I have always heard people saying it’s difficult to earn online. While it’s not, it may be difficult for people who think in this way. If you really want to earn enough money online, you need to change your thinking process at first.
You may not be earning online that much. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t make it possible. There are thousands of people earning online and their earnings are quite well. Read this article to find out why most people don’t earn enough.
Today, let me share one of my affiliate marketing stories where I built a small affiliate site that was making me over $500 every month. It took just around 3 months for me to bring the site to this level.
I ran the site for about 9 months and sold it for a profit on Flippa. For security reasons, I can’t share the domain name with you. But let me tell you that you can do the same thing as I did. Believe me it’s not very difficult. But you have to be careful about a lot of things I am going to discuss right now.
So How Did I Do It?
Thanks to Long Tail Pro that helped find out those golden keywords to reach my target audience without so much backlinking. I just forgot to tell you that it was all free traffic that I was getting from Google and other search engines. I never paid for any advertising. I just did some basic social backlinking.
It could be possible for me because I found out some laser-targeted keywords with low competition. But I will not say that it was the only reason how I succeeded. But it was definitely the most important part.
Look, I don’t say that $500 per month is a huge amount of money to be proud of and call it as a success. But definitely, it is not really bad income if it’s coming automatically from a small site.
How Did I Do Keyword Research?
Keyword research was always the most important thing I cared about and I will always do the same. Google finds thousands of new keywords every day from the users. From these thousands of keywords, there are many keywords with highly targeted traffic and less competition.
Believe me that these awesome keywords do exist and if you can manage to get them, you can easily get your site flooded with traffic. But the hardest part is to find these awesome keywords and utilize them.
As I mentioned earlier, I used Long Tail Pro for my research and it worked really well for me. These are the main keywords I found during my research …
‘Make Money Playing Games’
‘Make Money by Playing Games’
There are some other variations of the same key phrases that I used. These were the main keywords that I targeted. Let’s see why these keywords are so profitable that it made me money continuously without a lot of hard work.
Why I Chose These Key Phrases?
Look, you can also do the same research in Google Keyword Planner. But it will not show you the exact competition you might face. It works well to see how many searches are made for a particular keyword. But if you want to measure your completion, Google Keyword Planner doesn’t work.
Remember, the competition you see in Google Keyword Planner is not for us ( I mean bloggers or website owners ). That’s for the advertisers who are interested to get top ad placements in Google AdWords.
So if you want to find your own competition, you have to do some more work. Because you are not advertising in AdWords. But you are more interested in getting top placements in Google search results.
To fight with this problem, smart online marketers only go for paid keyword tools that show the actual competition they will have to face for a particular keyword. As I already found out my keywords, let’s find out why these keywords were golden.
Look at picture below ….
This Google search operator helps you find out how many pages are there in Google index competing for the keyword in URLs.
You can see there are 1120 results. Don’t be afraid. You don’t have to compete with all of them. Look at all the domains on first page. Almost all the domains in the first page are not basically built to talk about this topic. Visiting the sites, you can see there are hundreds of pages indexed in Google. But there is only one page that is talking about “Making money playing games”.
Look at the below picture now ….
This search operator helps you find how many pages are competing for that keyword in the TITLEs.
You can see that there are 1970 results. Look at the results you are getting on 1st page only. Most of these sites are not basically built to talk about “Making money playing games”. If you search carefully even going far from the first page, you will see that most of the sites are not built to talk about this topic.
Since the number of pages competing for that actual keyword was not very high, these keywords were highly profitable and could easily make me enough money. Because, I was sure that I could easily get anywhere within top 5 positions.
Don’t always aim for 1st position. If you can manage to be the one with the 1st five results, that’s enough.
Remember, Google ranking depends on more than 200 different factors. But if a site talks about a particular topic and has more high quality pages regarding the same topic, Google has no other choice instead of giving it a high rank.
So How I Built My Small Affiliate Site
Now it was time to build a wonderful site around that topic. So I started working to write a few high quality articles so that I can get my online as soon as possible.
I wrote 5 different articles with 5 different titles around the topic. Of course, those articles were high quality articles. Remember, the quality of your articles will decide if your visitors will actually think about your recommendations or not. At first, you have to make your visitors trust you and believe that you are an expert in the topic you are talking about.
Once the articles were completed, I got my site online within just one hour. I use HostGator to host my sites and highly recommend it. Hostgator makes it very simple to create new sites in almost no time. However, installing WordPress, choosing a perfect theme, posting an article, submitting the site to Google and Bing took some time.
For a step by step tutorial, read How to Start Blog or Website with HostGator.
So now my site was online and I was waiting for Google to index it soon. Fortunately the site got indexed within just 24 hrs. I posted only one article in the beginning so that I can post articles later once it is indexed.
Let me tell you, posting all your articles in the same day is not a good choice. It’s much better to post in a scheduled manner so that Google understands that it’s an active site. So I posted one article every day for 5 days. After just 3 days, my site was indexed in Bing.
The product that I was promoting was ‘Become A Game Tester’
It was quite popular and good product according to the reviews I found online. It was paying me 75% of commissions which was around $31 ( not bad ).
But soon I realized that I am not going to make money without enough targeted visitors. So I have to do some marketing. I posted the link to my site everywhere online for that entire month.
Unfortunately, I was just getting around 10 unique visitors every day from my posted links as referral traffic. After one month of doing this, I was getting around 25 visitors, but no sales.
Then I realized I was not getting traffic from search engines. This is what I should aim for. I posted just 5 articles for the first five days. After that, there was no posting at all.
Next month, I started posting articles to my site. I posted total 17 articles with different tittles. But all of those articles were related to making money from playing games.
It took me around me 15 days. Fortunately I started seeing a little improvement in Google traffic. It was increasing slowing but steadily. After a few days, I made a sale. Oh, I became very happy that my site was actually generating money.
I checked my analytics report and found out that the sale was actually made from a visitor coming from Google. I was excited and wanted to increase the income even more.
I thought, I would post some more articles. But I was not getting any more article ideas as it is a very small market. It is very difficult to find new ideas every day. At that time, I was getting around 40 to 50 visitors coming from Google. I had to increase it to increase my income at any cost.
Since, I was not getting any more article ideas, I thought about creating some social links to my articles. But I did not want to spend money on advertising or anything to improve my backlink profile. I just wanted to follow some white hat methods that would increase my Google ranking ultimately.
I followed social link exchange programs like JustRetweet and EasyRetweet. Using these programs will help you get your contents shared on social media. I started using these programs to increase social links to my articles. Since, Google cannot crawl Facebook links, it was of no use. So I had to be interested only in Twitter and Google plus shares.
I was sure that it will work and it worked. Slowly my site was jumping up in search results. After a few days, I got another sale.
Since the keyword I was targeting was not highly competitive, it was not very difficult to rank. I just required social links to my articles. These sites don’t allow posting direct sales pages to be shared. So I had to be careful about that also.
Remember, I never tried to build any backlink. I just shared the links to forums, Twitter and Google plus communities. I never posted direct sales pages, but I posted only valuable articles that I have written on that topic. Since, it is a quite interesting topic, I was getting quite a lot of clicks from my shared links.
My articles were also being shared by JustRetweet ( read my review ) and EasyTweet. Slowly my site was being exposed to hundreds of people every day.
I got thousands of high quality shares from these two sites. Remember, these shares were all on Twitter and Google plus. Google could easily crawl the site and measure the number of times my articles were being shared.
For such a low competitive keyword, Google had to give my site good position in Search results. Also I was confident to maintain the ranking as my site was full of quality contents around that topic.
In that month, I got 5 sales ( $158.8 ) . Next month, the number of sales increased to 17 sales ( $539.92 ) for the entire month. At that time, I was touching 400 visitors a day. It was just after 3 months of launching the site.
So you can see that it’s possible to make real money if you follow the right way. I was getting most of the traffic from Google. So it was all free traffic. I just spent money on web hosting which was around $10 per month and I had to do a little hard work ( but following the right methods, no black hat ).
I ran the site for about 9 months and sold it on Flippa. I earned around $4750 from the site. It was all with no advertising cost and free traffic.
Things You Should Remember
1, You must find out some low-competitive and profitable keywords. Believe me they do exist. But you have to utilize your intelligence to find these golden key phrases. Long tail Pro should be a great help. Remember there are many low-competitive keywords, but not so profitable. Be careful.
2, You have to be an excellent writer to impress your readers. It is not easy to write an article in a different way every time around a similar topic. The way you present products to your readers is what decides if you can actually make sales or not.
3, Never promote a product directly. Give your visitors a good reason to purchase your product. Remember to promote only the products that have good reviews online. Promoting bad products just to make money is unethical. Be honest with your visitors.
4, Nowadays, quality is more important than quantity. High quality contents with high quality backlink are all that works. Social shares play a very prominent role to give your site better visibility.
5, If only posting articles to your site is not generating traffic from search engines, try getting social shares more than trying to build low quality backlinks. It doesn’t work. If you can only build high quality backlinks, go for it.
Provide your visitors the answer to their question before you suggest purchasing a product. Be confident in the words you write and let your visitors trust you.
Hope this article helps you believe that it’s possible to make real money online. You just have to be smart enough to make your dreams become a reality. Over the last few years, I built a lot of small sites basically to promote affiliate products only.
Believe me; it’s not difficult. You can also do the same thing.
Don’t always follow the guidelines scattered around the internet. Utilize your intelligence and follow only the right methods. Probably, you will be the next online millionaire.
I am not a millionaire and probably I am not smart enough to be a millionaire.
But, GOOD LUCK to you ….