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[Successful Journey] Scaling Amazon Affiliate from $1000/m to $10k

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Bloooop, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. WannaBeIzaya

    WannaBeIzaya Newbie

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    Amazon has introduced recommended articles in its search result pages. It's eating up the good ol affiliate cookie by overwriting it with the recommended article's author's affiliate tag. Research about them and find if there are any in your niche. They might eat up your revenue. Many of the Amazon affiliates are complaining about them in the official forum.

    Here's an example of Recommended Article: https://www.amazon.com/ospublishing/story/76fc4bc9-cbdd-4912-9fb0-f64ac7b91490/

    The above article is ranking #1 after sponsored ads for the query "best watches for men" in amazon's search result page. If your end goal is to drop your affiliate cookie on the visitor's browser and hope they buy something in 24hrs then better change your strategy.
     
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  2. LuckyGirl9334

    LuckyGirl9334 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    @WannaBeIzaya Wow! Something new every day!

    OP - watching this thread - it will help me keep motivated too!
     
  3. Bloooop

    Bloooop Junior Member

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    Thanks for the support!

    About 26 pages actually make money during each month so far. I'm trying to get a few more solid money pages ranking as 1 page, in particular, brings in 30-40% of my traffic and that's never a good thing. So working on getting a few more pages like that.

    I will achieve it! Keep following.

    This won't affect you unless you are sending people to the category page as you gave in the example. I saw it a year ago but since I send people to a specific product I dont even think about it.

    Yea stick around, I saw your journey today. Keep working at it you've already crossed the first hurdle.


    Update:

    I feel like I'm taking longer than necessary to get certain tasks done. I keep switching between tabs and loading up different youtube videos. WTF is it so hard to actually focus and work efficiently?

    Have you ever wished you could force your body to do what you wish? Like controlling a puppet?

    If anyone of you has a method to stay focus and finish tasks in a timely manner I'd love to hear how you do it.

    So far I've gotten up all the foundation pages Site 2 except for the "Start Here" page. I'm currently working on the verbiage for the category I'm starting with right now, afterward, I'll upload the first post I created yesterday. The bad news is I have an article to write for site 1 and I haven't started it yet. So with only 5 more hours left in my day, I'm behind schedule.

    Outstanding Things to do

    • Create Social Pages for site 1
    • Write 2000 words for Site 1
    Being disciplined is hard af.
     
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  4. ButterflyCollector

    ButterflyCollector Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Looks like this is going to be a fantastic journey. Good luck.

    Out of interest, are you promoting a single product per site or a number of products?
     
  5. Bloooop

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    Multiple products on both sites.
     
  6. destinywakes

    destinywakes Power Member

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    What's the average cost of product? Per day how many clicks you get to amazon?

    Hope you achieve your goals soon
     
  7. Stoner8tower

    Stoner8tower Registered Member

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    Hi there,
    Great journey budd, following.. you actually motivated me to get back on working on an Amazon affiliate site I had a while ago..
    I have a question tho, do you use Wordpress, or a different platform?
     
  8. Bloooop

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    Update

    Yesterday was a fairly successful day with productivity. I created 8 pages for Site 2 - About us ( 500 words), Terms & Conditions, Affiliate Disclosure (300 words), Contact Us, 1 category page (700 words), Privacy Policy, and uploaded 1 Buying Intent article written the previous day. I've also created all social profiles and set up yoast + Google Search Console, Bing Webmasters, Yandex.

    In total, I wrote about 2000 words. But maybe I'm lazy and could've done a lot more and all this is just justifying my BS slacking.

    Earnings:

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    MTD: $24.48

    Plans for today:

    I'm already way behind and daylight is running out. I typically start my days at 4 AM by hitting the gym for 1Hr 30 Mins. Then get to work and find time to spend on that and time for these projects. So for the remainder of the day, I'll try to accomplish the following:

    • Write a 2k words Article for Site 1
    • Upload said article
    • Create a Content Guide for a Writer I found for site 2.
    • Write a 200 word Introduction for the upcoming article for site 2.
    Responses:

    Hey, I only target high ticket items ranging from $200 - $2500. I recently did 2 articles targetting items between $60 - $100. I intend to go after a few other low-cost items to increase daily sales number but my focus is on high ticket items for both sites. For # of clicks per day see screenshot above. I average between 150 clicks to 250 that comes from 300 ~ visits per day so CTR is high.

    I only use WordPress.
     
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  9. destinywakes

    destinywakes Power Member

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  10. zebestof230

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    Your traffic is coming from the US ?
    Good look on this journey !
     
  11. yyskorea2018

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    good luck and thanks for keep updating this thread
    for the aff links you put manually every article or do you use a plugin?
     
  12. Nova90

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    Good luck OP. I've never been able to push my Amazon sites over 1K despite working damn hard on them, so this will be very interesting!
     
  13. Bloooop

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    Update

    Earnings for Yesterday:

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    Yesterday I claimed that I would've completed 4 things but maybe I wasted time? Anyway, I wrote and uploaded the article I started working on yesterday. It ended up being a 5k word article thanks to my competitor deciding to write 4.7k words.

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    Either way I wrote it, uploaded it to the site with the whole works.

    So I still have to write another article by the end of today. I feel like I'm not getting enough done. So far this week I've only added 2 pieces of content to my sites. I need to make it to 7 pieces for this week to be successful. I am still contemplating outsourcing 10 articles per month but the writer I found is strapped for time so I didn't bother creating the writing guide. I think I'll just do the first 15 pieces on site 2 by myself.

    On another note, one of the articles I wrote before starting this journey has a " Clickable elements too close together " error in Search Console. I've wasted a couple of hours today trying to solve it as I wanted to submit that page to gsc to be indexed. If anyone knows a solution leave a comment in this journey.

    Things to do:

    • Complete Outstanding article - 1800 words
    • Identify Articles to be written next.
    • Fix Search Console Error
    I'm tired AF! But I'm gone back to the grind.

    Yes, 88% from the US.

    Hey, thanks for supporting my journey. I currently add aff links manually on each article. I've considered plugins to do it but I've heard more bad than good about them. If anyone has good news about a plugin I'd be interested in implementing it.

    Funnily enough, while uploading a 5k post today I hated how long it took to import image links through custom URLs. And I was editing the image htmls with rel="nofollow" and removing target="_blank".

    Guys target="_blank" makes the image open to amazon in a new tab! I had no idea what I was doing until I actually started looking at my bounce rate.

    For anyone just starting out I want to tell you that it's not difficult to make it to 1k/ month if you follow the same strategies I use. I've never actively built backlinks and my site doesn't have more than 50 links and most of them are nofollow. So you can do it too if you work at it.

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    Today, someone asked me why I'm working so hard by waking up early, going to bed late. My reply was that I need to be able to take care of my family. I was then asked what I meant when I'm living comfortably. My response? I want to retire in 8 years. And the quickest way to do that is to be debt-free and have passive income that far exceeds your monthly expenses. I'm nowhere near retirement so I gotta work hard.

    Why are you trying to make money online?
     
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  14. KishoSRB

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    Hello Bloooop,
    I must admit that this is a journey with big potential, I can feel your dedication and energy.

    Because this is not AMA type of journey, it would be nice to write in short sentences about some basic questions related to your affiliate site.

    Are you using silo?
    Construction of your money pages
    Url structure
    Is your "Start page" independent or it's on the homepage
    Are you placing intro content on category pages?
    Etc....

    I'm on a very similar road as you so I know how much effort you are putting into this.

    Good luck and keep grinding!
     
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  15. mimita

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    tks for sharing
     
  16. James2774

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    OP as for getting stuck "being busy doing nothing" i found that opening a blank word doc with all of my tasks on it heps big time.

    Then I pick a few tasks I need done that day and I work only on those, then move on to the next, etc. If I accomplish all Ill run through more, though often with my work I have to revisist previous tasks and update too.
     
  17. spectrejoe

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    Hey man a question. You said you only go for the low hanging fruit, that gets you ranked with no links however, even for low hanging fruit how do you manage to rank without a solid link foundation, considering ur site has no authority.

    For exemple, even if you target a 100 searches per month keyword that no one else targets, if another higher authority site targets a keyword even REMOTELY similar itll always rank above you due to their authority.


    Also how do you find ur keyword and whata the average product price you advertise to make it worth going for 100-200 ms keywords
     
  18. lvt213

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    Keep going, content is the king
     
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    Why you choose Low volume - Long tails. Minimum SV of 150 per month is the sweet spot. Highest I've gone after is 3500 ?

    Are you using adwords or fb ads for promotion?
     
  20. Bloooop

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    Update

    Earnings for Yesterday:

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    I intended to get another article written today but I ended up wasting the day by driving my wife around. I started it but I'm only at 800 words and it's 5:30 PM here right now. I won't be doing any more work and resting taking a day off from work tomorrow. I'll get the article done tomorrow night and uploaded. Then I'll try to make up for this week's failure by doing 5 articles on Sunday. The earnings for yesterday were ok still sold 2 mid-range priced items so we're gonna wait on those to ship. I'm anticipating getting some high ticket items to really boost this month's earnings so far but none yet.

    I'll do a summary each week of the things I completed so that's it for the update.

    BTW, guys, I will respond to all questions every day but I can't until I finish at least 1 article as I want to stay focused. And I can only write a maximum of 4k words each day. So if I spent time responding to questions during hours where I should be writing content and actually making progress on my journey it would be a waste, sorry. But I will get to them after finishing things that move me forward. ~ Stay Focused

    ---------------- TO THE QUESTIONS

    1. Yes, my content is siloed.
    2. I don't understand what you're asking here? They are either "best xyz for xyz" or "xyz review" again I dont understand what you are asking.
    3. stackthatmoney.com/printing-money/best-money-printer
    4. Yes, the start page on both sites are independent. It's virtually a child or secondary homepage that links to everything I write about. I haven't written the one for site 2 yet.
    5. Yes, on site #2 I've written 700 words intro by addressing the problem I'm solving, How I or my team have experience said problem. Then I add H2s and then more text and use text links for money post and post grids for informative posts. So money posts won't be that obvious from the categories page and the site will seem more helpful and informative. But links to buying guides are there if people are interested.

    Site 1. I didn't put that much effort into the category page and some of them dont even have the posts linked there at all so it's blank pages. But I only create articles with pages and use parent/child structuring.

    Hey man thanks for responding to that! I recently found this guy on youtube:



    This is why I use this journey to point on the items I plan to accomplish and only focus on those. So far it's working. Let's see if it lasts.

    1. Internal links, average time on page, topic coverage, and lastly better content (images, etc). It's pretty easy and word count isn't everything. You could have 10000 words on a topic but talk random gibberish and google seems to ignore the whole post. I've outranked 5k articles with 1500 word ones.

    2. They'll rank above me for a few days due to high authority but google normally recrawls and see which content is better and user behavior and sends me back to #1. At least that's how it's been so far, I hope it continues like that.

    3. If products cost $200 in fitness niche, 1 sale gives you $15. So if you get 3 sales from an article each month that gives you $45. 30 articles like that with each one netting you $45 per month gives you $1300. I use simple math like that to calculate my expected return.

    I know man. I'm working on it consistently.

    No promotions. Just good content set and forget.
     
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