Review of Amazon Affiliate Program

By | September 25, 2018

Name:  Amazon Affiliate Program

Website: Amazon Affiliate Program

Program Overview: The Amazon Affiliate Program is a way to earn commissions on products that are purchased through links on a website or blog.  As Amazon describes it:

“Whether you are a large network, content site or blogger, we have simple linking tools to meet your advertising needs and help you monetize your web site.”

Cost: There is no cost to becoming an Amazon associate; however,  you do need to apply and you are required to have a blog or website with a domain that you own.

The Good:

  • Earn up to 10% commission on products from Amazon, the #1 retailer on the internet.
  • There are dozens of categories to choose from including new and used products.
  • Access to reviews of products before your customers decide to purchase.
  • The ability to open your own Amazon store.
  • Dozens of resources to increase your presence online.
  • The ability to manage multiple websites with one account.
  • The associate support is excellent.  There are discussion boards and an associates’ blog that offer tons of support.  There is also the capability to “chat” online with a support member.  I utilized this, myself, when I was confused about the longevity of my links.

The Not-So-Good:

I discovered that when I promoted my blog through social media, sales made by family or friends who tried to order through my links were rejected by Amazon if they are already Amazon customers. It’s part of the agreement.

So I encourage anyone affiliating with Amazon to be aware of that at the start.

Additional Information:

This link will take you to The Amazon Associates Fee Schedule.

There are fixed advertising fee rates depending on the category and they range from 2% to 10%. This is a great tool which may help you choose what kinds of products you’d like to promote.  It’s quite enlightening, actually, and I will be using this particular chart, myself.

There are also volume-based fee rates for general categories…from 4% to 8.5%. So the more your customer purchases, the higher your commission.

These charts will help determine whether or not this affiliate program is right for you.

Conclusion:

Although I am disappointed with the policy regarding friends and family members who are already members of Amazon, I think it’s a worthy affiliate.

Associates simply need to promote their sites with the object of attracting organic traffic.  In the end, organic traffic is what will elevate the site/blog to #1 in Google.

I’m still learning about this affiliate partner, at this point, but I would give the Amazon Affiliate Program a score of 9 out of 10.  Well worth adding to my affiliate memberships.

If you have any questions or suggestions, I would so appreciate your comments!

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