On March 14, 2011, I pushed the “Buy” button and took my first step to learn how Amazon Affiliate works and tricks to earn a paycheck from Amazon.
As one year anniversary (this blog post published on Mar 12 2012), I’d like to reflect about my first “success” and let you know my 3 learned lessons. Hope it inspires you to take actions on whatever you are doing.
1/10/2014 Update: I’m focusing on my Niche Site income these days and only work for 30 mins to an hour a day besides 9-to-5.
I plan to share my new lessons to bounce back to 4-digit Amazon Affiliate income in 2013. After all Google Penguin and Hummingbird update, I could bank in some good extra income in Nov/Dec 2013. Will share with the Niche Site Community later.
It’s a little bit history about what happened to me before taking Niche Profit Course.
Early 2010, I was spammed by Make Money Online ideas.
I finally bought my first domain name and started this blog early July 2010, I wrote about 5 posts in a few weeks with “excitement”, my passion faded out and I gave up, It was just hard to blog about blogging, without making a dime online.
2010 was over and all the sudden I stopped all Online Business Activities except bought a few $7 training here and there and reading some blogs. I would say it was a good break after the information overload after long period of time.
I was a little bit frustrated and wasn’t determined to success. It didn’t work out for me.
Is there any real business model out there?
Early 2011, I learned about Niche Profit Course from Smart Passive Income Podcast Session 10. I saved up some money. On March 14, 2011, I finally took the courage and bought NPC. I finished watching the video in a week.
Then did my product research and bought the first niche domain name within a week. I was slowly creating content and building up the traffic. It wasn’t very successful. I had my first sale which was $1 in May.
I almost gave up because the commission rate 4% is just too low for me. Then I built a few more as experiment. Honestly, I didn’t really trust the model and I just wanna get the best out of $77.
Tell you the truth, I didn’t make $1000 a month for 11 months straight to make this income. Most of the sales were coming in from Oct to Feb.
Many of my niche sites are slowing down and sales dropped recently. Traffic and Online Business is very dynamic. I’m ramping up a few and building new ones on monthly basis. I’m still working on my second $10,000 these days.
I’m not selling you a Making Million Online Dream. I’m doing this part-time after 9-to-5 as many of you guys do.
These are the BIG lessons that I have learned through the process and hope they are inspiring to your Online Business no matter what you are doing.
LongTail Pro is going huge discount like 70% off.
It’s only $27 for now:
There is an OTO offer for Platinum Version – which you will get KC score and be able to import 10000 keywords.
$197 is a steal. It’s about $16/mo average first year.. and Free 2nd year and forward.
I grabbed the one-time deal (life-time upgrade and feature use) myself early this year.
For those with tight budget, monthly plan works. You can drop it out later.
Many readers asked me how I select Amazon Products to promote as an Amazon Affiliate. My secret is all about promote the best and great product in my product niche. Why to promote secondary products if no one is interested in buying and trusts?
However, promoting the best product would be very competitive. For example, everyone knows Apple iPad is the best in the Tablet niche and it’s super competitive and in high demand. So, most of time, I promote those in demand but not super competitive as I have better chance ranking the product review page and get decent traffic to Amazon (My initial goal as an Amazon Affiliate.) Amazon just converts well and even promotes related products that the shoppers are looking for.
My Personal Product Selection Criteria 2015 is:
1) Have more than 20 reviews
2) Average is 4 or above Star Reviews
3) Price Range is at least $80 or above (Just a note that I make more sale volume with those $50 product range.)
4) Have good and attractive product page (decent description and good user reviews.)
I love to talk about FREE method as I started out my IM journey with bunch of free tools and information too.
Simple enough, one could go to Amazon and look out the Best Sellers and Top Rated in any product category . In the screenshots, you would see how I do my product research in “Microwave Niche” as an example. Yes I made some money in Kitchen Appliance Niche too. This is a great niche as it’s ever green and people buy stuff or replace appliance everyday.
It’s a FREE tip that one can just dig out those Best Sellers List FREE: