Welcome to aaron chua make money blog

Hi, welcome to my blog. In this part of my world, I talked about how to achieve financial freedom by learning how to make money online through creating sites and earning from them.

Below are some current and past make money projects that details my learning journey.

My current experiment in making 50 amazon site niches. If you have not been following this challenge, best place to start is this resource page for the amazon challenge, that lists all the articles that I have written so far.

My experiment in making 1000 a month through adsense in 9 months.

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Friday, 26 November 2010

How to earn USD500 with Amazon affilitate program

In august, I have set myself a target of reaching USD500 with the Amazon affiliate programme by Dec. You can read about it here in my post called how to earn USD500 with Amazon as well as my initial plan in my how to build authority site post.

Well, I am happy to say that I have achieved my goal much earlier than expected. Below is a screenshot of my amazon earnings for the month of Nov. Although the month has not ended, my earnings is only a few cents away from the USD500 mark.

So, what is the secret? WORK.

That is it. If you know the basic of doing keyword research and getting keyword anchored backlinks then you already know what to do. The next step is to pound the site with content and backlinks in the ratio of 10:90. For every article you wrote on your site, you need at least 9 backlinks to make it rank. Most of the time, 9 will not be sufficient and you need lots more.

Let me give you a perspective with my own Amazon site. This site has around 30 articles and 500 backlinks (in total) pointing to each of the articles. That is the kind of work that is needed to be successfully.

While it may seems like a lot of work, the payoff can be very rewarding.

First, let's talk about the growth. Last month, my amazon earnings was only USD39. Yes, you read that right. Only USD39. In a single month, it grew to what you saw above. That is the magic of internet marketing. The earnings will really start to roll in once you finished all the work. Best of all, the growth will continue even after you stop now. Which job can give you such a huge jump in increment after a couple of month?

Second, it is totally passive. I can stop tomorrow and my Amazon earnings will still continue day after day. I don't need any boss or annoying staff to bother me while I am earning my money. Isn't that great?

I hope this shows you that with determination, anything is possible. I started with nothing in August in terms of my Amazon earnings and within a few months, I am starting to see real money coming in. While it is not full time income yet, it will be after a couple of months more.

So, in this year, I have master both adsense and amazon. It is not really difficult at all. If you are willing to put in the work, you have lead a very different life. A life where you have enough money to pursue your dreams. We don't have to work for corporates for the rest of our life you know?

Picking the right niches for Amazon

The biggest difference I found between Amazon and Adsense is in the niche selection. For adsense, we tend to pick unknown niches in the beginning to avoid competition. However, for amazon, I go for the best selling items. Amazon requires sales and not clicks but the best seller list is the best guide. If you pick an unknown niche, it might be difficult to get sales even though you might get clicks.

In terms of keyword selection, I pick product names that have lots of reviews and have prices that range between USD25 and USD150. The former is because of what I called social validation. People need product reviews to assure them of their purchases. The latter is important because that is the range of prices that I think people are comfortable in paying online.

Be in mind though that some niches just plain suck. The hardest thing for making online with amazon is not in doing your SEO for ranking but in finding out what converts. More often than not, you will find that most niches do not convert well.

I tested at least 30 niches with long tails before finding 2 that converts well. The rest just stinks. If you trust me, you can send me you niche and I will see if I have tackled that before.

Have fun in find the right niches for Amazon!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

How to target buying keywords for Amazon products and earn passive income

This is how I have built up my Amazon supersite. I have mentioned in my previous post on how to make 500 with Amazon that I want to hit this revenue by end of this year. Well, I am happy to say I will definitely hit it In fact, I will go past it quite easily.

Here is what I have learned. Although I have no problems in sharing what I do, do bear in mind I am not THE expert on amazon. It is just that I am starting to get it as I am seeing large increase in my traffic and earnings over the past 2 months. Also bear in mind that this stragety is applied to a 6 month old site so I am not sure how well it will work for a brand new site. I will break down what I do in terms of keyword research, article writing and backlinking.

Keyword research

When it comes to amazon keywords, I don't use google keyword tool that much. One reason is because I am targeting primarily new products so the tool is not very useful. This is what I did:

I always look for new hot products. This is because there is very little competition and you can always rank easily.

I look for these in 2 sections of Amazon: (i) one is in the hot upcoming release and (ii)the other place is in the best seller list. However, I don't go for products that have already stayed more than 50 days in the best seller and that might mean more competition for me.

One of the challenges for product keywords is knowing exactly what keyword to target. For example, I took this product name from the toy section a while ago: "Alex Toys Friends 4 Ever Bracelet Making Kit". So, what do you target? The full model name? How about only "Ever Bracelet Making Kit" or "Alex Toy Bracelet Making Kit" or "Bracelet Making Kit Alex toys" or blah, blah, blah. I solve this issue by using Google insight and Google suggests. I start with the broadest term and see what Google recommends. Insight is good in terms of comparing relative keywords.

Another method I used is to use past info to guide me. For example, there might a "Alex toy product Y" last year. I will use google insight to see what kind of keywords people used to search this past product and apply them to the newly launched one.

Article writing

Every new article I wrote targets a hot new product using the keywords process I mentioned above. In terms of the actual article, I always target buying such as "Alex toy bracklet kit For sale Where to buy alex toy ever bracket making kit".

My article titles are typically long because they do affect how well you rank. The more keywords you have in there, the more long tails you are going to pick up. Notice how i squeeze two different possibile way to search for the product in the above example i.e. ""Alex toy bracklet kit" and "alex toy ever bracket making kit"


My new post I made received at least 10 backlinks from either Postrunner or BuildMyRank. The latter is especially potent for my site. Every keyword I hit with their backlinks will see a rise in SERPs within days, not weeks. However, I made no gurantees here so it is up to you to decide if you want to give that service a try.