Linkshare (www.linkshare.com) is one of the well known affiliate network company for physical products. I joined them as an affiliate couple of years ago with my now defunct (de-indexed) Chandelier site. If you check out that site now, it uses a free theme, but during its initial months uses Apptheme – Premium Classified Ads Theme.
Anyway, this quick and short post is about my first payment from Linkshare! Yes, after almost a year of being an affiliate with an insect-catching device and after almost a year of putting up my affiliate website designed to sell that gadget (mosquito magnets), I finally reached the payment threshold of $250!
Here’s the payment screenshot from the Linkshare dashboard.
The amount is not at all that impressive. But the fact that I have not made any backlinks on the site for months and still maintains its number 1 ranking is good feeling, lifts up your ego and builds confidence in SEO or something.
With that earning, it already paid for itself ($10/year for the domain name and web hosting with hostmonster – shared hosting) I think I will let this site to stay online for another year (until you, reading this post, creates a similar site and out rank mine :)) and renew this domain come June 2012.
It’s Your Turn
Many of you may think that I made a terrible mistake of revealing my niche site to the public. Mistake or not, it’s alright by me. I just want to share with you other websites where you can affiliate yourself with and let you know that there are other alternatives for Clickbank.
You can register with Linkshare now, build your site and apply for the same company. I really do not mind. In fact, I am also sharing some of the keywords related to the niche. Check out the screen shot below from Micro Niche Finder – my favorite keyword research tool.
You may notice from the image below is that I am quite an impulsive buyer of domain. The same day that I saw the Mosquito Magnet Reviews keyword with 1000 searching a month, I immediate register the available .org domain – June 01, 2011.
Anyway, it’s your turn now. Go ahead and go to linkshare, search for an interesting product, do proper keyword research (search volume, competition, commercial value etc) and take action. The longer you delay, the longer you are keeping yourself from making money online.
An additional info: I created this affiliate site following the guide and steps taught in George Brown’s Google Sniper and Matt Carter’s Rapid Profit Formula. Go check them out.
One last thing, I want to share the SEO stuff that I did that made this site number 1 in Google for months now. Yeah its not that competitive but the same principle and techniques can be applied to other moderately competitive keywords.
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