Amazon Vs Shareasale: Which is a Better Affiliate Program

Lets face it.

When you start an affiliate site, you want some quick return on your investment.

You want to join an affiliate program that pays you well and promptly.

amazon vs shareasale

Amazon vs shareasale: Which should you Join to See Higher Earnings

 

I informed you that since the amazon associates program cut their affiliate commission rates, I was going to look for alternatives. And well, I did look around.

I tried to sign up with Target, Walmart as well as shareasale. The former two however did not please me since their affiliate commission rates seemed to be no better than amazon for the products that I am promoting.

 

Sign up at Shareasale for better Affiliate commissions

 

With shareasale though, I was able to find one merchant who snugly fits what I do, have better pricing for my readers and will offer me better commission rates. It is a win-win for all.

Now shareasale is a big affiliate marketing program with over 4000 merchants registered into the program. Unlike amazon, you will have to do double applications:

1. Apply to shareasale and get accepted

2. Apply to individual merchants and once approved, start promoting their products.

I should point out that this was rather hectic for me.

The merchant who snugly fits into what I do took so long to accept my application. I was also at first autorejected by shareasale. I however tweeted and emailed them with a detailed descripition of what I do and the promotion methods that I use. I also pointed out that I was previously on amazon associates program and therefore knows the ins and outs of affiliate marketing and SEO.

They accepted me.

The next headache was applying to the merchant. They were silent. I tried to inbox them on facebook. Crickets. Another email. Crickets. A tweet. Crickets. I almost gave up

Then luckily, someone in the company noticed my emails. They accepted me into the program.

I started adding their affiliate links into my site. I did not completely remove my amazon affiliate links. No, I just did a price comparison so that a customer would feel obliged to click to the merchant site as opposed to amazon since the merchant have better pricing.

How to Get Your Shareasale Application Accepted

From my autorejection at shareasale, I have gathered a few tips that you could use to make sure that you are accepted into the program

  1. Make sure to use your domain email eg james@freelancinghackers.com as opposed to using a generic hotmail, yahoo or gmail email address as a generic email address will get autorejected.
  2. Ensure to adequately describe what your site does and how you promote products either via SEO, Pinterest or Facebook marketing
  3. If they still autoreject you even after doing all that send an email to shareasale@shareasale.com from your domain email

Here is the structure of the email I sent them:

Email Subject: Application as an Affiliate Marketer

Hello Shareasale,
James here, founder of domain.com.

Domain.com is a site that reviews products in the ….niche where I advise readers on what to look for when buying….. I also write advising them on how to use….

I am writing applying for consideration into your affiliate program so that I can promote products for merchant A and B.

Currently I am using Amazon Associates program but wish to move since they have lowered commissions for affiliates. Your merchants are offering better commission rates as well as a better pricing point for my readers.

Currently, I am getting a traffic of about 3000 viewers per month.

I use search engine optimization to rank on Google, Bing and Yahoo. I also promote my content via Pinterest and Facebook.
I am ranking for keywords such as
1……..
2……
3……
This shows that the readers have a buying interest.

Attached, please find a report of the orders I have referred to Amazon over the past one year.

Please do consider my application positively.

I look forward to working with you.
Thanks in advance.

Earnings

At the moment, I have not amassed that much in earnings from shareasale. I have only made $13 from 4 sales made through 38 clicks. It is still early days to make any conclusions on the conversion rates.

Earnings from shareasale

Maybe when I have over 1000 click throughs, then I can come back and analyze the conversion rates as well as what I have earned from the program.

The good thing is that I am getting a whooping 10% commission from shareasale as opposed to the measly 1% that I was making with amazon for the same products.

Join Shareasale here to triple your commission rates

 

Amazon Shareasale
24 hour cookie 30 days cookie
Easy to get in since you only need to sign up and start selling Kinda tricky and hard since you need to apply to shareasale(could get rejected) before applying to merchants
Better conversion rates since amazon is trusted and renowned Conversion rates for merchants sites might not be that good since most are not well known and therefore not trusted by readers
Payment after 60 days Payments done after a month on the 20th
Account can get closed if you are unable to sell 3 products in 180 days I have not heard of any account closure due to non activity
Payments via check and direct deposit Payments via check and payoneer

 

Receiving Amazon Associate Earnings as a Non US resident

How to Receive Amazon Affiliate Payments if you are in a third world country

Sometimes back, it was practically impossible to get your amazon affiliate payments if you were living out of the first tier countries (read Europe, Australia and America). For someone like me in Africa, you would have to have a relative or friend in the US whom you would ask to receive the payments on your behalf and then they would wire it to you.

Now that is not something that you want to do with your hard earned money. Not especially if this person in the US is not very trustworthy.

However, with time, things have got changed and become simpler. One way to receive amazon associates earnings that I can vouch as seamless, easy and reliable is Payoneer.

Payoneer is a financial solution that allows you to create virtual bank accounts in the Americas as well as Europe while you are still in Nairobi or your home city.

How to create a Payoneer account

Now creating a Payoneer account is pretty easy. All you will need is provide your personal details, address and email which you will be receiving payment notifications. You also need to provide a unique password which you can renew after a duration of time. Of late they have enhanced the security of your account by asking you to provide your phone so as to send codes for 2 factor authentication purposes.

They will also send you a payoneer Mastercard branded account upon your request. With the Mastercard, you can withdraw your funds from any Mastercard branded ATM. To get this Mastercard, you need to provide your real mailing address since it will be mailed to you. You can always request for another card incase the first one fails to arrive.

So lets go step by step

register payoneer

You need to click on the register button that is highlighted in orange

Next, they will want to know why you are registering a payoneer account. Now as an affiliate marketer, choose that option and then indicate that you will be paid by publishers

Now, give your personal details including email and location address.

You will then be asked further questions and once done, they are going to review your application and revert to you via the email address you supplied.

What I like about getting my Amazon associate earnings using Payoneer

  • You will get a whooping $25 when you sign up through my affiliate link. Yes for free. I too will receive it when you start earning and get your first $100 payment
  • They will provide you with a virtual US bank account. You can use the same bank account to get payment from other companies such as shareasale, upwork that use direct deposit for US users
  • You can withdraw your funds in local currency or USD using your mastercard at Mastercard ATMs
  • Good foreign exchange conversion rates
  • I am able to withdraw cash from payoneer to my local bank account in hours.
  • I am able to get payments from not only US but also UK, Canada, UK and Australia.

How to add Payoneer account to to your Amazon Associates account

As you are signing up as an affiliate with the amazon associates program, the last item that they will ask is you to enter your payment details.

Now head over to Payoneer and get those details. Copy paste them as they are into your amazon associates account and you will be done.

Here are my details for payments coming from the US

How to add Payoneer account to to your Amazon Associates account

Now copy those details to your amazon associates account dashboard

If you are getting traffic from UK, Canada and Australia, you would also want to create more amazon associate accounts for those countries and then request payoneer to give you bank accounts to add to your respective associate accounts.

Now, using genius link or the free option of onelink, you will be able to localize your links and therefore get earnings from these countries too.

Again, head over to payoneer and click to receive payments from the said countries then copy paste the payment details to your respective amazon associates accounts.

 

Amazon Proofreading Jobs: What You Need to Be Hired and Where to Get the Jobs

If you have ever read an amazon product description, got moved so much to buy that you went ahead to steal your mother’s credit card to complete the transaction(because you didn’t have cash on you), then you will agree with me that the description was the work of a master copywriter.

It was then fine tuned by an equally impeccable amazon proofreader who tied all the loose ends so that you felt confident about the product.

Or maybe you have ever seen two almost similar products on amazon stores but when you went to read their descriptions, one turned you off not because of anything but because of the unenthusiastic copy used to describe it. The other one maybe completely blew you off and you immediately decided to buy it.

Well, that is another case of amazon proofreading job gone well.

 

As you might have guessed, in this post, I talk about amazon proofreading, jobs available for impeccable proofreaders, skills needed to scoop such gigs as well as the places where you can be hired for such jobs.

 

But who is a proofreader?

Now the work of a proofreader, whether you are proofreading for amazon, eBooks, technical content on a site or editing emails, is pretty simple but at the same time important because you are in charge of making sure that copy that passes through you is great, legible and succinct. Precise and consistent.

Copy needs to address the needs of of the reader as well as push them to taking action. Proofreading involves reading keenly through copy to make sure that it is well written.

In case of grammar, concord, spelling, context and consistency errors you are supposed to point them out, suggest how to rectify them or edit them altogether.

Amazon product merchants want to sell. They will therefore write copy that convinces customers to buy. Other than promoting products, their copy could as well give customers a guide on how to use a product. As an amazon proofreader, you need to ensure that the objective of the merchant is well captured. They will hire you to do this.

 

What you need to have in order to be a good amazon proofreader

  1. Impeccable Native English grammar skills
  2. Internet connectivity and a computer
  3. Keenness to details and ability to work long hours while meticulously dissecting every sentence to see that it reads really well

 

Where to get Amazon proofreading jobs

  1. Upwork
  2. Iwriter
  3. Freelancer
  4. Fiverr
  5. Facebook groups and linkedin
  6. Your own blog where you will ask people hire you proofread their copy
  7. Peopleperhour and Legiit

Earnings of an amazon proofreader

There is no standard or set earning card for an amazon proofreader. No, you set your own rates according to your skills and proficiency.

To get such jobs as a beginner, you might however start on a low rate, provide pure gold to your clients and then gradually increase your rates per hour as you gain more skills and have good ratings from people whom you have done work for.

What I love about proofreading is that if you do it well, you are going to create a name for yourself. Clients are going to refer you to their friends who might need some proofreading work done for them. Other than that, it is a sure legit way to earn online without paying a dime.

Amazon OneLink Review [2020]

Overview of Amazon Onelink

When you are an affiliate with amazon, you will always be looking for ways to increase your earnings.

You could either do this by working on your search engine optimization(SEO) or your conversion rate optimization(CRO).

With SEO, you are looking to increase your traffic so that with more people reading your blog, more people are likely to buy via your affiliate links and so your revenue shoots up. With CRO, you are looking to improve the user experience on your site and convincing them to stop being casual readers but buyers. So here you just need the same traffic.

I consider localizing of links by Onelink as a CRO tactic. You will be using the same traffic but converting more of them to buyers.

What is Amazon Onelink

Amazon Onelink is a tool by Amazon.com that is to be used by their associates to localize links. Let me give an example of what it means to localize links.

Say that Alejandro in Spain comes across your blog post review of the best ironing boxes.

So they find your Ramtons iron box to be the best and proceed to click on your call to action button telling them to check price on amazon. However, they are taken to Amazon.com but they would want to buy the same product from Amazon spain store, amazon.es.

That will be lost commission. But how about that you had a tool that would tell their ip address so that you direct them to amazon.es store and still get a commission there?

Well that is exactly what Amazon Onelink does. It checks the ip address of the buyer, takes them to a store near them and matches them to the product they were looking for in that store.

Of course you have to sign up as an associate with all the stores where you want to direct your customers. To do this, you need to first check where your readers are coming from. You can use Google Analytics or a Serp tool like Ahrefs to tell where the bulk of your readers are coming from.

Then once you have this out of the way, you can sign up to the various amazon affiliate programs. The sign up is similar in all stores.

However, they might use the local languages on the opened programs so use Google chrome translate tool to have an easy time signing up.

How to use Amazon Onelink

Once you have signed up, you can go ahead and use the Amazon Onelink tool. From your US affiliate program, click on tools then Onelink. You will be asked to link your accounts. Select those which you signed up for and enter the affiliate store codes.

amazon onelink

Go ahead and use the supplied java script code to enter it into your theme editor in the header.php

Here is a video detailing the process of using Onelink

 

My experience using Amazon Onelink

I used Amazon Onelink for my primary site and left it to run for a week.

I have to say that it was pretty easy to install and within 2 days, I was already seeing clicks in my Canada, UK and Australia affiliate dashboards.

However, I was not at all pleased.

For one, it had product mismatches that would of course have the customers not buying.

At the same time, I found it to affect my Amazon US conversion rates. Normally, I would record a conversion rate of between 8% to 15% but here I was with a measly 3%. Since I had done nothing else to the site, I deduced that it was the Onelink that was lowering my conversion rates.

So I ended up removing it and using genius link instead. Though it is a paid tool, I have never regretted using it.

Advantages of localizing with Amazon Onelink

  • Free tool– you do not have to cough a dime to use Onelink since it is a free tool provided by Amazon themselves.
  • Easy set up– setting up Onelink as I have shown is a pretty easy thing. On the other hand, using other localizing tools like genius might prove to be more complicated.

Disadvantages of Amazon Onelink

  • Product mismatches–Onelink is highly likely to mismatch your products such that when a customer wants to go get a Ramtons iron box on Amazon.es, they might easily be redirectly to same store but for Phillips iron box.
  • Lowered conversion rates for my Amazon US stores.

Bottomline on my Amazon Onelink Review

After using Amazon Onelink, I would not recommend it at all. Though it is free and easy to set up, your objective when you are localizing links is to get more revenue. But look here, the tool does not do that; in my case it didn’t.

Instead of using Onelink, I would recommend that you better learn how to use genius link. Though it is a paid tool, I have found it to localize links well with minimal product mismatches, and it also tells me when products are out of stock.

With Genius link, I was able to increase my earnings by at least $50 per month and this has contributed immensely in my amazon affiliate success journey.

Legit ways to make money online without investment

legit ways to earn online without investment

Are you looking to earn 10 dollars per day without investment online?

 

I know that piques your interest but let me put this out straight.

That though it is possible to earn online without making any monetary investment, you will have to put in the works, invest your time and will require skills that people are looking to hire.

You will have to be say, an app programmer whom people are looking out for to design and code their mobile app, or you could be an impeccable content writer whom people are looking to hire do some blog write-ups for them.

But there is no free money that you are going to earn online.

There is no magic wand that you use to hit on them browsers to make cash.

No.

There is also no PayPal money generator which you click on for a  quick payout. One way or the other, you will have to put in the work.

My task in this blog is to show you legit ways to make money online with or without monetary investment. I say legit because there are scammers online who would like to use your skills, time and effort without paying you a dime. While I might show you legit sites to make money online, even in those legit sites, there are still some dishonest people who would want to use you wrongly. So use your due diligence.

 

Legit Active Ventures Where You Earn without Monetary Investment

Let us first look at legit ways to make money online without investment but by putting in the works.

The ventures I talk about here involve you actively working to earn.

as a student earn 10 dollars daily without investment online

 

Freelance writing

My very first dollar that I earned online was from freelance writing. I was still a student at the University of Nairobi when I discovered that I could put my writing skills to good use. By then iwriter was a great site where you could easily join and start taking articles to write.

To make money as a freelance writer, all which is required of you is having the right skills, be someone who can follow instructions and are punctual. If you are this person, then you can try out Upwork which is a reputable freelancing site.

Once you have signed up and are accepted into the platform, you will need to go to the available jobs and pitch in your proposal. If the clients love your proposal, they will hire you. Go ahead and provide well written, quality articles so that you can be paid and even rehired.

Lets say that I want to filter writing tasks available on the platform that I can apply to.

I am going to login and show you how to do it.

private upwork profile

Since I am yet to apply for any job since I created my upwork account, my profile shows that it is private and will only become public once I start actively.

Since I am a blogger, I will be looking for writing tasks related to blogging. So I go ahead and typing the word ‘blogging’ into the find jobs tab

And when I search for this, I see some writing task that piques my interest.

The client is looking for new writers for a task where they will pay $6.

Now that I am a starter, let me submit a proposal for this.

For the proposal, I need to point out a disclaimer that I am no expert when it comes to submit cover-letters. Maybe there is someone out there who feels that my proposal is not very apt. You can always advise on how to better it.

Anyway, this is what I do:

You will note that I still go for the $6 payment proposed by the client. I just want a job that will kick-start my freelance career and as such, I do not mind that much how small the client is offering as long as I get something that will get me some pay and a good review.

After submitting the proposal, I will wait for the client to read the proposal and either invite me to an interview or decline me.

Graphic design on Fiverr

I am a pathetic graphic designer. I cannot design my site logo leave alone designing a poster.

Well, graphic design is an innate talent and unless you were born with it, I do not think you can fake it.

For those who have the talent, they can go ahead and create a profile on Fiverr that states what they do and wait for clients to hire you.

Other than Fiverr, there is also Upwork and Toptal where clients are always looking for people with graphic design skills.

Lets use the ‘find jobs’ tab on upwork to look for gigs requiring graphic design skills.

 

Virtual assistance

On Upwork you will find clients who want you to help them with their daily tasks say for example; posting articles to their WordPress blogs, commenting on other blogs on their behalf, adding affiliate links to their already published articles etc. This is called virtual assistance and to be hired, you will of course be required to first master the skill in question before you can even pitch your proposal.

Again, we can use the search function on upwork to look for jobs available for virtual assistants.

 Facebook Groups Requiring Guest posts for clients on authority sites

If you are a contributor on authority sites such as the Huffingtonpost, Forbes, Thriveglobal, Entrepreneur, The Telegraph, Newyork Post or The Guardian then someone could be looking to hire you write a guest post for their site to be  posted on those sites.

What these clients are looking for is a backlink from those authority sites to their site. Sometimes back, I used to do this for my clients. All I needed to do was first pen high quality posts that were accepted into the sites so that the editors trusted me with an account, I would then go to Facebook groups where clients were looking for contributors like me and I would pitch my services.

Here is an example

facebook guest post advert

Translation tasks

On freelancing sites, you will find people who have text written in one language and they would like it to be translated into another. Of course if you want to be hired for such tasks, you will need to be conversant with the two languages in question.

If you can do it, go ahead and submit a proposal stating that you can complete the task and then wait to see if you will be hired.

Lets try to get the jobs on Upwork once again

translation jobs

Transcription                                                                                                  

Transcription involves turning audio into text. I am sure you have watched those movies which have subtitles at the bottom. Well, that work was done by a transcriber.

In transcription work, you will be given audio files which you are supposed to listen keenly to and write out what is said.

You can sign up for transcription gigs on Transcribeme and Gotranscript.

Let’s take the case of transcribeme.

You will be required to give your personal details, paypal email and the languages that you can transcribe.

In my case, I can only do English but I have to state what type of English be it: North American, Aussie, Irish and British.

After signing up and verifying my email, I am required to do an exam.

Online tutoring and Academic writing

After campus, I had a month stint at academic writing. Here students will want you to do their school assignments, research papers, projects and even exams. While the pay was good, I found it to be rather tiresome and left it. There are however some people who still do it and earn their daily bread from the hustle.

You can sign up for academic writing jobs at Uvocorp, Proficentwriters, Edusson and Essaywriters. The sites though hire seasonally and only want high quality writers so you might be required to do an online test to gauge your capabilities.

Proofreading Jobs

Proofreading is the act of reading copy to make sure that it addresses the needs required as well as see that it is precise and succint. To get such a job, you will require that you have great Grammar skills, are keen to details and can work long hours looking and re-looking at copy to make sure that it reads well. Once you identify mistakes you are either supposed to rectify them (in case they are just minor grammar, spelling and sentence structure errors) or point them to the client if they are major and involve irrelevancy and inconsistency so that they can edit them.

We have looked at amazon proofreading jobs, what they entail and what you need in order to be hired as one.

Legit Ways to Make Passive Online Income

Now this is my favorite category of make money online. Here, you need not work actively everyday. No, once you have set out the systems right, money will be trickling in even when you are sleeping.

Selling an ebook

While writing an ebook will  not earn you a dime in the short term, it will surely earn you passive income in the long term. But the ebook has to be of high quality, solving a certain need and sold to a targeted audience who are looking for solutions in the ebook.

Personally, I have penned two ebooks. However, I was using them as lead magnets to my email subscribers and so they were free. Currently, I am planning to write one which I will sell to my audience in one of my niche website.

Affiliate marketing

My favorite make money online model is affiliate marketing. This is because once you have put in the work and time designing a site, a YouTube channel or a social media handle with good targeted traffic, you can sit down and wait for passive income to roll in.

For affiliate marketing, all you need to do is find a good affiliate marketing program like the ones that we discuss in this post, create a web property say a blog and then go ahead to create content that is going to drive targeted traffic.

In this post, I discuss the steps that I follow in creating a blog that will be monetize with Amazon affiliate marketing.

Anyway, since I am interested in showing you how to earn at least 10 dollars in a day online, I will show you my earning for yesterday from one of my site using the Amazon associates program. So here we go:

My affiliate links got 148 clicks and 25 of those translated to orders. 21 items were shipped and I earned $16.90. Not soo bad, right?

Earning from ads on your blog

This is another online passive income model that I love. What is required of you is to create a web property with good traffic and then you can approach ad network programs with the proposal to post their ads on your blog.

Currently, I am using Google Adsense and ezoic on two of my blogs and I am glad when I login to the accounts at the end of each day and see some passive income no matter how small it might be.

Let us look at my earnings for 2 days on ezoic.

Let us also examine my earnings from Google adsense again for the past two days. Here it is

 

Wrap Up on legit ways to Earn Money Online

We have explored the different ways that you can earn online without any investment. While you are likely to earn lots of money daily from active freelance work, you need to put in the works and spend time.

For activities such as affiliate marketing, earning from ads and selling eBooks, the only thing you will need is initial investment of say hosting a blog and buying a domain name as well as putting up the content. Once you are done and have good traffic, you will earn passive income.

Amazon Slashed Affiliate Commissions: 9 Alternatives that you can Use

On 14th April, 2020 Amazon announced that they would be slashing commissions that are given to their affiliates so that everyone would be receiving between 1 to 3% and nothing more than that.

amazon slash associate commissions

As you can guess it was very devastating for people like me whose large chunk of online income is from the amazon associates program. I am in the health & personal care niche and as such from their renewed fee schedule, I will be earning a measly 1%.

new amazon associate commission rates

This will cause about a 58% drop in my monthly income so that if I were earning $1000 from my site, it will drop to $420. Now this is bad for a program that I listed as one of my favorite in earning online.

 

It is very discouraging and I must say that here Amazon has screwed us a good one. Whether this is permament or temporary during this tough covid-19 period, nobody knows.

Of course the announcement caused me a sleepless night and my wife was quick to note that something was very wrong somewhere. Well, I explained to her what the email entailed and what I am expecting as from the 21st of April,2020.

 

Alternatives to the Amazon Associates Program

 

alternatives to amazon affiliate marketing

 

This was not the first time that amazon has reduced their associate commissions. In 2017 when I was still thinking of how to structure my first niche site, there were these complaints from the established affiliates as they cried foul after amazon slashed their income.

We never know; amazon might one day wake up and say that they no longer need their associates. Nobody will be able to do anything to them. We shall all cry about how unfair they are and they will do nothing about it.

It is high time that we all diversified. Over the last two days, I have been applying to a number of affiliate marketing program and I feel that you should be doing the same.

So what are the other alternatives to Amazon

  • Shareasale

Shareasale is part of the Awin network. It is a big affiliate program with thousands of advertisers in the home, health and beauty niches.

I have read  blog post where they are expecting an influx of affiliates following the slash by Amazon.

Though it has been tough before to get accepted into their affiliate program, I hope that they are are going to relax their standards and allow us in.

You will be required  to provide your personal details, the site url and description as well as your email address. I have read a post that advises that you use your username@domain.com email as opposed to a generic gmail or yahoo email account.

You can sign up to shareasale affiliate program here.

Update: I joined shareasale and though they do not have that good a conversion rate, they have better commissions.  I have done an amazon vs shareasale comparison so that you can have a quick look at how the two are different.

Sign up at Shareasale for better Affiliate commissions

 

  • Homedepot

For those bloggers in the home and furniture niche, homedepot is a good affiliate program that you can sign up for. They also have a large US ecommerce market share and so things might not be so bad for you.

You can sign up here.

  • Flexoffers

For those people in the seniors, shoes and clothing niches, go ahead and sign up with flexoffers.

  • CJ affiliate

CJ affiliate, just like Shareasale has a large number of advertisers. It is multi-niche although they have a bias on health.

You can sign up here.

  • Walmart

Other than Amazon, Walmart is another popular store in the US. And what’s more, they have an ecommerce store that allows affiliate marketers to sell their products.

It is high time you signed up with them but be wary of their commission rates. I was worried to find out that there are certain categories which will not get you any commission.

  • Ebay

Ebay is another popular affiliate program. The only downside is that most people have known it to sell used products and will go there when they want to buy things on auction.

You can sign up to the program here.

  • Chewy

If you are in the pet niche, you need not look far but sign up with Chewy affiliate program.

  • Market your site with ad networks such as Google Adsense, Ezoic, Mediavine and Adthrive

Talking of online income diversification, it is high time that you stopped relying entirely on the affiliate marketing income model and think of other alternatives such as earning through ads.

Personally, I have tried adsense as well as ezoic.

For google adsense and ezoic, they require that you have at least 10000 sessions per month before you can sign up.

For Mediavine, they want you to have at least 25,000 sessions per month. However, they might still reject your site with no good reason even when you have this traffic as  I found out.

Adthrive is for the big boys who have more than 100k sessions per month. I am yet to reach that and so have never tried them out.

Should you ditch amazon for good?

 

I advise that you do not. Instead find ways in which to incorporate the other affiliate marketing programs to your already existing posts so that you offer your customers a comparison chart with choices where they can buy the products.

You could use choice pages from geniuslink.

choice page by geniuslink

But why am I advising that you do not ditch amazon associates program in totality.

  1. Well, Amazon has very nice conversion rates. For the long period of time that they have been in existence, customers have gained trust in the ecommerce giant. Anytime you send your traffic there, your reader is highly likely to end up buying the product from the site.
  2. Amazon gives you a commission even for products that you do not recommend as long as those products are bought by people who arrived at amazon from your affiliate links. Lets say for example that I am reviwing keyboards on my niche site and someone clicks on one of the keyboards that I am recommending but end up not buying it but rather go ahead to buy a mouse, well amazon will still offer you a commission for that mouse bought.
  3. I have read from some reputable blogs that this commission slash might be temporary. As everyone else, amazon is also going a rough patch during these covid 19 pandemic and as such to secure their profits, they have opted to slash associate commissions. This however is debateable and whether it is permanent or temporal, all we can do is wait.
  4. The affiliate programs that I have listed as alternatives have stringent rules unlike in Amazon where signing up was so easy.

I have also talked about all the ways that one could increase your amazon affiliate income here.

Earning Online From Home During The Corona Virus Pandemic: 5 Ways to Secure an Income Despite the Covid-19 Pandemic

online jobs during corona lockdown

We are in hard times.

Times that probably none of us have ever witnessed when we are forced to work from home.

Times when the entire globe is fighting an invisible enemy and we do not have a known arsenal on how to beat him.

Times when most people have lost their jobs while others have been forced to take pay cuts. Times when businesses and schools have had to close indefinitely.

Times when most countries are in a lockdown.

At the moment, I think everyone whether you are in a developed or developing nation, you are feeling the pinch.

 

I too have been affected. I had to  close down the ICT class that I train in the second week of March and send students home till we are done fighting this invisible enemy.

I have been home figuring how things are going to run. Though I am still receiving my monthly salary, I do not know for how long my boss can continue paying me while I continue remaining at home.

 

It is uncertainty on top of more uncertainty.

 

I have been spending most of my time working on my potato farm and I look forward to leasing yet another piece of land since we really need food during this corona period. In my country Kenya, we are yet to have a full lock-down but a cessation of movement in the major towns is all the government has done as of now. Since the full lock-down might eventually come, and it seems inevitable that it will, I want it that we have enough food to last us.

 

Anyway, let me cut you the slack and go to the juice of the post.

 

Every government agency is telling us that we should be working from home. And most of us know very well that you can work from home as a freelancer or better still as an affiliate marketer.

I have tried both. And currently, I am still working as an affiliate marketer and I am not looking back. Not any time soon.

Anyway, so what is required of you if you are to work at home online during this corona period?

1. Freelance Work on Upwork

 

If you are a writer, programmer or graphic designer, you can earn through freelancing.

Just sign up with  reputable freelancing sites that are seeking your skillsets.

Let me give you a little story on my freelance writing journey

Back in 2015, 2016 and 2017 when I was an active freelance writer, there was this site iwriter.com where I would wake up every morning, take articles from the writing pool and work on them. Clients would then either accept and reject the articles.

Of course, most of the clients were dishonest and would reject an article, therefore not pay for it, but go ahead to use it on their sites.

Later on, I realized that iwriter.com was, for lack of a better word, a content mill that was all out there to please requesters while slaving the writers.

I left it.

The best freelancing site at the moment is upwork.com where you highlight your skills, go ahead to apply for jobs, submit proposals to potential clients and when they hire you, you go ahead to submit high quality work that will wow them.

To survive as a freelance writer, you need to always deliver pure gold in terms of quality and also make sure that clients are paying you for what you are worth for.

Upwork is a decent freelancing site that allow you to strike a deal with the client, negotiate your pay per hour and act as an escrow to ensure that you get paid.

2. Site and App Testing Jobs

We are in the eCommerce age where every stall, company and business has found the need to sell online.

Some of the eCommerce websites are however not well designed or user interactive.

Businesses therefore want random people to test whether their websites are user friendly and you give an honest opinion on how apt the interface was.

3. Take Online Surveys

There are sites that give you rewards once you complete an online survey.

All that you need to do is give honest feedback to matching surveys and you will earn some rewards either monetary or shopping for your responses. They include:

Lifepoints

Survey Junkie

Vindale Research

Swagbucks

InboxDollars

4. Affiliate marketing

 

This is what I currently do and at the moment, two of my sites are fully on autopilot. I do not have to do anything but I still get about $30 for one site as Amazon commission. I love the model because I am able to focus on other things in life such as family as well as having fun.

As an update, the Amazon associates program have reduced their associates commissions as from 14th April and everyone who was using the model is running Helter-skelter looking for alternatives that are going to pay them decent commissions.

That notwithstanding, the affiliate marketing venture is a good one for anyone who is looking to earn a good passive online income. You can see my amazon affiliate success story here.

 

To do affiliate marketing, you need to do the following:

  1. Identify a niche in which you want to blog about.
  2. Set out your blog by buying a brandable domain name and get good hosting
  3. Create content for the site
  4. Do off page SEO.
  5. Sign up as an affiliate with an affiliate program. I would recommend Amazon for starters. (They have however reduced their commissions as of 14th April).
  6. When you start earning, identify areas in which to improve your blog either onpage, off page or CRO.

 

5. Earn Through Ads on Your Blog

 

If you are a blogger, you have probably heard about earning through adsense, ezoic, mediavine or adthrive,

All these are ad networks that allow you to place merchant adverts on your site and earn from them depending on the number of people that see the ads per day.

I personally use Google adsense as well as ezoic and they have been giving me some decent income that is able to pay up my house rent and food.

I highly recommend ezoic which has higher RPMs. You can check up the requirements for joining ezoic on this article.

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2020 Newbie Guide to Amazon Associates Program

how beginner bloggers can make money with amazon affiliate marketing

I believe that the amazon associates program should be where anyone wishing to dip their feet into online affiliate marketing should start.

Other than the ease to join the program, Amazon has a high reputation for quality products and so your readers are highly likely to make a purchase when you recommend products on the store.

It is also important to note that once you recommend products with your affiliate links, if the reader goes ahead to buy other products other than what you had recommended, you will get a commission on all products bought using your affiliate links.

Having said that,  I feel the Amazon Associates program is one of the legit ways to make money online without much investment and I have it listed here.

So how does one get into the amazon associates program?

 

It is very easy.

All you need is to go ahead and sign up at amazon associates program , fill in all the contact, website and payment details required and you are good to go.

Let us look at it step by step

  1. Go to Amazon associates program where you will click on the ‘join now for free’ button

 

2. Next you will be required to provide your name and email address

You might be asked to verify that email address with amazon sending you a six digit code to your email.

3. Fill in your Payee details

Here give  your exact address details

3. Tell Amazon what your site is

 

4. They will want to confirm that your site is not targeting kids below 13 years.

5. They will then ask you to write what your site is all about. Summarize what you do in your site. In my case I used a fictional ‘domain.com’ as my site and said that I blog about electronics. Then say how you wish to promote their products. You can check the SEO and Social media boxes.

This is the final detail that they will want from you as of now. You can opt to fill your tax and payment details later.

If you are a non-US, you will not pay any taxes and as such you need to indicate that you are not from the US.

For payments, you can also check how you can receive amazon earnings as a non US resident.

 

Personally, I use my blog to review and recommend products. While one can still use YouTube videos or even Facebook posts, I find using my WordPress blog as the most appropriate.

Steps to Earning through Amazon Associates using a WordPress Blog

So if you have opted for the WordPress blog option, read on.

Before even signing up into the program, you need to have a blog that is ranking for certain buyer keywords.

So the first thing is creating your blog and finding a niche to blog about.

  1. Find a Niche

Niches are fields or topics that feature on your blog posts.

I recommend brainstorming, looking around you or even stealing the niche from other blogs.

Niches can include baby products, clothes for pregnant women, bodybuilding products for men, electronics for students etc.

You can go through nichehacks which has a good number of suggested niches.

2. Keyword Analysis

Once you have a niche, you need to find easy to rank for keywords

I highly recommend using the KGR method by Doug Cunnington to do so.

Lets say that we found the niche ‘clothes for pregnant women’ as the easiest to blog about.

We have a passion for it and are sure to create high quality content around it.

For this blog purposes, will use keyword research tools such as Ubbersuggest to find the search volume per month.

So, in that niche, I want to create a blog post where I review the best panties for pregnant ladies.

So I will go ahead and plug into Ubbersuggest to find what the search volume per month is as well as the SEO difficulty.

Here we go.

My interest is in the search volume per month of 40 and the SEO difficulty of 36.

According to me, that is not too difficult and a search volume of 40 is still something.

Okay, let’s go to the SERPs and see who are ranking and what is their backlink profile like.

So the site that scooped the Google featured snippet happen sto be momlovesbest.com

But what is their backlink profile like according to Ahrefs.

 

Now they have a DR of 66 and over 5 backlinks pointing onto the page. Now while the DR is rather high, 5 backlinks does not look too high to beat.

So should we go ahead and create a page on ‘panties for pregnant women’.

Not yet.

We need to look through the site momlovesbest.com and see the topical relevance of the site towards clothes for pregnant women.

And well, they are topically relevant. Almost all their posts are about pregnancy clothes.

Also their page has over 3000 words. So if we were to beat them, we would need more high quality content, a stronger backlink profile and also topical relevance.

Keyword Research ain’t a walk in the park. You need to repeatedly try it till you get a good keyword.

If you find one which has a good search volume per month and the people blogging about it do not have topical relevance or have  a weak backlink profile, you can check whether it is KGR compliant.

KGR is a concept by Doug Cunnington where he says that if you find the ratio of the allintitle:keyword to the search volume per month to be less than 0.25, then you can be assured that you will easily rank for the keyword because not so many people are blogging around that.

For example we found our ‘panties for pregnant women’ to have a search volume of 40 people per month.

Now let us look for allintitle:panties for pregnant women on the Serps.

 

Now the blogs with the panties for pregnant women in their titles are about 1770

Now lets calculate the KGR compliance=allintitle/search volume per month

=1770/40

=44.25

So that is not KGR compliant.

We better avoid blogging about panties for pregnant women. It looks super competitive.

Disclaimer: Ubersuggest is not the best keyword research tool in the world. I only used it because it is free. I prefer ahrefs which you can get for $7 for one week

3. Create Content

Of course before even creating content, you would need to have a blog, right?

Well, I have written a guide on how you can easily do so at the cost of only $25.

Once you have your list of keywords, create high quality content on the same.

For buyer keywords, I make sure to create content that has a word count of between 1000 to 2500 words.

I would increase it if my competitors have more words than this.

Make sure to create good silos by interlinking.

Matt Diggity says that for every buyer review keyword post, you need to have 5 support posts that interlink to the content.

Say for example that you picked the keyword ‘panties for pregnant women’ as you main buyer keyword.

After creating about 2500 words on it that review say 10 panties, I would create 5 more posts that review 5 of the panties. The individual posts should link out to the main article.

4. Off Page SEO

When your on page seo is top-notch you can go ahead and start working on the off page.

My first backlinks will mostly be blog comments or press release links.

Once I have that done, I now concentrate on stronger backlinks such as white hat guest posts as well as pbns.

I give them time to make my primary keywords rank.

5. Sign up at Amazon

Once I start seeing signs of ranking through my search console, I go ahead and sign up on the amazon associates program and wait to start seeing the orders and earnings trickling in.

Amazon will approve or reject your account once you have had 3 orders on your account.

After approval, I go ahead to add more content, backlinks and conversion rate optimization hacks to make my revenue grow.

If I find that I am attracting traffic in other countries say UK, Canada and Australia, I will add genius link to benefit from revenue from those amazon stores.

At the same time, I may want to use amazon mobile popover ads for people who are reading my blog on their smartphone.

If I have good traffic (say over 10k pageviews) per month, I will install ezoic so as to earn ad revenue.

How I Finally Made Over $1000 in December Through Amazon Affiliate Program

Woo Hoo, I Finally Made $1000 through my Amazon Affiliate Blog!

Woo hoo, I finally made $1000 from my amazon affiliate niche site!

This happened in December 2019 as people bought holiday gifts for each other through my affiliate links.

And this made my Christmas!

It would be important to note that the blog was on autopilot.

From December 1st to 11th, I was at my 9 to 5 job and therefore did little to the blog.

From December 13th, I was in hospital after I sustained injuries in a road accident. So there were no activities that I was involved in other than checking the daily traffic and earnings.

It was truly on autopilot!

 

December Amazon Affiliate Program earnings
Here is the screenshot showing earnings in three different localities.

But I still made my $1000 passive income which was my dream goal the whole of 2019.

Genius link was really instrumental

You will note that some of the earnings came from Amazon Canada and Amazon UK. This is because I have localized links such that when you click on my affiliate links while you are in Canada, you will be taken to the amazon Canada store since it is the one near you.

I do this with genius link which is seamless and easy to use. Since I started using Genius link, I have seen over $50 increase in revenue.

Ezoic too played a role

Other than Amazon earnings, the blog was also able to close the month at $244 from Ezoic ad revenue. So in total, I made $1348 from the blog. Ezoic is a technology tool that uses machine learning to place my ads at optimal position so as to increase my ad impressions and revenue.

Though it makes the site slow, I do not regret using it since I would not have gotten this extra $244.

Blog age and traffic

Age of the blog and url

For security reasons, I cannot reveal the url of the blog lest I start getting hack attempts or competition from other people.

At the moment, the blog is just 3 months shy from 2 years. It has really changed my life and how I view things. My mindset has improved and I now believe that when I focus on something, give it my all, things are going to get better or I am going to gain immense knowledge from the experience. And I hope that in 2020, things will be even better than they were in 2019.

Keyword Research and traffic

My traffic has mostly been organic from Google search engine. All my articles are KGR compliant and I really thank Doug Cunnington for his awesome videos where he explains how to easily rank for low traffic, low competition keywords.  I receive an average of 15k to 26K visitors per month.

Towards the end of the year, I tried out pinterest traffic and even went ahead to sign up with tailwind which schedules posts on Pinterest. I however did not give myself time to learn how Pinterest works and so things did not pick up. In 2020 though, I plan to learn how Tailwind and Pinterest works so as to leverage on the traffic they provide.

amazon affiliate success story

Backlinks strategy

My backlinks strategy involved finding an expired domain that I redirected to the main blog, blog comments, pbn as well as white hat guest posts on niche related websites.

5 Key takeaways

  1. If other people are doing it, you too can do it if only you change your mindset. I started the niche site after reading inspiring success stories on Niche pursuits by Spencer Haws as well as Human Proof Designs by Dom Wells.
  2. Adopt a strategy to success. I read the book The Miracle Equation by Hal Elrod and decided to use his mantra. Hal says that success is nothing but a product of unwavering faith and extraordinary effort. That has really worked awesomely to my success story.
  3. Things are never going to be easy. But even if they do not work, learn from the process and start again. I had a men’s health blog in 2017 but it was hit by the popular medic update. I decided to learn from the process and start another site. Now see, I am rejoicing in my toils.
  4. Replicate the success. This year, I plan to start other two amazon affiliate niche sites and push them to success just like I did with this blog. This is because I have found Amazon Associates program to be a legit way to earn online.
  5. Impact others when you succeed. One of the resolutions that I have made in 2020 is to help other people learn and earn through blogging. And that is why I am here blogging my success story.

You can also read my Amazon success journey for the year 2019 and if you are really convinced that you too can make it, you shoudl probably start things here.

How I have earned over $7876 in 2019 Through the Amazon Associates Program

Amazon affiliate earnings 2019

My Amazon Associates Success Story in 2019

Today, I want to give my very own amazon affiliate success story of how I have made over $7000 from the Amazon associates program in 2019. Since we are not yet done with the year, I believe that I will surpass the $8000 mark before we can say goodbye to 2019.

I need to make a disclaimer: That I am not the best amazon affiliate marketer in my country, leave alone in my continent. There are other affiliate marketers earning more and crushing it bigger than I am doing.

But hey, I am proud to say that all my $7876 have been earned passively. I still hold my 8 to 5 job which I took in 2016 and do find time to crush it with passive online income.

It has not been an easy journey. I am looking forward to making it bigger in 2020 and open even more affiliate marketing sites.

So let’s get into the meat of the story.

2018: The Blog is Born

I started the site that has made $7876 in 2018. It is about one and a half years old. This was not my first site. It was my second; my first site was hit by the Google Medic update in 2017 and I gave up on it.

I however started making money on the site after 6 months since its inception. Over the 6 months, I invested lots of time writing content, creating foundation back-links and sharing the blog on all my social media forums.

It was a long six months with nothing coming into my pocket. But because I believed that I would one day see some good income, I was not about to give up. I had also seen other affiliate marketers in my country reap good money from the program. And so I was inspired.

And then some few bucks started trickling in. Then came some more.

Over this year, I have mostly been working on the conversion rate optimization of the site, geo targeting and of late, I have moved into monetization with ad revenue and things are really looking up.

Key takeaways

  • That niche selection and keyword research are the most important parts of affiliate marketing. You have to choose a niche that you are both interested in and at the same time, is easy to rank and start banking.
  • Content creation is the main thing you need to invest lots of time into. Every week, I make sure to upload at least one article on my blog.
  • Sourcing back-links need not be a tough job. No, you can do with a few editorial links from easy sources, blog comments, PBNs and Wikipedia links.
  • If you are looking to make the most out of your current traffic, think conversion rate optimization; you will never regret.

how to make money blogging for beginners

Things that I could have done differently if I were starting another niche site today

  • Look out for high ticket products that sell at high prices on Amazon and therefore attract better commission rates
  • Start geo-targeting with geni.us links as quickly as possible since this has seen me earn 280 euros from UK and 175 Canadian dollars.

  • Start monetizing with ads as early as possible. Currently, I have made over $275 with Ezoic ads although I am barely two months using the program.

  • Outsource content writing as early as possible. For the better part of the year, I have not trusted writers to do good content for me. I have been a perfectionist. Currently though, I am outgrowing this trait and have a full time writer doing my content creation. All that is required is for me to guide them on what I want as well as the quality of work I expect from them.

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