The $10k Challenge Update #2

Welcome to the 2nd update of my $10K Challenge. If this is your first time reading, check out what this challenge is all about here,

November 2015 was a great month with significant traffic and income growth for our authority site. Here's what happened...

Key Successes

More...

  • Successfully launched an ExpertsList campaign that resulted in 2 placed backlinks and 73 social shares. There are also 2 guest posts being approved by the featured blogs.
  • Secured 3 guest posts on sites with DA 25+.
  • Published 20+ new buying guides.
  • Hired an SEO specialist to help with outreach campaigns.
  • Hired a content editor to help with writing and editing content.
  • 152% traffic increase.
  • 450% income increase.

What's an "ExpertsList" campaign?

It's basically a list post featuring the top experts or blogs in your target niche.

The goal is to build relationships with influencers and hopefully get them to either share or link to your site.

I'll write more about this in details with step-by-step instructions in the next post.

Key Failures

  • Not having a proper tracking system in place - This has always been my weak spot for years. I don't have the habit of tracking things and It's not a good one to have. This month I'll make a tracking document and have my VA manually fill in all the stats including traffic/income/expense/etc.

Website Stats for November 2015

Traffic

November showed an over 152% traffic increase compared to the previous month. The total traffic was 6,522 with 4,286 coming from search.

I know this is a November update, but from the beginning of December, we've already been averaging over 280 visitors a day from Google, which means December should be a big month from a traffic perspective.

Income

The site earned $102.31 in November which was a 450% increase compared to October.

I know the earnings were still small, but that wasn't bad at all since I've just started to work on the site for about 4 months.

Currently It's averaging about $5 - $8 a day, so hitting $200 in December is totally doable.

Sneak peek at earnings for the first 6 days of December.

Sneak peek at earnings for the first 6 days of December.

Conclusion

I'm very happy with the progress me and my team have made in November. Everything is going in the right direction as I anticipated.

Here's what we're going to focus on in December:

  • Create more non-commercial articles (how-to's, list posts, image roundups, etc) as I'm having a good amount of buying guides on the site now.
  • Publish this infographic and try to get at least 5 links from manual outreach.
  • Optimizing top performing pages on the sites for more traffic and conversion.

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Saar - December 8, 2015

Love your post !

When will you post about your 75,000+ keyword list ?

And can you share how much you are paying for your content writer? (:

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Anonymous - December 8, 2015

But why not advertise the affiliate site to get views and purchases?

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    Tung Tran - December 8, 2015

    It’s not that simple 🙂

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    Josh Kelly - December 8, 2015

    I get this question a lot actually and it’s a pretty simple math problem. Highly targeted amazon affiliate traffic is worth about $.07-.25/visitor depending on the product you’re promoting. High quality paid traffic that’s ready to buy costs at least $.75-2/visitor. So you would lose money every time you paid for a new visitor.

    http://amaprofits.com has a calculator that can help you estimate amazon affiliate visitor value and profits (Disclaimer: I created it.)

    Great post Tung! Love to see you getting more wins with white hat. Keep up the good work!
    Josh

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Dominic - December 8, 2015

Nice work Tung. This December $200, next December, $2,000+

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Dominique - December 8, 2015

Hey Tung, nice progress! One question. What plugin are you using to format your Buying Guide pages? Love the layouts!

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Anthony - December 8, 2015

Wow congratulations things are moving upwards nicely!

When you say buying guide what do you mean?
Is most of your traffic from search engine?
For your guest posts do you have a link back to your site? I can usually get guest posts within my sports niche but they will only link back to my twitter profile.

Good luck for December it looks like your well on your way to have a great month

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    Tung Tran - December 8, 2015

    Buying guide is an article targeting keywords like “best ….” and “… reviews”.
    I’d say 70% of traffic is from search engine.
    Yes I have a link back to my site in bio and for some posts I have in-content links as well.

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Nate - December 8, 2015

Keep it up Tung!!

Can’t wait to continue to follow the site’s growth 😀

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Handsome - December 8, 2015

Awesome men,

I love to read your blog and your idea. You’re a big fish on the lake!

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Xav - December 8, 2015

Hi Tung.

The 450% increase is impressive of course but dont you think that the november / december time frame is a bit special with xmass and that it must be analysed with cautious?

I experienced the same bump in my amazon account figures but (and I dont know if it the same for you) a LOT of products are definetly xmass gifts, sometimes not even related to my niche due to cookies I guess.

Dont you fear a dramatic fall in sales after december?

Thank again for those tremendous case study and for sharing your experience. I read your blog from your first post or so and I always find this pragmatic way of thinking.

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    Tung Tran - December 8, 2015

    I actually analyzed the ordered products very carefully and for this site almost all the orders were what I’m promoting on the site. There are some random products but they’re not contributing much to the income.

    I guess there’s even a bigger bump after December as people would buy cosmetics and skin care products more after the New Year 😀

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Atif - December 8, 2015

Nice progress there Tung, Wish yaa all the best.

Would you tell me please how many pieces of content are there on this site?

And please consider a blog post on how to find good writers. I’ve been struggling to find a good writer myself for a long time.

Thanks

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    Tung Tran - December 8, 2015

    I’d say around 30 articles ~ 50k words already. I already had a post about finding writers a while ago here

    But I’ll make an updated one sooon.

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Nicheblogger - December 8, 2015

Hi,

Most top blogs in my niche also have Amazon links, so I am not sure if it’s a good idea to link to them from my blog, and I don’t know that they would want to link back to me, for the same reason, losing cookies. Is there a good way to handle this and still connect with influencers?
Thanks.

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    Tung Tran - December 8, 2015

    I think that’s totally fine. You definitely SHOULD link to them. Actually most bloggers are very open to link to other bloggers in the same niche. As long as the links give good value to the readers. Try link to them and send a friendly personalized email. You’ll be surprised 🙂

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      Nicheblogger - December 8, 2015

      Thanks! When you say link, do you mean link from within a post (“check out the post at …”) or do you mean putting a list of the top blogs on my home page?

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Andhy Fathoni - December 8, 2015

Great result, Tung.

I hope you can give a detail explanation on your list expert and guest post strategy.

😀

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Nicheblogger - December 8, 2015

Oh I see. A list post. Sorry… forgot. Yeah that’s not a bad idea, if the others all reciprocate. I don’t know how much traffic that would get on my blog since so much of my traffic is from Google.

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    Tung Tran - December 8, 2015

    Yeah you can mention them in your normal posts too. Just ask this question:” Does this mention add value to the users?”

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Saar - December 9, 2015

Hey Tung, Is there an email or maybe a Skype that I can ask you a question \ talk to you live ?

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Michael - December 11, 2015

Nice work Tung! How much did you pay for the infographic? Where did you order it? Thanks.

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Steveo - December 11, 2015

Hey,

Can you give us some information on the domain purchase? In LTP it says that your site is over 4 years old.

Did you acquire the domain off someone or did you purchase it and sit on it?

Thanks

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Rebecca - December 12, 2015

Nice to see your authority site progess upward, let me know your average amazon product price that you promoting and how much you receive the comission 🙂

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Will - December 12, 2015

Just a quick note, I noticed the website includes pricing for products.

This is against Amazon’s TOS – so if I were you I would remove the pricing and simply put ‘$’ or ‘$$$’ depending on the price range.

If you want to add pricing to your website you need to have it so it automatically updates and a note below saying ‘this price was last updated xx/xx/xx and it may not reflect the current price’.

It’s not a massive issue, since Amazon manually reviews accounts at random, but when they do decide to review your account it would be an issue.

Will.

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    Tung Tran - December 13, 2015

    Thanks Will!

    I just followed what The Wire Cutter did here http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-bluetooth-speaker/ but It seems that they can get away with this because they’re big.

    I asked the support and they told me that wasn’t the right way to display pricing.

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      Will - December 13, 2015

      Your welcome dude.

      I am sure thousands of affiliates do it, some of the largest affiliate I’ve seen do it, similar to the example you mentioned above. The issue is, since there are thousands upon thousands of Amazon associates, their internal teams only manual review a small percentage of these on a daily basis. It could take months, even years for an account to be reviewed and therefore it can seem like you are ‘getting away with it’ but the day it comes to your account being reviewed, it’s definitely not something you want to be highlighted for.

      It’s a bigger issue than Amazon simply having it as a rule, but instead it comes in to whole area of advertising laws and standards across the world wide web. Therefore, if Amazon isn’t seen to be regulating this and upholding it to the best of their ability then they could be fined. If my account were to be reviewed and flagged for something, I’d want it to be something that Amazon themselves made a rule, not the ASA (or US equivalent).

      It’s much better to just do things safely, either don’t add the price or if you do add the price make sure it’s up to date and has the tag line.

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Danny - December 13, 2015

I can’t believe you had a 450% increase in such a short amount of time. That’s incredible! I’m sure seasonality had a little part to play in this, but even still, at this rate you are well on your way to making very good money over this next year.

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Seth - December 14, 2015

Great job on your success Tung! Hard, smart work really does pay off!

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Steveo - December 15, 2015

Hey Tung,

Just wondering – How long did it take you to find your niche and how long ago did you find it vs launch?

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Ricardo - December 18, 2015

Keep it up Tung, I’m learning alot with you journey. Thanks for sharing man!

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Vicky - December 20, 2015

Hi Tung
There are a lot of site losing rank due to “Thin content” by google. I would like to ask you how to create a rich content for my site.?
Thank you

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Nguyễn Viết Quân - December 25, 2015

Hi thím. Tiếng Việt ở đây được không :D?

I want to start an Amazon affiliate site and will get start in the next days.

You say you spent over 1000$ to invest, but what if for starters, I dont have that amount of money to spend, only a little. How can I achieve?

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Milo - December 29, 2015

Hi Tung,

What happened with teespring? still doing it or did you quit?

Also have you heard about the Franklin Hatchet method?

In a nutshell it’s dropshipping from sites like Aliexpress, Alibaba etc.
Is there a reason why you prefer to be an amazon affiliate, instead of upselling other products? you would make more money this way.

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    Tung Tran - December 29, 2015

    I stopped Teespring 6 months ago.

    I don’t like the dropshipping model for now. More work, more money invested in inventory.

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Nguyen Dung - January 5, 2016

Where you hired an SEO Specialist? Tung Tran

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Sergio - January 5, 2016

Your site looks awesome. May I ask what plugin you use to structure your content (table of content, bullet points, tables, etc.)?

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Benjamin - January 14, 2016

Hey tung, would you mind sharing your webmaster tools keyword data in future posts?

Would be very interested in seeing how much of your traffic is coming from longtail vs head terms.

Since your publishing an amazing amount of content + lengthy content I would assume the majority of your traffic is longtail, but would love to know for sure!

Cheers, and keep up the great work.

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RJ - February 4, 2016

Nice!

Any chance your friend (the one who designed the infographic) is for hire?

or do you have any pointers on how to hire someone on Upwork without spending $500?

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Annie - March 20, 2016

Hi Tung,

Great to see the progress. Following a challenge late has an advantage that you don’t have to wait for the nest update, lol.

Bytheway loved the post!

Best Regards,
Annie

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