How To Use Parasite Websites for Easy Clickbank Rankings

Filed in SEO by on March 17, 2015

It's not 2007 anymore and ranking a brand new website for profitable keywords is rarely easy but there may be a way with parasite websites.

This is especially true if you’re trying to rank in typical Clickbank niches.

How many 'get your ex back' or 'forex trading' websites do you think affiliates launch every year? And how many of them end up ranking for something worthwhile and actually turn a profit?

Not many...

That's why many Clickbank affiliates (and others!) are turning to other methods, like finding and using parasite websites.

 

What Are Parasite Websites?

Parasite websites are not a new concept. In fact, it's been around for many years and people still use it today.

A parasite website is basically a website that can rank easily without a lot of SEO.

An example would be social media networks, they don't need a lot of content but yet they can easily help your website rank faster on Google.

It's a really misunderstood method but the more you use parasite websites (along with other SEO methods such as this checklist), the more likely you'll rank higher on Google.

 

(P.S. If you'd like to download a free list of 220 profitable buyer keywords click here or the image below)

 

 

"What's parasite hosting" you ask?

So let's dig more into what this "parasite" method is..

And really simple.

Some large, established websites enjoy a preferential treatment from Google, and you can exploit this for your own purposes, attaching yourself to them like a parasite.

Let's say, that for a given query Google has the choice between ranking CNN.com or AnotherSpammyAffiliateSite.com.

Who do you think has the advantage?

If they're both of similar relevance there's no question that Google is going to rank CNN higher, because it's an establish website that it trusts.

CNN's pages are usually of high quality so it's a safer bet than a random affiliate site.

So what if you could talk someone you know at CNN into creating a page of your choice, on their domain? Say, a page about 'payday loans', or perhaps 'diet pills'?

Chances are that page would rank very well and you would make a lot of money.

(See 9 ways to build powerful backlinks for your website)

That's probably not going to happen though so you'll have to go out and find other websites you can use. Websites with established authority that are favored by Google.

Even many blog hosts can qualify, for example it's often easier to rank a Blogspot blog than a brand new self-hosted blog. Same goes for WordPress.com.

You probably already know a few websites like that, where you could put up a page of your own, with your own content. However, the trick is finding those rare sites where your posts stay up and also start ranking easily with minimal effort.

We'll get to finding some of those in a moment...

 

When is it a good idea to use parasite websites?

Using parasite website to rank is definitely a "churn & burn" technique. This is not the time to go slow and steady. Build one, as good as you care to make it, then move on to the next.

A lot of people (me included) use them to test viability of keywords. Rather than build out a website for an untested keyword, just throw up a page on a parasite website and see what happens.

It's perfect if you're on a budget since building them doesn't cost anything.

It's also a great "insurance policy". A new update from Google may wipe out many of your own sites, or your parasite websites' pages, but likely not both.

Diversifying your rankings is the best way to ensure you don't lose everything when Matt Cutts is on a rampage.

Some of the advantages

  • Built-in trust/authority - Google likes them
  • Ranks faster and easier than new websites
  • No need for supplementary content, just focus on one single page
  • Often works even with poorly written, even autogenerated content
  • Quick to build, perfect for testing viability of keywords
  • There are many of them out there so you can rank more than one for the same keyword

Couple of disadvantages

  • You will be breaching the ToS of the host most likely, so your account/page can (and will, sooner or later) be suspended
  • Usually little or no control over design so they usually convert slightly worse than a self-hosted page

 

Finding awesome parasite websites that are easy to rank

As I said earlier, this is the tricky part. Well, actually it’s not that tricky if you know how to do it…

There are basically two different methods:

  1. Assemble a huge list of candidates and test them all yourself
  2. Look at what other affiliates are already ranking with

Option #1 is hardly feasible unless you have a ton of free time on your hands and some way to build a list of websites that let you put up your own page on them, so let's go with #2.

Now this method is actually very straightforward:

 

1. Make a list of products

First off we need to gather a list of Clickbank product names.

Go to CBEngine.com and pull up the “Best Gains” page (link in the sidebar).

These are products that are trending right now, meaning they’re probably popular targets for other affiliates. Look for those with a gravity > 1 and write down the names of them.

 

parasite websites

 

You may have to visit the sales pages to find the actual product names as some product creators don’t include it in their title.

 

 

2. Start Googling the product names

Now all you have to do is head over to Google and look up the products on by one, searching for potential parasite websites targets.

Here’s how it can typically look when you Google one of these products:

 

parasite websites

 

This is exactly what we’re looking for. I spotted these parasites right off the bat:

#3 Youtube.com
#4 Facebook.com
#6 Weebly.com
#7 Archive.org

Moving on to page 2 of the results I see:

 

parasite websites

 

A few more good ones here:

#12 Pinterest.com
#15-#16 DailyMotion.com
#19 Boston.com

I usually also try a few variations of the keyword, like “Full throttle fat loss reviews”.

 

3. Determine which of the results that are parasite hosts

After many years of doing this I’ve developed something of sixth sense to find parasite hosts, but when you’re new it can be difficult to spot them. Don’t worry, it’s easy enough to check.

Just click on each of the results and look for signs that the content is user generated.

Could be that it’s a blog, a forum post or a website maker.

Once you’ve confirmed that it’s user generated, try registering to see if you can post something similar. If you can, you’ve just found a winner!

Ok, so here we have quite a few parasite websites that are obviously easy enough to rank for a profitable Clickbank keyword.

How do we use this to our advantage?

 

 

Making money with the parasite websites you’ve found

From here on out it’s all about testing.

The idea is that if someone can make a page on Facebook.com and rank it for a profitable keyword without much effort, then why can’t you do the same?

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If you check out these pages we’ve found, you’ll notice that more often than not the content on them is very poor. It’s usually scraped, autogenerated, copy-pasted or just of very low quality.

And still they’re ranking…

What you do next is up to you of course, but my suggestion is you take these hosts and try to rank for other Clickbank products with them.

There’s no reason to try to outrank the ones you’ve found when there are so many other products you can easily rank for.

Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to Clickbank products either.

You can use this strategy to rank for keywords in any niche, but I’ve found that it works best when competition is weak (ideally mostly competing against other affiliates).

A great strategy is looking at other products that have many parasites ranking in the top 10, and then build your own on a parasite website that’s currently not represented among them.

If you don’t see a Facebook.com in the top 10, but many other parasite websites, then try a Facebook page.

If you don’t see a Weebly-page, try that.

And so on.

Once you’ve settled on a host, just write a short article that talks about the product and its benefits, and include a big affiliate link for people to click. That’s usually all the content you need.

Here’s an example for the Full Throttle Weight Loss product:

 

parasite websites

 

On this page they’ve put the link above the big image so it’s not that visible, I would personally put it below but that’s a matter of taste. Other than that it’s a decent example of how parasite websites and ranking works.

People land on this page, read the article, click on the link, and you make money.

Setting up the page is only half the battle though, you also need to make sure it ranks…

 

How to get the pages to rank

So let’s say you’ve built a page on Facebook.

Now it’s “just” a matter of building links to it to make it rank.

Actually, in some cases you don’t even have to do that as Google picks up many of these pages by itself, and sometimes just sitting on a trusted domain is enough to break the top 10 instantly.

Most of the time you’re going to have to do some link building though.

Personally, I don’t like to buy links for properties such as these, as they sometimes disappear quickly and then your investment was for nothing.

What’s great about using parasite websites is that they have a much higher tolerance for poor quality links compared to self-hosted websites.

(3 practical ways to replace your blackhat rankings with whitehat strategies)

Quite often a copy of GSA Search Engine Ranker and a good list for it is all you need (yes, these types of link do in fact still work).

Exactly how to use GSA SER to build links is beyond the scope of this article, but there are plenty of tutorials available online. I will repeat again though that it’s all about having a good list of targets, and if you don’t know how to scrape one yourself you should consider buying one from a reputable vendor.

Usually what happens after building links with GSA SER is one of two things. Either you rank, or you’re nowhere to be found.

I actually don’t recommend that you keep trying if you’re not ranking at this point.

If it hasn’t happened it’s not likely to without some major effort, so just build more parasites for other keywords and try again.

This technique is all about moving quickly and not wasting too much time on any given page.

Google is so unpredictable these days that I’ve found this approach to work best, rather than try to guess why a certain page isn’t ranking.

 

Some final words about parasite websites

I will finish by saying that I have parasite websites to thank for most of my big paydays in this business.

I know this is nothing new for those who’ve been around for years, but the fact is that it still works and will continue to work as long as Google gives preferential treatment to some websites over others.

In many ways, it’s a safer bet than spending months on a website only to have it penalized in some random update.

I’ll also say that this method does require some patience and it’s all about testing until something sticks. Then you scale it up and knock it out of the park!

Richard Fredriksson

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  1. FreddyJunior says:

    Wow what a valuable blog post Richard!

    I kind of knew a little bit about this, but I was not aware of how powerful it can be!

    Thank you very much for sharing this detailed post on affiliate marketing. These strategies definitely work well. You just have to do it right, and take a lot of smart action!

    I think Im going to give this simple strategy a good try and see if I can boost up my Clickbank commissions! 😉

    Thanks once again for sharing this badass info!

    Keep up the great work!

    I wish you the best!

    Cheers! 😀

  2. Nabiel Doneo says:

    wouwh its awesome and really helpful for me, thank you for sharing those post btw ...

  3. Claire says:

    Hi Stuart
    Are we allowed to paste affiliate links directly onto FB? I thought we had to redirect people to another webpage? I don't know where I've got that idea from though...!
    Claire

    • NicheHacks says:

      You can paste aff links onto FB without issue as far as I know. I certainly have before. Never checked their TOS though tbf.

  4. victor says:

    Wow! I am blown of at this simple strategy.
    I will try out out and see.
    Very helpful post

    Thanks

  5. the shoez says:

    In case anyone's interested in promoting this product, you can find your keywords in the archive.org example. They're all listed at the top of the page. Saves a bit of work.

    Great post Stuart.

  6. In fact, this is the same method used by people to rank in hosting and many other niches. Thanks for bringing them up.

    It is definitely worth trying

  7. That's why I voted for you in the Facebook survey coz you keep on top of your game.

  8. Oddvar Meyer says:

    Thanks again for another highly useful article.

    A few years back I created a product I sold at WF explaining similar method using Alexa as the source for spotting articles in article directory sites with high organic traffic and then copying their success.
    Maybe it is time to update that product and bring it back to the marketplace 🙂

    Besides your very useful information here at nichhacks, I really love the way you are doing your email marketing. Because of your mix of useful content and your recommendations, I always open your emails. Here have many marketers a lot to learn.
    Keep up your good work.

  9. Zenis says:

    This is so incredible! Never thought this way. Great to go this way....must need to test it. Thanks!!

  10. Atinuke says:

    Hi Stuart,
    This is really good. Since CB no longer accept Nigerians, I hope it can be applied to Amazon.
    Thanks

  11. Josh Wilson says:

    This is great! I can't wait to get started with this, i really do think that this is going to work for me!

  12. Damon says:

    Great article Stuart.

    Question: I have my own PBN. Should I link to the parasite page slowly, or can I link to it relatively quickly, say 7 to 10 links within one week?

    Thanks.

    • NicheHacks says:

      Hey Damon, I've never had a PBN or used them so I can't advise what's best. Hopefully someone else can tell you?

  13. Peter Webb says:

    Stuart,

    http://www.cbengine.com does not exist anymore. I always get page not found. Do you know what happened to it?

    Peter

  14. Peter Webb says:

    Stuart,

    Really strange. I can get to cbtrends but not cbengine. Changed my ip with HMA to US one and it works fine.

    Thanks anyway.

    Peter

  15. matt says:

    Thanks for the post. One question. Would your site get a Google penalty if they see all the links coming from the same computer (ISP) if you put GSA to work?

  16. Mira says:

    Great post. I have one question. Is Google+ among the sites you called parasite hosts?