If you want to make money with affiliate marketing or AdSense websites, you will have to create lots of sites. In the past, older solutions generated static pages and you used desktop software to create new sites. Now WordPress has pretty much taken over as the platform of choice for most marketers. Why? – There are several good reasons:
1. WordPress blogs are loved by search engines and rank quickly.
2. There are tons of free plugins to aid with ad placement, affiliate links and the like.
3. Themes are easily added to provide variety and make for a very attractive web site.
4. You can manage your site’s features and content from anywhere – using just a web browser.
WordPress requires a database and a fairly large upload of files to create a base installation, and you may wonder if all of that overhead is overkill for a small 10 page web site to promote a simple product – and to a point, you would be right. But WordPress has become for the web site what Microsoft Word has become for the desktop – it’s large and a bit bloated, but the convenience features make all of the overhead worth it. Can you imagine writing a document without spell-check? It’s the same thing with WordPress – I could not live without all the easy-to-implement SEO and other features.
Clone Your WordPress Installation
I recommend that you create a ‘base’ install and then clone the WordPress installation – and use that clone over and over as a template for your new site. Create a WordPress install – I prefer to install the latest version by hand rather than use my web host’s instant installer as often these installers don’t have the latest version of WordPress. Then I add all the themes, plugins and set all the options that I’m likely to use for a group of web sites. Then I clone my WordPress installation for later use.
You can do all of the cloning by hand, but I prefer to clone WordPress with the BlogZapper program – it makes it easy to clone a WordPress installation in just a few clicks. When I create my clone, I upload all the plugins that I’m going to need, but I don’t actually activate all of them – sometimes plugins need to be activated on a ‘live’ site, particularly plugins that influence the.htaccess file or provide caching services on the blog. I just enable those manually.
The best way to create web sites rapidly is to clone a base WordPress installation. It will make you more efficient, and will allow you to create sites faster and be more consistent.