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The hard part with creating a website is coming up with content for it. First you will need to decide a topic. People choose topics for websites using different criteria. Some people create sites with topics that represents a well paying keyword, in terms of affiliate products that could be promoted on it with their respective high commissions or ads that could be shown on it. These are competitive areas. Others prefer creating sites with content built around niche keywords that have little competition and that may rank easier in search engines. Some people create sites about subjects they are passionate about, creating large sites that tend to delve in many related topics as site grows. There are many approaches.
If this is your first site, you may want to consider making a site about something you are familiar with and are very interested in and passionate about. This way you can focus on learning skills necessary to make and publish a website.
A site requires content. Content is meat of a site. It is what site is about. A good site will contain interesting and useful content. People create content for their websites in different ways. Some people pay others such as professional writers to write content for their sites. Others prefer to research topics themselves, using books and search engines to find related information which they then put into their own words. Relevant affiliate links, code you get from affiliate and ad networks, can then be added to this content on pages of website.
Good content is important for success with promoting affiliate programs on a website. This is because a site with useful content tends to develop traffic through one way links and through bookmarks as people find site and bookmark it. One way links are powerful increasers of a sites search engine rank. They occur when other websites link to yours, using your site as a reference for information on their site. This can create a lot of traffic. This traffic are people who will be exposed to your affiliate programs through your content. They may then click on your affiliate links and make a purchase or click on an ad that interests them. And that's when you make money.
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