Affiliate marketing niche authority blog?

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For the past few months I've been reading everything I can on affiliate marketing. Yet I'm still struggling to get off the ground. I think I'm suffering from "shiny object syndrome". I learn how to earn money online a certain way and before I gain any traction, I learn about a completely different way and I switch my focus.

Anyway, I'm going to try and stay focused just on affiliate marketing and building an email list for a couple of months. I think I've learned the best way to get started but I have a few questions.

I'm planning on starting a niche authority blog to build an audience and an email list. I'll include a squeeze page to gather email addresses. I'll have to create an enticing freebie to gather these leads.

Right off the bat, I'm stumbling because I'm having trouble coming up with the right niche. It would have to be something I'm interested in and could stand to write about regularly, but it would also have to be something where there are a lot of products I could promote.

I guess I'm wondering whether there are any tips to niche research if I'm planning on focusing more on digital products (like JVZoo or Clickbank)? Again, it's got to be a topic that I'm able to write a lot of good content about.

What percentage of the time should I be selling something versus just providing valuable free content in my blog posts? Of course I can have affiliate link ads on my site even if the articles I'm writing aren't just promoting a product. I'm just trying to figure out where, and how often, I'm supposed to be selling stuff through my blog?

Or maybe I just use my blog to build up a following, or collect email addresses, then focus on selling products later?

As far as my email list is concerned, should I have a lengthy email sequence ready in my autoresponder from the very beginning? How many emails should I have sequenced ahead of time?

Regarding sending affiliate offers to my list, how often should I be selling products versus just providing valuable content? I was thinking it should be about 50-50.

How important is it to precisely divide your email lists into narrow niches? Are there more generalized email lists where I could try to sell a variety of products to, or do I have to keep my audiences laser-focused on a particular niche?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    You are 'stumbling' because you are still jumping all over.
    Choose a niche - research how to choose a niche by using google search and this forum's search function.


    Why JVZoo and Clickbank? Are you planning to be yet another marketer pushing 'make money online' products? Be more creative than that.



    planning on starting a niche authority blog

    You won't have any sort of authority in only two months. Get started - choose a niche - build a blog - post regularly - learn as you go....but get going!
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  • Profile picture of the author DaveMartin
    If you are serious about starting an authority niche blog, forget about selling and monetization. Focus on providing tons of value first, then consider selling later.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Here's how I do it...
    1. Find traffic source.
    2. Find product to sell to this traffic source.
    3. Create free content to lure traffic to my site but that free content has to be able to be used by the paid product. In other words, the free content compliments the paid product.

    Example: Say the niche is woodworking. I would create and give away free woodworking plans for a sub-niche and make sure to setup the woodworking project (free plans) so traffic will need specific tools (tool list).

    That's the basics and #1 (traffic) is the most important part. Everything else is minor details.
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  • If the niche too narrow, you may have problems to find good content or converting products and your target audience will also become less. For email sequence, the more emails the better so that we can keep the audience engaged for a longer time. Regarding the affiliate offers, there is no fixed rules, as long as they do not more that the free content.
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  • Profile picture of the author crackhouse
    i wouldn't know an exact percentage. I would encourage you to create valuable content on your website and capture as many email leads as possible - by offering a free ebook or an online course, for example.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Yet I'm still struggling to get off the ground. I think I'm suffering from "shiny object syndrome".

    Take these 3 steps:

    1: Feel the fear fueling your obsession with outcomes.

    2: Release that fear.

    3: Proceed with clarity, focus and direction

    Simple but HIGHLY uncomfortable process that 99% of Warriors skip. So much more comfortable to suffer by looking for BSO's again and again and SO unpleasant to feel the terror of losing everything. But was kinda worth it for me
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  • Profile picture of the author Sandakelum
    You should focus more on organic traffic, it pays out long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Marriott
    You are just trying to get too much perfected before you start.


    This is a common problem and will hold you up to the point that you will never do anything.


    The task ahead is simply too big for you to perfect before you start.


    Everyone learns as they go. Some at different rates maybe but believe me everyone!


    Only two things needed to get going.


    Choose a niche and choose a traffic source.


    You seem to have settled on an blog OK go with that


    Now choose a niche. This is another area that stops many in their tracks. You will worry about all the things that might be wrong with a niche or worse -you might think of a better one later !!!


    Just bite the bullet and choose something. It is unlikely to be the wrong niche. People are making money in every niche you will have ever heard of.


    Is it to broad or too narrow? Probably one or the other but don't sweat it.


    Getting started is the most important thing you can do. All the rest is just theory until you make it happen.


    When you actually do stuff it all starts to come together. You will do some good stuff, you will do some daft stuff, some stuff that works and stuff that doesn't.
    It doesn't matter, it's all a learning curve and you will learn - but only if you do it.


    Do stuff that you can do. Do it in chunks that you can get your head around. Make each task small enough to be able to achieve it in a reasonable timescale. i.e.


    1. Chose a niche
    2. Buy hosting and a domain
    3. Install a blog (WP?)
    4. Install traffic tracking plugin/software
    5. Research blog post ideas
    6. Write blog posts
    7. Find and add images
    8. Create/find and add videos
    9. Learn about keyword research to improve your blog posts
    10. Learn some basic SEO and apply on-site SEO to you blogs
    11. Learn off-site SEO/backlinking and apply
    12. Find/create a valuable/interesting/useful free-product
    13. Find an autoresponder service
    14. Install an opt-in creator plugin and create opt-in page for free offer
    15. Find affiliate products to promote to your new email list




    That is not an exhaustive or perfect list but it doesn't matter. Just get started with something and improve as you go.


    Forget about money and conversions and sign-ups etc. just get going. It will all come. Just start at the beginning and work step by step.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Weather
      Hi, love this write up, am also a beginner, am looking into starting with email marketing, and affiliate marketing. i have all this idea rolling in my head , but my case is the first step, i don't have a blog or website ... what do you suggest ? can we have a private chat
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  • Profile picture of the author 100jancic
    My best advise for you would be to STOP READING new information right away and implement some actions

    based on things you learned so far...

    After reading for a few months, you have more then enough information to start your journey...

    You've said it yourself that you have a general idea of what is a best way to start.

    Your problem is that you want to be prepared for everything before it happens by reading tons of information

    which is just making you feel confused and lost...

    Instead of doing that, start implementing some stuff you've learned and start making some trials and errors...

    Start getting yourself in situations where a problem arise and you need to find solution to overcome it...

    There is no better way to learn then to overcome problems in real life situations.

    Don't be afraid of failure and mistakes, overcoming them will push you to learn all that new stuff that you need.

    And if you keep doing that for long enough, the sky is the limit.
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  • I would suggest picking one source of information and getting a baseline of information (how to, step by step) on how you want to structure your business. There are many ways to have an affiliate marketing business, and if you listen to everyone you won't know where to start.

    Start with your passion and research to see if it profitable (had a demand and products). If it isn't profitable then you may need to look to a different niche.

    I would also suggest niching down. If you start to general it will take longer to develop the authority platform you are looking for. Its easier and quicker to become an authority in a sub niche then a bigger niche.

    Stay consistent and put out content that is helpful. If you have helpful content, then people won't care if you have a pitch at the end of half your posts.
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    Thanks For The awesome
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Pickstone
    With affiliate marketing the aim of the game is to earn affiliate commissions, it's a good idea building an email list to monetise your traffic into buyers but if you don't get traffic to it you wont get any emails or buyers so whats the point.

    By the sound of it you are after FREE TRAFFIC so then what I would suggest you do is jump on and join as many affiliate networks as you can to have access to as many affiliate offers and then go trough these networks and find something with relatively low competition keywords and high demand , then fill up your blog with related and optimised content to your blog and see if it gets traffic once it gets traffic then you can monetise but when first starting out researching and finding a niche that has the best paying offers with other related products to your niche so you can compare different products capitalising on their search volume funnelling them into your top recommended product.

    Once you choose a niche and it starts working for you then monetise with emails but get a website with traffic first.

    I personally have many different niche websites and it wasn't until I stopped thinking what am I interested in and instead thinking how can I solve a problem and what can i sell a-lot was when I got the lifestyle I was longing for which is sinking tinnys, boating, fishing and surfing around the globe
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Kirby
    First things first: pick your niche.
    Second things second: get started.

    There are 3 things you have to look out for when choosing a niche:
    - Passion
    - People
    - Profit

    From all of my experience - those without passion will not be able to stick through the tough times.
    You need to research people - it doesn't matter if you think your idea is amazing - does the market?
    No business is a business without profit.
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  • Profile picture of the author sean1776
    Sounds like you are swallowed by the informations and materials.
    And I believe you've had a map in your mind, but without specific implement details.

    So my suggestion would be: Set you target, be brave to lose.
    For example, "How many emails should I have sequenced ahead of time?"
    How about 10 emails?
    When you start writing, maybe you will find you can write more or less.
    Either of them is fine.

    A thousand miles begins with a single step,
    Start your journey, warrior!
    Fighting!
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by jrodefeld View Post

    For the past few months I've been reading everything I can on affiliate marketing. Yet I'm still struggling to get off the ground. I think I'm suffering from "shiny object syndrome". I learn how to earn money online a certain way and before I gain any traction, I learn about a completely different way and I switch my focus.

    Anyway, I'm going to try and stay focused just on affiliate marketing and building an email list for a couple of months. I think I've learned the best way to get started but I have a few questions.

    I'm planning on starting a niche authority blog to build an audience and an email list. I'll include a squeeze page to gather email addresses. I'll have to create an enticing freebie to gather these leads.

    Right off the bat, I'm stumbling because I'm having trouble coming up with the right niche. It would have to be something I'm interested in and could stand to write about regularly, but it would also have to be something where there are a lot of products I could promote.

    I guess I'm wondering whether there are any tips to niche research if I'm planning on focusing more on digital products (like JVZoo or Clickbank)? Again, it's got to be a topic that I'm able to write a lot of good content about.

    What percentage of the time should I be selling something versus just providing valuable free content in my blog posts? Of course I can have affiliate link ads on my site even if the articles I'm writing aren't just promoting a product. I'm just trying to figure out where, and how often, I'm supposed to be selling stuff through my blog?

    Or maybe I just use my blog to build up a following, or collect email addresses, then focus on selling products later?

    As far as my email list is concerned, should I have a lengthy email sequence ready in my autoresponder from the very beginning? How many emails should I have sequenced ahead of time?

    Regarding sending affiliate offers to my list, how often should I be selling products versus just providing valuable content? I was thinking it should be about 50-50.

    How important is it to precisely divide your email lists into narrow niches? Are there more generalized email lists where I could try to sell a variety of products to, or do I have to keep my audiences laser-focused on a particular niche?
    It sounds like you might also be over thinking things, which is also very common.

    Just dive up and figure it out as you go, that's much better than sitting back and thinking over everything but not taking any action. Trial and error is a great teacher.
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