This will be just a quick post but I wanted to share a first for me and my blog. I made $7.22 from the Amazon affiliate program!
Now, you have to realize, this is almost like some magical event for me. I have been working on developing a productive blog that provides quality posts for people to read. So far, it has only cost me money and the opportunities for making money off of it are still a ways down the road.
So imagine my surprise when I clicked on my Amazon Associates link this morning and saw something besides $0.00!
About a month ago I signed up to be an Amazon Associate. This is one of the most common ways that bloggers make money with their blogs and articles. It is really quite easy. You simply go to Amazon.com, go to the bottom of their page and click “become and affiliate”.
Once there you answer a couple questions, provide the name of your website, and your good to go.
I have started blogs in the past with these grand ideas that all I would need to do was write a few posts, plop on some google ads and I start bringing in the money. HA HA HA! It just doesn’t work like that.
So, with this blog, I have tried to be much more intentional about providing value and thinking long term as far as monetizing my site.
But I knew that Amazon was a simple affiliate program that was easy to get into. I also knew that since I buy stuff on Amazon, and because Amazon has just about everything you could imagine for sale, I should be able to link to products from time to time in my articles.
So, I gave it a shot and included a couple links in a few of my posts. I’ve linked to a couple of my favorite books, “The Millionaire Next Door“, “The Richest Man in Babylon“, and to the diapers I order for Kyah (our 7-month-old) in a blog about the cost of raising a child. (See A Baby Costs over $12,000 the First Year?!)
Over the last couple days, I’ve seen that some of the links have been clicked on, but I haven’t seen any results.
But I figured that eventually, somebody would have to buy something because Amazon is the top online retailer in the world.
Here’s the funny thing, though. Of the $7.22 commission that I earned, none of it was from either of these three products I linked to 🙂 You see, the way the Amazon program works is that once one of my readers clicks an affiliate link, that cookie (the tracking mechanism that knows where you go online) lasts for only 24 hrs. But anything that my reader purchases on Amazon during that 24 hour period, I get a commission on.
So for example, if you clicked this link and then went shopping, your user experience would be exactly the same. The pricing, the checkout, the shipping, everything. But I would get a small commission from Amazon, basically as a referral fee. It is a simple way for me to make a small amount of money to help with the costs of running a good blog.
Most other affiliate programs will pay you a commission if the person who clicks the link buys something during the next 7 days or 30 days or even 6 months. But I guess the reasoning is that Amazon is such a well-known company, they want to make sure they are only paying me a commission for people that actually are buying on Amazon because they clicked the link on my site, which is fair.
Anyway, I wanted to share that since part of my desire for this blog is to honestly and accurately share my experiences on finance and ways to make money.
I don’t think I have ever been so excited to make less than $10 🙂 I have no idea who it was that clicked the link and bought something, and I never will because that information will never be shared with me. But thanks for doing it. You made my day!