A month ago I put out a report on a site of mine I created that started cranking out some nice profit for me (you can read about that here and I’ll show you what I did step by step).
The nice news is my results have increased exponentially. The site has now brought in $2323.79 in under 3 full months.
Here are the stat shots: (Sorry for the watermarks but I’ve had people steal my images before…)
Conversion Rate: 6.85%
Here Is October’s Outlook So Far:
As you can see the bulk of my sales occurred in October. This is great news as it means the site is getting more popular. I also added 3rd affiliate program to the site in late September.
The only bad result is that the 3rd affiliate program I’ve added isn’t converting very well so I’ll probably get rid of it at the end of the month.
My conversions have been pretty good (over 6%) as anything over 2% is considered good in my book. The reason I have such high conversions is because I am following my own tips on conversions here. I am not sure I can improve those numbers but I am going to try to do so by adding some more large click-able images and by adding more sales type posts rather than informative.
Let’s take a peek at my traffic stats for the site. Keep in mind nearly all of my traffic is organic from search.
As you can see I am ranking for about 1240 keywords. Most of these are not by design, it’s just from making sure that my posts are on topic and that I am fully explaining the subject to my audience as I teach here. Each post I made focused on 1 main keyword phrase and I did this knowing full well that if I explain my subject I’ll rank for those additional keywords.
At the end of the graph you can see I have a small dip in traffic. This is due to some of my keywords fluctuating as normally happens in search especially for young sites.
I added only 6 posts since September 20th even though I have many more planned. Adding more posts will greatly help increase my traffic and sales.
I also plan to rank better in Bing. Currently the site isn’t ranking very well in Bing. The reason? I don’t have a ton of backlinks built to it so far. Bing loves links and lots of them and until I ramp up the link building I’ll b a bit lower in Bing. I am not sure when I’ll do my next round of link building, but, for now I am enjoying the sites success.
For keyword research I again used Keyword Snatcher to find several low volume but easily rank-able search terms in my niche.
Again, my link building was done using Rank Crew and getting a few additional links outside for indexing purposes early on. I could have done all of this manually as I teach in Niche Blitzkrieg, but I wanted to save myself some time.
I do have one disappointment with the site.
I haven’t worked on it as much as I would have liked. Between the broken ankle, which is now finally about 80% and preparing to move, this has kept me busy and from making the money I want out of this niche. I know the $2300+ is still good and I’m not complaining by any means, but I always strive for better results and I WILL get them.
I think overall the site is pretty successful and I think that anyone who puts their mind to building their site and ranking it can do this! I am creating some training over at www.niche60.com that will help anyone who wants it.
I feel good about the content of the site. I feel as though I accomplished making a very nice site in the niche.
I want to take this niche up to $20,000/month or more. I fully believe it’s possible. I plan to do this by simply increasing my traffic. The site is currently averaging around $85 per day which equates to around $2550 per month. So I’ll need to significantly increase my traffic to hit my goals.
Again, I fully believe it’s possible and I’ll be buckling down to hit those goals.
This post is short and sweet but I simply wanted to update you on how the sit is doing and offer you some encouragement. If you put your mind to it, you can do whatever you want — so do it!
Personal Note: In December I’ll be starting a brand new podcast and maybe have some other surprises for you guys/gals. You asked for moire of me and darn it you’re going to get it 🙂
Again, all of this teaching and more is inside Niche 60 in fact, it’s even better.
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Like the headline says, this post is about how I made an extra $280.41 in 54 days in a brand new niche market… but… there’s a twist here — I built back links to only 2 pages on the entire site.
Quick Update: 10/2: The site is now climbing at a much faster pace and has earned $677.44 and the pace at which is makes money is on a huge uptick.
Sites always make money slower in the very beginning but once they become established and ranking well the money comes in at a much faster pace.
Here’s a screen shot:
I am also going to show you how you can do it too.
Before I dig into this, showing you how I did it and how you can too; I want to go into a couple of details.
In the last couple of months I’ve been slowly piecing together a new training course for people and you can find it here at Niche 60.
However, it’s going to be a great learning center for people who are working on building an online income. It will be doubly awesome for all of my current Niche Blitzkrieg members because it will help supplement their current learning and reinforce ideas taught.
Aside from just wanting to make more money I wanted to build a new website to demonstrate how you can do the same thing, using the same techniques I am.
About 5 Weeks ago I was helping one of my family members move some things around and unfortunately I stepped in a hole in the yard and my ankle rolled up on me.
I limped around thinking it would heal up over about a week long period…
My first broken bone!
While it seems like a better thing to break than say, my hands, it really hasn’t been a picnic and has caused me several delays in the project. I have to basically keep it elevated 24/7 right now.
I really believe had this not happened a higher amount of income would have followed in this niche much faster. That said, the cash will come in soon enough.
Anyway, I have at least another week off, in a boot, so after that I’ll probably put some hardcore focus into this niche market because I think it has the potential to make $20,000 per month or more if I really work on the traffic.
The truth is, most niche markets can pull money like that if you’re willing to focus on it and commit to it.
I have 2 different affiliate programs on this site. The first one is pays around 35% and the second one pays around 6%.
While the first affiliate program had 8 less sales it made substantially more money.
Just, something to keep in mind when you’re choosing an affiliate program.
However, any affiliate program would work.
The price of the products promoted on the site are anywhere between $6-$60, nothing higher.
900 clicks on 391 search terms. I do not have 391 posts on this website. In fact, I only currently have 28 posts on the site!
So my posts are ranking for several different keywords.
Up until a week ago I wasn’t even on page 1 for my main keyword phrase. I am not even in the top 6 currently, but, I am working on improving this.
But, I’ll show you in a few moments why it doesn’t even matter or not if I am ranking in the top 10 for my main keywords right now anyway.
First, I spent a few good hours doing keyword research. I used two tools.
You can of course do all of this manually, but, this saved me days of research and made it easier to know how strong the keyword phrase I wanted to rank for was.
Since I know the question will come up; if you need to select one tool over the other, right now I’d select Keyword Canine because of the easy to follow color codes. Keyword Snatcher can wait until later if you need to wait on a tool.
I found my main keyword by brainstorming a niche and then doing keyword research to find a keyword I liked.
Do not neglect keyword research, it’s vital to your success.
Using Keyword Canine I found a keyword that I really liked that had MEDIUM COMPETITION and about 1900 searches per month (this has increased to about 2400 recently).
Here is a shot of how it looked in Keyword Canine.
As you can see in Keyword Canine it tells me how easy the keyword phrase is to rank for by listing it as 45/100. This is in the medium range.
For faster success medium to low keyword competition strength is important!
Again, you can do this manually as I teach in Niche Blitzkrieg, but, using Keyword Canine will save you several hours of work.
I am not building the site with anything special. For a domain I bought a new partial match domain. Partial match means it contains my keyword phrase but also additional keywords.
i.e. if your keywords were dog bath technique and your domain was dog bath technique tutorials.
I of course used WordPress as using the techniques taught inside of Niche 60.com.
While I could have used a free theme I went with a really nice looking paid theme from Studio Press.
Any of their themes would work and give the site an nice professional feel.
Of course, as I mentioned you could use a free theme if you want to save some money. Just use a nice looking theme that screams professionalism.
I am building the site around the main keyword phrase. That means all additional post will be built based on the same topic.
So when you do additional keyword research you want to use your main keywords as a base to start from.
Remember earlier when I mentioned that it wasn’t until a week ago that I started ranking in the top 10 for my main keyword phrase?
Well, you’ll remember that I mentioned that it didn’t matter as well.
The reason is because I found a series of keywords that most people in the niche were neglecting — because they simply didn’t know about them!
Using Keyword Snatcher I typed in my keyword phrase and it gave me a list of keywords that were in my niche that were getting searches but no other tool (including Google’s Keyword Planner) was showing me existed.
Again, read my review of Keyword Snatcher here, as this will show you how it works and how to use it for keyword research.
Anyway, using this tool I compiled about 20 additional keywords that I wanted to rank for. Many of these I ranked for without doing a single shred of link building.
I will likely do another round of keyword research soon using Keyword Snatcher and probably pick another 20-30 keywords to rank for.
So use the tool and do the same for yourself.
The next part I simply needed to write the content or order the content.
I wrote about 40% of the content and the other 60% I ordered. It saved me a ton of time. I ordered it through Iwriter. I spent around $50 on the content.
To save money you can always write the content yourself. Most of my posts are 500-1500 words. The long detailed ones that are 1000 words plus, I wrote, including the homepage.
Optionally, you can order 300 word articles at Iwriter and then add more content to them yourself.
I tried to put out around 1 post every 1-2 days. I was really relaxed with this. You can, of course, move faster or slower than this. What I suggest to NOT do is to put all 20+ posts on your site in 1 day.
Spreading it out will allow you to come up with several days of fresh content.
Also, not every post on the site is promoting something. About 20% of my posts are informative only. These types of posts are simply designed to pull traffic and give my site an authority feel.
As far as promoting products I leave this to my posts themselves and I only have one add in my sidebar widget. I don’t want to scare people off with ads everywhere.
By adding this content over a 40-50 day period I slowly started ranking for the keywords I chose. Within about 10 days of adding content I actually score my first sale. It grew from there.
As I mentioned earlier, I haven’t done much link building on this site. I built a few links from a press release site, a few articles and blog commenting on about 10 sites early on. This was it until about a month into the project.
I used my 45 day plan to rank in the search engines to get ranked. I have a walk-through there.
However, since I was limited on time I didn’t even do any 2nd tier link building.
Instead I simply ordered the Link Building Package for new sites from Rank Crew.
I didn’t do any guest posting or search for link partners or anything like that. Though I agree with those tactics I simply didn’t have the time I wanted.
When you are time strapped it’s best to pay someone a cheap price to have this done for you. Some link building is better than absolutely no link building at all.
Over time I will add more links and get this site ranking #1 for the main keywords.
From the little bit of link building I had done, I am now ranking in the top 10. Again, not top 5 yet, but I plan to get it there soon.
Eventually, I’ll do more link building for additional posts that I want to boost higher in search.
I didn’t submit a sitemap to Google until about 3 days ago and I didn’t add my site to Bing until a few days ago as well.
These are things I typically like to do early on. I didn’t get a chance to do this and I believe it will increase my traffic and sales even more in the near future.
In fact, checking Bing I am getting very few clicks from Bing so far. This will explode soon by simply submitting my sitemap to Bing and joining their webmasters tools. I show you how to use Bing here.
I am going to keep putting out content each month. I am not sure how much for this niche. It might be 1-2 posts or it might be 10 or more. I haven’t fully decided yet.
As I continue growing in rank, adding new content and working on optimizing the site I fully expect to get this site up to at least $1500 per month. However, I am not limiting it’s growth to that as I mentioned before I believe there is massive potential here.
In fact, I am now on pace for about $1200 in the next 30 days from this site. If I can maintain my search engine rank for my current keywords, this shouldn’t be a problem.
I just wanted to show you guys/gals that even with limited time you can do this stuff!
You just have to do it and stick it out.
It doesn’t happen over night.
Practice will make you better and the repetition will make you great. Master keyword research and it gets even easier.
I am not sure how much time I’ll be putting into this site coming up.
Chances are it’ll be limited due to my injury and the fact that my family is moving in about a month. Our builder is almost done with the construction of our home so I’ve been busy all around!
I also plan on finding a better 2nd affiliate program. I have one in mind right now that pays 15% instead of 6% and I’ll likely work on that soon. This would more than double the sales from the 2nd affiliate program on the site.
I will say, if you’re interested in doing this, then do it! Go after a niche. Strive for something that you want to achieve and go get it done.
Anyone can do this stuff. It just takes dedication and time.
There are millions of niche markets and there is a ton of money out there.
Questions? Thoughts? Have some good results to share too?
If you like this content I’d appreciate it if you’d share it with a friend on Facebook or Google+ as well. It means a lot to me and would make my day.
UPDATED: At the end of the article I share some cool results.
I ended up getting 432 terms one one site ranked in under a month! Impressive – read on.
Today I am getting around to posting up my Rank Crew review.
I’ve been a bit wounded lately with a bum ankle that’s healing up. Anyway, let’s get to the point of why you are here.
On 9/3/13 Jon Leger who is the creator of many other fantastic services and products that I’ve reviewed has created a brand new link building service, again, called Rank Crew.
Rank Crew is a team of link builders who have been building links for quite some time.
In fact, the website itself states that they have 15 years of experience. Awesome.
So, for link building what is Rank Crew doing?
They are using a variation of the technique I mention at my ranking in 45 days write-up found here, minus the second tier building.
I can tell you though, it works because I’ve been using this method for quite a long time now.
Plus, today I ordered my first package “New Site” building package and I’ll have the results posted as my ranks start improving.
The nice thing about all the links that they build is that they are all MANUAL!
Why is this important?
Because they are natural and look natural.
Unlike a lot of the junk automated tools out there that pound your site with crappy links that can get you penalized – this does not.
So What Packages Does Rank Crew Offer?
Package 1: New Site Package
This package currently lists at $45 which is extremely cheap for this many links. Again since it’s done naturally no red flags are raised. This package is designed to submit the homepage of a brand new site as kind of a “kick starter package.”
I really like this one because it gives you that initial link boost that you need to get your website ranked. Of course, this can be used on established sites too, but, it’s perfect for what we do with Niche Blitzkrieg.
Set up your free account here to see more details.
Package 2: Established Sites Package
This package first covers the home page area:
10 additional pages/posts on your site get the following:
This is a great package for sites that have been around for at least a few months and have some links already going into them. This package builds far more links than the “New Site” package shown above.
I like it. Again, watch a demo video of this service here.
Package 3: Authority Site Package
I’ll start off by saying that most of you reading this will not need this package. It’s expensive and probably a little over-the-top and definitely too much for brand new sites.
Again, the links are manually built in this package, just like the others.
Links will be built to both the homepage and up to 50 internal pages.
Here is what you get in this package:
The homepage itself gets:
The internal pages get:
As you can see it’s a pretty big link building package.
Of all the 3 packages above I recommend using the “new site” package to get started.
For my Rank Crew review I personally added $100 to my account so I could get the initial $30 bonus cash added to my account that they are doing during the opening week.
I purchased the “New Site” package for one of my websites and over the next 1-2 months I’ll be monitoring my rank progress.
It was easy to create a free account (do that here) it was also easy to order.
The process to input my information like website info and everything else was pretty easy too.
This is done in a simple 5 step process which was pretty easy to follow.
The only thing I wish the interior had was something that offered an explanation for certain things.
I.e. If you decide to have them submit one of your articles rather than theirs do they spin it for you or do you have to have a spintax version of your article to give them? It doesn’t really say on the inside (unless I missed it). This is something that is easily fixed and likely to be implemented in the future one they get several questions about it.
It’s not a big issue and I am probably being nit-picky.
One other thing that would be nice is is could order a tier 2 service automatically so you could add links to these links and strengthen the links that they are creating for you. It’s not a big deal but it’s a feature that would help us a lot, save us a lot more time and it would also probably make them far more money.
Ala Carte Stuff
One thing I really like with rank crew is the ability to order ala carte services as well.
These include the following submissions services:
This is great if you want to build links to your tier 1 links (I teach this here) or if you just want to buy a little bit of link building at a time.
Final Thoughts On Rank Crew
I like the service. It’s cheap, does what I need and saves me a bunch of time. I’ve been using other services for this that are more expensive and do not provide as much.
In the near future I’ll be able to look at the quality of submissions in more detail. However, with Jon’s track record I have no doubt of the quality of this service.
I’ll likely be stocking my account with quite a bit more money while they have the bonus dollar deal going on.
Anyway, so far so good and I highly recommend using Rank Crew. Try them out here by creating your free account and seeing what you think. But, I can tell you first hand that it will save you a ton of time that you can use creating more profit streams for yourself.
After placing my order with Rank Crew 23 days ago I have taken a brand new site that was about a month old from not ranking in search to ranking for 435+ keywords — many in the top 10!
The site has made over $300 now and I actually wrote a post a couple of days ago here showing exactly how I created the content, set the site up and got it ranked so quickly.
I ordered the New Site Package. I also recently purchase a couple of smaller services in the last week from Rank Crew that just finished up which should help spur some more results soon.
Here is a screen shot of the keyword results.
Many of the keywords that are shown on here are actually ranking even better than what is shown on here. This is just a snapshot from Google Webmasters Tools.
Questions? Comments? Tried Rank Crew yet? What are your results? Thoughts? Share!
Chances are while your have been building your blog, website or link building purposes there has come a point where you wanted to outsource some of your writing on the cheap.
Even though it’s simple to outsource your writing I am going to give you 5 easy steps to make sure you’re outsourced writing is of your quality standards.
I do a lot of outsourcing through Iwriter, especially on reviews because they are cheap and effective for what I want to do.
I recommend them as a good place to start if you’ve never done it.
When you want someone to write for you, the more direction you can give them the better. I had to learn this through trial and error and there were some days I literally wanted to ram my face through the wall…until I put myself in the writer’s shoes.
A writer only knows what information you give them. So if you only tell them a certain set of keywords to write about, they’ll have no clue what exactly you want.
This means that they’ll use their discretion to write something based on the keywords that you my not care for.
If you’re using Iwriter, they make it easy by allowing you to add instructions in a special resource box.
Use this resource to give them an angle of how they should approach the article.
I’ve even given them a link to some resources if I want them to be focused on something in particular.
Also, when you find a good writer you really like, who is used to following your instructions, use them over and over again.
Do a little bit of research beforehand so that way you understand the keywords. The writer is going to do the work, but, if you fail to know the subject, how can you know if they are doing a good job or not? If all else fails take a small trip over to www.wikipedia.com if needed and do some skimming on your subject.
When you get the writing back from the writer proofread it and tweak it with your own style! Don’t just slap what they give you up onto your site as that is a recipe for disaster.
Make sure the terminology matches your niche and sounds like it should before adding it to your website.
Let me give you an example of how I used this this morning. I ordered a rather large 1000 word article from someone at Iwriter.
When I got it back the writing was good but the writer had a few oddly structured sentences in the writing. Likewise a couple of the terms they used within the article were not terms that would make sense for the particular audience I was sharing this with.
So I spent 15 minutes proofreading and then tweaking the article accordingly.
Like tweaking, you’re going to want to add images, charts or even video to it. If you do not want to use your videos or don’t have any use Youtube (see more about writing a good post here).
I’ve mentioned this several times in the past but by adding images you bring the post to life and make the content more shareable (free links and traffic!). Plus, you can toss it up on your own Pinterest account this way as well.
Not exactly tweaking it here but similar. Often times when a writer sends me back something and it sounds really good I think of something else I can add to it to make it better. What this allows me to do is add my own voice and make the writing more in-depth.
As you know the more you answer someone’s question in your writing or give them the more details the better it is for you, them and the search engines.
I love using table press to add my own charts to make my content really stand out; it’s also free. You don’t need to use tables or charts to make i stand out, but it sure dresses a post up nicely and works great on comparison examples and reviews.
Giving your readers more of what they want is a great way to increase conversions as we discussed a few days ago. Of course, if the writer covered everything thoroughly then you can skip this step. A writer who does great work like that is also keeper!
By the way here are some additional places to outsource your writing needs:
I Need Articles: Cheap writing, OK quality, you must use all of their upgrade options to get exactly what you want.
Elance: You have to search for them here though but often you can find specialist (they charge a lot more.)
Odesk: Like Elance but you can often find people who specialize in niches.
Iwriter: I have ordered almost 150 articles here now.
One final note on outsourcing your writing. Never outsource your main #1 passionate niche.
I.E. I would never outsource anything about blogging or marketing. The reason? It’d never meet my standards and it probably wouldn’t help my audience.
Basically, if it needs just your voice and you are a darn good expert on the subject, don’t outsource it.
Do you have any tips to share on getting great outsourced writing? Have you just started outsources? Haven’t outsourced any of your work yet? Share below….
I wanted to take some time out today to share with you some ways to convert sales from your blog or in many cases more sales if you're probably already making some sales.
The reason for this posts stems from a conversation I had recently in one of my forums and I thought it'd be a good time to shed some light on this extremely important subject.
This post is for anyone who is getting at least some traffic to their site, but, not making many sales yet.
I know a lot of my readers like to use Adsense so this one is especially for you.
If you have ads on your blog and they are just in your sidebar you're missing out out on clicks and sales.
Let me show you Adsense click through heat map briefly.
Now, notice the darker orange spots. You'll notice the center left, focused around content is typically the best spot. Well, your sidebar can handle one of these for you but the rest need to go in your content. That can be a pain to implement without a plugin. Luckily, you can use a plugin like Ads Within Content to instantly add ads to your content area.
You can also use the above mentioned plugins to insert any type of ad, not just Adsense. This is good for people, like me, who do not use Adsense much.
One of the common mistakes is believing you'll make fortune with Adsense. The problem is to make a lot with Adsense you'll need to have a lot of clicks or you'll need extremely high paying Adsense keywords. By the way you can use tools like Market Samurai or Keyword Canine to find high paying Adsense keywords.
However, one thing I like more are using affiliate programs that pay very well. Even if you're just using ads in content it should ultimately help increase your sales.
When you get traffic to your individual posts people are coming there for a reason; they want to read what you have to say on the subject.
The problem I see with many sites is that they are driving people to their site whether through social media or the search engines and they aren't really promoting anything to the reader based on what they are being sent there for.
Let me give you an example. Let's say you have a post on "Preventing Joint Pain" and none of the ads on your site are based on helping solve joint pain, you're losing sales.
This can sometimes be a problem with Adsense as well if they are not showing extremely relevant ads. Make sure your ads are in tune with what you want people to buy.
One thing that greatly helps with this is to not put ads in your content at all. However, manually placing an affiliate product that you recommend in that post is much better.
You might be thinking "What!?"
But, let me explain. Instead of having ads all over the place why not only promote things in individual posts based exclusively on what your post is about.
So if you're discussing a "Anti Dandruff Dog Shampoo" in your post, offer your audience some choices to buy it, right there in your post. Don't let an ad on the side of yur screen make the sale, show them right in the post.
I know it's not always possible but if you want more attention to your affiliate links embed the links into an image. Images draw attention and break up text, so use them over just plain affiliate links when you can.
I'm not saying plain affiliate links are useless, they are still good, but it's a fact that images are easier to see and you want things that are easier to see to make you money.
If your site looks like one big ad, you're probably losing sales because you're distracting your audience. Instead, select a couple of great products to ad to your sidebar site wide. This also can increase the sales for a particular product you'd like to promote above all others. I teach this tacticin The Review Formula and I call it the #1 product recommendation.
Create some of your posts around buyer keywords that help promote products. Here are some of my favorite buyer keywords:
where to find xxxxx
Deals On xxxxx
If you put your mind to it you can probably think of even more. So when you're doing keyword research focus on using some of these.
Review products and services for your audience to help increase sales. I've done this frequently in the recent past you might remember my Niche Jet, Keyword Snatcher, or even my Accurank Tracker reviews. These reviews were written to help my audience who is interested in these types of products.
Likewise, your audience might be interested in reviews in your niche. Not every post has to be a review style post but, if you give a good detailed review of something it can help make sales!
You can even build full sites based on reviews in case you were not aware of this.
This could be seen as a way to get more traffic as well and I highly suggest it. You should build an email list at some point. An email list allows you to market to not only help your audience, but, market things to them as well.
I also don't want to leave out the fact that you can set much of your email marketing to auto-pilot. Not all of it but, many aspects of it. This will save you time while you work on other things.
Out of all the tweaks on the page, this one probably takes the longest as a whole because you'll need to actually grow your email list, but it's a worthwhile because it will pay off.
I want to go back to my point about using images again. When you use images they can help break up space and of course drive the click, as I just mentioned. But, if you put a little bit of space around the image and the text that can help as well.
When you are adding an image to your site you can make this easy clicking the image once you've added it to your blog post and the editing to add a little bit of padding.
Optionally, you can add a buy button near the image or even a visit site button. It's easy to do and you can also get buttons from sites like Fotolia.com for $1.
Anyway, an image, a button and some white space will draw attention and break up simple typed texted and increase sales in the process.
Most people never do this, but, you should. Simply test different types of ads and offers on your sites. Maybe Adsense isn't making you much money but an affiliate program is making you a lot more? Maybe what you're promoting is too expesive and your audience needs some cheaper stuff? You won't know unless you test. Of course, if you have traffic and your site is producing sales you might be fine to leave it alone. If sales are slow or non existent, change.
I actually did this on a site of mine that converts very low. I noticed that not a lot of sales were coming in from this site. So I added some smaller ticket items on there as well as Adsense and then magically I was making acouple bucks per day from this site as well as now selling a few smaller ticket items per month and one big sale per month.
If you're using Amazon as your affilite program you'll definately want a mix between smaller tickt and high ticket items to maximize your sales %.
This one works extremely well when you have an email list with your site. You can promote deals to them. People love deals and will buy when things are on sale, so promote deals to them.
Optionally, once you've made some sales from a product you can ask the vendor for a coupon code to give to your audience. I did this with Article Builder and was able to get my list a special $100 discount from the owner. Sure, I lose some comissions doing this but it helps make my audience happy and increases my sales overall.
If the vendor says no to your request for a deal for your audience, don't sweat it, in time they might.
Another thing that not many people do is ask for a raise. If you're making a bunch of sales for a particular vedor you can as for an payout increase. Sometimes they will, other times they won't. They may also ask for more sales before considering this.
If you're in a niche where you can teach something, do it!
Let me give you an example. Let's say you were running a website on "How To Lanscape The Yard" and one of your posts was titled "How To Build A Retaining Wall – Step-By-Step".
Wouldn't it be cool to guide people through how to build a retaining wall and at the same time make money? You better say yes to that!
Well, when you demonstrate how to do something you can recommend the products on how to do it. So for building a retaining wall a you could say first, you need a shovel and show them where to get one. Next, you need sand, here is where you get one online and so on. If they need X The may need Y and also Z.
It's a great tactic that can help your audience, increase your sales and works in any niche.
One thing I see happening a lot as well is people will assume they are not getting sales which may be true. But, the main reason may be lack of traffic or maybe they have no traffic at all, rather than conversions. Obviously, without traffic all the conversion tips in the world won't help.
Make sure you are working on traffic before you even worry about conversions! It doesn't matter if it's social or search engine traffic, you need it to make sales. Also be sure you're writing a good blog post. If you just take 300 words and slap it up online and don't take the time to make sure it even makes sense fr your audience you're simply wasting your resources.
Take everything you do day by day and implement things that will help convert those sales. Even 1-2 small tweaks mentioned above can help greatly!
What about you? Are you already implementing these are seeing improvement? Doing something different that I didn't mention above? Have questions? Ask below.
Plus, it'd be really cool if you found this helpful, to share it with someone on Facebook, Google+ or even Twitter today.
I wanted to post my Keyword Snatcher review since a couple of years ago when it first came on the market. However, Jon Leger only had the product open for a week or so before he took it off the market.
Monday July 29th open now, a couple of years afterwards, it's back and upgraded to Keyword Snatcher 2.0. In fact, Jon made a pretty good video here showing it's power.
The cool thing is, this tool makes it easy to uncover easy to rank for keywords, while you do other things.
First, let me give you a run down of what this tool does for you, why it's important and what you can expect before I tell you the changes made from the regular version to the new 2.0 version.
Quite simply, it's a tool that scouts not just Google, Yahoo and Bing. It also scouts Amazon and eBay for keywords as well! What it does is scans what people are searching for and then reports it back to you.
Here is how it works. Normally, when using the free
Google Keyword Tool updating soon to the Google Keyword Planner, Google finds and shows you the keywords people search for. However, often times they do not deliver every keyword to you. In fact, they leave quite a few out, as do the other search engines as well.
That's where Keyword Snatcher 2.0 comes in. It shows you all he extra keyords that might show up in tools as a a low search volume or even ZERO but in actuallity they really have searches going on.
Let me give you an example.
If you go to www.google.com and type in a search (it can be anything) you'll see as you type google makes a suggestion.
Let's try the term "Cat Boxes"
Here is what Google Instant delivers for the term:
Well, if you start adding letter to the search you get additional terms as shown here:
Notice as I add a "b" after the term more search suggestions come up? Also, related words like "litter box" start showing up. Cool, eh?
Here is another shot if you start adding more letters to the search.
As you can see, hundreds and even thousands of additional keywords are possible. The thing is, many of these words will show they do not have searches in many tools, including the Google Keyword Planner Tool.
Here is an example: Google finds 801 words for Cat Boxes
However, with Keyword Snatcher 2.0 we find over 1100 meeting our criteria:
I even filtered out anything that didn't include the term "cat" in it.
Again, you can watch Jon show how he does this in the video.
So, here is what you can do with this tool.
1. Use it to plan brand new sites by finding keywords that are getting searched but not showing in tools.
2. Use the tool to find hidden keywords that other search tools (including Google) ignore.
Well, the first thing is that Jon has now made the tool run online rather than needing to download and install on your own computer.
This enhancement has also made it run much faster than before.
Next, the design is lot more user friendly and it all runs from a single screen panel.
Let me show you below in the demo screen.
B. Select your country
C. Select your keywords
D. Shows keywords found
E. Starts the search
F. Set up specific word counts
G. Include/exclude words
H. Keywords appear here
I. Save the file as a TXT or CSV
You can then select words from the list to build content around on your site, plug these in other tools to check stats or just use them since people are searching for them anyway.
Keyword Snatcher can be used in conjunction with my keyword research tutorial as well.
The additional keywords you'll find will more than pay for the cost of the tool (price is $47).
Anyway, the product is open now and it is pretty cool. Go get some more info here if you're interested.
What do you think of it? Have questions? Own it already? Love it, hate it? Let's discuss.
At first I was simply going to send an email out and tell you how to make sure you keep seeing my emails if you're a Gmail user.
But, I figured it'd be easier for you, if I just showed you how. Plus, it's a simply 30-45 second tweek.
As you probably know Gmail recently changed their inbox layout as I discussed here.
Even though I do not promote much, my emails are most likely going to always end up in your promotional tab. If you're OK with that, do nothing.
But, if you'd like to make sure you see my emails (of course, my recommended option) then follow the simple steps below.
A. First, open your promotons tab in your Gmail inbox after receiving one of my emails.
B. Then click my email and drag it into your primary tab.
Next, go to your Primary tab which will look like the below.
A. When the little tan box pops up asking if you want to do this for future emails of mine, click YES.
That's how to make sure to keep getting my emails in a few simple clicks.
Of course, this works on any email that you'd like to go directly to your Primary tab.
The only tab that will notify your smart phones and devices of a recieved message is the Primary tab. The other tabs will not trigger an email recieved notification.
So all of those businesses that you signedup for for weekly discounts and coupons will need the same treatment I am showing you above.
Also there are a couple other ways to do this, but, this is the easiest way to make ure you can see the emails you want to see.
Have you had any issues with the new Gmail inbox or would you like to discuss anything about it?
Recently Google started rolling out their new Gmail layout. This includes an out-of-the-box Gmail promotions tab, social tab and primary. As someone who just created a new email marketing course for bloggers I know I'll have many students asking me what it all means.
Primary will be all of your personal connections. Social will feature anything involving social media and promotions is for anything promotional.
This started a few weeks ago and is making it's rounds into the entire database of Gmail users. In fact, mine finally updated, just earlier today and I've known others who were upgraded weeks go.
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Here is what this looks like:
Notice the settings?
I would be slightly more worried if Google decided to make it to where the promotions tab doesn't show when you get an email. But, here is acually what happens when you have an email in your promotional area.
So the green light lights up to let people know that new promotions are in the inbox. Not bad.
So on a standard desktop or laptop computer it's not too bad and we should still be able to see that we have emails over there.
Here is a quick view under the promotions tab.
From a marketer's perspective it can certainly be scary wondering what is going to happen.
Will people see my emails far less?
Will people even know about the new tab?
Will people be confused?
These are all good questions! My early thoughts are that we'll see open rates decline from our Gmail subscribers for awhile,but, they will increase back up over a small amount of time as people get adapted to the new settings.
Mobile. I decied to see what happens when a promotional email comes into my email inbox on my Android phone.
You know the little blinky green light that notifies you when you get an email? It works fine for your primary emails, but, promotional and Social emails are getting absolutely no green blinky light love.
However, when I do log into my email inbox to check my emails on my Android I do see a social and promotional setting is atually right on top.
Check it out:
This is a screen shot I took from my wife's phone using my phone. So I had to mark out her email account address and some of the promotions that she recieved for privacy. Not that she wouldn't want to have some of my readers email her, I am sure she would love that!
Notice on top they have the promotion and social tabs. When something is in either box the number of unread emails will appear there. So while I think open rates will go down from an initial send to mobile devices I don't think it will kill the campaign so much. However, that said, time sensitive campaigns MIGHT suffer some setbacks.
Think about this. Let's say Macy's is having a sale and sends out a promotional email the night before. Many of their customers might not see that intial email right away.
This is obviously not good for the advertiser or the reciever who obviously signed up forpromotional offers from the company.
One solution is to offer longer advertisement periods to get around this. Optionally, send a couple additional emails to promote as well.
Still one of my hopes is that Google will realize this isn't helpful and turn the blinky light thing on for promotional emails as well. But, who knows what the will decide to do.
Well a few things.
#1. Make sure you are always mailing relevant offers and not taking advantage of your list. I mean, this one is common sense, but, with some of the shady junk I've seen go on, it had to be stated. People will be more likely to look for your emails if they actually like you.
#2. Ask them to add you to their Gmail contacts list. This will get you included into the Primary list and likely get your offers seen more. Like the next thing I'll mention, do this in your welcome email, not the confirmed opt in page.
#3. Ask them to STAR your email address. But, ask them to do this in your first email, not on the confirmed "opt-in" page. Putting it on your confirmed opt-in page could cause some confusion resulting in the person not even confirmng their subscription to your email list (bad obviously).
Inside of Gmail this is what it shows when you're reading about the tabs.
Notice the little check box near the save button? It says "include starred in primary" and it's also checked by default.
So encouraging your readers to do this will be helpful to your email marketing campaigns. This way your messages end up in the Primary section.
#4. Finally, get people into other channels that you own. This can be social media like Facebook, Twitter and especially Google+, membership sites, Facebook Groups and anywhere else you have accounts.
It's hard to say right now. It's being touted as a way to clean up the email inbox for the folks.
Some believe Google has far more sinister goals; citing possible ads all over the promotional area. Other's believe it's going to force advertisers to buy more ad spots with Google.
At this point, we don't know.
I for one am looking forward to what the large email companies have to say about this. I also am looking forward to some large scale tests by these large email companies.
In time we'll see how much this new Gmail layout will impact us email marketers but, like always, we'll adapt.
One thing I will tell you though, is to NOT give up on your email marketing campaigns. Just be smart about how you go about it.
Questions, thoughts? Having an impact on your already?
Also, if you like this write-up would you mind sharing this with the world? It means lot to me that you would share this information. After all, isn't that what the Internet is for?
Do you remember when you first started looking for how to make money online? Do you remember why you wanted to do it?
Freedom? Lifestyle? Being your own boss? Working whatever hours you want?
Whatever the reason is, you had one and if you’re reading this you probably still have one.
Today I am going to shed some light on why you will probably never make any significant amount of money online and what you can do to fix it now!
On a personal note: Before putting this post out I paced around my living room like a caged tiger. I know this post might ruffle some feathers, anger someone or even possibly offend you. However, with a 95% fail rate in this type of business there are some things that I notice that typically lead to failure.
I also know that by addressing these issues you greatly increase your chances of success –- guaranteed.
You’ve probably read all of those crazy sales pages that say crazy things like “Make $50,000 In 14 Easy Clicks” or “Work-Free Way To Get Rich In 2 Months!”
It’s easy to see how after reading hundreds of sales pages that say that kind of junk you’d get confused and completely bewildered when you’re not rich by laying out in your hammock with your laptop and a 6 pack of Corona Light.
Ultimately, it takes patience to start seeing income online. If you do the work, ask questions and hang onto every positive result eventually you’ll start making money and then you can continue growing it. You'll also notice that over at Niche Blitzkrieg and Niche Optimizer we DO NOT promote with that sort of language.
Do you really want an online income? I mean, do you really? When I first got started it’s true that I had to make money in my spare time. The reason? Because I used to work as a drugstore manager and I was gone 10-12 hours daily 5-6 days per week.
At night I’d come home from work and work on my online business and usually staying up half the night rocking our newborn son to sleep. It’s simply a sacrifice I had to make. I’d create niche sites, rank them in the search engines and I worked on them quite a bit.
Was what I did perfect? Heck no! It’s still not perfect and sadly, like everyone I am not remotely god-like. You must motivate yourself for any type of success.
Smack yourself around today if you’re lacking motivation (figuratively not literally). Think about the prize and not the sacrifice, that you need to make while you are working a job and working on your online business to the same time.
If you refuse to do any type of work to make money online and you think by sitting at your computer while doing nothing or watching Youtube videos is going to make you money, I want you to do something for me really quick….
……….Yank the computer cord out of the wall and throw your computer out of the window (safely please — look out for small animals and children).
If you want to drink the milk before milking the cow you’re most likely going to fail.
Milk the cow and don’t stop.
I once heard a saying that stuck with me.
“If it’s time to smell the roses then it’s time to water the garden.”
I assume this means that if you’re going to take the time to applaud your work, it’s really time to get back to work.
If it doesn’t mean that, it still sounds cool and I am going to continue to believe that is what it means.
It’s OK to check your stats and it’s OK to be excited when you start making money. But, don’t rest on your success because life throws us curve balls all of the time.
Check your stats in the morning or night and get stuff done the rest of the time.
Sometimes you need to be completely alone for a few minutes so you can think about what you want to do. Some days I’ll take a scratch pad out in the sun and just think and scribble down ideas.
This had led to some of my best breakthroughs and some of my most creative thoughts. If you need help stirring your creativity check out my post on becoming more creative.
It doesn’t matter where you are and honestly it can be on the toilet if that is the only place you can get quiet time – just do it!
Have you ever thought about that? Maybe you don’t like to work from home? Is it possible?
Most people would say “not possible” but, there are some who might actually need to be around other people constantly.
Make sure it’s something you really like to do. If you hate writing don’t panic as there are always ways around it with services that do your writing for you.
I do however suggest that if you’re going to get serious that you try to write your own stuff. If you’re terrible, you’ll get better. I only use services as a supplement for some of my work and anything that is important, like the post you’re reading, I do myself.
If you can’t take your business seriously then you have absolutely no chance. Is watching all of your favorite TV shows nightly more important than earning your online living?
Yea? It is? Then I have some unfortunate news for you; you’re setting yourself up for eminent failure.
Yes, certain things are extremely important in life i.e. if you have a court date you should probably show up to that! But, some of the things we pretend are important are actually not. Until we can convince ourselves that they are not, we are set-up for failure.
In my youth, around age 20, I made the awesome decision to get married. Shortly after (less than a year) I found myself divorced and working a job that I made $9 an hour doing. I didn’t want to be making $9 an hour and I knew at the time that I could work my butt off learning, training and trying to do something bigger of my life.
Instead I’d spend my nights drinking with my buddies, wasting time and trying to fill my life with things what I thought were important; but they weren’t.
To this day I kick myself for the advances I could have made at an earlier point in my life. But, then again, had I not went the path I did I wouldn’t be here sharing this with you today. I didn’t figure this stuff out until I was 27 in case you’re wondering.
Finally, I am not saying that having fun is a waste of time or watching your favorite show won’t provide you with some good entertainment. I am simply saying that you need to prioritize and know when you are just stubbornly putting your future on hold for your own enjoyment.
Sacrificing some of our entertainment for more success is a very good thing in my opinion.
Not getting anything done? Could it be you’re distracted? How many times do you check your cell phone while you are trying to get something done?
How many times do you check Twitter, Youtube or Facebook during the time where you know you have to get something done?
Set up times when you check that stuff. If you have no practical reason to check them, don’t. Those places can be a huge waste of time, trust me, I’ve done it!
Do yourself a favor, unless it’s urgent, turn your cell phone or TV off while you’re in “get stuff done mode.”
One thing I hate in life is drama. Look, I don’t toss around the word hate very often but I want to say, Dear Drama, I hate you.
Don’t be a drama queen or king. Do not invite or invent drama.
At one point in my life I realized everything around me had drama in it. Someone would do something to tick me off and then I’d go out of my way to be a jerk or vice versa.
Then I realized with every piece of drama we have it takes us that much further away from the prize.
So now when someone brings drama into my life, they are quickly removed from my life (and no I don’t mean Sopranos style. I’m not talking about every situation because we can’t control it all but; let me give you an example.
Let’s say you have a family member or friend and every time they come around they cause problems, chaos or need you for something chronically. This person then needs you to bail them out, or just causes you complete ill-will on a routine basis. This is drama.
This person needs to be gone from your path or you’re on a road to pain and heartache that will take you away from your business. It sounds harsh, but understand, it must happen.
If you’re the person causing drama – stop! You still have time to change. Get along with others and grow yourself.
You need to cut drama off or it will doom you.
Look, I'm not the first person to speak out against drama…..
It's easy to get caught up in the "I know enough to do anything" mode when it comes to being a blogger, product creator or an affiliate marketer. The truth is when it comes down to it, we never know enough and we never will. Everyday we should strive to learn more and grow in our business.
Things that were working perfectly yesterday may not be working the same today. So the only way around this dilema is to learn, apply and adapt whenever you need to. I can guarantee you that I learn something new almost daily.
You will always need to keep learning. Remember when Twitter and Facebook first came out? When they first arrived on the scene marketers didn't know exactly how to use them. But, by paying attention, testing and learning they figured it out. Now those type of social networks are marketing havens that it'd be hard to imagine not using.
I hate to break the news to you, but if you can't even spend $20-$100 to learn or even build a business, good luck to you. I can teach you things that you won't learn in college, that cost far less and make you far more. But, if you can't see the value in that, you're going to lose out.
So you don't want to build a blog because you'll spend $10/month in hosting or $19/month building an email list? Those are pennies on the dollar of what you can make back. But, of course, if you don't follow examples, even spending money won't help you.
I just never understood that "spend no money" mindset; maybe because I think diferently than that. I know that to build a business you're going to need to put out a tiny bit of money. I am not saying that you should borrow against your house to do this or drain your kid's college fund. I'm also no saying to fork out $2000 on the guru of the month seminar.
But, I am saying that you need a couple things for certain; a doman ($10), hosting($10/month) and some good training. Those are the staples for making money online and adding anything else is going to be helpful, optional, but helpful.
When you are just starting to make money online it’s easy to see the big giant rainbow at the other end. That rainbow looks good, that’s where you want to be.
But, between where you’re standing and where that rainbow is lies a big nasty army of monsters, demons and all kinds of other evil junk you need to fight through to get there.
As you start wading into the army of evil you realize that the guy laying out in his hammock on the beach, promising you riches with absolutely no problems or work, just lied all the way to the bank.
No matter what you do there are always going to be speed bumps and snags in the road and you’re going to get stuck. But, if you work at it, you’ll get through it and that army of evil will crumble around you.
But, you know what? Once you get to the rainbow there are still going to be challenges. Once you quit your job there are going to be challenges. But, you know what else?
That’s a darn good thing!
Could you imagine life without any obstacles? We’d probably end up like the Gambler from that one episode of The Twilight Zone (I credit Ray Kurzweil for the Gambler reference). Life would probably cease to have meaning.
Fight through the chaos, claim your prize and keep fighting.
One way to make your life even better is to share your experiences with other people who are doing what you’re doing. This could be right here at this site or in a community like Niche Optimizer. By the way I have some great start-up material here if you've yet to start making money online.
Just discussing your struggles, trials and accomplishments is a good thing! Never be afraid.
In closing I want to just state that this writing isn’t to ridicule, laugh at or spit on anyone. This is to simply show you that you can do this, I did, and trust me I am no one special.
I am a regular guy, a husband, a father and a friend.
That’s right I am the guy who used to look for the easy way and ran from every problem. Until I reformed my mind, I was stuck in every trap I just mentioned above.
I’ve been through a lot, just like you and the guy or girl next to you and I am here to tell you that if you can just avoid the pitfalls and use the list I provided above on a daily basis, your success is already in the making.
Be strong, block out the junk and get stuff done.
If you liked this writing it would be completely awesome of you to share it on Twitter or Facebook with your friends.
Plus, I’d feel completely humble and would truly appreciate it if you did.
If you have any question or experiences you want to share I’d love that! I will answer every person personally below.
First off, what is NicheJet?
NicheJet is a service that is designed to create niche websites for you at a low price. Pretty simple right?
The folks at NicheJet do all of the following:
The 100 articles are about 85% unique content. The writing however, will pass Copyscape if you’re worried about that. They are also using Article Builder to create the content on the posts.
So here is my experience so far with NicheJet so far.
I ordered my package on June 5th.
Within 1 hour they had the following done:
Here is a screen shot of that: (click to enlarge)
The next day the following was completed:
Here is a screenshot of that: (click to enlarge)
On June 8th I was notified of the following:
Then on June 9th I ranked #10 for my keywords on Google already!
So 4 days after this whole process began I was ranking and I fully expect my keywords to move up.
Update: June 25th I now rank #5 for my keywords, again, by doing nothing but ordering the package.
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Another Update: July 1st. I am still ranking #5 for my keywords and I just got a cool email 2 days ago from the NicheJet team.
So 3 weeks into this and they are building me more links. 🙂 I'll of course try to keep this post updated when I get more results to show here.
Quick note: If you want to buy your own domain and host it on your own server you can.
Update July 25th: The guys over at Nichejet also now provide hosting transfer FREE of charge thanks @Chuck in the comments section for the recent tip.
So here’s how the entire process worked during my NicheJet review.
Step 1: Order A Package (takes about 30 seconds)
Step 2: Select Niche (I only spent 2-3 minutes here)
You’ll do this from a list of 110 niche markets they have researched.
Step 3: Select Exact Keywords (again, I spent 2-3 minutes on this part too)
Now, you’ll select a keyword you want your website built around. I found most of these to have between 500-1500 monthly searches. Some had more and some had less.
Once you select a keyword they remove it from the database so you’re not going to be competing with other NicheJet customers! That is a very handy and cool feature by the way.
After you select your keyword you’ll then give them the green light to start by simply clicking a button. I recommend doing a quick keyword research on the potential keyword using Market Samurai or Keyword Canine or even the Google Adwords tool just to see how many monthly searches the keyword is actually getting before selecting one. Anything over 500 searches will do the trick.
The rest of the process is handled by the NicheJet team.
I found the entire process of getting my niche, selecting my keywords and ordering the package to be extremely easy to understand and perform.
The follow up emails are nice as they really let you know what’s going on every step of the way. So you never wonder “where are they at with my order?” or “what are they doing to my site now?”
I fully intend to make quite a bit of money from each site I have them produce for me. In fact, a site only needs to average about 35 cents per day to make my money back or 48 cents per day if you select their included hosting service.
Awesome! The goal should be to make much more than that with every website you create anyway.
What Happens After The 100 Posts Are Completed?
After you have 100 posts added in the 100 days by the team then it will be up to you to create more content. This can be done manually using a service like Iwriter, INeedArticles or manually by you. You could also optionally hook it back up to your own Article Builder account and start pumping out more content in the same niche.
What Can You Do With The Sites?
Anything. You can add your own ads, sell them to clients, sell them on Flippa or grow them into even more profitable niche markets.
Who This Service Isn’t For
If you like to micro-manage everything and like only 100% unique content for everything you do, this service will not work for you.
Up until 2012 I actually hated all duplicate content however, with the creation of Article Builder creating content on auto-pilot has been easier and more professional.
So the articles NicheJet is importing are all 85% unique articles not created from scraped content or created from PLR junk. These are all handcrafted and only used in the Article Builder circle before being spun and made pretty darn unique.
Again, if you hate that type of content or only like to write your own; you will not like this service.
Who NicheJet Is For?
If you want your keywords, domain, hosting, link building and website all done for you, this will save you a lot of time.
A+ Grade For My NicheJet Review
I can’t find any faults with this service at all and I highly recommend it. I was impressed with the price, ease of use, the niche selection and keyword selection process and the speed of implementation. Since they are doing all of the link building for the website it is a no-brainer!
You can get your NicheJet order in here and even save some cash if you decide to order in bulk.