$10K Challenge Update #10

Welcome to the 10th 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 (March 2017):

Key Successes

  • Increased revenue.
  • Moved forward with ecommerce project - almost ready to launch.

Key Failures

  • N/A

Website Stats - April 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: 49 (+2)
  • Referring Domains: 360 (+76)



Traffic went down by 8.11% compared to March 2017 which is normal fluctuation.


We finished April 2017 with $5,226.82 in Amazon affiliate commission and $1,128.07 from a new affiliate program that we tested which summed up the total revenue for the month to $6,356.44.

What Weโ€™ve Done in April 2017

As usual, we continued posting new articles regularly and ran some link building campaigns.

We also started to focus on growing our Pinterest account  to get more social traffic to the site.

Our Pinterest strategy is pretty simple and straightforward:

  1. โ€‹Create and optimize personal boards for big relevant keywords.
  2. Pin stuff regularly to the boards.
  3. Try to join as many big group boards as possible.
  4. Become a regular contributor to those group boards. Pin good stuff regularly.
  5. Mix in curated articles and our own articles then pin to those group boards.

This 5-step strategy seems to be working out well so far. We've been seeing an increase in organic followers and referral traffic to the site.

For monetization, we've tested some new affiliate program and found a good one that added $1,128.07 in revenue to the bottom line.

We made some good progress on the e-commerce project as well - almost ready to launch!

Goals For May 2017

  • Test more affiliate programs to find ones that bring in more revenue.
  • Keep focusing on building our email list.
  • Getting the e-commerce project ready for the launch in June.


That's it for our 10th update. It's a quick one because there's not a lot of new things to report on with a monthly update schedule.

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:

Tung Tran

Tung Tran is the founder of CloudLiving.com.
  • Are you tracking what articles have the most clicks from pinterest? Maybe a bigger article about pinterest, how to use it for affilate marketing?

    • Yes I can see that from Google Analytics. I’ll make a tutorial on this when I have better results with it.

  • Hi Tung,

    I see, that you really enjoy success.

    I wonder, which paid version of Ahrefs do you use and what specifically do you value and use most in Ahrefs?

    Thank you in advance for your answer.

    • I use the $179 per month version. I use Ahrefs for everything now. It’s just the best tool on the market. The only tool I use for SEO.

  • Hi Tung, I stumbled upon your website after binge-reading RankXL.com, great stuff you have here!

  • Hi Tung,

    Additional question:

    How many man hours do you devote to Pinterest activity? Or what is the cost for Pinterest activity? I actually see, that you are really active, this must require some funds to run it.

  • Hi Tung,
    what niches do you think Pinterest work for? I guess it’s probably not very popular for boring niches such as finance, isn’t it?

  • Hey Tung ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been following along with this challenge since the beginning. Its cool to see how much your site is growing.

    I noticed you said that you were looking for other affiliate programs to get a higher bottom line.

    Do you think it’s possible to make more than what you are now on another affiliate program? Im sure the commission is higher but do you still feel like your traffic will convert even if it is not going to a site that everyone knows like Amazon?


  • Great stuff, Tung. $6K a month sounds very good to me. I was thinking of buying SEMrush tool for SEO. What do you suggest SEMrush or Ahrefs?

  • Hello Tung,

    I love how far you’ve gone with this project, you’re steps are really worthy of emulation.

    I’ve really heard a lot about Pinterest marketing, and I think I should start giving it more of my time.

    Are you doing the Pinterest stuff yourself, or you outsourced it?

    Thanks for sharing and good luck.

  • Hi Tung, i think you receipted some Nagative SEO in April, what you need to do for that.

  • Hey Tung what link building strategy did you really use?

    Because when you mention link building you just link to a ultra generic topic on NP.

  • Winson Poon says:

    Thanks for the update, Tung.

    I got a question here. For your Pinterest account, did you convert it to a business account, or it still remains the same as a personal account?


  • Irfan Mirza says:

    Happy to see increase in your traffic and revenue, but I was hopping for $10k.

  • your authority site is quite good…i mean the design, the content and just check your links…the graph at ahrefs is also quite impressive. going to start an authority affiliate site soon…

  • How come you have so much spam links lately from profile links for TYS? Is it because your site is strong enough so you decided to do spammy links and you won’t get hit but instead it will help? Or is it negative SEO>

    • It’s negative SEO. We’re doing an audit to remove all of those. I’m not crazy enough to send spammy links to my own site ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Just a tip.. I was looking at this page… https://www.thankyourskin.com/best-drugstore-tinted-moisturizer/ The only brand on there that is a drugstore brand is E.L.F… the rest are all department store brands not found in any drugstore! Drugstore makeup brands in the U.S are cheap and usually items are under $15… in many cases under $10. Brands you can find in drugstores; NYX, Maybelline, Cover Girl, Revlon, L’Oreal…. Laura Mercier, The Balm and Bare Minerals are not found in ANY drugstore… but high end department stores like Nordstrom, Macys. Anyone who searches for drugstore and finds this page is going to be like wtf… drugstore are cheap brands available at stores like Walgreens, Rite Aid, Sav-On….. I get that you have authority and can make a page and just rank for anything but someone who is looking for a drugstore brand is not going to buy the high end brands on this page.

  • The website is not being updated with new articles including 10k challenge. So, did your ecommerce idea on thankyourskin failed??

  • Hello,
    Still waiting for the $10k challenge.So you haven’t launched your ecommerce, right??

  • Hi Tung,

    What did you do css-wise to remove the “boxed” blog layout on mobile screens on thankyourskin.com?

    I too use FocusBlog and for me my blogs appear boxed on smartphones, effectively adding white space left and right.

    Would be great if you shared your css fix.

    Thank you,

    • Max, Focus unfortunately does that on mobile. However, if you install TCB (now Architect) and add a blog grid, that boxed layout is gone. TYS uses TCB/Architect which is why you can’t see that issue. I have used Focus and TCB on several websites myself as well. Not sure if you should invest in Architect just because of that one issue though.

  • Hi,

    Is your online course amazon affiliate is no longer available? tried to click the link
    but its redirecting me to cloudliving..

  • Can’t reply to my own comment, but here’s the css addition to “unbox” the full width style blogs on mobile.

    The boxes for posts with a sidebar are simply shifted to the left, though.

    I’m no developer, so use at your own risk:

    @media only screen and (max-width: 380px) {
    .cnt {
    width: 100% !important;

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