Our 31 Days to Earning With Amazon is coming to a close.
I hope that this month has been one of growth and learning for you! We will finish the month off with today’s Q & A, a post about plugins for Associates, and an introduction to a special Amazon plugin for authors. The knowledge I have gained this month is extensive, and I hope that I was able to convey it to you in an understandable way. You CAN earn money with Amazon!
What states allow Amazon Associates?
All states except Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.
How do cookies work?
Visitors have 24 hours after clicking a link to add a product to their shopping carts before you no longer get credit for it. Once there is an item in the shopping cart, they have 90 days to complete the purchase. If a visitor clicks your link and doesn’t add something to their shopping cart, and later that day clicks on another Associate’s link and buys something, the second Associate will receive the credit for the sale.
Image links vs. text links: Which are better?
That totally depends on your website or blog, and your readers’ preferences. I find that for me, text links in context get the most clicks. You will need to try both out with your readers and see which they respond better to. They tend to serve different purposes.
In a recent post, Crockpot Pumpkin Butter, I used both text links and image links, in different ways. The text links are self-explanatory because they just lead to recipe ingredients. The image links are at the end of the post, under the heading “Useful tools from Amazon.com”. I chose image links for these because they are kitchen tools that are visually appealing.
Do my readers pay more by purchasing through my Associates link rather than going to Amazon themselves?
No. Amazon charges the same prices regardless of whether or not the customer came through an Associates link.
Can readers from other countries make a purchase through my Associates link?
Yes, and no. There are several plugins available that can help make that possible but it is not built into the Associates system. My friend Gretchen has a guest post for us tomorrow about this very thing!
Who can see what my readers purchased through my Associates link?
The Associate and Amazon.
Can the blogger see who clicked through?
No. The blogger can see outbound clicks in their stats, but not who clicked on which link. There is no personally identifiable information shown, either in the blog’s stats dashboard or in the Amazon Associate Reports.
I still don’t feel like I know what I’m doing. Can someone walk me through this?
Yes! There is a fantastic resource called The Amazon Masterclass, and it is very easy to follow!
This Q & A list was compiled from questions in several Facebook groups I belong to.