I was like you once, I started with Clickbank and was straight away lured in to the foreign exchange (forex) market, with its great conversion rates, huge commissions and amazing upsells, but it was soon to blow over when refund rates hit 30-50%, products started to launch and disappear within 30 days, the market was at war with its self and I was the ammunition. I quickly got out of the Forex market, and then went in to promoting other products, such as SEO tools, audio software and by this time had enough experience, know-how and skill to realise that Clickbank really wasn’t the best platform for an affiliate promoting products through websites.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I am not a clickbank hater, I have my own products on Clickbank and I honestly believe that’s where the money is on Clickbank, in being a vendor – if your new to affiliate marketing, you can make money through Clickbank but I feel it is a long, cold road ahead with lots of competition, lots of sneaky vendors and affiliates and a massive learning curve. If you have an E-mail list, or a website which is a great match for a Clickbank product then go for it! You would be silly not to, but otherwise why not look elsewhere...or heck, why not compare two options, Clickbank and Amazon.
Well, with this case study/challenge I am going to be using Amazon as my platform of choice. I have been using Amazon for the past 12 months, I started with paid media activities, not a long term strategy but something that lasted about 9 months where I was making £x,xxx per month. Since then I moved my strategy to a long term approach, focusing on SEO, authority and niche content websites. However, the more I read, the more I realise that people are still struggling to crack that first sale, or first consecutive month where sales continue to come in and I cannot understand why.
Amazon has amazing conversion rates – especially when you focus on niche content websites leveraging traffic from long tail search queries.
In this case study/challenge I am going to challenge myself to research, create, promote and rank a completely new website. I’ve already done the research and registered the domain name which I will discuss in my next post tomorrow, the next step is choosing my platform, choosing my theme/template and writing down a layout/structure for my navigation of the site.
If you are interested in learning how to make money with Amazon then stay tuned, subscribe to the thread and let’s get going!
A 30 day journey to researching, developing, optimising and ranking a niche content site monetized primarily through Amazon, stay tuned to learn more!