Affiliate Marketing with a Website

Chapter 10- Getting Your Website Discovered




In order to promote your affiliate products, you are going to need visitors, and in order to get visitors your Affiliate Marketing Business is going to need to be discovered. In this chapter we are going to cover you can get your website discoverd so that you can start getting traffic for your affiliate marketing business website.



Step 1: Register With Fiverr

At this point, we have talked about Fiverr a couple of times now, but for this section, Fiverr is going to be your best friend. So, if you haven't signed up yet for some reason, then it's time to sign up now. Fiverr is honestly the only reasonable way to grow a website nowadays, and that is because you are competing an an uneven playing field, and Fiverr is the only economical solution to keep up.


Also, don't forget to sign up as an affiliate with Fiverr, so that you can promote it to your friends, family, and visitors. We promise that once you use the service, you will be a strong supporter of their services too. Register as an Affiliate Here


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Backlinks

Backlinks are one of the oldest and most reliable methods of getting your website discovered. If you are not familiar with the term, backlinks are simply links on other websites that link back to your website (hence the term backlink). Search engines use backlinks to help determine the authority of your webpage. Before you run off collecting backlinks, there are few things you need to know.



What is Domain Authority

Domain Authority is a metric developed by MOZ that is used to quantify the power of a domain name and is heavily used by search engines to determine a websites ranking. Domain Authority is measured using a 100 point logarithmic scale, with 1 being a low relevance and ranking score, and 100 being the best score possible and meaning that you have an extremely high relevance and will be ranked #1 in the search engines.



What is a "Good" Domain Authority According to MOZ?

We will let MOZ explain the answer to this question, because... well, they literally invented it and wrote the book on it.




Generally speaking, sites with a very large number of high-quality external links (such as Wikipedia or Google.com) are at the top end of the Domain Authority scale, whereas small businesses and websites with fewer inbound links may have a much lower DA score. Brand-new websites will always start with a Domain Authority score of one.

Because Domain Authority is meant to be a predictor of a site's ranking ability, having a very high DA score shouldn't be your only goal. Look at the DA scores for the sites you're directly competing with in the SERPs and aim to have a higher score than your competitors. It's best used as a comparative metric (rather than an absolute, concrete score) when doing research in the search results and determining which sites may have more powerful/important link profiles than others. Because it's a comparative tool, there isn't necessarily a "good" or "bad" Domain Authority score.


To read more from MOZ on Domain Authority, you can check out their article on Domain Authority



Not All Backlinks Are Created Equal

Now that you understand a little about Domain Authority or (DA), then you need to know that not all backlinks are going to help your website. The key takeaway is that you want a backling from a website that has a higher DA Score than your website, or else it won't help you. In fact, too many links from low DA websites is something that Google has confirmed that they look for, and will drop your page in the rankings as it is viewed as Spam or Bot-like behavior. As a general rule, links from websites that have a DA of about 50 or higher is what you should be looking for.




Step 2: Get Social Bookmarks

This is our first real step in getting our webpage on the map. Social Bookmarks may have been created with altruistic intentions, but are now used as a method for getting websites ranked quickly. Social bookmarks are places where the general public can submit URLs for "bookmarking" different types of information. It is similar to the indexing that search engines do, but is fed by user input, and not by web crawlers.


The best way to go about getting social bookmarks is to pay $5 - $10 on Fiverr. Use this link to bring up the Social Bookmarking section on Fiverr.


A few things to keep in mind when shopping on Fiverr, if it sound too good to be true, it probably is. Don't try to select a service that promises you 100, 200, or even 1,000 backlinks for $5. Instead look for ones that talk about Organic, SEO Safe, or Penguin (Google's algorithm) Compliant. A few terms to know PR = Page Rank, DA = Domain Authority, and DoFollow = links that search engines can read/understand.




Once you find a seller that you like, you can message them with any questions you may have, but they are most likely going to want you to submit your URL and keywords that you want them to use. The process will usually take a few days for them to complete.


After you get confirmation that your gig is finished, you will get an excel file with all of the places that they submitted your URL and keywords that they used. You can check them out if you want to. I would suggest spot checking one or two at random, but the whole point to employing someone on Fiverr was to save yourself time, so I wouldn't recommend going through each and everyone.


You need to be patient when it comes to bookmarking. It takes time... and that's why we had you do it now. It will take a few days to a couple of weeks for the backlinks to register. That is because the search engines have to crawl the ENTIRE internet to get to all the blog posts that your links are on. Once they have done that, they take note of your links, and then give your site credit for them.



Here is a reputable seller that we have had the pleasure of working with in the past, and is a great place to start for a trustworty backlinks vendor: SNK Media Group- SEO Backlinks






Step 3: Get a Sitemap

If you are not familiar with Sitemaps, they are document that contains an index of your website. They are basically the table of contents for your website. Search engines need to have an up-to-date sitemap in order to send visitors to your website.



For our website we use XML-Sitemaps.com to generate our sitemaps. Please note that we are an affiliate for XML-Sitemaps.com, but we personally use and recommend their services. On top of that, they have a free to use Sitemap Generator that you can access Here.


We do recommend that you consider using their Pro Sitemaps service if you plan to update your website regularly. The Pro Service will automatically update your sitemap, and submit it to the search engine for reindexing. They also monitor backlinks, internal links, and will notify you of any broken links coming to, or within, your website. All of that for only a little over $3/mo. If you are planning to pursue Affiliate Marketing as more than just a hobby, this is just one of those things that is easier to just buy and not have to worry about it.


When you get to the website, all you have to do to use the Free Sitemap Generator is to enter your websites URL in the form and hit start. It will then go through and analyze your website to detect all the pages that are linked. An Important Note: Sitemaps and search engine crawlers will only pick up webpages that you have set up links to. If you have 6 webpages, but only link to 4 of them from your home page, and then never link to the other two anywhere else, then they wont get pick up by the crawler. Make sure all of your links work properly before you generate your sitemap, or else you will be submitting broken links to Google.




After you have received your site map, then we can move on to getting your website indexed.



Get Indexed with Google

Now it's time for us to tell Google that we exist, so they can start crawling and indexing our web pages. Google has multiple pages that you will become intimately familiar with as a website owner. The first that we will discuss is Google Search Console. This is your main hub to interface with Google's Search Engine. This is where we tell it about your site, and they tell you about the status of indexing, as well as any errors that they find in the process.


To get started, you will need to have a Google account. If you don't have one, then you will need to create one. It's free, and you have to do it, if you want to use their service. That's just the way it is...


Once you have a Google Account set up, you are going to launch the Google Search Console in a new tab by Clicking Here To Get Started.


You will then go through the registration process with Google Search Console. After you get all set up, you are going to navigate to the Crawl section in the left menu bar, then look for the Sitemaps link.


On this page, there is a button in the top right part of the page for "Add/Test Sitemap". Click on that and then test your sitemap. Once it comes back good, then repeat the proces but this time use the "Submit" button.




Boom! Congratulations, you are now set up with Google to start getting indexed. It takes a few days for the indexing to go through, but better to get it out of the way up front.





Google Analytics

We aren't going to discuss Google Analytics in this chapter, as the subject is way too extensive, but we do recommend that you go ahead and register for Google Analytics (also free) while you are already on Google's site. Google Analytics will give you a piece of code that you put into the Head section of your webpage and then Google will be able to track all of your traffic data for you to review. This is how most people see how many visitors they got, where they came from, how long they were there, what pages they visited, etc.


To register for Google Analytics, Click Here.






Now that we have some traffic coming to our website, let’s continue onto the next chapter, Affiliate Marketing with a Website- Chapter 11- Time to Make Money.



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