Hey there fellow Source-A-Nite. It's Becker.
And we are keeping the non stop, best-SEO-information-on-the
-planet value train going today with another post from Dan Anderson.
If you missed his last post HERE, Dan is the the affiliate man
at Source Wave. He's now raking in over 100k a month from purely
affiliate sites, and I have brought him on board to share with
you exactly how he does it.
In his last post he covered how he is ranking sites right now,
however we all know that is just half the fight against the
The other half is picking the RIGHT niches to target. So
after twisting Dan's arm a little bit I have gotten
him to lay out his exact process for finding the best
profitable keywords to target.
Enjoy! (Also if you appreciate getting free training
from 3 SEO's generating over 100k a month each
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How To Choose The Best Fancy Pants Profitable SEO Keywords
By : Dan Anderson
Hey guys, Dan here..
First off keywords you can rank for in the top 3 positions is key to making
a large income from affiliate marketing with SEO (duh).
Which is exactly what I want to help you with today…
Usually, if I look at the sites of someone who is not getting the
success they want, most of the time they simply don't have picked
crap money keywords.
Before I get into how to find these, I'm going to go over the most
common mistakes I see:
#1 Targeting a really broad term with large search volume
(ie. "weight loss tips") Stuff like this you are just not going to rank for
unless you plan on investing some serious coin. So don't even start.
#2 Targeting extremely long-tail keywords
These can be easily ranked for, but are not worth a lot of money
overall(ie. "best white blender for teenagers" or maybe
"product name 1 vs. product name 2″ if the kw only gets say
1,000 searches/month- I'm just making these up for example)
The thought on this second strategy is that you can rank so
easy(perhaps with like 8 simple PBN links) that you should
be able to go around and just find tons of low hanging fruit
in a bunch of different niches and scale it.
This is what I did when I originally got into SEO since I did
not have any confidence in my ability to rank for anything
semi-competitive. I would target all kinds of foreign
keywords and really long-tail stuff that had low
However, I never had good results like this because I had
to make tons and tons of sites and the work was really
tedious trying to diagnose SEO issues that come up on
so many sites. And once I finally did get to the top the
site would only be worth a few hundred dollars per
Also, I was not able to keep my blog network relevant
to one niche. (If you need help on your PR network, here
is a bunch of post covering it FYI) In short, this is not the
best strategy if you are making an individual site for each
kw, although there is something to be said for it below.
#3 Basing all of your activity in generally low-return niches
This is stuff like coupon codes, dating site referrals, or
even adsense(I am not saying that people have never made
a big payday from these in the history of time but in general
I just advise you to avoid anything where you get paid a
couple dollars or so per action)
You want to target niches like the ones I have below
Now this is definitely not a complete list of niches, but
off the top of my head, you want to generally be
looking in the direction niches like these:
Gambling (online casinos for USA players)
A note on competition in these niches:
A lot of times I hear of SEOs wanting to actually
avoid these types of niches in general. You see it
all over forums, for example, people saying
stuff like "you don't want to operate in XYZ niche-
Because of course, these high profit niches like
online casinos, finance, weight loss, etc. are rife
with other SEO competition and to some extent,
the threat of negative SEO.
While this is true, realize that that is only because
there is a lot of money there.
I encourage you to not be scared of such niches and
go start making sites in them.
An important thing to know is that there are two
types of competition:
General SERP competition
This created by natural sites that rank and are
more authoritative then yours. This is like Forbes,
Wikipedia, and general giant sites that show up
These are usually more challenging
to beat but not DIRECT competition since they
do not rank usually primarily from backlinks.
For example a post on Gold IRA from from Forbes
will rank with a handful of backlinks.
Competition from other SEOs
Surpassing them is usually doable since everyone is
pretty much using the same types of links these
days and is a good sign because it means you can
However this does mean there will be a much greater
chance for negative SEO since the SEO's will be gunning
for you if you take their spots.
You've probably heard that these types of niches
are "extremely competitive" but factually, their
general SERP competition is usually comparable to
most other, less profitable niches(with the exception
of maybe casinos and finance where there are just
hordes of sites in the SERPs and pretty much
everything is an SEO site).
So ranking in them is actually not as hard as you
may think(I do it all the time with 20 strong
PBN links when I find a good specific keyword).
The kicker is that when you do rank, yes, there
can be negative SEO that comes in when you
start ranking(I personally don't do this because
it only causes more idiots to keep doing it to
However, this has only happened to the vast
minority of my sites in the past year and it
hasn't even brought them down as of yet.
So to summarize these points,
1. what it takes to rank in these niches
is not that special compared to others in
terms of general SERP competition
2. you really should not be scared of negative
SEO if you want to make money.
Now that you know what niches are the most
profitable to be in, let's talk about picking
particular offers and keywords.
Picking Stellar Offers and Uber Keywords
To look through a bunch of affiliate offers just head on
over to offervault.com.
The first thing I must say is that you never want to just
"pick an offer" first and then be dead-set on finding
keywords for it.
That is more of the process if you are doing PPC aff
marketing(which I'm not an expert at), but when doing
SEO, you really just want to take an offer and see if
you can find good keywords for it. If you can't, move
on to the next offer.
For example, at my current level I still can't find great
keywords for every offer out there- some of them are
just not popular enough to generate a lot of search volume.
To clarify why this is so important, know that your first
priority is being able to rank.
It doesn't matter how cool the offer is or how high the
payout or how much you "like the niche" if you can't
rank for anything to promote it on in the first place.
The formula for good kws is pretty much this simple:
-product name+other word/other word+product name
-product topic+other word/other word+product topic
Product name means: acnezine, intuit
Product topic: acne creams, payroll software
(given soleley for example)
The reason we are looking for these other words is
because, the more longtail it is the easier it is to
With that being said, the more long-tail your
phrase is the lower the search volume will
be- that's why I'm usually just looking for a
3 or 4 word keyword.
It won't have as much search volume as
just the product name itself(which is
difficult to rank for), but the key is
finding some that have maybe 5-10k
searches per month because this is usually
enough to generate a few thousand
dollars/month on these product
name/product topic keywords.
Now these "other words" are the WHOLE KEY
to everything- and you never know what they
might be in any given niche, and there is no
perfect formula for finding them, you basically
just have to dig through the keyword tool and
use your brain, spy on competitor sites,
research the niche, and try to think up anything
someone might type in when searching in Google.
These can be names of online stores that are
popular in the niche (always great buyer kws),
specifications about the product, "for women/men",
"best" on the front of the keyword(though
sometimes hard to rank for by itself it can add
to the longtailness of the kw if you have
something else on the other end), etc.
When I find a keyword like this, since I know people
are going to ask, a lot of the times I will just create
an EMD or a partial-match domain with the product
name in it, and rank the home page.
Then usually once it ranks I will start adding related
keywords to the inner pages. I am starting to build
more authority sites too but the strategy above is by
far the simplest, easiest for a beginner, and still
works just fine.
Since you will have to do so much digging to find
such keywords, a good tip is to first just lookup
the search volume of the product name itself or
the product topic.
If that kw by itself has at least 20-30k monthly
searches, then it will usually be worth your time
to dig around in that niche until you find something
as described above.
However, if the product name/topic only gets 10k
searches or less, it is usually not worth your time t
o spend so much time digging because chances
are, it is just not popular enough for any
longer-tail keywords to have a decent search volume.
On most of these product name/topic keywords, once
I find a good 3-4 word keyword phrase that has buyer
intent(as long as it has the product name/topic it has
at least some buyer intent) and a decent search volume
(let's say 5-10k/month searches), I will just go try and
rank for it.
I don't use any tools for judging competition because they
really are of no value in my experience. However, the most
tell-tale sign that you can rank for something is that you
see other SEO sites already ranking for it.
I wanted to show an example keyword so I glanced
around in the keyword tool for just a few minutes and
Now this is not the "best keyword of all time", just a simple
review term, but this is an example of something you could
rank for with maybe 30 links from a decent blog network.
"it works body wraps reviews" – 22,000 searches/month
Now this is not exactly a super-easy-to-rank keyword. But even
though it is a simple, fairly standard keyword consisting of
"brand + product topic + reviews", the fact that it is 5
words long make it decent. You can also see an SEO site
on page one and a handful on page two.
The affiliate program is actually not a standard
affiliate program, but you could use the keyword to
sell the other health and wellness products anyways.
As I mentioned above, the super easy money keywords to rank are
usually ones you find that have the "other words" in them I talked
about above, that are not usually as "standard" as the one above.
These are usually very specific to the niche as described above
where I listed the common types of words they may have.
I have many of them but cannot show them off here for obvious
reasons because I am already using them 😉
With that being said….woooh I am pooped. That is however,
my entire strategy for finding the keywords that generate me
the income I have. (Not as complicated as you would think
Now…If you are interested in seeing some more stuff like this
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Also, in less than a month we will be launching Source Phoenix
and I will be breaking down this process and EVERY little thing
I do SEO wise step by step and over my shoulder. Long story
short, get pumped!
Till next time,