The Basics of How to Make Money with Affiliate Niche Sites

The Basics of How to Make Money with Affiliate Niche Sites

The concept of affiliate marketing is quite simple — refer a user from your web site / blog to another site and if they make a purchase or take action, you will earn a commission from it. The concept of a niche site is also quite simple… focus your time and effort on creating a very niche specific site loaded with high quality content and rank organically for relevant long tail keywords.

Again, the concepts are simple… however they don’t always seem to pan out as successfully as we like. So why is this?

In most cases, it’s not the business model that isn’t a success, it’s the process of how you get there. Way too many online marketers and bloggers are focused on the concept of “creating content” for their niche sites and not focusing on the content promotion and link building, which is the real meat of any successful niche site.

To make money with a niche site, you need to have traffic. Usually this traffic comes from free organic search rankings. The formula still works today just like it did a decade ago, however there is a TON more competition and Google isn’t just allowing any sites to rank like they used to.

The Many Different Approaches to Creating Niche Sites

As mentioned, the formula is still the same… but how you get there is always changing. There are plenty of online courses out there for how to best create simple niche sites and make a profit from them, however they all have their own theories and formulas on what works best.

Simple Sites Big Profits is one such course, which gives users step-by-step instructions how the concept of creating niche sites can bring in a recurring source of income on a daily basis. How much can your site earn? Well, that all comes down to the niche focus, traffic to your site and how much time and effort you put into it — all valid points that the course material tries to help you achieve.

Marcus Campbell is the man behind Simple Sites Big Profits and he’s been able to make a decent amount of money in the past by searching out niche markets, building tiny sites around the concept and getting them to rank in the search results. This all goes back to the concept of building very simple sites, but also putting in the work to realize what niche markets to go after and which to stay away from. It’s not just about creating a niche site, it’s about building content out that you can rank, while also hitting your target audience while they are in “buying mode”.

This all worked fine and dandy until Google came around and slapped his little niche business off the map, taking his earnings per day from $1,000+ down to around $100-$200. This wasn’t the end for Marcus however… instead it was just a realization that the model works, but how he got there had to change. Through his Simple Sites Big Profits course, Marcus walks you through the process of how to search out hidden niche markets, while also going through the process of looking at their competition, profitability and the best way to build a small targeted site around each niche focus.

Some of the material within the course is dated and goes back a few years, but again… the model is still the same, it’s just a matter of how you get there. The course material is broken down into 9 different steps, while also offering mini-guides, resources and tutorials along the way.

The Steps to Create a Successful Niche Site

Inside Simple Sites Big Profits, you will gain access to the members area and be able to walk your way through the course material as you like. While Marcus uses many different examples of niche markets to go after, the process behind each of them follows this actionable 9-step formula.

  1. Finding a Niche
    It’s not just about choosing any niche, it’s about going after one that has low competition, is easy to rank and also has a method of monetization.
  2. Finding Offers to Promote
    Affiliate marketing, Amazon and Google Adsense are two of the best methods when trying to monetize a niche site.
  3. Traffic Sources
    While organic search traffic is always the best method for a niche site, paid advertising opportunities also exist.
  4. Creating Your Site
    Through the use of WordPress and easy to use site builders, it’s never been easier to create simple niche sites with high quality content.
  5. Get Traffic to Your Site
    Writing content for your niche site will only get you so far, you need to actively build backlinks, use social media and reach new audiences on a daily basis.
  6. Building Out Quality Content
    When building content for your site, focus on the long tail keywords you want to rank for, while also providing quality and giving the user an end call to action.
  7. Setting Up Google Analytics and Campaign Tracking
    Knowing who is visiting your site and where they are coming from is crucial. Google Analytics is one of the best ways to monitor these data points.
  8. Increasing Backlinks to Your Site
    To effectively rank higher in the search results, you will need to actively increase backlinks to your site. Without backlinks, you will need to rely on paid advertising.
  9. Replicating the Process
    Once you’ve been able to find success with one niche site, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to replicate it again.

Other topics covered within the course includes a directory of recommended affiliate networks, how to reduce your advertising costs through Google Adwords, creating attractive ads for your campaign and also how to setup a mailing list for longterm revenue and repeat visitors to your sites.

Using these same methods, Marcus continually provides examples and screenshots of his own sites and their success. You can see one of them below.

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When you look at the screenshot above, you might be thinking… how can you possibly make $320 off just 20 clicks and 4 conversions? Well, I’ll tell you.

With 4 conversions in place, it means the site is earning $80 per lead. Seeing high commission payouts like this is usually common in the financial / forex space (as shown from the OfferVault chart below), so let’s assume that is the type of offer that was being run.

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The high conversion would come down to the content that is found on the site and the keywords it’s organically ranking for. “Organically” is important to note because when someone is actually searching for something within Google, they are genuinely interested and ready to take action, buy or sign up.

For example… if you ranked for a keyword like “how to make money with forex trading” or “top forex trading services“, and had a site that provided a great case study or tutorial that broke down of how the service/process worked, anyone who read through your whole site and ultimately your affiliate offer link at the end of the post — well, they would have a much higher conversion rate that someone else just randomly hitting your site.

Another example of this is if you were to create a “credit repair” niche site… but focusing only on people searching for “how to repair 320 credit score“. It’s SUPER niche and the competition is very low… but people are searching for it every day. Create a niche site around that topic and promote a credit repair service and you could start making a few leads per month on auto-pilot after spending some time on the site.

This model will work with any niche, it’s just a matter of going deep enough, yet still having enough volume to make it worthwhile.

Niche Sites are Always Going to Make Money

At the end of the day, niche sites are always going to make money… just like Google is going to continually moderate and penalize sites that lack in quality content. The goal is to find yourself somewhere in the middle where you can build out multiple sites that rank well, while keeping Google happy and providing value to your audience in the process. The concept stays the same… the process of how you get there just continues to change.

To learn more about niche marketing and how to create sites in a similar fashion as Marcus, you can visit his Simple Sites Big Profits site for more details. The price of the course is a one-time fee of $297, which gives you access to all areas of the members site, guides, tutorials and private forum area.

Travel Affiliate Programs – How to Make Money in the Travel Niche

Travel Affiliate Programs – How to Make Money in the Travel Niche

If you were to listen to all the doomsday pessimists out there, then you may get the impression that it is overwhelmingly difficult to make money in the travel niche. They’ll tell you that the cutthroat competition is positively fierce. They’ll remind you of the innumerable lifestyle travel blogs that already populate the Internet, in addition to the very large and very well-established authority sites in the travel vertical. Coupled with recently closed destinations and ongoing world crises, it can sound impossible to be profitable as an Internet marketer focusing on travel.

They’re not completely wrong; they’re just going about it in entirely the wrong way. Yes, it may be true that there are plenty of life travel blogs on the Internet, but the majority of these are written and run by people who have practically no experience in making money online nor are they specifically interested in monetizing their sites in this fashion. They’re doing it to share memories and experiences, not to promote the best deal on flights and hotels.

If you approach the travel niche with a much more business-oriented mindset from the outset, rather than focusing on storytelling and personal experiences, you unlock a far higher potential for earning huge commissions on a steady and consistent basis. It just takes some legwork to tackle just the right audience with just the right sub-niche.

The Lucrative Numbers of Today’s Travel Industry

Still not convinced that the travel niche can prove remarkably lucrative? Consider the quick travel industry GDP chart below, then the many key points highlighted afterward. In short, the travel industry touched $8 trillion in 2015 and is well on it’s way to rising to almost $12 trillion a decade from now.

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  • Some people might tell you that the global economy is unstable and the threat of terrorism and strife is deterring travelers from going out to see the world. The truth of the matter is that outbound trips actually increased by 4.5% in the last eight months of 2015 and this growth trend looks like it will continue through to the rest of the 2016. Analysts are predicting an increase of around 4-5% in global travel this year. People are still flying. People are still booking hotels and renting cars. And there’s money to be made throughout this process.
  • It is true that some travel destinations are closing or downsizing due to any number of possible reasons. The economics have changed. The political climate has changed. Some countries may not be as safe for travelers as they may have once been. Does this mean that the travel industry is shrinking? Not at all! In fact, many new destinations continue to open up, value-oriented vacations are proving more popular than ever. What this all means is that you capitalize on new opportunities with fresh destinations where there is still very low competition among affiliates and agencies. Tried and true destinations may be popular, but they can be saturated. New hotspots offer hot new opportunities.
  • Fewer people are relying on travel agents and tour operators than ever before. Instead of going to the mall and booking a trip through a person sitting at a desk, travelers are far more inclined to do their own research online, booking their own flights and making their own arrangements. In fact, this demographic has grown somewhere between 15% and 24%, indicating that bloggers, webmasters and Internet marketers have access to a growing group of travelers anxious to spend money on their vacations. They’re booking flights, hotels, attraction tickets, car rentals, excursions and more.
  • Second only to adult sites, more money is spent on travel through the Internet than with any other industry vertical. If people are spending more money, there is more money to be made as a marketer and affiliate.
  • A large number of travel blogs are run by people who have next to zero experience in Internet marketing. They may have stories to tell, but their sites are not optimized for the purpose of making money. With the right promotion, the right content and the right destination focus, travel sites can prove to be a veritable gold mine in the right hands.

Of course, simply populating a travel blog with some content and throwing up some random ads in hopes of cashing in on this growing trend is not going to be enough. If you build it, they won’t come.

What you need to do is to monetize the site (or sites) by partnering with the right program.

Getting Your Slice of the Pie with Travel Affiliate Programs

A great example of this is the Jetradar affiliate program. Conveniently operated through CJ, for which you likely already have an account setup and ready to go, this program pays out generously for all the travelers you refer its way. You earn 1.25% on every airplane ticket sold with a 30-day cookie expiration period. This means that for every $1,000 that someone spends on flights, you get $12.50 in commissions.

Let’s say that a family of four wants to fly from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. A typical roundtrip airfare for such a journey is about $1,200. With four roundtrip tickets, the total is about $4,800, which would generate an affiliate commission of $60 for you. That’s no small chunk of change! And when you drive at least three total paid bookings within your first 30 days as an affiliate, you earn an extra $20 bonus. Just email cj@jetradar.com for verification.

As an affiliate of a program like JetRadar, you can easily incorporate travel widgets like the one below right into your site content.

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The Jetradar affiliate program accepts traffic from any geographical location in the world and, as an affiliate, you gain access to a wealth of handy interactive widgets you can embed directly on your website. Through these widgets, visitors can search for their specific flights without ever leaving your website. For travelers with more flexible dates, the widget with low fare calendars can be particularly compelling, as can the special offers widget for the best deals available right now.

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The widgets can be customized to fit in with the overall design and color scheme of your site, integrating seamlessly to provide the most attractive and most unified user experience possible. If you’d rather just send them to the Jetradar site directly, through your affiliate link of course, you can do that too.

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Now that we’ve established that the online travel industry can be incredibly lucrative and we’ve identified a great affiliate program with which to monetize your travel sites, the next step is identifying the sub-segment of the market where you can make the most money. The balance here is finding a niche with good demand but relatively low competition.

Travel Niche Audience Targeting and Keyword Suggestions

The consideration here is effectively two-fold. You need to identify the right destination and you need to target the right keywords.

Some popular tourist destinations may immediately come to mind here. You might experience some personal success developing a travel blog that generates a good deal of traffic, but what if it doesn’t live up to its earning potential. A serious factor to keep in mind is that you want to avoid targeting destinations where the overwhelming majority of tourists are coming from tour operators.

These are the kinds of trips where the travelers will purchase a comprehensive package from a travel agency, encompassing their flights, hotels, transfers, medical insurance and so on. If most of the people who go on these trips are not making their own arrangements online, you’re not going to earn their business and commission. Instead, you want to target destinations where people are researching and booking their trips themselves.

At its most basic level, you can start with some rudimentary market research through Google. Queries like the following could lead you down a fruitful path:

  • Top destinations for independent travelers
  • Top travel destinations
  • Most visited world wonders
  • Value vacations 2016
  • Best value vacations
  • Travel trends in 2016

Reading up on some of the content you find online, you may see that your ideas start to coalesce around certain world travel destinations. Remember that you are going after tourists who are more likely to book their flights and accommodations themselves and not tourists who want a pre-packaged vacation.

In my own research, a great example of this is Bangkok, Thailand.

Some big travel sites named Bangkok as the number one destination for independent travelers and Bangkok showed up on articles about 2016 travel trends. Asia continues to be one of the fastest growing destinations, partly due to the improved spending power that European and North American travelers have in many Asian countries. Thailand is one of the best examples and Bangkok is likely the best-known city there.

After picking a destination, it’s a good idea to go through some of the travel comparison sites to look up some of the most popular hotels in the area. You can see recently booked hotels, how many times in the last 24 hours a certain hotel was booked, and so on. If a hotel is especially popular, it means you may have a great opportunity to capitalize with the associated affiliate program too. Always be on the look out for such opportunities.

Using Bangkok as the example for this post, we learn that it can be a very competitive niche. Many of the related keywords have very tough competition, because everyone is going after the most obvious keyword combinations. It’s going to be a waste of time for you to try and compete against much larger sites like Tripadvisor, Hotels.com or Booking.com.

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Does this mean all is lost? Not at all! You can approach this situation one of two ways. You can look into an alternative destination that has medium traffic but lower competition. Or, with some deeper research, you can uncover some Bangkok travel keywords that have easy to medium competition but still a decent search volume. This positions you such that you can still make more money with less work and less monetary investment in paid traffic.

The ability to properly collect keywords is an invaluable skill to have in the world of Internet marketing and the travel niche is no exception. Yes, it is absolutely possible to drive traffic and make money without search engine traffic, like using social networks and running PPC campaigns, but even if you don’t count on search engine traffic as your main source of traffic, you still need to know what people are searching for in your niche.

The problem is that too many people go after the big, high-paying keywords with large search volumes. They’ll look for “cheap flights” or “vacations” or “travel insurance.” The problem is that everyone else is going after those keywords too.

For example, if you use the Google Keyword Planner in Google Adwords, you’ll quickly discover that the keyword phrase “Bangkok hotels” has remarkably high competition. There’s great volume, but you’re fighting against much bigger sites with much bigger advertising budgets. Unless you’ve got a lot of money to spend or you are a super powerful SEO wizard, it’s going to prove to be a losing fight.

The great thing is that you don’t have to compete in that space in order to be successful. You can go after the lower hanging fruit and attract the visitors in more of a tangential way. The beautiful thing about the travel niche is that many people are searching for more general information about their destinations even before they book. They’re looking for attractions to visit, good food to eat, places to stay, shows to see, and so forth.

Pull them in with that content. Remember that the Jetradar affiliate program has 30-day cookies, so if these visitors book their flights any time in the next 30 days, you still get credit for the commission. They’ll browse around your site to read more useful content and information about where they want to go, oftentimes reading 3 to 7 pages per visit. They stay on your site longer, you become an expert in their eyes, and they’re more likely to buy from you too. Offer a newsletter and you’ll convert that Google visitor into a long-term reader and fan.

What this all means is that you can start to target related keywords with lower competition.

Instead of going after “Bangkok” or “Bangkok hotels,” research other keywords that can draw in this target audience. In my research, I found some terms with lower competition scores but with relatively high monthly searches.

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None of these keywords are aimed specifically at the action of “buying” or “booking” anything, but they are a lot easier to rank for because of the reduced competition. I like informational keywords, because they keep people on my sites longer. I can more easily upsell a product to these readers than to try ranking for much harder keywords, like “flights to New York city.”

Remember that the only time people are going to consume copious amounts of travel information is when they are ready to go on a trip. You might read the Huffington Post and TechCrunch every day out of interest, but you’re probably not on Fodor’s or Lonely Planet every day unless you’re actively looking into going somewhere. If someone is looking for travel information (and arrives on your site), they’re looking for a vacation. They’re looking for flights and hotels.

Another example might be people who are looking for an inexpensive holiday at a European destination. They might be looking at locations like Spain, Croatia, Italy, and Bulgaria. A terrific example is Greece, since it has great beaches, all-inclusive resorts, huge history, and good value for money for independent travelers.

You could go after the more challenging and more competitive keywords like “Greece vacation,” but that could prove expensive and ineffective. Instead, go after niche keywords that you can uncover using the Google Keyword Planner. Look at metrics like average monthly searches and competition to develop your list.

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Expand the list by looking at keywords related to Greek vacations, like Rhodos, Crete, Corfu, Athens, Greece tourist attractions, Greece honeymoon packages, and Greek villas. Check for keywords that have relatively low competition but relatively higher search volumes. Go after long tail keywords, as they are easier to rank for and will give you good additional traffic.

Then, develop top quality and interesting articles that will keep visitors on your site longer, building trust and effectively improving your conversion rates. Catchy titles and strong meta descriptions improve your search engine performance, as do on-site optimization techniques like internal and external linking when appropriate.

Your Journey to Making Money in the Travel Industry

Making money from a travel affiliate site is nowhere near as difficult as you might think. If your blog looks good, you have proper content, you target the right keywords, you’re actively promoting your site and gaining valuable backlinks, and you partner with the best affiliate networks — like the JetRadar affiliate program — then you should not face any problems making a good income from the travel niche.

Travel is like any other business. If you take it seriously, think outside the box, and provide valuable information that people desire, you will succeed.

3 Unique Niche Markets to Target with Affiliate Marketing in 2020

3 Unique Niche Markets to Target with Affiliate Marketing in 2020

Let’s face it… when it comes to affiliate marketing, your options are pretty much limitless. There is no need to hire employees, you don’t need to purchase any inventory, and you can also immediately partner up with some of the best brands and companies in the world today.

The only thing is… you need to find the right niche focus and different angles to not only find the right audience but also to provide them with a solution as well. With affiliate marketing, it’s all about creating a valuable resource (site), address the situation or need they have, then providing them with a call to action or solution (your affiliate offer).

It’s a method that has worked time and time again. And while it might seem easy, it’s actually not — especially if you are just going to create a site, content, and then hope to rank in Google. It’s definitely possible, but will also take time, work, and effort.

To help with this process, today we are going to look at three different niche markets that you might not have ever considered. I will be providing you with some general information on, examples you can move forward with, and also ideas on different angles which have been further niched down and recommended by Google.

Custom Business Printables

If you’ve ever been to an internet marketing conference, you know how crazy it can get with all of the promotional material and marketing that is all over the place. Just imagine the costs of having a custom canopy, a full-size popup booth, printing out custom t-shirts, creating swag and much more.

And it’s not just about catering to businesses during these events and conference. Companies love spending money on things with their names on them, whether it be shirts, cups, frisbees, fidget spinners or anything you can possibly think of. Just pick a niche focus, and create the best article or resource on it, then send it out to the masses. Something as simple and generic as “business card holder” is searched more than 33,000 times per month in Google. Tap into that market by creating a list-style article on the “10 Best Card Holders for Your Business”, and then link off to your favorite affiliate program on that same page.

What’s even crazier, is when you start to think about how many business events and conferences take place on a daily basis — for whatever industry it might be. Need some examples? Check out this massive list of events just taking place in New York City.

In short, there is a huge potential to make money with catering to the world of custom business printables and having a resource site that you can earn commissions on through affiliate marketing. Many of the top printing sites already have affiliate programs in place, paying anywhere from 8%-35%+ per referred sale. Two examples are PrintingforLess at 18%, and OvernightPrints with a ranging commission of 2-20%.

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Freelance and Essay Writing Services

There has always been a massive demand for freelance services online — whether that be for writing, design, programming, coding, or anything in between. This is especially true with content creation, as there are now more websites than ever online, with a greater demand for daily content to compete. Thanks to freelance marketplaces like Upwork, TextBroker, iWriter, and many others, the business continues to flourish on a daily basis.

When trying to find businesses or brands that are looking for content online, don’t discount the opportunities in creating an affiliate site of your own. This way, you can earn multiple times from your content instead of just once. To learn more about this, simply read through any affiliate marketing guide, and then build out a site of your own.

The good news is that this is still an untapped industry when it comes to making money. Yes, freelance writers want to get paid for their content, and brands want to hire freelancers for their time and effort — but there is also money to be made by catering to both sides as well. This is especially true when you look at it from an affiliate marketing perspective.

Just by referring new users and customers to these types of sites, there is plenty of money to be made. For example, sites like GradeMiners, an essay writing service, is paying $50 for each new customer referral to their site.

Cell Phone Tracking and Data Monitoring

With the massive rise in mobile device usage and advanced tracking software now being more accessible to everyone, it’s no surprise that this industry continues to generate more and more revenue every year. In the past, software that would track online browsing and keyword logs were being used to parents and businesses to track how the internet was being used when children or employees weren’t being watched. Now it’s being done across all platforms and devices.

As more parents and businesses find out about such services and opportunities for snooping and tracking, the demand for such solutions continued to grow. “Cell phone tracker” is now searched more than 74,000 times per month.

When it comes to jumping into this space and making money with affiliate marketing, look no further than mSpy, a device tracking platform, which offers a very nice affiliate program. Commissions start off at 40% and go up to as high as 60% with 299+ in sales per month. One of the best ways to monetize such a service, while also catering to an audience, is to simply create a resource site for parents/businesses, then have mSpy’s software as the call to action and solution.

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How to Win with Niche Marketing and Affiliate Marketing

No matter how many guides or courses you read or follow on affiliate marketing, the winning formula is always the same — provide value to an audience, with a direct call to action that you can monetize.

It’s that simple. All of the more difficult stuff is focused on how to actually create that content, get it in front of the right audiences and also figure out how to scale your growth over time.

Build your affiliate marketing business right from day one, by focusing on your niche audience and affiliate offer. This will take some time, but will play a huge role in the overall success of your earnings and business online.