Aug 22

Increased Share in Amazon Affiliate Program

Back in early July I had decided to try and step up my Amazon affiliate program to see if I could make earning from Amazon an added source of income for my blogs.  I primarily decided to test with my personal blog (this blog) experimenting with reviewing and talking about various Amazon.com products and listing a banner in the right hand bar.

Amazon Affiliate starts out by giving affiliates a 4% commission rate, which you would think is low compared to some individual affiliate programs that offer 20 – 50% on individual products, but this is actually high compared to some other online retailer commissions like NewEgg with a default 2% commission rate.


One thing I did like about Amazon.com affiliate is that you can increase your commission % based on the number of sales you make.  In less than 2 months of experimenting, I managed to make a total of 10 sales and boost my commission up to 6%.  Another 23 sales and it will go up to 6.5% (I don’t know how high it can go, I haven’t researched it).

One thing about using Amazon Affiliate is that there are so many products to choose from, plus you can just install best deal widgets and set them like banner ads and earn from affiliate commissions.

What makes Amazon.com Affiliate program interesting is that I haven’t sold a single affiliate product I specifically endorsed or promoted.  All of my commissions were from products I didn’t even know about or talk about.  Amazon.com sets a cookie on anyone who clicks the banner or link from your site, and if they order anything on Amazon.com while that cookie sits in their browser you get the commission from the sale. 

While $9.14 may not seem like much bragging, it is more than I earn from SponsoredTweets and MyLikes combined in a month lately and it is only from hosting a single Banner ad for Amazon.com on my sidebar and doing the occasional post with an Amazon link or ad at the bottom of it.

-Justin Germino

Justin Germino
IT Security Expert who is a married father of two children living in Arizona, my hobbies include technology, blogging and spending quality time with my family.
Justin Germino
Justin Germino
  • http://ourstack.blogspot.com Karen and Gerard

    I haven’t made anything with this but I use it mostly on my book blog because it’s so easy to get the picture of the book we are reviewing. It has; however, caused my new book blog to be rejected by blog catalog because it looks like I’m just selling stuff.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      Hmm, I use Amazon Affiliate ad blocks on most of my sites, and I wasn’t banned from BC at all?

  • http://www.lavenderuses.com Patricia

    Now that I have landed on your site I see so many good articles to read so I’m working my way thru them. I am hoping to sell books with Amazon affiliate program once I start selling on my site. I am still just writing posts and getting to know my visitors at the moment.
    You are highly recommended as a blog to visit by a lot of other bloggers. Now I know why.
    Patricia Perth Australia

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      This is my personal blog, my real blogging tips and articles are found on DragonBlogger.com but yeah Amazon Affiliate is hard to make profits, it is tough to sell via affiliate in my experience.

  • http://www.movietraileronline.com mytocents

    i never made any money off of Amazon Affiliate my primary is good old adsense. I just wish there were more competition in the ad’s maybe drive up the pay-outs that is mytocents