The Truth About Build a Niche Store

cat niche storeWe’ve all been lured by dozens of different ebooks for sale, all regurgitating the same “make money” dream in a variety of ways. But most of those ebooks offer you words and ideas, and brag about how much money they make. Are you as tired of those as I am?

I purchased Build a Niche Store simply because the creators offered me something more than words and ideas. They provide real tangible software with free updates forever and an unlimited domain license (yes, you can use BANS on as many domains as you like). I like that a lot. Build a Niche Store (BANs) is in version 3 now. FREE updates and a great forum where you can get support if you need it as well as great creative ideas on how to make your niche store even better! [Read more...]

eBay Moves Affiliate Program In-House

Hello fellow affiliates! With just a little effort, you can earn a lot of money with the eBay Affiliate Program. All that you and the other 100,000 affiliates have to do is drive traffic to eBay. Easier said then done and Build a Niche Store can help solve that little traffic problem.

eBay hosted their affiliate program with Commission Junction for years. eBay recently announced that they are moving their affiliate program in-house starting on April 1, 2008. The new in-house network is designed to give affiliates better access to revenue opportunities across eBay Inc.’s global platforms. [Read more...]

Choose Profitable Products and Boost Sales with Clickbank

blogging to the bank with clickbankYou started a blog and now you want to make some money. Am I right? Not many people blog for free these days. There are many ways to monetize your blog and you’ve probably heard of or tried many of them by now.

Let me introduce you to Clickbank. Maybe you are already acquainted, maybe not. Either way, read on and maybe you’ll find a tidbit or two to help boost your sales.

Clickbank is an online payment processor and affiliate marketing system. It allows you to sell other people’s stuff. When you do, you get a commission based on the terms of the product agreement.

Unlike many other affiliate programs, Clickbank is geared primarily towards digital products like downloadable software and ebooks. Before getting into Clickbank, here’s a quick detour on a couple of things to do before getting started.

If you are thinking about writing niche articles or creating a niche website, the first place to start is finding your niche. That is not what this article is about so I won’t be focusing on that. So let’s say you find some keywords that are likely to make you a profit. Now what? Well you have to find some products that match those keywords.

But not just any products. You want to promote top notch products that are going to make you a PROFIT! That’s why you are blogging, isn’t it? To make a profit.

OK. Now let’s say you have your top notch, money-maker keywords. The next step is finding the affiliate products. Clickbank is a great place to start. You can find thousands of affiliate products to sell within a variety of categories. All it will cost you is the time and energy to find the products and create your niche articles.

Take a look at how to find products that sell really well.

  1. Go to Clickbank.com.
  2. Click Marketplace (located at top right).
  3. Type a keyword in the keywords field and click Go. You can also narrow your search by selecting a category.
  4. A list of products that match your query display in a list. Each Clickbank product displays information similar to the image below.

Clickbank affiliate products

What does all that stuff mean?

  • $/sale: The amount of money you earn for each sale.
  • Future $: Average rebill revenue.
  • Total $/sale: Average total $ per sale, including all rebills.
  • %/sale: The percentage of the product sale price that the sale represents.
  • %/refd: Fraction of publisher’s total sales that are referred by affiliates.
  • grav: The measure of how many affiliates are promoting the product. This is a weighted sum and not an actual total. For each affiliate paid in the last 8 weeks Clickbank adds an amount between 0.1 and 1.0 to the total. The more recent the last referral, the higher the value added.

The Gravity indicator will tell you how well a product is selling. So a gravity score of 100 means a product is potentially selling better than one with a gravity score of 20. What if the gravity score is off the charts, like 450? Maybe the product is selling too well and you can’t compete with that type of competition in an already saturated market. I like to stay within the 70 to 100 range for gravity. Occasionally I will go for a lower gravity number especially if the product is new to market.

Once you select a product, check out the sales page. What are they selling? Would you buy it? If no, then why would someone else? Think about that.

Other things to consider in your Clickbank adventure. Let’s say the percent of the Clickbank sale to you is $20.00. Sound good, huh? If you are using Pay Per Click (PPC), be careful and do your math. If you pay 20 cents per click and it takes 100 clicks before a single person buys the product, then you have not made any money. You will break even. Even it takes 120 clicks before someone buys the product, then you have lost money.

It will take the same amount of work to promote a product that pays $46.00 as it does for one that pays you $20.00 so choose wisely. Now if you are just blogging on about stuff, and not using PPC at all, then it doesn’t matter so much except for your bottom line.

I am proud to say that in January, The Success Space made $499.00 with Clickbank products. This total took into consideration one returned item. So get blogging and start your own Clickbank profitable niche!

What are your Clickbank stategies?

Using WordPress to Create Profitable Niche Sites

 

As a confessed, long-time affiliate marketer, I can tell you that creating lots of small web sites can be a very tedious task. Don’t get me wrong. I love getting checks in the mail as much as the next person but I knew there had to be a better, more efficient way to create these niche web sites.

I heard lots of blogosphere chatter about using WordPress to create static web sites. WordPress is a fantastic Content Management System (CMS) that is typically used for blogs and ongoing conversations with the people who read them. It’s easy to manage because once you write the articles, the hyperlinks (like monthly archives, categories, and pages) take care of themselve. Everything in a tidy neat little package.

Creating niche money making sites with WordPress

Usually, when I select a new affiliate marketing niche, I look at profitable keywords or products, and build a site around it. High maintenance is out of the question! Who has the time for that. I like sites that bring in two things: traffic and money!

I had the good fortune to meet Caroline Middlebrook. Caroline has done the hard work friends, and written an ebook about creating the very thing I wanted to create. A low-to-no maintenance niche web site using WordPress. I like it already!

I downloaded the ebook with no expectations but was pleasantly surprised. Caroline has a technical background but has written her ebook so mere mortals can actually understand it!

She starts out introducing the subject about niche sites and then launches into a nice overview and how-to about installing WordPress. Caroline also targets the important points in the WordPress Admin panel and how to get your WordPress theme going.

It was a nice WordPress refresher but then she reveals the real gems of creating your niche static web site with WordPress:

  • Setting up Adsense
  • Essential WordPress plugins and how to install them
  • Site subject and monetization
  • Static pages
  • Link structure
  • And much more!

All in all the “How to Develop Money-Making Niche Sites with WordPress” ebook is a quick read with some great information and tips. Your mind will be flowing with new ideas when you finish this one!

Download it for FREE at Caroline’s blog.

Check out  iThemes WordPress Themes, my favorite WordPress themes for creating niche affiliate sites.

Build a Niche Store (BANS) Version 3 Announcement

Build a Niche Store, the fast growing Internet money making concept, is now in beta test mode for BANS version 3!

The beta testing will start between the 14th and 16th of January. Barring any major unforeseen problems, the creators of this worthwhile software are aiming to release Build a Niche Store (BANS) Version 3 in either the last week of January or the first week of February.

With Build a Niche Store, you now get four national markets and 60 million products under your control, the opportunities are literally endless.

When you purchase Build a Niche Store you receive one licensed copy of the script which entitles you to build as many niche stores as you want. You also receive a downloadable 72-page ebook that gives you detailed instructions on how to do it.

I am still working on my Niche Store 30-Day Challenge and will post the results after, well, the 30 days are up. Read more here. Upon completion, I’ll also provide a complete review of this amazing program.

If you have parked domains (like me – I’m addicted, what can I say?) don’t park your domains … build a niche store and make more money!

Can’t wait to see what other goodies these guys have in store for Build a Niche Store version 3!

Stay tune’d.