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Content Samurai Review & Discount

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Today I will be reviewing Content Samurai, but if you’re just looking for the discount simply click here and get 53% off of your monthly Content Samurai payment forever.

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What Is It?

Content Samurai is a video creation tool from the team that brought us Market Samurai(Market Samurai was actually my very first Internet Marketing purchase so it has a dear place in my heart.)

The app lets you create text-based sales videos all in your browser.

If you’re unfamiliar with what that is here’s a quick rundown:

It’s a video of slides with text and images on them that usually has a voice-over.

The slides look like this: (Click on them to get the bigger versions)

The Review

I already wrote a pretty detailed review with a video on this site, but I’m still going to make this review as detailed as I can.

I first created this review in 2015 which is when Content Samurai was released, but I updated it twice since then. (The most recent update was in March of 2017.)

  • The Good
  • Easy to use
  • 20 free sound-tracks worth $39.95 each
  • 50 different slide themes
  • Audio recording is very simple
  • Everything is done in the cloud
  • Easy acknowledgments for CC images used in your video
  • Can insert your own videos between, before, and after text slides.
  • The Bad
  • Can’t edit the audio quality online, so if your microphone isn’t great, you gotta fix it after creating the video. However, you can also record audio, edit it with Audacity and then upload it which makes it easier.
  • It’s not a one and done deal. You have to pay monthly.
  • Everything is done in the cloud
  • Audio recording is very simple
  • Everything is done in the cloud
  • Easy acknowledgments for CC images used in your video
  • Can insert your own videos between, before, and after text slides.

If you want to see the software in action I have a video review that you might find useful:


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February 2017 Income Report and Plans

February-Income-ReportThis is my 24th income report for this blog.

Every month I publish a post like this showing:

  • how much money I made
  • what I worked on
  • and what my plans are for the future.

These reports will help me keep myself accountable, and hopefully I can help you figure out how you can make money online.

What I Did in February/Beginning of March

February was surprisingly productive, but also full of surprised and disappointment.

There’s a reason for why I’m writing this post in March. I’ve had to put out fires and focus on my businesses so I had no time for this.

Online I:

  • Continued teaching my VA keyword research and showed her how to create Web 2.0 backlinks.
  • Got hit by the mysterious Fred update and the Amazon affiliate commission changes nearly at the same time.
  • Completely restructured WHQ and “silo”d the content with the hopes that it’ll help with getting back my rankings.
  • Tested 6 writers on Upwork and kept one of them. So far he’s written 10,000 words of informational content and I plan on adding at least 25k words per month to WHQ for the next 3 months. I think this should help me with the Fred issues, but more on that later.

Offline I:

  • Focused on working on college courses and online work. Didn’t rest that much.

Goals:

I planned on being productive in January, and while I didn’t do everything I wanted to, I also accomplished other things I didn’t even think about so it all evens out in the end. 😉

  • Publish two posts on OnlineMoneyz: FAILEDI didn’t do either of these. 🙁
    • “A year in review” post covering how much money I made and spent during the year, how I could’ve made more money and how much my income grew.
    • Post 1 of my secret project that I won’t be telling you about until it’s up.
  • Show my VA how to use Upwork and possibly hire a couple writers for my new project. SORTA FAILED– I showed her how to create Web 2.0s and hired writers by myself so it’s not that much of an issue.
  • Edit and publish 3 drafts on WHQSUCCEEDED– Published and edited a total of 10 posts.

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January 2017 Income Report and Plans

January-Income-ReportThis is my 23rd income report for this blog.

Every month I publish a post like this showing:

  • how much money I made
  • what I worked on
  • and what my plans are for the future.

These reports will help me keep myself accountable, and hopefully I can help you figure out how you can make money online.

What I Did in January

Most of January was quite unproductive as I burnt myself out last semester and needed to take a breather.

However, I got back into it near the end of the month and actually got some stuff done that I had on my to-do list for a while.

Online I:

  • Taught my VA the basics of keyword research and SEO. Eventually I hope to get her to a point where she can do keyword research for me and possibly oversee other writers under her.
  • Updated the Content Samurai review post.

Offline I:

  • Spend a lot of time playing video games, watching Netflix, and resting.
  • Continued doing college stuff.
  • Had my first float tank experience- It was awesome! It’s like meditation, but better.

Goals:

I planned on being productive in January, and while I didn’t do everything I wanted to, I also accomplished other things I didn’t even think about so it all evens out in the end. 😉

  • Publish two posts on OnlineMoneyz: FAILEDNo posts as always. What else did you expect? 🙁
    • “A year in review” post covering how much money I made and spent during the year, how I could’ve made more money, how I grew, and all other interesting stuff like that. 😉
    • Post 1 of my secret project that I won’t be telling you about until it’s up. 😉
  • Start teaching my VA Pinterest magic to drive traffic to WHQ. FAILED– I didn’t teach her Pinterest, and instead started teaching her keyword research.
  • Create 4 quick and easy silos on WHQ myself. I could assign this to my VA, but I can do it quicker and I need her to expand to working on other stuff. FAILEDI only created one silo as I underestimated the amount of time it would take me to make a “top x” post as it seems I’m out of practice.

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Is Amazon Changing Their Commission Structure? February 2017 Updates

Imagine going from $8,500/month to $5,000/month within days.

This is the possibility that some people are facing with the new (rumored) Amazon affiliate commission structure.

I already wrote a different post about a change that affected deal sites and price tracking sites, but this possible new update looks like it will affect everyone.

In this post you will learn:

  • Where these rumors are coming from
  • What the changes are
  • What proof I have that these rumors are probably true
  • How this will affect you
  • And what I’m going to do.

Where are these rumors coming from?

The original info is coming from this thread on Warrior Forum, but people are also talking about it on reddit, and other websites like One Man’s Brand.

What are the changes?

Amazon Affiliate Volume Based Commission StructureAccording to the WF thread, Amazon might be fully moving towards a category based instead of a volume based structure.

Most Amazon products are volume based, which means the more total items you sell, the more money you make.

So if you sell 6 items for a total of $1000, you earn $40, but if you sell one more item for a total of $1000.50, you will now earn $60.

Amazon Affiliate Category Based Commission StructureThis motivated people to sell as many items as possible without caring about their price that much as the goal was to get to the 8.5% commission rate.

The interesting thing is that some products are already category based and for many of them the % that you get is much smaller than 8.5%.

This is great for Amazon, but not so great for most affiliates. In fact, most people I know stay away from the fixed commission products as they know they’ll earn more with volume based products.

However, other countries (for example UK) have a commission system that is entirely category based, which is what Amazon.com might be shifting towards.

My possible proof for the truth of these rumors

New Category Based Commisions Amazon AffiliateI have two reasons for believing that something is happening.

1. The detailed reports section now contains an “Advertising-Fee Rate” section that wasn’t there before. 

As you can see on the right, it still shows the volume based % for the volume based categories, but that might change soon. (I’m at 7.5% this month which is why it’s showing 7.5% for Books, Sports & Outdoors, etc…)

The category based percentages are also already embedded as you can see based on the Industrial & Scientific and Electronics categories.

There is no reason to have this new % column unless the percentages are going to change even more.

2. The Amazon Publisher Studio Plugin login is unavailable citing that they are “making some improvements to [their] service.”

While this by itself isn’t necessarily suspicious, I’ve never seen this message pop-up (and I’m a compulsive earnings checker) so the fact that this message has been up for nearly 24 hours means the update that they’re implementing must be big.

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How will this affect you?

It depends on where you’re at in your affiliate journey.

If you’re just starting out, you’ll get to enjoy higher earnings right away without having to increase your volume sold, but it will also limit how much you can earn with Amazon as the only way to increase earnings will be to sell more products at the same rate.

If you’re still on the low end of the volume-based chart, you might also experience higher current commissions with lower potential commissions down the road.

If, however, you’re a big fish that gets to the 8.5% tier every month, you will lose out on a lot of money.

It’s not all bad news though! If Amazon does end up implementing this change, less people might start building up Amazon sites, and you might be able to snatch up a couple Amazon affiliate sites at lower prices as people panic sell on Flippa or maybe even EmpireFlippers.

How I’m Going to Act

I’m not going to change anything for now. I’ll just keep building out my current sites with quality content, getting quality links, and hopefully earning more money.

Of course, I will probably be hurt by the lower commissions, but if I build out a couple successful sites, that can outweigh the loss and maybe even benefit me more in the long run because of decreased competition.

This also makes me realize that I need to expand into other areas of earning as if Amazon affiliate shuts down I’ll be left with only $500/month in earnings.

So for me the plan is this: keep expanding and building new Amazon affiliate sites while looking for ways to diversify my income.

What are you going to do?

December 2016 Income Report and Plans

December-Income-Report-OnlineMoneyzThis is my 22nd income report for this blog.

Every month I publish a post like this showing:

  • how much money I made
  • what I worked on
  • and what my plans are for the future.

These reports will help me keep myself accountable, and hopefully I can help you figure out how you can make money online.

I decided to do a separate report for December and for the year of 2016, so if you’re interested in how my entire year went and how much money I made, come back here soon! (I’ll put a link in the intro once I finish the post.)

What I Did in December

December was a soul-searching and foundation building month.

I thought about my ultimate goals, dreams, and visions and tried to figure out what I should do next in internet marketing and in life.

Online I:

  • Looked at various keyword and SEO services to see if I could streamline my Amazon affiliate site process. I’m good on the content at the moment as my VA has that covered, but I need to work on SEO.
  • Read up on using Pinterest to drive traffic to my websites. The next step is creating a plan and outsourcing this to my VA. This is obviously not as good as me figuring it out first and then showing her how to do everything, but I’m limited on time.
  • Did some test videos using Content Samurai.

Offline I:

  • Survived my first final exams in college and completed the semester!
  • Wrote in a journal and tried to figure out what I want to do later in life and what I should be doing in 2017. This is a process that I should be going through constantly as goals change and it’s important to be aligned with your goals/vision.

Goals:

I wanted to spend some time de-stressing and relaxing so I could attack 2017 with renewed strength, but this didn’t work out as well as I thought it would.

I did rest, but I found it hard to “turn myself off” so to speak and not think about what I have to do internet marketing and business wise.

I’m trying out a float tank later in January and I might also start meditating again as that was very helpful.

  • REST Succeeded (sorta)I spent time reading, sleeping, and playing video games, but not as much as I would’ve liked to.
  • Look over, edit, and publish the 25 drafts I currently have on WHQ. SucceededIt feels so good to be done with this. Now there’s 64 published posts on the site. Not at 100 yet, but still a lot of content considering that most of these posts are 1,000+ words. 
  • Create a Pinterest account for WHQ and teach my VA how to create content for it and what/how/when to post it. FailedI researched it, but haven’t taken any action. 
  • Publish at least 2 posts on OnlineMoneyz. Failed0 posts as always. I have a new “journey” that I’ll be starting in January though so that’ll add at least 1 extra post per month.

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November 2016 Income Reports and Plans

november-income-reportThis is my 21st income report for this blog.

Every month I publish a post like this showing:

  • how much money I made
  • what I worked on
  • and what my plans are for the future.

These reports will help me keep myself accountable, and hopefully I can help you figure out how you can make money online.

What I Did in November

November was the first month when I actually published a couple posts on this site.

I also prepared hard for Black Friday (I sort of succeeded, but sort of failed), and kept on grinding Amazon affiliate wise.

Online I:

  • Published on OnlineMoneyz:
  • Published 25+ deal posts on this site and had my VA publish about 10 deal posts on WHQ. I started this way too late, otherwise I would’ve tried to get to 100+ articles posted. My OM articles worked well as the domain is much stronger than WHQ, so I know exactly what I need to do for next year to make $$$$$ on Black Friday/Cyber Monday.
  • Started cutting expenses in order to invest money into more content and save for next year. I need money for next year, and since this source of income isn’t guaranteed, I should be saving some of it.
  • Brainstormed different ways of monetizing this site as now it’s pretty much a labor of love.

Offline I:

  • Participated in my first real Thanksgiving.
  • Spent hours on homework and classes.
  • Fed squirrels on campus.

Goals:

Most of these goals are Amazon affiliate focused as I decided to focus on one thing instead of stretching myself too thin.

  • Look over, edit, and publish the 21 drafts I currently have on WHQFailedI haven’t done anything and now I have 25 drafts I need to look at…
  • Keep finding keywords and helping my VA pump out affiliate/product-oriented content. SucceededPublished a bunch of Black Friday posts and high quality review posts.
  • Possibly create a Pinterest/Facebook account for WHQ and teach my VA what to post and how to post on them. FailedStill in the works. Will definitely go ahead with the Pinterest account, but I’m not sure about Facebook.
  • Write at least 5 posts each oriented at Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts and promote them online. Succeeded. Got about 40 posts up. Promoted them on reddit and Facebook, but most of the search traffic came from extreme long tails in SERPs that I ranked for in less than a day.

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