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How to Make Extra Money as an Amazon Associate

written by Michael Chibuzor on December 18, 2013

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Before I became a blogger in 2011, I had already started affiliate marketing.

I was using bum marketing method to promote physical products.

If you’re confused, bum marketing method simply means researching long-tail keywords and then writing articles that eventually ranks in Google top 10 within 30 days.

Back in 2011, it worked so well and I was making a lot of money off Amazon. But all that is changed now because of Panda and Penguin updates. No, not what you think. Anyone can still make extra money as an Amazon Associate but you MUST have a strategy.

Till today, I’m a proud Amazon Associate/Affiliate and I want to use this medium to guide you. Believe it or not, making money from Amazon is much easier than clickbank. I’ve experimented with both networks and I’ve drawn my conclusions based on proven facts.

Amazon is a household brand

Yes, Amazon has grown so rapidly over the past few years. They’ve also become a household brand in the U.S. Canada, Europe and the world over. People shop Amazon with peace of mind knowing that Jeff Bezos can’t run away with their hard earned money. Lol!

Unlike digital products where buyers are skeptical, Amazon sells physical products and buyers shop there as though Amazon is their favorite Supermarket down the street. It’s as serious as that!

We can’t deny the fact that the commission rates paid by Amazon are too meager, starting from 4% – 8% compared to Clickbank which gives a whopping 50% and sometimes 75%.

But does it mean you can’t succeed with Amazon Affiliate program? I don’t think so. On the contrary, ‘drops of water make the ocean.’ Since the conversion rate for these physical products are high, you can expect to make $50 – $100/day and even more when the tide falls in your own favor.

Research and promote rare products

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When I say “rare,” I’m not saying that online shoppers don’t know about it. In this concept, “rare” means that the product you choose to promote at Amazon must be hidden from other affiliates.

For instance, digital cameras are one of the bestsellers on Amazon, but the competition is too much for beginners to survive. Since you know that millions of blogs have been built around digital cameras, there is no need trying your hands in that segment unless you’re prepared to wait before the sales start trickling in.

Instead of promoting digital cameras, search for items that few or no affiliate sites have been built on. For instance, a friend of mine just started a review blog on “baby towels.”

Although I don’t recommend these items because they’re cheap, and the commission would be nothing compared to an item that sells for $100+.

However, my friend started his blog in July and had made $358.35 so far from commissions. Well, he’s not scared of competition and asked me to reveal his niche, but not his URL.

If you’re wise, there are hidden niches you can target and make money easily irrespective of Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird updates. Be patient because the money you’re looking for will not come overnight.

Avoid Exact Match Domain Names

Before I conclude this post, I wanted to caution you on the use of exact match domain names. Still using my friend as an example, he is targeting ‘baby towels’, but his domain name has only baby on it but no towel or any other related keyword.

EMD domain names still helps in ranking, but how long and safe are you?

If I were to start a review blog on men’s jacket, considering the changes going on in the search engine world today, I’d register a domain name like: nextjackets.com, .org, .net or menknowsit.com, .or, .net. I will not take the risk of registering mensjacketsreview.com, .org or .net.

You’ve to know that when people visit your review blog from search engines (Google, especially), your conversion rate will be higher than social media traffic.

This is because when someone searches for a particular long-tail buyer keyword, that person is ready to buy and needs a little nudge from you.

That gentle ‘push’ is the benefits of the product you’re promoting. Don’t even ask people to buy now and get the benefits, simply list out the benefits they stand to gain and then leave them to make their own buying decisions. Hard-selling doesn’t work with affiliate marketing – please don’t use it in any way.

Avoid EMD names so that Google will not find any wild reason to penalize you. Writing product reviews work, but you must be neutral.

Funny enough, when you reveal the ugly aspect of the item you’re promoting, your sales will increase because you’re honest and online shoppers love honest reviewers – not some bunch of piglets that wants to steal their hard-earned money.

There you go…

Are you an Amazon associate? What is your experience so far in terms ranking highly on Google and making sales? Please drop your valuable comment below.

I still have a lot of insights to share with you in the coming months regarding Amazon and how to make a living promoting their products. Keep it locked down and expect my updates. See you ahead!

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{ 15 comments }

Rizvan Ullah December 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Another great blog post Michael Chibuzor…

I have tried selling with Amazon and had some success but you are absolutely right about EMD because that was my strategy in the beginning. It is safe to say that many of my “exact match domains” have disappeared. The truth is that a quality review which is full of insight and honestly will perform much better then any EMD.

Right now I am trying my luck with Clickbank but was thinking last week to jump back into Amazon because of the broad scope of products that you can promote and eventually dominate one niche compared to others. If you just have a general blog such then creditability will go a long way and if you promote products lets say in affiliate marketing you will definitely win no mater if you are ranking for that “review” or not. Just your traffic alone will make you a winner.

Key your awesome posts coming in.

Akos Fintor December 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Totally agree.
Amazon is HUGE but it will get even bigger.
It’s going to eat up small online stores the same way Wallmarts killed small mom & pop stores.
Price they have you can’t really beat. If you can beat them join them.
Never sold anything for Amazon but I stand by affiliate programs any day.

thanks Michael

Akos

Ben Troy December 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I think Niche site is the best model to promote range of amazon products.

Angelina December 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Amozon products are great and its fantastic to promote with niche site..it will be really very successfull…!!

Ron Killian December 18, 2013 at 11:55 pm

I agree, great post Michael.

You are spot on with going for rare products. I prefer to call it micro niches, but still the same idea. Those have done the best for me, it just takes time and sometimes alot of research to find the hidden gems. Target buying keywords and you could be golden. Running to the bank?

Couple that with social media and if it’s visual, hitting up places like pinterest. Could be some nice income streams.

Thanks for the read :)

Soumen Siddhanta December 19, 2013 at 12:27 am

Very good article. Steel I am struggling to earn from amazon but your thoughts will definitely help me. Thank you very much :).

I. C. Daniel December 19, 2013 at 2:29 am

Put only Adsense on EMD domains and let me know when they get penalized due to this fact.

Let me tell you(almost never get penalized).

olayinka December 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

Thanks for another wonderful information Micheal. Am working on niche site recently i will try an add amazon to my network with your guidelines.

faisal December 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

Big opportunity but widely used.

Ethan Poltrack December 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Well, another great post on Johns blog! They just keep coming and coming. Thank for the good tips about what you have done in the pass and why you don’t do it now because like you said you just don’t know what google will and can do to you. Poof your gone like magic!. It’s funny because I have found that promoting amazon and just physical product in general is a lot, lot easier than digital goods say from clickbank.

Jo Tizen December 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm

I have some Amazon affiliate topics and so far I got several dollars but not hundred.. I guess the site is still new maybe

Patrick M December 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

I am not sure how to blog in order to earn from affiliate websites. I am intended that 2014 will be the day I make my big break into earning online. So far my little online earnings have been through freelance writing but I am starting to reason. If I write articles for people who then go and make millions from them, why not do it for myself….

Watch this space… I am coming in heavy.

Jay December 28, 2013 at 5:10 am

Great tips for Amazon affiliates. I agree Clickbank pays a lot more but if you search for those Amazon hidden gem niche items where the competition is low you can really make some good money as an amazon affiliate.

Good tips and nice blog post:)

Bobson St. Pierre December 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

Very informative and helpful John. Thanks, i am really learning a lot from you.

Daniel Williams December 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Wow for me I have to say this post started to get real beefy when I saw you mention the EMD’s. I still see other affiliates using them, but it looks like they have lost most of their power after the Google update. And I agree. Hard selling is out of the question here.