Do You Have To Be A Scam Review Site?
Last Update: Oct 24, 2015
Recently, a referral of mine decided she wanted to promote Wealthy Affiliate and is going through bootcamp. When she got to the "product review" portion of the training, she got a bit discouraged because she didn't want to become just another "scam review site". I gave a concise answer to the question, but wanted to expand upon it here for other Bootcampers, and share my opinion based on what I've learned in the past 2 years with my own site.
The answer is NO, you do not have to be a 'scam review site' in order to get referrals and make sales. I know, because I have pages on my site that convert that are not product reviews.
The truth is, product reviews rank easy, and convert well. Personally, I think this is because most people that see a scam are suspicious anyway...but still want to believe that it's true.
They want to believe that making money is easy, fast, and it costs just $9.95 to solve all their money problems. However, their suspicion makes them search in Google, and if your site pops up, your HONEST review is just the tipping point that confirms their suspicion.
Your link to WA can help them AT THE VERY LEAST connect with a legitimate set of training modules, a friendly, spam-free community, and an honest system that will not upsell them into oblivion.
However, there are many other ways to promote Wealthy Affiliate.
Kyle gives a huge list here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/target-au...
Most bootcamp sites have not even begin to tap into some of these categories, so they are basically open season.
In fact, one of the best website ideas I ever saw was about broke students trying to make money. Unfortunately, the guy never finished his site, but I think this is an awesome group of people you could target.
Why have a series of posts about how college students can save money doing XYZ? This can lead into posts about how they can make money on the weekends and evenings, which is a GREAT lead in to joining WA and trying to make money online.
How about a parent that wants to teach their kids about business and start an online business together? I've seen a lot of parent/kid teams roll through WA. You can translate difficult business ideas into teenager or kid language, and help the parent learn/teach at the same time. This is an awesome lead in to how starting a website is a super cheap way for a kid to start their own business online, and incorporates lots of interesting technology and internet skills which they will find interesting.
Don't forget that teachers are underpaid! Plus, they already know how to teach. Many of them are moonlighting as tutors already, or taking on extra classes over the weekend. I'm sure convincing them to write an ebook or create an Udemy course wouldn't be that hard. Of course, they should own a website to promote their business and need to know SEO to outrank the competition.
How about ex-military folk that know a thing or two about working hard, dedication, and helping others? The job market is tough, and they may want to move from a low-paying position to working for themselves and providing for their family. They already have the basic skill set needed to be successful (motivation and dedication). YOU can be the person that shows them how they can focus those skills on creating an online business.
Hmmm. How about people that love video games? It's not a crazy idea. Gamers love watching YouTubers play games online, and they know that it can make a lot of money. What if you could show them that they can make money with video games by reviewing products they use? This is an audience I've been trying to target recently, and you can apply the same principles to ANY passionate hobbyist.
The siterubix links are great for that, because the Siterubix slogan is "Turn Your Passion Into A Thriving Business". If you have a similar passion, you could even build a test site to work on and show people how to target keywords in that niche. This is an interesting idea I've been thinking about doing....kind of like Kyle does with the 'lose belly fat' website he uses for an example.
You could have a 'mini course' (or several) demonstrating how to make money in a specific niche.
Previous Offenders could be another person worth helping out. Getting a job when you've got record is tough. Sometimes people want to turn their life around, and just can't get a chance. The anonymity of the internet and independence of being an affiliate marketer means that they can take control of their life again.
Retirees too! Computers can be tough for older folks, but if you are willing to take the time to show them how things work, that's already a lot more than they can expect from any other program out there. Having an online business mentor for $47/month? Heck yeah. Personal trainers charge $50 an hour sometimes.
These are just some of the 'out of the box' ideas that I've attempted to reach out to at one point or another, but haven't developed a whole strategy for. The best part is...no scam reviews needed to reach them!
Don't forget that Kyle also talks a lot about keyword research and PPC tactics in bootcamp as well, so there are many ways to promote WA other than reviewing products. You just have to take an initial idea, expand on it, then run with it!
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