I’m still a total newbie with Amazon, so this is a great place to start, I’ve heard it’s hard to get the ball rolling with Amazon but once you find the right niche, getting the affiliate sales for products is quite easy when done right.
One of the ways I’ve also been able to make good money with Amazon is to automatically populate information from a WordPress plugin that I had developed based on the needs I had for building Amazon centric websites. The result was EasyAzon. The plugin allows you to insert information and affiliate links to Amazon in a much faster way than creating the links yourself by hand from Amazon.com.
Once you find a winning combination, build on that, make a profit, and increase your revenue. Eventually, you can build on your success and start offering other products and maybe even other niches down the road. But the important thing is to start small.
Amazon.com needs no intorduction. Amazon is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States. It’s affiliate network, called Amazon Associates, allows you to tap into over a million products
If your expectations are such that you are delighted with an extra $100/day, then fuck anybody who tells you to throw down $10,000 on a costly media buy. POF is a brilliant low-level traffic source (with a few Intermediate exceptions who rely on economies of scope) and you need never risk your coat.
MozBar – MozBar is a Google Chrome extension that lets you Google any keyword and see how competitive the search results are. The higher the DA (domain authority) and PA (page authority) the more competitive the keyword is. However you still want to click on the top results and browse the content to make sure you can creating an article/video that is better than whoever’s in the top results. That is really what “researching the competition” is all about.
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Using Ebay and Amazon is one of the clever way to make money online. How I wish that I could be as successful as you are in gaining sales within a month. I’m just a newbie and is willing to learn from an expert like you are.
Many merchants will still give credit for this sale to the affiliate, even though the visitor came directly to the site and not through an affiliate link when they completed their purchase. This is a fair solution in many cases, since many customers take time to make a decision and commit to a purchase. In the scenario above, the affiliate still provided a valuable service to the merchant–getting the customer to their site–and deserves to be compensated for that.
Thanks for the article and moreover the links to create landing page were pretty helpful. But one thing you mentioned above “Reaching 100 visitors daily isn’t much hard for any of you.” Sir, it is easier said than done.
Diversify. Use PPC, CPM and CPA ads as one of your many streams of income. Even if you don’t get a whole lot of money, a little is better than none. There’s nothing that says you can’t start advertising now, even if your traffic isn’t huge. In fact, it might be even better so you can work the kinks out of your system while your blog is still small.
Consumers are bombarded with videos every time they scroll through Facebook, so they make quick decisions on whether or not something is worth watching. If your ad doesn’t draw them in within the first few seconds, they will move on. Grab their attention right away with something that piques their interest and makes them curious enough to keep watching.
Another post from Tubular Insights offers more info on video posts specifically, stating they get 50% of their views on day one after publishing, followed by a sharp decline in engagement. Here’s that post as well:
In 2006, the most active sectors for affiliate marketing were the adult gambling, retail industries and file-sharing services.:149–150 The three sectors expected to experience the greatest growth are the mobile phone, finance, and travel sectors. Soon after these sectors came the entertainment (particularly gaming) and Internet-related services (particularly broadband) sectors. Also several of the affiliate solution providers expect to see increased interest from business-to-business marketers and advertisers in using affiliate marketing as part of their mix.:149–150
Great question. I’ve never used plugins for affiliate links (I tend to keep my plugin use as light as possible). I do keep a spreadsheet that makes pasting in my affiliate links quite simple though, even though it requires an extra step. I wrote about it here.
Think about the payout. Do you prefer high one-time commission or do you prefer making money on each payment your customers make? When you promote SaaS products, a lifetime recurring commission may seem to be much more attractive in a long term. Do similar brands offer similar percentage? As mentioned before, don’t fall for a very high commission and get–rich–quick promise.
It would be easy to put links in the description to purchase each of the products mentioned in the video at Amazon or Home Depot if you were signed up to either of their respective affiliate programs.
Once your affiliate links are set you’ll need to work on getting people to watch your videos. The first step here is to get a bunch of videos uploaded and to become a YouTube partner, as this increases your chances of getting your videos ranked high. Not sure what kind of videos you should create? Check out this post with 10 video blog ideas.
The rule of thumb for creating a website is to deliver content of the highest quality [as always], to follow the best practices in everything you do, and to win the reputation and trust of your visitors gradually. Just follow all the best modern day practices in web design, UX, and SEO, and avoid promotional tone in your content.
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Hi Amy – thanks for explaining all of this! I have a food/cooking/recipe blog. Any idea of some affiliate networks to join that provide for this niche? The ones you listed don’t seem to fit. Or do people who have food blogs also join these types of networks you mentioned? I feel like it would make more sense for me to have affiliate links for cooking products or food related products. Let me know how I can go about finding affiliate networks that carry these types of products.
Search for terms like “[product] affiliate program.” For example, “Target affiliate program.” If your first search doesn’t turn up anything, try again. Don’t give up too easily. Sometimes there are slight variances in word usage or terms.
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Second, don’t forget that SEO works with YouTube videos as well. For instance, you could link to your video page from your blog, from guest posts, from blog comments and so on. This should boost your rankings both inside YouTube’s search and Google’s one.
Don’t promote a product until you’ve subscribed to your affiliate partners’ email list and know exactly what your readers can expect in terms of follow-up marketing. Your potential partner may have a more aggressive style than your readers are used to, and that can reflect poorly on you. If there’s a big mismatch, don’t promote the product.
Don’t take a vague approach and hope you’ll be able to convince people to take certain action. That won’t happen if you overwhelm them, even if the video itself is creative. Make a shortlist of what you aim to accomplish, then cut it down to a narrowed list. Then use that list to select what you want the audience to do and use it as a CTA.
The vast majority of affiliate marketing relationships will be established either through a network or through the generic, impersonal interfaces of the companies who have established their own platforms. While the opportunity to generate additional revenue exists if networks are cut out of the picture, the substantial benefits they offer, including administrative responsibilities, makes them a pretty vital part of the affiliate marketing ecosystem.
You’ve probably heard the phrase, ‘Start with the market, not the product.’ It means that you shouldn’t create a product (which is expensive and time-consuming) without first making sure there will be customers who will buy it — and in enough numbers to make it worthwhile. You’re in this to make money, right? If you create a product without determining if people will buy it, you could make a very expensive mistake.
Putting a handy disclaimer in the bottom of your videos and on your about page or in your annotations covers you where this is concerned. Many big YouTubers have been using Affiliate Links to make money on YouTube for years.
The Bag of Dicks Affiliate may continue to prosper, or complacency may bite him in the arse, but he’ll always be a bag of dicks as long as he judges others for how happy they should be with their income.
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I am hoping that I can try to use some your excellent advice from your post with other affiliate programs, even though I haven’t found many other affiliate plans offering similar options that Amazon does.