The Truth Behind Building Niche Affiliate Websites


One of the many ways to make money online is creating a niche website and monetizing it through affiliate links or digital advertising. For those who are new and not familiar with this, the most popular website that people go for affiliate niche website links is with Amazon’s Affiliate program. And as for digital advertising, majority of people use Google Adsense. While these two options are popular, there are still a plethora of other options to use including Clickbank, Commission Junction etc.

In essence, the overall scope of creating these niche websites (in it’s simplest skeletal form) is as follows:

  1. Keyword Research to find lucrative niches and keywords to target
  2. Content Creation of these articles, which used to be 500 words and now go upwards of 2,000 or more words
  3. SEO/Backlinks of these niche sites to rank for the lucrative keywords
  4. Rinse and Repeat and do it all again with another niche category

There’s a lot more detail that goes into each of those area that I wouldn’t have enough time or space to cover, but from just looking at the above overarching plan … does it sounds easy enough … right?

Well the truth is, building niche websites is incredibly hard. SUPER hard. And it’s gotten harder as the years go by.

Don’t let any other website out there lie their way into telling you that it’s going to be a walk in the park or anything near that.

When niche websites were popular initially a decade ago, the competition was quite low and Google search algorithm was still in its infancy. Not anymore. With all these animal labelled search updates created (Penguin, Hummingbird, etc… go Google search it if you aren’t familiar with those terms), Google simply was cracking down on poor content quality and misuse of search engine optimization tactics.

As a WordPress website designer, I’ve come across numerous people who’ve always been interested in learning how to further monetize their sites. But the thing is, ALL of them wanted short-term earnings to come in instantaneously. Many people think simply slapping ads or affiliate links will net them earnings within a month or weeks time. And that simply won’t happen for the majority of people.

You know what the secret to building niche websites really is?

It’s patience and tenacity. I’m serious.

Without those two, so many people, myself included, have given up. Not only just given up, but then tried again, and then given up, and then perhaps tried again in a few years time, and given up. The problem is, without enough patience, a niche site never has a chance to grow.

Through the years, I’ve taken many courses and spoken to some niche site building experts in the field, and one of the things that was mentioned over and over is that it takes awhile for results to come in from the beginning, but that results will come in on an exponential scale. That upwards curve on the earnings for niche sites may happen for some within 3 months, and for others, a year or two later. But once one hits that golden upward curve, then it’s smooth sailing in terms of maintenance of the site.

And that’s the golden upward curve that many many people are trying to eye for, but don’t have the patience or tenacity to get there.

So why am I writing this?

It’s just to give a light-hearted warning to those who are thinking of creating niche websites, but aren’t aware of how difficult it will be. And the other truth is, many people will have to go through the process of building a niche site to realize how difficult it can be, especially if you are trying to wear all of the hats from designing, content writing, and doing backlinking. All of those can wear your mind and psyche along with whatever else you are dealing with in your own personal life.

As of October 1, 2016 – I started up creating a couple new niche websites and since having found a reliable content writer … have made more progress than I ever had when I first tried getting into the niche website field back in 2014. Personally for me, content creation was my biggest obstacle. I just could not muster writing out 1,000+ or more articles in one setting and the thought of overwhelm with how much writing would be necessary literally paralyzed my efforts in building up the niche website.

For others, the obstacle could be developing/designing the actual niche website if no prior web development skills. And for others, it could be lack of direction or how-to on backlinking and getting your website ranked to the first page for keywords.

Whatever it is – the most important action is simply – continued action. I’ve learned to accept mistakes along the way, and have been less nervous and scared to put in money and experiment, even if whatever I was testing with the niche site failed … I’d simply try another way and try another way til it works.

Fear of wasting money and being overwhelmed with content writing were both my worst enemies when it came to building niche websites and is something that took me couple years to overcome and tell them to f*ck off 🙂

That being said, for the few that have stuck through this niche website building process, they are met with tremendous success and I look up and applaud their efforts! If you are looking to learn how to build niche websites, there’s one resource I recommend out of the sea of other niche website experts:

The Cloud Living Journey by Tung Tran. I’ve been following him since 2014, and yes, even with my ups-and-downs through the time, I’ve found Tung to be the most transparent in his teachings of niche website building. I had the pleasure of meeting up with him in Saigon back during the time when I was interning in Vietnam.

Starting my latest niche sites has had its fair share of ups-and-downs, however, I’m already looking forward to the remainder of 2016 in completing the content portion of the niche sites. Having looked at the site Google Analytics, already see the upward curve on the visitor traffic and clicks via my Amazon links. Just have to stick it out and be patient and action-oriented!

Have you ever built niche website? What has been your biggest struggle with the process? Let me know down below!


Location Rebel Review (2017 Update) – Travel and Work When You Want


Authors Note: This review is the 2017 Location Rebel Review update. The original review was written back in summer of 2012, when I had first joined Location Rebel back in June 2012. While everything in the review still remains true, Location Rebel has launched a new look and platform. I’ve updated the review to contain the “latest” screenshots of what it actually looks like when you login and view the contents of Location Rebel. Again, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me about the program and my experiences with the program.

So you want to travel, but you don’t have the time to do it.

Speaking for the US since I’m from here,  employees on average get only 2 weeks of vacation per year.

While not the worst in the world, that’s very little time to do any type of meaningful trip. If you want to take a long-distance trip to say, New Zealand, 2 weeks is just too short to make it even worth the trip.

And would you really want to wait several years to accrue up to a month or more of vacation along with personal days to get that time to travel?

Many things can happen in between that you’ll keep pushing off the date to, oh another time.

On the flip side, you have the time, but you don’t have the money.

So what may happen is that you work a job, and work at it til you save up a large amount of money.

Once you reach a comfortable amount, you’ll quit your job, and then travel. Does that sound like you?

But your travels would only last for some set amount of time, depending on where you travel. Then when you run out of money, you have to work a period of time … to quit again.

While there is nothing wrong with going this route, it’s just not a sustainable long-term solution to traveling for long periods of time.

So what’s the ideal choice?

It’s building your location independent business.

What is the Location Rebel?


This is the back side of Location Rebel.

Location Rebel is an online community created by Sean Ogle of Location 180. The founder’s personal inspiration came from his dislike with his finance job. As a result, he would leave that job, and hustle on his freelance and passive income type businesses.

Fast forward to July 2011, Location Rebel was born.

On a high level overview, Location Rebel begins with an introduction course that includes:

– The meaning behind a “relative expert”,
– Identifying your skill matrix,
Overcoming uncertainty,
– Finding your mentor,
– Building your network, and
– Understanding the goal of what location independence represents.

This introduction course is designed to help you analyze and reflect on why you want to achieve a location independent lifestyle. This essentially puts you in the mindset of a fellow Location Rebel member!

What’s unique about Location Rebel?

What also sets this program apart from other communities, is that Sean wants you to be involved with what you are reading. Therefore, after you read from chapters, you’d get the chance to test your knowledge and answer questions.

Don’t worry! It’s not like a bunch school quizzes, and you certainly won’t be graded at all!

These questions are merely to get your mind thinking about how your personal aspirations and desires would match the certain type of work.

Otherwise, the majority of the resources fall within the Entrepreneur Blueprints and Forum Discussions.

These two areas are where you’ll spend the vast amount of time, soaking up information, and connecting with other fellow Location Rebel members.

What are these Entrepreneur Blueprints?

This area is the meat-and-bones of Location Rebel.

The Entrepreneur Blueprints - The Step-by-Step Detailed Guides

The Entrepreneur Blueprints – The Step-by-Step Detailed Guides

Sean has done the hard work of researching all the information, organizing that content, interviewing successful location independent entrepreneurs, and … well basically showing & telling you step-by-step, the “how-to blueprints”.

What types of blueprints are covered?

1. Become a Freelance SEO Writer with Tom Meltner
2. Becoming a Web Developer with Evan Lovely
3. Creating a Successful Remote Work Agreement
4. Freelance Pay Per Click with Joel Runyon
5. How to Become a Professional Project Manager
6. How to Become a SEO Freelancer with Sean Ogle
7. How to Build a Successful E-Commerce Store with Dan Andrews
8. How to Earn Passive Income via Product Creation
9. Make $10k/Month Copywriting with Ashley Ambirge
10. Make $60/Hour Technical Writing with Alison Gresik
11. Make Six-Figures as an Advertising Rockstar with Jamie Mcgaw
12. The Location Rebel Guide to Affiliate Marketing

Below are “latest” and new blueprints that didn’t exist when I joined in 2012, but now do so as of 2017:

  1. Creating the Perfect Business Structure with Kyle Durand
  2. How to Become a Social Media Master
  3. The Beginners Guide to Sales Blueprint with David Anderson
  4. The Advanced Guide to Sales Blueprint with David Anderson

All of these blueprints have varying degrees of difficulty and amount of time before you make money.


The above screenshot shows an example of the breakdown for one of the blueprints, in this case: How to Build a Successful E-Commerce Store with Dan Andrews.

My personal experiences:

I joined Location Rebel in the beginning of June 2012, and have found immediate results from the day I joined!

What I was most interested in was learning more about the SEO and E-Commerce blueprints. After running through the extensive amount of information, I set up my SEO consulting business within 2 weeks of completing the SEO writing & SEO freelancing blueprints.


Some results:

– At the end of that month in June, I landed my first SEO client through networking!

– A month later in mid-July, I’d land my second opportunity to work on a client’s online business in a work exchange environment in Hawaii! That’s truly my first location independent experience.

– Although I concentrated on SEO and E-Commerce blueprints, I never imagined I’d ever want to be a copywriter or work on affiliate marketing. But after reading through those blueprints, I’ve found great value and use where learning those blueprints crossed-over into other blueprints that use similar techniques.

Overall conclusion. Whichever blueprints you pursue in the above list, you’ll be extremely marketable to potential clients.

In general, you’ll be amazed at the amount of knowledge you’ll have accumulated to help your online businesses as well as your client’s businesses.

You might be thinking, don’t I need to have background knowledge on these subjects?

Nope!  As mentioned before, Sean covers the meaning of “relative expert”. And being this relative expert is a crucial aspect to positioning your mindset towards a confident ability of your knowledge and skills ability of each blueprint’s information.

From each blueprint’s interviews, you’ll learn about how all of the successful entrepreneurs learned as they went.

Some of these people include: Ashley Ambirge of The Middle Finger Project (Copywriting), Dan Andrews of Tropical MBA (E-Commerce),  and Joel Runyon of Impossible (Pay Per Click). If you don’t know these people, look them up on Google and you’ll realize how awesome of a community of relative experts Location Rebel has built up.

What is the Location Rebel Community like?


The updated Location Rebel Forum – where ideas and inspiration get exchanged! The new forum platform runs so much better than it did when I joined back in 2012. One of the better improvements with the latest Location Rebel version!

While the community is small in numbers, it is one of quality members.

When you go to the Forum Discussions, fellow Location Rebel members are open to providing input and advice.

I’ve personally found the members to be supportive of each other’s business problems or of each other’s mental hurdles.

– What you may not realize is that running entrepreneur businesses can be an emotionally, mentally, and physically draining roller coaster ride … and it’s quite important to have a great network group to get support from.

– The Location Rebel Forums does that job, where members don’t hesitate to post positive support and constructive criticism to help out with someone’s goals.

Cause in the end, everyone on Location Rebel wants to see each other succeed and win towards location independence!


This thread here is just one of many examples of Location Rebel member success stories. Kudos to everyone’s location independence success :)

What are additional Location Rebel content?

Wait there’s more?

Of course, I didn’t lie when I mentioned that Location Rebel is awesome!

When you purchase Location Rebel, you are with the community for life. Just one time payment. The awesome benefit to this, is that more and more information will always be added to both the blueprints and bonus content.

What are some of the bonus content? (the below are bonus content when I had first joined in 2012)

– Additional interviews with successful location independent rockstars.

– Webinars from top experts including Peter Shallard’s talk on Crush Fear.

– Sean’s personal SEO freelance spreadsheets that you can take and use for your own SEO freelancing.

– And if you’re are beginner at starting a blog, no worries, Sean has a course specifically outline how to start one!


Here’s a peek at the Bonus Content section.

Additional New Bonus Content as of 2017 include:

  • Hacking the High Life
  • Overcoming the Fear of Uncertainty
  • Freelancers Pricing Guide
  • Writing Proposals for Upwork
  • Search Engine Optimization Templates
  • and much more!

Hacking the High Life was a separate course purchase at the time I joined back in 2012. It is now included part of the current Location Rebel sign-up.




Overcoming the Fear of Uncertainty used to be a separate purchase when I joined in 2012 as well. Again, it’s now folded into the entire Location Rebel package suite. This is important, as the digital nomad lifestyle is also 50% mindset as well, with how to deal with the ups-and-downs of being a freelancer and entrepreneur.


Why you need Location Rebel.

Still unsure if Location Rebel is right for you?

I’ll tell you who I believe it’s definitely NOT for:

– Those who already have successful entrepreneur businesses.

– Those who are looking to not put time into reading and taking action on the blueprints.

– Those who aren’t interested in any of the 12 blueprints available (make sure you’ve seen the blueprints listed up above)!

Location Rebel is IDEAL and must-have for:

– Those seeking location independence.

– Those who have no clue where to start.

– Those who are interested in many of the blueprints listed above.

– Those who are looking to join an awesome, supportive group of Location Rebel members worldwide.

– Those who value doing work that increases time to do what you want to do.

These are some reviews of what current Location Rebel members have to say:

… so far I’m amazed. Sean wasn’t bluffing; he’s deeply involved in this project and he’s there to guide us members through whatever we need …

And another:

…  he gets specific and gives you EXACT blueprints for doing it. And, he gets you involved with a community of like-minded people. There’s really no excuse for failure in here …

One thing I wish was that I got Location Rebel earlier … but in the end, I got it nevertheless, and it was worth every investment, and much, much more!

There’s just so much valuable content, that I still have more than half of the blueprints to still check out. That just attests to the value and quality of what you will get when you join Location Rebel!

Want to ask me questions about my experiences with Location Rebel?  Feel free to reach out to me now.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. I have used the Location Rebel blueprints on my entrepreneur ventures, and I’m proud to stand behind my 100% recommendation of this resource. If you decide to purchase Location Rebel, I’d be stoked if you used my link, where I receive a commission on sale price. Thanks!

Your Turn:

  • What does location independence mean for you?

  • If you finally had the time & money, what is your ideal lifestyle?


5 Real Morning Routine Tips From Traveling Entrepreneurs


Over the past few months I’ve been chronicling the morning routines of entrepreneurs – best selling authors, CEOs, one man/woman startups, etc. The goal was twofold: to get my morning routine off the ground and to put together a cool resource that others could benefit from without all the legwork:

“I created a morning routine to help structure my crazy freelance business life. I travel a lot so having a regular routine helps me stay on track, feel comfortable and at home no matter where I am.” – Carrie Smith

Since travel plays a big part of my family’s life, I made it a point to ask successful entreprenurs who also valued travel. The result? Morning routine takeaways from a cross section of traveling entrepreneurs. Below are 5 of the top morning routine tips. Enjoy!

5 Morning Routine Tips

1. Build a routine that works with your life, not the other way around. When I reached out to Colin Wright on a live Periscope Q&A he was doing from Florida, he said he had no set routine. Instead, his routine changes from location to location.

“Days spent in travel or days when my wife and I are taking day trips follow a different schedule. We generally get up earlier and cut the computer stuff short to try and get out of the house with time to spare.”Chris Backe

2. Identify your core requirements and make them happen wherever you are. The good news is this generally doesn’t require much so you can pack light. Exercise with your bodyweight, journal in a notebook or read on your Kindle.

“I’ve played with getting up at the same time every day. I’ve been more lax and more samurai about it…Nowadays I have found something that works, and whether or not I choose to compress it or leave off certain modules when I’m traveling, it stays the same.” – Mikyo Clark

3. Be open to trying new things. One of the best parts about traveling is experiencing all this life has to offer. Whether it’s hiking through the woods, going for a swim in the ocean or trying some local eats, give it a try. You never know what’s going to stick.

“While I was working with a digital nomad in Vietnam, I picked up a habit of waking to a kind of freshly brewed coffee and adding butter into it.”Harrison Tsai

4. Travel days are par for the course, so don’t beat yourself up. Instead do your best to get the important things in and enjoy the day.

“I travel full-time so the timings are often different: if I’m on and off trains, buses, boats and planes, sometimes I can’t do the early morning e-mail checking… When I’m on the move, I adjust that day accordingly, or in some cases take the day off work.”Jonny Blair

5. On that note, don’t beat yourself up when your morning routine isn’t ‘perfect.’ Sometime life gets in the way

“I’m by no means perfect and I still struggle with [my routine] some days. My advice is if you miss the day, then move onto the next day and try again — don’t look back!”
Shannon Whitehead

Morning Routine Inspiration [Infographic]

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Jonathon Knepper is a digital strategist, efficiency nerd, hot sauce fanatic and lover of great eats. When he’s not working (and sometimes when he is) you can find him traveling with his wife, daughter and newborn daughter. You can learn more about him on or connect on Twitter.