21 Jul

June Income Report

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

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

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

Many projects are underway but a couple of my core businesses which can be a little cyclical had down month at the same time. I am looking forward to them bouncing back now 🙂

The Business “Divisions” For My Online Business:

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

Key Successes

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

Key Failures

  1. Diversification Isn’t Always Awesome – Diversification is great because it generally means that earnings/business results will not have huge swings. But… when a couple of the bigger businesses have a couple naturally down months the benefit of diversification isn’t as obvious.
  2. Consistency – This is the most concerning failure of the month but my lack of consistency in terms of putting out highly useful content is the biggest failure is June.

2017 Business Goals

Below is my businesses main goals for 2017…

 

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

3 Goals in 2016 for my Website Portfolio Business

  1. Everyone Win at the Mortgage Crushing Competition

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

  • Traffic = 15,071
  • Earnings = $108.24

  1. Buy 1 Site Per Month

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

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

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

I have found the right sellers are those…

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

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

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

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

  • Traffic – 55,210
  • Earnings – $380.10

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

May Update – Great results on the traffic for new projects but I really need to pick things up when it comes to the earnings!

Part 2 – Authority Website Income Blog Profit/Loss

3 Goals in 2015 for AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com

  1. Post Once Per Week

May Update – Hit my target this month which was great. In particular I was very happy to reveal the level of analysis we are putting into content marketing at ContentRefined.com and what the data there is showing! The 2 most predictive metrics that allow you to tell if a site is going to rank!

  • Plan = 5
  • Actual = 5

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

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

  1. Increased Intelligence with Email Automation

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

PRIMARY GOAL – GROW TO 30k VISITORS PER MONTH

May Update – 13,760… Tons of work needed!

Part 3 – Services Business Profit/Loss

  1. Systems First Focus

May Update – Modified tracking system with each team members weekly scorecard having a focus on it.

  1. com – Quality and Efficiency Improvements

May Update – Great progress on an improved process that is showing some serious benefits already! We are excited to continue to roll this out to our sites and clients.

Visit LightningRank.com for Link Building Services!

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

May Update – With a price increase at the start of this month A LOT of clients jumped on signing up for the service right at the end of the month. Overall another solid month! We are working hard on increasing the number of customer acquisition channels.

  • Planned MRR = $18,000
  • Actual MRR = $27,452

Visit ContentRefined.com for Content Marketing Services!

  1. io Structurally Well Setup & New Offering Launched

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

PRIMARY GOAL – SYSTEMATIC GROWTH!

Part 4 – Amazon FBA Business

  • Brand #1 – HG – Running Lean and Spinning off Cash
    • May Update – Continuing to perform solid but not amazing. Lean and piling up some cash in the bank.
  • Brand #2 – CF – Quarterly Dividends Ahead of Baseline
    • May Update – Dividends getting paid out!
  • Brand #3 – NT – Path To Strong Market Position and Successful Pillar Product
    • May Update – Continuing to sell at a slow/steady rate.
  • Brand #4 – CK – Systematic Growth to $20k/month Profit
    • May Update – Several negative reviews have hurt the return to growth for this project but we are throwing everything we have at it.
  • Brand #5 – PC – Successful launch and $5k/month Business
    • May Update – Only a couple months in and sales are starting to pickup. Showing some definite signs of promise!
  • Brand #6 – SE – 4X Value Expansion with Dream Team!
    • May Update – At the end of last month we were days away from having this go live.
  • com – Hijack and Listing Suppression Monitoring Service
    • May Update – Staying flat/slightly declining business. Very little additional effort going into this but the business is well supported and appreciated by anyone who NEEDS to know if their listing has been suppressed.

Part 5 – Put Outside Capital to Work Efficiently

May Update – Expect a BIG case study on this soon

Overall Income Update

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

  • Target Net Income = $11,100
  • Actual Net Income = $51,574.21
  • 2017 Average Net Income = $47,590

 

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

Final Comments

May was another fun month with the welcoming of some additional in house staff!

A few BIG issues definitely need to be worked this month including increasing my earnings per visitor for my portfolio of sites. In addition ContentRefined needs to focus on addressing getting more customers  from non AuthorityWebsiteIncome audience.

Overall things definitely seem to be moving in the right direction and the problems we are working on solving go a lot further

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11 Jul

1 Year Quit Anniversary – What Has Changed?

It has been one year since I left the day job and pursued my online business activities full time.

I wrote a very in depth post on how I got to the point of quitting my day job – http://authoritywebsiteincome.com/quit-my-job/

This post is going to cover…

How Have My Results Been Since I Left the Day Job?

I will break the results down into 3 parts…

  1. Have I achieved my 2 main reasons for quitting?
  2. Financial Results since I quit?
  3. Have I successfully mitigated my concerns about quitting?

My Main Reasons for Quitting:

I had 2 MAIN reasons for quitting…

  • See What I Can Do on My Own – Online entrepreneurship has a lot of opportunities I am excited to explore. I may or may not regret this decision but I am 100% certain if I never took a shot at building something on my own I would always regret it! (from my post 1 year ago)
    • Results after 1 year – I am definitely aligning the pieces of my business between projects and people on my team to be able to make a bigger impact. I would say that I haven’t achieved as much here as I would like but believe the combination of building an amazing team and getting heavily involved in some BIG projects has me moving all pieces of my business in the right way to make a big impact.
  • Ski/Bike/Hike With My Family – My oldest child will be 36years old if I were to retire at 65 (3 years older than I am now) and the number of hours I work per day between now and then were not going to go down based on the path I was on. But the main reason is I simply wanted to ski, bike and hike with my family in my hometown! (from my post 1 year ago)

Results after 1 year – I have without a doubt massively increased the amount of time I get to spend with my family since leaving the day job. Now being home routinely between 3:30 & 4:00 vs 6:30 (on good days) we are able to do an outing almost every day depending on the season (beach, hike, bike or skiing). Plus flexibility to take time off for activities whenever it makes sense for the family. I do believe I still work too much to have a proper balance on the health side and see opportunities for improvement here.

Overall both of the main reasons I wanted to leave my day job to pursue my online business full time have been moving in the right direction. I am especially proud of the amount of time I get to spend with my family.

Financial Results:

“enjoying” working online full time is certainly great but how have the businesses results been? They have been solid, hitting my stretch targets (barely) and having a lot of success with a few new projects.

Have I successfully mitigated my concerns about quitting?

I had been working insane hours (80+ combined day and online job) and pushing myself VERY hard in the couple years before I left the day job. I had some concerns that the loosening of my schedule and the loss of a single clear goal would negatively impact my business. Here are my thoughts on the results…

  • Getting Mentally Soft – For the last few years my schedule has been a little bit insane. Approx schedule… wake 6am, leave for work 6:30am, work 7am-5:30/6:00, Home at 6:00/6:30, family time until 7:30/8:00, work from 8pm-11pm(sometimes much later). Following this schedule was TOUGH and it, like training for anything, resulted in me being able to be disciplined about working. Will I now go soft since I won’t be working the same number of hours?
    • Results After Year 1 – I would say I definitely have gotten softer. My crazy dedication to working EVERY night no matter how tired/sick I was has slipped. Now I take nights (even the occasional day) off. Some would say this isn’t a bad thing but I do think I am getting softer as a result!
  • No Single Inspiring/Driving Goal – Achieving my goal of leaving the day job had become an obsession and now my current goals are less tangible… will my business not have a stimulating goal and as a result be directionless?
    • Results After Year 1 – The goals have become a little more project/business specific. There is a central overall goal for myself which I don’t discuss publicly but am working towards. Because of the new focus on building a business I am continually inspired to build something awesome.
  • Playing Not to Lose – For those that play/watch sports we all have experienced/seen a team take the lead and then play not loose vs playing to win. Will I now play not to loose vs take bigger swings?
    • Results After Year 1 – This one I am very happy to say is not a problem. I would say I am becoming less risk adverse and need to have the controls in place to make sure I don’t risk too much. Over the last 8 months I have put more money to work, hired more staff and started more projects.

What have I done?

Here are the major changes I have done over the last year…

  1. Grew my in house team from 0 to 2 full time and 3 summer interns
  2. Started a couple big new projects
    1. ContentRefined.com
    2. One investment vehicle I will talk about more later
  3. Increased my rate of site building
  4. Focused more on education and extending my time horizon from only a few years to much longer

Summary

I can say with certainty that leaving my day job was a great decision for my family and so far 1 year out my pocket book as well.

However, the fears I had around getting soft and not having a crystal clear goal I don’t think I have sufficiently mitigated. But overall I am extremely grateful for the world we live in where running this type of business is possible. The ability to both throw myself at a business and not sacrfice time with my family is pretty amazing I am extremely grateful for that!

If you are working towards a similar goal please know it is possible and can be done faster then it took me 7years to reach. BUT… it is not easy… I want to stress that it took me 7+years from when I first started and ~3 years after I got serious about building my business to hit the numbers I needed to hit.  Good luck to anyone looking to do the same!

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08 Jul

Mixing Profits with Pleasure: Baking Affiliate Programs

One of the best things in life is waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread. Yum!!! Isn’t it great to wake up with that? You start your morning feeling all positive inside and out.

But before we indulge further in my daydreaming of freshly baked breads and good mornings, today’s niche of the week requires channeling your inner Martha Stewart! I will be covering baking affiliate programs with you today, which requires sparks of creativity just like Martha's.

If eating is a hobby, baking, on the other hand, is an art! Let’s begin “baking” our ideas about this niche, shall we? 

Defining the niche

The first step to a successful baking niche website! 

Baking, for me, is anything that has to do with cooking food inside the oven when it involves a lot of not-so-good-for-you but hard-not-to-eat ingredients such as sugar, flour, chocolate, vanilla and cream.

For a more scholarly take on the definition of baking, Wikipedia says “Baking is a method of cooking food that uses prolonged dry heat, normally in an oven, but also in hot ashes, or on hot stones.”

But for affiliate marketers, defining your niche isn’t just about knowing what “baking” is in general. You need to tap into the market through research. Particularly, you need to know:

1. What is your target market?

This is where you need to perform thorough research on what you want to tackle in your niche. For a baking niche site, you can still target more specific sub-niches like flourless baking, sugar-free baking, baking for kids and so on.

Once you’ve figured out your specific topic(s), it’ll be easier for you to determine your target market. The more specific you are with your niche, the easier it is to identify your market. A good example of a niche-targeted site is Pastries Like a Pro. It is a how-to website with a list of great pastry recipes.

2. What are the current market trends? 

This is very important when you are doing your market research. You need to know the current trends in your market to sell. You can refer to these websites to learn the current trends in your niche: Google Trends, Amazon (just browse through these categories: Best Sellers, Movers & Shakers, and Most Wished For), BuzzSumo, Instagram and Twitter.

For the baking niche, I found this interesting article discussing the market trends for the baking industry in the United States. BakingBusiness.Com reports:

  • The baking industry is heavily affected by changes demographics. Between the years 2010 and 2025, the U.S. will see, proportionately, a slight decrease in its white population and an increase in its Hispanic, black and Asian markets.
  • Savory muffins will be a hit because of the emerging demand for foods to go.
  • Consumers are keen to choosing nutritious baked goods.
  • Some cake trends for 2017 includes fondants, pastels and emojis.
  • Personalization has grown in demand.

You can check out Diabetic Good Baking as an example website built on a trending market demand. This is also a good niche website and compared to a general one, this kind of website is easy to market.

Popularity

How trendy is the baking niche? 

According to AmericanBakers.org, the baking industry accounts for about USD $300 billion in total economic output. More than a million Americans were employed, directly or indirectly, within the industry in 2010.

But never mind the statistics. Just head on over to these sites for instant data:

Google Trends

Worldwide search popularity in the last 5 years for the term “baking”:

Google Trends results for "Baking"

Websta

Partial screenshot of the most popular Instagram hashtags for the term “baking”:

Websta results for "Baking"

Hashtagify

Partial screenshot of the most popular Twitter hashtags for the term “baking”:

Hashtagify results for "Baking"

BuzzSumo

Trending topics across social media sites related to baking:

BuzzSumo results for "Baking"

Research your keywords

How to look for potential keywords in 2 easy steps!

For beginners, keyword research can seem overwhelming. But with the help of certain keyword tools, it gets a lot easier. You simply need to remember to do two things:

  1. Seed for keywords
  2. Check the competition

When we say "seed for keywords," we mean look for potential keywords that you can use for your niche. There are a lot of ways to seed for keywords. I can show you two of these techniques:

1. Look for seed keywords on similar or related sites

If you do not know which keywords to target, the easiest way to seed for keywords is to scout similar websites and look for common keywords. You can do this manually or you can use AffiloTools’ Keywords Research tool.

As an Affilorama member, you get free access to AffiloTools. Simply log in to your Affilorama account then follow this link to start: https://tools.affilorama.com

To seed keywords using AffiloTools, go to the keyword tool under the Research > Keywords section. You should see the page below:

AffiloTools Keywords Research Tool

On this page, you can see the field that reads “Type URL to scan page for keywords.” This is located just before the Scan URL button, as shown above.

Simply enter the URL of the website that you want to seed for keywords. For example, I want to seed keywords on the Baking Mad website, so I just enter the complete URL in the form and click the Scan URL button. This gets instant results, as shown below:

AffiloTools Scan URL results

Another way to seed your keywords is to use Ubersuggest's keyword tool. This is another free tool that you can run directly on your browser.

Go to https://ubersuggest.io/ and type “baking” into the search bar to get more keyword suggestions:

Researching "baking" on Ubersuggest

By default, the results are arranged alphabetically. Another sleek feature of this tool is that you can easily download the results to your computer.

There are also a lot of options available. Just explore to familiarize yourself with all the free features and fully utilize the keyword tool.

2. Re-run the keywords to get the competition 

Once you are done seeding your keywords, the second step will be re-running these keywords in the Keywords Research tool to get the competition data.

Keyword competition data is important, as it lets you know which keywords are too competitive for your niche. SEO-wise, when a keyword has a lot of competition, it is hard to rank for on the search engine results pages. What we are looking for are keywords that we know we can rank for easily over time.

To get the competition data for each of your seed keywords, go back to AffiloTools' Keywords Research tool. Enter the keywords in the biggest box, as shown below, and then click the Search button:

Performing keyword research in AffiloTools

You should see a results page similar to the one below:

AffiloTools keyword research results

You can easily check the competition data by looking at the competition column in AffiloTools. Each keyword has its corresponding percentage, but if this confuses you, you can easily sort the keywords by looking at the color indicated under the competition column. Red indicates a highly competitive keyword, orange a moderately competitive term, and green a less competitive one.

What keywords should you pick?

Unsure how to sort your keywords based on all this data? I recommend reading Gina's advice on proper keyword research.

Bake and earn

Affiliate programs to promote

Keiko's Cake

1. Keiko's Cake

Professional pastry chef and instructor Keiko shares her knowledge of how to create delicious baked confections through her website. She offers site members exclusive video lessons and unique recipes, too.

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

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

The Macaron Master

2. The Macaron Master

While Keiko shows you how to make a variety of scrumptious bakery goodies, The Macaron Master shows you how to make delicate macarons. Their step-by-step guide shows you how to master macaron-making and turn it into a home business.

How much can I make?
You can earn as high as 35% for every sale.

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

Cake Decorating Business Secrets

3. Cake Decorating Business Secrets

Another home business that stems from a baking skill: cake decorating.

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

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

Minimalist Baker

4. Minimalist Baker

The Minimalist Baker stands out among these baking affiliate programs. The site doesn't teach you how to set up a home business, for one thing. Another is that the recipes require 10 ingredients or fewer. The recipes are mostly vegan and gluten-free, too, so this would be a great product to market to people who are on those special diets.

How much can I make?
You can earn 30% for every sale.

How do I apply?
You can sign up through ShareASale to promote this product.

Amazon

5. Amazon

It's not a baking site, but it's a one-stop shop for just about anything: books, acne creams, cosmetics, clothing and of course, tons of baking and kitchen supplies. The commission here is nothing to write home about, but it can add up when a user purchases several items through your affiliate link. The good thing about Amazon.com is users can end up buying not just baking supplies, but other items too, increasing your commission for that sale with each item.

How much can I make?
You can refer to this page here for the complete information on fees and commissions.

How do I apply?
You can sign up here.

Marketing your baking website

Let people know you're into baking

1. Connect to your readers through blogging

Writing good content should not be hard when your number one priority is your readers. As I have previously discussed, you need to spend time investigating your market and its current demands.

2. Post good photos

You’re entering a food business, so it’s a requirement that you publish eye candy. If you check out successful food blog sites, you will notice they all have good photos on all their posts.

3. Share your content on social media

And by content, I am not only referring to your articles but to your photos (or videos) as well. The baking niche is best promoted on social media sites, particularly on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Investing time, money and effort into producing good photos is therefore a must, since you will share most of these on social media.

4. Build your subscribers

Don't waste all that traffic! Start building your list by running an autoresponder system. If you’ve successfully managed to get a lot of traffic to your baking website, it is but practical to start building your list of subscribers as early as possible. Sending them regular newsletters will likely increase your sales over time.

5. Write an ebook

Publish an ebook and make it part of your marketing campaign. You can sell the ebook on Amazon Kindle to get more traffic. Even better, the traffic you get from your Amazon sales is likely to convert into more sales because these people are already willing to buy.

Baking affiliate programs: stiff peaks, soft peaks?

I conclude…

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Commission

The commission percentages may look tempting, but once you consider the average price of the products in this niche, you see the hard truth: you can expect less-than-spectacular payouts unless you make a ton of sales. That could very well happen, but not within the first 6 months to a year. This is a niche that, like your bread or pastry dough, takes time to rise.

Add the competition and you've got one tough mix.

I wouldn't recommend this niche to those just starting out, but hey, don't let that stop you if the baking niche is truly your passion. The good thing here is, in the long run, you can create your own products in this niche. In addition, you can add ecommerce later if you want to merge into selling or dropshipping baking products.

If you have a baking website, well, what are you waiting for? Monetize it! Plenty of home bakers like you are earning on the side doing something they love. So, why shouldn't you?

I hope you found this week's Niche of the Week as delightful as I did! Be sure to share it using the Share buttons below.

Do you love to bake? Are you keen on starting your own site about baking? What's your favorite dessert? Don't be shy—leave a comment!

 

AffiloBlueprint shows you how to bake affiliate marketing websites from scratch! Check it out today!

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05 Jul

6 Figure Success Story – Non Native English Website Builder Sells Content Website for 6 Figures

I am always thrilled when I get to hear about success stories! Today’s post includes someone who also allowed me to interview him about how exactly he had so much success.

Here are the highlights:

  • Mr “D” is a non-native English speaker (who initially believed this would be a limitation)
  • Started in 2014 grew his site to 5k per month and sold for ~150k in 2017 (USD)
  • Content – Content was sourced from multiple sources and then over the last 7 months leveraged ContentRefined.com content exclusively.
  • Link Building – Used PBNs initially and then turned to Guest Posting and Editorial Links after
  • Monetization – Ads/Affiliate. He had a lot of success with AdThrive.

 

Worked On His Business Not In It! Reinvested and Managed the Process!

What I was most impressed with was Mr D’s ability to test to find the best services and then combine them to create an awesome combination! Then once he had a winning combination he simply scaled content and links as much as he was able to reinvest.

  • Website Development – Using some of his own skill as well some help he was able to get his site up. If this is your bottleneck checkout BrandBuilders.io!
  • Keyword Research & Content– He tried a lot of different content strategies but as he says below “ContentRefined was the best”. Once he started using Content Refined for keyword research, content creation and publishing the site grew by 3x in 5 months!
  • Link Building – Using PBNs initially and then moving onto GuestPosts and Editorial Links was Mr D’s link building strategy
    • PBNs
    • Editorial Links
    • Guest Posts (if interested in a good source for guest posts enter your email here and I will send you details)
  • Monetization – Leveraged the experts at AdThrive to grow his earnings.

 

Interview

 Tell us about your background and how you got involved in this online business world.

I am 29 years-old and I was previously working in tech support but I wanted to start my own company. I read about websites that can make money and decided to start my own in 2014 in the home/family niche.

For a year, it was not earning anything but I did not have a lot of time to work on it because of my day job. I built some links and added some content and it finally took off in the summer of 2015. From there, I just grew it with more content and more links.

How did you first find out about this whole world of building sites that can make money?

I first found out about it on a forum where I saw that it was possible for non-native english speakers to build sites, so that encouraged me to try. So I tried and eventually it worked out.

In that year where there wasn’t a lot of success and you were working part-time, you kept persevering. What drove you to keep working through that year when you weren’t seeing the results you were hoping for?  

It takes patience, I know it cannot be done in a few months and you can’t quit!

 

Jon Comment – This I believe is the single greatest determining factor if someone will have success building a website that will make money or not. The results will not come as quickly as you would like and if you stop you are guaranteed to fail!

 

What was your growth plan for this site when you first started? Did you have an idea on how you were going to build up this site and get traffic?

Well, since it started to earn for itself the plan was to grow and improve it in several areas; content, monetization, and building links. Those three areas were the main focus for me.

  1. Regarding monetization, I tried several options, I experimented with Minion Ad, AdSense, and I finally settled with AdThrive because they are much better than any other.
  2. For content production I continually used better quality writers, Content Refined was the best.
  3. To build links, I used PBN’s, guest posts, outreach, and buying some editorial links on Huffington Post and some other magazines. All that together paid off.

What was your content production schedule at the start?

In the beginning, I chose to publish 10 articles and then I waited. I didn’t publish anymore until I built enough links from PBNs, forums, blog commenting… etc., to rank and then I developed a content plan. I researched my competition with SEMrush and Ahrefs to find as many keywords that the other websites are ranking for. I made a spreadsheet of those keywords, grouped them into articles, and then just worked through that excel spreadsheet.

 

Jon Comment – If you are interested in learning more about this strategy I have a free tutorial here on basically this exact same process.

 

At what rate did you keep publishing content and how did it change over time?

Well, it was pretty consistent in the last 9 months at 4 posts per month but before that it was 2 or 3 articles per month. I never did more than 5 per month because I was going after quality not quantity.

For ContentRefined posts these graphs show the progress of a few different keywords from the time it was published until the time the site was sold.

 

From a promotion and outreach standpoint, how did you promote the site and how did that change over time?

In the beginning I used PBNs, and then I switched to outreach to other sites to write guest posts for them. I also published a few infographics and offered it to other sites to obtain links. With that method you offer infographics to other sites and also offer to write an introduction for it and you place the link into the introduction, it worked great. I bought some editorial links on Huffington Post and Buzzfeed …etc. and I also had another method that I thought was a good idea but didn’t work as well; I offered to write a review for manufacturers if they sent a product example hoping that it would get published to their sites with my link. It did work for a few links but not for most.

 

Did you do anything with an email list, or videos, social media…etc?

No, I collected emails but did nothing with them as I did not have the time. In terms of social media, I had some limited success with pinterest. I had about 30 visitors per day but nothing special.

 

What have been some of your biggest takeaways in terms of what you have learned from what you were originally thinking you would be doing to what you ended up having so much success with?

Honestly, it takes luck to build a successful site. Choosing a niche is a very important part, for me it was a lucky guess. The home/family niche is a somewhat competitive niche, it’s not easy and later I found out that many strong sites were ranking in the first 10 results but nonetheless I kept going and eventually succeeded.

 

Jon Comment – A lot of people get hung up on choosing a niche… if you are looking for help with niche selection you can checkout some ready made “Turnkey” sites for sale at BrandBuilders.io.

 

What are some of the basic traffic numbers, revenue numbers, and the multiple for the sale price?

Well, traffic stats were about 120,000/month. Earnings were 4k at the beginning and reached 5k when I sold it.

The multiple for sale price was about 30x the monthly earnings and I sold through Empire Flippers.

 

How many hours a week did you average over the years working on the site? And what would a typical week look like for you in terms of how those hours were spent?

I worked at least 10-15 hours per week. I was mostly finding link building targets, formatting articles, sending outreach emails, reading seo blogs, and doing research during those times.

 

What sources of information did you find helpful throughout this journey?

Initially, I built the site after watching Spencer Haws. Your website AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com was useful and Niche Pursuits had a course/internship where Perrin built a site and had tutorials on it. After watching them, I built my site. I found that Matt Diggity has some interesting articles, I’m trying to implement his methods.

How have these earnings and this sale impacted your life?

I quit my day job a month ago!! Today is my first day as a full-time online entrepreneur.

I’m planning on building out other websites and investing in real estate. I have many other areas  of interest to explore and my plan is to expand and continue with SEO.

 

Jon Final Comments & 3 Takeaways!

I am very impressed with the results that Mr D was able to achieve! He grew his website to life changing income numbers for him resulting in him leaving his day job. Pretty amazing!

Here are the 3 takeaways I have from his story…

  1. Work on your business and not in it (but don’t overlook the details)
  2. Reinvest in what is working
  3. Stick with it even when it isn’t delivering you the results you want!

 

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29 Jun

Reiki Affiliate Programs: Healing and Living

REIKI (/ˈreɪkiː/). A Japanese method of relieving stress, initiating relaxation and promoting healing in a sick person by "laying on hands." It is based on the belief that there is a "life force energy" that flows through us, and that when this is low we are more likely to get sick. When it is balanced, we are healthier and more at peace.

Reiki is a part of the bigger alternative healing niche. It is related to the natural health and spirituality niches, just like it’s close relative, yoga. Both involve meditation but the two are essentially different. Yoga has its roots in India and is a collection of physical, mental and spiritual practices to achieve control of the body and mind. Reiki is focused on healing, usually another person.

Or so my initial research says.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am not one to believe things like “healing through the mind”, chakras, or chi. As my dear Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory fame would put it:

Sheldon - Hokum

Is it? It does sound dubious, particularly to people who do not believe in a higher power, chakras or psychic energy. But people who practice it fully believe in the power of this life force energy and the healing that comes from Reiki.

Reiki Affiliate Programs

Without further ado, following are a few Reiki affiliate programs you can promote in your spirituality website:

The Reiki Store - Reiki Affiliate Programs

1. The Reiki Store

At first glance, you’d think this would be the one-stop shop for everything Reiki, and Garry and Adele, the Reiki masters behind the Reiki Store, would want it to be so.

They offer a complete training program on Reiki, “The Essence of Reiki.” The course is a digital product you can access from their website. They also sell the "Reiki Master Teacher Premium Training Toolkit."

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

How do I apply?
They have an affiliate page you can go to for more information. They are under the ClickBank affiliate network, though, so you need to register with ClickBank before you can promote them.

Pure Reiki HEaling Mastery - Reiki Affiliate Programs

2. Pure Reiki Healing Mastery

Pure Reiki Healing Mastery, like the Reiki Store, sells home training courses.

How much can I make?
75% on every sale, with upsells.

How do I apply?
They too have an affiliate page you can go to for more info. Like the Reiki Store, they are part of the ClickBank affiliate network.

Elemental Chi Institute - Reiki Affiliate Programs

3. Elemental Chi Institute

Elemental Chi started as a Reiki website, until its founder decided to widen her knowledge to cover all other forms of healing. The website offers services such as Ayurvedic consultation and coaching on top of Reiki courses.

How much can I make?
30% on every course sale.

How do I apply?
They have an affiliate page, but their courses are part of and sold through YesCourse.

Reiki Awakening Academy - Reiki Affiliate Programs

4. Reiki Awakening Academy

Similar to the preceding Reiki affiliate programs, Reiki Awakening Academy, offers both online classes and books.

How much can I make?
50% on classes booked through you, and 20% on books and products purchased through their store. Payments are made through PayPal.

How do I apply?
They manage their own affiliate program so no need to go anywhere else to register. Head on to their affiliate page for more information, or to register to their program.

Study Reiki - Reiki Affiliate Programs

5. Study Reiki

This is another digital course on channeling that energy towards healing.

How much can I make?
75% on every sale.

How do I apply?
This is another ClickBank product so you need to create an account with them before going to Study Reiki’s affiliate page.

Reiki Portal - Reiki Affiliate Programs

6. Reiki Portal

This Reiki affiliate program stands out among the rest because they don’t sell courses or books. Reiki Portal sells crystal bracelets that can help heal and energize the body.

How much can I make?
5% on every sale.

How do I apply?
Reiki Portal run their own affiliate program. You can register as an affiliate directly from their affiliate page.

Amazon - Reiki Affiliate Programs

7. Amazon

Not strictly a Reiki affiliate program, but they do offer books on Reiki, and everything else related to it.

How much can I make?
They offer tiered commission for the products they offer. It may not be much but keep in mind that this is Amazon, and that it’s likely they’ll purchase more than just a book.

How do I apply?
Learn more about Amazon’s affiliate program on Amazon Associates.

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27 Jun

5 Point Checklist For Writing The Perfect Affiliate Product Review (With Two Real Life Example Reviews)

What is it with affiliate product reviews?

They’re so good for your site.

But they’re just so damn hard to write.

And, it’s frustrating.

Because they should be so straightforward, shouldn’t they?

You’re just giving your thoughts on a product.

But then your inner marketer climbs out of the woodwork.

Should you say this?

Should you talk about that?

What can you do to get the best return from it?

Which leaves you somewhere between writer’s block and fear.

And you have no idea what to say.

Don’t worry, with this article, that’s about to stop.

 


What You’ll Learn

  • The 5 star mistake almost all niche marketers make
  • The simple formula you need to create a perfect affiliate review every time
  • How to use free graphics to create reviews your audience will devour
  • Why it’s more important to be honest than nice

 

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

 


What Is A Product Review (And Why Should You Care)?

A product review on a basic level is sharing your thoughts about a product and the benefits of using that product.

So when Curlytops bought an Amazon Echo for her husband and fell in love with it, she wrote this product review that gives some reasons why people should buy it too (even without meaning to):

 

 

She explains that it’s great for older people and young children and it’s handy to have around the house.

If someone with those requirements reads it, they’re going to be interested in it.

Alternatively Nicholas expresses his dissatisfaction for people in the UK and his review turns them away from the product:

 

 

These are two basic examples but they have a powerful influence.

In fact, as Business2Community writes here, 88% of consumers trust an online product review as much as a personal recommendation.

Yeah, they’re that effective.

But this doesn’t just have to be product reviews on the sites that they’re bought.

The power extends to all types of content.

For example, BestVPN have created an entire business model around the concept of sharing reviews of the best Virtual Private Networks people can buy:

 

 

Okay so that’s what a product review is, but what are the benefits of them?

 


What Are The Benefits Of Writing A Product Review?

A lot has been written on the benefits of having your products reviewed.

From the fact that 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. Through to the way that they can give you up to an 18% rise in sales.

But not a lot has been said on the benefits of writing a product review.

Let’s take a look at why you should be writing product reviews then:

  • Money: I’ll cover this a little more in depth next. But, you can make affiliate sales quite swiftly from product reviews.
  • SEO: You can target more long-tail keywords and drive more specific search traffic from people looking for the product. (If you’re a beginner at SEO, check out this guide)
  • Authority: By reviewing products, and having people engage with them, you can create more authority in your niche. Because you must know what you’re talking about if you have a platform to speak from.
  • Free stuff: A lot of people will give you free access to their tools and products too. Meaning that, even if you don’t get paid, you have a new toy to play with.

Which, no matter where you are in you niche site journey, you can always benefit from.

One thing you will need is a steady flow of traffic, so if you’re still building up your traffic don’t forget to check out Stuart’s 101 Traffic Hacks.

Even well established Pro’s like Matt Woodward still review affiliate products on their sites to reap these benefits:

 

 

In a moment I’m going to show you the exact checklist you need to follow to write affiliate product reviews that convert.

But before I do, I want to show you one of the biggest mistakes niche marketers make and what you definitely shouldn’t do.

 


The 5 Star Mistake Most Niche Marketers Make

When you sit down to write your review you feel drawn to give the product a five star rating. Why?

Because you want to make money and you feel that anything less than five stars is going to turn customers away. It’s a natural and understandable thought process.

But this is also dangerous territory.

If you rate everything five stars – especially products you haven’t used – your site is going to look a lot less trustworthy.

Not every product in your niche can be that good, can it?

And as eConsultancy found, bad reviews can increase your conversions by up to 67%. Which makes perfect sense when you think about it.

The problems of one product can be the feature or benefit someone else is looking for.

For example Benny Lewis is a language learning blogger who often reviews products and tools.

In this review he gave Rosetta Stone, one of the best known products in this niche, a two star review.

 

 

Because for his method of language learning it’s completely incompatible.

He wants to get out on the streets, talk to people and learn the language in that style.

But someone who feels more comfortable sat at home and wants to a simple program to learn a language through their computer could read that review and go, “Man, that’s exactly the product I’m looking for!”.

In fact if you take a minute to go through your latest purchases on Amazon you’ll find products that you’ve bought despite the fact they had one and two star reviews.

One of my favourite books, A Walk In The Woods, is a masterpiece in travel writing for me. But there are those people out there who hate it:

 

 

But the reasons they hate it are probably the reasons I love it.

So don’t worry about writing three or four star reviews of products. When your reviews are:

  • Honest
  • Easy to read
  • Informative
  • Relatable

People will convert to the products no matter whether they’re five star, one star or anywhere in between.

Okay now we’ve got that out of the way let’s look at the checklist of how to write the perfect product review…

 


The 5 Point Checklist For Writing Successful Product Reviews

 


Checkbox #1: Use The Product

Nothing makes a product review sound more authentic than actually using the product.

So do everything in your power to get your hands on a product. Why?

Because it allows you to create content easily by simply writing about what you see and do.

Plus, it give you the opportunity to add unique elements to your content like images and videos.

For example what makes this SEMRush review from Authority Hacker so good is that you can watch Louis use it for himself:

 

 

It gives the user an insight into the product before they’ve even bought it.

Even if this is the first time he’s ever seen the product you can still go along for the ride. It feels authentic and trustworthy.

Spend a few hours playing with a product and doing your best to break it.

Find the good points, the bad points and see how it feels.

You’d be amazed at how often people will let you try products, too.

By just asking the question you can often gain access to:

  • Review copies of a product
  • Premium access for a month
  • A free lifetime copy of a tool

Or just go ahead and jump onto the free trial that they offer (if they offer one).

 


Checkbox #2: If You Can’t Use It, Hack It

Let’s be really honest.

An awful lot of the people reading this article – maybe even you – are going to write a review about a product that you’ve never used.

Sadly, that’s just the nature of the beast.

And while I don’t condone this type of marketing, I’d be an idiot if I didn’t show you how to do it effectively.

For example, I doubt 10Beasts have ever actually seen all of their products in person.

And according to Gaps they cleared $80,0000 last year.

 

 

So how do you write a review about a product you’ve never used?

Simple.

You take information from other sources and then add your own opinion on what you think it might be like.

Let’s say I was writing a review for GermanPod101, a language learning tool in my niche. I’d first head to their homepage that looks like this:

 

 

On this page there is more than enough information to start writing a product review.

I simply watch the 47 second video and take notes.

Then all I need to do is answer the questions:

  1. What benefit does 1230 Audio lessons give me?
  2. What do I think about the hosts? (This is a throwaway comment that makes it seem more honest)
  3. What benefits do flashcards and spaced repetition give me?
  4. What benefits fo PDF lesson notes give me?

By answering those questions alone you’ve got more than enough to structure an entire review.

One extra step you can take – especially if you’ve got writer’s block – is to steal ideas from other reviews.

Simple perform a google search for reviews of the products and find some results:

 

 

Find their opinion on the product and combine it with how you feel about that feature and how you’d react.

As I mentioned earlier, what someone dislikes might be the benefit you’re looking for, so don’t be afraid to flip it on it’s head and go in the other direction.

This also works for Amazon products because you can just dive through the user reviews and build up a picture of:

  • What people have said is good about it
  • What people have said is bad about it
  • Their reasons for buying the product

And then write a review from that data. Simple, easy and effective. (If not a little sneaky).

 


Checkbox #3: Frame It For Your Audience

For this stage it’s important to ask why people like you would (or would not) buy this product.

Products come with a lot of features and instead of covering them all, you need to cover the ones that are relevant to your audience.

You know, the ones that will really make them tick.

So why would your audience want to buy (or not buy) this product.

Do they:

  • Want to save time?
  • Want to save money?
  • Want to learn a specific lesson?
  • Want to feel a certain way?

Once you can hone in on this – the 20% of a product that will convert 80% of people – you’ll be able to give your readers an honest review and still make them convert.

 


Checkbox #4: Have You Mentioned The Downside?

I don’t care how good a product is, there is always a drawback.

As I mentioned earlier these bad parts of a review and drawbacks can still have a positive effect on the sales through a review.

So be sure to include them in your review and be honest about your experiences.

  • Does the interface suck?
  • Does it cost too much?
  • Is it slow to load?
  • Is the customer support useless?
  • Was there a product upgrade you weren’t aware about?

By preparing people for these crap parts of the product, they’ll go into the product purchase with more knowledge and with more trust in you.

They may even return for future reviews of different products!

One of the best sites for being honest and showing the drawbacks is PCMag.

Their product reviews can often be quite critical, such as this camera lens that was only described as ‘fair’:

 

 


Checkbox #5: Get Visual

There’s one truth about the internet you need to understand as a niche site owner:

People are always ready to stop reading.

So by stacking information you’re able to give people the information they need without them having to dive through the article. Making it more attractive to impulse buyers, or people who just want to confirm it’s the right purchase.

Someone who has this down to a perfect art is Robbie Richards.

Take a look at this recent review he did for Thrive Leads

 

 

 

All of the important information is in the first few seconds you’re on the page.

You can see what he thinks of the products.

The features you need to know about.

The benefits to the potential customer.

And, why you should carry on reading.

There’s enough information here to help you make a decision on whether to buy the product alone.

Never mind when you delve into the extensive review beneath it all.

You should look to include:

  • Your star rating of the product
  • The stand out features of the product
  • The people it will benefit most
  • Best places to buy/save money (if it’s relevant)
  • Picture of the product in action

Like this review for a Dyson Hoover:

 

 

 

You can easily use a free tool like Canva to create these reviews as well.

I made this spoof image to review Stuart in under 5 minutes:

 

 

Okay, I’m a writer not a designer.

But you get my point.

Even a dodgy image like that is easy to process and adds a lot of value to a reader before they’ve even got into the main content.

 

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

 


Checkbox #6: The Simple Content Hack To Create Epic Reviews Every Time

This is a copywriting tool I learned from a great copywriter called Andy Maslen in his book Write To Sell.

But I’ve adapted it slightly to make it fit product reviews a little better.

The original is a little acronym called AIDCA:

 

  • Attention: Grab your reader’s attention and hold it
  • Interest: Build their interest in buying the product
  • Desire: Make them want it
  • Conviction: Give social proof of why they need it right now
  • Action: Give them a simple, powerful, call to arms

And you can read more about that one in this post I wrote right here.

But for Affiliate reviews, you’re going to alter it to AIDACA:

 

  • Attention: Grab their attention and hold it.
  • Interest: Explain what makes the product interesting.
  • Desire: Explain the interesting pro’s and con’s of the product.
  • Alternatives: What else is available out there.
  • Conclusion: Your final verdict of the product.
  • Action: If they want to buy it, here’s a powerful call to action.

 

This template is a little more flexible and suitable to different product reviews.

Because this isn’t a sales piece, it’s a review.

Here’s a short examples of how this might look for a product to give you an idea of that in action:

 


Duolingo: Online Language Learning Software

 

Attention: Have you ever wished for free language software you could take anywhere in the world? Well, now you have it.

Interest: Duolingo brings together all the tools you need to not only learn, but remember, a language. Spaced repetition, speech, translation and context. And it does it all in one beautiful desktop, mobile and tablet compatible app.

Desire: The smart software constantly combines different aspects of the language, and pools them together, to give you a true real world feel of using the language.

But, like any online software, it has it’s bugs. There are occasionally inconsistencies and bugs that get in the way. Which can mean you learn the wrong word or spelling from time to time.

Thankfully there are community threads for each individual question or task on hand for those instances to help you along.

Alternatives: Other products in the market, like Memrise, do a better job of providing you with ways to to remember words – using mnemonics and images – but don’t have the same ‘game’ element that Duolingo has perfected. So if you’re looking for a mix of entertainment and education, I’d say Duolingo is your better option.

Conclusion: I’ve been using Duolingo to teach myself spanish for a number of weeks now. And, while I’m not as far along as I thought I’d be, I’ve made much better progress remembering the basics than I expected.

The game element is actually more addictive than I expected. And, wanting to continue my daily ‘streak’ made me study on the days I’d normally have slacked off.

The process has been frustrating at times, but like any game, it’s always fun in the end. And this is a great way for anyone on any budget to learn a language.

Action: Memberships have, and always will be, free for Duolingo. So you can sign up right here.

 

It’s a simple formula that you can check through and create perfect body copy for your reviews. And, you can expand it however you want by:

  • Including images
  • Case studies
  • Experiment results
  • Comments and feedback from people you shared it with

The list really is endless. But even if you wrote one sentence for each of those points you’d still have a product review people want to read.

 

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

 

 


Here’s A Sample Review Of A Random Amazon Product

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

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

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

This is what it looks like:

 

copywriting for affiliate products

 

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

 


Remember: A Great Product Review is NOT a Sales Page

As a niche marketer wanting to make money from your website, it’s natural to want to highlight only the best aspects of the products you’re reviewing.

But I’d challenge you to not let yourself do that.

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

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

 


Features

What does this thing do?

 

For example:

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

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

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

 


Who It’s For

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

Example:

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

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

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

 


Pricing & Purchase Details

How much the item costs and where it’s available for people interested in buying it.

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

Example:

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

*NOTE: Amazon does NOT allow you to use a fixed price in your reviews or affiliate content as prices change constantly. You must use Amazon’s API to display dynamic pricing that updates automatically when the price on Amazon updates. 

 


Pros

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

 

Example:

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

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

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

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

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

 


Cons

 

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

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

Example:

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

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

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

 


Alternative/Similar Products

 

Here’s where you can promote other products that are similar to the one you’ve just reviewed.

Example:

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

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

 


Your Final Opinion

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

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

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

Here’s what I wrote for the kitchen scale:

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

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

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

 


Add an Intro

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

Example:

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

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

 


The Full Review

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

 

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

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

Features

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

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

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

Who It’s For

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

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

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

Pricing & Purchase

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

Pros

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

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

Cons

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

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

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

Alternative Products

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

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

My Final Opinion

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

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

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

 

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

 


Writing A Review For A Digital Product

Now I’ll show you how to write a review for a digital product so you can see the difference.


The Product: Yeast Infection No More

 


The Intro

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

Example:

 

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

Until last month, I’d been dealing with the most annoying, uncomfortable yeast infection for at least two years running.

I suspect it might have been as long as three years, but at some point I just stopped counting so I wouldn’t feel so depressed about the situation.

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

Thankfully, my last burst of tests and treatments (that cost me well over $600) finally did the trick.

But not without having a serious impact on my bank account.

 

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

 


Features

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

Example:

 

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

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

The list price for this product is only $97, and right now it’s on sale for only $39.97.

Which is an incredible deal, considering it includes all the information and help you need to get rid of your yeast overgrowths once and for all.

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

But in addition to the ebook, you get 24-hour support from the author until all your yeast problems are solved.

And personal coaching based on your own unique situation… at a much better price than any doctor’s fee.

 

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

 


Who It’s For

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

Example:

 

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

It’ll help you clear up a vaginal yeast infection, but since it targets the core issue of intestinal yeast overgrowth and not just the symptoms of a localized yeast infection.

It’ll also help men and women with all kinds of yeast-related problems like:

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

 


Pricing & Purchase Details

The price and where to purchase.

Example:

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

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

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

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

 


Pros

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

Try something like this:

 

The best thing about this ebook (at least for me) is that it focuses on holistic remedies to bring a balance to your intestinal yeast and flora.

Because believe it or not, you do need some yeast to be healthy… so killing it all off with traditional anti-fungals really isn’t the best solution.

A lot of the traditional medical treatments I tried were all about killing off the yeast fungus.

Which just took one imbalance and created another one… putting me right back at square one with a brand new problem to solve.

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

 


Cons

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

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

For example:

 

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

The pros though, were pretty easy.

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

And if you notice, in my pros section, all I did was latch onto one aspect of the product—that it was focused on holistic remedies.

And I turned it into a pro by down-talking traditional medicine.

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

The cons though, are tough.

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

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

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

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

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

 


Similar Products / Resources

Showing the other products that are available gives you added credibility.

For example:

 

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

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

 


Final Opinion

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

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

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

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

 

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

Suffice to say, I think having this ebook would have saved me a lot of time and money when I was still trying to treat my own yeast infection.

So if you’re dealing with a yeast problem that just won’t go away, I’d say this ebook is worth every penny.

 


Put it All Together

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

 

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

Until last month, I’d been dealing with the most annoying, uncomfortable yeast infection for at least two years running.

I suspect it might have been as long as three years, but at some point I just stopped counting so I wouldn’t feel so depressed about the situation.

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

Thankfully, my last burst of tests and treatments (that cost me well over $600) finally did the trick.

But not without having a serious impact on my bank account.

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

Which was why when I discovered this product just two weeks after finally clearing up my own yeast problems,

I instantly wished I’d come across it sooner.

The list price for this product is only $97, and right now it’s on sale for only $39.97. 

Which is an incredible deal, considering it includes all the information and help you need to get rid of your yeast overgrowths once and for all.

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

But in addition to the ebook, you get 24-hour support from the author until all your yeast problems are solved

And personal coaching based on your own unique situation… at a much better price than any doctor’s fee.

Who It’s For

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

It’ll help you clear up a vaginal yeast infection, but since it targets the core issue of intestinal yeast overgrowth and not just the symptoms of a localized yeast infection.

It’ll also help men and women with all kinds of yeast-related problems like:

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

Pros

The best thing about this ebook (at least for me) is that it focuses on holistic remedies to bring a balance to your intestinal yeast and flora.

Because believe it or not, you do need some yeast to be healthy… so killing it all off with traditional anti-fungals really isn’t the best solution.

A lot of the traditional medical treatments I tried were all about killing off the yeast fungus.

Which just took one imbalance and created another one… putting me right back at square one with a brand new problem to solve.

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

Cons

With balancing, holistic remedies, most people don’t see results overnight.

In fact, you could go for weeks following the suggestions in this book before you know if you’re achieving any actual results.

Plus, this ebook is only focused on curing Candida overgrowth.

This is the most common type of yeast overgrowth, but some people have yeast symptoms caused by other types of yeast.

These people will have to get a culture test from their doctor to find out the real problem before they can treat it. 

Similar Products / Resources

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

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

Final Opinion

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

Suffice to say, I think having this ebook would have saved me a lot of time and money when I was still trying to treat my own yeast infection.

So if you’re dealing with a yeast problem that just won’t go away, I’d say this ebook is worth every penny.

 

yeast-infection-no-more

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

 


How To Incorporate A Story Even if You Haven’t Used the Product

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

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

DO NOT DO THIS.

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

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

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

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

But what if you haven’t used the product?

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

But don’t worry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

copywriting for affiliate products

 


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

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

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

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

But sometimes (especially if people LOVE or HATE a product), they’re blinded by their own biases.

And really don’t know what to say when it comes out to listing out pros or cons.

This is where Amazon reviews come in really handy.

So yeah, it’s not really ideal to re-publish something your reader could have read earlier in their product research.

But listing out pros and cons outlined in different Amazon reviews is one of the best ways to maintain your credibility as a niche product reviewer.

Even if you haven’t used the products yourself.

It’ll take some time to do.

But see if you can read (or at least skim) through all of the Amazon reviews relating to a product to get a sense of the most common problems and the most common praises.

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

Adding these less common comments about the products will lend you some niche credibility since you’re obviously doing your research.

And not just regurgitating the easiest-to-find information, and dedicated niche readers will notice that.

 


How To Find Pros & Cons Step by Step:

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

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

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

reviews

 

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

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

1star

I found this review first:

 

totally uselsss

 

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

“You cannot expect accuracy with this”

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

These are obviously massive problems this scale has.

So your cons could look like this:

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

Here’s another one:

 

high

 

“It only weighs in even numbers.”

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

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

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

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

 

accurate

 

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

And then this one…

 

great

 

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

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

“Small enough that storage is easy”

So your pros could look like this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So use them.

 


This Article In ‘Review’…

Do you see what I did there?

Okay this was one of my longer more in depth articles.

But the main component to all of this is taking action and writing the review.

Everything I’ve said here needs to be tested with your audience and adjusted when you do (or don’t) make sales from a review.

And if you ever want feedback on your product reviews, you can always ask in the Facebook Mastermind Group.

 

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27 Jun

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

A tweak to your website here.

A tweak to your website there.

And voila…

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

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

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

So here it is…

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

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

 


What You’ll Learn

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

 


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

This is a trick Dom Wells from HumanProofDesigns shared…

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Show your followers how they can monetize their most popular blog posts, too. Tweet this tip.

 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

This was before AdSense revealed their heat map.

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

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

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

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

 

adsense heatmap

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Make your followers happy. Show them this tip so they can make the most out of their site layout, too. Tweet this tip.

 


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

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

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

With less than an hour of work from you.

All you need to do?

Add a widget in your advertised space.

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

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

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

 

mums in jersey

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

 

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

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Share this email-based passive income tip a lot of affiliate marketers miss out on. Tweet this tip.

 


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

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

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

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

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

And when you do get a bite?

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

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

Yet easily customizable for the person on the other end.

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

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

Or a combination of both.

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Share how site owners can increase their affiliate sales without worrying about increasing traffic. Tweet this tip.

 

 


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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

And offer access to special discounts on travel products.

 

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

 

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

I’m going to be really blunt here:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

Let me show you what I mean:

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


10. Flash Sell A Product Bundle For Fast Cash Now

Flash sales are amazing for niche marketers.

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

Especially if you’re selling your own products.

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

And, I wanted that damn coffee mug.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 


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

The people on your email list are all different.

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

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

That’s the way it goes.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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13: Write This Word To Massively Improve Your Sales

People want to read what you have to write.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It can help you create more compelling sales copy.

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

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

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

 

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Now the original study was done with the word because.

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

For example:

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

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

 


14: Double Your Conversions By Letting People Say No

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They found that when BYAF was used conversions doubled.

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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15: Use Animated Emoticons For 20% More Email Opens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Make Quick Profits Thanks To The Science Of Niche Marketing…

There you have it.

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

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

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

Okay, over to you!

Which one are you going to use first?

Let me know in the comments below.

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27 Jun

Humanizing Ecommerce – Live Call and Live Chat Support for Shopify

As my business continues to morph I am enjoying tackling new and interesting projects with the right teams!

At the end of last year I added a Shopify site to one of my sites and this year have added another.

I had been hesitant to jump into Ecommerce because I thought it would be another set of skills I would need to master but have found it to be a great compliment to my business.

Results for My Shopify Store:

Although starting a BUNCH of projects has a BIG downside the upside is it identifies a TON of new problems I can throw myself and my team at to solve!

This post is about a couple of those problems and how a team I am involved with is working to solve them…

Problem/Opportunity:

Humanize Ecommerce by Bringing Live Chat and Live Call Support to the Shopify Masses!

If you are an Ecommerce store owner then it can be very difficult to offer the level of customer support you want to provide to your customers without spending either a TON of money or being attached to your phone!

People know Live Chat and Live Call support would be nice to have managed but unless they are a giant team there are not many cost effective options!

Live Support Is Not Just About Support – It Is About Sales and Conversions As Well!

Providing a superior customer support experience to your visitors is vital but live support is not just about customer support it is also about increasing sales!

In many studies both a phone number and live chat have been shown to improve conversions!

From MyWifeQuitHerJob “Having a phone number in plain view is VERY IMPORTANT!”

From KissMetrics Both Phone and Live Chat Results…

Solutions…

Live Chat and Live Call Support EXCLUSIVELY for Shopify Ecommerce business owners!

LiveChatNinjas.com

LiveChatNinjas was actually a business that was started by someone else and then me and a team purchased it with the plan of continuing to work on it and grow it.

LiveChatNinjas offers 24hr x 6 day per week support for your customers to answer customer support and technical questions.

Checkout LiveChatNinjas Here

 

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In addition to the team running LiveChatNinjas we saw an opportunity to expand the same audience to cross promote a similar service for phone support!

So a great programmer (turned manager) has put together a very robust system that allows for metered billing and we have a scalable local (Canadian) Shopify and phone support team handling all the calls.

(example usage report for one of our clients)

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To Answer the Inevitable Question…

Typically whenever I talk about a new project I get questions along the lines of “how do you keep everything straight” the answer is a simple structure of meetings and spreadsheets…

  • Daily Execution Standup Meeting
  • Weekly 1:1 Meeting With Each Business Manager where we review the project tracking sheet for their business
  • The manager does all the hard work!

The fun part of some of these type of projects is you never know if you are onto a winner or not… all we can do is put together the best possible offer, price it competitively and get people aware of it/drive traffic to it!

What do you think… are we onto a winner here Humanizing Ecommerce with LiveChat and LiveCall Ninjas?

If you or if you know anyone who might benefit from these services we would love to chat with them and help continue to validate the product/market fit… just reach out to me jonhaver11@gmail.com

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15 Jun

May Income Report

May was an interesting month!

It was a month that started out very poorly and with my increased staff costs it was looking like it would be a tougher month than I would like. But… a strong end of the month for a few of the businesses really turned it around.

The team stepped up nicely and really pushed the business through the middle and end of the month.

Several parts of the business are not performing where we want them to be and we are working on making adjustments so we are more reliably hitting our goals!

The traffic to our money sites is growing very very nicely but our monetization is still weak.

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. Money Sites Traffic – Great growth in the money site portfolio traffic. But there is an equal and offsetting failure this month where the earnings for those visitors has not kept pace!
  2. Overall Team Growth – It has been exciting to work with the growing team. We are tackling a handful of new projects and will be happy to reveal them soon enough.
  3. Data Dashboards – One of my summer interns is a crazy whiz with Data Studios and is creating some epic dashboards for each of my businesses.

4. PBN and Link Building Success for Clients – Over the last month or so we have seen a few cases where clients have seen awesome movement with both the Done For You PBN and Use My PBN

Key Failures

  1. Money Site Earnings Per Visitor – Our portfolio’s earnings per visitor is WAY to low and needs to be improved!
  2. Customer Acquisition Beyond AuthorityWebsiteIncome Audience – My business is still highly dependent on the audience here (which I am incredibly grateful for) but I need to continue to work to have each of my businesses be better at standing on their own. My goal is to push past 50% of the customers having no idea who “Jon Haver” is. We are at around 30-40% now and want to increase that % to reduce the single failure point dependency.

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

May Update – Traffic is moving up nicely, earnings like the rest of the portfolio is not performing as well as I would like. But we have just crossed over the 1k visitor per day mark which is exciting.

  • Traffic = 21,536
  • Earnings = $118.53

2. Buy 1 Site Per Month

May Update – Only one new little site was purchased in May. I am starting to turn away more sites as the quality has not been where I would like them to be and my strategy for building sites has been working very well from a traffic strategy.

  • 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
  • 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

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

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

  • Traffic – 55,210
  • Earnings – $380.10

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

May Update – Great results on the traffic for new projects but I really need to pick things up when it comes to the earnings!

Part 2 – Authority Website Income Blog Profit/Loss

3 Goals in 2015 for AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com

  1. Post Once Per Week

May Update – Hit my target this month which was great. In particular, I was very happy to reveal the level of analysis we are putting into content marketing at ContentRefined.com and what the data there is showing! The 2 most predictive metrics that allow you to tell if a site is going to rank!

  • Plan = 5
  • Actual = 5

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

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

3. Increased Intelligence with Email Automation

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

PRIMARY GOAL – GROW TO 30k VISITORS PER MONTH

May Update – 13,760… Tons of work needed!

Part 3 – Services Business Profit/Loss

  1. Systems First Focus

May Update – Modified tracking system with each team members weekly scorecard having a focus on it.

  1. Lightningrank.com – Quality and Efficiency Improvements

May Update – Great progress on an improved process that is showing some serious benefits already! We are excited to continue to roll this out to our sites and clients.

Visit LightningRank.com for Link Building Services!

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

May Update – With a price increase at the start of this month A LOT of clients jumped on signing up for the service right at the end of the month. Overall another solid month! We are working hard on increasing the number of customer acquisition channels.

  • Planned MRR = $18,000
  • Actual MRR = $27,452

Visit ContentRefined.com for Content Marketing Services!

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

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

 

PRIMARY GOAL – SYSTEMATIC GROWTH!

Part 4 – Amazon FBA Business

  • Brand #1 – HG – Running Lean and Spinning off Cash
    • May Update – Continuing to perform solid but not amazing. Lean and piling up some cash in the bank.
  • Brand #2 – CF – Quarterly Dividends Ahead of Baseline
    • May Update – Dividends getting paid out!
  • Brand #3 – NT – Path To Strong Market Position and Successful Pillar Product
    • May Update – Continuing to sell at a slow/steady rate.
  • Brand #4 – CK – Systematic Growth to $20k/month Profit
    • May Update – Several negative reviews have hurt the return to growth for this project but we are throwing everything we have at it.
  • Brand #5 – PC – Successful launch and $5k/month Business
    • May Update – Only a couple months in and sales are starting to pickup. Showing some definite signs of promise!
  • Brand #6 – SE – 4X Value Expansion with Dream Team!
    • May Update – At the end of last month we were days away from having this go live.
  • ListingEagle.com – Hijack and Listing Suppression Monitoring Service
    • May Update – Staying flat/slightly declining business. Very little additional effort going into this but the business is well supported and appreciated by anyone who NEEDS to know if their listing has been suppressed.

Part 5 – Put Outside Capital to Work Efficiently

May Update – Expect a BIG case study on this soon

Overall Income Update

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

  • Target Net Income = $11,100
  • Actual Net Income = $51,574.21
  • 2017 Average Net Income = $47,590

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

Final Comments

May was another fun month with the welcoming of some additional in house staff!

A few BIG issues definitely need to be worked this month including increasing my earnings per visitor for my portfolio of sites. In addition ContentRefined needs to focus on addressing getting more customers from non AuthorityWebsiteIncome audience.

Overall things definitely seem to be moving in the right direction and the problems we are working on solving go a lot further

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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?

Popularity

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.

ForeclosureSearch.ca

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.

BirdDogBot

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.

ForSaleByOwner

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.

HomeAway

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

Marketing

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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ForeclosureSearch.ca (Small)BirdDogBot (Small)Commercial Real Estate Cash Flow Funding System (Small)ForSaleByOwner (Small)HomeAway (Small)
75%

Commission
50%

Commission
54%

Commission
25%

Commission
3% & $20

Commissions

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!

 

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