FAQ About Amazon Sites

Last Update: June 05, 2019

Hey everybody!


Just wanted to make a quick FAQ about Amazon sites because I get a lot of the same questions about them.


I've been really slow answering emails lately and want to make sure everyone gets their questions answered.


1) Can you look at my site?

Me just looking at your site honestly isn't going to help. When it comes to design I go for the most basic imaginable and really don't do anything fancy. As long as you're not doing something that'll distract the reader you should be fine.

If really want my insight you'll have to give me access to your analytics. You can set up a user account for me and I'll be able to look but not change anything. You can do that by reading this article:

https://www.monsterinsights.com/docs/how-to-grant-user-access-in-google-analytics/

2) Which niche should I choose?

This is a pretty delicate process - you don't want to go too broad or too narrow and you also don't want to pick a niche that's dominated by huge websites.

Here's what I look for:

1) products have to be over $100 on average (remember you're only making around $5 per sale of a $100 product)

2) Must have lots of best of's (At a minimum 20 best of's that get traffic over a 100 and if you find one that has hundreds of best of's you're doing better).

3) Has to be a niche where people will actually buy products online. Making a website about sheds or other products like that is probably a bad idea. Most people would rather see something like that in person before buying.

Awesome niches for Amazon would include:

  • High end beauty products (there's plenty of gadgets that are hundreds of dollars that have to do with skin care and beauty).
  • Sports/outdoor equipment (I've had success in this niche hint hint)
  • Car electronics (If I had the time I would definitely strongly consider this niche)
  • Baby products (cribs, strollers, car seats, etc.)
  • Home security (cameras, motion detectors, security systems, electronic locks)

If you want to read all my thoughts on finding an Amazon niche, read my post here:

https://theaffiliatedoctor.com/best-profitable-affiliate-marketing-niches/

One last thing: you'll never be able to rank for terms like "best laptops 2019" "best shoes 2019" or anything like that. The websites that rank for those terms have million dollar budgets. So avoid super general best of's that are dominated by huge websites.

3) How do I find keywords?

I have a guide where I explain step by step how I find hundreds of best of lists in each niche. You can read it here:

https://theaffiliatedoctor.com/affiliate-marketing-keyword-research-how-to-find-hundreds-of-profitable-affiliate-keywords/

4) How long to see results?

I'd say 6 months you should see some results. I've gotten over $2,000 a month in 6 months before. If you're getting ZERO results by then you should switch up your keyword strategy.

5) How to avoid Google penalties?

Google watches these sites closely. So in order to not get penalized you have to make your content lengthy and high quality.

Don't just write best of's after best of's - mix in some other content as well.

Also, I would do best of's for YouTube as well. YouTube doesn't seem to penalize channels the same way Google penalizes websites.

6) What happens if I don't make 3 sales in the first 6 months?

Your Amazon account gets shut down. The good news is you can sign right back up and get another 6 months. You might have to put in new links, however.


7) Can I really not mention price or use Amazon pictures?

The price one I'm not entirely sure about. I've read the terms of service and the way I interrupt it is not to name the price in a fixed table (like a pricing table). However, it may not be worth risking it. Just talk about price in a general way.

As for pictures don't steal from Amazon. If you're going to steal pictures steal them from other websites. You can always use Amazon Site Stripe to get picture (they're a little low quality, though).

8) Did you use backlinks, paid traffic, social media, or get comments.

None of that. Just picked good keywords and wrote good content.

***Additional Tips****

  • Always lead with the most expensive product. People associate most expensive with best and most people will literally just buy the most expensive product if you put it first.
  • Check to make sure your product hasn't sold out. Nothing is worse than getting a ton of traffic to a best of list just to see all the products are sold out. Most of the time Amazon will have the same product in a different place so it's easy to replace.
  • Switch the year over in your best of list around early November - you can get some early rankings and extra sales this way.
  • Download Amazon Site Stripe. It makes getting links so easy.
  • Put an Amazon Associate disclaimer somewhere on your site. You can get banned if you don't.
  • Try Youtube. You can rank for very broad keywords in youtube (like best laptops 2019, best basketball shoes, etc.) It's way less competitive. I made around $1500 with just 5 videos earlier this year.

Alright hope this helps. If you have any questions that I missed please comment them and I'll add them to the list.

Edit: If you're unfamiliar with what a Amazon site or best of post is, please read this training:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/how-to-create-a-6-figure-website

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Affilime Premium
I visit a lot of affiliate marketing forums (some Amazon) to see what people are talking about, and I still remember one guy that had me laughing for five minutes. I believe it was tongue in cheek, he had a picture of a huge mansion, and he said, "I build this house on suppositories from Amazon, so pick your niche carefully."
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Stella2 Premium
Congrats on your success, Dylan! And, thanks for your generosity in sharing your tips.

I have a site that I'm developing for a product where the prices range from $90-200 at a rate of 8%. And, it's not super competitive yet. So far, most of the traffic is coming from Bing and Yahoo.

Your tips are helping me enormously to flesh it out. Hopefully it will do well in Google before long and get the earnings up.

What I love about your approach is you keep it simple and follow the training here. You don't get distracted by things like how fancy the site looks, what theme to use, and other bells and whistles.

And that leaves you so much time for good content, where the real money lies.

One question: do you do much with internal linking between articles or external linking to other authority sites (besides affiliate links)?

Thanks again for sharing,
Stella :-)
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dylanrieger Premium
Yes I do internal and external links.. that's about the only thing extra I do.
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SaraPoyner Premium
I just started to do some research for some 'best ofs' which is wonderful advice as I had started just doing reviews. Do you have any training on how to write high quality 'best ofs' ? or a link to an example of a successful one?. As I am new, I have never written a 'best of' in my life. On the surface it seems pretty simple, but then how do you make it great quality and able to rank high in google?

Many thanks for all of your training, i'm sure it is going to prove very valuable to my site.
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dylanrieger Premium
Made a whole training about it: Also, go to the niche link I posted and look at the articles in the website I talk about. You'll see high level best of posts there.
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SaraPoyner Premium
Thought you might have : ) . I will have a look at both. thank you!
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EddySalomon Premium
This post and the links you provided is the blueprint to make thousands of dollars with Amazon. It's making me re-evaluate the content I've been targeting in my amazon site. I make a few hundred dollars with it but make thousands with display ads. But I have been frustrated I haven't made more with amazon even though I have thousand of visitors per day on it. But now I can see where I went wrong. Great info that I plan to apply! Thanks for sharing!
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dylanrieger Premium
Thanks Eddy that means a lot coming from you. I see your MMO site all the time when I'm doing keyword research and hopefully I can get my site to your level in the next few years!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Dylan. I read a lot of your content here on WA. It's good stuff and very inspiring. Based on that I'm sure your site will surpass mine soon enough. Because you definitely know what you're doing. Maybe we can trade notes. Feel free to PM me to discuss if you want. Keep up the good work.
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midhunvm Premium
Hey Eddy,

Does that mean you have more
info articles, individual reviews and less
"best of" and comparison articles?
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EddySalomon Premium
I don't do infor articles. They don't have buyer intent and a waste of my time. I only focus on reviews because there is clear intent from the user to take action. And I'm in the business of making money so I don't just want people coming to any of my sites for just information. I want folks who are actively looking at products or services and trying to figure out if they should buy it or not.

So I just do reviews. And it's out of habit. I've tried some best of s and comparisons. And they did okay. But I know it's because I didn't do enough of them that they didn't produce results.

But reviews I like and are easy for me to create and outsource.
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dylanrieger Premium
The only reason I say to mix in other content because your best of's will have a lot of affiliate links in them. When you do review in the make money at home niche you don't put affiliate links in them.

I had one site where I did strictly best of posts and each had 10+ affiliate links and it got hit with a Google penalty. Lost a website that was making $2000 a month overnight.
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midhunvm Premium
Appreciate your reply, Eddy.

But doesn't only writing reviews affect your
rankings?

As Dylan said, by only doing reviews you
only have affiliate content, which doesn't
look right in the eyes of Google.
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midhunvm Premium
Appreciate your reply, Dylan.

Yes, I know the reason for mixing
other content as you said.

But I was just asking Eddy, if he is
able to make $1000's through ads,
why he is only able to make few $100's
with reviews?

So I thought most of his reviews were
individual and not "best of" or comparison
which brings in the most commissions.
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EddySalomon Premium
Yeah writing only reviews has affected my rankings and income in a positive way for over a decade.

There is this misconception Google doesn't like affiliate links. They don't like sites with little to no useful content that are just filled with affiliate links. They have their own affiliate program. How can they hate affiliates?

The problem is a lot of affiliates aren't providing value with their content and that's the issue. So I can only speak for myself. The only time I've been smacked by Google was because I was doing bad link building. But it's never been because of affiliate links.
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EddySalomon Premium
I think you're confused. My review site has amazon associate links and ads. When looking at the income of both for my review site, the ads make me more than the actual amazon links. That's what I said.
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midhunvm Premium
I now perfectly understand what you are
talking about, Eddy

What you said is right and exactly on
point.

Thanks for your detailed reply, Eddy :)
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome
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Mholmes160 Premium
Thank you once again. Your training has been very helpful to me. Easy to understand without all the lingo I'm not quite understanding right now. Wonderful job!
I do have a question about Amazon links, the pictures are so small is there a way to get larger, more interesting picture links?
I know it's against Amazon's policy to use pictures off the Amazon site.
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dylanrieger Premium
Maybe take pictures from elsewhere but I do know Amazon offers, small, medium and large size pictures.
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Crazyhaggis Premium
I was interested in your advice to take images from other sites, i.e., not Amazon. Can't you get sued for using product images from websites? I'm interested in knowing your view because it's so difficult to get good product images and generally the Amazon linked images are the worst of those available.
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dylanrieger Premium
My rule was to never take someone's personal photos but instead just take stock photos of products.

As long as you just snip them and not download them (I once got a notice for downloading a picture and putting it on my site) you should be fine.

I've literally snipped thousands of photos and put them on my sites.
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Bimby Premium
Hi Dylan,

Thanks so much. Your post has come at the right time. Although I wish your post arrived a few weeks back. LOL

I did write about best laptops 2019 and I wrote about 4500 words. It never got ranked. Honestly speaking, it took me about 2 weeks to write that post because I had to do a lot of research. Plus I don't consider myself a fast writer...yet

I have bookmarked your post so that I can always refer to it.

Thanks for the great tips.
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dylanrieger Premium
That's alright - it took me a really long time to fine tune things (years actually).

Just stay away from keywords that are ridiculously competitive
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Bimby Premium
Thank you.
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CandP Premium
Dylan, this post of yours has come at a great time for us as we are developing a new site based on one of the bullet points you mentioned. Something we have tons of knowledge and experience about.
We are not with Amazon yet but we think going forward we will be in the right place and your tips are so very useful to us.
We will also read all the training links you have placed in this post.
Thank you so much!
Colette and Philip
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dylanrieger Premium
You're welcome!
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DianneBee Premium
Thank you so much for this help!
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flowerlyn Premium
Hi Dylan,

I am one of those desperate on the first 3 sales and the probation period is fast approaching and nothing to show.

I'm glad to come across with your post, this is what I just need right now, follow the guideline and find out improve it and how to make it happen "to have a sale".

Thank you so much for sharing.
I bookmarked it!

Best regards,
Lyn
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dylanrieger Premium
You're welcome!
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RTA Premium
I’ve been here at WA for almost two years and doing a niche site affiliated with Amazon.

Still not earning for a dime til now. After 3x denied by Amazon, at last, I got their approval on April 2019.

I just like to say thank you for all the informative posts and trainings you have been made. It really means a lot for a newbie like me as it sets as a guidance on my path.

Without YOU and without the community, I will never know where I am going to be in the future in this online business.

Thanks a lot for sharing your insight and experiences. You’re the beast! :)

Please keep up the good work bro!
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dylanrieger Premium
Thanks!
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MichalB Premium
Great Stuff Dylan.
Thanks a Lot
Mike
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dylanrieger Premium
No problem
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JagiR Premium
Amazing information. Looked at every link you included and read from top to bottom. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!
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dylanrieger Premium
You're welcome!
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Debs66 Premium
Hi,
This is awesome Dylan. A post well and truly needed with so many questions that need answering lately.

I can only imagine what your In-box must look like here in W.A.
Thank you so much for such a brilliant post.

Debs :)
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dylanrieger Premium
Thanks Debs!
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AJIRI Premium
Hello Dylan,
Thanks for taking the time to write this. It shows you really care for the wealthy affiliate community.
I know it is not easy to reply to all the emails from other wealthy affiliate members and I am glad you were able to do this instead.
It would be a lot of help to a lot of people.
Thanks again for this.
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dylanrieger Premium
No problem!
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AmyHD Premium
I love you posts, dylan. They are so informative!
Thanks so much for sharing.
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dylanrieger Premium
No problem!
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DonnieNorton Premium
Hi Dylan, Thank you for the awesome post. I do have a question for you and that is exactly is a best of post?I have some reviews on my website But have never done A best of post.Could you please clarify this for me?
Donnie
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dylanrieger Premium
Here you go (I wrote a whole training on it):
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DonnieNorton Premium
Hi Dylan, I really appreciate it.
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