How Glen Thompson Makes $5,000 Per Month With Affiliate Sites

glenThe following interview is the first in several interviews that I’ve been having with various successful niche site and Amazon affiliates. In some cases, you can follow those featured on their own sites, but in today’s case, we have an interview with Glen Thomson, who did it as a favor to me.

Glen is a friend of mine whom I first met at a Dynamite Circle conference last year. He’s very experienced with Amazon sites and many other types of niche sites as well.

In this post, you can learn from that experience, and feel free to ask questions below.

 

 


 

1.) How Long Have You Been Working With Amazon Sites?

Maybe 2 years but only seriously in the last 6 months.

2.) How Much Do You Make Per Month On Average?

From affiliate sites, around $5000/month.

3.) Can You Give A Breakdown Of How Long That Took? 

Hard to say to be honest, I’ve been working on different things at different times. I would say first 3 months, almost nothing, then at 6 months maybe $1000/month. Sites can take off quite quickly once Google gets a liking for them.

4.) How Many Sites Do You Work On?

About 10-15 at any one time. My aim is to get up to 10 sites that make a minimum of $1000/month each. If you’re just getting started – focus on one site until it makes you $1000/month.

5.) How Many Hours Do You Spend A Week Now, And How Many Initially?

20 hours/week now, probably 80+ when I first started.

6.) What’s The Hardest Part Of Making A Profitable Amazon Site? What’s The Hardest For Beginners?

Sticking with it until things actually start working. That, and effectively building links.

7.) What Do You Look For In Your Keywords?

Low ‘Average DA’ and ‘Average PA’ in the top 10 of the SERP and decent CPC, or a very clear path to monetization. I never chase keywords with very large monthly search volume but no solid way to monetize – I learnt that the hard way. 20,000 visitors a month is worth nothing if they’re looking for butterfly tattoo designs, trust me.

8.) When It Comes To Link Building, What Are Your Tried And Tested Methods?

PBNs, they’ve worked all along for me, they still work now, and as long as you’re calculating with how you use them, I expect them to continue to work for a long time coming. I also like to reinvest site revenue into links on strong media sites – proper contributing writer articles on sites with DA 70+ or more.

9.) What Order And Ratio (roughly) Do You Build These Links?

Usually 10-15 links each month for the first 2-3 months, then once a site is ranking I just go nuts on it.

10.) After Your Site Ranks, What Next?

Once I reach a point where I think the expense will outweigh the gains (either at no.1 for several keywords, or facing very stiff comp at the top), I just leave it and shift focus to other sites.

11.) How Many Articles Are Needed?

Ten 1500+ word articles are enough to make a ton of cash in most decent markets. Don’t write content for the sake of it. Build more links instead.

12.) Name 3-5 Tools You Couldn’t Live Without

SEMRush.com (I used to think this wasn’t that important, now I use it multiple times a day), Majestic, SECockpit, the Moz toolbar, Clicky analytics.

13.) Can A Beginner Succeed With Their First Site?

Yes, for sure. They just need to keep focused; it’s super easy to get distracted when you’re 3 months in and things aren’t really happening. Just stick with it. Find a niche where someone else is clearly making money, have written, or write yourself, 10 strong, helpful, long, review articles, including a top 10 for the homepage, and then build links. Find PBN services, build your own PBN, read everything you can on link building. If you’re site isn’t ranking, build more links.

14.) Can You Give A Bonus Tip For Beginners?

Building PBNs is a monstrous task, I’m glad I have mine now, but if I were starting again I’d be on the hunt for semi-public or private PBN services instead. Take a look on Peopleperhour.com, there’s a few good providers there who are fairly under the radar.

Takeaways From The Interview

Dom here again, and I wanted to give a quick summary and point out my key takeaways from Glen’s interview.

1.) The hardest thing for beginners and veterans alike, is sticking with a site in the early months when it’s not earning. This is something I’ve come across many times, and I know it’s one of the main reasons a lot of beginners quit.

2.) While you do need some in-depth articles and reviews, it’s much better to invest in link building. Glen goes as far as saying that it’s not necessary to build any new articles at all aside from the first ones. Personally I would say, if you are ranking well for all your existing keywords, but there are more that you can rank for, then go ahead and add more articles. What Glen really means is, don’t add content for the sake of it. Maximize what you have first.

3.) PBN’s still work and always will, if you use them carefully. Of course, your site needs to be worth ranking in the first place too.

4.) It’s better to invest in outsourcing PBN’s initially, rather than trying to build your own. Having done this myself, I’d have to agree.

Got any questions for Glen? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll have him stop by with his answers. You can also reach out to him on Twitter here, but he says he doesn’t really use it much.

  • Oyundoyin Anthony

    Hi Dom, nice and informative interview. My question is that does social bookmarking still word for backlinks to rank website? Also web 2.0, are they to working? Thanks

    • You’re not going to get much use out of social bookmarking. You might get some small traffic if you use something like StumbleUpon (though it would be low quality). Apart from a bit of diversity, or help indexing your other links, I wouldn’t bother with social bookmarking.

      As for web 2.0, the links can work if you build 2nd and 3rd tier links to them. The thing about properties like this is, they have zero page authority, but high domain authority. Once upon a time this meant you could build links on them and the high DA would make the links count for something, but Google knows most of these platforms are used by SEO’s, and they don’t take the DA that seriously. If you were to build links to the web 2.0 properties themselves, then they would be worth something.

  • Jens

    How do i know or evaluate if a link building job is worth its money? I guess if they offer too many links it is probably shit. Are there more indications?

    • It’s hard to know for sure, but yeah, see what their claims are like. If they are offering things like 100 links for $25, it’s a good bet that the links are poor quality.

      Other than that, you can often “feel” whether something is good value or not based on who the person is that offers it. For example Jon Haver at authoritywebsiteincome.com offers PBN links through lightningrank.com, and by reading his blog and getting familiar with him, I was able to deduce that his service would be good.

  • Roope

    What does Glen mean when he says “creating links”? He said “have written, or write yourself, 10 strong, helpful, long, review articles, including a top 10 for the homepage, and then build links.” What do these links mean? I don’t understand. Could you explain?

    • He means building backlinks: links to his site/articles from other sites or properties.

  • Nathan Pennington

    “probably 80+ when I first started” <– Most important part of the article (referencing how many hours a week he was putting in)

    • Yeah I think it would be similar for most successful people. I probably didn’t manage 80+ per week when I started, but all my free time was spent on my sites.

  • Anthony

    What would you say is the best way to get rankings for a beginner with no money.

    • You’ll need SOME money to get anywhere. If you have a very tight budget, build some free web 2.0s and write your own content for them, then use social bookmarking sites to give them a few links, and link the web 2.0s to your own site. Try to get guest posts as well, and keep adding content to your site.

      • Oyundoyin Anthony

        Thanks dom,most of my sites were not rank and am make nothing. What types of backlinks are really working that can rank a website to get more traffic..