Are automated Amazon Store sites profitable?

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I've been looking at various WP plugins as well as standalone scripts available on WF that automate building of Amazon Store sites.

Some seem to be more popular than others, but I'd love to hear comments from warriors that are using these tools and are making money from them.

Vlad.
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  • Profile picture of the author abs007
    Ive had a site for almost 1.5 years - it used to rank very well but since the may update it has tottally lost all rankings

    i cant remember which plugin im using but its a free one -
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    • Profile picture of the author Martin Percival
      As a counterpoint to the last comment, I had a site which did well for a while, dropped down to page 8 for a lot of the beginning of the year and just bounced back up to number 3 (ish) in the last couple of weeks.

      Don't ask - I have no idea how. It was for small ticket items as I was just learning the ropes, so I had effectively let it go...no more promotion or anything and here it is.

      It almost make me feel guilty enough to add some real content to it
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  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    ^^ He's not asking if amazon sites rank well in Google, he's asking if they make money.

    In my experience, Amazon isn't a very good affiliate because they pay low and only track cookies for 24 hours. That's horribe! Respectable affiliates track cookies for 14 days.

    Statistically people on the internet aren't splurge buyers, they'll research and ponder for alteast a few days before they buy big ticket products.... the only way you get lucky to earn a sale is if that person who clicked through your affiliate link already knew they were buying or was at the last day of their research.

    How many reading this spontaneously bought a high-priced computer or TV after finding it online without doing some research? Not many if any at all.... because people ALWAYS research before they buy. People ponder for 2-3 days... or maybe wait for a week when they get their paycheck, by then the tracking cookies on their computer are no longer there and Amazon pays 0% commission for your website sparking the interest. Who knows, there could be like a 1% chance that you are the lucky affiliate who this buyer clicks through after they've done their homewwork. Less likely though.

    I personally don't think Amazon is a good affiliate. I've been using it had very little success and I think the above explanation is why. However, the affiliates that track cookies for 2 weeks bring me $2,000 or more per month. I sell big ticket items, not $5 dollar books or CDs.
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    • Profile picture of the author bmoney76
      Originally Posted by gearmonkey View Post

      ^^ He's not asking if amazon sites rank well in Google, he's asking if they make money.

      In my experience, Amazon isn't a very good affiliate because they pay low and only track cookies for 24 hours. That's horribe! Respectable affiliates track cookies for 14 days.

      Statistically people on the internet aren't splurge buyers, they'll research and ponder for alteast a few days before they buy big ticket products.... the only way you get lucky to earn a sale is if that person who clicked through your affiliate link already knew they were buying or was at the last day of their research.

      How many reading this spontaneously bought a high-priced computer or TV after finding it online without doing some research? Not many if any at all.... because people ALWAYS research before they buy. People ponder for 2-3 days... or maybe wait for a week when they get their paycheck, by then the tracking cookies on their computer are no longer there and Amazon pays 0% commission for your website sparking the interest. Who knows, there could be like a 1% chance that you are the lucky affiliate who this buyer clicks through after they've done their homewwork. Less likely though.

      I personally don't think Amazon is a good affiliate. I've been using it had very little success and I think the above explanation is why. However, the affiliates that track cookies for 2 weeks bring me $2,000 or more per month. I sell big ticket items, not $5 dollar books or CDs.
      My experience is the opposite of this. I have used many different affiliate programs and none have been as good as amazon. Yeah they only have a 1 day cookie but I find that a lot of my visitors trust the amazon brand and they end up buying. You also get many additional items thrown in as amazon is great at cross selling. Almost half of my sales are things totally unrelated to my niches.

      I have found that if you send targeted traffic to amazon you will make good money. People trust them and they have good prices. And as an affiliate I can promote almost anything because their lineup is HUGE. I used to bash amazon too until I really put an effort into them. Now they earn me a lot of money every day.
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      • Profile picture of the author Vlad Shelest
        Question to bmoney76, do you use a script or a plugin to automate building your Amazon sites and fill them with Products, Reviews and other relevant content?

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        • Profile picture of the author bmoney76
          Originally Posted by diggitydog View Post

          Question to bmoney76, do you use a script or a plugin to automate building your Amazon sites and fill them with Products, Reviews and other relevant content?

          VLad
          I build all of my sites by hand and put in tons of unique content, I never use scripts or plugins to build my sites. I focus on a handful of sites and build them into authority sites in their niches. I tried the auto building methods in the past and never had much success. Now I try to put up quality sites that will last. Put yourself in your visitors shoes and just give them what they are looking for. In my case it is a decent review and a link to where they can find a good price on it.

          If you put up a good site and start getting links to it from a variety of sources you will eventually rank for your keywords. It takes time but I'm patient with my sites because I know how much it will pay off.
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          • Profile picture of the author Vlad Shelest
            Very useful answer bmoney76,

            Thank you.
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            Originally Posted by bmoney76 View Post

            I build all of my sites by hand and put in tons of unique content, I never use scripts or plugins to build my sites. I focus on a handful of sites and build them into authority sites in their niches. I tried the auto building methods in the past and never had much success. Now I try to put up quality sites that will last. Put yourself in your visitors shoes and just give them what they are looking for. In my case it is a decent review and a link to where they can find a good price on it.

            If you put up a good site and start getting links to it from a variety of sources you will eventually rank for your keywords. It takes time but I'm patient with my sites because I know how much it will pay off.
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  • Profile picture of the author vpgemini
    And Gear what would this affiliate be? I don't care for Amazon myself unless I had a product to personally sell on Amazon.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vlad Shelest
      Thanks for your input, so I guess the consensus is that Amazon sites aren't all that great. I suppose that being the case, it wouldn't matter which plugin was used.

      I agree with gearmonkey that 24 hour cookie tracking is ridiculous. I didn't know that. That being the case, I'm surprised anyone is making money with Amazon at all. I mean I know people do, I'm just surprised given the fact that most people do research the product prior to making a purchase.

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  • Profile picture of the author Focused Action
    I dont think 1 or 2 people form a consensus I am sure there are wildly successful affiliates earning from amazon. it just depends on the scale of the business you have.
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    • Profile picture of the author MajorNet
      I have read that the higher end products are better to promote. More money and less competition.

      Good topic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vlad Shelest
      Originally Posted by curtroese View Post

      I dont think 1 or 2 people form a consensus I am sure there are wildly successful affiliates earning from amazon. it just depends on the scale of the business you have.
      I know my logic is somewhat faulty here :rolleyes:, but since I've become interested in these automated Amazon stores, I've been reading various threads here and on other forums and while there is a lot of talk about some scripts or plugins being better or worse, I am yet to read about anyone actually making any decent money.

      Certainly, I'm sure SOME people are, but I just can't find any evidence of that in any of the material I've read. Maybe people are just keeping their success to themselves, not unheard of behaviour in the IM circles after all.

      So once again, I'd love to hear some positive opinions (even if it breaks the consensus)

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  • Profile picture of the author Mcrofts
    Im Using Datafeedr & Building Minisite's & Regard's to Amazon & 24hour Tracking.
    If an Item is Something Under $100 or it's $30 or $50.
    You don't really ponder, People tend to outright just buy it.

    So it Really just Depend's the Angle & Strategy your taking, I Think It'd Be Crazy Using Amazon & Higher Priced Item's that people are more likely to Reasearch on.
    Something Higher Priced, I'd want Longer Tracking or an Autoresponder going.
    Would be the Angle I'd take.
    (If your Site was a Hot Product Under $50, How Much Pondering is going to go on)

    Ah, Plugin's *Im Still Experimenting Myself
    phpBay Pro - Ebay Plugin and Amazon Plugin Script for Wordpress
    Associate-O-Matic | Build a custom Amazon Associate Store with 1000's of items in minutes

    If you Find a Hot Product, & you could get good Traffic.
    For Traffic Use TrafficGeyser (Paid)
    pixelpipe.com (Free)
    Tubemogul.com (free)
    Twitter Linked to Site?

    Video Marketing/Traffic Would be good for a Product Under $60
    24hour's Tracking. Finee
    There's lot's of tiny thing's that have been hot Products that people just Buy.
    Those Digimon Toy thing's, Tamagotchi's
    (Those thing's I Mentioned were Hot 10years ago)

    Anyway's Good Luck.
    {I was More "Brainstorming", with you here I hope}

    Also I'll Just Add, There are some really Great Tool's to Help Research Hot Product's.
    https://www.terapeak.com < Is One I Plan to Invest In, when I can Afford to.

    It's Really Good.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vlad Shelest
      Originally Posted by Mcrofts View Post

      There's lot's of tiny thing's that have been hot Products that people just Buy.
      Those Digimon Toy thing's, Tamagotchi's
      (Those thing's I Mentioned were Hot 10years ago)

      Anyway's Good Luck.
      {I was More "Brainstorming", with you here I hope}
      Thanks for that Mcrofts! So you don't recommend I go with the tamagochis, a little outdated you reckon?

      Good advice about promoting products that aren't too expensive, You're right, people aren't likely to spend too much time considering if an item is only say $20-30 bucks. Thanks again.

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  • Profile picture of the author Janet Walker
    I found that my Adsense makes 4 times more than my Amazon account. Based on 50 niche sites that average 1,000 searches per month for the #1 spot on Google. All of my rankings vary of course.

    If you are just making niche sites, then hands down,use Wordpress Robot plugin

    For review style sites then use Reviewathon Plugin

    I have bought and tried just about every Amazon plugin out there and these two are the best but you still will need various other plugins for different functions.
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  • Profile picture of the author zeropower
    I have 2 things to say here
    1-Not by practical trying but by guess , I think that ppl who fiund themselves in front of low prices like 10-20$ don't do much research , they just Go ahead and purchase in most cases .
    2-I think also that most of the big things that are expensive and need much research b4 purchasing are not for beginners or even semi-professional marketers , most of these things need professional ppl who have experience on what most ppl like or dislike when purchasing these things , In addition , they can make the needed research for the customers in their site in order not to lose them .
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