If you found this blog post chances are you are trying to find out how to make a profitable Amazon Affiliate website. Well I’m going to try to help you learn from my own experiences. My name is Dave, I run this personal finance blog where we discuss being profitable. I started this experiment because I’m always on a quest to generate different sources of passive income. My primary source of passive income is from the rental properties I own. You can read about them here, here and here. This is part 2 of what is probably going to end up being several posts long.
Just as a heads up at this point so far I don’t think I’ll be disclosing the specific niche of my website because while I’m sure most of you are nice people, it’s not uncommon for people to study these case studies and try to make a carbon copy of my website which can be bad for a number of reasons. Think I’m being paranoid? Just ask Spencer Haws of NichePursuits. He had an array of issues from being completely transparent with his readers. Spencer is a great teacher for this type of stuff and is highly recommended, but hes clearly nicer than I am haha.
This is part 2 of what is probably going to end up being several posts long. You can read part 1 of the amazon affiliate experiment here. I am creating blog updates once a month to show progress in real time.
So let just jump right into what’s been going on!
How much did I make so far?
I know this is probably what you really want to know so lets start with the numbers so far. Drum roll please……… So far my niche website has generated $30.80. But don’t take my word for it heres some proof.
I’m not sure if I was lucky or not but I got my first sale about 11 days in on this project. The item purchased was cheap and had nothing to do with my niche, but the feeling of logging in and seeing your first sale is indescribable.
Some things to note. I actually got 11 sales but only 4 of them have shipped out, so technically I earned over $30.80 but I won’t know the amount until they finished processing. If I had to guest based on the items, I’d say I’d be somewhere in the $50 range.
While $50 is very short of our $500 monthly goal, considering this is only the 1st month I feel confident enough to continue to work hard on this project.
What have I done since last month?
I have done more keyword research for my niche. I have found around 5 long tail keywords that I am going to rank for.
I manually scoured the internet for relevant blog post that I could comment on to get backlinks to my site. An important thing to remember when trying to get backlinks this way is that 90% of the time when you leave a comment it will have to be manually approved by the website owner. This is obvious to me because I run this blog. You wouldn’t believe how many comments I get every day that are just spam. They say something to the effect of “thanks this post was what I was looking for” with a link back to their crappy website. I ignore the hell out of these comments, I don’t want them on my blog so they never get approved. Website owners will usually only approve comments that are obvious that you read the post. I recommend picking something from the post that stood out to you and giving a real opinion. These comments are more likley to get approved thus leaving a link back to your site.
I was able to get about 15 of these approved out of 25 since last month.
Bought some social signals
I bought some social signals.
If you didn’t know, social signals are things like likes and shares, and yes you can buy them. To my understanding, the logic behind this is that google has become significantly more focused on finding “what the people want”, since google can see these signals, buying them makes it look like your website is being talked about and shared. This in turn, helps your ranking improve. I bought 300 social signals from PBNButler. While they were more expensive than Fiverr, where you can get social signals for $5, I find most gigs associated with SEO are absolute trash. What I like about PBNButlers service is that they have a deal through a mobile app, which requires its users to share random post to continue the app. This means your shares are being distributed by real people, which also means that aside from the SEO aspect of it, you could legitimately attract real interested people.
Created some web 2.0’s
I’m going to be honest. If you are really trying to create a site with a long-term vision in mind, then the best way to get backlinks to your site is through outreach. This is essentially reaching out to other bloggers in your niche and doing guest post and building real relationships. That being said…it can be hard to find people willing to allow you to guest post for a niche site. It can work but it takes some work. For this website however, to help diversify my backlink profile, I created several web 2.0 websites to backlink to my own website. Web 2.0’s are free blogs you can start on websites like WordPress.com or Weebly. The idea here is to sign up to these free blogs and create post that link back to your site. But before you go starting a whole bunch of web 2.0’s and pointing them to your site, we want to make them look like legitimate blogs. create several
Don’t create several web 2.0’s and point to your site right away. You need to treat them as a real blog. Make sure you fill out the profile info, make an about page you don’t need to make it about you, create a persona, the details don’t have to be some intricate story line but the section needs to be there. It is also recommended you make several posts over the course of a week before linking to your site. Make sure that your other post include pictures or a video, proper use of title tags, and most importantly that they link out to other authority sites in the niche. DO NOT link to your competitors, this will boosts their rankings. A good example would be lets say your niche is soccer balls. I would try to find something about soccer on nike.com and link to that. I try to make sure all my post have 2-3 links to high authority pages so that when I link to mine, it will appear that my blog only links to reputable sources. I’m essentially creating and maintaining my own link neighborhood.
Try to make your post on the web 2.0’s decent quality, a lot of people outsource this but I’m cheap so I do this myself. I am still in the process of writing content to these web 2.0’s and its really time consuming. I have a few that are ready for links back to my site but I am waiting over a week before I do so.
Here is a list of web 2.0’s you can use
Bought some expired Tumblrs
Pretty much the same info as above. Tumblr is a web 2.0 site, you can buy expired domains with an established backlink profile. This means you can get a domain with a high PA which will help send link juice and improve your sites ranking. This is where the MozBar comes in handy. I always check the stats on these before I confirm purchase. You dont want to buy any that are flagged as spam. Once I confirm these are acceptable, I repeat the process from above making sure that make a few post before linking to my site. I bought some of these from SEOClerks and Fiverr(not the cheap $5 ones). If you don’t want to pay for expired tumblrs you can always get your own by doing a little work. Here is a detailed guide to scraping Tumblrs.
How much have I spent?
When we left off last month, I spent $88 total creating a blog. That included the domain name and hosting. Since then I also purchased a logo for my website. Logos help to make sites look more legitimate, rather than just having a plain text title.
I sourced this out on Fiverr, the quality is ok, its no NBC logo, but it’s good enough. This only cost me $5.
I bought 6 expired Tumblrs. This cost me $36
I bought 300 Social signals. This cost me $14
This brings my total spent to $143
I have made $30.80 up to this point so as of now I am $143 in the hole.
The plan for next month
Over the next month until our next update I plan to do the following:
- Add more content to my site. I plan on trying to add one post every 2 weeks.
- Complete the building of my web 2.0’s and link them to my website
- Add 5 more blog comments.
- Try to stop checking my earnings every day(BAD BAD NERVE WRECKING HABIT)
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