Hey folks, I get asked a lot, what are the some of the most successful affiliate marketing tips and tricks? or What are some successful affiliate marketing websites?
While I can’t speak for everyone or know what every site is doing, my friends and fellow affiliate marketers at Wealthy Affiliate agree on these 8 (I’ve added a few extras) things that successful affiliate marketing websites do. If you’re not yet a member of the great community at Wealthy Affiliate, I highly recommend that you sign up for a FREE account! For more info Take An Inside Look at Wealthy Affiliate.
These are rules and tips I learn over the years. I added a few bonus tips too. I thought I would write this post as both a case study and helpful guide for others. Let’s see if these SEO tips work. Let’s begin….
Things Successful Affiliate Marketing Websites Do Video
Content Is King
There is much debate on how long a blog post should be. I’ve seen short posts with less than 500 words rank high and post with 3000 words not rank so high. I have a blog post with 26 words and a video ranked on the first page of Google, perhaps it’s a super low hanging fruit keyword. Who knows?
It seems 1500 to 3000 words for a post is the consensus among bloggers and SEO experts these days. I’ll save that debate for another day. I believe great content that creates value for your readers is best regardless of how many words. So assuming your already creating great content for your site, let’s take a look at some SEO tips to help you get ranked higher in Google and in less time. For now, this post has 2015 words.
Keyword Research And Placement
Good keyword research will help you get ranked in Google and other search engines quicker and without spending a dime on ads. This type of traffic is called organic traffic. This is done by looking for what’s called a low hanging fruit.
A low hanging fruit is a keyword(s) that gets searched a lot but has low competition. When using this method you will need a good keyword research tool such as Jaaxy or the one that comes with a Wealthy Affiliate.
For this article, I found the keywords “Successful Affiliate Marketing Websites” at the time I searched it had a search rate of 100 a mouth and a Quoted Search Results (QSR) competition of 68. Quoted Search Results (QSR) is the number of websites that are using the same target keyword you want/use. This is your competition. The lower the QSR the better.
A keyword with more than 100 searches and less than a 100 Quoted Search Results (QSR) is a good place to start.
At least one image with keyword Keyword(s) in image test and alt tag
Your keywords should be put in your URL and in your Title and in the first paragraph of your post. Your featured image should also contain your keyword in its description and alt tag.
Internal Linking is the process of adding links to other pages and posts on your site. Internal links can be anywhere on your site including in the comments. ( also see How To Add Internal Links to WordPress Comments.) – This is an example of an interlink, I’m adding it here because it’s relevant to what I’m writing about.
It’s best to add a few internal links in the first paragraph of your article. Keep links related to your post. For example, the first paragraph of this post I mention SEO and affiliate marketing and have an internal link to an article about SEO and a post about affiliate marketing.
Wikipedia is a master of internal linking. There are 5 internal links in the example below. All the blue links are internal. – Bonus tip: add a link to an authority site like Wikipedia. Just like I did here.
An authority website is a site that is trusted. It’s trusted by its users, trusted by industry experts, trusted by other websites and trusted by search engines.
Break Up Your Content Into Readable Chunks
While this might not directly help with SEO, it will keep people on your site and in return add Google Juice by lowering your bounce rate. Most people will not read all of your articles, they will most likely skim over it first to see if there is anything they find interesting. If there’s a video they may just watch that. Either way your blog posts need to be clean, tidy and clutter free.
Make sure your content is easy to read and key points are highlighted. Use the H2 tag and H3 tags for headers and key ideas., use bullet points, bold text, italic text, and break up paragraphs if they run on too long. Adding images is another way to keeps this cuter free and organized.
I have an example of this in the video above. I show me working on this post before I was ready to publish it. If you haven’t watched the video check it out.
Bonus tip: I like to use a larger font size on my websites as it’s easier to read.
Get Comments On Your Site
Comments add more Google juice to your site’s ranking in a few ways. engagement on your site, and more content by adding more and keywords in your site can also get ranked for keywords that are in your comments,
Getting comments on your sites can be a tricking if you have a new site and not a lot of readers. If your a WA member you know that wouldn’t be a problem. Part of your WA membership is The WA community and comment system.
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Fetch As Google Right After You Post
You are using Google Webmaster Tools, right? If not set up your Free account it’s a must for SEO. One thing I always do after creating a post is to add the URL to Fetch as Google. This will speed up the time your post gets indexed by Google.
Post To Google Plus
Google Loves Google! So it should come to as no surprise, posting your link to Google+ will help with your rankings.
Here’s what to do: Put your Blog post title in between Asterisks like so *Top 8 Things Successful Affiliate Marketing Websites Do* into your Google Plus post — This will make the text bold in Google plus, then write a brief description what your post is about and add the URL. That’s it. Google Juice!
Ok so it doesn’t have to be a YouTube Video but as I said before Google loves Google and since Google owns YouTube, Google loves YouTube Too. That’s almost a tongue twister. You will benefit from some extra Google Juice by using YouTube.
Almost all my blog posts have a YouTube video within the post. I personally make my own videos for most of my articles, but you can use other people videos too. Most YouTube videos are shareable and can be enabled on 3rd parties websites.
Your own YouTube videos on your post have two main benefits. One: People will find you on Youtube searches, which can bring traffic to your site. Two: Video playback on your site will keep visitors on your site longer. Did you watch my video above? Google assumes if people are staying on your site that the content is good and it probably is or why would people be staying around? The longer visitors stay on your site the better, this helps sites rank higher in Google.
Don’t Forget Bing & Yahoo
Like Google webmaster tools, Bing has it’s own set of tools, that will get your site ranked in Bing and Yahoo Search engines, while not as big as Google, It won’t hurt to get traffic from them as well. DO IT, It’s FREE.
I used to think Pinterest was just for woman, but there are a lot of cool things for guys as well. Pinterest is a great way to spread the love of your website. I always make a Pinterest sized graphics for every post I write and share it on one of my Pinterest Board. Read How To Create Pinterest Images Quick & Easy for some information.
Don’t Over Fill Your Page With Ads And Too Many Affiliate Links
This is something I see newbies do a lot. Now before you say what about site AA or site BB? Some sites work well with lots of ads but they also spend a lot on advertising themselves to gain traffic and have a staff of people doing many things. For this tip, I’m talking about us DIY Indie Bloggers that are mostly running niche sites with affiliate links.
You may think the more ads and affiliate links the better. WRONG! Blog posts that are overfilled with ads and affiliate links aren’t ranked as high in Google, if even at all. Google see them mostly as spam. Keep your readers focused, tons of ads to unrelated things will only distract them. This serves no value to your reader. This article you’re reading now has no affiliate links or ads to outside websites on it. Only one link to an authority site (Wikipedia) and the rest of the links are internal. Yes, other links within this site have affiliate links on them but not this one.
Case Study & Recap
As I said in the intro to this article, I will be making this a case study post as well. Here’s a quick recap of tips and the strategies I used for this post.
- Keyword Research and Placement. Use a keyword search tool.
- Internal Linking.
- Break Up Your Content Into Readable Chunks.
- YouTube Video. Preferably make your own video, but can be someone else’s video on the topic.
- Fetch As Google Right After You Post.
- Share on Google Plus.
- Comments. Get comments on your site.
- Don’t Forget Bing & Yahoo.
- Bonus 1: Add a link to an authority site like Wikipedia.
- Bonus 2: Pinterest. Share on Pinterest.
- Don’t add to many ads or affiliate links.
Details for this post so far:
Update: Ranked in Google in a few hours:
Published on Sunday, December 3, 2017
- Keyword “Successful Affiliate Marketing Websites” 100 monthly searches with a QSR of 66
- Keyword in URL, title, first paragraph = YES
- Keywords in image & Image Alt tag = YES
- There are 2031 words in this article before comments.
- Is article easy to read? YES
- One internal links in the first paragraph.
- Seven internal links total in the post.
- One link to an authority site. Wikipedia.
- One YouTube video in the post.
- One Video on YouTube that links back to this post.
- Added to fetch as Google? YES
- Added to Bing? YES
- Shared on Google Plus? Yes
- Shared on Pinterest? Yes
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