How to set up a website for free! No cost – 100% free!

This article will walk you through step-by-step on how to set up a website for free – 100% free – quickly – super easy! I have been working online for many years, and until I found this program that I am going to share with you today, I never found anything that was 100% free. Programs had “trial” periods, but they always required you to upgrade after the trial period. This program is free to join, free to maintain, and you get two free websites.

I will go over the upgrade option with you and what is included, but please understand the upgrade to the Premium membership is an option, not a requirement. If you want to keep the free membership, you may do so, and maintain your two free websites, for as long as you like.

Here is an in-depth explanation of how to set up a website for free. Please note that throughout this article, I will be referencing other articles on this site for you to read to get further clarification and instruction. I highly recommend you take the time to click those links and review those articles. You’ll get a full picture of exactly how this works and the process if you want to take advantage.

I do recommend that if you are serious about creating a website and making an income from it, you subscribe to this website over on the right sidebar as well. If you subscribe, you will be notified of all new articles, and that will keep you up-to-date on the newest information in the world of online marketing. I take great pride in this site, and helping people succeed is my passion, so I hope you will take advantage of all the information I share on these pages!

Step 1 – Sign up at Wealthy Affiliate 100% free

The Wealthy Affiliate platform provides top security for your sites, authority for your site, training on how to set up your affiliate site, and it’s 100% free. You can maintain your free website and free membership as long as you like. I want to suggest to you that you dive in and take full advantage of the free membership, but I do personally highly recommend that once you have decided that you want to pursue a money-making website, you go ahead sign up for the Premium Membership., that way you can take advantage of all that the platform offers its premium members.

Meanwhile, grab your free membership here:


You simply fill in your name, username, email and a password. Super simple! No credit card or payment information of any kind is required. I have written an article about the entire sign-up process and how to set up your websites, but please note that the Wealthy Affiliate program includes full step-by-step training in detail (and with video walk-throughs) on how to set up your account and your websites.

The sign-up process is really outlined in an easy-to-understand way inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform. I go into great detail on exactly how to get your free account and your free websites set up here in this article:




You get two free websites with the free membership. I don’t know how long you’ve been researching how to set up free websites, but you will not find another program like this anywhere online. It is a one-of-a-kind platform, and if you are serious about making money online, you need to grab your free membership right now.

Step 2 – Follow the process

If you are setting up a website, you are probably looking to do some affiliate marketing to make money from your site. If you are unfamiliar with the affiliate marketing process and what it entails, I have written an article just for you. This article will give you the particulars on the process you’ll follow:

Internet Affiliate Marketing – Affiliate Marketing Definition & Illustration



I realize that most people who venture into the world of online marketing are brand new, and some people haven’t even had that much computer experience. That’s why I really love the detail that Wealthy Affiliate goes into in the training process. It is meant for beginners, but the tools and resources provided are for all levels of marketers. There is just nothing like it anywhere online.

Step 3 – Choose your niche

This is a word you will hear a lot about, your niche (pronounced “neesh”). This is, in my opinion, what will make you successful, choosing the right niche. What is a niche? It’s the subject of your website. It should be chosen carefully, because you will be spending a lot of time researching about it and writing about it. You will live and breathe your niche going forward.

Here is a great article I wrote to go over choosing your niche for success:



Your chosen niche will help you decide what the best website name for your site is, and it will also help you establish the titles for your articles going forward. Yes, there is a lot to this, but it’s a proven process, completely outlined for you, and you just need to follow the process.

Don’t worry, inside Wealthy Affiliate, they basically hold your hand and guide you through each and every step in great detail. You will have video tutorials, written instructions, and you won’t believe just how easy it all is. You don’t need any experience to get your websites set up. You really can’t go wrong!

Here is an article I wrote about how to choose your website name. This shows you the keyword tool called Jaaxy that is provided to you free of charge inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform. It is an absolutely amazing program, and since I’ve been using it, I honestly don’t think I would attempt this business without it. It’s only available through the Wealthy Affiliate platform.

Keyword Analysis Tool Free – Find the perfect domain name with Jaaxy!!



Step 4 – Set up your affiliate links

Here is the fun part (well, personally, I think it’s all a lot of fun)! You need to see what products or services you can market on your website that go along with your chosen niche. This is also important, because you want to really research the products you are promoting. People depend on you to provide them with the best information on the subject of your niche, and you don’t just want to promote a bunch of products you know nothing about.

Do your homework. I always say you should choose a niche in a subject you love. This helps because you probably already know quite a bit about it, and researching it will be enjoyable! You want to promote products that will provide value to your readers and that you 100% believe in. You may have to try some things yourself if you are not familiar, but quality is what you want to establish credibility. Always remember that.

Here’s an article I wrote about setting up affiliate agreements and marketing other companies’ products:

 Top 10 Affiliate Programs – Make money with these!


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Babs Wagner

Born in Texas, raised in upstate New York, I have been marketing for my entire adult life.I have decided to share all the information I have gathered on what works in affiliate marketing, and what doesn't because I want to let the world know that working online gives you the freedom to work from anywhere, and that is exactly what I do!

Starting out can be tough, I know, so I will also be sharing lots of free resources to get you going.I am dedicated to providing this information to my readers, and I hope you always feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks for visiting my page!


  1. I can’t stress the importance of getting in niches you actually care about though.  Otherwise, you’re going to put in 6-7 months of hard work before you start to generate money from them.  It makes it so much easier to work on niches that you actually care about, though.

    Whenever I purchase domain names for niche website I always make sure there are no hyphens in it or anything.  Also, I always go for dot com.  I have bought a handful of dot us domain names over the years, but then again I do build websites and sell them on Flippa.

    Also, when I do use affiliate links I like to use Pretty Links because you can have all your affiliate links in one place and then just change the affiliate links in one place rather than going through tons of different updating each page and post.

    Can’t use Pretty Links with Amazon Associates, though.  For that I use Easy Azon.  

    1. Yes, I never use the Pretty Links with Amazon ever.  That I do know.  Also, you want to always write about something you care about because of the great amount of time you will spend with that niche.  Thanks for checking in.   -Babs

  2. this is a great post about just how easy and great it is to use WA. I think its awesome that your using them as an affilate site. Great idea and once again a great post.

  3. Hi Babs

    This is great and I am really interested in this approach but what happens once I set up my free website how do I actually attract people to it ?

  4. Hello Babs – This is absolutely fantastic! You have laid out the ground work for everyone to go set up a free website. You’ve done a wonderful job helping us through each part of the sign up process. I think its great that Wealthy Affiliate provides this much info and training and allows you to have 2 free websites as well. That’s amazing!

    I also read your About Me page and you are absolutely amazing. Raising 4 children and have been blessed to be a stay at home mom and own your own businesses. What a blessing.

    Question for you – in this article, its mentioned in Step 4 to set up your affiliate links. What is your top #1 affiliate program?

    Thank you for all you do here to support entrepreneurs.

    1. There are two programs that I like, LT. Wealthy Affiliate, obviously, because I truly believe in the program and have had so much success with it. When you have been burned by other programs, you know a real winner when you find it. I am a Premium member, and I get everything I need to run my business for $49 a month. That’s pretty incredible, especially given the amount of money you can make with affiliate marketing.

      My other favorite is Amazon. I work with other smaller companies when a product is not provided by Amazon, but I usually can find my favorite products on their site. It makes it easy when you have a reputable company to work with who provides the products you believe in and want to promote.


  5. Super informative post for anyone wanting to start an online business and create a website. I was a newbie myself not too long ago and took your advice and signed up with WA. I haven’t looked back since! I’m so glad you included links to your other posts for things like affiliate marketing, etc. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    1. I am super excited for you, and you are so very welcome!  I have a wealth of information on this site – I’m glad you are finding value!  Keep working the program – diligence will pay off!

  6. I believe and I know what you have just put down in this review setting up website is a one step away from starting your great business online .the art of  choosing the  nich I s like stocking your business ready for business and when you put article on your website  that when customers comes through into your store for purchase of goods and services  thenks to WA we have all the knowledge at our disposal. Thank you for the great work .Babs.

  7. This is a fantastic article about Wealthy Affiliate. It really is as easy as you explain, Babs!  You don’t need ANY experience in setting up a website. It’s very straightforward and easy to follow.

    I appreciate the other articles that you have on your site, I bookmarked them as well.

    How long after you joined as a free member did you upgrade to Premium?

    Thanks again for the information. Very straightforward and easy to read.

    1. When I joined Wealthy Affiliate, I did it as a free Starter member.  I built my site, followed the training, and I knew right away that this program was legitimate.  I tried so many programs, I knew this was the real deal.  All the reviews of the program were amazing, and from the training and community, I knew if I was going to make some serious money online, I had to go for it with the Premium membership.  I took advantage of the $19 first month, and I am so glad I joined.  It has delivered more than I even thought was possible.

  8. The idea of setting up a free website didn’t appeal to me at first because I thought it has very little ranking power. It wasn’t until someone showed me how to use one for testing plugins and themes do I really appreciate having a free WordPress site around. The one provided by WA is a good fit for that and because their hosting quality is fast, you can really tell what’s working and what’s not. 

    1. I did buy the .com site and built my website in the Starter program.  Once I upgraded, my website just came with me to Premium, so I never used it as you suggested.  I knew once I was in for several days, doing the training, and building my site, reading the other members’ blogs and testimonials, etc. that this was exactly what I was looking for.  I mean, I’ve tried so many programs that just didn’t deliver, I knew the real thing when I saw it.  Haven’t looked back!

  9. Dynamite info! I can appreciate your enthusiasm about the Wealthy Affiliate platform. I haven’t seen any other online platform that offers as many tools and features as Wealthy Affiliate. Using their tools is a breeze. Once you have a website up and running it’s like your business can run on autopilot. When I landed on a website like yours a few years ago I thought Wealthy Affiliate was a scam but seeing that it was free to sign up and didn’t need to provide any credit card, I gave it a go.  Once I started using their services with the free membership it was a no-brainer for me to sign up as a Premium member. Now with a couple of websites earning me passive income, I will never leave.

    1. I think that’s why they offer the free membership, to give people a chance to really get in, use the program and see that it is more than what they advertise.  I like that they don’t force you to upgrade, so people who just don’t have the money right away can use and benefit from the Starter program until they can upgrade.  – Babs

  10. This is by far the best program I have tried. Usually I will start reading about a program and how to start etc and it all sounds really good, then all of a sudden you have to pay $99 just to get access to it. I always back out there. However this program doesn’t ask you to pay. You get access to it by just becoming a member you can then choose to pay if you want to. I am super happy with it!

    1. That’s what got me, too.  No credit card and I was building my website and immersed in the training.  I couldn’t believe it. -Babs

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