I’m coaching my friend Jim while he’s building out a new Amazon Affiliate Site. It can take a while to make consistent earnings with a new site – upwards of several months. (See examples of Amazon Affiliate Niche Sites & get 15,000 keywords there, too.)
When you’re hungry to make money on a new niche site, several months may as well be several years.
At least it can feel that way. As you can tell from the post, Jim made almost $100 in about a month or so.
If you remember the post from the other day about Why Niche Sites Fail, you know that it’s exceptional to make a profit that fast.
“How can I do that?”
…is what you may be thinking.
Let’s talk about it. Jim is getting 100% access to me – he can ask questions about anything he’s having trouble with.
If he gets hung up or confused about the Amazon Terms of Service or has an issue with starting a guest posting campaign, he can send me an email or chat with me. He’s hacking the process by avoiding a HUGE number of mistakes.
If you can learn from other people’s mistakes, you’re going to learn faster.
- You’re going to find success faster.
- You’re going to find your niche and keywords faster.
- You’re going to pick a niche that is ACTUALLY profitable.
- You’re going to get traffic faster.
- You’re going to make a profit faster.
Jim is doing great so far and he’s been working really hard on his site. It’s paid off too – Jim has:
- Made nearly $100 in the first month. That’s really unusual until you consider the Keyword Golden Ratio and the way it gets targeted traffic FAST.
- Been blog commenting per my instructions. So he’s getting backlinks to his new pages.
- Landed guest posts, which is way faster than expected. Guest posts are the life blood of getting your rankings if you prefer NOT to use Private Blog Networks.
- 15 keywords ranking in the top 50 and 8 in the top 30. That’s thanks to a concept I call the Keyword Golden Ratio.
- See all the posts in the series – here.
The Keyword Golden Ratio
The KGR is a data-driven way to find keywords that NO ONE or very few people are competing for.
The Keyword Golden Ratio (KGR) a way to find keywords that rank in the top 100 as soon as you publish content and it gets indexed. A lot of people will seem satisfied with “stealing other people’s keywords“, but then you’re competing directly with your competition.
Do you want to go for keywords that someone already has a headstart on?
Or would you rather be the first to market for that keyword?
The KGR is a data-driven way to find keywords that NO ONE or very few people are competing for. You can check out the Keyword Golden Ratio here.
Alright, here is Jim with his update…
What a month! I’ve been working pretty damn hard on creating content, blog commenting, guest post outreach, and just generally watching site stats.
Like with all things there have been ups and downs but overall the month has been great. It’s good to see content getting up and gaining traction in the SERPs.
Something that really struck me was the development of relationships between me and other bloggers and how nice people can be. A guy who’s blog I commented on, my very first blog comment, started following my site, commenting on my posts and has even allowed me to guest post on his site.
He also want to buy one of the products I featured on my site, BOOM!
This is something I hadn’t expected to happen so fluidly.
I managed to land a couple more GP’s and even dabbled in hiring a writer, he was very new and it required quite a bit of editing but it was good to get my feet wet before things get more busy and I need to do more hiring.
Overall I’m stoked with March and my progress with the site.
My approach for GP’s and blog commenting has been all white hat. Just me searching around and looking for good places and blogs that seem like they’re a good match.
It’s wild how you find certain blogs that direct more traffic to your site versus others. There’s a blog comment I made about a month ago and people still trickle in off that one post.
So I’ve made a point to sign up for email alerts from her site that notify me of new post so that I can post early on so more people will see my post and what I’ve posted.
Free and easy publicity? Yeah, I’m all about that.
I found it really helpful to keep track of where and when I’ve posted a comment when I go looking for GP possibilities.
These are places that the admin probably will recognize my name and if the sites directing traffic to mine why not reach out and see about a guest post, their readers are obviously interested in my topics.
Really this white hat approach seems like the best thing right now because it’s given me a chance to see how it all works and really dig in and do some of the ground work. I know in the future my link building strategies might take on more of a grey hat approach as that will allow me to work the site while getting the lifestyle workload I’m looking for.
I’ve learned a little about PBN’s (private blog networks) and how then can help a site’s DA by doing some GMO back linking.
GMO instead of organic… I kill myself.
So far I’ve got 3 guest posts approved at sites with strong DA’s and about a dozen more speculative emails for GP’s, that is seriously going to help my site in the long run.
So far I’ve gotten maybe 15 articles written and now I’m focused mainly on blog outreach . As the rest of the month continues I’ll add a little more content to the site and hopefully be writing guest posts too.
It’s been fun to see the site develop and learn the backend of the developer side of things. I think I lucked out in the beginning, I got an relatively inexpensive theme ($49) and it’s got quite a bit of functionality to it. Their customer support has been very good too, something that’s really important to me as a rookie.
I’ve been using several plugins that I really like, Yoast is great for seeing post and page SEO analytics, Jetpack for site stats, and this really great table plugin called ComPear (Thanks Dave!).
ComPear is great because it’s allowed me to add some nice features to the site and help with page navigation too. It’s functional and Dave Nicosia is great to work with and has been super responsive to any and all of my requests. (Dave has a great theme too that you can check out here.)
I like to use it for additional products in a certain category “If you like this, check these out” kind of thing and also for page jumps, where you can click an image and you jump to that section.
Really nice feature that adds some gloss to my site.
The SERP Report
Okay, so I kinda geek out and like to watch my stats for the keywords, after all that’s the whole game, and I’ve seen some good results.
My overall score has increased and it’s awesome to see that I’m ranking 8 KWs in the top 30! When I first checked I only had 1 ranked inside the top 30, so I’m stoked with these results.
Google Analytics and Traffic
Trending upward is always good to see and it provides some good data. I’m so new that a lot of this is probably putting the horse before the cart so to speak but it’s just good to check.
I went ahead and blocked my IP address and the one from the coffee shop where I work so I can get a better picture of the true traffic.
Again, the site’s so new that I feel that this won’t start being a good analytical tool until I start seeing larger amounts of traffic but it’s good to get a baseline of info to go off of.
Amazingly Fast Amazon Earnings
I’m starting to generate a few more clicks per day than I was even a week ago and this is something I log into everyday to look at because it’s essentially my paycheck.
The sales have come from people just visiting the site and buying something they needed off Amazon but nothing I’ve featured on my site has sold yet.
Overall March has been good to me in terms of learning new techniques, content generation, and outreach. I’ve been surprised at the response I’ve gotten with just simple techniques that Doug has given me. Small steps done everyday can yield big time results.
The biggest thing that has worked for me has been learning to shuck the fear of rejection when doing blog outreach. Just saying “Who cares if they don’t want me to guest post” has led to me actually getting guest posts.
The internet is so big who cares if someone doesn’t like me, there are people in this town who don’t like me, BFD. Reach out you’ll be surprised at how nice some people can actually be.
The biggest time suck has been overthinking myself when I started out blog commenting. I kept thinking I needed to find a really close match to my own site in order to generate traffic.
The best referring blog I’m connected to is one that’s based around travel and I’m definitely not in the travel niche. The old adage is true, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Just reach out, try something different and you’ll be surprised at the results.
The next 4 weeks are going to be mostly blog outreach with content generation sprinkled in. Every new thing I learn takes on a life of it’s own and I tend to hyper focus on it for a while.
I like to think of them as a game and blog hunting is no different. Finding suitable blogs with good DA and then contacting them can be exciting because the potential upside is so good.
So for now it’s all write, write, write. I’m surprised I even have letters on my keyboard anymore.
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