Ok, so if you read Lesson #1, you know that you can’t just plop a bunch of Amazon ads or links without giving your visitors some value. Sorry to burst your bubble there. Now that you’re adding some value on a site, what next?
Goal #1: Get People To Click On Your Amazon Link!
Legitimately get your visitor to click on a link to Amazon.com that includes your affiliate tag and thus mark them for your commission.
So for example, click on this Amazon book link. Do it. Don’t be shy. It’ll open in a new window. Seriously, it’s actually a really good book and I highly recommend it.
If you decide to buy that book that I linked to, I’ll get a commission of around 8% of your purchase price. In fact, if you buy ANYTHING from Amazon.com in the next 24 hours, I’ll most likely get a commission on that too. We’ll go into more details on that in later lessons.
Did you click that link? If you didn’t, you at least considered it didn’t you? Come on, admit it.
What does an Amazon affiliate tagged link look like? Let’s take a closer look:
Most of it tells Amazon exactly which widget or link you clicked on, allowing them to better analyze their traffic. The only part we care about is the “tag=playstation11-20″ part. That’s one of my affiliate tags. Amazon only lets you manually create 100 affiliate tags in your account, which helps you track which links are making you money and which ones aren’t. Remember, when someone clicks on a link with your affiliate tag on it then buys something, you make money!
So What Is The Best Amazon Widget To Use?
None of them. Seriously. They all stink.
When was the last time you were on a website and clicked on a banner or sidebar widget?
Most people surfing the Internet have developed ad blindness by now. They tune out everything but what they’re reading.
Put your links in your text where people will actually read it. For example, click here to see a book about how to quit your job and work from home full time. It’s a real published book that’s currently #1 on a bestseller list at Amazon, not some fly by night eBook or website asking you for money. And here is another book about making money online that’s actually even higher on the full bestseller list
See what I did there? You either clicked on them or thought about clicking on those links didn’t you? I targeted to the audience that will be reading this post and gave a text link in my content that would appeal to you.
How Do I Make Amazon Text Links Like That?
Login to the Amazon Associates interface at https://affiliate-program.amazon.com, and then go surf Amazon.com. The Site Stripe will appear at the top of each page. Click on Link To This Page and choose “Text Only”. You’ll get a text link for the product you are looking at. Right click on that text link and choose “Copy Link Location” to grab the link.
Can I Cheat The Amazon Cookie?
How does Amazon know if you are cheating? They track everyone that enters their site you know. They can tell what you’ve looked at in the past, what you’ve bought, what you’ve rated, where you hover your mouse pointer over and more! If you send 100 people to Amazon.com and 99 of them never move their mouse pointer over the page, that tells Amazon you are cheating. Again, just don’t do it.
Does It Work?
Heck yeah it works. On average I get a 15% click through rate on my Amazon sites using this technique, for every 1000 page views, I get 150 clicks to Amazon. Depending on the time of year I get conversions from a low of 6% in January to a high over 20% in December. Meaning of those 150 clicks per 1000 page views, I’ll get between 10 and 30 sales depending on the time of year.
Note that NOT all traffic will convert this well. It has to be well targeted. You need to match people with the products they are looking for.