Which Is Easier – Ranking Affiliate Websites Or Local SEO?

If you are curious about whether it’s easier to learn how to rank affiliate websites or if it’s easier to master local SEO, then this guide is going to give you the key answers you’re looking for. So, without any delay, let’s take a closer look.

First of all, there’s no denying that learning how to rank an affiliate website can be hugely profitable, as it will allow you to generate a somewhat passive income that will continue to pay you regularly. Of course, you can also build up a sizeable asset that’ll really give you great leverage in your marketplace, especially if it is ranked better than the competition.

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But the real downside to affiliate website SEO is the fact that you will often be competing for more competitive keywords, as there will always be other people in the marketplace who are trying to rank for the very same profitable keywords that you are.

I have actually seen SEO companies such as Gimo, now advertising affiliate ranking services as there is obviously a market of customers wanting to get in on the affiliate “Gold Rush”. I can only assume that they are either not skilled enough or too lazy to rank their own affiliate if they are outsourcing it to an agency!

I suppose that it is quite a good gig for an agency to do as they just have to do the ranking side. It does not matter if the site is converting actual affiliate sales for the client, the agency are still getting paid for the rankings.

On the other hand, local SEO can be a very advantageous skill to have, as you can use it to rank your own local businesses, and you can sell your services to companies in the local area. Well as long as you are delivering real results and in a timeframe that keeps clients happy.

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Quit a lot of SEO’s i know started out it local SEO because it is easier to rank local sites, mostly because of a lack of competion in most niches. It can often be a very useful stepping stone starting a local SEO agency before moving on to affiliate.

Look at it this way, if you are getting local clients straight away, then you are generating income. Any excess income you are generating, you can then use to fund the building of affiliate websites, which can be notoriously expensive until they start generating income(if they ever do!).

I have known people start out in client SEO, just to get that initial revenue coming in, only to realise that it can be a lucrative business by it’s self. Take someone i know personally, Chris Scott, who setup a small local SEO agency in Leeds to get funds to pursue his goal of creating passive income through affiliate sites. He found that he was loving what he was doing with clients, so ended up growing his agency Brand That Name, to the point where it is now one of the biggest in West Yorkshire. Take a look at Brand That Name’s promotional video below that shows exactly what they do.

At the end of the day, it’s clear to see that ranking affiliate websites and being successful at local SEO are both valuable skills to have, but most experts would agree that local SEO is likely to have a quicker return on your investment, as well as being an easier process to succeed with overall.

It’s safe to say that learning how to rank an affiliate website can also generate a life-changing income, and even though it’s likely to be more competitive in the short term, it can be very profitable if you learn how to compete and succeed against every other affiliate marketer who is attempting to do a similar thing to you. Again, i personally know of multiple people doing over £30,000 a month just from their affiliate websites. Take a peek at the video below for some affiliate ranking tips.

Regardless of which option you choose, you will also be using similar techniques in many instances, so the skills are somewhat transferable between each other, which is another huge positive to learning either tactic.

Now that you have read this short guide, you should have a better understanding of the various pros and cons that are associated with learning to rank affiliate websites versus mastering local SEO.