As I write this post, I am over 1300 miles away from my home, and I’m enjoying lots of time with my family. So, if you happened to notice a lull in my activity on the blog here, it was because I DROVE the 1300 miles and I haven’t had much time outside of enjoying some vacation time. Being the end of the year, I don’t expect to get much done here on my blog or with the rest of my business. However, I have BIG plans for 2012…most of which I will eventually be discussing on my blog. Part of those plans include diversifying my income outside of Google Adsense a bit more. Among the many different avenues of income I have planned, one of them is building a few niche sites monetized by Amazon Associates. In fact, I have already gotten started.
At the beginning of this month I purchased 7 domains all targeting products sold on Amazon.com. I plan to monetize these sites primarily through the Amazon Associates program. In the past, I have used the Amazon Associates program very sparingly, and have never had an entire site dedicated to that affiliate program. So, as I build these 7 sites, it should be a very interesting and hopefully profitable project. I plan to share the results with all of you along the way.
How I Found Keywords to Target
Finding keywords that target Amazon products is in some respects easier than finding keywords best monetized by Google Adsense. Hands down there are WAY more keywords you can target with Google Adsense; however, with Amazon keywords, you know right where to find them. Just go to Amazon.com and start browsing the products. This is exactly what I did. I looked through lots of products, and the more obscure the better in my opinion, then I started writing down the products and other related terms to be used as seed keywords.
Once I had a good list of seed keywords, I plugged these into Long Tail Pro to generate a larger list of keywords overall. Then I essentially filtered these based on search volume. I am only targeting keywords that have over 5,000 exact match local searches per month in the US. I did not even look at cost per click because in the case of Amazon, I am more concerned about getting the visitor over to Amazon.com where they can buy something; rather than worrying about how much I will make per click on Adsense.
I checked for exact match domains, but could not find any. This is not a big deal to me anymore. I just took the keywords and added a suffix and purchased these non-exact match domains. I rank for tons of keywords without having an exact match domain, so this is a very secondary criteria for me.
Monetizing My New Sites
At this point, these new Amazon niche sites have been built by my VA and I have added content to all of them that I ordered through Textbroker.com. However, I have not added Amazon or any other types of ads yet. In order to maximize my revenue with Amazon Associates, I have been discussing some things with my friend Chris Guthrie about his success with Amazon Associates. If you are not familiar with Chris, he sold one of his Amazon sites for over 6 figures last year! I’d love to follow his example on that one for sure!
Quite a while ago, Chris was nice enough to let me check out his Niche Profit Course about building these types of sites. I went through the entire thing and picked up some very nice tidbits of knowledge about how to specifically monetize sites with Amazon. Once of the most important things I learned was using every opportunity possible to send your visitors over to Amazon. Because once a user clicks your Amazon affiliate link, they are “cookied” for 24 hours. Meaning for the next 24 hours if they buy ANYTHING on Amazon (not just what you sent them to look at, but anything), then you get a commission.
A Few Tips I Learned From an Amazon Expert
One way to get some more Amazon clicks is to make your images of products on your site an affiliate link rather than just a link to the image itself. Users do in fact click on product images and this will get your affiliate link activated for that particular user. Another thing I learned was the use of text links, these apparently convert much better than other types of Amazon widgets. So, after going through Niche Profit Course, I feel like I should be able to set up my new Amazon sites properly. And of course, I will keep everyone posted here down the road as those sites grow.
Shortly after I built these sites, Chris informed me (just last week) that he decided to launch a special offer for his Niche Profit Course on the Warrior Forum. I had no knowledge that he was going to do this when I found my keywords and decided to build these Amazon sites. However, I about fell out of my chair when he told the HUGE discount he was giving for his course. Just so you know, he usually charges $97 for the course and its been selling at that price for over a year. Now you can get it for less than it would cost you to take your spouse (or whoever) out for a steak dinner. If you are interested at all in building niche Amazon Sites, you have got to see how little he is charging for his course right here.
This isn’t a full review of his course, but I do want to add a few comments about it. Overall, its a very good course on monetizing your sites with Amazon. He covers the critical aspects of ad placement and site structure to maximize your success with Amazon. I will be honest though and say that the course is somewhat lacking on how to analyze the Google competition when picking a keyword and link building. But I suppose that is not the main purpose of the course anyway. In reality, I think you can get everything you need to get started on both competitor analysis, keyword research, and link building right here on my Niche Websites Hub!
But when it comes to monetizing with Amazon Associates, I am not an expert whereas Chris is. So, at the price he is selling Niche Profit Course for, I think its definitely worth a look right here.
Overall, I am excited about starting an Amazon Associates project with these new 7 sites! Of course, I am building some other Adsense sites at the same time this month, but these will give me something else exciting to track in the coming months. Overall, I think there are a lot more niches available to choose from when it comes to Google Adsense, but there are also some great Amazon products that are best monetized with the Associates program. If you have tried the Amazon affiliate program, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Is there anything else you think I should consider as I build these new sites? If you have any other comments or questions, let me know.