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make money amazonUPDATE: July 2011. After wobbling between being free and being “paid to read” content this how to make money with Amazon associates article is now password protected. It is available in its entirety only via the Kindle, a FREE Kindle app, or other devices, including a direct download. This is one of the absolute best make money books Amazon has to offer.

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Those that paid for the password in the past will be pleased to know that it still works. Read the publish books on the Kindle post on the new site for an insight in to why I have done this. You have to realize that Internet Marketing is about earning a living and experimenting with this ever changing way to live, so I hope you have a few spare bucks.

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This is it guys, the only thing you will ever have to read to maximize how to make money with Amazon Associates program. This article is going to be a whopper and probably the longest thing you have ever read on the Internet. Even longer than Grizzly on a good day. If you want to know who makes money with Amazon Associates and how they do it then I share it all and more in this article.It is going to cover all the main aspects of learning how to use Amazon to make money through the art of creating great looking blogs using wordpress, although it applies just as much to static sites and many of the tips are just as suited to using any other affiliate program, if not even more so.

This is going to be far more involved than any of the stupid e-books you may have been suckered in to buying. They cost $40 or so. I am giving this info for almost free.

Let’s get to it then shall we?

A Guide To Make Money With Affiliate Programs (Special Emphasis On Amazon)

Before we even begin to get in to this I want to make one thing blindingly clear, this took a lot of my time, an awful lot. This site is here to help people make the most from affiliate marketing and to avoid the mistakes I made which led to my first six months in this game being made up mostly of following the totally wrong direction and reading loads of crap advice from so called Gurus.

Step forward to the present day and I , along with my partner in crime and beloved lady make a very good living writing blogs that make affiliate sales. Amazon is not our biggest earner by any stretch but we regularly get a check every month that is more than most people wages. We have had a $21000 check and that is our biggest so far but every month we get a suitable amount of money. Other affiliate programs can bring us in an extra $9000 a month so we are doing something right. Numbers are now higher as this content has aged somewhat. Anything is possible in this game Dudes.

I do not claim t have all the answers though. I am still what many Internet Marketers would call a “noob”. I did not even know what a blog was back in September 2008, but dire financial circumstances sent me looking for a way to make money on the Internet. I learned the hard way with lots of mistakes and wrong turns so this blog is here to help and is not what anyone should be writing if they want to maximize how much they earn on the world wide web.

Okay, enough messing about, let’s get on with it:

How To Earn With The Amazon Affiliate Program

I will get in to all manner of tips and tricks as well as talk you through the basics of setting up links etc in a moment but first a reality check.

If you don’t get the traffic you will get nowhere. You need traffic and you need plenty of it. And I am not talking about friends or Twitter followers, they won’t be buying from your links. You need search engine traffic and you need it for terms that people who are typing them in are people who want to buy the item.

To that end we need to clear up some very basic problems first and foremost.

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The vast amount of information in this article is only available via the links at the top of the page, please read the comments below before you make your decision, I am sure you will find them informative.

This is like the equivalent of over 40 articles coming in at over 13,000 words I could have put on my own sites each targeting a specific set of buying keywords. How much a month do you think each of those articles would make over the course of a year?

Get busy Dudes.

Very busy indeed.

  374 Responses to “How To Make Money With Amazon Associates”

  1. wow, I haven’t read it yet but thanks for the effort!

  2. Yep! Definitely worth a buck…in fact, I hit your PP account with a couple more! Thanks again man (and to your girl as well).

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Thanks Dusty, much appreciated. Hope it gives you some inspiration.

  3. Took me nearly an hour to read. This is by far the best MMO post I have ever seen.

    What other affiliate programs have you had good luck making money with. I’m asking purely because I cannot become an affiliate of Amazon because I live in Colorado. Rather than setting up an out of state LLC I have been looking for other affiliate programs. This is partly because I’m not sure I want to support Amazon after kicking us to the curb.

    I am a member of commission junction but the main reason I joined-overstock- turned me down automatically for the same reason. The rest of CJ is an absolute clusterfuck of a billion programs each of which wants to carefully review you…

    I then tried to become an affiliate of Target.com through google affiliate network and they turned me down presumably because of the site I used. They were definitely nitpicking, I’m told this isn’t uncommon.

    So, if you are willing to share(and to be honest you have shared quite enough already), what other programs have you had success with?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Josh,

    Glad you liked it. It is a real shame about the whole weirdness with the affiliate situation. And I am sorry to say that it is CJ that we work with the most apart from Amazon. Sometimes approvals are slow or we get denied. I would just contact them again or keep applying if you get turned down by someone. Can’t you re-apply to Target with a different site?

    We do a little bit with shareasale, but you should find that there are tons of programs on CJ that are on auto approve. We have joined a number of them.

  4. To be honest I found CJ completely overwhelming, I imagine you can understand why. After overstock auto-denied me I only looked around for other stores a bit and…went back to working with adsense.

    I will give CJ another chance, but that will be a project for the second half of next month.

    Thanks!

  5. You’re now $5 richer Dave! Don’t spend it all in one place.

    Thanks for the mega post. It pretty much confirms I have been on track for the most part.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Hey thanks Chris,

    It is really nice to see people giving me a nice tip for the post. I am glad it has helped you to know that what you are doing will succeed, a little confirmation is needed by us all from time to time I think.

    Thanks for all the tips so far for those who have donated and not left a comment, real kind. And just a few hours after I published it too. Better than any e-book ripoff, although, damn, why didn’t I do that instead? Just kidding guys ;)

  6. Wow, that’s fantastic – thanks for sharing this info. I’ll have to read it again to really take it all in.

    Do you have an Amazon.co.uk affiliate link? I live in the UK & buy quite a bit from there, and would be happy to go through your link from now on (especially as they won’t let me use my own lol)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Hey Cat

    Sure I have a UK Amazon Link. My UK Amazon Link for all your UK purchases, and thanks for the kind offer.

    I don’t know how much you do with Amazon but the difference between UK and US shoppers always intrigues me. Us UK folks really do not spend like others :)

  7. Dave,

    Great post. Are you an Amazon marketeer who turned to CJ and found it easier or is it all the same really? I’m interested only because I very much had the impression you were all Amazon with a sideline in CJ but here you seem to be saying that Amazon is not the main show.

    I’m also interested in whether you find sometimes you set up sites that are too broad in scope; say books, and you have found it tough to make an impact on the SERPS?

    Anyway, thanks again for the post. Interesting

    Ben

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Ben,

    Amazon is not our main income at all. We use various programs through mostly CJ but it is all the same. If Amazon have what we want to promote then we use them but some things they do not stock. People are much more inclined to buy from Amazon as they have heard of them if not been to the site before, so trust factor comes in to play.

    Ben, I am a firm believer that you can rank for anything you want. It just takes time. Our broad sites rank for lots of the individual things on them as we get lots of backlinks. A domain name for smaller niches would bring money quicker, but think about when it is Christmas and we have a few real authority sites where we can get straight on page 2 just by writing about it. Then with backlinks we would rank well. No way anyone setting up a site in Sept or so would beat us. But broad sites are more work for a long time. I would go for both types.

  8. Isn’t Dusty nice! ;)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Yes Dear,

    and so are a few other people too. Cheers guys.

  9. Thanks for the link Dave.

    I have Amazon UK links on some of my sites too (I’ll normally post both US & UK links if the products are available on both sites). I hardly get any UK sales though – nearly everything I make on Amazon comes through the US site. Which is fine, since their commission structure is much better anyway!

  10. If you don’t mind me asking, how do you pick your advertisers on CJ?f

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Josh,

    We pick a niche, see if there is someone that sells the items and apply to them. You can also just browse through categories there and apply to advertisers. See who accepts you and build a site around their products.

    Oh, and try to use someone that has a products section for product links, much better than just using banners etc.

  11. Dave,
    Thanks so much for this loooong post!
    I am a part time internet marketeer and currently have earned over $1000 from clickbank but have always wanted to try Amazon.
    This post has really opened my eyes! Am so thankful and will now take “ACTION”

    Dennis

  12. Dave, this is a long post. I was skimming through it.

    I wish you could post a link to a blog post that has all this recommendations. You are explaining how an amazon should look like. Someone with not too good visualization cannot grasp. But with a link, the person can understand it better.

    Thanks for the post

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Seo,

    I gave examples in the post. You can see what I mean I am sure. And we need to add our own persoanl touch in any case. A full on whole site example will simply result in copycats.

    Hi Dennis,

    Those are some decent clickbank options. I always find it difficult myself but have never really done more than a few squidoo lenses for clickbank. Glad you are going to take ACTION ;)

  13. Dave-Thank you for this post, I linked to you on my blog so others can read it!

    I did have a question for you though, it might seem kindof stupid. As far as the rel=”nofollow” code, I am unsure of where to put that. I know it needs to go between the opening < and the closing > tag. (I edited that as html code won’t work right in comments)

    I have tried it in a few different areas, but some of the places make the link non functional. I am just curious because I really do not want to compete w/ Amazon! Thank you for this post!

    -Kelly

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Kelly,

    just put rel=”nofollow” anywhere in the code before the end of a > or look at the code for a link in one of the examples in the post. Or you can simply put a space after an ” in the link then add the nofollow code, that always works.
    That should make it work OK.

    SEO,

    traffic depends. One site gets 100 people a day with no real backlinks but makes like 20 cents a day. Another site gets about 300 to 400 a day and makes about $300 a day quite often, and is always at least $150. I have loads of failures and some successes. Build sites and see what ones work.

    Josh, glad you found some advertisers with CJ, they do run a good business there. A CJ site we have may get about an average of 50 cents plus per visitor per day. The pàrticular program is about $60 EPC for a 7 day period. That is with a buying rate of about 5%.

    Here are some Amazon stats. Our main account for May up to the 29 has 13724 clicks to Amazon from our sites. A buying rate of 4.87% and we are on the 8% commission rate. Earnings are not amazing but the money is not to be sniffed at. Plus my other half has done very well on another account with over an 11% buying rate which I am very jealous of. But the money we make from CJ far outweighs this and it is where I have been concentrating for the most part anyway. But all using the same guidelines as in this article.

    This is just to show people that you really do need a lot of traffic. Think how many visitors we must have had to sites for those numbers. If we had over 13K clicks that would have been an insane amount of visitors that never clicked and then those that did only 4 odd % actually bought anything. But for some niches the numbers are lower and for one of our CJ sites they are higher. It is all about a lot of traffic for buying keywords at the end of the day, and my stats are pretty normal.

    A 4 or 5% buying rate from people that actually click a link is average. But then I have a few lucky adsense sites where it is 30%, but I normally find adsense hard and the research very time consuming. It is actually weird when you look at it as you would think you could make more with adsense as you get the money for a click and with affiliate programs you get those clicks but then only make money from 4% odd percent of those clicks. But if it is for good prices products it works out well. But if you can sell an item for $100 and get a 10% commission you don’t need many people to buy to make good money. But an Adsense site may only give you 20 cents for someone trying to get the traffic, experimenting to see what is most profitable for things is the way to go. CJ yesterday made us over $300. Adsense like $50. Plus Amazon and a few others. It is all down to getting visitors for buying keywords.

  14. Dave just curious, how many visits do you get or what is your daily statistics on those sites?

    I am asking because what matters in making money with adsense or affiliate marketing is traffic. if you don’t get any traffic, you don’t know what strategy is the best.

    For instance, in terms of adsense, I would rather have a site with 100,000 monthly visit with a keyword of $ 0.20 per click. than a site with 50 visits that pays $20 per click

  15. err… how about, what is your average eCPM with amazon/CJ sites?

    That is, if you are allowed to discuss it.

    I think most people agree you will have a $10-$20 eCPM with adsense. How does it compare to that?

    Also, you were right. A lot of the CJ affiliates with auto accept you which is incredibly refreshing after messing with google affiliate network. I’m getting started on a couple of long term authority sites next month. Thanks again for the article.

  16. Hey Dave,

    Just make a donation. Wanted to donate more but realise you have fixed the price. Guess I have click on the button a few more times : )

    Have not read it yet though. I will be flying to US from Singapore (15 hours flight) so saving this for the flight.

    Anyway, maybe after a couple of weeks, you can write a post saying the effects of such a long post on your traffic and whether you manage to mine some cool new keywords that you would not have though of.

    I am still struggling along, getting my 3-5 adsense per day. However, my amazon seem to be picking up. Last month, I earned a miserable 0.40. This month I manage to have 16 Amazon sales that totaled $25 fees after optimising my sites for Amazon. I am sure I can improve further after reading this post.

    Take care and keep them coming!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Hey Aaron,

    You can just change the total, I think. But hey, click away ;)

    That is a nasty flight. My trip to NZ was so long it almost killed me, I am not good at long distance at all. My traffic is nearly non existent so far. Make money sites are very hard to rank and I won’t be getting backlinks for a long time, but others linking is cool and helps loads. I am not doing this site to earn money really as it would take too much time. Just when I want to entertain myself and help others hopefully. I do rank for “Grannies for Money” though which is worrying. Wonder what that is all about.

    Glad the cash is improving. Just think, ten times as much traffic or content and you will be on $250 for Amazon, and on and on it goes. And in a year it will be thousands and thousands.

    This is my aim with this site, good content that can age and mature for a year and then I will begin to get backlnks. Old content is much easier to improve the rankings for, it kind of settle in to its natural resting place and then you can improve it with backlinks. This is why I keep banging on about getting as much content as possible online as soon as possible. Think what 1000 Amazon posts would bring in around Christmas time. Scary money no doubt.

    Hope the flight is not too bad. Rather you than me.

  17. Thank you for your answer Dave, I am gonna try that today! In a month or two I plan on doing a follow up on my site. I am pretty sure it will turn around!

  18. Well the big man promised a monster post about making money with Amazon and the big man certainly delivered. Jesus – what a big read- I had to come back to this post quite a few times to take in all the info.

    It is nice to see that I am going about things the right way. I have already wasted a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure out why those Amazon picture link boxes kept disappearing after pasted the code in – sooo frustrating.

    I didn’t know about the “no follow” thing so I went and tried adding it to some of my links – just couldn’t get it to work. At one point it was showing up in the actual address.

    Would it be possible for you to actually show a complete link with the “no follow” in it. I tend to work with the visual editor where i highlight my keywords, add pretty colours etc so that when I copy links I only take the “http:……” part and paste it into the box.

    Going over to the html side is like going over to the dark side – seriously- looking at that whole lot of image & colour & god knows what link coding stuff is a bit confusing. Not sure where to add something so that the link doesn’t break.

    This would be very much appreciated.

    Cheers m’dear.

  19. Dave,

    Great article…very information and certainly well-worth the weight!

    While I do make money with Amazon, I haven’t really put too much effort into it until I got hit the Amazon Associates bug at the early part of this month.

    I’ll definitely be taking some of these tips with me as I build a few niche websites this month.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Hi Yolanda, glad you liked it. I am sure you will do well with your new sites, content and backlinks plus time and some are sure to pay off well.

    Hello Tiptopcat,

    I updated the post special like so you should find how to add the code in the post where I originally talked about nofollow. Sorry, but you will have to go to the dark side to do it ;) Those picture boxes are annoying and I wasted time too, now I just use an image link with a text link below anyway, except on rare occasions.

    Any nofollow probs give me a shout but as you are responsible for getting Amazon to rank so well I don’t know if I should help really ;)

    Cheers me dears.

  20. Hi Dave,

    Great guide. Thanks for posting it. I’m working on a sprawling CJ affiliate site atm and will put your ideas to good use. One question I have is do you link direct to your main money site with BLS and other tools or do you link to your supporting sites and pages? I’ve heard varying opinions so I’m not really sure. Thanks again!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Jay

    The way I see it is if you are going to use backlink networks to link to other sites to build their authority then you can use them to link to your own sites too. I use Backlink Solutions to very good effect straight to money sites and also to boost backlinks.

    But I would never make a network my only or even main source of backlinks just in case, I would always get a good mix from many sources. At worst a good quality backlink network will simply not boost your site, I don’t think it will harm it, as long as you use a good network and never anything obvious or really dodgy.

  21. If you don’t mind me asking Dave, have the search algorithm updates hurt any of your sites? All I have been hearing about the updates is that they are hurting everyone’s mini-sites, how is it treating your large authority sites?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Josh

    No problems here. All bigger sites are as good as before. I have a few smaller sites that have gone through the mill a little, with rankings going up and down, but just the usual stuff as sites find their true positions. I don’t think it is anything to do with the new algorithm. But, this is another reason why lots of posts covering many keyword variations around a topic is the best way to go, you hedge your bets and are seen as a proper authority too.

    So, it’s all goo here, how about you? Any problems?

  22. Dave, great post – don’t spend your dollar all at once!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Hey Tony,

    I sure won’t, cheers Dude. As always it is much appreciated.

  23. My mini sites aren’t drawing the weird long tails like they used to, but it is making very little difference on my income because that traffic rarely clicked ads anyways. The changes seem to favor authority sites, so I thought it would start giving your large sites noticeably more traffic because you could easily outrank pages like amazon which have very little content on them. Atleast, thats what I think Matt Cutts was trying to say….

    Also, I just signed up for webhostingpad under your affiliate link. You should include somewhere that you get a better deal if you press back at some point during the buying process. I ended up getting a year for about $35. Not bad. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Hey thanks Josh,

    Webhosting pad have given me no troubles at all. Sorry you are getting less traffic. But all my sites do seem roughly about the same, we shall see what happens. What happens today can always change by the next.

  24. Your clickable images sound very much like the method Tiffany Dow uses, except she uses paint to create the images, and they have text in them (click my signature for an example – the clickable image is the one that says “order now” – the whole thing including the text is an image, and all the images further down the page are also clickable with an affiliate link). She also recommends using the Amazon logo and those yellow customer rating stars in your image, to reassure the customer (’cause they trust Amazon). It definitely works, you get clickthroughs and sales on very low traffic.

    Her set of YouTube videos can be found in the Squidu forum: http://www.squidu.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=318214#p318214

    All free of course. I don’t know if you have time, but it would be interesting if you could view the videos and give a critique.

    What I’m particularly interested in is that you don’t mention Amazon at all in your images or text below them. Methinks I need to do an experiment, with one page mentioning Amazon and another without giving the customer a clue where they are being directed, and seeing which converts best. Do customers need to know where they are being redirected or not? That’s the question!

    Teatree

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Teatree

    That is a good lens. I like your Amazon image link, looks good. I guess a part of me is too lazy to do this and another part thinks that maybe it is not necessary, but without experimenting it is all conjecture.

    It would be great if you did a test to see if there is a difference mentioning Amazon or not. I have done both, saying buy from Amazon etc and also just a click here, I did not see much difference really and it will also depend on the niche. What I do always do is mention somewhere on the site that items are processed via Amazon. For me the best conversions seem to be when you add text with a click to buy or for customer reviews type of wording. I do this from seeing how my mum uses the internet.

    Many people are paranoid about just clicking a buy button, they think they are then under an obligation, weird but true. It will depend on the niche but I always for the most part try to make it clear that it is not just a buy button but it will link to more info before they buy.

    I will take a look at the vids when I get a bit of time, thanks.

  25. Dave,
    Thanks so much for the edit re the nofollow placement. Definitely will be able to implement this on all my future posts. I certainly do not want help the monster that is Amazon to rank higher than my own sites.

  26. nice post you got there sir

    I have one question: don’t shiny colors in the text abstract attention from the ads?

  27. I am using a link cloaker. Do I still need to put the no follow code in my affiliate links?
    Thanks for this excellent tutorial. I donated last night :)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Cathy, firstly thanks. And secondly, ummmmmm.

    Anyone else?

    I would assume that you still need them nofollowed but to be honest I am not certain. Hopefully someone will come along with a reply.

  28. You should keep in your nofollow.

    Otherwise you are potentially passing juice to the cloak URL for your keyword, which you don’t want to be doing. I’m sure Google is clever enough to work out what a cloaked URL is and it probably does not take it too seriously, but other search engines might not be as clued up. Better to err on the side of caution.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Thanks Billy, I have never used a cloaker myself, I see how my Mum uses the T’Internet and it makes no difference to her, not something many pay attention to for certain types of shopping online, but for certain niches, probably this one, a cloaker may be a good idea.

  29. Thanks Billy and Dave.

    One more question Dave. Actually a few more questions:

    1) How many sites do you have?

    2) In your section “Get direct links on the sidebars.” I love this idea by the way! So do you wait 6 months before doing this or do it as soon as you build your site? And since it’s in the sidebar, I’m guessing you have these links first and then a little lower, you have your post links, am I right?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Cathy, I guess we have a hundred or so sites between us but the money comes from a few only. As soon as a site shows promise it gets all the attention. I work any site that makes money very very hard, no point banging your head against a stinker.

    I put up all affiliate links as I feel like it. Sometimes straight away, sometimes once a few visitors have arrived. I have found it makes no difference at all. Really the sooner you have affiliate links up the sooner you can make a sale. Putting say direct links for price ranges right at the top is a great way to go, even in the main content above the posts, if people are just coming for buying keywords what would they want to read? They want to buy for the best price.

  30. Thanks Dave. I guess it’s that 80%/20% thing.

  31. Dave, I am in the process of setting up my first site like this. When you are making a CJ affiliate site how do you go about setting up the images/buy buttons that you discussed in this post?

    I as going to steal the link out of the HTML code they give you but then I noticed the “You must include all the above html in your links. Any missing html etc…” message.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Josh, if the program has a product section then I just take the code for the image or the link and use it straight, but always adding a nofollow. But if you want to use different images then do what you were going to do, they really do not mind. Use your own image and link it with the code you can get from the program. I can’t see it as a problem and do it all the time. That message you refer to is just so people do not mess up their links.

  32. Dave,

    All I have to say is…. wow!! This post was absolutely an eye opener for me and with this much information, there’s absolutely no reason why anyone should fail. Seriously. I was going to give a donation, but then I figure I’m going to sign up for a hosting account through your affiliate link and you’ll probably make more from that anyway :) I did have a few questions though if you don’t mind:

    1. For site design, would you recommend something like a magazine style similar to the Revolution themes or just a simple theme like the one you have on this site?

    2. Do you make the home page static or will each new post get placed on the home page?

    3. What do you think of using a plugin like Reviewazon to add in Amazon review content pages?

    4. Do you differentiate between using Posts and Pages when adding in new content?

    5. In a previous post, you mentioned that you would write post after post about buying keywords but doesn’t this start to get really redundant? I mean, you might have a post about “Buy Cheap Pink Belts for Women” or “Discount Pink Belts – Where to Buy” or “Discount Pink Belts” or “I Want to Buy Women’s Pink Belts”. When you do this, are you just repeating the same information over and over again but just in a different way?

    6. Are a majority of your authority sites on one hosting account or do you spread it out? I was thinking that I should purchase different hosting accounts so that not every single one of my general sites are on the same IP address.

    I’m probably over thinking things here but I just wanted a bit more clarification. I’m going to go through CJ in the next few days to pick out a few advertisers I’d like to promote. I’m thinking that I can maybe build five or so big sites a month and then just keep at it for the next year or so.

    One thing I’m going to keep in mind is Pareto’s 80/20 law where 20% of sites will likely account for 80% of earnings. I wish I had learned this before I started churning out site after site. When I finally did calculations, I found that 10 of the 70 some sites I had were making a majority of the money but rather than focusing my attention on those 10 sites, I was still building out more and more!

    Anyway, lesson learned but I’m hoping that by building out more sites in different areas I can start to really focus on those ones show promise.

    Thanks again for the great information!

    Hann

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Yikes Hann,

    Lots of questions. Well here we go.

    1. It depends on the niche. Colorful for kids stuff, plain for meds, you get the idea. I would always go for simple though. Think how much testing amazon must have done for their site and it is all white with related products. I use YARPP to at least have links to other products at the bottom of posts. I don’t use magazine styles, but only because my young (ish, 37) yet addled brain seems to melt at how to set them up properly!

    2. I have each new post on the home page. But for adsense I may also have a sticky post as well. But many of my sites have lots of price or category links to the affiliate product above the fold first, but that is for smaller category sites. For sites with many different products I go for maybe a direct link to Amazon at the top for a full range of ……….. and then a post with the image link and text link and then text.

    3. I tried Reviewazon and fell flat on my face. I have not returned to it, but it seems to work for many people. But it did not increase my conversion while my sites were still ranking with it on. But many swear by it. I think my problem was I went in to 80 odd posts and added it and it screwed up how the site may have been crawled. I had to do an inclusion request for google, I took it off and my traffic returned.

    4. New content is always posts. Easier to set up for site navigation for me personally. Plus gives you the easier option if you change themes as many show page navigation differently.

    5. It gets boring as hell ;) But currently I have found so much weight is placed on post titles. I want searchers to find exactly what they are looking for so I write the post titles. I have found that with a handful of buying keyword post titles for a product the search engines pick certain ones to rank for the main keywords. I then amend the post title for the results I get. Interlink them all and get double listing galore. But I do not always do this as you pointed out it is repetitive and I don’t have the time. But never do them all in a row, this is why broader sites work. You can do 2 or 3 buying keyword posts around 1 product. Spend a few weeks on other products then mix back in new posts about the 1st one. Less spammy and more natural.

    6. Gosh, feeling tired now!!!

    Ours are getting there. But the oldest ones are all on our first hosting account. Not ideal but you live and learn. A reseller is best but pricey, well $25 a month. We have that now too as well as 2 normal hosting accounts. If I started again I would have just got a reseller where you get a handful of IPs. Best for backlinking with new IPs. But, as usual it is down to money. It does not matter for us now but not so long ago I really needed the $25, or so I thought, but now I am making sites on the reseller that are all in unique IPs and will be used to get more page 1 listings and for backlinks to the main site.

    And we actually have very few sites as main earners. As you say most do not pan out. I would recommend never trying to do too many sites. Run with the ones that show promise. I spend an awful lot of time on only a few sites as they make the most money. They get built up most days and get links too. There is no reason why you cannot make a good living off 2 or 3 sites. If one makes the most money the easiest then go full out on it. With a bit of age you can really boost rankings quickly with tons of backlinks once a week or so or a good number every day.

    I insert my disclaimer here ;)

    Best advice, if you have niche that makes money the easiest build new sites around it and really work it hard. There is noting wrong with making all your money from one niche. You get to know it better and can be more helpful to searchers by really honing in on what they want.

    Right, that is about 4 buying keyword posts you owe me. Back to writing postrunner articles for me.

    Ahh, the joy.

    p.s No tip required, especially for a hosting sign up!

  33. Hi Dave,

    Wow, thanks so much for taking the time to answer all my questions in such detail! I know what you mean about the whole magazine layout too. I had a sample version of one of the Revolution themes and it took me a while to customize it so then I just decided to stick with simple themes.

    I think what I’m going to do then is to have a sticky post on the home page with images linking to the affiliate products in addition to having a good call to action as well. I’ll also link up to categories within the site as well to make it more user friendly.

    The way you laid it out makes perfect too since these people likely aren’t there to read a story about how you bought pink belts for your good lady (though that could be an interesting story….) and are more likely to click an image of the item they want. It seriously doesn’t get much easier than that and now I have a much clearer idea of what I need to do.

    Anyway, I actually purchased Reviewazon recently to bulk up some of my adsense sites and I did read your post on the make money online forum that you had to request reinclusion since it tanked in the search engines. I think I’m going to build my new sites without using it and see how well that works first. It’s just kind of weird though that your site reacted that way. Oh well, live and learn!

    What you just mentioned about interlinking two posts that are targeted towards similar keywords is a great idea too. And actually, I think Grizzly does this all the time where he’ll write a post targeting a specific keyword and then he’ll target a new post and interlink them to get double listings. I have no idea why I never implemented this before. I guess it just seemed too boring to write about the same stuff which is why I was always writing on new keywords.

    I actually do have a Resellers account with Hostgator but I’m thinking of downgrading to just a regular account now. I would build my new sites on that hosting but I somehow get a feeling that since all my adsense sites tanked in rankings that the IP addresses must have been flagged. Anyway, look for an affiliate commission on Web Hosting Pad real soon and hopefully it will pay you back in the 4 buying keywords posts that you could’ve written if it weren’t for all my questions :)

    Again, thanks so much and I truly appreciate all your help. I’ll be sure to stop in once in a while.

    Hann

    PS. For those wanting to save on Web Hosting Pad, “pretend” to leave the site as you select a hosting package and a popup will display with a “one time” offer of additional savings. I was able to knock down one year of hosting from $42 to $35. I would’ve bought it on the spot actually, but I’m sure this technique will stick work in a few days when I make the purchase.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Hann, glad you got the hosting cheap but I just found out I don’t get a commission if you buy that way, so if anyone else wants to save a bit then email me after you buy normally buy buying straight after just clicking on my affiliate link and I will send you $10. Better than no commission for me!!!

  34. Just curious. How long do you wait until you end up using Amazon. Meaning, how many clicks with no sales do you let go by before you conclude that people in that niche just don’t buy? I have a site using the suggestions you gave with over 125 clicks but so far no sales. Wondering how long I should wait. As long as people are clicking, I’m assuming the layout is fine.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Private first I would play around with colors, layout etc to see if you can improve conversions before trying Adsense. But that many clicks with no sale is obviously not very good. But also remember stuff can be seasonal. I have a site that gets plenty of visitors a day but hardly any sales but at Christmas it made good money, the rest of the year people simply do not seem to buy, so bear that in mind too.

  35. Oops, sorry about the last comment, I meant: “how long do you wait until you end up using Adsense”

  36. Whatever you all do remember to NOT use the Amazon loggo unless it comes automatically embedded in on of their widgets/banners. Copy pasting their logo and putting it on your site is against their TOS and may get your account terminated.

    Obviously, you can start a new account but when the account is killed, the funds in it are lost.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Thanks Mike, good tip, and I hope everyone has declared on their sites that they are member of the program too. It is always worth reading terms and conditions properly.

  37. Dave,

    If you can’t keep rambling on about belts on a belt site that needs hundreds of posts… then what are you supposed to write about?

    I’m currently filling that domain I registered half a year ago around Christmas time (the one you recommended to me) with regurgitated reviews on the product that I sell on it.

    Are you saying I also need to work in some non-review posts in there that just give information related to the product?

    If I write posts that don’t center around a product, then it becomes kind of hard to pick a centered product image to show at the top of the post, doesn’t it?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Blackthorne I would just mix it up with product specific posts, then buying keywords for the general item and “Cheap …….for Men”, women, children, “Large …..for Sale” etc.

    I would just go for general buying keywords mixed with product specific items, for the general terms just use a relevant image and text that links to the general search result on Amazon. Just upload the image to your site and link it to the general search term. Get a load on and you are bound to sell.

  38. I think I’m already doing a lot right, Dave. I got a good theme and I’m making my posts the way you are.

    If you still remember which domain we are talking about, have a look at the site.

    I don’t have all that stuff you advise for the sidebar, but that’s okay… the site’s not doing any traffic anyway. I’ll fix that a little later on.

    So when you put price ranges in the sidebar, exactly where do they link to? Product specific pages? Because I don’t recall seeing any ‘price range’ pages on Amazon that I can link to.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Blackthorne usually on the left sidebar somewhere on Amazon there are price ranges for the general products, click one and then link to that page. It us usually there for most general item categories.

    The site looks cool but a few tips, and for anyone else who reads this. When writing review posts use Reviews as well as Review. Many people type in so and so reviews. And when you are writing a specific product post title with review or reviews at the end then stick a buying keyword at the beginning. Best price, cheap, discount, inexpensive etc. It will give you more longtail traffic once you begin to rank, which we all know can be some time. Some of my post titles here and on my proper sites may look a little odd bu they get traffic, well, not here yet ;) As far as I can tell a long most title that is almost a double title does no harm and will bring in more visitors.

    i.e Cheap White Socks For Sale: Best Price For White Socks

    But at least go for Cheap White Socks Reviews rather than just White Socks Reviews, you get an extra keyword.

  39. Great advice mate.

    You’ve mentioned you do a lot of regurgitating yourself. As you’ll notice, I do this as well. This won’t stop me from having success right?

    About the number of articles to pump out to expect reasonable success in a reasonable timeframe:

    I work 3 days for somebody else and 4 days for me. On a day, I can pump out 20 articles with relative ease. These will either go on my own website or they will go on the PostRunner system. I want to spend 25% of my time on providing content and the other 75% on backlinks.

    With that amount of articles (320 per month) distributed at said percentages, what kind of results can I expect after 3 months, 6 months and 12 months?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Blackthorne, who knows? Honestly it varies so much from niche to niche that results are impossible to gauge. I have done more than 10 articles myself this morning, even with your interruptions ;)

    What you get back depends on just what the niche is like. I have tons of sites that get easy traffic, 100 plus a day with little work and never make a sale. Just the way it goes. As soon as one site makes some money then go flat out on it and then you can make good money. 12 months is really a good time frame to look at as that is when a site seems to really settle down to its position. And if it is a site that converts to sales then you should be able to make a living off just that one site. We now have a good few sites that are each a full time wage in their own right and in another year when we have a handful more I expect to be on the $30K a month that is my goal.

    But hey, I will probably make a load of stinkers too that waste my time and never make anything. Just gotta keep trying to find the winners. And I hate to say it but Hubpages can earn god Amazon money too. The good lady does more than me as they do my head in but they are great for testing the waters so to speak. A run with Backlinks Philippines (on the sidebar) will see them jump in the SERPS in a few weeks and you can see how it converts.

  40. This particular site you’ve just looked at made 1 sale with almost 0 traffic. It wasn’t a sale for the product I’m promoting… it was a cook book instead!

    Other Amazon sites I have have also made a few sales with almost 0 traffic.

    Those are good omens, aren’t they?

    I’m just going to keep on pumping those articles man. I’ve got awesome domain names and I know I can rank the bastards.

  41. Hello,
    Thanks so much for your information. I hope you won’t mind a few questions/clarifications?

    I’ll summarize them first…then expound a bit more following it (so anyone can skip over it as i do tend towards long-ish posts,lol;)

    a) How might we accomplish this with the free WP and/or Blogger (or Squidoo too?) versions. Can everything you rec’d here be applied to the free blogs we can set up?

    I know the domain names will be subdomain..do you think it would affect things a lot, even if the template/layout is as website-y as possible? (or should they be ‘review sites’ as more in line with blog subdomain presence & not go for anything storefrontish?)

    b) What do you think about the free website & hosting platforms, like DevHub & Yola (& Weebly etc) for your Amaz store type of setup? Altho DevHub & Yola are simple, their minimalist themes seem suitable fore storefront site approach. Plus they’re free, while I stumble around & experiment;)

    c) What do you think about WP AmaNiche plugin? Would you advise this for someone new to WP & Amaz sites?

    I did check out your hosting rec–it looks great! They seem to offer 1 Free Domain name too? — that’s even great-er;) BUT even with just a year subscription, it’s over $54…That’s alot if it doesn’t turn out & I’m fairly certain I’ll end up messing up alot at the start. & What if I want to do a bunch of sites?

    wait. even as i type this, a lightbulb!~when they mean ‘unlimited domains’ that means i can try out an ‘unlimited’ number of different domain sites…it’s just the hosting that is $54, like a ’1 time fee’ (for 1 year)? right? — of course i’d have to buy the domains separately, but if i get low cost .info domains it shouldn’t be too much a financial burden to add onto, yes? no? am i correct in thinking like this? what do you think of .info domains–are customers leery of them, is it better worth it to try for a .net or .biz instead?

    I’m new & all this hosting, ftp, etc. stuff is abit intimidating! It took quite a bit of research & reading just to get to this point where I can read what you & others here write & actually make sense of it (most of;)

    I don’t have any money for anything…I don’t mind adding to credit card debt if it truly will level out the learning curve for me (& that the card could be paid off within a reasonable timeframe while learning all this;). I know the say newbies should try free resources first–but that can take quite along time (i kno!) & you basically have to figure everything out yourself & manually…it’s really alot of google searching (ie, reading, research=Time!) to cross check ur other google searched info for xyz, repeat repeat until u can reasonably be certain it’s legit info, so then fiiiinally, actually *do* that xyz thing. ugh, alot of time & brain pain with very little ‘tangibles’ to show (usually bc ur worn out by then, heh)….

    Sooo another lightbulb when I came across MAR & MAS–those seem ideal for the newbie & it really helped me understand things even better…which got me thinking now that perhaps I do need to buy some professional level ‘tools’ for me to get going…else I’ll lose another 6+months fiddling, learning,trying to get up speed about WP & hosting & templates & all those doodads. So if I can get something up now with a bit more ease with the help of these tools, then it might start some seed money coming in, at which point I truly can focus on the marketing & research aspect of it & learning up on all things internet…?

    I hope this made some sort of sense…I’m starting to get a bit panicky now as I have to find some way for income asap for family & health reasons & can’t really leave the house for long periods (not trying for a sob story, just sense of urgency for turnaround something, anything…sigh;)

    Thanks again for everything~~you’re truly the bees knees!:)

    p.s. i dont have a website per se, might the signature link be used instead for? (feel free to remove if it’s not ok!):
    http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Rodori, yikes !!!!

    Okay, here we go:

    The way I explained will be fine for blogger and other free sites you can modify the themes of, although forget wordpress.com as you are not supposed to have affiliate stuff on them. I don’t keep up with my blogger sites any more either as I lost 3 of them to google and can’t face losing a years worth of work again, but they are good if you have no money, just never rely on them long term.

    I used to do very well with both devhub and yola and still make some money from them. Devhub is great for a doing a small site although in my recent experience they did not rank like they used to but they may be back in the search engines good books again now.

    I would not use any plugins like that, I would just get the code manually from Amazon and put it on, I have tried a few and to be honest I sleep best knowing I am not using a plugin that may go out of favor and I have alsready had to re do a 100 post site to get rid of reviewazon, but that is just my experience, others have had great success with the plugins so I am a little biased.

    With the hosting I think you do get 1 free domain. You can then have any number of sites hosted with them, no extra charge. You just buy the domains and host them with them. I have great success with whatever extension the domain is, .info, org, .com, it makes no difference to me. Get what you can for your keywords. But small sites will not work well, build up something large and the domain will not matter.

    You don’t need ftp for hosting. Get an account, use fantastico or simple scripts on the cpanel to just install wordpress and get a theme. At least that is what I do as I don’t even know how to build a static site, ahh the shame ;)

    MAR and MAS will simply allow you to spin content and submit it to article directories for backlinks. Personally I would not get too caught up in it right away. Try just making some sites first and see how you go. You don’t need lots of backlinks for new sites anyway, and it may just confuse you even more. Talked myself out of a commission there, damn ;)

    Pick some keywords, or products and make some sites. Add a load of posts then get a backlink a day or so to them for the first month then try things like MAR and MAS once they have a little age. Personally I think you may like the keyword academy, it is a $1 for the first month, link on the side, and you can then use postrunner to write articles for backlinks every day. Just don’t get too caught up reading forums there etc. Too much information is worse than not enough sometimes.

    But don’t forget hubpages. Totally free and you may like it. Write product posts and put the amazon box top right then also an amazon affiliate text link in the first paragraph of text, do a load of them and you will sell some stuff. Do that combined with a link from them to your own sites and some money will come in. New sites take moths of work to make any money so begin building them as soon as possible and use things like hubpages to make money from amazon in the meantime. But make sure you really do a lot of work if you want good money, it will pay off believe me.

    Right, back to work for me, hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions, but it may be a day or so before i reply as I am starting some new sites and need to get busy.

    All the best

    Dave

  42. Zow~! Ty ty ty!!!:) – just wht i was hoping for to clear thru some of the brain scramble…bc it really can get too much info!

    I really don’t want to bother u–I have a quick Q!: What do you mean “WP doesn’t allow Affiliate Links”??? Isn’t this what we’re supposed to be making these things for…?

    I have MAR & MAS-tho only a week so far…bc i’d mentioned aaallll those hours reading up&figuring things out?–well that’s cuz i had been trying to do affiliate marketing with articles. alas alas–nada fm all that, so far.

    Anyhoo I’ll trot off to try my had at DevHub & Yola too…Tho i risk being overly brain-commited (which can be many the Int Mktr downfall, no?) Perhaps I shall focus on setting up 1 site on …. WP?!!~Cuz guest wht!:

    I bit the bullet & got hosting (thru u…i think? it’s not exactly a super informative site, so i dunno if it ‘went thru’ or such. but of course i’ll be using ur Amaz link whenever;) (hmm, does Amaz have a ‘click ur own link’ penalty like adsense? i imagine it does..i’ll look it over).

    So!~You seemed so genuine I decided to got for it even bf ur reply back…& I’m right now downloading WP! (do u buy into all those “xfactor” theme sites? Altho~~those are more for Adsense, I’d think Amaz aff site/blogs would not nec have same theme advantages, yay,nay? Well i’ve printed out ur mega Amaz post & will follow that to set up my~very first site!:) awww…:)

    Thx soooo much!! (ur the 1st place i’ve really written any comments to;)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Rodori,

    With wordpress a self hosted site is fine, it is just if you use the free wordpress.com that you cannot put affiliate links on really. But for a self install you use wordpress.org. No commission showed up for you get hosting but no worries.

    I don’t do the xfactor style at all, not my way of working. And many people have been totally gutted to have lost all their earnings from lots of those type of sites recently as small sites simply will not rank very well any more. Better to go for a large site and really put some work in to it. A nice simple WP theme where you can get aff links and images above the fold is always going to work best for sales.

    Good luck setting up the sites.

  43. Hi Dave

    Thank you so much for this post. I have just discovered your site, and I’m off to read some more!

    I have a question about setting up the sites: how many posts do you do initially?

    I know you go flat-out on one when it shows promise, but in the testing stage, how many on-site posts do you make? (I am asking because I’m planning to do a crazy 100 Amazon sites in 30 days test, mwuhahaha!)

    And I know I’m being a bit thick here, but in the testing stage, are all your posts about products? Or do you have general posts like “how to clean your white socks”?

    Also, regarding general vs specific would you suggest starting out with a site about white socks? Or just socks in general?

    Wow, I meant to only ask one question! Thank you again.

  44. I’m sorry, I’m an idiot, you’ve already answered all my questions in your previous posts :)

    Thanks for having such a great blog.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Ash, no worries but if you found your answers I means I can have a little rest. Good luck with the 100, sure to be some winners there.

  45. Hi Dave, I’m about to sign up for Backlink Solutions – do you have an aff link I can use? I’m also signing up for reseller hosting through you :)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Ash, here is the backlinks solutions link. It is much appreciated, as is the reseller hosting. Definitely worth doing though, no doubt about it.

    You should get some good results with BS. All the best, and thanks again.

  46. Hi Dave~
    I was waiting to hear back from WebHostingPad…I wrote them & asked very very nicely (& rather persuasively i thought;), to have my purchase commission be credited to you. They got back to me after the wkd, & seemed truly to wish they could comply, saying they “appreciated my diligence” on your behalf, but unfortunately my “commission had tracked back to another affiliate”….?!…?…I dunno what happened as I explained that-seriously-I’d never heard of WHPad til I read your blog~so i’m not sure how I could have gotten their thru another’s link….? Well just thought you might want to know ~ altho I’m sure it’s more than likely due to my techno-bumblings that might’ve tossed my cookies (ha..(sorry;). I’m sorry I couldn’t get u the commission tho:(

    Re: XFactor–yes, i agree in re ‘adsense only’ sites, they’re not the way to go at all! I was only wondering about such as what i’d read seemed to indicate those templates (or whatever they are..’system’?) are all “set up to go,” ie., no ‘cleaning up of WP code’ (whatever that is), do-follows link sets, seo-blah blah codes redirects, etc…I’m no techy AT ALL–& lil intimidated doing all this imputing myself (hey, i don’t mind experimenting around w/new stuff, but if I don’t even know what the implications of anything are, I can’t even make an ‘educated guess’ as to what’s the best xyz for option 123 should be, etc etc..i’d have to go do google researching & reading & there goes a whole lot more addl time lost…!) ~ So i’d thought maybe some sort of template or such, for my ‘starter/’baby-step’ sites at first, so I could just worry about writing content & marketing it in the beginning (kinda like a blogger or squidoo setup, u kno?)…& let all the ‘backend’ techy whatnots seep into my learning as I go along (as well~u kno~time is of the essence for me, eep.)

    Anyhoo, I will follow ur advice & began working on a general topic-y ‘authority’ site…But!~I’m really worried about quantity–this is just *1* site!!…since the learning curve is so steep, how on earth can I get up multiple sites, let alone oodles & noodles of ‘em (100 Amaz sites in a month??! really??…oy.)

    Since I have done content writing before for affiliates (which i’d started that way bc…I wouldn’t have to make web site/techy stuff!;) & with all the new ‘user friendly’ hoo-hahs in techy stuff these days – I wasn’t expecting it to seem this much behind the curve…alas….any thoughts? Hows about a good starting number for sites…I kno most IM will always be a numbers game, but hows ab just something reasonable, an ‘ok-for-now’ number to focus on right now, hmmm~dave?…what say you?;)

    Well ta for now ~ I wish you well on your new site-building!:)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Rodori, don’t sweat the affiliate link but I really appreciate the trouble that you went to.

    Don’t worry about the techy stuff at all. Simply install wordpress, get a nice theme. Then go to permalinks settigns, use custom, and /%postname%

    Then install google sitemaps and get writing. Then backlinking.

    As for how many sites, you don’t have to go for lots, just what you can handle. Just try out a few different niches and see what works best. it may be worth doing some Hubpages to test out new niches first and if they make sales then you have a few links you can put in the Hubs to your new site.

    I don’t have 100 sites myself, and only work a few really hard. It is just about finding that good niche in the first place. Just do a handful and see how you get on. But don’t worry about themes etc at the beginning. Just put that code for the permalinks so the urls are search engine friendly from the start and you can change the theme to your hearts content in the future, it will be months before the visitors arrive anyway.

    Hope this keeps it simple, just don’t think too hard and get the content online as soon as you can. The older it is the better it will do.

    Let me know if I can help with anything.

  47. Dave,

    Thanks for answering my question on another post. Now I’m wondering about product layouts.

    Let’s say you have a page on your blog, perhaps a category, that covers a broad subject. For example: printers. Would it be wise to put a grid with say 30 different products on the page to cover this huge umbrella term? In my mind, a product grid would make the blog look more like a shop.

    I guess the minimalist way to go would be to put like 3 popular products above the fold. However, this would only allow you to cover 3 different printers out of many types. (Ex color/laser/black and white/inkjet/photo). Your input is appreciated.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Preston, I keep it to just a few products, partly because of the time taken to add the links and I am not sure about using plugins anymore for Amazon. When it covers a broad category I usually have 1 or 3 items with a link to the whole range on Amazon. But I am not saying this is better than your idea, yours may convert a lot better.

    It certainly will make it look more like a store, if you find a good plugin to do it then it would certainly be worth trying, even manually if you can.

  48. Thanks for that Dave. Not sure if you could use this, but I found an online program which can create grids of products on your posts:

    http://shawndolen.com/amazon

    After selecting products in the trial, select “showcase”. You have to sync your wordpress blog up with it first.

    One more question for you- Would you suggest putting the prices under each image? I notice you don’t do this in the guide.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Thanks Preston,

    I will take a look at that later today. As to prices, if you put them in by hand then be careful. You will be going against the T and C if the price is ever wrong so you need to ensure they are always correct. If you use a plugin like Reviewazon it is different as they make calls to the API to ensure they are always right.

  49. I thought I posted another comment here? And now it’s gone?

    Dave,

    I wanted to ask if you are still using Reviewazon or if you’ve completely stepped back from it?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Blackthorne you posted a few comments a while ago but nothing in the last few days has come through.

    I still have Reviewazon on a few articles on a few sites but I don’t use it anymore and don’t have any sites that use it for lots of pages. I had a bad experience with it so stick to manual inclusions now, but other people swear by it.

  50. My bad then… maybe I merely intended to post but forgot to actually do it.

    Either way… that was my question. :)

    I used Reviewazon on 1 site to see if it could get trickle traffic with just 20 Reviewazon posts.

    It doesn’t really. So I put up 20 hand written posts. Still not much, but I’ma keep on goin’ strong!

    Reading your July 9th post now on how to make a living online. That post answers another one of my questions I had.

    10 Articles per day at least 5 days a week, eh? That equals about 50 articles per week, while I’m at around 30 now.

    I will find a way to get up to 50 per week and stick to it religiously.

    Thanks for the great post Dave.

  51. Hey Dave,

    About the reply you gave to Preston’s post;

    “As to prices, if you put them in by hand then be careful. You will be going against the T and C if the price is ever wrong so you need to ensure they are always correct. If you use a plugin like Reviewazon it is different as they make calls to the API to ensure they are always right.”

    I couldn’t find this stated anywhere. Not trying to be an ass or anything, I just realized there has to be a place with T&C that I haven’t been able to find yet. I’ve been putting the price and discount info in the images and it does convert pretty well for a certain product so just very inquisitive to know.

    AWESOME POST THOUGH!

    Best,
    JC

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    James:

    You will be solely responsible for your site, including its development, operation, and maintenance and all materials that appear on or within it. For example, you will be solely responsible for:

    * the technical operation of your site and all related equipment;
    * displaying Special Links and Content on your site in compliance with this Operating Agreement and any agreement between you and any other person or entity (including any restrictions or requirements placed on you by any person or entity that hosts your site);
    * creating and posting, and ensuring the accuracy, completeness, and appropriateness of, materials posted on your site (including all Product descriptions and other Product-related materials and any information you include within or associate with Special Links);
    * using the Content, your site, and the materials on or within your site in a manner that does not infringe, violate, or misappropriate any of our rights or those of any other person or entity (including copyrights, trademarks, privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or proprietary rights);
    * disclosing on your site accurately and adequately, either through a privacy policy or otherwise, how you collect, use, store, and disclose data collected from visitors, including, where applicable, that third parties (including us and other advertisers) may serve content and advertisements, collect information directly from visitors, and place or recognize cookies on visitors’ browsers; and
    * any use that you make of the Content and the Amazon Marks, whether or not permitted under this Operating Agreement.

    I think the third part would imply that prices must be accurate. I also read about someone getting banned on the Amazon forum because their prices were misleading. It is a small risk to have the wrong price but a risk nonetheless.

    Here is the full terms and conditions https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/agreement and here is the most important thing stated on it.

    You must, however, clearly state the following on your site: “[Insert your name] is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to [insert the applicable site name (amazon.com or endless.com)].”

    Hope this helps

  52. Thank you for the reply Dave.

    While I had read through that earlier, I thought Nº3 was there to protect Amazon from lawsuits in case some one said something absurd to get people to click to their sites and they ended up with a bunch of dissatisfied customers. I guess the same goes for % discounts in the pictures as well.

    I was wondering if my pictures should say “so and so” and then, & at the bottom of the picture have something like:
    “Prices accurate at time of publishing. Please check link for latest prices”
    OR
    “Item priced $0.99 on 01/12/10. Click to check for latest prices”

    What I am tying to do is to keep the image of the product up as an actionable item; something that the visitors would click and I’d appreciate any ideas on that one.

    Will shoot off a mail to Amazon reps as well, but I’ve never managed to receive a reply about anything really.

    Thank you the Amazon Services disclaimer, I remembered I hadn’t put it up on a new project site.

    Best,
    JC

  53. Hi Dave

    It’s good to see you’re still hanging around the blog and replying to comments. Maybe your comment section will soon outweigh the post length :)

    As I’m proceeding with the sites, I’ve had to change my plans pretty drastically. I decided 100 sites with 10 posts each, then revisting the top performers two months later to add posts wasn’t gonna cut it. That’s the mass model, but I figure this model is different. So not I’m focusing on ten broad sites and pluggin away! It’s a huge risk for me, to focus so heavily without proof, but I figure, at worst, I’ll have some huuge sites up and hopefully I’ll be getting traffic, so if Amazon doesn’t work out I can always monetize in other ways …. but hopefully it WILL work out.

    Yeah, you’re right about the hassle of creating product images/links thingy! Ugh, and I’ve just started.

    To the commenter above (yes, this is how many SBox comments start, I know :) ), I recon you could say something like “list price x, click here to know the currently discounted price”.

    Dave, I really get you when you say you used to be broke and now doing this you have cash. I’m kind of in the same way, I had my freelancing business take off a few months ago, though I attribute it mainly to luck, and my hubby got a new high-paying (well, compare to before which was $0) job, so I figure now’s the time for me to take a risk and try to build Amazon mega sites instead of just doing more freelancing work.

    Will hopefully post back after I have any success (Even, hey I finished the backbone of all 11 sites! – feels like a long way to go just to d that.) Of course, as everyone says, you should do things differently, so I’m trying a twist on keyword research and will do some serious backlinking (WH) including satellite sites (a first for me) as well as article submissions and link networks.

    Hope you’re doing well :)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Hi Ash,

    10 sites sounds more manageable to me, but then I have never been in to creating huge numbers of sites.

    You should see a few winners there and if they do take off it they could make some amazing money. Christmas should be good for a number of sites even if they do not perform well the rest of the year. I have a few of those now after seeing how well I did last year with Amazon at Christmas.

    I don’t add prices either, I may talk about a very general number but never give an accurate one in case they change. Man, last year a few things I was doing at Christmas used to go up 200% in price quite regular, I was amazed people used to still by them.

    Good luck with the sites, some are sure to be very good and bring in the money. You should have enough authority to get lots of Christmas clicks if you are building them now. It can be very lucrative for a lot of items you never thought would be end of year sellers.

  54. Update for James: I have actually decided to leave prices out entirely!
    I’m waiting to hear from James how he does this as well :)
    Currently I’m in the process of making my first site look “pretty” with a store-front like design in WP – I think once I get this down I can repeat the process for my other blogs.

  55. Ugh, I meant hear from Dave. Damn typos.

  56. Thank you for the reply Ash. I was just stuck on them because they worked too well. Trying to work on a script that’ll take care of it and update the prices within the image. Thinking of using CSS to layer it on top of the image directly. Won’t be as fancy, but is still definitely workable. I know it may sound like overkill, but that site is already making me £1000 a month with 200 odd articles on it. The content for the SEO was a bitch though.

    I like the idea of using the “list price x, click here to know the currently discounted price”. I’ll give it a shot and report back on the conversions. Heck with a call to action like that in the copy and with a button that screams “click me” in there somewhere, I might just increase my conversions. WIll do some testing and report back in a month or two. I am am conversions junkie.

    I didn’t know you were gonna be away for a while Dave. I really appreciate that you took the time to reply to my comments. Given me quite a few ideas.

    Thank you guys.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    James sounds like a real winner of a site.

    Would you like to tell me the niche so I can protect it for you ;)

    Seriously Dude a site like that could make you monster money once every post is in the top spot. Who needs a ton of sites when you find winners like that.

    This is the battle we all face. Trying to find a niche where it converts really well. Man, when I think of the hours worked on stuff that simply never converts.

  57. Dave,

    I am building lots of links to my articles now and I’ve almost completely forgotten about my frontpage.

    Are you still building links to the frontpage at all, or just the articles?

    Should the frontpage link be treated like any other ole’ link, or is it perhaps less or more important than deeplinks to posts?

    Blackthorne

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Blackthorne, it depends how important the homepage keywords are but I know for a fact that you can get your site title to number one just through backlinking inner pages. I concentrate about 80% at least to links for inner pages if not even more.

    As for me the inner pages are really what I want to rank for I go all out for that, but each to their own.

  58. Hi Blackthorne – I’m not James, but I’ve read that the backlinks to your homepage should be over 50% of your total backlinks. This may just be “guru spout” crap however.

    James – your welcome :) Let me know how your conversions go! And don’t blame me if they drop drastically…. :S

    Dave – I know I might be overthinking this, but what about duplicate content sitewide? I mean, G will crawl the site, and see the same (above the fold call to action) everywhere – you mention this is a good thing and will help you rank better? I’ve actually heard the opposite and was wondering if I should set the sitewide duplicate content portion no-crawl or whatever the tag is on most of the posts…. I know, I know, overthinking – but I’m really interested in hearing what you have to say.
    I’m going a bit overboard with my images and it is not fun.

    Ok, back to work for me now and hopefully I will have my initial content up, my web2.0 sites up, and will be beginning major (but slow) backlinking soon.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Ash, I have never had a problem with putting a ton of affiliate links and some affiliate images site wide. They are all no-followed though, as obviously you don’t want to give the affiliate program a backlink. But that text does show up in the search results once you get some authority and it will gradually mean that the homepage ranks for a lot of the terms that you have there. Once you really begin to step up a backlink campaign.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Oh, Ash, and as for over thinking things, if you think what we talk about here is getting the brain muddled (mine always is) then check out Blue Hat SEO. Everyone who is in the Internet game should go over there and have a read, it is where the real big boys hang out. Eli makes me hang my head in shame. I dread to think how much he must make a month. I can’t get my head around a single word of it though. I do feel that if I could then I would be making some serious money.

    I wish I could even grasp some of the basics of his site. I have gone though every article and picked up a few little pieces of it but basically it all goes WHOOSH. There is a whole different world out there where people are doing some real serious stuff and it makes me feel like I am in kids school (for the rather slow) ;)

  59. Hey there Dave, hope you’re well.

    I’ve taken a step away from domaining and am now working on my first foray into making money with the Amazon affiliates program!
    I’ve chosen my niche and set up my WP site but I was wandering if you could take 5mins to have a look at my site to see if I’m going in the right direction and answer one or two of my questions? If you can spare me even a fraction of your time please drop me an email at the given address and I’ll send you the site URL.

    Also, made another donation today (can you see) to show gratitude for answering my previous questions and just generally having a fabulously informative blog!

    Thanks in anticipation.

    Jim.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Jim, I have sent you an email and thanks for the donation, much appreciated.

  60. Holy smokes, this is some good info. I’ve been taking a really close look at Amazon affiliate marketing since many of my sites cross over into this area quite well, and I’m liking what I’m hearing about it from many places I read about it, including this awesome post. I really like your point about tools, and especially link building tools.. that is the one area that killed me time-wise, and since I’ve started using Linkvana (just one of many of these types of services available) I’ve been able to get a lot more efficient time-wise in building search rankings, and actually find that ranking for product types searches doesn’t take a whole lot of time using tools like this. Thanks for taking the time to write all this stuff up

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Hi Luke, glad you found it informative,

    Tools really can be a tremendous help and you are right, they certainly free up a lot of time. I still do a ton of manual links too though for a nice varied backlink profile.

  61. Hey Dave,
    can you give me a rough number of a good conversation rate for amazon? For example 1% 5% 10%? I guess this could change depending on the niches and if they find you site from buyer keywords?
    Right now im at around 2% which seems pretty low? Also how many actual product link clicks do you get per day to be making $300+?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Hi Dan, firstly I don’t make $300 a day from Amazon. I make more money from other affiliate programs so I don’t want to mislead you. Amazon is just one of the affiliate programs I use.

    As to conversions mine is usually 4-5%. But it totally depends on the niche. My partner is super chirpy at the moment as some of her niches are well over 10% conversions and she doesn’t mind telling me about it on a regular basis! But 4% is about average and a goal, but man, I have some sites that get 100 people a day, tons of clicks and they never buy a damn thing, annoying but part of the game.

  62. thanks for the reply, did that hostnine referral go through? if not let me know and i can email them if needed.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Dan, I contacted them and they are looking in to it but an email from you would be great if you don’t mind.

    Hope you get them conversions up buddy, more buying keyword post titles should do the trick. That or you have a stinky niche, I have plenty of them, unfortunately.

  63. Thanks for all the great info! I’m reading in the TKA forum tonight and people are saying that if you insert Amazon code into the HTML view of a WordPress post and then switch to wisiwig view, that WordPress strips some of the code which breaks the affiliate link. I tested this by adding some Amazon code in a test post in html view, then I switched to wisiwig, then switched back and pasted the same code below the original code. I then compared the two and they are definitely different. Parts of the code are rearranged after switching to the wisiwig view and then back to the html view. It all seems to be there but it’s in a different order. My Amazon affiliate ID isn’t stripped. I thought that if your affiliate ID is in the link that you’ll get credit for the sale. I would appreciate it if you could clarify this issue for me.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    PH,

    In my experience it only happens if you use the image and text box. If you use that then you need to insert it on the html side then publish without changing the view. But for just image or text links I have never had a problem. I think that is what people must be talking about. I will just check on TKA.

    Yeah, it does maybe change the code a little but it never loses the aff link, but it does mess up if you use the image and link box, which looks ugly most of the time anyway.

    Nothing to worry about as far as I am concerned. Still making the money with them so the links must be working. Hope this helps.

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  65. Hey Dave I’ve been looking through your Amazon guide and I cannot get more than 1 image side by side. You said you can get 3 or 4 images of products (belts in your example) and line them up next to each other so that anyone landing on your site would know you are selling belts and it looks more like a store and not a boring blog. How do you get more than 1 image next to each other? I can only insert 1 image and nothing next to that.(Granted html is not something i like much). Have yet to try getting 1 post layout to be how you suggest then copying it over into the single post template.

    Tara

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Tara, in the html section just make sure that at the end of each code block you do not start a new line and they should line up. Sometimes it looks odd in editing stage so preview it to see how it will really look. That should solve the problem. If not let me know and we will work it out.

  66. Thanks Dave appreciate you getting back to me. I’m gonna give this a go later on today. Tara

  67. Hey Dave – hope things are well.

    Was hoping you could share you experience with using UK/EU affiliate tags and sending visits/sales to Amazon.COM – I have been experimenting lately and don’t see my clicks coming up in my UK account when I send traffic to the US Amazon.

    Cheers,

    Billy

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Hi, Billy nice to see you back here again.

    But, um, exsqueeze me, baking powder, I beg your pudding, I don’t follow the question.

    Please talk slowly and precisely for the slightly brain addled, (i.e me).

  68. Heh. Well, if I use a UK affiliate tag (-21) and send people to amazon.com (A US site), do I still get the recognition for that from amazon.

    E.g. In your “shop via daves amazon link ” at the bottom of this site, you use a US tag (-20), so I assume you’re getting cheques from them and not bank xfers? Small detail, i know, but just need to make sure my affiliate accounts are setup right.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Ah OK got you. You need to use the right ids for the right country. So you only get US sales if they go via a US associates code. Same for the UK. Get your codes from the respective countries or no moolah. They are different affiliate programs so if you used a -21 if you make your own affiliate links and direct to the US you get nothing.

    Hope you haven’t been doing it much, this is why I would always just log in to the right account and use the code generated if there is any doubt. Those cheques are soooooo slow. Earn for August get the cheque end of Oct and then it takes like 3 weeks to clear here sometimes. Direct transfer would be so much better.

  69. Gotcha, thanks Dave.

    I’ve just flicked a few things around, so will change them back tonight to be all US. Kind of a shame, but targeting UK only is not going to be the most lucrative.

    Starting to get things off the ground and getting some momentum; often refer back here! Let me know if you need any technical help in expanding your empire…

  70. (Not sure if my previous post got through, tried to comment from my phone).

    Ah, gotcha – thanks Dave. I was tweaking things the other day as obviously bank transfers would be much more ideal, but shall switch things back to the US now. Not really worth targetting UK only customers, as it’s pretty small compared to the big old America.

    Not so bothered about losing a few clicks at the moment; starting to get a bit of momentum, and have just about built a nice repeatable process (as you say, it’s all about the content) – I’m obviously not doing this as a full time occupation, so happy with slow and steady.

    Let me know if you need any technical help as you expand your Spanish Armada (of sites).

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Oooh, get you with your fancy pants phone! Don’t even have 3G up my mountain where I live.

  71. Billy,

    The IPK guy (Craig Kaye) targets the British market and the example sites in his course should give you a good idea of what works.

    I’ve had some experience there and you’re best running with massively popular products. Also, if you get a .co.uk and host it in the UK and do all the location specific mojo (set country to UK in the Webmaster Tools) ranking is easier.

    There was this script someone was using that would switch links depending on which country the visitor was coming in from and switch to AdSense if it wasn’t on the whitelist. Will look it up.

    I have this one niche which gets about 20 people from the UK everyday – maybe I should get a UK TLD and connect the two, put a banner on top for everyone coming in singing God Save The Queen…

  72. hi Dave, would you consider doing an article on how you manage the amazon tracking-IDs, and how to use the reports generated within affiliate-program.amazon.com? looking for a good way for housekeeping and squeezing more profit from the reports…right now i am using only one ID for everything

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    SK I would definitely take advantage of the fact that you can have many different tracking ids. I use a different one for each site so I know where the money is coming from. Otherwise it would get very confusing.

  73. well to say thanks i’ve moved to hostnine with your aff link. I just hope they arn’t as horrible as many of the reviews suggest.

  74. Love the post.

    I have been a member of TKA since 12/09. You seem to be a member and/or agree with their philosophy and use their tools, with a slight variation when it comes to link building and spinning.

    You mentioned that you use Postrunner and while it is great, I sat down and wrote 4000 words in 3 hours only to get 22 links (in 11 articles). You also talk highly of spinning and other link building services which could get you 50 links in minutes.

    Can you offer any comments on when you use Postrunner versus the non-TKA-sanctioned other ways? If the other ways are better, why still do Postrunner?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Hi Scott,

    And those are some very interesting questions. The more time I spend in this game the more I realise that links from as many different places as possible is very important. And even more significant is links from a variety of base sources. By that I mean that although we know that backlinking is gaming the system from the start, i.e not natural, as we are making them ourselves, the more diverse the places we get links from, the more it seems to benefit in terms of ranking.

    So, links from just other blogs and nowhere else is not as natural as also having links from forum profiles and article directories. So, I would never recommend just using one system. Backlink Solutions could go down tomorrow, forum profiles may no longer count, Postrunner could get wiped out totally, these things have happened in the past and I am sure that they will happen in the future. All we can do is get links form as many different sites and sources as we possibly can.

    Although I can, and do, use Backlinks Philippines to send hundreds and hundreds of links to a site, and with incredible SERPS results I might add, I still use Postrunner as my mainstay as I feel that for the time being it is probably the best system and the least likely to get found as a backlinking network. Yes, it takes a lot of manual work, ie. today I spent 8 hours doing nothing but Postrunner articles, but the links really make a difference and give stability to a site. I would not feel happy if all I had were forum profiles, even though they have an amazing effect.

    And I would add, that although Court and Mark have a brilliant system, you can bet that they also use many tools similar to what I do on my tools to succeed page. I have even seen links that Court has to some of his Hubs, and they are from networks that are much like the ones I also use, but talking about such things for those beginning is just confusing I know, and at the end of the day you can get amazing results just using the Postrunner system they have set up.
    Hell, not so long ago I used to spend every day submitting an article to 5 article directories and then writing another one and doing the same thing over and over. (there are a lot of untested opinions about duplicate content). Even that works and can get you ranking, there are a lot of untruths out there, mostly to take your money from you, but the reality is, that I have found out rather late, that backlink networks or paid services like Backlinks Philippines are amazing shortcuts to rankings.

    Umm, I have had a couple of vinos and have rambled a bit while the wife makes an Indian chicken curry so I will call it a day. I hope this helps. Bottom line? Look at the links your competitors have and copy them. Then add a load of postrunners, article directory links, forum profiles and you will beat them all, guaranteed. If you want a real shortcut to ranking well use Backlinks Philippines or the $8 a month service on the tools to succeed page, but keep with the postrunners and article directory submission too, and just move with the times. I am no expert and many will not agree with how I do things, all I know is it works, what more can I say?

  75. hi there dave!~
    just wanted to drop a quickie cheerio to u:) i haven’t dropped off the planet (esp after all ur help!)–just been crash-coursing myself through wp site-building & all its requisite, um, foibles;) ~ i took ur advice not to overly get caught up reading so i purposely made myself stay away from ur site til now (…ooo~looks like u’ve lotsa useful info to read up on!)…can’t believe its been a month since i started building sites–it’s kinda painful, no?…urgh, google searching everything in order to figure out what it is is really a drag…on the other hand, it’s kinda fun pretending to be sorta badass web site designer (hardy har har~!;)

    i will catch u up (if ur interested;) soon-ish. none of the sites, being the perfectionist that i imperfectly tend to be, are fully what i’d like them to be, yet~buuuut by now some are decent enough. (& ya, i totally dropped the notion that i’m supposed to shoot for 100 sites a month-oy!-not feasible, or actually intriguing, for me that is; to each their own, of course;) i’m applying now to commission junction, to try to fill up some of that sidebar space, heh (my it was irritating to sign up-why can’t i get cj.com to work in firefox, hmm? odd that.) i kno u wrote somewhere ab auto-approval advertisers on cj.com, so i’m gonna look on ur site after posting this:)…i’d like to find some quickies to run with asap, while the others take their time to manually approve my ‘relationship request’ (makes it seem like online dating, haha;)

    i haven’t been able to do as much writing yet though, as i’d like with Hubpages & article directory submissions for traffic (backlinks? er, same-same? wait..’seo’ via ‘backlinks’ vs ‘traffic,’ per se, aren’t necessarily the same end-goals/methods, ya? i think traffic is more important for a new site, no? pls advise o wise one;) –the wp building really sucked up alot of my brain energy & time; hope to get to writing madly this next stage, as i kno promotion is key..as a writer i’m hoping i’ll be able to make myself churn out copious drivel, er, content…Well!!~whatdaya kno?! i’ve managed to ‘update’ u more or less in my supposed ‘quick hi’ (it’s that ‘writer’ thing,heh)…Ok then i’m off to ignore u for a bit more now;) — thnx so much! ~ toodles!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Rodori, hey there.

    Um, not sure what to say apart from go get ‘em ;)

  76. Thanks Dave-
    I had a spare site that I had yet to start so I am going only Amazon on this one. It is a consumable good that you really can’t find good selection locally. Wish me luck.

    Two questions:
    1. Using Google Keyword Tool I see 2400 searches per month for Cheap xxxxxxx. I was about to write a post for Where to Get Cheap xxxx, but then realized that although I found one product in this niche that is cheaper than the rest, it may not always be (and you had previously mentioned you don’t like/or should not put prices on your site). Thoughts?
    2. What are other examples of “Buy” words?

    Thanks for your help.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    Scott there is a buying keywords post here somewhere where I wrote 50 buying keywords terms for you to pick from, you should find it easy enough.

    As to the item just go with it. Write the post and send people to where you think it is available for a low price. I don’t do prices if it is for Amazon as they MUST be right, but for other affiliate programs I put the prices on all the time.

    I check my Amazon links now and then but not often enough. This is why I now recommend you link to a search result on Amazon if you possibly can, it can even help if there is a lot of selection for a certain product.

  77. One other question. How often do you go through your sites and check the links to the Amazon products to insure they are still available?

  78. Awesome suggestions. Thanks.

  79. I have just scanned through fairly quickly but have already picked up some useful tips. I will return tomorrow when the kids arae at school and read through properly at my leisure. I think its possible to make really good money with Amazon and I am happy promoting Amazon products because I know from personal experience that they are trustworthy. I think this always makes it easier to promote…. if you have faith in the company and actual experience of their service.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @GirdleGirl,

    Good point. We know that if we trust a site then others do too and they will feel more comfortable buying from them.

  80. Hi Dave,

    I bumped into a wordpress like site when I searched for info about a special kind of furniture. I liked the simple layout and the alexa ranking is 40k something.

    Wow. Is that the kind of wordpress amazon site you were talking about. But this one is more like an authority version of the sniper site.

    I want to show you the site but don’t want to reveal it to others because it might be unfair to the site owner.

    The way he posted a product picture and link it to amazon seems like what you talked about here, but this site is a year old, so I don’t think it’s your site. You mentioned that a year ago you were still making mini sites, not authority site.

    Let me know what you think? Maybe an email address so I can send you the link. If you think it’s okay, then I will just post the link to the site here, but since you wouldn’t post yours, and I wouldn’t post mine, so I guess I should do unto others what I would like myself.

    Sai Kit

  81. Good evening,
    I love your blog, this is amazing info, and stuff I’ve been looking for for a while!
    I want to start an authority amazon site, but I have some questions.

    I can’t get the .com domain that I want (or several other things that are close to it). All the sites that hold these domains are usually not very valuable, they just hold some search results and links, most not even that relevant to the topic. I tried to get in touch with the owners to see if I could buy the domain name of them, but no luck there. I wandered if it would make a big difference if I choose a .info or a .org domain instead, as these are still available. Would that work just as well you think?

    And second, If a visitor clicks on one of your amazon links you lose them. I have been trying to get wordpress to make the link open in a new screen or a new tab, but I’m too much of a tech idiot to do that. But do you think it would work? Because that way you get them to Amazon without them actually leaving your site. Although I guess amazon is the real end goal anyway, so it shouldn’t matter too much that they leave your site as long as they buy something…

    Thanks again for such a wonderful site!
    Mieka

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Mieka,

    Hi Mieka,

    Personally I would get the .org or the.info.

    Some people say never get the .info but I use them and never had any problems, as long as I make large sites on them. But if there is an org get that.

    I am a total tech idiot too so I can’t help you there Dude but it is something I have wondered about too. But it probably is best that they go straight to Amazon, and if they press the back button they will be back to your site.

    Thanks for dropping by

    Cheers

    Vote -1 Vote +1Lando @ Docking Bay 94 Reply:

    @Mieka,

    Check out my super cool new website that shows you how to implement some of the things that Dave talks about here. If you are still having trouble with your links, check out my post about how to open links in a new tab.

    I think Dave just had a “_blank”.

  82. Thanks for the speedy reply, I’m off to buy my domain name now. If I buy that through your link will you get a commission? I already have a hosting account at GoDaddy, so it’s probably easiest to get the domain name there as well… As soon as Squidoo will put some money in my paypal account I will make a donation, but I don’t think it will be for another month or two. I subscribed to you in my google reader though, so i won’t forget :)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Mieka,

    Only if you go for new hosting ;)

    Don’t worry about a donation if you don’t have cash, it’s cool. Put it towards a new domain or something.

    Cheers

  83. Hi Dave,

    Is it possible to add nofollow text link on hubpages or squidoo lens?

    Your taught us how to make hubpage convert better with Amazon, by placing your own affiliate text link before the amazon module. Were you able to use no-follow on hubpage?

    Thanks
    Sai Kit

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @SK,

    We normally use the link module but were talking about this last night as they keep breaking. So check your links everyone.

    So, we may well switch to just a small text module on the right for the links so I assume you can just click on to the html button and add in nofollow when you put the link code in. Same on squidoo, I assume, but haven’t done it yet.

  84. Hi Dave
    I am going to do what you suggest and get Reseller Hosting at Hostnine so I can put each new site on a different IP address for maximum backlink juicyness. I went to the site through your link to check it out and it says for Level 1 you’re allowed up to 100 domains for $24.95per month. so this is for 100 domains hosted on different Ip’s? You don’t have to pay extra to have a different ip for every site you set up?
    The reason I ask is that down the bottom it mentions additional ip addresses – $2 per month per ip, I’m a little confused.
    Thanks in advance for your time

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Linda @ Fix My Credit,

    From what I remember there are not 100 ips. More like 10 or so that come with the package that you can use for that price. In different countries. They must let you have a 100 sites split between those ips or pay the extra if you want each of the 100 on unique ips.

    It still works out a lot cheaper than getting new shared hosting every time you want a new ip. But I guess it does come down to how many sites you want. I try to keep the numbers WAAAAAY down now myself.

    Nice to see a new face Linda, comment any time you feel like it.

    Cheers

  85. thanks for the reply Dave. OK, so you basically get 10 different ip addresses; say 1 ip address for 10 domains. If you were smart you could still use this to good advantage. You’re not likely to have more than 10 sites for the one subject (say 1 main site, and then maybe smaller satellite sites) so if I had a 300 page main site about ‘chairs’ on one of those ip addresses, and found 9 good search terms from that ‘chairs’ site that I could make smaller sites for, I could put each one of those on those other 9 ip addresses (probably less but lets just go with this) so they’d all have a different ip address.

    Then I could interlink them by putting some of them in each blogs blogroll, thus giving me good backlinks esp if that 300 page authority site had a good PR. Am I on the right page here with this thinking? Is this how the different ip’s could be used to advantage?

    I am also going to join the keyword acadamy – that postrunner system sounds like a great way to get good backlinks, even if it involves a lot of writing – unfortunately we can’t escape that ‘w’ word.

    Thanks in advance for your reply and for such an informative site. I only discovered it a week ago and have become addicted to reading a post or 2 every day, from the beginning. You have no idea how inspiring it is to hear of your success…and how openly you share what you do to achieve it. All we have to do is replicate it…work hard writing lots of content, get backlinks, backlinks and more backlinks and over time we’ll be able to grin from ear to ear as we tell of our $100+ day success story after doing all this hard work…..it will so be worth it!!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Linda @ Fix My Credit,

    You totally have it right. 1 main site, but maybe with whoever you currently have hosting. Then use the reseller to make smaller sites, all on different ips, even on servers in different countries. There are UK ones, which is especially good if you want to get a UK domain name and go for that traffic.

    But you have the exact right idea and there is nothing better than sites under your control to give yourself backlinks from.

    The KA rocks, also check out the post on Build My Rank, you can try it for free so it is also worth a look.

    Thanks for the kind words too, it is always nice to hear that it is a little inspiring at times. Write the content, backlink it until it ranks, and then do it again. That’s it really. Even if I do take a while to say it ;)

  86. Hey Dave

    Do you use any plug-ins to speed up your WP loading time? I have been adding in posts slowly and adding in an image at the beginning of each post as you suggested but I’m wondering if all these images are going to have an adverse effect and slow down the loading time of my site, which won’t make it look so good to Google.

    About the 50 buying keywords posts, you said you kind of slip them in between regular posts so that the site does not look too spammy but would you put images on each of these 50 posts? And if you are talking about at least 10 backlinks to each post, we are talking 500 articles (150 at the least) to backlink all for the one keyword we are testing, cos some keywords will rank easily and others won’t.

    Tara

  87. I use the w3 cache plugin which works great, that should be all that you need. The 50 buying terms should all be for proper posts but you can also double up a lot of them and even just use header 2′s in the article to use more of them. i.e Cheap White Socks For Sale, as the post title then use different buying terms as header 2′s in the post.

    The more age and authority the site has the less posts you need to nail all the keywords.

    But the work is the work Tara, you just need to do it unless you can rank with less backlinks.

  88. Yeah that’s what I wasn’t sure about but using different h1, h2, h3 etc for the other terms would mean you could get more of these kws on one page and they would all make more sense than having 50 posts so closely/similarly named.

    The w3 plug in, before I go off and research this to death, do you mostly accept the defaults and off the top of your head are there any options I should change?

    Cheers mate

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Tara,

    I just use the defaults, seems fine.

  89. Hi Dave,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to write this! I have already read through the entire thing twice and I’ve bookmarked it to be able to come back again.

    I did have a couple of questions that I don’t think were addressed in this post (although they may be elsewhere in your “ramblings” as I haven’t read everything yet.)

    1. Do you add all your content in one go or do you drip it to try to benefit from RSS feeds and Google bot visits? To put it another way, if you wrote 5 or 10 pages for the same site today, when would they show up on your site?

    2. When you write your content, do you try to rotate through your categories/products or do you just write on one until you exhaust the keywords you have identified and then move onto the next topic?

    3. From the way I’m understanding you have your sites set up, it sounds like you do NOT have a section that lists Recent Posts. If not, what are you doing to make it easy for the search engine bots to find your newly added pages?

    4. Do you use a sitemap for your readers? a sitemap for Google?

    Thanks again for taking the time to write out your thoughts and method. I plan to be back in a week or two to utilize some of the tools you recommend. Must go write some content to beef up some existing sites first, based on your suggestions.

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Cindy,

    Glad you found it useful. To be honest I think a nice random mix is the way to go. On a new site I will put up 4 or 5 posts then leave it a while. Then in a week or a month add a few more posts. Then it could be 10 in a day and nothing for months. Just however I feel really. But I have definitely found that the older the site the less regular you need to put content on to keep rankings, for WordPress at least.

    If I had a site all around a niche and a number of products I totally mix up the content. It could be buy cheap x one day and best price y the next.

    As to recent posts I usually do have that in the sidebar and often the front page has exerts from the most recent 10 posts. And I would always have a google sitemap but not for the visitors as I want them to buy and most would not be interested in viewing the whole site. The aim is always to provide what they want on the page they enter on.

    Hope that helps a little although it is nothing groundbreaking really ;)

  90. Hello Dave. I tested one of my older posts. Couple days ago and noticed that the links I had that went to amazon catagory pages were redirecting away from my affiliate link and I paniced and went in and linked all these type iinks to specific products. Do u know what could have caused this

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dee @ Prayer Shawl,

    It seems to happen a lot for catgeory links. i.e you don’t see you aff code in the link on the top bar, but if it is in your code on your site then it is being tracked. There was a discussion on the associates forum about it and it seems to happen to a few peeps. Don’t know why though.

  91. Hey Dave, Thanks for all the great info. However, I do not see any mention of why
    you would not use Amazon’s enhanced display option in a product link.

    Too early for me to say whether it converts worse or better than the type of links you suggest using. The
    enhanced display is an iframe supplied by Amazon. They look a bit messy when lined up
    side by side and I don’t think they can be no followed. Any thoughts you can share on this type of Amazon link would be greatly appreciated.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dupatta,

    Do you mean the text and link image? I have tried it and it did not convert well, and to be honest I think it looks cheap and shabby whenever I have seen it.

    For sites I want to look more like an e-commerce site it simply would not look good. Plus to be honest, and after a lot of testing I am under no illusions that being subtle works. A massive image and bolded H2 link saying click here to buy works a million time better. People buy more when you are totally in their face with a big call to action above the fold.

    Anyway, those are my findings, but your own testing is always the best way to go. Hope that helps Dupatta.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dupatta Reply:

    @Dave, Thanks for your reply Dave. That helps a lot. I think I need to do more testing with more traffic. I had 3 conversions with 83 clicks from Nov 10 to Nov end with the text and link image display on one post which is hardly any stats so still a lot of work to be done to test. The one nice thing about it is that being an iframe, the price is always updated so the price shown is what the customer sees when they end up on Amazon’s page.

  92. Thanks for walking me through the process to save an image and link to it with Amazon. I’ve really strugged with that part. Also encouraging was your tip to just go for a ton of small sales to boost the overall commission…

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Penny @ camper values,

    Glad it helped Penny, stuff only seems easy once you know how to do it. The small stuff is important as it really does help getting more earnings for the higher end products.

  93. Thanks dave for the excellent article. I came here from a suggestion from Mark Butler from the keyword academy. I did donate as well as this is worth far more than you asked for. You have one more person to compete with as I am going to implement this on my supersite and on three of my niche sites. :) I look forward to telling you I have made a ton of money with the help of your methods.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Mark C,

    Glad it was of use. And a success story will be great to hear. And thank you very much for the donation, much appreciated Mark. Come back and comment any time, more the merrier.

  94. Hi Dave – this is a really useful guide – I am thinking about combining this strategy with in depth reviews.

    At any rate I have two questions about your approach:

    1. For the sidebar categories links, do you set up a pure text title and then put a link underneath it with the exact same keyword text (say belts under $10) or do you just use the text widget to add a link by itself.

    2. If there are pages on a site with product reviews and links – is this *just* for incoming search / the blog page? If all of the category links head straight to amazon, do you put in any navigation on the site that would allow users to find individual product pages on your site?

    Great article, thanks!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @emaugust,

    It really depends on the niche. But first, yes, the category and price links are just in a text widget. But some niches where it seems people like to browse then I use a proper category widget for people to browse my site and then just price range links direct to Amazon.

    Also I am finding that plugins like linkwithin or nrelate are perfect for increasing on site navigation, or at least yarpp. They can be a bit buggy but you usually find one or the other works well.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  95. Hi Dave,

    I’ve read this post a bunch of times, and just now carved out an HOUR of my time to get through the comments. Good stuff; I didn’t know we weren’t allowed to use the Amazon logo on our sites, so I had to fix that.

    Anyway, this post has made me some real money, especially now that’s it’s Christmas. I’ve bookmarked this page so that my husband and I always use your aff link for Amazon, but I am hoping this info is of use to you as well:

    When you take the link from the site strip at the top of Amazon, it will give you a redirect link that strips your aff id from the url, but will give you credit for the immediate sale. If someone bookmarks the page on Amazon and comes back to it later, no credit for you. Amazon is sneaky, huh?

    You can get around it by adding your tag right into the URL.

    This also makes the link shorter for hubs and less prone to breaking. Be sure to check it with the Amazon link checker if you or your lady give it a go.

    http://electronplumber.com/dont-use-the-amazon-site-stripe-to-create-links-to-non-product-pages/

    I was also wondering if your lady is working on squid lenses in a way similar to how she worked hubs before they cracked down on links? Or is it just your own sites from here on?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @L Brown,

    That is an interesting read. I had never really thought about that before, i.e getting sales from the bookmarks. Man, it gets more confusing by the day. And that is great if you use my aff ID for your shopping, make sure you buy lots of expensive stuff ;)

    We do a few Hubs and Lenses, I am going more for Lenses in the new year I think. They seem to convert better. And yes, we are sending forum profile link, bulk spun links and large scale (500 plus) article directory links to Lenses with no probs so far. But 20 or so build my rank links works just as well, but takes longer. Mix it up is the best thing.

  96. So, I took your advice and threw a site together – basically following your format and now it is time to customize so as not to be a biter. http://portable-heater.org/

    A few thoughts:

    1. I have 25 products up however only 7 have search over 1k and those are the ones I am going to profile bomb. I hope that doesn’t get the site sandbagged.

    2. I tried to create side bar links based on price ranges however those links did not contain any of the price range filter information when I used the gray top bar “link to this page” link in amazon. Any ideas?

    3. I am amazed how using a global header (yours verbatim atm) really does make the site look more professional.

    4. When you launch an affiliate store, how thin or thick do you make it?

    Thanks (and here’s 10 for the kitty)!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @emaugust,

    Thanks for the ten, much appreciated. The site looks good, definitely the way to go for a lot of product sites.

    On the left on Amazon you should see the price range option for the heaters. I don’t know why it won’t work if you click one then make your link. Is that what you did?

    I ususually start with ten posts or so and then build up if it takes off. We started one middle of last year which has been getting 30 or so visits a day and makes a sale most days so that will now be turned in to a site with hundreds of pages covering the whole niche.

    I would also add in maybe a page with a buying guide and safety tips etc. You will be surprised how well it can help conversions sometimes.

    I would not go mad with links. From my experience slow and steady for a new site is best. 3 to 5 links a day to see how it goes. But it will work out long term whatever you do, yo just may bet sandboxed for a while if you go heavy on links to start with.

    Looks like a killer site though, good luck.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Dave, It looks like the only content on that site is ripped from Amazon. Does that not make it significantly harder to rank?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Craig,

    I didn’t read the content, I just looked at the layout. Duplicate content is a myth as far as I am concerned. As long as it is not breaking any terms by using the customer reviews then I don’t see a problem. Lot’s of sites have the reviews from Amazon indexed.

    It is not how I would go about it as I like to write my own stuff. Let’s see what emaugust has to say, and it would be interesting to hear about how the site goes in terms of ranking and the like using duplicate content.

    Vote -1 Vote +1emaugust Reply:

    @Craig, The duplicate content doesn’t anger google, but it wont give my site any advantage over the amazon page I pulled them from. I intend to write custom reviews, much more in depth – I just dropped those in as placeholders as they will at least get google seeing some content, even in they wont do anything to help conversion.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @emaugust, Aye, that’s all I was ‘worried’ about, that it would be hard to beat Amazon’s authority only using content ripped from Amazon.

    The placeholder thing is cool though. Get the site up and ageing as quickly as possible. And as Dave says, it looks nice. Good luck with it!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @emaugust, Not using redirects?

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @Wishal, I meant cloaking.
    *Damn you morning grogginess.

    Vote -1 Vote +1emaugust Reply:

    @Wishal, No for two reasons…

    First is that I think inherent in any cloaking method is the chance the link wont properly record.

    Second is that amazon has crazy big url’s that are hard to decipher for the normal online shopper. I don’t think the buy space heaters online crowd are the sorts to know about, think about or care about affiliate marketing. If this was a MMO product I think it would be a different sort of situation.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @emaugust, Have a look at this one em,
    http://www.hobo-web.co.uk/seo-blog/sites-treated-differently-regardless-of-inbound-quality-signals/

    BTW, Be My Enemy is kick ass.
    You on the band?

    Vote -1 Vote +1emaugust Reply:

    @Wishal, Wow small world! I actually own the record label that released their record in the United States – Bit Riot Records :]

  97. Hey Dave, what’s up? :)

    I have a question pls ref Amazon UK – One site of mine has 90% UK traffic. In order to put Amazon UK links do I need to sign-up separately for Amazon UK? – they manage totally spearately their affiliate program for US and respectively UK?

    And ref links, I suppose I can’t use image and link below now – I would just put 2 links in big fonts at the beginning of the post UK Customers:___________ / US Customers:___________

    What think?

    Thanks!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Carlo,

    To be honest I have no success when I combine UK and US links. People continually click on the wrong links. It amazes me.

    If yo get 90% UK traffic then forget about the US links and optimize both the images and links for the UK. But yes, you need to sign up for Amazon UK, which won’t be a problem.

    Go get em, UK peeps hate to spend money though ;)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Carlo Reply:

    @Dave,
    Thanks a lot!
    I’ll see if I can make them show me the Dinero ;) I’m just trying to improve the quality of their life, no? This is priceless :p

  98. Dave, do you have an affiliate link with Hostgator? I have one domain with them and have set up a young blog (about 2 weeks old) with them and wanted to set up a couple more with them just to keep it simple

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Larry,

    That is a kind offer. To be honest I don’t. I use the sites on the sidebar. Bluehost are cheaper for unlimited domain hosting and so are webhostingpad. I have never used hostgator so am not an affiliate as I cannot judge their service. Bluehost are second to none for customer service though.

    Of course, signing up via my aff links for them would be appreciated but I know what you mean about sticking with who you know.

    Good luck with the new sites, it is always exciting getting a new project going.

  99. hmmm bluehost it might be then . . . .

    1. I am not code literate and I am having a bit of challenge in how to insert the affiliate links into my template. Is there a plugin that can help in WordPress?
    2, you mentioned that low commission products help to get the sales volume up so that you can hit the higher percentage on the big ticket items. When setting up your ads do you end up with the same ads on every page – duh – if the site is keyword focused (niche site) then it wouldn’t matter.
    3. but what if you have a supersite (in TKA terms), how do the ads work then? With different subject, product, pages you would need rotating ads?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Larry,

    I add different images and links to every post that I write. On Amazon it is very easy. They give you the text link code and you just paste it in to the html side of a wordpress post.

    Images are also fairly easy. Save the image on an Amazon product page then use the first lines of the Amazon text code for the link. To insert it you want to add an image in to the wordpress post and then there is an option to add a link for the image. Stick the code in there and job done.

    Any problems let me know and I will talk you through it a little more comprehensively. With practice it takes about a minute to add a link and an image in to a post.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Larry Reply:

    Oh – that makes sense.So, on my home page, I show excerpts of each post. Each excerpt then could show at least one of the Amazon links with all the Amazon links showing on the post page. Gotta try this today. Thank you. Did you see my comment about making a donation? Maybe you could provide me with your paypal email so I could just send it along?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Larry,

    It is definitely best never to get hung up on the home page. Try to rank all your inner pages so visitors come to them direct. That way you never rely on just 1 or 2 keywords either.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Larry Reply:

    @Dave,
    OK – I messed up on the image part and the first lines of the text code for the link. Can you please try one more time. Thank you

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Larry,

    OK. So, you are writing a wordpress post. Click on the image icon to add an image. You upload it and then on the screen you will see the box where it says “link url”. It will be the path where the file is now located. You want to change that to your affiliate link so when clicked the visitor goes to Amazon.

    So, go to Amazon and use the make a link settings and choose text link. Then you want to simply use the text that comes after the href bit. Begin at the first http and finish after it says creative= and the numbers.

    You just use that part of the code, not including any ” as your link url.

    Then add the image to your post and you are away.

    Hopefully that should get you going.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Larry Reply:

    @Dave, ahhhh he says as the light dawns

  100. Dave, I have tried to make a donation but the papal page comes up in Spanish and I am unable to proceed – any suggestions?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Larry,

    The one on the sidebar is English I think. Otherwise just put an amount in the box and click enviar or something similar.

    Ooh, can’t wait.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Larry Reply:

    @Dave, I am using Lastpass which makes things a little bit tricky since it doesn’t recognize any of the prompts – will give some more ‘try’ and let you know.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Craig Reply:

    @Larry, Weird. I use Lastpass too and it autofills my email addy and password same as usual.

  101. Hey guys

    I have a generic sites about food and drink but want to promote kitchen items on it for amazon. Do you think this will still work by making post titles that match what I am selling?

    Or, should I look for a niche site based on each product and start new sites like that?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Colin,

    You will find opinion is divided. I am all for very broad sites that go for hundreds of products and keywords. While others would go for a niche site based around say toasters, I think it would depend on the number of items in each kitchen niche. If there are enough of them then go for the single product niche.

    But you could also look at it that if you went for the whole niche you basically have a site you can work on for the rest of your life.

    Or get reseller hosting and put up niche sites all pointing to the one biggie site.

    Decisions decisions ;)

  102. Hi Dave
    The Affordable Reseller Hosting how good are thay, have been looking for hosting for multiple sites, so with them i can have each site on its own ip address, and google won’t no all the sites are owned by the same person, i am building a lot of amazon sites, and the last thing i wont is google not liking one site for some reason and baning all sites associated with that one.

    Great article on amazon you deserve a drink for that sending some euros other, are you living in spain, as i am living in mijas costa
    near malaga

    Thanks
    Kev

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @kevin,

    The reseller is just what you are after. It is not unlimited or anything, if I recall right it is about 5 different ip’s, but it does spread it out and they have been ultra reliable.

    We are in southern Catalunya up a mountain and life is good. And the tippety tips are always appreciated. Thanks for dropping by, and you should find the reseller hosting a great help. Perfect for linking to other sites too.

  103. Hi Dave

    I’m thinking about buying either backlink solutions or BuildMyRank (through your aff link of course). Which would you go for?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Lisa,

    BS is Quick but BMR definitely gives you very good results. Plus you can use it link to any property at all so I would definitely go for BMR.

  104. Does anyone know what theme emaugust used on his heater site? I am trying to find a nice theme like that.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Chris Reply:

    @Pinkmaddy,

    If you want to find the theme to any site, just view the source and then cntrl+f (for find) and type in theme. If they’re running wordpress that should point you right to the name of it – it will be in a URL like this – wp-content/themes/suffusion/.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Chris,

    You know, I never did know how to do the find thing in code. Much appreciated Chris and one that even I won’t forget ;)

  105. Dave, how do you choose which amazon products to put on your site? I have tried a mix of low/high pricing but no luck yet (perhaps I am a little impatient with 2 week old supersite :-)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Larry,

    I would give it another day or two ;)

    I mix it up, cheap stuff raises your % quickly if you can sell lots, but most of my products are well under $100, people are more inclined to buy reasonably priced things there and then.

  106. Is this how you set stuff up for commission junction stuff as well? A lot of programs there aren’t versatile at all, just having banner ads, but some allow you to work with the links like Amazon does. Do you use the banners from CJ or just product and text links?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @L Brown,

    General banners will never convert as well. If the CJ program does not have its own product links etc then find your own images and make them clickable. Will definitely give you a better conversion rate. I think for most CJ stuff they let you choose the affiliate landing page don’t they? Even if they only supply generic aff links not ones to products.

  107. Hi Dave,

    Do you have a separate Amazon Affiliate account for each of your websites? Or do you use one account for all?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Pinkmaddy,

    We have a few accounts but basically you just set up a tracking ID for each website from one account so you know where all those millions of sales come from ;)

  108. Thanks Dave!

    I have another one for you. In your experience, do brand name keywords sell or do you not bother with them? Example: “Bugaboo strollers”. Are people more than likely going to buy the Bugaboo strollers off the Bugaboo online shopping site or will they buy through your affiliate link on your site as well? I am trying to determine if I should put the effort in trying to push a few keywords like that but if people prefer to buy off the “brand’s” website then it’s a waste of time.

    I appreciate the guidance :)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Pinkmaddy,

    Hmmm, I am actually trying to think……………

    It depends!

    For individual brand items then they definitely buy if you rank high, for general keywords then they will also buy if you rank high for a brand name like that. Just try it with some buying keywords that you could rank higher than the brands website for.

    Bugaboo strollers price, discount Bugaboo strollers, buy Bugaboo strollers etc.

    But to be honest I do best just going for individual items, I would go for each Bugaboo stroller instead, you will find it easier to rank.

  109. Dave-

    Amazon question: can you use your amazon associate ID/tracking number to send customers to a listmania or “so you’d like to. . .”? If so, are there reasons not to do so? Just curious.

    Thanks,

    Kerry

    Vote -1 Vote +1Billy Reply:

    @Kerry, you can send people to any part of Amazon with your tracking ID and you should be set. Test it out yourself by visiting a new tracking ID on a listmania link.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Kerry,

    It would just depend on the context of the text they are reading, if you think a listmania would convert better than to a product then go for it. Never done it myself but that doesn’t mean anything ;)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Kerry Reply:

    @Dave,

    I want to see if it will convert. Hubpages won’t allow more than two links to the same domain, so when trying to sell a “package of products”, and trying to explain to the customer why they should all of them together, it may be easier to send them to a Listmania or such. For instance, if you a putting together a hub on how to teach yourself esperanto, then the customer can and should be instructed to buy multiple materials (e.g. a grammar, a dictionary, audio/video programs, etc.) This may not be an ideal example (buy the rosetta stone all-in-one esperanto program now!) but you get the idea. Sorry if I just outted someone’s lucrative esperanto niche.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Kerry,

    Gotcha, that is a good idea Kerry. I would go for it and see how it works, you may be on to something cool.

  110. Hi Dave!

    Me again :) I have understood that the exact keyword term must appear in the title of my posts. Does it matter if the keyword term is in the URL or not? I have been tweaking post titles but not touching the URL’s due to my backlinks and then I started to wonder…

    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Pinkmaddy,

    In the URL is always ideal, but if it is for already published content then just do the best with the title. Changing the urls now would mess things up. Just something to aim for in the future.

  111. what an epic read, hat off to you sir.
    I have a few amazon blogs that are doing well, however my strategy was to rank the main domain for a main keyword. I then found the 10 most popular products in that niche, and those posts are on the front page. I am considering expanding some of the sites with more categories and reviews – do you normally sticky the first few posts (the ones most likely to convert) or do you just let the latest post hit the top of the page? My concern is that adding new content could actually hurt conversions, hence why I am looking at ways to keep the first few posts stickied, so new posts get added lower down. Just a small point but thought I would pick your brains ;)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dan,

    I usually let the new post go to the homepage. I don’t really do stickies at the moment. But I rank pages not homepages, although that comes naturally.

    If you get a lot of homepage traffic then I would either have a few stickies or what I rather do, and do it on a number of sites, is have content coded in to the homepage theme with links and text to products etc.

  112. Hi Dave,

    do you think amazon + hubpages is still a good option?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @aniket,

    It is, just try to get your own Amazon aff links in first at the top and use the capsules lower down. I am loving Squidoo at the moment though.

    Vote -1 Vote +1aniket Reply:

    @Dave,
    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the response.

    Last i seen that squidoo are hard to rank. I am willing to try something with hubpages(to use the authority) to know how amazon can work as my sites are new. Can you advice how you are using squidoo?

    Also for the hubpages my own link above the fold, you are talking about an image link or intext link?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @aniket,

    Squidoo seems to be ranking well at the moment. I use squidutils and the Amazon poster option there to add in to the lens. But same as Hubs I put my own text aff link in first. Just get your Amazon code for a product and just put it straight in the text box on Squidoo. On hubs you go in to the html and put in your code. It works great if you put the code in a text box on its own top right on Hubs. Very clickable.

    Vote -1 Vote +1aniket Reply:

    @Dave,

    So my strategy is find 10-20 best sellers from amazon , do some key word research TKA style and then publish 10 lenses and 10 hubs and push 20 links around the month and then check all back after 2-3 months.

    Can you suggest anything i can add to this?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @aniket,

    I would do the links quicker if possible. Then see how they go for a few weeks. Then tweak titles, add in keywords to content and even in the capsule titles if they bring traffic. Look at the stats to see what brings the traffic and use those terms as above.

    And send me my 50% commission ;)

    Oh, also make sure to use plenty of tags so you show up in the tag pages and on related hubs and lenses too.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @Dave, Now I now this is going to sound daft but you’re saying:

    [Option 1]
    1. Make Squid.
    2. Put up 20 BMRs in 2 days.
    3. Wait for a couple of days/week.
    4. See if it ranks. Then trickle in more links.

    instead of

    [Option 2]
    1. Make Squid.
    2. Put up 20 BMRs in 2 days.
    3. Trickle in links for a month.
    4. See if it ranks.

    It does sound OCD and I’m not taking the 20 BMRs to be the end all or anything. Just wondering what process you’ve found to work for yourself.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @Wishal, Sounds daft as in the question I asked seems daft. Damn you decaf and 36 hours of looking at nothing but code.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Wishal, I would def do the initial links and leave it a few weeks. You then get some search terms showing up in your stats.

    Check where you rank for them and if you get a few visitors and the ranking is still low for the term then you have some new keywords to backlink for.

    But Hey, I don’t really think about it consciously any more. I just backlink and it all ends up being random and all over the place in the end.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @Dave, Estoy agradecido.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JohnM Reply:

    @Wishal,

    When hitting a new hub/lens with 20 BMR’s how are you splitting up the anchor text? Just using the product name or mixing in the 50 buying keywords from that earlier article?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @JohnM, For hubs I am all over the place but I am kicking off with 40 BMRs with the exact anchor text that I want to rank for and the following up with ancillary anchors, not many buying ones there yet.

    The Squids get buying anchors only but I’m going to augment the way in which I do them and follow Dave’s as well as Terry’s advice which is to quickly do 20 BMRs ( Buy, Cheap) and then if the lens gets some traffic put more work into it.

    That said, buying keywords are offering up higher conversions than the general ones. Case in point I have a hub that did 8K visitors last month but sold jack where the keyword is the same form as “white socks”. Another hub with a buying keyword “buy V12 white pinstripe socks” had 20 visitors this month and sold 3 products.

  113. Thanks Dave,
    I hit the $5 button and you are right, it is worth a lot more than that. I have been looking at Amazon as so far I am mostly just Adsense. This post gave me a lot of action items to do so I to can make money with Amazon.
    Best of luck to you and yours.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Agrande,

    Thanks for that, it’s appreciated. Hope you do really well, do the work and there is no doubt you will.

    All the best.

  114. Hi Dave,

    Great read, thanks for sharing your knowledge. I’m just starting to test on a few sites now and had a couple of questions…

    You mentioned getting direct links in the sidebar – is there a way to link to one of the searches on Amazon’s left sidebar, for example a brand or price range.

    Your example was adding a section for belts under $10. For this, do you just put this as the title of the widget and then list links to a few belts that fit the bill, or is there a better way to do it. And do you ever bother with pics here or just text?

    Also, when I put say 3 image in a row, I’m having trouble creating any space between them. I tried using the hspace tag which seems to work when viewing the post in the edit post visual tab, but there’s no gap when viewing the site in a browser. Don’t suppose you have a solution to that one by any chance?

    Thanks again, really appreciate the advice…

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Stefan,

    If you click on one of the searches on the Amazon sidebar then you just use the “link to this page” feature top left on Amazon to make your link. Same for any product you go to or any search you perform yourself.

    If I wanted to do belts under $10 I would just go to the belts section and then click the under $10 search and make a direct link. I would do it for a number of price ranges and then just put them all in a text widget on my site with maybe a title like “deals” or whatever.

    I have done many variations. Just text link, just images, both, and none too ;) Text links usually convert the best but it depends on the niche really.

    And I can’t help with the last bit, sorry dude. Normally there is enough white space between the images from Amazon that they look fine in a row. Other option is to stick the image in Photoshop and expand the white space around it then use that as your image. It will give the effect of more space. Hope that helps and welcome to the site Stefan, hope to hear from you again.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Larry Reply:

    @Dave,
    A little challenged here – at least regarding WordPress – where can I learn how to do widgets on my site? I am a member of TKA so would Peter be someone to talk to?

    By the way people, The Keyword Academy (TKA) is your best bang for the buck. Use Dave’s link and sign up – the first month is free and you can do a lot in that month!

    By the way Dave – I owe you another $5. Gotta go find the button now.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Larry,

    By widgets do you just mean to add content to the sidebar? It is just a drag and drop interface once you are logged in. You should see the widgets option on the left side. Click it then drag the boxes where you want them to be and fill them in.

    Let me know if you have a specific question. Not sure who Peter is to be honest but thanks for the comment.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Lynn Reply:

    @Stefan,

    An easy way to add the whitespace would be as follows.

    Change the px number to whatever you want.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Lynn Reply:

    Well, it stripped my code.

    Just put in style=”margin-left:10px;margin-right:10px;” between the img and src

    Like this:

    <img style="margin-left:10px;margin-right:10px;" src="whatever.jpg">

  115. Add a bit of white space in photoshop – now why didn’t I think of that!

    Funnily enough, just this second got an email back from amazon.co.uk about the search issue – they said it’s not possible,

    “Unfortunately, whilst it is possible to link to search results for a specific item or category of items, we do not currently offer the ability to link to searches within specific price ranges or for a specific brand.”

    Obviously it is possible as you aren’t having a problem. I tried with both amazon.com and .co.uk and still not working for me. Pretty sure I’m doing it right because I don’t have a problem linking to specific products or a standard search result. Will try again…

    Thanks v much…

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Stefan,

    Maybe it depends on the niche. Let’s take belts. Type it in on the homepage of .com. Then click for men. Then low on the left there are links to price ranges. If we click one then we can make a link to that price range.

    But maybe that does not come up for everything, I may have just been lucky so far, not sure.

  116. Did a search for belts, but I don’t see the price ranges unless I click on a department first – clothing and accessories in this case. Again, the link doesn’t work, it just takes me to the search for belts in that department.

    I can see a limited number of searches on the left without clicking on a department – a limited number of the brands and special sizes for example. Now if I get the link for these, it works. But if I click in to the department first and try it, it doesn’t.

    Weird. Anyway, I shouldn’t use up any more of your time, I’ll get back to Amazon and see what they say.

    Thanks again

  117. Just a final quick note to say sorry I never replied properly but set up a new thread each time and made your post even longer (just realised)…donation on its way to you by way of apology, but also because the info is so useful – thanks again.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Stefan,

    Don’t worry about it, it’s not a problem. But tips are always appreciated ;)

    Thanks Stefan, hope you sort out the links issue.

  118. Too many comments…arrrgh…brain exploding!

    Sorry if this has been asked already. I’ve never worked out how to make images easily sit side by side in my blog. When I put two images in a post and center them both one appears below the other when I want them both centered side by side.

    What am I doing wrong???

    Removes brain and hides it in a dark calm place..

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Jamie Sandford,

    Make sure you don’t have a line break between the images and they should be fine, I can’t say I have any any problems. Plus you may just find that you need to re-size them a little, if they are too big that could be the problem.

    Sorry about the exploding brain ;)

    Oh, forget to say, don’t align them when you add the image. Click the align none option. Just add the images and then highlight them both and click center.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Jamie Sandford Reply:

    @Dave, hahahahahahahhahahahhahahaha…IT WORKS!…I’M FREE!…hahahahahahahahahhahhahhah

    (runs off naked down the street and is promptly arrested)

    Thanks!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Jamie Sandford,
    ;) No probs Dude.

  119. hey dave,

    just finished reading this … great info …

    just a quick question though:

    There is part where you recommend setting up websites to sell cheap products just to increase your aff. comission on Amazon.

    Well, one subject that would be easy for me to write about and also a subject I personally love would be books. More specifically, management/entrepeneurs books.

    I read around a book a week or so.

    BUT ..

    I dunno if that would be a good ROI on my time.

    I mean there are some goo keywords like “best management books” or so, but maybe they will attract far too many window-shoppers or people that just want to read something about it. Is that a good niche to go for only if is meant to increase my aff. comission?

    What do you think? Should I just bugger off from your sight and try it and if it all fails, just forget it and move on? ;)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Bruno,

    Yeah, bugger off ;)

    Seriously, I don’t know. I have no experience with book sites so don’t know if they convert or not. People looking for specific reviews could be enticed though, but if it is worth the trouble……….only one way to find out ;)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Tracey Reply:

    @Bruno, I know a good book about investing in the stock market aimed at women if you want to promote books ;) http://www.amazon.com/Shopping-Shares-Everyday-Profiting-Australian/dp/1740311558

    There will be buzz around it once the 2nd edition comes out June/July. Small audience though being Australian and all.

    Tracey :)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Tracey,

    Cheeky Monkey! ;)

  120. Dave,

    I came across this post on Grizz’s Amplify page a few weeks ago. After reading it I bought some domains and have been following this blueprint. I made one of the sites on 2/28 (two word domain with 40K exact searches according to the Google keyword tool) and just today it’s reached page 1 of Google in position #8. I’m so freaking excited! Hopefully some Amazon sales will follow, eh?

    Your system clearly works, at least for ranking since I’m not sure on the sales yet :) I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to show us all how it’s done. If I start making sales regularly, expect to see some donations from me.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Shawna,

    Nice one. I look forward to some juicy tips in the near future. I hope it all goes well, just don’t be surprised if you lose that position, it may be a new site bonus that you lose for a while, but it shows you where you can rank with some work.

    Good luck Dude, there is a lot of money to be made with Amazon, especially near the end of the year.

  121. Dave,

    Mate you are a rare breed in this business – having both empathy and integrity of purpose.

    Thanks for an approach that is easy to read and to understand – no bullshit ( we are allowed to say that in NZ) and straight from the shoulder good stuff – I put something in the kitty,

    Cheers and thanks,

    Mike FD

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Mike Field-Dodgson,

    Thanks, it means a lot. I hope the article helped out a little.

    Cheers

  122. Dave, this is probably the most insightful and invaluable guide on making money with affiliate (amazon) programs. Thank you very much for putting this together. The last time I had that much fun reading more than 1000 in one sitting was when I read Nitzsche’s ‘Zarathustra’….

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Dieter,

    Praise indeed. Thanks Dude. Glad that it could be of some help.

  123. New to the site and very impressed!

    You use Amazon and CJ…any others that you can mention? Do you use them on the same site?

    Thank you,

    John

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @John,

    Shareasale are good too. I do use them on the same site if it warrants it, i.e Amazon don’t have what I want to list but a vendor via cj does.

    Welcome to the site too John.

  124. Hi Dave,

    Great post – many thanks for taking the time. I am only a liitle way through and a donation will be winging its way to you.

    You mention adding image links:

    So, I will use an Amazon image. I will navigate to the specific product on Amazon. Then click on “link to this page” on the top left. Now my options will come up for creating a link. First I will click the “image only” option, then right click the image and select “save as”. Then I will give it a name I can find on my computer and save it.

    When I follow you instructions I only see a ‘text and image’ and ‘text only’ rather than an “image only” option in Amazon Assoc……. am i missing something?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Steve,

    I guess this is the problem with guides, things change. They no longer offer that option it seems. I now just right click the image on the product page and save it.

    Then use the first part of the text link to the image and use that as the link for the image. In wordpress that is easy to do when you upload an image, just add the text link as the url.

    Hope that makes sense!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Billy Reply:

    @Steve, there’s a post in the affiliate forums saying that they are doing some maintenance at the moment, and this link type is not available at the moment.

    Dear Associates,
    As you may have noticed, we are currently not offering the Image only Product Links. This is due to an upgrade we’re making to our linking services. We expect to complete this upgrade by the end of April, when we’ll again be able to offer you Image only Product Links. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; thank you for your patience and for participating in the Associates Program.

    Amazon Associates Program

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Billy,

    Thanks, I wondered why it had gone.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Reply:

    @Billy, Thanks for this Billy

  125. p.s. the Amazon ‘Bestsellers’ link you mention on the left hand side of the homepage doesn’t appear to be there

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Steve,

    You can find them if you navigate to a category, it is now at the top. There are also usually price ranges on the left that you can also link to too.

  126. one last one Dave, I promise!

    Get it all looking nice then simply copy the text from the html side. Next go to the Edit option in themes and paste the code before the text that is usually something like “if have posts the post” in the index template AND the single post template. It will then look the same site-wide and will do nothing but enhance the look of your site.

    Are you saying that you essentially set up a blog template so that every post has the same title, header, images, links etc?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Steve,

    No. That code goes before the posts then. So if you have a site that is about white socks you write a nice headline and then add some small thumbnails and maybe beneath that some price ranges.

    You simply write it as a draft in your blog to get the code then paste it in to the theme so it shows before the post titles and the posts. Some niches it works well for site-wide, some just on the homepage, it depends how broad the site is. If it is for a specific product with color options etc then often you don’t really need people reading the blog posts, they just want a good price so you offer them their options as soon as they hit the site.

    No one actually wants to read about white socks if they type in “Buy White Socks”, they want a good price so if you offer the options asap above the fold you are on to a winner.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Reply:

    @Dave, Thanks Dave,

    So…. just so I have this right….. say you had a 1 page site devoted to a niche subject with continuous blog posts on individual products on this subject. Would the nice headline and then some small thumbnails and maybe beneath that some price ranges as a constant presence on the home page……

    …… and then new posts added continuously under this (which would be different everytime – i.e. not based on repeated code)?

    Sorry to labour it!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Steve,

    Yeah. You basically just design the static elements that you want, maybe with the best products always above the fold before your posts and then your new content is written as normal.

  127. Dave,

    This has been by far the best ebook on Amazon that I have ever come across. Kudos!

    I tried to leave you a tip, but your paypal is in Espanol. I have not had Espanol since freshman year in college. Unless you think I am really smart, you may end up getting stiffed. Do you have a tip button for the uneducated ultra dumb IMers? Like English? So what are the english instructions? I don’t want to leave you my first born, my car payments, etc. Just a tip $$

    I have a question on coding the pages.

    Here is what you said “Lay it all out nicely by using the way you normally write a blog post. Change the colors for some text, center stuff, add images etc etc. Get it all looking nice then simply copy the text from the html side. Next go to the Edit option in themes and paste the code before the text that is usually something like “if have posts the post” in the index template AND the single post template. It will then look the same site-wide and will do nothing but enhance the look of your site.”

    Are you saying that for our first post we make it look like a landing page and every subsequent post will have the same image and text at the top? You sort of lost me. I know how to grab the code. Not sure where the code will go as every theme is a little different. Not a show stopper as I will figure that out.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @mark,

    Ooh, cash for me. The Paypal button on the sidebar is simple to use. Click donate then put a million pound where it says Donación, or type a 5 ;)

    As to those instructions it is simply an idea for getting sites to look more professional. Sometimes just having a blog post as the first thing you see on the homepage is not the best idea, but you still want the fresh content to rotate, rather than just a sticky post.

    Some niches respond well to it, some don’t.

    Some niches with limited products are best with the same content sitewide above the posts as most people don’t actually want to read anything they just want so compare prices.

    So if I had a site about knee high Japanese girls socks (drool) then even if I wrote 50 posts to over all the keywords I could get most of my clicks by prob having just 4 or 5 images at the top of the page with price and size options. And I would insert the code for that in the single post and main index templates to show above each post.

    Main thins is you need to layout the site in the most appropriate way, it depends on your keywords and the scope of the site as to what is relevant.

    It is also why things like the “Clear Line Theme” is great. You can simply put your code in widget boxes and have them show in different places on the home page and the sidebars. I have the same code that shows above the fold for the home and then on the sidebar for product posts so it does not interfere with selling each product. But normally I prefer to ad it in to the theme myself.

  128. Hey Dave,

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge! I have 2 questions i hope you can give your insight on:

    1) In choosing keywords to target with your amazon articles, how do you judge traffic value? In writing for adsense, we consider CPC and traffic above a certain limit. Do you impose a traffic limit to the keywords you use for amazon articles?

    2) Have you considered amazon wp plugins like reviewazon etc? Why and why not?

    3) bonus question if you’re up for it: What type of artist are you? :)

    Thanks Dave!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @chris,
    I don’t check traffic levels, if it is popular I will write about it. A lot of stuff is up and coming or newly in the bestsellers list so you won’t be able to find meaningful stats anyway. What’s a single post amongst friends?

    Used Reviewazon, 2 sites totally dropped from the serps, took it off, did a re-inclusion request, one came back within weeks, the other took over a year to return to the serps and is still not doing well. So I won’t be using it again ;)

    A fine artist. I did a degree specializing in painting.

    Wow, felt like I was getting the 3red degree! ;)

  129. Hey,

    What’s your opinion about putting a brand name in your url? I’ve just built a niche site for a particular range of Amazon products which could very easily be built into an enormous site. If I keep it niche it’s going to fly under the radar but if I build it into something huge I’m now thinking I could be in trouble further down the line for calling my site, for example, http://www.nikonreviews.com

    Whaddya think?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Jamie Sandford,

    I have a few sites with brand terms in the URL and frankly I wish I had not done it. Most companies will be cool but the problem is they can change their mind at any time. I still work one of mine hard because it earns well and I will take my chances.

    But we have also had a lawyers letter from a brand and they took one of our sites.

    Bottom line, if it is new I would buy a new domain and transfer the content. Our satellite sites now have generic terms and then we simply call the site the brand name keywords, it is still surprisingly easy to rank because of the site title, even without the EMD. Plus you never risk losing the site.

    Hope that helps Jamie, I know it is a nightmare once you have built something like that. I am still waiting for a knock at the door for my brand name EMD’s ;(

    Vote -1 Vote +1Jamie Sandford Reply:

    @Dave, Great reply Dave. I’ve built 4 niche sites using the brand name in the url but they’re thin sites and I’ll get them ranked for their main keyword and leave it at that. Doubt I’ll have any bother and if I do no great heartbreak. But I do want to have a large authority site about this brand so will take your advice and get a more generic url for that project.

    Good tip about the Site Title and good to hear war stories from the horses mouth. Guess that makes you a War Horse! ;-)

  130. Hi Dave,

    Just reading through your post, you mention that:

    “After a few other posts you can always go back and wrote a new post with different terms and also link to the other post for the main Calvin Klein belts terms.

    This internal linking structure is very important and will improve your rankings overall in time”

    How does this internal linking structure work in practice, i.e. how do you actually do it? Do you insert some sort of reference to the old post in the new post and if so how?

    Cheers

    Steve

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Steve,

    As the site is about one topic it is easy to simply put in a sentence of relevant text and link back and forth to other posts. As long is it reads well that is as far as you need to go.

  131. Wow…. nothing else to say really, Woulda paid cold hard cash for this. After i implement this on my two new amazon sites (moving away from adsense now) and they show income, i intend to pay a warm fuzzy donation XD

    Also theres something i dont get, how can you possibly write 50 unique articles (buying keywords) on your site about a single product and still make it legit in google’s eyes? I mean i understand that places like ezine can have 1000 articles on the same product, but will you not get penalized for this? especially on a site with 400 articles. Or would you randomly dripfeed each product article with another one and write another post about it like the week after?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Karl,

    I would mix it up. It isn’t set in stone, I just write as much content as is needed to rank. Often you only need a handful of posts to rank over time for all the main buying terms, it depends how hard they are.

    But I would mix it all up with other posts for different products. You may find you can rank just a few posts for tons of terms if you do it right.

    Hope you get some good results Karl.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Karl Reply:

    @Dave, As always thanks for the info, hope you reach the $1000 a day soon, you definitely deserve it

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Karl,

    Thanks Dude, I am working on it every day trying to get there. Um, hang on, let me do some sums……………………….

    Oh, really? ;) Sweeeet.

    Just kidding but it will be done.

  132. Hey Dave,

    Thanks for this brilliant post and answering my questions. I’m about to implement what you teach and have a couple of last questions i was hoping you could speak on:

    1) Can you speak a little bit about how you do tracking to determine your winners from your losers? Are you able to find out which keywords are bringing people who convert? How about which ad placement converts the most?

    2) I’m going to just write posts on top sellers across the categories and when i started, i realized that many of the product names are really really long. Do you strip out the model numbers or find a variation to write on instead of something like “Samsung HAFCU1/XAA (DA29-00003G replaces DA29-00003B) Aqua-Pure Plus Refrigerator Water Filter”? :P” If you want to target that product, how do you determine what keywords to target from that product name?

    Thanks!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @chris,

    Start typing the product in the Amazon search box and see what comes up top. Most often the top few are the terms people type in to search engines. To confirm do the same in google to see what happens.

    I hear you about the codes, it is a tough call. But you will find that a lot of peeps simply copy and paste the first part, if not all the title from Amazon to do a search. Once you begin to get some stats you can always change the post title to reflect the best term.

    There is no doubt that post titles carry more weight than the URL as far as I have been able to determine from an awful lot of post title revisions.

    Layout? Depends, try big, try align right and left and try different buy buttons and text call to action.

    Vote -1 Vote +1chris Reply:

    @Dave,

    Thanks for shedding some light on the keyword research part of it!
    Keepin’ it simple :)

    For the other question, i was actually referring to tracking.. how do you do tracking on a granular level? Ideally you would want to know which keywords are giving you the conversions right?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @chris,

    I just get an idea from the terms peeps arrive for. Any buying term is going to do well and that is what I go for. But I usually go for the product first and see if that converts, then I know if the new longtails I go for convert as when I rank sales should go up. Far from perfect but I don’t like getting bogged down in analysis, it is not my thing. I just put in the work.

  133. This post is epic. Talk about value.

    You could have sold this as a WSO over at WF for $50 and sold it like hot cakes.

    This is bookmark worthy for everyone who has a portion of their online revenues coming from the Amazon Affiliate program including myself–and I’m not new to the program.

    Thank you!

    Brendon

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Brendon Zahrndt | Internet State University,

    Thanks Dude, I just wanted to offer some help, no strings attached. I am not a fan of e-books and feel that there are more than enough on the planet already.

    A few donations keep me happy and if everyone on the WF never parted with another penny for a guide and simply got down to work I think they would do a lot better.

    The reality is that there are NO SHORTCUTS, it takes blood, sweat and many tears to make it in this game, there are ways to optimize what we do but no magic formula.

    But, you know, feel free to point all your buddies here, I actually get a lot of traffic from a few kind folks that posted the link to this post on the Warrior Forum even though I never go there myself or have ever posted there.

  134. Another question :p Just wondering do you actually keep track of all your links to your websites, I mean im not even 4 months into my site and keeping track of minor backlinks seems to be… well a waste of time? If you do keep track of all your links then 0_0, That has to be A LOT

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Karl,

    I don’t keep track of them at all. Unless you are going to backlink them all then there is no point. I would backlink a number that show up in seoquake and that is it.

    Keeping it as simple as possible is best for me.

  135. Hey dave, what do you think of wpzonbuilder dot com?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Mike,

    I am not a fan of plugins that automate content, they are a very big footprint if they are used by a lot of people.

  136. Great post, Dave. I just spent the whole night digesting it, and will definitely put the tips into practice.
    Lovely tips BTW :)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Helen Neely,

    Thanks very much, glad it was of help to you Helen.

  137. Hi Dave,

    I made a donation, received the mail but I can´t unlock the post.

    Thanks

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Mariano,

    Really, I only sent you the password like a second ago. Can you try again?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Mariano Reply:

    Thanks, now it works!

  138. Good stuff, I’ve read this for 15 minutes and had to walk away and let it digest, a lot of valuable advice.

    There’s a 2 page thread on a private “money makers” forum on how to read this guide for free, ironic that none of them can afford the $10 fee to get the password to share it between themselves even, LOL.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Karim,

    LOL, now that made me laugh!!!

    They won’t be using that loophole for long though anyway. Thanks for the donation Karim, shame all those “moneymakers” aren’t a little kinder!

    All the best

    Dave

  139. This may sound dumb, spammy or both, but I’ve increased my earnings (for march) to 700+ from 500+ by purposely using small pictures and adding text underneath “Click Here To Enlarge”. LOL

    This brings me feelings of joy that something so stupid increased my earnings.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Mike,

    You sneaky bugger you.

    A small image that entices peeps to click it and they end up on Amazon is a great trick, I just don’t know if I would have the ***** to actually tell them to click to enlarge though ;)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Reply:

    @Dave, It’s a site targeting women, so I guess they love enlarging…stuff :)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Mike,

    ooh er missus.

  140. Do you have any general sites that are successful, or do you just focus on niche/emds and only review a type of product? The only general site that I own is an info site that makes about 60 a day from adsense, the rest are nich sites. I want to break free from adsense so bad but can’t make the switch.

    Getting all anal cause I’ve never had huge success with amazon, 2012 if I don’t make at least $5k a month from amazon I’m going back to adsense :P

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Mike,

    I have a few general sites, I just write about a product and backlink it and see if it converts. If it does I may add more content on the general site or make a niche one. But a general authority site can be pretty much used for anything.

    That is a good goal to aim for Mike, make a niche site in a real general way and try out all manner of different products within it, some will convert and others will die a death.

    But have you tried actually switching to products on your niche adsense sites? Nick the logos etc from the niche products and make peeps feel like they are on the business site, they will buy, especially if it is a very tight niche.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Reply:

    @Dave, I do sell stuff on the niche sites, but what I want to do is try and build a huge review site. Think those would work as good as a dedicated product site? I’m doing it anyway even you think it would suck :)

    The products I sell on my niches are mostly from clickbank. Actual subscription type products. The ebooks I buy for myself and rewrite as content lol

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Mike,

    I don’t see why not, but hey, if you are gonna do it anyway……….

    It’s always good to have a big main site to return to in times of need ;)

  141. hmm, you say you make all kinds of money but you whine about getting paid $10 for info thats free on the net? same ol scam, different approach.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @bob,

    Let me address this Bob.

    First you haven’t read the content so you don’t know what is in it. There is NO real guide like this anywhere, and certainly not for free.

    Secondly, I do make plenty of money online. And I do it by a number of means. And this is one of them. If I make a sale a day for this guide, which was free for almost a year, then I make $3000 a year. If you have a number of resources where they all make that you rather quickly have a full time living.

    Nuff said, have you read the comments? People like this content, both when it was free and since I started charging. I am, after all, trying to make money online as well as offer help, the rest of this site is free.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Isobel Reply:

    @bob, If you think you can find it free on the net, why are you whining about having to pay $10 for it? Go find it!

  142. Dave, what a mammoth post, it’s taken 2 hours to read and digest, excellent stuff!

    You mentioned earlier that once you begin to get some stats you can always change the post title to reflect the best term and that post titles carry more weight than the URL.

    Would you recommend also changing the url (slug) to match the changed post title or is it best to leave that?

    I am going to make a contribution and also wondered how to get your Amazon guide now it’s password protected.

    Thanks a bunch!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Vince,

    Yikes!

    Don’t change the url. If you do that it will be an entirely different post and any links you have to it will be lost.

    Only change the the post title to reflect a better keyword, or even just write a new post.

    If you send a donation then I will send the password Vince. Um, hang on, you said you just read it? Confused! You being sneaky somehow?

  143. Thanks Dave, sorry about the confusion (it was late when I wrote the comment) I meant I had read all the comments here.

    I send you £10, uh, not sure if it was pounds or dollars!

    Have a great W/E

  144. Oops, forgot to mention the payment came from Wifey’s PayPal account, she’ll never spot it he he. Email similar to the one I’m registered here with except it’s dianneandvince@

  145. Dave, I dig the Amazon post and I emailed you a donation right after reading it last month. I will gladly give you another $5 if you give me the password.

    Could you elaborate a little more on MAR? I want to use it for article marketing outside of Postrunner. Are you familiar with Article Marketing Robot (AMR).?

    Give me a few pointers on why MAR is the best.

    Cheers!

    Mark

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @mark,

    Check your email.

    I haven’t used AMR and to be honest I don’t intend to. MAR was the best reviewed spinner I could find and beats others, especially with MAS. Although now I don’t really do more than a very infrequent spin and for article directory submission I now use someone on Fiverr, it saves time for me personally. But MAR does a great job, is simple and quick, and MAS is great if you want that little bit of juice from mass article submissions.

    But the honest truth is that article marketing is not going to give you the good rankings used on its own that it used to. They have mostly been seriously downgraded.

    I am beginning to get a lot more gangsta in my approach. My own network of sites is expanding and I am finally being guided through buying good aged high PR domains from a good online buddy.

    It’s the future.

    But for quick and easy then MAR and MAS is great but I don’t know how it stack against AMR.

  146. Hi Dave,

    Hope you’re well?

    Can I trouble you for a few pointers or a review of my intended approach?! I want to get my first fledgling niche site up and running so I can test the waters:

    So in short:

    1) Pick Niche
    2) Pick WP theme
    3) Decide on layout
    ……..here is my first question…. if you are say writing a review site do you need to have multiple pages to your site? Can you just have the one home page with a continual drip feed of your posts? What are the advantages if any to multiple pages and what would you put on them amyway in this scenario?
    4) Include Amazon Affiliate disclaimer
    5) Write posts
    …… how many/often are we talking here 1 a day, 10 a day, 100 a week?!
    6) Get backlinks
    ……..is Back Link Solutions the best route here? Do you do this straight away or should this be done later down the line? (pardon my technical ignorance!)

    Apols for the barrage but i am really dying to get up and running and would really appreciate your advice on the above points and any glaring gotchas I am missing to get me on the road.

    Thanks in advance

    Steve

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Steve,

    You don’t need multiple pages, but each post has its own url and it is just down to you how many yo show on the home of the blog.

    As to the number of posts it is down to you. As many as you want to write. And to be honest I have found little difference between writing say all my content in a few weeks or drip feeding it in over months or even a year.

    Aged content is easier to rank so get a good few posts up then begin backlinking. Backlinks Solutions should just be a part of it. And I would not use it much on a new site. You can send too many too quickly. For a new site you would be better of using Postrunner or Build My Rank and use BS to backlink the links you get. It gives them more weight and you kind of siphon all the BS link juice up to your site without hitting it directly.

    Either way, you either link very slowly to hopefully not dance about in the serps, just climb steadily, or you go full on from the start and risk jumping about, it doesn’t always happen but it can, depends on your short term goals.

    Hope that helps.

  147. Dave I must be missing something obvious – I can’t find an option to get an “image only” link from Amazon – all I am seeing is the silly image+text+buynow button – Ive tried from both associates home and via the link to this strip ribbon ?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @lissie@Online Income,

    It happened a few weeks ago too and then it was back up. I just save the image I want then go to make a text link and take the code up to product text, i.e from the beginning of the http up until the end of the asin number and use that as your link when you insert an image.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Cat Reply:

    @lissie@Online Income,

    Amazon has temporarily disabled this option while they’re doing some work on the site (there’s a message on the Associate’s discussion board about it). They say it’ll be back at the end of April.

  148. Hi Griz,

    I want to ask something about Amazon Affiliate links.. What is your take on Amazon Affiliate Links being cloaked? Would you recommend it or would you rather put in the real amazon affiliate links instead?

    James

    Vote -1 Vote +1James Reply:

    @James,

    Uhm wait sorry that wasn’t supposed to be Griz, It should have been Dave… Lol.. Dang it, Griz and You really write similarly… I was thinking about you Dave, but I mistyped Griz… oh man! lol

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @James,

    Thinking about you too James ;)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @James,

    personally I don’t think your average person takes any notice at all of the url when they hove over a link, I know my Mum doesn’t and she knows how this game works. I don’t bother personally and don’t really think it is needed.

  149. Hey Dave,

    Thanks for sending me the password again. Very funny, by the way. How many people have you pissed off with that?! Anyway this guide is great and more than worth the donation. Question, though: Can you elaborate on backlink solutions a bit? It LOOKS good, but looks can be deceiving…

    Take care,
    Eric

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @csb@military retirement,

    They all love typing it in, it helps me haunt your dreams ;)

    BS is good, although only if used with other backlinks too, but it is handy to have if you can afford it. But manual Build My Rank and Postrunner submissions will get you a very long way and would be my first choice if money is an issue.

  150. (ps: feel free to edit the last comment as needed. I throw the links in when I can. I learned it from YOU!)

    eric

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @csb@military retirement,

    Moi?

    p.s Your links to the calculators have a double http.

  151. Hi Dave,

    I absolutely love your “hobby site”. It’s one of the most useful, most practical guide to making money with affiliate programs without any hype and side tracks I’ve read since years.
    I’ve dropped you a donation for your secured info. Thank you very much in advance.

    Best wishes,
    Szabolcs

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Szabolcs,

    Password is on its way to you, and thanks for the kind words Dude, much appreciated and I won’t let it go to my head.

    Promise ;)

  152. Dave,
    I really have to say thanks for this post. After I read it last year some time and implemented I started to see great results and didn’t feel so lost anymore.

    Growth is not as fast as I’d like but it is moving up with lots of hard work and I’m super grateful.

    Question: Do you ever go back to your posts and update your affiliate links? I find myself having to update a lot because the links will go to Amazon’s “page not available” or the product is no longer available. This is a total pain but I guess I have to keep doing it if I want sales.

    It gets harder with larger sites/blogs…

    I’m just wondering how you go about it.

    Thanks!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @zoe,

    Thanks for that Zoe, it is appreciated. I must say I am a little lax about checking, but it is just part of he job I guess. I keep meaning to put a broken link checker on my sites, but you know how it is…………busy busy busy and never enough time ;)

    This time next year Zoe, this time next year. We is gonna be millionaires innit!

  153. Hey Dave

    Can you send me the link and password to re -read this amazon post? I don’t blame you for protecting it, but you know me, I have actually bought stuff via your links and even just the other day to show the love. :)

    Have a great weekend

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Darrell,

    Sorted, check your email.

  154. hey dave, i sent you a donation a couple days ago but have yet to receive the password. Just wanted to check what was going on with that.

    thanks

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Sam,

    Thought I had sent it, you should have it now.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Sam Reply:

    @Dave,

    I still havent received it. I checked my spam folder as well.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Sam,

    I definitely sent it, I will try again. If not then put a different email address in and we can try that.

  155. Hi Dave,

    A really silly question I’m sure……

    When setting a site up with a wordpress theme should you disable comments on your posts? I’m thinking about this from the point of view of say a review based site (or any other approach that you might choose to take)?

    I presume you wouldn’t want a ‘store like’ site open for comments by all?

    Cheers

    Steve

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Stephen,

    On most, not all, of my sites I don’t even bother closing comments. I just take out the code in the theme to even give the option of a comment form.

    It is usually only a line or two in the single post stylesheet. Also get rid of anything on the main index that refers to comments too. It then looks more like what many people will expect. i.e a static website.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Stephen Reply:

    @Dave, Cheers Dave

  156. Hi Dave,

    Thank you for this awesome post. I have a couple of questions I was wondering about your opinion.

    When you first start up a site, what is the first thing you post about? Lets say I start a site about socks. Is it best if I do a search for the bestselling socks and write product specific posts, like “Buy Blue Striped Men’s Socks” or “Cheap Pink Women’s Socks for Sale”?

    Or, is it better to start with generic posts like “Buy Socks” and “Socks for Sale”?

    This is the part that has me stuck. I don’t know what to write about! I have my layout all set up, domain name has been selected, and my site is just waiting for posts…. but I’m stuck!!

    Do you have any advice on which direction I should take? Thanks again for this post – I can’t even tell you how much you’ve helped me out!

    -Rob

    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Rob,

    I keep telling peeps this Rob:

    JUST GET ON WITH IT!

    If you don’t follow a perfect plan (there isn’t one) then so what. You only earn by having as much content online as possible so just do it.

    It won’t matter which way you do it, over time you will have plenty of content so it really won’t make much difference. Main thing is get the content online.

    But, for the most part, people who buy are typing in a specific brand or color etc, but get all the content you can on and take it from there.

    Sorry if I sounded harsh, I didn’t mean to. I just know that it is down to the work not the thinking about the work that earns.

    Cheers

    Vote -1 Vote +1Rob Reply:

    @Dave,

    Thanks for your reply Dave, it’s just what I needed to hear. I’ll just stop thinking about it and just get it done – everything else will fall into place. Silly me, always over-thinking stuff.

    -Rob

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Rob,

    It is the way to go Rob. Honestly, stuff I did 2.5 yrs ago when I was starting out and really did not know what the hell I was doing makes money to this day.

    The bottom line is it is better to do it wrong but do it anyway and get the content online than wonder about the best way and never actually get around to doing it.

    All the little (or big) mistakes still add up to little trickles of income which over time add up to a serious income, those who talk and don’t do are the ones that say that:

    “You can’t make money online”

    Leave them to their opinions, if we get on with it then some stuff sticks, and it is often the stuff that we never thought would.

    What a weird way to make a living. But an exciting one no doubt.

  157. @Dave, Hi Dave,

    Stuck on this adding an image without the “image only” option present.

    As I see it I do the following:

    1) Go to create a “text only” link and I copy the first part of the text link (from <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/redirect……… up to where it says 'Name you Link')

    2) Go to save image and add to WP media library. What am I putting in the 'File URL' field? It won't let me paste the Amazon link – or anything for that matter.

    A bit lost and want to get up an running with these image links.

    Cheers

    Steve

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Stephen,

    The image option is back today so you should be good to go now.

    But for the future you just go to add an image to a blog post, not library, and put that url from Amazon you were talking about in the url field to replace the wordpress location.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Stephen Reply:

    @Dave, Thanks Dave – when I am linking to a search result though – e.g. …… for men or …… for women it only gives me the option for text link so I guess I will need to go with the manual option until I get on to linking to specific items.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Stephen Reply:

    @Stephen, Dave, hold fire – I read back through your previous posts and have got this now… sorry!

    I did have one other question though… when I insert the nofollow command and and then switch to visual and then back to HTML it moves the command right to the start i.e. ;”><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/redirect.html. Any ideas why this might be the case? When it comes to then using this text link as the link for my images do I now include the nofollow command in front of the http starting point as you have pointed out previously?

    Also – i would like to be able to line the images up side by side as per your intro belts example at the start of your article. How do I do this?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Stephen,

    Yeah, it always does that in WP, don’t worry about it. When you nofollow images just do it in the same way and wp will change it if ti feels like it! ;)

    To center images like that when you add each one don’t align them. And make sure the html follows on for each one, i.e don’t put it on a new line. Then go to the visual side, highlight all the images and center them, job done innit.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Stephen Reply:

    @Dave, Thanks Dave – so if I want to make an image link nofollow I would paste i.e. it’s okay to pop it at the front rather than start the link as http://amazon etc?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Stephen,

    Code won’t work in the comments so I can’t really see what you were saying. But once you add the image and link it to Amazon just add in the nofollow before you hit a > after the Amazon url and you should be good to go.

  158. Hi Dave,

    I’ve found where to insert the static html code in the single post.php (i.e. before if (have_posts()) : the_post(); etc)

    but……

    I can’t find where I put it in the index.php – can you help?!

    Cheers

    Steve

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Stephen,

    Go to the main index template and yo should see a “if have posts” etc there too. Sometimes you need to play around a little as each theme is different. Other option is to just do a post and make it a sticky for the homepage. Do that in the post editor and in the visibility option top right change it to sticky and update. Depends if you want a title to show or not. I prefer to hard code it on some and have a sticky on others.

  159. hi there dave, great post! really learned a lot from this.. Just have some few questions i want to ask if you don’t mind..

    1. How many words per post should we write?
    2. Can I insert 5 pictures and 5 amazon links on a post? For example my keyword is Best Electric Razors, so I’ll insert 5 pictures of razor models (from diff manufacturers) with a brief description for each and an affiliate link to amazon. Is that ok?

    Thanks bro in advance!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @waikikiguy,

    I would say write as many as you need. 300 plus. But on your site mix it up with some longer posts that are informative and that do not have any affiliate links in to round out the site.

    5 links is fine as long as you don’t get carried away on all your posts and do that many, mix it up.

  160. thanks dave! Should we show the content on the first page right away or just an excerpt of the article? :P

    I know you said to make it look professional, if i show the whole content it looks like a “blog” but if it’s all pictures it looks like a real e-commerce site.. what do you think? is showing the content (especially for the main keyword) going to help in ranking? Thanks man..

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @waikikiguy,

    I always have a good amount of text on the homepage. Be that the latest product post, snippets or a big sticky post with images etc.

    I comes down to the niche and the terms you are after. Relevant content helps you rank and homepage posts get the “juice” the home page has.

    So it doesn’t look like a blog just get the layout right. i.e take off the date and time for the post and maybe even the comments form.

    But bear in mind that often you don’t even want a theme that is too professional. Some searchers expect more homemade looking websites, just follow the look and feel of the competition, so much is niche specific.

  161. gotcha dave, finally have set up a fresh niche site…the search per month according to Google keyword tool is somewhere around 8k-11k..the products I’m selling ranges from $100-$300, there are items that are $2,000+. i’m so excited about this. should I follow the TKA method though?( you know 1 link a day for the first 90 days and 2 links for the next 90) or do you suggest something different? :P

    p.s. the #1 is wikipedia with only 150+links… how would you attack this one? thanks man. I super love this site!

    Laters!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @waikikiguy,

    TKA plan is good, nice and slow. I would go with that at first. Just see how the site does, you can always ramp up a bit if it seems to do well.

    But I would concentrate on also getting the content on the site first. The older it is the easier it is to rank.

    As for Wiki, um, you could go in to it and take links out of the page, which may make it drop, but you may get busted ;)

    I would just aim to outrank it with more links.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @Dave, You can make wiki’s drop that way? Damn you rock I’ve been hiding under.

    *Runs off to muck up wikis

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Wishal,

    Never done it. They are never a problem in my niches.

    Vote -1 Vote +1waikikiguy Reply:

    @Dave,

    dave!!! I got my first sale yesterday using your method. this thing really works…

    I’m confused though, it says I have made 2 sales today and there’s a link for the items supposedly ordered. However there’s no earnings…Is it normal?

    Thanks man.. If this site continues to get 2 sales a day it can surely pay my electric bill :P thanks for this blog man!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @waikikiguy,

    The earnings don’t show until the items ship so it is usually a day or two. But congrats Dude, now it is just a matter of scale. More sites, hundreds more pages of content and you will be looking at tens of sales a day and then it will be more than just covering the leccie, it will be…………..

    HUGE!

    Vote -1 Vote +1Wishal Reply:

    @waikikiguy, Dave’s spot on.

    Outrank it, even if it takes time. If it converts at Nº2, it is going to shine at Nº1.
    Does wiki rank for review/buying keywords as well? That’s something I haven’t seen before.

    If you’re Nº2, a ballsy title tag can get you loads of traffic as well. When people are looking at Nº1, they are skimming over Nº2 too.

    And unlike my beeyotched competition, they can’t keep flipping their titles around after they see you do it :P

    This guy now has a catchy title and “>>>>>>>>” in front of it. Idiot’s making a mess of his client’s brand.

  162. Hey Dave,

    This is great stuff (just donated for the password)! The one thing I didn’t see in there — how do I know if my merchandise gets enough search engine traffic to make it worthwhile? I’m considering a group of products that I know well, and the market for them is pretty empty of web marketers.

    As near as I can tell after a bit of research:
    – 50k or so more-or-less related searches.
    – Very little competition on many/most of them.
    – I could write on 50-100 products in distinct categories (all related to the main one).
    – Those who followed affiliate links would generally spend around $20-$100.
    – This would mean, at the lowest pay scale, $0.80 – $4.00 per person.

    Though this is a bit vague, do you think it could be a good market to aim for? My “realistic” goal is $500/month within 6 months or so (I can work pretty much full time on it for the next 3 months). I’m just a newbie at all of this so I’m not sure what to predict :).

    Thanks!
    - Alex

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Alex Gold,

    I didn’t get a conformation Alex, will check. With all product based stuff a good sign is if Amazon has it and there are lots of reviews then you are pretty good to go.

    But in product niches you always take your chances. Some things do well and others don’t. But that figure is more than achievable, no doubt about it.

    And I know I keep banging on about it but wait for Lando’s guide, buying aged domains can really allow you to jump the competition for new niche sites. If you have a little to invest then it is worth it. But if not then it can take a little longer to get new sites ranking well.

    Vote -1 Vote +1Alex Gold Reply:

    @Dave,

    I sent the donation a few days ago, you already replied with the password :). So no worries on that end.

    But thanks for the reply! As soon as I get my final schoolwork done for the year (college finals), I’m going to be launching it and seeing what I can do in a few months :).

    - Alex

  163. Hi Dave, in other posts you mention you spend many hours a day building links. Does this mean you’re writing link building articles for article directories? I understand you’re at your computer all day writing until your fingers bleed…are you just writing link building articles? Sorry if this is a stupid question but Im a bit confused.

    Thanks

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @Sam,

    Well, things have moved on a little in the last few weeks/month. I don’t write for article directories at all, and haven’t for over a year. I may spin something and get someone on Fiverr to submit to about 500 at a time or use Magic Article Submitter but the days of ranking from writing single articles for directories is well and truly over, even though I ranked very well a year and a half ago by doing just that.

    Now I use BMR, Postrunner but lately it has been making much more long term links. Buying aged domains and interlinking them all for a niche to boost the authority of each one and each site linking to one main Uber site for the long term benefits.

    Each site has 1 or 2 links to the main one but is also a money earner in its own right with a link on the high PR homepage. It means you get a permanent sticky link that will be around for ever and is what I have been doing lately.

    But I have bought all I can stomach so now it will be blasting them all with Postrunner, BMR, forum profile links from Backlinks Philippines and cement their authority and relevance to pass on max link juice.

    This is a very fluid game and it is changing quicker every day and getting harder to keep or get rankings, quality links are going to be more important than ever so I want to get in before it is too late and the serps are just full of the big boys, I am going to be one of them. With sites that no-one can touch.

    Vote -1 Vote +1JohnM Reply:

    @Dave,
    Can you elaborate on how you are using your spun articles? Do you use Magic Article Submitter or do you have someone on Fiverr do it? Are those articles sent directly to your money site or it is used to back link your back links?

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Reply:

    @JohnM,

    I haven’t done it for a while as honestly the return is down to basically zero now. I know for a fact that article sites give little juice now, the links in the footer of the posts are a giant flag.

    But they go straight to anything I want the links for, support sites and main sites, but never new sites, they need a good mixed profile that builds up slow and then they can be blasted. The only reason I now do article submissions is to increase a backlink profile, not for rankings per se. And I get peeps on Fiverr to do it.

    I also use spun content for Backlinks Solutions, they still work, I tried it last week after a long break, but it is $100 a month and they are usually shut to new peeps.

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