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Journey to $1,000 Per Month (Amazon Affiliate Niche Sites)

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Dinner&Diatribes, Sep 30, 2019.

  1. Dinner&Diatribes

    Dinner&Diatribes Newbie

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    Hello BHW!

    A little backstory on me before I lay down what I've been in the process of doing:

    Since 2014, I've focused primarily on building websites for local businesses on the side.

    The pay was pretty nice, and through my experience doing this, I was able to land a career in SEO.

    I always struggled with sticking with side projects for the long haul, however, and tried and failed dozens upon dozens of times when it came to building Amazon affiliate niche sites.

    Earlier this year, I finally put my foot down and decided to try this thing one more time after years of putting it off.

    I started experimenting with buying expired/deleted domains with high TF using ExpiredDomains.net and building niche blogs on them.

    Essentially, rather than building PBN's out of the domains, I made the domains themselves the money sites.

    I built a site using this method and within weeks the site was already ranking and within 3 months it was on the first page for almost all of the relevant terms I was targetting.

    I just checked GA and the site will finish out September 2019 with 2,000 sessions which is pretty cool.

    The site itself doesn't make me much money since the terms I'm targeting are more informational focused vs buyer-intent keywords like "best" review-type terms, so I'm only making a tiny bit in AdSense revenue with it.

    Still, this was the catalyst for what I'm trying to do now.

    I purchased several different expired domains that met certain metrics I put into ExpiredDomains.net's filters over the last several months, so these are the domains I'm using in this journey.

    What I'm Attempting to Do
    Build 6 Different Authority Niche Blogs in Multiple Different Categories

    How They Will Make Money
    Amazon Affiliate revenue & AdSense

    How I Am Managing This
    I am outsourcing all of the article writing to a couple of Fiverr writers that I've used in the past that are really good.

    How I Am Funding This
    I recently sold a niche site I built up using this method for $x,xxx on Flippa. The site wasn't ranking for anything yet, and I literally just put it up on Flippa as an experiment to see what people would pay for the site. The site itself cost me around $60 - 70 total to build and took around 16-20 hours to create (spending about 4 hours a day for 4-5 days to build it) so needless to say I was happy with the profit I made. The money I made with this sale is being used to fund the content ordering of the 6 other niche sites.

    Website Design
    The sites are built in WordPress and I have a specific template that I am using for each of the sites complete with all the necessary plugins & theme. I use Siteground for hosting, so I simply use the WordPress migrator to migrate the demo site to the respective add on domain folder. Replace what needs to be replaced (text, affiliate ids, etc.), and they're good to go! Super easy to do.

    Keyword Research
    I am using SEMrush to find keywords to target. I am specifically targeting keywords with low KD% (<50%) but I made a few exceptions if I determined the keyword was good to target based on search volume and the page 1 results having poor on-page SEO. A technique I like to use is to see what keywords a blog within the same niche I'm targeting ranks for and sort of "reverse-engineer" things that way.

    Content Ordering
    I created an Excel sheet with 10 articles for each niche blog to order. 5 of them are "best" or "versus" review keywords and 5 of them are informational articles. Since I'm dealing with 6 different sites in bulk, I plan on breaking things down into 3 phases:

    Phase 1: Order Content & Post It

    Phase 2: Optimize & Grammar/Spelling Check

    Phase 3: Build Up Social Profiles & Share Articles using FPTraffic & IFTTT

    Once all 6 of them are launched and all of the baseline 10 articles have been ordered, I will likely create a new document with more keywords found via SEMrush and order 2 articles per month for each of them totaling 12 articles a month. Depending on which writer I use, it will likely cost anywhere from $30-90 per month which is perfectly doable in my current financial state.

    Backlink Building
    Since the sites already have a good amount of backlinks pointing to them, I don't really plan on focusing on backlink building - at least not at first. Perhaps once the sites start to gain traction I'll look into doing some guest posting but we'll see. I've never used PBN links before as I get really nervous dealing with them - maybe being on this forum will change my mind!

    Progress So Far
    I have already launched 4 of the 6 blogs. I use Trello for a site launching "checklist" to ensure everything is in order before launching. I decided to launch some blogs even if I don't have all of the planned blog posts ordered and posted yet - once I receive back the first batch of articles for one of them and get them posted with a featured image and affiliate links, and assuming everything else is in place with the site's structure I launch them. An issue I'm running into currently with one of them, though, is that one of the domains has a manual action against it that I need to repeal. I have done this in the past for other domains I've purchased, and it has usually ended up OK for the domain, but this was an oversite on my part as I didn't check the archive.org history carefully. Worst case scenario if the site doesn't rank well even after the repeal goes through, I try to sell it.

    I will try to make weekly updates with my progress. My goal is to ultimately make $1,000+ per month passively through Amazon Affiliates. This will be nice beer money for the wife and me to travel with. I have no intention of leaving my day job any time soon, so I don't feel any pressure or stress in having to make enough money at a certain point. I learned the hard way not to approach these sorts of projects that way. This is all in good fun!
     
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  2. youtube1001

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    Wow, seems like a good strategy and management of 6 sites could be tricky. You are not in hurry, so that is good.

    All the best in your journey. Following.
     
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    I am looking forward is walking this path along side you. All the best in this path.
     
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    You're definitely on the right path by choosing to REVERSE ENGINEER instead of coming up with something REVOLUTIONARY OR EARTHSHATTERINGLY NEW.... the latter approach rarely works.

    When you reverse engineer, you basically make your competitors DO YOUR HOMEWORK for you
     
  5. Dinner&Diatribes

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    Exactly. As great as Jobs was, Gates had the deeper pockets.
     
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    Quick update for today:

    I submitted 5 review-style articles to be written yesterday with one of my Fiverr writers and it'll be finished in 2 days.

    I also submitted a gig to have one of my site's about section to be written because I'm lazy. It's only $5 and the dude is really good at what he does so I'm not stressin'. Funnily enough, this is for the site that's currently penalized so once I receive back this about section, I plan on building out the homepage, posting 5 more review articles on the site, then I'll try for the repeal. If I try for the repeal now, I have a bad feeling they'll keep it penalized since the site only has 4 articles on it with a sketchy-looking about page and no homepage (except for the latest posts).

    Plan of Attack for This Week
    Once I receive the 5 review posts back for one of my sites, I plan on buying 5 more review articles for the penalized site. I will then do what I mentioned above before repealing the site's manual action.

    I also submitted a test article to a new writer and depending on how well they do, I may start using them over my current informational article writer.

    I'll continue ordering articles until I have all 60 articles ordered and posted on each blog. My estimation is that I'll have everything ordered and posted by the end of this month.

    Then, I'll move on to phase 2 which is the optimization portion.

    Once I get to phase 2, I'll explain exactly what I am doing optimization-wise.

    Fiverr Article Writers Explanation
    I figured I should explain the different types of writers I am using so everything makes sense.

    The writer I use on Fiverr are native English speakers that don't write like shit but don't charge me an arm and a leg.

    The only exception is one of the authors I am using for the review articles who clearly does not speak English natively, but they know exactly how to format things and the pricing is good and turn around time is fantastic so it's worth me having to spend a few minutes editing the grammar/spelling to have the articles basically 70% done and presentable. I have another writer that is 10 times better grammatically but their turnaround time is terrible (2 weeks on average) so I'm using them in tandem with my shorter-turnaround time writers.

    Essentially, these are the sorts of writers I have:

    Tier 1 Kickass HQ Writer
    This writer is one of the best writers I've ever used. Their pricing is excellent and they write very well.
    Pricing: $5 per 500 words
    Turnaround time: 2-3 weeks
    Cons: As you can see, their turnaround time is balls. They also only let you order a certain number of articles so I can't bulk order with them. I have used them for both informational articles and review articles, and they are easily the best I've seen.

    Tier 2 Informational Writer
    Really good at writing informational articles like "how to x from x", or "is x related to x?" that have a very low KD% and a decent search volume.
    Pricing: $5 per 500 words
    Turnaround time: 1-2 days
    Cons: They suck at punctuation. They also tend to write a bunch of interrogative sentences like, "so you're wanting to get started with x, right?" or "that's not how you'd want x to be, right?" Feels like I'm reading a TYT network transcript. Other than that, their low price, high turnaround time and a solid understanding of the English language makes them a great asset to my sites.

    Tier 3 Review-Style Writer
    This writer is actually the most expensive of the writers I use for these projects. However, the ease of literally just submitting them Amazon products and having them create articles exactly how I want them is just too good not to pass up. Also, their turnaround time is excellent and I can order more than 2 1,000 word articles at a time. My kickass writer is able to do these with a bit of direction, but because of the inability to bulk order with them and their turnaround time being terrible, I'm relying on this guy to complete several of the articles.
    Pricing: $15 per 1,000 words
    Turnaround time: 3-4 days
    Cons: They're clearly not a native-born English speaker as their grammar is horrid. They've used words I didn't even know existed in the English language. However, the pros outweigh the cons in this situation and they know exactly how to format things perfectly.

    As I mentioned, I am currently testing another informational writer and if they pass my test, I may replace my current informational writer.

    Moving Forward
    As I mentioned in my original post, I have 10 posts for each site that I've already planned on ordering to give them a sort of "baseline" to start things out. Once all of these articles are ordered, I will be reverting to order 2 articles for each site monthly for a total of 12 articles. They will be 1 review-style article and 1 informational article, though I may occasionally do 2 informational articles instead just to keep things diversified. We'll see!
     
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    nice ...how you do th kw research or niches you are going for ?
     
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    I use SEMrush analyzing what a competitor niche blog ranks for and I reverse engineer things.

    The niches I selected based on the expired domains that I found - for example I found a high TF & DA site that had a lot of swimming sports links pointing to it because it was an old website for a swimming team, so I built the blog based around swimming gear. In several cases, if the expired domain was an old blog, I have a lot of content to pull from in archive.org assuming it passes a plagiarism checker.
     
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    seems like a good and solid journey with well organized and managed plan .. best of luck bro
     
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    good luck with your journey. how much you pay the writer? per article or per 100 words model?
     
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    Per article

    Haha it is isn’t it? Thanks for the encouragement!
     
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    If the site didn't rank for any keyword and no sales means how did you sold that website in Flippa for $$$?
     
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    Sometimes just having a really well built site with 20+ articles in the specific niche a person is looking for pays off. In other words, I got pretty damn lucky.
     
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    Reverse engineering is the safe way, however it has less potential.

    Creating something revolutionary will turn you into a millionaire, reverse engineering will give you a decent payslip.
     
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    I would buy a website on flippa with 20+ articles and no sales.

    Building the website and getting them first 20+ articles up is a real pain and time consuming. Sometimes people don't understand SEO, they build a great website, great content, but have no idea how to rank it, they sell it on flippa then. You come in with SEO skills and boom.
     
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    Loving the informative posts. I definitely need to spend a bit more time looking at writers on Fiverr, my experiences haven't been amazing, good to know there are good ones though *starts stalking @Dinner&Diatribes to find out his writers* :p
     
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    That's great share OP. following
     
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    You can find great writers if you set the right filters. Also send test articles to multiple writers to see which writer you like the most.
     
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    Quick update:

    I received back my 5 review articles for one of my sites and they turned out pretty good. As I mentioned, the writer doesn't have the best grammar so I will have to spend some time editing the content.

    I recently spent time exploring BHW to see if there are any good, affordable product review article writing services and I found a few that I'm currently testing that are either the same price as my product review Fiverr writer or cheaper but much better quality (according to the samples I've been shown). I may switch over to these services for the product article writing but we'll see.

    AAWP API Issues
    I use the AAWP plugin and yesterday, for whatever reason, I kept getting this annoying "RequestThrottled" error that wouldn't let me connect my API to one of the newer sites I built. Even after I created a new API key combo, I still kept getting this error. When I went to Amazon's Scratchpad to figure out the issue, it kept telling me something to the effect of "you're trying too many requests". So, I figured this was due to me trying to reconnect the API several times and waited until today to try to reconnect them. Thankfully, they were able to reconnect with the new API so I'm definitely feeling major relief as the AAWP plugin saves a lot of time and allows for major streamlining with showing products, affiliate links and comparison tables. While I was typing this message out I had a whole section on how this was a setback and I wouldn't be able to use the AAWP plugin anymore, but I decided to test it one more time before posting this and, sure enough, it worked. Thank God.

    The next steps will be getting the 5 review articles I ordered posted with affiliate links and then, once I receive back the review copy from one of the BHW content services, I'll see if they become my new product article writer.
     
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    Another update:

    Submitted 20 review articles for 5 different sites to be written.

    Waiting to receive them back.

    Sites that have launched are starting to get a lot of impressions and a few clicks which is pretty great.

    Site #1

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    Launched in late July with 10 articles. Big jump in impressions happened a little bit after I implemented a batch of 5 review articles.

    Site #2

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    Launched in May but rebranded with a new domain in August due to the previous domain not having a lot of authority and having a penalty initially.

    Site #3:

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    Site launched late September. It's already getting a large amount of clicks and impressions due to branded search terms for the domain.

    Site #4 has yet to launch as I am waiting for the logo to come back from the designer. I will likely launch it with the 5 articles I have written for it so far either this week or next.

    Site #5 is launched but has a penalty which I am working on getting fixed. This may cause issues in the short-term but I think I'll be fine in the long term.

    Site #6 has yet to launch as I'm also waiting for the logo to come back from the designer. It does have 5 informational articles live on the site and I will likely launch it next week.
     
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