Joined: 09 Jul 06
19 Aug 13 12:38 am
I've made a whopping $1.80 off Amazon, so there's definitely money to be made! (Moderate sarcasm)
I think that talking about Amazon products could be useful for a couple of things:
1) Creating content:
It's clearly easier to write about products you've used and appreciated, and a writing a range of reviews of products in your niche (even if they are only available on Amazon) is a sweet way to get a lot of relevant content for your website.
2) Attracting SEO traffic that is close to buying *something*
-- People searching for product names, author names, and anything with "review" in it tend to be closer to purchasing than people just looking for general information. If you can get your site ranking well for a particular book name or author name, you may be able to cunningly turn them towards a more highly-paying affiliate product.
I don't think I'd be looking at Amazon commissions as an ultimate goal. I would use it as the first step in a funnel... trying to push visitors towards higher paying products, or towards my newsletter series (where I could promote higher paying products). I would use it like bait.
The quote thing might be something interesting to try. I don't know what the deal is with copyright, and I would be concerned about duplicate content issues (make sure you've got a lot of good original content on the page as well). I would also be thinking about the attention span of my visitor: Is the quote giving them the information they're actually looking for? Is it really contributing ANYTHING? Does the reader actually want to read a quote, or are they more interested in your opinion?
But it's certainly something worth testing.