So you have a blog and you want to know the optimum publishing schedule is?
How often should you post a new blog?
Twice a week?
Three times a week?
Every day? Twice a day? Three times a day? Every hour?
Seriously... how often should you be doing this?
You want as many readers as possible, whether you are looking to make money or not with your blog.
The answer: It's complicated
There is no one answer I can give you because the best publishing frequency can depend on a lot of different variables, such as your niche, where you are getting your traffic and more.
But don't worry... I'll explain and help you decide what's best for your blog.
One thing that is for sure no matter what your blog situation is that quality is always more important than quantity.
Quality always wins.
If you pump out the content but it lacks good structure, lacks readability, lacks clear messages, lacks correct spelling, and lacks overall, people are not going to want to read as much.
You need to provide value to your readers in one way or another. Now what value consists of is largely an opinion and depends on who your audience is.
Maybe you have a blog where you share funny memes, which some people may find absolutely no value in, yet your audience loves what you blog about. It all depends.
Find a happy medium…
That said, it isn't all about quality.
Yes, if you had to choose quality versus quantity, you should probably go with quality. It is better to put out one good quality post a week than scrap together two shoddy posts. However you want to find a happy medium.
Of course you don't want to spend days on end trying to perfect every bit and piece of a blog post.
How "good" your blog post should be is judgment call that comes from a bit of experience. If you are new to the world of blogging it may be tempting to re-read your blog post over and over again trying to make it the masterpiece you dreamed of. Oh, well maybe this paragraph should be moved here and this sentence would be more perfect if it was there, and so on. Don't spend a ridiculous amount of time on things like this.
Something else that is going to make a big difference on how frequent you should be publishing is where exactly your traffic is coming from.
Is your blog mostly focused on SEO and getting traffic from search engines like Google?
Is your Instagram account driving traffic to your blog?
Do you have a massive Facebook following that is visiting your blog?
The source is important
If your blog is getting most of his traffic from search engines than there isn't really any specific frequency that you should be pumping blog posts out at. The reason being because people are coming to your blog after searching for keywords in the search engines… They aren't actually following your site and waiting for new blog posts to come out.
As I will go over in a bit, the search engines don't give a crap how often you publish.
HOWEVER, if you're driving traffic to your blog from social media then it is much more important. This is because you have a "following" that is waiting on your every move. They are following you for a reason. They like specifically what YOU have to say and you don't want to leave them hanging, waiting in pain and agony for your next blog post.
If you have a following then it would be best to publish on a regular schedule so that people know when they can expect new posts from you.
The same type of thing goes with email marketing. While it is different from social media, you still have a "following" so to speak. Your following is your list of subscribers that has consented to stay up-to-date with emails coming from you, which might be emails telling them about new posts on your blog, depending on how you go about it.
But how often exactly should you be blogging if your traffic is coming from social media? Well… There are still more variables at play. Your niche also matters.
Your niche is your particular subset of the market in which your blog is focused. It is your target audience that is, or at least should be, a group of people in a particular market.
The reason I say it "should be" is because it is advisable to choose a somewhat narrow niche, rather than having your blog be about every and anything. You want your blog to have a particular focus… Not just be some random blog that you talk about whatever comes to your mind. While that may work for people who are famous celebrities, most people don't want to hear a bunch of random ideas coming from some person who they don't even really know.
Do you talk mostly about cats and cat toys on your blog?
Do you blog about Little League baseball?
Do you have a blog about new women's fashion?
Do you blog about diabetes and weight loss?
These are obviously just some very general and broad ideas, but I think you get the point.
It can make a big difference. Some niche markets are going to be hungry for frequent content while others it won't matter so much.
For example: If your blog is about weight loss and you are trying to take your followers on a journey with you, providing them with tips and advice over the coming 6 months or so, then you're probably going to have to publish some pretty frequent content. But there are a lot of other niches out there that wouldn't require so much.
This is something you kind of just have to guess on. There is no right or wrong answer. Just think about your audience, as if you were someone following your own blog, and think about what you would want from it. Would just one post a week be fine? Would it be better to do two?
I mentioned earlier that if you have a blog where most of the traffic is coming from search engines like Google, it doesn't really matter how often you publish.
Google doesn't care. Google doesn't give a shit.
Sure, publishing 5 quality posts a week that are going to rank well in Google and bring you traffic is going to be more beneficial than publishing one quality post a week, because obviously you're going to be getting more traffic by publishing more frequently and ranking for more keywords. But what I mean by "Google doesn't care" is that the frequency isn't going to affect your ability to rank.
And... Like I mentioned earlier, you don't have a following that is waiting for new content.
So in this case you just want to do what you can. If you only have a couple hours of free time a week then just publish one blog post a week. If you have more then do more.
There are over 300 (I think) different metrics that Google uses when ranking content.
One of them is called the QDF, or query deserves freshness, ranking factor. What this does is gives new publishings an edge up when it comes to ranking.
So for example, a new blog post might outrank and older blog post even if it is not as good by Google standards, simply because it is newer.
This would make you think that publishing more frequently is going to help you out more. HOWEVER, this factor only comes into play if you are blogging about…
Most of us probably are not blogging about any of these things so this really doesn't matter.
The length of the blog posts that you are publishing is also important.
You don't want to fill your posts up with a bunch of "fluff" just to make them longer, but generally speaking a longer blog post is often a more valuable one because there is more information provided.
But don't get the wrong idea. This doesn't mean that every blog post should be crazy long. Your goal is to provide value to your readers and it is not all the time that a 3000+ word blog post is going to be necessary. It all depends on what you are talking about and how much length you think it requires.
I'm definitely not saying that a 1,000 word post is too short. Even a 750 world post can be fine at times. Getting too low will make it harder to rank.
If your blog is getting traffic from SEO, as in getting traffic from Google, then there is an additional reason why longer content could be better.
The reason... Because you will rank for more keywords.
When you write a blog post and target a specific keyword with the help of a keyword research tool, there are also a number of other keywords that you will rank for as well... Google does all this automatically. It is Google that decides what the keywords are, you just kind of help feed the Google bot your targeted keyword when you go about your targeting for each post you write.
Since a longer blog post has more words, it makes complete sense that there could be more potential keywords to rank for.
So if you do run a blog that is focused on SEO then you may want to consider writing longer content, which means that you would likely have to cut back on your publishing frequency when compared to writing shorter posts.
But again, there is no set length that a post should be. This depends on the topic you are writing about as well as your audience. If your audience is on the younger side, such as high schoolers, then they probably are interested in reading too long of content. But if your audience is a bunch of Doctorate holding scholars, they might be more interested in more in-depth information.
So as you can see the answer to the question, of how frequent you should be publishing blog posts, is that there is no answer.
It all depends.
Where your traffic is coming from, your niche,, etc. are some of the things you should consider when trying to decide on a blog publishing strategy. And there are probably other things that might be worth considering as well.
But... Although there is no good answer I would still recommend setting a goal for yourself and sticking to it. This can be beneficial to your success.
Not only might a consistent publishing schedule make your audience and followers of your blog happy, if you have a following, but another big reason why this is important is because it makes you accountable.
There have been many studies done showing that setting goals is important when it comes to achieving success.
If you just say... I'm going to publish a blog post whenever I feel like it… You are not holding yourself accountable and likely won't get much done. But if you do a little thinking and find that you should be able to have time to publish two blog posts a week and make this your goal, then you are going to be able to easily hold yourself accountable for such.
You've probably heard the importance of setting a goal with diet and weight loss. This seems to be talked about a lot when it comes to getting in shape, but it applies to a lot more than just that.
It doesn't have to be perfect. Maybe you think you should be publishing twice a week but you are only going to have time to publish once a week. Just do what you can.
I know that a lot of people are running blogs on the side, with hopes to get them to generate some good income eventually, but as of now still have to work full-time jobs and such.
Just do what you can.
But anyways… I hope you found this post at least somewhat helpful and informative. I'm sorry I couldn't give you a clear-cut answer to the question, but it is what it is.
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Welcome to my guide on how to become an affiliate marketer for Amazon. You came to the right place if you are looking for a looking for the right way to go about this, because... well.... I'm an affiliate marketer myself who makes a living doing this stuff.
I first want to start off by saying that affiliate marketing is a great business to get involved with if you are looking to make money online. It...
... and of course it has all the benefits of making money and being your own boss... which include being able to work when you want from where ever you want. Overall it is a great choice for beginners.
Being an affiliate for Amazon is just one of the many choices out there, but it is a good way to get started because Amazon is an absolute ecommerce powerhouse. Everyone knows Amazon and no matter what you are looking to promote, you can find it here.
*I think they sell somewhere around 700 million products right now. Ridiculous I know.
The commissions they pay are far from the greatest you can find but I definitely won't be telling anyone to avoid becoming an affiliate with them. A lot of people start out here because of the simple fact that it is an easy choice.
But anyways... lets move on to the steps of becoming an affiliate marketer for this ecom giant. It's going to be fairly lengthy so feel free to use the quick navigation links below to jump to certain sections if you are impatient.
With the Amazon affiliate program, which is actually called Amazon Associates by the way, you can't just go sign up right away just because you feel like it.
If they let everyone sign up and just start promoting their products like madmen they would really hurt the image of their brand.
There are first a few things you are going to have to have in place beforehand or else they aren't going to accept you.
The very first thing that you want to decide before doing ANYTHING else is to figure out what type of products you want to promote.
I highly recommend you focus on a specific "niche", which is nothing more than a targeted market segment.
So your niche could be...
There are so many niches out there that I'm not going to get too in-depth with this list.
#1 - Choose Something You Actually Have Interest In
What do you have an interest in? Do you like dogs? Do you like some sport? Do you like video games? Do you like cooking? woodworking, paying piano, sewing, etc. etc.?
I think it is extremely important that you choose something that interests you. This will make it a lot easier because:
Don't chase the money. I know some niches can be very luring and you may see nothing but dollar signs, but from my experience it is definitely better to start out in something you like.
So take some time to think about what you really like.
#2 - Try to Keep It Pretty Narrow
You are also going to want to keep your niche pretty narrow. This will make it less overwhelming and you will be able to become more of an expert in the particular niche.
Now it's time to create a website now that you have chosen your niche.
I know... I know... this sounds complicated.
But don't worry, it's really not. This isn't 1997 anymore... creating a website is nothing to fear.
You can also promote Amazon products via a Youtube channel or through a mobile app, but creating your own website is the route I went and the route I know very well... which is why that is what I'm teaching. And it is definitely one of the better ways to go.
Websites are great. They are like your own little hub that you can do whatever you want with. You will be getting traffic to your site and then promote products from there.
Don't Want to Spend Money?
I completely understand. When getting started you don't want a lot of risk... and the good thing is that there are free blog sites out there that you can create a blog on for free.
I suggest using SiteRubix. This website builder will allow you to easily create a site get started in no time. It's literally a few clicks of the mouse to have the basics of your site up... couldn't be easier.
*Wait til the end. I'll go over the easiest way to get it all started with the tools you need.
Choose a website name that is related to your niche. For example: if your niche is dog toys you could go with the name 'dougsdogtoys' (if your name is Doug) or 'doggydelight' or whatever you can think of. Get creative with it.
Now you have your site up it is time to create some content. This has to be done before you can get approved by Amazon. They of course aren't going to like the looks of a bare-bones site.
What type of content do you create?
You are going to want to write about things that have to do with your niche.
Example: If you have a site about dog toys (going by my last example), you could write articles about...
However you aren't going to just want to write a bunch of random articles that come to mind.
Important: Use a keyword research tool
A keyword research tool is what you use to find good keywords to write about. I'm not going to get into detail, but basically what it does is helps you rank your articles higher in the search engines.
*Again, I'll be going over what I suggest using at the end.
Writing content on your site and getting traffic go hand-in-hand. When you write content, if you use a keyword research tool and use it right, you will be able to rank high in Google and get people to come to your site when they are searching for things.
As an example someone could be searching for the best outdoor dog toys and maybe come across an article you wrote called '9 Best Outdoor Dog Toys'. Then they might click on that and come to your site.
The reason this is an absolutely awesome way to get traffic to your site is because it:
Sure you can run paid ads, but that is a lot more risky for newbies and can really burn a hole in your wallet fast.
Now that you have your site up and running it is time to apply for the Amazon affiliate program.
After creating an Amazon account or logging into an existing one, you will have to fill out your profile and fill in some other information, such as...
It's a fairly straightforward process and nothing complicated really. You can get started on it here: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/ but I'd wait until you finish reading this article so that you see how everything works and fits together.
Now it's time to start promoting some products! The part you have been waiting for all along!
It's all about getting traffic to your website… If you aren't getting much traffic then that means you need to put out more content and get ranked more in Google.
But why would you be doing all of this before getting approved?
What is the point of promoting Amazon products if you are not even part of the affiliate program yet?
Well… Believe it or not this is how the process works. You first have to make 3 qualifying sales in order to move forward with the application process. After making 3 sales they will then review your application and either accept it or reject it.
I believe it used to be just one sale back when I first applied in 2015, but they have since changed this.
There are a lot of ways you can go about incorporating affiliate links into your content and promoting products, but one way that I often suggest is what I call the "web" design.
You don't want there to be too many affiliate links all over the place. Google doesn't like this.
So what you do is create many different articles and point them to a small number of articles that are promoting something. So it's like a big web catching all sorts of traffic and funneling it into a select few pages where you do have a bunch of affiliate links.
You don't have to do this all the time but I think it helps because it keeps your site cleaner and less saturated with such links.
If you get rejected, which is not very uncommon, this is usually because your website just doesn't provide enough valuable content.
Amazon is looking for some unique content. They don't want a website that just re-states exactly what the product descriptions are for products listed on Amazon. They want you to provide additional value.
So give your own opinion on things. And it definitely do not copy and paste… Always re-word as best you can.
If you got rejected you can always improve your website and then re-apply later that is what you wish to do.
A one of the tips that I am giving here are pretty much things that are common sense. If you focus on providing real value and helping out people, and you put in the work, then you more than likely are going to see success from this.... Assuming that you have done your keyword research correctly and are promoting relevant products.
So obviously you are going to want some formal training when it comes to all of this. You don't want to go out and spend a bunch of time building out your website, creating content, only to find out that you have been doing it wrong.
And in addition to this you are also going to need tools, such as a platform to build your website on and a keyword research tool so that you can get ranked in Google.
My Suggestion: Wealthy Affiliate
Wealthy Affiliate is in affiliate marketing training platform that also provides all the tools necessary to get started, such as a website builder and keyword research tool as mentioned above.
Basically it is like an "all-inclusive" type of deal where you everything you need and don't have to go out elsewhere… Which makes it incredibly easy for beginners to get started.
And the awesome thing about it is that they have a free Starter Membership where you can get started without even entering your credit card information or anything.
... they provide it all.
And the reason I am recommending this place and like it so much is because this is actually where I started out back in 2015. And now I make a living doing this stuff and am very grateful for that.
You can create your free account at Wealthy Affiliate and get started here:
Or for more info:
At the very least you could create a free account and give it a "test drive" to see if you like it or not... and if not you can walk away no harm done.
Take care and I wish you the best of luck on your affiliate marketing journey. This can potentially be a lucrative opportunity but you must have patience and don't expect to "strike it rich" right from the start.
There is lots to learn.
Questions or comments? Leave them below and I'll get back to you soon 🙂
For any website owner duplicate content can potentially be a big problem, but is this something you should be worrying about? Should this be keeping you up at night?
And what is the repercussion of such? Is there a duplicate content penalty that you have to stress about?
The truth is that there is no “duplicate content penalty”, per se, but there is a downside to this type of content and there are definitely reasons why you might want to avoid it. But before we get into all that, let’s first discuss what exactly this is in the fist place…
Dupe content is pretty simple… It is content that has been duplicated, specifically on the Internet. This means that it has been published in one or more places online and Google is able to see this.
Take note that it must be published in one or more places “online”. If you were to take the exact words out of an old encyclopedia and publish them online, you could do so without it being considered “duplicate content” in the way we are talking about it. But of course I wouldn’t suggest it because that would be plagiarism.
Another important aspect of this term is that the content does not have to be the exact same. It only has to be “appreciably similar” according to Google. So if Google sees two pieces of content that are appreciably similar, it is going to see the one piece as being the original and the other as being a duplicate.
If you have duplicate content on your own domain, meaning multiple pages on the same website that is yours which have fairly large amounts of appreciably similar content, this is not a big deal.
And… It happens all the time. For example if you run an e-commerce website that sells a lot of similar products in the same niche, then there’s a good chance much of the content provided is going to be a very similar. And there are plenty of other examples I could give for when dupe content is common as well.
But this isn’t too big of a deal. And if you are a website owner who, let’s say has a bunch of similar sales pages, you can always set the similar pages to NOINDEX and NOFOLLOW to tell the Google bot to not even bother looking at them or indexing them.
It’s not going to help SEO but it isn’t going to hurt it either, as I’ll get into in a bit.
Then there’s the problem of dupe content on other domains. Maybe someone else copies your content or maybe you copy someone else’s content, or at least copy it “too much” to make it appreciably similar.
Can either of these circumstances have a negative effect on your website?
They definitely can and we will get to that in a second too.
I myself, I’m a blogger. I also have some experience with e-commerce, but mainly I focus on blogging and SEO. And when it comes to SEO this is where knowing about dupe content is most important. I make most of my money via affiliate marketing and bring in traffic via SEO.
I know a lot of bloggers that start out and really fear duplicate content, specifically they fear that their website is going to be punished for content being considered too similar to other websites. They feel that they really aren’t providing any original content because most of the information they are getting comes from research on other websites.
If you are one of these people, I would like to tell you to FEAR NOT.
You can write articles completely based on information found on other articles online, not knowing anything about the topic beforehand, and still rank well without your content being considered dupe content.
Just be smart about it… When doing research only jot down the important information and do not copy and paste large amounts because obviously you want to re-word as much as possible. Sure you can copy and paste a word here or there, or maybe some phrases, but certainly limit doing this.
So let’s get into the impact that this can actually have on your website and why you should NOT fear it, assuming that you are being smart about it and not trying to cheat the system.
Dupe content isn’t actually going to hurt the SEO of your website as you may think. You just won’t be able to rank for the content that is considered dupe content.
If you copy and paste an article from someone else and publish it on your website, is simply is not going to rank because Google is going to see that it is a duplicate and not the original. Similarly, if someone copies and publishes an article from your website, same thing is going to happen and you don’t have to worry about it (most of the time anyhow!, more on this).
I know one of the big fears is that it is going to hurt your rankings site-wide, but this is not true. There is no evidence that duplicating some content is going to destroy your site’s overall rankings. The dupe content certainly isn’t going to help you get ranked, but it also isn’t really going to hurt it, other than the fact that you could have spent your time better putting out original content that could have ranked.
No one can avoid duplicate content completely and that is why Google doesn’t really punish websites for it. They know it is inevitable.
This Is Why Some Blogs/News Sites Re-publish Popular Content
There are plenty of big-name blog/news sites out there that re-publish popular content from other sites. They know darn well that it isn’t going to rank but they also know that it isn’t going to hurt.
You may have heard some horror stories about another site copying content and actually beating the original site in the Google rankings.
The crazy thing is that this does indeed happen at times. There are some sites that scrape content and re-publish it as 100% copied, yet they outrank the original.
That said, this is definitely not something to worry about because it is very rare.
But it does happen at times and if it were to happen to you, you need to know what to do. You used to be able to file a “scraper report” with Google, but they do not have this anymore. Now what you’re going to want to do is file a copyright infringement report.
If you do this you should have no problem. Google will be able to see which content was published first and which is the original. Then you will get the rightful ranking that you deserve.
Google is smart and Google wants to provide the best user experience possible.
Could you imagine if they actually punished websites for duplicate content? It would be a catastrophe if they did this and they would be all sorts of really great websites losing good rankings that are helpful to users.
Why would they punish an entire website for one piece of duplicate content? This makes no sense.
There is no punishment… Duplicate content simply does not help you get ranked.
It is original content that gets ranked.
Now let’s say you have an article that is about half duplicate content and half original content. That is fine… It is simply the original content that gets ranked and the duplicate content has no effect, positive or negative when it comes to SEO.
If you are smart and are trying to provide good content, you should have nothing to worry about.
Just don’t try to take advantage of the system and think that you can go around copying and pasting to get good rankings… It is simply going to be a waste of your time.
I hope you found this article helpful and I hope it helps you sleep a little better at night knowing that you probably don’t have anything to worry about.
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A big question that comes up from newbies at Wealthy Affiliate, or before joining, is how long does it take to make money? It’s a good question that everyone should be asking and it’s something that I can give some good insight on.
I’ve been a member since 2015 and not only have I been through the whole experience myself, but I have also seen hundreds of others go through it as well. It can be a struggle early on and if you have false expectations or don’t really know what you are getting into, you are more likely to end up quitting and then this would all be a waste of time.
So how long does it take to make money with Wealthy Affiliate you ask?
Well… in order to get to the best answer possible and really explain it all, lets first take about how WA works and some key factors that are going to effect the time it takes for you to start earning that money you have been dreaming about.
Wealthy Affiliate in a nutshell is an online business platform that provides training for beginners looking to make money online. The main focus here is on affiliate marketing through your own website that you drive traffic to via SEO (through Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc).
The awesome part of this entire business model is that it requires extremely little startup cost and has the potential to be very lucrative… the downside is that it TAKES TIME… and for those that are impatient and need cash now it may be a struggle.
Most people will tell you that it will take 3 months or so until you start seeing some money trickle in, but this really isn’t a good answer. You could potentially see money in less (although highly unlikely) but it also could take a while longer.
Unfortunately WA isn’t going to cut it in this situation.
I often see people join who are in financial situations where they need money immediately. If you are someone like this then I don’t want to give you false hope.
Yes you can earn money with WA and yes you can earn a lot… but you sure as heck aren’t going to be earning an immediate income, or anything quickly.
Some people earn money faster than others… just like some people are promoted to higher positions within companies and some progress faster while working toward a fitness goal. Some reasons for this include the following…
1. Time Spent – It’s a given that most of the time when you put more time and work into things you get faster and better results. Now of course this doesn’t always work out perfectly and you don’t want to work so hard that you burn out, but generally speaking those who put in more time are going to see faster results.
That said, I actually would suggest starting off on the rather slow side of things rather than jumping in head first and spending 5+ hours a day on this stuff, reason being that it will likely be overwhelming if you jump in too fast and you will likely make more mistakes that just end up as wasted time.
2. Action Taken – Something else you have to think about and consider is the action taken. You can spend a bunch of time working but if that time isn’t being spent properly on real action, there isn’t much point of it.
Don’t spend 10 hours trying to tweak some simple thing on your site that might only take 5 minutes to do. Early on I always see people getting caught up on the small unimportant things that are just not worth the effort.
The best advice I can give is to simply follow the core training at WA and to not veer off from that too much.
Your site doesn’t need to look like some professionally designed masterpiece early on. No one is going to be trafficking it anyhow, so what’s the point?
You will learn a lot as you follow along with the training and things that might have taken you a long time early on will only take you a minuscule amount once you know what you are doing.
3. Quality of Work – This is also a big deal that certainly plays a major factor in the timing of success.
Are you creating good quality content? I know this is hard to judge early on as a beginner, but just give it your best shot. I also remember when I started and thinking that my posts were never good enough… don’t worry… you will get there with time. It’s amazing how far you will come with practice and just putting in the work.
Also, you don’t want to make your content “too good”. What I mean by this is that you don’t want to spend ridiculous amounts of time trying to make each post perfect. Put out good quality content without being too nitpicky.
And DEFINITELY DO NOT duplicate content or use content spinners. Sure, you can publish lots of content very quickly this way but you are just going to be hurting yourself. Google will punish you for the duplicate content and content that has been spun always has problems in one way or another.
4. Keywords Targeted – It’s all about keywords… well… as lot of it has to do with this anyhow. If you are targeting good keywords and putting out good content then you are doing things right, at least as far as the quality of your work goes.
Early on I highly recommend that you target what are called “long tail keywords”. These are keywords that are a bit more lengthy and usually consist of 4+ words.
… and so on.
These are much more targeted and because of this there is less competition among them.
Early on your site will be small and have little to no authority, so your best chances of success are by using keywords like this.
5. Competition in Your Chosen Niche – Competition from others websites also plays a big role. If you choose a niche that has little to no competition, then you are going to be able to really see your business grow relatively quickly without being beat down by larger authority sites.
But unfortunately you aren’t going to be able to find a niche with no competition. There is always competition… but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it.
There is a ton of opportunity out there… it’s just obviously the more desirable to go into a niche or micro-niche that doesn’t have insane amounts of competition.
6. Google Doesn’t Like New Sites – It’s true…. well… maybe not completely true, but for the most part it is.
Anyone that has created a website looking to rank on Google knows well that they don’t care for new sites. Or I guess it would be better stated that they don’t trust new sites, which is why they don’t get ranked well.
It really doesn’t matter how good of content you are putting out and how good your niche is… a new site is a new site, and Google won’t treat it very well.
As I mentioned earlier, a lot of people will tell you that it is around the 3-month mark when you can expect to start seeing some money come in. While there is no hard proof of this, it does seem to be true to some extent and Google plays a major part in it.
It just seems that around that time is when the trust factor starts to really develop with Google.
When it comes to making money online it is going to cost you either time or money…. and time is money.
It doesn’t really matter what path you take… you could get instant traffic to your site by running paid ads.. but then you are going to have to spend money upfront and it is a lot more risky. I’ve blown through tons of money running ads and know this for myself.
Or… you can choose the path that Wealthy Affiliate sets in place for you… in which you can get free traffic from Google and other search engines… it’s a lot less risky but of course it takes time.
Sadly, there is no set in stone answer that I can give for the time frame of making money with Wealthy Affiliate.
My best answer… if I had to give you numbers to go by… would be somewhere between 3-6 months I guess… but even that is just a very general statement that you have to take with a grain of salt.
It’s no secret that a lot of people fail with any sort of online business. But the reason for failure may not be what you expect… at least not for this business model.
There is no doubt that giving up too early is by far one of the biggest reasons for failure. It certainly is not the only reason but it is a big one.
And it makes perfect sense if you think about it.
Lots of people join with unrealistic expectations. They think making money online is some fairy-tale where you can “plug-in” and start raking in the dough. There are a lot of scams out there that suggest this type of thing is true… which is why many believe in it.
After working on things for a month or so with no money to show for it… they think it must be a scam or something and give up.
YOU CAN’T GIVE UP TOO EARLY… YOU JUST CAN’T!
What if you’re the person who makes it close but quits just before hitting the diamond mine?
If you aren’t already a member of Wealthy Affiliate and are looking to join, you can join through my link here and I’ll help you out along the way.
It’s a free mentor service if you want to think of it like that. It doesn’t cost you any extra… I’ll just answer questions, give you advice and my opinion of things, help you decide what direction to take your online business, etc.
It’s something I do for anyone who signs up through me as a way to help.
Leave any comments or questions below! I’ll get back to you soon 🙂
Thinking about joining Wealthy Affiliate? Or maybe you’ve already joined and are wondering in what ways you will be able to make money with it? Wondering is it even possible to make money?
Of course the purpose of becoming a member of Wealthy Affiliate is to make money in the first place, so this is definitely something you should probably know early on or before hand.
I’ve been a member since late 2015 so I know my way around pretty well. In this post I’ll be going over 8 different ways to earn with Wealthy Affiliate. That’s right…8!
It’s pretty obvious that affiliate marketing is going to be one of them, after all, the name of this place is Wealthy “Affiliate”… However, there are a handful of other ways as well, some of which you are probably aware of but others you may not think of.
Earning Money from WA and from Outside Sources
It’s important to know that there are two main ways that you will be able to make money… Earning money from the WA platform itself and earning money from outside sources. What I mean here is that you will be able to actually get paid from WA, as in money deposited into your PayPal account, as well as being able to get paid from various other places in a variety of other ways.
Don’t worry you will understand what I mean in a second…
So first I will be going over the ways to earn “with” Wealthy Affiliate not “on” Wealthy Affiliate, meaning the different ways you will be able to earn money after going through the training and building your online business. Then after this I will discuss the different ways you can actually earn money “on” the platform itself.
All of the ways to earn in this section come from building an online business foundation, which is what you learn at WA. You first must have your website in place and you must be getting traffic in order to monetize it in any of these ways. This is what you are taught to do, mainly via SEO and keyword research. In the next section you will see that there is a way to actually start earning a little bit of money without this requirement of first having your online business in place (aka website).
But anyways… Let’s get to it…
First up is earning with affiliate marketing through affiliate programs. Affiliate programs are promotional programs set up by companies in which they pay people commissions to promote their products and help make sales. How it works is simple: you promote a product via affiliate links and you get paid a commission when you help make a sale.
Example: If you were to create a blog about dog training you could join the PetSmart affiliate program and promote a variety of different dog toys, treats, etc. Or of course you could always join the Amazon affiliate program and promote products in just about any niche imaginable.
There are lots of different affiliate programs out there, some very high-paying and some not so much. As a rule of thumb, it is always a good idea to diversify your earnings. Don’t just promote one single product from one single affiliate program. Promote various products from various affiliate programs so that your eggs are not all in one basket.
One you have traffic coming into your website another great opportunity to monetize it is with ads. Usually people start out with the popular Google AdSense, but there also better higher-paying options like Mediavine and Monumetric available once you have enough traffic. Google AdSense is the popular want to start out with because it is easy to get approved for. You don’t need much traffic.
With Adsense all you will have to do is insert a code into your site and the ads will be displayed automatically. Other ad services install the codes for you but it is easy to do yourself, so don’t worry.
People often think of ads as a distraction. Affiliate marketing is usually where the big money is made, so they don’t want to distract people from clicking on affiliate links with random ads being displayed. However, as long as your site isn’t overly saturated with ads I would say that it is definitely beneficial for making as much money as possible.
Ads are good..
The fact of the matter is that not everyone who comes to your website is going to click on affiliate links and purchase the product you’re promoting. Maybe they go read an article you wrote and the end up becoming disinterested or something (it happens). Ads are a great way to monetize these people because they present them with different things that are of interest.
If you are a good writer and good at incorporating relevant affiliate products into your blogs then I don’t think ads are really going to take away from that. They will simply allow you to earn money from the people who were not going to click on your affiliate links in the first place.
Then of course there are CPA offers, a.k.a. Cost Per Action offers. These little guys might not earn you the big bucks, but can still be very lucrative opportunities. Small money adds up and CPA offers definitely should not be overlooked.
CPA offers pay you when you get people to do things like..
…and more. They are often easier to monetize because a lot of them are free for people to do, but they don’t pay as much as affiliate marketing opportunities.
Once you have traffic coming from the site you created with Wealthy Affiliate you should consider CPA offers. Sometimes they convert better than regular old affiliate offers.
This is much less focused on at WA but you can still find training on it. So if you are looking to sell your own products or maybe do some dropshipping, this can be done.
The websites you create on the WA platform are run by WordPress so you would have to install a plugin like Woocommerce, which there are tutorials on. This will allow you to sell products directly, process payments, etc.
Most people who join WA probably have no products to sell and are more interested in affiliate marketing, but I do get quite a few questions from people asking if they can sell their own products, which of course the answer to is Yes.
You can definitely make good money via ecommerce but the downside to it, compared to affiliate marketing, is that it is more complicated. With ecommcerce you have to deal with customers, processing payments, etc.
WA also has an affiliate program that you can make money with if you are interested in promoting WA to other people. Some people join this program right from the start but I would suggest going this route after you have already promoted other things… the reason being because if you promote it from the start you really don’t know what you are promoting. You will be promoting a way to make good money online without any proof that it works.
But anyways… their affiliate program can be very lucrative so I can see why so many people are attracted to it. You can earn recurring commissions since members pay for their memberships on a monthly or yearly basis (if they upgrade to Premium of course).
This affiliate program isn’t the only one out there with recurring payments but it is a darn good one. You only usually find these sorts of recurring payments with subscription services.
Earning “Cash Credits” & “Affiliate Credits”
Inside the WA platform you can also earn what are called Cash and Affiliate Credits. These don’t come from people joining WA for the first time or anything like that. They come from actions that members take inside the platform once they are already members.
These credits can be redeemed for real cash deposited to PayPal or can be used to do other things on the platform, like to pay for comments, buy domains, get feedback on your site, etc.
Wealthy Affiliate is basically creating an entire little micro-economy around this credit system. They aren’t just some stupid point system for fun. They do make things a little more fun but they also have some real value to them, obviously because they can be cashed out for real cash. Each credit you earn is worth $0.50, so 2 credits = $1.
The different ways to earn cash credits include #6 and #7…
Member created training is a big deal at WA and makes up much of the training provided on the platform. They have the core training created by Kyle (the owner of WA) and Jay (does live video training sessions weekly), but members can also create their own training. This is a great thing because there are many members on WA that are experts in their own way and can provide detailed training on anything they want that has to do with online marketing type stuff… which could be about anything from Pinterest Marketing to effective ad placement and traffic generation techniques.
Of course WA recognizes how important the member-created training is and because of this they reward you with cash credits when you create training.
You will be able to add video tutorials, screenshots, different steps of the training on different pages, etc. There is a lot you can do to make a very thorough and well laid out tutorial or whatever type of training you are looking to create.
The amount of cash credits you will earn depends on the amount of visits, likes, and engagement that your training gets. This gives incentive to actually create good training.
WA is also a domain registrar, as is the popular site GoDaddy. What this means is that you can buy domains (websites) directly through WA. This is nice and lots of people do it because it just makes things easier.
The cash credits come in when other people that you have referred to WA purchase domains. When a referral of yours buys or renews a domain at WA you earn 2 cash credits, or $1.
There really isn’t much you can do here to actually try to earn money this way. You just need to refer members in and many of them will end up purchasing domains through the platform. So obviously the WA affiliate program and this way of earning go hand in hand.
This is another way that you can earn credits but you will have to participate in the WA affiliate program and refer in new members as well.
When you refer in members they will be prompted to set up their account by adding a profile image and writing a description. When they do this you will earn $1 in Affiliate Credits, which is also 2 credits. Not everyone you refer in is going to take action and do this but you can also message them inside the platform and give them a nudge.
Not only can you make money when referrals set up their accounts like this, but it also helps them out as well. When they set up their profile they are more likely to interact and have interactions with others, which adds to the experience and increases chances of success.
In the future there are likely going to be other ways to earn as well within the credit system.
I already went over this but I think it’s important to touch upon it again just so that you really know what’s going on here.
Here are the different ways you can earn money inside WA (where you actually get paid from WA)…
And here are the many other ways you can earn from what WA provides you with, which is training that helps you build a website so that you can make money by…
So you might be wondering… what is the best way to earn? There are all these different paths to take, but what should you be focusing on?
Well… I’ve been a member for over 3 years and I’ll give you some info on how I’m earning as well as advice to new members. And by the way, I make a living doing this stuff.
My suggestion to new members is to focus mainly on affiliate marketing and ads. The good thing about this is that these are both the main focuses at WA. Affiliate marketing is number 1 and ads are number 2. Not only are they good ways to earn but they are also probably the easiest for beginners to get started with.
#1 – Stick to the Training – Try not to get side tracked and waste time on small things like website design annoyances and such. You will learn a lot as you go and you don’t want to spend 10 hours on something that only will take you 2 minutes once you have experience.
#2 – Choose a Niche You Actually Like – Don’t focus entirely on the money. Choose a niche that you like when starting a website. If you don’t you will likely get burnt out and quite. I learned this myself… more than once!
#3 – Be Patient! – You have to be patient… that is for darn sure. The methods of making money online that WA teaches take a while to get going. That is just the way it is unfortunately… but it can be well worth it.
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Looking for some awesome vegan affiliate programs to make some money with promoting vegan products? Well I got a list of 13 for you!
Veganism is a wave of the future and there is no stopping it. It is growing in popularity and I only foresee it continuing to do so as our environmental problems continue to pile up. We have seen massive rises in plant-based foods, supplements, personal care products, fashions, and vegan things in a number of other industries.
And besides helping save the planet, another perk of this new and emerging market is that you can make money from it. There are a lot of affiliate programs out there and I'm going to show you some of the best of them… 13 of them to be exact.
So if you have a passion for health, helping animals and just overall being good to our environment… And you want to make a little bit (or a lot) of money promoting awesome products via affiliate marketing then stay tuned…
I have broken up the list into four different categories: We have the vegan food/nutrition affiliate programs, vegan e-product affiliate programs, the vegan fashion affiliate programs, and vegan cosmetics affiliate programs. So no matter what type of vegan products you are looking to promote, I'm sure there is a program on this list that will suit your needs.
By the way... These are listed in no particular order. One affiliate program might be great for somebody while another might be better for somebody else.
First off we have Vegan Cuts. This program offers..
I'm listing this particular program in the food/nutrition section, but really they have a lot more than just food and nutrition. They sell all sorts of vegan products and could be a good choice for a number of vegan audiences. Some of the things they sell include vegan chocolates, shampoo, lipstick, juices, organic green smoothie mix, and more.
On the one bullet point above I wrote that they offer $3 commissions on boxes. What am talking about here are product packages that they sell in boxes. For example they have their Beauty Box that is filled with vegan cosmetic and skin care products, all bundled up in one package. They also have their Snack Box that is filled with vegan chips, cookies, sodas and more.
This place offers a subscription service where customers can sign up to receive boxes every month. However, I'm not sure if you will be able to earn recurring commissions for their recurring payments.
All in all, this is a pretty solid brand with a lot of good products.
Vegin Out is an incredibly tasty vegan meal plan provider that runs an affiliate program in which...
This seems to be a rather small company, but don't let that fool you. They have some pretty good products, which consist of prepared meals, and you can definitely make some good money from this.
They prefer that affiliates promote to the Los Angeles area since this is where the headquarters are located and where the food is prepared, but this is not absolutely necessary because they do have nationwide shipping… Meaning you can promote it nationwide.
This place also offers recurring meal plans but again, I am not completely sure whether you will receive recurring commissions or only get paid for the first order a customer makes.
The meals are top-notch and are prepared by a vegan chef that has written volumes of vegan cookbooks. They have a lot of really nice meals and just as I was looking at them a minute ago before writing this, I was getting incredibly hungry. They have Veggie Korma, Sweet and Sour Veggies and Tofu, Pasta Primavera, Peanut Quinoa and more.
Some of the perks to the affiliate program in particular are that you do not need a website. You can promote this on social media, to a mailing list, etc and the sales range from $99-$619.99… Which means there's the potential to earn some pretty high commissions.
The affiliate program is run by ShareASale.
UrthBox is another great choice for all my vegan affiliates out there. Some highlights include:
What is UrthBox? This is a company that gives members a way to discover new healthy foods. In a nutshell, this place is a membership service that delivers boxes of gourmet foods, snacks, beverages, personal care products and more each month… Each box over $50 in retail value.
What they do is select new products to include in their boxes from known and upcoming brands. All the products are analyzed and each ingredient is looked at to make sure members are getting the best of vegan products at good prices.
You don't really know what you're going to get which makes this a fun way to learn about and experience new products you might not have otherwise came across.
People are able to buy Mini Boxes for $19.99 per month or Large Boxes for $49.99 per month. They also sell gift boxes that cover six months and cost as much as $269.99. However, it seems that no matter what type of box you sell you will still get the same $17 commission.
Its a nice little vegan service that I think a lot of people will enjoy, I just wish the affiliate program was a bit more lucrative.
Ground-Based Nutrition is a place that I really like. The name says it all… Everything comes from the ground.
In particular, this is a great affiliate program for someone in the vegan fitness niche… Whether that be vegan bodybuilding, vegan powerlifting, vegan CrossFit, etc.
They have a nice selection of plant-based products that include protein powders, pre-workouts, electrolyte supplements, digestion aids and more.
Details of the affiliate program are as follows…
Like every other company featured on this list, the products that this place manufactures are good quality and top-notch. So you don't have to worry about potentially promoting a bunch of crappy products that people are going to be angry with.
They claim that their average order size is $80. Now I do not know how true this is, but if this is true then that means the average commission would be eight dollars… Nothing amazing but nothing horrible either.
To help you get started as an affiliate you will be assigned your own affiliate manager to help guide you and provide support. You will also be provided with banners and have the ability to have the design team costom make banners for your promotional needs.
Next on the list is Thrive Market. This place isn't strictly a vegan food market, but it does have a rather large vegan section that is absolutely filled with products. In all, this place carries non-GMO, organic, gluten-free and vegan food/products.
How it works is members can join and save 25 to 50% from their massive marketplace filled with various brands and tons of products.
The affiliate program is run through Commission Junction and some of the highlights are:
Food, beverages, beauty products, personal care products, baby products, pet products, and more… There are plenty of products to choose from which makes this affiliate program attractive for people of various different micro-niches inside the vegan niche.
When you refer a new member they first get to take part in a 30 day free trial, in which after they will have to pay the $59.95 for the yearly membership… But even after that you don't get paid. You don't get paid your $25 commission until the customer makes their first purchase.
But besides making money, another good thing about this program is that it helps out the community. For every person that you get to join they give a free membership to a low income family.
And next up are the vegan e-product affiliate programs. E-products can be things like e-books, digital programs, training guides and so on.
Not only do the affiliate programs listed below sell vegan related e-products... It is also nice to think that e-products in of themselves are pretty environmentally friendly and thus widely vegan approved.
Nutritiously's affiliate program pays out some pretty darn good commissions and they have some nice cookies that last for 30 days. All in all, if you have the right audience this can be a fairly lucrative affiliate program. But you will need a website.
Nutritiously sells different vegan related e-guides (if you want to call them that).
One of their guides, called From A to Vegan: The Complete Starter Kit, is basically a series of e-books that helps people become vegans. It can be a difficult procedure for someone to switch over to a vegan lifestyle. If you are someone who was in the process of doing this, or who has done it recently then I am sure you are well aware of this. A lot of people give up with veganism and this is because they often take the wrong approach.
Another product they sell is called Losing Weight Effortlessly… And this is a series of three e-books that is all about losing weight on a plant-based diet.
Anyone can join this program, even if you are outside the US, but of course it is a requirement to have a PayPal account in order to get paid, so some countries might be off limits because of this requirement.
The No Meat Athlete affiliate program might be worth joining if you have an audience that is vegan and is interested in races, specifically marathons and triathlons… Although their products may also convert well for similar types of athletes.
This affiliate program pays out 50% commissions and you may be happy to hear that you don't even need a website to promote it.
You may have never heard of No Meet Athlete before but they have actually been featured in Runners World, WebMD, SHAPE, zenhabits, and others.
Just to give you an idea of what you could promote here, their products include the Triathlon Roadmap and Marathon Roadmap, Wake Up which is an e-book on positive lifestyle changes, and Fuel Your Run the Tarahumara Way which provides recipes and info about what you can eat as vegan fuel.
But not all of their products are simple e-books. For example, the Marathon Roadmap includes not just an e-book for guidance, but also gives you a weekly check-in video to keep track of your fitness goals.
These products range in price from around $17 to around $67.… Which means you could earn around $8.50 to $33.50 per sale.
Now if you are familiar with ClickBank then vegan probably isn't the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of them. However, they are definitely a darn good affiliate program out there for people looking to promote vegan e-products and I'll prove it.
Some highlights to this affiliate program include…
As you may know, ClickBank is in a way similar to eBay. They are basically marketplace where individuals can easily and safely sell their own products to buyers. They started out as a strictly digital product platform but have since expanded to now sell physical products as well.
There are plenty of vegan related products that you can promote as an affiliate. Just as an example, here are some digital e-book type products I came across within no time…
And as an affiliate you can even promote high-quality vegan physical products as well, such as these green smoothie powders…
The commissions that you can make will vary a lot because it all depends on the seller, but I have seen some products on ClickBank offering over 75% commissions and based on what I saw with the vegan related products, there are some decent commissions out there waiting to be made.
ClickBank products also often have pretty high conversions because people with online marketing experience often create them, and many of them have upsells which means the potential for making more money on top of the initial sale.
And we can't forget about vegan fashion. There is an increased demand for cruelty-free clothing and accessories, whether they be made from fake leather, fake wool, etc. And here are some awesome affiliate programs you can get paid to promote such products for…
Affiliate program highlights:
As you can probably tell by the name corkor, this company is all about selling cork based products.
They sell a number of different products, bags, wallets, belts and more… And while they may look like genuine leather, they are not. The material comes from a tree and is natural, sustainable, light, soft, water resistant, and resistant to abrasion
You can promote fashionable products for both men and women and it is all made from cork fabric, which comes from trees that are part of sustainably managed forests… All FSC certified.
The products are also created with love… Being handcrafted with the use of machinery instead of being manufactured on a mass scale.
Products range from around $10-$160, so there is the potential to earn some decent commissions.
Gunas is another great affiliate program to join if you are looking to promote vegan fashion. They claim to be "America's first 100% vegan handbag brand", and while I do not know how true the statement is, regardless they are a good brand with a lot of good products. And… They have been around for a while, since 2009.
Their affiliate program is run by ShareASale and some of the highlights of it are:
Bags, bags, and more bags. This place sells all sorts of bags from shoulder bags, to cross body bags, to clutches, backpacks, totes, and even wallets.
All of their products are 100% animal-free. There is no fur, wool, leather, silk, etc. Instead they use materials like eco-polyurethane, ultra-leather, ultra-suede, nylons and others.
It is also worth mentioning that they go beyond just manufacturing vegan bags. They are all around cruelty-free and make sure that their different manufacturer locations treat their workers fairly.
One thing that I like about this affiliate program is that, although the commissions start off pretty darn low at only 7%, you do have the ability to increase that percentage. There are also lots of expensive bags you can promote, some costing over $200 which could earn you some nice commissions.
And then there is Thought… This is a good brand to promote to an audience that you think might be interested in clothing fashion. They have vegan clothing available for both men and women, and these include things like dresses, jackets, knitwear, leggings, socks, skirts, tops, trousers and more.
The materials used for the clothing include organic cotton, bamboo fiber, hemp, rayon from recycled tree pulp, and they also use tencel and modal that our first harvested from sustainable forests.
They have a wide variety of products and are not too crazy expensive… So if you have an audience that is looking for vegan fashion, but is on a budget, this might be right up your alley.
Making 6 to 12% commissions is nothing amazing, but they do claim that their conversion rate is around 7% which is pretty good.
The affiliate program is ran through LinkShare.
And then we have vegan cosmetics affiliate programs...
The Detox Market was founded in Venice Beach back in 2010. They specialize in vegan cosmetic products such as skincare, makeup, hair care, fragrances, bath and body products, supplements and more… Which are all natural and cruelty-free, and are of the highest quality, being checked for purity before being sold.
Products from this place could convert well with several different types of vegan audiences. They have products that are focused on anti-aging, reducing wrinkles and stuff like that, and they also have makeup and fragrances… Which sometimes attracted two different audiences.
The affiliate program is run by ShareASale and some of the highlights include:
Most of their products aren't that expensive but they do have some that are well over $100 and that you could earn some nice commissions with.
And last but definitely not least, we have a place called 100% Pure that is all about creating cosmetic products that are 100% pure with natural ingredients, containing no synthetic dyes, fragrances, etc.
Everything here comes from plants, the pigments, the fragrances, every part of the formula. And they go through a lot to make sure their customers get the best products. This place uses a patent pending formula based around stabilizing ingredients from oxidation so that they do not lose their potency.
So what you get is non-toxic, organic, vegan, biodegradable, and potent.
The affiliate program is powered by Commission Junction and offers…
Commissions our nothing amazing, and I'm not exactly sure how long the cookie link that is, but when perks of this affiliate program is that you don't need a website.
There are a lot of different approaches you can take when it comes to promoting vegan products. One thing I would recommend is to choose a "micro-niche", which basically means to narrow down the larger vegan niche a bit to a smaller sub- niche. So instead of targeting vegans in general, try to target a specific type of vegans.
Just to give you an example, you could target vegans that are into leather fashion, fake leather fashion of course. You can promote all sorts of things such as wallet, belts, bags, etc. and join affiliate programs like Corkor and Gunas.
I would also highly suggest creating your own affiliate website. Yes, this can be a daunting task and it certainly may be more appealing to just go promote products without a website, but with a website you can definitely make more money.
You can check out my recommended training for building a website and creating your own affiliate marketing business for more info. This took me from $0 to over $6,000 dollars a month online.
But anyways… I hope you enjoyed this list and found it helpful. Please leave any comments, questions, or concerns below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
If you are involved in the weight loss niche at all and want to make money promoting products, then finding the best weight loss affiliate programs out there is something that is probably near the top of your list of things to do.
The types of products that you promote can be the difference between success and failure.
Maybe you have an email list in the weight loss niche that you want to promote some weight loss e-books to, maybe you have a website where you want to promote weight loss supplements, maybe you have a large social media following that you can promote weight loss meals to… And so on.
Doing affiliate marketing myself since 2015, and doing this stuff full time, I'm well aware that the opportunities out there vary greatly. You don't want to promote a crappy product just for the money and you don't want to promote a good product if it means incredibly low commissions… You want to find a happy medium where you can make decent money and promote products that are not crap, which is what I'm going to help you with.
In this short post I'll be going over 12 weight loss affiliate programs that are some of the best out there in my opinion. Now of course one program might be great for one person but not so great for another, but this list of 12 includes good affiliate programs no matter what your angle is inside the weight loss niche.
But before I get into the last, I first want to go over some important details about the following affiliate programs and some terminology should know about before-hand.
If you are reading this you probably are well aware of what commissions are and how important they are when it comes to choosing an affiliate program.
When it comes to affiliate programs, commissions are simply the the amount of money you make when you help refer a sale, which usually come in the form of a percentage of the final sale price. These can vary an incredibly lot and in the list below you will see that I mentioned some programs that pay as much as 90%, while as others pay less than 10%.
Something else you will come across in my list is multiple-tiered affiliate programs, in particular 2-tiered programs. These programs not only pay you commissions for sales that you help generate, but they also pay you commissions for recruiting in other affiliates from the sales that they generate.
And lastly I want to talk about "cookies", which are small text files that basically track people you refer to seller's websites and give you credit for the sale. Of course it is always best to have cookies that last longer because this way the buyer can click on your affiliate link, visit the buyers website, leave, come back later and you will still get credit for the sale. Some cookies, like Amazon's for example, in the last 24 hours while other affiliate programs have cookies that last forever.
But anyways… Let's get into the list.
And just to let you know before I start, this list is not in any particular order because, as I stated earlier, some affiliate programs may be better for some people than others due to promotional methods, audience, etc.
Intechra Health all in all is a pretty darn good affiliate program that has a handful of well-known and trusted weight loss products, such as FenFast 375, 3G-Burn and others.
Some things that you can look forward to as a member of this program include…
Good Manufacturing Practices certified (cGMP) facility located in the United States
This program is one that you can make some pretty decent money from if you are good. They pay high commissions, have second-tier commissions, 30 day cookies, and of course the products are pretty good… It is also worth noting that all of these products are manufactured in the United States in a Good Manufacturing Practices certified (cGMP) facility.
You have the option of either joining their affiliate program directly through them, or if you are already a member of the affiliate network ShareASale you can actually join through this network as well. The affiliate program is pretty much the same, just the commissions range from 30 to 50% instead of a flat 40%. You can sign up for ShareASale here if interested.
MoreNiche is another fairly popular weight loss affiliate program and for good reason. They pay out some pretty massive commissions, the cookies last forever, there are plenty of products available for you to promote, they offer good support, in the even have a private Facebook group so you can communicate with other people.
I would actually consider this place more of an affiliate "network" because they run affiliate programs for many different companies, which is why you have access to promote such a wide variety of products. They have appetite suppressants, carb blockers, calorie burners, metabolism boosters and much more.
An example of some of the products you can promote are as follows…
But again, that is just an example. You can find up to 80% commissions on some products.
If you want a lot of options and don't want to have to go out there to join a bunch of different programs, this is definitely something worth looking into.
It it is also nice and helpful that they provide an affiliate training course that you can get access to which is particularly good if you are a beginner.
More information can be found at: https://moreniche.com/offer-category/weight-loss/
Clickbank is not strictly a weight loss affiliate program, but it is one heck of a good choice when it comes to weight loss offers that you could potentially promote. They have…
If you are unfamiliar of what ClickBank is, basically it is a product marketplace where individuals or businesses put their products for sale and ClickBank handles the transactions, in a way similar to eBay. They started out as a strictly digital product marketplace, but have evolved to include physical products as well.
As a ClickBank affiliate you are able to promote any product listed on the site, and there are a lot of different weight loss products available… Programs, e-books, guides, etc. You can see some examples I screenshot here…
And one of the cool things is that, besides having tons of products to promote, you can also potentially find products that have recurring commissions due to being a subscription/membership type of product.
You can check this program out at https://www.clickbank.com/affiliate-network/
Important notes about this program include:
The Weight Watchers affiliate program (https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/affiliate) might not look that attractive from the small $10 base pay that you get for referring each subscriber, but the one thing this place definitely does have is the trust factor.
Weight Watchers has been around for over 50 years and is a very well known diet company, and for good reason… They sell things actually work.
Weight Watchers is a subscription service that offers several different types of weight-loss memberships. They have apps that provide guidance with weight loss programs, personal coaching for customized diet plans to fit everyone's lifestyle, and even in-person meetings. But of course what you get all depends on the membership you choose.
One of the downsides I believe is that they do not offer recurring payments, although it is a subscription service, which is a bit strange and disappointing. Another downside is that you only get paid once a month, which isn't a big deal to me but I know a lot of people will have a problem with this.
And next on the list is Market Health, which is also more of an affiliate network as was MoreNiche listed above. With the Market Health affiliate program…
They have all sorts of products… Products in weight loss, skincare, general health, supplements, and more.
When I first came across this website it was a bit strange and confusing to me. Apparently they sell over 200 different products in 100 different countries and it seems that they own all of these products. They own tons of different websites and basically set up a new website for each product or type of products.
They offers some pretty darn good commissions, decent cookie length, and don't even require a website which is nice. You also get some help from the design team which can help you out with promotional banners and such.
All that said, I will say that there are some questionable offers available so just research before promoting products from this program.
You can get more information here: https://www.markethealth.com/affiliate.php
This place is another one that you can potentially make a good chunk of money with. They offer some pretty decent commissions, have cookies that last forever, and really go at it with their sales pitches with really effective landing pages and all.
In a way, they are a bit similar to Market Health mentioned above. They take the more in-your-face "salesy" approach when it comes to promotions in their are some "questionable" products here as well.
One of the cool things about this program is that some of the offers you can promote and make money with just for getting people to sign up for trials, which depending on your audience might work out well.
And by the way when I talk about their landing pages being effective and all, I'm talking about beautifully designed landing pages like this…
More info on the BizProfits affiliate program can be found here: https://bizprofits.com/verticals/diet-weight-loss/
The Mayo Clinic Diet is another possible good promotion if you are involved in the weight loss niche. Just about anyone who has ever done a little bit of research on weight loss knows about the Mayo Clinic. There are one of the most trusted sources of weight loss information out there and this happens to be there very and diet program.
Basically what this diet program consists of is semi-personalized meal plans with recipes, an app so that people can track their progress along with interactive tools, as well as semi-personalized workout plans.
Subscribers to the diet program are billed $65 on a quarterly basis and since you can earn up to 75% commissions per sale this means you will earn around $49 per subscriber if they stick around for a quarter. That said, I'm not sure what happens if they cancel early and how much you will make in such cases.
I also was not able to find any information on how long their cookies last.
The Mayo Clinic Diet is nothing crazy and it doesn't promise crazy results… It would be good to promote to an audience that is not out there looking for some magic pill and is looking for a more natural and practical approach to weight loss.
The Diet to Go affiliate program (https://diettogo.com/affiliate-program) is one that I could think potentially be a very good performer for a lot of people out there involved in the niche. They call it their "media partner program", but it is really just an affiliate program.
This program offers a minimum of $40 per sale with the potential for increased earnings, 45 day cookie length, and you can get accepted without having a website.
What type of diet program is this? Well… It is all about meal plans. They offer a selection of appropriately portioned healthy meals to help people reach their weight loss goals. These meals are shipped directly to the people and come ready to be heated and eaten.
They offer all sorts of good and healthy meals and even have certain categories of meal plans such as those for people with diabetes or "prediabetes", a keto diet plan, vegetarian, and their normal meal plan.
Customers are able to personalize their plans based on what types of food they like and overall it seems like this diet plan gets a lot of really good reviews… People like it.
Simple and effective… Nothing more than good food served in portions to help people lose weight. This would be a good promotion for a no BS audience.
The eMeals affiliate program (https://emeals.com/affiliate/) is run by Commission Junction and offers 30% commissions as well as 45 day cookie length…
This diet plan is pretty similar to that mentioned previously. They plan the meals for you and you can even have other people do the shopping, so that all you have to do is cook the meal. Yes, this will require some cooking so if you are promoting to an audience that is looking for little to no work, this might not work best.
The the way this service works is they have just one subscription and members are able to choose meals from a large variety under the categories of: quick and healthy, low-carb, paleo, clean eating, and budget friendly.
I was looking through some of these meals myself and they look pretty darn good. I personally don't like spending too much money on food and could really use the budget friendly meal plan… My home meals are just too bland and boring, just all around bad.
good budget-friendly meal plans that actually taste good - I personally don't like spending much on food and I could really use this - my home meals are bland and boring, very dull and just all around bad
When you refer a subscriber they start out with a 14 day trial and then you will earn commissions after that trial period runs out if they decide to stick around. The amount you make depends on which subscription plan they go for, the 12 month one or the three-month one…
But as you can see, and neither of these are very big money makers.
You no I couldn't leave out the GNC affiliate program, which can be found at:
This program is another one that is powered by Commission Junction and although it is definitely on the low-paying side, it can be effective for some people.
With GNC you don't get high commissions. In fact, you get very low commissions… only 5% which in my opinion is pretty darn bad. You don't get a very long cookie length… Only 7 days… So what do you get?
Well, you get a heck of a lot of products at your disposal to promote and you get the trust that comes with such a well-known store. Everyone knows about GNC and you are going to have the problem with people not buying because of lack of trust.
This place has been around since 1997 and not only do people trust what they are buying, but they also are more willing to buy because if they want to return a product they can simply walk into a physical GNC store.
Vitamin World is similar to GNC… The affiliate program is not all that lucrative, although they do offer higher commissions and longer cookie length than GNC, but the trust factor is high.
According to them, average sales range from $65-$125, which means that average commissions should range from $5.2 to $15, so that really is an all too bad I guess.
And of course you have a ton of different good weight loss products you can potentially promote. You have your popular Hydroxycut lineup as well as many organic mixtures… Different types of weight loss products that you can promote two different micro niches inside the bigger niche.
Affiliate program: https://www.vitaminworld.com/affiliate.html
And then there is Vitamin Shoppe, which is yet another one that is comparable to GNC and Vitamin World mentioned above. This affiliate program is also run through Commission Junction and offers 9% commissions with 7 day cookies…
It's a similar type of deal here. Vitamin Shoppe is a fairly well known name and sells a lot of different products. You can choose from cleansers, to teas, to keto weight loss products, to natural products, and even weight loss protein bars.
I personally would use an affiliate program like this for promoting products I can't find any better affiliate program for.
More info at: https://www.vitaminshoppe.com/lp/affiliate
When it comes to promoting products as an affiliate there are many different paths you can take. There are people that stick strictly to email marketing, there are those that only promote on social media, there are those that have their own website, and so on.
Personally I think that the most effective route to take is having your own website because with a website you have potential to bring in traffic in a variety of different ways and you can grow a social media following and email list with your website. Being able to get free traffic from search engines like Google can be incredibly effective and this is probably the main reason why I would say website is necessary.
As mentioned in the beginning, I have been affiliate marketing since 2015 and do this stuff for a living. And yes… I do have my own websites where I do my promotions.
If creating your own niche website and affiliate marketing like a pro is something you think you would be interested in, I would highly recommend the Wealthy Affiliate training program. This is the same training program I started out with back in 2015.
Anyways… I wish you the best of luck with your weight loss promotions and I hope you found this list helpful. There is a heck of a lot of opportunity out there, you just need to know the right approach to take 🙂
There or a heck of a lot of CPA affiliate offers out there, and in a way there are too much.… So many that it is hard to know what to choose. Should you choose this offer, that offer, this program, that program… It can be hard to decide.
But one thing is for sure… You want the best.
You want to choose the best CPA affiliate programs to earn as much money as possible. After all, I'm guessing this is the goal you had in mind.
This short post goes over 15 of the best programs that anyone should be able to find good offers on. It doesn't matter where you are in the world, what niche you are looking to promote offers in, what type of offers you are looking to promote… These are 15 of the best programs out there and there is some great opportunities with them.
However, before I get into the list I first want to you over what exactly CPA affiliate marketing is, because there does seem to be some confusion in the online world about this term.
There is CPA, PPC, CPC, PPL, etc. when it comes to affiliate marketing or online marketing in general, and they can get quite confusing.
CPA stands for "cost per action" or even sometimes is referred to as "cost per acquisition". However, I like referring to it as cost per action because I think that makes more sense most of the time.
In a nutshell, CPA affiliate marketing is when you promote offers and get paid when the visitors you drive to the offer perform some sort of action. This action could be signing up for an email list, downloading an app, entering a sweepstakes contest, buying a product, etc.
A lot of people that get involved in affiliate marketing go after the high-ticket offers in order to potentially earn thousands of dollars from one sale, but these are not always the best choice. Sometimes it is better to just try to earn small amounts of money just for driving in a lead or something along these lines. Those small amounts can really add up.
If you are able to convert your traffic with high-paying offers, then go for it, but these will not always work out realistically.
There a lot of different types of CPA affiliate programs out there. Some only allow members to join from certain countries, some require you to have your own website, they vary on which payment methods they offer and so on.
In this list you will be able to find a variety of different programs, some of which don't require you to have a website, some of which provide an abundance of payment methods that anyone should be able to use, and some that are sure to be available in your country.
I'm listing MaxBounty number one because they are one of the most popular CPA affiliate programs out there and for good reason.
Based in Canada, this place claims to be the "best CPA network for affiliate marketing programs", and while I don't know how true the statement actually is, they are definitely one of the best as far as I see.
You can find all sorts of offers that pay out on a per-lead or per-sale basis. I have seen opportunities paying as much as $12 for just a lead and others that pay as much as $500 or more per sale… Just to give you an idea.
They have a large list of different offers you can promote in a variety of different categories, some of which include…
The only complaint I have with their offers is that they do allow some "questionable" advertisers on their platform you are selling products that are pretty scammy in my opinion. So you just have to be careful with what you choose to promote.
One of the nice incentives to join this program, other than the fact that they have a lot to offer, is that they give out a $1000 bonus if you earn at least $1000 per month within your first three months of joining.
As far as payments go, you can get paid via check, PayPal, ACH, bitcoin, Intercash, eCheck, or wire transfer.
Panthera Network, which is a division of Panthera Interactive LLC, is another really good program.
Their focus is on CPA/CPL, which a lot of people say interchangeably. What I mean by this, is that CPL, or cost per lead, could be described as a branch of CPA affiliate marketing.
But anyways… doing affiliate marketing myself and all, I have a lot of experience with this particular network and have been with them for a while now, receiving regular payments like this through PayPal…
But PayPal isn't the only payment method that they offer. You can also get paid via check, wire, or ACH.
You can find a lot of different offers to promote, and there is a lot of focus on paid survey offers, GPT offers, mobile offers, shopping, dating, travel, games, and more.
One thing that I like about this network is that the support is pretty good. You are assigned your own affiliate manager to help you out with things. And besides this, you also have a lot of resources at your disposal to hopefully make as much money as possible, such as a lot of banner advertisements to choose from.
People outside of the US are able to join the network, but they might not have all offers available to them.
If you have ever looked into different CPA programs before, you have probably heard of Shareasale. Based in Chicago, they have been around since 2000 and are one of the largest out there.
This massive network has tons of CPA opportunities where you can get paid per-sale as well as per-lead, which are different types of offers that all affiliate marketers should be using simultaneously.
As you can imagine with a large network, there is a very large variety of products that you can choose to promote. You can promote for merchants in a bunch of different niches, including…
This place also has a very good job of helping you out so that you can be effective with your promotions. There are banner ads and even video ads that you can use through this program with some offers that are out there, although not all.
And as far as payment goes, they offer direct deposit.
Commission Junction, often referred to as just CJ, is another veteran in the affiliate program network industry. It is another that is easily one of the biggest out there and has been around forever… Since 1998 when it was founded in California.
As you can imagine with a large network, there trusted by many popular brands, some of which include Lowes, Overstock, and Office Depot.
The platform that you get to work with as a member is easy to use. You can go in, navigate around, find relevant things you can promote, grab links and be promoting them in no time… Of course assuming that you are already approved to promote the products.
One of the downsides (or what some people consider a downside) is that you will need a website to get accepted here. And no, they are going to accept you if you just threw up some crappy website yesterday.
One of the cool things about CJ is that some of their advertisers use what is called "cookieless tracking", which means that they do not use cookie tracking codes and are more privacy friendly, which is a good thing since there has been a large crack down on Internet privacy recently by governments.
As far as I know, you can only be a member if you are in the US, UK, Germany, Sweden or Spain. For some reason it doesn't seem that they offer membership to Canadians, Australians or others.
Clickbooth definitely deserves to make the list, and maybe I should've put a higher up, but like I said… It is hard to rank these. If you look up reviews for this place on Google you will surely find lots.
They have tons of offers and a variety of different types, including cost per-lead, cost per-engagement, cost per-click, and cost per-install.
The reason you will find so many good reviews about this place is because they do a lot for their affiliates. They provide different tolls to make things easier, such as the rotator, which allows you to implement a code and run different offers through that one link, as well as the "multilevel offer priority" that allows you to prioritize offers so that you have backups in case one of them hits the cap, or limit.
Payments or available via check, PayPal, wire transfer and ACH.
LinkShare is what the Rakuten Marketing company calls their affiliate program, so you may hear these two terms getting the runaround interchangeably.
With this network there are plenty of offers to choose from and lots of different ages you can promote in, including
They offer very good support and even have a live phone support number, which is always a nice thing to see. In addition, they hold training webinars regularly to keep you up-to-date and help you get things rolling.
And have you ever heard of "multi-touch commissioning"? Well… This place offers it and this is when you can get paid for sales that you help influence in the beginning or the end, which makes perfect sense and I don't get why people haven't been implementing this type of commissioning long ago.
CPA Lead is another potential good choice for anyone looking to make a little extra money with CPA offers. They have been around since 2006 and offer a display ad service as well as a fair amount of affiliate products you can promote.
What I mean by the display ad service is that, like Google AdSense and many others, they will display relevant ads to visitors that come to your site. And then of course they have the normal affiliate offer things we can get paid to promote on a per-lead basis.
Also, if you are a mobile app developer this is a place you might want to look into further. They work with app developers to help monetize apps via ads and promotions.
Payments are available with Payoneer, wire transfers, ACH, Check, PP, and even bitcoin… Yes even bitcoin if this would be of interest to you.
PeerFly was founded in 2009 and is based out of Florida. They are relatively small in size when it comes to staffing, but you can actually look at this as a good thing since you don't have to deal with layers upon layers of people to try to get to where you are going.
And don't let the small staff for you… They have well over 1000 different advertising campaigns and plenty of offers that you can promote in just about any vertical out there.
What I also like about this place is that they try to make things a little bit more fun for their affiliates. Rather than just paying you when you deserve to be paid, they also do fun things like hold contests to increase participation and allow for fun competition, and they also have a rewards program for affiliates that put in the work.
Like that mentioned above, you can also get paid with bitcoin here, in addition to the options of payouts coming in from PayPal, check, Payoneer, and more. The methods that are available to you will vary depending on where you live.
And coming in at number nine, which doesn't mean much by the way because these are hard to rank in order, is Toro Advertising. This place claims to be one of the years top 20 CPA networks, but I'm not sure how much truth there is to this claim, although it is believable.
They provide a range of different affiliate offers ranging from surveys, to free gift card sweepstakes, to healthcare offers, biz opp offers, health and fitness products, dating site offers and more.
One thing that a lot of people reading this are going to like about Toro is that they do not require you to have a website in order to be a member to get approved. Yes, you may find it more difficult to be approved if you don't have a website, but it is not a requirement.
For receiving your payouts they have all the different options that anyone should need, including PayPal, Payoneer, wire transfers, ePayments and Skrill, which no one else on this list as as an option as of yet
Next up is ClickDealer, not to be confused with the ClicksDealer scam that has been going around on the Internet and that I have exposed on this very website.
This place is relatively new compared to many of the other networks that I have listed thus far. It was founded back in 2011.
Like Peerfly that I mentioned above, ClickDealer as a loyalty program for affiliates who stick around for a while and prove their loyalty. This is nice because you can get loyalty points which you can later exchange for prizes. It is kind of like an added bonus and it makes things a little bit more fun. These points can later be exchanged for all sorts of prizes… Personal care products, fashion accessories, travel packages, and of course gift cards.
In addition to the loyalty program they also have contests where you can win bonuses Ian they have meet ups in exotic locations for the most loyal fans who have made a lot of money through their network.
Payouts are available through Payoneer, wire transfer, PayPal, Paxum, WebMoney, ePayments, ACH, and eCheck... Which is plenty to choose from.
If you are in the business of mobile advertising and mobile promotions, then CrowMobi might be for you. As the name Crow'Mobi' suggests, this place is all about mobile ads. Its specific focus is on monetizing mobile traffic, which we all know is a big deal nowadays and is just going to continue to grow in importance as more and more people surf the web on their cell phones, tablets, etc.
They have offers available for many different geographic areas which is good for people who live in countries that are often excluded from affiliate programs in affiliate networks.
You confined offers in categories like business, finance, travel, games, health, entertainment, shopping and more. And to help you get on the right track so that you can hopefully make tons of money, you your own affiliate manager just like some of the other reputable and good affiliate networks that I mentioned above.
MaxWeb is a "performance marketing affiliate network" that I have personal experience with and have been paid from on numerous occasions.
The reason I work with this place is because they have a lot of offers that payout pretty darn well and are proven to convert well. Offers such as health related supplements, e-books relating to weight loss, fitness products, and health problems, dating offers, insurance and financial offers, and more.
As for as I know they only pay per sale and you will earn just for driving in leads or anything like that.
One think I will say however is that you have to be a little bit careful with which offers you promote. A lot of them are somewhat "scammy" the end, although they may convert well, they will leave your traffic with a bad taste in their mouth and they distrust for future products you might promote.
You have the ability to choose how often you want to get paid and payments are made via check, ACH, wire transfer, Payoneer, and SEPA. But of course depending on what country you are in these options may differ.
This place was founded in 2012 and is based in New York.
They have pay per- lead offers and even have pay per-call offers available, but I'm guessing that most people reading this probably aren't going to be interested in the pay per-call ones.
This affiliate network actually has a lot of offers that are exclusive, owned and direct offers from Aragon themselves. What this means is that you can get faster offer approvals and payouts with these.
Support appears to be good and they will help you create campaigns specific to different offers you may want to promote to boost earnings.
The name sounds a bit strange, but Rulead gives a hint to what this network is all about… Which is helping generate leads for different advertisers.
This CPA network is registered in Gibraltar, which may be concerning to some people, but the reason I am including on the list is because hopefully some of my readers will be able to benefit from it due to the extensive amount of international offers that are available here. And if you are concerned, it may be comforting to know that they are actually partnered with Peerfly.
But anyways… Reulead has a lot of pay per-lead type of offers and also has a fair amount you can get paid per-sale or per- app download/install.
If you are in a country with lots of other available affiliate programs to choose from, such as the US, UK, etc., then this might not be your first choice but were people in more excluded areas it is worth looking into.
And lastly is adcombo, which is not the highest paying you not the best affiliate network, but is one that I am including because it has something to offer that a lot of affiliate networks do not.
This place specifically targets "tier-2" geographic areas, meaning South Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Most big affiliate networks out there that you find will actually exclude such areas, but this place specifically targets them.
While you may not be able to make as much money per "action" that you are able to generate, the upside is that advertising to these areas has a lot less professional competition, so there is definitely still opportunity.
Offers that are available include health products, and all games, biz opps, in a lot more... More than a thousand in total.
You are able to get paid with PayPal, Paxum, wire transfer, Webmoney, Payoneer, and others.
I hope this list of some of the best CPA affiliate programs out there helped you out some. I know can be a tough decision to make which to join. Sometimes you just have to join a bunch and test out the waters to see which is best for you.
And as a tip… Before going out and doing CPA offers make sure you know this…
DON'T spam. It can be tempting, especially if you are a newbie, to go out and spam a bunch of offers to your traffic, but this is not the approach you want to take. Not only will this lead to incredibly low conversion rates and an audience that starts to trust you less and less, but you also will likely get kicked out of affiliate networks for having such low conversion rates.
The reason I'm telling you this is because I have experience with it. No, I didn't get kicked out of many affiliate networks but early on in my online marketing career I did screw a few things up and lose trust a lot of my audience.
But anyways… Please leave any questions or comments down below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
What is an organic keyword research tool? Maybe you have heard of it before you to know a little bit about these tools or may be you know nothing and have just heard it mentioned as being important. But what the heck are these things?
Well… That is what I’m going to explain to you here today.
If you are an online marketer or an inspiring online marketer then you are really going to want to read and digest this information because it is important. Organic keywords can be incredibly helpful for attracting new and targeted traffic to your website, landing page, or whatever it is that you might be promoting.
But why are organic keyword research tools so important. You will realize their importance at the end of this, but for starters they can…
But before I get into what the research tool actually is, you first have to understand what the heck an organic keyword is.
An organic keyword is nothing more than a keyword that people type into search engines, such as Google, to look up stuff, which online marketers target to help attract free search traffic. This it’s very different from a paid keyword, such as those used in PPC campaigns like Google AdWords or Bing Advertising, but I will get more into that in a second.
An organic keyword can be just about anything… Literally anything that people are typing into search engines, whether it be Google, Yahoo, Bing, or even sites like YouTube since people are using it very much like a search engine nowadays.
So one stupid example I have for you could be this… The organic keyword “how to ask for a raise”. People are searching for this on Google and other search engines, just as they are searching for millions of other things by typing in keywords.
And as you see, when I type in “how to ask for a raise” into Google there are relevant search results that come up that also have this same exact keyword in their titles…
Now some websites get lucky and are ranked for keywords that they don’t even try to target, but many of the websites out there specifically target keywords like this.
Take a look at the second result in the search I performed above from the website thecut.com. As you can see the keyword How to Ask for a Raise is clearly displayed in the title and also in the first sentence of the article that you can see in the search engine results. From my knowledge and years of experience targeting organic keywords online as an online marketer, I’m fairly certain that the person who wrote this article specifically targeted this keyword.
And this is just one of billions of examples out there. You could target all sorts of keywords. If you have a website about dogs you could target “best dog collars”; if you run a blog about fashion you could target “top designer women’s shoes”; if you write for a website about baseball you could target “best Little League baseball bats”… And so on. The possibilities are endless and with any of these possibilities you can bring in targeted traffic that already took the first step and is searching for what you’re going to give them.
The area of targeting specific keywords is known as SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. This is when you optimize your content for search engines, targeting specific keywords being at the forefront. I acually make a living coupling SEO with affiliate marketing online.
Organic is usually the better choice to go by when you have a few options. And I’m not just talking about picking the organic bananas next time you go to the store. Just like bananas, organic keywords are awesome.
Just think about it… If you target the right keywords you can bring in laser targeted traffic to your website, landing page, whatever, without having to pay a thing. That’s right… It doesn’t cost anything to get ranked in Google like this. This is different between PPC advertising on search engines like Google and Bing where you are basically bidding against other advertisers to use certain keywords and get your ads displayed at the top or bottom of the search results.
Another reason why organic is so darn great is because, as I stated earlier, you can set it and forget about it… Well for the most part.
What I mean by this is that you can write an article targeting a specific organic keyword, get ranked, hopefully get loads of traffic, and then your article (or blog post or YouTube video or whatever) can potentially stay there for years to come and continually get loads of traffic… Without you doing anything else.
Now of course this is the perfect scenario and most of the time this doesn’t happen, but it does happen and when it does it is awesome.
The the problem is that you can’t just go out there and start targeting organic keywords thinking that you were going to bring in loads of free traffic. If you go out there with this approach then you are surely going to fail.
Not all organic keywords are created equally. Some are crap and are not worth targeting at all while others can be holy grails that will bring you in traffic beyond your wildest dreams. But how do you differentiate between the two? How you sift out the hidden gems of keywords from all the crap that is going to be a waste of time?
The answer to this is a keyword research tool…
You probably get the point and can guess what it is if you didn’t already know. An organic keyword research tool is a tool (application) that you can use on your computer to perform the necessary research needed to find good keywords that are going to bring you good amount of traffic.
There are a lot of things you have to consider when doing keyword research. First off, it is pretty obvious that you have to target keywords that are actually getting searched for. You can probably imagine that there are a lot of people searching for “funny cat tricks” but probably little to no people searching for “how to turn water into fire” (which is something stupid I just made up). So if you target “how to turn water into fire” you may rank high in Google for that keyword, but what is the point?… There is no one looking for it and you will get any traffic from it.
Not only do you have to target keywords that people are actually looking for, but you also have to be aware of the competition out there. The Internet is not like it once was. It is increasingly crowded with other online marketers and there are tons of people out there that are doing the same thing you will be doing… Fighting to rank higher in the search engines so that they can get free traffic.
There or loads of good keywords out there they get tons of traffic, but many of them are not worth anyone’s time to target and try to rank for, because there’s just too much darn competition.
Traffic and competition are the two most important factors that you need to consider when targeting keywords and a good keyword research tool will provide statistics on each of these factors to give you a good idea of what you are looking at.
Now I first want to make it clear that there are a lot of different keyword research tools out there that you can use, some free and some that you have to pay for. But what I’m going over here is what I use… Which is called Jaaxy.
Jaaxy is a personal favorite of mine for many reasons. Besides the fact that it provides great statistics on traffic and competition, it also provides additional statistics, related keywords, it allows you to save lists of good keywords, and so on… Oh yeah, and it is cloud-based so there is nothing to download on your computer and you can access it from anywhere.
Below is a simple example of me using Jaaxy. You can see that I searched for “how to ask for a raise”. On the left in the first line it will display the keyword you searched for, and then it will display a bunch of statistics.
You can see that I searched for “how to ask for a raise”, which may have seemed like a good keyword at first, but it turns out that it actually is not. There’s just too much competition and the overall score is low. A much better keyword would be “how to ask for salary raise” or even “how to ask for a pay raise”, which are both suggested by Jaaxy.
Jaaxy is an absolute master at providing you with similar, but different, keywords and related keywords that you might want to use. Just about every time I use it I end up using a different variation of the keyword that I originally wanted to target because I find something with better statistics.
This way I still write the same exact blog post about the same exact thing, just using a slight variation of the keyword or something along these lines.
But of course this is only one part of the equation. Using an organic keyword research tool and targeting the greatest keywords known to mankind is the first step, the second step is that you MUST create good quality and relevant content.
If you run a website and are constantly putting out a bunch of crap posts that people start to read and then leave right away, then it is not going to work out so well for you. The search engines might originally rank you for the keyword, but there are a lot of things that go into getting ranked and after they see that many visitors are leaving right away, they will likely remove your high ranking.
I’m not going to act like I know everything there is to ranking in search engines, but I do know that the search engine algorithms are getting better and better at displaying good quality search results. We are no longer in the days where you could simply target a keyword and get ranked for some post that took you about 10 minutes to write.
A good organic keyword research tool is absolutely essential if you are looking to drive in laser targeted organic traffic, for 100% free. And this is something that I think pretty much every online marketer should be doing. However, you must also create quality content.
But anyways… I hope you now understand exactly what all this stuff about organic traffic and organic keyword tools are. If you have any questions or comments, or even concerns, please leave them down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
If you have been looking for ways to make money online, even for a short period of time, you have likely come across something called affiliate marketing.
Maybe you have heard that it is a scam and that you can't make any substantial money with it or maybe you heard that is a good way to make money online but you aren't sure how to get started.
For all those concerned that it might be a scam, I assure you that it is not. I have been making money via affiliate marketing online since 2015 and have been able to turn it into a full-time income, currently making me over $6000 a month.
Not only have I found it to be a legitimate and sustainable way to make money online, but I think it is a good way for beginners to get started for several reasons that I will discuss here.
In a nutshell...
Affiliate marketing is when you promote products online for companies and earn commissions when you help make sales.
There are all sorts of companies out there willing to pay people to promote their products… Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Best Buy, ClickBank, Dollar Shave Club, etc. Pretty much every company that is keeping up with technology and the Internet has in affiliate program that you can make money with by promoting their products.
There are a variety of ways to go about affiliate marketing, some that work and some that don't. For example, you could start posting affiliate links all over the place on social media and forms, but this is not effective although it seems easy. If it were this easy than everyone would be doing it.
Nowadays you pretty much need your own website unless you are some Internet celebrity and have some massive social media following.
This is how I do it… By having my own websites that is.
I promote various products on my websites via affiliate links and earn commissions by doing so. Just about all of my website traffic comes from Google, which is completely free and one of the best and most sustainable ways to get visitors to your website.
A diagram I threw together of this process is as shown…
As I mentioned earlier, there are so many different affiliate marketing programs out there and plenty of opportunity in this industry.
The reason affiliate marketing programs are everywhere is because it is a win/win situation for both parties… You and the company. Just think about it… You are bringing more sales into them which in turn makes them more money. And then of course you make money… Win/win.
Any type of product you can think of you are able to promote as an affiliate and earn money… Jewelry, plants, food, workout equipment, computers, picture frames, paintings, Barbie dolls, shoes, video games, etc., etc., etc.
Below are two very good examples of big affiliate programs that you can find many different products to promote on…
We all know Amazon… The e-commerce giant that is taking over the world. They have the largest affiliate program in the world and it is no wonder with there being hundreds of millions of products to promote in such a widespread popularity.
You can find just about any product imaginable to promote within the Amazon affiliate program (called Amazon Associates) alone. And this is just one company… One of many affiliate programs that exist on the Internet.
Another good example of a rather large affiliate program that is popular is ClickBank. ClickBank is not as popular as Amazon, but it is definitely growing. And for those of you who don't know, ClickBank is a marketplace for digital products, such as e-books, online programs/systems, software, etc.
There are so many products that you can promote within the ClickBank affiliate program in a variety of different categories. In one thing that is nice is that you can find some pretty darn high paying offers here.
For example, you can see within the Health & Fitness category the first two offers that come up allow you to earn an average of $33.55 and $27.58 per sale, with the ability to earn as high as 90% commissions…
High commissions or common when it comes to digital product affiliate programs like this because they have so much profit margin.
Not only is affiliate marketing a legitimate and sustainable business model, that many large trusted brands rely on to help drive in sales, but it is also something that I and many others consider to be great for beginners.
But why? Why is it good for beginners? Why do so many top-level online marketers start out as simple affiliate marketers? Here are a few reasons…
First off it is extremely affordable. When it comes to online business in general, startup costs are already significantly lower than traditional brick-and-mortar businesses. However, there are many different forms of online business and ways to make money online and affiliate marketing is by far one of the most affordable.
You don't need much to be an affiliate marketer. It are the cost anything to have your own website… All you need is a domain and hosting which are more affordable than ever. Of course you are going to want a good training program as well, but you can actually get started with affiliate marketing training for free as I will show you shortly. And… You don't need to have your own products, which brings me to my next point…
Think about how it works for a second… All you do is promote products for companies. There is no need for you to have your own product to sell. You simply pick some good products that are already proven to sell and promote them.
Product creation is a daunting task and can be extremely difficult, especially when starting out. Most online marketers, that do sell their own products, have created digital products such as e-books, educational material, and other information products because this is much more simple than dealing with the hassle of creating a physical product.
But you don't have to worry about any of that with affiliate marketing. It doesn't matter whether you are promoting a physical product or a digital product, all you do is promote.
And there are many other upsides to affiliate marketing, which aren't specifically good for beginners, but are good for anyone involved in affiliate marketing regardless of their skill level.
When upside that is a pretty big deal is how you can change the products you're promoting very easily. For example, if you're promoting some light up dog collar and the product gets discontinued, you can easily change your promotion to some other relevant dog collar. In other words, you are not chained directly to anyone business or product and have the flexibility to change what you are promoting simply by changing the link you are using.
It's also nice how you do not have to deal with customers when you are affiliate marketing. Remember, you are just promoting products and directing people to other websites. When you promote a product on Amazon and someone clicks on your affiliate link, they are directed to the Amazon website to purchase the product. You don't actually have to deal with the customer, deal with returns, complaints, etc.
And there are lots of other upsides that I'm not going to get into here.
Sounds pretty awesome right?
It is awesome, but one thing everyone must understand is that affiliate marketing is no walk in the park. As I mentioned earlier, if it were super easy than everyone would be doing it. But… Unfortunately it isn't.
You can just go out and start posting affiliate links everywhere thinking that you are going to strike it rich. These misguided approaches to affiliate marketing simply do not work. Unfortunately, there are a lot of scam training programs out there that lure people in by giving them the idea that they can make easy money doing this, and then provide them with some outdated crappy training that is never going to work.
I've been in this business for a while and reviewed plenty of affiliate marketing training program scams out there. So you just have to be careful with how you get started. Of course you need training, unless you want to spend years trying to figure out everything for yourself and likely wasting years of time in the process, but I'm guessing most people would rather follow a proven training program that works, which is what I want to talk about below…
There is by no means just one way to get started affiliate marketing. HOWEVER, there is only one recommendation I'm going to give and this is because I know it works based on my experience.
You see back in 2015 when I first started out I didn't really know where to begin. I came across a lot of different methods/programs and wasted a bit of time trying to find something that works. Then I found it… The program I am talking about is called Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate marketing training program and, in my opinion, the best one out there. In this program your provided with everything you need to do what I do, which includes:
I know the program works because it took me from $0 to making over $6000 a month consistently online.
If you are interested then I suggest you check out my review of Wealthy Affiliate here.
Please leave any questions or comments down below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂