Years ago when I was running Affiliit.com, I had been asked many times by newbies what I would suggest to them, or ‘if I had to start over, what would I do?’ …
Honestly, it was so much easier when you weren’t actually IN that position, but it was easier back in 09-10 as well. Things weren’t as hectic as they are now, especially with Google’s major algorithm changes over the past 3 years. But I still believe in one thing: start with something you KNOW. Write about it and give answers to questions, solutions to problems.
When you can help someone fix a problem or alleviate stress from the unknown, you are bound to make money. Period.
But then comes the question of where the traffic comes from, especially in popular niches. I won’t lie, it’s not going to be easy, and I no longer believe in SEO like I once did. Yeah, you can still get plenty of traffic from old ‘SEO’ ways, but it’s not the same. You have to utilize various sources and build a true ‘network’ of sorts…and that’s not referring to private networks, I’m more or less referring to a ‘community’ effort.
SEO isn’t the same these days and I don’t believe that white hat or black hat SEO are the answers. I believe that you really have to dig far, far deeper and utilize EVERY TOOL IN YOUR DISPOSAL. Black, white, gray, social media, etc. If you want real traffic you have to put in more work, assuming you want long-term success. One page websites could still work wonders for some people, but they’re not as effective as they once were. But they can still be effective. If you’re going to keep things that simple, you’ll probably miss out on the long-term success, so be sure to get extremely creative with your non-white-hat approach.
My goal over the next 90 days is to ‘start fresh’, as if I had never been in this business at all. I have NO plan as of right now, and things are so far different than they once were, I have NO idea if my plan will work… Of course, I do have an advantage. I am still capable of using my old knowledge to help me. I won’t sit here and act like I haven’t been doing SEO, Social Media stuff, etc. I have. But I’ve been focusing on building brands that are not even using any source of affiliate marketing…at all. That will change, but not quite yet.
So, what to do now? Research. I’m going to start fresh and see what other people are doing these days. I want to get an idea of what’s working now, such as the tools, niches, types of offers, etc. I may end up doing some type of hybrid site(s), or just go the easy route and start building out cheap, one page solutions to see if I can get any rankings to them.
I’ll keep readers updated.