This is a really disheartening niche, people. You know why?
Recently I found a WordPress plugin that lets you see what people are searching for when they use the search box on your site. Awesome! Now I have new ideas what to write about. It works great on one of my sites, where people search for stuff I hadn’t thought of writing about, which gives me ideas for new articles.
Here… at least half the searches are other affiliate bloggers searching for their names and domain names. Vanity searches.
And people wonder why affiliate marketing bloggers get stingy about giving out links and the secrets to their success. And why this niche has a bad name. It’s because everyone in it, by the nature of what it’s about, is out for themselves. Those of us who aren’t pretty damn selfish are the ones who end up stuck making a couple hundred a year.
I’m still sorting all this out in my head. I hate to say it, but there are days – many of them, lately – where I want to just get away from this niche. Just build my sites and make my money instead of talking about it. It’s just so discouraging to talk about it and realize no one’s listening* – they’re just checking in to see if they got mentioned anywhere, or to see what your keywords are, or to dissect your site or try to find your other sites so they can have a good ol’ snoop around those.
*Except for Empress, Stu and a handful of others.