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Long term journey .. amz affiliate / wide niche / quality content .. future physical goods

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by bpmik, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. bpmik

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    I want to start a long term journey that I've been planning for a while now. What I envision is an authority site of a wide niche, heavily article based with HIGHLY RELEVANT amazon links in every article in the form of pictures with some text words. I will probably be 95% amazon with a few other more appropriate authority affiliates for specific articles (ie: Adobe, Microsoft) but for the most part I'll be all Amazon. No AdSense. I think it's ugly.

    I want the site to look beautiful. Flow seamlessly. Article to article transitions will be mapped ahead of time. Nothing random. I see at least 7 categories within this wide niche (think as wide as "sports" or "food") and realistically I am looking at 90-150 articles at ~1000 words each, ie: 90,000-150,000 words! Big project but that's how I see authority sites, they are relevant life changing content. One site I really like that is not really monetized (as well as it could be) is Mr. Money Moustache. Authoritative on saving, investing and retiring young, massive community, articles linked to by major newspapers and millions of readers. That is something to aspire towards. Quality, quality content. The best.

    This will be a slow journey, months of work ahead before going live. Once I'm live, my goals are modest, make $50 profit in month 1, then $200 in month 2, from there who knows.

    I work full-time, 45-60 hours/week and live with my GF so it's hard to find time to write. My dream would be to retire from my job (I'm still younger then 30) and go at making more authority sites full-time. But I'd need to replace substantial income to do that, to be honest I wouldn't be comfortable with anything under 7k/month (most people here neglect TAXES, yes you MUST PAY THEM). Anything I earn, I'll put 50% immediately in savings to go towards possible taxes, if I pay less it's a bonus. But I expect to be taxed on at least 30% of earnings.





    Once I earn money online (over 2500 in a short time frame) I want to get into physical products as well, sourcing from overseas and importing, selling on ebay, amazon, and local sources. My dream job would be running a shop/warehouse, fulfilling orders, while doing SEO/social media on my websites and creating articles from my office. That is the long term dream. With enough income to hire warehouse staff for fulfillment/shipping/recieving so I could take vacations.

    First step is write over 100 articles related to niche.

    My background is some involvement with computer science (studied 3+ years), enjoy programming, some experience in logo and site design (5+ years ago though) with photoshop and HTML/CSS, lots of programming languages. I enjoy PHP. I'll run a slightly modified premium wordpress theme. Articles will have stock photos for aesthetics, I don't mind spending a little money on photos and a premium theme. I don't feel buying articles would give me good value but maybe one day in the future I'll change my mind on that.




    At the moment I have written out broad categories. I will attach article ideas to categories (I have many ideas) and start building a web of articles with pencil and paper determining how they will interlink. I want people to read, read, read on my site, read and comment, read and be inspired, read and share with their friends, who will read and share with their friends. I want to sell items that will actually help them learn more about the topic (books will be a major source of income). I want lots of traffic since books by nature are low paying items, on a $7.90 book I might only see $0.60-$0.70 so I'll have to operate like Walmart and get sales by VOLUME. I'll have a handful of articles describing the importance of certain high ticket items in achieving their goals (there is actually truth in this) so some commissions could be like $25.00/sale but in general I am just hoping to sell a LOT of books, build an amazing website and have lots of traffic.

    Keep in mind, buying a laptop is a BIG DEAL. Reading an article, being inspired, and spending $20 on a book from Amazon, not so much. Know what I mean? There is a reason retailers stuff low cost items in front of their cash registers, sure you could buy 24 bottles of water for $4.00 but so many people won't blink an eye at buying a COLD, single bottle in front of the cash for $1.00+. Impulse purchases. Way more impulse purchases on small ticket items. Microtransactions. Readers read my site, trust me, I recommend them a good book and they buy. That's the idea at least, it makes sense to me. Time will tell how it goes.

    Possible options: once I start earning, toy with the numbers, when I have enough statistics determine an average income per unique viewer and use this as a basis for analyzing possible PPC campaigns through Bing, Facebook and other avenues. If I know an average unique viewer earns me 9 cents for example I don't mind paying 5-6 cents for traffic.

    Scaling - more articles, then explore new niches and repeat the above. Once websites bring a certain amount of revenue (enough I can start importing by the pallet, truck or container loads) start selling physical product while simultaneously running websites.
     
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    Sorry for no updated so far but I am heavily invested in this topic. I am also looking into Adsense and trying to calculate future earnings.

    i am being quite conservative I think here are some nunumber some numbers

    i expect 2.5% click rate on Adsense which from what I read is conservative and we shall say 10c per click earned. These numbers seem low and they are but by being conservative I hope to beat them.

    So to earn say, 100/day at 10 cents a click I need 1000 clicks. If I need 1000 clicks and only 2.5% of people click I go 1000 * 97.5 = 97,500 page views a month

    sounds like a scary amount right? I don't think I'll hit that very quickly

    but

    but

    i will further monetize all articles with amazon affiliate links and other related affiliate offers

    for example if I can earn 6% of an amazon book sale at 39.99
    that is 2.40 earned for a simple click.

    they are not the only other affiliate out there. be creative. you and I can find other attractive affiliate offers from authority sites for articles. think Home Depot, Travelocity, newegg, walmart and more.

    use Adsense for base earnings then link out in articles to related affiliate offers.

    i have done lots of keyword research in the past 1-2 weeks and study every possible article to hit 4-8 keywords through their variations and will carefully hand craft articles to match multiple keywords.

    i will need multiple sites to surpass 100/day but I am so commited to this.

    my projects over Christmas break are continue key research and settle on 3 domain names. identify 100 articles for main site then 40-50 articles for 2 other sites. setup web 2.0s ahead of time. identify where to spend my money on best web hosting package and purchase a premium theme.

    i will keep you all up to date in the coming weeks. expect slow steady progress towards my goal. thanks for looking!
     
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    today I'm doing more keyword research and buying a 1 year hosting plan and a domain. I looked at a few companies and settled on A2 Hosting as they were the top result for fast hosting (forget exact search). I was impressed with their package, unlimited domains, high speed, ssd drives, all the tools I need, strong uptime and a bing voucher. I'll pay a year up front for 132 with SSD drives and mirrored hosting across the globe. I believe speed is critical in page loading and google results. I will start with 1 domain that I like eventually moving up to multiple.
     
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    Changed my mind and went with InMotion hosting package (8.99/month, paid for 1 year with free domain and multiple ad credits to Bing, Google, Amazon, etc)

    Researched packages for most of the day (didn't have a lot of free time) and also researched themes. Settled on ClickBump theme ($57) after comparing HeatMap Adaptive, CTR, AdSense Pro etc.. Hope I like it.

    So web hosting and theme and domain are purchased. I'm happy with my domain. I won't get much further with it today or maybe the next few days. I still have LOADS of keyword research to finish but hopefully when I'm done I can bang out a couple websites off it and 100+ articles on main, competitive niche. Technique will be ranking longtails and interlinking blog posts so those longtail visitors get interlinked to more competitive articles with low bounce rate.

    I am focused on AdSense, Amazon and some other niche affiliates.

    Getting close to site setup, but I need to continue keyword research, turn that into article topics, then categorize them .. find images (affiliate offers), setup the site and finally write content. Then setup drip feeding content, auto pinging, social accounts. I don't think I'll do much (any) backlinking for 1-2 months I hope to rank longtails alone on interlinking and strong content and manually handle social media.




    Total Investments:

    Web Hosting (1 year): $119.00
    Clickbump theme: $57.00
    Domains Owned: 1 - free

    Assets - ad vouchers for Bing, Google, Amazon etc
     
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    i wish you good luck and i'm curious about the development:)
     
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    Got a lot done with keyword research lately but still going. Im at my stepmothers for a few days now with no wireless, just holiday relaxing and a few days off. Can still read threads on my phone a bit but can't make any significant progress until I get home in the new year. Im excited because I'll have 4 days off from work when I'm home to work though.

    What I've been doing is saving article ideas for weeks. Anytime something pops in my head I make a note on my phone then later put them in a spreadsheet. Then I put those keywords of the article idea into google keyword planner and see how many searches it gets, and often find additional topics I didn't think of. I download these results as a spreadsheet too and merge them into my own spreadsheet. Im still going and right now have over 28,000 keywords in my spreadsheet which is crazy. Once I'm finished (still have at least 4+ solid hours left of work on that) I will filter and delete duplicates then finalize article topics and attach keywords to articles.

    Tons of work done on keyword research but in the end I'll have enough article ideas for multiple sites.

    Every article idea will be saved in its own spreadsheet with related keywords, image ideas, and as many related product ideas as I can think of.

    Lets say we are looking at making pottery.

    Keywords to target might be: "making pottery", "how to make pottery", "make pottery", "best ways to create pottery", "oven pottery", you get the idea. Products would be pottery books and accessories from Amazon and Id look for other affiliate vendors online in the pottery world. Id search stock image directories for pottery and buy or download a few pottery images and that small investment would make great pinterest and social media marketing material so the small investment is worth the cost.

    In the first week of Jan. I hope to ccategorize my spreadsheet of keywords and start writing and get online by the 15th.
     
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    I am at the start of a long journey, I have categorized about 180 article ideas into 11 categories, it took a long time to sort through the keywords and narrow them down. For each article I am running it through keyword planner one last time, finalizing 3-8 keywords/longtails to rank for and coming up with related affiliate products for each article as well as other articles to interlink to.

    It will take a while to get this site online, I am 900+ words into my first article but still have to finish keywords, interlinking and affiliate products for the 180 articles as well. Still I feel I have made massive progress, this is a journey to a site I really feel can make money but I have months of work ahead of me. Each article will need unique images as well, and I'll have to tweak the clickbump theme a bit to my liking. Many of my affiliate links are amazon, but I also have some more lucrative ideas for certain articles. I have gone back and forth on adsense a couple times, but as of right now I don't think I'll be using it on this site. Just pure affiliate links.

    Youtube I will try and get into. I think alot of my articles make easy video as well, if I take the extra time to make related videos I can get some organic hits there as well and that could drive extra traffic to my site. I could even try and monetize youtube as well but we'll see on that. I have hard work ahead of me, research and writing, site design and tweaking and just an insane amount of writing.