Go60Guy - 6:31 pm on Feb 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
After "retiring" from the web arena again for a while, I felt compelled to commence rebuilding an affiliate agenda. I found myself on the brink of irreversible brain damage attributable to boredom.
I build sites strictly to operate as an affiliate. Primarily, I target revenue streams from AdSense, Amazon and eBay. I still get a few CJ trickles from old sites I've largely abandoned.
Anyhow, my current belief is that the best way to achieve success is to identify and pursue niches that show promise. Here's what I've been doing since the start of the year:
1. Refine keyword research to find keyword combos that have low competition, yet decent traffic.
2. Register a TLD (.com, .net, .org) that uses those exact keywords, e.g. pressuresensitivewidgets.com
3. Build a site with unique content targeting the keywords, and featuring one or more highly rated products in the niche from Amazon. I also display other Amazon listings as an adjunct.
4. Add AdSense to every page, and construct pages targeting the niche displaying rss eBay auction feeds for particular brands or categories in the niche (this is good for attracting long tail searches). Again, KW targeting is critical.
4. Do appropriate on-site, on-page optimization for the KWs
5. Link out to a bunch of other high ranked, related sites. Google likes this.
5. Get a small number of backlinks. If you've done your KW research properly, you don't need many backlinks.
6. Go live and wait.
So far, I've managed to get several sites on G's page one for the targeted KWs. AdSense and Amazon revenues are beginning to pick up. I realize it's early times for this strategy, and it, or variations, may be old hat for some of you. But it's new for me, and I plan to give it a few more months to see how it shapes up and whether it amounts to working smart (or dumb).
Hey, it's all experimental and subject to testing as mentioned earlier.