A little over a year and a half ago I decided to stop placing so much focus on affiliate marketing and start doing more client SEO instead. Probably not the smartest financial decision on my part, although it felt like the best thing to do at the time. The missing human factor in affiliate marketing, or in other words, the fact that you could do it with almost zero interaction with other human beings started taking its toll on me – or at least so it felt. I had no clients, no one to hold me accountable for anything, and every task was a sort of “it can be done later because I’m making a killing and there is no real rush”.
This, of course, has its benefits but nonetheless it became old and it was time for a change. So, I put together a team of people I’ve previously worked with, a couple of them being some of my best friends and my microniche sites service was born. Later came my keyword research service, consulting, and a couple of other side gigs. I worked more than I usually would, while making less money than I was used to and my affiliate earnings slowly decreased as I was losing interest in the websites I had. That was okay though, because I was making more connections than ever, had clients who were expecting me to get things done, doing more content marketing, getting positive feedback from people in my industry for a change, and working on developing services I believed in with people I enjoyed working with.
While doing more and more keyword research and building websites for other people though, the affiliate marketer in me started appearing again and I now can’t help myself but start to work on a couple of my own affiliate sites and grow them. I actually think it started coming back after I heard that 10Beasts got sold for a little over half a million dollars. Don’t get me wrong – I still love having clients and I will keep doing what I do, but affiliate marketing is something I can’t really leave behind just yet.
Why do I want to flip these websites, you wonder? Most affiliate websites currently listed on Empire Flippers are currently sold for 27 to 32 times what they make per month. Now, having a website that makes a decent amount can be a good source of “almost passive” income. I really don’t have interest in that though – starting new things is my passion. Maintaining them, not so much. I might change my mind along the way though, we’ll see.
So, what’s the plan?
This will be my first of a series of posts about the two Amazon affiliate websites that I will be building with one of my business partners, splitting both costs and profit 60% / 40%. The plan for these two websites will be to grow them as fast as possible, get them both to $50+/day each and then flip them. The niches are Tech and Kitchen – already did my keyword research and found some amazing “best” and buyer product-related keywords to target for both websites.