How my side project satisfied my curiosity — and made me $3,000

A screenshot from Dev-Books.com

How this website makes money

For this project, I chose the Amazon Affiliate Program, since Amazon is the biggest book store I know of. Account registration was pretty straight forward, so I received my affiliate tag to use in links on my website in less than an hour.

Cold start

After everything was up and running, I’ve posted link to dev-books.com on Hacker News and Reddit, trying to attract some developers’ attention to my project.

The Breakthrough

Reading this article by Quincy Larson, I found a very useful tool for making the headline called Headline Analyzer. I tried the headline I used for my posts, and got quite low rating, so I started to make a better headline to repost my website.

Google Analytics audience overview for February 2017,

Geolocation

The next day, I created a geolocation report from Google Analytics and found out that I was getting quite a bit of traffic from Asia and Europe — particularly Russia.

The most interesting part

In the pictures below, you can see statistics from Amazon.com for the month of February 2017. From the European cluster of Amazon in total I got just a bit more than $250. Could it be more if I have done geolocation based links from the very beginning? For sure.

$490 on February 9th
Summary for February 2017

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