On Page Hacks To Increase Affiliate Sales

how to Increase Affiliate Sales

As a blogger, once you start earning from your blogging hustle, you want to better the income so that you can get more money trickling into your account. Fortunately, this can easily be done by implementing a few conversion rate optimization hacks on the web page itself. I will suggest some of the hacks that I personally use on my Amazon affiliate sites.

  1. Better premium theme

Whenever I am starting a new niche blog, I use free themes. The sites therefore are not that pleasant to look at. But when I start getting organic traffic to the site, I dig into my pocket and buy a premium theme.

But why?

Well, to rank on Google, you do not need a premium theme. All you need is sound SEO strategies.

But when you start getting traffic, the next thing you want is conversions and free themes are not very good with conversions.

Some of the popular premium themes that help with affiliate marketing conversions include Rehub, Generatepress, Elementor, Thrive Architect and Astra.

  1. Use tables to compare products

I use tablepress plugin to create some good looking tables that compare different products on my web pages. In the tables, I compare the product features as well as the prices for each. I also insert a call to action button for each product so that when clicked, the reader is taken to Amazon.

Other than the free tablepress plugin, one could also buy premium plugins such as amalinks pro and AAWP that help with comparison charts.

  1. Use of beautiful call to action (CTA) buttons

[su_button background=”#6296d0″ color=”#f5f2f2″]This is a CTA[/su_button]

I have been using shortcode ultimate plugin to create some outstanding CTAs for my web pages. At one time, I also used max buttons plugin but I like the ultimate shortcode plugin since other than creating the CTAs, you could also use it to create boxes, highlight text etc.

  1. Geo targeting all affiliate links

Whether you are using Amazon or any other affiliate program, you really need to look into geo targeting your affiliate links so that you will not be leaving any money on the table by ignoring customers from some countries.

When I started using genius link on my Amazon affiliate site, I found out that I was leaving at least $50 per month by not geo targeting my links.

If you are in Amazon affiliate marketing, you could also try Amazon onelink since it serves the same purpose.

  1. Better your copy

You might be getting lots of traffic but not getting any money.

This can happen when your copy is badly written and no one trusts the reviews. They will not end up clicking on your CTAS.

To better your review content, you need to really research on your products, use them and give an honest review or hire expert writers who are going to do the writing for you.

  1. Use Amazon native ads

For readers who are using Amazon affiliate marketing, you could better your earnings by inserting Amazon native ads so that users can see them and click through to the Amazon store.

  1. Use Amazon mobile pop overs

I have already looked at how Amazon mobile pop overs can better your conversion rates and therefore your earnings.

You need to give it a try on your Amazon niche site.

  1. Compare prices from two merchants

I have found that when you give your readers the option to compare product prices from two or more merchants, they are highly likely to click through on your affiliate links where you have the best prices.

  1. Recommend the best product using a sticky sidebar widget and having it as a featured product at the top of post

If you are writing a review post on the ‘best mattresses under $500’ where you go through 10 mattresses, you could have one of them as a featured product at the top of your post as well as using a sticky sidebar widget where you say that it is the best mattress.

Some readers might not be interested in reading through the entire post but will just click through the links for the featured products.

 

Beginner Guide on How to Make a SEO friendly Website in WordPress

how to make seo friendly website in wordpress

The main purpose why most small publishers are starting a business blog is to earn money through selling their own products, affiliate marketing and earning ad income. However, to make money, you first need to get traffic. If you do not have traffic, nobody is going to see your well designed website or wonderful products.

So you will not make any money blogging!

An Austin SEO consultant suggests that traffic is therefore something that every blogger should hunt out for.

There are many ways to get traffic to your blog: you could get it from social media marketing, email marketing campaigns, paid ads or organically through search engines.

For the purpose of this post, I will only look at how to get organic traffic from search engines and in particular, Google to your wordpress site.

So, let’s look into it.

Strategies you need to implement to get organic Google search engine traffic

You get Google traffic by ranking for search terms/keywords.

Google organizes its search results into pages with each page containing 10 search results.

So when a user searches for ‘wordpress seo’, Google will look at different web pages on ‘wordpress seo’ submitted to its index and using its secret algorithm, organize those web pages so that those it finds to have the best relevant information that will solve the readers question come first.

doing a google search

Any blogger who wants to get Google traffic should try and understand how this secret algorithm works. When you learn how it works, you will make sure that your blog is able to rank on the search engine. We say that you are optimizing for Google and that is why we have the term search engine optimization (SEO).

The long and short of the matter is that to rank in Google, you need to have some knowledge on search engine optimization.

So how do you do SEO on your blog?

On page optimization

The very first thing you need to do in your blog SEO is optimize the very article you want to rank. Let us look at how you do it.

  • Long form and relevant content is great because it shows that you are an authority in the field. You therefore need to write in depth information in your article so that your reader’s question is fully answered.

Expert SEOs like Matt Diggity have however argued that for some niches, you would want to limit yourself to a word count that Google has been shown to love. He gives an example of local seo for plumbers where those who rank do about 300 to 500 words. Were you then to do 5000 words for such a niche, you would look like the black sheep which is not something you want to do.

  • When you are starting out, I would advise that you target long tail keyword golden ratio compliant search terms.

The keyword golden ratio is a concept introduced by Doug Cunnington and it states that if you find a low search volume but long tail keyword whose ratio of allintitle keyword to search volume per month is below 0.25 then you can easily rank for the keyword without so many struggle.

Say for example that when you use keyword research tools such as ahrefs for ‘best mattresses under $500’ you find that it has a search volume of 200 per month.

At the same time, let us assume that when you search for “allintitle:best mattresses under $500” without the quotation marks you find that the allintitle shows 10 web pages that have the term ‘best mattresses under $500’ in their titles.

The ratio then is 10/200=0.05

Then that keyword is KGR compliant and you are assured to rank without so much competition or hard work.

  • Have the focus keyword in the right places such as the url, heading, SEO title, meta description, alt text in images, within the body of your article.

You can always edit the meta data ie SEO title, slug and meta description by using third party plugins such as Yoast and Rank Math SEO.

Below here are my meta data for this post which I can edit using Rank Math SEO which is what I am currently using.

SEO title and Meta description for this post
Permalink or slug for this post
  • Other than using exact match keywords, you need to work with partial match keywords. For example if you want to rank for the keyword ‘best mattresses under $500’, you could also use partial matches such as ‘cheap mattresses on a budget’, ‘great mattresses that sell cheaply’ etc.
  • Link out to other authoritative pages that are covering the same topic. This way, the algorithm is able to tell what your blog post is all about. Caution should however be taken that you do not link out to your competitors since they might beat you at ranking. I like linking out to authoritative sites such as Wikipedia or educational studies that have covered the topic in depth.
  • Nice looking and short permalinks

By default, wordpress has this ugly permalinks that contain the date when you made the post as well as its id. You really do not want this for SEO purposes. You want the permalinks to be short and sweet and to contain the postname with a keyword.

We looked at how to do permalinks containing the postname here.

Off page optimization

Other than optimizing the exact page that you want to rank, you also need to do some other off-page optimization.

So how do you do it?

-Interlink the article from other related articles on your blog that are already indexed. This way, you will have the web page getting indexed faster and at the same time you help the Google algorithm tell what your page is all about.

– Create topical relevance for your page by creating 3 -5 new short posts interlinked to main article.

If the article that I want ranking is ‘best mattresses under $500’, I would go ahead and create 3 new posts related to mattresses. Say for example articles on ‘how to clean your mattress’, ‘how to repurpose an old mattress’ and ‘tips on choosing the best mattress’. This new articles would then link out to the pillar ‘best mattresses under $500’ article.

how to create topical relevance for seo
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  • The basis of off page optimization is relevant and authoritative backlinks.

Every time I create a new website, I try and hunt for backlinks from various sources. They could be 1. blog comments, 2. guest posts, 3. forum links and private blog network links.

I know most SEOs will argue that Google wants link acquisition to be a natural thing. It should not be something that you build. And this is where people who build links unnaturally are nicknamed as either gray hat or black hat SEOs.

But hey, look here, building links has been working for me. Why should I not continue doing it.

Let us look at look at how to do blog comment links as well as private blog network links.

Blog comments

Blog comments establish relations between bloggers.

They have however been labeled as spammy by most SEOs. Google has gone ahead and introduced the rel=nofollow for all blog comment links.

Despite all this, I still find them to be important especially for new sites when you want Google to index your blog.

To do blog comments, I would only search for bloggers in my niche. Say for example, I want to build comment links for this post, I would search for blogs talking about how do do seo.

I searched for ‘how to do seo ‘blogspot.com’ because I want to find blogspots since they are the easiest to leave comment links on.

I was lucky to find this blogspot that talks of seo ‘https://destinedboy.blogspot.com/2019/12/google-blogger.html’ and so I go ahead to read the blog content and then leave a comment.

This is how you leave a comment to ensure that it is a link

And then after writing that, I need to click on publish.

Voila, my comment with link pointing to this post went through.

PBN links

The acquistion of Private blog network (PBN) links is one that has been debated in so many SEO circles.

There are those who say that it is black hat and would not touch PBN links with a tne feet pole.

But hey, they work and that is why I continue using them.

A private blog network means that you have a group of privately owned blogs whose purpose is to link out to you only.

The private blog networks should themselves have authoritative backlinks pointing to them so that they can then pass the link juice to your blog that you want to rank.

You can acquire blogs for your pbn by scraping for expired domains or buying from brokers who have scraped them.

But before buying, you need to make sure that the expired domain does not have spammy backlinks and had not been penalized by Google before expiration.

how to get google love with seo

5 Best Ad Network Programs For Bloggers

Have you ever done a google search on ‘how to potty train your toddler’ and stumbled upon a high quality article that details ‘how you can potty train your little one’  so well that you wondered what was in it for the blogger?

ad networks for bloggers

They were clearly not asking you to buy a potty or yet another online course. So why did they have to waste their time blogging that awesomely?

Well, if you looked clearly, there might have been ads strewn all over the blog post.

Let me break it down to you:

[su_note]You do not have to be recommending products in order to make money blogging. No, you can earn from ad network companies if you prove to be getting high quality and sufficient traffic.[/su_note]

Best Ad Networks for Small Publishers with Traffic of upto 100K Sessions (Per Month)

 

Ad network programs  will also demand that you use friendly language that does not border on violence or pornography. Some of the ad programs that we look in this blog post include:

-Google adsense

-Ezoic

-mediavine

-Monumetric

-Adthrive

1. Google adsense

Adsense is an online advertisement network owned by Google.

It is the easiest network to join since it does not have a defined traffic requirement,  Needless to say, approval into adsense is a requirement before you are approved into all the other ad programs.

What you need to look into before applying to Google adsense

1.     Use friendly language that does not border on violence or immorality.

2.     Have a google account

3.     Add the adsense script into your wordpress site

4.     Add an ads.txt mangaer file so as to filter away malicious ads from your site

5.     Use English on your site

6.     Have the necessary legal pages ie. Privacy policy, contact us and about us.

7.     Provide a real mailing address for PIN verification.

Google adsense payson the 20th of every month for ads displayed the previous month. It pays via Western Union or Wire transfer.

Related: How to set up Google Adsense for wordpress bloggers.

2. Ezoic

Ezoic requires a minimum 10,000 pageviews per month before they can accept you into the program. They have been shown to accept everyone as long as you have the 10k pageviews and have been approved by adsense.

Other than the free plan, they also have a premium plan where you pay for increased income.

Most bloggers including me have complained about how ezoic lowers your site speed which would affect the overall user experience. To counter this, they introduced an ezoic speed accelerator subscription.

Ezoic pays monthly via paypal and payoneer.

Related: My Ezoic ads Review

3. Mediavine

Mediavine is considered by many bloggers, including yours truly, as the holy grail of ad programs. You are considered to be a cool kid if mediavine has accepted you into their program since you are assured of better RPMs as compared to those of us still using ezoic and adsense.

Currently, mediavine requires that your site is getting at least 50,000 sessions per month before they accept you. You will also need to have adsense approval.

However, it is never that easy to get into mediavine even after achieving these two conditions. They have at other things that they look into before they approve you.

4. Monumetric

I have never given much thought to monumetric since they charge a $99 fee for bloggers who have between 10k to 80k sessions before they are accepted.

5. Adthrive

To get accepted into adthrive, you need to have at least 100k sessions.

I hear that they have equally good RPMs which is good considering that for a blogger to get 100k sessions, they must have put in a ton of work into their sites.

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4 Examples of Highly Successful Amazon Affiliates

I keep saying this; that for a complete online marketing newbie, Amazon affiliate program should be the first place where you start.

We will examine the truth of that statement as we look at our 4 amazon affiliate success stories.

amazon affiliate success stories

[su_note]The Amazon affiliate program is not only easy, newbie friendly but also has a ton of customers. So for anything that you recommend and have good (presold) traffic, you can be sure to earn good money.[/su_note]

I talk about presold traffic since you need to ensure that the person reading your review site is really interested in buying the products that you are reviewing. Going through your review should not be the first time that they are hearing about the product you are writing about. The best source of presold traffic is search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo.

While people might see your pin images on Pinterest and go on to your site and get convinced about buying your products, it is never the rule but rather an exception. People on Pinterest will, yes, get piqued by the visually appealing review pins you have done but they are not really intending to buy your products. At times though, they might buy.

On Google, one will only search for ‘best mattresses under $500’ if they are indeed interested in that product and so when they bump into your site reviewing mattresses under $500, they are highly likely to click on your call to action buttons and go ahead to buy what you are recommending.

Advantages of Amazon affiliate marketing

  1. Getting in is easy since all you need to do is create a blog which you can do so at $25 and then go ahead to select your niche, put up content, rank and bank.
  2. Amazon is well trusted and so people who you push to the store are highly likely to make a purchase.
  3. It is easy to scale and explode your earnings on Amazon using these strategies.
  4. It is genuine and legit so you are assured of your earned income  unless you get into their bad books.
  5. You can earn from whichever country you are in whether developing or developed.  I wrote a guide on how people from developing countries can get paid by Amazon.

Let’s jump into our 5 examples of successful Amazon affiliates and their sites

5 Amazon Affiliate Success Stories

  1. Spencer Haws of Niche pursuits

earnings made by Spencer Haws for own the yard in December 2019

If there is one guy who is really inspirational on matters to do with Amazon affiliate marketing, then it has to be Spencer Haws of Niche pursuits.

Related: Read my Amazon affiliate success story here

Spencer blogs about how his blogging process, reveals his sites to his thousands of readers and goes ahead to reveal his income from these very sites.

I am always challenged by how highly effective he is in niche selection, keyword research as well as outsourcing writers to do his niche sites.

In December 2019, he revealed that his 1 year old site made $1991 from Amazon affiliate marketing.

You can find his journeys at nichepursuits.com

  1. Luqman Khan of 10beasts.com

ugust august 2016 earnings for 10beasts by Luqman Khan

If there is one man who gob smacked everyone in the online marketing world with his highly earning affiliate site, then it has to be Luqman Khan. Luqman created this crazy affiliate site named 10beasts.com, earned so much from the site within a short period, sold it, had it penalized by Google immediately after he sold it and then went ahead to remove the penalty and reinstate the site.

You can find him at nichepie.com

  1. Doug Cunnington of nichesiteproject.com

doug cunnington 2017 earnings

I am a big fan of Doug Cunnington of nichesiteproject.com where he takes about how one can grow their Amazon affiliate site to a five figure monthly salary. He has this easy way to look for keywords that will rank with little effort. He calls it the keyword golden ratio and true to his words, I have always used it with lots of success.

You can find him at nichesiteproject.com

 

  1. Tung trang of Cloudliving

Tung Trang started online marketing as a student. He is a big name in amazon affiliate marketing where he tried the $10k per month challenge. Though he got a Google Penalty for his site, he has gone on to start other successful amazon affiliate sites.

You can see his blog posts at cloudliving.com.

Key takeaways from these 4 highly successful Amazon affiliates

  1. Great content and design for your site

As most bloggers say–content is king! And so is it, in amazon affiliate marketing.

So if you are looking for tips on how to be a successful amazon affiliate, think great content.

Affiliate sites are all about answering questions that readers might have about products before the make the final buying decision. You therefore have to put out great converting content that is going to convince the reader to click onto your affiliate links and go ahead to complete the purchase at Amazon.

To churn out great content, you could either hire expert writers who have used the products, or researched extensively about the feel, look and efficacy of the product. For new bloggers, buying the products so as to review them or have them looked at by experts might be too expensive and therefore, you use option number two; research extensively about the product and describe it as though you have held it in your arms.

  1. Diversify your earnings with other affiliate programs as well as ads

Depending on one online income is a danger in itself. You should always diversify into other income streams so that if you were to be pushed away from one, you can always rely on others. Spencer Haws talks about how he uses ads on his review sites so that other than earning from the Amazon affiliate program, he is still able to earn from Ezoic and Google Adsense too.

Luqman talks about how he was able to geo target his Amazon affiliate links with genius so that he would be able to earn from Amazon UK, Canada and US.

  1. Diversify your traffic sources

Depending on one traffic source could also pose a danger. You are not to rely on Pinterest or Google alone. Try to look for other alternative traffic sources so that if an update pushes you out from one traffic source, you have other places to look up to.

4. Keyword research is everything

 

Without proper keyword research, you will start a blog where you stand no chances of ever ranking or making a penny.

Now no one wants to do this. To avoid that, you need to invest in proper knowledge of niche selection, keyword research and also think of buying premium keyword research tools such as ahrefs.

examples of people earning big with amazon affiliate program

11 Ways to Explode your Amazon affiliate income

ways to explode amazon affilaite earnings

Once you get approved into the Amazon associates program, you want to work on your earnings so that you can reach your first payout. After reaching your first payout, you want to go ahead and earn your first $100, $200, $300,…,$1000, $5000 and even $10000 per month.

how to 10x your amazon affiliate income

In this post, I talk of some of the strategies that I have used (and are still using )to scale my Amazon affiliate earnings.

So lets dig into them:

  1. Use Amazon native ads

Amazon has these native ads that they say will increase your affiliate income.

Have I seen them work for me? Yes, I have.

The ads are native in that they seem to be part of your site. You can add them before reviewing different products in your ‘best xyz products’.

amazon native shopping ads

All you need to do is login to your Amazon associates account and go to Product Linking then click on Native Shopping ads.

There are three types of native ads: search, recommendation and custom.

I like using the custom ads where you search the products that you review and they will be displayed with the star ratings as well as the prices.

  1. Using mobile pop overs

I have already discussed in an earlier post how you add Amazon mobile pop overs into your site to increase earnings.

You see most of the people visiting your site and clicking through to Amazon store are most probably on mobile. So why not have something that will show them a featured product at the bottom of the mobile screen as they scroll so that you increase their chances of buying the product.

According to Amazon, mobile pop overs have been shown to increase click through rates by 30%.

  1. Write more content reviewing other products in niche that you are ranking for

If you are using Google search engine, you will find that you are ranked in the first page of the SERPS when Google feels that you are an authority in the niche and are providing the best solutions to what people are looking for. If this is your case, then it is high time to go out writing lots of product reviews in that niche.

Say for example that you have ranked for the best mattresses, duvets and pillows. Then it is clear that Google feels that you could be an authority in the sleep niche. So why not go ahead to write about best bed covers, mattress toppers and bed risers and also order description somewhere about how to Order Mattress in a box on Amazon.

  1. Better your SEO and diversify your Traffic source

If you are primarily getting your traffic from Google then you could diversify your traffic and try Pinterest or even Quora.

At the same time, you could better your rankings by bettering your SEO. Say for example that you are ranking position 8 for a keyword, you are sure to getter more traffic and hence earnings if you were to move to the top three positions.

So how can you better your SEO?

  • Build more backlinks to your site

You can build more backlinks to your site. These backlinks could either be blog comments, links from a private blog networks, forum links or collaborate with other bloggers in your niche to get guest post backlinks.

  • Increase topical relevance for keywords that are almost ranking

Say for example that you are ranking on position 15 for the keyword ‘best bed covers’. You have tried everything to move the keyword up the serps but nothing seems to be giving in. Well, you could try to increase the topical relevance to move the needle.

You can do this by creating more content on bed covers and linking out to the pillar page that you want to rank. For example you can create three posts on 1. How to clean bed covers. 2 How to select the best bed covers. 3. How to repurpose your old bed covers.

  • Scoop featured snippets

Bloggers who get the featured snippet search results enjoy more traffic as compared to those who are in the other top 10 positions. You can always grab the featured snippet by working on your page schema.

  • Updating old content

Google loves fresh content. If you are ranking for a post on ‘best mattresses’ that has 15 products and 1500 words, you can always add 5 more mattresses and to up the content to 2000 words.

However as you update old content, look out not to alter the keyword density.

  • Improve your on page optimization by having the focus keyword in the SEO title, meta descriptions, h2s, content as well as in your image alt text.

  1. Localize your Amazon affiliate links either with Amazon Onelink or genius link

amazon affiliate link health

If you are getting some earnings for the keyword ‘best mattresses’ from Amazon USA, you could probably also be getting some earnings from Amazon UK, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Italy and India if you are ranking on the serps of those countries.

You could always check whether you are ranking for a certain keyword in a certain locality using ahrefs.

Once you establish that you are indeed ranking for the keyword in any of those countries, create an Amazon associates account for those countries and go ahead to localize your site affiliate links with genius or Amazon onelink.

I use genius link since it is easy to install, seamless to use and has a better ROI as compared to Amazon onelink. It is however a paid tool and so for people who want to localize their Amazon affiliate links freely, they could always use onelink.

  1. Diversify your earnings with ad income

If you are getting enough traffic to drive sales to Amazon through Search engines or pinterest, then it means that you could also earn from ad networks such as Google adsense, ezoic and mediavine.

The easiest program among these three to join is Google adsense since all they want of you is that you are getting a traffic of 100 views per day, have the necessary legal pages such as privacy policy, contact us and about us.

For ezoic, they require that you have at least 10,000 views per month and be adsense approved. For mediavine, you will need to have at least 50000 page views per month in order to join.

Mediavine have the best rpms but it is usually harder to join and they might reject you even when you have the over 50000 sessions per month.

  1. Join other affiliate programs that have better commission rates

After the Amazon affiliate income commission cuts, I joined shareasale. Though they do not have such a good conversion as compared to Amazon, they have better commission rates.

I for example am in the health niche where Amazon are giving a measly 1% commission. For some of those health products, shareasale are giving me a 10% commission.

Join Shareasale here to triple your commission rates

So should I ditch Amazon and move over to shareasale?

No, Amazon has won the trust of many people and therefore the conversion rate is very high.

I therefore need to be creative and work on comparing the products on shareasale and Amazon so that readers can make their own choice over where to buy the product from.

  1. Psychological Call to action buttons

You need to do a/b split testing on your CTAs to see the ones that are better at conversions. You might need to change the call to action button colors, sizes as well as positioning on your site.

Neil Patel talks about how to tweak your CTAs into what he calls psychological.

  1. See where your readers are clicking with heat maps so as to position your CTAs there

You can tell where your readers are clicking on your site by use of heatmaps. Once you identify those exact positions, then you can place your heat maps at those positions. Some of the most popular heatmaps that you can use include hotjar and crazyegg.

  1. Have comparison charts above the fold of your site.

For ‘best xyzs’ you can create comparison charts and place them above the fold. I have found comparison tables placed above the fold to always increase my click through rates.

  1. Create new affiliate sites and replicate your success

Once you have created a site, ranked and made money from the Amazon affiliate program, you could always try to replicate that success by creating another affiliate site.

You will find that for your second and subsequent sites, you will be able to rank easily and see your earnings faster than you had seen in your first site when you were still a newbie.

How To Set Up A successful Blog at $25 Only for Beginners

How Beginners can Cheaply start a wordpress Blog to Make Money

If you have been following my series of blog posts, you by now know that blogging can be a profitable thing especially when you target a certain audience who will be reading your blog religiously and helping you make them bucks.

So you are now convinced and want to start an affiliate site or maybe a site where you earn through ads from Google adsense or ezoic but are not sure the cheapest way to do so.

Well in this post, I will tell you exactly how you can start one at the cost of $25 only for the first year.

Disclaimer:

In this post, I will be assuming that you have already done all the preliminaries about affiliate marketing.

The $20 the cost does not include: keyword research cost, content creation, premium theme or building backlinks.

The cost is only for buying a domain name and hosting your website files.

But these are the most important. Once you have them, you can have your site running.

I believe that with the right knowledge, you can do your own keyword research, write your content, use a free theme and build your own foundational backlinks to rank a low competition niche.

Now that is out of the way, let us look at what the $25 will help you do.

Selecting and buying your domain name at $6.98 from Namecheap

Yes, you will be buying your $6.98 from Namecheap.

But before you go right to buying it, you need to think about the domain name.

  • It needs to be brandable.

Sometimes back, webmasters would buy exact keyword match domains (EMDs in short).

You can still do so.

But it is limiting in that you can only blog about one thing.

Say for example that I want a site where I will be reviewing the best sofas and therefore name my website exact match domain as bestsofas.com

It will be limiting in that I can only blog about sofas. I can never go to other things such as reviewing the best curtains, dinner chairs or wall clocks for your house.

At the same time, SEO experts have argued that Google is highly likely to penalize your site if you are using an exact match domain (EMD).

So what would be a brandable name for person reviewing best furniture for your home?

I would go for names that have no meaning in English say for example: houhou.com, leslyi.com, sofix.com, besto.com etc

  •  Short domain name

The website domain name needs to be short and precise.

Go for something that has at most 6 characters.

In our examples above, houhou has only 6 characters, sofix has 5 while besto has 5 too.

Short domain names are easy to remember for your readers.

Now, that we know what to look for in a domain name, let us look at the exact process of buying your $6.98 domain from Namecheap.

It is pretty easy.

Just click on this link to visit Namecheap.

Enter the brandable, short domain name you want and check for its availability

If you do not already have an account, Namecheap will ask you to create one.

Provide all your details and go ahead to checkout.

Check: Affiliate marketing in Kenya

Provide your loaded credit card details to complete purchase.

Once the purchase is successful, namecheap are going to notify you via email.

Shared Hosting with Namecheap at $17.50 per year

Once you are done with buying a domain name, you can go ahead and buy your $17.48 namecheap shared hosting.

Click on this link to visit the namecheap shared hosting page.

Select the stellar shared hosting for one year.

Now that you already had an account while buying a domain name, you do not need to create another but log into your already created account.

Provide the details required and checkout.

start blog at 25$

Setting up your wordpress site with the domain name and the hosting

Now that we have a domain name and hosting from namecheap, connecting the two is easy peasy.

We do not need to change any nameservers since they are already pointed to namecheap hosting.

Related: How to start a blog in Kenya

So, what we need to do is set up wordpress for the site and start things out.

When you buy your hosting, namecheap gives you access to a cpanel which is where you install your wordpress.

Login to the cpanel and scroll down to softcalous apps installer where you will find the wordpress software ready for install

Click on the wordpress icon

Click on install and set up your wordpress site name, description, username, password and admin email.

You could also select the site theme that you want to use

Once done, you can click on install and there you have it, your wordpress site.

All you now need to do is login to the site everytime you want to upload content, videos or images.

By default, the login url is sitename.com/wp-admin.

Setting up Necessary WordPress Plugins

Now that we have our site, we are not done yet.

We need to set up some wordpress plugins that all SEOs have found to be necessary in any blog.

They include Yoast plugin that helps with setting up meta descriptions and seo titles. We also have contact form 7 that helps you with having a professional contact page.

So how do we go about it.

Login to your wordpress dashboard and while there click on plugins.

We will try to install yoast plugin in this our example

You will search for ‘yoast plugin’ in the search section and a list of suggestions will appear.

We are interested inthe first suggestion.

So, I will click on ‘Install now’ button.

Once installed, I will need to activate it.

So, that’s it.

You may need to learn how to use the Yoast plugin to update your post meta descriptions and seo titles from here.

The procedure for installing contact form 7 is also the same but you might need to learn how to make a contact page from this video

Now all that we are left with is setting up the permalinks.

Permalinks show the structure of a url.

For example, the permalink for this post is http://freelancinghackers.com/beginners-cheap-wordpress-blog-to-make-money/

By default when you install a new wordpress, it would not show this.

It would be something like http://freelancinghackers.com/%20/6%/2020%

This you will agree with me is ugly.

We need to set up that permalink to reflect the postname.

So how do we do it?

Just login to your wordpress dashboard, go to settings then click on permalinks

You will find that you are using the custom permalink.

Change to postname permalink by clicking on it

And that’s it.

You can now load your content either as pages or as posts.

Once you have some good traffic, you could sign up with the amazon associates program so as to start earning.

Wrap up on Starting a Blog at $25 only

We have looked at how to cheaply start a wordpress blog at $25 only for beginners.

We have said that you need to buy a namecheap domain name that is currently going at $6.98 and also get shared hosting that is going for $17.28 for the first year.

We have also looked at how to set up the wordpress blog with a free theme plus necessary plugins.

We have also looked at how to set your permalinks from the ugly default to something cool that has only the postname.

how to start a blog at 25 dollars and earn

Amazon Vs Shareasale: Which is a Better Affiliate Program

Lets face it.

When you start an affiliate site, you want some quick return on your investment.

You want to join an affiliate program that pays you well and promptly.

amazon vs shareasale

Amazon vs shareasale: Which should you Join to See Higher Earnings

I informed you that since the amazon associates program cut their affiliate commission rates, I was going to look for alternatives. And well, I did look around.

I tried to sign up with Target, Walmart as well as shareasale. The former two however did not please me since their affiliate commission rates seemed to be no better than amazon for the products that I am promoting.

Sign up at Shareasale for better Affiliate commissions

With shareasale though, I was able to find one merchant who snugly fits what I do, have better pricing for my readers and will offer me better commission rates. It is a win-win for all.

Now shareasale is a big affiliate marketing program with over 4000 merchants registered into the program. Unlike amazon, you will have to do double applications:

1. Apply to shareasale and get accepted

2. Apply to individual merchants and once approved, start promoting their products.

I should point out that this was rather hectic for me.

The merchant who snugly fits into what I do took so long to accept my application. I was also at first autorejected by shareasale. I however tweeted and emailed them with a detailed descripition of what I do and the promotion methods that I use. I also pointed out that I was previously on amazon associates program and therefore knows the ins and outs of affiliate marketing and SEO.

They accepted me.

The next headache was applying to the merchant. They were silent. I tried to inbox them on facebook. Crickets. Another email. Crickets. A tweet. Crickets. I almost gave up

Then luckily, someone in the company noticed my emails. They accepted me into the program.

I started adding their affiliate links into my site. I did not completely remove my amazon affiliate links. No, I just did a price comparison so that a customer would feel obliged to click to the merchant site as opposed to amazon since the merchant have better pricing.

How to Get Your Shareasale Application Accepted

From my autorejection at shareasale, I have gathered a few tips that you could use to make sure that you are accepted into the program

  1. Make sure to use your domain email eg james@freelancinghackers.com as opposed to using a generic hotmail, yahoo or gmail email address as a generic email address will get autorejected.
  2. Ensure to adequately describe what your site does and how you promote products either via SEO, Pinterest or Facebook marketing
  3. If they still autoreject you even after doing all that send an email to shareasale@shareasale.com from your domain email

Here is the structure of the email I sent them:

Email Subject: Application as an Affiliate Marketer

Hello Shareasale,
James here, founder of domain.com.

Domain.com is a site that reviews products in the ….niche where I advise readers on what to look for when buying….. I also write advising them on how to use….

I am writing applying for consideration into your affiliate program so that I can promote products for merchant A and B.

Currently I am using Amazon Associates program but wish to move since they have lowered commissions for affiliates. Your merchants are offering better commission rates as well as a better pricing point for my readers.

Currently, I am getting a traffic of about 3000 viewers per month.

I use search engine optimization to rank on Google, Bing and Yahoo. I also promote my content via Pinterest and Facebook.
I am ranking for keywords such as
1……..
2……
3……
This shows that the readers have a buying interest.

Attached, please find a report of the orders I have referred to Amazon over the past one year.

Please do consider my application positively.

I look forward to working with you.
Thanks in advance.

Earnings

At the moment, I have not amassed that much in earnings from shareasale. I have only made $13 from 4 sales made through 38 clicks. It is still early days to make any conclusions on the conversion rates.

Earnings from shareasale

Maybe when I have over 1000 click throughs, then I can come back and analyze the conversion rates as well as what I have earned from the program.

The good thing is that I am getting a whooping 10% commission from shareasale as opposed to the measly 1% that I was making with amazon for the same products.

Join Shareasale here to triple your commission rates

AmazonShareasale
24 hour cookie30 days cookie
Easy to get in since you only need to sign up and start sellingKinda tricky and hard since you need to apply to shareasale(could get rejected) before applying to merchants
Better conversion rates since amazon is trusted and renownedConversion rates for merchants sites might not be that good since most are not well known and therefore not trusted by readers
Payment after 60 daysPayments done after a month on the 20th
Account can get closed if you are unable to sell 3 products in 180 daysI have not heard of any account closure due to non activity
Payments via check and direct depositPayments via check and payoneer

Related: A definitive guide to Affiliate marketing in Kenya

Receiving Amazon Associate Earnings as a Non US resident

How to Receive Amazon Affiliate Payments if you are in a third world country

Sometimes back, it was practically impossible to get your amazon affiliate payments if you were living out of the first tier countries (read Europe, Australia and America). For someone like me in Africa, you would have to have a relative or friend in the US whom you would ask to receive the payments on your behalf and then they would wire it to you.

Now that is not something that you want to do with your hard earned money. Not especially if this person in the US is not very trustworthy.

However, with time, things have got changed and become simpler. One way to receive amazon associates earnings that I can vouch as seamless, easy and reliable is Payoneer.

Payoneer is a financial solution that allows you to create virtual bank accounts in the Americas as well as Europe while you are still in Nairobi or your home city.

How to create a Payoneer account

Now creating a Payoneer account is pretty easy. All you will need is provide your personal details, address and email which you will be receiving payment notifications. You also need to provide a unique password which you can renew after a duration of time. Of late they have enhanced the security of your account by asking you to provide your phone so as to send codes for 2 factor authentication purposes.

They will also send you a payoneer Mastercard branded account upon your request. With the Mastercard, you can withdraw your funds from any Mastercard branded ATM. To get this Mastercard, you need to provide your real mailing address since it will be mailed to you. You can always request for another card incase the first one fails to arrive.

So lets go step by step

register payoneer

You need to click on the register button that is highlighted in orange

Next, they will want to know why you are registering a payoneer account. Now as an affiliate marketer, choose that option and then indicate that you will be paid by publishers

Now, give your personal details including email and location address.

You will then be asked further questions and once done, they are going to review your application and revert to you via the email address you supplied.

What I like about getting my Amazon associate earnings using Payoneer

  • You will get a whooping $25 when you sign up through my affiliate link. Yes for free. I too will receive it when you start earning and get your first $100 payment
  • They will provide you with a virtual US bank account. You can use the same bank account to get payment from other companies such as shareasale, upwork that use direct deposit for US users
  • You can withdraw your funds in local currency or USD using your mastercard at Mastercard ATMs
  • Good foreign exchange conversion rates
  • I am able to withdraw cash from payoneer to my local bank account in hours.
  • I am able to get payments from not only US but also UK, Canada, UK and Australia.

How to add Payoneer account to to your Amazon Associates account

As you are signing up as an affiliate with the amazon associates program, the last item that they will ask is you to enter your payment details.

Now head over to Payoneer and get those details. Copy paste them as they are into your amazon associates account and you will be done.

Here are my details for payments coming from the US

How to add Payoneer account to to your Amazon Associates account

Now copy those details to your amazon associates account dashboard

If you are getting traffic from UK, Canada and Australia, you would also want to create more amazon associate accounts for those countries and then request payoneer to give you bank accounts to add to your respective associate accounts.

Now, using genius link or the free option of onelink, you will be able to localize your links and therefore get earnings from these countries too.

Again, head over to payoneer and click to receive payments from the said countries then copy paste the payment details to your respective amazon associates accounts.

 

Amazon Proofreading Jobs: What You Need to Be Hired and Where to Get the Jobs

If you have ever read an amazon product description, got moved so much to buy that you went ahead to steal your mother’s credit card to complete the transaction(because you didn’t have cash on you), then you will agree with me that the description was the work of a master copywriter.

It was then fine tuned by an equally impeccable amazon proofreader who tied all the loose ends so that you felt confident about the product.

Or maybe you have ever seen two almost similar products on amazon stores but when you went to read their descriptions, one turned you off not because of anything but because of the unenthusiastic copy used to describe it. The other one maybe completely blew you off and you immediately decided to buy it.

Well, that is another case of amazon proofreading job gone well.

 

As you might have guessed, in this post, I talk about amazon proofreading, jobs available for impeccable proofreaders, skills needed to scoop such gigs as well as the places where you can be hired for such jobs.

 

But who is a proofreader?

Now the work of a proofreader, whether you are proofreading for amazon, eBooks, technical content on a site or editing emails, is pretty simple but at the same time important because you are in charge of making sure that copy that passes through you is great, legible and succinct. Precise and consistent.

Copy needs to address the needs of of the reader as well as push them to taking action. Proofreading involves reading keenly through copy to make sure that it is well written.

In case of grammar, concord, spelling, context and consistency errors you are supposed to point them out, suggest how to rectify them or edit them altogether.

Amazon product merchants want to sell. They will therefore write copy that convinces customers to buy. Other than promoting products, their copy could as well give customers a guide on how to use a product. As an amazon proofreader, you need to ensure that the objective of the merchant is well captured. They will hire you to do this.

 

What you need to have in order to be a good amazon proofreader

  1. Impeccable Native English grammar skills
  2. Internet connectivity and a computer
  3. Keenness to details and ability to work long hours while meticulously dissecting every sentence to see that it reads really well

 

Where to get Amazon proofreading jobs

  1. Upwork
  2. Iwriter
  3. Freelancer
  4. Fiverr
  5. Facebook groups and linkedin
  6. Your own blog where you will ask people hire you proofread their copy
  7. Peopleperhour and Legiit

Earnings of an amazon proofreader

There is no standard or set earning card for an amazon proofreader. No, you set your own rates according to your skills and proficiency.

To get such jobs as a beginner, you might however start on a low rate, provide pure gold to your clients and then gradually increase your rates per hour as you gain more skills and have good ratings from people whom you have done work for.

What I love about proofreading is that if you do it well, you are going to create a name for yourself. Clients are going to refer you to their friends who might need some proofreading work done for them. Other than that, it is a sure legit way to earn online without paying a dime.

Amazon OneLink Review [2020]

Overview of Amazon Onelink

When you are an affiliate with amazon, you will always be looking for ways to increase your earnings.

You could either do this by working on your search engine optimization(SEO) or your conversion rate optimization(CRO).

With SEO, you are looking to increase your traffic so that with more people reading your blog, more people are likely to buy via your affiliate links and so your revenue shoots up. With CRO, you are looking to improve the user experience on your site and convincing them to stop being casual readers but buyers. So here you just need the same traffic.

I consider localizing of links by Onelink as a CRO tactic. You will be using the same traffic but converting more of them to buyers.

What is Amazon Onelink

Amazon Onelink is a tool by Amazon.com that is to be used by their associates to localize links. Let me give an example of what it means to localize links.

Say that Alejandro in Spain comes across your blog post review of the best ironing boxes.

So they find your Ramtons iron box to be the best and proceed to click on your call to action button telling them to check price on amazon. However, they are taken to Amazon.com but they would want to buy the same product from Amazon spain store, amazon.es.

That will be lost commission. But how about that you had a tool that would tell their ip address so that you direct them to amazon.es store and still get a commission there?

Well that is exactly what Amazon Onelink does. It checks the ip address of the buyer, takes them to a store near them and matches them to the product they were looking for in that store.

Of course you have to sign up as an associate with all the stores where you want to direct your customers. To do this, you need to first check where your readers are coming from. You can use Google Analytics or a Serp tool like Ahrefs to tell where the bulk of your readers are coming from.

Then once you have this out of the way, you can sign up to the various amazon affiliate programs. The sign up is similar in all stores.

However, they might use the local languages on the opened programs so use Google chrome translate tool to have an easy time signing up.

How to use Amazon Onelink

Once you have signed up, you can go ahead and use the Amazon Onelink tool. From your US affiliate program, click on tools then Onelink. You will be asked to link your accounts. Select those which you signed up for and enter the affiliate store codes.

amazon onelink

Go ahead and use the supplied java script code to enter it into your theme editor in the header.php

Here is a video detailing the process of using Onelink

 

My experience using Amazon Onelink

I used Amazon Onelink for my primary site and left it to run for a week.

I have to say that it was pretty easy to install and within 2 days, I was already seeing clicks in my Canada, UK and Australia affiliate dashboards.

However, I was not at all pleased.

For one, it had product mismatches that would of course have the customers not buying.

At the same time, I found it to affect my Amazon US conversion rates. Normally, I would record a conversion rate of between 8% to 15% but here I was with a measly 3%. Since I had done nothing else to the site, I deduced that it was the Onelink that was lowering my conversion rates.

So I ended up removing it and using genius link instead. Though it is a paid tool, I have never regretted using it.

Advantages of localizing with Amazon Onelink

  • Free tool– you do not have to cough a dime to use Onelink since it is a free tool provided by Amazon themselves.
  • Easy set up– setting up Onelink as I have shown is a pretty easy thing. On the other hand, using other localizing tools like genius might prove to be more complicated.

Disadvantages of Amazon Onelink

  • Product mismatches–Onelink is highly likely to mismatch your products such that when a customer wants to go get a Ramtons iron box on Amazon.es, they might easily be redirectly to same store but for Phillips iron box.
  • Lowered conversion rates for my Amazon US stores.

Bottomline on my Amazon Onelink Review

After using Amazon Onelink, I would not recommend it at all. Though it is free and easy to set up, your objective when you are localizing links is to get more revenue. But look here, the tool does not do that; in my case it didn’t.

Instead of using Onelink, I would recommend that you better learn how to use genius link. Though it is a paid tool, I have found it to localize links well with minimal product mismatches, and it also tells me when products are out of stock.

With Genius link, I was able to increase my earnings by at least $50 per month and this has contributed immensely in my amazon affiliate success journey.