My Amazon Aff site - please review and suggest

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made an Amazon product review site. I hire various writers from upwork and iwriter. I don't know if the content will convert into sales or not. To those who already succeed with Amazon Aff program, I need your opinion.
#aff #amazon #review #site #suggest
  • Profile picture of the author KaiUzumaki
    Then i suggest you hire a critique too. Your critique should proof read it and give you an impression whether its appealing or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennifer Hutson
    I would highly suggest getting an editor to go through your content and correct sentences like this:

    "Overall, the Olympus LG-4 is for the person who likes to wander even in the furriest mood of nature and capture all the modes of nature in a small but powerful camera."

    It's apparent that English is not your first language and that will hurt your conversions.

    I'd also suggest getting a nice WordPress theme or a better design. Your current site design is very plain and uninviting.
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    • Profile picture of the author Azlan.MY
      Originally Posted by Jennifer Hutson View Post

      I would highly suggest getting an editor to go through your content and correct sentences like this:

      "Overall, the Olympus LG-4 is for the person who likes to wander even in the furriest mood of nature and capture all the modes of nature in a small but powerful camera."

      It's apparent that English is not your first language and that will hurt your conversions.

      I'd also suggest getting a nice WordPress theme or a better design. Your current site design is very plain and uninviting.
      Can you suggest an Amazon theme which is suitable, no aff link please. There's so many themes about Amazon these days that I find it is hard to pick the best one.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
        Originally Posted by Azlan.MY View Post

        Can you suggest an Amazon theme which is suitable, no aff link please. There's so many themes about Amazon these days that I find it is hard to pick the best one.
        This is funny. You run an affiliate site where you get money when people purchase through your links. You come here asking for free help so you can make more money. After getting free help you want more help but don't want any affiliate links.

        Mark
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        • Profile picture of the author Azlan.MY
          Originally Posted by Mark Singletary View Post

          This is funny. You run an affiliate site where you get money when people purchase through your links. You come here asking for free help so you can make more money. After getting free help you want more help but don't want any affiliate links.

          Mark
          I don't want any aff link because I don't want moderator to delete that post even before I read it. Posting any website link is fine here but from what I saw if someone posted aff link his post will be deleted. I appreciate it if you post a link to a review about that Wordpress theme and if you use that theme yourself I highly appreciate that you show me example of the website that you create with it.
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          • Profile picture of the author martinp
            That content unfortunately won't be making you any sales.

            A 4 star writer on iwriter is still unlikely to have English as their first language. If you want to use iwriter think of ordering content from an Elite or Elite Plus writer.

            Wherever you go for content, you're going to have to pay alot more than you're paying for it right now. You NEED native English speaking writers, and preferably those who have an interest in photography and know what they're talking about.

            Here's a good theme: REHub - Directory, Shop, Coupon, Affiliate Theme - WordPress | ThemeForest
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            • Profile picture of the author Azlan.MY
              Originally Posted by martinp View Post

              That content unfortunately won't be making you any sales.

              A 4 star writer on iwriter is still unlikely to have English as their first language. If you want to use iwriter think of ordering content from an Elite or Elite Plus writer.

              Wherever you go for content, you're going to have to pay alot more than you're paying for it right now. You NEED native English speaking writers, and preferably those who have an interest in photography and know what they're talking about.

              Here's a good theme: REHub - Directory, Shop, Coupon, Affiliate Theme - WordPress | ThemeForest
              Thanks. This is a detail and useful post. This is exactly what I'm looking for.
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              • Profile picture of the author savidge4
                The idea that the theme is what is lacking here is... well.. stupid. Its the format of the content above and beyond anything else. regardless of what "Theme" you use there is a header, a box on the left for content, a side bar and a footer.

                Its the content on the page that needs to stick out. get into the mind of someone looking to spend $3000 on a camera.. what information do they want? what images might they want to see? look and B&H or the like to see how a "Non Affiliate" is selling this type of product. a solid page of 100% BS fluff text aint going to do it regardless the level of English. You are attempting to write whaty ou think the reader wants to read and it shows.

                According to the text you have purchased every single camera, and each and every one is the bomb... You need to find an angle that develops trust from your reader. why would they listen to your opinion? I would say overall you are trying to hard to sell, and not enough on providing Information. Until you understand this concept and how to use it, you will simply fail.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    I looked through a couple of reviews. I would not buy from that site simply due to the quality of English.

    Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    Scrap it altogether. The design is terrible and the content is terrible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
    Both the site and the content is beyond boring.

    It would be better for you to hire a great writer and simply do one review at a time (or however many you can afford), and then drive traffic to that one great review, and do a variety of testing with layouts, different ads, graphics and so on, until you find the best layout that works.

    I wouldn't spend my money on a bunch of below average, or even average, reviews and a crappy looking theme.

    Start out with the best - content that really gives you a good chance of getting clicks and making sales, plus more time on site from your visitors - and a great looking, fast loading theme as well.

    Look at how real pros have their sites set up and how they present their reviews. A great review article makes you eager to click an affiliate link to see the product offer page.
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  • Profile picture of the author xnice
    I has some comments:
    1. You may hire better content writers and proof-readers to increase the conversion rate.

    2. You need add more photos to your blog, add more aff. links to Amazon, call to action.

    3. Your niche is competitive. You may learn from Problogger. He is great at camera blog and he make a lot of money from Amazon aff.
    http://www.problogger.net/archives/2...liate-program/

    4. The main problem with Amazon aff site is targeted traffic. If you know how to get traffic, you will get money even you have poor contents.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Lowe
    The site looks terribly outdated, cheap and the content sucks. I would try to find a writer who already has an interest in this niche or you hire a good writer experienced in writing top product reviews.

    These type of Amazon style sites, in my opinion just don't cut it anymore. It reminds me of so 2006. Do you actually have an interest in this niche or not?

    Rich
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  • Profile picture of the author arojilla
    Well, I'm the kind of person that would buy a D810 (or any other high-end model), as I've been into photography since I was 10 and while just a hobby I take it very seriously, in fact photography is my biggest passion by far, I started working in a photo lab/store when I was 14 and I could have gone professional more than once in the past (I just did not wanted to turn a hobby into what looked more like a chore at the time). My father was a pro studio photographer in the advertising niche (worked for companies like Pepsi).

    This said, I would never visit a site like yours, let alone buy from it. It may work for people that doesn't know better, but for someone into photography your site just won't work. Maybe a dentist who wants the latest and greatest, if he finds you site by accident...

    First of all, it's a ghost site. Like who writes the articles? Those that sell a lot of cameras from affiliates are established review sites or very well know photographers (or sometimes wannabes) like Steve Huff, Mike Johnston, Tom Hogan, Michael Reichmann... people know them and more importantly, trust them. They buy the stuff -or someone hands it to them- and review it themselves, with lots of tests and photos. They are passionate about photography, they get to use what they review, they know the products and the market, and more importantly, their readers.

    What you have are bad written anonymous articles, probably copied and translated from asian review sites, with no tests or photos. I'd trust any Amazon review far more.

    You are not going to get organic traffic from people that know something about photography. No one in the field will mention or link your site, there's nothing original or interesting there. Not even something provocative, which sometimes helps.

    Either buy real reviews from real photographers (which would be really difficult to get and very expensive), review the products yourself (rent the gear if you can't afford it) or pay for traffic and pray for some organic traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvm3
    Just a few tips:


    1. iWriter is garbage. I don't care what "star level" the writer is, the quality is never worth it. Spend some time creating a job on Elance/Upwork and make sure the writer has experience in the niche. You can get good quality review content for .02 to .03/word.
    2. DON'T use a typical "Amazon affiliate" WP theme. They generally convert worse than other themes. Fancy features, star ratings, buttons are not a good thing. Make it clean with basic text links instead of buttons.
    3. Pick a low competition niche when starting out (NOT electronics). Yes, the profit ceiling will be lower but it's easier to get some money coming in sooner. Get a quick win to get some momentum going.
    4. Pick a "brandable" domain. Using the word "review" as part of your domain practically screams, "Hey Google, check out my thin affiliate site!"
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  • Profile picture of the author Lares
    Since you are obviously a beginner and you are trying to rank in google, maybe you should choose easier niche. Cameras are very competitive. Also your website might be penalized already since its not indexed. Seems its not a new domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author sagwa02
    if you can drive enough traffic to that site it will convert regardless of the article quality or look of it. i would probably double the size of the articles, and put a lot more pictures. you can easily change the theme to something more elegant. also i find that lighter colors look better. your site is very dark with the orange / brown color of it.

    also make your font much bigger.

    idk why people are trashing you so much. the site is not the prettiest but honestly it is not much different than many aff sites online now.

    also make sure you have links to amazon. i clicked on a few of the articles and could not find any aff links to amazon.
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    • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
      Originally Posted by sagwa02 View Post

      idk why people are trashing you so much. the site is not the prettiest but honestly it is not much different than many aff sites online now.
      It's getting trashed because it's terrible - just like most of the affiliate sites you'll find online today.
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      • Profile picture of the author kilgore
        Originally Posted by wolfmmiii View Post

        It's getting trashed because it's terrible - just like most of the affiliate sites you'll find online today.
        Exactly. And this is why so many people here make little to no money. They think that you can make money by being "as good" as all the thousands upon thousands of terrible sites out there. But as one WF member said (I think Jack Gordon?), there isn't a market for mediocrity. People want the best. And because the best is usually free, they won't settle for a terribly written, completely uninformative website when they can go to any other number of sites which are far, far better.

        Originally Posted by Joan Altz View Post

        I wouldn't spend my money on a bunch of below average, or even average, reviews and a crappy looking theme.

        Start out with the best - content that really gives you a good chance of getting clicks and making sales, plus more time on site from your visitors - and a great looking, fast loading theme as well.
        This is great advice. Make your site the best and you can make money -- lots of money. Make your site below average or even average and you'll earn little to nothing. And this isn't just my opinion, there's an important economic principle at play at all internet entrepreneurs should understand called the Superstar Effect (see: JSTOR: The Economics of Superstars). Basically it says that very small differences in between the top people, companies, websites, etc. can translate to huge earnings differentials. It's why being ranked #1 on Google pays exponentially more than being ranked just #11. And it's why the OP will never make money with a site like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author stackman
    I had a camera review site (Amazon affiliate) almost the duplicate of yours about 5 years ago, using the exact same software, same design (did you copy my site ) and my header was almost exactly the same as yours. I thought I was looking at my old site.

    It's performance was dismal, as I expect yours will be. Sorry.

    First of all, there are many really professional and respected camera review sites out there, run by real camera professionals doing real reviews. This is the competition.

    Second, Amazon affiliate payouts are terribly small and their cookies are only good for 24 hours. If someone clicks on your link but waits 2 days to buy the product, you don't get the commission.

    Third, Google gave the site no respect in search results. It apparently rated as a "thin" affiliate site, meaning that the obvious purpose of the site was only to gain Amazon clicks.

    Sorry for the negative response, but I've been precisely where you are now, and it didn't work out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Craigcmatthew
    Your homepage is PR 2? That's a good thing I guess.
    The content however, looks like big blocks of text. The font is too small.
    Your niche is too competitive, move from DSLR's to camcorders as they have slightly less competition (the last time I checked, there were few websites reviewing camcorders)
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