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.

Our price of membership over the past15 years has barely changed, though 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 2020/2021, something that is still only $495 per year.

Comparable hosting alone, is $250 per month and as we progress through this year, 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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gsonline Premium
The direction I am going to be choosing for my business is

"Helping People Retire Early"

I want to help people who want to retire early for the following reasons.
- To be able to spend more time with the family
- To be able to have more vacations with family in their prime time
- To be able to provide for the best for the family including the best education for their children
- To create wealth which can take care of their life after retirement

The name of my Brand would be

Creating Online Assets

Looking forward to suggestions and comments if my direction for my business to promote Wealthy Affiliate is in line.

Regards
Govindasamy Srinivasan
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Kyle Premium
Sure, that could most definitely work. ;)
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AdrianKiter Premium
Awesome range of possibilities.
I did the basic WA training and have created a website based on my passion - kite boarding. I know for a fact that every kitesurfer in the world dreams of being free to go where they want (sunny, windy beaches), when they want (always - when the wind blows). And the same has to be true for climbers, surfers.....the list is endless!

So can I link my original niche website to my Bootcamp Brand?
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Kyle Premium
Sure, you can head in that direction but you are in the wrong spot here within Bootcamp. If you want to build a business around the "kitesurfing" niche, head through the Online Entrepreneur Certification direction.

You will find this within the "training" menu. If you want to build a business in the make money space, bootcamp is for that. ;)
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AdrianKiter Premium
Hi Kyle, thanks for getting back to me.
I've already completed the online entrepreneur course and built my first website. I'm looking to make my second one in the make money space.

It was more whether to have a link from my kitesurfing site to the make money site. Something like, if you want to be free to kitesurf anywhere in the world...make money on-line.
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Sijibomi Premium
The direction I'm going to be choosing for my business is helping unemployed individual earn a living online and be really happy about it. And also help individuals that are entrepreneurs to gain traffic and sale they're good and services they may offer.
"Massive Growth Affiliate" That might be the name of the brand.
Any ideas??
Wish everyone success.
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Engagesmedia Premium
Great , I really like the direction much potential. As for your Brand name it really is a great name, the most important is that the name resonates with you and you like it and something you will be proud of. I have given a few ppl idea lately on here to use jaxxy keyword planner on wealthy affiliate or any keyword planner to help you choosing your name or give you other options, just put in your chosen name in planner or the words you want to use and then the keyword planner will give you a good idea of names you could use and how often that phrase being searched for...then of course you have to go check that the domains are available which can do right on the jaxxy keyword planner, at the least you will find alternate names in case your top choice name isn't an available domain. One I do like came off top my head was
Growth Warrior ,Affiliate.... or Growth Beast ...But again I really do like the name you choose and you have to love be proud of the name...best of luck
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Sijibomi Premium
Thanks so much. I really appreciate this.
Wish you great success.
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believe2020 Premium
The direction for my business: helping retired individuals learn to earn money from home through affiliate marketing.
brand name: phase two affiliate.
Does the brand name make sense? I'm thinking of it in terms of someone who's retired as being in the second phase of their life. I would greatly appreciate feedback, constructive criticism or other ideas. Thank you!!
Kimberlee
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Hezron1 Premium
believe2020,
I love your concept. I believe it works
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believe2020 Premium
Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate you.
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Engagesmedia Premium
yes it does make sense and it sounds great too.!! another option is using the jaxxy keyword planner or really any keyword planner hehe I'm just prudent to jaxxy then put in that name or your intended target market and play around with different word combos to see what it comes up with. Best of luck!!
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CassiOfTroy Premium
Hi Kimberlee,

You should be fine.
A search in Jaaxy gave a "Great" choice.
Research some more for Great Keywords for your website posts.

Have a great 2020!

Cassi
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believe2020 Premium
I’ll try that, thank you for the advice! I appreciate your feedback.
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CassiOfTroy Premium
You are welcome.

Cassi
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sfullwood71 Premium
As a "retired" individual I don't think that name would work for me. Possibly it's the "phase" that might need to be in or out but I don't think it really speaks to someone retiring. I'm thinking what would be better. Did you do a "keyword search"? I love what you're wanting to focus on!
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believe2020 Premium
Great! That’s exactly what I’m trying to figure out. Thank you for your insightful perspective.
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MOtuke Premium
It will definitely work, retired individuals also want to do something constructive.
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BWils905 Premium
I think that is a great name and goal to help retirees. I am looking to build my business for a 'retirement plan'.
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believe2020 Premium
I think your idea is great as well. We have a similar niche and I think that’s exciting to see our progress as we both move forward.
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PrideO Premium
Hello, I was wondering if I could use any of these as my Domain name

Online Treasure Building or
Building Treasure Online or just
Online Treasure

My target group is parents.

Examples are parents that are struggling financially due to childcare commitments
Or

Parents that are not planning ahead for their childrens future.

I chose this because this issue us affecting a lot of people in the society.




Thanks all, any ideas and thoughts on this
will be appreciated.
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Engagesmedia Premium
hi there
Love the names they are great and intuitive, Im sure you can use any you choose as long as the domain is available....to do that check out your keyword planner in jaxxy on here even as a starter on wealthy affiliate you have some access.... put in your wanted domain name in keyword research tool and then it will tell you what domains available for that name and also give you other options if not....as a starter you may have to click the domain link along the planner line.
Good luck keep plugging away and you will do amazing
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PrideO Premium
Thank you, I will do as you say. Good ideas.
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