Becoming and Amazon associate

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Hello good people of WF.

My first post (long time reader).

I plan to become an amazon associate, my question is- how hard is it to be accepted as an associate?
Now, I have a web domain, but I've just put up a holding page just now since I have no actual content yet.

My angle is going to be cool, quirky things, gift ideas and gadgets etc.

Will amazon grant me entry into the associate program easily enough?

Seeing so many low quality affiliate sites it's a wonder amazon even bothers letting those people become members in the first place. Being a web designer/developer by I must say, even my landing page is better designed than those sites.

Second question - why do affiliates focus so keenly on 'niche' products? Surely a well designed website with exceptional user experience that adds value to the internet and covers a broad spectrum of products would have a far higher chance of conversion than someone exclusively promoting weight loss pills on a shoddily thrown together wordpress blog?

ala ThisIsWhyImBroke.com :: The Internet's Mall < that's a great affiliate site.

Is it the technical barrier of entry that non-tech savvy marketers can't surmount?
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  • Profile picture of the author Emmanuel Sopitan
    You are too smart beyond yourself. You are trying to gain link and traffic from the WF.
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    • Profile picture of the author itsandy
      Originally Posted by Emmanuel Sopitan View Post

      You are too smart beyond yourself. You are trying to gain Link and traffic from the WF.

      The theme you used was created by IMBuilders, Its called covertstore theme.


      The moderator will soon delete your first and only post.
      I'm sorry what? I thought the reading comprehension of people on WF would be a little better than this.

      Firstly, that website is NOT mine, nor did I ever claim it was. I said it was a GOOD example of an affiliate site. Secondly, I assume this forum and each post in it is nofollow anyway, so even if it WAS my website, why would I bother posting a link? Thirdly, that website is already massively popular so even if it was mine and the forum wasn't nofollow, what would I gain from posting one link here?

      @wholesale blogger

      So my sign up date indicates how long I've been reading the forum, right?

      Sheesh. What a welcome.
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      • Originally Posted by itsandy View Post

        I'm sorry what? I thought the reading comprehension of people on WF would be a little better than this.

        Firstly, that website is NOT mine, nor did I ever claim it was. I said it was a GOOD example of an affiliate site. Secondly, I assume this forum and each post in it is nofollow anyway, so even if it WAS my website, why would I bother posting a link? Thirdly, that website is already massively popular so even if it was mine and the forum wasn't nofollow, what would I gain from posting one link here?

        @wholesale blogger

        So my sign up date indicates how long I've been reading the forum, right?

        Sheesh. What a welcome.
        Sorry mate, I was playing but I can see I came across as a bit of a **** ;-)

        To come back to your question. I was accepted easily by Amazon as an affiliate a long while ago. I don't know if it any more difficult now so I can't really help out on that any further.

        I am in the same boat as you and have just put together an affiliate site that is targeted at one particular niche. What I have done is signed up to other affiliate schemes via Affiliate Window and this was very easy.

        An easy way to find out what affiliate schemes are around and where to sign up for them (Some are self run by the company, some run by services such as Affiliate Window) Is to Google a product your interested in. the site will probably have an affiliate link.

        For the type of stuff your after try Firebox, Genie Gadgets, Think Geek and many more.

        Another way is to follow the links in 'This is why Im broke' and see what sites they use.
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        • Profile picture of the author itsandy
          Originally Posted by wholesale blogger View Post

          Sorry mate, I was playing but I can see I came across as a bit of a **** ;-)

          To come back to your question. I was accepted easily by Amazon as an affiliate a long while ago. I don't know if it any more difficult now so I can't really help out on that any further.

          I am in the same boat as you and have just put together an affiliate site that is targeted at one particular niche. What I have done is signed up to other affiliate schemes via Affiliate Window and this was very easy.

          An easy way to find out what affiliate schemes are around and where to sign up for them (Some are self run by the company, some run by services such as Affiliate Window) Is to Google a product your interested in. the site will probably have an affiliate link.

          For the type of stuff your after try Firebox, Genie Gadgets, Think Geek and many more.

          Another way is to follow the links in 'This is why Im broke' and see what sites they use.
          Ah, yeah I thought your post was a bit jokey, the one before it certainly wasn't though. :p

          Yeah I've been checking out Firebox, they have some cool stuff(and a great site to boot). If I'm accepted as an amazon affiliate I'll probably start with their products first, then branch out to other affiliate networks, there's a few on my radar. Since I haven't done this before I need to feel things out first, get a sense of what I'm doing and what's working etc before I completely throw in and start signing up to other networks.

          My intention though isn't to make 'just another affiliate site', since those are (in a lot of cases) perceptible only as spam to anyone that's even slightly internet savvy and I assume counted as such in search engines. I'm an experienced designer/developer so I really want to make a product that matters, a site with fantastic user experience, design and content.

          I'm 2/3rds the way there on the site, now to sign up to amazon associates and get the ball rolling.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emmanuel Sopitan
    "Ah, yeah I thought your post was a bit jokey, the one before it certainly wasn't though.


    Yes, you are right. It wasnt a joke but I dont mean it in a harsh way.. It is only reasonable to believe it was your site as it seems like some do with thier first post promoting a product , service or thier sites. Well, not many will no, link on WF is a no follow as they still do it anyway.

    People like that are not encouraged.

    I trust your questions had been asnwer. And guess what? Just as you find it to know if it was easy getting approved by Amazon, so are others with less skills and knowledge about one "little " aspect of internet marketing. They would do better if they know better. And just like you said, you have skill and experience in the developent and you will agree, not all have and will have to be pick up at some point.
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