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20 Tips I Used To Make $90,336.65 With Amazon

I’ve been using Amazon’s affiliate program for a little over two years and during that time I’ve had a lot of success with it. In fact, this income source was the second largest chunk of my total $150k+ 2010 income. If I hadn’t sold one of my larger Amazon focused sites last year for six figures this income source would have easily eclipsed $100,000 by now.

Amazon Income Results For Last 2 Years $90,336.65:


Ok, seeing my income is great and all but how does it help you? Well, the reason I show a screen shot is to make sure you know that the advice I’m sharing is based on stuff I truly know and that this isn’t just another one of those list posts built on fluff that sucks.

One of the things I’ve done over the past two years is track the methods I use to make money with Amazon by tracking IDs as well as keeping track of other things I’ve done while building up my Amazon websites. I initially published my findings in two blog posts early last year when I first launched this blog and even today they are still among the most popular posts (here and here). Now it’s been over a year and today I’m providing an updated list of information including several new tips that I’ve learned since that time.

Top 20 Ways To Make Money With Amazon Associates:

1. Niche Selection Is Crucial

I’ll get to the actual methods I use on my websites in the next tips, but the first thing I want to say is that the niche you choose is the absolute most important decision you can make.

I love to target physical product focused niches and keywords

It’s easiest to make money using Amazon’s affiliate program if the people coming to your website are looking for a specific product that your website discusses. It’s more difficult to use a website like my blog here and make money linking to physical products because the people coming here are looking for advice on how to earn money online – not what iPod speakers they should buy.

2. Link To Products Inside Your Content

Roughly half of my Amazon income comes from basic text links posted inside the content body area of a blog post or page.

Example: Check out this cool helicopter. I’ve been covering these RC helicopters for months and I’ve never seen this one priced for only $25.98 well off it’s $129.95 list price.

Simple text links in the content of an article are the most effective way to get web visitors to click. People trust the body of the content on a page more so than any other area of the website and I know this because the tracking data I’ve collected.

3. Make Product Images Clickable Affiliate Links:


The second best thing I’ve found next to a simple text link is to use images of the product you’re talking about and make them clickable like this cool usb missile launcher:

Roughly 15% of my total Amazon income has come from simply making all of the product images on my websites clickable affiliate links.

If you’re not sure how to do this with the HTML code, I made an image to show you (click here to see it)

4. Link To Amazon.com As Many Times Possible

I alluded to this in the previous few tips but I want to make sure you understand that each link inside one of your articles is another opportunity for a visitor to click through and make their way onto Amazon.com.

It’s common for me to link to Amazon five to ten times in a single article (more if I’m doing a product review).

5. Product Review Articles Convert The Best

Doing a quality product review for a product directly related to your niche is a very easy way to garner higher click thru rates and increased sales, but only if your review is higher quality.

Ideally you contact the manufacturer’s marketing team or PR agency and get them to send you a demo unit of the product to review, but this takes a lot of effort and may not be worth it on a smaller traffic site (at first).

You want to convince the reader to investigate their purchase options by the time they finish reading an article, which is why I’ll always include links to all of the products mentioned in a review at the end of the article. That way it’s an easy transition from learning about the product during your review and then at the end it’s time to make a purchase.

Example: See this USB Missile Launcher on Amazon.com

6. Build An Email List

You’ve probably heard this a hundred times by people telling you to build an email list from the blogger and internet marketing crowd, but building an email list is way easier on a physical product oriented website.

Why? People don’t have their guard up when they are researching a physical product to purchase (when compared to other purchase decisions online i.e. digital goods). So what I like to do is offer some type of freebie like a buyers guide or some type of information that provides more details about the products they’re researching.

On the flip side, I’d love for you to join my email list for this blog but I have to be a little more convincing by showing you that I’m a credible resource first. (Already convinced? Sign up here ;D)

For my newsletter provider I use Aweber and highly recommend them. Overall I could attribute at least five to ten percent of my total income due to my email lists because I like to focus on promoting products heavily to my lists during the holidays which leads into my next tip.

7. Write Sales And Promos During The Holidays

I typically made between $500 and $1,000 a day every day during Black Friday Week, Cyber Monday and Cyber Week. It is lower during other holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Presidents Day, Valentines Day etc. but you can still promote various sales during these holidays as well. I target every holiday because Amazon creates an actual dedicated sales page every time one of these holidays come around. The deals shared on these pages are generally really good too.

So what I’ll do is put together an article of all the top products that are on sale in my niche using the tips I’ve shared earlier like linking as many times as possible, making the product image clickable and then sending out an email to my list etc. to get even more conversions.

Stats From A “Cyber Monday (My Niche) Discounts” Post Last Year


(Some of that traffic pop is also attributed to the day I mail out to my email lists though)

For the structure of these articles I like to target a frequently searched keyword such as “Cyber Monday (My Niche) Discounts” etc. because I know people search for “Cyber Monday” and “Black Friday” millions of times each year but they also search a longer form version like “Cyber Monday (My Niche) Discounts” as evidenced by the above traffic graph from one of my Amazon sites

8. Sell More Products To Make Incrementally More Money

This one sounds simple enough and it really is. The more you sell with Amazon the more you make AND the higher percentage you earn. During holiday months I will typically hit around the 8% mark which is double the 4% rate you start with for shipping only 1 – 6 items per month. Even if you sold 7 items you get bumped up to 6% and the best part is that this increase in commission percentage is retroactive (meaning once you reach the next level you get to apply the higher percentage referral fee to every product you’ve sold during the entire month).

9. Sell Large Quantities Of Inexpensive Products To Boost Your Payout On High Priced Products

One thing I do is have websites that are set up in lower competition niches where the items typically aren’t as expensive and where it’s easier to sell these products in larger quantities ($50 or less). Then I have other niche sites that sell more expensive products at much higher prices ($XXX – $X,XXX) that are sold less frequently. So this way I get to use the increased quantity of sales from these lower priced product websites to help me get up into higher payout brackets so instead of making 6% on that high end item I’ll get 8% instead.

10. Use Multiple Tracking ID’s For Each Website

By default Amazon assigns you one tracking ID like blahblahblah-20 but you can create additional tracking ID’s here up to a total of 100. If you hit that total you can always ask for more so feel free to be liberal with your creation of tracking ID’s for your websites.

You wouldn’t install the same Google Analytics code on every single website you own right? Of course not, because you wouldn’t be able to tell how much traffic each of your websites were receiving individually. So the same thing can be said for tracking the money you make on your websites (and yet people still tell me they use only one Amazon tracking ID for all of their websites /facepalm). In the past I’ve gone so far as to create 15 different tracking ID’s for use on a single website.

11. Use EasyAzon To Save Time And Make More Money With Amazon

One of the ways I’ve also been able to make good money with Amazon is to automatically populate information from a WordPress plugin that I had developed based on the needs I had for building Amazon centric websites. The result was EasyAzon. The plugin allows you to insert information and affiliate links to Amazon in a much faster way than creating the links yourself by hand from Amazon.com.

Short Summary: Basically what the plugin does is allow you to quickly insert a text based affiliate link, the image of the product as an affiliate link, a product information grid, convert US Amazon links to UK, GR etc. via link localization etc. etc. and have all those things be affiliate links to Amazon.com so it does a great job of improving click through rates.

The plugin is currently only $47 and available at EasyAzon.com

12. Insert Buy Now Button Into Your Articles

This is something that EasyAzon could do for you, but if you don’t want to spend the money you can simply insert your own buy now button and turn it into an Amazon affiliate link.

13. Create A Product Comparison Grid

Creating a product comparison grid for all of the products within your niche and allowing people to sort by various features is a great way to get some additional sales. I’ve used this tactic on several of my websites and the product comparison page alone can add an additional 5% to 10% income increase for a website.

If you do it manually you’ll need to use this WordPress plugin called WP Table Reloaded and what I do is include various columns for information about the product and in the final column I use a buy now button that people can click to see more info about the product.

14. Publish A Recurring Deals Post

If you want to find a way to be able to mention products that are on sale more frequently on your website one of the easiest ways I’ve done that in the past is to just do a weekly deals post. So what I’ll do is publish a post every week with the best deals for my niche and then incorporate all of the previous tactics I’ve discussed above to link to the products on Amazon.com. Depending on how often you publish articles you could do it more or less frequently (I’ve seen some websites do these style of articles every day).

15. Publish A Monthly Bestseller List

Amazon has a bestseller page found simply at Amazon.com/bestsellers and so one thing I’ve done on my site is publish a bestsellers list and simply mention the currently trending bestsellers. Generally speaking the cream rises to the top so if you write an article talking about the bestselling products those are likely to be the best products your visitors are looking to buy anyway.

Just go to Amazon.com/bestsellers and look for your respective niche category. I shoot for top 5 or top 10 products.

16. Use Carousel Banner Ads Over Static Banner Ads

Through testing I’ve found that the carousel style Amazon banner ads are about 3 times better than the static style Amazon banner ads. Even Adsense out performed static Amazon banner ads in my testing. Here is what the Amazon carousel widgets look like:


You can create the Amazon carousel banner ads inside your Amazon Associates account here and you’re able to manually add products or just display bestselling products from a specific category.

17. Don’t Bother Creating An Amazon Astore

When I created a store page and used the Amazon Astore tool to “build my own store” I found it converted terribly. Less than 1% of my total income came from Amazon Astore pages before I stopped using them. If you’re not familiar with Astore’s just take my word for it when I say they suck.

I know people like to shop, but sometimes I believe they’d rather just find a resource that tells them what the best deal is instead. Whatever the reason, the tracking data I used to track my Amazon Astore’s showed that they routinely underperformed.

18. Use A Website Layout That Improves Conversions

I’ve been using Amazon’s affiliate program heavily for a little over two years now and the one thing I found through constant testing is that the layout of your website matters when it comes to how well it converts casual visitors into affiliate sales.

Armed with this knowledge you’d think that people would spend more time testing their theme or website layout to determine the optimal way to make money from their website right? Well, I still see some of the worst converting themes around and that’s why I actually paid for a theme to be created specifically for these physical product focused websites I had been building.

Azon Theme Created:

I spent around $2,000 on the creation and subsequent modifications of Azon Theme. It’s basically a theme with a ton of different options that has evolved based on my own testing and the feedback from members of my Niche Profit Course (all customers get Azon Theme and the upgrades for free). You can watch a brief video which covers some of the Azon Theme options here and if you want to buy it there the price is $97 just $10 but you can even get it for free when you sign up for web hosting using my link (See complete details over at Niche Profit Course)

19. Just Get People On To Amazon.com

I know 30% of my earnings came from products people bought because I happened to be the one that sent them onto Amazon.com. For example, I sold a watch a while ago for $5,000 and got a $400 commission but I don’t even own a website that even remotely discusses watches. This is one of the other reasons why I love using Amazon’s affiliate program.

When you send someone to Amazon.com you get a percentage of anything they buy for the next 24 hours (30 days if they added an item to their cart) so if you can just get them onto the website and they happen to buy something completely unrelated you’ll get the money for it.

Amazon spends millions of dollars on improving the way they get people to convert. The fact that they provide a custom user experience for every person that goes to Amazon.com based on the buying behavior and viewing patterns tells me they know what it takes to close a sale. Some of the best closing advice I can give is to simply find ways to get your visitors onto the Amazon.com webpage and they’ll take care of the rest.

20. Learn More From Niche Profit Course

If you’re read this far then I’m sure you’re still interested in ways to make more money with Amazon.com (or to just finally get started). So I actually created a training course with over 3 hours of video content to walk people step by step through how I build my Amazon sites in addition to showing a few of my own Amazon income generating sites so you can learn from my example.

I don’t need to push a hard sale here, because my numbers speak for themselves. I’ve earned $90,336.65 with Amazon’s affiliate program in the past 2 years and even sold one of my Amazon style websites in a deal worth six figures five months ago.

If you want to learn more check out my Niche Profit Course. It’s a one time price of $97 just $10 and we even offer a free option as well.

Check out Niche Profit Course here

Wrap Up

This article has taken me several hours to create and edit so I’d love to hear your feedback. Please let me know what you think of my tips by posting in the comments below. As always, because I love my readers I respond to each and every question that comes in so get to it!

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209 comments… add one

  1. Wow..Impressive numbers for amazon..there are people making good money form that site after all..thanks for sharing..

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

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    1. Yes there are a lot of people that are making good money out there with Amazon for sure.

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  2. Nice summary Chris and very useful for selling Amazon products.

    The only killer for me is that I am on the capped rates from Amazon so your watch example would net me all of £7 rather than the $400 you quoted.

    This is hugely frustrating as the majority of products I sell would generate more than the commission cap if it wasn’t in place.

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    1. Hey Jamie,

      Are you referring to the $25 cap on Amazon.co.uk products? If so, simply stick to product price ranges where you won’t exceed that cap and that way you get the max affiliate commission / sale price possible.

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      1. Hi Chris

        Yes there is a £7 ($11) commission cap on the Amazon performance plan which is what everyone who signs up now is put on in the UK. The classic plan (with no cap) is no longer available to us.

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  3. Hey Chris,

    Great article. The Azon theme is pretty amazing for Amazon niche sites. If you want, check out the site listed with this post to see how I utilized the Azon theme. Still, I have a little bit of wrap up work. Great post, once again.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, yes I’ve had a lot of great feedback about the theme over the past several months especially when I spend several hundred dollars for a version update and send it out to everyone for free :D

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      1. Chris,

        Thanks for the reply! I get excited when the author replies to comments!

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  4. Hi Chris – as I was reading I was thinking to myself how much of this comes from your excellent Niche Profit Course. Interestingly most of the tips you offer here could be used on just about any blog. As an example, I could mention a business book in the context of a business post, and link to it using an Amazon affiliate link.

    Great stuff once again. Thanks Chris!

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    1. Hey Robert,

      I completely agree with you. Sometimes I get caught up talking about Amazon when a lot of this stuff could apply to other affiliate programs or just other methods of website monetization as well.

      Chris

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  5. Would you say 90% + of this money is from the site you just recently sold?
    Are you workIng on another niche authority site now?

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    1. Hey Sue, I can’t disclose the amount of money that the website was earning when I sold it, but as I admitted at the onset of the article my income from Amazon would have surpassed $100,000 had I not sold the site. I already have several other authority style websites I’m building up as well as my network of smaller niche sites that earn good money as well.

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  6. Hey Chris, great article. I was wondering if you have noticed anything different with your Amazon niche sites since the Google algo change? Have you lost traffic or do you build the sites up so much that they have good content. I’m new at this and would be curious if you think people need to change anything.
    Thanks.

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    1. Hey Ben, actually I haven’t seen any changes in my sites yet but in the end quality content will always win out.

      This is a link to the article I posted earlier: http://www.makemoneyontheinternet.com/how-i-deal-with-google-ranking-changes/

      Chris

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  7. Awesome post Chris. I’ve recently started an Amazon niche site using WPZon Builder. Its pretty powerful. Does ReviewAzon have the ability to do comparison tables without much manual effort/intervention?

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    1. Yah, it’s something he added in to the v2.0 one he released a few months ago. It’s a pretty sweet plugin and I’ve been recommending it to everyone for a while now. If you already have a plugin though I’d suggest just using that one though, no sense in buying a ton of them.

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  8. How may niche sites do you have vs. authority sites? What would you estimate is your earings for each catagory on average. I would ecpect that the revenue does varry quite a bit through out the year. Just trying to establish a benchmark to measure against.

    Thanks for the great articles!

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    1. I have about 4 authority style sites and the rest are all mini ones. I like the money the mini’s can make but there isn’t any attractive exit strategy with those so that’s why I like to do a little of both, but I believe authority style sites have the biggest upside. As for income split I’d have to go back through all the tracking data but I’d peg it somewhat in favor of authority sites (before I sold one of my largest ones)

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  9. Great post Chris. This gives me an idea when I work on my next niche site. I’m new to the IM game, so this is very inspirational!

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    1. Hey Tim,

      Glad I could help and best of luck in your online income efforts :D

      Chris

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  10. Hi Chris,

    I think that your tips are great, and really thanks for sharing. :)

    I especially agree with making your product images clickable, as it’s something that a lot of people don’t think about doing. But it brings really good results.

    Cheers,
    Allen

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  11. Hi Chris and good day to you.

    Great reading and info on this page.

    Could you please explain what is meant in your reply to Jamie

    “Hey Jamie,

    “Are you referring to the $25 cap on Amazon.co.uk products?”

    Question 1.. Does this mean if we promote Amazon.co.uk products, $25 is the most commission we can earn per product/sale whether the product is $50 or $500?

    You also say:
    “If so, simply stick to product price ranges where you won’t exceed that cap and that way you get the max affiliate commission / sale price possible.””

    Question 2..If the $25 dollar cap is in force, then are you saying don’t bother trying to sell expensive products?

    Sorry i am a bit confused. I live in the UK and have just spent over £100 plus learning/ready to become an Amazon Affiliate and would be gutted about the $25 cap.

    Thank you for your time.

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    1. Hey Cindy,

      I’m near certain the cap is $25. If there is a cap I was just saying that you could sell items where based on your percentage of payout you don’t surpass it. So if you were getting 5% from .co.uk’s aff program then you could sell up to $500 and still get your max commission. That being said, all this info is inside the Amazon.co.uk program.

      Who were you learning Amazon affiliate from that wasn’t telling you the payout rates? That seems like a big lack of content…

      Chris

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    2. Hi Cindy

      The cap is £7 in the UK, so this is the maximum commission you can earn for one item. So at the lowest commission level of 5% any item you sell which costs over £140 would have the commission capped to £7.

      Jamie

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      1. Hi All
        The cap on amazon.co.uk applies to all items sold and as Jamie says, it means that there is no point on promoting products worth more than £140 (at 5%, so even less if you climb up the commission percentage ladder).
        I only found out about this last month and wrote an article about this on my blog – at http://www.amazonaffiliateprofits.co.uk/amazon-commission-caps-cookie-expiry-and-tiered-commission-structure/.
        If you read the article you will see that the £7 cap isn’t the only problem we have in the UK. I have shown a comparision between the .co.uk and the .com Amazon sites with respect to how many items you need to sell to increase your commission percentages, and once you have sold 7 items you are definately winning with the .com Amazon compared to the .co.uk site.
        Cheers
        Richard

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  12. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for sharing these awesome tips. I’m not very successful with promoting Amazon products and hope to utilize all these tips for better convertion rate.

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  13. Awesome tips! I’m just dabbling in Amazon affiliates for a photography site – I’m sure this will help me hone in on making it more profitable!

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    1. Thanks Kristi, glad I could help and best of luck on your photography site :D

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  14. I like this post – it’s like a short review of your excellent course. I’ve been dealing with analysis paralysis with so many ways to approach online marketing and this reminded me that I have complet the amazon sites I started.

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    1. That is one of the toughest things to get over when you’re first getting started online and I think the best advice is to really just get it going and start trying different things.

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  15. Love these. After the first few I already knew how I can get more sales on my niche site.

    I never got too much into Amazon cause the money was not so great in my niche. Then I started making some cash with them, but was not sure how to make more. I just could not find the right info that will talk me through it.

    Well, I just did find it. This is exactly what I needed. Now I am going to go through all of my website’s pages, one by one and fix the Amazon stuff I already posted there.

    Thanks!!!

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    1. Hey Brankica, glad I could help and I wish you the best of luck in growing your Amazon income.

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  16. Loved this post was sent here by Pat Flynns twitter. I was definitely use some of your tips in my own niche site business. Thanks a lot.

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    1. Hey Adam, glad I could help and I hope you can grow your niche site income :D

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  17. I just had my first $300 day on EPN, now I’m looking to work some Amazon into my portfolio. This is where I’m starting, just saying.

    Good stuff, wonderful to meet you, and I’m looking forward to more.

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    1. Yah EPN is pretty good in certain niches I’ve found as well. Niche wise I bet it’d be an easy transition for you to incorporate Amazon into your websites as well. At the very least you should be split testing it so that you can see which one will make you the most money.

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  18. Amazon and affiliate marketing in general is a decent way of making side income, but nothing really compares to making your own product or service that others will pay for, especially something that ppl will pay for month after month. WIth affiliate marketing, you’re basically helping retailers find lifelong customers, and you get a cut just once. Bad deal, IMO

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    1. To each his own I suppose, but what you’re suggesting is like trying to compare apples to oranges. Would I rather build up a website that pretty much runs automatically with little effort on my end and make more than my day job or build a “real business” with paying customers and all the hassles that come along with dealing with them?

      You’re making the arguement that I don’t prefer a lifestyle of waking up at 10:00 AM working when I want to and would instead prefer to have some online business where I need to have dozens of employees just to keep the lights on when I don’t want to show up. Problem is – I prefer the more relaxed lifestyle (at least for now)

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      1. Exactly! I also prefer the lazy affiliate lifestyle. hahaha.

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      2. Being an affiliate marketer can still get lifelong customers, as long as you know how to build a list and provide value to the customers before you even send them to the merchant’s page for purchase.

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  19. Hi Chris,

    After finding your blog, a couple weeks ago, I finally setup a carousel on one of my blogs. After reading your blog, I had a bunch of different ideas on how to use my Amazon affiliate account across a handful of my blogs but as of April 15th, Amazon is closing the affiliate program for all Illinois residents. The Illinois governor signed a tax law that requires Amazon to charge tax on affiliate sales in Illinois even if the retailer doesn’t have a presence here.

    I am hoping that I can try to use some your excellent advice from your post with other affiliate programs, even though I haven’t found many other affiliate plans offering similar options that Amazon does.

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    1. Hey Doug, yah I heard about the nexus tax they were starting up in Illinois… very bad moves for affiliates in all industries. You can always move or open a business in another state though right? I co-own a business in Delaware right now but I don’t live in that state.

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  20. Hi Chris, that’s an awesome post. I’m just starting with IM myself and am shopping around for strategies. In your experience, what’s the ratio between authority-type sites and mini sites (how many minis are needed to create as much income as one authority)? Thanks for sharing these tips!

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    1. Hey Aloys, it’s really too tough to say because the earnings can vary between every single website you look at. If I had to guess it’d be probably 5 – 10 or maybe more (probably more) but even then this is based on a guess because earnings will always vary.

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  21. Excellent written article, I only recently started delving into Amazon affiliate sales and have been following what you recommend with links in posts and reviews converting better. One question I had which you don’t show in a screen shot is how many sales are through product link clicks and how many are through “all other items ordered”. I am curious to know what # of sales are from products not directly listed, but just taking advantage of the Amazon cookie and getting percentage of those sales.

    Also, with Illinois putting in a new Tax law and Amazon.com banning any associates in IL this left many scrambling, if other states follow suite it can destroy online Amazon Associates sites in seconds, literally.

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    1. Hey Justin,
      Roughly 70% of my sales have come from products I was trying to promote. The other 30% were sales simply because people were on Amazon at the time.

      As to the issues in IL… there are plenty of ways to avoid having your business closed up by an idiotic Governor including like moving your business to a neighboring state that’s actually business friendly. There are ways around the issues and I know I wouldn’t let Amazon shutting the program down in my state stop me. I can’t legally advise you what to do, but I’m just saying there are ways around it.

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  22. Thanks for this really clear and complete tips about what is work and what is not for Amazon. Now, It is confirm that my Amazon Store will be replace by the text link style. :)

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  23. Do you have any recommendations for how to find a good niche to build an Amazon affiliate site around? I’m guessing it’s better to stick with something I know (just so that it’s possible to keep putting out content), but does Amazon or anywhere else provide a tool to research good products to sell in a niche that isn’t over-saturated?

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    1. This is stuff I talk about in depth in Niche Profit Course but here are a couple quick tips:

      1. Yes starting with what you know / interested in helps
      2. Go to Amazon.com/bestsellers to get ideas for what products and categories are selling well and in turn you can build some sites to meet those niches
      3. Keyword research via Micro Niche Finder + Market Samurai also works very well.

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      1. Thanks for your response! Looking at the bestseller list is a good idea, at least to get some initial ideas. It seems that no matter which direction I go, though, there’s already another bigger site out there already doing it.

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        1. Well, this is the internet. Someone else has had an idea for a website before you. The goal is to build something that is ‘better’ than what is currently ranking for your target market and ‘better’ can mean a combination of a few things such as better content, better links etc.

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      2. What do you think are the advantages of using MNF or MS over the other? Does one do something better than the other or do they do the same thing? I currently use MS, works great, just curious about MNF.

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        1. I think Micro Niche Finder is a little faster at providing results at times.

          i.e. I enter USB as a seed keyword and get a ton of different USB related keywords instantly. Then I just have to click a button or two to see if “my usb keyword” .com,.net or .org are available.

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  24. I am looking into starting to make money with Amazon and I think you have given me a guge helping hand here. Not only have you showed how much you made but you have actually shown us how in quite some depth. :)

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    1. Hey Dean, glad I could help and best of luck to you.

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  25. Hi Chris,

    Thank you for sharing these great tips. I have made money from Amazon from revenue share sites like Hubpages. I am not looking to branch out and start to build my own sites to really increase my earning potential. I am sure that these tips are going to come in very handy.

    Thank you!

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  26. When linking to Amazon, do you suggest a standard link (opening in same tab/window) or putting a checkmark in wordpress for “open in a new window”?

    Also, do you use the amzn.to short url or the standard long one?

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    1. I leave the link default from how it’s created in the Amazon site stripe (so no open in new window) also no url shortener either.

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  27. The graphic of your sales at the top was incredibly interesting. Your average sale had revenue of over $130, even after taking account of your point #9 (sell some inexpensive items). That’s impressive.

    I think this is where I go wrong. Looking at my stats, my average sale price is $46, which means I make less commission. I really need to feature more expensive items on my sites.

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    1. Great observation – I hadn’t noticed that… I also tend to do lower-priced items but this has shifted my mindset…

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  28. Awesome advice. This article pointed out a lot of things that didn’t think to do. I’ve now dialed in one of my sites according to your advice, and now hopefully it will begin to perform. Thanks for the info. You’re great.

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    1. Hey Tyler, glad I could help and best of luck on your new site.

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  29. OMG, I did not know the £7 cap on amazon.co.uk. Is that really true?

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  30. Hi Chris,
    I have never seen someone promote Amazon affiliate like you. This is the first article I found giving tips on how to use Amazon site profitably.
    Great job!

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  31. I have never tried to make money with Amazon. So far, I just make money with Google Adsense, but your post make me want to try get more income with Amazon. I might will need more references to start it.

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  32. Hi Chris, I live abroad in Asia and am wondering if I can still implement your course and have a chance at success. How would you find content to review products without owning the products yourself.. Is that possible?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Yes, I use customer reviews and other websites in those situations but I also show people how to get products from companies as well.

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  33. Hi Chris,

    Nice post – I came to explore the site after signing up for the free teleseminar tonight with erica.biz.

    I’m curious – how are Amazon affiliate sites faring after the Google Panda update. With the keyword density of the content articles needed for these types of sites, have you or any of your Niche Profits members experienced a major decline in traffic or rankings? If so, what are your recommendations for creating better backlinks and showing more authority/relevancy for these types of sites?

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    1. Hey Courtney, I haven’t had any websites impacted with the update actually. I also don’t really even think about or care about keyword density in my articles either. My recommendation is to remember that Google’s goal is to provide the best search results and if your goal is to make a website that is genuinely better than the website currently ranking in the first position that the rest will follow (particularly if you’re going after an authority website approach)

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  34. I’ve been promoting amazon.co.uk in the UK for about two years now and make nothing like the amount you have so its good to get some more tips.

    We have a $10 cap here which is a bit of a pain but amazon still convert best for me over other merchants so can’t complain.

    What is the minimum amount per month a single site of yours makes? Just wondering how many sites you need to make $45k per year?

    How many different products do you tend to have in your niches?

    Thanks.

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  35. I found your tips in a forum and I’m glad I got to know another Amazon master as I’m working on to be one. I already have a system for a campaign that I’ve learned from different courses but maybe in the future I will check out your system as I like to learn from different people who are doing better than me.

    Do you outsource your campaigns? If yes, then would you mind if you just share a basic overview of how you outsource? What’s the general time frame for a campaign before you let it simmer?

    Right now I outsource the articles and I have linkbuilding services that takes care of the rankings.

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    1. I do some of the same as well.

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  36. Nice point 9 was new to me and point 13 is something I think I need to take up. Thanks a lot, looking into reviewAZON but the features aren’t well described on their site… It looks good from what you’ve said on your site though.

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  37. Thanks Chris
    This article and all the comments/your replies have been fantastic.
    I heard your interview on Pat Flynn’s podcast on Friday night (I am a little bit behind on listening to his podcasts) and have just now started reviewing your website.
    This article has been fantastic. I have learnt heaps in the last 30 minutes.
    Cheers
    Richard

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  38. Great post, Chris. And so many ways to earn money just with Amazon!! I do know for a fact the real value of just getting the people on the site, seeing that you get commission on all purchases. Same with me for eBay and some affiliate sites I run with it’s partnership network.

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  39. EXTREMELY motivating post, Chris. A few questions.

    1) On average how deep (pages) are your authority sites?
    2) What are your strategies for building backlinks for these sites?
    3) Also, what methods do you employ to drive traffic to these Amazon affiliate sites?

    Thanks Chris.

    P.S. Must be a nice feeling to have finally escaped the “9-5 grind” and also having to work for someone else! That’s my goal as well.

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  40. Hey Chris! I stumbled upon your site from a few people. I’m now interested in starting a niche business and grow from there. I’ve tried to target another niche, with keywords as a first timer, and still having difficulties targeting certain keywords. I would like to get a boost of motivation on starting a small and simple amazon style niche site. I don’t know if you covered this, but I’d like to know what sort of criteria that you go through when choosing a site. So far, I have found a keyword with the following criteria:

    using market samurai and Google:
    SEOC: 15,200 ( keywords in quotations in Google”
    [EXACT] searches globally 1300
    plenty of products with lots of reviews above 4 star rating on Amazon
    first page of Google looks good to conquer, with an avg PR or 1.0.

    I’d taken a bit of everything and compiled my own stats so far.

    Good news is that the entire keyword is available as a .com domain. Also, it DOES include the words “reviews 2010″

    Any insight on if this might be a good keyword to target initially?
    Please let me know or even guide me to a post that I can learn from!

    Cheers,

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    1. How much commission would a sale get you? That can help decide if a niche is worth going after.

      Chris: how many sites do you have of this type and what is the average monthly earning of a typical amazon niche site?

      Thanks.

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      1. Listed above is the affiliate tier. I typically get at least 7% to 8% each month on sales.

        There is no average. You could have a site that makes $100 a month or a site that makes $5,000 per month. It all depends on the niche and the effort you put in.

        Chris

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  41. Just starting with amazon for my video cards site…a lot to do and learn!! :)

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  42. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the tips above. It does encourage me to work more on my Amazon sites seeing for what you have achieved in the past couple of years. Will be following closely in the future.

    Steve
    Best Watches For Men

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  43. Also probably worth noting that if you are thinking about signing up for the Amazon affiliate program and are located in Colorado or New York, sign up with an out of state business address. Amazon closed their programs to affiliates in these states because of tax laws that were passed. There are quite a few services that allow you to choose a business address in a different state and will automatically forward your mail to your current address.

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    1. In New York I believe they made an exception citing that there are too many valuable publishers in that state that they didn’t want to lose out, but yes using a registered agent in a different state is certainly one way around it :D

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  44. I’m just curious how you get traffic to the actual site you build for each Amazon product. Do you build backlinks? Do you build the site around a keyword that gets them to your site? Or just build the site, then leave it so people move through it to Amazon? Thanks.

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    1. Combination of both and I explain both principals and ideas in a lot more detail via NicheProfitCourse.com :)

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  45. Much to say, I haven’t much squeezed the opportunity that you can have with amazon. I get some purchases from time to time but not this much

    I somehow concur with the aStore thing. I don’t even have a click on the link-type report. Anyone else concur?

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  46. Very interesting post. I am saving this page for future reference. I personally liked tip #9. I know some people who try to locate themselves in niches that sell high valued products only and they do not make enough sales, consequently low commission as well. It’s better to target those items that sell quickly first, where people do not do a lot of thinking and research before buying.

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  47. Wow, Chris! This would have to be the most comprehensive guide I’ve ever read on how to make money with Amazon Affiliates on your niche site. So comprehensive, in fact, that I’m printing this out so that I can highlight and add notes to it (and keep it for future reference). :)

    I’m also seriously considering joining the Niche Profit Course, and I’ve never heard of ReviewAzon. Thanks so much for the awesome tips! You definitely went above and beyond with this article here. Very well done!

    This deserves a tweet from me. Keep up the awesome work! Can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring in terms of Amazon income.

    Christina

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  48. Thanks Chris, this was very helpful advice.

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  49. great write up and tips.

    i use the ebay affiliate program and adsense for most of my earnings so far.
    i love that the ebay cookie stays active for several days. i’ve sold lots of products that i have never promoted.

    i’ve recently bought a few plugins to promote amazon, so i’m going to make a push to get some amazon sales going.

    mike

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    1. Agreed, great guide.

      I’m still a total newbie with Amazon, so this is a great place to start, I’ve heard it’s hard to get the ball rolling with Amazon but once you find the right niche, getting the affiliate sales for products is quite easy when done right.

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  50. Hi Chris

    I completed free ebook and 3 wp themes and received an email with the ebook and link to same, however there is no mention or inclusion of the 3 themes

    could you send them through please.

    also, you mention artisteer in the article – is this a wp theme and who sells it etc

    and could you list a few of your sites so i can actually see how you implement thethings you state above

    many thanks
    Steve

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    1. I share a few of my sites inside my Niche Profit Course and I don’t really share them here on this website. Yah I need to update the newsletter. The themes come through on the third email right now…

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  51. Chris. Love this article as I’ve used amazon and been amazed myself at the potential. One thing though. With the latest google panda update they have targeted affiliate links and thin content…has this affected your sites at all? I really want to starta few sites based off amazon but am a little hesitant since I’m not sure what google will think :)

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    1. I haven’t noticed them target websites with affiliate links but yes low quality content is not the best (I don’t do very many low quality content sites though)

      If you’re not sure just go for the longer term approach and build something awesome that’s better than all of the sites you’re competing against.

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      1. Thanks Chris – – the only other thought I had was the states that Amazon has pulled out of due to that “internet tax” issue….do you ever get concerned about this as it seemed of have really had a massive impact on those with amazon affiliate income.

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        1. I would just open a business in a separate state and pay a registered agent located in that state to collect my paperwork etc. This isn’t my legal advice though, so if you were making a lot of money and got hosed by the shutdown I’d suggest contacting them for sure.

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  52. First, thank you very much for writing this useful article.
    Would you mind if I ask how many websites did you build to achieve that level of income? I like to know what kind and how much effort is needed to become that level of income.

    thanks again
    Robert

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    1. Hey Robert, it really doesn’t matter if it’s 1 or 100. The point is that you need to put in enough effort to build a site better than your target competition has done for any applicable market.

      That’s what I do when I set out to create websites.

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  53. Hi – thanks for the excellent article, I’m sure it will be a great help as I find Amazon a bit of a nightmare for getting sales – one thing though, the link you gave for adding extra tracking ids doesn’t work – I think it should be ‘managing tracking ids’ not ‘add’.

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    1. Odd… it was working for me? I figured linking inside the affiliate login protected website might be somewhat of an issue anyway.

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  54. …agree completely I have found text links to convert the best, and going micro niche, every month is better than the last, and looking at ways to take it forward now, looking forward to reading more of your work, thanks

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  55. Hi, Thanks for the really good article. I notice in your section about text links to Amazon they open in the same window. I have trying to find out how to open them in a new window with no luck. Any ideas? Thanks.

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  56. Wow! This is surely one of the best guides for making money with Amazon Associates I’ve ever seen. Truly useful points and much to learn! I’m also using an Amazon aStore and I agree with you, it’s worthless. Thanks for sharing these tips, I will try these techniques and I hope I can get a bigger check next time :)

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  57. That was a great article. I recently took a course on selling Amazon products and your article was a very good addition to that training. Thank you.

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  58. great post, I didnt think that you could actually make that amount of money with amazon, very inspiring.

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  59. Way to share your actual earnings report.

    Question…do you have recommendations for somebody who lives in a state that Amazon has dropped? My state was dropped last month.

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  60. Thanks for this info. Gives me inspiration to carry on with my Amazon sites and grow my income! Have made a few sales but a slow start.

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  61. Hi Chris
    I am glad I found U, as someone who has knowledge & a successful experience with Amazon Associate. My question is: as I live in the Middle East, is there chance to do well with amazon.com ??
    I am asking that , cause I believe that this kind of affiliate do well for someone who is living in USA, that is maybe related to delivery and freight costs.

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    1. Well, I’m pretty sure you can have an Amazon US affiliate account in any country. I have several friends from Canada and Australia that have affiliate relationships with Amazon US.

      The key is to just target the US affiliates

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      1. Hi Chris I am in Australia and sell for Amazon US.. I even buy stuff from there…

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    2. Soraya: I’m based in Chile and earn via Amazon. As Chris said, my sites that do the best are those that have the most traffic from the States though expats.
      I found the a-store a complete waste of time. Why would anyone want to browse your “store” when they can just as easily go to the real deal.
      I find that product images convert well as do the links within the text.
      Have a great day!

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  62. Hey Chris,

    Honestly if your making that much money online as you say you are, why do you need to charge people for the Niche Profit Course. Surely shouldn’t you do this for free?

    Reply
    1. I charge for the information because it took me 3 weeks to put together the course. My time has value and I work for free on most of the things I do on this blog so I don’t think it’s a bad thing to ask for money when I’m selling information I put a lot of time into creating.

      I also show off some of my live income generating websites inside the course and the more people that see them the more likely it is for those niches to be burned out. So I’d rather charge for access to step by step information and access to live example websites I have up and running that are making money so people can examine them and apply what they’ve learned to other niches.

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  63. Hi, you might want to tell your readers who use Blogger that inserting a link behind a photo is super easy. All you have to do is click on the photo in post editor (highlight it), then click the link symbol and insert the link. Et voila!

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    1. Yah, Blogger has some tools, but IMO Blogger isn’t as powerful as Wordpress and I recommend people always use self hosted solutions.

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  64. Thanks for the information on Amazon Sales. It is inspiring to see your success and look forward to reviewing the information you share.

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  65. Thank you for the great tips. A couple of questions:

    How long does it take you to build one amazon site and how many pages is it?

    How long does it take before you start getting sales from a new site? I put a new site up and had 13 sales within 30 days and then nothing. Did I just get lucky or do you think it will “kick in”? I have just started doing some bookmarking every day and hope this will help. Comments?

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    1. It varies greatly from site to site and to answer your question fully would take several paragraphs. Sign up for my free course on the home page and go through that to see what I mean.

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  66. Using Ebay and Amazon is one of the clever way to make money online. How I wish that I could be as successful as you are in gaining sales within a month. I’m just a newbie and is willing to learn from an expert like you are.

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  67. Wow. That’s a lot of money! I bet your half way being a millionaire. :) Thanks for the tips Chris. I really appreciate it. I’ve been trying to earn money from amazon and i really don’t have that much luck. Hopefully, this time i will do it right. Thanks once again.

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  68. I signed up for your free course but the videos will not play. I get the following message: FLOWPLAYER=https://s3.amazonaws.com/mmoti/day2lessonkeyword.flv,960,540. Any suggestions?

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    1. Fixed now :)

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  69. Now, i have spent hours reading through your posts. And am still confused as to how to start.

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  70. Your post does give inspiration. I have just started and built my first site, the backlinking side is the hardest, it takes forever. Keep up the motivational posts, helps me keep going when my clicks = 0 for the day.

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  71. I would like to sell on amazon, but i have been told the coms are to low and therefore really not worth the time….
    also building a list like you suggest takes so much time….im just a beginner, i guess ill start with a site and go from there

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  72. Also i wanted to note from my last comment, i did end up trying to join the amazon affiliate program since i last read this, but could not find any general text links that i could attach to any sites that i own (even though its only one or two)

    any suggestions on were i could find these?

    cheers

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    1. I don’t think I understand the question… you can link to any product or page on Amazon as an affiliate link.

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  73. Realy realy cool.. I just wanna start to use Amazon to earn more money and this is a one start point… excelent post dude ;)

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    1. Thanks Fernando :)

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  74. Chris, thanks for sharing these fantastic tips.

    It is always great to hear real success stories and tips from people who have actually done it.

    I have a couple of questions for you.

    When I do a search for physical products, I find almost the entire half of the page above the fold dominated by Google’s sponsored ads and sometimes a Google product listing or listings from high sites.

    Combine that with images of products in the sponsored ads and brand links at the top, I have found less and less affiliate sites rank on top.

    And there is such a drastic difference in traffic between the top 3 spots and the rest of the spots in page 1 in Google.

    To add to this, I watched a video on Andrew Hansen’s website where he has a video on a recent document that Google has compiled for their human reviewers to look at to weed out thin affiliate sites.

    Do you think Amazon affiliate sites are still profitable?

    Have you seen a difference in traffic in any of your Amazon affiliate sites?

    Have they affected your sales?

    Sorry for asking you so many questions :) but I wanted to hear your thoughts.

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  75. Hi Chris, can you check the coupon for reviewazon ? I tried to use but it says invalid.

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    1. He’s discontinued all coupon codes. Check out the plugin I developed instead: easyazon.com

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      1. Are you planning on keeping EasyAzon for a while or will you be selling it to someone else, like the coupon code plugin. I’m asking this because I want to be assured that you’ll be supporting it with updates and not relying on a future owner who may or may not update it.

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        1. No, I’m not going to sell EasyAzon. I’m updating it mid December to the tune of several thousand dollars for a free update to customers.

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  76. Are you still using Reviewazon/phpzon on your website or you use Easyazon ?
    Why you use your own plugin instead of other amazon plugin ?

    Thank you.

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    1. EasyAzon on all my new sites only. The reason why I use it is because I paid thousand of dollars to have it developed into the best tool I could think of based on the way I like to build amazon focused websites. I believe it to be faster / easier to use than all of the other plugins.

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  77. I see that on WF forum, you say that you don’t use “no follow” or cloak amazon links. At the moment, do you still just post amazon link without “no follow” tag or cloak link ?

    Really like your easyazon, and I consider to buy after finding more info about it.

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    1. Don’t currently cloak my Amazon affiliate links nope :) or no follow.

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  78. I have heard others praise easyazon. You have quite a lot of amazing content here. I underestimated amazon’s affiliate potential greatly.

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  79. Beginning of December, I saw some of my websites are losing rankings, most of them are promoting Amazon and using amazon plugin. Do you see any of your website that promoting Amazon also loss rankings ? Just curious.

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    1. Nope haven’t seen any drops… it’s most likely unrelated and more likely related to quality of content / links / algorithm changes.

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  80. Chris is a rocking teacher. I got Niche Profit Course back to March. I had my first 4-digit Amazon month in Nov. I’m working hard to rank my sites and have another break-through in Dec!

    For those who are still considering, this is the blueprint if you wanna get paid check from Amazon.

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    1. Hey Kent,

      Thanks for sharing your experience that’s awesome.

      Chris

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  81. Chris –

    In regards to Tip #4, do you ever find your sites being penalized for linking back to Amazon too much or too early in a post?

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    1. I’ve never seen this happen before. If your site has been penalized it’s more likely based on how you built your links and not how much you’ve linked to a product on Amazon.

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  82. Thank you so much for your information as well as the inspiration. I just started my Amazon dance so to speak and am working really hard, hoping for success.

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  83. I have a website that sells home and garden decor and I’m starting to turn it into an Amazon affiliate site. I already have some good traffic comng to the site but these tips will help me branch out and try different methods. Any advice you could give me on promoting the affiliate site?

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  84. Thanks for tip #13. I will create a Product Comparison Grid as soon as possible to offer more value to my visitors and to get them through to amazon easier. Hope the installation of the plugin is easy so i can get started right away.

    Btw, yo ushould convert this valuable post into something like an ebook. Not only does the post itself contain all the information needed to profit fromo amazon, but there are also lots of nuggets in the comments. – Thanks for this.

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  85. At first I was reluctant to promote Amazon.com due to the poor cookie duration and low commissions. However, since Amazon has a huge inventory, it’s a trusted site, and you also get credit for sales customers make even though you weren’t necessarily promoting that specific product, it tends to make up for the negatives, so I have started promoting Amazon more. Great post btw!

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  86. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for your point for point description of what has worked for you. You have certainly given credibility to testing your results. Doing the technical aspect of setting the structured sites and e-mail marketing has been challenging for me. You have clearly described how the more sales you make your percentage goes up and you make more money. Apparently there are tested formulas that work for Amazon sales and getting people to Amazon sounds like a winner.

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  87. I’m happy with your information about the Amazon affiliate. I have recently started to try an Amazon affiliate. I hope to able to practice what you described through this site and be successful. Thank you very much.

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  88. I just started doing amazon associate affiliate marketing about 5 days ago. I was doing direct sales on my site of 13,000 pages of products.

    Just adding the amazon affiliate links with a “buy at amazon button” ended up netting me already $75 bucks a day. $375 so far, last I checked.

    So, I see huge potential in this and obviously, affiliate marketing is better than having to do direct sales (as of the work and such involved and the competition online anymore).

    At any rate, I am now adding Ebay links as well and looking into even more affiliate programs.

    Further, will be adding a massive amount more products over time and hope to make some very serious money from this.

    I have been selling online for 12 years, so I am no newbie to just about any type of online selling. I just never got around to the whole affiliate thing, so glad I finally got around to it..

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  89. Interesting writing tips Chris. I have recently created a niche blog and selected a “Birthday Gift Ideas” as my topic, never made any sale yet:S

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  90. Thanks for this wonderful post. I have been researching different affiliates for a few days now. I will add this one to my list and also sign up for your niche course. Thanks again.

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  91. Find your article very inspiring. Have been struggling with online marketing. Your article will help me improve.
    Many Thanks for generosity of showing example of your site and earnings.
    Wish you more success.
    Natvar

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  92. Hello Chris,

    Greetings from India and a customer of yours (of Amazon Theme sold as private label rights product a few months ago). Thank you very much for this detailed article which really served as a primer on affiliate marketing with Amazon/other physical product merchant sites.

    Although I am an “uber-experienced newbie” in the Internet Marketing world, I was an Amazon-phobic, having been only familiar (and seen some success) with ClickBank products, not venturing into anything outside CB. The low commissions and lack of knowledge on how to correctly promote the products and inner workings of their affiliate program was another deterrent in getting started.

    Thanks to your article, my anxiety and panic about getting started have vanished to a great extent. Coincidentally, this has come around the time when I had just purchased a PLR to WordPress tutorial which also came with an upsell that contained a course on Amazon promotion among others. I now also plan to purchase your course discussed here to that I can start setting my foot into the physical products affiliate marketing world.

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  93. Thanks a lot for those tips. I bought your course but found that the module for finding a niche cannot be easily applied for the following reasons: 1) domain (com, net, org) that match exact keywords are almost taken by someone else; 2) even if you can find an exact match keyword domain, changes are there are other competitors building similar niche review sites, simply adding good quality articles and build links with some social book marking do not seem to work well; 3) can you elaborate in details how to do the SEO for a specific niche using real exams (e.g., if you say social bookmarking, can you tell us how to find those sites or even provide a list of sites; if you use blog comments, can you walk thru the process to find good quality blog that accept comments with “do follow” etc

    I would like to have more advice from you.

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  94. Hey Chris,

    Thanks for an inspiring post as always.

    Thinking of starting a site now to try this out. I have one question regarding the Amazon Affiliate program which I think seems really attractive. Not sure if anyone here can answer it, but I have not been able to find the answer googling.

    Since I do not live in the U.S., I would have to get paid by check or gift certificate. Obviously only getting paid in gift certificates isn’t that great, so that leaves the check. However, checks are not used here in Sweden at all basically, so cashing one comes with huge fees, I think maybe 30-40USD for a check. So my question is, can you choose to “save up” the money you make at Amazon and only get a check sent when you want to, or is it automatically sent at certain amount? I know Adsense has/had a feature that let you “block” payments until you released them. If Amazon has a feature like that, it’d make the check-fee less of a problem.

    I really cannot understand why they don’t ofter direct deposit abroad, or PayPal or something. Gotta be cheaper than writing and mailing a freaking physical check. Weird.

    /Moneygreen

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    1. Yah you can wait as long as you want before getting the check sent in pretty much :)

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  95. wow, absolutely you are the amazon affiliate’s guru. I never imagine that i get $90.ooo just like you. Hope someday :)

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  96. was hoping to collect dollars from amazon.
    but I’ve made ??2 blog by using blogger.com

    http://deybestseller.blogspot.com/
    http://deystore.blogspot.com/

    but I am still struggling to promote both my blog and maximize my results in amazon affiliate.

    please help!
    my email : andriyodedidwi@yahoo.co.id

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  97. Thanks for the details on how you earn that much. I really appreciate you taking your time out to do this. I also watched the Azon videos you did for keyword generator and the other tools

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  98. Chris,

    I do much of what you suggest here and all my sites dropped off page 1 Google with the latest emd algorithm change. This sucks. What’s your opinion?

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  99. UNLOCK the content with a like or a tweet??? Wow, F you, NO THANKS I don’t want the content!

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    1. haters

      lol it’s ok if you don’t want to simply do me a favor by sharing my content and get access to what I’ve learned over 3 years of trial and error while making tens of thousands of dollars as an Amazon affiliate. That’s certainly not worth at least a tweet.

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  100. Great trick on locking the content to be unlocked with a Like. Your content so far has sbeen well worth a simple Like. I don’t think I am headed to being an Amazon Associate but it appears most of your experience will transfer to other plans.

    Rick

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  101. Thanks for all the great info. I have had some moderate success with amazon before, but nothing of that magnitude. The best selling lists have works for me, as well as creating a ‘recommended’ list or ‘library’ full of interesting products, although I have always found its better to actually be interesting in the recommendations rather than just plugging anything.

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  102. Your Azon Theme link is no longer working. Great thread though!

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  103. why its all blanked out? panda penguin? whats the strategy now? exactly please. and why does this pop up say i have disabled javascript everytime? comment luv is causing this?

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  104. this was simply outstanding article,thank you so much for opening my eyes to the world of amazon affiliate prog, i would surely like to use it the way you say on my beauty blog. But im a bit confused with one thing- contextual linking. how can we do this, i mean for example if i write an article on “Revlon Lipstick” then should i simply highlight this term and ‘link’ it with amazon where this speciifc type is being sold? or do i have to go to amazon first, then from their side stripe copy “add widget” or “link this page” please reply, im a new blogger and have less knoweldge on this.

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  105. G’day Chris: Thanks for the very informative post.

    I’m working on my first Amazon review site, and found your tips very informative.

    One thing I have not been too clear on, is the use of widgets and other “gizmos”, so I have stuck to using only text links. It seemed, to me, more Google friendly.

    I am going to take your advice regarding the Amazon “buy now” buttons and give them a try.

    Maybe I should make more use of the marketing devices that are available for associates at Amazon.com.

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  106. Anyone using the “WP Table Reloaded” plugin? It’s been replaced with the Wordpress “TablePress” plugin.

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  107. This article was incredible. I just started the Amazon affiliate program, but didn’t know some of the information you laid out. I feel incredibly lucky to have found your post. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

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  108. Thanks Chris,

    I started hearing you on Pat Flynn’s Podcast, you seem like a really chill guy, I heard you on podcast 10, thank you for the information, then I heard you again with him on another Podcast. Thank you for giving us all this great information you’ve learned. I appreciate it.

    Chris b

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    1. Hey Chris,

      Thanks for stopping by to comment and I wish you the best with your websites as well.

      Chris

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  109. If some registers on amazon through my link, and further if he makes any purchase from registered email-id (that was registered via my link),
    then does amazon provides any commission on that any purchase by that registered ID.

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    1. Nope only get credit if they click your link and buy within 24 hours after clicking.

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  110. Tweeted like you requested for access to 20 Tips but nothing happened and the tips are still blurred out.
    You got my details and I got nothing. Thanks

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    1. Ermmm odd what browser are you using?

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  111. This is simply awesome. A very detailed and extensive article. I am loving your site. I love amazon affiliate platform because people love to but from them. Promoting amazon product is very straight forward. Keep doing your great work.

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  112. Hi Chris,
    Enjoying all this great content and am really impressed with your Amazon Affiliate earnings! Just wondering, tho, if the information in your Niche Profit Course is still relevant today given that it was written a couple of years ago. I’m very interested but it seems even one year can seem like “old news” with Internet Marketing!
    Thanks so much!
    Linda

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  113. Hello chris
    i have a doubt that does amazon provides earnings for clicks or it adds on my earnings only when someone clicks and purchase that product….

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    1. If someone clicks your link and then buys within 24 hours. You get a commission (provided you’re sticking to the rules Amazon has).

      It really is pretty straight forward :)

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  114. Hello Chris
    Thanks for the great article… Keeping this open to read it again tomorrow…

    And the fact that you got $400 from a sale from a watch is one of those Awesome moments :D
    Thanks Again!
    Justin

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  115. This is wonderful in fact… But what baffles me most is that whenever people writes how they use to earn on Amazon promoting products, they never reveal the specific products that convert best, why?

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  116. Excellent numbers! Keep up the good work :) I have a quick question for you, what’s your take on Prosociate? Associate Goliath? etc. I installed Prosociate on one of my sites and imported a ton of products from Amazon. Next, I noticed I’m getting a ton of clicks, but zero conversions. Any thoughts?

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    1. EasyAzon.com

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  117. Thank you so much for a clear and concise breakdown of the Amazon Associate program. I’ve been ready (finally) to make the jump and have been working out my monetization strategies. This tutorial has not only helped me better understand how the program works, but has also given me some other – much simpler – ideas for other niche sites that I can get up and going very quickly! I appreciate your hard work and the effort you put into this. I look forward to reading more from you.

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  118. Do you think amazon affiliate program is a good pick?

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  119. LOVED this – thank you Chris. So glad I found it just as I was about to add a store to my blog. I think it would be a better idea to just start linking to Amazon in every recipe and post! (Right?) BTW – I’ve already shared this post on G+ and LinkedIn and sent it to a bunch of friends. I always wish peeps would TELL me when they share my stuff, so here I am telling you. :)

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  120. Hey Chris,
    Just wondering when you make a niche site do you focus on one product and brand or do you make multiple pages of multiple brands of the same product?

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    1. Both.

      e.g. comparison page with a bunch of other things

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  121. Great tips and I totally agree with you on the fact that we shouldn’t use amazon banners or create a a-sotre. I have wasted a lot of time on these two.

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  122. Thanks for the information. I’ve just started looking into becoming a seller so this was very helpful!

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  123. Thank you for such an informative article; the term “I never knew” comes to mind when you bring up simple-yet-practical things that bloggers can do to more effectively monetize their sites.

    Am DEFINITELY bookmarking this for future reference! :)

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  124. Thanks a lot :-)
    The first thing that attracted me towards this article was the figures you mentioned in your title.
    I was wondering why the sales are not that much up to my expectations, here I found my answer. Thankfully I got this article before regretting that why I wasted that much time in using those methods to increase the sales.
    The best tip I found is – ” Making sales by inserting links in the content text”.
    Thanks again :-)

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  125. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for posting these great tips. I am pondering getting into affiliate marketing. I survived a major stage 4 metastatic cancer but my finances, savings, career and credit were the sacrificial lambs on the alter of survival. I say pondering because I hear of so many starting out with ten tons of optimism and drive, only to end up bankrupt and on a long term Zoloft prescription. Are there simply too many online marketers out there or is it still possible to start from scratch and ramp up a descent business that stands out of the hay stacks? By descent, I mean enough to make a full time living, not worrying about food & shelter. How much time from zero to $4,000.00 per month (salary and/or net… spendable personal funds)

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    1. Sorry to hear about the cancer and hit to your savings. Yes you can make money online still (have been able to since the inception of the internet and that won’t be going away anytime soon).

      Ultimately you have to decide what niche it is you plan to go after though and how you will differentiate etc. You still need to take a few more steps towards this.

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  126. Amazon affiliate didn’t prove to be a right choice for me as I own websites which won’t attract a lot of buyers.

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  127. Are still working these methods?

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    1. Yes

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      1. Ok, thank you ! I will buy your book !

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  128. I am doing affiliate marketing with amazon. But I earn very little money. Your article has given me a different perspective to increase profits from amazon. Thanks for sharing

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  129. This is great info, now I just need to find products that will slip into my site easy. Really don’t want to over do it.

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  130. Interesting, tho I’m just getting ready to start doing something like this. Question: how come the most recent comment here (aside from this one) is 3 years old? Is the info still relevant?

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    1. It’s a bug in the theme.

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