Affiliate marketing is a great way to use the resources of the major retailers and manufacturers for your own personal business model. You don’t need locations, storefronts, buildings, employees, insurance, maintenance, or any of that stuff that costs so much when you’re in a brick and mortar business.
You simply use the Internet to place affiliate advertising and links everywhere they’re relevant and visible to a large number of people, they click on your ads and links, and you get a commission if they buy the advertised product or service.
So, without any of that costly overhead, you can be selling items that others are stocking for you, and they’re paying those costs. You can sell books, dog food, jewelry, furniture, kitchen tools, sports gear, or anything you can think of simply by getting affiliate accounts with retailers for those items.
It can be a hassle when you want to affiliate market for a few dozen retailers, but sometimes you can streamline the process by working through an affiliate network that brings multiple retailers into the same place, allowing you to set up a network account, then work with multiple advertisers. Or, let’s look at another way, as Amazon isn’t just about books anymore.
Amazon.com’s Store Directory shows 16 major product categories and more than 100 sub-categories of items for sale on the site. They range from of course books to grocery items, jewelry, hardware, sporting goods, musical instruments, electronics, baby items, and many many more. And they’re mostly not Amazon items, they’re items manufactured and sold by many thousands of companies. Suddenly, with an Amazon affiliate account, you can affiliate market for tens of thousands of retailers and manufacturers, with hundreds of thousands of product items, and you’re still just sitting at your kitchen table!
Very recent Amazon news puts another major competitive advantage with this mega online retailer. Amazon has finally agreed to pay sales taxes in certain very populous states like California and New Jersey, as well as others. Why give in? Part of the deal is that Amazon is going to place huge local warehouses in major populated areas, and coming soon is same day delivery! So, now you know why Amazon is an affiliate marketer’s dream, but what will you need to do to be successful?
Successful affiliate marketing, whether with Amazon or any other advertisers, isn’t just about throwing out hundreds of affiliate links or image ads and hoping that enough people click on them and buy something so you get paid. First, you need a marketing plan and the right platforms and sites for your advertising. Whether you’re using your own websites, blogs, the social media sites, or a combination, you’ll need ads in strategic locations that get maximum traffic interested in your products niche.
The good news is that we know how to take what you have currently, whether your own website or blog, and make it productive in conjunction with social media to generate ad clicks and income. Even if you don’t have a site or blog, or your traffic is low, there are other ways to get a successful Amazon affiliate marketing program in place. We can even help you to use a new Amazon site for Business-to-Business marketing, which can be a part of a LinkedIn strategy. It’s AmazonSupply.com, with more than a half million scientific, industrial, and business supply items. Commissions can be as high as 15% on some items.
It takes a marketing plan, the right product/service niche(s), and the knowledge of how to maximize the clout of Amazon in your own advertising. Let us show you what to do for success.