29 Nov

Coffee Affiliate Programs and the Affiliate Marketer: Perfect Combination?

I hate to say this, but this is probably the most uninspired Affilorama Niche of the Week post I’ve ever written. This week I am looking at the quintessential morning beverage, coffee — something that millions of people (myself included) consume before they're capable of interacting with people each day. I hear your groans, and I'm shaking my head, too. (Editor's note: Coffee is AWESOME. Drink more coffee.)

Are there any affiliate programs for coffee? How would you go about selling or promoting coffee online? And if you do, will you make a worthwhile income from it? These are the questions that swam in my feverish brain whilst drinking copious amounts of my comfort brew. I am, while writing this, fighting the common cold with a bottle of decongestant and endless cups of coffee. That's part of why I feel this particular post is uninspired, but hey, you shouldn't dismiss an idea without investigating it first — especially where writing is concerned. 

But I digress. I did find the answers to my questions — and now I'm going to share them with you. Let me show you how you can, in fact, make money from your coffee habit. Or at the very least, I'll show you how to pick a niche you know nothing about and build a site for it. And make money off it, to boot. 🙂

The Coffee Market

It’s one of the most consumed beverages in the world. But how robust is the coffee industry?

You only need to look at the number of coffee memes on Facebook every morning to know that there are plenty of coffee lovers out there, including a fair few who swear they can’t start their day without having a cup. Coffee started as a little-known, and sometimes prohibited drink, in the 1500s, but these days it's everywhere. Not only is it everywhere — but it's in all kinds of forms, from your standard cup with cream and/or sugar, to fancy lattes with espresso, to iced variations.

Coffee - Google Trends Results Coffee - Interest Per Region

 

Going into Google Trends, you’ll see that the interest for this strong brew has been consistently high, with most searches coming from Australia, Singapore and the US. In the US alone, approximately 100 million people drink coffee every day. This translates to a billion-dollar industry, with the average coffee drinker in the US spending more than USD $100 each year on coffee.

People usually purchase coffee from coffee shops and supermarkets, but they can now buy their favorite coffee brands (including some more exotic choices) from online stores too, and they do. Shopping online has made it more convenient for consumers to get their hands on all kinds of coffee products, from  including equipment for brewing coffee at home.

Websites for popular coffee brands like Starbucks.com enjoy millions of visitors each month, a good chunk of whom will order specialty coffees. There are also so many blogs about coffee, including Sprudge.com and IloveCoffe.jp. Having your own website about coffee can be lucrative in that there is a wide demand for it, but you won’t be the first to put a site up, and you won’t be the last to do so. So you're going to have to be creative and unique, and do the work. 

A Cup of Keywords

We've covered coffee before on this blog. Here’s a look at keywords in the coffee niche then and now. The numbers have changed, but the competition remain strong.

Back in 2012 when I first wrote this Niche of the Week on coffee, I used Traffic Travis to search for keywords to target on my website about coffee.

Back then, “coffee” had a monthly global search count of 301,00. This is not surprising since coffee is one of the most-consumed beverages all across teh globe. What was surprising for me back then was that “coffee” as a keyword had low competition.

Traffic Travis Results: Coffee

 

For this post, I ran the same keyword using AffiloTools, and the global monthly searches for keywords with the main keyword "coffee" are still in the thousands. But the competition is much higher now, particularly for keywords that have buyer intent, such as "organic instant coffee" and "best manual coffee grinder."

Coffee Keywords - Affilotools Results

 

“Buy coffee” still has high competition. With only 1,300 monthly searches, I don’t think it’s worth targeting. I’ll probably still use it on one or two of my articles but I won’t really spend time trying to rank for it. How-to keywords, such as "how to make brewed coffee" and "how to make cappuccino at home," and the like have fewer monthly searches but competition is low, so it's good to mix these with the more in-demand keywords.

Buy Coffee - Affilotools Results

 

A popular niche will always have the downside of having high-competition keywords. In cases like this, mixing and matching keywords can do the trick. Incorporate some of the high-competition keywords with buyer intent while you focus on ranking for the low-competition how-to keywords. Keywords are only half of getting traffic anyway; how you drive traffic to the site matters, too. But we'll come back to that.

Coffee Affiliate Programs

It seems there are as many coffee affiliate programs as there are kinds of coffee. Below is just a sampling of what you'll find on various affiliate networks.

My first stop is always the ClickBank Marketplace, which (unsurprisingly) didn't have any affiliate programs on coffee. I then went to good ol' Google to look for other coffee-related affiliate programs.

Starbucks - Coffee Affiliate Program

1. Starbucks

Starbucks is known worldwide as a coffee shop, but the company also sells its own coffee beans and grounds, even the little coffee pods. Starbucks also offer an assortment of teas, along with coffee-making equipment and a line of coffee mugs.

How much can I make?
Commissions aren't disclosed on the Starbucks website, but further digging shows affiliates can earn 7% commission on coffee sales through the online store. The commission is 5% for coffee-making equipment and mugs.

How do I apply?
Starbucks has an Affiliates Page but you need to sign up with LinkShare to promote its products.

Koa Coffee - Coffee Affiliate Program

2. Koa Coffee

Koa Coffee started as a family-owned business in Hawaii. The company cultivates, harvests and ships out Kona coffee beans.

How much can I make?
Affiliates can make 20% commissions on orders. 

How do I apply?
You can sign up through the Koa Coffee Affiliates Page or join through ShareASale

Coffee.org - Coffee Affiliate Program

3. Coffee.org

Coffee.org is another family-owned business, offering not just a variety of monthly coffee and tea subscriptions, but pastries to go with your favorite warm drink.

Shoppers can also choose from a variety of gift baskets and coffee-making equipment.

How much can I make?
Commissions start at 8%.

How do I apply?
The site has its own Affiliates Page but you need to be part of the ShareASale network to join.

DirectEats.com - Coffee Affiliate Program

4. DirectEats.com

DirectEats.com is more of an online wellness shop selling beauty and baby products, food items and even pet care products, but it does offer herbal and organic coffees as well as teas.

How much can I make?
8% for each sale.

How do I apply?
This is another ShareASale coffee affiliate program.

ThreeAvocados - Coffee Affiliate Program

5. ThreeAvocados

ThreeAvocados.com is a nonprofit company selling coffee products and subscriptions. It's coffee with a cause: All net proceeds go into providing clean drinking water around the world.

How much can I make?
Affiliates earn 10%.

How do I apply?
This is yet another ShareASale coffee affiliate program.

Coffee Direct - Coffee Affiliate Program

6. Coffee-Direct

Another online coffee shop, this time UK-based, that offers both coffee products and subscriptions.

How much can I make?
As an affiliate, you'll earn 3% per sale.

How do I apply?
The affiliate program is managed through Webgains.

Illy - Coffee Affiliate Program

7. Illy

Illy is an Italian brand selling signature coffee beans, along with coffee grinders and coffee makers. The site also offers a coffee subscription service.

How much can I make?
6% of every sale.

How do I apply?
You can promote their affiliate program through Commission Junction.

Hawaii Coffee Company - Coffee Affiliate Program

8. Hawaii Coffee Company

Here's another coffee company hailing from Hawaii, offering the same Kona coffee, but crafting and selling its own blends.

Hawaii Coffee Company is known for its Lion and Aloha Royal coffee.

How much can I make?
Affiliates receive 20% commissions.

How do I apply?
This is another coffee affiliate program through ShareASale.

There are several more programs that we won't examine in-depth, but you can check them out all the same: Coffee, Bean and Tea Leaf, CafeBritt, and MyFlavia.com. All of them offer coffee products and subscriptions and are popular brands in their own right.

Of course, there is also Amazon.com, where you can purchase practically any brand of coffee and find almost limitless assortments of coffee-making equipment.

Getting Love from the Coffee Lovers

Social media marketing will probably be your best bet in getting coffee drinkers to visit, and buy from, your site.

It always pays to plan ahead.

That is true, in both life and business. Sure you have a great idea. But think it through. In my case, a website on coffee will not be worth anything if I am the only one that knows it exists. I need to spread the word and to do that, I need to have a link-building plan mapped out.

I like to think about what marketing and link-building methods I will use even before I have the website up. I tend to dilly-dally with decisions, and having at least a draft of what I'd like to do to drive traffic to my site helps me avoid nail-biting, what-do-I-do-now moments.

Some link-building methods I would consider include the following:

Social Media Marketing

Sharing those memes about coffee will have another purpose beyond expressing your love of (or need for) caffeine: they'll increase the likes on your Facebook page for your coffee website. Don't forget that you can also share coffee recipes on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Instagram is a great visual platform where you can share memes and photos as well.

There's plenty of training and tutorials on how to use social media as a marketing tool, including our own guide to maximizing Facebook's Boost Post, or the SocialMediaExaminer's recent article on Facebook marketing for the Holidays.

Content Strategy

This is important, and will come in handy once the website is fully up and running. You need good content to fuel your website and your social media presence. For that, you need a steady stream of content, be it memes, recipes, or new articles about great coffee or coffee equipment.

That kind of regularity requires careful planning and a good content strategy.

We've got the basic how-to covered: How To: Create a Content Strategy For Your Niche Site. UXBooth has a Beginner's Guide on Content Strategy that can get you started on mapping your content, too.

Ad Swaps

Make that competition work for you! Get other coffee bloggers and coffee website owners to run an ad that will take users to your site, or to your affiliate offer, in exchange for doing the same for them.

The only catch here is your website needs to have grown a bit in terms of traffic, so you can convince other affiliates and website owners the deal’s worth it. You can also start small, targeting relatively new websites, and once you get a following, then move on to getting the bigger, more established websites to advertise you.

Coffee Affiliate Programs: Too Hot to Handle?

Make sure to drink a full cup and have a clear head before going into the coffee niche. You'll need to keep your energy reserves high to stay in this highly competitive niche.


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A coffee affiliate site will take time to grow and it requires a lot of link-building to establish authority. This is typical of a content website. There is plenty of competition in the coffee niche, so you should already be thinking of ways to drive traffic to the site. I would recommend engaging users through social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. I also suggest setting up a Pinterest page and Instagram account for my site, to post to and find ideas from. You could also go around various coffee-related forums to look for more ideas and inspiration, as well as get to know your target market.

Need more help? You can't overlook our Link-building lessons on AffiloBlueprint. Hmmm… so many options; my head is literally buzzing with ideas. Or maybe it’s all the coffee I’m drinking! 🙂

The commissions in the coffee niche may not be all that much, but keep in mind that a coffee subscription product may mean a monthly recurring commission. Also, specialty coffees sell for higher prices than the regular ones, and one online shopper may purchase several items. You could actually end up with a decent profit after all. 

The coffee niche is tough, mainly because of the steep competition, but a thriving niche like this one also means there is enough to go around for everyone. As always, don't go into this without a solid marketing plan in mind. You need a good link-building strategy to ensure you get a good portion of the existing traffic to your website. 

Do you like coffee, or are you more of a tea drinker? Leave a comment and let me know what you think! Would you go for this niche?

Cheers!

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29 Nov

Cyber Monday – Services Sale!!

Today I have some special Cyber Monday deals on my productized services businesses.

At whatever stage you are at in your business I hope one of these deals below helps you progress in your business!

For the last few years we have found that creating teams and systems to deliver productized services to clients focusing on complex activities in the SEO / internet marketing space has been a good niche for our team.

Receiving emails such as the one I happened to receive under 1hr ago always has us happy to be helping people build their business…

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The more complex the system the better our team seems to be able to handle it. My focus has always been on installing a strong manager, fleshing out a detailed process, ensuring as part of the process we can monitor the KPI’ and establishing an ongoing audit/continuous improvement process.

This simple recipe has worked well for all the LightningRank.com offerings and has worked extremely well with the launch of ContentRefined.com

ContentRefined initially was only going to accept 10 clients for Beta Testing but as Maddie has built up the team we have now decided to continue to open up to more clients until the end of the day Cyber Monday.

So, today as a thank you for all the services customers we have several Cyber Monday deals for each of the offerings across all businesses…

 

Services Businesses:

So with all these services what do I have to offer on Cyber Monday?

 

Cyber Monday Deals

BrandBuilders.io – Affiliate Site Creation Service
If you are looking to get started but the idea of building a site is too much effort you can get BrandBuilders.io to build you a done for you affiliate site.

  • SALE – Strategy call with myself – Anyone who signs up for a standard or premium affiliate site this weekend can receive a 1/2hr strategy call with myself to review how to best attack the niche they are going after!Signup Here

 

ContentRefined.com – Let Us Be Your Content Marketing Team
ContentRefined provides a complete end-end solution as your content marketing team when you have more important parts of your business to focus on but know that you need consistent high quality content.

  • SALE – The Beta Tester pricing has been extended until the end of the day Monday due to Maddie doing a great job plugging holes in some parts of the team. The special Cyber Monday offer is that anyone who purchases a 4 post or 8 post per month package with Keyword Research is able to receive a 30 minute call with Maddie reviewing why the team selected the keywords they did and the overall content strategy for their site. Signup Here

ContentRefined will shut its doors at the end of the day Monday to ensure all existing orders are handled to Maddie’s high standards and will raise its prices when it reopens, signup at the special pricing here.

 

LightningRank – Link Building Service
LightningRank offers the best-expired domain links via either links from my personal PBN or building your own PBN for your exclusive use.

  • SALE – Use My PBN – Get 3 free Posts with the purchase of a 5 Use My PBN Package (Save 37.5%)Signup Here
  • SALE – Done For You PBN – For each 5 site PBN you order get a 6th site for FREE! (20%) Signup Here

 

BONUS CYBER MONDAY OFFER – For anyone who signs up for 70% off hosting at my preferred quality inexpensive host SiteGround I will provide you with a FREE UseMyPBN post and link ($64 value)! Signup Here

I hope there is something in here that will help you and your business hit your goals!

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22 Nov

4 Advanced SEO and Content Marketing Strategies Working Right Now

In this post I am going to share several strategies I have been deploying on my sites over the last few months and the results these tests/case-studies/strategies have been able to achieve.

All of the strategies listed below are being discussed from experience and not theory. Each of the example sites are from my portfolio. For the four strategies below I highlight 5 sites that are in my portfolio that represent what these strategies are capable of.

I am certain there are many many other strategies that work but these are the 5 I have been having the most success with lately…

 

ONE – 1+1 = 3 or Post Number Reconciliation for Large Sites

  • Overview:
    • I have grouped two but very similar strategies into one. The idea with this strategy is that you reduce the number of posts you are trying to rank for any keywords and combine multiple pages on long tail keywords into 1 MONSTER resource on the given topic. This strategy I believe plays into Google Hummingbird algorithm layer and there seems to be more people talking about a similar strategy validating what I wrote about this strategy here. My theory on why this is working now is because it helps keep the organization of the site easier for Hummingbird to understand the theme of the site. In addition it plays into another strategy working right now – long content 1,000-5,000 word epic resources!
  • Consider This Strategy If:
    • You have A LOT of posts with many titles being similar
    • You have a post which ranks better than your homepage for your sites main target keywords
  • Step by Step Strategy:
    • 1+1 = 3
      • Identify If you have a post outperforming your homepage for your main keywords by checking your Google Analytics top pages and plugging both the homepage and most popular page into SEMRush.
      • Make the popular post the homepage article and 301 redirect the popular post URL to the homepage
      • See detailed strategy here
    • Post Reconciliation
      • If you have A LOT of posts and many of them don’t get much traffic this strategy could apply
      • Go into Google Analytics and look at pages that get minimal traffic (your bottom 20% at least)
      • For each post in the bottom identify another similar post that gets more organic traffic on your site
      • Move the content from the low traffic post to the more popular post (however it naturally makes sense & keeping the old content) and 301 redirect the old URL to the more popular post.
    • Case Study Results:
      • In the example shown below a post was outperforming the homepage for all the main keywords we were wanting the site to rank for. The content on the page was moved to the homepage and upgraded and the old URL 301 redirected to the homepage. The result was a net increase in rankings and a net 40% traffic increase to the site in a 2 week period of time.

Keyword “Best DC” – 5400 volume keyword moved from 17 to 3 & settled at 5

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Conversion Rate Increase to 3.24%
2-homepage-and-post-combination-growthTraffic Increase by ~40%

 

TWO – 301 Building Block Strategy

  • Overview:
    • I often get asked “can I build a money site on an expired domain?” my answer is always the risk I don’t believe is worth the reward when you have the stratey I am going to talk about now as an alternative. With this strategy you build a small ~5 post site on a powerful expired domain that is relevant and then watch how it responds in Google. If the site starts to rank nicely move the content from it to form a silo on the main money site and 301 redirect over the powerful expired domain. The benefit of this strategy is that you don’t risk linking an expired domain that had previously been penalized to your money site while still being able to get the sandbox skipping benefit of building on an expired domain. The downside to this strategy is that is is expensive and can be distracting. Each site does not always work and it can be costly to find buy and build up multiple expired domains.

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  • Consider This Strategy If:
    • You are building a large site, have funds to invest and want to shorten the typical growth time.
  • Step by Step Strategy:
    • See VERY detailed post here
    • Find extremely high quality and clean relevant expired domain and purchase it
    • Set up a simple 5 page site and monitor how it responds in Google
    • Identify a niche you can build a silo around and map out the silo structure
    • Build silo structure including Epic Niche Dominating Post
    • Confirm Google is viewing the expired domain positively based on traffic and ranking
    • Move articles and 301 redirect expired domain to the Epic Niche Dominating Post
  • Case Study Results:
    • This strategy was heavily used last year to build up my “six figure challenge” website and it is still working now. Here are the results of 3 “building blocks” that were built to help jump start a larger authority site.

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Each of the 3 sites above were then used as individual “building blocks” to build up a larger authority site from my Six Figure Challenge in 2015 that set it on a successful trajectory for the last 2 years…

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THREE – PBN Links

  • Overview:
    • Whether you love them or hate them people have to admit they work! They are not the only source for generating links but they are the most easily scaled source for links across a portfolio of sites. What I will show in the results below is the results to a site that had a 10 and 5 site Done For you PBN built to it and then 2 Use My PBN links per month.
  • Consider This Strategy If:
    • You have a portfolio of sites or your time is limited and pure “white hat” link building for multiples sites is not practical
    • You have some understanding of the risk vs reward of using PBNs and you choose to use them to boost your rankings
  • Step by Step Strategy:

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FOUR – Consistent Content Focusing on Low Competition Keywords

  • Overview:
    • A strategy I hope to share more details about that people are having success with is building a site with VERY thorough content focusing on low competition keywords.
    • Great keyword research and great content is enough to still built a successful site and the ongoing success of this strategy is a large reason for the launch of ContentRefined.com which produces great content with in-depth keyword research consistently for members.
  • Consider This Strategy If:
    • You have experience with keyword research and have access to an advanced tool (such as SECockpit)
    • You can or have access to people who can create great content consistently or are prepared to spend for a content marketing service
  • Step by Step Strategy:
    • Do it Yourself – See last weeks in depth post here – Content Marketing Strategy
      • Keyword Research (I am currently using SECockpit)
      • Create great content (either yourself or outsource it – here is how I outsource article writing)
      • Publish with proper formatting (I use Thrive Editor when I want to make a post really “pop”)
    • Complete Done For You Option – ContentRefined can be your in-house content marketing team taking care of everything including keyword research, content creation, custom image creation and post publishing.
  • Case Study Results:
    • The first site shown below is a site that has had a lot of strategies listed above applied to it but the main focus was on identifying low competition keywords and getting the best article on the web created for it. The compounding growth of the site has been great in only ~7 months!

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    • The next site shown below is a pure example of this strategy with consistent long content being created and in under one year it was built with no external links up to 73k visitors per month making over $1k/month. Just great content targeting low competition keywords was enough to push this site in my portfolio up.

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Summary

These 4 advanced SEO and content marketing strategies that are working now and 5 case study sites hopefully have provided you with some ideas of what you can do to grow your sites.

Like I said at the start I am sure there are many other strategies that are working well right now but these are the 4 I can share from my portfolio with real results.

Moving forward into 2017 I plan to continue doing much of the same for my sites.

My main concern with posts like this is that I over-complicate the process. In the end what matters when it comes to ranking a site is Content + Links. I believe if I can get those two right than success with my portfolio getting organic traffic will continue.

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19 Nov

8 Lessons Affiliate Marketers Can Learn From A £87m Super Affiliate Site

Affiliate marketing is a beautiful lie that promises millions in passive income but in reality rarely goes beyond penny-commissions.

And even when the rewards and commissions are higher, it’s not possible for broke bedroom marketers like you to compete with the big players and claim your tiny market share and build a sustainable passive income from your niche website.

If you think like that, you’re not alone.

There are millions of struggling niche marketers who feel exactly the same.

But you’re still wrong.

Last year I shared niche marketing lessons from ViralNova, a viral news blog started and managed by one man and sold for $100 million from the comfort of his bedroom.

Today, I’ll share marketing lessons from another success story, MoneySavingExpert.com, a blog sold for almost 90 million pounds.

 


What You’ll Learn in This Post

  • How a one-man blog got sold for millions of dollars
  • How MoneySavingExpert is different from other niche blogs
  • One simple technique to build trust and credibility with your audience
  • How MSE  grew their email list to 10 million subscribers

 

If you’re in the UK, you might have heard about MoneySavingExpert.com, the largest personal finance blog in the kingdom.

It was started in 2003 by Martin Lewis, who is now considered a high profile financial commentator and expert.

In 2012, Martin sold MSE for 87 million pounds, while staying as the editor-in-chief of his website.

 

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In 9 years, Martin grew his team from 0 to almost 90 professional journalists, editors, and financial experts.

MSE has gone from just a few hundred visitors to over 23 million page views per month, according to Similar Web.

 

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Today MSE has a global audience and the blog earns millions in monthly revenue by reviewing products and affiliate commissions.

The thing that makes MSE a remarkable success story is their focus on giving value to their audience even at the expense of their revenue.

Their blogs, articles, newsletters and all other content is full of actionable money saving advice that helps their audience immediately take action.

They are value driven affiliate marketers with real business values and a long-term approach.

So whether you’re just starting out as a niche marketer or trying to take your passive income dreams to the next level, there are many lessons you can learn from the success of MoneySavingExpert.com

Let’s discuss some of them in detail.

 


1. Target a Small Niche With a Passionate Audience and Grow With Time

Choosing the right niche is absolutely crucial for the success of a niche marketing business.

This is why we regularly share in-depth niche research reports to help you make the right choice.

MoneySavingExpert.com is a great example of what we preach here at Nichehacks.com. Just like our laser targeted niche research reports, MSE caters to a very well defined audience that is passionate about a very specific need – cutting costs and saving money.

Here’s what the About page of MSE says about its audience

 

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Look how they’ve highlighted the 25% pay rise that an average person in the UK can give themselves by following their advice.

That is a great example of a clear value proposition.

So often niche sites fail to clearly communicate one problem that they can help their audience solve.

This never allows them to focus on one core topic and prevents them from becoming niche experts.

The right approach is to start with a narrow focus and gradually move into related topics as your audience expands.

MSE started with content on savings and cost cutting. But over the years they’ve included separate sections for tools, resources, deal and even charity.

 


2. Use Transparency to Build Trust and Credibility

What’s the best way to get more subscribers, generate more sales and create more brand advocates that pull in more customers to your business?

The answer lies in one word – Trust

If people start trusting you as a person, as a brand, as a niche expert, their wallets open much more regularly for your offers and products.

And the quickest way to win trust online is by being transparent.

Leading affiliate marketers like Pat Flynn and Matthew Woodward have been openly sharing their monthly income reports, their experiments, their successes and even their failures.

Brands like Groove and Buffer have done the same and immediately found a dedicated audience that started trusting them.

MoneySavingExpert.com has also been transparent about its operations from Day 1.

In fact it has a dedicate page that mentions everything about how the site is financed, what costs are incurred, and what they plan to do next.

 

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And even when it was acquired by the MoneySpuerMarket Group in 2012, they developed a legally binding editorial code that ensured transparency in all their content.

Here’s an extract from it.

 

 

“MoneySavingExpert.com will continue to follow its founding principles. Its primary job is to ensure it provides the best information to help consumers, based on journalistic research, and the editorial line will stay independent of any commercial objectives or influence.

We will continue to highlight to users how the site is financed – and if a paid link is used, where practical, give you an alternative, unpaid link.”

 

They’ve taken the concept of transparency to a whole new level which is why their readers trust them for advice on financial matters.

The lesson for you is obvious.

If you want to cut through all the noise in your niche and want people to trust you, be as transparent as you can about your business.

 


3. Create Insanely Useful, Actionable and Detailed Content That Solves Problems

You can’t build a successful blog without creating quality content.

But quality needs to be defined very clearly.

Quality is not about the complexity of your words or the length of your sentences.

It’s the usefulness of your content.

The value your readers get from it.

The problems it solves and the solutions it offers.

Without creating high-quality content that is insanely useful and immediately actionable, you can’t build a loyal readership.

And MSE is a great example to follow when it comes to problem solving content.

They’ve built a reputation for consistently producing content that helps readers take action and make a difference in their lives.

For example, this mammoth guide on saving money tells readers everything they need to know to start saving and investing.

 

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It is full of actionable tips based on different scenarios and circumstances that most middle class Brits face.

 

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And this is just one guide.

The site has dozens of other categories like banking, insurance, financing, real estate etc. with detailed guides and how to posts.

On top of that, they’ve created a ton of free tools and resources for their audience which take them way beyond average affiliate marketers.

The usefulness of their content is one of the main reasons why they have millions of monthly readers.

And here’s the lesson for you.

As long as your content keeps solving the core problems of your audience, and helps them take action, people will keep coming to your blog.

 


4. Focus on Building a Loyal Community Around Your Niche Site by Helping People

One of the biggest assets of MSE is its huge community of loyal followers.

There are more than 10 million people on their email list.

But their real strength is the MSE Forum, which is the seventh biggest social networking site in the UK.

It has more than 1.5 million registered users that contribute articles, ask questions, discuss different money related issues and help other members solve their problems.

This community is also one of the biggest traffic sources to the main site.

 

mseforums

 

The forum has a full-time management and administrative team that moderates the content and responds to questions where necessary.

Other than that, MSE and its CEO Martin Lewis have a combined social media following of more than 500,000.

This didn’t happen overnight.

Martin Lewis started the forum way back in 2003 and used it as the main platform for engaging with his audience, listening to their problems and sharing his advice.

To be successful at niche marketing, you also need to build a community around your brand.

I’m not saying you should start a forum right away, because it’s not easy to manage a forum with limited resources.

But look for ways to bridge the gap between you and your audience. If it can be achieved through a Facebook Group, like the NicheHacks Group, or any other platform, do it.

Because ultimately it’s the strength of your community that will take your business to the next level.

 


5. Never Compromise Your Values for Short-Term Gains

MSE lies in one of the most lucrative niches on the web.

Based on the size of their audience, they can easily make millions of dollars just by publishing sponsored articles and stories promoting different products.

But that is against one of the core values of MSE, which is to create content purely for the reader’s benefit.

Here’s what the site says about this

 

“Companies cannot pay to appear on the site. Guides are written purely from a ‘what’s the best way to save money?’ stance. Once the guides are finished, it’s one of the team’s job to see if they can find ‘affiliate links’ to the top products.

The MoneySaving guides are written then, totally separately, paid links are looked for. If no paying link is available, nothing in the guide changes. If the best is the best and doesn’t pay, it stays the best. The link used is simply ‘non-affiliated’, ie, non-paying. Financial considerations do not impact inclusion in articles.”

 

 

Sticking to such values might hold you back in the short-term, but the brand image that it helps you build pays off multiple times in the long-run.

 


6. Turn Your Emails into Value Rich Messages That People Wait For

Email is one of the most powerful ways to reach your audience and help them consume your content.

Yet very few niche blogs use it the right way.

Most of the times you’ll find affiliate marketers sending one promotional email after the other without providing any real value to the subscriber.

MSE has done this completely differently.

Instead of sending sales pitches and product offers to their subscribers, they’ve created a value rich weekly email newsletter series that contains discounts, deals and money saving tips for their subscribers.

Every newsletter is also available on the main website and gets shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter.

You can call them short blog posts with quick tips and action items.

Here’s what they say about their newsletter.

 

“This isn’t a site with an email, it’s an email with a website to back it up. All the latest deals, guides and loopholes go in the Martin’s Money Tips weekly email. More than two-thirds of the best deals expire within a week, and the email’s aim is to ensure you don’t miss out.”

 

The newsletter is so popular that their email list currently has more than 10 million subscribers.

In simple words, even if Google wipes off every page of MSE from its search results, they’d still be able to drive millions of visitors to their site from their email list.

 


7. Repurpose Your Best Content To Expand Your Reach and Drive More Traffic

Creating high quality content is hard work because it not only requires a lot of research and data gathering, but also takes to time to compose and format properly.

Which is why it’s foolish to publish this content once and forget it.

Smart marketers repurpose their content into different other formats to not only prolong its life but also attract users from different platforms.

For example, you can publish a blog post on “7 Ways to Lose Weight without Giving up Your Favorite Meals”.

You can then repurpose this into a short video using the same content, and use its audio version in Podcasts.

Or convert this into a Slideshare presentation, a PDF eBook or an infographic.

Doing this will not only help you reach new audiences with the same content, but also help you earn new backlinks to your site.

MSE does exactly the same.

They have a widely followed YouTube channel where they often discuss the same tips published on their blog. They also regularly convert their high performing posts into infographics.

 


8. Find People With Complimenting Skills To Join Your Team and Grow Your Business

Martin Lewis started MoneySavingExpert.com as a one-man blog.

But as the audience on his blog grew, he started adding team members to help him with content creation, site management, research and a lot of other different things.

Today, he has more than 80 full-time employees running the site.

He could’ve easily chosen to do everything himself (something that most niche marketers try to do)

Instead he chose to expand his business by joining hands with people who could compliment his skills and help him grow faster.

As with most investments, this doesn’t pay off immediately.

But it’s one of the best decisions the owner of a growing niche site can make.

Stuart has shared several times how building a team for NicheHacks has helped him focus more on growing the business, instead of getting caught up in the day to day activities and losing the bigger picture

 


Are You the Next Affiliate Marketing Success Story?

MoneySavingExpert.com is a million dollar blog today but it was started by one man with limited resources.

There’s no reason why you can’t do the same.

Affiliate marketing has much more earning potential than $0.89 commissions from dodgy product review sites.

Start thinking big.

Start taking action.

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14 Nov

Content Marketing Strategy Systematized and How I Launch a New Business

Sometimes, especially when you are a little hard headed like me, you need to be hit on the head a few times with an idea to have it finally sink in.

This post is about how one of those ideas is now going to be seeing the light of day and the process I have followed to think through the opportunity and the execution plan for a new project/business.

Don’t want to read everything… the new project is a Done For You Content Marketing Service



(this post shows all the details on this board for a new business plan)

Am I an Idiot for Sharing?

In the comments I would be VERY VERY interested in hearing people tear this plan apart!

But also since I am sharing so much info about my business plan so early in the process I would be interested in feedback on if that is either…

  • Foolish – will it give competitors an edge
  • Not Foolish – publicly sharing will help improve the idea and spread the word

Resisted This Idea – Or Maybe I am Just a Little Slow!

I have been being continually asked if, since I already have a team and process, can’t I just publish content onto someones money site for a fee?

I continually said NO WAY since I believed creating great content was a core process for any money site owner and thought people should do it for their own sites!

Conversations With Smart People Doing Big Things Changed My Mind:

However, what changed my mind was several discussions with people who are looking to rapidly scale their portfolio and taking the long time (which it does take) to build the internal processes/procedures and team to create great content consistently would slow them down.

Plus, there were others I talked to where their “core competency/offering” they needed to own was something else such as physical products, SAAS offering or even for someone building content sites their focus was on keyword research and monetization not on running a content team.

In short people needed a service that could act as their in house end-end content marketing team that could easily plug into newly acquired sites or existing businesses where the owners/managers wanted to focus on priorities other than content marketing!

The Vision & Introducing ContentRefined.com

Our new project is ContentRefined.com – Content Marketing Refined!

We will take care of all your content marketing needs from keyword research to post publishing and promotion.

We act as if we were your in house content marketing team.

note – some limited and discounted beta testers are now welcome

Existing Competition vs Our Premium Plan

Currently the services offerings seem to be focused on producing content with little focus on driving the results for the business associated with that content. Many boutique content marketing agencies charge an incredible amount for publishing fairly basic content.

What I mean is most businesses come from a content first background and try to make the marketing portion of content marketing work. For us we come from the marketing side of content marketing and our core strengths are in the keyword research and promotion compared to our competition who want to focus on $/word.

With our extreme (as you will see below) focus on systematically verifying high quality articles we will be able to produce the best content but will crush our competition in terms of creating content that delivers results.

Content Marketing Companies:

  • UpWork – Do it yourself option

Business Model

As always I like to share EVERYTHING and this post is a little different where normally I don’t like to share everything so early in the process but I believe that if I am not feeling a little uncomfortable I am probably not pushing hard enough. So to that end I have decided to share almost everything VERY early in the process!

At a recent conference (RhodiumWeekend) a great presenter, very successful website portfolio manager and long-time reader of AuthorityWebsiteIncome (Daniel) showed a 1 page business model canvas that I really liked and had the opportunity to apply it here.



More Information About the Business Model Canvas – Click Here

Unfair / Competitive Advantage – Highly systematized business with talented/dedicated north American business manager providing a productized service that is nicely integrated into my existing audience and productized services AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com, LightningRank.com and BrandBuilders.io. Marketing focused first vs other content focused first content marketing services.

Key Variables to Validate

Following another of my favourite business books (LeanStartup) I have my list of variables/hypothesis to validate to determine how viable this business will be…

  1. Demand at a premium price point will be solid – Mostly validated with initial beta testers 
  2. Cost of goods sold will be below my set target and variability will be reasonable – Mostly validated with initial beta testers

Next I have another set of variables to test and validate with the next round of beta-testers

       3. We will be able to scale without losing margin

       4. Customer acquisition costs will be known and stable

       5. Churn rate for customers will be manageable

If you are interested in being a beta tester you can checkout the service here.

Team Structure

This aspect of setting up a project/business has been often overlooked by me and I have paid for it!

All my projects that have had the most success when it comes to running smoothly and realizing their full potential the most important part has been setting up the business consistent with EMyth Revisited.

Having a highly systematized business and with a clear structure on who sits in 3 key positions (Entrepreneur, Manager and Technician) has been the key for a project to realize its full potential.

For ContentRefined.com the team is clear…

  • Entrepreneur – Jon
  • Manager – Maddie
  • Technician – Distributed Team

Maddie will be the key person for this business. For those of you used to interacting with the very organized Kelley from LightningRank.com Maddie will fill a similar role for ContentRefined.com



Maddie will be every clients favorite person! She manages the team and each clients orders. Whether it is a one-off question or detailed explanation as to why an article title was selected she is your go-to resource.

The Process & Procedures

Transparency on how we do our work is going to be key for our business and below is exactly the process that Maddie/I have developed to execute this business.



Process and Procedures

For any of my services I like to share everything I possibly can to show you how we are going to go about delivering on what we said we were.

Plus, for those that want to execute content marketing in house I hope that what we share below will be of some help!

Below is just a sampling of the procedures the team has in place.

Content Marketing – Management Procedures:

Writer Hiring & Firing Procedure

  • Overview – Building up a “stable” of quality writers has taken a long time and could very likely be our bottleneck for growth. Maddie has done a fantastic job since she started of relentlessly hiring/firing writers to now have a team ready to grow ContentRefined.
  • Tutorial – (link to cheap article writing tutorial)
  • Tool – UpWork
  • Procedure – Over the last couple of months I have gotten into the flow of hiring and firing writers on a weekly/ sometimes daily basis. This process has allowed me to develop a systematic procedure, which has enabled me to build up a team of dependable and talented native English writers. I have included the steps I take filter out writers below.

Here is my procedure:

1. I post a writing job on Upwork
2. On upwork I generally post a job with the following specifications: 1. Writer for ____+ word article 2. Writer must be native English speaker 3. Looking for bids around 7.50/article
3. Once the Job Posting is posted on upwork, I hire 3-5 top applicants without an interview within the fist 24 hours What I look for in a Top applicant 1. Native English Speaker (only metric “required”) 2. Good cover letter 3. High job success score 4. The more hours worked, the better
4. I Assign each new hire 2 articles using the Writing Instructions Template that I created for new writers
5. Once articles are received, I review articles for quality assessment 1. Assess grammar and language capabilities 2. Copy and paste text of the article in Copyscape to make sure there is no plagiarism
6. Once quality has been assessed, I use my judgment in hiring/firing decisions If the article is full of grammar and punctuation issues, I will end the contract.If the language is way too simple and it doesn’t seem like the writer is completely fluent in English, I will end the contract
7. As soon as the new writer is on board I will assign them batches of articles continuously as articles are returned to me. Once writers are committed to you, you then have the responsibility of keeping them busy.

Writer Management and Articles

I mentioned above that once you have some writers that are committed to you, you then have the responsibility of keeping them busy. Let me elaborate on that.

My process is simple:

  1. I have a content management spreadsheet, which helps me manage my writers and my content. 
  2. When I get a new order from a client, I try and do as much keyword research and title creation as possible so that can send off the article(s) ASAP to my writer in the form of a “batch” order (this also works with one off articles but I like to keep them busy and committed to me as I know they will be working for other clients if I give them one article at a time) 
  3. I have a template and instructions for the different kinds of articles that I generally need created I
  4. fill out the instructions and specifications on the template which will include specific keywords that will need to be used in the post 
  5. Once I send the batch of articles to my writer, I let them know their timeline (for this service I like to give 2 weeks to make sure we’re getting really good quality content) 
  6. Once I get the article(s), I pay my writer right away, and send them the next “batch” of articles. Busy writers are happy writers!

Client Onboarding & Communication

Google Forms and and Google Sheets are amazing resources and also an integral part of the onboarding process for new clients for this service. I have been finding success with the following procedure:

  1. If a new client is ready for onboarding I will send them the “Onboarding Details Form” if not already completed (this will prompt the client to answer important questions that will reduce the back and forth communication later down the line) 
  2. The form will generate a sheet that will come to me with all of the detail specifications of the order  
  3. Once I get the specifications, I create an “Order Tracking sheet” for the client and share it with them. Click here  for the template! 
  4. This sheet will allow the client to see where things are. Whether it’s still with the writer, in QC/editing or with the publisher etc.. 
  5. Once the posts are on Draft mode on the client’s site, I communicate to the client that it is ready for review. From here I let the client decide when we are to publish the article(s) to the live site.

Content Marketing – Execution Procedures:

Keyword Research and Article Title Creation

  • Overview – Many services in this space do not have a keyword research focus
  • Tutorial – See below – more in-depth post coming soon
  • Procedure – Shared Here

Keyword research is probably the most difficult part of this process. If the Client doesn’t give you any specifications, it might also take a long time to do it well as you’ll have to read through their site to see if they already have content around words of interest. This can take a long time! To make it easier on me, I’ve trained up a couple of my best Virtual Assistants for this task. Below is the step-by-step guide I send them to make sure I’m getting the best titles and the best keywords

Step: Action:
1 Log into the Keyword Research Platform of choice. (lately this has been SECockpit)
2 Plug in their “Seed” Keyword (*Seed keywords are simply general keywords you can plug into keyword research tools to find more specific, long-tail keywords)
3 Make sure that the filters on the seed keyword search include appended prepended and words in between, 

(Note – this is one of the big strengths of SECockpit and its ability to generate more keyword ideas within the tool)
4 Once the seed Keyword has loaded all of its associated the long tail keywords, look for the following metrics

Monthly Search Volume : Over 1000

Competitiveness: 30 and underOr for very low competition with some lower traffic o Traffic > 100 o Competitiveness < 20
5 Once a Long Tail Keyword that meets the metrics has been identified click on the long tail keyword to view the Analytics (SERP competition)
6 On this page look at the competitors for this long tail keyword


7 Check to see if the top 10 articles ranking for this long tail keyword are similar to the company site trying to rank for the keyword (if all ecommerce and your site is a content site that is not a great sign)
8 Check the Page Authority, the Domain Authority and the Linking. Ideally a good Long Tail Keyword would have results with both PA and DA under 20. 

Example of a good table

Example of a bad table:
9 If competitors are in the same league as your site, and SERP table looks good, create a Post Title with that Long Tail Keyword included within the title (ideally at the start of the title). Copyblogger has great resources for creating great headlines.
10 Once Post title is created, add the new title to the Content Management Sheet

Writing Instructions

I mentioned above that I have article templates that I like to send out to writers to provide them with a “shell” of what the article is expected to look like. The more guidance they have, the better and more accurate to expectations the article is going to be!

NOTE – This level of guidance only applies after the writer has been on boarded.

For this service we offer 5 different types of articles. Click on each for the template!

  • How to Article (shareable version coming soon)
  • Blog Post (shareable version coming soon)

Editor Quality Control Checks

  • Overview – This is an area we have put a lot of effort into… how do you systematically verify that your content will be world class at scale? Our answer is to combine the traditional writer-editor model with additional tools to help systematize the process. We are leveraging several new tools
  • Content Marketing Tools
    • CopyScape – Verify the content is unique
    • Grammarly – Verify the content is grammaticaly correct
    • Hemmingway – Verify the content meets our target reading difficulty/level
    • MarketMuze – Verify the content is covered in depth
    • Editor – Using the tools above and their normal process ensures our content is consistently of extremely high quality

My procedure is the following:

  • One I get the articles back, I send them off to the editor who does a full quality control check on the article
  • I have created an SOP around this to make sure that this is done effectively and consistently every single time

These are the instructions I will send my editor to ensure consistency:

Step: Action:
1 When editor receives the article from the writer, the editor does a very quick review
2 Once the article has gone through it’s preliminary review, the editor must log into http://www.copyscape.com/
3 Once on on copyscape.com the editor must copy and paste sections of the article one by one into the text box and check for plagirism
4 If the text comes back with results on copyscape, the Editor must notify the Portfolio Manager immediately, and notify which sections were plagiarized
5 If no plagiarism is found, Editor must got to app.grammarly.com and paste the entire article in the text box
6 Grammarly will suggest grammar edits. Editor is to go through the Grammarly suggestions and edit text where he or she see fit


7 Once the text has been edited, Editor must open their Hemingway editor and paste the edited text in the text box
8 The editor will click on the sidebar and check “edit” to get a report of the article

Enter your text here…

Enter your text here…

9 Once the editor has pasted the text and clicked Edit, the editor much check that the word count matches the requested amount and that the “readability” of the article is a grade 5-8 level.


10 Once all the metrics are met, the Editor must take the edited text and create a new word document titles “ArticleTitle_Edited” Example ”bestworksocks_Edited”
11 Now that the article is unqiue, grammatically correct and verified to be readable the article goes through MarketMuse to ensure the article covers the topic in more depth than any competitor article (Neil Patel has a great article on using MarketMuse here)
12 Once the new edited version has been made, the editor must send the final edited copy back to the portfolio manager and update the Content Management sheet (Sheet 3) with the date of completion

Custom Graphic Creation

With the Content Refined Service, we also add value to your article by making sure that the graphic design piece is nailed down. I actually have a virtual graphic designer who does this for me. I’ll simply send off your headings and top to this designer and I’ll receive custom headings with cool images to go with your article!



Example Image

Publishing Instructions

Once the editor is done with the article, they will send it back to the manager. The content manager will review the edited article to make sure it reads well and then send it to the publisher to be published on the site. The article can stay in draft mode until the client has reviewed and given us the green light to publish!

Summary – ContentRefined.com

Anytime we start mapping out a new process it can be a very fun process and this is no different, below is an image taken Saturday night at 10pm as I was working on mapping out the new model.



This new project will be Maddie’s #1 focus and I will continue to push it to become the best/only service online that can deliver and promote high quality content consistently!

If interested in being involved in the next round of beta-testing there are a select number of spots open at discounted pricing but you will be able to signup for a wait list when we get sold-out. Checkout ContentRefined.com.

The main purpose of this post is to put myself out there revealing an uncomfortable amount of what should be proprietary data to get feedback on the model and idea. So please…

  • Checkout ContentRefined.com
  • Tear my strategy for sharing so much and the plan behind content refined apart in the comments below

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13 Nov

Reader Q&A: What Are The Most Profitable Niches For Affiliate Marketing? [Updated November 2016]

I received an email from a reader named John asking a fairly common question so instead of just replying to him personally (which I did as well) I’ve decided to write the answer up as a post so anyone reading can benefit.

John asked “What Are The Most Profitable Niches For Affiliate Marketing?”

It’s one of those questions that is kind of tricky to answer as almost any niche that has a lot of buyers and affiliate products to sell can be insanely profitable if done correctly.

However we will look at 3 different ‘niche types’ in this post which are VERY profitable for affiliate marketing purposes….

 

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

 

 


Here’s What You’ll Learn:

  • The 3 main evergreen markets that are always profitable so you never waste your time on unprofitable affiliate niches.
  • Why passion and hobby based niches make such great niches.
  • High payout niches that pay you up to $5,000 commission and have low refund rates.
  • Why promoting high end offers is no more hard work than promoting a $7 ebook and yet brings in much more profit.

 

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

 


 1. The Big and Always Profitable Evergreen Markets: Health, Wealth and Romance

These markets are evergreen and profitable and forever will be.

The health market includes niches such as diets and weight loss, embarrassing problems, quit smoking and medical issues to name but a few.

See these niche ‘hacks’ on the paleo diet and the hot new Mediterranean diet.

 


Health Niches

The niches in health never slow down as people are always looking for the next best thing for fat loss, health improvement and much more.

Here are some examples….

 


Reasons To Get Involved In Health Niches

  • Products and information can cost up to hundreds of dollars and some even cost thousands and up (think treadmills and machines).
  • This is a market that has many niches with passionate people who put health first so you can expect big spenders.
  • Many health niches are ongoing, so that means repeat purchases are going to be made.

 


Wealth Niches

Wealth covers internet marketing, Forex, gambling, affiliate marketing, multi level marketing, business opportunities and more.

Look at these niches…

  • Internet marketing for beginners
  • Affiliate marketing for busy people over 40
  • How to make money blogging for beginners

 


Reasons To Get Involved In Wealth Niches

  • Many wealth niches require people to spend money and products / information can range anywhere from a couple bucks to hundreds and even thousands of dollars.
  • People are always looking for ways to make money so they will not stop looking, which means ongoing success for you as a marketer.
  • Many of the wealth niches are expensive and need ongoing purchases as people can be obsessed with getting the most up to date and complete information.

 


Romance Niches

Romance obviously refers to online dating, attracting members of the opposite sex, pick up, finding a husband / wife, getting your ex back and many more.

Just take these niches for example…

  • Senior dating
  • Dating for divorced men/ women over 40
  • Marriage for young couples with a limited budget
  • Pick up women for beginners
  • Online dating for businessmen over 40

 


Reasons To Get Involved In romance Niches

  • People are passionate about finding a companion so they are willing to spend constantly to learn the skills required.
  • Dating is evergreen and is of interest to picking a demographic and marketing to them is all that’s left for you to do.
  • Plenty of other websites in this market so limitless connections to influencers and traffic for you.

 


Take Action And Pick Your Niche

All of these major markets have near endless sub-niches to be explored and are definitely VERY profitable because people are desperate for solutions to their problems and willing to pay for them.

Most of the consumers are looking for a ‘magic bullet’ (or magic pill in the case of weight loss) and aren’t really willing to put the effort into loosing weight, building an online business or improving their confidence so they can meet the opposite sex for example.

So when they inevitably fail (even though they didn’t really try) you can go ahead and sell them another product that they can fail with all over again.

There’s no end of affiliate products to promote both digital and physical either.

So definitely highly profitable as I’m sure you can see.

 


2. Hobby and Activities That People Spend Loads of Money In

Hobbies and activities are also stupidly profitable if you target the ones where the customers have a lot of money to spend on their passion.

When something makes someone feel happy or gives them pleasure they will spend money on it over and over again.

Hobbies, sports and other activities fit into this category perfectly.

Think of expensive activities like golf, sailing, fishing, travel, hunting.

People are forever buying new equipment, tools and gear for their passions.

They need accessories, they are willing to pay for training and guides or things that promise to make them even better at their activity of choice.

Endless sub-niches to be explored and no shortage of both digital and physical products available to promote as an affiliate.

Which is why hobby and activities are crazily profitable.

 


Examples Of Hobby Niches

 

niche ideas

 


3. High Paying Affiliate Products and Services That Pay Up To $5,000

This includes pay day (and most other type of) loans, private jet charter, yacht rental, online casinos, luxury goods such as watches, handbags and jewelry, travel and an almost endless list of others.

It takes just as much time and effort to promote a $7 eBook as it does a luxury yacht program or private jet charter that pays hundreds to thousands of dollars in commission per sale and you don’t need to make many sales to make a serious profit.

The refund rate on high end products is much lower than on $7 eBooks too.

People don’t make rash decisions when spending thousands so if they buy something they usually plan to see the purchase through.

People who buy high end goods don’t have money problems so they’ve no problem spending their cash on luxuries.

These are recession proof niches.

With products like pay day loans there’s no shortage of people needing money and those who borrow once are likely to do so again.

If you’re bad with money you’re likely forever bad with money.

Poor people usually stay poor so they always need help.

Gamblers rarely quit so they’ll be back time and time again to hunt out the new ‘lucky’ casino and grab that new bonus and with many casinos paying affiliates a percentage of a players life time losses you continue to get paid month after month.

If you’d prefer to follow money over passion then definitely pick a niche that fits into one of the criteria above.

All have endless customers, are high ticket, and are hugely lucrative.

 

 


Conclusion

The big evergreen niches of health, wealth and romance will never be out of demand as people ALWAYS have problems they want solved and rather than work hard at it they’d prefer to buy a product and hope it performs magic for them.

People will never give up things that make them happy so hobby and activities are always going to be around and there’s always some new equipment or gear to buy that promises to make them better.

You’ll forever have both rich people who have an endless amount of money to spend on high end goods and poor people who are constantly seeking money who turn to loan companies and gambling.

So whilst there’s no 1 niche that is the ‘most profitable’ for affiliate marketing (or any other) purposes if you want to get involved in big money niches then pick one of these three niche types.

Chelsea wrote a post here on how to find your niche’s best selling products so the possibilities are really endless.

You can also check out our 7 steps to finding your profitable niche.

Hope that answers your question John!

 

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

 


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08 Nov

3 Ways to Earn from Your Photography Blog

We have featured Niche of the Week posts on special hobbies, or what I call "passions," before: makeup, cooking and travel. Here I am yet again with another Niche of the Week post on how to turn your hobby or passion into a source of income.

My husband was badly bitten by the shutterbug two years ago. He has always been interested in photography and has exhibited a talent for capturing great moments, so he finally decided to pursue it. He bought a Nikon 5100 DSLR and became the official family photographer. I fully support him, but we both never thought anything would come out of it besides having another hobby.

That changed when I stumbled upon this photography blog or "photoblog": How I Made $4,513.43 in Passive Photography Income in 11 Months. Apparently, as with other pursuits we have featured as Niche of the Week, photography can also be a source of passive income.

Interest in photography had reached a plateau until Nikon introduced the first digital camera in early 2000. Canon and other manufacturers followed suit, and not long after that, we discovered cameras on mobile phones. Digital photography was born.

There are now 4 times as many camera owners per US household as there were in 2002, with the bulk of photos stored on Facebook. Photography accessories such as memory cards, camera bags, cleaning kits and the like have never been more in demand. There are also online photography schools where you can learn to shoot better photos, as well as various books on photography.

The Big Picture

The photography industry is a $10 billion industry in the US alone.

Photography has gone digital in recent years. While anyone with a camera can now take photos and edit them with (often) free software, there's definitely still a demand for photography specialists, who are making a comeback as they focus on specific photography services like special events coverage and publishing photo books.

The photography industry in the US earned USD $10 billion in 2013, and and has been projected to grow 1.8% each year  since then — indicating a recovery in progress.

Photography Earnings - Photography Affiliate Programs

As far as interest in the photography niche, Australia tops the list. There was a decline to the number of searches from between 2014 to early 2016, but it is slowly on the rise. The US takes the 5th spot, behind New Zealand, the UK, and South Africa. 

Photography Interest by Region - Photography Affiliate ProgramsPhotography Interest - Google Trends
 

Picture-Perfect Keywords

"Pictures," "photos," and then some. There’s a lot of keywords to target in the photography niche.

If you want your photography site to get noticed, then you need to target the right keywords. Keywords play an important part in attracting the right people to your site.

Before you search for target keywords, consider what your photography site is about and what you eventually want it to be. If you're a local photographer and want to promote your brick-and-mortar studio, then you need to target keywords referring to the services you offer and then add your location. For example, "wedding photography San Francisco" will give you the following results in Traffic Travis:

 

San Francisco Wedding Photographer - Traffic Travis Results
 

The same thing works if it’s a specific photography service you’re offering on your site, or several. You can target keywords like “photo booths,” “photo books,” “wedding photography,” and “event photography.” The only catch is most of them are high-competition, buyer-intent keywords. Below are search results for "photography" in AffiloTools :

Photography Results - Affilotools
 

Having good on-page SEO can help make your photoblog more visible to users by ranking for specific keywords. This also leads to more traffic to your site.

Tags and keywords are important, even if it's just to draw attention to an image. Alt tags provide search engines with descriptive text for your image. In the event that the image cannot be displayed, a user will see the alternative text and know what the image represents. Always use your target keywords in the image alt tags when possible, and if not, then use words and phrases related to your keywords.

Articles on your photoblog are not exempt from those rules either. Make sure the article you're writing is optimized for the target keyword, as well as the images included in that article. 

 

How to Earn from Your Photoblog

Sharing the images you capture is great, but even better is earning while you do so.

These are just a handful of the numerous photography affiliate programs you will find online. As always, I checked the ClickBank Marketplace, and selected a few that have high commissions and good Gravity.

Endorse Online Photography Schools

Not everyone interested in photography already knows how to take good pictures, or understands all the artistic and technical factors that contribute to a great image. Even the ones who do are likely interested in learning more. As an affiliate, you can recommend a few websites that can help both beginner and advanced-level photogs enhance their skills.

Digital Photography School - Photography Affiliate Programs

1. Digital Photography School

About Digital-Photography-School.com
Digital-Photography-School.com is “a website with simple tips to help digital camera owners get the most out of their cameras.”

The information on the website is mostly free, except for eBooks and courses for those who want to further improve their photography skills.

How much can I make?
40% on each sale.

How do I apply?
The site manages its own affiliate program, so you need to sign up through the Affiliates Page.

Phlearn - Photography Affiliate Programs

2. Phlearn

About Phlearn
Phlearn provides a full course on retouching and special effects using Photoshop and Lightroom.

The site has free tutorials too, but they are not as in-depth as the full courses.

How much can I make?
20% for every course purchased through your affiliate link.

How do I apply?
You can sign up from the Affiliates Page.

Photography Spark - Photography Affiliate Program

3. Photography Spark

About Photography Spark
Photography Spark does not offer courses on how to improve your photography or photo-editing skills. Instead, the site features 3 courses on how you can turn that passion for capturing special moments into a full-fledged business.

How much can I make?
40% for every sale.

How do I apply?
Register as an affiliate through the site's Affiliates Page.

LifePixel - Photography Affiliate Programs

4. LifePixel

About LifePixel
LifePixel specializes in infrared photography. The site offers training on infrared photography and image post-production.

The site also provides camera conversion services and filters.

How much can I make?
5-20% on each sale. Commissions are sent out each month with no balance requirements through PayPal.

How do I apply?
Visit the Affiliates Page to sign up for the program.

UltimatePhotographyCourse.com - Photography Affiliate Programs

5. Ultimate Photography Course

About Ultimate Photography
Ultimate Photography Course offers an 18-module photography course online.

Their photography course is interactive and extensive, judging by the content of each module.

How much can I make?
Affilaites get 50% commission on sales of the course.

How do I apply?
The site manages its own affiliate program too, so you need to register directly on the Affiliates Page.

Better Photos Academy - Photography Affiliate Programs

6. Better Photos Academy

About Better Photos Academy
Better Photos Academy teaches the everyday Joe and Jane how to take better pictures through a 20-week course.

The course covers both photography and photo-editing basics.

How much can I make?
50% on every sale of the course, including initial sales and monthly rebills. 

How do I apply?
Sign up through ClickBank, or through the Affiliates Page.

Digital Photography Success - Photography Affiliate Programs

7. Digital Photography Success

About Digital Photography Success
Another course online course, Digital Photography Success teaches you how to master the use of your DSLR camera.

The course includes one month's free subscription to a monthly e-Magazine on photography. You can also access training videos up on YouTube.

How much can I make?
50% for each sale. The course sells for USD$97 so that gives you nearly USD$50 on every sale.

How do I apply?
They’re on ClickBank, or through their Affiliates Page.

These programs here are just seven of the many, many photography courses you'll find online. Be sure to check out ClickBank and other affiliate networks for similar training courses. The great thing about having a large pool of products to promote is that if one product doesn't sell for you, you can replace it with another quite easily.

Recommend Hosting and Tools for Photographers

There are plenty of online tools and resources for both amateur and professional photographers. The question is: Which are you going to pick? You can help your fellow photog friends by suggesting a few. Not only are you helping them, you're helping yourself — by earning a commission each time.

Zenfolio - Photography Affiliate Program

1. Zenfolio

About Zenfolio
Zenfolio is an all-in-one hosting and selling provider for photographers. The service makes it easy to upload, share and sell your images.

How much can I make?
30% for every signup to the site's membership program.

How do I apply?
Join SmartChaos to promote Zenfolio, or go to the Affiliates Page for more information.

PhotoShelter - Photography Affiliate Programs

2. PhotoShelter

About PhotoShelter

PhotoShelter helps photographers create websites with built-in eCommerce and SEO tools. Like Zenfolio, the site offers hosting and selling solutions to amateur and professional photographers. PhotoShelter has an independent affiliate program that offers commissions ranging from USD $6 to $165.

How much can I make?
Ranges from USD$6 to USD$165 for every paid account.

How do I apply?
PhotoShelter manages its own affiliate program. You can sign up from the Affiliates Page.

Camera Career - Photography Affiliate Programs

3. Camera Career

About Camera Career
Camera Career offers promotes several eBooks, including one of its own, on how to sell your photos online.

How much can I make?
60% for each sale, roughly USD $14.

How do I apply?
You can sign up through ClickBank or the Affiliates Page

Photography Jobs Online - Photography Affiliate Programs

4. Photography Jobs Online

About Photography Jobs Online
Photography Jobs Online is another website that shows you how you can make money by taking excellent images.

Sign up to the website, submit your photos and start earning!

How much can I make?
55% for every paid account signup. That's roughly USD $70 for each paid account through your link.

How do I apply?
You can sign up through ClickBank, or their Affiliates Page

Adobe - Photography Affiliate Programs

5. Adobe

About Adobe
Adobe is the creator of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, the premier photo-editing and vector tools that are preferred by most professional photographers.

How much can I make?
You can earn 85% for the first month's subscription to Creative and Document Cloud (or 8.33% of a yearly subscription). In addition, you can earn USD $72 for memberships to Adobe Stock and 8.33% for every individual sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up through the Affiliates Page or Tradedoubler.

Promote Online Photography Stores

As far as online stores that sell equipment, there's always Amazon, of course, which sells photography supplies ranging from memory cards to eBooks to published works on photography. Adorama is another online camera store, and well-known brands Canon and Sony have their own online stores as well.

Adorama - Photography Affiliate Programs

1. Adorama

About Adorama
Adorama has more than 250,000 products in its catalog, and has been selling consumer electronic goods for over 40 years.

How much can I make?
2% base commission. It can go up to 10% for some brands and product categories. Orders average USD $400.

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

Sony - Photography Affiliate Programs

2. Sony

About Sony
Sony is a multinational conglomerate that produces consumer and professional electronics, from televisions and Blu-ray players to gaming system and, of course, cameras. The company resells through other major retail channels, but also has its own online store.

How much can I make?
Undisclosed.

How do I apply?
The site has an Affiliates Page, but you need to sign up for the affiliate program through LinkShare.

Canon Affiliate Program - Photography Affiliate Program

3. Canon

About Canon
Canon is another popular camera brand. Like Sony, you can purchase cameras, camcorders and photography accessories from the company website.

How much can I make?
2.5% base commission, with a possibility to earn more thanks to a tiered commission structure based on sales.

How do I apply?
Canon has an Affiliates Page but you need to be a Commission Junction affiliate first.

How to Get Your Photoblog Noticed

A photograph needs to be appreciated and shared. So does your photoblog.

Whatever reason you have for putting up a website, the aim is always to get people to visit it. For affiliate marketers, it's even more important to get people to click on their affiliate links and purchase the products.

There are many methods, both free and paid, to drive traffic to your website. It can get overwhelming, particularly because link-building and marketing strategies tend to be a combination of two or more tactics, and not one. It’s best to have a look at the methods you will use to promote your website once it is up, long before you actually launch.

Social Media Marketing

Where better to showcase your images but through social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest? You can share not only your images, but links to your articles as well.

You can also interact with your target market on these sites. Ask them to critique your images, or host a mini-contest to further engage them. Hootsuite has a few tips on how you can engage users in social media and build your brand

Blog and Forum Commenting

There are plenty of photoblogs and photography forums that you can participate in, such as PhotoCamel. Join in the conversation and provide helpful information to the other members. You'll build backlinks and create a positive reputation for your site. Once the forum-goers trust you and your site, they will be more compelled to visit your site and follow your recommendations.

Amazon Kindle Traffic

Share your knowledge of photography by creating a small eBook on a specialized topic, then post it in the Kindle store. Make sure that you have a link to your site in the eBook, particularly to the relevant articles on your site.

The best part about this method is that you have the option to charge a small amount for the eBook (such as $0.99), making it another potential source of income.

Photography and Affiliate Marketing: The Big Picture


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This is definitely a niche for someone who is into photography and dead-set on pursuing it. You can start off your site as a personal blog of someone trying to learn photography and take it from there.

Again, you have to have a real interest here. That means owning a camera, taking pictures and sharing your work with the rest of the world. Then you can add one or two of the photography affiliate programs we've featured here to your site, and start earning passive revenue.

Keep in mind that the commissions are not all good. The stores in particular offer only 2% for each sale. Still, that won't matter if your main focus here is photography and getting your images out there.

If you already have a photography site, and are getting some steady traffic to it, then this is good news for you. You can choose from any of the affiliate programs we've covered. It may not be much, but at the very least you can expect a small monthly earning from your site. 

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02 Nov

October Income Report 2016

In October the numbers are starting to feel a little different…what I mean is that as I have transitioned out of the day job and added additional staff the business is starting to continue to become more formalized. The added costs and effort we have been putting forward since leaving my day job seem to be starting to show results and there are plenty of growth projects which have taken a lot of time and money but have not added a dollar of revenue (yet) ?

The business has been very fun to operate lately with a lot of focus on taking care of the base systems by digging into every little failure and systematically improving the systems while at the same time putting a LOT of effort into new projects which I will be sure to share more about. 

 

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 stake in business I grew off the back of one of my affiliate sites
    • Brand #2 – Work with investors and purchase an affiliate site and then convert to FBA
    • Brand #3 – Brand vision first (not launched)
    • Brand #4 – Product first (not launched)
    • ListingEagle – Amazon FBA Hijacking and Suppression Monitoring

 

Key Successes

  1. Growth – Several growth projects are starting to pay off and a couple more are knocking at the door! I definitely have a lot of fun building new projects and believe both the services and FBA projects that will be getting rolled out will be their industry leader and I am very excited for those!
  2. FBA Products are Awesome! – 2 new FBA brands have taken longer than planned to get to this point but both brands have products that I know are the best in the world for their product category. Unique design and functionality and I believe with the vision for one of the brands we have the potential to go much much bigger.
  3. Team and Systems Handle Increased Sales – One of the challenges with growth is continually needing to fix systems that fail as the business grows. This month saw an increase in sales and as we reviewed the systems they have all seemed to respond well to the growth.
  4. Reinvestment – Between putting capital to work with FBA businesses and acquiring some new sites I believe I am starting to solve the ongoing problem of being able to put capital to work efficiently and if I am able to keep focused on growing the base business and manage the reinvestment engine well I believe it will represent an inflection point for the business.

 

Key Failures

  1. FBA Timing – For all three of my newer FBA brands the timing has been longer than I would like. For my one brand we are out of stock and the other two have taken longer to get to market than I would like. Even with all the FBA changes and delays within these businesses I have very high hopes for this arm of my business.
  2. Communication Timing – Typically me and my team are able to respond to people within 24hrs however this slipped for a few days twice last month. So although all the systems have held the one part of the system that seems to be reaching some limits is me and my main team members time. Right now my plan is to solve it by working more efficiently and harder. I am sure people will say that is the wrong approach but that is fine, a little hard work builds character.
  3. Bouncing Around My Teams Priorities – I personally need to continue at getting better with not bouncing around my team from priority to priority. There is clearly room for improvement with my management of my team to keep them focused on the few big goals and not bounce them onto something different everytime I have an idea.

 

2016 Business Goals

Below is my businesses main goals for 2016…

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Download This Easy to Edit and Printable Goals Template – FREE

(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

Oct Update – Great progress here with my new in-house project manager really getting dug into this process! The confidence that sites have an appropriate amount of oversight and management allows me to make bigger moves in terms of site purchases and sitebuilding/growth plans. Whereas before I would have a plan for building out a site but knew my split focus would not give that task the appropriate amount of oversight so I would shelve the plan.

  1. Buy 1 Site Per Month

Oct Update – With my post discussing ways to sell a website there were a few decent deals that came my way with 2 being larger unique deals that should have everyone come out ahead!

  • GOAL = 1 Website
  • ACTUAL = 2 slightly larger sites that I believe both have some serious potential upside!

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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)
  • Site making $100-$1,000/month typically the right fit
  • 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 profitable website you are looking to sell fast please let me know

3.Sell Websites Strategically for $100k Total

Oct Update – The unique website lease/sale deal is still going to plan.

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

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Oct Update – The loss of the Amazon Associate account is definitely negatively impacting earnings. However, with a few properties showing improvements and some acquisitions I am looking forward to seeing what we are able to do with this arm of the business!

 

Part 2 – Authority Website Income Blog Profit/Loss

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3 Goals in 2015 for AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com

  1. Post Once Per Week

Oct Update – Basically achieved with the 5th post being this one published two days late.

  • Plan = 5
  • Actual = 4 (however, this income post today is actually the 5th)

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2. 10x my Outreach

Oct Update – Even with the increased time available to me I have not done as good a job as I would like!

3. Site Redesign – Completed!

PRIMARY GOAL – GROW TO 30k VISITORS PER MONTH

Oct Update – 18,578 users which represents a +82% year over year increase. Although time is definitely running out I still intend to push hard to achieve the goal of 30k unique visitors per month! My most popular post was talking about my Amazon Associate Account Closed.

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Part 3 – Services Business Profit/Loss

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  1. Systems Overhaul/Refresh

Oct Update – The greatly improved team organization and tracking sheet has yielded some great improvements in some parts of the team. We now can see what parts of our system have the most opportunity for improvement and this goal is still left un-achieved!

  1. Improve email marking and sales automation

Oct Update – not done yet.

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

Oct Update – Great month at BrandBuilders with some substantial orders coming through!

PRIMARY GOAL – STAND ALONE SYSTEMATIZED SERVICES BUSINESS IN 2016

 

Part 4 – Amazon FBA Business

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  • Brand #1 – Sell FBA Business for 30x with 3+ Solid Months
    • Oct Update – With me still owning a 1/3rd stake in the business and running the majority of the affiliate site we will be seeing it
  • Launch Brand #2 – Investors – Affiliate Site Focused (External Traffic Focused)
    • Oct Update – Sales stayed solid and funding secured for larger inventory order. We spent most of the month out of stock unfortunately! ~500 units in various stages of being delivered and hope to have a strong Nov, Dec and Jan for this brand.
  • Launch Brand #2 – Partner – Brand Vision Focused (Brand Vision Focus)
    • Oct Update – 1,000 units being manufactured and very excited to get this product into the hands of influencers to try and help drive this businesses results.
  • Launch Brand #4 – Partner – Product First Focused (Unique Product Focused)
    • Oct Update – 1,300 units are on route, an interesting affiliate site play is in progress for this site and I will be sure to talk about it on this site.
  • ListingEagle.com – Hijack Monitoring Service
    • Oct Update – Slow and steady is the name of the game right now with ListingEagle.com. Most of our efforts to find a scalable path to customer acquisition have failed. To date our best strategies continue to be content marketing and affiliate marketing with influencer outreach. Both are great passive strategies but we are still searching for a way to reliably scale customer acquisition. Overall the business is profitable and is a very useful service so I am happy to keep it ging lean while at the same time running the occasional test to be able to scale customer aquisition.

Overall Income Update

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

  • Target Net Income = $9,875
  • Actual net Income = $36,767 (new record)
  • 2016 Average Monthly Net Income = $30,089 (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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NOTE – FBA numbers will be underestimated in the graph above

Final Comments

October was definitely a great month for the business with the money site portfolio performing solid despite the big impact of losing the affiliate account and even though the earnings for the month were very solid a lot of time was able to be spent on growth projects which have not started to pay off yet!

I am excited for the team, the pile of work and opportunities stacked in front of us! Lots of hard work to do over the coming months to keep improving our core offerings at LightningRank.com while at the same time maximizing the potential of our growth opportunities.

 

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01 Nov

Huge Profits from Tiny Houses Affiliate Programs

The real estate industry is one of the most popular and evergreen niches in affiliate marketing. The need for housing (and therefore the demand) will always be there, no matter what. But since it is an evergreen, the niche is also highly competitive.

When you’re interested a niche that is very competitive, you should choose the road less traveled. That means finding a specialized sub-niche to steer clear of the industry giants and make your affiliate site stand out more.

In real estate, there are obviously a lot of options to cater to smaller, more specialized groups of interested buyers. But one that is popular with consumers but still small enough for an affiliate marketers, is tiny homes.

The Tiny House Movement

Redefining the Real Estate Industry

Tiny houses are exactly what the name suggests: small homes, that are often portable. The average size of these homes is 500 to 700 square feet, which is about on par with a studio apartment, and you can find even smaller models on occasions. The popularity of this movement is a side product of pushing back against a materialistic culture — a way to break free from the clutter and get "back to basics." They're also quite a bit less expensive than your typical home. 

If you can’t picture what a tiny home might look like, you should check out the affiliate websites Tiny House Talk and Affordable Housing Designs for reference. Both the sites promote tiny house affiliate programs, which range from real estate listings to DIY eBooks, downloadable floor plans, and videos and workshops about tiny houses.

Will this niche be a viable option for an affiliate website, without too much competition? Let’s take a look!

 

Niche Popularity

Is "Tiny Home" Synonymous with "Big Money"?

Tiny homes have been around for a while, but it's really only in the past decade that they've really come into the public consciousness. If you're a fan of home improvement and DIY-type TV shows, the odds are good you've probably stumbled across a show or two (or three) about people buying and building their tiny homes. 

The recession of 2008-2009 likely played a big factor in the popularity too: as your typical home became too expensive and difficult to obtain, people started looking at alternatives. Enter the tiny home: affordable, practical, and often capable of traveling. 

It's not just the economic practicality that draws people to tiny homes. For sure, it's a way to push back against a culture that defines wealth as "owning a lot of things." Tiny homes encourage people to downsize, to eliminate clutter and useless items from their lives. It's about simplicity, and that surely appeals to people.

It's not just a crazy fad that's making its rounds on the reality TV circuit, either. CNBC reports how tiny homes have become more important as ever, promoting affordability and convenience to buyers.

In 2015, Bloomberg featured an article on the sudden spread of television shows featuring tiny houses. The article also provided statistics on the viewership of a well-known real estate show called the Tiny House Nation, which rose from 257,000 viewers per week in its first season to 465,000 in its second. That alone gives us an idea how popular the niche is, at least among TV viewers.

But since we are promoting products online, it's a good practice to check the demand for a niche by looking at the number of people searching online for niche-related topics.

To get this information, we will use Google Trends. Why? Because Google is the most popular search engine out there, and it's kind enough to make information about the popularity of various searches available to us! 

Let’s take a look at the graph below. Over the last 5 years, the term “tiny houses” has risen in popularity. And even though there are periodic spikes and dips in popularity), interest in the term “tiny houses” is generally trending upwards.

 

Google Trends

 

Building Your Keywords

Where the Keyword List Doesn't Have to be Tiny!

Now that we know there's definite interest in this niche, let's look at how competitive the keywords are.

There are many, many ways to conduct your keyword research. As for me, I like to use a lot of tools to get my list.

When it comes to getting your keywords, the more the better. If you end up with far more keywords than you need, just keep them! Choose the best keywords for your pages, and refer to the list later for more ideas.

I like to pare my list down to a maximum of 5 keywords per page. So for example, if I had 5 web pages, each with 5 keywords, that would be a total of 25 keywords. It doesn't matter whether these keywords are related or similar, so long as they describe what the page is about.

What about the rest of the keywords? Believe me, you will find a use for them as you create new pages and new articles to use for your marketing campaign. So don't worry if you have a lot of keywords in your list. Just choose the most promising ones (usually these are the top-searched keywords in your list) for the most important pages of your site.

Keyword Ideas by Google

When you have no idea where to start with your keyword research, a great place to begin is Google. Enter any seed keyword in the search box and see what the search engine giant suggests as a starting point.

Since we are covering the tiny house niche, that will be our seed keyword:

 

Google Keyword Ideas

 

Google will automatically suggest keywords that are closely related to what you've already entered. You can use these suggested keywords later on your site.

Remember, right now we are just gathering potential keywords for the site. So try variations and multiple related keywords to see what comes up. Once you have a decent starter list, you need to re-run these keywords using Affilotools to check their competitiveness.

Google Trends

Another tool you can use to find potential keywords is Google Trends, which er used previously to investigate the popularity of the tiny homes niche.

Just visit the Google Trends site and enter your seed keyword, “tiny houses.” At the bottom of the results page, you can see the "related topics" and "related queries" sections. 

 

Google Trends Tiny Houses

 

You can set the results for each section to “top keywords” or to “rising keywords.” The top keyword results are the most popular keywords over a long period, while the rising keywords are related topics that have increased in popularity recently.

When you've investigated the Trends data, start adding your most promising keywords to the list.

 

Ubersuggest

If you are looking for more potential keywords, I recommend you try Ubersuggest. Simply enter the keyword “tiny houses” and the site will generate a large list of related keyword combinations, as you can see here:

 

Ubersuggest Tool

 

Ubersuggest will give you more keyword ideas in a single go. For the term “tiny houses” you get 356 keywords, which is more than enough to get you started with your keyword competition search. You'll certainly eliminate a lot of them when you start to dig deeper.

One of the nice things about Ubersuggest is you don't have to manually copy/paste your keyword data. The site's "download" button allows you to generate a document with all the keyword data already loaded into it.

AffiloTools

Once you've gone through the other sources on this list and gathered all potential keywords for your site, it's time to run the data through AffiloTools, a browser-based SEO tool that provides keyword research, domain research, traffic data, social media integration, and more. Since we are only looking for keyword competition, we will specifically use the AffiloTools Keyword Research Tool.

 

Affilotools Keyword Research

 

There are 3 different ways to enter keywords in AffiloTools:

  1. You can simply copy the keywords in your file and paste them into the AffiloTools search box, as shown above.
  2. You can use the "import file" button as shown. Please note that you can only import files in CSV format.
  3. You can simply copy and paste a website URL (this site can be a competitor site) that you want to get your keywords from.

What are we looking for in terms of keyword competition? We are looking for keywords with high search numbers (indicating popularity) but low to moderate competition (meaning you could easily get your site to rank for that keyword).

Going back to AffiloTools, I have entered “tiny houses on wheels” to check how competitive the keyword is. Here are the results:

 

Affilotools results

 

What is good about AffiloTools is you can easily check the competitiveness of the keyword by looking at the colors under the Competition tab. Red means highly competitive. Yellow means medium competition. Green means low competition.

Based on the data, “tiny houses on wheels” is a highly competitive keyword, with a score of 95%. Is that a deal-breaker? Well, it depends. Low- and medium-competition keywords are much easier to work with, but you can also target high-competition keywords if the top-ranking sites are likely to be outranked with a bit of effort.

Let’s take “tiny houses on wheels” as an example. This is a highly competitive keyword, but that's not all there is to say about it. Let's take a closer look at the competition. 

You'll need is an SEO plugin for browsers to do this next bit of research. I personally use SEO Quake for this step.

First, enter “tiny houses on wheels” (including the quotation marks) in Google. Using quotation marks will deliver only exact keyword results, so you can be sure that the data is accurate. 

When I did this search, I found 430,000 competing sites using "tiny houses on wheels" as a keyword, which is not bad. There are also no ads displayed for this term either, which is a huge advantage.

What about the sites on the first page of Google results? Are they competitive or easy to outrank? That is where SEO Quake comes in handy.

By using the plugin, you can get exact data and figure out why the site is ranking high in the search engine results. The information generated includes details about the site’s backlinks, WHOIS, domain age, Google index, Alexa rank, and more.

 

 

Let’s analyze the top 10 results for tiny houses on wheels. The results are mostly well-known sites like HGTV, Pinterest, and YouTube. I will disregard YouTube and Pinterest as my competitors for this niche because these are social media sites. I can create my own YouTube and Pinterest pages, optimize them, and rank them as well for the given keyword term. As for HGTV, clearly this is an authority site for the niche. It is not impossible to outrank this kind of site but since it's a very popular one, you will need to invest a LOT of time, effort, and money to pull it off.

So out of 10, we have one very competitive site. What about the rest? I consider the rest of the sites to be medium-level competition, meaning I can outrank them in time. How can I tell? Besides my instincts and experience, I can see almost all younger domains on the top 10 list. These sites date to 2014-2016, mostly. Another factor I have considered is the number of pages that are indexed by Google. The no. 6 site has 34 indexed pages. No. 10 has 8 indexed pages on Google.

The backlinks are also good indicators for competition. Although I am not sure whether the data given is accurate (TIP: You can always double check the backlinks data using AffiloTools' Backlink Checker), you can see that most of these sites have fewer than 100 backlinks.

After analyzing the top results using SEO Quake, I would include the keyword “tiny houses on wheels” as one of my target keywords for the site. There's competition, but if you know what you're doing, you can overcome it. 

BTW, “tiny houses on wheels” has a local search volume of 5400, which is low but still a good number. Normally for a sub-niche site, choosing long-tail keywords rather than the generic ones like "tiny homes" is the best strategy to target the right market. It does not matter if the search volume for most of these keywords are less than 10k: As long as you have the right keywords that will bring in the right type of interested buyer, your conversion rate could easily beat out the numbers for some of the most popular keywords out there.

Tiny House Affiliate Programs

Tiny Doesn't Always Mean Cheap, at Least Where Commissions are Concerned.

 

Tumbleweed

1. Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

About

Recognized as the largest tiny house and RV builder in North America, Tumbleweed provides ready-made tiny home models, custom designs, books, DVDs, and workshops. The company is also an RVIA-certified manufacturer and TRA-certified for producing green recreational vehicles.

How much can I make?
Affiliate earn 20% on books, DVDs, building plans, and workshops, plus 10% for each sale of a tiny house trailer.

How do I apply?
You may apply as an affiliate at Avantlink.

DIY House Building

2. DIY House Building

About

This site is managed by husband and wife duo Tom and Shane. The website provides DIY projects for bulding eco-friendly and cost-effective houses. The website is not solely focused at tiny homes alone, but much of it will apply.

How much can I make?
50% on each sale.

How do I apply?
You may apply as an affiliate through Clickbank by searching for the keyword "Tiny House Plans" in the marketplace section.

Sponsormatic

3. Sponsormatic

About

The website offers training content for tiny home builders, including how to get sponsors for their building materials and cash for tiny house projects.

How much can I make?
50% on each sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign-up at the Sponsormatic affiliates page here.

The Tiny House Project

4. The Tiny Project

About

This is a blog site maintained by husband and wife pair Alek and Lee. The website promotes living in a tiny home, emphasizing simplicity and affordability. The site sells tiny house construction plans.

How much can I make?
20% on each sale.

How do I apply?
You may sign up directly on the site here.

Humble Homes

5. Humble Homes

About

Humble Homes offers tiny house and modular house plans. The site also has plans for cabins and retreat houses for people who want something a bit different.

How much can I make?
25% on each sale.

How do I apply?
You need to register with E-Junkie to promote the program. You can read more about the affiliate program here.

 

Building A Presence

Link building is the first step in spreading the word out about your site. But you don't just stop at one strategy. Combine your link-building tactics with other methods, such as social media marketing, eBook promotion, and inbound marketing. 

Link building and inbound marketing is challenging. There are a lot of methods to try, and it's almost always trial-and-error when you're first starting out. Even when you've built a site or two and know your way around, you can find yourself getting stumped in this area occasionally.

You may have a link-building strategy that has worked for three of your sites. That is no guarantee the same will work for your fourth site.

So it's always a good idea to keep up with the times. Read and learn more about current link-building and inbound marketing methods. Have a strategy ready, even while in the early stages of building your site.

The time to start link-building can creep up on you before you know it, so it's best to have at least a rough draft of how you'll promote the site once it's up well before you get to that stage. 

Social Media Marketing

Pinterest is a great place to share images of these lovely homes, then include your affiliate link, or a link to a relevant article on your site where your affiliate link is waiting, especially because it works as a giant bulletin board where people can collect ideas. 

You can use other social media sites, like Twitter and Facebook, but Pinterest and Instagram, with their image-sharing features and millions of users, are the best venues for promoting tiny houses.

Amazon Kindle Traffic

Take your research further, or have someone do the research for you, and create a small eBook on tiny houses. It does not have to be comprehensive. Focus on a specific topic, like current design trends, or how you can further maximize space in these small dwellings.

Place your affiliate links, or links to relevant pages on your site, in the e-book and then upload it to Amazon. You can charge a small fee for each download, but giving it away for free will most likely get you more traffic to your site.

You can also use the same e-book as bait to increase your subscriber numbers.

Link Baiting

If you have the research and know a good designer (or you are one yourself), consider creating a cool infographic about tiny houses and link back to your resources. This is not just so you have content that can easily go viral, but also so that you'll have some "bait" for the authority sites in your niche.

Once the infographic is published, send an email to your resources and let them know you featured them. If they take the bait, you'll get a high-profile site linking back to yours. If not — well, you still have that awesome content.

It doesn't have to be an infographic, either. Any content (a well-written article, a slideshow or whiteboard video) will do for this particular method.

 

Tiny House Affiliate Programs: Huge Profits or Too Small for Comfort?

The tiny house movement is becoming more and more popular. it's not just a fad; it's a lifestyle that's building a following.

 

 


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The commissions you could earn from the affiliate programs in this niche are substantial. Whether you want to go and buy a tiny house yourself, you're already living in one, or even if you just fancy owning a tiny house one day far in the future, this is a good niche to go into. It's also a great way to expand a website on real estate.

There's the usual competition to be expected, especially for a popular trend. The way to succeed is to have a link-building and inbound marketing strategy ready. Do your research and plan out the content for your site, so you're ready to go once the site building is done.

I hope you enjoyed this week's Niche of the Week. Are you interested in tiny houses? Would you live in one? Are there any niches you want featured? Don't be shy — leave a comment and let us know!

PS: If you are want to learn how to uncover a potential highly profitable sub-niche for your next affiliate site, you should check out our best-selling course, AffiloBlueprint

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