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Amazon Associate Program

Updated on April 6, 2016
Amazon screenshots were taken from my Associate Central account
Amazon screenshots were taken from my Associate Central account | Source

What is the Amazon Associate Program?

Amazon.com Inc. is an American-based multinational e-commerce company founded in 1994 with headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

Amazon is America's largest online retailer as of January 2010. Very early on they capitalized on the online shopping phenomenon that was taking place and leveraged the power of the internet.

Online shopping has become so convenient and commonplace with easy access to comparison shopping, for example. Most people are living hectic lives and are trying to save time. The trend in online shopping is on the rise and shows no signs of stopping.

This trend has opened up a huge opportunity for sellers online. With the rise in blogging and consumers looking for reviews on products before they buy, Amazon has come up with a way to leverage from this which gave birth to the Amazon Associate program. To learn more about this affiliate program and more importantly how you can capitalize on this home-based income opportunity, read on.

Program Overview

Amazon Associates Affiliate Program Overview

The Amazon Associate program is essentially an affiliate marketing program to help anyone who wishes to sell products. Individuals like sellers, website owners, bloggers, stay-home moms & dad and others are leveraging on this opportunity.

Basically, Associates can create product links, banners, widgets and aStores and post them on their websites or blog sites in order to monetize their websites and blog sites. When customers click through those links and buy Amazon products from their sites, Associates earn up to 8.5% (Canada) and 15% (US) in referral fees. It's free to join and the tools provided make it easy to use.

Note: You DON'T get paid to refer others to become Associates - you only earn a referral fee when customers buy from your unique links.

Application Process

To become an Associate or Affiliate, visit the Amazon Associate website and follow the steps below:

  • Choose the country at the top-right corner of the website;
  • Click the "Join now for FREE" (blue button);
  • Enter your email address;
  • Choose "I am a new customer";
  • Click the sign-in button and follow the instructions
  • As soon as you complete the application process, you will receive an email welcoming you. However, Amazon will review your application and in case there are any issues they will get back to you. If your application is rejected, you can re-apply.

Note: you will have to provide the URL(s) of websites and/or blog sites that you will be using to display and promote Amazon products. Please read the Associate Agreement carefully to ensure you understand the terms of the affiliate agreement.

Promotion Tools

Amazon allows its Associates to create text and image links, banners, widgets and aStores in order to promote products that they are advertising for.

These promotional tools can be customized based on what you want to display. You can even change the colors to match your website or blog. If you'd like to, you can include Product Previews to enhance the product links. Once you are happy with the way the promotional tool looks, you just copy the automatically generated HTML code and paste it to your website and/or blog site.

Below you will find examples of a sample product link, banner, widget and aStore that I created in the Amazon back-office. It's a fairly straight forward and simple process.

Amazon Product Link for Kindle Fire Tablet
Amazon Product Link for Kindle Fire Tablet

Amazon Text & Image Product Links

Text and Image links can be used to create product links on pretty much any products available on the Amazon website.

You can create either a text, image, or text and image links to showcase the product that you wish to promote on your blog or website.

In order to make it simple, they have provided associates with Site Stripe feature that makes it easy to create these products links. Once you have created the product link, an HTML code is generated which can be copied and pasted on your blog or website. The image that you see here is a screenshot of the product link tool in the Associate Central section of the website.

Amazon Product Banner Link for Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet
Amazon Product Banner Link for Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet

Amazon Banner Links

Banner links are promotional tools that are pre-made image links. These banners are available in different sizes and shapes like square, rectangle, tower.

Amazon banners are available for various categories of products like electronics, music, home and kitchen, beauty, books, sports, etc.

There are also banners for special promotions or special occasions like Back-to-School, Christmas, Mother’s Day, etc. For each banner, there is an HTML code generated which can be copied and pasted into your blog or website.

Amazon Product Widget Link for Kindle Fire Tablet
Amazon Product Widget Link for Kindle Fire Tablet

Amazon Product Widget Link

Widgets are similar to text and image links, however, they provide more flexibility. For example, you can add multiple products to a widget to be displayed.

With widgets you can create products to be displayed as a slideshows, or create a wish list of products, or create a search box with several products already included, or showcase Best Sellers. These are some examples on how you can use Amazon widgets to promote products. Similar to the Text-Image links, and widgets, it generates an HTML code that you copy and paste on your blog or website.

Amazon aStore Featuring Kindle Fire Tablets
Amazon aStore Featuring Kindle Fire Tablets

Amazon aStore Product Link

The Amazon aStore is another useful promotional tool which allows associates to create a professional-looking online store.

With the aStore, you can showcase different products or products from a particular category. It is similar to the widget promotional tool, however, the eStore also includes a shopping cart to facilitate multiple product purchases. You have the flexibility to show product information, search feature, recommended products, product reviews, etc.

Creating the aStore is relatively simple and once completed, an HMTL code is generated to which can be placed on your blog or website. The image here is an aStore that I created showcasing the Kindle Fire tablets.

Affiliate Reports

Amazon Associate Program Tracking Reports

Keep Track of Amazon Affiliate Sales and Earnings

Amazon provides detailed affiliate reports in order to identify consumer preferences, traffic, conversion rates, earnings, link types, etc. to help effectively optimize the performance of the program.

You can use this information to determine what's working and what's not, and accordingly make necessary changes. Earning money via the Amazon Associate Program will require time and patience, so if you want to make money using this online avenue, you will have to dedicate yourself to learning and pace yourself for the long haul.

Amazon Associate Report Types

Amazon provides its affiliates various types of reports for customer orders, earnings, referrals, daily trends, payment history, and many other types of reports to help affiliates to keep track. As you can see from the above screen-shot, you can choose different types of reports as well as specific time frames. You can view the reports directly in the back-office or download the report in TSV or XML formats.

Below is a sample Amazon Associate Earnings report which lists down details of customer orders like items ordered, price paid, items shipped, as well as advertising rate and fees applicable for individuals items ordered.

Amazon Associate Sample Report

SEO & Affiliate Marketing

How to Make Money as an Amazon Associate
How to Make Money as an Amazon Associate

This book is written by Chris Guthrie who has earned a six-figure income as an Amazon Associate. The book provides practical information on how to make money with this affiliate program and also includes real-life case studies.

 

How to Optimize Your Blog or Website?

Amazon Associate Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

One of the key ingredients in making any blog or website successful is by drawing targeted traffic to it. If you read that sentence again, you will notice I said "targeted" traffic. You want interested people to come to your blog or website so they can benefit from your content and ultimately shop.

Today, most people when they are looking for something whether it be answers to specific questions, directions to a destination or comparison shopping, they use search engines. I'm sure at some point you've "Googled" when looking for stuff. Currently some of the most popular search engines are Google, Yahoo and Bing (MSN).

In this particular section, I'm not going to get too in-depth into search engines, however, sufficed to say that people are using the internet (through search engines) when looking for stuff. This is where Search Engine Optimization (SEO) comes into play. Simply put, SEO is the process of improving the volume and quality of traffic to your website or blog.

So let's discuss how we can achieve this, thereby bringing your website or blog to the forefront of those people looking for the content, services or products you have to offer.

Content is Still King

One of the most important things to always keep in mind is to provide quality content. As they say "Content is king"! Some people are so focused on SEO that they compromise on the content, please don't do that. There is are ways to balance the two as I discuss below, the power of using keywords and keyword phrases in your content. Also, another important aspect about content is to keep it focused and not cover too many topics in one post or page.

Inbound links

Inbound links is another aspect of SEO which will help in optimizing your sites. Search engines looks for quality and high rank links that your sites are connected to. There are many ways of doing this - one of the effective ways to do so is to interact with other website owners or bloggers in the same area of interest as you. Another way to get inbound links is to join groups or directories of similar interest to your topics and submit your links to these sites.

Keyword Research

Keyword or keyword phrase research will help you before you write your content so you can incorporate them into your writing - in essence, you're making your content "keyword rich". Google has a free tool called Google Keyword Tool. Basically, once you identify the keywords or keyword phrases, you ensure that you include these in your URL, title, sub-title, bold keywords, name images with keywords and of course include them in the body of your content. Having said so, please don't stuff your content with keywords. The norm is to not exceed about 15%, some go higher, but I would not recommend that and more importantly keep it relevant to your topic.

Blog Organization

Organize your blog or website so as to allow readers to easily find your information. This can be done in several ways: having a neat archive of posts or articles which are listed under specific topics, having a site map, table of contents, inter-linking your posts and pages to one another so as to facilitate easy access to relevant content, making it easy for readers to go back to the Home page (if they get lost).

Pinging

Pinging search engines is a way of nudging them to let them know that you have updated your website or blog. Sometimes it does take a while until your website is indexed by search engines and pinging them is a way to do so instead of waiting. You can either notify them individually, like using the Google Ping Tool to notify the Google search engine or notify multiple search engines at once. To notify multiple search engine at once, check this web page that covers several Ping Service Websites.

Blog Updating

And finally, don't forget to keep your website or blog updated regularly bearing in mind that SEO is a process and may/will not happen overnight. The key is remaining consistent with quality content and like I said, keeping it regularly up-to-date!

Reader Feedback

Poll: Amazon Associate Program - What are your thoughts on the Amazon Associate Program?

I've contacted a few Associates and most of them have said that they are either making some money with it and/or see the huge potential of the program.

I've came across one guy who is making a 6-figure income with this program. I personally see the potential in the program, however, the key is to effectively optimize websites / blogs sites and tie the products with quality content.

Is the Amazon Associate Program worth it?

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Are you an Associate? What has been your experience with it? Please feel free to provide your candid feedback below...thanks!


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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I largely use the affiliate programs on the publishing platforms which I write on but have a few affiliate links of my own as well. Just starting to see how they will work out.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      I love the product selection on Amazon.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm new to the Amazon Associate program, but have already had some sales success and am enjoying learning to work with it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Interesting lens ... I've heard a lot of positive things about amazon associate program, and now , after reding your lens i might give it a try. Thank you for sharing.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      You leave me speechless with your knowledge and unselfish willingness to help us. Thank you so much for always providing in-depth answers to our questions and step-by-step guides on how to do 'things'.

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      maheshbalan lm 4 years ago

      just joined as Amazon associate 2 weeks before,expecting to earn money from it.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Hi Brian, I think it's a nice way to promote Amazon products. I like shopping on Amazon. All the best with your campaign and relaunch of your website!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @ajgodinho: Actually I am doing a "relaunch" of my website next week and am giving away an HDTV, etc. Wanted to have an entry for anyone that buy's something from Amazon via one of my affiliate links, or shares us on facebook, etc. Amazon is a great affiliate partner because my customers can find anything on Amazon, get it quickly, and the prices are awesome! Thanks for the quick response, I bookmarked your site-it looks like a great resource! Brian

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Hi @freetvee as far as I know, there is no way to track the name of the purchaser. I think that would be considered breach of privacy for the customer, only Amazon would be privy to such information, not affiliates. I'm assuming you're looking for that information from a "list building" perspective? From a campaign tracking perspective, they have pretty good information to track success. You can create tracking links too in order to check which links are more successful than others. Hope this helps!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello AJ. Thanks for the great info! I have a related question for you about Amazon Affiliate... Do you know if there is any way to track the name of the purchaser, or something unique that would identify them? Either through Amazon Associate directly, or An amazon Astore, or even a 3rd party??? Is this possible in any way, if so what would you suggest?

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @KathyMcGraw2: Hi Kathy, always nice to see you around! Glad you found this lens useful for setting up and using the Amazon Associate Program. Thanks much for your support, hopefully the Fresh Squids will find it useful to set up their accounts as well. Stay well and blessed!

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      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      I am an Amazon Associate since more than 15 years already. I wanted to check it online, but their payment history just goes back until 2000 and everything before that date isn't shown. Anyway, you can see it is a long time.

      You can make some decent money with it, although the commission rate isn't that high. But with every sale you are not only getting commission, you are also working towards a higher commission rate.

      Another bonus is that very often customers buy additional products that are not even related to the promoted product. This sometimes adds up to quite a nice amount and won't happen when sending customers to a niche specific affiliate program.

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      Hi AJ .....this is a great page to show people step by step how to set up an account. In fact it is now in the library of our old WiWon site which was transformed to a Fresh Squid site :) Thank you for making it so easy for me to help someone with this today :) Hope all is well with you and yours! *Blessed*

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Diva2Mom: @Diva2Mom that's great ~ all the best to you and much success!

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @piedromolinero: @pmolinero thanks for sharing your experience with the Amazon Associate program. Yeah, this is not a program where one will get rich overnight and it requires a lot of work and patience. Like you said, one of the other bonuses is that you can earn affiliate commissions even from additional products that were not specifically promoted by the associate. More importantly, Amazon is a reputable site.

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Just got my Associate Program going, great lens!

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Mim Art: It's nice to know that you've found my lenses helpful, Mim. Appreciate your kind words and feedback...thanks much and stay blessed!

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      Mim Art 5 years ago

      AJ you never cease to amaze me - some of my most pertinent questions have been FULLY answered by you in one lens or another. You rarely keep me hangin', and you always lead me to opening up several other window to further information (and education) - usually keeping me reading (happily) for hours. You truly are a gem of a writer/educator. Thank you for being so good at sharing quality info.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      Yes but I need to pay attention to SEO and keywords and the suggestions in this lens! Very helpful resource! Thanks for putting it together! I generally use the SquidUtils when posting products. Question: I've seen lenses with what looks like an Amazon mini store on their lens, as well as the search boxes. I didn't realize we could do that. It looks like a widget but maybe it's all hand coded products. Do you know how they do this?

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Yes I am an associate.. and while it does take time and ingenuity to get sales this way.. it can be quite lucrative once you get the hang of it! Blessed!

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @theinformationguy: You don't necessarily need a website to become an Amazon Associate. If you have an active blog and/or Squidoo lenses, you can apply and be approved. This is exactly how I applied and got approved. Rather than looking at what sells best on Amazon, identify your niche and target best selling products in that niche. You need to couple quality content with relevant products. It's good to have a combination of seasonal and evergreen topics that you can attach products to. Feel free to email me using the "Contact Me" button on my Squidoo bio page and I can share more insights with you, if you're interested. Wishing you all the best!

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @jolou: Yeah, I agree, Amazon does have a wide variety of products and more importantly they are a reputable site and the world's largest online retailer.

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      theinformationguy 5 years ago

      Very good lens

      I am new to the online marketing business and I dream of making a living working from home. I have a started a website ( not finished yet ) and I want to become an Amazon associate . What do they look for with regards to the website ? I want to promote things that they sell . Can you give me any incite on this aspect of getting approved as an associate with Amazon ?

      Thank you

      And again , Great Lens

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I think Amazon is great. I love their amazing variety of products. No customer service involved for us, just earning great commissions.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @TonyPayne: Thanks for providing your candid feedback on the Amazon Associate Affiliate Program. I joined the program in April 2010 and have been able to take it for a test drive. I have to say that it does take a lot of hard work and effort as well as patience and consistency. I found that sales lenses with just enough content do better than purely content focused lenses as far as conversion rates are concerned. So my plan is to focus more on such lenses.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent information on the Amazon Associate Program. I have been a member for about 10 years, but I really haven't been able to capitalize on it so far. I do get lots of clicks, but haven't managed to turn them into sales unfortunately, which is frustrating. One day... I hope this helps people who are thinking about joining gain more information, blessed.

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      M-m-m-mike 5 years ago from The Internet

      I've been an associate for many years, and use Associate-O-Matic to create my own stores. Amazon has made a lot of changes since I've been with them, and while I don't make as much money from the program directly as I used to, I still generate a fairly steady income stream monthly.

      To be fair, I don't devote as much time as I used to developing and promoting my stores. I'm more involved these days with creating templates for the software. See http://www.aomskins.com for more information. I still am a great devotee of the Associate program.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @BuddyShearer: Yeah, it does take time, effort and tracking to see what's working and what's not. I think it's more of an art than a science, but there are some basic guidelines to follow to make it worthwhile.

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      BuddyShearer 6 years ago

      Actually, in my early days I set up my account up as well as my first website. I did not know enough about tracking my websites so I was surprised when I started getting a few dollars from Amazon every other month. So thanks for the info looking forward to jumping back to this monetization method.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks, i found useful informations too, here.. :)

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @hamshi5433: Let me know if you need any help with understanding or setting up in the Amazon Associate program.

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      hamshi5433 6 years ago

      Very useful tips here..I will have to come back to this lens tomorrow for some notes taking.

      Thanx for sharing them bro.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ILoveLegosToo: Thanks much for your input and squid angel blessing! I hope the decision in Illinois will be a favorable one and made soon!

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      Tom Fattes 6 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Great description of the Amazon Affiliate Program. I'm having a hard time building more links to Amazon until a decision is made in Illinois. Blessed by the Internet Squid Angel

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @BarbRad: I hear you and appreciate you sharing your thoughts. For me, it was an easy decision to make because I intend blogging much more than I'm used to. So this Amazon Associate program will work well. I'm not expecting to get rich with the program, but to leverage from it. I use it on my Squidoo lenses as well (via SquidUtils). With Squidoo placing limits on Amazon module links, your own Amazon ID helps customize the presentation of information and products. So for me, I'm glad I joined the program. -- plus, Amazon is reputable.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I'm still trying to make the big decision. I believe for SQuidoo, I don't need my own account, but for HubPages, I do, and I'm starting to do more writing there. It would be nice to be able to sell products, as well. The bookseller part of me is in conflict, since Amazon is also my biggest competitor and has put many independent booksellers out of business and has been the cause of having fewer bookstores around where you can actually walk in and look at books before you buy them. It's hard to know if some books, especially software manuals, will be what you need until you actually look through them. I spent over an hour at one of the last new bookstores in our area yesterday doing just that, and I bought three books that would have been cheaper on Amazon.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @DecoratingEvents: Thanks much, Mandee for your input and Squid Angel blessing on this lens!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Excellent summary of a great affiliate program AJ. I have been with Amazon since the Fall so I am still fairly new. Thanks for the additional tips! *Blessed

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @AuthorNormaBudden: I know you left a couple of comments, but the other one disappeared. I got points for it when I approved the comments. Anyway, thanks for stopping by, Norma and for your thoughts on the Amazon Associate program. Yes, it's a great way to monetize one's blog or website since content is already being created so by carefully placing relevant products, it does increase the chances of sales and some extra money for something that you're already doing. The other good thing about the banner is that you can customize them so they blend in. Do let me know if you need any help or have any questions.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

      I haven't tried this yet but am strongly thinking about it. There's definitely no harm in setting up an affiliate program because it doesn't cost anything except an investment of time...and time will be spent regardless of whether we're doing some productive, or otherwise.

      Furthermore, the way I see it is that, if I gained even $10 from it, it's $10 I didn't have before. However, if it took me 25 hours of time to get that $10, it may be more to my advantage to post content to sites which profits more in terms of money and time.

      I like the look of the aStore, however, and the individual products. Flashy banner ads just aren't my thing; it makes a web page look too spammy.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

      @ajgodinho: I agree. Ads need to be placed respectfully, shall we say. We want readers to take a message or information with them instead of being turned off because they feel we are pushing them to buy something.

      Furthermore, it's been my experience that the less I see advertised on a particular web page, the more I will notice what's being offered. I have a tendency not to notice ads in sidebars but one item placed on a blog or web page will grab my attention immediately.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @JeremiahStanghini: Yeah, I totally agree ~ using the approach of showing the benefits that interested people can relate to rather than "buy this product" approach is much better.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      @ajgodinho: These are good points. I guess it really depends on the amount of work one wants to do with regard to gauging one's potential for earnings. I use Amazon Associates on my website more as a service (these books are helpful) rather than as a "please go buy this book." Likewise, I'm not expecting $1000/month.... yet. ;-)

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ProgrammingThings: Appreciate your candid feedback regarding your experience as an Amazon Associate. It doesn't work for everyone, some people are more successful in marketing than others. It does require a lot of work, but if you're into blogging a lot, then carefully selected products with effective keywords and targeted traffic can bring in success. Also, being on Squidoo and using a combination of Squidoo modules along with your Associate ID displaying products will help.

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      ProgrammingThings 6 years ago

      I've been an Amazon Associate for more than one year now. I've 'sold' about $800 in books, but with a commission of only 4%, it means only $32 for me.

      Unfortunately, nobody needs my site to find Amazon's, so I feel that my effort is useless.

      If a visitor goes to my site and then to Amazon and they don't buy anything, I get nothing. Later, the same visitor can go to Amazon directly and follow my advice, but since s/he is not being referred by my site this time, I still get nothing (no tracking-cookie).

      I like Amazon as a customer, but the Associate Program is not very profitable. At least I haven't found a good way to make it happen.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Michey LM: Thanks for your input Michey. From my experience, in terms of credibility Amazon is high up there compared to ClickBank. In ClickBank, I find I can't trust a lot of the products. Percentage wise you're right. I think it's all about targeted promotion ~ I'm an associate of both as well, but Amazon works better for me. However, it's good to get your perspective...thanks again!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Very useful lens. I am an Amazon Asspciate, but not very happy with them because I always compare with the money we make with ClickBank. There is no contest between 4-8% Amazon vs. 59-70% with ClickBank. But I use both.

      Happy New Year

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      WinWriter 6 years ago

      @ajgodinho: That is helpful. Thank you so much!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @WinWriter: Hi WinWriter, thanks for dropping by! With regards to your question on the URLs to use, you can use your Squidoo lenses, blogs, websites, etc. For your Squidoo lenses, use the actual URL for the specific lenses (not just Squidoo.com). Once you sign up as an Amazon Associate, you can go into your back-office and add/delete URLs. Hope this helps...let me know if you have any further questions. All the best!

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      WinWriter 6 years ago

      Great lens. I haven't signed up yet with the Associate progrm, so I'm a newbie. During the signup process, when it asks for your url's - and you just use Squidoo only, no website or blog- can you just put squidoo.com in that field or do you have to list every URL to every Squidoo lens you've written so far? Thanks for your help

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @tssfacts: Thanks for your feedback on your experience. Yes, it does take some time, effort and a lot of patience. It's great that Squidoo already has Amazon modules as part of the platform, thought it is separate from the AAP.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      Great information. I wish I had seen this way back when...I became an associate. I have been an associate for a long time and just now am starting to make money. It take patience and never giving up attitude. Great job.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Nesli: Yeah, consistent promotion is key in being successful with it. Thanks for your feedback and wishing you the best!

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      Nesli 6 years ago

      It works as long as you can promote it... have to keep trying. Although I don't like to start over and over again at %4 commission every month...it's working...

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @junecampbell: Thanks for your candid feedback, nightcats...yes, it does add up...all the best to you!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have been an jAmazon associate for a long time. I wouldn't say I've made a ton of money (from the quiz) but I do receive a check most months. It all adds up.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @KimGiancaterino: Glad you found it useful, Kim!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I've been an Amazon Associate for a few years and will put this information to use. Thank you!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @suny51: You're welcome Suny and let me know if you need any help...all the best! :)

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      suny51 6 years ago

      This is like a reminder to me, though I have never used this site....I hope to get started with this soon.Thanks a lot.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks everyone for your feedback and thanks much Photahsiamirabel and skiesgreen for your Angel blessings! I agree the Amazon program works best on websites and blogs that accept iFrames. Squidoo already has Amazon incorporated so it's best to use that, but like you (Photahsiamirabel) said it's possible to still incorporate it in lenses.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Potentially very useful AJ but a little difficult to use on Squidoo since iFrames are not allowed. It's great on other websites and there is nothing to stop anyone using the text links here! I like the way you guided people through the process of signing up. Blessed today :)

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Nice resourceful info and well presented. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also Work at Home - Internet Marketing

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes, I am but not doing very good at it I must say.

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      Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY

      yes, but i haven't managed to hook it up on squidoo. i will now.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      This is a very informative lens! Thanks, AJ, for sharing this with us!

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      JessicaLauren 7 years ago

      Nice work on the lens! I like using amazon to make money. They pay me directly to my bank account so that is a huge plus!