Earn Money With Amazon Affiliates – Top 10 Quick Growth Hacks

This guide is meant to provide you with highly actionable Amazon Affiliate earnings growth hacks, it will show you how to quickly earn more money with Amazon Affiliate sites. Not just ideas but the exact steps on how to most efficiently execute the hacks and begin earning more money from Amazon today! 

Implement these quick tips and make more money as an Amazon Affiliate! 

If you have just started using SiteBuddy.io this is also meant as a How-To guide so you can get the most out of SiteBuddy.io. 

Stop losing money and start earning what you deserve! 

This guide does not cover Content, Security, Speed, Display Ads and other general website management topics that are just as important. This is focused on growth hacking strategies to increase your earnings as an Amazon Affiliate. To get similar tips but for a broader range of topics checkout some of these great resources…

Some of the tools you can use to make implementing these tips easier include…

The items below are organized according to the growth hacking ICE method of…

  • Effort
  • Impact

Quick Start Guide:

Many of these tips will need the information that SiteBuddy.io is able to pull out for your site. 

  1. Signup to SiteBuddy.io 
  2. Scan your site

Top 10 Amazon Affiliate Earnings Growth Hacks

#Growth HackTools I Use…EffortImpact
1Earnings disclaimer on all pagesSiteBuddy.io
Amazon Affiliate Disclosure Plugin
EasyHigh
2Fix Amazon Link TagsSiteBuddy.io
Add or Replace Links Plugin 
EasyHigh
3Don’t Link to Removed ProductsSiteBuddy.ioMediumMedium
4Don’t Link to Out of Stock ProductsSiteBuddy.ioMediumLow
5Link to Ideal Top Earning Product CategoriesSiteBuddy.ioMediumLow – Medium
6Use Comparison TablesAMA Links ProMediumHigh
7Localize LinksAMA Links Pro
AAWP
Amazon One Link
EasyHigh
8Use ImagesAMZImageMediumMedium
9Create In Content LinksAMA Links Pro
AAWP
Amazon One Link
MediumMedium
10Place Native Shopping Ads (sidebar and footer)Ad Inserter Plugin
Amazon Native Ads
LowMedium

One – Earnings Disclaimer On All Pages

This isn’t exactly a hack to increase earnings but it is an incredibly easy to execute step to ensure your site is compliant with one of Amazon’s biggest requirements – disclaimer in the right location on pages with affiliate links. 

Tool: 

Procedure:

  • Go to SiteBuddy.io
  • Scan Your Site
  • Wait for the Scan to Finish
  • Go to Pages Report
  • Adjust the settings or use the default settings provided in the plugin.
  • Rescan the site to verify 0 pages are missing a disclaimer

Additional Reading:

Effort & Impact:

  • Effort – Easy
  • Impact – (potentially) Large

Two – Fix Amazon Affiliate Link Tags

There is nothing more frustrating then doing all the work to get traffic to your site and have them click on a link directing them to Amazon… to only find out that you earned no money from the products purchased since your affiliate tag was missing or worse… someone had swapped out your affiliate tag with their own, like some writers shockingly do. 

Tool:

Procedure:

  • Go to SiteBuddy.io
  • Scan Your Site
  • Wait for the Scan to Finish
  • Go to Links Report
  • Fix the links – using the bulk app from Hekkup
    1. Download the plugin and upload it on your WordPress installation
    2. Install and activate the plugin
    3. Go to Add & Replace Affiliate Links for Amazon
    4. Make a backup by clicking Backup, just in case
    5. Enter the tracking code and click Update
    6. Voilá! Your links have now been updated!
  • Rescan to make sure all links are fixed

Additional Reading:

Effort & Impact

  • Effort – Easy
  • Impact – Large

Three – Don’t Link to Removed Products

The Amazon Marketplace is always changing with products being removed. 

Linking to a deleted/removed product returns the page below… obviously not ideal for conversions!

Without knowing you are likely sending some people to this page on Amazon from your site.

Tool: 

Procedure:

  • Go to SiteBuddy.io
  • Scan Your Site
  • Wait for the Scan to Finish
  • Go to Products Report
  • Filter for Products that Don’t Exist
  • Identify the page on your site/link that is pointing people to this error page
  • Go to the page and fix the link pointing it to an instock product

Additional Reading:

  • N/A

Effort & Impact

  • Effort – Medium
  • Impact – Medium

Four – Don’t Link to Out of Stock or Poor Quality Products

Similar to the issue above but not as big a problem… If you are linking to products that are not in stock the conversation rate will be negatively impacted. 

Tool: 

Procedure:

  • Go to SiteBuddy.io
  • Scan Your Site
  • Wait for the Scan to Finish
  • Go to Products Report
  • Filter for Products that are not In Stock
  • Identify the page on your site/link that is pointing people to this product
  • Go to the page and fix the link pointing to an instock product

Additional Reading:

  • N/A

Impact & Impact

  • Impact – Medium
  • Impact – Low

Five – Link to High Earning Products – Category & Price

Amazon over the years has constantly adjusted their affiliate earnings (most recently April 2020). 

There can be a big difference in earnings if a product is in a low earning category vs a high earning category. 

Tools

Procedure

  • Go to SiteBuddy.io
  • Scan Your Site
  • Wait for the Scan to Finish
  • Go to Products Report
  • Filter for products you link to most frequently – alternatively check your amazon sales export to identify your top selling products and use SiteBuddy.io to search and identify which pages that ASIN is located on within your site.
  • Review the top products to identify if there is a better product on Amazon to be linking to…
    1. Better sales rating
    2. Better reviews
    3. Higher priced
    4. In a category that pays a higher commission
  • Change the links/page to make the page make sense to link to the better product

Additional Reading

Effort & Impact

  • Effort – Medium
  • Impact – Low-Medium

Six – Use Comparison Tables

Never underestimate the power of eye-catching displays and clear call-to-action (CTA) buttons for the products you are promoting. Despite the fact that you’ve published highly researched and well thought out content – the fact is, a very high percentage of your visitors don’t even read most of the content. They are just searching for quick answers to their search query.

When a typical visitor lands on your page, they will see the very top first – which is why it is extremely important to insert affiliate links towards the top of your page. We suggest using small product comparison tables towards the top of your pages. Some visitors will start to scroll down and scan the page. Even if they aren’t reading the content, vivid product showcases boxes will stand out and practically scream at the reader – click on me!

For those visitors who never bother to read your content – you still stand a chance to earn a commission by giving them the opportunity to click on one of your Amazon affiliate links. Inserting high-converting Amazon affiliate links can be extremely fast and easy if using the right tool.

Tool:

Procedure:

  1. Identify your product review content that gets traffic (use analytics)
  2. Edit post in your WordPress editor
  3. Identify the product (or products) that you are promoting in that post
  4. Add high-converting Amazon affiliate links right after the introductory paragraph(s)
    1. Consider a product comparison table for multiple products
    2. Use a showcase box if your post is hyper-focused on just one product
  5. Add more Amazon affiliate links throughout the content
    1. Use showcase boxes to break up the content and add visual elements
    2. Use image links with images provided by Amazon (must be pulled from Amazon API)
    3. Use CTA buttons to entice affiliate link clicks
    4. Use text links with clever placement throughout your content

How to Add Links with AmaLinks Pro:

Step 1(a) – Click on the AmaLinks Pro button in your WordPress editor (or find the AmaLinks Pro block in the Gutenberg editor) then type in your product search term (you never have to leave WordPress!)

Step 1(b) – Or, click the Table Builder button to open the Table Builder interface to quickly and easily add a comparison table or insert an existing comparison table

Step 1(c) – Select the product you would like to promote

Step 2(a) – Choose your link type (or copy your API-driven Amazon affiliate link)

Step 2(b) – Edit your link type (if desired)

Step 3(a) – Change link settings (if desired)

Step 3(b) – Insert link into post

Additional Reading:

Difficulty & Impact:

  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Impact – (potentially) Large

Seven – Localize Links

If you are signed up as an Amazon Affiliate in the US only, you are losing out on revenue. However, creating links to target each geography of your visitors used to be no easy feat. Now, many tools have made this easier and Amazon has its native One Link solution. 

Personally I have seen anywhere from a 10% to 25% lift in earnings for a site by doing this step. 

Tool

  • See list under additional reading

Procedure

  1. Signup to all other Amazon Affiliate programs (or check your analytics to see where you are getting meaningful traffic from)
  2. Use the Amazon Affiliate link tool of your choice to customize the links – There are a lot of ways to handle this and it is best to follow the procedure of your chosen tool. See the additional reading section below for some tips based on the tool you use. 

Additional Reading

Effort & Impact

  • Effort – Easy
  • Impact – High

Eight – Use Images

Adding images to blog posts substantially increases conversions and reduces bounce rates considerably. We’ve all been there before. Anytime you load a blog post with a wall full of text, and immediately exit the page. 

This is the same reason Apple utilizes strong imagery above the fold and throughout their entire website. It substantially increases conversions and brings the company more revenue. That is why adding images throughout your website is so important, but sometimes things are easier said than done. 

Adding photos can be complicated due to licensing, photo rights, and ownership. Stock photos have a time and a place, but adding product photos while staying compliant with Amazon’s terms is complex. You are breaking their terms if you download a product photo, alter the size and upload it to your website or blog. 

With a tool like AMZ Image, you can easily add Amazon product images directly into WordPress posts and pages. The process is straightforward and will save you countless hours, increase conversions, and earn you a lot more affiliate commission. Another great thing is you won’t have to worry about getting your account banned since these tools are 100% Amazon compliant.

Tool

Procedure

  • Install AMZImage or other Amazon Image Plugin
  • Enter your credentials
  • When creating a post select Add Amazon Images
  • Search and find an image you want to insert into your post and select insert 

Additional Reading

Effort & Impact

  • Effort – Medium
  • Impact – Medium

Nine – Create In Content Links

In content links is a significant driver of traffic and earnings to Amazon. Making sure your images, feature boxes and comparison tables on the site are great but if you don’t have any naturally occurring in-content links you will be missing out on sales. 

Tool

Procedure

  • Because this is a fairly labour intensive process to do we are going to focus on the articles where this will have the biggest impact. In the first step identify your top pages (depending on the size of your site this could be from 5-500?) 
  • Go to each of those pages
  • Add an affiliate link in the content sending people to Amazon where it naturally makes sense in the article. 

TIP – Provide instructions to your writers and publishers to ensure they are including natural links to Amazon in the articles where it makes sense so you don’t need to go around later and clean this up. 

Additional Reading

Effort & Impact

  • Effort – Medium
  • Impact – Medium

Ten – Place Native Shopping Ads (sidebar and footer)

Amazon’s ability to create tools for its affiliates has been surprisingly poor. However, I feel with one exception and that is the Native Shopping Ads unit has proven to be a solid success. 

Typically this will be the lowest converting Amazon Links on your site and it may make sense to replace this with a featured product box. 

Tool

Procedure

How to add Amazon Native Ads to WordPress…

Additional Reading

Effort & Impact

  • Effort – Low
  • Impact – Medium

Summary

There you have 10 highly actionable “hacks” you can use to increase the Amazon Affiliate earnings on your site. 

My hope is that this will be actionable enough that it can act as a SOP in your site operations. 

Good luck increasing the earnings on your site!

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