If you are reading this post, chances are you want to know what you should consider before you sign up to Amazon associates, or if you already signed up, how to get over certain obstacles.
However, there are three things to keep in mind when you sign up to this program, and want to start earning right away.
Below, I'm somewhat quickly summarize the three points, and try to shed some advice on how to get past these obstacles, and not let them get in the way of you making money through Amazon Associates.
1. You get paid every month, but for the sales you made TWO months ago.
Here is one of the most important things that you have to remember when you start out, or when you want to sign up to amazon affiliates. Say for example you sign up for amazon affiliates in January, and right away you start profiting from the program. Amazon will pay you, your earnings, but two months later. Basically, if you start in January, you will be paid in March. Two months later. For many people, this can be a little bit of a disappointment, since they want to be paid right away, but Amazon will pay you monthly, if your sales are high enough and in special occasions. So, read the fine print before you start working with Amazon.
If you manage to have an amazing first month, or first several months, but you do not see the rewards yet, DONT QUIT.
I've heard this happening a lot with new bloggers, when they don't see the rewards of all their hard work right away, and quit the program before they get paid.
Its important to know the payment schedule, and know when you are going to start seeing the money coming in.
If you signed up for Amazon associates for more than a year, chances are that you are getting paid every month, or every other month, and you are seeing some differences in the payment.
Well, this is normal, and although it can be frustrating to say the least, you want to make sure that you continue to keep your account, and you increase your earnings because you will see that money, just two months later.
2. Not Every person that browses your blog/website will purchase something through your affiliate links. The key here is TARGETTED blog content.
Amazon affiliates may be an amazing program, but not everyone that comes to your blog will want to purchase something from the site. Its very important to keep this in mind when you start this affiliate program.
You only earn money when people make a purchase through the affiliate links on your blog. This means, if people are just browsing through, chances are, you wont make a sale.
No sale, to money.
It sucks, but that's the catch.
In order to bring in the attention of "buyers", you need to have the type of information that will attract readers to your blog.
In other words- You need to have both the proper Information and audience for your blog. Or Targetted Blog Content.
Your blog content needs to entice people to buy from amazon through your blog. Many bloggers, let me tell you, take this as a personal challenge, and try to engage their readers through their blogs.
Although some fail, the majority of bloggers find success not because they blog constantly, but because their blogs receive a lot of traffic, and their blog content attracts people that either need a specific product, or need advice on a specific subject, and through blogging, writers are able to recommend books or a product for people to buy.
Its crazy, but it works and that's how people create such a great income from Amazon Associates.
While you might be tempted to start recommending products, or telling people what products you like, and the reasons they should buy them, just remember- people are mainly looking for a good source of information, rather than constantly being told to "buy" something left and right.
Just remember its "quality over quantity".
You can have hundreds of blog posts, but it really wont do you very good if your readers are not interested in your posts.
Really, its all about finding the balance between recommending a product to your readers, and writing useful posts for your blog.
3. It takes time to build trust between you and your readers. You will find success in this program when your readers trust you.
I've found myself experience a lot of successful months, when my readers not only like what I have to say about a product in specific, but when they like my blog posts.
Sometimes people may not really be looking to buy something, but if you have amazing information, and you post frequently, readers will be more willing to make purchases through your site.
Its all about building a relationship with your readers, and allowing your audience to feel comfortable coming to your blog, and commenting on your work and keeping that cycle going.
If you can do this, chances are that you will create a successful blog, and you will earn a significant amount from amazon associates.
I hope this helps you increase, or start creating your own income!
~To your success!