Promoting Amazon products on your blog is a great and exciting way to monetize your blog effectively. Over the years I’ve been promoting Amazon products across several blogs and a few niche sites, including this blog from time to time.
I don’t generate that much revenue from Amazon in all honesty, each month I might see between $10 and $15 in my Amazon affiliate account, but every penny counts right?
Whilst there is a wide range of quality Amazon products 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 monetise with Amazon?
A lot of factors can be taken into consideration before deciding to monetise a blog in any way. Factors such as traffic numbers, targeted visitors, niche type etc.
I do recommend you read my other blog post here titled: when is it a good time to start monetizing your blog. The short answer however would be ‘you can monetise anytime’, but do read that post I mentioned above for some interesting facts and insights before deciding yourself.
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, let’s keep rolling.
So 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 sidebar and footer, but there are some other more profitable methods to earn money with Amazon, let’s check that list below.
- Don’t go overboard – It’s exciting to know that you can make money with Amazon, but don’t get ahead of yourself too quickly. First golden rule is ‘don’t overkill your content with affiliate links’, whether it’s a blog post, static page or your homepage even. 100 Amazon affiliate links on your blog’s homepage for instance is definitely too many, in fact I wouldn’t really recommend having any Amazon links in the homepage of your blog, unless it’s a niche site of some sort. The best places to use Amazon links from my experience, is on content rich pages and blog posts.
- Don’t use redirection or cloaking – This is entirely up to you, but my advice would be to link directly to the products on Amazon using the links provided in your members area. Don’t use any form of link cloaking or 301 redirection. I use Better Links Pro to link all my other affiliate links, but Amazon links I leave as naked as they are. If you’re wondering why? Because I and a lot of other smart marketers don’t like to mislead people about what’s an Amazon aff link and what isn’t.
- Add Amazon affiliate links to content rich pages – I mentioned this earlier, but here it is again and here’s why – Google loves content rich pages that is kept 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.
- Add no-follow attribute to your Amazon links so they don’t pass for any page rank (use rel=”nofollow”) each time you add a link, again this is to avoid ringing any alarm bells in Google’s spam department and to avoid penalisation.
- Avoid adding too many Amazon links in the first paragraph of your content pages or blog posts. Leave the first paragraph well alone, you can start adding aff links from the 3rd paragraph down. Once again this is to avoid appearing too spammy.
- Link to relevant products only – Don’t promote any old thing you find on Amazon, be specific and think “usefulness”. You’re more likely to convert more sales if you’re recommending products that are somewhat related to your niche or the topic of your blog posts!
- Link naturally – when I say naturally here’s an example of what I mean: You’re writing an article on how to build a model Airplane, you then recommend a book on model making which you found and read yourself on Amazon. You can and should also use a combination of none-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.
- 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 they’re good quality. You can also hot link some of these images to the respective Amazon products, but seriously don’t go overboard with this strategy. Don’t forget to add a no-follow attribute to the affiliate link 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.
- Write in-depth reviews and add your Amazon links inside your reviews. Also consider installing the Author hReview plugin for WordPress if you’re using WordPress, you can find this plugin on the WordPress website. Talking from experience, product reviews are amongst the best ways to make money with Amazon. Another great additional plugin which works extremely well with reviews and content rich pages is the EasyAzon 4 plugin for WordPress, this is a premium quality plugin which you can find here. You can also check out my full in-depth review of EasyAzon here.
- Create video reviews of products on Amazon to embed into your blog posts. Videos get double the exposure as any other content medium; they get visibility on your blog, on YouTube, and where ever else you might have video content, Facebook for instance.
So there you have it folks, a short list post for you but hopefully some useful tips to take away. Best of luck with monetising your blog with Amazon.