How to Make Over $1000 A Month As An Amazon Affiliate
By Erica Stone..
So, I found a niche, put up a product review site mid-April, and started writing.
I made my first sale a few weeks later.
I’m no expert, I’m always testing and learning but I’ll share what I’ve done in case it helps anyone:
For May, I had 1624 unique visitors, 311 of whom clicked over to Amazon. I had 10 sales that totaled $1366 in revenue. I was at the 6.5% payout rate (due to my other sites) so those sales earned almost $89 in commissions.
I have 41 posts on the my site (WordPress Blog) – 24 are product reviews and 17 are “informational” to the niche (what certain product terms mean and why they’re important, how to get the best deal, what to look for in “x products”, etc.).
My thought was that the informational posts would help the site stand apart from others targeting the niche who are just using Amazon product listings as their posts.
Traffic continues to climb and most of the traffic comes from “product name” searches and “product name review” searches. Here are some things that seem to be helping:
I hand write each review - no content taken verbatim from Amazon except a couple of comments from their consumer reviews.
When I mention the Amazon consumer reviews, I suggest the visitor can “read more here: (affiliate text link to Amazon review page)”.
I started by writing reviews on the bestsellers on Amazon for this group of products. There are probably a couple of hundred different versions of this product on Amazon.
Unintentionally, I chose a niche for which the products’ instruction manuals are readily available online. I started actually reading the manuals which allows the reviews to include more information than is found in the Amazon product listing or on any other site that is simply using the Amazon information.
Things like included accessories, ways to use the product, information about how it compares to competitive products. This allows for more content in general and more long-tailed keyword traffic.
I Visit the manufacturers’ sites for additional information.
I Promote the site with bookmarking, a handful of articles, a network of Squidoo lenses, and a Hubpage.
I Title each post with “Full Product Name Review”.
I Link images, text links and Amazon reviewers comments to Amazon.
I Include a “check the price” button in the post.
I also use WP-Table Reloaded to build a Comparison page of all the products for which a review has been done that can be sorted by critical product features, ratings, and price and which can also be filtered by any data in the columns.
I include the product name in the table links to my review page. The price data in the table links to Amazon.
I have created a standard format that I use for each review so they are uniform in case the visitor goes from one review to another. This way, all the same information is in the same order. (There’s probably a faster way to do this but I just copied all the necessary HTML formatting for my post layout into a draft post.
When I go to write a review, I copy the HTML from the draft into a new post and then I just have to paste in my review text, insert images, and links.)
These niches are not something I’m generally an expert in and it took me some time to research them and become familiar with the critical features of the products. At first, it took me hours to do a comprehensive review but now that I’ve done bunches of them, they’re much easier and faster to write.
My domain is a hyphenated, exact keyword match .com for a phrase that indicated people who would be shopping for these products.
The keyword has 8100 exact searches a month in Google’s Keyword tool. While I’ve optimized for that keyword phrase, it is really the specific product names that are bringing in the traffic so keyword research doesn’t take up a lot of time. Find a product, write a review.
I’m currently towards the bottom of the 1st page of Google for my keyword phrase, having passed the non-hyphenated .com and .net. Interested to see if searches for the keyword itself will bring sales or if it will continue to be the product name searches.
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