Posted by admin on September 23, 2012 under Activities | Comments are off for this article
Over the past two months I have been building out affiliate and direct commissions from dating sites. Currently I am running a niche dating site on TheDatingStudio’s (formerly Cupid) white label platform. The platform is great. I create a customized dating site that caters to my specific niche and they manage the entire back-end. All that I have to do is send targeted traffic to the site and take the commission.
So far the niche site has only been a break even proposition. However, because membership is recurring monthly, I do expect to start making a profit by the end of October and really ramping up profits after that. Progress is a little slow because I am only promoting the site through Facebook ads and PlentyOfFish. Fortunately, using just these traffic sources gives me great visibility on the numbers for the site. Given that it is only two months old, I am averaging a $0.52 cents per click with a 28% registration rate. Of those that register, 2.64% actually open their wallet and spend a little cash. Unfortunately, my ad spend with Facebook is around $0.58 per click right now so I am breaking even as I build out the site. Thank God for recurring sales which will hopefully drive up my revenue per click over the next few months.
To offset the basic break even spend of this project I am also promoting dating offers on FB and POF that match the niche site mentioned above. My strategy behind this is to simply generate a bit more cash while optimizing the creatives that I am using to promote my main site. For the offers, I was using Neverblue, but couldn’t get the offers to convert. Also, I had no control over what offers my visitors saw if they clicked from other countries.
I have since moved to CPATrend.com and am having much more success with those specific dating niche’s. My affiliate manager is extremely responsive and great at suggesting traffic sources to help build out offers. On his suggestion I am trying 50 On Red which is an in-text advertising platform that has apparently been useful for a number of his affiliates. Month to date I am positive $929.25 using CPATrend and they pay out monthly on the eleventh and so far there have been absolutely no issues with them.
On to my future plans with this dating niche. As I get this one up and running I do plan to build out a similar site in the same niche, but use a canned script to run the site myself. The benefit being that I can add a blog and addition SEO content to the page to drive organic traffic and will be able to enjoy the full benefit of a membership site. Obviously the challenge with this will be managing the back end membership as well as getting the site populated with members as quickly as possible. I am writing out my business and marketing plan for this new site this afternoon so it is time to get to work.
Posted by admin on August 28, 2012 under Activities | Comments are off for this article
Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve written anything compelling. Let’s face it, summer can pull your attention away from work like nothing else. Well, even though my time spent creating new passive income streams has been limited, I have still been busy exploring new and exciting ways to make money. In fact, I am really excited about a few that are starting to take off.
The first is simply going back to my mobile roots. I bought Mobile Monopoly in 2010 and it completely changed my perspective on the potential for making passive income through my smartphone. Recently the next generation of mobile marketing hit in the form of Mobile Monopoly 2.0 and it promises to be a huge profit center. The software provided by the system is okay and the included webinars are generally effective, and can be reverse-engineered so that you can target any niche you want. Where the system shines however is showing you not only how to use new tools like Instagram to drive massive traffic. Not a bad solution indeed. Watch the video for more information.
Separate from the mobile aspect of my business, I have been working on a targeted niche dating site. I won’t give you the niche, but so far I am getting a 20% sign up rate from anybody I send through the site through Facebook and POF. Anyway, the site is completely hosted by TheDatingStudio which is the white label dating service of Cupid.com. Creating the site was simple, the revenue share is 80% and with a 20% sign up rate, this passive income stream could be a game changer for me. Unfortunately, the site does not allow you access to the members you sign up so building a list through the site can be problematic unless you add iframes and popups which destroy your conversion.
Because of this, my future plans include creating another site through whitelabeldating and creating a registration path that allows visitors to register for this and two or other three other dating sites as well as a few affiliate dating offers. This may be a bigger project than I need right now, but I am tired of leaving money on the table with no list in the relationship niche.
Posted by admin on April 25, 2012 under Activities | Comments are off for this article
I have been spending the last few weeks building a network of microsites based on specific keywords. Now, even though it is early, I have already been hit by the newest Panda update. In this update, google is targeting single keyword sites and sites that appear to have links from spun content. Unfortunately, that is exactly what a microniche site is, as website dedicated to getting a single keyword to the top ranking. To give you an example, I just published nfsmostwantedcheats.com yesterday in the hopes of capturing some of the gamer traffic looking to beat Need For Speed.
Anyway, according to the press release, Google is trying to weed out any of the highly SEO’d single target sites so that more authority sites can rise to the top of the ranking. Not good news for those of us that are building out an Adsense earnings network. So, with this new update, what are the newest rules to SEO?
First and foremost, strive to create an authority site. What this means to me is that instead of the standard five article niche site, you need to create a ten-article site with related, but not exactly targeted phrases and words. Your content needs to be at least 60% unique and must read like a human wrote it. This means that spun content is off the table, especially if you spin automatically. I use SpinFM on my sites and that is stopping immediately. Add articles that have a similar focus and topic, but that are not SEO’d to the same phrase over and over.
Regarding your off site links, social is quickly becoming king. If you don’t google + your articles, it is time to start. In addition, natural is the only way to go. Mass bookmarks will destroy your rankings; especially if they spike then disappear. A good rule of thumb is to never add more links per day than you have traffic. Believe it or not, the search engine will penalize you for it.
Overall, this new algorithm update adds another level of complexity to the process of creating niche targeted sites. They will still work and I will still be creating them, monetizing them and enjoying the revenue. However, the sites will be a lot bigger and will require a lot more work to rank well.
Posted by admin on April 4, 2012 under Get Traffic | Comments are off for this article
Like most affiliate marketers I am on a number of lists and spend a few moments each morning sifting through the newest product or promotion to make it into our market. This morning and email from Ryan Deiss caught my eye. It was the new Mr. LBX massive affiliate product from Paul Lynch. What caught my eye was the actual social proof that Paul added to his sales page. After all, not everybody can get the elite players in internet marketing to say thanks for being one of the best affiliate marketers out there.
So, after watching his video and listening to one of the testimonials, I decided to do some digging. I’m not adverse to spending $97 on quality, but I have been burned too many times not to do my due diligence. What I found is that among the other traffic sources that Paul Teaches, last year he showed you how to get 5-cent clicks on Google, there is a new source that he is exploiting. That traffic source uses an interstitial advertising network to put your squeeze page in front of potential clients for a minimum of five seconds before the viewer is allowed to move onto their desired page.
Essentially, this traffic source uses a PPV model where you can buy thousands of page views for just a few bucks. The traffic is in no way targeted, but given the right offer, can be very profitable. The network that I am talking about and the one that I believe Paul uses is Adf.ly. Just to reiterate, I haven’t bought the product yet so I can’t say for sure.
Anyway, Adf.ly is just a URL shortener, the same as Bit.ly and the myriad of others. What makes them unique is that they will pay you to use them. That’s right, you get paid to shorten your URL through Adf.ly. The catch however is that whenever someone clicks on Adf.ly they are first sent to an advertisers page and after five seconds are given the option to process to their desired destination. Now that is a pretty big pattern interrupt, but it makes for a potentially profitable marketing tool.
So, how would I, not Paul, use it to generate some great passive income? Well, I took one on my landing pages for the Gsniper2.0 program and bought 10,000 exposures. I bought in every country where English is commonly understood to see if there was a difference in different countries. Nations other than the US and the UK are offered at a discounted rate. Now, for the next few days I want to see if these exposures lead to additions to my list and how many eventually buy product. Believe it or not I do have high hopes for this tool.
Back to Mr. LBX, there is a very high likelihood that I will buy the program. After all, Paul has been on the leader board for some very impressive product launches. However, before I do I want to get this test underway. Wish me luck.