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My Amazon journey to becoming the richest man in Sweden

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  1. NotSoAverageJoe

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    Backstory
    Quick backstory, created my first Amazon site 6 months ago. This was my first real attempt at making an affiliate website and ranking it with SEO. Since I created it I've learned tons of things and I am confident that what took me at least 3 months to complete back then will take me no more than 1 month this time.

    My current Amazon site is ranking and making sales but I have a few problems with it:
    • It's a seasonal niche and I hate waiting
    • The site is a complete mess, I can't be bothered to overlook it
    • Conversions are like a roller coaster. I'm at 1% conversions 7 days into the month. Other month I had 8%.
    • I've grown tired of it

    Goal with this journey

    The goal with this journey is to see if I learned anything from my first Amazon site and if I can do it better this time. I also want a site that is not based on seasons, steady commissions all year long baby! From my experience, ranking on Google.com takes about 6 months if you do it slow. My sub goal is to get it ranking for some sweet keywords before X-mas. If everything goes well I plan to sell it after a year or so.

    The niche I kinda stumbled upon, I was surprised the competition was rather low, I haven't really done too much research on it. Just checked the top 3 domains on Google and realized it should be easy. The 5 top results include one affiliate website, unrelated authority website with a best of article targeting my niche, YouTube videos and some Amazon product pages. So this is a little gamble so to speak, but I am confident in the research I've done so far.

    I'll try to keep it as detailed as possible so n00bs can learn from this. I'll share my mistakes and explain what I could do better and so on.

    The plan
    This whole first month will be about getting the website finished and getting the content ready. From my minimal research I have found around 10 keywords which in total lands at about 20 000 searches a month. I guess I can probably land at 50 000 searches or more if I do my research correct. As of now, I have no plans of starting SEO the site before August, but who knows what I might do.

    The July plan:
    • Complete keyword research
    • Decide on what kind of articles I will write based on the keywords
    • Find a freelance writer that is both cheap and good
    • Find a decent theme (need something fresh, don't want the typical affiliate site look)
    • Create YouTube, Facebook and Instagram pages for my site
    • Stuff I don't remember
    My expenses and profits so far

    Expenses
    • Domain: $9
    • Hosting: $4 (monthly)
    Total cost: $13

    Revenue

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    LETS MAKE THIS THE BEST AMAZON JOURNEY OF ALL TIME YOO!
     
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    Man sounds like a damn solid plan you got there.

    I already see you as the richsest man in sweden!

    Keep us posted with results buddy :)

    Regards,

    Finn
     
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    PewDiePie is being like

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    I am like, bitch please!

    Nah, just kidding. Will be following this one, I believe in you Mike, hard work pays off! :)
     
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    I'll follow this! Have you found any themes yet?
     
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    The hell, sorry i meant Venezuela.
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    Gotta have to watch this progress
     
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    i'll wait you name or even your ID has listed on Forbes :)
     
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    Look forward to seeing how you progress. I'm in the process of setting up an Amazon site myself
     
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    The 20k searches your talking are with commercial intent? like buy, best, etc..US market?
    Good Luck with your journey!!
     
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    It's gonna be hard to beat Ingvar kamprad (founder and owner of IKEA):p

    Good luck on your journey!
     
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    Thanks man, I believe that a solid plan makes everything way easier.

    Move aside PewDiePie, there's time for a new hero!

    This guy believe so much in me we decided to JV.

    I'm thinking of using Thrive Themes, but I don't like their monthly subscription plan. I'll probably find a nulled one or use something else. Any suggestions (no schema please)?

    I checked out it on my smartphone but I was spammed to death with shitty bullshit ads, never again.

    Of course I'll keep you updated, why would I otherwise create a journey?

    This is history in the making.

    Maybe I'm already on there? ;)

    Nice dude! My best advice is to just keep grinding, take breaks if you need to but never give up. Giving up is for losers.

    Yep, US market all with commercial intent.

    No worries as Ingvar will probably die soon anyway, he's like 90 years old.
     
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    Gott snack! We believe in you!
     
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    Update #1: Gathering keywords like blueberries
    So I've been away over the weekend visiting my bro in northern Sweden. I drank lots of beers and ate some great food too. Work is fun but never forget to enjoy the other things in life as well. I did however bring my laptop with me so I could do some work on the plane.​


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    What I've done

    My focus has been mainly on finding as many keywords as possible related to my niche. I started out light by just typing in "Best KEYWORD" in Adwords Keyword Planner and exporting everything as an excel file. Usually I never find the goodies by doing a simple Keyword Planner search, but this niche actually gave me plenty of good keywords with some crazy potential. I have one tab with keywords that only contain "Best" and my keyword in it, the total amount of searches per month is 40k+.

    What I do next is to sort the keyword by highest volume first, then put everything into separate tabs. This is a lot of boring and repetitive work, but once you're done you will know exactly which articles you have to write and what keywords to use with the article. It's all about breaking down the list as detailed as possible. And I really mean it, get this part done properly and you'll save yourself huge amounts of time.

    I completed it while I was flying back home but somehow LibreOffice decided NOT to save my fucking file and I lost everything. I've been spending the last two hours doing everything over again. Lesson learned, don't use LibreOffice.

    I'm not solo anymore
    The well known Hekke decided to join me on this journey, he's going to bring some valuable skills to table which will allow us to go for the hardest keywords without too much work. We'll share the profits equally.

    My expenses and profits so far

    Total cost: $13
    • Domain: $9
    • Hosting: $4 (monthly)
    Revenue
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    BTW let me know if you guys want me to go in detail on something, I'll gladly spend some more time explaining a subject.
     
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    Hes not having it ;);)
     
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    Update #2: Finishing of the keyword research
    Today was a productive day, got a whole lot done, weather was really nice too. My main focus for today was to finish off the keywords to be able to put everything into groups. Each group will become an article on my website. At the moment there are 20 groups, which means I am going to do about 20 articles (probably more) as a starting point. All these groups make up a search volume of about 90k searches a month. Also 4 of these articles will be huge buyer guides as they target at least 40 keywords each.

    Calculating estimated revenue
    Since I now know how much traffic each article is going to give me, I can do a rough calculation on what the estimated revenue will be per article. It's pretty easy, here's what I did:

    Search volume * 0.35=X
    X/2=Y
    Y*0.06=Z

    Explained:
    Search volume x 0.35 = X Case studies show that about 35% click on the first result in Google
    X/2=Y Here I am assuming about 50% will click through to my Amazon links
    Y*0.06=Z Assuming I will have a 6% conversion rate

    Now you have a rough estimate on how many people will buy shit from your article. Next we need to figure out how much we make per item sold. I just took the 100 best sellers from three categories I'll be promoting and calculated the median. Now do median*0.06, this will tell you how much you make per sale. Take this number and multiply it with Z, that's how much you're gonna make for that article.

    I did this calculation for 16 articles, the last 4 I didn't really consider to be articles that would sell anything. The estimated revenue for 16 articles will be about 1462 USD if I rank #1 for all the keywords.

    Quick overview of the competition

    When I finished my math lesson I moved onto checking out my competitors. In this case I am not really bothered by competition because I am confident that Hekke's deep pockets will be enough to rank #1 for the the hardest keywords. But let's do it anyway.

    Checking the top 10 on page 1 shows me the following:
    "Dedicated" affiliate site to the niche - No PBNs shown in Ahrefs, I am pretty sure this guy is hiding PBNs, question is how many.

    "Cover it all" affiliate sites - Basically sites that try to do reviews for as many niches as possible. One of these sites is at the bottom with about 30 PBNs, the other one is in the top 5 with shitty links

    "Authory sites" - Not related to my niche in anyway, they just have articles on a specific product. No, it's not topten, consumer, wirecutter or anything like that.

    YouTube videos - To me this is a good sign.

    Amazon product pages - Another good sign.

    I am confident we can outrank these sites without too much problem or without spending too much money. A lot of these sites have tons of poor quality links directed to their site as well. Checking Majestic most of them have low TF but a very high CF, which from my experience is a sign of low quality links. I'll look deeper into the competition when we start ranking this site.

    Finally decided on a theme
    Had a real hard time deciding on a theme for this site, whatever I tried just didn't feel right. Then I tried Genesis and it was spot on, clean, minimal, puts focus on the content. I really like the look of the site, looks super clean.

    Next step
    Next step is to hire a freelancer to write everything for me, I did some rough calculations and it seems like I'll have to pay around $300-$400 for the 20 articles. Which isn't too bad I guess, I have money from my first Amazon site so I'll reinvest it into this one.
     
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    way to go. will be following your journey closely. i may have a hint on which niche you are going for. especially when you mentioned youtube videos on the first page :)
     
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    Update #3: My first article was delivered but...
    So haven't updated in a while, mostly because there haven't been anything to do except wait for the content to be delivered.

    So here's the thing, I ordered a 3.5k article from a writer my friend had used for his money site. Told me the quality was good, I skimmed through his site and thought it was decent. Placed an order from her and explained what I wanted to be done, so here comes problem #1... She doesn't really know how to properly write with SEO in mind, that means she has never written with keywords in mind and such. Already here I should've looked the other way but I was lazy and didn't want to look for another writer. So I wrote her a quick guide on how to do proper on page SEO for articles.

    Took her around 4 days to deliver the article, I started reading it and already after the first paragraph I started to get worried, incoherent sentences, plenty of grammar mistakes, the text just had a general "broken english" vibe. I had to re-read everything and correct pretty much the whole text. It's not really necessary to have academic english on your affiliate site, but I do believe it has to sound somewhat natural. While I was correcting everything I also noticed she had completely missed the point with my guide and just stuffed the highest volume keyword literally everywhere. I'll have to look over the article once more to look where she put all the other keywords..

    All in all, I feel like $30 for this piece of shit text was too much but whatever. I at least have a decent article up on my site now (after lots of correcting). My partner in crime Hekke knows a service that provide decent quality articles for $5 per 1,000. Apparently they also deliver super fast, which is essential as we want to rank for some keywords before x-mas. I'll have to wait a couple of more days until I get can get a hold of these people, but when I do, I'll place an order for literally every article I need to be done.

    My expenses and profits so far

    Total cost: $43
    • Domain: $9
    • Hosting: $4 (monthly)
    • Content: $30
    Revenue: $0
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    Following your journey! Can you PM me the writer you mentioned in update 3?