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)

Limited Time FREE – Start Monitoring Your Sites

(Typically cost $29+/month but for the next 3 days AWI readers get LIFETIME FREE if they signup!)

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)

Limited Time FREE – Start Monitoring Your Sites

(Typically cost $29+/month but for the next 3 days AWI readers get LIFETIME FREE if they signup!)

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21 Apr

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

If you’re a member of the Nichehacks Mastermind you may have seen the huge confession I made to everyone.

If not here it is for you again in full:

 

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And this commitment still stands. In fact, I’m going one step further.

Let me explain…

Every month you’re going to see my progress on my new Niche Site.

I’m going to start a travel blog.

And, you’re going to have access to everything that I do.

All the tips, tricks, tools, keywords, and traffic strategies that I use to get this site from zero to profitable.

You’ll even have access to the income I make, too.

My main focus is to use strategies from Nichehacks and implement them.

But, if I use a strategy that isn’t here, you’ll get a complete guide to what I’ve done.

Because I want you to succeed alongside me.

You can find all updates of the Niche Site Challenge living here:

 

Part 1: Introducing The Niche Site Challenge (And How To Start A Travel Blog)

Part 2: Facebook Videos, Blog Comments, & Getting In The Dirt

Part 3: Why You Need To Forget Your Income If You Want Your Niche Site To Be Successful

Part 4: Five Lessons You Can Learn From My Catastrophic Failure

Part 5: Building Traffic, Growing Your Lists, And Getting Your First Sale

 

You’ll get the best out of these if you read them in order.

However each works as a standalone post too.

Enjoy!

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21 Apr

Niche Site Challenge: Building Traffic, Growing Your List and Getting Your First Sale [Part 5]

In my last update you read about my catastrophic failure with my last niche site.

But this month the phoenix is rising from the ashes.

There’s a new site with a new angle.

And it’s already making money.

In this article I’m going to talk you through the new site, how I’m going to monetise it and the tricks I’ve been using to get it off the ground.

Let’s dig into the first month’s results…

This Month’s Results

Launch Date: 13th January
Income: £1.56
Email Subscribers: +26
Traffic: 1242 sessions

My traffic has increased steadily week on week. I’m happy with how this graph is looking so far, and the fact it is consistently growing.

 

 

I was also surprised to see I’d made my first affiliate sale, which I wrote about over on the Nichehacks Mastermind Group, after just a few days.

 

 

This is also the only sale that I’ve made. But I’ve not really pushed any products yet!

All in all this has been a good month.

 

 


What Is Deutschified?

Deutschified helps English speaking people move to Germany.

With a primary focus on people from the UK.
The site covers:

  • Moving to Germany
  • Learning German
  • Expat life
  • Culture hacking

Which are all topics close to my heart because, well…I’m living it right now.

I’ve just moved to Cologne and I’m loving every minute of it.

Now I’m not going to link to the site through Nichehacks. Why?

Well with One Day Guides I learned that it was hard to monitor my true traffic because I’d get a lot of ‘trickle’ traffic from Nichehacks every month.

If you find my site through Google, feel free.

But I know most of you won’t work through that extra level 😉

 


How Am I Going To Monetise It?

This was a question that came in on my last installment of the Niche Site Challenge.

And a few people have also asked about it on the Facebook Mastermind Group too.

 

 

 

Well to begin with I’m only going to focus on two types of monetisation:

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Advertising
  • My digital products

Although I’m not sure what my own digital products are going to be.

Language Learning is the biggest part of my life right now, so I’ll start there and build out.

I’ll talk about each of these methods more in depth over the next few months as I explore each one of them.

But I do talk about affiliate marketing at the end of the article.

But let’s get onto the strategies I’ve been using so far..

 


How To Create Content And Drive Traffic At The Same Time

As well as using Stuart’s 101 Traffic Hacks, I’ve been looking for other unique traffic opportunities.

I’ve written about Quora previously on the Nichehacks blog.

And, it’s one of the tools Stuart always recommends for me to use.

And for my niche it’s a perfect fit because people are always asking questions about Germany and language learning.

So, over the last few weeks, I aimed to answer as many questions as I could.

And throw in a few links back to my site in the process.

In fact I answered so many questions I’m a Top Writer in two niches on the site now:

 

 

Quora traffic has a no referral tag on it so it shows up as direct, which makes it a little hard to determine how much traffic comes from the site.

But considering I’m a new site and I’ve posted mostly on Quora, I’d bet around 80% of this direct traffic comes from there:

 

 

Now I know that’s not groundbreaking traffic.

But considering many niche sites don’t get that in the first few months, I’m quite happy for 30 days.

So how do you go about getting traffic from Quora? Simple.

First, set up your profile to reflect your niche site and what you do.

These ‘credentials’ will come in really handy when you’re answering questions:

 

 

 

Then go out and find the niches that you want, or need, to comment in on the top search bar:

Then proceed to answer questions to everything you can find.

It doesn’t matter how old the question is, or how few answers it has, get your answers in there.

But I need to make this really, really, clear…

Don’t just write comments like,

“You can learn German by speaking to other people and studying from textbooks.

Hope that helps, here’s my blog…”

Because, much like Reddit, you’ll get eaten alive.

Instead be sure to post long, blog-post style that really answers question. (You can even use it
as content on your blog at a later date).

Like this answer:

 

 

 

Which got over 16.2k views and 152 upvotes.

Again, not groundbreaking, but it means 16.2k people have seen the Deutschified name and maybe converted back to my site.

It also later became a blog post on my site right here:

So the benefits of Quora for you are:

  • Creating content people are actually asking for
  • Drive traffic from that content back to your blog
  • Expose your brand (naturally) to thousands of people
  • Reuse the content on your blog without duplicate penalties
  • I mean if they aren’t great reasons to start using the site, I don’t know what are.

 


The High Converting Trick To Getting More Email Subscribers

When I started Deutschified I was in a position a lot of you are:

You have a new niche site and you have nothing to give away for an email.

You don’t have a buy in; you don’t have a freebie; you’re not running any competitions and there’s nothing to trade.

And you’re stuck with the problem of what you can do to get more email subscribers.

Well, I thought I’d be bold and try something I saw over on the Drift blog when I was researching an article.

I decided to go ahead and ask people to sign up to my email list at the end of an article. Like so:

All they have to do is click on the ‘right here’ button and they’re met with a SumoMe pop up asking them to input their data:

 

 

And you know what?

This particular click trigger converts at 62.5% right now.

 

 

 

Which I’d consider to be really high.

But why does it convert so highly?

Well if people make it to the end of your blog post they’ve enjoyed your content.

They’ve not
bounced and gone straight back to Google.

They also must really want, or need, the content you’re putting out.

So you don’t need to exchange anything with them to get an email address.

Because they’ve already extracted a tonne of value from the post.

If my traffic was higher I’m sure I’d see that fall to 30-40% conversions.

And I intend to also create a test where it has a buy-in as part of the pop-up.

And I’m sure this technique works no matter how old your site is.

So I’d love if you tested it and let me know your results in the comments!

 


Getting My First Affiliate Sale

Getting my first affiliate sale after just a few days was the first sign that this site had potential.

In the past I’ve listened to Jon Morrow’s advice where he talks about not being too niche and going broad.

Well, that advice didn’t work for me.

What I have seen work time, and time, and time again with the clients I write for is when they have a specific niche but give themselves width for lots of products and recommendations within that niche.

And when I’ve focused on this the opportunities have come in quicker than ever.

Basically I wanted to get my first ever affiliate sale under my belt and put a product on my site.

The amount it makes doesn’t bother me – it ended up just being £1.30 – but it was the act of getting the sale that was important.

So what I did was I created a product review and dropped a product review in there for people to buy from.

 

 

 

The system was super simple:

  • I took a book off my shelf in my office
  • I wrote a review about how it had helped me learn German
  • I shared it on forums where people were looking to learn German

At this point my traffic was around eight to ten people per day. So that conversion rate was pretty good considering.

Someone was willing to buy a £15 from someone they didn’t know, who just happened to post on a forum (or Quora) and recommend a product.

For your niche site you could probably do the same.

Find a product that you use every single day.

Find people who have the problem this product helped solve.

Find out where they are.

Speak to them about it.

That’s the backbone of business anyway, isn’t it?

 


Month Two Biggest Takeaways

What have I learned from this month, and what should you take from the article? Well, here it is in short:

  • When you’re a new site, traffic doesn’t find you. You need to find the simplest most effective ways of getting eyes on your site.
  • Asking people for a sign up or a sale can have a big positive impact on your conversion rates
  • Keep it really simple. Find a problem and try to solve it for your readers as soon as possible
  • Don’t worry about perfect, take action and don’t look back. Trying to make everything perfect will only slow you down

 


That’s All For This Month…

Okay, if you have any hate mail for me changing the project, please feel free to let me know in the comments.

Otherwise I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new chapter in the challenge.

Over the next month I’m going to look at adding a buy-in to the site to get people to convert higher.

Reaching out to influencers to get more features and promoting affiliate products.

And if you want early updates on this challenge don’t forget to head over to the Facebook Mastermind Group!

See you next month!

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18 Apr

Top Fitness Affiliate Programs

This week’s niche is focused on getting physically fit! If you have not started any fitness programs yet, you’re not alone (LOL). But if you are an affiliate marketer and you are looking for a new website to create and promote, then it’s about time you check out the top fitness affiliate programs we have for you here.

Let's start by visiting sample websites to get an idea of how to succeed in this particular niche. Like this site, Nerd Fitness. I love the overall look and feel of the site as it clearly spells P-O-S-I-T-I-V-I-T-Y! This site is very well targeted at people who want to get fit and motivated all the time.

Another example of a fitness site is body+soul, which is more generalized than the previous one. This site tackles a variety of health and wellness topics. Nonetheless, it has a dedicated page for fitness topics. Additionally, what I love about this site is the overall magazine-like aesthetic. It appeals to me, which makes sense, because the content and layout are geared towards women.   

What Is Fitness?

Let's Google Define It!

"What is fitness?" This is the exact phrase I Googled, and the snippet of information that Google provided was:

The Definition of Fitness

According to Google, the best definition of the word “fitness” is someone who is not only fit but also healthy. If you take this in context, fitness embodies the physical, mental, and emotional condition of a person.  

In contrast to similar niches like the health or bodybuilding niche, the fitness niche is focused on the development of both physique and health.

Is There Demand Online?

Weighing the Fitness Niche's Popularity

Recent data from Statista indicates that the global fitness and health industry's revenue amounts to around $80 billion USD per year.

In North America (US + Canada) alone, the market was estimated at a whopping $28 billion in 2015.

Google Trends shares quite a positive forecast for the fitness niche. Based on the "interest over time" graph, interest in the keyword “fitness” has been constantly high for the last five years, as shown:

Google Trends Data for "Fitness"

The top 5 countries where the keyword “fitness” is most frequently searched for are (in order from highest to lowest):

  1. Denmark
  2. Australia
  3. The United States
  4. Switzerland
  5. Canada

On social media, BuzzSumo also shows a large number of shares for fitness topics across popular social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+). That gives us an idea of how popular this niche is on the Internet!

BuzzSumo Data for "Fitness"

Based on the demand and popularity data presented above, there's no doubt that fitness is a good niche to cover.

Keyword Research

"Build Up" Your Fitness Keywords

Let's “work out” our keywords for this niche. A bit of a disclaimer here before we start: Remember that the keywords we feature on our NOTW posts are NOT the only recommended keywords for the niche. You need to choose your own keywords, meaning pick the keywords that best fit the target audience for your niche site.

Get Your Seed Keywords from Google Search Results

Always start by identifying seed keywords that you can use to find more keywords. Since the fitness niche is very, very broad, I'll check out Google for seed keyword ideas:

Fitness Keywords

I have encircled the keywords that appear on the first page of the search results for the term “fitness,” which I can use to find my seed keywords.

These keywords are shown on the Google SERPs because Google decided that these are the most relevant keywords to the term searched.

Gather More Seed Keywords in 3 Easy Ways Using AffiloTools

Now to collect further seed keywords, I will re-enter the keywords that I have found on Google in the AffiloTools keyword research section. You can easily gather seed keywords using AffiloTools in 3 ways:

1. Use the keyword research tool

For instructions on how to do keyword research using AffiloTools, click here.

Here are the keyword match results for the term "video workouts":

"Video Workouts" Keyword Research in AffiloTools

2. Get more seed keywords in AffiloTools’ related keywords section

If you are not satisfied with the keywords, you may switch tabs to “Related Keywords” to get more keyword ideas, as shown below:

Related Keywords for "Video Workouts" in AffiloTools

3. Type the URL of a similar site into AffiloTools to get the site’s keywords

While still using AffiloTools’ keyword research tool, simply enter the URL of a similar site to get the keywords used for that site:

Finding Competitor Keywords in AffiloTools

Re-run the Keywords in Traffic Travis

We always get these questions in support: “How do you pick the keywords in AffiloTools?” "Do you base the selection on competition?"

Personally, when I am in the process of collecting my seed keywords, I do not check the competition yet. What I do is to gather ALL POSSIBLE keywords for my site. Then, once I am done with my keyword list, I re-run the keywords in Traffic Travis to check out the competitiveness of each keyword.

Another question you may ask is, “Why do you need to re-run your keywords in Traffic Travis when you can get the competition data in AffiloTools?”

If you are doing SEO, this is important. The competition data in AffiloTools is based on paid search, NOT organic search. This is the reason why you need to check the competition in Traffic Travis, since TT supplies you with competition data based on organic search.

For detailed instructions on how to check the competition data in Traffic Travis, please click here.

Affiliate Programs

A Healthy Menu of Affiliate Products

The great thing about this niche is you can set up a website dedicated to digital products only (downloadable content), or you can choose to promote physical products only (goods), or you can promote both digital and physical products. In short, you have tons of product choices to choose from.

Below is a list that I simply got from the top 10 results of Google for various keywords related to fitness. Like I have said, you can explore more, since the fitness niche provides you with a lot of choices for both digital and physical products.   

Natalie Jill Fitness

1. Natalie Jill Fitness

Owned by a single mom named Natalie who has turned her life around and focused on improving herself physically, mentally, and financially. The site promotes fitness, wellness, and motivation and has gained media attention, notably that of Fox, ABC, and NBC.   

How much can I make?
Payment is as high as 30% for every sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.

Ace Fitness

2. Ace Fitness

A well-established site on fitness with a solid mission of educating people to become more conscious of their wellbeing and health and change their lifestyle. They are partnered with several known and established companies in the fitness industry. More than that, Ace Fitness is also proudly accredited with valid certifications, which makes them an industry leader.

How much can I make?
You can earn 8% for every sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.

Workout Anywhere By RundleFit

3. Workout Anywhere By RundleFit

The target market for this site is busy people—professionals, parents, businesspeople, etc.—who have no time to work out on long hours. The site provides fitness training and solutions that are not time-consuming but provide maximum results.

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

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.

Wahoo Fitness

4. Wahoo Fitness

A great fitness site for physical products. The company provides their own list of products for cyclists, athletes, and runners.

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

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.

LifeSpan Fitness

5. LifeSpan Fitness

Another option for those interested in promoting physical products. This company was established way back in 2001. They provide a wide range of fitness equipment, accessories, gadgets, and even apps. You can also choose products that are suitable for the gym, home, or even office.

How much can I make?
You need to contact the vendor for more information.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.

How to Market the Niche

Get a Fit Link-Building Strategy

Driving traffic to your site is challenging yet essential. You need to get traffic to convert to sales.

There are several ways to drive traffic to your site, both paid and unpaid, so it's easy to get stuck on this part of affiliate marketing. If you want to get going right after you get your site up, then you need to create a link-building strategy in the early stages of building the site.

Some elements you can include in your link-building strategy for the fitness niche are:

Content Strategy

Content strategy is the art of managing the content on your site, from research to publication. There's a lot of information on fitness and wellness that you can publish on your site: proper diet, fitness routines, various workouts, etc. A good content strategy will help you better research and organize your articles and keep your site regularly updated.

Blog and Forum Commenting

There are plenty of fitness forums and blogs you can participate in. The good thing about this niche is that it is closely related to muscle building and weight loss, so you can go to sites in those niches too.

Keep in mind that you're not only building links when you're participating in blogs and forums, you're also building your site's online presence. So instead of simply building links with keyword-rich anchor texts in your blog comments, forum signatures and posts, provide comments that are useful to the readers. Make yourself an authority in your niche.

Link Baiting

There are plenty of authority sites in this niche. Instead of competing with these sites, use them as sources for your articles. Once an article is complete, you can write to the owner of the sites you cited and let them know you've linked to them. Most website owners will link back to your article as long as it's good and useful to their audience.

You don't have to limit yourself to articles. You can create infographics or videos and refer to the source site. The more shareable and useful the content, the more likely website owners will link back to it, so take the time to create high-quality content for link baiting.

Wrap Up!

Fitness Affiliate Programs: How Does the Niche Scale?

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The fitness niche, just like weight loss and muscle building, is highly lucrative. And just like the weight loss niche, it's something anyone can relate to and be interested in.

But just like any other evergreen niche, there's plenty of competition. Not a bad thing, though! You can always find a workaround for any competitive niche out there. Be sure to do your research, pick out a sub-niche to focus on, and plan a link-building strategy. You will need all of these to make your venture into this niche a profitable one.

 

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14 Apr

Niche of the Week: Parenting Advice Affiliate Programs

Being the mother of two young girls, I know from firsthand experience that children can drive their parents crazy. It starts from infancy and continues on through your child's adulthood. Children will do things that can irk, annoy and exasperate you.

They can also make you laugh with their antics and see the world in fresh, new way.

Being a parent brings on the pressure of making sure you're raising your child well, and issues that come with child-rearing can oftentimes drive parents up the wall. Some parents find a good piece of advice, whether from other parents or professionals, can really make a big difference.

An infographic by the Frugal Dad talks about "America's Billion Dollar Baby Scam." It points out how willing parents are to spend on their children, and how the baby advice industry has grown since the 1970s. Judging by the number of parenting advice sites and books on the Internet, there is a high demand and plenty of competition in the parenting niche.

"Parent" Keywords

It's ap-parent what some of your target keywords should be. But do they all need to include "parent"?

"Parenting advice" is a good keyword to target, but there are a lot of other keywords you can target and use in this niche. Most of the keywords you'll find are "crisis" keywords; phrases that emerge from a certain crisis or challenge parents may face.

Potty Training - Traffic Travis Results

A good example is "how to potty train boys," "when to start potty training," and "ready for potty training." These keywords are crisis keywords because they are about a specific problem parents want resolved. These keywords have good monthly search values and are between medium and high competition.

Some keyword variations have easier competition or better monthly values than your original target keyword, so make sure to check sites such as Ubersuggest.org for variations on your target keywords.

Parenting Advice Affiliate Programs

Sifting through parenting advice affiliate programs is just like going through various pieces of advice: you have to see which will work the best for you.

There's a variety of parenting affiliate programs to choose from on ClickBank. There's 100+ Parenting Mistakes, Minecraft Parenting and StartPottyTraining.com. Below are a few more of the parenting advice affiliate programs you'll find on the ClickBank Marketplace. Further down the list are some I found in other affiliate networks.

StartPottyTraining.com - Parenting Affiliate Programs

1. Start Potty Training

One of the first of the many hurdles new parents face is potty training. StartPottyTraining.com provides parents with a guide on how to get their little ones potty-trained so they can move on to tackling other parenting challenges.

How much can I make?
75% per sale, including all upsells.

How do I apply?
More information is available on their affiliate page. You can also sign up from within ClickBank.

HighSelfEsteemKids.com - Parenting Affiliate Programs

2. HighSelfEsteemKids.com

Raising a happy, confident child is no mean feat, and this is where HighSelfEsteemKids.com's training can help. Parents can take their course to get certified as a self-esteem coach for children.

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

How do I apply?
They have an affiliate page, or you can join through ClickBank.

Law of Attraction for Kids - Parenting Affiliate Programs

3. Law of Attraction for Kids

The “Law of Attraction” is a popular belief that positive thinking attracts positive events. A lot has been written about the Law of Attraction, and it is primarily for grown-ups.

4LifeHappyKids.com offers a course that's basically The Law of Attraction: Kiddie Edition.

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

How do I apply?
Everything you will need to promote their Law of Attraction for Kids course is on their affiliate page, but you need to be a ClickBank affiliate.

Talking to Toddlers - Parenting Affiliate Programs

4. Talking to Toddlers

Parents don’t call it the “Terrible Twos” for nothing, but TalkingtoToddlers.com will show you how to manage those toddler melt-downs.

How much can I make?
75% per sale.

How do I apply?
Among other things, there’s a video presentation on the TalkingtoToddlers.com affiliate page, or you can go directly to ClickBank to register as an affiliate.

Positive Parenting Solutions - Parenting Affiliate Programs

5. Positive Parenting Solutions

The most comprehensive of the parenting advice affiliate programs featured here so far, Positive Parenting Solutions is an online training program that teaches parents to address various issues from toddler age through the teens.

How much can I make?
15% for each sale. It might not seem much compared to the other products here, but the training program goes for US$299.

How do I apply?
You can check out their affiliate page. They are on the ShareASale network, so you need to sign up there first.

Parenting Powers - Parenting Affiliate Programs

6. Parenting Powers

Founded by experienced Parent Coach Susan Epstein, ParentingPowers.com offers parent coaching through various eBooks, guides and worksheets.

How much can I make?
15% per sale.

How do I apply?
ParentingPowers.com manages their own affiliate program. Head over to their affiliate page to sign up.

KidsintheHouse.com - Parenting Affiliate Programs

7. Kids in the House

Kidsinthehouse.com does not provide coaching, but they do offer over 9,000 videos from various professionals to teach and entertain parents.

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

How do I apply?
You can join through ShareASale. They also have an affiliate page if you need more information.

There are other parenting advice affiliate programs online, but the above are the best ones I've found. If you've come across a few good ones that aren't listed here, just let us know through the comments so we can add them to the list. You can also join Amazon.com and promote the numerous books on parenting.

Get Parents to Your Site

Some link building and inbound marketing methods to drive your target market (parents) to your website.

It’s not enough that you get your website up. You need to drive traffic to it and let search engines and the rest of the online community know you've got your fabulous site on parenting advice up and running. Here are some of the methods you can use to let readers, particularly parents, know that your site has great info for them:

Content Strategy

Before promoting your site on social media sites and forums, make sure that you've got the right content to tempt them to visit and stay on your site. This is where good content strategy comes in.

If you're not a parent but really want to be in this niche, you need to read up on everything parenting before writing. Research the problems parents face these days and write about those.

Once you have a good content strategy, planning, researching and publishing these articles should be a lot easier.

Link Indexing

This is probably one of the least used off-page SEO methods—probably because once we've built links, we just leave them there and move on to the next inbound marketing method.

After building your links, it's a good practice to make sure that search engines are aware of these new links to your site. You can ping them, or submit them as an RSS feed, or use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Social Media Marketing

Of course, it's important that you do social media marketing. This is where most people converge these days, including parents—and their children, too!

Once you have your site up, make sure to set up a Facebook or Twitter page for it. You can then share any new content from your site on these social media sites and gather followers. You can also share parenting information from other sites in the niche on your website's social media channels.

Parenting Advice Affiliate Programs: For Parents Only?

You don't need to be a parent, but you at least need to grasp the common issues and relate to them to form a connection with your target community.


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The best people to start a parenting advice site are parents, but if you're well and truly interested in this niche, then there's nothing wrong with starting one of your own. There is plenty of literature on parenting you can read through, and I'm going to say the odds are good you know a parent who can share their experience with you—your own parents, for example.

This is a competitive niche, though, so it's important that you've got a clear idea of what your site will be and look like. Having link-building and inbound marketing strategies before starting the site will be a great help too. You need to make sure you do your research well and know your target market.

Some affiliate programs offer more than others, but the commissions you can get from the products in this niche are good enough. With a good site and strong link-building and inbound marketing efforts, you can earn well in the parenting advice niche.

I hope you enjoyed this week's niche! If you did, please make sure to share it using the Share buttons below. Feel free to leave me a comment, too!

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14 Apr

Mar Income – New Baby and New Records

New month, new baby and a new income record! March was a busy month for the business with many new projects on the go.

Between the hiring of 2 additional staff in house and a BIG new project that is all about putting more capital to work in this space I am excited. Expect a very interesting case study soon about the new project and in particular the BrandBuilders.io deal structure.

It is still a challenge to ensure I am giving all projects the amount of attention they deserve especially with the arrival of my 3rd child and spending more time at home.

This report covers the results of the business during March!

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. ContentRefined.com Growth (10% compounding per week!) – Content Refined has continued to grow at 10% per week for 4 months now! Maddie is handling all orders extremely well and we are getting fantastic feedback on both the service and the support!

2. BrandBuilders Deal – The launch of the turnkey sites was CRAZY… they sold out in a matter of hours and we are quickly scaling to be able to handle additional volume! You can sign up for the early bird list here.

3. FBA Businesses – After a few months of struggles with the FBA businesses we have had the start of success on a few fronts with these brands and look

4. Quality of Applicants & New Hires – I posted a job to hire a summer intern and ended up with an incredible number of quality applicants! I am excited about the 3 people I will be adding to my in-house team and their potential contributions to the company and this website/audience.

Key Failures

  1. # of Projects and Unrealized Opportunity – With the number of projects I have it is clear that a few have some pretty amazing potential but I am spending time on projects that even if they hit their targets won’t deliver the type of results a small incredible increase in the other projects would yield. This is an ongoing struggle but allocating my time to balance both diversification of risk and optimizing my return on time. My hope is that with the increased staff my capacity will continue to be increased and I will be able to give increased attention to the projects that are morst deserving of it!

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

Mar Update – The team is doing very well in the MortgageCrushingCompetition. Everyone struggles with the same issues of finding time to invest in this project but all sites are looking good!

  • Traffic = 4,175 Unique Users
  • Earnings = $12.72

2. Buy 1 Site Per Month

Mar Update – This was the first month in a long time where I did not actually add a content site into my portfolio! I did buy an Amazon FBA business and through an entity I will talk more about later we made another productized service acquisition but for me personally, I did not buy any content site!

  • 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

Amazon FBA, SAAS or Larger Websites I Can Close on Quickly As Well – Contact Me Here

 

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

Mar Update – This project is going well with a LOT of traffic rolling into these sites. The earnings are behind where I want them to be but I made some organization changes that have put Kelley who is a wiz with this stuff in charge of my portfolio with a CO-OP student to help part time.

  • Traffic – 40,089 Uniques per month
  • Earnings – $351.72 (lots of opportunity for improving! currently behing plan!)

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

Mar Update – The graph looks awesome! Except there is a one-time earnings event in here that will not be repeated. Definitely, have a lot of work to do to drive up the earnings for my sites. Many sites with great traffic but not earning enough from them, many tests are now underway.

 

Part 2 – Authority Website Income Blog Profit/Loss

3 Goals in 2015 for AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com

  1. Post Once Per Week

Mar Update – March was not my best month for the site! The posts were not as in depth as I would like and were more mind-set then tactical. I am working to fix that this month! My excuse… baby… but it is a weak excuse since we had ~9months to prepare for me not working much for a few days.

  • Plan = 4
  • Actual = 3

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

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

3. Increased Intelligence with Email Automation

Mar Update – Good progress last month with proper tagging, now it is up to me to better define the process.

PRIMARY GOAL – GROW TO 30k VISITORS PER MONTH

Mar Update – 17,257… 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

Mar Update – Great continued focus from the manager of the services.

  1. ListingEagle.com – Quality and Efficiency Improvements

Mar Update – The ranking improvements we saw from the tests we ran are continuing this month!

Visit LightningRank.com for Link Building Services!

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

Mar Update – We have had an average compounding growth rate of 10.76%(PER WEEK) for 13weeks! Customers are thrilled and we are blowing through our targets. Many long hours are being put in by the team led by Maddie but we are very excited for what options we have for this business!

  • Planned MRR = $14,000
  • Actual MRR = $22,187

Visit ContentRefined.com for Content Marketing Services!

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

Mar Update – Achieved – expect a very interesting case study soon! The TurnKey affiliate sites ready in 24hrs are fantastic and feedback has been great (selling out in under 24hrs again)!

PRIMARY GOAL – SYSTEMATIC GROWTH!

Part 4 – Amazon FBA Business

  • Brand #1 – HG – Running Lean and Spinning off Cash
    • Mar Update – Running lean (don’t have the numbers for this business so not included in the income report)
  • Brand #2 – CF – Quarterly Dividends Ahead of Baseline
    • Mar Update – Continuing to run lean and profitable
  • Brand #3 – NT – Path To Strong Market Position and Successful Pillar Product
    • Mar Update – This business may be the first one we need to kill… unfortunate and we will test a couple more ideas but our landed cost is simply too high for this product to be really profitable.
  • Brand #4 – CF – Systematic Growth to $20k/month Profit
    • Mar Update – GREAT NEWS – we are back on Amazon and selling!
  • Brand #5 – PC – Successful launch and $5k/month Business
    • Mar Update – We are now selling! With 2 websites pushing sales we are looking forward to seeing how we are able to compete in this space.
  • Brand #6 – SE – 4X Value Expansion with Dream Team!
    • Mar Update – Products are on the boat for the first very small validation order!
  • com – Hijack Monitoring Service
    • Mar Update – Continuing to run very lean with little effort on growth. Great solution for people who want to be notified ASAP if their listing goes down.

Part 5 – Put Outside Capital to Work Efficiently

Mar Update – I will have some big news on this front soon!

Overall Income Update

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

  • Target Net Income = $10,750
  • Actual Net Income = $60,065.61
  • 2017 Average Net Income = $45,586.10

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

Final Comments

Mar was a month where I definitely felt I started to be more active working on my business and not in it. The next phase of growth for the business I believe is clear and that is continuing to get better at managing my team, pushing out more value to my audience at AuthorityWebsiteIncome and focusing on my largest opportunities within my portfolio/investments.

There will be what I hope is a very interesting case study coming soon about how adding a 3rd option (not just sell/don’t sell) for world class operators who aren’t necessarily looking to sell but want to take some risk off the table. If this might apply to you please reach out to me and I can let you know more details.

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07 Apr

We are growing! Transitioning to Hiring and Managing Staff

Both my family (daughter born last week, now 3 kids) and company (3 new in house hires) are growing.

This post is about how I am thinking through the team building process.

Hiring and managing in house staff has been something that has surprised me as being both very profitable and fun! When I left the day job under 1 year ago (my quitting story) I was unsure if my path would take me to having an office and team.

Potentially because my first two in house staff Kelley and Maddie have worked out extremely well (for the most part – they are a little verbally abusive to their boss 😉 ). Don’t worry they won’t read this.

Both existing team members have worked  out incredibly well and when I do a review on what $ spend has had the highest ROI the addition of these two team members to increase my capacity to take on new projects is the highest ROI by a mile!

  • Kelley – Built up the LightningRank.com team and has handled customer support along with
  • Maddie – Managing all of ContentRefined.com while it has been growing at 10%/week for the last 3 months!

So as I continue to grow I am faced with what hiring plan makes the most sense for my business.

Like all other parts of my business my plan is to systematically approach this problem (getting the best possible team members onto my team!)

 

My Current Hiring Theory & Assumptions:

Several Assumptions

  • I never want to hire someone who needs low level management support
  • In the town I am located in the TOP talent is not coming back after graduation to look for work but are willing to come back for Summer CO-OPs and if the work was enticing enough would come back after graduation
  • Culture fit matters, because we are a small team one bad cultural hire could cause us a lot of problems!

My current philosophy on hiring is a rare occasion I disagree with the book EMyth Revisited – In the EMyth Revisited, which is a book I absolutely recommend, it states to systematize a business as much as possible so you can place the lowest possible cost employee that can predictably execute a task. My argument against that is that yes they will be able to execute the task but won’t be able to spot the higher level opportunities I prefer to have someone overqualified continuing to spot additional opportunities and replacing themselves.

 

So What Am I Looking For

Hire smart, hard working people with a proven track record of having grit who will be a good fit with the team!

  • Validate Smarts – Easiest – the usual way grades etc
  • Validate Grit – Previous work or better having pursued athletic (usually) path and demonstrated sticking with something after multiple failures.
  • Validate Fit – Tougher to measure but any sign of self-deprecating humour seems to be a good sign!

 

Lessons Learned:

Not having a company name is getting pretty annoying! When I describe what my company does it is a little confusing to people.

I talk about my 3 divisions…

  • Business To Consumer – Affiliate sites & FBA businesses
  • Blog – Authoritywebsiteincome.com
  • Business to Business – My productized services arm

But it is a tricky business to understand if you if don’t have any experience in the space! I need to improve this, name the company and create at least a bit of a landing page with the aim to get people motivated to work here!

 

How Do These 3 New Hires Help You as a Reader of AuthorityWebsiteIncome?

Here are a few things to look forward to as an audience member at AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com

  1. Better and more data intensive blog posts – I will be putting more leg work into some BIGGER posts that I am very interested to see the results of and I hope you will be as well.
  2. More procedures shared – When I am able to package together my procedures and share them with my audience it is usually some of the most useful posts. Expect more of this!
  3. New Productized Offering – As I add capacity to my team I am more capable of responding to requests for additional offerings.
  4. New Tools – One of the hires is a computer science guy who loves hacking together little tools. He will be building a few tools for our in house use and I will be likely sharing access to some free tools.
  5. Improved visibility on businesses – One of the big efforts will be on dashboarding out the business and then creating a more public version of my income reports that shares data more transparently.

 

My Management Process

I often seem to get questions about how do I manage both my virtual and in person team. The answer is pretty straight forward…

  • Daily “Standup” Meeting
  • Weekly 1:1 Meeting Where we Review Scorecard
  • Monthly Update Meeting (business results review meeting)
  • Task List with the MAJOR goals for the work term laid out early

We are not perfect yet definitely but I am happy with the structure so far and I am sure we will tweak it as we go.

 

Increased Capacity to Buy More Businesses!

As the team grows so does our ability to take on more projects!

If you are looking to sell either a profitable website or FBA business please email me at jonhaver11 (at) gmail.com

Even if you don’t want to sell the entire business and have a highly successful business and are just wanting to sell a portion of it to take some risk of the table but still run it to realize the upside I would be interested in chatting with you!

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27 Mar

7 SEO Affiliate Programs to Monetize ANY Blog

One of the most common terms you’ll hear and read when building a website or engaging in affiliate marketing is SEO.

SEO, or search engine optimization, is a fancy term for making sure people can find your website. As most online experiences begin with a search engine, it is absolutely crucial to make sure that your site is on top of those search engine results pages. This is where a good, solid SEO strategy comes in.

This led me to wonder if there was an "SEO niche," and if so, whether it would be profitable to promote SEO affiliate programs.

S-E-Ohhhhhhh

The amount the SEO industry earns each year will have you going “Ooooh” and “Ahhh”

The SEO industry was valued at more than US$16 billion in 2010. That's not surprising, as more and more online businesses realize the huge impact SEO has on sales.

Search Engine Land reported in 2016 that the SEO industry is worth US$65B, and is expected to keep, if not exceed, its current size. They cited a MediaPost article claiming that companies are expected to spend approximately such an amount for 2016. They did forecast a drop in SEO expenditure in this year and the next, but SEO will still remain a multibillion-dollar industry.

You can have a website that is focused solely on SEO, like KaisertheSage.com, or you can put up something like SmartBlogger.com. It's a website for bloggers, and they cover all aspects of blogging, including SEO. My knowledge of SEO is embarrassingly limited compared to KaisertheSage, and so I'd probably build a website in a niche I am interested in or good at and promote SEO affiliate programs on the side.

Promoting an SEO affiliate program on a website in an unrelated niche goes against what I have always preached on every Niche of the Week post: promote related products or products that are in the same niche. However, you don't have to promote these SEO affiliate offers over your list of affiliate products for your chosen niche. You'd be promoting them in addition to the others.

At the least, you can have a post detailing how you built the website and include your resources with links (affiliate links!) to where your readers can get the same. Or, a small banner on the sidebar that says "Want to drive traffic to your own blog?"

Good Keywords for SEO

The SEO niche is no different. You need to know your target keywords, and be aware of how tough the competition is before joining in the fray.

As a niche, SEO is competitive and challenging. The AffiloTools keyword data below shows exactly how stiff the competition was about a year ago, when I last wrote on this topic:

Search Engine Optimization - AffiloTools Search Results

Some information keywords had low competition, like "how to do search engine optimization," "about search engine optimization," and so on. They had monthly search values of about 1,000. That wasn't as high as the other search values in this niche, but they made decent starting keywords.

A passage of time has made little difference. SEO is just as competitive as before, if not more so.

SEO - AffiloTools Keyword Research Results

 

You'll have to be very creative in your niche and keyword research to get some really good keywords in. You can post articles about the newest trends and methods in the world of SEO and target those topics as keywords. There's also always Ubersuggest.io to give you variations.

SEO F - Ubersuggest.org Results SEO M - Ubersuggest.org Results

 

This won't really be a problem if your site isn't in the SEO niche. Still, these keywords are worth taking note of if you'll promote one or two SEO products on your site as a supplement to something else.

SEO Affiliate Programs

There's a whole array of SEO affiliate programs to choose from. It's easy to get confused and not know which one to pick, or to be lazy and pick just about anything off the list.

There are plenty of SEO affiliate programs on the ClickBank Marketplace under the e-Business & e-Marketing category. You'll find about 7 pages worth of SEO and SEO-related products to promote, with most of the commissions at 50% per sale. You could earn anything from $18 to $800 per sale.

There are even more options available when you go out into the Web, but the commissions are mid-range with various commission structures. There are also different kinds of programs: SEO plugins for CMS platforms like WordPress, link-building services, submission services, etc.

Since there's plenty to go through, take your time in choosing which ones to promote on your site. Think about what specific SEO services you'll recommend and whether they are the real deal. Get in touch with the affiliate managers and ask for a trial if possible. You can go into SEO forums or SEO blogs and check which ones are being recommended or talked about and which ones have a strong following.

Below are some SEO affiliate programs I picked from ClickBank and the Web. These are not necessarily the best programs to promote, but they are representative of the varied options you will see in this niche.

SEOPressor - SEO Affiliate Programs

1. SEOPressor

SEOPressor is a powerful, and popular, SEO plugin. Among its features are semantic and machine readability analysis tools.

How much can I make?
50% recurring commission.

How do I apply?
You can learn more about their affiliate program through their affiliate page, but you need to join the ClickBank network to promote this SEO plugin.

Backlink Beast - SEO Affiliate Programs

2. Backlink Beast

Need help building links? Backlink Beast can help you build diverse, tiered backlinks to help boost your site’s rank.

How much can I make?
30% recurring commission.

How do I apply?
Backlink Beast is part of the ClickBank network.

180Fusion - SEO Affiliate Programs

3. 180Fusion

Another SEO provider, 180Fusion offers digital marketing and advertising on top of the usual array of SEO services.

How much can I make?
Undisclosed.

How do I apply?
You can sign up for their affiliate program through their affiliate page.

SEMRush - SEO Affiliate Programs

4. SEMRush

A globally well-known brand in SEO and marketing services, SEMRush began as a small startup in 2008. They are now one of the leading providers of SEO services like backlink analysis and keyword research. They also offer advertising and marketing services.

How much can I make?
40% recurring commission.

How do I apply?
BeRush is the SEMRush affiliate program.

HOTH - SEO Affiliate Programs

5. The HOTH

The HOTH provides link-building and content services along with their SEO tools.

How much can I make?
25% to 70%, depending on the program you choose.

How do I apply?
Head over to The HOTH’s affiliate page for more information.

SEOReseller - SEO Affiliate Programs

6. SEOReseller

A US-based digital marketing solutions provider, SEOReseller offers various SEO, content and marketing services.

How much can I make?
6% per sale.

How do I apply?
You can join through their affiliate page.

Traffic Travis  - SEO Affiliate Programs

7. Traffic Travis

Shameless plug, yes, but Traffic Travis is an SEO tool that can help with keyword research and improving on-page SEO, so here it is.

How much can I make?
US$44.36 for each sale.

How do I apply?
You can read more about it on the Traffic Travis affiliate page or sign up through ClickBank.

SEO to Promote SEO

You can't promote SEO products if your website isn't optimized to get traffic.

Now that you have SEO products to promote, you can go ahead and build the site. But before you do, look at various link-building and inbound marketing methods you can use to drive traffic to your site. The SEO niche is highly competitive. Having your own marketing strategy early on will help you transition easily from site-building to link-building.

Forum and Blog Commenting

It's easy to find SEO forums like SEOMastering.com that you can participate in to promote your site and any program you recommend. Forums in other niches also touch on SEO even though their niche isn't tech-based at all (think muscle-building or self-help). This is because there are people who want to put up their own sites in these niches and would like to know how to go about it, which products to go with and all that.

The great thing about promoting affiliate offers through forums and blogs is that you're learning while building trust with your target market. You can check out tutorials like this one: Steps to Successful Forum Marketing.

This method takes time, though, so it's best to combine this with other link-building methods.

Kindle Marketing

This is a good inbound marketing method for any popular niche. You can create a small e-book on SEO, like a primer for beginners, then refer them to a page on your site that promotes an SEO affiliate program.

The best thing here is you can make the e-book free, or charge a small fee (think $0.99) for every download on Amazon. I would rather make it free (because we all love freebies!), but if your content is really good, then charge for each download. That's another source of income for you.

You have your choice of guides and software to help you piece together a good eBook. You can also hire a professional writer to create one for you.

Reverse Engineering

This method is worth trying out, especially in a competitive niche.

It can be difficult to locate websites where you can build your links. With reverse engineering, you look at competing sites' backlinks, and build links on the same sites. The links from these sites, coupled with those you've built on other sites, will give your site a helpful boost over your competition.

Ahrefs.com has an excellent guide on how to reverse engineer your competitors' backlinks. It's from a few years back, but it's a good starting point before moving on to the more current how-tos.

SEO Affiliate Programs: Are They Worth the Effort?

Earnings are directly proportional to effort in any niche, and nowhere is this truer than in the SEO niche.


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Commission

I wasn't kidding when I said that you can monetize any blog with SEO affiliate programs. If you have a blog, then you can pick from any of the above or others and recommend it on your site as your SEO service of choice.

If you have a website on weight loss, fashion, wellness, you name it, you can monetize it with one or two SEO affiliate programs. Again, this might seem to completely throw out the rulebook, since you're only supposed to recommend products within and related to your site's niche. But once you have your site up and running, there will be people interested in how you built it and what you're using to get ahead of the competition. Why not recommend a course or a product and earn a bit on the side?

Keep in mind that you will not be actively promoting any of these products unless, of course, your site is all about SEO. Then you will have to make a real effort to rise above the challenges this niche brings—namely, tough competition. One of the reasons SEO companies are willing to pay affiliates top commission is because of the stiff competition. You need a solid marketing and link-building strategy in order to make it in this niche.

You're going to have your work cut out for you, but in the end, it will be worth all the trouble.

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24 Mar

The Downside of a Single Focus in Your Entrepreneurial Journey No One Talks About

Like most of us with an entrepreneurial leaning I enjoy listening to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts related to business and self-improvement.

There is one recurring message from wildly successful people and many success guru’s… FOCUS!

In this post I am going to argue why I don’t think the focus on a single business is the optimal strategy for many. It may be the right strategy for some but based on my goals (and depending on yours) I don’t think it is the right strategy for everyone.  

 

The Argument for FOCUS:

John Lee Dumas – One of his common sayings is FOCUS “Follow One Course Until Success” and he has certainly embodied this with a daily business interview podcast that has helped grow his business to generating over $100k/month in profit!

Warren Buffet & Bill Gates – 2 of the richest men in the world and long time friends both when they were growing their businesses identified “FOCUS” as the one attribute that most contributed to their success (see story here).

Andrew Carnegie (great autobiography I recently read) – “Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket”

Many many motivational speakers talk about the benefit of Focus.

Who am I to disagree with these wildly successful people?

My Argument against Singular Focus:

First let me be clear I do believe singular focus on an overall goal is incredibly important and I have talked about this before. Understanding your why and having that being crystal clear is key! My obsessive focus on building my online business to allow me to move back to my hometown to raise my family I believe contributed to that becoming a reality. But, what I am arguing against in this post is singular focus on a SINGLE business/strategy is the right plan for most people!

The question I ask myself when devising my business and strategy is…

what strategy/decisions (single vs multiple businesses) will provide me with the highest probability of providing the life that is best for my family.

Or another way that is more generic…what is the right decision to give me the best chance of achieving whatever my “why” is?

For many people whose online business goals range from paying their mortgage with the proceeds, covering their retirement and being able to leave the day job and work online full time their financial goals are not as extreme as many of the people providing the FOCUS advice.

My issue with a single focus on a single strategy is that by its nature is often tied to a single failure point.

  • 100% organic traffic sites – Google can take you out overnight
  • 100% selling on Amazon FBA – Amazon can suspend you overnight
  • 100% lead gen via paid traffic – New competitor or terms changing can demolish the business overnight
  • 100% social media traffic – Traffic on a platform you don’t control (Facebook changes rules and business posts don’t show up as much)
  • 100% dependant on affiliate relationships – Those reltaionships can change (Amazon Associate account suspension)

For those of us whose ideal lifestyle financial needs are not extreme any additional profit attached to the same failure point becomes partially redundant.

Note – If you want to be a billionaire… I doubt my advice is right for you! I would recommend following the advice of the wildly successful people above!

The people who are wildly successful Billionaires were smart enough/worked hard enough to avoid that single failure event from occurring while many others who followed a similar single focus did experience failure. The result is we have a survivor bias where we celebrate mostly those who avoided the multiple close calls with failure to achieve astronomical success.

 

My Solution – Income Stool Approach

If my goal is to increase the probability that I will continue to provide financial freedom to my family then any arm of my business that earns income in excess of that amount does not continue to increase that probability at the same ratio. What I am trying to say is that I would rather have 5 businesses independent of one another that all could cover my family’s financial needs then 1 business attached to a single potential failure mechanism that earns 10x what I need.

I think of this approach as an income stool… the more legs the stool has the more solid it is.  If you have 5 legs and one gets chopped out (such as Amazon Associate account suspension) the stool stays standing.

What To Do If You Have a Single Failure Point in Your Business?

I have several very successful friends who run a single online business and do incredibly well.

The challenge they have the one described above…

But for them diversifying into a new business with a new skill set isn’t optimal since they are world class at their existing business model.

Solutions to Consider:

  • Sell a portion of the business and take some money off the table
  • Use the same skill set in a different industry
  • Sell the knowledge they have through consulting to provide a revenue source independent of their single failure point
  • Listen to the more successful people then me and keep focusing with their eggs in one basket and achieve wild results!

 

 If You Have Thought Through the Same Question What Decision Did You Make?

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18 Mar

February 2017 Income Report

Although February was a short month it was a very busy one! We have a lot of projects on the go and have the feeling of momentum behind many of them.

Definitely sometimes struggling to ensure I give new projects enough of a push before I try and hand them off. I have a concept that I am still thinking through but essentially it takes a 10x increase in my effort to onboard/launch a new business vs maintain it so I only have a limited amount of energy I can invest in those growth projects. When I have too many in the critical phase it doesn’t go well… but the flip side is that once I correctly get on onboarded it takes limited effort. So, basically I need to limit the number of growth projects, give them 110% focus and then not move until it is above my imaginery “self-sustaining” line.

In February I was also very appreciative of my key team members both in house and over-seas they have been able to continually take on more and more work but what is most impressive is how much they are continually invested in growing the business which is fun! Although the dream was to work from home initially working from an office with talented staff pushing in the same direction is fun!

This report covers the results of the business over the course of February.

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. ContentRefined.com Customer Support – Maddie is going the extra mile including a few examples of getting a clients unique dog food sent to her so she could get photos with a dog
  2. BrandBuilders Deal – A deal was finalized in February that increased my % stake in BrandBuilders, provided a vehicle to look at bigger deals moving forward and setup the existing team to build the business even more.
  3. New Website Growth Strategy – Several of the sites I have been building have been having some great success out of the gate! I am looking to continue testing this out myself and then scaling and sharing it!
  4. FBA Deal – I am starting to purchase some small Amazon FBA deals and the first one is performing well. There are not very many outlets for people looking to sell Amazon FBA businesses making under $2k/month but they can be solid little businesses. I am working to setup systems to onboard these businesses efficiently. If you are interested in selling your FBA business let me know.

Key Failures

  1. Passive Income Portfolio – Both my time and a team members time I hired to help run the portfolio is getting pulled in other directions. The immediate payback is low but the long term payback is great so I need to figure out a way to put more effort in here. The solution I am looking at in March is a re-organization of my team to re-balance workload.
  2. FBA Brands – I still don’t quite feel like I have nailed the business model here, plenty of challenges with existing brands and lots of learnings again this month.

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

Feb Update – The team is doing very well in the MortgageCrushingCompetition. Everyone struggles with the same issues of finding time to invest in this project but all sites are looking good!

  • Traffic = 1,199
  • Earnings = $2.64

2. Buy 1 Site Per Month

Feb Update – 1 larger site was purchased and a new business was spun up with a manager and investor. It is a unique dropshipping business that existed for 9 years and the deal had a substantial earnout component to it. So far it is performing on baseline for revenue with a lot of efficiencies already realized. We are looking at some nice growth opportunities moving forward.

  • GOAL = 1 New Website Purchased
  • ACTUAL = 1 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

Amazon FBA, SAAS or Larger Websites I Can Close on Quickly As Well – Contact Me Here

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

Feb Update – Some great progress here! Several sites have started to perform well that were brand new builds using a unique strategy. The goal of this strategy is to add $5k/month to the portfolio.

  • Traffic – 37,281 uniques per month
  • Earnings – $177.24

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

Feb Update – With some  changes in how one site is being monetized I had a big drop in earnings but expect it to bounce back nicely next month. Overall the portfolio is performing well in terms of traffic but not getting the level of attention it deserves!

Part 2 – Authority Website Income Blog Profit/Loss

3 Goals in 2015 for AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com

  1. Post Once Per Week

Feb Update – Some big posts were published in February including my post and tool about how to calculate your drop in amazon affiliate program earnings.

  • Plan = 4
  • Actual = 4

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

Feb Update – No progress – need to develop system to systematically promote posts. With my Amazon Affiliate Program earnings calculation tool I did a bunch of outreach to let people know I had a tool for them to easily calculate the change in their earnings and as a result received a large number of links back.

3. Increased Intelligence with Email Automation

Feb Update – Progress moving all customers and contacts into one database with established tagging practises so we will be able to take the next step of applying some intelligent automation.

PRIMARY GOAL – GROW TO 30k VISITORS PER MONTH

Feb Update – 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

Feb Update – Continued focus point during my meetings with each business manager. As businesses are growing we are continually finding ourselves outgrowing our systems and needing to adapt quickly.

  1. LightningRank.com – Quality and Efficiency Improvements

Feb Update – The tests are part of the new systematic money site creation strategy that resulted in 37k visitors within a couple months after starting a series of sites. The results we are seeing are fantastic and are looking forward to continuing to explore these strategies with more tests.

Visit LightningRank.com for Link Building Services!

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

Feb Update – Another great month for this new and promising business. With happy customers, VERY low churn numbers we achieved the target growth rate. To hit our end of year goal it is clear we need to develop additional sales channels and branch into new markets. We expect some learning curves branching into additional markets but are looking forward to it! Maddie as mentioned above is doing a great job at taking care of all customers and growing the business.

  • Planned MRR = $12,000
  • Actual MRR = $12,989

Visit ContentRefined.com for Content Marketing Services!

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

Feb Update – This goal I can now call complete for 2017! It is structurally well setup, new office for this business has been established and the team is growing. The TurnKey affiliate sites ready in 24hrs are fantastic and feedback has been great.

PRIMARY GOAL – SYSTEMATIC GROWTH!

Part 4 – Amazon FBA Business

  • Brand #1 – HG – Running Lean and Spinning off Cash
    • Feb Update – Running lean (don’t have the numbers for this business so not included in the income report)
  • Brand #2 – CF – Quarterly Dividends Ahead of Baseline
    • Feb Update – First loan repayments have been sent and the business is operating efficiently and ahead of baseline. Unfortunately for me as manager with a big hole to dig out of before I get any upside consideration it isn’t adding a lot to the monthly profit yet.
  • Brand #3 – NT – Path To Strong Market Position and Successful Pillar Product
    • Feb Update – This business might be on its way to be my first FBA flob… the product is great but the price point is simply too high to compete with the much cheaper competitors. We have a few more tricks up our sleeve to pull out to see the results.
  • Brand #4 – CF – Systematic Growth to $20k/month Profit
    • Feb Update – Still having issues with Amazon and needing to get our listing live again. Great product which had been doing great sales! We have $30k worth of inventory waiting to start selling again!
  • Brand #5 – PC – Successful launch and $5k/month Business
    • Feb Update –
  • Brand #6 – SE – 4X Value Expansion with Dream Team!
    • Feb Update – The investment needed for this project has started to make it look less attractive but coming up with some other strategies to validate the idea before launching.
  • ListingEagle.com – Hijack Monitoring Service
    • Feb Update – Continued slow growth.

Part 5 – Put Outside Capital to Work Efficiently

Overall Income Update

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

  • Target Net Income = $10,400
  • Actual Net Income = $24,537
  • 2017 Average Net Income = $24,537

 

 

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

Final Comments

 

Feb was a short month but definitely one where a lot of great progress was made. My disappointing performance with FBA is still a pain and I have some ways I am looking to solve it moving forward. In addition some great progress on setting up unique opportunities looking longer term, excited to keep the momentum going in March!

Hope your year is starting well!

 

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