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For my experiment this time I am only going to concentrate on two Affiliate companies as I found in the past that the more affiliate companies I used the harder it was to meet the minimum payment thresholds and to keep track of all the accounts I had opened.
I also found that as my site was not performing well enough to create a good conversion rate with some sites my accounts were automatically closed over time.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is a US-based multinational electronic commerce company whose headquarters are based in Seattle, Washington. They are the world's largest online retailer of books, music, movies, and games along with electronics, toys, apparel, sports, tools, groceries and general home and garden items, with nearly three times the Internet sales revenue of their runner-up as of January 2010. They have global media coverage and are a household name. Depending on your location in the world Amazon also operates sites in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Italy, and China (Joyo.com) giving you global access to sell not only their products but your own as well, as you can also set up an account to sell you own products with their low-cost, low-investment, incremental sales channel.
You can also set up your own branded online store which enables you to create your own profitable direct-to-customer business.
Amazon allow you to earn up to 15% in referral fees by promoting items on your website - choose from the millions listed in the Amazon and Javari online catalogue. All in all Amazon give you a great way to earn money and add compelling content to your site allowing you to set up multiple separate accounts for the countries of your choice and operate them from an easy to associate account allowing you to pick and choose banners, set up widgets, build an aStore, or sell products individually via your website.
To be honest, I had little success with both Amazom.com and Amazon.co.uk. realizing only small returns on both accounts. This, however, may have been due to my own lack of knowledge in implementing Amazon into my site when I first started using it as others have had much success with Amazon so I believe this could be down to me not doing enough research at first and not using the knowledge of others like that contained in the books shown which have had some pretty positive reviews.
Amazon.co.uk discontinued a lot of its features such as it's aStores as, and I quote. "Following a review of all integration types (aStore, widgets, contextual links, API and Data Feed) across all associates within the UK, it was noticed that the aStore had by quite some distance the poorest conversion rate, and was therefore under delivering for the vast majority of associates. Coupled with this, it required significant development resource to keep the tool working." I have now started to phase my UK aStores out choosing now to use contextual links within my content which are now beginning to generate some income. I may also start experiment with Amazons API (Application program interface.)
in the future and will let you know how I get on.
Another I notice on a regular basis is that I get a lot of clicks on my amazon products but not many conversions which first left me wondering if the pre-prepared ad codes were corrupt, however after more research I found out that this is normal so if you do choose to use amazon ads within your content do not worry if this happens. Since first writing, this article I have no started to use amazons contextual advertising which is starting to see returns.
"The Product Advertising API provides programmatic access to Amazon’s product selection and discovery functionality so that developers like you can advertise Amazon products to monetize your website. The Product Advertising API helps you advertise Amazon products using product search and look up capability, product information and features such as Customer Reviews, Similar Products, Wish Lists and New and Used listings. You can make money using the Product Advertising API to advertise Amazon products in conjunction with the Amazon Associates program. Be sure to join the Amazon Associates program to earn up to 8.5% in referral fees when the users you refer to Amazon sites buy qualifying products."
My second choice of program that I am going to set up is an Affiliate Window account. Affiliate Window nominated for 12 performance marketing awards in 2016 are a UK based company that has a global network of 11 offices worldwide and offers you the tools to make money from traffic on your website, blog or email database. You simply pick up text links, banners, product feeds data or widgets from online retailers via the Affiliate Window network and include them on your website. Depending on your content and audience profile, you can work with their biggest merchant sites which include some of the biggest names in retailing or select more niche operators. Whatever you decide, there are plenty of retailers to choose from. The beauty of Affiliate Window's technology is that it requires very little technical expertise. By joining the network you can offer price or product comparison, carry banners, text links, white label offerings or design and use Content Window widgets. All this plus market leading reporting tools and analytics are just a few clicks away.
To open an Affiliate Window account Click here .
It is also important to continue to build relevant links and add new original content to your pages on a regular basis to ensure that the search engines take notice and index your pages for your customers to find so as to ensure a steady flow of hits on your adverts because without search engine presence your products will not be found.