Amazon Affiliate Niche Site: Earnings Shock On Half Baked Niche Site
It’s a Sunday morning here in the UK as I sit and type this short post out (But it may well be Monday by the time I hit publish).
And I’m excited. It’s not because my beloved Aston Villa have a new manager and are playing in the FA Cup later today (edit: they won 2-1). And it’s not because Spring seems to be creeping in with gorgeous clear blue skies and a thermometer reading that has the mercury well above 0 degrees.
It’s because I just had the best surprise of my life when I logged into my Amazon Associates Account.
Because my Amazon Affiliate Niche Site, which I have never mentioned on here before, has already been making some money.
And I’m absolutely gobsmacked.
AMAZON AFFILIATE NICHE SITE
I haven’t mentioned my Amazon Affiliate Niche Site because I only started it a few months ago, and have yet to make any serious inroads into it. And I’m gobsmacked because:
It’s a half built, half cooked site.
There’s hardly any content on there.
There’s no proper link structure in there.
The content isn’t formatted properly.
And I’ve only put about 6 hours into it in total.
In other words, it’s like a car missing the engine, the doors, the steering wheel and the lights.
Which made the following screen, which met me on this beautiful Sunday morning, all the more shocking:
$22.49? THAT IT?
Yep, that’s it. And I’m absolutely mega delighted.
Because like I’ve said, this was set up over the course of just 6 hours, and the site has about 4 posts with about 800 words worth of content.
I have also done absolutely zero SEO on this site apart from standard on page optimisation.
I was especially excited to see how many clicks the items were getting. You can see 208 clicks in the screenshot above. That is incredible for a site of this age, which has no backlinks, no social media exposure, and only the bare bones in place.
My biggest disappointment is Google Analytics. I installed Analytics on the site when I first brought it online. However, I moved to Genesis, meaning that the tracking code had been removed – leaving me with this message on my analytics account:
…which annoyed me no end because know I’m missing some really important data.
It was a big mistake to make, but I have already corrected that, so should have some data in the next few weeks.
The source of my excitement has come from the niche I have chosen.
Because it’s a niche within a niche. I think the experts call it drilling down, and that’s what I’ve done here.
Not only that, but the niche is not about $5 items. These items aren’t even $20, or $50 dollars. These items cost hundreds of dollars. Meaning I get more money per sale than if I was promoting smaller ticket items.
It’s a good place to be.
THE SIMPLE STRATEGY
I’ve wanted to give the Amazon Niche Site thing a go for a while. It was mid September 2014 when I had finally nailed down one idea.
The idea was based on 3 main mindmapped ideals:
1. This was NOT going to be a review site. Everybody does ‘review sites’ and my own thinking was that these review sites now have a terrible reputation because of people poorly executing them.
2. This WAS going to be about a subject I had knowledge and interest in.
3. This WAS going to revolve around a problem and offering a solution through informed posts about the problem, and then littered with posts about products that would solve the problem.
I haven’t taken any courses on creating an Amazon Affiliate Niche Site. So I am wet behind the ears in many ways. But my mindmap outlined the following plans:
- I wanted a simple theme, with no bells and whistles. I wanted the focus on content and images optimised with long tail keywords.
- I wanted a simple logo. No designing. Just the name of the site in text format displayed as a ‘logo’.
- I wanted no social media involvement. No stupid follow me here there and everywhere. I’m not a lover of social media, even though you do see it on my blog. (This could change though, dependant on how the site develops).
- I wanted simple posts. Text, images, a link. No author boxes, no distractions.
- I wanted uniformity. Every post would look the same. Same coloured links, same formatted text.
In other words, I wanted to keep things as simple as possible.
I’M NOT AN EXPERT
Don’t for one minute think I am claiming to be some sort of expert on this just because I have seen 208 clicks, $500+ of sales on Amazon and $22+ worth of commissions.
I’m really not.
This could be down to complete luck.
The real worth of this post is that I have taken time to seriously consider what I wanted to do, and carefully honed even a half a site to cater for a specific problem, offered a real explanation and a real solution.
And because of this planning, I know for sure that right at this minute, there is absolutely NO competition in this niche. There is no site out there that I have found, that caters for this niche.
And that is half the battle.
Unfortunately, because of this, I won’t be sharing the site with you here today. It pains me to do this, because I am an open book here on the Smart Income Detective Blog. But in this case, it would be totally remiss of me to do so. I hope you understand.
However, down the road, I WILL be sharing it with you, and I’ll also be writing some posts detailing how I got to this niche, and how to start your own Amazon Affiliate Niche Site.
WHAT I’M DOING NOW
I promised myself that this would be the month I worked on this site some more. Seeing the small income has offered me HUGE encouragement to develop this site right up to its potential.
Because if the site has made $22 without me putting in too much effort, how will it fare if I start working on it and improving it?
So first thing I am going to do is install the EasyAzon Plugin which I purchased last week. That will take the stress out of finding the products and manually adding links.
I’m also going to sign up to more Amazon Associate accounts across the world, as the plugin also offers localization – so no matter where my visitor is in the world, if they click my link they’ll automatically be directed to the Amazon store that is local to them.
Of course, I also have to add a lot more content, as well as making the site presentable to visitors when they first land.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO RIGHT NOW
Have you got sites that you have forgot about, or started and then haven’t got round to finishing up? If you have, go and check those stats right now. You might get a pleasant surprise.
There’s nothing more encouraging than seeing stats and earnings from sites you have forgotten about. And it can often be the push you need – just like in my case here.
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All the best,