I often get specific questions on the blog about some of my Blogger Tip Tuesday posts requesting more information about things people want to learn more about. This week, I’m sharing a bit about my experiences with the Amazon affiliate program per the request of my friend Abby. I am by no means an Amazon affiliate program expert and don’t even make that much money from it but thought I’d share a bit about the program since I think it is one of the easiest affiliate programs to join and participate in.
So to join the Amazon affiliate program, simply go to this link: Amazon Affiliate Program to get started. Once you get all the signup and paperwork out of the way, you’re ready to go. There are a few different methods that I use to make money as an Amazon affiliate. I’ll go through each of them.
- Links. Say you are planning to talk about a new book you just finished reading on your blog. Well, instead of just mentioning it, you would just include a link from Amazon (if you connect your Amazon affiliate account to your Amazon account, the link will automatically be your affiliate link. If not, you can go into your affiliate account and pull up the book and grab the link there.) in your post. If someone clicks on your link and purchases something from Amazon, you will get credit for that sale. Pretty simple and they don’t have to purchase the product you linked to. So for example, if you click on the book link above and browse Amazon and then decide to buy a pair of shoes instead, I would receive a small commission.
- Banners. Another way you can create revenue through the Amazon affiliate program is by utilizing banners. If you look at my right sidebar, you’ll see an Amazon banner. Just like with a link, if you were to click on the banner and then make a purchase, I would receive a commission. I like to change my banners seasonally – when I remember! 🙂
- Special promotions. Sometimes Amazon will run special promotions for their affiliates where there is a definitive goal – whether that be encouraging folks to join Amazon Prime, join Amazon Mom or something similar. Those promotions offer the affiliate a special bonus (usually a dollar amount per signup) during a particular time frame. This is an example of one of those links: Shop Amazon – Create an Amazon Wedding Registry – this particular promotion rewards affiliates with $3 if one of their readers creates an Amazon wedding registry (which I actually wish we had done!). I rarely take part in these promotions but it is an option and there are a number of them.
In terms of how much you get from each sale, it’s a sliding scale that is based on how many products are purchased using your link. The great thing is (like I mentioned above) that if someone clicks through to Amazon from your blog or social media link and then buys anything within a 24 hour period, you will get credit for that sale. You’ll start out getting 4% of the sale and the more you sell, the higher that percentage will be. I don’t think I’ll ever get rich from the Amazon affiliate program (or the blog in general) but it’s a source of a few dollars every month, which all goes back towards the blog.
Are you a member of the Amazon affiliate program? If not, you might want to give it a try! Note: there are (obviously) some affiliate links in this post.