I’m Starting an Amazon Review Site!

405356_489095324435657_390647834_nOne of my goals for this year was to have an Amazon review site up and getting sales before the holiday season. I had picked my niche (a certain kitchen item) but never really got started. Well… NameCheap recently had a $1 domain sale so I decided it was time to jump in.

Something you guys may not know is that I’m particularly skilled with writing Amazon review articles. I’ve been writing in-depth (1000+ words) reviews for clients, Squidoo, and other sites since I first started working online and I’ve been able to get some pretty awesome conversion rates. I was just too nervous to create a site of my own since the reviews take a lot of work. What if I picked the wrong niche?

Well, no more being scared. Time to dive in and let my content speak for itself.

So far I’ve:

  • Bought my domain name.
  • Ordered my header.
  • Bought a PLR pack with a report which I’ve edited and turned into a PDF.
  • Set up my autoresponder.
  • Installed WordPress.
  • Installed my theme and plugins.
  • Uploaded a PLR article as a placeholder and got the formatting of the front page figured out.
  • Set up a Facebook and Twitter.

Yesterday was a busy day. Basically all that needs to be done is have the real content written and added and having the header uploaded when it’s complete. I’ll be sure to share the site with you when it’s all set up so you can take a look.

I was struggling to find a theme for a while. I was specifically looking at Amazon review themes but in the end none did what I want. They didn’t easily support having informational articles and blog posts as well as reviews or they didn’t let me have a header. Most of them don’t really support manual posting very easy because they focus on auto-posting (ick). In the end I went with a magazine theme I’ve used before and really like.  The site is already looking pretty great!

I wanted to get you in the loop so I can keep you updated on the progress along the way.

What project have you been working on?

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  1. Sounds great, Amanda! I have to fight fear sometimes, too. But just jumping in is the way to go! I’m working on my online course and finishing up my second Plus Size Girl’s Guide (that I’ve been working on FOREVER!).

    Can’t wait to read more about your progress!
    Jeni Starr recently posted..Getting Started with Course DevelopmentMy Profile

    • Glad to hear that you’re working on the new book! I got a message from someone on my fanpage asking if I knew when the sequel to your first book was coming out.

  2. You might also want to check out LinkedIn and Pinterest. LinkedIn is great for connecting with other professionals in the same field as you are. Pinterest is great for photos of your product. I am busy blogging and maintaining my website, speaking engagements and marketing my books. Good luck with your website, sounds like you are on the right road! 🙂
    Tami Principe recently posted..My Books – OrdersMy Profile

  3. If you enjoy reading books and always have an opinion about them, starting a review site is a great idea, especially if you enjoy writing as well. That’s great that you were finally able to set up your own site.
    Susan Evans recently posted..Eggshell ArtMy Profile

  4. Great start! Sounds like a really good idea. I always read those long ones and think, wow that must have taken a long time!

    I started my PLR site, and took your advice with building a list first. I still have my ghostwriting work full time, so I am trying to find an hour a day to write packs.
    Jenn recently posted..Product Creation Challenge – Day SomethingMy Profile

    • I’m glad you’re getting started with your site! What I did to start was write one article a day 5 days a week. That gave me a pack each week and it didn’t take me too long.

  5. Good for you! Too bad it is not for Independent authors haha. I could use the help spreading the word about my book. from UBC
    Eric Rappe recently posted..The Life Of A WriterMy Profile

  6. Be sure to let me know the link. I’d love to check it out and see what you’ve done! 🙂
    Bonnie Gean recently posted..Are You Stealing Images from Google?My Profile

  7. Two questions Amanda – did you decide to use the Covert theme?

    And for your domain did you go with an exact match domain or a brandable domain?
    Danielle recently posted..25 Ways to Make Sure You Are a Complete Failure as a WriterMy Profile

    • I am using the covert theme for a different website, not this one. I do really enjoy the theme but since this site is set up and getting traffic I don’t want to mess with it too much.

      I always go for brandable domain names. Google doesn’t pay much mind to exact match anymore and I also don’t create those mini sites with five reviews on them. I go for authority sites with a mix of reviews and information to pull in a wider audience.

  8. Very interesting post indeed, I have just started a book review blog on Blogger, not going to worry about a domain or any of that stuff until I see how it goes. My blog will contain all Amazon products and I may even venture into music, movies and DVDs down the line. Its great to read information like this and it would seem as though people are successful with their Amazon review sites. I too love to write reviews so it will be something I enjoy doing, which is the whole point. Once I get a bit more content on the blog, I will share the link with everyone. Cheers and thanks again for the great information.

    • The only reason I always suggest getting a domain/hosting right away is so your backlinks and promotion aren’t wasted. Amazon sites DO work! I have a few small ones and they all bring in money. If you have passion, you’ll succeed.

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