I’m starting a new series of articles about how to make money as an Amazon affiliate, since it’s an easy way for people to get started making money online. Amazon is not only the largest marketplace on the web, but most agree that they have the largest affiliate program on the internet.
I have been earning money with the Amazon Associates program for a little over two years now. I started in the summer of 2008, strictly on the side as a hobby. I have a regular more than full time job and small children, so the amount of time I devote to my sites (including this one) is rarely more than 10 hours a week.
My initial earnings with Amazon starting in the summer of 2008 were from a technique called Affiliate Arbitrage by advertising Amazon pages directly on Google. Did pretty well for a bit there, but it required a decent investment upfront to buy ads that may or may not pay off. Amazon stopped paying commissions on the practice in early 2009, so in January 2009 I turned my Amazon focus toward natural SEO techniques. It took a while to see the results, but two years later I’m pretty pleased.
My earning numbers with Amazon 2009:
My earnings numbers to date 2010:
Since I stopped advertising, my costs for earning with Amazon are pretty low, basically just hosting costs and an internet connection. Only a couple weeks left in the year, but I think I’m going to break 12K with Amazon this year.
I’ve been able to almost triple my Amazon earnings from 2009 to 2010, and can see the path to triple again next year. For the first time I can see the point now where my “hobby” earnings could beat my actual salary at my job. I’m only showing you Amazon earnings here, none of which comes from the site you are reading right now. I also make money with Google Adsense, AzoogleAds (now called EpicDirect), eBay Partners, Clickbank and a couple other smaller affiliate programs.
Note that I ONLY use White Hat methods with my Amazon sites. No link buying, no comment spamming, no cookie stuffing, etc.
How have I earned this much money as an Amazon Affiliate? Click here to read my Lessons For Amazon Affiliates starting with Lesson #1 to be published on Dec 21st 2010.
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