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Affiliate Beware: 11 Things NOT-To-Do With Amazon’s Associate Program

Here’s a NOT-To-Do List for Amazon Affiliates

  1. Listing Prices
    This is a big one.

There’s two reasons you should avoid this.

First of all, it can get you banned from Amazon Associates.

They change their prices very often and most affiliate marketers don’t update old posts on their niche sites as often, so products get misrepresented.

That’s why Amazon has made it a rule that you’re not allowed to state exact prices in your content.

It’s tempting, because they sometimes offer crazy discounts – but it’s not worth the risk.

Secondly, one of the best ways to get click-throughs is through curiosity.

The majority of my Amazon Affiliate clicks come from review posts, where I’ve added a button after listing all of the pro’s of the product, asking to “check the price on Amazon.com”.

If you mention the price right away, they’ve lost one reason to click to Amazon and you’ve lost a potential 24-hour cookie that might lead to a sale.

  1. Not Linking to Amazon
    I cannot even believe I’ve got to list this but it’s an extremely common problem.

We’ve all started to write “skyscraper” content as our homepages but many marketers seem to forget to link from the products listed on that page.

Every time you mention a product name, every time you have a picture of a product and every time you’ve said something amazing about it – include a call to action and a link to Amazon.

I know some people are afraid of getting penalized for having too many affiliate links but it’s really not that big of a problem, especially if you nofollow the links.

In an average product review I tend to have at least one link to Amazon per 100 words and that’s fine with Google.

  1. Not Nofollowing Affiliate Links
    Doing SEO for niche sites is pretty tough (unless you’ve read this post) because links tend to be harder to obtain.

That’s why it’s critical to have your on-page SEO in perfect order.

Even though we really can’t take this guy seriously, Google’s Matt Cutts has stated again and again that all of the affiliate links on your website should be nofollow.

Well, screw him, that’s not the main reason why we’re doing it.

The problem is that in Amazon niches you’re often competing with Amazon product pages themselves and as you probably know – there’s nothing worse than linking to your competitors!

Nofollow your links and stop making Amazon’s product pages more powerful than your own site.

  1. Not Investing In Design
    Just because we have this amazing opportunity of starting a business for only fifty dollars a year, doesn’t mean that it’s the smartest way of doing it.

Amazon affiliate websites have been popular among marketers for 7-8 years now and trust me, the average person is starting to recognize them.

Stop using the default WordPress theme and text-headers or Fiverr logos.

Stop copy pasting your iWriter articles in the editor and hitting publish.

Think about the design of your website, the design of your content and the “image” of your site.

Whether this means investing in a good, premium WordPress theme or hiring an actual designer is up to you, but something needs to change.

Having a professional-looking affiliate site will help you:

  1. Leaving Dates On your Articles
    This is a much bigger deal than you may think.

You should hide the dates on all of your reviews and articles.

Most of the stuff you’ll post on the site is evergreen, but that’s not the way the customer will see it.

If you’re looking to buy a new keyboard and read a glowing review from 2013, that’s not going to convince you.

In those seven years, hundreds and hundreds of better, upgraded keyboards have come out and your stuff is irrelevant.

Delete the dates and most people will not even question it.

Your content is taken seriously.

  1. Posting Too Short Content
    Back in 2012, affiliate marketing was super easy.

You order a 500 word article for $5, add a picture and your affiliate link and with a little bit of effort, you’ll be ranking for your super-secret longtail keyword.

In 2021 this doesn’t really work anymore, yet so many people are still doing it.

Why are pillar articles as homepages so popular? Because it works?

Just look at The Wirecutter, likely one of the biggest Amazon Affiliate websites. Every single review and post they write is upwards of 4,000 words, sometimes even over 10,000.

Put your longtail keywords into groups and write one big 2,000 word article on the subject and do some link-building.

Your traffic will increase substantially. (See Stuart’s 101 traffic hacks for more traffic)

No post should be under 1,000 words and when you do a content audit on your site, you’ll see that it probably makes sense to go in and delete a lot of the crap you posted a few years ago.

  1. EMD Instead of Brand
    Exact match domain names still work in 2021, there’s no doubt about that.

Even after Google devalued them, when you look at the top results for low competition keywords, the benefits are still obvious.

In spite of that, it’s still a short-sighted approach to creating an Amazon Affiliate business.

First of all, it makes it super obvious to a customer in 2021 that you’re just doing it for the affiliate commission and your content cannot be trusted.

Combine it with a few other mistakes from this post and you’ll be seeing a conversion rate around 2-5%.

Secondly, it heavily limits the potential of your website.

An EMD locks you down in one niche and there’s not much you can do about it.

Go with a brand name and once you’ve dominated your initial niche, you’ve got plenty of room (and authority) to tackle other markets.

For example, if your initial niche is electric guitars, don’t start with “electricguitarjudge.com” but go for something like “Musicious.com”

  1. No Social Proof
    Social proof is huge when you’re doing research on something.

If you see that other people trust a resource, you’re more likely to trust them as well.

When you’ve created a Facebook fan page for your niche site and have three likes on it (you, your mom and your dog) then please don’t add it to the sidebar of your website.

It’s basically screaming to the reader that they’re one of the first people to ever listen to you and it makes them insecure.

The second social proof aspect is comments.

A lot of niche sites show their most recent posts in the sidebar and there’s a little bubble showing the amount of comments – it tends to be zero.

Getting legitimate comments on niche sites is pretty hard until you’ve hit #1 for your main keywords.

There’s an easy work-around for this.

Go to your WordPress comments manager, click edit on any spam comment that someone has left and delete their website link, change the comment, add a new name and write your own comment!

Try to add at least 3-4 fake comments for each post you publish and people will not only trust the site a little more, they’ll also be more likely to leave a comment themselves.

  1. Keyword Stuffing
    Yes, it’s great for SEO to have your big pages named with keywords and it’s even better to have them in the menu with keywords as internal links.

But it’s not worth it.

Sure you may get a little better rankings from this little “trick” but it kills the user experience of the site in most cases and makes it look spammy for a visitor. (Stop users from bouncing off with this copywriting technique)

Stick to the basics and use categories like “Start Here” “Price Ranges” “Brands” “Reviews” “How-To” “Accessories” and so on and so forth.

Getting more visitors is great but there’s no point in it if your site is impossible to navigate and looks spammy – we’re after sales not traffic numbers, after all.

  1. Not Having Affiliate Disclosure
    This is another easy way to get your Amazon Affiliate account banned.

Every single website that promotes even one product from Amazon has to have the affiliate disclosure.

I usually add it to the footer of my website in a small font, but it’s also okay to create a separate “disclosure” page.

Here’s the text you have to add:

“[Insert your name] is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to [insert the applicable site name (amazon.com)].”

Paula

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User Experience on Membership Sites: take a leap into the digital future

If you’re having trouble meeting your membership registration quota, struggling with member retention or finding it difficult to meet your current members’ ever growing demands and expectations, you are not alone. The digital landscape has shifted massively over the last few years, and many US membership organizations are still struggling to find their footing it today’s digital world.

The fast paced changes in digital technology and multitude of new devices, coupled with a savvy, demanding audience who lives and breathes online, is making it increasingly difficult to provide value for your members.

The fact that many membership organizations have a legacy of membership information stored on systems of varying age, or simply ones that aren’t linked to their website, make it all the more difficult to make the technological advancements needed to keep up with these changes.

But these obstacles are actually also a fantastic opportunity for membership organizations that are keen to take a leap into the digital future.

USER EXPERIENCE – MEETING AND EXCEEDING USER EXPECTATIONS

The average user today spends no more than 15 seconds on a web page (Based on a study conducted by Chartbeat). Users are most likely to be searching for your organization from their mobile (with mobile searches officially overtaking desktop searches in May 2015). This means that having a responsive site that is clear and engaging is the first in a series of steps aimed at helping your members navigate your site effectively.

Once a user has landed on your site, they expect to be able to register online (for membership, events, qualifications or anything else your organization offers), pay securely, view personalized information and interact with others within the ecosystem of the site in a simple and user-friendly way.

Providing all of these options and optimizing the user journey for your site audience (or multiple audiences) requires your organization’s database, CMS, billing or other systems to be integrated with your website.

Having a website that is seamlessly linked to your organization’s internal systems provides a multitude of opportunities for improved user experience and ways to achieve member satisfaction.

YOUR ORGANIZATION’S LEGACY SYSTEMS PROVIDE A WEALTH OF INFORMATION

One of the biggest challenges of many membership organizations is that their legacy database, CRM, billing or other system is out of date. The nature of membership organizations is that many have been around for centuries, and the data collected on these systems is vast and invaluable. But the systems that are out of date or simply not integrated with the organization’s website do not allow the organization to utilize this important data in an effective way.

If you focus on the data your organization holds, and disregard the technological obstacles for just a second, imagine the possibilities both for your members and for your internal team:

Providing Value for your Members

If your database contains member information, you could provide an online member zone with each member’s details, photo, hobbies, preferences etc. You could then allow your members to update their information online (for example their address or interests).
You could personalize this member zone and display information and content based on their selected interests or previous site usage.
If you have member billing details, you could allow your users to easily sign up or renew their membership online in a secure and simple way with the click of a button. You could manage the renewal process automatically so that their membership is always kept up to date.
If you have member emails you could create a recurring newsletter linking to your blog or other content on your site.
If you hold events or courses for your members, you could allow them to easily sign up for these on your website, or to directly take part in an online course or webinar.
You could build an area on the site that allows and encourages members to participate and connect with other members online, thus helping to form a vibrant, lively community.

Providing Value for your Internal Team

Many of your employees probably have an increasing involvement with your site, whether it be around marketing, member retention, billing, events or membership updates. If your site was linked to the other systems in the organization it would make transactions seamless. Members could update their information online and all information entered on the site would be stored in your organization’s database. Payments could be made online and invoices issued, printed and sent to your client’s home address with the push of a button. You could be able to update content on multiple sites or platforms with one click. Here are just a few tasks your digital assets could make easier for your internal team:

  • Online billing
  • Up to date information on memberships due for renewal
  • Marketing Automation
  • Managing member information
  • Providing updates or information to your members in a segmented way

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR DIGITAL ASSETS

The massive changes in technology and the shifts in lifestyle habits require membership organizations to create or re-evaluate their digital strategy and solutions. Membership organizations should be asking themselves questions about how they fit in the digital landscape and how they can provide value to their members – value that exceeds expectations and delights their members in such a way that will ensure their return to the site again and again – and the renewal of their membership when the time comes. Although this might seem daunting, and in certain instances might require a fair amount of work behind the scenes (for example in system integration), this will always pay off in a major way in the long run.

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Affiliate Marketing WordPress Themes

10 Best Responsive Affiliate Marketing WordPress Themes

Designing a professional WordPress affiliate marketing website is not an easy job. It not only take a lot of time to add some great features but you must have to take care of the each element of design. An ordinary type theme can destroy your all hard work that you did in past to make your website SEO ready for search engines. Affiliate marketing websites always need to have a professional and user-friendly design that will not only attract users but Google bots can also access your website easily. So that’s why today we are going to share the 45 best responsive affiliate marketing WordPress themes that are widely used in 2021.

The purpose of creating these professional themes is to save a lot of your precious time. As affiliate marketers are always busy in creating unique and fresh content. So they can’t be able to design each element of WordPress themes by their self. That’s why a well designed and SEO ready WordPress theme always come handy to make a professional affiliate marketing WordPress website. There are different features that we must need to make a WordPress theme user-friendly. A creative and unique theme must have a responsive design, unique written coding, SEO Optimized and easy to navigate for your loyal readers. If a theme has all these important factors then you can go for it without any worry.

Affiliate Marketing WordPress Themes

Nowadays many people are fan of running a niche website for affiliate marketing. So if you’re also going to create a niche website then you’re on right place. Below we’ve listed some of the most widely used affiliate marketing WordPress themes. These themes are coded by professional designers and already optimized for SEO. Go ahead and start checking each theme and pick one of them that suit your website niche.

Schema – WordPress Theme

Schema is the fastest loading, ultra-SEO friendly WordPress theme. Featuring all the best MyThemeShop features, including our custom options panel, all our shortcodes and widgets, and a pixel perfect design.

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Sahifa – WordPress Theme

Sahifa News Theme is a clean, modern, user friendly, fast-loading, customizable, flexible, functional and fully responsive WordPress News, Magazine, Newspaper, and blog Theme.

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SteadyIncome – WordPress Theme

SteadyIncome is the ultimate WordPress theme for online marketers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. It’s packed with features such as a powerful subscription tool, ad optimization, featured products section, and a beautiful responsive design that will all boost your online earnings.

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Yosemite – WordPress Theme

Yosemite is a clean WordPress theme that is inspired by Apple’s Yosemite OSX design. With a newsletter plugin, compatibility with MegaMenu and WP Review Pro, as well as being optimized for AdSense, pageviews and readability, you’ll see elevated levels of user engagement thanks to Yosemite.

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Voice WordPress Theme

Voice is a responsive WordPress magazine/blog theme created with news/magazine/editorial websites in mind. It comes packed with features including WooCommerce integration for your eCommerce requirements, and bbPress to build a powerful community or social network website.

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Squarecode – WordPress Theme

Squarecode WordPress theme for Easy Digital Downloads allows you to easily create your own digital downloads store, or even a full marketplace for selling digital products using the Front End Submissions add-on for EDD.

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Splash – WordPress Theme

Take your blogging to the next level with Splash, a HTML5 WordPress theme that integrates review blogging and maximizes content impact.

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SmartReviewer – WordPress Theme

Smartreviwer is a clean, flexible, and fully responsive wordpress theme for creating product reviews. You just add products in different categories and add the affiliate links to the product in different shops. If a user buys an item after clicking your review link, you will get a commission.

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Sensational – WordPress Theme

Sensational brings out the awesomeness of your blog to the fullest. It will transform your average looking Website into an absolute stunner. You can play with different Color Options and layout styles to make it a perfect fit for showcasing your content.

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Throne – WP Theme

Throne is a responsive WordPress theme for personal blogs, magazines or marketing websites with a professional design. It is highly customizable to match your personal taste, and can easily be converted into a multi-purpose theme to suit a wide range of needs.

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Putting it Together

These top 10 affiliate marketing WordPress themes are perfect to help you dominate performance marketing campaigns for your clients. At Agency Platform, we have the proven strategies to outsource whitelabel marketing services with our trusted process. Whether you need PPC, SEO or SMM services, we can help you get good results with our reseller pricing options. Contact us today to get a solution for your digital agency!

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Affiliate Marketing and Niche Research

In this affiliate marketing article I will explore in details how to make money from affiliate marketing. This is a process by which you promote other people’s products to their ideal customers and make a commission from every sale made through your work.

Specifically, I will be looking at:

  • Niche Research, which enables us to find out more about lucrative products and the people who buy them.
  • Keyword Research (with SEO), which reveals how potential customers search for these products.
  • Pinpointing what your market wants, so you can choose the best products and market them in the best way.
  • How to find products that sell, so you can promote products that are already popular.
  • Setting up an asset that will sell for you, so you can learn how to create and affiliate site that funnels your profits.
  • Effective methods to promote your affiliate offers, so you can encourage more visitors to click on your links to the products you’re promoting and make more money, faster.

This is a comprehensive walk-through of how to make the most from affiliate marketing, with everything laid-out, step-by-step, so let’s get started.

Affiliate Marketing NICHES

First thing’s first: Finding your niche market! In this tutorial we’re going to look at how to research niches and micro-niches.

Now the main reasons we need to research our niche are simple: research will help identify who our audience is, it will identify profitable markets with low competition, and it will eliminate guesswork, which is something you’d want to avoid in this industry.
We begin our research by exploring established markets, what are known as ‘Evergreen Markets’, because of their on-going profitability and popularity, the top three being HEALTH, WEALTH CREATION and LIFESTYLE for these three reasons.

A niche market is essentially a smaller, more specialized market with a larger market. So for example, within Lifestyle, there are markets such as Golf, or Golf Swing. But within each market, you can find niches and within those, even smaller micro-niches; Super-specialized markets within a niche that cater for a more specific audience of potential customers. So People searching for information on their Golf Swing could be catered for by a micro-niche that specializes in Golf Swing drill.

Searching Google

When we go to Google to see this in action, we can immediately see how the specificity or our research effects the results we get. If we type in the word ‘golf’, we get a broad range of results from TV listings to car manufacturers and needless to say many of these results are not relevant.
This is why many users who type their search query into Google take care to be more specific about their search to find what they are looking for. So it pays to be specific when choosing your niche; micro-niche are much more lucrative because they cater for a customer who already KNOWS what they WANT.
So if we narrow down our search to Golf Swing and immediately you’ll see not only the search results becoming more specific to the sport of golfing, but the ads on the right of the search results page will be more relevant too.
Now just by looking at the results Google turns up, you might find your search query has revealed a potentially lucrative market with an audience of active customers. In our example , searching for ‘golf swing‘ actually displayed some websites addressing the topic.
But what we did next was further refine our search and narrow it down to ‘golf swing drills’. Going down into the next level of specificity will affect your search results again. The more words you add into the search field, the more specific your search will be and in this case, all our search results turned up relevant websites and products.

Whether it’s a physical product or a digital one, the more specific your search the deeper into a niche market you’ll be digging to find the lucrative micro-niche that are making money right now.

Hope you enjoyed reading this article and I will be talking about Forum Research and how to find products to promote in the next few days so stay tuned.
Cheers,

Paula

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