19 Sep

New Ranking Data to Help Your Site Rank

As always, I wanted to show you what we have been working on and what it means to you ranking websites.

So hope you enjoy data… lots of scatter plots below. To all the true data/stats experts I definitely accept that I am not a statistician and these result may not pass the statistically significant test but some of the results have very clear/actionable learnings if you want to rank your site higher!

After reviewing Content Analyzers and Keyword Difficulty tools in two previous posts I wanted to open the door to other variables that could have a positive or negative effect on ranking for a given keyword.

We have collected a bunch of data again on the posts we analyzed before based on suggestions from you… so thanks!

The topics I will cover is information that is provided from various sites that I thought would be interesting to see how they may have influenced the ranking process. Included will be:

  • Other Content Score – CognitiveSEO Content Score vs MarketMuse
  • Competitors Domain Authority
  • Own Domain Authority
  • Trust Flow
  • Headline Scoring Tools

All of these variables come into play after you have researched and selected a Keyword. So let’s see how much they say they really have.

Content Analyzer Score

A couple months ago I shared the data on Marketmuse (you can find that here) and how predictable it is on getting your content to rank by taking into consideration your competitors, the length of the article, and the words used in the article.  

Over the last little while, we wanted to test other tools to help us with ranking for our keywords so we have taken a look at a few other Content Analyzers, one being CognitiveSEO.

We have talked about Cognitive SEO a few weeks ago in terms of keyword difficulty and it was one of the tools that showed great predictability. If you missed that post, you can check it out here.

The result from this process was that CognitiveSEO in terms of the absolute score performed better than MarketMuse over the same data set (47% vs 38%). However, based on how much the correlation has moved based on the size of the data set I am hesitant to say option 1 is better than option 2.

BUT… the big takeaway is that with both tools there is a strong benefit to using a tool that helps you ensure you are covering the topics that their “content brains” (my name for them) suggest you use.

For a more robust tool set that allows you to more easily improve your article use MarketMuse but if you are just after a score then CognitiveSEO is a great option. The price of CognitiveSEO is also much easier to stomach for a portfolio builder vs agency.

Domain Authority – Competitors

This variable can be accessed from almost all keyword difficulty sites. For this analysis we used SECockpit and took the domain authority for the top 10 sites ranking for the keyword and the max domain authority.

Top 10 Competitors Average Domain Authority

The statistical correlation of a low average domain authority as a supplemental predictor to rank was a solid 24%. This is another big opportunity to add to your competitive advantages when it comes to ranking. Overall maintaining an average competitor domain authority under 60 out 100 seems to be the target.

Max Competitor Domain Authority

For the max competitor domain authority score most keywords have a max DA within 85 to 100 range. It seems consistent that at least one of the ranking sites has a high score and the statistical relationship represented was a weak 9%. This variable does not hold much weight  in my books as it is very inconsistent.

Website/Domain Characteristics

For these variables we took the domain’s authority and trust flow. This analysis disregards anything to do with the keyword or the article content therefore its results can be read into as much or as little as you want in terms of how it predicts ranking.

Opensite Explorer Domain Authority

Opensite Explorer by Moz provides a commonly used domain authority which is a rating on a scale of 1 out of 100 to show how authoritative your site is, and we used it to see how the authority for a website that an article is published on helps.

With a little under 10% correlation the result is not strong enough to conclude anything significant.

Majestic Trust Flow

Majestic trust flow provides a rating of legitimacy based on the quality of backlinks and we used this score to see if a higher trust flow would provide some boost in ranking ability.

With a weak statistical relevance of 15% the trust flow seems to hold some weight in the ranking process. This means that backlinks will help specific articles but they also seem to help the bottom line for all article in a tiny percentage.

Article Title Score

I recently came across the free CoSchedule headline analyzer tool early in the spring and was quite excited by its potential. However as I used it more often and conducted some research around it I became less enthused.

The tool is designed around click-through-rate and should still have an effect on ranking but with only a 10% correlation significance as a predictor of ranking this tool underwhelms currently based on its potential. I have found that using this tool has not helped my team in any way on creating more catchy titles so we have since stopped using it.

Summary

Over the last few weeks I have rolled out a lot of informative articles about the analytical space around ranking. I have learned a lot and hope you have enjoyed the same with me. While there will never be an exact answer or solution to getting to the top of Google, I hope that you can see here that it takes a lot of effort and commitment to various factors but with the right approach and strategy you can try and get a step ahead of the field and be successful.

 

I am always interested in new tools or ones I have missed that may be useful to any part of the ranking process so feel free to share your tool that you feel gives you that competitive advantage and we can introduce it to our research team for further analysis in the future!

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12 Sep

August Income Report

August was the type of month I like most where I felt like we were pushing hard on lots of fronts and risking more then we have been recently and the result was some big wins and some big failures!

As an old ski racing coach liked to say…

If you are not falling occasionally you aren’t trying to go fast enough!

Another month and another little canoe trip! 3 done this year and only 1 left.

Below is my income and business report for Aug…

Hopefully, this post will shed some light on how I build/operate my online business and gives you some useful insights. There are plenty of areas for improvement in my business and I try to highlight these as well!

 

The Business “Divisions” For My Online Business:

  1. Money Site Portfolio
  2. AuthorityWebsiteIncome Blog
  3. Services – Web Development, Content Marketing & Link Building:
  4. Amazon FBA Business
    • Brands 1-6 – All have specific targets for 2017
    • ListingEagle – Amazon FBA Hijacking and Suppression Monitoring
  5. Put Outside Capital to Work Efficiently in the Online Asset Space

 

Key Successes

  1. LiveCallNinjas.com & LiveChatNinjas.comWith a ne manager for LiveCallNinjas.com (managed phone support for Shopify stores) and LiveChatNinjas.com (managed chat support for Shopify stores) they had a good month in terms of showing a very positive ROI for customers who are using them. One customer generated an additional $11k in revenue (tracked with a coupon code exclusively used by our agents) while only costing $2k (150% ROI)!
  2. Link and PBN Sales to Agencies – Our systems focus combined with our North American project manager in the same time-zone is a great fit for a lot of SEO agencies and has resulted in several large PBN/Link sales going through.
  3. Performance of Content for ContentRefined – We have seen some great results for the content we have produced for ContentRefined customers. Our continued focus on the science of content marketing and really digging into creating articles that will predictably perform well in Google is continuing to pay off. If you are looking at a solution to get consistent content that ranks well in Google checkout ContentRefined!

Key Failures

  1. Hiring – Two people decided that our unique structure was not for them after we offered them a job! This was a blow to both our plans and our ego as we were fairly sure that they would be a good fit and were shocked the combination of the perks, massive growth opportunity plus reasonable pay was a winning combination. But, what we found was that although there is tons of work/life flexibility the job is always on and that isn’t the right fit for a lot of people!
  2. Lost a Deal – There was a very attractive deal we didn’t notice initially and then when we did notice it there was a bidding war we lost on. It was a really attractive business/deal and would have been a great fit into our portfolio!
  3. Wasted Due Diligence Effort – There was a deal that was looking promising but as we dug into the due diligence we saw MANY issues… we had to walk away from it after spending considerable effort on reviewing it. Many of the numbers weren’t lining up and the profit margin advertised was 50% of what it actually was!

 

2017 Business Goals

Below is my businesses main goals for 2017…

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

3 Goals in 2016 for my Website Portfolio Business

  1. Everyone Win at the Mortgage Crushing Competition

Aug Update – The traffic decline I had been experiencing is flat lining.

  • Traffic = 7,662
  • Earnings = $85.34

2. Buy 1 Site Per Month

Aug Update – Slow month in terms of decent quality sites coming my way for sale. Happy with the purchases done this year but always like to add a site whenever I can!

  • GOAL = 1 New Website Purchased
  • ACTUAL = 0 New Website Purchased

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

I have found the right sellers are those…

  • Desire a simple/efficient/non-invasive sales process (no option is easier to sell to)
  • Looking to sell FAST (under 24hrs has been accomplished!) (shorter time for due diligence on my end increases risk for me)
  • Not wanting to spend a lot of time on the sales process (analytics and income proof is all I need)
  • SEO done to the site can be questionable and that increased risk will be reflected in the sales price
  • Understand that the benefits of the bullet points above means the sales multiple will be lower than if you went a more traditional route

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

3. Scalable New Site Creation Strategy adds $5k to Portfolio

Aug Update – Great movement on the traffic but still lots of work left to be done on improving the sites in this projects earnings!

Still starting from 0 and now having a group of sites with 64k monthly unique visitors in 2017 is a pretty solid success!

  • Traffic – 64,081
  • Earnings – $193.55

PRIMARY GOAL – OVERALL INCOME FOR WEBSITE PORTFOLIO GROW TO $15k/MONTH CONSISTENTLY

Aug Update – Solid month and we are gearing up for what I plan to be a very solid Q4 for the portfolio!

Part 2 – Authority Website Income Blog Profit/Loss

3 Goals in 2015 for AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com

  1. Post Once Per Week

Aug Update – Only 3 posts this month but very happy with the depth of some of these posts. Definitely trying to push the level of quality to new levels here on the site without slipping on the publishing schedule!

2. Systematic Promotion of my Content and Building of my List

Aug Update – No Progress

3. Increased Intelligence with Email Automation

Aug Update – No Progress

PRIMARY GOAL – GROW TO 30k VISITORS PER MONTH

Aug Update – 11,749

Part 3 – Services Business Profit/Loss

  1. Systems First Focus

Aug Update – I continue to be very happy with my team and how they have embraced the systems and procedure first focus!

  1. LightningRank.com – Quality and Efficiency Improvements

Aug Update – Based on many efficiency improvements we were able to secure some deals with some larger SEO agencies this month which was exciting!

Visit LightningRank.com for Link Building Services!

  1. ContentRefined.com – 20k MRR by June & 40k MRR by End of Year

Aug Update – A dip in MRR is always scary but the business is still very solid and the dip is due to a few larger clients had to pause their orders. We are very optimistic about what we are seeing when it comes how the articles are performing in Google and thrilled with the feedback from many customers who are seeing their sites traffic growth!

  • Planned MRR = $26,667
  • Actual MRR = $22,810

Visit ContentRefined.com for Content Marketing Services

  1. BrandBuilders.io Structurally Well Setup & New Offering Launched

Aug Update – Achieved – The TurnKey affiliate sites continue to sell very fast! Some exciting potential news on this business coming soon!

PRIMARY GOAL – SYSTEMATIC GROWTH!

Part 4 – Amazon FBA Business

  • Brand #1 – HG – Running Lean and Spinning off Cash
    • Aug Update – Doing okay
  • Brand #2 – CF – Quarterly Dividends Ahead of Baseline
    • Aug Update – Picking up speed! $5k/week in sales right now and accelerating. The China factory crack down is going to hurt us I think.
  • Brand #3 – NT – Path To Strong Market Position and Successful Pillar Product
    • Aug Update – Failed Project
  • Brand #4 – CK – Systematic Growth to $20k/month Profit
    • Aug Update – Failed – Such a promising business and amazing results initially but things have turned on us!
  • Brand #5 – PC – Successful launch and $5k/month Business
    • Aug Update – Slow but growing
  • Brand #6 – SE – 4X Value Expansion with Dream Team!
    • Aug Update – Failed –
  • ListingEagle.com  – Hijack and Listing Suppression Monitoring Service
    • Aug Update – Steady business

Part 5 – Put Outside Capital to Work Efficiently

Aug Update – The businesses in the project are performing very well but the 2 deals we had on the table didn’t pan out as one slipped through our hands and the other we walked away from. Several hot ones right now on the table we will be looking at.

Overall Income Update

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

  • Target Net Income = $11,625
  • Actual Net Income = $63,138
  • 2017 Average Net Income = $49,170

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

Final Comments

A record month is always a good month!

With many big wins and losses in one month I am happy with the effort the entire team is putting into growing the business.

As of today, we have a new hire started and are excited for what we will be able to do with her added capacity. In addition, several new sales/marketing channels are planning on being opened up for the different businesses with some expected to fail but optimistic some will bear fruit!

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22 Aug

July Income Report

Any month we are able to hit our targets is a good month.

July was a month where it felt like a couple businesses plateaued and a couple were able to break free from previous plateaus to new heights.

Summer is in full swing and I was able to get away a couple times for 2 canoe trips in July. On a conference call while in the middle of the woods was a fun time.

It was also the first time I was able to take my 4yr old son on a Canoe Trip and he had a blast!

I am in a constant battle for balancing speed and control… for some projects I like to step on the gas while others need a little more infrastructure built up to handle the growth.

Thought on Team Building:

A VERY large amount of my time in July and Aug has been on thinking about building my team and when to hire locally or remotely.

One critical thing I have decided is…

Hire in house for culture fit / ambition / work ethic / raw intelligence AND pay for skill sets on the open marketplace. What I mean is I would rather have a hard working ambitious, intelligent great cultural fit who never heard of SEO then a poor fit that has all the skills. All the “skills” in this space can be purchased on UpWork.

Below is my income and business report for July…

Hopefully this post will shed some light on how I build/operate my online business and gives you some useful insights. There are plenty of areas for improvement in my business and I try to highlight these as well!

Hope your summer is going well and your business is growing J

The Business “Divisions” For My Online Business:

  1. Money Site Portfolio
  2. AuthorityWebsiteIncome Blog
  3. Services – Web Development, Content Marketing & Link Building:
  4. Amazon FBA Business
    • Brands 1-6 – All have specific targets for 2017
    • ListingEagle – Amazon FBA Hijacking and Suppression Monitoring
  5. Put Outside Capital to Work Efficiently in the Online Asset Space

 

Key Successes

  1. Portfolio Earnings – There were a handful
  2. BrandBuilders – Continued product/market fit is evident and we are having a lot of fun helping the team Andrew has growt the business while continuing to improve
  3. Content Plan – It has been TOO long but I finally have a solid content plan/schedule for AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com.

Key Failures

  1. High Potential Low Probability – There were a couple projects/deals I put some effort into that had great potential but ultimately nothing came of them.
  2. Facebook Ads – Similar to last month I had another failure trying to get some paid traffic working to one of my services. My thinking has shifted that I now just need to hire an agency or specialist to handle this for me. If you know anyone that is a killer with paid traffic please have them email me.

 

2017 Business Goals

Below is my businesses main goals for 2017…

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

 

3 Goals in 2016 for my Website Portfolio Business

  1. Everyone Win at the Mortgage Crushing Competition

July Update – It is tough to understand the performance of this site right now with the number of 301 building blocks I have applied to it plus some spikey articles.

  • Traffic = 15,071
  • Earnings = $97.53

  1. Buy 1 Site Per Month

July Update – One little AdSense site purchased and one small productized service business purchased. I will be talking more about the one soon enough (some people may have already received an email about that story).

  • GOAL = 1 New Website Purchased
  • ACTUAL = 2 New Website Purchased

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

I have found the right sellers are those…

  • Desire a simple/efficient/non-invasive sales process (no option is easier to sell to)
  • Looking to sell FAST (under 24hrs has been accomplished!) (shorter time for due diligence on my end increases risk for me)
  • Not wanting to spend a lot of time on the sales process (analytics and income proof is all I need)
  • SEO done to the site can be questionable and that increased risk will be reflected in the sales price
  • Understand that the benefits of the bullet points above means the sales multiple will be lower than if you went a more traditional route

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

 

  1. Scalable New Site Creation Strategy adds $5k to Portfolio

July Update – Although it doesn’t really show it there has been some good progress on increasing the earnings per visitor on several properties associated with this scalable new site creation effort for the year. Traffic continues to move in the right direction and I need to still substantially improve the earnings for several more properties.

  • Traffic – 53,202
  • Earnings – $276.52

PRIMARY GOAL – OVERALL INCOME FOR WEBSITE PORTFOLIO GROW TO $15k/MONTH CONSISTENTLY

July Update – The portfolio performance doesn’t look way better then other months but for the first time in about 6 months we had a month I was satisfied with in terms of our efforts showing clear results. Looking forward to continuing to improve the performance here!

 

Part 2 – Authority Website Income Blog Profit/Loss

3 Goals in 2015 for AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com

  1. Post Once Per Week

July Update – A “perfect” month… no missed posts and me and my team put a lot of effort into trying to provide as valuable posts as possible!

  • Plan = 5
  • Actual = 5

  1. Systematic Promotion of my Content and Building of my List

July Update – No Progress

  1. Increased Intelligence with Email Automation

July Update – No Progress

PRIMARY GOAL – GROW TO 30k VISITORS PER MONTH

May Update – 12,456 which is lower than I would like to see! Need to continue to push

Part 3 – Services Business Profit/Loss

  1. Systems First Focus

July Update – Seeing the team come up with procedures without me prompting them and it being fundamental in everything we do is starting to pay off. We are seeing a new problem where the rate of procedure creation and the organization of those SOPs is not where we need it to be.

 

  1. com – Quality and Efficiency Improvements

July Update – This is moving into becoming a new offering that will open up natural link building to even more people! We are continuing to see great results for clients on both the Done For You PBN and UseMyPBN service.

Visit LightningRank.com for Link Building Services!

 

  1. com – 20k MRR by June & 40k MRR by End of Year

June Update – A weird billing nuance where anyone who signed up on the 31st got billed on the first showing up in July vs June has this number a few thousand less. CHURN is the enemy of any growing recurring subscription business! For us we were experiencing some awesome growth numbers but with a big push last month and then some normal/happy customer churn we have seen this growth slow.

  • Planned MRR = $23,313
  • Actual MRR = $27,919

Visit ContentRefined.com for Content Marketing Services!

  1. BrandBuilders.io Structurally Well Setup & New Offering Launched

June Update – Achieved – The TurnKey affiliate sites ready in 24hrs are selling out in a handful of hours every time we launch!

 

PRIMARY GOAL – SYSTEMATIC GROWTH!

Part 4 – Amazon FBA Business

  • Brand #1 – HG – Running Lean and Spinning off Cash
    • July Update – Distribution received – always a good month when we can do that!
  • Brand #2 – CF – Quarterly Dividends Ahead of Baseline
    • July Update – Continuing to perform well and need to setup for SOLID Q4!
  • Brand #3 – NT – Path To Strong Market Position and Successful Pillar Product
    • July Update – Waiting to sell out of stock and then kill entity (first failed FBA project)
  • Brand #4 – CK – Systematic Growth to $20k/month Profit
    • July Update – Performing okay… not where we want it!
  • Brand #5 – PC – Successful launch and $5k/month Business
    • July Update – Despite pushing heavy on this business and great reviews it seems to be SLOW to move!
  • Brand #6 – SE – 4X Value Expansion with Dream Team!
    • July Update – One more hail-marry attempt here coming up!
  • com – Hijack and Listing Suppression Monitoring Service
    • July Update – Steady/boring SAAS business

 

Part 5 – Put Outside Capital to Work Efficiently

July Update – We are working on another larger deal at a discount. The Due Diligence for this one has a little more “hair” on it then we would like!

Overall Income Update

DELETE FROM BELOW…

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

  • Target Net Income = $11,275
  • Actual Net Income = $37,827.23
  • 2017 Average Net Income = $45,962

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

Final Comments

June was a tougher month! I need to evaluate if my focus is correctly allocated or not especially when it comes to providing useful posts at AuthorityWebsiteIncome.

This I believe has been my biggest issue with my business over the last couple months and I will be addressing it!

Please let me know in the comments below what posts have been the most useful for you!

 

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15 Aug

Definitive – Best Keyword Research Tool to Determine Keyword Competitiveness

My last post reviewed how effective MarketMuse was at predicting a piece of contents success in Google.

This post digs deeper into MANY keyword research tools to try and show what tools can help provide us an edge!

So… What is The Best Keyword Research Tool? What tool provides a keyword competition score that gives us the best ability to predict how well an article will do in Google?

 

Analysis Summary – What Tools Competition Score Correlated With a Higher Google Rank

The list below shows the tools ranked from the tools whose competition score was most positively correlated with a higher Google Ranking.

Comment 1 – The results surprised me with both Ahrefs and SEMRush underperforming my expectations and LongTail pro overperforming my expectations. I expected SECockpit to do terrible as the competition score it provides I never find to be a reliable analysis.

Comment 2 – The accuracy of this analysis essentially means those top 3 were tied. The margin of error would be larger then the difference between the results.

Based on this analysis I recommend using one of the top 3 tools when identifying keywords to create content for (it is now what we do at ContentRefined.com)! 

This post is going to help with exactly that, giving you the ability to choose the right tool available to give you a competitive advantage in targeting keywords that you can then turn into successfully ranking articles.

There are so many different websites and companies that have or are starting to develop keyword difficulty or SEO difficulty tools. But once you input a phrase and determine the existing competition and window of opportunity what weight should the number or percentage that they provide actually hold.

Previously in “Rank in Google with Certainty” I only analyzed Ferzy, SEMRush, and SECockpit on a very basic level. For this article I expanded that research to include ahrefs, Long Tail Pro, and cognitiveSEO while also including search volume influence (based on feedback from you in my last article).

I have also analyzed competition domain authority, trust flow, headline click-through-rate, and more but look for that to be shared in another post!

 

Now for the Fun Stuff (if you are a data geek!)

Using some articles from my various money site portfolio and all of Content Refined’ created content I have been able to compile enough data points to provide some statistical insight into predicting the performance of ranking an article around a certain keyword.

I have broken the 6 different tools into two tiers as the results within the tiers are statistically indifferent.

So here are the results…

Worst Performing Group (Worst Ability to Predict)

  • SECockpit

SECockpit keyword difficulty tool uses a percentage system. Scoring below 30% and as close to 10% while maintaining a reasonable search volume is a typical metric we use. However, with only a moderate correlation of 17% SECockpit has the least predictive tendency of the tested tools.

 

  • Ahrefs

Ahrefs provides an absolute number score out of 100 to determine the difficulty you would encounter to rank for a searched keyword.  While it only held a statistical correlation relevance of 23%, I do like that it provides a suggested required number of backlinks to go with the score.

NOTE – I was surprised by this result, the guys at AuthorityHacker who do great work had found AHrefs tool to be the best when it came to Keyword Difficulty but we found it to not perform very well.

 

  • SEMRush

With SEMRush you get a percentage score out of 100 with being below 70-75% as a target. Still only holding a moderate 25% correlation, SEMRush is the best of the tools found in our 2nd tier.

 

Best Performing Group (Best Ability To Predict How an Article Will Rank)

  • Ferzy

Ferzy is a newer tool on the market and will provide an absolute score out of 100 with varying levels of ratings categories. At 35% statistical correlation it offers to be one of the strongest predictors of keyword difficulty and ability to rank of the tools tested.

 

  • cognitiveSEO

cognitiveSEO is new to me and recently came out with a new keyword difficulty and content analyzing tool. Both seem to work great and at a 37% correlation it compares and competes well with some the more well known tools. The content analyzing tool offers a competitor to MarketMuse at a more reasonable price, but the effectiveness difference is still to be determined…(more to come on this in the future).

 

  • Long Tail Pro

Behold the Long Tail Pro, the final tool analyzed. Coming in with a statistical correlation of just under 40% it is the most predictive tool but not by much. I was surprised by this as LongTailPro has been around for a long time and I would have thought one of the newer tools would have come out with a better predictor.

 

Question – What if we adjust for search volume?

Monthly SearchesahrefscognitiveSEOFerzyLong Tail ProSECockpitSEMRush
ALL23.07%37.49%35.71%39.37%17.31%24.17%
< 1,0008.5%27.52%28.07%24.30%0.57%19.48%
> 1,00024.59%30.22%30.65%39.28%10.43%19.57%
> 2,50031.48%31.68%35.58%44.29%1.27%29.62%

 

When the varying search volumes for a keyword were separated the results varied little. The three successful tools reviewed before held their ground in being the most successful predictors.

 

Summary

In conclusion, the results shown offer that there is a significant competitive advantage available if you are using the right tool. Ensuring that you follow a strategy of 500-1000+ monthly searches and a low recommended score from the varying scoring systems from tier 1 tools you can start your content creation process with a stronger chance of ranking well in the end!

But remember, when looking to rank there are so many factors involved that only one step of the process can only provide so much insight and competitive advantage. When we look at 40% being the maximum predictor for keyword difficulty, we have to realize that the weight the keyword difficulty score carries in the overall process of creating ranking content.

While it is necessary to find good keywords, the rest of the process must be completed at the same level of effort and quality to maintain the opportunity to rank. So combining a keyword difficulty tool with a content analyzer tool, backlink analyzer tool, and so on is essential to maximize opportunities.

Look forward to an upcoming post where I will wrap up this round of statistical analysis by exploring additional tools and factors that help you rank like domain authority, trust flow, and headline score. Finding out that there may be an auxiliary tool for helping rank could be a difference maker.

Hope you are enjoying these more statistically driven posts!

If you have any questions or ways we could expand on this analysis please let me know!

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15 Aug

Make Handsome Profits with These 5 Craft Supplies Affiliate Programs

Who loves crafting here? Since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by all things created uniquely and artistically—anything that spells “arts.” I’m drawn to their beauty and to the story of how that beauty was created in the first place. And one of the things I loved to do before (and would love to do again when time allows) was crafting.

I don’t know about you, but during my childhood days, especially on special occasions, I used to make custom gift cards, one-of-a-kind storage boxes, and all sorts of handmade souvenirs as gifts to my family and friends. I even earned money selling customized gift cards on holidays like Christmas and New Year’s!

This is just one of the perks that you get when you put your creativity and skills to good use. And as they always say, you can earn money doing what you love.

But what if you apply this to affiliate marketing? The good news is you do not have to acquire the same creativity and skills to earn money in the craft niche. What you need is information that can help you tap the right market and properly promote your site and products.

Let’s begin to analyze the niche more, shall we?

Niche Definition

What is crafting?

Google says, "The activity or hobby of making decorative articles by hand. 'Crafting has emerged as a fashionable form of self-expression.' " To keep everything simple, let us stick to Google’s description of crafting.

If you plan to put up a crafting affiliate website, it is better to check for example websites first, such as Frugal and Thriving and Craft Gossip, to learn what a crafting niche affiliate site looks like.

Frugal and Thriving is a more generalized site focused on budget-friendly topics. The website has a sub-page on crafting, which supports the main topic. If you have a website in a niche similar to this one, you may add crafting as a sub-topic.

But if you prefer to start with a sub-niche website, then you can look at Craft Gossip for ideas. It's focused on crafting topics only.

There is not much of a difference between a general niche website and a more targeted sub-niche website. In terms of income, both these sites have the potential to earn. Perhaps the only difference lies in the amount of effort and time you spend in building and promoting the site. A general, wide-topic website like Frugal and Thriving may take more time to build because of the number of different topics included. With a sub-niche site like Craft Gossip, the topics are more targeted and focused on one subject only.

Popularity

Is there an online demand for this market?

It is not enough to know the niche you are promoting. No matter how knowledgeable or skillful you are in that niche, you still need to consider demand. Remember to always mind your target market. Without a market and sufficient demand, you won’t succeed with the niche you’ve chosen.

For the craft supplies niche, let us see how the word “craft supplies” goes in terms of Internet popularity:

Google Trends

This is one of my favorite tools when it comes to checking the niche’s popularity on the Internet, simply because Google is the number-one traffic source online. For the keyword “craft supplies,” we can see interest has been highly consistent this year.

The top countries from which “craft supplies” is searched for are (in descending order) Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. All these countries have high percentages of online buyers as well, which means that marketing wouldn’t be a problem for this niche.

BuzzSumo

Other than knowing the popularity of a niche in search engines, it is also a good idea to check whether the niche is a hot topic on social media platforms. An easy way to check this data is to head over to BuzzSumo to see the current topic trends for the niche. For “craft supplies,” we get the following data:

Surprisingly, “crafting supplies” does not return favorable results in social media shares BUT this does not mean the niche is not recommendable. Remember, you can always do extra research when the results are not favorable. Let's do another search using a different keyword, “crafting”:

Compared to the first search on BuzzSumo, the word “crafting” returned better social media shares. Additionally, we can see that Pinterest shares stand out from the rest of the social media channels, which tells us that Pinterest is the best place to market the crafting niche.

SimilarWeb

Another great tool for determining niche popularity. Compared to Google Trends and BuzzSumo, however, SimilarWeb is quite different.

This tool provides an analysis of the website you’ve entered. It supplies you with important info such as traffic data, marketing channels used, social media traffic, referrals and much more. You can use this tool to spy on similar websites and see how well the niche is performing.

As an example, I have entered Craft Gossip's URL in the search bar. Here is what I got:

The traffic data for the website is not bad at all. The monthly traffic is very high (348k per month), with equally high unique visits a month (169k per month). There is still a LOT more data that you can check in SimilarWeb, but the traffic overview for this competitor website is enough for us to tell that there is a market for the crafting niche. 

Keyword Research

How to search for crafting keyword ideas using AffiloTools

Doing keyword research can be a challenging task for beginners, but if you have a sleek tool like AffiloTools, then there’s no need to worry. Here is a good guide to doing your keyword research with AffiloTools.

All registered members in Affilorama can use the free version of AffiloTools. If you wish to upgrade to a paid account, you can refer to our price table here for the details.

Now back to the tool. There are many ways to do your keyword research in AffiloTools:

1. Do keyword research by simply entering the seed keywords in the search box.

Head to the keyword section and simply enter your seed keyword(s) to get more keyword ideas, as shown below:

You will be provided with results under both “Keyword match” and “Related keywords.” The results in the “Keyword match” section are keywords that have an exact match with the one you’ve entered. For example, if our seed keyword is “craft supplies,” the keyword match results are as follows:

Notice that you have the phrase “craft supplies” in all keywords. These are all the keywords that include the seed keyword.

As for the “related keywords” section, the results provided here are keywords that are similar to the seed keyword entered. So you should also expect, most of the time, that there will be more keyword suggestions here than in the keyword match section. For our seed keyword “craft supplies,” AffiloTools returned the following related keywords:

Also, when using AffiloTools, take note of the colors under the Competition column. Green means light competition, orange means moderate, and red means high. These colors help you easily spot keywords worth targeting.

2. Use the Scan URL button to find keywords.

I am referring to the feature below:

You can find this section under AffiloTools' keyword research section, just beside the keyword search box (easy!).

Enter the link of a similar website to find all the keywords that website is using. This is a cool feature that you can use to “scoop” your competitors' keywords.

3. Use the “Import File” section.

The Import File section is located just below the Scan URL button (as shown below). This is another feature you can utilize when you already have a list of keywords and you only want to know their competition levels.

Craft Affiliate Programs

Crafty ways to improve your income

This is yet another niche that does not have any affiliate programs on ClickBank. There are a handful of craft affiliate programs on the ClickBank Marketplace, but they belong to specific crafts, not the craft supplies niche.

So, as always, I went looking for craft supplies affiliate programs online. Now, these five options I think best represent the diversity of affiliate programs for this niche. But they are not the only ones, and they are not necessarily the only good options. There are plenty more out there, but the ones I've chosen are great ways to get your feet wet.

Create For Less

1. CreateForLess

CreateForLess has all the crafting supplies you need for your scrapbooking, sewing, quilting, and beading projects. It has a section for kid's crafts, too. Prices range from a few dollars to about $20 or so.

How much can I make?
Payment is as high as 10% on every sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here as a ShareASale affiliate.

CreativeBug

2. Creativebug

Creativebug deviates from the norm for programs in this niche. It's not a craft supplies website. What the site does is create tutorials for various craft projects. For $4.95 each month, you have access to well-made tutorials on projects for a variety of crafts, from sewing, quilting and yarn work to paper crafting and jewelry making.

This is a great option to recommend to your followers who are just starting out. You can get tutorials and how-tos on YouTube, but the quality will not be as good as those in Creativebug's collection. The site also has specific projects that take you from beginner to advanced.

How much can I make?
75% commission for paid subscriptions. 30% on gift subscriptions.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here as a ShareASale affiliate.

SewAndSo

3. SewandSo

SewandSo is everything CreateForLess is, but for UK crafters. The site primarily targets people who are interested in knitting and sewing.

How much can I make?
You can earn as high as 7% on every sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here as a LinkShare affiliate.

Annie's Craft Store

4. Annie's Craft Store

The website name says it all: Annie's Craft Store. Needlework, beading, painting, paper crafting and all kinds of other crafts. Annie's has the supplies for it all. The site also offers online classes.

How much can I make?
You can earn 20% commission on all sales and 30% if they sign up for classes.

How do I apply?
You can sign up through the CJ Affiliate website to promote this product.

MisterArt

5. MisterArt.com

If Ms. Annie doesn't have what you need for your projects, then maybe MisterArt has it! MisterArt.com claims to be "the largest online discount retailer for arts and crafts supplies worldwide." I have not seen any site with as comprehensive a collection of arts and crafts supplies, so maybe it really is what it claims to be.

How much can I make?
You can earn a 10% commission per sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up through the CJ Affiliate website to promote this product.

Amazon offers craft and art supplies, too. The commission isn't all that great compared to the other craft supply stores that we've covered, but Amazon is such a big enterprise, and carries such a wide array of merchandise, that there's always that possibility of earning a higher commission. Be sure to look into the Amazon affiliate program along with the other options.

Marketing

Ways to promote your craft supplies website

You may not have your site up yet, but that's no excuse not to look into link-building and inbound marketing methods. Coming up with a good link-building plan now will prepare you for what you need to do once the site is up, rather than letting it sit idle while you decide which link-building tactic to try first.

Social media marketing

This comes as no surprise. Frequent readers of the Niche of the Week posts might accuse me of monotony, but I challenge you to find a better link-building method: one that builds links and allows to you to engage your target market, not to mention the side benefit of getting traffic outside of Google.

Social media marketing allows for all that, and works for most niches too. Is it any wonder why it's on nearly every Niche of the Week post?

In the case of the crafts niche, social media marketing is important because that's where all the sharing happens—especially on Pinterest. Share your projects there, recommend products and exchange ideas with fellow crafters. Share links to your site and share links to other sites. Always keep in mind that in this method, it's not all about you. It's about sharing engaging content with your followers, building your site's online presence and all that jazz.

Reverse engineering

There are plenty of established websites in this niche. Make them your friends: refer to them and link to them, and plug their domain names into SEO applications and check the sites they build their links on. Then build links on the same sites. Where links are concerned, the friend of your friend is your friend.

Past that sad attempt for humor is the undeniable reason for doing this: reverse engineering can help even out the competition. It doesn't get rid of it altogether, but building links on the same sites as your competitors takes away some of their edge.

Consider it widening your site's reach, too.

Amazon Kindle traffic

The craft niche is one especially suited to promotions through Amazon Kindle. There's plenty of interest in the niche, and there's a lot of information being shared within it. Creating a small e-book on paper crafts, or a guide on how beginners can knit a patterned sweater, won't be difficult. There's also a ready audience.

Have a page at the end with links to your recommended products and relevant pages to your site, then share it on Amazon Kindle. You can charge a fee for each download to make some easy cash (just keep the price low), or keep it free to get more downloads.

Craft Supplies Affiliate Programs

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How quickly we come to this question, but then, it is the driving question in each and every Niche of the Week article: Will this niche make me money?

I'm sure a lot of you would prefer a straightforward yes or no, but that is not the case. Most of the time, the answer involves a big "but." "Yes, you can, but…" "No, you can't, but…"

Strategy plays a big role in succeeding in your chosen niche. Don't go into anything blindly. Do your homework. Research. Take the time to look at the numbers and what's trending. While I am a big fan of going after niches that you're interested in or passionate about, you have to consider what the market wants, too.

As for the craft supplies affiliate niche, yes, you'll make money in this niche. It won't be a lot, considering the commission rates and how little these craft supplies go for. It'll take time, too, if you're just starting out. It helps to be genuinely interested in the niche.

If you already have a site about crafts, then it's time to make money off that website. Join any of the above affiliate programs and start promoting them.

There'll be competition, but you don't have to look at other craft sites as the enemy. These are new sites to visit and connect with, new people to exchange ideas with. It's a way to cross-promote and network with other potential authorities. And all the while, you're making a bit of dough on the side.

And with that ends this week's Niche of the Week. I hope you enjoyed it and found it informative! Pass the word on using the Share buttons below! Do you know of a craft supplies affiliate program that should have been featured here? Would you try your hand at making crafts and making money from them? Is there a niche you'd like us to investigate? Share your thoughts and leave a comment!

 

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08 Aug

Rank in Google With Certainty? – Maket Muse Review Updated Data Analysis

The “holy grail” we are chasing with our data analysis is being able to predictably rank an article in Google with certainty!

Our vision is being able to say… given a number of metrics for the keyword and article we can produce an article that ranks well in Google!

 

BEWARE!! – THIS POST HAS A LOT OF DATA!

If you don’t like data/statistics and geeking out on analysis I would recommend you skip this article!

 

I have previously talked about MarketMuse and it’s ability to suggest what keywords to focus on and which to use to add depth, all with the idea to create a better article that ranks predictably well in Google!

I have been using MarketMuse to enhance my money site portfolio but more importantly, provide top quality articles for Content Refined since November of last year and have been learning a lot!

This is where the second round of MarketMuse testing and analysis comes in. Previously we reviewed how the data for MarketMuse relative to Google rankings performed here – http://authoritywebsiteincome.com/rank-content-in-google-with-certainty/. In that article, I shared the results of Content Refined articles success in Google using different available online tools I use.

While more time has passed and more articles continue to be created I figured we would be able to provide a larger set of data to use for research and provide a stronger analysis of the MarketMuse tool more specifically. So in this round of analysis, we went deeper and came up with more ways to analyze the results that MarketMuse provides each time you run your content through their ‘Content Analyzer’.

In this post I will run through the results of our second MarketMuse analysis in terms of their ‘Content Depth Score’ and ‘Word Count’ metrics on an absolute scale and weighted scale.

What do I mean by absolute and weighted in terms of MarketMuse? Well for absolute scores I used the exact score as provided by MarketMuse to analyze its ability to predict the ability to rank in google. For weighted scores I took the absolute score and divided it by the average and best scores, for the topic as provided by MarketMuse. Using the weighted scoring (which we didn’t last time) we hoped to be able to account for the niche or keyword competition level and recognize how much better than the average or best score you need to be in the certain topic to perform that much better in Google.

Lets Get to the Data!

We analyzed 2 pieces of a data in 3 ways each…

ONE – Content Depth Score

TWO – Word Count

Then tried to make the analysis a little more accurate by comparing (or normalizing) the score of the given article relative to the competition.

Analysis 1.1: Absolute Content Depth Score as a Predictor of Google Rank

Correlation: 38%

Statistical Meaning: There is a weak to moderate correlation that the higher the content depth score the more likely the article will rank.

Importance: 2 / 5 – This low correlation comes from not having a baseline for each topic’s competition. A score of 15 could be a great score for a topic but not be perceived well in this analysis since it is considered to low.

 

Analysis 1.2: Absolute Word Count as a Predictor of Google Rank

Correlation: 30%

Statistical Meaning: There is a weak to moderate correlation that the larger the word count the more likely the article will rank.

Importance: 1.5 / 5 – Once again there is no competition baseline to compare what a competitive word count looks like for a given topic but the correlation in this scenario comes from the larger word count having more room for quality content to be included giving an article more depth. Always something to keep in mind.

NOTE – We saw the very long posts seeming to perform better… 10/12 posts that were over 3,000 words ended up in the top 20.

 

Analysis 2.1: Weighted Content Depth Score vs the Avg as a Predictor of Google Rank

Correlation: 41%

Statistical Meaning: There is a moderate correlation that the higher the content depth score is relative to the average content depth score the more likely the article will rank.

Importance: 3 / 5 – When each content score is compared to the top 10 average in MarketMuse’s database the scores can be compared on neutral grounds. What I thought would be the most successful predictor is. We are excited to continue this analysis and overlay this normalized MarketMuse content score with keyword research data to take this analysis to the next level!

 

Analysis 2.2: Weighted Word Count vs the Avg as a Predictor of Google Rank

Correlation: 39%

Statistical Meaning: There is a weak to moderate correlation that the larger the word count is relative to the average word count the more likely the article will rank.

Importance: 2 / 5 – The highest predictor metric for word counts… this basically says it is important to have your article longer than the average of your competition. 

 

Analysis 3.1: Weighted Content Depth Score vs the Best as a Predictor of Google Rank

Correlation: 29%

Statistical Meaning: There is a weak to moderate correlation that the higher the content depth score is relative to the best content depth score the more likely the article will rank.

Importance: 2.5 / 5 – With the level of correlation it makes hard to trust but still trying to be the best or close to the best in the world of MarketMuse will help!

 

Analysis 3.2: Weighted Word Count vs the Best as a Predictor of Google Rank

Correlation: 22%

Statistical Meaning: There is a weak correlation that the larger the word count is relative to the best word count for a topic the more likely the article will rank.

Importance: 1.5 / 5 – There is usually one article with an astronomical best word count for the topic so this makes it difficult to compare. However being that one article with the best word count is a clear benefit in ranking.

 

SUMMARY

MarketMuse

Content Depth Score

Word Count
Absolute0.380.30
Weighted w Avg0.410.39
Weighted w Best0.290.22
    Two Important Take-Aways!
  • For our articles that ranked in the top 10 they had an average weighted content depth score vs the average of 132% over the average content depth score of the top 10 in that topic.
  • For the articles that ranked in the top 10 in terms of word count, we had a average of 92% of the word count vs the average word count.

The main concept to consider from all this is that while there is no easy or guaranteed way to rank, MarketMuse offers the opportunity to provide a competitive advantage to the varying degrees supported above.

Therefore if you do use it, to maximize its potential, to be most effective it is recommended that you stay above the averages and as close to the best content depth scores while writing between 1,000 – 2,500+ words.

 

Whats Next – Big Stuff Coming! 

Stay tuned over the upcoming weeks as I will continue to roll out additional analysis posts regarding Keyword Difficulty as a Ranking Predictor (what keyword research tool provides the best predictive abilityas well as Other Additional Factors as a Ranking Predictor over the upcoming weeks based on the results of my Money Site and Content Refined’s articles.

 

Want to Benefit from All of This Analysis?

As always I will be happy to keep sharing everything I am learning as we work very hard to get incredibly good at predictably producing content that will perform well in Google!

For you to benefit from all of this effort simply follow along in the posts or if you want to leverage these learnings you can use the Content Marketing team that is producing this data… ContentRefined is working very hard to become the best content marketing company in the world!

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06 Aug

41 Legitimate Ways To Make Money Online Without Being Scammed

I’ll be honest with you.

Until I actually started making money online myself, I believed it was just a myth.

A dream that’s just too good to be true. A big scam that lures people into wasting their hard earned money.

But here I am, like thousands of others around the world, actually making a full-time living from my laptop for the last 5 years now.

The scams I feared are real, and they’re really tempting.

But there are many clean and legitimate ways to make money online as well.

From the outside, it can be really confusing how ordinary people can build four, five, six and even seven figure businesses without even having an office building or a permanent workspace.

But it becomes clearer once you dig deeper and study the different business models individually.

In this post, I’ll give you a brief introduction to several ways you can make a full-time living on the web even if you’re a total beginner.

However, unlike many other posts on this topic, I’ll focus ONLY on real business models that are sustainable in the long run and have the potential to replace your day-job.

So don’t expect to see methods like “filling surveys” or “selling your organs” on this list.

 


What You’ll Learn In This Post

  • An introduction to more than 40 legitimate and long term online business models
  • How to monetize your existing skills to make money
  • How to generate a full-time income without even having your own product
  • Why you don’t need a product to start an eCommerce business
  • How to build a thriving business without an email list

 

 


Things To Remember If You Want To Make Money Online

Before we go into the details, I want you to remember a few things.

 

An Online Business is a Real Business

Which means you need to give it the respect it deserves. There’s no mystery in it.

Just like real businesses, you need to identify a need or a gap in the market and provide a solution to make money.

 

It Requires Hard Work

An online business has the potential to work on auto-pilot, but that only happens after you invest hours of hard work into creating a self-sustaining system.

 

You Won’t Become a Millionaire Overnight

“But Jawad, I just heard from Guru XYZ how he went from being a broke farmer with zero computer knowledge to becoming a seven-figure internet marketer in a matter of hours”

You’ll find exceptional success stories in every business

But business plans based on flukes and exceptions rarely succeed. So only bother reading this post if you’re in this for the long-run.

 

You Don’t Need to Know Everything to Make Money

Nobody knows everything, even the wildly successful marketers that you want to emulate.

 

 


Long-Term and Legitimate Online Earning Methods

With that mandatory disclaimer out of the way, let’s jump right into the business end of this post.

 


1. Make a Living as a Freelancer

If you have a skill that can add value to other people’s businesses, you can become a freelancer right now. Freelancing is simply trading your time for money.

It’s not a passive income source (unless you have people working for you). But it’s the lowest hanging fruit when it comes to making money online.

Which is why more than 35% of the total U.S workforce is freelance (a number that’s expected to reach 50% by 2020)

 

Source: Upwork

 

If you haven’t made a penny on the web yet, freelancing is the best place to start.

But don’t underestimate its earning potential.

According to a survey by Contently, the majority of the full-time freelancers made at least $30,000 in 2016.

 

 

That’s not a big deal, I know

But when you look close, you’ll find that these results are slightly skewed since there’s no income breakdown according to skills.

As a freelancer for several years myself, I can tell you that your income mainly depends on your skillset and your brand image.

For example, the monthly income of a freelance graphic designer or a programmer or a high-quality copywriter is usually 4-5x higher than a freelancer offering translation or data entry services.

 


Services You Can Offer as a Freelancer

How about becoming a professional prankster?

 

 

People offer all sorts of crazy services.

But since we’re talking about long-term earning methods only, here are a few services you can offer as a freelancer and make a career out of them.

1.1 Freelance Blogger – Writing blog posts for other blogs like I do

1.2 Freelance Guest Blogger – Writing guest posts for your clients on other blogs

1.3 Freelance Ghostwriter – Writing articles, blog posts, books etc. without putting your name on it

1.4 Freelance Writer – General writing projects like press releases, eBooks, articles, manuals, magazine articles, technical writing etc.

1.5 Freelance Copywriter – Marketing copy for websites, landing pages, emails etc.

1.6 Freelance Web/Graphic Designer – Designing websites, logos, banners, social media images etc.

1.7 Freelance Programmer – Creating software

1.8 Freelance App Developer – Mobile apps for Android, iOS, Windows phones

1.9 Freelance Virtual Assistant – Assist your client in daily activities like responding to emails, prioritizing tasks, doing other non-business tasks.

1.10 Freelance Social Media Marketer – Managing social media accounts for your clients

1.11 Freelance Search Engine Optimizer (SEO) – Optimizing content and webpages for Google Search

1.12 Freelance Search Marketer (Google AdWords/Bing etc.) – Running and managing paid ad campaigns.

 


Ways to Find Freelance Projects

According to a survey by Payoneer, here’s how most freelancers find work on the web.

 

 

Online marketplaces and direct clients are two of the biggest job sources for freelancers, which is not surprising.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of freelance marketplaces since there’s a lot of cheap competition on these platforms. I get all my clients from my own website, referrals, and through guest posts that I’ve published on other leading industry blogs

I prefer direct clients because in that case the business is chasing me and I get to choose my own rates. You can learn more about this strategy in this epic post by James

If you’re looking to get clients directly, having a strong brand image and a well-populated portfolio is also important.

 

Source: Due

 

As for the different freelance portals, they do offer a steady inflow of projects if you can establish yourself as a reliable freelancer. The rates also improve once you start getting more positive client feedback.

But it takes time.

However, for most beginners, it’s a good place to start.

Here are some of the top freelance job websites you can sign up for

 

General Freelance Jobs

Blogging/Writing/Editing and Content Marketing Jobs

Web and Graphic Design Specific Portals

Programming Specific Jobs

SEO/SEM Jobs

 

There must be hundreds of other freelance job portals, but I’ve listed the ones I personally know.

Freelancing is a real and legitimate way to build your career online. But it does require patience dedication and a lot of hard work.

If you’re willing to do that, there’s a lot of money waiting for you on the other side.

 


The Pros and Cons of Freelancing


Pros


Cons

Low entry barrier, anyone can start freelancingHigh competition on all freelance marketplace websites
You can start making money from day oneNot a passive source of income.
You can work on your own termsScaling a freelance business is hard work
You can choose your clients and set your own ratesYou get paid only when you work, which increases the chances of burnout
You can work from anywhereWork revisions, delayed payments and bossy clients are common problems for freelancers

 

 


2. Live Your Passive Income Dream With Affiliate Marketing

When most people talk about making money online, they’re not referring to freelancing or trading time for money.

They’re talking about passive income – money that keeps coming in even when you’re not working.

Affiliate marketing fits that criteria perfectly which is why it’s one of the most popular ways to make money online.

Most of the NicheHacks tribe is also more interested in affiliate marketing than any other online earning method.

If you’re a complete newbie to affiliate marketing, this infographic explains the how it works.

 

Source: Visual.ly

 

An affiliate is someone who promotes products or services of other businesses and earns a commission when a sale is made as a result of his marketing activities.

But affiliate marketing is much more than simply spamming people with your affiliate link and expecting them to buy from you.

You might get an occasional sale here and there using this method, but if you want to turn affiliate marketing into a long-term and sustainable income source, you’ll need to develop a group of people who trust you and consider you an expert in your niche.

You can do that by creating high-quality blog content, YouTube videos and other forms of content, and by building your email subscriber base so that you can send them more offers in future.

You can promote both physical and digital products and services as an affiliate marketer. However, the strategies for both may slightly differ.

 


2.1 Marketing Physical Products as an Affiliate

There are hundreds of thousands of eCommerce stores that offer affiliate commissions to anyone who promotes and sells their products.

As the biggest eCommerce site in the world, Amazon has the biggest affiliate program as well. It’s popular not only because people prefer buying through Amazon, which makes it easier for the affiliates to sell more, but also because Amazon offers a seemingly unlimited range of products that affiliates from any niche can promote.

Just in case you’re wondering about the earning potential of affiliate marketing, here’s a snapshot from Michelle’s blog, a leading personal finance blogger and affiliate marketer.

 

Here are some strategies affiliate marketers commonly use to promote physical products.

 

2.1.1 Blogging/Vlogging

Just like Michelle, if you blog regularly on a certain topic and have a loyal readership, you can monetize it by sending them relevant product promotions. This is one of the most common ways marketers make money online.

You can either find products to promote on Amazon or look for affiliate programs that are specific to your industry.

For example, if you’re a fitness blogger, you could search for fitness related affiliate programs on Google.

Here’s what I found.

 

 

This is just one example. You can find such offers in every industry.

Here’s a detailed guide on how to naturally promote affiliate offers as a blogger without being too pushy.

 

2.1.2 Niche Sites

Niche site is just a fancy name for blogs that are super focused on a very narrow niche. For example, instead of writing about health & fitness in general, a niche site would focus on narrow sub-niches like “weight-loss for diabetics” or “fitness for entrepreneurs”

SmartMonkeyFitness is a good example of a niche site that’s focused on a very narrow topic.

 

 

Most niche sites make money by promoting related Amazon products in their content body and side bar.

For example, the post in the snapshot above links to 15 different fitness related products on Amazon. The site owner earns a commission every time a reader makes a purchase through his post.

 

 

If you’re wondering what niche to target for your site, we have already done the hard work for you.

Here’s a free research report with more than 1781 niches that you can target.

 

2.1.3 Product Review Sites

As the name suggests, product review sites mainly publish reviews of different products and help readers choose the product that fits their needs.

Again, most product review sites use physical products from Amazon. But you can use other affiliate networks as well.

Here’s a good example of a review site

 

 

Luqman Khan, a member of NicheHacks Facebook Mastermind, managed to reach $40,000/month in just 8 months with his product review site.

Almost all of his income was generated through Amazon’s affiliate program. You can read his success story here.

You can learn more about the right strategies to create product review sites by reading our detailed guide.

 

2.1.4 Price Comparison Sites

Price comparison sites help users find the best deals on the web and earn a commission every time a sale is made through them.

Creating comparison sites is a huge business, especially in the travel, insurance and banking industries.

To give you an idea, nearly 43% of all online retailers get around 10% of their annual sales through comparison sites. Around 40% of all car insurance policies purchased online are through price comparison sites.

However, there’s no reason why they won’t work in a narrow niche.

Shoesniper and Parcel2Go are great examples of niche price comparison sites that are making a lot of money through affiliate commissions

 

Glen Allsop recently published a mamoth post with several recent examples of highly successful comparison and deals websites. You can read it here

You can learn much more about creating price comparison sites in this detailed guide.

 


2.2 Selling Digital Products as an Affiliate

Marketing digital products as an affiliate is usually a more challenging prospect as compared to physical products.

I say this because most affiliates promote digital products like online training programs, web based software, web hosting services and different automation tools.

To sell these products you need to earn the trust of your buyers before you can pitch them an offer and convince them of its usefulness since there are so many scams out there on the web.

But that’s just my opinion.

If you want to market digital products as an affiliate, make sure that you

  • Only promote products that you genuinely believe can be useful to your buyers.
  • Only promote products from reliable sellers/networks so that they deliver real value to the buyers.

If you can build your reputation as a trustworthy marketer, people would be more than happy to buy the products you promote.

You can use product review and price comparison sites for selling digital products as well. But the more sustainable and long-term approach is to first route your target audience to an email list.

From there, you can send them emails to increase awareness about the products you’re offering and offer exclusive discounts to drive more sales.

Your best chance of doing that is by starting a blog, creating high-quality content and building a pool of loyal email subscribers.

Matthew Woodward’s blog is a great example of this approach.

He started blogging in 2012 and over the years he has amassed a huge following that drives his business.

Here’s a snapshot from income reports from 2017

 

 

To give you an idea of what he promotes, here’s a snapshot from his June income.

 

 

NicheHacks is another example you can follow.

Stuart started this blog with zero subscribers.

But today, NicheHacks is a thriving community of thousands of emails subscribers, Facebook Mastermind members, and followers on other social networks.

Note: Stuart shared exactly how he grew NicheHacks to 1 million readers in this post

From time to time, he promotes relevant and high-quality products to his email list subscribers and makes a lot of money from affiliate commissions.

Here are a couple of posts that describe his strategy in more detail

There’s no substitute for high-quality content.

If you want to generate regular and sustainable income from affiliate marketing, you need to build a blog, publish lots of great content, turn readers into subscribers and then promote relevant offers to them.

 


Where to Find Affiliate Offers

Almost every SaaS company, web hosting service, or marketing automation tool I know of, invites affiliates to sign up, promote their products and make commissions.

You just need to search for them.

But you can also join an affiliate network and choose relevant products to promote. An affiliate network is a platform where product creators and affiliate marketers like you interact.

When a product creator wants to launch his product, he lists it on an affiliate network where affiliate marketers from relevant industries and niches sign up for it and promote it to their respective audiences.

Here are a few affiliate networks you can join to find relevant offers to promote.

You can find dozens of other affiliate networks in this post

 


The Pros and Cons of Affiliate Marketing

Pros

Cons

It’s a passive income source that’ll keep earning you money even when you’re asleepYou’re risking your reputation by asking your audience to buy from a third-party merchant, since you have zero control on the product quality
It’s easy to start and doesn’t require any big investmentsAffiliate networks can suspend your account or hold your commissions sometimes even on minor mistakes or misunderstandings.
You don’t need to create your own productYou can’t start making money from day one. It requires a lot of time and effort
You don’t need to worry about after sales, customer service or any other logistical supportIf you want to make it a completely passive source of income you need to rank for the right keywords in Google search and build a huge email list
Thousands of affiliate programs to choose from, many of which pay as much as 80% commissionsThere are lots of scams in affiliate marketing so you need to be very careful before choosing a product to promote

 

 


3. Earn Life-Changing Money With Blogging

I’ve already mentioned blogging and content creation a number of times, since most online earning methods revolve around great content.

However, blogging still merits a whole section because it helps you build an audience around your business and a platform that can be used in countless ways to make money online.

The whole idea behind blogging is to create well-researched, actionable and in-depth content that solves the problems of your audience and helps them take action.

When you do that on a consistent basis, people start considering you an expert and trust your advice and recommendations.

This is when you can make money with blogging.

Here are a few ways to do it.

 


3.1 Sell Your Own Digital Products

If you can identify the biggest pain points of your target audience and create a product that solves them step by step, people would willingly buy from you.

Creating a product is a one-time investment that keeps earning you money for years. You can keep updating your product with new modules to stay relevant to the current problems of your audience.

Here’s a quick look at the type of digital products you can sell.

 

3.1.1 An Online Course

Target one major problem that’s bothering your audience and create an online course that solves it. Your course could contain a series of video lectures, worksheets, PDF guidelines and additional reading material.

Online courses are high ticket products that can be easily sold in high-four figures as long as you can provide value.

For example, Ramit Sethi opens up registration for his premium course Zero to Launch only once a year and sells it for as much as $10,000 per course.

 

 

Brian Dean sells his SEO course for mid four-figures every year.

 

 

You can use tools like Gumroad, Teachable or Kajabi to host your course, manage students and process payments for you.

You can learn more about creating an online course in this detailed post.

 

3.1.2 An eBook

eBooks won’t immediately fill your bank account. But they’re easy to create, provide quick value to the readers and sell like hot cakes.

Plus, they help you turn your email subscribers into buyers that can be upsold to higher priced products.

For example, Stuart’s 101 Digital Affiliate Hacks and 101 Traffic Hacks are eBooks by definition, but they provide more actionable information on their respective topics than many full-fledged courses. And that too at a fraction of a video course.

So when Stuart does eventually launch his own video course, his buyers would happily buy from him because they know he over-delivers on value

Not bad for a few hours of work.

Because of these advantages, some of the biggest blogs on the web still actively sell eBooks on different topics.

 

 

Here’s a detailed post that outlines the process of creating and selling an eBook.

 

3.1.3 An Email Course

Instead of publishing everything in an eBook, you can break it down in a series of emails and offer it as a premium course.

This 30 day course by Brennan Dunn is an example.

 

 

Many bloggers and marketers use this strategy to make it easier for their buyers to digest all the information on offer.

 

3.1.4 A Membership Site

Instead of just offering an eBook or a course, you could create a membership site and offer all your exclusive premium content for a monthly fee.

Membership sites not only have greater perceived value among buyers, but they also give you the flexibility to keep adding new content to it whenever you have time.

The Platform University by Michael Hyatt is a good example

 

 

You could also add a premium members area to your existing blog instead of creating a completely new site for it.

NicheHacks has an exclusive members area where new niche research reports and other useful content is regularly added.

These are just some of the product ideas that you can sell on your blog. You can find several other ideas in this post.

 


The Pros and Cons of Selling Your Own Product

Pros

Cons

Creating your product is a one-time effort that keeps paying you back for yearsRequires an initial investment of time and money
Creating a product is much easier now thanks to the different tools and platforms available onlineIt requires extensive market research to come up with a unique angle since there a lot of products on the same topics now
The earning potential is limitlessYou need to build an email list and an engaged audience pool before you can sell them a product
You can introduce different pricing models to cater to different sets of buyersYou need to keep adding new modules from time to time to stay relevant
You get to keep all the income from your product sales, unlike affiliate marketingThe marketing expenses eat up a significant portion of your earnings

 

 


3.2 Monetize Your Blog With Ad Networks

Perhaps the most popular way to make money online is to sell advertising space on your blog.

The concept is simple.

If your blog attracts a decent amount of traffic, you can either sell ad space on your site to relevant brands or place link/banner ads in your content body using an ad network.

 

 

The earning potential of this method is huge but it mainly depends on the number of visitors you can attract to your site on a regular basis.

How you get paid also depends on the nature of your ad since there are 3 different types of advertising models you can use.

 

3.2.1 Cost Per Click (CPC)

As the name suggests, when you place CPC ads on your site, you earn money when someone clicks on the ad.

You can learn more about CPC Ads in this case study by Glen

 

3.2.2 Cost Per Action/Acquisition (CPA)

In CPA, you’re paid when a reader on your blog not only clicks on your ad but also performs a certain action, for example, fill a form or answer a survey etc.

 

 

This awesome guide by Brian Dean tells you everything you need to know about CPA marketing

 

3.2.3 Cost Per Mille (CPM)

Cost Per Mille which is also known as Cost Per Thousand makes you money based on the number of impressions or views your ad gets. The rate is usually set based on 1000 impressions.

 

Source: CPM vs CPC [Infographic]

 

Here’s a meaty CPM case study to help you understand this model.

 


List of CPA, CPC and CPM Ad Networks

There are literally hundreds of such networks on the web. But not all of them are reliable. If you’re just starting out, it better to stick to well-known and mainstream networks.

Here’s a list of some of them

 


The Pros and Cons of Selling Ads on Your Site

Pros

Cons

A completely passive income sourceTo make this model work, you need to generate a LOT of traffic from search engines
An easy way to monetize your trafficYou have limited control over the ads
A huge variety of networks where you can choose the right ads to promoteScams are common
You don’t need an email list to make moneyAds have a negative impact on user-experience
Immediate earnings

 

 


3.3 Sponsored Posts

When your blog starts generating traffic and the size of your audience increases, it becomes attractive for different brands and marketers who’re looking to promote their content.

As a result, you start getting emails like this

 

 

Many leading blogs have a clearly marked section for sponsored posts

 

 

It’s up to you to decide whether you want to disclose sponsored content to your readers or not. Some bloggers do, some don’t.

For the sake of your brand image, though, be careful and selective in accepting sponsored posts.

 


The Pros and Cons of Accepting Sponsored Posts

Pros

Cons

Easy money that requires no money from your side, especially if the content is also provided by the brandIt’s hard to create a balanced sponsored content that doesn’t appear too salesy
You get high-quality content and get paid for itIf the product doesn’t perform well for your audience, it hurts your credibility
One sponsored post opens up doors for moreSponsored posts often have low quality, copied or spun content

 

 


3.4 Paid Links

Just like sponsored content, paid links are also a pretty big source of revenue for many bloggers.

You’ll start getting offers to include backlinks in your content, in return for money, as soon as the domain authority (DA) of your blog crosses 25-30.

Marketers are ready to pay big bucks for high DA backlinks and I’ve seen bloggers charge in excess of $500-1000 for a single link.

A word of caution though.

Buying and selling links is clearly against Google’s guidelines and can get you penalized or even completely wiped off from search results if Google finds out.

So even if you do opt for this revenue channel, limit yourself to reliable and well-known brands that are not involved in link spamming.

It’s still risky though.

 


The Pros and Cons of Paid Links

Pros

Cons

Easy money without much workDirect violation of Google’s guidelines which can get you penalized

 

 


4. Sell Online Courses on Third-Party Platforms

Selling online courses directly from your blog is a great way to create a passive income stream.

But even if you don’t have a blog or an email list, you can still sell courses on third party platforms.

There are dozens of websites where you can create and upload video courses on all sorts of topics ranging from Business, Marketing and SEO to Music, Arts and Science.

These platforms attract millions of visitors every month. If your course is good enough and makes it to the top of your category, there’s potential to bank big bucks.

 

 

For example, I recently came across this astonishing case study of Abdul Wali, a broke street seller from Pakistan, who never went to school but turned his life upside down by making more than $100,000 in 1 year just selling courses on online learning platforms like Udemy.

His story was so inspirational that Udemy flew him all the way to San Francisco to attend their annual conference.

 

 

The downside of selling courses on a marketplace is that you don’t get to keep all the money since you need to pay the platform fee as well as its share in every sale you make.

You can sell courses on Udemy, Skillshare, Eliademy, YouTube, and several other platforms.

 


The Pros and Cons of Selling Online Courses

Pros

Cons

No entry barrier, anyone can create a courseLots of competition in all categories
Your content is exposed to millions of potential buyersYou need to pay a major chunk of your earnings to the course platform
You get modern and state of the art course creation toolsYou can’t route the buyers to your email list directly
Your content is fully optimized for search enginesLimited potential for your personal branding
No payment disputes or delays

 

 


5. Become a Self-Published Author

If you’re a talented writer or consider writing as one of your passions, you don’t need to wait for an agent or a publisher to write your first book.

You can join hundreds of thousands of authors who’re making a full-time living by self-publishing books on Amazon.

 

 

You simply need to sign up, upload your book online and start selling.

Amazon also offers on-demand book publishing through its company CreateSpace. The service gives your readers the option to order hard copies of your book from Amazon.

Here’s a mammoth guide that’ll teach you everything required to become a self-published author on Amazon

 


The Pros and Cons of Publishing on Amazon

Pros

Cons

One-time effort, long term passive incomeAmazon books sell for low prices
Your work is exposed to millions of Amazon usersIt’s hard to stand out since there’s a lot of competition
Easy to publish a book and become a published authorYou don’t get to keep all the money, Amazon also charges a fee on every sale
Publishing a book opens up doors for more book ideas, partnerships, speaking opportunities andYou need to spend money on marketing to generate sales

 

 


6. Monetize Your Social Media Audience

There’s more to social media than cat videos and the Kardashians.

If you have a large and engaged following, brands would be happy to pay you to promote their products and content.

Sponsored social media posts pay so well that many marketers have made it a full-time career.

 

 

The amount of money you can earn grows with the growth of your audience. Here’s a quick cheat sheet to give you an idea of the earning potential

 

Source: Economist

 

When your network grows, brands usually reach out and make an offer themselves. But if they don’t, you can sign up on different networks that connect social media influencers with relevant brands.

 


The Pros and Cons of Monetizing Your Social Media Audience

Pros

Cons

Everyone uses social media, why not earn money while doing soSocial media is overcrowded and you need to spend significant time and money to grow and audience
Huge earning potential once you have a large followingSocial media is a double-edged sword. One wrong post and your popularity can come crashing down

 

 


7. Start an eCommerce Store To Sell Physical Products

If you’re already run a small brick and mortar business, and don’t have the resources to physically expand your business, eCommerce is just the right solution for you.

You can avoid all the unnecessary costs and establish a full-fledge business by setting up an eCommerce store and grow your business with time.

List as many products as you want and serve thousands of customers at the same time. There are just no limits.

There are a couple of ways you can start selling right away.

 


7.1 Sell on B2B/B2C Marketplace Platforms

List your products on different eCommerce platforms that attract millions of visitors every day. There are literally thousands of such platforms in every niche. You just need to search them on Google.

An easy way to start, though, is by listing your products on Amazon and eBay. If you’re selling in bulk, you can also find buyers on AliBaba.

 

 

Here are a few case studies to help you get started.

From Zero to $250K on eBay in Just 3 Months

How To Make Amazon Selling Work for Your Business

 


7.2 Sell on Your Own Store

The other strategy is to create your own eCommerce store and sell directly to your buyers.

You can set up an eCommerce store using a premium WordPress Theme with WooCommerce integration, or you could use a ready to use eCommerce solution like Shopify or SquareSpace.

 

 

Here’s a detailed guide that tells you everything about product selection, shipment and platforms setup.

How to Start an eCommerce Business Using Shopify

 


The Pros and Cons of Starting an eCommerce Store


Pros


Cons

It’s very easy to setup a fully functional ecommerce storeThis is not a completely online business model.
It’s a highly scalable business model that has turned small time vendors into millionairesYou need to invest in product development/procurement, warehousing, and supply chain
The trend of buying online is increasing exponentiallyManaging shipments, customer care, and product returns is hectic work
There’s still a huge business opportunity for this model in niche marketsYou need to invest a LOT of money in marketing your products online

 

 


8. Start a Dropshipping Business With Shopify and AliExpress

You’re completely broke and don’t have the resources to invest in an eCommerce business.

Can you still sell online?

Definitely yes!

Dropshipping is an ideal business model for anyone who’s low on budget or just wants to test new products without investing too much time and money.

The business model is simple.

Instead of manufacturing the products yourself, handling storage, warehousing, shipping etc. you simply promote other people’s products as your own at a higher rate.

When you get orders, you route them to the original product owner and get it shipped directly to the buyer. You make money by selling the product at a higher rate than the original supplier.

 

Source: Oberlo Blog

 

You can use Ali Express to find cheap products to sell at a higher rate on your Shopify store.

I prefer Shopify since it helps you automate the whole dropshipping process with plugins and apps like Oberlo.

When you automate the whole system, your only job is to market your products using Facebook Ads and Google Adwords.

This step by step dropshipping guide by Shopify will teach you everything you need to know

 


The Pros and Cons of Dropshipping With Shopify

Pros

Cons

No set up cost in terms of product inventory or supply chainYou have zero control over product quality, supply chain and after sales
An online store can be set up with Shopify in a very little costYou need a significant marketing budget to promote products and make sales
You can start making money immediately
The whole process can be automated and turned into passive income

 

 


9. Launch Your Own Private Label Products With Amazon FBA

Fulfilment By Amazon (FBA) is a service by Amazon that takes care of the shipping, after sales, and customer service of your products in your target country.

You only need to manufacture your products (or purchase from a whole seller) and ship them to Amazon.

They’ll take care of the rest.

 

Source: JackB2B

 

The advantage with Amazon FBA is that you can source products or get them manufactured from China, India or any other country, add your brand name, and ship the products directly to Amazon’s warehouses.

The rest is their responsibility.

You just need to focus on listing your products on Amazon and marketing them to attract buyers.

Because of Amazon FBA, small time sellers have transformed into global brands with thousands of satisfied customers and millions of dollars in revenue.

Spencer Haws, the creator of LongTail Pro, started his Amazon FBA business a few years ago and it has now turned into one of his main income sources.

 

 

He has dedicated a complete section on his blog for FBA related articles.

You can find all of it here.

 


The Pros and Cons of Amazon FBA

Pros

Cons

Amazon is the world’s largest ecommerce storeRequires a significant initial investment in product development
FBA allows you to utilize Amazon’s supply chain, inventory and after sales services. This helps reduce your costs significantlyFinding a reliable supplier is easier said than done
Once you have a trusted supplier and a winning product, the whole process can be automated.You need to invest in product marketing

 

 


10. Earn Huge Money by Flipping Websites

If you’re good at building high traffic websites from scratch, you can find lots of buyers willing to pay huge sums of money to acquire your site.

Website flipping is a big business in the online marketing world. The value of a site is determined by its monthly traffic volume, the quality of its content and its existing revenue.

Yaro is a great example who made six-figures with website flipping

 

 

If you’re not willing to start a website from scratch, you can buy a website from someone else, work on it for a few months and sell it for a profit.

Here are a few platforms where you can flip websites.

 


The Pros and Cons of Flipping Websites

Pros

Cons

Huge earning potentialFlipping platforms keep a major portion of the sales price
Once you understand how the process works, you can buy ready to use websites, polishthem with better content and earn a lot of money for very little effortGrowing a website from scratch is hard work and requires a lot of work.

 


Which Online Earning Method is Right for You?

That’s a tough question.

But if you ask me, the answer to this depends on your current objectives, financial status, and knowledge.

So let me break this down into three scenarios

 


1) You’re Broke, and Looking for Quick Money

If you’re looking to make money quickly, but don’t have any money to invest, freelancing is the best place to start.

As I said at the start, it’s the lowest hanging fruit when it comes to making money online.

But since it’s never wise to keep all your eggs in one basket, I’d recommend you to start selling online courses on Udemy and eBooks on Amazon as well. Both require very little money but have the potential to pay back big time.

If you have patience, you can also jump into niche marketing, since it has the potential to drastically change your financial condition.

It’s not quick money though.

The money you earn through freelancing can be invested in creating affiliate sites and other passive income methods.

 


2) You’re Financially OK, But Looking for More Ways To Earn

Start a blog and give yourself 6 months to build an email list and develop a pool of loyal followers.

Once you have a sizeable audience, you can monetize it through affiliate marketing, advertisements or by directly selling your own products.

You can also look to start a niche site, as a side project, to promote affiliate offers. To make it more manageable, consider hiring quality freelance writers to create a steady flow of high-quality content for your blog and niche sites.

On the eCommerce side, you can start a small dropshipping business using Shopify and AliExpress, since it does not require any investment and has the potential to pay back quickly. You’d only need to spend money on Facebook and Google Ads.

 


3) You’re Financially Stable and Looking to Diversify Income

eCommerce is an industry worth trillions of dollars.

And it’s just the beginning.

If you have money, create your own online store and market your own products.

Or, take advantage from Amazon FBA and consider launching your own private label products.

On the digital side of things, you can hire a team of content writers, SEO’s and social media marketers, and focus on developing your own affiliate marketing empire.

 

 


Are You Ready To Make Money Online?

No matter where you are in the world, if you have a computer and an internet connection there are ways you can make money online.

I could’ve added dozens of other earning methods to this list as well because they’re just so many of them.

But I wanted to focus on the methods that I consider long-term business models that’ll keep filling your pockets for years to come.

Just pick one of them and start taking action.

There’s really no excuse not to.

Tell me in the comments if you need more help.

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Discover 179 Red Hot Products You Can Make Money From Amazon With

Let me guess…High priced Amazon products

You’re looking to find some niche products to promote as an affiliate.

Or perhaps even to sell as an eCommerce site or through Amazon.

Good news…

On this page I reveal 179 red hot and expensive products in 10 different niches that already sell like crazy Amazon.

Which means there’s a piece of the pie available for you too.

If you’re an Amazon affiliate you can start promoting them instantly for big commissions knowing they’ll definitely convert.

And If you are looking to get into eCommerce, Amazon FBA or dropshipping then you can try and source similar or better products from the likes of AliBaba.

As you know the products listed here are good sellers.

At the end of the post I will give you ideas of how to ‘hack’ your way to success with these products.

So let’s find you some hot niche products from Amazon to sell…

 

 


What You’ll Learn:

  • A strategy to “hack” your way to success as an Amazon affiliate using these products.
  • 10+ different “hot” niches on Amazon that you can easily profit from.

 

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 1244 expensive Amazon products click here or the image below)

 


Micro Scooters

 


Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Scooters can be used by anyone at any age so the demographic choices are unlimited.
  • They are extremely portable but provide a good way for kids and adults alike to get around.
  • The prices for scooters can range from $100 and upwards towards $300 but yet are still very popular and in demand.

 


Air Guns

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Air guns are a safer alternative than PaintBall guns as they don’t hit as hard.
  • While they are cheaper than PaintBall guns, they are still generally expensive.
  • People are passionate in this niche as they usually want to be the best shooter among their peers.

 

 


Virtual Reality

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Virtual reality are something of the future that is available to buy today.
  • They are getting improved and with each improvement brings a high price tag.
  • Though they are expensive, people love buying these as they can bring life to their movies, videos and games.

 


Projectors

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Projectors are extremely popular but yet expensive machines that people love to have.
  • They are extremely handy for portability and can be used anywhere especially if they are battery powered.
  • Projectors are great for entertainment, which is something everyone loves to experience.

 

 


Car Batteries

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Car batteries are expensive but yet people still buy them as it is necessary for their cars
  • They are long lasting but still very popular as there’s always demand for them.
  • They are versatile so they can be used to generate power for home for back up power.

 


Home Improvement Tools:

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • People in this niche tend to spend a lot as they need multiple tools and items and materials
  • People in this niche have disposable income to spend.
  • Repeat purchases as new materials are always needed.

 


Appliances

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • People get appliances to solve problems.
  • New appliances are released regularly.
  • People have disposable income as appliances are a luxury to have.

 


Arts & Crafts

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • People are passionate about this niche so demand will always be high.
  • Machines and new gadgets are released constantly meaning more sales and commissions for you.
  • Hobby niches means repeat purchases because new materials are always needed.

 

 


Womens’ Jewelry

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Womens jewelry is a fast and expensive niche that is only getting more popular.
  • It is well known that jewelry is one of best things a woman can get.
  • More creative designs and expensive jewelry are being made and sold everyday so there is no better time to get involved than now.

 

 


Automotive

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Lucrative niche with tons of materials constantly being sold and created
  • People are passionate in this niche so they will be likely to buy repeatedly
  • Items in this niche are expensive as they are for automobiles

 


Mini Gas Powered Bikes

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • People in this niche spend a lot to maintain, buy and upgrade gas powered bikes.
  • People spend constantly to keep up with technology and trends.
  • New bikes are constantly being released on a regular basis and people are willing to invest in these expensive toy bikes.

 


Electric Bikes

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • These are environmentally friendly bikes, meaning they are evergreen and timeless.
  • People prefer to save money on transportation so these bikes provide a solution for that.
  • Electric bikes are more expensive than regular bikes but people are willing to purchase them as proven by the number of reviews under the products.

 


Baby Care

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Babies are born by the second, so people are constantly buying in this niche.
  • People in this niche generally spend to get the best and safest items for their babies, meaning more commissions and sales for you.
  • Niche is always in demand, no matter what season it is.

 


Electronics

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • People are always investing in electronics to keep up with trends.
  • Desires and needs can be fulfilled by this profitable niche.
  • This niche is always in demand, no matter where in the world.

 


Televisions

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • More often than not, households always have some kind of a TV in it.
  • TV’s provide entertainment and are a main source of it so it is always in demand.
  • People are passionate in this niche as they generally want the best TV that they can afford.

 


Home Speakers

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Speakers can make an entertainment room much better so it is always in demand.
  • People are passionate in this niche.
  • Quality speakers are not cheap so people are willing to stretch their budget for a high quality set up.

 


Computer Speakers

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • This niche has all kinds of people in it as computer users can always benefit from speakers and audio device.
  • Computer speakers can range from various prices but even the high priced and expensive ones are popular as they have a lot of reviews.
  • People are passionate in this niche and are big spenders as computer speakers are a luxury to have.

 


Portable Speakers

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • People are passionate in this niche to keep up with the trends.
  • Good quality portable speakers are not cheap and people are willing to spend as much as possible to keep the quality up.
  • Portable speakers can be taken anywhere so it is easily bought and shipped worldwide.

 


Microphones

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Microphones provide a way to record at premium quality so they are timeless and can’t be replaced by anything else.
  • These are becoming more widely used as people are creating their own videos so they need microphones to record.
  • Microphones are expensive but people are willing to invest in them.

 


Electric Guitars

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Guitars are expensive and can range significantly in prices but a popular instrument that people are willing to buy.
  • Electric guitars are preferred since the fact that they are easier to play physically over the acoustic guitar.
  • These are expensive but as you can see by the number of reviews on Amazon, they are as popular as ever.

 


Tablets

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Electronics are constantly evolving, meaning more repeat purchases for you.
  • Most electronics are not cheap (i.e. TV’s and projectors) so you’ll need less sales for income vs cheaper items.
  • People are passionate in this niche, as they are always trying to keep up with technology and trends.

 


Digital Cameras

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • More and more pictures are being taken everyday, endlessly.
  • People want to take the best picture possibly, whether it’s for work or for hobby.
  • Cameras are expensive and the parts are equally so.
  • Smartphones can never replace digital cameras so they are always in demand.

 


Smartphones

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Smartphones are in demand, now more than ever.
  • It’s advancing with new features and technology so it will only get more popular.
  • Smartphones is a fast growing niche with endless sub-niches so more for you to choose from.

 


Headphones

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Headphones are a common electronic, most people use them or have in the past.
  • More expensive headphones are coming out as technology advances.
  • People are passionate about audio and quality so they will pay premium for the best.

 


Smart Wearable’s

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Smartwatches are growing in popularity.
  • More features are being added so they will always be priced high when released.
  • People are passionate in this niche since they trying to keep up with technology and trends.

 


Personal Care

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Personal care has tons of passionate people, who care about their health.
  • Can be used in combination with other niches like health and fitness.
  • The number and types of gadgets are always evolving so people try to keep up, meaning more repeat purchases for you.

 


Fitness & Sports

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Health is the number one concern so people are always going to be investing in equipment and tools.
  • There’s a limitless flow of health and fitness products to promote and a never ending demand for them.
  • With so many reviews, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to tell the disadvantages and advantages of each equipment.

 


Home & Kitchen

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • People are always looking to make their homes stand out in comfort and design.
  • Mattresses and home stuff are always bought, so you’ll easily get commissions off the stuff you promote.
  • Tons of reviews meaning tons of purchases and it’d be easy to review these items without buying them as people have already reviewed them for you.

 


Patio & Garden

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • People are passionate about their patio and gardens, so new materials and items are constantly being purchased.
  • There’s a dozen ways to design a garden or a patio with the same item, meaning more reasons for you to promote these items.
  • In this niche, solar panels are popular and they can get expensive, so you’d get higher commissions from a single sale.

 


Pet Care

 

Reasons To Get Involved In This Niche

  • Constant releases on pet gadgets and items so more items for you to promote.
  • People seem to be passionate about their pets in this niche.
  • New items need to be bought to keep up in this niche so demand is always high.

 


Thoughts?

Those were the 179, hot Amazon niche products, what did you think?

You can promote them as an affiliate or dropship them and use Amazon’s FBA service to sell.

Want to know how you can find your own in demand niche products?

Then read on….

 


How To Find High Priced & In Demand Products

There’s a manual way and an automated way to find the most expensive items on Amazon that also are in high demand.

To do it manually go to Amazon.com and from within the search bar choose a ‘department’ then click into the search bar and click ‘Go’ and let the new page load up.

 

amz 1

 

Then below the search box you’ll see a button labelled ‘best sellers’ (not all departments have this for some reason), click it.

 

amz 2

 

On the right hand side of the screen you’ll see an area that says ‘more to explore in DEPARTMENT NAME’ and below that will be ‘hot new releases’, ‘movers and shakers’ and ‘top rated’.

Click ‘see top 100’ in the ‘top rated’ category.

 

 

amz 3

 

It will then bring up the most rated products which usually means the most popular ones.

Scroll through looking for high priced products with lots of reviews.

However that’s pretty time consuming and mind numbing and there’s no guarantee you’ll find high priced products with lots of reviews.

 


To Automate This Process….

There is a software package called AmaSuites which can do this for you.

You can enter a list of criteria such as must be priced over $100 and have 50+ reviews into the software and it returns HUGE lists of products which match.

The software can also provide extra data like keywords people are using on Amazon to search for products, whether those product keywords have low SEO competition, if there are exact match domains available, Google insight data and more.

>> Get a special 60% discount of AmaSuites on this link.

 


How Can I ‘Hack’ My Way To Success With These Products?

There are 3 options:

  1. Build review sites around 1 particular product or product type and try to rank the site.
  2. Create a price comparison site around a range of similar products showing prices from different retailers.
  3. Create a niche blog or authority site that talks about the niche as a whole [RECOMMENDED]

 


Review Sites

Create a review site that reviews a particular type of product such as “double strollers” or “home treadmills” only.

(You can learn how to write the perfect review here)

And attempt to rank your website in Google for terms like ‘best double stroller’ and / or ‘home treadmill reviews”.

Se this list of buyer keywords for more keyword options.

However…

As you’re attempting to draw in visitors that are just about to purchase right now your traffic would be almost entirely reliant on Google.

As that’s the only place you’ll find them searching for “buyer keywords” like ‘best’ and ‘review’, which shows they intend to buy right now or very soon.

So you’d require strong SEO skills or a budget to spend on private blog networks (PBNs) or link packages.

Buying links is not recommended as it’s “blackhat” are frowned upon by Google so if they catch you they’ll penalise your website.

And here’s the thing…

These types of  review sites are becoming harder for ‘bedroom affiliates’ like yourself and I.

Amazon and other ecommerce sites often dominate the search results so people go directly to the source.

And there are now lots of large media companies, with million dollar budgets and huge teams, creating very high end product review sites.

And it’s difficult to compete with these as a one man operation.

Meaning it’s much harder to rank your website, more work, and your efforts are often short term due to Googles constant algorithm updates.

Here’s some of your competition…

Authority Review Sites 

  • ConsumerSearch
  • Consumer Reports
  • CNet
  • Engadget

 


Comparison Sites

Alternatively you could create a niche comparison site and compare different models, features and prices from different retailers.

The comparison industry is worth £1bn (Source) but focused primarily around insurance and utilities not yet filtering down to the majority of niche markets so there’s a lot of opportunities.

Comparison sites are not solely reliant on SEO and can draw traffic from a number of different sources.

They convert well as you’re giving people different options on models, features and price they can choose from.

If someone see’s that Amazon has the best price over other retailers (and they usually do) they’ll click that button immediately in fear that it changes.

I covered how you can build a comparison site here.

 


Major Comparison Sites:

  • GoCompare
  • MoneySupermarket
  • Comparethemarket

 


Niche Comparison Sites:

  • Compareandshare.com
  • Bikmo.com
  • Findthebest.com
  • Phonerocket.com
  • Wine-searcher.com

Building a niche comparison site around some of the products listed above could be a winning idea, e.g. car seats, contour mattresses, or sewing machines.

 


Blog / Authority Site [RECOMMENDED]

If price comparison and review sites don’t appeal then you can build a blog / authority site around the niche or demographic as a whole.

For example above I featured baby care products.

Which obviously are aimed at families with new or soon to be born children, particularly the mother who will make most of the purchasing decisions.

You could create a whole blog around the topic of baby care.

Blogging about issues mothers of new born babies face and sell these high ticket Amazon products as solutions.

You’ll find out how to brainstorm content ideas in any niche here.

And how to create authority content in any niche here.

And even how to hire high quality freelance content writers here for a fair price.

If baby care doesn’t appeal there’s also pet products, home improvement and electronic products above which can be turned into a niche blog or authority site.

Or endless other niches which have been revealed on NicheHacks. 

Many NicheHacks members, including myself and Nader, see there’s more potential to authority type sites over the other types.

Pick a premium theme like Genesis Generate.

Create high quality content and drive traffic from niche forums, social media groups and blogs as is covered here. 

Also build an email subscriber list that you can use to drive traffic back to your site and promote products.

 


Blog / Authority Site Examples:

  • Freshome.com/ (Architecture)
  • Nerdfitness.com (Fitness advice for nerds and geeks)
  • Tinycartridge.com/ (Retro gaming)
  • NomadicMatt.com (Backpacker & Budget travel)
  • DreadCentral.com (Horror movies & TV)

 

  • Copyblogger (Writing & blogging advice)
  • TechCrunch.com (Technology)
  • WebMD (Medical advice)
  • DrudgeReport (Gossip)
  • SimplyRecipes (Recipes)
  • DigitalMarketer (Online marketing advice)

 

(P.S. If you’d like to download a free list of 1244 expensive Amazon products click here or the image below)

 


Conclusion

This list of 179 high priced Amazon products should give you some ideas for products to promote and the type of sites to create in order to make money from Amazon.

As I’ve said previously these aren’t the most expensive items on Amazon but they do have high price tags and sell well so commissions and conversions will be good.

If you’re still not sure on how to find your niche’s best selling products on Amazon, check out what Chelsea wrote here.

Whether you want to create niche review sites, niche blogs or build price comparison sites there are lots of profitable options.

Either use the products listed here or find your own automatically and start ‘hacking’ your way to niche success with these red hot Amazon products.

Or take advantage of the 7 steps to finding your profitable niche and then use products that you find on Amazon.

 

10 RED HOT BONUS PRODUCTS

Bose Sound Link Mini Bluetooth Speaker
$199
1,592 reviews

Office Mac Home & Student
$119.99
786 reviews

Cusinart Brew Central 12 Cup Coffeemaker
$165
4,363 reviews

Nest Learning Thermostat
$249
2,008 reviews

HexBright Flex LED Flashlight
$119
415 reviews

SanDisk Ultra Micro Adaptor
$119
103 reviews

Samsung Galaxy 3 White Mini
$599.99
888 reviews

Frigidaire Dehumidifer
$249.99
732 reviews

Shark Rotator Pro Lift Robotic Vaccuum
$239.99
387 reviews

Ninja Pro Blender
$135.98
379 reviews

 

Which of these products appeal to you most?

What do you plan to do with them?

Leave a comment below to share your plan of action with the niche hacks tribe….

 

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01 Aug

Mortgage Crushing Challenge Update – Deep Dive into My Strategy

For me the mortgage crushing challenge or MCC is a great opportunity to test out some very efficient hands off strategies in an attempt to build up my site.

What is the MCC? The mortgage crushing challenge is a goal we set with our internal team and invited others to join in that results

This post is going to cover…

  • A couple successes people are having with their site!
  • My Exact 3 Part Strategy
  • Results So Far

Special Note – I am very happy to say that a few people participating in this challenge are having a LOT of success!

 

My Strategy Update:

Knowing my restrictions on time my plan was to come up with a strategy that would take minimal time while at the same time be able to test out a slightly unique strategy.

  1. Push out LOTS of super low competition content to the site
  2. Use my 301 Building Block Strategy
  3. Use PBN for bulk of link building efforts and then use highest quality link building services

I wish I was able to put more time into this project but ultimately I need to figure out how to be lean.

 

My Website Strategy Break-Down (for this project):

Part 1 – Create Content around Super Low Competition Keywords

The content strategy I have been using here is to identify sites that rank well for some obviously low competition keywords and then see what other keywords they are ranking for using SEMRush.

Then with those keywords I get quality articles created using a very similar process

To date using this system I have 80 posts on the site.

I plan to keep pushing content to the site.

 

Part 2 – 301 Building Block Strategy

This is the part of this strategy where my process gets a little unique!

I planned/still plan on heavily relying on the 301 Building Block Strategy!

What Is the 301 Building Block Strategy? It is the process of buying an expired domain, putting a money site on it, checking how it performs in Google and then moving it and the contents of it over to the main money site. The idea is that the cumulative effect of multiple 301 Building Blocks is a site that grows in authority and helps push up the other not perfectly related articles.

 

A VERY detailed step by step tutorial on how to do each of the steps shown above is located here – http://authoritywebsiteincome.com/301-building-block-part-2/

 

Results for MCC Using 301 Building Block Strategy:

So far I have only executed 3x  301 Building Block strategies and they were initially very effective but one keyword that was driving the majority of the results has been slipping.

The spin-off benefit for the site has not been as evident as I would like. For this strategy to work 1+1>2 and right now I can’t say that it is.

However, a lot of the analytics data is thrown off from one post which ranked VERY well for awhile and swayed the traffic numbers substantially.

The image below shows the top 10 pages for my MCC site and

  • Green = Not 301 Building Block Articles
  • Blue, Orange & Purple are all 301 Building Block Pages

 

 

Part 3 – Leverage Expired Domains for Link Building

I have not done as much of this as I had planned.

There was a 5 site PBN built for it and about 15 UseMyPBN links built to the site. This has been enough to keep the site moving

The number of links is climbing nicely but the quality is below where I want it to be…

 

 

Overall Results

The overall results have been mixed. I have seen the site being able to rank for some very high traffic keywords but sticking the rankings has not been as easy as I had hoped.

For example one major keyword had amazing ranking for awhile and generated a ton of traffic but ultimately because what people were searching for couldn’t be provided by just content the metrics on that page I believe resulted in rankings dropping.

 

 

Traffic

 

Due in large part to the popular page above it looks like the site is on a downward trend but if we removed that one outlier page the site is slowly/steadily growing still.

Income

This has yet to be a major focus of the site but the site has earned a still disappointing small amount…

  • Jan = $0
  • Feb = $2.64
  • Mar = $12.72
  • Apr = $31.27
  • May = $118.53
  • June = $108.24
  • July = $TBD

Year to Date = $273.40

 

Summary:

Although the earnings are not where I want them and the traffic growth isn’t where I want it I plan to see this entire experiment through following this strategy.

Moving forward I will continue to leverage the 301 Building Block strategy and lots of content for super low competition keywords.

I do wish I had more time to invest in this project and it is REALLY great to see people like Matt and Kelley having success with their site!

If you are working on accomplishing a similar goal in 2017 I hope it is going well for you and would love to hear how your site is coming along!

Please leave a comment below with a short update on your site and what is working well/not working for you. If you have any questions I can try to answer I will do my best!

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24 Jul

June Income

June was a solid month. Although the results did not hit the target we were still able to push forward a lot of larger initiatives.

In particular, the team has a few big projects that are on the go and we are pushing hard on some larger goals.

The results from this month were a little disappointing! Having been growing nicely and having a string of very solid months back-back it felt like a step backwards when the final results of this month came in. However, when I sit back and look at the overall/absolute results I really shouldn’t be disappointed… but alas human psychology is cruel and regardless of the size of the earnings one key to satisfaction is growth.

Many projects are underway nicely but a couple of my core businesses which can be a little cyclical had down months at the same time. I am looking forward to them bouncing back for July and moving forward.

Hopefully, this post will shed some light on how I build/operate my online business and gives you some useful insights. There are plenty of areas for improvement in my business and I try to highlight these as well!

Hope your summer is going well and your business is growing!

The Business “Divisions” For My Online Business:

  1. Money Site Portfolio
  2. AuthorityWebsiteIncome Blog
  3. Services – Web Development, Content Marketing & Link Building:
  4. Amazon FBA Business
    • Brands 1-6 – All have specific targets for 2017
    • ListingEagle – Amazon FBA Hijacking and Suppression Monitoring
  5. Put Outside Capital to Work Efficiently in the Online Asset Space

 

Key Successes

  1. Great Acquisition – Working with a very small group we have acquired a couple great FBA businesses and have a world-class manager installed/ready to grow the business! The business achieves ~40% net margins which is very rare for FBA businesses. A couple great options for acquiring FBA businesses are TheFBABroker (who we used in this case), FE International or EmpireFlippers.
  2. Scalable Site Growth – My site building initiative this month is having a lot of success with continually adding more and more traffic
  3. Unique Acquisition – A deal will close in July that started in June I will be excited to share the story behind it!
  4. Shopify Site Had Record Month – One business that had a record month was my Shopify site.

 

Key Failures

  1. Diversification Isn’t Always Awesome – Diversification is great because it generally means that earnings/business results will not have huge swings. But… when a couple of the bigger businesses have a couple naturally down months the benefit of diversification isn’t as obvious.
  2. Consistency – This is the most concerning failure of the month but my lack of consistency in terms of putting out highly useful content is the biggest failure in June.
  3. Facebook Ads – I launched and tested a free + shipping offer for my Shopify site and did not have any success with it unfortunately!

 

2017 Business Goals

Below is my businesses main goals for 2017…

 

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

3 Goals in 2016 for my Website Portfolio Business

  1. Everyone Win at the Mortgage Crushing Competition

June Update – Traffic definitely took a dip on this business as a couple very well performing posts slipped in rankings.

  • Traffic = 15,071
  • Earnings = $108.24

2. Buy 1 Site Per Month

June Update – No new sites for my personal portfolio were purchased in June. None of the ones that came across my plate were interesting. I will have one new small/medium sized acquisition to chat about next month

  • GOAL = 1 New Website Purchased
  • ACTUAL = 0 New Website Purchased

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

I have found the right sellers are those…

  • Desire a simple/efficient/non-invasive sales process (no option is easier to sell to)
  • Looking to sell FAST (under 24hrs has been accomplished!) (shorter time for due diligence on my end increases risk for me)
  • Not wanting to spend a lot of time on the sales process (analytics and income proof is all I need)
  • SEO done to the site can be questionable and that increased risk will be reflected in the sales price
  • Understand that the benefits of the bullet points above means the sales multiple will be lower than if you went a more traditional route

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

3. Scalable New Site Creation Strategy adds $5k to Portfolio

June Update – Traffic has been working out extremely well with this project! Across the new sites I have grown the traffic to 55k uniques last month! This is a great sign for the project but we are SUCKING at turning that traffic into earnings. No point in having all this traffic without converting it. We will continue pushing hard to earn more from the traffic.

  • Traffic – 55,210
  • Earnings – $380.10

PRIMARY GOAL – OVERALL INCOME FOR WEBSITE PORTFOLIO GROW TO $15k/MONTH CONSISTENTLY

June Update – Solid performance from my Shopify Ecommerce site helped out the portfolio a lot. I am still struggling with monetization and have put pressure on myself and my team to not do anything other than grow earnings this month for the portfolio!

 

Part 2 – Authority Website Income Blog Profit/Loss

3 Goals in 2015 for AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com

  1. Post Once Per Week

June Update – Not a great month for content production! What I have started is a mastermind for content marketing which I go to weekly and combined with this monthly update and that mastermind my goal is to get caught up on quality content production!

  • Plan = 4
  • Actual = 2

2. Systematic Promotion of my Content and Building of my List

June Update – No Progress  – One of the team members it is on their list.

3. Increased Intelligence with Email Automation

June Update – No Progress – Need to carve out a dedicated workday to go through this!

PRIMARY GOAL – GROW TO 30k VISITORS PER MONTH

June Update – 12,782 which is all I should expect if I am only producing 2 articles in a given month! Summer usually has a small downturn in traffic due to vacations and such but no excuses I need to do a much better job on this site! I feel I owe you this audience more then I have done over the last month.

Part 3 – Services Business Profit/Loss

  1. Systems First Focus

June Update – Great signs that the culture of systems and SOPs is getting embedded. Team members are rolling out procedures without being prompted and are starting to see the benefit.

  1. LightningRank.com – Quality and Efficiency Improvements

June Update – No change this month, continuing to see great results for clients with many very LARGE PBNs being discussed now.

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  1. ContentRefined.com – 20k MRR by June & 40k MRR by End of Year

June Update – A weird billing nuance where anyone who signed up on the 31st got billed on the first showing up in July vs June with my tracking has this number a few thousand less. CHURN is the enemy of any growing recurring subscription business! For us we were experiencing some awesome growth numbers but with a big push last month and then some normal/happy customer churn we have seen this growth slow.

  • Planned MRR = $20,000
  • Actual MRR = $26,031

4. BrandBuilders.io Structurally Well Setup & New Offering Launched

June Update – Achieved – The TurnKey affiliate sites ready in 24hrs are selling out in a handful of hours every time we launch!

PRIMARY GOAL – SYSTEMATIC GROWTH!

 

Part 4 – Amazon FBA Business

  • Brand #1 – HG – Running Lean and Spinning off Cash
    • June Update – Continuing to perform solid but not amazing. Running it very lean and piling up some cash in the bank.
  • Brand #2 – CF – Quarterly Dividends Ahead of Baseline
    • June Update – Business is performing solid, a little behind the planned numbers but solid!
  • Brand #3 – NT – Path To Strong Market Position and Successful Pillar Product
    • June Update – This business we are running until out of inventory and then wrapping up.
  • Brand #4 – CK – Systematic Growth to $20k/month Profit
    • June Update – A big promotion push has this business moving nicely again
  • Brand #5 – PC – Successful launch and $5k/month Business
    • May Update – Only a couple months in and sales are starting to pickup. Showing some definite signs of promise!
  • Brand #6 – SE – 4X Value Expansion with Dream Team!
    • June Update – VERY disappointing results on this business. Although it was a great plan the results did not line up with what we were looking for. Despite the affiliate site driving $40k worth of sales to a competitor the same amount of traffic to our site has driven $0!
  • ListingEagle.com  – Hijack and Listing Suppression Monitoring Service
    • June Update – Steady business

Part 5 – Put Outside Capital to Work Efficiently

June Update – A great deal and manager has been onboarded with this project. We are continuing to look for additional world-class un-hireable managers who are looking to play a bigger game. Feel free to reach out if you have a world class skill set, proven track record growing a business and are looking to play a bigger game!

Overall Income Update

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

  • Target Net Income = $11,275
  • Actual Net Income = $37,827.23
  • 2017 Average Net Income = $45,962

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

Final Comments

June was a tougher month! I need to evaluate if my focus is correctly allocated or not especially when it comes to providing useful posts at AuthorityWebsiteIncome.

This I believe has been my biggest issue with my business over the last couple months and I will be addressing it!

Please let me know in the comments below what posts have been the most useful for you and I will work

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