I keep saying this; that for a complete online marketing newbie, Amazon affiliate program should be the first place where you start.
We will examine the truth of that statement as we look at our 4 amazon affiliate success stories.
[su_note]The Amazon affiliate program is not only easy, newbie friendly but also has a ton of customers. So for anything that you recommend and have good (presold) traffic, you can be sure to earn good money.[/su_note]
I talk about presold traffic since you need to ensure that the person reading your review site is really interested in buying the products that you are reviewing. Going through your review should not be the first time that they are hearing about the product you are writing about. The best source of presold traffic is search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo.
While people might see your pin images on Pinterest and go on to your site and get convinced about buying your products, it is never the rule but rather an exception. People on Pinterest will, yes, get piqued by the visually appealing review pins you have done but they are not really intending to buy your products. At times though, they might buy.
On Google, one will only search for ‘best mattresses under $500’ if they are indeed interested in that product and so when they bump into your site reviewing mattresses under $500, they are highly likely to click on your call to action buttons and go ahead to buy what you are recommending.
Advantages of Amazon affiliate marketing
- Getting in is easy since all you need to do is create a blog which you can do so at $25 and then go ahead to select your niche, put up content, rank and bank.
- Amazon is well trusted and so people who you push to the store are highly likely to make a purchase.
- It is easy to scale and explode your earnings on Amazon using these strategies.
- It is genuine and legit so you are assured of your earned income unless you get into their bad books.
- You can earn from whichever country you are in whether developing or developed. I wrote a guide on how people from developing countries can get paid by Amazon.
Let’s jump into our 5 examples of successful Amazon affiliates and their sites
5 Amazon Affiliate Success Stories
Spencer Haws of Niche pursuits
If there is one guy who is really inspirational on matters to do with Amazon affiliate marketing, then it has to be Spencer Haws of Niche pursuits.
Spencer blogs about how his blogging process, reveals his sites to his thousands of readers and goes ahead to reveal his income from these very sites.
I am always challenged by how highly effective he is in niche selection, keyword research as well as outsourcing writers to do his niche sites.
In December 2019, he revealed that his 1 year old site made $1991 from Amazon affiliate marketing.
You can find his journeys at nichepursuits.com
Luqman Khan of 10beasts.com
If there is one man who gob smacked everyone in the online marketing world with his highly earning affiliate site, then it has to be Luqman Khan. Luqman created this crazy affiliate site named 10beasts.com, earned so much from the site within a short period, sold it, had it penalized by Google immediately after he sold it and then went ahead to remove the penalty and reinstate the site.
You can find him at nichepie.com
Doug Cunnington of nichesiteproject.com
I am a big fan of Doug Cunnington of nichesiteproject.com where he takes about how one can grow their Amazon affiliate site to a five figure monthly salary. He has this easy way to look for keywords that will rank with little effort. He calls it the keyword golden ratio and true to his words, I have always used it with lots of success.
You can find him at nichesiteproject.com
Tung trang of Cloudliving
Tung Trang started online marketing as a student. He is a big name in amazon affiliate marketing where he tried the $10k per month challenge. Though he got a Google Penalty for his site, he has gone on to start other successful amazon affiliate sites.
You can see his blog posts at cloudliving.com.
Key takeaways from these 4 highly successful Amazon affiliates
Great content and design for your site
As most bloggers say–content is king! And so is it, in amazon affiliate marketing.
So if you are looking for tips on how to be a successful amazon affiliate, think great content.
Affiliate sites are all about answering questions that readers might have about products before the make the final buying decision. You therefore have to put out great converting content that is going to convince the reader to click onto your affiliate links and go ahead to complete the purchase at Amazon.
To churn out great content, you could either hire expert writers who have used the products, or researched extensively about the feel, look and efficacy of the product. For new bloggers, buying the products so as to review them or have them looked at by experts might be too expensive and therefore, you use option number two; research extensively about the product and describe it as though you have held it in your arms.
Diversify your earnings with other affiliate programs as well as ads
Depending on one online income is a danger in itself. You should always diversify into other income streams so that if you were to be pushed away from one, you can always rely on others. Spencer Haws talks about how he uses ads on his review sites so that other than earning from the Amazon affiliate program, he is still able to earn from Ezoic and Google Adsense too.
Luqman talks about how he was able to geo target his Amazon affiliate links with genius so that he would be able to earn from Amazon UK, Canada and US.
Diversify your traffic sources
Depending on one traffic source could also pose a danger. You are not to rely on Pinterest or Google alone. Try to look for other alternative traffic sources so that if an update pushes you out from one traffic source, you have other places to look up to.
4. Keyword research is everything
Without proper keyword research, you will start a blog where you stand no chances of ever ranking or making a penny.
Now no one wants to do this. To avoid that, you need to invest in proper knowledge of niche selection, keyword research and also think of buying premium keyword research tools such as ahrefs.