Amazon Affiliate Mistakes can be Avoided
Getting the right training will save a lot of grief…
And THAT is where almost all the problems start!
Some Common Amazon Affiliate Mistakes
- Thinking some plugin will automate the process and do the work for you
- Using methods that Google doesn’t approve of i.e. certain back-linking methods or over ‘optimizing’ content
- Not doing enough of the right kind of research and niche selection
- Filling a site with identical content to what can be found elsewhere such as on Amazon itself
- Breaking Amazon Terms of Service i.e. cloaking affiliate links
A few years back I had a site that was just building up traffic, it was on page one of Google for some good traffic keywords and then Google did it’s Panda and Penguin updates…. Needless to say that run didn’t continue… 🙄
Just recently, I had notification from Google that one of my amazon affiliate sites (one that I don’t really do much with, and which has pretty much been built out using a plugin) is considered ‘spam’ because there is no ‘original’ content that adds value to readers.
Of course, I didn’t know I was building something that was going to be a problem… And there are people who are selling plugins all the time for this type of thing.
The only type of plugin I would ever consider now would be one that allowed me to edit the content, but then you have to ask the question… did you really need the plugin in the first place?
The point is, if you are just starting out, how do you know what is best practice, aside from just understanding the basics and how to put it all together… and the answer is that you really need someone you can trust to teach you!
There-in lay another problem!
I can honestly say, I have bought a number of Amazon courses… some have been good, some not so good, but the one I am recommending today is second to none. That’s the ‘Azon 30 Day Challenge’ by Ryan Stevenson.
Now unlike what a lot of Internet Marketer’s say… He is not a good friend of mine! I don’t know the guy except as a customer, and so my recommendation comes from a customers perspective.
Firstly I think Ryan is a bit of a ‘chronic’ teacher!
His training videos are not short! They tend to be on the long side, but he really doesn’t leave anything out… he is thorough. He lays things out step by step, which is perfect for anyone just getting started or for someone who might want to ‘fix’ their sites so they actually start to do well.
The Azon 30 Day Challenge starts right from scratch and I want to stress you don’t want to skip the initial steps… no matter if you find it boring or you think it isn’t that important. If you get off to the wrong start you are likely going to waste all your hard work, and over time it is going to take some work.
Here is a quick outline of the course:
Step 1 – Niche Research.
Don’t waste all your efforts… make sure you do the niche research and start with a strong foundation for the rest of the course. Ryan really gives this step the attention that it deserves.
Step 2 – Planning Your Site
Next up he goes into planning your site… planning is another step that people are not that keen on doing, and yet it is really another critical part of setting things up properly.
Step 3 – Constructing your Site
Setting up your website only comes after you have done the foundational work.
Step 4 – Writing your Content (the right way)
It’s important that you know how to add content to your website, and also exactly what sort of content to write… how to set it out, what to include and what not to include.
Step 5 – Creating Amazon Product Pages
These are basically product review pages, but done the right way, and in addition to how they are written and laid out, he goes into how to optimize these to make them search engine and visitor friendly.
Step 6 – Finalizing your Site
This step also includes how to use the plugins he provides in the course… yes there are plugins that are useful for an Amazon site, but it’s important that you know which ones are right, and also how to use them.
Step 7 – Site Marketing and Maintenance
This is another critical step… Without marketing your site you are not going to get things moving very fast or even at all and maintenance is extremely important. You need to know how to maintain your site so that it is going to continue to perform well for you.
Ok so if it’s only 7 steps, how come it is a 30 day challenge, do I hear you ask?
Check it out…