I Received My First Check! (Amazon Niche Site Progress)

Last Update: August 09, 2018

Does Amazon affiliate marketing work? How much money can you earn with Amazon Associates? Is it worth building an Amazon niche website in 2018?


I am sure you have all these questions as you begin your online journey.

Based on my personal experience, I can confirm:

  • YES, Amazon affiliate marketing works!
  • YES, it's worth building an Amazon niche website in 2018 (and beyond)!
  • When it comes to online business and Internet marketing income, the sky's the limit!

In this post I will cover a bit about my website stats, what inspired me to get started and why am I so excited today :)


My Amazon Niche Website: A Bit of Background


You may be wondering:

"When was your website built, how many posts have you written and what are your stats?"

As some of you know I was inspired by Dylan's post (@dylanrieger) and started my first Amazon niche website in November 2017.

I wasn't publishing posts like crazy but I still saw improvements in rankings. Slowly but surely, I made my way to the first page in Google.

At the moment I have 37 posts, a few best of posts, a few individual reviews and the rest are how-to posts. I even hired writers to help me with content.

About 5 posts out of these 37 bring the largest chunk of traffic to my website.

Since I am now out of the "Sandbox" period, my traffic is pretty consistent:

I get approximately 150-200 visitors per day (50-60 clicks to Amazon on average).

My last update in June was on how I broke my first $100 in a SINGLE day.

But today, it's even better:

I received my very FIRST check from Amazon!

That's so exciting to actually hold that check with your hard-earned commissions!

Wooo!


Does Amazon Affiliate Marketing Work? (And How I Got Started).


I also have close to $200 made for the month of July sitting on my Amazon account and close $90 already earned as I write this post (which 9 days into August).

So, my progress may be a bit slow by some standards but it sure is upwards!

I think my sales aren't crazy because I am in the industry of digital technology, where an average cost of the item is $500-600.

So it makes people to think very well before they make a purchase. But if they purchase the very products I promote, I get great commissions ($20-50 per product sold).

I just wish I could have more energy to write posts more regularly.

I outsource mostly how-to posts, reviews and best of posts I write on my own to maintain my voice. (Plus I enjoy doing it which is a bonus).

How I got started with affiliate marketing:

Believe it or not, even though I started my online journey in 2015, I started taking it seriously only a few months ago.

I even had to go through the Online Entrepreneur Training all over again to refresh my memory and make sure I got it all right this time.



Then, this happened:

I came across Dylan's posts and his training that completely changed my perspective on Amazon affiliate marketing.

Inspired, I built my first Amazon niche website and it has been my main focus since then.

For those who already have basic knowledge on how SEO and affiliate marketing works and wants to take it to the next level, I ENCOURAGE you to check out Dylan's training "How To Create a 6 Figure Website".

It's one of the BEST resources here at Wealthy Affiliate!!!


(Amazon) Affiliate Marketing in 2018: My Advice


Here is the truth:

In order to succeed at ANYTHING in life, you need to have proper guidance, give it some time and obviously put in the work into your project.

I learned it the hard way.

I honestly can say, up until late 2017, I didn't really take this whole blogging/website/affiliate marketing business seriously.

So, you'll have to work with your mindset here.

Don't let your friends, family, society dictate what to do in YOUR life.

Same goes for your training at WA. As starter members, we were given a chance to test-drive an entire platform for free and then when we upgrade, most of us, seem to not take the full advantage of being a Premium member.

My advice:

DO. THAT. TRAINING!

There's no secret sauce, really.

You have all you need at your fingertips:

  1. Tools and services
  2. Proper guidance/traning
  3. Community support (just don't get stuck in the live chat)

Do the training, apply your knowledge in practice and be patient.

Bottom line:

Take full advantage of being a Premium member at WA and dig your way to success!


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CoraMitchell Premium
Zarina, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. August and September slowed me down considerably.... having family problems, etc. sort of deflated the air in my tires... but I woke up today and realized I have to regroup, focus, and get back on track with my training to complete it.
Here's to your success.

Cora
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Zarina Premium
I understand, life happens! As long as you don't lose focus on your goal, you're all good.

And yes, training is absolutely crucial to your success!
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sdelaguaro Premium
That is great Zarina, congratulations! I wish you much continued success.

I wanted to thank you for following me and I added you to my network also. I was trying to find Dylan's training and not sure where to look. Could you please help me with this? Thank you.

Best wishes,
Susan
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Zarina Premium
Thank you Susan!

Here it is: Enjoy! :)
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JeffreyMead1 Premium
That is so cool and ads to the motivation for me. My niche is in woodworking so I think I'll have a smaller customer base. Only people who work with wood are going to find my site and I feel they will have most of their tools already. Not holding my breath. I feel I should start another site with bigger customer base niche.
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WaynePro Premium
Excellent post, Zarina. I am looking forward to using Amazon Affiliates as part of my website. I tried this earlier but my training wasn't complete and my website wasn't completely finished either and the result was not positive. However, I understand the reasons and look forward to a second go around!

Thanks

Wayne
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Zarina Premium
Now that you have the knowledge required, you'll be able to rock it!
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WaynePro Premium
Thanks for the motivation, Zarina!!

Wayne
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littlemama Premium
WOO HOO ZARINA!!!!

This is going to become a regular thing girl! GET USED TO IT!

How awesome, I love seeing you succeed! Keep going with the site since you already have it down, just rinse and repeat on the site. How many posts a week so far for this site? how old now?
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Zarina Premium
Believe me, it won't be hard for me to get used to things like that!! haha wohooo! Thank you very much for your support !!

At the moment I have 37 posts, with the outsourcing I have 1 post/week to make it consistent. I started out with lots best of posts so now I am catching up on info posts. Outsourcing is so great when you don't keep up with the schedule!

And it's its 10th month now, my baby is growing up :)))
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littlemama Premium
37 posts 10 months old?!

F%#& me!

LOL

That is it, I'm starting a new site!!!!!

(right after Vegas!)
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Zarina Premium
LOL, you made me laugh !!!

Yeah, I don't know why is that. Probably because the quality of posts is pretty good, so google started trusting my site faster.

If you'll start an amazon site, check out Dylan's training before then!!
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littlemama Premium
:)

Oh I know about Dylan, I'll be hounding him and all the other Amazon gurus here including you!
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Zarina Premium
I will be only happy to pass along my knowledge! :)
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littlemama Premium
Thanks!
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Imageguy55 Premium
I’ve noticed that a lot of people outsource their writing. Would you recommend that for beginners? I thinking of doing that myself but it seems pricey and counterproductive. Would I profit from that ? Hard to tell at this point as a beginner I’m look into it more seriously

Congrats on your success. It’s encouraging to others

Tom
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Zarina Premium
Those who outsource have spent months if not years doing all the work themselves (including me). I would recommend writing it yourself to get the hand of all the SEO aspects and find your voice/style.

Some bloggers don't like to outsource if they build new websites, some are pros who know professional writers and can afford them...

Just my humble opinion here.
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Phelandi Premium
Great post Zarina! Congratulations! Your hard work and perseverance are paying off. I have also restarted the training and decided to really fully invest the little free time I have in affiliate marketing, even if it takes a good time to reap the fruits of my labour. I got side tracked in the last few months and did a few other jobs here and there that didn't make that much of a difference but took away valuable time. I have decided to fully trust this now to get me somewhere even if I am looking at a few months or even years. Thank you for the inspiration!

Jessica
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Zarina Premium
I totally understand you Jessica! We all get carried away and are guilty of not completing the training properly.

What's important that you've made a conscious decision to start all over again and make it work. Check Dylan's training too!

Good luck to you! :)
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Eugene Premium
Thank you Zarina, I'm heading to see Dylan's training. I was skeptical with Amazon, even though I have been affiliate for many years but never really looked at it closely because their commissions were so low. I will take this weekend to figure something out, still that's another source of income. With Amazon's reputation, their products sell pretty quick.
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Zarina Premium
Yeah everyone feels this way about Amazon at first but then they end up doing it. That's the reason it took me more than 2 years to get started with it!
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LeeMcQuay Premium
You are truly an amazing you lady .
I love seeing awesome members sharing success, no matter it is big or small.

I especially love hearing how the got to where they are.
I know you have had a few issues and it's awesome to see that you are back in action : )

Wishing you the best in all you do
Lee Ann
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Zarina Premium
Thank you very much for your kind words, Lee Ann!! :)

Yeah, I am still in the post-surgery recovery period, it's taking longer than I expected (basically learning to walk again) but I am feeling much, MUCH better now!

And so a bit more energy for creative activity :)

Thank you once again! How are things going with you and your website?

I've been super behind on my WA site, just a couple days ago published my first article in months ... tsk-tsk-tsk.

Thought I should make my Amazon site a priority since there was significant traction there.
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LeeMcQuay Premium
I think after all that you have been through, much is to be said that you are still here and that you are still working on it : )

You are amazing my friend. Just remember that.
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Zarina Premium
You made me feel so warm, Lee Ann, thank you very much for your support and love!!!
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AffMktgRt Premium
Congratulations and thank you for all of the wonderful sharing and the related info. Indeed such, backed by the proof inspires all of us to re-double our efforts. One thing I would just caution, please obscure on the check your name and any other personal info, for your own protection.

Blessings!
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Zarina Premium
That's why I hid the address with nails, as for the name, if someone really tries to use my name, that won't be too hard as I don't hide my identity. Thank you for your advice, next time I'll have even less personal info on my screenshot/photos :)
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AffMktgRt Premium
May God bless you and reward you for your hard work and generosity in sharing with us your story to inspire those among us who at times, due to lack of focus, time or both succumb to inaction.

Those issues are addressed so well below:

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Cristoforo Colombo

"But effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." JFK

Blessings Zarina!
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Zarina Premium
Lovely quotes, thank you very much for sharing and appreciate your support! Means a lot to me :)
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Nickoy Premium
Congratulations! I hope to be earning as many visitors per day as you are now and also earning checks like yours or even bigger from Amazon. I have not started earning commissions as yet but I am confident I will start soon.
I wish you continual success. God bless you.
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Zarina Premium
The sky's the limit! As long as we do the work (and do it right). Good thing you have the confidence, it's important too!
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VaughnP Premium
Great advice am doing much the same as you, one question do you control how many amazon links you have in a post or try to stick to a certain amount? I have heard conflicting advice about this and have been trying to keep the number in a post lower.
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Zarina Premium
Yeah, I heard so many debates about # of affiliate links too... Some say to keep 1 link per article some say they could have more links especially in lengthy posts, as long as it brings value.

I've found my style when writing best of and individual reviews, so I don't really count exactly how many links I have per word count but I do a few links at the top of the article, then in the body I have less links (unless it's images) and then amazon button at the end of the post.

Basically I write in a way that if there's a manual Google check, they'll love my content and see that I actually care.

Also, I am outsourcing how-to/info posts to dilute the amount of affiliate posts with non affiliate ones.

Hope this makes sense?
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Amejin Premium
Great post, I hope to hear more about your future success.
People here at WA can benefit from hearing your success story.

This is such an inspiring post. You left this link in response to my latest post and I intend on putting your link in a post of mine tomorrow. Every little bit helps and we are here to support each other.
Amazon is something I have been looking forward to becoming a part of. Because of you, I will pursue their affiliate program with more gumption now. Thank you.
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Zarina Premium
Hi Lita, sure you can use any WA links in your blog posts :)

And so happy to hear you got inspired just as I did when I read Dylan's training. Here it is by the way: Though I see that you just joined a month ago and I STRONGLY encourage you to finish the WA training first to understand Dylan's training in full.

Good luck to you!
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Amejin Premium
Thanks for the link to Dylan's training. I will heed your advice in following the WA training to the end before jumping ahead of myself. Though, it is nice to explore the boundaries that can be reached as it gives me great goals to work towards.
Yes I started just a month ago but I have been very dedicated to the learning process here spending up to ten hours on most days working and learning with the WA platform.
Thanks again and best wishes to your future endeavours.
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Zarina Premium
Take action when you go through the training, it's important to take it seriously.

Glad to be of help and good luck!
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asktony Premium
Congrats Zarina. As Dylan inspired you, I'm just as inspired by your post just the same. Keep up the amazing work, and thanks for posting your victories. It's really appreciated and helpful. :)

That said, if possible, could you send the link to the Training that caught your attention by Dylan? I would love to check it out just the same, if possible.
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Zarina Premium
Glad I could do the same! One of the reason I share here is to inspire fellow WA'ers :)

And of course! Here's the link to the training: Seriously one of the best resources at WA. Keep in mind though that you need to have finished at least a few Online Entrepreneur course lessons to be able to fully understand how to make money with Amazon niche website.

Good luck to you, Tony! :)
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asktony Premium
Thank you very much. Greatly appreciated! ;)
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Zarina Premium
Pleasure :)
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MSnargrass Premium
Great job! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing!
Marcus
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Zarina Premium
And thank you for your support Mark :)
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DavidFrady Premium
That’s awesome! Congratulations!
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Zarina Premium
Thank you, David!
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Stella2 Premium
Congratulations, Zarina!

And thanks for sharing your experience. There are actually several elements to your story that I can relate to.

Hopefully in a couple of months I'll be able to share a blog about Amazon success.

I wish you all the best and many more sales. I'm sure you're headed in that direction.

Stella :-)
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Zarina Premium
Hi Stella,

Thank you very much for your support, I appreciate it! And I will be looking out for your post :)

I believe you're familiar with Dylan's training? If not, definitely do check it out! It's been a huge inspiration for me to get started and keep going to make it work.
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tommo1968 Premium
Great going, Black Friday is going to be great with your niche.

Start getting ready!
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Zarina Premium
Fingers crossed! Probably should pump out a few more best of articles and reviews so that they rank well before December!

I am so excited!!
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Zenicek Premium
Great post Zarina,

I cannot even imagine that feeling of holding a first cheque you must be buzzing))

I am pretty sure that 18 month mark you will hit couple of thousands a month))

Well done and keep doing what you are doing))
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Zarina Premium
Oh my, you can't even imagine what a nice feeling it is! It's one thing to have income in PayPal account but when you actually hold that check, man, it's an incredible feeling!

18th month is too far away - hopefully in a year I will earn more than that ;)

For now my goal is to hit at least $500/month by the end of this year, maybe even $1000 with all the Xmas shopping. Gotta create more articles before December - that's for sure!

Thanks for stopping by, Eugen :)
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DianeWehi Premium
Hi Zarina.
Firstly Congratulations on your commission. Well done,!
Secondly, thank you so much for your post today.
It's so encouraging and it inspires me to keep going.
Love the saying at the end :)
Appreciate you sharing.

Di :)
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Zarina Premium
Hi Di,

Thank you! Glad this post inspired you to keep going. I personally always look for success stories to start the day right and get inspired before I continue with my website work :)

Be sure to check out Dylan's posts @dylanrieger if you want to get involved with Amazon niche website!

- Z
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DianeWehi Premium
That's a definite to do today.
Much appreciated :)
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Zarina Premium
Believe me... you'll be HUGELY inspired!
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skmorrow Premium
You are making great progress Zarina
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Zarina Premium
Thank you, Steve! And how's your progress with Amazon site so far?

I know you also follow the comments closely (as I do) on Dylan's comments plus we've spoken a while ago - any progress since then?
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skmorrow Premium
Unfortunately not great. I keep writing and writing and writing, but my content just isn't ranking well.

We're at pretty much the same point, I started my site in November 2017 also. I have 93 posts. Getting very little traffic on my low hanging fruit kws.

My niche is huge and dominated by giant site's. I have been trying to carve out a piece of it.

Anyway, sorry for rambling. All is not lost tho, I have learned a lot

Thanks for asking

Take care
Steve
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Zarina Premium
Hey Steve, sorry to hear about that but also glad to hear that you are not giving up! I mean you have like triple the size of my posts (and I am in a competitive niche too, cameras).

If you want you can send me a PM with your website again and I will have a look at it and share my thoughts on how you can improve your traffic/conversions. Or at least send you some useful links to read.
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Debbie14 Premium
This is awesome Zarina. Thanks for sharing and congratulations to you. Woohoo!
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Zarina Premium
Happy to share my progress with you :) It helps me keep track of my progress AND give some inspiration to WA members (at least I hope it does!).

Let me know if you decided to pursue Amazon affiliate marketing too! (Be sure to check out Dylan's training, it's amazing).
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Debbie14 Premium
I will sure let you know, perhaps I will learn a trick or two from your experience. Am excited for you
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Mark Tait Premium
Hi Zarina - great post - yes it does work, but as you point out, you need to know how to make it work for you. There's no point just joining Amazon Associates - you've got to know how to create sites, posts, reviews, and drive people to them - or just signing up will have no point whatsoever.

All the best, Mark
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Zarina Premium
Yeah, it took me a while to accept that I will need some time to learn and make it work. That's why I emphasized on working with your mindset so much.

I mean I am not a quitter, so I didn't give up on WA within months as most people do, but I definitely didn't take my work with blogging/websites seriously. If I had, then I'd see success way sooner.

But just glad that I decided to pursue Amazon affiliate marketing instead of just WA promotion in the MMO niche.

Thanks for stopping by :)
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