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SEO-Driven Results: My Affiliate Journey to ~£25k / Year Income

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by alexseo12, Mar 7, 2020.

  1. alexseo12

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    Hello BHW people,

    In this post I would like to share the success story of my SEO-driven niche website in competitive health-related niche.

    First of all, I would like to thank you, BHW members, for all the helpful information shared that was definitely a huge part of my success.

    I hope this post will be somehow inspiring for people that want to achieve stable affiliate income using SEO.

    Specifically this post contains some useful SEO tips for people that want to start a website in health niche.

    I have already mentioned my story in this thread on BHW but I decided to provide much more detailed information here.

    Without further ado, let me start with some stats:

    Website created in: June 2018

    Total income generated since: £25 376

    Here is the income report from NutriProfits (Affiliate program that I use for this website):

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    And mandatory traffic graph from Ahrefs (my all-time favourite SEO tool):

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    As you can see it's been quite a journey. There were ups and downs and I learned a lot along the way. So let me share with you what did I exactly learn so you can apply that

    Note: These tips are somehow advanced and very specific. If you are a noobie then I recommend you start with this guide on BHW.

    Note2: I will be providing some links to various resources that I recommend. This will include some posts on BHW but also external content.

    5 Advanced SEO Lessons That I Learned:

    1. Use niche edits for authority.

    These are usually cheaper than proper guest posts but you don't always get the relevance you want.

    However, you can choose to get a niche edit from a post that already has existing links (you can find theses posts using tools like Ahrefs).

    Don't use this links to rank your money pages! Instead, you should point them at your homepage or category pages to increase your overall authority in your niche.

    2. If you happen to land a decent guest post on a high authority domain: Don't be shy, power it up with 2tier links.

    This will really give you an exponential-like return (especially if the post has zero external links to begin with).

    You don't need to go crazy in terms of the amount of 2 tier links. I usually use about ~3 2tier links depending on the authority of the 1tier domain.

    This is actually explained quite nicely in this guide.

    3. Constantly work on improving your internal links. Update your old post!

    This is a mistake that almost everybody makes (including me). Once the post is published we tend to forget about it and focus on this sexy-new content.

    However, older posts tend to have much more authority (on average) and hence utilising them by linking internally to your freshly-made money pages can give you a huge boost in rankings!

    For example, if you notice that one of your money pages started generating income by ranking for a given keyword, say "weight loss pills for women".

    What I would recommend is: go to google and search for sth like:

    Screenshot 2020-03-07 at 18.36.51.png

    Now google will show you the list of all the pages that are relevant for weight loss topics. Scan through the search results and look for some old posts. See if you can add an extra couple internal links to help you rank better for your money keyword!

    4. Niche down to start with: Focus on 1-2 products to promote and scale up as you grow.

    What do I mean here? Well, when you are starting a bran-new website in health niche there is one major problem: This is an extremely competitive niche!

    However, the good news is that you can beat a lot of competition by niching down to a very specific sub-niche. Once you start generating income, you can always expand as your website grows in authority.

    Remember: Get a generic domain name, it is not ideal to limit yourself by choosing a very niche-specific domain.

    Getting a domain "hairlosspills.com" could potentially give you some additional relevance in the hair loss industry but it will limit your ability to scale.

    Example? When I started my website I focused entirely on the hair loss niche, promoting only one product - Profolan (hair loss pills).

    This product has a very high 30% affiliate commission so it seemed like a perfect starting point to generate some initial income (and it was indeed!).

    There are many sub-niches to consider, choose the one for yourself.

    Here is the list of sub-niches in the health industry that you could potentially start with:
    • Female Libido
    • Hair loss for women (I am actually promoting a product in this niche: Locerin - It also has 30% commission and even higher conversion rate than Profolan mentioned above.)
    • Breast Enlargement
    • Weight loss for women (it will be difficult so you need to do your keyword research right but it is very nice for social traffic)
    • Penis enlargement (I'm experimenting with this one atm and it seems to be working very nice)
    • Sexual Health for men
    5. Links, links and more links.

    At the end of the end, if you get your niche selection right, your website looks nice and so on...

    It's really all about backlinks. You probably won't be able rank well in the health niche without quality backlinks. Even if your on-page and UX is amazing.

    I would recommend you spend about 60% of your time acquiring backlinks and 40% producing (or outsourcing) content.

    Here is a great guide to link building tactics.

    Read, learn, apply, fail, test and you will finally get there.

    All the best with your niche websites.



    SEO Resources for Success:

    Manual backlinks for a brand new website (Easy): https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/foundation-links-list-for-any-seo-project.1185175/

    This post is a good read: https://diggitymarketing.com/difficult-affiliate-niches/

    Link Building Overview: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/the-complete-guide-to-link-building-tactics-20-methods.1057918/


    Affiliate Programs with High Commissions (Health Niche):

    Here are some affiliate networks in health niche that I use and recommend due to crazy high commission rates (usually about 30-45%):
    I suggest you scan through the list of available products and decide what sub-niche you like to go after.
     
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    This is some amazing insight. Thanks for sharing this info.

    Any approaches that you took but did not work out at the end?

    Thanks,

     
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    Any mistakes you did , that we can avoid ?
     
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    Good Job Bro and thanks for the information
     
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    Yes actually. The biggest mistake I made was that I build too many external links pointing directly to a particular money page that I really wanted to rank badly.

    I think I ended up having too many links and the rankings of this particular page dropped significantly and remained low for a good couple of months (about 6 months actually).

    So the takeaway is: Distribute your links along many different pages and link them internally. You will be getting better results overall and also avoiding over-optimisation.

    P.S The article did somehow recovered as the domain aged gaining authority and is now ranking TOP1 for the target keyword.
     
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    Hey man, great achievement, thanks for sharing.

    Can I ask how many words you write for the money page? Do u put this money page as the home page?
    How many posts do u have to support that?
    When u start this, u use a brand new domain? or expired?

    thanks
     
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    When it comes to word count per page I used to think that producing long form content is crucial for high rankings.

    However, I have now completely changed my approach. I'm producing shorter but more visually appealing and better quality content.

    It depends on the keyword but sometimes you don't really need more than 1k words to rank high.

    For example look at this particular post from Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-weight-loss-pills-reviewed

    It is not event that long, and guess what, it ranks TOP1 for some crazy competitive terms (see for yourself):

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    My dream earnings right there. Very nice thread ;)
    Did you post everyday?
     
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    You will get there bro.

    I wasn't really producing that many posts. I prefer to go quality over quantity and the website only has about 70 posts at the moment.

    I'm not saying you should be lazy like me but it really depends on what you are good at.

    For example, I love link building and that's what I like to focus my efforts on.
     
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    Hey man, I am sure you'll get to your goal in no time.

    A question for you - what links do you build manually? Which links do you "steal" from competitors? Are they mostly comments and forum links? I assume those would be the easiest to replicate.

    Regarding building links to the home page? What's your ratio and velocity looking like for internal pages and the homepage?

    All in all, I wish you all the best boss!
     
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    I did a lot of manual backlinks, especially at the beginning.

    Now I have moved to buying guest posts (since I can afford it) but I still like to mix up some manually created links.

    For the beginning I recommend:

    1. Build most of your links to homepage using branded anchors. For this you can use blog comments, forums, add your website to some local directories and so on. Anything with authority but not spammy and avoid completely unrelated placements such as movie websites (unless this is your niche).

    2. When building links I like to use Ahrefs and steal them from not only my direct competitors but any website that I know is doing well.

    3. When building links to internal pages at the beginning, use branded anchors, naked url and natural (no exact matches).

    4. When it comes to link velocity. Do it at your own pace but be consistent with it i.e try to keep your link velocity relatively constant (obviously it can be increasing over time as well)
     
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    Great work.
    How many links dod you build per month basis?
    How do you start with building links?
    what types of links do you build from start?
    Do you build relevant links first or power links like pbns/niche edits ?
     
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    1. I started getting links rather slowly (say 10 a month) but I also 301 an expired domain which had links. I was increasing my link velocity to the point when I and I was buliding like ~20-30 links monthly some of which were nofollow. Currently I get about ~10 links per month but theses are very high authority (I already have the volume of links and now I try to focus on very high authority links).
    2. For manual backlinks you need to be using some tools and look at backlink profiles of other successful websites in your niche. But also there are some nice opportunities shared on BHW from time to time. For example this telegram backlink: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/guide-get-this-telegram-backlink.1154975/
    3. Branded links. i.e links that make you look like a brand.
    4. Mixture of relevance and authority. Authority is more important for homepage links and relevance is more important for inner links. Niche edits are great for authority and should bo pointing to homepage.
     
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    do you write content yourself ? or you buy them? your content is 100% unique ?
     
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    Are you sure those links didn't work? That was probably google dance while google figured it out. I know it's been said to death but google takes its time before the serps stabilize. I usually wait around 3-4 months before making my own conclusions. Glad it worked for you, though.
     
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    So those stats are a result of you going after sub-niches right?

    Also, what are the useful resources you were going to list?
     
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    I wish I could but I'm an extremely slow writer so I tend to outsource my content and then I often rewrite it or add my own thoughts as I edit the article.

    There was indeed a lot of Google dance involved so you might be right. but I'm almost sure that I could have gotten better results if I had distributed my links more evenly.

    They might have also helped in terms of overall authority of the domain i.e help other articles to rank better.

    Yes exactly, first 3months were just hair loss for men niche and then I started ranking well in the weight loss niche which remains to be my most profitable source of income.

    Now I'm working on the penis enlargement niche and I already started getting some sells here. It seems to be a relatively easy and very profitable niche and the product that I promote "Member XXL" has a surprisingly high conversion rates and I'm glad that I decided to get into that. I can't wait to see the results once I establish some authority in that niche.

    Regarding resources, you are right that I didn't provide many but it was due to the BHW technology i.e I'm not allowed to post links in my posts yet and naked urls just didn't seem sexy enough to include them. That being said tell me what you want to know (link building, on-page, CRO, Affiliate Stuff?) and I will try to point you in the right direction.
     
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    You can send me a pm with the resources no worries!
     
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    Thanks man for the motivation
    Really the link buulding is kinda hard andwanted to really learn it and practice it please what would u suggest me ?