Make An Affiliate Website with WordPress in 10 Minutes

Make An Affiliate Website with WordPress in 10 Minutes

The most common way for website owners to make money is through affiliate sales. In this article you will learn how to make an affiliate website with WordPress in 10 minutes, assuming you’ve already set up your domain and installed your WordPress website.

Make An Affiliate Website with WordPress in 10 Minutes

There are many concepts you can choose from when building an affiliate WordPress website, but in this tutorial I will focus on “Easy Digital Downloads”. “Easy Digital Downloads” is a free WordPress e-commerce plugin specifically built for selling digital items. Though you are looking to sell other people’s products not yours, with the appropriate theme and plugin, you will be able to easily manage your affiliate sales with it. Plus, if you ever decide to sell your own items (e-book, podcast etc.) you can do this without extra set up.

Here are the 3 simple steps that we’ll guide you through:

  1. Choose the right WordPress theme
  2. Choose the right WordPress plugins
  3. Create your first affiliate product

1. Choose the right WordPress theme

First, choose an Easy Digital Downloads theme from this list. For the sake of this tutorial, I will use Cailo Easy Digital Downloads theme as my example for the following steps.

cailo affiliates wordpress theme

As soon as you install and activate the theme, go to the next step.

2. Choose the right plugins

Download “External Products” plugin from the repository. Install & activate. Great, now let’s create our first affiliate product with “Lambada” theme and “External Products” plugin.

3. Create your first affiliate product

  1. Navigate to Dashboard/Downloads/Add New.
  2. Add your title, product description (or review if that’s your affiliate strategy), set the featured image, paste the external link and publish. That’s it.

external product affiliate easy digital downloads

lambada affiliates wordpress theme


In this 10 minutes tutorial you’ve learnt how to build your own affiliate WordPress website with a $50 budget only. There’s no limit to what you can do with this type of affiliate website, you can manage any kind of affiliate links from large marketplaces such as Amazon to small independent online stores where you are affiliated to. And if you need us, we’re here to help you set up your affiliate WordPress website!

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