$10K Challenge Update #6

Welcome to the 6th 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 (May 2016):


Key Successes​

  • Hit 100,000 visits a month.
  • Launched the Epic article and built 17 links to it.

Key Failures​

  • Failed to start collecting emails.
  • Failed to optimize revenue.

Website Stats as of August 1st 2016

Domain Profile

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

  • Domain Rating: 42 (+1)
  • Domain Authority: 25 (-1)
  • Referring Domains: 106 (+21)
  • Organic Keywords: 27,000 (+7,000)​


Traffic has grown nicely since the last update and is at about 3,800 visits a day.

There’s not much to talk about here as my strategy is simply to post new contents consistently, at 3 times a week.

I’m going to keep this posting frequency for the next few months as it’s better to focus on optimizing current contents to maximize performance / revenue.


May 2016

June 2016

July 2016

Amazon Affiliate Income




Media.net Ads



Total Revenue




I wasn’t able to optimize the revenue and it’s still at $3,000 on average. Income for July is a bit lower and it could be due to 2 reasons:

  1. Minor ranking changes for some of my best keywords.
  2. Summer is a low season for the health and beauty niche. Some of my friends noticed the same trend with their sites.

I also tested Media.net ads and earned about $150 in 2 months. But, I wasn’t happy with how the ads look on my site so I removed it.

Content & Promotion

My team and I published 26 new posts and gained 21+ new backlinks during this period.

We’ve launched the epic page (check it out here) and is currently promoting it quite heavily.

My SEO manager is doing an incredible job and this month alone, he has built 17 new links to it through manual outreach.

The page is moving up nicely for all the main keywords and I expect to get some decent traffic in just a couple of months.


That’s it for my 6th update. Here are what we’re gonna do over the upcoming months to grow the site to $10k/month:

  • Keep posting frequency at 3 posts a week.
  • Do conversion rate optimization for top performing articles.
  • Keep building new links to the epic page.
  • Focus on building an email list (can’t procrastinate on this anymore!)

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.

Enrollment opens again today, and I'm doubling the price after Friday, so be sure to check it out now.

Tung Tran

Tung Tran is the founder of CloudLiving.com.
  • Wow, Tung that’s a really amazing reports, I am a follower of your blog and i am learning lots of from your blog.

    why dont don’t you give a try with Google Adsense ?
    Tung, Which tool you are using to monetize your earnings ?

    • The bulk of his earnings is from the Amazon Affiliates program

    • Abdul Rehman, do you believe Google Adsense will yield this much revenue?

  • Incredible growth, Tung!

    You are an inspiration for thousands of newbies, and CloudLiving is the most helpful website on the internet when it comes to building niche sites, the whitehat way!

    Keep doing awesome!

  • Nice job, Tung
    Amazing traffic but low earning with it.
    I think you can do it better soon

    • Yeah definitely 🙂 We’re actively doing conversion rate optimization this month to hopefully double the earnings.

      • Hey Tung, what are some of the conversion rate optimizations you are doing? Mind sharing on your next update?

  • Whoa that’s one massive pillar post, Tung! Well done!

    Best regards,

    • Thanks Daniel! My team did put a lot of work into creating that one.

  • HI,

    any advice to drive traffic to an ecommerce site?

    thank you

  • Thanks for sharing this. Can you pls write a complete guide on how to be successful in amazon affiliate marketing. I have never recorded any success in it till they pushed me out after 6months without making any sales.


  • Love reading these reports. There seems to be a lot of negativity around still being able to make decent money building Amazon Affiliate sites.

    However you have demonstrated that it’s still possible. I look forward to reading the updates each time you send them.

  • Tung, awesome work! You’ve inspired me to take the Amazon niche websites to a whole new level.

    For anyone interested his Tung’s AMZ Affiliate Bootcamp course, this is not a paid advertisement nor do I receive any commissions (was is that Tung?)…. it’s an AWESOME course. I signed up reluctantly on the last day it was offered before due to all the previous Amazon affiliate courses that I paid for that were pure junk. But, I took the plunge anyways. Best money I ever spent. IF you can afford it, take it! You won’t be disappointed.

    Keep these coming challenge updates coming, there a huge motivational tool for me. I’ve set a goal myself of reaching $10,000 by next August. Thanks for sharing and keep grinding!

  • Anthony Rawson says:

    Hi Tung

    Epic page is truely that!

    On the page below the first table, the download pdf goes to a 404. Thought I’d best let you know.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks Anthony! I was 90% done with that and things happened so I forgot. Fixing now!

  • Pritom Roy says:

    Hey Taung,
    I just can not wait to see the 10k goal. Hopefully it will hit 10k within this year. Christmas is coming soon as well 🙂

    Good Wish
    Pritom Roy

  • ahmed shifat says:

    Great journey & growth! If I may ask what kind of outreach method are you using for this epic post;like relevant blogger who posted about this topic & what kind of outreach template are you using for that?

  • Kudos on getting the rankings up and seeing that growth! Incredible!

    I think that SEO manager role is going to keep on being more and more key as you move forward. I’ve been thinking of appointing a similar position just to keep that steady stream of white-hat links coming in .

    • Thanks Quinton! Another note is that it’s so much easier to work with key members in person. I fly him out to Ho Chi Minh city to work for the whole month of August and we’ve been getting a lot of stuff done.

  • I knew you will post today.

  • Hey Tung

    Here is newbie question , can we target a keyword , which is now showing the first 10 links from amazon and minor ecommerce sites.

    Thanks for your help

    • If you see more than 7 ecommerce sites in top 10, then I would stay away as the SERP seems to prefer ecommerce sites

  • Tan Nguyen says:

    Hello Tung,

    Thank you for the amazing report. One question: How come you decided to go with Media.net rather than Adsense?

    I used both networks before but Adsense still provide higher revenue for me.


    • I didn’t have an Adsense account 😀 Will need to apply for one.

      • Oh I see. Oh btw, what plugin are you using for commenter to get an email notification when the author reply back?

  • Hi Tung,

    I’m pumped by your post on this update, that’s a lot of money for 3 months. I’d like to see more updates and content from you.

    As you said earlier on your #3 update, basically you used the Blog Commenting to build relationship so that later you can ask for a Guest Posting, right?
    And the same thing goes with the infographic, am I right?

    Thank you very much 🙂

  • Hi Tung,

    Wow, it’s impressive Challenge and I’m sute it put some pressure to you since you made it public 🙂

    I’m wondering if you create your own product reviews? So uou bought the product and do some kind of testings?

    I’m pursuing the same road as you’re but still far from my goal.

    Appreciate your response

    • For now we just do a lot of research around the product but we’re planning to buy the actual products to review soon.

  • Hi Tung,

    Great Going, Happy to see the performance report. Your blog is the perfect place for those who want to learn niche site building.


  • Hello Tung,

    I am just starting to follow your 10K challenge. I have a question in my mind. In this article you mentioned that, we need to post 3 times a week. Is it a must? Or can I post 1-2 times in a week. Is this for contents freshness only? By the way I have already started to like your writing 🙂

    • No not a must. In the first 6-8 months links are everything. Try to get 20 pages up and focus on acquiring links. You can up the post frequency later when you have good domain authority.

      • Imtiaz Ahmed Shuvo says:

        Thanks for the quick reply. Do you have a brief guide for building high quality link? I mean do you have any proven strategy of building high quality backlink profile without using PBN.

  • Hi Tung,
    thanks for the update. I really like to follow what you do.
    One question: How active are you on social media with ThankYourSkin?
    Take care

    • Not so active honestly 😀 I’m not that experienced with social media.

      • Hehe.
        Interesting. I am still fighting myself what I want to concentrate on. Google or social media.

  • Mind boggling development, Tung!

    You are a motivation for a great many amateurs, and CloudLiving is the most supportive site on the web with regards to building corner destinations, the whitehat way!

    Continue doing magnificent!

  • Vladimir Bestic says:

    Hey Tung,

    What plugin do you use for displaying table of contents in the sticky menu of your big acne post?

  • Hi Tung,

    Do you happen to know the process of creating another Amazon account such as through an LLC? My account was banned a while back. Found your blog, read a few articles and would love to start making money with Amazon again but couldn’t find direct answers to creating a new account. Or am I pretty much screwed in terms of earning with Amazon at this point?

    Anyone else who knows the answer, please feel free to chime in. Thanks in advance.

    • I’m not very experienced in this subject unfortunately so I don’t feel confident to give you any advice here.

  • This is impressive. Your site layout is quite nice and this definitely gives me something to compare my own website to. Gotta get with the times and roll out a visual update.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Really great stuff Tung. I just checked out the epic post and it looks great. Awesome jobs of mixing in graphics and charts into the content. It flows really well in my opinion, and I am sure you are crushing the link building process with it. Rock on!

  • Hi Tung,

    Previously you were using Geniuslink for localization . Now you are not using? Is there any specific reason?

    Also i like to know if i use Geniuslink for localization , will it violate any Amazon TOS?


  • Tung. Dude. Your “epic” piece of content that you published on how to get rid of acne. Not only was the content epic.. your use of the TCB to make the content look great was epic as well. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to the next update.

  • Are you paying for any guest posts for links back to Thank Your Skin or only doing outreach? If you are paying can you share some good places to buy guest posts from?

  • I know your team does outreach but if a blog owner won’t list your blog post unless you pay them will you do it? Or just skipping those with the ones who are free. Sometimes when I do outreach bloggers say there’s a sponsorship fee or fee to get listed

    • We pay only if the sites are very high quality. But we get a lot of links for free too.

  • I was wondering what you use to write and create the text on your images on your blog posts, the featured image… sometimes it’s several images merged into one. Is that part of the focusblog theme or something you did on your own?

    Also, I see you have been adding a lot of (acne) articles to your site but they don’t have product reviews. Can you share what the purpose is of adding articles if there aren’t links to Amazon etc?

    • I did that with canva.com

      We need both commercial and informational content.

  • Hi Tung,

    This is my first time visiting your website and it looks really great. Just checked ThankYourSkin website and it’s impressive. The content is great and beautifully organized.

    Are you using any content builder? If yes, then which one is it?


  • Simply want to say, you’re awesome bro. Keep sharing to motivate us. Thanks and best of luck 🙂
    Just want to know would you like to reveal the domain age of the site you are struggling to earn 10k/month? Thanks again

    • I’m not struggling lol. It’s growing and it just takes time to grow. The site was started november 2014 but the domain seems to be 3-4 years old.

  • Tung,
    That’s one monster of an article! You must have invested an awesome amount in it? Mind sharing where you get your content curation team?
    Thanks for your overall progress and much help,

  • Awesome bro you like a motivation to me. Just keep sharing amazing contents to motivate us. Especially I like your homepage design can you tell me is there any tool your are using?

  • Hi Tung, I’ve just started following this – thanks!

    Quick question, where are you finding your seo manager and other team members. i have huge problems recruiting good outsourcers.


    • My SEO manager is my best friend 🙂 All of my team members started with 0 experience and I train them using courses / actual work.

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