And we are only 12 days in!

I can see that just one little thing I learned here is going to pay for my annual membership! Let me explain.

In my profile when I went Premium at the beginning of December, I said that I was making some money online but that blogging had become exhausting. I now know that I was working hard but not working smart. I was blogging, blogging, blogging and relying on sidebar banner ads to attract people to Amazon and adsense.

Then I read a discussion somewhere here and one of the longer time members mentioned that text link ads converted better than banner ads. So I took one of my most popular articles and did text link ads. The very next morning I had 2 Amazon sales from that article and those links.

I have now gone through that whole blog and done that to each article and now I'm getting used to waking up each day to multiple Amazon sales instead of a couple here and there.

So far, 12 days in, my January Amazon sales have been more than all of 2013! And I have only done this to one blog! I am starting on the next one today. (It's a tedious job, but clearly worthwhile!)

So there's my golden nugget, thank you to whoever said that, I wish I could remember where the discussion was, but no matter, probably everyone knew that except for me!

I have also decided that I am going to reduce my workload and focus on 3 sites. I have 6 sites that I was trying to maintain with fresh content and I also work 40-50 hours a week at an accounting job. Not sustainable!

Excited for 2014!

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NavindG1 Premium
Thanks for sharing Anitab. Am following your advice.
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Hi Anitab, Can I see your blogs and the text links for amazon products ? I think that will help me. If you like then only.
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StefanCP Premium
Hi Anitab, I have a question. Did you remove the sidebar banners? Or kept those too. And the text links, are they inside the articles, or at the end of the articles? Or in the sidebar? Cheers, and great job!
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Jonicas Premium
Anitab,

Way to go, very encouraging for us newbies to know that with the right blend of effort together with some of the techniques taught here one can optimize one's revenue potential.

I sincerely hope that you get more opportunities in the near future to share more good fortune with us as well as possibly sharing some tips or direction as to what works.

To Our Success Online,
Jonicas
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superspike19 Premium
Do you think it is because you can see where a text link is taking you. Where as a banner is a little harder to see?
God bless,
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anitab Premium
ya that could be. Whatever it is, it works better for the type of posts that I write, so that is what I'm sticking with!
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annikaerbe Premium
That is so great and so inspiring! I can't wait to get to the point where I make my first sale or my first cent or dollar!!
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mchomebiz Premium
Way to go Anita. Congratulations on you success. Thanks for the great tip. I
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Magboy Premium
Congratulations Anita, well done. You may not remember where you saw that tip, but I'm going to remember - RIGHT HERE! :)
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jespinola Premium
Aw, congrats. Anita, Well just keep it up. :)
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anitab Premium
Thanks so much everyone for all your wonderful and encouraging comments! I am so happy that you feel this helped you in some way, even though it's not my information, I learned it right here on WA.
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cashtoday Premium
Well done anitab. Thank you for sharing the nugget as I consider it to be as valuable as the most precious metal. I know what it is to have to go to a JOB and am so looking forward to the freedom WA offers to be able to not have to commute.
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tradethespy Premium
Congratualtions Anita! Thanks for sharing your successes and for that great tip!
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Arnovski Premium
Thanks Anita. Well worth knowing that and congratulations on all your sales.
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Rick H Premium
Thanks for sharing Anita!
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DEGoodOne Premium
Congrats Anita on the results. Thanks for sharing, in that I am in the process of setting up my sites, I can start with text link ads rather than banner. Very helpful
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tommydillard Premium
Congrats
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JackieWesley Premium
Congratulations! Keep up the good work. There is so much to learn to help us work smart and not hard. Thank you for paying it forward!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Awesome news! Thanks for sharing :)
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Congratulations! It's a great feeling seeing your hard work being rewarded, isn't it?
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bloveds Premium
Thanks so much for this post. I am going back into the work force part time so am going to take your advice.
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CrystalDavis Premium
This is great information. I must take a look at your blog.
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webBIZ44 Premium
Very cool! Congrats!
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vgomber Premium
Great job Anita, and thanks for sharing this golden advice with everyone else - so kind of you. Wishing you multi-fold success :)
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donhood Premium
First of all, Great work! Secondly, you're a crazy woman, 40-50 hours a week AND doing this. I used to do crazy hours but now I'm mostly retired. I'm glad you had this post because it brought to attention what I need to do on mine. So, thanks!
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anitab Premium
Well, I'm going to be less crazy now that I'm not beating my head against the wall!
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scott75 Premium
I learned that in the Bootcamp about text links. I only have two banners on my site. But all my text links go to my Wealthy Affiliate review then those text links go to the WA landing page. Congrats on the sales.
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cld111 Premium
You did? I don't remember that lesson. I probably just forgot though. :)
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JustinW Premium
What are text link ads exactly?
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anitab Premium
Its where you apply a hyperlink to a word or a phrase in your blog post. For example, the phrase , I recommend XYZ Product for whatever. If they click on your XYZ link, it takes them directly to the product in Amazon. Hope that makes sense.
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JustinW Premium
Ok I understand. Cool thanks
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cld111 Premium
Great job!! I also have banners, but maybe I can look into text ads too. Thanks for the advice. :)
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Gary Sanders Premium
Thanks for sharing... this is great info and very encouraging! Best wishes to you for a great 2014!
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hmasters Premium
Wow Anita, that is wild! Thanks for taking the time to share so we can all benefit. I am excited for you.
Harold
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Congratulations Anita you're on your way!
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auden Premium
Wow amazing! Thanks for sharing your results. It is inspirational as I just joined in end Dec! Keep on going! :)
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Gordi Premium
Wow, that is amazing. I remember reading that too. Good work. You have lots to look forward to.
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betcha Premium
Wow! Congratulations. I guess I have to follow your path. I have to start working smart. Thanks for sharing, Anita. More blessings to you and your family.
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tabitha86 Premium
Congrats and thanks for sharing :)
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DoubleTap Premium
Thank you Anita... I hadn't heard much about this before. I'll definitely keep this one bookmarked. Sure do appreciate ya'!!!
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JJCarter1 Premium
Congratulations, keep up the great work!
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tmamarketing Premium
That is great!
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Crystal2010 Premium
Great job
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MikeGue323 Premium
Just Awesome, Anita B! Keep it up my friend!
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TJ7774 Premium
That is awesome! Congratulations!
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Animate Premium
Wow, Anita, thanks for sharing that info for us who missed it the first time.
Congrats on your success, and decreased work load!
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forsthomas Premium
Congrats, now it´s Rolling ;)

Thomas
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hart48 Premium
Very happy to hear that the links work. Also, glad you've backed off of so much work. Sometimes I enthusiasm hurts by the overload it creates. Glad you are making more money.
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IslandMike Premium
Very happy to hear of your development -- will be well worth your time to change from banners to links.

I often feel banners are too "in my face". And I think I remember some discussion about this lot too long ago -- but then it does get mentioned fairly often to do the links within text.

You are doing a good thing by emphasizing it here so it gets noted by folks!
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Bald Eagle Premium
That is really good news.
Its the old story of keeping things simple with good content.
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Vuong1213 Premium
Wow...awesome. Pls keep up the great work. Hard & smart work finally get paid off. Your story motivates many members here including me :).

WA provides us with super powerful search function. Please use that to search for the discussion that you forgot sometime ago. Just do a search on any keyword that you can remember when you read that discussion...You'll be blown away with the search result. I'm sure you will find it back.

Keep moving forward.
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rkoobs Premium
This is very good news, Anita. I will remember this advice, indeed, and most of all, keep plugging. Got three sites in mind myself, though only one actually going. May start the second soon, as I have all kinds of great ideas for it. Anyway, I'm happy for you that things are happening. Thanks for the inspiration.
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KD6PAO Premium
Congratulations. Now that you have the gold nugget…next comes the gold mine!
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anitab Premium
LOL! I'm up for that!
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howmuch Premium
That's awesome, Anita! Congratulations!
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thanks for telling us about your golden nugget. i'm new here and found you in my dashboard under notifications. i don't know how or why you were there but a big thanks from me. i having a lot of trouble finding my way around...it's a bit overwhelming for me but i'm trying. your comment is encouraging.
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anitab Premium
Just keep reading and trying, it will be worth it! A year ago I knew nothing. You build for months and then suddenly it starts paying off.
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IslandMike Premium
Your dashboard has settings right above the posts.
On the left you can choose by post types -- All / Unanswered/ Popular
On the right you choose by member types -- Everyone/ Friends/ Referrals.

So when you have it set to ALL and ALL you'll get posts from the whole site.

That's probably how you saw the post.
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jacob4987 Premium
Great news !!!
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vhamilton Premium
Good for you! Thanks for letting us know.
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mamazepp Premium
Thanks for sharing!! :) Great job!!!
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talimont1 Premium
Sweet info Anita! Great to hear it work! All the best!

Ken
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Blessings44 Premium
That is so amazing Anita. And something I didn't know either about text ads. So far I haven't done the training on placing banner ads yet.

I just love the way we learn from one another here.

Have a fantastic 2014!

Lydia.
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Kyle Premium
What a wonderful start to your 2014 Anita! I think what you learned about in text advertising is probably the single most important thing you learned yet. This is truly starting to understand the customer and deliver to them what they are looking for.

Side banners don't convert, never have, never will. However, when you have someone's attention and you write with intent (promotional tie ins, can be subtle), you are going to experience much more success.

Once you get your formula down...which it sounds like you are doing, it is just a matter of scaling at that point to replicate your success!

Thanks for sharing your story and and I can't wait to see how your 2014 unfolds!
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anitab Premium
Thank you so much for the encouragement, I knew that I had made the right decision to go premium, just didn't realize how fast it would pay off!
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SamTea Premium
Wow, great job.
Sincere congrats!:)
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LadyOdd Premium
That's Awesome! Congrats!
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Carson Premium
This is awesome Anita!

I'm sure that you are going to experience an awesome 2014 where your sales continue to climb and gain consistency. Remember, you only need one website, so stay focused on the one blog and keep publishing helpful content. The more reach you have in the search engines, the more potential buyers will be reaching your site on a daily basis.

You're doing awesome, congrats on starting January with a Bang!

Carson
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anitab Premium
Thanks for providing such a great learning environment here!
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Kav Premium
Very encouraging and thanks for sharing.
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LIfeswealth Premium
Awesome, and encouraging! I'm glad to hear!
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rufat Premium
Thank you for the information! Good luck!
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Jenna7 Premium
Exciting to hear; that's great! :)
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MmmmBalf Premium
Awesome news, congrats! Guess what I'll be doing tomorrow! ;)
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Karyskis Premium
Congratulations!!!
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Michelle12 Premium
That's brilliant news, Anita! Congrats. Now, would you please do a blog post or tutorial on how you include the links into text? It would be really helpful :)
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HarJac Premium
Good comment. You have me convinced.
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Sades143605 Premium
I am new and not sure yet what a text link ad is (lol) BUT thank you for sharing! When I do get my site fully up and running I will be sure to use that!!
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msdj8163 Premium
Congrats!! Great news. Thanks for sharing. I will do the same and add text ads. Debbie
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Melh1015 Premium
Very nice. More success to you.
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bluedolphin Premium
Thanks! WOW!!! Congrats!!
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KrisM Premium
WooHoo! Congrats Anita! That's super exciting!
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jdarc5801 Premium
Wow! Once I get my site up and going I will jump on this. Thanks.
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David_S Premium
Very happy to hear good news coming from you with your new business ;) Keep it up!
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BIS Premium
Great to hear of your success. That's really good. Onwards and upwards to many more sales. :) Beverley
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J E Hazel Premium
This is interesting. I wouldn't have thought that, but I will definitely try it out. Thanks!
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didihorizon Premium
Way to go Anita, very encouraging for newbies.
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Sherion Premium
Congrats! Best Wishes to You!
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mikpj Premium
Do you ever sleep?
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anitab Premium
here and there! :-)
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partner Premium
That's great Anita! You found the key so keep turning it ;-)
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Angelsway Premium
What are text link ads? Thanks for sharing
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@RICH. Premium
If you check out Steve's training, https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/my-top-10-tips-to-improve-your-amazon-com-earnings the principles are fully explained there. :) Rich.
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anitab Premium
That's exactly what I originally said! Rich has provided some training below.
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@RICH. Premium
Aw, congrats. Anita, I'm a big fan of textual affiliate linking, Steve's seminal Amazon piece which covers this is definitely worth a read: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/my-top-10-tips-to-improve-your-amazon-com-earnings :) Rich.
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anitab Premium
Thankyou Rich, I'm going to read that right now! I know I have more to learn!
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