Are you still waiting for the update?
Well, if yes then I am extremely sorry for being that much late and I know you have forgiven me already.
If somehow, you don’t know what I am talking about, you need to have a look here: Amazon Affiliate Site – $4k in 4 Months
Enough talking, let’s get straight to the point…
10Beasts Journey: Successes and Failures
Now there are few successes and few failures which I have seen with this beast and that’s exactly what I want to share with you guys!
What actually is 10Beasts? and How I started it?
10Beasts is a “Top 10 Products” based site, which I started back in April 2016.
It is my most successful Amazon Affiliate site ever and generated it’s first 4-figure income in July 2016 (Literally within 4 months).
I write mostly about Technology, Gadgets and Outdoor products there and that’s because I am passionate about it.
So, the actual question here is: “How I started 10Beasts?”…
Well, let me share a dark secret with you guys today.
I was suspended from the university back in November 2015… (It’s been a year now)
I was a good student and my CGPA was 3.2 which isn’t that bad at all, right? But I was suspended because of a fight issue… Since it was a Military Owned Univesity, so, they take such actions very seriously.
When I got suspended, my monthly earnings were $1.5k and I knew pretty much about how things work.
The only thing for not taking action was the “Lack of Time”, and I had plenty of it after that. (Thanks to everyone who contributed in my suspension)
November and December of 2015 were the worst days of my life, I had nothing to do except listening to my parents…
In January 2016, I had a chance to visit Kashmir, Pakistan, and that was the moment I realized that it is time for a new beginning. I knew a lot of things and I am not taking any action… Time to Rock!
Got Back home… Re-read few articles and Case studies on Backlinko. Pre-planned everything.
Hired an Article Writer and told him everything, what I want in my articles.
Chosen the Theme, Domain/Brand name and mapped the Site Structure.
And Bingo, Posted the first article on 4th of April.
All of this pre-planning and preparation took me about 2 months.
So, that was all about 10Beasts and How I started it.
If you want to learn more about it, please read this first update of this case study.
Case Study Update 2: August – November
I received about 48,447 visitors in August which is about 264.23% more than what I got in July.
I did nothing at all to increase the traffic, the site was doing all on the autopilot.
As the traffic increases, so do the earnings.
I made about $12,279 in August completing $10k challenge in 5 Months 🙂
To be honest, I was just as amazed as you.
Just to let you guys know, I lost few earnings because of using Genius Links service.
I found them redirecting my affiliate links to their “Amazon Tracking Code”, which was later claimed as a bug in their algorithm.
I stopped using their services and also recommend you guys to not to use them.
GeniusLinks Update: (Jesse from GeniusLinks reached out to me via Email and Apologized for the bugs in their Algorithm)
Jesse mentioned in the email:
My apologies for not reaching out earlier (I have no idea how I missed this). If you don’t mind I wanted to throw out a few things for you and your readers.
Most importantly I want to address your comment about lost earnings due to our service. That really sucks and my most sincere apologies! This is certainly not our intention and something we take very seriously. Our whole goal is to help our clients make MORE money.
As hard as we try, we do unfortunately introduce bugs from time to time (as you likely saw from my note to Tung Tran on cloudliving.com) and those have an adverse affect on our clients. Specifically, it looks like the “Return to Original” bug impacted you while using our service (bug summary: when a click came from a country where our client did not have affiliate tracking info provided, and we couldn’t find the matching product in that country, we then redirected the link to the original destination but used our affiliate tracking information instead of the client’s).
From what we can find, it appears that you had 88 clicks between Sept. 1st and the 9th (when the bug was caught and resolved) that were impacted by this bug.
Again, my sincere apologies about this. I know it’s not the number of clicks but the loss of trust that is more costly than what those clicks could have earned for you. Please let me know how we might work to regain your trust.
In the end, our service may not be a perfect fit for everyone. For those looking to an alternative to Genius Link you might find a good list here: Intelligent Link Landscape
Finally, as with any plugin/service/etc. I strongly encourage everyone to test their set up. And if something looks weird to reach out! It would have been great to work through this issue as soon as you saw it so that you could be including screenshots of your international Amazon Associates dashboards for the last few months and have even bigger numbers.
Now let’s have a look at September.
September was another Awesome month for the 10Beasts.
Traffic increased to 63,369 which is about 31.35% more as compared to august.
I know that is not an amazing increase, but I was doing nothing at all… Was busy with other Projects.
The site is growing completely on the Autopilot.
In September, 10beasts generated about $16,077 in total.
Which is about 30.93% more than the previous month.
I am not using Amazon CPM Ads on any other niche site.
So, that’s all coming from the 10b.
I saw a massive increase in traffic in October.
About 90,547 visitors, which is about 42.88% more as compared to Sept.
I also started the guest posting in October and got links from few DA 50+ sites including (Reviews.org and IdiotsGuides)
Before continuing the statistics, I want to tell you guys something.
In October, the brands started to reach me out.
They send me their products to review and of course they integrated affiliate programs on their websites upon my request because they aren’t selling their products on Amazon.
Few of them are LixPen and 3dSimo.
So, I started to generate money from LixPen in October and from 3d Simo in November.
Earned about $21,331 from Amazon.
So, 10beasts completed the 20k challenge in October at the age of 7 months.
Other than that, I made about $913.98 from the LixPen in October.
Here comes the November.
When it comes to affiliate marketing, November and December are the most productive months.
And So, for me!
Got about 139,111 unique hits in November, which is pretty amazing.
About 53.63% more as compared to the October.
Well in the earnings I made about $35,631 from Amazon and $3520.58 from LixPen.
Other than that, I was also partnered with 3DSimo in November and earned about $1500 from their affiliate system.
Well, their affiliate panel is very complex, and there is no option to filter the earnings/commissions from a selected Date-Range.
So, it’s a rough guess.
In total, I earned about $40,653.10 in November.
Also, in November the earnings from “Electric Shaver” article were going to someone’s account.
It was a part of a deal and that’s my 3rd best article.
So, that’s another reason for which I couldn’t hit the 50k in November…
Although I believe I will complete 50k this December.
So, that was all about traffic and earnings.
Future Plans for the 10Beasts
As of now, 10beasts have generated more than $100,000 in all-time income.
Which is definitely far better than my expectations.
So, I will try to create a YouTube channel for 10beasts and plan to do unboxings and review videos in the form of top 10.
That will bring authority and brands interest for sure.
Most of you believe that I have sold 10b, and there is nothing like that, even I have no plans to sell it in the near future.
So, that was all for this update.
I am short of words now.
If you have any question, just leave a comment below.
Other than that, if you really want to learn more about Affiliate Marketing, I suggest you guys to join the AMZ Affiliate Bootcamp Course by Tung Tran.