Q: My name is Darrius. I am a former college men and women basketball coach that wrote a booklet called the “Scholarship Game”. I sold the booklet on my website for $5.00 to athletic camps, aau, and soical group example boy & girl clubs. But now I intersted in adding affiliates to my site. I plan to use the topic in my booklet to attract my audiance to the the affiliate program such as recruiting services, eduactional services(sat,act), retail different product for six team sports. I had the opportunity to reading your articles and know the process is slow to develop. Please give me some advise on how to set up my blog, affiliate programs and exmple of website that have affilates displayed.
A: There are a couple different platforms you can use for a blog. I would suggest going with WordPress.
There are many hosting companies that will install WordPress for you at no additional cost. I have a shared hosting plan with bluehost for some of my affiliate projects, and then a dedicated server at Liquid Web for my main sites.
As far as some examples of affiliate sites, the only one I have that had an athletic angle is FatShawn.com, which is a WordPress blog.
On that blog, I use the Thesis theme (a theme is an easy to install design for your blog), which is a premium theme, meaning that you’ve got to pay for it. There are lots of free themes, too, but I really like the features that come with Thesis.
Anyhow, while you’re asking for examples of affiliates, I understand from your question that you want to be a merchant or advertiser to sell your booklet/ebook.
There are a couple places to sell an electronic product – the main one would be ClickBank.
If you’d prefer to go direct with affiliates, rather than a network, you could sell via PayPal. But if you go that route, you won’t have affiliates ready to promote you like you will in ClickBank, and you’ll have to also find a solution for the affiliate tracking.