebars, menus, and widget areas for any page.
W3 Total Cache – This plugin helps build caches of your content so your pages load faster. It also has premium integration capabilities with other CDN services.
WP Super Cache – This plugin is similar to W3 Total Cache but is much more simple to setup with less options. If you need to integrate with a content delivery network (CDN) I recommend W3.
All In One Schema – This plugin allows you to add rich snippet data to your reviews. This is helpful because your search results will show star ratings in the search results helping you achieve better click through rates.
iThemes Security – Use this Free plugin to protect your sites from being hacked.
Backup Buddy – It is vital that you keep backups of your Niche Sites. You never know when you will run into problems. This plugin will automatically backup your site and databases and restore your backups whenever you need. It’s also great for transferring sites to new owners.
Eggplant 301 Redirects – This plugin is an easy way to do 301 redirects for your Niche Site. 301 redirects are an important part of SEO especially if you change your URL’s or move a page to different domain.
Gravity Forms – This premium form building plugin is my favorite way to integrate and create custom forms. It comes built in with my ways to integrate with other platforms like mailchimp and Aweber.
Form Craft – This form building plugin is a more cost effective option compared to Gravity Forms and offers similar capabilities.
Optin Monster – Is a premium alternative to Ninja Popups that gives you more options with a wider range of designs.
WPRobot – This plugin is great for creating massive amounts on content on Autopilot. It’s best used to create simple product review and video portals that will help you get more email leads, build bigger retargeting lists, and send more traffic to your affiliate offer.
Social Networks Auto Poster – This awesome free plugin allows you to easily publish your content to most social networks. Including: Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, Blogger, and many many more…
Smart Layers – This free plugin by AddThis is a great way to integrate social sharing into your website.
Watermark – Is a free plugin that allows you quickly add watermarks to all your images.
Keyword Research Tools
Finding the right keywords is crucial to a successful Niche Site. Use these tools to help you discover keyword opportunities.
Google Keyword Planner Tool – This is a free research tool offered within Google Adwords. It’s a quick and easy way to see the search volumes for the keywords you are researching.
Bing Keyword Tool – Similar to Google, Bing offers their own free keyword research tool allowing you to see search volume data in Bing and Yahoo search engines.
Ubersuggest – This fantastic free tool allows you to see keywords google suggests when you type in a phrase into search. It’s great for discovering keyword ideas.
Market Samurai – Is a paid self hosted keyword and market research tool with more advanced features that help determine the keyword difficulty and tools to analyze your competition. This is my preferred tool.
Long Tail Pro – This paid keyword tool is great for quickly discovering keyword opportunities by quickly finding long tail keywords that will be easy to rank for.
WordTracker – This premium keyword research tool for quickly finding keywords you should be targeting.
How fast your website loads is crucial to SEO, user experience and conversions. These solutions will help you better optimize your page load times.
Accelerator – This awesome plugin was developed by CopyBlogger Media specifically created for boosting the speed of WordPress websites. It’s simple to setup, you don’t have to switch hosts, and it’s very cost effective. Available only to Studio Press Members
W3 Total Cache – Is a free plugin that will cache your pages for your Niche Sites. This will allow your pages to load much faster. This plugin also has the ability to integrate with other CDN services.
Pingdom – Is a free tool that will test your page load speeds so you know how well your site is performing.
Here is my favorite email marketing provider I use for all my Niche Sites. Aweber is great for affiliate marketers vs other platforms.
Aweber – I personally use Aweber for most of my email marketing. The main reason I use aweber is because it is one of the most cost effective solutions for implementing simple list automation and followup series email campaigns.
Are you stuck on your current Niche Site? Don’t fret! Use these great outsourcing sites to help you get the job done.
Fiverr – Is a fast and affordable way to outsource simple tasks like WordPress installs, minor WordPress fixes, logo creation, and many other tasks for 5 bucks.
Envato Studio – Is a great and affordable outsourcing solution for developing your entire Niche Site. Some providers even specialize in Ecommerce sites.
Swiftly – Check out this site to get quick and easy design tasks completed for $19 such as logo updates, photo edits, facebook banners, and many other options.
Elance – Is great for larger scoped products. Especially if you plan on outsourcing entire projects from start to finish. It’s important to note that the more documentation you provide the better your outsourcing experience will be.
Odesk – Is similar to Elance and is great for larger scoped products. Especially if you plan on outsourcing entire projects from start to finish. It’s important to note that the more documentation you provide the better your outsourcing experience will be.
Freelancer – Let’s you outsource your projects in the form of contests. It’s a great way to get your project completed at an affordable costs. You set the budget and define what you want to accomplish.
iWriter – Great place to outsource all your content needs at affordable prices. The best way to use iWriter is to save your favorite writers. This ensures you get high quality content at great prices. I found spending $20-$25 per 1,000 word article is the best price to quality mix.
Picking the right images is crucial to creating a great website. Professional photography adds credibility and can improve your conversions on your Niche Site.
Shutterstock – This is one of my favorite places to get premium stock photography. It’s a guaranteed way to easily make your websites look more professional.
Free Images – Is a great place to find free stock photography for your websites.
Flickr – Is the jackpot for anyone looking for amazing photography to use on their website. Just make sure the image you want to use is not copyrighted.
Jing – Is a free self hosted screen capture tool that’s great for taking snapshots of your computer screen. I’ve used this tool for many years and highly recommend it.
Awesome Screenshot – Similar to jing this Screenshot tool is a browser extension used to take captures of your computer screen.
Pixlr – Need a free way to edit or create graphics for your website? Pixlr is a great tool that looks and feels like photoshop. It’s great for editing photos or creating additional graphics such as facebook cover photos, banner ads, and any other form of graphics.
Canva – Need a way to create professional graphics without the hassle of using Photoshop? Canva is a great tool for creating all you’re web graphics in simple and user friendly way. It’s even a great tool for seasoned Photoshop users.
Advertising and Analytics
Google Analytics – Is a must have for your Niche Sites. It allows you to track your websites performance and it gives you insight into how well your content is performing.
Google Webmasters Tools – Use this tool to make sure your site doesn’t have any issues, submit your sitemaps and it’s great for seeing what keywords are driving traffic to your website.
Google Adwords – Is great for testing keywords, doing remarketing, and researching keywords.
Bing Webmasters Tools – Is similar to Google Webmasters Tools and I suggest you add your site here to help Bing quickly index your website.
Microsoft Adcenter – Just like adwords, Adcenter is great for testing keywords, doing remarketing, and researching keywords.
Facebook Ads – This is my favorite place to run retargeting ads. It’s simple to use and implement on your websites. It’s a great way to grow you’re email list and generate more conversions.
Kimono – Use this free browser extension to easily scrape all the product information you want for your niche. This will allow you to do niche research at a much faster rate.
What Resources, Tools, and Websites Do You Recommend?
Did I miss something in this guide? Let me know what you use and suggest in the comments section.