Affiliate marketing- Amazon aStores
It’s not often you can find an affiliate scheme that is both non-sleazy and upmarket. Amazon, to their credit, have come up with a very simple way of creating an online web store called an aStore. AStores are very straightforward, and you can select the products you want to sell as well as opt for Amazon’s lists, etc.
The process is simple:
Get the Amazon Associates page.
Check out the options, (this takes a while, but it’s worth taking that time to check out everything so you’re well oriented) and sign up.
The aStore process is very simple:
- You’re given an aStore ID, ending with -20 in the address.
- You log in, select your ID if you have more than one, and go to the aStore page.
- You set up your aStore very quickly, with a wizard.
- Name your aStore.
- Attach a site logo, if you have one. (You must have a website.)
There’s a reasonable amount of customization available for appearance, but remember this is a store site and has to be formatted in certain ways.
- When you’ve set up your aStore the way you want, hit Finish.
- You now move on to the aStore product entry page.
- You’ll see one category to start with. Name the category in the box.
- Hit add products, and you’re up and running. Just search and select products on the search box, and hit “Add” to put them on your aStore pages.
You can get a lot done in a hurry using this system. I managed to add over 100 products on the first day. (In fact I did so many I still haven’t finished the descriptions at the time of writing.) You can also enter comments and information regarding the products by simply clicking on them, and a script dialog box appears for you to add what you want to say about each product.
I’m quite happy with the result so far and keen to explore more options. The idea of my aStore was to create a selection of interesting things. My aStore is called Sydney Media Jam Eclectics Strange and Beautiful Things, which is pretty accurate. I thought it’d be a good idea to give my readers some direct links to the stuff I love and often use in my blog, Hubs, site work and articles without them having to go looking for things. This will eventually be a big selection, up to 540 products per category, per store are possible, so I think it’ll be a lot of fun both for me and my readers.
One more thing, and it’s important: I’ve done some work for people working with affiliates, including articles on the Dos and Don’ts of affiliate marketing.
Amazon’s affiliate programs tick all the boxes:
- They’re not tacky or sleazy.
- Their service quality is extremely good.
- Deliveries are reliable.
- Product quality is good.
The payment setup for affiliates is extremely straightforward. You can get all the information you need with a click.
There’s absolutely no doubt about the quality of the provider.
Amazon has obviously refined its affiliate program to work very smoothly and efficiently. They’ve made the aStores very easy to operate and there’s no shoddy added software involved. The HTML links and widgets seem to work very well. If you’re looking for a decent affiliate program, check out the aStores.