5 Ways to Make More Money With Amazon Associates

For anyone starting out making money online, AdSense monetization and Affiliate Marketing are two of the easiest for beginners and a staple for more advanced website owners. A popular affiliate network and a favourite at MonetizePros is Amazon Associates.

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If you’re not already an Amazon Associate here are some key advantages of Amazon over other affiliate programs:

  • Amazon is an established brand and a lot of people already have an account and shop there.
  • It has a tiered commission structured so scaling is already in place.
  • Amazon is a stable and established companyso there are no concerns about not being paid commissions.
  • The approval process isvery straightforward.
  • If you want to sell your website in the future, there are a wide range of buyers who are interested in websites monetized in this way.

Click here to read our full Amazon Associates review.

Below are 5 tips on how to make more affiliate income with Amazon Associates:

  1. Monetize Your International Traffic

As an affiliate marketer it is quite easy to leave money on the table when you are only concerned with your domestic market. A look at your Google Analytics data will show you which countries your visitors are coming from. The traffic might be small but over time it can add a nice supplement to your current commission earnings.

There are plugins that, depending on where your reader is located, will change your Amazon links to the respective Amazon website e.g. Amazon.ca or Amazon.co.uk. If you are running a WordPress website one solution is GeoRiot which is free up to 1000 clicks per month and $10 for 10,000.

You will need to sign up to each individual Amazon Associates for each country that they offer the program as you will get a unique affiliate link for each. There are currently 12 Amazon Associates programs in operation:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • France
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • China
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • India
  • Brazil
  • Mexico

Tip: For earnings not your domestic country, you will be paid by cheque. To avoid paying bank fees for cashing foreign cheques regularly, increase your minimum payout threshold.

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  1. Reduce Your Bounce Rate and Drop Your Cookie

Ever heard of the Zero Moment of Truth? The ZMOT was a study commissioned by Google to investigate how shoppers make buying decisions. The study found that the average shopper looked at nearly double the amount of information sources compared to over a year ago. The implication here is that shoppers are doing way more online research than they used to and using a variety of sources.

How does this affect you and your affiliate income? Amazon cookies only last 24 hours and if a customer clicks a different link your cookie will be replaced. With customers looking at more sources the likelihood of this happening is increasing.

You need to give potential customers no reason to go elsewhere. This means producing exceptional content that provides everything they need. If you do product reviews, include a list of alternatives (with affiliate links too!). Comparison tables with each product’s features do quite well in conveying this information. It also helps a reader make a buying decision while on your site and increases the chances of commissions for you.

  1. Make Money With Authority Websites

High authority websites can be leveraged to make additional income. YouTube is an example of one of these. Do you notice when you search on Google, a lot of the top results are YouTube videos? You could produce a short ‘how to video’ and include a link to your onsite longer review (with affiliate links) in the first line of the YouTube video description.

Rather than relying solely on the authority and rankings of your own website, you can increase your traffic to your money pages using large sites like YouTube.

  1. Consider Conversion Rate Optimization

Most Amazon Associates see a conversion rate of between 5-10% but the top associates have conversions of over 20%. There are a lot of factors that can affect your conversion rate and one of those is how targeted your traffic is. If you owned a generic fitness site, your sales would be quite varied and conversion rates lower. If you owned a site that was gymballs.com and all your organic traffic was from “cheap gym balls” searches, your conversion rates would be higher.

This doesn’t mean that you can forget about conversion rate optimization. There are two conversation rates that you should think about:

  • Make sure you are sending the right people to the right products. You should link directly to a product listing rather than Amazon generally or a search page. This should increase your conversions. Pay close attention to what products people buy through direct and what falls under “other” orders. It might be that you need to switch your product recommendation to different product.
  • You will also need to consider your on-site conversion rates. For example, using Amazon colours and button types can act as a trust signal and also signals to the reader the next step in their buyer journey. Using star ratings on your product reviews can also embed the idea of shopping at Amazon.

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  1. Move Readers Over to Amazon Quickly

The average Amazon associate earns commission on a 60/40 split between a customer buying a product through a direct link and another item on Amazon. This means that roughly 40% of your Amazon earnings are through unintentional product referrals.

The two main points here are:

  • You need to get readers clicking your Amazon affiliate links so that your cookie is dropped.
  • Amazon have such a huge array of products that you can earn commission off anything they sell.

The sooner a reader moves over to Amazon, the more chance you can earn commission on your recommendation or on anything they might buy.

Final Thoughts

Amazon is here to stay and building and growing a website monetized through Amazon affiliate links is a safe-bet when it comes to making money online. The business model has been proven so if you haven’t already tried Amazon Associates, you should start now. If you have, try implementing the advice above and let us know how much it improves your earnings.

Comments

  1. Cool post, very useful for increasing earnings with Amazon.

  2. 20%?! Imagine that! I hit around 6% on my site. Will try some of your conversion tips and see if I can get that up.

    Thanks.

    Anna x

  3. Andrew Bayer says:

    I’ve been using Geo Riot for a little while now. I think it’s worth it to take the hassle out of managing so many Amazon accounts and I like the reporting. Good recommendation.

    Andrew

  4. Mr Singh says:

    Thank you for this article! I use Amazon.in but some traffic come from other countries. Will try for success in other Amazon countries.

  5. MonetizePros says:

    Thanks for your comment Anna. It would be good to hear how you get on!

  6. MonetizePros says:

    Anything that cuts down hassle for very little cost is worth it in our opinion. You’ll make your money back from commissions in other countries anyway. It’s a no brainer!

    Thanks for stopping by Andrew.

  7. MonetizePros says:

    Thanks for reading Mushtaq!

  8. MonetizePros says:

    Thanks for reading. Let us know how you get on.

  9. I have lot of day try to fix this problem, my content is in Spanish and lot of people to Latin America buy at Amazon USA, that thing is perfect for me. thanks really you help me…

  10. What do you think about clickbank?

    Thanks for the post too.

  11. Abiodun Adetona says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I will include amazon in my plan when my site is ready.

  12. MonetizePros says:

    Great news, pleased we can help you Abiodun!

  13. MonetizePros says:

    Thanks Jose!

  14. Here are some great tips how to monetize your website and how to increase Amazon earnings. I’m already earning with Amazon and I have to say it is great.:) Hope you will do great with Amazon!

  15. Fantastic post..its a great news specially for me..i hope,i will be beneficiary by using Amazon. waiting for another attractive news about it. Thanks for sharing this.

  16. MonetizePros says:

    Thanks for the comment Mayedul! Check back and let us know how you get on.

  17. I enjoyed reading this a lot. I actually hope to read more of your posts in the future, so I’ve bookmarked your blog.

  18. MonetizePros says:

    Thank you Arielle!

  19. I just joined the amazon affiliates program. so far, i’ve gotten 142 clicks, in about 2 weeks but 0 income. is that normal? i thought i would get maybe $1 or two.

  20. RaviTeja Adibhatla says:

    Well explained. I signed up for amazon.com and amazon.in.. Never really knew about the remaining countries. Thanks for the share 🙂

  21. I am using Amazon affiliate marketing these tips of your will help me in making money. thanks..

  22. Hello I really loved your article, I just have one question though, you said that an amazon affiliate link only last for 24 hours, does this mean that if I posted an amazon product on a site like pinterest,I would no longer be able to earn commissions after a 24 hour period? Or created an article of an amazon product on my site, how long will I be able to earn from that link?

  23. Ya. Same here too. I have been publishing my amazon affiliate links and got some 100 plus clicks but no income. Is this normal? Thought would be $1 or $2. Please advise.

  24. MonetizePros says:

    That’s not enough data to say anything and depends where the traffic is coming from as well.

    One big item sale could change your earnings and conversion rate at this point.

    Wait until 300-400 clicks and if you’ve still got zero sales – you’ve got a problem!

  25. I know Amazon Affiliate frowns on “link cloaking”, or using a redirect URL for Amazon links and prohibits it in their terms of service. Have you had any problems with your Amazon account using GeoRiot (or what now appears to be called GenuisUrl). In my experience, Amazon is quick to shut you down without warning for even minor infractions of their TOS.

  26. Hello,

    thank you for a great article. What solution for geo-targeting/international traffice do you recommend for a non-wordpress website (mine is done on Jimdo) ?

    Thanks

  27. great article.
    i got 400 click but not get any sale. hope your tips help me getting sells.

  28. hi i want to start amazon business but i do not know good SEO . Some one please help me how to start amazon business Affiliated marketing is good way to make money online.

  29. I’m using EasyAzon to automatically redirect international traffic. One thing I’ve started is to make sure I add at least 1 amazon link in every post I write. You can easily find a product and/or book to recommend in your posts. This is good because it gets the visitor over to Amazon and hopefully they buy your product or something else.

  30. Certainly. Keep up the good work.

  31. Allan Empey says:

    It a worth of my time to read your article as it is a great help to me as new affiliate marketer. I’ve been doing affiliate marketing and wishing to see more sales. Thank you for being the light to my online journey. Hope to read more from you soon.

  32. HI!!
    After Read this article
    I try to join amazon affiliate program and i started a website which is based on amazon affiliate program. I think its a great way to make money at home. so i wanted to tell you thanks for this type of article..

  33. Nice and informative Post about the Topic!

    These all ways are cool to Make More Money with Amazon.

    I’m Making around $1000 Us with with Ease bedding Dot Com Blog by Monetizing Amazon Affiliate Links.
    Now as Amazon started-Start Earning from your UK and Canada Traffic with One Link. Since then it’s very little time, I’m making Money now with Canada and Uk also.

    So this way another way opended for me to Make more Money with Blog, without doing anything else.

    Thanks.

  34. great post very useful

  35. Vaibhav Jadhav says:

    I like it.

  36. good article

  37. wayne mills says:

    i really appreciate this post i learned a lot from it thank you

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