When I started BCIS (Blogging Cage Interview Series) in 2013, it became one of the hottest thing in the Indian blogging industry.
I continued it for few months and interviewed great experts like Neil Patel, Zac Johnson, Brian Dean, Luke Kling (Best affiliate manager in the world), Syed Balkhi, Matthew Woodward and many other great affiliate marketing, blogging experts.
Soon things were out of my control and I was trying many different things, so I had to stop the series.
I was learning many new things so managing everything alone was a tough job.
As things have changed pretty fast so I am back on track. 🙂
We are starting this series again.
I am going to share a great expert's interview on my blog every Saturday, so make sure either you mark it in your calendar or keep visiting my blog every Saturday to inspire yourself.
Today we have Tung Tran on Blogging Cage.
Tung is a good friend of mine and we are in touch with each other since 2013.
I got to know about him when I was building some niche sites and I was stuck to find niche blogging ideas. Soon I found him via Spencer Haws's blog and started interacting with him.
He is a very friendly guy and always share things from his heart.
I have seen him growing from nothing to a 5 figure earner.
Tung decided to go in a straight path without any distraction which became his one of the primary income sources.
He was building Amazon affiliate sites and started sharing a public case study to generate income from an Amazon affiliate website.
Very soon his website started generating $1000 a month, so he decided to flip his website on Flippa, which ultimately gave him $10,000.
Today he's with us.
Let's hear more from him and learn some precious lessons.
Tung, I am following you since 2013. It was pretty nice experience to learn from your blog and discuss many things with you on Facebook, so welcome on my blog. 🙂
Tung: Thanks for having me Kulwant.
#1. Tell us about you, your education and your interests.
Hey guys, I’m Tung Tran and I’m on a mission to turn my blog CloudLiving.com into the #1 community for niche website builders.
I’ve been building and selling affiliate websites for a couple of years now. I’m a college dropout and now working on my businesses full time.
I have to confess that I don’t have many interests. But I do exercise a lot. Like twice a day. I do heavy weight lifting, yoga and zumba dance.
#2. When the idea to became an online marketer came in your mind and how did you nurture it?
It just came naturally to me. I got access to computer and internet pretty early. At 13 I built my first website with WordPress.
It wasn't about the money at all.
I was just curious about how the internet works and things started to pick up. I made some money so I decided to pursuit this full time.
#3. You are pretty good in building Amazon niche websites, so tell us what are the most important things anyone should keep in mind before getting into Amazon affiliate marketing?
Niche Research. If you can pick a profitable niche at a level of competition that you feel comfortable to get into, then you're very likely to succeed.
#4. Selecting the niche is one of the biggest headache in affiliate marketing. Tell us what procedure do you follow and how do you make mindmap to make it a successful website? and further how much time an average a website takes to generate revenue?
I usually go to places like Amazon, Consumer Search, Bestcovery to find ideas. The simplest way is to put these sites into Semrush and see what they are ranking for.
Add some filters to narrow down the list (1000+ LMS, keywords contain “best” or “reviews”) and manually go through each of them to check the competition.
It takes a bit longer now to rank in Google so I’d say 6 months at least.
#5. In 2013 you sold one of your Amazon affiliate site in $10,000. Tell us what was the niche, what efforts did you put and why that was a successful idea?
The site was targeting “best adjustable dumbbells” as the main keyword. I go into detail on this post but here are couple of things that make the site a success:
- Choosing the right keyword
- Good Onsite Optimization
- Powerful PBN Backlink
After all, there’s no secret at all when it comes to building a successful site.
#6. You are very good in outsourcing. Tell us what are some of the good websites you are using to outsource and what suggestions would you like to give anyone who is interested to hire some freelancers?
My favorite and the only place to go to outsource is Upwork.com (formerly Odesk)
My best tips for outsourcing are:
- Know what you’re trying to outsource
- Set clear expectation & deadline
- Spend time explaining to them about the task and exactly how you want it to be done.
- Don’t interview, just give them a trial task.
- Shortlist 5, hire 2, fire 1 keep 1.
#7. Keyword research plays very important role in your online success. Which is your most favorite keyword research tool till now and why do you prefer it?
Semrush. Hand down. Why? Just give it a try and you will know. What’s better than knowing exactly what keywords your competitors are ranking for?
#8. All successful marketers have very strict daily routine, they follow some guidelines to make it a perfect day to get more results. What is that routine in Tung’s life?
I put my health over anything. So working out always come first. Here’s my routine
- 7:30am – Wake up and do bathroom stuff.
- Mediate for 20 minutes
- 8am – 10am – Work
- 10:30 – 1h: Gym and Lunch
- 1PM – 5PM – Work
- 6PM – Zumba Dance or Yoga
The rest of the day I either go out with my girl friend or surfing web.
#9. You recently launched an Amazon affiliate theme in the market. How the idea to develop this theme came in your mind, what efforts did you put, how it is different from other Amazon affiliate themes and how are you promoting it?
Yeah.. I have named it AuthorityAzon.
I made it for myself. And several readers came to me and asked to buy it. So I launched it and it’ve been making profit since. I haven't done any real promotion. Just sent an email to my list once and put a link in couple of blog posts. People seem to like it!
#9. How many affiliate sites you are managing right now, and if you want to reveal, tell us how much money are you making every month?
I’m focusing my effort on 3 sites. 2 of them are making good money every month and one was just started.
#10. How internet marketing has changed your life and what are your future plans?
It provides me with good income and the freedom to do anything i want. Life is good here in Hanoi.
My main focus now is to turn Cloud Living into the #1 community place for niche website builders. They can come and learn anything about building and growing profitable websites.
I hope you have learnt some of the precious lessons from this interview and going to practically implement them to become as successful as Tung.
Feel free to ask any Amazon affiliate related questions as Tung is on the board and he is going to reply your questions.
Do share this interview with your friends to inspire them and to make their life better.