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Authority Niche Site Project (Amazon & Adsense)

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Cray, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. Cray

    Cray Registered Member

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    Hello everyone!

    Welcome to my journey building an authority niche website. The reason I'm sharing this here is to track my progress and success/failures and to keep me motivated.

    What have I done so far?
    I started this project maybe half a year ago, mostly based on trial and error. I have not yet figured everything out - especially when it comes to building backlinks there's a lot to be learned for me.

    The website itself attracts around 30'000 visitors a day and currently generates about 200$ to 300$ a month.

    I'm happy with the setup and the look & feel of the website as it currently is. So what I focus most of my efforts on is researching keywords, getting posts written and building backlinks. I try to outsource most of it but I don't have any particular service that I can recommend as I switch them often.

    The only paid tool that I'm using is LongTailPro, even though I've been wondering about its accuracy lately.

    What's next?
    In order to generate a little bit of momentum I will start posting updates about my current progress and about what I'm working on.

    If you have any questions, please let me know.
     
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    Best of Luck OP! Keep us Informed!
     
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    According to your title, you're using adsense on your Amazon niche site too. Is that correct? Because most of the times using Adsense on an Amazon niche site is a big no-go.
    Further, I am very interested in your journey, since I actually started my own Amazon niche site moments ago :D
     
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    se900se Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    with 30k of users per day you can make $300 daily
    not sure what is with your setup/site or traffic, but you can make much more profit
     
  5. Cray

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    Yes, that's true. I have some articles that target high CPC keywords and others that target Amazon products. I personally think that they don't interfere as I usually have long 1'500+ words articles and it doesn't look cluttered with ads. But depending on performance I might settle more on one or the other in the future.
     
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    All the best buddy, keep at and keep improving the site. Whatever you do, do not give up. Its a small % of people that succeed and that small % happen to be the ones who never gave up.
     
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  7. Cray

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    Well, I don't know how this should be possible. If you want to have a look at the setup of my site, send me your skype via pm. I'm thankful for any advice.

    (I can't write private messages yet)
     
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    30K visitors a day or per month? That seems more like per month earnings to me.
     
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  9. Cray

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    Ah, that's why the confusion! Sorry my mistake. It's 30'000 per month.
     
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    Ok guy, let’s get to work.

    Update 1

    Stats for last week

    Visits: 8’500
    AdSense: 20$
    Amazon: 27$
    Expenses: 0$

    Plans for next week
    • publish an article that I’ve been working on for quite some time
    • order some web 2.0s for a recently published article
    • replace one Adsense text ad with an image ad to see if this increases performance
    • research keywords for a new article
    I’m starting a list with all the backlink services that I’ll order. I mark down the keyword, the initial SERP position as well as the position at delivery and one month later. By doing this, I try to figure out what works best for me.
     
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  12. Cray

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    Update 2

    Stats for last week

    Visits: 8’400
    AdSense: 18$
    Amazon: 27$
    Expenses: 56$

    I’m happy that I could almost sustain the view count and the income from last week despite holiday season. My traffic on the 25th was the lowest since months.

    Overall Profit

    Income: 92$
    Expenses: 56$

    I track this because I currently want to reinvest everything I earn.

    What I did last week
    • ordered a new set of keywords for a new Amazon related article and some web 2.0s to an older article
    • optimized ad placement: replaced the text ad below the first paragraph with a responsive image ad; replaced the Adsense ad in the sidebar with sticky, floating Amazon native shopping ad; added a side-wide Adsense anchor ad for mobile
    • published a new article
    The change didn’t had a significant impact on either Adsense or Amazon performance.

    Plans for next week
    • order a new article and publish it if I receive it on time
    • get some more keywords
    • update social media channels at least two times
    • rework privacy policy and disclaimer

    Have a nice week!
     
  13. Cray

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    Just hit a new visitor record yesterday:

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    Congratulations! I've been strongly considering an Amazon affiliate site myself and to see your already making a steady $200-$300 after 6 months is quite inspiring.

    I'm most interested in the fact that you've outsourced almost everything. I planned on also doing the same. If you can recall, would you elaborate a bit on your expenses to date (articles, hosting, SEO, etc)?

    Thanks for sharing and I wish you all the best in 2017!
     
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    Hey! Good luck with the journey! I'm about to start an Amazon authority site as well once I snag the keywords I ordered.

    I'm trying to figure out the best way to structure the site though so I figured I'd ask you! Do you use top 10 product style reviews or...? If you don't mind letting me peek at the site (or maybe a generic mockup?) I would appreciate it. I'm not looking to steal any ideas or compete with you. I'd just like to see the layout / structure of a site that's converting.
     
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    Thanks for your comment. Yes that's true, I outsource everything I can. There are a lot of reasons for it but I guess the main ones are scailability and saving time. And now, that I generate some money with it, I see no reason to do everything on my own.

    Keep in mind that this is my first project and I didn't track my expenses from the beginning. The initial costs included the hosting, a new domain, a premium theme and the Thrive Content Builder plugin. That's maybe 100$ all together.

    From then on I was just reading a lot and trying things out. Orderd some articles here and there, wrote a few on my own. Same goes for keyword research and backlinks. But keep in mind that my site is still very small. I have about 10 - 12 articles.
     
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  17. Cray

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    Good luck with your Amazon website, I'm currently thinking about starting small second project.

    I don't have a fixed template for the content. I'm trying out different things. Most of the articles are Best X for Y, I guess. Some question posts, etc. depending on the keyword.

    I'll send you a couple the links of a couple authority websites that I'm trying to mimic via PM.
     
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    Good work so far keep going
     
  19. Phunky

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    Thanks for the good wishes and the links! I appreciate you taking the time to do that, and it's nice to see someone in a journey being helpful to other as well.

    Most would dodge a question like mine, but I'm always so curious about site structure when it comes to my projects. I know I can do A and B testing (which will be done anyway), but why not get a foundation first from someone who is succeeding!
     
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    Good luck in your journey.