Most of the domains I acquire, I look to resell or hang on to for the long term. I really haven’t developed anything up to this point, but I have a couple sites in the works. While my domains are sitting unused, I am trying to find some quick and easy alternatives to parking to generate income until I’m ready to make a move.
Back at the end of June, I blogged about launching an Amazon based affiliate e-commerce store on one of my hyphenated domains, Mens-Razors.com. Granted, it’s not the greatest name, so it was one of those things where I thought I’d give it a try just to see how it looked. I didn’t spend any time adding content to the site and it hasn’t been indexed by Google for that very reason. To be honest, I haven’t given it much thought since then. Today I decided to have a look.
The visitation statistics still suck, barely breaking out of the single digits per day, but they are up from two weeks ago where I was getting one or two visits per day. The top sources of traffic, accounting for over 75% of visits, are Yahoo and Bing. Could it be the holiday shopping? I’m sure it is. The chart below shows the very modest earnings in the week of November 25 to December 1. A couple of things I realize here:
- Amazon commission blows. While I’ve generated $246.34 in sales for Amazon, I get paid a commission that averages 5.5%.
- If I want to generate any significant earnings, I better get indexed by Google.
The site ranks well on Yahoo and Bing and I credit the domain name alone for that. Another encouraging point is that the bounce rate is around 30% which means, once people get to the site, they’re looking around and not bailing right away.
My plan from here will be to add a good amount of content to the sites in the form of articles. I’ve already received two back earlier this week from the source Elliot cited in his post today, TextBroker.com. I’ll also work on some back linking and then resubmit to Google. After adding content and filing a reconsideration request with Google, I’ll post a follow up if and when the site gains traction and revenue increases. I have a couple of other domains I’m experimenting on with different affiliate programs as opposed to parking or outright developing. I’ll try to get more information out about those as well.
Do you have any affiliate partnerships that are working well? Shoot me an email or leave a comment.