A Quick Introduction

Amazon has to have my all time favorite affiliate program. The company is just so widely known and trusted that commissions come pouring in with little effort. It's a household name that everyone knows and uses and they're consistently one of my top earners. I usually pull about a 15-20% conversion rate on traffic I send to Amazon.
Amazon does nearly 35 billion dollars in revenue each year. I feel like writing that out.
$35,000,000,000.00
Per year!
The affiliate program is often overlooked because you start out at earning a 4% commission (you can earn up to 8.5%!) and some people may think that 4% is "not worth their time." Quick math: 4% of 35 billion is still 1.4 BILLION dollars. You'd be foolish to pass up the opportunity.
I've been partnered with Amazon for two years now and I've compiled my top ten best tips to help you improve your earnings.
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RonNadeau Premium
If I may ask - Links to discount opportunities would have a shelf life, so to speak. How does one manage "stale" links. Is there a proven way to keep track of all your time sensitive links to prompt either an update or removal in order to prevent misdirecting a prospect? Thank you for your thoughts.
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littlemama Premium
The great thing about affiliate links is that it doesn't matter if the deal is over, it will still take your visitors to the site and although your reader will find out the deal is over, they may still buy it or look for something else and if they buy, you'll still get the commission! :)
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Thank you for sharing this information, I am just wondering if the tracking IDs is something that you implement on all of your site pages? I have never hear of this before. How do you actually track this is it something that is sent to you through email or found with in the website, in the coding perhaps?
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littlemama Premium
You can create as many Tracking IDs as you like so you would create each tracking id that has some indication of what that page is you're tracking then use that tracking id when you get your affiliate link for that page.

Seeing that you're pretty new here, I suggest you go through the lessons in the GREEN button on the left first.
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Thank you for your help I appreciate it.
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Amolkk Premium
"Amazon's cookie lasts for 24 hours or 30 days if the customer you send adds something to their cart within those 24 hours.". So if the customer adds something in the cart (and not buy it yet), the cookie will be valid for 30 days and if the customer does not add anything in the cart, the cookie will expire after 24 hrs? Am I correct in understanding this statement?
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@RICH. Premium
Yes. :)
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Amolkk Premium
Wow!! Thanks, Rich! So after adding any item to the cart, even if the customer buys something within 30 days, we get the commission. After the customer buys the thing in the cart, will the cookie expire or still remain valid until 30 days? If yes, within those days if the customer buys say 10 more items from Amazon, will we get the commission for all those 10 items?
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@RICH. Premium
Yes. However, it's possible that if the customer didn't buy after adding an item to the cart, they'll delete it out, in which case you won't earn.

The cookie expires as soon as the item leaves the cart, either by being deleted or by being purchased.
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Amolkk Premium
That clarified my doubt, Rich!! I am learning so many new things here!! Thank you!
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@RICH. Premium
No probs. you're most welcome! :)
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StevenEsser Premium
Two comments to the author:

Tip 2: is again changed by amazon. They now have percentages per product group. The percentages do no longer scale up per sale count. (see image)

Tip 8: It is not allowed by amazon to send amazon referral links within emails. You can however send emails with links to your posts on your website that than again have sales referral links to amazon.

Steven
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RavitalC Premium
Can you link from a facebook page?
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Janoch2 Premium
Interesting read. I actually just reverted my affiliate links that I have throughout my content and replaced them with links to my review page where I keep the affiliate links because Kyle was saying that having your pages littered with affiliate links will make your pages harder to get ranked in google. Did you find this is not the case?
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kelli91711 Premium
I think a link here and there is ok but do not have several. On a review you can have several even for different companies you are an affiliate with. Comparison type listings can hook to the one that they prefer. Does that help?
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Janoch2 Premium
thanks, yeah There were always several on a page. I am curious about the "a store" and how that affects ranking as well.
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so is it not advised to have a website full of articles on health with affiliate links to yoga mats etc - I tend to write LONG articles and could put 3-5 affiliate links per article. I am wondering if it is bad to combine How-To and instructional articles with multiple affiliate links and product reviews on the same article. I also like to make infographics to describe relationships between products and the How-To...
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marklk Premium
Informative for sure but leaves me at a loss. I do not understand this " review" thing. How do you review products? Are you actually reviewing something you used or are you speaking of simply placing content off of Amazon ?
Is this blog the main part of the affiliate marketing or is there a way to do this with a normal website that sells product with no blogging ?
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Thanks for the great tips! I'm curious for a further explanation on bonus tip #3, I was brainstorming that researching what sells the best on Amazon could lead to a blog with higher conversion ratios (since the items are already selling well on Amazon). All while keeping it within a certain niche.
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livethelife1 Premium
I just started a new blog where I was trying to use products from Amazon. But because my blog is new and not enough content (I only have 3 articles so far) Amazon rejected my application. although the first day, I had already made some money. Pity, I guess I'll keep writing and see if they'll accept me later
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Labman Premium
Once you have some content on your site and some traffic coming in, they will approve you.
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livethelife1 Premium
Yes, that's what I figured, thanks
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Hari S Nair Premium
I have been a bit confused with amazon lately Steve, so I would highly appreciate if you could help me with this.

See, my earning depends on the affiliate programs entirely and when it comes to amazon I only can direct traffic by referring books, I hardly earn any money with that because commissions for books are the lowest. I still want to do it, but I am a bit unwilling to add too many affiliate links to my site.
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bluerose811 Premium
That was very informative. I 'm not sure how to ask this question, but how does it work if there's http://amazon.ca and http://amazon.com. I'm in Canada, so how would I sign up for the affiliate program with amazon (.com or .ca)? Let's say I put an ad for a juicer and someone from USA happens to go on my page and click on the link. Will they want to get out of there (.ca) to go on http://amazon.com instead, possibly losing my commission?
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upsgirl Premium
Amazon is the same everywhere.
I've spoken with Amazon and they checked my links...you can go either way. You will not lose sales.
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tbudinski Premium
You have to sign up with both sites and get affiliate id's from both and then use a plugin (or code yourself but I don't know how) so that when they click on your link they will be directed to the appropriate country's store. I would like to know how to do this manually myself actually instead of relying on a plug in.
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upsgirl Premium
Yes, the Plug-In is not required. There are different types of links. I will share one link and if you need more help, just ask.
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Twinsmother Premium
Greetings to success to you. Your info on Amazon tracking IDs is somewhat clear to me. My site is on Spelt Flour could I put Spelt Flour as an ID? Is that how it is done? My understanding is this is necessary to keep track of progress within that niche. Am I right? Thanks for the info.
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Thank you Steve for this great read! There are so many tips here that my head is now full with ideas! Could you tell me more about tracking and the best system to use? Like do you take all the info from Amazon's stats in your affiliate account and transfer it to an Excel sheet to study later or ?
Looking forward to reading more tips from you and putting them into action!
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onmyownterms Premium
Commenting to close this out from the unanswered question queue, this Starter Member is no longer active at WA.
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Ralph Rizzo Premium
I added The U.K. & Canada to my Amazon . Thanks to your great article! do I have to put links on my site for each country or will Amazon make the connection for the 3 I have? U.S. Canada & U.K. I find it might be difficult how people from different countries can only click certain banners on my site for me to get credit.
Thanks again
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onmyownterms Premium
Let me know if this is still an issue for you. It's showing in the unanswered queue.
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