As Mafiamaster stated, the commissions are low with Amazon, but the conversions tend to be higher because everyone is familiar with Amazon.
Like everything else on the web, Amazon sales are directly related to the amount of traffic you can drive to a site. Google is your best friend and your worst enemy because they periodically actively penalizing Amazon sites due to the duplicate content found on almost all Amazon sites. Amazon sites can do very well if you develop unique content.
1. Amazon XML feed is easy to work with. Products, prices and data auto-update with the XML feed.
2. Good consumer recognition, which translates into higher conversion.
3. Wide range of products.
4. Almost all products purchased receive a commission. Some 3rd party products do not receive a commission.
1. Commissions are low.
2. Driving organic traffic is a constant battle with Google.
3. Amazon support for technical issues is not very good.
4. There is a two month lag with payments from Amazon.
5. Affiliate cookie duration is only 24 hours. Items added to a shopping cart receive a commission if purchased within 90 days.
iowadawg, be aware that your free script may need modification to get it to work properly with the XML feed due to recent changes in the Amazon system. They are now limiting the number of total XML requests that you can make in an hour and they expand the number of requests allowed based upon the sales that you generate. Their 2,000 XML requests per hour limit per account may work for one or two sites, but you can easily exceed that number in 10 or 15 minutes when you run multiple sites and a couple of active spiders get into your sites.
Is it worth it to set up an Amazon site? Perhaps, if you can drive lots of traffic and the script is easy to work with.
Last edited by TopDogger; 29 November, 2010 at 12:22 PM.
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