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How To Make Money With Amazon Modules
We All Know What Amazon Is, But We Can Make Money With It As Well!
On Squidoo, you can use Amazon Modules to promote Amazon products and get a commission. However, not everyone can sell these Amazon Products from their lenses. An Amazon sale can come at any given moment, and I love to get mine when I am sleeping. Amazon sales are something that everyone wants to have, but not everyone has had a sale yet. I want to help you get Amazon sales on your lenses and show you my most successful methods.
I have the Dark Horse picture set up for most of my lenses, but not all of them. There is one lens that I have called the Lego Station. This lens is my most successful and has had nearly 10 sales in the past 3 months, and that doesn't even include my other lenses. I will admit that the Amazon Modules I have on that lens aren't as good as others, but there is one important factor.
Who wants to talk to a robot? I don't, and neither should you. I have a bio picture of myself near my Lego collection which gives me some credibility. I am eventually going to have a bio picture added to all of my lenses. You want your potential customers to know that you ARE a person. Besides, who wants to hear the voice on the phone that say "We will get a representative to return you call" or the classic "Press 1 for more options. To leave a callback number, press 5." instead of the person? I would rather here the person, and you should too.
Here is the intro photo for my Lego Station lens.
You can't make money just be laying out one Amazon Module after the other because you're telling the potential customer to buy my product without telling them why. One method I use in my Lego Station lens is to go into great detail about a specific set using the Text Module and then listing them on an Amazon Module. However, there is a better way to make money. This generation of potential customers is visual so they need the pictures and the proof. Telling them about the product may not be enough unless you provide pictures.
Here Is What I Will Show You
This is a summary of what I am using to make sales.
- The Text With BIG Picture Module sucks your reader right into the action. A big image saying "Read me, read me" is the perfect start. The image must be good because that image depends upon if you get that sale or not.
- For some products such as video games, showing your potential customers the product in action is a wonderful idea. Your potential customer can see how useful or how fun it is. I recommend using YouTube on this one because they come up with good results.
- Finally, the cream of the crop, where is the Amazon Module? If you're selling 1 product, use the Spotlight Personal Review. I couldn't do that with the Lego Station because it has almost 100 Lego Reviews. I have 1-3 Personal Reviews on that lens, but then I needed quantity. However, if you are only doing one product, do the Amazon Spotlight Personal Review because it looks fancy and focuses your potential customer's attention to the product.
Super Smash Bros Brawl - A Game For The Ages
Give your potential customers something to look at. If you want to make a lens with the main purpose of selling a product, then I highly recommend using the Text With BIG Picture Module. You can display any image here that relates to your product. So, I am going to show off the Super Smash Bros Brawl video game that I think is a great game. You can create your own stages, take pictures, use over 30 characters, do the epic adventure mode, and more. Also, it is a good idea to give a mini review of the product. Saying, "buy this game" won't get you any buyers. However, if you give a good review of the game or whatever product you have, you will be able to get a good customer.
See The Most Talked About Video Game In Action
My Opinion About Super Smash Bros Brawl
Super Smash Bros Brawl may be an old game, but it is still very popular and has a demanding fan base. Ever since the beginning with the Nintento 64, there has been a big difference with video games, and out of all of the video games, Super Smash Bros Brawl has made the most changes to make the gameplay a great experience. You can build your own stages and customize others as well as play in stages that are waiting for you. Super Smash Bros Brawl also comes with a new adventure mode where all of the Super Smash Bros Brawl characters team up to conquer Taboo in Subspace. Super Smash Bros Brawl is the epic video game that everyone has been raving about even though it is old.
What The Super Smash Bros Brawl Product Review Showed You
For the Super Smash Bros Brawl video game, I gave my potential customer a good look at the game with a big picture to lead things off. A big picture gets the customer's attention. Then, I showed a YouTube Video that gets the potential customer into the action. Please note that if you are showing off a video game, NEVER show the ending. Finally, I did my Amazon Spotlight Personal Review in order to give my potential customer a chance to buy the product. If you string a couple of those master plans together with different products, you will most likely get sales. Our generation of people need the visual, and sometimes the visual alone is what gets you the sale. Don't put your product in size 2 font, but instead, let it stand out.
Will That Method Make Money?
Yes And No
If you use this method, you are likely to make money, but the actual product itself might also determine how much money you actually make. Let's look at an example. You can either sell a cell phone made in 2002, or you can sell a cell phone made this year. The cell phone made in 2002 most likely gets calls and gives calls, that's it. However, the newest phones allow you to access the internet and gives you the option of many apps, games, and more! So, which phone are you taking? In this generation, everyone needs an iPhone or something similar to it, not a phone that makes and receives calls.
Basically, please show something that is popular because you won't get buyers who are looking for the past fads.
That picture is of the new Lego R2D2 Set with many awesome features. You can see how I've covered the set right here.
The Secret About Amazon Modules
The money that you get from an Amazon Module is great money, but how do you get it? Well, in order to get the money from an Amazon Module, the Amazon Module should be your least worry because what goes on around it is how you get the buyers. If you have a lens about a single product, then just show off that product more than once with a spotlight personal review, but don't go crazy with it either.
Share Your Newest Products With Social Media
Social media can prove to be a big advantage for getting sales depending on what you say. For example, if you say "Buy this", you won't get a single buyer. However, if you can "Review of this", you might get a sale. Everyone wants a sale, but don't make it obvious. Every Squidoo member knows that you earn something on Amazon (4.25% of the commission), but your visitor will most likely NOT know this or even care unless they make money online with Amazon as well. Keeping this fact a secret could influence someone to buy from your lens. If you tell them that you get a 4.25% commission, then you are telling them, "I want your money because I need it." Don't beg for sales, but instead show your visitors what they are looking for, the content. Content is key on Squidoo, and without good content, you won't see too many sales.
Do You Want Sales?
Why Care About Topics?
I know everyone wants a sale, and the answer is always "YES", but sometimes it is important to think about the question as well as what you are doing. For example, you could have 1,000 lenses all about Squidoo Tips, Squidoo Tiers, and more. However, not a single lens about Squidoo will be making a lot of sales anytime soon because not too many people are looking up "Squidoo Tips" or "Squidoo" in general unless they are a lensmaster. I have over 5 lenses that are all about Squidoo including my Best Squidoo Tips lens that is usually a Tier 2 (this is the first day in about 2 months that it isn't a Tier 2, but it is at about 15,000, so it's not bad). You would think that Tier 2 lenses that are very well organized with great content make sales when they show some Amazon Products. However, that is not the case with any of my Squidoo lenses. In fact, a Tier 4 lens of mine made a sale, so it is varied.
Part 2 is down at the bottom.
Do You Want Sales? Part 2
Why Care About Topics?
As mentioned above, topics manner when making sales. I have been a member of Squidoo for close to three months now, and I am happy to have 15 sales from all of my lenses. However, let's get into the cold hard facts. Out of all of my 15 sales, 14 of those sales came from my lenses that talked about TOYS. Toys are very popular because there are always those young kids asking their parents for toys. Most of the time, these purchases are made online because it beats going to the toy store (in most cases). You can get thousands of options all with the click of a mouse. Now, is that incredible or what? I have 8 sales from my Lego Station lens that is usually a Tier 1 lens that earns me a lot of money. My other 6 sales for Toys come from lenses that talk about Trading Card Games. The only lens that I have that made a sale (and it wasn't about toys) was a lens about Fenway Park in honor of the 100th Anniversary. You would think someone bought the 100 Years cap or something to do with the Red Sox. However, it didn't have much to do with Fenway Park or my lens in general.
If you want to make good sales, then write about TOYS. You will see a lot of my lenses all about toys that kids love to play with.
P.S. BBtoystore has all of the most popular toys on their shelves, so you might want to give them a look to see what lens you want to create next.
What Does The Price Mean?
Quality For Less
When you ask someone if they would spend $1 on a product or $100 on a product, most people will say that they will only spend $1. Now let's say that the $1 product was a piece of chewed bubblegum while the $100 product was a piece of gold (very unlikely, but possible). Now, everyone would go for the gold. This is the point where all of the buyers will ask, "Now, why can't the piece of gold be $1?" As the seller, you can give your customer that opportunity to buy the 'piece of gold' for $1. That piece of gold can be something about your topic such as a Yugioh Card for people interested in Yugioh as well as a small action figure or Angry Bird plush toy. The golden product that will get you the most sales must have quality, demand, and a low price. When I say golden product, I mean the product that is both good for the customer and you because you get the commission. I'll be honest and say that only 2 of my orders on my Lego Station lens placed under $150, but my Yugioh lenses can't generate crazy commissions like the Lego Station lens I have. Excluding my Lego Station lens, the rest of my lenses haven't made over a dollar in commissions, but they have a couple of sales.
YOU Are The Buyer
When you leave this lens, I have a mission for you. I want to LOG OUT of your Squidoo account right away and enter in the URL for one of your lenses. As you scroll down the lens, ask yourself, "If I were a customer, would I buy this product or anything at all from this lens?" As you may have heard, the customer is always right, and being honest about your content can lead you to writing better and influencing more sales. When you look at your lens, you can't be logged in because you know that the content is yours. I find it easier to look at my own work and see my small and sometimes big errors when I am logged out. If you had your report card, and you could decide your grade, everyone would give themselves an A, but if you take your name off of the report card, then you look at the statistics instead of your own name.
Could you imagine creating a Text Module like this one, adding a picture to that Text Module, and then leaving it BLANK? Well, that would be disgraceful if you did so, and I highly doubt that anyone would even dare to try it. Now, when you have an Amazon Product, you get the pictures and the price. The price shows how much your potential customer will have to sacrifice (I know that sounds extreme) to buy that product. However, if you don't have a description, you will lose sales. I usually talk about these products using Text Modules, but lately, I am doing more Amazon Spotlight Modules than the regular ones. Now, would you prefer a quantity of products or quality? Let's use Text Modules for this one. Would you rather have 20 Text Modules WITH content, or would you want 100 Text Modules with a picture but NO content? I would go for the content, and that is what you must do to get another sales.
YouTube Is Essential
YouTube is an excellent way to make money with your Amazon Modules. You can show a video of yourself with the product or explaining what the product is. What does that show your customer?
You HAVE the product, and you are giving an HONEST opinion.
Lately, it has been hard to get the truth from sellers. This is because people know who affiliates are. So many people are recommending the same source because they are getting a paycheck for doing it. Showing your customer the actual product in action shows that you're not just about the paycheck. YouTube is the easiest way to show off a product and you at the same time! If you don't want people to see your face, then just talk about the product instead.
Either way, you MUST show that you HAVE the product.
See How It's Done With My Newest Lens
I created a new lens about the new Lego Batman Sets, but it has some of my newest methods. My 2012 Lego Batman Sets lens has two links to Amazon, but it only has one Amazon module. I can't emphasize enough how it is a bad idea to stack Amazon Modules one under the other without content. That is why I recommend the Text With BIG Picture Module because it takes a lot of space, but you can make that same module a money maker too. The truth is that you have a limit to only 20 Amazon modules, but you have no limit to Amazon LINKS. Here is what my newest lens shows.
- Text With BIG Picture Module followed by Amazon Spotlight Personal Review (YouTube is coming soon). This is just like what this lens is about, but look at the next thing I did as well.
- I used HTML to disguise my Amazon link into words that actually make sense and could get clicked on. Those words bring my customers to the SAME page as the Amazon Spotlight Personal Review. I just took the same URL, copied it, and then pasted it into that module. After HTML, it looked nothing like an Amazon link.
Tell Your Friends
The simplest ways to make money with your Amazon Modules is to tell your friends. The next time they want to buy something on Amazon, you could considering telling them about your Squidoo lenses and what they have to offer. Friends tell their friends, and your message will get spread even further!
2 Days=4 Sales
How I Did It
I was on a bad streak with my sales, but in the past 2 days, I got 4 sales, and all of them were about Yugioh Cards. I got sales from my Stardust Dragon lens and my Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon lens. The reason that I got those sales was because I was focused on one thing, that individual card. I didn't talk all about as many cards I could in my Yugioh Cards lens. Instead, I focused on only 1 card, Stardust Dragon (and Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon for that lens). These lenses were small and to the point, but I think that the Stardust Dragon lens was more interesting. I made 3 of the 4 sales on that lens because I know my buyer. I show them Majestic Star Dragon which is one of the strongest monsters in the game. Then, I point out that you must have Majestic Dragon in order to play Majestic Star Dragon. Those are the two cards that my customer bought. Then, they did some research of their own to find Majestic Red Dragon which is similar and stronger than Majestic Star Dragon. Now, with 3 cards in the cart, that person checked out, and I got the royalty.
It is important to give little details because those little details could lead to sales that you would never get.
What Is Your Lens About?
What your lens is about could depend on how many sales you get and ultimately how much money you get from Amazon. For example, I have many lenses, and some are about legos while others are about Yugioh Cards. Legos have a variety of different prices that can go from $10 to over $1000. However, my lenses about Yugioh Cards rarely find a product that costs over $10 let alone $5. If you are the buyer, the $1 product looks better than the $100 product based on the price. That $1 could get a lot of buyers while that $100 won't. I have a total of 20 sales. 9 of those sales came from my Lego Station lens. Everything else was from various lenses. From all of my other lenses, there has not been a single bought product that costs over $10. So, for all of my lenses combined, I am only making a $1.89 commission with 4 sales (the commission values) undecided. None of the purchases were over $5, so I expect to gain an extra .20-.30 in commissions putting me slightly over $2.
So, for the sake of rounding, all 11 of those sales from all of those lenses gives me about $2.
However, my Lego Station lens sells a mixture of low priced and high priced products. The lowest I have gone is $10, and then it goes right up to $20. After that, the price of those products doesn't go lower. My highest priced Lego product is over $1000! So, even if I made 1 sale from that lens today, I could get a commission greater than $2 which is the total of all of my other lenses.
Remember that it takes 100 products that cost $1 to get the same commission as 1 product that costs $100. If you want quick money, go for the $1 products because they do work, but if you want a lot of money that isn't promised to you, then go with the $100 product. Mixing them both together is the best way to go, but there are some industries that won't be charging $50 for 1 product anytime soon.
Give Your Potential Customer A Reminder
Now that you have 5 Amazon Spotlight Personal Review Modules with videos, big pictures, etc, you can now remind your customers about those 5 products using the regular Amazon Module with small descriptions for each product. Make sure that you stay on topic and don't show too many diverse products. The Amazon Module below is an example of what I am talking about.
Last Glance At Awesome Products
**Replace Awesome Products With The Name Of Your Product**
The most popular Wii Game in history.
If you play Super Smash Bros Brawl, then you have to go back and play Melee.
If you're just looking for the Lego R2D2 mini figure, then it's right here.
Don't stick your product in the front of a lens. That will turn people away. However, you can use the Amazon Spotlight Personal Review widget to promote an Amazon Product on the side of your lens. On this lens, the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl is on the sidebar as an Amazon Spotlight Personal Review Widget. Visitors will be able to see the product without the product getting in the way of the content.