Today I’m super proud. My fiance has been a freelance writer for a while now. In fact, clients pay him more than they pay me. (*insert small sad face here*) Well, today I told him I think he should really consider starting his own blog to earn some affiliate income.
He was goofing around on NameCheap and found a domain that he thought sounded brandable. I heard it and what he thought it would be good for and I told him to go for it. We bought the domain and installed WordPress.
We were talking about graphics but I told him just set it up and we can worry about making it look pretty later. Content comes first! We can get a logo, header, and stuff like that later.
He’s using Covert Store Builder to set it up as a store and he’ll also blog on there in a blog category. Some things I learned about the theme while helping him.
- You can totally hide the prices. If you’re manually posting it won’t automatically update prices so you don’t want to show prices for Amazon products or you’re breaking the ToS. (They can only be displayed if they’re updated every 24 hours.)
- You can use ANY affiliate network. He’s an affiliate for a store that specializes in anime merchandise and Japanese imports. If you can get an affiliate link for the product, you can use it with this theme.
- You can customize all of the colors very easily but there are five preset color settings you can use as well.
We totally ignored all of the auto-posting stuff and the theme was so easy that he could figure it out and it was his first time using WordPress. He did have to watch some of the video tutorials for changing the settings though.
I’m not really here to sell you a theme though. I’m here to just say I’m so happy and proud! It was fun helping him set up social media profiles, teaching him about blogging, and see the pride in his eyes when he mentioned his website to his best friend.
If you’re interesting in seeing the site, here it is. There is only one product up right now. The plan is to add 2-3 a day for a few days and one a day from there on out with a few blog posts a week. You can also find links to the social media profiles if this is something you’re interested in.
Ota is short for otaku which is a term anime fans use to refer to themselves. It’s often shorted to “ota” for different things so we thought the domain would be perfect.
For those curious, he’s not following a guide or program. It’s “common sense blogging” as the two of us call it.
- Post regularly.
- Use social media. He’s using Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr.
- Occasionally guest blog and write for 3rd party sites to build gain traffic from other sources and increase web presence.
I’m just way too excited for him!