Amazon Affiliate - anyone had good success here?

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Hi all,

I am English and recently moved to Austria, and while I am learning the language I have been bidding for contracts for Virtual Assistant, Product Listings and Email Support work, however I am also considering bringing in some passive income via setting up a couple of sites to earn money from being an Amazon Affiliate.

Trouble is, the areas of interest I have so that I enjoy making the visitor experience a good and worthwhile one are low profit items, even when thinking out of the box, the values of each item are quite low. It is pretty clear to me that to earn around €300-500 a month (which is my goal) you need to be selling things that are a) popular b) of €500 and above and c) have great product feedback.

This narrows the field somewhat and while I have thought of a couple of niche products that fit the above, I am not hugely interested in them.

I wondered what experience you have of doing the same. I cannot afford to be spending lots of time and energy to discover it doesn't pay.

Thanks in advance,

Heath
#affiliate #amazon #good #success
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    • Profile picture of the author salegurus
      Originally Posted by lenkablog View Post

      I am interested for your sites and can you help as Freelancer . As you have some success it is worthwhile keep going . Let me know what you think . Or if you can share the whole methods that you are doing to bring earning I am interested to have deal with you . But I need to see the real proof of your earning . Let me know .
      You missed the OPs point completely.... Also you are difficult to understand...
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Of course you can ave good succes ,people trust amazon and buy fast only downside its that its low comision like 5% .But if you are a profesional marketar and you know to get good trafic amaon its a good way to go
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Thanks Spartan, yes I know how to market the product etc and have built a number of sites. May be I need to look at this as a long-term burn. Thank for you input, good to hear your view.
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Thank you nomore9to5, I am beginning to think that I simply need to take a deep breath and get on with it and see what it brings. I appreciate your answer, which feels like a light in a dark tunnel at present, so thank you. Congrats on making your own success with it too.

      Best wishes,

      Heath
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        • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
          Thanks Pirate that's a new idea to me, have never considered a fulfilment house. I will go and check it out now! As for good ideas, I'll let you know lol
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Thank you John, much appreciated. I will check out the banner ads. On reflection, I think if this is something to be lucrative then also I have to live with it for a while, so it has to be something of interest and of the heart really. So may be I will be poor but feel happy lol! Thanks for your time.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    I had quite a bit of success a few years ago, particularly with clothing items.

    These days though the big money is in making drop shipping sites or in persuading people to shop via AliExpress (which I believe has a longer lasting cookie and better commissions).
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Okay, I don't know AliExpress but will check that out. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author jan roos
    I've been a full time Amazon affiliate for 6 years now and it is getting better all the time.

    You need to build a good authority site in a niche that you are interested in.

    Put out great content in the niche, write good reviews for products in the niche and build an email list from the site.

    It takes some time to get going but well worth it.

    Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Thanks Jan, I am definitely going to do it. Your message and the other people here have convinced me that not only will I enjoy this but I will also earn some money from it.

      Thank you everyone!
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by jan roos View Post

      I've been a full time Amazon affiliate for 6 years now and it is getting better all the time.

      You need to build a good authority site in a niche that you are interested in.

      Put out great content in the niche, write good reviews for products in the niche and build an email list from the site.

      It takes some time to get going but well worth it.

      Cheers
      I have found Jan to be an excellent teacher and an affiliate
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  • Profile picture of the author shaond
    Hi Heath,

    I run a business which automates affiliate marketing for large publishers like News Corp.

    Here's our experience with running Amazon Affiliates (which we stopped using - see cons below):

    PROS
    • Incredibly high conversion rate - this is for a number of reasons; the number one being the fact that most people have an Amazon account for one reason or another and Amazon's patented 1-click purchase button
    • Amazon does an incredible job of making sure their purchase experience is excellent on all devices & browser screens
    • Amazon's product recommendations are so good that one way or another, it's likely that the user who has been redirected there will find something they like, even if you did a crap job of suggesting a specific product
    • They don't spam the purchaser with sh1tty pops asking people to sign up for their EDM or do anything to turn off the user - they've got it down to a science

    CONS
    • You'll need to create an affiliate account/tag for each domain you want to run your program on (which makes it useless for someone like us - because we automate the process)
    • Poor support for geographies outside of the US, India, Japan, UK and LATAM (we're in Australia... so #fail)
    • Incredibly shite/incompetent technical support
    • For larger publishers like us, we didn't get the technical support we needed to work around things such as rate limits on their search API, or being able to get a DB dump of ALL products from a specific product vertical for analysis (say you want to auto-list all baby products... #nochance)
    • 24 hour cookie period - so the chance of being sniped by another affiliate is high (see [1])

    We ran a trial where we directed about 1K users and I can tell you that the conversion rate was exactly 7.32% (#WOW) - so if you want to put up with their #dontcare attitude, I would 100% say - do it!

    I might add that this was across a spread of products and different price points (everything from shoes, dresses, books, DVDs and protein powders etc.). The conversion rate remained consistent.

    Happy to answer any other questions you might have...

    [1] You have 24 hours for the user you direct there to buy - but because you are competing with a million other Amazon affiliates, it's much tougher to be attributed for an eventual sale
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Thanks Shaond that's a brilliant reply. Yes, I see the frustrations. I have a plan to do three sites eventually, one product that I sold and shipped before but the postage costs are too high from Austria so I can transfer most of my website to an Amazon affiliate system, the second is something I am personally interested in but will take quite a while to get together and make it of high quality interest. The final one is there is an Austrian company whose products I and my partner love and who offer a kind of Amway pyramid selling (which I don't like) but they drop ship, giving a meagre 18%...however their products are not yet on Amazon so...lots to look at!!!

      Thanks for your advice, I am saving the replies into a Word document for future.
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      • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
        Originally Posted by heaththompson View Post

        Thanks Shaond that's a brilliant reply. Yes, I see the frustrations. I have a plan to do three sites eventually, one product that I sold and shipped before but the postage costs are too high from Austria so I can transfer most of my website to an Amazon affiliate system, the second is something I am personally interested in but will take quite a while to get together and make it of high quality interest. The final one is there is an Austrian company whose products I and my partner love and who offer a kind of Amway pyramid selling (which I don't like) but they drop ship, giving a meagre 18%...however their products are not yet on Amazon so...lots to look at!!!

        Thanks for your advice, I am saving the replies into a Word document for future.
        Truth is, I don't wait to Like or Know a product before promoting it.

        I love the money first and then work towards making the project a success.
        If you don't like a product because you don't know it then you may outsource the article part and do the marketing aspect.

        On the issue of the cost of the product you promote on Amazon, it's quite useful to pick a product that is over $150 due to the low commission rate... However, along the line, I discovered that it's also pays if your low end products (less than $50) have a huge market and can deliver hundreds/thousands of visitors daily as most people may not even buy what you are promoting and opt for something more expensive or make bulk purchases.

        The traffic and your website conversion rate plays a big role in your success.
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        • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
          Originally Posted by discrat View Post

          I have found Jan to be an excellent teacher and an affiliate
          Originally Posted by johnben1444 View Post

          Truth is, I don't wait to Like or Know a product before promoting it.

          I love the money first and then work towards making the project a success.
          If you don't like a product because you don't know it then you may outsource the article part and do the marketing aspect.

          On the issue of the cost of the product you promote on Amazon, it's quite useful to pick a product that is over $150 due to the low commission rate... However, along the line, I discovered that it's also pays if your low end products (less than $50) have a huge market and can deliver hundreds/thousands of visitors daily as most people may not even buy what you are promoting and opt for something more expensive or make bulk purchases.

          The traffic and your website conversion rate plays a big role in your success.

          Interesting points which all makes sense. Yes, it can be a lot of work to have no conversion!
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    • Profile picture of the author Aayushg416
      Im from India i didn't feel ias u stated in cons but yes insted of using another affiliate program i would use Amazon affiliate directly as earning is quite good and amazon associate strip is the sexy thing which allows me to create link of any amazon page within seconds and if u target audience with great links then u can easily breakthrough the suggestions section of Amazon
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  • Profile picture of the author Pinkysoll
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    Why don't you do a mix of cheap and quite pricey products? Of course you can earn from promoting cheaper ones, but to maximize your profits you must also introduce slightly higher-priced products.

    It would also be better if these products are belonging in the same niche, for you to gradually build your reputation in providing factual, interesting and rich information in what you're selling.

    I've had successes with Amazon Affiliate, but currently, I do not put much of my time in working on it.

    Just give it a shot! Remember: make your content brief, rich, true and interesting, and just promote your website.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Given your tight parameters, the best advice I can give you is either GET INTERESTED in subniches that fit your requirements or KEEP SEARCHING using those parameters

    You might want to try eBay to try demand levels or watch list levels
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Yes it's a good point Writeaway. I think though that if I force myself into liking something then it will eventually show on my website/blog. I will however, do more research before I take the plunge. Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Originally Posted by annajaden View Post

      My friend does affiliate marketing through his facebook page and It's a great success.
      Thanks Anna, yes Facebook is a great idea too.
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    I've kept my Amazon account going because I can always find something to link to when writing on my blog. Their breadth of products is a big benefit.

    One good benefit of working with Amazon is that you can refer a visitor to product A and get a commission when they buy product B (or A and B, etc.) If you are in a highly competitive market (say, big TVs), you can focus on helping people with a related problem (like unusual mounting configurations or wiring options) and promote a solution to that problem. Then, very often, they will click the link to your low priced recommendation and add the big ticket item to the purchase as well. I've had people purchase a bracket and then add a $1k sound system to their order.

    Amazon has conditioned people to add on to their orders by offering free shipping on orders over a specific dollar figure. People save up their purchases to hit the free shipping amounts. They don't even think about it anymore, so upsells and cross-sells happen frequently.

    I'm not going to retire on my Amazon earnings, but it is a very flexible way to monetize content that is not a good fit for other high commission offers.

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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      An approach I've always used in marketing Amazon is to focus on consumables and supplies that need to be reordered frequently.

      For example, sell air hoses to automotive repair shops, printer ink to commercial, industrial, medical businesses, etc. Also shipping supplies to warehouses, personal safety equipment for building contractors, lubricants to farmers, vitamins to fitness enthusiasts....

      What inevitably happens is these regular customers will come to the point where they need to replace or upgrade the products for which the consumables were used. This often means new automotive, industrial, medical, agricultural, home fitness equipment, etc.
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      • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
        Originally Posted by myob View Post

        An approach I've always used in marketing Amazon is to focus on consumables and supplies that need to be reordered frequently.

        For example, sell air hoses to automotive repair shops, printer ink to commercial, industrial, medical businesses, etc. Also shipping supplies to warehouses, personal safety equipment for building contractors, lubricants to farmers, vitamins to fitness enthusiasts....

        What inevitably happens is these regular customers will come to the point where they need to replace or upgrade the products for which the consumables were used. This often means new automotive, industrial, medical, agricultural, home fitness equipment, etc.

        Thanks Myob, I need to get creative with that one but it could open new doors for certain. Good ideas.
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Originally Posted by aseltz View Post

      I've kept my Amazon account going because I can always find something to link to when writing on my blog. Their breadth of products is a big benefit.

      One good benefit of working with Amazon is that you can refer a visitor to product A and get a commission when they buy product B (or A and B, etc.) If you are in a highly competitive market (say, big TVs), you can focus on helping people with a related problem (like unusual mounting configurations or wiring options) and promote a solution to that problem. Then, very often, they will click the link to your low priced recommendation and add the big ticket item to the purchase as well. I've had people purchase a bracket and then add a $1k sound system to their order.

      Amazon has conditioned people to add on to their orders by offering free shipping on orders over a specific dollar figure. People save up their purchases to hit the free shipping amounts. They don't even think about it anymore, so upsells and cross-sells happen frequently.

      I'm not going to retire on my Amazon earnings, but it is a very flexible way to monetize content that is not a good fit for other high commission offers.

      Andrew
      That's a brilliant idea I hadn't thought of Andrew thanks! Given me some ideas/
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    You know, when people go from your site to your amazon site, they don't always buy what you're promoting; sometimes, they buy more expensive things, sometimes they buy less expensive.

    But even if they bought only the cheap ones you feel you could promote the best, all that means is that you have to send more buyers to amazon...

    1000x10 equals $10,000

    so does

    1 x 10,000.

    I'd suggest start with what you feel you can promote the easiest/best... then, when you have that set up, add additional (more expensive items) or create entirely new streams based on such. I think this is the fastest way to get to your goal.
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Originally Posted by DABK View Post

      You know, when people go from your site to your amazon site, they don't always buy what you're promoting; sometimes, they buy more expensive things, sometimes they buy less expensive.

      But even if they bought only the cheap ones you feel you could promote the best, all that means is that you have to send more buyers to amazon...

      1000x10 equals $10,000

      so does

      1 x 10,000.

      I'd suggest start with what you feel you can promote the easiest/best... then, when you have that set up, add additional (more expensive items) or create entirely new streams based on such. I think this is the fastest way to get to your goal.
      Yes, agreed thanks. I have to walk before I can run also.
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    I have had great success in the past, I think it is a worthwhile program if you are very careful about following the rules.
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Originally Posted by qskyprod View Post

      I have had great success in the past, I think it is a worthwhile program if you are very careful about following the rules.
      Thanks Qskyprod
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  • Profile picture of the author RefuseToLose
    I always looked at amazon as passive selling.

    They don't give high enough commissions to do any real hard selling, but if you have a blog or a niche website. Linking a few amazon products will be good enough to bring in some money.

    Most serious amazon affiliates go the SEO route. They rank niche websites and promote products that way. If you don't mind waiting months to see results, It's a proven way to make some passive income, but it's not guaranteed if google will keep your website around in the future.

    Focus on creating your own product or at the very least selling a product that will pay enough to cover your costs and give you a profit. You will find offers like this on affiliate networks. Join peerfly or maxbounty if you want to start down the affiliate marketing path.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Originally Posted by RefuseToLose View Post

      Most serious amazon affiliates go the SEO route. They rank niche websites and promote products that way.
      This is incorrect. Most Amazon affiliates who go the SEO route either fail or barely make anything at all, just as you have already alluded.

      Serious affiliates need to build their sites for audiences that visit regularly for authoritative information and timely relevant content.
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      • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
        Originally Posted by myob View Post

        This is incorrect. Most Amazon affiliates who go the SEO route either fail or barely make anything at all, just as you have already alluded.

        Serious affiliates need to build their sites for audiences that visit regularly for authoritative information and timely relevant content.
        Yes I see it that people will come to the website for information and/or pleasure reading, and the art is in keeping them coming back. The SEO stuff is in attracting them in the first place, so needs to be something more than the product info and review alone, which is okay as i know my niches very well, over thirty years...they could bring in profit, so i will see.

        Great feedback from everybody, got much more than I expected...just the thing I want to achieve with my websites!
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Originally Posted by RefuseToLose View Post

      I always looked at amazon as passive selling.

      They don't give high enough commissions to do any real hard selling, but if you have a blog or a niche website. Linking a few amazon products will be good enough to bring in some money.

      Most serious amazon affiliates go the SEO route. They rank niche websites and promote products that way. If you don't mind waiting months to see results, It's a proven way to make some passive income, but it's not guaranteed if google will keep your website around in the future.

      Focus on creating your own product or at the very least selling a product that will pay enough to cover your costs and give you a profit. You will find offers like this on affiliate networks. Join peerfly or maxbounty if you want to start down the affiliate marketing path.
      Okay, thanks I haven't heard of those but will check them out.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdvanceSolution
    three months ago I tried amazon niche website & I am earning monthly $40 usd around i am trying to sale 20 - 50 usd products which make me fine income I update 2 article a month.
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    • Profile picture of the author heaththompson
      Originally Posted by AdvanceSolution View Post

      three months ago I tried amazon niche website & I am earning monthly $40 usd around i am trying to sale 20 - 50 usd products which make me fine income I update 2 article a month.
      Great, is that what you had hoped for?
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