Amazon- examples of highly converting affiliate sites ?

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Hi there,

as i would like to tap further into Amazon affiliate marketing i was wondering how does a highly converting Amazon affiliate website look like ?

Would be great if you could share any examples.


Also, what kind of Amazon affiliate website will usual convert better-

* a review site, or
* a shop site, or
* any other kind of website ?

Thanks
#internet marketing #affiliate #amazon #converting #examples #highly #sites
  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    Review sites convert best in my opinion. I do very well with Amazon with just a handful of review sites. My best sites show reviews that are no longer than a few (250-500) words each. I don't post my own sites anymore because too many people just try and copy them (I see this in my stat logs).
    • Profile picture of the author stlmrk
      Originally Posted by wolfmmiii View Post

      Review sites convert best in my opinion. I do very well with Amazon with just a handful of review sites. My best sites show reviews that are no longer than a few (250-500) words each. I don't post my own sites anymore because too many people just try and copy them (I see this in my stat logs).
      wolfmmiii,

      I am very interested in getting a review site up in the next several weeks. I have followed a lot of your posts and really love the info you have shared. I saw one thread that was locked where you were creating a tutorial. Can you pm me and tell me how or where I can follow more of your advice?

      Thanks, a greenhorn marketer!!!
    • Profile picture of the author pknerd
      @wolfmmiii do you review yourself?
  • Profile picture of the author Adevictus
    Here: TopTenREVIEWS Expert Product Reviews

    Those guys probably get $xx,xxx in Amazon commissions monthly...
    • Profile picture of the author Plato
      Good advice & nice examples- thanks for that.

      These Amazon affiliate shop sites seem to be much less work, certainly when you use a plug in like wpzonbuilder which seems to be quite popular. I still wonder how these sites will rank- guess you have to add a lot of unique content.

      @ wolfmmiii : since you have quite a lot of experience with amazon aff sites- do you use any amazon plugins for your websites with good results .. ?


      Any more Amazon good shop / review sites examples to share ?..
    • Profile picture of the author advancedmile
      Originally Posted by Adevictus View Post

      Here: TopTenREVIEWS Expert Product Reviews

      Those guys probably get ,xxx in Amazon commissions monthly...
      I guess this site may be illegal since it probably breaks amazon operational agreement since it probably hosts product pictures from amazon.
    • Profile picture of the author Terry Kyle
      Originally Posted by Adevictus View Post

      Here: TopTenREVIEWS Expert Product Reviews

      Those guys probably get ,xxx in Amazon commissions monthly...
      That top 10 review site is a PR7 meaning that any new (product) pages they add to that authority site should get indexed and rank pretty fast. Nice.
  • Profile picture of the author Chris Cole
    Hi Plato,

    whilst there are many working with Amazon, I highly doubt if anyone is going to reveal their highly converting websites in the open forum. I think you may have to make an educated guess as to the sites that are high converting sites.

    If I could make a recommendation to progress your Amazon career, then please check out some of the following Amazon WSO's

    Jan Roos - Physical Affiliate
    Erica Stone's - Amazon Niche Master, Extreme Review
    Gaz Coopers - AMZ training academy
    Jamie Garside's - Amazon mind control

    Whilst this list is not all of the great Amazon WSO's, it certainly is the cream of them IMO.

    I have been involved with Amazon for some time now and i'm earning nicely. I still buy most Amazon WSO's as they can still teach me new tricks to add into my business. The WSO's I recommend are all WSO's that I have bought and found to be very helpful.

    Then again it is up to you how you wish to move your business forward, best advice is to go and get each of the above WSOs and learn from them...
  • Profile picture of the author kongz
    Any site that ranks well, converts well. Customers usually know what they're looking for. You just need to take them there and it just have to be you or me.

    Speaking of conversion, I do have a site that ranks well but doesn't convert. It took too many clicks to get to amazon that was why.
  • Profile picture of the author Gaz Cooper
    Yes as mentioned no more exposing the money sites simply because I can guarantee you there will be 50 clones of it within the same amount of minutes LOL.

    A good site will have lots of relevant information giving the visitors what they are looking for which is relevant detailed information on the product or subject matter.

    Do that and you will do well

    I will answer the question you posed to Wolfii also and yes I use an auto poster but I developed my own and it emails me when it posts to reminds me to head over and make the post unique and YES it ranks very well.

    Kickin it on Amazon

    Gaz Cooper
    Amz Training Academy
  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    Originally Posted by Plato View Post

    Hi there,

    as i would like to tap further into Amazon affiliate marketing i was wondering how does a highly converting Amazon affiliate website look like ?

    Would be great if you could share any examples.
    This isn't a live site but it is a demo site I'm using for a current WSO. It is very very similar to the kinds of sites I build:

    My Tool Review Blog › Log In
    username: demouser
    password: password

    The demo video below is best watched in full screen.


    Although there are 6 review templates to choose from, my best converting review template is the Two Images template. Create a dummy review and you'll have an idea of what my own reviews look like and how they function.
    • Profile picture of the author JackieGold
      Originally Posted by wolfmmiii View Post

      This isn't a live site but it is a demo site I'm using for a current WSO. It is very very similar to the kinds of sites I build:

      My Tool Review Blog › Log In
      username: demouser
      password: password

      The demo video below is best watched in full screen.

      Creating a Product Review With The Ultimate Product Review System - YouTube

      Although there are 6 review templates to choose from, my best converting review template is the Two Images template. Create a dummy review and you'll have an idea of what my own reviews look like and how they function.
      Thanks for sharing. But I have a question for you: why are you still setting meta keywords for AIO SEO? Doesn't everybody agree that engines don't look at them?
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by kongz View Post

    Any site that ranks well, converts well.
    I know it's only June, but so far this is perhaps the most surprising (and least accurate) assertion I've seen in this forum in 2012.

    Originally Posted by Plato View Post

    i was wondering how does a highly converting Amazon affiliate website look like ?
    One thing I can tell you: it has an opt-in, so that its owner can build a list. Don't imagine that "the commissions on Amazon sales are too small to make it worthwhile building lists". It's about whether you want to chase just 10% of your available income or the other 90% as well.
    • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      It's about whether you want to chase just 10% of your available income or the other 90% as well.
      I'm not sure I agree with this. I've tried the opt-in stuff on some of my review sites and it just doesn't perform well. I get a very, very small fraction of that 90% to opt-in and, of course, an even smaller fraction of that fraction will ever open your emails, let alone buy something. So really, instead of chasing the other 90%, I'm chasing some fraction of a fraction of that 90%, while missing out on affiliate clicks (and commissions) I would have otherwise gotten.

      I receive very few opt-ins and to be honest, I think it's because the person searching for widget reviews is late in the buying cycle. As such, by the time I send the user his first mailing, he already has the widget he was looking for. Maybe it's just my style of site that doesn't work well with opt-ins but I've seen nothing but terrible performance on multiple sites.

      Now, as I said in another thread, I suppose this could work if you make the opt-ins your site's primary focus (offer reviews/info in exchange for an opt-in). However, once you do that, the site is really no longer an Amazon site but more of a squeeze page since you really are forsaking affiliate clicks for emails.
  • Profile picture of the author green58
    hi guys can anybody give me any advise or help with amazon or clickbank just joined as a affiliate been advertising but very slow going many thanks keith
    • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
      Originally Posted by green58 View Post

      hi guys can anybody give me any advise or help with amazon or clickbank just joined as a affiliate been advertising but very slow going many thanks keith
      Aside from reading and understanding the TOS, start with a niche or product that you know and understand. It's much easier to succeed when you are working with a subject that you are knowledgeable in.
  • Profile picture of the author runningonjuice
    Hi Wolf.

    I am interested in purchasing some Amazon tutorials. I really need to learn this stuff.

    I have a popular niche blog and make some revenues for it but with 1-1500 visits a day (all organic) and almost 4000 people on my list I know I can do better.

    Is your offering good for this? I ask because I don't want to learn how to run off lots of review sites just how to optimise my existing site.

    Thank you,

    Shane
    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Originally Posted by runningonjuice View Post

      I have a popular niche blog and make some revenues for it but with 1-1500 visits a day (all organic) and almost 4000 people on my list I know I can do better.
      If you are building a list with targeted blog visitors, you should be able to easily earn a 4-5 figure monthly income even with a list that small.. Send them your product reviews or recommendations for relevant products. For any popular niche, there are hundreds or even thousands of Amazon products to promote. Competition is insignificant when you have an audience built on credibility and trust.
  • Profile picture of the author alamest
    all the amazon products have there own style of conversion..

    Some amazon products converts through review site and some amazon product converts through lead capture page and some converts through authority site..

    But you need to start with review site because if you are completely new than you need to learn first how the visitors are coming and from they are coming and are they clicking on your affiliate link or not than you will understand which things converts good and which things does not converts..

    I hope this helps..
  • Profile picture of the author Manoj V
    Originally Posted by Plato View Post

    Would be great if you could share any examples.
    No one will!

    Two ways to see examples of successful affiliate sites are:-

    1. Type in a product category and the word "review" in Google and do a search. You will find Amazon affiliate sites in the first 3-5 pages of Google. You can do a search using exact product names of bestsellers. If you use Chrome like I do, highlight a best seller and right-click on your mouse. You will see - "Search Google for (the highlighted product name)"

    Example - Google Search results for Mini Diagonal Cutting Pliers Memory Wire Hand Tool 4.5"

    2. Go to Flippa.com and use their advanced search feature to locate sites that have been "won". If you do not fill in any figures for "auction price" it will take the default minimum price of $2000.

    You can do this to locate examples of promotional sites of any affiliate program including Clickbank, Commission Junction etc.
  • Profile picture of the author turnkeyamazon
    i love amazon its one of my top income earners. after years i have found (for me) that it doesnt take a load of work the number one thing is finding a tight niche inside amazon and capitalizing on the product searches for free search traffic.

    a simple wordpress install with a few select plugins and your indexed ranking and making commissions within a month, most of my sites generate 200-500 a month and with 50+ sites running on autopilot thats an income.

    so what do i do?
    - find a niche from within amazon with 100+ products
    - find a dot com with a keyword search volume of 1000-4000
    - install wordpress and optimized plugins
    - optimized seo for uniqueness, search and ping list < key
    - populate ecommerce store with amazon plugin
    - basic offsite seo using virtical directories and blogs

    traffic to my ecommerce amazon site from search
    and i usually push them over the edge with a coupon
    to save on shipping (they love that) NO OPTIN or LIST BUILDING...

    this doesnt mean i regect a list but they just havent
    been required on ecommerce i can see it relevant on
    a review site but its not what i personally do.

    cheers;
  • Profile picture of the author maggiegirl123
    Hi, Thanks for letting me come aboard.
    I just started on Amazon and it looks like it could work. I am getting traffic but no buys.
    what am I doing wrong? jaspers.houseandhomeinspirations.com
  • Profile picture of the author maggiegirl123
    Dynamics takes care of my web page for amazon.
    Can you make money with amazon ?
    Do I set up a web page with Dynamics and sell for Amazon?
    PLEASE HELP!!!!
  • Profile picture of the author fatchap
    I write my own reviews seldom more than 300 words for amazon and other affiliate sites and it seems to work ok. I get regular sales from a site reviwing kitchen appliances that has has no new links or content for 8 months but still sells - hell I need to get my arse in gear and get more on it!!!
    • Profile picture of the author Shutz
      Originally Posted by fatchap View Post

      I write my own reviews seldom more than 300 words for amazon and other affiliate sites and it seems to work ok. I get regular sales from a site reviwing kitchen appliances that has has no new links or content for 8 months but still sells - hell I need to get my arse in gear and get more on it!!!
      For me it looks pretty similar to you. I have startet as amazon affiliate a few years ago. Build some websites, where the two i put most work into, got sales and paid the hosting. Now i didnt work on them for months, maybe a year, but im stilll making some money. I need to get back on it too.
  • Profile picture of the author Klemen Znidar
    When you are building a landing page for Amazon affiliate traffic, you must remember one thing.

    You get comission on ANYTHING they buy in the next 24 hours. They don't have to buy the stuff you promote. And since many in the USA buy on Amazon daily (even toilet paper) your sole job is to get them on Amazon via your affiliate link.

    What works for me extremly well, is to make a "see more photos" take people to Amazon.
    Also list "similar" products below and make them all link to Amazon.

    This should get you some nice increase in sales
    • Profile picture of the author blokh
      Please note: The message below is true, however, the niche I mention may not be I am a programmer and have been a victim to cloning and reverse engineering so will try to give you all the information that I can for you to succeed, without giving away anything that can back fire
      Also note: I have been an affiliate for over a decade now, and have built many tools for affiliates to function better. Even this example below was an experiment primarily to see what I need to build next. If you are new to affiliate marketing, this info can be a bit overwhelming and sound a bit technical - sorry can't help , if so, break it up and simplify it in your own words to make sure you absorb whatever you can.

      Selling amazon products is fairly simple if you are willing to put some ongoing effort into it.

      Here's how one of my site did wonders for me:

      Let's assume, I went camping with my friends, also fishing on the same trip. Also since we are all fond photographers, we borrowed some lenses for our cameras from BorrowLenses.com (they have an affiliate program too, recently moved to shareasale).

      Anyhow, I needed to get back into affiliate marketing after being involved in other projects, so I created a new drupal site (blog about our outdoor adventures). I prefer Drupal over Wordpress, though wordpress is way more advanced in many ways, but there's a reason why whitehouse.gov is a drupal site ... I have seen much more success in terms of ranking for Drupal sites vs Wordpress (worked for me at least).

      I wrote an article about that trip, and found amazon links to each of the product we used including -
      Tents
      Bear Deterrent
      Hydration Packs
      Shoes
      Bungee Cords
      - and a LOT more items. Also linked to the borrowlenses program, which pays nice.

      The article was broken into 3 parts -
      1. Preparing for the Ultimate Getaway with my friends
      2. While we were at it
      3. Packing & Storing equipment for future use after we returned.

      For each product I listed, I had a "requirement" why I needed one of these, a "selection criteria" as in why I picked this specific one over others, and why "YOU" should have one too, if you plan to go on a trek.

      Posted a link on FB. 2 or 3 of my friends even shared it but got a handful sales within the next 2 days.It was peanuts for that kind of a sales volume. However, after a brief period of inactivity, it got indexed and now came the search traffic primarily from Google and Bing. Few more sales ...

      I answered a few questions at Yahoo answers of people asking about which equipment to use, with a link and more traffic.

      Wrote similar articles about day to day products that I owned, and it turned into a personal review blog. Now I have writers who write for me, for specific products and the blog grows. Lot of product pages, but very informative. I enjoy reading those articles myself because those are written way better than the actual fun we had during the events that the articles talk about.

      Since that one blog was about camping and outdoor, it is still very focused on that niche,and I have several more that are targeted to different niches.

      It's almost on auto pilot now ... the next step for a site like this would be investing some money in products you want to review / compare, and make video reviews. It all depends on how much time you are willing to invest.

      One of my subscribers / customer asked me for some help with analytics on his review site. He goes to the level of buying products, bringing them home, reviewing them and returning em back to the store.

      It is a business, you can take it to any level, but at first you need to make a plan -
      Writing Content (useful, meaningful, helpful content) which without any links in it, should be worth the time your visitors are spending on it. They should learn something from it, or it should answer a question.
      Add Links as that is what will get you paid. Try to add images, locally saved images are better, and for SEO purposes, even rename the images so it reflects the product name (Can't hurt right?).
      Share this can be confused with backlinking, but once you have new content on your site, share this on social networks, among your friends tell them you wrote an article that will be helpful, ask them to share it with their friends so it reaches the right audience, post on Twitter (create an account if you don't have one), find questions on Yahoo Answers regarding the problem you are solving, and share the link there ... Share on forums wherever applicable.
      Don't just write an article, park it and expect something to happen. If your content is good, people will NOT mind you sharing it.
      Automate it:
      Writing content takes time, lots of it. You can outsource it. If you have a business, you can hire interns at a reasonable cost and have them write for you, even use their help in creating other kinds of content like pictures, videos, podcasts, etc.

      Back to making the plan, you must know that the above few steps need to be repeated over and over again. Some people find it useful to add new content on a time table, like every Tuesday new content goes live, then they have set days for different kind of promotions and so on. If you have a plan like this, you will be able to pace yourself right, and see your business grow, slow, but at a steady pace.

      Sorry I spoke about "WHAT CAN YOU DO" instead of sharing a template that shows you what an amazon affiliate site should look like. But as long as your content is good, it doesn't matter much which template you are using. Just try to set a template that is clean, has good navigation, not too cluttered, and allows you to provide as much information as you can - Text, Images (like the 2 image example above), Videos, etc.

      Last tip (I promise, no more ) Timing plays an important role in what you are promoting also. If you plan to promote electronic products, stay on top of what's the next big thing expected in the market and start writing about it before it is launched. Iphone 6s is coming, get all info about it, and start putting together content ... Superbowl is coming soon, people will buy Televisions - shift your focus to that ... and so on. If you have a flowers and gift site, look at the next occasion, and start promoting. Travel blog? look at the next long weekend, start pushing - car rental for Labor Day Weekend? Hotels at Las Vegas for so and so date ... etc. Hope you get the idea. Be creative, ask less, do more. Testing is your friend. Split Test EVERYTHING you can. There was a tool called Split Test Accelerator see if you can find something like that. (oops broke my promise and gave you another tip) ... Ok over and out.

      Good luck and with all the knowledge you have received here, please don't forget about it when you become successful, share it with others who seek help

      Cheers
  • Profile picture of the author Stevie C
    I'm not going to reveal one of my own sites but here's one that is listed on Empire Flippers and there is a nice video with it as well

    Featured Listing: Fitness Industry, Amazon Affiliate Making $4.07K/Month On Autopilot

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