06 Jun

Real Earnings from 5 Real Estate Affiliate Programs

Are you interested in the real estate industry, but unfortunately not a certified real estate agent or broker?

What if I told you that you can definitely offer rentals or sell homes without any certifications? Yes, you can do these things through affiliate marketing.

Today’s NOTW (Niche of the Week) is focused on the real estate industry and how you can earn by selling houses or leasing rentals without commuting or even doing calls. All you need is a good website to promote the niche!

If you are still wondering how you can start your own real estate business without leaving your house, you can see how it's done at Dr. Housing Bubble, a website focused on investing in the real estate industry. Visitors can get tons of good information and advice on this website as it is primarily a blog. Additionally, the website runs an autoresponder, which is a good marketing tool for promoting offers. Aside from this, it earns from ad space.

Another good example of a website that is earning from the real estate business is Fodor’s Travels. This website is nicely built and more aesthetically appealing than the previous website. Although Fodor’s is considered more of a travel niche site, it also features a sub-niche that falls under the real estate industry: vacation home rentals.

You may also want to check out HomeToGo, which is a website dedicated to vacation rentals. It scrapes the Internet for vacation rental lists, which makes it easy to scout for vacation homes and find a rental that is cheap and affordable. 

What Is the Real Estate Industry About?

Niche Definition

Now that you have seen some sample websites in the real estate niche, you may wonder what it's comprised of. What is its scope? And above all, what is the real estate niche?

Simply put, real estate is the business of buying, selling and/or leasing land and/or structures.

As shown by the website examples above, you can promote this niche as a general niche, featuring different real estate properties for sale or for rent, OR you can focus on a sub-niche just like HomeToGo.

Whether you’ll go for a general niche site or a sub-niche site, you can refer to our guidelines on how to choose a niche.

Where Is the Real Estate Industry Now?


There is no doubt that the real estate industry is one of the most lucrative niches out there. Google Trends shows relatively high and steady popularity over the last five years, as shown in the graph below:

Google Trends results for "real estate"

Real estate as an industry employs more than 2 million people. The recent downturn in the US economy affected its prosperity, but it's now showing steady growth.

What is especially interesting to note out of all the numbers I've looked at is that 92% of would-be buyers go online to search for potential homes. The same study on digital house-hunting states 69% of people who visit a real estate website started by doing a local search online.

However, if you plan to promote this niche next, you will also have to take note of the latest market studies.

The niche is continually growing based on the demands of the ever-changing market. An article published by Deloitte suggests that the real estate industry in 2017 is heavily influenced by two factors: technological advancements and demographic shifts.

The market's transition to being comprised mostly of baby boomers and millennials is greatly contributing to the changing demands of the industry. You may want to conduct further research into these demographics if you plan to build a site around real estate.

How to Scout for “Hot Property” Keywords

Keyword Research

As I always recommend, when doing keyword research, the very first thing you need to do is get all your niche's seed keywords. Later, you'll sort your keywords and finalize the list based on competition levels.

Your seed keywords are simply keywords that you can use to rank on SERPs and promote your offerings. The more relevant your list of seed keywords is, the better targeted your website's traffic will be.

For the real estate niche, you may use several keyword research tools, such as Google Trends, Ubersuggest and our very own AffiloTools.

Using Google Trends

Head to Google Trends and type “real estate” into the search box. You will then immediately see search data. Just scroll down the page to find the “related topics” and “related queries” section (shown below) to get seed keywords that you can use for your site.

Topics and queries related to "real estate" from Google Trends

Using Ubersuggest

Go to Ubersuggest and type “real estate” into the search box to get more seed keywords, as shown below:

Ubersuggest results for "real estate"

Using the AffiloTools Keyword Research Tool

The AffiloTools keyword research section is one of the easiest tools to use when it comes to seeding keywords. You just need to log in to your AffiloTools account and go directly to Research > Keywords on the side menu to start using the keyword tool.

Once you reach the keyword tool, just type in “real estate” in the box and hit the search button. You should immediately see results like those shown below:

AffiloTools results for "real estate"

For complete instructions on how to do keyword research, you may refer to our guide on using AffiloTools for keyword research here.

I also suggest you read our guidelines on doing proper keyword research so you can really target the right keywords for your real estate website.

Our Top Vendor Picks for the Real Estate Niche

Affiliate Programs

ClickBank has several real estate affiliate programs on its Marketplace. The gravity scores aren't that high but the commissions are enough to tempt someone into giving these products a try.


1. ForeclosureSearch.ca

Investors and buyers looking for a good bargain on a commercial or residential property in Canada can search the listings on ForeclosureSearch.ca for a monthly fee. The properties listed on the website have been foreclosed on and are available to potential buyers at a lower price than typical market value. They offer affiliates one of the highest commission rates for the real estate niche, maybe even the highest.

How much can I make?
Payment is as high as 75% on every sale.

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


2. BirdDogBot

This company is the creator of BirdDogBot, an application that helps real estate investors find good deals on properties. The website also offers training and resources to help new investors analyze and track deals. Affiliates enjoy a hefty commission. The site even offers a monthly re-bill commission.

How much can I make?
You can earn as high as 50% on every sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.

Commercial Real Estate Cash Flow Funding System

3. Commercial Real Estate Cash Flow Funding System

Commercial Real Estate Program, or CREProgram.com, gives you training on how to buy commercial real estate. The training module is focused on new commercial real estate investors, showing them how to network and start a cash flow system that will enable them to buy more properties.

How much can I make?
You can earn as high as 54% on every sale.

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


4. For Sale By Owner

ForSaleByOwner is for homeowners who want to sell their property directly to buyers, without the help of a real estate agency. The site provides owners with a "seller's guide" containing information on pricing, marketing and paperwork needed to sell their homes.

How much can I make?
You can earn 25% on every sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.


5. HomeAway

HomeAway provides vacation rentals. It has around 2 million vacation homes listed and is available worldwide to around 190 countries.

How much can I make?
You can earn 3% on ever traveler you refer and $20 on new listings you refer.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.

How to Sell Like a Real Estate Pro


After building an affiliate site comes the most challenging phase: driving traffic to your site. While it's important to get this bit right, it's more important to get started on it. This is not the time to get analysis paralysis, and the key to successfully driving traffic to your site is having a nifty guide on link building and inbound marketing.

You can create your strategy guide even as you are doing niche research. While you're having a look around authority sites on the niche, take note of them and figure out how you can promote your site within the community. Once you have a list of methods, it'll be easy enough to go through them and see which work and which don't.

No guessing. No paralysis.

1. Start generating free traffic through SEO

This is probably one of the oldest Internet marketing methods out there, but still, many affiliate marketers do not include SEO in their marketing campaigns. A lot of these marketers say that SEO no longer works or it works but is too hard to pull off. While it is true that SEO is quite challenging, the claim that SEO no longer works is completely false. Sure thing, it works, but you will have to stick to the white hat techniques to really see how cost-effective this strategy is in the long run.

You may refer to our SEO checklist here and use it for your real estate website.

2. Add social media

Never underestimate the power of social media, especially in the real estate industry where much of the market now consists of millennials, who are always online and active on social media sites.

There is a ton of information and plenty of how-to tutorials on promoting your real estate business on social media but you must also do your own research, as most of these sites have pitfalls that may do more harm than good to your business. Do not fall into these traps; learn the dangers of social media here.

3. Construct good sales copy

Always write for your audience. Good sales copy for a real estate website provides the readers with answers and more.

One good strategy to convince your readers to buy is to use words that get into your readers’ emotions. The more sincere you are, the better your sales copy will be in terms of conversions.

Read our member’s post titled “Detecting a sales page that will convert: 5 essential questions to ask yourself” for extra tips!

4. Create a video that sells

Video marketing is another popular marketing strategy that works well with the real estate niche. You can post videos on your own website for additional content and/or share them on social media sites like YouTube and Facebook.

I highly suggest you read Gina’s post "The Video Marketing Funnel: Proof it Works and 5 Easy Steps to Follow" for our video marketing blueprint.

5. Utilize Google AdWords

If you are looking for paid ads, you can try AdWords. It's one of the most popular PPC ad networks and works well with the real estate niche.

For more PPC tips, you can check out our PPC lessons here.   

Move In or Move Out?

Is Real Estate a Good Niche to Promote?

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This niche has earning potential. The commissions are certainly worth the effort. However, like I have said previously, this niche requires a lot of research. There's plenty to learn and a lot of technical info to go through as well. But the market is HUGE and demand is definitely high.

Of course, when it comes to competition, expect it to be fierce in this niche. You will need a good strategy to get ahead of the rest.

And with that, I conclude this week's Niche of the Week. I hope you enjoyed it! Don't forget to share it using any of the Share buttons below!


PS: If you enjoyed all the free information here, you’ll definitely love our step-by-step course in affiliate marketing. Check out AffiloBlueprint for more marketing strategies to apply to your affiliate website!

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31 May

5 Simple Rules To Evaluate Ideas and Control the Bright Shiny Object Syndrome

This post is about a handful of rules I have tried to adopt when evaluating new opportunities. I don’t want to “fight” the bright shiny object syndrome as many new ideas are worth pursuing but this post is about how to “control” the urge to start too many different things!

Chasing the bright shiny object is a big part of what I do but I can’t endlessly pursue every exciting opportunity.

So this post is about a handful of tricks I use to try and determine if an idea is worth pursuing or not.

First Step is Admitting We Are Not Rational! In a perfect world I would put each new project on a list and use some calculation of NPV or IRR and determine the priority of the project. However, my brain is not that rationale… the emotional side will skew the assumptions to the point that these calculations will turn into highly precise but inaccurate BS so I have made a handful of rules that try to trick/use my emotional brain to come up with an efficient way to get to the right decision on pursuing an opportunity or not!

I am a long way from perfect when it comes to this process so if you have any tips/tricks please share below.

Hopefully, if you struggle from chasing the bright shiny object syndrome or running after too many different projects this process will help!

Useful books:

  • TheOneThing
  • FooledByRandomness

So when a new idea comes my way here are the simple rules I try to follow to ensure I fight the urge to jump into projects I can’t fully commit to!


 5 Simple Rules To Help Evaluate a New Idea


ONE – Sit on an Idea for 24hrs

When an idea comes in I find it best to write it down and sit on it for at least one day. Many ideas that sound brilliant at the time later look completely STUPID!

By writing it down when the idea is fresh in my head I am able to give me the freedom to think through the idea and essentially scratch the mental itch quickly then shift back to whatever task I was on.

If I try and fight the urge to write down the idea I end up becoming less efficient on whatever task I am on.

Example – One example of an idea I forced myself to sleep on was pursuing an Amazon FBA business. Once I had slept on it for a day I made the much smarter decision of not blindly trying to pick a winner for a product but pursue an FBA business off the back of an already successful Amazon Affiliate Site (read more about this strategy here).


TWO –  Do I have less than 2 projects that are not sustainable yet and still need me to muscle them?

One concept I talk about a lot with my staff is the number of projects we have that are not sufficiently systematized. When that number of projects for any person is greater than 2 they(and myself) end up juggling multiple projects to just keep them afloat while not actually pushing the project forward efficiently.

So one of the most important things for me to consider is do I have 2 projects that are requiring a substantial amount of my time right now? If I do I need to push one to completion before I take on another big task.

The number of 2 projects is completely arbitrary and I thought it was because I wasn’t always great at focusing so I could only handle a couple… however, as I have worked with my 5 person in house team I see this repeating itself with them. If I load them up with more then 2 BIG tasks they have ownership of their attention seems to get split too much and the result is the work just floats along vs being driven to completion.

Example – I made a mistake recently where I took on overhauling the system for NicheWolf.com while I had other BIG projects on the go. This resulted in that project stretching out a LOT longer then it should have had I simply dedicated myself to it.


THREE –  Am I at email 0? If I am too busy to get to email zero I am too busy to take on more BIG projects!

My email systems are definitely not to be envied but basically, I have some help processing email and then every day either respond to email or boomerang it to return later for me to deal with.

If I am not getting through this process and getting all my emails dealt with (either responded to/read or boomeranged) then I am broken and don’t have the capacity for a new project.

I need to go into email cleanup mode and try to get projects or tasks off of my plate that are contributing to my inbox being a constraint.

Like all these rules this is a LONG WAY from perfect but I think of it as the canary in the coal mine… if I am not handling my inbox then I am broken and need to make some changes to get back to being able to process my email every 24hrs.

Example – Right now I have had a series of activities that have put me behind in my email and was unable to get caught up for almost a week. As a result I have pushed several opportunities off and focused on trying to identify what projects I can reduce the total number of email I need to deal with.


FOUR – Unless I have a competitive advantage don’t pursue projects!

Lots and lots of ideas sound amazing. Someone will bring me an opportunity and it sounds amazing… but one question that seems to push a lot of potential projects off my plate is “do I have an unfair competitive advantage?”

This advantage can take many forms and a lot of what I have been doing for the last 8 years is building skills, team, connections and knowledge that can be deployed to create a competitive advantage. However, there are still a lot of ideas where I need to admit that I have a limited competitive advantage(if any) and as a result, it doesn’t make sense to pursue.

Example – When evaluating would I start ContentRefined.com I needed to evaluate did I have an unfair competitive advantage? My thought was the combination of my content creation systems being a results in google focused (not $/word focused writing service like the competition), having an awesome manager and my audience here I thought I would have a competitive advantage.


FIVE – How does it fit within my mission/vision/values? 

Finally or maybe it should be first on the list but does whatever the task/project/idea is fit with my “why” or mission/vision/values/goals. Asking a handful of questions that check if this is aligned with my values helps… Does this add value? Am I able keep building a team member into an entrepreneur? Does a systematic approach to solving this problem give me an advantage? Am I able to do exactly what I say we will?

These questions and checking my mission/vision/values/goals definitely helps show if an idea is in the sweet spot of what I should be doing or if it falls well outside of what I want to be doing.

Example – One website that we were recently evaluating to purchase I thought added very little value (to be blunt I think it was likely tricking people to pay for something) the result was that although the opportunity looked great from a $ standpoint the idea did not get me fired up because it was not a fit with a couple of my values (always add value / do what we say we will always).


So there you have my rough 5 simple rules for evaluating new opportunities. I am sure everyone will be different but I think it is worth considering how you evaluate new opportunities!

I find a lot of us get overly distracted and as a result, don’t push any part of our business far enough along! Unlike most I embrace the bright shiny object and don’t mind having a ton of projects on the go but need to ensure they are the right projects getting the right amount of attention and the 5 rules above have helped (again not perfect) me do this.

How do you control your urges to pursue multiple projects? Any tips/tricks?

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26 May

Niche of the Week: Get Your Ex Back

Love is a many-splendored thing.

So they say. But when love ends, most people find themselves in a hot mess. Or are the hot mess themselves.

Most people cry and move on to find a new love. But there are some, like this Niche of the Week’s target market, that prefer to go back to their old love.

New flame or old, we are constantly searching for, fighting for, or trying to get back love. It's no wonder the relationship and dating niche remains one of the biggest evergreen niches in affiliate marketing.

We’ve done dating site affiliate programs and dating advice affiliate programs. This time, we look at get your ex back affiliate programs.

Is Anyone Really Interested in Getting Their Ex Back?

There are no actual statistics I can show you, but go to Amazon or Google and type in “get your ex back." You’ll find an array of guides and tips on exactly how you can win back that old love.

Mixed in with information on how to get your ex back are relationship blogs that deal with finding love and getting it back. Blogs like Seriously-Maybe.com and EvanMarcKatz.com are common in the relationship niche and enjoy thousands of visits on a daily basis. It’s these websites you’ll either build links on or compete with, so take note.

The "Ex" Keywords

The obvious target keyword here is "get your ex back" (and all its variations). It's a great keyword with a global monthly search volume of 33,000 and low competition. In fact, most variations of this keyword have low competition:

Get Your Ex Back - Traffic Travis Results

Visiting KeywordBuzz.net, I found other variations of my main keyword, such as "get your ex back ebook" and "win your ex back coach." Other keywords I could target are "how to get back together," "can I still get back with my ex?" and "can my ex and I be friends?"

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"Get Your Ex Back" Affiliate Programs

All of the following affiliate programs are on the ClickBank Marketplace. I tried to find "get your ex back" affiliate programs on other affiliate networks, or independent ones, but was unable to.

The following affiliate programs have great gravity and commissions:

MeetYourSweet - Get Your Ex Back Affiliate Programs

1. Meet Your Sweet

One of Mark’s own products, Meet Your Sweet is a popular product in the dating niche.

Meet Your Sweet isn’t all about getting out there and finding love. Its products run from finding your true love to keeping that love and getting it back.

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

How do I apply?
You can join through the Meet Your Sweet affiliate page, or you can sign up through ClickBank.

ExFactor Guide - Get Your Ex Back Affiliate Programs

2. The Ex Factor Guide

The Ex Factor Guide is just one of the many digital products offered by LoveLearnings.com.

There are separate video sales pages for men and women, and their affiliate page provides email swipes, reviews and banners.

How much can I make?

How do I apply?
This is another ClickBank product. You can also sign up through their affiliate page.

HowToGetYourExBack.com - Get Your Ex Back Affiliate Programs

3. HowToGetExBack.com

The product name says it all. This product will show you how to get your ex back.

They have separate video sales pages for men and women, too.

How much can I make?

How do I apply?
You need to sign up with ClickBank first. For more information, including promotional materials, visit their affiliate page.

TextYourExBack - Get Your Ex Back Affiliate Programs

4. TextYourExBack

Continuing on with the many digital products for getting the love of your life back is TextYourExBack. This is part of the Digital Romance series of products on relationships.

Like the above, this product has separate sales pages for men and women.

How much can I make?

How do I apply?
Again, this is available through ClickBank first, but they have their own affiliate page where you can sign up and get access to banners and such as well as sign up for the other relationship products they offer.

Modern Love  - Get Your Ex Back Affiliate Programs

5. Modern Love

Modern Love is similar to Digital Romance. They offer a selection of courses on dating and relationships, including getting that ex back.

How much can I make?

How do I apply?
They do not have an affiliates page so you need to log in to ClickBank, or send an email to Mika[at]modernlove[dot]life.

How to Get Them to Your Site

Amazon Kindle Traffic

People who are looking to get back together with their former lovers are mainly looking for solid information on how to do so. You can write a short eBook that shares info on getting one's ex back and put that up on Amazon. Make sure the eBook has links to relevant resources on your site so that users who want to learn more will pay it a visit.

One of the perks of this method is you can either charge a fee for the eBook or make it free. Either way, you get traffic to your site.

Blog and Forum Commenting

This link-building method is perfect for this niche because there are plenty of relationship blogs and forums out there that you can participate in. Make sure to contribute to the discussion, because you're not just building backlinks here: you're also building your and your site's reputation. Gaining the trust of other members helps you get more clicks to your site.

Social Media Marketing

This particular inbound marketing method applies to practically any niche, as social media sites are now the norm. Thousands of users are logged in to these sites 24/7, so it's only natural to join them to reach more of your target market. You can set up a Facebook page or Twitter account for your site, then engage your target market by posting links to relevant information about your niche.

Your posts don't always have to contain links to your site. You can refer to other sites within the niche too. Social media marketing is one of the best ways to build your site's online presence.

The Ex and the Affiliate Marketer: Too Good to Be Together?

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The "get your ex back" niche has some products with good commissions. There isn't much competition in the keyword department either, which indicates that if you put in real effort, you can rank for these keywords quite easily. The main challenge here is how you can vouch for these products. Unless you've separated from someone and gotten back together using one, confirming they work is going to be a challenge.

There is only so much you can write about the niche, too. This is the kind of niche that you can eventually branch into, or out of. You can start with this niche and then move on to promoting other relationship products, or you can start a relationship site and then begin promoting products from this niche too. That way, your earning potential is maximized.

I hope you enjoyed this week's Niche of the Week! Please make sure to share it with your friends through the Share buttons below. Comments and suggestions? You can leave them below this post and I will be sure to get back to you.

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25 May

Mortgage Crushing Challenge Update

It has been too long since we announced the mortgage crushing challenge (MCC) to not have an update! But today I am happy to share how each of our sites are doing.

The short story is my site is now cresting over 1k visitors per day and on a nice growth trajectory but the earnings are not as good as I would like!

It was very clear at the time that there was A LOT of interest in how we would be building out these sites.

We have been working very hard on the sites(although not putting in as much time as we would like) and not keeping people updated as much as we would have liked! So I apologize for that!

This post is to give you a glimpse into both the mindset and stats for the site so far!

If you are building out your site I hope it is going well. If you are looking for some help to get started or keep things going have a look at these options…

Jon’s Update:

What does this challenge mean to you?

Adding another solid earning affiliate site to my portfolio and one that covers mortgage payments would be great!

As my other projects continue to take up more and more time it is important that I keep testing and tweaking my site creation process to keep validating what is working in this space

How many hours a week do you work on your site?

Initially, I put in about 10hrs to really map out my project and then since then I have been putting in about 1hr per week which usually consists of checking my stats, completing additional keyword research and coming up with new monetization strategies.

How did you come up with your niche?

My niche is pretty general as I wanted to try my hand at building a larger content site focusing heavily on content that could truly be evergreen. So the site covers a very wide range of topics.

What have you focused on over the last 4 months?

LOTS of content and leveraging expired domains. For me it has been about putting out a LOT of content targeting super low competition but valuable enough keywords.

What has been a big challenge with your site?

There have been 2 major issues…

  1. The amount of time I have been putting into the project is sub-optimal!
  2. My earnings per visitor are weak and I need to improve this!

What are you focusing on for the next few months?

More of the same to keep pushing the traffic up and then I really need to start working on getting my earnings up! But right now the focus is in trying to keep pushing the traffic up on this site so that when I do focus more on monetization I have a TON of traffic to play with.

How are you monetizing it?

AdSense and only AdSense right now. Pretty boring and its not working well!

What’s your content creation plan?

Target low competition keywords that are evergreen in nature (will be searched in 5 years time at the same amount they are now). Keep pushing out a lot of content for the site leveraging the process we use at ContentRefined.com to create content that ranks!

What is your backlinking plan?

I have only leveraged expired domains. Both PBN links (10 site done for you PBN) and 3 301 building blocks have been leveraged.

Sites Data

  • Cost to Date = ~$500/month
  • Earnings to Date = $256

Google Analytics

So overall with traffic going to over 1k visitors per day I am happy with the traffic growth and will keep pushing on what is working!


Kelley’s Update

What does this challenge mean to you?

My husband and I have been renting for the last few years and we want to eventually buy a house. What I hope to get out of this challenge is not only to learn more about building income websites but I also want to be able to financially help us to get a home that we can buy. I hope that by the end of the year, I will be able to build my site up enough to be able to pay for my rent and eventually my monthly mortgage when we get a house.

How many hours a week do you work on your site?

Every week varies depending on the workload I have, however, I try to get in at least 2 hours a week on my site. Sometimes I would spend 3-4 evenings working on getting the content templates create for my for my writers, but usually I am around the 2-3 hour per week mark.

How did you come up with your niche?

I have always wanted to do the type of site I am creating. I had a few options in mind that were very specific but I choose a niche that will take quite a bit of ‘elbow’ work to make an impact in.

What have you focused on over the last 4 months?

Over the last 4 months my biggest focus has been on getting a good solid base of content created for the site.

What has been a big challenge with your site?

A big challenge I am currently having with my site is getting visitors to it. I have quite a few good keywords that I am ranking in the high 10-20’s that I have been trying to get onto page 1. I have started to get some link building in place so I hope I am able to see some movement from that.

What are you focusing on for the next few months?

Over the next few months I want to be able to continue to push out some quality content, while executing quality backlinks to those articles. I also want to improve the layout of my articles in order to make it more user-friendly.

How are you monetizing it?

Currently I am monetizing the site via Amazon. But due to the new advertising fee structure I may look to some other affiliate options on CJ or Shareasale.

What’s your content creation plan?

My current content creation plan has been to get a massive pillar article created and then get smaller supporting articles that can interlink the the pillar article. I also intend to do a lot more keyword research in order to find lower competition keywords in my niche regardless of search volume just so I can get more visitors to my site.

What is your backlinking plan?

I have done a variety of backlinking strategies over the last few months to try and get the site moving. I first started off with looking at some of my competitors sites to see where they were getting some of their links from to see which ones I could replicate. I did see that some backlinks were coming just from blog posting so I did the same thing. That seemed to help get the ball rolling. After that I did some research and decided to give the scholarship route a try. I sent out about 300 emails and got backlinks from 3 different schools. Not to great on the conversion but it was better than nothing. Currently I am using our Use My PBN service to help point some links to some of my articles that just need an extra little push.

During the next few months I am going to continue with the blog commenting (around 5-10 per week), possible get a few editorial links created, continue to use the Use My PBN service and I might outreach out to a few more schools with the scholarship route again.

Sites Data



Maddie’s Update

What does this challenge mean to you?

  • This challenge has really been about learning for me. When I started working with Kelley and Jon I had no idea what an “income website” was. I’m using this as a way to learn more about the “bigger picture” of the business so that in the end I can relate to my customers on a really real level. Some extra income is always nice too.

How many hours a week do you work on your site?

  • I generally put around 2 hours a week in depending on how busy my week is. I do like to try and publish my own content as much as possible as thrive is always updating and I like to be up to date on it.

How did you come up with your niche?

  • I came up with my Niche as it was something that I personally just really like. I wouldn’t say it’s a passion of mine but it definitely comes from personal interest

What have you focused on over the last 4 months?

  • I’ve really just focused on getting quite a bit of content on my site at this point. I wanted to go after the obvious ones at first and I’m still working on that.

What has been a big challenge with your site?

  • I know this is a really lame excuse- but time! Time has been such a struggle as I feel guilty using my time to grow something that isn’t of any use to the business. Content Refined was just launched in November and I’ve been working really hard on it. If I’m going to be on the computer working on something, it’s hard for it not to be Content Refined related!

What you are focusing on for the next few months?

  • The next few months I want to focus on a better and more strategic content plan. I also want to start organizing my site a bit better as I have a lot of content and want to create some backlinking strategies with existing content etc..

How are you monetizing it?

  • Well, I applied for google adsense a few weeks after I started ranking for Keywords and I got rejected, so now I’m going to apply for Amazon after I complete a full audit on my site. I have quite a few review articles on there now that are starting to rank so hopefully that will be a better strategy.

What’s your content creation plan?

  • Initially I went after a bunch of the low hanging fruit for my initial round of content. Now that I can see what’s a hit and what’s not, I will create a custom content plan with about 4 different silos and build from there.

What is your backlinking plan?

  • Currently I don’t have a backlinking plan. Once my site gets a bit bigger, I intend to buy a 5 site PBN package from lightning rank and get some consistent backlinking done.

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18 May

The Easiest Keyword Research Strategy for New or Big Sites

We have all been there… needing to get more articles created for our sites and not having a clue where to turn. It can be frustrating trying to squeeze more juice out of a keyword research method you have already used extensively. Whether you are looking to create a sitemap for a site or find another unique keyword for a huge site typical keyword research strategies can struggle to have you come up with a MASSIVE list of keywords/content ideas!

Here is a strategy you can use to come up with a bunch of keywords to create articles for.

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This post is all about how you can quickly complete keyword research and come up with a great site plan based on your competitor’s site.

This strategy is definitely a little simpler than the more advanced strategies used by my team for my money sites or by the team for ContentRefined.com / NicheWolf.com. However, this strategy is a great place to start if you are looking to quickly generate a bunch of keyword ideas.

Outcome: This procedure will enable you to get a bunch of low competition keywords that you can create articles on for your sites easily each month.


Strategy Summary: Use tools to identify all the keywords you are currently ranking for and all the keywords your competitors are ranking for then compare easily using Google sheets to see which keywords your competitors are ranking for and you are not. Then analyze this list to identify the easiest keywords your competitors are ranking for and you aren’t so you can get content created for them.

Step 1: Find Site Related to Your Site

In this tutorial I am going to use http://bballworld.com (not my site but will treat this post as if it was MY money site). So I will need to find another site that is relevant to basketballs. In Google I typed in a relevant term to the site.

I then went through the list and looked at the sites to see if any sites are similar to my site. In this case http://bestoutdoorbasketball.net/.

** An alternative way to do this is to go into semrush and input your site. Scroll down on the homepage and look for the Main Organic Competitors section and find one in that list that is relevant.

Step 2: Gather lists of Keywords from each site

Now that we have the two sites, we need to go to semrush and export the keywords each site is ranking for.

Before we export the keywords, we want to set the keywords search volume we download to be greater than 200 or 500.

You want to do this for BOTH sites.

Step 3: Importing keywords into Google Document

After you download the keywords, you want to copy and paste the keywords of your money site onto a new google doc. Make it one color (ie Blue).

You then want to do the same with the competitors keywords. But make them a different colour ie. Green.

Step 4: Remove any keywords the Money Site is ranking for

For this step, you will need to install an addon called Remove Duplicates.

After you download that you will need to highlight column A – > Add-ons – > Remove Duplicate – > find duplicates or uniques

This will run a system that will remove any keywords your money site is already ranking for from the relevant site. In this case 32 keywords were similar.

Step 5: Get SECOCKPIT details for the keywords left over

Take all keywords left over from the relevant site (all keywords in green) and run it through secockpit.

You want to upload you own keywords so you will click this button:


Step 6: Filter Keywords

Once Secockpit loads all the data, we will filter it so it shows more than 200 or 500 searches and less than 33% competition.

(Note – Recently we have found Ferzy to be the best at showing the true competition of a keyword)

Now we will export the list.

Comparison of competition score for SEMRush, SECockpit and Ferzy with Ferzy as the clear winner!

Step 7: Download File and Upload to Google Document

Once you have downloaded the list you want to open it up.

You now want to take column D and upload it to a new Google Excel document.

You will need to do the same for column H, I and AD


  1. A way to double check is to put the money site back through SEMrush and search for the keyword on your list before you make the title and assign it to get written.

Ex. molten basketball

  1. Some keywords may not be 100% relevant so ensure to comb through and remove any that should not be in the list.


This was a very intense HOW-TO post with a LOT of screenshots.

If you have been recently stuck trying to come up with keywords this is a great strategy to get a lot of ideas and avoid duplicating effort with keywords already on your site.

You can do everything yourself and as you can tell I try and hide nothing!

Or… if you want some help I have a couple services…

  • Niche Selection & Keyword Research Packs – NicheWolf.com!
  • Done for You Content Marketing – Content plan, KW research, content creation and publishing – ContentRefined.om!


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15 May

Niche of the Week: Diet Plan Affiliate Programs

Who’s on a diet here? Raise your hands! To those of you who did raise your hands, good for you. I wish I could say the same of myself, but when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, I’m the type of person who is not consistent with the habit! 🙂

However, we will not be talking about food here or even how we are when it comes to choosing between burger and fries or a bowl of salad for lunch! Nope! Just like most of you, I do not want to be judged on my decision.

What I will be discussing with you instead is how diet plans can make you full, well, err, in terms of income. Yes, it’s time for the niche of the week once more and this week we will focus on diet plan affiliate programs!

Diet is one interesting niche. I have spent some time researching and reading materials about it and surprisingly, it hooked me into reading further. There are a lot of sub-niches and products to consider. That alone, for affiliate marketers, is a good deciding factor for a niche.

In case you are wondering how to build a diet niche website, I have noted two website samples for this niche. I have stumbled upon the Plan to Eat blog site and Eat Yourself Skinny.

Both websites, even though they have different topics and approaches to dieting, have a lot in common. For example, both are promoting long-term diet plans. Both sites also promote healthy eating habit and not just to lose weight.

Another common denominator: both feature great food selections that are very enticing, especially for people who would like to lose weight but do not like to eat bland, tasteless foods. What a win-win situation for your market dieters, eh?

With what we've seen in the two websites above, the diet niche seems worth marketing. To begin with, there sure is a lot of information that you can add to your content, plus a wide array of products. However, is there a market for this niche? Let’s see!

Define "Diet"

Knowing the Niche

When we hear the word "diet," we often associate it with things like low-calorie food, restrictions, and controlled eating.

But believe it or not, this perception of “diet” has long been dead. Those who still believe that dieting means eating low-calorie food or with a lot of restrictions are stuck in the “old-fashioned” way of dieting.

Nowadays, those on a diet are keen on becoming healthy rather than skinny. The goal of the new generation of dieters is to maintain a long-term diet plan suited to their lifestyle. This means that losing weight is no longer the main goal but rather, they are looking for a healthy diet plan that will help them become stronger and live longer.

And what do experts say about the diet niche and its market? According to a post from Business Insider, there has been a shift in consumer attitudes towards dieting. Before, people were looking for diet products, which included low- or zero-calorie products. Nowadays, the demand has shifted to healthier products such as organic food.

This change in market behavior is noteworthy. Thus, we always suggest that you take the time to do your market research to know the current trends in the industry you are promoting and the market you are targeting.

Is There a Demand for Diets?

Niche Popularity Survey

Google SERPs for "Diet Plan"


The short answer is YES. There are currently around 46 million results on Google for the keyword “diet plan.” In Google Trends, the same keyword shows a constantly high level of search popularity, with significant peaks around New Year's.


Google Trends results for "Diet Plan"


On the ClickBank Marketplace, there are around 423 product results for the term “diet plan.” You can find still more products related to this term if you conduct specific searches like "paleo diet" or "detox diet," which are considered sub-niches of the diet plan niche.


ClickBank results for "Diet Plan"


And if that is not enough, on Amazon, you get thousands of product results for the term “diet plan.”


Amazon results for "Diet Plan"

Diet Keywords

The Keyword Research Plan

The diet plan niche is huge. For beginners, it can be overwhelming, especially if you are going to do the keyword research yourself.

To lessen or avoid such confusion, I suggest you figure out from the very beginning what topic or topics you want to cover in this niche. Ask yourself, do I start with a general topic for the diet niche? Or will I start with a focused sub-niche?

A common follow-up question regarding this: which is better? The answer: both. There is little difference when it comes to promotion and sales for a general topic site and a sub-niche site. Both types of sites generate income. The only difference is the amount of work that goes in. Since a general niche site encompasses a variety of sub-topics for the niche, it requires a lot of work as compared to a sub-niche site. But overall, both sites can be successful and can generate income.

So back to our keyword research. Once you’ve figured out the type of site you want to start with, it is easier to find your keywords.

For example, in the diet niche, I would like to focus more on eating clean, unprocessed food. No idea where to search for the keywords for this topic? A good go-to tool for finding seed keywords in any niche is Google Search.

Let’s go to Google and search for “how to eat clean unprocessed food.” Here are my results:


Diet plan keywords on Google


I have circled the keywords (mostly long-tail keywords) in the top search results page and jotted them down.

What I also love about Google is its suggestions. When you type in a certain inquiry, it will also display similar, relevant questions that other searchers have entered. You may see this section at the very bottom of the search results page. Below is a set of similar keywords and phrases that I got from my search:


Google searches related to "Diet Plan"


Another cool and easy way to get your seed keywords is using Google Trends is one good free tool for getting your seed keywords, especially since you are getting data directly from Google.

Another tool you can use to get more keywords is the keyword research tool in AffiloTools. The AffiloTools keyword research tool not only extracts keywords data from search engines, but can also crawl your competitors' websites for keywords. You can do this simply by typing a competing website's URL into the URL box, as shown below, and then clicking the SCAN URL button:


Getting keywords from a competitor's site in AffiloTools


The results will appear in the keywords box, as shown:


Competitor keywords in AffiloTools


Once you have the results, you can proceed to get more seed keywords for the list you have in the keywords box. Simply click the search button just below the box. You should be able to see more keywords under the Keywords Match and Related Keywords sections, as shown:


Using AffiloTools to get keyword suggestions based on a competitor's keywords


What I like about AffiloTools' keyword research tool is that it instantly shows you the competition data for each keyword. Once you have all your seed keywords, you can run the keywords through AffiloTools to get the competition data. You can follow the step-by-step instructions on how to properly use AffiloTools for keyword research here.

Diet Plan Affiliate Programs

A Variety of Diet Plans to Suit Every Need

The Carb Nite Solution

1. The Carb Nite Solution

One of the few ClickBank products in the diet niche that has a high gravity score. This product is less about weight loss and more about losing the fat and gaining more muscles. Aside from Carb Nite, the vendor also owns several diet plan products that can be found on ClickBank.

How much can I make?
Payment is as high as 50% on every sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up to become a ClickBank affiliate here.

Diet Bet

2. Diet Bet

Diet Bet is no ordinary diet program! This is a community website that provides fun games and rewards to members for achieving their ideal weight. Yes! Members drop the weight and earn in return. If you are looking for an interesting product, this is the one for you.

How much can I make?
You can earn 5%–10% for every game hosted.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.

The Mayo Clinic Diet

3. The Mayo Clinic Diet

The Mayo Clinic Diet is a one-stop haven for people who are looking to lose weight and make healthy changes to their lifestyle. The website is also popular for providing verified information from medical experts and professionals. Aside from this, members can enjoy a lot of tools for weight loss, such as personalized meal and fitness plans and the Mayo Clinic Diet iPhone app.

How much can I make?
You can earn as high as 75% on every sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.

South Beach Diet

4. South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet is a popular diet plan for losing weight. They offer recipes and meal plans that conform to the South Beach Diet philosophy.

How much can I make?
You can earn 55% to 85% on every sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.


5. Diet-to-Go

Diet-to-Go offers meal plans and recipes, which you can select from to create a diet plan that suits your lifestyle and needs.

How much can I make?
You can earn 40% on every sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.

Reaching Out to the Diet Market

Marketing and Promotions

Link building and inbound marketing are the next big challenges after getting the site up. Always have a link-building strategy, or at least a rough guide on how you’ll build backlinks, before you begin the site. Having a strategy gives you an idea of how to go about your link-building efforts and what method you’ll be working on when. This helps you jump to link building right after getting the site up. There will be no time wasted in between.

Below are a few of my suggestions on how to market your diet niche site. You can use these methods or you can add them to your existing marketing campaign.

Content Marketing

The saying: “content is king” never gets old in affiliate marketing. If you want to step up your game and get a lot of traffic that converts, you need to create a powerful content-based website. The goal of publishing quality content is to answer (beyond satisfaction) all the questions and information needs of your readers. If you are able to achieve this goal, you can get quality traffic that has the potential to convert into long-term buyers.

The key to a good content website is to build trust among your readers. When that relationship is built, it is easier to sell them anything.

Do you find it difficult to build your own content? You can read the 23 Content Creation Tools Every Affiliate Marketer Needs for content-building ideas.

Social Media Marketing

The best way to promote diet plans is through testimonials and reviews. If you are able to get a sample of the diet plan, you can then review it and create either a review or testimonial video. You can then share this on your site and on your site's social media pages like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Sharing information on social media sites does not only mean sharing content from your site. You can post content from related sites too.

Make sure that you are posting to your social media accounts at least a few times a week. Regularly update your site's social media accounts, too. This helps increase your visibility on social media.

Did you know you can get more traffic from YouTube? Read Get More Traffic From YouTube: 5 Steps for Adding Links to Your Videos for detailed instructions.   

Amazon Kindle Traffic

Traffic from a Kindle eBook is targeted, since readers will only download eBooks that they are interested in. You can create an eBook on a specific diet with a sample diet plan and include a few links to related posts on your site within the eBook. Readers can then click those links for further information.

One of the pros of this method is that you can choose to charge a small fee for each download, thus giving you a little income on the side. Alternatively, you can choose to keep it free so people will be more inclined to download it.

You can refer to Ultimate Ebook Creator Review – Formatting for Kindle Made Easy for info on how you can use the software to easily format your Kindle ebook.

Are Diet Plan Affiliate Programs Worth Promoting?

Can You Be the Biggest Loser or the Highest Earner?


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There's stiff competition in the weight loss niche, and that spills over to diet plans, since they are part of the whole weight loss program.

On the other hand, you don't need to have any in-depth knowledge or skill or even a deep interest in the niche. Weight loss and the quest for a healthful lifestyle are things we all can relate to. This is possibly one of the reasons why there is so much competition in this niche.

The commissions are nothing to complain about and should make the effort worthwhile. 

At the end of the day, it's all about commitment. If you're up for the hard work, then you'll be sure to reap the rewards—and maybe lose a few pounds in the process as well. 🙂 

With that, I conclude this Niche of the Week. I hope you enjoyed it! If you did, please share it using the Share buttons below. Make sure to leave a comment too!


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12 May

Business and Income Report April 2017

April was another very busy month.

Several businesses continue to perform extremely well and the increased team has definitely increased the amount of work we are able to get done.

Balancing tasks between immediate pay-off and long term growth is always tricky. Time will tell if we get that balance right!

My first 2 full time staff were a huge success and I am trying to grow my in house team rapidly adding 3 additional summer co-ops to determine the right size/makeup of my in house team.

This report covers the results of the business during April!

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. Content Refined Continued Success & Self-Reinforcing Competitive Advantage – ContentRefined.com continues to grow at a rapid rate with ever improving systems/procedures. I think it is becoming clear that there is a gap in the marketplace for a reasonably priced content writing service that focuses on the effectiveness of the content to drive results and not just $/word. As we continue to geek out on the data we are uniquely positioned to collect we will continue to drive a gap between our contents performance and competitors. This is a unique opportunity where our competitive advantage of being a systems/data driven marketing first content marketing service becomes self-reinforcing as we grow (since we get more and more data).

2. Money Sites – With a reorganization of my internal team Kelley has taken over the running of my portfolio of sites and is doing a great job here! Although we didn’t see the earnings jump we really want it was a solid month.

3. BrandBuilders Turnkey Sites – The turnkey sites continue to be in HIGH demand! We sold out in a matter of hours and are continuing to scale again… you can get on the early bird list here.

4. Traveled Drove & Flew With 3 Kids Aged 4 and Under! – For any parents of little ones out there that have pulled off any trip you can relate to this being a success! My wife and I traveled to Florida with our 4yr, 2yr and 4 week old… 8hr drive and 2hr flight… no crying or screaming on the plane (although I am sure I aged from the trip).

Key Failures

  1. Singular Focus? Every once in a while I get tempted to rethink if my diversified approach makes sense! I am not planning to make a change but wonder if I am leaving an opportunity under-realized due to my split focus.
  2. Vacation Productivity – I was able to keep things moving but was not as productive on my vacation as I had planned!
  3. 80/20 – Due to both my decreased hours (vacation / new baby) and increased demand on my time (3 new staff) I have slipped a little in my email response time and realizing I am likely not working in the sweet spot of the 80/20 principle.
  4. Amazon Stops Selling Product – One of the FBA business I was growing and was showing promise had all the products pulled by Amazon (all the products in the category, not just mine!).

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

Apr Update – The site is doing well with a solid increase in traffic. I need to improve my earnings per visitor but happy with the start of the site. To get to the target of this site crushing any mortgage payments I have to stay on it!

  • Traffic = 6,233
  • Earnings = $31.27

2. Buy 1 Site Per Month

Apr Update – Some interesting sites came my way this month but I decided they were a little too unstable for me to purchase. Although I didn’t buy a couple I was able to get them into the hands of some others who did buy them (I am definitely not a broker but if I can connect someone I will).

  • 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…

  • 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
  • Site being associated with a banned Amazon Associate is still possible to sell (but STEEP discount!)
  • Understand that the benefits of the bullet points above means the sales multiple will be lower 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

Apr Update – Although the graph looks rough! The results are still promising and we will be working hard to really increase the earnings per visitor. Overall I am impressed with the strategy and the majority of this trend is the result of one site taking a seasonal nose dive.

  • Traffic – 26,044
  • Earnings – $163.04


Apr Update – Decent results for the portfolio, it fell a little short of the 10k target but still solid results!


Part 2 – Authority Website Income Blog Profit/Loss

3 Goals in 2015 for AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com

  1. Post Once Per Week

Apr Update – Second month in a row where I fell short on my weekly posting goal. Definitely going to beat myself up on this metric… need to push hard to deliver great posts. Last month I had one very interesting post published regarding a cool new tool that can constantly monitor your websites speed!

  • Plan = 4
  • Actual = 3

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

Apr Update – No Progress  – One of the team members joining will have it on her plate to help develop and execute and improved strategy here by the end of the summer

3. Increased Intelligence with Email Automation

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


Apr Update – 13,175… Lots of work to do this year to hit this target! I will continue pushing!

Part 3 – Services Business Profit/Loss

  1. Systems First Focus

Apr Update – Each business had new procedures created for them!

  1. com – Quality and Efficiency Improvements

Apr Update – Work has begun on a complete new backend system for LightningRank management and are testing out new systems we will be ready to offer to existing clients soon.

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

Apr Update – Maddie is doing an exceptional job delivering fantastic customer support and articles! We (and a new summer intern) are working hard to setup the data tracking to keep pushing the science of content marketing forward. See the post at the start of May here… rank content in Google with certainty.

  • Planned MRR = $16,000
  • Actual MRR = $25,432

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

Apr Update – Achieved – expect a very interesting case study soon! The TurnKey affiliate sites ready in 24hrs are selling out in a handful of hours every time we launch!


Part 4 – Amazon FBA Business

  • Brand #1 – HG – Running Lean and Spinning off Cash
    • Apr Update – Running lean and profitable. The business is still being driven by an affiliate site that drives a lot of traffic (100k/month)!

  • Brand #2 – CF – Quarterly Dividends Ahead of Baseline
    • Apr Update – Continuing to run lean and profitable
  • Brand #3 – NT – Path To Strong Market Position and Successful Pillar Product
    • Apr Update – Turned around a little last month… still not a great business!
  • Brand #4 – CK – Systematic Growth to $20k/month Profit
    • Apr Update – This was our first full month back on Amazon, it started to grow again and getting some decent organic sales now.
  • Brand #5 – PC – Successful launch and $5k/month Business
    • Apr Update – We are now selling! Consistent but small organic sales!
  • Brand #6 – SE – 4X Value Expansion with Dream Team!
    • Apr Update – The first test shipment is going to arrive in May and the goal is to make our first sale in May!
  • com – Hijack and Listing Suppression Monitoring Service
    • Apr Update – Staying flat, churn = new customers right now. Great service I still use to be notified when my listing gets suppressed so I can go in and fix it right away!

Part 5 – Put Outside Capital to Work Efficiently

Apr Update – Expect a BIG case study on this

Overall Income Update

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

  • Target Net Income = $10,925
  • Actual Net Income = $49,617.53
  • 2017 Average Net Income = $46,593.96


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

Final Comments

April was a very solid month. Just based on the timing of a few things there are some structural challenges to keeping this pace up for May. I am going to try and keep pushing the business forward while taking care to keep laying a strong foundation of procedures and team members.

April the in-house team doubled with summer students and I am excited to see how I can leverage their brains and enthusiasm to help out the business and this audience!

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03 May

Rank In Google With Certainty – 2 Metrics Reveal That You Will Definitely Rank Well in Google!

Over the last few months we have published a LOT of GREAT content for customers in all industries at ContentRefined.com

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could say with statistically significant confidence what metrics an article needed to hit in order to perform well in Google?

See Inside Our Content Marketing Continuous Improvement Process!

We track a lot of data for every article we publish including date published, word count, marketmuse score, keyword difficulty scores and ultimately search position.

With all this data we had to analyze and boil it down to some actionable insights!

So in this post you will get to see the proprietary data from ContentRefined on how different metrics most impacted the current ranking position of an article.

Why Share All This Exclusive/Proprietary Data???…. Stupid Not To!

Honestly I am geek for this stuff and very very excited about the results so I am happy to share!

Plus… if you want to get the benefits of all these lessons we are learning you can signup to ContentRefined and have our team create optimized content for your site!

Checkout Content Refined

Questions I Will Try to Answer:

  • What measurable content metrics impact the final search ranking of a product the most?
  • How does the MarketMuse score correlate with SERPs?
  • Do we have enough data to do some multi-variable regression analysis and say with x% confidence that if an article is ____ long with a Market Muse score over ____ trying to rank for a keyword with a competition score of under ___ it will be on the first page 90% of the time.


Data Analysis Method (unless you are a super-geek feel free to skip):

For the following analysis, we have configured MarketMuse Content Score, Ferzy Keyword Competition Score, SECockpit Keyword Competition Score, and SEMRush Keyword Competition Score into data sets for the keywords from each article written by the Content Refined process during the months of December 2017 to March 2017.

These data sets, based around the article keyword, are then taken and combined with the article Google Ranking (using SERPFox) to run a correlation analysis.

Finally data points that were outliers, not published or published within the last 30 days were removed.

The purpose of this analysis is to determine the strength and significance of each metric as it relates to the Google Search Rank for the target keyword. Knowing which combination of scores provides the best correlation about how well an article will rank can vastly improve our ability to produce articles that deliver marketing results!

Moving forward this will help us refine (pun intended) our content creation process as we focus on the metrics that will help predict an articles ability to perform.

This analysis will help us evolve from the “spray & pray” method of content marketing currently used and help us engineer the creation of content that delivers results!

Which Keyword Competition Score Provides the

A lot of keyword research tools provide an estimation on the Keyword Competitiveness / Difficulty / Competition score. But… which score is the best indicator that if the score shows it is easy to rank for the article you create for it actually ranks?

What Competition Score Is The Best Indicator Of Our Ability to Rank for a Specific Keyword?

Here is what our data showed when we compared 3 Keyword Competition scores to the final SERP of an article…

  • SECockpit – My favorite keyword research tool had a weak Correlation of 32%

  • SEMRush – My favorite site reverse engineering tool and also an okay free keyword research tool had a low correlation of 38%

  • Ferzy – A new tool dedicated to analyzing all aspects of a keywords difficulty had the best correlation with a Moderate correlation of 45%

The numbers show SECockpit had the widest spread and was the worst at predicting the eventual ability of an article to rank for a given keyword.

The best was Ferzy with a Ferzy score of under 30 showing the ability of these articles to rank quickly!


Our Secret Weapon – Article Topical Depth Score vs SERP

The difficulty of the keyword is one very important metric clearly but what about the “quality” of the article in terms of the articles ability to rank?

We use MarketMuse for our own money sites and as part of the ContentRefined content creation process.  We have found it very helpful as a guide for our already great writers to help them cover a topic in depth and not just superficially.

Think of it as a very powerful (and VERY expensive) Google Suggest tool that provides the topics that are relevant to the topic we are writing about.

What we wanted to see was how well would articles rank based on their MarketMuse score and was there any correlation?

Here are the results showing the MarketMuse score vs SERP for the data set of articles…

MarketMuse Correlation = -61%

Meaning – There is moderate to strong correlation saying that the higher the MarketMuse score is the more likely the article is going to rank well in Google.


Multi-Variable Regression Analysis

So what does the data reveal in terms of the magic combination of Competition Score, Market Muse Score and (some other magical metric) that results in 100% certainty you rank #1 every time?

Sadly no data combination gave us the statically significant confidence we felt comfortable reporting but here is one very interesting takeaway from the data…

Of the 9 articles included in the analysis that had a MarketMuse score greater than 40 and a Ferzy competition score of under 30 8 of the 9 (88%) ranked in the top 10!

If this holds when we get more and more data to analyze it is saying we have an almost 90% chance of ranking in the top 10 when we create a good article that covers a topic in depth (ie MM score over 40) and are going after a low competition keyword (Ferzy score of under 30).

Clearly, this sure looks like a sweet spot for where we want our articles to be positioned to have the highest chance of delivering predictable results!

Conclusion – How have our systems changed?

We aren’t done… as more and more articles are created we will track more and more data for us to crunch on. This ongoing analysis will continue to help us better define what articles will perform well in Google!

At ContentRefined.com we are continually trying to really really dial in our content marketing skills and deliver world class content but more than that we are a marketing first content agency focused on delivering results!

Moving forward we will work to aim at what looks to be a sweet spot for the articles we are creating whever possible…

  • MarketMuse Score greater than 40
  • Ferzy Keyword Competition Score less than 30

As we continue to refine our process we will continue to add requirements to our articles and costs to our process so we continue to deliver articles with a higher confidence of being able to rank and deliver results!

As a result of continuing to improve our process, we will be raising our prices in the very near future at ContentRefined.

NOTE – All existing and new clients, in the very near future, will lock in the current lower prices but will receive the benefits of our continually improving process!

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03 May

Discover 135+ Guides To Making Money With The Amazon Affiliate Program

Feeling a bit overwhelmed?

It can be easy to drown in the deep blue ocean of the web as there’s so much information available for us.

But you don’t need to go any further…

We’ve done all the hard work and complied all the best stuff on each question you have about the affiliate program offered by Amazon.

We assumed you’re a complete beginner so we covered everything from finding your niche, choosing your domain name, and finding the best products to sell.

But just like our previous round up on guides, you’ll want to take action on what you read.

If you don’t put anything to use… well what’s the point of all this?

Before you do get started though, read on what you should not do with the popular program so you don’t get steered into the dark alley of being banned…

And if you think you don’t have enough money to get started, James has already proven you can get your niche site started for only 23 bucks.


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


What Is an Amazon Affiliate Site?

Now you may think that an Amazon affiliate based site has to be something based on one or a few products right?


A site that is monetized by the Amazon’s associate program has the sole purpose of sending as much traffic as possible to Amazon.

Now that site may be using other forms of monetization like Adsense or maybe their own products.

That being said, the site may cater to a very narrowly defined audience, or as we call it, a niche.

Now you may be thinking there’s already competition in every niche, why bother?

Well if there’s competition, that means there’s always room to grow.

Competition is a good thing since you can connect with them and ‘steal’ traffic by doing them favors and building relationships.

You’ll find that there’s always one way or another to stand out from the competition, whether it’s through better content, digging into a sub-niche, finding a unique angle, or simply finding a way to be unique.

Or you could focus on everything mentioned above and go beyond what your readers expect.

Here are some examples we found on Google that use Amazon’s affiliate program:

  • www.thebestespressomachines.org
  • www.livelongerrunning.com
  • www.agreatshower.com
  • www.shaverlist.com
  • www.sewingmachinejudge.com
  • www.bestpocketknifetoday.com
  • www.kitchenknifeguru.com
  • www.escooterbox.com
  • www.microphonegeeks.com
  • www.vacuumjudge.com
  • www.vacuumsguide.com
  • www.oomphed.com
  • www.airfryerreviews.com
  • www.top5lawnmowers.com
  • www.shredderselect.com
  • www.applianceStock.com
  • www.bestelectrichoverboard.com
  • www.massagechairland.com
  • www.best3dprintingpen.com
  • www.cooktopreviewsguide.com
  • www.10beasts.com



Should I Go Niche or Authority?

There seems to be a dilemma when it comes to deciding between the two business models.

You may not even believe there’s a difference between the two and really, you shouldn’t spend too much time deciding which one to go with.

Just take a look at Authority Hacker’s quick definition of a authority site:


“Authority sites = large, content-driven sites with multiple traffic channels and revenue streams. Importantly, they can be built without selling any physical product. In fact, the way we like to build them, authority sites are blog-style sites in which the main commodity is information.”

Gaël Breton of AuthorityHacker.com


Niche sites are traditionally made to offer one solution (like an affiliate offer) but an authority site tends to be more brandable with more opportunities for content and solutions.

You should always go for a niche, be as focused as possible but not too narrow so you’re able to constantly create content and channels for monetization.

Here are some articles to help you out with this topic…

4 Key Strategy Differences Between Small Niche Sites and Authority Sites

What is an Authority Site & Why Should You Care?

Debate: Niche Sites Vs. Authority Sites

Authority Sites vs Niche Sites: Which is the Best Fit for You?



How to Find Profitable Niches

NicheHacks is made for this as we uncover 6 niche reports every month (not to mention the 100+ reports already available) and have some available on the blog as well.

Profitable niches are everywhere and they usually have competition because they are well worth diving into it.

With every niche, comes sub niches and angles and opportunities for you to take advantage of.

Here are a few articles to help you out with your niche hunting…

How to Use Amazon to Find Your Next Profitable Niche In Less Than 30 Minutes

Reader Q&A: What Are The Most Profitable Niches For Affiliate Marketing?

How to Choose a Profitable Niche

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Profitable Niche



How to Find The Right Products

Finding your niche is probably the hardest part, but actually finding what products you can promote is a whole lot easier.

Every profitable niche has tons of products already out and people are buying them on a regular basis.

The golden rule here is to find a product with plenty of reviews as every review counts for many purchases.

Use these guides to help you find profitable products from Amazon…

How to Find Profitable Affiliate Products to Promote

13 Ways To Use Amazon.com To Pick Products and Niches, Craft Winning Offers, Increase Conversions And More

[Step by Step Guide] How to Find Your Niche’s Best Selling Amazon Affiliate Products

Affiliate Marketing: The Most Complete Guide Ever

Discover 76 Red Hot Products You Can Make Money From Amazon With



How to Write Content About Products (Even If You’ve Never Used Them)

It’s generally recommend that you have some familiarity with the products that you write and recommend about.

Thanks to the internet though, you’ll find lots of opportunities to learn about a product or service by simply doing a bit of research.

You could learn by reading other peoples reviews, analyzing the reviews on Amazon (though beware as some of them may be fake) or simply looking at videos with the products in action.

Here are a few articles to help you out with this…

How to Write a Must-read Product Review

5 Point Checklist For Writing The Perfect Affiliate Product Review [Updated]

How To Write Product Reviews That Sell Without Making Your Site Look Cheesy (And a Template You Can Follow)



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Picking a Domain Name

You’ll never want to pick a domain that is so specific that you cannot expand on it later.

No one wants to become a loyal reader of a site named “fitnessforsinglemenover40.com”.

It just doesn’t look brandable nor trustworthy.

You want something short, easy to remember and goes with your vision.

It may help to have a keyword or two in your domain name but it will not break or make your SEO rankings.

Here’s more on domain and creating one…

Goodbye Exact Match Domains, Hello Brandable Websites

How Do I Choose a Domain Name?

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Profitable Niche Site or Blog – PART 5: How to Choose a Good Domain Name, Set Up Hosting, and Install WordPress with a Quality Theme



How To Pick A Hosting Service

In our Facebook group, we’ve got a community that are constantly asking questions about hosting.

Some mention that cost anywhere from a few bucks a month and up.

We aren’t an expert on hosting services but we believe that if you’re going to start a site, invest plenty in a hosting service that offers security and reliability.

You don’t want to work countless hours, days and nights to find your website super slow, or even worse, hacked.

We recommend WP-Engine as that’s the one we’ve been using for years now.

Here’s an article to help you out further…

How To Choose The Best WordPress Hosting Service (2017 edition) A beginner’s guide to choosing the best WordPress web hosting service!



CMS, Themes and Plugins

You shouldn’t spend too much time figuring out what you need here.

Millions of sites are built on WordPress so you can’t go wrong with that platform…

And most necessary plugins are free, but premium themes are not.

You can start with a free theme if you are on a super limited budget but it’s always recommended to get something that displays your site at it’s very best.

Here’s more on this topic…

Ultimate Guide: How to Start a WordPress Blog (Step by Step)

Top 20 Affiliate Marketing WordPress Themes To Make Money Online 2017

5 Ways To Create A Profitable Affiliate Site With Over 50 Successful Examples You Can Copy



Pages and Menu

This may seem like a simple topic but we’re always asked what sort of pages and menu buttons they should be using.

It really depends but you always want to have a “about me” page so your readers know what your objectives are and how you can help them.

Here’s more on the topic…

WordPress: How To Set Up Menus And Navigation



Content Creation and Outsourcing

You’re leaving a lot of money on the table if you’re doing everything alone.

Outsourcing can be a profitable way to grow your blog, and it can also be the best thing you can do as you’ll make your blog more “automated” as you’ll have a team to drive the blog forward.

But if you’re not sure what to do from here, we’ve got lots of great articles for you to read and learn from…

Should You Outsource Your Blog? 5 Questions to Consider

How To Find And Manage Content Writers for Your Niche Website [The Definitive Guide]

The 5 Steps To Writing a Freelance Content Writer Job Description That WON’T Result in Crappy Content

26 Ways to Create Engaging Content



Social Media and Profiles

Thanks to Facebook and other social platform, you’re able to create a channel for traffic and exposure.

There are many social platforms out there and you can test all of them out to see what works the best for you.

Some niches may benefit more from visual platforms like Pinterest, or Instagram, while others work best with Twitter and Facebook.

Most niches work with any of the platforms though so it mainly comes down to how you use them.

Here’s some guides you can take action with…

3 Tips to Use Affiliate Links on Pinterest

The 10 Elements of a Successful Social Media Profile

The Complete Guide To Building Your Blog Audience – Chapter 5

6 Steps to Nurturing the Sales Funnel with Social Media

Getting Started With Social Media: A Resource Guide

The Niche Marketers Guide To Building A Social Media Following That Converts

How To Make Sales With Facebook Ads: 15+ Profitable Case Studies

3 Facebook Traffic Case Studies: Including How I Got 11K Engaging Fans With $22 (In 5 Days)




SEO and Keyword Research

Let’s get one thing clear before you take a step further…

You don’t ever rank for a single keyword, it just doesn’t happen.

In fact, one article may rank for hundreds or even thousands of keywords and you’ll get ranked for all of those variations if you do it right.

But if you’re focused on a single keyword, you’ll eventually be writing for the hope of ranking on Google rather than helping out your audience.

So go all out, go beyond your competition and create something bigger and better.

Here are some guides on the topic…

SEO: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners

[Case Study] How I Found 100 Keywords For My Niche Site In Under 26 Minutes (And How You Can Copy Me)

How to Create a Killer SEO Plan for 2017

38 Places To Find the Best Keywords In Your Niche (And 62 Screenshots Showing You How To Get Them)

Discover How An Expert Affiliate Marketer Performs His Amazon Keyword Research



Link Building

Well it looks like we’ve landed on a very sensitive topic.

Link building can make your site or it can simply de-rank it as Google is smart and knows when blackhat activity is going on.

So learn from these guides and do it right…

Link Building Guide for 2017 & Beyond

Broken Link Building Guide: From Noob to Novice

Link Building: The Definitive Guide

15 Ways To Build Powerful Whitehat Backlinks That Will Rank Your Niche Site

Link Building in 2016 (And Beyond)

7 Simple Tips To Increase Your Niche Sites Search Engine Rankings




You can have the best content in the world but if you don’t have traffic… then what’s the point?

When you build up your site, you may not see any traffic from Google or anything organic.

The reason for that is because Google puts your site in a sandbox, or at least that’s what we’ve learned.

It takes time for your site to get on page one for any keyword variation but you can still get traffic nevertheless.

Here’s a few guides to help you out…

5 Breakthrough Techniques For Running A High-Traffic Blog

5 Creative Ways to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts

64 Tactics to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

The Beginners Guide: How To Increase Your Website Traffic Using These 100+ Resources

12 Types of Blog Posts to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog



Email Marketing

Email marketing is one of the best ways to keep the traffic flowing to your site.

Look at it like collecting phone numbers, you’re literally building a close relationship with your readers by gaining their trust for their emails.

Take advantage of email marketing and you’ll be able to do many things including get repeat sales and traffic.

Here are some guides you can read about email marketing…

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

How to grow your tiny email list with 29 simple but powerful tactics

6 Email List Building Strategies That Still Work in 2017

36 Smart Ways To Grow Your Email List 2x Faster

9 Ways To Grow Your Email List With OptinMonster 




This is where the real challenge begins…

If you can set up a successful funnel, then you can literally automate your business, or at least be closer to automation.

A funnel is easy to set up with the right tools and is worth learning.

You’ll want to constantly tweak and test to make sure your getting your funnel as close as possible to perfection.

Here are some guides to help you with funnels…

How to Make Money Blogging: How This Blog Makes $100K per Month

How To Turn Your Niche Site Into An Automated, Evergreen Business, And Double Your Income Whilst Working Less

3 Steps to Build a Social Media Marketing Sales Funnel

How Marketing Funnels Work

The Definitive Guide to Marketing Automation – Chapter 3

The Google Analytics Conversion Funnel Survival Guide



Optimizing Conversion Rates

You can get a lot of traffic and have them read your content…

But if you’re not selling anything nor are your readers converting to subscribers or buyers, then you’re doing something wrong.

Here are a few articles to help you out with conversion rates…

The Definitive Guide To Conversion Optimization

13 Ways to Increase Your Conversion Rate Right Now

The Definitive How-To Guide For Conversion Rate Optimization

7 One Hour or Less Niche Site Upgrades to Increase Your Passive Income Overnight

21 Conversion Rate Optimization Best Practices for Beginners

Want to Increase Your Blog’s Conversion Rates by 87%? Try Focusing on Keywords

What The Highest Converting Websites Do Differently

How to increase conversion rate on your blog



Scale Up And Growing Your Site

So you’re already making sales, that’s great.

To scale up though you’ll have to take a bit of action and work to grow your business further.

So here are some ways to grow and increase overall revenue from your site…

How to REALLY Profit from Your Blog

Using Affiliate Marketing to Grow Your Business

7 Proven Strategies to Increase Your Blog’s Traffic by 206%

7 One Hour or Less Niche Site Upgrades to Increase Your Passive Income Overnight



Trust and Loyalty

Building a relationship with your readers is not only worth every last bit of effort but it pays off as you’ll build a strong reputation that’ll spread throughout the web.

You don’t want to enter a niche and come off as someone who has no idea what they are talking about.

But the good news is that you can literally enter any niche and succeed if you take the right steps.

Here are a few guides that’ll help you build your brand properly…

The Tim Ferris Hack to Become a Niche Expert in Four Weeks

Do I Have To Be An Expert To Enter A Niche?

How to Build Trust Online: 7 Little Ways to Create a Trustworthy Website



Strategies, Case Studies and Guides

Now that you know how to start an Amazon site and get it flowing, you need strategies and case studies to keep it thriving.

If you can take these and adapt them to your own business then you can test and tweak them to your liking.

Here are a few guides you can start using…

Amazon Affiliates: What I’ve Learned From Selling Over $15,500,000 in Products as an Amazon Associate

Amazon Affiliate Niche Sites: The Definitive Guide

How I Made $32,000 in 12 Months with Amazon Niche Sites (And Why They Still Work)

1 Year Old Amazon Affiliate Website Making $3,000 a Month: A Step by Step Case Study

Amazon Affiliate Site Case Study ($4500+ Monthly Profit in 4 Months)

Affiliate Marketing Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Affiliate Marketing

The Ultimate Guide to Making Money with the Amazon Affiliate Program

Follow Along With The Niche Site Challenge & Learn From The Successes & Failures




Everyone learns from their success and failures.

It’d be mistake if we didn’t observe and know what was / wasn’t working.

So here are lessons from selling Amazon products…

Amazon Affiliates: What I’ve Learned From Selling Over $15,500,000 in Products as an Amazon Associate

11 Lessons I Learned Earning $119,725.45 from Amazon Associates Program



Recommended Tools and Resources

There are always new tools but there are only a few that you really need to get your business up and striving.

It’s best to keep it simple so here are a few recommendations that we make…

Tools & Resources



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



So what next?

You’ve created your site, optimized it and have no clue where to go from here.

You keep improving.

Just because you have a site that uses Amazon’s affiliate program, doesn’t mean you can’t monetize it in other ways.

You can create your own digital products and sell them on the same site.

You could scale up in many ways.

Your imagination is the limit here.

When you feel like you’re losing hope, just read into our success stories and get active in our group. 


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24 Apr

2 Hacks to Improve Your Site Speed Substantially & Special (FREE) Offer to Monitor Your Websites Speed

We all know page speed is important but for the most part the best in class process for having a fast site is something like this…

  • Step 1 – Signup for a premium FAST Host (like WPEngine)
  • Step 2 – Setup your site optimizing for speed
  • Step 3 – Run a few tests and get a warm-fuzzy feeling everything is good
  • Step 4 – Never look at it again (even though you continue to make changes to your sites that could impact the sites speed)

Clearly although this is good and better then not thinking about site speed at all it leaves even your most important sites vulnerable to becoming slow.

So what is the solution?

What Gets Measured Gets Improved

Now for the first time you can measure and track your websites speed!

Shane Labs a friend I have worked with on a couple projects (developer for ListingEagle) built a very cool tool that continually checks and tracks your sites speed logging it and sending you reports. This tool is paid but I convinced him to give it to the AuthorityWebsiteIncome audience for free (lifetime) if you signup in the next few days – Claim your FREE spot here! (paid service offered lifetime free for the next 3 days)

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So as promised…

2 FAST Tip To Speed Up Your Website!

I’m about to show you how I found out I had a problem and then brought my page speed down by 2 seconds, using a couple quick tips that you can implement yourself – in less time than it’ll take to read this post.

But first, why does site speed matter!

If I were to ask you if you’d prefer your website to be fast or slow, of course you’d choose fast. But I think many people underestimate how important speed is. Studies have shown that there is an undeniable correlation between load time and earnings on your website. Here’s why:

And that’s not even including the effect page speed has on your SEO – Google has admitted that slow sites rank lower. All of these reasons are why when Shane Labs told me he had a tracking tool that solved the problem of never going back and checking your sites speeds I cared.

I’m a firm believer in analytics (you can’t improve what you’re not measuring) so tracking page speed is important. And that’s where I had failed before. In the past I had run an ad-hoc speed test on my site using Pingdom, or Google Page Speed insights. I’d see a decent score, and call it a day.

But I’d neglect to measure again later. And after several versions of wordpress later, a few theme changes, and some third party plugins, my site was slow (I’m sorry for all of you that had to wait while AuthorityWebsiteIncome loaded – its still not amazing).

Shane set me up with a MachMetrics account to start periodically measuring site speed, just to see how bad it was. He said he’s seen worse, but I was pretty embarrassed:

(each line is a phase of the page load, the blue line is when it is completely loaded)

About an average of 5.5 seconds, yet sometimes as bad as 9 seconds! And why was it so inconsistent? I deferred to Shane’s expertise for some tips. He suggested a few best practices, I implemented, and look what happened:

See the difference? Me neither. I was frustrated, but also intrigued – had I not been measuring I would have just assumed all was fine.

Next my Superstar Server Admin / WP Developer took a stab at it. We sent him over access to our MachMetrics account and he was able to see some areas of improvement instantly. Take a look at how the results changed after our second attempt:

There we go! Averaging about 3 seconds now (for doc loaded), 2 seconds shaved off. Let’s take a look at what happened in more detail:

Can you spot the biggest change? Yup – the number of resources. Cut in half from 118 down to 55. But how did over 50 files get removed without changing the appearance of the site?

My Server Admin / WP Developer explained 2 biggest changes:

  1. He installed the Autoptimize wordpress plugin and customized it to work with CDN. This automatically combines and compresses all your CSS and JS files, along with minifying your HTML and
  2. He removed some old retargeting pixels we were no longer using. These are notorious for making tons of requests.

Take a look at a side by side comparison of how the site used to load, versus now:

And what’s even better is I know these changes are improving things for all visitors regardless of where they are located, including both desktop and mobile users:

But here’s a disclaimer – this may not work on your site. Why? Because every site is different, and with so many factors affecting page load times, speed optimization can be more of a trial and error approach than an exact science.

The ability to test and monitor is why I’m excited that I was able to work out a deal with Shane so that AuthorityWebsiteIncome readers get a special offer. Normally MachMetrics starts as a 30 day free trial before you have to upgrade, but he’s giving my readers something special: if you sign up through this link, within the next 3 days, he’ll keep your account active even after the trial ends. (FREE FOR LIFE!)

Yup – that’s special just for us. After your trial ends you’ll still be able to utilize 3 daily checks in your account. That’s your url checked every day across the US, Europe, and Japan. Or 3 different urls checked every 24 hours. Or both mobile and desktop versions of your homepage analyzed daily. Stop wondering how your site is performing and let an automated process do your homework for you.

He’s only offering this to us, for the next 3 days. Take advantage of it now: MachMetrics Special Signup

Another Example of These 2 Changes by My Server Admin / WP Developer…

I was lucky and some of the optimizations from this situation I was able to apply to another of my sites (ListingEagle – the project Shane was actually the developer for (not the WP site)). The results were even more dramatic here – check out this almost 40% improvement here:


Shane Labs a friend I have worked with on a couple projects (developer for ListingEagle) built a very cool tool that continually checks and tracks your sites speed logging it and sending you reports. This tool is paid but I convinced him to give it to the AuthorityWebsiteIncome audience for free (lifetime) if you signup in the next few days – Claim your FREE spot here! (paid service offered lifetime free for the next 3 days)

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