Which of these is better way to make money in long run?

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A couple of months ago decided to get serious about IM, enough to make a living, not some get rich quick system. My goal is $5000 or more per month after two years. I am doing a lot of planning before I go ahead and launch anything. I have professional background in computer technology and writing about tech products so first thought the best methods was content marketing and monetizing with Amazon affiliate links, maybe a little adsense but I hear it is dying out somewhat.

I have done my keyword research, registered two domains in computer niches, one for tablets and one notebooks. I know how to write high-quality content and was going to launch the tablet pc site first and try to become an "authority" site of sorts on this subject even though I know it is very competitive. I figured if moderately successful I could launch another tech site (PC gaming, notebooks, etc.) every 6 months or so until I had a group of them.

However while planning this site I really have become interested in writing kindle ebooks. I was thinking of starting in a specific niche, either tech or motivational or some other niche, writing about one quality ebook a month, and build a blog around all my books or certain niches and refer back to Amazon. Seems like people are having success with this. I also have a really good domain name that would make a great title for a series of success related ebooks

I only want to focus my efforts on one of these methods my first year, really put my all into it. I know this may be hard to predict but which one has the best long-term potential - Amazon affiliate program or Amazon direct publishing?

Thank you in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author InfiniteMind
    Seriously now, no responses?
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    • Profile picture of the author shahriyar
      I have experience with Amazon affiliate program, I have sold tablets from Amazon via affiliate marketing, it sells. The sales are more or less constant every month (once you get it rolling) and nearly doubles in November & December (Holidays, Christmas, New Year).

      I have not worked with Amazon direct publishing, but I have seen some legit marketers have courses with lot of successful people.

      Which way to go? It depends on which method you have more experience in and find out the profitability & easiness of both the methods before making a decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author jessiewriter
    I think that you should build niche site around the topics of your potential ebooks. And don't just sell on Amazon, but sell on your own site, too. I pick this business model because I think with the fast-pace world of technology especially, it would be best to invest your time and efforts into your own products. Amazon Affiliate commissions are ridiculously low percentages, even with tech you aren't earning enough (for my taste) without making a lot of sales.

    Have you done your market research for these ebooks on Amazon - to see what similar books are out there and what their ranks are? That will give you a rough idea of what kind of sales you could expect a book of good quality to make in that niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    Amazon direct publishing is long term the better strategy.

    Yes, you can make money with an authority site but if you can write and don't mind that you get your money from Amazon after 90 days publishing ebooks and books is always the smarter solution.

    A book once written is an asset. You can publish it on other platforms as well.

    Even a real authority site is tiny compared to Amazon and can be swallowed by a competitor within a few months. A book series on the other hand once successful can not be killed as easily.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    As someone who has successfully made money with online marketing since the mid 1990's let me start by saying you are already making the most common mistake that prevents people from being successful...You have contracted a case of what i call "the grass is greener over there" syndrome. stay focused on one idea.

    you started with a plan to become an authority site and before you even tried it, you switched ideas. 100% of the ideas that you never do will fail completely.

    That being said. i have no doubt that both of your plans will work...the big variable is you.
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    • Profile picture of the author InfiniteMind
      Thanks.

      I understand what you are saying about the grass being greener, which is why I am trying to make my decision before I launch anything, then I will be 100% committed.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    2 more cents...authority sites work...always have...always will (for the foreseeable future). But tablets?...they didnt exist what 3 yrs ago? and while they are still hot, i would argue the trend is that pure tablets are already loosing momentum to hybrids like chromebooks/surface (after their slow start) and such.

    being a publisher on amazon is a great way to make some cash. But the topic you choose and your personal marketing out side of the amazon system is what separates success from failure most of the time there. Sure, a few win the "amazon lottery" and get featured in one of their various programs, but thats not the norm.
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    • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
      Originally Posted by David Keith View Post

      being a publisher on amazon is a great way to make some cash.
      Nope. Amazon is the worst thing to make some cash. It is slooooow. Takes 90 days until you get paid.

      But if you understand how publishing works it is a long term startegy that brings in money like clock work.

      A web site needs constant updates. A book, once written will be "fresh" for at least 5 to 6 years. A web site not updated in 1 year will be gone.

      Does not mean that you do not need to do marketing but if done smart all your book will profit from it.
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      • Profile picture of the author InfiniteMind
        Great input so far. Thanks to everyone. I am really more focused on the long term income that I can build up slowly but steadily.

        Here is my first publishing idea. I have a lot of ideas and knowledge already around motivational concepts. I have this domain RenegadeRules.com I registered years ago and was going to write a series of books about the "Renegade" way of success. For examples of titles:

        Renegade Rules (of success...all about the right attitude, etc.)
        Renegade Entrepreneurship
        Renegade Thinkers
        Renegade Marketing
        Renegade Careers
        etc.

        Really I could apply this "attitude" brand to a lot of non-fiction niches and use the .com site above as a way to promote them.

        Anyone have thoughts on this?
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        • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
          Originally Posted by InfiniteMind View Post

          Great input so far. Thanks to everyone. I am really more focused on the long term income that I can build up slowly but steadily.

          Here is my first publishing idea. I have a lot of ideas and knowledge already around motivational concepts. I have this domain RenegadeRules.com I registered years ago and was going to write a series of books about the "Renegade" way of success. For examples of titles:

          Renegade Rules (of success...all about the right attitude, etc.)
          Renegade Entrepreneurship
          Renegade Thinkers
          Renegade Marketing
          Renegade Careers
          etc.

          Really I could apply this "attitude" brand to a lot of non-fiction niches and use the .com site above as a way to promote them.

          Anyone have thoughts on this?
          Motivational is a hard market to crack. You're up against a lot of established experts. You want to write about the renegade way of success but you haven't had any real success yet. What's wrong with this picture?
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          • Profile picture of the author InfiniteMind
            Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

            Motivational is a hard market to crack. You're up against a lot of established experts. You want to write about the renegade way of success but you haven't had any real success yet. What's wrong with this picture?
            I'm not rich, but I have had a successful technology career (about 15 years), just tired of working for others, and it wouldn't be purely motivational, more of a way of thinking combined with practical advice, if that makes sense.
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            • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
              Originally Posted by InfiniteMind View Post

              I'm not rich, but I have had a successful technology career (about 15 years), just tired of working for others, and it wouldn't be purely motivational, more of a way of thinking combined with practical advice, if that makes sense.
              It's not a slam. Motivational, self help, personal development. All of them are very competitive. It's one of those things where you need to be able to brag just a little in your books, your book descriptions, etc. It's not necessarily about being rich or coming across as rich. Thing is, people buying books in that market are looking for successful people to follow.

              Not saying you couldn't parlay your tech career experience into a great book. But to me, if tech is your thing, you should probably go with it as it's something you know. Get your footing there and then build a bridge to where you want to be.
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  • I always believe that every platform (Amazon, Clickbank, Ebay, etc) works and can work well only that you need to focus first on one platform until you get success with it. And if you fail then you switch to a different platform and try your luck there. It is okay to listen and hear pieces of advice from others but at the end of the day there is really no guarantee that you will make the same success. You may construct your own formula to success but always accept the possibility of failure. For me, what works is I follow my passion and what I think is the best platform that I know I can do and would love to do for a long time. Then from there everything follows
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  • Profile picture of the author John J M
    I would go with Kindle as well, but I confess that I'm biased. I never had that much success with affiliate marketing but have had a lot of success with Kindle.

    I would definitely build the site related to your books and build up an email list by referring readers to subscribe.

    Either way, you're doing the right thing by choosing to focus on one main method.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    Considering long run effective method, I'd say forget about affiliating other people products, create your own products and sell them through your own list or on your site. Digital products are most easy to renew and resell.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shadowflux
      I would go with the ebooks, partly because I'm a writer myself so I'm better suited to that. Website work, to me, gets tedious fast.

      On top of that, however, I think it is a much better long term option. There are tons of different affiliate sites out there and you'll be competing with each one. When you write a book, on the other hand, you're creating something unique. Even if there is another book which seems similar to yours, it is entirely different in a number of ways.

      The key to success in digital publishing is have a catalog of books. So you may not make much by publishing just one book but if you have 5, 10, 15 books you will be doing much better. It isn't just due to diversification, it's the way the entire system works.

      You can sell your books, give them away for an optin, offer affiliate deals on them, package them together, create video and audio course based on them, the list goes on. When you have a niche specific affiliate site you're sort of locked into that.

      Motivation and self help is a great option because, I believe, it is the #1 top selling category (Religious/Motivation/Inspiration) but don't quote me on that. It's certainly in the top 3, along with erotica and mysteries. An interesting collection of genres, it says a lot about our society.
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  • Profile picture of the author SandraLarkin
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    It is always WAY better to create your own products rather than be an affiliate. I would create your own books.
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