What Type of Affiliate Marketer are You?

Tortoise and Hare Affiliate MarketerI believe there are two major types of affiliate marketers:

  • One type I like to call the Tortoise
  • One type I like to call the Hare

This idea came to me from the old fable of “The Tortoise and the Hare”.

Obviously, Aesop didn’t think about affiliate marketing when he wrote the fable, but the principles are easy to recognize.

I think it’s important to recognize your “affiliate marketing type.”

The reason?

This choice will have a huge impact on the success of your affiliate marketing business.

So are you a…

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I Want YOU for the Zombie Apocalypse (or How to Win a Free Niche Site)

[Update:  The contest is closed and I’ve chosen the winner.

Congratulations to Dan of Walnut Marketing.  He has the 22nd entry in this contest and that’s the number that came up when I used the number generator in Random.org

Here’s the proof:

Zombie Niche Site Contest Results

As a reminder; I assigned points based on the following criteria:

  • 1 point for a Twitter share
  • 1 point for a Google + share
  • 1 point for a Facebook share
  • 3 points for a blog post share

Sorry to all who entered and didn’t win.  I have lots of sites in my collection; so I’ll definitely hold another contest in the near future. Stay tuned for more details.]

How to Survive a Zombie ApocalypseNow that I’ve decided to stop building niche sites, I have dozens of domains collecting “space dust.”

I’m completely focused on Steve Scott Site.   So I’m no longer interested in developing or building small niche sites.

That’s why I’ve decided to do a giveaway for one of  these web properties.

Here are the details…

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The Shocking Truth About Niche Sites [a 1,027 Word Manifesto]

Death of Niche SitesAt the start of 2012 I decided to test the profitability of niche sites.

I heard a lot of great things about this income model and wanted in on the action!

For four months I worked hard on these sites.  And I’ve even made a little money.


I don’t believe the “niche site” model is a viable long-term strategy for affiliate marketers.

In this post, I’ll tell you why.  Plus I’ll give reasons why you should stop creating niche sites and focus on building a real, long-term business.

To start, let’s go over my…

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Niche Income Report #1 (Jan to March 2012)

Niche Affiliate IncomeCan you make money with small niche sites?

This is a question I want to answer in 2012.

You see, I’ve built a successful authority affiliate marketing business.  But I’ve never tried my hand at creating multiple small-scale websites.

So my goal for 2012 is to figure out this whole niche site thing.  I even created a special series that talks about how I’m doing it.

In today’s post, I’ll provide my first income report from these experiments.  I’ll show what has made money.  Plus I’ll detail a major setback that’s a negative impact on these sites.  And finally I’ll give my opinion on the future of niche sites.

Let’s get to it…

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8 Ways to Make Money with Niche Sites [Niche Affiliate Income #5]

Niche Income Series[dropcap color=”grey-vibrant” font=”brawler” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-3em”]I[/dropcap]t’s time for another update of the Niche Affiliate Income Series.

I’ve completely shifted focus with this project.

I’m still spending a lot of time experimenting and perfecting different strategies for making money with niche sites.

The goods news is I’m getting results with many of my web properties.

For instance, there are eight major strategies that people are using with niche sites.

And that’s what we’ll talk about today…

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13 Ways to Use Fiverr.com as the ULTIMATE Link Building Service [Niche Affiliate Income #4]

Niche Affliate Income SeriesIt’s been almost 2 months since I’ve talked about my niche affiliate income series.

Much has happened during this time.  I’ve shifted my focus on a number of sites and learned a lot about building small niche web properties.

The one thing I’ve discovered is you can make money with niche sites in a number of ways:

  • Information based affiliate products
  • Amazon physical products
  • Amazon Kindle books
  • Google Adsense
  • Product Launch Jacking
  • Cost-Per-Action

The end result is I’ve decided to branch out and build a whole series of niche sites – Each focusing on different income models.  (I promise to provide specific examples in the next update.)

Now the MAJOR obstacle to building niche sites is search engine optimization (SEO.)  Frankly, it can take a long time to build links and get your niche site ranked in search engines.  Sometimes it seems like I’ll spend an entire day doing one thing for a single site.

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Niche Affiliate Income Results [Update #1]

Niche Affiliate Income

Niche Affiliate IncomeIt’s been over a month since I’ve talked about my niche affiliate income sites.

A lot has happened with this project even though I haven’t really mentioned it lately.

So I thought I’d give a quick update and let you know how it’s coming along.

(Click here to get an overview of how I build niche affiliate websites.)

The main reason I’ve kept quiet about this project is I’m testing a lot of things.  So I didn’t want to recommend any specific technique till I was sure it actually works.

With that said, here are the preliminary results from the first site…

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10 Key Things I’ve Learned From 6 Months of Building Niche Sites

Niche Income Website Lessons

Niche Income Website LessonsIn the last month, I’ve gotten into building small niche websites.  So I was happy when Tom sent me this guest post about this very topic. 

I think he provides some excellent advice here. That’s why I urge you pay close attention to the lessons that Tom has learned the hard way…

It’s amazing how much you can learn in a short space of time if you apply yourself.

In 3 short months, I ranked no. 1 in Google for several fairly competitive keywords. Then I lost it all. Now I’m rebuilding with three more sites.

When it comes to keyword research and search engine optimization, I can confidently say that I have had some tough lessons. I have made mistakes that have set me back a long way.

But that is of benefit for two reasons:

  1. I have learnt from my mistakes, and won’t make them again.
  2. I am in a position to teach others about my mistakes, so that they never have to make them in the first place.

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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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7 Questions about Niche Income Sites [Niche Affiliate Income #1]

Niche Affiliate Income SeriesYou’ve responded positively to my recent poll.  So it looks like most of you want to learn how I build niche income sites.

There’s a lot that’s involved in this process.

You have to find the right market, pick keywords, write content, create backlinks and put things on autopilot.  It’s not easy.  The trick is to do everything in a streamlined, step-by-step system.

This series will cover that process.

First, we’ll start with answers to seven questions you might have about niche income sites:

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