Finally I am ready to monetize with what ??

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Hi All,

I have been madly building content sites for the past 2 to 3 years ( I know a little slow but I am getting there ).
My problem is about 3 or 4 years ago I researched the best ways to monetize sites joined up to heaps of affiliate platforms and wondered why the money was not rolling in. I put the horse before the cart so to speak.
I learned the lesson eventually and went back and started from the beginning. Build the site, add the content, drive the traffic and then make money !!

So my question is 4 years later what are the best methods in 2015 to monetize content rich sites, and what are the best and current affiliate networks to find affiliate products ?

Any on point advice would be greatly appreciated. I know I can research this myself and I am but this is one method of research asking those in the know !!

Thanks in advance
Peter
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  • Profile picture of the author Marked09
    Here's my choices if I we're to put myself on your shoes:

    1. Sell my own services
    2. Related affiliate offers

    I'm not of the niche of your website but I'm very sure the best way to monetize your website even from a very few traffic is to sell your own services, consultation. This is the most reliable method without having to rely on other people/ platform.

    Next one is affiliate offer but you have to make sure you do it right and not just promote all the time. I'm sure a lot of people already said this but the best way is to capture their email first, build relationship and promote the offer.

    Building an email list accomplishes two things:
    1.) Traffic on Demand
    2.) Easier monetization by selling your services, affiliate offers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Thompson
    If I am looking to find affiliate links for a variety of business what are the best networks around in 2015 ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Fuentes
      Peter,

      Well, here's a top 10 list: Affiliate Marketing Services Review - TopTenREVIEWS

      As for our own experience --

      • RevenueWire and CleverBridge work well for many of our clients who are affiliates of companies that sell specific types of software products (some of those software companies are also our direct clients), while our other clients use other affiliate networks that specialize in other types of software products; and

      • Amazon works well for some of our other clients, though a few of our clients also shifted their focus to promoting products from other affiliate networks after getting lackluster results with Amazon and better results from those other affiliate networks, and so on ...

      Point is -- The results of any monetization method with any network primarily depend on the preferences of your target audience in terms of searching, viewing, buying, sharing and talking about various things relevant to what they want (and what you're offering), what your ideal customers in your target audiences want at the moment, etc.; and

      The results of your ability to drive targeted traffic, to position your brand over your competitors in significant online / offline places and publications that are relevant to your target audience, to grab the attention of your target audience, to entice them to engage with your content, and to compel them to do whatever you want is also dependent on those variables ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Marked09
    Personally Clickbank pays well for almost all the niches out there. But if you're looking at a physical products then Amazon would be a good choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by Peter Thompson View Post

    Hi All,

    I have been madly building content sites for the past 2 to 3 years ( I know a little slow but I am getting there ).
    My problem is about 3 or 4 years ago I researched the best ways to monetize sites joined up to heaps of affiliate platforms and wondered why the money was not rolling in. I put the horse before the cart so to speak.
    I learned the lesson eventually and went back and started from the beginning. Build the site, add the content, drive the traffic and then make money !!

    So my question is 4 years later what are the best methods in 2015 to monetize content rich sites, and what are the best and current affiliate networks to find affiliate products ?

    Any on point advice would be greatly appreciated. I know I can research this myself and I am but this is one method of research asking those in the know !!

    Thanks in advance
    Peter
    The best way to make money with a content-rich site is affiliate marketing. The network you choose depends on the products you're promoting. If you're promoting a physical product, you might use Amazon. If you're promoting a digital product, you might use Clickbank. Some niche markets are good for both types of products, while others are good for one or the other.

    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author Jbarzok
    Commission Junction is the best place you can look for products related to almost every possible niche out there. The difference is they have some pretty good trial offers where users don't have to make a purchase for you to get paid.

    The best advice from my years of experience is you should use their ads along with adsense and there you are. Also work on landing pages a bit. It seems overwhelming but pays off in the end!
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    • Profile picture of the author Robbie B
      I'm a freelance writer and my clients don't start with affiliate marketing. They commission courses of their own.

      I made that mistake when I was doing niche marketing. Wondering why in the hell I couldn't make affiliate sales. I didn't build an audience, I had no subscribers, I relied on merchants to close sales with strangers and basically published content that nobody read.

      If I were to build a site of my own again, I would only look at affiliate marketing as a secondary income.

      My focus would be building an audience, subscribers, engagement, then do a survey with the aim of creating a course for sale. From there, segment the subscribers between prospects and buyers, so that those who never bought the product would be sold my own products, and affiliated referrals would only go to those who are paying customers.

      Frankly I'm too lazy for all that, so I stick with the freelance writing.

      Hope that helps.

      Robbie
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Originally Posted by Peter Thompson View Post


    and what are the best and current affiliate networks to find affiliate products ?

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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Originally Posted by Peter Thompson View Post

    So my question is 4 years later what are the best methods in 2015 to monetize content rich sites, and what are the best and current affiliate networks to find affiliate products ?
    You don't say how much traffic your sites are getting, but as a general point, affiliate marketing is more effective on a personal basis - like having a subscriber list, for example. You can make some useful affiliate commissions via a highly targeted or popular content site, but without a list, in my experience a better income source would be advertisers and/or sponsorship.

    By the way, it's never a good idea to wait before deciding to monetize a content site. In my opinion, it's always best to start as you mean to continue, even if you're not earning much in the early stages.


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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by Peter Thompson View Post

    what are the best methods in 2015 to monetize content rich sites . . . ?

    I believe creating your own products (or licensing them) is the best method for monetize content sites. It allows you to create and tailor a solution to the exact needs and desires of your audience. Is there a more powerful way to sell something than to offer exactly what the prospect is seeking?

    Affiliate marketing can be lucrative, but then you only make a percentage of the sale, you rely on someone else to do the selling, and your payday is somewhere in the future if things don't go wrong (and often they do). And here's the real kicker . . . the buyer is not yours. I view affiliate marketing as a good way to supplement your own product offerings.

    Of course, your experience will vary, but I am for taking control of what I offer my clients.

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