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[Successful Journey] Scaling Amazon Affiliate from $1000/m to $10k

Hey you,

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like making $10k/ month Passive Income?

I think about it all the time, continuously! But then when I talk to the people around me and online, one can’t help but be doubtful.

10k…? While you sleep? No ads or Shady business…? BS!

Or maybe you’re being tricked into believing that it’s possible?

Let’s face it… most journeys never end well or seem a bit fake due to the lack of evidence of success. I’ve always hated seeing people type their “supposed earnings” when the reality is far from what is shown.

I’ve been one of those guys, I’ve made good money online. Done shady techniques, ran ads, and made a killing. But I’ve never gotten honest long term passive bread online that makes you feel good. All that changed December 2018 when I figured out exactly How to Successfully make Passive Income with Amazon.

Trust me; this shit is simple and easier “TO ME” than any other method online. Moreover, it’s passive (conditional), and YOU can do it too!

How?

  1. By working both Hard and Smart.
  2. Being Disciplined.
  3. Applying the right tactics.
  4. Rinse and Repeat.

I’ve figured out steps 1 and 3 but that second step is why I’m not where I want to be and why I’ve created another journey. But I’ve learned from an insanely successful businessman and his number 1 philosophy.

” If you did it once you can do it ten times. If you can make $1, you can make $100.”

Hence, I’ll be scaling my monthly passive income from $1000 – $10000 a month. This Journey isn’t an Ask Me Anything journey thread, but maybe you’ll learn something along the way. If anything, I hope that in my quest to stay disciplined and achieve my goals, you’ll work harder and see that you can do it too.

And to the future me, you’ll be reading this a year later.

Wherever you are right now is as a result of the things you did yesterday. Change!

START

I wonder if you focus on only easy keywords or jump on hard and link and give it a try?

A mixture, I only go for low hanging fruits that my site “should” rank for without backlinks. So it might be an easy keyword or hard but if I think my site should be able to hit page 1 then I’ll go after it.

What’s your backlink strategy?

I’ve only done about 15 blog comments when I just started the site. I haven’t done any since and have only focused on easy to rank content.

Whether you targeting key words with medium volume or high volume

Low volume – Long tails. Minimum SV of 150 per month is the sweet spot. Highest I’ve gone after is 3500.

How exactly are you going to scale – creating more sites from scratch?

Yes, I have created site number 2 with a full site content map of 75 articles.

How much have you invested so far? And is site 1 profitable yet?

I’ve only paid for hosting, domain name and probably 5 articles? All in all about $400. Everything else from this site is profit and amazon is only one revenue source. I make a quarter of amazons earnings on commission junction per month.

Update #1

The Journey has officially started with the ending of September.

I was worried that a few items wouldn’t ship and the amazon revenue would fall short! Thankfully it didn’t otherwise this thread would be a joke lol. Note that I have earnings on other sites so i’m above $1000 but i’m only focusing on ama.

I don’t know what October has in store in terms of revenue but I’ll be putting in as much work as I can on a daily basis. Yesterday I completed one article of 2500 words for site number 2. I’ll work on finishing the basic pages, creating socials and uploading that 1 article today. And hopefully, write 1 article for site 1 which is earning 1k at present. My overall goal is to write a minimum of 3k words a day and have that post uploaded immediately each day.

Stats for Site 1:

Articles: 60
Avg Word Count: 1700
Informative Posts: 25
Money Posts: 45

Stats for site 2:

Articles: 1
Informative Posts: 0
Money Posts: 1

That’s it, off to work.

How many pages actually make money?

About 26 pages actually make money during each month so far. I’m trying to get a few more solid money pages ranking as 1 page, in particular, brings in 30-40% of my traffic and that’s never a good thing. So working on getting a few more pages like that.

Update #1.2

I feel like I’m taking longer than necessary to get certain tasks done. I keep switching between tabs and loading up different youtube videos. WTF is it so hard to actually focus and work efficiently?

Have you ever wished you could force your body to do what you wish? Like controlling a puppet?

If anyone of you has a method to stay focus and finish tasks in a timely manner I’d love to hear how you do it.

So far I’ve gotten up all the foundation pages Site 2 except for the “Start Here” page. I’m currently working on the verbiage for the category I’m starting with right now, afterward, I’ll upload the first post I created yesterday. The bad news is I have an article to write for site 1 and I haven’t started it yet. So with only 5 more hours left in my day, I’m behind schedule.

Outstanding Things to do

  • Create Social Pages for site 1
  • Write 2000 words for Site 1

Update #2

Yesterday was a fairly successful day with productivity. I created 8 pages for Site 2 – About us ( 500 words), Terms & Conditions, Affiliate Disclosure (300 words), Contact Us, 1 category page (700 words), Privacy Policy, and uploaded 1 Buying Intent article written the previous day. I’ve also created all social profiles and set up yoast + Google Search Console, Bing Webmasters, Yandex.

In total, I wrote about 2000 words. But maybe I’m lazy and could’ve done a lot more and all this is just justifying my BS slacking.

Earnings:

MTD: $24.48

Plans for today:

I’m already way behind and daylight is running out. I typically start my days at 4 AM by hitting the gym for 1Hr 30 Mins. Then get to work and find time to spend on that and time for these projects. So for the remainder of the day, I’ll try to accomplish the following:

  • Write a 2k words Article for Site 1
  • Upload said article
  • Create a Content Guide for a Writer I found for site 2.
  • Write a 200 word Introduction for the upcoming article for site 2.

What’s the average cost of product? Per day how many clicks you get to amazon?

I only target high ticket items ranging from $200 – $2500. I recently did 2 articles targetting items between $60 – $100. I intend to go after a few other low-cost items to increase daily sales number but my focus is on high ticket items for both sites. For # of clicks per day see screenshot above. I average between 150 clicks to 250 that comes from 300 ~ visits per day so CTR is high.

Update #3

I still have to write another article by the end of today. I feel like I’m not getting enough done. So far this week I’ve only added 2 pieces of content to my sites. I need to make it to 7 pieces for this week to be successful. I am still contemplating outsourcing 10 articles per month but the writer I found is strapped for time so I didn’t bother creating the writing guide. I think I’ll just do the first 15 pieces on site 2 by myself.

On another note, one of the articles I wrote before starting this journey has a ” Clickable elements too close together ” error in Search Console. I’ve wasted a couple of hours today trying to solve it as I wanted to submit that page to gsc to be indexed. If anyone knows a solution leave a comment in this journey.

Things to do:

  • Complete Outstanding article – 1800 words
  • Identify Articles to be written next.
  • Fix Search Console Error

For the aff links you put manually every article or do you use a plugin?

I currently add aff links manually on each article. I’ve considered plugins to do it but I’ve heard more bad than good about them. If anyone has good news about a plugin I’d be interested in implementing it.

Funnily enough, while uploading a 5k post today I hated how long it took to import image links through custom URLs. And I was editing the image htmls with rel=”nofollow” and removing target=”_blank”.

Guys target=”_blank” makes the image open to amazon in a new tab! I had no idea what I was doing until I actually started looking at my bounce rate.

For anyone just starting out I want to tell you that it’s not difficult to make it to 1k/ month if you follow the same strategies I use. I’ve never actively built backlinks and my site doesn’t have more than 50 links and most of them are nofollow. So you can do it too if you work at it.

Update #4

How do you manage to rank without a solid link foundation, considering ur site has no authority?

1. Internal links, average time on page, topic coverage, and lastly better content (images, etc). It’s pretty easy and word count isn’t everything. You could have 10000 words on a topic but talk random gibberish and google seems to ignore the whole post. I’ve outranked 5k articles with 1500 word ones.

2. They’ll rank above me for a few days due to high authority but google normally recrawls and see which content is better and user behavior and sends me back to #1. At least that’s how it’s been so far, I hope it continues like that.

3. If products cost $200 in fitness niche, 1 sale gives you $15. So if you get 3 sales from an article each month that gives you $45. 30 articles like that with each one netting you $45 per month gives you $1300. I use simple math like that to calculate my expected return.

Do you use long tail keywords + KGR?

Yep long tails. My shortest targeted keyword is a 4-word phrase. I’ve heard about KGR no idea what they are. I know it means keyword golden ratio or something like that but whatever it is I don’t know so I don’t think I’m using it.

Any tips on writing content that ranks?

I try to sound relatable by addressing the problem in the first 150 words. Then I follow up with why this article is their solution since I’ve supposedly experienced their pain, did the research, I should know what they need. Which builds trust and interest in what I’m going to recommend to them. I also use bucket brigades every 200 -250 words to keep them attentive. The most important tip is to be relatable and build trust so you don’t come across as a simple seller.

Afterwards, I introduce the best XYZ, include a comparison chart ( as simple as possible) then go into independent reviews. I then select the top product and say that it is the one I currently use and highly recommend it. The others are just as great but may have minor cons.

Then I do the same FAQ and guide to buying if they decide to choose alternatives I haven’t listed. The key thing here to make sure you stay on topic by using LSI or keywords every 50 words. Some people ignore that and end up with text that Google thinks is unrelatable to the content which drops their “perceived” word count and also decreases a users’ dwell time since they also don’t think it’s relevant. Then I add 1 authority reference, great pictures and a video if possible.

The last factors are proper grammar, recommending instead of selling, bucket brigades to hold attention, and conciseness of paragraphs/sentences.

Update #5

Not bad, but it’s not great either. I need to be earning at least $350/day to hit the revenue target. I’m averaging $35/day based on last month’s performance. I just need to add a zero at the end lol, gonna be a lot of hard work.

Progress Report:

  • Created Basic Pages for Site 2
  • Uploaded 1 article.
  • Created a physical “category” page with 700 words introduction.
  • Created Social Media profiles for Site 2
  • Wrote a 5k word article for Site 1

Things to do today:

  • Write 5 articles
  • Outsource 5 articles
  • Upload articles at 8 PM
  • Prepare tomorrow’s article by completing 200 words introduction.

Update #6

I’ve contacted 2 content services on BHW already and ordered 2 articles, 1 from each. Waiting to see the quality before placing bulk orders. For today, I’ll be traveling but I’m going to knock out 2k words on my phone during stops. I still haven’t sold any high ticket items. But volume is picking up.

Earnings for Yesterday

So most of your older posts are ranking now? How long did it take for them to appear on the first page without backlinks?

About 3 – 4 weeks to hit Page 1. New posts have recently hit number 1 and taken snippets so I’m seeing a slight bump in traffic.

Update #7

I’ve found 4 writers on BHW and 1 Offline. I plan to invest $1000/ month into content from now on and scale as revenue increases.

Earnings for yesterday

Update #8

I’ve ordered 10 articles so far but I already feel like I’ll regret the last few lol. Plus, I’ll be ordering another 10 by the end of the day.

Earnings For Yesterday:

Things to do today:

  • Order 10 more articles.
  • Upload the 3 articles I’ve written to site 2.
  • Add more keywords to my article hitlist for the next category I’ll tackle.

How do you research keywords for your site? finding high ticket products then choose KWs base on them, or finding keywords first then removed low price products?

The niche I’m in generally only sells high ticket items. But I also find go out and find keywords then check the prices on Amazon. If I think that I can rank a low priced item then I would go for it if I’m sure it can bring in at least 800 visits per month. So the lower the cost of the item the more search volume is required to make meaningful earnings. But the higher the price of the item means you don’t need much traffic for it to net you $50/month. With 60 articles giving you $50/month that’s $3000.

And lower traffic keywords are typically easier to rank for as most people think they are worthless. So that’s how I plan which keywords to tackle. I hope that helps.

Update #9

MTD Earnings:

Things I’ve done over the last week:

I’m not so sure if I have anything to boast about here as I feel like I hardly got anything done. But I did make some progress with my mindset and being willing to invest back into these sites instead of slaving myself over articles. The bad news is that I think I’ll end up having to rewrite them. Sigh…

  • I’ve found 3 article writers.
  • Ordered 15 articles.
  • Wrote 2 articles

That’s nothing to write home about as If I employed myself I would be pretty pissed at that productivity level.

One of the article writers is someone I know personally that has never written for SEO purposes. I sent a 1500 word article request to the person and got it back in 2 hours and it is literally A+ grade material. I’ll be making 2 more requests tomorrow but I’ll be using this writer for site 2.

How are you doing keyword research to find all these low ms low comp keywords?

I do a lot of things to find keywords that it’ll require a big guide to state it all which I’m not up to doing. The short version is that I look for products that cost upwards of $200 and while looking at those I normally find variations of terms that I could rank. I also look at sites I’m competing against and see if they have any keywords that I could also rank page 1 on.

I’ve never done gone after XYZ product review but I’m starting that with the articles I’ve bought last week.

How you start your writing process and how you structure your affiliate articles?

don’t know if I’ll ever not feel sleepy. That’s my #1 passion in life but I have to work hard to be able to sleep. So by the time I get home and update my journey in the night or the next morning I’m either focusing on work and have no time or I’m my brain is too tired and I’ll be writing a bunch of shit!

Anyways.. my process goes like this:

  1. Identify the Keyword
  2. Search the term on google
  3. Identify On-Page stats of the ranking pages ( keyword in the title, keyword density, article word count, the format of their article, talking points)
  4. Formulate a better Title with Keyword.
  5. Place all the talking puts in subheadings on the page.
  6. Find the items I’ll be writing on.
  7. Skim customer reviews, Questions and product descriptions.
  8. Write an attention-grabbing introduction that identifies either myself or my site or team in the reader’s shoes.
  9. Introduce the solution/s
  10. Write longer, readable content about items.
  11. Answer concerns the reader may have.
  12. Wrap up the article.

That’s it.

Update #10

Earnings for yesterday:

Did your post starts to rank up with a new domain or only when it got some good DA, DR?

No they started ranking long before I got any links. My site’s DA/DR is still dirt low. I won’t say how low but its as low as it could possibly be. However, I’ve gotten some links over the course of this year and I’ve recently tested niche edits but those aren’t pointing to the site yet. Waiting to see what the results will be then.

Updated #11

I’ll be on the road again today so I doubt I’ll get the chance to update. Today I plan to order another 6-8 articles and then I’ll have to wait until next week before ordering more. That should bring us up to 24 articles for the month which is far more productive than I’ve ever been.

Quick Update

I ordered about 9 articles today. So far I’ve only gotten 1 back so I’m still waiting on the others. I need to go over the articles I’ve ordered to make sure I’m counting correctly and I don’t make a silly mistake of ordering the same article twice.

Just found out that I ordered 1 article a few months ago and then ordered it again last Friday. Gotta start uploading them as I get my hands on them from now on. Hoping that writer will accept the request to change the order.

What are you going to interlink? New articles? Articles that are “stuck” on pages 2-3 and beyond?

I want to link from parent to child on the new articles. The new ones all have a link to parents and siblings so I only need to send down some juice from the top page. They are on page 1 but could use a boost to make it to spot 1-3.

I know it’s a waste to not go edit them but it’s too much of a risk at the moment. Maybe when I have a couple more pages ranking #1 and daily traffic spread more evenly I’d be willing to take the risk.

Update #12

So this week has been very productive and shows that sometimes outsourcing is better than doing the work yourself. Time = Money and I feel like I saved myself a tonne of time this week. So far I got back 21 articles which would’ve taken me a month to write myself. Yea, I think I could’ve done a better job myself but the time I gained was spent relaxing, sleeping and chilling with my wife. I got the chance to be present for a week and it was appreciated. However, my mind was still completely occupied with work and making 10k/ month.

I feel like I could’ve done more by uploading the articles I edited immediately but I didn’t. So right now I’ve finished editing 12 of the 21 articles, I’m taking a little longer than I should as I must admit I’m a lazier worker than I am disciplined. However, thanks to outsourcing I feel like I’ve made progress…?

Checklist:

  • Ordered 21 articles
  • Editing 12 articles
  • Researched more keyword ideas

The earnings are pretty good and I’m more than grateful to get to this point. Thankfully I added a few new articles that are currently ranking number 1 and stopped relying so heavily on the 1 article that is bringing in most of my traffic. It’s bringing in about 150 visits a day but I don’t see where it’s making the sales it did last month. That post is actually getting more traffic than last month but fewer sales which goes to show you need to keep adding content.

MTD Earnings and Comparison:

Last Month – Same Period

So based on calculations I’m seeing a 74% increase in revenue. I’d say I’ve been scaling successfully so far and if I can keep marginally increasing in earnings I’ll get to the 10k mark pretty soon.

How long it actually took you to make your first couple of hundreds?

It took 3 months from the point I figured out exactly what I need to do to start ranking without backlinks. However, I built this site back in November 2017, wrote 20+ articles in another niche then google did medic update and the little 5 visits per day I was getting vanished. I gave it a break until December 2018 where I found the simple secret and wrote 15 articles. Within a month I started getting 50 visits a day then I wrote a couple more articles to over the course of this year to get to 62. So excluding the niche that isn’t ranking at all the site only truly has 40 articles ranking.

All in all it took about 2 years to get to this point with a lot of ups and downs in my mood and learning curve. But from the point of figuring things out and getting to where I’m at now is about 10 months.

Update #13

Earnings for Yesterday:

Things I’ve done today:

  • Paid for Hosting
  • Added funds to sort out this domain as it will be expiring next month.
  • Plan

I had a really close shave with renewing hosting as I’m totally broke and the hosting is set to expire tomorrow. If it did before I got funds then I would lose all my rankings. Thankfully, all my eggs aren’t in one basket and another affiliate network came through with some $$$.

Plans for Tomorrow:

  • Finish editing 6 articles
  • Upload 5 articles
  • Share them on Social Media
  • Drop another update on the thread

How much do you pay for the 1000 words?

Different prices to varying writers. So far I’ve paid $10, $20+, $30+ per 1k words.

Update #14

Earnings for Yesterday:

Earnings are decent, I still need to be at 350/day to hit the target. I’m nowhere close so we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. Hopefully outsourcing will help speed the process up, however, I’m finding editing to be tedious and time-consuming. But it’s still far less time than it’d take me to write the article myself.

Is your site niche is broad, sub or micro niche?

Site 1 is fitness. But I’m tackling it from a unique angle and focusing on topical relevance for my site. Site 2 is broad.

Did you receive the new email from amazon regarding the disclosure placement in the affiliate link? have you done anything for it?

Yup, I did receive it. So far I’ve changed the disclaimer to the one they now recommend in the footer. Added a disclaimer in my sidebar that all content contains affiliate links and links to disclosure page. Not sure if that will impact sales so I’ll watch it over the weekend and tweek accordingly.

I’m considering moving the sidebar disclose to the top of every affiliate article. But I’m not sure how to do that yet but for now based on what I’ve read just changing the disclaimer to Amazon’s current required statement and making it present on every page covers you with them. The challenge is covering yourself with FTC by adding a clear disclaimer that users don’t need to search for.

Update #15

Earnings for Yesterday

The earnings are pretty stable and consistent. However, I’m seeing a huge decline in the items that made me money over the last few months. If I hadn’t added a couple of new articles last month I’d probably only be at $600 this month. This goes to show that you have to keep adding content and improving things as you never know which way the wind will blow.

Are you using any indexer service/tool also for indexing of your old updated content?

Yes, I’ve found it better to add content between articles. However, what really helps is readability and making a connection with the reader and keeping their attention. If you can improve your time on page you’ll see a huge boost in rankings.

I’m only using search console and posting articles on social media.

How much do you invest per month on articles and seo?

Prior to the start of this month about $60. I’ve written everything that has gotten me to this point. This month IDK how much I’ve spent on the site yet but its probably around $700.

Have you invested into link building at all? What’s the average length of an article and the price per article?

I invested in some niche edits this month. Hope they do good instead of harm. I had been doing fine without them so far but I got a heads up from someone in the thread that made me reconsider not having any solid backlinks.

The average article length is about 1500 words. I wrote all articles on the site with the exception of a few that I’m not considering when the site failed due to medic update.

Update #16

October Summary

Welcome to my end of month report!

First off, I want to thank you guys for the support, best wishes, and tips you’ve shared with me since the start of this journey. I’ve learned a great deal in just one month. Far more than I’ve learned all year before this month.

All of this has changed how I think, plan, and execute the steps needed to succeed. I’m now ready to tackle everything that is ahead, and I know I’ll be successful.

Over the ten months, I wrote about 42 articles. I was still skeptical and didn’t want to invest my money as I was still unsure if things would work. Furthermore, I took long breaks between article writing to see If the articles would rank without links and validate my knowledge.

My thinking was that if it did, Great! If it didn’t rank, well, I only lost a few hours that I would’ve wasted either way. Here’s a screenshot of what I have on my first site for word count:

OCTOBER EARNINGS

What steps will I take?

I’ll only be focusing on what works. Big fish – Small Pond.

  • I’ll be outsourcing content writing, which will save me a few hours a day.
  • I am going to continue targeting keywords that I can rank for without links.
  • Continue Avoiding backlinks somewhat.
  • I’ll continue focusing on quality while pushing quantity in article types. (This means editing outsourced content)
  • Incorporate Amazon Onelink so that I can earn from Amazons .co.uk and .ca, which should increase earnings.
  • I’ll be making sure that user engagement is still high.

Update #17

What do I Want to Accomplish This Month?

For this month I’ve decided on a number of targets that I’m pretty confident I can reach if I use my time wisely and everything remains the same. And even though life happens and it’s pointless to plan and overthink things I’ve come up with the following:

  • Figure out the best course of action for the right articles to order.
  • Add 50 Articles to the sites.
  • Make 3k in Revenue.
  • Start finding a couple of Info keywords.

Do you get the idea of writing from backlinko? because I saw the article about it.

I got the ideas from a number of places and reading different things. What I got from backlinko is the importance of bucket brigades to help break up text and retain user attention. What’s the point of a long post if people don’t read all of it.

But attention isn’t all, you still need good grammar and some way to establish a connection. Otherwise, your CTR and conversion rates will be low.

How about pictures? How many pictures per article? From where you get your pictures and do you make sure that those pictures are unique?

For a 1000 word article I’d do anywhere from 6 – 10 pictures depending on the size of the pictures. You pretty much only need a picture every 150-200 words.

Most of my pictures come from unsplash, pixabay, pexels, and freepik. I also take product images from other retails excluding amazon and edit them in photoshop then move the edited to canva or run it through tinypng.

Update #18

If you’re looking to succeed and start making whatever your desired amount is daily, you’ll only need three things!

Support, Passion, Time.

How many UVs do you usually get per day?

600+ per day. Not more than 800. I have an extremely high CTR.

What hosting you use and theme for your word press site?

I’m using namecheap and newspaper theme. It’s not ideal for me either as I most of the pages load in about 3.3 or 3.5 seconds.

MTD Earnings:

Since I didn’t have any traffic and most of my pages would’ve fallen off all rankings I decided to further destroy my site. I swapped themes from NewsPaper to Astra and tried different caching plugins and eventually went to WP Rocket. This took me the entire day but it worked out. (Kinda!)

Also, my earnings made it to $1000 so if I don’t make anything else for the month I’m still satisfied even though I would’ve doubled last month if everything went smooth.

To hopefully make that happen here’s what I did:

  • Update Hosting to WPX
  • Changed Theme from Astra
  • Installed WPRocket
  • Remove Bloatware plugins
  • Resized Images on articles + Tinypng

My Plans for the rest of the month:

  • Fix my site structure and Category pages.
  • MAYBE get some more Niche Edits…

How much do you pay for 3000 words?

It depends on the writer. For my best writer, I’ll pay her $50 for 3k words. A cheaper writer would get $30.

Do you think that info articles are more important than money articles or just as important?

I don’t think info articles are more important. I think ranking with the right keywords is the most important thing right now. If you can find easy to rank info keywords then go for it. Otherwise, they serve no purpose to me and won’t make you an authority in Google’s eyes as you’ll likely not be doing anything new. What matters is ranking easy keywords. At least that’s my opinion atm. It might change later on idk.

In the past two days I’ve been researching keywords like a mad man, found only one and I’m 100% sure I don’t even know what am I doing. How do you do that?

No, I spend weeks sometimes looking for keywords. It’s not easy and sometimes I can hardly find any but over time you’ll start spotting them after you’ve formulated criteria of what to look out for.

Weekly Summary

The good stuff is here:

Between the google update and messing up my site, I’m back to early October traffic. Thankfully, I had a great first week and hit 1k in that week so the rest of the month should balance itself out.
Plus with black Friday and Cyber week coming up I should get a little boost if things don’t get progressively worse.

I’m hoping for the best but I can’t tell what will happen but here’s what the traffic looked like last week.

I’m glad for it. If things continue I’ll still hit 2k this month and maybe surpass last month by a little. I expected to double last month but you can never know what will happen in the future so I’ll keep taking it a day at a time.

 

l continue to let the dust settle on site 1 before doing anything. And I’ll go and see if I can find a suitable expired domain. If you guys have any recommendations to getting one please share as that’ll save me a lot of time!

What is the conversion rate of high ticket items per click?

Hmmm… Depends on the item and how much it costs. For very high ticket items like 2k per product, I’ve only sold 6 in a month from 1.3k monthly visits. $400-$800 items might sell 20 – 30 from 2000 visits per month. Lower ticket items ranging from $70 – $300, I’ll sell like 10 from 100 clicks.

Update #19

Earnings for Yesterday:

Got a little improvement in traffic to 400+ visits. I hope it keeps rising…

Traffic seemed stable over the past days but today is slow af. And based on ahrefs I’ve dropped rankings for a number of my top pages. So I’m going through and tweaking the relevancy to see if I can get any improvements.

I haven’t added any new articles to either site since the update but I’ll try to finish the edits today. Then start adding new content from tomorrow on.

Why are you not using Amazon stripe to get the images from amazon?

I do use site stripe. But for places where I only want a certain part of the item I use other pictures. With sitestrip images, sometimes they don’t show up if your visitor has adblock enabled. So you’ll always want a mixture of images on the page.

You can fix that though by using something like aawp or another third party plugin to pull images. Plus with sitestrip you can’t specify which image you want so that’s why I do a mixture.

Last week earnings summary:

I’m still working on fixing my site and finding a good expired domain.

I’m amazed, if you were audit your site via smallseot what is your domain rate? or by the way how did you get your DR score? :D

My DR from ahrefs is less than 10.

Earnings for Yesterday:

Update #20 – November Summary

Completed Actions this Month:

  • Switched hosting from Namecheap to WPX Hosting.
  • Added WPRocket and Switched theme to Astra.
  • Improved site speed from 4s to 1 or 2 seconds.
  • Redesign site to add minor improvement to silo.
  • Fix relevancy on 10 key pages.
  • Added 6 more niche edit links.
  • – Searched in vain for an expired domain –

Total Costs: $952

Niche Edits: $468
Hosting: $25
WP Rocket: $49
Content: $410

Earnings and Statistics:

The good news after everything is that I still surpassed last month, even before Black Friday rolled around. However, the days before were horrible with poor conversion rates and $14 earnings for 2 days.

Thankfully, over Black Friday and the weekend till yesterday I sold 2 high-ticket items on each of the days that costs over $2k so I should be expecting either a $400 day or more or at least some $180+ days over the coming week/days.

Earnings For The Month:

Update #21

1.How you rate if the domain is worth buying?
2. What SEO things would you suggest to buy to rank the website at the beginning? Articles? Web 2.0? What works best in your opinion?

1. Check Links, Anchors, Archive.org, TF, CF, DA, PA, RD.
2. Don’t buy anything in the beginning. Invest in keyword research and content.
3. Taking action works best.

How do you “close” a silo so you can make a better link flowing?

Link from main page to child page and from child pages to siblings and main page.

Earnings for Yesterday:

What are my plans going forward?

Sigh… I’m a firm believer in focusing on one course of action and dedicating maximum effort to one thing. But that only works when you have things under your control and with internet marketing you just don’t. You can’t control if Pinterest decides to change or whether Facebook decides to further reduce organic reach or when Google decides to update. Can’t control the cost of ads, etc.

The only thing you can do is to have multiple traffic sources and multiple websites. Even then you have no control but at least you’re sane mentally if one goes down.

So my plan going forward is to build a 70-page niche site every month. Set the articles to drip release 1 a day or 1 every other day and leave it.

I’ll spend 1 hour a day on my first two niche sites and nothing more. And focus on one new site each month.

So that’s the idea. It’s not perfect, might be dumb, stupid and batshit crazy but I’ll give it a shot. Investing $1000 a month can build you such a site each month with ease.

So I’ll try it for 6 months while investing in stocks and mutual funds to diversify my risks.

Earnings For Last Week:

BTW: The journey won’t stop until I hit the target so rest assured.

I think I’ve identified the next niche I’ll go after and possibly the expired domains that I’ll be using. But I have zero dollars this month so that plan goes into action in January even though my 3 year anniversary is in February and I need to save all my money for that.
So, finally, is this about investment,risk,and return?
And how to maximize the profit?
And don’t put all eggs in one basket.

Nope it’s all about having a stable earnings of $350+ per day. However and whatever it takes.

But maximizing profit, having multiple baskets and investing without being afraid of risks are key things that dictate whether I’ll get stable earnings.

Year-End Report

I think the scaling method I had was flawed because I tried to do all my scaling manually. And there’s a physical limit to what a single person can accomplish in 24 hours.

Furthermore, I didn’t build my sites like most people where they are constantly doing link building. If I had done that maybe I could’ve hit the target easily? Who knows, but I couldn’t afford to risk my passive bread doing something I’m not sure would work.

I’m great at writing content, optimizing said content, and structuring my site and articles to rank from the relevancy and authority of my site. I’ve also successfully implemented 301 redirects so that will now become a part of my strategy going forward.

At the end of it all, the year went how it did and there’s nothing I can do anymore to change the results.

Now you might be wondering…

What’s the result?

I couldn’t have asked for a better year!

Total Monthly Earnings AMZ + ADs: $72,663

Total for 2021: ~$238k

Of my earnings for last year, about $2000-$3000 was spent on various expenses such as tools, hosting, domains. I bought the 301 redirects for the site I sold in 2020 so I’m not counting that into the costs.

The site I sold this year is the Project with Code Name OBF which was the second site I started after getting into Amazon affiliates in 2019.

The total costs for that site were around $4000 and it took about 3 months of work to build in 2021 although I’ve had it since late 2019. So having a six-figure exit was great for me.

What will you do about it? Do you want it badly enough to do the work it takes? Nothing comes easy, we all have our ups and downs as you can see throughout my journeys. I’ve been at this whole IM marketing thing since 2013 and this year has been my best in profit.

I’ve finally found what I love and will keep working even harder at it. Will a similar journey be yours?

Do you want success as badly as I wanted it? Prove it.

 

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How To Get Free Backlinks Using Facebook Groups

While everyone has the ability to outreach sites and ask for a link, I felt that I need to find a more efficient method to reach out to better sites that don’t get +50 requests for guest posts on a daily basis.

I have nothing against that method, in fact, I’ve been using it for over 5 years and still do but I need to point out that the site quality isn’t like it was before and the sites are now charging an arm and a leg for a link.

So without any further ado, I’ll explain in short steps how I have been able to get free guest posts (80% of the time) that are highly relevant to my niche.

1) Find a niche Facebook group

For example –

Facebook Keto

Facebook Sleep

Facebook Dating

Facebook Anxiety & Stress

Facebook Crypto

You should only join groups that are very active and that are sharing blogs here and there. I remember back in the day when I had my WordPress blog I managed to get a lot of free guest posts on niche-related sites and also free traffic by sharing my posts in that Facebook group which also helped with rankings because of the post receiving real visitors. Keep in mind that these days Google is evaluating even more User Signals.

Here is proof that I am not talking BS

This screenshot was captured while writing this post. 

2) Be well known in the group – Most of the groups you’ll try to join will ask if you’re just looking to join to promote your stuff. They do that because they are very suspicious of guys like us and want to keep the group non-promotional stuff. I know that from my personal experience as I’ve got banned from more than 8 Facebook groups promoting from the beginning. That’s why first you should interact with other members and provide some value here and there. Believe me, it will be worth it.

3) Reach out to the admin – This highly depends from a Facebook group to group. If you already see that other members are requiring guest posts, then this step is not a must. However, if the group is not highly focused on guest posts, then you definitively should contact the admin and let him know exactly what you will be posting.

4) Post your requirement about guest post – Your focus here should be to get the attention of the group from your post. Collect some articles that were already viral within the niche. I use Buzzsumo to find viral articles, you can use whatever tool that shows that the article has been shared on Social Platforms. I’m also upfront that I want an attribution link.

I always make sure that the content I share with them is well-written and contains multiple images. Most of the time they share the post within the group and to their social accounts.

Wait for people to comment requesting more info.

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Best Places To Promote Your Website/StartUp

This is a list of sites where you can share your blog/website and get a backlink from powerful domains. Most of the sites are free but there are some paid ones as well.

Keep in mind that this is not the average list you find on Google. The list doesn’t consist of garbage sites, but well-maintained ones where you can find well-funded startups being shared.

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Local Link Building Tactic That You Can Use For Affiliate Sites

For many clients, you may encounter that a corresponding blogosphere does not exist to get links from. Eg: A signboard maker. You won’t find sites fully dedicated to signboards.

Yes, you can get links from blogs that talk about promoting your business, branding, etc but you will only get page-level relevance, not domain-level relevance.

What can you do in this case?

Well, a strategy I use is to guest post at sites of the same businesses in other cities. This works wonders because sign board makers in other cities are not competitors of your client hence do not hesitate in accepting your guest posts.

Mind you – most businesses don’t know what a guest post is so you will have to position it as “collaboration”

  • So just Search for – intitle:Business type + “other city” in google and scrape the results.
  • Get a list of results for at least 10 cities and send them an outreach email.

This strategy never fails to work. I have scored hundreds of relevant links this way for clients where there is no passionate blogosphere in the niche.

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How To Reduce The Risk From Guest Posts Campaigns?

Guest posting was and is one of the most used to acquire backlinks to increase your rankings. However, many do it wrong and even after spending ton of $$$ they barely see any increase on rankings.

That’s why I decided to create this post and show you the criteria stuff you should know while doing your guest posting campaign.

Reducing risk starts with the sites you pick.

Not using

  • sponsorship tags
  • guest post tags
  • not picking sites that only accept all paid posts
  • not picking sites that have crazy OBL,
  • write for us tag
  • huge downward trend ie 50+ percent traffic drop.
  1. Anchor text distribution we like to mix it up and use anchors like branded, brand plus generic, longer-form anchors, click here. I remember a Google search quality employee tweeted years ago to make the anchors “look like you are not doing SEO”.
  2. I think the risk is also the type of page you build links to example are you linking to an info content piece or a money page. It’s so easy to look non-natural with money links.
    Another thing we always do with info content looks at who’s already ranking top 5 and pick natural anchors from the pages.

We have some clients who are very aggressive in competitive verticals 200 plus links acquired per month don’t have issues. But they already have good link velocity and have a good number of RD in the profile.

That said it seems Google is devaluing a lot of low-quality sites these days.

If you desire lower risk links look into resource page links as a first option. In my eyes, they are lower risk and one of the safest options.

Google could be looking at the “industry average” for a specific vertical. If your competitors are all getting 20 links a month and you acquire 200 it’s a vertical spike.

  • Links that send traffic and are niche relevant are always going to be the best type of link to acquire.
  • The last patent would allude to using safe anchor text such as the ones mentioned.

PR is always good to help diversify the link profile. Yeah, it’s always good to have a healthy ratio of branded anchors in some spaces we aim for 90% branded. Exacts are a very small amount of profile. You can also do a NewsWire for a release yet focus on the quality ones is my advice.

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Things You Must Know Before You Do Link Building

When doing link building there are many questions that flow up on your mind like should we use the same site to link us twice? What kind of anchor text should we use?

I decided to make a post and answer some of the most important things you should know.

To that end… when building links to your/clients’/employer’s web properties, how do you feel about the following:

  1. Referring Domain (RD) diversity, i.e. never a repeat backlink from the same RD? Or, a different page on the same RD is a-okay forever and ever? Or… somewhere in between 2-3 repeats is okay, but you believe in a “law of diminishing returns”?
  2. What are your most preferred metrics in evaluating sites to secure backlinks from? TF, CF, DR, DA, PR, Ahrefs est. traffic, GA traffic, rankings analysis… or?
  3. With respect to your backlinks’ anchor text, what is the ratio of branded anchors: keyworded anchors: naked URLs?
  4. Also with respect to your backlinks’ destination URLs, what is the ratio of home page: money page: pillar content: other?
  5. With regards to niche relevancy, do you believe a referring domain must be relevant to your site, or you will earn a penalty? Or, do you care more about the referring *page*’s relevancy? Or, neither? Or, both?

Answers

  1. RD Diversity – Probably highly important. Chances are, it’s one of the things I went into a campaign looking for, especially with a paid vendor. The big annoyance with vendors is it feels like theft if someone has an author account (or another way to reliably post within a few days.) It seems like a month isn’t going to hit the link goal… then magically 3 links appear in the last week, all on repeat sites
  2. Traffic est from aHrefs or SEMRush – it’s basically a snapshot at how their rankings have been doing. There are so many DR40 domains selling links that get like 300 visits a month. If the site actually had the trust that DR was looking to model, it would have way more than 10 visits a day. Traffic – and traffic trend – above all else. (Trend-wise – I am super not interested in a link from a site that’s lost 70% of the est traffic it was getting. You’re tanking, bro – a link from you isn’t going to help me.)
  3. I do heavy branded – something like 50%, and then a good chunk of generics, and then longer phrases that contain my term – so ‘great dog food options’ not ‘dog food’
  4. Overall – something like 30-40% home and then everything else mixed. But if I’m working with a specific vendor they may be just a piece of the puzzle and I want only links to money pages from them, etc.
  5. Ideally, it would be a relevant + strong domain, the next best is a relevant page on a strong domain, and then a lower authority but relevant domain. Everything else is a distant second.  Stuff like roundups on a high DR domain but no connection to the topic of the site getting the link may be good at pumping DR/DA/etc SEO-stats and not much else)
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Next Level Link Building Content Examples

Hey everyone, I thought I’d start a thread that showcases some good examples of content that has earned a bunch of backlinks. I’ve listed out the URL of the content, the number of backlinks (by domain), some notable links and then a quick reason why I believe it has done well.
You can use this as a source of inspiration for thinking about the assets that you might build out yourself. And if you have any other examples that you think are really strong, just drop them as a single reply in this thread using the same format as me
Hope this is useful

URL: https://www.divorce-online.co.uk/blog/is-fortnite-becoming-a-relationship-wrecker/
Title: Is Fortnite becoming a relationship wrecker?
Linking Domains: 616
Links From:: Bloomberg, Quartz, CNET, CNBC, plus many more.
Why it Earns Links: Very timely, provocative, and easy for publications to create stories around.

URL: https://www.staveleyhead.co.uk/blog/news/nine-superbugs-found-on-london-public-transport
Title: London: Under the Microscope
Linking Domains: 57
Links From:: The Guardian, London Metropolitan University, ITV, BBC, + more.
Why it Earns Links: Highly emotional/shocking, original data, regionally focused.

URL: https://www.spaseekers.com/spa-blog/dream-summer-job
Title: Become our official spa-ologist and professional hot-tubber this summer
Linking Domains: 42
Links From:: The Sun, Fox News, Metro, The Irish Post, + more.
Why it Earns Links: it’s a job listing purely created to earn links/coverage – I put this in the ‘too good to be true’ bucket that triggers a lot of people to share and discuss (covers the perfect range of emotions). It’s also regional, which makes it easier to pitch local news outlets.

URL: https://www.unilad.co.uk/food/you-can-now-get-paid-to-be-a-yorkshire-pudding-taster/
Title: You Can Now Get Paid To Be A Yorkshire Pudding Taster
NOTE: this is one of the pieces of coverage that this link asset got, not the link asset itself (it’s just easier to explain with this). Similar to the above, this is a job listing built for coverage/links. It was done by Airtasker, where you could become a “Yorkshire Pudding Taster” (if you don’t know what this is, you’re both not British enough and absolutely missing out). Airtasker has now 301d the listing, but what I love about this is that they hosting the job application on Airtasker, so you had to sign up for an Airtasker account to apply, creating new user signups as well as links – genius. This is the original listing URL: https://www.airtasker.co.uk/tasks/need-help-perfecting-my-yorkshire-puddings-12224037/
Linking Domains: 33
Links From:: Marie Claire, Lad Bible, OK! Magazine, Pretty52, + more.
Why it Earns Links: It’s another emotion-fueled, highly shareable piece that makes for a great headline with very little effort on the journalist’s side.

URL: https://www.plumbworld.co.uk/blog/shy-bladder-plumbworld-launches-the-privi-pee-cape
Title: Shy Bladder? Plumbworld Launches the Privi-Pee Cape
Linking Domains: 39
Links From:: HuffPo, Maxim, Metro (and was also discussed on US national tv news).
Why it Earns Links: it’s a fake product that’s just about believable. It sounds utterly ridiculous but is just within the realm of possible that it makes for a funny and quick headline for a journalist. This is all about how easy it is to cover it. They also made it look as legitimate as possible, while keeping lighthearted still.

URL: https://appinstitute.com/pokemongo-realtime-stats/
Title: Pokemon Go App Downloads and Revenue
Linking Domains: 215
Links From:: Android Authority, The Next Web, Games Radar, CNET, + more.
Why it Earns Links: collates ‘real-time’ data, was launched very timely around the hype of Pokemon Go, it provides a great way for a journalist to write a headline from without needing to do a lot.

URL: https://fleximize.com/from-millionaires-to-billionaires/
Title: From Millions to Billions
Linking Domains: 133
Links From:: CNBC, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, + more.
Why it Earns Links: Provocative, data-backed with great design, and it’s easy for a journalist to reference it in a story (in particular as it pits one person against another).

URL: https://www.folly-farm.co.uk/news/sloth-retirement-home/
Title: New sloth arrives at Folly Farm
Linking Domains: 48
Links From:: Boston 25 News, Cheezburger, + more.
Why it Earns Links: highly shareable and may for a regional outlet to pick up the story and run a piece on it.

URL: https://animagraffs.com/how-a-handgun-works-1911-45/
Title: How a Handgun Works
Linking Domains: 257
Links From:: Gizmodo, Wikipedia, + more
Why it Earns Links: at the time it was a unique way of presenting the content and was highly shareable. You won’t get news pickup, but it will easily get into highly relevant, topical publications.

URL: https://www.discover.com/credit-cards/resources/the-american-idea-of-success/
Title: The American Idea of Success
Linking Domains: 74
Links From:: CNN, Fox, Entrepreneur, + more.
Why it Earns Links: credible brand, unique data, regional spilt – all makes this very easy for a publication to create a story around it.

URL: https://drugabuse.com/featured/instagram-drugs-and-rock-n-roll/
Title: Instagram, Drugs, Rock & Roll
Linking Domains: 107
Links From:: Vice, The Daily Beast, Billboard & more.
Why it Earns Links: for the time it was a unique content format, it was unique data (even though it was collated), and pits a number of festivals against each other that also have a controversial angle that will get pickup and be easy to create catchy headlines to.

URL: https://www.injuryclaimcoach.com/analysis-of-the-florida-man.html
Title: An Analysis of the Florida Man
Linking Domains: 24
Links From:: NPR, University of Florida, Miami Herald.
Why it Earns Links: timely and has a strong regional angle to it, making it perfect for local news outlets.

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(Mostly) Automated Broken Backlink Prospecting

What you’ll need: A broken link that has many links to it. The more the better, though technically this will work at any scale. 

  1. Take your link, plug it into Ahrefs Site Explorer. Set it to “URL Only.” Navigate to Backlinks. 
  2. Filter by RecentLive, English (I assume), DoFollow
  3. Export to Excel
  4. Open up the CSV
  5. Filter by DR >= 20 (or other value, up to you)
  6. Copy and paste those results into a Google Sheet
  7. Delete columns so you just have Referring Page URL, Referring Page Title, and Link URL (the broken link URL)
  8. Add columns for Our Link, First Name, Last Name, Root Domain
  9. In Root Domain, paste this formula and extend it to all rows:
    =REGEXEXTRACT(A2,”^(?:https?:\/\/)?(?:www\.)?([^\/]+)”)
  10. Now download the page as a CSV, delete everything but the Referring Page URL, and create an MTurk task to find the First Name and Last Name for each article. I set the task at $.10 and got 400 done in about 30 minutes. You can also use URL profiler Content Analysis- Readability function which can extract author names before sending to url  to MTurk  
  11. Once you have the First Name and Last Name data, paste it into your Google sheet. Now you should have URL, Title, Broken Link, First Name, Last Name, and Root Domain. Add another column called Company.
  12. Add the Hunter.io Google Sheets add-on. Then use the Addon to populate all the emails. 
  13. Tada! You should have a ton of emails you can reach out to directly to get the broken link fixed to your link. 
  14. Want more? Take all the URLs that MTurk didn’t get First/Last names for and plug them into Hunter and look for Editorial or Info email addresses. Never hurts to try. 
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Trying to figure out if PBNs are bad or not so bad?

PBNs work. But the best way is to build your own. As noted, the economics of it are increasingly difficult, but they do help with money keywords. I’m not doing any right now, but have within the past 1.5 years.
Consider this: $10 for expired domain, $12/yr. for cheap web host, plus you need to get up unique content, or do a website rebuild (cost $12).
$10+12+12 = $34 per PBN site, if you’re doing it super-duper cheap. Better domains cost more, better hosting costs more. And if your VA or a service to build it for you, that costs more too.
Seems like most guys doing links at scale would rather pay $100+ for a guest post on a site with high DR and real organic search traffic. You’re one and done, and the link is permanent. Better than building out thousands of PBNs, which require ongoing upkeep.
The only people that seem to still be relying on PBNs are greyhat SEOs in the local SEO space, because local SEO doesn’t really warrant a huge content marketing campaign. Plus with many clients you only need 10-30 links to rank them #1 for their keywords. PBNs will make that easy.
But even then there are disadvantages to PBNs.
Personally I’ve never done PBNs at scale, but using them here and there they have helped quite a bit.
The key to not getting penalized is to not leave a “footprint”. This means creating websites that look and feel different. (Different content, WP themes, different CMSes, website layouts, etc.) The hardest thing is scaling web hosting.
You have to get hosting for your sites on different servers. So keeping track of a bunch of sites on different hosts is a pain.
If all of your websites look and feel the same and are all on the same web host, that is how you get penalized.
Or are all on the same Google Search Console or Google Analytics account. Stuff like that that makes a pattern easy for Google to find.

PBNs these day resemble real sites to the point that some (not all) actually are. One such PBN provider I know actually decided to start a niche relevant PBN network. By the time he had 10 websites, all of them were ranking for search terms and had actually useful content.
That is not to say that 1 hour PBN builds don’t pass juice anymore, but the guy has been building PBNs for years. If he doesn’t do quick builds anymore, I’m not going to bother.
After you build a PBN you also have to toxicity test it. This takes about a month. Basically means to create a post and link to a site ranking on page two for a low competition KW. Then see what happens to the sites.
I’m not saying “don’t bother”, but you definitely need a lot of research. The amount of footprints alone is staggering; around 60-70 you need to be aware of.
For myself, I’ve decided to only ever use PBNs if I’m in a niche where they are ubiquitous. Otherwise, it’s just not worth it for me.

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How To Get Keyword Difficulty For A Bunch Of Keywords?

Each tool uses its own formula so you’re always going to see some differences.

Some weight (seemingly too much) on the individual pages ranking, and will call a term easy even if its a bunch of pages on really high authority sites

(So a ‘weak’ page on NerdWallet, for example – still hard to beat given how massive they are in the finance space.)

I’d recommend checking them out, and sticking with the one that works for you.

I’d define that has some decent level of consistency in “With equal page optimization, I rank highest for stuff it grades as easy, lowest for hard, and in the mid group for medium”

if you find one that aligns with a bunch of your intentional work like that, it’s a good sign that you can use their stats for ‘easy’ to go scoop up more easy wins.

What I’d likely do here is grab a bunch of terms, toss em into the keyword tool at ahrefs and use the ‘traffic share by domain’ report.

If you take a look at the top sites and feel like you can compete with them in terms of the amount of content and links, go for it.