When you’re just starting out as an online marketer, you’re eager to bring in money in any technique you can, and a perfect way to do this is by opening up and using an Amazon Associate account. It allows you to load your posts with custom-built HTML links to Amazon, which offers you a commission for every item sold. The best thing about these links is that they continue on your website forever and will continue to issue you payment for years to come.
1. Setting Up Your Account
Prior to you doing anything, you need to take a close look at your analytics and find out where the larger part of your visitors are coming from. If your site is about local crafts in the north of Canada, you certainly want to use a Canadian Associates account, but for most websites, an US one is most suitable. I’m British, but I work with an US account for the reason that I want to attract as many individuals as I can, even if that means I have to wait for the money.
When you’ve received your account, making the links is pretty simple, nevertheless I will walk you through it. When you are logged in, you can flip through Amazon and you will likely see that you have a tool bar at the top of the page with a quantity of options. When you’re on the page you choose to link to, just click on ‘Link to this page’ and follow the instructions, depending on what you want your link to look like. I only ever use the text only option as I like to make custom images, but it’s really up to you. I also shorten the titles as the full title is usually too long for what I want to use it for, and then I highlight the HTML and paste it in the HTML section of my post page.Your ID is nested into this code so that whenever someone clicks on the link, Amazon will know who sent them.
3. Your Commission / Advertising Fee
The more you sell, the bigger your commission gets, at least in many cases. When you’re trading general products, you start off with a 4% commission percentage each month, but that soon goes up to 6% after just 6 sales. Then cumulative steps of 0.5% elevates your commission all the way up to 8.5% after you’ve sold 3131 products. Regrettably, this only applies to general sale items as they have the largest mark up, and you’ll only ever receive a maximum of 4% on electrical goods, even if you’re offering your 10,000th product. There are several exceptions where you’ll receive more money, such as digital good (mp3, video, etc.) which are set at 10%, but some of them are capped at $1.50, meaning you can’t really receive too much from them, but they will raise your commission figure. At the end of each month, your commission scale goes back down to 4% and you start again.
Even so, regardless of your niche, if you sell a lot of products, you can earn a lot of money.