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Baby's First Trip to the Amazon

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by battletross, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. battletross

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    Goal: Create an Amazon affiliate site that generates a regular revenue of $25/day.

    I was introduced to this forum and the IM world a few years ago. I quickly got sucked into the adsense mirco niche hype and really learned a lot in the process. Unfortunately I was desperate for income at the time, which lead to quick and dirty sites being thrown up as fast cheap as possible. I got around 8 small sites set up and very impatiently waited for results. I made some pocket change off of the shitty pages I had created and lost interest in a month or two.

    I stumbled across the forum again about a week ago and got reading. Seems like quite a bit has changed! At this point in my life I have a lot more free capital and time to put into a project and have decided to re-enter the IM world with a new attitude. I've spent the past few days researching the different methods of monetizing traffic and a few threads about Amazon niche sites really caught my eye. In the interest of taking action and learning on the fly, I've decided to set up a new site which i'll be monetizing through the Amazon affiliate system.

    My main focus is on creating a quality niche site that I would read myself if I were a potential buyer. I no longer have any interest in spamming the internet with spun articles and fake traffic just to try to make a few pennies. I spent most of the day yesterday researching a niche worth investing in, using trials of MNF and Long Tail Pro. I have chosen a low competition, lowish traffic niche as a "trial" to make sure I can rank it and get a feel for doing things the "right" way. My goal is to promote the site to the point of bringing in an average of $25/day. After I reach my goal, plan on expanding my portfolio with a larger, higher traffic site or a few of this size if it is successful.

    Day 1 Accomplishments:
    -Signed up for Amazon's affiliate program
    -Registered new domain
    -Set up webmaster tools and analytics
    -Installed Wordpress and a great looking theme that I discovered on a similarly sized Amazon niche site (of a different non-competing niche).
    -Purchased a premium plugin for product comparisons & grids
    -Installed SEO plugins
    -Wrote a 1,000 word main page article with a couple images and a nice product chart (to be expanded on later)
    -Optimized the on-site SEO for the main page
    -Ordered 2x500 word related articles
    -Ordered 5x400 word product reviews

    The other niche site that I referenced above managed to rank #1 for a keyword with a nearly identical number of searches in less than 2 months. Just a handful of seemingly garbage backlinks too. Total number and length of articles is very similar to what I have written and ordered in the details above. I am going to start here and see how the ranking advance over the next two weeks. I'll then start manually blog posting and researching some other white-ish hat backlinking methods.

    Best case scenario, this turns out to be a winning formula for a keyword of this traffic and competition level and I can rinse and repeat . Worst case scenario, I've wasted about $100 on a solid learning experience and will re-load for another attempt. I will post here whenever I have noteworthy updates. If anyone has any advice for such a venture, I'm all ears! Thanks for following along!
     
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    Well done at getting started, look forward to babys trip ;)
     
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    I thought you're travelling to Amazon rainforest with your baby
     
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    best of luck looking forward to your updates
     
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    I read every bit of that thread before I got started. Some really good spoon-fed information there.
     
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    Good luck dude, you've accomplished a lot on your first day! Hope you keep up the good work.
     
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    my thoughts exactly! :D
     
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    Nothing really notable today. Spent some time cleaning up small things on the site, writing an about page and setting up the privacy policy. My articles are set to be delivered in about 3 days, so I'll probably write a more thorough update after I get those up and get indexed.
     
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    Just got back from a 4 day vacation and am ready to get grinding on this project. Got my 2x500 word supporting articles today. The writing service really did a fantastic job and the articles are well worth $7.50/per. I've posted the two articles to the site's blog and am now just waiting for my 5 product reviews to come in. I'm going to spend some time tomorrow adding in related images and product links on each of the blog posts. The site is really coming together and I am excited to get ranked.

    Also added in a floating widget plugin that forces an amazon search box and buy now button to scroll with the page. This will always keep the "door open" to amazon no matter where the viewer is on the site.

    More to come tomorrow after I figure out my plan of attack. Peace
     
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    All of my articles have arrived and I have uploaded them to the site. Content now includes:

    1000 word main page
    2x500 supporting articles
    5x400 product reviews

    I spent time today uploading images to the supporting & review articles, formatting them properly, optimizing the seo, etc. I also made a nice footer banner on all of the posts that links to the amazon search results for my niche.

    I set up a trial with SerpBook and am now monitoring my rankings. Currently unranked for my main and 4 related keywords. One minor one has the 10 spot on yahoo, but thats it so far. Also set up a facebook page and will be casually building that up as time permits. Going to let the site "season" for maybe a week or so before I start manual link building.
     
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    Good luck with your journey op , remember the content is the most important part
     
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    Hey Mate,

    Just a question. Isn't a 1000 word article a bit of overkill for the front page? Even if you separete it with charts, pictures and videos, it probably occupies a lot of the main page. Wouldn't be better to put the products (and the reviews) on the front page?
    Aesthetically speaking of course.

    Also if you have that much of a content, shouldn't you use that on your tier1 safe backlinks? Maybe even split that 1000 word article into 2 500 articles and build some powerful backlinks.

    Just asking, maybe yours is the way :)
     
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    Wish you all the success with your journey mate!
     
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    btw what service are you using to order reviews and niche content ?
     
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    To be honest i just start writing and article about my main kw, expanded on a few related topics to hit some longtails, and it ended up around 1100 words. Added in a chart and a couple images and it looks pretty solid. This is an experiment, not a proven formula, so time will tell if this works or not. The answer is in the algorithm and fat checks from Amazon :cool:

    I used NatashaNixon for the supporting articles and reviews and am very pleased with their service. Ill probably hit up their fiverr service for backlink content.
     
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    Just got ranked for the first time on google for one of my targeted keywords!

    Spent some time today creating the comparison chart with the 5 product reviews I currently have posted. I also went through the whole site to make sure the affiliate links were nofollowed. Made a new facebook and twitter post, so we'll see if that draws in any traffic.

    I've had a few clicks on my affiliate links so far, but no sales. Still waiting on the first one!
     
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    Discovered AddMeFast today and I've slowly started adding page likes, post likes and shares to the facebook page. No major updates on ranking or sales, just polishing up the existing content and getting ready to order/write some more content.
     
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    Nothing really notable as of late, but a couple things:

    Still using addmefast to build the social presence. I am continuing to drip in new facebook likes and post shares daily.

    I have started backlinking through a single campaign of @basstrackerboats LinkLure service. It's set up for a brand new site and limits the T1 links. So far I have a handful of T1s, supported by a lot of T2 and T3 links. Not seeing them indexed yet, but they should start popping up soon.

    Main KWs haven't started ranking yet, but I have one minor longtail that is starting to creep up. Hopefully will start seeing some movement soon. I'll be writing a few more product reviews tonight and will schedule them to post every other day over the next week or so.

    Will update again when I have something to share!
     
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    Sounds Great...

    Good luck, Hope your success. Keep it updating... Subscribed.
     
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