I don’t know why I didn’t think about this before. If you believe in my book (or have even read it!), you can use Amazon to make a little money off of it.
Amazon has its own affiliate program, called Amazon Associates. You sign up and your information is between you and Amazon. It has nothing to do with your Amazon buyer’s profile. No one else can access your Associates info. After signing up, you pick the products you want to feature on your Web site or blog and Amazon gives you the code. Amazon sells a lot more than books, so you can make money off any number of things.
If you know your way around HTML, you can grab the essential part of the product’s hyperlink (example: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0978094409/, my book) then add your own special referrer code. It makes a fairly simple and direct hyperlink that you can use anywhere without any fuss. The ones Amazon provide for you are a bit messier.
Although their percentages on items can vary, I’ve been getting a $1 fee per sale of my own book (4.01%, according to them). I have somehow sold other things with higher referral fees through my Amazon link, like jewelry (no, it wasn’t for me!).
I know $1 doesn’t seem like a lot. I am working on my own affiliate plan (it was derailed last summer – long story) and it will be very generous to those who sell a lot of books. As far as I can tell, Amazon’s affiliate program is a flat rate, no matter how much your link sells. Still, for those who don’t mind helping me promote my book, you can join the Associates program, place a link on your site or blog or anywhere online and make a little money in the process.
Remember, you don’t have to just promote my book. You can pick anything Amazon sells and promote it with your affiliate code – including your own Wish List!