This year one of my websites earned about $2,000. Almost half of those earnings has been in December alone so far (it's December 15th currently).

As you can see from the chart, I was earning about $0 in January 2016. The website started in June 2015 but I didn't star producing affiliate content until about Jan 2016.

I published a few hundred posts during the year, and earnings were terrible. I was frustrated and disappointed. It was even more stressful for me because I was paying for content instead of writing it myself. But I pushed through because I know that affiliate marketing works. Sometimes it just takes longer to see results than you initially expected.

How did I achieve this? Of course, I'm very familiar with Wealthy Affiliate training, so that was the core model for my website. However, broken down, I can categorize my content production into 3 categories. They are easy to follow. If you aren't earning right now, you can consider a similar strategy moving forward.

1) Top 5 Posts

Very simple! Create a top 5 post for very specific categories. So instead of "top 5 TV's of 2016", you can do something like "Top 5 Internet Enabled 1080P TVs over 40 Inches". Many times I'd rank for terms like "40-inch internet enabled TV", but sometimes I would actually rank for product names listed in the reviews.

2) Product Reviews

Again, simple. Pick a product, review it in-depth. Most reviews were over 1,000 words, usually around 1,500 words. I actually purchased the products and took my own photos as well.

Then, link your Top 5 posts to the actual product on Amazon with an affiliate link, plus a link to your full review.

3) Keyword-Based Posts

Kyle teaches this in the lessons. Using Jaaxy, I found related keywords to the products. Then I'd write articles and link back to my Top 5 posts as well as product reviews.


Of course, I still have a lot to work on. It's Christmas and Black Friday, so people are spending more money. Chances are, earnings will drop off in January. But I have a whole new year to work on the same things and increase monthly earnings. I'm confident that Black Friday and Christmas are going to be even bigger next year.


Many people tell me they are afraid that they will put a lot of work into their website and not see results. Well, I didn't see any results for most of the year, but I know that people buy stuff online, and I know that I can help them find the best items with my content.

$2,000 per year is not a full time business. But it's enough money to have an extra-nice Christmas next year, and possibly a full time income by the next year. I know that growth snowballs, and I know that this website will be garner more success in the future if I keep doing what I'm doing.

Update: I hit 3k for 2016!

In the last weeks of December, things really took off and I surpassed the $2k I originally wrote about in this post. I hope with enough work in 2017 I can do $30k next December LOL. Seriously. I think it can happen.

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hier123 Premium
great job, how is your site doing now.
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Tgorman Premium
Just saw this post today. Enjoyed the straight to the point nuggets it provided. The example you used for the Top 5 Post was spot on and very helpful. Much appreciated.
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iscool78 Premium
Great job Nataniell!
Thanks for the tips!
Israel.
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cosmicradio Premium
Good job...great advice!
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viralviral Premium
Hey man I'm still a noob, can you say what the Fees, Bounties and Amazon CPM Ads mean?
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Scott0002 Premium
Thanks for the info. Very helpful. Good luck with your 2017 goal!
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NadiaWP Premium
Hi Nathaniell,

I am in a similar situation. However, every week, the website gains traction and I get better rankings. My visitor count goes up every week as well. I have over 200 posts, but not many visitors.

Will you be posting an update mid-January and let us know if your site has maintained the traction?

In my case, I did think that the December holiday rush was the reason for getting more visitors, but even in January, my visitor count is growing beyond what it was in December.
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Exponential Growth Now Nathaniel!!!
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StubearBlack Premium
Nice!!
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lyndrew Premium
Thank you for sharing your knowledge, Nathaniel!
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Well done Nathaniel!

Great Success!

Only upward from here!

Dr Barb

Best of the Season to You & Yours!!!
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AlexFerns Premium
Great post Nathaniell. Very inspiring! One question though. I find it difficult to write too many posts. You mentioned that some of your post were not written by you. You used a paid service. Which one, may I ask.
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GayleneNepia Premium
Thanks for the helpful information Nathaniel :-)
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JewelCarol Premium
Very nice, thanks Nathaniel.:)
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Tezsie Premium
Congrats, Nathaniel, your patience paid off!
Thanks for the tips and happy holidays.
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AlexandriaD1 Premium
Awesome tips!
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LinDash01 Premium
Inspiring post Nathaniel, congrats on your achievement. Thanks for sharing
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docub Premium
Nathaniel,
Well stated. I have some new Amazon stores and a toy review website this year, but thus far not a lot of action, however I am already planning my efforts for 2017.

I tried for the first time, but got started late for 2015. Vowed to start earlier for 2016, and got things ramped up starting in August this year, so my goal is to "take from the bad, AND learn from the good" for 2017. I have learned and grown throughout the year and gained valuable knowledge, which will help tremendously.

This means building and growing my toy reviews website and other Amazon stores in earnest from Jan 1, 2017. Thanks for sharing this information and reinforcing the "work ethic."

To Your Success in 2017!
Brian
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Epontejos Premium
Congratulations on your hard work. You really deserve it!
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katkatskitchen Premium
Sound advice as always
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gmegs Premium
Awesome advice Nathaniell!
... thanks! Can't wait for NEXT Christmas!

Joanne
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mybiz4u Premium
Wonderful idea, Nate.
Thanks for sharing and continued success.
Michelle
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LaurieB73 Premium
This is great. Thanks for sharing.
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dj-drea Premium
I have a few websites sitting on the back burner....Eventually I would like to get more content put up on them.
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HVella Premium
Great post, what do you class as Top 5 posts?
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Fashionholic Premium
Its exactly what i needed. Hard work will pay off in the end. Thanks pal for sharing .
I like your website too. That one more cup of coffee. Great work done.
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work4nobody Premium
Thanks for sharing
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veronica.l Premium
Hi, that's great, we'll done!!
Just want to chim in and say that I have a similar experience, based on exactly the same type of posts. They work, they convert and if well written they generate income!!

Congrats to your success!
Vicky
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nathaniell Premium
Awesome. Glad this is working for you too. Simple, but it works! I think the key is as you say, focus on creating quality content that actually helps people making a buying decision.
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RikkiJ Premium
Thanks for the inspiration!
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Loes Premium
Thank you! Really great idea to make a special menu with the top 5 posts!
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PMbaluka Premium
Hi Nathaniell, you have really inspired me with your post. This gives me a valid reason to continue working hard. I'm sure next year time like now you will be earning a double amount. Congratulations and thank you for sharing.
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jivitaa339 Premium
Congrats Nathaniel, I don't have any doubt that you will do better next year.
Wish you all the best.
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WilliamBH Premium
Fantastic! Great sharing. Cheers, William.
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NWTDennis Premium
Is the SEO break through (increased traffic) a function of the number of blogs posted or is it just a time variable for quality content to finally get traction?
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nathaniell Premium
I think I'm at a lucky crossroads. Traffic tripled in the last 2 months, but it's also Christmas so sales and conversions are higher than normal this month.
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks, Nathaniel.
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Debs3 Premium
Encouraging. Congrats on the sales! Nice tips and thank you for this blog. Happy Holidays, Nathaniell!
:)
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adreyna Premium
Nice job! Great information, thanks for sharing.
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winsuccess Premium
Congrats!
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AHohaia Premium
Thanks for these awesome tips! Will implement them in the new year!
Congratulations on your success from Anke
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MPollock Premium
Nice work buddy
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AngieVS Premium
Congratulations! Your hard work paid off.
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Pedro841 Premium
Is there many people making a full time living from their websites ? Thing is if I made $2,000 in a year considering the amount of time and effort I'm putting into it it wouldn't really be profitable ...
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nathaniell Premium
The point is that this was just year 1. Some people do it in less than a year. But would you rather do nothing and make $0 or work consistently and have $2k for Christmas next year? I would rather work and spend my time earning money rather than doing nothing. You have to decide for yourself.

Perhaps next year I will earn 20k instead of 2k. And the next year 200k instead of 20k. We'll see!
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ProlificOne Premium
Congrats! Always nice to read stories of success. It's a great motivation as well! Keep up the good work - hoping the new year brings you (and all of us) great success!
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jvranjes Premium
Can you make it more clear to me:

- In 1), how much text is normal for each of the 5 items? How long is the post typically?

- In 2), do you link Review post to Amazon? Isn't Review also keyword based? Do you write reviews about all items form 1) or only about some of them?

- In 3), these posts are about items from 1) and 2). Do you link them to Amazon or just to reviews and Top 5 text?
Thank you.
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nathaniell Premium
1) 1200-2000 words. Sometimes as little as 800 words if I struggle for content, but normally over 1k words.

2) Reviews link to Amazon too. Yes, they are keyword based, I just meant to separate ideas from "review" with affiliate link, and "information post" which is purely to link to reviews, and don't link to Amazon

3) Just to reviews and Top 5 unless I have an excellent, relevant opportunity to link to Amazon.
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jvranjes Premium
Thank you, yet another good lesson. I guess it was in WA lessons as well, but we miss or forget important details.
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viyee Premium
Congratulations! Thank you for the sharing! Great post!
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vanbot Premium
Thank you for this brilliant advice, Nathaniell. it is so good to hear from someone who has been there and done that, it is good to know that we just need to carry on working at it, as you say, affiliate marketing works:-))Steph
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Cynthiah1 Premium
Congrats! Thanks for sharing too.
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TinaNicole12 Premium
Congrats on being able to capitalize on the holiday season and thank you for sharing what you've learned.
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Chrissies Premium
Just shows that if we work hard enough success will come, very many thanks Nathaniel :)
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dancinscot Premium
I'm happy to read this! My sites are about eight months old and have done very little. So I find your post very encouraging!
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StepChook Premium
Great advice, Nathaniell, from someone who is clearly well-versed and experienced in this game. Much appreciated!
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divadejunk Premium
I appreciate your candor. Newbies need to know that "once you build it, they will come" is a myth. It's the work you put into it that spells success or failure. I wish you continued success Nathaniell.
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DonFranks Premium
Let's see, 10 websites averaging $2,000.00/year = a $20,000.00 year. Very encouraging. Thanks nathaniell.
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Nanowave Premium
Sure but that comes from 10 websites. I'd much rather make 100,000 a year from one website, and then continue to make about as much from any other site I create. 20,000 a year won't cut it where I'm from especially from hard work on 10 websites.
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OrenL Premium
Good stuff! Thanks for sharing.
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MistyS1 Premium
Thank you for such an honest post. It's very appreciated.
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JohnFry Premium
Great!
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Asir Premium
Nice update, Nathaniel!
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ElwinDutton Premium
Patience and working hard is key to this learning process.Thanks for sharing.
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BeauAndNik Premium
Awesome stuff Nate.. Can you please explain to me how the bounties work?
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nathaniell Premium
Bounties are referrals to Amazon's memberships. So Prime, HBO, Music, etc are all bounties.

I think that includes the free trial, so if someone signs up to the 30 day free Prime membership you get $3.00.
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BeauAndNik Premium
Awesome, thanks Nate.
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TomasB Premium
Thanks for sharing this with us Nathaniell.This is exactly the kind of open and honest dialog we need to hear to keep ourselves motivated.
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Toshmack Premium
A great post and share :)
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justcruzin Premium
Very encouraging, thanks Nathaniell.
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Rich908 Premium
That's encouraging news for all of us at WA

Thanks for sharing
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