This is month 4 of my challenge, so if you haven’t read the previous 2 posts you can check them out here:
CLICK HERE to go to the TL;DR section for a quick summary of this month.
Here are all of my websites:
- Best Track Spikes– This is the site found in this post. I’m showing everything I can with this site.
- BAB– I created this site back in May and it’s been fairly successful up to this point. The products are fairly low value, but it’s my biggest site right now and it increases my Amazon percentages a lot.
- MPC– I also created this site back in May and it’s also been fairly successful. The products are even cheaper than on BAB, but I sell at least 30-40 per month.
- BFST– This is one of the 3 smaller sites that I created about a month ago. Fairly cheap/average products.
- BFSC– Another smaller site that I created a month ago. Fairly cheap products.
- BBC– And yet another smaller site that I created a month ago. The products on this site are the most expensive so I’ll focus on getting this site higher in the SERPs soon.
- BNT– This site has the most expensive products by far. $500-$5,000+ I just created it last month so I don’t expect any sales until December or February, but when the sales do come I’ll get huge commissions!
- Tester Reviews– This is a community review site that anyone can submit their reviews to with their Amazon link in the review. You can check it out here if you’re interested!
- BRM– A small website I started in the middle of November in a very low competition niche. Focuses on $30-$100 products.
- BWT– I started this site on November 24th. It will be fairly large and will focus on products in the $30-$250 range.
If you don’t want the day-by-day updates click here to go to the TL;DR section.
Best Track Spikes
I got the idea for the site on November 21st, and started creating it on November 24th.
Some of these posts are quite long so you can CLICK HERE to jump to the TL;DR section.
I completed last months post.
Read an interesting post on Reddit about the different types of Amazon Affiliate sites.
The author of that post is quite successful with Amazon so we can all learn something from him.
Started creating a “super Web 2.0” focused on education/schoolwork/learning.
If all goes well I’ll create 2 more other big Web 2.0 sites with different areas of focus.
I think having one big Web 2.0 with higher authority linking to my websites is better than multiple tiny Web 2.0s linking to it.
I’ll be treating these as a regular blog and posting niche-relevant information on each.
Currently I have plans for:
- An education/learning Web 2.0
- A fitness/nutrition Web 2.0
- A technology Web 2.0
I worked on my education Web 2.0
- A 1,000 word article
- A favicon
- 2 ideas for future articles
I went through all of my sites and updated the plugins and the theme.
I also added the Mobile Pop-Over plugin to all of my sites in hopes of increasing my mobile traffic for the holidays.
BNT’s rankings are slowly moving up, but I’m not happy with where they’re at right now.
Then again I didn’t do any link-building for the site at all, so I probably shouldn’t be complaining.
I submitted BNT to 3 directories. I know some directories were deindexed by Google, but I’ve used these for link-building back in 2014 so they should still be working.
I checked the links section in Google Webmaster tools for all of my sites to see which sites actually had links.
Tester Reviews has 28 links.
BAB has 14.
BNT and BFSC have 3.
BFST has 2.
MPC has 1.
BBC has 0.
That’s actually not as bad as I was expecting, but it can definitely be improved.
For some reason the BFSC sitemap disappeared on Google Webmaster Tools so I re-added it.
I also added all of my sites and sitemaps to Bing Webmaster Tools in hope of getting some traffic from Bing.
Added a link to BAB and BNT on one of my old Web 2.0s.
BNT needs more links overall while the BAB link is to a page I want to jump up a couple positions.
One of the keywords on BNT jumped from #45 to #17 in SERPs, but Google Webmasters still hasn’t detected any links so I’m not sure what the jump was caused by.
I created my big technology Web 2.0 and wrote 3 posts for it.
I also wrote one post for my big educational Web 2.0.
The posts are actually quite useful, but most of them are fairly short and the writing could be better, but there are no grammar or spelling mistakes, some of the posts have pictures, and overall the blog looks like any other blog you might find on the Internet so this is good.
The DA of Blogger blogs increases quickly if you do some basic link-building and it’s hard to sink it with crap links so after 2 or 3 months I might do a simple GSA blast to get the domain authority up.
Once that happens, I’ll keep publishing new content to my Web 2.0 at a rate of 1-2 articles per month, and whenever I need to rank a new site in a related niche I’ll have a fairly strong backlink under my belt.
Started researching a new niche.
Not sure what prompted me to do it, but I got an idea for a big site with many subniches.
So far my biggest site is BAB at 41 articles, but if I start on this new site it’ll break that number.
I already found 20 sub-niches I could write about, and that’s not counting any filler or related posts.
If my niche was running then the 20 sub-niches would be “best track spikes, best track hurdles, best running shoes, etc…”
If I do create this site I will create a 2,000+ word article for each of these sub-niches which should be enough to propel me to page one as these keywords are very low competition.
Most of them have a fairly low number of searches per month, but if I do create this site I expect to get to the top of Google for many small keywords and stay there for a while so it’ll be worth it.
All of the keywords are very seasonal, and while that might be a problem for some people, I like seasonal keywords because they usually have less competition.
Added 180 words to the main page of BNT.
The SERPs are slowly rising, but I’ll do some more light link-building this weekend.
I started creating a “best deals” landing page.
I plan to spend $10 on Facebook ads on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with the goal of getting them to my landing page.
I want that landing page to get at least 50% of the people to click through to Amazon, and if around 7% of those people buy, I might be able to make a profit.
I wouldn’t usually do this as I think it’d be just throwing money away, but I hope to catch some of that Black Friday deal hunting and Christmas shopping money.
I looked at the keyword competitiveness for the keywords for my possible new site and I both like and don’t like what I see.
Most of the keywords are fairly low competition, but there is a site that’s in a similar niche to mine that has a ton of content on the same topics as I will.
They’re ranking 1st for most of the keywords and they have over 3 million backlinks and a domain authority of 43.
I don’t think I can beat that right now.
However, if I use their site as the minimum bar for my content, I might be able to get second for most of the keywords and first for other ones that their site doesn’t target.
I also wrote a book review on Tester Reviews.
I’m trying to grow that website a bit and I also want to grow my Amazon Reviewer rating because the higher it is the higher the chance of me getting free stuff to review (which is perfect for creating an Amazon Affiliate site.)
Posted a book review on Tester Reviews.
No one else is providing content for the site so right now it’s just a general review site for me.
I’ll keep posting some reviews on there and see where it leads.
Warning. The following couple paragraphs aren’t directly relevant to Amazon Affiliate so you can skip it without missing anything about the project.
I was on Reddit today and found two very interesting posts that resonated with me.
One of the posters said that being an entrepreneur doesn’t necessarily mean doing something that you absolutely love.
It means having the freedom over yourself to choose what you do and choosing how you make money.
I believe that, but I also don’t believe that.
I’ve always been a dreamer who thinks that everyone can find a passion and turn it into a paying job, and I think I believe that because otherwise I’d have to face the hard truth that life won’t always work out like that, but I also think that making money while still having freedom can still be a valid path to pursue.
Maybe it’s because I come from a culture where males are supposed to be the providers for the family. (I’m Russian.)
Or maybe it’s simply the fact that I’m a teenager blind to the harshness of life.
I want to be open to all possibilities, and honestly nothing in life is absolute. My belief in being a dreamer can be right while someone else’s belief in facing the difficult facts of life can also be true.
Another article that I read talked about “focusing on the process” instead of the end goal, which would mean that I went about this project the wrong way because I’m focusing on an end goal of $600 per month.
Whether I agree or disagree with the article is irrelevant because I also read another post that said that if your goal is money, but you still provide value to the people around you, you’re good.
I think we’ve all heard the advice of people to “pursue your passion and not follow the money,” and I understand that many of the current successful entrepreneurs became successful by solving a problem that they were excited about, but what if your “passion” is making money? What then?
The following section is relevant to Amazon Affiliate.
I spent a couple hours researching niches for Amazon that have incredibly low competition with items priced at $50+.
I’m itching to work on a new website and project, and my sites that have been successful succeeded because I entered a very low competition niche.
I “did” SEO to them, but I didn’t utilize the right strategies and I might be lying to myself when I say that my SEO helped me rank.
Sure. It might’ve improved the index speed of my site and boosted it up 1 or 2 spots, but overall my successful sites are making money because the competition is incredibly low and my content is very detailed.
Instead of banging my head against the wall in the hopes of ranking for the medium difficulty niches (which I’m slowly working on), it might be a better idea to instead create a number of quick sites targeting very low competition niches and then see where that leads me to.
This shotgun approach might not work, but if it does work for even 6 months then the effort will be worth it.
So far I found one niche where the main buyer keyword gets around 150 searches per month.
Tiny, I know.
However that doesn’t include all the other possible long tail traffic, and this is such a low competition niche that I think I’ll be able to be #1 for many keywords within 2 months if not less.
My goal is to find at least 4 more niches like that because so far my sites have an average profitability rate of around 20%.
I also started working on my new site, let’s call it BRM, and I set up the plugins, the theme, and the basic pages. Read more