Critique my amazon affiliate site...

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Security System Reviews: Protect Your Home And Family With The Best Security Systems, Cameras And Equipment Available Today!

I'm currently rank 6 in Google for my keyword which gets 22,000 searches per month.

I think I need more pictures on the first page. Should I change to a static page? Also gonna get a custom banner soon.

I'm gonna set up some list building tools soon with Aweber.

I get about 8-12 uniques a day, but only get about 1 or 2 clicks a day and hardly ever sales.

Any thoughts appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author weblink29
    That's a decent layout. I agree...more pictures on the main page. Maybe a header that describes why it's vital to get a security system. Maybe some crime statistics.

    FYI: Time Warner is entering the security system market. I think they will become a major competitor in many areas.


    PS: Security Systems are a VERY competitive market. It's due to the actual security business (like my friends business) promoting online - not retail sales of security systems.
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    • Profile picture of the author MaverickUK
      Originally Posted by weblink29 View Post

      That's a decent layout. I agree...more pictures on the main page. Maybe a header that describes why it's vital to get a security system. Maybe some crime statistics.

      FYI: Time Warner is entering the security system market. I think they will become a major competitor in many areas.


      PS: Security Systems are a VERY competitive market. It's due to the actual security business (like my friends business) promoting online - not retail sales of security systems.
      Actually, it's not that competitive at all. I'm doing an SEO campaign for a friend who has an online security store and the rankings are rather easily obtainable - at least this rings true for the UK market.

      If he wasn't my friend i'd be in the home/business security niche already
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    I definatly recommend a static page. Showing all the posts on the main page looks a bit cluttered and unappealing.

    On your reviews, your on page SEO needs improving. The main keyword your targetting should be italicized and underlined, plus be in your first and last sentence. Also make use of the header tags.

    Some of your reviews have the image lower down. I recommend putting an image of the product above the fold on every review to potentially increase CTR. Also use multiple images throughout your review, if they are available.

    Also consider using a buy now button above the fold to increase CTR.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kai Pei
      Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

      I definatly recommend a static page. Showing all the posts on the main page looks a bit cluttered and unappealing.

      On your reviews, your on page SEO needs improving. The main keyword your targetting should be italicized and underlined, plus be in your first and last sentence. Also make use of the header tags.

      Some of your reviews have the image lower down. I recommend putting an image of the product above the fold on every review to potentially increase CTR. Also use multiple images throughout your review, if they are available.

      Also consider using a buy now button above the fold to increase CTR.
      I agree with cooler1. Also, there seems to be too much white space for each post. Perhaps relocate product image to one side of the post.

      Also, you may want to include a MAJOR BENEFIT in your tagline, e.g., Protect Your Family and Peace of Mind with the Best Security System etc...
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      • Profile picture of the author Jasonsc
        Originally Posted by Kai Pei View Post

        I agree with cooler1. Also, there seems to be too much white space for each post. Perhaps relocate product image to one side of the post.

        Also, you may want to include a MAJOR BENEFIT in your tagline, e.g., Protect Your Family and Peace of Mind with the Best Security System etc...
        I agree, there's far too much white space. However when I try to move an image to the side of the text, it only allows one line of text beside the image at the very bottom of the image.

        Is there code that will allow me to completely imbed the image in the text, or is it something to do with the amazon image that will not let me completely imbed the image in the text?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jasonsc
    Very nice ideas fellas thanks!

    I think I'll switch to a static page then. Have you any suggestions for how I should lay that out? Some statistics as suggested, pictures..links to categories?

    A problem I have with writing the reviews is images, there's only 1 image for each product that I can use from amazon..and I emailed support to ask if I could just take the other images and put them on my site without and affiliation link and I was told no. It's a real pain...

    I might try get some free stock photos for the home page...
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    • Profile picture of the author weblink29
      Originally Posted by Jasonsc View Post

      Very nice ideas fellas thanks!

      I think I'll switch to a static page then. Have you any suggestions for how I should lay that out? Some statistics as suggested, pictures..links to categories?

      A problem I have with writing the reviews is images, there's only 1 image for each product that I can use from amazon..and I emailed support to ask if I could just take the other images and put them on my site without and affiliation link and I was told no. It's a real pain...

      I might try get some free stock photos for the home page...
      Start by creating a page called security systems and save it. Work on it in your spare time. No need to change to the static page until you have it just the way you want it. Add custom html to it to make it look exactly how you want. link to various posts and pages from this page manually.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gaz Cooper
        The Most Important Tip of All

        Add text links

        Its short and sweet but will increase your click through's as the majority of us Amazon affiliates will tell you text links are the most effective in getting them to Amazon.

        Kickin it on Amazon

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    • Profile picture of the author cooler1
      Originally Posted by Jasonsc View Post

      Very nice ideas fellas thanks!

      I think I'll switch to a static page then. Have you any suggestions for how I should lay that out? Some statistics as suggested, pictures..links to categories?

      A problem I have with writing the reviews is images, there's only 1 image for each product that I can use from amazon..and I emailed support to ask if I could just take the other images and put them on my site without and affiliation link and I was told no. It's a real pain...

      I might try get some free stock photos for the home page...
      Which images do you mean exactly? I've never heard that you can only use 1 product image from Amazon. Maybe support thought you were asking if you could use customer images? Using more than 1 regular image is fine.

      I had a look on Amazon at the "Defender SN500-4CH-002". There is 8 images for that product.

      For the static page, you should start with an introduction. Explain how a security system will benefit people and give them peace of mind, etc.. Then have a link to each of your reviews with a picture of each product. You should also ensure your home page keyword density for your primary keyword is between 2-4%.

      For statistics, i recommend putting them lower down the site under a header tag. Just an example;

      <h4>Security System Reviews: Vital Statistics</h4>

      With crime on the rise in many areas, no home owner is safe. Here Security System Reviews has put together some vital crime statistics to give you the low down on what is happening in your area.

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      I had a look at your primary keyword in the keyword tool. It gets only 22,000 broad searches a month and 880 exact searches. It's exact searches you should be looking at. So even if you get to #1, you'll only get around 10-15 visitors per day from this keyword.

      home security systems reviews looks a better keyword to target. It has 3,600 exact monthly searches. It has some competition, but looks beatable.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    Congrats on getting ranked and I think the site as a whole is good.

    However I would add some anchor links in there - these work really well for conversions.

    Also make your call to actions a lot stronger.

    Why should they buy from your site right now?

    Focus on the CTR and you will get more sales but I think it is an awesome start.

    Chris Jones
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    • Profile picture of the author Gaz Cooper
      Originally Posted by Chri5123 View Post

      Congrats on getting ranked and I think the site as a whole is good.

      However I would add some anchor links in there - these work really well for conversions.

      Also make your call to actions a lot stronger.

      Why should they buy from your site right now?

      Focus on the CTR and you will get more sales but I think it is an awesome start.

      Chris Jones
      Haha Chris great minds think alike was working on my post at the same time LOL

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      • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
        Originally Posted by GazCooperOnline View Post

        Haha Chris great minds think alike was working on my post at the same time LOL

        Gaz
        LOL It is strange as well - with most of my Amazon sites I made fancy banners, massive CLICK HERE style banners for the best price etc... and the thing that worked best was adding a few anchor links!

        Awesome tip!

        Chris Jones
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  • Profile picture of the author Jasonsc
    Cooler you've enlightened me. I thought the 22,000 was exact, I guess I misunderstood google keyword tool... a bad mistake!

    I've got some work to do and just had a quick read through the thread but ill have a closer read tomorrow and reply more thoroughly but thanks for all the help!
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  • Profile picture of the author frankl
    Try better optimizing your images. You could also use more than one per post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jasonsc
    Just had a quick look. Somehow I'm rank 14 for "home security system reviews" which isn't too bad considering it didn't even use that as a secondary keyword.

    I'm also ranked 13th for a secondary keyword.

    Would it be possible to push all these onto the first page, and then try to rank 1-3 for the primary?
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    • Profile picture of the author Link
      Originally Posted by Jasonsc View Post

      Would it be possible to push all these onto the first page, and then try to rank 1-3 for the primary?
      Yes! The first page is doable, and even 1-3 are possible with time and effort. While you're building links to your site, consider adding a header that lets your visitors know that your site is about home security. I also think it's a good idea to add lots of images and text links (with good calls to action, like "click here for information" or "click to see the price") in your reviews.
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  • Profile picture of the author PPC-Coach
    I agree, more images and remove the banners and amazon widgets from the sidebar, those never convert.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kendra Kiwi
      [security system reviews]
      Exact: 880

      Hrm.. The number you have posted is a broad amount, the exact search amount is 880.
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      • Profile picture of the author jthenry55
        I also do amazon reviews check my signature for my site and take a look at it. I had to purchase the theme but after that all i had to do was add images but more pictures for sure, and also getting to the first page for a keyword that has 880 exact searches is not bad for a newb, and I'm a newb myself. don't give up take the warriors advice and build more sites with different products. just keep on keepin on.
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        • Profile picture of the author spen
          Originally Posted by jthenry55 View Post

          I also do amazon reviews check my signature for my site and take a look at it. I had to purchase the theme but after that all i had to do was add images but more pictures for sure, and also getting to the first page for a keyword that has 880 exact searches is not bad for a newb, and I'm a newb myself. don't give up take the warriors advice and build more sites with different products. just keep on keepin on.
          Which keyword is first page ?

          I'm currently rank 6 in Google for my keyword which gets 22,000 searches per month.
          Which keyword rank 6 in google?

          I don't find out it using SEMRush.
          thank you
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          • Profile picture of the author mantrixx
            A more graphical approach would certainly suit it.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jasonsc
          Originally Posted by jthenry55 View Post

          I also do amazon reviews check my signature for my site and take a look at it. I had to purchase the theme but after that all i had to do was add images but more pictures for sure, and also getting to the first page for a keyword that has 880 exact searches is not bad for a newb, and I'm a newb myself. don't give up take the warriors advice and build more sites with different products. just keep on keepin on.
          Very nice site. How did you manage to put your affiliate links in the "visit website" images?

          The featured reviews section up top is really nice too, I didn't know wordpress was this flexible. What's the name of the theme you bought?
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  • Profile picture of the author spen
    Originally Posted by Jasonsc View Post

    Security System Reviews: Protect Your Home And Family With The Best Security Systems, Cameras And Equipment Available Today!

    I'm currently rank 6 in Google for my keyword which gets 22,000 searches per month.

    I think I need more pictures on the first page. Should I change to a static page? Also gonna get a custom banner soon.

    I'm gonna set up some list building tools soon with Aweber.

    I get about 8-12 uniques a day, but only get about 1 or 2 clicks a day and hardly ever sales.

    Any thoughts appreciated.
    Which keyword rank 6?
    I don't find out using SEMRush.
    thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author Karlis
    Quite good work with SEO but consider bolding keywords instead of random text. Don't use static page, you can stick a static post but make sure your index page is changing from time to time. Add lifeto your site! It looks like some kind of .edu site from 1990's work work work
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  • Profile picture of the author spen
    It is a different result using SEMRush and Google keyword tool.
    Such as keyword "Security System Reviews"
    it rank 6 in Google, and it rank 15 in SEMRush.
    Why?
    :confused:
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    • Profile picture of the author razorico
      Originally Posted by spen View Post

      It is a different result using SEMRush and Google keyword tool.
      Such as keyword "Security System Reviews"
      it rank 6 in Google, and it rank 15 in SEMRush.
      Why?
      :confused:
      As I know there may be two reasons for this:
      1) semrush results can be obtained from one google datacenter, and you work with another(google has many datacenters)
      2) semrush updates its database once a month, and you may got results for previous month.
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  • Profile picture of the author jonnyq888
    On this page, I would remove the image toward the top and move the widget you have at the bottom to the top left at the beginning of the post. Heatmaps have shown that that is the location that people look first to I always try to put my banners and ads in that spot. You did well by making the image an affiliate link but it should be higher on the page in the least. Using the widget or adding a caption to the image will get more attention.

    The first thing that hit me when I looked an individual post is that your call to action is not strong enough. For the call to action, I would give a quick synopsis of the benefits of the device and then, with a big blue link, tell them that they can get their device at Amazon and get $50 off.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jasonsc
      Originally Posted by jonnyq888 View Post

      On this page, I would remove the image toward the top and move the widget you have at the bottom to the top left at the beginning of the post. Heatmaps have shown that that is the location that people look first to I always try to put my banners and ads in that spot. You did well by making the image an affiliate link but it should be higher on the page in the least. Using the widget or adding a caption to the image will get more attention.

      The first thing that hit me when I looked an individual post is that your call to action is not strong enough. For the call to action, I would give a quick synopsis of the benefits of the device and then, with a big blue link, tell them that they can get their device at Amazon and get $50 off.
      Would it be overkill to remove the top left image and replace it with the widget, but a little higher, as you suggested. Then also have the widget again toward the bottom of the post where I have it already?
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      • Profile picture of the author jonnyq888
        Originally Posted by Jasonsc View Post

        Would it be overkill to remove the top left image and replace it with the widget, but a little higher, as you suggested. Then also have the widget again toward the bottom of the post where I have it already?
        I would think so. You really want to have a strong call to action where you specifically reiterate the benefits of the product and tell people to buy it. I would say that maybe another approach would be to have the widget in the top left, at the end have your call to action, then under that have a large, clickable image of the product above a big blue affiliate link that tells them to get it now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
    Move your get discount widget to the top and take everything else out of the sidebar. Get a sitemap and place a link to the sitemap in the footer for the spiders.

    You need a contact page, privacy and terms page. Put the link to those pages in the footer as well. Take out the links to your other sites that you have in the footer.

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  • Profile picture of the author londoncoffee
    Nice site Jasonsc,
    i am thinking of setting up an amazon site too. Can you use amazons product images and buyer reviews in your posts? I'd really like to know. Can you PM me please.
    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Jasonsc
      Originally Posted by londoncoffee View Post

      Nice site Jasonsc,
      i am thinking of setting up an amazon site too. Can you use amazons product images and buyer reviews in your posts? I'd really like to know. Can you PM me please.
      Thanks
      That I'm not sure about. Best bet would be to experiment and if all else fails email affiliate support. There are also far better people on this site to ask than myself!


      I'm overwhelmed by the response to this thread, much appreciated! It was admittedly a bad mistake to judge my keywords in a broad search. Lesson Learned.

      There's a lot of talk about call to action in this thread, could anyone point me to something in the war room or a thread which would help me to understand this a bit more and learn a bit more about it?

      Thanks a lot for all the replies, I'm gonna try and combine everything to improve this site, I've got a lot of work to do!
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  • Profile picture of the author spen
    How to write product reviews?
    thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jasonsc
    Meant to ask. Is there a way to have a static post at the top of my index page and have all new posts appear underneath it?
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  • Profile picture of the author jideofor
    I like the colour texture of your website. Please, how did you create your header. Was it design by you or outsourced. What program was use for it, photoshop, gimp etc?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jasonsc
      Originally Posted by jideofor View Post

      I like the colour texture of your website. Please, how did you create your header. Was it design by you or outsourced. What program was use for it, photoshop, gimp etc?
      I just changed the design of the site tonight. I'm glad to hear you like it. I outsourced the header, here's the thread: http://www.warriorforum.com/warriors...ime-offer.html

      He's a very good designer and very cheap, only $13 for that header and he had it back to me within two hours of ordering!
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    I don't see a header, the top is just plain red.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jasonsc
      Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

      I don't see a header, the top is just plain red.
      Hmm. Try refresh, I'm not sure why you can't see it...
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  • Profile picture of the author Sojourn
    There are a couple of ways to wrap the text. Since you're using the image code directly from Amazon, the way I'd do it is to add "float: left" to the styling of each image.

    For example, the iframe Amazon images have code like this:
    <iframe src="LONGSTRINGOFAFFILIATECODE" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0"></iframe><br />
    Add "float: left" to the style string like this:
    <iframe src="LONGSTRINGOFAFFILIATECODE" style="width:120px;height:240px; float: left; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0"></iframe><br />
    The image-only code looks like this:
    <a href="LONGAFFILIATELINK"><img src="IMAGEURL" border="0" alt=""/></a><img style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" src="IMPRESSIONIMAGEURL" border="0" alt="" width="1" height="1" />
    You'd have to add the style string to the img src section like this:
    <a href="LONGAFFILIATELINK"><img src="IMAGEURL" border="0" alt="" style="float: left; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px"/></a><img style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" src="IMPRESSIONIMAGEURL" border="0" alt="" width="1" height="1" />
    The text bumps right up against the image so you have to add padding around it, which I did in the code above.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jasonsc
      Originally Posted by Sojourn View Post

      There are a couple of ways to wrap the text. Since you're using the image code directly from Amazon, the way I'd do it is to add "float: left" to the styling of each image.

      For example, the iframe Amazon images have code like this:
      <iframe src="LONGSTRINGOFAFFILIATECODE" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0"></iframe><br />
      Add "float: left" to the style string like this:
      <iframe src="LONGSTRINGOFAFFILIATECODE" style="width:120px;height:240px; float: left; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0"></iframe><br />
      The image-only code looks like this:
      <a href="LONGAFFILIATELINK"><img src="IMAGEURL" border="0" alt=""/></a><img style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" src="IMPRESSIONIMAGEURL" border="0" alt="" width="1" height="1" />
      You'd have to add the style string to the img src section like this:
      <a href="LONGAFFILIATELINK"><img src="IMAGEURL" border="0" alt="" style="float: left; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px"/></a><img style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" src="IMPRESSIONIMAGEURL" border="0" alt="" width="1" height="1" />
      The text bumps right up against the image so you have to add padding around it, which I did in the code above.
      Thanks much appreciated. I was messing with an align tag but I'll try this way in a little bit!

      Ennia, thanks, I'll have a look at the plugin you mention
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  • Profile picture of the author ennia
    your site does look good but i think you should change the Bookmark It plugin it does not feet, you may want to change it to addthis plugin.
    the reviews are also great
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