Amazon Affiliate Store

After seeing a promote link on Domaining.com, I decided to have Mike Cohen at SiteDepot.com develop an Amazon based affiliate e-commerce store on one of my domains.   You’re probably familiar with Mike Cohen from Wannadevelop.com.  If not, then maybe from the controversy some are stirring up over Cohen’s promotion vs. Rob Monster’s Epik.com platform.  I’m not here to debate which is better.  I haven’t tried a developed Epik.com store and I can’t speak to it’s merits.  The deal I found on SiteDepot.com was too tough to pass up.

As I mentioned, I saw the promoted link for a developed Amazon affiliate store for $150, but then  I did a little research.  A quick Google search and I found a discount code for an additional 25% off.  Not bad… I’m in.  I placed my order and soon got an automated reply asking if I would like to host the site on their server or on my own.  Turns out that SiteDepot will host the site on there server for no additional charge… FOREVER.  I host several sites for web design clients and sites of my own, so I chose to host my own site.  I sent Mike the login info and with in a day, the site was ready.  Well, there were a couple of delays, but it was that the developer was waiting on me because I had limited access to email.  The domain I chose was Mens-Razors.com (yeah, it has a hyphen) because I felt that Amazon has a good inventory to choose from.

I haven’t yet done any off site optimization or any means to promote the site, so I can’t expect it to do well until I do.  End result is that I now have a developed affiliate store with a custom header, fully functional, and it was done for less than I could have done it myself.  At least less aggravation.   I’m pleased with the result and I feel the value exceeded the cost.

Maybe I’ll try one of Rob’s sites one of these days and let you know what I think.

19 Comments Amazon Affiliate Store

  1. james

    Nice site! You should at lease tell Mr. Cohen to enable to SEO friendly urls on your site… Just a thought.

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  2. GPS

    Best of luck with the site. Looking forward to hearing an update on the indexing and ranking of it a few months down the road.

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  3. Danny

    I wouldn’t bother with Cohen’s offerings. For everyone who doesn’t realize it yet, you just need to install WPMU on a VPS with a couple of plugins and free templates and you can host as many custom sites as you want.

    It’s amazing how someone can charge $150 or more p/site for something which is readily available and almost for free.

    Pathetic!

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  4. Eric

    Hi

    I also had Mike develop five stores for me. He did a really great job with a quick turnaround. A few weeks later and a lot of marketing and all of my stores are getting visits and making money. I am actually surprised at how many visits I get on each.

    I am far from ready to retire but he is well worth the price if you think you have a great domain name. Just remember that getting it online is only half of the work. Spreading the word, backlinking, submitting, etc is a job in itself. If you take the time to do it I think over time you have a really good shot at making money, especially selling men’s razors.

    Good luck

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  5. Hawaiian Shirt Guy

    Here in NC we can’t HAVE an amazon affiliate store.

    Thanks to all our pig-eyed, greedyguts, sausage-fingered, short-term-thinking, butt-ignorant, yokel state reps!

    Can I get a “Yee-haw”?

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  6. AOM fan

    Like my name says i am a fan of associat o matic, but with what you have there you will have a really hard time to index your site in Google, i doubt that you will ever succeed.. I tried this with a lot of similar sites and google doesnt like them because they have nothing but duplicate content on them..

    Build a blog on your main domain and then link that to your store, then you will have a chance of getting into google.

    Btw, i would stay away from Mike Cohen and his “deals” because the only one who is getting a deal is him 😉

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  7. Sully

    @GPS – Thanks, I’ll post updates as I have them.

    @Danny – I’d like to hear more about your contentminisites.com, shoot me an email if you can.

    @Funny – thanks for the link.

    @Eric – glad to hear you’ve had success.

    @Hawaiian Shirt Guy – That sucks!!

    @AOM – thanks for the tips… not sure how I’m going to go about promoting the site yet.

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  8. byDomainers

    @Danny_”It’s amazing how someone can charge $150 or more p/site for something which is readily available and almost for free.

    Pathetic!”
    Every work take time to be done and TIME=MONEY, I think it’s not Pathetic to charge $$ for doing it.
    It’s like domaining business, we buy domain names for $10 or less and we hope to make big sales and big $xxx.xxx.xxx 🙂

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  9. Michael

    I apologize in advance for my rant…

    Since the site hasn’t actually been SEO’d, you are going to have to do all the work to get the business. Not just that, but because Amazon has such a stagnant inventory, the chances of Google penalizing your site for duplicate content is so high, and with no additional unique content to help meet the bare minimum balance Google looks for, then it likely won’t get any traffic, save for the random long-tail searches. At least with an eBay store you can display the content and get it off the page before Google can compare the page’s content with the source.

    And to add insult to injury, since Call to Action has a much smaller success rate, especially for a hyphenated domain with no “good will” like Amazon has, then you’ll need to make up for it with some expensive razor sales, and you’ll need to hold onto that client like crazy to get the repeat business. It would be best to just refer clients to Amazon for the cookie placements and hope for the best that down the road someone will buy something, so you’d get the click volume and then let Amazon do the selling. But then you’d also have to rely on the SEO, which it doesn’t have.

    This is the penalty you pay for inexpensive domain development. There is no such thing as “quick and dirty” development in the domain industry. Developing a good successful domain requires research, SEO and content creation, none of which can be done for that amount of money. WD and Epik just perpetuate the notion that this is a beneficial path for domain development.

    I do wish you the best of luck with the store, don’t get me wrong, just frustrated. Many thanks for sharing and I hope your site makes a bunch of dough. Nice and trusting people deserve to be on the winning side of the sale.

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  10. Buy Larimar Jewelry

    One problem is Amazon’s affiliate commission. it starts at a whopping 4% and leaps to 6% after you sell your first few items. That’s pretty obscene, and the reason I would never build a site around an Amazon store again.

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