Project Alcyone: Month 6 – April 2020

So on my birthday (April 14th), Amazon announced that it would slash the commission rates of their affiliate program. This is not good news when you’re building an Amazon affiliate site.

Happy birthday to me.

Amazon Slashes Commission Rates

As you can see in the table above, Amazon drastically cut commission rates! Most affiliates will be losing at least half of their income!

What does this mean for Amazon affiliate sites? Are they still viable? Probably. But they will definitely not be as profitable as they once were.

This may force us to sign up to non-Amazon affiliate programs sooner than we were planning to.


Regarding content, it was business as usual.

We published 4 articles (13,753 words). 1 round-up review and 3 how-to posts.

Project Total Content Published = 32 Articles (98,813 Words). 29 Round-up Reviews and 3 How-To Posts.

All content was written by our in-house editorial team, using our templates & guidelines, and optimized using Surfer SEO.

If you’re interested in content written and optimized our way, check out our service at BoostZeus: SEO Content. Use Discount Code: Alcyone to get a 20% discount on your first order.


We built 6 links (guest posts) through our ABC Plus subscription.

Project Total Links Built = 35

We also changed our ABC Plus subscription from the $1,000/mo plan to the $500/mo plan. We’re building out our own in-house link-building team to cut costs.

We also started experimenting with tier 2 PBNs. We purchased 5 tier 2 PBN links from RankClub.

Project Total Tier 2 PBN Links Built = 5


It’s month 6 and I think we’re finally out of the sandbox. Traffic soared to 3,287 sessions this month vs 726 sessions last month


Traffic soared so it only makes sense that our income increases as well, we earned $78.20 in commissions this month.

Project Total Earnings: $109.16


This month, we spent a total of $1,222.65. We spent $637.65 on content, and $585 on links.

Project Total Expenses on Content: $4,890.65

Project Total Expenses on Links: $5,585

Project Total Expenses (Others): $605.69

Project Total Expenses: $11,081.34

Disclaimer: The $4,890.65 we spent on content is actually the price of the content if it was purchased from our service (BoostZeus: SEO Content). We want to demonstrate how this strategy can still work even if you outsource both content and links.

Project Total Profit/Loss

Project Total Earnings: $109.16

Project Total Expenses: $11,081.34

Project Total Profit/Loss: -$10,972.18

Quick Recap:

  • Published 4 articles (13,753 words)
  • Built 6 links (guest posts) through ABC Plus
  • Purchased 5 tier 2 PBN links
  • 3,287 sessions. Finally out of the sandbox.
  • Earnings this month: $78.20
  • Expenses this month: $1,222.65
  • Project total profit/loss: -$10,972.18

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