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May 02, 2019 07:42:44

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by @brandonwilson PATRON | 264 words | 257🔥 | 257💌

Brandon Wilson

Current day streak: 257🔥
Total posts: 257💌
Total words: 83501 (334 pages 📄)

I have been publishing articles on Medium since May 5, 2017. I have published a total of seventeen articles, most of which were published prior to when I started writing on 200WAD. Publishing on Medium is a great way to test ideas and audience. It's a decent focus group that will give you some feedback before you buy a domain name and put in all the time and resources into creating your own website.

Of all my Medium articles, there is one that is far and away the most popular. I published it in June of 2018, and it has over 53,000 reads and a read ratio of about 50%. I suppose that is chump change for professional writers, but for some dude just writing on the side I think it's not too shabby. 

I have a parlor trick to tell people about this story. I tell them to open Google and type in "Selling books on Amazon." My article is page 1 either the first or the second link after the paid ads. It sometimes also appears in that featured box at the top. Here is a link to the article in case you are curious: After 6 months of selling books on Amazon, this is how much I made.

I'm not bragging. In fact, this is the opposite of bragging. I have no earthly idea how this article ended up on page 1 of Google. Maybe there are some SEO experts who can respond and shed light on this mystery. 

By the way if you are bored and looking for some random content, feel free to view my Medium profile


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    @brandonwilson Thanks for sharing this post and the link to your original Medium article. I found it a really interesting read!

    Anna Kaczynski avatar Anna Kaczynski | May 03, 2019 16:06:44
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      @soulinantarctica Thanks for reading! So are you going to start selling books on Amazon? ;)

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 03, 2019 08:17:41
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      @brandonwilson haha, although I probably have enough books to open my own literal bookshop i'm definitly not going to be selling any on Amazon. When it comes to books I am a bit of a hoarder, I'll keep duplicate copies of books and buy further copies of books I already own just because I love the edition. I really hate parting with any of them!

      Anna Kaczynski avatar Anna Kaczynski | May 04, 2019 16:01:09
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    @brandonwilson Thanks for sharing this post and the link to your original Medium article. I found it a really interesting read!

    Anna Kaczynski avatar Anna Kaczynski | May 03, 2019 16:06:44
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    @Rawhead @juliasaxena You both are experts in this space. What say you about the relative popularity if this one article?

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 02, 2019 13:05:21
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      @brandonwilson The title probably has a lot to do with it and then if it received positive traffic and/or social love these could both be signals used by Google to decide it is authoritative. Google rewards relevant, quality content, so well done.

      Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 02, 2019 19:47:36
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      @Rawhead Thank you sir. I am putting the finishing touches on the next Medium article to be released within the next day or two.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 03, 2019 08:17:10
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      @brandonwilson Well done on the article. It's a very interesting read. It's related to topics people love to read about: Making money & a popular platform like Amazon. I like it (and a lot of others too I suppose) because it's honest and gives a behind-the-scenes look.

      For writers, it's very common that most articles get low or medium engagement. After all, by default, not every article can be a hit. But one or two articles really stand out and get a lot of attention. Now you got a glimpse of what people want to read about and can try to produce more of that.

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | May 03, 2019 19:46:17
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    @brandonwilson - I read that article a while back after discovering your other writing. That is a very well written book and I complete relate to your frustration. I think you made more money that my Amazon FBA experience. I have been mad at Bezos for that.

    Well done with the article. I think the content and the details are probably what made it on page one. Sometimes it is all about the content :)

    Keni avatar Keni | May 02, 2019 11:28:46
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      @keni My theory is it's a good headline and a topic that must have quite a bit of interest. Thanks for reading!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 02, 2019 09:00:29
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      @keni

      could you write more about this?

      "I think you made more money that my Amazon FBA experience. I have been mad at Bezos for that."

      I only know one other person who does amazon FBA and it's been his bill-payer for nearly 6 years now

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | May 04, 2019 12:09:49
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      @abrahamKim - I will try to write the details in a future post. In a few words, Amazon FBA is the most clever way for Amazon to collect data on what sells, how much, and where to source it from. Then if the product is lucrative, you will find an Amazon brand with half the price blasted on page 1 of the search words. Thinking about my experience revives ulcers.

      One day - I will write about it.

      Keni avatar Keni | May 04, 2019 20:54:10
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