5 Amazon Affiliate WordPress Plugins

Best Amazon Affiliate WordPress Plugins

If you are an amazon affiliate, you will want to read this post on the best WordPress plugins that will increase your conversions and hence revenue.

Because, lets face it, we are all in this game for the money.

So you will want to use any tool that is going to ensure that you get the best value for your efforts without necessarily working on your traffic.

Amalinks pro

Amalinks pro is a premium wordpress  tool that helps with comparison charts and tables for your products. You are able to also use it to get images from Amazon without violating their TOS.

With it you are able to create really nice tables and product showcases that you are sure will get a click from your readers. And that is all that you want when you are an amazon affiliate marketer—people clicking on your affiliate links and leaving amazon to convince them to buy some products so that you can get a commission.

AAWP

Just like Amalinks pro, AAWP is another great plugin that helps you with increasing your conversions as an amazon affiliate marketer.

Geniuslink

Geniuslink chiefly helps with localizing your affiliate links. Say that a reader in Australia clicks on your affiliate links. If they are taken to amazon.com, they are not going to buy there and that will be a wasted conversion. But what if you were able to direct them to amazon.com.au They are most likely to buy from there, right?

Well, that is the work of genius link. Personally I have been using it for over an year and though it is a premium tool which you have to pay for monthly, I love the ROI.

Tablepress

Tablepress is a free comparison tool that I have been using for a long time. You are able to compare product features, show their images as well as insert call to action buttons inside the table cells.


ContentEgg

Contentegg is good plugin to showcase products on amazon. It is able to update product features, prices and images in real time.

How to receive your Google Adsense earnings

So you have been earning through Google ads and have reached the threshold for payouts.

Conditions before You get an Adsense Payment

  • Location PIN verification

Before getting your money, you might be one of those people who are yet to verify their location address through a PIN.

Well, Google Adsense sends you a six digit PIN that you enter into your account. And from there, you can start withdrawing your cash every 20th of the month.

  • You have reached the threshold

Here are the various currencies and thresholds you need to attain before you get a payout.

Euro- 70 euros

USD-$100

AUD- 100 AUDs

Yen-8000 Yens

GBP-60

Well, I will be telling you of the various ways you can receive your Google Adsense earnings

  1. Through Western Union

I have been using Western Union to receive my Google Adsense earnings. However as of August 10th, 2020, one cannot enter Western Union as their payment option.

At the same time, those who were already using the method will have to use an alternate way as of the beginning of 2021.

I do not know why Google arrived at this decision but publishers will just have to adapt. It is a good thing that they informed us early so that we can start thinking of other ways to receive our earnings before 2021.

  1. Through checks sent to your address

You remember the address that Google used to verify your location after you had made $10. Well, they will be using the same to send you your checks if you choose this option.

Since I am not in the USA and my location verification PIN took an awfully long time to reach my post office box, I will not be trying this.

I want money arriving fast in my pocket.

  1. Through bank wire transfer

This has to be the best and most appropriate method of receiving your Google Adsense earnings at the moment. I will surely be signing up for this option soon. All you need to do is enter your local bank account details and Google will wire the money there.

4. Through Rapida

People in Russia can get their payments through Rapida

5. Through Electronic Money Transfer (EFT)

If you are in the European countries or the US, you can get your payment through EFT.

Can you get payment before the $100 threshold?

Lets say that you were earning through Google Adsense in USD but had not yet reached the $100 minimum threshold. Suppose something happens that make it impossible to continue earning on your blog or on your Youtube channel.

Maybe your account got hacked or your blog traffic was hit by a Google update

Will you get paid for those dollars that you already earned?

Yes, you can get paid if you closse the Google adsense account that you were using.

Google Adsense will send your payment via the payment method that you had chosen.

Blogging 101: Do Not Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

I know that I will sound like a broken record when I say this but I just have to say it:

In blogging, you should never put all your eggs in one basket.

Yes, things can get crazy.

Anywhere and anytime.

But in the blogosphere anything can happen and they frequently do occur.

Traffic on your site can tank. Your hosting could fail. Your affiliate marketing program could start paying you peanuts for your hard work. Your payment method could also fail.

And you have no one to blame.

And is there something you can do to mitigate some of these risks?

Of course, there is–diversification and having a safety net.

Traffic

Traffic is what drives blogging. If you are not getting any traffic on your blog and do not have a plan on how you will get it, then you should ditch blogging and look for a job.

Without traffic, there will be no money that you will make.

Search engines

One of the most popular traffic sources that bloggers rely on is search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.

To get traffic from these sources, you need to optimize your blog for SEO. I have looked at various tips that you can use to better your blog for search engine traffic.

Overeliance on search engines though poses a danger. Personally, my first site that was in the bodybuilding niche went down because of over-relying on Google for all my traffic. The site was attracting a constant stream of at least 100 pageviews per day.

And then the August 2018 Google Medic update came and wiped it out. The traffic tanked to 20, 10 and then 0.

It was frustrating but I learnt a lesson.

Never trust one traffic source.

Pinterest

Pinterest is another good traffic source for people who create visual content and then have it pinned.

How Pinterest works is that you create content. It could be an article, image or a video. Then you have an image with an attention grabbing image within your blog.

You pin this image to Pinterest and when you capture the right audience, they are going to click through the image to visit your blog.

Pinterest though has lots of updates and as such, you can never know how things are going to be tomorrow.

Quora

Quora is a question and answer forum like site. People ask all sorts of questions and experts in those topics answer them.

You want to be the expert answering questions related to your niche. As you answer the questions, you sneak in links to your blog post so that when people want more information, they will be going to your blog.

Of course, it will take lots of work and time to gain good traffic on quora and therefore, you should not entirely depend on its traffic.

Email marketing

You must have seen those optin and pop up email subscription forms on most websites requiring that you supply them with your email address so that they can send more content related to the niche they are blogging about.

As a blogger, you will then be directing these people to your other blog posts everytime you publish content. You could also try to sell products to them.

Email marketing is a good source of traffic especially for information niches. I have however not seen it to be so effective when you are doing affiliate marketing posts where you review a list of products. Your readers want to click on your call to action (CTA) buttons but never subscribe to your emails.

Affiliate marketing programs

Amazon

Amazon associates program was a good source of passive income for affiliate marketers until they started slashing commissions without any consultation. If you are in the program, you know that you are just a pawn.

You never in control of your income.

Shareasale

Shareasale is a good alternative to Amazon affiliate marketing owing to their higher commission rates and monthly payouts but their conversion rates are not that good. People do not trust their merchants sites that much and so you might be driving so many clicks with zero sales made.

Ad networks

Adsense

Google adsense is a good ad network where you will earn depending on the number of people who see ads on your blog. Their RPMs are however not the best; they are very low.

Google adsense has also been known to ban publishers with a high frequency especially when you violate their terms.

Ezoic

Ezoic is a good alternative to Google Adsense but they require you to have at least 10k pageviews per month and be Google Adsense approved. The major problem with Ezoic is that they will slow your site speed so much.

Mediavine

Mediavine have a great reputation for better RPMs but it will take over 60 days before you get your payouts. At the same time, they require at least 50k sessions before you join the platform.

Payment methods

Payoneer

Payoneer are a good payment method for receiving your affiliate cash from the amazon associates program especially if you are from a non US country, shareasale and even ezoic.

Last week though, users received information that Wirecard AG, the company that supplies them with Mastercards had filed for insolvency and therefore they could not withdraw their money.

Paypal

Paypal is a good option for receiving online payments but they are also well known to limit and suspend accounts.

Getting the Best Niche Ideas for Amazon Affiliate marketing

best niche ideas for amazon affiliate marketing

Most amazon affiliate newbies find it hard to select the niche they are going to blog about.

I too was there before I found great hacks that I now use.

Where can you get the best niche idea for your next affiliate site?

Before you even think of purchasing a website domain and hosting, do keyword research and create content, you first need to think of the niche that you are going to blog about.

A niche is nothing but a topic that clearly stands out through your blog.

For example I am going to blog about mattresses in my blog, then my niche could be said to be the sleep niche.

If I start a blog about sweaters for toddlers, then my niche can be said to be toddlers.

[su_note]Once you select  your niche, you are marking out what you can blog about and what you cannot blog about.[/su_note]

Search engines will also know that you are an authority in a certain niche and so they will trust you for knowledgeable content about the same. Your readers also know what kind of blog posts to expect from you and they will therefore feel inclined to subscribe to your email lists if the niche is something they are interested in.

So, where do you get your niche ideas. I will explore some of the places that I go to when starting a niche blog.

  1. Your Surroundings

Niche ideas are everywhere. You just need to look around where you are at. Niches can be about home improvement, school equipment and stationery, hospital equipment, art decorations,automotive parts etc.

You just need to think about the pain points that you have heard while struggling to improve your home, to get car parts or to secure your home property. When you find those pain points, know that you are not the only person who is troubled by such things. Other people are also sailing in the same boat and you could be their savior when you start a blog that addresses exactly those problems.

  1. Reddit and forums

I like reddit in that there are so many subreddits with people looking to addressa common pain point. You could visit these subreddits and identify the problems that the members are going through so as to address them.

Forums are also good in getting your next niche idea.

  1. Niche hacks

The very first niche site that I ever created was about testosterone. I got the niche idea from nichehacks.com, a site that was founded by Stuart Walker. Stuart has a large collection of niche ideas where he explores the search volume per month, the income expected as well as the search trends.

  1. MotionInvest

MotionInvest is a site flipping business founded by Spencer Haws. Webmasters will be selling their blogs there and you can always look through the sites, see what they are selling and copy the niche ideas.

  1. Human proof designs

Human Proof designs is also another place where they sell readymade sites with already ranking content. You can always browse through the readymade sites and steal the niche ideas. Since they are already ranking and have content, you might have to work harder than they so that you beat their acquisition of backlinks as well as content depth.

  1. Empire Flippers

Just like Motioninvest, empire flippers is another place where they sell sites. You can steal the niche ideas, create your own blog and beat that competition.

  1. Amazon

Amazon is another place where you can get a ton of niche ideas. Just go through the different categories, look through the products and come up with a niche that tries to sell those products.

 

What next after identifying a niche

Once you have a niche idea for your next blog, it is time to do your keyword research.

I would suggest using the following keyword research tools

  1. Ahrefs (my personal best)
  2. Ubersuggest
  3. Answerthepublic
  4. Keywordeverywhere

Once you have your list of keywords, you can then go ahead to create in depth content with a view of addressing the reader’s needs, making sure that the site is well optimized for SEO and that the content is converting.

On Page Hacks To Increase Affiliate Sales

how to Increase Affiliate Sales

As a blogger, once you start earning from your blogging hustle, you want to better the income so that you can get more money trickling into your account. Fortunately, this can easily be done by implementing a few conversion rate optimization hacks on the web page itself. I will suggest some of the hacks that I personally use on my Amazon affiliate sites.

  1. Better premium theme

Whenever I am starting a new niche blog, I use free themes. The sites therefore are not that pleasant to look at. But when I start getting organic traffic to the site, I dig into my pocket and buy a premium theme.

But why?

Well, to rank on Google, you do not need a premium theme. All you need is sound SEO strategies.

But when you start getting traffic, the next thing you want is conversions and free themes are not very good with conversions.

Some of the popular premium themes that help with affiliate marketing conversions include Rehub, Generatepress, Elementor, Thrive Architect and Astra.

  1. Use tables to compare products

I use tablepress plugin to create some good looking tables that compare different products on my web pages. In the tables, I compare the product features as well as the prices for each. I also insert a call to action button for each product so that when clicked, the reader is taken to Amazon.

Other than the free tablepress plugin, one could also buy premium plugins such as amalinks pro and AAWP that help with comparison charts.

  1. Use of beautiful call to action (CTA) buttons

[su_button background=”#6296d0″ color=”#f5f2f2″]This is a CTA[/su_button]

I have been using shortcode ultimate plugin to create some outstanding CTAs for my web pages. At one time, I also used max buttons plugin but I like the ultimate shortcode plugin since other than creating the CTAs, you could also use it to create boxes, highlight text etc.

  1. Geo targeting all affiliate links

Whether you are using Amazon or any other affiliate program, you really need to look into geo targeting your affiliate links so that you will not be leaving any money on the table by ignoring customers from some countries.

When I started using genius link on my Amazon affiliate site, I found out that I was leaving at least $50 per month by not geo targeting my links.

If you are in Amazon affiliate marketing, you could also try Amazon onelink since it serves the same purpose.

  1. Better your copy

You might be getting lots of traffic but not getting any money.

This can happen when your copy is badly written and no one trusts the reviews. They will not end up clicking on your CTAS.

To better your review content, you need to really research on your products, use them and give an honest review or hire expert writers who are going to do the writing for you.

  1. Use Amazon native ads

For readers who are using Amazon affiliate marketing, you could better your earnings by inserting Amazon native ads so that users can see them and click through to the Amazon store.

  1. Use Amazon mobile pop overs

I have already looked at how Amazon mobile pop overs can better your conversion rates and therefore your earnings.

You need to give it a try on your Amazon niche site.

  1. Compare prices from two merchants

I have found that when you give your readers the option to compare product prices from two or more merchants, they are highly likely to click through on your affiliate links where you have the best prices.

  1. Recommend the best product using a sticky sidebar widget and having it as a featured product at the top of post

If you are writing a review post on the ‘best mattresses under $500’ where you go through 10 mattresses, you could have one of them as a featured product at the top of your post as well as using a sticky sidebar widget where you say that it is the best mattress.

Some readers might not be interested in reading through the entire post but will just click through the links for the featured products.

 

Beginner Guide on How to Make a SEO friendly Website in WordPress

how to make seo friendly website in wordpress

The main purpose why most small publishers are starting a business blog is to earn money through selling their own products, affiliate marketing and earning ad income. However, to make money, you first need to get traffic. If you do not have traffic, nobody is going to see your well designed website or wonderful products.

So you will not make any money blogging!

Traffic is therefore something that every blogger should hunt out for.

There are many ways to get traffic to your blog: you could get it from social media marketing, email marketing campaigns, paid ads or organically through search engines.

For the purpose of this post, I will only look at how to get organic traffic from search engines and in particular, Google to your wordpress site.

So, let’s look into it.

Strategies you need to implement to get organic Google search engine traffic

 

You get Google traffic by ranking for search terms/keywords.

Google organizes its search results into pages with each page containing 10 search results.

So when a user searches for ‘wordpress seo’, Google will look at different web pages on ‘wordpress seo’ submitted to its index and using its secret algorithm, organize those web pages so that those it finds to have the best relevant information that will solve the readers question come first.

doing a google search

Any blogger who wants to get Google traffic should try and understand how this secret algorithm works. When you learn how it works, you will make sure that your blog is able to rank on the search engine. We say that you are optimizing for Google and that is why we have the term search engine optimization (SEO).

The long and short of the matter is that to rank in Google, you need to have some knowledge on search engine optimization.

So how do you do SEO on your blog?

On page optimization

The very first thing you need to do in your blog SEO is optimize the very article you want to rank. Let us look at how you do it.

  • Long form and relevant content is great because it shows that you are an authority in the field. You therefore need to write in depth information in your article so that your reader’s question is fully answered.

Expert SEOs like Matt Diggity have however argued that for some niches, you would want to limit yourself to a word count that Google has been shown to love. He gives an example of local seo for plumbers where those who rank do about 300 to 500 words. Were you then to do 5000 words for such a niche, you would look like the black sheep which is not something you want to do.

  • When you are starting out, I would advise that you target long tail keyword golden ratio compliant search terms.

The keyword golden ratio is a concept introduced by Doug Cunnington and it states that if you find a low search volume but long tail keyword whose ratio of allintitle keyword to search volume per month is below 0.25 then you can easily rank for the keyword without so many struggle.

Say for example that when you use keyword research tools such as ahrefs for ‘best mattresses under $500’ you find that it has a search volume of 200 per month.

At the same time, let us assume that when you search for “allintitle:best mattresses under $500” without the quotation marks you find that the allintitle shows 10 web pages that have the term ‘best mattresses under $500’ in their titles.

The ratio then is 10/200=0.05

Then that keyword is KGR compliant and you are assured to rank without so much competition or hard work.

  • Have the focus keyword in the right places such as the url, heading, SEO title, meta description, alt text in images, within the body of your article.

You can always edit the meta data ie SEO title, slug and meta description by using third party plugins such as Yoast and Rank Math SEO.

Below here are my meta data for this post which I can edit using Rank Math SEO which is what I am currently using.

SEO title and Meta description for this post

Permalink or slug for this post

  • Other than using exact match keywords, you need to work with partial match keywords. For example if you want to rank for the keyword ‘best mattresses under $500’, you could also use partial matches such as ‘cheap mattresses on a budget’, ‘great mattresses that sell cheaply’ etc.
  • Link out to other authoritative pages that are covering the same topic. This way, the algorithm is able to tell what your blog post is all about. Caution should however be taken that you do not link out to your competitors since they might beat you at ranking. I like linking out to authoritative sites such as Wikipedia or educational studies that have covered the topic in depth.
  • Nice looking and short permalinks

By default, wordpress has this ugly permalinks that contain the date when you made the post as well as its id. You really do not want this for SEO purposes. You want the permalinks to be short and sweet and to contain the postname with a keyword.

We looked at how to do permalinks containing the postname here.

Off page optimization

Other than optimizing the exact page that you want to rank, you also need to do some other off-page optimization.

So how do you do it?

-Interlink the article from other related articles on your blog that are already indexed. This way, you will have the web page getting indexed faster and at the same time you help the Google algorithm tell what your page is all about.

– Create topical relevance for your page by creating 3 -5 new short posts interlinked to main article.

If the article that I want ranking is ‘best mattresses under $500’, I would go ahead and create 3 new posts related to mattresses. Say for example articles on ‘how to clean your mattress’, ‘how to repurpose an old mattress’ and ‘tips on choosing the best mattress’. This new articles would then link out to the pillar ‘best mattresses under $500’ article.

how to create topical relevance for seo
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  • The basis of off page optimization is relevant and authoritative backlinks.

Every time I create a new website, I try and hunt for backlinks from various sources. They could be 1. blog comments, 2. guest posts, 3. forum links and private blog network links.

I know most SEOs will argue that Google wants link acquisition to be a natural thing. It should not be something that you build. And this is where people who build links unnaturally are nicknamed as either gray hat or black hat SEOs.

But hey, look here, building links has been working for me. Why should I not continue doing it.

Let us look at look at how to do blog comment links as well as private blog network links.

Blog comments

Blog comments establish relations between bloggers.

They have however been labeled as spammy by most SEOs. Google has gone ahead and introduced the rel=nofollow for all blog comment links.

Despite all this, I still find them to be important especially for new sites when you want Google to index your blog.

To do blog comments, I would only search for bloggers in my niche. Say for example, I want to build comment links for this post, I would search for blogs talking about how do do seo.

I searched for ‘how to do seo ‘blogspot.com’ because I want to find blogspots since they are the easiest to leave comment links on.

I was lucky to find this blogspot that talks of seo ‘https://destinedboy.blogspot.com/2019/12/google-blogger.html’ and so I go ahead to read the blog content and then leave a comment.

This is how you leave a comment to ensure that it is a link

And then after writing that, I need to click on publish.

Voila, my comment with link pointing to this post went through.

PBN links

The acquistion of Private blog network (PBN) links is one that has been debated in so many SEO circles.

There are those who say that it is black hat and would not touch PBN links with a tne feet pole.

But hey, they work and that is why I continue using them.

A private blog network means that you have a group of privately owned blogs whose purpose is to link out to you only.

The private blog networks should themselves have authoritative backlinks pointing to them so that they can then pass the link juice to your blog that you want to rank.

You can acquire blogs for your pbn by scraping for expired domains or buying from brokers who have scraped them.

But before buying, you need to make sure that the expired domain does not have spammy backlinks and had not been penalized by Google before expiration.

how to get google love with seo

5 Best Ad Network Programs For Bloggers

Have you ever done a google search on ‘how to potty train your toddler’ and stumbled upon a high quality article that details ‘how you can potty train your little one’  so well that you wondered what was in it for the blogger?

ad networks for bloggers

They were clearly not asking you to buy a potty or yet another online course. So why did they have to waste their time blogging that awesomely?

Well, if you looked clearly, there might have been ads strewn all over the blog post.

Let me break it down to you:

[su_note]You do not have to be recommending products in order to make money blogging. No, you can earn from ad network companies if you prove to be getting high quality and sufficient traffic.[/su_note]

Best Ad Networks for Small Publishers with Traffic of upto 100K Sessions (Per Month)

 

Ad network programs  will also demand that you use friendly language that does not border on violence or pornography. Some of the ad programs that we look in this blog post include:

-Google adsense

-Ezoic

-mediavine

-Monumetric

-Adthrive

1. Google adsense

Adsense is an online advertisement network owned by Google.

It is the easiest network to join since it does not have a defined traffic requirement,  Needless to say, approval into adsense is a requirement before you are approved into all the other ad programs.

What you need to look into before applying to Google adsense

1.     Use friendly language that does not border on violence or immorality.

2.     Have a google account

3.     Add the adsense script into your wordpress site

4.     Add an ads.txt mangaer file so as to filter away malicious ads from your site

5.     Use English on your site

6.     Have the necessary legal pages ie. Privacy policy, contact us and about us.

7.     Provide a real mailing address for PIN verification.

Google adsense payson the 20th of every month for ads displayed the previous month. It pays via Western Union or Wire transfer.

Related: How to set up Google Adsense for wordpress bloggers.

2. Ezoic

Ezoic requires a minimum 10,000 pageviews per month before they can accept you into the program. They have been shown to accept everyone as long as you have the 10k pageviews and have been approved by adsense.

Other than the free plan, they also have a premium plan where you pay for increased income.

Most bloggers including me have complained about how ezoic lowers your site speed which would affect the overall user experience. To counter this, they introduced an ezoic speed accelerator subscription.

Ezoic pays monthly via paypal and payoneer.

Related: My Ezoic ads Review

3. Mediavine

Mediavine is considered by many bloggers, including yours truly, as the holy grail of ad programs. You are considered to be a cool kid if mediavine has accepted you into their program since you are assured of better RPMs as compared to those of us still using ezoic and adsense.

Currently, mediavine requires that your site is getting at least 50,000 sessions per month before they accept you. You will also need to have adsense approval.

However, it is never that easy to get into mediavine even after achieving these two conditions. They have at other things that they look into before they approve you.

4. Monumetric

I have never given much thought to monumetric since they charge a $99 fee for bloggers who have between 10k to 80k sessions before they are accepted.

5. Adthrive

To get accepted into adthrive, you need to have at least 100k sessions.

I hear that they have equally good RPMs which is good considering that for a blogger to get 100k sessions, they must have put in a ton of work into their sites.

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4 Examples of Highly Successful Amazon Affiliates

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.

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

  1. 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.
  2. Amazon is well trusted and so people who you push to the store are highly likely to make a purchase.
  3. It is easy to scale and explode your earnings on Amazon using these strategies.
  4. It is genuine and legit so you are assured of your earned income  unless you get into their bad books.
  5. 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

  1. Spencer Haws of Niche pursuits

earnings made by Spencer Haws for own the yard in December 2019

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.

Related: Read my Amazon affiliate success story here

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

  1. Luqman Khan of 10beasts.com

ugust august 2016 earnings for 10beasts by Luqman Khan

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

  1. Doug Cunnington of nichesiteproject.com

doug cunnington 2017 earnings

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

 

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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11 Ways to Explode your Amazon affiliate income

ways to explode amazon affilaite earnings

Once you get approved into the Amazon associates program, you want to work on your earnings so that you can reach your first payout. After reaching your first payout, you want to go ahead and earn your first $100, $200, $300,…,$1000, $5000 and even $10000 per month.

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In this post, I talk of some of the strategies that I have used (and are still using )to scale my Amazon affiliate earnings.

So lets dig into them:

  1. Use Amazon native ads

Amazon has these native ads that they say will increase your affiliate income.

Have I seen them work for me? Yes, I have.

The ads are native in that they seem to be part of your site. You can add them before reviewing different products in your ‘best xyz products’.

 

amazon native shopping ads

All you need to do is login to your Amazon associates account and go to Product Linking then click on Native Shopping ads.

There are three types of native ads: search, recommendation and custom.

I like using the custom ads where you search the products that you review and they will be displayed with the star ratings as well as the prices.

  1. Using mobile pop overs

I have already discussed in an earlier post how you add Amazon mobile pop overs into your site to increase earnings.

You see most of the people visiting your site and clicking through to Amazon store are most probably on mobile. So why not have something that will show them a featured product at the bottom of the mobile screen as they scroll so that you increase their chances of buying the product.

 

According to Amazon, mobile pop overs have been shown to increase click through rates by 30%.

  1. Write more content reviewing other products in niche that you are ranking for

If you are using Google search engine, you will find that you are ranked in the first page of the SERPS when Google feels that you are an authority in the niche and are providing the best solutions to what people are looking for. If this is your case, then it is high time to go out writing lots of product reviews in that niche.

Say for example that you have ranked for the best mattresses, duvets and pillows. Then it is clear that Google feels that you could be an authority in the sleep niche. So why not go ahead to write about best bed covers, mattress toppers and bed risers.

  1. Better your SEO and diversify your Traffic source

 

If you are primarily getting your traffic from Google then you could diversify your traffic and try Pinterest or even Quora.

At the same time, you could better your rankings by bettering your SEO. Say for example that you are ranking position 8 for a keyword, you are sure to getter more traffic and hence earnings if you were to move to the top three positions.

 

So how can you better your SEO?

 

  • Build more backlinks to your site

You can build more backlinks to your site. These backlinks could either be blog comments, links from a private blog networks, forum links or collaborate with other bloggers in your niche to get guest post backlinks.

  • Increase topical relevance for keywords that are almost ranking

Say for example that you are ranking on position 15 for the keyword ‘best bed covers’. You have tried everything to move the keyword up the serps but nothing seems to be giving in. Well, you could try to increase the topical relevance to move the needle.

You can do this by creating more content on bed covers and linking out to the pillar page that you want to rank. For example you can create three posts on 1. How to clean bed covers. 2 How to select the best bed covers. 3. How to repurpose your old bed covers.

  • Scoop featured snippets

Bloggers who get the featured snippet search results enjoy more traffic as compared to those who are in the other top 10 positions. You can always grab the featured snippet by working on your page schema.

  • Updating old content

Google loves fresh content. If you are ranking for a post on ‘best mattresses’ that has 15 products and 1500 words, you can always add 5 more mattresses and to up the content to 2000 words.

However as you update old content, look out not to alter the keyword density.

  • Improve your on page optimization by having the focus keyword in the SEO title, meta descriptions, h2s, content as well as in your image alt text.

 

 

  1. Localize your Amazon affiliate links either with Amazon Onelink or genius link

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If you are getting some earnings for the keyword ‘best mattresses’ from Amazon USA, you could probably also be getting some earnings from Amazon UK, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Italy and India if you are ranking on the serps of those countries.

You could always check whether you are ranking for a certain keyword in a certain locality using ahrefs.

Once you establish that you are indeed ranking for the keyword in any of those countries, create an Amazon associates account for those countries and go ahead to localize your site affiliate links with genius or Amazon onelink.

I use genius link since it is easy to install, seamless to use and has a better ROI as compared to Amazon onelink. It is however a paid tool and so for people who want to localize their Amazon affiliate links freely, they could always use onelink.

  1. Diversify your earnings with ad income

If you are getting enough traffic to drive sales to Amazon through Search engines or pinterest, then it means that you could also earn from ad networks such as Google adsense, ezoic and mediavine.

The easiest program among these three to join is Google adsense since all they want of you is that you are getting a traffic of 100 views per day, have the necessary legal pages such as privacy policy, contact us and about us.

For ezoic, they require that you have at least 10,000 views per month and be adsense approved. For mediavine, you will need to have at least 50000 page views per month in order to join.

Mediavine have the best rpms but it is usually harder to join and they might reject you even when you have the over 50000 sessions per month.

  1. Join other affiliate programs that have better commission rates

After the Amazon affiliate income commission cuts, I joined shareasale. Though they do not have such a good conversion as compared to Amazon, they have better commission rates.

I for example am in the health niche where Amazon are giving a measly 1% commission. For some of those health products, shareasale are giving me a 10% commission.

 

Join Shareasale here to triple your commission rates

 

So should I ditch Amazon and move over to shareasale?

No, Amazon has won the trust of many people and therefore the conversion rate is very high.

I therefore need to be creative and work on comparing the products on shareasale and Amazon so that readers can make their own choice over where to buy the product from.

 

 

  1. Psychological Call to action buttons

You need to do a/b split testing on your CTAs to see the ones that are better at conversions. You might need to change the call to action button colors, sizes as well as positioning on your site.

Neil Patel talks about how to tweak your CTAs into what he calls psychological.

  1. See where your readers are clicking with heat maps so as to position your CTAs there

You can tell where your readers are clicking on your site by use of heatmaps. Once you identify those exact positions, then you can place your heat maps at those positions. Some of the most popular heatmaps that you can use include hotjar and crazyegg.

  1. Have comparison charts above the fold of your site.

For ‘best xyzs’ you can create comparison charts and place them above the fold. I have found comparison tables placed above the fold to always increase my click through rates.

  1. Create new affiliate sites and replicate your success

Once you have created a site, ranked and made money from the Amazon affiliate program, you could always try to replicate that success by creating another affiliate site.

You will find that for your second and subsequent sites, you will be able to rank easily and see your earnings faster than you had seen in your first site when you were still a newbie.

How To Set Up A successful Blog at $25 Only for Beginners

How Beginners can Cheaply start a wordpress Blog to Make Money

If you have been following my series of blog posts, you by now know that blogging can be a profitable thing especially when you target a certain audience who will be reading your blog religiously and helping you make them bucks.

So you are now convinced and want to start an affiliate site or maybe a site where you earn through ads from Google adsense or ezoic but are not sure the cheapest way to do so.

Well in this post, I will tell you exactly how you can start one at the cost of $25 only for the first year.

Disclaimer:

In this post, I will be assuming that you have already done all the preliminaries about affiliate marketing.

The $20 the cost does not include: keyword research cost, content creation, premium theme or building backlinks.

The cost is only for buying a domain name and hosting your website files.

But these are the most important. Once you have them, you can have your site running.

I believe that with the right knowledge, you can do your own keyword research, write your content, use a free theme and build your own foundational backlinks to rank a low competition niche.

Now that is out of the way, let us look at what the $25 will help you do.

Selecting and buying your domain name at $6.98 from Namecheap

Yes, you will be buying your $6.98 from Namecheap.

But before you go right to buying it, you need to think about the domain name.

  • It needs to be brandable.

Sometimes back, webmasters would buy exact keyword match domains (EMDs in short).

You can still do so.

But it is limiting in that you can only blog about one thing.

Say for example that I want a site where I will be reviewing the best sofas and therefore name my website exact match domain as bestsofas.com

It will be limiting in that I can only blog about sofas. I can never go to other things such as reviewing the best curtains, dinner chairs or wall clocks for your house.

At the same time, SEO experts have argued that Google is highly likely to penalize your site if you are using an exact match domain (EMD).

So what would be a brandable name for person reviewing best furniture for your home?

I would go for names that have no meaning in English say for example: houhou.com, leslyi.com, sofix.com, besto.com etc

  •  Short domain name

The website domain name needs to be short and precise.

Go for something that has at most 6 characters.

In our examples above, houhou has only 6 characters, sofix has 5 while besto has 5 too.

Short domain names are easy to remember for your readers.

Now, that we know what to look for in a domain name, let us look at the exact process of buying your $6.98 domain from Namecheap.

It is pretty easy.

Just click on this link to visit Namecheap.

Enter the brandable, short domain name you want and check for its availability

 

 

If you do not already have an account, Namecheap will ask you to create one.

Provide all your details and go ahead to checkout.

Provide your loaded credit card details to complete purchase.

Once the purchase is successful, namecheap are going to notify you via email.

Shared Hosting with Namecheap at $17.50 per year

Once you are done with buying a domain name, you can go ahead and buy your $17.48 namecheap shared hosting.

Click on this link to visit the namecheap shared hosting page.

Select the stellar shared hosting for one year.

Now that you already had an account while buying a domain name, you do not need to create another but log into your already created account.

Provide the details required and checkout.

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Setting up your wordpress site with the domain name and the hosting

Now that we have a domain name and hosting from namecheap, connecting the two is easy peasy.

We do not need to change any nameservers since they are already pointed to namecheap hosting.

So, what we need to do is set up wordpress for the site and start things out.

When you buy your hosting, namecheap gives you access to a cpanel which is where you install your wordpress.

Login to the cpanel and scroll down to softcalous apps installer where you will find the wordpress software ready for install

Click on the wordpress icon

 

Click on install and set up your wordpress site name, description, username, password and admin email.

You could also select the site theme that you want to use

Once done, you can click on install and there you have it, your wordpress site.

All you now need to do is login to the site everytime you want to upload content, videos or images.

By default, the login url is sitename.com/wp-admin.

Setting up Necessary WordPress Plugins

Now that we have our site, we are not done yet.

We need to set up some wordpress plugins that all SEOs have found to be necessary in any blog.

They include Yoast plugin that helps with setting up meta descriptions and seo titles. We also have contact form 7 that helps you with having a professional contact page.

So how do we go about it.

Login to your wordpress dashboard and while there click on plugins.

We will try to install yoast plugin in this our example

You will search for ‘yoast plugin’ in the search section and a list of suggestions will appear.

We are interested inthe first suggestion.

So, I will click on ‘Install now’ button.

Once installed, I will need to activate it.

So, that’s it.

You may need to learn how to use the Yoast plugin to update your post meta descriptions and seo titles from here.

The procedure for installing contact form 7 is also the same but you might need to learn how to make a contact page from this video

 

Now all that we are left with is setting up the permalinks.

Permalinks show the structure of a url.

For example, the permalink for this post is http://freelancinghackers.com/beginners-cheap-wordpress-blog-to-make-money/

By default when you install a new wordpress, it would not show this.

It would be something like http://freelancinghackers.com/%20/6%/2020%

This you will agree with me is ugly.

We need to set up that permalink to reflect the postname.

So how do we do it?

Just login to your wordpress dashboard, go to settings then click on permalinks

You will find that you are using the custom permalink.

Change to postname permalink by clicking on it

And that’s it.

You can now load your content either as pages or as posts.

Once you have some good traffic, you could sign up with the amazon associates program so as to start earning.

 

Wrap up on Starting a Blog at $25 only

We have looked at how to cheaply start a wordpress blog at $25 only for beginners.

We have said that you need to buy a namecheap domain name that is currently going at $6.98 and also get shared hosting that is going for $17.28 for the first year.

We have also looked at how to set up the wordpress blog with a free theme plus necessary plugins.

We have also looked at how to set your permalinks from the ugly default to something cool that has only the postname.

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