Advertising Amazon Products on Your Blog – Tips for Bloggers

Are you ready to advertise Amazon products on your blog? These tips for bloggers stem from a Big Mistake I made on “Quips and Tips for Successful Writers” — I live to serve as a horrible warning to other bloggers and writers 🙂 .

Making money blogging can help you fill in the financial gaps between your magazine writing assignments, give you something to work on between gigs, and improve your writing skills.

Before my tips, a quip:

“You must want to enough,” said mystery writer Phyllis Whitney. “Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price in disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft — then you can add all the genius you like.”

This advice for novelists, freelance writers, and poets also applies to building a financially successful writing blog! Bloggers have to slog through the rejections, disappointments, and feelings of dejection first. Then, after they’ve learned the ropes as bloggers, they can add their own brand of genius. For an unbeatable array of blogging tips, read ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income.

And, here are five tips for advertising Amazon products on writing blogs…

Advertising Amazon Products on Your Blog – Tips for Bloggers

1. Use a WordPress plugin to upload your products or books. I use the Amazon Reloaded plugin for this WordPress blog, which automatically uploads book covers and links. Alternatively, you could go through the Associates site to advertise Amazon products, but it’s a little more complicated.

2. Double check your Amazon Reloaded settings! This was my Big Mistake: when I uploaded a new version of Amazon Reloaded SIX months ago, I didn’t re-enter my Amazon Associates ID. This meant I lost six months of potential revenue from all three of my “Quips and Tips” blogs, because I wasn’t being credited when readers clicked on my book links. *&%$#@*!!!! And it also meant I had to go back and re-upload the book covers and links on hundreds of my old blog posts. No matter how you advertise products on your blog or what affiliate programs you belong to, make sure you’re getting the proper credit.

3. Find the benefits in your blogging mistakes. This isn’t exactly a tip for advertising Amazon products specifically, but it’s a great life tip: learn how to make your failures work for you. Since I had to fix all my Amazon book links, I decided to revive my blog posts at the same time — which will help attract more blog traffic. I edited them to be more search engine optimized, cleaned up my tags, and strengthened “Quips and Tips for Successful Writers” as a whole. It took me five days of full-time work to clean up my blogs, but in the long run it’s time well spent!

4. Advertise Amazon products that match your blog posts. This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s one of the top advertising tips that Amazon gives. If you’re advertising products or books on your blog, choose ones that align with your content. My inclusion of Problogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income is a good example of an Amazon product matching my blog post. Even better would be tips on making money on Amazon products through your writing blog or Web site, but I couldn’t find such a book.

5. Review your “orders report” for the best Amazon products to advertise to writers. What products or books that you’ve linked to are top sellers? If you can spot a trend – such as high sales on books that offer web writing tips from bloggers – then focus on those products and topics a little more often. Be aware of what your readers are looking for…and find ways to give it to them.

If you have any quips or tips for advertising Amazon products on your blog, please comment below…

And, if you want to make money blogging, read Quips and Tips for Successful Bloggers.

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11 thoughts on “Advertising Amazon Products on Your Blog – Tips for Bloggers”

  1. Laura,

    Thank you for you contributing these Amazon tips for bloggers. I am so happy to read about your failures and successes. I realize that these are the vital steps towards developing my blog spot.


  2. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    A belated Thank You Very Much to Gleenn! What a lovely comment; I really appreciate it.

    Gregory, I stopped using the Amazon Reloaded plugin about a year ago. It stopped working for me – I never did figure out why.

    Sometimes plugins don’t play together well, which means activating one will cause another to stop working. And some themes don’t operate with some plugins, as one of the bloggers (Anne Wayman) commented on the link you provided.

    I’m sorry; I wish I could be more helpful. To adverise Amazon products, I’ve been working directly with the associates site.

    Good luck with your monetized sites — making money as a blogger is the most exciting and lucrative thing I’ve ever done! 🙂 Let me know how it goes for you.


  3. I’d like you to know Laurie that I am an avid reader of yours for like a week now since I stumbled upon your blog through google. I’m planning to do full-time blogging next year and I’m doing research on becoming a pro. I find your blog helpful. Thanks 🙂

  4. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi RK,

    The Amazon affiliates program isn’t CPC or cost per click, which means readers need to purchase an item from Amazon in order for me to make a commission. The cool think about Amazon is readers don’t need to purchase the exact item you list in your post….no matter what they buy during that visit, you earn a commission. I like it 🙂

  5. I was just wondering, if just clicking on the amazon advertisement on your blog generates ad-revenue, or is it necessary for the viewer to purchase the item advertised so that you get a cut?

  6. i have just signed up with the amazon affiliate program and i am still not earning a good deal of cash from them.

  7. Thanks for your comment, George — you’re definitely my most dedicated reader! Now when I write my posts, I wonder, “What will George have to say about this?” It’s so great to have someone like you in my cyberworld 🙂

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  8. Laurie,

    First, let me say that the blog looks great. Some of the changes are subtle but it really is very polished.

    I’ve never made much money from Amazon, but I really do like the options that are available. I use text sometimes and there are just some posts that really do call for a cover, and I can do that too!

    Sorry about the yukky associate number lesson – I bet you were bummed. I’ve done the same type of thing before but not with Amazon…

    Another cool post, Laurie!


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