In this premium niche report, I discuss the 'drug treatment' niche.
I examine the SEO opportunity, site structure considerations, how to get backlinks, content strategy and its sizable monetization opportunities.
Aaccording to Addiction Center, "some inpatient rehabs may cost around $6,000 for a 30-day program. Well-known centers often cost up to $20,000 for a 30-day program. For those requiring 60- or 90-day programs, the total average of costs could range anywhere from $12,000 to $60,000."
Detailed Keyword Research
I use Ahrefs to dissect some truly stunning keyword data.
I break down the different drugs and rehab treatment keywords that you should rank for to push qualified traffic to different treatment offers.
This next niche idea can be a really fun and lucrative one especially if you live in a big city. The idea here is to create a local event site with a focused specialty or theme (music, tech, luxury, etc.) and monetize with sponsored content. This post will examine the opportunity and discuss how best to approach […]
I’m going to use my neighborhood, Brooklyn Heights, as an example.
For context, here’s a map of Brooklyn neighborhoods- you can see Brooklyn Heights, indicated by the black arrow, is one of the smallest neighborhoods in all of Brooklyn, with just over 20,000 residents (Source).
Here’s a view of the neighborhood from my apartment:
A Neighborhood Walkthrough
A Local Blog Example
I’ll use the BrooklynHeightsBlog throughout this case study as a reference point:
Suffice it to say, despite a DR 50 score, as of 12/19, it’s leaving a lot of organic keywords on the table because of permalink and site structure issues- but I digress…
I highlighted some interesting features:
They’re using the Amazon Associates affiliate program as a ‘support’ option
They solicit news tips- a good way to generate content ideas
They have a newsletter- a pretty ubiquitous blogging strategy
They’re monetizing with display ads
Social follow icons help diversify traffic- though we’ll see deeper in this case study that they’re not getting much social traffic
They solicit advertisements/sponsorships- another monetization strategy for a local blog
The ‘nabe chatter’ section highlights blog comments- a good way to build up community
I’m going to analyze how I’d approach starting a local news site below- highlighting important considerations:
You’ll want to make sure the ‘local’ traffic opportunity is big enough to justify targeting. One way to figure it out- I’d use Ahrefs to analyze search term volume. The best way to do this is to find local blogs and see what keywords they already rank for.
Keep in mind- a local blog like this will get a lot of direct traffic from regular neighborhood readers, so organic traffic isn’t going to be your only traffic source.
Destination queries like “bossert hotel”, “housing works montague”, and “roebling inn brooklyn”
Keyword research will reveal a lot of interesting data- helping you to figure out interesting topics you can create content for and whether a local area like Brooklyn Heights has enough search traffic.
You can see that the primary term “Brooklyn Heights” gets 20,000 searches a month, which is strong- and there’s a lot of long-tail traffic.
The BrooklynHeightsBlog, for example, evidently realized that it makes sense to cash in on traffic opportunities from neighboring communities like Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Cobble Hill:
I bet if they could do it over, they’d choose a different domain name.
They could have branded themselves something like “brooklynblog” and silo’d different neighborhood content on the site. They might have lost some of their ‘hyper-locality’ but gained valuable search real estate for nearby neighborhoods.
It’s really a judgment call- I’d advise choosing a domain name that gives you some flexibility to expand as needed, rather than locking yourself into one neighborhood.
One advantage of creating a hyper-local news site is that it should be easy to get email newsletter signups and legitimate direct traffic.
People should be pretty eager to sign up for a local news site because of its tremendous relevance. They’ll also type your site directly into their browser to get up-to-date news on their community.
According to SimilarWeb, the BrooklynHeightsBlog gets the majority of its visitors from Direct traffic:
A YouTube channel dedicated to the neighborhood- just create a walking tour of your neighborhood, or maybe video reviews of local restaurants, etc.
Pay micro-Instagram influencers, i.e. neighborhood social media ‘stars’, to shout-out the blog
Own your neighborhood hashtag on Instagram and Twitter- you can use MissingLettr to automate a lot of social content
SEO low competition terms- you can see a ton of them in the keyword research table near the top of this post
Create a local Meetup group to discuss neighborhood affairs
Post in Nextdoor- naturally include links to your content
Network at local events and practice word-of-mouth marketing- you never know who you’ll meet at these events and how they can increase site awareness
Interview local dignitaries- maybe they’re local politicians and get them to reshare the content to their audience
If you live in the neighborhood, you can register with Nextdoor.
Nextdoor is a hyper-local, community forum. In Brooklyn Heights, there’s a lot of engagement- with people discussing anything from lost cats to stolen Amazon packages.
These are easy topics to pick through to create content.
Below is a sample screenshot from my own Brooklyn Heights Nextdoor feed- it includes “peanut problem in parks” (a fun, easy topic idea) and the frequently recurring search for a quality cleaning person:
You can also unearth plenty of local forums Googling around and peruse them for interesting topic ideas.
I’d also create a Google Alert for various neighborhood terms so you’re quickly notified when your neighborhood is mentioned.
This way, you’ll be quick on the draw when your neighborhood is in the news and you can capitalize on trending topics.
Subscribe To Other Blogs
Subscribe to other local area blogs- this way you can see what topics they’re covering and the sort of offers they’re marketing to their readers.
Not Doing SEO
As I’ve touched on a bit, another fun thing about a site like this- you don’t need to ‘SEO’ everything.
Since you’ll be courting direct and email traffic, you can write a 150-word post on a lost cat getting reunited with its owner, with some fun, credited images, for example.
This will help keep the site fresh with content- you want to satisfy your direct traffic!
The way I’d approach it, I would divide content types up- figure out what you want to ‘SEO’ and what sort of content you want to write for other traffic sources (direct/social).
For example, in Brooklyn Heights, there’s a huge construction controversy about the Brooklyn Promenade:
The Brooklyn Heights Promenade, also called the Esplanade, is a 1,826-foot-long platform and pedestrian walkway cantilevered over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
It’s one of the preeminent tourist destinations in the city and there’s been a huge controversy regarding its planned closure and potential ‘reformulation’.
In a nutshell, the promenade and the highway beneath it have been neglected for a very long time and repair proposals would have a drastic, negative effect on the neighborhood, with one plan essentially installing a major highway in the heart of the neighborhood.
As you can imagine, there’s a ton of local interest in this topic.
This is an example of a topic I would ‘SEO’.
I’d create a single post optimizing for this keyword and keep it up to date with trending developments.
You can promote this content over and over again on social media and doubtless get a lot of referral traffic and links from sources like Nextdoor and news aggregator sites.
To summarize, I’d figure out the different types of content I want to produce- news items, restaurant and store reviews, real estate. There are a lot of different topic areas to explore- each might require different writing and research requirements.
You can source these ideas from forums, keyword research- or just walking around your neighborhood, noticing that a new nail salon opened.
If I were doing it, I’d create a standard operating procedure for transforming posts on Nextdoor into fun news items on the site.
Here’s a post about “peanut problems in parks”:
A writer could easily summarize some of the comments in the thread to generate content. You could even reach out to Nextdoor users for quotes and take some pictures of the park with your smartphone for unique images.
This post could be 300-500 words and be a fun news item to keep the site fresh and the direct traffic returning. Remember- a news site that goes stagnant will quickly lose its direct traffic readership!
You could use HireWriters or someone from UpWork to quickly create this content.
Choosing a theme
The Newspaper theme is one of my favorite WordPress themes. I like how easy it is to create gorgeous homepage layouts like this:
They also have a ton of post formats to make your content effortlessly pop. A magazine-style theme, in general, is the sort of layout style you’d want for a news site to encourage readers to click multiple pages per session, across common interest areas.
AdSense, Ezoic or Mediavine are great display-advertising options.
That said, I wouldn’t run ads until I’m getting ~250 sessions a day.
Since ad rates typically are calculated on a per 1,000 session model- if you’re managing a $10 CPM, for example, you’ll need some decent traffic before you see solid ad revenue.
According to their affiliate page, “HomeAdvisor’s industry-leading partner program offers aggressive payouts for qualified leads or calls.”
Look at how some of the big players monetize local service queries- Reviews.com has a pest control landing page that’s top-notch:
I’d definitely ‘SEO’ a term like “brooklyn pest control” and construct a landing page using some of the affiliate programs BestReviews uses like Orkin and Terminix, and even HomeAdvisor.
Another option- Caviar, the food delivery service, has an affiliate program. They write:
“Caviar delivers food from the best restaurants in cities around the country directly to you in the comfort of your home or office, enabled by technology. Browse a picture menu, customize your meal, and get delivery straight to your door. Only restaurants that meet the uncompromising standards of the Caviar tastemakers qualify for Caviar delivery.
Once an order is placed, the customer can track their order with a real-time GPS. Join the Caviar affiliate program and you’ll be promoting delivery for the love of food.”
This type of offer could do well in an email- you can write up a post about local Caviar delivery options and circulate it to your list.
Here’s another big one- real estate affiliate programs.
You could optimize content for “Brooklyn foreclosures” and even have a dedicated email capture on this page just for people who want foreclosure alerts in Brooklyn and then market foreclosure listings to them via email.
Once your site gets some traction, you can solicit sponsored content- perhaps a local business will pay to post on your site or access your email list.
The Skint is a local event site I’ve written about before- here’s one of the sponsored emails I recently received from them:
The 92Y apparently paid for access to The Skint’s email list.
If I were creating a local event site, I’d sign up to ALL the local sites and see what they’re promoting.
I’d keep track of these sponsorship opportunities in a spreadsheet and, if I had enough traffic to warrant it, I’d reach out to the 92Y and ask if they’d be interested in sponsoring content or an email broadcast.
If I didn’t have so much on my plate, I’d consider starting a site like this.
To make it work, it’ll need some time and dedication- it’s not worth ‘half-assing’ with low-quality content like your average affiliate site.
The upside here- ideally you’re living in the neighborhood you’re blogging about. You have a tremendous opportunity to create genuine and unique content that a small number of people love.
Besides the typical website marketing collateral like link codes and banners, you can also place a live psychic feed, a faux chatbox, and even a free chat object which allows your visitors to share their questions with the psychics without leaving your site.
They say that this dramatically improves conversions because people are immediately intrigued when they spot the live feed video.
To get a sense of the Oranum affiliate opportunity, I extracted 1,000 of Keen.com’s (a notable competitor’s) top-performing keywords:
You can use this list to brainstorm content ideas- whether you are running a blog or even an Instagram account in the psychic niche.
"Internal links also aid the flow of PageRank around your site. That’s a big deal. Generally speaking, the more internal links a page has, the higher it’s PageRank. However, it’s not all about quantity; the quality of the link also plays a vital role."
Besides helping Google discover your content, internal linking confers 'link equity' to your pages, helping them to rank higher in the search engines.
You can see that when you install Link Whisper and navigate to Auto Linking, you'll get a view like this below (click to enlarge):
You can choose a keyword and select what you want it to link to (1 and 2).
Every time the word "marketing" (3) is mentioned, for example, I'm linking to a post about marketing templates.
This also works going forward: every time I mention "marketing" in a future post, it will link to that marketing template.
You can also limit the number of times a keyword is linked from a Post. For example, if you mention the word "marketing" 50 times in a single Post, you don't want to link EVERY single time it's mentioned.
Post specific suggestions
Within every individual Post view, beneath the content editor, you'll get some suggestions for internal links to add from the post:
In this example Link Whisper is suggesting that the term "home kit" from the post I'm working on link to another post on my website.
You can even toggle the "Only Show Link Suggestions in the Same Category as This Post" option so that your internal linking is "silo style".
That is to say, you only link to Posts within a certain Category and not outside of it.
To be honest, I don't use this feature much. Mainly because I installed Link Whisper on mature websites with lots of content.
This feature is more useful if you're actively publishing and can incorporate the internal linking into your standard publication process.
I find it's easier to use the Auto Linking feature rather than modify hundreds of existing posts one by one.
Plus, I can get more creative with link anchor text using the Auto method than this Post-specific style, which can sometimes lack sufficient link suggestions.
If you deactivate Link Whisper, the links stay live.
That's a great feature.
In my case, I have a 3-site license and for smaller sites.
I'll sometimes install it and quickly get 50 internal links created, before deleting the plugin and reactivating it on one of my primary sites.
What I Don't Like
Link Whisper's automatic suggestions can be kind of weak.
I don't really use this feature too much. I prefer to define my own anchor text and generate the internal link opportunities that way.
Sometimes you'll Publish a post that's highly related to other content on your site and Link Whisper will provide somewhat anemic internal link opportunities.
However, Link Whisper gets a lot of updates, so it's likely that this feature will improve. I purchased it right at the beginning and I've seen its capabilities improve dramatically over the past year and change.
Not a 'one click' solution
This is good and bad.
A lot of people might expect a completely turnkey solution.
This is pretty close to being that. But, really, you do want to spend some time choosing which keywords link where.
Because it's not just about 'SEO' value.
Say you're selling SEO services, for example.
If you have one page on your site that earns you a ton of money, say a 'contact form', you'd want to prioritize sending traffic to that page rather than linking to some random Post you wrote 4 years ago that earns you nothing.
If this were completely automated, you'd end up randomly linking within your site and sacrifice an important revenue opportunity.
Link Whisper provides a pretty handy solution for a mundane SEO task.
If you're looking for an actionable quick win to get more search traffic to your site and improve user engagement statistics, it gets my unreserved recommendation.
I've earned millions of dollars from Amazon's affiliate program.
So I have a lot of experience managing Amazon affiliate links, optimizing for conversions, and maintaining Amazon Associates compliance.
A couple of years ago I switched to a new affiliate plugin- the AAWP (Amazon Affiliate WordPress Plugin).
I had been using EasyAzon since I started in 2016 and I still have a ton of EasyAzon links on my site.
At the time, EasyAzon was a fairly sophisticated and useful option.
It was one of the first affiliate plugins that let you manage international Amazon Associate accounts.
Nowadays, that's pretty standard- but back in 2016, a lot of Amazon affiliates would either lose out on international commissions or jump through hoops to send traffic to the correct Amazon storefront.
I like how easy it is to quickly create high-converting, always-in-stock, Amazon bestseller tables.
Especially with Amazon's recent commission reductions (4/20), it's ultimately cheaper to roll out an AAWP list than have a virtual assistant create a TablePress table with manually inserted affiliate links.
AAWP optimizes their designs for conversion- though you can do your own modifications, AAWP loads fast and looks pretty sleek.
There are very few glitches with AAWP. Unlike some other affiliate plugins I've used, I've never had to resort to the AAWP forums to get anything fixed.
Of all the Amazon affiliate plugins, the AAWP plugin comes closest to an official Amazon endorsement.
You can see it's listed here as a recommended option. I've also seen a lot of positive anecdotal chatter about its reputation within different Facebook Groups.
What I Don't Like
Some small quibbles- it would be cool if there was an AAWP browser extension so you could create AAWP affiliate collateral directly from an Amazon page.
As it is, you have to plug the ASIN in manually for things like buttons and certain comparison tables.
It would also be interesting to have a 'visual composer' to modify some of the outputs. As is, you can change some things around- button text, button style, etc.
You do need to employ CSS to extensively modify AAWP outputs.
Overall, AAWP has been a fantastic addition to my affiliate tool chest.
It makes it faster and easier to push out high-converting affiliate content while maintaining compliance with the Amazon Associates terms of service.
I am an affiliate for AAWP- so if you purchase it I'll receive a commission at no cost to you.
Wix is a well-known website builder that, according to Wikipedia,
“was first developed and popularised by the Israeli company also called Wix. It allows users to create HTML5 websites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools.
Users can add social plug-ins, e-commerce, online marketing, contact forms, e-mail marketing, and community forums to their web sites using a variety of Wix-developed and third-party applications. The Wix website builder is built on a freemium business model, earning its revenues through premium upgrades.”
I extracted 1,000 of Wix’s top keywords to get a sense of what drives traffic to their site.
Obviously, if you want to make some money promoting this website builder, you’ll want to drive traffic employing some of these keywords on your website or social media channels.
As you can see there are a lot of keywords that contain the word Wix. Sometimes I screen these key words out when I do keyword research, but in this case, probably the most logical content you could create would be for example a block post that demonstrates how to use “Wix templates“, which is a keyword that gets 22,000 searches a month for the keyword difficulty of 13.
If you look at the keyword difficulties in the table above, you’ll see that they are very high because this is a lucrative and competitive landscape. People that build their website using Wix, they’re going to be on the hook for recurring payments and Wix is undoubtedly upselling them once they’ve captured them in their funnel.
Besides straight Wix related searches, you could see that they rank for a variety of other, somewhat unrelated terms like “create a logo free“, create a blog and photography terms. All of these are internet or digital-related queries that are more top of the funnel for Wix, but undoubtedly feed a steady flow of conversions for them.
Another keyword that they rank for is “starting a YouTube channel”. This might seem somewhat unrelated, but anybody that builds a YouTube channel, it makes sense that they also have a website that they can send traffic to.
This is an example of another top of the funnel piece of content that pushes people down the rabbit hole towards purchasing Wix.
If you’re interested in being an affiliate, these different keywords can represent a blog post, a silo of content, or perhaps the theme of an entire website.
There’s definitely a lot of traffic and affiliate commission opportunity and the website builder space, which sits under the broader category of internet marketing.
I would think that a YouTube channel would play a prominent role if you were to enter into this space. Especially if you are brand new, launching a new website, it can take a long time to get organic traffic traction.
With YouTube, YouTube gets a lot more traffic more quickly and particularly in this space, you’ll want to be shooting YouTube videos demonstrating how to use Wix.
For example, check out this Wix YouTube tutorial:
It’s a high-quality video that pushes people to a custom Wix landing page- doubtless, it generates a good deal of commissions for Greg Gottfried.
Internet marketing in general and website builders specifically are extremely competitive niches.
That said, there’s always a way to create content and get traffic.
As I’ve mentioned, the way I would go about it, I would examine the keyword research table and begin producing cross-platform content.
Maybe you start with a YouTube video and convert it into a blog post or do that in reverse and create a blog post with an associated YouTube video.
Over time, as you begin producing more and more of this content, you’ll begin to see incremental traffic growth as well as commissions.
At the time of this writing in 2020, it doesn’t look like American Airlines has an affiliate program.
While Knoji says that there is an American Airlines affiliate program inside VigLink, I can confirm that there isn’t one.
American Airlines Affiliate Program Alternatives
First, some background about American Airlines: “American Airlines, Inc. is a major American airline headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, within the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. It is the world’s largest airline when measured by fleet size, revenue, scheduled passengers carried, scheduled passenger-kilometers flown, and number of destinations served.” (Source)
Affilorama has a good list of airline affiliate programs, which include:
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
While American Airlines doesn’t currently have an active affiliate program, it’s always informative and interesting to see the keywords that they rank for. Below, I examined their domain and filtered keywords that were below 15 on Ahrefs’ Keyword Difficulty scale.
This provides a pretty long list of low competition keywords that you can target on your website, even using them on social media platforms as topic ideas.
For example, one of the keywords is “main cabin extra“, which apparently refers to a higher-quality American Airlines travel experience including early boarding, extra legroom, free carry-on and more. This could easily become a fun blog post and YouTube video – YouTube is inundated with people sharing their air travel experiences.
In terms of monetizing the content, if you’re running ads on your website, you all cash in on travel display ads. However, you could pretty easily insert affiliate links to other airlines, perhaps analyzing comparable travel experiences between two different airline companies.
Another interesting keyword is “admirals club”. According to the American Airlines website, it’s “Complimentary amenities and services are available to make your travel more productive and relaxing.”
Similar to the last keyword, this could be another interesting piece of content for a website or social media account, describing the travel experience using Admirals Club and indulging in the various amenities.
The American Airlines website also ranks for a lot of different location queries including “indianapolis airport“.
This is a whole other category of content. You can see that this keyword has a difficulty of 5, but rest assured they ran them WordPress site isn’t going to overnight rank on the first page of Google for this query.
That said, if I was targeting American Airlines’ keywords, I would experiment with ranking ‘airline location’ content.
You could create a long-form article that comprehensively evaluates the Indianapolis Airport (like this one), providing directions, contact information, parking facilities, location of nearby hotels and restaurants, the list is almost endless.
Doubtless, a lot of websites are already trying to do this, but I would try my hand at producing a lot of long-form content targeting this type of keyword. And it’s quite easy to insert some affiliate links into content like this – maybe even using something like thirsty Affiliates or ad inserter to dynamically insert affiliate content across all of your different posts.
All of that said, travel is a pretty competitive space to be in. If I were going to attempt it, I would try to niche down into something that’s low competition. In addition, I would really want to have some social media influence the push traffic. A lot of people presume that the travel affiliate payouts are going to be generous- but a lot of the flight affiliate programs don’t pay that much.
According to Wikipedia, “PayPal Holdings Inc. is an American company operating a worldwide online payments system that supports online money transfers and serves as an electronic alternative to traditional paper methods like checks and money orders. The company operates as a payment processor for online vendors, auction sites, and many other commercial users, for which it charges a fee in exchange for benefits such as one-click transactions and password memory.”
Granted, PayPal doesn’t have an affiliate or referral program currently, but it’s always instructive to take a look at the type of keywords the PayPal domain actually ranks for.
You might be running a finance blog where you are recommending alternative payment processing solutions, or maybe you just want to get traffic to your site and run ads on the content, without even trying to do any affiliate marketing.
Whatever the case, check out the keyword research that I did below. In a nutshell, I filtered the PayPal domain by URLs that contained the word “article”, which is the blog section of PayPal:
So, looking at this keyword research, there are some interesting content opportunities, whether you are writing an article for your website, shooting a video for your YouTube channel or generating ideas for your social media accounts.
One topic that seems pretty high volume and relatively low difficulty is the “PayPal fees” keyword. You could write up an article, for example, that examines the different products and services that PayPal offers and the associated fees. you’d want to keep this information routinely updated, but it could be a way to acquire some highly valuable traffic to your website.
Another interesting keyword, especially if you are in the finance or credit card niche, is the “PayPal business debit card” keyword. Financial traffic can be extremely lucrative, whether you are running display ads, doing affiliate marketing, or selling your own product.
Nerdwallet.com is a great example of a website that rakes in enormous amounts of traffic by writing highly detailed reviews of financial products, including all different types of credit cards. I would review how they write up their credit card evaluations and produce something similar for this particular keyword.
Another interesting keyword is “PayPal scams“. Obviously, this keyword goes off in a drastically different direction, but it could be an interesting piece of content. You could write up a long-form piece of content that describes the different strategies scammers use to try to get people to send the money through PayPal. Maybe you even turn into something humorous, writing up the 10 most hilarious PayPal scam fails.
Whatever the case may be, it’s always informative to evaluate the keywords that a domain ranks for. Although PayPal doesn’t have an affiliate program at the moment, you can use these keywords to brainstorm content ideas and leverage them for material to get traffic to your website or social media accounts.
You will also get access to a bunch of free stuff, and hopefully a little encouragement, too. There really are people out there just waiting to join your email list, and this short training will help you find them:
What I Like About ConvertKit
1. Modern Interface
As opposed to AWeber’s somewhat stodgy appearance, ConvertKit has a clean, modern interface.
2. Visual Automation
This is another big one.
ConvertKit makes it easy to ‘drag and drop’ complex email automations.
For example, say I want to create an opt-in form for a specific post, send those subscribers 3 emails, and then 2 days after the last email add them to another list, it’s incredibly simple to accomplish:
It’s pretty simple and it works.
Check out this video overview by ConvertKit- it’ll show you how easy these visual automations are to set up:
3. Free Migrations
ConvertKit also will do a free migration- transferring your subscribers and sequences from your current provider:
That’s enormously helpful, and something that I used when I transferred from MailChimp.
ConvertKit also makes Analytics accessible and simple. Here’s one view of an autoresponder sequence- all the relevant stats are neatly laid out alongside the specific email:
There are a variety of views you can get- whether that’s diving into individual subscribers or examining the performance at the Visual Automation level.
5. Easy Landing Pages
I don’t really use this feature- but it can be immensely useful if you want to quickly create landing pages that aren’t hosted on your site.
Say you’re running a webinar and you want to start collecting emails from a conversion-optimized landing page- you can quickly create a landing page inside of ConvertKit and instantly get a live URL to share:
You can also embed these landing pages on your website.
6. Triggers & Actions
ConvertKit lets you do some pretty advanced stuff.
I don’t personally need too much of this.
But, you can do some fancy click-triggering, for example:
So, for example, say you want to segment your list…
You want everyone who clicks a particular link to be opted in to a new email sequence- it’s simple to do.
This is great if you want to run an offer to a subset of your list. Users can click and be automatically opted-in and you don’t annoy the entirety of the list with an offer they’re not interested in.
Support is also really fast and friendly.
I haven’t had to use it often, but whenever I have, support has been very quick.
Plus, there’s always a live chat option on the website:
Things I Don’t Like
1. Form Builder
You need to build ‘forms’ to capture leads on a website- popups, content upgrades, etc.
ConvertKit lets you build forms, but the design tool isn’t that great- not nearly dynamic enough to function as a robust lead capture instrument on your website.
You don’t need to use ConvertKit’s forms on your website.
And I don’t.
The way I do it, I use lead capture tools that integrate with ConvertKit, like Convertful, Thrive Leads and Bloom, to design my popups and banner optins.
These tools are way more dynamic than what ConvertKit provides.
If I were starting all over, I’d probably test out OptinMonster to capture leads on the site and integrate it with ConvertKit.
I’ve read some good things about it- that it has outperformed a variety of other tools.
At this point, it would be a huge hassle to unwind my current lead captures, recreate them all within OptinMonster, and basically split test them…
I might do it someday.
Here’s a form building tutorial so you can get a sense of how form-building works:
The Authority Site System is a step-by-step system for launching successful affiliate & authority sites. It’s intended for beginners who want to create new sites and reach job replacement income levels. It’s always available for purchase- unlike AH Pro.
AH Pro is only available during launch periods- it’s designed for marketers who already have a blog or website and want to grow it further. Make sure you’re subscribed to my email list (there’s a signup form at the bottom of this post) to get notified when AH Pro is available.
I purchasedTASS and AH Proin 2016 and relied on their traffic/monetization strategies to scale my websites to over $65,000 monthly earnings.
Besides the course content, when you purchase The Authority Site System, you get access to their private Facebook mastermind group. It’s an invaluable repository of internet marketing knowledge. Mark and Gael are on hand- as well as a ton of other successful site owners willing to share their knowledge.
Gael and Mark routinely update both TASS and AH Pro so that their strategies remain cutting edge.
The two resources I unreservedly recommend if you’re trying to build a passive-income internet business is Ahrefs, the SEO software, and The Authority Site System.
Could you get the same information for free elsewhere?
I bet you could cobble together 75% of the information from free resources.
But it would be a disorganized mess.
I know when I was first starting out, I was so incredibly confused about the best course of action.
I had a lot of early failures that could have been avoided if I had just stuck with a workable and winning system.
Plus- you wouldn’t have access to peer support from the Facebook mastermind.
To this day, whenever I have a question about something that’s got me stumped, I search the Facebook group and usually find detailed answers from reputable marketers I know I can trust.
So, yes, it’s a lot of money.
But if you’re serious about building a profitable content site, I’d recommend investing in a proven system to ensure efficient progress towards job-replacing online income.
Are there refunds?
Yes, they offer a 30 day, no questions asked refund.
Does this work in 2020?
Yes- they routinely update the content in the course. Including a recent reshooting of their entire TASS video catalog.
Are there other costs?
Yes. You’ll have to pay to host your website, buy a WordPress theme, and invest in an SEO tool like Ahrefs (or a cheaper alternative like KWFinder). In addition, you’ll need to create content for your website- you can write this yourself or outsource it.
Is there support?
Yes, the private Facebook mastermind group is where you’ll get support from Gael and Mark. As well as other authority-site marketers. I’m in the group every day- it’s probably my 2nd or 3rd stop in the morning.
Are there discounts?
I’ve seen the price occasionally discounted- but I don’t know for sure if/when this will happen again.