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Thursday, February 24, 2011

What it really takes to get blog traffic and increased Amazon Associates earnings? One word: backlinks

I am learning so much from writing and researching this 50 Over $50K website it is seriously changing my paradigm about the online world.

(Still figuring out how to actually send those Aweber email updates to the folks who've subscribed, so expect your update soon if you've signed up for the free email updates.)

But one common thread I've read from guys like Terry Zulit, who sells the auto-blog system, and Pat Flynn, who was a laid-off architect now pulling down around $200k each year from online endeavors, is that backlinks matter.

It's the same spiel echoed by Wanda and Paula, two women who wrote The Amazonian Profit Plan ebook (stayed tuned for their profile on 50over50k.com) and claim to have made some big-time earnings via their method of promoting Amazon.com products.

It's not about merely writing a good post and hoping they will come read...
...although, mercifully, that has worked for me many times. Some stuff is just mean to go viral.

But I'm taking what I learned from Flynn's amazing backlink strategy that works, the one that helped him rank #1 on Google for a search term about training to become a security guard -- and all these other tips I'm learning from the 50 over $50k people to create pages like my new Not Your Daughters Jeans review to give myself some backlink love from this blog, which has enjoyed a pagerank 5 during certain updates, and is currently a 4.

(I'm already up to ranking #62 on my NYDJ review page on PaulaNealMooney.com on Google just one day after writing up the long-butt post. Flynn's strategies are really working!)

The thing the big online money-makers are really teaching me is to try new things. Yes, Zulit's book challenged my mind and had me stepping out and calling Cloud Host to figure out the whole c-panel stuff, but now that my "comfort zone is expanding," like a guy told me last night, I'm feeling better.

The trend toward Google claiming to change their strategy towards sniffing out the traffic whores feels like we are always steps in front of them.

But those of us who've been writing diligently online for years want to know the exact methods that work -- and though I've largely ignored the backlink strategy -- I'm not anymore. With JC Penney's SEO firm allegedly getting caught for using methods to push them to the top of the Google SERPS for many terms let me know that the method did in fact work, whatever they did.

We might as well use these tips to our advantage to draw traffic. It's still a lot of work -- but I'm ready for the "set it and forget it" eventually type of work that will let me get back on the elliptical and swim and lose some weight and relax instead of pulling 12 hour days here and there to bring in a great income.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kindle Subscription Referrals in Amazon Associates account - How am I getting paid for these Kindle Subscription Referrals?

Kindle Subscription Referrals in Amazon Associates account - How am I getting paid for these Kindle Subscription Referrals?

This is cool, I just started noticing these "Kindle Subscription Referrals" showing up in my Amazon Associates account, an account that I track usually daily to see what's selling on Amazon through my links and how much my cut of the sale is for referring those folks to Amazon.

Recently, I noticed "Kindle Subscription Referrals" showing up under my miscellaneous referrals.

It began February 5, 2011, and has blissfully continued to churn out income nearly every day following that.

Thus far it's only been one sale here and three sales there, with Amazon paying a healthy advertising-fee rate of about 10% on each sale, with my cut of the $53.69 revenue being $5.38 so far.

But I like to emulate whatever successes happen to me on a small scale and figure out how to exponentially increase them to a larger scale.

Trouble is, I don't see where Amazon tells me specifically what Kindle Subscription Referrals are being sold

I wish they did. At least they tell us the price of the Kindle Subscription ordered, so perhaps the person who ordered a $14.99 subscription ordered something like the Wall Street Journal on their Kindle, which Amazon lists as the best-selling Kindle newspaper right now.

Did Amazon just start paying for Kindle Subscription referrals once again? Did they ever?

All of these things just lead me to delve further down the path I'm going: Bless the Lord, oh my soul, that He's taught me how to write Kindle books, how to get my blogs on Kindle, and great ideas for new websites.

They are all working in concert, so stay tuned for the income update as it rises, along with my knowledge and organization.

Friday, February 04, 2011

50 bloggers making over $50k a year - my new website and book

I want to give myself a little link love to get my new website, 50 over $50k, indexed in Google and trafficked ASAP.

I'm so geeked about learning how to code Kindle editions of books and am eager to get all 50 web money-makers into the title, aptly named 50 Over $50k: Real Online Money-Makers Reveal How They Make Money on the Web.

If you're into that kind of thing, go on over to 50 over $50k and subscribe to get free email updates, which will let you know when the book launches -- both the print and Kindle editions.

Back when I wrote my "Paula's List of Blogger Salaries," that post was so popular, I always wanted to do a follow-up.

Now our Maker has everything converging, and the spiritual chain is off my left wrist -- and I'm writing aplenty!

Paula Neal Mooney