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I just want to play my Guitar and Sleep Where I want -- Affiliate Journey

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Keyboarding, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. Keyboarding

    Keyboarding Regular Member

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    Starting an amazon affiliate niche site. My First go since I made a decently succesful EDM blog in the short amount of time I had to put it together. Day Job Begins Monday. Class begins Tuesday.

    I'm 19. Have been on and off with IM, hit a realization, and back at it like I should have been all along. I consider myself a good writer but lately I've been frustrated with not being able to write. Not having any desire to write lasted a while, starting to break out of it. I can't give up on writing like I had with other "hobbies".

    Goals?
    They are important, I need to write a description of my ideal self in the near future. It's not the "writing" of what you want, it's the constant seeding that this is how your life must be. It's the realizing this is normal, this is my way of life. This is just how it is.

    I'll have earned $1,000 from IM by June. Reachable, but vague.
    Short term goals:
    By Sunday have seven reviews on the site.
    By Tuesday, four reviews on the site.
    By Monday, look through parent page and check to make sure right keywords.


    This is the idea.

    Found a reasonable niche that by association and need causes me to have an interest.
    The competition seems 'simple' enough and from my sketchy keyword research I should be on the right track.

    So I began.

    I came up with a domain name, I wasn't going for an EMD. A catchy name that is clearly relevant to the niche.
    Picked a theme, found hosting, uploaded theme.


    First step was to plan out the page structure. Kind of back and forth, settled on the idea that it will just be a niche site, and maybe if I'm finding ranking easy I'll consider full authority, but for now highly unlikely.
    So the plan is to keep it a niche review site.

    The main page is the initial "top reviews" with a tablepress graph and images concluded with a video, this would be the most difficult to rank as it's the broadest. It's the theme keyword.

    The idea is to grab the traffic from the reviews with the easier to rank keywords. The more specific & long tail search terms.

    I am not sure how to build links yet, other than linking from my site to others, and networking with others in the field.
    I'm assuming I'll have to build a few satellite micro niche sites and point them towards mine. That will be after I get about 8 reviews on the site and they are all written strong enough and with purpose.

    Unless I start now to let them simmer while I work on the main. Still figuring that part out.

    Started a journey so I can show people I'm doing something with the advice I ask for. Few pointers would be nice aswell, whether how to construct my reports in the journey or anything toward what I'm trying to do.


    It's a bit scary and overwhelming but I've fought bears before.



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    Catching Up:


    -- Found keywords using common sense to search for more in google's keyword tool. Gathered a list of keywords under 10k searches. Checked the list in Scrapebox for competition, gathered keywords under 350k comp.


    -- Website Up. Name that I love. Topic that I'm passionate about. Can't go wrong.


    Wrote the content for the parent page, 1.3k words and photoshopped a few images for a more vintage look to align with my niche.

    Ordered a 1k article off fiverr for a review,
    finished my second review just now.



    I want this site to last, and there's only one other competitor that I'm really worried about. All of my reviews are at least 700 words and with images & links. Articles must have a video aswell, reviews if I can.
    I need to use a timer to make sure I'm taking breaks. I burn out and waste time without realizing it. I feel every 25 minutes at max. When you hit flow it's especially important. You need to leave with ideas flowing to come back with different perspectives and angles.

    I want to write two more reviews by today.
    Need to read a journey that inspired me.
     
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  2. dragiia

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    Only piece of advice, write your own material.
     
  3. Keyboarding

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    thanks Dragila I actually just read a bit of your journal.

    Yeah I was going to curate it. It's beyond helpful to have something to write off of. It gives me a reference and a structure to adopt.
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    Thanks, it's easier to write when you base it off something. I would take it, break it down and use it as a guide to structure what I'm trying to say.

    Simple example.
     
  4. Keyboarding

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    Deleted and added to original post.

    So.. saved for next report.
     
  5. Keyboarding

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    I'll take even the slightest sign of progress.

    9 bots/people visited my page today.


    I feel like I'm trying too hard. All of my pages have been atleast 1k text. Really happy with how they're turning out.

    7 pages on my site so far. Going through now and making sure all have images and videos.
    I realized I need to SEO the images.Making sure they have good titles and alt text.


    Current Goals:
    Two more Reviews by Thurs. One a day. Easy.
    Work out a plan for backlinks
    Check all current pages and make sure they have the right keywords by Fri.




    I'm not sure what the point of me writing this journey is, but I'll figure it out eventually.
     
  6. Keyboarding

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    I'm starting to get a bunch of spammy comments, what does that mean?

    Is this bad or good. Akismet is blocking them, but they show up for me to "approve".
     
  7. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    That usually means that the softwares such as ScrapeBox et al have found your site.

    Just ignore them.
     
  8. Keyboarding

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    i am too lazy to do anything.


    Working is not for me. Which is why I'll succeed eventually.
     
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    If you truly want to succeed with your game plan, let alone in this industry you will have to work for it. Being lazy is easy but will never get you anywhere in life.

    This is not a good mind set to be in.
     
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  10. Keyboarding

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    nah. you're looking at it the wrong way.
     
  11. Keyboarding

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    Thanks BTB for the response btw, was kind of surprised to see someone with as much experience as you in here but you are extremely helpful around the community. You hooked me up with hosting once also. A while back.

    Wrote 3/4 of a review today.

    Re-configured my keywords for my home page and did a little bit of quality control.
     
  12. Keyboarding

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    working out how to promote the site.



    The last time I did it, it was more of an authority site and I used alot of social & articles.

    I can't see that doing anything for this website but I don't know why. Nobody's going to click through to the site from one, and even if they do, they wouldn't be anything converting. Atleast that would make sense. They didn't set out to buy anything...

    I was thinking building 2 more domains, and tiering through them. But, they're all going to be new and if I drip links to one, spam the last, and just connect the money how would it even be potent. It would just be a string of spam-ridden sites.

    Next idea was to pick out a new niche, and just connect those two sites. Sure, but then what? I now have TWO sites without any potential way to increase links.

    Need to do alot more research. Woodward's guide helped me so much last time but I did invest a bit. And I wrote a ton of articles as I mentioned above which didn't really do much. Short time span but I don't want to be investing too much in something especially when I can't rationally see it helping. I know i need to be diverse though I'm not sure if anything would really work. I might try someone's method of churn n burn. But again leads to how do I boost the main website. And, I'd have to be spending (burning) money as amazon affiliate trying things, otherwise just waste of money for domain.

    Social seo would be nothing for this niche, there are a few forums but guest posting and forum postings aren't all that beneficial apparently plus I'd be seen as some spammer. I'd have to get some reputation I guess, post on the sites for a bit. Then drop some links occasionally. Other problem is most forums dont' allow link posting. Even more is that nobody will really click through them.


    I don't have amazon affiliate set up yet so that's a good thing. They'll see the site and not think too much as there are no ads or anything like that yet.
     
  13. dragiia

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    I believe you're wrong about the forums. I recently started another niche amazon site similar to you, and through about 3 or 4 forums that were only mildly active, I'm still receiving a good amount of traffic. Plus, as long as you introduce yourself and your site isn't some 4 page Wordpress site riddled with grammatical errors and content lockers, the majority of the time the user's will actually be quite appreciative that you took the time to make a website centered around their interests.

    Also, you get a back-link from each forum you post your link on, which does help although some people think otherwise. Don't underestimate the power of no-follow back-links, just because it's not do-follow doesn't mean it's not worth your time.
     
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  14. Keyboarding

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    Alright I found a few forums, kept track of which forums I've posted on in a notepad with the acc info. Have a copy and pasted introduction and tweaking it slightly to fit each site.


    Posted link in my profile, In like a week or so I'll write up a post and link it to my site on a few forums to see how it goes over. If it's fine I'll do it on all.
     
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  15. Keyboarding

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    from here it's forum posts and responding to alerts. I picked a bad niche so beyond that moving on.

    Was a good basis to understand what I'm getting into and need to do.
     
  16. Keyboarding

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    Finally started a free trial to moz. Used to be able to use scrapebox to check backlinks. Anyway, finally have and wow. It's like handing me the keys. Things make a lot more sense.
     
  17. splishsplash

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    The number of searches really has zero, and I mean zero, to do with competition.

    This was true in even in 2008, and it's even more true now. In 2008 you could see the number of intitle results and that would be a decent indicator, but in 2015 none of that means anything.

    There might be no results with the exact match title, but it's still a hard keyword. Google is all related keywords. Searches for "top 10 guide for widgets" will return "Your guide to the very best widgets". Relevancy is determined by a large combination of factors: the keywords on the page, the internal links/anchors, how many pages there are about a particular theme. A site that has 100's of high quality pages about cats will rank for persian cats even if there's very little optimization for "persian cats" vs a site that has one article highly optimized for persian cats.

    To determine competition you have to look at the top 10 results. What are the sites about, are they mini-authority sites in your niche? Are they large authority sites with just one or two pages in your niche? How relevant do the results look to YOU as a human. If the results look great and relevant, then the niche is at least moderate to medium difficulty.

    If there's nothing massively relevant, then it's low comp. Doesn't matter much about the backlinks at this point. If the results aren't that related then you can rank with strong on-page and low or no off-page.

    If the results are relevant, next look at the off-page. Page authority, domain authority, citation flow, trust flow, anchor text, anchor text ratios, number of pages indexed in google(site:blah.com).

    That gives you a preliminary understanding of your competition. Next look at the backlinks themselves. Check the top backlinks. Moz is the best for competition checking, and majestic/ahrefs for getting a bigger picture of the backlinks. Moz indexes less, but high quality backlinks, so looking at the top 10-25 DA backlinks on moz is a very good indicator of what you're dealing with.

    Are those links from real sites, real blogs etc? If yes then competition is going to be medium to medium-high.
    Do you recognize those real sites? Are they DA 70+. huffington, cnn, popular sites like that? If yes, then this is a high to very high competition niche.

    If not, are the blogs pbns? That's the next level of competition. It'll range from moderate to high difficulty. Most likely medium unless the person has a lot of really really strong pbns. Most people just have a handful of average pbns.

    Next level down would be seeing a lot of good web 2.0's/do follow comments/social links

    Below that would be some do follow comments and social links

    below that and it's either very little backlinks or it's a spam haven with tons of crappy links. Comments, trackbacks, directory listings, article backlinks. Junk.


    Stop reading crappy journals :) You're either a reader or a do'er. Reading more journals won't help you. All it does is put doubt and fear into your mind whether those journals are positive or negative. Trust me on this. If you want to make money just go and produce output day after day and you will learn far more AND build confidence.



    99% of the forum is too lazy to do anything and don't want to work. They don't ever succeed. Those that succeed work their asses off. If you don't want to work then get a part time job and start living off really cheap food and sharing a flat with others. If you want to make money then get ready for years of long hard work. The difference is successful people actually enjoy their work. Find something you enjoy and you'll find success. If this is boring and requires a lot of external motivation to get things done then you're in the wrong business.
     
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  18. kaptain1

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    read your own, you'll be much more inspired!! ;)
     
  19. Keyboarding

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    I feel like I'm stirring up some controversy with my "im too lazy which is why i'll succeed" which is amusing.


    It's like this.
    I can't stand working, there's so many other things I want to be doing.
    MEANING. I'm going to put in the time NOW so I don't have to later.

    The only thing I'm afraid of is burning money away in the trial phase when I don't have to be. because I already am living in a flat with others and eating shitty cheap food. I'm working your usual college job while going to school for something I can't even see myself working in. Again for reasons that would be interpreted differently.

    I don't want to work. I want to live my life. Yes I understand, you have to put in work .. okay cool.

    that's what I'm doing now so I'm not later. I've been at this for a bit, learning this and that.
    I'm proficient in photoshop, know more than your average amount of html, video editing, guitar, writing, and then there are the real world skills.

    It's just now I'm circling back to IM. It's in my life again for a reason so I'm here to chip away at it.

    Anyway I came to post I am a dumbass. I thought there was a fee to being an amazon affiliate, I decided I should check instead of continuing to assume and I found.. "Free to join."

    Idk where I got the idea from. I thought it was $10/mo.

    So that's nice.


    I'm going to re-cap some things I learned during my re-researching.