by Lauryn
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I have a website that focuses on relationships and infidelity.

One of the things I currently do is provide free relationship advice - with a disclaimer, of course. The questions I get are interesting, and the more I answer, the more complex they become.

Relationships seem to be hard to convert to sales, because it's an information niche, so I was wondering if selling advice for like, I dunno, $1 or $2 a question would be... something to try?

I'd like to make money. LOL
#selling advice
  • Profile picture of the author yommys01
    Have you ever thought of product reviews? It is easier to make sales with product reviews. However, to succeed with product reviews, you need to try hard to rank for product related keywords.

    Eg : magic of making up review.

    People searching for those type of keywords are close to buying the product and easier to convert.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnneM86
    Why don't you write an ebook? You have the amazing benefit of knowing exactly what your audience wants and fears. This places you in a great position to be able to deliver the content they need.

    In fact, I would say you should first write a short report to give away for free so you can build a list and get people "hooked" on your content and then create a great ebook or even a course where you deliver content over a certain period.
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    • Profile picture of the author EvanScott
      Originally Posted by AnneM86 View Post

      Why don't you write an ebook? You have the amazing benefit of knowing exactly what your audience wants and fears. This places you in a great position to be able to deliver the content they need.

      In fact, I would say you should first write a short report to give away for free so you can build a list and get people "hooked" on your content and then create a great ebook or even a course where you deliver content over a certain period.
      Completely agree with the comment above. Selling a product online will get you money really quickly. I would set up a squeeze page with an offer for a free E-book on 10 dating tips or something like that. Something with real value!

      Then I would build my list while creating a longer more in depth E-book and then market it and sell it to your list.

      This was quick and dirty but I hope it motivates you
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  • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
    Thanks for the input everyone

    I haven't thought about an ebook yet because I wasn't sure what I could bring to the table. However, I see that some of you have written e-books or have e-book writing services. I'm going to really look into this idea.

    I'm not too keen on emails. I think they can be annoying. I join the emails of affiliatea I promote and only find a few interesting.

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    • Profile picture of the author AnneM86
      Originally Posted by Lauryn View Post

      Thanks for the input everyone

      I haven't thought about an ebook yet because I wasn't sure what I could bring to the table. However, I see that some of you have written e-books or have e-book writing services. I'm going to really look into this idea.

      I'm not too keen on emails. I think they can be annoying. I join the emails of affiliatea I promote and only find a few interesting.

      As someone mentioned above with all the questions you must get you already have the content at your disposal. Take highly specific questions that you have been asked and generalize them to reach a wider audience.

      If you have visitors that come back often asking for advice you could even ask them for some feedback and use it as a case study (just replace the names). Trust me that you have a lot to bring to the table. Sometimes someone looking at someone else's problem with a fresh eye and emotional detachment is all that is needed.

      Regarding the emails, you may think they are annoying but you don't have to do what everyone else does. Have a weekly advice column or something similar. You can provide value and make money as well. The advantage with the latter approach is that you retain existing customers, which is much cheaper in the long run than always finding new customers.
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  • Profile picture of the author MJ Sterling
    Take the most frequently asked questions you receive and use that as the basis for your ebook.

    Then you could go into different areas of relationships with more ebooks. Before you know it you could have a product line.

    Then set up a Clickbank vendor account and let others sell the books for you.

    Either way, you're in a very good niche and should be able to make a decent amount of money from it if you choose.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
    Thanks so much guys!!! I'll keep you all posted if I have more questions. I might have to join the warrior forum
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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    I was wondering if selling advice for like, I dunno, $1 or $2 a question would be... something to try?

    Lucy tried that in the old Charlie Brown comic strips
    and it seemed to work. LOL Albeit at a lower price.:rolleyes:


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    • Profile picture of the author jennypitts
      Originally Posted by EvanScott View Post

      Completely agree with the comment above. Selling a product online will get you money really quickly. I would set up a squeeze page with an offer for a free E-book on 10 dating tips or something like that. Something with real value!
      Lauryn, selling an ebook with advice sounds good, but you have to be careful, especially if you are not psychologist or have some sort of experience in the matter. Dealing with emotional problems and mental instability is often best left to the experts. There are a lot of liability issues and if you do start charging you will need to have certain disclaimers. I only know this because I have a cousin that went to school to be a psychologist and was hoping to be a relationship therapist, and has told be so many things that need to be taken into account before she can even consider setting up shop. So although it is a GREAT niche, do be careful and analyze all the potential downfalls.

      Originally Posted by Lauryn View Post


      I'm not too keen on emails. I think they can be annoying. I join the emails of affiliatea I promote and only find a few interesting.

      The reason why hate emails is because as you said it, most people do not know how to use email marketing the right way. BUT believe it or not it is still a very effective way to make sales. Even big stores use emails to bring in more traffic to their sites and increase online sales. It is HOW you do it and how you use it that determines its effectiveness.

      Originally Posted by Online Bliss View Post


      Lucy tried that in the old Charlie Brown comic strips
      and it seemed to work. LOL Albeit at a lower price.:rolleyes:


      NOTHING TO SAY BUT.... GOTTA LOVE CHARLIE BROWN!!! WOW, 5 cents a Psychiatric visit? WHAT A BARGAIN!!!
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      • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
        Thanks ladies and gentlemen.


        Interestingly enough, I do have a lot of crazy content at my disposal, I guess I'm really a particular person when it comes to developing products and providing information. I am a nationally published writer and an editor at a "new" magazine (as in been out for about 4 or 5 years)... so when it comes to developing a product, I'm about quality and consistency and really having an idea of what I want to convey and making it unique. While I understand there's nothing new under the sun, I want to make sure that my product would provide completely relevant solutions and perspectives.

        Another question, for those of you who write e-books... would you be co-authored for writing my book, or would you be the ghost writer and I had all the credit? How does this work?

        I have an associate who has a PhD and she too has a site on infidelity. We're looking to use her PhD and our desire to really develop something of pure quality for the majority of our readers (since 100% satisfaction is not possible... or is it?).
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        • Profile picture of the author Sarah Russell
          Originally Posted by Lauryn View Post



          Another question, for those of you who write e-books... would you be co-authored for writing my book, or would you be the ghost writer and I had all the credit? How does this work?
          This can go either way, depending on your goals. If you want to outsource production of the book completely, you'll likely work with a ghostwriter who will give you full rights and authorship of the product. If you do most of the writing yourself and outsource just a piece, you can still arrange things with the writer so that you hold all the rights at the end of the project.

          Alternatively, if you were going to partner up with your PhD friend, the two of you could co-author and both use the ebook to promote your sites/products. That sounds like a really interesting partnership - I agree that you don't need to have the exact real-world credentials to give advice via ebook (as long as you have a rock-solid, attorney-written disclaimer!). However, her degrees would certainly lend a bit of legitimacy to the book and make it easier to sell.

          Just my thoughts
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        • Profile picture of the author grayambition
          Originally Posted by Lauryn View Post


          Another question, for those of you who write e-books... would you be co-authored for writing my book, or would you be the ghost writer and I had all the credit? How does this work?

          It all depends on how you work it out upfront. But, true "ghostwriting" means that the writer does the writing and you get all the credit. Make sure you have a contract that states you will be credited as the sole author and retain all rights to the work (if that's what you want).

          If you want to share writing credit and perhaps give the writer a percentage of the sales, you might be able to work out a discounted writing fee.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    The relationship niche is one of my big ones.

    You don't need a PhD to write an e-book. You don't need to be a licensed therapist.

    Sorry, that's simply terrible advice that will put your further away from your goal of monetizing your niche as a marketer.

    You need to pass a state board and hold a license to practice individual therapy or counseling.

    You can write and sell a book about anything you want. It might be criticized for being completely outlandish if it doesn't adhere to accepted practice and standards at the expert academic level. But there's absolutely NO restrictions on producing your own content with any more disclaimer than you'd naturally provide for literally ANY information product... "This represents the experience of the author, XYZ, and doesn't guarantee any claims of success. Your mileage may vary..."

    If in doubt, seek the advice of an attorney familiar with publishing.

    Be extremely careful when making decisions based on advice that you receive in an internet forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    'How to kill your spouse and get away with it' ought to be a big seller.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
    Thanks Michael

    I was just thinking that if she provided a psychological, yet informal twist to the product we may develop that it could add credibility for the product, nothing more or less. A disclaimer would be highly important as well. Again, highly appreciated. I am just mulling over the ebook options.

    LOL!! DogSpot that's a good one
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  • Profile picture of the author Bayo
    Originally Posted by Lauryn View Post

    Relationships seem to be hard to convert to sales, because it's an information niche
    Information is the top seller on the internet. It's how you package it that will make a difference.

    Think about it, why do people pay for subscriptions? Why do people go to the internet in the first place?

    Many great and practical suggestions have been given in prior answers so I won't repeat them, however, creating an information product of your own that you can give away before making back-end sales is a great way to get started.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
    Thanks, this is all being considered....
    My husband threw up an argument against the idea though. He wanted me to "show him proof ebooks are profitable" because he personally has never seen one worth paying for. I understand the sentiment as well, but I'm still in the research phases.

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