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I've posted about my interest in buying the bestpaidtoclick.org site on Flippa. It was a nice little micro-niche site and a good example of an affiliate powered directory site.
The stats looked good for the site (2000 visitors a month) but the earnings were oh so low at just $10.
I figured that earnings could be pretty low in the paid to click niche. I experimented with clixsense and although I earned a little from signing people up as well as doing surveys my earnings were really low. So I just assumed that this was a low earning niche.
However, I did a bit of research and found out that a lot (most?) of bestpaidtoclick.org's traffic was coming from a site called sweeva. This is a kind of ad network but the people who visit your site have to comment on your site so that you get some feedback about your site design, layout, functionality etc. etc. It's kind of a nice idea and if you want somebody to critique your site then you should definitely join.
However, in the case of Flippa this site was getting a lot of referals from sweeva so the traffic stats were definitely being inflated.
If you're looking to buy a site on Flippa then ALWAYS check to make sure it's getting plenty of Google traffic. Google traffic tends to convert the best. Why? Because if somebody is specifically searching in Google for something then it's a good bet that they actually want to buy what they're looking for.
Do you know of any other blackhat ways of inflating traffic before a site is sold on Flippa? If so then post them here...
In the meantime I'm definitely going to check out sweeva. It looks a sweet site for getting feedback about your own site.
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Been around since 2009 means you've had so much experience in this space. I'm really considering expanding into promoting products in other niches using paid ads but my limitation is that I don't know how to speak a second language.
I agree with you that low gravity shouldn't be a criterion for selecting products to promote as there are some uncompetitive products with very low gravity. I'll like to add some characteristics of products you shouldn't promote:
1. Clickbank products that have (external) ads on their sales page
2. Products with buy buttons that do not go to the Clickbank order page
3. Products that exaggerate their promises, especially financial promises. Promises like these will lead to high refund rates (most MMO products have refund rates over 20% in fact).
4. Unresponsive vendors. Before starting to promote a product, ALWAYS contact the vendor (ask for a review copy, or ask a question about the product, or just introduce yourself). If you get no reply within 48hours do NOT promote the product.
Recently, I came across a course created by Clickbank's current #1 affiliate that claims to teach people how to drive traffic to Clickbank offers using Facebook Ads. I've seen some good reviews and positive testimonies online about the course. Here's one https://abayomioloyede.com/commission-hero-review/
What do you think about the course?