There are hundreds of excellent plugins used by successful affiliate marketers to help with the more technical points of blogging, like XML Sitemaps with Robot text files and it's really quite simple.
Affiliate Marketing is all about getting the Right Product, in front of an Interested Audience at the Right Time. A sequence of tiny objective steps in the right direction to satisfy a common need.
It starts with discovering your Profitable Niche, because without that it will be extremely difficult to produce high converting Blog Posts. There is an Actual Sequence to Starting a Profitable Blog.
There is a Fine Line and Strange Connection between Success and Failure. Almost like a bond between these two, I'll tell you that. And it's the Corner Stone of Your growing Capability.
A Blog is much more effective than a website, because a blog can be 1000 “mini sites” sending traffic to the same blog. Each one of these “mini sites” are basically Individually S.E.O'd Blog Posts.