This is a long post with full details. Just wanted to warn you up front as I know some of you are just too lazy, even when all details are posted up freely like this!
It's a simple copy and paste from my private materials. I cleaned up most of it but some line breaks and formats might be out:
Ok so I've been getting some great feedback on a recent case study/tutorial I made available.
Many Warriors have emailed saying it's nice to see this info laid out etc. So I thought I'd make it available for you too. Enjoy.
Niche: Pet care
Total spent: $9 (and no further costs – I already had hosting)
Total revenue: $683 (still growing, and is fully automated)
Total profit: $674
Time invested: 2 hours daily, for 6 days = 12 hours
This tutorial is an example to the cornerstone of a 5+ figure a month affiliate income.
It often helps in affiliate marketing if you have cash to spend. This can be used for advertising which usually lets you get quick results, which you can then make profitable very quickly.
But if you don't have cash to spare you can still get into affiliate marketing. All you need is a slightly different angle of attack.
You can pretty much do this all for free with SEO and web 2.0 marketing. Also keep in mind that after the first seven days, I haven't done anything extra with this project.
But my site is still on the first page of Google for the main product keyword. This is a good advantage of using the combination of SEO and web 2.0 marketing instead of PPC.
You need a really good product to promote. If you get this right that is half your success right there.
What I like to do is search for any successful product in a particular market place. Then look to see which of those successful products has a new version coming out soon.
If the original product was successful then you know for sure that the new version will definitely be a good seller.
For example, Brad Callen released Keyword Elite which was a big seller. Lots of people liked it. So naturally, when I heard that Keyword Elite 2.0 was going to be released, I knew that lots of people would be searching for it and buying it.
You can find out about a few future product launches from Joint Venture (JV) Lists, Announcements, Blogs, And Community Forums. (this covers most new Clickbank products only though, not other networks).
So like I said, I chose to work with a pet care product from an author who already had two successful products before this current one.
From my previous experiments, I know that Google gives a lot of importance to your domain name. So I decided to register a domain with the product name in it.
Imagine that the product was called Frog Care, and the main domain was called frogcare.com (totally made up for this example).
You could register:
Frogcare.xxx (frogcare,co.uk, frogcare.org, frogcare.info, frogcare.net etc)
Just try to have the product name in the URL. You can add whatever you want before or after the product name as well. After you start adding content to the site and structure it correctly, you will get all the traffic on the product name search.
Now we need to create the website. For this I use WordPress.
WordPress is a great platform for building a quick website which will be loved by the search engines. Whether you want to build a small affiliate website or 1000 page online monster site, WordPress is the platform you need.
You can use CPanel at your host, and use Fantastico to install WordPress to a new domain name within 30 seconds (literally).
Once I did this I used a free theme which has a nice left-hander sidebar. I also created a quick image for the header.
In the header image for my site, I added the image of the product on sale. I also used a photo of the author with a huge call to action.
I added an opt in box which offered my visitor a free report in exchange for their e-mail address (the report was actually provided by the product author - you can create a quick 5 page report very easily for any product if you need to, do a web search for info you need).
The first post was made to the site. The title was big and bold with another call to action. This post was also made sticky for the front page so that it is always displayed on the front page of my website. This post should basically be the review or more information on the product itself.
I also created 3 other posts about the product, and related categories.
I created one single post which linked to a YouTube video (link to your own video if you can, or a related video if you don’t have time).
Optimise your SEO.
- Use the all in one SEO plug-in for WordPress.
- Use different titles and different descriptions for each of your pages and posts.
- Add ALT text for each of your images.
- Use the H1 tag on each of your pages and posts.
- Add a few H2 tags on you pages and posts.
- Use your specific keyword for that page/post in the H1 and H2 tags.
- Use your specific keyword for that page/post near the start, middle and end of the page.
- Use the keyword in the page/post name (so the url for the individual page/post will have the keyword in it).
- Use a SILO structure for your site (this is really useful).
A SILO structure for a car website would look like:
Use The Google Wonder Wheel:
Use the Google wonder wheel to find LSI keyword for your main keyword. Use those LSI keywords in your posts and pages.
Here’s an example of how I find LSI keywords if my main keyword is “Chrysler Cars”:
Do the search in Google as usual. Then click on show options:
Next, go to standard view > Wonder wheel:
And you will see the wonder wheel for your main keyword which you just typed in:
Be sure to use these keywords within your posts and pages, H1 and H2 tags, your site description and your site content. This will help to create the theme of your site.
This has helped me a lot, with ranking my sites. I often don’t have any backlinks to my website, and they still rank in the top spots. This is because of the on page SEO that I’ve shown you above.
Finally, once you've done all this, you'll need to create a XML sitemap for your site, and submit it to Google. You can do this with this plugin here:
WordPress › Google XML Sitemaps WordPress Plugins
Get some traffic.
You will need some targeted traffic to monetise your affiliate offer. A really effective way to do this is with web 2.0 marketing.
There are lots of web 2.0 properties that you can use. For my example above I used:
What I did was make a small Powerpoint slide show related to pet care. I made this with info that I found online. It was just some interesting facts about the pet I was targeting and some info that they could try out as well.
Then I recorded the presentation with Camtasia Studio (free trial at Screen Capture, Screen Recorder, Video Hosting, and Usability Testing Software) and ended up with a short video on pet care. Then I uploaded the video to the web 2.0 video properties.
I also created 2 articles and then submitted them to the individual blogs at HubPages, Squidoo etc.
Finally I created an account with Digg and gave a dig to my site. I also ran my Digg url through the KPing and Pingomatic services. This was all free.
Focus your affiliate site on the main product itself. Don’t be tempted to use Adsense or any similar distractions on your site. You’ve worked to get the visitor to the page. If they are going to leave your website it should ideally be because they want to buy the main product (in this case, the pet care product).
Read more about this here:
Webmaster guidelines - Webmaster Tools Help
Try and have an opt in box for your visitors as well. This will let you communicate with an interested and targeted audience, later on.
You can find these services for free at:
zookoda.com (UPDATE: is no longer available unfortunately)
I actually use a paid service for this, aweber.com. But remember, this step is optional so you can leave it until you are making money if you really need to.
The end result:
After I submitted the XML sitemap to Google, I left the site as it was. My site was indexed in 24 hours.
My online videos were also indexed in 24 hours.
And within 6 days my site was in the number 1 position for the product keyword. The actual product sales site was coming in at the number 2 spot in Google! The number 3 spot was………. my YouTube video!
Within 11 days my site had taken up 6 places on the 1st page of Google. So 6 out of the 10 results on the 1st page were actually my site results.
And that’s the affiliate marketing tutorial to follow if you want make $683 in revenue! Remember that $683 is still growing, completely on auto pilot.
I hope that helps you out if you're struggling to make any income online. Like I said, this was actually done by me and all the steps are laid out for you above. No smoke. No mirrors. Just copy the steps and you can do it too.
If you have questions, I'll do my best to answer them. All the best.