Case Study: How I started and gradually earned first 100$ in 6 months from my Amazon Affiliate Blog?

Vikas Yadav
Aug 10, 2017 · 8 min read

So this is my third website/blog on which I have worked and finally able to made my first 100$ within 6 months gradually.
The process was slow but it means a lot to me as after failing twice my site eventually started earning.
So Here I am going to tell U how I did it.

What steps did I follow?

In this case study, I will explain everything I did on this site, from keyword research to link building process.

I am very much passionate about Tech Gadgets so I just chose my website in Tech niche.
I generally review top 10 brand products for a specific Category product
like example: Best VR Headset etc.
I launched my website in back Dec 2016 but actually started working on it from Jan 2017.

From Jan till March I added total of 9 articles (8 review + 1 Infograph)

And in total 6 months it generated nearly 142$ so far uptill now.

In first 3 months it generated 40$ with 845 unique visitors from search engines.

Feb = 0.7$ with 265 visits

March = 29$ with 243 visits

April = 10.83$ with 348 visits

In May, June and July it earned 96$ with 1509 unique visits.

May = 5.5$ with 446 visits

June = 40$ with 478 visits

July = 50$ with 600 visits

The total earnings uptill now are all from my top 2 posts which I marketed slightly well.
Here is the latest keywords ranking in serplab:

And here is the screenshot for the total traffic in these 6 months (Feb-July)

Though this is a very small thing as 100$ isn’t a huge earning but I believe this as my still a smallest accomplishment though I am still learning much and executing it and getting the results.

So Lets dive in:

Step 1 :

Keyword Research:
It contributes again 3 to do lists:

1. Find your Passion and Choose your Niche

2. Choose Product Category

3. Analyze Competition and Generate Keywords

First choose a niche, If U are a beginner then go with not much high competitive niche rather a low competitive or moderate one so for ranking the kws would not be much ass difficult for U.
Next choose the Product category and generate or find keywords related to the products which have good amount search volume.
Analyze the keyword difficulty like choose the keywords with search volume minimum 0f 1000 per month with KD less than 20 according to ahrefs and so on.

I generally target my keywords as:
Best [Product Name ]
[product name] reviews
as these are the buying keywords which attract the people to buy the product immediately.

Step 2 :

Site Structure:

The website structure plays an important role in enhancing User Experience and SEO.
Well, I always preferred a static homepage with 2–3k word well-researched content. A chunk of affiliate links in it and all that stuff.
But, for the first time, I used a widgetized homepage with an Optin box and only 2 latest posts.

So what was the change in it:

· No content on the homepage

· No affiliate links or any kind of external links on the homepage

· Only 2 latest posts and a big Optin Box

· For the main menu, I added a Blog page and 3 main “Broad Categories”.

· Bottom menu includes all of the legal pages including About and Contact Page.

WordPress Theme and Plugins

U can choose a premium theme such as thrive themes or studio press themes but it really doesn’t matters much so I didn’t bother much with theme and have been using a free theme “HashOne” uptill now and it is working fine.

Now, let’s talk about plugins.

I have 35 activated plugins but I am going to talk here about only of those which aren’t common.

Below you can find some of my favorite plugins which I am using for my blog.

· Shortcode Ultimate: Well this plugin is love. It allows adding buttons, tables, lists, rows, columns, and much more in the content.

· Clicky by Yoast: Clicky is an analytics plugin but more easy to access and more helpful while analyzing real-time traffic as compared to Google Analytics.

· WP Smush: It decreases the image size and keeps the quality same. Helps in optimizing images.

· Tablepress: Allows to create tables with ease. I am using this plugin to create all of the tables. Shortcode ultimate also allows it, but I prefer tablepress because of the UX features it has.

· SEO by Yoast: Is there anyone who is reading this post and don’t know about SEO by Yoast? I don’t know if onpage SEO could be easier without this plugin.

Step 3:

Content Structure:

#1 Article Introduction

Article introduction is very important as it will decide the behavior of the visitor.

A visitor will either stick and continue reading or will hit the “Back button” of the browser just after reading the first sentence.

So I made sure that the introduction of my article is good enough.

#2 Comparison Table

Comparison tables are great when it comes to conversion.

Just right after introduction, I include a simple yet powerful “Comparison Table”.

Most of your visitors don’t have the time to read your complete article.

So, what they do is try to find a table which lists all of the products you are reviewing in that specific article.

And if you don’t have one, you will probably loose a sale…

In fact, comparison tables are generating me most of the sales.

#3 Detailed Reviews

Now finally we are down to the Reviews.

I always make sure to write detailed reviews which convert into sales.

This is the format I use for all of my articles:

Step 4:

On-Page SEO

For one post, I target only “1” main keyword.

Since I write lengthy articles, more than 5k words, I rank for other LSI keywords and long tail keywords without targeting them.

#1 SEO Friendly URLs

So I made sure that all of my URLs are short and user-friendly.

#2 Starting the Title with the Targeted Keyword

I used to keep the targeted keyword in the beginning of Post Title.

#3 Add Multimedia

Of course, I add multiple images, videos, tables, and illustrations to enhance the SEO.

But adding the targeted keyword in the alt tag of your image will surely boost your OnPage and I always do that.

#4 Targeted Keywords in <h2> Heading

What’s wrong in adding your keyword in the H2 Subheading?

#5 Adding targeted keyword in the first 100 words

Adding the targeted keyword in the first “100 words” is absolutely beneficial to Google.

And to ensure the rankings, I never miss it…

In fact, I am naturally used to it.

#6 Adding Outbound Links

By adding relative outbound links, you are actually telling google that what your content is about.

So I always make sure to add outbound links to relative sites.

#7 Internal Linking

As I mentioned in the previous Step, that internal linking is very important to pass the link juice to other pages.

So, I add “Related Articles” manually at the end of each article.

#8 Post Long Content

Do I post long content?

You bet…

My average article length is 5000+ words.

Step 5:

Link Building:

Finally, the Link Building Process.

If you want to take your Amazon Affiliate Site to the next level, you will have to build High-Quality links.

Now, it’s up to you which one you want to follow, black hat or white hat…

I am doing only White-Hat link building for this site.

So, today I am going to talk only about it.

Below you can find all of the tactics which I am applying to get Backlinks.

#1 Giving a Kickstart:

Here comes the interesting part.

So, I was done with publishing my articles and my website was live.

Now, all I need was TRAFFIC…

So, to get the traffic, I started to provide social signals to my articles.

For this job, I chose AddmeFast.com

It is a 3 step process…

· Just tweet your article and pin it on Pinterest once.

· Add your tweet and pin on AddMeFast and start a retweet and repin campaign.

· Don’t overdo it, just do it slowly and steady (Less than 10 retweets and repins a day).

That is how I got that massive amount of social shares .

#2 Made a Plan

I created a plan which I implemented it in next 4 months gradually.
Here is the screenshot of my plan.

I bought 10 strong PBNs after doing web 2.0s and social shares
as it is the black hat link strategy, U need to take the measures strictly and avoid the footprints in eyes of Google.

#3 Forum and Blog Comments

There is nothing new here.

I joined the niche relevant Forums, find my product relevant threads and added a naked URL in the Comments.

Other than that, I posted comments on several blogs with homepage URL and the anchor text was “Writer Name”.

That’s all.

Vikas Yadav

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Writer, Editor, Entrepreneur!! Founder at grumpytext.com — An unlimited blog content service for brands and startups

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