It’s fair to say that Amazon had a heavy hand in pioneering the affiliate landscape with it’s Amazon Associates program. In a nutshell, Amazon Associates offers you the ability to get paid by Amazon simply by referring buyers over to their site. Most people know of Amazon’s affiliate program, but most don’t realize the power of the program.
Case in point is an Apple tips site I own. I haven’t had much time to devote to it over the last year, so it pretty much just sits and enjoys traffic from some long standing rankings for a few keywords. About a year ago, I put up a post with a link over to Amazon for a product I reviewed in the post. Last month, my earnings from Amazon were $229.25 from this one site. What’s crazy is the last post on the site was on June 14th.
It’s always a bit like Christmas every month when I log in and see how much sites like that have been earning me passively.
Now I’m not saying every site you throw up will be like that. There are a number of factors that impact how well you do, not the least of which is what niche you’re writing to, but when you come across a gem, it’s pretty cool.
Here’s something a lot of people don’t realize about Amazon’s affiliate program, though, that sets it apart from other affiliate offers. As long as you get someone over to Amazon, it doesn’t matter whether or not they purchase the product that got them there in the first place. I have another site that is a sports car enthusiast site. Once in a while I’ll talk about a book or movie on the site and include a link to Amazon for the product. I’ve had people buy things like TV’s and computers through my affiliate links…for which I get paid!
If you’re wondering how you can get into the game, you’re in luck. Check out this detailed post I came across today on IncomeDiary.com that walks you through everything you need to know: Making Money With Amazon Associates.
Pay close attention to the Making Money section. There are some great tips in there for what type of content you should be putting together to capture traffic ready to buy stuff.