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?

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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

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

 

LiveCallNinjas.com

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)

Checkout LiveCallNinjas Here

 

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

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

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

 

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

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31 May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Useful books:

  • TheOneThing
  • FooledByRandomness

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

 

 5 Simple Rules To Help Evaluate a New Idea

 

ONE – Sit on an Idea for 24hrs

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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26 May

Niche of the Week: Get Your Ex Back

Love is a many-splendored thing.

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

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

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

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

Is Anyone Really Interested in Getting Their Ex Back?

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

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

The "Ex" Keywords

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

Get Your Ex Back - Traffic Travis Results

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

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"Get Your Ex Back" Affiliate Programs

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

The following affiliate programs have great gravity and commissions:

MeetYourSweet - Get Your Ex Back Affiliate Programs

1. Meet Your Sweet

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

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

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

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

ExFactor Guide - Get Your Ex Back Affiliate Programs

2. The Ex Factor Guide

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

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

How much can I make?
75%.

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

HowToGetYourExBack.com - Get Your Ex Back Affiliate Programs

3. HowToGetExBack.com

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

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

How much can I make?
75%.

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

TextYourExBack - Get Your Ex Back Affiliate Programs

4. TextYourExBack

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

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

How much can I make?
75%.

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

Modern Love  - Get Your Ex Back Affiliate Programs

5. Modern Love

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

How much can I make?
75%.

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

How to Get Them to Your Site

Amazon Kindle Traffic

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

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

Blog and Forum Commenting

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

Social Media Marketing

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

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

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

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

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25 May

Mortgage Crushing Challenge Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jon’s Update:

What does this challenge mean to you?

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

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

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

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

How did you come up with your niche?

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

What have you focused on over the last 4 months?

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

What has been a big challenge with your site?

There have been 2 major issues…

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

What are you focusing on for the next few months?

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

How are you monetizing it?

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

What’s your content creation plan?

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

What is your backlinking plan?

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

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

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

 

Kelley’s Update

What does this challenge mean to you?

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

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

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

How did you come up with your niche?

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

What have you focused on over the last 4 months?

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

What has been a big challenge with your site?

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

What are you focusing on for the next few months?

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

How are you monetizing it?

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

What’s your content creation plan?

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

What is your backlinking plan?

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

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

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Maddie’s Update

What does this challenge mean to you?

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

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

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

How did you come up with your niche?

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

What have you focused on over the last 4 months?

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

What has been a big challenge with your site?

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

What you are focusing on for the next few months?

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

How are you monetizing it?

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

What’s your content creation plan?

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

What is your backlinking plan?

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

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