So most conventional ways of doing affiliate marketing are either PPC or organic. Pay for an ad in a search engine (or content network), get clicks, go to the merchant, that whole thing. But as displayed with my Facebook article, there are other ways to make a decent coin with affiliate marketing. This small tip will hopefully open up some more doors in your minds. If you can start thinking outside the box, you’ll have an advantage over the majority. We already know that the top level affiliates (small number) makes most of the industry money – it’s time you become one of them.
You can bank in on current events, either via Adsense or affiliate offers. I’ll just describe with an example, because that’s the easy way for me to explain, and easiest way for you to understand. Back maybe a month ago or so, the huge VOIP company Sunrocket went bankrupt. They just closed the doors out of the blue on all it’s users, leaving them screwed. The first thing that came into mind was “how can I profit from this?”. I thought search volume in the next weeks would be high for this news, people searching for news. So I thought of what people would be searching for. I ended up registering the domain names SunrocketBankrupt.com and SunrocketGoesBankrupt.com. I made a really simple SEOish webpage with title and header tags about Sunrocket and VOIP. Then I just wrote a very small paragraph just explaining that Sunrocket went bankrupt and closed the doors on people. Above and below the paragraph I placed a few large Adsense blocks. That was the extent of what I did right there, it took about 10 minutes to do. After a couple days, I started getting decent traffic and Adsense clicks. Then I thought, well most of these people probably used Sunrocket and were screwed, so maybe an affiliate offer for an alternate VOIP company would work. I did end up getting a few leads (which are big $100+ leads) before I had problems with my server and the site ended up going down. I haven’t put it back up because it’s just kind of been in the back of my mind and I didn’t really think to.
I didn’t even attempt to SEO those domains for good organic rankings, I probably just got traffic by people searching “sunrocket bankrupt” in their browser bar and it redirecting to the .com or something.
Keeping up with the times and buying good keyword domains can end up bringing in some extra cash for you. If I hadn’t been so busy lately, I probably would of thought to register SenatorLarryCraigIsGay.com or domains like that and just spam them with Adsense.