Amazon Associate Affiliate Settings - Get Your Web Affiliate Program Settings Right
You'll Never Make Money Online if Your Web Affiliate Program Settings Are Wrong!
Amazon is one of the many companies on the internet that offer an affiliate program or associate program as they call it. I'm not sure it's the best affiliate company out there since they only offer up to 8% commission on sales and at most a 24 hour cookie. But regardless of this, whether your an article writer, affiliate marketer or website developer there's something you need to know about how the Amazon Affiliate Program works.
It's has taken me over 6 months to find this out, so you could call me stupid, thick or just plain dumb - I don't care and really I deserve it, but I don't want you to miss out on potential sales by making the same silly error.
I thought that signing up as an Amazon affiliate would be the same as signing up for Adsense or Ebay, in that one affiliate code would cover the whole globe, and that no matter where someone lived, when they clicked on my Amazon products it would magically show them products from their part of the world. NOT SO!
Each Countries' Amazon is Separate
Each country has it's own separate Amazon business which means that if you are signed up for Amazon.co.uk then people living in America (or in any other part of the world) will not be able to buy your products. I made this mistake on my hubpages account and my website. Only those living in the UK were able to buy from my website which is pretty rubbish seeing as most of my visitors come from the US.
Amazon Affliate Settings for Web Developers
Basically the same rules apply for webmasters and bloggers as for hubbers. If your site targets US customers then you need to make sure your amazon associate account is with amazon.com and not with any other countries' amazon.
The way to find out which Amazon business you're affiliated with is to log into your amazon associate account and look to the left of your screen to view your tracking ID. This should end in the number 20 if you are selling in the US - 21 if you are selling in the UK.
Amazon currently operates in these countries but will deliver to a lot more:
Amazon Affiliate Settings for Hubbers
This knowledge is especially important for hubbers as Hubpages will only show products from Amazon.com which is based in America. So if you have diligently typed in your amazon.co.uk, amazon.jp or any other countries amazon code in your affiliate settings it will look like it's working fine but you will not make a bean!
How to Check your Amazon Affiliate Settings in HubPages
Go to My Account, then click on Affiliate Settings. Scroll down to where your affiliate codes are. Your amazon affiliate code should end in the number 20. If it does then everything is fine, as 20 is the number that shows an amazon.com affiliate code. If your affiliate code shows any other number at the end then you have your settings wrong and you will need to apply for an amazon.com associate account instead.
Now that you know this, all you have to do is sign up to be an amazon.com affiliate (or associate) as they like to call us. Click here to go to the sign up page. On the right of the page click on "Join Now for Free." If you are not sure what to type in for your website profile etc use this guide from HubPages.
Make the Most of Being an Amazon Associate
It wasn't until I was searching for answers to Don W's question that I stumbled onto the Amazon Associates forums which I had never seen before. This was ultimately where I found out that each amazon is a separate business and most of the rest of the imformation I have related here.
There is a great deal of useful information there to help us improve our amazon sales and really get to understand what we're working with. Go to the Amazon Associate Homepage, and on the right underneath the box where you sign in there is link to the discussion boards.
There are also many independent Amazon Affiliate Forums out there. Here are just a few:
Good luck with your Amazon sales and may we all make our fortunes!
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