help needed re amazon affiliate products

by Guitar
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relatively new here, and i have a question. some of the guides / video lessons i have watched say create an affiliate account with amazon, and look for a product that's over $200 (for higher commission), say an ipad, ipod etc and then review it. get traffic to it and your a winner...

My question is how can you outrank authority sites like apple, or sales sites such as currys, dixons, pcworld, etc to get the traffic to your review? do you get the traffic through a longer tail keyword, which in turn can send traffic to your review page?

thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Patrick
    There are more ways to get traffic than just Google, so in many cases, outranking those sites isn't an issue. When it comes to search engines, though, yes - you'll be depending on long tail traffic unless you have solid SEO skills or you're the only person reviewing a particular product.

    I should also point out that you really need to put more time into product selection than just deciding, "The iPad is a big deal right now, so I'll review that." There are plenty of popular products out there which don't involve that much competition.

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  • Profile picture of the author Gaz Cooper
    Hey Guitar

    You have basically hit it on the head, its really not rocket science.

    I probably would not really advise a newbie to pick an ipod or iphone etc simply because the competition will be very tough with those keywords for someone just starting out.

    As mentioned Google is not the only way to get traffic, but Google is the main way most try to get generic free traffic by ranking highly.

    With Authority sites like the ones you are mentioning, its not as hard as you think to rank higher than them and to knock them off top spot for specific products

    Anytime I see Amazon sitting atop of Google I get excited, because I know they will be easy to beat, but if on the other hand I see an Internet marketer or a couple of sites obviously owned by Internet Marketers, I know I may have to do a bit more work to rank my page.

    Google likes Authority sites like Amazon, so anytime a keyword is placed in a search they tend to give extra love to sites like Amazon and will place them high on the search, but if you do just a little bit of research you will find that the actual Amazon product page is not well optimized and has very minimal backlinks for that actual product.

    When this is the case it opens up an opportunity for you to optimize your page with the specific keyword and build quality anchored backlinks add some great content and you should easily out rank Amazon and sites like them.

    Google will return the site with the most relevance for the search term and the last thing you should be worried about is seeing a site like Amazon sitting in #1 spot for a specific product, in fact you should get excited .

    Kickin it on Amazon

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    • Profile picture of the author Gaz Cooper
      Originally Posted by Ron Hitson View Post


      I think telling folks to not enter markets because of competition is bad advice. It takes the same amount of work to write content for competitive niches as it does for non-competitive niches.
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      I was talking about a BEGINNER which is different to folks,

      It Is important a beginner experiences some success at the start, for motivation and it will be much easier for that to happen, if they start of by targeting less competitive products, which will be much easier to rank for in the beginning.

      As they gain experience they can then move on to more competitive markets which will require experience to be able do well at and compete with experienced marketers.

      For example, a Beginner would not know what an LSI is so how can they even attempt to compete until they have at least learned the basics

      Competition, shows there is money to be made but you need to know what you are doing to even have a chance to rank and compete.

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  • Profile picture of the author Manoj V
    iPads and iPods have very heavy competition. If you're a beginner try and look for niche products with a high search volume and low competition - there are many such products tucked away in Amazon. With regard to outranking retail store sites, the responses above pretty much sum it up.

    The only addition I would like to make is that when a prospective customer is searching for a product he would prefer to read a review first rather than go straight to the product site on Amazon. If you rank in the first five results on Google's first page with a detailed review for the product on your site, there are high chances that the visitor may prefer to read your review and then click through to Amazon by clicking on your affiliate link.
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  • Profile picture of the author visimedia
    first thing to do you if you're a newbie and yet you want to be successful in amazon niche website, I think you have to know and be able to rank the site in google page one. That's the key.

    Take a course to SEO related information, and you'll be good ..
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  • Profile picture of the author Juicy J
    Hey Guitar,

    I agree with many of the points above. One of the most important (and sometimes the most difficult) thing to do is research. You're goal as a beginner should be to find niche products where the demand is not being met and that you can rank fairly easy for. Make sure the products have a high enough price tag so you're not working for nothing. Find those longtail keywords that will drive high quality traffic and work hard to rank for them. don't waste your time on irrelevant keywords that won't convert.

    There is obviously much more to it but this advice along with the above comments should give you a good start. I would also study up on the latest SEO techniques too. Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    There is a lot of good advice here so I won’t double dip and re-write the same things...

    I would however like to add that even as a beginner I wouldn’t agree that you should only target products that are $200 and higher. There are a lot of great niches with quality in-demand products out there that cost less...much less in fact.

    Also, as you learn more about Amazon you will see that your commission percentage increases with the more sales you make. This can happen pretty quickly by targeting those lower priced items, especially products people use everyday like toothpaste, shaving razors, personal hygiene items...etc etc. Sure, the money made on those lower priced items isn’t that great but those sales add up faster than you would think and the sheer number of sales from items like those can quickly increase your overall percentage which means you make more money on the bigger ticket items too.

    Good luck...Amazon is a great avenue to IM, especially for newbies!
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      Here is another thing to think about, though the "HOT" products like the IPAD cost a lot, with the performance structure, electronics are capped at a 4% payout. Personal computers are capped at $25.

      So you may want to pick some items that are good sellers that are less competive. And whilst everyone else is scrambling to make a $500 IPAD sale to earn $20....you can be relaxing with a cup o' tea selling less competitive products that are less costly but enjoy the same payout as they offer a higher commission
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      • Profile picture of the author Amy Harrop
        I would also add, from my own experience as an Amazon affiliate, that many times you will make commissions on products that have nothing to do with your original site/link. Amazon has a lot of products to buy.

        From what I've noticed with my sites, while well-written product reviews are important for conversions, sometimes you can have a number of product reviews in a general category and get decent commissions as people click through and shop all over Amazon.
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        • Profile picture of the author myob
          Also consider selling the Amazon products under smallparts.com, endless.com, and myhabit.com which have fixed commission rates of 15%. Promote these products to optin lists, write articles about these products in niche ezines, relevant websites/blogs and even offline publications such as trade journals, magazines, specialty newspapers. In addition, placing ads in targeted offline magazines and newspapers works extremely well.
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  • Profile picture of the author big jeffrey
    hey myob,

    quick question about those 3 sites you just named. Would you call these amazon "authority sites"? if i was to build a site that has a ton of products like that, Would I simply bring traffic to it then? I guess what Im asking is if I was to go the route of building a authority site with a million products, instead of building a site reviewing one amazon product, what would be the difference in how to bring traffic to them? sorry if my question is kind of vague
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