The one main thing I learned this month is that it’s not easy work. Well, it is actually pretty easy work compared to being an electrician in winter or a heart surgeon… but overall it’s very time consuming and requires a lot of mental power. I was tired after this month. I also realized after the 3rd week of research that there probably isn’t one BEST WAY to do things - everyone has their own opinions and they all counter each other - if you’re looking for the answer it’s not going to come - there just isn’t one answer to any of this. The best SOLUTION is to just get going and see how it goes otherwise you will suffer “Analysis Paralysis”.
Built the structure & let it simmer. This is in a pretty saturated niche already and I didn’t quite know how to position this site in the niche. I’m still thinking through it so I just built the structure and added a couple posts - now I’ll just let it sit for a couple of months while I decide exactly what I want to focus on. It’s going to be the bastard child until mid summer probably. This site is in a niche that I’m very curious about but I don’t really have the time to dedicate to it. I’ve always wanted to learn more about it so I’m leaning toward making this site an “intro to the niche” site since it will grow and develop as I do. I’m still not sure. This will also be my Amazon Affiliate site, which is probably the easier site to build, so I have to take that into account while building my strategy.
My strategy was to get sales and traffic through SEO. That meant I could work 1 to 3 months without seeing any substantial increase in my affiliate commissions. But once my SEO tactics allowed my sites to climb Google’s ranking, then I would have a sudden increase in profits overnight. However, SEO became tougher and tougher, plus the mix of paid/organic results changed a lot in favor of paid listings.
The last step here is to take action. I assume you’re reading this because you already have your own website, but the truth is it’s not necessary. If you do have a website, the Diem CBD Ambassador Area has pretty much everything you need to get started, including web banners, direct linking capabilities, and stat tracking. But if you want to promote sales locally, Diem CBD also offers custom business cards and postcards for affiliates to use through networking with local businesses. No other CBD affiliate program offers this same level of promotional material, and through my discussions with their affiliate manager it’s become pretty clear that they are willing to provide many just about any resources I need as long as they see me actively promoting their products and making sales. The level of support so far has been incredible.
There are challenges to running a successful affiliate program. One of them is “trademark bidding,” the practice of affiliates submitting pay-per-click bids on a brand name or trademark, hoping to get their ads to appear in search engine results when a consumer searches for that brand or trademark. Traditional marketing theory would attribute that traffic to successful branding campaigns, not to an affiliate who manages to bid high enough to get its affiliate link listed in results. Nunez combats that with constant monitoring of search engine results.
The commissions and payback method will surely differ from brand to brand and it’s your call to decide whether you want to join the particular brand’s affiliate program. But don’t worry we have covered that part too to make your journey smooth and less intense. The final glitch is to decide upon those few brands you are going to promote out the hundreds available in the market. We have done the scrutinizing part just for you so that you can straight away start promoting the CBD products on your social platforms.
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Step two, understand what types of verticals and affiliate programs are compatible with your goals. Ideally, you would choose something you like promoting. This will make a difference in the medium term. For example, affiliate program A pays 5% commission on sales, to promote a big catalog of electronics. So in order to get USD300 per month, Jane would need to bring to the merchant at least USD 6000 in sales per month. She needs to ask herself: Is it feasible for her? Does she like to promote electronics?
Thanks for the validation and the encouragement. I live by the philosophy that “if you can do something then I can do it too – but probably better”. So seeing that other people have done it, successfully, I was motivated to at least give it a shot. I really don’t know where it’s going to take me – hopefully down the money-making-machine path - but who knows really. I figure that by putting it out there for everyone to see it will do 2 things – 1. Help me to focus and execute since I won’t want to write an update that says “I didn’t do much this month”. And 2. It will help me with strategy since I will have to clearly define what it is that I’m trying to accomplish and how I’m doing it. Writing it down is part of the goal making process so this just helps me articulate the goals. We’ll see how it goes!
I kind of addressed this in one of my previous comments. The niches were already selected when I bought the domains 5+ years ago. And those were just things that I thought were popular/hot back then. So I basically had to back into a target (aka niche-down). It’s probably not the best way to do it but, in my case, it kind of worked since I was able to follow that path (see mind map discussion on /u/HumbleSalesman ‘s case study from November I think...) pretty deep and see some opportunities.
I can’t remember exactly when, but I decided to turn online looking for earnings. Various scams and attempts to “get rich quick” came and went. I tried a bit of MLM (failed), tried to earn money with spread betting (failed), tried this and that (failed this and was terrible at that), before I eventually found a community that would train me. Think of it as half “training course” and half “forum”.
When I first decided to start my own company and was looking into the different ways to make money online, I was shocked by the number of scams, so-called “gurus” and get-rich-quick schemes that were out there. I kept coming across company after company, website after website, promising to help me make millions online overnight. These “get-rich-quick” schemes were a huge turn off and made me think there was actually no legitimate way to make money online other than becoming a part of these schemes. It got so bad that I almost gave up and resigned myself to the fact that I’d never be able to start my own business and I’d spend my life working as a long-haul truck driver the rest of my life. If you want to read my full success story you can do so here.
Great example and breakdown of not only a unique approach to niche marketing, but an excellent example that sometimes you need to think outside the box. Although, I am certainly not going to advocate to affiliate marketers that having quality content is not important, TIWIB is a prime example that there are in fact, other approaches. It certainly gets my wheels turning and provides some great ideas. You make some excellent suggestions here too. I may still be in the earlier stages of diving back into Internet Marketing, but I am a firm believer based on my experience through the years and witnessing both positive and negative affects of various IM practices that it is always wise to spread your efforts out. I think your odds of generating traffic increase dramatically when you set your sites up to rely on multiple sources of traffic. Quite simply, not putting all of your eggs in one basket. I have really enjoyed your newsletters and blog posts and I have seen them all! I only subscribe to a very few these days. Again, thanks for sharing and all the best!
Extra Legwork: The opportunity to work with content publishers is enticing to Luxury Brands, and with good reason – content offers a perspective and level of exposure that sells the brand’s message and caters to what’s important to customers. This is a huge benefit, but comes at a price – Luxury Brand advertisers have to manage a lot of what makes this content so dynamic. This “managing” includes providing free products to their publishers, ensuring that photo shoots properly represent the product, and that content is produced in a way that reflects the brand’s goals.
Love CBD is another brand that I hold dear to my heart, and not just as an affiliate marketer. I fell in love with their CBD oil from the very first time and decided that I should tell people about it. This company is based in England and is quickly gaining popularity in the country. So, for the folks living there – this is the brand you can promote.
This is probably going to just be a preference, but when I am building smaller niche sites, they are about 30-50 pages/posts long. I target my main keywords, and then the rest of the posts target smaller keywords and I interlink my posts with other content on my site. Once I have about 30-50 pages of good long engaging content, i will then start link building.
It was by pure chance that I was reading an article written by a reporter. The article was about scams but at the end, offered the services of a Canadian Company. The company was called Wealthy Affiliate and they had been in business for 15 years and had at that time over 500,000 members and this somehow looked very serious. Today they have 760,000 members, which means they are certainly doing something right.