Making money with Amazon Associates

I’ve wanted to say this for ages, but every time I try to write a post about it I end up getting “tongue tied”. No idea why, but for some reason I don’t seem to be able to produce a decent post about it! So let me be brief and simple.

  • Amazon has an affiliate scheme called Associates where you can make money by recommending products to your website visitors.
  • When you join Associates you will be tempted to find a load of cool products and hope that people will buy them.
  • When you check your stats, you’ll probably find that people aren’t buying what you’re recommending… they’re browsing Amazon and buying something altogether different.
  • That’s OK, because so long as they arrived at Amazon by your Associates link, you’ll still be credited with the sale.

What I take away from that is this: by all means recommend products on your website, but don’t sweat it if people don’t buy the exact item you’re recommending. I think they key to making money with Amazon is get your readers through the door. Amazon does a brilliant job of cross-selling, and once they’re on the site there’s a good chance they will see something they like.

Some words of caution, though: it’s not wise to post hundreds of Amazon product links all over the place – you’ll just annoy your visitors and annoyed readers don’t stick around for long. Resist the temptation to post irrelevant product links for much the same reason, even if you do see a spike in people buying rubber table mats!

So that’s it really. I wanted to let you know that Amazon Associates is a good way to make money from your website, and that you might be surprised by some of the products people buy through your links. Some of them you would never write about but, hey, people will buy what they want to buy.

Told you I would struggle to write a decent post about this :) Do you use Amazon Associates links on your site? Do you find them useful for generating an online income? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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