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Resolute's detailed Amazon niche site journey : The next 365 days.

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Resolute, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Resolute

    Resolute Regular Member

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    BACKGROUND:

    I am fairly new to IM. Just over a year and a month ago I was introduced to IM and I found this amazing forum. Since then I have been doing some testing on and off. I have some experience ranking micro niche sites in medium competition niches and have made a few $ off adsense, fiverr and content writing.
    I have always wanted to take a more serious and proactive approach to IM. But "my ambition is handicapped by my laziness" - Charles Bukowski.
    Earlier last month I turned 20, and I realized that I needed to stop procrastinating so much, and become more serious with my approach towards success. I also realized February marked 1year since I have became a member here. And so I realized this was the perfect time to start.

    A few days later I decided I wanted to do some amazon affiliate sites and so I began doing research.
    My plan is to start with 5 sites and make 15 more over the next year.

    (I had originally decided to document my experiences in IM over the last year, giving details of what I did and what I will do this next year. Upon completing it I was mostly going to do amazon affiliate sites mostly so I decided to do this thread instead. If your a noob and you want to see it. I posted it on a website I had laying around. I used for an offline project that didn't work out.
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    http://www.purewebfusion.com/journey/my-im-journey/
    Hope this isn't against the rules. I have nothing on that site but the journey.)


    THE JOURNEY BEGINS | THE NEXT 365 DAYS~

    I have a history of choosing the bad keywords, and so this time I made sure to do in-depth research before purchasing. The software I used to do my research are Traffic Travis, Market Samurai, Long Tail Pro, Stealth Keyword Competition Analyzer and the Azon Inspector/Keyword Generator/ Top 100 Analyzer.

    KEYWORDS

    This is what the local monthly searches for each keyword looks like:
    *Note that there are other long tail/ related KWs that I will target (some with 1000+ searches), however these are the main ones. All have EMD except KW #5 which has "hq" on the end, i bought this one a while back.

    KW 1: 550
    KW 2: 1000
    KW 3: 1000
    KW 4: 1000
    KW 5: 5400

    This is what the competition looks like in general, according to Traffic Travis:

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    More details on each KW: Market Samurai Screen Shots.

    KW 1: 550

    KW1.PNG
    Amazon has 3 pages ranking for this KW, there is niche site with .com of the domain i purchased, there is 1 squidoo and the others are authority sites.


    KW 2: 1000
    KW 2.PNG
    Sites in 10 are similar to those in KW1, there is amazon and bestbuy, a .org niche site with the same domain as well as a squidoo.

    KW3: 1000
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    KW4: 1000
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    According to my research this should be the easiest one. One problem I may have though is finding enough to write about. I may end up outsourcing these articles because this niche is also outside of my comfort zone.


    KW 5: 5400
    KW5.PNG
    This one should be the hardest to rank. I bought it a few months back and the sites in the top10 were a bit different. I may end up replacing this with another KW I found during my research.

    HOSTING

    Luckily for me I didn't need to purchase hosting at this point. I managed to acquire hosting accounts via giveaways here. I have 4 of these accounts hosting 2 websites each. 1 Amazon and 1 Adsense, 2 Amazon will have to be hosted on the 4[SUP]th[/SUP] account.

    CONTENT CREATION

    I have some experience as a content writer and so I will be writing my own content for these first 5 review blogs. All content will be unique and SEO. I will write 5 x 500+ articles providing information about purchasing products in the niche, 5 x 450 word product reviews and a table comparing the products I have reviewed.

    OFF SITE SEO

    At the moment I don't have any software to aid with link building so I think I will outsource backlinking for the first, third and fourth sites. I will follow Kimi's method in attempt to rank my second site (this will be a bit time consuming). Depending on the results I will decide what to do with site 5.

    COST

    5 EMD domain registration: $6.6
    4x 6 months hosting: Free.

    OTHER INFO

    I doubt that I will be working on these sites simultaneously because I will be doing most of the work myself. I plan to start with site 1 and move to 5 over a period of 5 weeks or less.

    Theme- I currently use the KnightZon theme, however I don't like the fact that it only displays the featured images from the products on the home page. I would rather one that displays the featured image as well as give some information. If anyone knows any good themes for amazon I'd appreciate if the shared.

    Plugins currently active: All in one SEO, Automated keyword generator, auto- tag, contact for 7, easy privacy policy, easy azon, Google site-map generator, the new table reloaded (forgot its name).

    GOALS

    If all goes will I will add 10 more sites every 4months, aiming to make at least $2k per month my the end of the 365 day period.
    My short term goal is to complete articles for these sites and to get them ranking in top 3 of Google. I am currently aiming for $100 per month ($3.33 per day) by end of May.

    THANKS

    There are many cool people here who have shared a lot, but I would really like to say special thanks to the following members who's threads and giveaways have had a huge impact on my journey so far.
    Mazgalici, lindseoguru, arcademonster, thesony Gullsinn, Wiz, nfl2011, Danny111, kimi, leith.

    Thanks for reading this far. I look forward to and will appreciate your comments/feedback. Please feel free to say or ask anything. I'm the kind of guy that likes constructive criticism. I will try to update every day or to do a detailed update every few days. However, there may not be much to report at the moment until I get everything rolling.

    I hope that we'll both be able to help each other on our journeys.

    Best Regards,
    Resolute.
     
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  2. fanatic4k

    fanatic4k Junior Member

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    Very well laid out plan buddy. And your goals are reasonable as well :)

    So best wishes for your Amazon journey. There's definitely money to make with big A. I will subscribe and follow you.
     
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  3. Kimi

    Kimi BANNED BANNED

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    Going to wish you success with your journey.
     
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  4. Resolute

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    Day 1

    Today didn't work out as planned. I spent most the time offline tending to some stuff I had to do.
    I managed to write one 600+ word informative article for site 1. I did some research and found the exact products that I will be reviewing. Got some images and set up posts as draft.
    I also set-up my plugins and found a new theme: Continuum magazine theme. Its a very nice theme but took some time to customize to suit my needs.

    Link to theme: Continuum , thanks to sashablack for sharing :)

    Tomorrow I hope to complete the other 4 informative articles and maybe do a review.


    Thanks fanatic and kimi for wishing me luck. I really appreciate it.

    Cheers,
    Resolute
     
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  5. darkjolly

    darkjolly Junior Member

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    Subbed!

    I have some recommendations based on your websites. The best way to handle these niche sites is to understand you'll need to invest some money upfront. So I recommend outsourcing article writing while you continue to build niche websites and backlinking. Spending your time writing articles, in my opinion, is a bit of a waste of time. If you don't have the budget atm, I understand though.

    The easiest way to make money is to spend money

    Other than that, it looks like you have a great plan. So keep doing what you're doing and go execute!! :cool:
     
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  6. Resolute

    Resolute Regular Member

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    Tyvm for you advise darkjolly. However unfortunately I don't posses the funds to outsource article writing. To be honest its not something I need to do, I have plenty experience writing and so it shouldn't be a problem. What I'm trying to do is to finish all the articles this week. And then outsource link building.
    I want to take it a bit slow with these first sites to do them properly. Then I'll start adding more sites and outsourcing everything hopefully.
     
  7. darkjolly

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    Sounds like you have a good plan. Good luck!

    Sent from my ADR6300 using Tapatalk 2
     
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  8. MacrosBay

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    Good luck with this, looks like a good method
     
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  9. molabee

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    Nice journey. hope you earn a lot.
     
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  10. Resolute

    Resolute Regular Member

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    Days 2 - 5

    Most of site 1 is completed now. There is some more work to do on the reviews but i went and purchased BST : Best Link Pyramid Service ✔ 3 Tiers - 6 Platforms ✔ 5975+ Unique Backlinks ✔ Only . Site should be done by the time my order goes completes.
    Depending on the results of this service I will purchase others next time or add more to this site. I've used it before on another site, but it was already well ranked, so service was kinda like maintenance.

    I've also completed research for sites 2 and 4. I found them easier to finish. I will being writing reviews for them today and I intend to finish them within 2 days.

    Thanks to the users above for their support. :)
     
  11. brandondemko

    brandondemko Registered Member

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    Bookmarked this journey. I will follow you bro. Keep it up
     
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  12. thesony

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    Thats it resolute dont give in to laziness. you know I have to say this guy is one of my inspirations in IM. lol i have to say i would have probably given in to laziness completely if it was not for u. Keep up the good work
     
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    I would highly suggest only purchasing good quality SEO not $5 or $10 or even $25 from the BSTs. They will have negative effect. Purchase on of the $100-$200 from reputed sellers and you are set.
     
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  14. Resolute

    Resolute Regular Member

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    you right mate, it would be best to purchase $100 - $200 for my sites. But this is my first journey and I don't have the require capital to start with these services so I have to use what I can.
    They aren't necessary though, I have websites ranking in top 3 for 4k searches in niches with similar competition. And the services I used were in the same price range. I just ensure that my content is very good.

    Thanks :)
     
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    subd keep going buddy. ill follow u
     
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  17. Resolute

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    Days 6 -8

    Not much to report. Still just focusing on writing quality content for sites 2 and 4.

    Site 1 now has a long tail ranking at #25 with just on page SEO. This kw has 590 searches per month and it is a "buying" keyword. Others haven't surfaced yet but I look forward to the showing up soon.

    Hopefully things will start improving soon and there will be more to report.

    Thanks for the support, and enjoy your day :)
     
  18. theDecken

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    Very interesting. Will follow.