Last September the good Wife just informed me that we made a total of $500 on Amazon. That was a year after we started this total madness we now find ourselves calling a job. We had never really concentrated on Amazon as we had other projects going that stopped us from starving. But after coming across Tracey’s Making money online blog we kind of got inspired to really go for Amazon. By the end of that year we reached a kind of burnout and had been working flat out trying to get new sites up and also develop our year old sites to see if we could make money with Amazon.
All of this was before we used any tools at all. And by the end of the year we were somewhat amazed to reach a personal record of $8000 in a month on Amazon.
I have mentioned in the comments and in personal emails a few times that part of that was $2000 from a site that I began in October. So it is never too late to start.
Like, um NOW.
This year, with all the tools we use, not many for a lot of IM’ers, such as the amazing Build My Rank (in just a few weeks I have got a number of #1 spots using it) and the other doo dahs on my ever so amazing Tools To Succeed page (insert irony) I know for a fact that the $8000 a month on Amazon is going to seem like small fry. I know that because for September we have gone past that and I am feeling a little wobbly in the belly area (just like the Wife). Shit, I am in trouble for that.
Love ya Baby.
And the secret to all this?
Is it uncovering some wild niche that gets a 100% conversion?
Nah, it is just the usual stuff. With conversions ranging from 4% to maybe 12% if we are very lucky it is down to one thing.
Content and backlinks.
I really do try to help you guys out with what I have learned, which is very limited actually. I think I have now progressed to “noobish” status in this weird online virtual life. I don’t claim to have any secret formulae and anyone that does is actually full of the proverbial BULL.
No, the answer lies in a few simple procedures that we would all do well to remember from time to time. And why we have broken all records so far this month as we approach Chrimbo is simple.
We spend at least 90% of our time, if not a lot more, getting backlinks.
It is that simple.
Getting number 1 or number 2 rankings makes such a difference to conversions and earnings that there really is no comparison. You may think something does not convert well but until you rank properly for it then you don’t really know.
This is just a short post to remind you that you probably need to stop reading sites like this and forums etc for more than a relaxing breaks worth of time each day and knuckle on down.
Man, we are burning out already from tippety tapping at the laptops all day, but a vino or 27 awaits at the end of the day and I do get to stare at my darlings face so it is not all bad. But for a lot of you this is the period of the year that you will find that you should be working by far the hardest that you have ever worked.
I really try to get it across here how simple this is. Get a decent amount of content online, get an image no further down than a few sentences in your sites with a nice call to action text and
BACKLINK IT UNTIL YOU WANT TO PUKE.
You can chill in the new year.
Seriously, if you are not working as many hours as you possibly can (while still being sensible about it) at this time of year then you need a wake up call. You either want to do this as a little hobby to be able to buy a few burgers every month or you want to earn real money that is actually life changing.
It can be done. I told you that just over a year ago we were in debt and living on potatoes and lentils, and I was not joking. This year after working hard and sites aging we have more money than we have ever had in our life. In a year I am confident that we will have reached my earnings per month goal (you will have to dig through to find what that was), and I am pretty sure that this Christmas is going to be a record breaker for us. But there is no secret niche, just stuff people buy online. Just rank for things people buy and then do it again and again. No secrets.
Spend at least 90% of your work time getting backlinks however you can. Use what I recommend or do it manually, you do what you can either way. Last year we made that $8000 in a month with no tools at all. I simply submitted to article directories by hand over and over and over. Yes, the same ones! I was that naive, but I didn’t have the money for a tool or a network. All I used was the $8 backlink package on the tools to succeed page, and that is not as effective as it once was, although it will still give you good serps positions.
Whatever you do, get on with it.
I really like the community feel we have going on here with everyone chatting among themselves in the comments and I welcome you to carry on doing it. It is great to have a talk about how we go about this game. But make sure that you actually put what everyone talks about in to action.
If you spend 90% of your time getting links to your content you should make some great money this year, especially if you do product sales on Amazon. People buy all kinds of unrelated stuff and it is amazing how it all adds up. There is no secret to it, no wonder product or anything. Just rank for stuff that people buy.
And to help each other out let’s everyone that leaves a comment say what they want or are getting for Christmas. As long as it is not a niche that you are going to get involved in then it would really help out everyone else to get some ideas. Or not, I know when I think I have a good idea it sinks like a stone tied to a REALLY heavy anchor 😉
Now that we have some money it is me first I guess. I didn’t get anything last year (honestly) but this year I may even move in to the modern world. Personally I think I am finally going to bite the bullet and get a games console. You may now argue about what is best as the last one I had was a ZX Spectrum with a wonky cable that you loaded games on to with a tape recorder. Ah, Farenheit 3000 where are you now?
Bottom line? Be it 1 single blog post or 20, rank them number 1 and earn the money. You don’t actually need lots of content to earn good money. If something seems to be doing well then just work on that. If it is 1 page or 1 site then so what. Work on your most promising sites for most of the time. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Forget the nonsense about having to have lots of sites etc. If a single site with a good few pages makes the most money then who is to say you can’t work on that and that alone?
UPDATE: I forgot to add a very good piece of advice that allows you to get a number 1 spot with less backlinks than normal. Sorry about that………………