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My Amazon Woes

As a senior learning Internet marketing I have made no secret of what an uphill learning curve this has been for me. This summer has been no exception.

The focus of the summer has been to build backlinks by guest blogging. I would say this has been quite an enjoyable successful experience. Not only trying to find interesting topics to write about but also actually having them published on the blogs then interacting with the various people coming in to make comments has given me more a sense of community.

In amongst all this I have been having a disturbing problem with my sites that promote Amazon products. It is not a problem with the wide variety of available products or Amazon’s great customer service. It is something called “phantom clicks”. As best that I am able to determine this is something that some but not all WordPress sites can experience. It seems these “phantom clicks” give a distorted picture of traffic to your site and then on to Amazon.

If I go into my sites that have Amazon links to edit something (not the links themselves) then there are many more clicks from different posts within the site. Even if I do not enter the sites there are clicks but not just as many. Along with this sales have dried up.

I have been in touch with Amazon about this problem and they acknowledge that they are aware of it and their developers are working on it. However after two months with no resolution I am ready to tear my hair out.

On the discussion boards with the Amazon Associates I can see that others are having similar problems but no where can I see that there has been a resolution. I would be interested to hear from anyone else who has had this problem or has some ideas about a resolution for it.

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Digital Downloads

Digital Download Affiliate Products

When deciding to be an affiliate marketer you have a choice in what type of product to promote. As the product owner you also have a choice as to what type of method that you will use to sell your product. You also as the owner of the product can decide how much you are willing to pay to make these sales. It makes sense that as the affiliate marketer that you would seek out well paying products to promote. If you are going to go to all the trouble to set up a web site and fill it with meaningful content then you wish to receive the highest commission possible.

By promoting digital products you have more of an opportunity for larger commissions than with concrete items. It is possible to find hard goods that are very expensive and as a result the commission is higher however the number of sales are substantially less.

What is a digital product? It can be any product that the buyer can down load. It can take the form of a text file, an audio file or a video file. The joy of digital products is that they are available 24/7. They can be acquired whenever you are on your computer.

Interestedly these digital products usually sell for more than the equivalent product at a bookstore. Sometimes the digital product will sell for as much as three times the hard copy from the store. Again it stands to reason that your commission on these products would also be higher.

For instance if you are top producing Amazon affiliate making 7% on your sales and you sell this book for $14.95 you will earn slightly over a dollar. But that $49 digital download – an eBook about the same topic – offers you 50% commission, giving you $24.50 per sale!

It definitely makes sense to be promoting the digital edition. It is a win win for the producer of the product also. By creating an eBook you can charge more, which enables you to pay your affiliates more, and will increase your sales.

Your digital product does not have to a written item instead consider making either a series of MP3 files or a series of videos. There is an insatiable appetite for information products that can be either listened to or watch on the many electronic devices that everyone now owns.

With programs like Camtasia for producing and YouTube for uploading the use of video has become wide spread. For a series of lessons video is just like being in a classroom. It is great to be able to follow a lesson on video and then to read it. Both formats allow for reinforcement of the message. By the combined use of text, MP3 and video you are able to increase the price of your product.

With this combination you may be poised to market a high-ticket digital download that takes in upwards of $1,500 for a single sale – something affiliate marketers will jump all over.

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