If you want to monetize your author website by making it easy to sell your own books AND by selling other Amazon books or products, one of the easiest ways to do it is with a WordPress plugin.
There are numerous Amazon Plugins to choose from. Some of them do “just one thing,” while others give you loads of flexibility. The more built-in flexibility and fancy displays you want, the higher the price tag. The bottom line is that you will pay for the plugin very quickly with the additional sales you make.
If you have an author website, I think you are CRAZY to not feature other books in your genre. Visitors are going to go there anyway, so why shouldn’t you be the one to send them and make some money.
For example, if your book is in the mystery niche, create a page with your favorite mystery authors and link to their books. LOL you can actually link to your own books, using your amazon affiliate code … you will then get a commission from the sale as well as your royalty fees from the same sale. VERY COOL.
Even if visitors don’t buy a book, and they buy other products during the same buying session, you will get commissions on what they buy. For example, if they buy a smart tablet, you could earn yourself $10 from that sale.
Of course, there is nothing stopping you from selling tablets, computers or kindle readers in addition to books.
It’s NOT a get rich quick scheme and the amounts you will make vary hugely from season to season, and depend on the amount of traffic you get to your website.
This FREE and nifty plugin can be used to quickly add Amazon products links to your WordPress posts and pages. The product links can be simple text links, thumbnail images, full-size images, complex templates or full-blown Amazon flash widgets.
The product links that can be for any of the Amazon domains (UK, US, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, India and Japan).
All product links will contain the Amazon affiliate ID of the site author and will be the relevant one for that locale. This allows you to collect commission on any products purchased through the links.
There are several display templates … here is one of them:
WP Azon Alert Box Plugin
This premium plugin allows you to add a variety of different products to the sidebar of your website in minutes. You can create sidebar boxes of any size and display up to 4 relevant products. You can use the plug-in on ALL your websites, which makes the under $10 cost a bargain!
The next batch of plugins are a bit of a commitment TIME wise. There is an Amazon Affiliate course that goes with this. The course if very thorough and tells you how to set up Amazon Affiliate niche sites properly. IF you buy — watch the videos, and download the plugins in the FIRST MONTH, it will only cost you $2.00. Just be sure to cancel before the second month subscription clicks in.
Azon Home Study Course, Includes FIVE Amazon Plugins
Azon Home Study Course is a combination product that includes a comprehensive, step-by-step course on how to build mini-websites that sell Amazon products like crazy. This is from a guy who has made millions as an Amazon affiliate. The sites are NOT instant because you are creating incredible content sites that “sell.”
What really sold me on this course, was the fact that there are Five amazing plugins you can use on any of your websites as well as your mini-sites. The plug-ins are very comprehensive and flexible … from full page products to product comparison panels to related products links.
Here are two of the many templates you can use.
Davida Chazan says
When I was using Blogger I used lots of these plugins but now that I’m moving over to WordPress, I can’t use these widgets anymore (they don’t allow HTML with “script” in them). I can’t yet afford the higher cost that would give me the plugins so I’m trying to work around it all! I’ll let you know if I figure something out. For example, I did succeed in putting a picture in a sidebar or footer and then having the link to the picture point to sites like your directory, but I’m not sure about the ads!
Davida … most of the plugins I have listed are specifically designed for WordPress sites and many of them are free. Give them a try. It is just a different installation process than you used with Blogger.”