Shawn Collins of http://blog.affiliatetip.com talks about templates or themes for blogging as an affiliate marketer.
Q: Can you recommend some affiliate marketing website or blogging templates (free or low cost) for a newbie to affiliate marketing? Intuit offers some templates with the e-commerce part built in, for instance, would that be a good place to start? I’m using WordPress.
A: The blogs that I run are running the premium WordPress theme, Thesis.
I would personally recommend Thesis, as I’ve chosen it for myself, because I like the features and flexibility of it.
It’s one of the premium themes, so you have to pay for it, but it’s less than $100 currently, and I think it’s well worth it for what you get.
There are plenty of free themes out there, but bear in mind the adage that you get what you pay for. One of the attractive things to me about Thesis, aside from the output and nuts and bolts of it, is that customers get access to members-only answers and forums, as well as lifetime Thesis upgrades.
You typically won’t see too many upgrades or any support with free themes.
Also, take a look at WordPress-powered sites that you like. Often, there will be a link in the footer that indicates which theme they are using.
You mentioned that Intuit offers some templates with the e-commerce part built in. I am not clear what you mean by that.
As an affiliate, you get the tracking code from the affiliate program or network, and they track and process the transactions. You don’t have to worry about it.