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My Amazon Affiliates Journey! Italian top 10 site

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Athebaldt, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. Athebaldt

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    So here it starts.
    Now it's the time to act! I don't want to read any more of "My Journey" threads, no more of "How to make bilionz online in 2 days" bullshit, i want to ACT and start building my fortune by myself.

    I have to confess, I tried the "easy" way before. I tried CPA, without much fortune, I bought a crappy e-book here on BHW, I got overwhelmed and tried something even shittier, nothing more than pure scam: HYIPS, knowing that I would go on a mine field, I willingly went and tried to "cheat" the systems spending 100 euros... and obviously losing them all, just like a gambling where you can't win.

    I was very scared to make an investment. I was scared that it would bring me nothing but waste of time. I just wanted to make a few bucks online for fun, to prove that I could. But i soon realized that there was no half way: it was do or don't, no try.

    So I started MARKETING, that is really what would bring money to the table. The first thing that I would think of was obviously Amazon, what else? The giant of e-commerce would be the best way to start.

    I bought hosting, found a theme, blah, blah.. we all heard this before, right? Basic stuff. Stuff that is said OVER AND OVER again, EVERYWHERE. These basic steps often look to me as if the writer was trying to increase the word count of the post.

    What's important? The main concepts behind the website.

    • Best of XXX, 10 products for each post
    • Aim for authority
    • NO Ads, only google (might change in the future)
    • Quality posts, all written by me
    • MINIMUM 2k words, usually 3k
    • Not just text: images, tables.. good looking, meaningful reviews, not just transcripts of amazon product descriptions.
    • In my mother language: Italian.
    Started off a little slow in December 2016. Made 3 posts that month and that was it. I wanted to wait for my website to grow a bit in terms of age. So this is december:

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    Obviously it's affiliate program for Amazon.it, it doesn't have the pretty graphs of the international website. The two fields are total sales and commission, I'll pull more details if requested. That's what really counts though, right?

    As you can see, rate is about 5%. On par with the new rates of the recent update.
    Most sold products are in the 50-100 euro range, though some are 300+.
    So this is not too bad for the first month i guess (even though it's december, that's where the money's at). No backlinks, did very small (5-10 groups) spam on Facebook for some instant gratification. Here's analytics:
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    Looking good, right? Low session of course, but MAN that bounce rate and duration!

    In the following month I did some manual outreach and wrote a couple of blog posts. Gave up when 99% of my answers were "50 euros or no guest posting m8". I thought about PBN a lot, and my conclusion was that I could buy a VERY small (but quality) package here in the forums to try them out.

    Here comes January:
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    So, no more spamming this month. I wanted to see how much it would take for Google to love me. And obviously the website was just starting, so this was a pretty useless month.
    I also had my exams (almost done with university), so i had very little time to do anything. No new posts, no new guest posting.

    The links from the PBN were starting to pass some juice though.

    And here's February:
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    Now we're starting to make some money!
    Google starts to give some love and I'm getting a lot more traffic. Almost 100 euros in commissions, that's a very big first step for me!

    Now, with my exams done and passed, I can start to work on the website again. I have to remind you: the 100 euro from february were ONLY WITH 3 ARTICLES. I think that's amazing, and that if I can scale it to 30 articles I can make way much more.

    Each article is going to cover a different product obviously. It takes me about 4-5 hours to manually write one, and since it's in italian, i don't think that i can outsource. If I find a good write i surely will the future though.

    Today I finished another article and I hope it will start to rank soon. Today I hit an all time high with 45 sessions..that's not very much, but it is more than yesterday, and it's increasing everyday! I am very excited to see what's next, and I hope you are aswell.

    Thanks for reading! I will answer questions and update often, so make sure to follow the thread!
     
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  2. Wineberg

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    Great journey mate. Wish you all the best. :)
     
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    what are you ranking for ?? you get the traffic for the product names or some like product review or so ??
     
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    best + keyword + 2017
    keyword + price
    other modifiers like buyer guide and so on.
     
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    What about backlinks , what is u your plan for it
     
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    If you have read the journey, he already stated that he is writing the content himself as it is in Italian and he can't find Italian writers easily.
     
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    16/3 update:
    March is going pretty well. Traffic is steadily increasing. Earnings this month: 46,30 euro.

    So, the main thing this month is OUTSOURCING. I grew tired of writiing the articles myself. The process is pretty annoying since it's just product reviews.
    So, I started creating jobs on upwork. I thought no one would apply for an article in italian, and i requested NATIVE writers only. As i'm italian myself, i can easily spot the difference and the quality of writing.

    My hiring strategy:
    Hire EVERYONE that doesn't look complete shit and has a decent bio/presentation.
    1500 words article in native italian for 15 euro. I just give them the keyword and a list of products.
    If they say 15 euro is not enough, fuck off and archive candidate. I've had some candidates say "I am a professional writer!" Yeah mate well i'll get back at you when i have millions to spend on content. For now, its 15 or gtfo.
    So far I have hired 3 people, they started about a week ago. I have a candidate with a strong degree, and i thought she'd be the first to complete the work... however she's SO slow, and she answers my messages after about a week.
    On the other end, i hired another guy who didnt go to college, but he writes me back in 5 minutes and he completed an article in 1 day. He has to improve his writing a bit, but we can work with that. I'd take every time a person that communicates and works well over a person that has a degree but sucks at working.

    I am also finding out more and more about my competition. There are many "TOP REVIEW" sites out there, even in italian. Thanks to them, I am learning about every successful and easy keyword. My plan on the long run is to steal every keyword possible from them.

    I'm not sure about how to keep link building. I'm kinda scared of Fred update, even if I haven't been hit at all, positively or negatively, so I'm not makiing any new link for now.
     
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    very impressive. I learned a lot from your journey. I will regularly visit this thread for follow up
     
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    OP, that is the spirit, if you keep reading and reading without taking action, you might spend the next few years still reading.


    I guess you are the one who is getting it wrong. Yes, OP said he is the one writing the articles, but @BillTomy is looking for where HE CAN BUY this sort of articles.
     
  11. moh531

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    Good luck with your journey
     
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    Will definitely follow your journey !
     
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    Questions:

    Do you make one website/blog per product?
    Why don't you hire a writer in english and then translate it by yourself into italian?
    How did you compare keyword competition and difficulty?

    Thanks and good luck on your journey :)
     
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    It's just one website.
    Translating might take about the same time as writing the articles myself. Besides, I've found native italian writers from upwork, so no point hiring an english writer now.
    I'm using KWfinder, query: Best + product name. I look for a KW difficulty of <30, less is better. No EMD domain in top 10. If I see youtube, amazon, brand websites, or blogs with thin content in top 10, the kw is good.

    Also, update: I received 2 articles from the writers. 1500 words each. Looking good, I can make them write more, and they want more work.
    Also: most of the writers have worked previously with other blogs, or they have their own. I can use their connections to create some backlinks.
    I'm asking if they know some websites where i can slap in a free backlink, and I'll give them a small bonus (something like 5$ for each backlink). For a whitehat link this is VERY cheap, I already got one from a DA 30 domain for free.

    March earnings 19/3: 58 euros.
     
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    Seguo
     
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    Some more articles came in from the upwork writers. I have now a total of 8 articles on my website.
    So, something weird happened: yesterday i published an article, and today i immediately received 40 unique visitors from google organic search on that article.
    That seems a bit weird. I checked the main keywords i had in mind and I'm not ranked well yet. Total unique visitors day: 80, it's definitely a HUGE spike in sessions. That boost is from a very new article with no backlinks...I'm not sure if they're even real visitors or something fishy.
    I have some clicks to Amazon from that article, so it seems as if they are real visitors (even though clicks/view ratio is lower than other articles).
    Anyone has an idea? I'll keep you updated about that.

    21/3 March earnings: 69,93 euros
     
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    That does sound odd. Did you get any sales from it? What would make it less 'fishy'
    Good Luck on your journey
     
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    Alright, so I found a magic keyword.
    Competition ultra low, so low that I wasnt even expecting the bump in traffic.
    As you can see:
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    Going pretty well! March isn't over yet but I have made 113 euros this month. By the end of the month I guess I'll be at around 120-130.. 30% more than last month! If I can keep up with this pace, I will be pretty happy.

    Right now the site has 8 articles (1500-3000 words), with 2 more already commissioned to my writers. Last month I had just 3 articles.
    Some of the new posts are pretty worthless right now, being in 2nd page and getting around 1-3 visits every day. Most of the traffic comes from 2 articles that have a lot of keywords in top 5.

    For the sake of link building, I did some forum posting in SERIOUS forums. That also brought traffic and a lot of discussion.
    I also paid 15 for a guest post from a 27 DA blog, and I am writing another one for a DA 18 for free.

    My target is making AT LEAST 1000/month by the end of the year. My long term goal is making a huge authority site with a team of 2 writers, 1 VA and a supervisor.
     
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    Good for you @Athebaldt. Action is what it's all about.
     
  20. Athebaldt

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    March is over, and here are the analytics.
    As you can see, it's getting pretty crazy already.
    I made 3 guest posts from good websites. Also i was working on a client's website and I sneak in a ******** HOMEPAGE link. Pretty crazy what happened next.

    Earnings are skyrocketing. I'm pretty confident I will hit 300 euros for April.
    March ended with 130 euros in commissions, compared to 90 in february.

    Article count is now 10, 7 of those outsourced to upwork writers. Going to increase their work in the next month.

    Overall, i'm pretty confident that the website will hit 1000/month by the end of the year. Hope you guys enjoy seeing the growth as well as i do.