Amazon Affiliate Niche Site Update
It's no secret I have been missing for the last couple of months. I've hardly posted to the blog recently and I've hardly been on social media. But for 2 very good reasons. The first is Top Secret (hint: more will be revealed over the next month or so), and the second reason: My Amazon Affiliate Niche Site.
Or should I say, my four Amazon Affiliate Niche Sites!
Since you read this post on my shock at earning $33 with a half baked niche site, I've not only been building that site up, but also building 3 more (I made one a public case study, find out more here).
So although I've hardly posted here recently, I have still been extremely busy. Including another blog theme change. DOH!
I started the Public Niche Site at the in the middle of April, and posted about it on May 11th. You can see the Google Analytics graph below.
There's just one word to describe the traffic so far: sporadic.
But still, traffic has been coming, despite me doing absolutely no offsite SEO or backlinking with this site whatsoever.
What you really want to know is if I've made any money from this site yet, isn't it?
Well the answer to that is: YES!
Below are the orders attributed to this site to date, totalling about $22.
However, this may not be a true reflection of what that site has actually made. Once these 4 items have been purchased, I also get commissions from any other purchases these customers make from Amazon in the next 90 days (as long as they don't click another Amazon affiliate link in that time).
But for the purposes of this report, I can only report on the items linked to the niche I am in, as there is no way of finding out which items are linked to these purchases.
OVERALL INCOME SO FAR
I started back in September with my very first niche site, and checking it on February 16th, I saw that I had total commissions of $33.
Since then, I have started an additional 3 niche sites, with the latest one being just a couple of weeks old. Here's the totals I have earned in that period.
It's worth pointing out that the income from Amazon UK is earnings from a site that is less than 3 weeks old, and has just 4 articles on there. That's right, I'm ranking on Google after just 3 weeks. And I've done absolutely no SEO work apart from on page optimization with serious attention to specific keywords.
WHY I LOVE AMAZON SITES (& WHY YOU WILL TOO)
Working on one of my Amazon affiliate niche sites is a breathe of fresh air. Truly. It's like going from walking in the city to walking in the countryside.
You will love building your Amazon Affiliate Niche Site because:
- It's truly passive. Do the work once, and reap the benefits from it time and time again.
- No marketing to marketers. You market your links to 'normal' people, people who aren't going to go out of their way to avoid your affiliate link.
- No social media. My suggested strategy, because your focus should always be on the click to Amazon.
- No commenting or outreach or building communities. Seriously, you don't need it for this to work.
- No replying to comments. Think of your sites as informational sites, where visitors come for information. They hardly ever comment.
- No customer support to deal with, no emails to send or reply to - a hands off experience to its fullest.
- Cheap to set up, and as risk free as you can get. Most of your cost will be your time.
MARKETING TO MARKETERS
My second bullet point may have taken some of you by surprise. It's a big one for me, and is another small reason why I haven't been blogging recently.
Here's a quick story.
A few weeks ago I received a message from someone on Twitter regarding Optimizepress. This lady had seen my review of Optimizepress, and told me she had found it very helpful. She just had a few more questions though, which we took to email.
Nothing uncommon here. I've probably had 50+ emails just like since publishing that review. So we went back and forwards a few times with emails, and I gave her my opinion and best practice based on my experience (as well as screenshots) on how she could use Optimizepress for her membership site.
No problem I thought. Usually, it leads to a nice little commission if they go through my affiliate link for the product.
The emails ended and then I got a Twitter message from her a few days later.
And this is where I snapped a little. You see, the emails ended without her acknowledging my last reply, and without even as much as a 'thank you'. So before I replied to this message, I decided to check my commissions for Optimizepress to see if her name cropped up.
You know what's coming next. Yep, she didn't even bother to use my affiliate link to purchase Optimizepress, which meant the hour or so I had spent emailing/tweeting her, and the 40+ hours I spent putting together the review earned me absolutely ZERO from this person. Needless to say, I replied to the Tweet with a link to the Optimizepress Support page, and nothing else.
It may seem like a moan, but really it's not. Because she's not the first to do this, but I've made a promise to myself that she will definitely be the last.
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See, I'm done on working for free. The marketer concerned in this instance, in my opinion, was all take, take, take. I didn't even get a simple 'thank you' from this person.
And that's why Amazon Affiliate Niche Sites are so appealing to me right now. The people who visit these sites aren't necessarily aware of how affiliate sites work and they are not aware that I may make a commission if they go through my link (even though I have the appropriate disclaimers on my site). They just want information on the product they are researching, and if the information is there, they will happily use a link I provide to go and see the item in question on Amazon - and then hopefully, purchase that item.
Furthermore, they don't email you. They don't tweet you. And they don't go out of their way to avoid your affiliate link, because they can't stand the thought of you earning money from their purchase. And believe me, these people exist.
IS AN AMAZON SITE RIGHT FOR YOU?
Without even knowing you, I'm saying yes. Getting out of the 'Internet Marketing' space has made a huge difference to me, and I know it will to you too.
While I will never give up on the blog, I am shifting my mentality to ensure that people like the above mentioned person don't use my time for nothing again. I'll still provide awesome reviews on products and services I use and love, and while I have no control over who clicks the links in those reviews (some people will go out of their way to make sure I get a commission, while some will do the opposite - no point worrying over this), I do have control over my emails and who I help and who I don't.
I have a couple of questions that I'd love you to answer if you could.
- Have you got an Amazon affiliate niche site currently? If not, what is holding you back?
- Have you experienced 'commission slippage' - from marketing to marketers like I have? Share your story below.
Thanks for being awesome. Looking forward to seeing your comments below.
All the best, Richard.