I've struggled online and know how frustrating it is to work your butt off and not see results (My first year I didn't make a dime). I also know what it's like to build a successful niche website and see it disappear overnight because of a change in Google. I know what it's like to get back up after something like that to make an even more successful website in a short period of time that's Google penalty proof.

My two and half years in internet marketing has seen some ups and downs but I'm finally completely confident in my abilities and have a very good idea of how to be a success online. You can read more about my experiences here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.co...

I'm creating this guide to help anyone frustrated and not seeing any results.

If you're one of these people I have very good news for you. It's way way WAY easier than you think. My strategy is basically free and takes about 6 months to see results.

In this training I'm going to show you everything I've learned in the last 2 and a half years all the way from niche selection, to keyword research, to writing your content, to optimizing your content and additional tips and resources to guarantee the best rankings possible.

You should have all the tools you need after reading through this training to build six figure website in less than 18 months and you may get there in less than a year.

What's A 6 Figure Website?

There's two ways to look at this. The first is to actually make 6 figures a year which is a little over $8,000 a month. The second is to look at the overall value of a website and how much you'd get it if you wanted to sell it.

Typically you'll get 20 to 30 times you monthly income if you sell your website. So a website making $3,000 a month could be sold for anywhere from $60,000 to $90,000.

Right now my website is earning around $1200 a week (which is around $5,000 a month). It only took me 6 and half months to reach this point and my last website got up to around $2500 in 6 months.

I'm currently at the second version of 6 figures but should be making over $7,000 a month pretty soon.

There's Only Two Things I'm Asking From You

The first is you have to at least be done with the third course in the training here at Wealthy Affiliate before reading through all this. You need to know the basics and fundamentals of affiliate marketing to understand my training and I won't be going over the small things you learn in the training.

The second is to go through everything in this training before messaging me and asking me to help or to look at your website. I understand you're eager to make money but I'd prefer not to have to go over something that's already in this training. If you need clarification or help after you can feel free to message me and I'll help you out with what ever you need.

Overview Of My Strategy

My strategy is very basic and it's almost identical to the one taught here at WA. The only difference is I write lengthy "best of lists" with the year (An example would be "Best toaster ovens 2018") instead of individual reviews.

There's many reasons I like these posts better and I'll go over more about why in the training. Just know a single best of post, when done right, can bring in thousands of clicks a month and thousands of dollars a month. My website only has 35 "best of" posts and I'm getting about 40,000 clicks a month and $5,000 a month. That's pretty good bang for your buck.

Here's a break down of what's in the training:

  • Choosing a niche
  • Finding keywords
  • Finding products
  • Writing your best of posts
  • On page seo
  • Additional resources to help you

It all starts with niche selection and that's where we'll start.

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Bimby Premium
Hi Dylan I have just read your post again and my question is:

At what point can you put affiliate links? I don't have that many posts yet and as for traffic, I don't have much yet. Is it still okay to do best of posts and leave out affiliate links?

Also if you are not yet an affiliate, where can I get images of the products for my best of posts from? I don't think it will be right to take images of products from amazon or Walmart and the likes...

Please let me know what you think.

Thanks. I'll wait for your answer.
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CTL Premium
Hi

I read this post at least three times. I highly appreciate you contribute your valuable Amazon strategy to us.

I read all your blog related to best of post too. It's really inspirational for me. I hope you can write more this kind of valuable post in the future.

I have one question that confuses me for about a month since I read this post.

I know you use dabutton as a CTA, but why don't you use strip product banner instead of it?

Are there any reasons for it?

Thank you so much.
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CBlakey Premium
Thanks Dylan! I did something similar to "Best of" where I did "Good, Better, and Best" because I found writing 1200 words on a single item difficult as well... But, you are right, "10 Best of" or "12 Best of" sounds like it would be easier, and it showcases more items, which means more potential revenue... Thanks for taking the time to share this! :)
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CyndiM Premium
I feel like I'm being obtuse here, but you won't find out if you don't ask! On your last step mentioned above, of getting products and writing the post, could you clarify a little? When you say you do product research on 5 different keywords in one day, that's keywords like "stability," "reliability," "aesthetics," or whatever it may be, on each of your chosen products, right? I know that seems obvious, but that seems like a lot to get done in one day, even a long day. Then you take a few weeks to write all of those product descriptions which then go into one post - right? That makes sense, although it does sound like a long time to this newbie.

It's just the research on 5 keywords in one day that I'm not sure of. (I have gone through the training on keywords and I understand using keywords for a post, but 5 different keywords for multiple products sounds like so much more work.)
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Zappades Premium
I think he's talking about finding products for 5 different keywords.
One would be for example best cafe machines, another one best toasters etc. for each of these keywords you need to find about 10 best products you then recommend on one post per keyword.

I researched about 15 keywords in a row and it took me over a week, I also added the images and affiliate links already though.
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Zarina Premium
The reason why Dylan says to do keyword research in advance is because it helps him save time.

It's his planning strategy: he does keyword research, prepares 5 topics he'll talk about (and the actual products for each topic), and then focuses on actual writing process.

Doing keyword research in 1 day is more efficient. It might not be easy at first since you're a beginner, so you can try your style for now.

Hope this helps.
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LynneDorr Premium
This is fantastically awesome! How do I bookmark this so I can come back to it again later?

I do have a question. So, do you do random best of lists on your website say for example... Best of .. Coffee pots, then the best of thermoses, then a best of queen bed sheets, a best of screwdrivers , get what I mean? Or do you kind of keep all the best of lists in the same general category such as kitchen gadgets or haircare tools, etc.

Thanks so much for this great training!
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billy947 Premium
At the top of the page, you can keep it, there is a star, hit it and save it by a name you will know what it is.
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3rdbaseman Premium
Thank you sir, I really enjoyed this training. I'm in my 4th month w/ WA and acting like a "sponge" wanting to soak up all the knowledge I can. I've done a good bit of what you suggest, but I also learned new things I can do to hopefully get me good rankings...….
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Chezbrown Premium
Hi Dylan, I was drawn to this great training after reading Heidi's blog and saw your link. I most certainly will be trying this out and only wish I had come across it quicker.

I am going to star this for keeps so I can refer to it when I need to. Thank you for this great training. xxx
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Eli47 Premium
This is just so wonderful. I had a hard time understanding much about reviews websites and still struggling to find a clear path for this. Thanks for this training. I will this strategy now and see how it works in my end.

Thanks for @HeidiY for sharing this in the blog and led me here.
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HeidiY Premium
Hi Dylan
I just wanted to drop by and let you know of my small success thanks to you. I have finally sold a product which is actually related to my niche, which is beginner horse owners.

After reading your article I wrote a Best of Equestrian Body Protectors - and I have sold one! It wasn't my top pick but obviously it appealed to someone.

Thank you, and if anyone is in any doubt, give it a try, this works.
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dylanrieger Premium
Awesome. .hopefully more sales come your way!
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HeidiY Premium
I have a few best of posts now but need to do a heap more. Not enough time in the day! Thanks again.
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Eli47 Premium
Thanks for your blog that showed me here and help me understand what it best of posts is all about.
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Zarina Premium
This strategy works wonders. I wish I had more energy to publish more content lol

By the way, you're ranked #1 for "best Equestrian Body Protectors 2018" -- congrats!!!

P.S. Be careful with using the prices, if worded incorrectly, it's against Amazons TOS. (You might want to chat with their rep to see if your way of mentioning prices is ok.) The reason why it's an issue is because their prices constantly change and they don't want affiliates to mislead the public.
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HeidiY Premium
You are very welcome Eli, they take a bit of work to pull together but once you’ve done one you can keep updating it and keeping it fresh so worth spending a bit of time to get them written.
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HeidiY Premium
Thanks Zaria, yeah it’s a bit dicey with the prices, I’m aware of their T&C’s.

I was recently approved as a full affiliate and apparently they do check your site for compliance so it must have been ok.
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Zarina Premium
What do you mean approved as a full affiliate? How do we know when they do a second approval?
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JennClark11 Premium
I think my favorite part of this article is the last #6 tip.

Think and Grow Rich.

I’m in the process of reading it currently. Although I’ve had it for about a year now.

I am a huge believer in The Law of Attraction and this book as been mentioned by all of my mentors and people I look up within this successful world.

From the moment I started my “life journey” I keep coming across this book for the #1 reason of everyone’s success.

I fully intend to apply it to my success too.
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dylanrieger Premium
The great thing about that book is you can read 10 times and learn something new everytime
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HeidiY Premium
Your comment has made me drag out my dog eared copy for another read. Thank you.
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CyndiM Premium
Again, great information, and thank you for all the links to examples of successful websites. I'm making notes and bookmarking pages. I wanted to ask in general about how many sites you might have going at any one time. I see a lot of successful people that mention websites, not just website.
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mgranados2 Premium
Thanks for sharing this training Dylan. I had a question, since I work within the back pain industry. I'm currently working on mattress toppers, and did a keyword search, and I found the right one. But a mattress topper vs a back pain mattress topper can differ. Im dividing them into diffferent material(foam, cotton, latex etc), and would it make more sense at the very end to add my top 5 for back pain rather then mixing them at the start?

My keyword does not include lower back pain. Thanks.
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phakacha8 Premium
You can always relate lower back pain as additional hint at the end.
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HazelH Premium
If you continue with your present idea and then maybe write another review/post on toppers best for back pain and provide links between the two.

I am suggesting this as the training I have just done has said that having internal links within your site is liked by Google when ranking.

Hope this helps
Hazel
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mgranados2 Premium
That's a great idea. I'll have to highly consider this option. Thank you.
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mgranados2 Premium
I'm going to add a little bit to it at the end talking about lower back pain, and i might link it to another review page for best mattress toppers in back pain.

Thanks for being helpful!
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phakacha8 Premium
That's nice. All the best.
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Noteboom Premium
Brilliant, huge benefit of this, thank you.
I see that this idea works very well with a method on the other end I have been studying and it should work very well together. But I like to ask you about a few things if ok.

1. If we don´t think about the work saving, is it wise to come with new posts each year? Like best ideas from Dylanrieder 2018, and next year; Best ideas from Dylanrieder 2019. Or is it useless to use from 2018 and just change the year on the post from this year?

2. I have tried to use the same theme on my Amazon website. And have had only text plus image photos of the product. But I see a lot of benefits to using video after each product on the long Best of posts. Have used video on other site and it was great there but more difficult on this site. But is it wrong to have the best of posts under one page and have them special with a lot of videos?
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tommo1968 Premium
Go to lesson 5 at the bottom you will see that Dylan has already pointed out the use of years in the title not the URL.

Videos are a good bounce deterant and provide loads more info.
Check out this post by @Dylanrieger on the subject of doing your own best of videos.
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Noteboom Premium
He didn´t. My question was if it was useful to have both. I had seen what you had in mind.
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tommo1968 Premium
It makes no sense to have it in the url as that will not be able to be used well going forward. The option of a generic url with the title changeable is best.
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Noteboom Premium
You never ever put year in url
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tommo1968 Premium
No it becomes locked in then, if you change the URL you loose all links to it.

Why would someone look at a page that says "best products 2015" when it is 2018?
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Noteboom Premium
It is marketing and authority qestion
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MVeronicaG Premium
Hello Dylan,

I have been here for 9 months and I still haven´t been able to make any money at all. I know this process takes time and, I am working hard to make it happen.

I am going to put your training in practice right away.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you so much for all your advice.

Verónica
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Eugene Premium
Dylan, thanks for this training. It is a brilliant "best guide" on how make money using Amazon. I got here because one of our affiliate is making money based on your teaching. You are a genius! I never did anything with Amazon because of the low commissions, but looking at it this way, we are thinking outside the box. Marvelous training, I'll be checking you other training. Thank you Dylan
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MBreece Premium
I could not stop reading this. I wasn't even supposed to be still working on my website stuff and was supposed to have started reading for a book review. Couldn't leave this info though. wonderful training. I will have to figure out how to make this work for my already existing niche. They should really link to some of this kind of stuff before you pick a niche. I have 16 or so posts already and don't think changing niches is a good idea.
Maryann
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Marley2016 Premium
Wow Dylan, you have opened so many doors here, I would like you to know your training is so valuable and you shared here on WA to help everyone! That is called a saint in my book, Bless you and your family you are a very wonderful person. I have added you to my follow and hopefully you will follow me back but I think I may have to try this best thing I really like it and I do not mind doing research for it. As a matter of fact I am working on my third website, it is about dogs, and I am researching my butt off for information, keywords, content, and products to advertise relating to my site. It is difficult and very broad let alone getting approval from all the Affiliate Sites I need to promote their products, still waiting on three of them for approval. Once again thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea!!!!!!
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WAPablo Premium
What a fantastic training and how nice of you to share.
You are great Dylan, thank you very much! I am so glad I came across your post and your training!
Needless to say, I am following you now!.
Some of the best additional content I have seen in WA so far.
A million thank yous!
Pablo
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RHarding1 Premium
Hi Dylan,

Many thanks for this very clear and concise guide to your strategy. I have to say it is one of the best articles I have read here at WA in terms of subject, results, teaching, guidance and motivation.

I will definitely be following you from now on.

Thank you again,

Richard
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tommo1968 Premium
Hi guys, another update for you. June was best month to date. Organic traffic is up as is my Pinterest traffic. I jumped on the tailwind app and have my pins on auto now which will save me so much time daily.

Currently getting 150 per day from there along with close to that organic so I'm sitting in close to 9k per month total traffic. Of that inconsistently hitting 100 clicks per day to Amazon and other programs.

I opened up my traffic to not only go to the big A as I hear so many horror stories of getting banned from there so not all my eggs are now in the one basket. It's early days there no sales yet but clicks are starting to make it.

With those 100 clicks per day on Amazon I passed the 200 dollar mark for the first time. Next goal is 500 dollars p/m by year end.

Loads more to do but the system works guys so put the effort in and you will be rewarded.
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SteveMand Premium
Great stuff! I really need to look into Tailwind, as I've head so many good things about it. Is it paid or free?

Remind me how old your site is, how many posts in total you have in total and how many best of posts?

Congrats!
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tommo1968 Premium
Tailwind is Free for 100 pins then you need to pay cost about £90 for the year when converting from dollars. Not bad when you see the payback.

Website is 4 years old now and was sending traffic to eBay before I started converting. Has 100 posts, 4 best ofs where the sales are coming from. As of Jan I wasn't making and sales on Amazon and put my first best of up end of Jan. Didn't start to see sales until end Feb and its been increasing since.
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skmorrow Premium
Thanks for the update Mark. I am glad you are having some success, that is motivating for me.

I think it's a great idea to diversify as well, and not have all links going to Amazon.

With the best of posts, Amazon sells a wide variety of everything, so they are by far the easiest vendor to use, at least for me. I will explore others when I get consistent traffic.

Keep up the good work!
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tommo1968 Premium
Amazon does indeed have a good selection however in my niche they don't do a lot of the top products. More middle of the road to cheap which is OK for most buyers.

I do have some readers looking the real top end stuff and I had to join other programs to be able to do that.

I have also set up an eBay account so I can send some traffic their too. There are always options its good to keep looking into them.
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Zarina Premium
Nice to hear your progress, Mark! We have similar traffic stats (though hits to Amazon are 75 max). July has been the best month yet for me too, around $250 there.

A bit slow on Pinterest and overall the number of posts is less than I expected it to be. Overall, am glad with the progress, it might be pretty slow but sure is upwards!
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tommo1968 Premium
$250 is a good figure and one you can use to increase.

If you can I would put some of that money back into buying content. I use a writer on iwriter that costs me $11.50 per 1000 words. I get reviews done so I can concentrate on the best of posts.

Invest to increase is the way to go. You will have to coach the writer into how you want the posts created but its doable and working for me. Happy to pass on my thoughts if you want.
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Zarina Premium
Yes, always will be glad to hear your thoughts! Actually, at the moment I have Dom's HPD writers doing info/how-to posts for me.

I once ordered a review from them, but I didn't like it, totally different from my writing and very "tech-y" like.

That's why for now I will do reviews and best of posts myself until I find a writer who's familiar with my niche.

I pay $140 for 4 articles in 1000 words. (Costs more than on the usual freelance platforms). Which platform do you use yourself?
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tommo1968 Premium
Interesting I found the opposite I couldn't get info writers but reviews were fine. You need to know the niche to be able to talk about it and found the infos were just wordy and not really helpful.

I'm using iwriter at the minute I had several writers do stuff before I found one that works for me. You have to direct them into your way of thinking. Still haven't found an info one yet so I'm working on them. I use premium at 11.50 usd for 1000. :)
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Zarina Premium
Interesting! In my case, camera reviews written by someone who has zero knowledge about it can be hmmm just not that good in my personal opinion. But how-to posts on photography work fine.

Thanks for sharing the info, I will keep that platform in mind, in case I switch writers :)
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JKulk1 Premium
Thank you so much Dylan. I am constantly amazed by the amount of help and information that's available to all when you join Wealthy affiliates. Your Lesson just opened my eyes to a whole new world. Now I'm going to get into my training and finish my website so that I can go back over your lesson and implement your ideas.. Thanks again. Jim
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Mark903 Premium
Hi Dylan

I came across your post by chance .....and have been referring back to it and associated posts ever since.
Thanks for sharing some great tips and information.

My site is relatively new (8 months on) and have only written around 15 posts (which included 2-3 individual reviews) .
Following your advice I've just posted a 'best of' post in last week
3600 words (okay only 3 external links / 2 internal links) but tried to follow to the letter your advice.
Searches - 415 / Comp - 34
Wow - it was on 1st page of google in 24 hours, and like you said it ranks for other keywords (on pages 3-4 google)
The only down size is I am still to make any sales yet.

Just a quick question really - my post had 2018 in it and when written I put in title '10 best (product) 2018' - would it be better to also put 10 into URL in front of keyword to rank as a lot of best of posts I see on Page 1 have (5 or 10) in it.

Any feedback or help would be greatly appreciated....or even PM me and check out my site if you have time. You seem to be doing a lot of things really well !!!

Thanks again
Mark
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tommo1968 Premium
Congrats on the ranking.

My take would be not to tie yourself down with the number 10. What if next year 3 are discontinued and you can't get 3 to replace them or your find 5 that you want to add to make it 12.

If you place it in the title and not the URL you can change every year. In fact some website change every season the same post. So it can be spring, summer fall etc.

That why your post can stay relevant and increase or decrease in products for the foreseeable future.
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Mark903 Premium
Makes sense - thanks for the feedback and advice !
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gmiranda3 Premium
Hi Dylan, I just joined WA as a premium member this week, so I'm not quite at the third course of WA's training yet, so it'll be a little while until I can get to yours...but I'm looking forward to it! Thank you for sharing your training with us. I hope it's still free by the time that I get to it :)
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sprbst53 Premium
I am in the process of trying this. It sounds like it might work with some practice. I have found that I love doing the research for these exercises. As a school teacher I bet you like doing research too.
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tudogz Premium
Great stuff Dylan. Well written.
This should be recommended reading for all new members. I'll certainly be recommending it to anyone needing advice in the future.
I wish I had seen this when I first started, it would have saved me so much time, effort, money, and heartbreak. LOL.
I wasted my first year chasing the bootcamp route as I couldn't decide on a niche. (common refrain, hey?)
Now I'm back on track (hopefully) as a niche marketer.
Thanks again.
Thomas.
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Biene14 Premium
Why do you feel you wasted your time with the bootcamp route?
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tudogz Premium
It's just soooooo competitive. There must be hundreds, if not thousands (or so it seems) of sites competing for a slice of the same pie.
Having said that, I do know some who have been successful at promoting WA but many get disheartened and end up quitting altogether. (I nearly did)
I certainly won't be abandoning my MMO site though, just concentrating on my niche sites.
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Michf1 Premium
Thank you so much Dylan, for taking the time to write all this training for us. I was in two minds whether to continue with my niche website or to go down the bootcamp route, as it seemed more straightforward, but now you've given me the confidence and knowledge to carry on with my niche site. Thank you!

All the best,
Michelle :)
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Alisia33 Premium
Can you have give me some pointer on how to actually insert my link a and pictures to my page I like the lay out of the videos you have posted and I think those ideas is just what I’m going to go for. I’m having problems inserting my link and pictures on my website. If you have a min. do you mind helping me with this problem?
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Zarina Premium
It's recommended that you go through the training, it's all there.
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sprbst53 Premium
i am taking your advice and started writing a 3000 to 4000 word post. I got an email this afternoon from Amazon stating that since I haven't sold anything in 6 months I no longer have access to them. I emailed them telling them what I was in the middle of and hope they understand. Any suggestions from anyone?
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Zenicek Premium
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do but resubmit your application to amazon and update all your links again. I know its really painful
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Marlinda1 Premium
You can reapply right away. I did and now my old links are getting clicks again too which reactivated the old one so now I have 2 IDs lol.
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nudge1969 Premium
Unfortunately there's not much you can do now apart from re-join. You'll also have to modify all your affiliate links again.
I got online chat with Amazon about 3 weeks before my 6 month period expired and said I need the period extended. They said 'No'. Told me my links will need to be changed when I re-apply.
I had heard (within WA) that if you join 'OneLink' (part of Amazon to link various countries) the 6 month period will not expire.
I created a UK & Canada account and linked them through OneLink. It seemed to work as the 6 month period expired 6-7 weeks ago and I haven't been suspended. Still no sales either! (newish website, 4 months in, expect sales in 1-2 months time). Maybe try this for next time.
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CandP Premium
Hello Dylan, we just have to follow you. We are not quite there in our training, but we love what you are talking about and as soon as we get a little further along, we will come back to this. Looks great. Thank you for your generosity in sharing this information. Continued success to you. Colette and Philip
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TheBlessing3 Premium
6 Figure Website, I'm all in. However, I will take your advice before beginning the lessons. Thank you for caring enough about others to share your experience with us. You just don't care about your success but the success of others, and that matters a whole lot. Blessings to you and your family!
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nudge1969 Premium
G'day all
I'm interested to know how you're all going with Dylans training.
Is there anyone that has implemented this strategy with a new website? If so, has your site started ranking yet and getting traffic? How many months in are you? etc. Just curious.
For your info, I started a new website with this strategy in mind. Now at 4 months, no traffic but don't expect it for another 1-2 months. Just plugging away everyday!
Not sure how it's going to go, my niche may be too broad but this does give me more opportunity for article ideas.
By the way, thanks for the inspiration Dylan. I know you sold your website, have you started a new one?
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MarlaineB Premium
Hey nudge1969... I started mine about 6-7 months ago. I have about 100-150 visitors a day currently, and am making sales every other day or so now. It did take up to around 6 months to start seeing things start to head upwards.
I am not working as quickly as I'd like though - just 24 posts so far (not all Best Ofs). But I'm confident this can work.
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nudge1969 Premium
Awesome Marlaine. Thanks
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Zarina Premium
I'm having similar results as you Marlaine. Almost identical in terms of age and # of posts and having sales every other day lol.

Nigel - I am definitely confident this strategy works, just try to target not too broad keywords.

Gl everyone!
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nudge1969 Premium
Nice work Zarina. Hope your sales pick up even more.
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Zarina Premium
Thank you! Am working on it more and more as these sales only inspire me further. And once I have a steady income of minimum $3000-5000, I will take more days off lol.
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DerekSmith Premium
I've been thinking about this a lot lately.
Do you wait until all the 'how to' posts are done, as well as the 'best of' lists and then publish the site? Or do you publish the 'how to' posts and when traffic is coming in, then publish the list posts?
Or something completely different?
Do you have a strategy for when to publish posts on the site?
Thanks in advance
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SteveMand Premium
As soon as your site is indexed Derek it is 'published' just write and post content when and as you have time.
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tommo1968 Premium
I have been posting a couple of infos, a best of and then a few reviews, then repeat. I think a mix up is better than straight list posts.
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DerekSmith Premium
I'm not sure that my question is clear, so I'll try again.

If I understand the gist of the original post, the info articles are there to draw traffic and the "best of + year" posts (the ones with the amazon affiliate links) are the ones that generate the income. Individual reviews could also contain affiliate links, but my understanding was that the lists are the income generators.

With this in mind, I was asking if there was a proven strategy that determines the order in which content is added to the site.
I realise that there will be a varied mix of different kinds of content, the order of posting is the question for me.
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SteveMand Premium
I post one review, one info post, and one best of post for every three posts.

It is actually the Best Of posts that are there to draw the traffic, the info posts are just to balance out the affiliate content.
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tommo1968 Premium
There is no correct process we are all trying different things. It seems posting too many best ofs in a bunch has seen them not get ranked so we are all mixing them up with info and reviews to help the website and the best ofs get indexed.

Info posts will draw traffic it will just not be sales ready traffic unless the question answered is something like "what is a good patio pressure washer" whereas "how to fix my pressure washer" will get traffic just not buyer traffic.

The sales ready ones like the reviews and best ofs are the money posts and ones you then link to from the info posts to drive internal traffic.
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DerekSmith Premium
Thanks Tommo and Steve for taking the time to clear things up. I have a much clearer idea for going forward.
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sprbst53 Premium
It seems like there are several different strategies you can try when beginning affiliate marketing. This is one seems very interesting and I going to try it and every ones input is very insightful.
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sprbst53 Premium
I have to tell you this is very insightful. Right now I only have about 8 hours a week to work on my website. I do love researching for new posts. Did you mean that your posts are several weeks apart and if so how many do you post in a year?
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costasgucc Premium
Hey Dylan, your post and previous posts was very useful and informative, but my niche is marketing. I want to provide to the people ways to make money online with different methods. Anyway, I don't like that I have to write articles for different services from different companies and I have to put affiliate link from several platforms and that's the only thing that I don't like. I can't manage so many platform links and display it on the posts for rach service and also I have to check in each affiliate program if someone made a purchase. That's not smart way and I don't know what to do. I don't want to promote services from different affiliate programs. Imagine that I will promote products from clickbank, I promote WA and other sources of marketing education on how to make money online. I don't know how to manage this! Please help!
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shadonna Premium
Hi Dylan, great info, i am currently working on a number of best of posts i have published 3, however looking forward a lot of products in my niche score well on Jaaxy, however, they don't score at all with the year inserted. If i want for example, best leather bags 2018. the score may look like this i.e. <10 <10 <10
what do you suggest please.
Thanks Shane
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michelissa88 Premium
When you research your keywords on Jaaxy, always search for the year before, ex: best leather bags 2017. You will see the correct search volume, competition, etc..
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shadonna Premium
Thanks Michel, i will go and try that
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nudge1969 Premium
Hey Shane. Don't worry about the year not ranking on Jaaxy. You're ranking for the keyword only. Adding the year on the end just makes people click through as they see that it's recent. Just don't include the year in the URL. That way you can change the year...each year. Just add it in the title. Then modify the URL if you have to, to remove the year. Hope that makes sense.
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michelissa88 Premium
Sorry but that's not true. A keyword with the year is different than a keyword without one. It's easier to rank for: "Best microwavs for 2018" then for "Best microwaves".
That's the point that Dylan is trying to show through this training.
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nudge1969 Premium
Yeah a keyword with the year will rank easier. That’s why I’d tag it on the end, so I can rank for both. Maybe I misinterpreted. Interesting to see Dylan now suggests ‘feature’ and ‘product’ in the keyword. This is what I’ve been doing previously with year on the end. Another couple of months and I’ll start finding out what works and what doesn’t.
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StefanieT Premium
Hi there, was just reading through and saw this post. Can you please tell me what you mean by adding the words 'feature' or 'products'? Or give an example, I never saw this part in the training. Thanks a lot :-)
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nudge1969 Premium
Here Stefanie, Dylan's more recent blog.
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pinkthistle Premium
thank you for sharing all this information. I am overwhelmed (in a good way) at the incredible amount of information on this site. I will have to do some thinking about how to apply the best of posts to art/design/jewelry. (any ideas? open to any you would have) my niche is so broad because I am an artist/jewelry maker and designer so its easy to write about that and it all fits together perfectly ,- but also in the process of another site that may be an easier application... anyway, I am going to check out each resource you mentioned - still a little overwhelmed with it all and I am in course 4 at WA - just so much information !!! but, I wanted to say thank you for sharing this info and it got me thinking (will probably create a dozen post ideas LOL)
have an absolutely wonderful day!
Corey
www.WeAreByPinkThistle.com
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Twoscribe Premium
It’s great that you share all the details that make you successful. This is just what newbies like myself need to see most. Simple, consiise details about just what to do! It helps so much to break down the overload of information we are all hit with when starting online.

Your simple, to the point writing style is wonderful for teaching others, please keep putting up trainings for WA? I know you have limited time, you sound like a busy and successful guy, but the benefit to the community is beyond compare. Thanks from the heart of all us “newbies” here at WA!
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JosephGon1 Premium
Hello, dylanrieger,
I just read finished reading your post here, and I will be very interested in learning more from you. I just finished with the first lesson here an ready to start on number 2. Funny thing is, the day I finished with lesson 1 my chromebook just stopped wanting to connect with wifi. So as soon as I can get this worked out, I will be back. I hope hear from you ?
Have a wonderful evening.

Joseph
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tommo1968 Premium
Just another monthly update, 3 months in and posts continue to climb. Organic traffic is now doubled from last month and traffic to Amazon has almost doubled also. (over 2K CTR's) From that my referrals have also doubled. Whoop!

I didn't put any best of posts up this month instead did 4 review posts to cover some of the best of posts already there.

I have another best of ready to go almost and more reviews. I'm going to tipple in a few info posts also so I'm covered to get May sorted.

I'll pop back to show how I get on.

Bear in mind this is done on about 10-15 hours a week.

The system works so keep at it guys.
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Nrichards Premium
Hello and thanks so much for the updates and the encouraging words it lets us know that this business really works. Wishing you the best of success.
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Zarina Premium
Love your updates man :)

Lately I have 50-70 visitors/day on average, and about 15-20 clicks to Amazon for the last few days. A few orders, mostly minor (only one order in my niche).

According to Amazon, the conversion for now is about 7%, is that good in your opinion?

I am a lot slow on articles than Dylan and just optimized older posts that are really popular (2-3 posts out of the 16 or something).
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tommo1968 Premium
10-12% is the basic limit. I'm only at 2% but a lot of my traffic is coming from Pinterest. So don't sweat 7% that to me is great at this stage. Once you get decent traffic you can start to tweak the sales pages etc.
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Zarina Premium
Thanks Mark! (I am pretty sure your name is Mark but your name throws me off and I keep doubting myself lol).
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tommo1968 Premium
It is indeedy Mark! Thats my nickname I'm using on the account. :-)
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VonnieOh Premium
Hi Dylan,

Thanks for the helpful training. Just curious, do you own and test all the products that you review on your sites? For me, it's quite impossible to own all the things that I want to review. What are your thoughts about reviewing products that you have not personally tested and tried?
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SteveMand Premium
I'd say 95% of the people who are successful don't own the products they review and I might be wrong but I presume Dylan doesn't.

Just research them properly and make it sound confident and you will be fine.

In some ways a review based upon the reviews of lots of other people is actually more rounded than a review based purely on your own experiences.
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nudge1969 Premium
Correct. Going through the Q & A's and reviews can give you great insights to a product.
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Hi Dylan,

I read your tutorial and it was truly informative indeed. I have a couple of questions that you might be able to help me with.

The continued increase in income that you get month over month is due to recurrent sales or mainly due to the continued increase in exposure to the sites content due to the new articles and better SEO? I'm guessing the second, but still :)

And another question regarding location. I am situated in Europe at the moment and am interested to know if you have any recommendation regarding the many different domains of amazon in Europe. I mean .de, .co.uk, .fr and so on.
I'm guessing in this case you need to be much more specific in targeting these regions?

What would you recommend? Focus my efforts in the US or try to target specific countries in the EU?

Thanks for the training and the info!

Kind regards,
Janice
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One more thing as well.
How vulnerable are you to a penalty from Google? How often does something like this happen? From what I gather it can be a killing blow to a business.
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dylanrieger Premium
The increase in revenue is just from adding more profitable content and getting more sales. And I don't really know much about European markets tbh or even how to target countries outside of the US
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dylanrieger Premium
To avoid penalties you just have to vary your keywords. Don't just focus on best of lists. You won't want more than half of your site best of posts
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tommo1968 Premium
Hi Janice maybe I can lend a hand, the increases are due to the combined effort of more best of posts getting added.

As content gets indexed and ranked and more is added it continues to push the older posts further forward up the rankings.

This increases traffic, click throughs and eventually sales.

On which Amazon account to use. I'm in the UK but target US as its a bigger market and I get 65% of my traffic from there.

I know I'm not specifically targeting any country and if I did I would still not get the traffic or sales that the US can deliver.

You can of course do keyword research for locations to see if there is traffic beforehand.

However, my thoughts are use the biggest market out there.
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JoshEllery Premium
Hey man, hope everything is going good. Been six months since I started this website and the Amazon commissions are starting to come in now through these best of posts

These are so much better than doing regular reviews on one product (unless it is a program or membership service). I think they should be included on the wealthy affiliate training for everyone to access.

Thanks once again and hoping to see even better results in the future :-)
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dylanrieger Premium
Glad to hear it!
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YourBizTips Premium
Hi Dylan,

All going well. I had a very encouraging start, but for the past couple of weeks, although I have some traffic, but no sales. I have read somewhere that Google made some changes in their algorithm recently, so we will see.

One thing that I think you are suggesting is to include some Q&A and/or customers' comments, right?

So my question is: Do you just copy and use those as is, or, do you rewrite it so that it is unique?

Thanks very much.

John
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HeidiY Premium
Newbie question - how do I change the url to my best of review.

Do I publish the post with best slow cookers as the title and that’s the url I get, and then go back and change the title to best slow cookers of 2018 and just update the post?
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JackieSmith Premium
You can change the title and have the URL as something different. Just make sure before you publish, recheck the URL.

I've noticed that if I save the post before I publish, sometimes the URL takes the description of the title which isn't always what I want.
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nudge1969 Premium
Exactly as @jackiesmith said. Next to your URL there is an edit button. Make sure you edit the URL to your correct keyword and save it as a Draft before Publishing. I do this before I even write my post. Once the post is Published it will start to rank, so you don't want to change the URL after it starts ranking.

As @dylanrieger suggests, you can then edit the year in the title and keep the same URL.
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HeidiY Premium
You can only change the url in WP though right?

So if I creating content in Site Content, with the title Best Slow Cooker and publish, then go into WP the URL should be /best-slow-cooker, publish there and then go and edit the post title only (not the URL) and add 2018.

Have I understood the process correctly?
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nudge1969 Premium
Yes you can do it that way. I think Site Content gives you an option to publish to Draft or save as draft. I may be wrong though, I decided against using Site Content.
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nudge1969 Premium
Just checked out Site Content. You can change the permalink (URL) when you publish a post or page.
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JackieSmith Premium
Yes. That's correct.
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HeidiY Premium
Thanks heaps Jackie and everyone for your comments and helping a newbie out, most appreciated.

Just in time for the weekend, I better get my skates on and start those "best of" blogs now I know what to do with the URL.

Thanks again.
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JackieSmith Premium
You're welcome Heidi.

All the best!
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StefanieT Premium
Hi Dylan, thanks for the great training. I just have one question, I noticed that some of the items that I would love to do best of posts about already have competition in the search engine under the exact keywords of 'Best of... 2018. Would you still do a best of post even if others had done it? Or is it a waste of time? Thanks
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SteveMand Premium
I am sure you can outrank them Stefanie :) Just look at the competing posts and make yours bigger and better. I am pretty certain there will be Best Of posts for most items regardless.
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dylanrieger Premium
The most profitable best of lists are going to have competition - you just have to beat them!
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StefanieT Premium
Nice answer Dylan, and thanks :-)
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StefanieT Premium
Yes, you are right...thanks for giving me hope :-)
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tommo1968 Premium
Just wanted to give some feedback on how I'm getting on.

Started the process in Feb.

I have 3 best of posts done. I am doing info posts (5) along side and my rankings have been climbing for all.

Organic traffic has doubled again last month. As some of you are aware I use Pinterest to gain more sessions on the website but the CTR on them is low the organic traffic is better.

However I have more clicks to Amazon in the last two months than all last year and more sales. March seen me gain enough to pay for WA and Jaaxy with a bit spare. April is already looking good so I'm hopeful the trend is steadily increasing.

The process works just keep at it guys, maybe better to have some info posts alongside the best of's.
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dylanrieger Premium
Nice! Good to see it's working for people. I think the key is mixing in other keywords
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skmorrow Premium
That's great. I am continuing to write, been doing more informational posts recently. I am glad you are having success.
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Zarina Premium
Awesome updates, congrats!

My website is approximately 5 months old with 16 posts, I am getting almost 50 visits per day to my blog but less than 5 clicks on Amazon on average.

Could it be the issue with the CTA's?

Initially I started with red buttons, then decided to use text (clearly there was less CTR), now back to buttons but made new ones. Seems like CTR improved and more clicks on Amazon.

Do you have any thoughts on why this is happening?

P.S. 2 posts are doing pretty well, 1 page on Google and even 1st spot for some keywords. That's why expected more sales.

Although to be fair enough, I had 1 sale with about $18 in commissions this month and last month, so I guess that's pretty good too.
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tommo1968 Premium
5 out of 50 is 10% I think that is pretty good. I got a bit better at 19% CTR. 1500 out of 7800 for the month. Maybe you need the traffic improved to see it get better.

My CTR on Amazon is low only 1.4% for March, even though I'm getting traffic through they are not buying.

That has improved for April though, and already I have more sales than Feb and March combined. :)
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KennyLee Premium
Just an update on how this training is working for me.
I started creating Amazon buying guides for my blog in Feb. Now, I have about 10 of them, with one making it to the first page without the "2018"

Updated : Sales and Earnings in April doubled. There's definitely great potential with this method.
Number of orders
Feb, 2018 : 0
March, 2018 : 11
April, 2018 : 28

I'll be stepping up the momentum in April. How's everyone's progress with Dylan's training?
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SteveMand Premium
Out of interest is this a brand new site or is it a site you already had running?
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KennyLee Premium
Not a new site. But haven't got much luck with generating revenue until I tried this.
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HeidiY Premium
That is really encouraging to read, my site is only new but I’m hoping by doing some best of’s I can pick up the pace a bit.
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KennyLee Premium
I believe it takes around 3-6 months before a new site starts to rank, whether it's for best posts or informational types.
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HeidiY Premium
Yes I am not expecting to see much ranking or traffic until at least the end of this year. I'm trying to put it out of my head until then and not worry about the figures. I don't want to be disappointed LOL.

I'm trying to just concentrate on putting up the best content I can across lots of areas eg. teaching articles, opinion blogs, single product review, multi product review.
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Debs66 Premium
Hi,
I was thinking about trying out Amazon. Something I have never done yet.

I can honestly say this post is amazing and I shall be back here to reread this again it's so fabulously written and easy to follow.

Thank you for this. It kind of makes Amazon look good.
I am might just give it a go.

Thank you Dylan

Regards Debs ;-)
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skmorrow Premium
I am noticing that some of the products on these best of posts are no longer available on Amazon.com. Has anyone run into this? I tried to pick items that I thought would be there, but when you are choosing 20 of something, I guess maybe it's bound to happen.

I guess I need to go back and choose new items and add them in.

Also, if you don't mind sharing, what kind of FAQ's are you adding?
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Mikepawlik Premium
ANy product on Amazon has people asking questions. Use those questions and either peoples' answers or the manufacturer's response (which is common) to build out your FAQ section.

I remember Dylan stating this somewhere, but I can't recall where now.

I've also run into products that are either out of stock or discontinued. In all honesty, it doesn't really matter much (if at all) if your articles aren't ranking on the first page.

I'd only really change something if you're getting consistent traffic to those articles because you could be losing out on sales.
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skmorrow Premium
Thanks!

No real traffic to speak of so far.

I was thinking about adding content to some of my older posts to see if that would help.

I understand where you are coming from with not changing something until traffic dictates that, but adding more content is probably a good thing?

Thanks for your help.
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Mikepawlik Premium
Honestly, I am one of the single worst people to take advice from on WA because I have only made about 200 dollars (and that's CANADIAN! haha) all in all in my marketing efforts, and I've only recently hit 1,000 viewers per month.

I am really not too sure what makes things rank, what Google likes, how to convert traffic, what to change, what to add, when to update etc.... others will probably be way better suited to answer this.

As they say, I am a student, and even when I become a teacher, I'll always remain the student as well.
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skmorrow Premium
I like your honesty.

You have made more $$ and have more traffic than I do, so you are way ahead of me.

Some of my early posts were not very long and I look back and see that I can definitely improve them.

Funny how 2,500 words used to seem like a lot. Now I can add about 4,000 more words to some of these posts and I think I can make them better.
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tommo1968 Premium
Are you guys adding these posts into the commenting section here at WA? I have and got a few comments on each and with my replies which I try to expand on the keyword or add a link to another post I get extra content.

I have been doing this across my website and have over 400 comments added since Nov last year. It really does add to the post. I have seen posts rise from page 2 to top of page 1 with this method. I didn't do anything else to the post themselves just add comments.

I did a bit of training on it a while back needs updating to add the portal here but the concept is the same.
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skmorrow Premium
I do use the comments section and SiteComments. I have close to 400 comments on my site which I started in late November.

My site is still really new, so I just need to be more patient. What I don't understand is how other sites that are new seem to have success right away. Maybe it's the niche, who knows.

Anyway, I am going to add some content to my older best of posts and see if that does anything. Otherwise, I will just keep on writing new content.
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tommo1968 Premium
Your still under the 6 month sandbox with Google. I would keep working at it then see how things change after the 6 months.

It could be your not attacking the correct KW and they are harder to beat than you think. It's hard to say what's going on without a proper look.

You can PM me your details if you want me to check it over, not saying I have a magic wand but I may see something you have missed.
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skmorrow Premium
Thanks Mark. I am going to keep writing, because that's about all I can do right now :)

The good thing is I keep coming up with ideas, so I will keep pumping out more AMAZING content LOL!!

I may follow up with you just for fun.

Thanks again!
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tommo1968 Premium
No worries I'm on this thread a lot anyway as I'm following this training, I'm just doing it slightly different.

I'm using Pinterest to get a lot of traffic which I think is helping the overall process of getting google to notice my posts.

Time will tell!
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Mikepawlik Premium
Tons of people use Pinterest with outstanding results! This seems like a good strategy.
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tommo1968 Premium
Yea I have been getting increases in traffic from Pinterest and a few sales but it's still early in the process for me. My niche is very male dominated with Pinterest being very female but things are changing there too. We will see Mike!
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Mikepawlik Premium
I think I am "getting it" now... these massive buyer's guides articles probably won't really rank well until at least midway through the year.

The rankings on the buyer's guides I've made so far are still far away from page 1 with a couple of them actually ON page 1.

They're mostly between page 2 and 12, with one of them STILL not even indexed after almost 2 months of having written it. Google loves to behave strangely.
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skmorrow Premium
I found one of mine on page 2 of Bing. I wrote that about 3 months ago. The rest of mine are nowhere to be found on Google or Bing.

Have you been doing individual reviews as well?
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Mikepawlik Premium
Not really, I have maybe 2-3 "reviews" up on the site. I am really busting my head open trying to figure out how this all works.

I won't be spending any more time writing these massive buyer's guide articles (which are around 7,000 words each) until I see them producing results in the form of rankings and income.

The last thing I want for my site is to spend hundreds of hours creating 50 buyer's guides that never see the light of day and never produce an income.

What about yourself?
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dylanrieger Premium
Yeah I've same some slow rankings myself since December but a few just jumped onto page 1 this week with a few others getting within striking range. Google has made some major changes in the last few months and they could be targeting these type of guides. Time will tell!
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skmorrow Premium
I have not been doing the individual reviews for each of the items in the buyer's guides. I thought about testing that out, to see if that would help rankings.

Just today though I started looking at Bing and was surprised to find a post on page 2. I am not sure why my post is ranking decently with Bing.

What else are you going to write about if no more buyers guides?
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tommo1968 Premium
Create a FREE account with semrush, go to Domain Analytics, Organic research type in your full URL for the post, choose country data required, USA, UK etc and hit search.

In the results you will see all the total KW's the page is indexed for in the top 100. You will see the details of the top 10.

Do that for each post and check every week or so to see if they are climbing in a) number b) position. A quick way to see if progress is being made.

You can also do the domain overview (just the domain URL) to see total KW's indexed, a map of traffic, and backlinks etc.

I can say since I started this in Feb KW's have nearly doubled traffic organic traffic has doubled and the best of posts are moving in the right direction.

What interested me was the posts have a few hundred KW's indexed for them and with a bit of optimization these KW's could be pushed further up.

On top of this traffic to sales has increased. I'll do a proper update at the month end.
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Mikepawlik Premium
There are some good resources I am learning here:

1. Brian Dean from Backlinko has a great article on keyword research to target BUYER'S INTENT:

https://backlinko.com/keyword-research

2. Then there's a great article by Niche Pursuits also targeted towards "how to build a niche website" which is SUPER useful and awesome:

https://www.nichepursuits.com/how-to-build-niche-website/
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Mikepawlik Premium
That sounds awesome, look forward to seeing how this progresses Mark! Keep us updated. :)
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Mikepawlik Premium
Hey Dylan, that is good news. Couple of mine are up on page one, but in a really s**ty spot (9 or 10) so nothing to write home about (yet)...

I really do wonder if that is what's happening (with what you said about Google not liking these types of posts).

Let's see what happens.
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dylanrieger Premium
Hey, 10 and 9 isn't bad and I've had posts in those positions make me a good amount of money. It might all just be a waiting game tbh with these posts. But for now I've moved over to individual reviews. Also, over the last month I've added FAQ section to guides that were in the 9th and 8th spot on page 1 and they moved up to top 5. Maybe something you want to think about (my FAQ's were about 2000 words)
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Mikepawlik Premium
Dylan, always bringing highly valuable information to the people! I am definitely going to be going back and adding an FAQ.

Do you think it's just the fact that you're updating the guides that they're seeing a bump in rankings or an increase in the word count?

Anyway, thanks dude!
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dylanrieger Premium
100%.. the second it got reindexed it jumped up. It's a good to do when you see a post sliding in rankings.. just go back and add more info
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CherylK Premium
Hi Dylan...just went through this again and this time I'm actually going to implement your fantastic training.

But I wanted to tell you that the first link on this page (incomeaddon.com) connects to Synthesis Studio Press hosting instead of the website you were directing us to. Thought you'd want to check that out.
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dylanrieger Premium
Thanks the guy must have stopped his training!
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skmorrow Premium
I found the same thing.
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SantaFez Premium
Wow Thanks for this training Dylan
My mind is rolling with ideas and new understandings thanks to your clarifications.
I will start going through it all from tomorrow (its now midnight here) and will be more than happy to update you in a few months time when this all starts to bring in the $$$$

With much appreciation
Orion
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Mikepawlik Premium
Hey Guys,

How is it going? It's been about a month since we spoke and I wanted to chime in real quick.

It's been a little discouraging lately as I have about 13 buyer's guides up so far, and literally not one single one of them is up on page one.
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EDIT**: ONE out of the 13 is up on page one, in a pretty decent spot.
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In your professional experience, would you personally keep going with them at this point?

Seems like it could prove to be a waste of time in the long run.

I would have expected to have at least one or two of them sitting up in a good spot by now.

The first buyer's guide I wrote was on December 1st, so it's been 3 months - and that article started off in a good spot but dropped off of page one.

Not sure if I am doing something wrong, or if the competition is just too stiff out there.

Anyway, anyone have any insights?! Thanks everyone.
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Nadja3 Premium
Well, it might take some time... I am giving myself some time to get the business into shape.
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waian Premium
Are you regularly updating your articles (like a couple times a month)?
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Mikepawlik Premium
Well, the first time I wrote a buyer's guide was on December 1st, and I haven't really done much in terms of updating them since they're all pretty new still.
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SteveMand Premium
I think making a judgement after three months is way too soon.
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waian Premium
Okay. I would still try it if I were you.

I published an article in early February. A couple days later it was on page three or four (can't remember). I updated it a couple weeks later after it looked like it wasn't going to go any higher, and BAM it was on the first page.

Since then, it's been dancing between the first and second page, but at least it's significantly higher than it was prior to updating it.

I've done this with most of my articles to date, and have seen a significant increase in traffic to my site (80/day to about 200/day).

Recently Spencer Haws of Niche Pursuits published an article about updating content; it's worth a look: https://www.nichepursuits.com/update-website-content/
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Mikepawlik Premium
I agree with this- however, my site is over 10 months old now.
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Mikepawlik Premium
That sounds pretty legitimate. Might have to look into updating some things
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SteveMand Premium
Could possibly be to do with Dylan's latest post?
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dagrinsonis Premium
Congrats on your success! Your training thus far is very intriguing. I like the idea of best of reviews vs. reviewing one product thus far. I am going to follow your training all the way through because in the back of my mind, I am already planning my blog number 3, which would be a website that helps people to get prepared for a power outage. I moved to the Cleveland area 15 years ago, and boom, one month into it, me, my 4 teens, our dog, and my new husband and his cat ended up in a 4-5 day power outage. Needless to say, that experience shook me to the core. I had never been thru anything like that before and ever since then, I have wanted to do a blog that deals with that subject from every angle. So, in addition to my bootcamp lessons, I am going to follow your training through from start to finish. Thanks for putting this together. Donna
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PMbaluka Premium
I've followed your training your training to the end and I must appreciate you for the detailed information you have just shared with us here. I've been here for quite a while now but my websites haven't monetised upto now and I've several posts with around 4,500 words. Am not sure exactly what's my mistake but will continue working and following your example and will see what happens.

I'd like to a sample of your best of post please.

Thanks for sharing with us.
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RobinSxD Premium
I believe these can be found in lesson 5. In fact, I wouldn't be
surprised if some of these were his websites. Snucked in and everything ;-)
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JoshEllery Premium
posted my 7th best of post today with enough product ideas to take me close to 30. Gonna keep up these posts, they can be a bit straining at times writing up to 3000 words per 10 products but it is going to be worth it.

Even if I can't write enough content without typing fluff, I think it is also important to make use of the no follow option for affiliate links. In that way, if you wrote slightly less than expected, you can make sure google doesn't follow them resulting in your pages not getting targeted!

Thanks Dylan for the training
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dylanrieger Premium
Try adding a frequently asked question section on the bottom - do like 10 questions asked. That's an easy way to 1500 words extra
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SteveMand Premium
Actually I am interested in how long it takes people to write these best of post, mine are all over 6000 words no matter how hard I try to keep them brief! Usually takes me a week to research, write and publish them.

Not complaining as I know in the long run it will pay off, so I will keep on doing them, but just wondered how long it takes others.
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dylanrieger Premium
3 to 4 days for me for 6000-7000 words. I have a pretty good system at this point.
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SteveMand Premium
Thanks Dylan, you have now given up your job to do this right? So is that 3 to 4 days without a job? As opposed to my 6-7 days when I do it alongside my day job?
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dylanrieger Premium
yep but the time line was the same when I was working full time
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SteveMand Premium
What is your secret!? For me it is doing the research in Amazon reviews that takes most of the time! I should add I write for a living in my day job - so really I should be ok with that side of things, but maybe I could speed that up also some how!
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dylanrieger Premium
I just do product research on 5 best of lists in one day. So I get the links and titles for all those guides. After that I just write them one after another.

So if it's best 16 post, I'll write the intro and frequently asked questions one day - this will get me to around 2800 words.

Then I spend the next two days writing the product descriptions. I always do my editing after reach day. So whatever gets written today, I read through it twice and make some changes.
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tommo1968 Premium
I'm with you Steve a week at least, then some tweaking, then I do an info post so probably 2 weeks for every best of to now.
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MarlaineB Premium
Hey Steve, It takes me about 1-1.5 weeks to get a lengthy post done as well. Glad to see I'm about the same as some of you others.
(I have a hard time keeping my "buying guide" short enough, I think. I'm scared it'll make people click away if it's too long before getting to the reviews.)
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Mikepawlik Premium
this is a very good idea Dylan
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SteveMand Premium
Thanks Dylan. What kind of research do you do?

For instance if I am researching a best of guide I compile my list of products and then I spend maybe 30 minutes research each product - ie the pros and cons and spec. So for a list of ten that is five hours work - which I don't mind, but I just wondered how you manage to do the research for 5 lists in one day? That would take around 25 hours using my method so there must be a way I can get it tighter!

Thank you!
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MarlaineB Premium
Hey Steve. Great question. I'm interested in reading answers to this too. Here's what I've found has been working for me, maybe it'll help:
When I research I do a ton of copy-pasting from everything I can read on the product - from specs, customer comments, Q&As;, etc. Pros, cons, info, etc. I do this for all 10-15 products, one after the other, and this takes maybe 2-3 hours. (My word count is like 10,000 by then haha).
I find this approach works well for me because I get a high level overview of all of the products... and I can start getting an idea of what's special about each one on the list. (I *bold* the unique features in the copy-pasted stuff as well as I go.)
After I've done all this, I start putting everything in my own words and writing my reviews. (I am SUPER careful not to plagiarize.) I delete the copy-pasted comments as I go, as I decide if I want to include that idea or not. (By the time I'm done, I'm back at 5,000 words or so.)
Hope that makes sense!
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SteveMand Premium
That is exactly what I do. I'd say it takes me around 5 hours to do the research. Then I also have the information to use at the later point if I decide to do an individual product review.

Then I just write them all up into my own words and keep all the notes I have made in a separate file for future use.
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tommo1968 Premium
I think as you continue with the process it will get easier and quicker. Its a lot of info to gather at one time. I have done 2 x 25 best of 10,000 words approx each and it took a long time.

I think I know what Dylan is thinking, do all the research for 5 posts at one time. Maybe over a day or two then get back to writing and as you go it will make it easier.

If you think a 1000 word review will take about 2-3 hours by the time you research, write and format. So 10000 should be about 20-30 hours and for me only having 2-3 hours per night that takes nearly 2 weeks. So I think I'm on target.

Rome wasn't built in a day and to produce unique quality content its going to eat up hours. So I guess were are stuck with the process.

To keep me from going mad I stick an info post in between each best of so I can see the normal process moving also.

I have given myself to the year end to see how this is working. I'm hoping for 24 best of's and 12 info's. If I can get that I think I be happy as long as the traffic continues to grow.

Keep her lit people" :-)
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SteveMand Premium
I agree on your timescales actually - it is about the same for me and it is about being patient.

Also I intend, as hopefully I slowly build an income, to outsource individual review and information posts. So I can go from posting once a week to 2/3 a week which should expedite the process!
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YourBizTips Premium
Second Amazon sale today, just a little over second month after launching my new "best of" Dylan's style website.

First sale was for $150, this one is for $250. Total earning so far = $32!

We are getting there as traffic is on the increase!

- Am I right the believe that I needed my 2 confirmed sales within the first 3 months for my Amazon account to be approved?

- Any idea what should be a good conversion rate for Amazon?

Thanks Dylan for bringing us a new way and hope in making money online.

Best wishes from the south of France!

John ツ
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dylanrieger Premium
Awesome.. you might need 3 in 6 months but it sounds like you'll get it. I think 6 percent is a good rate but you shouldnt really worry about it until you're getting more sales
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MsMoneyHoney Premium
Hi Dylan, I'm wondering which you use for CTA. You mention both a button and the site stripe. Or, do you only use the picture from site stripe and the button? Have you done any split testing between the button and a site stripe full banner ad? I'm wondering because I did not use the button. I went with the site stripe banner ad... wondering your thoughts on this. Thank you!
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dylanrieger Premium
I use dabutton.com to makes buttons and I get pictures from all over the place.
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MsMoneyHoney Premium
Sorry, I wasn't specific enough... In your training post, you mention that you use both site stripe and dabutton factory. Have you done split testing on what's better: dabutton or a full banner ad of the product with site stripe? Or, do you only get the image of the product from site stripe and use dabutton as your CTA?
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dylanrieger Premium
Sometimes I'll snip product photos from other websites.. it's kind of frowned upon but as long as your taking stock photos and not personal I feel like it's not bad. And no split testing.
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MsMoneyHoney Premium
Well, ok, so ...you just use the button as your CTA and nothing else. I'm just wondering whether the button is a better CTA than the site stripe product banner, that's all. Maybe the button gets clicked sooner or more often because the banner ad shows the price... ..food for thought...
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YourBizTips Premium
Yeeha!! As I promised that you would be the first to know when I made my first Amazon sale following this training. So, here it is Dylan: First sale today, exactly 2 months to the day after starting your training, not enormous ($200), but sufficient to encourage me, especially that it is my first Amazon sale ever.

Your system works Dylan. Thanks very much!

Best wishes from the south of France! (under snow today, very unusual)

John ツ
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MsMerry Premium
Congrats John that is awesome and we are in heavy winter conditions still here but very strange for your area. :)
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YourBizTips Premium
Thanks Merry. That's right, the last time I have seen that kind of snow in this part of France was at least 25 years ago. We never have snow here.

Keep warm.

John ツ
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dylanrieger Premium
That's awesome John.. the first is the hardest to get!
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tommo1968 Premium
Just a wee update for the folks following this thread.

I did 4 posts 2 best of and 2 info for the month of Feb. Totaling 22,000 words, I also had comments (100) totaling approx 10,000 words.

I shared my posts on Pinterest, Gentlemint, FB, Twitter and G+. I also have a mailing list which I didn't send to these posts but other posts on the website as the list is mainly UK subscribers and the best of's are set up for the US. (Although I have localization built in).

From that I got 991 clicks through to Amazon for 13 sales (US) and 4(UK) totaling $27. Considering in all of 2017 I had only 657 clicks with 30 sales for $33 I'm moving in the right direction.

NB: the website was sitting stale for most of 2017 as I worked on my eBay shop and traffic was around 1.5K per month.

For the month of Feb I hit 5.5K which was a 221% increase from Jan.

I know Dylan is doing this without social but I wanted to try something different. I still intend to continue adding best of posts and at the rate I'm going it will be 12-18 months before I hit the 30 Dylan suggested to reach decent sales. ($100 per day)

I take a lot of positives from this, my serps have increased as the total number of kw's indexed. If I can get the sales CTR's percentage on Amazon better the figures will increase well as its only at 1.3% some are seeing figures around 10-12% so that will make a huge difference. It maybe the traffic from pinterest is not targeted enough so hopefully when organic traffic increases this will increase also.

All the best, I'll give a further update next month. Hoping to get another 2 best of's and 2 info's done.
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dylanrieger Premium
Nice! I might have to get into a little social!
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Mikepawlik Premium
HI GUYS!!!!

I probably should have asked this a long time ago - but how many affiliate links per product?

Is it alright to have one link on the product image and then one more in the call to action "CHECK PRICING" button, or just do the one single link in the CTA button?

Perhaps this is what's dropping the rankings I've enjoyed in the top 5 down to the very bottom of page 2.

Cheers guys!
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Labman Premium
Yes, it is fine to have 2 links to your product. 1 in the image and one in the CTA
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Mikepawlik Premium
Quick Status Update:

I have about 12 Buyer's Guides up so far (only one of them is a buyer's guide without the year in it, all 11 others are buyer's guides WITH the year in it just like Dylan teaches).

There is probably enough material for me to write for the next 12-24 months across verticals and horizontals as well.

For my "main niche" content I'll be writing probably another 20-30 Buyer's Guides bringing me to around 35-45 in total, and once I hit the horizontals as well, I can expect to do another 50+ buyer's guides.

This all takes time, and there's no way I can do another 80-100 buyer's guides in any less than 12-24 months and I'll be making damn sure to update this thread when something significant happens!

Thanks y'all.
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dylanrieger Premium
Sounds good! Keep everyone updated!
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Mikepawlik Premium
Hey just a quick question Dylan - what do you personally do with your menu? Do you place all the "Buyer's Guides" into your menu for people to be able to navigate to it, or do you just rely on Google rankings to drive traffic.

If you put them into the menu, seems like it would get crowded after a while.

Cheers
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dylanrieger Premium
I just put it in the menu and separate by category. Sometimes I'll combine categories in the menu to save space.
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Mikepawlik Premium
awesome. Will keep that in mind.
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tommo1968 Premium
Read my mind!

I was thinking of creating a page called Best of guides or something and put a preview of all the posts in there. Then a big button on the navi bar to click to it.

That way the navi bar doesn't get overloaded and I will have an easy way to get people coming to the site by other links to see the best of posts.

What do you think?
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MsMerry Premium
I like the 'Buyers Guide' idea you have. Looking forward to the updates.
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Mikepawlik Premium
It's really not the "buyers guide idea I have"...

This is what dylan's entire training is centered around....

so it's actually dylan's idea... just FYI :)

Hope it works out for you!
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MsMerry Premium
Sorry, Michael, my thinking was going in another direction. :)
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Mikepawlik Premium
No need to be sorry - but I think Dylan deserves the praise and recognition because he's helping us all out a hell of a lot! :)
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skmorrow Premium
How old is your site? Mine is about 3 months and I have 32 posts, 12 buyers guides and I am nowhere to be found anywhere on Google. I am using low QSR KW's, nothing over 50.
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Mikepawlik Premium
I wrote my very first article and published it on May 5th, 2018 so nearly 10 months ago.

One thing I must say is that it's a HELL of a lot harder than what WA alludes to - but do not give up.

Some of my most obscure articles are page 1 now, but not too many of them.

Out of the 73 articles I've published, maybe 1-2 of them are up on page one, a handful more scattered around page 2, 3 and 6/7, and it'll probably stay like that until the magical 24 month mark to be honest.

It's the #1 reason people give up in this business. They just don't have what it takes to remain patience so my invitation to you is...

NEVER GIVE UP my man! It's not easy... but those who stick through the rough find the diamond. Stole that one from Aladdin haha.

Cheers my dude!
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skmorrow Premium
Wow, 10 months, well, that is interesting. I appreciate you telling me that. I have a long way to go, but I don't plan on quitting anytime soon.

I understand it's not a race, but sometimes it feels like it is.

Thanks again!
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Mikepawlik Premium
Yeah unfortunately peoples' impatience is the root cause of their failure 99% of the time.

If yuo just stick with it, it WILL succeed. Good luck.
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Mikepawlik Premium
Hey guys, I am at about 11 best-of posts so far, and I am only really seeing one of those posts rank on page one - and near the bottom to boot.

Is anyone else trying out Dylan's training and seeing other results?

Most of the best-of posts are 1-2 months old and aren't ranking very well even though most of them are well above 5000 words.

Who is doing this hardcore and having better results?

PS. Hey Dylan, if you're reading this, it's all good I don't expect you to chime in since you've sent PM's already but if you have anything to add, feel free to shoot! :)
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Louie-Gigi Premium
Dylan's "best of" post is next in my to do list. I'd love to hear other feedback, too. Thanks!!
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dylanrieger Premium
Just takes time - it took me until month 6 to see good results. Where you get indexed isn't where you eventually end up
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SteveMand Premium
I’m following the training too and am not even going to check rankings until at least 4 to 5 months as Dylan says it took until 6 months to see results.
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tommo1968 Premium
Hey Mike, Dylan did say you need to produce at least 30 of these posts to get decent traffic and revenue. Also about 25% info posts to go with them if this is a website started from scratch.

I have been trying it with my website which has already a bit of decent content that ranks. I wasn't getting good CTR to Amazon or sales so I thought I needed more buying posts so I decided to go with the best of posts after seeing Dylan's post.

I'm a bit behind you with only three posts, 2 best of and an info. I have already got the first post on page 2 and 5 with and without the year date.

I used Pinterest to share the post and got a few sales from the links, not much but at least I have see an increase in traffic through my links.

In fact in Feb alone I have more clicks through to Amazon than I did all last year.

Just keep going the combined effort should show some rewards soon.
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Louie-Gigi Premium
Thanks Dylan! It's god to pack a lot of patience ;-) You're the best!
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Mikepawlik Premium
That's true. Maybe I am just not being patient enough. Thanks Dylan and everyone else.
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Mikepawlik Premium
Thank you for your answer!
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tommo1968 Premium
No worries man, I know that the wee men get inside our heads and cause us to procrastinate more than we should.

Second questing our work and progress comes part and parcel with the online thing me thinks.

You question was a good one as I'm not at that point yet and good to re assure that we need to keep going. 3 post down 27 more to go....:)
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jvranjes Premium
So in 2019 you will have 2019 in the title, but in SERPs the same list-post will appear with the original 2018 year in the date, and with 2019 in the title. This is very bad and can result in a bad CTR.

This is an issue which I am facing now, and you already as well at your side, you must have posts from last year in the same situation now

What to do?
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dylanrieger Premium
I would change 2018 to 2019 and it would show up in Google as 2019.. it takes a few days to take effect
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tommo1968 Premium
You can change your title at any time and it will update in the SERPS. If not then re-submit it to the search engines.

As Jay said in a recent training, if your title doesn't pop and the CTR is low then add a line of text to the meta description and title to make it sound better.

Same goes for the date changes, you can also change it monthly or seasonally.

For example

best thingymagigs - Feb 2018

or

best thingymagigs - Spring 2018

all your changing is the bit after the dash.
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jvranjes Premium
Sometimes it may take seconds to take effect if you submit URL to Google in Fetch or directly.

But it seems you overlooked the problem I was describing. So here is a practical example. My list post from 2016 is updated and I added 2018 in the title. So both years are there, 2018 in the title and 2016 in the post date. Have the same examples for posts from 2015. The original date remains forever.

I see that you put 2017-2018 now in your titles of posts from 2017, but what you will do in 2019 with your lists posts from 2017? Do you see the problem?
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jvranjes Premium
You missed the point, I am talking about something else, but thank you anyway.
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dylanrieger Premium
You can change the post date in wordpress so it shows up as if you posted it that day
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jvranjes Premium
Imagine you have comments which are 2-3 years older, with dates.

It must be done in a more subtle way or the date should be removed.
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dylanrieger Premium
Just put the word updated 2018 or updated 2019 in the title. I think you're overthinking it. I've done it already.. I've updated old posts and make sales.
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tommo1968 Premium
Yes my website doesn't show the date/time stamp.
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MsMerry Premium
Jay did an awesome training on the live Friday nite training showing us how we could update our older posts without having to re-do the whole thing and change the date. I will see if I can find it if you like. or just check the live training classes.
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jvranjes Premium
This is possible due to the theme, I have one where this is removed by one click. But most themes do not have this option, this is what I am talking about. Ane removing the date appears to be very difficult.
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jvranjes Premium
This is about the dates only, not about updating the content.
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tommo1968 Premium
As you can see you can also change the date or time within wordpress publishing form.
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jvranjes Premium
And have comments that are 3 years older than the post?

And do this in 800 posts every year, regularly?
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dylanrieger Premium
You're over thinking it. People understand you update posts - especially if you put updated in the title. They'll be able to put 2 and 2 together.
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MsMerry Premium
agreed...
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SteveMand Premium
You will get organic comments, so the comments won't be three years old, or you can just use SiteComments get a few comments and everything is fine.
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nudge1969 Premium
I've got a quick question. Are we allowed to use the brand name of a product in the title. Not the title of the post, the title of the product. For instance, 10 products on the page, each product has a H2 title tag. Title 'Hamilton Beach 33473 Programmable Slow Cooker'. Should the 'Hamilton Beach' be taken out? No Dylan, I'm not promoting slow cookers, just an example ;)
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dylanrieger Premium
You can leave the name in the title
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MsMerry Premium
You can use the name. :)
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nudge1969 Premium
Thanks. Just wasn't sure if Amazon allowed this as they seem to have many rules and conditions.
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RobbieS2 Premium
Do you think some niches would be harder than others to do this based on competition? For example, like going into everything technology or outdoors are very broad niches and you could write thousands of best of posts but aren't some niches like this completely hogged by very high authority sites? Like you could get up to position 4 or 5 but never 1-3 because of the high-authority sites like techradar etc.

With kitchen and dining, home and garden, sports, automotive and industrial, maybe the competition would be less and you would have a better chance of making more money? Obviously, there could be endless best of posts you could write in any of these broad niches that you would be bound to rank high for some of them and make sales.

I just don't want to pick a niche that would be a lot harder than another. Do you think part of your success might stem from less competition in your niche?
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dylanrieger Premium
I'm in an EXTREMELY competitive niche. That's why I say do the best of lists with the year because they're easy to rank and ranking 5th or 6th for them will still make you money
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dylanrieger Premium
All the niches you mentioned will work, btw.
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Viveksehgal Premium
I think this year strategy won't work with some keywords in tech niche where people are constantly looking for latest technology. For example best laptops 2017 and best smartphones 2017 has more competition than best laptop without year and best smartphone without year in WA keyword tool.
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RobbieS2 Premium
Ok thanks for the response.
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RobbieS2 Premium
Good point. I would stay away from cellphones, laptops and tv's if you are in the tech niche because of competition
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SteveMand Premium
Hi Dylan, sorry one more question! If you have a keyword phrase that has a low amount of searches when you have the year on it, but a lot without the year - do you still put the year in?

So say for instance 'Best Ice Cream Makers 2017' had very little traffic, but 'Best Ice Cream Makers' had a good amount of traffic - would you still write the post as Best Ice Cream Makers 2017 (well 2018 for this year obviously!) in the likelihood that you would get ranked for the Best Ice Cream Makers part of the phrase anyway?

Hope that makes sense!
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dylanrieger Premium
yeah it'll rank for both - it'll get to page one with the year faster (maybe even right away). Without the year it'll take months and you might never hit the first page without the year.
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tommo1968 Premium
Just an update for any of you looking to start this approach. Have one post up with 21 best of items 7200 words.(still a few things to add so I expect it to be 8000+ when I'm finished.

It went up on the 23rd Jan and already my traffic has increased and click throughs to Amazon. I have managed to get a few sales from the article and one item priced at $95 dollars went today.

Unlike Dylan I have used Pinterest to promote the post. With 21 images I was able to pin a few a day over the week and a good deal of my traffic has come from there. I have a good following on Pinterest so that has helped me.

I know its early days and as Dylan says it takes about 30 of these posts to get to $100 a day commission so I still have a lot of work to do to get decent organic traffic without having to rely on social networking.

Second post is almost ready hopefully have it live before the weekend. Just thought I would pass on my findings so far.

NB: I did this with a website that has already got content but hadn't been touched hardly in a year. It was getting just less than 1000 visitors a month. That is starting to climb and yesterday I got nearly 300 in one day. (but as I say social was bringing in the bulk of that)
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dylanrieger Premium
Nice! Keep going and you'll see a bunch more sales every day
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tommo1968 Premium
I intend to, I have already researched a bunch of keywords for my niche its all down to how many hours I can get writing.

Thanks again for the info it's got me moving again. :)
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dylanrieger Premium
Glad I could help!
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Zarina Premium
I wrote a long a$$ comment last night and due to a glitch it seems to have never gone through. ahhhh :(

Congrats Mark!
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dylanrieger Premium
What happened? How do you know it didn't go through?
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Zarina Premium
Well, I don't see my comment under Mark's comment haha. Very rarely my laptop (or WA) is glitching so comments don't go through, but that's OK.

Just congratulated Mark on his success and that I decided to use Pinterest too until I get organic referrals.
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dylanrieger Premium
Gotchya.. miss read your comment. Thought you said content, not comment.
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Zarina Premium
No worries!
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lvr310 Premium
I have a site www.adirondackingsportinggoods.com and only averaging maybe 10 visits a day sometimes more somedays less.Trying desperately to get more traffic. Maybe you could look at it and give me some tips. Thanks in advance Mike
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tommo1968 Premium
Hey Mike all the training you need is right here in Dylans training. I have just added my spin with pinterest.
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KatieMac Premium
This is a great opportunity for our members here in the community, I would be right in there however I have committed to Kyle's super affiliate and am working my way through bootcamp and the additional homework he has for us..wish you and everyone all the best such a exciting undertaking
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dylanrieger Premium
Thanks!
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DocDoug Premium
Just a couple of questions Dylan. Im implementing your training but in a style that matches my site and niche.

Say you are planning to do 20 reviews. Do you publish when you finish a set number of reviews (10 or 3,000 words) and then add to the published article or hold on to the article until finished?

Do you recommend including the price? Just thinking of the hassle of price checking to make sure my published prices are current.

Do you use pretty links or another link renaming plugin on Amazon links even after using Amazon's built in link shortener?
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dylanrieger Premium
I'm not sure I get what you're saying.. if you're doing reviews just publish when you're done with an individual review.

And don't talk about price if you're linking to Amazon - you can get banned that way. And no link shortener
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DocDoug Premium
Great, thanks Dylan. Didnt know about the Amazon ban. i've actually seen some sites publishing prices so I gues they will wake up unhappy one day when they arent expecting it.
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DocDoug Premium
Your tutorial works. Published yesterday -- Google ranked immediately. I'll post when the first sale comes in. In comparison, I had written another post before xmas that was also loaded with product links, tho less than the new one, and its still not indexed. Thank you!
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Jamie2803 Premium
Hey Dylan, thank you for this guide; I'm using it for my new site about PC peripherals, and I'm super confident that it will bring me success like it has done for you.

I just have a few questions I would like to ask - When you write the description for each product, should you include the drawbacks, or cons, of the product after the pros and features that they have?

I included cons to my last "best of" list and, while I haven't seen any results yet - though that's probably because my site's barely a month old yet - I'm just wondering if it's necessary, or if it'll bring in more conversions?

We're meant to help our audience, so I was thinking that listing the cons of the product as well would be more helpful than just the positives and features of the product. What are your thoughts on that?

Also, I'm worried I'm sounding like a car salesman, or somebody sketchy and untrustworthy, which Kyle told us in our training that wasn't a good thing to do... How do I sound like I'm not trying to con my audience?

Again, thank you so much for this guide; I think it's EXACTLY the type of training I was looking for, and a great way for all of us to find success at Wealthy Affiliate.

Wishing you all the success in the future! :)

Jamie
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SteveMand Premium
Including cons in your review makes it more trustworthy and makes it seem more genuine rather than pretending everything is absolutely perfect with the product. That is my view anyway.
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tommo1968 Premium
Great advice here Dylan, been working through the process myself and following what you and incomeaddon have to say on the subject.

Just wondering do you not do the individual product reviews then just focusing on best of lists instead? What about info posts?

As you say you can do more in best of's than reviews.
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dylanrieger Premium
I don't do individual reviews but I'm going to start outsourcing them. i do like 65% best of list 35% info
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Viveksehgal Premium
Hey,
Please help on this also.
While analyzing competition for best of keyword what is most important. Is it Domain Authority or content length or relevance of ranking websites on SERP. If all the website ranking for a best of keyword in my chosen niche are high authority can we still try and beat them with longer post?
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dylanrieger Premium
Definitely try and beat them!
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CraigKnight Premium
This has my mind running a million mph. Thank for sharing your workflow and experience. While reading your training, out of the blue a niche popped into my head and I did the Google alphabet method and came up with 66 topics that would "Best Of" nicely. So I checked Jaaxy for keywords and there are a ton of searches with very little competition.

So I bought a domain.

Thanks for everything.
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dylanrieger Premium
no problem! Keep me updated on your progress!
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CraigKnight Premium
Ok Dylan....thanks for everything.

1) I am ready to roll. I have my basic site set up and ready to start.
2) I am signed up with Amazon Associates. 80ish % will be Amazon products.
3) I was approved for the other two affiliate programs that I needed. Bad news is 20ish % can only be purchased through these two affiliates. Good news is they are higher commission than Amazon.
4) On-Line SEO Checklist Printed out from Backlinko so I don't miss anything.

Three questions if I may:

1) 300-400 minimum words per item on page plus intro and conclusion will keep me from being dinged by Google?
2) I get the internal links and why, but I am confused about adding external links (to whom and why would I do that). It seems that would send them off my page (even if opens new window) or distract them from buying right then if I sent them for some reason to another site. Could you elaborate on this please.
3) I understand with a new site, nobody will be reading these for a while..do I keep a constant check on the product links to make sure they are still active? I assume dead links to products would be terrible.

Thanks for everything. I sincerely appreciate it.

Craig
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dylanrieger Premium
1) I'd go 250 to 400 words per product as long as you have a short 500 word buying guide and intro and conclusion. You might want to mix in non affiliate content every once in a while too. Maybe 25% of your content is non affiliate.

2) Link how to well known like wikipedia. It's good for SEO. I don't have an exact answer for why but everyone I respect in the SEO industry says do it so you should just do it.

3) Maybe once a month check no the links or when a post starts getting traffic check on them.
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CraigKnight Premium
Gotcha. Thank you, Sir.
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dylanrieger Premium
You'te welcome
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steviec92 Premium
Love your strategy, I’ve been following your posts for quite some time now and will definitely implement this. The question I have is this:

Does it have to be amazon products or could it be other affiliate links? If I want to have a travel blog for example could I do ‘best places to visit in Berlin 2018’ but, instead of products, have links to things like booking.com and Airbnb??

It’s more of a hiking/travel blog but I’d also like to do place reviews (as well as hiking gear).

Thanks! Stephen.
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dylanrieger Premium
That'll work!
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skmorrow Premium
Regarding the URL. Does it matter that the URL keyword has a significantly different QSR than the full keyword in the title? For instance "Best slow cookers 2017" has a QSR of 11 and "Best slow cookers" has a QSR of 200. So when you shorten the URL and change the keyword, the QSR changes pretty significantly.

Also what if there is no traffic for a keyword with the year? For instance "Best Recliners" vs "Best Recliners 2018". No traffic for "Best Recliners 2018" but decent amount for "Best Recliners". Is it okay to just add 2018 to the title? Permalink would still be shortened.
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dylanrieger Premium
You'll still rank for best slow cookers 2018 if you get rid of the year in the url. And don't look for keywords with 2018 yet. Check with 2017. If it gets traffic in 2017 it'll get traffic in 2018. Best recliners 2017 gets plenty of traffic.

Try not to overthink this too much.
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skmorrow Premium
Thanks, that sounds good.
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dylanrieger Premium
No problem
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Rabrx Premium
Hi Dylan, I'm back here to tell you that your strategy really worked! It takes time but I have seen results in a week after publishing my post. That was possible because my site was around for 2 months but nonetheless, it still worked! Thank you once again for sharing :) i hope you reach 10k/mth soon!
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dylanrieger Premium
Thanks! And wait until your website hits the 6th month mark and more - that's when the real results. Just keep writing.
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MsMerry Premium
Thank you for sharing. It makes it that much more real for all of us and congrats too!!
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dylanrieger Premium
No problem!
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JoshEllery Premium
Awesome post my friend, I'm in the spiritual self development niche which doesn't seem to be the most profitable for best of posts but I have noticed a high search volume for key words such as "the best yoga mats of 2017" or "the best meditation apps of 2017" so I'm gonna dive right into it.
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dylanrieger Premium
Those keywrods can definitely work - there's benches and other things too.
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JoshEllery Premium
Awesome, thanks for the post man :)
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dylanrieger Premium
no problem!
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Andrew-74 Premium
Hi there! Thanks for the training, really great stuff. I am just venturing into becoming an Amazon affiliate so this is just what I needed. Could you tell me, are you using the EasyAzon plugin still or do you use the onelink option in Amazon associates to promote multiple associates programs?

Many thanks,

Andrew
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dylanrieger Premium
I just use Onelink.. it works pretty good
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Andrew-74 Premium
Right, thanks. I just set up Onelink today. Although lots of the items that I am promoting in the US aren't available on the UK site, I guess I could still earn some extra commission with it.
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dylanrieger Premium
It's not much but it's a little
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YourBizTips Premium
Hi Dylan (and/or Steve),

Good progress. I have a question though:

I find it difficult to pass Copyscape when posting the title of the item to promote because of the technical stuff and specs that is difficult to put into own words. For the description, no problem. For example how would you translate this:

Crock-Pot SCV700SS Stainless Steel 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker, 7 Quart

Would it be wise and allowed to make a screenshot of the title of the item and just upload it?

Thanks again for your great help.

John ツ
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dylanrieger Premium
I would just title it as Crock-Pot 7 Quart.. There's no need for all the other stuff
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YourBizTips Premium
Okay, thanks for all your help Dylan.

John ツ
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YourBizTips Premium
Thanks Dylan. Now you will think that I am a bit thick, but am I right to think that I should create a website specifically for (examples) "best slow cookers", and another one specifically for "best coffee machines", etc.. and not a website for "best home appliances" and review "best slow cookers", "best coffee machines", etc. on the same website?

Thanks for your time.

John ツ
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SteveMand Premium
Just to save Dylan the time of answering this as he is getting a lot of questions!

You are doing the second - a website for best home appliances for example.

In the training Dylan says the niche you are looking for:

"Must have at least 50 best of posts I can write and preferably best of posts with the year that get traffic."

And even the most optimistic person would struggle to get 50 best of posts from a website specifically on slow cookers!

Hope you don't mind me jumping in Dylan and thanks again for this tutorial.
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YourBizTips Premium
Thanks Steve. Of course I don't mind you giving me a hand. I feel better now as I was already progressing well and thought that maybe I had been wasting my time.

Cheers.

John ツ
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SteveMand Premium
No problems! I feel a bit like Dylan's PA!
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dylanrieger Premium
I don't mind - you have a good grasp on things
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dylanrieger Premium
Steve has it right.. I would pick a kitchen niche and just do every appliance you can think of. Go to Amazon and check out there categories. You can find great niches that way.
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YourBizTips Premium
Excellent. Thanks Dylan. You and @SteveMand form a great team, I can see a new kind of WA platform coming up.

Cheers,

John ツ
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YourBizTips Premium
Hi Dylan,

I am working on my new website and it is time to write content for one specific type of product. Let's say my "best of" is about "best slow cookers", and I have selected 10 of them. As I understand it the review for each one of them will come one after the other on the same post. How many keywords would you select for such a post? and what would be your "Focus Keyword" if for example you tell me that I should have 5 good keywords?

Also, for example, reviewing 10 products would take a long time, would it be clever to do 5, publish, and come back the next day and do another 5, adding to the same post?

Thanks again for this extremely good tutorial.

John ツ
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SteveMand Premium
The keyword is ‘best slow cookers’, or whatever best of it is you are doing.
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dylanrieger Premium
If you write best slow cookers that keyword will rank for several keywords - that's what I meant. Just write it once and title it best slow cookers 2018 and put the url as best slow cookers. When 2019 comes around you update it.
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YourBizTips Premium
Thanks Steve.

John ツ
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jonsey41 Premium
Hi Dylan,

Fantastic post, you have certainly got me motivated with this strategy, I was also hit by the google Fred update last year,

it made me kind of give up on the site until I read through your methods which have made me think again.

Congratulations in making it in affiliate marketing, i'm sure there will be a few following these strategies here at WA, including me.

It's all about what you put in as to what you will get out in the end.

Thanks for the info you provided here :)
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dylanrieger Premium
Glad you liked it!
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