It has been a long journey. If you have been following my progress closely, especially the ASS site report that I have been writing since the beginning of this year, you can see a substantial progress has been made in terms of site traffic and revenue.
For those of you who have been following me longer than that, you already know the bumpy road that I went through the years before 2016.
As you might know, I jumped into online marketing full time about 3 years ago. I already had a young family by then so changing my career while I already had two young children to feed was not an easy one. My wife worked full time (and still works full time) so it helped substantially while I got a pay cut and tried to establish myself as a SEO consultant. However, the pressure was on. Even after I got my paycheck back close to what it was, it was barely enough to sustain the family.
I needed to figure out how to get some additional income.
So that has been my main driver : Making more money. The good thing about having a goal is that you can just keep running towards it. Just concentrate on it. The bad thing about that is since you are just concentrating on that one single thing, you stop paying attention to other maybe more important things.
What I am getting at is this. I now have a proven method to build Amazon affiliate sites that can at least make several hundred dollars a month (at the time of this writing). I can replicate that method with more websites, but does the world need more Amazon affiliate sites?
Does the world need yet another Amazon affiliate site?
This is the question that I keep asking myself these days. What is the purpose of the websites that we are creating as an Amazon affiliate aside from making money? Everyone seems to be making these kind of sites so they can make money. Should that be the only aim?
It seems the sites we are creating have no meaning.
Why would someone come to the sites that talk about bunch of products? What’s the value to them? Why should they care? If they don’t care, the bounce rate should show 100%. If they don’t care, they wouldn’t even be there in the first place. Yet, there are so many people who stay on these sites and read what is there.
Then it hit me.
The sites we create actually help people making purchase decisions. These sites might have been created with a different intention (make money), but they ultimately give the readers that little “push” on the back, to make them feel comfortable buying what they need or want.
Now what if I make that process even easier? Instead of making them going around from place to place, sites after sites to get information and reviews about the products they are interested in, what if I collect those information and convert them into an easy to digest manner? Wouldn’t that save them a lot of time?
What this world needs is more useful Amazon affiliate sites
I know what you are thinking. If you take the statement above out of context, it sounds really funny. But I am pretty serious.
Some of you probably might disagree with me but there are just way too many Amazon affiliate sites out there (including few of mine) that are just not giving enough value to the site visitors.
As long as there are businesses offering affiliate programs, affiliate sites are not going to disappear. If so, why not create more valuable sites? I am sure the useful sites will naturally be appreciated more and eventually make those spammy affiliate sites disappear.
Moving forward, I want to keep reminding myself why people are visiting my sites and make “help other people making purchase decision” as the motto.
There is nothing wrong with making more money and wanting more money. Some people say money don’t buy you happiness but I disagree. Money cannot buy you all the happiness in life, but it sure will get us some happiness in our lifes.
If we all can manage to help other people while achieving our financial goals, wouldn’t that make the world a little bit better?
What do you think?
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