Affiliate Marketing 102: Affiliate Blog Content 1

After you build your blog you need to do two things:

1. Add content to your blog, and

2. Get your blog added to Google index.

So first we need to add some content to your blog. You only need one post to get your blog indexed easily, so let’s focus on that.

To avoid looking spammy you need to avoid linking to any affiliate offers you are promoting. Just provide free information about the subject that your offer is related to. For example, if you are promoting a dating offer write a few posts about dating and publish them on your blog.

Sounds easy? I hope so.

It’s better if you can write about 5 articles, each article should be answering one question that your readers might have in mind. To know what people need to know precisely go to Google external keyword tool and search for keywords or phrases that have been searched by people interested in your offer. To continue with the same example above search Google external keyword tool for dating, and to be more specific let’s consider that your offer is about single parents dating. You can start by an article about dating tips for single moms, another one for single dads, then a couple more dating advice articles for both, and maybe another one about building rapport between your kids and your date.

These are useful topics and are easy to rank for so that you start getting traffic from search engines. Now it’s time to get your blog indexed. There are two things to do so that you get indexed quickly.

1. Submit your RSS feed url to feed directories, and

2. Get a link from another website.

The RSS feed submission can be done by many services, one of them is feed shark. It submits feed and pings your blog to all available directories. You only need to provide two urls: your blog url and your RSS feed url. You get the RSS feed url by clicking on the orange icon that you see right now in the url field of your browser if you are using firefox.

To get backlinks to your blog simply leave a comment with your blog url in the “website” field on the top 10 blogs when you search Google for your keyword. Some blogs have the links set as “no follow” links. Those are not going to help in indexing. To avoid those you need to install a plug in for Firefox and Global Mojo called “do no follow”. The no follow links will show in purple color on your browser.

You can also write an article about your blog subject and link to your blog in the first paragraph. Publish this article on other blogs that allow you to write for them, like 3stepads.com.

If you do all of the above your blog could be indexed in a few hours. If not, be patient and continue adding content to your blog.

Please keep in mind that this free method for affiliate marketing is going to involve a lot of writing. So, if you don’t like writing you’d better get used to it :-). Just kidding. The kind of writing that I meanĀ  here is like writing an email to someone about your topic. If you can write an email then you’re all set and ready to take off.

Please leave a comment with your questions or suggestions. This is how I decide what topic to write about next.

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Affiliate Marketing 102: Building a Free Blogger Blog for Affiliate Marketing

Another free blogging service, which is easy to rank in search engines if you do it right, is Google’s own blogger.com. The reason it’s easy to rank is that Google gives blogger.com so much authority (I don’t really know why) that I’ve seen some blogger blogs ranking in the top 5 with less than 60 inbound links as compared to thousands required by the rest of the top 10 websites for the same keyword.

Setting up a blogger blog is easy, and here is how to do it:

  1. First of all you need a Google account. Even if you already have one, get yourself a new one dedicated to this purpose.
  2. The next step is to go to blogger.com and log in with your new credentials.
  3. Follow the steps outlined in the following video. You can change everything later if you are not happy with them, but try to get your target long-tail keyword in the url and the title.
  4. Manage your blog using draft.blogger.com. This way you’ll have better options in designing your blog.
  5. Click on the “settings” tab and write a description for your blog that includes your long tail url and at the same sounds like a call to action. Example: “Muscles 101 is dedicated to educate young men on how to build strong and spectacular muscles”. Keep it within 160 characters. Don’t change anything else and save your settings.
  6. Start blogging about your subject. Don’t include any affiliate links yet, not until your blog is indexed and you build some link juice.

In the following posts I’ll show you how to get your blog indexed quickly and how to build inbound links to your blog.

As usual I want to remind you of two things:

1. Free blogs, specially blogger, are not the best option. If you can afford your own domain and hosting do it and don’t leave a ton of money on the table to blogger.com. Besides blogger.com deletes blogs randomly as a spam counteract, and if your blog’s main purpose is affiliate marketing there is no way you can get it again, I assure you.

2. If you want to help keep this series going in the right direction please leave your comments below and share this post with your friends who might be interested. Your and your friends comments will help decide how this series will flow.

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Affiliate Marketing 102: Building a Free Blog that Google Loves

After you decide what to build a blog around it’s time to actually build it. Without going into technical challenges, there is one easy way to do it: sing up for a free wordpress blog at wordpress.com. Your blog url will be something like this: http://yoursubdomain.wordpress.com. From within your account install “all in one SEO pack” plug in, fill in the blanks and it will do all the on site SEO for you.

To keep you in the know, the on-site SEO includes linking all the pages together so that each page is accessible from anywhere on your website with at least one link, and each page is anchor-linked to from all other pages at least once (if possible). Also, the all in one SEO pack plug in changes your urls to include the category, page, and subpage (you can do it manually by changing the permealinks). This structure is known as “silo structure”, which means that the url for each page should look like this: http://domain.com/category/page.html, or http://domain.com/category/subcategory/page.html.

Ok, I know it doesn’t make sense if you’re not familiar with it: here is a diagram for this silo structure:

If you are not familiar with wordpress.com here is a video on how to sign up for a free account.

And this is another video on how to set it up. The first part explains how to install it on on your server using fantastico. (There is a 25% off coupon for hostgator hosting and it’s good for any package, see the top right corner of this page).

And here is how to install All-in-One SEO Pack plugin:

This should keep you busy for a while. The next one will be about doing it with Googles Blogger.com. Stay tuned my friend.
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Affiliate Marketing 102: 100% Free Money for Affiliates

IMPORTANT: This is NOT a prelaunch for a product or anything. I am not selling my secrets for any price. So rest assured that I am not going to ask you to buy anything from me at any point. This method utilizes only free resources.

Throughout my websites I stress on one fact that makes a difference between making money and building a business on the Internet: Don’t settle for “free” stuff. Free web hosting, free traffic, and free autoresponders in particular are the biggest “No No”s for me.

With that out of the way, I know that it’s not an option for every one on the planet to pay for hosting and autoresponders or buy advertising. Sometimes it’s money, sometimes it’s the lack of the method of payment as for most of those who live in African countries.

So, here is a simple plan for making money on the Internet building simple free blogs and monetizing them with affiliate links and contextual advertising while driving free traffic to these blogs.

First of all here are the outlines of the plan:

1. Finding a niche, so easy and simple that any kid in the third grade can do it.

2. Choosing the keywords to build the blog around.

3. Building the blog in a way that Google loves (so that we get the free Google traffic).

4. Building a list of the subscribers with a free autoresponder.

5. Driving tons of free traffic to your free blog.

6. Monetizing the blog with affiliate links and contextual advertising blocks.

Now that’s not going to be a killing technique that you’ve never heard about (probably) before, or something that will get you rich over the weekend. It’s a proven method to make some money using free tools available to everyone on the Internet, but this income could, and will, vary greatly from person to person and from time to time. There is also a risk that these free tools might change their rules in a way that makes it impossible for this method to work anymore. It is highly recommended that if you have the means to at least buy a domain name and host it on your own hosting (see the top right corner of this page for a good deal on hosting), please go ahead and do it.

With that disclaimer out of the way, we can start explaining the plan in details:

1 & 2. Finding Niches and Keywords:

Finding the niche, or the subject for your blog material, is where you’ll need to spend most of your time and energy before you start building your money making blog, because based on your results there will be a difference between making some good money and money little to no money at all.

It’s not that hard, and anyone can do it. Here are the steps:

  • Watch infomercials and take note of the products they are selling (don’t buy anything :-), you’re working now).
  • Make a list of the PROBLEMS that they solve, e.g. weight loss, back pain, osteoporosis, hearing troubles … etc. Then shortlist these problems to what you have some knowledge about or have passion for (building muscles for example).
  • Go to clickbank’s market place and find products that solve these or related problems. These products and their gravity indexes are indicators of the size of the market. The more products you find and the higher the gravity indexes the more competitive the market is. There is no rule for it. I had success selling products with less than 1 gravity index and failed miserably with products with gravity index above 300.

IMPORTANT: STAY AWAY FROM WEIGHT LOSS, YOU-KNOW-WHAT-ENLARGEMENT, WORK FROM HOME, OR ANY THING YOU SEE INĀ  YOUR EMAIL SPAM BOX.

Anything that your email provider filters out as a spam is also considered spam by most of the free blog service providers and the content sharing websites you’ll be using if you stick to this method.

  • Go to Google keyword tool and find a keyword related to your market that is not too specific and not too broad, and get’s like 2000-4000 local searches in the US. The too specific keyword will probably trigger spam bots, and the too broad ones will be too competitive for a free blog to rank in search engines for it.
  • Check the competition for this keyword by searching it on Google in quotes (like this: “keyword”) and see how many websites will show for it. This is the simplest way to do it. Also take note of the sponsored ads. No ads is not a good sign.

It’s not going to be a piece of cake. You’ll probably need to keep searching for keywords related to your niche of choice for a while until you find the suitable keyword.

That should keep you busy for a while. This is your homework. Find a niche and related keywords until the next post comes out.

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