Forever Affiliate Review Part 9: Week 3 Coaching

Forever Affiliate Video CourseI’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

ForeverAffiliate Phase 2I 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.

Google Panda and Penguin updates

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

Forever Affiliate Week 3This 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! πŸ™‚ 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

w3 Andreas KambanisThis 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 πŸ™‚

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  • BJ says:

    Hi Priscilla,

    Thanks for your thorough reports. So right now Forever Affiliate is offering the videos for 97$. How much should one budget to not get stuck with some really time-consuming or inconvenient work (i.e. paying for services and tools)? 100, 500, $1000?

    • Priscilla says:

      Hi BJ,

      It’s hard to say – it depends on what exactly you want to outsource, on how much stuff you do, and which services you choose.

      The basic stuff can be done for free if you do it yourself, or you can use the outsourcers Andrew links us to in the course. Their prices are as follows:
      Niche research: 5 niches for $60, 10 for $100
      Site setup: $15 each
      Article writing: $10 per article (the number of articles will vary for each site)

      Personally out of the above I prefer to only outsource some of the article writing and do the rest myself.

      After that there’s the phase I wrote about in this part of the review, where you build links and test the niches. This takes about a month, though you don’t actually spend much time on it each day. Part of this phase you do yourself (though you could outsource it too, but I’m not sure how much it would cost) and the other I think is optional, but you’ll have to outsource. The cost is about $13-$20 per site, and how many times you do it is up to you.

      At the end of this phase you’ll have discovered which niches are profitable, so you only invest more on sites you know will make you money.

      I don’t know the costs of what comes after this because I haven’t gotten to that part of the course yet, but I remember from when I skimmed through the modules when I first bought it that there are different options to choose from, with different prices. I’ll be able to give you more info in the next parts of my review, once I’ve watched the next videos in the course.

  • P says:

    I appreciate your reviews, thank you. Did you have any progress with this course?
    From what you said it seems good.
    I am thinking to buy a new course, but I have not decided yet.

    • Priscilla says:

      Hi P,

      Unfortunately my affiliate marketing sites are on hold for a while I wait for my new “commercialista” to figure out some tax stuff. She’s not familiar with affiliate marketing so she has to do some research, and I don’t want to go ahead until I’ve got the OK. In the meantime I’m just letting my Forever Affiliate sites percolate and age a bit – it can only do them good, after all!

      I just hope my competitors in these niches aren’t getting stronger while I wait. These constant delays are frustrating, but I’m keeping at it and using the time to try and put a dent in my to-do list.

  • P says:

    I hope that she will figure it out quickly, because we need your awesome reviews!
    Keep up the good work, cheers

  • Salman C says:

    Amazing, in-depth review. I took this course and the contents are top notch. The program doesn’t rehash the same old non sense. I was very impressed with the Content Creation module, because I was never too sure what to write for a product review. So this module really cleared up a lot things for me. I was a bit disappointed with backlinking strategies. It could’ve been more in-depth.

    • Thanks for commenting, Salman! I’m happy you liked the review, and glad to get the opinion of another member on the course. By the way – if you need more help with backlinking, The Rankings Institute (Andrew’s new training program with SEO expert Alex Miller) has a big chunk of training devoted to that.

  • Dora says:

    Are you still on a break from affiliate marketing? My concern is how old this information is now.

    • Hi Dora,

      No I’m back to affiliate marketing again – I just never continued this review because it was taking up too much time to write it, when I wanted to be implementing stuff instead.

      The thing about Forever Affiliate is that even though it was made in 2013, Andrew was teaching us how to make quality sites that last, so this information is still relevant today. It teaches you how to build your sites with a solid foundation – how to pick good affiliate offers (and where to find them), how to create quality content that Google likes and buyers actually find useful, etc.

      Of course there are some things that I do differently now (eg. I tend to make authority style sites rather than minisites), but that doesn’t make much difference because I still use the same techniques to find offers, create content, and track everything – I just do more of it. I still use stuff I learnt from this course in all the websites I make today.

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