Where can you go for WordPress themes is a question we are asked constantly by new affiliate marketers. Keep reading to see where the best places are and what we use as our preferred WordPress theme.
If you’ve bought your domain name, set up hosting, and installed WordPress onto your site, you might be a little disappointed at how boring the default theme is.
That’s where WordPress themes come in. Changing the theme shows customers that you’ve put a little effort into the appearance of your site – and it gives you more options for tweaks and plugins down the road. You can either purchase a custom made theme, or you can find one of the thousands of free and paid themes available online.
Buying A Unique Theme
This option is actually less expensive than you’d think. There are lots of designers looking to cut their teeth on their first project, or willing to do a side job for a little extra spending money.
If you’re looking for a cost-efficient way to get a custom theme, visit Freelancer.com and post a job listing. Be very specific in your requirements and goals for the design. Within a few minutes, you’ll be flooded with bidders.
Some of your bids will come from countries like India and the Philippines, so it’s important to cross the language barrier and make it easier for these guys to do their job.
Things like detailed mockups and sketches of the way you want your site to look will help. This isn’t as tough as it seems. Creative use of your computer’s “Print Screen” tool and a program like Photoshop or Paint will do most of the work.
If you are going to outsource this task to India or the Philippines then make sure you not only get to see other work that has been completed but reviews from other customers to ensure these people know what they are doing.
Getting it wrong can hurt your affiliate business before it even starts and there are many fly by night experts on the internet.
You can also check sites like the Warrior Forum (http://www.warriorforum.com) and People Per Hour (http://www.peopleperhour.com) – these are usually populated with skilled professionals trying to expand their business online.
This isn’t a bad option, but might be an pointless expense for new marketers. It’s usually not important that your site look “just right”. In fact, most profitable sites look very humble, because the affiliate wants the visitor’s eyes to be squarely on the content. The faster they click through to the affiliate, the faster they get paid!
Finding A Quality WordPress Theme Online
There are plenty of pre-made paid and free themes. The most professional and visually stunning themes are usually paid – if competing websites in your niche look drab and unprofessional, a pretty website is a good way to stand out.
Some of the most popular theme websites are:
StudioPress.com (Recommended What We Use On All Our Sites)
DIYthemes.com (Popular With Online Marketers)
SimpleThemes.com (Good Collection Of Mobile Responsive Themes)
All of these sites have different prices, inventory, and designs, so you’ll need to spend a little time browsing through and finding a theme that suits you. Don’t be afraid to make an investment here. Remember that once you’ve purchased a theme, you can usually use it on any other affiliate websites you have.
There are also a lot of free themes out there. WordPress.com is a great place to start your hunt for themes because you can organize by color, columns, and features.
As you look for free themes, make sure they’re up to date and support the latest version of WordPress, and make sure they have at least two columns - you don’t just want something that looks good, you want something that can deliver information, help visitors find what they’re looking for, and take additional actions like signing on to a mailing list!