How To Make Your First $1000 As An Affiliate…

This post will be the “kickstart” you need to make your first $1000 online…

When I started as an affiliate online, I was a 20 year old college student at Ohio State.  I had a poker affiliate site running and was making a few dollars here and there.  But I never really broke through and started to make good money until I started to focus on a few specific things…

Just last week I was hanging out in San Diego with a few of my internet marketing friends…. In between some of our beach sessions, I started talking with them about blog post ideas for Shoe’s blog.  One of the things that kept coming up was they both said I need to make an “exact” blueprint to getting started online.

Hanging out in San Diego I found this cool pup chilling at the beach...

I’ve said this before, getting started online is the hardest part.  Going from 0-10 sales per day is a lot harder than going from 10-100 sales per day.

So over the next few weeks, I’m going to do a series on “How To Make Your First $1000 As An Affiliate” – and break down exactly what you need to do to make your first $1000.  Sound good?

Let’s Get Started…

Before I give out my big tips, you need to agree to a few things here with me…

1.  You’re willing to put in at least 2 hours of work per day (this includes weekends)

2.  You’re willing to do stuff that might be boring and tedious…

3.  You won’t quit before you make your first $1000

If you agree with all of those, then you’re ready to get rolling…

Justin’s 3 Step Process For Making Your First Dollar…

1.  Find an offer to promote…

  • I’m going to give a shameless plug for my fat loss product on Clickbank since it converts very well.  Also I understand this niche the best so I’ll be able to give you the best advice on how to make money with it…  Feel free to promote any product you want that fits the following criteria…
  • If you want to promote a different product here’s something to focus on – find a niche that solves a problem.  The big 3 are always good places to start (health, wealth and relationships).  Whatever you do, don’t follow the old adage of “do what you love and the money will follow”.   That’s complete bullshit.  Market forces determine how much money you can make, not whether or not you “love something”.  If you happen to love something that is in a good niche, then you have the perfect niche for yourself.  I happen to love fitness stuff, so the 31 Day Fat Loss Cure is right up my alley…
  • Another good tip is you should try to find a niche that has a magazine based around it.  In MOST cases, if there is a magazine in that niche then its a profitable niche and you’ll be able to make money…

2. Drive traffic to your offer…

So let’s use the example of you promoting The 31 Day Fat Loss Cure.  And I’m going to assume you have no money to use for paid traffic.  Here’s the best way to make money with this offer…

Task 1: Pick off the easy sales with SEO’d blogs or articles…

The easiest way to make sales is to have pages that rank for what I like to call “money keywords”.  Instead of trying to rank for something generic like “fat loss”, you’re better off trying to hone in on a small keyword such as “31 day fat loss cure review”.   When someone is searching for these terms, they are actively looking to buy the product.  This means your conversions will be MUCH better than for general terms like “how to lose weight”.

And better conversions means more money for you!

So to get started,  here’s a few of the best converting keywords for our site (straight from my Google Analytics)

  • 31 Day Fat Loss Cure
  • The 31 Day Fat Loss Cure
  • 31 day belly fat cure
  • 31 day fat loss plan
  • vic magary
  • vic magary fat loss
  • vic magary scam
  • 31 day fat loss cure scam

So what you need to do here is pretty simple.  Take the keywords I just gave you and either make a site with multiple pages on it for each keyword or make a bunch of Squidoo lenses, HubPages or press releases.

This is where the grunt work comes in.

If you want to make good money writing SEO articles you need to write A LOT of articles.  I recommend at least 4-5 per day.  Basically all you need to do is crank out an article in 20-30 minutes.  Get a kitchen timer and set it for 20-30 minutes and then crank out a quality article in 20-30 minutes.  This will get easier as you become a better writer.  Copyblogger has a great post about how to write an article in 20 minutes

In your articles what you’ll want to do is base your article around the keyword you’re writing about – and then write a good 500 word article about that keyword.  Make sure you put lots of links in the article (with your affiliate link) going to the product.  You also want to make sure you end the article with a good call to action to get them to go check out the website (with your affiliate link of course).

I don’t wanna overwhelm you with too much stuff right off the bat, so get started on this right away.  Here’s a quick wrap-up for what you need to do…

1.  Pick your product to promote (find an in-demand niche that will last)

2.  Get a list of keywords together for that product (make sure you get “buying” keywords and not just generic keywords)

3.  Write 4-5 articles per day on your “money keywords”  (do this on article sites like Squidoo, or on your own blog/website)

I’ll be back next time with step 2 of the process…

– Justin

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