Promoting Amazon products on your blog is a great and exciting way to monetize your blog.
I know there are some bloggers that don’t like using Amazon links on their blogs for unknown reasons, however, I’ve been monetizing this website with Amazon links successfully since 2013.
Admittedly I don’t earn a huge fortune from the Amazon Affiliates Program, each month I might see earnings ranging from just $10 to $100, but I guess every penny counts right?
Whilst I appreciate there is a wide range of quality products on Amazon that you can promote on your blog, there are a few things you need to bare in mind before you start adding affiliate links to your blog posts or pages, especially if you’ve never promoted a single Amazon product before.
When is it a good time to monetize with Amazon?
A lot of factors can be taken into consideration before deciding to monetize a blog in any way. Factors such as traffic numbers, targeted visitors, niche type etc.
However, I guess the short answer would be ‘you can monetise anytime’.
OK so back to this post, if you’re not yet a member of the Amazon Associates program you can signup here, it’s completely free.
If you already have an Amazon associates account and have not yet used it properly, it’s time that you did.
In this post, I’m going to share with you 10 simple yet effective tips for adding and using Amazon affiliate links in your blog posts.
Sure you can just add banners and links to your header, sidebar, and footer, however, there are some other more profitable methods to earn money with Amazon.
1. Don’t go overboard
The thought of earning income passively through an affiliate program is exciting, however, the mistake a lot of bloggers make is that they go overboard.
They overkill their content and blogs with more affiliate links than what would be considered normal.
So the first golden rule of monetizing with Amazon affiliate links is? Don’t go overboard.
Placing 100 Amazon affiliate links on your blog’s homepage, for instance, is going overboard.
In fact, I wouldn’t really recommend having any Amazon links on the homepage of your blog, unless it’s a specific niche site of some sort.
The best places to use Amazon links from my experience is on content rich pages and blog posts.
2. Don’t use redirection or cloaking
This is more of a personal choice than anything else, however, my advice would be to link directly to the products on Amazon using the links provided in your member’s area. Don’t use any form of link cloaking or 301 redirection.
I use a plugin called Better Links Pro to link all my other affiliate links, but Amazon links I tend to leave as naked as they are.
If you’re wondering why?
Well, it’s because I personally don’t like to mislead people by hiding my Amazon links.
3. Add Amazon affiliate links to content rich pages
I mentioned this earlier, but here it is again and also why you should do this –
Google absolutely loves useful, compelling, content-rich pages. They also love content that is up to date, and you’re less likely to ring any alarm bells in the spam department if you’re adding useful links to quality content rich blog posts and pages.
4. Add no-follow attribute
Ensure that your Amazon links are no-followed so that they don’t pass any link juice. Again, this is also to avoid ringing any alarm bells in Google’s spam department and to avoid any penalties.
5. Don’t place affiliate links in the first paragraph
Leave the first paragraph well alone, you can start adding your affiliate links from the 3rd paragraph down. Once again this is to simply avoid appearing too spammy.
6. Link to relevant products only
Don’t just promote any old crap you find on Amazon, be specific and think “usefulness” and “relevancy”.
If your blog is about fly fishing, then link to relevant products, books, and resources to do with fly fishing. If your blog is about solopreneurship, then link to business books and tools etc.
7. Add Amazon links naturally
What do I mean by this? Well, here’s an example:
You’re writing an article on how to build a model Airplane, you then remember a book that you purchased on Amazon about Aero Model Making. You can mention the book in your article and add a link to it. That’s called linking naturally, the way humans would find it useful.
Linking unnaturally would be hyperlinking every other keyword on the article related to model making to the book on Amazon.
You should also use a combination of non-descriptive and naked URL’s to link directly to Amazon products, none-descriptive such as “click here to find out more” or “Read more about this product”, or “Check out this great book I found on Amazon” etc.
8. Use high-quality images of products
If you’re planning on using images of products in your blog posts, perhaps you’re writing a book review, for example, make sure those images are of high quality.
You can also hot link some of your product images to the respective Amazon products, but seriously don’t go overboard with this strategy either.
If you have a tools and resources page on your blog, you can hotlink your images to products on this page too.
Don’t forget to add a no-follow attribute to the affiliate links within the image too. I’d recommend generating widgets available from your Amazon Associate account to embed into your blog posts, again, don’t forget about no-follow.
I’d recommend generating widgets available from your Amazon Associate account to embed into your blog posts, again, don’t forget about making your links no-follow.
9. Write in-depth product reviews
A great strategy to help you generate more affiliate sales using Amazon is to write detailed product reviews.
Also, if you’re using WordPress, consider installing the Author hReview plugin for WordPress, you can find this plugin on the WordPress website.
If you’re building a niche blog or website, you might want to check out the EasyAzon 4 plugin for WordPress.
This is a premium quality plugin which you can find here. It has all the necessary built-in tools and features you need to make the most of your monetization strategies with Amazon.
You can also check out my full in-depth review of EasyAzon here.
10. Create quality video reviews and tutorials
Vlogging or using video is a powerful way to showcase, review and mention Amazon products.
Did you know that 87% of marketers use video content? Source.
The visibility that videos get is phenomenal. Think about it, content consumers can consume video content anytime, whether it’s on your YouTube channel or Facebook page.
Consider creating detailed video tutorials and reviews of products and books on Amazon to embed into your blog posts.
Wrapping things up
So there you have it, a short but hopefully useful list of tips for you to consider when monetizing your blog with Amazon affiliate links. Follow these simple tips and you’ll enjoy a nice stream of income from Amazon for years to come.
Best of luck.