27 Jun

15 Sixty Minute (Or Less) Site Upgrades to Increase Your Passive Income Overnight

A tweak to your website here.

A tweak to your website there.

And voila…

…your income has just increased (in some cases by 1,800% as you’ll see below) overnight.

I mean, after all, you work hard enough on your niche sites.

I think it’s only fair that you’re able to optimize them for what income you can get out of them.

So here it is…

Below are 15 site upgrades or tweaks you can make in 60 minutes or less that have the power to increase sales and your income.

Let’s not mess around and just get on with this…

 


What You’ll Learn

  • The $59 investment Dom made to earn $950 extra each month.
  • Where to place on-site ads for the greatest click through rates.
  • Two display hacks for your website that’ll have people contact you, asking if they can pay you money.

 


1. Add a Call-Out Box to Show Readers What They Need to Buy (Result: 1,800% Increase In Income)

This is a trick Dom Wells from HumanProofDesigns shared…

The idea was to simply find his 10 blog posts that got the most traffic.

Then add one large call-out box to each page that featured just one of the products he was talking about during the post.

By making the call to action so obvious and easy to follow, he got more clicks, and therefore made way more sales on Amazon.

His income increased from $50 to over $1,000 per month, a 1,800% increase.

 

This call to action appears near the top of the post, just a few paragraphs in.

This call to action appears near the top of one of Dom’s posts, just a few paragraphs in.

 

The tool he used, which made adding these call-out boxes so easy and quick was Thrive Content Builder.

To use on a single site for one year, the cost is $59. For multiple sites, $87. (prices at the time of publication)

Considering the kind of potential there is to increase your earnings like Dom did (1,800%!!!), even the $87 license seems like a no-brainer investment.

What’s more, the interface of Thrive Content Builder is pretty self-explanatory, and it’s a drag-and-drop feature.

So any time you want to change something, you can click directly on that thing for options.

Without having to do annoying backend HTML while holding your breath and praying that it works.

So, even the most artistically challenged among us (me, 100%) can manage to make something that looks good in little time.

Beyond the product call-out CTAs, Thrive Content Builder also has other easy-to-add features that can help you optimize the profitability of your traffic.

Like social proof, pop-ins, and countdowns. (And all will take you less than an hour to add to your page.)

 

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

 


2. Adjust AdSense Placements For More Views (& More Clicks)

According to Google’s guidelines, you can have up to EIGHT AdSense sections on a single page.

Not that I’d suggest getting spammy and adding all eight.

But the point is, they give you lots to work with, so optimizing your passive AdSense earnings is possible, even if those earnings aren’t your main money-maker.

Darren Rowse (the guy behind ProBlogger, a super popular niche site) got a hunch back in 2008 that he’d be able to increase his AdSense earnings if he just played around with the placement of his ads.

 

darrenrowse“I began to think about where on my page my readers would give their full attention and decided that at the top left hand side of the content area would probably be the most logical position for people to look at a web page (as that’s where they start reading),” said Darren.

 

This was before AdSense revealed their heat map.

But once they did put it out, it confirmed his hypothesis that the upper left corner is in fact where most site visitors place most of their attention.

He decided to test out the new placement of his ads for a few days, since a few days’ worth of earnings lost wouldn’t be that big of a deal to him.

When he logged in to check his results, he saw that he had a 40% increase in AdSense-based earnings.

Just because he took the small amount of time required to move his ads around to ‘hotter’ areas on his site.

 

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When I ran AdSense ads on my niche site, I put them in the bottom right side bar… clearly one of the worst places for them. Red areas are the best, followed by orange, followed by yellow, followed by white.

 

To change your AdSense placements, all you need to do is log into your AdSense account.

Then grab the HTML code for the type of ad you want to insert.

Paste it into the text editor of the place where you want it to go.

(And if you’re deleting some old ads, then delete that HTML too, of course.)

It does take a little back end knowledge, but nothing even a newbie niche site owner can’t handle.

Bonus? If you don’t use AdSense, you can use this placement trick for Amazon affiliate ads or other types of ads, too.

 

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3. Add an ‘Ad Space’ Advertisement in Your Sidebar for People to Purchase

Especially if you’ve got a fair amount of regular traffic on your site.

Letting a sponsor buy out a section of your side bar for a month at a time is an easy way increase your site’s income by at least a few hundred dollars per month.

With less than an hour of work from you.

All you need to do?

Add a widget in your advertised space.

If you want, you can include relevant traffic numbers about views and average click through rates, put the dimensions.

And tell your visitors that they can buy the space from you.

Especially if it’s a good deal, it would make a great investment for someone in a relevant niche.

 

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Before they found a business to pay for advertising space in their header, Mums in Jersey put a clickable link there for interested business to click on.

 

Show off how easy an extra few hundred (or thousand) dollars per month can be. Tweet this tip.

 

 


4. Pepper Affiliate Links Throughout to Boost Income on Recommendations You’re Already Making

If you’ve got an email autoresponder series, you know that those things are no joke and that they take some serious time to plan out and set up.

It probably is getting some kind of ROI for you, but why not up its potential?

Take a look at the text of each of your emails that goes out, and figure out the highest-emotion parts of the message, and add one to two affiliate links to each message.

All you need is a hyperlink at the right places and interested readers will click through to see what it is you’re talking about.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can even choose a couple emails out of the series to add product-call outs.

This is particularly helpful if the emails are instructional in nature and you’re suggesting resources that will help make the readers’ jobs easier.

The important thing is to add value here, not just random links to products. The more value you provide, the more successful you’ll be in selling.

 

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5. Add a Consulting Tab For Easy Cash When Your Readers Want Direct Access to Your Expertise

This is a particular gold mine for those of you with business-related niches. (Or health-related niches, or personal development.)

The point is, if you serve a niche community that has a problem that they want solved now, you can start charging for your advice and people will pay you for it.

You might not get a million bites per day (or any in the first month).

But if you’ve got a site that’s growing, having that consulting option is a great way for your readers who want to go deeper with you to do just that.

And when you do get a bite?

You can get paid $100/hour or more just to talk and give advice on the phone.

Or… you can get more specialized (and therefore increase your chances of sales) by offering services that are easy for you to create.

Yet easily customizable for the person on the other end.

Maybe you offer a one-month weight loss diet plan.

Or a muscle-building workout plan to get your readers beach-ready and specialized towards their body type.

Or a combination of both.

It doesn’t take much time to write out the copy for a simple landing page you can put in your navigation.

And if things go well, that hour spent could pay off into the thousands on a monthly basis.

 

This health coach added a 1:1 Consulting tab for her readers who wanted more direct access to her expertise.

This health coach added a 1:1 Consulting tab for her readers who wanted more direct access to her expertise.

 

Tell your followers how is it is for them to offer their expertise at a high hourly rate. Tweet this tip.

 


6. Install & Activate an Up-Sell Plugin to Make More Affiliate Income Without Upping Traffic

I recently bought a set of dishes online as a wedding gift, and that site’s up-sell plugin offered to add a set of silverware for 25% off if I bought it with the dishes.

aAnd I thought it was such a good idea that I bought in.

And I felt great about it, not cheated in the slightest.

And when you’re an affiliate marketer, particularly with Amazon, you can do the same thing.

As Dom mentioned in his case study, he noticed that a lot of the sales he was making on Amazon weren’t even items he was advertising on his site…

and it was because Amazon does a wonderful job of up-selling and cross-selling people via offering discounted product bundles or suggesting similar products on their site.

Here, Amazon suggests titles similar to the book "Book Yourself Solid" in case that isn't exactly the title you're looking for.

Here, Amazon suggests titles similar to the book “Book Yourself Solid” in case that isn’t exactly the title you’re looking for.

 

In another strategy, if a shopper is looking at one item, Amazon will suggest an item that goes nicely along with it, hoping to boost sales.

 

But rather than depending on Amazon to do all the work for you, you can install a plugin like Amazon Related Products to do the up-selling and cross-selling directly from within your landing pages or blog posts.

It lets you insert a product you’re already featuring so it can display similar products for readers who might be interested in what you’re saying.

But might not want the exact product you’ve decided to feature… helping you salvage the sale and the affiliate income.

Though the concept of Amazon Related products is super cool, it seems the developers haven’t touched it in two years… so if you do opt into it, just know there might be some bugs.

Other options that might work well – would you try them and let us know? – are UpsellAzon (paid, but with a 30-day money back guarantee) and Azon Upsell Ninja (same deal).

 

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7. Turn Already-Written Blog Posts Into a Profitable Ebook

If you’ve been blogging for a while, especially if you’ve been heavily focused on the quality of your content, chances are you’ve got series and series of posts that if strung together, would constitute a full-fledged ebook.

And even though all the information is already free on your site, new fans that haven’t read it all before are usually willing to pay a small convenience charge to have you present everything that’s relevant on a topic to them in an easy-to-read, downloadable format.

It’s so handy and such an easy and quick money maker, even Stuart does it with NicheHacks content.

 

Stuart Walker Referee“Some of my products are just various posts meshed together with a bit of additional content and a fancy design,” said Stuart. “Easy to do and people still love to buy them.”

 

Admittedly, depending on how organized your content is already, this may take a little over an hour.

But if you’re just copying and pasting your posts into a pre-made ebook template with some buffer transition material in between.

There shouldn’t be any reason it would take you more than half a day to put it together and add it to your set of info products for sale.

For example, one of my favorite niche sites, Her Packing List, took a 30-day blog post series on learning how to pack lighter and smaller and made it into an ebook.

(I actually remember reading these blog posts as they came out.)

To boost value even more, they’ve added bonus tips and checklists (which could have very well come from other blog posts outside of this 30-day series).

And offer access to special discounts on travel products.

 

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They charge just under $25 for the ebook, and it’s something travelers frustrated with packing are more than willing to buy.

 

Show others how their writing can start making them a profit. Tweet this tip.

 

 


8. Learn 1 New Copywriting Trick And Stop Losing Money Every Month

I’m going to be really blunt here:

If you don’t learn to write good copy, you may as well end your niche site now.

Because if you can’t write copy that converts, you’re costing yourself hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars.

Now, you don’t need to be a great writer. In that, your skills don’t have to be honed to absolute perfection.

Instead you just need to learn some simple tricks of the trade that make readers want to devour your content, and convert from your sales pages.

Just picking up a simple tip like asking a question, and putting the answer below, like this:

 

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It can make a world of difference to how long people stay on your page.

And the longer they’re reading for, the more likely they are to buy from you.

I’ve written about creating high converting sales pages hereand Brian Dean has an excellent copywriting hacks blog post for you here.

For this mission all you need to do is learn one new technique. Do this once a week for a year and you’ll be a pro copywriter in no time.

 

 

 


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9. Become A Product Selling Ninja By Adding Links In Old Content

Your old content – blog posts, on site pages, etc. – is where a large chunk of your traffic is going to come from.

In fact, over at HubSpot, they managed to boost their search traffic over 106% by optimising their old posts.

But you don’t just have to optimise them for search results.

You can optimise them to increase your income too. How?

By adding links to new products you recommend in to your old posts.

Let me show you what I mean:

Back in October 2014 I wrote this post on how to build a Niche Site for under $110.

 

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And I listed lots of cheap and cheerful ways you can start an effective niche site.

But, back then, I didn’t understand the power of visual content in niche marketing.

And, I had no idea that “Share As Image” existed as a tool.

Now, as an affiliate for them, I could go back to the section of the post where I recommended products and free traffic building ideas, right here:

 

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And then go back and add in an extra section where I seamlessly add my Share As Image link to the mix:

 

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Then share it and make it live without anybody knowing. Now, when people land here through search, I’ve added an extra little money maker.

 

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You can do this with your own new products, amazon affiliates, JVZoo or any other money making method you have.

 


10. Flash Sell A Product Bundle For Fast Cash Now

Flash sales are amazing for niche marketers.

They add a level of urgency and exclusivity to your products.

Especially if you’re selling your own products.

For example, I spent $100 on the P&Co fashion website last week because they were giving away a free coffee cup with every $100 worth of purchases.

And, I wanted that damn coffee mug.

 

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Now, the sale can last as long as you want it to. But it should only take you 15 minutes to set up.

  • Create a sexy bundle
  • Tell everyone about it
  • Wait for the sales to roll in

And, while this may not work every time, you can trial and error and see what products you can create great sales with.

And, if it puts an extra $20 in your back pocket, it’s 15 minutes well spent, eh?

 

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

 

 


11: Use Personalised CTA’s For 42% More Conversions

As long as there have been customers, there has been the need for personalisation.

Whether it’s for online sneakers where NikeID make $100,000,000 a year, or in-store at your local Target.

People want to feel part of the process. In fact, they psychologically crave it.

And when it comes to trying to get potential customers to take action, it’s one of the most impactful tools in your arsenal.

Personalised CTA’s – that’s Call To Actions for anyone not familiar with TLA’s (three letter abbreviations) – have been found to covert 42% more people than standard ones, according to research from HubSpot:

 

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Now a Smart CTA doesn’t mean you need a button that says, “Hey James, click here, you lovable, charismatic, handsome devil you”.

But what it does mean is that you need a button that fits why they’re on your site. You know, something like this:

 

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Creating these is a little beyond the scope of this article (sorry), but there are two great guides on doing so here and here.

 


12: Segment Your Email List For Up To 76% More Click-Throughs

The people on your email list are all different.

And, no matter how niche your site is, they’re all on your list for different reasons.

Some want advice, some want product information, some want your insights, and Dan from Vermont just wanted your free download and forgot to unsubscribe (screw you, Dan).

That’s the way it goes.

But while you know that’s the case, you aren’t taking advantage of it.

Because while email segmentation is effective, it’s one of the most overlooked tools in email marketing.

MailChimp did some research into email segmentation and found that it brings around some incredible results for the smart marketers that do use it:

 

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Looking at that data there really is no reason to not segment your campaigns.

But, that brings us to the next question, how do you segment your lists?

Well, HubSpot has a list of 27 ways you can segment your list.

But, combining that with more MailChimp Data and research I did for SERPed, these appear to be the most effective:

  • Merge Field: This is the data that separates people in your database, like; Zip Code, Job Type, Customer Type, Subscription Type.
  • Gender and Age: These have a distinct impact on how you write copy for people. What works for a 30 year old man and a 55 year old woman are going to be really different. Take advantage and create copy that fits.
  • Geography: Local offers, deals and even (for some niches) customs can play a big part in your emails getting opened.
  • Interest Groups: This is by far the most effective way to segment your list. But, it requires a fair bit of data on your customers. People want to read content that interests them; so find out what interests them about your niche and give it to them. Just look at the results it could bring you…

 

mailchimp interest data

 

 

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“Some say that the secret sauce is list segmentation—the practice of dividing your email list into groups based on characteristics like interests and demographics.”

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13: Write This Word To Massively Improve Your Sales

People want to read what you have to write.

Because, even if you don’t know it, you’re an authority.

I feel like the days of caring about a specific author have passed.

Because people care more about whether the content will help them, not just the person who wrote it.

I read Neil Patel articles all the time, but if I’m honest, I don’t care about him as a person.

Because his content is a means to an end for me.

In the same way you don’t really care about what I do outside of this article (drink whiskey and moan about the weather).

Okay, so I’m overusing the word because on purpose. And with good reason:

It can help you create more compelling sales copy.

Without going to in-depth here, there was a psychological study done in 1978 that showed people responded well to any request or command that had justification:

  • Can I use your pencil? Because I just need to write this letter.
  • Can I take your sister on a date? Because I can’t go to this wedding on my own.
  • Can I jump in front of you in this line? Because I really don’t want to wait behind you.

As odd as it sounds, these justifications work in real life. And since that study was done, they’ve become a great tool in copywriting, because they work so well.

 

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Now the original study was done with the word because.

But, as it turns out, any word that can justify what you’re saying will work.

For example:

  • The reason my writing is so compelling is from the years of practice I’ve put in
  • You need to use Twitter as a marketer for the simplicity of connecting with people
  • Stuart is a horrible person simply by being born in Scotland (He’s not. He’s nice. For a Scotsman).

You can even use this technique in your articles to justify why people need to carry on reading, or why the subject of your content is worth their time and effort.

 


14: Double Your Conversions By Letting People Say No

People are weird. Okay, it’s a fact, let’s just deal with it.

Because what is logical and should work, never really does.

Instead it’s the oddball, weird things that work. Science, right?

Now while it may seem logical in sales to push people towards saying yes, and giving them no option but to buy from you, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

What’s more powerful is reminding them that the are free to say no.

By using the phrase, “But you are free…” (BYAF).

An analysis from Western Illinois University looked at 45 studies using this wording, that covered over 22,000 people.

They found that when BYAF was used conversions doubled.

Here’s a few examples to show you what I mean:

  • We’d love you to sign up to our mailing list, but you are free to use the site without doing it too
  • This book is only available for $10 for the next 12 hours, but you are free to wait and pay full price tomorrow
  • Having our membership card will give you 10% off all products, but you are free to shop without it

Try incorporating this phrase into a page with Smart CTA’s and watch your conversion rates soar.

 

 

 

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“Remind your readers that they have the freedom to make a choice—no one is forcing them to act. This simple reminder goes a long, long way.”

– Kaleigh Moore

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15: Use Animated Emoticons For 20% More Email Opens

Matthew Woodward recently started using animated emoticons in his emails to his list.

And, he let me write all about it, because I’m good at words and stuff.

What he found when he started using them was that his unique open rates boosted by 20%, almost overnight.

And he’s not the only person to see results that incredible, either.

Part of this is to do with mobilegeddon and people opening email on their phone more.

But, it’s also down to the fact that images are processed 60,000x faster than words. Making it quicker for someone to make a decision on opening your email.

This works for normal emoji’s, too. In fact econsultancy found that using standard emoji’s still improved their average email open rate by over 65%.

Include them in your subject lines to get more opens and attract much more attention.

 


Make Quick Profits Thanks To The Science Of Niche Marketing…

There you have it.

Fifteen scientific ways to improve your niche site in less than 60 minutes and see overnight boosts in income.

Here they are again in short, to save you reading the article all over again:

  1. Add a “call out” box to show your readers what they need to buy.
  2. Adjust ad-placements to click heavy areas for increase revenue.
  3. Sell Ad-space in your sidebar for passive income.
  4. Sprinkle in affiliate links to your content and emails.
  5. Add a consulting or call option so people can pay directly to speak to you.
  6. Add product upsells to make more from existing sales.
  7. Turn blog posts into ebooks and info-products.
  8. Learn 1 new copywriting trick every month and stop leaving money on the table.
  9. Become a product selling ninja by adding in affiliate links to your content.
  10. Flash sell a product bundle for fast cash.
  11. Use personlised CTA for 42% more conversions.
  12. Segment your email list for up to 76% more conversions.
  13. Write this ONE word to massively improve your sales.
  14. Double your conversions by letting people say “NO”.
  15. Use animated emoticons for 20% more opens on your emails.

Okay, over to you!

Which one are you going to use first?

Let me know in the comments below.

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05 Mar

How To Use AmaSuites To Find Profitable Buyer Keywords In Any Affiliate Niche

When Stuart gave me access to AmaSuite and asked me to write a tutorial post on finding profitable buyer keywords, I thought…

Oh…. now THIS looks cool….

But because of the cost of the program, I was a bit turned off at the idea of using it at first.

Then after a few minutes signed into the dashboard, I gotta say….

AmaSuite is kind of the shit.

It’s a product designed specifically with product owners & affiliate marketers in mind.

And it’s so good it literally takes the guesswork out of everything.

If you’re looking for keywords, for example, you don’t even have to any guesswork like you do with most keyword research tools.

So instead of guessing which keywords will get you buyer traffic from the search engines… AmaSuites just tells you which ones they are.

Other tools just give you a bunch of numbers in a spreadsheet and let you decide for yourself which ones are the best to use.

But AmaSuite has built-in algorithms that tell you which ones you can make money on NOW, and which ones you can save for later.

So let’s get using it right now…

 


What is AmaSuite?

AmaSuite is a collection of five different desktop software programs designed for people selling Amazon products… either as sellers or affiliate marketers.

Here’s what it includes:

  1. Top Product Analyzer
    • To go from a broad idea of what you should sell to a handful of actual products that will make money on your niche site.
  2. Search Analyzer
    • To search for new, specific, products within your niche that have good reviews and keyword rankings.
  3. Review Analyzer
    • To figure out ways to write better product descriptions so you do a better job of selling via your affiliate links instead of losing customers to buying from other sites.
  4. Keyword Generator
    • To find the right profitable buyer keywords to make sure your products & listings get found by purchase-reader site visitors.
  5. Ali Inspector
    • Find products you can buy and resell on Amazon for a profit. (This tool is less crucial for running a niche site, but it’s still really interesting.)

And the tool we’ll look at today is the Keyword Generator.

This is a tool specially designed to make niche marketing easier.

Basically, you type your niche into it & it pulls the most profitable buyer keywords from the six of the most popular e-commerce sites in the world.

Which means that as a niche site owner, you don’t have to waste your time doing keyword research, and can just focus on the keywords that will make you money.

 


What You’ll Learn

  • How to get AmaSuites set up in a way that is perfect for Amazon affiliates.
  • Which of the AmaSuite collection of tools to use to find buyer keywords.
  • How to filter out bad keywords so you only work with the most effective ones.

 

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 1,781 profitable niches click here or the image below)

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How To Get Started With AmaSuites

The ONE thing I don’t like about AmaSuite is that you can’t access it from the cloud.

You have to download it from the internet onto your desktop just so you can use it.

Fortunately, it’s a pretty easy process:

After your purchase access to AmaSuite and log into your account, you choose the software you want to work with first from the “Software” drop-down in the top menu bar.

 

As an example, I’ll walk you through downloading the Search Analyzer. But the process is exactly the same no matter which software program you choose to work with.

 

Then, scroll down the page a bit to the download links, and click on the green “Download here” button underneath your computer type.

 

I use a Mac, but there is also a Window’s version. If you use Windows, be aware that the process might not look exactly the same as my screen, but they do have great tutorial videos.

 

Next, you’ll follow the installation video instructions depending on your operating system, which you can find directly under the download links.

 

It’s important to watch these videos because sometimes—depending on your operating system—your computer might try to block the download. Don’t worry—I’ve got them on my computer and their totally safe. But the videos go into detailed instructions on what to do in case that happens. (And it’s too much to explain here.)

 

Once the program is officially downloaded, add it to your applications folder and open it up!

 

 

Here are the two AmaSuite software’s we’ll go through in today’s tutorial in my application folder. They’re all ready to go!

 


Keyword Generator – Purchase-Based Keywords from SIX of the World’s Biggest E-Commerce Sites

Ok, confession time:

The Keyword Generator is probably my favorite AmaSuite tool.

And if you’re only going to use one tool for you niche site’s keyword research

I’d suggest this one.

The reason is this:

It’s sooooo based around showing you buyer keywords it’s not even funny.

When you’re relying on SEO for traffic, you want to make sure the keywords you’re optimizing for are ones that will attract buyers.

And Keyword Generator gives you exactly those words.

Based on the original term you insert, it searches six of the most popular online shopping sites in the world: Amazon US, Amazon UK, eBay US, eBay UK, Target, and Walmart.

And the magic of searching these six sites?

When people visit these sites, they already know they’re going to make a purchase.

So literally everything they type in is a purchase-based keyword.

But what Keyword Generator does is use an internal algorithm to give you a keyword rank score across all six sites.

Meaning it’s showing you the keywords people use when they have their credit cards in hand about to buy.

Which is a HUGE difference from using Google or Bing’s keyword data, don’t you think?

As these tools rarely show you buyer keywords.

And other paid keyword tools simply display large lists of keywords, with some data that’s usually hard to understand, and lets you make your own mind up if the keywords are good.

AmaSuites goes beyond all of that.

Here’s how you use it:

Open the program on your desktop (after you’ve downloaded it) and click on the “Keyword Generator” tab at the top.

Then, select which of the six data sources you want to use for your purchase-based keyword research.

 

I’m choosing all six… because why not?

 

Then, type in one to three keywords related to products in your niche.

I decided to go with a niche I’m interested in…yoga.

And in the spirit of being more niche than that…. I typed in “ashtanga yoga.”

So I also typed in “yoga mat” as well, since that’s something that every good ashtanga yoga needs.

 

 

And then…. you click on the green “Go” icon at the top of the screen.

 

 

Then… you let it run.

As it’s running, you’ll see two different progress bars at the top of the screen.

These signify the progress the software is making in extracting the keyword data from the sites you chose.

 

This can take a while.

 

Once the software is finished, you’ll have a really long list of keywords.

Yes, you can certainly use them all if you want to.

But not all keywords are created equal… not even all buyer keywords.

And since you’re a smart niche marketer, I know you’re only after keywords that’ll give you the best results.

When it’s finished running, it’ll look something like this:

 

 

 

To find the most powerful buyer keywords across all of the sites (which is what we want), the only thing you really need to pay attention to is the “Score” column on the right.

The scores range from 1-100 with 100 being the best.

And any number highlighted in green… obviously… means it’s a strong one.

And one you should add to your niche site.

So to sort the Score from highest to lowest, all you’ve got to do is double-click on the “Score” tab and it’ll sort them for you:

 

 

That looks A LOT better, doesn’t it?

And in this keyword search, all the green ones are about yoga mats in some way.

But since there are over 600 keywords here, I don’t want to use and save all of them… I just want the ones that will drive purchases.

So to do that, I need to filter out the keywords with lower scores.

Within the Ama software, anything that’s 60+ gets a “green” score, so those are the keywords I want to keep.

To eliminate the 59.9 & below keywords, I need to eliminate them with a filter.

I can do this by clicking on the “Filters” button in the bottom right-hand corner and selecting “Show Filters.”

 

 

When I do that, a new window appears where I can add in the kind of filters I want.

Since I want to filter based on the Score, that’s what I select in the “Column” drop-down box.

 

 

Then in the “Compare Type” drop-down, I select “Greater or Equal to.”

 

 

Then, in the “Value” column I typed in “60” and clicked on “Apply.”

 

 

And as you can see, it reduced the number of keywords I have to work with from 600+ to only 35… which is MUCH easier to handle.

 

 

So now I want to save these keywords so I can make sure I remember which ones I need to use when I’m optimizing my web pages.

To do that, I click on the “Save” icon at the top of the screen, and choose which file type I prefer.

 

 

I work best with a CSV file, so that’s the one I’ll choose.

But it’s also a good idea to choose to save it as a project file, especially if you’ll be using other Ama Suite software for more than just keyword discovery.

This is the only file type you can upload within the software and have it recognize your data values.

So within minutes, I had 35 profitable buyer keywords just based around yoga mats.

Which is just one of many products from my niche of choice.

You can repeat this over and over again with 100s of different product types from your niche.

If you’re not sure what those products are, simply go to Amazon and find out by browsing your niche category.

 

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 1,781 profitable niches click here or the image below)

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Conclusion: NicheHacks Members Already Love It

Not hard to use, is it?

Actually, it’s pretty easy and useful.

In fact, NicheHacks community members Kent Chow and Dom Wells already use AmaSuite to help build the success of their niche sites.

And why do they love it?

 

 

Because it makes time spent tediously trolling Amazon’s website for keywords a thing of the past and because it nearly guarantees they only promote the best products.

Pretty cool, huh?

So…. what do you think?

Would an investment in a tool like AmaSuite be a good way to grow your niche business?

Remember there are four other equally powerful tools included with AmaSuites too that I didn’t go over in this particular tutorial.

Or… have you used AmaSuite for yourself?

Let me know in the comments – I’d love to know!

If you’re interested in finding profitable Amazon products and buyer keywords then you can grab your own copy here…

 

http://nichehacks.com/ama-suite-tools

 

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7 BEST Podcasts for Part-Time Niche Marketers Who Want to Earn $$$

When I was growing up, my mom loved to remind me how important it was to learn from other people’s mistakes.

If my best friend got time-out a recess for drawing during math class, that I was a lesson I could learn without having to make the same mistake myself.

If a teenager in our community stayed out past his curfew and had a run-in with the police, that was another lesson to learn without breaking the rules for myself.

And while that’s a super effective strategy for keeping shy little girls from disobeying their parents, I’ve found that piece of advice to be incredible in building a business.

Seeing people who post every single day just hoping their SEO will catch on but they still don’t get traffic?

Obviously, that approach is broken, so no need to try it for yourself.

Did you watch a peer crash and burn because they pumped a lot of money into PPC ads without running A/B tests first to figure out what’s most cost efficient?

Don’t do it.

But, as niche marketers who work online, we don’t always have people in real life to watch and to tell us their stories of failures and success.

In fact, I’ve yet to find someone in my city with a business model remotely close to mine, and I’m fairly active in entrepreneurial circles.

Add on top of that the need to work a traditional 9-5 job, and you’ve got a recipe for never finding anyone to learn from.

Which is why the internet is so useful… and in particular… podcasts.

It’s been less than a year since I got turned on to the ability to learn from the mistakes of others via podcasts.

But after a summer of listening to them voraciously during my workouts, I actually purchased an iPod as a dedicated podcast-listening device.

All I wanted to do was listen to them more: on walks around town, while doing errands, while cooking, you name it.

I just learned so much from people telling the stories of their own personal business highs and lows…

…that I shaved months, if not years, of experimentation from my growing business, and could just skip to the things that I knew would work for me.

So, since most of you in the NicheHacks audience are trying to build up your niche sites part-time, I wanted to give you a list of the best podcasts for part-time niche marketers.

This way, you have another set of resources… one you can access during downtime or while doing mundane chores… that’ll save you time and mess-ups while growing your business.

(Disclaimer: These are all podcasts I’ve personally listened to and can confidently recommend. If you have other podcasts you love, I’d love for you to add to the list – so please leave a comment with your favorite podcast on niche business and why you love it below.)

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 1,781 profitable niches click here or the image below)

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What You’ll Learn

  • Which podcasts to listen to for tactical advice
  • Podcast recommendations for beginning & experienced niche marketers
  • Business model-based recommendations

 


1. Screw the Nine to Five

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This is a podcast that hasn’t had any new episodes since late 2015 when the couple behind it, Josh and Jill Stanton, decided to shut down production for the time-being.

BUT all of their past episodes are still available on their site and in iTunes, and they’re a goldmine.

At one point, I was listening to one episode every day and was always taking notes on the advice they gave, it was just so valuable.

For example, at one point, I felt like I was in a total productivity rut, so I listened to one of their episodes giving productivity tips.

And in that episode, I rediscovered a productivity technique I’d experimented before, but couldn’t quite latch onto.

I started using it the very next day, and boosted my daily working time from 8-10 hours to six or less. 

Meaning, I shaved up to 40% off the time I put into my work, but still got the same amount of stuff done.

And from their last episode, the one where they announced the end of the podcast, I learned not to take on any large content commitments that I didn’t feel 100% excited about.

(But boy am I ever glad they made that “mistake.”)

Their podcast episodes vary between the two of them talking about their own business and giving advice, and interviews with other successful online entrepreneurs.

It’s some of the best nitty-gritty strategy advice I’ve heard on the mechanics of making an online business successful, so if you only check out one podcast on this list, this is the one I’d suggest.

Plus it’s specifically aimed at people still working in a 9-5 position who are growing a business on the side, which is the vast majority of readers here.

(Which means chances are it’s absolutely perfect for you.)

Lessons you can learn from Josh & Jill:

  • What it’s like to run a subscription-based membership site
  • The smartest choices for passive income business model
  • What it means to provide value to your niche first before you sell to them

 


2. The Suitcase Entrepreneur


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I look up to Natalie Sisson for a lot of reasons, the main ones being her success and the way she candidly shares her journey to success.

In every episode of this show I’ve listened to, she’s not afraid to admit the things she’s struggling with in her business.

And hearing the steps she takes to work through those problems helps me see where I can plan better and avoid mistakes in my own business.

She’s super candid in sharing her own journey, which is something I really appreciate.

Because while my business focuses on a different niche than hers, I love her model and would love to have a business like the one she’s got some day.

She also talks a lot about the freedom her business provides her with.

And how she manages to balance the possibility of traveling all the time with the need to sit down with her laptop and get serious work done.

From time to time, she also interviews other successful, location-independent entrepreneurs and unpacks how they run their businesses, which is a great source of ideas when you’re feeling stuck.

Lessons you can learn from Natalie:

  • How to set up your business for location independent
  • How to balance working and travel
  • How to maintain passive & active streams of income

 


3. AskPat

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This is a five-day per week podcast, where Pat Flynn answers online and passive income business questions in a very straight-forward and matter-of-fact format.

Each episode is 10 minutes or less, so they’re quick to listen to and get back to tackling your to-do list.

I like listening to what Pat has to say, especially from a niche marketing perspective

Because before he was ever famous for making loads of money in passive income by talking about passive income, he was walking the walk in a very real way.

I mean, he started out making money on a niche site aimed towards security guards, for goodness sake.

If that’s not super niched and not your typical online business, I don’t know what is.

At the time of writing, he has well over 700 of these episodes, and the questions he answers are uber-specific and unique.

(Which, honestly, means that every single episode may not be for you, but the ones that are will be super helpful.)

Lessons you can learn from Pat:

  • How to analyze your numbers for action

 


4. Growth Everywhere


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Full disclosure: I used to work with Growth Everywhere as a client in 2014 and 2015.

However, that aside, I still think it’s a great podcast… especially for niche marketers who’ve been successful with their businesses and are looking for ideas and ways to scale that will make sense for them.

The focus of the interviews are startup founders who start small, bootstrap, and then scale on a really big level.

So if you’re after serious growth in your niche business, I’d suggest listening to a few episodes—especially episodes where authors are interviewed—to get ideas to start implementing.

The reason I suggest authors is because their business models are usually a little truer to the solopreneur / solo online marketer model, so their ideas are more on par with your reality.

Things you can learn from Eric:

  • How to get the most ROI out of your advertising budget
  • How to skyrocket your subscriber growth
  • How to make something profitable and capitalize on it

 


5. My Wife Quit Her Job


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I LOVE suggesting My Wife Quit Her Job to niche marketers because the story of Steve Chou and his wife is almost exactly the same sort of story all wannabe niche marketers face:

You feel numb and complacent in your 9-5 grind, and you want to life a better, more fulfilling life.

Steve and his wife were tired of waking up early, drinking coffee, heading into work, coming home at 6:30, and then not having the passion or zest left over to do anything but eat dinner and watch TV.

“Even though we both made a pretty good salary from our day jobs,” says Steve, “we were coasting our way through life like lifeless zombies.”

After his wife got pregnant with their first child, they both got really motivated to improve their lives, and his wife knew she wanted to quit her job to stay home with the baby.

But… with the cost of a child and their lifestyle, they couldn’t really afford for her not to work at all.

Within a year, their niche site selling wedding linens replaced his wife’s salary without her spending so much time working.

On his podcast, he interviews entrepreneurs like him and his wife who bootstrapped their businesses to make big money and improve their lifestyles…

…which is another reason why it’s so perfect for niche marketers.

What you can learn from Steve:

  • How to run an ecommerce website
  • How to make even small, inexpensive products insanely profitable

 


6. The Solopreneur Hour / Proudly Unemployable

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The Solopreneur Hour, titled Proudly Unemployable in iTunes, features interviews between the host and a slew of successful business owners.

It focuses on how—even if you don’t have any employable skills—you can take your interests and your hobbies and turn it into a successful business.

I love listening to this podcast while I’m traveling.

Because even though a lot of the business models are different on my own, it’s always refreshing to hear stories of people rising up and being super successful despite the odds.

Plus, when you’ve got no one working on your business except you, prioritizing is a HUGE deal….

And these episodes make it clear the kinds of things you should focus on, and which things tend to take care of themselves.

The interviews themselves focus on the mechanics of how a business was built from the ground up, giving you loads of inspiration.

Plus, since most of these people aren’t serial entrepreneurs, they’ve usually got plenty of “Oh shit, can’t believe I just did that” stories, which provide you with loads of lessons on what to avoid while building out your niche site.

What you can learn from Michael:

  • How to turn your passion into something profitable
  • How to look at your business with a big-picture mindset
  • New ideas on how to add revenue streams to your business

 


7. Lucky Bitch

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If I can be really blunt for a second, I think a big reason so many people LOVE the idea of passive income but so few actually succeed at it isn’t because building passive income streams is particularly hard.

In fact, I’d venture to say it’s pretty darn easy…

…especially given the fact that so many people who have been successful at it have been kind enough to write out exact blueprints for success for the rest of us to follow.

Instead, I think a lot of the struggle to succeed here comes from mindset blocks around money, that can influence our behavior without us realizing it.

For example, I grew up hearing the phrase “money doesn’t grow on trees” and sayings like I had to work hard to learn the “real” value of a dollar.

It’s important not to raise spoiled children, so I appreciate why the adults in my life did this.

But at the same time, I think it’s a big reason behind why I’m only now starting to reap in a handsome, comfortable income with my online work.

And if I’m totally honest again, I would have never recognized these limiting beliefs for myself.

Which is why I’m so thankful I came across this podcast.

Truth be told, the podcast is just the audio version of the videos posted on the blog every week, but they’re super effective at helping me keep my money mindset in check.

As the name kind of suggests, it’s content aimed towards women, but I think the basic messages of each podcast episode apply to everyone.

(And not to show too much favoritism, but this is the only podcast I now listen to religiously, as soon as a new episode comes out.)

Lessons you can learn from Denise:

  • How to open your mind to easier income streams
  • How to identify and get rid of your money blocks
  • How to feel empowered about your big financial goals

 

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 1,781 profitable niches click here or the image below)

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Conclusion

Alright, so these are my seven favorite podcasts to listen to when it comes to growing my own niched, online business.

Because they’re by people who are doing the same thing as me… but who are 3, 5, or 10 years ahead of where I am, they give me the kind of outside perspective I need to make smarter decisions.

Because if hindsight is 20/20, why wouldn’t I listen to someone else’s hindsight to increase my own odds of succeeding?

But you tell me… what’s your favorite niche marketing podcast? And what’s the best piece of advice you’ve learned from it?

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20 Jan

The 6 Step Guide To Passive Affiliate Commissions: How To Write Your First Profitable Email Series

As far as I can tell, every single affiliate marketer and online business person I look up to swears by the power of an email list for driving profit.

For Bryan Harris, for example, having an email list was the difference between losing $1,000+ on a project and making $25,000 instead.

Stuart has said several times in our Facebook Mastermind Group that 90%+ of his income comes from his email list.

And as an affiliate marketer, you’re likely already spending a lot of time trying to build up your email lists

…or planning to get around to it soon (you should start today with this post, btw).

You KNOW the money really is in the list, you’ve seen the proof from your favorite super affiliates.

You’ve read all the epic tutorials on ideas for getting more people on your email lists.

And you know you need an amazing lead magnet. 

But… what do you do once you actually have people signing up?

I mean, you’re supposed to be able to sell affiliate products to these people, right?

Isn’t that the whole point of pouring your blood, sweat, and tears into building an email list anyway?

In this post, I want to help you do just that and on auto-pilot.

Without having to do any hard selling or writing hyped up promo emails.

I’ll teach you how to craft a 4-step evergreen automated email follow-up series that kicks in the instant someone signs up for your list.

That way, you can start selling affiliate products to new people right away (without being scummy).

You provide value to your list (which makes them LOVE you) AND you get to recover some of your time invested with passive income profits.

It’s a win-win scenario, right?

Let’s get started:

 


What You’ll Learn

  • What to say in your first email so readers will want to open the rest of the messages you send them
  • How to craft a short funnel to set up for a sale without being scammy
  • How to build a relationship with your audience while selling to them
  • Where and when to offer the sale

 

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

 


1. Before You Start Writing: The #1 Most Important Part Of This Process

Before you start writing your first email series, it’s important to know what affiliate product you’ll sell at the end of this short email series.

And how that ties in with the lead magnet you’re offering.

Your email follow up messages need to line up with your lead magnet and the product being sold.

Because each part of this setup is designed to push your audience member further along the line towards the end goal.

i.e. buying your expensive products / affiliate products and making you lots of money (or whatever your end goal is for you and them)

So if you don’t know the connection, take a minute to map it out.

Know that each email you write should focus on easily solving the main problem of the lead magnet.

And the product, which will get your readers attached to your knowledge, creating a thirst for more.

Basically to make this super clear…

You need to build your business from the back to the front with your end goals in mind.

Your lead magnet doesn’t just exist to get people onto your email list and nothing more.

It exists to get the RIGHT people onto the list who will want to buy your end product.

And your end product is designed to take both your customer and YOU towards both your end goals.

So your lead magnet and your email series must push the RIGHT people towards that end goal / end product.

Make sense?

Don’t worry if it doesn’t yet as I have examples below that should make this clearer…

As an example, Digital Marketer offers this lead magnet on some of their pages:

 

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They’re offering a lead magnet that solves the problem of getting more traffic.

And, at the moment of writing, they’re selling tickets to their Traffic & Conversion Summit… which helps people do the exact same thing, but on a much bigger level.

So in their email series, they’d focus on helping the readers get more traffic to their site, boosting their loyalty and chances of buying.

And if that’s still not clear look at how another of DigitalMarketer.com‘s sales funnels works from opt-in to selling a low priced to upselling into their membership site in the image below…

 

Digital Marketer Sales Funnel Example: http://www.digitalmarketer.com/conversion-funnel/

Digital Marketer Sales Funnel Example: http://www.digitalmarketer.com/conversion-funnel/

They start by asking for your contact information in exchange for a free blog post template.

Then after you join their list they offer you a low-priced, $7 product, about blog content which is super related to the free blog post template you just requested.

Which means you’re likely at the very least interested even if you don’t want to buy it right now.

If you don’t buy you’ll continue to get content and value based emails with useful advice on the subject of blogging.

Mixed in with that will be promotional emails to try and sell you the $7 product again, after multiple exposures to it you might buy.

But if you do buy, they attempt to upsell you into their monthly membership site filled with similar, but even more helpful content.

If after multiple attempts to sell you still don’t buy, they instead just show you the membership offer as a last-ditch attempt to get a sale from you.

This is Digital Marketer’s end goal…

To get you into their monthly recurring membership site where they’ll make the most money from you.

So do you see how everything from content to lead magnet to email series to product is tied in?

That’s why it’s essential you map things out from the BACK (the end product / goal) to the FRONT (lead magnet / content) otherwise it won’t push your audience to the right place.

Now let’s get back on with this affiliate email series…

In this example series, I’ll focus on helping people get rid of cellulite, which is a problem the imaginary lead magnet and product both solve.

(Just be aware that I really know nothing about Cellulite Removal, so don’t take any of the fake advice I give. It’s all for the sake of example.)

Note: If the connection isn’t pretty obvious, you might want to consider selling a different product or creating a more fitting lead magnet. The point here is to get people to buy, and people usually won’t buy if they’re confused.

 


2. Email #1: Deliver the Goods & Get Them Hooked

First things first, you have to deliver what you promised before promoting an affiliate offer. 

Most of the time, people don’t just sign up to your email list for shits and giggles. (Some people might, but it’s super rare.)

It usually involves a lead magnet of some type—like a PDF document or an exclusive video—where you deliver value and solve a problem for them.

I know I kind of glazed over the creation/importance of a lead magnet.

But Nader and Jawed have already written some great guides on that, which you can read here (10 ideas to quickly grow your email list) and here (15 irresistible incentives).

So the entire point of this first email you send your readers after they sign up for your email list is to deliver your lead magnet.

That, and to create an open loop in their minds, setting them up for what’s to come.

This email should be short and to the point.

Interesting enough to keep them interested, but short enough to let them just dive into the lead magnet.

Here’s an example:

email-1

 


3. Email #2: Wow Them With Your Knowledge & Helpfulness

Since you used the first email to set them up for what you’ll deliver in this email, now is when you simply deliver that promised knowledge.

But instead of just giving a surface-level tip, dive a little deeper into the science behind it so you can really impress them with your knowledge.

Plus, if you’ll be selling someone else’s product as an affiliate, now’s the time to mention them so your readers can get used to that person’s name and start to trust them as well.

Here’s an example:

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This is a MUCH longer email.

But if you’ve attracted the right people, it’ll be super interesting and they’ll have their eyes glued on it until the end.

Plus with the work of your lead magnet and the scientific explanations you’ve written out here, the vast majority of your readers will trust you implicitly after this.

Which means you’re ready to start selling. (Subtly, of course.) 

 


4. Email #3: Set Up the Sale And Get Ready To Make Money

The idea of email #3 is to take the advice you gave them in your lead magnet and in email #2.

And combine them together in a way that your readers will get EVEN MORE practical value out of it.

In the email above, I mentioned a webinar with the creator of the affiliate product I’ll be starting to sell here and giving a full-on pitch for in the next email.

If you’re just starting out in your niche and don’t have those kinds of connections yet, you can just record your own video.

The point is to give even more good advice.

And to deliver what you’ve already told them via a different medium, so you can really drive home the point of your message and your expertise.

It’ll also help your sales conversions if you mention the product you’ll be selling them in email #4

And place a call to action to check it out—either with a link to that product’s sales page, testimonials, or a lead magnet if the product owner has a sophisticated funnel set up.

Here’s an example of a good email #3:

email-3

When you’re writing out the last few paragraphs, it might feel like you’re doing some pretty heavy selling already, but don’t worry about that.

Research shows that people need repetition before they buy.

So think of these paragraphs as just a way of priming their minds for the full-on sales email you’ll deliver the next day.

Plus, you aren’t actually asking them to buy yet, you’re just planting that little idea seed in their mind for the webinar to water.

That seed will grow overnight, and be ready for your last email.

 


5. Email #4: The Sales Pitch That Brings In Your Commissions

Alright, NOW is when you get to make that sale.

Yay, passive income

The most important thing to remember in this email is, obviously, your affiliate link to the product you’re featuring.

But beyond that, you’ll want to review what they learned from your lead magnet and via the information you sent them in emails #2 and #3.

It’ll also help to think of this as a mini sales page.

But one where you don’t have to sell so hard, because you’ve already built up a pretty trustworthy relationship with the reader.

After you provide incredible value and build up trust with a reader, you don’t want to prolong the ask for the sale for too long….

Or they’ll forget about it and lose interest, which is why I’m suggesting it for email #4.

Here’s an example of what I’d write for this cellulite funnel:

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Beyond mentioning the course and some of its benefits like I did in email #3, I’ve also spelled out what the course includes in great detail. 

Plus, I’m offering an exclusive discount to make the purchase a no-brainer for people who are serious about getting rid of their cellulite.

You don’t need to do 100% of the selling here, though.

You’ll link through to a sale’s page the product owner has written that will do even more selling for you.

Really, you just want them to click on the links you give out of curiosity.

 


6. Tools to Make This Happen On Autopilot & Save You Time

Once you’ve got these emails written, you’ll realize you’ll want a way to automatically send them out to people who sign up for your email list.

You know, instead of just manually logging into your email list every day and sending out each individual email to each person manually. (Trust me, that’s just a disaster waiting to happen.)

Some of the easiest and most affordable tools for this are Mailchimp, Aweber, and GetResponse.

And don’t worry, each tool comes complete with it’s own setup walk-through tutorials, so I won’t bore you by writing them all out here.

If you’re interested in choosing the right one, Jawad wrote a great comparison of all three here.

 

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

 


Conclusion: Put Your First Email Series in Place

The purpose of this guide is not to be an end-all, be-all instruction manual for a hugely successful email funnel.

With the huge differences between different niches and online business models, that’d be nearly impossible to write.

Instead, it’s about getting a decently-converting email series in place so you can start making some passive income, and notice how users interact with your emails.

Maybe you’ll add a 5th email to help you get even more sales, or maybe you’ll realize that you need to reduce your sequence to just three messages.

The point is to get something in place, to start making some passive income, and to collect data on your audience as you go.

PLUS, once people buy from you once, they’re your customers and 60% to 70% easier to sell to later on when you decide it’s time to sell another product to your list.

And it’s worth noting that in order to get subscribers, you need traffic. So if you haven’t already, check out Stuart’s 101 Traffic Hacks so you can get more subscribers and make more passive income from them. 

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

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

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

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

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

And even get affiliates to sell it for you.

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

Try beating that with a measly 4% Amazon payout.

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

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

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

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

 

choosing-niche

 

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

I know I’m risking getting too personal.

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

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

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

Like, it’d be nearly impossible.

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

You could say they’re “weird.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


What You’ll Learn

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

 

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

 


The Product: Yeast Infection No More

 

yeast-infection-no-more

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

 

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

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

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

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

 


The Sections of Your Product Review

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

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

And we will cover ALL of these in this post.

 


Uncovering a Story for Your Intro

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

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

And to do that, you need a story.

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

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

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

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

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

 


The Intro

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 


Features

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 


Who It’s For

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

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

 

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

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

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

 


Pricing & Purchase Details

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 


Pros

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

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

Try something like this:

 

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

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

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

 


Cons

Alright, let’s real talk for a second.

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

Not fake drawbacks that are really pros in disguise.

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

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

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

For example:

 

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

The pros though, were pretty easy.

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

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

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

The cons though, are tough.

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

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

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

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

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

 


Similar Products / Resources

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

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

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

For example:

 

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

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

 


Final Opinion

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 


Put it All Together

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who It’s For

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

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

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

Pros

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

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

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

Cons

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

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

Similar Products / Resources

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

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

Final Opinion

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

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

 

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

 


And Finally, SEO Optimize for Recurring Traffic & Income

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

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

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

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

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

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Beginners Guide To Copywriting: How To Write Affiliate Product Reviews That Sell.

Including product reviews on your niche site is a really, really smart way to establish yourself as an authority and start making affiliate revenue.

Because think about it: product reviews are one of the most commonly searched for pieces of content on the internet.

As consumers, we know we’ve got an internet full of other people’s opinions at our fingertips.

So when we think about making a purchase we’re not 100% sure of, we take to the internet to help us make our decision.

So for you as a niche marketer, this is a huge opportunity to take advantage of.

Finding new or commonly purchased products for people in your niche to review on your website is a great way to both get traffic (because of all the organic search for it).

And to put up some affiliate links for additional passive income.

But since copywriting is something this community often seeks help with (both Jawad and I have recently written about it), knowing how to write an honest, reputable, and effective product review might not be one of your business strengths.

So in this post, I’ll walk you through the steps you need to take with easy-to-follow, formula-style instruction.

Ready to get started?

 

 


What You’ll Learn

  • What a product review is and what it isn’t.
  • The different sections that make up a product review.
  • Written samples for each section of the review.
  • When and how to write the intro.
  • Why you must write about the downsides of a product.
  • How to incorporate a story if you haven’t actually used the product yourself.

 

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

 


Our Sample Product

Today I’ll walk you through this tutorial while pretending to review a digital kitchen scale.

At the time of writing, it was the #5 best seller in the Home & Kitchen department on Amazon.

So it seems like it’d be a worthwhile product for a food or cooking niche site to review.

This is what it looks like:

 

copywriting for affiliate products

 

DISCLAIMER: I don’t actually own this product or any other related products if mentioned. I’ve also never used this product or any of the other ones mentioned. The example product description and the claims I make may not actually be my true opinion of it—they’re just examples. They may not even be factually correct. Again, this is just an example and not a reflection of the featured product or the seller.

 


A Great Product Review – is NOT a Sales Page

As a niche marketer wanting to make money from your website, it’s natural to want to highlight only the best aspects of the products you’re reviewing, but I’d challenge you to not let yourself do that.

Because the thing is, when people search for product reviews, they want to know the good and the bad.

They know that true perfection doesn’t exist in this world, so any product review claiming that is going to be inherently suspicious.

I’ll be approaching my sample product review from a positive point of view.

But please notice that I won’t be trying to make a hard sell or a hard call to action like I normally would on a sales page.

A head’s up: you’ll notice the sections move quickly from one to the other.

This is because you’re focused on helping the consumer make smart shopping decisions and you want to provide the most precise, valuable information in the shortest space possible.

The less they have to read to get to the information they’re actually looking for, the more they’ll appreciate you.

 


Features

What does this thing do?

What ultimate benefits does this specific product (or other products like it) provide?

What are its specs?

This is where you answer those kinds of questions.

This section is short, sweet, to the point, and answers the most immediate questions in a reader’s mind.

For example:

This kitchen scale by Ozeri weighs powders, liquids, and animal and plant-based ingredients—even in large pieces—up to 11 pounds.

It’s designed primarily for home kitchen use, and it’s super light-weight.

It’s 1.15-pound frame is 8.25 inches wide, six inches long, and just under two inches high.

 


Who It’s For

After you give the basics of what it is, describe the ideal user.

If you’re the kind of niche blogger that writes about yourself and your experiences a lot you can work in some of your own opinions here of how well the product worked for a person like you, with a little commentary on why.

This scale is for people who care about extreme accuracy in cooking… even if it’s just a meal at home for themselves. People who prize precision in their recipes.

So if you’ve read some posts on my blog before, you know that I appreciate a good, accurate recipe, but for me, cups and teaspoon amounts are easier to deal with than weighing.

Though I’m not much of a baker, I did try a few ultra-specific baking recipes with this scale, and I have to say I was quite pleased with the results.

 


Pricing & Purchase Details

After you talk about what the product is and who it’s for, you still need one more section of basic details: which is how much the item costs and where it’s available for people interested in buying it.

(Yes, this is where you can provide an affiliate link.)

This section is short and sweet… maybe even the shortest one of the bunch.

Normally, this scale costs $34.95 on Amazon, but right now it’s on sale for only $13.95 plus free shipping, which is more or less the expected price range for this type of product and functionality.

 


Pros

Here, of course, is where you talk about the benefits of the product.

Whereas a sales page would be hundreds (or more) words long and all about the benefits of the product, you want to be short and sweet here.

You want to list out all the good thing this product has going for it.

But without getting lost in sounding like a salesman because you’re desperate to start making more affiliate earnings from clicks.

Try something like this:

The really cool thing about this kitchen scale in particular is that it calculates the weight of your net ingredients and automatically detects and subtracts the weight of any bowl or container you’ve got them sitting in. This is awesome for measuring liquids, and means there’s WAY less cleanup involved in between ingredient chopping, saving you tons of time in the long run.

And since it’s digital, the makers put on a unit button that’ll convert grams to ounces and pounds to kilograms.

Hint: the way something looks usually isn’t a pro.

People can see what it looks like in the picture and decide for themselves how nice they think it looks.

So writing things like “chrome finish and two large buttons” in this section is just redundant.

 


Cons

This is the fun part.

But if you’re in love with a product and can’t find anything bad to say about it, know that someone has.

Just check the one-star and two-star reviews on Amazon if you need inspiration.

And PLEASE, do not write out cons that aren’t really cons.

You readers are looking for actual, useful advice, and the entire point of a cons section is to be useful.

So don’t say something like “this scale is so lightweight you might be scared if breaking it if you try to weigh anything above five pounds.” That’s not a true downside.

Focus on the things that make the product less usable, and believe me, there will be something you can write about.

Here’s what I wrote for the kitchen scale:

I’d imagine that the reason someone would buy such a seemingly detailed scale is to be incredibly accurate in their cooking.

Unfortunately though, this scale seems to have a tendency to only measure in even numbers, or to jump between even numbers when weighing ingredients.

It also doesn’t seem to pick up on added weight if you add it slowly, so if you don’t know how much of something is the right weight, it’s best if you keep taking it off and adding it on the scale as you adjust amounts. If you’re not using a dish to hold the ingredients, this can get really annoying.

 


Alternative/Similar Products

If the sections above have driven the consumer to be a little unsure of whether or not this scale would be the right one to use in their kitchen.

Or if they’re still in the window shopping stage and want to consider more options, this section will be gold to them. (And to you.)

Here’s where you can promote other products that are similar to the one you’ve just reviewed, but have different features, price points, and pros and cons. (And yes, it’s another place to add affiliate links.)

A good idea is to take your cons section and find products that fill those gaps.

You don’t need loads of products, just enough to give people alternatives, feel empowered, and keep them on your site.

Hint: Write reviews of all the products you recommend too, and link to them in this section.

Here’s one way you can present them:

If absolute accuracy is important to you, I’d actually recommend this kitchen and postal scale, which gets raving reviews for its accuracy, though it is a bit heavier and not as wide.

Another good alternative is this Weighmax scale, which doesn’t seem to have problems measuring the tiniest little added increments of ingredients.

 


Your Final Opinion

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

And yes, it does need to be a biased opinion… this is why people are reading your review.

If all they wanted was generic info on specs and what other people were saying, they’d just look at Amazon and its reviews. Make it memorable.

Here’s what I wrote for the kitchen scale:

For me, I’ll be sticking with my measuring spoons.

Like I’ve said though, I’m not much of one for precise accuracy in cooking and I don’t bake, so I’m not exactly the target customer for this product, though I do appreciate what it’s capable of doing.

And honestly, with a sale price point of less than $14 and free shipping? I think dealing with some of the cons are totally worth it.

 


Add an Intro

Now that you’ve got all of your information gathered and your product review almost completely written, you need to write an intro to draw people in.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with diving into the features straight away, but it’s not that interesting.

Look at the different highs and lows of the product that you’ve written about and tease the reader along a little bit to keep them reading.

When my sister in law saw me struggling to get a cake recipe just right and recommend the Ozeri Pronto kitchen scale, I wasn’t sure if it was something I’d actually need. (I’m kind of a minimalist and like to keep counter space—or any—clutter to a minimum.)

She saw me hesitate and offered to bring it over and let me use it for a week while she was on vacation. And use it I did. Here’s the rundown on the product itself and what I thought about it:

 


The Full Review

Now that I’ve shown you how to write the different pieces of a review, here’s the full thing put together:

 

When my sister in law saw me struggling to get a cake recipe just right and recommend the Ozeri Pronto kitchen scale, I wasn’t sure if it was something I’d actually need. (I’m kind of a minimalist and like to keep counter space—or any—clutter to a minimum.)

She saw me hesitate and offered to bring it over and let me use it for a week while she was on vacation. And use it I did. Here’s the rundown on the product itself and what I thought about it:

Features

This kitchen scale by Ozeri weighs powders, liquids, and animal and plant-based ingredients—even in large pieces—up to 11 pounds.

It’s designed primarily for home kitchen use, and it’s super light-weight.

It’s 1.15-pound frame is 8.25 inches wide, six inches long, and just under two inches high.

Who It’s For

This scale is for people who care about extreme accuracy in cooking… even if it’s just a meal at home for themselves. People who prize precision in their recipes.

So if you’ve read some posts on my blog before, you know that I appreciate a good, accurate recipe, but for me, cups and teaspoon amounts are easier to deal with than weighing.

Though I’m not much of a baker, I did try a few ultra-specific baking recipes with this scale, and I have to say I was quite pleased with the results.

Pricing & Purchase

Normally, this scale costs $34.95 on Amazon, but right now it’s on sale for only $13.95 plus free shipping, which is more or less the expected price range for this type of product and functionality.

Pros

The really cool thing about this kitchen scale in particular is that it calculates the weight of your net ingredients and automatically detects and subtracts the weight of any bowl or container you’ve got them sitting in. This is awesome for measuring liquids, and means there’s WAY less cleanup involved in between ingredient chopping, saving you tons of time in the long run.

And since it’s digital, the makers put on a unit button that’ll convert grams to ounces and pounds to kilograms.

Cons

I’d imagine that the reason someone would buy such a seemingly detailed scale is to be incredibly accurate in their cooking.

Unfortunately though, this scale seems to have a tendency to only measure in even numbers, or to jump between even numbers when weighing ingredients.

It also doesn’t seem to pick up on added weight if you add it slowly, so if you don’t know how much of something is the right weight, it’s best if you keep taking it off and adding it on the scale as you adjust amounts. If you’re not using a dish to hold the ingredients, this can get really annoying.

Alternative Products

If absolute accuracy is important to you, I’d actually recommend this kitchen and postal scale, which gets raving reviews for its accuracy, though it is a bit heavier and not as wide.

Another good alternative is this Weighmax scale, which doesn’t seem to have problems measuring the tiniest little added increments of ingredients.

My Final Opinion

For me, I’ll be sticking with my measuring spoons.

Like I’ve said though, I’m not much of one for precise accuracy in cooking and I don’t bake, so I’m not exactly the target customer for this product, though I do appreciate what it’s capable of doing.

And honestly, with a sale price point of less than $14 and free shipping? I think dealing with some of the cons are totally worth it.

 

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

 


Incorporating a Story… Even if You Haven’t Used the Product

So, yeah. That “story” I put in my mock product review above was totally fake.

I have no idea what my sister in law’s cooking habits are, but I know for damn sure she’s not the type to use some sort of baking scale.

DO NOT DO THIS.

I provided that fake story as an example of what an ideal affiliate product review should read like.

And it should include a unique story, because otherwise you’re just repeating the same dull information your visitors already read on Amazon and other product review sites.

They haven’t come to your site to re-read that same stuff… they’ve come for a unique perspective they can’t find anywhere else.

And ideally, you’d have used the product for yourself and have enough personal experience to speak about it intelligently for yourself.

But what if you haven’t used the product?

If you’re trying to grow an affiliate-based niche site quickly, you’ll need to review a lot more products than you have the budget to buy or the time to test out.

But don’t worry.

You can still get some “unique” stories no one else on the web is publishing associated with that product in two different ways:

  1. Ask a friend who’s used the product to tell you about their experience with it.
  2. Find a good review on Amazon and message the reviewer asking them to go more in-depth for a product review feature.

The first strategy is pretty straight forward: ask someone you know to tell you about their experiences with the product.

Dig a little deeper for the story behind why they started using it, and just tell the story from their point of view.

The second strategy takes a little more work, but isn’t that difficult.

When you see an Amazon review you’d like to know more about, click on the review title.

Underneath the review, you’ll see a comments section where you can respond to the author.

And when you respond, the author gets an email notification, and can decide if they’d like to respond to you or not.

This way you can get a unique story to tell along with the product without repeating what your visitors already read.

 

copywriting for affiliate products

 


And Finding the Pros & Cons if You Haven’t Used It

Remember when I was talking about how you absolutely have to include legitimate pros and cons of a product you’re reviewing on your site?

That necessity doesn’t change just because you yourself haven’t used the product.

Ideally, you’d be able to pull these details out from the friend you interview who’s used it or the person whose Amazon review you respond to.

But sometimes (especially if people LOVE or HATE a product), they’re blinded by their own biases and really don’t know what to say when it comes out to listing out pros or cons.

This is where Amazon reviews come in really handy.

So yeah, it’s not really ideal to re-publish something your reader could have read earlier in their product research, but listing out pros and cons outlined in different Amazon reviews is one of the best ways to maintain your credibility as a niche product reviewer, even if you haven’t used the products yourself.

It’ll take some time to do, but see if you can read (or at least skim) through all of the Amazon reviews relating to a product to get a sense of the most common problems and the most common praises.

But while you’re doing that, dig for frustrations and praises that come up more than once, but aren’t the most common, and make sure to include them.

Adding these less common comments about the products will lend you some niche credibility since you’re obviously doing your research and not just regurgitating the easiest-to-find information, and dedicated niche readers will notice that.

 


How To Find Pros & Cons Step by Step:

So here’s how to actually do what I talked about above:

Locate your Amazon product. In this case, it’s the digital scale.

Then scroll down to the review section and look for this:

reviews

 

This is where you can read reviews by any star rating.

To find out the cons, click the 1 star or 2 star ratings then scroll down again.

1star

I found this review first:

 

totally uselsss

 

And it’s filled with gold. Look what they’re saying:

“You cannot expect accuracy with this”

“I needed to add 5 grams of yeast to my bread pan. I already added a lot but the reading is still zero. It ruined my bread.”

These are obviously massive problems this scale has.

So your cons could look like this:

  • Not accurate enough for making bread because the reading meter is off.
  • The weight reading does not show accurate figures down to the single gram, making it inefficient for precise baking.

Here’s another one:

 

high

 

“It only weighs in even numbers.”

“I purchased this for bread making. It had to be very precise. I wanted to measure 5g, but the weight kept shifting between 4g and 6g.”

With this information, your could add this to your cons section:

  • This scale only weighs in even numbers, so if complete accuracy is what you’re looking for, this isn’t for you.

And finding the pros is just as easy. All you have to do is click the 5 star reviews and start reading:

 

accurate

 

“Accurate within a gram or two. Since I’m not selling drugs this is perfect.”

And then this one…

 

great

 

“Purchased this scale primarily to weight coffee beans so the 1 gram resolution was important!”

“Scale works like a charm – easy to use, very accurate, and flexible in terms of the units”

“Small enough that storage is easy”

So your pros could look like this:

  • Accurate within a gram or two of weight. So as long as you’re not selling drugs, it’s perfect.
  • Ideal for weighing coffee lovers weighing beans beans due to the 1 gram resolution.
  • Easy to use, accurate, and flexible in terms of units, so you don’t have to collect a bunch of different scales.
  • Small enough for easy storage, saving countertop space when it’s not in use.

So, yes, everything you need to know about a product’s pros and cons can easily be found on Amazon.

And, as I mentioned above, one of the best way to sell a product is to tell stories. Personal stories do work best, but in some instances you’re just not going to have them.

Mining reviews on Amazon for information can easily help with build a simple story—either by getting a reviewer to communicate with you directly about her experience, or digging deeper for pros and cons that aren’t so easy to find on other product review sites.

You could write one about the time Mr. Cheung used it to make bread and it caused a disaster because on inaccurate weighing then recommend a better product.

Or the time Doug successfully used it to weigh your coffee beans and ended up with the perfect cup.

Or even that time Mr. Jones decided to become a cocaine dealer and ended up giving away double the product due to the weighing issues. 😛

Latching a story into your review, even if you’ve never used the product before, isn’t hard. If you look hard enough, there’s stories waiting around to be told everywhere.

So use them.

 

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

 


Write & Publish Product Reviews Quickly

As you can see, writing a product review is not an all-out, difficult, tooth-pulling affair.

It’s pretty simple and straight forward once you’ve got the formula down, and something you can replicate for every single product you’d like to be featured on your niche site.

Plus, they make great keyword-rich pages that can glean organic traffic and make a fair amount of passive income… especially considering the minimal amount of time they take to write.

If you’re looking for ways to monetize your product reviews even further, check out this post.

And if you really want to take your affiliate income to the next level, check out Stuart’s 101 Digital Affiliate Hacks.

It’s so full of traffic-generating and money-making ideas that you’ll be busy for days optimizing your site for more income.

 

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19 Jun

7 Time Management Techniques for Affiliate Marketers

According to Stuart’s scientific research into who the ideal NicheHacks reader actually is, most of you guys hold down full-time jobs.

Which is wonderful (predictable income is nice, after all), except for the fact that your job takes up 40 hours of your week plus any commuting time.

Leaving you with little time left over for your family, your social life, and building up your niche site for passive income.

Which is freaking hard.

When I worked full-time, I thought for the first few months that I could keep my writing business going on the side, but I was wrong. So, so wrong.

It once took me three months just to write one researched client article. Something I can now turn around in a week.

So you’ve got a challenge in front of you, for sure. But it’s not an impossible one.

Loads of people have built up sustainable niche businesses on the side of their full-time job.

The trick is knowing how to use your time properly and to not waste it doing things that won’t ultimately contribute to growing your bottom line.

Because let’s face it, you may see yourself with less than a full working day’s worth of hours to commit to your site per week.

The good news is, being time-starved will only get you down if you let it.

Because if you face that reality head-on and plan carefully to get the most out of the time you do have, you can accomplish way more towards your passive income goals than you ever expected.

 

 


What You’ll Learn

  • How to identify what needs to be outsourced ASAP
  • What systems to set up first so you save time immediately
  • Why “wasting” time planning is actually a time-saver
  • How far out to plan your goals so you never get lost or confused
  • How to stop the information overload and not feel guilty about it

 

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

 


1. Track Your Time, Implement the 80/20 Rule & Achieve More Success

Each niche is different, and so is the business model of each niche site.

Because of that, how you need to allocate your time to maximize your revenue is different, too.

But I can tell you that tracking your time with one of the internet’s many free time tracking apps will show you where you’re spending the majority of your time

And which of those activities are the ones that are actually tied to generating money.

And normally, once you identify those revenue-generating activities, you’ll discover you only spend 20% of your time on those activities.

And 80% of your time on “filler” activities that feel like work but don’t actually contribute to your bottom line.

Many times (in my case, even), those non-revenue generating activities can take up 90% of your time or more, if you aren’t careful.

Known as the Pareto principle, or the law of the vital few, it was named after an Italian economist who noticed in 1896 that 80% of Italy’s land was owned by just 20% of the population.

He also observed that in his own garden, only 20% of the pea pods grew 80% of the peas.

So when you know what those activities are that take up SO MUCH of your time, you can put them in a list and search for an inexpensive virtual assistant who can take care of those things for you.

For example, I noticed that I was spending way too much time (hours and hours, actually) on research for client projects.

And even though that activity was technically profitable, it didn’t help me grow my site or my business in any way, and it was something I could easily outsource, allowing me to work on even more projects.

So even if I spend $10 per hour for 5 hours of research… at only $50, I still make a decent profit on my work and opening the floor for more to come in.

Another entrepreneur realized that going to networking events wasn’t getting her any clients, but speaking engagements (which were much fewer and far between) got her loads of work.

Instead of continuing to bust her butt to do a good job with networking events, she cut them out and foucsed on speaking engagements instead—cutting her working hours by 60%.

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2. Set Up Systems That Work While You Do Whatever You Want

Doing business online is the default for almost every single business that exists… whether it’s considered an “online business” or not.

Social media management and posting, email lists, staying on top of trending topics, and even keyword research are things that can all be done with free or paid software.

For example, posting randomly to Twitter and other social media channels usually isn’t something that directly generates revenue for any business.

But it does create a nice brand resonance and build loyalty among your existing fan base.

But something like Buffer only costs $10 per month plus time it takes to set up.

And once the setup’s done, it keeps posting to social media for you, without any active involvement from your part.

 

 

Buffer

Buffer lets you schedule your social media posts in advance so you don’t have to log in multiple times every single day just to keep your social media presence strong.

 

This is a great way to spend a few hours on one task, and to make sure you keep “doing” it in the future without actually spending any time on it.

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3. Plan First & Accomplish More

When James outlined how to build a niche site in just 10 hours per week, he suggested that you always use the first hour to plan.

It might sound silly and a little extravagant (especially when you’ve already got so little time to work on your niche site as it is), but it will absolutely set you up for success.

Because when you spend time planning first, you naturally focus on things that will steer your niche site towards growth, and not things that bury your productivity… like responding to emails.

In fact, James suggests, limit your admin work (like email) to just one hour per week… or approximately 1/10 of the time you spend working on your niche site.

If you need to hire an assistant or set up software to make sure that’s what happens, then do it.

Planning is so valuable, in fact, that according to research done by Bplans, businesses who take the time to plan are twice as likely to succeed in achieving their goals.

And in the same vein of this sentiment… I’d suggest making your to-do list the day before and sticking to it.

This is the biggest productivity hack I have for myself… to the point that I use a small weekly planner, so the stuff I can add to my daily to-do list is limited.

Making sure I knock out my most important business-based and client work every single day.

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4. Make a 90-Day Plan for Reachable, Achievable Growth (Don’t Get Sucked Into ‘Hacks’)

One of the biggest problems we have when trying to grow a niche site is reading about how others used a “hack” to grow their niche site.

And decide we need to drop whatever strategy we’re working on to implement the exact same steps they’ve done.

But the thing about “hacks” that no one ever really talks about (and I hope Stuart won’t smite me for writing this on his site, which is called NicheHacks) is that they don’t really exist.

When you hear of massive, explosive growth from a strategy like guest posting, for example, it’s either a total unicorn of a situation

Or the author is really underplaying the careful strategy he used in approaching the “hack” that got him all the growth.

And either way, none of it happened by pure, dumb luck.

We all want instant gratification, but we’ll never get it by seeking it.

Instead, it’s best to plan what you want to accomplish with your site in the next three months.

Break it down to a weekly basis of tasks, and commit to knocking out those tasks steadily.

So even when there are times where you feel like you’re grinding through without any results, you’ll be able to look back on the progress you made the next week to easily see that it wasn’t all for nothing.

It was all for a goal that you’re working towards and will accomplish.

So besides keeping you from wasting your time by chasing trendy ideas, this strategy ensures you use what little time you have towards accomplishing your big-picture goals.

And, because it’s only 3 months, ensures you don’t get too overwhelmed by working with a year-long timeline.

I do this for my own business and it’s totally revolutionized how far come on a month-by-month basis towards my major goals.

I even surprised myself by tripling my revenue from March 2016 to April 2016 and launching a YouTube channel—things that would have never happen if I hadn’t planned them in advance. (So, yeah, it works.)

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5. Limit the Time You Spend Communicating

Sending emails, doing Twitter shoutouts, and commenting on blog posts and forum threads can feel like work.

But unless you’re actively closing a sale or implementing growth of some sort, it isn’t.

If you work with a support team, let them know in advance that you’ll only be checking your email once or twice a day.

So you don’t get sucked into chatting with them for 45 minutes. You’ll both know that communication needs to be brief, so you’ll get to the point even faster.

And even if you don’t have a support team and you’re building your site totally on your own, only allow yourself to do these types of activities once per day, and limit your time window surrounding them.

This forces you to get to the most important messages more quickly.

And discard the clutter that stops you from focusing on the most important things… like the things that will drive more affiliate sales.

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6. Set & Keep Working Hours to Guarantee Higher Productivity

“When you tell your brain that you can work at any time and from anywhere,” said Jawad in one of his posts, “it loses focus and doesn’t know when to actually get in the working mode.”

If you’ve got a window of available time where you can work on your site every day or every other day, give yourself a hard stop time and STOP working when that time rolls around.

Stop working even if there’s still a few things on your to-do list.

It can be tempting to just keep working until you’re finished.

But if you stick to a hard stop, it trains your brain when it needs to be in a highly-productive working mode.

“Without structure,” said Joel Runyon on Lifehack, “it’s easy to let non-essential things get in the way of actual work.

Because you haven’t designed exactly how you want to spend your time, it’s easy to let other people come in and steal 15 minutes here, and 30 minutes there.”

But with a set routine, he says, “you don’t get the luxury of indulging people in things that distract you from your goals because you know exactly what you must do in order to get the end result that you desire.”

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7. Stop the Information Overload to Get More Finished

I know, I know. I run an online business too.

I wish I could sit and listen to every single webinar produced by every single successful online business person, but I simply can’t.

I’d learn a lot, but I’d never get anything done.

So I have to pick and choose… which means that every few months, I go through and unsubscribe from different lists to keep the information overload to a minimum.

So if there are blogs you read only because you know ‘everyone else’ is reading them and you ‘should’ too because they’re ‘popular’ and ‘full of good advice’, it might be time to actually stop following those blogs.

Don’t feel bad about it—it’ll actually be better for your business in the long run.

There’s plenty of good, free advice to go around, so “missing out” on one blog really doesn’t mean you’re missing out at all.

Plus if anything’s that good, it’ll go viral and you’ll see it anyway.

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

 


Make the Most of Your Time

I may have said earlier in the article that I don’t believe in “hacks,” but I do believe in working smarter towards your goals… which in many ways, is a “hack” in and of itself.

And one of the best ways I’ve found to work smarter is to learn from people who’ve already been there and done it.

And with running a niche site, traffic is crucial. (Because especially if you’re an affiliate, no traffic = no sales.)

So, to help you make the most of your time and not have to “pay your dues” by learning from lots of your own mistakes, Stuart’s put together a guide on 101 smart traffic strategies you can employ to get the traffic you need to sustain your site

And much quicker than if you were trying to figure it out on your own.

 

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11 Jun

[Step by Step Guide] How To Use ShareASale to Find a Niche That's Profitable

We’ve previously talked about how to use Amazon’s product category and ranking system to help you find a niche, but today we’re going to explore how to do that on ShareASale.

ShareASale is different from Amazon, in that it isn’t a B2C consumer marketplace.

Shoppers can’t go to the ShareASale website and make purchases.

In other words—it’s a site and a service set up exclusively for businesses and affiliates to work together.

It’s been around since 2000, and is the marketplace lots of trustworthy brands use to connect with affiliates wanting to help sell their products.

Brands like Wayfair, Shutterfly, Gymboree, ModCloth, Cricut, and Reebok all use ShareASale.

And while the company itself decides what rate of commission they’ll offer to affiliates who sell their products, the rates are often much higher than Amazon.

On Amazon, you have to sell 3,131 products or more each month just to get an 8.5% commission.

On ShareASale, most commissions fall in the 10% to 30% range, with some as high as 80%.

I’m an affiliate for Freshbooks via ShareASale, and can say that it’s a decent platform to use.

So today we’ll look at how to use this platform specifically to sort through product offerings to figure out what your next profitable niche should be.

 

 


What You’ll Learn

  • How to identify ShareASale’s most successful affiliate programs
  • How to uncover category-based products that sell well
  • What numbers to look at to make sure an affiliate product makes sense for your new site
  • How to find a new profitable niche you’d love to work on.

 

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

 


1. Understand Our Approach to Sorting Through ShareASale’s Offerings

Since ShareASale has considerably fewer products than Amazon, it isn’t as easy as taking the same top-down approach as we did when we were using Amazon to search for a cool new niche.

So what we’ll focus on instead is first finding a small handful of cool products that sell well and resonate with a niche area you’d personally like to work with.

Then, with those few vague areas in mind, we’ll search the rest of ShareASale to see if there are any other products that match up with the items on your original list to help you identify a profitable niche.

Note: Yes, you may only find a small number of products on ShareASale that match up well with a certain niche market. The idea is to get proof of profitability from this site and find a few products to start off with, so you can expand into other areas of niche profitability. 

 


2. Check Out the Top 100 For ShareASale’s Most Successful Products

After you go through the signup process and log in as an affiliate, hover over the “Merchants” menu item on the top of the screen and click on “Search for Merchants” to the left.

 

merchants

 

In the center area, you’ll see a section labeled “Popular.”

Under that, click on the “Top 100 Power Rank.” These are affiliate programs ShareASale’s labeled as the most successful 100 programs on their platform… so you know they’re selling… and selling well.

 

merchant search

 

Scroll through this list of 100 (it’ll be on two pages—50 programs per page), and note down any program names that jump out at you for niches you think would be interesting to work in.

(Because, as Jawad points out, it is possible to turn even hobby interests into successful niche sites.)

For example, I wrote down:

  • Shutterfly
  • Gymboree
  • Wayfair
  • ModCloth
  • Identity Guard
  • iTech Deals
  • Reebok
  • Shop.MLB.com
  • Viator
  • The Snore Reliever Company
  • Weebly
  • Freshbooks
  • Nest Bedding
  • The Color Run
  • NBAStore.com
  • RoseGal
  • WP Engine
  • Fresh Direct

From these 18, I can already start to see some patterns I could latch on to: sports fans, runners, online businesses, or some niche where women’s clothing would be relevant.

It’s good to note the themes you see coming up, but don’t get too attached to them yet.

For example, Viator is a really cool travel product, and there may be some wonderful travel-based commission programs on ShareASale outside of their top 100. I just don’t know yet.

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3. Search by Keyword Based on Trends & Cool Programs You’ve Already Found

Navigate back to the main search screen by clicking on “Keyword” at the top of the PowerRank list.

Then, type in a keyword that relates to something you’ve found by browsing through the PowerRank list.

Since I mentioned that I thought Viator was cool but I didn’t find anything else related to travel, I typed in “Travel.”

 

keyword

 

Once you type in your keyword, make sure you actually click on the “Search” button to the right.

Then navigate back over to the results tab to see what results you come up with.

 

travel results

 

Wow, over 33,000 products and almost 800 merchants just related to the word “travel.”

Now we’re really starting to uncover the true power of what ShareASale has to offer.

If I were to start a travel website, I could work as an affiliate for luggage, hotels, destinations (like Florida or India, just to name a couple), and tour booking sites.

But what if I’d gone the route of following the ModCloth and RoseGal trend and searched “millennial women” in my first try?

 

millenial women

 

With only two results and not much to really round out a niche with, I’d obviously have to either think of that trend from another angle (like “women’s fashion”) or leave that idea to pick up on another trend altogether.

 


4. Browse by Category to Uncover More Niche Affiliate Program Options

If you didn’t have the best luck searching by keyword.

Or if you just want to continue to round things out in a couple of your uncovered niches with new ideas, browse through ShareASale’s affiliate programs based on the broad categories they’ve already outlined.

Just click on the “Browse By Category” tab and click on the category you see that resonates most with your original list of items.

 

category

 

Travel aside, based on the other programs I noted down while I was searching through the top 100 list, I could check out these categories for more ideas:

  • Accessories (to go with those clothing websites I thought were a dud)
  • Art/Music/Photography (to go with Shutterfly)
  • Business
  • General Web Services
  • Home & Garden
  • Sports/Fitness

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5. Run Some Numbers To Make Sure The ShareASale Niche You’ve Uncovered is Worthwhile

Now it’s time for the not so fun part… which is running numbers.

While it’s awesome that ShareASale’s affiliate programs offer much higher commission rates (or some awesome flat fees), don’t get hung up on just that.

You need to also consider data points like return rates and how long the cookies last.

 

finding data

Find the commission offered and cookie duration under the “Commission Structure” and “Cookie” labels in the affiliate program listing. To see how often refunds are requested, click on the “Stats” tab and look at the “Reversal” percentage.

 

So even if a company offers a $100 commission fee each time you sell one of their products, if their cookies only last for 12 days, that may not actually be enough time for a potential customer to decide if that purchase is worthwhile for them.

Especially since we tend to take more time thinking about higher-priced purchases than we do thinking about buying a $13 book from Amazon.

Another red flag would be if 20% of the people who buy a product are returning it or asking for a refund within a seven-day time span.

It might be something you could stomach profit-wise as an affiliate, but if you market a product to your niche site fans that one in five people are not happy with?

It’s not going to bode well for your niche site or your fan base in general.

My personal rules of thumb would be to make sure the cookies last for a minimum of 30 days and that return rates are 5% or less.

 


6. Compile At Least Five Products That Meet Your Requirements

If you’re going by my rules of thumb, make sure the new niche you’ve uncovered has at least five ShareASale products that have cookies greater than 30 days,.

Return rates of less than 5%, and offer a commission you feel good about.

Ideally, it’d be higher than Amazon’s 8.5%, but that’s up to you.

When you have at least five solid products that sell well and that customers are happy with (the more the better, of course).

You can feel confident that you’ve found something with a recurring customer market that will be willing to read your site and make purchases based on your recommendations.

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Find a Niche You’ll Love Today

The truth of the matter is, finding a cool new niche to start working and making money in doesn’t take much time.

Even if you got super technical, used a spreadsheet to track different data pieces, and explored every possibility that piqued your interest on ShareASale, you could have a new, awesome niche (or two) within an hour.

In fact, finding a niche is the easy part.

It’s the work you’ve got to do after you determine your niche to lay a foundation to successfully grow your profits.

If that’s where you’re at, consider joining NicheHacks’ members-only area, where you get advanced reports on more niches than you could possibly imagine, checklists, cheat sheets, and tools and resources to help you grow your revenue quicker than you’d previously imagined.

 

CLICK HERE TO GET ACCESS TO 150+ NICHE REPORTS

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[Step by Step Guide] How to Find Your Niche's Best Selling Amazon Affiliate Products

There’s two reasons why you’ll be reading this post:

You have picked your niche already and now need to know which (Amazon) affiliate products to sell that will make you money.

Or you’re simply looking for hot selling Amazon affiliate products so you can then turn those products into your niche.

You’re in the right place…

We recently showed you how to find a niche with large profit potential on Amazon

Simply by checking out your own personal Amazon book suggestions and researching how well their overall product rank is when it comes to Amazon sales.

And so if you’re into selling books, you’d probably already have a few items to add to your site’s product list.

But we all know that people don’t just buy books for their hobbies, health needs, or exercise regime.

Which is why in this post you’ll uncover what the other Amazon’s best-selling products in your discovered niche are.

Simply by following along with our step by step guide.

So you can maximize your profit, by selling the things that people are 100% interested in buying, instead of just guessing at it.

Because when you know the best selling Amazon products in your niche you can promote them and be sure they’ll sell. (See more niche research posts here)

The first thing for you to do is go to Amazon.com right now.

So you can follow along step by step with me as you go through this post.

And at the end we’ll both have found the best selling products in our niche.

Which we can start promoting on our sites and making affiliate commissions from.

Sound good?

Well if you’ve opened Amazon.com up already.

Then let’s do it…

 


What You’ll Learn

  • Where to find Amazon’s best seller list and why it matters.
  • How to narrow down the main list to your specific niche so you get the REAL products your audience want.
  • How to double-check if the products listed are a good fit for your site.
  • Where to find complementary products that also sell well so you can maximize your income.

 

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 1244 expensive Amazon products click here or the image below)

 


1. Start With the Best Sellers To Find Your Most Profitable Products

Amazon makes finding the best-selling products site-wide and across all their niches incredibly easy.

The first thing you need to do though, is open the Amazon Best Sellers Page. ( <- You can follow that link.)

 

best selling amazon products

 

You’ll see what’s currently getting the most sales in the main categories of Amazon, but since your niche site probably isn’t as broad as “Toys and Games” or “Electronics,” you’ll need to dig a little deeper.

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2. Choose Your Niche’s Broad Category

On the left-hand side of the screen, choose the broad category your site fits under.

For example, if you had a niche site about photography, you’d click on the “Camera & Photo” category.

 

best selling amazon products

 

You can see that the Fujifilm Instant Mini cameras and film strips are at the top of the list, along with the GoPro HERO4.

If you talk about trends in mainstream photography, these mini cameras and their film would make great products to write about and link back to.

 


3. Get to the Products Your Readers Care About Most

But maybe your readers don’t really care about whatever camera teenagers are using these days and care more about their serious, professional photography business.

No worries. You can narrow down to get those best-selling products too.

 

best selling amazon products

 

In the right-hand menu, you can see that underneath the category you’re currently in niches down even further, and you can choose one that would best fit the buying desires of your target audience.

 

best selling amazon products

 

Once you get there, you can niche down to even more specific product items that all sell really well on Amazon. Why? Because they’re the top sellers.

Here, you start to see the categories for the actual specific products true professional photographers (or serious hobbyists) would be looking for.

Things like darkroom supplies, filters, flash accessories, remote controls, and tripods.

 

best selling amazon products

 

You can even narrow it down to talk about and sell the specific chemicals they need in their darkroom… while featuring only those products you already know have a great success rate of selling on Amazon.

 

best selling amazon products

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4. Double-Check the Product

Let’s say on your niche site for serious photographers that you’re writing a tutorial for first-timers in the dark room, and you want to make sure you link to plenty of products to maximize your earning potential.

It only makes sense then that you’d probably link to the #1 product listed under Camera & Photo > Accessories > Darkroom Supplies > Chemicals.

But when I click on the product to look at the description and read the reviews, I see this:

 

best selling amazon products

 

And this:

 

best selling amazon products

 

It’s primarily listed as a hair dye and people are talking about using it to tint their eyebrows… not their pictures in a dark room.

Even if this chemical can be used in a dark room (I have no idea)

It’s probably best to avoid listing on your site unless you’re positive that 100% of your readers are total photo connoisseurs and already know what you’re talking about.

In which case, such a tutorial probably wouldn’t be necessary for them.

Product number two on Amazon’s Best Seller List for this category though, is right on the money:

 

best selling amazon products

 

Beyond the few off-handed comments on how well this product also works as a cleaner for showers and gravestones (you never know what you’ll find on the internet)

Everything about this product listing yells photography… which is what you want.

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5. Make Sure It Meets Certain “Easy-to-Buy” Criteria

This criteria may not apply if you’re intentionally advocating an expensive product.

But if you’re trying to get your readers to fill up their Amazon shopping carts and buy everything you suggest, try sticking to this criteria for the top-selling products you choose:

  • A price of $50 or less
  • Less than 3 pounds in weight

While these items may be important purchases, a lower price and smaller size make them easier to purchase on a whim and don’t require a lot of thought towards the justification of their purchase.

 


6. Check Out the “Also Bought” Section

Amazon is really, really good at selling.

So every time a customer checks out a product, they have a section directly underneath the product description showing related products that make nice complements to the product currently being considered.

This encourages more shopping and higher checkout values.

For you, though, it can be a great way to suggest product pairings in conjunction with the best-selling products you’re talking about on your site.

 

best selling amazon products

Beyond the chemicals, this also bought section suggests lots of hardware needed for darkroom development… a goldmine if you’re putting together a how-to tutorial on the subject.

 

And even though the products shown might not be “bestsellers” themselves, you know that they are good enough products that lots of people within your niche are still buying them anyway, so they’re worth listing.

You’ve just found a selection of best selling Amazon products in your niche.

 

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 1244 expensive Amazon products click here or the image below)

 


Find More Desirable Products to Sell

If you’ve got a niche site making money from Amazon already, I’m sure you’ve already found some decent products to promote.

(You can check out our members area if you don’t have a niche yet, and check out the 150+ niche reports we have there with 6 new being added every month)

But when go go the route of starting from Amazon’s Best Seller list, do you find anything else that should be on your product promotion list?

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[Step by Step Guide] How to Use ClickBank to Find a Profitable Niche in 10 Minutes or Less

ClickBank was the first affiliate marketing program I ever head of.

It was after my my university graduation in 2010 and I was desperately looking for a way to make money online since the job market for new journalists was horrible.

It was fascinating to me that so many digital products existed, and that people could just write about these products on their websites and earn loads of money from their living rooms.

ClickBank had been going strong a long time before I discovered it, though. And it’s still going strong today… six years later.

We’ve already talked about how you can use Amazon to discover a profitable niche that you’re interested in… but what if you’re after commission shares a bit higher than the pennies Amazon hands out?

If it seems more your style to promote fewer products in a bigger way than a typical Amazon affiliate site, looking though ClickBank’s offerings for an idea of digital products that sell well is a great place to start.

Before we start this article I want YOU to go to Clickbank.com and follow through with me step by step as you read through the article and see what niches you find in the next 5-10 minutes.

(See more niche research posts here)

Ready?

OK let’s go…

 

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 1,781 profitable niches click here or the image below)

1781 niches [new]

 


What You’ll Learn:

  • The two numbers you need to look at to find out if a ClickBank product is worth promoting.
  • How to sort products in sub-niches to get to the information you need faster.
  • What factors to assess to see if a particular sub-niche would make a profitable niche site idea.

 


1. Choose a Broad Category from The Marketplace

From ClickBank.com’s home page, click on “Affiliate Marketplace” in the top center of the page.

 

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Then choose one of the broad categories from the category list on the left-hand side.

 

marketplace

 

When the menu drops down, choose a sub-category you’d like to explore. For this example, I’m going with Self Help > Marriage & Relationships.

 

subcategory

 


2. Sort Your Product Results to See Whether This Niche is Worth Your Time

By default, ClickBank sorts the products listed under your chosen sub-category by popularity.

Keeping your results sorted by popularity may work depending on your niche, but since we’re going to be concerned with the gravity score next, try sorting the product results by gravity (high to low) instead.

 

sort results

 

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3. Look at Commission Rates & Gravity Scores to Get an Idea of Profit Potential

The “Avg $/sale” amount is how much you earn on the product as an affiliate each time someone buys from one of your links.

“Grav.” is the gravity score, and it shows how many affiliates have earned money by promoting that product over the last 12 weeks.

The numbers are represented in decimals because each affiliate is assigned a number, the maximum of which can be 1.0, based on how recently within that eight weeks they made the sale. It also takes refunds into consideration.

So, theoretically, the higher the commission and the gravity score, the better.

This is what we’re working with in the Marriage & Relationships niche:

 

gravity

 

Within the top 10 gravity-based listing, commissions range from $30.52 to $88.43, and the gravity scores from 34.19 to 114.69.

And while a higher gravity score may mean higher competition to sell this product within your niche, it also means that the landing page does a great job at conversion.

What gravity score you want to go for depends on you and your marketing preferences: Affilorama suggests a gravity score between 6 and 25, while Karen Huang suggests going for products that are higher than 100.

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4. Make Sure the Landing Pages Don’t Feel Scammy

Some ClickBank landing pages tend to have, shall we say, a bit of a scummier feel to them than others.

Not all, of course.

But those forced pop-ups that you have to close just to get out of the tab are definitely more commonplace than on marketplaces like ShareASale.

If a niche looks promising, like this relationships sub-niche does, you’ll want to double-check all the products that fit within your commission and gravity score range.

While looking through them, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is this a page I’d be happy to land on if I were someone in my target audience?
  • Do I feel like the page author is trying to pull one over on me?
  • Is the pricing fair for the perceived value?
  • Is this something you think your audience would actually buy?

If the answers are in your favor, wonderful. If not, keep looking. Just because one or two products don’t work for you doesn’t mean others won’t.

For example, the 5th item on the Marriage & Relationships list is a product called “Obsession Phrases.”

It sounded interesting, but when I clicked through, there was nothing but a video that I was forced to watch… no text, nothing telling me what this product was actually about.

And no way to find out if this product would be for me or if I’d just be wasting my time watching the video.

As a web surfer and a marketer, this pisses me off like crazy, so that’s one I’d scratch off of my list of possibilities.

 

video

Fortunately, there are plenty of other items that have a good commission rate and gravity score I could sell if I wanted to start a site in the marriage and relationship niche.

 


5. Make Sure You’ve Got More than One Product to Work With

“One of the biggest mistakes that many people who are new to ClickBank make is that they focus on a particular product or set of products to sell before they focus on a particular niche,” suggests Blogpress.

Of course, the more options of products to promote that would relate to your new niche site, the better, but Affiliorama suggests making sure there are at least five.

Because beyond having more than one product to promote, the fact that multiple profitable products exist within a sub-niche tells you that this is a profitable niche you’ll be able to generate substantial income from whether you work solely with ClickBank products or items from other sites as well.

Let’s say that my requirements were at least $25 in commission per sale and a gravity score of 20 or higher.

At the time of writing this article, I’d have 14 products on ClickBank to choose from, so it’d be a good decision.

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6. Repeat Steps 1-5 to Find Your Best Niche

Even if you uncover a decent niche on your first try, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t better ones out there.

Try to find 3-5 decent niches that meet your criteria to compare the possibilities of profitability within each one before making your decision.

 


7. Do More Niche Research to Discover More About Your Audience

After you find a profitable niche on ClickBank, you’ll know that this is information people are both actively searching for and paying for.

But before you start a site, it’ll also be helpful to do a little more research into the people that make up that niche and their other online and buying habits based on their interest in what you’ll be writing about.

For example, even though you know ClickBank has some good products to sell, you might want to find out more on how profitable it is across the internet.

(Check out Chapter 6 in The Ultimate Guide to Finding a Niche Market for detailed instructions on working out whether or not your chosen niche is profitable.)

 

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 1,781 profitable niches click here or the image below)

1781 niches [new]

 


Getting Started & Factors to Consider

ClickBank is an easy platform to find digital products to sell on because of the fact that everything is digital.

(See this start here page if you’re just starting out)

The seller doesn’t have to worry about running out of supply, and they can deliver to as many people as you sell to. (So, in theory, there’s a limitless commission amount you can earn.)

And even if you decide to make ClickBank products the main money-maker on your site, it’s always nice to have ways of rounding out your affiliate earnings with product listings from other sites.

What was some of the research you did to decide whether or not your nice was profitable enough to pursue after you discovered that it had been profitable for other people?

Did you try this process and what niches did you find?

Let us know in the comments….

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