How To Make Money With Amazon
I am using Amazon’s affiliate program for a little over two years and during that time I have a lot of success with it. In fact, this income source was the second largest chunk. If I had not sold one of my larger Amazon focused sites last year for six figures this income source would have easily eclipsed Rs:100,000 by now.
One of the things I have done over the past two years is track the methods I use to make money with Amazon by tracking IDs as well as keeping track of other things I have done while building up my Amazon websites. I initially published my findings in two blog posts early last year when I first launched this blog and even today they are still among the most popular posts. Now it’s been over a year and today I am providing an updated list of information including several new tips that I have learned since that time.
1. Link To Products Inside Your Content in Post
Roughly one part of my Amazon income comes from basic text links posted inside the content body area of a blog post or page.
Simple text links in the content of an article are the most effective way to get web visitors to click. People trust the body of the content on a page more so than any other area of the website and I know this because the tracking data I have collected.
2. Make Product Images Clickable Affiliate Links:
The second best thing I have found next to a simple text link is to use images of the product you’re talking about and make them clickable like this cool USB missile launcher:
Roughly 12% of my total Amazon income has come from simply making all of the product images on my websites clickable affiliate links.
If you are not sure how to do this with the HTML code, I made an image to show you
Here is Sample
3. Link To Amazon.com As Many Times Possible
I alluded to this in the previous few tips but I want to make sure you understand that each link inside one of your post or articles is another opportunity for a visitor to click through and make their way onto Amazon.com.
It is common for me to link to Amazon five to ten times in a single article (more if I am doing a product review).
4. Product Review Articles Convert The Best
Doing a quality product review for a product directly related to your niche is a very easy way to garner higher click thru rates and increased sales, but only if your review is higher quality and better then others.
Ideally you contact the manufacturer’s marketing team or PR agency and get them to send you a demo unit of the product to review, but this takes a lot of effort and may not be worth it on a smaller traffic site (at first).
You want to convince the reader to investigate their purchase options by the time they finish reading an article, which is why I’ll always include links to all of the products mentioned in a review at the end of the article. That way it is an easy transition from learning about the product during your review and then at the end it’s time to make a purchase.
5. Build An Email List Earn From Amazon.Com
You have probably heard this a hundred times by people telling you to build an email list from the blogger and internet marketing crowd, but building an email list is way easier on a physical product oriented website now a days.
Why? People do not have their guard up when they are researching a physical product to purchase (when compared to other purchase decisions online i.e. digital goods). So what I like to do is offer some type of freebie like a buyers guide or some type of information that provides more details about the products they’re researching.
On the flip side, I’d love for you to join my email list for this blog but I have to be a little more convincing by showing you that I’m a credible resource first. (Already convinced? Sign up here 🙂 )
For my newsletter provider I use Aweber and highly recommend them. Overall I could attribute at least five to ten percent of my total income due to my email lists because I like to focus on promoting products heavily to my lists during the holidays which leads into my next tip.
6. Sell More Products To Make Incrementally More Money
This one sounds simple enough and it really is. The more you sell with Amazon the more you make AND the higher percentage you earn. During holiday months I will typically hit around the 8% mark which is double the 4% rate you start with for shipping only 1 – 6 items per month. Even if you sold 7 items you get bumped up to 6% and the best part is that this increase in commission percentage is retroactive (meaning once you reach the next level you get to apply the higher percentage referral fee to every product you’ve sold during the entire month).
7. Sell Large Quantities Of Inexpensive Products To Boost Your Payout On High Priced Products
One thing I do is have websites that are set up in lower competition niches where the items typically aren’t as expensive and where it’s easier to sell these products in larger quantities ($50 or less). Then I have other niche sites that sell more expensive products at much higher prices ($XXX – $X,XXX) that are sold less frequently. So this way I get to use the increased quantity of sales from these lower priced product websites to help me get up into higher payout brackets so instead of making 6% on that high end item I’ll get 8% instead.
8. Use Multiple Tracking ID’s For Each Website
By default Amazon assigns you one tracking ID like lalalalalla-20 but you can create additional tracking IDs here up to a total of 100. If you hit that total you can always ask for more so feel free to be liberal with your creation of tracking IDs for your websites.
You would nott install the same Google Analytics code on every single website you own right? Of course not, because you wouldn’t be able to tell how much traffic each of your websites were receiving individually. So the same thing can be said for tracking the money you make on your websites (and yet people still tell me they use only one Amazon tracking ID for all of their websites /facepalm). In the past I’ve gone so far as to create 15 different tracking ID’s for use on a single website.
9. Insert Buy Now Button Into Your Articles
This is something that EasyAzon could do for you, but if you don’t want to spend the money you can simply insert your own buy now button and turn it into an Amazon affiliate link.
10. Publish A Monthly Bestseller List
Amazon has a bestseller page found simply at Amazon.com/bestsellers and so one thing I’ve done on my site is publish a bestsellers list and simply mention the currently trending bestsellers. Generally speaking the cream rises to the top so if you write an article talking about the bestselling products those are likely to be the best products your visitors are looking to buy anyway.
Just go to Amazon.com/bestsellers and look for your respective niche category. I shoot for top 5 or top 10 products.