How To Make $3,493 Commissions Without Doing Any Selling
I’ve been working with the Amazon affiliate program for several years.
You could say it was my first love in the Internet marketing industry.
Although AdSense can be fun, it was Amazon that I fell head over heels for.
To this day, despite everything that has changed with the search engines, I still believe that Amazon is one of the most profitable affiliate programs that you can join – not to mention one of the easiest to implement and track.
Once you have a website and some traffic, all you need to do is post affiliate links to products that are sold on Amazon’s website, and when people click those links and purchase products, you get a commission on EVERYTHING.
Can You Earn a lot With Amazon?
One of the oldest questions that I’m still asked today is “how much can you earn with Amazon”?
While I know there are many others making FAR MORE money from the program than me, I like to think I make decent money with the Amazon affiliate program.
The honest truth is that you can make as much as you put into it.
The only real limit is how well you can drive traffic to your websites AND how well you’re able to monetize the traffic you have.
Below are a few tips that I’ve learned over the years from personal experience that have helped me to maximize my earnings.
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Focus on High Priced products
This might seem obvious, but it’s a commonly overlooked tip.
What many Amazon affiliates don’t realize is that it’s not significantly harder to sell higher priced items than it is to sell low priced items.
Ideally, you’ll want to promote a decent mix of both, but it’s best to put most of your focus towards high priced products.
Yes – it’s true that high priced products fetch a higher commission, but you also get another benefit that isn’t nearly as obvious.
Consumers who have the money to spend on higher priced products are:
A. Likely to purchase other higher priced products from other categories during the same visit to Amazon and;
B. Are likely to spend more money overall than consumers going to Amazon for lower priced products.
What’s neat is the fact that it doesn’t take nearly as much effort to sell these higher priced products as you would think.
Would you rather sell a $50 product and get $4 commission or sell an $800 product and get a $64 commission?
For me, you can guess what the answer is.
Promote Niche Relevant Products
I see a lot of niche websites that aren’t maximizing their income potential.
Imagine you have a website about photography.
A lot of affiliates get into the trap of selling only very specific products related to their niche.
For example, a photography site owner might only try to promote high-dollar SLR cameras.
The problem is that this leaves A LOT of money on the table.
There are countless other products in the digital camera niche.
All you need to do is get creative with your content to start selling them.
As an example, you could make a post about getting the best shot on a dark beach.
The content of the article could promote digital SLR cameras, but it can also talk about all of the accessories that you would need to get the best photos on the beach in low light conditions.
Maybe you need special lenses, lighting or related equipment.
Once you get creative, you can promote countless other products related to your niche that competitors might never think about.
Choose the Right Niche
If you don’t choose the right niche, it’s not like a burglar is going to come and steal your dog.
However, if you care about maximizing your amazon affiliate revenue, you should definitely do your best to choose a good niche.
You hear the ‘experts’ tell you to ‘find a low competition niche’ and what not.
There are some signs that you can look for to get an idea if the niche is good for an amazon affiliate, but the only real way to know for sure is to go out there and test it for yourself.
Anyone who is making good money from a super-secret niche is probably not going to tell you about it, so you got to find it for yourself.
My best tip is to build a website that makes it easier for you to test multiple niches.
In other words, avoid building a website that has a focus that is too narrow.
Rather than building a website about digital DLR cameras, build a site for the entire photography niche.
Another tip: try to choose a niche that isn’t too competitive but also lends itself to a great selection of products and expansion potential.
Find the Rich Consumers
I know a few people who’re what you might call Amazon addicts.
They order several products per week and tend to spend on high-dollar products.
They order large boxes of Versace cologne and high-end pairs of shoes.
These are the consumers you should try to target. You’ll have to think about this during the beginning stages – before you choose your niche. Try to think about this when choosing a niche.
Is it a niche where you could imagine a lot of wealthy consumers spending LOTS of money?
As a bonus hint: it’s not always easy to find these types of buyers, and they can hide within niches that you might never think of.
I’m kind of shooting myself in the foot here, but a great niche is water cooler dispensers.
One of my sites in this niche regularly attracts consumers who purchase 5 to 10 dispensers at a time for their office or building. At $150 to $350 per dispenser, I’ve made anywhere from $100 to $200+ FROM A SINGLE VISITOR.
That is one heck of a visitor value, and it’s in a niche that you would never know has such a huge profit potential until you get out there and test it, like I did.
I hope these tips will help you to dramatically increase your Amazon affiliate income:)