Amazon affiliate program is something completely new for me, not to say affiliate marketing as whole is a new thing for me. I have been playing around with Google Adsense for last 5 years (my earnings are still pathetic low - actually, just in two last months I have earned a bit more than $10 per month)
Speaking of Affiliate marketing programs, the one and only I have been using so far - Booking.com affiliate (although the results there sucks too)
Some time ago I started to learn more about affiliate marketing programs - mainly everyone in our days speaks - Adsense is pennies compared to affiliate marketing - and in fact I do believe that.
Take a look at my last online income report - income from affiliate programs in first month is even to my Google Adsense Earnings.
Since affiliate is new to me - I'm learning it slowly (I'm not even speaking of mastering it).
Before I started to promote Booking hotels - I did setup a modest goal for it - to send 50 visitors in a month to their booking site. After the first month I didn't manage to reach my goal (I stood still at 42 sent visitors) but I believe I will manage to achieve 50 visitors this month.
And so - I'm adding a new affiliate marketing program on board - Amazon.
Setting my first Amazon Affiliate Marketing Goal
Since I'm total newbie to Amazon (although I have been doing online shopping there in rarely occasions) - I decided to set my first Amazon affiliate goal really low - to send 35 visitors to their site.
Yes, that is my first goal starting my journey with Amazon partner program - send 35 visitors in a month to their website.
I'm not talking about making any actual purchases right now. I do not believe that number 35 is enough to make any orders to happen - although some claims that Amazon haves one of the highest CTR in web industry - about 10%. It sounds tempting - in ideal scenario it would mean 3.5 orders from 35 sent visitors. But again - I doubt that. I'm not doubting about Amazon's ability to convert those users - I doubt I will send qualified leads at now.
What is the commission structure paid to Amazon Affiliates
Well, compared to other affiliate programs it's really low, as it seems no for me. Amazon is paying 4% - 8.5% commission to their affiliates per ordered product. In case you are promoting some low-priced items - your commission will be low as well. If you are promoting some hi-tech your commission still low but more impressive compared to those low-priced items.
My strategy is simple - I will promote products starting $100, hopping it will give me pretty OK commission.
The thing is - as I believe - the work and time you spend for promoting low or high priced items are equal - and right now - I'm opting to put my efforts on high priced items.
Amazon Commission Structure
I must admit that it's pretty tempting to overpass 6 shipped/downloaded items per month to raise basic commission from 4% to 6%. Probably one of the options to bypass 4% line is by selling some amount of cheaper, low-priced, easy to sell items (Perhaps some books?)
What is your thoughts - is it possible to earn some decent income from Amazon affiliate for a newbie, what techniques you recommend? Drop a comment!