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Affiliate Marketing Tricks

Hey Everyone,

I’m going to share with  you some affiliate marketing tricks in this post, that I  use when in a tough niche, or just want to accelerate my progress in any new niche.

One of the most common obstacles that a new website faces, when they are trying to rank at the top of Google (and by Google I am referring to Yahoo and Bing also) is the lack of trust Google has in new domains.

In the past I have bought brand new domains and then gone out a unleashed a back linking tsunami on the new site on that new domain, and noticed that still some pages just take forever to rank.

Sometimes it can be even more frustrating when Google does rank the pages on a new domain straight away, right up on page one, only to then remove them for 6 months, until they feel they can trust the domain.

By the way if this does happen to you, it is nothing to worry about, as in my experience if you just keep building links to the domain, after about 6-8 months it shows up at the top of Google again, and all is well.

However this is obviously not the ideal situation, and one that I prefer not to go through if I can help it. So with that pretext in place, now let me tell you one trick that I use to help avoid this and rank new websites fast and consistently.

Buying Aged Domains

The sub-heading pretty much gives it all away right there, because buying an aged domain, of say 5 years, and preferably with some page rank already, is the instant ‘Trust’ that you can give Google!!

All you need to do is find a domain for sale that will work with your niche and new website and then build your new site on that, and off you go. Google will trust your site, as it believes it to be a domain that has been around for a while, and it has already got some page rank.

What to Look For in an Aged Domain

When I’m looking for a domain to buy, and I will explain how I do that in a moment, I’ll look to see how old it is and if there is any page rank. To find out the age you can go here: and simply search on the domain in the search bar and they will give you the details of that domain.

By doing this you’ll also find the contact details of the owner, so that you can contact them directly and make them an offer.

Depending on how competitive your niche is, will influence what you look for in a domain. I just bought one this week that was 5 years old and page rank 1, and the whole process from finding it to owning it took about 24 hrs.

How to Find an Domain for Sale

The easiest way to find a domain related to your niche that is for sale is to go to Google and start searching, by using the following search queries:

inurl:keyword “domain name is for sale”
inurl:keyword “website is for sale”
inurl:keyword “buy this domain”
inurl:keyword “domain is for sale”

(replace the word ‘keyword’ above with your keywords)

Then by using a free plugin called ‘SEO Quake’ you can sort the results by page rank. I have explained in a previous post how to use SEO Quake so please refer here: SEO Quake Tutorial to learn how to use it)

Once you have entered your search query, turn SEO Quake on  and then sort for highest to lowest page rank and start checking out the domains for sale.

If you have no luck with those searches, you can always just search with out the “domain name is for sale” part on the end, and just look for sites that have age and at least a page rank of 1.

The type of site you are looking for are ones that look like they are not that serious about their marketing, and have average looking sites, sort of a hobby if you like. These kind of sites are usually the best ones to want to sell when they are approached.

Then all you need to do is negotiate a price with the owner, make them set the price and then offer under half what they offer, and go from there.

I have found that using this trick enables me to get started in new niches much faster, because my web pages respond really well to back linking and get top Google ranking faster than on new domains.

You do not need to do this though, as most of my sites are on new domains, but I just wanted to share with you guys  these affiliate marketing tricks that I sometimes use to get fast results.

Hope that helped


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23 Comments to Affiliate Marketing Tricks

  1. March 22, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Fantastic information.
    I wish that I had started with this targeted, heads on information. I initially wasted lots of time and money and got poor results. Well done!

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Chester,

    Nice to hear from you and glad you like the info here



  2. March 23, 2010 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Great tips Matt. With a new domain it is really difficult to rank well. Even after having lots of backlinks than my competitor, I am unable to rank a website in a good position. I will try to use old domain. Thanks for sharing.

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hi Chandan

    You’re welcome, hope you get some results with it



  3. March 23, 2010 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Thanks Matt for another great tip, it sure is hard making headway with ranking, I actually just spent the weekend trying to get some of my sites ranking in the top ten, I seem to build loads of backlinks and wriiting articles, but some have more autorities than others, I will keep plugging away and give your suggestion a go. Cheers.

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Kiwigirl

    Make sure that you have a variety of links, so get them from
    blogs, forums, article sites etc…it is variety that Google like to see



  4. March 23, 2010 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    You have a very valid points Matt. I have experienced the same with new domains, there is a solution for this, keep your promotion effort very mild during first 3,4 months and then you can keep your effort up.

    However in my experience new domains take around 7 to 8 months to rank for competitive keywords.

    Secondly you can purchase aged domains but please make sure that it is never dropped.

    Apart from the place you suggested above aged domains can also be searched here:

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Ritu

    Thanks for your input



  5. Art's Gravatar Art
    March 23, 2010 at 2:59 am | Permalink


    In your opinion, how old does a domain name have to be to be successful with this trick? Or is that not as important as the PR?


    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Art

    I usually look for 5 years in age, and a page rank of 1



  6. March 23, 2010 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Even using an old domain, you may still have trouble getting new pages to rank in Google for 6 months. I added a line of product to my own old domain as an add-on folder (same kind of product I’d been selling on my site for 6 years, just added a brand) and Google didn’t give the new folder any respect for 6 months. Sounds confusing, I know. It’s like this: and

    I was getting a No 1 rank for one of my pages in brand1 but the competing product in brand2 took a while. Then, after about 6 months, that page in brand2 showed up indented under brand1 at No 1 in Google.

    Question Matt, how does Google react to totally new content on an old domain? Favorably?

    Thanks for all your tips, Matt.

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Owen

    Thanks for sharing. I think it depend on how much trust a domain has, so that is
    why I also go for something that has some pagerank.

    Also I did this recently and I got 3 new pages indexed and on page three of Google in 24hrs,
    so it seems to work for me when I do it, but I can’t be sure with every domain.



  7. March 23, 2010 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    Hey Matt, Thank you for the great content. Your post are always so full of information. I wish I was a little more aware of this little trick before I bought my domain. I have a website that is still a page rank zero. I have been building links for several months and i am on page 1 and 2 of Google for my keywords but without rank…

    Do you have any suggestions on what else we can do to get ranked? Right now we have a blog linked to our website providing content and then inviting people to visit our website. Do you think this is a good idea? Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks again for the great info.

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Pierre,

    The thing to get better rankings is to have a good backlinking plan. Like I have mentioned
    to another comment below, you have to get links from a variety of places, and then just
    keep building away and you will get there eventually, just don’t stop building links!!!



  8. March 23, 2010 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the info, Matt. Look forward to your e-mails.

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Linda

    Thanks for stopping by again!


  9. March 23, 2010 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Now you tell me 🙂
    This is so simple yet so elegant.
    Next time I am looking for a new site, I’ll be using this tip. As you say, it can take such a long time to get up the rankings.
    This is genuis.

    Dave G

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Dave

    Glad you liked the post



  10. joe's Gravatar joe
    March 23, 2010 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    After you find a site and send the $ (using paypal is my guess?), what’s the next step to taking over the site? How do you assure that you are the only one in control of it?

    Thanks for the info. I’m off to read the rest of your post.

    – Joe

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Joe

    They have to transfer the domain to your account, which is easy
    to do, you just have to follow the instructions of the domain
    site, and it is all done in a few minutes



  11. March 23, 2010 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Fantastic. I was wondering so many times why my pages are nowhere to seen in Market Samurai rank checker. But, I guess it will work well on the new projects (as you said).

    Thanks Matt

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Alex,

    Great to hear from you!

    Glad you found this post useful



  12. March 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    That’s really interesting thing that you posted there, But Buying domain with page rank and preferably has it’s own traffic isn’t it hard? and the price is also expensive.
    So did you have any tips where to buy these domain cheaper?

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey gr4ve

    The tips on how/where to buy these are in the post itself!



  13. March 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt, Great idea, So far I haven’t had that particular problem until I used a .net or .info url. My lucky forex went first page in aweek on a brand new domain and is still there, So did My SEO Works.

  14. March 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    hey matt
    which is the best to host many wordpress i better to use a a reseller

    PS can any help with this thank you

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Andre

    Honestly you will be fine with a normal hosting account at somewhere like Hostgator, that has unlimited
    addons domains and bacndwidth. One of my accounts there has heaps of domains in it



  15. March 24, 2010 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    Hello Matt,

    Always enjoy your writings. Just wanted to add my two cents worth. When I first started promoting my site 4 months ago, i could not find a site worth buying that was for sale and had to do with article rewriting, or anything close. I figured I would just promote mine to death. I spent one whole day writing articles, then one whole day submitting to search engines and directories. The following days , I got creative and started listing in areas that allowed posting about my product. About 4 weeks later, i subscribed to Google Alerts and I had 5 websites going at the time. In Google Alerts, I put the main search words and titles of my sites and i started seeing all of the articles start appearing on my alerts. I checked Google with just three phrases that I would have been paying $1.50 for in Adwords, and I was #10, but 4-7 and 12 spots were my articles written weeks before and one was being featured on a very busy SEO site, with the best keywords in the title, so for all my work, I was in Googles first page and was shocked to see this happen so fast. I must note that I only had about 5-6 high ranking web links, so maybe that did it, but it worked, and all for FREE!

    Keep writing


    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey John

    Thanks for sharing


  16. March 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt!

    Great info on domains. I just finished your 12-course — WOW! What great info! I have learned more from your FREE 12 lesson course than I have from years trying to make it on my own!
    Tips like on domains are worth their weight in gold. Your free 12-course is worth it’s weight in diamonds! Since I am financially embarrassed at this time, I would like to say THANK YOU for sharing such important information!

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Vern

    Glad you liked my free course, all I ask is that you tell people about it and
    that they can sign up for it at my blog!



  17. March 26, 2010 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Another great idea. I have noticed as well on my oldest site, that it would wander around at the start with the search engines, especially Google and eventually bounce back up and stay up.

  18. April 5, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    an excelent tips

  19. May 3, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Bought your Rapid Rewriter (expensive for me as a pensioner) but have found a GOLD MINE in your blog and your free course Thank you so much for concise and easy to follow video instuction. And of course not to forget your product which I am playing with.
    It is so refreshing to come across an un-hyped (is there such a word??) down to earth person.

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Toni

    You are welcome, and yes I stay away from all the hype, I don’t like it at all, its not my style. I prefer to be a real person and be real with my subscribers



  20. Amanda's Gravatar Amanda
    June 5, 2010 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Matt, I’ve got a quick question.
    I have set up a blog, and wanto use it to post articles targetted to certain keywords….as well as post a couple of affiliate pre-sales landing pages for some of my advertising.

    My question is…can you mix articles, and affiliate pre-sales pages on the same blog ? I am unsure when to use which type…and if that wasnt enough I want to add an opt in box too to help build my own list.

    I couldnt finad anything on this sort of “Blog Website design” question in your videos..and wonder if you could send me a reply. By the way, your blog seems to have all 3 things going on (articles, opt in, affiliate links)…how do I structure the site to do that ?


  21. July 22, 2010 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Thanks for more great advice. I had never even given thought to purchasing a pre-existing domain rather than a new one. That is something I will have to try.

  22. November 1, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Aged domain is always better than a new one. I wished I have known this a few years earlier.

  23. guillermo's Gravatar guillermo
    December 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Great Post Matt

    But i think the idea of going and buy domains to an average guy who maybe didnt remember that he had the website in the first place can be tricky. I mean to set up payment and payment methods. Is there a truted website where i can buy aged domains with pagerank with paypal or something.. im talking about like a sort of list of website at sale all of the aged and with pagerank …i have been looking for one but i want to know your advice Matt.

    What about if i buy an aged domain who doesnt have anything to do with my niche example: my new aged website is– can i rank it to the 1st place on google with an affiliate offer example: teeth withening Is this possible Matt?

    Great Blog i’ll come bank dayli

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Guillermo,

    Yeah you can use for domains and a domain that is not on topis can work as long as it is generic in nature.


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