Create topic New topics

Forum

Tips, tricks, and suggestions  

The Amazon Catch 22

 
katiem2
Posts: 1044
Message
on 02/27/2012

Its been my experience that Amazon does not pay affiliates for each and every product they offer.  In the past they only paid out if the product or products were sold by Amazon.  If you notice there are a lot of products offered that are not sold by Amazon.

All the more reason the Viglink program is so amazing.  Yet, I noted Amazon available with Viglink.  It is my understanding if you have an account with Amazon it supersedes viglink and therefore operates under the original tos with Amazon.

Anyone want to add more clarity on this as I know the number one question people ask is, can you make money at it?  Yes you can however I'd hate to see Wizzards Wizzing about on products that don't pay out!  What a wizz of time!

What say you?


mandeesears
Posts: 120
Message
on 02/27/2012

Katie, I do get commissions through Amazon from what is noted on my sales reports as "third party sales". What I don't get commissions for are items that do not have an "add to cart" button on their individual product page. 

Hope this helps! 


Lovin' Wizzley! Come see my newest Wizz at Patio Decorating Ideas | Color Schemes.
katiem2
Posts: 1044
Message
on 02/27/2012

 

mandeesears: 27. Feb 2012, 09:58

Katie, I do get commissions through Amazon from what is noted on my sales reports as "third party sales". What I don't get commissions for are items that do not have an "add to cart" button on their individual product page. 

Hope this helps! 

Thats it, I knew it was something like that, I wanted to revisit this issue so we could all get up to speed on what's paid and whats not.  I've noted a few wizzes I suspect focus on products of the sort.  I wanted to bring it up for discussion as I feel its worth hashing out!  Thanks Smile


Sam
Posts: 723
Message
on 02/27/2012

Think also of what I call jokingly 'collateral sales', you know when somebody buys the item you promote plus a whole lot of other stuff also. Sometimes it can make sense to promote a product that entices people to click through, even if you don't get anything for that specific sale, because of that. They then have your cookie and hopefully will shop more of the kind that pays commission. Just my 2 Amazon cents ;-)


katiem2
Posts: 1044
Message
on 02/27/2012

Good point! Oh the details, there is a bit of info to consider in terms of Amazon.  Thanks for chiming in Sam


Sam
Posts: 723
Message
on 02/27/2012

Oh, a bit unrelated, but perhaps still useful, make sure to promote some cheap items that sell frequently, that way your percentage goes up quicker ;-)


Regi_B
Posts: 47
Message
on 02/27/2012

Good info here in this thread.

kliffgorre
Posts: 6
Message
on 02/29/2012

I've been an Amazon affiliate for a while now. And majority of my commissions don't come from the specific Amazon products that I promote. Instead, they come from sales of other products that the customers were introduced to when they clicked on my affiliate links.

Obviously, I'm doing something wrong.


Jerrico_Usher
Posts: 1210
Message
on 03/24/2012

Yep me too, 100% of my sales before were all unrelated. I had an article on "The meaning of Two Bits - why quarters have ridges" and sold 2 piston rod assemblies (12.00 commission), and the guy came back a few days later, went to my hub again and purchased a fuel pump for the same bike- the article wasn't at all about motorcycles but I sold a load of parts for a Kawasaki motorcycle... go figure!

The odd sales kept coming (after that up till I had no acct there).

One reason for this is that like google ads, they are not always about your actual article or it's seo, they cookie the "surfers" interests, last sales on amazon, etc and pass them things personally related to their history on the site, in cookies, etc... this is a good thing though as it means we can make sales both related to our article and unrelated to anything in our articles :)

Jerrico


Jerrico Usher - The Grass May Be Greener On The Other Side But I Installed A Mirror Over There! :-) - Join Our Wizzler Chat Room created by the people for the people to the people
Loading ...
Error!