Amazon Affiliate Income from Blogging in 2016
I started my first niche website in the summer of 2014. I had no clue what I was doing.
No one really knows what they are doing when they first start a blog they want to monetize.
That was 2014.
Fast forward to 2016. Nowadays there is so much information about how to create an Amazon Affiliate site, it’s mind-boggling.
Yet, unless you buy a pre-made site (yes, you can do that!) it takes time to make any money or see a return on your investment.
2016 was a great year for me.
I didn’t make $10,000 a month from my website like I had wanted to, but I did get over $500 a month 2 times.
My overall Amazon Affiliate income from blogging in 2016 is $2807.61.
December 2016 Amazon Affiliate Site Income
December’s Amazon Affiliate Income from Blogging in 2016 was the best money-making month overall for the year.
I didn’t make as much money as I had hoped for in December ($1500+), but it was still a nice amount of extra cash.
Overall, with CPM ads & Bounties rolled in, I made $583.00 from the Amazon Affiliate program in December.
Below is my TOTAL 2015 income report – I ONLY made $321 in 2015 for the YEAR with my niche website. The point is… don’t give up!
Making Money Online with a Niche Website
This website, Earn Money Blogging, isn’t my Amazon Affiliate niche website.
Earn Money Blogging is where I report my monthly income and write about a few other ideas (like the Debt Snowball).
My Amazon Affiliate niche website is a separate site where I write about products in the camera accessories vertical.
It’s a fairly competitive vertical, but I’ve managed to get a few posts on page 1 of Google.
One of my posts has driven half of my monthly traffic since around June.
That’s exciting – and scary! Scary because if it falls off of page 1 who knows what will happen to my traffic. On the other hand, it’s motivating for me to work on more content and OTHER niche websites.
I do have a few other URL’s registered which have minimal content on them… my goal is to work on my other niche websites this year to get them up to the $500 per month mark by end of year.
Write About Expensive Niche Products
My goal with my #1 niche site and the others is to write about MORE EXPENSIVE products.
It didn’t dawn on me to focus on expensive products until half-way through this year.
What a dumbass!
When I first started my site, I focused on something I knew.
This is the big question we all face when starting a niche website:
- Write about what you know?
- Or write about what’s expensive?
I recommend writing about what you know that’s expensive!
The average cost per item I made income from in 2016 is $39.00.
Brent Hale from Incomeaddon.com writes about products which earn him on average $100.
You can check this by dividing the cost of products shipped by the quantity of products shipped to get your average cost per item.
If my average was closer to $100 I’d be making a heck of a lot more money than I did this year!
That’s all water under the bridge at this point, and a great lesson for going forward.
Strategies to Rank Articles in Google
It’s great to see a few strategies I implemented pay off.
- writing longer content – over 2000 words per article on a few key articles in the last half of 2016
- using H1, H2 tags with they keyword included
- linking out to authority sites at the top & bottom of the article
- using social media to share the content
- tweaking the keywords and adding in more long tail keywords in the articles
- designing my urls to relate to my keyword (www.blahblah.com/keyword here)
- writing smart article titles which relate to the keyword – Best Keyword for Blah Blah
- adding keywords to my alt tags in photos
- updating old posts with more info – I added “Bonus” products at the bottom of the pages
I learned these strategies from Brian Dean of Backlinko and Brent Hale of Incomeaddon. These two guys impacted my niche site more than any other information I gleaned from the web in 2016. I wish I had found them earlier in the year and impacted my site earlier.
Since finding their advice for article writing and ranking in the SERPs, my site has gained on average over 5000 unique visitors per month by the end of the year and over 9817 page views in December.
Traffic = Money
For 2017 my goal is to write more content, longer content, optimized content, and be more strategic with buy guides.
Why? To get more traffic.
My posts on page 1 of Google bring in the bulk of the traffic.
Also – I employ a strategy of PINNING every single photo in my articles. I get most of my social media traffic from Pinterest.
I have a couple of Pinterest accounts which are different, made-up, people.
And, I have a Pinterest page specifically for my niche website.
I also have a Facebook page, Twitter account, Tumblr blog, Google + and Instagram account.
It’s not easy managing all of these, but I started using Hootsuite in December to help streamline the process.
Every article gets shared on each of these social media sites.
You can set up your WordPress settings to automatically publish to a few of them by going into the Settings > Sharing and connecting your social media accounts to your WordPress.org site.
Highly recommend it!
Writing Longer Content for My Niche Website
When I first started my niche website I wrote simple, short product descriptions. I didn’t write long, review type content or articles with 10 items in it.
In fact, it’s a struggle to write sometimes. It’s time-consuming, sometimes boring, and repetitive. It’s not all fun and games putting together articles.
I don’t want to pay someone to write for me yet, because I’ve heard horror stories of sites being banned from Amazon or de-indexed because of shitty content.
I’d rather write my own knowing that it’s unique and not plagiarized – even if I write less or if it takes me more time to publish.
Strategies for Old Posts
One strategy I’ve implemented is optimizing OLD POSTS.
I’m going back to 2014 & 2015 and updating the content.
Most of the posts in 2014 & 2015 have no H1, H2 tags.
They are also very short – under 300 words.
I’m adding in relevant info to help rank the pages higher in Google by using on-page seo tactics.
And, this week I found a guy who has a separate strategy for getting more traffic to old posts. It’s a new strategy I haven’t implemented yet. When I do, I’ll report on it here.
Other Online Income
I do make some money with other online ventures.
I’ve made over $100 with Adsense – for 2016.
I’ve made over $250 in 2016 with Ringpartner – but I spent over $400 learning how to make money with Ringpartner.
I’ve made over $225 from the Bluehost affiliate program.
I made about $8 from Darren Rowse from Digital Photography School’s affiliate program in 2016.
I made $27 from Niche Tycoon in 2016.
Overall, that’s $610 in other income for the year.
Final Thoughts – Don’t QUIT!!!!
If I had GIVEN UP when I was only making $30 in January of 2016, I wouldn’t be on the path I am now.
I feel more confident in my abilities and knowledge. My pool of reliable information has grown a lot in the last half of 2016. And, I feel great about 2017. This year is going to be a stellar year of growth!
I hope you start your own Amazon Affiliate niche website and learn how to make money from your own blog. If you are reading this and want to have some help starting a blog – contact me! I’d be happy to work with you and help you make money from your blog.
I hope you come back to my site here and get inspiration from my Amazon Affiliate earnings reports for 2017.
Thanks for reading!
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