Here is a list of services and tools that I have used or recommend for getting started making a passive income online.
Note: This article includes affiliate links. This means that if you click on one of these links and then go on to make a purchase, I may get a commission for referring you. It does not affect you in any way but if this information has helped you, it lets me make some passive income online!
Building your blog or website
For most affiliate programmes, you need to have your own website where you will promote products. What are the steps to getting a blog up and running?
- Register a domain name
- Buy web hosting
- Build a website using a Content Management System(CMS) – I recommend WordPress, thats what I use on all my websites
Register a Domain Name
Your blog or website needs a web address and this is the domain name. We recommend Namecheap for registering a domain or BlueHost if you would like a complete domain name and hosting package:
Buy web hosting
You then need server space to host your blog or website. For beginners, I recommend HostGator shared hosting or BlueHost shared hosting. If you would like to future-proof your websites, I recommend KnownHost VPS (this site is on their SSD VPS):
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Get a good WordPress theme
There are two ways of going about building your WordPress site:
- Using a framework theme and a compatible child theme
- Using a single theme
Using a framework theme and a compatible child theme
PassiveIncomeIdeas.online uses the first approach – this is because I like to customise my websites extensively and a framework theme allows me to do this easily. There are also many other benefits such as better SEO. I use the highly regarded ‘Genesis framework’ from Studiopress together with the ‘Dynamik’ child theme from Cobalt Apps:
Using a single theme
The second approach is best if you would like a theme that needs no customisation and is plug-and-play. You would have to find a theme that you do not expect to change as customisation options may be limited. I recommend choosing one from ThemeForest:
There is no real shortcut to having a popular website with lots of visitors, you need to add tremendous value through your content. Do the research and provide visitors with answers to their problems. You will soon find that you have a website or blog that is worth monetizing.