here's what i do in order to make a buck or two in the mainstream world.
The idea in adult was to promote an affiliate program that has some kind of multisite-offer, i.e. you can create site(s) for plenty of different niches but link to just one "sign-up-here-once-and-get-all-the-other-sites-for-free" kind of thing.
Obviously, there's no such kind of stuff like multisite-passes in mainstream, so what we're going to do instead is: pick one category (one product) and try to dominate that one niche (at least when it comes to the long-tails).
Okay, let's start with finding a product to promote.
usually i just sign up to a large aff-network and have a look at their top-selling products. Just choose one product that you actually like yourself - imho, this makes writing articles/blog posts a lot easier.
Now let me tell you my *DAILY* routine (I really do this EACH day, i stick to this religiously, NO SLACKING!)
- I use the free wordtracker keyword tool to get me a product- and niche-related keyphrase. I go for 3-4 word keyphrases with a daily search volume of 100+ and a google-competition of less that 300k.
- I create a blog over at blogger.com (mykeyphrase.blogspot.com)
Actually i also use another free bloghost but i don't want to link to that one, since it's mainly used for adult blogs.
- I choose a blog-theme with 2 columns and the sidebar to the right (so the search engine sees the content first).
- I use my keyphrase as title and blog name and write a keyphrase-related description (about 500 words) of my blog in the sidebar.
(I use quintura.com to come up with some related words which i can work into the description. Also i use my exact keyphrase once or twice
in the descripton-text)
- I edit the blog's theme (layout) in the way that between each post, there's a (pretty big, BOLD, orange background) textlink to the product i promote. I Use a call to action plus a lil' bit of preselling ("Click HERE to check out [product], it's well worth the small fee!" - or something similar).
- I edit the blog's theme (layout) in the way that at the very bottom of my blog it says something like "thanks for visiting my blog about [keyphrase]". I heard the SE's love keyphrases at the bottom of a site. Might as well be just a myth but it works for me.
- I populate my new blog with about 8 posts (about 300 words each).
I write about niche-relevant topics, tips and tricks, personal experiences, etc.. I describe the product i promote, sometimes it's just some generic text with some relevant keywords here and there (It totally depends on your niche). I use the exact keyphrase in every 4th or so post, sometimes i write it BOLD, sometimes in italics, sometimes in a different color and sometimes a combination of all those.
- I submit the new blog to the various blog directories (don't forget to add their recips to your sidebar). To find the most popular directories i just google "blog directories" or "[myniche] blogs" or something like that. I only use those directories that come up on the first page of google. (I submit to about 20 dirs). I use my keyphrase as anchor-link (blog title) and when it comes to writing a description, i make sure to work in some related keywords again (This is debatable but i THINK the text surrounding the backlinks is also relevant to the search engines - correct me if i'm wrong).
- I submit the new blog to some social bookmarking sites (using the keyphrase as anchor). There's some bm-sites i use only for the traffic
(digg.com, propeller.com, reddit.com, del.icio.us) and then there's some other sites i submit to, just for the backlinks.
Those would be mister-wong.com, bibsonomy.org, mylinkvault.com, jumptags.com, oyax.com, spurl.net and probably a few more..
- I stumble my new blog's homepage.
- And i write comments on other blogs that are related to my niche or product. In order to find "dofollow" blogs that are related to your niche, just do a search for your niche/product/keyphrase over at
DoFollow Diver - The Premier DoFollow Blogs Search Engine
When you found some (4-7) blogs, don't just spam them but add something of value and when linking back to your site, use your keyphrase as anchor-text.
- Now i update my older blogs with 4 niche- or product-related sentences, and submit those new posts to the social bookmarking sites.
That's basically it.. Takes me about 4 hours per day (1h for the new blog, 3h for updating the old blogs)
I also have some blogs on my own domains (wordpress) but for the beginner, this tactic works. (Really!)
You can expect about 70 uniques daily per blog and after a month or two it adds up. (50 blogs) x (70 hits) = 3500 hits daily = 105000 hits monthly.
With a CTR (click-thru-ratio) to your product of about 15% that's 15750 hits. Assuming a conversion of 1:400, that's about 40 sales per month.
(Those figures are taken from my adult blogs but i found that this calculation can also be applied to mainstream)
For posting to my blogs i use the free w.bloggar tool - it's really a big timesaver!
Now, have a nice day y'all! =)