About LukePierson
Joined March 2018
Hello! My name is Luke, I'm looking forward to starting an online business and seeing where this might take me. I currently work as a video game designer. Gaming has been my passion ever since early childhood, and now I get to pursue my dream of making my own. But because money can be slim while making games, I want an alternate way to earn some steady income.
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Kyle Premium
How are things going today? Just wanted to pop in to see how things are going with you thus far and how your website/niche is coming along.

Hope you are rocking it Luke and of course (and as always) I am in your corner if you ever need anything!

PS. Today is my last day for Premium bonuses, if you are interested in getting them make sure you upgrade today.
Kyle Premium
Hey Luke,

I forgot to mention the other day that I am going to still be offering you my awesome bonuses if you join within the next 4 days.

Here are the bonuses that you are going to be getting:

(1) You are going to get a 59% discount on your first month Premium membership (only $19)
(2) You are going to get personal and private access to me! If you ever have a question or need help with your campaigns, I will be there. Where else can you access the CEO of the company for help?
(3) I am going to be giving you my "Diamond Traffic Bonus". This is going to show you how I walk into absolutely any niche and get unlimited traffic.

But only if you join in the next 4 days (this is what I call my "action takers" bonus).

Anyways, just wanted to mention this. Hope your training is going well Luke and Reply to this if you do have any “pending” questions. :)

Hey Kyle! Yeah I've got a few questions that I've been pondering.

So I was watching the lessons on affiliate links with my girlfriend (who has a premium account) and we got to the one where you mention that having a ton of affiliate links on your site will result in a penalty from Google for "link spam"

So my questions are:

-What's a good and safe ratio of pages/posts with links compared to pages/posts without affiliate links?

-If I were to only write reviews, each having only a single affiliate link, would this be safe from the ranking penalty?

-Basically, I guess I'm asking if it's possible to avoid the penalty without writing non-review content that have no affiliate links. Is there a way that I can make a single page with all my affiliate links and have that page be no-index/no-ranking, then using links from the reviews that will redirect to the affiliate link page and automatically and instantly use the correct affiliate link? Or is that a bad idea/frowned upon?
Kyle Premium
You can promote as many affiliate programs on your website as you like.

Over time you will likely be promoting many different products/services on your website and this will take place as your build out content and you see a good match between an audience and a product.

Remember, your role as an affiliate is to connect your traffic (an audience) with a product or service that will benefit them. This will be based on the context and relevance of the content.

But in terms of affiliate links, I recommend that you centralize them within "reviews" and any time you promote something, that you have a review for that item.

You can have many affiliate links on a review though, there is no set number, just do what makes the most sense to your audience and you will want to have adequate exit points. This is all going to be covered as you move through the training.
QAVAVO Premium
Wealthy Affiliate has the answers for you
Kyle Premium
Here we are, 10 days into your experience at WA. :)

I hope things are going well Luke! I want to remind you of one thing, your hard work and dedication IS going to pay off. Keep working through the training, communicating within the community, and of course, ask for help when you need it.

Just heading out for a bit here, but do leave me a message if you need a hand with anything. You should have Premium communication back for an additional 7 days now, so hit me up when you get a chance Luke!
Thanks Kyle! :) It's been a great time. I've been learning every day and writing content when I can! Hoping to get some more site traction within the next few months, then when I start seeing those results I can focus more on earning
Kyle Premium
Absolutely everything you need is here at Wealthy Affiliate to create and grow your business to any level online. I really do look forward to working with you and as you move forward you are really going to see your business come together.

If you ever need a hand with anything, please do let me know Luke. :)

PS. I hope you have an absolutely amazing weekend ahead! :)
Kyle Premium
Just wanted to shoot you a quick message and see how things were going thus far Luke? I am here to help if you ever need a hand with anything, just holler!

PS. Also, quick reminder. Today is the last day to get your first month discount/bonuses. No rush, no worries. Just a simple reminder here. :)
MarkBa Premium
Hey Luke

Thanks for connecting with me. I am following you back too. :)

I enjoyed reading your profile and look forward to interacting with you some more in the future.

Wishing you much success ahead in 2018.

~Mark :)
spurway Premium
Hi Luke
Thanks for following me, It is a pleasure to connect with you here at Wealthy Affiliate.
One of the greatest things happening here is that people are open-minded and you connect with them all over the world.
Have a great day
Cheers Sylvia
sblasi999 Premium
Hi Luke. Welcome. My site was not secure. There is a training on this subject. Search in the bar left of the airplanne
Thank you for pointing me towards training! I'll be sure to check around before asking questions that have been asked before.
sblasi999 Premium

No! Don't be AFRAID to ask questions. We all do it! Sometimes, the only way I find out to do some things is to post it here as a question!
Besides, a lot of people on here already know the answer and can point you to trainings. We all do it.

Haha fair enough! Thanks again!
Kyle Premium
Just thought I would check in and see how things are going with you! I hope all is well and you are enjoying yourself here within the community.

I hope you are enjoying the training and making some wonderful progress! Please do touch base with me if you ever need a hand with anything or are feeling stuck, I am here to help Luke. :)
Thanks for checking in! I'm definitely getting accustomed to WA and the community has been fantastic! Your willingness to chime in and help out is testament to that!

The lessons certainly are helpful! I'm currently on lesson 6 of course 1. Working on my site has been fun! I've done a couple of Jaaxy searches about several niches, particularly ones involving gaming.

Let me run an idea by you, I'd be interested in knowing whether you think it would be a good way to do it or not. Hope it's not too long. If it is, let me know. Here's what I'm thinking:

My site will offer 3 main services:

-Reviews on games, primarily indies. I want to target indie games because I'm more likely to get free copies for review, a great site I use nearly daily that is essentially steam for indies has an affiliate program and I could utilize that to post affiliate links on my reviews, and I found through Jaaxy that people are looking for cheaper games. Indies generally sell anywhere from free-$25, which is definitely cheaper than the AAA $60 games.

-Gaming equipment that covers PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch gamers with things like keyboards, gaming mouse, custom controllers, etc.
I could also promote miscellaneous gaming products like plushies of game characters, clothing, and bags with their favorite game logos etc.
From my Jaaxy searches, I also found that gamers love to customize their gaming experience (as I expected), so that could be a lucrative part of my website that covers a variety of gamers.

-Finally, one of the last things you would find on my site would be a blog on game development. I could occasionally post affiliate links to development tools too.

So I was torn on this because I know that it's better to be a master of one rather than jack of all trades/master of none.

But I figured that the product promotion, along with the reviews and blog would bring people back to my site multiple times since I would offer more than just one service, and those services wouldn't be too tough to keep up on.
This would then build more of a network/community. It takes time to build trust. If people keep coming back, they'll trust my opinion on the products/games more than if they were a one-time visitor, thus leading to people potentially using my affiliate links more?

Sorry for the long message, I don't want to be disrespectful of your time. But I am curious to see if you think I'm thinking too broad still or if that site sounds like it's solid. Please let me know when you get the chance :)
Kyle Premium
Yeah, that sounds like a good plan, just don't try to be too many things to too many different types of people in the gaming space. Gaming is not a niche, it has 100's of niches within it (it is category).

Work into something larger, keep your site simple and relevant to start and with time you can add complexity and diversify. It is great to have a long term vision, just don't try to implement your entire vision all at once, as it will likely take 3-5 years to establish yourself as an authority across all of these verticals that you mention (but of course you will be earning far beyond a full time revenue by then).
Thanks for the response Kyle! That's some great insight!

I've currently cut back on the coverage of gaming equipment and will only be maintaining a blog dedicated to reviews, gaming news, and occasionally some insights on game development.

I saw that most affiliate programs will look to see what kind of following you have before they accept an application, and for others, like Amazon, which are easier to join, will require sales otherwise they will drop you if too much time passes without them making sales through your traffic.

So I decided that it would probably be better not to cover those products until later, when my site is really growing. So I cut back on scale and figured I'd just focus on the blog for now to hopefully provide interesting content for the visitors of my site.
Kyle Premium
You will get there as you go through the training, the first focus with your website is to build out the foundation, the content and get rankings. Once you have rankings and traffic then you can focus on what you are going to promote.

There are 10,000's of affiliate programs and millions of products you are going to be able to promote as an affiliate, don't ever worry about there being nothing to promote within a given niche. There will likely be 100's if not 1,000's of things you can promote. ;)

There is no sense in putting to much thought into what you are going to promote until you have content in place and an audience to promote to. You will definitely get there though!
Kyle Premium
I hope things are going well. I know you are getting rolling within the training and there is ONE thing that always tends to confuse people and that is "what is my niche?".

I know, same thing happened to me when I started.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am here if you ever want to run any niche "ideas" by me or you have any questions about finding your niche.

Get back to me when you get the chance! :)
Hello Kyle! Happy to be aboard the WA team :) I'm excited to see what all I can accomplish with this tool at my disposal.

Firstly, I want to say wow! I am truly surprised at the personal welcome messages and how quick you are to respond, I respect that.

To respond to your previous messages, I've started my first lessons and I definitely like how helpful they have been to get me accustomed to the WA site. I'll be certain to ask if any questions come up. My week has been going great! My girlfriend Arielle and I just joined WA and life in general is swell.

It's like you were reading my mind haha I got to the website creation lesson, but stopped so that I could think longer on which niche I should pursue before I name it. So here's what I was thinking: because my passion involves gaming and game development, I was thinking that I could incorporate that in at least one of my affiliate sites.

I'm new to affiliate marketing, though I did read up on it and watch videos before taking the leap. One thing that I read is that a niche should be more specific than just Games, Health or Beauty etc.

Do you think something like "Indie Games" and/or "Indie Development" is specific enough? Should I separate those categories into two sites or do you think I should pair them together into the same site since they are similar?
Kyle Premium
Yes, that you can definitely narrow down a niche like that. Something with video games is not a beast, that is the category with literally thousands of different directions you could head with your niche.

Indie Games could be good. Indie Game Development. etc. Those would be directions.

Ultimately I recommend you choose the direction that you are passionate about and interested in, because that way it will not feel like work when you are building your business. It is much more enjoyable.

When deciding on a niche and trying to narrow down to a more specific niche, I recommend you ask yourself the following question:

I want to help people that ______________.

Fill in the blank and you are going to be much closer to a specific audience. After you do this and if you want to run any further ideas by me, let me know and I will give you a hand. :)