Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Make Money With Amazon's Affiliate Program

When I first started my journey to wanting to make money online I will admit, I was lost. I didn't know where to start. I just always dreamed of working from home full-time. I wanted to get out of the rat-race. I wanted to be in charge of my income. I wanted to be in control of my time and how I spent my time. I wanted to fire my boss. I wanted to be the dictator of my life. This is why it was so important for me to find something ANYTHING that can bring me an income working at home.


In my search, I came across a program by Amazon called Amazon Associates. Amazon Associates is an affiliate program where you promote products and receive a commission on the sales completed through your affiliate link. 

When you drive traffic to Amazon's website by promoting products with your affiliate links, you will be paid a percentage of the sale. To become an affiliate, go to Amazon's Affiliate Program and fill out the application.

There are two ways to earn with Amazon's Affiliate program. One way to earn is by how many products you promote that successfully converts into sales. If you refer 1-6 items that actually sold, you will receive 4% commission on those items. In the graph below, you will find that the more products you refer that are sold, the higher your commission.
Number of Products Shipped/Downloaded in a Given Month**
Volume Based Advertising Fee Rates for General Products*
1-64.00%
7-30
6.00%
31-1106.50%
111-320
7.00%
321-6307.50%
631-1570
8.00%
1571-31308.25%
3131+
8.50%
There are some products that you can receive higher commission on. These include Mp3 products, promoting products from amazon's other affiliate programs such as amazonsupply.com and amazonwireless.com. The commission for these products and others range from 6%-15%.

The second way you can earn money with Amazon Associates is by receiving a flat rate of 4% commission on items you promote that customers purchase through your affiliate links. The graph below shows you all the items you can promote through Amazon's Affiliate Program.


2. Classic Plan: Fixed Advertising Rates

Earn 4% from Qualifying Purchases of the following products:
  • Apparel & Accessories
  • Automotive
  • Baby
  • Beauty
  • Books
  • Camera & Photo
  • Cell Phones & Service (phones only, not plans)
  • Computers
  • Tools & Hardware
  • Software
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Electronics
  • Gourmet Food
  • Health & Personal Care
  • Home & Garden
  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Kitchen & Housewares
  • Magazine & Newspaper Subscriptions
  • Musical Instruments
  • Toys & Games
  • Unbox Video Downloads


How To Promote Amazon's Products
To promote Amazon's products, Amazon supplies you will many tools such as widgets, site strips, product links, banners, and more. You can also link directly to ANY page on Amazon's website and receive a commission! You can even create your own amazon store with products that you think your customers would be interested in. There are unlimited ways you can promote amazon products. Just get creative!


How you will be paid
You will be paid monthly, approximately 60 days after the end of each month. You should have earned $100 to receive your check, (there is a $15 check fee), or if you want to receive direct deposit, the threshold to receive payment is $10. You can also receive your payment in gift cards.


Why you should become an amazon affiliate
The most obvious reason any newbie who wants to make money online should sign up to become an Amazon Affiliate is because people trust the brand. It's the world's largest online retailer. Amazon has been around since 1994. They launched in 1995, first starting out with just selling books. As time went on, they began to expand an added other products such as Dvds, movies, clothing, accessories and more.


People are familiar with Amazon so when you link to the site, you are more likely to get the sale with Amazon than you would with an unknown company. Amazon's Affiliate Program is the easiest way a person new to making money online and affiliate marketing can get started. It's free to join and you can start right away. If you want to learn more or to become an affiliate today, please go to Amazon's website by clicking the link: Amazon's Affiliate Program.

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