I’ve heard from several of you with concerns about a new affiliate marketing website that isn’t generating much, if any, traffic after a month or two. I’ve been meaning to get around to this for a while now, but here goes.
There are a ton of factors that go into free search engine traffic generation. This video and blog post is in no way an attempt to cover them all, but I will hit the highlights which are covered in greater detail in the Deadbeat Super Affiliate training.
Watch the video here:
On Site vs Off Site SEO
There are two types of search engine optimization (SEO) to consider. The first is on-site SEO. This deals with things that are done on your niche website itself to help boost its rankings in the search engines. While not getting too far in the weeds or giving away too much of the Deadbeat Super Affiliate training, here are a few things to remember when building your website:
- Choose a niche that you know something about. One of the keys of SEO is good content. That means your site should add value to the people that will be visiting. Google and other search engines have gotten very good at weeding out sites that are poorly put together and stacked with keywords just to fool the ranking algorithms. To create value, you should know a little something about the subject, so you can create quality articles that help solve a problem. Now, the deadbeat training will suggest niches that tend to work well, and I created a site in one of these (howtowartremover.com), but seriously. How fun is it to write about wart removal?
- Write good content. After you have done some thorough keyword research (the training teaches you all about how to do this), write your articles using what you learned in the training. These articles should contain valuable info, photos, video, and of course links to the products that are relevant.
- Use tags. WordPress allows you to put in keyword tags for each article or page you create. Use this feature with relevant tags.
- Create a featured image and name it properly. Create a catchy image for each blog post, and use keywords in the actual file name.
- Use links in your content to other pages and articles on your site. This will add value to the search engines. Also consider things like social media links to links to your corresponding social media properties. You can see an example at the bottom of this article.
- Utilize the XML Sitemap plugin. Dan turned me on to this in one of his YouTube videos. Great advice!
There’s so much more to on-site SEO, but this is a good start. I should also mention that as you learn, be sure and update your niche sites and articles with the new knowledge you acquire.
Off-site SEO deals with actions you can take elsewhere on the internet to boost your website’s search engine ranking. Here are a few things I’ve learned through Deadbeat Super Affiliate:
- Create social media properties for your niche site. You should have a Facebook page and YouTube account as a bare minimum. Consider other outlets as well such as Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. You don’t have to update these every day or even every week, but visit them from time to time. Link to an article that relates to your niche. Share a video… even if someone else made it. And ALWAYS, ALWAYS… share new content that you’ve created on your website to your social media properties.
- Make videos. This is a must! There’s nothing out there that has as much SEO power as video. Dan covers how to make video in his training using VideoMakerFX, but there are so many easy-to-use video editors out there. I even put a site together in this niche you might find helpful: diybusinessvideos.net.
- Create backlinks manually. You can create links back to your niche site by blogging, leaving comments on other authority sites, participating in forums, etc. This is time consuming, and the results come slow… but boy is it powerful!
- Use Fiverr gigs. There are two types of fiverr gigs I’m using based on the deadbeat training. They are social bookmarking and link pyramids. Watch the video above to watch me do this for one of my affiliate sites.
These Things Take Time
If you’re not seeing results right away, don’t sweat it! Just keep taking action! Learn something new every day, and apply what you learn. Affiliate marketing is like an avalanche that begins with a tiny snowball. Sometimes we have to keep that thing rolling for a bit before it ever picks up enough momentum to do something awesome.
All the best! Robert