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4 Tips for Making Money as an Amazon Affiliate
Signing up for an Amazon Associates account can produce a solid side income if you go about things in the right way but as with most money making streams, you’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting this to happen overnight.
What is an affiliate program?
Before you dive in, it pays to understand how an affiliate program works. For Amazon, affiliates are given a selection of links or adverts that direct visitors to the relevant Amazon page for the product in question if visitors click on them. These links contain a code so that Amazon can track the referral, and you receive a commission from the sale if the visitor goes on to buy the product.
Making money as an Amazon affiliate
1. Choose the right topic
It can take time before any income starts to roll in so you’ll want to base your website on a topic that is close to your heart. Choosing a topic that you expect to be lucrative is all well and good but this can backfire if you can’t summon up the enthusiasm to write high quality content that will engage visitors and encourage them to take note of your product recommendations. When selecting your topic, try to choose one that you can put a relatively unique slant on so that you’re up against less competition.
2. Build traffic
You’ll need to be bringing a decent amount of traffic to your website before you can expect to make money from your Amazon link, especially as it’s not realistic to expect every one of your visitors to click through to Amazon. This is particularly true in the early days when your website has yet to become established. It’s not just a case of bringing in as much traffic as possible though as some visitors will be less likely to follow your links. Ideally, you want to be getting as much traffic as possible from search engines as these are the visitors who are actively searching for the keywords that you’ve built your website content around.
3. Choose the right keywords
To encourage as much traffic as possible, you need to choose keywords that attract the people who are most likely to click through and buy the products that you’re trying to promote. This is usually done through your choice of keywords and can be a challenging process. You can use tools like the Google Keywords to help you determine which keywords have the most competition attached to them but this step can generally involve a good deal of trial and error to work out which keywords draw in potential buyers.
4. Build trust
Your readers are far more likely to buy products based on your recommendations if you have been able to gain their trust. You can do this by consistently producing content that confirms your knowledge of the subject.