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A Real Business Or Profitable Hobby?

A good idea when starting out is to approach affiliate marketing as a profitable hobby and then extend that into a full time business after things are rolling in the right direction.

It’s never a good idea to quit any job you’re currently in, or pull yourself out of any income-generating situation you already have to pursue those hopes of making it big in the affiliate marketing industry.

Approach this as a class you’re taking in your free time. It’s very tempting to want to just blaze through everything and dive right in head-first but you’ll find that doing that is probably going to cause you to drown.

Everything you need to know to get an actual affiliate business operating is inside this training best affiliate marketing course. It’s all laid out in steps so you only need to follow them and with some creative thinking on your part, you’ll start to see progress in very short time.

Branding is important, there’s no doubt about it. However, as an affiliate marketer you don’t really have to concern yourself with it in many cases unless the style of marketing you do lends itself to branding.

Here’s what we mean…

Let’s say you run a review website for some line of products in a niche of your choosing. Now, whatever the products and niche are don’t matter in this case. What matters is that your site has consistency and is helpful to the consumer.

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In a case like this it actually would be helpful to build a brand for your business so that anyone who is in the market for the products you review (and sell) would come to you specifically for guidance and a place to make a purchase. Even if you’re just pointing the buyer in the direction of another store, they will first come to your website to reach that final destination because they know and trust your brand.

As human beings we are creatures of habit which means that we’ll often times go for what we are already familiar with as well and what we like or prefer. This is why there are so many of the same products available in stores under different brands… branding works when it makes sense.

On the flip-side however…

Let’s say you’re in the business of “launch jacking” (something we’ll cover later) and your business model revolves around throwing up a bunch of “one-off” sites designed to capitalize off of a trend or some hot new product or service which will only be around and making money for a predetermined amount of time. In a case like this branding is just not necessary and might even hurt you in the end.

Branding is not hard to do. All it really requires is a logo and a name for your business entity. A lot of times people don’t even register the “business name” they use for their websites and stuff. They’ll just throw something up which sounds nice and is recognizable then roll with it.

You could do this for some short term things, but if you plan on building out an authority site or something really big then it’s a good idea to register the name so you own it and nobody can take it away from you.

What was just discussed was the topic of Trademarks. In order to register a trademark in your local area (or wherever your business is registered) you’ll need to look up specifics online. The process isn’t too difficult, and it’s also not really necessary in many cases. But in the event you feel you’d benefit from it, it’s mentioned here simply so you’ll know it exists and is something to consider.

Branding can work on the trademark level just as it can work on the business name level. An example of this is the company Coke. You probably recognize the brand of the soft-drink but the actual business name is also registered under something similar. Not only that but Coke also owns a number of other brand names which all have their own brand recognition.

Niche Selection

One of the most common questions from affiliates just starting out is “which niche should I get into?” and that’s a very reasonable question.

It can be difficult to determine which niche to start promoting offers for, so we’ve dedicated an entire lesson to it in order to help you make a wiser decision in order to see higher profits.

Let’s jump right into this.

Why The MMO Niche Is Bad For Beginners

It’s very tempting to want to jump in the deep-end and earn a living doing what you know (online & affiliate marketing) but the truth is that you’re going to be competing with GIANTS as well as everyone else on the planet who has the exact same idea as you… and that’s a whole lot of people!

This is not meant to discourage you from giving it a try, if you really wish to that is. However, you will have your work cut out for you.

You’ll be much better off jumping into something more manageable and then venture off into the MMO niche down the line once your marketing skills have been sharpened.

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The K.I.S.S. Rule & Marketing

With all the options available to you as an affiliate marketer it’s easy to become overwhelmed. The key to reaching your goals is keeping things as simple as possible while still performing all the necessary tasks required to get the job done.

Affiliate marketing can get very detailed and even difficult, those are your competition based on your niche selection. The good news is that you don’t have to do what they do, at least not at first.

A simple plan of attack could be something like this:

  • Pick a profitable niche
  • Build a very simple affiliate marketing blog based on your chosen niche
  • SEO the heck out of that blog
  • Fit that blog with Ads or Promotions to monetize it
  • Start a YouTube channel and make it look presentable
  • Pick out your 12 most profitable keywords from your affiliate marketing blog
  • Make 1 video for each keyword & SEO your videos (more on this in the future)
  • Have a link in each video’s description point back to each page of your blog
  • Wait for traffic to roll in while you monitor results
  • Profit
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The steps above are somewhat simplified, but they are the basic outline for one very common method of affiliate marketing.

We will be going over this method in more detail in the near future, just in case you would like to learn more about it for ideas & inspiration.

Niche Hunting The Easy Way

Let them do the footwork for you!

The following method is not new, nor is it anything fancy… but it works!

Picking a niche to jump into can be a tricky thing at first. It’s probably one of the biggest sticking points for most new affiliate marketers so this entire section is dedicated to squashing that hurdle for good.

Clickbank.com Category Hack

Head over to clickbank.com and login to your account.

Look at the very top of the page and find the link which says “Marketplace” which looks something like this:

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That link will direct you to the Clickbank Marketplace which you’ll be able to use to browse a whole bunch of niches which have been shown to be profitable based on their gravity scores.GIF

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The example above shows the following:

  • The red links on the left of the screen are the main categories
  • When clicking on the tiny arrows each main category expands to sub categories
  • All of these are potential profitable niches you could test out for yourself
  • The sections being highlighted by the mouse near the end are “gravity scores”

The Idea Here is Simple…

Navigate through the different categories & subcategories to find something you might have an interest in promoting and building a blog or website around.

When looking at the “gravity score” it’s pretty simple. Just look for a niche which has a number of products with a gravity score above 10.

You could experiment with lower gravity scores if you wish. Technically speaking, just about all of the categories within this list on Clickbank could make for a profitable niche to build a profitable business around, but the idea is to make things a little easier on you when starting out.

Not only is this a good method to find a niche to jump into but it will also give you a selection of products you can begin promoting right away!

Amazon.com

Amazon.com is the largest marketplace on the internet and because of this you can bet they pour a lot of money into testing everything in an effort to optimize their profit margins.

What this means for us is that they do all the hard work and we can swoop in and reap the rewards!

To view the entire category & niche section for all of Amazon simply follow the example shown below.GIF

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Look toward the top of the page on the Amazon.com homepage.

Move your mouse pointer over the link which says “Departments” and a drop-down list will pop up.

Move your mouse pointer to the bottom of that drop-down list to where it says “Full Store Directory” and click on it, you’ll then be redirected to the directory of every category on Amazon.

Each one of these is a potential niche you could jump into. If you dig deeper into any one of these you’ll also discover sub-niches of niches, potentially up to a few levels deep if you desire to “niche down” that far.

One more detail to note is the Amazon “Best Sellers” page.

Here Is A Direct Link To The Amazon Best Sellers Page

Not only is this page good for spotting trends within Amazon’s most popular categories but it’s also helpful to choosing some of the more competitive (and in many cases high profit) niches for consumer products.

It’s important to keep in mind that Amazon is only a single source which specializes in physical products. If you don’t wish to deal with physical goods then you could still check with Amazon for niche related research and then locate other products such as info-based-products which could be marketed to that niche.

Alexa.com

The Alexa.com website is used primarily for traffic & demographic statistics for a large number of websites. Some people like to add it to their affiliate marketing toolbelt, and it can certainly be helpful. However, a lot of their data is estimated based on a number of data points that only they actually know.

We won’t be using them for this purpose however, this is the section on finding a niche you can begin promoting offers in, so that’s what we’re going to use them for right now.

The idea when using Alexa.com is to spark a broad idea which you can then dig deeper down into.GIF

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When on the Alexa homepage do the following:

  • Locate & move your mouse pointer over “Features” near the top of the web page
  • Locate & then click on the link called “Top Sites” just as demonstrated above
  • Locate the link which says “By Category” near top of page & click on it
  • Select your 1st choice while keeping in mind you’ll be redirected to sub-niches
  • Repeat the last step just above this one as some categories have multiple sub-niches

Once you have something you’d like to explore you can scroll down the page and see a list of “top sites” which are ranked by Alexa.

Some of these web sites might even have affiliate programs of their own for future reference when it comes time to begin promoting offers… so take note of this, it could be useful to you.

Answers.com

The Answers.com website has been around a long time and though it may not be as popular as it once was, it’s still an excellent source when deciding on a niche.GIF

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The steps needed to find a whole bunch of possible niche related categories is to look at the upper right corner of the page… you’ll see “ALL SECTIONS” click that.

All of the sections on the entire website will now be visible to you. Each one of these can be opened up even further if you click on the tiny arrows to the left of each word.

If you click on the words themselves they will act as links and may open up a new page instead of expanding the list further so just be aware of that.

Google Trends

This technique isn’t so much about finding a niche but instead looking one up to see if it’s worth your time.

Navigate to the Google Trends web page… It tends to change the way it looks quite often so what’s depicted in this lesson might seem different from what you’ll see at any given time, but the method works in the exact same way.GIF

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Once you have the Google Trends page loaded up you simply need to type in whichever search term you had in mind and press the enter key on your keyboard. (Example Image Above)

Something to notice also are the extra terms which come up as you type your search term into the bar. They are usually very closely related to your original term so you might get a bonus idea or two this way.GIF

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When you reach the results page it will look something like the image above.

At the very top / left you’ll have a panel with your search term in it.

Directly to the right of that you’ll have a 2nd panel which you can use to add another term if you wish to compare data between the two terms.

Under that you will see:

  • Worldwide
  • Past 12 months
  • All categories
  • Web Search

Each of these will open up a selection box which you can scroll through, or simply type in the results you want instead. When you take advantage of these four options you will change the results of the graph below them.

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The image of a graph above is where you’ll get the majority of data necessary to decide if the niche you picked is worth your time or not.

You can change the amount of time this graph covers by adjusting the “Past 12 months” option just above it. There are a number of pre-built ranges to choose from, or you can make your own with the custom option at the bottom of the list. See below for a quick demonstration of this in action.GIF

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As you can see, when the time frame was changed from 1 year to 5 years the graph changed to a downward slant (every keyword and time-frame you pick will give a unique result). Nothing too drastic in this case, that steady decline over 5 years does show that the niche chosen for this example “cake decorating” might not be the best, but it’s still do’able.

There is no rule of thumb when it comes to determining if a niche is something you should or should not work with. If you ask a dozen people you’ll get about half a dozen answers… because half of them would have come up with some arbitrary “rule” and the other half would just be copying them!

The one thing to keep in mind is that the numbers you see on the Google Trends site are not actual search-volume figures. Instead, they’re just a percentage of the whole search volume which has been divided up into the different regions.

In order to see what the search volume is for any given keyword you’ll need to use the Google Keyword Planner, and by doing so you will get a rough estimate. We’ll be covering that in the very next lesson just after this one wraps up.GIF

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Take a look at the image above, see how the mouse hovers over different parts of the map while a box pops up displaying different numbers.

That number is a percentage and each location on the map will show a different percent. When you add all the numbers together you’ll get 100%

So, we see things like… 16% and 14% and even 65% way over in Australia.

What this information is good for is things like knowing which countries to target more heavily when running PPC ads. Since certain territories favor a certain keyword more than others it may be a very good idea to target those favorable areas of the globe and then expand outward from there with the 2nd best and 3rd best results and so-on.

Just keep in mind that ALL the numbers on the Google Trends results page are a percentage and not actual search-volume. Again, you need the Google Keyword Planner for that.

Google Keyword Planner

The Google Keyword Planner is something all affiliate marketers become familiar with at some point in their career.

You should already have an account now, but here is something worth taking note of.

The Keyword Tool is part of the Google AdWords platform and if you plan on using this platform to run paid-advertising at some point in the future then you’re going to want to set yourself up with a proper account… remember, you can basically own as many Google accounts as you’d like (within reason) and because of this fact you can have a few “throwaway” accounts and a few serious accounts you need for serious tasks; such as your master Gmail account.

If you want to be cautious with this step then it’s recommended you make yet another Google Account and be sure to use your real personal details upon signing up. Your credit card details, mailing address and etc. will all be tied to this account as it will be the one you use Google AdWords from.

A quick note…

You don’t need to ever use a credit card on any of your Google Accounts if you never plan on running paid ads.

If using a credit card is an issue then simply ignore those parts but just know that in the event you ever do want to use paid advertising with Google you will need a credit card to process your payments for those ads.

In the previous lesson we discussed finding the search volume for a given keyword so let’s do that right now.

Log Into Your Account:

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Navigate To The ‘Tools’ Section & Select Keyword Planner:

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Get Search Volume Data:

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You may have noticed there are a number of settings you can change, details you can specify and though it may be clear for some just based off the images above… let’s go over what these details are right now anyway.

  • Option 1: Enter Keyword – This is where your actual keyword goes
  • Option 2: Upload File – If you have a spreadsheet with keywords it goes here
  • Targeting: This is composed of a few parts and they are as follows
  • Location: This is for targeting specific countries if you wish to
  • Platform: You will see “Google” as the default but you can also use search partners as well as Google to expand your reach
  • Negative Keywords: If you know there are words you don’t want to target then this is where they go, this works well for long-tail keywords
  • Date Range: This is customizable however it’s typically best left alone for the fact that when searching terms in the keyword tool you’ll usually want data for just a single year

The information provided above is simply for the sake of finding “search volume” for any given keyword. If you’ll recall back to the lesson about using Google Trends, you’ll remember that the numbers shown are a percentage of some mysterious number… this is how to find that number.

Google Keyword Planner
(for niche research)

The keyword planner is usually used for keyword research with the intent of SEO and PPC. However, it is also possible to get some very solid niche ideas and we are going to review how to do that right now.

Let’s go back to the beginning by loading up the Google Keyword Planner just as before so we can start a fresh search.GIF

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Navigate to the “Tools” menu at the top of the page and click on the “Keyword Planner” option when it shows up. The page will for the keyword planner will load and we’ll be ready to begin.GIF

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Once on a freshly loaded page you’ll see the familiar sight of three options which you can choose from.

Go ahead and click on the option at the top which says “Search for new keywords using a phrase…” and then enter your keyword of choice into the text-box just as demonstrated in the image above. Take into consideration that it’s usually a good idea to use broad keywords for this step, but not too broad. For example:

“Weight loss” is very broad and although it might be worth checking out you might find it hard to “niche down” with just that one keyword alone.

“Keto diet” is much more specific and is already a sub-niche of “weight loss” so it would give you more specific results which is a good thing.

You can always try both of these things and then take notes on the results you get, using new keywords you find to keep digging deeper… that would work really well.

Notice that there are other options you could use instead of just typing in a keyword.

You could input a web page URL if you wanted to. If you did this then Google would analyze that page and pull keywords it determines to be correct based on the data that was on that specific page. This is usually a good way to get keyword ideas as a starting point if you’re out of ideas or don’t know where to start.

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The image above has the web page URL highlighted in bright-yellow so you know where to copy them from. Every browser you use will have this same “address bar” where you can copy the URL from. (URL is just another way of saying ‘website address’)

Just find a competitor’s website, plug-in a page or two of theirs which you think could give you good results and let Google provide you with keywords which you can then expand upon with more research.

There is also an option to search for keywords using Google’s own ‘category list’ but this option isn’t used very often because it’s very restrictive. If you wish to browse through it and give it a try just to see how it works then feel free to.GIF

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The next thing to look at is the “Targeting” section which is demonstrated in the image above.

There are 4 boxes under this section and the very first one is where you can pick your location. If you do not pick a location the search will default to All locations and that could give you inaccurate results based on what you want to see. If you don’t need to get specific with this then leaving it on “All locations” could be a good idea.

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The last 2 boxes which say “Google” & “Negative Keywords” can usually be left alone when performing this sort of research. If you wanted to input some Negative Keywords such as “free” to prevent them from showing up in the results page just to save you some time sorting through them then that would be fine but it’s optional.

Just to the right of the “Targeting” section is the “Customize your search” section.

There are 3 boxes under this section and the 1st one can be ignored in most cases. It’s called “Keyword filters” and it will let you filter out your search results based on the options within it…

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The images above are what you’ll see by default (left image) and what you’ll see when you click on the “Keyword filter” box (right image).

As you can see… you have a number of different filters at your fingertips. Unless you had very specific reasons to use these, they’re pretty useless for this type of research. Feel free to play around with them if you’d like, each option does as it says.

  • Average monthly searches: Filters results & only targets what you specify.
  • Suggested bid: Does the same thing but with respect to bid price
  • Ad impression share: The number of impressions you’ve received divided by the total number of searches.

Just below these options are the different “Competition” settings which can be checked off for “High” / “Medium” / “Low”

Competition can be a decent indication of profitability for any given keyword and it’s “market intent”. This is not always the case and it will be left up you to to determine these things which get easier to do over time with practice and experience.

A general rule of thumb however is “if the competition is low for any particular keyword then it may not be a profitable keyword to use as advertisers are choosing to NOT spend money on it”.

Again, this is not always the case so you’ll have to rely on further research to determine this sometimes.

The final box “Keywords to include” is completely optional. You can use it to be sure that your search results return keywords which always contain a specific word, but this will drastically limit your results and is not advised in most cases.

Once everything is set up the way you want it just click the button to get your results. The image below demonstrates what a typical keyword search looks like.GIF

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So, what are we looking for here?

Google archives a lot of data… A LOT!

Because of this fact it’s also a pretty reliable resource to draw ideas from since it does a fantastic job of archiving and cataloging everything.

Ad Group Ideas

After looking up a keyword, either by typing it in or using the URL of some niche-related website we are going to look up Ad Groups.GIF

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The image above shows where the “Ad Group Ideas” tab is located, go ahead and click on it to see the list of ideas Google has compiled for you.

What you will find (in most cases) is that there are a lot of really good ideas for sub-niches you could jump into and begin building marketing campaigns and even entire websites & businesses around.

All Ad Groups are listed on the left side (Ad groups by relevance) and if you click on the blue links they will load a new page with all the keywords within your selected Ad Group.

Findaforum.net

One great place to look for ideas is in the vast number of forums out there online. The trouble is the actual hunting process, it can take forever!

That’s where this very cool website comes in handy… Findaforum.net

In order to find the categories available (which also act as a niche selection tool for you) just follow the example below:GIF

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Near the top of the page you’ll see the “Categories” tab. Simply click on that and you’ll have access to the entire list of all the categories this website keeps track of. The great news is that this handy website only indexes active forums which means you stand a much better chance of picking something worth testing and ultimately marketing with than if you were to just start “Googleing” forums on your own.

Evergreen Niche vs. One-off Niche

Maybe you’ve heard the term “evergreen niche” before and aren’t sure what it means. In simple terms it’s a niche or market which has a constant demand for the products sold within it. It doesn’t rely on trends, it doesn’t rely on holiday seasons or any other temporary timeframe.

If you’ll recall the Google Trends method of niche research we discussed how to read the line graph to see if a trend is steady, climbing or dying off over a given amount of time. This can oftentimes be a fair indication of an evergreen niche vs. a one-off niche.

It’s true that both of these types of niches can be profitable but you do stand a better chance of longevity if you decide to go with an evergreen niche. This is not necessary and you may not even want to, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Below is a list of some evergreen niches, it’s by no means complete, but there are 129 good starting points to help create a shortcut for you.

1. ADHD

2. Acne

3. Adoption

4. Alzheimers

5. Anger Management

6. Anti Aging

7. Antiquing

8. Anxiety

9. Archaeology

10. Arthritis

11. Asthma

12. Astronomy

13. Back Pain

14. Backpacking

15. Bass Fishing

16. Become A Nurse

17. Bird Training / Train Your Bird to Talk

18. Boating & Sailing

19. Bowling

20. Boxing

21. Camping and Hiking

22. Ceramics

23. Cheerleading

24. Chess

25. Chicken Coops

26. Chronic Fatigue

27. Classic Cars

28. Cooking/Recipes

29. Copywriting

30. Cure Hemorrhoids

31. Decorating

32. Depression

33. Diabetes

34. Divorce

35. Dog Training

36. Dropshipping

37. Eating Disorders

38. Gambling

39. Gardening

40. Get Your Ex Back

41. Golf

42. Golfing

43. Greenhouses

44. Hair Loss

45. Headaches

46. Heart Disease

47. Hiking

48. Honeymoons

49. Horse Racing

50. Horses Training

51. How To Be Confident

52. How To Budget

53. How to Get Rid of Panic Attacks

54. How to Learn French

55. How to Learn German

56. How to Learn Guitar

57. How to Learn Italian

58. How to Learn Spanish

59. How to Play the Piano

60. How to Play the Violin

61. Hunting

62. Hypnosis

63. Hypoglycemia

64. Insurance (home/auto/life/pet)

65. Interior Design

66. Invest In Gold

67. Knitting

68. Landscaping

69. Lawn Care

70. Learn The Guitar

71. Learn To Dance

72. Learn To Sing

73. Life Coaching

74. Low Fat Recipes

75. Magic Tricks

76. Marriage Advice

77. Martial Arts

78. Massage

79. Memory Improvement

80. Menopause

81. Mental Health

82. Model Trains

83. Motherhood

84. Motivation

85. Mountain Biking

86. Multiple Sclerosis

87. NLP

88. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

89. Organic Food

90. Parenting

91. Photography

92. Poker

93. Pottery

94. Pregnancy

95. Psychic

96. Psychology

97. Public Domain

98. Quilting

99. Racquetball

100. Rafting

101. Relationships/Dating

102. Rugby

103. Running

104. Saltwater Fishing

105. Scrapbooking

106. Scuba Diving

107. Self-Sustainability (solar power/wind-power/water filtration)

108. Single Parenting

109. Skateboarding

110. Skiing

111. Snorkeling

112. Snowboarding

113. Stop Smoking

114. Stop Snoring

115. Surfing

116. Swimming

117. Tattoo Removal

118. Tennis

119. Time Management

120. UFOs

121. Volleyball

122. Wedding Planning

123. Wedding Speeches

124. Weight Loss

125. Weight Training

126. Wine Making

127. Woodworking

128. Wrestling

129. Yoga

Powerhouse Affiliate Forum

This might seem obvious but it’s worth mentioning. The forum right here at Powerhouse Affiliate can be an excellent resource to shoot ideas and questions back & forth with other affiliates just like yourself!

Think about it, we’re all in the same boat, we all start off with the same set of tools but eventually branch off and pick up unique skills which can be very beneficial when shared with the community. If we all pitch in and help each other out then there’s no limit to how powerful the forum can be as a resource.

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Here Is A Link To The Powerhouse Affiliate Forum

Bill Dorey

Super Affiliate at Powerhouse Affiliate
Bill Dorey has been in the internet marketing industry for the past 9 years.Bill has explored many aspects of the industry from working for Affiliate Networks & Advertisers to generating 7 figures as an Affiliate.
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Affiliate Tips

Top 12 Tips to Create an Affiliate Marketing Ebook

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Affiliate marketing ebooks are often used to market and sell products. However, the book can’t be all about sales. It has to be educational, entertaining and value-driven.

In this article, we will explore the best ways to create affiliate marketing books that help boost your affiliate marketing sales.

As a bonus, I will also cover a short list of best affiliate marketing books and resources at the end of this article. (Unrelated to this article, but will help you in promoting your affiliate marketing book.)

1. Choose a product niche for your affiliate marketing ebook

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First of all, choose an affiliate product niche that you know about. It’s important to write about a topic you are good at. You can always get to know more about a product through research, as long as you have an interest in the topic and would love to learn about it. 

Also, ensure that the product you’re choosing has a good market. Your effort will be worth it if the product has a good demand in the market.

2. Find the right affiliate programs

choose an affiliate program

Identify good and reliable affiliate programs that offer the affiliate products you chose. 

There are five things to look at while choosing an affiliate program—Program’s brand positioning, product offering, commission rate, cookie duration and payment methods.

There are many reliable affiliate programs out there. Some give great commissions, some have longer cookie durations, while some have such good brand reputation that they make up in volume what they lack in commission rates.

Some good affiliate programs out there are Amazon Associate program (includes Amazon ebook affiliate program), Powerhouse Affiliate Program (our very own), CJAffiliates, ShareASale, etc.

3. Make a sheet of affiliate links

sheet of affiliate links

This step is optional, but I always suggest that you make an Excel or Google Sheet of your selected affiliate links. This helps you find all the relevant products links in one place.

It doesn’t have to be an exhaustive list. Choose the products carefully, so that you can plan your affiliate marketing ebook around them.

4. Write a working title of your ebook

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Do some research on Amazon Kindle Store and see what books in your niche have good reviews. This will give you an idea about what people like to read about.

Write a few working titles for your ebook. Choose one to start with. This will make the base for creating an outline for the book and writing it. A title works as a broad theme that you keep in mind while writing the book. It can give a book direction. 

For example, if my ebook is for selling home products, then I can write a book called ‘Organize Your Home and Save a Year of Your Life’ or ‘A Clean Home to Declutter Your Personal Life’.

You can always change the title of your ebook later, if you feel like it. You can also skip this step and start without a working title. It is recommended, but not compulsory.

5. Read a few popular ebooks in your niche

read ebooks in your niches

Read a few popular ebooks in your niche to understand what people like. This will help you write better by understanding what users want to read. It will also give you writing ideas. You can always write on an existing topics from a fresh perspective.

6. Create an outline of your affiliate ebook

create an outline of your book

To make your writing process more streamlined, it is best to create an outline for it. This will save you time while writing and editing the book. This is how the best writers write their books. They create a wireframe of the book and then start writing.

This will also help you plan where to add your affiliate links and suggestions so that the readers are convinced to purchase those products.

7. Write your ebook or hire a freelancer

writing affiliate marketing ebook

This is the most important step of this whole exercise. Write your ebook to genuinely help people on a subject. You can even write your book to entertain the readers. Either way, your book should deliver real value to your audience.

Many people end up writing affiliate marketing ebooks that are too salesy. This can put off readers and get you bad reviews on Kindle and other ebook stores. Promote your affiliate products passively in the book.

Create a story or a theme that readers can relate to. Once they feel connected with you, you are more likely to sell affiliate products to them.

If you are busy or think that writing is not something you are good at, you can even hire a freelancer to write the affiliate marketing ebook for you.

8. Add affiliate links to your ebook

add affiliate links to ebook

Add affiliate links to your ebook at the right places. Do not add links where the pitch is to salesy. Always be subtle in your promotions. Deliver content value to readers while suggesting an affiliate product.

9. Edit and proofread the ebook

proofread affiliate ebook

Some people are really particular about spelling and grammar. Edit and proofread your book or take the help of a professional to do so. People can give a book bad reviews just because of some punctuation or grammatical mistakes.

10. Design your ebook and format it

design your ebook

Once you have written your ebook, format it as per the requirements of Amazon Kindle Store or other such ebook stores. Format your book neatly. Use readable fonts and heading styles. Convert your ebook to PDF and other acceptable formats.

11. Publish your ebook for affiliate products (and pricing)

publish your ebook

Once your book is ready, publish it on Amazon Kindle Store and other such places. You can give your ebook for Free to begin with, till it gathers some good reviews. Later, you can increase the price, as you like.

People tend to download Free ebooks a lot. So, starting with an affiliate marketing free ebook is always a good idea. Some books do well even if they are paid, but to get to that point, it’s good to gather some good reviews.

12. Promote your ebook

promote your ebook

Once you have created and published your ebook, promote it through various modes. You can create a website for affiliate marketing ebooks.

Search engine optimizing your website will help you get traffic through search engines. You can even promote your ebook through paid Ads on search engines and social media. Organic social media promotions can also help.

Best Affiliate Marketing Books and Resources

best affiliate marketing books

Also, as I promised, here’s a list of some of the best books on affiliate marketing. There are also various free affiliate marketing courses to help you learn how to promote a website.

  1. Ebook (Paid): Affiliate Marketing: The Beginner’s Step by Step Guide to Making Money Online With Affiliate Marketing by Kevin Ulaner
  2. Ebook (Paid): Passive Income: Ideas – 35 Best, Proven Business Ideas for Building Financial Freedom in the New Economy – Includes Affiliate Marketing, Blogging, Dropshipping and Much More! by Chandler Wright
  3. Ebook (Paid): Affiliate Marketing: How to make money and create an income by A Anderson
  4. Ebook (Free): The Beginner’s Affiliate Marketing Blueprint: How to Get Started For Free And Earn Your First $10,000 In Commissions Fast! (Make Money Online With Affiliate Marketing in 2019 Beginners Edition) by Alex Marketing
  5. Online course (Free): Powerhouse Affiliate Marketing Course by Joey Babineau

All the best with your ebook affiliate marketing project and feel free to leave a comment below if you have any queries.

Stay tuned for tips and tricks on affiliate marketing.

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Super Affiliate at Powerhouse Affiliate
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The Fastest and Best Way to Learn How to Sell Affiliate Products

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When you begin an affiliate marketing website, it seems like a mammoth task to learn how to sell affiliate products. It doesn’t have to be that way.

I understand that the task can seem overwhelming with so many things required to be done and learnt. 

Here are all the things that one needs to learn to sell affiliate products:

  1. Choosing a niche for the products to sell
  2. Creating a website for affiliate marketing (plus hosting the website on a good web host)
  3. Finding the right affiliate networks and programs to work with
  4. Creating content for the website
  5. Promoting the website through various organic, social and paid channels
  6. Analyzing website and campaign data to optimize content and Ads
  7. Monitoring the industry and market to find the right promotional and sales opportunities

All this can’t be learned in a day, but it’s good to remember that…

Rome was not built in a day!

You are not building an architectural wonder, but building an affiliate website is no less than making art.

There are various Gurus and websites teaching how to sell affiliate products. However, not many are authentic and not many really reveal the real best ways to sell affiliate products.

After being burnt by taking advice from many such affiliate gurus, I found a simple and free way to learn how to market affiliate marketing products. 

How I Started to Learn How to Sell Affiliate Products

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When I started my Edtech affiliate marketing website, I started learning from top marketing gurus in the world, by subscribing to their online content.

Their methods helped me set up a basic website and promote it moderately. There was still a gap in where I wanted to be. I was getting some traffic on the website, but I could not sell my affiliate products.

I had recently quit my job and I needed a project that actually helped me get back on my feet. It was a lot of struggle, but I kept at it.

I researched the market and realised that there was a lot of potential which I could tap if I had the right knowledge.

I was mostly experimenting with the tips and tricks revealed by these marketing Gurus, as I wasn’t able to spend on taking their paid services or courses.

Meanwhile, I also dabbled with courses and tips from ‘not so genuine’ marketing gurus out there.

How the ‘Gurus’ of Affiliate Marketing were Full of Empty Promises

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There are some genuine marketing Gurus out there, while many are just out there to mint money. They sell their half-baked ideas or overpriced courses which do not reveal the actual ways to success.

Here are few types of promises and claims you’ll find online from such Fake Gurus:

  • Learn how I make $10,000 per month with affiliate marketing.
  • How to earn $1,000,000 per year with affiliate marketing.
  • How to get from zero to 100,000 visitors on your website per month.

And so on.

Over time, I have become wiser to not blindly follow the methods charted out by such Gurus, as they are often trying to sell their expensive programs.

They rehash the same old content available online and make bold claims about them discovering the best ways to sell affiliate products.

So, amidst a sea of such deceptive teachers, where do you go to actually learn affiliate marketing?

How to really learn to sell affiliate products?

In this post, I will reveal my experience and the place I learned how to market affiliate products.

Where I Learned How to Sell Affiliate Marketing Products!

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After going through all the available resources I mentioned above, I finally found a straightforward way to do things.

I signed up for a Free affiliate marketing course, which had clear deliverables. Well, since it was free and I had nothing to lose, I signed up for the course.

This is what I received from it:

  • A guide on who to create an affiliate marketing website (free templates for the website)
  • Tested methods on promoting an affiliate website through SEO, Paid Ads, and Social channels
  • An affiliate marketing Forum to discuss related topics (this is a great resource to learn from other’s successes and failures)
  • A step-by-step strategy to set up CPA campaigns that are cost-effective
  • A long-term strategy to make your affiliate website profitable

What I liked about this course is that there were no tall claims or unrealistic goals. It simply gave advice on the best practices to follow to sell affiliate marketing products and it worked!

The course is PowerHouse Affiliate’s Free affiliate marketing training.

It allows beginners and Pros to find the best way to sell affiliate products through its learning resources like:

Live case studies, Forums, Webinars, Access to affiliates and coaches, and other training material

There are over 85,000 people benefitting from their training.

They also suggest the best tools you can use to host, run and promote your affiliate website.

Did I Learn How to Market Affiliate Products? Did I Succeed?

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I learnt a lot of things about how to sell affiliate products through this free course.

I not only improved my website, but I also moved to a better web host, which helped me get better rankings on the search engines.

The web and promotional tools suggested by PowerHouse Affiliate are freely available in the market, it’s just a matter of someone pointing them out to you.

I designed my promotions and campaigns strategically, as defined by the course, to get great click through rates.

Now, I attract relevant traffic of up to 150,000 users to my website each month. We all know that getting traffic is not everything. I had to work on my CTAs and content structure to convert that traffic.

I optimized the content for better results and inculcated some tips from affiliate experts I got connected to through the course. This helped me increase the conversion rate.

Now, my income ranges from $8000 to $15,000 a month. (Not to brag! 🙂

I am taking the time to share my experience so that other affiliates out there do not have to go through the same gruesome journey of spending a lot of time and money in learning what can be learned for free and in little time.

The only tip I will give to affiliate marketers out there is to Start Learning TODAY!

Do not delay the process of learning how to sell affiliate products, and do it through legitimate courses and sites.

You might find some hurdles, but it will be all worth it in the end.

Consider this post as a testimonial and my way to thank Powerhouse Affiliate for being a platform that cares about teaching actual affiliate marketing methods that work!

I hope you all find success in earning satisfactory affiliate income. 🙂

Ciao!

Bill Dorey

Super Affiliate at Powerhouse Affiliate
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How to Create a Website for Affiliate Marketing in 5 Easy Steps

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If you’re creating your first affiliate marketing website, then this guide on how to create a website for affiliate marketing will help you in the task through simple steps.

Building affiliate websites doesn’t have to be difficult. You can easily create your own website for affiliate marketing, if you know a few simple things about the setup process. Setting up an affiliate marketing website for posting content and promotions is simple and can be done without the help of professional developers.

In this article, we will discuss all the steps required to make an affiliate website.

What to Know Before Starting Affiliate Marketing

Before you start affiliate marketing, you should know a bit about how affiliate marketing works. 

You can learn about the best practices for affiliate marketing through any affiliate marketing course that can simply explain the concepts, tricks and tips for affiliate marketing.

How much does it cost for building affiliate marketing websites?

Building a website for affiliate marketing requires a small amount of money. You will have to spend a small amount on the Domain name and Web Hosting for your website. This cost can be anywhere from $3/month to $ 15/month or more. Remember to get a good hosting service for your website. I will cover how to buy a Domain name and Web Hosting later in this article.

How to create a website for affiliate marketing with little cost

Using the following steps on how to make an affiliate website, you can easily create a successful affiliate earning platform for yourself.

Quick jump to any step on how to make an affiliate marketing website:

Step 1: Choose an Affiliate Program

Step 2: Choose a Few Products to Promote on Your Affiliate Website

Step 3: Get Affiliate product links from your Affiliate program

Step 4: Create a website for affiliate marketing with little cost

Step 5: Create Compelling Content or Blog Posts Around Your Affiliate Products

These steps illustrate various image examples to show you how things look in real while setting up an affiliate website.

Here are the steps to ‘how to build an affiliate marketing website’:

Step 1: Choose an Affiliate Program

Choose an affiliate program that you’d like to work with. There are various amazing affiliate programs out there to choose from. Here’s a guide on how to choose an affiliate program that’ll work for you.

There are various affiliate marketing programs out there. Pick one that has the kind of products that you’d like to promote through your website, that offers a good commission plan, and that has flexible payment options.

You can choose from top affiliate marketing programs like Powerhouse Affiliate Program (our very own), Amazon Associates, eBay, Bluehost, and CJ Affiliates.

Step 2: Choose a Few Products to Promote on Your Affiliate Website

From your affiliate marketing program, choose a few products that you wish to promote on your website. For example, I have an education technology website, where I promote Edtech toys and games. 

All the content you write and the designs you create will focus around these products. Therefore, either choose a product you know about or are willing to research about.

Also, different products have different commission rates. Choose the products that can get you good returns. It should either have a high commission rate or the potential for high volume sales.

Affiliate marketers sell all sorts of things like web hosting services, online courses, gadgets, fashion products, workout products, and adventure sports merchandise.

Step 3: Get Affiliate product links from your Affiliate programs

Wondering, ‘How to create an affiliate link for my website?’

You will easily find your affiliate links on affiliate program platforms. These links contain reference to your unique affiliate ID. 

Here are a samples of an affiliate link on Amazon Associates:

How to create a website for affiliate marketing with affiliate links

Whenever you need to promote your affiliate products, use these affiliate link ONLY. This helps the Affiliate program track the clicks and sales that come through your website. You will get commissions on sales made only if the users purchase after clicking on your affiliate links.

Tip: Make an Excel or Google Spreadsheet for the products and their affiliate link. This will make it easier for you to find their links to add in your website’s blogs.

Step 4: Create a website for affiliate marketing with little cost

Wondering ‘how to setup an affiliate marketing website?’

In the following subsections, I will show you how to setup an affiliate marketing website with WordPress. WordPress affiliate website builder is free to use. It’s one of the largest website builders in the world. 

This affiliate website builder exercise will help you set up your affiliate business in no time.

4.a. Choose a Domain Name

The first thing to do when you are setting up an affiliate marketing website is to choose a domain name. 

How to create an affiliate website domain? Here’s how you do it.

Your Domain name is your website’s address. For example, this website’s domain name is www.powerhouseaffiliate.com. This helps your users find you on the internet.

There are various domain name registrars out there. You can choose any registrar to purchase a domain name at a low price.

It’s not complicated! You can easily select a domain name on Bluehost (Get Your Free Domain), nameCheap and other such website.

4.b. Host Your Website

Your Web Host is the web server you rent to host your website on the internet. This helps your users see your website on the internet. There are a dime a dozen web hosts out there. If you are creating your first affiliate marketing website, then I suggest that you choose a basic service with a good web host.

Ensure that your web host allows easy WordPress installation, so that you can just choose a template and create a website in minutes. Also check that your web host offers good customer service and has an easy-to-use user panel.

Some of the web hosts like Bluehost are popular and cheap. You can read about Bluehost services below:

To secure your web server, you can add an SSL certificate to your hosting, to encrypt the communication between web browsers and web servers, so that your users can safely use your website.

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4.c. Create a WordPress Website | How to make an affiliate website for free

Once you have booked a domain name and purchased web hosting services, then all you need to do is go to your web hosting platform and click on WordPress Installation. WordPress is a great free affiliate website builder. 

When you click on WordPress Installation from your web host service, it will prompt you to choose a WordPress Template. 

After choosing a website template, you can just start working on your website’s pages and posts. WordPress makes it easy to build your own affiliate website.

I recommend that you spend some time knowing the following three things about your WordPress Website:

i) Know Your Dashboard

Spend some time knowing all the features and tools available to you on a WordPress Website. This will help you carry out all website maintenance related tasks easily.

ii) Set up General Information About your website

From the dashboard, go to Settings > General and set the Site Title, Tag Line, WordPress Address, Site Address, and Email Address.

The Site address should be ideally set in https://www.domainname.com/ format. 

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iii) Try adding a page to the website

Website Pages are static pages or permanent fixtures of your website. Their names can be displayed in the Top navigation of your website.

Set up pages like About Us, Privacy Policy, and Terms and Conditions.

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iv) Learn to Add Posts to the website

Use Posts section to add blogs to the website. Your blog page will be a dynamic page, so as you add more blog posts to your website, they will show on your Blog Post page. 

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You can decide the URL structure for your blogs in Settings > Permalinks.

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And this is how you build an affiliate website. Now that you know how to create a website for affiliate marketing, I will tell you how to make that website effective in earning you commissions.

Step 5: Create Compelling Content or Blog Posts Around Your Affiliate Products

Create an affiliate marketing website that is impactful with good content. Content is the key to running a successful affiliate marketing business.

You need to write blog posts, create videos and infographics to deliver value to customers and motivate them to purchase your affiliate products.

Make affiliate website content your priority!

5.a. Write posts that are engaging and well-structured

The next thing to do is to create Affiliate Website content that is well-written and structured. Create good quality content, so that your users are motivated to return to read your blogs often. Add headings and subheadings to your posts, write short and clear sentences, and include useful information for users. Write product reviews, user guides, top product list, and so on.

5.b. Add Your Affiliate Product Links to Your Website Content and Calls to Action

In every blog post you write, include the affiliate links for your products. Include clear and motivating Calls to Action. This will ensure that users click on calls to action, which have your affiliate links, and purchase the products. This step is essential for you to earn commission through your affiliate activities.

5.c. Interlink Your Website Well

Always remember to interlink your website well. Link related blogs to each other. Always mention 2-4 other blogs in each blog. This will help reduce your website’s Bounce rate, and hence improve your ranking on search engines.

How to make an affiliate website successful? Promote Your Affiliate Marketing Website

Once you have created an affiliate website and started creating engaging content on a regular basis, you need to start marketing your website and blog posts to draw traffic to them. 

Setting up an affiliate marketing website brings fruits only after people start visiting your website and click on affiliate links to purchase products.

More traffic will convert to more sales and hence more commission. If you’re wondering how to make an affiliate website successful, refer to the following points.

Optimize Your Blog Posts for Search Engines

The first thing to do is find the right keywords for your website and blogs. Include those keywords on your website and in your posts. This will inform Google about the relevance of your content to the users searching for those keywords. Include your keywords in the Meta tags and content of your website. Interlink your website well to reduce Bounce rate. Create relevant and traffic-driving backlinks for your website.

Promote on Social Media

Another important promotion method is to post about your content on social media. Create a subscriber base on social media. Regularly post on social media, and promote your posts through organic sharing and paid Ads. Optimize your campaigns over time to get the maximum ROI.

Create an Email Marketing List

Email marketing goes a long way in building a strong base of loyal customers. Build an email marketing list, and send relevant content from time to that email list, so that the subscribers are motivated to positively engage with your marketing messages and content sent through emails. Add proper CTAs to your emails to get traffic to your website and sell affiliate products.

Run CPA campaigns

The last, and the most important way to promote your affiliate website and products is to run CPA campaigns. Take proper CPA marketing training to create campaigns that get you relevant traffic that is interested in purchasing the products that you are promoting through your posts. Optimize your CPA campaigns over time to get the best ROI.

Conclusion

Build affiliate websites that are relevant to your audience and product niche. Buy a domain name, and use good hosting services for your website. Use affiliate marketing website builder from WordPress to make your work easy.

After setting up an affiliate website, post relevant content that speaks to your customers and encourages them to purchase after clicking on your affiliate marketing links.

Building an affiliate website is worth it if it gets relevant user traffic who is willing to purchase. Nurture your audience through relevant email, social media and CPA campaigns.

Start an affiliate website promotion campaign that speak to your audience. Tweak your campaigns from time to time to get the best ROI.

We hope that this post on how to create a website for affiliate marketing helps you kickstart your affiliate business with ease.

Bill Dorey

Super Affiliate at Powerhouse Affiliate
Bill Dorey has been in the internet marketing industry for the past 9 years.Bill has explored many aspects of the industry from working for Affiliate Networks & Advertisers to generating 7 figures as an Affiliate.
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