Amazon’s affiliate program, known as Amazon Associates, allows web publishers like me to earn a percentage of each Amazon sale directed from our sites.
I’ve been an Amazon affiliate for a year or two, now. What’s interesting about the program is that it doesn’t matter what specific product I link to — if the person who clicks through to Amazon from here or there does a little browsing after arrival at the store, and then makes a purchase, I get a cut (roughly 5% — doesn’t affect buyer cost).
What’s more interesting is that I can see what items have been purchased through my referrals, and also how much money was passed my way.
It’s hard to imagine someone clicking an Amazon link for a design book, then thinking to themselves, “Mmmm, peanut butter.” But it happens ($1.76 commission).
All-in-all, roughly £50,000 worth of Amazon purchases have been made through my affiliate links, so I received a couple of grand in the process. Not exactly in the same league as Darren Rowse, but I’m not sniffing, and hey, if I can help designers look smarter along the way, brilliant (£0.23).