Amazon Associates Program: Five Tips for Affiliate SitesAs we’ve discussed many times before, the Amazon Associates Program is a great way to monetize your website.

If you’re blogging on a topic and have already built a steady traffic stream, adding a few affiliate links and product reviews can lead to additional income.

If you’re looking to launch a product review or comparison shopping site, Amazon gives you an opportunity to promote thousands of products, many of them with attractive traffic-generating long-tail keywords in their product names and model numbers.

For today, we’ve assembled a few important tips that will help you get more out of the Amazon program when you integrate it with your affiliate website.

Tip #1: Don’t Rely on Banners

While you can post banners in your sidebar, chances are that few people are ever going to click them. In fact, most banners simply distract readers from why they’re at your website, the content. When you make product reviews a part of your content, you’ll find that your blog posts will generate traffic and sales.

Tip #2: Find Products to Recommend in Most of Your Posts

This won’t work for every blog, but if you’re in a niche full of readers and you write for their interests, you can often point to a book, CD, or ebook that can help solve the problems your readers face. For instance, if your blog is about finding work at home jobs, you can offer links to products that help job seekers.

Tip #3: Add Affiliate Links to Your Images

If you’re reviewing or discussing a product, and you include an image, make sure the image links to the product on Amazon using an affiliate link. Your blog readers who click on the image go straight to the product on Amazon and you’ll earn commission on their purchase!

Tip #4: Make Lists of Best Sellers

On a somewhat regular basis, you can do a blog post about the bestselling products in an Amazon category. The content of your post can break down what the products are and why you think they’re selling so well. And to help you find out what the best sellers are, you can use Amazon’s “bestseller” pages. Do that and you’ll know exactly what the hottest products are!

Tip #5: Place Affiliate Links in Your Content

If you’re writing about a specific product, be sure to add your affiliate link at the end. When you create anchor text such as “Learn More,” it will inspire your readers to click through and learn more about the product you’re reviewing.

Overall, the Amazon Associates Program is one of the best and easiest ways to monetize the traffic from your website. Follow these tips, and you’ll give your affiliate business a boost.

Are you an Amazon affiliate? What tips are you willing to share with us?