16 Quick and Simple Ways to Increase Amazon Affiliate Earnings

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16 Quick and Simple Ways to Increase Amazon Affiliate Earnings

During my online “career” I have built several sites monetized with Amazon Associates. In fact, 3 of the largest case studies I've done on my site here (Niche Site Project 1, Niche Site Project 2, and NSP 3 ) all involved building Amazon affiliate sites from scratch.

During my years of building these sites, I've picked up a few tactics and techniques to help me earn more in affiliate commissions from Amazon. Some of these strategies are simple on-page “hacks”, while other are bigger pictures ways of thinking about your business.

I originally published this list near the beginning of 2015, and while many things haven't changed I thought I should share some additional strategies that are working in 2016 and beyond.

First Things First

I've heard stories of different marketers who have had their Amazon Associates accounts banned because of violating terms of service. While I've done my best to ensure this guide is up to date and all of my tips are in compliance with their latest requirements for Amazon affiliates, here are a couple of excellent articles to check out that help clear up some of the mistakes people make (sometimes unknowingly) that result in a banned account:

Marketing With Sara – Anchor Text and Link Cloaking

Marketever – 16 Common Mistakes That Get People Banned

Now that we've moved past the disclaimer portion of the article, let's talk about how you can maximize your Amazon Associates earnings:

Personalize Your Recommendations

One strategy we've implemented this year on a site that currently makes over $3,000 per month is actually “quizzing” our visitors to find out what kind of product would suit them best.

By using Thrive Leadsย (made by one of our favorite theme developers) we set up a multi-step pop-up box that starts by asking a question about a problem that we know many of our visitors have. If they say “yes” we then ask a couple more clarifying questions about their personal preferences, and then at the end we drop them on a landing page that delivers a personalized product recommendation (Amazon affiliate link) based on their answers.

While it sounds complicated, setting up a multi-step opt in is actually fairly simple with Thrive Leads. The beautiful part about it is that you're also giving yourself a chance to not only get a click, but also convert better since you really are delivering value to the reader by showing them a product that can help.

Follow-up via Email

While adding Amazon affiliate links directly into an email is a no-no, that doesn't mean you can't and shouldn't follow-up with your readers and drive them back to your blog (where you do have affiliate links).

We actually use this in tandem with the first strategy of quizzing our visitors and delivering personalized recommendations.

So at the end of our 3 question quiz, we ask people to put in their email address in order to see their results. When they do, we take them straight to a landing page, but we also use an email auto-responder to deliver an email.

The great thing is, you don't have to deliver a generic email because you do actually know a few things about your visitor and what they want. So you can send an email that says something like “Thanks for sharing what your needs are in a gas grill! We hope our personal recommendation was a winner, but if not click here to read our full guide to buying the right gas grill.”

By doing that, you've got another opportunity to show products to that person who is a very targeted visitor.

If you don't already have an email service, click here to check out one of my favorites, Aweber.

Target “Buying” Keywords

When people shop online, they go through a process of general queries to more specific queries. You want to target phrases that people are searching for when they are closer to that buying stage.

For example, let's say you have a site about sleeping bags. Instead of targeting phrases that are more general like, “sleeping bags” or “what is a sleeping bag”, you should target phrases where you know people are likely shopping…such as “best sleeping bags” or “sleeping bags under $100”.

These searchers are clearly looking for more information in order to make a purchase decision. You will get a much higher conversion rate (commissions!) when you get this kind of traffic on your site.

Target Long Tail Keywords…Even with Low Search Volume

Yes, this is similar to the first point; however, it's important to take this one step further. Don't just stop at “best sleeping bags” or “sleeping bag reviews”! You should target phrases that are even longer tailed, which could mean going after keywords with very low search volume. ย I do that here on Niche Pursuits and every blog or website I've built.

That's okay! Even though you may get less traffic per article/keyword, these are HIGH conversion type keywords.

For example, we could be targeting “best sleeping bags under $100” or “cheap sleeping bags for toddlers”. These are some excellent long tail phrases that people would be using that are close to a buying decisions.

Also, if you listened to my podcast with Claire Smith recently, you will know that she does VERY well (over $10k per month) by targeting these very long tail, very low volume type of keywords. These keywords takes less links to rank for because there is just so much less competition.

As an FYI, I used Long Tail Pro to find these long tail phrases in this sleeping bag example.

Don't Miss International Commissions

If you are using only the standard Amazon US affiliate link, then you're missing out on potential commissions when you get clicks from international visitors from countries like Canada, the U.K, and many more.

Fortunately, the newest version of EasyAzon 4 includes automatic link localization. We've also tested a product called Genius Link which handles that as well.

By using these services, your affiliate links will automatically change based on the location of your visitor. So a Canadian reader will click your link and end up on Amazon.ca, and you can still earn a commission if they purchase.

Jake actually used this for one of his sites when he discovered that he was getting about 14% of his visits from the UK and Canada:

Amazon Link Localization Example

I know Jake uses the aforementioned Genius Link on his site and just by signing up for Amazon Associates UK and Canada he has made hundreds of dollars that would have been completely missed.

Note: You do have to sign up for each country's Associates program individually, so it might not make sense to do every single country/region you get visits from. However, check out your Geo Location report in Google Analytics and you just might find that you are leaving big money on the table.

Affiliate Link to Images

A simple but often overlooked tactic to improve you Amazon affiliate sales is to link to Amazon using all the images in your post.

When people are reading your product review articles, they will very often click on the image. If the image link simply pulls up the image file on your site, that's potentially one less visitor you could have sent to Amazon.

However, if your image is actually an Amazon affiliate link, you increase the chances that more people will end up on Amazon looking for products to buy. The more clicks you send to Amazon, the more buyers you will end up with.

If you have ever tried to upload images, position them, label them, and then add an Amazon affiliate link, you know how time consuming this can be. It's worth it. However, luckily there is a tool that makes adding Amazon affiliate image links much easier.

I have been using EasyAzon for a few years now, and it honestly just makes building an Amazon affiliate site much easier.

So, if you want to add images that already have your affiliate link in-place, I highly recommend that you check out EasyAzon 4 right here.

Use In-Content Links

Similar to using affiliate links for your images, you can send more people to Amazon by using in-content links. In fact, these in-content links are the most likely links to get clicked!

Unfortunately, many people think that just inserting an amazon banner or an image link will be enough to make decent sales; however, this is not the case. If you are writing useful content, then people will actually read it and will click on your links within your content.

All I mean is this: If I was talking about sleeping bags, I might simply say…”And to see the my top recommendation of a sleeping bag for a toddler under $50 click here. The link in that previous sentence is an “in-content” link.

I also use EasyAzon 4 to make inserting these types of in-content links much faster. (The above link was inserted with EasyAzon).

Rather than going over to Amazon, finding the product I want to link to, going through the process of finding the affiliate links on Amazon, and then pasting into my website; I can just stay in my WordPress backend and pull up the product and add the link using EasyAzon.

I really like the fact that I don't have to leave my blog post to find and insert product links.

Use Heat Maps To See Where People Click

Heat maps are a tool that show you very clearly where people click when they are on your website. Something that stuck with me from a conference I attended last year was a speaker who was talking about heat maps and said “I guarantee people are clicking on things that aren't clickable.”

Your heat map will start tracking clicks on a given page and then you can check out the results like this:

Heat Map For More Affiliate Clicks
Image Source: AppSumo.com/heat-maps/

Whether it's making your images clickable like I mentioned earlier, or even just getting a sense of what might be the best place to put your ads and comparison tables, it certainly won't hurt to have this knowledge.

There are a number of solutions out there, but an easy one I've used is from SumoMe. (They also have some other cool tools for your website.)

Test Using “Add to Cart” Option….Longer Cookie

Did you know that you can get a 90 day cookie when you send someone to Amazon through your affiliate link? When you use a regular affiliate link, the cookie is just 24 hours.

However, if you create a special link that automatically adds the product to someone's Amazon cart when they go through your affiliate link, Amazon will lengthen your cookie to 90 days! (If they buy in 90 days, you still get the commission).

Now, I would like to clarify that I think you should test this option. It may or may not work better in your niche. Each market and website is different, so this option may or may not be the best for you.

To be honest, I don't know how to create an affiliate link that auto-adds a product to someone's cart without using a tool. This is just a simple option in EasyAzon that you can turn on or off.

Here's a screenshot of several of the options in EasyAzon; including the Add to Cart Option:

addtocart

Produce Quality Content

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that if you produce great content, not only will you rank better in Google, but more people will actually buy from you.

This is an entire process in and of itself. Luckily, Perrin has written a few ideas on creating content that engages and converts right here.

A big part of creating “great” content is just understanding what your audience is really looking for and meeting those needs. Some of this can be done through highly targeted content and research; but part of it also just comes with seeing what your competitors are doing and deciding what you can do better.

A couple of simple areas that you can often do better than your competitors is creating comparison charts and best seller lists.

Create Fair Comparisons

Another long tail keyword we like to use is Brand A vs. Brand B or doing articles on which type of product you should choose. When you write those, do your best to be very fair and honest with your readers.

Trust is a big part of conversion, so the more people feel like they can believe what you say, the better your chances are that they'll actually make a purchase based on a recommendation.

Most people understand that products aren't perfect, so don't be afraid to make a list of “cons” or things that could be improved about a product when you're review it or comparing to another model.

The odds are, if you write about every product like it's the best thing since sliced bread, readers will tune you out because you just sound like someone who really wants them to buy something.

Don't be that person!

Use Eye-Catching Comparison Charts

When I first started my survival knife site (from Niche Site Project 1), I wanted to make my site better than the others that were ranking at the top of Google. One of the ways that I decided to make my site stand out was by creating a comparison chart of the top survival knives on the market.

This produced great results for me not only in terms of quality content, but I found that more people starting buying as they compared using the chart I had created. Since then, I don't know if I started a bit of a trend, but nearly every Amazon affiliate site I see now uses many of the same comparison chart tactics.

I've written an in-depth guide on how to create your own Amazon product comparison charts right here.

Another option that has just been released is to use the TableZon extension for EasyAzon 4. I just recently got to check out TableZon from Chris Guthrie and it's a pretty cool way to create comparison charts quickly and easily right within WordPress.

TableZon is only available to those that buy EasyAzon 4. It's an upsell immediately following purchase.

Create Best Seller Lists

Another way to increase your amazon affiliate earnings is to create best seller lists within your blog posts. This is a bit different than a comparison chart. A comparison chart might only focus on survival knives under a certain price point for example.

A best seller list will focus on the products that sell the most in your given category.

For example, let's say I wanted to create a list of the top 5 selling point and shoot digital cameras on Amazon. One option is to go to Amazon.com/BestSellers and select the correct category to start creating your best seller list. This is the current list of best selling point and shoot digital cameras:

pointandshoot

You would then have to take the information from each of those products and insert some kind of list on your site. This could get time consuming.

Or you can use the BestSeller Azon extension for EasyAzon 4 (it's sold as an upgrade after initial purchase). I don't know of any other simple ways to create these best seller lists.

I could create a much more comprehensive best sellers list or change up how the links act. But overall, I was able to quickly create a list of the best selling products on Amazon for my chosen category, and they are immediately inserted into the post with my affiliate link.

Cash in on Competition

As you may know, one of my affiliate sites makes some of its money by promoting my own brand of products sold via Amazon FBA. However, we don't hesitate to talk about and even recommend some of our top competitors on Amazon.

Why?

Because people aren't going to buy my product 100% of the time.

So in addition to having articles that feature our own products, we also have articles where our product really isn't a good fit based on the topic. In those cases, we don't hesitate to recommend different products on Amazon via our affiliate link. Hey, if someone wants to buy from a competitor I'd rather get 7 or 8% of that money than 0%.

So if you also sell products on Amazon in addition to using Amazon Associates, don't get stuck only writing about/promoting your own products.

Curate Deals

There are some big time sites out there like Dealnews.com that pretty much do nothing other than scour the internet for discounts and deals and then list them out for their readers. In most cases, they are affiliates of those sites so when people purchase, they make money as well.

This model works because we all love getting a good deal!

So you can do a smaller version of the same thing by checking out Amazon on a weekly or monthly basis and finding products that fit your niche which are being sold below retail price.

You can even have a dedicated “deals” page on your website in your navigation menu so visitors can easily find it. Plus, sending a regular deal alert email using an auto-responder service like Aweber to make sure the people on your list get used to coming back to your site on a regular basis to find the best deals on products they're interested in.

Don't Forget the Small Fish

One of the cool things about Amazon's Associate program is that the commission percentage goes up based on how many products you sell in a month. So you start at 4% but can go all the way up to 8.5% per sale.

That is a HUGE difference!

So while most people spend their time focusing on higher dollar products, it's also important to not forget about the ‘smaller fish' low dollar products that people buy.

While the individual commission on an $8 product isn't much, if you sell a few hundred $5 – $10 products per month in addition to the big money items, your overall commission goes up.

So be sure to have a nice mix of products, both low dollar and high so you can maximize both volume and commissions

A Few Closing Thoughts…

Overall, hopefully some of these tips that I've shared can help you increase your affiliate commissions on Amazon. These little tactics can ensure that you send the greatest number of people to Amazon.

Amazon has such huge brand awareness and trust that once you get people to the Amazon page, you just let Amazon do the rest.

In addition to the tactics and strategies I've mentioned, I do think a tool like EasyAzon can be quite valuable in speeding up the process of implementing lots of these strategies. Just so you know, I have been using EasyAzon for over 3 years now, and I've never had an issues.

Version 4 of EasyAzon is just being released for the first time this week. Chris Guthrie (the creator) has given me an advanced copy of v4 and I've been very happy with the updates I've seen.

In addition, the 2 extensions I mentioned (TableZon and Best Seller Azon) are only available to buyers of EasyAzon 4. These 2 extensions are some great upgrades that can just further streamline the process of managing your affiliate links.

I recommend checking out EasyAzon 4 Right Here

As always, I'd love to hear any comments or questions that you might have in regards to increasing affiliate commissions on Amazon. Do you have any other tactics that you use that I haven't mentioned here? Let us all know!

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145 Comments for this Post

  1. Thomson

    Thomson

    Adding link to a image definitely increase your CTR. I have tried that on few of my sites it works awesome. I didn’t know that adding amazon buy button the cookie period is ninety day that is awesome, thanks for sharing that, Spencer.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Thanks Thomson! To clarify, its an “add to cart” option that gets the 90 days cookie.

      • adrian

        adrian

        I can’t find a post of yours where you explain how to add link images to post. was a very detailed one and still can’t find on your website.

        Thanks

      • Naser

        Naser

        Hey Spencer,

        The add-to-cart feature doesn’t work anymore I guess. I have used EasyAzon 4’s Add to cart button on some of my sites and it just doesn’t get the product added in the cart.

        • Sam

          Sam

          I just started my fashion and beauty blog this month. Is it alright for me to have an affiliate account with Amazon or should I wait for some time?
          Could you please share me some tips on this?
          Thank you for your help in advance.

    • Alvaro Martinez

      Alvaro Martinez

      The cookie increases to 90 days just on that Item? or if they decide that they dont want to buy that Item, but instead buy other ones on a different day, does the commission still come in?

      • Oemsie

        Oemsie

        Would also like to know if it’s applied to that one product or to all other purchases? I’m assuming it’s just on that one clicked product.

        • Robin Wiman

          Robin Wiman

          It only applies to that product added to cart, all other products are non-comission.

  2. Warren is Breaking Work

    Warren is Breaking Work

    Hi Spencer,

    Great article as always. As far as finding the right keyword phrases, what I’ve always been unsure of is where and how often do we use these keywords? In your example, “sleeping bags under $100,” would I place that in my post titles and/ or content? How often is ideal to still make it look natural? Could I use that keyword phrase again on other articles/ reviews? Thanks for what you do.

    Keep inspiring,
    Warren

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      I would use it in the title (if that’s what your article is about). I would just use it naturally in the article, this may only be one or 2 times. Much more than that will probably start to be unnatural.

  3. Philip Kleudgen

    Philip Kleudgen

    Hey Spencer,

    I also had some niche sites and comparison charts always do very well. I think easy azon is pretty much standard these days and makes life a lot easier ๐Ÿ™‚

    Another tip to increase conversions is having videos on your page which are reviewing the products.

    For the most part, I use good old plain text links…they DO work fantastic if done right.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      I agree, I think videos can also help conversions. Thanks Philip!

  4. Mike

    Mike

    Who can tell me if “link masking or cloaking” is a violation of the Google TOS? I think it is and I see dozens of affiliate sites doing it. I also see quite a few sites not using “nofollow” on their affiliate links. Unless your masked link says something like “I bought product X used in this review at Amazon.com” it would be a violation. I think if reported, you’d be in for a manual spam action against your site. Thoughts?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      People have different definitions of “cloaking and masking”. You are likely referring to the “bad” kind that is manipulative. However, most affiliate also refer to “cloaking” as changing a link to look pretty. Changing this link: nichepursuits.com/amazon/associate-20/123ma9/producta to nichepursuits.com/cameras. That kind of “cloaking” is just fine.

      • Mike

        Mike

        I guess the only thing I’d say about this is if you are blogging in a competitive niche and working in what I’d call the “gray area” of link masking and not using “nofollow” as described here by google (https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/96569?hl=en) expect that competitors that are writing real reviews with real photos (not stuff grabbed from a manufacturers website) are going to report you to google as webspam. The thing I hate most is affiliate sites that have never held a product in their hand and then try to pass off something as a first person review for the sole sake of pushing you to Amazon.com.

        • Also Mike

          Also Mike

          I don’t own all of the products I write about but I never claim I do. however many of my guides are iver 5000 words and “review” atickes are often 2500 words of well researced material. Spammy fluffed articles? Toptenreviews is right up there IMHO.

  5. Kent Chow

    Kent Chow

    Spencer, I agree that Image Affiliate links and Comparison Content is converting. They contribute to my 4-digit mo Amazon Aff Commission these days.

    I agree with Philip that Video on Review Content is super-helpful too. The Key is to have targeting & engaging content helping visitors to buy.

  6. Matthew Allen

    Matthew Allen

    One thing I’m unclear about after reading this post. Should I check out EasyAzon 4? Is that what you recommend? ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha. J/K. I already upgraded to V4. No way I would attempt to insert Amazon links without EasyAzon.

  7. Mike

    Mike

    I think I counted 10 affiliate links in this post to Guthrie’s product! Wow, overkill.

    Comparison charts work wonders. And text links convert much better than image links.

  8. Craig

    Craig

    Spencer, can you elaborate on how Azon copes with geographical Amazon sites, if at all?
    Do they all offer a 90 day cart cookie? Is the 90 days for the click through product or any product thereafter?

    I’ve been looking for a premium product as the free ones didn’t really cut it

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      EasyAzon has an option to localize your affiliate links automatically. So, the plugin detects if your users is from the UK and directs them to Amazon.co.uk with your affiliate link.

      I’m not sure if they all offer the 90-day cookie, I assume so, but don’t know for sure.

  9. Jake

    Jake

    I have tested the “Add to Cartโ€ Option in order to get the 90 day cookie placed. This didn’t work out well for me. But Easy Azon is definitely one of my favorite tools!

  10. Cheng

    Cheng

    Hello Spencer,

    First of all, I just purchased this plugin through your link as a great Thank You! ๐Ÿ™‚ You provide some really good information through your site and I’ve been a regular reader since past 1 year.

    I have a question about the plugin..How does the link localization work? Because I have Installed the plugin and tried to test on one of the links.. But It still shows my US TAG when I hover over the link..rather than showing the different link to me. ( I have updated several country tags on the settings page of the plugin)

    Even when I clicked on the link it took me to the US page. Could this be caused by a caching plugin? in this case W3 Cache? That’s what I’m using on my site. I have no idea what’s wrong and would love to know your input on this.

    Thank you so much!

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      I understand that it should detect the country of the person clicking and send them to the correct Amazon store. If you are in the US, it will always send you to the US store. If you are outside the US, perhaps it is a caching issue.

  11. Andy

    Andy

    This article felt like an infomercial….

  12. Kevin JOURDAN

    Kevin JOURDAN

    Great post, and great tool.
    Easy to convince, i’ve been launching a few Amazon sites lately and it’s always been a huge pain to create great tables, add products and links. So i’m gonna give a try to this as in RIGHT NOW!

    Btw, you could add an article on the really good upsell process of Chris. Good one to learn from for anyone looking at selling products on his site!

    Cheers

  13. Josh Shogren

    Josh Shogren

    Great post and I already implement most of these tactics. I haven’t tried the 90 day cookie though so that might be the next thing I test!

    Thanks for the article

    -josh

  14. Higgins

    Higgins

    Hi Spencer, I remember the post where you said your site was penalized and you we’re convinced it was due to too much affiliate links. bestsurvivalknife site… i also remember you had (i asume) the same link twice everytime, once as an image and once as a textlink. Whenever i check a site’s outbound links i notice that each link only gets counted once , it seems to ignore duplicates, so even tho a site might have an image and a textlink pointing to the same productpage/url it would only get counted as 1 outbound (affiliate)link This is what i see when i check outbound links with seoquake. Do you think Google sees it like that as well? I’m asking cause up to this point ive been very cautious with placing affiliate links and avoided placing them in my images to keep it at a minimum.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      If its a separate links, its a separate link. You can make an image and text all one link; but if they are separate…then I see no reason why Google wouldn’t see both.

  15. John

    John

    Sounds like EasyAzon is a real nice plugin. Just bought via your link ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Yaro

    Yaro

    Don’t forget to use heatmap and test all!
    I tested and add to cart button works better on all of my websites than images and contextual text. But it depends on the niche.
    Use different tracking codes for websites, pages and so on.
    One big thing! Each customer never will go back to your amazon niche website unless of great content or he is in your mail list ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Heycaty

    Heycaty

    Good post, will buy this plugin via your link.
    BTW, whatever you optimize it, it still can’t beat CPA revenue, how do you think? Why not do CPA?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      That strongly depends on the niche. CPA is not better for everyone.

  18. Sandra

    Sandra

    I’ve been using EasyAzon for ages and will no doubt upgrade to V4. But I have noticed that some of the info blocks generated by EA3 don’t show if the browser has AdBlocker running, although the text links do still show and work.
    So it is definitely worth testing your page with and without AdBlocker to see what will show to the enduser in each instance.
    I’ll be interested to see if it’s the same with V4.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Yep, makes sense. Thanks Sandra.

  19. Mohammad Umair

    Mohammad Umair

    I think if the content is thin (500 to 600 words) then using keywords twice at the max should be fine. If it is any longer then you can use synonyms for your main keyword and even variations of that synonym.

    This will increase the “keyword spectrum” (as I would like to call it) of the content. And who knows, someone is actually searching with synonym as keyword and lands up on your site. Big bonus I would say.

    What do think Spencer?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Yep, if you write naturally…you don’t even have to think about this. You will be using synonyms and related phrases…naturally.

  20. Yoosuf

    Yoosuf

    Could you recommend a good way to pick a niche for someone who is interested in becoming an amazon affiliate? (Not in terms of commission, but in terms of sales) Also dont you think its advisable to no follow affiliate links to avoid a penalty?

  21. mike

    mike

    Hi Spencer, thanks for this useful post.

    I do have one question, though, and that is how to link back to amazon product pages not to pass juice link to those sites.

    Is it enough to just no follow the links or there are other ways to do it?

    No one actually wants amazon pages to outrank their own pages, right?!

    Best, mike

  22. irfan

    irfan

    Hi Spencer,

    Great article, thanks for
    Building an amazon store (astore) is a nice idea but don’t you think that google would penalize the site for too many affiliate links ?

    I remember from your survival knife case study where you had 20-30 outgoing amazon affiliate links from your product comparison table on your homepage and you were penalized for too many affiliate links so you reduced it to 5-8 products.

    If we include an Astore on our website, wouldnt it be penalized for having too many links on one page ?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      You are not actually trying to rank that page for anything. So even if that page gets penalized, why would it matter. Your entire site doesn’t get penalized for one page having too many links. In fact, I would even suggest no-indexing that page. If you block search engines completely on that page, you have nothing to worry about.

  23. Travis

    Travis

    Thanks for the write-up on EasyAnon. I was debating whether or not to give it a try. I’ve been using Amazon Product In A Post (free plugin) since November. It is ok, but sometimes some of the links don’t show up, plus I would like the ability to customize the photos/links a bit more. I purchased EasyAnon through one of your links so I can finally see how it compares.

  24. Srimanta Ghosh

    Srimanta Ghosh

    Excellent and very informative tutorial to earn more from affiliate, specially Amazon. I have learned here very useful information what you have said in this article. I think every affiliate Marketer should follow these important point to increase their earning.

    Thank you!

  25. Shamir

    Shamir

    Hey Spencer,

    Great post! I didn’t ever think of adding a best seller list before reading this post. Btw, any updates on how Perrin’s site is doing after the change in site layout? How’s the site performing now?

  26. John

    John "The Tenth Man"

    Hey Spencer,

    I appreciate your thoughts. I had some real good results by doing a book review which included a comparison chart highlighting the books I reviewed. I went back to the author’s and emailed them letting them know I did a review. Almost 85% of them responded. from them I say 25% linked me to their social media, website or combination.
    I was also given an opportunity to write in a major journal. My site is new and this goodwill strategy has given me some audience and helping me be part of a community. Thanks to you and Perrin.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Awesome strategy…great results!

  27. Ben

    Ben

    Hi Spencer, I heard on one of your really early podcasts that you had a post on here about optimising adsense positioning (if i heard correctly, i was in the gym). I have searched but i can’t find anything, do you know where i can find some good info on this? Thanks and thanks for everything else, great work

  28. Pradeep

    Pradeep

    Amazon is a wonderful option to earn more money. I am also earning money from Amazon. Your article helped me a lot. Thanks

  29. Shane Waugh

    Shane Waugh

    Really wonderful ways to earn more. Now my earnings will be double from next month. Thanks

  30. Matt

    Matt

    I have EA3, there is nothing explaining why I need to upgrade to EA4, looking at the video’s there is nothing new in 4. What gives?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Lots of functionality improvements/backend updates. Especially with the link localisation. However, you would have to ask Chris Guthrie for all the updates made.

  31. Scott Macair

    Scott Macair

    Never heard of EasyAzon but will definitely check it out!

  32. Hendrik

    Hendrik

    I always liked Chris’ Amazon tools and I think his recent releases have taken his product UI to new heights (though I think Adobe might come after him at some point for his launcher icons ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I do have a few issues with Easy Azon 4 though:

    IN GENERAL:
    Finding products seems to work well. However, I can’t see a way to just “store” my found products so I’m able to come back later to add or remove them from my personal selection. That would be especially helpful as I’d be able to easily move between different posts and reference the same product again. I’m basically stuck having to search fro the product again, if I want to mention it somewhere else again – be it with a photo or link.

    TABLEZON:
    If you expect this extension to replace your trusty tablepress plugin – you are in no luck, unless you want to only rely on the parameters that Amazon gives you for your comparison table such as “quantity”, “brand”, “price”… Ratings are missing. There doesn’t seem to be a way to create your own column, everything is set in stone. If you pull “features”, you might be in danger of duplicate content.

    COMPATIBILITY:
    This one is certainly not Chris’ fault, but I found no way to easily integrate Easy Azon Links in to my Thrivethemes content editor posts.

    Also, there seems to be conflicting issues with other plugins. I have created a support desk ticket over the Weekend but have no yet heard back. My suspicion is that “WP cache” causes an issue – nothing new though and certainly not Chris’ fault.

    All in all, the link creation aspect of the tool works well – I can recommend it except for the above writeup on the missing “store my selection”. I’m not sure Tablezon offers much of a benefit at this point. I have not tested Bestseller list.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Thanks for the quick review Hendrick!

  33. Troy in Las Vegas

    Troy in Las Vegas

    The biggest ‘challenge’ I have found with EasyAzon Pro v3.0.8 is that is does not work on Chrome. Whenever I am going to use it I have to switch over to IE. I filed a support ticket with them after I bought the software last year and they got back to me several days later. (I suspect they are closed on the weekend.) They offered little help and I figured out the Chrome / IE thing on my own.
    All that aside, the software makes insertion of Amazon affiliate links super quick.

  34. fer

    fer

    Hello, I can use EasyAzon for Amazon Spain

  35. Lorraine

    Lorraine

    Hi Spencer – an informative and very timely post for me as I am finally biting the bullet and setting up my first niche site which will be monetised with Amazon affiliate links. I have been considering adding an aStore but I am very conscious of the google penalty for having too many affiliate links on a page. How would this be viewed in terms of links – would each item in the store count as a separate affiliate link?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      I would just no index the aStore…then it doesn’t matter how many links it has.

  36. BOB

    BOB

    Scroll over the links under – Best Selling Point and Shoot Digital Cameras – The words travel outside the pop up box. Looks horrible! One of problems that ive always had with easyazon.
    Spencer – you said youve been using easyazon for over 3 years now and I’ve never had an issue. Lol! OK
    Do you think what I pointed out above is an issue?

  37. Sinthia Shasha

    Sinthia Shasha

    Thanks for the nice tutorial. I’ve missed the number #3. Now I think, its really a nice tips. So I am going to do the job right now. Thanks Spencer. Love you.

  38. putri

    putri

    Hi spancer, I’m Putri from indonesian, sorry my english is not good, but i always try to understanding your articel, and i have create my first blog,

  39. hamza arshad

    hamza arshad

    I have never make any sale from amazon even I have several niche sites but I have just written the home page and left the site.after reading this post I am going to apply this tips and going to see whether it works for me or not.

  40. Sara

    Sara

    I really like EasyAzon, it’s certainly worth the money. I don’t have the latest release yet, but will buy it sometime soon via your link!

  41. mike

    mike

    First off – Spencer, very nice remodel of the site. It’s beautiful!(and current)

    I’ve got a question about affiliate links: Is it worth cloaking affiliate links? Do amazon ‘dofollow’ links really leak page rank?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      I don’t know that cloaking links really matter. But I would nofollow just because you are supposed to. (Cloacking and nofollowing are 2 different things).

  42. Dennis

    Dennis

    I have the previous version of EasyAzon, do I need to purchase EasyAzon 4 to get the upgrades? TableZon & BestsellerZon.

    IS there away to purchase them separately?

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      As far as I know, they are only available to those with v4.

  43. Matt

    Matt

    Hi Spencer (and Perrin),

    I just grabbed EasyAzon and can’t wait to add it to my current niche site. I had a site that was just sitting there for about 2-3 years (I think it made about $50 that whole time).

    Last February I found inspiration in the Niche Site Project 2 that you did with Perrin, and after a few changes that stagnant old site made $11 via Amazon its first month (whoo hoo- we’re on the board).

    Fast-forward – In January 2015 the site had its best month yet earning $1.363.47 in Amazon alone! In the last 10 months it has made me over $6K with NO additional content.

    While it’s not “quit your job” money, this cash flow has opened SO many new doors for me and my business, including enabling me to purchase the first new computer I’ve ever had (LOVE the dual screens).

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank both of you for your guidance and inspiration.

    Best wishes,

    Matt

    P.S. SO glad Cliff convinced you to keep the podcast going. I have an hour commute each way and morning radio SUCKS. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Matt…that..is…awesome! Thanks for sharing your success. So, glad that our project and podcasts gave you a little inspiration to keep plugging along!

  44. Arnie Chapman

    Arnie Chapman

    I’m trying to figure out if I should attack a particular keyword, but don’t know if I should. It has some good stats, indicating it should be a decent keyword to reach. However, it’s an e-commerce word (aka a product that can be sold.) When I do a Google search, there are 8 results, and each is a Youtube video. You go to the second page, and the next ones are from sites like Amazon, Ebay, and Toys R Us. There are only 382,000 total results on Google. What’s your suggestion?

  45. young hopes

    young hopes

    Hello Spencer, this is indeed an informative post for a beginner like me. I want to ask a few questions and i hope you will answer them. Questions might appear naive to you since i dont have much knowledge on affliate marketing. (Wish i could have read your blog earlier).

    You have talked about finding the Target Buying Phrases: So if i have a blog for example on “baby shower gifts” should i target keywords like “personalised baby shower gifts” which has av. monthly search of 390? BUT the competition is HIGH. What should i look for- just the av. monthly search or competition as well?

    Also, if my other keyword is ‘cute baby shower gifts’ which have av. monthly search of 720 but competition is “Low” will that work?

    My third question is: Finally when i have decided the keyword, the next step is to search on Amazon about the baby shower gifts- it shows thousands of searches. Then how am i to decide which product should i choose- if i were writing a post on say ‘cute baby shower gifts’? Should i look at the price of each product which i am going to add in this post? How to decide?

    I am just at the beginning of affliate marketing career, and i really need your advice, please do help

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Here’s some answers:
      1 and 2. You are talking about “competition” but I think you are referring to “advertiser competition”. If so, that simply refers to how many advertisers there are, not how easy or difficult the keyword is to rank in google. Preferable you will always have high advertiser competition but find a low competition keyword in google (same keyword).
      3. This is where your personal curation comes in. Pick products to review that you like or believe your readers will like. High ratings on Amazon can certainly help.

      • young hopes

        young hopes

        Thanks so much Spencer for your response, i am using keyword planner tool for searching keywords. There, I see a chart showing- keywords-av.monthly searches-competition. So this is what i was talking about, should i go with av. monthly searches alone or should i also look at competition? Hope i am clear now?

        Please do respond.

        • Spencer Haws

          Spencer Haws

          Yes, that helps. That is indeed “Advertiser Competition” – so this simply tells you how many advertisers there are (more is usually better). To try and pick keywords that are easier to rank for you should see how difficult the top 10 results are in Google. You can do this using a tool like Long Tail Pro (which I created) or others.

  46. young hopes

    young hopes

    Thanks again Spencer, that helps me now, thanks for clarifying. You are simply awesome when it comes to this blog, i have learnt a lot from you, have a nice day

  47. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin

    Hi Spencer.

    First time here, I found your site whilst researching best practices on Amazon affiliate sites. I spent a few hours creating one a few months back and then left it, I checked my Amazon affiliate earnings and saw that it had made a little money, which gave me the encouragement to go back to it and give it a proper go!

    Great tips here, I already got EasyAzon4 and it is superb.

    I must admit, I don’t like the add to cart function on EA4. It brings them to a page which asks them if they would like to add it to their cart, as you say it is niche dependant, but I don’t like it too much. If a site did this to me after I clicked, I would click back. Would rather land on the product page myself.

    I do hope that if you use this feature, you can somehow give us your results.

    All the best.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Thanks Richard. I agree on the add to cart – I don’t use it much. But I believe that “warning” page is from Amazon and there is no way around it.

  48. Carlos

    Carlos

    Hey Spencer great article, one question, what tool you suggest to target customer depending on their corresponding country, I have visitors from all over the world and I’m only sending them to the U.S. store and losing commission when they go to other stores.

    Thank.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      EasyAzon will send visitors from different countries to their respective Amazon country store.

  49. Jagger

    Jagger

    Spencer,

    As always, great info. For #2 in the list, “Target Long Tail Keywords”, can you elaborate on exactly what that means?

    When you find a long tail keyword, do you for example:

    – Write an individual page with content directed at that keyword (multiple times in the page)?
    – Write a page that targets shorter tail in title, and include many long tails in H2, H3, H4 and paragraphs (just single occurrences of a keyword; naturally into the content)? Is one time in a page enough?
    – Add long tail many times into one or more pages (possibly different keyword in title)? If many times, what percent?

    Or, some other way that works for you?

    Regards,
    Jagger

  50. Wanda

    Wanda

    spencer hi, I am a layman on amazon affiliate program, but I have to start and learn only through the website, bloggers and other internet references.
    there is also offering a way to run an affiliate program amazon by using the course through the ebook and software way to pay very expensive.
    I am a student of one university in Indonesian, I come from a simple family. my pocket money was not enough to buy the ebook amazon affiliate courses even to create a blog into my domain does not have the money.
    I feel frustrated with what I run now, no one buys through my blog, I think the effort to make a niche blog for affiliate programs amazon now just wasted. future goals I want to get rich from amazon seems almost collapsed.
    I also try to become publisher adsense from infolinks, etc. adsense program of its kind but its results void.

    This was my story, please help me spencer.

    Wanda

  51. walk in showers

    walk in showers

    Great tips, I didn’t know about 5th tip and I’ll skip 6th but everything else is top…

  52. Robert L. Peterson

    Robert L. Peterson

    Great Article as always. Got something new. I never tried to add a link to an image. Thanks Spencer for sharing this article

  53. IGU Meerpur

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    Exactly what I was looking for! I hope this works ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Ivo

    Ivo

    Hi Spencer, I noticed an option in easyazon that cloaks your links, I thought that it is forbidden to cloak the links? Great article ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      There are 2 definitions of cloaking. Hard to explain in a comment, but “cloaking” in easyazon is just fine, its just a redirect. The bad kind of cloaking is something totally different.

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  56. Dominic Wells

    Dominic Wells

    Love the quiz idea. I came up with something similar after reading Ryan Levesque’s Ask Method book, but have yet to put it into practice. If only Amazon were able to give us data when a subscriber actually bought a product or not, we could send them different follow-ups based on that. Still, I think what you set up is the next best thing.

  57. Vineet Gupta

    Vineet Gupta

    Thanks a lot Spencer for these affiliate marketing tips. I was looking for some tips on how I can improve myself with affiliate marketing and there your email landed in my mail box and I came across this wonderful piece of information. I am happy that you have suggested linking images with an affiliate link and that’s what I did in my last promotional post on my blog.

    Also, your email has reminded of Niche Pursuits, a great resource to learn affiliate marketing. To be honest, of late, I forgot this name. Happy to be back and learning from you :-))

  58. Art Manville

    Art Manville

    We just got our site out of thin content penalty which followed an unnatural links penalty. And we thought we were being safe. So be careful on your link buidling. However, we have quickly bounced back to over $100 per day and are pretty excited.

    My question which I don’t see addressed anywhere. How do you feel about letting your traffic know they will be clicking through to Amazon. Right now we are just using “click here for details and current price” which sets our cookie. However, I had an Amazon rep tell me we would do better by letting the visitors know where they are going. I have never tested that. Have you?

    • Jake Cain

      Jake Cain

      Hi Art, we have the disclosure on the footer of virtually every page, but you can do things like make a link to Amazon on phrases such as “Crest Whitestrips” or even “Get a great deal on Crest Whitestrips” – This article is a good read where Sara asked Amazon to clarify these exact questions: http://marketingwithsara.com/amazon/warning-to-all-affiliate-marketers

      • Art Manville

        Art Manville

        Thanks for the link it clarified what I thought. But I would like to know which method produces the best results: Stealth Mode for Clicks. Or Buy Now from Amazon.

        I guess I will need to do a test if no one else has. The Amazon manager suggested we would do better but I am reluctant to change what is working. thanks

      • Mark

        Mark

        Just an FYI, it’s better to avoid phrases like โ€œGet a great deal on Crest Whitestrips’ or any other qualifiers regarding the quality of the deal or price. You cannot guarantee that the deal is actually “great”, and Amazon is known to be picky about these things and treating them as misrepresentations of their brand / dishonest marketing. It’s best to keep calls to action neutral, things like “check price” or “see current price” etc.

        • Jake Cain

          Jake Cain

          Hi Mark,

          Do what you’re comfortable with, but in this article Sara actually asked Amazon about that exact phrase “Get a great deal on…” and they said it’s perfectly fine: http://marketingwithsara.com/amazon/warning-to-all-affiliate-marketers

          Where you get into trouble is saying get it for $39 when you don’t use their API to keep that price up to date.

  59. Anwer Ashif

    Anwer Ashif

    I am a newbie to Amazon affiliate marketing. I have a niche website with 20 articles with 2 months aged. I don’t get traffic what to do right now?

  60. Matt Hagens

    Matt Hagens

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought ALL links to Amazon had to say, something like, “click here to view price on amazon”. Linking a product name or image without telling the user first that they are going to Amazon is against ToS….or maybe I am mistaken?

    • Jake Cain

      Jake Cain

      Hi Matt – you need to have an affiliate disclosure on your site (we do in the footer) but you don’t have to say that in all links. Before we published the updated version of this I actually contacted Amazon support about the links on images, and they confirmed it is ok to do. For the others dealing with anchor text, check out http://marketingwithsara.com/amazon/warning-to-all-affiliate-marketers

      • Matt Hagens

        Matt Hagens

        Thanks for the response Jake, appreciated.

      • Gregory

        Gregory

        Hi Jake, do we need to make disclosure on every image eg. “Photo courtesy of Amazon” ? I’m using easyazon plugin to insert all of my images.

        Thanks

  61. Marco

    Marco

    I have a question: retrive through API and show product description and star rating is against Amazon TOS or is it ok? I can’t find an answer.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      If its through the API (that is updates your site) then its fine.

  62. Megan

    Megan

    Hey Spencer – as far as the “deals” advice – how do you notify readers about the deals? Email would make sense, but since affiliate links in emails are a no-no, how do you go about it?

    I used to put in discounts for various products in my pages, but it became a HUGE pain to have to remove those codes from all my various pages every 2-3 months (or even more often). Any thoughts on how to better manage deal news for readers?

    You’ve also convinced me to go ahead and try Azon – I’ve been on the fence a while now.

    Thanks for the great info!

    • Jake Cain

      Jake Cain

      Hi Megan – one way to do it is have a dedicated deals page so you basically only have one page to update on your site, maybe every couple of weeks and then you always send people to the same page. Another thing we’ve done is just do this seasonally – so times like Labor Day, July 4th, etc. when retailers (including Amazon) usually have some notable deals happening. In that case, we’ll set up a page devoted to Labor Day deals and then send a blast email about it.

      • Dominic Wells

        Dominic Wells

        How do you present the deals on the Deals page itself though? Is that done using EasyAzon and the API? Since you’re not allowed to actually list pricing on your site unless you use the API.

        • Jake Cain

          Jake Cain

          Hi Dominic – I’ve done it by listing the deals as a discount percentage, not an exact price. So “Amazon has 40% off of this coffee mug, what I love about this mug is X, Y, and Z. I can’t find a specific end date to this deal, so click here to check it out on Amazon.”

  63. Ken

    Ken

    When you do the “add to cart” option, is it 90 days for specifically that item added to cart, or is it 90 days for ANY items ordered from Amazon?

    Please, please add some kind of comment subscription feature so I know when someone replies to my comment. Otherwise I’ll never remember to return to this specific page and search for my comment.

    • Dominic Wells

      Dominic Wells

      It’s 90 days for anything added to cart in that first 24 hour period. This actually applies for any Amazon link that results in someone adding something to cart.

  64. Jill

    Jill

    I think EasyAzon is an overrated plugin. I uninstalled it after awhile because I felt that I wasn’t getting credit for all the clicks I generated when I had the localization set up. I plan on trying Genius Link in the near future.

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  66. Bhuboy Villanueva

    Bhuboy Villanueva

    Thank you very much for this, I am looking for other source of income for my website other that adsense, and amazon fits my niche, and I know putting a widget on the sidebar do a little job.

  67. Mahbub Osmane

    Mahbub Osmane

    Thanks,going to buy easy Azon 4

  68. jumbo

    jumbo

    its ok to have a custom banner (728 by 90) or any other size on homepage that sends visitor to amazon site?

  69. Magic autofill

    Magic autofill

    Thank you for this article! I use Amazon.in but some traffic come from other countries. Will try for success in other Amazon countries.

  70. Jeremy

    Jeremy

    I have a question regarding linking a blog that I maintain to my website. If I create a new post on my blog which is displayed on my website’s home page does Google register this as an update to both my website and blog?

    http://www.rollingbaby.com

  71. EKANT PURI

    EKANT PURI

    This will help me a lot with my website.

  72. Yeshua

    Yeshua

    A few golden nuggets right here.

    I’m contemplating buying a Easy Azon 4 (the developer edition so my clients can get it too), but haven been wary because I think that’s a version of link cloaking. Good thing I read your earlier comment that it’s really not, so I might jump the gun now!

    Also the best seller list – loved that idea. It’s quite different from a “best product” guide, but I guess it works as a standalone page as well, which I can edit every month.

  73. Ales

    Ales

    Hi, Spencer. When I choose long-tail keyword or few of them…should I use 3-5 in one article or only one per article? One more thing…should I use on long-tail keyword many times per article or rather use also semantics? Thanks

  74. Erich

    Erich

    Hey Spencer, thanks for this great post!

    I wonder how many affiliate links in one post are okay to not get into trouble with Google?

    If I would add an aff link to every image plus the comparison tables plus text links that would be quite a bunch. Is there a recommended affiliate-link-to-word-count-per-post-ratio or something?

    My single product reviews are 2k to 3k words on average (some are even longer) and for now I tried to limit the affiliate links to 2 per review. But to increase CTR from the review to Amazon I fear I need to add a lot more (via comparison tables etc.).

    For now I am using the lame ‘Buy From Amazon’ standard button from Amazon. is there a way to use my own buttons without getting trouble with Amazon?

    Thanks

    Erich

  75. Jason aj

    Jason aj

    Thanks Spencer. Great job

  76. Rafael

    Rafael

    For those of you who are having a tough time finding a profitable niche for your amazon site. Checkout Niche Wolf, it helps you find thousands of handpicked buyer intent niches to help you get started. No more hours spent doing keyword or niche research. It is FREE! http://bit.ly/2cWvO52

  77. Marcus

    Marcus

    Nice article Spence.

    I personally use ContentEgg as my amazon plugin and have had good results!

    You can see examples at https://techspectacle.com

  78. Mohammed

    Mohammed

    this are some great tips. thanks a lot mate.

  79. Jhony_Isaacs

    Jhony_Isaacs

    Now reading this guide I acquire lots of thing. I have some problem with buying keyword and long tail keyword, how to solve this situation?

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  81. Nate

    Nate

    Hi Spencer,
    Is your Amazon FBA brand the same name as your site? Is that a bad idea to have an affiliate site with its own self branded FBA products?

  82. jhony_isaacs

    jhony_isaacs

    I’m new on affiliate marketing and start my job affiliate journey. Here I learn lots of things about affiliate link. Specially, Image link with affiliate and long tail keywords matter. That’s lot of helpful tips for me and my affiliate journey. Thank you.

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  84. Tanmoy

    Tanmoy

    I do not know Good SEO but i want to promote my web site Twitter and Google plus . what you think ? it will be best or bad please let me know i am new amazon .

  85. Louis

    Louis

    The best way to ensure you make sales from Amazon is to write about things that people are actively looking to purchase, or about something someone might find interesting and be persuaded about purchasing (for example: someone looking to learn about the civil war through an article you’d written could be likely to purchase civil war related products through an Amazon sales cap somewhere in your article).

    Writing about things that cost more will cause you reach the payout threshold faster since you’ll be getting a larger slice in commission.

    Holiday’s do the HP community well, especially those who have lists of gift ideas or reviews and information about things that people are really crazy about at the moment.

    • Spencer Haws

      Spencer Haws

      Thanks for your thoughts, Louis.

  86. Dan

    Dan

    Does the free version of EasyAzon do the international link stuff?

  87. Richard Wassink

    Richard Wassink

    I have learned very important things. I will try to improve my site to using this ways to increase earning.
    Really you have done well. It’s a helpful post for the new marketer . Thanks!

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