I’ve decided to Sign up for the Amazon Associates Affiliate program. I have kept my site advert clean since the beginning and I wanted to justify some positive reasons as to why I feel that this is a good idea:
- I live frugually and when I do research a new item to buy 90% of the time I buy it from Amazon
- The items I buy on Amazon are always sold by small businesses on the ‘Amazon Marketplace’ which means the majority of the profits are going to grass-roots small businesses.
- Being someone who works as a Freelance SEO Consultant, I should really actually try and improve the SEO of my website. (I need more outbound links on my site.)
- I want my readers to know that I have thoroughly researched an item and that it is ‘best fit’ all of my criteria including the place where I bought it from. Most of the time this is Amazon.co.uk
- With any purchase on Amazon you get free UK returns (paid for by Amazon) and on 95% of purchases you get free UK delivery
- When travelling, I can rely on Amazon to deliver me goods to any country in the world and have my purchases fully guaranteed by their service
- Savvy web users embark on a sophisticated research process when procuring new items online and most people don’t even know it. When we make new purchases, we go through the hunting, shopping and buying phases which give us the best (fit for purpose) products – for the cheapest price, in the least amount of time. Once the initial research is done (hunting) and we know which type of product is desired, then the shopping phase is decided by quality of item via brand, price and other specific prerequisites. The process ends with the buying phase, which for me – usually results in a purchase on Amazon or Ebay (70% / 30% respectively).
- I will not have big horrible adverts – rather just product links from the images of the products.
- My payment will be in Amazon gift cards and this will go toward money off future purchase of travel items.