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Questions regarding Amazon affiliate programme.

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by PipHead, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. PipHead

    PipHead Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I'm far from a newbie to the affiliate scene, however I've never worked with Amazon before & currently have traffic so I want to make sure I'm making the most out of it.

    As I understand the Amazon cookie only lasts 24 hours, this is the shortest cookie lifespan I've worked with but I've seen a few guides online that claim to provide "rule abiding ways" to increase it. Is this true, does anyone have any experience with increasing the lifespan?

    Secondly, I am a resident of the UK so I'm promoting via the UK site. After reading a thread on here I'm unsure what happens if say an American visitor was to click on my UK link & purchase - would I still obtain a commission or not?

    Other than that I was wondering if anyone on here is making good money with the Amazon programme, and what your earning per clicks roughly work out at. I understand that this will vary greatly between niche and site, but just wondered what some of you guys are seeing.

    Thanks in advance & feel free to share any other tips to help an Amazon newbie to get started.
     
  2. Enryu

    Enryu Junior Member

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    I've looked into increasing the cookie duration in a way that remains compliant with the Amazon TOS. I don't really remember the technical details (something about the shopping cart cookie vs the standard product page cookie), but ultimately I concluded it wasn't actually worth it.

    If you promote Amazon UK, you do not get commissions from other regions. You must apply to join each region's Amazon affiliate program separately. Once you've been accepted to multiple regions, it would be best to use a geo script that directs visitors to the appropriate Amazon store for their region.

    If you want to have a look at some other members' Amazon earnings, have a look at this thread: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...-amazon-affiliates-journey-stable-income.html
     
  3. c0bbz

    c0bbz Registered Member

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    Just in case you aren't aware the Amazon UK affiliates program has a £7 commission cap for each sale, so if you sell a £1000 item you only get £7. There is still money to be made but its just not quite as lucrative as the US program.
     
  4. PipHead

    PipHead Registered Member

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    Thanks for your input guys.

    After a bit of research into the cookie duration, I realised it wasn't worth it. If you set the 24 hour cookie you get a commission on ANY product the user buys within that 24 hour time slot. If you set the shopping cart cookie then you get a commission on ONLY the product the user added to his/her cart, however the duration for this cookie is 89 days. Even though the duration is so much shorter, you are much more likely to obtain a commission from the 24 hour cookie.

    However, I did notice this on the Amazon website which alarmed me:

    So if a user clicks your tracking link, then closes the window and visits Amazon later you are not awarded the sale? Am I reading that correct - surely not, otherwise what's the point of setting a cookie?

    Ah, I heard that somewhere else c0bbz but thank you for pointing it out - I was hoping it wasn't true. It seems strange that they'd set a cap like that, maybe the UK site's conversion rates are higher and that's the reason for the cap.