I actually recently took a week away from internet marketing because we had family staying over. When I logged back in after that week, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I’d made 3 sales!
Here is my latest video about it:
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First 3 Sales!
So as you can see, I’ve sold 3 products, earning me a total of $3.63. Yes, I know that’s not much money at all, but it’s a start, right?
But the funny thing is, they didn’t buy tablets. Take a look at what they bought:
But I know they clicked through from my tablets site because of the tracking ID I used.
As you will know if you’ve been following my mini niche site case study so far, I didn’t put affiliate links in, to begin with. But of course, now I have put affiliate links in, which is why I was able to make those affiliate sales.
What I did was, for every product, I added two buttons:
So they can click the red button to be taken to the main product page on Amazon, where they will see the current price; or they can click the blue button, which takes them to the page where all the customer reviews are. Yes, you can get an affiliate link specifically for the customer reviews page for a product.
This is great because many people will want to read what previous customers say about the product before they decide whether to buy it. By giving people a clear opportunity to simply click through to Amazon and read the comments, you are helping them find out more, but you refer them through your affiliate link, so whatever they buy in the following 24 hours you will receive a commission for.
This is excellent because once you have got someone to click through, Amazon does a lot of the selling for you. People already like Amazon as an online shop and are happy to buy from them. So potentially it becomes a numbers game really, where it’s all about getting enough people to click through to Amazon, then some of them will buy things. They might be products related to your website, or they might be totally unrelated products. It’s out of your hands once they are on Amazon.
By the way, in case you’re wondering, I got those buttons from a website called ButtonOptimizer.com:
All you need to do is put in your text, set the colour and size, then download the button as an image file. Then you just put the image into your page or post and link it to your affiliate link. Simple as that.
I am tracking my rankings using a free website called SERP Lab. It is set to update once a week, and most of these updated on the 28th of July, although my main keyword (best buy tablets under 100) updated on 2nd of August and it now at the bottom of page 1:
Why did my rankings improve?
Since my last update, I haven’t added any new pages or posts to the site, I haven’t built any backlinks. Apart from adding the affiliate links as buttons and making a few corrections to minor details here and there, there is only one thing I have done to this site.
What did I do?
I have been getting a lot of comments to the various posts and pages by using the SiteComments tool within Wealthy Affiliate. This is a give-and-take tool where you post comments on other people’s websites to earn credits, then you can spend those credits getting other people to post comments on your website.
This is great because Google seems to really like it when a website gets lots of comments. It indicates to them that the website is popular. It is also particularly good to reply to each comment you get because this shows that you are interacting with your readers.
It’s possible that getting comments is now as effective for increasing rankings as getting backlinks used to be. However, I don’t have enough data to say for sure.
What am I going to do next with this website? I am going to:
- MAIN PRIORITY: Keep getting comments using the SiteComments tool in WA.
- Write some more blog posts about related topics.
- Check the pages to update the lists of tablets.
Hopefully, the rankings will continue to improve. Then once I have page 1 rankings for all my pages I will be faced with a choice about how to proceed with the site long-term. I can go one of two routes:
- Leave it to mostly passively earn me a bit of money, just getting a few comments here and there and occasionally checking to make sure the product lists are kept up-to-date.
- Build it up into a bigger website, filling it with lots of detailed product reviews and far more blog posts about related topics.
Ultimately, it probably comes down to how interested I am in tablets and therefore whether I want to spend a lot of time writing about them. The ironic thing in all of this, though, is that I don’t even own a tablet myself. My mum owns one which I occasionally use, but I have never owned a tablet myself.
The benefit of following option 1 is that I could then divert my time towards setting up other mini niche sites. For example, I still haven’t done anything with my laptops site which I bought the domain for at the same time I bought the tablet domain. This would keep things interesting for me and also spread the risk. After all, some websites succeed but others fail. That’s just an unfortunate fact of internet marketing.
The benefit of following option 2 is that I could potentially boost the earnings of this one website to great heights. Focusing on one website is more of a risk, though.
Anyway, what do you think? Why not let me know in the comments section below.
All the best,