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I Made $12,633.46 In A Year Simply Because I Got Started. Here is How To Get Started.

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1I renewed my hosting subscription few weeks ago, what this implies is that, it has been eleven (11) months that I paid for the service.

Around this time last year, I was working as a full-time freelance writer. Often, I would stay up all night, completing writing task for clients, even when there is nothing to do, i’d be awake anyway, because it has been a lifestyle; staying up for most part of the night.

On this particular night, I stumbled upon a very interesting keyword.

I know tons of stuff about affiliate marketing, because I have tried and failed several times, I had given up on the idea of starting an amazon store after failing several times.

Awake I was, checking through Google keyword planner to vet the keyword I had recently stumbled on.

As at this time last year, Keyword planner was free and easy to use; now the data is not so straightforward anymore, especially if you’re not a huge spender on Google Adword, you would only be served with throttle figures, which is obviously of no use to you as a marketer.

This post is about my journey for the past 11 months as far as making profit from amazon niche site is concerned, I intend to share as much information as I can, in this single post, and hopefully, it would inspire someone out there to break all odds and get started with something.

I said “get started” because I know how easy it is to know so much and not execute a single thing.

I know how easy it is to give up because you think you’ve failed too many times.

Maybe you’re not “called” for this lifestyle, maybe you’d be better off busting your ass on a 9 to 5 job, at least an income is guaranteed at the end of the month.

But just before you shutdown your PC and commence your job hunting journey, read my experience and see if it would in a way change your mind.

For clarity and simplicity purpose, I would break the post into three sections:

I would use the timeline to explain what I have done, and how some myths from the “guru” as regards amazon marketing has been broken.

Beginning:   The Making Of an Empire!

This section covers the setting up process, how I selected my keyword and how the contents and every other in between was done.

Niche Selection:

The first advice you get from guru as regards creating amazon niche site is to be very careful when it comes to selection of your niche.

This is a very good advice, but most gurus are not doing a good job in explaining how niche selection process works.

They would tell you to visit amazon, or check categories on authority site, look for well priced product with good review, copy the product category. Punch it into keyword planner, affix buyers intent keywords (something like; best, review, comparison etc) and check for the search volume. If it’s about 800+ then you should absolutely check for competition, if the competition is not fierce, then you should go for it.

While the advice is a very legitimate one (that’s how it should be done for the most part), they have mistakenly (or intentionally) excluded the fact that several hundred or thousands of people would do it just the way you’re doing it as well.

What this means is that, you’re setting yourself up as a competitor or for competition in the nearest future. While competition cannot be totally ruled out (it’s not like you can patent a keyword), it’s very important to minimize it.

Thinking out of the box when it comes to niche selection is the first step to creating a successful amazon nice site.

Let me give you an example of what it means to think outside the box…

…You’ve seen a nice product (following the guru’s advice), rather than punching the keyword + buyers intent into keyword planner, how about adding a little bit of variation?

Let’s say the keyword is targeted at male buyers, how about exploring the female buyer side of the market? Or the kids or teenage buyer’s market.

Maybe kitchen knife for left-handed people?

In my case, the primary keyword was a very competitive keyword, but this is a niche with lots of potential, it’s something I wasn’t willing to give up on without a “fight”, so I looked into ways in which the keyword applies to other set of buyers, and viola! I got the right one.

Another important thing to take note of is that fact that, there are awesome keywords out there (without buyer’s intention attached to it). What this means is that, you don’t have to stick to the traditional “best + keywords”, “Keywords + Reviews” etc.

Many will argue that the CTR to amazon would be low, even if they somehow landed on your site, this is wrong in most cases. All you have to do is get people on amazon, and they (amazon) would take care of the rest.

The CTR on amazon for my site is close to 11% in its first three months, and it’s currently about 7% right now (Due to massive increase in traffic), despite the fact that the primary keyword does not have the traditional “best” or “reviews” attached to it.

And yes, I still rank for the best keywords, even though it’s not primary targeted.

The take home here is to think beyond the surface. Look into a niche with spender. Females generally spend more. Mothers spend more.

Setting Up Your Site:

As mentioned earlier, I learn a great deal through trial by error, I have failed couple of times, but each round of failure has taught me something very significant.

There was a time I learnt how to setup wordpress site, other times I learnt about SEO, etc. In a nutshell, I knew enough about wordpress and SEO to get me started.

Take note that I was starting the site on a meagre budget. All I could afford was the hosting fee, which was ridiculously cheap being the first time offer.

I couldn’t afford a premium theme, I couldn’t afford a logo, and of course, I couldn’t afford the stylish thrive content builder and several other plug-ins that makes a site looks really beautiful.

This brings us to the very first lesson under this sub-heading…

Your site can be very ugly and still make decent income. You don’t have to set aside hundreds of dollars to get started. If you can afford it, fine! If you can’t, don’t use that as an excuse for not getting started.

Get yourself a hosting account, install wordpress (God bless the team that created this CMS), install a free theme, and necessary plug-ins, and get started anyway.

My site made about $288 during its first 15 days, and as far as I can tell, it’s probably the ugliest review site on the world wide web at that particular point in time.

decMaybe I would have made more than that had it been it’s a very good looking website? Maybe I would have given up on the idea of creating the site because of my financial limitation.

I have since then reinvested some money in the site, and it’s now a very beautiful website. So yeah, I am no longer the webmaster of the ugliest website online anymore.

For site hosting, I strongly recommend Web4Africa They’re affordable and most importantly reliable.

Writing Your Content:

In  this regards, I consider myself blessed. I wrote the articles myself. I know this might not apply to everybody, since we don’t have equal abilities. But if you’re an average writer, you should give it a try, the more you try, the better you get at it.

If English is not your primary language, and you’ve not mastered the language well enough to write a comprehensible article, am afraid you would have to cough out some money in getting the contents done for you.

There are several guides on the internet on how to write a well optimized amazon site article, I won’t waste time writing on that, i’d just like to point out a few things that might help you as a new site owner.

There is a difference between informational article and a marketing article. An informational is teaching the reader how to get things done, while a marketing article is trying to sell something to the reader.

If you follow due diligence in selecting your keyword, there is a 50% chance that the reader has his or her wallet close by, all you have to do is persuade them to click on that CTA  (Call to Action) button, and you’re a step closer to making sales commission.

What this implies is that, your CTA must be very compelling. You must master the art of getting people to click on that button.

… If you would be outsourcing your content, it’s very important to create an outline.

Most people end up with poor content because all they did was sending the keyword to their writers.

These guys are not marketers! They’re writers.

If you want them to do a very good job, you should spend some amount of time writing out a detailed instruction on what you expect them to write. Spending 10-15 minutes in developing a guideline would go a long way in improving the quality of their delivery.

Yes! That’s it. That’s all you need to get STARTED.

-Carefully selected niche

– Setting up your site (Web4Africa Hosting)

-Well written content.

But it doesn’t end there. In fact, it’s the beginning of your journey.

Continued Effort: The Journey From Oblivion To Limelight.

If you’re a religious person, you’ve probably heard the word “hell” couple of times. You know, like sinful people burning in hell and all that. For the non religious folk; Google search what hell means if you don’t have an idea already.

..done?

Welcome, back.

Google is the “Hell” of the world wide web. That’s the simplest, most humane way to describe the situation.  Back in the days, Google wasn’t smart. It would push any site to the front page as long as you add enough keyword on the page. But for over 5 years now, Google is smarter than ever. They created something called “Sandbox”. You can replace that word with hell. It fits perfectly as well.

Google sandbox is like a pit where all new sites are dumped.  It’s your responsibility as the webmaster to climb up that hole by all possible means. The only way to climb up the ladder is by getting ladders or ropes to from sites that are at the top already.

Ladder and ropes means backlink.

Getting a backlink is not as easy as it sounds, so you should read extensively on the process involved. I won’t write about it here because there are several articles on the topic already.

You can either go the black hat way, grey hat way or White hat way.

In my case, I settled for the grey hat. Because I was building a small niche site and equally lucky to have made some money from my site during the festive period, I spent the money on getting some web 2.0 links for the new site.

TheHoth is a service I recommend and I know several other affiliate marketers can corroborate my claim on how good they are. If you intend building an authority site, and you have ample of time on your end, and a fairly moderate budget to keep things going before the site starts making money, I would advice that you focus on white hat SEO method.

But if you’re building a relatively small site, with earning potential of let’s say $2000-$4000 at it’s peak, then there is no harm in going the grey hat way (my definition of grey hat includes PBN links). Since you know the risk involved, you can focus on making income from this small to medium site and reinvest the money into an authority site.

That’s just my opinion. Feel free to discard it.

Either ways, it’s important that you get backlinks to your site as much as you can. People talk about the impact of social signal, I tried it, and frankly, I didn’t see much impact on my ranking, so I wouldn’t talk much about it.

For my site, the more link I build, the higher my ranking. And I also discovered from the stats, that age plays a very important role in site growth.

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This thing takes time!

No matter how hard you try, it would take at least six (6) months before Google starts taking your site and it’s content very serious. But once you gain that traction, you’d be happy you put in all the hard work earlier.

 

Present and Future:

I wish I could write extensively on optimizing your site, where to put CTA, the button color, how to design the site, when to start building backlinks and all other stuffs. But I have decided not to write about all that.

My reason is fairly simple, these things makes the whole process looks complicated, and lots of people end up being overwhelmed by information to the point of giving up right before getting started.

Not sure where to put your CTA? Just put it somewhere! If it’s not converting, then change it and see what happens.

If you intend to succeed as an affiliate marketer, you should be willing to make mistakes, fail and try again. There is no perfect way of getting these things done, you sort of learn on the job. You learn from your mistake as well as others. The more you execute your plan, the better you get at it.

Suprisingly, my then ugly looking site made a little above $5,000 in November, and few days into December, it has made $2,000 already.

novThe most important thing is to get started, and once you do, you would keep learning until you’re able to create a system that works for yourself.

Based on the knowledge I have gathered from this experience, I started another site few months back, and the site is doing pretty well as far as growth is concerned. Most of the primary keywords are on second page, and it’s very obvious that the site would be a huge success once I focus on building more links to the money articles.

I had to chip in that, so that you would know how important it is to learn on the job, every failure and mistake would teach you a valuable lesson. A lesson that would be applied to your next adventure to make it much more better than the previous attempt.

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Online Study In Nigeria: What You Should Know.

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Online study in nigeria has undoubtedly been a breath of fresh air in the context of education in Nigeria and it has been evident since traditional classroom education became passive, redundant and uninteresting for everyone associated.

It can best be described as a way of learning for a certified qualification without having to attend the four walls of the classroom. Unlike what is obtainable with traditional classroom/face-to-face education, teachers and learners are separated when it comes to online education, which is why it is a perfect platform to achieve more with less.

Many Nigerian students now see online study as a good channel to go after their degree however it is worth pointing out that not everyone that has taken part via this channel has been successful therefore it is important for one to understand online education alongside its advantages and disadvantages before deciding to opt for it.

Majority of the students that opt for online study to pursue their degree were attracted as a result of the numerous benefits attached to it thereby paving way for the failures recorded from students, who never took time to also understand the disadvantages associated with online study.

With the ever-changing online environment in mind, online study represents a fantastic and viable opportunity for students to learn more effectively and efficiently.

One Thing You Need To Learn If You Want To Get Rich In 5Years Time.

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Money is important!  People say all sort of things about money,  some people believe it’s evil and all that,  but the truth still remains that, money is freaking important!

This makes it imperative for us as human being to learn how to make money,  and if we are good at what we do,  then we stand a chance of making lots of money.
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What then can you do if you really want to be rich in the next five (5) years?….

It’s simple!

Learn the art of selling.

Learn how to sell to people.  That’s the only thing you need in other to become extremely rich within a short period of time.

Learn how to persuade people to buy from you.

Look around you,  you’d discover that selling is the most prevailing means of acquiring wealth (legally).

Musician sell their skills,  footballer sell their skills,  people sell stuffs everywhere.  Selling is always happening around us.

Learn how to sell anything to people.  Learn how to sell yourself.

MTN is selling their service,  they put out all sort of promos to keep you buying from them.  Facebook is selling to people that buy ads space on the site,  the road side hawker is trying to sell something.

This is the most important skill to have in this 21st century.

All you have to do is find a product or service,  get the product at a cheaper price,  probably oversea or in a local community,  then sell elsewhere at a decent profit margin.

This is what importers do.  They find a product in let’s say China,  they buy in bulk and sell at a decent profit margin in Nigeria.

If it’s services you’d like to sell,  all you have to do is find people that are willing to do the work at a cheaper price.  Then sell the service to those willing to pay more than normal price.  This is very common among freelancers.  I have a friend that makes tons of cash from this method,  he simply hire Indians to write for him at a cheaper price.

Want to be rich in 5years? Learn how to sell.

Over to you,  if you were to give a suggestion on one thing and one thing alone as regards getting rich in the next five years,  what would be your advice?

Online Jobs In Nigeria: Web Design and Freelance Writing.

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Recently I compiled a list of online jobs for students in Nigeria. The compilation is targeted towards students with little extra time in-between classes. I got some request from some of my fans asking me to compile another list for a broader audience.

This post is more like a general concept of my previous post, it would focus more on online jobs in Nigeria, regardless of your age, location and occupation.

There are jobs that can be done online without having any physical office address or a registered company. The beauty of online job is such that; you don’t have to worry about when you resume to work every day; you literally work at your own pace, and to some extent determine how much you earn by the end of the month.

I would write on two of those jobs in today’s post, and write on other jobs in subsequent post.

Online Jobs For Students in Nigeria

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In today’s post, I would share various online jobs for students in Nigeria.

Making money online might be a little bit difficult especially when you’re just starting out and you don’t know where to begin.

This article would give you insights into online jobs for students in Nigeria.

First you must understand that there are various jobs online, but the competition for online job is very fierce, this makes it a little bit difficult to get hired online except you know what you want and where to look at.

Jumia Contact: Addresses and Phone Number.

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Jumia claims to be Nigeria’s number one online retailer, a claim which is not far from the truth. They’re in fierce competition with konga, and they seems to be growing everyday.

Just in case you’ve made a purchase on jumia and there is a need to contact jumia about your item, this post is written specifically to share jumia contact details with you.

Jumia Contact Address:

This is the address of their main office located in Lagos Nigeria.

15, Wole Olateju Crescent,
Lekki Phase I,
Ibeju Lekki
Lagos, Nigeria.

Jumia Contact Number:
1. 01-460-4400

2. 0700600000 (if you’re calling outside the country remember to add +234 before the first (0))

Football Viewing Center: Startup Guide.

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Here is a comprehensive guide on how to start a football viewing center in Nigeria.

Thinking of making money as a student in Nigeria? This is the perfect business idea for you.

Although there are various ways of making money online, some people prefer the offline method because they don’t have to face the struggle of explaining what they do online to people everyday.

Another benefit of offline business is that ability to access loans from friends and financial institution. Imagine how awkward it would be for ask your friend to borrow you some money to start a blog…huh? First, you’d have to explain what a blog means, then explain how Google was invented, then how Mary met Joseph and gave birth to Jesus…lol.

Now, let’s get the the real thing…

If you don’t like explaining what you do to people everyday, then starting a football viewing center as an offline business might be the right choice of business for you.

How To Sell On Jumia: Ultimate Guide.

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Ecommerce is the latest gist in town. A lot of Nigerians now prefer to buy things online rather than doing it the traditional way.

This post is targeted specifically towards sellers, and small business owners; especially those that are into the importation business.

Do you know you can advertise your goods to over four (4) million Nigerians monthly by taking advantage of Jumia Marketplace?

Jumia is one of the leading ecommerce store in Nigeria, they’re gradually becoming an household name, which means they’re very popular within the country.

Jumia offers vendors an opportunity to create an online store on their website. The market place serves as a platform where sellers can list their goods for sales while they relax and let jumia handle the rest.

All you have to do is earn revenue from your sales at the end of the month. Cool huh? Here is how to sell on jumia

Online Shopping in Nigeria: Doing It The Right Way.

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Ecommerce has grown tremendously in Nigeria in the past five (5) years, as a result of  this growth, there are various online shopping sites in Nigeria, and online shopping in Nigeria has taken a whole new dimension.

The most interesting development in the ecommerce market in Nigeria is the introduction of payment of delivery options on most ecommerce stores.

The pay on delivery option does not only increase Nigerians trust in Ecommerce, it also provide an avenue to see what you’re buying before making payment.

Although the number of reported fraud in the Nigeria ecommerce is not alarming as compared to other developed countries with cases of credit card fraud, it’s important to keep some safety measures in place when doing online shopping in Nigeria.

Here are safety measures to keep you safe when shopping online in Nigeria.

List Of Online Shopping Sites In Nigeria.

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Here is a comprehensive list of online shopping sites in Nigeria.

Online shopping is not just the easiest way to buy things right now, it’s one of the best way to check out various items and compare them before making your choice.

Shopping online in Nigeria has grown tremendously over the years and as a result a larger percentage of Nigerians now buy their desired electronic and fashion items online.

I have compiled a list of online shopping sites in Nigeria and hopefully, you’d find it resourceful.