Niche Affiliate Marketing 101: Guide To Easily Create Successful Affiliate Websites With Wordpress

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I've been creating niche affiliate websites for over 15 years. I mainly stick to Amazon, Commission Junction, and Clickbank these days, just out of personal preference and ease of success really.

I try to drop by this forum every now and again to lend some of my experience to the other members because I know how hard it can be to try to make sense of today's internet marketing world.

Today, I'm going to give you some pointers to get you started building successful affiliate websites. Although I have a large amount of experience making money with Amazon affiliate sites, my techniques easily work with pretty much any affiliate ad network.

Before I get started, I want to talk about one thing real quick: Auto-Content. When you look around at the most popular Clickbank products, what do you see? I used to see high quality products that actually taught you how to do something useful. These days, most of the popular products are just sales gimmicks that are promising easy money.

Here's the dirty truth: Auto-Content is for suckers. The people that create an Auto-Content program/software can make it work for them to provide "proof" of it's success. Then, they sell it to thousands of other people. A few random people get lucky and make some money, while everyone else is left burned and dreaming over the next false promise to come along.

Google is catching on to Auto-Content too. Mark my words: it will be near impossible to make money online with non-unique content in the next couple of years.

So, do you want to make a quick buck or do you want to learn how to make a stable internet business? If you're after the quick buck and have no concern for the future, you probably won't want to continue reading.

I'm not a flashy kind of guy. I don't throw around earnings screenshots or hyped/misleading sales pages. Heck, I don't even drive a flashy car. I live a normal lifestyle. I have a wife, two kids, a minivan, two dogs, a cat and a house. The main abnormal thing about me is that I haven't worked a real job in 15 years (pretty much my entire adult life).

Growing up, I received a lot of pressure from my father to head down a particular path. He went to college to be a CPA and is now the CFO of a large corporation. My older brother followed in his footsteps. What did I do? I dropped out of school for computer animation, LOL. Yes, college does provide success in many cases. My father and brother are both very successful. However, I am younger than both and make more than both combined.

So, what's my secret?

Yes, I'm actually going to tell you!

One word: Quality.

The trend I see from internet marketers these days is the exact opposite. Most people tend to try to do the bare minimum they can do to make a buck.

Why do people do this? There's probably a few different reasons, but I bet the main reasons are a desire to be rich/successful, time-sensitive financial problems and/or laziness.

Instead of putting the time and effort into making a high quality website, most people will take shortcuts and often open websites long before they should be. Then, they'll jump to the next idea and continue that way (likely forever). In the long run, they do a lot of work, but they end up with very little success.

Now that I've explained that part, I will move on to the actual plan. Always keep your focus on quality, through every step in this plan.


Niche Affiliate Marketing Plan



#1 - Niche Research
Beyond maintaining high quality standards when you build your website, limiting your website to a specific niche is the other most important thing that you can do.

When you're talking about websites, a niche is a particular subject, topic, product or type of products. It is similar to a "category", but not as general. If you are interested in making an affiliate website having something to do with cars, there is simply too much information on that topic for a single person to cover. However, you could easily pick something very specific about cars to build a website about. A website about modification kits for a Honda Civic would be an example of a niche website that would be much easier to cover most of the needed information on that topic.

When you have a niche figured out, you will want to do keyword research on the niche. I always try to find an exact match .COM domain name to use for my niche affiliate sites. If you follow this strategy, you will find it much easier to get great search engine rankings and you will also start getting search engine traffic faster.

Niche keyword research and finding an exact match .COM domain name is really another topic in itself. I have actually posted another thread on this forum back in December that will explain my strategy in this area. I highly recommend that you take a bit to read through this thread for more specific information to do niche research.

You can find my niche research thread here:
How to Find a Niche Market


#2 - Site Planning
Once you have determined your website niche, you will want to spend some time planning your website before you even build the first page. Site planning is another important step in the process. It helps you provide a better experience for your website visitors, and it can also save you a lot of time redesigning your website using a trial and error process.

Do more keyword research to find some relevant terms that you can target on pages of your site. I like to come up with a handful of main keywords that I want to target in addition to my primary keyword phrase. These are generally more popular keyword phrases (500-1000 monthly searches).

Then, I plan to target one of those main keyword phrases on a single page of my site. Next, I plan numerous sub-pages for each of those main pages. These sub-pages are only linked from the parent main page and the sub-pages also link back to the parent page (in addition to the home page of the website). Your sub-pages should relate to the parent page. By building a structured site like this, you will boost your search engine ranking power. This will help to give you a better ranking for your primary keyword phrase and also for your other targeted keyword phrases on the main pages.

The key is to figure out a way to help your website visitors by giving them useful information that is easy to find and/or by helping them solve a problem. Think about what people are trying to find out when they search for something relating to your niche. Do they just want to see an advertisement and general information or are they looking for something more?

Most people want to build affiliate sites that are just loaded with reviews. Sure, some people look for that type of stuff, but the majority of people that end up buying something online are generally looking for something else first. I do use some reviews on my sites, but they are not the primary focus in most cases.


#3 - Site Building

I highly recommend using Wordpress to build your affiliate sites. Wordpress is a free software, if you don't already know. You will just need to have your own domain name and a hosting account to self-host Wordpress. This gives you full control over the software and your site, which is very important. You do not want to be building a great website on someone else's domain because they ultimately own it and will take something from you (probably a portion of your commissions). In the long run, it's simply worth the low cost of a domain and hosting. If you avoid these things, now is the time to take that leap.

I can't give you a tutorial on Wordpress because that is simply too vast of a concept to cover here. You can easily search on Google to find out about Wordpress and find free information on how to use it. My goal here is to teach you my personal methods and not something you can find with a Google search.

Build a single page to be your home page, instead of letting the home page be a standard list of the recent posts. Design a home page to feature the main pages that you have planned for your site. Those main pages can also be linked from the sidebar. In the same manner, you will have a main page just like the home page, except it will feature all of the sub-pages that relate to it. I actually avoid using Wordpress "posts" to make a site in this manner, but I have made successful sites with #1 Google rankings using a normal Wordpress page/category/post structure.

Build at least 20-30 total pages on your site. It's OK for the home page and the main pages of the site to use a specific keyword phrase as the title of the page, but you want to make sure to use some variety on the sub-pages (even pages that don't have full keyword phrases in the title). You want to include targeted keyword phrases on each page, but you also want to make sure you aren't using too many. Just a couple of references to your target keyword phrase is generally enough if the rest of that page is relational.

Each page of the site should have unique content. Take the time to learn about your niche and your products so you can write educational, unique content about them. You want to have at least 300 words on each page of your site. If you are going to top 600-1000 words on a single page, you may want to break it up into multiple pages.


#4 - Site Advertising
Personally, I use a Wordpress plugin I created to make my affiliate ads. I made so many sites that it was easier to make a plugin to help me make ads the way I have found to get good conversion rates.

Just like keyword phrases, don't overdo your advertising. Try not to sound too salesy. Instead, try to educate/help the visitor. I don't put ads on my home page and often won't include them on main pages either. On the sub-pages, I'll usually target a specific product and I'll show a styled advertisement that includes useful product information. I will also convert an instance of that product name in the page text into a plain text link for that ad.

You want your website visitors to feel like the site wasn't made for the advertisements. Too many affiliate sites are centered around the ads, which is an easy way to scare off your visitors. Let your visitor enter your site without seeing an advertisement. Let them see that you have quality information and something useful to offer before they run across an ad.

I have shown a small selection of my sites to other internet marketers. When I've done it on this forum, I always get a couple of people who say they don't understand how I can make money with a site because they can't find an advertisement. I just sit back and smile because that is the secret. Those internet marketers aren't reading my content and they aren't getting deep into my website, but REAL website visitors do both of these things and then stumble on an ad at just the right time. Consider this when you place your ads, if they overwhelm the site, then you should reconsider your approach.

DO NOT use Google ads ANYWHERE on your affiliate site, unless that is the only kind of advertising you use on the site. You can easily lose sales through Google ads.

Experiment with your ads. Try some different things to see what works best for your niche and your website visitors. Track your site visitors through Google Analytics. This will allow you to see reports about your site pages, which you can use to identify pages that are performing poorly (high bounce rate pages or high percent exit pages are good pages to target for redesign).


#5 - Site Marketing
When you're completely finished with your site, it's time for site marketing. If you've built a high quality site like I've talked about, you may already have some random search engine traffic before you are done.

Before you actually start to try to bring extra traffic to your site or boost your rankings, do one more thing first. Get a friend or family member to take a look at your site. Try to find someone who knows something about the internet, nothing about internet marketing and preferably someone who is interested in your niche. Ask them to spend a bit of time on your site and give you an honest, detailed review. You could even offer to pay the right person to do this for you, but I would only recommend paying a friend/family member because of the time required for a detailed review. Take that review very seriously and make changes to address any problems that came up.

When you are confident with your site, start marketing it online. The easiest way to do this is by building backlinks, which most people are fairly familiar with. Build links to your home page using your site's primary keyword phrase. Also build links to the main pages of your site using the target keyword phrase for those pages. Be sure to use a bit of variation with your backlink building strategy, which makes it look more natural to a search engine.

I also like to build some random links to the sub-pages on my sites, because a lot of natural backlinking happens this way. Consider the last time you saw a non-marketing related link, maybe from a friend on Facebook. Did they link to the home page of a website using only a keyword phrase or did they link to a specific page on a site to make a reference to something particular? Links to your "bottom" pages on your site that are not just using a keyword phrase for the anchor text are one of the most natural kinds of links you can build. Don't be afraid to throw an extra word or two in your links along with your targeted keyword phrase - it can actually help.

When it comes to building backlinks, there are millions of places you can do it. The entire internet is your backlink playground. You can go after some of the more common types of backlinks using free sites that let you publish a baclink along with content (ezinearticles, squidoo, etc..). There are also traditional directories - if you really made a great site, get yourself listed on DMOZ.org for some AMAZING results. I also recommend going after a few niche related backlinks. For niche backlinks, you want to try to find sites that are highly relational to your own website. If you can find a site that isn't in direct competition with you but still in your niche, you can often strike a deal with that site to exchange some backlinks. You can even offer other services to websites to get a backlink - guest content is one great way of doing that.

Your initial goal should be to get a #1 ranking for your primary keyword phrase. Once you achieve that, try to get a #1 ranking for your other main page keyword phrases. At the very least, I usually won't stop marketing a site until I have a #1 rank for the primary phrase and a top ten ranking for the other main phrases.

Once you achieve that goal, you will have an affiliate site that is able to make recurring revenue with almost zero maintenance. At that point, you can just move on to making another site. By building a number of these sites, you can literally make thousands of dollars every month or even every week. If you went after niches that have longevity, that income will continue for a long time to come. A hot new product can be a great niche to go after, but if that product will not have a long lifespan in the spotlight, then your success with that site could be limited as well. Certain products will always be used by people, at least for the known future. Those products do have heavy competition, but if you can find an available niche you will be able to make a long-term income with it.

If you maintain a high standard of quality when you build your site, you will actually reach a point where other sites start to link to you without any effort on your part. This is another one of the benefits to making great niche affiliate sites. When you start to get natural backlinks to your site, you may actually find that your site starts to get search engine rankings for more general keyword phrases (because of the power of your site). Those things can lead you to develop authority sites that can literally make thousands of dollars of month per site.

Even if you don't develop a huge authority site, you can still make a lot of money with this strategy. A 30 page affiliate site with a #1 ranking on it's primary keyword phrase that gets 500 searches/month on Google will usually make $30-$450 per month ($1 - $15 per day). Even if you stop there and move on to a new site, you can make thousands every month with a few dozen sites.

I hope I have been able to point some of you in the right direction to making a successful niche affiliate website with this marketing guide.

Just Remember:
  • Research Your Niche
  • Use Exact Match .COM Domains
  • Build High Quality, Useful Websites
  • Conservatively Use Advertising Where Appropriate
  • Market Your Site & Make Changes When Needed

Feel free to reply with comments and/or questions. I stay pretty busy, but I will bookmark this thread to reply to questions as I have the time.

-Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author J.M.Wilson
    Ryan

    What a fantastic post, one of the best I've read on here. It's also pretty much how I operate my business too. I don't reply or give thanks that often here but I just had to after reading your post.

    Thanks!

    JM
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    • Profile picture of the author sportsfan54
      I got a few questions for you.

      How many kw do you usually pick for your website?

      And also say you have about 15-20 kw for your site, do you create as many pages as you do kw and optomize each page for 1 kw?

      Or do you optomize each page for more than 1 kw?

      What kw density do you usually go for 1/100?
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      • Profile picture of the author phpnetpro
        Originally Posted by J.M.Wilson View Post

        Ryan

        What a fantastic post, one of the best I've read on here. It's also pretty much how I operate my business too. I don't reply or give thanks that often here but I just had to after reading your post.

        Thanks!

        JM
        Thanks for your comments JM.

        Originally Posted by sportsfan54 View Post

        I got a few questions for you.

        How many kw do you usually pick for your website?

        And also say you have about 15-20 kw for your site, do you create as many pages as you do kw and optomize each page for 1 kw?

        Or do you optomize each page for more than 1 kw?

        What kw density do you usually go for 1/100?

        I'll pick a primary keyword phrase, which is also my domain name. Then I pick another 5-10 phrases that I use for main pages of the site - just one phrase per page. The rest of the pages on the site may target a phrase, but much more naturally than the main pages of the site.

        I don't have a set keyword density that I follow. I want my target phrase to be one of the highest density phrases on the page, but I try to not exceed 5% density. Many pages will end up around 3-4%.
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  • Profile picture of the author grannywriteswell
    Thank you for your information I had been wracking my brain for ages trying to work out how to link pages properly with WP so that I could have a more professional looking site rather than a bloggy looking one and I can't believe that in all this time using WP I forgot about the parent structure on the pages - you have inspired me, lol, thanks again
    Ellen
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben Armstrong
      This is a fantastic post.

      I've taken a look at one of your sites and it's really made me re-think the way I've been going about things.

      I'm still learning the ropes at the moment but you've given me some great ideas to move forward with.

      I've been creating Amazon review sites that tend to have a main page with a summary of each review and that's pretty much it. I can now see how I could incorporate your startegy into my next site to make it both more user friendly and search engine friendly at the same time.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Nice contribution.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
    What an amazing post. I just bookmarked it so I can come back and read it again. It's stuff like this that makes me proud to be a part of this community. I hope I someday have something as valuable to share in return!
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  • Profile picture of the author 1960Texan
    Nice post! Do you tend to use the same Wordpress theme for all of your affiliate sites, or do you choose the theme according to the product?

    Will
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    • Profile picture of the author phpnetpro
      Originally Posted by grannywriteswell View Post

      Thank you for your information I had been wracking my brain for ages trying to work out how to link pages properly with WP so that I could have a more professional looking site rather than a bloggy looking one and I can't believe that in all this time using WP I forgot about the parent structure on the pages - you have inspired me, lol, thanks again
      Ellen
      Hi Ellen,

      You're quite welcome.

      I remember when Wordpress first came out. I actually dismissed it for quite a while because I just wasn't into blogging that much. I liked making custom sites that did exactly what I wanted. I still do that, but I do it with Wordpress for a large portion of the sites that I make these days. I still customize as much as I need to in order to make a site work the way I want, but using Wordpress as a base saves time with quite a few things.

      It does take some HTML/CSS knowledge to make a decent looking Wordpress site out of a fairly plain theme, using only pages, but the end result is well worth it in my opinion. For people that don't know HTML, it's really pretty easy to learn some basic techniques just to accomplish specific things that you need to do on your site.

      Inspiration, motivation & determination are things I cannot teach others, but I am happy that my information can do those things for some people. Ultimately, all of the knowledge in the world won't help unless you're inspired and motivated enough to do something with it.

      Ryan

      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      Nice contribution.
      Thank you tpw.

      Originally Posted by DeborahDera View Post

      What an amazing post. I just bookmarked it so I can come back and read it again. It's stuff like this that makes me proud to be a part of this community. I hope I someday have something as valuable to share in return!
      Thanks Deborah. I know it's quite a read (3000+ words I believe). I wouldn't really expect someone to read this post and get everything they need in a single shot, so feel free to take your time. There will probably be more useful information from my replies by the time you get to reading them

      You will have something valuable to share with others one day and I'm glad that you have the desire to do so. There really are too many greedy people in the internet marketing community these days. Many people probably would have made this information as a WSO, but that's just not my style. I starting making money online as a high school kid without a penny in my pocket and getting banned from a home internet connection for running a web server on my computer, so there's always a special place in my heart to help others start in the same way (without the money - not getting banned from your ISP, I certainly don't recommend that LOL).

      Ryan

      Originally Posted by MalceskiFan View Post

      This is a fantastic post.

      I've taken a look at one of your sites and it's really made me re-think the way I've been going about things.

      I'm still learning the ropes at the moment but you've given me some great ideas to move forward with.

      I've been creating Amazon review sites that tend to have a main page with a summary of each review and that's pretty much it. I can now see how I could incorporate your startegy into my next site to make it both more user friendly and search engine friendly at the same time.
      Thanks for your comments MalceskiFan.

      I'm glad people read this post and see the value in the strategy.

      Quick story...

      Most of my friends are computer dumb. One of these friends was over the other day and asked to use a laptop to check their email. I sat there as he opened yahoo and struggled for quite a while just to get to the list of unread emails. It actually took him over an hour to read an email from someone and reply to it. In the process, he clicked on four different advertisements that were rather misleading.

      I really couldn't help but chuckle as I watched, since simple things like that don't even require brain power for me to do. I felt bad though because he is probably my average website visitor on affiliate sites. I then tried to point him in the right direction and show him things to avoid. Until then, he was clueless on how certain things worked. He also mentioned that it had been a while since he had been online and that it's worse now (referring to the misleading advertisements).

      This just goes to show you that the current bad marketing practices that many people use these days are NOT what people are actually looking for. The truth is that those things are really just tricks that will boost short-term numbers and make them appear to be better. However, if you continue bad strategies long-term then you will quickly find out that you are only successful with a new stream of visitors. By addressing the needs of the website visitors, people will share your site, bookmark it and often buy from it.

      Ryan

      Originally Posted by 1960Texan View Post

      Nice post! Do you tend to use the same Wordpress theme for all of your affiliate sites, or do you choose the theme according to the product?

      Will
      Hi Will,

      Good question. It's one I receive fairly frequently.

      I will sometimes find a theme that fits the niche subject, but I often just use the Twenty Ten theme that comes with Wordpress and make changes to it as needed. Some people don't have that luxury (knowledge of PHP, HTML, CSS, etc), so other themes are certainly more appealing to them.

      I like Twenty Ten because it's simple, loads quickly, uses optimized H1/H2 tags and I also find it easy to customize for my needs with a decent majority of sites. Regardless of what you use, I wouldn't recommend using a theme with improper header tags or a theme with heavy graphics (=long load time).

      Improper header tags is something I see with a lot of themes. They will simply set the title of the blog that is shown at the top of each page as the H1 header. Then, the title of each page is set as the H2 header. This keeps the focus on the title of the blog and not on the content of each page, which I find to be counterproductive with these types of sites. The Twenty Ten theme properly uses header tags and only sets the title of the blog as the H1 header tag on the front page of the site.

      If you can find a theme within those specifications, then I'd recommend it to use. Twenty Ten works well for me because I like to keep the site plain and put a single, styled advertisement on a page that will have an ad. With this strategy, the visitor's attention is often drawn to the ad or at least won't pass it over completely.

      Ryan


      Originally Posted by mgpweb View Post

      Thanks for taking the time to put this up for everyone. Very helpful
      Hi mgpweb,

      You're very welcome. Thanks for your kind words.

      Ryan
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      • Profile picture of the author Joe2
        @phpnetpro

        Lots of times on the internet the advice given is "choose a market you are passionate about" This would not apply to you now as you have diversified into a number of entirely different markets.

        As a matter of interest, when you started, did you "follow your passion" and is this in fact good advice?
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      • Profile picture of the author Susanrh
        Hi Ryan
        Thank you for your great post!


        Quote: "I like Twenty Ten because it's simple, loads quickly, uses optimized H1/H2 tags and I also find it easy to customize for my needs with a decent majority of sites. Regardless of what you use, I wouldn't recommend using a theme with improper header tags or a theme with heavy graphics (=long load time).

        Improper header tags is something I see with a lot of themes. They will simply set the title of the blog that is shown at the top of each page as the H1 header. Then, the title of each page is set as the H2 header. This keeps the focus on the title of the blog and not on the content of each page, which I find to be counterproductive with these types of sites. The Twenty Ten theme properly uses header tags and only sets the title of the blog as the H1 header tag on the front page of the site."

        How do you find this out? I am fairly confident with wordpress but not with some of the technical stuff like this. So how do you find out how theme use the header tags etc?
        Thanks
        Susan
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  • Profile picture of the author fizfaz
    Ryan, as always another great post from you. I learned a lot from your post here.
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    • Profile picture of the author DOWORKSON
      You can make 30-450$ off of a keyphrase that gets only 500 searches a month? Did you mean 5000?
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  • Profile picture of the author thegreatnapi
    Originally Posted by phpnetpro View Post

    I've been creating niche affiliate websites for over 15 years. I mainly stick to Amazon, Commission Junction, and Clickbank these days, just out of personal preference and ease of success really.

    I try to drop by this forum every now and again to lend some of my experience to the other members because I know how hard it can be to try to make sense of today's internet marketing world.

    Today, I'm going to give you some pointers to get you started building successful affiliate websites. Although I have a large amount of experience making money with Amazon affiliate sites, my techniques easily work with pretty much any affiliate ad network.

    Before I get started, I want to talk about one thing real quick: Auto-Content. When you look around at the most popular Clickbank products, what do you see? I used to see high quality products that actually taught you how to do something useful. These days, most of the popular products are just sales gimmicks that are promising easy money.

    Here's the dirty truth: Auto-Content is for suckers. The people that create an Auto-Content program/software can make it work for them to provide "proof" of it's success. Then, they sell it to thousands of other people. A few random people get lucky and make some money, while everyone else is left burned and dreaming over the next false promise to come along.

    Google is catching on to Auto-Content too. Mark my words: it will be near impossible to make money online with non-unique content in the next couple of years.

    So, do you want to make a quick buck or do you want to learn how to make a stable internet business? If you're after the quick buck and have no concern for the future, you probably won't want to continue reading.

    I'm not a flashy kind of guy. I don't throw around earnings screenshots or hyped/misleading sales pages. Heck, I don't even drive a flashy car. I live a normal lifestyle. I have a wife, two kids, a minivan, two dogs, a cat and a house. The main abnormal thing about me is that I haven't worked a real job in 15 years (pretty much my entire adult life).

    Growing up, I received a lot of pressure from my father to head down a particular path. He went to college to be a CPA and is now the CFO of a large corporation. My older brother followed in his footsteps. What did I do? I dropped out of school for computer animation, LOL. Yes, college does provide success in many cases. My father and brother are both very successful. However, I am younger than both and make more than both combined.

    So, what's my secret?

    Yes, I'm actually going to tell you!

    One word: Quality.

    The trend I see from internet marketers these days is the exact opposite. Most people tend to try to do the bare minimum they can do to make a buck.

    Why do people do this? There's probably a few different reasons, but I bet the main reasons are a desire to be rich/successful, time-sensitive financial problems and/or laziness.

    Instead of putting the time and effort into making a high quality website, most people will take shortcuts and often open websites long before they should be. Then, they'll jump to the next idea and continue that way (likely forever). In the long run, they do a lot of work, but they end up with very little success.

    Now that I've explained that part, I will move on to the actual plan. Always keep your focus on quality, through every step in this plan.


    Niche Affiliate Marketing Plan



    #1 - Niche Research
    Beyond maintaining high quality standards when you build your website, limiting your website to a specific niche is the other most important thing that you can do.

    When you're talking about websites, a niche is a particular subject, topic, product or type of products. It is similar to a "category", but not as general. If you are interested in making an affiliate website having something to do with cars, there is simply too much information on that topic for a single person to cover. However, you could easily pick something very specific about cars to build a website about. A website about modification kits for a Honda Civic would be an example of a niche website that would be much easier to cover most of the needed information on that topic.

    When you have a niche figured out, you will want to do keyword research on the niche. I always try to find an exact match .COM domain name to use for my niche affiliate sites. If you follow this strategy, you will find it much easier to get great search engine rankings and you will also start getting search engine traffic faster.

    Niche keyword research and finding an exact match .COM domain name is really another topic in itself. I have actually posted another thread on this forum back in December that will explain my strategy in this area. I highly recommend that you take a bit to read through this thread for more specific information to do niche research.

    You can find my niche research thread here:
    How to Find a Niche Market


    #2 - Site Planning
    Once you have determined your website niche, you will want to spend some time planning your website before you even build the first page. Site planning is another important step in the process. It helps you provide a better experience for your website visitors, and it can also save you a lot of time redesigning your website using a trial and error process.

    Do more keyword research to find some relevant terms that you can target on pages of your site. I like to come up with a handful of main keywords that I want to target in addition to my primary keyword phrase. These are generally more popular keyword phrases (500-1000 monthly searches).

    Then, I plan to target one of those main keyword phrases on a single page of my site. Next, I plan numerous sub-pages for each of those main pages. These sub-pages are only linked from the parent main page and the sub-pages also link back to the parent page (in addition to the home page of the website). Your sub-pages should relate to the parent page. By building a structured site like this, you will boost your search engine ranking power. This will help to give you a better ranking for your primary keyword phrase and also for your other targeted keyword phrases on the main pages.

    The key is to figure out a way to help your website visitors by giving them useful information that is easy to find and/or by helping them solve a problem. Think about what people are trying to find out when they search for something relating to your niche. Do they just want to see an advertisement and general information or are they looking for something more?

    Most people want to build affiliate sites that are just loaded with reviews. Sure, some people look for that type of stuff, but the majority of people that end up buying something online are generally looking for something else first. I do use some reviews on my sites, but they are not the primary focus in most cases.


    #3 - Site Building

    I highly recommend using Wordpress to build your affiliate sites. Wordpress is a free software, if you don't already know. You will just need to have your own domain name and a hosting account to self-host Wordpress. This gives you full control over the software and your site, which is very important. You do not want to be building a great website on someone else's domain because they ultimately own it and will take something from you (probably a portion of your commissions). In the long run, it's simply worth the low cost of a domain and hosting. If you avoid these things, now is the time to take that leap.

    I can't give you a tutorial on Wordpress because that is simply too vast of a concept to cover here. You can easily search on Google to find out about Wordpress and find free information on how to use it. My goal here is to teach you my personal methods and not something you can find with a Google search.

    Build a single page to be your home page, instead of letting the home page be a standard list of the recent posts. Design a home page to feature the main pages that you have planned for your site. Those main pages can also be linked from the sidebar. In the same manner, you will have a main page just like the home page, except it will feature all of the sub-pages that relate to it. I actually avoid using Wordpress "posts" to make a site in this manner, but I have made successful sites with #1 Google rankings using a normal Wordpress page/category/post structure.

    Build at least 20-30 total pages on your site. It's OK for the home page and the main pages of the site to use a specific keyword phrase as the title of the page, but you want to make sure to use some variety on the sub-pages (even pages that don't have full keyword phrases in the title). You want to include targeted keyword phrases on each page, but you also want to make sure you aren't using too many. Just a couple of references to your target keyword phrase is generally enough if the rest of that page is relational.

    Each page of the site should have unique content. Take the time to learn about your niche and your products so you can write educational, unique content about them. You want to have at least 300 words on each page of your site. If you are going to top 600-1000 words on a single page, you may want to break it up into multiple pages.


    #4 - Site Advertising
    Personally, I use a Wordpress plugin I created to make my affiliate ads. I made so many sites that it was easier to make a plugin to help me make ads the way I have found to get good conversion rates.

    Just like keyword phrases, don't overdo your advertising. Try not to sound too salesy. Instead, try to educate/help the visitor. I don't put ads on my home page and often won't include them on main pages either. On the sub-pages, I'll usually target a specific product and I'll show a styled advertisement that includes useful product information. I will also convert an instance of that product name in the page text into a plain text link for that ad.

    You want your website visitors to feel like the site wasn't made for the advertisements. Too many affiliate sites are centered around the ads, which is an easy way to scare off your visitors. Let your visitor enter your site without seeing an advertisement. Let them see that you have quality information and something useful to offer before they run across an ad.

    I have shown a small selection of my sites to other internet marketers. When I've done it on this forum, I always get a couple of people who say they don't understand how I can make money with a site because they can't find an advertisement. I just sit back and smile because that is the secret. Those internet marketers aren't reading my content and they aren't getting deep into my website, but REAL website visitors do both of these things and then stumble on an ad at just the right time. Consider this when you place your ads, if they overwhelm the site, then you should reconsider your approach.

    DO NOT use Google ads ANYWHERE on your affiliate site, unless that is the only kind of advertising you use on the site. You can easily lose sales through Google ads.

    Experiment with your ads. Try some different things to see what works best for your niche and your website visitors. Track your site visitors through Google Analytics. This will allow you to see reports about your site pages, which you can use to identify pages that are performing poorly (high bounce rate pages or high percent exit pages are good pages to target for redesign).


    #5 - Site Marketing
    When you're completely finished with your site, it's time for site marketing. If you've built a high quality site like I've talked about, you may already have some random search engine traffic before you are done.

    Before you actually start to try to bring extra traffic to your site or boost your rankings, do one more thing first. Get a friend or family member to take a look at your site. Try to find someone who knows something about the internet, nothing about internet marketing and preferably someone who is interested in your niche. Ask them to spend a bit of time on your site and give you an honest, detailed review. You could even offer to pay the right person to do this for you, but I would only recommend paying a friend/family member because of the time required for a detailed review. Take that review very seriously and make changes to address any problems that came up.

    When you are confident with your site, start marketing it online. The easiest way to do this is by building backlinks, which most people are fairly familiar with. Build links to your home page using your site's primary keyword phrase. Also build links to the main pages of your site using the target keyword phrase for those pages. Be sure to use a bit of variation with your backlink building strategy, which makes it look more natural to a search engine.

    I also like to build some random links to the sub-pages on my sites, because a lot of natural backlinking happens this way. Consider the last time you saw a non-marketing related link, maybe from a friend on Facebook. Did they link to the home page of a website using only a keyword phrase or did they link to a specific page on a site to make a reference to something particular? Links to your "bottom" pages on your site that are not just using a keyword phrase for the anchor text are one of the most natural kinds of links you can build. Don't be afraid to throw an extra word or two in your links along with your targeted keyword phrase - it can actually help.

    When it comes to building backlinks, there are millions of places you can do it. The entire internet is your backlink playground. You can go after some of the more common types of backlinks using free sites that let you publish a baclink along with content (ezinearticles, squidoo, etc..). There are also traditional directories - if you really made a great site, get yourself listed on DMOZ.org for some AMAZING results. I also recommend going after a few niche related backlinks. For niche backlinks, you want to try to find sites that are highly relational to your own website. If you can find a site that isn't in direct competition with you but still in your niche, you can often strike a deal with that site to exchange some backlinks. You can even offer other services to websites to get a backlink - guest content is one great way of doing that.

    Your initial goal should be to get a #1 ranking for your primary keyword phrase. Once you achieve that, try to get a #1 ranking for your other main page keyword phrases. At the very least, I usually won't stop marketing a site until I have a #1 rank for the primary phrase and a top ten ranking for the other main phrases.

    Once you achieve that goal, you will have an affiliate site that is able to make recurring revenue with almost zero maintenance. At that point, you can just move on to making another site. By building a number of these sites, you can literally make thousands of dollars every month or even every week. If you went after niches that have longevity, that income will continue for a long time to come. A hot new product can be a great niche to go after, but if that product will not have a long lifespan in the spotlight, then your success with that site could be limited as well. Certain products will always be used by people, at least for the known future. Those products do have heavy competition, but if you can find an available niche you will be able to make a long-term income with it.

    If you maintain a high standard of quality when you build your site, you will actually reach a point where other sites start to link to you without any effort on your part. This is another one of the benefits to making great niche affiliate sites. When you start to get natural backlinks to your site, you may actually find that your site starts to get search engine rankings for more general keyword phrases (because of the power of your site). Those things can lead you to develop authority sites that can literally make thousands of dollars of month per site.

    Even if you don't develop a huge authority site, you can still make a lot of money with this strategy. A 30 page affiliate site with a #1 ranking on it's primary keyword phrase that gets 500 searches/month on Google will usually make $30-$450 per month ($1 - $15 per day). Even if you stop there and move on to a new site, you can make thousands every month with a few dozen sites.

    I hope I have been able to point some of you in the right direction to making a successful niche affiliate website with this marketing guide.

    Just Remember:
    • Research Your Niche
    • Use Exact Match .COM Domains
    • Build High Quality, Useful Websites
    • Conservatively Use Advertising Where Appropriate
    • Market Your Site & Make Changes When Needed

    Feel free to reply with comments and/or questions. I stay pretty busy, but I will bookmark this thread to reply to questions as I have the time.

    -Ryan
    This is very helpful. It is very obvious you know what you are taking about. Very kind of you, to share this with us.
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    • Profile picture of the author phpnetpro
      Originally Posted by fizfaz View Post

      Ryan, as always another great post from you. I learned a lot from your post here.
      Thanks for your comments fizfaz.

      Originally Posted by Joe2 View Post

      @phpnetpro

      Lots of times on the internet the advice given is "choose a market you are passionate about" This would not apply to you now as you have diversified into a number of entirely different markets.

      As a matter of interest, when you started, did you "follow your passion" and is this in fact good advice?
      Hi Joe,

      This is a good question. I actually did start by following my passion and it was a huge flop, lol. As soon as I started promoting things that I had zero interest in, I starting having success.

      I still recommend that others follow their passion, as long as it's not in a highly competitive niche. If the niche is too competitive or if not enough people are interested in the niche, it can be a huge waste of time to follow your passion.

      Follow your passion is common advice because you already know about the subject and can write about it easily. When you deal with other topics, it takes a bit of research time to learn about the niche/products. I enjoy annoying members of my family with useless product information that I have soaked up over the years - it's fun.

      I have a few advantages over the average internet marketer, so learning a new niche isn't that difficult for me. I would really just base that decision on how you feel about writing on a niche that you know nothing about.

      Ryan

      Originally Posted by Susanrh View Post

      Hi Ryan
      Thank you for your great post!


      Quote: "I like Twenty Ten because it's simple, loads quickly, uses optimized H1/H2 tags and I also find it easy to customize for my needs with a decent majority of sites. Regardless of what you use, I wouldn't recommend using a theme with improper header tags or a theme with heavy graphics (=long load time).

      Improper header tags is something I see with a lot of themes. They will simply set the title of the blog that is shown at the top of each page as the H1 header. Then, the title of each page is set as the H2 header. This keeps the focus on the title of the blog and not on the content of each page, which I find to be counterproductive with these types of sites. The Twenty Ten theme properly uses header tags and only sets the title of the blog as the H1 header tag on the front page of the site."

      How do you find this out? I am fairly confident with wordpress but not with some of the technical stuff like this. So how do you find out how theme use the header tags etc?
      Thanks
      Susan
      Hi Susan,

      This is another good question.

      I would visit two pages on your site to find out. First, go to the home page and view the source. Also view the source of another page on your site. Search that source for this: H1

      You want to see the blog title right after the H1 tag, but only on the home page:
      Code:
      <H1>
      The source code of the second page that you view should show the H2 tag right before the blog title and the H1 tag should be right before the page title a bit more down the page.

      Ryan



      Originally Posted by penpal6 View Post

      excellent post! creating a bookmark of this post
      Thanks for your kind words penpal6.

      Originally Posted by DOWORKSON View Post

      You can make 30-450$ off of a keyphrase that gets only 500 searches a month? Did you mean 5000?
      Hi DOWORKSON,

      No, just 500. I can usually make $1/day ($30/month) on a site with just a top ten ranking on it's main keyword phrase. A #1 ranking usually doubles or triples that amount, but it also heavily depends on the niche. The $450 is really a high-end estimate for that. I have a couple of particular sites that are in this max range, which is why I stated that amount.

      Most people think you need 100 ad clicks to get one sale on Amazon. I generally get 4-10 sales per 100 ad clicks, again heavily depending on the niche and product price. My lowest conversion rate sites are promoting $1000-2000 products, and they still convert around 4%.

      The site quality is really the key to it all. With low quality review sites, you need a lot of traffic to get decent sales. I really think those sites will often end up with more random sales than referred sales, half of which are just coincidence. Consider this: You funnel people from Google to Amazon at the rate of hundreds a day or more. No matter how bad or misleading your site is, a small percentage of people may browse around Amazon or go back to it later that night and buy something (completely unrelated to your niche, often). I truly believe that this is how many of the low quality reviews sites are "successful". I try to maximize what I have and I don't like wasting traffic if I can help it.

      Ryan



      Originally Posted by thegreatnapi View Post

      This is very helpful. It is very obvious you know what you are taking about. Very kind of you, to share this with us.
      Thanks a lot. Very kind of you to say such nice things .

      Ryan
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      • Profile picture of the author DOWORKSON
        Originally Posted by phpnetpro View Post

        Thanks for your comments fizfaz.



        Hi Joe,

        This is a good question. I actually did start by following my passion and it was a huge flop, lol. As soon as I started promoting things that I had zero interest in, I starting having success.

        I still recommend that others follow their passion, as long as it's not in a highly competitive niche. If the niche is too competitive or if not enough people are interested in the niche, it can be a huge waste of time to follow your passion.

        Follow your passion is common advice because you already know about the subject and can write about it easily. When you deal with other topics, it takes a bit of research time to learn about the niche/products. I enjoy annoying members of my family with useless product information that I have soaked up over the years - it's fun.

        I have a few advantages over the average internet marketer, so learning a new niche isn't that difficult for me. I would really just base that decision on how you feel about writing on a niche that you know nothing about.

        Ryan



        Hi Susan,

        This is another good question.

        I would visit two pages on your site to find out. First, go to the home page and view the source. Also view the source of another page on your site. Search that source for this: H1

        You want to see the blog title right after the H1 tag, but only on the home page:
        Code:
        <H1>
        The source code of the second page that you view should show the H2 tag right before the blog title and the H1 tag should be right before the page title a bit more down the page.

        Ryan





        Thanks for your kind words penpal6.



        Hi DOWORKSON,

        No, just 500. I can usually make $1/day ($30/month) on a site with just a top ten ranking on it's main keyword phrase. A #1 ranking usually doubles or triples that amount, but it also heavily depends on the niche. The $450 is really a high-end estimate for that. I have a couple of particular sites that are in this max range, which is why I stated that amount.

        Most people think you need 100 ad clicks to get one sale on Amazon. I generally get 4-10 sales per 100 ad clicks, again heavily depending on the niche and product price. My lowest conversion rate sites are promoting $1000-2000 products, and they still convert around 4%.

        The site quality is really the key to it all. With low quality review sites, you need a lot of traffic to get decent sales. I really think those sites will often end up with more random sales than referred sales, half of which are just coincidence. Consider this: You funnel people from Google to Amazon at the rate of hundreds a day or more. No matter how bad or misleading your site is, a small percentage of people may browse around Amazon or go back to it later that night and buy something (completely unrelated to your niche, often). I truly believe that this is how many of the low quality reviews sites are "successful". I try to maximize what I have and I don't like wasting traffic if I can help it.

        Ryan





        Thanks a lot. Very kind of you to say such nice things .

        Ryan
        Thanks alot for the detailed post. Very eye opening. I promote physical products but i never promoted amazon because the comission was too small.
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        • Profile picture of the author phpnetpro
          Originally Posted by DOWORKSON View Post

          Thanks alot for the detailed post. Very eye opening. I promote physical products but i never promoted amazon because the comission was too small.
          You're quite welcome.

          A lot of people avoid Amazon as an affiliate because of the commission rate. Personally, I find Amazon to usually have the best prices, selection and even commission on almost any physical product niche. If you don't mind my asking, where do you promote physical products with a higher commission than Amazon?

          Amazon.com starts at 4%, but many of the other Amazon affiliate sites start you at 5%. I actually don't mind Amazon.com starting at 4%, because I never get 4% on any sales except for electronics (which are usually high priced items). Even for a beginner, it's quite easy to make the first jump from 4% to 6%. For most niches, that will result in 50% more earnings from the same sales.

          Obviously, digital products are going to have higher commissions, because those retailers don't really have many expenses. Physical product sales always come with a low profit margin, but the volume usually makes up for it.

          Many people will only go after expensive Amazon products ($100-150+) to earn higher commissions per sale. I certainly don't avoid expensive product sites, but I also don't avoid cheap products either. Since Amazon bases your commission rate on monthly sales volume, it can help a lot to run a variety of sites. You may not be very impressed by a site that makes $30 a month from 25 cent commissions, but that's 120 sales a month. By simply combining that site with an expensive product site on the same Amazon affiliate account, you can sell low volume on the expensive products and still get commissions from a couple tiers higher.

          I remember first getting started marketing Amazon affiliate sites (roughly three years ago). I was hesitant about the commission as well, but it surprised me. After building a single site, I had $16 my first month, $33 my second and over $100 my third month. I didn't even do anything to that site since the first month. Needless to say, I started making quite a few more Amazon sites after the third month. If you could build a site in a couple weeks that will make $100 per month after three months, wouldn't you build as many as you could?

          Anyone that is discouraged from starting an Amazon affiliate site because of the commission, just try a single site to see how it works for you. I've taught complete internet marketing newbies to build these sites, so I'm pretty confident that anyone can do it.

          Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author mmsearch
    First off let me say that your post is truly inspiring and very sincere.

    I had a few questions perhaps you could provide some insight on:

    What sort of tools do you utilize in the process (software etc)

    When doing kw research - I have been confused for sometime concerning exact match/phrase match/broad match. It seems many people have differing views on which to use when considering a keyword to target any insights you could share?

    Do you outsource any of the work that goes in on your sites?

    I have lots of questions, however i will leave it at that for now lol

    Thanks again for the informative thread!
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  • Profile picture of the author brit16
    I really enjoyed your post! I am very new to this (never heard of IM until about 4 months ago), and have been trying to get started for 3 months now. I have made about two hundred dollars on clickbank so far. Promoting two products in the same niche, or atleast very closely related niches.

    I am trying to promote the products in a very subtle way, because I want my site to be helpful to them and for them to want to come back. Some of the other warriors viewed my site and basically said this was a negative aspect to my site. I understand where they are coming from, but I was glad to hear your strategy.

    Question:
    I am creating a blog that I hope will eventually become popular in the niche. When you explained your steps they do not sound like a blog. When you say 20-30 page website, how would this look with a blog? Do your blog post count as "pages"? How should you approach the keyword aspect on your blog post? Right now I have a few articles posted, that focus on keywords, but some of the other post are more to just get people coming back. Any advice???? Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author phpnetpro
      Originally Posted by mmsearch View Post

      First off let me say that your post is truly inspiring and very sincere.

      I had a few questions perhaps you could provide some insight on:

      What sort of tools do you utilize in the process (software etc)

      When doing kw research - I have been confused for sometime concerning exact match/phrase match/broad match. It seems many people have differing views on which to use when considering a keyword to target any insights you could share?

      Do you outsource any of the work that goes in on your sites?

      I have lots of questions, however i will leave it at that for now lol

      Thanks again for the informative thread!

      Thanks a lot for your kind words mmsearch.

      Basic Tools for each site:
      Domain Name
      Website Hosting
      Wordpress Installation

      Wordpress Plugins:
      Product Style for all advertising
      Keyword Statistics for easy checking/generation of keyword density and meta keywords.
      SEO Ultimate (with meta keywords and description plugins disabled).
      Exec-PHP for custom coding, when needed


      With keyword research, I recommend following the exact match number from Google, but the phrase and broad numbers can give you an idea of how much relational traffic could be obtained. Generally, I like to see exact global monthly searches at 500 or higher for my domain name keyword phrase. With rising keywords, you may have to dig into the CSV file that Google keyword tool will let you download to find out more recent traffic numbers, although those monthly traffic numbers in the CSV file represent local averages not global.

      I view phrase match traffic as potential traffic that I could get somewhat easily with the site. Phrase match traffic is for phrases (including your main keyword) that contain the main keyword and other words. For example, if your exact match keyword phrase is "Blue Cars", the phrase match traffic for that term would include traffic from phrases like "2010 Blue Cars" and traffic from the original keyword phrase.

      I hardly ever outsource work. I've certainly been tempted and tried before, but I found it to be more work than doing it myself. The main reason for this is the general low quality that you receive from outsourcing. If you can find someone that will work for you on a regular basis and can consistently produce quality work that meets your standards, then it could certainly help. Personally, I just feel like freelance writers will slap together general information articles, which can make a site seem rather random without a general concept/theme. I try to tailor each site to go after the needs of people in that niche, so I'm usually not looking for many general and/or product review articles on the site and it's hard to instruct a freelancer with so many specifics.

      You're quite welcome for the information. I'm glad you've found it useful.

      Ryan




      Originally Posted by brit16 View Post

      I really enjoyed your post! I am very new to this (never heard of IM until about 4 months ago), and have been trying to get started for 3 months now. I have made about two hundred dollars on clickbank so far. Promoting two products in the same niche, or atleast very closely related niches.

      I am trying to promote the products in a very subtle way, because I want my site to be helpful to them and for them to want to come back. Some of the other warriors viewed my site and basically said this was a negative aspect to my site. I understand where they are coming from, but I was glad to hear your strategy.

      Question:
      I am creating a blog that I hope will eventually become popular in the niche. When you explained your steps they do not sound like a blog. When you say 20-30 page website, how would this look with a blog? Do your blog post count as "pages"? How should you approach the keyword aspect on your blog post? Right now I have a few articles posted, that focus on keywords, but some of the other post are more to just get people coming back. Any advice???? Thanks!
      Hi Brit,

      Glad to hear of your Clickbank success. Don't feel pressured to cave in to what other marketers say about your work. I still have people that ask me how I manage to make money on particular sites, but I truly think it helps to promote things in a subtle manner.

      You're new to the game, but you've been making sales so obviously those marketers weren't entirely right. When you look at many Clickbank products, especially geared towards IM, you can see how many marketers think you should promote something.

      In reality, forceful marketing just tricks a small portion of people into buying and irritates everyone else. Like you said, when you treat your site visitors in a respectful manner, they are much more inclined to return.

      I really don't create my sites in a blog manner. I wish I could just share my network of sites with everyone, but certain people out there make that a really bad idea. I shared a site of mine (dogcratesizes.com, not mine anymore though) in a previous post of mine about keyword research. You wouldn't believe how many people tried to attack that niche after my post. One TOOL (sorry, not a fan of lazy content thieves) even duplicated the site at dogcratesize.com (almost exactly, minus the design). I've even had people register the same domain name with another extension and try to compete with my site. So, I just share a small selection of my personal sites with people in my training program, since they are less likely to be the devious types. The front page of the real site shows how I usually turn the Wordpress site away from being blog format. You just have to create a page and then designate that page as the home page from the admin settings area - everything else is done with manual HTML coding on the home page to link to the other sites from the styled boxes.

      Most of my sites don't use any Wordpress "posts", just "pages". Those pages are manually linked together, where needed. The primary pages of the site are also linked from the sidebar. When you build your site without "posts", it just ends up looking like a normal website. Also, this keeps your site from looking outdated if you only make 20-30 pages (since they aren't dated "posts"). I do still go back to my sites and add/update pages, but I really don't feel like I have to do this all the time to maintain earnings. Many of my sites will sit untouched for months at a time, while my best sites receive more frequent updates/additions.

      Concerning keywords on the site, I like to target one keyword phrase on each page of the site. I put more of a focus on this with the home page and the primary pages of the site, while the sub-pages that are linked from the primary pages will have a more natural flow to them. The best keyword advice that I can give is don't overdo it or try too hard because it usually results in keyword spam.

      Ryan



      - Anyone else have questions? Feel free to chime in.. don't be scared, I don't bite
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      • Profile picture of the author wjisitt
        hi
        just wondering are the sites as successful if you use blogger blogs or a free method to build a website
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        • Profile picture of the author phpnetpro
          Originally Posted by wjisitt View Post

          hi
          just wondering are the sites as successful if you use blogger blogs or a free method to build a website
          I wouldn't recommend going the free route with these types of sites. I'm sure that you could build free sites to refer sales, but you likely won't have anywhere near the same amount of success. Using an exact match .com domain name really helps to give you an extra boost. Many people think that EMDs are dying, but it's really auto content that is getting penalized by search engines and not EMDs. Google has toned down their power, but they are still extremely effective when used correctly.

          Also, think of it this way. A domain will cost you about 64 cents a month. Decent shared hosting will run you around $7-10 per month, but you can also reduce that cost per site by using a single hosting account for about 10 sites. At that rate, each site only costs you about $1.50 per month to run to have your own .com name. For the advantages that you receive, the costs are quite minimal.
          Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author joecab
    hi great post here! I'm new to this Game and have an Amazon site around a month old on page 12, guess it needs work , can you possibly clarify a point about the Google Keyword tool as i seem to be getting conflicting info! ie ,do you use >> (allintitle : acne no more ),shows around 74,000 , or( allintitle : "acne no more" )this shows 147,000 why do you put in the quotes , is this the specific correct search term ?
    many thanks joe.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShaneM686
    I agree with a lot of what you said about quality over quantity. I have about a dozen websites with a lot of good content on all of them. Most of the sites rank first page... However I am having trouble getting to the #1 spot... and according to my research I should be able to over take them.

    Do you have any tips for specific back link tools that you use and how you use them?

    How do you set up the site so it ranks well without many back links?

    Any tips on getting from page one to rank 1?

    Thanks for any help... I have sick, bmr, scrape, amr at my disposal and of course I've already done the ezine route..
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  • I must say, this post and the other one you had on finding a niche market has convinced me to try Amazon. I was concerned with the small commission percentages. I have been marketing my own information products for 7-8 years and like the 100% commission, but they do take time to develop and promote and also to provide customer service. That's why I've been looking into adding some affiliate sites where I don't have to worry about customer support issues and let somebody else deal with it.

    Thanks for the detailed discussion about this method. I'll definitely add it to my business.
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  • Profile picture of the author gbmann1
    Thanks Ryan I have 10 minisite templates with 3 relevant affiliate offers per site. I am trying to develop some review sites. Do I need to have a domain name for each minisite and promote it or have one main site with subdomains for the minisites and promote the main site? If I go with the main site approach, wouldn't it be way to active, confusing and cluttered or not?
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  • Profile picture of the author Intermission
    I also like to use the Twenty Ten theme and find it nicely customizable with the TwentyTen Weaver.

    Great post. Good information. This just backs up what I have been learning for awhile on the forum. Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author phpnetpro
      Hi joecab,

      I use the quotes. When you use the quotes, you are telling Google that you only want to see the pages that have that exact phrase somewhere in the page. When you search the phrase in quotes with allintitle, you get to see how many pages on the internet have that exact phrase in the title. It's considered a decent general competition gauge.

      Ryan

      Originally Posted by joecab View Post

      hi great post here! I'm new to this Game and have an Amazon site around a month old on page 12, guess it needs work , can you possibly clarify a point about the Google Keyword tool as i seem to be getting conflicting info! ie ,do you use >> (allintitle : acne no more ),shows around 74,000 , or( allintitle : "acne no more" )this shows 147,000 why do you put in the quotes , is this the specific correct search term ?
      many thanks joe.
      Hi Shane,

      I do have training lessons that I have put together that go into detail about what I do during the site building and marketing phases for a site. It is a bit difficult to give general advice on what may be preventing your sites from getting to number one.

      Since I prefer putting the work into my own site instead of building backlinks, I focus on unique and relevant content. In some past coaching that I have done, I have found that some people tend to optimize their sites too much for particular keyword phrases. I think Google picks up on certain trends and can figure out if you're trying too hard or actually providing useful/relevant content. I'm not saying that's what you're doing, but it is a common mistake that I see.

      Ryan

      Originally Posted by ShaneM686 View Post

      I agree with a lot of what you said about quality over quantity. I have about a dozen websites with a lot of good content on all of them. Most of the sites rank first page... However I am having trouble getting to the #1 spot... and according to my research I should be able to over take them.

      Do you have any tips for specific back link tools that you use and how you use them?

      How do you set up the site so it ranks well without many back links?

      Any tips on getting from page one to rank 1?

      Thanks for any help... I have sick, bmr, scrape, amr at my disposal and of course I've already done the ezine route..
      Hi StrategicMarketingTN,

      You're quite welcome. I do my own products as well, but they're not something that I depend on. Amazon attracted me for the same reasons. Informational products can come and go, but a decent majority of Amazon affiliate sites can continue to make a monthly income for many years. They also make great sites to sell off for a decent one-time cash payment. I'm glad that I could be an inspiration for you.

      Ryan

      Originally Posted by StrategicMarketingTN View Post

      I must say, this post and the other one you had on finding a niche market has convinced me to try Amazon. I was concerned with the small commission percentages. I have been marketing my own information products for 7-8 years and like the 100% commission, but they do take time to develop and promote and also to provide customer service. That's why I've been looking into adding some affiliate sites where I don't have to worry about customer support issues and let somebody else deal with it.

      Thanks for the detailed discussion about this method. I'll definitely add it to my business.
      Hi gbmann1,

      I try to get a domain name for each unique site. Each domain may promote a handful of products or even thousands of products, but the main important thing is that all of the products are relational to the main topic of the site. I'm not a fan of using sub-domains for this plan. It also sounds like your sites may be a bit on the small side to make into complete sites on their own. I generally shoot to have a minimum of 20 pages on each of my sites or else you'll have a tough time getting decent search engine rankings.

      Ryan

      Originally Posted by gbmann1 View Post

      Thanks Ryan I have 10 minisite templates with 3 relevant affiliate offers per site. I am trying to develop some review sites. Do I need to have a domain name for each minisite and promote it or have one main site with subdomains for the minisites and promote the main site? If I go with the main site approach, wouldn't it be way to active, confusing and cluttered or not?

      Hi Intermission,

      You're very welcome. Thanks for your kind comments.

      Ryan

      Originally Posted by Intermission View Post

      I also like to use the Twenty Ten theme and find it nicely customizable with the TwentyTen Weaver.

      Great post. Good information. This just backs up what I have been learning for awhile on the forum. Thanks.
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