Charles Floate Affiliate Course Review

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Is this online course worth the cheddar…well read on you fool, to find out!

You or may not be aware of who Charles Floate is, but seeing as you are reading this post; I will assume that you have a basic idea about who he is.

For those of you who don’t know, I will give you a brief overview below.

But for this intro, I will just say that the Charles Floate Affiliate Course is by far one of the most interesting courses I have ever bought, (and I have bought a lot…I just love spending money:P).

However, does interesting = good?

Check out the full review below…

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Use: To get a higher level of understanding with regards to all aspects of affiliate marketing

Usefulness

You won't find any other course online that gives you such a comprehensive overview of "moneyhat" methods

Usability

Videos, text and a simple navigation menu...not much to get lost with tbh

Price

Expensive, but there is more to it than just that. Read the whole review to see why it is so worth while

I will be going through each section of the course in this review, to give you an overview of what you can expect.

NOTE: I tend to ramble on a bit, so feel free to use the table of contents to jump to the part you are most interested in!

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Information provided by one of the most well known and respected affiliate marketers around
  • Fantastic, high quality video explained and accompanying text
  • A lot of thought has gone into this course and it really shows
  • Very interesting explanations about how to kick off your site quickly using blackhat methods, then to slowly transition into whitehat link acquisition in order to "flip" the site for more money
  • Section including all of the high quality SEO vendors that Charles uses himself

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Focuses a bit too much on the final "flipping" aspect, (explained further below)
  • Not the best course for beginners

First things, first

If you are a complete beginner, I would not recommenced spending money on this course. It is aimed at slightly more intermediate to advanced affiliate marketers.

That doesn’t mean that beginners won’t get any value from it; but rather some of the modules and language can be confusing without prior knowledge.

This course Will NOT teach you about the basics of setting up a website or the very basics of affiliate marketing…so be aware of this before deciding to purchase.

Charles Floate Affiliate Course: Is It Worth It?

The bottom line is a resounding yes…but with some caveats.

You can see in the cons column, some of the issues with the course revolve around the price, the end result it focuses on and it not being so beginner friendly.

However all of these issues are not really big deals when you dig a bit deeper.

So to that end, I will start with the price:

Price

Let first address the elephant in the room here…the price.

So what does it cost?

$499

That is how much it costs and there is no way around it…that is pretty expensive!

However when you start to stack up what you are getting, the cost is not so bad.

As said and as I will go into more detail in a moment; this is not for those of you just starting out, and this is kind of aimed at people already making some money and willing to reinvest part of it to get a deeper understanding of some of the more specific details regarding making money online.

Random Japanese story moment

I once saw a TV program about a Japanese chef.

Said chef was being interviewed by a Westerner about why he had just spent nearly $100 on a tea towel, (kitchen towel).

His answer surprised me a bit and completely changed the way I thought about investments both online & offline and also investments in time or … well everything really. 

It was enlightening.

Do you know how he justified spending that amount of money for a simple towel that he could have bought for a fraction of the price?

He said that as a result of it being of exquisite quality, it would last him a long time, by his reckoning about 10 years based off a previous towel he was using.

Remember!

This is 10 years of hard use, everyday.

So he broke down the cost to $10 per year…$0.02 per day!

His reasoning was that the amount of time spent buying a new one every year was time and effort wasted.

Now, I understand that this is quite an extreme example, but if something is of high quality, then the cost attached to it should be looked at in terms of what it will achieve for you in the long term, NOT the short term.

This is why I deem Charle’s affiliate course to be right on the money when it comes to its cost.

In fact, it isn’t a cost at all…it’s an investment.

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All about flipping

This is another one that can be also a positive, but for my purposes I will take this a con of the course.

I say this because my main aim with making money online is that I really want to be able to create a long lasting income source that I can use as a monthly income of sorts.

You see ever since I read the 4 Hour Work Week, I somewhat changed my goals. I would obviously love to tap in my password into an ATM machine and see millions of $$$, but I also live that very frightful thing called, “The Real World”!

So to that end I have made it my mission to be able to do pretty much what I want, when I want and how I want. I have decided that a certain amount per month is sufficient for me to achieve this goal. I won’t disclose that amount because it my own personal goal, but it is 5 figures and not as much as you may think because I live in Laos which is substantially cheaper than the West.

I can hear you saying right now, “that’s great and all Harry, but what the fuck are you talking about!?”.

Well apart from asking myself that same question everyday; the point I am trying to make is that my goal isn’t getting lump sums of cash throughout the year. I have a family and need the security of a monthly amount.

This course is very heavy with flipping, (not exclusively and you certainly don’t have to flip the site at the end of it, but that is just the impression I get).

What's website flipping?

If you are unfamiliar with the phrase, “flipping”, it is essentially just getting a site to earn money then selling it on.

You can buy and sell websites at specialist brokers such as Empire Flippers & FE International, (there is Flippa as well, but from what I gather, it isn’t quite as good as the former 2 for various reasons I won’t get into in this post).

Sites usually sell for around 20 times the average of its previous 3 months.

So for example if your site was consistently earning an average of $500 per month, you could expect to sell it for around $10,000 before the brokerage fees are taken off.

There are obviously subtleties to this and depending on the actual website you have made; you might get more or less than 20 times, but that is the ball park figure.

In fact, usually websites that are “whitehat” tend to sell for more, which is why Charles Floate’s course is different to others, it has something unique which I will get into a bit later on.


As you can see, this really isn’t actually a bad thing about this course and I really want to stress that it is just my opinion.

You guys may be chomping at the bit to flip your sites and if so great, I say go for this course and you will get absolutely everything you want.


OK, so now onto the good stuff!

I appreciate that the previous section may sound pretty negative, but I wanted to get that out of the way first because actually, most of the benefits are really positives depending on how you look at it.

Let me explain:

Price...again

There is a lot of information here. Seriously a lot and you can tell that some serious work has gone into creating it. 

It’s a very polished product and one that you will get value from.

It would be great if it were slightly cheaper, but overall I would say that this is probably the right amount. It also has the effect of weeding out any tire kickers, the type that buys a course, reads it then proceeds to do nothing!

This will hep Charles in the long run because if you are willing to spend nearly 500 big boys on a digital course; you can bet your fucking arsehole that you are going to do something with the info. When you end up succeeding; you will give him a good review!

What makes this course unique among courses?

There is very interesting aspect to this particular course that sets it apart from others and something that makes it potentially the most useful.

It has 3 kind of sections, that you can follow and an overall game plan that will help you to succeed quicker and get greater profits.

The White Knight strategy

White Knight


He teaches you how to be whiter than white, getting a nice clean back link profile and just basically being a good boy or girl.

The reason for this section is so that you can eventually flip your site for a higher amount.

Downside being that it takes longer and involves outreach, which is good or bad depending on just how antisocial you are.

The Dark Knight Rises (Tiered) strategy

Dark Knight Rises


This is a way to make your tier 1, incoming links look clean as a whistle. But fucking those links in the rear end is some dirty, fucking power that supercharges them.

Benefit is that it can be quicker, but make no mistake, this method is not easier than the white method, just different and requires a different skill set and a different amount of capital to produce.

Churn and Burn in 2016

Again, this is not an easy method, but can be very quick if you do it right.

This is not a sustainable way to earn online nowadays and even Charles himself makes this clear. However it can get you some money to get started on a more sustainable, long term money making endeavor.

So what's good about that?

The thing is, sites that use PBN’s or have used a link building campaign, generally sell for less and can be prone to penalties.

Hell, every damn site can be prone to penalties to be honest, and some whitehat sites also get punished in the inevitable mass dredging that the big G does.

However, if you can move toward the white you will be better placed to weather the storms that periodically arrive.

This course actually promotes the use of link building (done in a smart way), to get you ranking. Once you rank, you can start to acquire natural links and slowly remove all of the links that you built unnaturally.

I don’t know of any other course that does this.

Layout of the course

It is broken down into 6 different modules which I will outline below:

  • Part 1: The theory - An explanation behind the ideas of the course. The reasons why this particular course works so well.
  • Part 2: The build - How to correctly build your site. Not the basics, but rather the more advanced methods involved.
  • Part 3: Link building - Includes the 3 methods mentioned above and how to do them, (in detail).
  • Part 4: Maintenance & growth - What you need to be doing so that you don't get complacent and how to keep your site from going stagnant.
  • Part 5: Black to white - The things you should do to turn your "blackhat" site; into a "whitehat" one.
  • Part 6: The flip - How to sell your website to get the highest return.

Some images of the back end 

Overall, final conclusion

So the question that you are really after, is if it is worth the money.

Now if you decide to buy through this website, I will get a commssion.

However I have bought this course with my own money and am currently absorbing all that it has to offer, (as well as rearranging an existing website of mine based on its principles).

I have no issues with saying that this course is well worth it.

As I have stressed throughout this review; it won’t really be useful for complete beginners, but if you have already stared to make a bit of money online, this is the course for you.

In fact you don’t even need to have made any money because you can do the churn & burn method to get some capital.

However you really need to understand certain aspect of SEO before you spend nearly $500 on it.

So if you are everything I have described, you need to get this course and if you follow its teachings; you will achieve more.

My 10 Favourite Plugins

Yoast SEO

In my opinion, the best and only SEO plugin that any beginner really needs.

I use it on every single one of my websites without fail and it is usually the first plugin that I install.

The best part is that the core features are completely FREE!

Click Here To Check It Out (FREE)

Fastest Cache

This is the least complicated caching plugin that I have found and it has amazing reviews from everyone who uses it.

There are better plugins out there than the Fastest Cache, but if you are starting out then this offers an easy way to make sure your website is fast in order to get some Google love.

I use this on most of my websites and it works just fine for me.

Click Here To Check It Out (FREE)

Ewww Image Optimizer or Smush.it

Both of these are excellent choices and I use both of them, (on different websites, you only need 1 per website).

These plugins help to reduce the size of the images on your website. Images take a lot of time to load and the larger they are, (file size), then the slower your website will run.

If you enjoy fiddling about with settings and the like, then Ewww is a good choice, but if you just want to plugin and forget, Smush.it is going to be the best option for you.

Click For Ewww (FREE)

Click For Smush.it (FREE for basic and has paid option. I only use the free option)

WP Review Pro

Want to get those cool little stars under your SERP results:

WP Review Pro

Well with WP Review Pro, you get a full reviewing plugin that you can set a star rating for any review you are writing. It adds a piece of Schema data to your post so that Google can pick it up.

It helps to improve your Click Through Rate which in turn gives you more traffic.

Note it is up to the Search Engines whether or not they display the star rating, but if you don’t try you don’t get!

Check It Out Here (PAID)

Thrive Content Builder

This is the best visual editor I have ever used. Granted I haven’t used many, but this one is really the bee’s knees!

It is very conversion focused and gives you a ton of options to create really good looking posts very quickly and easily.

It also has a very small learning curve and it is super easy to jump into without much effort.

Check It Out Here (Paid)

Thrive Leads

From the same people as Thrive Content Builder, this is their email generation plugin.

Basically works by giving you loads of options to create pop-ups, landing pages, widgets and loads more.

If you are worried that you don’t know how to make a pop-up or landing page etc, don’t worry because there are many templates to choose from. Just replace the text with whatever you want and you’re away!

I use it all the time and it is well worth the money.

Check It Out Here (PAID)

Social Locker by OnePress

Ever wondered how you make those little boxes that force you to share the page before getting access to the content? Well this is what the pros use.

Very simple to install, easy to set up and a breeze to start getting some organic shares to your website.

Is it bribery? Yes!

Does it work? Yes!

Check It Out Here (PAID)

SumoMe

Quite possibly the most useful plugin on the list.

It does everything and it’s a bit of a Swiss Army Knife of plugins, so to speak.

It has both free and paid for options, but I only ever use the free options and have never needed to upgrade.

Out of all the features, I use:

  • Heat map – Lets you see where your readers are clicking
  • Content aware – Shows you how much of your content people are reading on average
  • Image share – Puts those little sharing icons in your images when people hover over them
  • Share buttons – Lets you have a nice looking, floating social sharing option
  • Scroll box – can use to either collect emails, or to promote your Facebook page

There are loads more but those are what I use on a daily basis  

Check It Out Here (Free & PAID)

Jetpack

Another do it all kind of plugin, but this time by the actual creators of WordPress. Basically everything is free apart from a few tools like backup and other options.

I use the free options which are numerous and help you to promote your content, speed up your site, create light boxes etc.

The most useful feature, though, is the “Site Stats” option whereby you can see your traffic and some other details.

It is a bit like Google Analytics, but more friendly to use and gives you a very nice overview of what is going on with your traffic.

Check It Out Here (FREE)

Table of Contents Plus

Last but not least, Table of Contents Plus.

Do you want your website to have a nice, neat looking contents like Wikipedia?

Well, this is the plugin for you!

It also has the added benefit of giving your post an extra boost to your on page SEO and makes it clearer for your readers to navigate the post.

Especially useful for longer posts, you just add in a simple shortcode at the start and you’re away!

Check It Out Here (FREE)

That's All Folks!

So there you have the top 10 plugins that I use on my website all the time, some paid for but mostly free.

You don’t have to go mad with buying loads of fancy things when you are just starting out but you will have to be prepared to spend some cash if you want to get serious.

My suggestion is to start off with the free options until you start making a small amount of money per month, then you can invest in some super tools to really boost your earnings to the next level!

HitTail SEO Software Review: Find Great Keywords With This SEO Tool

Hit Tail SEO Software Review

Hit Tail SEO Software ReviewSo you’re in the market for a shiny new piece of software to help you to rank?

Well hopefully in this HitTail SEO Software Review, I will be able to convince you that it is actually a seriously useful tool that will be able to wring out some extra traffic from existing posts, pages & articles, thus making your wallet even bigger!

There are a few great tools out there to find some really great Long Tail Keywords, but there are none like Hittail, apart from incredibility expensive services like Ahfres etc  that can actually find keywords that you are ranking for.

Why is this important?

Because if you can find some extra keywords in an existing post that you didn’t even know you were ranking for, you can potentially slot in those keywords naturally and boost your organic traffic even further!

Hittail SEO Software Review

Review of: HitTail

Use: Finding extra keywords to boost traffic to existing posts

Usefulness

Recommends some really great keywords related to your post that you might not have thought about

Usability

Gives you a nice easy to view dashboard, but has a small learning curve

Price

Various options ranging from $9.95/month to $79.95/month

Pros

  • Gives some fantastic keywords that you never have even thought of
  • Set & forget - what's better than that!
  • Very affordable for its smaller plans
  • Easy visual interface to quickly see the best keywords
  • Quick support and a series of emails & videos to help you get started
  • Has an option inside the dashboard to buy SEO articles written around a certain keyword

Cons

  • Only really useful if you have pretty significant traffic
  • Although the interface is uncluttered, I couldn't find an option to show more than a certain amount of results at once
  • Takes a bit of time to work its magic
  • SEO articles look a bit pricey for the word count

So first thing’s first:

If you are jumping the gun a bit here and have read lot’s of marketing blogs about keywords but don’t even have a site yet; I highly advise that you go ahead and check my massive post about how to start a website from scratch.

OK, so now that we have established that you do indeed have a website and would like to take it to the next level, let’s get on with it!

HitTail SEO Software Review...Is It Worth It?

The bottom line for me is yes.

I decided to give this piece of software a chance and gave it a few weeks to really kick in.

I will be completely honest with you, when I first got a review copy and set it all up I was slightly disappointed. The suggestions that it recommended to me were all very obvious and were actually keywords that I was already targeting!

However, and this is a HUGE however, I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and give it some time to work its magic.

The one reason that I did this was because of another review by the fantastic review of HitTail over at FatStacksBlog.com by Jon Dykstra who says that you should wait a little while until it starts to gather your data.

In fact, this is one of the few downsides of HitTail; they don’t give you this kind of info obviously and I think that they could do a better job in letting you know who exactly this is for and that it may take some time to analyse your data.

Anyway back to the point:

I followed Jon’s advice and left it to marinate for a couple of weeks.

I opened it back up today and low & behold, a whole raft of very interesting keywords that I had no idea I was currently ranking for!

With a nice star system 1-5, HitTail gives you a quick, visual reference about what it thinks are the best keywords you should target.

How does it work?

Very simply, when you sign up you are given a plugin to install and then you connect it with your Google Search Console (formerly Webmasters).

It then starts to analyze the average of each different section including:

  • Impressions
  • Click through rate (CTR)
  • Average position

After a while of doing this, it will give you what it thinks are valuable keywords and compares them to other search results in order to give the difficulty rating, i.e. how difficult it thinks a keyword will be to rank.

One of the best things about this process, is that it is cloud based and will constantly update giving more and more results over time! 

Talk about hands off!

What does the backend look like

Hittail SEO Software Review Backend

As you can see from the dashboard, it is fairly simple, but I think it is designed this way in order to only give you exactly what you need without any extra fluff.

These suggestions are are real ones from a website of mine that currently gets a decent amount of traffic of nearly 5,000 views a month.

What should you do with this data?

Well truth is that everyone is going to be a bit different.

Hit Tail actually gives you an option to get an SEO article written around your keyword of choice, for around $19 for 400 words (at time of writing), but I will not use this option myself as I already have a fantastic group of writers that I use for my niche sites, or I will just write the article myself.

As I haven’t used their article writing service, I can’t tell you if it is any good.

However, I would say that you can find some seriously good writing services for this kind of money, and you will usually get 1,000 words instead of 400.

Seeing as content is so important in the eyes of Google and more importantly, your readers; you might be wise to choose another writing option.

What I will do with the data

As for me personally, I will not be writing any more articles in particular, (unless it spits out a seriously amazing keyword). 

Instead, I will go through my main money article and see if there is any location that I can naturally add in some of the keywords it has given me.

The idea behind this will be to further increase the amount of keywords that this post organically ranks for, thus increasing traffic and hopefully conversions.

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Is Hit Tail the only service to use?

HitTail is great.

Let me just get that out of the way first and foremost.

It does exactly what it sets out to achieve, and does it very, very well.

Nonetheless, I would still recommend to use this in conjunction with other software to get the very best results.

What do I mean by this?

Well the way that I am currently using it, is to see the keywords that it is giving, and then using those as “seed” keywords. I input these seed words into other services I often use, and then see what kinds of results I get back.

There is another pretty big caveat that I want to add to anyone considering this pie of SEO software:

HitTail will only yield decent result for websites with fairly significant amounts of search engine traffic.

So if you are reading this review and considering getting a subscription, make sure you have a lot of incoming traffic from Google first. I don’t know exactly how much is a lot, but it works quite well with one of my websites that has just under 5,000 views per month.

If you are just starting out and are looking for keywords in general, then I highly recommend that you sign up below to get my Top 10 Methods to find keywords that will actually convert.

You can find out a lot more informaiton by visiting their main site at: www.hittail.com

Summing it all up

So to answer the main question: “Should I go for it?”, which I am sure you are thinking of by now; I would say it depends.

The actual software is great, fantastic really. But there are a few prerequisites that you should know before deciding to jump into a monthly subscription.

  1. You need fairly significant amounts of traffic for it to actually be useful
  2. It takes a while to discover and show you the really juicy keywords

If you have the traffic and are willing to give it a couple of days minimum to work its magic; then I am very comfortable recommending HitTail to you.

If you are just starting out your online adventure and are actually looking for keywords in the first instance, I highly suggest that you check out my guest post giving you some ideas about the process, this post about finding a great keyword and also my tools section giving you lots of great tools that I personally use for my own online things.