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Blog Commenting in 2016 for Traffic, SEO, and Relationships [Experiment]

Blog-Comments-ExperimentSo I was bored and unhappy with my traffic so I got an idea for a new experiment.

My last YouTube SEO experiment was well received, so I think you’ll like this one also. 🙂

You can scroll down to the TL;DR intro section if you don’t want to read the full intro.

The Idea:

I want to increase my blog traffic, and I want to see if I can do so by commenting on other people’s blogs.

Here’s the plan:

I will spend 30 minutes to an hour every day for a week reading posts and commenting on a list of blogs related to my niche. (You can find the list of blogs I’ll comment on later in the post.)

I’ll actually read the post and take some time to create a long, thoughtful comment.

None of that “nice post!” BS.

The basic idea is this:

  1. People see my thoughtful comment.
  2. They click on my name.
  3. They end up on my website.

Simple, no?

The goal of this experiment isn’t just traffic however.

The biggest goal is establishing a relationship with the author of each of the blogs.

If you own a blog  you know how great it feels when someone leaves a thoughtful comment on your post.

And if you don’t own a blog, I’m sure you can imagine how amazing it is.

TL;DR
I’ll spend 30 minutes every day for 2 weeks reading other people’s posts and commenting on them in order to:
1. Get more traffic
2. Diversify my backlink profile
3. Build relationships with the authors of the blogs

Finding Blogs to Comment On

I already have a pretty extensive list of online money making and marketing blogs that I follow, but I need more to make sure that there are at least a couple of new posts per day I can comment on.

I don’t want to clog up this post, but if you’re interested you can click here to see a list of all of the blogs that I was following during this experiment.

For those of you who are skimming and miss the above sentence: click here to see which blogs I was following during this experiment!

How did I keep track of the new posts on these blogs?

I added all of the ones that had an RSS feed to Feedly, and the rest I just put into a favorites folder and checked it manually every day.

The list has 22 blogs, but as you can see I included people who are making thousands online and people who are just starting out because I want to build a relationship with them. 🙂

Plus I think it’s awesome that they’re just starting on their journey, and any support that they can get is great. (So go check out their blogs if you have time!)

There were more blogs that I could’ve included, but I decided to avoid blogs that use Disqus as a way to comment which got rid of some of the big players in the field. Read more

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Ranking YouTube Videos With Outsourcing [Experiment]

I decided to try and rank a couple of YouTube videos by outsourcing some link-building and social signals on Source Market.

I have some money to do some testing with, and if this test ends up being successful then I can make bank with videos on YouTube!

First of all here are the videos I’ll be trying to rank:

Keyword: Content Samurai Review

Current Position: 16

Keyword: Polaroid Z2300

Current Position: 4

Keyword: Market Samurai Review

Current Position: 29

As you can see I have 3 fairly low-medium competition keywords with videos that are ranking fairly high already.

Why am I not testing this with videos that aren’t ranked at all, or with videos that are ranking in the 100, 200, and 300 for certain keywords?

If this doesn’t work for low-competition keywords like the ones above, there’s no point in wasting my money on higher-comp keywords.

However if my outsourcing strategy does work on the videos above, I’ll try it out with videos in higher competition niches to see what it takes to rank them.

The Plan

On day 1 I’m going to buy 3 sets of this YouTube Service.

1 for each video.

After the job is done (should take 1-4 days) I’m going to wait for 7 days and track the rankings of my videos daily to see where they’re at.

If my videos start moving I will wait until the rankings settle and see how much the $5 blast helped them.

However, if the rankings don’t change at all I’m going to do a quick “split test” of services.

  1. For the first video I’ll order 1,500 social signals.
  2. For the second one I’ll order a different YouTube embeds service.
  3. And for the 3rd one I’ll use the same service I used the first time.

Then I’ll wait another 7 days after the completion of each order and see if the rankings change at all.

This should give me an idea on which of the services are more effective and whether these services are effective at all for ranking YouTube videos!

Day 1

I ordered the first gig for each of my videos for a total cost of $15.

I’m using these $15 as “learning money” so if the campaign doesn’t work, well at least I learned something new!

Day 7

It’s been a week and my rankings haven’t changed much.

Polaroid Z2300- Dropped 1 spot from 4 to 5.

Market Samurai Review- Dropped 3 spots from 29 to 32. (Went up to 28 for a couple days though.)

Content Samurai Review- Went from spot 16 to spot 13, but it was staying around 17 for most of the week.

Since the first gig I ordered didn’t seem to work here’s what I’m going to do now:

  1. 1,500 social signals for the Polaroid video.
  2. This YouTube embeds service for the Content Samurai video.
  3. And this YouTube high-retention views service for Market Samurai. (I know that high watch time helps you rank so we’ll see how this goes)

I ordered all of the above services for a total price of $30.

I’m at $45 spent so far and if none of the gigs work then at least I’ll know that these strategies don’t work!

We’ll see what the rankings look like in a week or so.

Day 10

The video views service was done and my Market Samurai video jumped from #32 to #18 in less than a day!

I’m thinking that the number of views was too high though, so I want to see if I can order multiple videos under 1 gig in order to decrease the number of views per video.

I probably don’t need 5,000 extra views to rank higher.

Even 200 or 300 high-retention views might work depending on the competition.

The retention statistics aren’t available to me yet (YouTube is being slow with reports), but I’ll post them when I have them.

All in all I think I’m getting to closer to being able to rank videos in YouTube!

Day 13

Bought this YouTube package for the Content Samurai video.

It has less views (which is good) and more comments and likes which makes everything look more natural.

The Market Samurai video is still stuck in position 6 and I’m wondering if it’s because it didn’t get any likes or comments.

It doesn’t look very natural when a video gets 5,000 views with no likes or comments, but it did improve the ranking by over 26 spots so we’ll see if likes and comments help the other videos.

I think I’m getting closer to figuring out how to rank videos on YouTube!

Day 25

The rankings started dropping after a quick improvement, but my Content Samurai video that got the comments, likes, and views blast dropped down to a 100+ position.

I think it’s either because there was too much happening too fast, or the viewer retention was too low.

I’ll wait a couple days and then wrap this test up.

Day 29

I checked the audience retention for my Content Samurai video and I figured out why it’s rankings plummeted.

The audience retention for most of the views was at 100%.

This does not look natural at all and YouTube is smart enough to penalize my video when the audience retention is this fake.

My Market Samurai video is still in position 15 and isn’t showing any signs of dropping.

This means that I doubled my rankings for only $9!

Now I’m not sure if the other gigs I ordered to this video affected the rankings, but I’ll do more testing later on.

The Conclusion

Keyword: Content Samurai Review

Starting Position: 16

Ending Position: 100+

Best Position: 13

Keyword: Polaroid Z2300

Starting Position: 4

Ending Position: 4

Best Position: 3

Keyword: Market Samurai Review

Starting Position: 29

Ending Position: 15

Best Position: 6

I knew that watch-time was an important factor going into this experiment, but it looks like if your watch-time and audience retention is too high your video gets booted. (This is what happened to my Content Samurai video.)

Social signals helped the rankings a bit, but not much, and the biggest boost came from this views service.

It boosted my Market Samurai video from #30 to #6 for a few days and then it settled down in the #15 spot.

In a couple weeks I’m going to do some more testing, and I’m also going to experiment with other YouTube SEO ranking factors to see what’s still relevant.

Month-6

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

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

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

Here are all of my websites:

  • Best Track SpikesThis is the site found in this post. I’m showing everything I can with this site.
  • BABI created this site back in May and it’s been fairly successful up to this point. The products are fairly low value, but it’s my biggest site right now and it increases my Amazon percentages a lot.
  • MPC I also created this site back in May and it’s also been fairly successful. The products are even cheaper than on BAB, but I sell at least 30-40 per month.
  • BFSTThis is one of the 3 smaller sites that I created about a month ago. Fairly cheap/average products.
  • BFSCAnother smaller site that I created a month ago. Fairly cheap products.
  • BBCAnd yet another smaller site that I created a month ago. The products on this site are the most expensive so I’ll focus on getting this site higher in the SERPs soon.
  • BNTThis site has the most expensive products by far. $500-$5,000+ I just created it last month so I don’t expect any sales until December or February, but when the sales do come I’ll get huge commissions!
  • Tester ReviewsThis is a community review site that anyone can submit their reviews to with their Amazon link in the review. You can check it out here if you’re interested!
  • BRMA small website I started in the middle of November in a very low competition niche. Focuses on $30-$100 products.
  • BWTI started this site on November 24th. It will be fairly large and will focus on products in the $30-$250 range.
  • WHQ– A new site I started in December. Very large niche. I’ll be outsourcing at least half of the content in order to grow the site quickly.

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

Before

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Income

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Best Track Spikes

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BAB

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MPC

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BFST

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BFSC

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BBC

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BNT

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BRM

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Daily Updates

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

January 2nd

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

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

That’s a 95kb difference!

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

We’ll see how it changes things.

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January 3rd

The writer that I found on Upwork is a goldmine.

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

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

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

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

January 11th

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

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

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

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

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

January 13th

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 15th

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABT- Always Be Testing.

January 24th

At around $430 this month right now.

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

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

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

January 31st

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

I’m off by $17.

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

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

TL;DR

Here’s what happened in January:
Things Done:

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

Things Realized/Thought About:

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

Thank you for reading!

Please comment below if you have any questions!

Month-5

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

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

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

Here are all of my websites:

  • Best Track Spikes– This is the site found in this post. I’m showing everything I can with this site.
  • BAB– I created this site back in May and it’s been fairly successful up to this point. The products are fairly low value, but it’s my biggest site right now and it increases my Amazon percentages a lot.
  • MPC– I also created this site back in May and it’s also been fairly successful. The products are even cheaper than on BAB, but I sell at least 30-40 per month.
  • BFST– This is one of the 3 smaller sites that I created about a month ago. Fairly cheap/average products.
  • BFSC– Another smaller site that I created a month ago. Fairly cheap products.
  • BBC– And yet another smaller site that I created a month ago. The products on this site are the most expensive so I’ll focus on getting this site higher in the SERPs soon.
  • BNT– This site has the most expensive products by far. $500-$5,000+ I just created it last month so I don’t expect any sales until December or February, but when the sales do come I’ll get huge commissions!
  • Tester Reviews– This is a community review site that anyone can submit their reviews to with their Amazon link in the review. You can check it out here if you’re interested!
  • BRM– A small website I started in the middle of November in a very low competition niche. Focuses on $30-$100 products.
  • BWT– I started this site on November 24th. It will be fairly large and will focus on products in the $30-$250 range.
  • WHQ– A new site I started in December. Very large niche. I’ll be outsourcing at least half of the content in order to grow the site quickly.

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

Before

After

Income

November Amazon Affiliate Income

Best Track Spikes

Best Track Spikes end of November Rankings

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BAB

BAB end of November rankings

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MPC

MPC End of November Rankings

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BFST

BFST End of November Rankings

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BFSC

BFSC end of november rankings

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BBC

BBC end of November rankings

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BNT

BNT end of November Rankings

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BRM

BRM end of November Rankings

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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

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MPC

MPC end of october rankings

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BFST

BFST end of october rankings

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BFSC

BFSC end of october rankings

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BBC

BBC end of october rankings

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BNT

BNT end of october rankings

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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!

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