025 STBS: Search Engine Passive Income With Niche Marketing

I've been getting a lot of people asking me about niche affiliate marketing.  This is a topic that I absolutely love because it truly helps you to make money while not having to kill yourself working.  However, I'm very new to the topic and I've only made modest income from it.  That being said, I decided to make AN HOUR LONG video that shows exactly what I do to find a niche and start making content that draws people to my new blog.

Don't take things for granted

As I show in my niche marketing adventure posts, you never want to take anything for granted.  I used to think that everyone knew about receipt scanners and that there had to be a ton of affiliate marketers that were trying to rank high in order to generate revenue.  Of course, I was wrong.

There are a ton of things that you use around the house or that you may even pay big money for that could be the basis of a new site.  As you'll see in the video, even something as obscure as a patio is something that could bring in a lot of affiliate income using something like Amazon Associates.

Entrepreneurs can't have tunnel vision.  They need to see that nearly everything around them has the opportunity to build capital.  Start using something like Market Samurai and see if you have some opportunities!

Tools of the trade and working systems

I use a number of tools to help get my affiliate sites up quickly.  Each of them has their own purpose and you can either use them to give your virtual assistant a break, or to quickly build the sites up yourself.  Here are the tools (Note: watch the video to see how I use them to create content in minutes) (Double note: these are affiliate links and would really REALLY help me to deliver more content.) 🙂

Market Samurai – This is a very popular research tool and I use this to find the initial niche.  Seriously, nothing else compares to this tool and it makes finding markets very easy.  Remember to not only look for niches with low competition and high traffic, BUT also make sure the competition doesn't have the SEO act together.

Bluehost – If you don't have a web host, I've been using them for years and they've been fantastic!  Using Simple Scripts to build instant WordPress blogs pays for itself.

Woothemes – I use the Canvas theme to build my affiliate sites.  It's inexpensive and highly configurable.  Usually I can have a complete site up within 2 hours.  In about 4 hours I'll have the site up with 2 blog posts and 2 articles submitted with the tools below.

Instant Article Wizard – I use this to help create content for my affiliate blogs (Not this blog, lol).  I also use these to create articles, I tend to be much more careful and try to be as original as possible with those.  The point is to get a steady stream of content going on the blog that you can backlink to it in article directories.

The Best Spinner – After I find content to use with Instant Article Wizard, I use The Best Spinner to make it unique.  It saves a TON of time having to re-write articles and helps to build high-quality backlinks.  The last thing that Google wants to see is non-original content.

Update 5/1/2011: A great way to check check to see if you've done a good job spinning is to put your article into Plagium.com.  It's totally free and scours the Internet for plagiarized sentences. If you show up as plagiarized then you know you need to spin a bit more.  I know that in the video that I say that I'm not too worried about blog posts being totally original… wel…  I changed my mind after research.  Try to make them as original as possible with your spinner.

Give it a try…

The last thing that I ever though I'd ever be doing was affiliate marketing.  Most of the guys that preach it are shady… and are the get rich quick types.  Well, I'm definitely not rich and it's definitely not quick, but slowly but surely I'm starting to see things happen.

Have you started to try some affiliate marketing?  Let me know how it's going in the comments.  What were your failures and what were your successes?

3 Comments

  • Harry

    April 17, 2011

    Dean, great resource and great job with the affiliate marketing topic. I have been looking at starting with affiliate marketing a little more these days to help with supporting the blogs and sites we have put together and this gives me a little extra motivation to get more serious about it.

    Thanks so much!
    Harry
    My Eco Guy

    • Dean Soto

      April 23, 2011

      No problem man! Yeah, I'd definitely recommend trying it out. As I mention in the video, I am definitely not an expert, but it's pretty cool seeing a little income coming in from it..

      One thing I want to stipulate though: You don't really need the tools that I use, but they help a lot. Also, it's not a get rich quick thing. it takes a while to get ranked… I'd say no less than 60 days on average for a decent ranking.

      Good luck, my friend =)

  • Dean Soto

    April 23, 2011

    No problem man! Yeah, I'd definitely recommend trying it out. As I mention in the video, I am definitely not an expert, but it's pretty cool seeing a little income coming in from it..

    One thing I want to stipulate though: You don't really need the tools that I use, but they help a lot. Also, it's not a get rich quick thing. it takes a while to get ranked… I'd say no less than 60 days on average for a decent ranking.

    Good luck, my friend =)