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If you are wondering how to make a living as a blogger, Amazon affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways that I have tried and tested. To understand "affiliate marketing," it is an arrangement wherein a merchant pays you a certain amount as a commission if you refer your reader to their website and they purchased something or avail a service because of your referral.
Amazon.com is a trusted marketplace. With over 2 decades of operation, you can never go wrong with pointing your readers to avail of products or services that Amazon provides.
I built my first ever website in October 2015. I was a newbie then with a zero knowledge of affiliate marketing. Using the training from Wealthy Affiliate's Online Entrepreneur Certification Course, I am now reaping the benefits of a full-time income. A four-figure income in US dollars is a big deal for someone like me who spends it in Philippine peso.
It didn't happen overnight, though. I had a full-time job when I started blogging. After working for two months on my site, I experienced a lot of technical problems (I have blogged about it here). I had a lot of distractions while doing training. I was non-stop
My first ever Amazon commission happened on my 3rd month of blogging. It was whopping... USD 5! Haha! But as any beginner can relate to, the feeling of excitement is real! It reassured me I had finally done something right. LOL.
Okay, let's get down to business.
The Affiliate Link
An affiliate link is a URL with your username or ID so that a merchant will have a way to know who referred the visitor. It is a unique tracking code, so they will know who to reward.
The image below from my baby blog contains two affiliate links.
I embedded the first affiliate link in the product's picture. If the reader clicks on the image to check on the diaper bag, Amazon will know that that click came from my website. I attached the second affiliate link to the text "Skip Hop Duo Signature." It is the name of the actual product that people can click on to check more about it.
What I like about Amazon is that you don't have to try hard to sell a product. All you have to do is refer people to Amazon and YOU WILL GET COMMISSIONS FROM WHATEVER THEY END UP BUYING.
Fantastic right? 🙂
How To Earn Commissions From Amazon Affiliate Links
Your reader clicks on an Amazon affiliate link on your site and they end up buying the product within 24 hours. Depending on the product, you can earn different percentages on commission. Baby products, as of writing this post, pay a 4.5% commission. My sales mostly come from car seats. If I sell one car seat that costs $300, I get $13.50 per car seat. My daily sales vary. Good days like Black Friday can yield to a 3-figure income in one day. 🙂
Your blog visitor clicks on any of your affiliate links but wasn’t convinced to purchase the product you mentioned. They left your site and ended up shopping in Amazon. They bought unrelated items – shopped for gadgets, groceries, availed a service, etc. They checked out the orders in 24 hours. YOU EARN THE COMMISSION from their purchase.
YES. The commission is still yours. 🙂
A visitor reads your blog post from his laptop. He clicked one or more of your affiliate links to check the product, but he wasn’t really planning to buy yet. He was just there to research and read your product reviews and blog posts (that contains your affiliate links).
His friend borrowed his laptop and wanted to buy something from Amazon. The friend checks out his order in 24 hours.
You get the commission from his friend’s purchases. 🙂
The Native Shopping Ads – it looks something like this:
You can customize what product categories to show and how many rows and products are going to show up. I usually put it at the end of my product reviews. I see people who place Native shopping ads on their sidebars, footers, etc. You’re free to experiment where to put it. It doesn’t yield good money in my case, but it’s still better to have an additional income from it than nothing at all.
You give your Amazon affiliate link to your friends, family, and other people so they can shop using your Affiliate link and you reap the commissions.
This is something that YOU SHOULD NEVER DO as it can get you kicked out from Amazon Associates program!
So there. Simple, right? 🙂 But how do you start? What are you going to write about?
That’s what I’m here for. 🙂 In this post, I will help you choose a “NICHE” – or a topic that you can make a full-time income from. 🙂
Leave your thoughts below in the comments section and I’d get back to you ASAP.
Until Next Post!
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