After a period of testing Amazon Affiliate, I realise it is not as useful as I thought. It is only for high volume website and you will be deactivated for zero sales after a period of time. For new startup or website, there is little incentives to get this.
As a reminder, Associate accounts that have not referred three required sales to Amazon.sg within 180 days of sign-up will be automatically rejected.
Product mix is important as Amazon Affiliate is mainly focus toward physical goods like books. In reality, the theme of the blog plays a part in these affiliate programs. Not all are really suitable. On the whole, there are many fine prints with these programs and they tend to distract you from your overall content.
Not a Must Have
For new website, it is really not worth the time and effort to setup affiliate program. You may be face with a need to turn in a minimum sales like Amazon Affiliate program. Since traffic is usually low, it will take some time to generate much user volume. In addition, these program may even require actual sale of certain product instead pay per click program.
Overall, affiliate program are potential revenue streams. However, it is not suitable for new website or eShop. You are better off to focus in content creation rather than relying your website with affiliate program.
Traffic is similar to Google Analytics with less details.
Insight is something related to WordPress and your posts vs the traffic. It will give you a clue to the type of content, tags and categories that will attract more audiences.
Ads is another feature which Google Analytics will not have because WordAds is enabled by WordPress Premium Plan itself.
Overall, Google Analytics gives a detailed breakdown of traffic compared to WordPress stats. The advantages of WordPress stats are the correlation of traffic vs type of content. The Ads stats also give a good view of $$ made from your content. Of course, I will do a detailed review once I made my first $100 from Ads. 😁
Sharing to social media is easily configurable with WordPress Premium Plan with its advanced social media option. There are 2 key options, automatic sharing of post to social media and manual sharing buttons of social media.
Automatic sharing to social media
Go to Configure > Sharing > Connections.
Select one of the 4 social media to publish automatically i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr or Twitter.
Login to your social media to connect to your account to WordPress.
Once connected, your blog post can be automatically publish to your social media account as well.
Post can only publish once.
If you publish incorrectly, you will need to unpublish in WordPress and delete the erroneous post at social media. The same post will not be publish again. You will have to manually share it to social media with social media buttons
Sharing buttons of social media
This is the classic sharing buttons of social media.
There is many social media buttons that you can configure to enable at the end of your blog post.
This allows users to easily share your blog to any social media.
SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is a buzz word and trend in the past. It is still very relevant now and the approach to SEO is now ubiquitous. Here are some simple tweaks and know-how basics SEO for WordPress.
WordPress and major content providers are SEO friendly. You do not really need setup anything to “enable” SEO.
SEO is now language independent and Search Engine can link the same context to different spelling like Optimization vs Optimisation.
Do try not to slang too much in your language, Search Engine is not really there hor (slang)!
Choose device independent themes that are user friendly and mobile friendly. Usually, these themes are SEO friendly to allow Search Crawlers, Bots or Spiders in.
If privacy is your concern, it it best to set entire site to private or else Search Engine can easily “crawl” any page.
Write for interest or be relevant. SEO is just a technique to drive organic traffic. It is not intended to make users return to your website.
Modern Search Engine can now detect fraudulent links, contents, fake keywords and even scams sites. If you are using SEO for monetary purpose, this may not be a good move.
For advanced users who wants the good old webmaster SEO control, you can still get your WordPress sites verified easily with Google Search Console or Bing, Pinterest and Yandex.
SEO is no longer a technical domain that only a few can master. The growth of SEO shows the value that a domain can evolve to be user friendly and ubiquitous. I will expect machine learning domain to be in similar direction to let us focus on the essentials more than figuring out how to implement it.
WordPress can be a quick pilot platform to try out various tools and technologies before embarking on a startup business or to fund your hobbies. Below is a simple list of what pilot testing you can do in your WordPress website.
The thought of joining Amazon Affiliate Program never really crossed my mind until I read that it is part of the recommended popular affiliate program to monetize WordPress beside using WordAds. In short, I am curious to give it a go to see how it will work out in this blog.
Go to Amazon Affiliate Program. Remember to choose the right country. In my case, that will be in Amazon Affiliate Program Singapore.
Sign up using social media or create your own account. For instance, you could use Gmail.
Update your blog URL and details.
Update your bank information for payment purpose.
Update your tax details as required for your country.
Once done, search for the product and “Get Link”.
You can copy the Amazon URL and paste it easily into your blog links.
To my surprise, all the registration and updates take less than an hour. It is a seamless process and very easy to do. If you want more advanced information, you can check out some of these books to level up your Amazon Affiliate Program
Overall, it was a no brainer to activate Amazon Affiliate Program. So, I highlight recommend you to give it a test drive. I will be checking back in half a year later to see how well the affiliate program fare for me. Stay tuned!