Forever Affiliate Review Part 9: Week 3 Coaching
I’m back with a long overdue installment of my Forever Affiliate review!
I’ve been having a lot of problems with my internet connection the last few months, so I haven’t been able to work on any of my websites very much, and I had to put the Forever Affiliate course on hold. However, yesterday we finally found the signal booster that was packed away in our garage. Hopefully once we’ve set it up on the roof we’ll have regular internet access again!
This time I’m covering week 3 of the coaching, along with the relevant videos from Phase 2 of the basic course.
Forever Affiliate Video Course Phase 2: Testing and Validation
I already reviewed the first part of this phase in Part 6: Building Profitable Sites, so in this part of the review I’ll go over the last 3 sections.
Post 2012 Content Creation
This section has 7 videos, which are almost 2 hours long in total. The first thing Andrew teaches us is the general strategies to use for minisites and authority sites, and the differences between them. The focus of this course is minisites, though these minisites are not like the old-school minisites.
Andrew says we will only have 1 or 2 authority sites in our portfolio, because they take a long time to build up and start making money. This is a bit of a bummer for me, because my current portfolio is basically made up of only authority sites, but they do take ages to start making money so I’m excited to try making minisites too.
He has an interesting view on banners vs opt-in forms, and when it’s best to use them. I hadn’t really thought of that before. He also answers a question I was wondering about how to treat similar keywords.
Next Andrew shows us how to track our sales – I think using this strategy can really increase your earnings! I really wish I had known this years ago. Now I’m going to have to find time to go back and edit all my sites.
I really like what he teaches in this section about quality content, which is especially important after Google’s Panda and Penguin updates. I would appreciate articles like this, unlike those thinly veiled affiliate reviews that just contain very general content and fluff, and the target keyword is repeated all over the place, even if it sounds awkward.
With Andrew’s method you’re giving value by giving the reader the info they actually want/need to know instead of the same useless fluff that the customers can find on the sales page of the product you’re promoting.
Andrew also teaches how to structure your layout and optimize the your content for both SEO, conversions, and your readers, and he has some good tips for calls to action (which I’ve realized I don’t even have most of the time).
Lastly there’s some useful info on how to get more general articles to convert. There’s a golden nugget tip in the example he shows, and I know it works because it has worked on me before!
Monitoring Stats During Testing/Validation
This section only has 1 video, about 16 minutes long. In this video Andrew teaches us how to monitor our statistics so we can understand what’s happening with our sites and so we can find more opportunities for traffic and conversions.
He has an interesting point here about bounce rates and how they’re not always bad, I never thought of that. I found this video very useful – I have Google Analytics on all my sites but I wasn’t really doing anything with the data. Now I know exactly how to use it to increase my traffic!
Promotion During Testing/Validation
This section has 4 videos, over an hour long altogether. Here we learn how to promote our sites during the testing phase, while they’re still brand new and we can’t afford to do anything that might raise red flags. Andrew says this is a really important step, and making mistakes here is what causes most affiliates to be unsuccessful.
We learn 2 techniques in this section – neither of them are new, but Andrew does them very differently to how I was always taught to do them before. I must say I like his methods much better! Thanks to the twist he puts on this method, you get naturally boosted and diverse links without you doing any extra work. I love how little time this takes, which also allows you to work on multiple sites each day.
The first technique is free, but the second one is paid. However, it’s quite affordable and you can choose how much to spend according to your budget.
Week 3 Coaching: Site and Content Creation
The Forever Affiliate Week 3 coaching consists of:
- 2 Mastermind Webinar sessions (almost 4.5 hours)
- 2 Advanced Content Videos (30 mins)
- 1 Expert Interview with Andreas Kambanis (30 mins)
- 1 Action Checklist
Advanced Content Videos
This week’s first advanced content video is about how to track our progress with our site, SEO, and profits. This is so we don’t just “throw mud at the wall and hope for the best” as Andrew says, which I admit I’m guilty of doing. Instead, every decision we make will be based on the data we have collected.
I’ve already made my spreadsheet, and I’m actually quite excited to use it – on all my sites, not just the Forever Affiliate ones! 🙂 I have so many sites that I need to work on, that I’ve become a bit overwhelmed and disorganized. This will really make it much easier for me to see which areas need to be improved.
The second video is about how to benefit in multiple ways from video content without having to do anything yourself. This video is only 11 minutes long, which is appropriate because this method is so quick and easy.
It’s very cheap if you want to outsource it, but I think it should be easy to do it yourself as well. Andrew shares a good tip here about titles that I probably would have done the opposite of before.
I’m glad he covered videos this week, because when I was doing niche research a lot of the keywords had videos ranking at the top, and I’d love to do that too!
Expert Interview with Andreas Kambanis
This week’s expert interview is with Andreas Kambanis, the owner of London’s most popular cycling blog.
This guy has achieved what we all would love to do – he has built a successful business through blogging, affiliate marketing and product creation in a niche that he is passionate about. And now he spends less than 4 hours a week working on his site!
Since the Forever Affiliate course is focused mostly on minisites, this interview is really useful because Andreas’ website is an authority site, so we learn the strategies he uses for content creation and link building. I love the method he gives us for getting lots of high quality links from other sites in our niche. Definitely going to try that!
End of Today’s Review
I won’t be reviewing the Mastermind Webinar Replays anymore, because they’re usually about 4 hours long and I’ve decided to take my time going through them. They are mostly just questions and answers anyway, so I can’t really review them.
Don’t get me wrong, they’re extremely useful – in fact I took so many notes during the last one that it was practically a transcript – but that means I can’t listen to them as I work, so I have to find 4-5 free hours somewhere before I can listen to them.
Anyway, I hope you found this installment of my Forever Affiliate review series useful. Next time I’ll be reviewing week 4, which is all about paid traffic. That’s a subject I don’t know anything about, so I’m looking forward to learning how Andrew does it! See you then 🙂