Earning an Income as An Affiliate Marketer As an Amazon Associate

PRODUCT_Amazon Associates
Overall Ranking: 7/10
Price: depends on the product you’re selling
Owners: Jeff Bezos incorporated the company as “Cadabra” on July 5, 1994. Bezos changed the name to Amazon a year later after a lawyer misheard its original name as “cadaver”
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INTRODUCTION

In 1994, Bezos left his job as vice-president of the Wall Street firm D.E. Shaw, moved to Seattle, and began to work out a business plan for what would become Amazon.com. After reading a report that projected annual Web growth at 2,300 percent, Bezos drew up a list of 20 products that could be sold on the Internet. He narrowed the list to what he felt were the five most promising: compact discs, computer hardware, computer software, videos, and books. Bezos eventually decided that his venture would sell books over the Web, due to the large worldwide market for literature, the low price that could be offered for books, and the tremendous selection of titles that were available in print. He chose Seattle as the company headquarters due to its large high-tech work force and its proximity to a large book distribution center in Oregon. Bezos then worked to raise funds for the company while also working with software developers to build the company’s web site. The web site debuted in July 1995 and quickly became the number one book-related site on the Web.

In just four months of operation, Amazon.com became a very popular site on the Web, making high marks on several Internet rankings. It generated recognition as the sixth best site on Point Communications’ “top ten” list, and was almost immediately placed on Yahoo’s “what’s cool list” and Netscape’s “what’s new list.” The site opened with a searchable database of over one million titles. Customers could enter search information, prompting the system to sift through the company database and find the desired titles. The program then displayed information about the selection on a customer’s computer screen, and gave the customer the option to order the books with a credit card and have the books shipped in a just a few days.

PROS/CONS

 Pros

A World Wide Trusted Brand

Everybody knows about Amazon right? It is the biggest online retailer for every imaginable item on the face of earth.

One of the hardest things you need to do to make money online is to get people to trust you. If you send them over to Amazon, the trust is already there.

This gives you much higher conversions rate when you want to sell something.

Safe, Secure For Both Parties

One thing I love about Amazon is the fact that they are secure and safe for both parties.

As a customer of Amazon, you are guaranteed safety and privacy with your CC numbers and purchases and as an affiliate, I also feel very safe that my earnings are there and I will get paid.

You’d be surprised how many affiliate programs usually end up closing down without paying their affiliates.

You can rest assured that this won’t be happening with Amazon.

Products Added To Cart Have 90 Days

Once you send a customer over to Amazon, if they add an item to their cart, you have 90 days until they make a purchase.

Not only that, but if they don’t buy the product but end up buying something else, you still get that commission!

Even if it’s completely unrelated!

A Constantly Updated Marketplace in Every Niche Imaginable

Whatever your blog topic is about and what you want to sell, you will find it on Amazon.

Anything and everything can be purchased from there, starting with a carton of eggs all the way to a $100,000 Rolex and more.

If you’re just starting out and have no idea what you want to sell, simply go to Amazon, type in your niche and watch as thousands and thousands of products in the subcategories of your niche show up.

Amazon is also constantly updating the marketplace with new products and removing items that don’t sell. Which leads us to another benefit of using the Amazon Associates:

If It’s On Amazon, It Sells

If you promote a product from Amazon, you can rest assured that there is an audience out there somewhere that is willing to buy it. Amazon are not going to feature products that do not make them money.

Your job as a blogger and an affiliate marketer is to find the audience that want to buy such items and direct them to Amazon, they will take care of the rest;

State­-Of-­The-Art Sales Funnel

Amazon has perfected the art of selling, in my humble opinion’ they are the best at selling online.

The whole website is designed for one thing: to sell.

From their “One Click Buy” button to the string of promotional emails you get after you check out a product, the infrastructure is there to make money!

As an affiliate, this is your biggest tool because you are literally leveraging the world’s best sales funnel to make money.

Cons

Link Cookie Lasts For 24 Hours

In the “pros” section, I’ve mentioned how the cookie lasts for 90 days if the customer adds the product to their “cart”.

While that is awesome, if your customer does not add the item to his cart, you only have 24 hours for him to come back and make a purchase.

While this is understandable, since Amazon is a popular site where customers are being driven there every day, 24 hours is not a lot of time.

Most other programs allow your link to be valid for 30 days minimum, but Amazon doesn’t play by “the rules”.

As I’ve said though, Amazon has the best sales funnel in place so with their techniques, if the customer really wants to buy, he will buy within 24 hours.

Low Affiliate Payouts

The minimum you can earn as an associates is 4% going up to 8.5% commission.

This is not a lot by industry standards, but again Amazon is a giant and it does not follow “industry standards”.

You start off each month with the 4% rate but the more you sell, the higher your commission grows.

Check out this chart for the official numbers:

The Pros & Cons Of Using The Amazon Associates

Anything less than 10% is low when compared to other affiliate programs but obviously, none of them have the same power and reach as Amazon

No PayPal (As Of Today)

This is killing me.

I have no idea why Amazon doesn’t implement the PayPal option to pay their affiliates.

I have a little theory about it though: PayPal is owned by their rivals eBay.

However, I’m sure Amazon is strong enough to build a similar service like PayPal or at least make it available in spite of their competition.

I live in Europe and my check takes me about 3 months to receive and cash in! Not cool Amazon!

WHO IT IS FOR

Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the U.S. and is one of the most popular company in the U.S. (and world too).

Amazon is so huge that it’s got over a million products that you can promote on your website or blog and make money.

Amazon pays up to 10% commission for all affiliate sales. Since the inventory on Amazon is so diversified, the commission rate changes frequently.

You can link to any web page on Amazon and get paid for all purchases made by your referral — for more details, head here.

  • Alexa Rank: 6
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $10 (for Direct Deposits & Gift Certificates); $100 (for Check payments)
  • Payment Method(s): Check, Direct Deposit, Amazon.com Gift Certificate

People who should join Amazon as an Associate are those people who own their own website and want to earn an income(commission) selling products on their site

 

TRAINING/TOOLS OVERVIEW

In this case you don’t really need training to sell products from Amazon

SUPPORT

Amazon.com offers help on their site by having a section called help where the y will answer any question you have or you can submit a ticket to support

PRICE

To sell Amazon Prime products you have to pay a fee

FINAL OPINION/VERDICT

Amazon doesn’t make it easy for you to earn commission selling their products.  They have 2 programs available for you to sign up for to earn commission on sale of products—onee being Amazon Prime and the other is an affiliate program called Amazon Associates.  Unless you realize that you can sign up for the wrong program and then easily suspended from selling any products from Amazon and earning commission on sales.  Also with the process and application program you go to earn commission on sales is somewhat rigorous.  If you truly want to work for Amazon your best bet is to go through some of the temp agencies they use where you can sign up for and pay a fee to train to work as a customer service rep for Amazon.  Once you finish the training then you can choose the days and times you want to work and then hook into their mainframe and serving customer that call into Amazon’s customer service line.