Why Be An Amazon Associate
I'm An Amazon Associate
The first question you might ask yourself is what the Amazon Associate Program has to offer. Basically, you get to promote Amazon's products, and then you get a small commission when someone purchases the Amazon product under your link. Amazon Associates have access to millions of different products that range from less than a dollar to thousands of dollars. This may sound like the Squidoo Amazon Module, but I want to show you special benefits of joining the Amazon Associates Program.
Social Networking With Amazon Products
Have you ever wondered if you could monetize your Twitter account. Even if you don't have Twitter, Facebook could also be monetized. In fact, any social networking site can be monetized with Amazon links. Imagine your Facebook page bringing you in the top dollar as well as your Twitter page. If you are a seller, would you rather show them your lens (and hope someone clicks on the product), or would you want to take your customers straight to the product?
It's Not Like I Never Use The Amazon Module
I do in fact use the Amazon Module, and I have made 30 sales with the Amazon Modules in about 4 months. Using the Amazon Module is good, but extending your reach on customers not on Squidoo is even better.
As an Amazon Associate, it is very important to have a strategy. Squidoo will always give you a total of 4.25% of the item's cost since they get a 8.5% commission. Amazon Associates start off at 4% which is less than what Squidoo will give you. After you get a couple of sales, you're referral rate jumps up to 6%, and then 6.5%. However, I've earned 6% for all of my products so far. You might be wondering where the 4% went, but I started by selling cheap products. These products are Yugioh Cards that cost no more than $5. All a Yugioh fan has to do is click on my link, and then thousands of other Yugioh Cards will pop up as well. Honestly, like chocolates, who could resist? Eventually, I got 17 sales in 1 day! That's why I always got 6% of the commission.
More Popular=More Money
Some people make a couple of dollars as Amazon Associates. Since I don't get millions of visitors a year yet, I won't be making the big money from Amazon yet unlike some Amazon Associates who get a commission of over $20,000 a month just for promoting Amazon Products.
Fads are simply things that come and go. For example, everyone now loves Iron Man because of the new Marvel Superheroes movie. However, in about 6 months, the next movie will take its place. You have to be careful with a fad because if you sell it at the height of it popularity, you could get a lot of money. For example, would you want to sell the Avengers DVDs 5 years from now or would you want to sell it right now while it is still in demand. Having a sense of knowledge about what are fads will get you more money.
Would you believe that the "Pet Rock" made millions of dollars? No one hears of it anymore.