Sunday, 24 January 2010

Amazon Associates for Blogger

Amazon Associates for Blogger is a direct integration between Amazon Associates and Blogger. This new collaboration enables Bloggers to monetize their content by adding relevant Amazon products to their blog posts without interrupting the blog editing process.

Amazon Associates is an affiliate marketing program that allows website owners and bloggers to create links and earn referral fees when customers click through and buy products from It’s completely free to join and easy to use.

This provides consumers the convenience of referring them to a trusted site where they can immediately purchase products you advertise. And when they do, you can earn up to 10% in referral fees.

The first thing you need to do is to click the "Monetize" button on your Blogger dashboard; choose where you want the ads to be displayed and follow on through the next pages.
With Amazon, you find an additional box on your "New posts" page that you can use to generate and insert links, (Which appear as Blue Text in your post, and when clicked, direct you to the relevant Amazon page... very useful for a blog like mine which is used for promoting my books.)

You will also note the three Amazon Links: Books, Music, and Computers in my side-bar. These are the ones that generate revenue. When someone clicks on one; it takes them to the relevant Amazon page, and if they subsequently make a purchase... that's when you get paid.
It's free, and if you don't mind a few eye-catching elements on your blog, then it's got to be worth a try.

Also worth thinking about is Google's Adsense. Go to their site at:

and sign up for an Adsense account. Make sure you use the same username and password for Adsense as you did for your free blog.
Go back to your blog and select the "Layout" Tab. This will show you a skeleton view of your blog with the different modules. At the top of the sidebar, click the "Add a Gadget". A window will popup. In that window select, "Adsense" and choose the type of ad you want. If you used the same username for your blog as you did with Adsense, it should put your unique ID in so you can be credited.

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