Here’s the deal:
The purpose of my blog is to help you understand how the money is made online, whether it’s through:
- Amazon affiliate marketing, and/or
… Just to name a few.
If blogging/affiliate marketing business is what you’re interested in, I thought that writing an income report here is a good way to show you what it took me to get to where I am now.
And, more importantly, INSPIRE you on your journey to online success.
(I also hope that by being transparent, I’ll be able to build a high-trust relationship with you guys.)
Anyway, here’s an overview of what to expect in this post:
Amazon Affiliate Site Case Study (Overview)
- The Results: My 1 Year Old Website Made $1585.99 in October 2018
- The 4-Step Strategy I Used to Build My Business
- Quick List of Milestones Achieved [Timeline]
- Income Progress, Actual Numbers [Screenshot]
- 5 Resources I Personally Use and Highly Recommend
Before we begin:
This is my first time writing an official income report on my blog.
Frankly, I’m kind of having doubts whether I should continue doing this in the future and how to go about it the best way.
- Can you share in the comments if you’re enjoy the “income report” posts?
- If yes, any particular structure or topic(s) you’d want to see me cover in such posts?
I will try to include as much info as possible and make it easy for you to understand, but your feedback is welcome and highly appreciated!
Alright, let’s get started.
“Show Me The Money!” (The Results First)
First of all:
I wanted to share the results straight away. (And then talk a bit the website stuff and the tools that helped me get there.)
In October 2018, my Amazon niche website finally broke 4 figures.
Specifically, $1585.99 USD, which is approximately $2100 in Canadian dollars. (Hey fellow Canucks!).
Here’s a screenshot of my earnings:
Making this much money definitely exceeded my expectations.
Because in September 2018, I made just a bit over $500 USD.
And guess what else?
Because I used Amazon OneLink tool, I also receive commissions from Amazon UK, Amazon EU and Amazon Canada stores.
The commissions are very small, but it’s still pretty cool.
You’ll have to work on your mindset and treat your website as a BUSINESS from the start.
Understand that achieving real results with your website business requires that you put real work in.
(Sorry but there’s no way around it.)
What you can do is have PROPER guidance so that your journey is a bit easier as it was for me.
What I did:
Instead of jumping around from one resource to another, back in 2015 I decided to become a part of online business training centre called Wealthy Affiliate.
This platform tremendously contributed to my success online.
(But more on this later in the post.)
The 4-Step Strategy I Used to Build My Business
People tend to over-complicate but building a profitable website from scratch comes down to the following 4 steps:
- Choosing your niche (interest)
- Building a website
- Getting ranked in search engines (attracting visitors to your site)
- Earning revenue
And that’s exactly the strategy I used myself when I built my Amazon niche site.
(Again, I received the step-by-step guidance at Wealthy Affiliate and I highly recommend that you do too. Best of all? I’m still a part of the community, and can guide you on your journey.)
Quick List of Milestones Achieved
Before I get into details, I want to say this:
There are a lot of factors involved that determine how soon your website will start gaining traffic and how fast you start to make money.
- I started from scratch,
- I am in a highly competitive niche,
- I wrote lengthy quality posts (around 2000 words minimum),
- Didn’t use any backlinks,
- Barely have any social media presence.
And still I think my website did a good job.
(As you can see from screenshot below there was a steady growth.)
In here I want to share some sort of timeline/list of milestones achieved within the last year:
- October 29, 2017: The birth of my website
- November 2017: My 1-week old website had 19 clicks and 3 ordered Items
- March 2018: Some of my posts gained Position 0 in Google (featured snippet)
- April 2018: Finally 50 organic visitors per day
- May 2018: Made my biggest sale for $570 > which was $31.35 in commissions
- June 2018: Broke my first $100 in a SINGLE day
- August 2018: Actually received my first check from Amazon
- September 2018: Marks my first $500+ month
- October 29, 2018: My website turns 1 year old and makes 4 figures!
Let’s look at the actual numbers…
(See screenshot below)
You’ll see how your income is improving month after month:
- May 2018: $172
- June 2018: $178
- July 2018: $270
- August 2018: $325
- Sep 2018: $522
- Oct 2018: $1585
How awesome is that?
The 2022 Update: This website is still my main income generator, and it’s a PASSIVE one!
The Top 5 Resources I Highly Recommend
Before we move on:
I’d like to spend a bit of time talking about the tools and services that helped me build my Amazon website and make 4 figures in 1 year.
These are the ones I personally use and highly recommend.
Let’s jump right in.
WA is my #1 recommendation for beginners and experienced affiliate marketers alike.
And if you’re a total beginner, there’s no better place for you.
Because it’s has a step-by-step guidance the whole time you’re a member and it offers a variety of services/tools all under 1 roof.
- keyword research tool,
- hassle-free website building and hosting included,
- step-by-step instructions from building a site to making money (with actionable tasks),
- 24/7/365 support from WA founders and members,
- the ability to make money within the community in case you need extra cash,
… Just to name a few.
Best of all?
It’s 100% cost and risk free.
(You don’t even have to provide credit card info!)
I highly encourage you to go here and create your FREE Wealthy Affiliate account and you get access to your training immediately.
(Upon doing so I will also reach out.)
And if you’re a Premium member, I encourage you to take advantage of the Black Friday yearly membership deal with almost 40% off!
When you click on my Wealthy Affiliate links anywhere on this page, I get credit should you upgrade to a paid membership option.
What’s in it for you?
See, when you do sign up through me, I get notified and I’ll be able to help you within the community and guide you on your journey.
I highly appreciate my referrals and I do my best to help them.
All you have to do is use my link before signing up for your FREE account here.
Let’s talk about the 2nd tool I personally use and recommend.
Jaaxy is a keyword research tool which I’ve been using for over 5 years already.
I use it to find relevant keywords for my Amazon niche site and create articles around it.
Personally, I find it newbie-friendly and pretty easy to use.
And just like Wealthy Affiliate, you can also test drive it for free. (You get up to 30 searches as a free user).
While I learned a LOT from Wealthy Affiliate (and still do), I also like to read other successful websites and their tips on:
… and so forth.
The founder, Dom Wells, actually started his online journey at WA too.
(I even included him in my top 5 list of super affiliates making a full time income online.)
I listen to HPD podcast, read their articles, and even use their article writing services. They have a lot better writers than if you were to hire someone from Fiverr, for example.
While I still write a lot of content myself, having freelance writers definitely helps.
For what it’s worth:
In the beginning, you’d have to learn and do everything yourself, unless you have enough capital and you just want to leverage other people’s knowledge and skills to build your business.
By the way…
Human Proof Designs can help with that too.
You can order their ready-made niche sites here and have the HPD team work on it.
It’s a very convenient way for people who have the capital to invest and want to be hands-off (outsourcing most of the content creation).
Here’s the thing:
The founder of Backlinko, Brian Dean, is a very well-known figure in the SEO/online business world.
Thanks to his tips, I learned even more about ways to get my posts ranked high in Google and getting people to click on my site.
If you’re a newbie, the info on that blog is might be a little complicated.
But if you have a bit of experience and understanding on how websites work, then you’ll certainly love the resource.
I now host my websites on Wealthy Affiliate but some people don’t want/need all the additional features it offers, like support, training, keyword tool etc.
Most people want to just “dip their toes in the water” and just build a simple blog and see how what it feels like to be blogging.
Without a doubt:
Bluehost is a great alternative to Wealthy Affiliate hosting.
The aforementioned 5 resources are highly recommended.
(And if you have any questions and/or concerns, I encourage you to let me know in the comments! I answer every one of them.)
Your Thoughts? Any Questions? Concerns?
As you can see, I didn’t get to where I am overnight.
It’s been a long journey filled with lots of hustle and my fair share of mistakes. But it was all worth it and I am starting to see some real results.
And remember that with proper guidance and some work, YOU CAN DO IT TOO!
I’d like to hear from YOU:
- Do you enjoy reading income reports and how can I improve?
- What’s your level of experience in making money online?
- Do you have any questions and/or concerns?
Feel free to let me know in the comments!
I always respond to all the comments and will do my best to help you with whatever issue you’re facing.