After months of trying to crack Adsense, I cracked Amazon instead and now it is a significant income stream for me. I still keep plugging on with adsense. One of these days I will crack it too, hopefully.
Here is a hint: everything on Amazon.com sells over the internet (except third party items). It costs Amazon a lot of money to keep goods in stock, and to market them to the world. They are not idiots. Any line that does not sell enough money to make it worth while... doesn't stay on Amazon for long.
Not only that, I find it is generally easier once you get into the SERPs for an amazon affiliate to sell something over $100 dollars than under $100.
Because who the heck would be looking up reviews of cheap goods on the internet?
I disagree about selling items over $100. Although I do promote Items over $100. But you need the also promote inexpensive as well.
I find that if you can find a hot product that people want they will buy them. For example I sold over 250 silly bandz last year. They average $5 a bag. But it was the low cost items like silly bandz that helped me hit 8% in December.
I sell a lot of inexpensive items. Then when I sell something big I usually luck out and get a higher percentage.
I'm not sure I said anywhere that you should sell only products over $100. If I implied that, I was downright wrong, and didn't mean to.
I was giving a simple example of how the OP could reach his target. Basically, only to show that it was possible. Not to say it was the best way, or the only way, just that the target is not an impossible one to reach.
There are a lot of ways to get to $100 and no single way is the best.
One of the things I'm really kicking myself about is the fact that I didn't start trying to crack Amazon earlier. This wasn't helped by the fact that when I did first sign up for Amazon, I spent about five months under the delusion that I could use my UK Amazon affiliate code in the Amazon capsules on my hubs! (Luckily a fellow hubber set me right on that score.)
Hey Brie, I have gone through few of your hubs and can say that you are a good writer. Hope you win in these few days left for the contest to end. Even if you don't win your hubs are so well crafted that you are certain to make good income from affiliate programs like adsense. All the Best!
There really is no secret. I write product review hubs. Before I write my hubs I do keyword research and go after keywords that get high traffic and am sure to include the keywords in my title. That's pretty much it. I also write at Squidoo and use Squidoo for backlinking.
Do you or have you used the products you review? I have trouble recommending items if I have no experience with them and as it is, there are very few items I use on a regular basis, besides a toothbrush and whatnot.
I see so many "5 Best Laptop Protector Sleeve" Hubs and can only assume the writer doesn't own 5 Laptop Sleeves.
80% of the time I write about products that I use and love or my children use and love. However I do write product previews on items that I haven't used. I write about products that people have purchased through my link but only after I have researched it and it has at least 4 stars on Amazon (I prefer 5 stars). My thinking is if people are buying it, It may be worth writing about. I also write about items that are on my wish list to buy but can't afford yet.
I'm always amazed by conversion rates I've seen people saying they get here too. I think I get about 3-4%.
I think you will probably see that 0.24 go up over time, cos you will get the odd large order which you might not have seen yet - 1 order of 10 products would give you a conversion of 1% over 1000 clicks even if that was the only order.
I usually make about the same from Adsense and ebay every month, and significantly less from Amazon. I'm working on trying to build up my Amazon income, but haven't cracked it yet. The stuff people buy off my hubs seems really random, with only a couple exceptions. Like, one month I'll sell a whole bunch of wedding planning books and the next it will be homesteading books and the month after, sci fi DVDs. I've only found a couple niches where I get any kind of steady result and unfortunately, they're the boring ones that I like writing about least.
I agree 100% with you Bill. I make quite a bit on my own websites and blogs than I do here. Now I am just getting started hubbing, but the conversion rates on Amazon and CTR is much higher on my own sites.
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