24 Oct

Top 7 Reasons Why Your Amazon Associate Account Might Be Closed – How to Avoid

A couple weeks ago I shared my story about my Amazon Affiliate Account getting closed and costing me a painful $100k! Read the full story here – Amazon Associate Account Closed!

After that post and sharing the very detailed affiliate site compliance audit procedure one of my employees had developed we completed audits on many readers sites (ironically the audit procedure was completed the same week I got suspended!). Building Amazon Affiliate Sites was/is a big part of my business and getting back into their program and staying approved once I am in is a high priority for me.

This post and additional research has led us to create this list of the 7 most common mistakes we are all making with our Amazon Affiliate sites that could lead to our accounts getting suspended or closed!

 

Concerned About Your Sites and If You are Compliant with Amazon?

Option 1 – Use my teams procedure and audit your site for free – Click Here

Option 2 – Have my team complete a site audit on one of your sites – Click Here

 

In this post we have tried to stay on the conservative side, however, I fully realize people may choose to dial up the risk in order to generate more clicks/sales. I understand the need to try and find the right balance between risk/reward and in this post have tried to present the “ideal” scenario.

Now that we’ve had the Amazon audit process up and running for a little while, we are able to analyze the data and see the biggest problems with our sites and the sites we have reviewed. I hope this post provides you with 7 actionable items to consider regarding your sites and Amazon Associates…

See below for the 7 most frequently failed Amazon Audit questions…that could result in your associate account being suspended.

 

  1. The first and most common issue the first question – It reads “Are there any affiliate disclaimer links that do not include this disclaimer “Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.” ?”

Your Amazon Affiliate Account can get shut down pretty fast if they think you’re violating their Trademark and Logo policy. The tricky thing with Amazon is that they actually own the rights to other Trademarks and logos such as Kindle. They are also very vigilant about Amazon logo colors and design schemes and will shut you down if you attempt to alter them in any way.

The disclaimer link on your site is going to look something like this:

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This question comes from probably the most clear requirement on the Amazon Affiliate Program Trademark Guidelines. You can find them here, or see the snapshot below.

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So basically if you have anything that looks like this on your site:

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*Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc, or its affiliates

Which you probably will since it’s an Amazon Affiliate site- then amazon could shut you down if you don’t add in that disclaimer.

  • TIP – Most people have the earnings disclaimer on their site but people (myself included) seem to miss having the trademark disclaimer
  • TIP – Although it looks ugly if you want to be on the very safe side include Amazon Associates Earnings and the logo disclaimer in the footer so it is on every page!

 

  1. The second most common issue is the following question “Does the site offer incentive (including any money, rebate, discount, points, donation to charity or other organization) for using Affiliate Links on the site?”.

We have been finding that a lot of the sites that we have audited provide incentives, especially in the form of money rebates for using their link. Most of the offers we found were clearly only to incentivize the click and had no substance to people looking to claim the “rebate” or “save addition x%”.

The clean and simple rule around this – DON’T do it! Incentivizing people to click on a link to Amazon is a slippery slope! It’s a very easy way to get your account in trouble with Amazon. Including text like “ Click here to get 10 dollars off this product” are no good.

See images of what NOT to do (not images from any sites we have reviewed):

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  1. The third most common issue that people have with their sites is the following question “ Are there any links on the site that are related to limited time promotions that are now expired?” .

Here is the general rule of thumb – Just don’t include pricing on your site at all. Comparison tables are great but don’t include the price on your site because Amazon products change their price all the time. Including an old promotion price without realizing that the promotion has expired could also be seen as “inaccurate or misleading advertising” which will also get your account shut down.

Example: You still have this on your site on September 20th

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The Amazon Affiliate Bootcamp guys  (go here for a really great step by step guide to having a successful Amazon Affiliate Website ) show a really good strategy where you can allude to pricing without actually putting a price down.

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  1. The fourth most common issue with Amazon Affiliate sites is the question “Are any links on the site using a shortening service in a manner that makes it unclear that we are linking to an Amazon Site?”.

A lot of people do this! I’ve done it. Basically, Amazon doesn’t want you to make it unclear that you are sending a user to Amazon so they have words in their TOC’s that make it questionable to use link shortening/cloaking services.

So can you use PrettyLinkPro or Geni.us Link? The truth is it is not 100% clear! Many many people do and Amazon knows that so it is likely lower risk but still not 100% compliant with Amazon. 

 

  1. The fifth most common issue with Amazon Affiliate sites is the question “Does the site engage in any promotional, marketing such as printed material, mailing, SMS, MMS, email or attachment to email, advertising activities on behalf of Amazon or their affiliate sites?”.

This one gets a lot of people because it is very easy for Amazon to check! It is tricky because this essentially makes it impossible to do any kind of email marketing with a link in it.

Even if you are emailing just one friend be sure to not include a link in that email.

One solution if you want to make money from Amazon Associates from your email list is to funnel them through a squeeze page (for example a review post for the product on your site).

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  • TIP – If you send out the content of your post in an email newsletter automatically make sure links are turned off just in case you have an affiliate link in the first paragraph of the article.

 

  1. The sixth most common issue with Amazon Affiliate sites is the question “Does the site display or otherwise use any of Amazon’s customer reviews or star ratings, in part or in whole?”.

This is something we see A LOT (and did a lot!).

We see a lot of people using reviews as testimonials, which makes a lot of sense since it gives pretty true and accurate reviews on a particular product. It also seems tempting because it can add really valuable content to your site which helps your reader.

Another thing that people really like to do is use “Star Ratings’. Using star ratings on your site that look like Amazons can be perceived by Amazon as using “their” star ratings and yet another way to get your account closed.

The key if you are using any star ratings (or reviews) is to use the API from Amazon and not just pull the star rating at one moment in time.

You shouldn’t display anything that looks like this (unless it is pulled from the API) to be safe:
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  1. The seventh and last most common issue is the question “Are any amazon Affiliate Links shared on other social platforms/networks such as Twitter or Facebook?”.

This is a tough one because there are some instances where you CAN share your links on social pages and some where you cannot. Personally, I recommend just to stay away from all of it.

If you really want to do it, I would go here to learn more about what is acceptable and what isn’t in terms of social sharing.

 

BONUS TIP

Don’t associate yourself with anyone who has had their account banned. If you associate yourself with someone who has had their account banned it can result in you becoming banned. This is what got me in trouble!

 

Concerned About Your Sites and If You are Compliant with Amazon?

Option 1 – Use my teams procedure and audit your site for free – Click Here

Option 2 – Have my team complete a site audit on one of your sites – Click Here

 

This post was written to provide you with some tips and knowledge about the most common Amazon Affiliate site compliance offenses. Have a look at your site and see if you’re in violation of any of these! If you have any questions feel free to reach out!

 

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19 Oct

September Income Report 2016

September was a fun month with a lot of work on growth projects, plenty of challenges and adapting to the impact of the loss of my Amazon associates account.

The loss of the associate account in Sep was largely offset by my sites in the education niche but I do expect there to be a more obvious impact in my money site portfolio performance next month.

The Business “Divisions” For My Online Business:

  1. Money Site Portfolio
  2. AuthorityWebsiteIncome Blog
  3. SEO & Expired Domain Services:
  4. Amazon FBA Business
    • Brand #1 – Sold 2/3
    • Brand #2 – Purchased Website
    • Brand #3 – Product First Focus
    • ListingEagle – Amazon FBA Hijacking and Suppression Monitoring

 

Key Successes

  1. Continued Definition of Focus – My why had been crystal clear for a long time with the obsessive focus on building up the business and exiting the day job. I have been doing some work over the last 2 months and I am starting to crystalize my businesses mission/vision/values etc that will all lead into an annual planning process.
  2. Improving Systems – It was a good month on making progress towards having all parts of my money site management system fully systematized! The newest addition to my in-house team is working out well and helping to centralize the fragmented systems I currently have.

 

Key Failures

  1. Amazon Associate Account Suspension – Just awesome! Here is the story, we are adapting and moving forward! But obviously hurts the bottom line when a profit center goes to zero while the expenses associated with that profit center stay the same. Part of the business and the reason for diversification. The irony is that we had just finished a very detailed process for completing Amazon Associate Compliance Audits.
  2. Clear Impact with Spread-Out Focus – Many of my money sites do not get the attention they deserve! Sometimes it is pretty embarrassing to look at them… When I did a thorough review of all the money sites I saw a couple of my very weak performers with the title “Best product name 2014” yup I had 2 sites like that were stuck over 2 years ago when I reviewed my top 40 sites.

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(Note – FBA Brand #2 Has Been Replaced With my SAAS Business)

Part 1 – Passive Authority & Niche Website Income Profit/Loss

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3 Goals in 2016 for my Website Portfolio Business

  1. Systematize Top 20 Sites in Portfolio

Sep Update – Ongoing effort on this front and I am looking forward to continue to share parts of the process as they get locked down (such as the Amazon Associate Compliance Audit – which didn’t get finished in time for me to benefit from).

  1. Buy 1 Site Per Month

Sep Update – With my how to sell a website post there were 2 decent deals that came from that effort.

  • GOAL = 1 Website
  • ACTUAL = 2 Okay smaller websites purchased

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If any readers are looking to sell their profitable site(s) VERY QUICKLY let me know by emailing me. I can let you know in 12hrs if I am interested and complete the purchase in 24-48hrs – Contact Me Here

I have found the right sellers are those…

  • Looking to sell FAST (under 24hrs has been accomplished!) (shorter time for due diligence on my end increases risk for me)
  • Not wanting to spend a lot of time on the sales process (analytics and income proof is all I need)
  • High quality sites making over $500-1,000/month often make sense to sell via other channels (EmpireFlippers or FEInternational are great places)
  • SEO done to the site can be questionable and that increased risk will be reflected in the sales price
  • Site being associated with a banned Amazon Associate is still possible to sell (but STEEP discount)
  • Understand that the benefits of the bullet points above means the sales multiple will be lower

If you have a website you are looking to sell fast please let me know

  1. Sell Websites Strategically for $100k Total

Aug Update – The unique website lease/sale deal is still on track.

 

PRIMARY GOAL – OVERALL INCOME FOR WEBSITE PORTFOLIO ABOVE $10k/MONTH

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Sep Update – Definitely a loss to the portfolio with the Amazon Associate account suspension. Sep should have been a great month otherwise due to some of my sites in the education space.

Part 2 – Authority Website Income Blog Profit/Loss

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3 Goals in 2015 for AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com

  1. Post Once Per Week

Sep Update – Achieved the target of once per week publishing but did not start catching up yet.

  • Plan = 4
  • Actual = 4

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2. 10x my Outreach

Sep Update – Only one podcast interview in Sep.

3. Site Redesign – Completed!

Sep Update – Already Completed

PRIMARY GOAL – GROW TO 30k VISITORS PER MONTH

Sep Update – 17,434 users which represents a 71% year over year increase. I believe if I can achieve my weekly posting plus my 10x outreach I can achieve this goal by the end of the year!

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Part 3 – Services Business Profit/Loss

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  1. Systems Overhaul/Refresh

Sep Update – What can be measured can be improved… this is certainly showing to be the case with our COGS being much better defined now after our change from Aug/Sep. What we are now able to do is determine the costs for each part of our services and hold a team leader responsible for that teams quality, volume and cost.

  1. Improve email marking and sales automation

Sep Update – I need to just carve out some time and make this happen… I am sick of making excuses on this monthly report that it is not done!

  1. BrandBuilders.io Becomes The Go-To Resource for Done 4 You Amazon FBA Private Label Websites and Done 4 You Amazon Affiliate Sites

Sep Update – Great opportunities with Brand Builders continues.

PRIMARY GOAL – STAND ALONE SYSTEMATIZED SERVICES BUSINESS IN 2016

Part 4 – Amazon FBA Business

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  • Sell FBA Business for 30x with 3+ Solid Months
    • Sep Update – SUCCESS
  • Launch Brand #2 – Partner – Product First Focused (Brand Vision Focus)
    • Sep Update – As I continue to explore how to best tackle Amazon FBA and build a business that has serious equity value this Brand has a defined mission and the product although in a small market will clearly be the worlds best!
  • Launch Brand #3 – Investors – Affiliate Site Focused (External Traffic Focused)
    • Sep Update – Finally some success! We have successfully turned this business around after it went to 20% of baseline immediately after purchase! With inventory being received and validating the product gets good non-incentivized reviews we made decent sales and have placed a larger more aggressive order which should arrive end of Oct.

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  • Launch Brand #4 – Partner – Product First Focused (Unique Product Focused)
    • Sep Update – 1,300 units will be shipping mid-late October and we will be attempting to do a retail test with this product. With the issues

 

  • ListingEagle.com – Hijack and Listing Suppression Monitoring Service
    • Sep Update – SAAS can certainly be a tricky nut to crack! I was expecting great things in September for ListingEagle with the addition of the very very helpful Suppression Monitoring. However, our ability to get the word out about the solution to the pain point has been tricky. ListingEagle.com
      • What is a suppressed listing? Amazon will suppress a listing, meaning you make no sales while it is suppressed, and you will not be notified by them. People usually only notice when they notice a couple of days of down sales and then login to see what happened. ListingEagle will alert sellers via text and email as soon as your listing is suppressed!

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Overall Income Update

 

Original Monthly Net Income Target (original goal $15k/month reliable income by age 35)

  • Target Net Income = $9,525
  • Actual net Income = $25,405.88
  • 2016 Average Monthly Net Income = $29,635 (stretch goal is 30k average for the year)

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Gross revenue is a vanity number for my business and I do not share it.

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Final Comments

Sep was definitely a month full of challenges and I am very happy with the progress we made and the perseverance the team showed to still drive in the results that we did for clients.

With the substantial ranking jumps clients are seeing through LightningRank PBN services October will be another month of working to fulfill all customers expectations.

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12 Oct

FBA Case Study – How to Leverage External Traffic and Build Sales Funnel

Setbacks are a part of any business and mine is certainly no different. The best kind of setbacks I have found are ones where as a result of the setback we identify a new opportunity and the business/systems come out the other end stronger than before.

That was certainly the case when it comes to my Amazon FBA business that I sold and shortly after had my Amazon Associates account suspended (You can read all about that and what some of your options are here if your amazon associate account was closed).

My FBA business was launched off the back of an Affiliate site that was making about $1k/month and then grew both the affiliate and FBA business to $10k/month with the affiliate site adding $3k of that.

With the loss of the affiliate income we had a BIG problem…how would it still make sense to drive traffic to Amazon if we were loosing out on the 8% affiliate commission?

In this post I am going to share some general business philosophies and how we responded to the problem including some of the very cool tools we used to build out a funnel to both generate sales, increase our conversions on Amazon and build a massive list.

If you run or are thinking of running an FBA business leveraging external traffic from your own website than this will be very helpful when you think about one strategy to build an external funnel!

3 General Business Philosophies

When it makes sense I like to share a few details on my thought process when I am looking at different business decisions.

3 business theories I have that are relevant to this post are…

  1. Always Have a Competitive Advantage – One of my rules I try and stick to is to not jump into a business until I have a clear competitive advantage. In the case of my FBA business that competitive advantage was having the off Amazon traffic driving to my listing.
  2. Build with Anti-Fragile in Mind – A great book that has influenced my thinking is Anti-Fragile and I have worked to put levers in place so that when my business hits a road bump I have levers to pull so that the business can take advantage of whatever the change was.
  3. Diversified “Income Stool” – Any black swan event can take out one-two sources of income for the business but the goal is there are multiple legs for the businesses income stool so any 1 leg getting chopped out has us still in the fight. This is both true for the business overall as well as the Amazon Associate + FBA business model.

Problem Summary

So what happened… My Amazon Associate Account was Closed shortly after the site was moved into the new entity as part of the sale. This represented a $3k/month loss to the $9-10k/month business

In addition there was another problem with my previous strategy, the typical Amazon Affiliate site strategy, dumping as high a percentage of people from the website to Amazon as possible. This strategy of having no pre-qualification of people going to buy our physical products results in the conversion rate at Amazon being worse than it otherwise could be which is a ranking factor in Amazons search algorithm.

The Idea

Instead of sending people directly to Amazon via an affiliate link and hurting our conversions on Amazon we decided to send the traffic through a squeeze page in exchange for a small discount they would enter their email.

Previous Flow of Traffic

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Current Flow of Traffic

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Solution

This plan was executed with the following steps…

The simple call to action is an offer to receive the product at an exclusive discount, then by entering their email on the squeeze page they get taken to a landing page with the coupon code.

Here are the tools and services we used to make this all happen…

Build The Pages

  • AMZPromoter – Custom tool built specifically for this very purpose, makes building an off Amazon funnel for traffic to Amazon very easy!

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  • ThriveThemes Landing Page Builder – ThriveThemes is another great option to use their ThriveLeads plugin plus Thrive Page Builder to achieve a similar but a little less slick result as AMZPromoter.

Connect to Email Autoresponder

  • ActiveCampaign – If you are using anything else I definitely suggest you giving it a look, beats all the older popular options (AWeber, MailChimp, ConstantContact etc) and is WAY cheaper than the premium InfusionSoft type of solutions. I hear good things about Drip as well.

Get Compelling Email Sequence Written:

  • Hire an Expert Email Copywriter (Matt Lord is the expert I hired) – For our project we worked with an expert email copywriter since I am not a member of this market. He helped to define both the initial sequence as well as an email sequence that is taking advantage of the large email list to sell related information products. I highly recommend him and suggest checking out his free 5 part lesson on email copywriting that sells!

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Benefits of This System:

  • Improved Conversions on Amazon – If someone has taken the steps to enter their email and have received an exclusive discount code that it will be unlikely they will buy a competitors product if all else is equal.
  • Use email list to launch new products from – This is one of the biggest benefits of this system. Having a list of people who have identified themselves as wanting to buy the products can be used to help launch additional similar products.
  • Use email list for promoting similar or complimentary products such as a course or software if relevant.

Downside to This Method:

  • Affiliate income will be less as more people will not eventually get to Amazon (if you have has your associate account suspended it is a no-brainer… however if you still have your associate account you will need to do a test and run the numbers).

 

Results

So this is all good in theory but what were the actual results?

I can share a few numbers here now that I have done this for 2 FBA brands…

First Brand

  • Result = 72 Opt Ins Per Day
  • Traffic to Site = 2,500 visitors per day
  • Opt In Rate = 2.9%

In the course of only a few months we have built up a list to almost 10k people looking to buy our product and related products.

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What this shows is that around 6.4% of traffic is filtered out due to them not wanting to enter their email to receive the discounted coupon. This 6.2% is essentially the downside to running the traffic through this funnel vs direct to Amazon.

Squeeze page converting at 33% is the largest opportunity where the majority of the traffic is not converting to a lead and potential sale, although 33% is pretty solid!

Second Brand

The two graphs below show the change that can result from implementing this system. The first few months of the graph show the conversion rate for a more typical offer and then at the start of September I made the change to send traffic through a squeeze page.

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What About Earnings Impact?

This is definitely a little harder to track in Amazon because of the multiple variables that are in play however the graph below for Brand #2 clearly shows the jump that resulted both from the modified traffic flow and there were also some inventory issues resolved at this time…

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11 Oct

A Toast To Bigger Earnings: Bartending Affiliate Programs!

“A toast to bigger earnings”.

Excellent title, isn’t it?

But I’m not really sure if the bartending niche will raise the bar as far as earnings go. Not to offend all the great bartenders out there, but I didn’t even really think of bartending as much of a career until I did research for bartending affiliate programs.

Bartenders go by several names: the old-fashioned “barkeep,” barman, tapster, the trendy “alcohol chef,” and of course, mixologists. Whichever name you call them, the job is the same: creating and serving up tasty alcoholic beverages. It's often thought of as a backup gig, a second job — a transitional profession young adults take on to help pay for student loans. This is where this profession gets its reputation as something that you do while you’re waiting to make it big elsewhere.

That may still be true, but a lot has certainly changed in this field. If I were to judge bartending based on the websites about it, I would say it has turned into a craft of its own. Websites like TheTruthAboutBartending.com and BeABetterBartender.com both show the undoubtedly entertaining and surprisingly serious sides of being a bartender. The former site is enjoying immense popularity, with several thousand visits a month, while the latter is getting a few hundred.

The amount of traffic between the two sites may have a huge difference, but both *are* getting traffic each month, indicating there is a marked interest in the bartending niche.

A Shot or Double?

Yes, there is interest in the bartending niche. But is it substantial enough to make money?

I typically don’t have problems proving there is money to be gained from a niche. That’s because most of them belong to, or are related to, huge industries. I intended, while doing my research, to look at the service industry as a whole and see where bartending stands compared to other service-focused professions.

But first, I checked out Google Trends. There’s moderate interest in this topic, with most search requests coming from the United States and Philippines. Related inquiries are mostly on courses on bartending and how to get a bartending service.

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Statista.com shows there are currently 614,000 bartenders employed in the US. That number is expected to grow to 696,000 by the year 2026. While it may be a transitional occupation, a lot of people, particularly the younger generation, are interested in working as a bartender. There's no standardized process for becoming a bartender, but most states do require some sort of certification, which means it's likely that aspiring bartenders will look for information about it, including classes they can take in person or online.

Bartending - Statista.com

Keyword Cocktail

A blend of how-to and buyer-intent keywords is essential in any niche, and bartending is no exception.

This NOTW topic is not an original idea of mine. It actually came from a post on the Traffic Travis blog: The Bartending Niche: I'll Drink to That!. It was written over a year ago, so it’s great to refer to that and see how this niche and its keywords are doing now. It’s also nice to have a bit of an idea as far as target keywords go for this niche.

The keywords in the Traffic Travis posts are: bartending, bartending school, mixology. I typed in “bartending” in AffiloTools and this is what came up:

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It’s a similar list, but with differing numbers — which is to be expected, as Traffic Travis and Affilotools use different sources. We are also looking at this niche a year after the Traffic Travis post, so there’s bound to be contrasting results.

“Bartending school” is still on the search results. It has a good monthly search volume and is moderately competitive. The same is true for “bartender school” and “bartender classes.” It only becomes competitive when you specify a city or state. That's not surprising, as these are keywords with buyer intent. Anyone looking to study bartending in a serious fashion will use those keywords when looking for classes in their area.

Bartending Keywords Results B - Affilotools

Other keywords to target are “how to be a bartender,” “online bartending school,” and “bartending 101.”

Always check out the Related Keywords tab in AffiloTools when doing keyword research for additional keywords to add to your list. Check out other sources too, such as Keyword Spy and Ubersuggest. Ubersuggest results for the same keyword are mostly for classes in various locations. Below is part of the results for the “bartending” keyword in Keyword Spy.

Bartending Results - Keyword Spy

Bartending Affiliate Programs

A mix of bartending courses and online stores offering bartending tools.

The first affiliate program on this list is from ClickBank, but I can't find it in the Marketplace at all. You can sign up for the program from the Affiliates Page, though, so that's no problem. There's another bartending course, and the rest are online stores where you you can purchase tools you need to practice your bartending skills, and serve great drinks at home.

Rapid Bartender - Bartending Affiliate Programs

1. Rapid Bartender

About Rapid Bartender
“Master the art of mixing drinks” … right in the comfort of your home! RapidBartender.com offer eBooks teaching you how to mix drinks .

This is helpful to anyone who wants to learn to mix drinks for a living, or for entertaining at home.

How much can I make?
Affiliates earn 75% for every sale of the eBook. The eBook sells for USD$17. Minus the ClickBank fees, that would give you around USD$10 for each eBook sold.

How do I apply?
Sign up for the affiliate program through the form on the Affiliates Page. The program is also on ClickBank’s Marketplace.

BartendingCollegeOnline.com - Bartending Affiliate Programs

2. Bartending College Online

About Bartending College Online
BartenderCollegeOnline.com claims to be the no. 1 online bartending school in the US. The site provides a full course on bartending, interactive tools like mobile flash cards and recipe books, and training videos to help you become the best bartender you possibly can be.

How much can I make?
Affiliates receive 25% for every course enrollment and 5% from merchandise sales. Commissions are paid through PayPal once you balance has reached a USD$100 past the 90-day chargeback period.

How do I apply?
Bartending School Online manages its own affiliate program so you need to sign up directly through the Affiliates Page.

FoodPairing - Bartending Affiliate Programs

3. FoodPairing

About FoodPairing
FoodPairing does not offer a course on bartending. It doesn’t offer cocktail recipes either. The site provides members access to its food database and offers recommendations on which foods will pair well with particular drinks.

This is helpful to bartenders, particularly to those serving in hotels or fine dining restaurants, where they would be asked for a drink that goes best with the main course.

How much can I make?
Undisclosed. The site does state on the Affiliates Page that the commission is per sale of a membership.

How do I apply?
FoodPairing also manages its own affiliate program. You can sign up as an affiliate through the Affiliates Page.

Golden Age Bartending - Bartending Affiliate Programs

4. Golden Age Bartending

About Golden Age Bartending
Golden Age Bartending is an online store for bartenders and any one who is interested in having their own bar at home. They sell jiggers, bar spoons, and mixing glasses, along with other bartending equipment.

How much can I make?
5% for every sale. Prices on the site range from a few dollars to USD $50.

How do I apply?
You can register through the Affiliates Page.

New York Bar Store - Bartending Affiliate Programs

5. New York Bar Store

About New York Bar Store
New York Bar Store is the more hip version of Golden Age Bartending. If you fancy some bar kits or want to dress up your bar New York-style, then this is the online store for you.

How much can I make?
10% for every sale.

How do I apply?
The site has an Affiliates Page but you need to sign up with ShareASale to promote this site.

Calling the Shots: Get People To Your Website

It’s not much of a party if you’re the only one at the bar. Here's a few suggestions for driving traffic to your bartending website.

Websites are like brick-and-mortar stores: You need to get people to visit them. Otherwise, there is not much point to it. Particularly if the point of setting up a shop, online or not, is to sell and earn. It’s the same for both a bar and a bartending website. You need to get people to order drinks — or learning programs, in the case of bartending websites.

Driving traffic to both physical and online stores is no walk in the park. (Or to a bar. Haha.) Physical stores have marketing strategies to get people, and so should you! Coming up with a marketing and link-building strategy early on may seem premature, but it makes the difference between a smooth transition from site building to driving traffic and gnawing at your nails, trying to figure out what to do once the website is up.

Here are some link-building and inbound marketing methods to try for a website in the bartending niche:

Social Media Marketing

Yes, one of my go-to inbound marketing methods. It’s challenging, but it’s free. Set up a Facebook page or create a Twitter account. Or do both. Then, engage users by posting relevant info on bartending.

One mistake marketers make when doing social media for business is sharing only information that is on their websites. Don’t limit yourself, or your website’s social media accounts, to just the content you've created. It’s going to seem to people like you’re only out to make a sale (and yes, you are out to make money, but that shouldn't be your only goal), and they will avoid your page (translating to unliking, unfollowing, or unfriending you).

Share interesting or entertaining bits of information from other bartending websites, including recipes and tips. Join other online communities and engage in conversation about bartending, bars and the service industry in general.

You can check out our blog post on 25 Online Marketing Courses That Will Make You a Better Affiliate Marketer for free marketing courses you can take, including lessons on social media marketing. SocialMediaExaminer.com is also a great resource.

Content Strategy

If you’re a bartender, then writing about bartending won’t be as difficult as it would be for someone who is not engaged in the field at all. Your main worry should be trying to put your thoughts down on paper, whereas someone who is not in the same profession will have a double whammy: what to write and how to write it?

Either way, once you have a website up, you need to have a content strategy. This is not just about getting a new article published on your website every so often. It’s about writing down ideas for content, doing the research, getting the article done then publishing it on your website. You don’t have to have fresh content everyday, but a new article once or twice a week goes a long way toward keeping readers stopping by your website.

Having a good content strategy leads to a whole slew of other link-building methods, including getting mentioned by other websites in the niche, or getting a guest post slot on another website (usually one with more authority), which helps give your and your website’s online reputation a boost.

We have free lessons on content creation and strategy. UXbooth.com also has a beginner’s guide you can refer to.

Amazon Kindle Traffic

Here’s another method where content plays a major role. With this method, though, you don’t have to twiddle your thumbs so much. You can have someone write an eBook to you. (For a fee, of course.) Still, once the eBook is out on Amazon, you can start to see traffic coming to your site through from the links placed within the book.

The eBook doesn’t also have to be long; it just needs to be engaging and informative. Make sure it refers back to relevant pages on your site for more information, or contains your affiliate links to products you’re promoting. You can sell it on Amazon (and make a bit on the side), or give it away for free.

If you’re not into putting the eBook out on Amazon, you can give it away on your website instead as an incentive for signing up to your newsletter series. Then, you can promote directly to a targeted market without having to worry about search engines and such.

AffiloBlueprint has lessons on setting up your own newsletter series. You can also refer to the free marketing lessons on our website.

Bartending Affiliate Programs: Cheers or Jeers?

The bartending niche, much like the profession itself, is fun but tough. Be ready for some serious work.


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At the end of each NOTW are answers to the questions that really matter: Will I make money out of this? Is this niche for me? What should I look out for?

There’s money to be made in this niche, but just like any bartender, you need to put in the hours. There’s competition from established websites from actual bartenders, so you need to up your marketing strategy to level with their websites.

If you’re a bartender, then go out there, make your site and start earning more by sharing your experience and recommending products. If you’re not a bartender yourself, but you’re sold on going into this niche, then go right ahead. Just make sure you cover all your bases and have a solid marketing plan ready.

Running out of marketing ideas to promote your website? AffiloBlueprint has got it covered!

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04 Oct

My Amazon Associate Account Suspended Cost Me 100k And How You Can Avoid The Same

Sometimes I believe I write a little too much about successes and don’t provide a realistic picture of all the ups/downs associated with an online business.

Today in this painful post I will shed some light on a recent failure which will ultimately cost me up to $100k!

Plus I share the process my team built to ensure this wouldn’t happen and had finished it just days getting suspended!

Also, if you have been suspended I do still have one strategy up my sleeve I can’t reveal publicly but if you have had your Amazon associate account suspended please contact me and I would be happy to share.

 

My Amazon Associate Account Has Been Suspended Again Losing $100k!

The irony… I had just hired a full time employee in house whose first job was to prepare a set of procedures for us to audit all of our Amazon associate sites and confirm we were 110% compliant!

I will share all of those procedures with you in this post and everything we have learned to help ensure you avoid getting your Amazon Associate Account suspended.

 

NOTE – IF YOU HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED PLEASE CONTACT ME – I DO HAVE ONE TRICK UP MY SLEEVE NOT REVEALED HERE PUBLICLY!

 

The story of my associate account getting suspended goes back to when I sold 2/3rd of my FBA business.

The purchaser also purchased another site which had been associated with a suspended account and therefore when Amazon reviewed his accounts they suspended his personal account, our partnership account and then eventually (months later) my personal account.

Amazon seems to follow a policy of “guilt by association” even if there is nothing wrong with your account or sites you can receive a message saying…

During our research, we have determined that an account belonging to you (or a person affiliated with you) has previously been closed for violations of the Operating Agreement or one of the other Associates Programs operated by our affiliates.”

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What was odd was that my personal account remained un-suspended for a much longer time!

 

My Strategy – Go Stealth:

With a substantial chunk of money on the table and after some unsuccessful attempts at getting any information out of Amazon I setup a plan to go very stealth in the creation of another account. My plan I thought was bullet proof! Here are the steps I took…

  • New Entity
  • New Address
  • New Email
  • New Phone Number
  • New Contact Name
  • 301 Redirected Website to a NEW website URL
  • Logged in via a VPN I ONLY used to login to my Amazon associates account
  • Used a browser, in incognito mode, I ONLY used for logging into my Amazon associated account

However, a couple months later it was shutdown with the same message… how I do not know other than they may have physically followed the URL.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Don’t buy a site that has been associated with a banned account
  • Don’t connect someone to your account unless you absolutely have to!
  • Don’t connect yourself to an account unless you absolutely have to!
  • Ensure your sites are 100% compliant (easier said than done!)

 

Why This Pisses Me Off:

Other than the financial loss which will likely close at around $100k!

For every site I am trying very hard to be compliant with Amazon TOC’s, we are not doing anything sneaky and are simply trying to play by Amazon’s rules.

Amazon’s unwillingness to work with their associates/affiliates to resolve small issues drives us to take all kinds of strange actions!

 

Avoid This Pain – How to Ensure Your Amazon Associate Websites are 100% Compliant!

Like I said I hired someone full time in house to help systematize my business and had her spend a week doing the very not fun task of reading every single part of the various Terms and Conditions with Amazon associates accounts and turn it into an auditable process.

The plan was to ensure that every single one of our websites was 100% in compliant and before we could roll it out my account got suspended.

 

5 Steps I took to create an Amazon Audit Procedure for my Amazon Affiliate sites

 

  1. Reading of the Amazon Associates Programs Operating Agreement
  2. Creation of the “Associate Program Requirements Form”
  3. Creating a Standard Operating Procedure
  4. Hiring a Virtual Assistant and Giving Great Instructions
  5. Execute our Audit Procedure Yourself

 

Reading the Amazon Associates Programs Operating Agreement

Reading the Amazon Associates Programs Operating Agreement was probably the most challenging part of this task. You probably are not familiar with this piece of “literature”, but the Agreement is broken into about four different sections that are only accessible via a clickable in text link on the first page of the Agreement. These sections consist of the “Participation Requirements”, the “Trademark Guidelines”, the “ Linking Requirements”, and the “License Agreement”.

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  1. To read the Associates Program Operating Agreement click here
  2. To read the Associates Program Participation Requirements click here
  3. To read the Associates Program Linking Requirements click here
  4. To read the Associates Program Trademark Guidelines click here

As you can see, these guidelines are not easily accessible, but if you have the time to read through the ten (10)  thousand word document of legal gibberish (took me about 7 hours to fully understand what the heck they were talking about), then your account MIGHT not get shut down.

 

Creating the “Associate Program Requirements Form”

To make sure that all of our sites were compliant, I decided that an “Audit” process should be performed on every Amazon Affiliate site by an outsourced Virtual Assistant (VA). After I read through the Operating Agreement and felt confident enough with the legal content, I starting building an Audit questionnaire based on these Requirements. I wanted to make sure that the questions were asked in a clear and simple way so that someone with little knowledge of Amazon Affiliate sites could understand and answer these questions accurately. The questionnaire allows you to also insert some images so that you can help guide the Virtual Assistant on where they can find certain website elements.

See example here:

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I used Google Forms because I like that the form produces a Google Sheet where I can view all of the Audit Responses. I standardized the questions on the questionnaire so that if the Auditor had to answer “Yes”, it would mean that the question failed the Audit. This way, If I take a quick look at the responses, I’m able to see immediately which sites needed the most work based on how many “Yes” responses I got.

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Creating a Standard Operating Procedure for the company

Since we have about 70+ sites, I knew this would be a gruelling task so I decided to create a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which would allow me to outsource this work to a Virtual Assistant.

The SOP essentially provides a step by step guide and a clear process for all actions taken by the VA while executing the audit on our affiliate sites. The SOP also provides a clear process for how to remedy breaches of Amazon’s Terms and Conditions which, if done properly, will result in a compliant site. Check out the table below which shows the 15 steps we take to Audit and then make any necessary changes to make our sites compliant.

Action By:Step:Action:
Virtual Assistant1The VA must go to the Master List of Amazon Affiliate Sites
Virtual Assistant2The VA must select a URL and go to the site
Virtual Assistant3Once on the site, the VA must open the Associate’s Program Requirements Form and answer all questions
Virtual Assistant4If YES has been selected on the Form for any question, the VA must make corrective changes to the site for that question
Virtual Assistant5If the VA is unable to make corrective changes because the changes are Out of Scope, the VA must notify the Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager6The Portfolio Manager must review Out of Scope changes in conjunction with the site and create instructions for the WordPress VA
Portfolio Manager7Once the instructions are complete, the Portfolio Manager must send the instructions to the WordPress VA
WordPress VA10WordPress VA to implement all remaining  Out of Scope changes and alert Portfolio Manager of changes
Portfolio Manager11Portfolio Manager to inform VA of changes and instruct a Re-Test
VA12VA to re-test the site to ensure that all questions can be answered NO in compliance with Amazon’s Terms and Conditions
VA13VA to report status and completion of audit process to Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager14Portfolio Manager to look over all approved sites to confirm approved status
Portfolio Manager15Portfolio Manager to collect and reporting on status of progress and completion of Audit for each Amazon Affiliate site to the CEO

 

Hiring a Virtual Assistant ( VA) and Giving Great Instructions  

If you read my blog regularly, you might have read my post about hiring a VA. You can find it here if you want to read in depth.

What I like to do is hire a few VA’s via Upwork, give them a test (or in this case a site to audit) and see how they do. Since I want the VA to have the ability to not only find the issues on the site, but also to fix them, I’m going to look for a VA who has experience with wordpress sites.

Two things I like to look for is speed and quality. I can generally get a fast VA who outputs good quality work within a few hires. Once you find a great VA, send them lots and lots of work and great instructions!

Giving great instructions to the VA is absolutely necessary if you want them to produce the desired outcome. I have an instructions template that is specific to the Amazon process. If is broken up into 4 sections.

  1. The Purpose: Here I explain WHY the job needs to get done by providing a blurb about the purpose they are serving by executing this job.
  2. Responsibilities: Here I explain WHO is responsible and WHAT the responsibilities are
  3. Procedure: Here I explain HOW to execute the procedure step by step. I have included this 15 step procedure above.
  4. Table: Here is where I ask the VA to fill out the table if they have answered YES to any of the questions on the form

Example:

Login credentials for the wordpress site

  • Login:
  • Username:
  • Password:
Question number (#): Question:

(Copy and paste from form)

Why did you answer yes? (Short explanation)  
#
#Screenshot of BEFORE change:Screenshot of AFTER change:
#

 

Use My Audit Process

If you want to use my audit process for your own sites, click the google doc link below and make a copy of it in Google to have your own copy with your own spreadsheet:

Associates Program Requirements From for the Public:

 

Don’t have time? Let us Audit your site for you: Contact me if you would like my team to Audit your Amazon Affiliate site for you.

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04 Oct

Copywriting Tutorial: How To Write Affiliate Reviews For Weird Digital Products

digital-infoIn August, I wrote a post showing you guys how to write a product review to sell more physical products as an affiliate via your niche sites.

The response was great, and almost immediately Stuart and I decided to follow it up with a post on how to write a affiliate product review for digital products.

Digital products (like info products) are a great choice for niche marketers to sell.

If you create your own you can do the work once and then sell it over and over.

And even get affiliates to sell it for you.

If you’re an affiliate yourself promoting digital products, in most cases you’ll be rewarded with a 50% commission or more.

Try beating that with a measly 4% Amazon payout.

While we were brainstorming a product for this tutorial Stuart suggested two things:

  1. Either doing it on something “weird” to show that reviews could be written for even the strangest products
  2. Or to do something in the health niche since it’s a big and obviously profitable niche.

Liking a challenge, I said I wanted to find something that was a combination of both.

I don’t know what I thought I’d uncover—toenail fungus, maybe?—but Stuart sent back this list of suggestions:

 

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I read it and thought “Hmmm, good ideas, but yeast infections aren’t ‘weird’.”

I know I’m risking getting too personal.

But I’ll spare you the details and jut say that only weeks before writing this post I’d finally cleared up a battle with unwanted yeast that’d been going on for about two years.

So of course it wasn’t weird to me—it’d been consuming my daily thoughts for years. It was my own daily hell.

But then I checked myself and realized that if I were randomly trying to find someone in public to relate to about that experience, I’d be pretty hard-pressed.

Like, it’d be nearly impossible.

Because while casual yeast infections are pretty common in women, the kind that last for years in on end and in different spots of the body are really uncommon.

You could say they’re “weird.”

So this is where we can benefit writing reviews for “weird” info products:

The people dealing with those issues often feel isolated and search for a long, long time for a result.

And believe me, these people are willing to pay for the results.

In the last few months alone, I dropped at least $600 on traditional and naturopathic doctors and treatments to get my condition cleared up.

And God only knows how much I spent leading up to that.

And honestly, if I’d found that product Stuart sent me a link to while I was dealing with that problem, I’m 100% sure I would have bought it.

So don’t shy away from writing reviews on “weird” info products.

Your audience for those products is out there, and they are profitable.

So today I’ll walk you through step-by-step of writing an affiliate review of a digital info product.

I’ll focus on doing it for “weird” products in “weird” niches, but rest assured that this exact same process can be followed for “normal” niches and info products as well.

 

 


What You’ll Learn

  • Which sections to include in your info product review to generate more sales
  • How to uncover a story for the intro to hook your readers in and make them buy
  • Written samples for each section of the review that you can copy
  • How to talk about the downsides of the info product without turning off your audience

 

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 101 expensive affiliate niches click here or the image below)

 


The Product: Yeast Infection No More

 

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Here’s the ‘weird’ digital product I’ll be writing a review on.

 

I’ll be honest: I haven’t purchased this yeast infection product, so I have no idea what it’s like on the inside.

But based on my experience I told you about above, I know I wouldn’t have a hard time finding an audience to buy it.

What I do know, based on the product’s affiliate page, is it’s an ebook, it’s based on holistic remedies, customers get access to 24-hour support and personal coaching, and it’s for all kinds of yeast overgrowth—in men or women.

And it’s not everything, but it’s enough to write a decent product review for a website.

 


The Sections of Your Product Review

The sections you need for your info product review are more or less the same as the ones you’d use for a physical product:

      • Intro
      • Features
      • Who It’s for
      • Pricing & Purchase Details
      • Pros
      • Cons
      • Similar Products
      • Final Opinion

And we will cover ALL of these in this post.

 


Uncovering a Story for Your Intro

If you’ve set yourself up as an affiliate for a particular info product, there’s already a set audience you’re serving.

And particularly if you’re selling a “weird” info product like this ebook on curing yeast infections, you’ll need to establish rapport with your target market since they likely feel isolated about this issue in their day-to-day lives.

And to do that, you need a story.

You can tell your own story or borrow someone else’s, but make sure it’s a story embellished with emotions, where someone’s bearing their soul, and the circumstances are believable.

If you don’t have a story of your own to share, here’s some places to uncover great ones:

  • Asking close friends who have dealt with the issue
  • The testimonials section of the product’s sales page
  • The sales page copy where the author goes into detail about his/her own story
  • Browse Amazon reviews for walls of text where people go into too much detail about their own personal experiences (more on that included below just keep reading)

So first things first: before you start writing your review, make sure you’ve got a good story on your hands.

Psst… in my original post on writing product reviews, you can learn more about uncovering a story. 

 


The Intro

The intro is what draws people in, which is why it’s such a good idea to start with a story.

Most people dive into the features immediately, which isn’t technically wrong, but it’s boring and you’ll lose interest of a lot of potential customers almost immediately.

When you create an emotional connection with a story similar to the one your prospect is dealing with, you immediately interest them in the details to come, ensuring more of them read through to the end and make a purchase.

Here’s an example of an intro I’d write for this product if I had a holistic health niche site:

 

Guys, I hope you don’t mind if I get a little real for a minute.

Until last month, I’d been dealing with the most annoying, uncomfortable yeast infection for at least two years running. I suspect it might have been as long as three years, but at some point I just stopped counting so I wouldn’t feel so depressed about the situation.

I spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on doctors’ appointments, lab tests, antibiotics, anti-fungals, vitamins, and holistic treatments before I ever saw any progress.

Thankfully, my last burst of tests and treatments (that cost me well over $600) finally did the trick. But not without having a serious impact on my bank account.

 

Note: If this isn’t your story, tell it in third person.

 


Features

After you tell the story that gets readers hooked into what you’re about to tell them, you can go ahead and introduce the product.

Introducing this “early” isn’t being sales-y, because people will come to your product review knowing it’s a product review upfront.

They’ll want to get to the nuts and bolts of what you think of the product ASAP so they can make their own decision on whether or not to buy it.

Also, starting out with the features right after the story is the way to feature the product in a positive light, drawing more customers into the idea of buying it.

If you’re familiar with the product, you can go into a lot of detail here. If not, you can just mention the features you uncover from the sales page and other research about the product.

Here’s what I’d write for a “Features” section for this product.

 

That’s right. $600. And only in the span of a few months.

Which was why when I discovered this product just two weeks after finally clearing up my own yeast problems, I instantly wished I’d come across it sooner.

The list price for this product is only $97, and right now it’s on sale for only $39.97.  Which is an incredible deal, considering it includes all the information and help you need to get rid of your yeast overgrowths once and for all.

At it’s core, it’s an ebook that features different holistic remedies to try alone or together to reduce your yeast problems in as little as 12 hours.

But in addition to the ebook, you get 24-hour support from the author until all your yeast problems are solved, and personal coaching based on your own unique situation… at a much better price than any doctor’s fee.

 

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 101 expensive affiliate niches click here or the image below)

 


Who It’s For

After you talk about the basics of what’s included, it’s time to describe the ideal customer so readers can get a clearer idea of whether or not this product is for them.

Again, if you haven’t bought this product for yourself, you can usually get this information from the sales page, but make sure to write it in your own unique tone of voice and as an extension of the previous two sections you’ve already written.

 

The cool thing about this ebook is that it isn’t just for vaginal yeast infections like most other yeast infection products are created for.

It’ll help you clear up a vaginal yeast infection, but since it targets the core issue of intestinal yeast overgrowth and not just the symptoms of a localized yeast infection, it’ll also help men and women with all kinds of yeast-related problems like:

  • Thrush
  • Digestive problems
  • Allergy sensitivities
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Low energy levels
  • Rashes
  • Vaginal or penile yeast infections

 


Pricing & Purchase Details

I already talked a little bit about the price in the intro, so for this particular review, I don’t think I would include this section.

But for the sake of creating a useful example, I’ll pretend for a moment that I didn’t mention pricing upfront and will write what I’d include in this section if that were the case:

 

Normally, the cost of this ebook is only $97.

Which is a bit pricey for an ebook, but considering the fact that you get personalized coaching and 24-hour support until you solve your yeast problems, it’s an incredible deal.

And especially considering the fact that I readily dropped over $600 to solve my yeast problems in the last few months alone, it’s worth it.

Plus now, it’s on sale for only $39.97, so you really can’t beat it.

 


Pros

This is where you talk about the benefits of the product. (Warning: this is not a sales page. You want to be short and sweet.)

You may have already alluded to some of the benefits in the above sections, but here’s where you can spell them out in more detail.

Try something like this:

 

The best thing about this ebook (at least for me) is that it focuses on holistic remedies to bring a balance to your intestinal yeast and flora. Because believe it or not, you do need some yeast to be healthy… so killing it all off with traditional anti-fungals really isn’t the best solution.

A lot of the traditional medical treatments I tried were all about killing off the yeast fungus, which just took one imbalance and created another one… putting me right back at square one with a brand new problem to solve.

And when I did finally solve my yeast problems? It was via natural, holistic remedies.

 


Cons

Alright, let’s real talk for a second.

When you’re writing out the cons section of your product review, you need to talk about actual drawbacks.

Not fake drawbacks that are really pros in disguise.

Saying something like “The ebook text is quite large so you have to scroll through a lot of pages to get all of the instructions” is a complete cop-out.

Get real here—it’s the reason your readers trust you and are reading your review instead of just the sales page.

So focus on something that actually makes the info product less useful than it could be.

For example:

 

With balancing, holistic remedies, most people don’t see results overnight. In fact, you could go for weeks following the suggestions in this book before you know if you’re achieving any actual results.

Plus, this ebook is only focused on curing Candida overgrowth. This is the most common type of yeast overgrowth, but some people have yeast symptoms caused by other types of yeast. These people will have to get a culture test from their doctor to find out the real problem before they can treat it. 

 


Side Note: How to Find Pros & Cons for Info Products You Haven’t Used

Okay, so finding pros and cons for digital products you haven’t used isn’t as straightforward as finding them for Amazon products you haven’t purchased.

On Amazon, all you have to do is look up positive and negative reviews.

But for these products, it takes a little more mining.

The pros though, were pretty easy.

They’re highlighted in the sales page copy and in the customer testimonials.

And if you notice, in my pros section, all I did was latch onto one aspect of the product—that it was focused on holistic remedies—and I turned it into a pro by down-talking traditional medicine.

Re-read it and you’ll see what I mean.

The cons though, are tough.

Honestly, I had no idea what I was going to write for the cons section of this article, so I started scrolling through the sales copy and the testimonials.

Because of my knowledge of the issue, I knew that candida is usually the main culprit of yeast infections, but it’s not the only one.

So I created a con out of the fact that this product only focuses on candida and therefore won’t be able to heal everyone with yeast problems.

So look for people that the product potentially excludes and latch onto that as a con if you need to.

It’s one of the easiest ways I know how to do it.

 


Similar Products / Resources

By now, a customer will either be totally sold on the product, convinced that it’s not for them, or still a little weary of making the purchase.

The people in the first category will buy from you, but you can still capture some profitability from the last two categories of people without letting them totally slip through the cracks.

A good idea, if you’re unsure of where to start with similar product suggestions, is to look at your cons section and present products that solve those problems.

For example:

 

Sometimes, you realize that your symptoms aren’t caused by a yeast infection at all. The symptoms are similar, but come from a different cause.

A common culprit is lactobacillus, which you can learn more about here: [link to a page on your website about this topic]

 


Final Opinion

Here’s where you give your conclusive opinion on the product.

You do need to be biased here—it’s the reason people are coming to you for advice.

You can be for or against the product. (If you’re against it, make sure there’s a call to action to check out a product that you are in favor of.)

Here’s what I’d write for this particular ebook:

 

After going through the ebook and it’s table of contents, I identified a number of different techniques it took me years to figure out on my own.

Suffice to say, I think having this ebook would have saved me a lot of time and money when I was still trying to treat my own yeast infection. So if you’re dealing with a yeast problem that just won’t go away, I’d say this ebook is worth every penny.

 


Put it All Together

Now that I’ve walked you through writing the different pieces, here’s the full review:

 

Guys, I hope you don’t mind if I get a little real for a minute.

Until last month, I’d been dealing with the most annoying, uncomfortable yeast infection for at least two years running. I suspect it might have been as long as three years, but at some point I just stopped counting so I wouldn’t feel so depressed about the situation.

I spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on doctors’ appointments, lab tests, antibiotics, anti-fungals, vitamins, and holistic treatments before I ever saw any progress.

Thankfully, my last burst of tests and treatments (that cost me well over $600) finally did the trick. But not without having a serious impact on my bank account.

That’s right. $600. And only in the span of a few months.

Which was why when I discovered this product just two weeks after finally clearing up my own yeast problems, I instantly wished I’d come across it sooner.

The list price for this product is only $97, and right now it’s on sale for only $39.97.  Which is an incredible deal, considering it includes all the information and help you need to get rid of your yeast overgrowths once and for all.

At it’s core, it’s an ebook that features different holistic remedies to try alone or together to reduce your yeast problems in as little as 12 hours.

But in addition to the ebook, you get 24-hour support from the author until all your yeast problems are solved, and personal coaching based on your own unique situation… at a much better price than any doctor’s fee.

Who It’s For

The cool thing about this ebook is that it isn’t just for vaginal yeast infections like most other yeast infection products are created for.

It’ll help you clear up a vaginal yeast infection, but since it targets the core issue of intestinal yeast overgrowth and not just the symptoms of a localized yeast infection, it’ll also help men and women with all kinds of yeast-related problems like:

  • Thrush
  • Digestive problems
  • Allergy sensitivities
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Low energy levels
  • Rashes
  • Vaginal or penile yeast infections

Pros

The best thing about this ebook (at least for me) is that it focuses on holistic remedies to bring a balance to your intestinal yeast and flora. Because believe it or not, you do need some yeast to be healthy… so killing it all off with traditional anti-fungals really isn’t the best solution.

A lot of the traditional medical treatments I tried were all about killing off the yeast fungus, which just took one imbalance and created another one… putting me right back at square one with a brand new problem to solve.

And when I did finally solve my yeast problems? It was via natural, holistic remedies.

Cons

With balancing, holistic remedies, most people don’t see results overnight. In fact, you could go for weeks following the suggestions in this book before you know if you’re achieving any actual results.

Plus, this ebook is only focused on curing Candida overgrowth. This is the most common type of yeast overgrowth, but some people have yeast symptoms caused by other types of yeast. These people will have to get a culture test from their doctor to find out the real problem before they can treat it. 

Similar Products / Resources

Sometimes, you realize that your symptoms aren’t caused by a yeast infection at all. The symptoms are similar, but come from a different cause.

A common culprit is lactobacillus, which you can learn more about here: [link to a page on your website about this topic]

Final Opinion

After going through the ebook and it’s table of contents, I identified a number of different techniques it took me years to figure out on my own.

Suffice to say, I think having this ebook would have saved me a lot of time and money when I was still trying to treat my own yeast infection. So if you’re dealing with a yeast problem that just won’t go away, I’d say this ebook is worth every penny.

 

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Beyond writing an info product review and publishing it as a blog post, my biggest tip would be to make sure you do SEO on the page to take advantage of organic traffic.

Jawad also put together a checklist to help you with on-page, off-page and technical SEO for more traffic, so check that out too.

I was in this “weird” niche for two whole years and did countless internet searches on it, yet never once saw anything about this product. (And if I had seen it, I would have bought it.)

You’ll continue to get free, organic traffic over the years that will convert into paying customers. (Which, by the way, is the definition of “the dream” of passive income.)

And for even more ideas on getting targeted traffic to your digital product reviews, check out Stuart’s guide on 101 Traffic Hacks.

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