It is a long time since I posted my last blog post, ‘How to Use Amazon and Clickbank Marketplace to Choose the Right Product to Promote.’ I did say that my next post was going to be on writing the reviews for the products you are promoting, but have changed my mind, mainly as I have written blog posts on writing content, and feel I will be repeating myself.
Since then I decided to build a dedicated website promoting Amazon products. I have to be honest, the first website where I was promoting the Kindle eBook Reader, didn’t really get off the ground, and since then I have purchased a plugin which took many days for me to get it configured properly. It wasn’t the fault of the plugin, but it was in conflict with the captcha plugins I had placed on the website to regulate the comments, as I was told that my websites were under attack by the autobots writing comments.
I am very grateful for the technical assistance I received from Hostgator, as there was one line from the captcha plugin that just would not be removed even though the old website was completely deleted and a fresh wordpress site installed over it.
This new plugin is doing the hard work for me, as it writes the post and produces the images and I just sit back and enjoy the freedom from the much hard work it gives me. It does take time to copy and paste all the product code that goes with promoting products on Amazon, and write the reviews on those products. This plugin does it all for me. I set the campaign and the posts appear like magic. There is a very good video that comes with the plugin to help configure it and do the campaigns.
I am promoting video cameras and computers, but sadly they are all jumbled up together, and that is due to my mistake, which I found I couldn’t reverse, so am letting it run to see what happens – if anything. If you would like to visit my new Amazon Shopping Website than click the link coloured yellow. If you are interested in the plugin I am using, I purchased it as a WSO plugin so was fortunate in getting it quite cheaply, but I am very pleased with it. The plugin is called WP-Amazd, and Sam England is the author.
I notice from my stats that I am getting more visitors to my amazon shopping website, and they are increasing daily which is great, but sadly no-one has purchased any product as yet. But it is early stages as yet, and the website isn’t indexed by Yahoo or Bing yet, hopefully it won’t be long before it is.
So to recap on everything, I think I have covered everything now about having a website and becoming an affiliate marketer. The next stage is the really difficult part. How do you get people to find you on the web. Remember I said in a previous blog that if no-one comes to your store you won’t make money, and that is exactly where I am right now.
So far all the courses I have purchased on learning how to get traffic to ones website haven’t been successful. Actually that isn’t a fair statement to make, because if you pay for advertising you are bound to get traffic, but I am not in a position at the moment to pay for advertising. I understand you can get free classified ads, and I intend to explore that route more thoroughly.What I have been doing is the traffic exchange, earning so many points for every ad I have read. What I have found is, it is very time consuming, and I am not sure if it is effective enough to warrant the time spent on it. I certainly didn’t see any ad that I was interested in enough to read further, and I suspect that is true for the majority of surfers.
I was also advised to try Twitter, which I did, and had partial success tweeting, but again I found it very time consuming and felt it didn’t warrant the time I was spending tweeting. I would be very interested to hear from any of you, who are making a success of Twitter and of course Facebook.It really does depend one getting your website ranked highly in Google and that means you must get the keywords right, and so often the keywords you want to use in your article, blog etc are such popular words you just can’t get highly ranked.
This is the dilemma one faces, especially when one is in a broad niche like Internet marketing.When I decided on doing this website, I took the decision not to worry about keywords at the expense of what I am trying to say, and now I am paying the price. At first I was delighted, I seemed to be getting very good traffic to the site, judging by the comments. Especially as the comments seemed pretty favourable. Sadly I found it was a ‘fools paradise.’ Put it down to lack of experience. But then the whole purpose of this site is to do the research and to publish what I find works and what doesn’t.
Again I found that people were using my comments box to advertise their site and even their products. Also I found that many comments weren’t written by humans but by the autobots. So it is hard to know exactly how many people are coming to ones site after all. Once I removed the captcha plugin of all my websites, I had to take the decision to only allow comments where people have given their names, but even then I don’t really know if the comments are written by autobots or people. I wish there was a way where one can be sure, because it is a great putoff.
Well, that concludes this blog post about getting traffic to ones website. I know I have barely scratched the surface, I just intended this to be a general blog post to let you know what was happening and why I haven’t posted for so long. I intend to really research this traffic problem in greater depth, and just ask for your patience.
This is where people come adrift in the whole Internet Marketing scene. Either the ‘guru’s are deliberately not giving away their precious secrets, or they aren’t explaining the technicalities in such a way that one understands and can follow. I have found that when people do things so often they do it in an automated way, and when they are explaining, they leave bits out, not because necessarily they intend to, but just because they have forgotten what its like to be a newbie at this game. I intend to research and publish the results in depth of each of the accepted methods of driving traffic to your website.