Quick Start Guide: Get Up & Running Fast

Posted on May 21, 2024 by in Getting Started

Quick Start Guide: Get Up & Running Fast
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Are you ready to start earning serious revenue as an Elegant Themes affiliate? When you finish this post, you’ll have a clear, actionable plan to get started quickly and see results.

I’m Awah, Strategic Partnerships Manager at Elegant Themes. With years of experience in funnels, lead generation, conversion rate optimization, and customer acquisition, I’ve got the know-how to help you succeed. I manage all our partnership programs, including Divi Hosting, the Divi Marketplace’s growth, and our affiliate program.

Here’s what you’ll get from this post: the exact steps to jumpstart your affiliate marketing efforts and generate revenue quickly as an Elegant Themes affiliate.

Our affiliate program isn’t just about single sale commissions. The real value lies in the recurring revenue you can earn through our entire ecosystem, from Elegant Themes memberships to our services and marketplace products. Plus, you can monetize all the traffic you send to our website, even from a simple blog post.

To create a custom link to a specific page on our website, simply use your affiliate dashboard’s “Alternate Incoming Page” section. The Alternate Incoming Page Links page lets you build affiliate links that direct your visitors to any page on the Elegant Themes website, such as a landing page, a blog post, or even a Divi layout. 

Over the years, I’ve learned that the ultimate shortcut to affiliate success is simplicity. Forget the jargon and complex strategies. Focus on straightforward, actionable steps. In this post, I’ll show you exactly what you need to do to get up and running quickly and start earning.

Let’s dive in.

Resource: If you’d like to understand the affiliate dashboard better, read this post.

Step 1: Understanding the Product and Market

To get started on the right foot as an Elegant Themes affiliate, it’s essential to understand our products and the market we serve. We are a WordPress theme and plugin market leader, creating some of the most popular and versatile products. Our flagship product, Divi, is a powerful, multi-purpose WordPress theme and visual page builder that has revolutionized how people build websites. 

Alongside Divi, we offer Extra, a magazine-style theme; Bloom, an email opt-in plugin; and Monarch, a social media sharing plugin. With a vast user base and a strong reputation, Elegant Themes is your go-to resource for creating beautiful and functional websites.

We also have a wide range of SaaS services, such as:

Target Audience

Our primary market includes web designers, developers, bloggers, and business owners. As a web designer or developer, you’ll appreciate the flexibility and power of Divi, which allows you to create unique designs without extensive coding. Bloggers will love Extra for its magazine-style layout that enhances content presentation. If you’re a business owner, our products provide you with the tools to establish a professional online presence quickly and efficiently. 

Who are our users? Typically, they are 25 to 45 years old and located primarily in North America and Europe. They need customizable, user-friendly website solutions that don’t require extensive technical knowledge. They’re looking for tools to enhance lead generation and social media engagement.

Product Benefits

Divi is the ultimate visual page builder and theme. It offers a drag-and-drop interface that makes it easy to create custom layouts. You don’t need any coding skills, which makes it accessible for beginners. Divi is incredibly versatile and suitable for a wide range of websites, from blogs to e-commerce stores. With extensive design options and templates, you can create unique and personalized sites that stand out.

Extra is a powerful magazine-style theme designed specifically for bloggers and online publications. The Category Builder allows you to create custom category pages, and the Post & Page Builder allows you to customize posts and pages with ease. Extra also features a built-in review system, so you can effortlessly add ratings and reviews to your posts.

Bloom is an email opt-in plugin that helps you grow your email list. You can choose from multiple display types, including pop-ups, fly-ins, and inline forms. You can show opt-in forms with targeted display settings based on user behavior and interaction. Bloom offers over 100 pre-made templates and customization options, allowing you to create forms that match your site’s design.

Monarch is a social media sharing plugin that boosts social engagement. You can add social sharing buttons to different areas of your site, including automatic pop-ups and fly-ins triggered by time delays or user interaction. We built Monarch to be responsive, ensuring your sharing buttons look great on all devices.

By understanding the power and flexibility of our products, you can better target your audience and highlight the unique benefits that will help them achieve their goals. This knowledge is crucial as you create content that resonates with potential customers and drives your affiliate revenue.

Step 2: Choosing Your Content Format

Choosing the right content format is crucial to driving traffic and conversions. Two of the most effective formats are listicles and how-to posts. They are easy to read, highly shareable, and provide immediate value to your audience.

Listicles break down information into digestible, numbered lists. This format is perfect for readers looking for quick tips or ideas. According to BuzzSumo, articles with lists get almost twice the amount of social shares compared to other articles. Listicles are engaging and encourage readers to share with their network, driving more traffic to your site and, ultimately, your affiliate links.

How-to posts provide step-by-step instructions on achieving a specific task or solving a problem. They are incredibly popular because they offer practical, actionable advice. HubSpot reports that how-to articles are among social media’s most shared content formats. This format establishes you as an authority in your niche. It builds trust with your audience, which is essential for driving conversions.


Let’s look at some examples of high-performing listicles and how-to posts in the affiliate marketing space.


  • “10 Best WordPress Themes for Bloggers in 2024″—This post attracts bloggers looking for theme recommendations. By including Elegant Themes products like Divi and Extra, you can drive traffic and potential sales through your affiliate links.
  • “5 Must-Have Plugins for WordPress Sites”—Highlighting plugins like Bloom and Monarch in a list format can attract the interest of website owners looking to enhance their sites’ functionality.
  • “7 Tips for Building a Professional Website with Divi” provides practical tips for using Divi’s features to create stunning websites that appeal to both beginners and experienced users.
  • “Top 10 Design Trends for 2024″—Discussing the latest design trends and how Elegant Themes products align with them can attract design-savvy readers.

Here’s an example of listicles from Elegant Themes:

To simplify the process of writing listicles, you can follow the same process we use here at Elegant Themes when writing listicles. Here’s our listicle format:

  1. Introduction
  2. Table of Contents
  3. An overview of the tools being discussed
  4. The tool list
    • Tool #1
    • Tool #2
    • Tool #3
  5. How to use the tools
  6. Tool Price/Feature Comparison
  7. Our recommended tool

This structure simplifies the process of writing listicles. Here’s a table of contents example:

Each product or service being featured is broken down into 10 sections:

  1. The product name and a short highlight of the product
  2. An image or a screenshot of the product being featured
  3. A more detailed overview of the product
  4. Why we like the product
  5. What could be improved
  6. Why we choose it
  7. Who is the product for
  8. Product reviews and rating
  9. Price overview
  10. Call to action button linking to the product.

You can follow a different listicle template or structure. However, having a consistent listicle structure will benefit you in the long run. If you’re a Divi user, you can create a section layout for listicles and reuse them as you include products in your listicle posts. For my website, I designed a Divi section template for listicles that looks like this:

How-to Posts:

  • “How to Create a Stunning Website with Divi” is a step-by-step guide showing how to use Divi’s features to build a professional website that can attract new users and encourage them to purchase through your affiliate link.
  • “How to Grow Your Email List with Bloom” – Detailed instructions on setting up and using Bloom to capture leads can drive conversions by demonstrating the plugin’s value.
  • “How to Optimize Your Website for SEO Using Divi” – A comprehensive guide on using Divi’s SEO features to improve website rankings, appealing to readers looking to boost their search engine performance.
  • “How to Increase Social Shares with Monarch” provides tips and strategies for maximizing social media engagement using Monarch and shows readers the plugin’s tangible benefits.

These examples illustrate the effectiveness of listicles and how-to posts in capturing reader interest and driving traffic. By using these formats, you can create engaging content that provides value to your audience and enhances your affiliate marketing efforts.

In this step, I want you to develop an idea for a blog post you will write, either a listicle or a how-to post.

Step 3: Write Your Blog Post

Focus on actionable steps that streamline the process to help you write a high-quality blog post quickly. Here’s a condensed guide that will quickly get you from idea to publication. If you don’t write a blog post, what value will you add to your visitors and readers?

Writing a blog post adds tremendous value to your visitors and readers. It provides valuable insights, solutions to their problems, and recommendations that can enhance their lives or businesses. Your content allows them to experience these benefits, and you can engage with them and build trust.

1. Pick a Format and Write the Post

Pick a format and write the blog post. Focus on readability and showcase WHY you recommend Elegant Themes products. Choose a format that suits your topic best, such as a listicle or how-to guide. Start writing immediately, focusing on making your content easy to read. Use clear headlines, bullet points, and short paragraphs. Most importantly, emphasize why you recommend Elegant Themes products like Divi. Share your experiences, benefits, and features that make these products stand out.

2. Monetize All Products in Your Listicles

You can monetize all the products in your listicles if you mention products other than Elegant Themes.

If your blog post includes a listicle format, you can mention and monetize products beyond just Elegant Themes offerings. Affiliate links for related products can provide additional income streams. Ensure you highlight the unique benefits of each product, making it clear why they are valuable to your readers.

3. Focus on Progress, Not Perfection

Don’t fixate on writing the best post possible from the start. There are no fixed quality criteria. Don’t let the pursuit of perfection slow you down. As a marketer, I recommend writing a good post and refining it based on feedback and performance. Quality is subjective, and the best way to improve is by testing and optimizing as you drive traffic to your content. Remember, a good post published today is better than a perfect post delayed indefinitely.

Actionable Steps to Start Writing

  1. Choose Your Topic and Format: Decide on a relevant topic and whether it will be a listicle, how-to guide, or another format.
  2. Create an Outline: Quickly jot down the main points you want to cover.
  3. Start Writing: Focus on getting your ideas down. Don’t worry about making it perfect on the first draft.
  4. Highlight Elegant Themes Products: Emphasize why you recommend Divi, using personal insights and key benefits.
  5. Include Other Monetizable Products: If relevant, add other products with affiliate links to maximize your revenue potential.
  6. Edit for Readability: Once your draft is complete, edit for clarity and readability. Use short paragraphs, bullet points, and clear headings.
  7. Publish: Publish your post and start driving traffic to it. Traffic allows you to gather feedback and make improvements over time.

By following these steps, you can quickly write a high-quality blog post that adds value to your readers, showcases the benefits of Elegant Themes products, and drives affiliate revenue.

What’s Next?


You’ve made it through the hardest part of getting started, the part where most people fail. Getting this done is the key step to actually driving revenue. Now that your blog post is live, it’s time to focus on promoting your content and experimenting with different strategies to drive traffic and maximize your affiliate revenue.

Promoting your blog post is where the real fun begins. Think of it as the phase where your hard work starts to pay off. Share your content across social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest—to reach a wider audience. Engage with your followers, respond to their comments, and join relevant groups where you can share your insights and link to your post.

Don’t stop there. Email marketing is a powerful tool to inform and engage your audience. Send newsletters featuring your latest blog post or build a complete affiliate funnel, as I shared here.

Try different content types and formats. Create listicles, how-to guides, and in-depth reviews to see what resonates best with your audience. Monitor your analytics to understand what’s working and what’s not. Be flexible enough to pivot your strategy based on these insights.

Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. Once you’ve published your blog post, reply to my onboarding email so we can schedule a 1:1 call. During our call, I’ll help you with traffic generation strategies tailored to your needs. This is your opportunity to get personalized advice and tips to boost your performance as an affiliate.

The path to affiliate success is paved with continuous learning and adaptation. The more you experiment and refine your strategies, the more you’ll understand your audience and how to effectively meet their needs. Your commitment to creating and promoting valuable content sets you apart and drives your success.

I look forward to our 1:1 call and seeing your blog posts drive incredible results. Keep pushing forward, stay creative, and let’s achieve great things together!


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