Amazon Associates For 2011 - Here's How You Dig For Gold Where No One Is Digging...

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Yes Amazon Associates is still red hot! Still, 90% of the affiliates are all digging for gold in the same area so I want to share with you what has worked for me as well as others....

Tip #1 - Think Outside The Electronics Box

I know electronics and all of the related niches are sexy and always being advertised but don't overlook the HUGE markets that you can really make a killing at since not many people are going after them....

If you go to Amazon, look at all the non-electronic categories. Check out categories like Sports & Outdoors. That category alone has been money in the bank for me.

Tip #2 - Keywords With Qualifiers Are Still Red Hot

Everyone is focused on obtaining exact match domains for their Amazon sites and yet complaining that here are no good domains for their amazon site because all of the exact domains are taken.

Here's the secret....It is still a walk in the park to go after those category keywords with qualifiers for your domains.

Here are some examples (xxxx=category name)

"best xxxxx"
"xxxx for sale"
"xxxx reviews"
"xxxx guide"

Very often these keywords with qualifiers are getting great monthly volumes. Use Google Adwords Keyword Tool or Market Samurai to double check the volumes but you will see that you can still have the best of both worlds of getting a great domain AND great monthly volume.


Tip #3 - Don't Be Discouraged By Affiliates On Google's First Page...Be Encouraged!

When you research different product categories on Google, you may not realize this but you've struck gold whenever you see another affiliate site on page 1. So often I hear the opposite that it's a lost cause because it's saturated...nonsense!

Google is a big enough pool for all of you to swim in. You should be encouraged by the fact that if a fellow IM'er cracked Page One on Google, you can too!

Plus, if you're astute enough, you can easily reverse engineer that affiliate's playbook and copy the steps to get your site to Page One.

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I wish you all much success with all of you IM endeavors whether it be Amazon Associates or anything else!

Happy New Year!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Thanks Michael - great post.

    I like number 2 - not just that you suggest these words at the beginning or end, but the different words. Most people just go for 'review' and might panic if that's taken, but these other words you mention are just as good.

    Happy New Year Michael
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    • Profile picture of the author Craig McPherson
      Another quality post from you Michael,

      I concur about the Sports and Outdoors section.
      I had a crack at exercise equipment and have done really well promoting it.

      Another niche that got me over $250 last month was food. lol
      People buy lots of food from Amazon especially the gourmet stuff

      And for a really good WTF commission, I managed to get a commission for a
      Large Dog DNA kit. Don't ask me. Costs 80 bucks though

      Also, you would be surprised how many "affordable" search terms I get

      Thanks again Michael, great post
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        • Profile picture of the author Craig McPherson
          Originally Posted by Azeem.A View Post

          Youve just created your competition, I hope youre fine with that. :p
          Of course I am fine with it. I would't have put it here if I wasn't

          I do not have scarcity mentality like others
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          • Originally Posted by Craig McPherson View Post

            Of course I am fine with it. I would't have put it here if I wasn't

            I do not have scarcity mentality like others
            Amen brother,

            It amazes me when people start saying all the markets and all the domains are gone ... laughable.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ben Holmes
          Originally Posted by Azeem.A View Post

          Youve just created your competition, I hope youre fine with that. :p
          I made from $500-1,000 a month selling vintage postcards on Ebay... I then wrote a manual on how I did it, and sold the manual... never noticed any price changes, or competition.

          The Internet is simply too big. And only the smallest percentage of people who learn a money-making method will ever employ it.

          Competition, if and when I get any - can only improve my efforts... after all, who's ever seen a single fast-food joint sitting on a street or intersection all by it's lonesome?
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          • Profile picture of the author inlecture
            Originally Posted by Khadaji View Post

            I made from $500-1,000 a month selling vintage postcards on Ebay... I then wrote a manual on how I did it, and sold the manual... never noticed any price changes, or competition.

            The Internet is simply too big. And only the smallest percentage of people who learn a money-making method will ever employ it.

            Competition, if and when I get any - can only improve my efforts... after all, who's ever seen a single fast-food joint sitting on a street or intersection all by it's lonesome?

            The internet is too big the the nail being smacked by a hammer in that sentence...

            Competition would be a factor if there werent the insane number of people online, alot of which purchase...
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      • Profile picture of the author TimG
        Originally Posted by Craig McPherson View Post

        Another quality post from you Michael,

        I concur about the Sports and Outdoors section.
        I had a crack at exercise equipment and have done really well promoting it.

        Another niche that got me over $250 last month was food. lol
        People buy lots of food from Amazon especially the gourmet stuff

        And for a really good WTF commission, I managed to get a commission for a
        Large Dog DNA kit. Don't ask me. Costs 80 bucks though

        Also, you would be surprised how many "affordable" search terms I get

        Thanks again Michael, great post
        Craig,
        Between what you posted and Michael posted there is a lot of quality nuggets for people to get started taskign some action to make income from Amazon products.

        Saw another post talking about the use of the word "best" and can definately vouch for the effectiveness of having that word as part of your domain.

        I've seen a ton of hubpages on the first page of Google (normally in the top 3) making extensive use of the word "best" followed by the niche.

        Respectfully,
        Tim
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      • Profile picture of the author DamenRabat
        Originally Posted by Craig McPherson View Post

        Another quality post from you Michael,

        I concur about the Sports and Outdoors section.
        I had a crack at exercise equipment and have done really well promoting it.

        Another niche that got me over $250 last month was food. lol
        People buy lots of food from Amazon especially the gourmet stuff

        And for a really good WTF commission, I managed to get a commission for a
        Large Dog DNA kit. Don't ask me. Costs 80 bucks though

        Also, you would be surprised how many "affordable" search terms I get

        Thanks again Michael, great post
        Food? Now this is a real surprise! Would have never thought about that. Probbly because I can not imagine anyone I know wanting to buy foods that need to be send to them.

        Might be a cultural thing actually. I live in Europe and over here people are the tactile kind of buyers who want to take the things they buy for dinner into their hands, weigh them, smell them.

        This is a great tip though :-) What kind of food do people buy in your experience? Not asking to disclose your niche, just to get a general idea.

        Thanks!
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        • Profile picture of the author RayFinckle
          Awesome post and some great information. I have a quick question, I have been doing keyword research for amazon product for days now and have found a couple i might jump on. My question is i have came across many sites at the top of google with the domain bestxxxreviews.com. What is the strategy hear? Use both of those keywords in your domain and focus your on page seo on both best xxx and xxx reviews?
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  • Profile picture of the author jan roos
    Nice post Michael with some great tips especially tip 3 about the competition. Many people will freak when they see other affiliates on page one. You are correct by saying that there's a huge pool for everybody to swim in. If some affiliate has his site on page one then you know your site can be on page one as well especially if you do your research right, you might discover that it will be quite easy to beat some of these guys for the number one spot.

    Cheers and happy new year!

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  • Profile picture of the author altoro80
    thanks for the post, very helpful
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  • Profile picture of the author Napoleon Solo
    Thanks Michael, for the great post!
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  • Profile picture of the author BigNorm
    Great post Michael, definately nuggets for anyone, including myself, looking to make money with Amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author hamzidosh
    wow...simple, clear and accurate!
    You rock!!!
    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    Great Post Michael. Just invested some money in new domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamd52
    best xxxxx"
    "xxxx for sale"
    "xxxx reviews"
    "xxxx guide"

    I do the same thing on one of my sites as far as "xxxx reviews"
    goes. Only difference it's an EPN site. Sometimes I get visitors searching for those products that aren't even on my site!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe118
    Michael you're absolutely right on the money:

    Here are some examples:

    inurl:bestfridge --> 7 pages listed by google
    inurl:besttennisbags --> NONE
    inurl:besthotcocoa --> NONE
    inurl:bestlemonpreserve --> NONE

    Etc., use your imagination.
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    • Originally Posted by Joe118 View Post

      Michael you're absolutely right on the money:

      Here are some examples:

      inurl:bestfridge --> 7 pages listed by google
      inurl:besttennisbags --> NONE
      inurl:besthotcocoa --> NONE
      inurl:bestlemonpreserve --> NONE

      Etc., use your imagination.
      Joe, if anyone was sitting on the fence, you just proved in a few seconds how limitless and untapped the overall domain market is.

      Good on ya, mate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bremaine
    Thanks for showing me to this. I've been messing around with Amazon Associates for some time now, but I haven't been making much. I'll try to utilize what you posted.
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    • Profile picture of the author inlecture
      one tip as well..

      With amazon, you dont just gain commisions on the product people click through to amazon on, you get the commissions on EVERYTHING while they are there...

      Get people to Amazon, and let Amazons highly developed upselling take over.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
        Originally Posted by inlecture View Post

        one tip as well..

        With amazon, you dont just gain commisions on the product people click through to amazon on, you get the commissions on EVERYTHING while they are there...

        Get people to Amazon, and let Amazons highly developed upselling take over.
        ....And you'll find your unrelated sales to be a big percentage of your overall sales! You gotta love that 24 hour cookie!
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        • Profile picture of the author Qamar
          Hey Michael thanks a lot man!

          I am very guilty of what you have mentioned on point no3. I always felt super freaking when i saw an affiliate site on page 1 for the keywords I am targeting. No wonder I am not going anywhere....

          About the reverse engineering thingie, I think that is a cool tip. Now I know what to do with my next project.

          Anyway what do you think If the affiliate site that's on the first page is promoting the same product that I am promoting? Are there any advantages or disadvantages? Thanks again


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          • Profile picture of the author blackjack
            Michae

            Thanks for great tip about domain names.
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          • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
            Originally Posted by Qamar View Post

            Anyway what do you think If the affiliate site that's on the first page is promoting the same product that I am promoting? Are there any advantages or disadvantages? Thanks again
            It's not a disadvantage...I've found that even when I'm on page one and there is another affiliate elsewhere on page one that I still get sales. Do I get all of the sales? Of course not....but I get enough to be very content. As I've said, Google is a big enough pool for plenty of affiliates to swim in.

            Also, even if my site's ranked lower on page one than the other affiliate, it still will get sales so don't think that you have to outrank everyone just to get sales.

            Searchers on google will check out various search results especially on page one so just get your site on there and wait for the clicks...and sales!
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        • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
          Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

          ....And you'll find your unrelated sales to be a big percentage of your overall sales! You gotta love that 24 hour cookie!
          That's the most entertaining part of Amazon Associates, isn't it?
          You can't guess what people are buying. Found one of my niches this way. I didn't know that set of products were popular and selling. People I've sent to Amazon showed me another pool I could swim in.

          Thank you for the tips!
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  • Profile picture of the author ArticlePrince
    Excellent tips, I'm hoping to add amazon to my site in March so this actually helps quite a bit. Still a little bit for me to learn though, like always.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    There really are so many good keyword qualifiers...The 4 that I listed just scratches the surface. In fact the keyword tools will even list for you all the alternate keyword with qualifier combinations with search volume so they make it really easy to get started!
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    • Profile picture of the author traceye
      Another tip for finding good Amazon products is to use the Amazon search box and just start typing a letter or two. It usually shows the hottest searches that starts with that letter.

      For example if I start typing 'e' it starts suggesting epic mickey, electric blankets ...

      make it 'ea' and you'll get easy bake oven, eat pray love .. and so on.

      You can often pick up some very cool gems that you might not have thought about

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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
        Originally Posted by traceye View Post

        Another tip for finding good Amazon products is to use the Amazon search box and just start typing a letter or two. It usually shows the hottest searches that starts with that letter.

        You can often pick up some very cool gems that you might not have thought about

        Great tip! Let me add another "outside-the-box" method.....

        People who shop on eBay often will shop on Amazon and vice versa. And yet, I've found that many items on EBay Pulse don't make it to the Amazon bestseller list.

        Now here's where it gets better.....

        I tested a while back 2 items that were high on EBay Pulse and yet was way on the bottom of the Amazon bestseller list for that product's category. So when I promoted the products on my blogs, they did very well...Conversions were very good!

        So the key here is that you can find great products that convert well that aren't necessarily on the amazon bestseller list! So don't overlook EBay Pulse!
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  • Profile picture of the author CaesarSEO
    Great post coach!!!

    By the ways warriors, Micheal is one of the best people you'll find on WF about Amazon review sites, I took his course and making sales already!

    Micheal you are the best!

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  • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
    Some guys think much when they select the keyword. If you are creative person, Amazon visitors life style also a key factor to select keywords. See what are the top categories amazon.com - Quantcast Audience Profile

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  • Profile picture of the author AudioRoxor
    I'd hate to resurrect this thread but the OP sets up my question perfectly about buyer keywords.

    I understand "best xxxx", "xxxx reviews"... are good buyer keywords...

    But what about keywords where the searcher is looking for a specific product? For example:

    Hotdog costumes
    Powerful waterguns
    Hats that look like sharks

    How well do these types of keywords do for you as far as being a buyer keyword? Would you say similar potential as keywords with "best" or "reviews" in them?

    P.S.: I'm not targeting those examples, I just randomly made them up.

    Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post


    Tip #2 - Keywords With Qualifiers Are Still Red Hot

    Everyone is focused on obtaining exact match domains for their Amazon sites and yet complaining that here are no good domains for their amazon site because all of the exact domains are taken.

    Here's the secret....It is still a walk in the park to go after those category keywords with qualifiers for your domains.

    Here are some examples (xxxx=category name)

    "best xxxxx"
    "xxxx for sale"
    "xxxx reviews"
    "xxxx guide"
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    • Profile picture of the author AudioRoxor
      Anyone have any opinions about my question?

      Originally Posted by AudioRoxor View Post

      I'd hate to resurrect this thread but the OP sets up my question perfectly about buyer keywords.

      I understand "best xxxx", "xxxx reviews"... are good buyer keywords...

      But what about keywords where the searcher is looking for a specific product? For example:

      Hotdog costumes
      Powerful waterguns
      Hats that look like sharks

      How well do these types of keywords do for you as far as being a buyer keyword? Would you say similar potential as keywords with "best" or "reviews" in them?

      P.S.: I'm not targeting those examples, I just randomly made them up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by AudioRoxor View Post

      I'd hate to resurrect this thread but the OP sets up my question perfectly about buyer keywords.

      I understand "best xxxx", "xxxx reviews"... are good buyer keywords...

      But what about keywords where the searcher is looking for a specific product? For example:

      Hotdog costumes
      Powerful waterguns
      Hats that look like sharks

      How well do these types of keywords do for you as far as being a buyer keyword? Would you say similar potential as keywords with "best" or "reviews" in them?

      P.S.: I'm not targeting those examples, I just randomly made them up.

      Hi AudioRoxor!

      Specific product names are excellent buyer keywords. The trick is to setup your site to go after these keywords as well. What I like to do is first revolve my site around the product category. Then each post is setup around a different specific product.

      Now I setup the permalink so the product name is not in the main domain name but just after it...So it would look like:

      http://www.CATEGORY.com/PRODUCTNAME

      Setting it up this way helps your product name rank well in Google. Of course, there's lots of other things that you need to do but it is an excellent starting point to rank your product name in Google which is an excellent buyer keyword.
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  • Profile picture of the author galrix1
    A comment about #2 from OP: I researched a sub-niche and found 'xxxxx review' (singular) got more searches than 'xxxxx reviews' (plural) according to Google Keyword tool. Currently working on building a site based on that information (bought exact domain name).
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  • Profile picture of the author pdrs
    Great post - Very true with everything said!
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Agree!

    I sell a ton of ... wait for it:

    TOILET SEATS from Amazon.

    And someone mentioned food - I had a nice little sushi supplies site cranking out sales for me.

    People just buy tons of stuff there. I DO!
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    • Profile picture of the author Almanack
      Originally Posted by TiffanyDow View Post

      Agree!

      I sell a ton of ... wait for it:

      TOILET SEATS from Amazon.

      People just buy tons of stuff there. I DO!
      tiff

      That's hysterical! Sh*t!, why didn't I think of that?! (pun intended ;-) )

      My Amazon sales dried up considerably (OK, COMPLETELY) in June when they shut me and the rest of the California-based sites down.

      I signed up with skimlinks to try to salvage those sites, but my click-throughs and conversions have decreased considerably since then - coincidence? It's unclear to me if that's the case...
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  • Profile picture of the author phoenikz
    Owww.. my amazon site are all about electronics,
    Now I am struggling on it

    For me, adsense is still give better revenue than amazon affiliate
    I wonder what part i missed..

    Any suggestion ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Itachi
      Nice, interesting post, what do you think about trademarks domain names with amazon, it was kind of a draw back when i learn that you can't use trademarks in domain names .. for exemple www.BRANDcpx-2123.com do peoples use brands keywords ?

      For exemple also, let's say you can't use a brand in your domain name, now what about the "serial number" for exemple: www.xw25263review.com is it still a trademark infringement?

      By the way i noticed i made my first amazon sale yesterday .
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
        Originally Posted by Itachi View Post

        Nice, interesting post, what do you think about trademarks domain names with amazon, it was kind of a draw back when i learn that you can't use trademarks in domain names .. for exemple www.BRANDcpx-2123.com do peoples use brands keywords ?

        For exemple also, let's say you can't use a brand in your domain name, now what about the "serial number" for exemple: www.xw25263review.com is it still a trademark infringement?

        By the way i noticed i made my first amazon sale yesterday .
        Hi Itachi!

        I don't recommend ANY trademarked brand names. Product model numbers often fall under that as well.

        My recommendation is go after the generic category for your TLD and then go after the brand names on your posts which will then show up on your permalinks (if you set them up correctly!). Now you can go after ranking for you category as well as your product names.
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        • Profile picture of the author arkhamindustries
          I try to stay away from brand names as well. not worth the risk
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  • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
    I've not done a ton of business on Amazon (my latest check was $10.42), but what a great way to increase sales! Thanks for the useful post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    Something else that might help people...

    Initially I targetd ONLY the more expensive products (those above $200) and I did makle a few sales each month but I never made enough to crank up to the higer percentages (due to increased sales numbers). Finally I got tired of that and thought why not give a few lower priced items a shot. So I targeted popular products in the $10 to $20 range. I made 3 sites for those products, once they were ranking I made enough sales on those products that my total sales numbers increased enough to raise my commision % and my overall profit increased greatly...almost two fold just from selling more of those cheap products.

    If you want to raise your %...try promoting a few of the cheaper products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rough Outline
    Great post and I definitely agree about the non-electronic items, as long as they have steady or increasing search trends then they are great product keywords to go after.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by Rough Outline View Post

      Great post and I definitely agree about the non-electronic items, as long as they have steady or increasing search trends then they are great product keywords to go after.
      I'll throw out a bone to chew on....Two red hot non-electronic items to start your researching on Amazon should be....

      Pet Supplies

      AND

      Outdoor Recreation

      PLENTY of low competition areas to go after!
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      • Profile picture of the author MrRSmith
        Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

        I'll throw out a bone to chew on....Two red hot non-electronic items to start your researching on Amazon should be....

        Pet Supplies

        AND

        Outdoor Recreation

        PLENTY of low competition areas to go after!
        Good point Michael. I read about similar technique in Dan Brock's Deadbeat Affiliate. I will definitely have to take your advice and check these areas out. Thanks a lot for the tip.
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  • Profile picture of the author warriorjohn1444
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    No doubt, amazon associate is a great way to make money from but be careful to get a trademark name in your domain. It can get you banned by Amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author jb3715
    Excellent Post. I will have to incorporate your ideas, just getting into IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kronom
    Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

    Yes Amazon Associates is still red hot! Still, 90% of the affiliates are all digging for gold in the same area so I want to share with you what has worked for me as well as others....

    Tip #1 - Think Outside The Electronics Box

    I know electronics and all of the related niches are sexy and always being advertised but don't overlook the HUGE markets that you can really make a killing at since not many people are going after them....

    If you go to Amazon, look at all the non-electronic categories. Check out categories like Sports & Outdoors. That category alone has been money in the bank for me.

    Tip #2 - Keywords With Qualifiers Are Still Red Hot

    Everyone is focused on obtaining exact match domains for their Amazon sites and yet complaining that here are no good domains for their amazon site because all of the exact domains are taken.

    Here's the secret....It is still a walk in the park to go after those category keywords with qualifiers for your domains.

    Here are some examples (xxxx=category name)

    "best xxxxx"
    "xxxx for sale"
    "xxxx reviews"
    "xxxx guide"

    Very often these keywords with qualifiers are getting great monthly volumes. Use Google Adwords Keyword Tool or Market Samurai to double check the volumes but you will see that you can still have the best of both worlds of getting a great domain AND great monthly volume.


    Tip #3 - Don't Be Discouraged By Affiliates On Google's First Page...Be Encouraged!

    When you research different product categories on Google, you may not realize this but you've struck gold whenever you see another affiliate site on page 1. So often I hear the opposite that it's a lost cause because it's saturated...nonsense!

    Google is a big enough pool for all of you to swim in. You should be encouraged by the fact that if a fellow IM'er cracked Page One on Google, you can too!

    Plus, if you're astute enough, you can easily reverse engineer that affiliate's playbook and copy the steps to get your site to Page One.

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    I wish you all much success with all of you IM endeavors whether it be Amazon Associates or anything else!

    Happy New Year!

    Absolutely smashing advise, I am sticking with Amazon myself as all the people know it even if they do not know what IM is.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nur Yaqin Amin
    interesting post Michael,
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  • Profile picture of the author antigravity
    Maybe surprisingly... DVD box sets, right before they come out, are also good to promote with Google Adwords. Include the price in the ad...
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  • Profile picture of the author danieldroga
    This is a very helpful post especially the one you mentioned in tip # 2. Digging for a gold where no one is digging is a good idea any way. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author BXPS
    thanks for the hints
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  • Profile picture of the author spa3212
    Thanks Michael - you have opened new way I really do appreciate your post thank.
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  • Profile picture of the author frankl
    Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

    Yes Amazon Associates is still red hot! Still, 90% of the affiliates are all digging for gold in the same area so I want to share with you what has worked for me as well as others....

    Tip #1 - Think Outside The Electronics Box

    I know electronics and all of the related niches are sexy and always being advertised but don't overlook the HUGE markets that you can really make a killing at since not many people are going after them....

    If you go to Amazon, look at all the non-electronic categories. Check out categories like Sports & Outdoors. That category alone has been money in the bank for me.

    Tip #2 - Keywords With Qualifiers Are Still Red Hot

    Everyone is focused on obtaining exact match domains for their Amazon sites and yet complaining that here are no good domains for their amazon site because all of the exact domains are taken.

    Here's the secret....It is still a walk in the park to go after those category keywords with qualifiers for your domains.

    Here are some examples (xxxx=category name)

    "best xxxxx"
    "xxxx for sale"
    "xxxx reviews"
    "xxxx guide"

    Very often these keywords with qualifiers are getting great monthly volumes. Use Google Adwords Keyword Tool or Market Samurai to double check the volumes but you will see that you can still have the best of both worlds of getting a great domain AND great monthly volume.


    Tip #3 - Don't Be Discouraged By Affiliates On Google's First Page...Be Encouraged!

    When you research different product categories on Google, you may not realize this but you've struck gold whenever you see another affiliate site on page 1. So often I hear the opposite that it's a lost cause because it's saturated...nonsense!

    Google is a big enough pool for all of you to swim in. You should be encouraged by the fact that if a fellow IM'er cracked Page One on Google, you can too!

    Plus, if you're astute enough, you can easily reverse engineer that affiliate's playbook and copy the steps to get your site to Page One.

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    I wish you all much success with all of you IM endeavors whether it be Amazon Associates or anything else!

    Happy New Year!
    Cool tips Michael. Thanks for the post.

    I have one question.

    If I have a site with the name xxxxxx.com, do you think it's a good idea to register a domain with the name bestxxxxxx.com and redirect it to my main domain?
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  • Profile picture of the author Link
    Ranking for keywords with modifiers like "on sale," "cheap," and "buy" is a great idea. However, don't be discouraged if the google adwords tool shows a low monthly volume (or none at all). It's notoriously inaccurate, and plus if you can rank for these terms with a product that people are buying, you'll make money even with a low search volume.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    Awesome post Michael!

    This thread is from the beginning of the year but I daresay that the points will remain valid forever pretty much!

    I will add one myself:

    * Don't spend TOO much time on research - spend more time DOING!

    The more sites you get up and out there and ranked the more money you will make.

    Works with Amazon and pretty much any niche or subject too!

    Chris Jones
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  • Profile picture of the author catcat
    Thanks for the great post Michael. I agree that if the item is being promoted on page one by another you may have struck gold. Competition is good!
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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

    Tip #1 - Think Outside The Electronics Box
    I know electronics and all of the related niches are sexy and always being advertised but don't overlook the HUGE markets that you can really make a killing at since not many people are going after them....
    Some of my best Amazon niches have nothing to do with electronics. So, I second this vote.
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  • Profile picture of the author getbizy
    thanks Micheal, for such a great post
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  • Profile picture of the author ELK
    Hi Michael -

    I took your coaching course this summer - have fallen off on my promotion tasks, but am getting back into it now. A quick question about who's ranking on page 1 Google for your keyword. I see that Amazon is rating #1 and then the company's website for the product I'm trying to rank are at #2 and #3. Not the main company page, but category pages that have similar products to the one I'm promoting. Those two pages have a page rank of 3 and 4 respectively. After that, it's a variety of other retailers with 0-3 page ranks.

    I've read that seeing Amazon on top is good because those pages are beatable. Just wondering if I can outrank the product company website pages, and if Amazon did it because, well, it's "Amazon".

    Thanks so much for your insight, and I really enjoyed the course this summer.

    Erika
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