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[Journey] Amazon + Squidoo = $$ ~ Watch Over My Shoulder To See How I Do It!

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by H2oBoy, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. H2oBoy

    H2oBoy Regular Member

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    I?ll keep this "Journey Thread" brief and to the point?

    I?ve been ?tinkering around? with affiliate marketing now for the last 4-5 years, and I?ve finally come to the conclusion that if I don?t get off my a** and stop making excuses, then the type of money I know I can make from AM will never happen!

    Sure, I?ve made some cash here and there?but it has never been on a consistent basis! Therefore, as a way of holding myself accountable, I, like many before me, have started this journey/thread to show everyone how I?m going to go about it!

    Since I do have a day-job?.and one that I?m starting to really f***ing hate as of recently, I at least have money to pay my bills and not be stressed about how much money I need to make today, next week or by the end of the month, which is often typical of these types of ?threads??no offense to those who NEED money NOW?I?m just saying I?m not in that boat with you! ;-)

    So, here?s how I?m going to start making money?with no initial start-up capital?

    First, I?m going to start promoting Amazon products via Squidoo lenses. I?m not going to shoot for any specific dollar amount, as ANY AMOUNT right now will be just the type of motivation I?ll need to see myself through the hard-times when things aren?t going so well!

    I also know that as long as I can get someone to click my affiliate link, that regardless if they ultimately purchase what I?m promoting?they?ll still most likely buy something ELSE and I?ll get THAT commission!

    So, I see it that as a ?win-win?!

    What tools/resources do I have at my disposal as of right now, seeing as I?ve got NO MONEY to invest in, which I?ll be using?

    * My Amazon Affiliate Account
    * Azon Suite of products, picked up from this very board!
    * A great guide I picked up from that ?other forum?, via a ?review copy? that outlines some pretty easy steps on how to promote Amazon products and properly set up a Squidoo lens the right way!
    * A sh** load of ?time?, seeing as I only work about 30+ hours a week at my current (J)ust (O)ver (B)roke!

    Here?s what I?m aiming for each day to accomplish in the two (2) hours I?ll afford myself each night?at least on the days I have to work, whereas on the days I don?t work, I?ll shoot for 4-6 hours!

    First, find a good product to promote based on the following criteria:
    * Product Picked From Best-Sellers OR Movers & Shakers
    * Priced between $50 ~ $300
    * Has AT LEAST 3.5 STARS
    * Has AT LEAST 10 Reviews

    Once a product has been found, then I will then focus time on doing KEYWORD RESEARCH!

    The keyword criteria I?ll be focusing on is as follows:

    * Product Name
    * AT LEAST 100 EXACT searches a month
    * Under 100,000 competing pages
    * Amazon product listing on 1st page
    * No other Squidoo lenses on 1st page

    Onto Squidoo Lens Making

    Once I?ve selected a product to promote, and have done my basic keyword research, I?ll move over to creating my lens. I?ll keep the lens making simple by merely following the outline below:

    * Squidoo URL will match whatever keyword I?m targeting
    * Squidoo TITLE will match whatever keyword I?m targeting
    * Insert Image Module and ensure to use KEYWORD(s)
    * Turn ON Table of Contents


    Well, that?s about it for now, so I?ll be back later to update this thread and let everyone know how things are going!

    Cheers for now!


    H2oBoy
     
  2. bwman

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    so many (****) lol..

    good luck anyways
     
  3. H2oBoy

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    Sorry about that...it's just a habit...I'll try and NOT to do that in follow-up posts!

    Thanks for the encouragement BTW!
     
  4. H2oBoy

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    Journey Update:

    Ok, so last night I spent about 90 or so minutes going over products scraped from Amazon and then figuring out which ones I could create a lens on based on the criteria I outlined in my 1st thread.

    Found about 4 products that I myself would be interested in and headed over to Squidoo to start the lens creation process.

    Spent another 30+ minutes getting my account created, photos uploaded, bio written, Etc., Etc., and then finally onto the lens creation itself!

    That part took another 30+ minutes just because I had to determine how I was going to set up the lens and what modules I was going to use, as well as rewriting some of the product content to include in the lens.

    Regardless of the fact that it took me just a tad bit longer than I had anticipated to get all this work done, at least the lens is done and published!


    Still trying to figure out the best way to use ?tags?, based on the SquidUtilis plug-in I came across, but I?m sure with some extensive trial & error, I?ll finally get the hang of it!

    Anyway, just thought I?d update this thread for now?gotta get to work on creating those lenses for the other 3 products I found and whatnot!

    Thanks for reading!


    Cheers~
     
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    Sounds like you have a good plan to follow through with. When I tried Squidoo, I noticed it had an EXTREMELY high bounce rate so if you ever have trouble keep an eye on that. Best of luck man, I'll be watching your progress.
     
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    Good way to find low comp products is another bhw method: google news search "announces" and look for products. Many times the item has not been released yet and no competition. By the time the product is released your review lens has gained authority and is at the top of the searches on day one!

    Aloha!
     
  8. neOtron

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    always wanted to work on this method . will follow you and see how its goes. subscribed :)
     
  9. H2oBoy

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    Been sick since last Thursday w/Strep Throat....been to the ER twice (Friday, Nov. 23rd & Sunday Nov. 25)...1st time, I got a shot of penicillin in my a$$....and all that did was help w/the cold shivers I was having...and reducing some of the body aches I had associated w/Strep!

    Went back to ER Sunday morning and had blood drawn....as the folks in the ER thought it was something more than just 'strep throat'....but after waiting an hour for the results, it was just a really bad case of "strep"...so, they immediately gave me an oral morphine solution + prednisolone...and then a prescription for each one to cover the next 3-days.

    Missed a total of 4 days of work...and my boss was pissed, but I was like "what I have is highly contagious...do you really want me at work? WTF!"


    Anyway, once I'm feeling a little bit better, I'll be back to updating this journal!

    Sorry for the delays!
     
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    Great journey! following now..
     
  11. its2die4

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    hope you feel better... looking forward to following
     
  12. bojana

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    Another proof why full time IM is a way to go! :)
    I hope you get well soon..
     
  13. theonly1

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    Easy method ... let's see how it goes!
     
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    Best of luck.. I will be Following up to see your success :noidea:
     
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    A few suggestions to make the lens rank better/get more traffic :
    - try to get the max in "Lens Progress" (you will get to 91% on your own, the rest is about receiving 20 squidlikes and 1 squidlike from a squidangel)
    - if you don have enough text for the "Add 5 completed modules with unique content" add at the end of the lens the "About me" module
    - add your own lenses in the "Related Lenses" so they will appear in the right sidebar to funnel the traffic to another lens of yours
    - Each day go and like other lenses in your niche because :
    1. you will get likes back
    2. sometimes the other person is really in to that hobby/niche and they will end up buying something from you (in case you talk about something "newer" in that field)
    - add your lenses in the directories dedicated to Squidoo lenses - they help in rankings (some have bookmarklets so it's easy)
    - add them to popular social bookmarks - StumbleUpon can deliver nice traffic
    - add Poll and feedback modules - you get points for each comment and vote you receive and you will increase your rank etc etc

    Hope this will help you get started :)
     
  16. afrodek

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    Hi,
    any update with your progress? I am interested, cause I also would like to implement same strategy A+SQ.