Are You Disappointed in Your Christmas Affiliate Earnings for 2013?

I was going over my earnings for December and overall I’m pretty happy about it. It could have been better but I didn’t get nearly enough work done on my websites to earn as much as I could have. ย After talking to some of my friends they were pretty disappointed in their earnings overall.

Most of them are just moving on and continuing with their regular projects and planning to do better next December.

So, here’s the thing. If you want to earn more next December, don’t put off getting started until right before. You can be working on and growing our websites now. If you started a site promoting Amazon products for Christmas, there is no reason to ditch it and not work on it again until later in the year.

If get started now and keep working on them throughout the year you won’t need to scramble later. If you don’t have a website up yet promoting physical products you’ve got plenty of time to start building it up.

It takes time to build a website, get content on it, have traffic to it, and get the attention of the search engines. You can only do so much in that short time spawn.

It can be frustrating if you have a site that is solely about Christmas like my geeky Christmas website, but if you have a site about toys or electronics you’ll still be able to earn commissions during the year when it’s not the winter shopping season.

Even if you don’t work on your Christmas stuff daily, whether it be an Amazon site or a 3rd party site, take some time even once a week to make a little bit of progress and keep your site updated

Happy new years and good luck!

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  1. Excellent advice! I do work with a couple clients for funds and it’s been great residual income. It’s a great idea to start as early as possible! I am sharing this on Twitter, excellent things to share.

    • The real idea here is that it is never a good idea to wait until later if you could be working on it now. The longer you wait to start, the longer you’ll wait to see profits.

  2. I’m not doing a Christmas/Halloween or any other kind of holiday site until my PLR store is selling consistently. I’m making money there, but I want to ramp it up.

    Taking care of a sales site (from Amazon or wherever) takes tons of time and work. Even that one day a week could be spent creating a podcast. ๐Ÿ™‚ SO I’ll pass, but wish you luck with yours.
    Bonnie Gean recently posted..A New Year – A New BeginningMy Profile

    • Priorities are important. =D If you’ve got a plan, totally stick to it. I just heard way too many people saying they didn’t do well with their Christmas site so they were just going to leave it to work on in October. Unfortunately that’s just gonna cause the cycle to repeat next year.

  3. I was chuffed to bits with mine! I wasn’t expecting to make anything so it was a massive bonus ๐Ÿ˜€

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper
    Louise recently posted..Brand Discovery | NuxeMy Profile

    • That’s always nice! I had that surprise with Squidoo. Since I never log on there I didn’t think I’d be really making anything this year and then I look over there and I’ve got a nice payment waiting for me and a handful of Amazon commissions from my lenses.

  4. Good advice Amanda. My December was okay but about the same as last year so I’ll definitely be working on improving it this year. Interestingly my Halloween site is still gathering fair traffic so I indent to tweak it throughout the year, you never know when a buyer may show up.
    Marilyn Thompson recently posted..How to Write Super Star Blog Content โ€“ Make It CompellingMy Profile

    • I have some Halloween pages that actually do okay all year if you’re using costume keywords because of Cosplay conventions and stuff like that. In fact, I had one for Doctor Who costumes that did okay in October but made five times as much in December because people were dressing up for the new December episodes and parties.

  5. I’ve been thinking of you and your family. I hadn’t seen you around much lately online. I agree about being consistent with a plan that grows all year and I’m going to do my best to stay consistent. That’s my biggest hurdle in business and life.
    jenn alex brockman recently posted..Be A Better Parent With The Right ToolsMy Profile

  6. Hi Amanda,

    I haven’t even checked my stats yet. I am actually very pleased with 2013. It was my best year yet since 2007.

    Planning for December ahead of time by building a newsletter throughout the year will help you when it comes time for shopping.

    Are you on Squidoo? I’m momwithahook on there. (via the article writing challenge)
    sara recently posted..How to Schedule Your Crochet Blog Post in BloggerMy Profile

    • Ya, I’m on Squidoo. I used to be really active there but this year I focused on other things. I hadn’t logged in to Squidoo in around 6 months but I still managed to make a nice bit from there which was awesome.

  7. Amanda, are you saying you should POST to the Christmas site throughout the year, or just prepare posts in advance for activating in the few months rolling up to Christmas?
    Tamsin recently posted..Success Summary 22 December 2013My Profile

    • I actually post to mine throughout the year. I mean, why not? It keeps the site fresh in Google’s eyes and it’ll give you a head start in ranking. You don’t need to post as often, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be posting at all.

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