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It has been almost 3 years since my Amazon Associate account got shut down the second time. Since then, I kept the affiliate websites and kept up with implementing SEO on them but stopped investing more content on the sites. Fortunately, my Amazon associate account has not been banned since and those sites still bring in some revenue from the Amazon associate program. However, I have lost my faith and trust in the Amazon affiliate program so making a living out of being an Amazon associate is out of the question.
In these 3 years, I kept working on some of my ideas, launching new websites and helping other website owners as an SEO consultant. Some of you might have noticed, this website has slowly changed from being just a blog into a site about SEO service.
This might sound like I lost the battle and I just gave up my dream of making a living by running profitable websites. However, it is far from it. I was still fighting but on a different battleground.
One of the sites I launched after stopped focusing on Amazon affiliate sites was a Software As Service (SAS) site, in which users would subscribe to a membership to access the tool on the site. I am not going to get into details about the site for now but the site has a good number of users and is generating a high 4 figure annual revenue. Nothing to brag about yet, but considering the start-up cost was merely a few hundred dollars, I would call it a successful project.
How much should a site make to call it a success?
This question has been bugging me ever since I got into online marketing. A lot of the sites out there brag about how much revenue their sites bring in and how they grew the site from zero to 1000 times traffic in a very short time. If you dig a little deeper, you would see they actually put up a lot of money up front to get that kind of traction. A large sum of money is used for setting up a site, creating 100s of articles, building backlinks, etc. In other words, they won’t even get back what they invested in for some time.
Another model I see is sites based around paid media. They use Facebook ads or Google ads to drive traffic to the sites. Revenue from these kinds of sites really depends on how much money is spent on advertising. The idea is to spend $10,000 to make $20,000 for example. Yet another big risk upfront type of business.
So what is the point I am making?
You don’t need to build a site that makes millions of dollars to call it a success. If you can build a site with very little budget, then get 10 times the return, wouldn’t you call it a success?
Let me share with you what I have learned and will learn
Having been an SEO consultant helping other people’s websites in addition to working on my own sites has really given me great insights into different types of SEO strategies.
There are many ways to make money online. Being an affiliate marketer is one of them. I do not plan to stop helping other people selling their products but I also believe in creating products of my own. I believe it would bring more value to my readers, customers, and clients.
I am not 100% sure what that journey will look like, but I hope you will join me on that journey. My plan is to start sharing what I am working on in the coming months, so you can see my thinking and struggle, as well as tips and tricks on what I will learn along the way.
As of now, all I know is it would likely be something SEO related…..
More to come.