Amazon Income: How ANYONE of Any Age, Location, and/or Background Can build a Highly Profitable Online Business with Amazon


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The Internet affiliate program industry is one of the largest and fastest growing digital revenue generators in the world, with more than $65 billion in total income brought in recently. It is because of programs like Amazon's Associate program, which has been around for more than a decade, which allows casual, every day users of the Internet to install widgets and links on their Web sites that link back to Amazon products. Users like you can earn commissions of up to 15% on products that your Web site visitors purchase when they visit Amazon. With the world's largest online retailer as a potential source of income, you can generate endless streams of income as a result.

No matter where you are from, how old you are, or what your background is, you can build and run a highly profitable business with Amazon. This detailed book is written to show you exactly how you can learn to be an Amazon guru in just a matter of weeks, making unfathomable amounts of money by selling Amazon products, your own products, starting a store, promoting outside projects, and making referrals.

In this book, you will learn how the Amazon business model works and how much money they will pay you in various ways. You will learn how to build a traffic funneling Web site with dozens of free tools such as blogs, podcasts, videos, and social media that help you increase the number of visitors you can send to Amazon for minimal investment. You will learn how to take advantage of the Amazon Kindle program and its revolutionary take on digital distribution of books and newspapers. You will learn what you can do to start your own store in the Amazon Marketplace, selling products at set prices to anyone in the world in much the same way you could on eBay with much more freedom.

Learn how to publish your own books on Amazon with little to no investment and use features Amazon provides, such as Search Inside and digital distribution to reach more people faster. Learn how you can take advantage of multimedia services on Amazon such as Advantage that allow you to publish your own music, videos, and professional titles around the globe. Learn how to use Amazon Connect effectively to promote your products and reach potential customers and how Amazon provides more methods for advertising your products without outside investments.

You will learn how to choose a niche to market towards and what you need on your Web site to make your visitors more willing to click your links and purchase the products you are promoting. Extensive research and interviews with top Amazon associates and independent authors give advice that will ensure your marketing and promotion methods allow you to generate traffic, promote products, and convert sales at a rate that will help you build a successful business quickly.

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This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 336 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601382993
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/23/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 15

The Amazon Business Model of Change 15

Jeff Bezos and Customer-Centrism 16

The Ups and Downs of the Internet Business 18

The Focus on Continuous Improvement 19

Partnering with Associates 20

Chapter 1 Why Choose Amazon Over the Competition? 23

Business Tracking System 27

Which Amazon Vehicle is Best? 29

A Variable of Choices 30

Chapter 2 Is the Online World For You? 35

Building Your Business 39

A Number of Plusses for Online Business 41

Chapter 3 Get Ready to Start 45

Physical Equipment and Hardware to Get You Started 46

System Recommendations 47

Chapter 4 What is the Best Product to Sell? 53

Create Your Wish List 58

Finding the Right Source 58

Chapter 5 Selling in the Amazon Marketplace 65

Condition of Item 68

Signing Up for Marketplace 70

Shipping Your Product 72

Product Categories/Commissions and Pricing 73

Keeping Track of Sales 74

Should You Consider a Pro-Merchant Account? 75

Pro-Merchant Marketplace Fulfillment Center 77

Chapter 6 Start an Online Book Business with Amazon 83

Going on a Book Hunt 86

What to Buy or Not to Buy 89

Expanding Your Customer Base 94

Grading and Describing 95

The Benefits of Selling Online 98

Chapter 7 Using Amazon Marketplace to Sell Used Books 101

Pricing the Book 104

Textbook Sales 106

Other Tips for Selling Used Books 109

Chapter 8 Publish Your Creative Works with Amazon 113

Book Publishing with CreateSpace® Print on Demand 117

DVD Publishing with CreateSpace POD 123

Video Publishing with CreateSpace POD 125

Music Publishing with CreateSpace POD 127

Chapter 9 Using Amazon Advantage for Creative Sales 133

Amazon Advantage ProgramHighlights 134

Amazon Advantage Program Requirements 136

Amazon Advantage Sign-Up 140

Chapter 10 Advantage Marketing and Promotional Tools 141

Advantages and Disadvantages of "Better Together" 148

Ways to Increase Amazon Advantage Sales 149

Chapter 11 Affiliate Marketing 101 151

Learning the Work and Personal Skills Needed for Affiliate Marketing 155

Chapter 12 Amazon's Renowned Associates Program 161

The Classic Fee Structure and the Performance Fee Structure 163

Time to Sign Up 167

Easy, Step-by-Step Registration Process 168

More than One Account 174

Chapter 13 The Grand Opening of an Amazon aStore 175

What is the aStore? 176

Chapter 14 Using Theme, Color, and Widgets 185

Using the Amazon Visual Links 188

Amazon Widgets 188

A Widget by any Other Name 208

Chapter 15 Reports with Amazon Associates 211

Obtaining Information on Customers 213

Web Site Tracking for Associates 214

Chapter 16 MP3 and the Kindle Offer New Horizons 217

Introducing the Amazon MP3 217

Introducing the Amazon Kindle 220

The Kindle's Variety of Advantages 223

Associates Site Stripe 226

Chapter 17 Best Reasons for Becoming an Associate 229

Tips of the Trade 234

Is the Amazon Associates Program Best for You? 241

Chapter 18 Amazon's High-Tech Web Services 245

Chapter 19 Private Branding with Amazon's WebStore 249

Easy-to-Build Site with Added Customer Protection 251

Fulfillment Services Available for WebStore 253

Step-by-Step Instructions to Open Your Amazon WebStore 255

Chapter 20 The Amazon Customer-Service Way 265

Providing a Positive Buying Experience 265

Chapter 21 Using E-mails to Foster Relationships 271

Making E-mail Friendly 273

Chapter 22 Get Noticed with Search Engine Optimization 277

Watch Out for Search Engine "No-Nos" 281

Chapter 23 Making a Stand-Out, Outstanding Web Site 285

Voice Your Own Thoughts 287

What Do Your Visitors Think? 288

Encourage a Give-and-Take Relationship 289

"All About Us" Information 290

The No. 1 Source 290

Get a FAQs Page 291

Testimonials and Positive Comments 291

Clean Web Site Design 291

Privacy and Safety/Security Assurance 292

Your Bill of Rights 293

Chapter 24 Building Ties with the Online Community 295

Establishing Credibility with a Blog 295

Building a Customer List 302

Joining Forums 305

Product Reviews 306

Video Reviews 307

Conclusion: Continuous Change at Amazon 309

The Online World to Come 314

Glossary 319

Bibiology 329

Author Biography 331

Index 333

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    Realistic Earning Information

    Amazon Income: How Anyone Can Build a Highly Profitable Online Business with Amazon is a breath of fresh air. It is honest in its approach of how Amazon can help you earn money but it doesn't keep the potential costs a secret like many other get rich books do.

    Each chapter deals with a specific department of Amazon and how it can help you build a presence online. This book doesn't just throw out names of each section and then go on to telling you how to use that section. It gives some history to the development of the section or department and gives detailed information on how the section or department might help you earn money.

    Through this book I learned about different aspects of Amazon that I didn't know about before and how I could expand on the few I did know about. Amazon Income helped me learn how to become a better Amazon Associate and how to upgrade some features that I didn't realize related to me. Each of those opportunities has given me a better chance at success and has helped eliminate the lost at sea feeling.

    Amazon has changed over the years and keeps changing giving entrepreneurs like a chance to find something of use on their website that will help them to achieve their own dreams

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

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    "Business At Its Best"

    Sharon L. Cohen, author of Amazon income: "How Anyone of Any Age, Location, and/or Background Can Build a Highly Profitable Online Business with Amazon" ups the ante in the world of business with this innovative piece of work.

    First, you are introduced to the founder, Jeff Bezos, and quickly realize what an Intelligent and driven human being he is. In 1994, realizing the Internet was the wave of the future; he took with it and ran. With any business there are always difficulties and the author takes you along side Amazon as they rise above them.

    In Chapter 1 the question, (why choose Amazon over the competition) is explored. Although you are introduced to many reasons why you should choose Amazon over the competitors, that age-old motto they heed, "the customer comes first" puts them in the lead at the starting line.

    Amazon Income also takes you through the process of determining if you are ready to start a business and introduces you to some of their online services such as, (Amazon Marketplace) (Amazon Pro-Merchant) (Amazon Associates) (Amazon WebStore) and (Amazon Advantage) for new authors, publishers, labels, and studios. It explains in detail each of their functionalities and advantages. There is a section for those less than well informed when it comes to the different types of computer systems available as well (and they are plentiful.)

    Miss Cohen stresses the point that it takes putting in a lot of hard work, determination, and utilizing your will to succeed in the world of business. Nevertheless, with this book as my guide I feel confident that I have the tools and informative information to now make a wise investment - and investing in Amazon reads like one lucrative venture.

    Review by, Barbara Watkins, Reviewer Barbara Watkins

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    unique way to make money

    "Amazon Income" begins by familiarizing the reader with Amazon, their business plan, and their success. It is great that this introduction was included, because understanding this business fully is very necessary in order to profit from it. Cohen continues by telling the reader how to sign up, keep track of sales, and how to ship merchandise. The book then goes into much detail about finding and selling used books on Amazon. After that, the author writes about how to utilize all the many tools Amazon has to offer to benefit and profit. Amazon online business has a vocabulary of its own, and this book helps readers understand terms like "Pro-merchant Marketplace", "Widgets", "aStore", the "Advantage Program", and more.
    The information in this book is innovative in that internet commerce is very new to many adults, and is a unique way to make money. The book approaches Amazon selling as a fully fledged business, not just a side-project, and goes into detail about making a profitable Amazon WebStore and even publishing your own books through Amazon. Readers of this book should be serious about entering this business. Cohen dispels any myths about online business with Amazon being simple, as it takes hard work and dedication to understand the inner workings of this business and to grow a customer base. This book is just a detailed guide, the work and tech savvy must come from the seller.

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