Your Guide to ($1000 + A Month) Affiliate Campaigns in 2014

So today’s post is about how I’m making $1000 + a month per unique campaign – promoting in demand health related products.

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latest12-03-14I’m working a little differently to how I was in 2013. As you know, the game is always changing and so I change with it. So should you.

The screen shot above is from my latest campaign. I’ve only launched 3 campaigns this year, one for a client and two of my own. All of which have went on to make $1000 + a month. My goal is to put up only ten niche sites this year, and at the same time – work on one huge blog with my partner. This blog will be built around a huge in demand buying market.

I’m still working on the 100 niche site campaign, but I’m basically treating those as feeder sites (and testing what’s selling well and what’s not).

I’ll explain further in this article, so let’s get on with it!

Identify Buying HUNGRY Market

So, identifying your market is trying to find the niche your blog is going to be around. Since I go after buying intent search, I look for segments within markets where there is a good amount of buying intent search.

There is far more to consider than choosing a product, finding an EMD (exact match domain) and working out how many links you need to out rank competitors. That’s an old way of working, and it’s certainly not what I’m doing now.

Let me explain…

pre-sell exampleThe most important thing you need to think about if you want a long term ranking website, a website that brings in an income each month for many months… is the mindset of the people within that market.

For example, my latest niche that I’ve found (which is a niche within a niche) consists of a certain breed of people desperately looking to do something. They want results fast. They are prepared to do whatever it takes, and even pay whatever it costs… They will do whatever it takes to try and make that happen. That’s what I refer to on my calls with clients as a desperate buying mindset market…

To me, this is probably one of the most important ingredients to niche site success. If you are targeting a market that is full of people who are desperate to buy the products you’ll feature and write about, you are winning the battle from the off.

So once you have identified your market, what’s next?

Well, you need to make sure there is a significant amount of search volume… Search volume around the product terms within that market, and moreover – search volume on that niche for all the niche related buying intent terms… the terms people will be typing in to find your niche blog.Health blogging

So when you know there is targeted search for what you will build, you know you are potentially on to something. However, for optimal results (and longer term) there should be a series of products that you can promote within that market. This means that you can expand the blog and promote related products down the road.

What kind of domain do I use in 2014?

I use a branded niche related domain. I am looking to sell these sites when they have a history of earning each month, and ONLY when there is a good amount of consistent monthly traffic. I want to please my buyers so that I can sell niche sites (and build up good reputation) long term.

A site making $1000 a month can sell for $10,000 + on flippa.com, so $1000 a month is a great goal to have for your niche sites. That’s just my opinion though, the more you can make – the better!

Testing Phase!

This is an important phase to me now. Rather than spending a ton of money on content, a site, link building and so on – I want to make sure the product (or products) I will be featuring are going to sell for sure… The best way to test this is to rank something as quickly as you can and then see if it brings in any sales.

The fastest way to rank properties in 2014 is by utilizing press releases, you tube videos, web 2.0 platforms. Literally, any source that you can leverage from the power of the root domain… If you have a page from a root domain that already has tremendous Google Love, you’ll rank way faster than putting up a site on a new domain, especially if you are sending themed high PR links to that property.

Here is a nifty little course I read this week that will show you how to rank press releases quickly… GREAT for our testing purposes, and you might as well make some fast commissions along the way, right? :)

Note: Some people are saying otherwise, but that’s what I’m seeing personally right now with my own testing.

Ok, so once I Know the product does sell, I’ll start my niche blog. Any properties that I ranked for testing phases will eventually link to my niche blog as well.

I’ll write something like “For even more information, check out our blog where we delve deeper in to the niche, compare various products and write about a whole lot more… You get the idea.

Keyword Research!

I use Google trends and Amazon to get ideas of main feeder keywords on the products and on the market, and then I open up my keyword canine.

I type in the main product terms, and start digging for all the buying intent search around the product or products. I do the same with the niche and any niche related buying intent words.

For example, “how to gain weight” is a recent niche related buying intent term I have naturally blended in to one of my articles. This person is looking to gain weight, and could potentially buy something that will help with that. The term may not be targeted as a product buyer search term, but still targeted nonetheless. If you ignore these terms, you are leaving a huge amount of traffic potential on the table.

Building my Blog – Meaty QUALITY Content Leading Towards Epic Content

Once I have my blog up, I spend a significant amount of time on the content now. My days of putting up shit content and thinking I’m going to rank for months on end are over. If you are still doing that, you’ll get crushed on one of the updates sooner or later…

Thin EMD affiliate sites may rank for several months, but they won’t stand the test of time. If you are OK to re-clone (which I am by the way), then it’s still ok to blast out these sites, but I’m talking about building assets here that rank longer. Assets that you can easily sell and then rinse and repeat…

I’ll be expanding on NSF (inside the members area) to show members what I’m doing with my niche marketing in 2014 at some point this year too. What I love about NSF, is we give you multiple starting points for buying intent niches – that is golden.

So anyhow, I group my keywords in to groups, and then… I naturally start writing around the topics. I simply sprinkle in all the terms from each group naturally. See this post here for an example for one of my recent campaigns:

Now that I have several meaty content posts up, all of which are a minimum of 1200 words by the way… I then make sure I am covering many niche related and buying intent terms naturally on my blog posts.

As we approach the end of 2014, my game plan will change again. I’ll be looking to create 6000 to 10000 + word posts on my niche sites. Small sites still, but with absolutely FANTASTIC content on – content that will naturally cover a huge amount of search terms… Infographics, comparisons, quotes, videos, interviews – totally hot epic shit. The aim is to look at your search terms, and then make sure you have the best fucking content out for these groups of terms, end of.

If you’re not prepared to provide this type of value to the searchers, you shouldn’t be an affiliate that wants to attract free traffic anyhow.

If you think about it, our job is to inform – to compare, to research. We are the middle men. We bridge the gap between the buyer and the merchant. As long as there are merchants, affiliates will be needed.

Look…

If you understand the business model you are in (and understand what your job actually is) – you can make money for a long time. If you think like this, you’ll build assets that you can not only sell for a lump sum when needed, but you can expand on your blogs in a big way.

Can you expand on an EMD…

Perhaps, but you are really limited to do so. Trying to sell an EMD is also going to be much tougher than selling a brand-able domain name. Sure you could sell a keyword search domain for big bucks, but an EMD domain might prove more difficult. There are also trademark issues, risks of loosing campaigns and more with using an EMD on many networks now. It’s an issue we can easily avoid by simply putting out better domains and better sites!

If I was buying a website and investing in a business, I would want to buy something with room for expansion – not something that is ONLY setup to snipe traffic from the product name.

As I said, these domains and sites are great for testing purposes, but should NOT be your main business model with niche marketing. Takes notes on what I am typing to you here. I apply all of this because it works, and because it works MUCH longer term.

If you think about putting up truly epic shit, your content has a very good chance of going viral within the niches. There are also ways to get word out about these types of articles. You CAN attract a whole lot of natural links, and thus – rank long term. I’ll write more on that later with my friend Codrut.

Sure, it’s more work in the beginning, but its smarter work – work that will pay off MUCH LONGER than putting up crap just to make a sale. We’ve all probably done it, and we all probably still do it, but what I am talking about here is the way I am headed. It’s the way you should be headed if you want to be an affiliate like me, an affiliate that earns money for the test of time.

Remember, I have ten years behind me as earning as an affiliate with SEO, but this is why… I evolve with the trends. We have to adapt, or your income will die – simple as that.

If you notice all the MMO blogs now… They are all competing to put out the most epic content ever, its viral bait and they do it for a reason. This “make money online” market is not my niche. I haven’t even tapped in to it yet, mainly because the competition is absolutely ridiculous. But the advice these guys give is solid in this respect.

I’ll be frank. I’m facing people like Pat Flynn, Alex Becker, guys who are way ahead of the game and both awesome in their own right. I am not a person to kiss ass, but when someone does something, and they do something incredibly well, my hat goes off to them. These people also have boundless energy and are pure workaholics. In fact, these breed of people openly say they will out work anyone… That’s only naming a few people who I have watched rise to the top these past few years. There are many others…

What I’m saying is there are many niches out there (if you dig in and research) where you could dominate – and face far less competition.

Let’s face it… niches like the MMO niche are cutthroat competitive now.

You don’t need to enter such markets though. There is so much opportunity for niche blogging now, it’s actually mind blowing!

Luckily for me, I don’t even need to compete with these folks. HWA has always been more about building a journal of what I am doing, so I can take what the best guys in this niche do – and apply it to my own little niches.

See, you could  put up the most epic piece of content in a smaller niche like weight gain – rank for months on end – make a cracking little income, and be faced with far less competition. If you do that say ten times in different markets – you’ll have a significant amount of income coming in my friends.

Content is up, what’s next?

Link building…

quality link-building

This is probably the biggest change in the way I work in 2014. I rely far less on link building services. In fact, all the tiered link build services now serve a purpose that is completely different to what it was in 2012 (and even some of 2013) for me.

So here is what I am doing now…

Once I have my meaty post niche blog up, I need to get it some attention. Regardless – you need to get some links to your site to make that happen. So, I’ll start with some comments. I don’t do this manually because quite frankly, I can be bothered. What I do is use a simple low cost package on rank crew to do this.

I really like rank crew and use it all the time now. They have a package (just released) where they will build you a network of web 2.0 sites, definitely a good all round link building service.

So when I am done with my initial order to get the spiders crawling on my site etc, I look for HIGH PR domains and aim to buy a good amount. While I am looking for the best domains however, Ill get some directory links.

Nowadays, I simply pay for them for a guaranteed listing on niche related directories with high PR. I don’t mess about with free submission services, they suck and you often won’t get listed anyhow. And even if you do, the pages will be so shitty, its literally a waste of time.

HIGH PR DOMAINS ALL THE WAY!

If I buy ten pr 5 domains, it will cost me around $1000, but it’s a solid investment. I can naturally build these domains out with themed content for my niche. Or If I am lazy and short on budget – I can make them general sites and use them to link to various niche sites, not just health…

I can then sprinkle in natural links going to my niche blog. I won’t even target any term, I’ll just keep them niche related and mix it all up. I will then look to expand on this high PR network, and use services like seo-warrior to continually blast to these HIGH pr sites.

If I need more links, I’ll buy more high PR domains, simple as that. This way, I know I am sending more themed quality links that last the test of time. Mass linking with other sources may actually do you more harm than good in 2014. Be careful out there.

So right now, if you want to rank high and long term, you need themed HIGH PR links. All these link building services may still help, but they don’t work like they used to, not in my recent experience anyhow.

This is how I work now; it’s up to you how you work of course…

I would use tiered link building services to link to your network sites, and buff those bad boys up over time.

So in short and to summarize… buy HIGH PR Domain. Host it on a UNIQUE IP in a different name with different name servers, or go private if you struggle to work out a way to use different names.

Beef these sites up over time with a tiered link building service, or use as is if budget does not permit.

So, what I am creating is a constant stream of high PR themed links that are also continually being linked too. This is what I am doing right now. So, I’m not blasting 1000 links anymore, I’m not heavily linking using anchor text – and apart from manipulating my HIGH PR linking, everything has become even more natural.

SEO IN 2014…

SEO, search engine optimization

The thing is guys, it’s easier. It’s easier than it was before to rank, it’s easier to make money with SEO in 2014. It’s becoming like the art of SEO, without SEO.

What I am still seeing good results with is pure WEB 2.0 sites. So you could create a network with these websites to save money, and it would probably work in the same way. You’d need to build them out and use unique content though. I think the latest web 2.0 package over at rank crew is an excellent way to outsource this quickly. I’ll personally be using this service for my next niche website – how about you?

I’m going to do another follow up article to this over the next few days. I’ll talk about the preselling part and linking to the products. What works well for me and so on. I’ll basically just talk about what I do, and give a few examples.

HWA Summary…

The way we work online changes… Change with the flow. Go with the flow – not against it. If you are still playing old style SEO, your days are numbered. I hope you take what you are reading here, and apply it yourself.

Remember guys, I only write about what I do. Otherwise, I have no business writing or talking about it. I hope you enjoyed this post and got something out of it. I’ll be back soon with a more detailed post on this whole link network building thing.

There are a few ways to do it, but I’ll talk about two of the ways I do it. One of which is VERY complicated, but still worth doing if you want to get serious in your niche. I had one network before panda last for 7 years, and my recent network has lasted for 3 + years so far – that’s through all the latest changes too. I know a thing or two about building private networks that stand the test of time.

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3 thoughts on “Your Guide to ($1000 + A Month) Affiliate Campaigns in 2014

    • Hi Jon, Outsource, write myself, mix and match.

      I may outsource an article and pay $20, but that will give me a base to work with and so on.
      It’s important to spend much longer on the content for niche sites, it’ll help you rank longer term, and it’ll help you naturally attract links in each market place. If you are putting the most epic shit up on your blog in those little markets, you’ll cover a whole bunch of related long tail words naturally. Google will eat this up like cookies :) Trust me, this works.

  1. i was bit confused whether i should use rankcrew or not because these days taking wrong seo can lead you to lots of penalties and i am not in a condition to loose just because of bad seo firm.

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