Amazon.com Affiliate Program - Success Stories?

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

If anyone else has opinions on the Amazon.com 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 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 countonuspr
      Thank you all for the interesting feedbacks. I am anxious to hear what more think of Amazon.com. I have heard mixed reviews and wanted to get your opinions on it.
  • 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.

    Lee
    • Profile picture of the author countonuspr
      Thank you for your feedback and thanks to everyone else. I liked what you said about how they cross promote well because that can lead to higher commissions. That is an excellent point. I am certainly going to pursue Amazon.com some more and see what happens.

      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      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.

      Lee
  • 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 Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more, Amazon.ca: Online shopping for Canadians - books, electronics, music, DVDs, software, video games & more, or Shoes & Handbags - Free Overnight Shipping & Return Shipping: Endless.com 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.

    Tyrus
  • 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:

    Pros:
    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.

    Cons:
    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 ExRat
      Hi Michael,

      There was another thread I was just on where the guy made Hub pages for specific products and was making $3000 a day.
      You mean this one?

      Where does he say he makes '$3k a day'?

      Are you referring to the title where he claims that he - 'consistently make Three Figures a Day In-Season'?

      Therefore, 'in season' (I presume he means once a year at Christmas) he can make at least $100+ a day? Big difference.

      It's like Chinese whispers in here...
  • 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 jeffster
      I have just started using Amazon on one of my sites to see how it goes. I'm just starting up again so have not applied to join CPA networks. I'm waiting till I get more traffic, but if Amazon goes well I'll leave it on.

      What I find interesting is that even though I've only had about 50 visitors to my site Amazon stats are showing I've had over 500 clicks, with one sale (yippee my first 44 cents!). Does Amazon count each new item someone looks at as a click? Or does someone just have a fascination with clicking on my ads?
  • 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
    Hi,

    I have a quick question about Amazon Associates:

    There are actual customer reviews on Amazon.com. 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.

    Regards
    Ant
    • Profile picture of the author iwantmore
      im currently moving in on amazon affiliate marketing right now.

      i have 1 site setup so far and have completed research on another 11 areas i can expliot.

      i am a wordpress user and find this works best for me.

      but, would anyone kindly advise me on this question:

      i have a site with its own domain, but i am looking at setting up quite a few, would it be a bad idea to setup a wordpress.com account and have loads of wordpress hosted blog?

      will my effort be in vain because it is a subdomain?
    • Profile picture of the author gregsie74
      Originally Posted by Antony Le View Post

      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.

      Regards
      Ant
      Antony

      Would you recommend amazon affiliate over being an ebay affiliate?Im looking to set up a blog but dont want the headache of waiting to be accepted by ebay for ages, sending loads of emails with no response, then find out...etc. figured amazon has most products available that ebay does...?

      Thanks
      Greg
  • 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.
    • Profile picture of the author wolverine1971
      No Amazon success stories in Rhode Island - the affiliate tax killed that. If anyone else pulls out I will be moving....
  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    Hi guys

    i sell amazon books through my niches and it comes from autoresponders and content websites. I have had a great response and conversion rates and have been fantastic.

    In some niches there isnt always enough ebooks to go around and sometimes tangiable items are easier to sell to your market.

    kind regards


    sam
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  • Profile picture of the author JadeDragon
    I've been watching an online buddy experiment with Amazon Associates. He is building a case study on what is working and not working, and being very transparent about it. If you are interested in some tips check out his post on my blog.

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