Affiliate marketing is alive and well at Amazon.com
The leading online retailer is reaching out to Google's
A new utility makes adding a link to Amazon's storefront as easy as two clicks. Bloggers simply highlight text to perform a product search through Amazon. They then get the option of having Amazon insert a link or a graphical ad into the entry. Bloggers receive up to 15% of any sales that result from the link.
Yes, Amazon is just that smooth of an operator.
The e-tailer turned heads last month, when it offered affiliates one-click access to pitch Amazon products through Twitter. The Blogger.com integration is just evolutionary, especially since many Blogger bloggers already send leads to Amazon.com.
Naturally, this won't top Google itself, Blogger.com's monetization tool of choice. Writers can have Google's AdSense program populate their entries with paid-search ads that are relevant to their blogs.
Google is the runaway leader in contextual programs for publishers and webmasters -- a niche where Yahoo!
Amazon has always run a tight ship with its affiliates. It's one of the few online companies to take things strictly in-house, as smaller dot-coms lean on action-based networks including ValueClick's
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has been shopping online since the early 1990s, even before Amazon.com was around. He owns no shares in any of the stocks in this article and is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.