One way to earn money from your blog is to sign up as an Amazon affiliate and start to promote their products. There are thousands of products to chose from, and it can’t be hard to find some good ones.
If you are using WordPress for your blog, there are many plugins that you can install that will help you promote products from Amazon. One of my favorites is WP-Amazon (see a video on how it works). This plugin makes it very easy to attach Amazon products with your affiliate id to your posts.
As a blogger and an Amazon affiliate, you can probably write about anything and you will find a product that you can attach to the post. I recommend that you attach products that are kind of related to the stories that you are writing. The Amazon database is huge and you will probably not have any problems finding a related product.
For instance, if you are writing about a movie that you have just watched. You can attach the dvd (so that your readers can buy it at Amazon), or you can attach a book about the movie or a book about one of the actors. I could probably find hundreds of examples like this, but I guess you understand what I am trying to say here.
You can take a look at this post about a very interesting book that I read a few months ago called The Big Red Fez by Seth Godin. In this post I have attached an advertisement for the book, this way you can buy it directly at Amazon.
There are many ways to attach a product from Amazon into your posts, and the way I did it in the post about The Big Red Fez might not be the best. The next time I might try just a regular text link, or a preview text link (if you move your mouse over the text link you will see an image and some information about the product).
My advice is to write your posts as you always do, and combine this with some product placements from Amazon (every now and then). It wouldn’t be a good thing if you attached Amazon products on every single post, I would think that your readers would get tired of it and wouldn’t like it that much.
But one interesting way to promote relevant products is to make a text link like I have done with the search results for internet marketing. When you click on this link you will get all the books related to “my topic” or the link to all books related to blog marketing. This is a way to get your readers to visit the Amazon store and see all the amazing books they have about the topic that you are writing about.
I haven’t done it myself that much, so this is just a few thoughts about how it can be done. I am going to be testing it some more and I will post information about my experience and what kind of Amazon ads I have the most success with.