I told you I was going to tell you how we made the leap to Living Differently, and Amazon is part of the secret. No paid courses here, no e-books, I’m just going to tell you, for free. I’ve been dabbling with Amazon affiliate marketing for 5 years now, earning a little here, a little there, but it’s only in the last few months that it’s all started coming together. I’m actually way past the $1000 mark now, I’m finally doing it right. I’m more than happy to share some tips to help you bypass the early stages of trial and error and jump you straight into making REAL money from Amazon.
Some of you will already be bloggers, if not, I have more information on blogging in these posts, I’m not a blogging blogger, I’m a travel blogger, but people want to know how we do this stuff so the posts are available. If you’re really not interested, sorry to bother you! Back to normal in the next post.
Something else I want to tell you is, you don’t need to buy courses. They’re expensive and the information in them is available elsewhere for free. Sure if you have $1000 to spare and like everything neatly packaged, go for it, but I promise there will be little content you can’t find by Googling.
- 6 Easy Steps To Starting Your Own Blog and Making Money
- Did Travel Blogging Fund Our Long Term Travel
- New Bloggers’ Help, Support and Coaching
Before You Start
You need a website and it needs to have some authority. This means your website isn’t spam in the eyes of Google. Your site needs to either have a bit of age and maturity or some genuine incoming links. People must like your content. Google can tell if they do. Other websites must like your site or your content and so link to it from their own pages, this tells Google your content is worth showing in its search results.
The more authority your site has, broadly, the higher it appears in search results.
Bloggers tend to measure this authority using a metric called DA, Domain Authority, it’s a score out of 100 and the higher it is the better. I’ll tell you right here, right now, that DA IS NOT the be all and end all. A better post can beat a site with a higher DA. I know, I’ve done it. So don’t lose hope if your site’s DA is low, you can grow it AND you can still beat higher DA sites. DA is a metric created by Moz, not Google. DA is based on your backlink count. Actual Google ranking is based on far more factors than just backlinks.
This site has been around quite a while and has reasonable authority, so if I write a post with the keywords ” best travel knickers” I have a fair chance of Google showing my post to somebody searching for that exact term. My posts rank on page 1 within a day normally ( if I check the competition isn’t too high before picking my keywords), and over time rank higher and higher as Google gets good feedback from happy readers in the form of no returns to the search results and plenty of time on page.
On one of my smaller sites, with less authority, I have less chance of ranking, so the trick is to look for a more obscure search term, usually a less profitable one that every other blogger isn’t trying to capitalise on.
For instance I used ” best ***** maker” recently, it was a low competition key word ( Words, obviously, 3 of them) but it ranked quickly and does well despite being on a low authority site. This is what key word research is all about, finding key words that your site can rank for because your pages NEED Google traffic to get the customers who are ready to buy.
It’s pointless to halfheartedly put a few links in a post and calling it “Family Travel Gear” as I did on this site. I doubt I’ll ever rank for that term because the competition is too strong. Do it that way and you will only pick up a few bucks now and then from one of your regular readers, or somebody who just happens to be visiting your site and stumbles across your page full of links. You need a targeted, organised approach and I’m going to start you on your way.
If you’d like personal help we can do that too. I coach a very small group of bloggers, head to this post and shoot me an e-mail if that’s what you need.
Never Mislead Your Readers
Never promote any product you know to be a dud. It’s the quickest way to lose respect, credibility, friends and readers. I’ve cursed other bloggers for selling me products just for the affiliate commission. I’ve bought products, courses, plugins, hosting, all sorts of things, that turned out to be sub-standard. Tell the truth, keep it real.
Don’t sell out.
The products below, I use and need to make an income.
You Need to Target Amazon Customers All Over The World
There is one way to do this that actually works. It takes a fair amount of effort and a small cash outlay, but is 100% worth doing and you need to do it NOW. Don’t think you’ll do it in a few months time, when you’ve seen if you can make Amazon earnings without it, do it TODAY, because if you do it further down the line you have to go back and change all the Amazon links you painstakingly inserted.
You need to buy EasyAzon Pro
EasyAzon Pro is a premium, paid plugin that makes your Amazon empire global. There are other, free, plugins that claim to do the same thing, I’ve tried them, for years, they didn’t work nearly as well as EasyAzon and I was losing money every day.
EasyAzon Pro is not, by any means, easy right out of the box. I’ve cursed and sworn at the thing before I finally got it figured out. Basically, it helps you register with Amazon in most countries Amazon delivers to. Then it allows you to add Amazon links and images simply and quickly, right from your WordPress interface. You won’t have to skip back and forth to the Amazon websites ever again.
You need to localize each product. That means,make sure your Amazon dot com link, points to the same product in each country. If you don’t localise your customer will possibly click through to a “product not found” screen or something unrelated based on keywords. You can pick, through the Easy Azon Pro interface, exactly which product your customers, in each country, see. It is GOLD!
Easy Azon Pro 4 is only $47 for unlimited use, unlimited websites. Mine payed for itself within days.
Use your Google Analytics to see which countries your site’s visitors are coming from. This will give you a good idea as to how much money each country should be making for you. For me it’s USA by a long way, the UK lags way behind, after Australia. Australia is tricky, Amazon Australia now exists, but creating links to Amazon Australia still has to be done by hand as far as I can see. I don’t know if that situation is ever going to improve nor if Amazon Australia will ever really take off as it has for the rest of the world.
UPDATE: Amazon now has it’s own localisation method, built in, for free. So check that out before you buy. I still use Easy Azon, I prefer it to Amazon one link, it covers more countries and has other neat features that I find useful.
You Need a Way to Collect Your International Amazon Earnings
This is another of those things you need to do NOW, TODAY. I’ve learnt this lesson through bitter experience. I have hundreds of dollars of Amazon credit on Amazon USA, enough to keep us in Kindle books forever, because there is nothing else I can spend them on.
Amazon US credits can only be spent on Amazon dot com and you’ll find they deliver very few items to the rest of the world. I was hoping to use my credits to buy my new DSLR, unfortunately, when push came to shove, not one camera on Amazon dot com was deliverable to Romania.
My bad, I just wish I’d got myself a Payoneer account sooner.
Just to prove I’ve got one, here’s my first ever Payoneer payment from Amazon, it just came, that’s the first one, from just one country, each country’s Amazon will pay onto that card and I can use it like a pre-paid debit card, anywhere.
There are charges on the Payoneer card, around $35 per year, but it’s well worth it to have spendable funds instead of Amazon credits. You won’t pay that fee until the money starts going into your account, so there is no point at all in delaying. DO IT NOW.
Amazon do pay out by cheque too, but the banking fees involved are through the roof and you need a permanent address, which of course, we don’t have.
UPDATE: I’ve been using my Payoneer card for purchases all over Thailand, Australia and Romania, no fees! Love it.
You Need Targeted, Ready to Buy, Customers
You need people arriving on your site, ready to buy whatever Amazon product you’re recommending. That means, the woman who wants to buy a travel organizer and is in the decision making process of Googling for more information on which organizer to choose. You need to get her to your site and give her information to help her make her purchase. She then clicks your link, straight through to Amazon and makes her purchase.
How to do that? You need to find the right Long Tail Keywords, find out how many people are entering those keywords into Google and discover how competitive those keywords are. Pick a keyword set with high traffic, low competition and write the post to fit the keywords. That’s how it works. The tool for this job is called Long Tail Pro and it’s incredibly useful, not just for your Amazon earnings, but to get more traffic ( and more Adsense revenue) to your websites. Keysearch is another keyword research tool, I’ve used both and I still prefer Longtail, it’s just personal choice.
Take a look at what Long Tail Pro Platinum can do for you here.
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I won’t tell you to do this one now, because it’s a little advanced, if you’re new it may be just too much to figure out. This tool is also justifiably expensive and you pay every month or annually, so until your website is earning nicely you maybe won’t want to commit. But if you invest upfront, now, your path to financial freedom will be shorter.
Another tip here, pick your competition. Don’t go after the same keywords as Amazon, it won’t work, you have to be different when up against the e commerce sites.
UPDATE: Longtail Pro has gone through big changes from 2016-2017, it was great, then useless, now in 2018- 2019 it’s great again, I’m still using it regularly and loving it.
Buy Longtail Pro Platinum Here ( it’s essential to have the Platinum for the keyword competetiveness data) or try the $1 10 day trial to see how you like it. Have a play around, it’s pretty neat. It would also be a very good idea to use Longtail Pro to pick the domain name and get ideas on traffic volume in the niche of your new website if you haven’t even started yet. Just saying.
Don’t Lose Your Readers
These Amazon posts don’t have to go out to your regular followers, they go straight to the website, no announcement. You’ll lose your valuable subscribers if you bombard them with every Amazon earning post you pump out.
For Jetpack users, just switch off subscribers before you hit publish. Easy! Just don’t forget to switch it back on again. ( a mistake I made this morning, sorry, I accidentally hit publish before I’d deactivated subscribers)
Same for sponsored posts, never send those out to your readers if you don’t have to. This site doesn’t need to publish dodgy sponsored posts, we have a legitimate, passive income. It’s not huge, but it’s enough and growing every day.
Hope this helps you to get it right from day 1. I’ve just shaved a few years off your learning curve if you’re a new blogger. Happy to help.
Other Things You’ll Need to Make Money Through Your Website or Blog
I’ll give you another heads up here, you need a plugin called Advanced Ads to place adverts in the same place on every page of your website. I use it for Adsense, but it works for Amazon adds or any others. My Adsense earnings multiplied 100 fold the day I set that plugin up properly and it’s just SO much easier than coding in adverts manually. 1 click and an ad is placed wherever you want it, on every page. Thank me later.
You’ll also need great hosting . I struggled with Host Gator before switching to Blue Host because of a blogger recommendation. That was a disaster, Blue Host took my site down for days, customer service was bad, I couldn’t access my c panel because of shared hotel internet and I never got a full refund. Site Ground is the hosting company we use now, on all our sites. I couldn’t be more pleased with it and the customer service and support is superb. Any tech problem I’ve had, they fix, for free, instantly. I love them, check them out here
Bonus Amazon Affiliate Sales Tips
I update these old posts all the time and I’ll keep adding tips to help you make more affiliate sales.
- Tracking. Something we’ve been working on recently is really getting organised with the Amazon affiliate pages. Everything was a mess and we didn’t know which pages were driving sales, which were a disaster. So slowly slowly we’ve been creating unique tracking codes ( you do this in Amazon under ” manage tracking codes” and inserting them into old links, just so that we can better see what’s going on
- It’s also worth looking at the percentage payoits Amazon allocates for different types of sales. These vary from 10% to just 1 %.
- So if you’re going to create Amazon sales pages, don’t just think about SEO and what you can rank for. Also go for higher priced items with higher percentage payouts.
- Monitor each sales page obsessively to drive those posts up the rankings, using your Search Console data.
So off you go, start focussing on your affiliate sales. I’ll tell you now that Amazon is just one part of the puzzle, on this site we maybe have 50 differet affiliate schemes and programs set up and each one brings us an income.