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Is FeaturePoints a Scam? 2017 Feature Points Review

2017 Feature Points Review

Overall Ranking: 7 out of 10
Price: $0 Membership (Join Here)
Owners: TapGen
Website: http://www.FeaturePoints.com

INTRODUCTION

FeaturePoints ReviewEver wanted to make money by using your smartphone? Well, FeaturePoints may be up your alley. FeaturePoints is an app that pays you to download and test out other free apps.

The question remains, is FeaturePoints a scam? Does Feature Points work? Let’s take a look at the facts.


PROS/CONS

Pros

  • Android and iOS Compatible
  • Get Paid to Test Apps
  • Decent Referral Program
  • Redeem Points for Rewards
  • Redeem Points for Paid Apps

 

Cons

  • Mobile Device Can Get Bogged Down From Memory Usage
  • Claiming Rewards Requires a Lot of Points
  • Apps sometimes disappear from FP system during testing (high point apps)
  • May have fewer apps to test in some areas

FeaturePoints will run on any device running iOS 7 or later or Android 4.0 or later. They pay you in points and each app is worth a different amount of points based on how much the app developer wanted to promote their product. The points you get can be redeemed for PayPal cash or Gift Cards but some rewards are country specific.

They pay you in points and each app is worth a different amount of points based on how much the app developer wanted to promote their product. The points you get can be redeemed for PayPal cash, Gift Cards, or game points but some rewards are country specific.

Points can also be redeemed for paid apps but they require an active iTunes account, so Android users are out of luck (just redeem for PayPal if able and pay for apps yourself).

Refer a FriendFeaturePoints also implements a pretty decent referral program. When you refer a friend, your friend gets 50 free points and you get 50% of any points they earn through the app. This can add up quickly if you can get a lot of people to try out FeaturePoints’s promoted apps.

One negative impact that FeaturePoints has on your device is that it can get bogged down from memory usage. You have to be careful about downloading too many apps and having them run at the same time. Delete apps you don’t use often and close any apps you’re not using currently.

The rewards offered by FeaturePoints require quite a few points in order for redemption. For instance, $3 to PayPal requires 1,800 points. Basically, for any reward with a monetary value, you need to redeem 600 points for every dollar.

In some countries, you may find that FeaturePoints doesn’t have that many apps. That is due to the lack of apps in the region that are being promoted by developers. FeaturePoints will only provide the apps they are paid to.


WHO IT IS FOR

FeaturePoints is for anyone looking to make a few bucks every week with minimal work. If that’s not enough, then there is always the referral program.

Those capable of referring many app testers will have the potential to earn hundreds or even thousands a month but it will be a constant effort to keep those referrals going or bring new referrals in.

FeaturePoints allows anyone 13 years or older to join and test apps, so young teenagers may find this app can provide a steady “allowance”. It definitely beats mowing lawns.


TRAINING/TOOLS OVERVIEW

The FeaturePoints website has a short video explaining how the app works. It’s quick and to the point. You don’t really need in-depth training for this app but if you’re looking for it, you won’t find it through the app or its website.

One cool thing about FeaturePoints is that they have premade videos that you can promote that will automatically have your referral code displayed in them. There’s a generic FP video, one based on Pokemon Go, one for Fifa, and more.

There are even social share buttons right inside of the app that contain premade messages with your referral link attached. You can change the messages, of course, but you don’t have to worry about trying to figure out your referral code ahead of time.


SUPPORT

SupportThe FeaturePoints app has several support features inside.

First, there are the email settings. You want to put your preferred email here so that you are eligible to redeem points for cash and rewards.

Then, there is the support button. This leads you to your email provider so that you can email your concerns to the support system.

If you don’t want to email support and just have a general question, then the FAQ is probably for you. The FAQ answers a lot of questions and is pretty thorough.

After that, there’s your points history. This section tells you about all of the transactions you’ve made regarding your points. It keeps track of the apps you tried, the offers you’ve completed, the surveys you’ve taken, and even points you earn from friends.

Finally, there are the terms and privacy statements. These are legally required documents for any app that deals with money or memberships. Feel free to read them if you like but there’s nothing truly interesting in there.


PRICE

FeaturePoints is free to use. The apps you test are free as well, but some have premium options or have in-app purchases.

As long as you’re careful about those in-app purchases, you shouldn’t be paying a dime.


FINAL OPINION/VERDICT

FeaturePoints as a make money app is legitimate. They pay out when you earn enough points and request a reward.

The only problem I see with FeaturePoints is that the points earned are pretty low for the reward costs but I understand the points are set by the app developers and what they are willing to pay for testers.

You might even find some apps you like through FeaturePoints. I’ve found a few games that I really enjoy and I play them regularly in my downtime.

This is why I gave FeaturePoints a 7 out of 10. It’s an app with low payout…but it works and that’s the important part. Is FeaturePoints a scam? No, it is not.


WHAT I RECOMMEND

Wealthy AffiliateWhile FeaturePoints is fine and dandy, its payout is so small without referrals. In order to really crank out the referrals, you need to know what you’re doing.

One thing that can help is an understanding of affiliate marketing, as it’s essentially the same concept. To really get a grip on what affiliate marketing is all about, I recommend joining a community that specializes in affiliate marketing.

The community that I joined was Wealthy Affiliate University. Through WA, you learn all sorts of ways to build content and promote products you enjoy. They show you how to drive paying traffic (or in your case, working traffic) in many fashions.

If you want to see my full review of Wealthy Affiliate University, check it out here.


THAT’S IT FOR TODAY’S REVIEW

Do you have any questions or thoughts about FeaturePoints? Let me know in the comment section below. I love reading your responses.

Thanks for reading. See you next time.

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Feature Points PC and Mac – Feature Points Referral Code (Free Points)

Do you want Feature Points on PC or Mac?

Feature PointsIf so, I’ve got your fix. I’m going to tell you about one Android emulator that I’ve been using for the past few weeks. If you want to run an iOS emulator, I don’t have experience with any. Sorry, folks.

The Android emulator I’ve been using is called Bluestacks (no referral link here). Bluestacks runs on PC, Mac, Android, HTML5, and Flash. What’s great about Bluestacks is that it runs non-game apps as well as gaming apps, which is perfect for FeaturePoints.

With FeaturePoints, you will be trying out all kinds of apps so you need something robust. Bluestacks has you covered here. You can also multi-task and stream directly to Twitch!

One downside of Bluestacks, however, is that it will prompt you at some point to purchase their App Player Premium membership or download an app they’re promoting in order to continue using the full function of the emulator. The good news is that App Player Premium is only $2/month or $24/year per PC.

Once you get Bluestacks installed, all you do is treat the emulator like you would an Android device. You change the “Android device settings” to add your Google account and work from there.

It’s simple to install and use Feature Points on PC or Mac through Bluestacks. Once your Google account is added, you go to the Google Play Store and find FeaturePoints. Just install it from there and then open it up and sign in with your login information.


Feature Points Referral Code (Free Points)

In order to unlock your free points on FeaturePoints, use the code PBDECA upon signing up, or click here and the code will be added automatically.

With this code, you will get a 50 free points to start you off. That’s the equivalent of having tested out a few low paying apps so it saves you around 10 minutes of your time.

It might not be much, but it gets you up and running.


That’s all, folks!

I’ve told you about how to use Bluestacks to get Feature Points on PC or Mac and how to get your free points on FeaturePoints using the referral code PBDECA.

That pretty much covers everything I have for you in this post.

Did you get Bluestacks installed? How’s it working out for you so far? Have any FeaturePoints tips for other users? Let me know in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading. See you next time.

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How to Sell eBooks on Amazon – KDP Amazon Self-Publishing

Selling ebooks on Amazon is easy.

With KDP, Amazon self-publishing is pretty straightforward. KDP stands for Kindle Direct Publishing. It’s Amazon’s platform for creating and distributing Kindle ebooks. Getting an ebook on KDP is simple.


First, you have to create your content.

Finding a NicheThis is where you do your niche research and find the information and images you want to use inside of your ebook. It’s easiest to do this in a Word document.

Kindle ebook page lengths are different than Word document page lengths. In general, Kindle uses 200-300 words per page, so keep that in mind. A good Kindle book length is 30-50+ pages of great content.

If you don’t want to write the content or design the cover yourself, there is always the option of hiring a freelancer. There are a few good freelance sites out there. Fiverr is a great site for getting simple jobs done for $5.

If you go through Fiverr, you’ll have to discuss how much you are going to pay the workers for a full book. You can also hire Fiverr workers to create blog posts and email newsletters as well.

Freelancer and Upwork are two great sites as well. With these sites, you can view different freelancer’s profiles and see their current rates. You can also post jobs that you want to be done and people will bid on them so you can see who will work your job for the lowest pay. Keep in mind, though, that the lowest pay may also be the lowest quality.

When hiring a freelancer, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Always make sure that the freelancer speaks fluent English and understands different euphemisms and other sayings. Always check their portfolios. A good freelancer will have examples of their work available.

Check for writing style and see if they have a good conversational tone. If everything seems alright, then feel free to work with them.


Next, you need to format your content to match KDP’s requirements.

Uploading a .doc file may work, but it has the potential to come out kind of jumbled. Your table of contents and images could be a little screwy. Check out KDP’s recommended file type here.

If you can’t figure out how to properly format your content, you can always hire a freelancer. Fiverr is great for this because you can get it done for $5 to $10. There are people on Fiverr that have specialized jobs for this and they do several jobs like this a day.


After formatting, it’s time to upload to KDP.

Check Your FormattingThere are several fields to fill in such as Title, Subtitle, Contributors, etc. You want to fill in all of these fields to the best of your ability. If you are unsure about any of the options, feel free to message me in the comments section below and I can help you out.

So, you fill in the fields and then you get to upload your cover and content file. After you upload all of that data, you get the opportunity to see how the ebook will turn out on Kindle. ALWAYS check to see how it appears on Kindle.

You want to make sure all of the images are in place. You want to see if the table of contents works. You want to double-check how your promotions look inside of the ebook (more on this in another post). Read parts of the book. See how it flows. If you don’t like something get it changed and reupload.

Once you have everything the way you want it, it’s time to hit that big submit button. This will take you to the next page that has a few options you need to choose.


First, what is the geo-targeting of your ebook?

For most people, this will be just global. There’s no need to set restrictions on your book unless there is a legal reason why it can’t be shared in certain countries. The more people that see your book, the better.

Count Your RoyaltiesNext, you have to decide on the royalty options you want to use. For many people and many books, the 70% royalty option is ideal but you have to opt-in to the KDP Select program. There are 2 reasons you wouldn’t want to opt-in for the 70% royalty.

One is if you had a book with a much higher price on it, such as a textbook or technical manual, your royalty payment will be higher without the KDP Select program.

The second reason is that for 3-month intervals, your KDP Select opt-in will renew automatically and until you opt out of KDP Select your book will legally be exclusive to Amazon’s Kindle market.

With royalty options figured out, you have to decide on the price. You want to pick a price that you think the book is worth. Take a look at the book.

Looking at the cover and the description you have set for it, what price does it look like it should be? With KDP Select, this will be between $2.99 and $9.99 USD. Otherwise, you can set the price as high as $200 USD.

After that, you’re all set up! Click that last confirmation button and get your book posted for review. Amazon will take a look at your book to make sure it’s not chock-full of affiliate links and that it’s not plagiarized material. If everything with your book checks out, your book will be placed on the Amazon market!


As you can see, getting a book created can be simple.

You can outsource most of the process to freelancers if you really want to. So, what do you think? Does this sound like something you can do?

Creating ebooks can be a rewarding hobby or even career. Helping people find the information they are looking for and helping to improve the global community one book at a time is a great feeling.


Is this not your style?

If KDP Amazon self-publishing doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, I recommend trying affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is a great way to turn your passion into a full-time income.

For those interested in learning about affiliate marketing, I recommend joining an online community. The community I’m a part of is called Wealthy Affiliate University. To check out my review of the Wealthy Affiliate University, click here.

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Thanks for reading! See you next time.

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Is CashCrate a Scam? My CashCrate Review for 2017

Is CashCrate a Scam? 2017 CashCrate Review

Overall Ranking: 6 out of 10
Price: $0 Membership (Join Here)
Owners: Patrick Clochesy, CEO
Website: http://www.CashCrate.com

INTRODUCTION

CashCrate BannerMany people starting out on their journey to make money online may come across “free cash” sites. There is no such thing as free money on the internet and it is no different with CashCrate.

With CashCrate, you can expect to earn some money by completing different tasks. These tasks include completing surveys, completing paid offers, playing games, and shopping online.

The question remains: Is CashCrate a Scam?

Let’s take a look at the information.


PROS/CONS

Pros

  • “Free Cash” for Surveys
  • Paid Offers
  • Referral Program
  • Access to CashCrate Community
  • Prizes for Playing Games
  • Paid to Watch Videos
  • Paid to Shop Online
  • Been Online Since 2006

 

Cons

  • Limited Pay
  • Waiting Period for Offer Confirmation
  • “Offer Wall” Participation Required on Several Offers
  • PayPal Not Available Until Requirements Met
  • $20 Payout Minimum
  • Community Less Active than It Used to Be
  • Payouts Sent on the 20th of the Following Month
  • Support on Offer Sites May Be Less Reliable

Dollar BillsThe “free cash” for surveys requires time to be invested in order to complete them. You can expect to spend 15+ minutes per survey with minimal pay. It may be as little as 25 cents or maybe a couple dollars. It really depends on your demographic and the availability of surveys.

The paid offers are where you will earn the most potential cash, but the offers are limited. Once you complete all of the offers, you will have to wait for site updates that come with more offers and surveys.

The referral program is interesting. Starting out, you earn 20% from what your direct referrals make and 10% of what their referrals make. The referral program has 2 more levels that you can progress through.

There is silver that provides 25% and 10% from referrals, then there is Elite that provides 30% and 20% from referrals. Signing up referrals and getting the to complete offers both require some effort.

The CashCrate community is not what it used to be. When CashCrate first started booming, there were dozens of people active in the forums at any given time. Today, you might see a couple posts updated here and there each day. There just isn’t as much community interaction.

Playing games for prizes requires points that you earn from other tasks. As you play, you may earn or lose points while working towards an amount needed for a prize. The prizes you can expect are gift cards of varying amounts and for different stores.

Getting paid to watch videos provides minimal earnings. Getting paid to shop provides you with 1%-10% or a specified dollar amount cash back on your purchases. For instance, shopping online at Walmart provides you with 2% cash back.

CashCrate has been around since 2006. In the last 10 years, there have been many “free cash” sites that have risen and fallen. Really, only the best stick around for any length of time. That’s one thing that CashCrate has going for itself, it’s been here a while.

With that being said, there are some more negative points to CashCrate. For instance, don’t expect to earn an unlimited amount of money from the site. You will hit a wall that can only be overcome by bringing in referrals.

WaitingAfter you complete paid offers, there is a waiting period in order for the offer to be confirmed which could potentially be days, though most of the time it will take less time than that. On some offers, you will be required to “signup for 2 offers” from an offer wall which can easily lead to spam in your inbox.

One big thing is that PayPal payouts are not available until you reach Silver status from referrals and have earned your first $20 check. With that being said, in order to be paid in the following month, you will have to have earned at least $20 in the current month. Otherwise, you won’t receive payment until that $20 level has been breached.

You will also be waiting on payments for some time. When you earn $20 or more for the current month, you will receive payment on the 20th of the following month.

And lastly, the support on CashCrate may be somewhat reliable but the support for the offers you sign up for may be less than helpful. Each offer will have its own system of support that you will need to contact if you want to cancel a membership or subscription or you want to get a refund on your payment.


WHO IT IS FOR

If you’re looking to make a quick buck, CashCrate is definitely not for you. In fact, if you’re serious about making money at all, then this might not be for you either. The amount you can earn from CashCrate is pretty low unless you manage to bring in tons of referrals that are all doing surveys and offers.

So, who is this for? This is for those that want to make a little bit of cash in their off time while not putting in too much effort. You can earn a few $20s on your own by just completing the higher paying offers. You will run out of offers eventually and will have to wait for future updates in order to earn more.

Completing SurveysCompleting surveys as well will increase the amount you earn over time, though these are generally low-paying tasks that take quite a bit of your time. In general, there are other sites that you can complete consumer surveys for that will pay you more than CashCrate.

Lastly, if you are one of those that knows how to bring in traffic and wants to get that referral cash, CashCrate can bring in a few bucks. Simply promoting your link won’t do, however. If you want to really bring in more money, you will have to post tips and advice on blogs and videos regularly so that it encourages new users to earn more cash (which pays you the more they earn).


TRAINING/TOOLS OVERVIEW

There are only 2 training videos available for CashCrate. One is to help you get started with using CashCrate and explains how to complete offers on the site. The other video explains how the referral system works and recommends ways to get people to sign up.

There is also a quick how-to guide showing how to complete offers. The only difference is it is shorter than the video and it only uses pictures.

Other than the videos and how-to guide, CashCrate has forums with community members and staff who answer questions and offer advice. New members will find the forums full of interesting and helpful information.

In the interest of gaining referrals, CashCrate also offers a list of banners, cards, flyers, QR codes, and a website widget. You have the option to create earnings banners through their banner creation system or you may choose to use normal banners in a range of sizes.


SUPPORT

SupportAt the bottom of any of the CashCrate pages, there is a link titled “Contact Us” that can be used if you have questions, comments, or suggestions. It is an email contact form with no real notification on when to expect a reply other than it saying “we’ll get back to you as soon as possible”. The amount of time you wait might be a few hours or maybe a couple days time from when you message them.

If you want a more immediate reply to your questions, there is always the forum. In the forum, there is a FAQ section where the most commonly asked questions are answered. You may also ask questions in the appropriate discussion boards and expect replies from community members and staff.


PRICE

While there is no fee to join and no monthly membership payment, some of the offers do require some payment up front. You can get by without doing any of the paid offers, but it does restrict the amount of cash you can earn.

The highest paying offers are the ones that require some form of payment or credit card information. Many times, these are for trial offers where you can cancel your membership or subscription in the allotted time without incurring further fees. Sometimes, you may even be eligible for a refund but don’t expect that to be the case often.

Also, keep in mind that any offer that just asks for your credit card information may incur around a $1 hold on your card for a period of a few days or longer. If you cancel your membership or prescription before you’re due for an actual payment, you will get that held cash back at some point.


FINAL OPINION/VERDICT

CashCrate itself is not a scam site. CashCrate offers legit ways to make money online, albeit it’s small amounts of money. The only way to bring in a more substantial income is through signing up referrals and getting them to complete tasks.

Although CashCrate is not a scam site, some of the offer sites may prove difficult when trying to get support. Also, the offers that require you to take part in “offer walls” generally will spam your email with “related offers”.

That is why I decided to give CashCrate a 6 out of 10. CashCrate provides an opportunity to earn cash online but at the price of potential spam, potential credit card use, and time invested.

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WHAT I RECOMMEND

If you’re looking for a real way to make money, try looking into affiliate marketing. It isn’t a get rich quick scheme by any means. With affiliate marketing, you have to put in some work to get up and running but once your site is going, you will be earning a mostly passive income. It just takes a little maintenance here and there or you can scale up with more sites for more money.

One great way to get into affiliate marketing is by joining an online community to help you learn everything you need to know about the industry. The community that I’m a part of is called Wealthy Affiliate University. Let’s look at a quick comparison between what you get with CashCrate and what you get with Wealthy Affiliate University.

 

As you can see, Wealthy Affiliate has a ton of features available to members that CashCrate doesn’t. With WA you get access to a wealth of information and a tremendously helpful community. There is also live support available at any time of day. There are members from all across the globe, so someone is always awake to answer your questions. To see my 2017 review of Wealthy Affiliate, click here.


That’s all for today.

Thanks for reading my review of CashCrate. I hope you got some value out of this post and can make a more informed decision about whether or not you want to join. If you have any questions or comments, shoot them in the comment box below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. I love reading your comments so don’t be shy.

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How to Find a Profitable Niche – Niche Research Tools

To Learn How to Find a Profitable Niche, You Need Reliable Niche Research Tools.

Keyword ResearchThere are many niche research tools out there. Some are definitely better suited for internet marketers than others. Today, we’re going to go over two useful niche research tools.

I’m going to be writing about the Jaaxy keyword research tool and the Wealthy Affiliate keyword tool. Both are owned by Kyle and Carson from the Wealthy Affiliate University. They both have very similar functions but there are a couple differences.

With the Jaaxy keyword research tool, you can sign up for a trial account for free. The trial account provides you with 30 free actions, such as keyword searches or keyword rank checks for URLs. After the 30 free searches, you would need to pay for an account upgrade to continue.

Jaaxy has 4 payment options for paid accounts. There are 2 options for Pro memberships and 2 options for Enterprise memberships. For a Pro membership, you can either pay $19 USD a month or $199 a year. With the Enterprise membership, you can pay $49 a month or $499 a year.

Both membership levels come with unlimited actions and a couple extra features but we’re not going to spend a lot of time going over everything. Just know that paid memberships have increased speeds and improved search results.


How do you use Jaaxy?

If you want to follow along, feel free to start your first search here:


To start off, you’re going to need a general niche idea. For my example, I will be starting with “pay off student loans” but you could start with anything you find interesting or are passionate about. The starting search window for Jaaxy looks like this:

Typing in the keyword “pay off student loans” will bring up a list of keyword ideas with a few important bits of information.

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First, there is AVG. AVG is the average number of searches that keyword gets a month. Next is Traffic, which shows how many clicks you would get if you ranked #1 in search engines.

Then there is QSR, which stands for “Quoted Search Results” and shows the number of competing web pages using that exact keyword phrase. Following that is KQI or “Keyword Quality Indicator” and it shows red, yellow, or green to indicate keyword quality (green being best).

The last two are SEO and Domains. SEO shows a score from 1-100. The higher the number (based on traffic and competition), the more likely you are going to get ranked on the first page of search engines. Domains shows if .com, .net, or .org domains are available for purchase.

Looking at the keyword list, I noticed that “best way pay off student loans” had a pretty high traffic rating (ideally you want above 50), so I clicked on “Get QSR” to see about competition (which you want below 300). The keyword phrase showed that there were only 5 exact matches on search engines.

There was a problem, however. “Best way pay off student loans” doesn’t make grammatical sense. I needed to do another search using the proper term “best way TO pay off student loans” in order to see the real competition.

Niche Research 3

Looking at these results, I saw a ton of great keyword phrases. Going down the list, I decided to check out “how to pay off student loans fast” in the Wealthy Affiliate keyword tool to get a look at a couple more pieces of information.

Niche Research 4

On the Wealthy Affiliate keyword tool, there are 3 options that are different compared to Jaaxy. First, Article Power shows on a scale of 1-10 how strongly an article using that keyword will affect your search rankings. Next, PPC Power is on a 1-10 scale for how good the term is for Pay Per Click Marketing. Last, Dig just searches the keyword tool using the keyword phrase on the same row.

Looking at this information and seeing the other keywords mentioned, I ended up going with “how to pay off student loans faster” (that’s how this site got its title). The keyword competition is fairly low for the number of searches it gets.

Once you have your targeted niche idea, you have to check if there is a way to make money with it. I already knew that a topic revolving around student loans was profitable but I wasn’t sure about what kinds of programs I could be an affiliate for.

Using Google, I decided to search for the term “pay off student loans + affiliate” and it gave me some interesting Google instant recommendations.

Niche Research 5

“Student loan relief affiliate program” was a great term to search. It contained a keyword phrase related to my niche and it would show affiliate programs. Clicking that result showed me this:

Niche Research 6

This list of affiliate programs showed me that there were a lot of options to make money in the “how to pay off student loans faster” niche. These aren’t the only results I took into account, though. I thought of other things someone looking for that keyword might be searching for.

“Making money from home” is a great opportunity for when you have free time and I know many college students and recent graduates would need that kind of information, so a large part of this site became about ways to make money from home.

Searching in your own niche, try to think of other things that people might be looking for that you could utilize with your site. You would be surprised what you would find useful.


That’s really all there is to it.

There are other aspects of finding a profitable niche that I did not cover in this post. Those ideas are for another day and a more in-depth look at keyword research.

To learn more about affiliate marketing and keyword research, I recommend taking a look at the Wealthy Affiliate University. To see my review of Wealthy Affiliate, click here.

If you have questions or comments that you would like to share, be sure to post them in the comment box below. You never know if your response to this post can help out others visiting the page and I love getting the chance to read your replies.

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