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Affiliate Programs I’ll Probably Never Use: Amazon Associates

I’ve been reading a lot lately. A couple relatives sent me some Borders gift cards, and after making a trip down to my local book store, I came back with five new paperbacks and one big, fat hardback. One finished book later, I’m wondering how I can profit from the whole thing.

My first though was, of course, start a book review blog. I then remember that books have been around much longer than video games and thus the niche is most likely full to the brim, and any new site would suffer a terrible stillbirth. Besides, it’s 2008. Who actually reads anymore? Certainly not the majority of my peers, and judging from the grammar I see splattered all over the Internet, not very many others either.

Anyway, let’s suppose for just a moment that I did start a book review site. Even though I derive great enjoyment from shoving my opinions down other people’s throats, I’d want to make a few bucks off of the whole thing as well. The first thought that flew through my head was “Adsense”, but we all know that Adsense blocks are ugly and destroy a new site’s credibility. With Adsense out of the way, the next logical step would be, of course, the Amazon affiliate program (know as ‘Amazon Associates’). With this lovely little service, you can stick a nice pretty widget at the top of every book review, and make a whopping 4% on every sale referred from your site.

So let’s just say that I’ve reviewed the book about my new favorite serial killer here. You’re interested, and you want to buy the book, right? Well, if you were to click on my nice little button and then buy the book, I’d make around $0.40. Not too bad actually. If I were to take the time to come up with a few reviews and a good number of readers, I might actually make a few bucks. What’s more, if I made seven referrals from my little button, my commission rate would jump to 6%. Think of all of those dimes I’d be making.

Actually, you know what? This keeps sounding better and better. I think I’ve talked myself into something here. Maybe I will write a few book reviews. I won’t make a new site, but I do have a personal blog that I can post them on.

How embarrassing. This entry was going to be about why such an idea would never work for a new blog, but I seem to have convinced myself otherwise. Pardon me, I need to go take my cynicism pills.

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3 Responses to “Affiliate Programs I’ll Probably Never Use: Amazon Associates”

  1. Ty Brown Says:

    I’ve never been able to make any money off Amazon. Probably because I’m not that good. Good luck

  2. Royal Radande Says:

    Well, for book reviews, yes, Amazon does suck. But if you think about promoting big ticket items, the commission doesn’t look that bad.

  3. Jackie Says:

    LOL! I think its all about the numbers. The more numbers you get, the bigger number of sales you get and then the bigger the commission checks get…I am glad you decided to not completely drop the idea, I know a few people who use their commissions to buy more books on Amazon since they take a $10 cut to send you a check.

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