It’s a mistake to think you can’t make money online just because you don’t know the ins and outs of how to make a website or ranking sites for search engines. With a little effort and the right focus, you can test your own site idea – even if you’re just getting started in the world of websites. The truth is, making money online with a website can be done by anyone.
You don’t need a lot of technical know-how. You don’t need Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or HTML coding experience, either. Nor do you have to have experience running websites. If you have $100 to start things up, you have everything you need to learn how to make 6 figures a year and test your first online idea.
You may be wondering whether it’s really possible to make a six-figure income from the internet. Yes, it’s really possible – in fact, you can learn how to make 6 figures a year if you follow the method outlined in this article. You must decide to spend the time and effort to do so and, when you start to make money online, you’ll need to invest some of that income to get the growth you want from the site. It IS going to take hard work, so if you’re looking for the “easy way to internet riches,” you might be better off finding another way to spend your time.
You CAN succeed, and this article is going to show you exactly what to do. It’s a simple method that, when steadfastly and accurately applied, will help you take your idea and grow it into a profitable online business.
Let’s get started!
What you’re about to learn is how to find people who are hunting for the products or services you are promoting and get paid what’s called an “affiliate commission” – that’s a referral fee – every time someone makes a purchase. As stated above, this is going to take work. The good news is that, once you have a site running and you begin to make money online, you’ll be able to pay others to do it for you while it continues to grow and bring in the profit you want.
Here’s the simple six-step method:
The following sections describe in detail how each of the steps work.
Choosing a niche is all about finding an area that meets the following requirements:
ClickBank may be the oldest so-called “affiliate site” on the internet. It’s an online internet retailer featuring affiliate products for an enormous variety of niches. Vendors on ClickBank pay you a percentage of every sale you make. Most pay between 50% and 75% of the sale to the affiliate (that’s you).
Finding niche products is easy. Go to ClickBank.com and click on the “Affiliate Marketplace” link at the top of the page. The Marketplace page makes it easy to browse for niches if you’re still looking for the right idea to try out. If you already know your niche, use the Search feature to quickly find your target. When you find a product or service that catches your eye, click the title and visit the product’s sales page. Verify that it’s a high-quality offering. The last thing you want to do is spend your valuable time on products promoted by awful websites.
When you’ve identified a high-quality contender, check the average dollar amount per sale. If it has a good payout, then you’re on the right track. If it’s a recurring product, such as a repeating monthly service, even better – you get payouts every time the product renews.
You’ll then want to check out the Grav (gravity) rating, an indicator of the item’s popularity with affiliates. Don’t pick a product that has a high Grav – that means there are a lot of sites already out there, and a lot of competition. Look instead for a product or service that has a Grav rating somewhere between 5 and 75. Select several products or services in that range, contact the vendors, and ask for review copies so you can evaluate the product quality, give real feedback on it to the vendor, and get a feel for what their affiliate support is like. You will then test the top products to find your sweet spot.
OfferVault.com is another resource listing the current offers available to affiliates across all of the major affiliate networks. The site is easy to browse and search, and it enables you to search specific niches, such as Mobile Offers (ones that apply to smartphone and tablet users only) or Email Only Offers.
The key is to diversify across several affiliate networks. Use ClickBank and Offer Vault together. That way you’ll always have an almost endless supply of products and services to promote for a given evergreen niche.
Picking niches isn’t an art – it is a science. Do a little research on choosing a niche and you will be rewarded for your time and efforts.
The second step is to build a product review website. It will feature all of the affiliate products you selected in Step 1. Sound scary? It isn’t. You’re going to use WordPress as your blogging platform, and you’re going to purchase a relevant .com domain name. (Don’t bother with one of the “free” sites or domains because it simply will not work very well.)
Setting up a website with WordPress is as simple. There are a number of inexpensive options out there, and it’s absurdly easy to do. Even Amazon is in on the WordPress hosting act these days. For cheap hosting try:
Once you have WordPress up and running on your website, it’s time to pick a theme for it. The quickest and most pain-free way to get a theme is to visit Themeisle and search for WordPress review themes. The themes here are inexpensive, well-designed, and functional. They’ll enable you to create a professional website that will attract customers in just a few hours. You can also go into the WordPress dashboard and, from there, search for free themes that you can customize yourself. (WordPress theme customization is a topic for another time.)
Once you’ve selected the theme, customize it. Pick colors and a layout that complement the products or services you’ll be promoting. Consider having a logo done – fiverr.com has excellent options for as little as $5.
Yes, now it’s time to write. Select three to five popular, high-demand products as your starting point, because that’s going to make promotion for these starting offerings a lot easier.
Always either buy the product you’re promoting or request a review copy. Write an honest review from the first-person perspective, not an advertisement, and your reviews will be genuine. For example, “I followed the routine for two weeks. Not only did I notice my belly looked flatter – I dropped almost 10 pounds, and that sold me for good” is far more convincing than, “This product will do the trick.”
The more effort you put in, the greater your rewards, because it’s the quality of your reviews that will convince people to click the link to the product you’re promoting, and that’s where sales come from. The better your reviews, the more sales you’ll make.
After you’ve written your review posts, you will then insert links for the products and services you’re promoting into the content. (You get a unique affiliate link from the vendor when you sign up to sell a product or service.) Link to the actual product name, and link several phrases such as “learn more,” or “get yours today” to encourage people to click and visit the actual sales pages where customers can purchase the product itself. Each sale you generate through an affiliate link is money in your pocket.
Many people hide their affiliate links (called “cloaking”) so people can’t tell what they are, but that’s not always necessary. One product that makes cloaking easy is called PrettyLink (get the free version for now) – it’s a browser plug-in that makes affiliate links more user-friendly.
Always check your links. Make sure that the clicks and conversions track properly before going live and driving traffic to your site. Report any problems to your vendor.
After writing your review posts, inserting the affiliate links, and verifying that the links work, it’s time to start driving traffic to your site.
The two primary tools you’re going to use to promote your site are Google and BuzzBundle. Use them properly and they will make sure your site gets seen by the people who are seeking what you’re promoting on your review website.
Here’s a fool-proof method for using Google search tools to search for the product keywords you intend to use to drive traffic to your site:
You can also search a specific site for keywords. For example, to search Facebook posts for your keywords, in the Google search field enter:
“your keywords” site:facebook.com
Further reading: How to do Keyword Research in 10 Easy Steps
The useful BuzzBundle software tool is handy for pushing more traffic to your review website. What it does is help you engage potential customers through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, online forums, videos, and other blogs. Give it a keyword or keyword phrase, and BuzzBundle hunts it down, then sends everyone back to your review site for more information. The beauty of BuzzBundle is that you can automate this process, so it works for you even while you’re away.
BuzzBundle is not free, but it does offer a free trial so you can check out the service.
Here’s a three-pronged commenting strategy you can use to drive traffic:
If you have a popular niche, you will generate a lot of Google results and activity in BuzzBundle. Many posts will come from news sites, press releases, and posts on popular forums. Track the URLs of incoming sites daily with a goal of reaching 50 sites a day. If you don’t find that many, consider adding more products and search terms. As soon as you receive an alert with news from a site you’re tracking, visit that site and leave a comment. If you’re the first person to respond, you’ll attract more clicks, so be quick about it.
You won’t always have an opportunity to post. However, most blogs and forums allow you a certain amount of time to leave feedback that also sends readers to your website. Be smart about it – don’t just enter a comment saying, “You should go to checkoutmysite.com” because that’s spam, plain and simple. Don’t spam. Spam and suffer the consequences of having posts deleted, and even being banned from the site itself.
Post honest, thoughtful replies. Make sure they’re relevant – in fact, they should deliver clear value over and above what the blog itself says. You’ll get better response, and you won’t get dinged by a website or blog owner for barefaced product pitching. For example, if you were promoting a weight loss product and responding to a question about losing weight quickly on a blog you track, you might write something like:
“I know – there’s so much on the internet that you can’t really tell what’s good information from what’s just an advertisement. I did run across a review someone wrote for [your product]. It appeared to work for them, so I gave it a try. Worked for me, too, I’m happy to say, as I’ve lost 10 pounds since trying it. Here’s a link to the article I read. [insert your link here]”
The more products you review, the more traffic you generate. The more traffic, the quicker you will make money online. It’s that simple.
This is the one you want to stay on top of more than anything else. This method works because you’re not relying on SEO for generating traffic. By setting up a website and writing good content (and commenting on related blogs and forums), your site will start to rise in the Google rankings and generate what’s called “organic” search traffic – traffic that isn’t based on SEO or running ads. You can then rank the individual review posts, and create new posts based on longer key phrases aimed at specific review pages.
Of course, it will pay to learn SEO techniques so you can attract more free traffic. But the easiest way to start attracting excellent traffic and building sales is to start by using Google and BuzzBundle. As your site grows and you reach the point at which it’s generating a significant income, you can hire virtual assistants to do the work for you and turn your attention to building more organic traffic later. Here’re a few extra ideas for building traffic:
Learning how to make 6 figures isn’t a dream. It is an attainable goal so long as you know what you need to do and persist at doing it. The method presented in this article shows you how to build a business that produces steady, recurring income almost from the moment you launch your site.
Master this method and apply it to other niches in which you’re interested. Grow the site and, when it reaches a point of steady good income, hire others to keep it moving ahead so you can continue building new ones.
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