23 Oct 11 5:30 pm
WEll, if you are trying to sell toilet paper via an affiliate site, I am not sure you really have a profitable niche anyway. But, you could get guest posts on home living blogs, mommy blogs etc...
If you look for an excuse to fail or someone to blame for your failure, you will always find it. However, if you choose to work hard, and look for a way to succeed, you will find that too. its all about mindset, and what you choose to focus on.
If you follow Mark's training on Choosing Niches, you should be in a niche that has blogs to guest post on as well as forums. I do follow Jack Humphrey a lot, and much of what I do for traffic generation, I learned from his various courses and ebooks. I have enven applied a lot of it to my static affiliate websites, and it still works as well there as it does on blogs.
It also depends on what you put into it. Honestly, if you have a viable niche, there will be some form of social media presence for that niche.
People are blowing things WAY out of proportion with the Google updates. they aren't out to kill affiliates, but the spammy affiliates building crap sites with thin content, poorly rewritten articles, and spammy review pages, and no real value added to the niche.
With my squeeze pages, I am doing more and more to teach something first before asking for the opt in. Because of this, my squeeze page videos get social sharing, and people talking about it. Most people won't see these results because they try to do the short ask for an opt in and provide no value before the sign up approach.
If you use quality original content, and you get links from trusted sources, you will be fine. My search rankings are going UP in most places, although a few have gone down with the latest updates. Its not the monetization method that is the issue, its the quality of sites you build, and the level of engagement you have with potential customers that is the biggest problem that I see.
It doesn't matter how good YOU think your site is. what matters is how good your readers think it is.
the fact is most affiliates I talk to are lying to themselves. they claim to have "quality content" but when I read it, it is exactly the same as 10000 other affiliate sites on the same topic. it boring, bland, poorly formated,and blatantly obvious to the average human that the person writing it is just out to make a buck, and cares nothing about them.
you have to build trust!
If you look at my blog, and even some of my aff sites, I don't have ads on every page. in fact, with my blogs 1/5 posts will have an advertisement. its more about building trust and authority than making a sale.
you cant really build authority in 100 different niches. you should pick out 2-3 niches that you truly are passionate about, and focus on building your reputation in those niche markets.
You have to get real. I write my articles from personal experience, and dont get involved in niches that I am not passionate enough about to write a ton of content, and engage people directly. Because of that, I can get loads of traffic without Google, and still get google to like what I say.
Google is also now putting more weight on social metrics. The more people talk about your content on social sites, the better your rankings will get.
most affiliates are just out to make money and don't care about the people coming to their sites. quality sites is important, but you also have to promote that content properly. if you are out to make a quick buck, and don't add value to the community, you are wasting time. Google can tell it, the readers can tell it, and you will suffer for it.
If you provide value, and help people a lot, you can recommend products and get them engaged on your site. then Google will like you, whether you are monetizing it with your own products, or as an affiliate.
I have always said, I build sites to help people with similar interests to my own, and happen to make money by referring them to other people's products as well. that mindset is something most people building affiliate sites don't have,
Your Focus Determines Your Reality