Has the Amazon Associate Program Worked For You?

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I opened aStore, and wanted to have some opinions on how well its worked for others. I think its pretty much like any other affiliate program, but I'm wondering if you've found it better or worse than other programs.

Thanks .
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  • Profile picture of the author Lee Murray
    My experience is that it's consistent income, with surprising sources of income. I always get people who show up to Amazon through a guitar link, for example, who end up buying carpet shampoo...

    In other words, lots of totally unrelated purchases.

    What's cool though, is that Amazon traffic converts and you make a commission on all sales made.

    But to answer your question, I've only seen very mild overall results, averaging probably $60-75 per month. But I don't work very hard at it.
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    • Profile picture of the author goldenbible
      Originally Posted by Lee Murray View Post

      My experience is that it's consistent income, with surprising sources of income. I always get people who show up to Amazon through a guitar link, for example, who end up buying carpet shampoo...

      In other words, lots of totally unrelated purchases.

      What's cool though, is that Amazon traffic converts and you make a commission on all sales made.

      But to answer your question, I've only seen very mild overall results, averaging probably $60-75 per month. But I don't work very hard at it.
      What do you do exactly? I've never made a penny online so I'm just looking for a bit of encouragement at this stage. If I could make 20$ a month, I would be majorly encouraged and would know that I, if nothing else, could make some money online.

      Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    I make a full time income with Amazon. I haven't tried any other programs apart from a little bit with ClickBank.

    aStore's don't usually convert well at all. In-text links within content tent to perform the best.
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    • Profile picture of the author goldenbible
      Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

      I make a full time income with Amazon. I haven't tried any other programs apart from a little bit with ClickBank.

      aStore's don't usually convert well at all. In-text links within content tent to perform the best.
      I'll remember that, thanks. -- Can you tell me where exactly you usually post your content? What sort of content has converted best for you? And (sorry for all the questions, lol) how long will the content typically produce income?

      Thanks for imparting your wisdom .
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      • Profile picture of the author TheSpokesman
        I just started with them, so it is way too early for me to say. My expectations for it are that it becomes a part of my base income, something I can count on month in and month out like my Aweber commissions, hosting commissions, etc. The big advantage, I guess, is being backed by the power of Amazon.
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        • Profile picture of the author goldenbible
          Originally Posted by TheSpokesman View Post

          I just started with them, so it is way too early for me to say. My expectations for it are that it becomes a part of my base income, something I can count on month in and month out like my Aweber commissions, hosting commissions, etc. The big advantage, I guess, is being backed by the power of Amazon.
          I know what you mean about being backed by Amazon, I've got hopes for it too. -- If I could ask, how exactly are you going about marketing (just in general)? I'm hoping to pick up a couple things from some of the more experienced people.

          Thanks .
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          • Profile picture of the author TheSpokesman
            Originally Posted by goldenbible View Post

            I know what you mean about being backed by Amazon, I've got hopes for it too. -- If I could ask, how exactly are you going about marketing (just in general)? I'm hoping to pick up a couple things from some of the more experienced people.

            Thanks .
            In my case I build complete stores on my niche websites. For example, my most recent site is in the fitness niche so I added an A-Store to the site and just loaded it with fitness stuff. I'm already getting targeted traffic thanks to my SEO, so when visitors come looking for fitness info I also have a whole market full of fitness products for them. That's what's working for me. Building an A-Store around the niche.
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      • Profile picture of the author cooler1
        Originally Posted by goldenbible View Post

        I'll remember that, thanks. -- Can you tell me where exactly you usually post your content? What sort of content has converted best for you? And (sorry for all the questions, lol) how long will the content typically produce income?

        Thanks for imparting your wisdom .
        Review type content generally converts the best. I post the content on my website.

        The content will produce income for as long as the product remains popular. This is why some guru's recommend not to promote electronic products because they often become outdated quickly.
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        • Profile picture of the author goldenbible
          Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

          Review type content generally converts the best. I post the content on my website.

          The content will produce income for as long as the product remains popular. This is why some guru's recommend not to promote electronic products because they often become outdated quickly.
          Thank you! I'll be sure to remember that.
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  • Profile picture of the author medosabry
    I agree with the above posts that review type content work better, you can even make a website around one product and write reviews about it. With some SEO efforts you can make good money.

    If you find it hard to build a website and play the SEO game feel free to PM me and I will guide you step by step. I was able to rank websites with few backlinks but the right type of backlinks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Iriss
      Amazon Associates has worked very well for me. Indeed, this is a legitimate form of marketing. I believe it can pay off really well, if you put time into it. I am a good example of it.

      I have been running it for 2 years.

      I started by posting in-text links in the first paragraph of my article(s), and a few links at the very end. To my surprise, and like one of the previous posters pointed out, in-text links convert really well. I usually get 0.5% - 5.0% conversion rate with a relatively small number of daily clicks.

      Currently, I send about 120-150 daily clicks to Amazon. Most of them are purchases of a book about a programming language. And I also get very many unrelated products... One time I sold a purple vibrator, even though I have no adult content what so ever. I guess it was someone's mom? Amazon gives you credit for all sales made within 24 hours after the click is made.

      One time I sold a $3,000 plasma TV. My commission was $150. I have sold laptops and computers. My commission was also somewhere between $50-$100 for those items. (Electronics pay 4% maximum, but on all other items your commission is based on the number of items you have sold).

      The more items you sell (as long as it's not electronics), the higher the commission %.

      The most money I made in a month with this program was $400. But I decided to invest more time into AdSense which is working out much better for me. In the future I plan on spending more time with Amazon.

      Finally... If you are in California, you are not allowed to get paid from Amazon. This law has just been recently enacted, and was a major frustration. If you are in California, the alternative to Amazon is the Google Affiliate Network. Because Google is in California, you can collect commissions.

      Hope this helps,

      Good Luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stevie C
    Amazon aStore's are notoriously bad converters, I'd go for a review site with text and image links, I wouldn't use the Astore or any of their banners.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheSpokesman
      Definitely appreciate the input. As I said, it is working well for me right now but I also have a WP plugin that automatically creates Amazon product reviews and allows me to schedule up to 100 posts with one click so I am also using the review structure. Might be a good idea to really take a look at which one is converting better. Thanks for your take on it.

      Originally Posted by Larry Darrell View Post

      Amazon aStore's are notoriously bad converters, I'd go for a review site with text and image links, I wouldn't use the Astore or any of their banners.
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