Everyone loves to get paid.
When I see that I have received a payment from an affiliate account, it makes putting the work into using those links worthwhile.
Amazon Associates earn a commission they call Advertising Fees, which vary from 4-10% of the cost of the item. They arrange the payment structure into tiers, and each type of product has its own payment tier.
For example, electronics, groceries, and video games earn a 4% Advertising Fee, while Amazon Instant Video and MP3’s have a 5% Fee, Gift Cards are 6%, and game downloads earn a 10% Advertising Fee. For specifics, please see the Fixed Advertising Rates Table.
You could aim for a certain Fee tier in an attempt to earn more, but you don’t need to.
While 4% doesn’t sound like very much, I promise you that it can really add up if given enough time and consistency. Include your links in your posts regularly, and you will start to see regular income. Let me illustrate by showing my own account, from September 2012 and September 2013.
This is a screenshot of some of what people purchased through my links in September 2012.
You can see that the Advertising Fees aren’t all that impressive. $0.12 for a $1.99 Kindle book just doesn’t scream “Get Rich Quick!” It doesn’t do much of anything really. Here is a shot of my total earnings for that month.
As you can see, I didn’t earn very much. I didn’t use my Special Links very consistently. It has been over this past year that I began to regularly, consistently, start using my Special Links when I mention products. Here is another screenshot of items purchased, this time from last month, September 2013.
You still see $0.13 Kindle books and small amounts for everything else too. It still doesn’t look like much is happening here, right?
Not exactly. Looks can be deceiving. Here’s a screenshot of my earnings for September 2013, just one year later.
Am I making “the big bucks”? Not even close, but it’s enough to help pay for site hosting, or a conference that I’m planning to attend in the spring.
Again, the key here is to be consistent!
If you love your blog, but it seems to be just an expensive hobby, sign up for an Associates account and get started. Make your blog pay for itself!
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Disclosure: I am an independent Amazon Associate, not an employee, contract employee or respresentative of Amazon.com. The views expressed here are my own and not endorsed by Amazon in any way.