What is Amazon Affiliate Network and How Does it Work?
Amazon Affiliate is a great way of monetizing your blog or website. Officially, the program is known as Amazon Associates. It is a way of promoting Amazon products on your blog or website in exchange for monetary benefits.
It’s not quite as simple as it is described above. Let us take a closer look at it.
Amazon Affiliate gives you the potential to earn thousands of dollars each month. Some bloggers such as Darren Rowse earn tens of thousands of dollars every month through the Amazon Affiliate Network.
Darren Rowse has earned more than $500,000 from the affiliate network. He runs a blog which centers around his Digital Photography School and encourages his readers to buy cameras and camera accessories. It is easy to be enamored with the Amazon Affiliate Network by reading success stories about people like Darren Rowse. However, it is not as simple as that.
Sending people to Amazon doesn’t guarantee earnings. Your main job is to convert the traffic visiting Amazon from your website or blog into money.
How do you get started on Amazon Affiliate?
The way it works is that you sign up for an Amazon Associates account by pointing your web browser in this direction (https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/). After signing up, fill up some tax forms, and you’re done. You then have to wait for approval after getting approved Amazon will give you different product links such as banners, text links, and native shopping ads. Amazon will pay you a rate depending on which type of ad your visitors click.
The best products to advertise on your website or blog are products you are promoting. For example - if you write a blog about going to the gym, it makes more sense to advertise gym clothes rather than a video game.
Amazon will pay you a commission depending on the category now. If a visitor buys a picture for $50, you can expect to make 2$ which is about 4% of the sale. The money adds up over a lot of visitors.
What makes the Amazon Affiliate Network popular?
Thinking about the above example, it’s understandable to wonder how people make a living making a 4% commission on the sale of each picture. However, Amazon has thought of that and has designed their affiliate network very intelligently.
In a nutshell, if someone visits Amazon through your link but ends up buying something else, you will earn a commission no matter what product the visitor buys.
It also helps that Amazon is one of the most trusted e-commerce websites in the world. Many people have already shopped on Amazon in the past and trust the company. This makes it easier to make a sale.
Any downsides to it?
If a visitor purchases within those 24 hours, you will receive a commission. If the visitor doesn’t make a purchase within 24 hours but adds the items into their cart, you will receive a commission for those items sold if the visitor purchases those items within 89 days.
Here are a couple of do’s and don’t when it comes to using the Amazon Affiliate Network.
- Don’t copy reviews from Amazon. Make your reviews instead of using Amazon’s reviews.
- Don’t spam Amazon links. You have a much better chance of receiving commissions if you leave affiliate links in your blog.
- Do make a sale within three months as Amazon will close your account if you fail to do so.
The Amazon Affiliate Network is an excellent opportunity to monetize your blog or website. Go to this link (https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/) and read all of the terms and conditions if you’re interested.