Can You Really Make Money with Amazon?

Can You Make Money with Amazon

Can You Make Money with Amazon?

For the month of September 2014, I am taking part in a 30 Day Blog Posting Challenge. I am using this opportunity to make money with Amazon by adding more articles to my affiliate blogs.

These blogs have been set so that when people Google a particular product and if find my site, they will hopefully click on one of the links in the posts. This will send them over to Amazon. If they purchase any product within 24 hours, I will earn a commisision from Amazon.

You can choose to buy a domain name for as little as $10 and start writing about anything you like.  The alternative is to write for free sites like Hubpages and Infobarrel. This is what I did in the very beginning and I earned a nice chunk of change.  However there is one huge downside to writing for a site that you do not own.

Reasons to Own Your Own Website

One of the negative aspects of using websites that you do not control, is that the company could decide to change the way they run their site.

This could have an adverse effect on the type of articles you have written. These websites could also choose to cancel your account without warning.

A couple of years ago Hubpages decided that you could no longer promote Clickbank products on their site. Quite a few people had built up a huge amount of articles based on that business model.

One day they were making bank and the next day, all their articles were frozen or they had to delete the links, making them worthless.

Recently Squidoo, another free site, was sold to Hubpages. Lots of people had built a business on the platform. Now that content could be worthless and they might lose everything.

Moral of The Story – Invest in your own domains.

The 3 Main Tools You Need to Make Money with Amazon

  1. An Amazon Affiliate Account
  2. Your Own Domain
  3. A Hosting Account

#1 – An Amazon Affiliate Account

To become an Amazon associate, just sign up to their website and you will be able to get your own affiliate link with which to promote Amazon products.

#2 – Your Own Domain

Go-DaddyWhen you make the decision to get your own domain, you have to consider several factors. You have to decide whether you want to promote a particular product or product range.

You have to decide whether you want to create a general website so that you can write about a wider range of things.

The answers to these questions will affect the type of name that you will choose for your website. If, for example you wanted to promote gardening products, you could choose to concentrate on a certain gardening tool and look for a website name like Small Gardening Forks.com. Or you could choose a more general name like Tools for The Garden.com.

The cost of a website name is about $5-10 per year.

Click Here to Buy  Your Domain

#3 – A Hosting Account

BluehostOnce you have decided on the name of your website, you will need somewhere to host it so that the whole world will be able to come visit your online home.

There are lots of hosting companies to choose from, like Bluehost, which is what I use.

The cost will be around $5 per month.

Click Here to Get a Hosting Account

Should You Concentrate On One Website or Many Websites?

Now you have to decide whether to create a bunch of mini websites or whether to put all your efforts into one website.

There are lots of courses that will teach you how to create these sorts of websites. They teach you all about keyword research, how to choose a website name, the best ways to write article reviews and how to improve your ranking potential in Google searches.

The best advice I can give you is to do some research into all the different methods available. Then see what will work for you. Again, you will find that people have had great success creating a series of small websites while others are making good money by concentrating on only one or two sites.

My Own Experience Making Money with My Own Websites

Too-Many-WebsitesAfter creating lots of articles on the frees sites like Hubpages and Infobarrel, I decided to try my hand at creating niche websites. I was following a few bloggers who were having great success with this business model.

I enjoyed doing the keyword research and then putting these websites together. It was fun to see how quickly I could get everything together.

I ended up with around 70 niche websites promoting products like Disney Toddler Beds, Balance Bikes for Kids, Insulated Lunch Bags and lots more.

These sites were doing OK but the upkeep was a nightmare. All those WordPress udpates.

As soon as I got through updating them all, WordPress would come out with another update and I would have to go through the whole process again. :(

I think I hit my target of making $1,000 per month two or three times. Those were great Amazon cheques to receive. Then Google changed the way they rated and ranked websites and my little sites lost a lot of their rankings and most disappeared from the top 100 Google search list.

Where I am Now

I decided to get out of the niche website business and allowed the sites to expire.  I had given up but the lure of creating websites lured me back. I now have 3 or 4 affiliate sites that I am working on.

This month each site will get a few new posts added. These posts will be written by me or they will be PLR articles that I purchased and have then edited to suit my style.

Making Money with Amazon is fun. It will not be a huge money maker for me because I know that I do not invest the time and energy needed in all the SEO and backlinking stuff.  That is very boring.  But I make enough for it to be worth my time and effort.

The sites make enough to cover their costs and I add new posts as and when I feel like it.  This is like a hobby that makes me money.  A win-win don’t you think?  :)

Have Your Say:  Are you making money with Amazon? Do you have lots of niche websites or are you concentrating on a just a couple? How is it going for you? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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18 thoughts on “Can You Really Make Money with Amazon?

  1. Alexandria Gunn

    Having your own domains certainly has its benefits. There are other benefits to relying on others’ sites, but I share the sentiment that you have so much more control with your own domains. I’ve never made a penny with Amazon on my own domains. I haven’t done too badly with HubPages. I know the theory but haven’t managed to make it work. I keep trying though. One day I’ll get there.
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    1. Victoria Post author

      Thanks Alexandria – Having control over the stuff you do online is really important because you do not want all your hard work to go to waste.

      The theory of affiliate marketing is straight forward and makes sense. It is the implementation that is tough. But if we work long and hard enough, hopefully we will get it right? Good luck :)
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  2. Ash

    70 sites is a LOT of work don’t know how you did it. I like the idea of one really big site that serves a user and gets them engaged. Not relying just on google but different sources: Pinterest is great! And really going beyond text blog posts, that’s what I am trying to build up well see if it pays off. I no longer think little mini sites are worth it so I am thinking all about the end USER, video tutorials, a forum, an email list, most detailed articles going beyond, something that will blow the competition away.
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    1. Victoria Post author

      Ash – your goals are very ambitious. They sound fantastic. Be sure to write up some posts along the way so that we know how it is all going.

      Glad to hear Pinterest is working out for you. I haven’t even tried that particular area. Don’t know if it will be added to my To Do list or not. We shall see.
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  3. Bonnie Gean

    I think it’s healthy to have your hands dipped in various pots, but when it starts to overtake your life — you need to hire different VA’s to help you out. Spread the money train with them and give them incentive to do it for you.

    You might find it works better in the long run. Good luck on the sites you have left. I sure hope it pans out for you this time!
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    1. Victoria Post author

      Crystal – glad to hear you are doing so well with your affiliate blogs. I am a big fan of Amazon because it so quick and easy to use and everyone knows and trusts the company.

      Good luck to you too – roll on Halloween & Christmas earnings right? :)
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  4. Cynthia Dixon

    Victoria,

    You are a real trooper! I’ve given up on affiliate niche sites. I’m so tired for trying to make that business model work. I get so bored with the same topic and trying to come up with new material that I just don’t even try anymore.

    I have two sites that will be expiring this month. I’m sure the traffic could’ve been much better if I’d posted every week for the past year, but I just wasn’t in to it.

    I know this works for a lot of people, but it’s just not for me and that’s okay. :) I hope your sties do well for the upcoming holiday season.
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    1. Victoria Post author

      Hi Cynthia – the good news is that this business model doesn’t have to involve a huge expense. If it works for you, great – if it doesn’t you know that you have only lost a few dollars on a domain name and a few hours on article writing and posting.

      Good to know what you don’t like so you can tick them off your list and move onto trying a new business model right?
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