I’m going to share the top six strategies that we use to maximize our earnings in the Amazon affiliate program, including how to easily recapture commissions that most people are losing every time they use the Amazon affiliate marketing links.
Amazon is usually the first place that will look. So we have absolutely no issues at all recommending it. So in this article, we’re gonna be covering these six simple strategies that we’ve implemented to not only capture otherwise lost commissions but also to maximize our earnings and Amazon is constantly updating the terms of conditions for their affiliate program.
And what is accepted one day might be against the rules the next. They are widely recognized for strictly enforcing these rules and sometimes without warning. So even though this stuff is working for us right now, always make sure to review their terms of service to ensure that you are in compliance.
And that includes doing your own due diligence before implementing anything that we cover in this article. Now, as a little bonus at the end of this article, I’m also going to cover the top three most common reasons that I’ve seen people get banned from the program so that you can avoid the same problems because honestly, some of them onto that obvious.
1.Sign Up For Multiple Programs
Sign up for multiple Amazon associate programs, not just the one in your region, but in other regions as well. I think right now there are 12 different regions or 12 different Amazon associate programs for different regions around the world. And a lot of people are unaware that they can actually do this.
And this can dramatically increase your affiliate revenue on Amazon, especially if you combine it with the next two platforms that I’m going to mention as well. So each of the different Amazon affiliate programs for each of the different regions will actually only earn you a commission inside of that region.
So in order to earn a commission on a sale from someone purchasing in the U.S., you need to be signed up with the US Amazon Associates program. Likewise, in Australia, we need to be a member of the Australian Associates program. And each of your affiliate links for each of those associated programs will only earn you a commission in one location.
So let’s say that I have registered for the US Amazon Associate program. I send out my link. If someone is from Australia, they click on my US link. They then redirected to the Australian store and purchase it on then. Then I don’t receive a commission for that because my link is for the US program. And likewise, it works that way no matter which associate program you’re with.
Not to help with this, you can use Amazon’s one link. It’s what they call it. It’s a service that helps with the redirecting of the users to their local store while still passing through your tracking details. And this is slowly rolling out. It’s definitely not out there for everyone yet.
And it currently doesn’t support all the countries or all the different regions. And it only works if you’re linking from your Web site. These links with Amazon one link don’t work on YouTube yet. So hopefully they sort that out in the future. But this will lead us straight onto strategy
Number two, which is using genius links. Now, Genius Linked is essentially doing what that Amazon one link promises to do. But it does it right now and it works really, really well. And it’s also got a bunch of extra functionality in there as well. So what you do ingenious links, is you add in all of your affiliate details for all of the different Amazon affiliate programs that you’ve signed up to because you’re now signing up to multiples and generate you one link, one genius link that you can send out to people.
Your affiliate link or affiliate tracking I.D. is passed along with this, not just from implementing Jeanius links alone. We’ve had a big increase in our affiliate revenue on Amazon because our links are now being tracked across the multiple Amazon programs.
They also have amazing reporting in there showing you all the links that you’ve generated if products are out of stock in different regions. If something is no longer available, you can actually get alerts and those sorts of things through to your email to let you know, to update that link and pointed to a different product. And there’s a heap of other features and really detailed reporting and stuff in there as well.
So pricing Virginia’s links start at five dollars per month and it scales with the amount of link clicks that you’re actually getting. So entirely amazing service. Jeanius links well played. That brings us to strategy.
Number three is to use Kit.ko. Now, This is actually now owned by genius or genius links, which is probably why that’s so good. So what Kit lets you do is essentially build out kits or groups of Amazon links and put them in one place.
So, for example, we use this on our resources page with built out kits for different things like best live streaming gear or even my YouTube studio. Setup gear. We’ve created kits for these where it’s one place that people can go. It’s all about top recommended gear or top recommended products and all of them on direct links to Amazon.
And just like genius links, it also does that automatic redirection to the user’s local Amazon store and still passes through your affiliate tracking information as well. Now, another cool thing with Kit is that it’s also its own search engine.
So you can use your YouTube SVOD skills to rank your products or your affiliate links on Kit DOKO as well. And again, if you’re looking to level up on the YouTube ACOR side of things or the keyword ranking side of things, they make sure you stick around because I’ve got a resource for you towards the end of this article. Now, in terms of pricing, the kit is totally free.
You actually get one hundred percent of your Amazon earnings. They make their money from people who create kits and forget to put the Amazon associate information in and they use theirs. In that case. So as long as you’re putting in your Amazon associate information, you’ll make one hundred percent of your Amazon earnings through Kit Doko as well. So that’s strategy number three using Kit Doko.
Strategy number four is using redirect links. Now, starting out, you might think that you don’t need to do this, but trust me, this is going to save you so much time and potentially a lot of headaches in the long run. So what I’m talking about is creating a redirect link, a link that you share out that will redirect people to your affiliate link.
So you’re not just sharing out the affiliate link that you get from Amazon, you’re using your own version of it. So in our case, a lot of our affiliate links are redirected links. We use primalvideo.com forward, slash, and go forward, slash the product or the service.
So then if for some reason we needed to update our affiliate link, we’re able to just update that on our end on our Web site. And that then is redirecting to wherever we’d like it to go. So this alone can save you an absolute ton of time because you’re not then going to have to go back to potentially hundreds of YouTube videos or blog posts or articles or anything to update each link manually.
You can do it once on your end because you just changing with that link is redirecting, too. So effectively, it is going to let you quickly and easily update a product or a link in one place that’s thinking to be pushed out everywhere.
Now, in terms of Haken actually set up and create and manage your redirect links for us right now for Amazon, we are primarily using genius links for this as well, but to manage redirect links in general outside of the Amazon stuff as well.
Then we also use a WordPress plugin called Thirsty Affiliates, which is, again, really simple to use. Now, one thing I do want to note here is that Amazon says that you need to make it clear that any redirected link that you use is taking people to Amazon. So for us, we use the word Amazon in brackets, in our linked text so that we’re clearly indicating to people that these links are going to redirect and take people to Amazon.
Now, this is something that they might update in the future. And the wording on this can still be a little grey right now. Now, genius. Things have done their own reviews and they have liaised with the Amazon Associates team. And for now, this appears to be acceptable. But do your own reviews.
Strategy number five, which is a resources page or a dear page or the stuff that you recommend other people use. Page. So this is one place where you list out all of this stuff that you recommend gear, books, audiobooks, services courses.
And of course, this also includes your Amazon links as well. So for us on our website, we have a resources page from primalvideo.com/resources voice slash resources. And it’s all the stuff that we use and that we recommend to our audience. So for us on this page, we also have a combination of some of the things that we have mentioned in this article as well.
We literally have our Kit.ko kits embedded on our resources page, things like the gear that I use and recommend. All of those kids are embedded on that page. So not only are they working for us in their MCO goodness on Kit Dutko, but they’re also on our page to make it easy for people to find everything all in one place as well. You don’t need to overthink.
You could just create a simple one-page website with something like Wick’s or Squarespace or something. Don’t over complicated. Just make it easy for your followers or for your audience to find the stuff that you use and you recommend without them needing to ask you. I can’t stress how huge this has been for us.
6. Be Authentic
The biggest strategy and probably the most important strategy is strategy number six. And that is to be authentic and to focus on adding value for your audience.
And I really should go without saying, but only recommend the products and services that you’ve tried, that you’ve tested the stuff that you recommend for your audience. There are too many people out there giving affiliate marketing a bad name by just picking the products that aren’t necessarily the best products that have the best commissions or the highest payouts.
But I also see. These days that people are getting more and more switched on to it and they can tell when something’s not authentic or not real. So I always try to come from that place where you’re adding value and really trying to go that extra mile for your audience.
If there are multiple versions of something that you recommend with maybe different add ons or different pricing, spend the time to work out which one you recommend people buy and link to that make the buying experience better for your users. You’re going to end up saving them a ton of time and you’re going to maximize the likelihood that they’re going to buy from you and that you will earn a commission.
Now, if you mentioning a product and there are additional add on products that are needed to make something work, then you could actually create affiliate links for those, too. So, for example, we always talk about the different types of cameras and the different types of microphones, but we also create affiliate links for any of the cable adapters or anything that’s required to actually connect the two together.
This way, people who already have the camera already have the audio gear, can then easily get the add ons or the accessories they need to make the whole thing work. So your goal here is to really make it as easy as you can for your audience to achieve a specific outcome.
To avoid this stuff at all costs and make sure to review the terms of services or terms of conditions frequently. So the first one is don’t indicate any incentive or reward for people to click your links, monetary or otherwise. What a lot of people don’t realize is, is that this also means no mentions that people will be supporting you if they click your links.
We’ve seen people getting banned from this and we’ve even got a warning for something similar in the past. The second one is to always identify yourself as an Amazon affiliate and make sure that any earning disclosures are exactly as Amazon requires.
They set out some exact wording for this and make sure you get the latest version from their terms of service and use that. And the third one is to make sure it’s clear that everyone who clicks your Amazon affiliate links will be directed to Amazon. While it’s not an issue if you’re using Amazon as links. If you’re using any sort of redirects, then it does become a bit of a gray area.
As I mentioned earlier, Genius Links has done their research and they say that they’ve got the tick of approval from Amazon. But you need to at least indicate next to those links that they go to Amazon’s Web site with an Amazon in brackets or something similar if it’s not otherwise clear and obvious. So stay safe. It’s an awesome affiliate program.
You just don’t want to jeopardize your earnings and have them disappear overnight because of one oversight. They do monitor this stuff and we’ve seen some big channels get shut down. So don’t take any chances. But enough of the negativity now that you’ve got these tactics.
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