Darren Rowse is the owner of Problogger.net, a website laden with super information for everyone from newbie to seasoned bloggers. In 2002 Darren came across an article on the subject of blogging that got him started in the medium that led him to doing it full-time as a dedicated professional.
He learned how to monetize his blogs and has since generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in income. He uses a number of different tools for creating income streams. From 2003 to 2009 he claims to have earned $119,725.45 from Amazon Associates, and this was not his biggest earner. Wow!
To generate this kind of income through blogging you need a lot of traffic going to your sites. It needs to be search engine optimized to show up high in the search engines and you must develop loyalty with your readership by offering content that is vital to their needs. A visitor is more likely to buy your recommended products when you have proven your trustworthiness.
It also helps to attract potential buyers that are at the point in the decision making process of making a purchase, so tailor your content to contain the message they are seeking. Darren’s example is developing a section on one of his blogs devoted to advice and tips on camera gear to target people who had recently purchased a new camera. The result was plenty of Amazon sales in camera accessories.
It is free to sign up for an Amazon affiliate account. You have several options available to you for advertising Amazon products on your WordPress blog, including links and banners, widgets and the aStore. The store is self-contained and embedded directly within your blog. You can earn up to 15% on all products purchased by a reader that enters the Amazon site through your blog. It is not necessary for them to buy an item you are promoting either. The point is that once they enter Amazon through your site, you get a commission on anything they buy. And we all know that just about anything under the sun can be purchased through this online retail giant.
One of the greatest features of using the WordPress content management system (CMS) is the variety of plugins available to enhance the blogging experience for the blogger and the reader. The following plugins were specifically designed to boost and manage your Amazon affiliate sales:
Amazon Reloaded for WordPress
Amazon Widgets Shortcodes