Been a while since I posted a meaningful blog. Not long ago I had some technical issues with this page and had to reload a previous version of it. Sadly I lost some posts that I made since I had last done a backup, which was a while ago. But now I am here to report on something new I am up to: being a web affiliate.
I started my first web page several years ago along with a buddy of mine to promote shooting targets. You may have heard me talk about the target site over the years, Riverland Targets. Nothing exciting, that page gets anywhere from 20 to 150 hits per day. I created another web page shortly after pertaining to survival and taking care of yourself and your family during natural and man made disasters. That page gets about 30 to 50 page hits per day.
A few years ago I monetized both sites with Google ‘Adsense’ pay per click advertisements. If people click on the advertisements on those pages I get some money. Not much, but enough to pay for the web page hosting and domain registrations each year. Those two pages don’t get enough traffic to generate more clicks and more money.
So What Is a Web Affiliate?
So here I am today. I decided to create a ‘niche’ web page about Alice Packs and focus some advertising, or rather product reviews, towards a popular web affiliate program. I don’t get money for people clicking on the adds UNLESS THEY BUY SOMETHING from the web page the add or link directs them to. In which case if they buy something, I earn a commission on anything they buy. Even if they don’t buy anything that day if they go back within forty-eight hours and still make a purchase I get a commission, thanks to ‘cookies’.
Big name companies like Amazon, Wall-mart and E-bay to name few, have affiliates that write reviews on their blog pages and link back those reviews to product being sold. It’s that easy. Well, it sounds easy. But it is actually work.
Say you have a hobby like taking pictures with a fancy camera. You create a blog page and write about where you go, what camera you like to use, and show off some pictures. Let’s say you do that a lot, and you write occasional reviews on various cameras and equipment. Eventually people start following your blog and reading what you write, and engaging you with conversations on your blog. Eventually your blog gets easy to find and lots of people go there, and some click on those links to go buy the cameras you recommend. When those people buy a camera, you get a 20% commission from the big company. If the camera they buy was sold for $500, you get a $100 commission.
Sounds easy, right? Well, yeah, if you have a hobby that is easy to write about and you can easily interact with people on your blog, yeah, that’s easy. But what’s hard is getting people to your web page. How do you make them find you? That is where Search Engine Optimization (SEO) comes in. You have to learn to write you web pages and blog posts using ‘keyword’ phrases that normal people would use to do a search on the internet. SEO, if done correctly, helps you get your web page on the first page in Google and Bing. The higher up you are on the search pages, the more people will find your web page. The more people who find your page, the better chance you have of somebody clicking on a product link.
SEO can be a pain in the ass. It makes being a web affiliate a lot of work.
I created a niche website around Alice Packs and am learning to implement good SEO using certain keyword phrases so people can find my page. People interested in Alice Packs may be interested in buying a new one, and when or if they click on a link from my Alice Pack page, they go to a website where they can do just that.
So far the new web page looks good and is pretty much done. But SEO rankings on Google and Bing can take some time to build up. Months even. So for now I am way back on page three of Google. Not bad considering there are over forty pages regarding Alice Packs. Being on the third page after two weeks is pretty damn good. I hope to be up to page one by Christmas 2017. And when that happens I hope to be earning enough to pay for some presents in the Holiday Season.
Wish me luck. And if you want to check out my Alice Pack page… go here: Alice Pack Review