Experiment 0 – The Amazon Associates aStore (Discontinued)
I first tried the Amazon affiliate program in 2008. I was fascinated with aStores, which allowed you to select products to sell through an amazon-hosted store. Your store could be linked to directly or embedded on your website through the magic of iframes.
I thought aStores would be a perfect match for my niche websites! Surprisingly, I made 0 commission in the 9 years before they were discontinued. … I literally had people calling me on the phone to ask if they could buy the things I was writing about! But they would not use my a-store to purchase related items.
Amazon Associate Experiments
- Experiement Intro – Summary of my experiment and overall timeline.
- Experiment 0 – The Amazon Associates aStore (Discontinued) My 2008 Amazon Associates experience. aStores were discontinued in 2017.
- Experiment 1 – Links and Banners Embedded Amazon generated links and banners, embedded in my articles. Can open the Amazon App for an easy mobile shopping experience.
- Experiment 2 – Native ads and links on product pages. Amazon generated links and banners, embedded on my WooCommerce product pages. (I offer a product on my website, also show a link for a similar Amazon item.)
- Experiment 3 – WooZone plugin for WooCommerce using On-Site cart. This option looks like I am selling items from my own website. But when visitors try to check out, they are directed to an Amazon page that can auto-fill their cart. Downside: The Amazon page is not mobile-friendly.
- Experiment 4 – WooZone Plugin for WooCommerce NOT using on-site cart. This option can look like I am selling items from my own website. But instead of adding an item to the cart, you will be taken to the product information page on Amazon.