$10K Challenge Update #9

Welcome to the 9th update of my $10K Challenge. If this is your first time reading, check out what this challenge is all about here.

Below are the things that happened since the last update (February 2017):

Key Successes

  • Traffic has hit a new record - 200,000+ visits in March
  • Started list building
  • Increased Shipped Items Revenue to Amazon by 24%

Key Failures

  • E-commerce project got delayed due to slow incorporation
  • Income potential dropped by 30% due to Amazon’s new fixed commission rate

Website Stats - March 2017


Domain Profile

I used Ahrefs (paid) and Open Site Explorer (free) to help measure the effectiveness of my promotional efforts by tracking these metrics:

  • Domain Rating: 47 (+1)
  • Referring Domains: 284 (+38)



My site didn’t see any negative effects from the Google Fred update and traffic even hit a new record at 207,708 visits in March.



We finished March 2017 with $5,917.04 which was $685 less than what we had in February 2017.

While it doesn’t seem like a significant drop month-over-month, especially after the new Amazon commission change, what you don’t see in the picture above is that we were actually able to increase Shipped Items Revenue to Amazon by about 24%.

Here's more data on this:

February 2017

March 2017

Shipped Items Revenue



Earnings (Bounties not included)



Avg Commission Percentage



So, with the old commission rates, we should have earned $8,066 from Amazon in March.

It’s sad that Amazon decided to drop their commission rates, but let's not spend time crying over something that we don’t have any control over.

Some people might have been wondering if building Amazon affiliate websites is still worth it.

And my answer is a definite YES for a few reasons:

  • ​While it must have been awesome to get that 8.32%, earning $5,917 in a month is nothing to sneeze at.
  • There are many good affiliate programs out there. Amazon is just one of those.
  • Amazon is also not the most profitable way to monetize your site. And it shouldn’t be the only monetization method either.
  • It might be the easiest and fastest way to monetize, so we use it to help build the foundation of our online businesses.
  • But, after your site is established with strong traffic, you should look for other ways to monetize.
  • Most importantly, Amazon affiliate program is just the first step – what we’re really building is a media asset that can grow into a sustainable business.

To illustrate the last point, take a look at the image below:

This is a concept I borrowed from Rob Walling’s guide to bootstrapping a software business and made it applicable to our industry.

This is the right path that I believe everyone should follow in order to build a sustainable business starting with a simple Amazon affiliate website.

I’ll do a post explaining this concept in more detail soon.

What We’ve Done in March 2017

Other than executing regular link building campaigns and publishing new content, what contributed most to the increase in traffic and shipped revenue was that we went back and improved a lot of the old articles.

Basically, we made the articles more in-depth and did A/B test to increase CTR to Amazon.

A lot of work has been done to the e-commerce project as well. We have tested sample products from the labs to make sure they meet the quality we wanted.

We’re almost ready to start selling now. We’re just waiting for the incorporation to be done so we can fund inventory from the corporation’s new bank account.

Goals For April 2017

Our main focus in April is to try different ways to monetize the site better.

After reviewing the site’s performance over the last few months, I realized that it was heavily under-monetized.

At the level of traffic we’re getting now, the site should be making way past the original goal of $10,000 monthly.

So, the key manager of this project and I have mutually agreed that it’s time to refocus and spend most of our time on monetization instead of pushing for more traffic.

Our plan of action over the next 30 days includes:​

  • Test different affiliate offers and networks
  • Convert current traffic into leads by implementing some list building tactics
  • Create an autoresponder series to monetize the email list​


I hope you enjoyed my 9th update.

From now on, I’ll do this monthly so you can have a better idea on what I’m doing to grow the site.

Personally I think adding the e-commerce can really skyrocket the revenue way past the original $10k goal I’ve set.

If you have any question for me, feel free to leave a comment below or post in our Facebook community.

You can also join my online course AMZ Affiliate Bootcamp, if you want to fast-track your way to success with building Amazon affiliate websites.

People are having great success with the program and many are on their way to their first $1,000 monthly. Check out some of the most recent ones below:

Click here to learn more about AMZ Affiliate Bootcamp

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 20 comments
Tim - April 3, 2017

I have a site in the health and beauty niche as well. What affiliate programs are you thinking of testing out? There doesn’t seem to be that many options besides ArtNaturals program which pays 7% with a 90 day cookie.

James - April 3, 2017

Congratulations. What interest me sometime is not how much the gross earning is but the net income, can this be clarify?

    Tung Tran - April 3, 2017

    I’m reinvesting about $2k a month back into the website on content creation / link building. So the site is netting about $4k a month.

      James - April 3, 2017

      Well done, that is still a very good ROI

        Tung Tran - April 3, 2017

        Yeah the site is in growth stage now so I’m reinvesting a good amount back to increase the earnings further. If I just want to maintain it, then the cost would be much lower.

Eugene - April 4, 2017

Great progress! Congrats.
Can you share what has worked for you in improving CTR?

Achraf - April 4, 2017

Hi Tung, i have one thing to say, you have to promote products more than 100$ , because The majority of your product between 10 an 30$ , with your traffic now you have to earn at least 10k$ per month, o know some sites Amzon Affiliate can make more than your website, and their traffic less than your .

David - April 4, 2017

Congratulations.can you recommend any books that changed your way of thinking about buissnes.

Vinhnguyen - April 4, 2017

Congratulate you on the deserving result. I’m considering your training course, but my strategy is slightly different from your targeted outcome, I wanna build a niche site or authority site that is associated both income stream: Amazon Affiliate Association and FBA. A little bit confused, could you give me some hints?
Thanks in advance.

    Tung Tran - April 4, 2017

    Yes then the course is perfect fit for you. The course helps you build a site successfully, then you can FBA the products and send the traffic over.

Jordan - April 4, 2017

Very impressive! Thank you for this information
Small question: have you any experience with other seo tools?
I’m trying to make a right desigion )
Tell me please about the ones you’ve named.
I found Serpstat tool few days ago – it has all functions I need and small price. Have you heard about this tool?
Want to compare.

Luke - April 9, 2017

Hi Tung,

I see that a big part of your SEO efforts was through guest posting. Would you say that was the main reason for all the organic traffic you’ve brought over the months? Do you pay a fee to any of the webmasters publishing your post? Virtually all the blog owners I reach out to respond with a fee to publish a post.

Thanks in advance!

    Tung Tran - April 10, 2017

    Yes guest posting has been my key tactic to get links. It’s normal to pay for guest posts. But they must have do-follow links in order to be worth the investment

      Luke - April 10, 2017

      Hi mate,

      Thanks for replying! I see that a lot of your links are going directly to your homepage. I always thought you need to link to the specific URL you want to rank for. But I see that for the pages you rank (like the face wash article) you have just a few links pointing to it.

      I hope you will speak about the importance of root domain vs specific URL links in your upcoming post on Niche Pursuits 🙂

Q - April 14, 2017

Hi Tung,

Can you please let me know what web host you are using for thankyourskin.com ? Thanks


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