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Analyzing 97 Flippa Niche Sites For Sale

flippa listings analyzed

I’ve spent a lot of time poring over Flippa auctions trying to find a steal. Some under-monetized property that just needs a couple of improvements for sustainable increases in revenue.

Granted, it’s harder than ever to find good deals on Flippa. Everyone is looking to cash in on a lucrative, passive-income opportunity.

However, with the help of the Instant Data Scraper Chrome extension and Ahrefs Batch Analysis tool, I’m able to quickly sort through hundreds of Flippa auctions to find appealing listings.

In the table below, I analyzed 97 of Flippa’s most active listings using Ahrefs.

You can see the number of Keywords the site ranks for, Total estimated Traffic, Domain Rating, Total Backlinks, and Ahrefs Rank- and much more.

Just make sure you scroll the table to the right to see ALL the table’s data.

The second column contains the link to the auction listing- click that to Watch or Bid on the listing.

I am an affiliate for Flippa- so if you purchase a site through one of the links on this page, I’ll receive a commission.

Analyzing Flippa’s Most Active Listings

*This table is best viewed on Desktop so you can easily sort it

Analysis

I’m going to pick off a few interesting listings each week and analyze the pros and cons of purchasing the site.

JobsForFelonsHub.com

flippa site sale

Pros

  • Large (50k+ ranking keyword), aged authority site with a legitimate brand reputation and high-quality content in the ‘prison’ niche
  • Ad earnings could likely be increased by switching from Ezoic to AdThrive or Mediavine
  • Legitimate direct and referral traffic- its earned brand reputation means people go it directly or are referred to it by other authority sites. Helps protect it, to an extent, from Google Search traffic variability
  • I know the site owner- he’s in the Authority Hacker Facebook Group. Ron’s a definite internet marketing pro and built this site the right way

Cons

  • Bit of a learning curve- you’ll have to invest yourself in the niche to understand how to serve the audience
  • Experienced site owner has squeezed a lot of monetization out of it already
    Will require some digital marketing savvy- not optimal for a newbie
  • Felons, convicts, etc, aren’t a particularly lucrative audience- not great for affiliate marketing. Though the site owner has been creative with non-Amazon affiliate options like Lynda & Udemy

*Check out my prison niche report for more interesting insights

YorkiePassion.com

Pros

  • Fun, social-media-friendly site with solid, but not overwhelming, organic traffic stats (currently 4,200 ranking keywords)
  • Site is more of a passion project- which means there are a variety of SEO, CRO, affiliate wins available the current site owner hasn’t leveraged
  • Includes an untapped email list several thousand strong that’s only been contacted a couple of times and an active Facebook page with 5,000 followers
  • Room for growth on social media- sort of a pro/con, because this means it will require active management to maintain and maximize traffic potential

Cons

  • Search traffic potential is somewhat capped by the ‘Yorkie’ niche- on the one hand, the specificity wins it solid rankings for Yorkie terms, but on the other somewhat limits its scope
  • Not ideal for affiliate income because a lot of people are there just for fun pictures- but you could try creating more generalized canine product reviews and see how they land with Google Search
  • To fully maintain and maximize social traffic potential, you’ll need to remain engaged with the Facebook page

FarmingAquaponics.com

Farming Aquaponics For Sustainable Living - Farming Aquaponics

Pros

  • Small (2,000 ranking keywords), 1-year-old, affiliate site in the trending Aquaponics niche getting 94% U.S. traffic, according to Ahrefs
  • Ahrefs shows a positive growth trend- potentially good buy as it escapes the Google Sandbox
  • Very few backlinks- currently sitting at DR 1, which means a couple of backlinks could quickly increase rankings
  • Probably lots of Amazon affiliate alternatives you can experiment with

Cons

  • Not much ‘wrong’ with a site like this- content looks solid, if not exceptional
  • Will be a hassle swapping out all the Amazon affiliate links, but that’s to be expected

How To Start A Car Blog [Niche Report]

BMW car

I’m currently on the verge of leasing a 2021 BMW m340xi.

I’ve been driving the same hand-me-down, 2007 Camry XLE for over 6 years now.

I’ve been deliberating on pulling the trigger for a year at least- hesitating on a somewhat extravagant purchase.

Naturally, I’ve pored over tons of car blogs and instinctively evaluated their keyword rankings and monetization.

So, if you’re interested in starting a car blog– this niche report demonstrates how I’d approach building a profitable, automotive authority site.

Top Car Blogs

To give you an idea of the big players, I used Ahrefs to extract Car And Driver’s top organic competitors.

TargetDomain RatingTotal BacklinksTotal KeywordsTotal Traffic
https://motortrend.com8214,747,8592,161,0702,527,521
https://edmunds.com857,161,9823,825,9539,501,222
https://carbuzz.com73715,9861,180,970613,452
https://carmax.com74726,0821,579,9244,549,867
https://motor1.com8032,871,8542,892,3403,082,335
https://automobilemag.com753,022,242921,313397,601
https://jdpower.com849,571,4261,294,951715,620
https://autoweek.com781,848,5141,055,799334,961
https://roadandtrack.com78900,072900,865635,879
https://motorauthority.com781,182,189955,492477,574
https://caranddriver.com847,819,4473,570,1017,477,787

Edmunds sits atop the organic traffic heap- but there’s a ton of traffic to go around.

What I’d Do

If you’re obsessed with cars and want to start a car blog, the first thing I’d do is perform some keyword research.

Below, you can see I extracted 1,000 of Car And Driver’s top-performing organic keywords:

Car And Driver Keywords

Examine The Themes

You can see that they rank for types of cars (“tesla truck”), styles of cars (“best midsize suv 2019”), and informational queries (“what is a hybrid car”, “how much does it cost to paint a car”).

Choosing A Niche

Eyeballing the keywords, here are several different type of sites I’d consider building:

  1. Focus on a brand: BMW, Mercedes, etc. and target all brand-related keywords
  2. Create a general site specializing in automotive queries like “how long do tires last”
  3. Specialize in a type of car like SUVs, classic cars, or supercars
  4. Publish an image-based, destination site ranking for things like “bmw car pictures”
  5. Hyper-specialize in something like car tires, windshields- you can potentially target lucrative lead-gen deals on things like windshield replacement

You can see there are some interesting directions.

For the sake of argument, let’s say you’re really into the BMW brand like I am.

Using Ahrefs, I can filter Car And Driver by the keyword term “BMW” to see all of the different BMW keywords that they rank for:

Again, it’s mostly car types.

Using Ahrefs Keyword Explorer, I double-clicked into the “BMW i8” keyword:

bmw keywords

You can see a (1) huge Global Search Volume with a massive, international long-tail. 22% of the search traffic is from America- but the rest of the searches come from non-U.S. countries.

BMWUSA.com (2) ranks for the top 3 spots, followed up by huge car blog brands like Edmunds.com.

You can also see (3) that 83% of clicks are organic, with a pretty high proportion of paid traffic clicks (17%).

Behind The Scenes Of A BMW Blog

Luckily, at the time of this writing, there was an actual BMW blog up for sale on Flippa. This provides a lot more data about the car blog niche:

You can see some interesting earnings and traffic information (1 & 2); traffic channels (3); seller information (4); and a comments section (5), where I’ve chimed in, wondering where the imagery comes from:

car-blog-site-for-sale (1)

The site has some pretty decent rankings. Earnings aren’t huge. Looking at the AdSense revenue in the included documentation, it’s making $10.61 RPM per page.

If the site was in Mediavine or AdThrive, it’d be making a lot more. Amazon is doing well, converting at 17%, which is a really big number- but not a ton of clicks.

But the site could do a lot more with affiliate marketing- perhaps experimenting with TrueCars’, AutoZone’s or eBay Motor’s affiliate program.

Social is pretty neglected as well- it’d be easy to curate BMW car content across Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest and get some decent traffic.

Starting A BMW Blog

Say I wanted to start a general BMW blog, I’d spend some time examining how other sites structure their blog posts.

Over on Driving.ca, you can see that they have a dedicated i8 ‘overview’ page, with links to other categories like News & Reviews, Pricing, and Specs & Safety:

The News & Reviews feed links to all their i8 related content like “First Drive: 2019 BMW i8 Roadster”.

So the structure of their site is:

If I was running a BMW blog, I’d build an i8 Overview page with a Category feed of i8 content at the bottom.

That would be an easy way to start building out silos of content. And I’d link to the i8 Overview page from the site Menu.

You could build out silos of BMW car content like that.

Here’s another, more modest example of car blog site structure:

BMW-Test-Drives-Expert-opinions-and-reviews-of-BMW-carsYou can see that the site is divided up between Models of BMWs, Test Drives; a News section that divvies up the content even further; Videos; Spy Photos; Podcast; and Mini.

It’s important to really think through site structure because it is going to inform your content creation, traffic acquisition, and influence user experience on your site.

Staying with the i8 example, you could have an i8 Category in WordPress with subcategories for i8 news, rumors, pictures, etc.

Getting Traffic

YouTube

Car content has viral social media potential. I’m not suggesting you compete as another struggling car vlogger.

Instead- it’s actually pretty easy to create slideshow videos like the one below using Animoto:

I’d experiment churning out fun, viral listicle videos like this- if just one of them hits, you’re looking at a ton of traffic you can siphon back to your site.

Or even monetize with YouTube if your subscriber base and view count get large enough.

Pinterest

Pinterest is another social media traffic source that can light up your Analytics with sessions overnight.

Which is great because SEO traffic to a new site takes forever.

Check out BMW Fiend on Pinterest. There aren’t a lot of BMW accounts on Pinterest- it’s pretty wide open:

BMW Fiend (bmwfiends) on PinterestI’d recommend using Tailwind to help automate your pinning. The Chrome extension makes it easy to quickly schedule tons of content directly to your Pinterest Boards.

Search Engine Optimization

Of course, there’s SEO.

Staying with the i8 example, to start, I’d target really low competition keywords like “bmw i8 interior”, which has a Keyword Difficulty of 1 with a volume of 2,100 Google searches a month.

I’d begin filling out the i8 content silo with articles- you’ll need to use your best judgment about which keywords should be standalone articles, and which ones should be folded into a larger topic.

You just want to be careful you don’t ‘cannibalize’ your keywords by publishing overlapping content. Try using something like Surfer SEO to optimize your content for Google search engine discoverability.

Email

If you’re running an car enthusiast site, I’d expect a pretty high email opt-in rate.

This is especially true if you’re publishing timely news content.

Making money from email marketing isn’t easy in general and the affiliate opportunities in this niche don’t really lend themselves to email marketing.

Buying or leasing a car is a highly deliberative process- so pushing traffic to Carvana or Autotrader is going to have a really low conversion rate.

That said, it’s definitely worth capturing emails, if only to increase the sale value of your site should you decide to divest at some point.

Monetization

When it comes to monetization, it will be a mixture of display ads and affiliate marketing.

Ads

Ads are simple enough. Once you’re generating some decent traffic, you can apply to Mediavine or Adthrive. Those two networks have relatively large traffic requirements, so until you meet their criteria, you can apply to Google AdSense or Ezoic.

Affiliate

On the affiliate side of things, the opportunities will vary depending on the angle of your car blog. For example, if you are reviewing cars like Top Gear does, you can see that there are three different things they promote in the sidebar:top gear affiliate example

One is a used car Marketplace, the second is a car financing solution, and the third connects users to car manufacturers:

Autoblog.com promotes TrueCar. For example, on this BMW i8 review, They serve this pop-up ad that redirects to TrueCar.

2020-BMW-3-Series-Review-Price-features-specs-and-photos-Autoblog

And you can see that MotorTrend promotes State Farm:2021-Genesis-G70-Buyer-s-Guide-Reviews-Specs-Comparisons

It’s not important to have your affiliate monetization figured out from day one. The first focus is getting traffic.

Once you have some traffic to play around with- then you can begin integrating affiliate offers.

I’ve been using Convertbox to quickly test affiliate offers. It’s dead-simple popup software for WordPress- and even has a lifetime deal.

Other Car Affiliate Programs

  1. Carvana affiliate program
  2. Autotrader affiliate program
  3. Goodyear affiliate program
  4. CardsDirect affiliate program

There are a bunch of automotive affiliate programs- this isn’t an exhaustive list. If I were in this niche, I’d build out a Google Sheet documenting all of the different offers, their payouts, and my application status with them.

Once you have some traffic to play with, you can experiment with running offers using Convertbox, using popups, fly-ins, and banners to push traffic to different offers.

I’d also incorporate the affiliate programs into an affiliate dashboard like Affluent.io to easily analyze and contrast the programs’ performance.

What I Like

  • Fun, visual niche with lots of traffic potential through SEO/social
  • Great passion project- you won’t get bored publishing car content if you’re an enthusiast
  • Great for ads- though, the less non-U.S. traffic, the better

What I Don’t Like

  • Affiliate opportunity is somewhat scattershot- I’m not seeing the big players consolidated around one single, stellar affiliate program
  • I’d do some due diligence regarding images before I jump into a particular car niche- you want to have free/cheap access to legal pictures. You can use Instagram embeds- but the embed code is messy + the embed images disappear if it’s deleted from Instagram
  • It can be pretty competitive- especially if you don’t make a legitimate effort on social and only prioritize SEO

How To Start A Music Blog [Niche Report]

Close up view on musical instruments on wooden background

If you’re a musician, or an enthusiast that just wants to start a music blog, this next niche could be an excellent opportunity for you.

The idea is: musical instruments.

According to Statista, 18.08 million Americans play a musical instrument. ​Gallup also reports that more than one in two households (54%) have a member who plays a musical instrument.

The most popular instruments, according to FirstTutors are as follows:

  1. Electric guitar
  2. Keyboard
  3. Piano
  4. Guitar
  5. Drums
  6. Violin
  7. Saxophone
  8. Flute
  9. Cello
  10. Clarinet

These are expensive, complex purchases that people heavily research before buying. This is a solid recipe for a music blogger who wants to start a profitable niche site. And there are tons of different instruments out there.

The Oboe (An Example)
how to start a music blog

Take the oboe, for instance.

While the oboe might not be an incredibly sexy topic, that’s precisely what I look for when choosing a niche.

Sure, everyone wants to start websites about iPhones and drones because they’re high-tech and cool.

The oboe, however, is a comparatively neglected SEO opportunity.

Music Blog Keyword Research

But, if you check out my Musical Instrument Keyword Research below, you’ll see that “oboe” gets 49,500 searches a month.

Scroll through- there are so many musical instruments you can build a music blog around. You don’t necessarily need to be a music industry veteran or experienced musician. Hiring on Upwork makes it easy to find musician bloggers with stellar writing skills to create content for you.

(Keyword Competitiveness Scores are explained in the key below the table.)

I next ran “oboe” through LongTailPro to deep dive into this primary keyword. There are some solid informational and affiliate keyword opportunities.

For example, “what is an oboe” or “english horn vs oboe”. Affiliate opportunities are represented by keywords like “oboe case” and “yamaha oboe”.

Oboe Keyword Research

While LongTailPro says that it’s a moderately competitive keyword at “50”, when I Google it, the second result is a YouTube video (weak). Another top 5 result is a music school’s oboe page, 4 layers deep into the site.

And then there are a couple eCommerce pages (another sign of weakness) and some dictionary site defining what an oboe is (really weak).

Keyword Competitiveness Scores

  • 0-10 (No Competition),
  • 10-20 (Extremely Low Competition),
  • 20-30 (Low Competition),
  • 30-40 (Moderate Competition),
  • 40-50 (Somewhat High Competition),
  • 60-70 (Very High Competition),
  • 70-100 (Don’t Even Think About It).

*Read more about their scoring.

Expensive Products

Besides high search volume, a quick Google Shopping search shows me that oboes commonly cost over $2,000, with some priced at $5,000!

This is a magic formula for creating a high-earning affiliate site. Lots of search volume, not a lot of great content.

Affiliate Opportunities

Below, I’ve highlighted some music affiliate programs. This isn’t a comprehensive list- but should help you visualize the opportunity:

What’s The Big Idea?

The idea here is to create a truly authoritative WordPress music blog around a musical instrument or a class of musical instruments (think oboe vs double reed woodwind musical instruments).

This blog post content will feature affiliate reviews of oboes, informational content that attracts traffic and links, and can even do lead-generation for oboe lessons.

Understanding The Opportunity In Music Blogging

The 2 biggest mistakes niche marketers make is going too big or going to small with the niche they choose.

For instance, if you start a music blog called OboeProfessor.com, you’re basically locked in to oboe-related content. Going up a level, referring to this helpful Wikipedia entry, I learn that oboes are a type of “reed instrument”.

Perhaps it makes sense to create a music blog focusing on reed instruments. You can cover a lot more ground that way, but the broader you go, the more work you’ll have to do to cover all the different content areas, and the more difficult it will be to focus your music blog towards serving a target audience.

One way I would approach determining the scope of the site, besides eye-balling the search volume using LongTailPro or Ahrefs, would be to use a spreadsheet to list out all of the different content ideas. Check out AnswerThePublic for really long-tail keywords.

You’ll get a feel of whether the topic of the site is too narrow or too broad just by pre-examining the breadth of the content you’ll be publishing. It makes sense to take an organized approach like this before diving into a niche.

Having some sense of the niche’s peculiarities and problems will also help you figure out if it’s something you’ll have the wherewithal to pursue.

What I Would Do

I’d pour over the keyword list above and deep dive into these instruments. I’d run individual keywords through LongTailPro or a free keyword research tool to see how much long-tail search volume there is.

I’d search affiliate networks for eCommerce music stores that sell oboes.

While Amazon does have some oboes, you’ll find niche music stores online with affiliate programs that have tons more oboes than Amazon does. I’d want to see several potential affiliate partners I could depend on- you don’t want to be left high and dry if an affiliate program expires.

A quick Google search turned up this eCommerce store where I see oboes selling for between 3 and $5,000.

Once I know there’s enough volume, the competition is beatable, there are expensive products, and affiliate programs to join, I’d buy a brandable domain name (i.e. OboePro.com) and begin churning out WordPress blog posts.

As I mentioned previously, I’d want to balance my content strategy between informational and affiliate content. I’d either hire writers or write it myself. I’d focus on informational pieces like “oboe vs clarinet”, which has a 1,300/month search volume.

And write up individual affiliate reviews of oboes compiling them by brand (“bulgheroni oboe”), or however it makes sense to disambiguate the different oboes on the market.

Video Content

Now, this will lend itself to video content. You can get by, to an extent, using oboe videos from YouTube and embedding them on your music blog. But, as I’ve advised in my other write-ups, the real win will be generating unique and original content- both written and visual.

Perhaps a cheap way to get this done is by visiting a local music store and have the oboes demonstrated for me in exchange for giving the business some promotion on the site.

Maybe I pay a musician $50 for an hour of his time to demonstrate something on the oboe. I’d want to be creating written, visual and video content and distributing it across platforms to increase the site’s discoverability.

Promotion

Once I have, say, 15 posts up on the music blog,I’d be comfortable promoting it as a resource. Now, site promotion is a bit beyond the scope of this report, but I’ll link to some resources I think have it nailed down:

Below I’ve created a graphic that describes how you can convert written content into different types of media for different platforms. It’s a handy way to visualize how you can disseminate your content across the internet.

Content Harvesting NicheFacts Example

Yes, outreach can be a grind, but if you’ve created a genuine resource for oboists, it shouldn’t be that difficult to get backlinks, which will help you compete for high-value search rankings.

That’s it in a nutshell- obviously, if you’re new to internet marketing working with WordPress (my preferred CMS), choosing a hosting plan (I use SiteGround), understanding how to manage affiliate links- these are all (fun) challenges that are part and parcel of the entrepreneurial journey.

My real goal here is to provide motivational research- ideas that get you pumped to quit the rat race!

How To Get Traffic

SEO will be a great play here- lots of low competition words for musical instruments. Affiliate and informational content will both rank over time, if done well.

Getting some backlinks will also help- outreach that markets your informational (i.e. non-money-making content) will be the link-bait.

You could also consider publishing YouTube videos- though that will be a greater investment of time. There’s lots of white space in the two biggest search engines, Google and YouTube for these terms.

How To Make Money

As I’ve touched on above, this will be a strong affiliate marketing play.

Besides affiliating with a music store like Guitar City, there are sheet music affiliate opportunities like this one, Udemy oboe courses, and TakeLessons has an affiliate program for remote and in-person musical instruction.

You can even promote concert tickets through something like TicketNetwork.

I’d initially monetize with Amazon affiliate reviews of oboes and with some traffic reach out to places like Guitar City and TakeLessons- if you try to get into those affiliate programs without a decent site you risk getting rejected at first glance.

Doing A Music Blog Affiliate Site Right

Some best-in-class examples of affiliate sites for inspiration:

You should also read my post on writing product reviews that convert.

Top Amazon Oboe Searches

  • oboe accessories
  • oboe and english horn case
  • oboe and piano duets
  • oboe art
  • oboe art and method
  • oboe reed case
  • oboe reeds
  • oboe reeds medium soft
  • oboe stand
  • oboe swab

*According to KeywordTool.io

Ads

Ads are another strong monetization option. Whether you’re running Google AdSense ads, or eventually get enough traffic to join AdThrive or Mediavine, running ads on your music blog can be incredibly lucrative.

AdThrive and Mediavine are pretty plug and play- I’m in Mediavine and they basically manage everything for you.

Pros

  • Great SEO play
  • Can be a solid affiliate + display ad opportunity for passive income
  • A successful music blog is a fun topic if you’re an enthusiast- there are many different angles, including music genres, you can focus on- not just instruments

Cons

  • You might need to rely on writers with expertise in the instrument
  • Amazon instrument availability varies- though it’s smart to have non-Amazon product options available to promote in smaller eCommerce stores.

HireWriters Review | The Best Native English Writing Service

hirewriters review

In this post, I’m going to analyze HireWriters– showing you how I use it to generate quality content at a decent price.

HireWriters is an affordable Native-English content marketplace. If you’re unfamiliar with using text brokerages, this is a ‘self-managed’ option.

Meaning, you place the content orders and then accept or reject the finished article. Compared with managed options, where the text brokers facilitate the process, self-managed content brokerages are generally cheaper.

HireWriters has become my favorite article-writing service because the writing is Native English, the turnaround is quick, and the pricing is surprisingly cheap.

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My Video Overview

I shot a HireWriter review for my YouTube channel- I actually order content and show you what the fulfillment process is like:

Transcript
[, Music, ] hi, guys Ryan from NicheFacts, and today I’m going to show you how you can order a really high quality native English content from one of my favorite article writing services called hire writers so in this review, I’m going to actually order some content. So you can see what the process looks like, but first just a little bit about hire writers, so they’re essentially they’re a self-managed marketplace, so you create an account and there’s a link in the description. It’S an affiliate link. So if you sign up, I get a commission based on the orders that you place, but anyway, once you sign up, it’s very easy to place these content requests inside their dashboard and the reason why I like it is because the pricing is really reasonable and all Of the writers are actually either American or British English native speakers, or at least fluent speakers, so you’re not you’re, not getting like spammy Indian English content, which a lot of a lot of these writing platforms will do that just to keep the costs lower. So you can see, I do have one hundred and thirty seven dollars in the account. I am actively using hire writers. You know for mostly SEO contents. It’S decent is good. It’S good quality. To put it that way. So in terms of why, like it like, I said it’s really, it really comes down to the pricing so right now, I generally order from this category right here the thousand to two thousand word category and then in terms of the skill level, I’m getting like doing Like eleven ninety or working forty, so just for some perspective like if I were on up work trying to recruit a freelance writer, I would look to hire someone say six dollars or five hundred words and you can see basically you’re getting 694 500 to 700 words. So whenever I get these back, like I ordered from this category thousand, the two thousand words like – maybe I’ll – get 1200 words I’ll the least get over a thousand, and that’s a very good deal is usually to get native English writers at that rate, is actually very Surprising, I’m not even actually recruiting native English, it’s very hard. Let me put it that way. The crew native English writer is, at a rate of you, know, seven dollars for 500 or $ 6.00 or 500, let alone the extra that you get because you know, though, right you know maybe 600 for 690. So that’s really what makes it unique. So if you head over to my post – and I also have a link in the description for this – I list out why I like it, how I’m using it like give you this sort of layout here, it’s pretty basic, nothing, nothing that complicated to do. I also list out some of the other things that I like about it. So, in terms of what I like, like I already mentioned, pricing is amazing. Quality is really good. I haven’t rejected any writing. As of yet as opposed to eye writer, where I mean it’s often like 30 % of the content I get back, I have to either reject outright or ask them to do of me write on it. Another thing I like about it is that when you make a request in here and the special instructions section you’re able to to link out which is really good for me, because I put all of my project guidelines inside of a Google Doc. And then I generate this shareable link, so then it makes it really easy. I could just say you know, follow the writing guidelines right here. Instead of you know, pasting in 1500 words, and then, if I did that I would lose all of these. These images that I put in here I put these these screen – captures to make it so the writers are doing keyword, research in this instance. So that’s one thing: another really underrated aspect: I’ve used like every single content, brokerage service, that’s out there and a lot of them will not let you link out for whatever reason other thing I like and they do. They do do plagiarism detection. So they say that they used the copyscape API to check all the content. Before it’s submitted to you, I recommend you know spot checking it. Let me just create a copy, scape account and fund it with like $ 5, and you know you can get like a ton of searches just off the $ 5. So it’s always good to just make sure they, your your spot, checking the content is to receive it every so often just to make sure that you know nothing slips by maybe the copyscape api. It’S is malfunctions or whatever the one thing i don’t like. The user interface a little bit old. You know it’s very, like internet circa 2005. I mean that’s really truly, not that big a deal it doesn’t. It doesn’t make it difficult to use a lot of these article writing services kind of have backends that look a little bit dated and that definitely matter that much other interesting thing hire writers does have an affiliate program. So if you like it, you can sign up and they give you $ 5 for each client referre. That makes it deposit and you get 50 % of the future net profits. It’S pretty good, so recurring affiliate program. So if you have it in a marketing blog or you just have friends that you think you can recommend this to just email them, it’s easy to join, there’s a link right over here in the post. The other thing I just wanted to touch on before I order some content is that I published in the my hire writers review my one of my writing guidelines, so you could actually download this right. Okay, here you click download and basically like I spend a lot of time figuring out the best way to request content, at least for me, this is a really good strategy because it teaches the writers how to do the keyword research. So in this instance, I used this example of like a weeping cherry tree. So if I want to content on that, instead of me, spending 15 to 20 minutes doing keyword, research and saying: okay, here’s an introduction, here’s the different concepts that I want included. I teach them you know here. Here’S how you use, google auto suggests here’s how you you know pick off some of these different concepts and included in the the article that you write and show them how to use uber suggests which is free. So it’s something that they can, they can use without any cost. I give them an example of some structure how some content is structured based on this process, so it this won’t work for every single use case. But for me one of my sites, like this, makes it so simple, I’m just like. Okay, here’s a keyword I want. Let me just get 1500 words on this and just send this document and they can just create it. The other thing I linked out to I show them how to make them create a free grammar early accounts with spot check, grammatical issues and punctuation errors. That’S really nice and also a keyword density tool. So I don’t want them sending me something with like you know. Five percent fewer density – it’s you don’t want the content to be over optimized. So generally I try to keep it below. Two percent. Actually is a little bit of a discrepancy here I say two percent one point five percent, but yeah basically say keep it below two percent, because this particular tool doesn’t like report on. Like you know, it just goes by you, like percentages, doesn’t split them up at the 0.5, so cute below two percent would probably be fine, not a big deal. So now that I’ve covered that I figured it would make sense to place an actual order. So I have some continent that I want to have created. So it’s. What is a dream tent and that’s just bleep. Excuse me Big Ten’s. It’S like a weird little product, see what it is I’ll, be here just for your edification. So it’s like a little tiny cavern that a child can can live. You know, I don’t know, I would say, look a little caravan tent for for sleeping grimaces, so say I want some content on that. So I say: okay, what is it dream tent? I would select the article category as putted arts and crafts article Lang – I like it 1000 of 2000 words, English American, that’s good for me. Leiter’S time limit one day I like very fast, sometimes I’ve had fighters requests like. I need a little bit more time. If it happens, you got an email inside. You know your. You got an email, you get notified, so you log in you can you can extend the time limit, which is not a big deal. I do like that. I found a lot of writers will actually message me, which is really good, because that means that they’re actually invested in the outcome and they want to produce a quality result, as opposed to some other platforms where it’s very anonymous. I don’t want to call that eyewriter, particularly, but sometimes that’s what happens with my writer. Is it’s like it’s just such a content, farm they’re, pushing out so much content that really isn’t a great deal of care and effort oftentimes going in especially here. If you’re not ordering a higher quality levels, but comparatively I just in terms of say between a writer and higher writer for the same amount of money you’re getting, I feel a bit more care and effort going and going into the content plus since they’re, really working With native English speakers and writers, it’s going to be a better piece of content, so skilled writers, I generally higher from there you can see right now. The price is 1440. If I go to expert you’ll go to 32, that’s a big jump for me and it could make sense for you to hire from that category. So you have may have to experiment for a little bit like, depending on the sort of content that you’re publishing and you know your editorial guidelines, but generally I like still in writers. So I only one on one article quantity. The article tone I like to keep it like friendly for this is good, clean. Tenth then I put in these follow writing guidelines here and then I just take my copy to link paste it in and then it looks good to go at 14:40. What is a dream? 10? Okay, it looks good, submit job [, Music ]. So there you go, my projects been created and then, when it’s finished, I’m going to get a notification. So I’m gon na pause the video in a bit and then just resume it once that I received the content back, but one other thing I just wanted to highlight quickly. Other interesting feature is that you can search writers and then basically build up your own kind of army of content creators, which is really good. I also like to thank food photos like a lot of these platforms are very anonymous. I feel like the fact that they have, you know, photos for each person and they it really decreases the anonymity of it. It makes it a bit more personal. I feel like that, increases the quality of the output that you get back, so they have a lot of filtering options here. So if I were in a particular industry, see that I really cared about aviation, you know, for instance, that’s something that I wanted to have writers for that specific experience. You know you can just I don’t have pictures for everybody. They spoke too soon, but maybe because this is very niche, there’s a picture, for instance, but aviation looks to be a very niche type of thing, but I mean you can see what I mean like you could really build out. You could hire these individual writers. You can send them a message. You can add them to your favorites. So then, when you go to order content, you could actually order article specifically from individual writers, invite writers to private job so see right here, it says select from my are slave set the favorite status. So you can go over here. You could favorite a bunch of people, you think look good and that way, you’ll have your own little army of content writers. I haven’t started doing that yet I basically just been placing these article requests and then the content I’ve been getting back has been really good, but I’ve also been favoring people and rejecting some other ones as I go along just to kind of increase. The quality of return that I’m getting so one last thing before I pause the video and just wait for the content to be returned to me. There’S actually a bunch of different types of content that you can order, so you can order articles, we’ve written articles, a Facebook fan page post a little bit dated data entry, work, transcriptions, poetry, which I don’t know who would order poetry from this? But you never know order and you can order an e-book and that’s you know, obviously, if you’re, if you’re, watching this video you’re most likely going to be using the order articles. That makes the most sense. So I’m gon na pause the video. Now, when I resume it I’ll have the finished content. Hopefully it looks good and we’ll review it together and see what we think. Okay, see you in a second and now we’re back, and I received an email from hi writers that I needed to approve an article and that’s the one that I submitted so you’ll click the button to log in I’ve already logged in just to expedite matters. So you’ll you’ll be in your dashboard here and you’ll, see kind of all your all your stats. So right here I see I’ve got two that require approval. I have one from before that I didn’t highlight in this video, but I’m gon na take a look at the one that I did request and we’ll see what we think that so here it is, what does it dream temps and then you get a bunch of Stats over here just summarizing the order, and then you can see the author is right. There there’s an auto, approve timer here, so in 70 hours this would automatically be approved and the writer will get refunds so I’ll click into review, and so I got a thousand. Seventy two words yeah okay, so here we go even showing us sometimes in your space, to get away and have some privacy a space that can really call their own and have some peace and quiet to read a play. A game on their tablet dream. Tents are a simple solution to this problem of quick pop up and fasten features that even chaga in the write itself so right away that meets pretty well tonight. You know not I’m not exactly publishing. You know Shakespearean sonnets online. So, though, in terms of ranking like I think this is pretty clearly written, sometimes I’ll get stuff like this back, you know I get a thousand words back and then I’ll add my own introduction onto it, just because you know with someone lands on your website, they’re Gon na read the first sentence and if it’s not great, if it’s not like really clear or if it’s betraying you idiomatic errors that make it seem like it’s not written and by a native English writer like they’ll just bounce, it was really important that the introduction Is good sometimes I add my own, but in this case I actually the introduction is pretty good. I’M inclined to keep it if we know it when I publish it on a website, but there’s an expensive solution. H, comma, any shot could have a tiny world of the phone get away from siblings for some quality. This is really well well written and then I’m just looking just to see if they followed the guidelines that I had in the writer document so like in my document. I outline like okay have a section for buyer feedback, so make it. This is what makes a product review useful them will be a section here that they kind of like show what our buyers saying about these these tents and there’s a section. What is a dream? Tent a dream time is a small time to cover a child’s bed, to give them a fun and prep space to read or play games: okay, [, Music, ], and then I do some keyword sections here, glow like unicorn full-size bad. So these are kind of like the type-ahead stuff that I would shows you in the the training document that they’re they’re doing some some keyword, research using the auto suggests. I like that, futurologist and now another thing I always recommend is like make sure you read through the bottom as well. Sometimes like I found articles store all really well and then all of a sudden like the bottom is just full of a bunch of spammy garbage. Like they just figured, you ought to approach. If you see the first sentence is good, so just read the bottom, some of the same on very clean lips, eyes, cleaning the official website the company wants. Advertising covers full-size, basically to duplicate. So you know the basics pretty good. I like it, and so now that I like it, I can fire this writer, which I’m not going to do which way’d I get. I’Ve never used this option, which I guess would mean that I would completely reject this, and I don’t know if I have to recreate the order or whether it would go back into the queue automatically. You can request a revision. You know that way. You could just you could write something like you know, whatever you could, whatever you would want them to revise, and then they pick another some extra time to apply in fixes, but in this case I’m accept it. I think it’s pretty good. So now I had the option and uh rating them leaving feedback leaving a tip. So I thought this writer was pretty good, so I’m just going to continue [, Music, ] and now this pop-up appears and then he’s use this link to go to the to go to the download content download articles section so now here it is and if you Click download it goes into the zip file, just somewhat annoying I’d rather just downloads document, because I’m the zip file stuff can be kind of annoying. So here it is so now I have as a Word document. Okay there. It is that’s pretty good. The other thing is, they have a download with spam which, if you’re familiar with spintax, basically it’s a way of like Auto, generating lots of different articles by placing synonyms in it, which is kind of like an old-world SEO. You know kind of black hat grey hat strategy, the kind of strange to see inside of here. But it’s you know, that’s a lot of people, probably appreciate you getting a spun burgeon, because, theoretically you can reuse the contents of other websites. You know and it’ll be somewhat unique because the some of the synonyms have been swapped out, but I don’t I don’t do that everything on publishing this unique. So that’s that’s basically it you know. Now I’ve approved this. You can click it to the author, I’m not sure if I’ve already saved this author, as in favor of seeing your picture has been good, send message, add notes. So actually I liked her so I’ll. Add her to favorites. Oh see she was already in my favorites. So when I received the writing back, usually there’s an option to favorite the writer – I didn’t see it this time, but that was because I already favorited them. So this is good. I would definitely hire her again and now the content is ready to be uploaded to the site, so that, in a nutshell, is how I use it pretty simple it right now is my go-to article writing service. For all the reasons that I outlined, I think it’s a is offering really good rates, American English writing and, as I sort of said in the beginning like if you were to try to recruit an American English writer for 500 words, I mean it’s all over the Board, you know, I would say, probably the lowest you can get up up. Work for American Inga born American would be maybe ten dollars for 500. Words is twenty four thousand and, as you see with this I’m getting this was you know, fourteen forty or whatever it was? Oh, that’s a different article, but yeah that DEP that was yeah. I think that was fourteen forty, so that was a really good deal, even even finding somebody for ten dollars at 500. That’S pretty low when I mentioned before getting writers or or English writers for, say, six dollars a 500-word of twelve per thousand. Those are Eastern European writers for the most part so, like I really can recommend this on unequivocally. I think it’s a very good deal. Definitely a value option within the article writing space, so there are links in the description. I am an affiliate for my writers, I’m also an affiliate for my writer, but, as you can see, I’m actually I’m using the service. You see me order from it. I like it so, if you’re interested in building out a niche site, this is a really good option to get content. So just if you’re interested really gon na necessary, I got my site you head over to Mitch’s. I highlight a bunch of different styles of site. If any types of niches that you could get into recently, I did a post on parking affiliate programs, which is a really really interesting niche. Basically, your ranking for all these parking queries that are done online. You know when you go to a sports event. People are typing in, like I’m, a big Knicks fan, so people are typing in like Madison Square Garden, parking you’re parking, so ranking for stuff like that and using affiliate programs into the parking parking affiliate, other ones they faced with this parking space, but yeah the in The parking affiliates space niche there’s tons, there’s actually it’s not that many, but it’s a couple of billion programs. You can join it if you want to monetize parking. I did an interesting one on ranking for prison turns, like you know, ranking for criminals, names things like that to later sth. I did a report in the psychic niche monetizing, astrology, Terran, afterlife communications or some really interesting stuff inside of a psychic match. So if you’re struggling to come up with an idea – or maybe you already have a site – and you want to do something pretty different – maybe you’re running the Amazon, affiliate site and you’re, just incredibly bored of writing product reviews. If you want to tackle something, that’s different! More interesting to you, that’s really what I profile here in these news reports, so that is my review of hi writers. They are some links in the description. If you want to head over and sign up, I really appreciate it. I would get a small Commission if you sign up and place an order, and let me know if you have any questions you can head over to my site. That is when our email me is Ryan at nice backs calm, and that is it for this review. Until the next video thanks, bye.

How It Works

Ordering content is pretty simple. Once you’ve logged in, just follow the steps below:

Hire Writers Order Articles and Content

The step by step process is outlined below:

  1. Create a HireWriters.com account (sign up)
  2. Click “Order Content”
  3. Click “Order Articles”
  4. Enter a Project Description (i.e. “DIY Tomato Cages”)
  5. Enter an Article Length
  6. Choose a Language (U.S. or British English)
  7. Provide a Writer’s Time Limit (i.e. one day or more)
  8. Choose a Skill Level for your writer:
    Beginner Writers – Any writer will do
    General Writers – At least 3 jobs completed with an overall rating of 4 stars or above
    Skilled Writers – At least 7 jobs completed with an overall rating of 4.1 stars or above
    Expert Writers – At least 12 jobs completed with an overall rating of 4.6 stars or above
    Invite Writers To Private Job – Select from writers I have set to “FAVORITE” status
  9. Choose an Article Tone
  10. Enter Your Keywords
  11. Add Special Instructions
  12. Place Order

CREATE HIREWRITERS ACCOUNT

You can also search out individual writers by a range of criteria. If you want to quickly build up an army of vetted article writers, this is a quick way to do it:

Hire Writers Search Writers

As you can see in the screenshot above, there’s a range of filters you can apply to screen the marketplace’s writers.

You can filter them by their Overall Rating, their Experience Level, their article’s Rejection Rate, how many jobs they’ve completed and even by their Specialty and Industry.

I like that they include photos, as well- other writing platforms I’ve used keep things pretty anonymous. The photo adds a bit of personality- and this added accountability probably improves the quality of their output.

Pricing

HireWriters has a bunch of different content types you can order:

  • Articles
  • ReWritten Articles
  • Facebook Fanpage Post
  • Data Entry Work
  • Transcription
  • Poetry
  • eBook

If you’re reading this post, most likely you’re going to be ordering from the Articles category.

I published the pricing below:

Writer's Skill Level:150-300 Words300-500 Words500-700 Words700-1000 Words1000-2000 Words2000-3000+ Words
Beginner1.853.454.826.158.2514.40
General2.904.656.909.1511.9020.20
Skilled3.656.158.9010.9014.4028.20
Expert7.0013.4019.4025.4032.4060.00

I generally hire from the General ($11.90) and Skilled ($14.40) categories for 1000-2000 Words.

Generally speaking, $12 or $14 for 1,000 words is really good.

When I hire UpWork writers, that’s the pricing I’m looking to hire for. So to get that pricing from a text broker is pretty surprising. Text brokers provide speed and convenience- which is great.

Though there’s a lot of benefits to working with a dedicated freelancer from a platform like UpWork. But- you can ‘favorite’ writers inside of HireWriters, so it is possible to build up a cadre of trusted article writers on the platform.

How I Use It

I created a detailed Google Doc that explains the writing task- I link to it in the Special Instructions section, asking the writers to review it before they begin writing.

The Google Doc includes a short video detailing the writing task and some specific requirements regarding the writing task I’m outsourcing.

I’ve found that this is the easiest way to work with a text broker.

By providing detailed instructions in a Google Doc, which I routinely tweak and optimize, it’s an easy way to help guarantee a quality outcome.

My Article Writing Instructions

Below I embedded one of my article-writing project guidelines. Feel free to download it- you can upload it to Google Docs, generate a shareable link, and use it within HireWriters when you submit orders.

The instructions are geared towards creating keyword-optimized content based on a single keyword- it trains the writers to perform some basic keyword research.

And it means I don’t have to spend a lot of time creating custom instructions for each piece of content I create- for example, specifying the different keyword concepts and themes that should be in an article.

As well, it instructs them create a free Grammarly account to spot-check their writing and use a keyword-density tool to avoid over-optimized content.

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What I Like

Pricing: I’ve found the writing quality to be the best bang for the buck compared with all the other text brokerage services I’ve used.

Quality: As of yet I haven’t rejected any written content- it definitely feels like the writers are Native English. Plus I often get questions from the writers about the task- that’s great because it shows they’re actually invested in a quality outcome, as opposed to just churning out low-quality articles.

External Linking: The ability to link to a Google Doc. Some of the text brokers I’ve experimented with prohibit you from externally linking- so I can’t link to my Google training document. That’s a hassle because I include several screenshots in the document which helps the writers perform on-the-fly keyword research.

Plagiarism detection: HireWriters says that they employ the Copyscape API to automatically scan submitted content to make sure that it’s original, and not plagiarized. I’d still recommend spot-checking it every so often with CopyScape.

Update: I used CopyScape to spot-check an article I received from HireWriters recently and did receive a plagiarism hit. I wrote to their support and received the following response:

We use the copyscape API, which is based on a percentage of similarity. We set the strictness level to around 80%, meaning, it must be 80% or higher to pass.

We do this in order to allow common sense similarities to pass, and not get flagged by copyscape.

So- just keep in mind that the ‘strictness level’ currently is set to 80%. I’m not as paranoid about ‘duplicate content’ issues as I used to be- in fact, one technical SEO I know says that in his testing as long as the content is more than 50% unique, the content will be indexed as unique by Google.

What I Don’t Like

User Interface: A minor gripe- the User Interface looks very dated and, while functional, can be somewhat confusing when you first begin using it.

The HireWriters Affiliate Program

If you like HireWriters and want to recommend it a friend- you can sign up to their affiliate program. How much can you earn?

According to their affiliate page, you’ll earn “$5 for each client you refer that makes a deposit plus 50% of the future net profits!”

I’ve just started promoting them- and it’s an easy recommendation because, as I’ve outlined, the content quality is well above average for the price.

Alternatives

Summing Up

HireWriters is one of the best deals for content on the internet right now- and I’ve used every imaginable article-writing service.

It’s fast, cheap and decent quality- I recommend trying it out whether you’re just beginning your internet-marketing journey or are a grizzled IM veteran looking to rank content in the SERPs.

FindThatLead Review: Easy Lead Gen + Outreach

find that lead review

The Big Idea

  • FindThatLead is a robust lead-generation tool for finding website emails, LinkedIn contacts, and more
  • The primary feature: it can scrape email addresses from websites and send them emails
  • Use FindThatLead to email these site owners to collaborate, request guest posting, suggest link exchanges and grow your site traffic + revenue

How You Should Use It

When I started building affiliate sites, I did ZERO link building.

I did well without ever building a link, replacing my salary within 8 months after ALL my sites were deindexed. Fun times.

But, Google has changed since 2016…

Much of it is still a mystery to me- despite earning 6 figures a year from affiliate marketing and display ads the last 4 years.

One thing I’m sure of: if you’re trying to rank your site, you can get exponential gains acquiring some backlinks.

You have 3 choices when it comes to link building:

  1. Acquire links passively: wait for other sites to naturally link to you (takes forever, if it ever happens)
  2. Buy links: very pricey, though there are some good link building services out there.
  3. Do outreach: email sites and prospect them for backlinks

Outreach & Email Prospecting

Outreach is going to be the best bang for you buck. If you’re motivated to grow your site and want to save some money by implementing your own link-acquisition process, option 3 is your best choice.

If you’re going to do outreach, you’re going to need 3 things:

  1. A means of scraping websites
  2. A means of collecting site email addresses (FindThatLead)
  3. A means of emailing these contacts (FindThatLead)

FindThatLead: Easy Email Prospecting

FindThatLead is a lead generation tool- that frequently runs Lifetime Deals.

One of the key features of FindThatLead is the ability to scrape a bulk list of websites and extract their email address contact information.

It can also email all of those contacts.

That said, FindThatLead’s email tool isn’t as robust as something like Lemlist or Mailshake.

The latter two are much more feature-rich, dedicated email prospecting tools.

But, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to dash off a guest post outreach email- FindThatLead does make that pretty easy.

How It Works

1. Start Scraping

First, you’ll need to generate a list of websites you want to scrape emails from.

FindThatLead has a browser extension that lets you extract contact information from websites one at a time.

That takes forever to do. It’s better to do a bulk scrape.

One free way to do that is to use the Instant Data Scraper Chrome extension.

Once it’s installed, if you go to Google and type in a keyword of sites you want to outreach, then click the Instant Data Scraper extension, you can export a spreadsheet of all the site URLs:

instant data scraperHow To Use Instant Data Scraper

2. Bulk Upload The Site List

Then you’ll login to FindThatLead, click Search, then click Bulk Upload:

FindThatLead Review

Then you can upload your CSV File and begin a Domain Search:

You might need to trim the URLs down to their root domain first for FindThatLead to properly identify the websites. I used this online tool to do that.

3. Download or Send Emails

Once FindThatLead is finished, you’ll get 2 options: you can download your spreadsheet of contacts or send them emails.

findthatlead download or send emails

More Thoughts

I don’t do any email outreach at this point.

But, if you want to acquire backlinks and help grow your traffic revenue faster, it’s a good idea to nail down an outreach process.

Especially since paid links are so incredibly expensive: the cheapest guest post opportunity I’m seeing on the Authority.Builders (a backlink marketplace) is $150!

I’d probably use FindThatLead to capture emails and then MailShake or Lemlist to do the emailing.

Also: don’t use your primary email address for the outreach. You could get dinged for spam. It’s just the nature of cold outreach.

Start Slow

Don’t go too fast with email outreach- especially on a new email account. For example, don’t blast 1,000 emails Day 1 from a new Gmail address.

There’s no hard and fast rules when it comes to email outreach, from what I’ve read.

Maybe schedule emails to go out 50/day in the beginning.

Write Good Emails

I get cold-emailed constantly.

Most of the outreach is spammy garbage.

Some are good. Like this one:

guest post outreach example email

Email Text:

Hello Ryan,

I am David from [site]. We are a digital safety advocate and a trusted digital agency for cybersecurity companies.

I came across your article on titled [post title] which was really informative. That’s why I was wondering if you would be interested in a guest post on “Security tips for Mac users”?

Contrary to popular belief, Macs are far from impervious when it comes to cybersecurity. A recent report found that Apple accidentally approved malware to run on recent versions of macOS.

It is therefore important to always have security measures in place. My article will detail effective ways to secure Mac devices, including enabling Apple’s built-in encryption tool, using an authenticator app, installing security tools, and more. 

If you think [their site] readers would be interested in the topic, I’d be happy to start writing an article for you at any time.

The email copy is cogent. It includes an attractive email signature. They’ve addressed me by my first name- so they obviously did a little bit of research. And the ‘ask’ is really clear.

Summing Up

Some people prefer the email finders Snovio or Hunter.io- but all seem to agree that if you can get a lifetime deal (they frequently run them) on FindThatLead that it’s a more than an adequate tool.

As site builders, it’s best employed as a ‘guest post’ outreach tool. Especially if you’re on a budget, FindThatLead offers a quick and cost-effective means of connecting with niche-specific site owners and prospecting for quality backlinks.

Affluent.io Review: Free Automated Affiliate Reporting?

affluent io review

If you’ve been doing affiliate marketing for any length of time, chances are you’re enrolled in at least half a dozen affiliate networks.

Maybe more.

I’m enrolled in probably twice that.

There are some I’ve even forgotten about.

It’s difficult to keep track of all of them. Much less monitor your performance. Because so many of these affiliate networks have lousy ~2005 era reporting tools.

They make you dig through confusing reporting interfaces just to access an unintuitive report you can’t make heads nor tails of.

Ideally, what you’d want is a consolidated snapshot of your daily, weekly, monthly affiliate network performance across a range of different reporting variables.

Like, Conversion Rate, Gross Commissions, Clicks, and Earnings Per Click (EPC).

All of it plotted on a clean line graph and delivered to your email on a daily basis.

I stumbled across a tool recently that lets you do all of that. For FREE.

It’s Affluent.io. (I’m an affiliate).

Here’s my dashboard report from today:

affluent.io affiliate management review

In the line graph, Orange is clicks and Blue is commissions. The Blue big spikes are from big-ticket Wayfair purchases.

I hooked Affluent up with Clickbank, Rakuten Linkshare, Impact, ShareASale, Commission Junction and AvantLink and it instantly began generating slick, entirely customizable, reporting dashboards.

My big earnings come from Amazon and Mediavine, which aren’t included in this dashboard snapshot. I’d have to upgrade to a paid account to handle Amazon reporting.

But, for my purposes, Affluent.io provides excellent and detailed affiliate reporting data for my smaller affiliate networks.

Affiliate-Analytics-for-Publishers-Aggregate-Data-From-Multiple-Affiliate-Platforms (1)

Affluent.io also provides reporting tools for Agencies and Advertisers, not just Affiliates.

What I Like

Free Tier

Affluent.io provides free reporting for up to $5,000 in commissions. And, if you need more reporting bandwidth, pricing is pretty reasonable:

Affiliate io Analytics Pricing

Customizable Email Reports

I get daily emails from Affluent.io that summarizes yesterday’s performance. I also get weekly overview reports.

affluent io email affiliate reporting

These are really awesome and are probably the emails I enjoy reading the most every morning. That is, if I don’t log into Affluent.io and manually check up on yesterday’s performance.

Desktop Push Notifications

Normally, I hate websites asking me to allow push notifications. With Affluent, though, it’s awesome. For example, a couple days ago they sent a push notification that Commission Junction was experiencing a click tracking issue. They explained the problem and how it was going to be resolved.

Data Deep Dives

It’s not just a pretty dashboard.

You can get reporting data for the networks as a whole (ShareASale), programs inside of the network (Wayfair), performance by Country, and much, much more.

This is really valuable data that can help you optimize your affiliate promotions.

I realize I’ve been flying in the dark. Getting a consolidated EPC and Conversion % across all of my affiliate networks is amazingly illuminating.

Opportunities & Alerts

There’s also a section called Opportunities & Alerts inside Affluent.io that alerts you to potential problems.

Opportunities & Alerts - Affluent Analytics

For example, they’re reporting that “5 programs received no clicks on dates as recent as 2020-09-09.”

This could be nothing, or it could be cause for alarm. I know that one affiliate program I’m in recently experienced a 3-day downtime. At this time, I’m still enjoying the free plan, so I’d have to upgrade to see more information.

Like you, I’m loathe to add another recurring payment atop all of my existing software subscriptions. Especially when this one works so well on the free plan.

But, I might upgrade in the future.

Lots Of Integrations

They integrate with over 500 different affiliate networks:

Affiliate-Analytics-for-Publishers-Aggregate-Data-From-Multiple-Affiliate-Platforms

What I Don’t Like

There’s not much to dislike. There are some premium features you understandably can’t access if you’re on a free tier.

As well, there are a bunch of niche affiliate programs I’m part of, like FatJoe’s link building service, that seem to run on some custom built solution.

Affluent understandably can’t connect to that. However, you can request new integrations. I just requested they connect to LinkMink so I can track my Convertkit affiliate earnings.

Summing Up

Affiliate marketing can definitely get a little bit messy. You join up with multiple affiliate networks and begin promoting different programs.

But unless you are actively tracking their performance, you might fail to spot underperforming offers, programs that have shut down, or even high-converting affiliate programs that you should promote harder.

This is especially true if you have a large website. I have a couple big websites and I will often join up with an affiliate program, insert a few links with ThirstyAffiliates, and completely forget about it.

Affluent effortlessly keeps tabs on everything, so it’s easy to drill down into a particular network and evaluate the performance of individual affiliate programs or even the network as a whole.

After Amazon dramatically reduced affiliate commissions in the Spring of 2020, many affiliate marketers were compelled to experiment with alternative affiliate programs and networks.

This makes a tool like Affluent even more important because it automatically tracks your affiliate performance, making it easy to compare, for example, EPCs between Amazon and Wayfair.

Because of its generous freemium pricing, there’s no reason not to signup and trial the service. The data insights are truly addictive.

The Spotify Affiliate Program [Exists?]

spotify affiliate program

Does Spotify have an affiliate program?

No. And, according to our research, it doesn’t have a referral program either. While this is certainly a bummer, there’s some Spotify affiliate program alternatives you can use if you want to monetize music traffic.

Also, be sure to check out my Song Lyric niche report– it shows you how I’d build a song lyric authority site.

Spotify Affiliate Alternatives

Amazon Associates: pays 5% commission on Digital Music.

Apple Services Performance Partners: their payouts are somewhat complex- it depends on subscription type (Individual Membership, Family Membership, Student Membership) and local market rate. Read more about their commission structure here.

Spotify Keywords

While Spotify doesn’t have an affiliate program, it’s always interesting to check out the type of keywords that the site ranks for.

Especially if you were going to use the Amazon or Apple affiliate programs because the music keyword rankings are going to be somewhat similar. Below, I extracted 1,000 of Spotify’s top performing organics keywords.

You can see that they primarily rank for song titles and artists names. For example, the African American anthem “lift every voice and sing” gets 20,000 searches a month and Spotify ranks number one for it.

Interestingly, you can see that the Smithsonian site monetizes this keyword by running ads- actually an ad for Spotify:

The History of -Lift Every Voice and Sing- - At the Smithsonian - Smithsonian Magazine

Remember: even though Spotify doesn’t have an affiliate program, you can always make money running ads on the content.

What I Would Do

If I wanted to start a site monetizing traffic in the song title or artist name space, there are a couple different ways you can go. As I’ve written about before, you can start a song lyric website, republishing the lyrics to popular songs and perhaps throwing in a little bit of unique content for SEO purposes.

You could start a niche music website, perhaps focusing on a specific genre of music and trying to rank for all of the artists and songs in that vertical. It could be a news style music site. So you would be producing a lot of short, topical content.

Basically news items that would attract a lot of direct traffic to your site as people begin to rely on you for up-to-date information.

You could even niche down even farther, creating a fan site for a particular artist. The advantage here, if you do it well, you might have larger ranking potential because your site has a tighter focus.

You also attract more invested readers who are passionate about that artist. The downside, of course, is that you are tethered to the popularity of a particular artist. If they lose popularity or retire, you could lose a lot of traffic. Plus your traffic control is capped- you won’t be able to expand into different artist verticals if you completely tether your site to a solitary performer.

Monetization

You can try affiliate angle by promoting concert tickets. Check out my ticket/event niche report. You can link to Amazon and Apple, even using a tool like ThirstyAffiliates to automatically link song titles to the relevant Amazon and Apple affiliate landing pages.

However, I think this is more of an ads play. The goal would be to build up traffic to the point where you can get into Mediavine or AdThrive. Those ad networks make it incredibly easy to install highly profitable display ads across your website.

There are a lot of high volume low competition terms in the music niche. While the affiliate opportunity is somewhat scarce, you can make a good amount of money running ads on this content.

Summing up

While Spotify doesn’t have an affiliate program, it doesn’t mean that you should abandon this niche entirely. There are some affiliate program alternatives and a fortune to be made running ads on content if you can get the traffic.

The Fiverr Affiliate Program: Intriguing Profit Potential

fiverr logo

The spammy-sounding Fiverr began as a cheapskate marketplace for $5 services. Whether you wanted some quick and dirty SEO that would get you penalized or a 500-word blog post with a 10% keyword density- Fiverr was your go-to.

Over the years, the platform has matured towards greater respectability. They scrapped the five-dollar idea in 2015 (Source) and became a public company in 2019 (Source):


Though it’ll forever be dogged by its spammy domain name, Fiverr is home to many interesting and completely legitimate, productized freelancer services.

From tattoo designs to voice acting (both are affiliate links), Fiverr has scores of international freelancers vying for your business.

Does It Have An Affiliate Program?

Yes.

I’m a Fiverr affiliate- you can see my Year To Date (1/2020-8/2020) performance below:

Fiverr Affiliate Program

I have $90 lifetime earnings.

You can see that from 640 clicks, I’ve signed up 27 people, but I don’t get paid on people signing up for Fiverr.

I’ve only been paid when someone buys a service as a First Time Buyer (FTB). So, year to date, I have sold 2 services, a SEO service and a Video Marketing service:

  • 6/3/2020 12:04:44 AM 15 CPA (SEO)
  • 1/19/2020 6:11:10 AM 15 CPA (Video Marketing)

Fiverr is not my affiliate focus– but there is definitely solid income potential here, depending on the quantity and quality of traffic you can push to their various Gigs.

How Does It Work?

First, signup here on their affiliate page.

Then check out this highly detailed affiliate FAQ.

The commission plan is a bit complicated- this screenshot from their commission explainer page breaks it down pretty simply:Commission-Plan-Fiverr-Affiliates

Basically, Fiverr lets you choose whether you want to create Fiverr CPA or Fiverr Hybrid affiliate links (read more here).

It breaks down like this:

fiverr cpa vs fiverr hybrid

It’s important to note, when it comes to the Fiverr CPA: Fiverr breaks down their affiliate payouts by category, as well. Basically, you’re getting $15 per purchase, unless it’s in one of the following categories:

  • Pro Plan $150.00
  • Whiteboard & Animated Explainers $50.00
  • Book & eBook Writing $50.00
  • Architecture & Interior Design $50.00
  • Game Development $50.00
  • Website Builders & CMS $40.00
  • Mobile Apps $40.00
  • Web & Mobile Design $40.00
  • WordPress $40.00
  • E-Commerce Development $40.00
  • SEM $30.00
  • Proofreading & Editing $30.00
  • Web Programming $30.00
  • Data Analysis & Reports $30.00
  • Website Content $30.00
  • Business Plans $30.00
  • Short Video Ads $30.00
  • 3D Models & Product Design $30.00
  • Packaging Design $30.00
  • Virtual Assistant $25.00
  • Articles & Blog Posts $25.00
  • Illustration $25.00
  • Voice Over $25.00
  • Translation $25.00
  • E-Commerce Marketing $25.00
  • Product Descriptions $25.00

There’s definitely a lot going on- but I’d use the comparison breakdown to figure out which affiliate program makes sense for your particular audience.

The Fiverr Referral Program

Fiverr also has a referral program. Once you’ve logged in, go to this Fiverr referral area and you can get your referral link.

Referral Program Specifics

  • Invite a friend (or friends) to join Fiverr and you can earn up to $100 USD!
    Any one of your Referrals will get a 20% discount for their first purchase on Fiverr (capped at $100 USD).
  • In addition, for each eligible purchase made by your referrals, you, as the referrer, will get 20% of the qualifying purchase amount (capped at $100 USD credit per qualifying purchase) to your Fiverr shopping balance.
  • In total, you can make up to $500 USD in shopping credit. Your earnings will only be available for use over a three-month period. (Source)

How To Make Money With Fiverr

If I were to focus on making money with the Fiverr affiliate program, the first thing I would do would be to examine the different keywords that the site ranks for.

By doing that, you get an overview of the services that get the most search volume in Google.

That will help you to understand which services have the best traffic and affiliate revenue potential.

Below, I extracted 1,000 of Fiverr’s top-performing organic keywords, excluding Fiverr brand search terms.

The way I would approach it, I would examine this list of keywords and consider building an authority site in a related niche.

For example, if you’re in the business niche, you can easily promote business card design and logo services.

If you’re in the internet marketing niche, you can promote video editing, logo design and writing services.

While it would appear that the most popular services on the platform are things like graphic design and SEO services, Fiverr even has a relationship section:Personal Lifestyle Services Online - Fiverr

You can see that they have expanded to cooking, fitness, styling, astrology, and even gaming lessons.

So you can find affiliate opportunities if you run a cooking or even a psychic blog.

All Of Fiverr’s Services

Here’s a list of all of Fiverr’s different services:

Graphics & DesignBusinessMusic & AudioProgramming & TechDigital MarketingWriting & TranslationLifestyleVideo & Animation
Logo DesignVirtual AssistantVoice OverWebsite DevelopmentSocial Media AdvertisingArticles & Blog PostsGamingWhiteboard & Animated Explainers
Brand Style Guides- Call Center & CallingMixing & Mastering- Event Website- Strategy & PlanningResume Writing- Game CoachingVideo Editing
Game Design- Skip TracingProducers & Composers- Portfolio Website- Ads Setup & ManagementProofreading & Editing- Game SessionsShort Video Ads
- Character Design- Customer SupportSingers & Vocalists- Blog- Analytics & TrackingBrand Voice & ToneOnline LessonsAnimated GIFs
- Props & Objects- ResearchSession Musicians- Online StoreSocial Media MarketingTechnical WritingAstrology & ReadingsLogo Animation
- Backgrounds & Environments- File ConversionSongwriters- Business Website- Consultation & Audience ResearchTranslationSpiritual & HealingIntros & Outros
- UI & UX- AdministrationOnline Music LessonsWordPress- Profile Setup & IntegrationOnline Language LessonsFitness LessonsCharacter Animation
Graphics for StreamersData EntryPodcast Editing- Full Website Creation- Social ContentWhite PapersPersonal Stylists3D Product Animation
Business Cards & StationeryMarket ResearchAudiobook Production- Customization- Social Media ManagementUX WritingCooking LessonsLyric & Music Videos
Resume DesignBusiness PlansAudio Ads Production- Bug Fixes- Analytics & TrackingPodcast WritingCraft Lessons- Lyric Videos
IllustrationProject ManagementSound Design- Landing PageSEO- Podcast ContentArts & Crafts- Music Visualization
Pattern Design- Graphics & Design Projects- Sound Effects- WP Installation & Setup- Keyword Research- Podcast Show NotesRelationship Advice- Dance Videos
Brochure Design- Digital Marketing Projects- Foley- Performance & SEO- Page OptimizationCase StudiesHealth, Nutrition & Fitness- Narrative-Based Videos
Poster Design- Writing & Translation ProjectsDialogue Editing- Backup, Cloning & Migration- Voice Search SEOGrant WritingFamily & Genealogy- Performance Videos
Flyer Design- Video & Animation Projects- Videos & Films- Security- Technical SEO- Grant ResearchGreeting Cards & Videos- Conceptual Videos
Book Design- Music & Audio Projects- Video Games- Help/Consultation- Off-Page SEO- Grant ProposalsYour Message On...- Anime Music Videos
- Book Layout Design & Typesetting- Programming & Tech Projects- Phone Systems & IVRWebsite Builders & CMS- Competitor AnalysisCover LettersViral VideosAnimation for Kids
- Book Cover Design- General Project Services- Radio Ads- Full Website CreationPublic RelationsLinkedIn ProfilesCelebrity ImpersonatorsAnimation for Streamers
Album Cover DesignHR ConsultingMusic Transcription- Customization- ConsultationSocial Media CopyCollectiblesLive Action Explainers
Podcast Cover Art- Organizational DevelopmentVocal Tuning- Bug Fixes- Events, Conferences & AwardsSales CopyTravelingSpokespersons Videos
Packaging Design- Talent Acquisition & RecruitmentDJ Drops & Tags- Landing Page- Press Release PitchingPress Releases- Postcards FromSubtitles & Captions
AR Filters & Lenses- Performance ManagementJingles & Intros- Theme/Plugin Installation- Strategy & PlanningTranscripts- Local AdvisorsVisual Effects
Storyboards- Employee Learning & Development- Jingles- Performance & SecurityContent MarketingLegal Writing- Shipping Services- Rotoscoping & Keying
Web & Mobile Design- Compensation & Benefits- Intros & Outros- Backup, Cloning & Migration- Content Strategy & ResearchProduct Descriptions- Trip Plans- Color Grading
- Wireframe UX- HR Information SystemsOther- Help/Consultation- Content CreationWebsite ContentOther- Match Moving
- Graphic UIE-Commerce ManagementGame Development- Guest PostingBusiness Names & Slogans- Compositing
- Icons & Buttons- Product Upload- ConsultationBook & eBook MarketingScriptwriting- Cleanups
Social Media Design- Supplier & Vendor Sourcing- Backup & MigrationPodcast Marketing- Webinars- Beauty Retouching
- Headers & Covers- Store Management- Customization- Podcast Promotion- Cold CallseLearning Video Production
- Social Posts & Banners- Product Research- Prototyping- Advertising within Podcasts- Audio AdsArticle to Video
- Thumbnails DesignBranding Services- Full Game CreationVideo Marketing- Script CoverageUnboxing Videos
Postcard DesignLegal Consulting- Bug Fixes- Consultation & Audience Research- Film & TV ScreenplaysScreencasting Videos
Catalog DesignFinancial ConsultingDevelopment for Streamers- Video SEO- Promotional VideosSlideshow Videos
Menu Design- Analysis, Valuation & Optimization- Addons & Customization- Video Promotion & DistributionBook & eBook WritingApp & Website Previews
Invitation Design- Accounting & Bookkeeping- Setup & Installation- Video Ad Campaigns- Kindle Niche ResearchBook Trailers
Portraits & Caricatures- Tax ConsultingWeb ProgrammingEmail Marketing- Short StoriesReal Estate Promos
Cartoons & Comics- Personal Finance & Wealth Management- Custom Website- Copywriting- Book ProposalsGame Trailers
Tattoo Design- Financial Forecasting & Modeling- Web Application- Email Templates- Book BlurbsProduct Photography
Signage Design- Online Trading Lessons- Bug Fixes- Email Platform Support- GhostwritingLocal Photography
Web BannersBusiness Consulting- Browser Extensions- Audience DevelopmentBook EditingOther
Photoshop EditingPresentations- Email TemplateCrowdfundingEmail Copy
Architecture & Interior DesignCareer Counseling- Convert PSD- Campaign MarketingSpeechwriting
- Diagrams & Mapping- Interview Prep- Scripting- Campaign CreationCreative Writing
- Virtual Staging- Coaching- Landing PageSEM- Game Writing
- Planning & Design- Search & Apply- Help/Consultation- Setup & Strategy Consultation- Poetry
- 3D Modeling & RenderingFlyer DistributionE-Commerce Development- Search Engine Marketing Management- Song Lyrics
- 2D Drawings & Floor PlansLead Generation- Full Website Creation- Display Marketing Campaigns- Letters
Landscape DesignOther- Customization- Product Ad CampaignsBeta Reading
- Planning & Design- Bug Fixes- RemarketingResearch & Summaries
- 3D Modeling & Rendering- Theme/Plugin Installation- Ad Review & OptimizationOther
- 2D Drawings & Site Plans- Performance & SecurityMarketing Strategy
Building Information Modeling- Backup, Cloning & MigrationSurveys
- BIM 4D Construction Simulation- Help/Consultation- Survey Creation
- BIM Online Training & ImplementationMobile Apps- Analysis
- BIM Family Creation- Custom AppWeb Analytics
- BIM Coordination & Clash Detection- Convert Site to App- Setup
- BIM 3D Modeling- App Improvements- Tracking & Reporting
Character Modeling- Bug Fix- Optimization
Industrial & Product Design- Help/Consultation- Bug Fixes
- Concept DevelopmentDesktop ApplicationsInfluencer Marketing
- 2D Drawing- Custom Application- Strategy & Research
- 3D Modeling & Rendering- Application Improvements- Shoutouts & Promotion
- Prototyping & 3D Printing- Bug FixesLocal SEO
- Product Manufacturing- Help/Consultation- Google My Business
Trade Booth DesignCybersecurity & Data Protection- Local Citations and Directories
T-Shirts & Merchandise- ConsultationDomain Research
Presentation Design- Compliance ServicesE-Commerce Marketing
Infographic Design- Assessment & Penetration Test- Product Listings
Car Wraps- Cybersecurity Management- Product & Storefront SEO
Vector TracingSupport & ITMobile Marketing & Advertising
OtherOnline Coding Lessons- App Store Optimization
Chatbots- Mobile Ad Campaigns
Data Analysis & ReportsMusic Promotion
- Machine Learning- Organic Promotion
- Modeling- Paid Advertising
- Visualization- Music Streaming Services
- Data Entry/Cleaning- Playlists and Placements
- VBA/MacrosWeb Traffic
- Data Mining/ScrapingOther
- Help/Consultation
Convert Files
- Convert to a Fillable Form
- Convert to an E-Book
- Convert to an Editable File
- Convert to Another File
Databases
- Optimization & Design
- Queries
- Help/Consultation
User Testing
QA
Other
How to build a website?

Real-Life Examples

I dug up some real-life examples of Fiverr affiliate links by looking at the backlinks to Fiverr’s tracking URL (track.fiverr.com) and then sorting them by Traffic. These are the highest-trafficked pages that contain Fiverr affiliate links:

fiverr affiliate links

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You can see that Powtoon links to their own video creator service page. There’s also a lot of make money online/side hustle pages affiliate-linking to Fiverr, like this one:

What I Like

  • Tons of different Gigs to promote
  • You can promote Fiverr anywhere. According to their FAQ, social media is fine and I’m assuming email is as well (Source)
  • Conversion focused design- lots of attention given to optimized landing pages with social proof, reviews, transparent pricing, upsells, etc.
  • Dynamic commission structure- you can choose your own adventure, so to speak. Flat or recurring payouts are options

What I Don’t Like

  • There isn’t much to dislike- aside from its shady past, Fiverr does have good services on the platform. That said- make sure you’ve vetted the services you’re recommending!

Creating Deep Links

If you’re going to promote Fiverr and hope for any type of decent conversion rate, you’re going to want to create deep links to individual Fiverr Gigs, choosing between Hybrid and regular CPA link type options.

The good news is that Fiverr does let you create deep links. Until I started writing this affiliate program review, I didn’t even know that this was possible. It might have been a recent addition because I haven’t been deep linking this entire time. Anyway, this is how it works:

  1. Login to your account
  2. Go to “Marketing Tools ” and select “Default and Deep Links”
  3. Click on the “LP URL” button. A pop-up box will appear
  4. Visit any page on Fiverr you’d like to promote and copy the URL
  5. Paste the relevant Fiverr link to the pop-up box and click out
  6. Copy the link by clicking on the “Copy to clipboard” icon
  7. Place the link on your site

Summing Up

The Fiverr affiliate program offers a pretty unique opportunity because there are so many different services that you can promote.

It does bear more than a passing resemblance to the Udemy affiliate program. Instead of services, like Fiverr, Udemy hosts an infinite array of digital courses you can promote.

Whether you want to earn money referring people to psychic consultations or for business card design, it’s easy to find affiliate opportunities in the Fiverr affiliate program.

In addition, they have a pretty unique affiliate commission structure, allowing you to choose two different ways to earn money.

I’ve never seen this in an affiliate program before and it definitely allows for some unique flexibility regarding how you earn money. They also allow you to create deep-links, as I’ve discussed a bit. This is crucially important.

A while ago they weren’t offering this marketing functionality, as far as I can tell. This meant that when I created a Fiverr affiliate link, I couldn’t link directly to the product or the product category page. For example, this page (YouTube description templates), which generates most of my Fiverr clicks, is now updated to link to the most popular, relevant product, instead of just the homepage.

Deep links enable you to directly link to specific products, which increases the conversion potential.

Another good thing about the program, unlike Amazon Associates, where there’s always a looming perma-ban for some technical infraction, Fiverr enables and even recommends that you promote them anywhere across the internet.

Overall, it’s an intriguing affiliate option because of its strong conversion potential, infinite product range, and promotional flexibility.

The Netflix Affiliate Program [Real Or Fake News?]

netflix streaming

Netflix is a streaming behemoth. It boasts over 167 million subscribers with the average user watching over 2 hours a day (Source). Statistics like these demonstrate the indispensable popularity of this streaming service.

But, does it have an affiliate program?

At the time of this writing in the summer of 2020, it does not.

Apparently, it used to have an affiliate program. A Quora user has some of the backstory:

If you love blogging about streaming content, there are some other affiliate programs you can join and some different means of monetizing this content.

Netflix Keyword Research

If you’re Googling around for the Netflix affiliate program, you’re obviously looking to generate an online income by referring people to streaming content.

It makes sense, then, to check out exactly what Netflix ranks for in Google.

Below, I extracted 1,000 of Netflix’s top-performing organic keywords. Scroll through the list below to get a sense of some of the biggest search queries they rank for.

You can see that they rank for many of their original content titles like Jessica Jones and Stranger Things, both of which have six and even seven-figure search volumes.

If you wanted to make money online writing about streaming content, keyword research like this is absolutely vital.

Just look at this Black Mirror Vulture blog post:

It’s raking in tons of organic traffic. Ahrefs estimates 63,000 sessions a month:

Organic-keywords-for-https-www-vulture-com-2016-10-every-black-mirror-episode-from-worst-to-best-html

TV Blogging

I have written before about starting an authority site in the TV niche (Read: The TV Niche). That free niche report is definitely worth a read if you’re interested in becoming a streaming affiliate.

If I were starting a TV or streaming blog, I consider niching down into a particular content theme like action and adventure, science fiction, or even just Netflix originals.

If you dive even deeper behind some of these keywords, you’ll discover that characters from the shows get significant search volumes.

As well, episode guides, which I have written about before (Read: Ranking For TV Episodes), also get tons of search traffic.

The good thing about episode guides is that they have huge search volumes, are very low competition, and as new episodes emerge, you can quickly and dependably get a lot of traffic for these new search terms.

Netflix Affiliate Alternatives

Amazon Prime Video

Apple TV Affiliate Program

AMC Networks Affiliate Program

AT&T TV

CBS All Access Affiliate Program

Hulu

Hulu has an affiliate program inside of Rakuten Linkshare that is paying $2 per action. It’s not entirely clear what actions they are referring to – whether that is $2 for every paid or free sign up or $2 for purchases that occur. You can email their affiliate support for clarification at affiliate@hulu.com.

Roku Affiliate Program

Many Affiliate Options

There are even more streaming services and television networks that offer affiliate programs. I’ve only listed probably 20% of them.

Depending on what you’re interested in, you can likely find a match. The thing to remember, before you embark on building a website, you’ll want to have a clear picture of the different affiliate options available to you.

So, for example, say you want to blog about sports and monetize by promoting streaming services like ESPN or AT&T. Make sure you sketch out the different affiliate options for that niche beforehand so you don’t accidentally paint yourself into a corner with a streaming site that lacks affiliate monetization.

When I started a small niche site in the ink cartridge niche, before I began, I did a lot of research to figure it out the available affiliate programs:

Site_Structures_Google_Sheets

Running Ads

It doesn’t just have to be an affiliate play. With a niche TV blog, running ads is easier than ever. Once you hit a certain traffic threshold, you can sign up with Mediavine or AdThrive.

Both of those networks do require a significant minimum threshold of traffic, but once you are approved, their ads seamlessly plug-and-play directly into your website.

If you don’t meet their traffic requirements, and need a little bit more time to grow, you can join Ezoic or apply directly to Google’s AdSense program.

What I Would Do

If I were going to start a site that could theoretically monetize with a Netflix type of affiliate program, I’d map out all of the different affiliate options, their commission potential, as well as conversion percentages, if available.

Go With Your Passion

I would definitely pursue a streaming niche that interests me. All things being equal, if you’re passionate about science fiction, but not about action and adventure, there’s no real reason to choose the latter over the former. There are so many different TV shows, TV characters, and TV actors that you can rank for that it doesn’t make sense not to pursue the sub-niche you have a genuine passion for.

Ads, Ads, Ads

While I love affiliate marketing, I think the best monetization option here is going to be display ads. I don’t think you can generate a ton of revenue getting people to sign up for a Hulu subscription for $2 as opposed to getting a $15, $20, even $25 CPM on TV site traffic. And you can do both- they’re not mutually exclusive.

I definitely like the opportunity here. Mainly because if you have a passion for the topic it’s likely that you’ll be motivated to work on your site, make it high quality, and persist past difficulties.

Content Costs

Another good thing about this niche is you could probably get away with hiring cheap writers for a lot of the content. For example, you could easily HireWriters to rewrite episode guides. On the other hand, you might want to invest in better quality writing for more in-depth show or character profiles. I would experiment with both, seeing which ones attract the most traffic and Revenue.

The Banggood Affiliate Program [Worth It?]

banggood-logo

The oddly named Banggood is a Chinese e-commerce company that sells a disorientingly large range of products, from Lab Chemicals to anime nicknacks.

Even though it has a weird name, the website is nothing to sneer at.

Check out these huge organic traffic rankings: banggood website stats

It ranks for 2.4 million keywords (1) and gets very long-tail, international traffic (2).

Does Banggood Have An Affiliate Program?

Yes, it does.

According to their affiliate signup page, you can earn up to 12% commission.

However, according to this Banggood blog post, it is a tier-based system. So, to reach 12% commission you have to be a top affiliate performer.

How To Make Money With Banggood

Below, I extracted some of the website’s top-performing organic keywords. You can see a fairly extensive and oftentimes bizarre collection of rankings.

From “Japanese keycaps” to “ingrown toenail tool”, Banggood has it all.

Keyword Research

How can you make money promoting Banggood?

In my case, I have a general product review website, so I could literally target any of the keywords on this list, as long as they are not too perverted or strange, and push organic traffic to the product listings on Banggood’s website.

Or, you can use a site like this for niche site inspiration.

There are a lot of weird and random keywords in here with pretty big volumes and they might help you think up a new, lucrative affiliate site opportunity.

Because the site ranks for tons of different products, I would promote it by creating a product review listicle.

Like: “The Five Best Ingrown Toenail Tools“. I would experiment with different affiliate programs. In this case, I might try using the Banggood affiliate program as one or two of the products on the list, maybe even in using it in a pop-up just on that page.

I’ve found that using a pop-up tool like OptinMonster, with a countdown deadline timer, or promise of a discount, gets lots of clicks to the affiliate product page.

Dropshipping Option?

Some people even use Banggood as a dropshipping solution- similar to something like Aliexpress.

That’s outside my realm of expertise. But check out the video above if you’re interested in exploring dropshipping.

Summing Up

In many respects, it’s similar to Wish. Tons of random products listed at cheap prices.

And if you’re writing up product reviews, I would still prioritize the Amazon Associates program over Banggood.

Even though they have cut commissions really close to the bone, personally I am seeing over 10% conversion rate with Amazon.

Banggood isn’t going to get close to that. That said, it’s worth experimenting with. Plus Banggood has a lot of products that Amazon doesn’t have- particularly the ‘weirder’ offerings on the site (just browse the keyword research table).

As I previously mentioned, I have recently been experimenting with pop-ups on specific pages pushing people to non-Amazon affiliate offers. It’s an easy way to add a different affiliate option to the page without messing with any of the on-page SEO.

Plus, you can quickly assess a click-through rate from the pop-up, which will help you figure out the viability of the affiliate program your testing.