How I Ranked For 636,363 Keywords Using This Simple Hack

When I started doing SEO on NeilPatel.com I used this advanced formula
to rank for 477,000 keywords.

Over time, my traffic started to flatline and I wasn’t ranking for many more keywords, even though I was continually creating more content.

But then I figured out a simple hack that took me from
477,000 keywords to 636,363 keywords as you can see in the image above.

So, what was this hack?

Well, it’s so effective that I just updated Ubersuggest so that includes the
hack.

So how did I do it?

When someone does a Google search, what are they typically
doing? They are trying to find a solution to their problem, right?

So how can you easily identify these problems people are
searching for?

Typically, you want to look for 3 types of keyword phrases:

  1. Questions – people type in questions because they are looking for answers. And if your product or service helps answer those questions, you’ll see a boost in conversions.
  2. Comparisons – when someone is searching for comparison keywords such as “MailChimp VS Converkit” there is high buyer intent, even if your company isn’t mentioned in the search phase. (I’ll go into how to leverage this in a bit.)
  3. Prepositions – when keywords contain a preposition, they tend to be more descriptive. If you aren’t sure what a preposition is, simple prepositions are words like at, for, in, off, on, over, and under. These common prepositions can be used to describe a location, time, or place.

But how do you find these keywords?

Well, I just updated Ubersuggest to now show you questions, comparisons, and prepositions.

Just head over to Ubersuggest and type in a keyword that you want to go after. For this example, I typed in the word “marketing”.

Then as you scroll down, in the keywords ideas table you’ll see tabs for questions, prepositions, and comparisons.

I want you to click on the “view all keyword ideas”.

You’ll now be taken to the keyword ideas report that looks
like this:

Now, click on the tab labeled “questions”. It will adjust the keyword recommendations to show you all of the popular questions related to the main keyword you just researched.

You’ll then see some suggestions that you could consider
going after. Such as:

  • Why is marketing important?
  • What marketing does?
  • How marketing works?

But as you scroll down, you’ll find more specific questions such
as:

  • Why a marketing plan is important?
  • How marketing and sales work together?
  • How many marketing emails should you send?

Now that you are able to see these questions people are typing, in theory, you can easily rank for them as most of them have an SEO difficulty score of 20 or so out of a 100 (the higher the number the more competitive it is).

More importantly, though, you can create content around all of those phrases and sell people to your product or service.

For example, if you created an article on “why a marketing plan is important,” you can go into how you also can create a marketing plan. From there you can transition into describing your services on creating a marketing plan and how people can contact you if they want your help or expertise in creating one.

You can do something similar with the “how marketing and sales work together” article in which you can break down how to make each department work together. From there, you can either be an affiliate for software solutions that help merge the two departments like HubSpot or sell your own software if you offer one. You can even pitch your consulting services that help tie sales and marketing together.

And as for the “how many marketing emails should you send,” you can create content around that and have an affiliate link to popular email tools that have high deliverability and offer automation. Or you can promote your own email product.

Now imagine all of the extra keywords you can rank for by going after question-related keywords. What’s amazing about this is most of these keywords are competitive and they have extremely high search intent.

Can it get any better?

Speaking of search intent, I want you to click on the comparisons
tab.

You’ll see a list of ideas just like you did with the questions tab. But what I love doing here is typing in a competitor’s brand name here.

Let’s say I am offering an email marketing tool. I could type in “Mailchimp” and see what comparison ideas Ubersuggest comes up with.

Now for this example, I want you to imagine that you have an email company called Drip and Drip isn’t really mentioned in any of these keyword comparison ideas.

What’ll you want to do is create articles on all of the popular comparison terms like “Mailchimp vs Constant Contact” or “Mailchimp vs Convertkit” and within those articles break down the differences and also compare them with your own tool Drip.

Be honest when writing the comparisons. Show off which is the best solution using facts and data and break down how you are different and in what ways your own solution is better than the two solutions the reader is comparing.

This will bring awareness to your solution and you’ll find
that people will start purchasing it even though they were comparing two of
your competitors.

If you want a good example of how to create a neutral
comparison type of blog post, check out this article
comparing web hosts.

And if you want to take it one step further, you can click on the “prepositions” tab to find even more ideas.

Sticking with the Mailchimp example, you can see that people are curious about Shopify and WordPress integrations.

You can write articles related to integrations and also push your own product and break down how it differs from the others.

If you want to take it one level deeper, it will give you ideas on how to modify your business. For example, if I created an email marketing tool, I would create a Shopify, WordPress, Woocomerce, and Squarespace integration based on the ideas I got from the prepositions tab.

So how did I rank for 636,363 keywords?

I didn’t use all of the examples above on NeilPatel.com because I am not really trying to sell a product and I don’t have the time to write thousands of new blog posts.

But I did type in my domain name into Ubersuggest and then headed over to the top pages report.

From there I looked at the pages that are already ranking well on Google and clicked on the “view all” button to see the exact keywords each page ranks for.

As you can see from that page I rank for questions like “what
is affiliate marketing” as well as popular prepositions and comparisons.

How did I do this?

Well, that top pages report shows you keywords each of your pages already ranks for. So all you have to do is research each of those terms through Ubersuggest and find popular questions, prepositions, and comparisons.

Conclusion

The natural instinct for any SEO or marketer is to rank for
popular terms that have a lot of search traffic.

But there is an issue with that strategy. It takes a lot of time, it’s extremely competitive, and many of those search phrases don’t cause a ton of conversions as they are super generic.

So, what should you do instead?

Focus on solving people’s problems. The way you do this is by creating content around the questions, prepositions, and comparisons people are searching for in Google.

What do you think about the new Ubersuggest feature?

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Google’s New Link Building Guidelines

In case you missed it, Google has just changed up the rules for link building.

It used to be that when people link to you, the link would either be a dofollow link or a nofollow link.

Well, that’s now changed.

They are now introducing 2 more link types that will affect
SEOs.

Now before we get into the 2 new link types, make sure you read the whole post. Because not only will I explain Google’s requirements, but I will break down what this means for SEOs.

The current landscape

The current SEO landscape is simple… especially when it comes to link building.

The more dofollow (regular links) links you can get the better your search rankings.

If you are unsure of the number of links you have or the type, just go here and enter in your domain.

You’ll see a count of total backlinks along with the total amount of nofollow links pointing to your site.

Now, when you are link building, if you are paying for links or leveraging tactics like guest posting, Google wants you to nofollow those links because they don’t think you should be leveraging tactics like guest posting to manipulate rankings.

And as for buying links, you shouldn’t do that as it is a simple way to get penalized or banned from Google.

So don’t send emails like this if you are trying to build links… it’s a big no, no.

How does Google look
at links?

Google’s algorithm is smart. Sure, they ideally want you to nofollow links if they are bought or not naturally earned (such as from guest posts), but many SEOs break the rules.

They aren’t going to say it publicly but they do these things. And because Google isn’t dumb, they also know.

Google can easily
identify when a post on these big news sites aren’t earned because many of them
have signs all over them that Google can detect.

For example, here is
an example of a guest
post from me
.

Forbes, of course, uses nofollows links, but it wasn’t always that way.

Google can easily detect it is a guest post through verbiage on the page like “former contributor” or “guest contributor”.

And even if they didn’t label me as a guest contributor, Google can use other signals to figure out that this link shouldn’t be given much weight when it comes to SEO just by reading the URL structure of that article on Forbes.

Let’s take a closer
look at the URL

https://www.forbes.com/sites/neilpatel/2016/12/26/my-biggest-regret-in-life-going-to-college/#5f74f3a91ac7

Do you see the big
issue with the URL?

It’s clear that an author can have their own subsection on Forbes through the “site” folder structure. Now that doesn’t mean all “Forbes sites” are bad, but they clearly know which one is from staff writers because they are clearly marked.

Those signals (among others) that Google probably won’t disclose (nor should they) make it easy for Google to determine if a link is natural or earned.

If Google doesn’t want to count a link from a specific aurthor, they can just ignore it on their end.

So, whether it is nofollowed or followed, on their end they can systematically control whether a link should help your rankings or if it shouldn’t.

As John Mueller from Google once said, in the context of bad links…

If we recognize them, we can just ignore them – no need to have you do anything in most cases.

Now keeping that in
mind, here are the changes Google wants webmasters to make.

Google’s new link
policy

If someone pays you
for a link or you are buying a link, Google now wants you to mark it as sponsored.
Not just in the text of the site, but more so through the link attribute:

Rel=”sponsored”

And if you build links through user-generated content, they want you to mark the links with the attribute:

Rel=”ugc”

The same goes for site owners. For example, if you have a forum on your site because the content is user generated, the links that people place should contain a rel=”ugc”.

You can still use the nofollow attribute or if you want you can use a combination of the above. For example, if you have a paid link you can use:

Rel=”nofollow sponsored”

So, what’s the
purpose of this change?

Well, here is how
Google puts it:

All the link attributes — sponsored, UGC and nofollow — are treated as hints about which links to consider or exclude within Search. We’ll use these hints — along with other signals — as a way to better understand how to appropriately analyze and use links within our systems.

Now if you are wondering what that means, Google is pretty much saying that adding these attributes will give them a better idea on if they should crawl the link or not. Or how they should analyze the link when it comes to indexing or SEO.

This change goes into effect March 1, 2020, and don’t worry because you don’t have to make modifications to your old links. The ones that were nofollow can just be left as nofollow.

And even in the future, if you decide to just use nofollow instead of “sponsored”, you’ll be fine.

What does all of this mean for SEOs?

As I mentioned
earlier, I would provide my own insights and opinions on why Google is doing this.

We all know their algorithm is sophisticated and hard to game. But, just like any other algorithm or computer, it isn’t perfect.

By webmasters and SEOs labeling the type of links they are building and the purpose of them, it will make it easier for Google to learn how we use different link types and it will help their algorithms more quickly and easily identify link types and the context they are used in.

For example, if thousands of people use rel=”ugc” for links generated through guest posts, it may help train Google’s algorithm that these links were actually created by random people instead of the webmaster and they should be discounted.

Of course, Google already can identify wikis, forum, and other types of user-generated content, but this helps them tighten things up and make things more accurate.

They can also decide to take a more relaxed stance on certain link types. For example, maybe they will decide to count UGC links when it comes to link building, but they may decide to only give it 1/3rd the weight of a naturally earned link.

In addition to that, this also provides them with more signals on if the URL linked to should be potentially crawled or ignored.

But in the long run, as their algorithm becomes more accurate, it’s safe to say that the real solution to winning is putting the user first.

Their goal isn’t to rank a site at the top that has “perfect SEO”. They want to rank the site that people love the most.

Hence, you’ll want to focus on creating an amazing user experience, building a great product/service, creating mindblowing content, and anything else your competition isn’t doing.

As for link building though, links will always be hard to come by, so they will be part of their algorithm for the foreseeable future. And as the data shows, there is a strong correlation between links and rankings.

So one thing I would recommend is that you build as many links as possible, even if they are user-generated links. As long as they are from relevant sites, the referral traffic can generate you sales or leads. And if Google starts placing some value on these user-generated links, it can help boost your rankings.

Now that doesn’t mean you should go out to forums and spam your link everywhere. It means you should go find all of the user-generated content sites, provide a ton of value, AND ONLY IF IT MAKES SENSE, add a link back to your site when it benefits the reader.

Conclusion

Over the next year or so you’ll see adjustments in how SEOs build links.

First off you’ll start seeing companies like Ahrefs and the SEMrush show you nofollow, dofollow, UGC, and sponsored backlinks. This one change will help SEOs build better links and spend their effort on the links that actually help with rankings.

Secondly, my hunch is UGC links will eventually carry some weight. Probably not a ton, but more than 0 as long as they are from relevant sites, the link is within context and it provides value to the end-user.

And lastly, most webmasters probably won’t use sponsored or UGC attributes anytime soon. It will probably take another year before they really catch on, which means for now you will just have to focus your efforts on dofollow links.

So, what do you
think about the new change?

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7 Advanced SEO Strategies I’m Trying to Implement Before 2020

Google makes over 3,200 algorithm changes per year.

That’s a lot of changes.

Just think about that for a minute… and let that sink in. It’s
roughly 9 changes per day.

So how can you beat this gigantic company at their own game and rank high? Especially when you consider that they generate over $100 billion+ per year in ad revenue?

You could follow their advice on how to rank well but that won’t do much for you.

The real trick to rank well is to leverage technology.

See, although Google has made things harder, there are things you can do now that I couldn’t when I first started. For years now technology has evolved, which has made your life easier as an SEO.

Here are 7 advanced SEO strategies that I’m implementing as we speak and you should too.

Advanced SEO Strategy #1: SEO A/B Split Testing

To improve your rankings, what do you have to do?

You have to go in and manually make changes to your site.
And if you aren’t sure what changes to make, just put in your URL into this SEO Analyzer and it will spit
out a report like the one below.

But there is one issue with making changes manually, and I
know this because I own an ad agency and I
do the SEO for my own website.

It takes forever to make changes.

Heck, I can barely keep up with the changes I need to make on NeilPatel.com as I have far too many pages.

But now with companies like Rank Science and Distilled ODN, you no longer have to make changes to your site.

I know that sounds crazy, but think about what I just said.

You no longer have to make changes to your site.

You are probably wondering how right?

When you want to track your website, you just install a
piece of javascript like the one Google Analytics gives you and you are off to
the races.

Rank Science and Distilled ODN are similar. You install a piece of javascript and that’s it. From there it doesn’t matter if you have a CMS, or how your website is built, or any of that… they can make changes to your HTML code without you needing to do anything.

You don’t even have to give them your server password or an FTP login. The technology has changed so much that the simple javascript you add to your website can now make the changes for you.

I know that may be hard to believe, but that is how A/B testing worked for years. If you use Optimizely, VWO, or Crazy Egg… you just add a javascript and from their end, they can adjust your site.

So why can’t the same be done for SEO? Why do you have to manually make changes still?

The cool part about tools like ODN or Rank Science is they can make the changes automatically, which is really useful if you have thousands of pages.

Here’s how they work:

This way your site can always be SEO-friendly without you having to make any of the adjustments yourself.

Advanced SEO Strategy #2: E-A-T

In the SEO world, there has been an acronym that has been thrown around a lot and it is E-A-T.

It stands for expertise, authority, and trustworthiness.

Google no longer wants to rank just “good” content. Now, they are worried that a piece of content that ranks is inaccurate and can hurt the potential searcher.

For example, let’s imagine you are giving medical advice on your site. You have a ton of links and all of the right signals to rank well but your content is inaccurate. Now imagine someone injures themselves after taking your advice… well, that would be bad.

In the SEO world, you see sites in the health space or financial space having more issues with Google algorithm updates because their information may be inaccurate and Google is looking for sites to prove their expertise, authority, and trustworthiness.

But my hunch is, over the next year or two, they will crack down on many more industries.

If you are going to rank a site, everyone these days can manipulate SEO signals, but it is hard to manipulate things like expertise, authority, and trustworthiness. Especially when you combine all three.

One thing I’m focusing on in the next 12 months is to increase what I believe will help boost my rankings in the long run.

How you may ask? Well, I’m going to leverage a handful of
tactics:

  • Guest post – guest posting on popular industry and news sites should help increase my brand recognition over time. I used to do this more frequently in the past and I will kick this off again. If you don’t know how to guest post, check this out.
  • Speak at conferences – I’ve slowed down on this a bit, but I will pick it up for the same reason above. It should help with E-A-T. If you haven’t spoken at many events, the key is to just apply to a lot of them and eventually some will accept you.
  • Awards and recognition – continually apply for more awards. I used to do this when I was much younger and I’ve gotten lazy about it these days. The same goes for publishing more books… I already have one New York Times bestseller, why not go for a few more?

A simple thing that you can do if you believe you have been negatively impacted by some of the more recent Google updates is to include an author bio box on every piece of content you write. And, of course, use author schema markup.

A good example of this is my author box…

Using this should help boost your long-term rankings.

Advanced SEO Strategy #3: Host HTML Files From a CDN

We all know that speed impacts rankings. It also impacts conversion rates. Walmart, for example, boosted their conversion rate by 2% for every second of load time they reduced.

And nowadays more Google searches happen on mobile devices, hence load time and speed really matter.

I already have a faster server… my hosting bill is a bit
more than I would like.

And it’s actually going to get a bit worse.

Currently, I have a server where my site is hosted. That server is somewhere in the United States… I believe the east coast.

That means if someone wants to visit my website from let’s say New York City, it should load fairly fast. However, if someone from São Paulo, Brazil wants to visit NeilPatel.com, it would take a bit longer as they are further away from my server.

To solve this, I’ve been using a CDN. A CDN is a content delivery network.

Services like Cloudflare cache your images and static content and server it from the closest server to the person visiting your website.

So now when someone from São Paulo visits my website, they are usually served up cached content from a server in Brazil. This makes their experience load much faster.

But as your content changes, and with things like WordPress
blogs where you are constantly getting comments and going through page changes,
not all of your content is served up through a CDN.

My team is now making a tweak to improve my load time even more. So instead of serving up my HTML pages from my server, we are now going to serve them up from a CDN.

In other words, we are trying to serve as much of our site from a CDN.

As you can see from the Trello list above, that’s all of the
stuff we are working on serving up from our Cloudflare account in order to
speed up our site and eventually boost our search rankings and conversion
rates.

I wish I can walk you through how to do it step by step, and maybe that could be a future blog post, but the easiest is to just find a developer from UpWork to do it for you.

Advanced SEO Strategy #4: Multi-lingual Title Tag Tests

Similar to Rank Science, there’s a tool I currently use to
test my title tags.

It’s called Clickflow.

I use to automatically test my title tag and meta description to maximize my click-through rate. And like Rank Science, you just add a piece of javascript and it can start running tests for you automatically.

That way, you don’t have to manually keep changing things.

And Clickflow has worked well for me for over the past year… really well. Just look at my month-over-month growth from the past couple of months.

Just in the last 31 days, I saw an increase in organic
traffic by 96,723 just through title tag split tests.

But here is the kicker: I’m only able to effectively use the software for my English content. Now just imagine if I did this in less competitive markets like Brazil where I am generating 418,953 unique visitors a month.

Or what if I did that with my German blog or Spanish blog? The possibilities are endless!

Sure in English, not many SEOs are doing title tag split testing but some still are. In other regions, many marketers haven’t even heard of this yet.

So, over the next few months, my team will have to manually
do this to figure out what works in these markets.

If you haven’t done it yet in English, check out this post. Here you will see some of the basic findings when it comes to boosting CTRs were:

  • Title tags that contain a question generate 14.1% more clicks on average.
  • Title tags between 15 and 40 characters generate the most clicks.
  • Leveraging emotions can increase clicks. Meta tags with a positive or negative emotion generated roughly 7% more clicks.

And if you want something really simple, I’ve found that adding the year in your title tag can drastically increase CTR.

For example, look at a lot of the top results that rank for
the phrase “how to start a blog”.

3 of the top 5 results contain the year in the title tag.

Advanced SEO Strategy #5: FAQpage Schema Markup

I blogged about this in the past, but less than .17% of
sites are leveraging it.

Before I get into it, just look at my search traffic from
the term “digital marketing”.

Sure the chart is bouncing up and down a lot, but I’m getting way more traffic than I was before I implemented the FAQpage markup.

In essence, what it does is add common FAQ-based questions to your search listing. Similar to the image below.

I know some people say that if you add this to your site then there is no reason for people to visit your site. And in essence, Google wins because it keeps them on their search engine.

But the way I look at it is if your website provides amazing content and helps create an amazing experience, a portion of those people will remember your URL and will come back in the future.

Plus if you aren’t in the number 1 spot, you don’t have much to lose by implementing this. Even if you are in the number 1 spot like I am for my affiliate marketing page and you add FAQpage schema…

I’ve found that when I add the FAQpage schema my traffic
hasn’t dropped.

Now all I have to do is add this for another 649 blog
posts that we identified that are a good fit for this on my blog. 🙁

Advanced SEO Strategy #6: Content Clusters

I bet you have content on your site. And similar to me, when
you wrote the content you used tools like Ubersuggest and wrote whatever
had a lot of search volume.

And if you want to get a bit more organized and move faster, you probably even used a content calendar.

But just like me, I bet over the years you never focused on clustering your content together. And because you didn’t you probably have tons of pages on similar topics if not the same topic.

This is a big problem because it confuses Google.

For example, I have so many pages on “keyword tools” and “keyword research” that Google doesn’t necessarily know which page to rank. Because of this, my rankings for some of those terms are somewhat stable, but the rank page from my site constantly changes.

A good solution to this problem and improved overall rankings is to use content clusters. A great example of a site that didn’t use clustering but now does is Hubspot.

Their content went from looking like this:

To looking like this:

The overall goal is to have sections of your site and blog about specific topics. And from there you can link and connect other articles around the same topic together. Doing this lets the search engines know which one is the main topic through things like breadcrumbs and URL hierarchy.

A good example of this is the Beginners Guide to SEO by Moz.

Within that guide, they link 8 chapters that cover all aspects of SEO. Each of those chapters links back to the main introductory article.

Instead of making them 9 separate blog posts (including the
introductory page), they linked them all together and made them flow with each
other.

Just look at how they set up their URL structure.

Here is the URL of the introductory page:

https://moz.com/beginners-guide-to-seo

And here is the URL of a chapter:

https://moz.com/beginners-guide-to-seo/why-search-engine-marketing-is-necessary

Do you see what they did?

They are telling search engines that the chapter is part of the whole Beginner’s Guide to SEO and they did this through the use of folders.

And here is another chapter… https://moz.com/beginners-guide-to-seo/keyword-research

As you can see, they followed the same structure. This a simple way to use content clustering to improve your rankings. Case in point, they rank number 1 on Google for the term “SEO” and have for years.

Now I just have to do this with my whole site in multiple
languages.

Advanced SEO Strategy #7: Conquer the World

I’m serious when I say that by the way… I really am going
after all of the major countries.

The most vital SEO strategy I ever learned came from a Google employee. And it was simple… Google has tons of content to choose from when it comes to ranking sites in English but they lack a lot of high-quality content in other regions.

So, I decided to do something simple years ago… I translated my content into other languages. That’s how my traffic has gone from this:

To this:

Sure, I have leveraged a lot of other tactics over the years as well, like building Ubersuggest into a free SEO tool. But even that, Ubersuggest has grown so fast because it is translated into 9 different languages.

Just look at the language breakdown of Ubersuggest’s traffic
stats.

When you combine all of the different variations of English, all of the other variations make up roughly 40% of the tools traffic.

Now with my blog, I haven’t gone as far as translating it into as many languages as the tool, but I plan on translating it eventually into 22 languages. I pick them based on population size and GDP.

This one will take me a few years to really scale up but it provides massive gains for me.

If you want to scale globally, follow this.

This is a must if you want to not only dominate SEO but business in general. Companies these days aren’t just based in the US or UK or China… they are all going global.

Conclusion

No matter if you have been doing SEO for just a few weeks or
even years like me, there is always more to do.

Google is constantly changing and with the new technology
that’s available to you, there is still a lot of room to do well.

As you can see from the above strategies, that’s the stuff I am focusing on over the next 12 months. They’re tactics that work and provide results.

Some of them are really advanced and require engineering
help, but SEO is no longer just about hiring a marketer and having them help
you get more traffic. To really do well, you have to get a bit more technical
than most marketers are comfortable with.

So, what do you think of the strategies above? Have you
tried any of them yet?

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Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs: Not Just for the Shop Owners

It feels, at times, like I’ve covered all the niches and sub-niches there are, but something catches my attention, or in this case, someone says it outright, and voilà! Another niche to look into and write about.

Such is the case with this week’s Niche of the Week.

I was staring at a blank Word doc, thinking about what to write for the coming week’s NOTW, when another Affilorama staff member, bless her, says to me: Have you done a feature on shopping cart affiliate programs? 

I hadn’t, but here it is now. Grin.

Digital Shopping Carts 

Shopping has gone digital. So the carts did, too.

Shopping carts aren’t just the carts we push around at the store. They also include the electronic setups where the items we want to buy from an online store are placed until we “check out” and pay. Shopping carts are essential if you want to sell anything online, making them a crucial e-commerce tool. 

E-commerce covers business-to-business marketing, online shopping and online marketplaces. It is a multimillion-dollar industry that continues to grow year after year. It’s easier than ever for someone to set up an online shop and start selling. You don’t even need a significant amount of startup capital thanks to dropshipping.

This has given rise to various e-commerce platforms that offer shopping carts, buy now buttons, store hosting, and various tracking for inventory and sales — in short, everything you need to set up an online store.

If you already run a successful online shop, or you’ve always wanted to run one, you can use these affiliate programs to boost your income. 

“Shopping Cart” Keywords

Competition is stiff, and there are hardly enough variations to add to your list either. 

There’s a decent amount of competition in this niche, as seen in the Competition column in our keyword research results. The obvious target keywords are “shopping cart,” “shopping cart software,” and the like. All of them have high monthly search values alongside equally high competition.

Shopping Carts - Traffic Travis results

 

Keywords in these niche are mostly keywords with buyer intent: “best shopping cart,” “ecommerce packages,” and “get shopping cart.” You’ll also see interest in “free” keywords, like “free shopping cart.” They have good monthly search values, but there’s not so many of them in this niche compared to others. Probably because there aren’t that many free shopping carts available. 

 

Shopping Cart - Affilotools Keyword Research Results

 

I went over to Affilotools to see if I could get better results but it’s pretty much the same. You’re going to need to dig a bit deeper to get some viable keywords in this niche. Ubersuggest.org can give you good variations. However, you should really consider related keywords that you can write about in blog posts and articles, like “setting up your online store,” “successful online business.” or “what you need for your online store.” These are keywords that are related to the general e-commerce niche, but you can write an article about them that includes and refers to shopping carts. They will also help establish you as an expert, leading your readers to trust you. 

Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs

The trick to finding them is to check out eCommerce service providers.

As always, I checked on ClickBank’s Marketplace first before searching online. There were no shopping cart affiliate programs. However, I did come across an interesting WordPress theme that will turn your site to an e-commerce website. It’s related to what I’m looking for, but not related enough to include here.

So, I went online yet again to look for shopping cart affiliate programs. Some of the good ones are as follows :

e-Junkie - Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs

1. e-Junkie

e-Junkie primarily offers shopping carts but they also have an active Marketplace where you can buy unique digital products.

They also help merchants manage their own affiliate program, and affiliates can equally register to access

How much can I make?
20% of your referred member’s monthly subscription.

How do I apply?
Find out more, or register, through their affiliate page.

X-Cart - Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs

2. X-Cart

X-Cart provides small and large businesses alike with e-commerce solutions ranging from an SEO-friendly catalog, to a newsletter feature for marketing. It’s like a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs looking for a good e-commerce package.

How much can I make?
15% on all orders.

How do I apply?
X-Cart manages their own affiliate program. You can check out their affiliate page for more information.

CS-Cart - Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs

3. CS-Cart

CS-Cart provides a comprehensive shopping cart package, including an eBay add-on and a cloud storage option. The site also offers multi-vendor software for the daring entrepreneurs who want to create their own marketplaces.

How much can I make?
15% on the first software license.

How do I apply?
BlueSnap manages CS-Cart’s affiliate program. You need to register first as a BlueSnap affiliate and then go to the CS-Cart affiliate page for more details.

DirectPay - Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs

4. DirectPay

DirectPay is yet another eCommerce solutions provider that offers mobile payment tools and business development along with their online shopping cart system.

How much can I make?
30% of all monthly fees for the life of the account.

How do I apply?
No affiliate network to sign up with. Just go to the DirectPay affiliate page to register as their affiliate.

3dCart.com - Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs

5. 3dCart.com

3dCart.com has been offering eCommerce solutions since 1997. The provide small business with B2B eCommerce solutions, subscription software and point-of-sale alongside their staple shopping cart solutions.

How much can I make?
As much as 300%.

How do I apply?
3dCart.com manages their own affiliate program so you can head on to their affiliates page for more information and to register.

 

Shopping for Links

Let people know you have just the shopping cart solution for them.

Link building is challenging, but it’s a crucial step in getting traffic to your site. Knowing the various link building methods, and having a link building strategy in place helps a lot in transitioning from site building to traffic generation. Make sure to have at least a rough draft of your plan before you build the site so that when the time comes for building links, you won’t get stuck.

Content Strategy

Long gone are the days when an e-commerce store could just stick up some product descriptions and call it done. If you want your online store to thrive, you need to think about content — even before you start thinking about link building.

Content strategy is about planning and managing the content you publish on your site. You can’t just sit down and write something when the mood strikes you. If you want successful content that turns readers into loyal customers, then you need to do proper research on your topic, be creative on how you present your content , and publish regularly. You can do blog posts, videos, and even infographics related to trends in your niche, shopping guides to help people select products, information about sales promotions, and of course, information about shopping carts and e-commerce software. Then, you can spread your content via email newsletters and social media to help get the word out and encourage people to share links back to your site.

Link Indexing

This is an oft-forgotten link building method, probably because you don’t really have to do it often. You can gather the backlinks you’ve created, and after a certain point, run them through sites link Pingler.com and get them all indexed.

Don’t let any good backlinks you’ve made sit and wait to get indexed. You can help speed up the process, which means you might see changes in your search engine results sooner than later.

Press Releases

Businesses often have special offers to help increase sales. They also have product launches, and other sales events. You can write press releases sharing this information, with a link going back to your site. These backlinks have an advantage in that they’ll bring consumers eager to buy right to your site.

Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs: In the Bag or Back on the Shelf?

This niche can be highly lucrative, but requires more work than others.

e-Junkie - Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs X-Cart - Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs CS-Cart - Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs DirectPay - Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs 3dCart.com - Shopping Cart Affiliate Programs
20%

Commission
15%

Comission
15%

Commission
30%

Comission
300%

Commission

Shopping cart affiliate programs go in the bag. Definitely! The commission might not seem a lot, but e-commerce packages usually costs hundreds of dollars a year — and sometimes more than $100 a month! A 10% commission for a $300 package gets you $30. Some of the commissions are recurring, too, so you earn as long as the member you referred is subscribed to the service. Give your customers some good resources to help them thrive and you’ll have commissions rolling in for a while. 

You have to watch out for the competition though. Be ready with your link building and marketing strategies. Having a solid content strategy in place is a must: High-quality, creative content can get users to your site, and get them to keep coming back.

I would recommend this niche to people new to affiliate marketing, but I would suggest they build a site that focuses on e-commerce as a whole. There’s only a few truly great shopping cart affiliate programs you can promote, and you can only write so much about them. I would include some web hosting affiliate programs too, and maybe some email marketing affiliate programs as well. These are all related to creating an online shop.

But I would start small by focusing on any of these affiliate programs, then add more later on.

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