With that item beeing sold i realized there is really money to be made with online marketing and simple websites. So i started to create more content for my blog. Nothing special, completly unrelated product, for each a new blog post, with an image and one or two links. Length of the content? Around 250 - 350 word from me, who didnt know anything about writing interesting and selling content. But i DID something.
Two months go by without a sale at all. I was about to give up when i logged back in just before going skiing with family. I made a whopping 34,65€ with selling chairs like these (lucky christmas sales ). And this was the moment i really got caught and wanted to dig deeper into beeing an affiliate.
The thing is, after this i didnt really change much. I still wrote the articles on my own with my not-really-selling style. Only one or two images each post, linking those and making some links within the content. Yes, i did try link-builing with commenting on many wordpress blogs but now i doubt it was really worth it. The only thing i did different was getting my own hosting with niche-matching domain-names in place.
Month and month go by, and im generating a steady income of around 50 - 100€, with the peak in december 2012 - 213€ in one month, where i probably didn't move a finger!
But content writing still wasn't my strength and i didn't think outsourcing would generate enough money to be profitable. So i only made some small other sites in hope of hitting a gold mine (which never happened). Tried som other affiliate programs and finally left everything in an unfinished state. Once moved to another hoster which resultet in damaged on-page links and dropped 4 spots in google which i never got back.
But i was making money with my sites even though i only did very sporadically something.
Last week i randomly logged into one of my other affiliate programs and saw a sale i made another 2 weeks ago. A high end chair for ~1000€, i got 80€ provision!!
My conclusion of this story?
If you found a way (for example a specific niche website) to make money, stick to this one and optimize it to no end. Dont jump around like a bunny, it won't make you any good.
My earnings with amazon.de from the beginning of 2010 until now: