Experts Tips – Chris Guthrie from

Hi readers,

This experts tips post has expedient answers from an Amazon Affiliate Marketer cum Blogger, Chris Guthrie. 

My hearty New Year wishes for you to achieve your goals with great efforts. I always need your support to grow my blog and here is a beneficial expert’s tips post for you. If you are interested to make money with websites and through Amazon as an affiliate, the information listed by this expert would help you to do so. Who is that expert?


He is Chris Guthrie from I have contacted him through his blog’s contact form, he admits my request to give answers for my expert’s tips category post and he gave his detailed replies within a day. Let me speak about his details now.


About Chris Guthrie

Chris Guthrie is a great internet marketer and super Amazon Affiliate. He is the founder of where he used to write about the internet marketing tactics like buying & selling of websites, make money with Amazon, how to build & earn with niche websites and so on. He got into blogging just to spend his spare time and started to make thousands of dollars from the website he built. So he left his job as he decided to share his experience on a blog to help the people who want to make money through websites. So through his blog, he used to share case studies with real numbers that he has successfully done to make money online.


Chris Guthrie worked as a game tester with Microsoft and he built his successful project, a forum for gamers in the year 2005. Then he started doing really well in Amazon’s Affiliate program in 2009 and later he released his Amazon WordPress plugin “EasyAzon”. He has been earning money with websites since 2005 and then he turned into a six figure income maker in 2009. He had written two books named “How to make money as an Amazon associate” and “Buying websites – How to invest in online real estate” and you could buy these books through If I continue his intrepidness, then this post would be too long which might make you tired before reading his accurate replies for my questions. Now read his real reactions!


Experts tips – Beneficial conversation with Chris Guthrie

Hi Chris,

1. What inspires you to do blogging? Are you exactly a blogger or affiliate marketer?

I spent several years in building websites while struggling to find success. After many failures, I started to string together successes, and ultimately I started my blog so that I could help cut down the learning curve for others that are just getting started. I’d like to think that by cutting through all the crap and really highlighting what it takes to be successful online, I’m shaving months (years maybe) of potentially wasted time by simply sharing what I’ve found works and sharing successes and failures on my blog. I make money from affiliate marketing and also from blogging (and several other things) so I think of myself more as a marketer/internet entrepreneur.


2. Tell something about WordPress blogging and its plugins. Tell about your WP plugin too.

WordPress is one of the top content management systems in the world with over 20% of all websites running on the platform. I’ve been using WordPress since 2007 and because of how flexible the platform is (with support for plugins, themes etc) I’ve gotten into creating plugins for the platform as well that solve problems that I know other bloggers are having.

For example, creating Amazon affiliate links manually is really time consuming and generally requires you to go to for each and every link you create. So we took all of that and brought it into a WordPress plugin that people could use instead. That software is EasyAzon and available at


3. I checked your 2 books on Amazon for sale, can you explain about the books in detail?

Yah, so I’ve got two Kindle books right now and I have plans to write more of them. One book has written about Amazon affiliate marketing and outlines various successful strategies I’ve learned over the past several years as a successful Amazon affiliate. I’ve earned over $100,000 in commissions as an Amazon affiliate so I wrote the book to help make it easier for people who are interested in getting started with Amazon’s affiliate program. Then the other book is about buying and selling websites. The first website I ever bought was $500 and I’ve made over $7,000 from that website. Since then I only buy websites in the $10,000 on up range and last month I actually sold one of my sites that I bought for under $15,000 for $42,000 and I made ~$30,000 while I owned it as well. So that book just outlines various strategies for buying and selling websites. Buying sites can be extremely risky because websites are pretty risky assets so I cover a lot of that as well in the book.


4. I hope that you might have fixed some goals in your internet marketing career. Did you reached those or still working on it? After achieving your goals, what would be your future plans?

My main goal was to be able to work for myself which I’ve been doing for over 4 years now and in my first full year of self employment I made over $150,000 (which was over double my salary at my higher stress sales job). Beyond that I’ve been able to continue to grow my income and my next main goal is to hit 7 figures in profit in a year. Admittedly I’m still quite a ways off from doing that but that’s my next primary goal. For me it’s not really about the money though it’s more about being able to have control over my destiny and to be rewarded for the level of work I put into what I do and as an entrepreneur there is more of a connection between how hard you work (if you’re working on something scalable) than there is at a day job where you sort of run into caps no matter how hard you work.


5. Tell your secret of success with Amazon and also let us know some good resources (Blogs) where you used to visit daily to expand your knowledge.

The biggest secret is that Amazon isn’t the answer for everything. The most common mistake people make is to try and take a monetization method (like Amazon’s affiliate program) and tie it to a website and then get frustrated when they have no success. So what you really have to do is find a niche that is applicable (for example a product review website) and then create content that fits that niche. So the main thing really is niche selection. I picked a good niche and then just worked really hard on making the best website in that niche so that’s why I was able to eventually sell one of my top Amazon websites for over $100,000 a few years back.


6. What is your opinion about “Online money making”?

There will always be people making money on the internet. The best part about it is that you can do it from anywhere in the world. While I haven’t gone so far as to move to an inexpensive country (like Thailand) to maximize the value of my dollar that is something I could do if I wanted to. Instead I move south of Seattle, WA and bought a house for $130,000 instead of staying in the area I was at and buying a house for $500,000 (same size house basically – Seattle real estate is expensive). So because I can work from anywhere I choose an area still somewhat close to family but where the value of the real estate was more realistic and actually worth buying. Without getting too far into it, we all know that some areas of the country are overpriced in the country for real estate and it always makes more sense to rent than buy (New York is the best example, but Seattle is like that as well).

I delighted with your precise responses Chris, thank you so much for accepting my request to provide some useful answers for my readers. I am grateful to you for spending your treasured time for contributing your replies to my expert’s tips category post.


@ readers, If you want to learn from live examples of successful website, I suggest you to take the free course by Chris Guthrie on how to earn money with websites. It has been designed in such a way to decrease the number of mistakes in creating a profitable website. Also, have a look at his books, pod casts and some valuable resources through his blog. Connect with him on Twitter.

Hope you’ve engaged with this expert’s tips post with Chris Guthrie and do share your views with me 🙂

34 thoughts on “Experts Tips – Chris Guthrie from”

  1. Hey Nirmala

    Great share about Chris Guthrie which I have seen his activities really awesome guy who doing the stuff in great style and earning more keep sharing more expert tips

  2. Hi Nirmala,

    Well, you did it again, you’re back with a useful post 🙂 And this time, you’ve managed to land a meaningful little ‘interview’ with Chris. Ultimately, the readers of My Magic Fundas are enjoying the benefits of it! After all, we are getting expert tips!

    And so nice of Chris to respond to your queries and give us these tips and advice! Looks like I need to delve a bit deep and learn more from him 🙂

    Nirmala and Chris, I want to thank you guys for giving this awesome post for us readers to read! Keep writing such awesome posts Nirmala 🙂


  3. Hello Nirmala madam,
    I am very much happy to see a good affiliate manager here. And it sound great to see earning six figure amount. Really i need to check the mentioned above books. thanks for bringing most valuable experience persons like chris guthrie for us. Keep going.

  4. Hi Nirmala,
    This is something really cool.
    A special thanks for getting some cool information from the great man himself. We get to learn a lot of things from these conversation.
    Keep up the good work.

  5. Yes, I know him and about his Easy Azon plugin that created a real big buzz sometime before in the blogosphere. His inputs are valuable. I think you should have linked his two books to either Amazon or to your own Amazon affiliate links. Either way, that would have sent traffic to his books-right? Good interview Nirmala!

  6. Hello Nirmala Mam
    After a long time, you came with some awesome expert tips.
    Affiliate Marketing is not a easy game. It takes time to earn from this method.
    Chris Guthrie cleared some confusion of mine.
    learnt so many things from these tips.
    Thanks Nirmala mam 🙂

    1. Hi Rajesh,

      Thanks for your comment!

      You know, I gave requests to so many experts and not all of them replied me. I used to get reply from one or two great personalities and so it is getting delayed in bringing the tips from various experts.

      Anyway, glad your confusion got cleared with the replies of Chris. Keep visiting 🙂

  7. This is really a great interview and one i find very resourceful. I have just ventured into affiliate marketing and really don’t wanna waste so much time learning by myself what works and what don’t. Chris tips are so awesome and have taught me a lot. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from him. Thanks for sharing your experience Chris and thanks for featuring him here.

    1. I appreciate or sharing your views and experience linked to Affiliate marketing Nwosu 🙂

      Glad to hear that you’ve learnt some good stuffs from the replies of Chris Guthrie.

      Stay tuned here to get tips from exceptional experts 🙂

  8. Hello,

    This is really wonderful interview and I can’t have words to express about it. Chris Guthrie seems really great person who is expert in his field.

    And thank you Nirmala for sharing such a wonderful interview!

  9. Hello Nirmala,

    Seems like you’ve been jumped into interview series and you I love reading blogger interview and I’ve been habituated to save every interview and I will read them for inspiration.


  10. Chris, you’ve really come a long way in your internet marketing. Making a six-figure income online is not easy. I really commend your hard word and dedication. Success comes through hard work and focus.

    I can see you are an authority in Amazon affiliate marketing. People must have a lot of trust on you and what you promote to patronize you to the point of making such heavy profits annually.

    Developer of a WordPress plugin? Oh my God! You must be a man of many parts – marketer, developer, writer, etc. You must be working round the clock to earn those successes.

    I love your hunger to break more fallow grounds, especially the desire to start earning seven-figure income in the coming years. Where there is enough hunger, the success would surely come.

    I haven’t read any of your books, but let me ask you this question. Is it advisable to source out projects for your Amazon affiliate sites or you should do it yourself? And if sourcing is advisable, where are the best places to get very good hands to help out?

    Thanks for sharing your expert tips with us here. I must say I am indeed motivated reading this post.

    Nirmala, thanks also for featuring this great expert on your blog too.

    I wish both of you Happy and Prosperous 2014.

  11. Hey Nirmala,
    thanks for this post, will check Chris Guthrie’s site soon,

    I have done pretty much every thing from building niche sites to flipping sites etc. but if there is one thing I haven’t tried, it’s amazon. I have even been a CJ affiliate – but never got into Amazon much…

    Uttoran Sen,

  12. hello dear Nirmala,
    You are one if the top blogger whom the comment is seen on every blogger blog.
    Nice to see Chris Guthrie here. He is one of the inspirations for every blogger. it will be good to invite or to take interviews of other bloggers too.
    Tank you

  13. Congratulations Nirmala Santhakumar for Connecting with Chris Guthrie as well as making connect to your readers also with Chris Guthrie. Well If I Talked about my self than I also don’t know about Chris Guthrie but help of this post. I also came to know about Chris Guthrie so many many thanks for this post 🙂

  14. Hello Nirmala mam great inspiration article, it helps the newbie bloggers to learn lots of things. Thanks for sharing with us

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