THIS is why I love Amazon associates...

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This is why I love Amazon associates. I just checked my stats and was
shocked at the amount of items this 1 person purchased. I don't know for
sure but chances the chances are it was 1 big purchase. You know what the amazing thing is? The person didn't even buy the product I was promoting.
Goes to show how really powerfull amazon is. They have spent donkey of years to build their name and all you gotta do is send them traffic. How easy is that. Amazon conversions are crazy. Today is a one off and I won't be expecting that again but you never know...

Todays comms is equivalent to $63.69

Enjoy the "PROOF" and take action

#amazon #associates #love
  • Profile picture of the author feedtherightwolf
    I got lucky like that once. Person baught a $10 book that I recommened and $600 telescope. It was a good day for me!
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    That's why I love Amazon as well. People won't just buy what you sent them there for. In fact, of all our sales around 70% of them are for items we aren't even promoting on our sites.
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    I love amazon as well and I plan to add their products to my site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Yep, this is the "secret" reason why so many in-the-know affiliates still love Amazon. Probably the most trusted place to buy stuff online, and even though they have a short cookie duration, a LOT of traffic buys non-related stuff.

    Last year, I got a whopping commission on a freaking backyard swingset and jungle gym. I don't have a site even remotely related to that niche. Amazon rocks!

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author thrigrri
      Yeah! That's the best part about being an Amazon associate - In that you can generate commissions for products which you did not promote (as long as people visit Amazon via your affiliate link and purchase any products there you'll get the commissions).

      Also, I feel that, when it comes to the commission payout, Amazon has one of the best payouts (when it comes to promoting physical products).


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    • Profile picture of the author christineconte
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      Yep, this is the "secret" reason why so many in-the-know affiliates still love Amazon. Probably the most trusted place to buy stuff online, and even though they have a short cookie duration, a LOT of traffic buys non-related stuff.

      Last year, I got a whopping commission on a freaking backyard swingset and jungle gym. I don't have a site even remotely related to that niche. Amazon rocks!

      John

      That's awesome about the backyard swingset and jungle gym!

      The one thing people often misunderstand is the issue of the cookie duration... It was a smart move on Amazon's part to set the duration so short - but we're all going to keep promoting them b/c the trust factor with them as a vendor is so high that the traffic we send their way converts well!
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      • Profile picture of the author FredJones
        Amazon is a weird beast. I too sell items that I promote in numbers way more than the items that I do promote. The other day I sold an expensive projector which is not my niche in any way. This month, I think I have sold close to 80% items that I did not promote and a little more than 20% that I did promote.

        That's Amazon for you !!
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        • Profile picture of the author Marian
          yeah... I guess that's some kind of phenomenom! You're promoting something, and the customer buys something else instead!

          Someone should write a book or at least a report about it!

          I love it and it too happened to me. Amazon is a very good brand name.

          Marian
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  • Profile picture of the author rushindo
    I wish Amazon's affiliate program wasn't banned in North Carolina. :-(
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
      Originally Posted by rushindo View Post

      I wish Amazon's affiliate program wasn't banned in North Carolina. :-(
      Incorporate your business in another state, like Nevada or DC!
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        My best add-on sale was a buyer that purchased a video set I was promoting, and while they were there, added 25 gourmet gift baskets. That turned out to be one item for ~$50, and 25 identical items for ~$125 each. My guess is that they were business gifts.

        People moan about the low commission rate, but if you can climb the commission ladder even part way, they become competitive.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mark Bradley
          I'm about to start promoting Amazon products using the info. contained in Michael's course (thanks Michael!)

          Internet purchases are growing day upon day,last December Amazon had record sales,and will no doubt beat those figures again this December.So now would be a good time to start putting some sites together.

          I don't understand why so many people eschew the Amazon Affiliate Programme.Over the last ten or so years it has seen phenomenol growth and is now one of the world's most recognised brands,and has a genius at the helm by the name of Jeff Bezos.

          I think that there's a lot of gold to be mined from Amazon.......I'm going to start digging.
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    • Profile picture of the author traceye
      Originally Posted by rushindo View Post

      I wish Amazon's affiliate program wasn't banned in North Carolina. :-(
      Just a little tip, if you can't get into the Amazon Associates program for any reason (such as location), then an alternative is to use Squidoo and use their Amazon modules instead.

      That way you'll get revenue share from any sales you make and get paid from squidoo directly.

      NOTE: for those that are going to say that it's best to have your own site, then yes it is of course, but that's not possible for some affiliates because of location etc. which is why using squidoo lenses is a good alternative.
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  • Profile picture of the author PPC-Coach
    Can you imagine if their cookie was longer then 24 hours?

    There'd be a million amazon millionaire affiliates.

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  • Profile picture of the author tecHead
    hmm... then I guess it would make total sense to attack all the LHF associated with Amazon... thanks guys!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rock Solid
    One thing that is absolutely great about Amazon Associates (My number one revenue stream outside of Twitter1k) is that Amazon just inspires Buying IMO. People get to the site, they already have junk in their cart, the site suggest a million others things and they have great customer service and return policies it's hard NOT to buy crap!

    Not only that but my associates sheet looks the same, almost all the stuff I promote gets purchased BUT nowhere near as much as random other stuff. Kind of fun to keep an eye on what people buy...
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Munch
    That's what also makes eBay awesome, and eBay pays way better than Amazon too.
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    • Profile picture of the author GameVoid
      Originally Posted by ChrisTew View Post

      That's what also makes eBay awesome, and eBay pays way better than Amazon too.
      I'm looking at the eBay partner site and it says that they are (or have recently) moving to a CPC model. Did they use to pay commission like Amazon, or is there another eBay program that pays commission on eBay purchases rather than CPC?

      Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Darni
    Wow,that's awsome. I wish I can have this kind of stats in some day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Dean
    When people purchase an item Amazon suggests other items that are complimentary to the one purchased!

    It leads from one item to another, and another, and another..

    Well you know what I mean.
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    • Profile picture of the author LadyL08
      Let's say someone goes to Amazon thru my affiliate link and puts something in their cart. After 24 hours they go back and purchase what's in their cart. Is that still credited to me?

      Think about the possibility of short term Christmas income. Put up lots of sites targeting lots of gift keywords and keywords you can rank easily for. Once they get to Amazon, they could shop for the whole family thru a completely unrelated keyword link.

      I've just started to promote a few Amazon products but I have a great conversion rate! It makes up for the commission percentage. And now that I have started promoting products over $50, I'm excited about the future!
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by LadyL08 View Post

        Let's say someone goes to Amazon thru my affiliate link and puts something in their cart. After 24 hours they go back and purchase what's in their cart. Is that still credited to me?
        Copy/pasted from the Amazon Associate website (bold is mine):

        It is of course possible that a customer may arrive at Amazon.com via your Associates link, add an item to his Shopping Cart, and then leave Amazon.com without placing an order. As long as the item was added to the customer's Shopping Cart during this 24-hour window, you will still earn a referral fee if the order is placed before the Shopping Cart expires (usually after 90 days). The referral fee will not be credited to your Associates account until the customer has purchased the item, accepted delivery, and remitted full payment to Amazon.com.
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        • Profile picture of the author tecHead
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

          Copy/pasted from the Amazon Associate website (bold is mine):
          hmm... think I better do some searching for and learning (if found) of the Amazon API...
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          • Profile picture of the author inter123
            Being an SEO for Amazon is a good thing. The only bad thing is if the site does not does rank in Google, I believe, pushes the Amazon website up the SERPS because of the backlinking boost.
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            • Profile picture of the author sportsfan54
              Wait...

              So if im promoting tvs from amazon on my site and the customer clicks on my amazon link but ends up buying something else I still get comission?
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              • Profile picture of the author PaulaC
                Originally Posted by sportsfan54 View Post

                Wait...

                So if im promoting tvs from amazon on my site and the customer clicks on my amazon link but ends up buying something else I still get comission?

                Yes definitely. Most of our sales come from people 'buying something else'.
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              • Profile picture of the author abbie kye
                Originally Posted by sportsfan54 View Post

                Wait...

                So if im promoting tvs from amazon on my site and the customer clicks on my amazon link but ends up buying something else I still get comission?
                Yes, that's the way it works and it's sweet. I have sold all sorts, laptops, outdoor stuff, shoes, sat navs etc and these have no bearing at all on the products I promote. Love Amazon!

                O and I've also got niche ideas from what people order through my site and building my blogs at the moment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rock Solid
    I'm currently building up my Amazon site arsenal for the upcoming holiday season. Christmastime is crazy on Amazon and last year I was clearing 175-200/day from AMZN Associates from all my niche sites. It can really add up. Also the more you sell and products you refer, the higher your commission.

    Most people dis Amazon for low 6% +/- commission rates. That's because most people are promoting items that cost $10 or $20. I ONLY promote items over $300 which means at least $20 commission per sale. Just a word of advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author djcris1
    I just loaded up their stuff on a couple of my sites. Hope to see some of the same
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  • Profile picture of the author simbat
    You cannot predict when get luck with Amazon , unless you have your cookie gone viral
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  • Profile picture of the author source47
    That is awesome! Congrats on the great day! Hopefully it can become a continual thing!

    I'm an Amazon associate but I've never really taken the time to build up that business.
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    • Profile picture of the author abbie kye
      Yes, Amazon is wonderful!!! selling tv sets, ipods when promoting something else! it is great and thanks Michael for your course and 'amazon' (amazing) support!!
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  • Profile picture of the author AdiPurush
    I was also that lucky once when someone clicked through my link and ended up buying something else which was a $3000 TV so $120 added to my commission.
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  • Profile picture of the author shaggard
    I havent had much luck with Amazon. It sounds like I should look into it further though.
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    • Profile picture of the author katied772
      I know amazon pays 4% for (I think) the first 6 items each month, then the commission goes up. Once the commission goes up that month, do you get the higher rate for the first items also, or do they stay at 4%? Hope I made sense here. Kate
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      • Profile picture of the author LynnM
        Originally Posted by katied772 View Post

        I know amazon pays 4% for (I think) the first 6 items each month, then the commission goes up. Once the commission goes up that month, do you get the higher rate for the first items also, or do they stay at 4%? Hope I made sense here. Kate
        Yes, you get the higher rate for all sales that month.
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    I'm loving Amazon more and more recently for exactly the same reason.

    On my AdSense sites, I wasn't keen on the idea of adding more than one means of monetization as I figured rather than increase my income, it'd just dillute my AdSense clicks - especially if they actually had to buy something on the merchants site.

    It seems I was greatly underestimating the level of trust the Amazon brand commands, and the popularity of their site as being pretty much the "go-to" place to buy anything online, or at least the first port-of-call.

    Whenever I buy anything online, I nearly always check to see if it's available on Amazon before anywhere else. It saves having to enter my details elsewhere, and worrying about the level of customer service I might receive if anything goes wrong with the order, or the product itself.

    With Amazon I don't have those worries and may even order from them if they're not the absolute cheapest, just for the convenience and peace-of-mind.

    Why wouldn't it be the same for other people? It is! The site converts like crazy.
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  • Profile picture of the author gentleness8
    That's awesome! I really need to focus on getting some niche sites set up with Amazon products. I set some sites up before but didn't really optimize them properly.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      I am about to start promoting Amazon Products. The Commissions are not good BUT I equate it with Earnings with Adsense. And the best part is you dont have to keep looking over your shoulder for the BIG G to pull the curtain down on you like you do with Adsense.

      Amazon seems like it is good all the way around. And a great 'diversification' option !
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      • Profile picture of the author David Neale
        I haven't promoted Amazon products for awhile. I have a question for any Amazon experts.

        If I embed an ad in my page that links to a particular model of digital camera. What happens a year from now when that model is no longer available?

        Does my image on my site change to the new model? Or, hopefully, the ad stays the same but the link now goes to the replacement model?

        Thanks
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by David Neale View Post

          I haven't promoted Amazon products for awhile. I have a question for any Amazon experts.

          If I embed an ad in my page that links to a particular model of digital camera. What happens a year from now when that model is no longer available?

          Does my image on my site change to the new model? Or, hopefully, the ad stays the same but the link now goes to the replacement model?

          Thanks
          It depends on how you created the link. If you linked to the detail page directly, your link will lead to that detail page. Often what you will find is, instead of a price, a statement that the product is no longer available from Amazon. Along with that, you will see a statement saying it's been replaced with a newer model, and a link to the new page.

          One reason I can see for this is many times you will have other sellers with remainders of the item, or used items for sale. Since Amazon takes a fee for selling those, they leave the detail page up.

          Another reason is keeping their internal links alive...
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  • Profile picture of the author lstoops
    I LOVE IT! I think this is what makes me addicted to Amazon lol. It's so fun!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ofthemix
    Amazon is definitely my favorite affiliate site. You don't have to send a million people to them to get a sale. It's pretty easy money for the amount of work you have to put in when compared to Clickbank.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    What would we do if they did away with that beloved 24 hour cookie?!? Yikes!

    What I love too about the unrelated purchases is that you can plan your next Amazon Associates blog based on the information! Always check your stats....It's a goldmine when it comes to market research!
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  • Profile picture of the author Pubster
    People spend money on their children as it appears in your sale on Amazon. Congrats!
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  • Profile picture of the author mnonline
    I have a question. Does Amazon track all other sales if buyer purchased one item and buy other items differ than the one we referred? I mean can one tracking be counted toward other purchases? Thanks,
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Klinkert
    I send a lot of traffic to amazon and my income there is getting bigger each month, which is a great sign. People see the 6% comm level and run back to digital goods where they make 50-75% but truthfully, amazon sells... EVERYTHING & they have the power to sell to almost everyone because people:

    1) Know them
    2) Trust them
    3) Like them

    My VP of operations built a site only 2 weeks ago about headphones... Last week he sold a mac computer for $1000 odd! He was quite surprised and happy.
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