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Amazon Associates: Does anyone make any money?

I have to be honest… I love having my bookshelf on my blog and I love discussing books I’m reading with other bloggers. I don’t think I’ve ever made a dime on Amazon Associates, though. It makes me wonder if my associate account is broke or people simply just don’t buy books off of web sites.

My second honest point: I rarely shop at Amazon. I love Borders and their Cafe and their Rewards Program. I have an Internet account with T-Mobile so that I even spend more time there. (Sad, huh?) Where is the Border’s referral or affiliate program?

Today, I updated my bookshelf. Here are my current reads:
Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business WinJesus CEO : Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary LeadershipNever Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

Let me know if you actually click and purchase any of these books. As well, I’d love your discussion of these books – or recommendations for others. I love reading… perhaps this is something in common between bloggers. Also, let me know if you actually make money with Amazon Associates.

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About Douglas Karr

Douglas Karr is the founder of The Marketing Technology Blog. Doug is the CMO of CircuPress and CEO of DK New Media, an agency specializing in assisting marketing technology companies with their inbound marketing - leveraging social media, blogging, search engine optimization, pay per click and public relations. Their clients include Angie's List, GoDaddy, Mindjet and many more. Douglas is also the author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies.

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10 comments

  1. I’ve made about $23 over 2.5 years. Most of that has come withing the past 3 or 4 months.

  2. I haven’t made anything, The only way you’ll actually”bank” off of amazon associates is if you have tons of people visiting your site. Your better off finding some rare books and hawkin them on ebay

  3. I have been listing things on my some of my other websites and blogs for over 2 years and I still have not even reached the payout stage.
    I really would like to hear from someone who is actually making some money as an amazon affiliate.

  4. I’m glad to find out I’m not the only one who doesn’t make anything off Amazon I’ve had a shop and tried everything all I have ever made was £0.33p after 18 months do you think I should give up and do something useful like learn French.

  5. I’ve had my blog for years and I’ve never made a cent with Amazon Associates. I make money with Google Adsense and I don’t do anything! Amazon Associates is too much work for nothing.

  6. Doug, this month I have sent 16,727 clicks to different products on Amazon, and made a whopping $23.00 – I’ve been dumbfounded by it.

    • That’s very similar to my experience, Brandon. I’m really not sure whether it’s broken or just a case of terrible, terrible affiliate percentages… but my time has been best spent looking for revenue elsewhere!

  7. Since my last post (11 hours ago) my clicks are now at 17,368 – and I did get a new sale. I think the key is promoting big ticket items. You just cant sell enough books to make it worth it. But sell a few MacBooks, or even digital content (like movies) that have a much higher payout – and you could be making at least $75 to $100 a month, sure you’re not going to live off it but you could pay for your monthly beer expenses.

  8. Amazon associates is garbage. If they paid per click then they might be worth it (depending on the click amount) but trying to get someone to buy something they aren’t already looking for on the web? Yea right! No one I know has made a dime off this – don’t waste your time. Go with adsense, or buysellads. Anyone else (unless you can get into tribal media) is not worth your time.

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