Affiliate Marketing Strategies 32 Comments
Affiliate Marketing Strategies

In this post I am going to reveal some very practical Affiliate Marketing strategies that will help you to pick profitable keywords to target for SEO purposes.

There are many things that I do to make sure that I select great keywords for search engine optimization, such as the competition level and the search volume, however one other important thing to do is check the viability of akeyword.

By this I mean, is the keywords likely to make money, and is it in an active niche where money is being spent. Recently I did a post on Google trends, so if you haven’t read that then here is the link: Best Selling Affiliate Products.

One easy way to check this is to use the free Google Search Based Keyword Tool. All you need to do is type in your intended keyword phrase and check out how much money per click Google suggests you would need to spend on PPC Advertising for it. If you see that at least 50 cents a click is the going rate, then this is a good indication.

Below is a screen shot for you:

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In the image above I have entered the keyword phrase “affiliate marketing” for example purposes. You can see where I have circled in blue that the price for this keyword is $3.77. This tells me that people are willing to spend money on this keyword, which is a strong indication to me that it is a viable option for me to go after for SEO.

Considering that SEO takes much longer than PPC marketing, it is important to select the right keywords from the start, otherwise you may regret it later. The last thing you want to do is spend weeks and months building links to a page so you can rank it for a particular keyword, only to find out later, when you are getting traffic from that phrase, that there is not much money in it.

This is one, of many simple but effective affiliate marketing strategies that you can implement for free, to help ensure you are building your sites on profitable keywords. I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure you take the time to select the right keywords for any site you are planning out.

All the best

Matt Carter

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27 Comments to Affiliate Marketing Strategies

  1. June 22, 2010 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    What about pre-empting keywords that don’t have good numbers now but might do in the future?

  2. don's Gravatar don
    June 22, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Great to know that in at least a few aspects I am learning to do some pieces of the marketing puzzle correctly. I check vialbility before I ever hit a lick building anything.

  3. June 22, 2010 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    I totally agree with you about the importance of keyword research as it is the first and most important steps towards making money consistently. Thanks for sharing this tips.


  4. June 22, 2010 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    I have always used the External Keyword Tool and my Adwords account but this free Google Search Based Keyword Tool shows the suggested bid amount which I can’t find on the others without actually setting up a campaign. Maybe it is there but bookmarking this site is perfect. I always appreciate your tips of the trade. Of course what I do as well is to see if there are a lot of Adwords ads and then I check Amazon to see if a lot of people write about the subject or sell the products. Of course you can always check affiliate programs to see if they have products in your niche.

    Thanks Matt

  5. June 22, 2010 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Thank you Matt. If you have a lot of keywords that are priced high but see lower priced ones along the same niche that have a decent search volume, then wouldn’t those be worth using? Perhaps that keyword or phrase is just not as popular especially if it is a “buy” xyz?

  6. June 22, 2010 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks Matt for the great tip on choosing Key Words that could be monitized. I didn’t know what the dollar amount would be and 50 cents sounds reasonalble.

    I will use this tip for sure


  7. June 22, 2010 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    As usual, your articles always give good advice.

  8. June 22, 2010 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Thank you Matt,

    your blog is an extremely valuable source of free information. All affiliate marketers should visit your site to learn how to earn.

    Today you provided us another piece of gold and it’s only on us to turn it in a jewel.

    To your success!!!

    Joe Kans

  9. June 22, 2010 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    Hey Matt,
    quick question about this. What’s the difference between the search volume of SKTool and the Google Keyword Tool? For example, I searched “party costume” on each and got 368,000 Global Monthly Searches on the Google Keyword Tool, but only 3,500 Monthly Searches on SKTool. Both were set to All Countries in English. Which is correct?

  10. June 22, 2010 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    Matt thanks for the tips. The keyword tool is a great free tool so many people do not know about. The combo of number of searches, the competition level and the suggested bid price is a great little formula for people to use.

  11. June 22, 2010 at 3:54 am | Permalink


    Thanks for another great tip for selecting quality keywords for SEO! I always look foward to reading your blog posts for great tips and advice! Your tip on keywords seems so simple yet without doing the proper keyword research one is basically paddling up a creek without oars! Thanks again for the great post and as always, I look forward to your next one!

    Thanks again! Chris

  12. June 22, 2010 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    Appreciate the post and email. I enjoyed you information as usual and I’ll keep it in mind. thanks for sharing! Lani

  13. Joseph Ceasar's Gravatar Joseph Ceasar
    June 22, 2010 at 7:22 am | Permalink


    How about that search volume. Don’t we have to be concerned that if it’s too high, then there is a good chance that there a lot of sites out there targeting this particular keyword and our chances of any decent rankings is close to none?

    On the other hand, I wonder if we are better off targeting both a high ranking keyword as well as a related lower ranking keyword. The idea here is that we are really going after the lower ranking keyword but having that high ranking relevant keyword would boost our ranking in the search engines. Is my thinking correct?

    In other words, would Google rank me higher (or faster) on a relatively lower rate keyword if I sprinkle a related high demand keyword on my page as well?

  14. SEO's Gravatar SEO
    June 22, 2010 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt, thanks for sharing an informative article. The selection of right keyword is most important aspect of starting a website. One should aim for both one word and long tail key words. In fact, long tail keywords are with less competition and offers more targeted visitors to a website.

  15. Rema's Gravatar Rema
    June 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Excellent suggestion that is very useful for me at this point of time. Thanks very much for sharing this. It’s very nice of you to help us with great links like the search-based keyword tool.
    Thanks again, Regards,

  16. tairi's Gravatar tairi
    June 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt, thanks for the valuable info.
    I am studying the CWS package i bought thru your link and it all comes together nicely. Just as an aside, when are you having the “walk-thru training” (mentioned as one of the bonuses, and, where do we go to get the WordPress templates you promised?

    Look forward to hooking up….Thanks mate, Tairi.

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Tairi

    The first bonus webinar was Yesterday and the recording is in the bonus page for you now. The next one is on the 4th of July.

    All the best



  17. June 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for the continued valuable tips you provide to new and experienced business folks.

    Best regards,

  18. June 23, 2010 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Great stuff you have here! Implement it together with your previous post pertaining to the usage of Google Trend; you will have viable and profitable keywords.

    Looking forward for your next post. Keep up the good work.


  19. June 23, 2010 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    good strategy…I have noticed some of this happening as I evaluate keywords…The niche I’m in is considerably different than your example but, it applies none the less. Thanx

  20. June 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Good thinking. I will have to do more of the same.

  21. tairi's Gravatar tairi
    June 25, 2010 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    Thanks for that Matt. Much appreciated.
    where is the bonus page that you refer to. Nothing on CWS site. Is it on your site? cheers,
    ps emailed receipt thru to you.

  22. ScottD's Gravatar ScottD
    June 27, 2010 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    Great content Matt – love the value you bring. I have a question on the bonus WP templates with your CWS promotion. Are you aware of any kind of “viewer” that would allow one to quickly go through the index pages of those themes to preview? Perhaps there’s a way to do that through WP – sorry – a bit new to WP. Thanks -Scott

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Scott

    You can just double the index.html page in the folders themselves and your browser will show you a preview of that template.

    All the best


    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hi Scott

    If you open the screen shot jpg in each theme it is a snap shot of the theme.

    Hope that helps



  23. June 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for the guide. I’m really having trouble right now, I’ve just started following Daniel strategy in building affiliate marketing but right now I’m stuck with how am i going to review this product. I don’t have this kind of product I don’t know which is good and bad. In short I don’t know how to do product review.

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hi John

    Perhaps reading this post I did will help you
    with Product reviews:



  24. July 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Matt this is a very useful tip, quick and accurate, and sometimes gives me additional keywords to use. Have a great day, Matcoman

  25. July 25, 2010 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    Great advice… I have been looking at the number of competing sites and searches per month. I had not thought about looking up the suggested cost per click.

    By the way, I really enjoy reading your blog. Your tips have taught me so much!

  26. Ana's Gravatar Ana
    August 30, 2010 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    I didnĀ“t know that and is so simply to avoid wasting money…
    Thanks Matt.

  27. December 11, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Having just been exposed to the internet marketing business I have watched many video this wekk and wish I could now remember. I*’m sure some of the “Biggies” most likely, had everything you mentined in your article. So the back side to that is p0ossibly cut out time during the day or night to view their vids. Possibly gleaning knowledge for your own adaptions to your biz.
    AS I learn, thanks for the article

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