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A Newb has taken action! Amazon journey to $2k/month by June 2016

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Windhelm, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. Windhelm

    Windhelm Newbie

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    My Story

    Ok guys, I know there are a ton of journeys on here. Many of which are banking a lot more than I'll be pulling in. This is going to be more of a personal journal of my IM endeavors, because I think it will help keep me motivated. I've suffered by "analysis paralysis" for most of my adult life. Actually, it's still a work in progress - and I think having an audience as a "support system" will help me deal with it.

    Due to my current (i.e. non-existent) budget, I'm going at this alone. Site set-up, content writing, SEO, etc. will be done myself, until I generate some revenue. I hope to invest most of my initial profits back into the business and scale things up until I hit my initial goal, which is $2k/month. My girlfriend and I are moving to coastal Georgia this summer, so I'm hoping to hit my goal by June.



    Current Progress


    I got my very first site up and running last November. I kinda jumped the gun on the niche - it is something I have some knowledge in, but the competition is pretty high. Luckily it's a fairly broad niche, so there are some long tail keywords that haven't been targeted and there are new products releasing fairly regularly. I decided to make this an authority site. So far, I've written 26 articles ranging from 500 to 8,000 words. A few of these are informational articles, the rest are some review articles and buyer's guides.

    I've also set up a Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr account for the site, and try to keep them fairly updated. Pinterest and Tumblr are doing well so far, but Facebook is sucking. If anyone has tips for increasing Facebook likes, I'll gladly implement them. I need to get a Goole+, Twitter, and Instagram set up soon. I'm very green when it comes to social media marketing, so it's something I need to study up on.

    Sales

    I've gotten 16 sales so far - all of which were from last quarter and low priced items. My Amazon conversion rate last quarter was 8.7%, which was awesome. This quarter, however, I've had 200+ clicks with no sales...which is a bummer. I didn't add any valuable content to the site during January, so it's my fault.

    In February, I decided to ramp things up and add some content that I could rank for.
    I wrote a large buyer's guide article (3700 words) that features 14 products. I then wrote 14 separate review articles (500-1200 words each) for the products, and linked to each in the buyer's guide. So this allowed me to target 15 separate keywords that range from 200-1500 searches per month. I've already reached the 2nd and 3rd page of Google SERPs with some of those, so I'm hoping to see my first page 1 rankings soon.

    Backlinks

    This is another area that I've struggled with. According to Majestic's stats, I've accumulated 244 backlinks from 8 referencing domains. The majority of these come from one niche-related site, which pings all of the articles that I publish on my site. Because of this, my anchor text is horrible. and all of my backlinks are no-follow. I need to do some SEO work in a bad way. I've been doing some research on building web 2.0's, and I'm going to try to implement that this week.

    Traffic

    Current traffic ranges from 20-30 visitors per day. Again, I'm hoping this increases once I hit page 1 for a few of my recent articles. I'm hoping my addition of the other social media pages and figuring out how to gain FB followers will help, as well. Any advice on how to further increase traffic would be greatly appreciated.

    Future Plans

    I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks doing some SEO work and building my social accounts for this site. I'm also going to be researching some keywords for additional sites. Once I get some decent traffic coming to this site, I'm going to be building 1 micro-niche site per week. I would eventually like to have 10-12 sites running, to diversify my income a little bit.

    Wrap Up

    There you have it, folks. I'll be updating things every few days, or when something exciting happens. If you need any more information or have any questions, just let me know. I appreciate it!
     
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  2. asap1

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    Good luck OP :)
     
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  3. alwaystoday

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    Hey best of luck!


    what does this mean?


    do you own this site, why is it linking into you?

    where is most of your traffic coming from at the moment?

    interested to hear ,
    thanks!

    p.s. subscribed

     
  4. Windhelm

    Windhelm Newbie

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    No-follow links don't have much SEO value at all. Do-follow links carry the "juice". I can't post links, or I would link to a descriptive article for you. Google it and you'll find plenty to read.

    I don't own that site, it's just a site that reposts content and links of related content in my niche. I did some competitive backlink research early on and found the site. I got in touch with the person who runs the site and they added my site to the list.

    60% of my all-time traffic has came from referral and 17% has came from social media.
     
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  5. Rickenzie

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    Wonderful planning and the achievement is great so far. Hope you'll reach your target.
     
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  6. gb

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    Social traffic is hard to convert, you might get better results spending all of your time doing SEO.

    Other than that, keep up the good work and good luck!
     
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  7. Windhelm

    Windhelm Newbie

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    Thanks buddy. I think I'll definitely invest more time into SEO than social. Do you think web 2.0's are the best way to go for an SEO newb?
     
  8. sinnir

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    I suffer from analysis paralysis as well :( Good to see u r motivated and started your journey! I have always wanted to start mine sooner or later too but keep analysing and researching!

    I will save this thread and watch your progress bro! Good luck
     
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  9. Windhelm

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    The fastest way to learn is just to dive in and start doing it. I bought my domain from GoDaddy and got a decent hosting plan from HostGator. They installed WordPress right off the bat. Start out with a free theme and get your design lined out and post some content. The first few articles I published looked terrible - but the more I write, the more they improve. Just embrace the fact that you're not a seasoned pro and learn as you go. It's not that hard once you take the leap...
     
  10. alwaystoday

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    Hey thanks for the headsup about the links, googled and i understand it now!

    Can i ask what software/strategy you used for this part of your project, thanks
     
  11. vitarank

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    All the best and good luck!! ;)
     
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  12. NiggasWithAttitude

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    Good luck wiith your journey mate !!
     
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    Hi,
    I am also new in the field of amazon affiliate.
    I started a website. I am experimenting on it that if i get any success.

    Sorry but i need to know i question answer.

    How can i create privacy policy, amazon affiliate disclaimer page? Any link that generate those page?
     
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    All the very best my friend
    you seem to be very organized and that's a very positive sign
    :thumb::thumb:
     
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    Good luck with your journey! Bookmarked.
     
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  16. Windhelm

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    For analyzing competitive backlinks, I used a method that Brian Dean wrote about. I can't remember the name of the article or the "method term" he uses for it.
    Basically, it starts with Keyword Research and I use Google Keyword Planner for that. I would love to have LongTailPro or another tool, but honestly, Google Keyword Planner works just fine. There's a ton of good guides or "how-to's" on keyword research right here on BHW, so you should be able to find some info on that.
    Once you find the keyword(s) you want to target, hop over to a new tab and run the keyword(s) through a normal Google search to check SERPs. You then analyze the content quality on the first page results of your keyword. You're going to want to produce content that is better than your competitors, so be willing to put in the work.
    Once you get the first page results, pop open another tab and head over to Majestic. Now, you just input the url of the domains you find on the first page results one at a time, and it will show you (some of) the sites linking back to that page.
    You can contact the admin of the sites linking to your competitors pages, and try to negotiate your own links from them. Just offer up your piece of related content, which should be much higher quality than your competitors, and hope they check your e-mail.

    For the Privacy Policy, I use a WP plugin titled "Auto Terms of Service and Privacy Policy". It works ok, you just enter your information in the settings and it generates a ToS and Privacy Policy Page for you. I link to these pages in the footer.

    For the Amazon affiliate disclaimer, I put it on it's own page. I had it in the footer for a while, but I changed theme's and it got weird, so I just created a "Disclaimer Page", copy/pasted the Amazon disclaimer on to it, and put it in the footer menu also.
     
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    Yeah, they should work well. Try some web 2.0s, youtube videos, forum posts, and blog comments. Mostly web 2.0s though.
     
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    sounds great, really inspiring, good luck :)
     
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    Try not to fall into the "content is king" trap. It's a fallacy. Remember, Google is a bot which cannot determine the difference between decent content and amazing content. It's not human. You should definitely be using lengthy content though, 2k words+. Backlinks are still the number 1 force in SEO and will be in the foreseeable future.

    Good luck on your Amazon journey.
     
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