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$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

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BAB

BAB end of November rankings

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MPC

MPC End of November Rankings

MPC-Month-5

BFST

BFST End of November Rankings

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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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Amazon Affiliate $50 to $600 Month 1

$50 to $600 Per Month Using Amazon Affiliate Month 1 (Experiment)

I will not be showing the URLs and keywords of any of my projects except for the keywords of my very first Amazon Affiliate site because you can already find them in this post.

It was a difficult decision, but I decided that it’s best for my sites for now as this prevents anyone from doing negative SEO to my site and allows me to focus on improving my sites without having to deal with the neg SEO problems.

Because of this I decided to name my sites so it’s easier for you to follow along and focus on what I’m doing for each site.

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.
  • BNTI haven’t started working on this site yet. I bought a domain, but I haven’t done anything else.
  • Tester ReviewsThis will be a community review Amazon site that reviews products that you can get for free in exchange for a review on Amazon. I just started setting it up, but I already have 12+ people that are willing to write for the site so I want to get it up and running ASAP.
  • BSHI got an idea for this site on July 29th, but haven’t started it yet.

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.

Before

After

Income

July Income

End Of Month Income

Best Track Spikes

BestTrackSpikes Starting Rankings

Best Track Spikes End Of August Ranking

BAB

BAB Starting Rankings

BAB End Of August Rankings

MPC

MPC Starting Rankings

MPC End Of August Rankings

BFST

BFST Starting Rankings

BFST End Of August Rankings

BFSC

BFSC Starting Rankings

BFSC End Of August Ranking

BBC

BBC Starting Rankings

BBC End Of August Rankings

BNT

Haven’t started yet.

BNT End Of August Rankings

Tester Reviews

The WordPress site is partially set up.

Set up the site and added 4 articles. I had 10 people sign up, but none of them posted anything yet.

BSH

Got an idea on July 29th.

Decided against creating the site as I didn’t have any money and competition was fairly high. It’s a good niche, but not for a 6 month challenge.

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.

July 25th
I checked my rankings and realized that the main page on BBC wasn’t ranking for the keywords and the terms of service page was ranking instead.

This means that that page is overoptimized so I spent some time decreasing the keyword density and de-indexing the author pages, tag pages, and category pages as they can cause duplicate content issues on WordPress sites.

Since I was already doing that I went through and de-indexed those pages on BAB, BFST and BFSC just in case.

The homepage on BFST also had some problems ranking so I decreased the keyword density to see if that was the problem.

It usually takes Google around 2-4 days to look over my pages and rank/de-rank them if they change so I’m hoping that those penalized pages will show up in the SERPs.

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July 26th
I created a blog and added one article to BFSC. The article is around 600 words long and links to the homepage at the beginning of it and a couple of authority sites in the niche in the middle.

I’ve found that creating a couple articles that link to the homepage/money-page is a good way to increase the rankings of that page by a couple spots.

Plus I’m a firm believer in the fact that a niche website with more content (that’s relevant to the niche) will rank higher than the same niche website with less content.

I also added breadcrumbs to BAB and BFSC and changed up some of the header colors on BAB.

July 27th
I checked the rankings in the morning and it looks like the homepage of BBC hasn’t updated yet or it’s still considered over-optimized by Google.

I’ll wait for a week and see if it actually starts ranking and if it doesn’t I’ll do adjust the homepage even more.

I was going to add a couple more articles to BBC, but all of my sites were down because BlueHost was having server issues so I decided to create a couple of Web 2.0s. (BlueHost fixed the problem in less than 15 minutes which once again shows why they’re my favorite host to use.)

I started a GSA blast to one of my Web 2.0s that I created a couple weeks ago pointing to BAB, and I checked the links that my other Web 2.0s received.

Apparently GSA was setup improperly so I only sent around 10 links to each of the sites while GSA said that they received 1000+.

I tweaked some of the settings in a way that I hope will increase the number of links that stick. I know I need new emails for GSA as I’ve been using the same ones for quite a while, but right now I have only $5 on my PayPal account so I can’t buy any new emails yet. (I do have 10 private proxies though which makes GSA go much faster.)

I ordered two logos from my favorite designed on Fiverr for the BNT and the Tester Reviews site.

I’m hoping that both sites will be live within a couple weeks.

July 28th
Yesterday before falling asleep I was thinking about the fact that my sites take around 3 months to start bringing in any income and I realized something.

If my goal is to get to $600 within 6 months then I should only build new sites up until the 3 month mark as otherwise they will not bring in any money until after the 6 months are up.

However, I also want most of my sites to get the November/December shopping bonus for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas shopping so that means that I should have all of my sites done and published by the end of August.

I was at the pool for most of the day today, but as soon as I got home I wanted to work on my sites.

My Fiverr guy delivered both of the logos. One of them is perfect and another one I had to edit myself a bit, but otherwise they work well.

I went through all of my sites and quickly looked at their backlinks to make sure there was no neg SEO done on them. (I do this once a month or so.)

I worked on setting up my Tester Reviews site. It’s going to be my biggest site and it will have community written content so I really need to figure out all the navigation and content details before I can launch it.

I also set up the basic theme and plugins for BNT.

I worked on the sites for about 2 hours deciding how I want to set up everything and I’m fairly happy with what I have. I think the site will go live in a week if everything works the way I want it to.

I decided that tomorrow will be dedicated to niche research.

I already have a couple site ideas, but I want to see if I can find at least 3 good keywords/niches so I can have a total of 10 smaller Amazon Affiliate site and 1 big site. (Tester Reviews)

Ideally I’ll find a couple of golden keywords tomorrow and finish the sites within the next month.

July 29th
The home-page of BBC still wasn’t ranking today so I decided to check my Webmaster Tools.

Apparently only 3 of the pages/posts are indexed so that’s the reason why it wasn’t ranking and not because it was over-optimized.

I did some research and found a great niche with products in the $80-$200 range. The total searches per month for the main keyword+ 4 other “best of” keywords is around 10K per month, and that’s not counting the non-money articles that I will put on the site.

The site name will be BSH. I think that this is a real winner here so I stopped all keyword research at this point and gave myself some time to rest.

I also worked on Tester Reviews for a couple hours.

July 30th
I worked on Tester Reviews for about 5 hours.

I added one video+text review, added content to some of the pages on the site, added a couple plugins and registered with a different email as a new user just to see how it looks.

I still need to create a couple of video tutorials and change up the design of the site because as of right now I’m not a huge fan of it.

I had a crazy productive day today as I also fully setup BNT, wrote all the content for the homepage, submitted it to Google Webmasters and Analytics, and wrote one big review.

If I only focus on working on these sites every day I can probably churn out one full site every 2 days.

However at this point I don’t have enough money for new domains or new hosting that I’d need to get so I’ll just focus on the domains and sites I already have and simply build them out.

July 31st
I did some more keyword research for BNT and realized that there are at least 4 more keywords with around 100 searches per month each for really high priced items ($2,000+) and they look like very easy keywords to rank for so even if I sell 1 of these items per month that’s around $100 in commission!

I added one big review article and changed up the homepage a bit.

I know that this site won’t rank for at least 2-3 months, but once it does rank I expect it to be a real money-maker.

I also realized that I didn’t have a custom Favicon for BNT so I quickly made one.

August 1st
It was a great idea for me to start this journey as writing everything I’m doing keeps me motivated.

I’m exhausted and don’t feel like working, but the thought of not writing anything for today’s post pushed me to work on my sites for a couple hours.

I contacted Amazon support and asked them whether I have to use the “Buy from Amazon” buttons provided by them as I find them to be quite ugly and whether I’m allowed to add any sort of pricing info into my product reviews.

They said that you can use Amazon trademarks and logos when creating your own buttons, but only if it complies with their API License Agreement and the Trademark Guidelines.

Also apparently you’re not allowed to make any mentions of the price in your reviews. (Products under $xx, price varies between $x-$xx, or anything of that = BAD)

I had to go through all of the pages on all of my sites and remove the pricing info on some of the pages.

I’m also considering adding the “Buy on Amazon” buttons to BAB to increase my clickthrough rate, but I’m not getting enough visitors per month to be able to test the conversion rate quickly enough.

August 2nd
Checked out my rankings and I’m glad to see that other pages are ranking for BBC.

I really shouldn’t be paying this much attention to the daily rankings as it will take at least a month until my sites get out of the sandbox, but it’s incredibly addicting.

I added one more supporting article to BAB. I’m not extremely interested in the topic of the site, but it’s my biggest site so far and I might try to get it to 100 quality articles to make it sort-of an authority site.

August 3rd
BBC is slowly getting indexed and now my blog page is actually ranking. Hopefully my hope page will get indexed soon as that’s the page I want to rank.

BFST is ranking fairly well with 4 of the good keywords in the top 20 about a month after the site went live.

BFSC however has fairly bad rankings, but it’s been up for less than a month so I don’t want to get impatient. Thankfully the homepage is actually ranking for this site!

I really need to be more patient and grow these sites to at least 10-15 pages each and then just wait.

After each site is 4-6 weeks old I’ll do some simple blog comments and create a couple web 2.0s and let them age. I’ll add the links to my site on the Web 2.0s 6-8 weeks after my site goes live. It depends on the rankings at the time.

I’ve been kicking around the idea of turning one of my sites into an authority site or creating a new big site, but it’d have to be in a niche that I’m interested in.

I might create a “competitor” site to Best Track Spikes except a bit more general as then I could have both sites ranking for the same keywords so the chance that my site will be clicked on is higher.

However if I start a completely new authority site now it won’t bring in much for at least 4-6 months which is bad for this journey.

I also researched the niche for BSH a little more and I realized that I’ll have to write a lot to get the site to rank in the top 10 and that might not be worth the time investment.

I worked on my Tester Reviews site and I’m fairly happy with how it looks.

I just need to add a couple more reviews to it to make it more appealing for other reviewers to join and create a couple of tutorial videos for those who don’t have as much experience with WordPress.

August 4th
I posted another review on Tester Reviews and found another person who would interested in writing for the site.

I’m supposed to receive two $150+ products tomorrow that I paid $8 for. I’m going to review both of them ASAP, post the reviews on the site, and then I will message the people who expressed interest in posting their reviews on the site.

I’ll need to create a couple of videos showing how to work with the WordPress backend and how to write proper reviews and create a “review guidelines” page before I let other people write for my site, but it’s going pretty well right now.

August 5th
I added 2 reviews to Tester Reviews and also added the site to my Google Analytics and Webmasters account.

August 6th/7th
I created 4 tutorial videos for Tester Reviews and finally launched the site.

6 people registered so far, but only one person wrote a review so far, but hasn’t posted it.

If you guys are interested in the site, you can check it out here!

August 8th
My sites are slowly ranking and so far in 8 days of August I got $40 which is pretty cool. I’m on pace for a $100 month!

August 9th
I’ve been incredibly unproductive and I don’t like it. The easiest part for me is finding new niches and setting up the site until it reaches around 10 pages, but after that I don’t love writing content.

I can’t outsource it for now so I’ll just try to keep working and add on some more articles to the sites tomorrow.

August 10th
I wrote a blog post for BBC.

This isn’t necessarily Affiliate related, but I wrote a quick review for everything I’ve ordered on Amazon for the past year to get my ranking up in hopes of getting some cool items to review for free.

August 11th
I slacked.

August 12th
Someone purchased a $700 camera and a bunch of accessories for it so I made around $50 in commission in a day. Wish people bought something like this every day!

The funny thing is that none of my sites are at all related to cameras so this is just a lucky unrelated purchase.

This shows me the potential of my BNT site because the pricing is fairly similar ($1K+) so I’ll get around $40-$60 per sale.

Even two sales per month will bring me $120 and the keywords have around 1000-3000 searches in total and my site is already ranking in the top 30 2 weeks after I created it so getting into the top 10 should be easy.

August 13th/14th
My sites have been doing really well (I hit $100 during the first half of August) but I’ve been slacking.

I know that if I put in the work now and write a couple posts targeting New Years/Black Friday shopping my sites will do quite well, but I just can’t find the motivation to do it.

I also want to create a couple of Web 2.0s as my rankings are fairly good, but if I can get a couple more keywords into the top 3 it’ll increase my CTR by a lot.

August 15th
I worked on my other sites so I didn’t accomplish anything AA related.

August 16th-26th
Unplanned out of town trip. I’m unable to work as I don’t have my laptop (I’m writing this from my phone), but I’m planning out a couple of things in my head and on paper so I know what to do when I get back.

Oh yeah, I hit $150 for the month on the 18th!

August 19th
I was able to get access to a computer for around 2 hours today and I spent the whole time changing the Amazon links on BAB to links with a new tracking ID specific to the site.

As you might know BAB is the third Amazon Affiliate site I created and I used the same tracking ID for all of them (which is idiotic) as you can’t tell where the money is coming from and if you decide to sell the site down the road you can’t show how much money it’s making per month.

I’m thinking about selling the site after next May, but even if I don’t it’s always nice to know how much money is coming from each site.

August 27th
My sites have been steadily earning without me doing anything, but I still need to put in a lot of work if I want to get to the $600 per month goal.

I went through and thought of at least 2 post ideas for all of my sites.

The more content I have the easier it is to rank for random long-tails and the easier it is for Google to figure out what my site is about.

I also decided that I will try to turn BAB into an “authority site” which basically means that I should get to at least 100 articles total and become the go-to site with the most updated content in the niche.

I’m also considering creating another site like Best Track Spikes but in a more general niche.

I enjoy writing about running and exercise in general, and if 2 of my websites rank for “best sprinter spikes” and other keywords then my chances of getting an Amazon sale increase greatly.

August 28th
I spent an hour watching 2 copywriting videos by Chris Haddad and taking notes.

Here they are:

Also BBC had its first sale!

This site was created a couple weeks after BFST and BFSC but the keywords are easier so this should be a fairly high earner in 1-2 months.

I added 1 post to MPC and 1 post to BFSC.

I realized that one of the reasons for why I didn’t work on this project was because I didn’t have defined goals for the month.

After I thought about the 2 post ideas for each site I’ve been working more because I actually know what I need to do.

Next month I will start off by writing out a couple of big goals for the month so I know what I should be working towards.

August 29th
I posted a couple comments on related blogs for BFST and BFSC.

They still have to be approved, but I actually read the articles and my comments were relevant so I don’t see any reason for them to be rejected.

The goal of these is to at least get some sort of links pointing to my site so Google indexes my site a bit faster.

One problem that I have right now is that the impressions and clicks for BAB fell while the rankings stayed the same. It’s in a school-related niche so maybe people are taking a break from it until school actually starts, but if my numbers are still low in 2 weeks I’ll have to do something.

Okay.

I’m pissed.

A couple days ago I removed all my blog related images from my Google+ profile because I don’t want people seeing them if they randomly visit it.

What I didn’t know is that by deleting your images there you delete the images EVERYWHERE.

90% of images on my blogger blogs are gone and instead there is a gray “stop sign” in their place.

Wonderful.

It’s going to take me at least 20 hours of work to reupload and insert all of the images in their right spot, which is not something that I expected that I’d have to do.

August 30th
Added an article to Best Track Spikes which is something I haven’t done in a while.

If I can get into the top 10 for a majority of the track-related keywords then the next March/April are going to be quite lucrative for me.

I also enjoy writing about running so I could probably turn this into a small authority site if I wanted to.

My only issue with it is the fact that it’s on Blogger so managing many posts is a bit of a pain, but I think I could get it up to 40-50 posts without any problems.

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

Finishing this post was surprisingly a lot of work…

TL;DR

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

  • Went from $65 to $280 per month.
  • Created one new site with expensive products on it. (The cheapest one costs $500 and the most expensive is $20,000)
  • De-indexed the author and tag pages on all my sites and decreased the keyword density in my articles to avoid over-optimization.
  • Contacted Amazon and learned that you can’t mention price in your reviews at all unless you pull it directly using their API.
  • Apparently if you delete your albums on Google+, the images get deleted from your blog. I had to spend 4 hours re-uploading the images to my 3 Blogger blogs after “cleaning up” my G+ profile.
  • Added a separate tracking ID to all links on BAB so I have the income information if I want to sell the site later on.

Things Realized/Thought About:

  • I realized that I need to set goals and spend an hour or so at the beginning of the month writing out post ideas. When you know what your options are when you sit down to work on your site, actually working on it is much easier.
  • I got an idea for a new site (BSH) and scrapped it because it’s too competitive to start earning a lot within 6 months.
  • I thought about creating a site in a similar niche to Best Track Spikes as I have a lot of interest in fitness niches and having 2 sites in Google for spikes related keywords would be double the money for me.
  • I decided that I want to make BAB a mini-authority site because it still has a lot of potential and it’s in a niche where I can monetize it using other affiliate programs.

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

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My First Amazon Affiliate Site Attempt 2015

Amazon Affiliate sites are famous for being easy to create and maintain.First-Amazon-Affiliate-Site-Attempt

However, can they still be profitable in 2015?

I decided to answer that question myself.

I will show you all of my:

  • Keywords
  • Articles
  • And everything else.

I’d appreciate it if you didn’t use my exact keywords to try and outrank me as it would cut into both of our profits, but if you want to do that I can’t really stop you, can I?

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Here’s how this post is structured:

What I Learned

Before we start, here are some of the things I learned in the 4 months that my site has been live for.

  • This takes a lot of work and it isn’t for everyone.
  • Your site might not earn any money at all.
  • If you don’t enjoy any part of making websites, don’t do it.
  • If you plan on making your site bigger use WordPress. (Blogger works fine for smaller sites with less than 20 or 30 pages, but if you’re creating a bigger affiliate site then Worspress works much better. Also with WordPress you don’t have to worry about getting your blog deleted by Google which is a possibility when using Blogger. If you use WordPress, I recommend using BlueHost as your hosting provider.)
  • If you do proper keyword research (long tail, buying keywords) and create high quality pages you will barely have to do any link building. (I’m currently in the top 10 for 9 keywords and my SERPs are steadily increasing with only 1 link built to the site.)
  • However, they take a long time to rank, so if your niche is seasonal, you should create the site at least 2 months before the peak purchases time. (I created my site only a month before the peak time, so my rankings weren’t as great as they could have been)
  • Make sure your site is mobile optimized. (My first 2 sales came from a smartphone, and with the new Google Update if your site isn’t mobile optimized you’ll lose out on valuable traffic)
  • The best way to learn is by doing. (I encountered multiple difficulties after my site went live that I did not read about, and creating one site made creating a couple more, much easier).
  • It’s possible to make money by picking seasonal keywords instead of evergreen ones, as long as you start on the website at least 3 months before the season.

The Tools I Used

I decided to use Blogger for my journey as it’s completely free, I have a lot of experience with it, and it’s easier to follow along for people who don’t have the money to spend on hosting.

However if I do another case-study, I will be using WordPress.org and not Blogger.

I bought the domain through GoDaddy using one of their constant promotions for $4. (They always have 99 cent coupons for the first year for almost all domains, but I also bought privacy protection which was extra)

I love Market Samurai for keyword research, and they have a 7 day free trial on their website, so you can read what I did and use it before the trial runs out.

I did not outsource my writing as I don’t have the money to spend on quality writing and I didn’t want to waste money for crappy writing that I would have to rewrite anyway.

My Keyword And Product Research Rules

I created the following set of “rules” for myself when reading other people’s posts about Amazon niches.

Doing keyword and product research is incredibly important for Amazon sites so I didn’t want to go wrong here.

I wanted a niche that:

  • Had some big products I could promote. ($100+)
  • Had some small accessories I could promote. (<$10)
  • Had many products on Amazon. (There’s no point in creating an Amazon Affiliate site if there are only a couple products from Amazon that you can sell)
  • Had fairly low competition
  • Is something that people would think about researching before buying, or something that people will want to find a good deal for. (Most people aren’t going to Google “best pencils 2015”, but they might Google “best calculators 2015”. It’s all about research)

After finding a couple possible niches and writing down possible keywords, I fired up Market Samurai and checked the SEO competition for the keywords I chose.

In this case I decided my keywords were fine if the top 10 sites:

  • Didn’t have Exact Match Domains for the keyword. (EX: bestcalculators2015.com for the keyword “best calculators 2015”)
  • Didn’t have exact match titles, decriptions, or headers.
  • Didn’t have a high Trust Flow (If most of it is below 10, it’s fine)
  • Had less than 10 backlinks to the specific page the content is on.
  • Had 0 .edu and .gov backlinks. (If they have some, that’s fine, but if they have more than 10, I ran the other way)

My main keyword was best track spikes, and the niche had a couple of products in the $100-$200 range, and a ton of products in the lower range.

I was also knowledgeable on the topic and actually interested in it, so I decided that writing articles wouldn’t be that hard.

My Keyword Research Process

I inserted a couple of keywords into Market Samurai and then I generated some long tail keywords by going to keyword research, putting the phrase length 4-10, and clicking on generate keywords.

Some of the keywords might not make sense, but I usually don’t throw them out as they might have a high number of searches per month.

market samurai keyword generation Amazon Affiliate

I only want longer phrases between 4 and 10 words.

After that, I went to Keyword Analysis and changed the period to monthly to sort the keywords in order from the most searches to least searches per month. Keep in mind that Market Samurai likes to make the numbers smaller than they are in reality, so if your keyword only gets 300 searches per month, it might actually get 350-400.

If you’re following along with me, make sure to check Title Comp, URL Comp, and Title & Anchor Comp before moving on to the next step. This is what my Samurai looked like:

market samurai collected keywords

I’m using a monthly period and I have the 3 Majestic Competition things checked.

At this point we have to figure out which keywords are good, which keywords are bad, and whether our main keyword is worth it.

For the main keyword: If it has less than 300 monthly searches, think of another one and repeat the above process. If the MSEOTC is higher than 1000 or the MSEOUC is higher than 1000, I don’t recommend you use the keyword either. Ideally the TAcomp should be lower than 10, but if it’s 30 or less it should still be possible to rank for that keyword.

My keyword passed all of the above test so the next step was checking the rest of my keywords.

If you’re following along at home, click on the plus sign next to Url Comp and Title Comp and put 1000 in both of those boxes. Next click on the plus next to Title and Anchor Comp and put the number 10 in there.

After that I had 57 keywords left. I quickly scanned them one by one, deleting the ones that would not work because they:

  • Were too general
  • Did not relate to the topic of my site
  • Or were apparel instead of shoe/spike related

After that I had a total of 21 keywords I could use to write content for my site, including my main one.

21 articles is more than enough to start out with, but as you go further you might have to do more keyword research.

market samurai final keywords

The MSEOTC and MSEOUC are at 1000 and the Title and Anchor comp is at 10.

I also checked the SEO Competition for the main keyword.

Looking at the table, my chances of ranking might look somewhat bleak because of all the red and yellow, but none of the sites had the keyword in the title, URL, and description.

The trustflow and citation flow was also quite low for most of these sites, so I could’ve ranked easily with a couple of high quality backlinks.

market samurai SEO competition check

I had a fairly good chance of ranking high!

Domain Purchase & Basic Site Creation

For this website I used a blogger blog and a domain from GoDaddy with privacy protection.

My blog name was my main keyword, and even though I bought a custom domain, I made my blogger domain besttrackspikes.blogspot.com for bonus cookie points.

I chose the Dynamic theme at first, but later on I got a custom theme called Temper and used that instead.

Blogger Blog Creation Amazon Affiliate Site

Originally started with the Dynamic Views template and then switched.

After creating the blog, I connected the domain to it right away. The process is quite long and Google has a couple of good articles on it, but here are the basics:

Go to Settings -> Basic -> Publishing and click on Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog. Enter your domain name and press save. Blogger should give you an error, and will give you 4 fields that you will need to put into the DNS file.

blogger DNS information

The 1 and 2 correspond to the image below.

The www and ghs.google.com go into one of the CNAME (Alias) fields, and the random numbers (marked 1 and 2) go into another CNAME (Alias) field.

You also need to put the IP’s found on this page into 4 different @ Host fields.

It should look like this when you’re done:

GoDaddy Blogger DNS Filled settings

What it should look like when you’re all done.

Then you can press Save on GoDaddy, press Save on blogger, and then click on edit on Blogger and check the field that says Redirect yourdomain.com to www.yourdomain.com.

This should take care of the redirects, but what I also like to do is go to your domain on GoDaddy and create a 301 forward/redirect. That way you’re completely set on the redirects, and you don’t have to worry about it.

GoDaddy Domain Forwarding

GoDaddy Domain Forwarding

After that I added a search description to under Settings -> Search Preferences -> Description.

I also added the Google Analytics tracking ID to Settings -> Other -> Google Analytics, just so I can have more data about the people who visit my site, and what the bounce rate is.

I didn’t add my site to Google Webmasters at this point as I planned on adding it and the sitemap once all of my content was published and ready to be crawled.

I also created a custom Favicon by going to Layout -> Favicon -> Edit, and uploading a 32*32px or 16*16 px image.

Content Creation

This was the longest part of creating the site by far.

At first I wanted to have 20 articles before publishing the site, but I was at around 6 when I published it, and even now I have around 16 or so.

My plan was to write:

  • 6 product reviews (2 cheap, 2 medium price, 2 expensive, 500 words each)
  • 4 category pages (“best nike spikes”, “best middle distance spikes”, etc…, 1000 words each)
  • 6 articles about running (How to increase your sprinting speed, winter track workouts, best track websites list, etc…, 1000-2000 words)
  • 4 articles about spikes in general (choosing the right length, choosing the right shape/what’s the difference between the shapes, how much do spikes help your speed, etc…, 200-1000 words)

However, I ended up making less category pages and more general running articles.

My original plan was to post at least 1-2 articles per month to keep my blog alive, but at this point it’s more like 1 article every 2 months.

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SEO

When writing on Blogger there are a couple things that are crucial for on-site SEO.

The first important thing is to go into Post Settings and add a Custom Permalink to your article. Why a custom one? The automatic one cuts off the end of the title if it’s too long, and we want to have our full title in the URL for SEO purposes. Just add on the rest of the title to the permalink with a dash between words.

Custom Permalink Blogger

Custom Blogger Permalink = GOOD

Automatic Permalink Blogger

Automatic Blogger Permalink = BAD

The next important thing is writing a custom Search Description for every single article that goes up.

The search description should contain possible search keywords, but its main focus should be drawing in the user and making them click your link when it appears in a search.

I also created Labels to make sorting through my content easier.

For Off-Site SEO I created a Facebook page, and posted a link to my article on it every time I published something. I didn’t do any link-building except for one blog post, and I created one Web 2.0 blog, but Google Webmaster Tools still haven’t registered the backlink from my Web 2.0, and my rankings are improving without it anyway.

My original plan was to have a Web 2.0 article for each post on my site, and then to build trash backlinks to the Web 2.0s using GSA, which is still something I might do later on.

Don’t forget that this is a long term strategy! You can spam your money site with backlinks right away, but then the chances of getting penalized by Google are very high.

Pre-Launch Work

I started my journey on February 1st and my goal was to start posting articles before February 21st, and even though I had a couple of setbacks I was able to finish almost right on time!

High school track starts in the middle of March and I looked at search trends on Google and noticed that they are highest in March/April and they fell to nearly 0 in June and July.

Week 1 Pre-Launch (February 8th)

I only had 1.5 articles done with 2 more ideas.

One was about winter running, and the other one was about the best track and field blogs around.

My access to my laptop was limited so 1.5 articles was still pretty good.

Week 2 Pre-Launch (February 15th)

I finished 1.5 more posts and realized that this whole thing was way more work than I expected it to be.

I was dreading the review posts as I actually enjoy writing about running, but I have never written a review post before.

I also only had a week until launch and I only had 3 articles done. Oups…

Week 3 Pre-Launch (February 22nd)

I posted 4 of my articles on Friday and 2 more on Saturday and Sunday for a total of 6. I started posting early in hopes of capturing a bit of the traffic spike that happens in March.

I also added a Privacy Policy Page, Terms of Service Page, connected the site to the Facebook page, and added it to Google Webmasters and Bing Webmasters tools.

I also copied all of my articles into a Word document so if Blogger bans my blog I would be able to easily recreate it in WordPress. (It’s still up after 4 months!)

One Week After Going Live (March 1st)Webmaster Tools Impressions And Clicks Amazon Affiliate 2015 Test

One week after going live, I have a total of 201 impressions and 23 clicks from Google search.

I received a total of 43 Amazon clicks, but still 0 sales, which isn’t that surprising considering
that most of my content is ranking on page 2 of Google or higher.

I was also searching for a rank tracker tool and I found an old one that worked, but it stopped working 2 days after I got it because of a Google Update so I started using Pro Rank Tracker. (You get unlimited urls with the free plan, but you can only have 50 keywords in total.)

My website was indexed for most keywords, and one page was even in the top 10!

I haven’t done any SEO up to this point except for posting about each post on my Facebook page, so the website ranked itself!

At this point I had no sales but I saw potential so I decided if I don’t get any sales I would hang it up and come back to it next January with the more aged domain and an already established Google position.

Two Weeks After Going Live (March 8th)

I was super busy so I didn’t write any articles.

However I got my first sale, so I was incredibly excited!

Week 2 Rankings Amazon Affiliate OnlineMoneyz Test

Rankings After 2 Weeks

3 Weeks After Going Live (March 15th)

The SERPs were slowly moving up, but not fast enough.

I was starting to look for an expired domain in a related niche to 301 redirect to my site for extra backlink juice.

1 Month After Going Live (March 22nd)

Another unproductive, depressing week.

No domains to 301, no sales, and the SERPs were stationary.

 

5 Weeks After Going Live (March 29th)Amazon Week 5 Sales

I got 3 more sales, but all I was able to do is write another general article to dilute the amount of affiliate links on my site.

My rankings jumped up this week for some crazy reason.

It could’ve been because Google indexed my one blog comment from a couple of weeks ago or I just got out of the sandbox, but either way I was happy.

I also noticed that 2 of my sales came from a mobile lead which is quite surprising as my site looks terrible on mobile. The content is good, so that might be why!

I was starting to think about Web 2.0s, but as you might have already figured out I didn’t do much in terms of that.

Website Rankings Week 5

SERPs after 5 weeks.

6 Weeks After Going Live (April 5th)

I looked over my blog and realized that my posts were too short and didn’t provide real value to the visitor so I went over all of my posts and added in some new content for each.

I also created a Web 2.0, but it’s not indexed 1 month after the creation even with hundreds of GSA links thrown at it.

The Web 2.0 has 5 high-quality posts, and it looks just like any regular small blog.

Week 6 Site Rankings

SERPs after 6 weeks.

3 Months After Going LiveAmazon Affiliate Earnings Month 3

The 2nd month brought in 0 sales, but halfway through month 3 I have already made $44 and sold 9 items from this site. (The other 2 are from another site).

I was incredibly surprised at the amount of sales from this site in May as high school track season is over, but maybe people are already buying up for next year or getting ready for summer.

My rankings are pretty solid and I have 9 keywords in the top 10, and 8 keywords in the top 20 with no link-building whatsoever. I’ll build some links to my site when I have time this summer and hopefully that will bump most of my keywords up into the top 3 slots.

I wrote one article this month, but the site seems to be doing quite well without any articles added to it. I’m getting to the point where adding new articles is a pain because I’m not sure how to categorize them and Blogger is a pain to use with bigger sites especially if you use a custom template.

Affiliate Site Rankings After 3 Months

SERPs after 3 months.

Summary

Here is a summary of the amount of work put into the website, the amount of money I’ve made, and my future plans for the site.

Monthly Earnings
MonthFebruaryMarchAprilMay
Money Made05.73044.38

Overall I think I spent around 12-16 hours of work on the website.

  • 1-2 hours setting it up and making it look nice.
  • 10-12 hours writing the 14 posts that are on the website
  • 1-2 hours of miscellaneous work related to the site

I think the website has the potential to make $100+ for the months of March, April, and May of next year. (Conservative estimates considering that I made $45 in May with okay rankings)

Either way I’ve learned way a ton about Amazon Affiliate sites and this actually prompted me to create 2 more websites. I have an idea for another one, but that’s for this summer.

Originally my goal for this site was to learn as much as possible about affiliate site creation and to earn back the domain costs and I have more than done that.

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This summer I will keep posting quality content on my site and I will probably build a couple quality backlinks to it and see where that takes the rankings.

I’m sure there are some things I didn’t cover in this blog post, so if you have any questions please ask me in the comments below!