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What is an Amazon affiliate website?
Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce site has a well-established affiliate marketing program called Amazon Associates that allows you to earn up to 12 per cent of the total sales value of a transaction originating from your referral website. That’s a pretty decent figure you earn for a successful referral.
E-commerce companies nowadays are trying to outdo each other in terms of sales and they are investing on every marketing channel available. Affiliate marketing is where they are interested mainly for the returns it can guarantee.
Let’s start with the basics by getting a general idea of what an Amazon affiliate website is. If you are looking to make some money, then becoming an Amazon affiliate is a great idea, but you need to do more than just becoming an affiliate. You need to promote the products you think will earn you some cash on a regular basis.
How does it work? It is really simple.
Once you open your Amazon account, you can insert plenty of Amazon HTML links into your articles or blog posts, which are based on the products you choose to promote on your blog.
These customized links will direct readers that click to the item on Amazon’s page, and if they buy the product, you get a commission. Best thing is that these links will remain on your blog forever as long as you leave them there, meaning you can be paid commissions for an endless period of time whenever someone make a purchase through your referred link.
There is a fee structure within Amazon that will help guide you to the products
where you will earn more money. For example, electronics only earn 4% commission while mp3 downloads will earn 10% commission.
Lucky for you, the more products you sell, the more commission you will earn as your percentage will go up. In regards to electronics, if you sell more than six products in a month your percentage commission jumps to 6% and then will go up again after you sell more than 30 products in a month.
The greatest percentage that you can earn in a month is 8.5%.
Now that we know the basics of the Amazon affiliate program, what is an Amazon affiliate website?
An Amazon affiliate website is a website that promotes products from Amazon and uses affiliate links to sell these products. Typically, these types of websites will have a theme, such as cameras. There are product posts, reviews and other things to create interest about a certain product to send the reader to Amazon to purchase that product.
One of the absolute best things about the Amazon affiliate program is if a reader clicks to go to Amazon through one of your affiliate links, it stores your affiliate code and anything that they buy will earn you commission. Therefore, they don’t have to buy the product you suggested for you to earn commission - they can buy anything off of Amazon and you will earn commission.
Chapter 1: Why Should You Be An Amazon Affiliate?
It’s free to join and easy to use. And it makes money.
There’s plenty of reasons why the Amazon Associates Program is one of the best existing affiliate program.
One of the great things about the Amazon affiliate program is if a reader clicks to go to Amazon through one of your affiliate links, it stores your affiliate code and anything that they buy will earn you commission.
I repeat, ANYTHING.
This simply means that they don’t necessarily need to buy that product you recommended in order for you to earn commission - they can buy literally anything from Amazon and you will earn commission, as long as they are directed to Amazon through your website’s affiliate link.
It’s really common for people to buy more than one item. Regardless of whether people make purchase of the product you recommended or not, statistics have found that a significant crowd of people usually went on to buy all manner of products (other books, electronics, cosmetics etc) – where you will get a commission on each one of them – this is passive income.
You earn a commission on anything that a person buys within 24 hours of you directing them to Amazon.
Amazon is one of the most widely trusted brand on the internet. The traffic for Amazon has been proven to be one of the most popular shopping destinations online. Readers know Amazon and are familiar with it – they trust it and do spend significant amount of money there.
Tens of thousands of Amazon customers have already set up an account and specifically have a credit card stored on file for speedy checkouts. Proving that these pool of trusting loyal customers usually will not have second thought on making a purchase.
The amount of products on Amazon is what makes it attractive. The wide arrays of products selling on the site allows you to narrow down your options. Amazon has such a variety of products, bloggers with narrow niche generally get to avoid facing the common difficulty to find the right product that matches their blog’s focus. For example, certain blog that only focus or specialize in reviewing a specific product that affordable affiliate program do not offer. Many bloggers don’t have the luxury of being able to choose high paying affiliate programs that have narrow niche because they simply don’t relate to their topics. Therefore Amazon is a great option to bloggers.
Your earnings might come in slower than you can wait but trust me on this, it will build up as time goes and when it is established, it will be your constant snowballing income source. The next best thing is the effort needed for this program is pretty minimal. Just by doing reviews, blog posts, adding links to your posts over time. Create as much doorways you can to direct customers into the Amazon store. Each time you do, you are increasing the chances of people making purchase and you will get your share of commission. That is literally all you need to do. Attract, direct, earn.
And just like any shopping center, the sales during holidays season on Amazon bloom rapidly too. There is a significant bloom in sales whenever it hits holidays season so the key to making profit as an Amazon affiliate is to aim for times like this. Plan ahead, line up your links and posts a couple of months before, and run specific posts leading up to the holiday rush (like Christmas or New Year). You’ll be sure to earn extra commission during the holiday season.
Joining an affiliate program can be a rewarding experience. But it can also be challenging when you have to deal with choosing what affiliate program is best for you. There are plenty, like Amazon, Ebay, Clickbank, Microsoft, Avangate and more.
The question here is which one should you choose?
Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. It also greatly depends on your current situation, as well as your own personal preferences and expertise when having to create related posts to advertise a product.
Of course, you have a choice to promote more than one affiliate site. However, to increase your chances of success, it is highly recommended to focus your marketing efforts on only one affiliate program first.
Especially if you are a beginner.
Once you have successfully established a strong loyal traffic and constant income through one affiliate program, perhaps that’s the time you can promote the other program.
So if you find yourself struggling in choosing between different affiliate programs to work with, you have just landed at the right place. Whether you are new to affiliate marketing or been around for some time, you will be ready to maximize your income with the right affiliate program.