Affiliate Program - Success Stories?

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I was just curious if anyone else has had success promoting products through the affiliate program. I have heard of some marketers doing quite well promoting products and I am looking into this field. I have done other affiliate marketing and my own products, but am looking at more as well.

If anyone else has opinions on the program I would love to hear them.
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  • Profile picture of the author countonuspr
    Originally Posted by JustinK View Post

    I personally love the Amazon program. It practically sells itself. Because the name Amazon is like eBay to most people people tend to trust it more.
    Thanks for those thoughts. That is why I like it too. I think it lends more credibility and will get more buyers than a program that may have a higher commission rate.
  • Profile picture of the author Matt Gannon
    I am using amazon but i just started this month, no sales yet. You cant tell my products are from amazon though until you click the buy button.
  • Profile picture of the author helpingothersnow
  • Profile picture of the author Josh Gould
    I've had a little success with Amazon but to be honest I haven't thrown a lot of effort into it. I started selling some books, games, DVDs and music through video marketing (mainly YouTube) and later shifted my efforts to TVs (higher price therefore higher commission) through SEO.

    While I haven't touched any of the campaigns in months, occasionally I still make a sale. Conversions are high so it takes very little traffic to make a sale.

    Look at the Rich Jerk's Sneaky System if you want to see someone crushing it. I've seen the product and I'm pretty certain it'll work - I haven't actually taken action and tried it though - the logic is there but the method requires a lot of domain names/servers.
  • Profile picture of the author affiliateinfo
    I am also thinking of joining the amazon affiliate program. I currently promote clickbank products and have been successful in that. Will be nice to get some tips from amazon affiliates.
  • Profile picture of the author lilydab
    I have just started using amazon,no sales yet though,Will wait and see.
  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    I think Amazon is great. They have everything so any possible product or topic you want to make a website on, you know you can monitize it with Amazon. And their affiliate tools are pretty spiffy now too.

    Yes, the comission and cookie time suck, but I think it makes up for it with all the add-on sales. Most of my sales are not actually from the products that the user has clicked through but from "other" stuff they have purchased once they are on the Amazon site.

    Plus, they do a pretty good job of offering "go-withs". I know most of the time that I buy something there I also buy something that is listed in the "other people who bought this also bought...." section.

  • Profile picture of the author digitalproductreporter
    just don't promote them using ppc

    Dear Amazon Associate:
    We’re writing to let you know about a change to the Amazon Associates Program. After careful review of how we are investing our advertising resources, we have made the decision to no longer pay referral fees to Associates who send users to Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more, Online shopping for Canadians - books, electronics, music, DVDs, software, video games & more, or Shoes & Handbags - Free Overnight Shipping & Return Shipping: through keyword bidding and other paid search on Google, Yahoo, MSN, and other search engines, and their extended search networks. If you’re not sure if this change affects you, please visit this page for FAQs.
    As of May 1, 2009, Associates will not be paid referral fees for paid search traffic.
  • Profile picture of the author enet_marketer
    And so PPC won't work anymore with amazon. Good to read this thread!
  • Profile picture of the author Tyrus Antas
    Great brand, horrible commission structures and even worse affiliate tools. For a company that size you'd expect them to invest a little bit more in their affiliate relationships. I guess it doesn't matter anymore. Nowadays they depend much less on us than in the past.

  • Profile picture of the author IrvingHebert
    I think Amazon is great. They have everything so any possible product or topic you want to make a website on, you know you can monitize it with Amazon.Recently I came to know that there is a website named AmazingWatcher.Com which is a free website that will “watch” items for you on Amazon and let you know when amazon has them in stock at regular retail price.It got so awesome!
    Good luck everybody!
  • Profile picture of the author carlo_sim
    Ive been promoting amazon products for some time now. Had much success from it! Went from $0 - $20 a day in just 3 months of learning SEO and implementing it with my method.

    Pros and Cons of Amazon:

    1. It is a reputable company so people will easily trust the site and buy products from it.
    2. Very easy to rank since there are thousands if not millions of products inside it.
    3. Converts well if you are selling low to medium priced products.

    1. Low Commissions
    2. If you are an international affiliate you need to wait for your check after 2 months

    The strategy is to first change your fee structure into performance. Then look for a low priced item that sells well, this way you commission rate will easily go up allowing you to get more commission from the other items that you will sell in the long run. Hope this helps!
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Kohler
    There was another thread I was just on where the guy made Hub pages for specific products and was making $3000 a day. He called it Amazon Blueprint. Neil V was his name. Absolutely amazing. So it must work. Will give it a try this weekend.
  • Profile picture of the author Giggles
  • Profile picture of the author InternetMarketingIQ
    You'll need a ton of volume. You'll need to get people to act RIGHT NOW and you'll need to accept the fact that most people buy small items so you need to have a plan to drive a lot of sales.

    Amazon is the benefactor of their program and they use affiliates like no one else. As soon as they get an email address they will email the person you sent over and over like no one else. In any month I probably get 200 emails from Amazon.

    This is worth a read if you care

    9 Reasons Why I AM An Amazon Affiliate

    If you want to make money real money and can not deliver loads of traffic then Amazon is a poor choice.

    Amazon also has terrible customer service.
  • Profile picture of the author JesseVinceCruz
    I know a lot but I also know more making more money from info product because it has higher commission. Most ebook gives away as much as 75%
  • Profile picture of the author HigherPrThanGod
    Amazon's commission level makes it such a tease. From now on I only do pages around big items that give me a sizable commission, otherwise it's almost a waste of time. Like I did a review on a particular big screen plasma TV. One sale and I get almost $100 from it. Of course that's harder to sell. So I've moved away from Amazon, in favor of other niche's which I don't often hear aff marketers talk much about.

    I'm moving more toward lead generation and monthly membership services which are easier to convert and pay more per sale (because they get the recurring). But that's just me.
  • Profile picture of the author Bence Ur

    I have a quick question about Amazon Associates:

    There are actual customer reviews on Can I copy and paste portions (verbatim) from these reviews into my website? Is it allowed by Amazon?
  • Profile picture of the author Antony103
    Hey guys, its all about Traffic Generation... (imo)..

    everyone orders from Amazon, almost everyone!

    amazon has a 24hr cookie, now even if they do not purchase immediately from your aff link which your driving traffic to and in the niche you are targetting... they usually come back and buy maybe a book/cd or any everyday things.

    I get a high volume of sales which are unrelated to niches i promote due to people returning and buying other products or people who get sidetracked while on amazon and end up buying something else.

  • Profile picture of the author MayaLocke
    When I first started ( a number of years ago) on Amazon, I did quite well, built a search tool to get very niche content from Amazon, but its really dropped off and now really doesn't produce much money, similar to what happened with AdSense revenue.

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