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Amazon Affiliate Journey: Watch Me As I Rank 4 New Sites to $6000/PM

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by iJonnyx, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. iJonnyx

    iJonnyx Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    With this journey, my goal is to reach $6000 per month with 4 Amazon Affiliate sites. Each of the sites are new, the oldest was made at the start of December which is already making a little income. People often over complicate SEO or are too impatient. It's actually incredibly simple and I hope anyone following this journey can see how easy it is. The amount of times I see people obsessing over bullshit like "Is this anchor text ok?", "Does this article have enough words?", "It's been one month and I'm not ranking". It's just so unnecessary. SEO is a patience game. I won't be expecting to rank with these sites until a minimum of 4 months. Although, site 1 is ranking very well already.

    How am I going to rank these sites?
    • Target low competition keywords
    • Target lower volume keywords
    • Solid On-page (easiest part)
    • Web 2s and PBNs for backlinks

    4 Sites to Reach My Goal

    Site 1 SERPS (Started in Dec)
    site 1.PNG

    Site 2 (Started in January)
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    Site 3 (Started in January)
    Site 3.PNG

    Site 4

    Currently still adding content to this site, I will update once it's finished!

    Expenses so far
    • 4 domains = $36
    • Hosting = $15
    • Content = $180(Approx)
    • Total = $231

    Money made so far
    $203 from Site 1

    About me
    I'm 22 and from the UK. I started IM about 1.5 years ago. I first dabbled in CPA with gaming offers (like most), then tried Bing Ads with CPA offers and managed to make a little money. After a while, it dried up and I moved on to other things. I currently have a few other Amazon sites that are making just under $2000 per month combined, but the journey is about these new sites. As I'm a student, my original goal when I discovered IM was to make a little side money while I studied, but soon discovered that the potential to make serious money is huge.

    My Goals

    • Reach $6000 per month across all sites
    • Show BHW members the simplicity of SEO

    If you have any questions, please ask away.

    Wish me luck!
     
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  2. Aatrox

    Aatrox Supreme Member

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    Alright, you already have good rankings. Good luck!
     
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  3. Alex1098

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    I hope you make it..Best of luck !
     
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  4. ComfyGhost

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    Good luck! How long have you been in the IM game with your websites? I will definitely be following your journey.
     
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  5. khaal

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    Nice journey !

    You noticed, you're ranking them with Web2.0s and PBN, I'm also using Web2.0s and some PBN links as Tier2, do you use PBNs as Tier1,if yes, you're getting them from BHW or your own network?
     
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    Thats good for just 1-2 months old site
    Can you share your keyword selection strategy, their competition, how do you start building links (just use web 2 or PBN's) ?
    It will be really helpful for all of us :)
     
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  7. jakal2001

    jakal2001 Newbie

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    Thanks for this.
    Will you also be sharing your linking structure to your money site? (IE how many link directly, how many are tier 2 etc.)
     
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  8. beingink

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    Can you tell a little bit about your keyword selection process? You are ranking within a month and made good money, so really curious to know how did you find and select that keyword and how did you organize your onpage for it to rank naturally easily so fast?
     
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  9. FortuneZ

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    Good luck buddy. I am from the UK too, where abouts are you?
     
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  10. iJonnyx

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    I'm based just outside Manchester. What about yourself?

    Thanks!

    I'd say around a year with my first sites. My first two ever attempted at Amazon sites failed. Like most newbies, my keyword research was flawed and I picked two tough niches. My first ever site was making $20 per month which I sold on Flippa for $500. My second site ended up stuck on the third pages of Google. As the cliche goes, I learned from my mistakes. My next attempts were much more successful.

    Yeah, I'm using PBNs as Tier1. I'm building them myself.

    Keyword Research

    I don't use any fancy tools for keyword research, like LTP. Just Keyword Planner and Majestic. My research involves basically these steps:

    1. Browse Amazon and look through categories and products. (I dig very deep)
    2. Enter products and categories into Keyword Planner
    3. Filter using the sidebar. Look at this screenshot. I've used toaster as an example. Capture.jpg
    4. I use Majestic to assess the top 10 sites in SERPS for keywords.
    5. What do I look for? I look for sites that have few backlinks to the ranking page, I look for forum posts, Amazon pages (If you see amazon pages ranking for " best xxx product" it's a very good sign. Simply because, Amazon are ranking for that long tail based on their authority alone. Your site that is optimised for that keyword with a few backlinks will out rank it)

      If I see youtube videos, it's generally another good sign that its a keyword I should target. Very importantly, I look to see if these pages are targetting the keyword. If they're not, its a good sign. Each keyword I assess differently, I just use these steps as a blueprint.

      I check out my competitors backlinks. Are they using a PBN? Do they have shitty backlinks like blog comments? If they're using a PBN, how big is it? If they're using a 5 domain PBN to rank that site. Guess what, I'll make one bigger.
    6. The most important step. I tend to target lower volume keywords (100-400). Why? Because people won't be targeting these keywords as much as the keywords with 1k+ search volume. Of course, I would love some big search volumes, for don't ever neglect these little gems. I've even used 50-90 search volume keywords in the past.

      Think of it this way. Say I targeted 12 x 170 search volume keywords. I target these keywords because I think they'll be easy to rank. 12 x 170 = 2040. In comparison to a keyword that has 2k search volume, but it difficult to rank, I'd rather target lots of smaller ones. I fill my sites with them.

    Perhaps I'm stating the obvious with my keyword research, it's generally common sense. I'm not going to waste my time looking for huge keywords that would require a serious initial outlay to even come close to my competitors.

    Site building and On-page SEO

    In terms of building my sites, I use wordpress with a premium theme. I keep my sites extremely basic. Nothing flashy. You have to remember, for Amazon Affiliate sites, your sole objective is to get your visitors clicking on your Aff link and onto Amazon. They don't need to spend that much time on your site or navigating across pages, you need them on Amazon. I maintain this philosophy throughout my sites. Keep it simple. I use Genesis themes for most my sites. They're SEO friendly and load fast.

    I silo my sites, I even started to silo my tiny sites. I'm not going to explain siloing here, as there's plenty of content across the web on how to do it. If you're not siloing, don't worry about it too much. You're better off not doing it, then doing it wrong. A quick example of how I would silo my sites would be:

    mykitchensite.com/toasters
    mykitchensite.com/blenders

    Etc. as the categories pages. Then I'd place individual reviews in their correct categories, or content to target keywords like mykitchensite.com/blenders/best-samsung-blender.

    For on-page SEO, I like to have fairly long articles. A lot of my content is between 2k-4k words long. As I'm building more sites, I feel myself having much longer articles. It's something Google loves.

    I use W3 Total Cache, which is a free WP plugin that increases website speed. I also use Digital Ocean for each of my sites, which tend to have fast load speeds. Here's a speed test from Pingdom from Site 2. speed.PNG . As you can see, it's well under Google's recommended 2 second load time.

    Each of my articles will tend to target 1-3 bigger keywords, that I'll have in the URL, H1 tags and use in the first paragraph. The rest of my smaller keywords will be spread out across the article. Remember that you'll always rank for tonnes of long tails you didn't even realise you were targeting. Google looks for relevancy.

    Off-page SEO

    This is something I'll cover more in depth as I go along with this journey, I'll let you all know when and how I add links to my sites.

    For Site 1, it was built on an expired domain. Which already had around 5 referring domains. There is always a lot of debate on whether to create a money site on an expired domain or whether its better to use a fresh domain. There is no right answer. In my experience, using an expired domain simply speeds up the process slightly. But in the long run, both sites will rank the same. You also pose the risk of registering a spammed domain unless you know exactly what you're looking for. I would recommend using a fresh domain to most people.

    I don't fuck about when it comes to link building. I don't really believe in waiting a while to build links to a new site. I just think its guru bullshit. I also think its very hard to get penalised unless you only using exact match anchors or adding thousands of links.

    With Site 1, after two weeks I built 10 fresh web2s. I made the topic of each web 2 relevant within my money site niche. I added about 5-7 pages of spun content to each web 2. In each of the blogs, I had one article that linked to my money site. In terms of anchors, I only use naked URL or brand names. I'm very strict with this. Sometimes I'll add something slightly different. I don't use percentages, but to make it easier for you to grasp:

    With all my sites anchors, I'd use something like this 60% (Naked URL), 30% (Brand name), 10% (Relevant text to niche).

    Why do I do this? You'll never be penalised for using naked URL or brand anchors. You can use them as much as you want.

    After the web 2s, I left my site for two weeks and monitored it's performance in SERPS. I saw that it bounced a little. My general plan when it comes to backlinking is: build a few links and wait to see what happens. I've now started to create a PBN for this site. So far, I've added two domains.

    With my other sites, I've only made 10 web 2s for each of them. I plan to make some more in the next few days. You'll see my updates here.


    Apologies if anything is unclear or worded poorly. It's 3:14 am here and I'm tired! Feel free to ask any questions with anything you don't understand.

    I'll definitely write more in depth about my backlinking as the journey continues.
     
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  11. tokkiramen

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    Good luck on your journey wish you the best
     
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  12. FortuneZ

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    Oh okay thats cool, I go up to Manchester every so often. I am based just outside London.

    Thanks for detail about your plans! Sounds promising
     
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  13. Swandk

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    Nice n clear journey, i will follow you and start my new amz aff..
    Good luck..
     
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  14. Mariildo

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    Great start of journey with a lot information, I'm subscribed. I have one question.
    How do you scout how big competitor's PBN is? Maybe sounds like noob question, maybe because I'm noob. ;)
    Thanks!
     
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  15. IMholic

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    Nice write up about your strategy .. But, Nowadays I see many of them hiding their pbns :-(
     
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  16. MrshunE

    MrshunE Power Member

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    Inspiring journey so far!
    Can you share your favorite list of web 2.0s?
    Only a few of these web 2.0s allow your blogs to get indexed, otherwise you will have to upgrade in order to get indexed.
     
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    Thanks a lot for sharing your Amazon journey, very interesting for me in particular as I finally decided to try amazon sites.

    I have one problem with amazon and I'm curious to know how you address it... Naturally, you'd want UK customers to go to UK amazon site, US customers to US amazon and so on but Amazon doesn't give you this option so all your potential customers are referred to the same amazon site but if I'm from UK, I have no interest in buying from amazon.com. How do you real with it?

    Thanks a lot.
     
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    Same question here, How do you redirect US/UK users to correct page?
     
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  19. T2tkid

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    There is a plugin that localize this. I guess it is called easy azon.

     
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    Good luck mate, you're in for the money ride. Just asking on the four sites, are you intending to achieve each 1.5K monthly or staggered overall revenue?
     
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