How to Monetize an Affiliate Niche Site [Niche Affiliate Income #3]

Niche Affiliate Income Series

Niche Affiliate Income SeriesWelcome to the 3rd part of the series on creating niche affiliate income.  Missed anything?  Then go check out this page and get caught up on the last two lessons.

Up to this point we’ve answered some questions and gone over fifteen strategies that will “Google-Proof” your website.

Now let’s that first step towards building a successful niche website!

Everything starts with your topic.  Most people recommend starting with keyword selection.  I disagree.  My plan is to target specific affiliate marketing niches and products.  I’ve found you can make a lot of money by picking the right product in the right market.

Here’s how to do this…

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15 “Google-Proof” Ways to Create a Quality Niche Site [Niche Affiliate Income #2]

Niche Affiliate Income

Niche Affiliate IncomeWelcome to the 2nd part of the Niche Affiliate Income Series.

Last time I answered seven questions about building niche sites.  This post will help you learn How to Stop Pandas from Playing in Your Sandbox.

As we discussed, this income model relies heavily on search engine optimization (SEO). Specifically we’re going to target Google.

Unfortunately Google constantly changes what they like and don’t like about websites. They even do frequent updates to their algorithm that weed out what they consider to be low-quality web properties.

They have updates and penalties with cutesy names like:

  • Google Slap
  • Florida Update
  • Panda Update
  • The Sandbox

I won’t go into detail about what each means.  Suffice to say, Google works hard to ensure they give the best search experience to the end user.

What does that mean to you?

You need to build websites that Google loves!

It’s important to know what they want.  That way you can prevent any sort of penalty to your niche sites.

I’ve done an exhaustive amount of research into the Google Panda update.  Plus I’ve even looked at how Google Adwords comes up with their quality score.  (In my opinion, I think these two are related.)

Bottom line is you need an “authority blogger” mentality with niche sites.  Your first concern is to create a quality web experience for the end user.  Only then should you worry about monetizing a niche site.

During my research I found fifteen ways to make Google like your site:

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Answer this “Niche Affiliate Income” Question [Poll]

Question about Niche Affiliate Income

Question about Niche Affiliate IncomeMy brother (Gene) loves to make fun of me because I’m always changing my mind.

One day, I decide to do one project.  The next day; I get inspired and try something else.  (I guess this comes from having too many ideas I want to implement.)

What’s my point?

Last week, I wrote a blog post about a “niche affiliate income” case study I decided to do via Twitter.

A lot of people responded positively to this post.  Some even emailed me privately; asking for step-by-step details.

After doing the Twitter-thing for a week, I realized something –>

It’s really hard to describe a process in 140 characters!!!

Basically, I wanted to give great content over Twitter.  But it’s freakin’ hard to do it in a succinct manner.

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How to Create Niche Affiliate Income [Case Study]

Niche Affiliate Income Case Study

Niche Affiliate Income Case StudyMy affiliate marketing strategy has always focused on building large scale sites.  I feel this is the only way to create long-term value with an online business.

Things changed when I wrote the I Need $1000 post.

I started to think about the profit potential of niche affiliate sites.  The benefit is they diversify your online income.

Last week I made the decision to build a niche affiliate income site.  And I thought this would be an excellent case study for people to follow…

…But I DON’T want to turn this into another formal series of blog posts.

 So I’m going to try something new. 

I’ve created a brand new Twitter account for this case study.

On this account, I’ll list:

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Go Large or Go Home

It makes me a little nauseous to write about this.

During my Internet business career I’ve had 2 separate “million dollar ideas.”  I’m not talking about a random thought where I took zero action. I mean these were two PROVEN methods that worked, but I didn’t follow through to maximize the results.

Today I want to talk about these two ideas and how I *might* have come across a third.  I urge you pay close attention to what I’m about to discuss because it might just help when you get YOUR million dollar idea.

Million Dollar Idea #1 – Mass Google Adsense Sites (Summer of 2005)

Million Dollar Internet Business IdeaI’m going to admit something that’s going to make a few enemies.  Five years ago, I was one of those people who created a bunch of sites that were full of junk content.  Often called “spam blogs” or splogs these sites were specifically designed to make money with Google Adsense – Not help the person find the information they really wanted.

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