One of Amazon's most successful programs is their Associates affiliate program. Most anyone can sign-up and receive a commission when they refer someone to Amazon who ends up buying something. A number of authors I speak to think that they can't get a commission on their own book—this isn't true. You absolutely can.
Here are three more things to know:
- Do not use your own Associates account to shop for your own purchases. Amazon monitors this and you run the risk of those transactions becoming void or getting kicked out of the program. Logout of Associates before shopping for yourself.
- Your Associates code is active for the shopper's entire shopping session and applies to all purchases. So if the visitor doesn't buy your book, and instead buys something else, you get a commission.
- The reports are actually quite useful because you can monitor the number of clicks your book receives. Click ‘Your Earnings Summary' and then click ‘Reports
Visit the Associates home page and sign-up. I suggest using the same email you use for your Amazon account. You can pick your own affiliate code, assume it is available. The final code will have a “-20” at the end (see mine below).
While logged in, visit the page you want to link to. Click the left button ‘Link to this page'. As you see below you get three options for displaying a product. Pick one of those. In step 2 you can change the colors and select how to show prices. Step three is the HTML code for your blog:
That's all there is to it. There are several other things you can do such as creating an aStore, a mini store within your website, but this remains one of the simplest.
Let us know below if you have questions…or perhaps you already do this and have some feedback for others?