Finally starting to make some consistent money with amazon

by thedog
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I'm finally starting to see some consistent results with one of my amazon sites.

Made about $70 so far this month..... hoping to make it to $100!

My conversions are pretty low, 2.5%, so I still need to make some changes.

I also lost out on who knows how much revenue, as my link cloaker was interfering with my amazon link localizer... I had 300 visits to my site from Canada... another lesson learned, just glad I clocked this early enough.

I had 175 visits to my homepage on Friday, which I think is pretty good for a site that's 3 months old.

The traffic trend acording to google is the next 5 months will have the most traffic... so, happy to be ranking on page one, and the top of page two for my main keywords.

So, what advice can I offer to fledgling amazon affiliates... well, there's so much info on here if you do a search... but, here's what comes to mind

1) Choose the right product, something that people will buy.
2) Target buying keywords such as, buy, best, review etc...
3) If you're a complete beginner, I'd recommend buying a good course, there's a few on here.
4) Write good reviews.
5) For SEO, I decided to outsource, I've spent around $120 on SEO for this site. I've done my own also, article marketing, backlinks etc... but I want this ranked in time for Christmas, so It's worth the investment.
6) Don't give up. If you choose a product that people buy, make a nice, informative site, and rank it well on google, you will make sales.
7) Choose a product that's $100 - $300. That said, choosing cheaper products, that sell well will raise your commission.
8) Sign up to all of amazons sites and use the link localizer plugin... and don't use a cloaker such as pretty links, or it won't work.
9) If you're not a designer, pay someone to make a nice banner.
10) Watch the money roll in!

Well, that's my 2 cents... I'm not making huge money, but I can really see the potential now, and my traffic is starting to take off.

There's no better feeling than seeing your site making sales... sometimes really random stuff, someone bought a Cribbage Board today, and another was nice enough to buy a vacuum cleaner worth over $450 last month! My site has nothing to do with either.

Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author tamalanwar
    Some great tips here man, thanks for the heads up!
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    • Profile picture of the author Gaz Cooper
      Hey Dog

      Thats great to hear sounds like you have put some work in there and that is what you get for sticking at it SALES

      many give up before they get to that point

      Keep it up mate I'm stoked for ya

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      • Profile picture of the author Tom Ryan
        Nice job, and some useful tips.

        Your efforts should pay off pretty well over the next few months once the holiday shopping season arrives.
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        • Profile picture of the author thedog
          Originally Posted by Tom Ryan View Post

          Nice job, and some useful tips.

          Your efforts should pay off pretty well over the next few months once the holiday shopping season arrives.
          Thanks all... ye, my main keyword has 3000 exact monthly searches, and most of em are October to Jan.

          Great thing is, it's a buying keyword... I'm also ranking for a couple other buying keywords with decent traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author XYZcontent
    First of all, congratulations on your success !

    And thanks a lot for your tips, i'm sure they will help a lot of newbies (Including me )
    I personally havn't tried amazon niche sites yet, only clickbank ones. Maybe i should have a go at making an amazon one.
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  • Profile picture of the author shuvo
    Thanks for sharing these tips man.

    I think its all about passion.Success will come If you have passion and commitment to what you are doing.
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    • Profile picture of the author WorldOfSeo
      Hey thedog,

      congrats on your success. By the way, how strong is your competition for the keywords you try to rank for ?
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      • Profile picture of the author thedog
        Originally Posted by WorldOfSeo View Post

        Hey thedog,

        congrats on your success. By the way, how strong is your competition for the keywords you try to rank for ?
        Not too strong for the buying keywords I've targeted. Lots of green in Market Samurai.

        I actually ranked on page 1 for a long tail buying keyword without focusing on it... it gets 1200 exact monthly searches... I've started to optimize my site to target this one... and will hopefully rank in the first place.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    Well done on your results.

    What type of links which you outsourced were the most successful at getting indexed and provided the most link juice?
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

      Well done on your results.

      What type of links which you outsourced were the most successful at getting indexed and provided the most link juice?
      Well, I've bought a few seo nuke x packages... they helped a bit, although the links are all PR 0.

      I checked my backlinks on market samurai, and I'm seeing 3 PR 4's... I only added these myself yesterday... I guess high pr backlinks that stick get indexed fast... I was lucky and found these blogs using a reverse enginering technique with Market Samurai... PR analysis function.

      I bought a backlink volcano package for $99 about 2 weeks ago, I don't expect to see results from that for another 2 weeks or so.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diegan
    Congratulations

    If I may ask, what theme and plugins are you using?
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by Diegan View Post

      Congratulations

      If I may ask, what theme and plugins are you using?
      I use weaver which is a take on the twenty ten theme, and make my own look.

      I don't like to use an out of the box theme, I want my sites to have their own look...

      As for plugins, the usual seo plugins,

      advanced seo
      Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer
      Fast Secure Contact Form
      PubSubHubbub
      PuSHPress
      SEOPressor UNLIMITED
      WP OnlyWire Auto Poster
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  • Profile picture of the author bamstk090
    good job bro
    with amazon currently my conversion just 1%
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by bamstk090 View Post

      good job bro
      with amazon currently my conversion just 1%
      Does anyone know the average? 1% seems pretty low.

      My other site which gets around 1/3 clicks is ranking for info keywords... so that's bringing my conversion rate down.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hackbridge
    Thanks for sharing the good news. As you say "Christmas is coming" and it's not like we can't see it

    I have been wondering about the recent changes in the T&Cs with EU Amazon, does that affect you? Or anyone else?. I'm looking at the blurb and it looks like we have to apply all over again, or do we have to simply let Amazon know how we are driving traffic to our sites?

    Does this apply to you? I hope it all goes well with you and thank you again.

    Brian
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by Hackbridge View Post

      Thanks for sharing the good news. As you say "Christmas is coming" and it's not like we can't see it

      I have been wondering about the recent changes in the T&Cs with EU Amazon, does that affect you? Or anyone else?. I'm looking at the blurb and it looks like we have to apply all over again, or do we have to simply let Amazon know how we are driving traffic to our sites?

      Does this apply to you? I hope it all goes well with you and thank you again.

      Brian
      Can't see it? Can't see what?

      As for amazon outside Canada and the US, I'm not too bothered, I only get about 2% traffic from there
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Petal
    Hey Buddy,

    Great to see warriors doing well. Now you can scale it up.

    Did you spend $120 as a one off payment for SEO? Or is it an on going cost?

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers

    Ross
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  • Profile picture of the author londoncoffee
    Hi Thedog, thats a good start man.
    i want to set up my own website selling amazon products in a niche area, but my one is highly competitive. Still, i like challenges and being the underdog! Nice to try and beat the big boys at their own game hey.
    I am thinking of targeting forums in that niche and advertising in a few high gloss mags - when i can afford it.
    Good luck with your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Filsaime
    Congrats and thanks for the tip!

    I have a question on this;
    8) Sign up to all of amazons sites and use the link localizer plugin... and don't use a cloaker such as pretty links, or it won't work.
    If I don't use a cloaker, can I tell my visitor to "If this article helped you, you might want to support me by purchasing this product with my affiliate link"?
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by Mark Filsaime View Post

      Congrats and thanks for the tip!

      I have a question on this;


      If I don't use a cloaker, can I tell my visitor to "If this article helped you, you might want to support me by purchasing this product with my affiliate link"?
      Sure, I don't see why not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
    Can I ask how well the link localizer plugin is working for you?

    I know there were issues with it in the past, but it seems as though it was recently updated. Would be very cool if it worked at all, resulting in a net gain in profit. I know that some of the non-US Amazon stores are pretty barren with a lack of products, so I'm still not quite convinced it's worth it.
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by mattward View Post

      Can I ask how well the link localizer plugin is working for you?

      I know there were issues with it in the past, but it seems as though it was recently updated. Would be very cool if it worked at all, resulting in a net gain in profit. I know that some of the non-US Amazon stores are pretty barren with a lack of products, so I'm still not quite convinced it's worth it.
      I hear ye... I had a lot of clicks to amazon.ca, but no sales... there were about 10 different product clicks... 6 of them went to pages that didn't exist... so, they obviously don't have it.

      On the other hand, I may get a sale on the ones that do, so it's worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jacob Cuculiza
    Thx, imo. a conversionrate at 2,5% is NOT pretty low. So you are doing great :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author AskScottOBrien
    Originally Posted by thedog View Post

    8) Sign up to all of amazons sites and use the link localizer plugin... and don't use a cloaker such as pretty links, or it won't work.
    Hey Dog... Congrats on your new site! When you say sign up for all of amazon sites... what does that mean?

    I signed up for an affiliate account, but I'm not sure what other sites you are referring too.

    Thanks... your post on this was awesome and helpful!
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by AskScottOBrien View Post

      Hey Dog... Congrats on your new site! When you say sign up for all of amazon sites... what does that mean?

      I signed up for an affiliate account, but I'm not sure what other sites you are referring too.

      Thanks... your post on this was awesome and helpful!
      Cheers dude. What I mean is, sign up for all of amazons site, .com, .ca, .co.uk, .de etc....

      Then get the link localizer plugin and add each of your id's to it.

      Don't cloak your links.

      This then replaces the link to the users location, so somebody clicking from Canada will be taken to amazon.ca

      Thing is, amazon .ca seems to have half the products... but, it's still possible revenue.
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  • Profile picture of the author ennia
    Congrats, and thank you for telling us about your experience with amazon, i am now looking for an amazon localizer plugin because there are many visits from UK, Canada to my site and i feel i am loosing money using only amazon.com affiliate links
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  • Profile picture of the author slowdriver
    Hey dog who did you use for the seo work and do you recommend them?
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by slowdriver View Post

      Hey dog who did you use for the seo work and do you recommend them?
      Using backlink volcano this one, the great.edu backlink sale (paid $30) and an seo x service from jamie seo.

      Jamies service went through a lot of technical details... but got it at a discount price.

      I've also been doing my own backlinks to article directories, and then submitting them to amplify.com... which is awesome.. takes a short while to set up, but then it sends any link to all your social networks and blogs.

      So, I'm not really sure which one was best... I went a bit over kill, as, I need this site ranked over the christmas season.

      I imagine the volcano one is the most powerfull... and, I only ordered it 2 weeks ago... it drip feeds over 40 days, so I'm not going to get the full picture for another month or so.

      All I know is, my traffic is rising steadly

      Up to $80 this month, and 9 products have yet to clear.
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      • Profile picture of the author cooler1
        Originally Posted by thedog View Post

        Using backlink volcano this one, the great.edu backlink sale (paid $30) and an seo x service from jamie seo.

        Jamies service went through a lot of technical details... but got it at a discount price.

        I've also been doing my own backlinks to article directories, and then submitting them to amplify.com... which is awesome.. takes a short while to set up, but then it sends any link to all your social networks and blogs.

        So, I'm not really sure which one was best... I went a bit over kill, as, I need this site ranked over the christmas season.

        I imagine the volcano one is the most powerfull... and, I only ordered it 2 weeks ago... it drip feeds over 40 days, so I'm not going to get the full picture for another month or so.

        All I know is, my traffic is rising steadly

        Up to $80 this month, and 9 products have yet to clear.
        Do you recommend submitting your site pages to amplify.com or do you only submit your article URL's to it?

        How does amplify.com compare to ping.fm? Do they do equally the same thing or do they differ?
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        • Profile picture of the author thedog
          Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

          Do you recommend submitting your site pages to amplify.com or do you only submit your article URL's to it?

          How does amplify.com compare to ping.fm? Do they do equally the same thing or do they differ?
          I just had a quick look at ping.fm, never seen it before, it looks similar to amplify.

          I amplify my pages, and also my article subs, hub pages, squidoo pages etc... more back link juice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kaliblast
    Maybe local sites have half products, but they have somewhat less competition there. Also "local" writters are cheaper for content.
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  • Profile picture of the author taylordstuff
    Hey. Great story. I am in the exact same boat as you. I have a website just over a month old and so far I am up to about $50 in Amazon revenue for this month. I am working to try to get it ranking in the search engines as my traffic is trickling in. However my pages are converting to Amazon very well. I have about a 15% converson rate when someone clicks to Amazon and makes a purchase. I am just hoping that I can increase the traffic more and thus increase sales before the Christmas season. This is my first site geared specifically for Amazon. I have tried Adsense, Clickbank in the past. However, I think I will focus strictly on Amazon for now.
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by taylordstuff View Post

      Hey. Great story. I am in the exact same boat as you. I have a website just over a month old and so far I am up to about $50 in Amazon revenue for this month. I am working to try to get it ranking in the search engines as my traffic is trickling in. However my pages are converting to Amazon very well. I have about a 15% converson rate when someone clicks to Amazon and makes a purchase. I am just hoping that I can increase the traffic more and thus increase sales before the Christmas season. This is my first site geared specifically for Amazon. I have tried Adsense, Clickbank in the past. However, I think I will focus strictly on Amazon for now.
      Wow, 15% conversion is really cool. What sort of entrance keywords are you using... they must have, buy, purchase, cheap, sale, best etc in them... I'd be interested to know.

      My top entrance keywords, are all buying keywords like, best, review etc... however my conversion rate is still low... I think it's the product I chose though... people do buy them, but it's not a must have... living and learning.

      I'm now getting just under 400 hits a day! I've pretty much finished tweaking my site, and will get to work on another one, which will be even better.

      Ye, I also tried adsense and clickbank in the past.... never worked for me.

      Amazon works to my strenghts, as I'm a web designer, and am able to make better and more professional sites, than most of the other amazon review sites out there... I'm not bragging here.... the thing is, many of them are really terrible looking, or use the same old template.
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  • Profile picture of the author jacksonlin
    I'm making some cash off Amazon a few hundred a month, but honestly if I knew I would have to sell so much to make a few hundred bucks I would have stuck to digital products.
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by jacksonlin View Post

      I'm making some cash off Amazon a few hundred a month, but honestly if I knew I would have to sell so much to make a few hundred bucks I would have stuck to digital products.
      If that's on auto pilot, then why complain?

      Higher commisions with digital products... but way more competition for the top converting products.


      The thing I like about amazon is, once you set up a decent site, it will just run, 24/7 with very little maintanance, bringing you in cash.
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  • Profile picture of the author SarahSalah
    Hi,
    Congratulations on that! some time later and it will be really cool!!

    Try submitting short articles about your potential clients' favorite topics and include your website link. The more directories you submit to, the more chance you have of people wanting more specific info and turn up at your site. Create interest and they'll want to know more!

    I hope you the best
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  • Profile picture of the author jwillin
    Good tip on the link localizer. I had signed up for all the different countries and wasn't sure how I would be able to advertise to them all. Now, I know. Thanks for sharing.
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