Getting Amazon Right!
Hello all newbies, is Amazon driving you demented?
This is a quick blog inspired by the comments and questions I keep seeing here in the Wealthy Affiliate Community.
Amazon Affiliate Program
As we go through our training we are obviously taught to become affiliate members of different opportunities, Amazon being a biggie.
Before I think I had even 10 blogs on my website I applied to and was accepted by Amazon, this is good and bad.
Rules Rules Rules
Once you are a member of their Assoicate Program you have to make 3 sales within a 180 day period, following strict guidelines. Unfortunately most of us will not do that, and will need to reapply to Amazon.
Amazon have incredibly strict rules to follow when it comes to promoting their products, you need to spend time reading and understanding them. Don't think you can wing it, because you will be kicked off the program.
Sink or Swim
As a newbie going diligently through the training, I followed it step by step and did all the tasks set out. In hindsight I wish I had not applied to Amazon so early in my business. Why, well I was so focused on the training I did not fully understand how complicated Amazon appeared at the time. I am now ready to learn their rules, quite frankly understand them way better than before, and apply them to a website that has well over 10 blogs in it now.
If this is you, don't despair, you can reapply to Amazon if you need to if you have not made the sales. I would not try to promote them until you know exactly how to do this. I am now in the process of un-publishing some pages until I have all the Amazon regulations correct. I do not want to be banned from Amazon, as I believe they are a large part of the affiliate online world.
Fortunately for us there is so much training available here at WA, and I am now working my way through all the available training, starting with this one.
If you are going to be an Amazon Affiliate do it correctly and if you need to, watch all the training you can.
Give Up On Amazon?
NO, I have no intention of doing this. Their commissions are low, and there is a learning curve, but at the end of the day, they could be your bread and butter for your business. I have read too many blogs and comments here supporting being an Amazon affiliate, get over the learning curve and do it correctly, to profit from them.
If you don't want to apply to Amazon there are so many alternatives to use. I have searched the internet for products in my niche and was amazed at the programs available. I have applied and been accepted by them. This searching has also led me to some very interesting opportunities that are not on Amazon and have resulted in giving my niche business its own unique opportunities to promote, so a win win situation.
All newbies if you are about to join Amazon as per the training, I would suggest holding off until you are ready to use them. Instead look at the new Affiliate Programs platform right here on WA, and use this instead. Join Amazon once you have traffic to your website.
Thanks for reading and please let me know your opinion in the comments below.