Read this article to find out some of the pros and cons of the Amazon affiliates program.
Here's how to get started, and how to maximize your income along the way with Amazon affiliate commissions.
If you're a blogger, you might've heard of the Amazon affiliate commissions program. If you haven't, you should. But how exactly does it work and how can you start earning from Amazon affiliate commisions? And how much time does it take?
We have all the answers for you as well as the pros and cons before you decide to become an Amazon affiliate.
The Amazon Associates program is free to join for anyone with a website or a blog. As an associate, you make money by recommending Amazon's products to your visitors on your website. You do this by placing codes that display pictures and texts that link to the products on your website.
When someone clicks on the links or pictures on your website that lead them to Amazon and makes a purchase, you earn a commission.
Sounds simple, right? It is and it isn't. Let us explain.
Pros of the Amazon Affiliate Program
Here are some things we really like about the affiliate program:
1. It's Easy to Set Up
If you managed to build a blog or a website by yourself, you can figure out how to set up Amazon affiliation links. The company tries their best to make it easy for associates to find any products they need and display codes right underneath them for easy copy-and-paste. In addition, their ads and banners are also highly customizable so you can tailor them to your audience.
2. Product Selection is Huge
If you've shopped on Amazon, you would know that they sell just about everything under the sun, which means you can sell anything on your website. It doesn't matter what your niche is, there is something for your audience.
3. Competitive Commission Rates
Yes, there are other affiliate programs out there with higher commission rates but for a company that's free to join and offers such a wide selection of products, their commission rates are fair. There are 13 categories of products in total that you can earn money from and the highest rate is 10%.
4. Commission Applies to All Products In Cart
If someone arrives at Amazon through a link on your website and buys the product you recommended and three other items, you earn commissions for all of the products even if the other three are not related to the product you recommended at all. How sweet is that?
Cons of the Amazon Affiliate Program
Here are some things we wish were different:
1. It Takes time
For new bloggers, it can be weeks or months before you get your first sale. It takes time to build website traffic and trust with readers. Don't expect people to automatically buy things from you just because you recommended it. If you haven't established any type of authority over a specific topic, people won't buy things from you. People need to know who you are and why they should listen to you.
2. Algorithm Can Change Anytime
Last year, Amazon suddenly decided to restructure their product commision rates. They cut the fees for certain categories, and for bloggers who depended on Amazon affiliate commissions, this was a huge blow to their monthly revenues. When you're an associate, you have no say or control over the structuring of fees and you're at the mercy of Amazon.
3. 24-Hour Cookie Duration
Let's say someone clicks on one of the Amazon links on your website and they decided to buy the product after sleeping on it for 8 hours, you'll still earn the commission. But let's say they decide to come back after 24 hours? You earn nothing. Depending on how you look at it, this can be a pro or a con but compared with other affiliate programs that have 30 or 60-day cookie duration, 24 hours is very short.
How to Get Started
It's fairly simple to become an Amazon Affiliate. Assuming you already have a blog or website, you go to the Amazon Associate homepage and sign up for an account. There'll be a form for you to fill out.
You'll also have to prove you are the owner of your website by following some instructions and wait a few days for Amazon to inspect your website just to make sure everything looks legal.
After you submit your form and pass the inspection, they'll email you with more instructions on how to place the first banner on your webpage.
How to Maximize Income From Amazon Affiliate Commissions
There are many ways to maximize income as an Amazon associate and it depends on your blogging niche and style. Some of the most effective ways to do it are:
1. Writing In-Depth Reviews
If you can show your readers you can write detailed and well-thought out reviews, you can convince people to buy things from you.
2. Include Products in Blog Post
Whatever you're writing about, include links to things that are related to the topic. Don't overdo it though, you don't want to come off as too "salesy."
3. Write A Tutorial
If your blogging niche requires you to teach people things (such as cooking, DIY crafts, etc) include products that you personally use in these tutorials.
4. Include A Resource Page
Are people always asking you the same questions over and over again about what you use or where you got something? Make a resource page on your website with the tools or equipment you use. This will save you a lot of repetition and time too.
5. Make Videos
If making videos is your thing, mention the products you use and include the links to the products in the description. This makes it super easy for viewers to find the exact products and they'll appreciate you linking them.
The Most Important Rule of All However...
BE HONEST and disclose all affiliate links! Never recommend products that you've never used or disliked. If readers find out you are lying, it can tarnish your credibility big time. Also, always provide a disclosure of the affiliate products. You can run into legal problems if you don't.
There you have it, a guide on how to earn money from Amazon Affiliate commissions. We hope you found these tips helpful and if you would like more information on affiliate marketing, be sure to check out our website! Please feel free to comment.