From-Zero-to-Hero

From Zero to Hero Part 1- Getting to $500 Per Month in 3 Months

From-Zero-to-HeroWhat am I doing and why am I doing this? – May 15th

Today I realized that this site is ranking on the 2nd page of Google with no links, only 4 pages of content, and for keywords that have 1000+ searches per month.

I don’t want to waste the potential that this site has so I decided to create another journey where I take this side from 0 to hero.

What’s the definition of hero?

People always talk about SMART goals, so let’s make this goal definite.

This site should make at least $500/month within 3 months.

Why $500?

It’s a bit of a stretch goal considering how many other projects I’m working on, but I want to challenge myself and prove that I still have what it takes to make it with Amazon affiliate.

P.S.- Let’s call this site EG.

Today I:

  • Added a 1,o00 word review post to the site.
  • Looked ahead to see what posts I will write in the upcoming days.

May 16th

I have a list of more than 100 fairly low competition keywords for this niche, but when you have a list that big it can be hard to start sometimes.

I sometimes question myself and wonder if I’m working on the things that will bring the best results in the short term, but then I realize that as long as I keep working hard I’ll eventually publish all 100 posts and I’ll have the same amount of traffic.

Today I:

  • Wrote 900 words for a post that will end up being around 1,500-2,000 words.

May 17th

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Month-6

$50 to $600 Per Month Using Amazon Affiliate Month 6 (Experiment)

Month-6This is month 5 of my challenge. Here are my other posts:

CLICK HERE to go to the TL;DR section for a quick summary of this month.

Here are all of my websites:

  • Best Track SpikesThis is the site found in this post. I’m showing everything I can with this site.
  • BABI 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.
  • BFSTThis is one of the 3 smaller sites that I created about a month ago. Fairly cheap/average products.
  • BFSCAnother smaller site that I created a month ago. Fairly cheap products.
  • BBCAnd 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.
  • BNTThis 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 ReviewsThis 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!
  • BRMA small website I started in the middle of November in a very low competition niche. Focuses on $30-$100 products.
  • BWTI started this site on November 24th. It will be fairly large and will focus on products in the $30-$250 range.
  • WHQ– A new site I started in December. Very large niche. I’ll be outsourcing at least half of the content in order to grow the site quickly.

If you don’t want the day-by-day updates click here to go to the TL;DR section.

Before

After

Income

Amazon-Income

Best Track Spikes

Best-Track-Spikes-Month-5

Best-Track-Spikes-Month-6

BAB

BAB-Month-5

BAB-Month-6

MPC

MPC-Month-5

MPC-Month-6

BFST

BFST-Month-5

BFST-Month-6

BFSC

BFSC-Month-5

BFSC-Month-6

BBC

BBC-Month-5

BBC-Month-6

BNT

BNT-Month-5

BNT-Month-6

BRM

BRM-Month-5

BRM-Month-6

Daily Updates

Some of these posts are quite long so you can CLICK HERE to jump to the TL;DR section.

January 2nd

I realized that all of my sites had unoptimized logos and favicons.

Most of my logos were around 100kb while I can get them down to 5-10kb with no noticeable loss in quality.

That’s a 95kb difference!

I’m not sure how much this affected my rankings, but I re-optimized those images on all of my sites.

We’ll see how it changes things.

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January 3rd

The writer that I found on Upwork is a goldmine.

The article was well-written, had supporting evidence, and was overall great.

I asked her if she’d be interested in doing 2 articles or so per week for my WHQ site, and if she agrees then I’m pretty much set.

I’ll just have to do a couple hours of keyword research a month, edit each of the articles a bit (it took me about 5-10 minutes to edit the 1,000 word article. In comparison, it would probably take me 30 minutes-1 hour to write that same article), but this would mean around 8,000 guaranteed words of content would go up on WHQ every month.

If I target long-tails, this would be absolutely amazing for increasing traffic!

January 11th

As you can see I took a break from updating, but my sites didn’t take any breaks from making me money! 😉

My first writer is writing amazing content for me as of right now, and I hired another one so in the hopes of getting another high quality post a week for $5 or so. (I have a payment plan for my writers where they start at $5 per 1,000 and get to $10 per 1,000 words, but I think I might just move my first writer right up to the $10 per 1,000 mark because her content is absolutely amazing!)

Even though WHQ is fairly new I’m already getting 300+ impressions and 30 or so clicks per month, and once my rankings improve this site will be another goldmine.

I’m also targeting super-low search long tails in hopes of increasing my traffic.

Since I don’t have to write the content, it makes it easier for me to create posts for 0-20 searches per month keywords because I just have to pay my writers to do it.

January 13th

I’m at $220 earned in the first 12 days of January, which means that I’m on track for getting to $600 this month, but I doubt that will happen.

I think my large earnings at the beginning of the month are from people using their new Amazon gift-cards that they got for Christmas, and soon this crazy spending will stop.

I ended up hiring 4 total writers in total, but I’ll probably drop 1 or 2 of them after I get their first article.

One of the problems with outsourcing an article is silencing the perfectionist in me who wants to do everything himself, because that’s not the way to grow your income. Right?

WHQ is at 40 clicks this month, but still no sales which is a bit strange.

Once it gets to 100 clicks with no sales I’ll change my links to see if using Amazon’s shortened links is what’s causing the problem.

January 15th

One of the writers I got was a bust, but I only spent $5 so it’s not a problem.

The article wasn’t terrible, but the quality is definitely lower than what I’d like on my “authority” site.

My other two writers are great though, and while one of them just needs a couple of 5 star ratings, the other one doesn’t seem to care about that at all.

I added “Get the product!” buttons to BAB to see if that helps the CTR.

Before I only used images, but I want to compare the CTR for the images, the buttons, and the in-text links.

I’m tracking all of the links separately on a high-traffic page and in a month or so I should have enough data to see what works best.

ABT- Always Be Testing.

January 24th

At around $430 this month right now.

I doubt I’ll get to $600, but it’ll be pretty close.

WHQ is getting some sales, and it’s starting to rank for other lower comp keywords.

One of my writers stopped responding to me though and I haven’t done much keyword research yet so I better get on that.

January 31st

I ended up not reaching my goal of $600 per month.

I’m off by $17.

I’m a bit disappointed, but I’m also happy with getting so close to the goal and I know that my sites will grow even more so I should get there in a couple months.

I’ll post a big “analysis” post sometime in February so keep an eye out for that.

TL;DR

Here’s what happened in January:
Things Done:

  • Made $583 from the sites.
  • Bought my first PBN domains and set up a couple sites.
  • Started outsourcing articles for WHQ and BWT.

Things Realized/Thought About:

  • Reinvesting and outsourcing is a must if I want to grow them.
  • I have to constantly test new things if I want to keep making money online.
  • So far the PBN links don’t seem that effective, but I’m still learning so we’ll see if they become more effective as I learn more things.
  • While Amazon is great I hate only having one income stream. I think I’d be satisfied with 6 different ones adding up to $3,000+ a month, but the more the better.

Thank you for reading!

Please comment below if you have any questions!

Month-5

$50 to $600 Per Month Using Amazon Affiliate Month 5 (Experiment)

Month-5This is month 5 of my challenge. Here are my other posts:

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.
  • WHQ– A new site I started in December. Very large niche. I’ll be outsourcing at least half of the content in order to grow the site quickly.

If you don’t want the day-by-day updates click here to go to the TL;DR section.

Before

After

Income

November Amazon Affiliate Income

Best Track Spikes

Best Track Spikes end of November Rankings

Best-Track-Spikes-Month-5

BAB

BAB end of November rankings

BAB-Month-5

MPC

MPC End of November Rankings

MPC-Month-5

BFST

BFST End of November Rankings

BFST-Month-5

BFSC

BFSC end of november rankings

BFSC-Month-5

BBC

BBC end of November rankings

BBC-Month-5

BNT

BNT end of November Rankings

BNT-Month-5

BRM

BRM end of November Rankings

BRM-Month-5

Daily Updates

Some of these posts are quite long so you can CLICK HERE to jump to the TL;DR section.

December 3rd

I messed up when setting up the newsletter signup A/B test on BAB so I had to reset the data for 2 of them.

It should take at least 2 weeks to get any good data out of it as I want each variation to get at least 500 displays (if not 1,000. I’ll see how statistically significant the data is.) Read more

Amazon Affiliate $50 to $600 Month 4

$50 to $600 Per Month Using Amazon Affiliate Month 4 (Experiment)

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 SpikesThis is the site found in this post. I’m showing everything I can with this site.
  • BABI 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.
  • BFSTThis is one of the 3 smaller sites that I created about a month ago. Fairly cheap/average products.
  • BFSCAnother smaller site that I created a month ago. Fairly cheap products.
  • BBCAnd 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.
  • BNTThis 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 ReviewsThis 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!
  • BRMA small website I started in the middle of November in a very low competition niche. Focuses on $30-$100 products.
  • BWTI 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.

Before

After

Income

Amazon Affiliate Earnings Month 3

November Amazon Affiliate Income

Best Track Spikes

Best track spikes end of october rankings

Best Track Spikes end of November Rankings

BAB

BAB end of october rankings

BAB end of November rankings

MPC

MPC end of october rankings

MPC End of November Rankings

BFST

BFST end of october rankings

BFST End of November Rankings

BFSC

BFSC end of october rankings

BFSC end of november rankings

BBC

BBC end of october rankings

BBC end of November rankings

BNT

BNT end of october rankings

BNT end of November Rankings

BRM

I got the idea for the site on November 21st, and started creating it on November 24th.

BRM end of November Rankings

Daily Updates

Some of these posts are quite long so you can CLICK HERE to jump to the TL;DR section.

November 5th

I completed last months post.

November 8th

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.

November 9th

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.

Why?

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

November 11th

I worked on my education Web 2.0

I added:

  • 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.

November 12th

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.

November 14th

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.

November 15th

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.

November 16th

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.

November 17th

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.

November 18th

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.)

November 19th

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.

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November 20th

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%.

November 21st

I bought 2 domains and a new hosting package on NameCheap as I don’t want to have all of my sites on my BlueHost package.

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. Read more

Amazon Affiliate $50 to $600 Month 3

$50 to $600 Per Month Using Amazon Affiliate Month 3 (Experiment)

This is month 3 of my challenge, so if you haven’t read the previous 2 posts you can check them out here:

I’m not sure how much time I could spend on my sites this month, so this should be interesting.

If you don’t feel like reading the whole post you can CLICK HERE to go to the TL;DR section for a quick summary of what happened this month.

Here are the names with brief descriptions:

  • Best Track SpikesThis is the site found in this post. I’m showing everything I can with this site.
  • BABI 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.
  • BFSTThis is one of the 3 smaller sites that I created about a month ago. Fairly cheap/average products.
  • BFSCAnother smaller site that I created a month ago. Fairly cheap products.
  • BBCAnd 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.
  • BNTThis 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 ReviewsThis 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!

If you don’t want the day-by-day updates click here to go to the TL;DR section for the most important lessons for this month.

Before

After

Income

Month 2 Income

Amazon Affiliate Earnings Month 3

Best Track Spikes

Best Track Spikes Month 2 RankingsTotal articles: 16

Best track spikes end of october rankings

Total articles: 16

BAB

BAB Month 2 Rankings

Total articles: 41

BAB end of october rankings

Total articles: 41

MPC

MPC Month 2 RankingsTotal articles: 10

MPC end of october rankings

Total articles: 10

BFST

BFST Month 2 Rankings

Total articles: 9

BFST end of october rankings

Total articles: 9

BFSC

BFSC Month 2 Rankings

Total articles: 8

BFSC end of october rankings

Total articles: 9

BBC

BBC Month 2 Rankings

Total articles: 9

BBC end of october rankings

Total articles: 9

BNT

BNT Month 2 Rankings

Total articles: 8

BNT end of october rankings

Total articles: 8

Daily Updates

Some of these posts are quite long so you can CLICK HERE to jump to the TL;DR section.

October 1st-4th
I worked on and published last month’s post.

October 5th
I received an email from EmpireFlippers about the latest sites added to their mix and one site caught my eye.

It was created 9 months ago and its revenue was at around $1,000 per month, but the revenue isn’t what stood out to me.

I found the site through a quick Google search and the homepage of the site has a massive 5,000 word article on the topic.

It has 2 smaller supporting articles also, but the massive article pulls in the majority of the traffic.

Compared to that out of all of my sites that follow the same structure, BFST has the most words on the homepage at around 1600. BFSC is next with 900, and then BNT and BBC are last at around 700 and 600.

Considering that BNT is the site that has the most potential, I feel like I need to add more content to bump the word count to at least 2,000.

I just need to find time to actually do that, and the earlier the better because if I can get any of the above 4 sites to rank in the top 10 for Black Friday, that’ll be a lot of moolah.

October 6th-7th
I created a website that will be dedicated to posts about the Amazon Affiliate program.

Don’t worry. I’ll continue with the $50 to $600 posts on here, but once I’m done with that I won’t write about Amazon Affiliate on this site except for my income reports.

The Amazon reporting dashboard underwent some big changes so I published my first post on the new blog on that.

October 8th
I added 200 words to the main page of the BFST site.

I should really be focusing on school, but I don’t want to abandon this project.

From now on I’ll just write on days that I actually did something so you don’t have to read my “didn’t do anything today” posts.

October 12th
I deleted the “2015” keywords for Best Track Spikes in my rank tracker and added the new “2016” keywords so I can figure out where I’m ranking for next years track season.

I started writing a Halloween related post for MPC, but as I researched the products I realized that the ones on Amazon were complete trash, and I don’t want to promote crap to my visitors so I ended up scrapping the post.

I only made $2 per day for the past couple days, but my rankings and clicks per day are still the same so I’m not sure what’s going on.

So far it looks like this month I’ll be lucky to break $200, but we’ll see.

TL;DR

Here are the most important things that happened during the month of September!
Things Done:

  • Made $220 from the sites.
  • Added more words to BFSC’s homepage.
  • Found a couple of other good niches.
  • Applied to Stanford and the University of Michigan! (Personal win for me)

Things Realized/Thought About:

  • Some of the sites that I’m competing against are absolutely crazy!
  • Other sites that I’m competing against have pretty crappy content, but are good at link-building.
  • I need to improve my link building skills if I want to reach my goal of $600 per month.

Thanks for reading once again!

Are any of you thinking about creating your own Amazon Affiliate site? What’s stopping you? Comment below!

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Amazon Affiliate $50 to $600 Month 2

$50 to $600 Per Month Using Amazon Affiliate Month 2 (Experiment)

If you haven’t read my first month’s post you can check it out here. If you don’t want to read the whole thing you should at least check out the TL;DR section.

For this month I decided to write out a couple goals at the beginning to make sure that I know what I need to focus on as last month I had a couple lapses that shouldn’t happen.

I’m also doing a mini-link-building test to see whether blog comments still help, and if they do help whether comments on relevant sites with low authority or comments on non-relevant sites with high authority help the most.

If you don’t want to read the whole post you can go down to the TL;DR for a quick summary of what happened during the month!

Here are the names with brief descriptions:

  • Best Track SpikesThis is the site found in this post. I’m showing everything I can with this site.
  • BABI 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.
  • BFSTThis is one of the 3 smaller sites that I created about a month ago. Fairly cheap/average products.
  • BFSCAnother smaller site that I created a month ago. Fairly cheap products.
  • BBCAnd 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.
  • BNTThis 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 ReviewsThis 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!

If you don’t want the detailed day-by-day information click here to go to the TL;DR section for a quick summary of the month.

Goals For The Month

Creating a couple of non-BS goals for the month was surprisingly hard, but here they are!

  • Add 3 articles to BNT. This is my highest product site and it’s already ranking fairly well 2 weeks after it’s up so I know I can get it into the top 10 and get some money from it.
  • Add 5 quality articles to BAB. If I want to make it an authority site I need to add more articles, but I also need to make them as high quality as possible.
  • Do at least 5 blog comments per week with links to BFST and BFSC. This is part of my blogging comment SEO experiment and I need these sites to rank a bit higher in the SERPs.
  • Create 1 Web 2.0 for BFST and BFSC.
  • Create a couple of lead magnets and start collecting emails on BAB. If I want to sell the site an email list can increase the value. Plus if I get 100 or so people signed up I could advertise niche related items in my email.
  • +Other goals that are too specific that I can’t talk about without giving away my sites.

Before

After

Income

End Of Month Income

Month 2 Income

Best Track Spikes

Best Track Spikes End Of August Ranking

Total articles: 16

Best Track Spikes Month 2 Rankings

Total articles: 16

BAB

BAB End Of August Rankings

Total articles: 41

BAB Month 2 Rankings

Total articles: 41

MPC

MPC End Of August Rankings

Total articles: 10

MPC Month 2 Rankings

Total articles: 10

BFST

BFST End Of August Rankings

Total articles: 9

BFST Month 2 Rankings

Total articles: 9

BFSC

BFSC End Of August Ranking

Total articles: 8

BFSC Month 2 Rankings

Total articles: 9

BBC

BBC End Of August Rankings

Total articles: 9

BBC Month 2 Rankings

Total articles: 9

BNT

BNT End Of August Rankings

Total articles: 8

BNT Month 2 Rankings

Total articles: 8

Daily Updates

Some of these updates are very long so once again CLICK HERE to go to the TL;DR part of this post for a summary.

September 1st
I finished setting up this post and spend a couple hours reading about lead-magnets and email subscriptions.

It’s not necessarily related to my Amazon sites, but it could be useful for my BAB site later on.

September 2nd
Posted 2 comments on strong non-niche-related sites for BFSC and 2 comments on fairly strong niche-related sites for BFST as part of my blog comment experiment.

I know that not all of the comments will get approved, but I can check how many links I have at the end of the month using WebMaster tools and I’ll see if they affected anything or not.

September 3rd
Busy with college apps.

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September 4th

Something really strange is happening to my BAB site.

I thought it was penalized as on Google Webmasters because my clicks have been at 0 for a couple days and my impressions have been steadily dropping.

BAB Google Webmasters Graph Going Down

Look at my clicks dropping…

However that doesn’t make sense as SerpLab and Google Webmasters show that my rankings didn’t change and I still get about 5-10 daily sales so I obviously still have traffic.

I checked Google Analytics and as you can see I’ve steadily been getting more and more visitors every day.

BAB Google Analytics Going Up

The # of sessions is steadily increasing!

I also checked my User Acquisition to make sure that I wasn’t getting crazy social traffic with no organic traffic, but most of my traffic is organic.

Google Webmasters is freaking out, and I’m not exactly sure why.

BAB Acquisition Graph

Acquisition Pie Chart. Notice the organic search in blue.

September 5th-6th
I’ve been learning more and more about effective copywriting and communication, but I haven’t been working on my sites at all.

I feel like this challenge will end with me not working on this at all during the week and then trying to catch up during the weekend and I don’t want that to happen.

Even 15 minutes of work per day can add up to a lot in 5 months.

15*150 = 2250 minutes = 37.5 hours.

September 7th
Created an Aweber List for BAB, created a quick auto-responder with 3 emails and added an opt-in form to 3 of the most popular pages on my site.

I didn’t create any lead magnets as I don’t see a point in actively pursuing email leads for this site, but that might change later.

I’m at the point where I can outsource most of my work, but I want to finish this challenge without any outside assistance as I believe you learn more that way.

Tomorrow is the first day of school for me so I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to accomplish in the following couple weeks, but I’ll do my best to keep working hard and growing my sites for Black Friday and Christmas!

September 8th
I think I finally figured out why BFSC, and BBC still aren’t getting ranked yet.

I used the Panguin Tool to figure out when the last Google Update was and it looks like another Panda update happened around July 15th. (It’s not exact as it takes some time to roll out.)

For those of you who don’t know, Panda is the Google update that penalized weak content sites and thin affiliate sites.

Here’s a graph of all the latest Google updates with my Best Track Spikes traffic.

BestTrackSpikes Google Updates Showing

Look at the red lines.

That red line on the right is the latest Panda update which ended up happening right as my websites went live.

BFST had some non-affiliate articles on it at that point, but the other two sites were just published and all they had was one “top 3” article with a bunch of Amazon links.

This is both good and bad.

It’s good because I know what I need to do to fix it, but it’s bad because these sites might not be “depenalized” by January or February so I only have 7 sites to work with to get to $600 per month.

How I plan to get rid of the penalty:

  1. Write 3 niche-related (loosely-related) articles for a total of 2,000+ words. (No affiliate links in the posts. Just links to strong, niche related websites.)
  2. Schedule one article per week.
  3. Comb through the sites once again to make sure they’re not overoptimized.
  4. Look at the plugins and make sure they’re not creating any issues once again. (They shouldn’t as these are the plugins I use on all of my sites, but it’s worth a check)
  5. Post 1 niche-related article every month until the update runs. (This should help “dilute” my affiliate links and hopefully will show that my sites actually offer value to the visitors.)

September 9th
I was home for a total of 30 minutes today so I didn’t do anything.

September 10th-11th
Got my first subscriber for BAB!

I posted a 600 word article on BFSC. The article had 4-5 links to authority sites in the niche, but had no Amazon Affiliate links or links to other areas of my site.

I’m hoping that the next Panda update brings good news instead of bad news…

If the site doesn’t start earning by the end of this 6 month challenge I’ll either try to sell it to get my time-investment back or just leave it be and see if it starts ranking after aging a bit more.

September 12th
So far this month my conversion rate is incredibly high at 14.19% because of my BAB site.

I also got 1 more subscriber on the site, so maybe I should create a couple of lead-magnets to get more people on the list.

I decided to do another little experiment.

I will post niche-related articles to BFSC without any Amazon Affiliate links in hopes of getting rid of the Panda penalty, but for BBC I will only post articles with Amazon Affiliate links in them.

This will let me see what works and what doesn’t work for getting rid of Panda penalties and hopefully teach you something new in the process.

I went through all of my sites and updated all of my plugins and themes.

September 13th- 18th
I had to put the project on hold as there is too many school-related things to do.

I’ll do my best to get back on the horse soon enough, but right now I don’t have the time to work on my websites.

September 19th-30th
I didn’t do any work except for updating my plugins and themes on all of my sites to make sure there are no security problems.

I’m just too busy with school to do anything, so I’ll see how next month goes.

I need to write college letters and apply to some of the colleges by November 1st, but then I have until January 1st for the rest, so I might just focus on school now and Amazon later.

September 31st
Finished this post and started my post for the second month.

TL;DR

Here are the most important things that happened during the month of September!
Things Done:

  • Kept my income at around $280 per month from these sites.
  • Added an email opt-in form on BAB and got to 13 subscribers without any lead magnets. (Day 7)
  • De-indexed the author and tag pages on all my sites and decreased the keyword density in my articles to avoid over-optimization.
  • Figured out that BAB wasn’t penalized even though it seemed like it was based on Google Webmaster tools. (Day 4)
  • Added a niche related article to BFSC to try to get it un-penalized. (Day 10)

Things Realized/Thought About:

  • BFSC and BBC were probably hit by the Panda update on July 15th. (Day 8)
  • I don’t have as much time as I would like to work on these sites, but they can still bring me a nice solid income every month because I put in the work during the summer.

Thank you for reading! If you have any questions I’d love to answer them in the comments below!

Have you started your Amazon Affiliate site yet? If not, tell me why in the comments!

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