This is month 4 of my challenge, so if you haven’t read the previous 2 posts you can check them out here:
CLICK HERE to go to the TL;DR section for a quick summary of this month.
Here are all of my websites:
- Best Track Spikes– This is the site found in this post. I’m showing everything I can with this site.
- BAB– I created this site back in May and it’s been fairly successful up to this point. The products are fairly low value, but it’s my biggest site right now and it increases my Amazon percentages a lot.
- MPC– I also created this site back in May and it’s also been fairly successful. The products are even cheaper than on BAB, but I sell at least 30-40 per month.
- BFST– This is one of the 3 smaller sites that I created about a month ago. Fairly cheap/average products.
- BFSC– Another smaller site that I created a month ago. Fairly cheap products.
- BBC– And yet another smaller site that I created a month ago. The products on this site are the most expensive so I’ll focus on getting this site higher in the SERPs soon.
- BNT– This site has the most expensive products by far. $500-$5,000+ I just created it last month so I don’t expect any sales until December or February, but when the sales do come I’ll get huge commissions!
- Tester Reviews– This is a community review site that anyone can submit their reviews to with their Amazon link in the review. You can check it out here if you’re interested!
- BRM– A small website I started in the middle of November in a very low competition niche. Focuses on $30-$100 products.
- BWT– I started this site on November 24th. It will be fairly large and will focus on products in the $30-$250 range.
If you don’t want the day-by-day updates click here to go to the TL;DR section.
Best Track Spikes
I got the idea for the site on November 21st, and started creating it on November 24th.
Some of these posts are quite long so you can CLICK HERE to jump to the TL;DR section.
I completed last months post.
Read an interesting post on Reddit about the different types of Amazon Affiliate sites.
The author of that post is quite successful with Amazon so we can all learn something from him.
Started creating a “super Web 2.0” focused on education/schoolwork/learning.
If all goes well I’ll create 2 more other big Web 2.0 sites with different areas of focus.
I think having one big Web 2.0 with higher authority linking to my websites is better than multiple tiny Web 2.0s linking to it.
I’ll be treating these as a regular blog and posting niche-relevant information on each.
Currently I have plans for:
- An education/learning Web 2.0
- A fitness/nutrition Web 2.0
- A technology Web 2.0
I worked on my education Web 2.0
- A 1,000 word article
- A favicon
- 2 ideas for future articles
I went through all of my sites and updated the plugins and the theme.
I also added the Mobile Pop-Over plugin to all of my sites in hopes of increasing my mobile traffic for the holidays.
BNT’s rankings are slowly moving up, but I’m not happy with where they’re at right now.
Then again I didn’t do any link-building for the site at all, so I probably shouldn’t be complaining.
I submitted BNT to 3 directories. I know some directories were deindexed by Google, but I’ve used these for link-building back in 2014 so they should still be working.
I checked the links section in Google Webmaster tools for all of my sites to see which sites actually had links.
Tester Reviews has 28 links.
BAB has 14.
BNT and BFSC have 3.
BFST has 2.
MPC has 1.
BBC has 0.
That’s actually not as bad as I was expecting, but it can definitely be improved.
For some reason the BFSC sitemap disappeared on Google Webmaster Tools so I re-added it.
I also added all of my sites and sitemaps to Bing Webmaster Tools in hope of getting some traffic from Bing.
Added a link to BAB and BNT on one of my old Web 2.0s.
BNT needs more links overall while the BAB link is to a page I want to jump up a couple positions.
One of the keywords on BNT jumped from #45 to #17 in SERPs, but Google Webmasters still hasn’t detected any links so I’m not sure what the jump was caused by.
I created my big technology Web 2.0 and wrote 3 posts for it.
I also wrote one post for my big educational Web 2.0.
The posts are actually quite useful, but most of them are fairly short and the writing could be better, but there are no grammar or spelling mistakes, some of the posts have pictures, and overall the blog looks like any other blog you might find on the Internet so this is good.
The DA of Blogger blogs increases quickly if you do some basic link-building and it’s hard to sink it with crap links so after 2 or 3 months I might do a simple GSA blast to get the domain authority up.
Once that happens, I’ll keep publishing new content to my Web 2.0 at a rate of 1-2 articles per month, and whenever I need to rank a new site in a related niche I’ll have a fairly strong backlink under my belt.
Started researching a new niche.
Not sure what prompted me to do it, but I got an idea for a big site with many subniches.
So far my biggest site is BAB at 41 articles, but if I start on this new site it’ll break that number.
I already found 20 sub-niches I could write about, and that’s not counting any filler or related posts.
If my niche was running then the 20 sub-niches would be “best track spikes, best track hurdles, best running shoes, etc…”
If I do create this site I will create a 2,000+ word article for each of these sub-niches which should be enough to propel me to page one as these keywords are very low competition.
Most of them have a fairly low number of searches per month, but if I do create this site I expect to get to the top of Google for many small keywords and stay there for a while so it’ll be worth it.
All of the keywords are very seasonal, and while that might be a problem for some people, I like seasonal keywords because they usually have less competition.
Added 180 words to the main page of BNT.
The SERPs are slowly rising, but I’ll do some more light link-building this weekend.
I started creating a “best deals” landing page.
I plan to spend $10 on Facebook ads on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with the goal of getting them to my landing page.
I want that landing page to get at least 50% of the people to click through to Amazon, and if around 7% of those people buy, I might be able to make a profit.
I wouldn’t usually do this as I think it’d be just throwing money away, but I hope to catch some of that Black Friday deal hunting and Christmas shopping money.
I looked at the keyword competitiveness for the keywords for my possible new site and I both like and don’t like what I see.
Most of the keywords are fairly low competition, but there is a site that’s in a similar niche to mine that has a ton of content on the same topics as I will.
They’re ranking 1st for most of the keywords and they have over 3 million backlinks and a domain authority of 43.
I don’t think I can beat that right now.
However, if I use their site as the minimum bar for my content, I might be able to get second for most of the keywords and first for other ones that their site doesn’t target.
I also wrote a book review on Tester Reviews.
I’m trying to grow that website a bit and I also want to grow my Amazon Reviewer rating because the higher it is the higher the chance of me getting free stuff to review (which is perfect for creating an Amazon Affiliate site.)
Posted a book review on Tester Reviews.
No one else is providing content for the site so right now it’s just a general review site for me.
I’ll keep posting some reviews on there and see where it leads.
Warning. The following couple paragraphs aren’t directly relevant to Amazon Affiliate so you can skip it without missing anything about the project.
I was on Reddit today and found two very interesting posts that resonated with me.
One of the posters said that being an entrepreneur doesn’t necessarily mean doing something that you absolutely love.
It means having the freedom over yourself to choose what you do and choosing how you make money.
I believe that, but I also don’t believe that.
I’ve always been a dreamer who thinks that everyone can find a passion and turn it into a paying job, and I think I believe that because otherwise I’d have to face the hard truth that life won’t always work out like that, but I also think that making money while still having freedom can still be a valid path to pursue.
Maybe it’s because I come from a culture where males are supposed to be the providers for the family. (I’m Russian.)
Or maybe it’s simply the fact that I’m a teenager blind to the harshness of life.
I want to be open to all possibilities, and honestly nothing in life is absolute. My belief in being a dreamer can be right while someone else’s belief in facing the difficult facts of life can also be true.
Another article that I read talked about “focusing on the process” instead of the end goal, which would mean that I went about this project the wrong way because I’m focusing on an end goal of $600 per month.
Whether I agree or disagree with the article is irrelevant because I also read another post that said that if your goal is money, but you still provide value to the people around you, you’re good.
I think we’ve all heard the advice of people to “pursue your passion and not follow the money,” and I understand that many of the current successful entrepreneurs became successful by solving a problem that they were excited about, but what if your “passion” is making money? What then?
The following section is relevant to Amazon Affiliate.
I spent a couple hours researching niches for Amazon that have incredibly low competition with items priced at $50+.
I’m itching to work on a new website and project, and my sites that have been successful succeeded because I entered a very low competition niche.
I “did” SEO to them, but I didn’t utilize the right strategies and I might be lying to myself when I say that my SEO helped me rank.
Sure. It might’ve improved the index speed of my site and boosted it up 1 or 2 spots, but overall my successful sites are making money because the competition is incredibly low and my content is very detailed.
Instead of banging my head against the wall in the hopes of ranking for the medium difficulty niches (which I’m slowly working on), it might be a better idea to instead create a number of quick sites targeting very low competition niches and then see where that leads me to.
This shotgun approach might not work, but if it does work for even 6 months then the effort will be worth it.
So far I found one niche where the main buyer keyword gets around 150 searches per month.
Tiny, I know.
However that doesn’t include all the other possible long tail traffic, and this is such a low competition niche that I think I’ll be able to be #1 for many keywords within 2 months if not less.
My goal is to find at least 4 more niches like that because so far my sites have an average profitability rate of around 20%.
I also started working on my new site, let’s call it BRM, and I set up the plugins, the theme, and the basic pages.
Bit the bullet and bought 10 backlinks from one of my friends for $80 for BFST. (Discounted from the usual $240.)
I should start seeing the results in a month or so.
This is my second time buying backlinks. My first was a 100 backlinks order on Fiverr a couple years ago when I didn’t know that buying backlinks is bad, and I’m iffy about this order, but we’ll see if it works.
Worked on BRM:
- Added 1,100 words to the homepage.
- Ordered a logo.
- Fixed up the theme and the layout a bit.
- Added a blog post with a video.
Once I get the logo I’ll make some minor design adjustments, add the site to Google Webmaster Tools, start tracking the keywords, and I’ll be done with this site.
It should rank on its own, but if it doesn’t I might just let it sit for a while and then decide what to do with it.
BAB is also my main source of income and I’m at 34 email subscribers without any work so I’m considering creating an actually useful autoresponder series specific to each exam so if I do decide to sell my subscribers something they won’t be 100% against the idea.
I cleaned up the look of BAB a bit and added featured images to all of the blog posts.
I set up the basic things for another new site that I’ll call BWT.
This site is in a higher competition niche, but this isn’t an exact match domain like most of my other sites.
This time I want to become the site for everything related to my main keywords. (I’m not hoping to rank for the high-competition keywords yet, but maybe eventually I will.)
The niche is large enough for me to write between 100-300 articles on it, but if I do decide to grow it that large I’ll probably outsource it.
Now I just want to create the basic 5-10 page site and let it site for a while to see where it gets without a lot of work.
For the first time ever my logo designer disappointed me.
I didn’t like the BRM logo, so I created my own simple logo as I didn’t want to spend more money.
For small sites like these maybe I should create everything myself to keep the costs to a complete minimum so if they don’t make money it’s not a problem.
I finished my logo, created a favicon, added my site to Google Webmasters, and added the keywords to my tracking tool.
I’ll add some more general content to the site in a couple days, but for now I’ll just let it sit.
I also submitted the site to Bing Webmaster tools as Bing is usually easier to rank in than Google for arbitrary keywords, and Bing does account for 12% of all searches on the web so if I can get even a bit more buying traffic I’ll take it!
1 day after going live BRM is #24 in Google for my target keyword.
I’m excited to see it ranking so well, but there’s always a chance it won’t get into the top 3 without link-building even if it’s a very easy niche.
I’ll wait a month and see where the site is ranking and then reassess.
The links I bought for BFST should start appearing as my friend is done with the job and he’s just going to drip-feed them for 30 days. (10 links total)
Guess which of my sites were successful and which weren’t?
The ones that I created a Facebook page for and posted links to on Facebook ranked faster than the ones that didn’t have a Facebook page.
This might be a case of correlation vs causation and maybe it just happened that way.
I’m not taking the chance, so I created a Facebook page for BRM, BNT, and BFST.
I scheduled a couple post one each page with links to the respective sites.
I’ll see if there’s any improvement in the SERPs or not.
Spent half the day trying to improve the site speed of BRM and in turn find a way to improve the site speed of all of my sites.
Still no luck.
My site loading times vary between 1.1-2 seconds, but PageSpeed Insights rate my site’s speed at 50/100.
After going through my sites and trying out numerous different plugins I realized that my problem might be the hosting.
I changed a couple things on the sites with Namecheap hosting and I decreased my site load time by 25%, but for my BlueHost sites it doesn’t affect much because most of my slow loading times are because of a slow server response.
I might have too many sites on my shared hosting account, but I don’t have the money to buy new hosting on BlueHost.
Maybe I should transfer my domains to NameCheap to improve my site speed.
Added 400 words to the main page of BWT.
Also changed up to theme to make the site look like I want it to.
This is a long-term project, so I’m not worried about completing it quickly. Eventually this will grow into a big site.
Started working more on BAB.
BAB is the only site where I get consistent emails from people asking me about it and wondering when there’s going to be more content posted and I got to 35 subscribers without doing any A/B testing or having good emails so there’s definitely more that can be done there.
I signed up and got approved for another affiliate program for BAB that pays $30 if someone signs up for their plan, and 10% if someone buys something from them.
I don’t expect to make a lot from it, but diversifying monetization methods is always important.
I also spent 2 hours writing an email autoresponder for users who sign up at a specific page on the site. (This is the page that gets the most traffic)
I also started some A/B testing for the email sign-up forms as I think my conversion of 1.5% is too low for this site.
I have similar email forms on all of the high traffic pages on the site so I’m currently doing a different A/B test on each page.
- I’m testing the color of the form.
- I’m testing a longer description of the benefits vs a shorter/differently phrased description.
- I’m testing 2 different call to actions for the “submit” button.
I’m even starting to rank for the more competitive keywords in my niche!
The links are bought are starting to work and I’m excited to see if it’ll be enough to get me into the top 3 search results.
I finished up this post, but didn’t do anything else.
Here’s what happened in November:
- Made $220 from the sites.
- Found 5 new niches.
- Created 2 new sites: BRM and BWT
- Bought links for BFST. I know, I know… Bad. But it might work.
- Started 2 “super Web 2.0s” that I will use for link-building later.
- Created a couple links to BNT.
- Started A/B/ testing for BAB.
Things Realized/Thought About:
- Entrepreneurship might not always mean doing something that you love. (November 20th)
- My whole mindset of having money as the end goal for this project might be wrong. (November 20th)
- I’m much worse at SEO than I’d like to be.
Thank you for reading!
Do you have any questions about my site or the Amazon Affiliate program in general?
Please ask away in the comments! It’s awfully lonely here… 🙁