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Building Amazon Affiliate Emporium - Road to 1k/Month

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by DigitalDope, Jul 12, 2017.

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Have you built an amazon affiliate store before?

  1. No, I don't even know where to start

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  2. Yes, but I didn't really do anything with it

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  3. Yes, I made up to $100/mo with one

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  4. Yes, I made up to $1k/mo

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  5. Yes, I made over $5k/mo

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  1. DigitalDope

    DigitalDope Newbie

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    AMAZON AFFILIATE JOURNEY

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    The Setup:
    I've already purchase a domain name, a premium theme, & a widget to import amazon products into my store with ease. I had a frustrating time setting up certain parts of the theme. I would breeze through setting up all the categories, then I would come across a responsive issue that took me a whole day to solve. In fact, i'm still working with the dev's of the theme to fix some other issues. However, the site is still beautiful and functional none.

    Expenses-
    [$42] - premium theme
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    $40] - amazon affiliate plug-in
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    $10/mo] - hosting

    Progress Made-
    - I have imported about 1k products across 6 main categories and about 24 total subcategories (yes, wide variety of products) this is good because it's a medium competition niche & there are plenty of good comparision articles I can write.

    - Aged instagram account tied to the domain
    - around 4.2k followers
    - 55k impressions weekly
    - 3.6k reached weekly
    - 1k profile views weekly
    - 2 website clicks LMAO (i just added link in bio a few days ago, no promo posts yet)


    - 2 articles published: 1 around 3.2k words & 1 around 2k words targeting maybe 10-15 keywords
    *if anyone has a good way of keeping track of keywords and you're rankings pls let me know, right now I only have google analytics and I still have a hard time figuring out how to read the data*

    on the articles, I have a lot of the content written, I just need to structure it a little nicer and add comparison tables, pro's vs. con's & plenty of links back to amazon. Right now they are kind of just plain articles.

    Summary of progress:
    [x] - create website & attach domain/host
    [x] - configure layout(categories & menu)
    [x] - import (5-100) products into each category (1k total products)
    [x] - create 2 articles with
    green lights on readability and SEO through yoast
    [x] - social media page(IG) increasing (4.2k followers)


    To-Do:
    [] - enable UK affiliate sales (IG reporting over 30% of my followers are in the UK)
    [] - structure current articles better (tables/buttons/charts)
    [] - write at least 2 articles per week
    [] - figure out how to get back links & traffic


    EARNINGS:
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    It's a start, stay up to date with my journey & watch this thread!

    * interacting with everyone here on BHW motivates me to keep going:)
     
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  2. issorc

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    For keyword rank tracking I can recommend Serplab (serplab.co.uk). It has a free subscription that offers daily updates for 50 keywords. However, with a paid serp bot (thats how they call them and they're 5$ a month) you get more updates. You can check 600 ranking positions/24h and update as often as you want. With a paid subscription you get information about the search volume too.

    Anyway, good luck with your journey and I'll folllw you closely :)

    Btw the header of this journey thread and the overall design is beautiful :D
     
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  3. Yarael

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    Bookmarked, best of luck op, Following journey
     
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    Nice. I have started very similar project recently. So I'm following your progress. Good luck.
     
  5. thetoothfairy

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    good journey ,best of luck my friend.
     
  6. deedee1whoa

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    I was just yesterday searching on Google for amazon affiliates...
    I don't like that they don't have PayPal as a option. Only checks. Bad.

    Anyways, good luck to you!
     
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    Over what time scale did you build this up ?

    Aged instagram account tied to the domain
    - around 4.2k followers
    - 55k impressions weekly
    - 3.6k reached weekly
    - 1k profile views weekly
     
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    Interesting, good luck! You might as well pick up some clicks from organic by ranking for extremely low search volume terms
     
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    Any update?
     
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    Fr, I need some inspiration :/
     
  11. DigitalDope

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    Back with an update.
    **remember amazon sites like this (especially fresh domain) will take AT LEAST a few weeks/+month to pick up traction organically. I'm working hard to speed things up. I'm still learning too:)***

    I will try my best to post daily updates even if I don't do much on the site

    Thankyou for the compliments, I checked out serplab, but I was trying to find the program that was used in this screenshot [​IMG]
    seems like a cleaner interface than serplab. If anyone knows, drop a comment for a thumbs up:)

    I started the instagram account back in march when I originally wanted to build a dropshipping site in the niche. I was building the site on shopify in the middle of finals for college and just lost interest. Now that it's summer, I changed to a wordpress platform and decided to make an amazon affiliate store. Plus I have waaaay more time now to spend making content and working on this project. I'm gaining around 20-30 followers a day. I'll mess with the targeting more this week to see if I can boost it up to 50-100 followers a day.

    Definitely! I have a ton of keywords that are getting between 250-2.5k searches in the serps that I'm writing some good articles for. Those should definitely rank in the future. I have 2 articles published that need to be polished(more products and buttons linking back to amazon). I'm going to wait until I hit 5 CLEAN and properly created articles before doing any type of external marketing on the site. Still working on the whole back link situation since it's a little foreign to me right now.

    Yup, just read through the above comments:) I have another project I'm working on as well, but stick around for later today when I finish up another article or two:) & do some research on what I will do next to help get this site off the ground

    SEE YOU SOON
     
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    That actually is Serplab :D
     
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  13. DigitalDope

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    Literally LOL. ok I must not have explored it enough. About to go to bed, will check it out later. Thanks!
     
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    Yes, I vouch for serplab too, cost effective rank tracking solutions. I wish others charged similarly.
     
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    Good luck, man!✊
     
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    What was your initial drop shipping idea, if you don't mind me asking?
     
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    I was looking at products on Ali express that were selling for cheap. I built a Shopify site to sell those same products at a higher price. So whenever I got an order through the site, I would dropship it and make profit. I didn't realize the amount of work it took to get it to take off and didn't want to pay Shopify $30 a month to maintain a site making $0 so I scrapped it.
    (Lack of effort, patience & time)

    Two ways of making it work. Work hard or work smart. I didn't really have the experience or the money to do paid ads & the products I was trying to sell wasn't really a good choice.

    There's a few good threads in the money making section on dropshipping. Go scoop around, you'll find them if you look hard enough.
     
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    that a nice instagram account to start with :)
    good luck.
     
  19. drew32091

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    Been through the dropshipping thing before and not my thing, especially shopify. I always use WordPress because i have reseller hosting i dont sell, so might as well use it.

    Amazon was going to be my next venture, after getting some services in the marketplace. Good luck on your journey!
     
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    Good luck for your journey, Are you using ecommerce type of amazon affiliate site?

    If yes, Why?