What Sells Well On Amazon

You'll Be Amazed At What People Buy On Amazon

I recently wrote a hub about how to make money online with Amazon - and I did include suggestions for choosing Amazon products to promote. However, as the article was getting somewhat lengthy the guidelines, whilst accurate, were general. So I thought it might be worthwhile to look at some of the specific products that tend to do well on Amazon.

Of course, you don't need to promote these if you don't want to - but they might just give you some ideas. It's also worth noting that some products sell better at certain times than others. You can use this information to tailor your marketing efforts or advertising budget accordingly. It's also possible, if you are already involved in the Amazon Associate scheme, that you've tried to promote something that you though would be a good seller for you and had disappointing results. Perhaps this was due to the time of the promotion - it might just be worth another try at a different time of the year.

So here are five product areas for you to look at when you're choosing your Amazon products to market. These are just selected examples - there are plenty more.

At the end there are some general tips on how to choose your product and maximise your affiliate income using the Amazon Associate's scheme.

Digital Photo Frames

These are a very good seller. The thing about digital photo frames is that they make a great gift. All you have to do in order to customise them is add a few photos that mean something to whoever is receiving the gift and - hey presto! - you've got a unique and personalised gift.

They are also very reasonably priced these days. You can get a perfectly serviceable frame for $50 -$60. Of course you can pay a lot more if you want to, there are plenty high end frames with all sorts of cool features that all cost money - but if all you want is a frame that will show a few hundred photos in a slideshow then the $50 - $60 range is fine.

The most popular size is 7 or 8 inches - but some of the larger frames also sell quite well.

So - these frames tend to sell well throughout the year with mini spikes before Mother's Day and Father's day and a massive increase in sales before Christmas. When I say before Christmas I mean from the last fortnight in November up to about four days prior to Christmas.

Games Consoles

I suppose that this is a bit of a no-brainer. I doubt if you really need me to tell you that Amazon sell a lot of playstations, Nintendo Wiis and X-Boxes do you? However, a lot of people do tend to shy away from these a little as they worry about the competition.

The thing is, the market is so huge that you can still make quite a reasonable profit just by getting a fraction of fraction of what's available. This is not "niche" marketing - it's about getting people who have already decided (more or less) to buy something to the Amazon site using your link.

These will sell pretty well throughout the year and sales will go through the roof in the run up to Christmas. Selling 20 or 30 consoles a day from mid-November is very achievable. If you're prepared to invest in pay per click higher numbers are possible. Just make sure that you understand the mechanics of PPC before you invest your money.

For what it's worth - and based upon previous years - I expect that the Sony PS3 will be the top selling console for 2009, simply because it's the newest.

Also, and this is based upon experience - the Nintendo DS will outsell the Sony PSP every time. I don't know why this is - but it is.

Digital Cameras

Digital cameras sell well on Amazon. Their prices are pretty keen. The best sellers are the low to mid-priced cameras, but you can expect the high end digital slr cameras to make up a reasonable proportion of your sales as well.

They sell pretty well throughout the year, with a fairly significant ramp up from spring through summer as people decide to get a new camera prior to setting off on vacation. Christmas is crazy of course.

Watch out for new releases and special offers which can have a huge impact on sales in this particular market.

Software

Software is a consistently good seller throughout the year on Amazon. Check the bestsellers list to see which titles are selling well at any time.

Microsoft office is usually the top seller. There will often be a bit of a peak in late July and early August as school kids and students get ready to return to school, college or university. There is a peak before Christmas of course, and there is an extra mini peak just after Christmas and into early January. This is due to those people who either got a notebook for Christmas or bought one in the January sales buying the software to complete their package.

Tax software sells well in the run up to the tax return deadline. It then tends to drop off for the rest of the year. Plan your marketing accordingly.


Children's Toys

Unsurprisingly, children's toys sell well on Amazon. Some of them are very expensive - but most people are happy to spend money on their kids or grandchildren of course.

The trouble is, it's a very broad market and it would be easy for your efforts to get diluted, possibly to the point where they are ineffective. The best way to avoid this is to focus. For example, don't advertise Lego, advertise  Lego Harry Potter. You can go further, Lego Harry Potter mythical beasts would also work.

You can set yourself up a blog on the subject of Harry Potter, Sylvanian Families, Bakugan, Spiderman Collectibles and have one post on a very specific topic relating to the products your promoting. Pick products that have a decent selling price and you'll probably be surprised at how profitable and easy this area can be.

This is certainly easier if you have kids of your own - you will be kept up to date with what the latest cool toys are (whether you want to be or not). In the absence of tiny tyrants of your own, just check the bestsellers information in Amazon's toys category.

The Amazon Kindle

OK - this is actually the sixth category and I said there would be five. Think of it as a bonus if you like - but I couldn't omit the Amazon Kindle reader - after all it is now Amazon's top selling product and, at Christmas 2009 it became the company's "most gifted" item ever. So, given that it's Amazon's hottest item right now it might be a good idea to include it in your portfolio of affiliate products.

Amazon has recently (September 2011) announced a whole new range of Kindles. There's a new entry level Kindle - at just $ 79. There's also a Kindle Paperwhite, which starts at just $ 119 - and the star of the show is the Kindle Fire tablet computer. How well do you think those are going to sell in the run up to Christmas this year? Like hot cakes I suspect!

If you don't feel up to the SEO or linking required to get onto page one of Google, and you don't have a nice book review blog or website, you could always focus more on the Kindle covers and accessories market. This is also pretty big.

One thing that's worth mentioning is the fact that Kindle buyers are pretty focused. They tend to go on, buy their Kindle, usually along with a nice leather cover and maybe a screen protector and then clear out. For some reason you won't pick up as many spin off sales when pushing the Kindle as you might expect for a typical Amazon product.

Amazon recently (May 2010) changed the commission structure for Kindle sales. You now get less commission on the Kindle itself - but you do get commission on Kindle books to compensate. At the moment, I am averaging out about the same. The commission on books is just about making up for the lower commission on the reader itself.

General Tips For Maximising Your Profit On Amazon

Spin Off Sales
Because you get credit for anysale made within a 24 hour period by visitors you send to Amazon you will see things that you don't market directly appearing in your sales stats. Even if you don't advertise books, CDs or DVDs you will still sell quite a few.

It makes sense to actively market at least a few products which will encourage spin off sales. For example, if you are selling the latest Playstation, it's perfectly reasonable to suppose that buyers will pick up a game or two and maybe an extra controller when they purchase their "main" item isn't it? These can add anything from 15 to 25% extra onto your commission.

In a similar vein, buyers of digital cameras will often buy memory cards, lenses, bags, tripods etc.

Buyers of iPods and other mp3 players will often buy a better set of earphones or a protective case.

A lot of people buying an Amazon Kindle reader will buy a nice leather cover, a screen protector, a reading light, a charger for the car etc.

There are plenty of other examples which actively encourage spin off sales. I'm sure you can think of them.

Gifting Holidays
Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day - any gifting holiday - will all produce an increase in sales of course. Other holidays can tend to lower sales. Easter for example, tends to be a bit slower.

Just after Christmas can be a bit slow - but some items (see software above) can have a surprising "mini spike" as people buy them to compliment some festive gift or other.

New Products And Hot Trends
Watch out for new releases or product updates. These always produce good sales. sometimes these can be quite short lived. If you don't keep up to date you may miss an opportunity.

Check the Amazon Bestsellers lists on a regular basis. Also watch out for any special offers that Amazon are running. Watch out both for products which are being offered to customers at a good price and also for products which are attracting a higher than normal level of commission for you as an Associate.

I hope this has given you some good ideas and that you make a few extra bucks. If you haven't already read it, you might also benefit from reading this article on Making Money With Amazon.

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Roffi Grandiosa 7 years ago from Bandung, Indonesia

Thanks for the valuable hub. i bookmarked it!!


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Tiptopcat 7 years ago from London, UK

Greetings Thamisgith - I have just started to create hubs for Amazon products so this hub is full of great information. When I find out which of my hubs convert well, I will create websites for these products.

Thanks again for showing which products are the money makers.


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Thamisgith 7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland Author

Good luck with your Amazon hubs Tiptop -the suggestions above are no more than a staring point. I'm sure you can find plenty other things to punt successfully!


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Rose Kolowinski 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing your insight into the world of Amazon. I will take your suggestions into consideration the next time I am choosing products.


LIliek Febrety Ase 6 years ago

Thank you a lot for your articles. I learn a lot of valuable knowledge from you.


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TinasTreasures 6 years ago from California

Your Kindle link doesn't work.


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Thamisgith 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland Author

Thanks for the heads up Tina. It seems to be working ok right now. Maybe it was just a temporary blip?


Subhash 6 years ago

Tip Top

Did you ever take the Associate project any further?

How did you do?

I am Dublin, Ireland , thus no commercial threat to you, I think.

Can you assist me to beware of the opitfalls in getting started as an Amazon.co.uk associate.

Talk soon, I hope.

Subhash

dublinfi8ndit@gmail.com


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

What excellent, realistic, down-to-earth information for fellow hubbers.

Thank you thamisgith, for sharing it.


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ALL4JESUS 6 years ago from USA

Very well written. Great Hub!


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Thamisgith 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland Author

Thanks for all your comments so far. Just a note that I updated this hub to reflect changes in the commission that Amazon pays on the Kindle. You now get a lower commission on the reader but Kindle books are now having commission paid on them to compensate for this.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, this is a great time for me to read this as I have started selling on Amazon just a few books at the moment but they go like hot cakes! but any other idea is great, thanks for this, I will bookmark it so when my brain starts having one of it's fuzzy moments like it tends to do, I will be able to come back and see it! lol thanks nell


SwipeAuctions 6 years ago

Great hub. I will definitely be your follower.


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sdp80 6 years ago

Great hub and well worth a read. thanks


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Dense 6 years ago from somewhere in a concrete jungle, hugging a green plastic tree, and wondering what happened

Great hub! Thanks for the nice juicy tidbits. :)


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hubven 5 years ago

I just started with hubpages as well as amazon, lets hope for the best..Thanks for your tips !


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Thamisgith 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland Author

Hubven - good luck with hubpages and Amazon. It's easier than you think!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

I've been working at selling books as an affiliate here on Hubpages. I'll have to change products because I get so many clicks on Amazon it's ridiculous, but only 10.00 in sales this year. I was ready to just forget Amazon.


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Thamisgith 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland Author

Barbara - book sales are nice - but they aren't high enough value to justify spending your time on - unless you do it as a labour of love or a hobby that is.

At this time of year, kid's toys are (unsurprisingly) selling well. So are electronics. If you put some effort into these areas you might have some more luck. You'll probably sell some books as well!

Good luck!


Davida Yemi-Akanle 5 years ago

I've made a lot of money selling books on Amazon - through their direct sales program and not their Affiliate program. I haven't tried to sell much through their affiliate program because of their 24 hour cookie life span.


Davida Yemi-Akanle 5 years ago

I've made a lot of money selling books on Amazon - through their direct sales program and not their Affiliate program. I haven't tried to sell much through their affiliate program because of their 24 hour cookie life span.


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Thamisgith 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland Author

Hey Davida - great that you're making money with the direct sales program. Well done you!

The 24 hour cookie could be better for sure - but you should still be able to make money from the aff program as well.


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steffer 5 years ago from Belgium (Europe)

Thanks for the great info, didn't know this. sure am going to try some stuff here.


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ochiboy84 5 years ago

Thanks a lot for such a great, just what i was looking for. Your tips will help me a far way in make good marketing plans this christmas


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Laura Ginn 5 years ago from UK

Really useful hub... I'm thinking of branching out into the software market as a side to the scuba niche that I currently work on. Hopefully one or the other will make a little bit of money monthly, and they are both things that I am interested in! Marked useful and voted up :)


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Thamisgith 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland Author

Hey Laura,

Thanks for the kind words and the vote :)

Good luck with the software - hope you make plenty of sales!


Danielle @ Clickbank Auto Profits 5 years ago

Thanks for this list. I recently started doing Amazon marketing as an affiliate and I find the hardest part is finding the perfect product to promote so I'll be heading there now to see if any other these ideas will work for my first site! Thanks!


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Thamisgith 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland Author

Danielle,

Good luck with your first site. I'm sure that you'll find something to sell on it.


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SnapHappy 5 years ago from U.S.A.

Thank you for very useful information!


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Casey Strouse 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Showing related products is definitely a winning technique. Great article for people looking to get started.


kims3003 4 years ago

Impressive hub - nice writing style too!


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honeybee2u 4 years ago from PNG

Thank you for this very informative hub. Voted up.


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MasterworksFA 22 months ago from Oakland, CA

Look for the "seller rank" in the Product Description of most Amazon.com items. It will let you know how popular it is overall and within different categories.

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