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Why Some People Almost Always Make Money with Niche Blogs

Over the past few months I’ve been doing something that you may or may not know about….

No, I didn’t become a stripper. Get your mind out of the gutter!

I have started to create little websites that are created for the sole purpose of making me money. Yes, I am spending time on things that will make money and yes they have started to make me money. Yay!

The sites I’ve started to create are called Sniper Blogs. A Sniper Blog is basically a niche blog, but with the idea that you are getting very specific and picking a great target to take down, just like snipers taking down important targets.

These Sniper Blogs are very easy to create. Each blog takes about 4 hours to create, add the right plug-ins, optimize, add content, perform basic SEO and then release them into the wild. The reason I started creating these sites is because I like leverage.

What do I mean by leverage?

With Sniper Blogs, I am creating assets. Assets are something that is going to pay you whether you do anything to it or not. It’s similar to having a house where you rent out and having the monthly income coming in without you doing much. The advantage of these sniper blogs is that it costs me about $30 to create + the 3-5 hours of work for each site.

This means that I could choose to work for 40 hours in 1 week and create 10 of these Sniper Blogs. I’ll use an average of about $5 per month per Sniper Blog that I create. This would mean that every blog I create makes me $5 per month. I know this isn’t a lot of money, but it’s a start if you aren’t doing anything that makes you $5 a month. With 10 blogs being created, that’s $50 a month. If you can repeat the process 4 times in 1 month, you’ll have 40 blogs and ~$200 a month passive income.

To me, that’s pretty badass.

Right now I only have 25 Sniper Blogs created because I have been working on different aspects of my business. The cool thing is that whenever I log into my Clickbank account or Amazon Affiliate account, I see that I’ve made sales. To be honest, I haven’t added content to a few of these Sniper Blogs since I created them a few months ago, yet they continue to make sales. (I guess I’m lazy)

My buddy Ryan Magin has been creating these Sniper Blogs for a while now and averages $200 a day. He is the person who taught me how to create these Sniper Blogs and is now giving away a free video to teach you how to do the same.

Systems Create Success

Ryan lays out the exact system he uses in this training and from the free videos, you’ll be able to start doing this within an hour of watching the trainings. You’ll need to take action on this if you want it to work for you though. These sniper blogs only work if you work.

Click Here for FREE VIDEO on Sniper Blogging

Dominate the compeiton sniper blogs


Just so you know, Ryan does sell training after the free video if you want. If you choose to take him up on the offer (I did and am glad I did) then I will be given a little bit of a commission for pointing you in the right direction. This means I’ll get a little bit of money, which is always good because I like money and I know this stuff will help you.

Why I Love Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is something that I’ve been doing for a while now. In fact, it’s one of the first things I got into when I learned that it was possible to make money online.

One of the reasons I love affiliate marketing is that you can make money from things that you forget about. Like this video here that I created a long time ago…

Don’t bother watching this video, it really sucks. I’ve made it over 2 years ago before I realized how to really help people out.

Affiliate Marketing

According to research, girls were looking for this information in 2009 when the video was released. When I found something, I took action and made a silly video that led to a sale recently. I’ve created this video February 10, 2009 and it’s been making sales for me since it was originally put up. Two days ago I received another message from Clickbank telling me I made another sale. This sale was for promoting Mike Geary’s Truth About Abs product and was for $26.30. I’d say that’s pretty nice from doing something that took about 15 minutes to create, over 2 years ago. It’s sad how bad that video is too, but I was just getting started with video marketing….so far this simple video has made me over $200. I’d say that’s pretty good for less than an hours worth of work, wouldn’t you?

Proof of a Sale from this Video

Affiliate Marketing

I don’t know about you, but I personally think it’s awesome when I get messages like this from stuff that I completely forgot that I did. Good thing I spent some time creating little videos like this back when I first learned about video marketing, right? 😉 This is a little reminder that by taking action, no matter how simple and unprofessional it is, will sometimes make sales.

Selling Your Own Products

There’s also the opportunity to create products and sell them. I decided to do this and created the Juggling Secrets Course. The cool thing about having your own product is that you can make money from other people selling your product for you. Here’s an example of that from about a month ago. I did nothing but create the course, and put it onto and found some affiliates on YouTube who started putting their link in the description of their juggling videos.

Affiliate Marketing

You’ll see under “Vendor” is my username: hughesc15. That’s from the Juggling course I created. It’s 100% online and downloadable so anyone can get it. The price is $27 and I give my affiliates a 50% commission, you can sign up to become an affiliate for Juggling Secrets here. In that 2 day window, I made 4 sales for a total of $47.36. The cool thing about this is that my affiliates made $50 as well. This means I get to help people make money! In my opinion, that’s pretty cool.

Do you want to do Affiliate Marketing?

Does affiliate marketing seem like something that you would like to add to your monthly income sources? If it is, I’m going to share with you a few programs that I currently am marketing and feel could be a good fit for you.

Building a Brand Online

You can get started today with affiliate marketing by joining and/or Commission Junction

Get Profits Fast Affiliate Program

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The Get Profits Fast Affiliate Program

This affiliate program is great because it allows you to make money by selling a drag and drop customizable wordpress theme. It’s ridiculously easy and should be extremely easy for you to sell. They also allow you to give away 10 MiniSites for FREE which is another unbelievable offer that you can sell online.

Why bother with Affiliate Marketing?

That’s a great question, and deserves a great answer. Mainly because it allows you to leverage your time and create content that will make sales for you for months, or even years later (like the example above). It’s something that takes a little time up-front, but down the road it will pay off for you. If you currently have a full-time job, you can spend some of your free time after work creating some simple websites that generate a few extra dollars a month. One book that is great for this is Moonlighting on the Internet by Yanik Silver

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The Biggest Problem With Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing isn’t all good and customers aren’t always happy with their products. There are refunds and there are people who create products that lead to a ton of refunds. I personally don’t promote products that I feel aren’t any good. If a product isn’t good, you really shouldn’t do any types of promotion for it because it’s going to jeopardize your credibility and will lead to upset customers.Yes, this means that sometimes you’ll have to actually buy products before you start promoting them. You might think it sucks that you’ll have to spend money on these products, but in reality it will give you a better understanding of what is actually inside the product you are promoting. This means if a product sucks, you can get your money back and not promote it!

My friend Brendan Wenzel just created a site to help people like you and me find affiliate products that are actually good products. He was sick of seeing people just cash in on product launch after product launch without having a product that truly helped the buyer. What he is doing is awesome and you should check out his new site at


Brendan created Launch Karma to bring some accountability to the Internet Marketing industry and I love that he is doing this.

This is going to be a part of a 2 or 3 part blog series to help you learn how to become a successful affiliate marketer. Part 2 is coming soon…

Is Pop Up Domination a Scam?

What is Pop Up Domination? Is it a scam?

Is it an annoying blog add-on that’s going to cause people to get mad at you and leave your website?

Popup Domination

This is insane, these two guys increased their mailing list opt-in rate by over 304% over night with one simple WordPress plugin and now they’re letting you and I get our hands on it. I already got it (as you can probably tell by the new opt-in box, cool right?)
This guy earns 6 figures a year from one of his blogs and the majority of his income comes from his list, because of that he has included a BONUS presentation you can watch on exactly how he makes money with is mailing list. This is a 18 minute VALUE packed video. I likeeee 🙂

The results these two guys got on their mailing list opt-in rate (over 304% increase over night) with one simple WordPress plugin is literally out of control.

You probably heard this before, The Money Is In The List!

Man I wish I would have taken this more seriously earlier on in my Internet Marketing career. I literally missed out on thousands of dollars by not capturing peoples emails, as well as a TON of free traffic to my blog…this is another bonus of having a large list 😉

And it’s so true… The more people you get on your list, the more money you will make because you can promote more things and send more readers back to your site.

What are the benefits of this for business owners?

The benefits of having a larger list and number of people on that list are numerous.

  • More traffic to your blog
  • More customers paying you for your products
  • Low cost: it’s cheaper to send an email than mail a physical info package
  • Faster response than direct mail campaigns and other forms of advertising
  • Interactive: You can interact with your customers on a daily basis

Check It Out Now.

Popup Domination

10 Tips for Using Affiliate Marketing on Your Blog

Affiliate programs are something that we all have probably seen or at least heard of. If you haven’t, you’ve probably been living under not 1 rock, but 74 different colored rocks.

A is for Amandaaaaaaa!
Creative Commons License photo credit: Justin Marty

I’d like to share with you my top 10 tips for using affiliate marketing on your own blog so that you can make more money.

  1. Consider Your Audience– As a blogger, you should already be aware of who your readers are and what makes them tick. No, it’s not 2 double A batteries or even a C battery, but a brain and some other organs 😉 By knowing who is visiting your blog and who your daily/weekly/monthly readers are, you can help answer questions like: Are they shopping for specific products? Might they be looking for related products or accessories? What would get them to buy? By starting with your reader in mind rather than the product, you’ll be serving your readers as well as making a few dollars on the side. Win-Win 😉
  2. Genuine Recommendations and Personal Endorsements Always Work Best- There are hundreds of thousands of products, services, and books that you can recommend to your blog readers, the problem is that it’s not as simple as randomly putting some links on your blog and hoping that someone buys. Your blog readers come back each day because something about YOU resonates with them. (For me, it’s probably my juggling skills and my ability to ride a unicycle…or maybe it’s my dashing good looks or my sense of humor? I don’t know, you tell me) Your readers have at least some level of trust and respect for you, and one of the best ways to lose that respect and trust is to try to sell your readers things that you don’t feel will benefit them.
  3. Link to Quality Products-We all like to buy the best products. Your readers are no different and are more likely to make a purchase if you’ve found the best product for them. Choose products and companies with good reputations and quality sales pages.
  4. Contextual Deep Links Work Best-It’s not all about just throwing up a banner here and hoping that people click on the stuff and buy it. Include links within your blog articles and mention these links within a video. Create a clear call-to-action.
  5. Consider Positioning of Links-One of the biggest things for adsense optimization is placing ads in your sites “hot spots” (like the top of a left sidebar, inside content, at the end of posts above comments, etc) The same thing works for affiliate marketing. *wink wink* *nudge nudge*Ben_winky
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  6. Traffic Levels Are Important-You need to realize that traffic levels do have an effect on how many sales you make. The more people that see your well-placed, relevant, and well-designed affiliate links, the more likely it is that one of them will make a purchase. So don’t just work on building great links, work on building a readership for your blog. I recommend joining a Tribe for this. The best tribe to join is the Tribe Syndication Association on Facebook.
  7. Diversify Without Clutter-It’s just like when buying stocks or investing in anything, DON’T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN 1 BASKET! There are plenty of products to link to, so there is no need to just work on one. At the same time, you shouldn’t clutter your blog with too many affiliate program links. If you do, you run the risk of diluting the effectiveness of your links, and it could disillusion your readership.
  8. Be Transparent-Don’t try to fool your readers, unless it’s April 1st and it’s time for a good joke 😉 Trying to hide affiliate links is something that we all have learned to do. It’s something that is recommended in all the courses and something that seems 100% right to do. There’s something I like to do though which is tell people when something is an affiliate link. Try putting a note above, besides, or below your affiliate links to let people know it is an affiliate link. Your readers will appreciate it and will a lot of the times end up buying from your link because you’ve been so transparent. To learn more about being transparent in social media, check out this post; Transparency in Social Media
  9. Combine with Other Revenue Streams-Affiliate marketing can be done along-side of adsense. While there is the potential for one to take the focus away from the other, there is also the potential for them to work hand in hand, as different readers respond to different approaches.
  10. Track Results-Not Track TEAM, but track your results. Most affiliate programs have some type of tracking or statistics package that will allow you to watch which links are effective. Some packages are better than others, but most allow you to see what is selling and what isn’t. Watching your results can help you plan future affiliate efforts. Keep track of what positions for links work well, which products sell, what wording around links works well, etc., and then use this information as you plan your future affiliate strategies.

There you have it. Tips to be a successful Affiliate Marketer. Now get out there and TAKE ACTION!

3 Reasons Quality Backlinks Are Better

I was doing research on the importance of backlinking and was going to determine the top 3 reasons that quality backlinks are better than a large quantity of backlinks that aren’t quality.

Here’s what I’ve found:

1) Quality backlinks are ranked higher through the Page Ranking system Google uses. A PR1 website is not a quality site to be linking to, although it may increase it’s PR in the future. At all times, if you can get backlinks from PR 6-10 websites, your site will ultimately rank up higher.
2) If you have a ton of backlinks from irrelevant websites, this actually does more harm than good for your site. Therefore, don’t buy packages that try to sell you 100+ backlinks unless they are relevant sites and provide you with a linkback from a PR website of 6 or above.

(Example: You have a marketing website that’s linking up to porn websites for backlinks, which is a typical scenario for mass linking campaigns. This harms your SEO in the long-term because it’s irrelevant sites linking to yours. The better way to do this is develop relationships with 10 marketers in your niche and do a link-for-link exchange. This shows up as a marketing blog linking to another marketing blog and looks good in Google’s eyes)
3) Google is working on a patent that will deal with the popularity of sites that are being linked to & how trustworthy a site is that you link to from your own website.

What does this mean for you? This means you could possibly get into trouble for linking to a bad site.

To prepare for this now we should chose relevant sites to link with, sites that don’t have an enormous amount of outbound links on a page and ones that don’t practice bad SEO techniques. By doing all of these things we can reduce the risk of having our reciprocal links discounted.

If you’d like to read more about the importance of backlinking, I provide another article here:

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