How To Make Money From Your Blog With The Amazon Affiliate Program
I am slowly beginning to take advantage of the Amazon Associates program, and it has become my favorite source of income for my blog. If you are willing to put in a little work, Amazon affiliate earnings can become a source of blogging income for your blog as well. I tell you all you need to know about the Amazon Associates program below.
Amazon Associates is an affiliate program, where there is an arrangement between Amazon, and you; the advertiser. Through their program you can earn a commission for a particular agreement. Just like other affiliate programs you’ll receive a commission when someone clicks on your Special Link and makes a complete purchase.
My Favorite Things About Amazon Associates
- You don’t necessarily need to have a huge following to make good money.
- The set-up is extremely easy to navigate, making it beginner friendly.
- All bloggers can benefit, no matter your niche. I mean have you ever been on amazon? They have everything, so there are tons of products you can promote.
- The stats on the Amazon Associates dashboard.
- Considering almost everyone knows what amazon is, because they are a trusted retailer. Your readers will be more likely to make several purchases recommended to them.
- They also have ads that you can place in your sidebar, or on a post. So that is another way to earn.
- The more items that get shipped through your link, the higher your commission will rise.
What are Sessions?
A session is a time period that a customer, i.e. one of your readers, can purchase an item that will count towards your commission. A session begins the moment someone clicks though the special link referenced on your blog. From that moment that person has 24 hours to purchase something, for it to count toward your commission. Keep in mind a customer does not have to purchase the exact product you linked, for you to make a commission. Say you link a face wash, but they end up purchasing a face powder you will still earn commission. As long as it is through your link, and not pass the allowed session time.
How do I Earn Money? + How do I Get Paid?
The three ways you can get paid are
Check: One option is to be paid by a physical check, the minimum payout is $100. Keep in mind there will be a $15 processing fee, unless you live outside the United States.
Direct deposit: Minimum payout is only $10, once you earn that $10 it will be deposited directly to your bank account.
Amazon.com Gift Certificate: Minimum payout is $10.
If you get 7 items or more shipped in one month, (say 8 of your readers purchase one thing each in one month) your commission rate will raise from a 4% to a 6%. You start out at a 4% at the beginning of each month, a rise of 2% might not seem like much, but it is. You can shoot for a 7% which means you get 110 items shipped out through your links. If you are just starting out, I would shoot for just getting 6 items in the beginning. Once you get the hang of it, you can shoot for more.
If you raise your commission percentage throughout the month to 6% The items that were shipped out while you were still at the starting percentage of 4%, those items commission will raise as well. So say you already had 5 items shipped out while being at the starting 4%. Once you get two more items shipped out in that same month. Your commission for all 7 items will raise to 6%.
If that was confusing you can read the full commission structure here, I would recommend reading it anyways. It is a pretty long read though, so I wanted to try to summarize it for you guys. The more items you get shipped out through your links, the more money you will earn basically.
5 Tips To Earn More Money
- Don’t Break Your Readers Trust- This just means don’t sell out to make a quick buck. You may be tempted to write blog post full of affiliate links, so you can make as much as possible. This is not the right way to start earning, if your pushing links on to your readers every post. It will be very transparent, and your readers may start not to trust what you recommend because it doesn’t feel genuine. You will potentially be earning money from what someone buys during their session. So you want to make sure your recommendations are genuine. If you are recommending any old items for the sake of earning money, you may be responsible for someone spending money on a crappy product.
- Don’t Forget About Old Post- When I first started utilizing amazon associates, I went back to old post to see if there were any opportunities to place a link. There were a lot of places where I had talked about a product, so I was able to go back and insert a link for that product. If you are just starting out, there is a high chance you previously written a post that can be updated and monetized.
- Talk About What You Know- I pretty sure we have all purchased something on amazon before, as I said before they literally have everything. If you have a product you absolutely love, don’t be afraid to let your readers know why you love it. The best thing to do is to write a paragraph about your experience with the product, instead of just inserting a single link. This shows your readers that you actually know what you are talking about. Not only will it show them you previously purchased it, but that you actually use the item. When you write about your personal experience with the product you sound less like a commercial, but more like a friend who is just recommending a product to another fried because you yourself had such a good experience. You want your readers to trust you, not to pull away from you.
- Be Mindful of What You Are Recommending- You know your audience more than anyone, meaning you should know their budget. Don’t go promoting a $200 foundation when your readers are single working moms. If you yourself are on a budget, be mindful of your audience’s budget as well.
- Watch Your Amazon Associates Stats- One thing that I mentioned that was my favorite thing about the program was the stats on your dashboard. It shows how well your links are performing. It also shows you what your readers are purchasing through your links, and how much you will make. By watching your stats, you can see what is going to work best for your blog, and what you need to change.
* Important last notes
- Don’t forget to disclose all of your Amazon Associates affiliate links, in the beginning of every post.
- You are not allowed to use Amazon links in your emails, newsletters, or RSS feeds. So you can’t use links or promote products in any email format, but you can use them on social media!
If you have any more questions about the program, feel free to leave them in the comments.