Where is the first place we come to do our research?

Online.

The Internet is the gateway to information and being an affiliate marketer, of course this is where you are going to be delivering your reviews to a captive audience. If you understand how to effectively create a review, you can drive a lot of traffic to your business, and effectively convert a lot of "prospective" buyers into actual buyers.

There are some KEY elements to any trustworthy, authoritative websites online. One of these key elements is reviewing products and services within their respective industry.

That is what this lesson is going to teach you all about, how to create through and very insightful reviews on your website. Reviews will naturally become a core component of your website moving forward and you will likely be making many product/service recommendations over time, and occasionally, helping people avoid products or services that may not help them out.

Your first focus is going to be the integration of Wealthy Affiliate into your site, but there are many affiliate programs out there that you will be able to leverage through time to create multiple streams of income. Reviewing and promoting many different products is going to happen with time.

Before I get into things, I would love for you to watch the following video on how to create and architect a proper review (I use Wealthy Affiliate in my example).

 

DISCUSS VIDEO: Creating Thoughtful, Insightful Reviews

The 4 "CIAO" Principles to a Great Review

When people go to purchase anything online or offline, typically they will review it. Unless it is a complete impulse buy (which does happen to the best of us), we will spend our time researching a product before we purchase it. We want to be informed and feel as though we are making the best purchasing decision possible.

There are four core principles that I follow when creating my reviews, I call these the "CIAO Principles".

1. Captivating.

All of your reviews, and content for that matter, need to capture the interest of your audience. If you can't capture the interest, people will get through the first paragraph of your content and leave. The hard work is getting someone to your site and if you are captivating with your content, they will stay to read what you have to say.

To be "captivating" you should write as though you are writing to a friend, explaining a product or service to them. Explaining the benefits of it, how their life will be better having it than not having it.

This captivation also starts with a STRONG title and headings within your content that keep the reader engaged. Tell people what you are going to talk about before you talk about it!

2. Informative.

Plain and simple, if you don't provide people with enough information to make a purchasing decision (either to buy or not to buy a product/service), then they are going to vacate your site and resume their research elsewhere. That equates to LOST traffic and revenue.This is the reason you want to offer a very informative review, something that is comprehensive enough that someone can make a decision after reading your review. One that builds enough trust and offers people enough help that they feel comfortable enough with your "words" that they decide.

A recommendation would be a minimum of 1,000 words for every review post you create on your site. Write until you feel you are offering a comprehensive experience for your visitor.

3. Accurate.

A review should be accurate to the best of your knowledge. Make sure that when you create your reviews, that you base it on factual information. Sure it is fine to have an opinion based on facts, but you don't want to be in a situation where you are making stuff up or creating a fabricated story.

The facts can be derived from many places and will accomplished through thorough product research. The internet is your information gateway and you can learn an incredible amount about a product or service through:

  • Researching it on the product website or sales channels
  • Your own product experience (if you have tried it)
  • Forums and online discussion platforms
  • Youtube, Vimeo, and other video platforms
  • Through other bloggers and industry authority websites
  • Communicating directly with others that have tried it

Lots of ways to put together and accurate and precise review, utilize all of the resources available to you.

4. Opinionated.

Your opinion matters, in particular when the very essence of your brand and authority as you build out your website content is going to surround your brand. You can feel confident in offering people your opinionated information within your reviews if you are basing your review on accurate and factual information.

If you feel a product is great because of XYZ, then state it. If you feel it is lacking because of XYZ, then state that. Your content is unique to you and the same way that you would email a friend explaining a product/service that they should try or not try, is the same way you should present your content within your reviews. Be opinionated, it will make your reviews much more interesting to read and will lead to much better results.

Task 1: Choosing a Winning Title for Your Review

Although your review is going to be a critical element of your website and you are going to be able to link to it from many places moving forward, with ALL of your content you create your goal is also going to be to rank in Google, Bing & Yahoo.

And this starts with the KEYWORD phrase that you choose. Reviews are no different and when someone goes to look for information on something online, there are a few key characteristics and behaviours that you should be aware of with their research.

  • They Want "Reviews" of the Information. (Review, Compare, Does it Work)
  • They Are Looking for Various Product Insights (price, success stories, affiliate program, how does it work, income proof, etc)
  • They Tend to Look for The Dirty Laundry. (Scams, Ripoff, Complaints, BBB rating)

Here is a list of potential keywords that you could use within the title of your post.

  • wealthy affiliate review
  • wealthy affiliate reviews
  • review of wealthy affiliate
  • wealthy affiliate review 2017
  • 2017 wealthy affiliate review
  • wealthy affiliate scam
  • does wealthy affiliate work
  • wealthy affiliate success stories
  • wealthy affiliate ripoff
  • wealthy affiliate complaints
  • wealthy affiliate hosting
  • wealthy affiliate comparison
  • wealthy affiliate price
  • wealthy affiliate income proof
  • wealthy affiliate affiliate program
  • how does wealthy affiliate work

Here is the title I have selected for my post.

Ideally, you want to choose a title that you are not going to be changing. Once you decide on the title, and in particular once your review post ranks in Google and other search engines, you don't want to be updating your title too often (as it can tank your rankings in Google).

So choose a title that (a) has your targeting keyword somewhere within it (b) that is captivating, and (c) is something that you are happy with.

Task 2: Create Your Wealthy Affiliate Review

Great! You have your post title set out, this is going to be the premise of your review, but ultimately your goal is going to be to provide people with a BRILLIANTLY captivating, informative, accurate and opinionated review (remember the 4 CIAO principles).

When you construct your review, there are several elements that will remain critical to your review and that I tend to focus on within all my reviews in terms of the structure and design.

1. Product/Service Overview

If you look at every successful review website out there and from my personal experience, it is very important not just to offer someone a thorough and informative review, but also to offer them a much lighter weight and easier to read "overview". This is in essence of an overall product breakdown based on the main elements of the product or service.

See the example within my WA review.

These should be consistent on your website for "similar" products. For example, if I were to review other products that were in the same industry as Wealthy Affiliate, I would likely want to use the very same criteria as this.

You can choose the criteria you will be review, it is your content but this should give you a few ideas as to some "ranking categories" that you can have within your reviews for Wealthy Affiliate and similar industry related products. Be unique and original.

2. Captivating Internal Headlines

Within your content, you are going to have internal headlines using H3 tags (the size of the font). These serve many practical uses. The first being that they break up your content and make it more readable. Nobody likes to read one big massive block of text, it is cumbersome and strains the readers eyes.

Secondly, it helps you foreshadow the next topic of discussion. In the case of the screenshot below, I am foreshadowing my section on Wealthy Affiliate Support by indicating that it is a community of caring experts. This is MUCH more interesting than having a boring title like "Wealthy Affiliate Support".

So make sure you make full use of headlines within your content, it will lead to many more people reading your content and ultimately more $$.

3. Call-to-Action Links

The last main focus here is going to be call to action links that take your website visitors to Wealthy Affiliate, through your affiliate link.

Remember, as your will want to get your affiliate link through the "Program Details" tab, at the top of the page (as shown below).

That is your link you will be using on your website in which will track your referrals and ultimately the revenue you generate from your site.

To add your link, simply highlight the text you want to link and then click the link button (chain link icon) within the top header. Then choose "Insert Link".

A modal will pop-up, and then within the "URL" field, you are going to add your affiliate link.

The key to a successful call-to-action link is to create one that is entices someone to click it and it is contextually relevant to the content surrounding it. Here is an example of a call-to-action link that I created within the "training" section on my review.

These are the three main focuses of the review, outside of course creating quality, thorough content, you want to put some emphasis on having a "shortened" overview, creating internal headlines, and call-to-action links.

Wealthy Affiliate Reviews. Uncut.

In terms of a site like Wealthy Affiliate, you have hands on experience with it. If you have a website in an industry that is related to the services offered here at Wealthy Affiliate, you could write a thorough, insightful, accurate, and opinonated review.

You have hands on experience, you have likely personally been connected with many members here at WA (myself and Carson include), and you have gotten a good grasp of the helpful, forward thinking and "members first" nature of WA.

We haven't changed our prices in 12 years, we have a team of 25 people working behind the scenes to move the technology, training and offering far beyond anything else offered within this space. That is our focus, and something we invest 60-70 hours per week working towards.

What was $359 and people loved as a “keyword list” site back in 2005, is now something that is obviously "light years" more sophisticated, elaborate and useful in 2017, something that is still $359 per year.

Comparable hosting alone, is $250 per month and as we progress through 2017, there won't be a Managed hosting company in the industry that can compete with the hosting that we offer here at WA.

Look around the platform when constructing your review and make it personal to you and your experience. A few things you could focus on.

  • Support (Live Chat, SiteSupport, Q & A)
  • Personal Mentoring
  • Community
  • Training Courses, Step by Step
  • Weekly Live Classes (and 100's of hours of replays)
  • Ambassadorship Program
  • Online Entrepreneur Certification
  • Affiliate Bootcamp
  • The Affiliate Program
  • Networking
  • Building Websites
  • Website Performance Tools (SiteRubix)
  • Website Engagement Platform (SiteComments)
  • The Hosting Platform
  • SiteContent Writing Platform
  • Keyword Research Tool
  • etc.

That is just to name a few of the platforms here at WA that you could integrate into your review. Of course you don't need to write a small novel and included everything, but remember, you want to be Informative and thorough. It will lead to much better conversions and a better experience for your visitors (and ultimately better rankings).

Task 3: Publish Your Review as a POST to Your Website

The last task is very straightforward. You are going to simply be publishing your content to your website.

Make sure you publish your content as a "Post". The reason for this is that you are going to want to allow for comments within your review, which is going to be a critical component of your review, building trust and conversions moving forward.


Tasks 0/4 completed
2. Choose a Winning Title for Your Review
3. Create Your Wealthy Affiliate Review
4. Publish Your WA Review to Your Website


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JMCINERNEY1 Premium
I wanted to throw this out...I'm not sure what the difference is between a niche and a direction or brand.
But I know I'd like to focus on people who are disabled and unable to work outside the home to support themselves.

Can I get some feedback about this idea of approching people?
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It seems that choosing a niche isn't that easy for me. I've chosen beauty skin care but in reality I've no idea what to write about that in the training Site contents as I've no expertise on that matter. So let's say I wanted any issues that relates to diabetes as my niche, to help those who have diabetes, but have no experience or expertise on that matter. What should I do?
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Nurse1987 Premium
Use the internet for research. Things to eat as a diabetic, living with diabetes etc. or just google diabetes and see what comes up. Hope this helps.
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Thanks☺️
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emahray Premium
Hi. My dad is prediabetic and was recently advised by his doctor to start the 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet by Dr Michael Moseley. The gist of it that it is possible to completely reverse type 2 diabetes by losing weight and in particular the weight that sits around your pancreas and liver as this is what inhibits the production of insulin. Dr Michael Moseley has written a book and recipe book called the 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet that explains it all in more detail and he talks about loads of people who have used the diet to completely reverse their diabetes and come off their medication. I think this is really exciting for type 2 diabetics and definitely worth writing about. Hope that helps xx
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A very big help soThank you!!
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Dorcia1 Premium
Hi,
Choosing a niche can be complex. But this is what I have being doing. I wrote down the areas I like or have an interest in. If I don't have any knowledge I do some research and then ask my girl friend what she thinks she has been help. I've also looked into to areas that I myself need help with personally I figure that will give me the edge to do the research, help myself and others at the same time, this part however ties into my line of work over the past 20 years.

What kind of work or activates have you been involved in?
Do you think there are people out there that would benefit from that information?
What do you have a passion for that has an audience or there isn't enough information out there and you can share your knowledge?

I hope this help in someway.
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GKavanaugh Premium
For someone that is new to marketing how would you go about writing an about page? I was thinking of outlining who my target audience is, highlighting their objectives for being on my page and sharing what my website can do for them. I was also going to talk about why I created my website and what I am hoping to achieve. Does this sound okay? Any other input would be great. Thanks so much!
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AllanDarte Premium
Sounds good. Your about page could also be about your journey to this point in your life as well...
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ThembelihleT Premium
I think its cool , moreover its about offering help to people , then people dont want to talk to roborts they will love to here who yu are and share what you here to do
your audence will appreciate to read and feel like they talking to someone who has walked the walk ready to take them by hand

i try to do this when ever im about to write
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DMtenje Premium
That's okay. Honest answers to these questions will be fine
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HotWombat Premium
I have two plug ins, not mentioned by Kyle, on my 'Installed Plugins' page. They are Classic Editor and Kraken Image Optimizer and they are both Activated already. 'All in One SEO Pack' was not on the page, so I searched for it, found it, added it and activated it. Have I done the right thing?

HotWombat aka Jim.
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ThembelihleT Premium
Hi there, I know you are also asking a question but i want to ask you where did you find the plugin i have been searching, kindly assist
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HotWombat Premium
As I followed Kyle's video tutorial in Bootcamp and came to the 'Install Plugin' page, I think I would have found a link there and did a search there. It should also be discussed by Kyle in the Online Entrepreneur Certificated.

That's the best I can do for you. Good luck.

HotWombat aka Jim.
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Robert-A Premium
In a word - Yes.
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ThembelihleT Premium
Got it sharp sharp thanks
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Robert-A Premium
Happy to help
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DMahen1 Premium
Those are great plugins. Yes, you did the right things so far.
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DMtenje Premium
" - the main reason being is that if you don't make 3 sales in 180 days your account is cancelled plus without posts you have nowhere to put your Amazon links"
A piece of encouraging advice from one community member.
Reading between the lines, this piece of advice means - WA Training coupled with hard work, in 3 months , one should be earning
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Kyle Premium
This can certainly be the case. Not always though, but you shouldn't be adding affiliate links right away to your website either.

You want a framework of content on your website first (15-20 post) before you start apply to affiliate programs. Many affiliate programs will review your website before approval so that is why.
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