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Are you are looking for different ways to monetize your blog or website? The amazon associate program is a good option to consider.
To be honest I stayed away from this program for the longest time because I didn`t feel that the commission would be worth it. The starting commission at 4% just didn`t excite me.
I debated back and forth if I should give it a try. I discussed the amazon associate program with fellow members over at my favorite online training center, and they confirmed that it was well worth it. It`s still a great way to make money with your blog or website.
I decided to try it out on a couple of my sites, and I must say that I`m positively surprised with the program. It brings in money and I`m excited to see what it can do long term for my sites.
6 Benefits Monetizing with the Amazon Associate Program
1. Shoppers Love and Trust Amazon
Amazon, founded 1994, is a reliable online shopping center that people love. According to Statista, amazon announced 270 million active customer accounts at the end of 2014.
Amazon had 192.7 million visitors to their sites in November 2015. Only Google sites, Facebook and Yahoo sites had more visitors than that. This makes them one of the most popular e-commerce provider, worldwide.
Amazon is the number 1, most popular, retail website in the US, with ebay in second place and Walmart in third.
Shoppers love and trust amzon.
2. Amazon Offers Everything Under the Sun
No matter what your website or blog is about I`m sure you can find relevant products on amazon. They offer anything and everything. If the product is available it can most likely be found on amazon.
Here are some different products available:
- Dog mullet headband
- Beard Beanie
- Boyfriend bodypillow
- Glow in the dark toilet paper
With products like that available, I`m sure you can find something suitable for your website or blog.
3. Cash in Big Time with Holidays
The great thing with amazon is that you make a commission from everything purchased within 24 hours, if somebody clicks through your associate link.
This is great around the holidays when people spend a lot of money on gifts. People do not hold back when it comes to holiday shopping. This is a fabulous time to be an amazon associate. Many see a significant jump in commission during the holidays.
4. Improve Commission After 7 Sales
So one of the reasons I stayed away from amazon for a long time was the low starting commission at 4%. I have found though that it`s not hard to jump up in the commission ranks. After only 7 ”sales” you will make 6%.
Here`s a commission chart from amazon:
The key is to promote a combination of low ticket items with high ticket items. That way you can sell a lot of the low priced items to reach a higher commission level. When it comes time to recieve commission on the high priced items you will do so at a higher procentage.
5. Send Your Traffic to Amazon and They Do the Rest
Amazon is really good at turning their visitors in to buyers. Send relevant traffic to relevant products and they will do the rest.
Some products purchased will be highly relevant to your site, others will not be…
Don`t spend time trying to figure that out. I`ve made commission on products that has nothing to do with my sites. I ones had multiple tattoo tools purchased and I have no site even close to promoting that. I will happily collect the commission though.
6. Amazon Is Global
If you are in the US you will shop from amazon.com. If you are in Canada you will shop amazon.ca. If you are in the UK you will shop amazon.uk and the list goes on.
The good thing for you is that you can take use of all these amazon stores in different parts of the world. You can direct the UK shoppers to the amazon UK store and the american shoppers to the amazon.com store. There are apps to help you monetize all corners of the world with amazon.
Start Monetizing Your Old Posts
If you already have your blog or site up and running, you might have old posts that you can go back and monetize right away. Do you have any posts where you mention a product? If you do, find that product on amazon. Link to it with your associate link, if somebody click through and make a purchase you will get paid a commission…
Here are some tips on how to get started monetizing with amazon.
I also do a case study on one of my amazon sites. You can read more about that here – 10 Month Case Study Update
Hope you found this article, 6 Benefits Monetizing with the Amazon Associate Program, helpful.
What`s your take on the amazon associate program? Feel free to share in the comment section below,
Have a productive day,
Great post! I love Amazon and their affiliate program. It is simple to get started and the program is super easy to use! I have been with them for 6 months and no problems! Great company and great products! It’s a win win!
Thank you for your comment Eloah!
Yes, it really is a great company to work with.
How are things going 6 months in?
Hey Vicky you have a wonderful website. I love this post as it shows all the ins and outs of amazon. It is very informative and my favorite part is the truth behind actually making money with affiliate programs such as amazon. The after 7 sale is a awesome how the percentage goes up. They give some decent incentives and i’m sure that program has helped many people generate substantial income! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Dan.
Yes the bump from 4 to 6% after only 7 sales makes a difference.
Have you tried amazon yourself to monetize your site?
Hi, am using Amazon Associates (affiliate marketing) and this post provided different tips and ways that I could implement through my website. Thank you for the amazing post.
Glad you liked the post Uwais,
How is affiliate marketing going for you?
Eamonn McNicholas says
Thanks Vicky, really interesting article and I must go and read your 10 month case study now too. Then on to set up my affiliate account. Great work!
Glad you found it interesting.
If you need help getting started feel free to read – how to get started making money with amazon.
Thomas WA says
This is a great way to make some money with my website. I never thought to use Amazon on my site. I will have to do some looking into it and signup. Thank you,
It`s not for every site but if you see your site fit, recommending physical products, then amazon is a good program to work with.
If you are just getting started, feel free to read – how to get started making money with amazon.
Thanks for stopping by Thomas,
Hello Vicky, I really enjoyed your post on 6 Benefits Monetizing with the Amazon Associate Program. Sotme website owner don’t know the concept you talk about in this post, and as for me, I really learned a lot.
Thank you, now I can go ahead to monetize my old posts.
Glad you found the post helpful. There are many benefits monetizing with the amazon associate program and I think it should be considered if you do affiliate marketing. I know it`s not for every site, but it`s a good program.
I have to agree with you that 4% really doesn’t look very appealing. I am niches that pay me $185 a sale and to get anything close to that people would need to purchase something through my affiliate link for $5,000. But, moving up to 6% after just 7 sales is a noticeable increase.
I do believe that you get credit for purchases people make for 30 days. Is that true or is that information incorrect? I believe they are on a 30 day cookie.
Sadly, Amazon will not work with residence that declare their business in Missouri so they are not an option for me. I have been using eBay’s partner network for 3 months and have been seeing good results. Have you used eBay’s partner network?
I like the $185 commission :). I work in a different niche that has a little lower commission but still around $100 on average, it pays off.
The cookie life with amazon is only 24 hours, unless they put their item in the checkout cart, then the cookie life is I believe 45 days, I have to double check that but…
That is the downfall with amazon or rather some of the states due to tax laws that they don’t work with all states. I have not tried eBay is it worth it?
Thanks for chiming in Garen,
Yeah, I have been pretty happy with the eBay Partner Network. They are very picky on what they allow, though. For instance, on one of my niches I needed to disclose under each picture that they would be going to eBay. It’s one of the ways the FTC regulates eBay’s affiliates. It was kind of a pain, but working with them has been great :).
I`m sure it`s a different kind of marketing for sure.
What main niches do the FTC regulate?
That`s great that you`ve had success with them,