How to Make Money As An Amazon Affiliate (With a Brand New Blog)
Recently, I wrote a post on how I went from zero to almost 9K page views in 3 short months and how I learned to increase blog traffic.
In my 2nd month blogging (September 2017), I had 715 pageviews. But in my 4th month blogging (November), I jumped to 5688 pageviews. I don’t get dramatic hundreds of thousands of page views yet, but I’m happy with the progress.
I cannot believe it’s now exactly 5 months since I officially launched HNL. In the last 4 months alone, I have gained almost 15K page views. It just keeps climbing up.
I also started earning money as an Amazon Affiliate (finally). To date, I have earned $46.40 (not paid out until I reach $100).
The best part about this was that I made the first 3 sales required by Amazon to be officially accepted into the program.
So, if you’re a brand new blogger and are an Amazon Affiliate or would like to become one, this is for you. As a new blogger, I had to work hard to make this happen.
That’s why I decided to write some (hopefully) valuable points to consider if you’re wanting to know how to make money as an Amazon affiliate.
I would like to share with you some of the ways I boosted traffic to my website and started earning money through this diverse affiliate program.
I do make money through other affiliate programs but I wanted to specifically share my experience on what worked for me as an Amazon Affiliate.
I hope it will be of help to you. I also just want to say, you’ve got this! Keep putting in the work and you will get the results.
This post contains affiliate links. See affiliate disclosure here.
How to Make Money As An Amazon Affiliate (With a Brand New Blog)
I spent the first month mainly learning and launching this blog, so it all really kicked off in the second month. That’s when I decided to apply to the Amazon Affiliate program. If you are holding out until you get more traffic, I say just go for it.
You have nothing to lose if you apply early. Currently, their policy is that you need to make your first 3 sales within 180 days. I think that’s pretty easy.
If it doesn’t work out and you get banned for not making the sales within the allotted time, you could still re-apply after a certain period of time. So, why not get on there, and sign up?
But before we get started, I want to let you know a couple of things. (Go ahead and skip to the blog progress report if you’re in a hurry).
Update: As of June 2018, I have been making over $1000 in affiliate earnings every month. If you want to learn actionable steps to start making money from your blog, I highly recommend Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers by Carly Campbell.
Affiliate marketing (including making sales on Amazon) is not just about throwing the links into your blog posts and wishing for the best. Trust me, I tried that and I made zero sales for months! Learning a few strategies certainly helped me start making more than a few dollars.
How it all started
I started out this blog for a number of reasons, the main reason being as a creative outlet. I love to discover and write about all the ways we can simplify life and improve our lifestyle.
I also love to connect with others and offer tips and ideas that have worked for me and made my life easier.
Besides, loving the aspect of reading, writing and sharing that comes with blogging, I also wanted to work on something that will hopefully get me out of my day job (a little crazy, I know). So, I decided to invest in this blog right from the start by purchasing a self-hosted domain.
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Why post blog progress and income reports?
I also need you to know, this is a blog (not a brag) report. I decided to publish my own blog progress (and income) reports for two reasons. Firstly, I want to share what I’m learning with new bloggers.
I have learned so much from reading the blog progress and income reports of other bloggers. So much so that I probably wouldn’t have started a blog if I never read any of those ‘case studies’ if you will.
Funny as it may sound, it kind of made me realize that it’s something I can do too. And if this has the potential to do that for somebody else, why not share it, right?
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Considering all the strategies I have yet to utilize, I’m amazed at the traction this blog received. And I have to admit, it’s been a little crazy trying to do this with a toddler and a newborn. But that’s the mom life and I accept it.
So the first thing and the most obvious strategy is to increase blog traffic. The more traffic to your website, the more sales you will be able to make.
That’s why you will some of the strategies boosting blog traffic are similar to what I shared previously. However, I’m only sharing these strategies again because they work to boost affiliate income through traffic.
Tips to Increase Blog Traffic
Firstly, if you are not on Pinterest to boost your blog traffic, do it now and make it a business account. Pinterest is a powerful blog traffic generating tool. You will see your blog traffic increase dramatically if you use this visual search engine correctly.
The biggest time-saving thing I did (and what helped to increase blog traffic for me) is using a Pinterest scheduling tool on the regular.
So, I decided to sign up for BoardBooster for only $5 a month, which gives me up to 500 repins. Great value for money if you ask me.
Also, considering approximately 70% of my blog traffic comes from Pinterest at the moment, it’s money well spent.
I just love that these tools allow me to spend less time pinning and more time on other aspects of blogging. You should be pinning at least 50 pins per day. I pin 70-100 pins per day (manual pinning included).
At the moment, I’m using BoardBooster and loving it, but I’m currently seriously considering adding Tailwind to my Pinterest strategy. With Tailwind, you can also schedule your Instagram posts as well.
You can always use both scheduling tools, which some bloggers like to do. Or you can sign up for their free trial and see which one you like best, just like I did.
At the moment, I’m using BoardBooster and loving it, but I’m currently seriously considering adding Tailwind to my Pinterest strategy. With Tailwind, you can also schedule your Instagram posts.
Manual pinning strategy
Besides automating Pinterest, I also started manually pinning to group boards. Manually pinning my own work also helps me to keep re-pinning more of other bloggers’ posts from group boards. It basically translates to being more active on Pinterest.
Let me tell you, Pinterest must love active participants. Since I started manually pinning as well automating, I went from 40K to 235K monthly views in just two months (see stats below).
2 months later…
I also made a few new images for my old blog posts and gave them ‘new life’ so to speak. I found that my old pins were not the best looking to put it nicely.
Once I created more visually appealing pins, I got more re-pins and click-throughs in comparison to the older pin images.
So, every now and then, spruce up your pin images and re-pin them all over again, and watch your blog traffic increase.
I heard about how awesome Facebook groups can be for increasing social media engagement and reach. But I have to admit I was slightly skeptical, which is why it took me a couple of months get on board.
If you’re on the fence about joining Facebook groups, do it now. Within most of these groups, you can have your questions answered, support other bloggers and participate in social media threads to increase blog traffic.
Don’t know how to source some? Just log in to your Facebook and search for your niche. For example, if you’re a travel blogger then you can search ‘travel bloggers’ or something similar, and click join.
Most of them are closed groups and you will have to wait to get accepted, but it’s super easy. Once you have joined a few, the awesome Facebook itself will give you suggestions to join similar boards. Easy!
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
SEO (search engine optimization) is super important for getting ranked by Google and in helping to increase blog traffic through organic search. It’s all good and well to get traffic through social media including Pinterest but in the long term SEO will get you the organic traffic you need.
The term may sound too technical to bother with, but let me assure you, it’s not that hard.
The best tip I can give you is to use a plugin to assist you with optimizing your website for SEO. I use the Yoast plugin for WordPress, and it’s free. I love it.
The Yoast plugin makes it super easy to post SEO-friendly content. It takes you through a few critical steps every time you write a post. It may take you a few more minutes to do this but it’s so worth it for the overall health of your website.
These strategies are so simple yet so powerful in boosting blog traffic, especially for new bloggers. If you’re not already using Pinterest and Facebook groups, then you’re doing yourself a disservice.
Best tips for making a sale through the Amazon Affiliate Program
Use text links
Ever since I started linking to Amazon products I recommend within my blog content, I got more sales. This method converts better because you are mentioning the products that relate to your content which will more than likely be something of interest to your readers.
I recommend using text links as many times as possible without being spammy and then promoting those posts through social media especially Pinterest.
So there you have it, blogging buddies. I’ve shared with you the latest in my little corner of the internet. Now it’s your turn.
Write valuable content
It’s great to utilize the above method, but if your content does not help your reader in some way, then you won’t engage your reader long enough for them to buy anything.
I know the phrase ‘content is king’ is overused in the blogging world, but it’s for good reason. Work on your content, write something helpful and take it from there.
Don’t be discouraged by the fact that every single topic is covered on the big world wide web. Your voice is different and your readers want to hear your experience.
I implore you to make time to plan out what you need to write and how often, then do it. Don’t procrastinate (as I used to!).
I find that using a good goal setting planner is SO helpful in getting me to stay on track with my blogging biz goals. If you haven’t written down your plan for your blog, do it now.
Blogging success is all about planning and staying on track to achieve your desired outcome for your blog.
I’m currently using the Slay Your Goals Planner, which is a really comprehensive planner and organizer. From mind maps to worksheets, this planner is amazing. I specifically use it for my blogging biz, because it’s that good.
Use clickable images
On Amazon, you have the option of using text links, image links or image with pricing and details. In addition to text links, I also use images of the products to increase conversion rates.
There are two good reasons why you need to use image links. Firstly, images look great and they break up text, which enhances content readability. Secondly, people love seeing the image of said products. I know I do.
One way to create curiosity is to not display the product price. Now, the Amazon affiliate program actually does NOT allow affiliates to post pricing on your blog, so you should already be leaving the price out anyway.
But, I find that using certain words instead, such as “See it on Amazon” or “Check Price” converts better than not just putting the image or product name link.
Remember, you don’t need to sell a specific product to qualify for a commission on Amazon. So, you only have to get people there through your link. That’s what makes the Amazon Affiliate program a really easy source of income.
This is another easy method that’s commonly used by bloggers. Select a few products that are related to what you are writing about and that you believe to be useful to your readers.
You can choose to place these links somewhere in the middle of your content or right at the end of it.
Well, I hope you found this post on how to make money as an Amazon affiliate helpful in some way.
Remember, making an affiliate sale is not all about throwing a banner or a text link in your posts. There are specific affiliate marketing strategies you should use.
If you have any questions drop a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
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