Amazon Affilliate sales / Review sites

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Hi all,

Apologies if this topic was already covered to death in other posts, but has anyone here have hands on experience with Amazon affilliate sales through review sites?

And if so how much do you make per review site?

Regards

Dan
#affilliate #amazon #review #sales #sites
  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    Much will depend on how big the site is, how good the content is, how expensive the products are, how much traffic you get, what stage of the buying cycle your visitors are in when they reach your site, etc.

    This guy is doing very, very well with his Amazon review sites based on what I taught him:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...even-more.html
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  • One of the biggest keys to success with Amazon is to sell products which cost several hundred dollars. The commissions are so small that this is the only way you're going to make a decent amount per sale.

    Another thing that people do with this is that they actually try to sell a few much cheaper products along with the higher priced ones. This way, it pushes your commission level up higher. They start you out at 4% commission, but you can increase this significantly by increasing the volume of your sales. Then, when you do sell your main high priced items, you'll end up making more than you otherwise would have.
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    • Profile picture of the author In the know
      Originally Posted by Long Beach Nathan View Post

      One of the biggest keys to success with Amazon is to sell products which cost several hundred dollars. The commissions are so small that this is the only way you're going to make a decent amount per sale.

      Another thing that people do with this is that they actually try to sell a few much cheaper products along with the higher priced ones. This way, it pushes your commission level up higher. They start you out at 4% commission, but you can increase this significantly by increasing the volume of your sales. Then, when you do sell your main high priced items, you'll end up making more than you otherwise would have.

      Ok, so if I have an averagely successful site, how many sales would you say I would make in a month?
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  • Profile picture of the author Corey Geer
    Honestly, I don't like the Amazon affiliate program. I wasn't a fan of the interface, how long it took to update stats and the low percentage you start off with making. It's far more profitable selling your own informational product to targeted people than trying out Amazon in my opinion.

    If you want to be successful on Amazon, sell TVs, Pianos or the most expensive products.
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    • Profile picture of the author latrice17
      Originally Posted by GhostWriting View Post

      Honestly, I don't like the Amazon affiliate program. I wasn't a fan of the interface, how long it took to update stats and the low percentage you start off with making. It's far more profitable selling your own informational product to targeted people than trying out Amazon in my opinion.

      If you want to be successful on Amazon, sell TVs, Pianos or the most expensive products.
      For some reason, I have the toughest time converting my TV reviews into sales.

      It doesn't matter what price either. I just assumed that maybe people prefer to see the TV in person before buying or something.
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      • Profile picture of the author Corey Geer
        Originally Posted by latrice17 View Post

        For some reason, I have the toughest time converting my TV reviews into sales.

        It doesn't matter what price either. I just assumed that maybe people prefer to see the TV in person before buying or something.
        You have to know how to target the audience who has the money to spend on TVs and not people who are just looking at cool TVs they one day wish to own.
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        • Profile picture of the author latrice17
          Originally Posted by GhostWriting View Post

          You have to know how to target the audience who has the money to spend on TVs and not people who are just looking at cool TVs they one day wish to own.
          Thanks, Ghost. I will keep at it until I figure it out.
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          • Profile picture of the author myob
            A common technique I've seen by highly successful affiliates is to first build a list of prospects with low priced products, then progressively sell incrementally higher end products. For example, you can sell DVD movies, then begin "recommending" related products including TVs to this list of buyers. Pianos can also be sold using a similar method.
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      • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
        Originally Posted by latrice17 View Post

        For some reason, I have the toughest time converting my TV reviews into sales.

        It doesn't matter what price either. I just assumed that maybe people prefer to see the TV in person before buying or something.
        I, personally, would not buy a TV online. I want to see it close up before I buy.
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        • Profile picture of the author latrice17
          Originally Posted by wolfmmiii View Post

          I, personally, would not buy a TV online. I want to see it close up before I buy.
          Me too, Wolfmmiii. I just have to see it in person first.

          I think that I will continue to create TV reviews though just in case it is less expensive online for those who visit my sites.

          I checked my affiliate sales for last year and I only sold a total of 8 TV's for the entire year. All of these TV's were less than $500, too.
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          • Profile picture of the author In the know
            Originally Posted by latrice17 View Post

            Me too, Wolfmmiii. I just have to see it in person first.

            I think that I will continue to create TV reviews though just in case it is less expensive online for those who visit my sites.

            I checked my affiliate sales for last year and I only sold a total of 8 TV's for the entire year. All of these TV's were less than $500, too.

            Do you mind if I ask how many of these rview sites you have ?
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            • Profile picture of the author latrice17
              Originally Posted by In the know View Post

              Do you mind if I ask how many of these rview sites you have ?
              Hi, the TV sales were from one site. All of those sales were from early last year though and the site lost its rankings when some of the algorithm changes started to happen.

              Since the site never came back to the first page of Google, I let it go.

              I was also using a different method to rank my sites back then that took a lot of work.

              With that method my sites would loose rankings whenever an algorithm change was rolled out.
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              • Profile picture of the author In the know
                Originally Posted by latrice17 View Post

                Hi, the TV sales were from one site. All of those sales were from early last year though and the site lost its rankings when some of the algorithm changes started to happen.

                Since the site never came back to the first page of Google, I let it go.

                I was also using a different method to rank my sites back then that took a lot of work.

                With that method my sites would loose rankings whenever an algorithm change was rolled out.
                Mmmm sounds painful.

                So in hind sight, and fast forwarding 12-18 months to the present day, would you have created 10 sites and tried to go for $2,000 sales per month, or is it a waste of time ?
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                • Profile picture of the author latrice17
                  Originally Posted by In the know View Post

                  Mmmm sounds painful.

                  So in hind sight, and fast forwarding 12-18 months to the present day, would you have created 10 sites and tried to go for $2,000 sales per month, or is it a waste of time ?
                  Yea, it was.

                  I am actually working on creating more sites now using Wolfmmiii's blueprint. While I haven't been promoting TV's, I have had success using his methods with other items and now I am looking to scale it up.

                  There is also a fella doing very well using his blueprint. I think his name is GPaul and he has a thread you should check out.

                  Yes, using the old method would be a waste of time, lol.
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                  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
                    Originally Posted by latrice17 View Post

                    Yea, it was.

                    I am actually working on creating more sites now using Wolfmmiii's blueprint. While I haven't been promoting TV's, I have had success using his methods with other items and now I am looking to scale it up.

                    There is also a fella doing very well using his blueprint. I think his name is GPaul and he has a thread you should check out.

                    Yes, using the old method would be a waste of time, lol.
                    Yeah, his name is GGPaul. I've worked with him fairly closely. I know for a fact that at least one of his sites is ranking on page one for virtually every product that he posts. Targeting easy-to-rank products is definitely a strategy that works.
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  • Alot of Amazon Associates that would probably consider themselves successful might make 2 or 3 dozen sales per site per month. But it really comes down to the product prices and how much demand there is for those things (with the type of people you're marketing to).

    If you were selling products with an average price of $300, you would make $12 per sale at 4% commission, which is what they start you out at for each month. If you made just a few sales per month, you wouldn't get much. But, since Amazon increases your commission level with number of sales per month, you might end up making twice as much by the time they send you your check.

    Basically, a reasonably successful Amazon site might make a couple hundred, or several hundred dollars each month.
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    • Profile picture of the author In the know
      Originally Posted by Long Beach Nathan View Post

      Alot of Amazon Associates that would probably consider themselves successful might make 2 or 3 dozen sales per site per month. But it really comes down to the product prices and how much demand there is for those things (with the type of people you're marketing to).

      If you were selling products with an average price of $300, you would make $12 per sale at 4% commission, which is what they start you out at for each month. If you made just a few sales per month, you wouldn't get much. But, since Amazon increases your commission level with number of sales per month, you might end up making twice as much by the time they send you your check.

      Basically, a reasonably successful Amazon site might make a couple hundred, or several hundred dollars each month.
      Interesting...

      And so if you have 10 of these you can make $2,000 a month

      Better than a kick in the teeth
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      • Originally Posted by In the know View Post

        Interesting...

        And so if you have 10 of these you can make $2,000 a month

        Better than a kick in the teeth
        Or you could make much less with more sites, or the other way around. One thing to remember is that not all sites will be successful. Still, most would probably argue that it's worth taking the chance since these sites don't take near as long to develop as some do.
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  • Profile picture of the author ArcherWylde
    Originally Posted by In the know View Post

    Hi all,

    Apologies if this topic was already covered to death in other posts, but has anyone here have hands on experience with Amazon affilliate sales through review sites?

    And if so how much do you make per review site?

    Regards

    Dan
    I know alot of people who say they make great money with Amazon, I have yet to see it personally.

    My major issue with Amazon is that lets say you hit their 6% commission level; if you help them sell $50,000 worth of merchandise, you get a measly $3,000.

    If you can generate enough traffic to help someone sell $50,000 worth of merchandise, I just have the gut feeling that if you were promoting other offers, like CPA for instance, you could be making a much higher profit margin.
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    • Profile picture of the author In the know
      Originally Posted by ArcherWylde View Post

      I know alot of people who say they make great money with Amazon, I have yet to see it personally.

      My major issue with Amazon is that lets say you hit their 6% commission level; if you help them sell $50,000 worth of merchandise, you get a measly $3,000.

      If you can generate enough traffic to help someone sell $50,000 worth of merchandise, I just have the gut feeling that if you were promoting other offers, like CPA for instance, you could be making a much higher profit margin.
      I hear what you say...

      And to play devil's advocate - arguably we wouldn't do much to shift the $50,000 worth of products?

      6% commission isn't much, you are right...but what would Amazon be making? 30% max ? in which case they give away 20% of their profits?

      I haven't done this myself yet, just thinking aloud here...
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    • Profile picture of the author cooler1
      Originally Posted by ArcherWylde View Post

      I know alot of people who say they make great money with Amazon, I have yet to see it personally.

      My major issue with Amazon is that lets say you hit their 6% commission level; if you help them sell $50,000 worth of merchandise, you get a measly $3,000.

      If you can generate enough traffic to help someone sell $50,000 worth of merchandise, I just have the gut feeling that if you were promoting other offers, like CPA for instance, you could be making a much higher profit margin.
      What do you class as great money?

      8.5% is the highest commision tier. 6% is only if you sell about 7 items per month.

      CPA often have higher commision rates, but that is usually only for pay per sale offers. One's which just generate leads usually only payout about $4-10 per conversion. So converting a sale on Amazon is generally far easier than a CPA offer because they have the high trust factor.
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  • Profile picture of the author tonecarole
    You need to know how to target the audience that has the money to pay on TVs but not those who find themselves just looking at cool Tv set they at some point wish to own.
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  • Profile picture of the author adamv
    A lot of people suggest only promoting high dollar items. There is some benefit in promoting cheaper products though. For one thing, you will sell some items faster and that gets you into a higher commission bracket, from 4% up to 6%, a lot faster. Also, some people will get to Amazon and then do a lot of shopping and buy multiple items. I think the most important thing is to just get people to Amazon (through your affiliate link) and then let Amazon do what they do best, which is sell and upsell.
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