Are Template sites a good way to start?

Just got a question from a reader, he wanted to know:

I got the opportunity to work with a customizable template website for affiliates.

It’s the kind of template already build (automated-turnkey) to display Clickbank products (yes I am affiliate) in a turkey portal + adsense integrated (must add the id), some place for others affiliates programs (like amazon or ebay products displayed) and with all contents automatically renewed by feeder.

Do you think, or believe, that it could be a great way to earn a little more (maybe better that trying nothing for sure, but does it worth the guess)

thank you

In answer to that question I would say that turnkey sites can work when you are just starting out and are much better then doing nothing, as you say.

However – Make sure that you are able to grow your personal optin list with it. If it is hosted on someone elses domain, the way you drive traffic to the site, article marketing, blog posting etc. will get their site doing well and not reward you 100% for your efforts.

I personally feel it is much better to visit Godaddy, get a .com for yourself, when you get to the checkout page you will see a place to enter a coupon code, if you enter: ZINE3 it will give you a $2 discount or somthing like that making the cost $7.15 per year, the next step is hosting. You can search for free hosts that allow you to use your own domain, I have not found any good ones though, so I would join Hostgator. This will cost $10 a month if you take the ‘baby’ package, but when it asks for a coupon on checkout, enter in the code: jury and then it will give you the first month for only 1 cent. Then you can setup a free wordpress blog and be in control of your own content, your own optin form and also when you work to promote the site, you are getting benefit of increasing the value of your own site!

Another option is then buying a template site that has the clickbank updating content, your optin form etc. and putting it on your domain.

But… going back to the first question, do I think it is worth it to promote a template site like pluginprofits.com or something like that, then yes and no. It is better then nothing and better then promoting something with poor content on a free host. It is not the ideal long term solution though.

In the end, it all comes down to marketing though, you can have the nicest site, with the best content in the world, but if you don’t do any marketing, no one will even know it exists.

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12 responses to “Are Template sites a good way to start?”

  1. [nich] says:

    Oh my, I am in the middle of customizing a template that I got from my “free” hosting when I got noticed with this new entry of yours.

    And personally, I don’t like the idea of customizing a template that is provided from the company.
    It’s true that it’s better than having nothing for your site. But for me, who has tons of idea waiting to be poured down, it’s frustating. Not mention the editor is in some kind of “widgetize” manner.. I’m a hard code programmer, that doesn’t please with that “rich feature” ..

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  2. Chetan says:

    Nothing but the end point in your post would be helpful actually πŸ™‚
    Marketing is the key! May that be a customized template site with dedicated paid host, or a free template and hosted site. Marketing is needed for anything.

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    Colin Klinkert REPLY:

    04/10/2008 at 1:36 pm // Permalink

    Right but you would agree that it is important… Vital, for anyone wanting to make a full time income online to have at least 1 site, kind of like their base site, that they control and can build up as real estate

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    Chetan REPLY:

    04/10/2008 at 1:53 pm // Permalink

    Yep would agree with that point of yours. Earning good income needs some support in form of a website that can grow in future and become a good earner for you.

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  3. Tony says:

    Nice reply, thank you. I am amazed again to see how fast and great the reply comes.

    I will think twice before trying this option; but I forgot to tell that my skills for building blogs/websites are really really BASIC. That’s why I was looking for a “solution all in the box”

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    Colin Klinkert REPLY:

    04/10/2008 at 2:12 pm // Permalink

    Hi Tony,

    In cases like that, yes it is then a good starting point and you can work hard on that till you can afford to pay someone to do the setup of your new site etc. for you. You do also get nice free wordpress templates if you wanted to make a blog (just search google) and sites like http://www.sitepoint.com often have good listings in the marketplace for a site.

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  4. retro says:

    it think its not problem start with template key. as long you work on it.

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  5. Dennis Edell says:

    Excellent advice and right on target. I like your stuff and have subscribed πŸ™‚

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    Colin Klinkert REPLY:

    07/10/2008 at 12:23 am // Permalink

    Thanks Dennis, Welcome to the community!

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  6. Dennis Edell says:

    And thank you! I got the free ebook and noticed you were originally looking for feedback…are you still?

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    Chetan REPLY:

    07/10/2008 at 1:52 am // Permalink

    Yep i think he is still. I could not still provide a feedback due to couple of my new projects and that’s why i am not able to give time to read that book.

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    Dr. Teeth REPLY:

    09/10/2008 at 9:14 pm // Permalink

    May be i could give it a try πŸ˜‰

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