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My Journey to $100/day with Amazon Niche Site and an Email List

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  1. fstephen07

    fstephen07 Newbie

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    Im ready to start my journey. Sorry if this is so long. I want to briefly describe my background, then go in-depth on my plans to earn $100/day through two different income streams.


    I've done web development for the past 3 years or so and I'm about done with it. I enjoy writing code, and I love building products, but I'm just getting burned out. I've been freelancing the entire time and honestly, the money has never been that good. People don't want to pay shit, and I've had a really hard time upping my game on closing big deals. Im not going to lie, it's hard to play coder, marketer, biz owner, customer service, and the whole nine years as a freelance web developer. Bottom line, it's pretty hard to scale and it seems Im always trading time for money. On average I put in probably 80 hours a week last year and the benefits were ultimately not worth it. I'll put in 80 hours a week again this year, but by 2017 I want to have some passive income streams by god. This is my journey to $100/day by the end of 2016.


    I've been reading this site for years, and reading key marketers, SEO guys and blogs galore. I've always enjoyed Matthew Woodward and Jacob King in the SEO field. I've read a lot about Facebook marketing and have worked with some guys I have learned a lot from. I've done a few small time things myself a few years back with niche sites but I had a really hard time keeping my focus, and made some stupid moves to get Google slapped. That's all about to change.


    My goal to $50/day will involve 2 income streams, with the average of each at $50/day. I don't want all of my eggs in one basket, and since I have history of burnout and keeping focus, I think a few separate streams will keep my occupied enough. I think after 3-6 months and the heavy lifting on these streams are done I will begin to introduce 1-2 more. I need to stay diversified in case something happens and one of my streams go down.


    The first 2 streams:

    - Stream #1 - Affiliate Marketing (Amazon Niche Site)
    - Stream #2 - Building an email list/Autoresponder



    Stream #1

    I've read and read about affiliate marketing and I think I want to jump in head first with Amazon. Perhaps I'll choose someone else later but my reasons for choosing Amazon are this:

    • They're trustworthy. Last thing I want is to make a few grand and the company not pay me. I figure Amazon should pay on time, all the time.
    • They convert well. I'm not the best at this. I've never had a successful Affiliate site yet, so Im learning as I go. The way I see it is if I use Amazon my goal is to simply get people to the Amazon website.
    • It just seems easy. Finding products is easy. Getting content is easy (mixture of reviews, descriptions, questions, etc.) Getting the affiliate links is easy. Again, for me, it just seems easy. Don't knock on me for taking the easy route. I want the route of least resistance and I want to bank. As I learn I'm sure I'll introduce other affiliates.
    Here is my plan:

    • Product Research First - I already know my large niche. It's not dying anytime soon and I think its one people defer to Amazon to buy the product. It's not a product you go to Walmart to buy.
    • Keyword Research based on products/categories - I need to find the right keywords to rank for. I assume things like "Best Product Category" or "Product Category 2016". But I need to check and look at competitors.
    • Create a wordpress site - take time to make it look good. Install Yoast, Analytics, add a logo, basic stuff.
    • Create Facebook page. I dont' know if this will help. People don't buy stuff on Social Media, but I want to look legit, and maybe even get some shares or drive some traffic through SMM. Maybe later I'll ditch it.
    • Post a few articles up and work on getting all the SEO working. URL structures, sitemaps and site architecture. I just need to make sure it all looks right.
    • I'll make sure my articles have nice strong comparison tables above the fold, links to amazon in the images, the featured images, and multiple times thoughout the page.
    • This site will do nothing but Amazon Affiliate. No Ads, no CPA, nothing. Only Amazon. I don't want to do anything that will hurt reputation, or impact conversions, or whatever else I might not know about.
    • The first few weeks Im going to drive traffic by forum posting. I'll search Google use Advanced Search Tools and filter by date to find people right this minute discussing products that fall into my niche. I'll make nice, constructive posts with the intent of passing mod approval, and getting a link to my site out there. I don't care if it's follow/no-follow whatever. I want people with a question to click on my link and get their answer.
    • Im going to try to research backlinks and learn how to get a few. Ive never done this. I know if I cannot get links I might as well chalk everything up as a loss. I just need to do my own research and figure out the best way that meets my needs, and the way with the most long term benefits. Im not going to buy any. I know I can buy an SEO package on this site or whatever else but I don't want that. I want to have this site 20 years from now still making mad money so I need to go legit. Even if the guys in the Marketplace or whatever say it is legit my knowledge isnt' strong enough to know if they are lying or whatever, so I cant take the chance. Maybe when I learn more, I'll learn how to tell whitehat from not or pick up on guys that are fucking me but right now Im not trusting anyone, and not buying shit from anywhere.
    • Once I learn to build links, Im going to build them, very very very slowly. I don't know what is good, what is bad, whatever. I just have to build them slow and natural.
    • Build articles, and more articles. Real valuable articles. Im not going to pay anyone shit to write my articles. Especially not $5, and especially not for 500 words. I don't want 500 word articles and I damn sure don't want to outsource it to someone that does not have English as their first language. I'll write the articles myself. If I cannot write a review about a niche I love by paraphrasing all the other content that is already out there then I am in the wrong business and I need a new stream. Or writing lessons. Sure that is not scalable but I don't care. I'll worry about scaling it later, I need a system that works first. AKA site with traffic and rep.
    • More Forum posts, more backlinks, more content.
    • Review and track everything and see where I can improve.
    • I'm not experienced enough to plan any further than this. I don't know what is next but I know the basic concepts are to provide value, answer questions people want to know the answer to, and link.
    • If I can validate this idea and my site, I may start building a Private Blog Network. No, not that shit where people pay X amount for a link with 25 other people buying links to their site as well, and then the owner/author giving out free samples and etc etc. I don't know WTF is wrong with the people in the marketplace or WTF is wrong with me but that doesn't sound anything private to me. Im talking about something where I buy the domains and I build the sites and I build the content and I don't sell any links to my own mother. Links go to one site and one site only and that is my Amazon site. Anyways, that is not yet. That is a potential 6 months goal or something. It may have to come sooner if I cannot figure out how to build backlinks any other way.
    • In case you haven't noticed, this is low budget. Sure I can pour money into it and have other people do all this and I can buy all these packages from wherever but I wont learn anything and I'll get slapped silly before I ever get close to my $50/day from this site.


    Stream #2

    I've got experience in a specific skillset. There are other people doing it, probably a bunch, but I think there is still room for me to share my knowledge. Think "I will teach you to be rich - Ramit Sethi" but Im not teaching people to be rich, Im teaching them something else they want to know. I think I can get peoples attention and give them value. Here is the plan:


    • Build an autoresponder campaign. Create about 25-30 emails to start. Make sure each email provides tremendous value and teaches them something.
    • Create one piece of really good content. I may need to spend some money to help get this done. I don't quite know what it is yet, but perhaps its a video, eBook, or something. I just need something to encourage the signup. Maybe just a PDF about 10 pages long that walks through the specifics of a very valuable tip/trick related to this niche?
    • Create a landing page with an email opt-in that signs them into the autoresponder.
    • Drive traffic to the landing page. At first I think I'll use Solo ads. I'll find some providers that are close to my niche and attempt to use those. Im pretty inexperienced in solo ads so I need to research. I'll set a budget and stick to it and try to do what I can with who I can on that ad budget.
    • I'll test many methods for traffic like PPC through Facebook, Adwords. I'll keep researching other ways to drive traffic. The goal is to get them to the landing page, surely it won't be too difficult.
    • Once they signup on the responder I'll send them great content and then every 3 or 4 emails send them a CPA offer. I need to research offers but Im sure there will be some related to my niche.
    • The long term plan is to build a blog around this as well, but I don't want to have to worry about that yet. I need to get all of the content down on and stored, get the basic landing build and starting validating the idea. If the idea won't work then I'll move on without time spent on the blog,etc.
    • Im excited about this campaign because I think there will be a lot of testing. I like data and enjoy numbers so Im going to try really hard to track and optimize every little detail. I want to setup tracking in all emails, landing pages, open rates, and etc etc. Im still learning so I dont know what all I can track, but I do know I want to track every fucking thing and make it better!
    So that's it for now. If you read both of my plans you can let me know if this will work. If you don't think they will work, maybe you are right but I am trying them anyways. To start I said 80 hours a week, but I still have a few web projects Im closing out, so Im going to reduce this to about 40 hours/weekly at least for the rest of the month, and possibly February. (The other 40 hours has to go into wrapping up these web projects and getting things on track with that).


    I'll update this daily or every other day just depending on what all I get done. This thread will hopefully keep me motivated. Also, maybe others can learn from this noob, or if Im about to do something incredibly stupid someone can stop me before it happens.


    Thanks for reading!




     
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    very interesting, keep updating here plz
     
  3. jennefere

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    Good luck with your journey!
     
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    Day #1

    All my time went into Stream #1 today.

    Here is what I have done:

    • Got the domain name
    • Setup Wordpress
    • Using Sahifa theme posted by a member in BHW. Thanks!
    • Installed Analytics/Webmaster Tools
    • No Follow on pages for category/author/privacy policies and other stuff. I only want follow on single posts and homepage
    • Yoast installed, submitted sitemap.
    • Created first post to practice layout. This is kinda a bullshit post because I havent truely done my keyword research yet. My first posts will probably be this way because regardless if they rank it will help me define my writing style, fix and format the post layout, and just get familiar with using the tools and Amazon Affiliates links, etc.
    • I expect to find solid keywords within the next 1-2 weeks and by that time if I've been posting I'll already have a good style and format down and will be able to put up a few thousand word post pretty easy.
    • Installed Comparison Table plugin
    • Created basic logo with free logo builder online using simple icon and text
    Google has already indexed my homepage and the first post.
     
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    Good luck man! Keep us posted.
     
  6. Kory1

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    A few pointers, not to discourage your ideas. Amazon has a good affiliate program and there are plenty of ways to earn with it, but it only pays I believe around 4%. You can get a much higher % of the sale promoting products either through affiliate networks or direct. Just something to consider, Good luck on your journey my friend.
     
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    Day #2:

    Stream 1 Update:

    • Completed short 500 word post with review and comparison chart comparing 10 items in the niche
    • Set the title to include "product keyword 2016" but did not include this in the url ( so I can update it later to 2017/2018, etc and not impact the SEO)
    • Submitted the URL to Google to be indexed (no clue if this will get it indexed quicker not.)
      • As soon as I submitted it 5 minutes later it was indexed.
    • Installed plugin to disable all comments on the blog.

    Stream 2 Update:
    Today I created the Desktop Landing page for Stream 2. I need to optimize this much better for mobile but I am happy with desktop version. I also picked up a domain name, signed up for Mailchimp, and integrated a custom HTML Form designed completely in HTML/CSS with the Mailchimp API. It's working!
     
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    Well this morning I came online to check and see if my article was ranking for a keyphrase that I thought it would rank for, and noticed it wasn't ranking.Upon further investigation I see this article is no longer indexed. It was indexed and loading yesterday. Is it common for an article to be removed by Google just a day after it was created?
     
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    Good luck with your journey.
     
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    Not usually no, how competitive is the keyword? Google can be strange at time's, especially with a new site. When you say you submitted to google, you do mean you fetched as google on webmaster tools?
     
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    I'm not sure what you mean by "Fetched as google". I went to the Search Console in WMT on that pages that says "Submit your URL". The keyword is competitive, but what I'm referring to is simply searching my site domain name in Google. There were 5 links there yesterday and now only 4, and the article in question is not in the list anymore.
     
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    I wish you all the best. Good luck bro
     
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    Day #4

    Stream #1:
    I spent my time today researching keywords, and keyword research tools. I have a Mac so the tools I can use are somewhat limited. I think I am going to pick up a small, cheap VPS w/Windows so I can have more options for SEO Tools. I like the looks and feedback on Long Tail Pro. I'll probably with that. I also would like Moz or SEM Rush but holy shit these tools seem expensive. Im not sure if I want to pay that monthly fee just yet or not.

    Stream #2:
    I spent today trying to get the Landing page working properly across all mobile devices and tablets. I still have some work to do on the landing page but overall it is good and ready. n
     
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    Day #5:

    Stream #2:
    - I spent a lot of time today researching PPC and keywords for a PPC campaign for this project. I signed up for Google Adwords and Bing Ads.
    - I signed up for a CPA Network called MaxBounty. I reached out to the AM but no response, I left voicemail.
    - I optimized the landing page a little better for mobile and desktop both. I think it looks great. Im really excited to drive traffic to it.
    - I created the first simple giveaway intellectual "product". I'm almost ready to turn on the PPC and start trying to get some opt-ins.
     
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    Day #7:

    Stream 1:
    Im not pleased with the Wordpress theme on this so I have been trying to find a new one. I've been researching themes and options for this and plan to install the new theme next.

    Stream 2:
    Most of my time has been spent on this stream. I reached two big milestones this week. I was accepted by the CPA Network "MaxBounty". They seem responsive and looks like the offers are good. Im excited to start working with them.

    I also have an ad campaign setup through Bing, Adwords and Facebook directing to the landing page. I received the first subscriber to the list! I need to fix my analytics or fix something but I cannot figure out where in the hell this customer came from. I have the ad spend set VERY low right now. I don't want to waste a bunch of money on ads so I am going really slow. I think all day yesterday there were only 5 clicks total ( around $.50 per click ). Im not driving traffic any other way so Im sure the customer came from an ad.

    Next steps are to sign up for more CPA networks, add more emails to my autoresponder series (I am using Mailchimp for my autoresponder btw), create a few more version of my landing page and figure out to serve them to test and then of course get my analytics squared away.

    Im excited that I have a new subscriber and Im ready to get a shit load more this week!
     
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    I've figured out why my Analytics are not working. If you use Mailchimp and you want to track subscribers you'll need to create a custom thank you page. The Mailchimp thank you page is set as default and this wont work. After you create a custom page you add the GA tracking code to it then set the goal up in GA.

    Unfortunately I have no way of knowing now which medium my customer came from but it's okay because next week Im getting more!
     
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    Day #8:

    Stream 2:
    I've now got 3 Landing pages with the same opt-in form so I can split test them. I've created Youtube channel and uploaded the first video which is me talking through a 2 minute speech explaining the value of the product I'm giving away ( 30 day course delivered through email ). I've also created a Facebook page and I have a paid post running on it again driving visitors to the landing page.

    My traffic sources are as follows right now:
    - Adwords
    - Bing
    - Facebook
    - YouTube

    I need to get a better reporting solution in place. Right now it's really confusing trying to follow all the metrics through each network for each campaign, etc. I need to focus down on a few metrics which mean the most then forget about the rest, Im still trying to figure out what those metrics are but my initial thoughts are cost per click and conversion rate. If I can get the cost per click as low as possible and get the conversion rate as high as possible then Im gold. But Im just guessing and making assumptions right now, Im new to this and have no clue what Im doing...just winging it...

    I received a few more subscribers today! Right now it looks like Im at about $3/per subscriber. Seems high to me but who knows. I don't have enough data yet to know what that number really is. Im hesitant right now to turn up the PPC budgets. I mean shit I don't even know how to track my data yet. I need to get my systems in place a little better before I start spending much money. Slow and steady...

    I added new content to the material/course. I am giving away a course for the opt in but the course is not even done yet! Its an 11-part email series with good info coming out over the course of 30 days. So they are not expected to get all of the course at once. Right now I only have 4 parts created lol..

    Will update again as I make more progress.
     
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    Day 18:

    Stream 2:
    Almost all of my time has been put towards this stream. I have signed up for an Unbounce account to help in creating landing pages. Even though Im a developer/designer, I still can't kick out landing pages as fast as what Unbounce does. Also, without Unbounce offers very easy and quick A/B testing and I like the interface. I'll continue using it for now to see what happens.

    I've still not got my adspend turned up very high. Im currently at about $5/day with Bing and Adwords. I've turned off Facebook ads all together currently because Im not confident the return on investment is there from that yet. I'll start this back up later once I figure out how to better optimize it.

    One of my landing pages is converting at 20%. I think that is pretty good. Im going to try and improve it to 30%. My PPC Click through rate is awful. For some reason I cannot get above 1% on any of my ad groups or campaigns. I think this could be because I am manually setting my cost per click in order to control cost. Sometimes my CPC bid is lower than others which puts me towards the bottom of the bidders, so my ads might be appearing in 5,6,7,8 and 9 spot --- resulting in a lower CTR. This is just a guess so far. I need to keep testing.

    I've almost finished with my content for the 30-day email course. I think I am going to start creating an eBook product as well. One of my goals this week is to create a structure for an eBook. I might have a Ghostwriter actually write the thing but I need to price it all out. Im not sure yet. I also need to start getting offers in front of my subscribers. Im currently subscribed with CPA Grip, CPA Lead, MaxBounty, Clickbank and Amazon Affiliates. Yet Im struggling to find products to promote to my list. I would love to have a self liquidating offer directly on the backend of the subscribe form so I can start getting back some of the cost from my ad spend.
     
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    Good to see you haven't given up on this. Any update on Stream 1 or was nothing done at all?
     
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    Any update on this OP? I am looking at this right now to see if this work? I'm a Web Developer here myself and wanted to try this the same way as you feel like. Anyway, best regards on this journey of yours and looking forward on the outcome of this Life changing step you made OP. Thank you!