Taking Action With My Amazon Affiliate Website

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Hi everyone,

2 years ago I built an Amazon affiliate website. I've spent a couple of years building content for it, social media and uploading products. I have a YouTube channel for it, Instagram feed, Twitter, and Email marketing. It's where it needs to be. However, It's not making any money at all. I reopened it as it's been sitting for a year and I noticed that I have 25 subscribers to my email newsletter that hasn't been going out. I also run a FB page for it that generated 500 followers and Instagram with a little under over 100 organic followers. The content I post is all original as I know the industry very well.

I wanted to ask advice on if you think its a good idea to pump some facebook ads to the the site and maybe even SEO. I thought about running two ads to a/b test. One on a product that can get me conversions and the other to the main landing page of the site. Would love to get some feedback from all of you. I think this website has potential to make money and I rather work it where it needs to be rather than just have it sit on my sever that I pay for annually.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.


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Hi everyone. So i'm an adventure cyclist and outdoor enthusiast. I started my website 4 years ago after completing a cross country trip. It took me about 2 1/2 months. After that I continued my bicycle travels in greater parts of the world. I share my story using images I shoot and post them to my blog. Over the years I started a YouTube channel, Instagram feed and offer value through reviews and storytelling. I recently thought about transforming some of it to generate affiliate revenue to support my travel trips.

My plan was to reach out to companies like Patagonia, Osprey, Shimano and cycling related companies to sign up to affiliate programs to review products I use while on my trips and even off of them. I've been doing this with content on my site already. Only I'm not getting paid. Just wanted some advice here with this. I have 4 years plus of stories and content on there and I share it all for free because it's my passion. But in order for me to continue running it I have to start making money. So I wanted to turn this into something bigger where I can get paid.

If anyone can offer me tips here with this I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    i think fb ads is a good idea if you do not spend too much money on the ads. i use reddit and youtube mostly for my amazon afliate sites and they bring traffic. but you have to do good off page and on page seo on the videos.
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    • Profile picture of the author RollSolo
      Originally Posted by tristatemedia View Post

      i think fb ads is a good idea if you do not spend too much money on the ads. i use reddit and youtube mostly for my amazon afliate sites and they bring traffic. but you have to do good off page and on page seo on the videos.
      Thanks. I'm using FB ads now. I setup an ad last night and got 2 clicks to the site with 54 reach so far. I have a budget of just $5 a day for 7 days totaling at $35. I want to see how that works. Think I should be running more than 1 ad here?

      Also going to dive more into the reddit for this. What are you thoughts on posting there. How often do you do it. Is it an all day thing?
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Originally Posted by RollSolo View Post

    I thought about running two ads to a/b test. One on a product that can get me conversions and the other to the main landing page of the site.
    No need to run an A/B test. Running ads to sell a product.. go for it.. Running ads to send people to your homepage... you are literally just throwing money away.
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    • Profile picture of the author RollSolo
      Originally Posted by savidge4 View Post

      No need to run an A/B test. Running ads to sell a product.. go for it.. Running ads to send people to your homepage... you are literally just throwing money away.
      Ok so you're saying to run ad's to sell a product is better than sending them to your site homepage then? What about if you wrote a blog post? I have many blog post where I talk about the product that I use. At the end of the post I always mention to purchase the product click here. Good strategy?
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by RollSolo View Post

    I reopened it as it's been sitting for a year

    You can't afford to just let your site sit unattended for half it's life - a whole year! That's the first thing you should fix. You can't expect income if you don't take care of business.


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    • Profile picture of the author RollSolo
      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      You can't afford to just let your site sit unattended for half it's life - a whole year! That's the first thing you should fix. You can't expect income if you don't take care of business.


      Steve
      You absolutely right about this. I'm working on this now and getting it to where I want it. I even thought about getting help with it at some point. Right now I'm working on building a strategy for it in terms of hours worked. If you have time. Check it out at Homepage - Camp Bike Hike. Let me know your thoughts.
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    I think in an online business if you dont work constantly it will be hard for you to succed . A site need fresh articles ,optmization etc
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  • Profile picture of the author Harry Avery
    I don't know for sure because I haven't seen your website, but it sounds like you're making the affiliate website with the sole purpose of making affiliate commissions off of it... I'm pretty sure it'd be more successful if you changed the purpose of it to create content for the website instead of promoting affiliate offers, and let the affiliate commissions roll in as a side effect of your content.

    Just a thought though
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    • Profile picture of the author RollSolo
      Originally Posted by Harry Avery View Post

      I don't know for sure because I haven't seen your website, but it sounds like you're making the affiliate website with the sole purpose of making affiliate commissions off of it... I'm pretty sure it'd be more successful if you changed the purpose of it to create content for the website instead of promoting affiliate offers, and let the affiliate commissions roll in as a side effect of your content.

      Just a thought though
      Right. That's what I did with my FB ad setup last night. I did a review on a pair of Altra shoes and setup an ad for it. I actually use the product so it's a real world review.



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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    It's not making any money at all.

    The site itself is inanimate, incapable of making money RS. No more than a hammer can drive a nail into its wall on its own

    Factoring in Steve's response you can see now; with your keen industry knowledge and eye on sweet potential, it is the simple but sometimes highly uncomfortable FOC - Full On Commitment - of creating content daily, building your friend network in your niche daily, and doing so with no eye on outcomes.

    It's a P thing buddy; Fall in love with the Process, not the Profits or Potential, and you shall have your Associates scrilla Create, connect, create, connect, every day, for years.

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  • tbh after a year out I am surprized you ain't bein' pecked in the tits at deada night by alla the vampire hordes spawned 'emselves all DESTROYER offa yr neglect.

    Question is, you got quality CONTENT an' QUALITY OFFERS to pitch?

    Without them basics, there ain't no synthesis says to anywan readin' ...

    why, lookee how smart this blaaahg is -- an' FFS what a buncha useful stuff it throws out my way, post after post.


    Alla which means, if nowan ain't readin' then EITHER

    1) You ain't proffered yr stuff anyplace the people you want in on your team hang out

    OR

    2) Zaaahmbie Apocalypse jus' happened -- an' now you ain't even got no luxury features ZERO SLEEP bcs VAMPIRE MARAUDERS.

    OR

    3) You got a Content-Product-Audience-Shoutout mismatch gowin' on sumplace.

    OR

    4) You happen to be SATAN but ain't realised yet, even though evrywan else HAS.

    tbh my biggest beef with anythin' promo is that instinctive feel I get myself whenevah ima flopsyin' my buyer eyes over stuff an' suddenly say ...

    NAH.

    Guess that is why ima copy gal.

    Smartass nerds figure the Deep Smacko waves the SEO wand ~ I max out as the heart-to-heart Sweetiepoppet pitches the deal whenevah alla the people already half wantin' to hear what I gotta say manifest in droves in my ima listenin' babe boudoir.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gambino
    In my mind, Facebook ads and an amazon affiliate site are not the ideal pairing. However, I should say as a disclaimer that I'm not a fan of amazon affiliate sites to begin with. In my opinion, the commissions are too low and it's foolish to use amazon affiliate links as your primary revenue source.

    With that said, Facebook ads are no different than any other paid ad. If you can run them at a profit, they're a good idea. If you can't make a profit running them, it's generally a bad idea. Just my opinion, but I would think that it would be hard to turn a profit paying for Facebook ads with the low commissions that amazon affiliate program pays. But, I've never done it, so I could be wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Lovelace
    Hey There,

    I'd recommend starting a mix of traffic just not FB ads. This is all going to come down to testing regardless, and I recommend you invest in tracking software, such as Clickmagick or AdTrackz Gold.

    The reason you want your own type of tracking is because sometimes tracking gets skewed in the process.

    So here are some paid and free traffic methods I tend to stick to.

    1. Forum Marketing (Free)

    Find out where your niche hangs; such as the forums and sites they visit. Sign up to the forum and or other sites. Set up a signature line before hand(with tracking link targeted towards your site/money page). Then start posting relevant, useful content in there. You'll get some organic traffic from that.

    2. Banner Advertising (Paid)

    Hit up the same forum / sites and see if they offer advertising, most do and it's banner advertising. Have a few banners made, sizes I recommend are: 300x250, 125x125, 468x60, and 160x600. Then send your ready made banner to them along with tracking link, and test/scale.

    3. Ezine Advertising (Paid)

    Same concept as with Banner advertising, the only difference here is you, or a copywriter, can craft some emails that can be used for solo ads. Send them out, with tracking link. Test and scale from there.

    Plan would be do Forum Marketing daily, 10 posts a day or something like that.

    Then you can run a banner ad or do ezine advertising 1 time a week, up to you.

    I have been doing the above, and have seen a steady stream on my site.

    Hope this helps you
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    Maybe you could try and develop your own products and services and make your site more of a destination. Could you start a monthly crate service for example?
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