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3 Lessons I learned from my $11,000 Amazon Associates Income in the First Year

3 Lessons I learned from my $11,000 Amazon Associates Income in the First Year
3 Lessons I learned from my $11,000 Amazon Associates Income in the First Year

On March 14, 2011, I pushed the “Buy” button and took my first step to learn how Amazon Affiliate works and tricks to earn a paycheck from Amazon.

As one year anniversary (this blog post published on Mar 12 2012), I’d like to reflect about my first “success” and let you know my 3 learned lessons. Hope it inspires you to take actions on whatever you are doing.

2016 Update: I’m focusing on my Niche Site income these days and try to work for an hour-ish besides 9-to-5.

I plan to share more my lessons how I bounced back to 4-digit monthly Amazon Affiliate income in 2014-2016.

After all Google Penguin and Hummingbird update, I could bank in some good extra income regularly. Will share with the Niche Site Community later.

It’s a little bit history about what happened to me before taking Niche Profit Course.

Early 2010, I was spammed by Make Money Online ideas.

I finally bought my first domain name and started this blog early July 2010, I wrote about 5 posts in a few weeks with “excitement”,  my passion faded out and I gave up, It was just hard to blog about blogging, without making a dime online.

2010 was over and all the sudden I stopped all Online Business Activities except bought a few $7 training here and there and reading some blogs.  I would say it was a good break after the information overload after long period of time.

I was a little bit frustrated and wasn’t determined to success.  It didn’t work out for me.

Is there any real business model out there?

Early 2011, I learned about Niche Profit Course from Smart Passive Income Podcast Session 10. I saved up some money. On March 14, 2011, I finally took the courage and bought NPC. I finished watching the video in a week.

Then did my product research and bought the first niche domain name within a week. I was slowly creating content and building up the traffic. It wasn’t very successful. I had my first sale which was $1 in May.

I almost gave up because the commission rate 4% is just too low for me. Then I built a few more as experiment. Honestly, I didn’t really trust the model and I just wanna get the best out of $77.

Tell you the truth, I didn’t make $1000 a month for 11 months straight to make this income. Most of the sales were coming in from Oct to Feb.

Many of my niche sites are slowing down and sales dropped recently. Traffic and Online Business is very dynamic. I’m ramping up a few and building new ones on monthly basis. I’m still working on my second $10,000 these days.

I’m not selling you a Making Million Online Dream. I’m doing this part-time after 9-to-5 as many of you guys do.

Amazon Associates Income One Year
Amazon Associates Income One Year

(My First Year Amazon Affiliate Income back to 2011-2012)

These are the BIG lessons that I have learned through the process and hope they are inspiring to your Online Business no matter what you are doing.

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How $500 builds $100 Adsense Monthly Income Case Study

How $500 builds $100 Adsense Monthly Income Case Study
How $500 builds $100 Adsense Monthly Income Case Study

1/29/2015 update: I prefer working on 1 Niche Authority Style Site with $500 Investment in Content outsourcing, to get to $100 Adsense + Amazon a month.

One of my goals is to have $100 a day Online Income in 2012. In order to accomplish that, I plan to grow my Adsense income as $1000 a month, that is around $30 a day. I haven’t focus much on building Adsense niche sites in the last two months yet.

This is my Case Study – Is it possible to invest $500 to build $100 Adsense Monthly Income?

I am not a “brand-new” guy trying to tell you how to make extra income with Adsense. I had some “success” and it’s time to scale it up big and fast. Writing this Case Study is to motivate myself to focus and Walk the Talk.

In case you don’t know me much, I have more success with Amazon Affiliate back in 2011, please feel free to check out my First Guest Post – $4,000 Month With Amazon In Under 1 Year (Student Results)

Below is my Adsense income history, I have been making $800 from Adsense last 8 months. That is almost $100 a month. A year ago, I knew nothing about Google Adsense and Niche Sites at all.

All it took is little steps, experiments, and trail-and-error. Is it possible? Sure it does if anyone put in effort, be patient, and persistent following a system and process.

My Adsense Income in the last 8 months
My Adsense Income in the last 8 months


I have been reading and learning from Pat Flynn, Spencer, Adsense Flipper, and Trent . If you don’t know all of them, you should follow their blogs.

They are my inspiration and I know this business models work. Each of them has different scale and capability earning from Adsense.

I’m committed to integrate and custom-make what I have learned from them and focus on growing my Adsense income on daily basis. Yes, I mean to focus growing it.  Everyday, I take actions to drive myself one step closer to my goal.

Is it possible? I have been thinking and planning about it this month while I was distracted by various 9-5 work, family, and offline income. It would be fun to make it as a Case-Study and unveil my plan, strategy, and action items. I am dedicated to build a set of 8 Adsense sites and have another $100 Adsense steam in 3 months.

It’s hard to find a FREE detailed step-by-step plan for this kind of information online. I hope my Case Study could inspire you to take actions if you buy in this.

When is the best time to plant a tree? Many said it’s 100 years ago. The next best time is today.

I’m building up new 8 Adsense Sites in March; Once I get used to the schedule, I plan to do it every month with some tune-up.

I love Micro-niche site approach as it’s the best to find the winner and scale up my site size smarter (You don’t want to work on something that is not your potential winner.) Failing fast is the secret.

8 Niche Site Approach and Break-down

– 2 Product Keywords (I will monetize with Amazon Affiliate links too.)
– 4 Information Keywords
– 2 Authority Site keywords (I will start with 10 piece content.)

My keyword criteria

– 1000 Exact Monthly Search with $1 CPC (My Minium Requirement)
– For the Authority Sites, I will aim for 5000 or above Exact Monthly Search keywords.

Since I am doing this as another part-time job beside my 9-to-5, I plan to do various outsourcing to accomplish my goals – not over-work online myself. How would I break down my $500 investment / expense?

My Initial $500 Investment break up:

Adsense Niche Site Case Study Cost
Adsense Niche Site Case Study Cost


How about Time Commitment?

Each site would take me around 3-hour work as:
1 hr  – main keyword research on average (It’s just a time-consuming process to dig out good keywords with decent search volume and low competition. I have heard about some paid services saving the time but I haven’t tried out myself yet and will do some experiment later.)
30 mins  – WordPress site setup including theme, plugins, and SEO setup
30 mins  – Content research and Outsource order
30 mins  – On-page SEO and post the content
30 mins  – Backlinking Order via Fiverr

In the upcoming 3 months, I gonna have weekly blog posts about my business process, schedule, income status, and let others know how these sites are doing.

I use paid services for productivity and saving my time. There is no way I could work less without them.  As future update, I will report my site SERP and Adsense income. This is a very exciting lessons for myself. I am sure that I will find some winners and grow my SEO skills and niche site experience even more.

In my experience, most of new Niche Sites would take about 3 months to rank and generate traffic. Meanwhile, I’m fine-tuning and document my process so I could outsource even more with full-time VA when my income reaches $2000 a month.

Adsense Case Study Ultimate Goal and Break Down

As an experiment, I’m focusing on spending $500 to build $100 a month Adsense Income for now.

My ultimate goal for Adsense is to make $1000 a month in 2012.

My break-down is as simple as to get 1000 Ad impression per day with many niche & authority sites and pages.  With 3% conversion rate, I will get 30 clicks a day.

Assuming that we have ~$1 per click, that would be $30 a day. With 30 days a month, that is closed to $1000 a month.

You may know once you have a set of niche sites making $100 Adsense a month consistently, you could flip and sell them out around 20x as $2000 on Flippa. Then, you could reinvest in this cycle and create anther set making $100 a month.

Sharing and Comments

Do you think $500 investment for $100 monthly income is worthy? Do you have any specific questions about my process so I could address in the future blog posts? Any suggestion to my case-study is more than welcomed.



How do I make extra money online as an Amazon Affiliate

How do I make extra money online as an Amazon Affiliate? I shop a lot on Amazon, but how do I make money and get a paid check from Amazon?

Journey back to 2010

In July 2010, I started out this blog and initially, I was thinking to blog about make money blogging without making any online income myself. I took couple days just to know how to install WordPress and customize a premium theme from themesheep.

Blogging and writing is not my strength and interest. I created about 3-4 post in 2010. That’s it. I’d say it wasn’t very successful. Blogging involves a lot of work and commitment.

Then what? I was looking for different ways making money online and talked about “Creative Ways”. Indeed, every work or projects involve a lot of time, energy, and creativity. I went nowhere.

Finally I made some extra money online in 2011

Thankful that I was hooked to Chris Guthrie’s Blog since June 2010. I was impressed with how he makes money with Amazon Affiliate. Some of his posts were eye-opening to me.

I saved a little bit early this year and paid $97 in March 2011 for his premium video training course Niche Profit Classroom (Original Price Site) – See the discount below. Indeed, it’s one of the best investment I have for my Internet Marketing Business. Note: I find that I learn much more in video instead of reading blogs. And you?

I finished up all his video (3 hr) in a few days. Grab the core concept, ideas and started creating a few product niche sites. The Azon WordPress Theme was a premium customizable theme and I love it. It helps me creating authority site fast and it is still one of my favorite Product Review Theme.

His Coaching Support is valuable way more than the cost. I learned so much by reading others’ questions and Chris’ feedbacks. Chris is very responsive and got his feedback within 1-2 days.

I’d say I am a hard-working student in the class. I was just focusing on writing great product related content and how-to following the training. Keep working on driving traffic to my niche sites. I had my first Amazon Affiliate Sales in May 2011. What? It was just $0.92?

Amazon First Sale May 2011

Seriously, the first dollar that you make online is precious. I still remember the excitment I received my first Adsense check from Google. Don’t you?

And over $10 in June. How nice? Indeed, the process and system was working out – sort of out of my expectation. Do people really read my niche sites and click through to buy on Amazon?

Unfortunately, Amazon suspended all Californian Affiliate in July. My Amazon income stream was just CUT off.

Since I had some traffic to my sites, I switched all over to Adsense and made some money from July-Sept 2011. Stay tuned and I will blog about my Adsense income journey.

If you really focus on ONE business model, spend time on it although it may take a few months or a year, it just works. I’m not telling you making money online is fast and easy. I have read tons of information these 2 years and spending hours and hours on the computer screen after long day full-time work.

Since Oct – My Amazon Income rocks in

Thank God that Amazon re-activated the Amazon Affiliate program in California early Oct 2011. Since then, I have sudden “success” due to the growing SEO Traffic.

I had a killing month in Nov 2011 due to the shopping seasons and it goes even better this month – Christmas Shopping Season.

As of writing, I had break-through record in the early Dec. I am working hard to hit 8.25% commission rate this month.

Dec 1 to 5 2011 Amazon Affiliate Income
Dec 1 to 5 2011 Amazon Affiliate Income


It was a long journey this year and 2011 is almost over.

How do I make extra money online as an Amazon Affiliate

This is how I get paid check from Amazon. To see my blueprint and steps-by-steps in Video Training, feel free to check out Niche Profit Course.

Step 1. Do market research and find the right product niche to promote.

Step 2. Build a niche mini-site with WordPress

Step 3. Write great product review content

Step 4. Drive Traffic to my sites. I do SEO and Search Engines bring in hundreds of traffic everyday to my sites.

Step 5. Monitor and Optimize my conversation rate.

Step 6. Repeat 3-5 in loop on this site. Or move on and start with step 1.

Finally, wait and receive my Amazon paid-check on monthly basis.

Is it You?

Maybe you are hopping around and going after Shiny Objects. I do and I am a WSO sucker. I buy information products here and there and going nowhere. I have tons of pdf and video on my harddisk that I don’t even have time to digest and open them. Sounds familiar?

If you have been looking for an Internet Marketing Blueprint and success business plan, there are tons in WSO, isn’t it? I am thankful that I found one and I just stick with it and get A’s in it. I’m still learning and trying new things everyday.

$97 is a huge investment for who looking for jobs or waiting for next assignment. Chris is generous to open door to his training with a killing price.

I promote it whole-heartily as it changed my life and bank balance in 2011.

Sorry, it was a long journey and kind of boring, isn’t it? Sorry to tell you that there is no short cut making money online fast. There is just a better training out there. It worked for me at least. You just need to grab ONE, focus, work hard, and be there.

I am his honor student and promoting this killing WSO deal before it’s closed. I paid $97 full price early 2011 and wish I got this no-brain deal. Anyway, TIME is money. How much IM education could you get with $30? It not only comes with the video training, but the bonus Azon Theme is super optimized and converting. You properly notice general premium WP themes cost way more than that.

Your success is my passion. Feel free to drop by my blog and claim your WordPress training on the right side bar if you need one.


Do you buy in Amazon Affiliate Business Model? Would you share with me about your first make-money-online experience? I’d like to learn more about your Make Money Online Journey as well.

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