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Best Wordpress Themes for Affiliate Marketing

biswatch
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Best Wordpress Themes for Affiliate Marketing

Hey Everyone,

I am finding a lot of trouble in creating a design for affiliate sites. I am no designer and can't afford to outsource. I'm curious to what themes you all use? What are the best wordpress themes for affiliate marketing?

Thank you!
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chris72
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I used to get all techie about the theme that I wanted but have found that unless you are doing adsense any of the basic themes are fine and convert just as well (Twenty Ten is the default WP theme - very simple to use and looks great)

For those that like a heap of customization then Atahupala is another free WP theme

Apparently Thesis is a theme that is really popular - but it is pricey :o)
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cecille.l
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The Affilotheme is the best Wordpress theme that is tailor-made for affiliate marketing. I find it easy to use and customize to my needs.

Twenty Ten is a great Wordpress theme too. It is one of my personal favorites. It's fully customizable (6 widgetized areas, custom headers, background, and menu) and free. :)
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jacaranda
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Go get Matt Carter's free wordpress theme.. that's excellent for affiliate marketing. The sidebar 250x250 ad box can be unique for each posts, unique for each product page you are promoting.

.. that's just my favorite feature.. there're more
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I've been using either the Affilorama theme (for more static sites) or the Flexibility theme (for more of a blog type site). With both, I usually create my own header logos using GIMP. Usually, I'll take an image and turn that into the header logo. Then, I'll pull color samples (3x3 pixels) in the largest size I have for that image I used to get background colors, header colors, even the header logo text, and any other color I might need for the page/site. I usually will use black text on a white background for my main content area, so I'll make sure that my h1, h2, and h3 headers will work on a white background and otherwise just go with what looks good for the rest. Just make sure you do good contrast on the other areas (including in the header logo). I usually spend maybe 1 to 2 hours (once I've found a suitable image, that is) designing the logo and the page.
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The "finding the suitable image" part is what usually takes the longest for me ;)
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jacaranda wrote:Go get Matt Carter's free wordpress theme.. that's excellent for affiliate marketing. The sidebar 250x250 ad box can be unique for each posts, unique for each product page you are promoting.

.. that's just my favorite feature.. there're more


I agree.

This is a super cool theme, for the reasons mentioned.
You will end up on Matts mailing list when you down load it for free but being on Matts list is a good thing too.
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biswatch
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Thank you! Yes I will be using Affilotheme and Matt Carter's theme for now. Yes :)
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panoswebservices
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I have used many times in the past a program called artisteer.It's very great program because it can create themes for wordpress,joomla,blogspot and many more.And the best is that you have many options to edit your themes.
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really it depends on what you want to do. I like Thesis myself. it is easy to use wordpress as a tru CMS tool, and not limited to just using it as a Static Site or a blog. But, as said earlier, it is pricy, especially if you are like me and go for the developers liscence so you can use it on multiple sites.
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Twenty Ten WordPress theme looks good in Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Not all WordPress themes look good in all web browsers. The mistake I did when I first started using WordPress and picking the wrong theme. It looked good in Chrome and Firefox but horrible in Explorer. Lesson learned! Always check the theme in the different browsers.
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Thank you! I will be using Affilotheme
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taburki1s
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I personally think Atahualpa is pretty awesome. It is fully customizable and the best free theme. I have heard a ton about thesis theme but its pretty expensive. Also I think Affilotheme 3 is great can't wait to try it soon. However, if I am correct, it is only available to Affiloblueprint members.
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daveyace
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Anyone else having trouble with the ad-management on this theme? I just cant get it working its an absolute nightmare!

Thanks
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surveyguy11
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Yes Dave. I think it's a great theme but I can't make it work well either...The ad box doesn't go where it suppose to go when you click on the post...I've been told that maybe it was an hosting problem...I don't know. It's a shame because I really like the design and the way it looks.
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Also I think Affilotheme 3 is great can't wait to try it soon. However, if I am correct, it is only available to Affiloblueprint members.


Yes, Affilotheme is available to Affiloblueprint and Affilojetpack members only.

@daveyace - Are you referring to Affilotheme?
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@cecille, I think he is talking about the ad plugin that goes with Matt Carter's Affiliate theme.
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gilberteatman
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Ok I have a question. After you do get your website all set up with wordpress, how exactly would you start to promote products? Like how do you get the product or products on the site.?
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Hi gilberteatman,

You actually start by choosing a niche, doing some market research to look at what products you can promote with the nice and from there building a keyword list to target then getting the content (articles) up. After that is when you build the site. But if you already have the site up, then you can sign up as an affiliate of networks like Clickbank and go over the products you would like to promote. You will be given an id as well as an affiliate link to use to promote the product and earn the commission. I suggest you go over the introductory lessons on affiliate marketing for more information.

Hope that helps. Have a good weekend!
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gilberteatman
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I've done the research so I know all about the different products and what to promote and about the links that they give you. But i meants like literally how do you get the products you're promoting onto the website. Basically im stuck at the step where I have the domain and the hosting account; I know how to set up wordpress and how to pick a theme. but after that I just dont know how to take it from there to actually have a live site up and running.. I'm sure that this shouldnt be a hard step to get by but thats where im stuck. I'm no computer genious. I know nothing about html or java scripts or how to post banners on the site.. If anyone knows of any good sites or key words to search like on youtube or anything that has step by step tutorials that teach you how to do this I would be sooo thankful. Or even if you know any cheap companies that could hook up the website for me. Whatever gets the site up and runnin.
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cecille.l
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Hi gilberteatman,

What is your webhost? Most hosts include Wordpress so you can install a self-hosted Wordpress site. Wordpress has a friendly user interface so you shouldn't have any difficulty with getting a site up. I suggest you open a Wordpress site first through the free Wordpress.com so you can see the interface and try it out. Here's a page with links to Wordpress tutorials.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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jacaranda wrote:Go get Matt Carter's free wordpress theme.. that's excellent for affiliate marketing. The sidebar 250x250 ad box can be unique for each posts, unique for each product page you are promoting.

.. that's just my favorite feature.. there're more



Hi

I downloaded Matt Carter's theme; but the theme is not uploading to my WP sites; stating 'css' file missing. Would you know how to fix this?

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cecille.l
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Hi sajath,

It seems the theme you uploaded is missing an element. Have you tried uninstalling the theme and then re-uploading it?

Please let us know how you get on. All the best!
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sajath
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Thanks Cecille! Its sorted :)
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cecille.l
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Hi sajath,

Thanks for the update! Glad to hear you got the theme working now. :)

Have a good day!
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Hi guys, am new to Affilorama but just thought I could add my area of expertise to this discussion. When I first got into Wordpress I was always wanting something better than the stock free themes which never seem to do exactly as you want them to do. There's always something that would require a little customisation to behave as you wanted for an affiliate theme.

As a computing graduate these are changes I could make, but to be honest they are time consuming and detract from the goal of focusing your efforts on affiliate marketing and the reason we are here, making money.

I looked at purchasing pro themes and have done so on a few occasions from places like Elegant, Mojo or Woo. But again even on these I found a need to recode certain functionality. Also if you aren't a coder this is again not an option.

The best choices to me therefore appear to be

1) Themes like Matt Carters ready made affiliate theme which is excellent, and of course Mark's affilotheme (which I'm looking forward to purchasing with AffiloBlueprint later today)

2) My preferred option,Theme frameworks, which allow you to customise look feel and functionality to suite whatever purpose they are needed for. The beauty of these is that you can just reproduce any existing design that you find appealing, but add the functionality you want and all without the need to know HTML, CSS or PHP.

They do have a learning curve, but once mastered sites can be knocked up really easily from a template that you have put together previously. Price is excellent with free frameworks like Gantry being available amongst others. I personally use Catalyst as this seems to cater for the user with some coding experience in addition to the none technical user, but Pagelines is also an excellent choice for drag and drop page design within Wordpress.

Sorry for the long post, just seemed to be an area I could help in.

Nige
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